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N • A semester's work

The Student Association took on a number of initiatives this fall, including providing free menstrual hygiene products and launching a mental health awareness week. Page 3

P • Up in the air

Joe Walker, known to many as the Syracuse balloon man, looks back on his storied life selling balloons for local events, while looking forward to the future. Page 11

S • Deviled eggs

Syracuse women’s basketball blew out Central Connecticut State by 32 points on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils struggled to defend SU. Page 16

Students react to pipeline Community members express cautious optimism to Army’s denial By Sam Ogozalek and Satoshi Sugiyama the daily orange

Happy holidays The Hendricks Chapel Choir along with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble presented the Holidays at Hendricks concert inside Hendricks Chapel on Sunday night. The concert featured guest ensembles from the Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music, SU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Syracuse University Women’s Choir and Concert Choir. jonathan colon staff photographer

SEEKING SANCTUARY Undocumented students look to SU to establish sanctuary campus due to Donald Trump's immigration agenda By Stacy Fernández asst. news editor


n election night Berenice Rodriguez was keeping up with the results on her laptop. As more numbers came in, the more uneasy she became. Knowing the results wouldn’t be in for hours, she went to sleep thinking in the morning everything would be fine. For her, though, it wasn’t. She woke up at 6 a.m. to use the restroom, and when she got back in her bed she opened her laptop, still on the page from the night before, and there she saw it. “Trump wins.” She clicked refresh once, twice and over and over again. The results, to her

dismay, never changed. “I just started crying,” she said. “I got up, I punched a wall, I fell to the floor, I walked around the living room, I went back to my room.” She kept in that cycle all day, only being interrupted by the one class she had. As an undocumented student at Syracuse University, Rodriguez always faced uncertainty about what would happen to her and her family. Now her fears are heightened by the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump. Since President-elect Trump’s win, the term “sanctuary campus” has been popping up across colleges in the United States. Students, faculty and staff nationwide have called on administrations to

officially declare their schools a sanctuary for undocumented students as a precautionary measure against Trump’s intended immigration policies. Trump’s election platform once called for deporting all of the undocumented people residing in the country, about 11 million. But the policy has since changed to deporting about 3 million undocumented people, focusing on those who have committed crimes. He also promised to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA, immigration reform established by the Obama administration, allows those who were brought into the country without documentation as kids to be see undocumented page 4

Syracuse University students who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are excited about the news of the current pipeline route being denied Sunday evening. The United States Army Corps of Engineers rejected the pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir, according to The Associated Press. Since April, the Sioux people have been protesting the pipeline that would stretch from Three Forks, North Dakota, to Pakota, Illinois, to transport domestically produced crude oil. The Sioux are objecting the pipeline because it would be built through the tribe’s ancestral lands and jeopardize sacred places, according to the Stand with Standing Rock website. A number of SU community members joined protesters at Standing Rock Native American Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota during Thanksgiving break. More than 300 people marched against the construction of the pipeline for about six miles in downtown Syracuse in November. “This is awesome. It’s amazing,” said Cody Jock, a junior political science major and one of the organizers of a march against the construction of the pipeline that is going to take place Monday. “It’s something that I don’t think any of us had expected to happen, especially this soon.” The march, called SU Stands With Standing Rock and sponsored by Indigenous Students at Syracuse, will start in front of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Jock said despite the news, he is intending to carry out the march to show support  and bring attention to the issue. Jock also said people still need to stay wary and vigilant of what might happen ahead — whether the pipeline will be rerouted or the construction project is scrapped altogether. He also stressed a possibility of backward deals that this announcement may be an attempt to remove protesters in the reservation. There also needs to be accountability for law enforcement who harassed protestors, he said. see dapl page 7

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Freshman’s family influences her career goals staff writer

Nicole Della Fera’s uncle helped settle everything into place for her when it came to attending Syracuse University. He was a police officer, so that, along with watching “CSI,” influenced the freshman’s decision to double major in biology and forensic science. Della Fera’s uncle was a first responder for the bomb squad at the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. When he and his police dog went to check for bombs, he was exposed to toxic fumes at the site. After the attacks, the fumes affected him — he was diagnosed with multiple myloma. About a year ago, Della Fera’s uncle died, and she said she wouldn’t be where she is today without him. At her uncle’s funeral, Della Fera met an inspector of forensic science that organized a meeting with a medical examiner. She said it was helpful to talk with someone who does what she wants to do. Della Fera’s favorite part about studying biology and forensic science is helping people who don’t have a voice tell their story. “I want to be able to bring peace to their families. I love the science aspect of it and the police part too,” she said. Outside of the classroom, Della Fera is part of the Rebecca Lee Pre Health Society, along with the Tri Beta biology honor society


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INSIDE N • Spitting science

A post-doctoral researcher at SUNY-ESF is using the saliva found on salmon carcasses to gather and analyze bear DNA for her studies. Page 6

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Syracuse men’s basketball guard Tyus Battle made his first start on Saturday and helped Syracuse right the ship after losing two games. Page 16

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NICOLE DELLA FERA was first inspired to pursue a double major in forensic science and biology by her uncle, who was a first responder during the 9/11 attacks. prince dudley staff photographer

on campus. Though working for organizations is engaging, Della Fera’s favorite part of freshman year is all the friends she’s made and how SU already feels like home, something that is important to her. “When I was home, back in New Jersey, I was like, I can’t wait to go home. But I realized that I was home,” she said.

A family-oriented person, Della Fera talks to her parents and grandma every day, updating them on her life. Her grandfather, who died two months ago, also had influence on Della Fera. A retired corrections officer himself, she said he was thrilled to find out that she wanted to be a medical examiner. “He would brag about me because no one else in the fam-

ily wanted to do anything related to police work and that’s what my grandparents love,” she said. Above all, Della Fera says her love and commitment to becoming a medical examiner would have never happened if it wasn’t for her uncle’s encouragement. “All of this happened because of my uncle,” she said.

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Let’s get digital

Three SU professors researched the internet’s affect on real estate agents. See page 4


SU is launching a course on the relationship between technology and religion. See page 7

In protest Community members will march Monday in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. See Tuesday’s paper @dailyorange dec. 5, 2016 • PAG E 3

A breakdown of SA initiatives this semester BIKE SHARE PROGRAM




Suspect accused of tampering By Michael Burke asst. news editor

When: SA launched bike share program

When: Beginning on Oct. 28 menstrual

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on Monday, Sept. 26 Where: The bike renting is available at the Schine Student Center What: Eight bikes are available for rent for free. Those who check out a bike must return it by 10 a.m. the next day and bikes rented on a Friday must be returned the following Monday. SA bought the bikes from Mello Velo, a local bike shop that aims to promote riding bikes throughout Syracuse.

hygiene products were made available for free in some campus bathrooms Where: Products will be placed in bathrooms in the Schine Student Center, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, the Hall of Languages, E.S. Bird Library and the Life Sciences Complex What: Ten Tampax Tampons and 10 Maxithins pads were put in every women’s and gender neutral bathroom in the five academic building and five tampons and five pads were put in the men’s restrooms. The initial program budget was $1,000.

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Where: Up to 30 students at a time will be able to access a Link Hall desktop from their personal computers Why: So students can work on their assignments from their dorms or apartments. The access is meant to be used out of necessity rather than convenience. What: Students will have access to nine programs including MATLAB, COMSOL Multiphysics and Polymath

Humans of New York creator to speak at SU By Michael Burke asst. news editor

The founder of the blog Humans of New York will speak at Syracuse University in March, University Union announced Sunday night in conjunction with University Lectures. Brandon Stanton, who started the blog in 2010, will speak in

Goldstein Auditorium on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in February and more details will be available at the beginning of the spring semester, according to a University Union press release. Humans of New York features portraits and interviews with people on the streets of New York City and has become popular in recent years. The portraits are typically

accompanied by a quote from the person featured in the photograph. The blog has more than 17 million Facebook followers and more than 5 million on Instagram. In addition to New York City, Stanton has taken portraits in a number of other countries, including Iraq, Kenya and South Sudan. He also interviewed United States President Barack

Obama in 2015 inside the White House’s Oval Office. Stanton has also published two books based on the blog. The first book, “Humans of New York,” was published in 2013 while the second, “Humans of New York: Stories,” was released in 2015. Both made The New York Times bestseller list.

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Trump’s rhetoric prompts change to abroad program By Jordan Muller staff writer

Syracuse University Abroad is scrapping plans to create a semester-long study abroad program in Cuba because of President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to sever ties with the Caribbean country. They will continue with the week-long program during Spring Break. Louis Berends, director of academic programs at SU Abroad, said investment in a semester-long abroad program in Cuba is too risky because the future relationship between the United States and Cuban governments is uncertain. Trump recently tweeted a statement saying he would “terminate (the) deal” with Cuba unless the Cuban government were to “make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole.” A single “deal” has never been

made between the U.S. and Cuba. The Obama Administration restored diplomatic ties with the country in 2014 and lifted certain economic sanctions and travel restrictions that have been in place since the 1960s.

It takes a lot of investment, time, energy and resources with partners abroad and here in the U.S. Louis Berends director of academic programs at su abroad

Trump has not detailed which of Obama’s policies he plans to reverse. Berends said Trump’s ambiguity concerning the United States’ future policy toward Cuba is the main reason

why SU Abroad will not continue organizing a semester-long abroad program. “It takes a lot of investment, time, energy and resources with partners abroad and here in the U.S.,” Berends said. “If there is this unknown question mark for all things Cuba as result of the recent election in the U.S., putting the semester program on hold has to be a reasonable idea.” SU Abroad created a week-long study abroad program that will take SU students to Cuba during the 2017 spring break. For the first time, SU students will have the opportunity to take classes in Havana, Cuba’s capital. The week-long program in the spring will continue as planned, said Cara Hardy, SU Abroad’s program coordinator for World Partner and Short-Term Programs. “Cuba seems like a very attractive destination for students to visit and study in because we had a lot of students apply,” she said.

Berends said the positive student response to the week-long program in Cuba prompted SU Abroad to consider a longer, more comprehensive semester program. SU Abroad had to make a waitlist for the Cuba program because of the high number of student applications. Matthew Cleary, an associate professor of political science at SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, said the Cuban government is always skeptical of the U.S. government’s intentions, regardless of who is president. But he said the Cuban government would probably not create policies that would restrict American tourism and travel. “The embargo is an American embargo, it’s not an international embargo,” Cleary said. “People travel to Cuba from Europe all the time, and they have an established tourism industry.” see su

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One of the men charged with murdering Syracuse University student Xiaopeng “Pippen” Yuan asked a witness not to testify, according to Cameron Isaac, 23, of North Syracuse, was charged Thursday with tampering with a witness, per Isaac and Ninimbe Mitchell, 20, were each arrested last month and charged with murder in the second degree, robbery in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Yuan, 23, of China, was found dead behind the Springfield Garden Apartments on Sept. 30. Drugs were in his car upon the arrival of law enforcement, which led police to believe there had been a drug deal gone wrong. The two suspects are being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail.

crime briefs Here is a round-up of criminal activity that happened near campus this week. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA A Syracuse man, 23, and a Syracuse boy, 17, were arrested on the charge of unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a police bulletin. when: Sunday at 3 a.m. where: 700 block of University Avenue DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED A Syracuse man, 30, was arrested on the charges of driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, unsafe lane change and driving to the left of pavement markings, according to a police bulletin. when: Saturday at 1:27 a.m. where: 700 block of Ostrom Avenue TRESPASSING A Brewerton man, 35, was arrested on the charge of trespassing, according to a police bulletin. when: Friday at 3:47 a.m. where: 700 block of Irving Avenue PETIT LARCENY A Parish man, 30, was arrested on the charges of petit larceny and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, according to a police bulletin. when: Thursday at 3:45 p.m. where: Destiny USA A Syracuse woman, 25, was arrested on the charge of petit larceny, according to a police bulletin. when: Thursday at 5:19 p.m. where: Destiny USA See for our interactive crime map.

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Professors recognized for paper on internet, real estate By Siddarth Senthilkumaran staff writer

Three professors at Syracuse University were presented with an award recently for research that would test the validity of conventional wisdom regarding electronic commerce. Kevin Crowston, Steven Sawyer and Rolf Wigand in SU’s School of Information Studies started collaborating on the project 18 years ago. They were given the Best Paper Award by the Association for Information Science and Technology in Copenhagen last month. The internet was just beginning to spread its wings and would eventually create a market place that would be devoid of middlemen when the researchers started. These professors decided to check if that would be the case with real estate agents. According to their research, the internet didn’t pose a realistic threat to the real estate agents.

Titled “Social Networks and the Success of Market Intermediaries: Evidence from the U.S. Residential Real Estate Industry,” the paper explores the importance of the networks of professional relationships that the real estate agents cultivate to remain successful. The professors theorized that buying a house is not a single transaction, such as buying a pair of shoes. The transaction of purchasing a house is embedded in a series of transactions that may include a mortgage broker, house inspector, repair person, interior design and so on, Crowston said. “Our argument was that the successful real estate agents are the ones with the good relationships with all these professionals so that they can guarantee work. It’s sort of mutually beneficial,” Crowston said. Rolf Wigand, former iSchool professor, referred to a process called disintermediation that was occurring in several industries

with the growth of electronic commerce. It meant customers were bypassing the middle-men to directly contact the seller. Both Crowston and Wigand cited the case of travel agents, who have largely disappeared because airline tickets, for example, are just available on the airline’s website. Conventional wisdom during the beginning of the growth of electronic commerce predicted the downfall of real estate agents, primarily because it was perceived that establishing a connection with the buyer and seller was the most important transaction in the real estate business, Crowston said. “The assumption was that buyers and sellers would just find each other on the net,” Crowston said. From a national survey of 525 real estate agents, the professors discovered that prospecting for buyers is only a small part of what real estate agents actually do and in some ways, it

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undocumented protected from deportation for a period of time if they meet certain criteria, including being enrolled in school. Syracuse University, along with dozens of other colleges in the U.S., has been called on to become a sanctuary for its undocumented students. The term, inspired by “sanctuary cities” and “sanctuary states” that protect from violating federal immigration laws, holds different meanings based on the campus. An online petition was created shortly after the presidential election urged for the SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry campuses to take steps to protect their students. The petition provides details about what actions petitioners think the colleges should take as a sanctuary campus. Among the actions are: refusing to comply with immigration authorities in regard to deportations and raids, guaranteed privacy of immigration status and assigning an administration office for DACA students. The petition has been signed by hundreds of SU and SUNY-ESF students, faculty and staff. Echoing the sentiments of the petition, SU and SUNY-ESF took part in the national walk out held on Nov. 16. The walk out, which had about 1,000 participants, was the largest post-election demonstration held on the campus so far. “Our goal right now is for the chancellor to step up and sign the paper that says undocumented students here are safe,” said Amy Quichiz, a senior women’s and gender studies major and one of the organizers of the protest. On Nov. 17, the day immediately after the protest, SU Chancellor Kent Syverud added his signature to a statement in support of

BERENICE RODRIGUEZ, an undocumented student at Syracuse University, fears for her future under Donald Trump’s presidency. fiona lenz staff photographer

DACA, which has been signed by more than 450 university leaders. Since the results of the presidential election were announced, however, the SU community has been waiting for a statement regarding the proposal of a sanctuary campus. Eric Evangelista, Student Association president who works closely with administrators, said he does not know the university’s stance as a whole, but he is aware that people are discussing the topic. Quichiz said there should be a clear way for the institution to let the campus know that administrators are there to listen to the students and their needs. She added that if SU spoke up and reacted to the issue, it could set an example for other institutions. About five years ago, under former Chancellor Nancy Cantor, SU served as a sanctuary for undocumented students, said Audie Klotz, a professor of political

science. The university accepted a cohort of students who were getting kicked out of the Georgia public university system for being undocumented, Klotz said. “The understanding was that it was an informal arrangement between presidents and chancellors of universities,” Klotz said. Jaisang Sun, a Ph.D. student, was once caught in the same situation as the Georgia students. A few weeks before the end of his first semester at Fordham University, he said he received an email from his dean asking to meet in his office. The dean informed Sun of an investigation going on at the school and warned him that it likely wouldn’t work out in his favor. At the time, he was undocumented, but in the process of getting his legal status adjusted. A week later, he was called in again, and this time the dean was accompanied by a legal adviser who told him that after he finished his last exam he would have to pack up and leave the school, Sun said. What Sun said struck him most during the process wasn’t that he was getting kicked out; it was the echoing of the words from the legal department. They told him they had never dealt with an undocumented student before. Once home in Seattle, Sun said he was from page 3

su abroad Cleary added that most Cubans are suspicious of the U.S. government but welcome American tourists. As a result of Obama’s relaxation of trade and travel restrictions, the first commercial f light between the U.S. and Cuba in more than 50 years landed on the island last August. New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already visited Cuba with New York business leaders

wasn’t the most important part either, he added. “It just seemed like all these predictions about real estate agents disappearing were based on very naive notions about what real estate agents did,” Crowston said. It took several iterations and papers before the professors arrived on this final paper. Crowston said work on the project was never continuous since its inception. There were periods of activity followed by some inactivity. After work on the project was reinvigorated in 2010, the professors made the connection between real estate agents and the importance of interpersonal relationships, which led to their award-winning paper. “It was very gratifying to see an 18-year project come to a successful fruition,” Crowston said. “In retrospect that fact that it took 17 years to go from the initial idea to this paper. That is ridiculous in some ways.”

devastated. “I remember not stepping outside of the house for a good three months until I heard there was good news about the adjustment of status,” Sun said. Sun finished his undergraduate career at the University of Washington, Seattle without proof of status since the college resided in a sanctuary state. All they needed was proof of his residency in Washington and of completion of his primary education. Sun said he hopes SU does become a sanctuary campus, especially because as a private institution, he said, the university has more liberty with how the school is operated. So far at SU, some organizations have declared their support for the university becoming a sanctuary campus, while others have stayed silent. SU’s Graduate Student Organization on Wednesday made a resolution in support of sanctuary campus, calling for the university to uphold its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Student Association has not yet declared their stance on the issue. “We don’t usually take a stance on things the university can’t control,” SA President Eric Evangelista said. He added that SA doesn’t frequently issue resolutions. While some assembly representatives have expressed interest in declaring the school a sanctuary campus, it is up to the board of administration to draft a resolution to present to the assembly and discuss, Evangelista said. “I don’t think people are aware of the potential ramifications for something like this,” Evangelista said. “It’s been generalized and simplified because it is a very emotional issue.” Currently the university receives federal funding for special projects such as the National Veterans Resource Complex and for the overall maintenance of the university. Evangelista said he fears that if the university blatantly goes against the Trump administration by becoming a sanctuary campus, important funding may be cut from the university. “We need to be looking at all of the legal and political ramifications,” Evangelista said. “We need to look at them for the interest of the entire student body so we can preserve everything we have worked for.” | @StacyFernandezB

interested in investing in the country, Cleary said. Berends said SU Abroad will look for other places in Latin America to organize a semester-long study abroad program. He said he did not want students to apply for a study abroad program in Cuba if there were a chance it could be cancelled. “We hope that Trump won’t go through with the things he’s said about Cuba, but it’s sad that there are students caught in the middle of all that,” Berends said.


Real hollow Ivana Pino challenges “Gilmore Girls” relatability in light of white and class privilege in the show. See Tuesday’s paper

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Professors’ free speech under siege


iversity of opinion and civil debate are important components of any discussion. Turning Point USA, a conservative advocacy group whose mission is to educate and organize students to promote fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government, has previously defended this idea, especially in its recent publication “5 Reasons Censorship Should Offend You!” In the publication, the authors state: “By hearing the opinions of those that do not agree with us, we learn to question our own beliefs and expand our views on the world around us.” This statement is why it is so surprising that in late November — two weeks after the election of Donald Trump — Turning Point published a Professor Watchlist. The watchlist is a published group of college professors it says “discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The list is meant to inform students and their parents of professors who threaten students with their “radical agenda.” “All posts are of professors who have radical views that would chill the free speech of students in the classroom and stifle debate,” said Matt Lamb, the director of constitutional enforcement and transparency for Turning Point, in an email. One name on the watchlist is Dana Cloud, a professor of communication and rhetorical studies at Syracuse University and a member of the International Socialist Organization. Cloud was included on the list because of comments she made following 9/11 and the United States’ role in


OUT OF LEFT FIELD sparking the terrorists’ actions. “None of it is untrue,” said Cloud, who added that “it’s not the first time” she’s been included on similar lists. “But my reaction this time is different because of the moment of the Trump election,” Cloud said. “It used to be that these kind of lists, all the ‘lefties’ are like ‘Why aren’t I on the list?’ and that it was cute or funny, right? But it’s not funny now.”

Anyone who teaches the full spectrum of history and thought in our society will teach critical thinking, and doing that is dangerous — in a good way. Dana Cloud professor, college of visual and performing arts

Cloud’s open admission to the supposed reasoning of her inclusion on the watchlist gets at the very heart of why such lists are threatening academic and personal freedom: It is not that the quotes provided are wrong or misleading, but rather that they shouldn’t matter. These professors have the right as private citizens to take

part in any activism and advocacy they want to — a cornerstone of free speech that a libertarian group such as Turning Point could hardly oppose.


Number of professors on the Turning Point USA Professor Watchlist as of Sunday night

“It also makes a weird assumption that these professors — whatever their activist lives are — that they bring that into the classroom,” said Cloud, who added that she doesn’t believe she crosses this line. When college students, who often experience limited exposure to varying ideologies before entering college, are introduced to new ways of thinking by their professors, they are able to broaden their horizons like never before. Singling out these professors simply because they don’t share your ideas or conservative values is the very censorship the creators of this watchlist say they oppose. “Anyone who teaches the full spectrum of history and thought in our society will teach critical thinking, and doing that is dangerous — in a good way,” Cloud said. This type of critical thinking, and the divisive ideas that accompany it, must be fought for now more than ever. Cole Jermyn is a sophomore environmental resource engineering major at SUNY-ESF. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Cjermyn8.

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SU’s ‘sanctuary’ response encouraging, proactive Donald Trump’s election has caused uncertainty for undocumented college students, and Syracuse University is easing it. Apart from plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, Trump has also proposed to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This immigration reform allows students who immigrated illegally to remain in the United States by enrolling in school. Inspired by the idea of “sanctuary cities,” hundreds of American colleges and universities have called for their campus to be a “sanctuary campus.” The responses, from both SU and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, to this movement have been strong and rightfully so. Before Thanksgiving break, students at SU and SUNY-ESF staged a 1,000-person walkout in favor of the schools becoming sanctuary campuses. The next day, Chancellor Kent Syverud added his signature alongside more than 450 college presidents who support DACA. This sends a message that students, regardless of immigration status, are accepted at SU. This

echoes moves made by former Chancellor Nancy Cantor, who accepted students who were kicked out of the Georgia university system for being undocumented. This also reflects Syverud’s statements that inclusion can extend to citizenship. Another response from the SU and SUNY-ESF community was an online petition urging both administrations to take necessary steps toward becoming sanctuary campuses. Co-signed by hundreds of community members, demands include refusing to comply with authorities for deportations and raids, guaranteed privacy of immigration status and assigning an administration office for DACA students. Given that some of these demands put university federal funding at risk, any pro-DACA moves administrators can make are the best measures to support undocumented immigrants legally. Students and faculty mobilization is a solid start. And anything administrators can do to listen to this vocal portion of the university body and maintain the support of its undocumented members is crucial to making all students feel welcome on campus.

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SU’s decision to extend overtime pay should be commended Syracuse University’s decision to ignore a Texas judge’s injunction against President Barack Obama’s Fair Labor Standards Act is a testament to the value with which the university regards its employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act would increase the threshold for overtime pay in the United States from an annual salary of $23,660 to an annual salary of $47,476. This increased threshold — which has not been updated since 2004 — would allow 4

million people in the United States to qualify for extra compensation. The act was set to be implemented Dec. 1, but last week U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ordered an injunction against the act. Although many universities nationwide have halted implementation of the act following Mazzant’s ruling, SU is moving forward and putting the act’s principles into

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practice, demonstrating its ability as a private institution to stick up for what it thinks is right. After reviewing more than 1,000 SU employees to determine if they were qualified for overtime pay, SU announced it would compensate the employees who would be eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. “We believe this approach is the right thing to do for our employees who are critical to carrying out

the mission of the University,” said Andy Gordon, SU’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer, in an email to the university community. There is no estimation for the cost of implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act at SU thus far. Determining the cost will be a process and should become more clear as each college plans its budget and unit officers monitor overtime. Twenty-one states and dozens

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of business groups in the U.S. have objected the Fair Labor Standards Act on the grounds that it would increase state government costs by $115 million in 2017 alone and give private employers more leeway, according to Bloomberg. The unknown cost of the implementation at SU is a cause for concern, and it is important for the university to be cautious as it proceeds with implementing the non-mandated act. Advertising Designer Conner Lee Advertising Designer Ting Peng Digital Advertising Manager Kalyn Des Jardin Social Media Manager Sarah Stewart Special Events Coordinator Taylor Sheehan Special Events Coordinator Linda Bamba Circulation Manager Charles Plumpton Student Circulation Manager Michael Rempter

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IT ALL SUNY-ESF student finds saliva is an easier source of DNA to collect when studying bears By Caroline Bartholomew staff writer


Saliva provides relatively

andling and collecting DNA good-quality DNA, and from large animals, such as bears, can be labor-intensive although most animals and expensive, but SUNY-ESF’s don’t leave piles and piles Rachel Wheat found an alternative source: saliva from leftover salmon of half-eaten food remains carcasses. around, saliva sampling Wheat is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the State University should be generalizable to of New York College of Environmental other wildlife species. Science and Forestry but did the study for her doctoral dissertation at the Rachel Wheat University of California, Santa Cruz. postdoctoral research fellow at suny-esf Wheat said she, along with other scientists, were curious about “environmental DNA,” which are other sources which has a high population of brown of DNA that can be in the environment bears, Wheat came across half-eaten instead of physically handling the animal. salmon carcasses every day. Her friend and “We can use the information stored in co-author of the study, Sophie Miller, came DNA for a variety of purposes — identify- to visit and while watching the bears feed ing individuals, tracking animal movement, on salmon, Miller had the idea to swab the building family trees to look at relatedness,” salmon carcasses for saliva, Wheat said. Wheat said in an email, “but good-quality During the summer and fall of 2014, DNA can be difficult to collect, especially Wheat collected enough data to bring when studying large, wide-ranging animals.” to Oregon State University, where she Blood and tissue are the best sources worked in the lab of other co-author Taal of high-quality DNA, but it’s difficult and Levi to extract and analyze the DNA to costly to capture large animals to obtain identify individual bears, Wheat said. these samples, and capture is also hard The study was funded by her National on the animal itself, she said. Science Foundation Graduate Research While working in southeastern Alaska, Fellowship and grants from the National

Geographic Society, the International Bear Association and the Alaska Chilkoot Bear Foundation. “Coastal areas in British Columbia and Alaska often do not have road access, so logistically, brown bear studies in these regions can be prohibitively expensive,” Wheat said. “… Saliva, as an alternative, should help researchers in these regions because spawning areas can be access relatively easily via boat.” She also said using saliva is more feasible because researchers can get large samples in one place since multiple bears can feed at the same salmon spawning site. This way, researchers can sample a large proportion of the population at once instead of having to search for single scat or hair samples, she said. “We also feel that saliva sampling in general is underutilized in ecological fields,” Wheat said. “Saliva provides relatively goodquality DNA, and although most animals don’t leave piles and piles of half-eaten food remains around, saliva sampling should be generalizable to other wildlife species.” Wheat’s latest research focuses on moose in the Adirondack Mountains. She is working with associate professor at SUNY-ESF and associate director of the Roosevelt Wildlife Station Jacqueline Frair to find how the recently recolonized population is trending.

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student association

Student Life Committee co-chair reflects on semester By William Muoio staff writer

With the first semester coming to a close, Student Association Co-Chair of Student Life Anjani Ladhar said she has seen success with a number of the committee’s initiatives. Those initiatives include the launching of products and programs, the development of an application that tracks bus schedules and work to allow students to list preferred names. Working alongside Keelan Erhard, the committee finalized the menstrual hygienic product project and launched the pilot remote access program for students within the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

During a presentation to Student Association assembly members on Nov. 28, Ladhar spoke about an application through the Syracuse University mobile app called SU BusTime. SU BusTime uses a user’s location through a GPS system that shows estimated arrival times of Centro buses that run through Syracuse University’s campus, according to the application. By choosing the route, direction and intended stop, the user can see when buses are projected to come. This application is through the SU’s Information Technology Services department and worked on along with SU’s Parking and Transit Services. With the BusTime application, though,

it is more energy-efficient and easier for students to know when buses are arriving, Ladhar said. The application is still working to become more feasible, though, she added. Ultimately the app may be offered as an alternative to providing more heat lamps around bus stops, as with the current infrastructure it is not feasible. Ladhar worked to continue former SA President Aysha Seedat’s initiative to bring heat lamps to more bus stops around South Campus. This initiative brought heat lamps to two bus stops during early 2015. However, Ladhar ran into some issues with adding more heat lamps. The current bus stops on South Campus

are too short in height compared to those on College Place, meaning there would need to be less powerful, costly heat lamps, she said. Adding additional heat lamps throughout campus would go against an energy agreement the university made to reduce energy, Ladhar said. There is also work going on within the Student Life Committee to launch the option for students to list a preferred name on class lists for next semester. For this process, they have been working closely with the LGBT Resource Center to figure out the logistics behind this. This option will promote inclusivity for students wanting to list a different name, Ladhar said.

SU course to be offered on religion-digital relationship By Chieh Yuan Chen staff writer

Syracuse University’s religion department is offering a new undergraduate class in the spring 2017 semester that studies the relationship between religious practices and digital culture. REL 320, “Digital Religion,” will be taught by John Borchert, a doctoral student in the religion department in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the class, students will learn to recognize how religious practices are playing a role in digital culture that is shaping everyday life. Students will also be taught about how religion is reformed by the technology, Borchert said in an email. “We have an incoming group of students who were largely raised within a digital culture, a culture that they helped form,” he said. “This course is a time to pause and be from page 1


“This fight is not over. It’s far from over,” he said. “We’ve got still a lot of work to do.” Garet Bleir, a junior magazine journalism and marketing dual major, was in disbelief at first when he heard the news. Bleir, who opposes the pipeline and who protested over break, described the experience as emotional and meaningful that efforts to oppose the pipeline put together by many people have paid off. Like Jock, however, Bleir said he remains “cautiously optimistic.” Kacey Chopito, a sophomore history major, traveled with Jock to North Dakota. Chopito is a member of the New Mexican Zuni tribe. “It was so surreal,” Chopito said, recalling the Morton County Sheriff’s Department using a water cannon to douse protesters, who call themselves water protectors, on Nov. 20 and 21.

reflective and critical of those practices that shaped them and that they shape.” Borchert also said students will be exposed to outside of the cultural bubbles that social media creates. Borcher’s research centers on digital religion. He said he thinks teaching the class is an opportunity for him to see how certain theoretical approaches help students learn while involving them during the search, both its methods and its contents. The course gathers student-driven perspectives in gathering and deploying materials such as websites and apps for study, Borchert said. “Central to the course are individual research projects, where students directly engage with digital religious practices in a critical and scholarly way,” he said, adding that the class covers concepts essential to the study of religion: identity, authenticity, He added that he thinks demonstrations and protests that are held across the country and not just in Standing Rock are important because they spread education about indigenous peoples. “It’s a huge victory,” Chopito said. “I think it’s great that the federal government has done this … it can obviously change come January, but the biggest takeaway is that they have to do an environmental survey now and that is going to take months.”   Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, a member of a tribe in the Navajo nation and an SU graduate student studying magazine, newspaper and online journalism, recently traveled to Standing Rock twice. “It is a huge victory, but you know, it’s a small victory in the continued oppression against indigenous people,” Bennett-Begaye said. | @SatoshiJournal

authority and ritual in an emerging context. Philip Arnold, an associate professor and the chair of the religion department, said the class content is not an area that the department historically emphasizes, but it’s becoming more important in the last few years, he added. The course will question and look at examples of the intersections between religious practices and digital culture, including news articles, websites, apps and games, according to the class syllabus. “Technology is not only about computers and phones,” Arnold said. “There’s a natural relationship between the development of human society and the technology because human beings have always been fashioning tools that always imply imagination, creativity and inspiration.” With apps that allow people to visit fullyrendered 3-D temples and churches, people can have different experiences in visit

sacred places, Arnold said. “If people are not able to be there physically, then what does it mean if they can visit there virtually?” he said. “Does it become a substitute in some way or is it something that has a deeper meaning to go there physically?” Throughout the course, students will encounter questions about the power of digital technologies, the cultures students foster and the role religious practices that is shaping and being shaped by the cultures, Borchert said. “I hope (that) students learn to ask about religious practices, technology and the interactions between the two while writing and thinking from a more informed and mature position about how religious and digital practices interact and inform each other and how the study of religion and digital culture is changing,” he said.

8 dec. 5, 2016



Back from the dead

Music columnist Phoebe Smith says The Weeknd’s “Starboy” launches him to new popularity. See


Movie columnist Brian Hamlin discusses the trailer for the 8th installment of “The Mummy.” See

Claus and effect John Wheeler doesn’t just play Santa — he also owns a motorcycle gear shop. See Tuesday’s paper @dailyorange dec. 5, 2016

JOE WALKER has lived in Syracuse all his life, and since the 1960s, he has become the go-to guy for balloon sales in the city. A Syracuse University alumnus, Walker sold balloons while he was a student here. Jared Martin, a friend Walker met in 2014, will take over Balloons Over Syracuse at the end of this year.

Up, up & AWAY

Joe Walker reflects on life as Syracuse balloon man, prepares for retirement Text and photos by Sam Ogozalek staff writer


oe Walker’s phone went off with a frantic jingle. “Quick question, did you say second or third birthday?” “Third.” Walker chatted for a bit and then casually ended the call. He’s been buying birthday balloons from Rainbow Balloons Inc., a distributor based out of Boston, for the past 30 years. He then provides balloon decorations for special events across central New York. This is nothing new. Sitting in a small, dimly-lit office space with a migraine-inducing, muted fluorescent light hovering above old thank-you cards, the Syracuse balloon man smiles. This is his renewal, his rebirth, another chance. Walker, who officially opened Balloons Over Syracuse — which at its height was a nationally-known balloon event company  — in 1967, is retiring at the end of the year. He is handing the business over to friend and Syracuse resident Jared Martin.

Joe Walker has been selling balloons for special events, both locally and nationally, He’s retiring at the end of the year and reflects on 50 years of balloon selling.

Martin met Walker in 2014 and was inspired by his story. “Someone that came out of the inner city with practically nothing … went to a good university, started a business. (That’s) inspiring to me,” Martin said. Walker’s business had been decreasing over the past couple of

years beginning in 2008, when he was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, which can result in heart failure. He had previously lost his father and one of his sisters to this condition.   “I lost 150 pounds within the first three months (due to the treatment following the diagnosis),” he said.

But after about seven years of pain and a trip to a doctor in Rochester, Walker is feeling stronger. At his home office in Fayetteville, a red neon sign depicting three balloons glows persistently in a downstairs window. Walker proclaimed he’s an open book and when prompted, tells his story. It all began 50 years ago: 1960, in the housing projects along Fabius Street in Syracuse. His father, Robert Walker, was a balloon man. When Walker turned 5, he began to accompany his father out for trips to street corners to sell the balloons. It was a side job to pick up a little bit of extra cash. Back then, balloons would go for 35 cents each, or three for a dollar. “I was sick and tired of always doing balloons,” Walker said. “My friends got to go to parties and stuff. I’m stuck standing outside ... freezing my bones off, trying to sell somebody a balloon.” Walker left home at 12 years old, seeking a life without his father and balloon selling. He lived on the streets for a few months. He remembers using a laundromat to warm up his coat during see balloons page 12


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From the

kitchen every monday in p u l p @dailyorange dec. 5, 2016

New twist

The Sweet Praxis serves up unusual take on classic bakery items By Angelica Welch staff writer


raxis is defined as the application of a theory, practice or custom — to put an idea into motion. To Jennifer Walls, it represents constant change and growth, and her idea behind The Sweet Praxis. Walls and her business partner Natalie Hansen have been baking up sweet treats as co-owners of the baking company The Sweet Praxis since 2011, which has grown through their catering service and local market vending. Although they were able to get their unusual name out into the community through these methods, they desired something a little more permanent. They moved into a permanent storefront in November and are excited to continue their tradition of unconventional baking. While working in the architecture industry, Walls and Hansen created The Sweet Praxis in an effort to take classic baked goods and revamp them. Getting things like the classic French croissant recipe just right was really important, said Walls. Once she perfected baking fundamentals, Walls felt more comfortable adding in more

flavors to give products a spin without compromising the originals. You won’t find a traditional chocolate chip cookie at The Sweet Praxis, but what you will discover is the ways in which classics can be enhanced in eccentric ways. Their Mexican chocolate chip cookie seems unassuming, but with a hint of cinnamon and a little kick of spice from cayenne powder it sneaks up on you in the most delicious way. Their self-titled “Bake Lab” is a place Walls feels thrives off experimentation. Over the past five years, Walls and Hansen have built up a strong following on Instagram as well as in-person with the people who would frequent their stalls at farmers markets and various pop-up locations. Although they found initial success at these temporary locations and through catering, the duo wanted to find a permanent place downtown where people could stop in any time of day for a scone and coffee. Transitioning from temporary locations and catering to a full-fledged brick-and-mortar bakery is tough both conceptually and financially. With the help of a Kickstarter fund, Walls and Hansen were able to purchase specialty equipment in order to create

The Sweet Praxis was a catering service and market vendor. It recently found a permanent home downtown. The shop offers classic bakery items, in addition to gluten-free and low-sugar options. hieu nguyen staff photographer

high-quality baked goods such as bread and croissants — which require more than just an oven and a cookie sheet. Walls credits the support of the Syracuse community, as well as her friends and family, with allowing her to create a space that compliments her products so well. “Seeing those same faces, they’ve gown, it feels, with us and alongside us… because of their support we’ve been able to get to this point, without that support I don’t think we would have ever been inspired to keep growing,” she said. In an effort to expand the downtown dining scene beyond Armory Square, Walls and Hansen found a space in the Grange Building at 203 E. Water St. The contemporary patisserie-styled bakery with its bright blue and crisp white walls and wooden accents feels clean and modern — with its large windows begging passersby to come in. Focused on high quality organic ingredients and locally sourced products, The Sweet Praxis is doing what a lot of the new age dining establishments have been doing here in Syracuse — keeping the food natural and local. The gluten-free and vegan options for breakfast and lunch, pastries included, shows the importance

to Walls that people should have many options, to accommodate allergy or a dietary choices. Low sugar, no dyes and no picture or fondant cakes — The Sweet Praxis keeps it clean, simple and modern. When it comes to the other bakeries downtown, it’s not about competition but complementation, Walls said. “It’s about partnering with people that have integrity,” she said. The new focus on the store hasn’t compromised their ability to cater just about any event, whether it be a wedding, birthday, brunch or an office event. The Sweet Praxis can put together an assortment of classic breakfast pastries like almond croissants and scones, a cookie platter of snickerdoodles, cornmeal thyme current cookies and French macarons, or a cake flavored with anything from lavender and vanilla to peanut butter cup. Almost everything is customizable — The Sweet Praxis encourages culinary exploration. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, Walls said The Sweet Praxis team hopes to become a regular spot in the downtown community.


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balloons the cold winter nights. He made his money working odd jobs, like clearing snow off railroad trestles. After moving to the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, and then into a friend’s basement, Walker found a permanent residence on East Genesee Street. in 1968. He saved up the while working at fast-food restaurant Carrols. But no matter how much he tried, he couldn’t get rid of the balloons. He continued to sell them in order to afford rent. “I had to sell (them) to live,” Walker said. Walker had been attending high school on the side, eventually graduating from the Corcoran High School in 1973. He received scholarships from both Harvard University and Syracuse University, but ultimately chose to attend SU. He settled on SU after recalling memories of hanging out on campus when he was homeless. Walker was an English major studying black women’s poetry, and worked as night watchman at State University of New York Upstate Medical University. During his time in college, Walker helped set up SU’s first muscular dystrophy dance marathons throughout the early 1970s. He also organized blood drives and was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. All the while, he still sold balloons. In 1977, during Walker’s senior year, his mother snapped at SU financial aid officials, who kept asking for Walker’s address, and his scholarships were revoked. His mother, who was struggling with a form of stomach cancer, died that same year. Walker continued to sneak into classes for a few months but eventually dropped out of SU. The bills were beginning to stack up. He ended up working a few more jobs before finding himself back where he started:

selling balloons to make a living. giving whenever he could: He and Vicky Walker began to build up his business. found new jobs for almost all of employees He hired employees and that were let go, and offered opened up stores in local free services and balloons malls. When he was 29, to organizations such as after returning from a trip I couldn’t be more the Syracuse Vera House, a to the west coast, he met his domestic abuse shelter. proud. He’s an future wife Vicky at a party Randi Bregman, the in Spencer. amazing person, he’s executive director of Vera “I couldn’t be more House, recalls Walker proud. He’s an amazing a great human being. helping out with their events person, he’s a great human He’s a good man. since she started working at being,” Vicky said. “He’s a the shelter 26 years ago. Vicky Walker good man.” “He has donated joe walker’s wife A fter his diagnosis thousands and thousands of in 2008, Walker had to dollars of balloons,” Randi close his three stores and let roughly 30 said. “Everything has just been out of the employees go. But the balloon man kept kindness of his heart.”

JOE WALKER has battled pulmonary hypertension for eight years, a condition that runs in his family. Medication has helped him feel better over the past few months.

By the time the summer of 2016 rolled around — about seven years after Walker’s initial diagnosis — his doctors said his health was slipping fast. He and Vicky began to plan a goodbye party for September, a celebration of his life with friends and family.   But then came Aug. 15, 2016 — a day of rebirth and renewal. Walker, in desperate hope, had traveled to Rochester based off a recommendation from one of his doctors in Syracuse. Doctor James White, a pulmonologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, told the balloon man simply, as Walker recalls it: “You’re getting poisoned by your medicine, you’ve been on your medicine too long.” Walker was weaned off his previous medication epoprostenal, also known as Flolan, within a month. These days helium and oxygen tanks sit by his side. “I’m still sick, I’m still dying,” he says, looking up. “But I’m not in pain.” A lthough Wa lker feels stronger without the epoprostenal, he still has pulmonary hypertension. A photo from 1970 hangs on the wall of the small office — a picture of the balloon man, softly outlined and blurred in blackand-white. He’s walking alongside a parade in Boonville, New York, American flags tucked into one of his trousers’ belt loops. Walker explained that he would bring lots of f lags to parades, because everyone wanted one. Sooner or later, parade-goers would start paying for the f lags. In the background of the photo, balloons flutter in the wind. But in all the years since that photograph was taken, it’s not the balloons that have had a lasting impact on Walker’s life. “When I die, I’m not gonna remember what balloons I blew up,” he says. “I’m gonna remember the conversations I had. I’m gonna remember the people I shared ideas with.”


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women’s basketball

Briana Day scores season-high 22 points in 18 minutes By Matthew Gutierrez asst. copy editor

Last Wednesday against Michigan State, whose lineup featured three players above ccsu 63 6 foot, Briana Day faked right syracuse 95 and went left on separate occasions. Her up-and-under move shined then, and she flashed it again Sunday when her jump hook didn’t work. Though Day saw the floor for only 18 minutes on Sunday afternoon, she scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight boards. In No. 20 Syracuse’s (6-3) win, Day racked up her highest scoring total since last December. The 6-foot-4 center said last week after SU’s 11-point victory over Michigan State that she needed to take more shots. The next game, a 95-63 victory against Central Connecticut State (1-6) on Sunday in the Carrier Dome, she floated near the top of the key and around the basket with ease, taking a season-high 14 shots. “She’s gotten very good at reading the defense,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She has her jump hook. When they take it away, she can go to her counter moves.” Day hit a couple of mid-range jumpers against MSU last week, and  she didn’t hesitate to knock down a long jumper from from page 16

sykes and laid in an alley-oop. The third time, Syracuse tried the same play. Sykes missed the shot, got her own rebound and put it back in for an and-1. “She’s a great player and has the ability to do so many things on the floor,” Central Connecticut head coach Beryl Piper said. “A couple of times on out of bounds plays, just her athleticism jumping over the top of us and her scoring easy baskets on that … it’s tough for us.” “It’s always fun catching those teams (by surprise),” Sykes said. “You think they’d catch on by now but it never happens.” When the Blue Devils crashed the paint, Sykes was ready to hit from outside. Late in the second quarter she spotted up on the left wing. Desiree Elmore got the ball on the high post, with her back to Sykes. Sykes

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scored 29 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. Devendorf nearly hit the game-winner at the end of regulation, but it was ruled not good on review. 

March 7, 2007 Syracuse 78, Connecticut 65

The Orange outscored Connecticut by 15 points in the second half to snag a 13-point win in the first round of the Big East tournament. It was SU’s eighth straight tournament win. Nineteen of Demetris Nichols’ 28 points came in the second half. Devendorf was the first-half workhorse, scoring 15 in the opening frame. SU shot 50 percent from the field 3-point range in the second.

March 9, 2006 Syracuse 86, Connecticut 84 (OT)

Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Connecticut, 86-84, in the first round of the Big East tournament, marking just the second time in school history that the Orange beat the No. 1 ranked team in the country. SU never trailed in the game until Rashad Anderson drilled a 3 with 33 seconds left in regulation to put the Huskies up 72-71. SU’s Gerry McNamara sunk a 3 with 5.6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 74. Watkins converted on a three-point play in overtime to give SU a 79-78 lead that it

BRIANA DAY (50) lays up a basket against Central Connecticut State. Day scored one-fifth of SU’s points on Sunday. colin davy staff photographer

just inside the 3-point line on Sunday. With Alexis Peterson at the point, Day popped several times to the nearby wing. Even when she didn’t score from the spot, she opened up the middle for guards Peterson and Brittney Sykes to slash. “If she can pick and pop, knock down shots, it makes it harder for the defense because they’re expecting the 5 to load was crouching, hands in motion calling for the pass. When she got it she rose up and drained a 3-pointer. It was one of two 3s she added to her line. There were some off moments for Sykes, as she had five turnovers in the game. But the good vastly outweighed the bad for her on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, one of those turnovers came when she was called for traveling. She pressured the ensuing play, stealing the ball from Central Connecticut’s Aleah Epps right under the basket. She passed it to Chelayne Bailey, who missed a layup. Sykes got the rebound and put it back in. She didn’t play too much in the fourth quarter, but her multi-faceted performance had already secured a win for her team. “My biggest thing is to just be efficient,” Sykes said. “… It’s never just for me, it’s always something bigger.” | @tomer_langer

would not give up. (SU’s win was vacated by the NCAA.)

March 11, 2005 Syracuse 67, Connecticut 63

Warrick’s 26 points and 10 rebounds were enough to lead the Orange past the Huskies, 67-63, in the semifinal of the Big East tournament. Syracuse advanced to the conference title game for the first time since 1998 and went on to win its first conference title since 1992. UConn had won the last three semifinal meetings with Syracuse.

March 13, 2003 Connecticut 80, Syracuse 67

Conference rookie of the year Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the No. 11 Orangemen (24-5), who had won eight straight games. Anthony’s effort wasn’t enough as UConn reached the Big East tournament championship game for the fifth time in six years behind freshman Rashad Anderson’s 21 points and a 44 point second-half charge. After the loss to UConn, though, SU won six straight to capture the program’s lone national title.

March 7, 2001 Syracuse 86, Connecticut 75

The No. 17 Orangemen knocked off the Huskies in the first round victory thanks to Preston Shumpert’s 31-point showing. SU then beat Providence in the second round before a one-point overtime loss to Pittsburgh the next day. In the NCA A

back,” said Peterson, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading scorer. Two years ago, Day, then a sophomore, scored 11 points in a 31-point win against CCSU. When asked whether Syracuse’s center had evolved since the last meeting, Blue Devils head coach Beryl Piper said, “Not so much.” Where Day found her sweet spot, Piper said, is on mismatches, as CCSU’s tall-

est player is 2 inches shorter than Day. In the second quarter, Day had a steal, then assisted to Sykes in transition to extend the SU lead to 14. All six of Day’s points in that quarter came inside the paint. She got an and-one at the end of the third to make it a 23-point game. Day’s offensive role has amplified of late, considering fellow big Isabella Slim’s scoring has dropped off since the first four games of the year. As sophomore Julia Chandler still looks to score, Day is SU’s lone consistent offensive threat down low. Still, she recognizes she has at times been pushed around inside. In the fourth quarter, she grabbed a rebound but the ball got stripped. The senior admits she still hasn’t corralled a stronghold on all her boards, even the ones she grabs. Day picked up back-to-back rebounds off Gabby Cooper and Jade Phillips missed 3-pointers. Though she played only six minutes in the second half, she went an efficient 5-of-8 from the field. And though she played fewer than 20 minutes, she shined with her best offensive game yet in her senior campaign. “She’s become more comfortable in all aspects of her offensive game,” Hillsman said. “Anytime we can get 22 points from her, with her size, her position, we’re going to be pretty good.” | @MatthewGut21

BRITTNEY SYKES (20) guards an inbounds pass against CCSU. Sykes guided SU with her 26 points on Sunday at the Carrier Dome. colin davy staff photographer

tournament round of 32, the Orangemen lost to Kansas, 87-58, for their worst loss ever in the tournament. 

March 5, 1999 Connecticut 71, Syracuse 50

The team’s third meeting in a 35-day span, this Big East semifinal tilt rematch of the prior year’s title game quickly turned into a blowout. Future Detroit Pistons star Richard Hamilton helped UConn expand on an 11-point halftime lead to seal the win. The Huskies, who beat St. John’s in the title game for its second straight and fourth overall Big East crown, won their final 11 games of the year en route to capturing the NCA A title. 

March 7, 1998 Connecticut 69, Syracuse 64

Coming off a disappointing NIT season, SU started Big East play 11-1. The Orangemen beat Villanova and a Ron Artest-led St. John’s unit in overtime to earn a date with UConn in the Big East title game, a clash of the No. 1 seed Huskies and No. 2 seed Orangemen. UConn, which had already beaten SU by nine in the Carrier Dome earlier in the year, proved to be too much in grabbing its third-ever Big East title despite facing a deficit with five minutes to go. 

March 8, 1996 Connecticut 85, Syracuse 67

After winning two games in as many days,

Syracuse ran into a Connecticut team that eventually won its second conference title. John Wallace’s 19 points weren’t enough for the No. 4 seed Orange to come close against No. 1 Connecticut. SU eventually went all the way to the national championship game before losing to Kentucky.

March 11, 1990 Connecticut 78, Syracuse 75

For the first time, Syracuse and Connecticut met in the Big East championship. After tying for the best regular season conference record, the Orange was awarded the No. 1 seed in the tournament based on tiebreakers. When the two squads met in the final, only three points separated them. Stephen Thompson led SU with 21 points in the loss. UConn’s Chris Smith was named tournament MVP. Syracuse went on to lose in the Sweet 16 in the NCA A Tournament as a No. 2 seed.

March 8, 1984 Syracuse 73, Connecticut 58

In Syracuse’s first matchup against UConn in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, the Orange won by 15. Rafael Addison led SU with 31 points. The Orange swept the season series against Connecticut, winning all three matchups. Syracuse went on to lose to Georgetown in the Big East championship game two days later. The Orange earned a No. 3 seed in the NCA A Tournament and reached the Sweet 16.

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beat writer predictions

projected starting lineups

Syracuse has struggled to score in the paint in the last three games, getting outscored 2-to-1




Syracuse (5-2) plays Connecticut (3-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a look at the two teams’ projected starting lineups, with the Orange listed on the left and the Huskies on the right.

Syracuse ranks sixth in the country in 3-point shooting. UConn ranks 272nd.


The starting lineup Syracuse used against North Florida on Saturday has played together for 9.7 percent of SU’s season through seven games, per

Steven Enoch started his first game of the year in UConn’s last game. He scored five points in 16 minutes.

making it rain


mixing it up

time played together


syracuse 64, uconn 60

WOOF This season’s matchup between the two former conference rivals has lost a little bit of its luster. By the time tipoff takes place at Madison Square Garden, Syracuse will likely be without a top 25 ranking affixed to the left of its name. It will be interesting to see how SU responds from a harrowing win over North Florida on Saturday. Tyus Battle should hold onto his starting spot and Jim Boeheim will see if he can extract any life of his bench, headlined by starterturned-reserve senior Tyler Roberson. MATT SCHNEIDMAN (6-1) syracuse 69, uconn 56


3’s made




UCONN 31.2%

3’s made





let’s be frank Frank Howard ranks inside the top 35 in the country in three statistical categories: assists per game, assist-to-turnover ratio and steals per game.

9th 12th

Howard ranks ninth in the country in assists per game with 6.7



Tyus Battle started his first game of the year against North Florida. He scored 19 points in 36 minutes. ANDREW WHITE

Howard is 12th in the country in assists to turnovers per game at 4.3

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battle Battle is traditionally a wing player, which showed with his four triples on Saturday in a 77-71 win over North Florida. But playing a more pure shooting guard role, Battle flashed an ability to penetrate that Boeheim has previously said needed work. Battle will get a chance at an encore when No. 22 Syracuse (5-2) faces Connecticut (3-4) under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden Monday at 7 p.m. “Starting doesn’t really matter,” Battle said. “It’s just playing on the floor. That’s the most important thing, just making an impact when you get in the game.” As Roberson trotted back to the bench from the pregame huddle with his warmup top still on, receiving a pat on the back from assistant coach Mike Hopkins, Battle headed onto the floor but took a little while to get going. The freshman only took two shots in the first half in 16 minutes, hitting 1-of-2 3-pointers while White took over. Battle didn’t grab any rebounds or tally any assists in the opening half, but quickly got involved in the second frame with a two-handed flush on a fast break to open the scoring. He was the primary benefactor in the second half of Frank Howard’s penetration, waiting on the wing until Howard drew in Battle’s defender to free up space for the freshman. Battle hit all three of his 3-pointers in the second half and didn’t miss any of his five shots in the latter 20 minutes, leading Syracuse in the second half with 16 points.


“I don’t know if he was capable of what he did tonight earlier in the year,” White said. “I’m glad to see him do what he did. He’s growing up a lot as a shooter.” After Battle played a season-low 13 minutes in a 64-50 loss to South Carolina, scoring no points and only taking two shots, Boeheim said the freshman seemed “a little lost out there.”


Number of points Tyus Battle scored in his first career start on Saturday, a career-high.

Three games later, the head coach called on one of his youngest players while altering the starting five, something Syracuse didn’t do all of last season. “He just told me to get out there and be aggressive, make plays,” Battle said of Boeheim. “Don’t worry about scoring as much, just make things happen on the floor.” Against North Florida, Battle didn’t seem to worry about scoring in the first half. He didn’t need to. But when White’s production faded, only scoring five points in the final 17:38, Battle gave Syracuse a glimpse at the total package he’s capable of delivering. “His IQ is building a lot and that’s something that I try to help him with a little bit every day,” White said. “So I was proud for him to be able to have that kind of game in his first-career start.” | @matt_schneidman


DOWN AND OUT The Huskies come into Madison Square Garden with severely damaged goods, as Terry Larrier, Alterique Gilbert and Mamadou Diarra are all out for the season with injuries. This looked like it would be a matchup of top-20 teams, but now it’s a battle of unranked teams looking for a much-needed win. The Orange capitalizes on the wounded Huskies and rides its new starting lineup to a double-digit win for its sixth win of the season. PAUL SCHWEDELSON (6-1) syracuse 72, uconn 60

UCONN NOT WIN The Huskies’ fledgling season continues on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Three UConn players already sustained season-ending injuries and UConn has already lost four games. Jim Boeheim tinkered with SU’s lineup against North Florida and Tyus Battle scored 19 in his first career start. With Andrew White playing forward, SU could create matchups. In a return to Madison Square Garden against an old rival, expect SU to continue feeling its way through the nonconference season.


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1. CARMELO ANTHONY matches up against UConn during an 80-67 loss in 2003. 2. PAUL HARRIS shoots a fadeaway against the Huskies in Syracuse’s 127-117 six-overtime victory in 2009. 3. ANDY RAUTINS drives to the basket in Syracuse’s 73-63 win over UConn in 2007. daily orange file photos By The Daily Orange Sports Staff


ongtime rivals Syracuse (5-2) and Connecticut (3-4) will meet for the 93rd time on Monday at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The two teams have faced off at the venue 13 times in the Big East tournament, the most famous of which being the 2009 six-overtime classic. Here’s a look back at the games from the two teams’ rich history in the Garden.

March 8, 2012 Syracuse 58, Connecticut 55

Then-No. 2 Syracuse slipped past Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, getting its 31st win against the Huskies. That tied a season record for Syracuse. The Orange moved on to face Cincinnati in the second round of the Big East tournament, when it lost, 71-68. Fab Melo missed the Big East tournament and largely left Dion Waiters to carry Syracuse. SU’s win was vacated by the NCAA. 

March 11, 2011 Connecticut 76, Syracuse 71

Syracuse didn’t face Connecticut in the Big East tournament again until the two teams faced each other in 2011. For the second consecutive time in the tournament, the two teams went to overtime. This one just lasted one, however. Only three Syracuse players scored in double digits, including Rick Jackson, Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine. Waiters shot just 3-of-9 from the field. 

March 12, 2009 Syracuse 127, Connecticut 117

Syracuse and Connecticut competed with each other for six overtimes in an instant classic. The Orange failed to lead in any of the first five overtimes. Four SU players — Paul Harris, Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins — played for 50 or more minutes in the game. Flynn scored 34 points and assisted on 11 baskets while Paul Harris

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Sykes’ 26 points carry SU to win Tyus Battle excels in starting role for SU By Tomer Langer asst. copy editor

On Central Connecticut’s second possession of the game, the ball ccsu 63 was in the syracuse 95 corner in front of the Syracuse bench. Briana Day had to step out from the center of the zone to guard the player there after that side of the court had been overloaded. As the Blue Devils’ Giocelis Reynoso tried to swing the ball down to the paint, Sykes rotated over from the weak side and knocked the ball away. She started

running out in transition, finding Alexis Peterson ahead of her. Peterson kicked it right back to Sykes, who stepped into a pull-up jumper. It was indicative of just a small portion of what Sykes would do the rest of the way, as she spent the entire game stuffing the stat sheet for the Orange. When she wasn’t stealing passes (five) or scoring points (26) she was flying in for rebounds (14), on both ends of the court. She shined in No. 20 Syracuse’s (6-3) 95-63 blowout victory over Central Connecticut (1-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. “It’s great when she can have an all-around complete game, you want that kind of balance from

your players,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. Sykes wreaked havoc on the offensive glass. On multiple occasions, she went right back up after a rebound to create points for herself. She sprinkled in four assists on the night, and two of those came on kick outs to Peterson for 3-pointers after offensive boards. One thing that worked well for the Orange all game was executing on baseline out-of-bounds sets. . The first two times SU ran one of them in the third quarter, the ball was lobbed to Sykes, who skied through the middle of the court

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By Matt Schneidman senior staff writer

The decision to bench Tyler Roberson for the first time in 59 games was an easy one for Jim Boeheim. In Roberson’s last two games, over a span of 34 total minutes, the senior forward scored one point on 0-of-5 shooting. Insert Tyus Battle, Syracuse’s highest-rated recruit in the Class of 2015 but a freshman who hadn’t yet scored in double digits this season. Forty minutes of game time

after Battle heard his name announced during pregame introductions for the first time, he had 19 points to his name. He was the primary supporting cast member to Andrew White, who lead SU with 26 points, gifting Boeheim with unexpected validation for the switch. “I didn’t think it would work out this well,” Boeheim said. “I didn’t think Tyus was ready to have this kind of game, but I’m glad he did.”

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