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Bird by bird
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ith a few weeks remaining in her last semester at Syracuse University, Nancy Cantor’s nine-year rapid of policy-making has settled into a quiet backwater. She stares absently though the large glass windows of her office that faces Crouse College. In her opinion, it’s one of the best views on campus.
Then with just three words, she captures her approach to transforming higher
education, her method to leading SU and her secret to living a gratified life. “Bird by bird.” At 61, Cantor — SU’s first female chancellor — has held a sui generis tenure. No chancellor has advocated for women and minority rights as passionately. No SU leader single-handedly transformed the city of Syracuse, pouring money into its development with the finesse of a mayor. She’s spent most of her chancellorship in additive mode: increasing undergraduate enrollment by about 22 percent, expanding interdisciplinary programs and figuring out how to widen SU’s gates to a more ethnically, socioeconomically and geographically diverse student body. At the same time, she’s been a figure of controversy, a leader criticized for what
some faculty describe as an authoritarian rule. She pulled SU out of the American Association of Universities, and saw a slip in the university’s national ranking. Cantor, who will leave Syracuse mid-December to become chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark campus, reflects on her tenure without regret. “I don’t mean this at all to sound in any way arrogant, but it’s not about wishing that things could’ve gone differently. You look back, and things were tough.” Above all, she does things quickly and efficiently. “Bird by Bird.” That’s the title of Cantor’s “all-time bible” and Anne Lamott’s book of instructions on life. In it, Lamott describes her frustrated brother working on a bird report as a child, immobilized by the swarm of information in his bird book. Lamott’s father tells him, “Just take it bird by bird.” The birds have earned Cantor her nickname: Nancy with the Velocity Pace, as a handful of faculty and administrators call her. If you want to get some sleep, they say, don’t work for her. Whether things were going very well or very badly around her — whether she was succeeding at her billion-dollar fundraising campaign or dealing with the sexual abuse allegations against former assistant men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine — she did what she could. She took it bird by bird.
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Professor helps DPS create app By Alfred Ng ASST. NEWS EDITOR
The Department of Public Safety and the School of Information Studies have come together to create an Android app to help students contact and get alerts from DPS. The app was most recently updated on Nov. 13, and has had 10-50 installations, according to the information on the Google Play store. Features include access to DPS’s notifications and alerts, DPS’s automatically updated crime map with mobile GPS and buttons to easily access DPS’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Yun Huang, an associate professor of research at the iSchool, said DPS contacted her at the end of the summer and asked her to develop the app. Huang said she worked with two graduate students on the project, one of whom developed the public app on the Android market while the other developed the administrative control panel for DPS to use. She added that she and her students met with DPS several times to discuss the students’ needs with public safety. Huang, who had previous experience creating apps, said she reached out to DPS about creating a mobile app when she arrived on campus in August in 2012. She said the DPS app was developed to help students reach DPS much more easily. “As a researcher, I’m interested in the different features of this app so students can have a better channel to contact DPS, and then to get information more timely,” she said. Hannah Warren, DPS’s information and internal communications officer, said the concept was to bring all of the department’s information sources into one central location on a platform many students would use. She added that she hopes students use the app to give DPS feedback on how the app works and how both DPS and the app can improve. The app will also have an administrative panel as a security feature to prevent any malicious virus attacks, Warren said. “We wanted to have the foresight behind the security, so that if someone could potentially hack this application and send out a whole bunch of messages at one time, we wanted to have the threshold to say, ‘Nope, sorry, you’re shut down,’”
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margaret lin | staff photographer ANIBAL OLLOER, a junior information management and technology major, expresses his opinions on the general “twerking” culture at Syracuse University, saying culture needs to change at SU. The open forum was held after La Voz, a campus magazine, pulled its fall issue.
Students discuss retracted La Voz issue at open forum By Lydia Wilson STAFF WRITER
As La Voz Magazine opened the forum regarding its controversial fall issue, moderator Bea Gonzalez, dean of University College, set the agenda. “As we discuss, let’s aim to find not complete agreement, but a better understanding of each other as we look towards next steps,” she said. The hour-long open forum, hosted by a panel of representatives from La Voz and Latino Undergraduates Creating History in America, drew a crowd of nearly 50 students. The
forum addressed student concerns with La Voz’s controversial fall issue, which covered “ratchet” culture, including articles about twerking,
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jungle juice and “ratchet” fashion. The panel consisted of Michael Roman, public relations chair for La Voz; Angie Toribio, editor in chief of La Voz; Harly Rodriguez, president
of La L.U.C.H.A; and Abi Zambrana, vice president of La L.U.C.H.A. Toribio opened the discussion by explaining the purpose of the issue. “La Voz is here to be the voice for everyone, not just the Latino community. We want to be inclusive, and we chose this topic as it is present in our entire generation, not just our community,” said Toribio, who is also a staff writer for The Daily Orange. Students raised initial questions about the cover, which featured a suggestive graphic of a woman’s backside. Some students felt that the image was disrespectful to women
and in poor taste. Roman responded saying that the image was intended to grab people’s attention and make students question why women are frequently portrayed suggestively in magazines. “Maybe some were offended and didn’t pick it up, but a lot more did,” he said. But students such as Merlin Valdez, a senior communication and rhetorical studies major, wanted to see changes in the future. “You sold your soul for the publicity,” he said. Several students agreed that they
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‘Cuse Spot asks students to volunteer to teach Syracuse children By Alfred Ng ASST. NEWS EDITOR
The ‘Cuse Spot initiative will return for its fourth year this February, asking Syracuse University students to volunteer as teachers for any subject they choose — from tae kwon do to French. Volunteers must sign up by Dec. 13. and will hold classes in February during a mid-Winter Break for elementary and middle school children in Syracuse’s public education system. During the most recent ‘Cuse Spot program in February 2013, an
estimated 50-60 students signed up to be teachers for the program. The classes will run from Feb. 18-Feb. 21, said Kristin Conway, a codirector for the ‘Cuse Spot. She said the organization’s goal is to have SU students engage beyond the campus and into the Syracuse community by sharing a hands-on talent with children who are interested. The classes take place at the Wilson Park community center, which is five minutes away from campus. Conway added that the opportunity benefits both the volunteers and
the Syracuse residents who attend. “It’s good to broaden your experience working with kids and it’s a good chance to be able to write your own curriculum and practice doing lesson plans and presenting,” the senior nutrition major said. “And also just to help the kids who otherwise might not have much going on in that period of time.” Previous classes for the course include jewelry-making, tae kwon do, poetry and salsa lessons. Conway taught a course on nutrition during the previous ‘Cuse Spot
week. She said the students were very interested and eager to learn the subject. For her class, she taught her students how to cook and eat healthy, she said. “In the end we talked about label reading, and they all learned exactly what I hoped they would learn,” Conway said. Whitney Marin, also a ‘Cuse Spot co-director, said the children really enjoy hands-on classes such as poetry, music and sports. She added that the classes are a mixture
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Nuclear option in Senate may prevent obstructive methods of Republicans
n Nov. 21, the U.S. Senate forever changed when 52 senators voted to change Senate rules regarding the judicial confirmation process. Despite criticism from Republicans, this step could benefit the Senate in making it more productive, thus salvaging its reputation. The so-called “nuclear option” is a parliamentary procedure that allows judicial nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority vote, thus bypassing the 60 votes normally needed to invoke cloture or end debate. In other words, filibustering judicial nominees is effectively over. And in typical fashion, Senate Republicans — who had continuously filibustered several of President Obama’s recent nominees — threw a fit over the rule change. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Minority Leader, called it a “sad day in the history of the Senate. Perhaps McConnell finds the move “sad” because this means his party can’t continue its obstructionist ways. In fact, when Senate Democrats threatened to invoke the nuclear option this past summer, McConnell raised the bar by threatening to eliminate the filibuster altogether the next time Republicans find themselves in the majority. And you know what? Go ahead, Senator. The end of the filibuster will be a happy day for the U.S. Senate. What was once a rule reserved only for the most contentious votes has become a tool used to prevent the chamber from accomplishing anything. And we sit and wonder why Washington is so gridlocked. For starters, it’s because 60 votes are — in effect — needed to pass anything. It’s not like 60 votes are required on an actual nomination or piece of legislation, but those votes are needed to bring debate to a close and trigger an actual vote on the issue at hand. And it’s only gotten worse with time. Before the Senate devolved into the mess it is today, filibustering meant having to stand on the floor of the chamber and talk until the allotted time for a vote had expired. It required a kind of conviction and stamina that we don’t see in that body today. Democratic
left is the new right (later turned Republican) Senator Strom Thurmond holds the record for the longest filibuster, speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes (wrongfully) against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. In the present day, filibustering is as easy as not having the votes to invoke cloture and bring an issue up for a vote. It’s the lazy man’s filibuster — something that has become so normal and procedurally accepted that it’s now a great tool to block nearly anything the minority party doesn’t want passed. What’s ironic about the Republicans’ reaction is that in 2005, when Democrats were in the minority in the Senate and filibustering then-president Bush’s judicial nominees, they condemned that use of the filibuster. Back then, Mitch McConnell said, “Any president’s judicial nominees…deserve a simple up-or-down vote.” How convenient that he ignores his own advice when his party is in the minority. But aside from Republican hypocrisy over the nuclear option and their obstructive use of the filibuster, the worst part about the rule is how fundamentally undemocratic it is. Nowhere else in ordinary parliamentary procedure is a three-fifths majority needed to simply end a debate and bring something to a vote. Electoral candidates don’t require threefifths of the vote — just a simple majority (or, in some cases, a plurality). The rules of the Senate should reflect this. If a majority is needed to pass legislation and confirm presidential appointments, ending debate on these issues should require only a majority as well. If Mitch McConnell finds himself Majority Leader one day and wants to eliminate the filibuster, let him do it. The U.S. Senate would be much better for it. David Swenton is a senior political science and writing and rhetoric major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com
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Despite conflict, Cantor achieves long-term goals Although controversy has sometimes surrounded her tenure, Chancellor Nancy Cantor leaves behind an accomplished legacy, most notably initiatives that have improved the relationship between Syracuse University and the city of Syracuse. In 2012, Cantor announced she would leave SU when her contract expired. The following year, she announced she would begin as chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark in January 2014. In September, Kent Syverud was selected to fill Cantor’s role. From the start of her tenure in 2004, Cantor began working on a long list of goals she wanted to achieve during her time as chancellor, the biggest one being Scholarship in Action. Within this campaign, Cantor accomplished several initiatives she created for the city, though sometimes at the cost of the university. Cantor has allowed this relationship to flourish through a project called the Connective Corridor. The corridor links students to the city through gentrified walkways and transportation. Under Cantor, The Warehouse in Armory Square was also converted from a furniture store for academic purposes. It has since been renamed after the chancellor. Cantor also demonstrated how a university can affect a city’s educational system. Cantor made Say Yes to Education, a nonprofit organization committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates for inner-city youths, a priority within SU. The program has since gained national recognition, specifically from President Barack Obama last August. This inclusive outlook is reflected in Cantor’s recruitment strategy to alter SU’s
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Generous cycle Syracuse resident provides free bicycles during holiday season
By Nicki Gorny
hen an 11- or 12-year-old Jan Maloff rode his bike to school in the 1960s, he said, he would usually stop on his way home. He’d turn in at Elmcrest Children’s Home — an orphanage at the time, he said — and let the Elmcrest children ride on his bike for a while. “In my mind, I thought, ‘If I become rich, I’m going to make sure everyone has a bike,” he said. Although Maloff, now the funeral director at DeWitt Memorial Funeral Home, never became rich, he has been able to provide Syracuse residents with an estimated 50,000 bicycles in the past 17 years. This year marks the 18th year of Maloff’s annual Christmas Bike Giveaway, which he said fills the three gymnasiums of Fowler High School with 2,500-3,500 free bicycles each Christmas season. Since late November, Maloff and about 30 volunteers have been “swinging wrenches” at the New York State Fairgrounds, which has served for the past five years as a drop-off and restoration center for the bikes. Advance Cyclery, a bicycle shop on Seeley Road, has been providing parts to restore the bikes since the giveaway began in 1995, said manager John Galli, adding that this averages about 1,000 inner tubes each year. The bikes will stay at the fairgrounds until Dec. 20, the Friday before Christmas, when up to 10 Department of Public Works trucks will move the bikes to Fowler High School, Maloff said. Those hoping to receive a bike — Maloff doesn’t require recipients to show any proof Jan Maloff CHRISTMAS BIKE GIVEAWAY ORGANIZER of their neediness — start lining up outside the high school at 4 or 5 a.m. on Saturday, he said. Once the doors open at 11 a.m., he said, about 2,500 bikes will head to a new home within an hour and a half. While he acknowledged that some bikes won’t go to good use, he said he figured 90 percent of the bikes that leave the gym go to someone who needs it and will ride it. And it’s not just for children, he added. “I want mom and dad to have a bicycle too,” he said, pointing out that lowincome families can spend time together riding bikes rather than spending up to $100 at the movies at Destiny USA, for example. In his time volunteering with b.i.k.e. Syracuse — a youth biking program on the Near Westside — Common Councilor Bob Dougherty said he had seen firsthand how excited children get about the giveaway. “Some of our kids have gotten halfway decent bikes through that,” he said. “The kids on the Westside really look forward to it.” And while weather poses a natural problem to cyclists for at least part of the year, he said Syracuse is a generally bike-friendly city. It’s something that both former mayor Matt Driscoll and current mayor Stephanie Miner have pushed, he said, and something that the Common Council continues to consider. Starting in January, he added, the council will renew efforts to pass a Complete Streets proposal to make Syracuse streets safe for any form of transportation.
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Cantor graduates from Sarah Lawrence College.
Cantor receives her doctorate from Stanford University.
Cantor becomes a professor of psychology at Princeton University.
Cantor is the first woman appointed provost at the University of Michigan.
Cantor is named chancellor at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.
As former provost at the University of Michigan, Cantor works to prepare Michigan’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Grutter v. Bollinger, in support of affirmative action.
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With a few weeks remaining in her last semester at Syracuse University, Nancy Cantor’s nine-year rapid of policy-making has settled into a quiet backwater. She stares absently though the large glass windows of her office that faces Crouse College. In her opinion, it’s one of the best views on campus.
“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” – Anne Lamott, “Bird by Bird.” During the volatile 1960s, Nancy Cantor danced. She had taken ballet classes since age five. As a girl growing up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her dream of becoming a New York City ballerina wasn’t far fetched. Cantor remembers her high school days at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School for the 45-minute subway rides each day — daily exposure to the diversity with which the city throbbed. She remembers her school nights or the family dinners she had with her father Aaron, a lawyer, and her mother Marjorie, a gerontologist. As a socially active family, they’d discuss the major events of the time: the crucible of the civil rights, women’s rights and peace movements. In 1970, as she entered her freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College, Cantor’s back gave out, and with it her shot at becoming a dancer. But it wasn’t long before Cantor discovered a new, overwhelming passion: social psychology. As she entered her professional life, she began to advocate for both women’s rights and minority inclusion, spurred by the social movements of her childhood.
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Conversations in which Cantor chatted excitedly about diversity in education are what charmed her husband Steven Brechin. They met on a blind date in Michigan while Cantor was on a sabbatical from teaching at Princeton University. “To be honest, I was incredibly nervous about going on the date, as I told Dale, my office mate, ‘What am I going to have in common with a tenured faculty member from Princeton?’” he said. They were married 10 months later. Before coming to SU, Cantor’s career was marked by two nationally recognized decisions in which she championed diversity and inclusivity. As a former provost at the University of Michigan, she played a heavy role in helping to prepare Michigan defend affirmative action in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. As chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cantor vocally opposed the use of Chief Illiniwek as the school’s mascot. So it was no surprise when she made the decision to have representatives of Onondaga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy play a large role in her 2004 inauguration as SU chancellor. Some faculty felt she
made a powerful statement when she was anointed by not just previous Chancellor Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw, but also by Oren Lyons, an Onondaga chief. For Cantor, she wasn’t responsible for just the university, but also for honoring the natives of the university’s land.
“We can work out some of the problems later, but for now, full steam ahead!” Eric Mower of Eric Mower and Associates caught on to Cantor’s bird-by-bird momentum. At Cantor’s farewell party in mid-November, Mower stood on the stage of Goldstein Auditorium and began to sing to her. “Her students who love to be with her, And who travel the Connective Corridor, Make the Warehouse their favorite place, Thank Nancy, with the Velocity Pace.” Cantor’s accomplished much in the last nine years. Most notable is Scholarship in Action, the big-picture campaign synonymous with her tenure. It involved Cantor investing tens of millions of dollars into the urban renewal of Syracuse and its residents to demonstrate the potential of a town-gown relationship. With her many successful initiatives — among them the Connective Corridor, reconstruction of The Warehouse, the Near Westside Initiative and Syracuse Say Yes to Education — Cantor is responsible for breathing life into the dying city. Proponents of Scholarship in Action agree the campaign has eliminated the perceived elitism and gating off campus, which might have created hostility toward residents. “Many faculty had turned their backs on the city, viewed it as an embarrassment,” said Brechin. “I ran into numerous faculty who had not been downtown in literally decades. Those few that eventually ventured there were surprised by how vibrant it had become.” In 2005, Cantor proposed the $42.5 million Connective Corridor project, a plan to build a three-mile-long walking path and create a shuttle bus circuit from SU to downtown Syracuse. The corridor aims to encourage travel between the two areas through public transportation, artwork and community involvement. Its first phase ended last fall when University Avenue became a two-way street with a bike path, and street improvements were made from campus to East Genesee Street. It’s the city’s largest public works project in more than 30 years. “I see hundreds of students who’ve become engaged in projects downtown. When they turn a former crack house into a neighborhood art center, that’s going to go with them wherever they go,” said Marilyn Higgins, vice president of community engagement and economic development, referring to the remodeled art center 601 Tully. “And we’ve seen more SU students stay in Syracuse because of that.” Last month, the Board of Trustees dedicated The Warehouse — an old, windowless furniture warehouse Cantor transformed into an academic building for students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts — to Cantor, renaming it the “Nancy Cantor Warehouse.” Its effect on the surrounding Armory Square and Near Westside neighborhoods included more than $70 million in new development. Cantor also played a strong role in the establishment of Syracuse Say Yes, a program that provides services to children in the Syracuse City School District to help them prepare for college and offers free tuition to city high school graduates. Last year, 51 SU freshmen were Syracuse city graduates. Despite the city’s blooming success, many faculty members wonder whether Cantor’s velocity was too focused on SU’s presence off-campus, rather than what most faculty agree should be a university’s main focus: academics. Some attribute the downtown focus as the reason for SU’s drop in U.S. News & World Report rankings. In the
mid-1990s, before Cantor’s 2004 arrival, SU consistently ranked in the 40s. Now it is ranked as No. 62. “She snuffed the rankings off by saying they’re going obsolete, but they’re not going obsolete,” said Joel Kaplan, an associate dean at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “That’s what people are going to look at when they’re looking to go to college. I hate the notion that we could lose quality students because of that.” Other professors find Scholarship in Action’s implication on research frustrating. Former political science chair Jeff Stonecash said professors’ research naturally contributed to the outside community by creating new ideas and findings. But Cantor, he said, presumed professors were producing knowledge with no concern for the external world, and changed the tenure rules to take into account a professor’s involvement downtown. Stonecash, for example, published research on the voting patterns of the working class as an attempt to contribute to the public dialogue of what drives American politics. “My bet is that had no relevance, because I wasn’t going downtown and doing something,” he said.
“Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you.” Cantor’s near-decade tenure is stained with controversial behaviors and hasty bird-by-bird decisions: her stifling of criticism and open dialogue; her decision to shut down HillTV, CitrusTV’s precursor; her withdrawal of SU from the Association of American Universities; and her efforts to increase undergraduate enrollment by more than 20 percent. Warm and effusive in public, icy or hot-tempered in private. It’s the pattern several faculty members use to describe Cantor’s behavior toward those who’ve ever been critical of her. Some faculty members have reported what they perceive to be a policy of retaliation, while others fear crossing her from hearing others’ stories. Her flattening of dissent has led to a sense of resignation among many who want to raise questions during University Senate meetings. The day it was announced Nancy Cantor was appointed Chancellor of Syracuse, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Sam Gorovitz recalled that the phones started ringing from Illinois. One call reported to him was from someone who said, “Be very, very careful not to cross her, because if you do, she will not forget it. And she will get you one way or another, however long it takes.” He recalls an instance when a senior staff member from another college approached him in a parking lot following a University Senate meeting during which Gorovitz questioned some of Cantor’s decisions. The woman, frightened, looked around and said to him, “I just have to thank you for the courage you are showing in saying what needs to be said in the Senate. And I know that if my boss sees me talking to you, I will be in real trouble.” Pat Cihon, an associate professor in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and president of SU’s
A NATIONAL VOICE In 2003, while provost of the University of Michigan, Nancy Cantor played a heavy role in helping prepare the university for the landmark U.S. Supreme court affirmative action cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. Cantor worked with then-president Lee Bollinger to gather data to prove a compelling state interest for affirmative action. The court ruled that the policy used by Michigan’s undergraduate admissions — one in which students were admitted based off a strict point system largely considering race — was unconstitutional.
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“This is a tremendous opportunity for Syracuse, and with its outstanding academic quality and athletic excellence, the ACC is a perfect fit for us.” NANCY CANTOR chapter of the AAU Professors, recalls an instance in a senate meeting when a faculty member brought up how the university should be aware of the consequences of Cantor’s initiatives to increase undergraduate diversity. “You could literally see Nancy turn red and have a real physical reaction, and she and her supporters start accusing this guy of being anti-diversity and elitist, and that’s not the case at all,” he said. Shortly before the end of Cantor’s first term, senate bylaws mandated that a committee, which Cihon sat on, evaluate her term. Cihon said Cantor didn’t like the idea of being reviewed and didn’t understand why it needed to be done, which he believes is an indication of her “imperial” style. Upon reviewing surveys for the evaluation, Cihon said that even the Board of Trustees, whose responses were for the most part positive, gave her a poor rating for “accepting constructive criticism.” Chandra Mohanty argues that critics view Cantor’s outbursts in a gendered light. Mohanty, a professor of women and gender studies, said there are few women in high leadership positions at universities, and so when these women act boldly and courageously to carry out their visions, they’re subjected to criticism. “So while men are expected to be ‘authoritative’ decision-makers, women are seen as ‘overbearing’ when they make the same decisions,” she said. Cantor’s authoritarian behavior seeped into her controversial 2005 decision to relegate student speech by shutting down HillTV when the station’s sketch comedy show “Over the Hill” aired several offensive and racist jokes, including ones poking fun at Cantor. The sketches were met with outcry from students and faculty. Cantor rejected the free speech arguments of Newhouse professors and made the quick decision to shut down the station. “I would certainly look back and say HillTV was a really tough time,” Cantor said. “On the other hand, I feel really good about what came out of it. Look at the Newhouse II studios being built. And CitrusTV has been thriving and doing really well.” “They were hard, hard conversations,” she added. Another controversy of Cantor’s tenure is the university’s 2011 exit from the AAU, a group of the nation’s top research institutions, once the AAU put the university under review. SU had been a member since 1966 and, when it was clear SU wouldn’t meet the association’s revised membership criteria and research stan-
dards, Cantor decided they would voluntarily leave. It’s a move multiple faculty members call “disastrous.” A final issue of controversy for the Cantor administration has been the university’s cautious decision to increase enrollment. Since 2004, enrollment has gone up by 22 percent — from 10,920 students to 13,905 students in 2012, according to statistics provided by Don Saleh, vice president for enrollment management. Several professors report the decision was made by administration suddenly and with limited conversation with faculty. It’s a concern for philosophy professor Robert Van Gulick, who has taught at the university since the mid-1980s. He noted how Cantor began increasing the number of undergraduate students immediately following Chancellor Shaw’s deliberate downsizing. He said the ever-increasing class size has made student engagement more difficult. “There was no public discussion about it. Do we have the resources? How will we deal with class size?” he asked. “I care about Syracuse University. The chancellor cares about Syracuse University. But we just embarked on it, we just did it.”
“If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must.” As Cantor moved through her tenure, she quickened her pace. And the birds flew faster. “It’s hard to keep up with her, she moves so fast,” said Saleh, the vice president for enrollment manage-
A PLEA FOR EQUALITY During Cantor's three years at Illinois, she spoke out against the use of Chief Iliniwek as the school's mascot. As an advocate for inclusivity and equality of minority students, Cantor became a leading voice of opposition to the chief. The controversy peaked during a 2004 meeting with the Board of Directors, after a resolution to retire the mascot failed to receive the board's support. Within a year, Cantor left Illinois for Syracuse. Many remember Cantor's legacy at Illinois for the controversy, which was finally put to rest in 2007, two years into Cantor's tenure at SU.
ment. “Don’t take a good idea to the chancellor unless you’re ready to implement it. Because if she sees a good idea, she’ll say, ‘Let’s make it happen.’” One initiative at a time, she transformed the campus. She introduced SU to her vision of diversity: diversity in terms of geography, ethnicity, socioeconomics and students’ academic interests. She expanded the number of interdisciplinary programs available on campus. She impressed the SU community by raising $1 billion in about seven years. Faced with decreasing numbers of high school graduates in the Northeast, SU’s primary recruitment area, Cantor worked to open branch offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dubai. In 2012, more than 30 percent of incoming freshmen came from outside the Northeast — the highest number yet. Her passion for inclusion has encouraged her to fight for expanded racial diversity in the undergraduate class. Since 2004, the percentage of undergraduates of color rose from 17-31 percent. She also established the Haudenosaunee Promise, in which qualified Iroquois students could receive significant financial aid for full-time undergraduate study. In regard to academic diversity, Cantor felt it important for students to be able to diversify their undergraduate experience with study abroad, and opened the study abroad programs in Istanbul, Los Angeles and New York City. When Cantor was approached by three or four students about financial assistance to study abroad, she was able to find funding to help make it possible, Saleh said. But it made her realize the larger issue: Hundreds of students who wanted to study abroad couldn’t because of the finances. She immediately put a plan together, and in three years, students were able to seek financial support through the financial aid office. Cantor expanded the women’s and gender studies program to include five full-time faculty members as part of her initiative to increase interdisciplinary education, said George Langford, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Cantor has expanded the Asian American studies and Latin American studies programs, and increased offerings in Native American studies. She’s built interdisciplinary research clusters, such as the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, the Burton Blatt Institute for disability studies and the Syracuse Center of Excellence downtown, which focuses on environmental quality and renewable energy. The perfect ending to Cantor’s tenure at SU, in her opinion, was the billion-dollar campaign. Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Thompson recalls the first discussions of the campaign in 2005, when the original target was somewhere between $4 million or $5 million. But Cantor looked at the needs of the university and aimed higher. Staff and trustees were skeptical of the billiondollar goal, but it was accomplished in September 2012, three months before its scheduled end date. The total money brought in at that time was $1,044,352,779. “She sets an agenda and she gets it done,” Thompson said.
“Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” In the next few weeks, Cantor will pack her things at the Chancellor’s mansion on Comstock Avenue, her home of nine years. It’s where her son, Archie, spent his high school years attending Manlius Pebble Hill and volunteering at the Slutzker Center for International Services. It’s where her daughter Maddy would spend her summers home from college. “I’m just so proud of her,” Maddy said. “I’m excited for the legacy she’ll leave behind. I’m excited to take my kids to The Warehouse in 10 years.” Cantor will prepare the private quarters for the Syverud family, picking up the family portraits off the bookshelves and the pile of dog toys in the corner that belong to Ruby, the family’s golden-lab mix. And as she drives away from Syracuse’s campus toward Rutgers — leaving behind the Life Sciences Complex, the Whitman building and a neon green bike path — she’ll look back fondly. She’s ready to move on. There’s a bird waiting for her at Rutgers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantor is inaugurated as the 11th chancellor and president of Syracuse University, replacing Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw.
Cantor announces the Connective Corridor project, a plan to build a three-mile-long walking path and shuttle bus circuit from SU to downtown Syracuse.
Cantor disbands HillTV, CitrusTV’s precursor, after one of the station’s shows airs offensive jokes. Her decision is met with both praise and criticism.
The Near Westside Initiative, a nonprofit revitalization project, is launched by Syracuse University and the Gifford Foundation.
Cantor announces the Campaign for Syracuse University, aiming to raise $1 billion — the largest capital goal in SU’s history.
SU withdraws from the Association of American University after 45 years as a member after the association places SU under review.
Cantor receives criticism for the handling of the sexual abuse allegations against asst. men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine, and admits in a USA Today article the situation could’ve been handled differently.
Cantor helps SU surpass its $1 billion goal three months ahead of the scheduled end date.
Cantor announces in an email her plan to step down in June 2014.
Cantor is appointed chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, effective January 2014.
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Experts explain terms, meaning of Iran nuclear deal By Ellen Meyers STAFF WRITER
On Nov. 24, the United States and five other countries struck a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions on the Middle Eastern country. The deal has been hailed as a foreign policy victory for President Barack Obama while others like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu call it a “historic mistake.” The Daily Orange talked to two professors to update students on the situation and explain the terms of the deal.
The Daily Orange: What is Iran’s nuclear deal? Renée de Nevers, an associate professor of public administration: The Iran deal is an interim agreement between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany — also known as the P5+1 — and Iran that will last six months. The goal is to allow more time for the parties to negotiate a longer-lasting agreement in a less tense environment. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, an associate professor of political science: In 1979, when there was a revolution in Iran, Iran’s pro-U.S. government was replaced with a radical Islamic state, where hostility toward the United States became its mantra. Once the war ended, they decided to restart the nuclear program that started before the revolution. They restarted the nuclear program and for about two decades, the controversy has been whether Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb or if Iran’s nuclear program has peaceful purposes in mind. The U.N. imposed all sorts of sanctions
and the game became ‘we need to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power because they can set in motion a nuclear arms race in the Middle East as other states that are antiIran feel compelled to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.’ That’s why they started to turn the screws on Iran and impose sanctions that the U.S. claims that are the strictest sanctions imposed on another state. That is what has brought us to the recent negotiations. Part of the sanctions regime has hurt Iran economically, in the sense they can’t sell its oil. It was deprived of much of its availability to have financial transaction with the outside world. Feeling the pressure, the Iranians decided they want to negotiate a deal to lift some of the sanctions. For President Obama, this is important because he did not want to go down in history as the president on whose watch Iran became a nuclear power.
The D.O.: Why are some people like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the deal? de Nevers: Israel and some of the Gulf States are opposed to this deal. Netanyahu argued that Iran cannot be trusted to honor the agreement, or to negotiate a final agreement on its nuclear program. He has argued that sanctions should be maintained because they are the only way to force Iran to give up its nuclear program entirely. The current agreement does not require this. Boroujerdi: Israel is the only nuclear power in the region right now. Meanwhile, the irresponsible talk that former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad engaged in about wip-
ing Israel off the map has added to the worries about Iran. Netanyahu’s policy has been to cry wolf and to try to put pressure on the White House to not negotiate with Iran or try the best possible deal in terms of Israeli security. The Israeli position has also exposed differences between Israel and the U.S.
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politics and U.S. foreign policy? de Nevers: The implications for the Middle East remain to be seen. Much depends on whether further progress is made on a permanent agreement, and what its terms are. That in turn depends on whether the Iranian government will genuinely commit to verifiable limits on its nuclear program that are acceptable to both the P5+1 and to regional actors. This also depends on questions about Iran’s foreign policy goals both regionally and globally. Boroujerdi: It’s already affecting Middle Eastern politics because everybody is questioning what will happen. Will there be this estrangement between the U.S. and Israel or the U.S. and Saudi Arabia? Will the states who are anti-Iran and Israel have a common enemy that will bring them closer? Will they be inclined to seek nuclear weapons? All of these are important questions, but the most important one is after three decades of animosity, would this agreement finally open the door for a rapprochement between Iran and the United States and put the past behind them and think about areas where they have common interest?
wanted to see La Voz spark a debate through more positive means in the future. To this request, several La Voz representatives responded that more positive coverage has failed to gain students’ interest in the past. Penelope Vasquez, who previously worked on the La Voz e-board, said La Voz has held raffles and other events in the past, but students failed to participate. “We did a great issue last semester about Latino traditions passed down from generation to generation, and nobody picked it up. Nobody has paid any attention until now. La Voz can only do so much, it’s also about you guys,” said Vasquez, a senior photography major, who is also a staff photographer for The Daily Orange. But not all students were offended by the magazine’s cover or portrayal of “ratchet” culture. “What the magazine did was point a finger and shine a light on things like twerking that we could all see at any party,” said Anibal Oller, a junior information studies major. “Instead of being mad at what they wrote and portrayed, we should step back and evaluate our own behaviors.” The forum ended with the students coming together to pitch ideas for future issues of La Voz. The ideas included a redo of the fall issue, an issue featuring student responses and more communication between La Voz and La L.U.C.H.A. Said Toribio: “I’m taking in all the discussions, and I’m also going to continue to cover controversial topics. Going forward we are going to establish better communications with writers and more closely measure our content.”
The D.O.: How will this affect Middle Eastern
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of educational and fun programs to keep the children occupied. Marin, a junior majoring in television, radio and film and public policy, added that any SU student is encouraged to apply to be a teacher for the ‘Cuse Spot. “Little kids look up to older students. College students really provide a great role model for them to do something in the community and be active,” she said. “I’ve never had little brothers and sisters, and it’s a really cool way to share something you’re passionate about.” Abby Isaacs, the co-public relations chair for the program, taught a French class last
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she said. She said the next goal for the DPS app is to come to the iOS store for students with iPhones. Warren added that there is no estimated release date for the iOS version. Huang, the professor behind developing the app, said the team decided to release the Android app first because it was much easier to release on time, since Apple charges a fee for
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February, and said that the students were very eager to learn another language. She got involved with the program because she wanted to become involved on campus and received an email about the program. Isaacs, a sophomore broadcast and digital journalism and political science major, said the program was a nice opportunity for children who don’t usually have these kinds of classes. She said all students should take advantage of the program and volunteer. “It’s for everyone, you can teach anyone anything you’re good at. If you’re a broadcast major, teach reporting. If you’re a school teacher you can teach about teaching,” she said. “The sky’s the limit, anything you’re good at, you can teach these kids.” email@example.com
all developers to release an app on its market. She added that the team is hoping to receive aid from the iSchool to develop an iOS app. J.D. Ross, the iSchool’s director of communications, said the iSchool supported the team with resources during its development for the Android app, and said that it’s possible the school could also help develop the iOS version. He added that he felt the app helps raise awareness of safety issues on campus, which will ultimately help out the university. “I think it’s a good idea. Students are on these things all the time. You can’t walk across campus without seeing folks looking at their phone,” he said. “If it’s an easier way for the Department of Public Safety to provide a service to their campus constituencies, then I’m all for it. If we can provide that through the skills and the faculty members that we have here, then I think it’s a good thing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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the sweet stuff in the middle
season spiced walnuts
cinnamon walnut pancakes
Homemade holiday recipe jars make for easy, delicious DIY presents
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of giving during December, so spend time instead of money on gifts with these recipes in a jar. Layer the dry ingredients in a mason jar — but leave out the wet ingredients. Seal the lid, tie on a festive bow and make a recipe card to give alongside the jar. These simple gifts are sure to be a treat.
butterscotch chip cookies
— Compiled by The Daily Orange feature staff
1. spiced walnuts In the jar: 1 cup of walnuts, halved 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon From the fridge: Nonstick vegetable oil spray Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper and coat with a thin layer of nonstick spray. Mix together walnuts and all other ingredients in a bowl. Then spread the walnuts onto the pan and place in the oven. Rotate the pan every five minutes until the walnuts are golden brown. Let cool and enjoy as a snack, in trail mix or on top of a salad.
2. cinnamon walnut pancakes
3. butterscotch chip cookies
In the jar: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup walnuts 3 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons baking powder 4 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In the jar: 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon salt From the fridge: 1 egg 1/2 cup cold milk
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
From the fridge: 1/2 cup butter 1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grease a nonstick skillet and place it over medium-high heat. Take 1 cup of the mix from the jar and stir it in a mixing bowl. Add the egg, milk and oil and mix. Pour 1/3 cups of the batter onto the skillet and cook it for 1 1/2 minutes, then flip it and cook for another 30 seconds.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix in 1/2 cup of butter, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Roll small, walnut-sized balls of dough and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
5. hot cocoa
In the jar: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa 1 tablespoon salt
In the jar: 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup milk
From the fridge: 1/2 cup water 4 tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil 2 drops vanilla extract
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream Instructions: Place dry ingredients into a large mug or bowl and stir together. Add the water, oil and vanilla and stir until smooth. Put a mug in the microwave for about two to three minutes, or until the mixture is firm. Let the brownie cool and add ice cream scoops to the top.
1/2 cup of marshmallows From the fridge:
Remove the marshmallows from the jar and put them to the side. Mix together the cocoa and sugar. Bring 1 cup of milk to a simmer and stir in the dry ingredients of cocoa and sugar. Pour into a mug and top off with the marshmallows.
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Blind date experience leads to reflection about past year in relationships
ost-Thanksgiving and pre-finals made for a crazy Monday, and it wasn’t until I heard from my editor — “He’ll meet you tonight at 7:45 in Food.com” — that I remembered I agreed to be set up on and write about a blind date. Oh, right. So naturally, my next thought was: What do I wear? But then, as someone who ate twice her weight in deep-fried turkey on Thanksgiving and is in need of a serious detox, my next thought was: How much will he judge me if I order the salad? Regarding my first question, my non-gym attire has lately favored leather accents and cutouts. But I went with jeans and a black shirt and a tiny leather accent. As for the second: What an inaccurate depiction of my appetite. But this holiday was brutal to my belly. I can’t pass on a salad. And so at 7:45 p.m. I left class and went to the soft, romantic lighting of Food.com to meet my
writer, editor, sweater blind date. He is an undergrad, and when I first saw him I wondered if he was 18. Truthfully, the age range of men in my life, from 10 years older to two years younger, has proven there is no magical year where the foolishness fades. But if he can’t buy alcohol, then there’s a problem. Thankfully, he was actually 21. He was immediately friendly, confident and relaxed. These are things I’m very attracted to in people, because people are just people, and
there’s no need to be afraid of them. Of course, the column’s influence lingered — “I chose this shirt for the anecdote,” he said, gesturing at his fabulously awful flannel shirt speckled with moose and evergreen trees. And there was the vocalized effort to “start and end it appropriately,” as he dashed to open his car door for me. But I indulged. Lately, invites I’ve received have been lazy efforts. This, however, was fun. As we walked to his car, he handed me three envelopes and had me choose one for our evening. I chose number three: Dave & Buster’s. Excellent. Active dates are the best kinds. And so we had dinner (yes, salad) in front of Monday Night Football before we talked sports and music between arcade games, many of which he insisted I select. And at the end of the night, he chose the cheap football so that I could get my preferred prize: an Iron Man doll. A fun evening was made greater because I
remembered how a date should be. It should be fun, low-key and genuine. And in the moment, I had time to muse. I thought back on the year and how funny it was that, in all my romantic endeavors, I was capping off 2013 on a blind date set up by my editor for a column. Not long ago, I wouldn’t have been up for something like this. My advice: Don’t recall the sorrow that comes from lost love, a confusing relationship or the always-wonderful, never-forward “disappearing act.” That’s familiar to us all. But we’re also familiar with the happiness of new connections and experiences. Things will or won’t work out. Most of the time they won’t, but remember the good, and use it to begin again. Be brave and relax. Whether it leads to coffee, to sex or to stone-cold silence, you took a chance. Jillian Thaw is a magazine, newspaper and online journalism graduate student. She believes that “those who live in the past limit their future.” Her column appears every Wednesday in Pulp. Email her at jathaw@syr. edu and follow her on Twitter @jathaw.
From the Box Office
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
By Joe Infantino Asst. Feature Editor
Very few movies came out this past weekend, and those that did are sitting in the shadow of the big-name hits from two weeks ago. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” claimed the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. The second of the “Hunger Games” trilogy still raked in more than $70 million during the weekend, and has grossed almost $300 million to date. Skyrocketing from 22nd place to second was Disney’s “Frozen.” The drastic improvement isn’t surprising, considering it played in only one theater during its limited release weekend. Showing in more than 3,000 theaters in its wide release, though, “Frozen” grossed more than $67.3 million. Leading the new releases was “Homefront,” starring Jason Statham, James Franco and Winona Ryder. The film grossed $6.9 million during its opening weekend and received a low 35 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Mostly criticized for being a textbook thriller, the film struggled despite its popular cast members. And lacking a strong ad campaign, little was known about the plot that pitted a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent (Statham) against a local meth drug lord (Franco). Yet it still managed to attain an average “B” on CinemaScore. The only other new release to breach the top 10 was “Black Nativity,” a Christmasthemed film starring Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson. Beating out “Homefront” with 53 percent and an “A-” from Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore, respectively, “Black Nativity” has a real chance to surpass other new releases in the upcoming weeks. The film’s content is going to remain relevant during the holidays, while “Homefront” will most likely be pushed further back by the holiday releases just around the corner, like “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” email@example.com
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fire New characters, director bring more intensity to latest ‘Hunger Games’ film By Brittany Russell
“the hunger games: catching fire” Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Release date: Nov. 22 Rating: 4.5/5
each scene. The rest of the cast is also outstanding, especially Elizabeth Banks, who portrays Effie Trinket. Unlike in the first film, Banks’ character delivers more humor and emotion in “Catching Fire” — something we have not seen before.
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illustration by andy casadonte | art director But even the best films have their faults, one being the lack of character exploration in Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), Katniss’ sister. Her character could have been developed a bit further so that the audience could get to know her more, since she is a major secondary character in the books. But given movie time constraints, it is notably difficult to put every detail of a book into a two-hour film. For the most part, the comedic, emotional and action-packed scenes were well balanced throughout. The arena scenes especially were brilliant, and the editing was truly impressive.
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ith a jaw-dropping surprise twist at the end, the long-awaited “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premiere doesn’t disappoint long-time fans of the novels. “Catching Fire” is the second of what will end up to be a four-movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular book trilogy (with the third book cut into two films). So far, the two movies have been extremely successful with their amazing special effects, top-notch actors and exciting action scenes. Fan favorites Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth deliver a better-than-ever performance, accompanied this time around by a few equally talented new additions including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer and Jeffery Wright. Additionally, “Catching Fire” has a new director: Francis Lawrence. If you are someone who has been waiting to see this movie since finishing the book, you will not be disappointed. “Catching Fire” begins with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) carefully surveying the land around her as she crouches down in the forest. Despite what you might think, she is at the outskirts of free land outside of her Panem home in District 12, and not in a scene from the games. For those who are unfamiliar, Panem is an authoritarian state that has been built upon the remains of North American ruins after a huge, catastrophic war. This is where Katniss’ rebellious character is fully developed. “Catching Fire” is everything audiences could have hoped for. Lawrence has really grown her character and embodies just what you would expect Katniss Everdeen to be like from the books. This is furthered by her costumes, which were flawless. In fact, everyone’s detailed outfits added a lot of depth to
The setting was filled with realistic tropical scenery that fit the location perfectly. Director Francis Lawrence proved he was the right person to make this movie, as he left the audience wanting more. Clearly it would be helpful and almost necessary to watch the original “Hunger Games” or read the book before seeing “Catching Fire,” but the series is so captivating and exciting that this would be an easy task. Anyone who is a fan should go see it if they haven’t already. And if you aren’t yet a fan, you soon will be. This isn’t a movie to miss out on. email@example.com
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SYRACUSE vs INDIANA
“He’s always shot the ball well, it’s just hard to shoot from the bench. I’ve never found a guy that can make 3s from the bench yet.”
The number of seconds that Indiana held a lead for on Tuesday night. Backto-back Yogi Ferrell 3s gave the Hoosiers a 27-26 advantage, but SU quickly recaptured the lead and never looked back.
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7:16, second half
Michael Gbinije steals the ball form Yogi Ferrell and floats it upcourt for Trevor Cooney, who swoops downcourt and throws down a slam dunk to give Syracuse a 58-37 lead.
“” Jim Boeheim
SYRACUSE HEAD COACH ON GUARD TREVOR COONEY
Cooney ignited the Orange’s second-half surge with a key 3 and three straight field goals, which ultimately led to SU’s double-digit win. On the night, Cooney dropped a game-high 21 points shooting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also added four steals and an emphatic dunk with the Orange holding a comfortable lead in the second half.
ZERO Will Sheehey
The Hoosiers’ most experienced player was wildly unproductive on the night. Sheehey scored three points — the least of any Indiana starter — and shot just 1-of-7 from the field. The usually sharpshooting wing only attempted one missed three, and his inability to spread the floor made it hard for the Hoosiers to crack SU’s stingy zone defense.
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When a Vonleh jumper tied the score at 33 two minutes into the second half, it appeared Indiana had cracked the code. But the strong finish to the first half quickly regressed into mediocrity, and once again Syracuse’s defense fueled a gamechanging run. The Orange closed out on Ferrell and IU’s other shooters, and its corner traps overwhelmed the Hoosiers. When the Hoosiers tried to work the ball inside, the length of the SU defense got in its way. “Last year they’ve got more open shooters,”
“It’s our main weapon. We have to use it every single night.”
Baye Moussa Keita
Fair said, “so this year we tried to pack it in a little bit.” This time, unlike in the first half, the damage was too much. Syracuse went on a torrid 23-3 run spanning nine minutes, claiming a commanding 20-point lead thanks to its defense. Baye Moussa Keita swarmed Will Sheehey in the corner. C.J. Fair altered the shot and Jerami Grant swatted it away. The players involved changed, but the result was the same. The defense was a well-oiled machine that Indiana simply didn’t have the personnel to bust. Tyler Ennis forced two steals in the span of 17 seconds. His fourth and final steal led to a rimrattling two-handed slam by Cooney to bump SU’s lead to 21. “We kind of blocked the lane for them,” Ennis said, “and we knew they wanted to get to the basket.” Crean’s tie became more and more crooked
andrew renneisen | staff photographer TOM CREAN lashes out in Indiana’s 69-52 loss to No. 4 Syracuse on Tuesday night. The Hoosiers got to the line often in the losing effort, but couldn’t solve SU’s zone, reliving the same problems they had in the Sweet 16 last year. IU shot just 36.6 from the field. as the half wore on and his team continued to struggle offensively. In Maui, Syracuse shot lights out. Against Baylor in the finale, Syracuse hit 51 percent from the floor and 91 percent from the line. But the defense still wasn’t there. Baylor shot 55 percent from the field and 47 percent from downtown. Tuesday night was the first time the zone has been impenetrable this season. “It’s our main weapon,” Keita said of the defense. “We have to use it every single night.”
Last year, Syracuse forced Indiana into 18 turnovers. All of Indiana’s starters besides Victor Oladipo shot less than 37 percent. The result was no different on Tuesday night. Indiana doesn’t have the same firepower it did a year ago, but Syracuse ensured the young guns in the Big Ten didn’t end its hot streak to start the season. Said Fair: “We knew we were trying to model that defensive presence from last year.” firstname.lastname@example.org @TrevorHass
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The motions became routine. Indiana dumped it into the paint where Noah Vonleh stood. The freshman would make a move and get grabbed, pushed or smacked. Two shots. Vonleh stepped to the line for a pair of free throws and usually made both. It was about all the Hoosiers (6-2) could do offensively during their 69-52 loss to No. 4 Syracuse (8-0) on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome as part of the Big 10/ACC Challenge. “He shot a lot of free throws,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I know that.” The Orange handled IU’s big men relatively well, even though Vonleh dropped 17. The forward went just 2-for-5 from the field and collected 13 points at the free-throw line. The Orange knew that Vonleh was going to be the base of the Hoosiers’ offense — he was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and is the leading rebounder in the Big 10 — but it became repetitive to the point of obviousness. “It kind of seemed like that toward the later part of the game where the guys caught it on the wing there and just immediately looked to him,” Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said. But it didn’t stop him from still being Indiana’s leading scorer. The Hoosiers still ran their offense like clockwork and, even though the Orange’s big men were solid defensively, his parade to the free-throw line continued throughout the night. “Refs called fouls early,” DaJuan Coleman said. “Just trying to get around him, they’re going to call that this year because of the new rules.” The SU forward said that there’s still a process of adjusting to the new rules, but everyone is going through the same thing. The Orange isn’t going to change its style of defense just because of some of the changes, even if it let Vonleh shoot 16 free throws. It also meant that Coleman and fellow forward C.J. Fair spent much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble. SU doubled down on the talented young forward and sacrificed open looks from the outside. Syracuse couldn’t keep the ball out of his
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Syracuse thrives despite Fair’s foul trouble Fair doesn’t usually find himself in foul trouble. He’s never fouled out before, and had only racked up four fouls in five of 140 games. Tuesday night was the sixth time. Fair picked up his fourth foul at the 10:46 mark in the second half and sat out for the next five minutes. “That’s something I’m usually not worried about,” Fair said. In his absence, though, Syracuse (8-0) upped its lead from 14 points to 18, fending off Indiana’s (6-2) comeback attempt en route to a 69-52 win. With its superstar on the bench, SU responded and didn’t miss a beat. Ennis and Cooney carried the scoring load during that stretch, as they did all night. Cooney found Ennis for a layup to bump the lead to 50-36. Minutes later, the inevitable “Hoosier daddy?” chant echoed throughout the Carrier Dome as Syracuse continued to increase its lead. With Fair sill nestled on the bench, Cooney’s thunderous slam sent the crowd into a frenzy. Michael Gbinije filled in during Fair’s stint on the sideline. Syracuse played Ennis, Cooney and Gbinije together, coping with the temporary loss of Fair. “Mike Gbinije came in there and played the forward position very well,” Fair said. SU has proven it can win when Fair’s the star and when he’s not. On Tuesday he played well, but foul trouble sent him to the bench and paved the way for Ennis and Cooney to shine. “Every team comes with a different method to get us into foul trouble,” Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita said. “Tonight was a little bit different.” email@example.com @DBWilson2
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Paul Flanagan walked out of the locker room looking frustrated following his team’s 5-2 loss to Cornell. Moments later, the Syracuse head coach confirmed his anguish. “I’m not happy,” Flanagan snapped. He had good reason, too. SU (7-7-2, 2-2-2 College Hockey America) started out red hot en route to an early 2-0 lead against No. 3 Cornell (10-1-2, 6-0-2 Eastern College Athletic) at the OnCenter Complex on Tuesday night before imploding. Syracuse allowed four goals in a span of just more than 20 minutes. The first came with 1:01 left in the first period when Syracuse missed a defensive assignment, and Caroline DeBruin lifted a shot into the top of the cage to make it 2-1. “You just can’t have that,” Flanagan said. “You make a mistake like that, it’s a critical mistake. All the momentum and all the good
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10/ACC Challenge. In front of 26,414 in the Carrier Dome, Cooney led the Orange (8-0) with a game-high 21 points. The well-rounded Ennis approached a tripledouble with 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Defensively, the two guards combined for eight steals as part of a defensive performance that head coach Jim Boeheim said won his team the game. “Both those guys are playing way beyond any hope or expectations and that’s why we’re in good position,” Boeheim said. “If they were playing like you would expect we’d probably have at least a couple losses.” Cooney gives SU its outside presence, and Ennis has the presence of mind to get into the lane and fire passes out to the perimeter. Four of Cooney’s five 3s against Indiana were assisted by Ennis. When IU drew the score to a tie just 2:09 into the second half, Cooney and Ennis helped SU embark on its extravagant run. Cooney deflected a pass and started in transition with Ennis. The freshman guard brought the ball up as Cooney nestled into his familiar spot on the left wing. Ennis found him, and
that we had done for 18 and a half minutes, was undone in that one play.” The first 18 and a half minutes were pretty good, though. Syracuse struck first, with Julie Knerr connecting on a well-designed play for the Orange. Cara Johnson kicked a pass across the net to Heather Schwarz, who fed the puck to Knerr who was well positioned in front of the net. She slapped home the game’s first goal less than seven minutes into the action. Despite the fancy “tic-tac-toe” goal, Knerr was far from satisfied with the final result. “It’s a good pump up, but we didn’t keep going the whole game,” Knerr said. “It’s kind of a letdown.” As quickly as Syracuse had taken the early advantage, it was taken right back. Just more than seven minutes into the second period, Jillian Saulnier was able to poke a shot past Billadeau to give the Big Red the 3-2 lead. There was a giant cluster of red jerseys in
front of the net as Billadeau desperately tried to keep the game tied. The puck slid in without anyone noticing as the wrestling continued until the official signaled that Cornell had taken the lead. “I thought I had it covered, but I guess I didn’t,” Billadeau said. “It’s a lot of sticks so it’s hard to tell. They found a way to put it in the net.” Syracuse had its best opportunity to make a run, down 3-2 with 2:59 left in the second. The Big Red had two players in the penalty box and Syracuse was working with a five-tothree advantage. Then it was dashed. Only 25 seconds later Nicole Renault was called for holding, and the opportunity was all but vanquished. When Cassandra Poudrier came out of the penalty box to return the Big Red to full strength, she immediately took control of the puck. Ahead of a storming Syracuse defense, she pushed the puck past Billadeau to make the score 4-2.
Flanagan said his team played hard, but made mistakes such as that that proved too costly. “There’s no satisfaction coming from that,” Flanagan said.” Even when it’s 3-2, we had power plays, we had chances. You’ve got to make plays. Our team can’t be shooting it right into their killers, right into their legs, we’ve got to be more creative than that.” The game’s first few minutes had a similar feel to when Syracuse upset then-No. 3 Boston College on Oct. 25. In that contest, Syracuse jumped out to a lead less than three minutes in. But against BC, Syracuse was able to hold on. This time around, Flanagan said it was just a couple of plays that prevented the Orange from a repeat celebration. “How much better are they? I don’t know, three or four plays,” he said. “Tonight it was three goals. But I thought it was three or four plays. We’ve got to be better.”
Cooney delivered. “All I have to do is find the open spots and he’s going to find me,” Cooney said. On Syracuse’s next possession, Cooney pulled up again. This time he was fouled and sunk all three at the line. Then Ennis hit a jumper. A tie game transformed into a 10-point lead in just two and a half minutes and would eventually balloon as large as 21. “I don’t think you could ask for them to play at a higher level than what they’ve played,”
“I think I’m still learning a couple things, just off reads and what the other team’s doing,” Ennis said. “The zone, I think I’m learning it.” He and Cooney form a different style of backcourt than the one that Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche did a year ago, but the defensive production has been similar. The Orange’s recent stretch of strong play, starting in Hawaii, has coincided with the backcourt’s improvement on both ends of the floor. The expectation was for a freshman point guard and an inexperienced shooting guard to struggle.
Cooney found the ire of Syracuse fans last season as his limited 3-point attempts frequently clanged off the rim — or missed it all together. Ennis was simply an unknown. But now they’ve become more complete players. In only eight games, expectations have flipped. What was once considered a weakness of the team has become one of its clear strengths. “They’ve really picked up the whole team,” Boeheim said. “I don’t think you can say enough about how they’ve played this year.”
“All I have to do is find the open spots and he’s going to find me.”
Boeheim said. “It’s really been amazing the level of play that they’ve had.” Defensively, Ennis said picking up the 2-3 zone was a bit of a process at first — he didn’t play it much in high school or AAU and even those were “nothing like this.” But Tuesday was the fourth time that Ennis racked up at least four steals and the fourth straight game with at least three.
andrew renneisen | staff photographer TREVOR COONEY is fouled hard by Indiana’s Austin Etherington, who was ejected for a flagrant on the play. Cooney hit the two free throws and lead SU with a game-high 21.
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IU fails to crack 2-3 zone again By Trevor Hass ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
andrew renneisen | staff photographer JIM BOEHEIM looks on during No. 4 Syracuse’s 69-52 win over Indiana at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. For the second-straight meeting, Boeheim’s zone proved impenetrable against the Hoosiers’ attack. The head coach said the team’s defense led SU to the victory.
IT RAIN Cooney, Ennis shine as No. 4 Syracuse MAKING Tyler Ennis shot 6-of-8 from the field while Trevor Cooney, uses 2nd-half run to blow out Hoosiers who led all shooters with 21 points, made 5-of-9 3-pointers. By David Wilson
either of Syracuse’s starting guards entered the season with much experience. The last time the Orange faced Indiana — less than a year ago — Trevor Cooney played just four minutes and Tyler Ennis was still in high school. They’ve played just eight games together as SU’s starting backcourt, but already play with a sort of twin telepathy. They spend the majority of the game on the floor together and Ennis knows where Cooney likes to
shoot, but Gerry McNamara and the Syracuse coaching staff have even made sure the two have a good relationship off the court. “We play together every day,” Ennis said, “and I kind of know where his spots are now where he’s going to be and where he likes to play.” The Orange’s starting guards, on both ends of the floor, once again guided No. 4 SU to victory, igniting a 23-3 second-half run that propelled Syracuse to a 69-52 win against the Hoosiers (6-2) as part of the Big
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When Syracuse and Indiana met in the Sweet 16 last year, the 2-3 zone flummoxed the Hoosiers. This year, an almost entirely new cast of personnel for Indiana was just as offensively perplexed and ineffective. The zone worked its magic against head coach Tom Crean’s crew for the second time in a row. Syracuse (8-0) held Indiana (6-2) to 36.6 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers on Tuesday night, knocking off the Hoosiers 69-52 in front of 26,414 in the Carrier Dome. IU scored just four points in transition and was flustered all night long. For the first time this season, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, the defense was the difference. “We really did the best job defensively we’ve done in a long time this year,” Boeheim said, “and probably the whole year.” By the time Indiana scored its first point, Syracuse had already put a 10-spot on the board. Trevor Cooney had already hit two 3s. An IU timeout and the under-16 media timeout had come and gone. The Hoosiers missed seven shots to start the game and didn’t score until a pair of Noah Vonleh free throws at the 15:18 mark. Indiana’s offense was in complete disarray, just like it was last March when Syracuse pulled the upset. That changed briefly during a 13-3 run keyed by consecutive Yogi Ferrell 3-pointers that gave Indiana its first and only lead — 27-26 — with 3:28 left in the first half.
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BY THE NUMBERS In the second half
on Tuesday night, the Orange shot 10 percentage points higher from the field (63.2) than it did from the free-throw line (53.0).