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gives farewell speeches to general assembly. Page 3
University-area neighborhoods see increase in landlord-owned houses
By Levi Stein
Beer cans scattered over unkempt lawns, bikes locked onto porches and the occasional funnel hanging over a balcony set the scene on Livingston Avenue. But sometimes, tucked away from the wild, off-campus student lifestyle, exists the rare, well-maintained house of a Syracuse family. Corrie Raulli, a homeowner on the 800 block of Livingston Avenue and a Syracuse native, is one of few local residents in the East Neighborhood, an area right off campus predominately occupied by students. “When we moved to this house five years ago, we knew what we were getting ourselves into,” Raulli said. “For the most part, our various student neighbors have been respectful of our
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property and the fact that we have small children.” Livingston Avenue has reached a crucial tipping point in the balance between owner-occupied and landlord-owned homes. “We are one of the few streets left around here with a 50-50 split,” Raulli said. “We are at the point where if one more home is bought out by a landlord, it will disrupt this balance.” Many of these landlord-owned homes attract Syracuse University students who rent out houses for the school year, creating a diverse neighborhood demographic. Overall, Raulli said she enjoys the company of her student neighbors; some have even helped babysit her two kids. While she admitted that some of the see homes page 6
zixi wu | staff photographer Corrie raulli stands with her two children outside their home on Livingston Avenue. The Raullis are among the few residents on the street who own the home they live in. The number of owner-occupied homes in the East neighborhood has declined recently as landlords buy houses to rent to students.
Court date set for two SU athletes arrested Sunday night By Meredith Newman Asst. News Editor
The two Syracuse University football players arrested on Sunday for disorderly conduct and other charges will appear in court Dec. 19. Steve Rene, a junior running back, and Marquis Spruill, a junior linebacker, were arrested around 12:20 a.m. Sunday on the 800 block of Livingston Avenue. Rene was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Spruill was
charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment. Both players are due back in court before City Judge Theodore Limpert on Wednesday, Dec. 19, The Post-Standard reported on Monday. Christopher Burke, a lawyer for student legal services, will represent both Rene and Spruill, The Post-Standard reported. The incident began when Rene stood in the road on Euclid Avenue, yelling at passersby and police officers, according
to the police report. An officer took Rene to the side of the street, but he returned to the road, in the intersection of Livingston and Euclid Avenues. The officer then approached Rene again, grabbing his shirt to secure him. Then Spruill became involved, trying to pull the officer away from Rene. The first officer pushed Spruill away, and another officer came to secure the position. The officers had difficulty handcuffing Rene.
One of the officers had a muzzled police dog that helped get Rene into custody, Both athletes were placed in the back of a Syracuse police car. Both Rene and Spruill appeared to be in an intoxicated state, according to the police report. While officers were questioning Rene, Spruill kicked the inside of the car in an aggressive manner. He kicked the rear door open at one point, nearly striking an officer in the face. email@example.com
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Surveys, diverse artist selection lead to 3 concert sellouts this semester By Erik van Rheenen Asst. Feature Editor
When it comes to selling concert tickets, University Union is riding a hot streak. Tickets for UU’s second Bandersnatch Music Series show of the semester featuring indie rock band Walk
the Moon sold out, marking the third consecutive show to sell out. The first two were Juice Jam, featuring rapper Childish Gambino and electronic music artist Calvin Harris, and the first Bandersnatch concert, which had Kid Ink headlining.
“It’s a testament that we are providing programming that interests the student body,” said Sarah Fleisher, director of public relations for UU. Fleisher credits capitalizing on survey results and booking different genre artists on student interest. Start-
ing with this week’s Walk the Moon concert, brief surveys are going to be made available for concertgoers to fill out while at the show. “This will help us better understand the demographic coming out to our shows
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Members reflect on goals, initiatives of past session By Anna Giles Staff Writer
Monday night’s Student Association meeting was highlighted by cheerful farewell speeches from outgoing members as the general assembly reflected on the past year. Throughout the meeting, members of the SA cabinet recapped successful events and initiatives from through-
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allison clark | contributing photographer Students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts spend time working on art pieces as part of a weeklong traveling trade show. Art pieces are bartered off and inspired by scenes from the Near Westside.
Art show highlights neighborhood By Marwa Eltagouri News Editor
Allison Heberling’s goblet mugs aren’t typical. The ceramic, bowlshaped cup can be lifted from its slender base — the two items are completely separate. Etched on the bottom of the cup is a flower, her own accent inspired by the windows of Saint Lucy’s Church in Syracuse’s Near Westside. “It’s not a stop-and-go cup,” said Heberling, a graduate student, delicately lifting the cup from its base. “You can’t set it on the table; the two pieces go together. It makes the drink more like a ritual, more enjoyable.”
Students from Marion Wilson’s “Artist and Social Profits” class are participating in a weeklong community art show that aims to focus on the value of creativity as a commodity. 601 Tully’s “Trade Show” debuted last week and had its third of four showings on Saturday morning in a trailer tucked quietly behind Nojaim Bros. Supermarket. Students use resources from the community around 601 Tully — mainly the Near Westside — to create works of art for everyday use that correlate with food, shelter, clothing or happiness. Community members are encouraged to create
their own similar works of art and then trade them with those made by the students. All of the show’s participants get a piece of artwork back in return. 601 Tully is a center for engaged practice developed by Wilson, an art, design and transmedia associate professor at Syracuse University. She and her students work with the Near Westside Initiative to integrate community aspects into SU visuals through public programs and classes. The trade show took place in a large trailer, covered in colored see 601 tully page 6
20 Watts Magazine relaunches following hiatus By Sam Blum Staff Writer
After a nearly two-year print hiatus, 20 Watts Magazine, Syracuse University’s student-run music publication, is relaunched its print edition on Monday. The idea of relaunching came about last spring when Harriet Brown, an associate professor of magazine journalism, contacted her advisee Annie Licata about possibly getting the magazine back into circulation. But 20 Watts had no funding and was unable to print the magazine. So, a small staff of about seven people and
a handful of writers created an online version of the music magazine, said Licata, editor-in-chief of the magazine. Some of the staff members were from the old 20 Watts while others were new, she said. The staff began writing articles for the magazine in the spring, but had to put everything in a digital issue until it obtained funding, she said. In addition to the print relaunch, the group will also be launching a new website along with a tablet-compatible version and an iPhone app, Licata said. To celebrate the relaunch, 20 Watts will host a concert at Funk ‘n Waffles
on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Two rappers, Jay Foss and Indo, are scheduled to perform. The entrance fee is $3 at the door and the money will go toward Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, Licata said. Since getting started last spring, the staff has grown to about 60 members, Licata said. Although it started out as a small group without defined roles, it has since become more organized, said staff member Tom Charles in an email. “Titles didn’t mean much. There wasn’t much of a formal ‘process,’” Charles said. “This year has been see 20 watts page 6
“It’s what you decide to do once you are elected into SA that matters. We have a unique opportunity here.” Dylan Lustig
out the semester and said they hope the next session is even better. “In the end it’s really about those initiatives you work on day in and day out and that come up in later sessions and actually affect students,” Student Life Chair PJ Alampi said. “If it doesn’t come up now, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a successful initiative.” Most SA cabinet members are returning for the next session, although some will not hold the same positions. Current President Dylan Lustig will be studying abroad and is one of the few that will not return next semester. Lustig said this semester has been a learning experience for him. “This semester has been crazy,
it’s been fun and it’s been great to talk and to get to know so many people,” Lustig said. “This year has been a challenge and a learning experience, and I’ve definitely loved every second of it.” Lustig said one of the initiatives he’s most proud of was his effort to ensure that interest rates on student loans didn’t double. He said he participated in a conference call (alongside other university student government presidents) with President Barack Obama about the issue. And although the 56th session has barely finished, President-elect Allie Curtis is already thinking about producing results in the 57th session. “Everything I mentioned in my campaign has ta ngible results,” Curtis said after the meeting. “I wouldn’t have run with anything if there wasn’t some result or something we could do out there to alleviate the issue at hand.” Curtis said she plans to maintain a strong relationship with Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety to ensure student safety both on and off campus. “DPS and SPD are going to be looking over the past program they implemented here on campus and they’re assessing it to determine see sa page 6
He expressed his confidence for the next session in January.
The DPS initiative, for example, was never executed during the current session.
spencer bodian | contributing photographer dylan lustig, outgoing SA president, says one of the initiatives he’s most proud of is making sure student loan rates didn’t rise.
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Tech-related gifts can be simple, inexpensive presents for the holiday season
his holiday season is filled with cool gadgets suitable for your all your friends and family members. Though no aweinspiring or revolutionary technologies have been produced in 2012, there are several hightech treasures you can steal for a low price.
PCs Windows 8 will sure make a splash this holiday season considering most new laptops, netbooks and convertibles are equipped with the newly redesigned operating system. This new operating system will hopefully make multitasking much easier as well as improve the usability for everyday browsers.
Tablets This shopping season will once again showcase the power of the tablet computer. Over the past several months companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have
wayfarer love affair made strides to create their own vision of the perfect tablet device. For 2012, the major tablet improvements come by way of superior screen resolution and increased processing speeds. Google’s Nexus 7 was commended for its exemplary outward engineering and its stylish appearance. In addition, since the device is running the Android 4.2, many new features such as expandable notifications and increased fluidity when switching between applications are possible. The $199 price point is the most attractive factor of this small-sized tablet. This low price
should attract users who originally thought a tablet was out of their price range. For 2012, Microsoft finally has burst on the scene with its Surface tablet. Just four years ago the Surface was an experimental touchsmart coffee table, but today it has matured into a gleaming piece of VaporMg, a lightweight and durable frame. The live tiles that make up the screen update constantly with notifications such as news updates, weather alerts, stock reports and sports scores. This new take on the mobile interface makes it a standout for the consumer who is looking to deviate away from the iPad or Galaxy Tab.
Accessories When it comes to accessorizing your new device there are several nifty options ranging from stylish cases to creative keyboards. Many of these fascinating solutions are niche items and might cost you a pretty penny.
Brookstone, still reeling from the Great Recession, has finally come out with several terrific accessories that will compliment your laptop, tablet or smartphone dynamically. Their virtual keyboard uses a Bluetooth keychain to illuminate your desk with a projected laser keyboard perfect for typing. There are few times you can actually feel like James Bond, and for only $99 it’s a bargain. If you feel your iPad deserves better treatment than your sister this year, there is always the 19th-century-modeled leatherbound iPad case. TwelveSouth’s BookBook comes equipped with straps, a stand and an enclosing zipper. At $79.99 this accessory will ensure that your iPad is warm and snug as the winter season progresses. Jared Rosen is a sophomore advertising and marketing management major. His column appears weekly. He can be contacted at jmrose03@syr. edu or followed on Twitter at @jaredmarc14.
Alumnus criticizes Bob Costas’ opinion on gun control in light of Belcher incident Bob Costas took time at the end of halftime of Sunday Night Football to offer an opinion based upon the Jovan Belcher tragedy that we should outlaw handguns. Costas would have been a fellow graduate in the class of 1974 at Syracuse University with me, but he chose to drop out. That decision did not impede his success, but it does indicate to me he committed at the least the second incidence of bad judgment in his life. There has been no indication Belcher did not
LETTER TO THE EDITOR possess his gun legally. Costas’ justification is that where domestic violence exists we can save lives from making sure none of the rest of us has handguns. Given the bully pulpit that Costas enjoys, I could relate, on average, at least a dozen weekly incidents where a legal gun owner saved lives by
preventing a deadly crime. Unfortunately with Costas’ argument we cannot create laws that require judgment, outlaw mental incapacity or duress. He concludes by stating that without handguns, neither of these victims would be dead. This is naive since domestic violence occurs regularly with physical assault, knives and blunt objects. An NFL linebacker certainly has the means to commit manslaughter without a handgun. Costas’ argument may have merit in regard to the suicide, but little can be done to stop someone who has intent to kill themselves with plenty of options. Had I the opportunity Costas had, I would wonder about the more obvious sports angles. The intimacy of a sports locker room makes me question — why did no one see a potential problem here? Or this. Domestic violence is not uncommon among NFL athletes. Newfound wealth for young, formerly economically deprived men
now have perceived unreasonable demands put on them by friends, girls and otherwise. Should the league have a task force to address this issue like the one for concussions? There are plenty of other sports angles a seasoned journalist could have ventured into. Instead Costas chose to editorialize about eliminating a right granted under the Constitution. NBC has opened all venues of programming to promote an agenda — as I do not expect Costas will be fired for his on-air remarks. In days past, that is what happened when a personality went rogue on air. So this must be the corporate line. The problem with rights in our country is some choose not to exercise all of the rights to which they are entitled, and yet object to those who do. I took that constitutional law elective as a senior. Maybe Costas should have stuck around for that extra year.
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SU, athletics should make legal troubles policy public In light of the two recent studentathlete arrests, followed by a blanket statement made by football head coach Doug Marrone, Syracuse University’s athletic department should make its policy on dealing with student-athletes and legal troubles public. The news of the arrests of football players Steve Rene and Marquis Spruill came just hours before SU’s bowl game was announced. For the football program and the fans, the arrests made what should have been a joyous moment bittersweet. SU athletics and other university officials have long said athletes at SU receive no special treatment. Spruill and Rene are headed to court on Dec. 19, 10 days before Syracuse is scheduled to play in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. As of publication, both Spruill and Rene are still part of the football team and any discipline from SU
EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board has not been made public. Officials should make their process of dealing with student athletes who face legal charges public. Fans and students should know what to expect when athletes are in trouble, instead of being left in the dark. The athletics department may treat legal cases individually or there may be a blanket punishment for whenever an athlete gets in trouble. Regardless of which one SU uses, the information should be public and accessible to prove there is a method behind the treatment. Instead of a blanket statement by head coaches every time an athlete gets in trouble, fans, students and the general public deserve more knowledge of the situation.
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Lohan’s Lifetime movie proves to be cornerstone in continuous downward spiral
indsay Lohan got arrested on Thursday for assaulting a woman in a bar while trying to hit on some guy from The Wanted. She’ll probably hit somebody else with her car next week, or maybe set a building on fire or run through the streets screaming that she’s a Jedi a la Tracy Morgan in the “30 Rock” pilot. She’s already been to rehab, collected a small menagerie of DUIs, and had her debts paid by Charlie Sheen. Seriously, if Charlie Sheen is the one throwing you a lifeline — yikes. It’s a very sad story, Lohan’s sordid tabloid existence. Yet it all serves to further my staunch belief that her most recent opus, Lifetime Original Movie “Liz & Dick,” is the greatest single piece of meta art ever. Yes, I watched it. Expecting nothing more than another tacky, poorly made TV movie to laugh at, I instead was News Editor Editorial Editor Sports Editor Presentation Director Photo Editor Copy Chief Art Director Development Editor Social Media Producer Web Developer Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Sports Editor
subjected to the epitome of a slowmotion train wreck. In Lohan’s defense, she was not the only weak link in this chain, though she was widely lambasted by critics. The script is atrocious, the sets look cheap and flimsy (one set is clearly Lucille Bluth’s hotel suite from “Arrested Development”) and the direction has all the sophistication of a high school student’s English project video. It’s bad, there’s no question about it and I’m reasonably certain we all saw that one coming. But there is kind of a poetic brilliance in the casting of Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Don’t get me wrong, Lifetime probably saw her place in the film as a controversy to attract eyeballs and nothing more, but putting that particular actress in this particular movie serves as an interesting comment on how we view talent, and upon whom
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world on a string we now bestow fame and notoriety. Taylor was a two-time Academy Award-winning actress, one of Hollywood’s greatest iconic beauties. Lohan did “The Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls,” and then spiraled out of control, probably a victim of her parents’ dysfunction and crushing need for celebrity. And though she hasn’t done anything of note for several years now, she continues to be fodder for sensationalist gossip stories and a favorite target of the paparazzi. She’s still a household name — much more so than Taylor is now.
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Lohan is a cautionary tale now, subject of another E! documentary on the trials and tribulations of fame and success. She’s been crushed in the media and crushed in society, reduced to a cocktail party joke. Taylor’s 14,000 marriages to Richard Burton, her questionable hair choices later in life and unlikely friendship with Michael Jackson all contributed to her taking on a somewhat similar status of ridicule in pop culture. Yet at least she had talent. We live now in the age of Hiltons and Kardashians, where keeping a steady income means keeping yourself in the public eye through any means necessary, without any regard for dignity or self-respect. The irony of Lohan playing Taylor probably isn’t lost on anybody, and those responsible for “Liz & Dick” probably weren’t thinking
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of making a grand comment on the nature of modern society when they cast her in the role. The aftermath strangely increases this terrible Lifetime movie’s bizarre significance: how the former child star was stunned that critics trashed her performance and how she genuinely expected this project to be the start of a comeback (seriously, doing a successful Lifetime movie doesn’t usually equal “comeback,” usually it’s more “not a career-ender”). Improbably, this movie has taken on some cultural weight. We’ll probably look back on it as a sad cornerstone in Lohan’s somber downward spiral, a depressing mark on what we’ve become as a society, and where we’re going. Kevin Slack is a senior television, radio and film major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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loud parties at 2 a.m. and excessive pedestrian traffic can grow old quickly, she said she didn’t find student presence to be a main concern. Raulli does, however, worry about the increasing number of landlords buying out houses that were once owner-occupied. The University Neighborhood Preservation Association is a local nonprofit organization taking direct measures to combat this problem. The organization’s mission is promoting homeowner occupancy, said Rebecca Shaffer Mannion, executive director of UNPA. The organization works closely with homeowners and landlords to keep houses in UNPA’s designated target area owner-occupied, Mannion said. This target area includes the neighborhoods bordered by Comstock Avenue on the west, East Colvin Street on the south, East Genesee Street on the north and Cumberland Avenue on the
“I think, generally speaking, the long-term residents, don’t mind having the students around. There are just some of the residual effects including parties, noise and unsightliness that frustrates neighbors.” Elin Riggs
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east, according to the UNPA website. “Basically neighborhood groups contact us for assistance,” Mannion said. “We offer incentives like a homebuyer’s assistance program or a low-interest home improvement loan to attract new owners or keep homeowners in place.” UNPA has partnered with two nonprofit community development groups, Empire Housing & Development Corp. and Home HeadQuarters, to purchase and rehabilitate homes within the organization’s target area and maintain homeowner presence, she said. For example, Mannion said, Home HeadQuarters’ affiliate, CNY Affordable Realty, purchased a home at 101 Berkeley Drive and maintained it until an owner-occupant was found. Empire Housing & Development also worked to keep a home at 104 Buckingham Ave. owner-occupied. Karen Schroeder, resource development and government relations manager for Home Head-
Quarters, said the nonprofits face the biggest challenges when owner-occupied homes go up for sale. Individuals trying to purchase homes have more financial strain than companies investing. “Potential owner-occupants cannot compete with big money investors when it comes time to purchase the home,” she said. “This is where we try to step in.” The role of Home HeadQuarters is not to turn over longtime investor-owned homes, Schroeder said, but to keep longtime owner-occupied houses in the hands of homeowners and to promote affordability. Home HeadQuarters and UNPA have worked together on other projects as well, Schroeder said. The two groups worked on funding several housing plans and renovations through the Rescue a Rental Program, which offers up to $4,500 in homebuyer’s assistance, she said. While Home HeadQuarters works with other neighborhood groups and housing organizations in Central New York, UNPA’s sole is its target area east of SU’s campus. There is a different kind of focus on the historic neighborhood, Schroeder said. “UNPA’s target neighborhood is a little different than other neighborhoods in the city of Syracuse,” Schroeder said. “Many properties in that neighborhood are more like businesses: private owners looking to make a bit of income through renters.” About 6,000 students live in this designated target area, said Elin Riggs, director of offcampus and commuter services at SU. “I think, generally speaking, the longterm residents don’t mind having the students around,” she said. “There are just some of the residual effects including parties, noise and unsightliness that frustrates neighbors.” When houses go up for sale, the long-term residents know about it and try to ensure the home goes to an owner-occupant instead of a landlord, Riggs said. But the students aren’t the major concern of homeowners. Neighborhood groups and homeowners worry most about long-term consequences to infrastructure as investor-occupied housing booms, said Raulli, the homeowner. “The sewers and pipes were never zoned for this kind of activity,” Raulli said. “Some of the rental houses are not as well kept up as owner-occupied houses and are even sometimes dangerous. I wish students would boycott some of these houses.” Though some local residents have moved out, Raulli is adamant about staying put. “We moved to this neighborhood to be in an urban environment,” she said. “The convenience of living here is fantastic, but I hope we can stop the bleeding and retain some of the long-term owner-occupied houses in the future.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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chalk drawings. As of Saturday morning, 19 of 64 trades had taken place so far. “People have been very fair and respectful with their trades,” said Lea Cook, a senior sculpture major. “The values of the items traded have been about equal.” All objects were handmade, ranging from elaborate, braided necklaces to fabric flower-lined hats to glossy, bamboo chopsticks wrapped in leather. Treasures collected from visitors of the art show included art prints and hats. One student created “moss stories,” a collection of mosses and rocks compiled beautifully together in mason jars, made of natural objects collected from the concrete parking lot
on Marcellus and Wyoming streets. Jess Scarfo, a senior art photography major, brought belt-buckle picture frames, made from removing the leather from belts collected from the Salvation Army. During Saturday morning’s showing, she began wrapping wire from the back of the buckles with pliers, creating makeshift stands for them. “I think the frames need to stand up a bit more,” she said. Kasey Conlon, also a senior sculpture major, decorated various felt hats, adorning the rims with cream-colored ornaments, cutout felt flowers and shiny, metallic, gage-like objects. “It’s all about integrating the community,” she said. The next showing for the trade art show will be on Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 601 Tully. email@example.com @marwaeltagouri
and how they hear about our programming,” she said. The last semester with three sold-out concerts was in spring 2011, with shows featuring Big Sean and Donnis; Diplo, Rye Rye and the Postelles; Cataracts and Hoodie Allen; and Block Party with Kid Cudi, Damian Marley, Nas and Tinie Tempah. Fleisher said UU is in the middle of planning for Block Party and is excited for other upcoming events.
whether or not it has actually made campus safer,” she said. Earlier this year, DPS Advisory Board member Belen Crisp said she planned on helping create an app or website that would help students find the closest and most viable option for a ride home based on their location. Curtis said she hopes to see progress on this initiative. Among other proposals, Curtis said she will immediately tackle putting together MayFest, a celebration near the end of April and beginning of May, with University Union and other organizations. SA plays a central role in putting together the logistics for the event such as obtaining liquor licenses and securing a venue, Curtis said. Making the process of getting credit for internships is something Curtis also said she plans to make easier for students. She plans to propose ideas like creating a specific class designed for internship credit. Both Lustig and Curtis said they feel SA has made a lot of progress in the last few years. When they first joined SA in 2010, both said only about 10 people attended the meetings, compared to a now nearly full auditorium. “It’s what you decide to do once you are elected into SA that matters,” Lustig said. “We have a unique opportunity here.”
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Said Fleisher: “We’re in the process of planning some really great events. We’re all very excited for next semester.”
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a lot more streamlined. We have a formal masthead and we all kind of fulfill the duties you would expect someone in our respective positions to fulfill.” 20 Watts aims to bring together the music community through guest performers, student music groups, academic musical programs and just music in general, Licata said. “We’ve got the Bandier Program and the VPA Live Performance program, and a lot
of other music-related studies on campus,” Licata said. “And Syracuse has a cool music scene. There’s no lack of content, especially with all of the great artists and bands that roll through here.” Melissa Chessher, chair of the magazine journalism department in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said in an email that she is glad to see the magazine return and feels that any college campus, but SU in particular, needs a music magazine. “To be honest, I was bummed when it faded into the sunset,” Chessher said. “But I was ecstatic when a few dedicated students wanted to devote the time and energy and sacrifice sleep and socializing to bring it back.” Licata said she was thrilled to see what was once just an idea turn into a reality. “It helps me break down the walls of a classroom by taking what I learn and applying it to 20 Watts,” she said. “College is what you make of it, and a lot of my experience comes from what I’ve done for 20 Watts.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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icrosoft has a declared a new Scrooge this holiday season: Google. In a new advertisement on Microsoft’s search engine Bing, Google is targeted as another corrupt mega-corporation. The advertisement reads “Don’t get Scroogled this holiday season,” in reference to a change in Google’s policy. Vendors must now pay to have their products appear in search results under Google Shopping, which compiles deals and vendors, CNN reported on Nov. 29. Bing created an entire website dedicated to highlighting Google’s new policy. Google announced the change on May 31 and the changes were implemented in the United States on Oct. 17, CNN reported. The trend of search engines utilizing advertisements is nothing new, said Jill Hurst-Wahl, an associate professor in the School of Information Studies. Both Bing and Google search results contain
products that vendors pay to list, but Google search results are now exclusively made up of paid listings. Bing said the majority of its results are free listings, CNN reported. “This is a part of business,” Hurst-Wahl said. “Every search engine is trying to get you information towards the top that they believe is relevant.” The Bing website and advertisement campaign against being “Scroogled” said Google is now running a commercialized search with vendors bidding for the top spot in the search results. “For an honest search result, try Bing,” the advertisement reads. Bing wants Google to make this new “pay to rank” system more visible to consumers or eliminate the practice altogether, CNN reported. To optimize the results, Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines all use unique algorithms, which view different factors as more important, Hurst-Wahl said. Google is now including how much a vendor bids in this algorithm, along with search terms
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inals week: A week full of draconian examinations or, as comedian Daniel Tosh calls them, “those things where we test what you actually know.” At this point in the semester, students switch into “holiday mode,” feeling apathetic toward coursework when time can be happily spent planning a relaxing Winter Break. But they stress over looming deadlines for final projects, papers and exams before making the journey home. Although it may seem difficult to preserve one’s focus and motivation during these last two weeks, this Finals Week Survival Guide has several tips and tricks from upperclassmen to keep their eyes on the grade. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Actually study. Seriously.
Residence halls also put in extra effort to help students focus. But residence halls also encourage socializing in controlled environments. Lawrinson Hall, for example, is hosting several study sessions for students who want to study in groups with snacks and drinks throughout the next two weeks. Students don’t need to sit there and read straight out of a textbook. Make studying fun with interesting mnemonics to memorize facts. By applying learned material to everyday life, students are more likely to know the facts rather than trying to cram information into the brain for the sake of a test.
Stay BYU sober
This is the cardinal sin for college students. But save for the diamond-inthe-rough pothead, no one is more cognitively productive when high or drunk. For one week out of 52, we must all make like our brothers and sisters at the 15-time defending “Stone Cold Sober” champions of the Princeton Review: Brigham Young University. Be mindful, however, that the Onondaga tap is about as clean as Lil’ Wayne’s follicle test. That stream is a cesspool. Stick to the good old American bottle manufacturers. Nothing stimulates the brain like some icy, cold water spiked with capital accumulation.
Take periodic 15-minute Facebook breaks
Oftentimes, nothing makes students feel better about themselves than the distressed hyperbole of your 510 closest friends. When you make yourself a fly on Facebook’s wall during finals week, you at least spare yourself the hypocrisy of posting status after status after status while complaining that you do not have sufficient time to study and write papers. By using Facebook for entertainment and not as your personal newsreel, you are efficiently conserving your cranium capacity for school-related activities. Do not feel guilty for animalizing your studies with a treat.
Keep a fresh Wiki page on tab
The last supper
At some point in your studies, you will have to look up nouns. As much as grade school teachers and professors loathe admitting this, Wikipedia is the encyclopedic mecca of people, places and things. Save yourself the extra time. Google the free encyclopedia once at the beginning of your first
If Guy Fieri went on a dining hall tour, there is no question Ernie would be a stop. What other dining hall has already upgraded its ice cream to froyo? A meal at Ernie is always three, if not four, five or six, courses. Amid tests, papers and general hell on Earth, don’t cop out and order Jimmy John’s. After all, Mommy and Daddy — or possibly Syracuse University if you happen to be 6 feet 7 inches and giraffe-limbed — are paying for it.
Be Cocky as hell
I am appalled when I talk to people during finals week who have absolutely convinced themselves that they are going to earn a zero on every single test and paper. I guess that is President Barack Obama’s mindset when he wakes up every morn-
study session and do not close out of it until you are traveling home for Winter Break. The only Wiki drawback? It’s the anti-Facebook. Nothing makes you feel worse about yourself than reading about people who have lapped you 10-15 times on the relevant scale. Just steer clear of entries whose opening sentence ends in “Philanthropist.”
The day of the exam, you may still have jitters. You know everything there is to know. But if you have trouble focusing during a test, try chewing gum to relieve the stress. “I put a piece of gum in my mouth right before I start the exam because I’m a person who starts to doodle when I get frustrated,” said Kaylah Wicks, a sophomore nutrition major. “Instead of (doodling), I focus on chewing the gum.”
ing, too. But don’t fret. Finals are no different from any other tests, other than their wildly inconvenient collective arrangement on the calendar. So take a deep, long breath out of your mouth and nose. If you do fail miserably, the world is ending in 17 days anyway, so don’t sweat it.
For one night a year, the cafe students know as Funk ‘n Waff les transforms into a holiday celebration with Funk ‘n Latkes. “This is an event that people look forward to every year,” said Zach Goldberg, Hillel president and sophomore policy studies and economics dual major. On Monday night, Hillel held its annual Funk ‘n Latkes event to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah. Dozens of students showed up at Funk ‘n Waffles, a popular Syracuse cafe, to celebrate the holiday, eat waffle latkes and listen to live music. This year, Hillel partnered with SU Records to bring in musical groups to perform in honor of the holiday, Goldberg said. Goldberg, who put the event together, described the event as a challenge to plan, but a night that is worth the hard work. Before the event, students were treated to latkes made by waffle iron and sat down to celebrate Hanukkah. They eagerly waited for the night’s many musical performances. The holiday fell right around the time of stressful looming finals, but that did not stop students from showing up to take a break and celebrate. “It’s weird because it’s finals, but I like how there is a place to go and celebrate,” said Rikki Schneiderman, a freshman magazine journalism major. Schneiderman said she appreciated the familiar aspect of celebrating with friends at school, describing the event as homey. The event began with a performance by the a cappella group Oy Cappella. The group opened its performance with a rendition of “Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah.” All of Oy Cappella’s performances have a Jewish connection, with all songs written and composed by Jewish musicians. After Oy Cappella’s performance, David Kimelman, religion vice president of Hillel, came onstage and led the lighting of the menorah in honor of the first night of Hanukkah, which is on Dec. 8. Once the menorah was lit, more bands took the stage to play and add to the high-energy atmosphere of the celebration. The bands Funk Collective, Diverze and Miraculous all gave electrifying performances that kept the audience excited. Students at the event showed their appreciation for Hillel and for being
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From futbol to carnivals, Turkey puts twist on American entertainment
t started with the cluster of multicolored pinpricks in the distance spotted ecstatically during a bus ride to the airport. A moving rainbow of vibrant blues, greens and yellows, a fluorescent curve rising above the parking lots and malls. A carnival. Since that first sighting, I knew that I had to find my way onto a Turkish Ferris Wheel, one way or another. The quest proved to be difficult at times. (Googling “Istanbul carnival” brings up an overwhelming number of unhelpful links.) But in the end the toil was totally worth it. As my friends and I marched triumphantly through the opening arch up to the ticket window, my eyes lit up like I was 7 years old. I fancy myself something of a carnival connoisseur — living for that perfect combination of twinkle lights, spinning rides and creepy attendants. I have to admit, though, that this carnival experience was even sillier and more borderline-terrifying than the usual. It was 8:30 p.m. on a random Sunday in late November, and the place was still open despite the fact that my group comprised about 90 per-
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able to celebrate Hanukkah with the campus community. “It’s nice to know I have a lot of Jewish
cent of the people there. The rides only cost the lira-equivalent of $1.50 (suck it, Great New York State Fair), and you could tell no money had gone toward improving the safety of the giant machines. There is no feeling more exhilarating than almost flying out of an enormous, empty swinging pirate ship as it soars up and up until it’s nearly perpendicular to the ground. We rode bumper cars, went on the Ferris Wheel, ballerina spun and then Gangnamstyled with another small group of teens that was there. The night ended with a photograph with one of the grinning, greasy ride operators. The magical winter, nighttime carnival isn’t the only example of Turkish entertainment
that is different from its American equivalent. This week, I went to the theater to see “Argo.” Going in, I didn’t expect a cinema experience to be any different. Start the music and cut a movie montage of unexpected wonders: spacious, comfy loveseat couches instead of individual seats; smiling acceptance of moviegoers bringing outside snacks or meals; and a 15-minute intermission to ensure drinking your large Starbucks coffee doesn’t cause you to miss any of the action. Oh, and the ticket only cost about $5. I think I’ve found my new favorite weeknight activity (if only more movies besides freaking “Twilight” played in English). Another activity that’s better in Turkey is attending soccer — or futbol — games. Although the food selection paled in comparison to what is offered at most U.S. stadiums and beer was nonexistent — not just overpriced — the sheer level of fan enthusiasm was incredible. The reason Turkish futbol stadiums can’t sell alcohol is because the fans are already too rowdy without continued imbibition. For the
entire 90-minute match, the Istanbul equivalent of the ’Cuse student section did not stop hopping, chanting and clapping its hands. Flares were lit in the middle of the stand, and riot policemen were on guard. But the game I went to was neither a win nor a loss, so their shields and pepper spray weren’t necessary. I’m not generally a fan of paying money to watch sports. But before the game even ended, I found myself planning out evenings I would have to leave free to go to my next game. Turkish futbol game experience, you earn an A+. My friend is now trying to convince me to go bowling with her this week. Honestly, I find it hard to believe that anyone can make wearing ugly, uncomfortable shoes while sliding heavy balls into the gutter over and over again fun, but hey, if anyone can do it, it’s the Turks.
friends,” said Elyse Davis, a freshman child and family studies and psychology dual major. “It gives a sense of community that is nice.” For some students, the Funk ‘n Latkes event has become a Hanukkah tradition, a place to go every year and celebrate away from home.
Zoe Batt Stern, a sophomore public relations major and intern for Hillel, expressed sadness about missing the next Funk ‘n Latkes when she is abroad. She and her friend have celebrated together every year. “It’s become a tradition that my best friend and I come every year together,” Stern said.
For Goldberg, the Hillel community is like a family away from home, so the Funk ‘n Latkes Hanukkah celebration is an event that holds great meaning to him. Said Goldberg: “The great thing about Hanukkah is that it is always a celebration.”
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Playing with fire
Alicia Keys’ soulful, jazz-infused new album stays red hot
But the most stunning song that speaks to Keys’
By Ibet Inyang
track with a heavy beat that drives the song.
new leash on life in undoubtedly “Brand New Me.” The
Keys thankfully doesn’t shy away on the vocals,
licia Keys hasn’t given music critics much to criticize.
song was co-written by British singer Emile Sande and
singing the entire chorus in the upper chorus with
The singer has secured a spot as R&B royalty
features lyrics that declare new outlook. As a graceful
such conviction that it might even make you think you
with soulful, piano-accompanied hits about her
piano sound compliments her huskily soulful voice,
can sing that high.
often-aching heart. On her latest album,“Girl on Fire,”
Keys sings: “God, know something had to change / I
Keys does the same in a clearly different mindset. The
thought that you’d be happy / I found the one thing I
table hits like these to reach mainstream audiences.
seasoned musician has a new baby, marriage and sense
need, why you mad / It’s just the brand-new kind of me.”
Instead, Keys fills the rest of the album with interest-
She creates an atmosphere of head-bobbing hope, and
ing collaborations, which is actually a better choice,
of empowerment, and you can hear every bit of it. It’s been a long time coming. Keys got her start at the
My only complaint is that there weren’t more inevi-
it’s clear to see that Keys is in a good place, both mentally
musically speaking. “Tears Always Win,” co-written
tender age of 16, when she released her debut album,
and emotionally. Based on the composition of the song,
by Bruno Mars, among others, offers an old-school,
“Songs in A Minor.” Lead single “Fallin’” catapulted
Keys highlights the fact that she’s a musician’s musician.
Motown vibe with the swinging bass line created by the
the album into a commercial success. The classically
Her attention to musical detail and well-thought-out lyrics
piano and the soulful backing vocals.
trained pianist continued to blend her classical R&B
make this song a musical masterpiece.
style with smooth jazz and effortless piano in hits like “If I Ain’t Got You” and “No One.” Her signature love songs have gotten a bad rap for being cliche, but the efforts in her latest album offer a little something new. Keys’ world has changed so much since her last album was released three years ago. She married producer Swizz Beatz and gave birth to their son, Egypt, in
“One Thing,” co-written by Frank Ocean, has
Not surprisingly, Keys’ new attitude has unleashed a
beautifully observational lyrics and a contemporary
whole new realm of girl empowerment, sing-at-the-top-
R&B feel. However, her duet with Maxwell in “The Fire
of-your-lungs-in-the-shower anthems, with the album’s
We Make” is a steamy, bluesy success. Keys’ whispers
title track at the forefront. “Girl on Fire,” which features
about sweet love, matched by Maxwell’s hair-raising
Nicki Minaj in the album version, is an infectious, mid-tempo
falsetto, is a certified baby maker. “Girl on Fire” is a bit of an understatement. Keys has wrapped up her personal success, unmatched talent and new sense of self-worth into a danceable package that is
2010. It’s easy to hear her joy about her life in songs
too good to pass up. She really hasn’t missed a beat
like “New Day,” an upbeat track produced by
since she began so many years ago, crooning on
her husband, and “When It’s All Over,” a mid-tempo track written by Keys, John
piano and rocking her fresh cornrows, and she’s not going to start now.
Legend and Stacy Barthe. The song also
Keys is more than a girl on
features a short — and very cute — part
fire: She is a flame that can’t be
with her son.
Sounds like: R&B Royalty Top track: “Brand New Me”
ALICIA KEYS “Girl on Fire” RCA Records
Rating: 5/5 decibels
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It’s tough to get noticed when two of the team’s best skaters are ahead of her on the depth chart. But Emily Auerbacher isn’t letting that stop her from trying. When Auerbacher came to Syracuse, she brought with her an already impressive resume. She was a starter for the Boston Shamrocks of the Junior Women’s Hockey League in high school and helped lead Boston to the playoffs. “As a member of the Shamrocks, Emily was really an excellent player,” Boston head coach John Hechter said. “It was really due to her hard work that she earned everything that’s accomplished.” During her final season with the Shamrocks, Auerbacher scored 22 goals and had 10 assists in 28 games.
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she deserved to play at the Division-I level. “I just loved everything about Syracuse,” Auerbacher said. “It’s great.” So far this season, Auerbacher hasn’t seen too much time on the ice. Despite her lack of minutes, she has managed to take five shots in the 14 games she’s appeared in. During her limited time on the ice, Domenico said Auerbacher’s teammates love to cheer her on. “She’s a great teammate and you can feel the excitement from the team on the bench when she gets out there,” Domenico said. This past weekend against defending College Hockey America-champion Robert Morris, Auerbacher got some ice time, but didn’t manage to take a shot. But when she does, she is able to score often. She hasn’t yet logged a goal for Syracuse, but with the Shamrocks that was her strength. “She has a knack for scoring goals,” Hechter said. “She has a great shot.” SU is averaging just more than two goals per game and could use Emily’s skills to increase its goal count. Against RMU this past weekend, Syracuse scored one goal on Friday and four on Saturday. Flanagan said that he wants more consistency on offense and he thinks it could come from anybody, including Auerbacher. “I like the way she plays,” Flanagan said. “She’s the kind of player that can get those ugly goals for you, but she’s very capable of coming down the wing and teaming it up and getting the beautiful goal for you too.” If Auerbacher can get going, it might increase her time on the ice during the team’s upcoming conference games. Ultimately, it’ll take time for Auerbacher to gain the confidence and skill needed to start at the college level. But her Shamrocks coach has no doubt that she will end up succeeding during her time at SU. “She is one of a kind,” Hechter said. “She is an awesome hockey player, and a better kid.” email@example.com
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The Orange full-court press forced the Eagles into 24 turnovers in the game, 17 of which came in the first half.
“Once we all was kind of struggling, we were trying to rush a little bit and try to seek shots. But us playing hard on our press, we were able to get steals, get them in foul trouble a little bit and get easy buckets.”
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Grant came into the game with just more than six minutes left in the first half, replacing C.J. Fair, and proved to head coach Jim Boeheim that he deserved to be there. “I think it’s good to get him in as much as we can in game situations,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “If you do get a game that you think you can get control of, he was in there when it was close and he responded well. He was probably the best player in the first half on the team.” Grant said he was nervous when he first took the floor. After committing a foul almost immediately after subbing in, Grant wouldn’t make many more mistakes. With just under five minutes left in the first half, he hit a mid-range jumper in the paint that put Syracuse up 22-14. About two minutes later, Brandon Triche grabbed a rebound on an Eagles miss and fed Grant for a fast-break layup. SU transfer Da’Shonte Riley fouled him on the play, and Grant converted the 3-point play. He came up with a huge play defensively less than a minute later with a block on Eastern Michigan’s Matt Balkema. “After I was on the court for a little bit, I started to loosen up,” Grant said. “I just wanted to be as aggressive as possible getting in the game because you never know how long you’re going to play in the game.” It’s different for Coleman. If he starts the game off well, he’s likely to stay in there. And for a player replacing the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Fab Melo,
Brandon Triche knocks down a 3-pointer to give Syracuse a 42-20 lead less than 10 seconds after Da’Shonte Riley fails to finish an alley oop.
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Coleman’s showing steady progression just six games into his time with Syracuse. Boeheim said after the game that if he gets the ball in the right areas, he’s able to finish around the basket. “When I slow down I finish better,” Coleman said. “Don’t try to speed up the shot because when I speed it up I miss sometimes. I just want to be comfortable down low and just play my game.” With just less than five minutes left in the game, he took over for a brief stretch. Rakeem Christmas fed Coleman a perfect pass, hitting him right in the chest under the basket and Coleman smoothly made the layup. On the Orange’s next possession, Triche missed a fadeaway jumper and Christmas followed it up with a miss of his own. But Coleman rebounded Christmas’ miss and got the putback. EMU’s Glenn Bryant then missed a jumper and Triche grabbed the rebound. He then fed Coleman for a fast-break layup. Coleman’s three straight buckets gave him 14 on the night, surpassing his previous high of 12 that he scored against Colgate. “I just want to take it game by game. Tonight I felt real comfortable,” Coleman said. “My main focus is just getting offensive and defensive rebounds and scoring when necessary.” At separate points of the game, Coleman and Grant each showed how they’re progressing through six games. Coleman’s taking it game by game. Grant’s going minute by minute. Either way, they’re making the most of their minutes. “You definitely have to take advantage of the chances you get,” Grant said. “So when I got on the court, that’s what I did.” firstname.lastname@example.org @chris_iseman
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Tyson-Thomas, SU looking to continue strong start at home By David Wilson ASST. COPY EDITOR
Carmen Tyson-Thomas is still adjusting to her role. It doesn’t matter that she’s come off the bench in two of her three seasons at Syracuse. It still takes some getting used to. “It’s kind of tough with the expectation,” Tyson-Thomas said. “I Who: Wagner Where: Carrier Dome would like to be startWhen: Today, 7 p.m. ing. To embrace it is a bigger step; it’s a bigger role, so I guess outside of it all I’m adjusting. It’s been two years now, so I’m still adjusting.” First instinct would have pegged TysonThomas as a starter for the 2012-13 season. The guard started 29 of 37 games last season and was one of just three Orange players to average double-digit scoring and play more than 30 minutes per game. But with the arrival of the best freshman class in SU history, the senior headed back to the bench as three rookies entered the starting lineup. Still, Tyson-Thomas has been invaluable during Syracuse’s start to the season. TysonThomas looks to keep the Orange’s (7-1) strong start going as SU faces Wagner (2-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Despite coming off the bench, Tyson-Thomas ranks second on the team with 11.9 points per game and third with 5.3 rebounds per game. “Carmen could easily be a starter, without a doubt,” Syracuse center Kayla Alexander said. “She’s a talented player. She can knock down shots. … She is very athletic, she can shoot the outside shot, she can get in there and do a pull up jumper, she attacks, so she can do a lot for our team.” Tyson-Thomas’ ability to do it all was on full display during the Orange’s 80-39 victory over St.
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Da’Shonte Riley — thrown directly to him — and slammed it home to cut the lead to five. On the ensuing possession, Fair and CarterWilliams caused another turnover with a trap of EMU’s 5-foot-11-inch point guard just beyond half court. The Carrier Dome and the team suddenly had life. The press eventually wore down the Eagles and created easy scoring opportunities that Syracuse struggled to generate on its own. Southerland dropped in a floater on the baseline to give SU a 14-12 lead followed by a
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10-second violation by Eastern Michigan as it continued to have trouble with the swarming SU press. Carter-Williams then found Triche for another bucket and Syracuse was starting to click. The turnovers continued to pile up as the Orange took an 18-point lead into halftime. The second half brought more of the same, and the team cleaned up its execution, committing eight turnovers and shooting 51.4 percent from the field. “I think in the second half we made better plays as a team and we played a lot better defense,” Cooney said. The defense remained at the forefront of Syracuse’s win. The Orange stayed in the press
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Joseph’s. Alexander called it “the Carmen show” as the guard dominated all facets of the game. Tyson-Thomas led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The guard also got it done on the boards, hauling in a game-high 11 rebounds. “She killed it that game,” Alexander said. “She was incredible.” It’s performances like that one that separate her from a typical bench player. She’s led the Orange in scoring twice this season and has been held to single digits just twice as well. Nights where she takes over a game — like she did against the Hawks — prove that she’s more than just a bench player for SU. “She’s obviously a great player that can obviously start, and has started,” Syracuse guard Elashier Hall said. “But it’s great that she’s embraced the role as sixth man. “I mean obviously she could win sixth-man award right now.” Alexander has been the Orange’s most valuable player so far in this young season, but head coach Quentin Hillsman points to TysonThomas’ willingness to come off the bench as what could be the difference this season for SU. Tyson-Thomas was arguably Syracuse’s third-best player last year, after Alexander and Iasia Hemingway. Now she brings that complete skill set off the bench for a second unit that has dominated so far. “She’s a very important part of our puzzle and she can play almost four positions for us,” Hillsman said. “So her versatility allows her to come off the bench and play every position.” She’s still adjusting, but she’s becoming more and more comfortable with her bench role. Her 22.1 minutes per game rank fifth on the team — the equivalent of a starter. The second team that she plays with during practice often beats the first team. When that unit gets on the
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sam maller | staff photographer CARMEN TYSON-THOMAS is embracing her role as the sixth man for the Orange this season. Coming off the bench, the senior guard is the team’s second-leading scorer. court, she said they “like to kick it up a notch” and wreak havoc. It may not be the starting role that she wants, but it’s an opportunity she’s relishing. “We’re a team and we win together, we lose
together,” Alexander said. “So I feel like at the end of the day all we want to do is win, so all of us will take our roles and do what we have to do to get our Ws.”
and remained aggressive to generate easy buckets down the stretch. The lead ballooned to 29 after Trevor Cooney knocked down a 3-pointer and raced down the court with his fist extended. On the ensuing possession, Triche elicited another excited reaction from the bench after forcing a turnover on Eastern Michigan’s Jamell Harris, chasing down the loose ball and finishing the layup to stretch the lead to 31.
With less than eight minutes to play, Syracuse was well on its way to another blowout victory against a nonconference opponent. And it all started with the press. “I thought the press got us going from the slow start,” Carter-Williams said. “I think it got us some easy baskets and got our confidence up and we just was rolling from there.”
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Orange uses full-court defense to remedy early woes againts Eagles By Ryne Gery
he frustration built with each puzzling turnover. The fourth came on a lob by Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams with no teammate in sight. It grew with each missed shot as the Orange fell into a seven-point hole against Eastern Michigan. The eighth miss in nine attempts came on a 3-pointer by Trevor Cooney after James Southerland’s fadeaway jumper was blocked. Less than six minutes into the game, Syracuse needed a spark. “We all was struggling,” SU guard Brandon Triche said. “No player was playing good on our team and we just needed easy buckets just to get everybody’s nerves calmed down.” Syracuse found the answer to its early struggles in the form of a fullcourt press. The rarely used defensive system sparked the No. 4 Orange (6-0) to an 84-48 victory over Eastern Michigan in front of 20,822 at the Carrier Dome on Monday night. SU turned the ball over 10 times and only shot 35.5 percent from the field in the first half, but overcame the sloppy performance behind its defensive pressure. The Orange forced the Eagles to commit 24 turnovers and scored 31 points off the mistakes en route to the blowout victory. “We haven’t really tried to press that much,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I don’t think that’s the strength of our team. I think we can
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press a little bit. “But they have a couple of young guys and they made a couple mistakes early and they got a little bit shellshocked against the pressure and we got some big turnovers.” Boeheim said his team didn’t move the ball well in addition to its inept shooting performance early in the game against the Eastern Michigan 2-3 zone. And he spent much of the first half befuddled by each mistake as he watched from the sideline. The head coach reacted to each with an animated display before calling his players over to point out their mistakes. After the game, Boeheim called them uncharacteristic mistakes by his backcourt of Carter-Williams and Triche. For the first time this season, Carter-Williams fell victim to poor decision-making while trying to find his teammates. Carter-Williams committed two of the team’s first four turnovers and finished with six in the game. Meanwhile, SU couldn’t find its stroke offensively, so it turned to the press — a weapon Triche said the team works on for 20 minutes each day at practice. “Once we all was kind of struggling, we were trying to rush a little bit and try to seek shots,” Triche said. “But us playing hard on our press, we were able to get steals, get them in foul trouble a little bit and get easy buckets.” The press was effective from the start as C.J. Fair stole a bounce pass by
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He did turn the ball over six times, but fell just three rebounds short of a triple-double. He was the nation’s leader in assists entering the game with 9.2 per game.
lauren murphy | asst. photo editor BRANDON TRICHE makes an open layup in the second half of the Orange’s 84-48 win against Eastern Michigan. SU struggled early on with turnovers and poor shooting before implementing an aggressive press, forcing the Eagles into 24 turnovers to pull away in the second half and seal the blowout victory.
Coleman, Grant combine for 25 points in EMU win
After a 35-point performance in Arkansas, Southerland scored just four points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.
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DaJuan Coleman knows he’s going to get his minutes. As a starter, he’ll get time to make progress. Jerami Grant never knows when he’s going to play, or if he’s even going to see time on the floor. He has two expe-
rienced forwards in front of him. When he steps on the court, he has to make the most of the opportunity. Both Coleman and Grant were hyped coming into the season, expected to be dominant presences down low and give Syracuse supreme size on the backline.
Their playing time might be different, but their progress is similar. Coleman scored 14 points in 22 minutes in the Orange’s 84-48 win over Eastern Michigan on Monday, while Grant scored 11 points off the bench in 15 minutes.
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