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Ice cold Crepe and Gelato Boulevard adds a new location on Marshall Street. Page 3


Misguided SA’s resolution to alter policy directions in reporting child abuse reflects an unclear identity of the organization. Page 5


Aiming higher A Syracuse alumna started a college tour business aimed at giving students a realistic view of college life. Page 9

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Going bowling Syracuse stunned Boston College with a touchdown in the final seconds to become bowl eligible. Page 20

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Embracing the moment

Terrel hunt (right) hugs Will Hicks, assistant athletics director for athletic performance, after Syracuse’s last-minute 34-31 win against Boston College on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Hunt found Josh Parris on an 8-yard touchdown pass with six seconds remaining to send the Orange past the Eagles and clinch bowl eligibility for the third time in four years. With the celebration over and worries quelched, SU now awaits its postseason matchup.


GENTLEMAN By Shelby Netschke


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f you shake his hand, he does not insist you call him president or doctor. Students call him Big Neil. And he loves it, but he’ll probably introduce himself, in a soft-spoken voice, as Neil. But until he steps down at the end of this semester, he is President Cornelius Murphy, the jolly, green-thinking gentleman at the head of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. To those at ESF, Murphy will be remembered for advocating

and connecting with students and faculty. Murphy works between 60-70 hours a week: He jumps through budgeting hoops, visits other schools, helps choose new faculty members, appears at events, writes the occasional Huffington Post article, attempts to squeeze in meetings and, if they are lucky enough to catch him at his desk, talks to his students. He said whenever he speaks with students, they help make him a better person. And the students, Murphy said, are the part of his job he will miss the most after almost 14 years at ESF.

As SUNY-ESF president prepares to step down, campus reflects on his friendliness, presence

Shooting occurs near South By Maggie Cregan Asst. News Editor

“I think to be an advocate and supporter of our students is probably one of the most important things I can do,” Murphy said. “If I can help our faculty achieve their research goals and objectives and assist them in their teaching responsibilities, that is probably my next most important thing.” ESF’s vice president, Joseph Rufo, has worked with Murphy for five years, and said Murphy combines two traits that are often mutually exclusive: He is a superb administrator and genuinely

A shooting between two SUVs driving on Nottingham Road ended at the Mobil Mart gas station near South Campus on Saturday. At 3:20 p.m., police said two young men were driving in a Lexus SUV when a black SUV overtook them on the driver’s side at the intersection of Nottingham Road and Broad Street and fired shots. The passenger suffered a minor graze wound to the back of his head

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Crepe, gelato shop to open on Marshall Street By Renee Cherry Contributing Writer

Crepe and Gelato Boulevard, a downtown Syracuse dessert restaurant, will soon add a Marshall Street location. Existing Crepe and Gelato Boulevard locations, run by husband-andwife team Noam and Meshi Cohen, include a shop in Armory Square and one in Israel. The stores sell crepes, waffles, a selection of homemade gelatos, fresh-baked pastries, milkshakes and hot drinks. There is no set date for the opening of the shop’s Marshall Street location. Noam Cohen said Crepe and Gelato Boulevard is known for its sweet crepes and waffles, which are sold with various sauces and toppings, and its homemade gelato selection. He said the Marshall Street location will have the same basic menu as existing locations but with a few new additional products.

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Marshall Street seemed like a natural choice for the new location, he said. Cohen added that many of the customers at the existing downtown Syracuse location are students. “We decided to come closer,” he said. “It has a really, really cool

design and atmosphere, so I think it’s best for us to be located in Marshall. I think it’s a good match.” There are several food and dessert shops on Marshall Street, but Cohen said he believes Crepe and Gelato Boulevard is something that Marshall Street could use since there is no existing creperie or gelateria. “There is no connection between us to other businesses around,” he said. “We don’t come there to compete, we are coming there to bring something else.” He added that he believes the Crepe and Gelato Boulevard menu will set it apart from established Marshall Street shops. Ivy Levine, a sophomore public relations major, said she often spends time at Yogurtland with friends, but would be interested in a new option. “I would definitely be willing to try a new spot, it’ll be cool to see if it becomes a new hangout spot on Marshall Street,” she said. Rachel Reymann, a senior communications and rhetoric major, agreed that she would be interested in a new restaurant if it had “good food” for a reasonable price. “I’ve come to Yogurtland many times, but I love trying new food places,” she said. “You never know if a new food place is good unless you try it.” Cohen said the new Crepe and Gelato Boulevard will resemble the existing Armory Square shop, which is decorated with walls covered in graffiti. “It’s a very funky shop,” he said. But, he said, he and Meshi “have some very cool ideas for the specific one that’s going to be on Marshall.” When the new Crepe and Gelato

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chase gaewski | photo editor noam cohen decorates the Armory Square location of Crepe and Gelato Boulevard. The eatery’s Marshall Street location will have a similar look. Cohen runs the shop with his wife, Meshi.

La Voz pulls controversial fall issue School, county examine at-risk youth services fa l k

By Annie Palmer Asst. News Editor

La Voz Magazine has decided to pull its fall issue after receiving widespread negative feedback from students. The decision was made by the magazine and Latino Undergraduates Creating History in America without any pressure from faculty or members of the administration, said Lesley Quiroz, senior editor of La Voz. She said the issue, which focused on “ratchet” culture — including twerking — was intended to comment on a topic that the magazine felt was “controversial and current” enough to be considered a major part of today’s generation. She added that La Voz wanted students to see “ratchet” behavior

as open for interpretation and as something that could be problematic despite its popularity.

“If your goal was to help the SU student body ‘stay away from being perceived in a negative light,’ you failed.”

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The magazine plans to hold an open forum to encourage dialogue on the topics presented in the issue. Angie Toribio, editor in chief of

La Voz, said the magazine’s true position on “rachet” culture could have been clearer, since some students felt the intended satire and criticism weren’t obvious enough. “I think they understood it as if we were commenting on a specific culture, when in fact it is a generational culture that has allured young people from all backgrounds,” she said. Student commentary and criticism of the issue first appeared on Twitter, she said. Though the negative feedback received the most attention, Toribio said several students understood La Voz’s intentions.. Still, many students felt strongly enough about the fall issue that they took to social media and other

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By Ellen Meyers Staff Writer

A research team from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics is partnering up with Onondaga County to help youth with mental and emotional challenges stay out of the juvenile justice system. The team consists of faculty members, a graduate student and Onondaga County System of Care (OnCare), and is leading the research project titled “Mental Health Services and Crossover to Justice System Involvement.” The project works to identify why chil-

dren who receive services get into the juvenile justice system and also to change the current system to better serve at-risk youth. Matthew Mulvaney, director of the project and a child and family studies professor, said children who receive mental health services are at higher risk of getting involved with the juvenile justice system. “What we want to do is figure out if we can identify those kids who are receiving mental health services, are likely to get involved with the juvenile system and figure

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Lack of holiday television specials fails to meet expectations this season


live for holiday television. There’s nothing I enjoy more than binge watching all 10 of the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes during a multiple hour tryptophan coma. Those themed episodes do something for us. They help us anticipate the holiday a week in advance and rev us up for the entire holiday season. This year, I was disappointed to find that the turkey day special episodes were missing from many of my favorite sitcoms. Has holiday fervor so fatigued members of the writers guild that our favorite television shows will go without holiday episodes? With Christmas coming and the days remaining in Hanukkah dwindling, there’s good reason to fear for the absence of holiday episodes this season. Holiday episodes might seem old fashioned or played out, but they’re important. So many important plot points are brought up during holiday episodes, from the fall to the spring. “The Bob Newhart Show” Thanksgiving episode is regarded as comedic gold. On the “30 Rock” “Ludachristmas,” episode, plot lines


living vicariously through you collided and Jack unearthed the truth about his mom. “Return of the King” on Entourage was ironic and important as the plot thickened and Ari did anything but atone on Yom Kippur. And “Chrismukkah” on the O.C. — need I say more? Holiday episodes are lynchpins of the television season; climaxes reach their apexes and they make holidays universal. Television is undeniably a reflection of our culture. Therefore, it’s disappointing that television has a decreased inclusion of holidays. Maybe it’s because we live in a culture in which people don’t watch television live anymore and instead take to their Hulu accounts.


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“New Girl” is one show that happens to do the holidays well, but its weekly average for viewership is only 3 million, according to Salon. But with this logic, isn’t that an excuse to stop making good TV at all? No one wants that. The most recent seasons of TV shows are undeniably struggling. The highest rated shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” which in fairness did have a Thanksgiving episode this season, and reality contests like “The Voice.” Networks don’t look to their sitcoms anymore to compete with that, they instead stage hour-long holiday specials in an attempt to draw ratings. But even that doesn’t fulfill the previous holiday TV traditions. This year’s “Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular,” which aired on Thanksgiving, was so out there that it alienated audiences, drawing in a measly 3 million viewers. Some people just don’t want to watch Lady Gaga be felt up by a muppet on Thanksgiving, I guess (that actually happened; I’m not hyperbolizing). Networks have done this for years and years, and it barely ever works. This year, NBC’s big

effort is to broadcast “The Sound of Music” live. The network advertised to us, “Remember when you used to watch TV with your family?” This statement alienates the younger generation of viewers, the most valuable demographic of 18-34 year olds in fact. We did not gather around to watch “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on Saturdays like our parents and grandparents. Plus “The Sound of Music” is set to air this week on Thursday night against the formidable ratings vacuum “The Big Bang Theory.” As television is forced to change by new technology, our beloved holiday episodes are being replaced as networks return to the old model of the one night only holiday special or grasp wildly for ratings and try to adapt. In bitter frustration, I will retreat to my Netflix account this year and filter through my favorite TV shows in an effort to find their holiday episodes and get the seasonal cheer I can’t find on traditional TV. Bah Humbug. Cassie-lee Grimaldi is a senior television, radio and film major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at cgrimald@syr. edu and reached on Twitter @cassiegrimaldi.

University should devote more resources to international students Statistics from Syracuse University show that international students make up about 10 percent of its total student population. While we celebrate the diversity of our student community, we should not forget that international students are also more vulnerable to difficulties in their lives. Therefore, I believe that SU should take the initiative and devote more resources for international students to help them make the transition to a new environment. International students are having a tough time adjusting to their American lives as a result of the language and cultural barriers. The language barrier is the major obstacle especially for those who come from a nonEnglish speaking country — for example, China. Chinese students have learned a decent number of English words from their English courses in China, but are less familiar with their stylistic uses. Students, therefore, usually fail to understand their slang-speaking fellow American students. The second obstacle is the cultural barrier. Culture influences people’s minds so much that people from different cultures dress differently, talk differently and socialize differently. Making the transition to a new environment usually entails cultural assimilation. But we need to ask ourselves if international students are ready to be culturally assimilated. What international students end up doing when they fail to overcome the two obstacles are (take Chinese students for example) staying in their Chinese groups and not coming out.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR They stay at home and study (good for those who care about their academic performance) or sleep in and play computer games (shame on those who do not care about their academic performance). In some extreme cases, they drop out and return to their home country. SU should care about them as they constitute an important part of the student community. Here are two solutions I suggest that will make a difference: 1) A systematic program to familiarize new international students with American life is imperative. One of the sessions would be, for example, how to order food — learn names of delis and drinks. I suggest SU follow the University of Southern California, where various required life-skill programs are offered to the university’s large number of international students. 2) Peer mentor programs need to extend beyond academic mentoring and combine with counseling, too. Besides, more mentors who have international experiences are needed. Mentors can be good counselors who offer valuable life suggestions if they understand what their international mentees are going through.

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SA should not become involved in altering university child abuse reporting policy The Syracuse University Student Association should not become involved in university policies for reporting suspected child abuse. At a Nov. 18 SA meeting, several members presented a resolution to the assembly urging SU employees to change the directions within the policy for reporting suspected child abuse. The resolution also suggested that SU employees could face disciplinary action such as termination if they fail to report signs of such abuse. Members will vote to pass the resolution at Monday’s meeting. However, this resolution mirrors the effort by the Joint Working Group in the summer of 2012. The group, consisting of SU Board of Trustee members and administration, aimed to analyze SU’s policies and its responses to allegations of misconduct. The group released directions for all staff and fac-

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board ulty to follow that included specific instructions for mandated reporters of child abuse. These reporters include physicians, psychologists and other members of the SU community. Although SA proposing these changes is admirable, the topic of child abuse is one that demands attention from the university. This issue is far too complicated for students to handle. It is a topic that should be left to administrators, like those involved in the Joint Working Group. The members of this group have the authority to initiate such change and are more aware of the complexities and the procedures involved. SA’s misguided effort reflects a greater need for the organization to find its true identity on campus. Earlier this semester, Presi-

dent Allie Curtis proposed that the association become involved in national student issues — an overly ambitious goal for a student organization. This recent proposal further proves the disconnection between SA’s goals and what it can realistically achieve. SA should not be concerned with the magnitude of the topic, but instead its relevance to students. Under President-elect Boris Gresely, members of SA should better define the goals they plan to tackle. These goals should be achievable and pertinent to the students they are serving. With this proposed resolution, SA is entering territory where it does not necessarily belong. Although the intentions behind this resolution are commendable, it would be wise of SA to focus its efforts on more achievable objectives relevant to the organization.


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he quality of our education system has only declined the past few decades, despite increased federal involvement and regulations. Now the federal government says the answer is to get involved more and make more regulations. Currently there’s a growing national furor about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, also known simply as Common Core. This federal initiative will have every school district in the nation follow the same standards, undermining educational quality and choice. Initiatives like Common Core don’t make students smarter. They force every student to learn the same government-prescribed subjects with government-pre-

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Rather, it is a propagandadriven, profit-oriented, Stockholm syndrome-inducing system of state indoctrination. At the core of almost all of the nation’s problems is a populace that is unquestioning of authority, unaware of what is going on in their government and quite frankly, lacking in critical thinking skills. If someone is to tackle this nation’s many problems at the source, then changing the manner in which young Americans are educated, or conditioned to think, is certainly a good place to start. Nick Smith is a senior broadcast and digital journalism major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @Nick_ X_Smith.

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SUNY-ESF’s Baobab Society plans service trip in Fiji for Winter Break

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he Baobab Society will take its first overseas service trip this Winter Break when eight students and a faculty adviser go to Fiji for 15 days to volunteer and explore the island. The students will spend the first half of the trip constructing a water catchment system, which harvests rainwater, in the small village of Nailega, said Yasmeen Bankole, a junior in environmental studies and president of the Baobab Society. The mission of the society is to promote cultural consciousness on campus, she said. They run multi-cultural events, provide support for international students and do community service. On the trip, the group will also be painting and refurbishing classrooms, working with chil-

dren and teachers and teaching English, she said. “The second half of the trip is more of an adventure,” said Meagan Pepper, program coordinator for community service at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. It will combine volunteering with exploration and learning about the culture. The students will go sightseeing, snorkeling and kayaking, while also educating the community about forest sustainability and planting trees, she said. Pepper said she always wanted to go on a service trip but never had the opportunity as an undergraduate at ESF. “When they first approached me about this trip, I was intrigued,” she said. “I was really attracted to the unique program and the relationship with individuals in the community. I’m excited to get to know the community

members that we’re affecting. ” Bankole, who planned the trip, said she modeled it after trips taken by other student organizations, such as the Society of Conservation Biology at ESF who went to Costa Rica this November. Wanting to try something new with her organization’s project, she said she researched Fiji and learned that about 50 percent of the country lacks access to clean water. She said she spent three weeks researching different organizations before she finally decided to go with Volunteer Eco Students Abroad. The trip begins on Dec. 28, and students will be staying with host families — two volunteers per family — for the first week, said Sam Buzash, a junior in environmental studies. “I heard that it is the friendliest culture on the planet and they treat guests like family,” she added.

During the second week, the volunteers will stay in hotels and resorts around Fiji, she said. Each student is paying his or her own way, Buzash said, who had to take out loans in order to go on the trip. The out of pocket cost is about $4,044.69 per student, she said. The club has received funding from ESF president Cornelius Murphy’s personal account in the President’s Office, the ESF College Foundation and co-sponsorship from the Undergraduate Student Association, Buzash said. It also held a fundraiser with Syracuse Crunch Hockey and a cartridge collection on campus, she added. But Buzash, who has always wanted to go to Fiji, said she thinks the experience will be worth the price tag.

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outlets to voice their concerns. Nicasha Martin, a senior health and exercise science major, wrote in a Nov. 21 Daily Orange Letter to the Editor that she felt the issue disrespected the African-American community. She said she was upset by the magazine’s choice to showcase “one negative aspect of the African-American community,” adding that the image on the magazine’s cover was “degrading and disrespectful to all women.” Though twerking and the other topics in the magazine are considered taboo by some, Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, interim

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dean of the Division of Student Affairs, said the students in La Voz were aware of that fact and were intentionally trying to get SU students to think about images in the media and society. “I think when any of us are in an underrepresented population, there are times when people hold a mirror up to you and sometimes you laugh and say, ‘this is characteristic,’” Kantrowitz said. “Then there are other times when you are not going to laugh and think this is a stereotype that is perpetuated and is really negative.” Kantrowitz said the university’s STOP Bias website sometimes receives reports in which students say they are upset with what they see in student media. She said few students actually bring their concerns

to the editors of student publications, so she applauded the students who spoke out about their disapproval. Kantrowitz said she believes the editors were thinking entirely about the student body when they pulled the issue. “When they were trying to weigh what was important, they didn’t want to further hurt their fellow students,” Kantrowitz said. “In the media, it can sometimes be one way communication, so by pulling them out of circulation and then asking to have conversation is a very wise move.” Along with removing copies of the magazine from campus, La Voz issued a statement to the campus community in which it apologized for the magazine’s content and detailed its reasoning behind featuring “ratchet behavior.”

“Our shared goal is to empower and we all agree that is where we, no matter our intentions, failed in the execution,” La Voz said in the release. “We admit we made a mistake in publishing this material and we humbly ask that you accept our sincerest apologies.” James Duah-Agyeman, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said he respected and applauded La Voz’s decision to pull its fall issue, adding that he feels most faculty and administration support any instance where students can come together to exchange ideas and educate each other. Said Duah-Agyeman: “My hope is that there will be truly meaningful dialogue where each side seeks, not to be understood, but to understand.”



cares about people. “Whenever we have an issue that involves an employee or a student he really does take that to heart and wants to make sure that people aren’t adversely impacted by a decision,” Rufo said. Two years ago, the civil service contracts at ESF froze. There were no pay increases for custodians, receptionists or grounds workers. And because of the furloughs, some employees had to take four or five days off unpaid. Many employees were living paycheck to paycheck to provide for their families, Rufo said, and Murphy became very concerned. Murphy wanted to be sure that none of the employees on the lower end of the pay scale were left behind under his authority, he said. “He said, ‘Look, if there’s somebody who’s really struggling, we want to be able to step in and help out,’” Rufo said. “You can’t fake that. You can’t fake the idea of genuinely caring about people.” Rufo said when the faculty first started the search for a new president, Board of Trustees chair Vita DeMarchi said ESF was hiring a new president — not “replacing Neil.” The idea was not to find a clone for Murphy, Rufo said, just because he is adored and respected. “We need to replace the president,” he said. “But we can’t replace Neil, just like you can’t replace anybody.” Syracuse University Interim Chancellor Eric Spina met Murphy years ago, when he served on an advisory board for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, which Spina was dean of at the time. What Murphy understood even before he was president, Spina said, is the strategic importance of the relationship between ESF and SU. Spina said it’s more than transactional — the schools have become better partners and collaborators in research settings, as well as social settings. Murphy is very much focused on change, Spina said, and his personal and professional approaches go hand in hand. “I think the qualities that Neil has as a person — eminently approachable, down to earth, focused on trying to make a difference — are the qualities that he has exhibited as president,” Spina said. “I think he’s kind of been a fun president, and he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves.”

and the driver, who was uninjured, continued driving and stopped at the gas station. The Post-Standard reported that one man was hospitalized. Shell casings were recovered at the scene near the intersection of Nottingham Road and Broad Street. The shooting is currently under investigation, police said.

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daily orange file photo cornelius murphy lifts a glass to celebrate SUNY-ESF’s 100th anniversary. At the end of the semester, Murphy will step down as president after 14 years at the school. Students at ESF love him, Spina said, and the faculty feels they can connect with him on any issues or ideas. Owen Hennigan, a freshman environmental science major, said he talked to Murphy on a few occasions, but his grandfather, who was a water science professor at SUNY-ESF, has been friends with Murphy for almost 30 years. “My grandpa has always said he’s a really nice guy who is very passionate about his job and makes a huge effort to get to know the students on a personal level,” Hennigan said. “He’s always just really friendly walking around campus saying hello to everyone.” John Hartigan, a graduate ecology student, said he only spoke to Murphy a few times as an undergraduate. Still, after only a few exchanges, Murphy congratulated him by name when Hartigan graduated. Ultimately, Murphy wanted the school to make a difference, Hartigan said. Innovative ideas were reinforced by proactive goals, such as making ESF the first carbonneutral campus. “He was very into ESF leading by example,” Hartigan said. “He thought it was important for a school that touts green teaching to strive for a green existence.” This year, ESF’s focus was on water. Brendan Antonini, a freshman bioprocess engineering major, said he thought it was interesting

how such a seemingly simple concept could be stretched across three lectures. “Big Neil has conducted one of the three and it is amazing how much passion he puts into teaching students about something as simple as water,” Antonini said, “which can keep you interested.” He’s given lectures in the past few years on nuclear and radio chemistry, advanced energy systems and professional practice. After taking a year off, Murphy said he plans to return to SUNY-ESF to teach part time in spring 2015. In the meantime, he will try to adjust to no longer having a fast-paced work week and regularly attending event appearances, which he said have become familiar to him during the past 14 years. He once hosted the game show knockoff “ESF’s Got Talent.” Another time, the ESF Insomniacs invited him to one of its late-night, weekend alternatives. “It was a mechanical bull, and they insisted I ride the mechanical bull,” Murphy said, adding that he lasted maybe five seconds. Those rare opportunities are the ones he will cherish. Said Murphy: “At the same time, the new president has to have those opportunities, so I’m going to have to step more into the background.”

Cohen said the shop will have an event for the grand opening. The event is still in the planning stages, but said there will probably be special promotions. “It’s going to be special with good prices and benefits,” he said. Cohen said he and his wife are looking forward to opening up a business on Mar-

shall Street. “We are really, really excited to come and be a part of the area, of Marshall Street, of the special vibration and energy that students have.”

—Staff Writer Lydia Wilson contributed reporting to this article.

out preventive procedures to reduce the likelihood of that,” Mulvaney said. He said the research is in its beginning stages. It is in the process of gathering information on the children and families who receive services from agencies across Onondaga County, including the children’s involvement with mental health services, the parents’ mental characteristics and the quality of the home environment. Linda Lopez, director of OnCare, said in an email that changes will be made to the current system to better serve children who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In January, Lopez said Onondaga County’s new Department of Children and Family Services will start a team that will work with young adults and their families that have crossed over into the juvenile justice system, she said. Every child who becomes involved in the juvenile justice system will be screened to see if he or she has current or past involvement with the child welfare system, Lopez said. If there is, he or she will be referred to the Crossover Youth Team for more intensive family-based supports and services, she said. Kimberly Raymond, a doctoral candidate in child and family studies and the only graduate student involved with the project, said one of the team’s goals is to combine all of these services together. “These systems don’t speak to one and another at all. It’s like ‘youth is over here in child welfare and over here at the same time in juvenile justice.’ These two groups may not even know it,” Raymond said. Another part of the project is reducing structural barriers and sharing information among existing agencies to better serve atrisk youth, Lopez said. She said OnCare wants to provide services that will help children and families achieve long-term success. “Our goal is to help these youth achieve success in home, school and community settings,” Lopez said.



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chase gaewski | photo editor Nasha barnes, the president and CEO of Aim Higher Enterprises, stands outside of her office at the South Side Innovation Center. With the goal of lowering drop-out rates, her job entails taking young girls on college tours. Barnes, who is also a motivational speaker and author of two books, plans to expand her business across the country in 2015.



Syracuse native returns to college, starts business to prevent young girls from dropping out of school


By Joe Infantino Asst. Feature Editor

fter dropping out of college, Nasha Barnes wanted to make sure no one else would do the same. “I remember this statement that was said to me and is still said today, and it irks me so badly,” Barnes said. “I was told, ‘Turn to your left and turn to your right, one of you will not be here at the end.’” Barnes attended Syracuse University on a scholarship to study journalism. But lacking the necessary social skills, she dropped out. She returned a few years later to finish her degree and upon graduation, she went to Columbia University for graduate school. She now owns, and singlehandedly operates, Aim Higher Enterprises, a small business that provides teenage girls with general life skills and fosters women in business. The company was inspired by her

rocky college experience, and since opening in 2010, has branched out into several subsidiaries, including Girls Aim Higher, a mentoring program for young female students. About a month ago, Barnes hosted her first college tour for Girls Aim Higher at SU. She now works out of the South Side Innovation Center, whose goal is to foster small businesses in the

“This is the realtalk tour. I’m going to work with them one on one so we can get real about what they need to face.”

Nasha Barnes

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South Side neighborhood of Syracuse. She is also a motivational speaker and author. Every part of her business — lectures and books included — is an effort to teach students the skills to maneuver through college. “It hurt me later on when I realized that I was that person who wasn’t there in the end,” Barnes said. A native of Syracuse, Barnes has made the city’s schools the focus of her projects. She works closely with high school girls and shows them what college is really like so they don’t feel like a “deer in headlights” upon arrival — all premeditated attempts to reduce college dropout rates. “This is the real-talk tour,” she said. “I’m going to work with them one on one so we can get real about what they need to face.” The services she offers under the Girls Aim Higher program include

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hands-on walking tours through campuses. Barnes goes beyond the monolithic buildings and actually gives high school students a chance to interact with those in college. Included in the program is a strong emphasis on life skills, which is what India Dancil, Barnes’s daughter and a volunteer, said is the most effective part. “It kind of shocked me that there are things you think everyone should already know,” Dancil said. “She had students doing research on computers in the lab and figuring out what they want to do with their futures, and seeing what it actually takes.” In her first tour at SU, Barnes took students

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to dorms, dining halls and classrooms. Along the way they stopped to talk with students and professors about the “nitty-gritty” aspects of college life. “We asked a lot about how you handle relationships, time management, procrastination and financial issues,” Barnes said. “You should have seen their faces.” It’s that disbelief in students’ eyes that proves her services are making a difference, she said. Noticing that the Girls Aim Higher program has been working, Barnes now plans to extend her business to 14 undisclosed states by 2015. It’s a lofty goal for someone who operates out of Syracuse, but Barnes has already spoken with people in several states. One of her connections is Crystal Gunn, the CEO of the Amazing Woman Network in Southfield, Mich. Gunn’s company provides women with the

resources and platforms necessary to be taken seriously in business. She said joining forces with Barnes was an easy decision because they both want to empower women and young girls. Together, Gunn said she and Barnes will be training eight women across the country to act as supervisors at different college campuses. They will then serve as liaisons for Barnes to check in on all of the students. If things go according to plan, the number of mentors will increase well beyond eight people. Barnes has it all thought out, Gunn said. Said Gunn: “She’s brilliant, and I love brilliance. I talk with Nasha [Barnes] more than anyone else, we have so many ideas that just flow into another.”

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In 2011, Nasha Barnes toured the country. Along the way, she met many inspiring women. This book shares the stories of 31 of those people.

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a p p r e ci at ion By Linda Gorman Staff Writer

For those of us not inclined to brave the Black Friday crowds, holiday shopping can be daunting. But procrastination isn’t exactly the best option — the gift selection tends to get a little picked over if you wait until Dec. 24 to hit the mall. Lucky for us, there are apps designed to smooth out every step of the gift-buying process, starting with the all-important gift idea. Gift Wizard for Android uses an algorithm to suggest gifts for people based on their characteristics. Enter your loved one’s age, personality type, interests and “next big life challenge” and let the intelligent gift engine do the rest of the work for you. For planning and organization, try the iPhone app Santa’s Bag, one of the most comprehensive holiday shopping mobile applications on the market. Santa’s Bag allows you to enter budgets, wish lists and shopping lists for all of your intended recipients, while keeping you on track with a Christmas countdown all along, which is accurate to the second. Popular QR and barcode scanning app RedLaser kicks in during the next stage of the

process. While out shopping, RedLaser will let you to scan a barcode or type in a product name in order to compare prices against local stores and online stores to get the best deal. As an added bonus, RedLaser will keep all of your loyalty cards together in one place. Alternatively, check out the iOS app Jifti, which was in the news this summer for raising more than $2 million in seed funding. Like RedLaser, Jifti works by having users scan the barcodes of gifts in store. Scanning a barcode with the app will send the intended gift recipient a virtual gift card via notification or email. The recipient can then use the gift card online or pick out the item from a physical retailer. Jifti is a solution for the pragmatic gifter: Rather than agonizing about picking out the perfect size and color, simply give the recipient the freedom to select the version he or she wants on his or her own. Apps are handy gift-buying tools. And if you are inclined to think outside of the box, apps can be great gifts in their own right — the Apple App Store has given users the option to “gift an app” since 2010, and Google Play offers gift cards in $10, $25 and $50 denominations.

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Grotto dishes out Americanized Italian cuisine By Nicole Fisher


Staff Writer

hen you walk through the front door of Grotto in North Syracuse, you are suddenly transported to a sophisticated, simpler time. As Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra sing in the background, the lights and ornaments of the Christmas tree in the bay window shimmer. The flickering dim lighting in the dining room shows the dark wooden details of the walls. Behind the bar stands one of the owners, Nancy Ostuni, wearing a black fedora. A little bit of a hike from the Hill, the semiupscale restaurant opened in late October. Ostuni helped run restaurant La Bella Vino in Cicero and previously worked at The Sports Page, giving her some experience in the restaurant scene of Central New York. With takeout, dine-in and catering options for lunch and dinner, Ostuni’s Grotto is ready to serve customers anytime. To start my dinner, I had the special: fried meatballs. Made with a secret family recipe, this appetizer offered a hearty portion. Four large meatballs sat atop a bed of marinara sauce with sprinkled, melted Italian cheese. With a crispy outside, the meatballs were still fluffy inside. A flavorful mixture of spices allowed the meatballs to complement the sweet

joshua chang | staff photographer Grotto, a recently opened Italian restaurant in North Syracuse, serves a number of authentic dishes, including fried meatballs, chicken riggies and cod puttenesca. The scallops florentine comes with about eight scallops and is served with shrimp and green beans. tomato sauce, which made a great dip for the bread on the table as well. With each entrée, Grotto offers the option of soup or salad. I ordered the latter. Though labeled as a green salad, the bed of greens came with cucumbers, roasted red peppers and artichokes. These unlikely toppings added depth to the meal, along with the house dressing — a balsamic with a healthy helping of Gorgonzola cheese. The cheese and roasted red peppers combined for tangy and sweet flavors. For my main dish, I ordered the scallops Florentine, which was served over a bed of linguini. The scallops were simmered in white wine and combined with sautéed spinach and a cream sauce. Rich in taste, the sauce also had hints of lemon and garlic. The plate was presented nicely and offered about eight large sea scallops, making the $18 price reasonable. Additionally, each scallop was tender and cooked just right. Another dish I tried was the stuffed shrimp. With a hefty lump of crabmeat rolled in a ball atop

butterflied shrimp, the dish was nicely portioned. And the shrimp sat atop a hollandaise sauce. Drenched in butter, the crabmeat tasted sweet and combined well with the shrimp. The dish was also served with sautéed green beans for some freshness and a choice of a side. I chose the Parmesan risotto. The grain was cooked al dente and had a salty and creamy flavor from the cheese. Rich in taste and a large portion, the risotto was hard to finish alongside the seafood. Grotto’s menu features mostly seafood and meat options, so vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions might have a hard time finding options. That being said, the chef is willing to work with customers to create items that meet diners’ needs. The owners are also huge Syracuse University basketball fans and project the games in the back overflow room for customers. The room is also used for “Hollywood nights,” which feature black and white movies and private parties up to 50 people. While average for an Italian seafood meal, the prices are a little steep for a college student’s

typical Sunday night out. But, if you are looking for a change of scenery or a hearty meal with a friend before getting on a flight home, head over to the restaurant and give it a try.


101 S. Main St. 315-214-8911 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday: 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday: closed Rating: Atmosphere: 5 Service: 5 Distance: 2 Taste: 4 Price: 3 Overall:


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Clinton Square opens ice rink for holidays By Zoe Malliaros Contributing Writer

Decorated with a 60-foot Norway spruce Christmas tree and its very own outdoor iceskating rink, Clinton Square is the Syracuse equivalent to Rockefeller Center’s iconic holiday setting. Thursday’s annual tree lighting ceremony brought thousands of families to the square and featured live entertainment and appearances by local personalities to help kick off the holiday season. Attendees even got to witness a special surprise from one happy couple. Todd Emmons asked his long-time girlfriend Megan Prosser to marry him in front of the Clauses, the mayor and thousands of Syracuse area residents. Emmons worked for months to pull this off, and said that the tree lighting will certainly become an annual tradition for the newly engaged couple. Community member Alan Matte described the Clinton Square tree lighting tradition as

Festival of lights

After a few laps around the ice rink, visitors can take in the large menorah on display in Clinton Square, set up to celebrate Hanukkah. Now in its 32nd year, the menorah-lighting ceremony is free and open to the public and is held on each of the holiday's eight nights. The Chabad House-Lubavitch of Central New York sponsors the event, which will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 5.

“exciting” and “unifying,” highlighting how the people of Syracuse come together as one to enjoy the festivities.

"Not only was it a perfect evening for the season, but my family and I were able to witness a flawless and wellthought-out proposal."

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“Not only was it a perfect evening for the season, but my family and I were able to witness a flawless and well-thought-out proposal. My 7-year-old daughter was thrilled,” Matte said. He returned to ice skate with his family Sunday afternoon, and said that they will be back as much as possible before Christmas. The proposal that Matte described was truly something to remember, he said. The Thursday evening entertainment started in Clinton Square at 6:30 p.m. with performances by local vocalists Joey Nigro and John Nilsen. They were followed by the Brownskin Band, who then welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Claus to the stage. Kathy Rowe and Shannon Thannhauser of Y94 FM emceed the ceremony. But the real entertainment of the night was

the tree lighting ceremony. This year, it was a group effort of Mayor Stephanie Miner, Chief of Police Frank L. Fowler, Chief of Fire Paul M. Linnertz, Chief of Staff Bill Ryan and the winners of the mayor’s letter writing contest. Following this portion of the ceremony, the public joined Miner for a reception at City Hall. Individuals were invited to take photos with her, Fowler and Linnertz, as well as with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The crowd was also entertained by the Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps and the Stan Colella AllStar Band while enjoying light refreshments. Many people took advantage of the skating rink Thursday evening before and after the ceremony. People bundled up, gathered with their families and enjoyed skating throughout the weekend, too, despite the temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s. Jane Holland, a mother of three young girls, said the tree lighting ceremony has become a family tradition. “My husband, my girls and I had been looking forward to the ceremony since the beginning of November. It’s a great environment, and the community really comes together to celebrate the Christmas season,” Holland said, who is from a neighboring city, DeWitt. “Not to mention that Santa and Mrs. Claus looked like the real deal. My family had a great night.” Clinton Square is easily accessible by the Connective Corridor and will remain open through the holidays.

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Pajamas offer comfortable alternative for holiday attire


he most wonderful time of the year is almost here: Winter Break. In just a few short weeks, we will all get a much-needed reprieve from trekking to classes in semi-arctic weather and cramming for finals, and I for one could not be more elated. Another fabulous — and perhaps lessacknowledged perk of Winter Break — is that if you are so inclined, you never actually have to put on “real” clothes. Now I am not advocating that you become a nudist during the break. I would not recommend such a lifestyle if you live in Syracuse or anywhere else in the Northeast for that matter, sheerly because freezing temperatures and bare skin don’t mix. After all, you don’t want to get frostbite on your naughty bits. What I am saying is that no matter how fashion forward you are, or aspire to be, there is nothing quite as nice as spending several days in your pajamas. Be they silk, flannel or footy, pajamas are extremely versatile loungewear. And if styled correctly they can even be worn during impending holiday get-togethers and gatherings. I experienced this sleepwear revelation firsthand two years ago. It was the night before Christmas, and all through my house, not a party dress was clean, not even a blouse. I had gotten wrapped up in Christmas shopping in the weeks leading up to the holiday, and the matter of what I would wear to my family’s annual Christmas party had completely slipped my mind (and so had the dry cleaning). In a last-ditch effort to be festive and appear fully clothed at the party, I wore a long-sleeved, button down, green flannel pajama top emblazoned with tiny Christmas trees. I wore a red tank top underneath the button down and

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never late but always fashionable paired it with a black pencil skirt, black opaque tights and black heels. I also happen to own an inordinate amount of Christmas-themed jewelry — I’m talking light up Rudolph earrings and mounds of red and green beads — so I accessorized with those. Mind you, the green of the flannel top was not garish and the red of the tank was the same hue of the ornaments on the tiny Christmas trees, so the overall appearance of the outfit was not necessarily tacky, but certainly eccentric. Color coordination is key when trying to pass pajamas off as formalwear. Also, at the risk of sounding like a hipster, a certain level of ironic nonchalance is useful when sporting sleepwear at soirees and can give you the necessary confidence to wear your jammies proudly. In a sense, holiday pajamas are the cousins of the ugly Christmas sweater. For years, both articles of clothing have been deemed to be hideous, even un-wearable. But people now throw parties centered solely around ugly holiday sweaters. It is only a matter of time before holiday pajama parties gain popularity as well. I for one have made it a personal tradition to wear at least one pajama item to every holiday party I attend, simply for fun, and to prove that pajamas can be stylish too.

Of course some of you will never be comfortable wearing pajamas anywhere but to bed, which is OK. Instead, simply embrace the colors of the season in your holiday attire. Deep crimson, lush spruce and metallic colors like gold, silver and bronze are all great options. And you could always pay homage to the icy weather by wearing whites, creams and frosty blues. Jenna Belmonte is a magazine, newspaper and online journalism graduate student. Her fashion column appears every Monday in Pulp. She can be reached at



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Hickey plays through ankle sprain; SU stifles Williams By Trevor Hass and David Wilson The Daily Orange

ziniu chen | staff photographer george Morris ii bounces outside in the Orange’s 34-31 win over Boston College on Saturday. Morris carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and a touchdown on the day.

When Sean Hickey was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain last week, he thought there was a 5-10 percent chance he’d play against Boston College. He didn’t practice all week but said he felt good in warm-ups thanks to rehab and painkillers. Hickey decided to play and lasted into the second half before Michael Lasker replaced him. He guided Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) to a thrilling 34-31 win over Boston College (7-5, 4-4). Hickey said he’ll play in Syracuse’s bowl game regardless of where or when the game takes place. “Now I have a lot of time,” Hickey said, “and I’ll be fine for the bowl game.” Hickey said there was a 50-50 chance he’d suit up entering the day. He warmed up and said he felt stiff in the beginning, but an injection into his ankle helped lessen the pain. He realized he could do all the steps he needed to in order to play. The main issue was whether he could take a hit because he hadn’t done so since the Pittsburgh game a week prior. During halftime, the trainers gave him another injection, this one down in his lower leg. But as that injection started to permeate his body, the ankle injection started to wear off. In the third quarter, Hickey finally had to sit out because the pain was too high. “My legs got taken out from underneath me,” he said. “I was going to try and stay in, but I guess Coach decided to pull me off.” In his absence, Lasker stepped up and played near mistake-free football. Last week he had to face Pittsburgh star Aaron Donald, but this week the task was less demanding and Lasker had a week of reps under his belt. “(Hickey) played as long as he could for as hard as he could and he just went,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. “And finally he couldn’t play anymore, so Lasker goes in and he plays a good ball game.”

SU stifles Boston College’s Williams

The whole defensive game plan revolved around stopping the most electric runner in the country. Entering Saturday’s game, Andre Williams had averaged an astonishing 299 yards in his last three contests before Boston College arrived in the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse. He had totaled a remarkable 2,073 yards on the season and had firmly entrenched himself as a Heisman Trophy candidate. After the loss, he left the Dome with just 29 more yards and a banged-up shoulder. “We knew all those things and we wish the best for him,” SU defensive tackle Jay Bromley said, “but when you come into the Carrier Dome you aren’t going to win a Heisman on us.” Williams’ Heisman campaign unraveled in front of the 37,406 fans on Saturday against the Orange’s stout defensive front. He scored on a 26-yard run, but otherwise SU held him to just 3 yards on his eight other carries before the running back left the game with an injury in the third quarter. The key was simple: Make the powerful downhill runner go sideline to sideline. “When we looked at his productivity he was like Floyd Little — he liked to go north and south,” Shafer said. “And if you came into him,

he’s going to hurt you. That’s why he wears 44. We wanted to make him go sideways and then rally and have our secondary tackle.” But that’s a tougher task to execute than formulate against the Eagles’ physical offensive line. The Orange loaded up the box with four down linemen and four linebackers — Marqez Hodge got the start as SU’s fourth linebacker — and made an effort to get to Williams in the backfield. Five of Williams’ nine carries were for a loss. The running back who had effortlessly shredded Atlantic Coast Conference defenses was rendered inept against Syracuse. To defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, BC’s game plan was obvious. Boston College had a running back in the Heisman conversation, so the Eagles would try to win the Heisman for him. The Orange sold out for the run, and got beaten through the air a couple of times because of it, but SU held the opposition without a 100-yard rusher as it has in every other game this season. Said Bromley: “Penetration kills offenses.”

Young RBs shine in Gulley’s absence

When Prince-Tyson Gulley was listed as out for Saturday, Devante McFarlane knew he and his roommate, George Morris II, would see more of a workload in Syracuse’s most important game of the season. “Coach (Shafer) always talks about this,” McFarlane said. “Step up. Next guy in. Everybody step up kind of thing. “We just used that and we did what we had to do.” McFarlane finished with six carries for 34 yards while Morris added 10 for 40 and his first career touchdown. The duo, alongside workhorse Jerome Smith, helped Syracuse to the stunning come-from-behind win. “They’re showing flashes of what they can do,” Hickey said. In the second quarter with the score knotted at seven, Morris powered Syracuse down the field and eventually into the end zone. He took three straight carries in BC territory, and racked up five rushes for 23 yards on the possession. His four-yard touchdown scamper with 6:12 to go in the half punctuated a 9-play, 50-yard drive for the Orange. “George Morris got his first touchdown,” quarterback Terrel Hunt said with a smile. McFarlane almost scored the second touchdown of his young career, but he was stuffed at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Hunt ran it into the end zone to boost Syracuse’s lead to 21-7. In the third quarter, McFarlane helped bring SU into field goal range with a 12-yard rush to the right side. He juked a defender, bouncing outside and picking up extra yardage. “I was in the flow,” McFarlane said. “I was pretty focused.” Morris and McFarlane have emerged as two of the most consistent third- and fourth-string running backs in the ACC. They’ve combined for close to 600 yards and have become reliable options in Gulley’s absence. “They’re studs,” Hickey said. “They’re young studs.”

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MVP Fair guides undefeated Orange to Maui Invitational title By Stephen Bailey Asst. Sports Editor

C.J. Fair lined up from the left elbow, took aim and fired. Swish. Next from the ring wing. Feet squared. Swish. Another answer. Another Syracuse basket to break a Baylor run. The Bears frantically to claw back against syracuse 74 tried the Orange in the Maui baylor 67 Invitational championship game on Wednesday, but Fair simply prevented them. “I knew that the team was looking upon me to make plays, and once I seen a couple of my jumpers go in, that kind of gave me confidence and teammates confidence to keep getting me open and finding me,” Fair said during the postgame press conference. “It was a team effort from there.” The senior forward finished with a gamehigh 24 points, including 14 in the second half, as Syracuse (7-0) edged Baylor (6-1) 74-67 to win its third Maui Invitational crown and remain undefeated all-time in Lahaina, Hawaii. Fair showcased a polished mid-range game, but also a superb all-around performance, drawing an offensive foul on a half-court trap and showing patience working around off-ball screens. “We were doing basically one play the last 10 minutes, but we had different options off of it,” Fair said. “And I think all the options kind of worked.” Coupled with 30 points, 17 rebounds and 11 stitches to the right cheek he collected over the

course of SU’s wins over Minnesota and California, Fair was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Jerami Grant added 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to make the all-tournament team while Tyler Ennis recorded 11 points and nine assists for the Orange, who shot 90.9 percent from the same foul line that plagued its first four games before the Maui Invitational. Trevor Cooney chipped in 11 points, working cohesively with Ennis at the top of SU’s 2-3 zone as he’s done throughout the week. “Being young guards that we are playing against three really good teams and three different teams, every night was different for us,” Cooney said during the postgame press conference. “Every team was different, and all three were great challenges for us. And I thought we stepped it up every night and brought it.” After an 8-0 Bears run pulled them within 66-60 on a Cory Jefferson jumper with 3:07 to go, Fair took over again. Minutes earlier, he had come around a double-baseline screen for a 15-foot jumper, then forced a charge on Royce O’Neale. This time, he spotted up from the elbow to give SU an eight-point lead with 2:46 to play. Then following a Jefferson dunk, Fair squared up from the right wing and drained another jumper. Two crucial shots that all but sealed the win for Syracuse. “C.J. got some good looks, and we had to keep scoring,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said

during the postgame press conference. “They were making a run, and they’re really a good rebounding team.” An Ennis steal with 24 seconds left spelled ‘aloha’ for Baylor before Cooney and Ennis finished the game 4-of-4 at the foul line. After running out to a 10-2 lead behind Ennis and Fair 3s, Syracuse led for almost all of the first half. The lead peaked at 33-20 on a Rakeem Christmas three-point play with 7:16 left in the opening frame, and was 38-30 at the half. The Orange controlled momentum through

the stanza — converting seven straight baskets en route to 57.1 percent shooting — as a ferocious Michael Gbinije block on Taurean Prince that sailed into the Lahaina Civic Center stands highlighted a dominant 20 minutes for SU. The Orange’s consistent offense carried over to the second half as Fair punctuated a deadly tournament performance. “I’ve retired from Maui. That’s what I will tell you,” Boeheim said with a smile. “The next time I come to Maui, I’ll have my golf clubs.’’

photo courtesy of brian spurlock | kemper lesnik tyler ennis lays in two in Syracuse’s 74-67 win over Baylor in the Maui Invitational championship game on Nov. 27. The Orange has never lost in three Maui appearances.

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course of his first 12 games. Shafer is just the second SU head coach since 1946 to finish the regular season at least .500 in his first season and the first since Paul Pasqualoni went 10-2 during his first year in 1991 — when most players on this year’s roster weren’t even born. For the first time on Saturday, Shafer spoke about the remarkable challenges that the

“Syracuse, whatever you want to say about them, they’re not going to give up on nothing. They’re going to be a hard team to face each and every time you face them. We’ll have our bad games, but you better be prepared for our best.”

bowl games for an eventual NFL head coach in Doug Marrone, but the senior linebacker said this year’s team is the closest he’s ever been on. For all the wins that Marrone compiled — and there were enough for him to land a job in the pro ranks — the fire was never there. He ran a pro-style program often devoid of personality. Marrone’s teams were talented and put SU on the right path, but Shafer’s team has a certain character, one that matches the head coach as he continues to lead Syracuse back to glory.


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Orange had to overcome this season. They were the players that Syracuse lost — Ryan Nassib, Alec Lemon, Shamarko Thomas and Justin Pugh — and the apparent lack of talent their departures left it with. The Orange was heading into a stronger conference with a roster littered by first-year starters and an almost entirely new coaching staff. He didn’t tout his own accomplishments, but putting the season in perspective served as a reminder to the sensational job he did this season. A 6-6 record wasn’t outside the realm of possibility for SU, but a bowl game would be a success considering the losses. Shafer instead praised his players, whom he called an extension of the assistant coaches. But his assistant coaches are, in turn, an extension of the head man. “I said, ‘Let’s just win ugly. Let’s find ways.’ If we’ve got to win ugly, we win ugly and we take the criticism on our shoulders and say, ‘It’s OK,’” Shafer said. “The guys have been extremely resilient and the kids are definitely a reflection of the assistant coaches. They have resilience, they fight and that’s the way these coaches are, too.” For more than 11 minutes after Syracuse’s win, the glimpses of passion that had flashed throughout the year reached a crescendo. He ranted about his players and coaches, the fans that attended the game and the city he calls home — “I love this frickin’ town,” he said. He appreciated the sheer excitement the game brought and the prospect of making Northeast football a presence in the ACC. The Orange will never be able to recruit at the level that Florida State or Miami (Fla.) can, no matter how much offensive coordinator George McDonald hopes it can, so Shafer is the ideal representation of an underdog head coach. “We don’t give up. We’re not letting anybody push us down. We’re not taking that from nobody,” defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “And what we want to instill on the rest of this team for the future is that Syracuse, whatever you want to say about them, they’re not going to give up on nothing. They’re going to be a hard team to face each and every time you face them. We’ll have our bad games, but you better be prepared for our best.” Marquis Spruill has already played in two

“Coach Shafe used to talk to us about how we could build the program back up and get it back to the level of prestige that it once was, so that’s what we try to do,” Spruill said. “We’re getting there. Three bowl games in four years. We’ve set a bar in the ACC — not a bar as high as we wanted to — but for the first year in a new conference it was good for me.”

6th rush: - 4 yard

7th rush: 5 yards 8th rush: - 1 yard 9th rush: - 1 yard


Although the Heisman candidate running back left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, Williams was rather underwhelming. Aside from his 26-yard rushing touchdown, he mustered just three more net yards. Williams averaged just 3.2 yards on nine carries.

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The redshirt freshman caught seven passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Parris put the Orange on the scoreboard with a 1-yard score early in the second quarter, then finished off the Eagles.

“How many of you guys said it was over on the interception? Our kids didn’t. And then someone said, ‘Would you ever just let them score so you get more time on the clock?’ Hell no! We’re not doing that! What kind of a message does that send to the kids?”


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The junior back was held in check by the BC front. Smith mustered just 46 yards on 18 carries, good for 2.6 yards per rush.

Turning point

00:06 Fourth quarter

Parris catches a 6-yard touchdown on a tight-end throwback to seal the 34-31 victory for the Orange.

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McDonald’s play calling ignites Syracuse offense in victory By David Wilson Sports Editor

George McDonald found himself surrounded in the corner of Syracuse’s press conference room in the underbelly of the Carrier Dome. This time, though, the reporters weren’t there to skewer him, but instead to ask about his consistent excellence and his brilliance on the Orange’s final drive where he mustered up the courage to make his ballsiest play call yet. “We’ve had it in our back pocket for a long time,” the offensive coordinator said, “and it just turned out at the right time.” A tight-end throwback that left Josh Parris with an open path to the end zone capped the finest day yet for SU’s eccentric mastermind of an offensive coordinator. Parris’ second touchdown of the day sent Syracuse to a 34-31 win over Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) and made the Orange (6-6, 4-4) bowl eligible in front of 37,406 in the Dome. Until SU clinched bowl eligibility on Saturday before the home crowd, many of the 37,406 in attendance were fed up with McDonald’s play calling. He contributed to blowing what many felt was a winnable game against Pittsburgh. The bowl game that had once seemed a certainty now hung on just one game. On Saturday, though, those same 37,406 witnessed an offensive clinic. Short passes and quarterback keepers contributed to Terrel Hunt’s best day since September. A balanced rushing attack set up deeper strikes down field. And every once in a while there was a play just

ziniu chen | staff photographer terrel hunt targets tight end Josh Parris in Syracuse’s 34-31 win over Boston College in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Hunt completed 29 of his 43 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He led SU to bowl eligibility with a touchdown on its final drive. crazy enough to work. Hunt hit safety Durell Eskridge with a pass down the right sideline in the final minutes of the first half to set up a 1-yard touchdown run for the quarterback. McDonald turned to Quinta Funderburk and Jeremiah Kobena, a non-factor since Week 3, to play in key situations. But it was his final play that proved his mettle. “If we don’t get it,” McDonald said with a smirk, “you guys don’t like me.” He’d watched the possibility present itself. The right end kept bull rushing during Syracuse’s final drive, Parris said. He was leaving himself susceptible to just the play McDonald had up his sleeve. “We tried to use his strength against him,” Parris said. McDonald said his players have been clamoring for him to call it since they ran the same one to tackle Sean Hickey against Maryland. They’ve rehearsed it for the past six weeks and the last time they ran it in practice, Parris actually dropped the pass. But on Saturday, Parris snagged the ball out of the air and found the end zone. “Everything was unbelievable,” Parris said. “The play calling was perfect. I didn’t think he was going to call the play. It was a great play call.” Parris was Hunt’s only option on that play. There was no extra safety valve — just a throw that would either get the Orange into a bowl game or end its season beneath the familiar Carrier Dome bubble. But the final drive was no gimmick, nor was any of Hunt’s in-control performance. The quarterback was confident to run for first downs and make throws short of the end zone even as time was winding down. For the first time in months, he found a rhythm in the pocket. The short throws that dominated Syracuse’s opening drive opened the door for longer ones

— gambles that haven’t often worked out for Hunt this season. A 31-yard strike to Alvin Cornelius during the Orange’s second drive and a 32-yarder to Brisly Estime on its third moved Syracuse deep into Eagle territory. Hunt pushed the Orange into the red zone on five of SU’s first six drives as SU built a 21-7 lead. “That was definitely my best game played

“Everything was unbelievable. The play calling was perfect. I didn’t think he was going to call the play. It was a great play call.” Josh Parris

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ever,” Hunt said. He finished 29-of-43 with 270 yards and two touchdowns, and added 102 yards and another score on the ground. His lone blemish, though, nearly cost Syracuse its season. With 2:49 remaining and the Orange trailing, Steele Divitto intercepted Hunt. But 41 seconds later, the ball was back in his hands. He made every throw McDonald asked and even some runs that he didn’t. The quarterback was excellent. The coordinator was brilliant. Head coach Scott Shafer didn’t have anything to say. “You’ve had them confused all day long,” Shafer told McDonald. “Keep going.” “And then as we went down the field he made a great call on that throwback. I thought that was an awesome call,” Shafer said, shaking his head in amazement. “Great call.”

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Team managers viciously attacked one another in jubilation. Sean Hickey, who sat out most of the second half nursing a high ankle sprain, tried to celebrate while making sure no one stepped on his injured foot. Marquis Spruill was so caught up in the joy of the moment that he couldn’t even remember his initial reaction after the fact. For a while, though, as precious seconds ticked off the clock, it appeared as though there would be no brouhaha in the Carrier Dome. Hunt’s interception seemed to be the inevitable dagger Syracuse couldn’t afford. It seemed as though the two times SU couldn’t convert inside the 15-yard line would come back to haunt Syracuse. It looked like a Ryan Nortonmissed field goal might bite SU once again. But then Hunt and the offense put together a pristine drive. “I didn’t even look at the clock,” Hunt said. “That’s the crazy part.” Hunt started the drive with a 15-yard pass to Parris across the middle. Then he found Alvin Cornelius for seven yards and scrambled by himself for eight. After a pass interference call, Hunt fumbled, but MacPherson was there to scoop it up and maintain possession. Three plays later, Hunt found Cornelius on the left sideline, and he caught the ball and smartly stepped out of bounds to stop the clock. Six seconds remained. McDonald said the play had been in the works for six weeks. Syracuse had practiced it

“ad nauseam” and the players were itching to see their labor come to fruition. The play was in SU’s back pocket for a long time, McDonald said, and he knew there was no better time to bust it out. “I was like, ‘F*ck it,’” McDonald said. “Excuse me, I was like, ‘Let’s roll with it.’” Last time they tried the play, Parris dropped it, McDonald said. This time, though, the redshirt freshman caught the game-winner. He reached both arms outward, soaking in the moment, and his teammates mobbed him. Hunt’s only option was to throw to Parris, and he lofted the ball into the redshirt freshman’s hands on the left side. Parris finished with seven catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Hunt, meanwhile, put together a 29-for-43, 270-yard performance and scored three total touchdowns. At the start of the season, Parris and Cornelius were far from the Orange’s main targets. Hunt wasn’t even the starting quarterback. With injuries to Hickey, Jarrod West and Prince-Tyson Gulley, new faces emerged in crunch time. “This is what college football’s all about. There’s not a waiver wire,” Shafer said. “You can’t pick up the phone and say, ‘Let’s get soand-so.’ This is college football. You’ve got to step up to the plate and say, ‘Hey, what’s your name again? You’re in.’ Then all of a sudden you know his name when he makes a play.” On Saturday, Parris made plays for Syracuse. But six ticks remained. One squib kick, two completions and a fumble later, though, and Syracuse was going bowling. “Penn State, we had the ball in our hands and we didn’t finish,” McDonald said. “Pittsburgh, we had the ball in our hands and we

didn’t finish. “Today we finished.” When it was all over, MacPherson said he was ready to collapse. He’s just thrilled to have a chance to play one more collegiate game. He doesn’t care if the bowl game’s in Alaska; he’s just ready to go play one more time. That’s possible thanks to Syracuse’s remarkable final drive.

The unthinkable turned into the unimaginable as a potentially gut-wrenching loss turned into a miraculous, season-saving win. “I feel bad for the people who left,” MacPherson said, “because they missed one hell of a game.” @TrevorHass

ziniu chen | staff photographer terrel hunt falls into the end zone for a 1-yard rushing score in Syracuse’s 34-31 win over Boston College. On top of this touchdown, Hunt ran for 90 yards on 17 carries.



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Shafer succeeds at getting SU players to buy in


cott Shafer’s first press conference at Syracuse was something out of a Hollywood sports movie. There were heaps of clichés — he talked about “controlling the controllables,” the 12th man and, of course, his soonto-be signature “hard-nosed” — but they spewed from the mouth of the

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all in the game yo quintessential football coach. The intense attitude, an angry demeanor and unrestrained passion made him the picturesque character to match his lines. Eleven months and six wins later, Shafer addresses the media once again. He knows the ropes now and isn’t any less timid than he was when he made his first public appearance as the Orange’s head coach. “Our creed has always been character wins out,” Shafer said after SU’s season salvaging 34-31 win against Boston College on Saturday. “We’ll never, ever, ever give up. Never. Never give up.” Twelve games and a claim of bowl eligibility into the Scott Shafer Era, the goofy, passionate clichés are still there and the firstyear head coach has lived up to — and perhaps even exceeded — the monstrous levels of excitement and buzz he generated when he made his first public appearance as the Syracuse head coach. Everything he said then, he’s proved true with his team’s performance during the see wilson page 16

ziniu chen | staff photographer josh parris coasts to the game-winning touchdown in Syracuse’s 34-31 win over Boston College in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Parris caught seven passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns, his second in the game’s waning moments to help the Orange clinch bowl eligibility.

Orange clinches bowl eligibility, shocks BC with TD in final seconds By Trevor Hass


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errel Hunt had two minutes and eight seconds to salvage Syracuse’s season. After piecing together what Hunt called his “best game ever played,” Syracuse’s bowl hopes took a sour, sickening twist. Hunt had thrown an interception with 2:49 remaining in the game. The Orange trailed by four and a comeback

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“Right now, I can’t tell you who is starting.”

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seemed nearly impossible. It looked as if Syracuse would fall just short of what it’s clawed and scrapped for all season. But SU held Boston College to a field goal, allowing only 41 seconds to tick off the clock. “How many of you guys said it was over on the interception?” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. “Our kids didn’t.” It was Hunt’s time to shine. Time

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to carry his team downfield and into the end zone for the win. Time to silence the critics. Hunt and Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) embarked on a miraculous eight-play, 75-yard drive to stun Boston College (7-5, 4-4) 34-31 in front of 37,406 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Josh Parris caught the game winner with six seconds left on a gutsy call by offensive coordinator George McDonald and a pinpoint pass


by Hunt. With the victory, the Orange becomes bowl eligible for the third time in four seasons. “To be honest with you,” Syracuse center Macky MacPherson said, “I think that’s one of the top five Syracuse games ever played in the Dome.” When it was all over, SU players and coaches frantically zipped around the field. It was complete pandemonium.

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by the numbers Cleveland Browns’ receiver Josh Gordon’s

receiving yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Gordon caught two touchdowns and became the first receiver in NFL history to have back-to-back 200yard weeks.

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