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Worth the investment? Though some college dropouts

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Symphony to return to Syracuse By Annie Palmer STAFF WRITER

After more than a year of silence, the former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra have developed a new strategy to revive the organization’s presence in the Syracuse community. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra folded in spring 2011 after it filed for bankruptcy and was forced to cease operations. Despite this, chairman of the Symphony Syracuse Foundation’s Board of Trustees Jon Garland has made plans to form an extension of the orchestra, The Post-

“The recession created immediate consequences for arts everywhere. Still, it is absolutely vital that the symphony restock for the sake of the Syracuse community.”

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Standard reported on Nov. 28. The orchestra plans to resurface as soon as the winter season, with talk of a holiday concert series. The orchestra is having a holiday concert on Dec. 14. At the event, Garland plans to reveal the orchestra’s new name, as well as the dates for a winter and spring 2013 concert series throughout the Syracuse and Upstate New York region, The Post-Standard reported. Under the interim name Musical Associates of Central New York, the organization will feature an entirely new business plan in which the success of each show determines how much or how little musicians are paid, said Vicki Feldman, a member of the Musical Associates of Central New York’s fundraising group.


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University, local communities examine present, future of Connective Corridor

Two Cities By Dara McBride and Debbie Truong STAFF WRITERS

t was an imposing ivory tower. It was a fading manufacturing town. It was the same city, worlds apart. “When you get away a distance from the downtown area and get up on a hill, you look out at the skyline and it looks like there are two cities side by side,” said Dennis Connors, history curator at the Onondaga Historical Association, imagining himself looking down on the city of Syracuse. The Connective Corridor, introduced by Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor in 2005, aims to bring the university and downtown closer through a three-phase transportation and streetscape improvement project. It encourages travel between the two areas through public transportation, artwork and community involvement. The $42.5 million mission is an ambitious one: Transforming a rust belt city into a robust, environmentally conscious urban center. But the city is beginning to see the results. The first phase of construction ended this fall, turning University Avenue into a two-way street and introducing a green bike path and red streetscape improvements from the edge of campus to East Genesee Street. The project was awarded the “Transportation Project of the Year” by the Institute of Transportation Engineers New York Upstate Section. “When you look at it, you do realize that it’s more than just a bus route and it’s more than just a streetscape,” said Linda Dickerson Hartsock, who joined the project as director of the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development at SU and overseer of the Corridor in February. The effort is billed as the city’s largest public works project in more than 30 years, but as the project enters its second phase, some campus and community members continue to question the Corridor’s function and how it will effectively push Syracuse into the 21st century.

Counteracting I-81 There was a growing sense that the grandeur of the city — once a thriving industrial hub — began to dull after a number of industrial corporations began departing the city several decades ago, said Connors at the Onondaga Historical Association.

luke rafferty | design editor The Connective Corridor: more than just a bus route. Activity on the Hill boomed while industry and activity downtown slowed. Non-manufacturing jobs in medical and higher education fields dominated, usurping manufacturing as the largest industry in the area. As the city attempts to strike a balance between identities, SU’s relationship with the city of Syracuse has also undergone change since Cantor’s 2004 arrival at the university and the introduction of the Corridor concept.


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CLARIFICATION >> In a Dec. 4 article titled “Students gather for Hannukah,” Zach Goldberg’s position at Hillel wasn’t clear. Goldberg is president-elect of the organization.

CORRECTIONS >> In a Dec. 4 headline that read “Court date set for two SU athletes arrested Sunday night,” the time when Marquis Spruill and Steve Rene were arrested was misstated. They were arrested Sunday morning. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

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Dirty little secret Alternative rock band All-American Rejects to perform at the Westcott Theater on Wednesday night.


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luke rafferty | design editor Local collaborative Northside Urban Partnership is working to revitalize North Salina Street and the surrounding neighborhood, where 25 percent of the buildings are vacant.

Local group works to further develop diverse neighborhood By Natsumi Ajisaka Staff Writer

Ethnic stores, barbershops, restaurants and vacant storefronts. These are the prominent features of North Salina Street. Though the area has recently become very ethnically and culturally diverse, an estimated 25 percent of the neighborhood is made up of vacant buildings. Formerly a German — then Italian

— neighborhood, the street is a landing place for refugees and immigrants. Their businesses form an emerging multicultural community that local collaborative Northside Urban Partnership has been working to market to potential consumers and residents. The collaborative started several initiatives in the area, targeting workforce development, renovating the neighborhood’s physical spaces and staging cultural events to attract

IVMF launches website to help veterans re-enter workforce By Michael Hacker Contributing Writer

When veterans return to the civilian sector, they are faced with countless adjustments, one of them being entering the work force. A Syracuse University veterans organization is trying to make that adjustment easier. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at SU recently helped to create VetNet, a new career resource website to help returning veterans find employment and prepare for the

job market. The website, which launched last Wednesday, was created through a partnership between the IVMF and organizations Hire Heroes USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes. Though VetNet is composed of the three founding organizations, others will be able to offer services as well through the Google+ platform, Jaime Winne Alvarez, director of media relations and communications for

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visitors and bring exposure to the Northside’s businesses. “We have all these mixed-use buildings with residences on top and

retail on the bottom, which are huge opportunities,” said Sarah Pallo, a Northside Business Partnership coordinator. “We really try to play up

“North Salina is on the cuff of some really great changes, close to a lot of things that could make it a vibrant commercial district.” Sarah Pallo

Northside Business Partnership coordinator

the existing businesses here to people who don’t learn about Northside.” To help people learn about the area, Northside UP is holding an event called “Shop the Northside,” which started on Nov. 19 and runs to Jan. 2, according to its website. As part of this holiday shopping event, customers can attend food tastings and sample local goods. The Northside includes many see north salina page 8

Record-high temperatures hit Syracuse By Jessica Iannetta Asst. News Editor

Syracuse experienced unusually warm temperatures on Tuesday that haven’t been matched since the beginning of Word War II. Temperatures reached 70 degrees, surpassing the previous high of 68 degrees set in 1941, according to the National Weather Service. Warm autumn temperatures in the South making their way up north caused the unusual weather, said Tom Hauf, a local meteorologist. But Tuesday’s warm weather will not persist and Hauf said he expects it will cool down in the next few days, and

“I get sick when the temperature spikes. I like the warm weather, I just wish it would stay consistent.” Dan Johnson

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then warm up again this weekend. “By tomorrow afternoon, it’ll be snowing,” he said with a laugh.

Although Wednesday’s high will only be about 40 degrees, the upcoming warm weather doesn’t bode well for local ski resorts that already faced a poor snow season last winter, Hauf said. Two winters ago, Syracuse experienced the coldest winter since 1902, when temperatures were first recorded, and last winter was the warmest winter on record, according to Hauf’s website. Hauf said on his website that he expects this year’s winter to be somewhere in between. This winter’s temperatures will be milder than normal, but there will be strong fluctuations in warm and cold

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Obama’s balanced deficit reduction approach harms future of youth voters

ur government borrows to spend. Carrying this paradigm into the future will saddle our generation with an unbearable cost. President Barack Obama will not be in power when we face the consequences of our country’s unsustainable path of debt accumulation, but his administration’s lack of fiscal leadership will be primarily to blame. In the aggregate, we, the young voter demographic, voted for Obama by a wide margin in 2012, but it was against our own interests. Obama won us over by making nice-sounding entitlement promises that government cannot afford to keep. Despite Obama’s claims of a “balanced” deficit reduction approach, members of his administration admit, both via statements and in budget documents, that they do not have a plan. For instance, even if House Republicans voted for Obama’s 2013 budget proposal as-is, the long-term problems would not be solved. Obama and Democrats are recommending


vast right-wing conspiracy Obama’s 2013 budget as a fiscal cliff resolution, according to press secretary Jay Carney. But this does not control long-term costs. The proof is in Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government. Namely, on page 58, Obama’s plan levels debt growth in terms of gross domestic product, but only for a limited time. “Beyond 2022, however, the fiscal position gradually deteriorates,” according to the document. This will happen at about age 30 for students now attending Syracuse University as

an undergraduate. Obama’s plan moves the impending fiscal crisis squarely into the exciting part of our lives. Furthermore, Obama’s 2013 budget proposal includes the elimination of “unwarranted and fiscally irresponsible Bush-era tax cuts for the highest-income families, limiting the value of tax deductions and preferences for the highest-income families, and closing a variety of tax loopholes.” Hence, the argument that we can close the deficit and reduce the debt by soaking the rich to the Democrat’s specification is moot. The problem is government spending growth over time. If Republicans carry out Obama’s plan -- the plan Democrats recommend -- we get fiscal deterioration. Fiscal deterioration, as described by the Analytical Perspectives document, means that the “deficit continues to rise for the next 75 years, and the publicly-held debt is also projected to rise persistently relative to GDP.” This does not stop after the next 75 years.

“Through the end of the projection period, in 2087, this figure would continue to rise gradually,” according to the document. Regarding the expected fiscal deterioration that will result from Obama’s plan, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admitted to House Republicans that the Obama administration and Democrats do not have a “definitive solution to this long-term problem, but what we do know is, we don’t like yours.” As Geithner confirms, Democrats do not have a definitive solution, Republicans do have a solution, and the public cannot benefit from the Republicans’ definitive solution because the Democrats “don’t like” it. Let’s show Democrats and the Obama administration that, in the aggregate, we regret voting for them by electing a Republican Senate in 2014 and Rand Paul for president in 2016. Michael Stikkel is a junior computer engineering major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

Daily Orange article on athletes’ arrest makes reader question paper’s intentions As a senior at Syracuse University, I have been a consistent reader of The Daily Orange for three and a half years. It has been an efficient way to keep up with student affairs, sports and general knowledge pertaining to the city and university.   I have regarded the publication as an unbiased, informational outlet that in no way intends to be slanderous or harmful to the students or citizens of Syracuse. When I saw Monday’s frontpage article, “Two players spend night in county

LETTER TO THE EDITOR jail,” it was a jarring experience.   Marquis Spruill is a good friend of mine, and I had been in the loop about the party, the appearance of the police force, the arrests and the accounts of the night from many different witnesses. The story published in The Daily

Orange struck me as unfair and extreme, not only because it was on the front page with both players’ roster pictures but because of the unnecessary addition of Spruill’s Instagram account.  I understand that police reports are public and the writers covering this article were doing their jobs as journalists, but I feel the story was rushed to be published and facts were not sufficiently checked. Spruill’s name was tarnished for anybody who read this prior to knowing him, an incredibly unfair first impression. He is a person with motivation for success, well-rounded and eclectic interests, and heart not only for the game of football but for all of his friends and family that surround him. Spruill wouldn’t hurt a fly. I think his response to this and other publications that arose Monday shows a lot of maturity, and if we’re still bringing up

social media, this is a direct quote from Spruill’s account: “Everyone who knows me knows exactly what type of person I am and appreciate all the love and support y’all have shown me and to those who don’t I can’t fault y’all for believing the lies the media has created just to juice up their articles so I forgive y’all. I’m here grinding trying to better myself in life and that’s exactly what I’m gonna continue to do…” Reading the article on Spruill and Steve Rene made me question the intentions and motivation of The Daily Orange. As an entirely student-run publication, I believe it should at all times have the best interest of each student in mind, even if that means losing or delaying a story.

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Student disagrees with approach taken to implement health care law Politics and work usually do not go well together, but the other day President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act came up. Not many of my fellow work associates seemed to care about the law until I pointed out it has already had a large effect on employees and the economy. Many restaurants have cut back hours and staff due to the impending costs imposed on them by the new law. Applebee’s and Papa John’s both announced Obamacare could lead to damaging cuts in their works forces. According to the new law, employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide government-mandated health care or risk a $2,000 fine per worker. The Medicare tax will go up as well. These are just some of the ways the law will affect everyday people. Looking at these effects, there might be a better way to increase health insurance coverage without hurting the economy. The approach taken by Democrats to increase health insurance coverage was to essentially have the healthy subsidize health care for the sick and poor by expanding Medicaid and having the government mandate everyone buy health insurance. It is an excellent goal to try to increase the number of insured Americans, but I disagree with the means they went about it. Instead of a top-down government mandate

LETTER TO THE EDITOR strategy, I would suggest fixing a few problems to our system to make the health care market more efficient, affordable and competitive. The first change would be to put a limit on taxfree employer health contributions. To Obama’s credit, he did include a version of this in his health care bill. Second, individuals who purchase private health insurance should receive a tax credit. This would vastly expand the market for individual health care and increase competition. Third, insurance companies should be allowed to sell insurance across state lines. This regulation currently hurts consumers by limiting their options and driving prices up. Fourth, tax-free private health savings accounts should be utilized more to help individuals save money for when they get really sick. These are just some of the simple ideas that would have huge effects on driving down the price of health care and making health care affordable for everyone without more taxes and subsidies.

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College degree proves to be both investment, gamble On Sunday, The New York Times published an article called “Saying No To College,” which outlined reasons why students drop out of college and alternative avenues they pursued to succeed. Common complaints included a lack of challenge in the classroom and the huge financial burden. Higher education has become an expected norm in American society. But the cost of higher education has skyrocketed and students are dealing with more debt than ever. Some students endured through college, hoping to make the debt back. Others drop out, or opt out of going to college, and join the workforce right away. Though there are many success stories from people who have dropped out of college, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Syracuse University’s own Bob Costas, there are also success stories from people who stayed in college and earned a degree, including President Barack Obama, Donald Trump and SU alumnus Aaron Sorkin. College is an investment, one that every student at SU and other colleges across the country chose

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board to make. It’s an investment and a gamble. Students hope the four years they spend here accumulating debt will help them get a job in their chosen professions. But going to college does not ensure a job. Whether students elect to attend college, drop out or never choose to attend, it ultimately comes down to making individual decisions. Young adults can choose to attend a cheaper, less elite university, which may not get them a high-paying job. They can choose to attend an expensive, reputable university to work toward a job that will cover debts easily. Or they can enter the workforce and start making money immediately. There is no catchall answer that will work for every young adult in the United States. But those who dropped out of college and became widely successful are few and far between compared to those who became successful after attending college and earning a degree.



When winter weather arrives, residents should use atlernative de-icing methods


ven though the temperature reached the high 60s yesterday, this November has produced a fair amount of snow sprinklings. Most people have retrieved their shovels from the garage, gotten the ice-scraper ready for the car and perhaps purchased some salt to get rid of that pesky ice. But if you haven’t gotten that salt or ice melt yet, be warned. There are a lot of choices out there, many of which are pretty horrible for our homes and local environments. Sodium chloride (NaCl), usually known to sit on the kitchen table, is the most common salt used to melt ice on roadways, sidewalks and front steps. Though it’s commonly used, it’s actually not safe for us, our pets and 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

our neighborhoods. NaCl kills vegetation, hurts our pets’ paws, corrodes cars and bridges, and pollutes water supplies. Though it does melt snow and ice by decreasing their freezing point, there are other alternatives out there that don’t have as many side effects. Almost all other alternatives – like other salts, acetates and ureas – have side effects, but none are known to be as bad as NaCl. The key is to go to your local hardware store or pet store and check out labels to find the best options for your whole neighborhood, including Fido. But unless you’re a chemist, reading the labels for the many different ice melt products may seem like you stumbled across an ancient, forgotten

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21st-century tree hugger language. But don’t fear. Stay away from NaCl. Other choices may have magnesium chloride (MgCl), which is the safer, less corrosive salt you may want to try out. Urea is used in some other ice melts. Though it’s a fertilizer that won’t hurt pets’ paws, it is damaging to waterways because it introduces too many nutrients, throwing ecosystems out of sync.

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Another common ice melt contains acetates, which are more expensive but widely accepted as less corrosive and damaging than salts. But be weary of this product, too, as recent studies show that potassium acetate, used at many airports for de-icing, may damage aquatic ecosystems. If you need to buy salt, you should try the least corrosive option: MgCl. When you go to the store, read the labels, understand what you’re buying and think about how changing one purchase could positively affect your home and environment. Better yet, use ice melts sparingly. You can use other simple, everyday products to provide traction in winter weather. Sand, sawdust and

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kitty-litter (the non-clumping kind) can make the outdoors walkable and enjoyable. An added bonus is that they are often cheaper than any ice melt you can buy. But the best advice anyone can give would be to shovel earlier rather than later. By getting the snow off the steps before people create footprints that freeze, or before the snow melts to puddles that freeze at night, you can avoid ice formation altogether. So shovel that snow and be prepared for ice with more eco-friendly products. Meg Callaghan is a junior environmental studies major and writing minor at the SUNY-ESF. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at

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Pocket full of change City officials recommend that residents carry coins when using parking meters

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yracuse residents are temporarily advised to carry change with them if they plan to use the city’s electronic parking meters. Although the current meters have the ability to accept credit cards, city officials plan to replace 270 electronic meters soon and recommend bringing change in case the meters lose their wireless data connection, The Post-Standard reported on Thursday. If the credit-card processing doesn’t work, the meters will continue to accept coins, according to the article. “Should there be an outage we will let people know,” Alexander Marion, the mayor’s press secretary, said in the article. “We encourage drivers to bring change with them just in case there is an unexpected outage.” Currently, one-third of the city’s revenue from parking meters comes from credit cards and if the meters were unable to process credit cards, it would hurt the city’s revenue collection. The Syracuse Common Council unanimously approved a $2.54

million plan to replace the parking meters in September. At the time of the decision, the council was divided on whether the city should stay with the old meters, which would eventually not be able to take credit card payments, or replace them with new ones. The group finally came to the conclusion that the meters should be replaced. The update was suggested after Velocita Wireless announced it would cease operations. The current Parkeon Inc. meters use Mobitex technology, which is operated by Velocita Wireless, to transmit data. “Basically, it’s the updated version of the parking meters,” said Craig Wilson, a legislative aide for the council, in an Oct. 4 Daily Orange article. “If you want to think of it this way, it would be like an upgrade from an iPhone 2 to an iPhone 5. The technology is outdated and they have to update it.” The company that replaces the old meters will have three years to install them, but the meters will be in use for several years after. If technology changes during the three-year period, the company will also be expected to upgrade the machines. @MerNewman93

SU students, professors recognize benefits of evaluations By Taylor Baker

tion through email, me filling it out would depend on if I had the time or not,” said Charles Price, a As the fall semester comes to a close and stu- sophomore finance and marketing major. dents prepare to take their final exams, proLindsay Cameron, a junior public relations fessors are preparing for tests of their own: and writing and rhetorical studies major, said student evaluations. in an email that she takes her evaluations seriEach department of every Syracuse Univer- ously and completely fills them out. sity college asks students to fill out evaluations “I want the school to know where proof their professors at the fessors should improve conclusion of the course. and where they excel,” “We read our evaluashe said. tions very closely,” said Although Cameron Nancy Wright, a profesdoesn’t think evaluasional writing instructions are exciting, she tor at SU. “Our departsaid she finds them to ment chairs and assisbe valuable because tant directors read them they allow students to as well, and we all take be honest. them very seriously. I “In the moment, they take them very seriously seem like such a nui— they’re important.” Lindsay Cameron sance,” she said. “But JUNIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR In the past, paper how would the professors evaluations were directimprove if we didn’t have ly handed out to students in class by the profes- these evaluations?” sors. But recently, some of the evaluations have While the majority of students do believe moved to the web, and students are asked to fill it is important to evaluate their teachers, them out online on their own time. some professors believe these evaluations “I accurately fill out paper evaluations in are equally important to everyone’s educaclass, but if I were to be sent a professor evalua- tional success. CONTRIBUTING WRITER

“In the moment, they seem like such a nuisance,” she said. “But how would the professors improve if we didn’t have these evaluations?”

“Most of my students take the evaluations seriously,” said Ben Kuebrich, a doctoral student in composition and cultural rhetoric in an email. “It is a matter of framing the evaluations for the students — letting them know that we look at them closely and that it affects our curriculum and our pedagogy.”

While Kuebrich said for the most part that he receives “pretty good” evaluations, some of the students’ comments do surprise him. Said Kuebrich: “They help me to see things that I was missing from my perspective teaching the class.”

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IVMF, said in an email. “The purpose of the online portal is to simplify the process facing vets and military families making the transition to the civilian workforce in finding and using employment resources,” Alvarez said. The website is hosted on Google+ and also has its own website, The site offers three unique channels for veterans to select, according to a Nov. 28 IVMF press release. The Basic Training Track, powered by Hire Heroes USA, offers resume and search skills coaching. Career Connections, powered by Hiring Our Heroes, connects veterans to industry leaders, fellow veterans and spouses. The Entrepreneur Track, powered by IVMF, provides veterans with collegelevel entrepreneurship courses for those thinking about post-service self-employment, according to the release. The IVMF runs the Entrepreneur Track, which is an eight-week cycle of courses primarily taught by Mike Haynie, the IVMF founding executive director and Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Haynie is also a U.S. Air Force veteran. Other Whitman professors and additional instructors will also teach courses, Alvarez said. The IVMF launched in June 2011 in a partnership between Syracuse University

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and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The institute’s mission is to “Fully leverage the intellectual, human and social capital of higher education, in service to America’s veterans and their families.” It is the first national center to focus on the economic, education and policy issues facing veterans and their families within the context of higher education, according to the IVMF website. Google has been looking to extend its reach to veterans through its products and services, according to a Nov. 28 post on the Official Google Blog. Users of the site will have access to live discussions through Google+ Hangouts, a Google Calendar for events and an online portal to connect with fellow veterans, military spouses and family members, according to the release. The Entrepreneur Track Google Hangouts will be held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Hangouts will also be archived and uploaded to YouTube for future viewing. All of the courses will be free for veterans, according to the release. All of the IVMF partners see the portal growing and incorporating more information and resources from the 40,000-plus veterans assistance organizations in the country, Alvarez said. Said Alvarez: “We are three of the leading organizations and look to this resource as a place for others to share their content and work to help those in the community making the move to a civilian career.”

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businesses from longtime stores such as Lombardi Fruit & Imports Co. and Columbus Bakery Co., remnants of the neighborhood’s Italian heritage, to newer stores, such as the African & Caribbean Central Market and African food store Barwago Market. What the businesses have in common are small street customer bases and niche markets targeting specific demographics. Military veteran Lynn Swetland, who owns the flag shop Bainbridge H.C., said he sees an average of five customers per day during the winter and 20 in the summer. But he said his company, which he runs with his wife, handles a steady stream of commercial business through flag and flagpole repairs. Located on North Salina for 25 years, Swetland said the surrounding neighborhoods were highly segregated before World War II, forming quadrants of distinct ethnic communities. Jonathan Longo, another Northside Business Partnership coordinator, said the shift in the Northside’s population is “hard to pinpoint.” He said ethnic stores began appearing “sporadically,” bringing with them immigrants who dreamed of opening businesses but lacked the training or language skills to do so. Northside UP, Longo said, provides resources for such challenges. Though the collaborative is not necessarily a business developer, it helps manage the Northside’s growth, Longo said, working with local

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Feldman was the former president of the Syracuse Symphony Association’s fundraising group, and was heavily involved with organizing fundraisers for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, she said. Feldman partnered with other women in the community 50 years ago to organize a full-time orchestra in Syracuse. “The orchestra’s demise was very sad,” Feldman said. “It was everybody’s fault and nobody’s fault.” Of the 79 musicians that left the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, 65 had roots in the local community, Feldman said. The orchestra was a place where kids could be exposed to great music, and Feldman said she often took her grandchildren to concerts. James Tapia, director of orchestral activities at Syracuse University and former staff conductor of Syracuse’s Youth Symphony Orchestra, said the financial losses the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra experienced may have been exacerbated by the financial downturn associated with cultural institutions at that time.

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weather, according to Hauf’s website. Though the warm weather came as Syracuse University students were preparing for final exams, many still took the time to enjoy the day. Kit Taylor, a freshman illustration and animation major, opted to spend some time studying outside. “I just feel stupid for bringing this coat,” she said with a laugh, gesturing toward her heavy, black winter coat with a fur hood. “I was expecting a lot worse winter.” Rosalind Cardone, a Buffalo native, was also expecting the weather to be much colder. The weather has been this warm in January and February in the past, but never in December, said Cardone, a freshman advertising major. When she realized how warm it was

business owners and potential business residents to preserve the neighborhood’s character. This requires careful strategizing, such as when Dunkin’ Donuts expressed interest in having a location on North Salina. The original plans, Longo said, were “inappropriate” for the area and were modified to incorporate the chain seamlessly into the existing neighborhood. The Northside UP has been active in the area for about five years, he said. Originally, there were several different organizations in the area, but they combined a year ago, Longo said. The area faces concerns about its rental market, especially maintenance and management problems, a lingering reputation for crime and persistent store vacancies, Longo said. Yet Longo and Pallo, the Northside Business Partnership coordinator, said they are optimistic. “North Salina is on the cuff of some really great changes, close to a lot of things that could make it a vibrant commercial district,” Pallo said. But for Briana Kohlbrenner, owner of art consignment shop Craft Chemistry, the art market is not addressed in North Salina Street. Her business, which sells handmade items from local artists, is at odds with the income of the neighborhood’s residents. Her target group, she said, is not located on North Salina. “I’m barely breaking even,” said Kohlbrenner, who has been in the location for three years. She said her landlord has given her a “huge” discount “just to see art in the area.” Gesturing at the store, she asked: “But at what expense?”

“The recession created immediate consequences for arts everywhere,” Tapia said. “Still, it is absolutely vital that the symphony restock for the sake of the Syracuse community.” Much of the symphony’s fan base was left empty-handed very abruptly, Feldman said. After the widely anticipated Yo-Yo Ma concert was canceled due to the symphony’s bankruptcy, many fans were not refunded their money and, as a result, felt deceived by the organization, she said. Yet Feldman said she believes the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s fans will support the new project and that the new management team will focus on the needs of its consumers. “This new project may be even better than before because it’s not as management heavy,” Feldman said. “It could turn out to be a model for other struggling orchestras that have the same issues that we had.” A local orchestra is a necessary pillar of a community’s art culture, said Tapia, SU’s director of orchestral activities. “Syracuse is a community best served by a variety of cultural outposts,” Tapia said. “I can’t wait to see this organization come back full blown.”

outside, Cardone said she had originally wanted to wear shorts, but decided against it because she had already brought most of her shorts home and didn’t think it would be “socially acceptable.” In the basement of E.S. Bird Library, Dan Johnson wasn’t as happy with the unusual weather. Surrounded by a growing number of tissues, Johnson was feeling the effects of the fluctuating temperatures. “I get sick when the temperature spikes,” said Johnson, a senior television, radio and film major. “I like the warm weather; I just wish it would stay consistent.” In the four years he has spent at SU, Johnson said these are the warmest December temperatures he can remember. “I have this idea of how each season’s supposed to be,” he said. “I just wish the weather would stick to it.”

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Seven years after project’s announcement, community able to see physical results of $42.5 million project SU’s reputation as an “ivory tower,” removed from city life, has gradually subsided since Cantor’s arrival, said Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and co-chair with Cantor on the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. Cantor said she came to Syracuse conscious of the separation. After a year of discussions with campus, city and government members, the university introduced the Corridor concept. The university established its downtown presence in 2006, restoring the Dunk & Bright Furniture warehouse at a cost of $13.9 million as workspace for architecture and design students, now known as The Warehouse. From an urban planning standpoint, the Corridor counteracts the physical divide between SU and downtown created by Interstate 81. The overpass and the cluster of on-and-off ramps create unfriendly pedestrian walkways because of the fast-moving I-81 traffic. An appealing urban center is also fundamental to attract students and professionals to the area — people are less inclined to work and live in dingier cities, Simpson said. “The city depends on the university,” he said. “I think the university depends on the city.”

Money, money, maintenance The Corridor is among a number of growing “innovation districts,” urban areas that combine art, public transportation and green infrastructure to encourage economic growth and community stability. The group New Jersey Future studied Syracuse and three other cities this past

SEEING RED Choosing red as the color for the Connective Corridor was a decision project planners “backed into,” said Joe Sisko of UPSTATE, the School of Architecture’s design center that conceptualizes the design of the Corridor. “We didn’t want it to be orange. It needed to be something uniquely about the city and not about the university,” Sisko said. Red is both adaptable and bold. Throughout construction of the Corridor, officials submitted building plans to the state to ensure construction met regulations and would not adversely affect historic areas. Red is easily readable in winter or summer and can adapt with historical landmarks along the length of the Corridor route, which passes through historic and residential neighborhoods, Sisko said.

summer as part of a strategic plan designed to guide economic development. Its research determined successful districts are formed through collaboration of higher education, private business and government. Each party’s level of involvement can vary between districts. “These things are kind of organic, it’s whoever picks up the charge to make it happen,” said Chris Sturm, senior director of state policy at New Jersey Future. Hartsock identifies SU’s role in the Corridor as “the catalyst for finding and assembling resources for the city.”

The Breakdown: External Funding $4.9 million

in federal funds for Corridor buses and smart transportation technologies $37.6 million for infrastructure improvements SU’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development procured the $42.5 million in external funding needed for the construction of the Corridor. Of those millions, $37.6 million is for infrastructure improvements and $4.9 million is in federal funds for Corridor buses and smart transportation technologies. Hartsock said officials are expecting spending for phase one construction to meet the phase’s budget. SU officials say no tuition is spent on the Corridor. Hartsock said some of the worst feedback she has heard regarding the Corridor hinges on the fact that community members struggle with understanding the purpose of the Corridor and where the money is coming from, especially since several years were spent at the drawing board. The project’s first four years were largely spent constructing and designing the physical aspects of the Corridor, such as the bike lanes, said Marilyn Higgins, vice president of community engagement and economic development. Planners and designers had to make some concessions to comply with Federal Highway Commission regulations, leading to bumps along the road. Designers were insistent that bike lanes should be the trademark Corridor red, but new federal law requires bike lanes to be painted green.

As the Corridor moves forward, local businesses and city government will begin to play larger roles, especially financially. Money and services dedicated to maintaining the route will be provided by the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County. SU will not be responsible for future care of the Corridor, say university officials. Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, said a plan to maintain newly installed items along the Corridor route, such as trash cans and trees, is being discussed. The city has agreed to plow the bike lanes and maintain new lighting along the route. The county will be responsible for maintaining environmentally friendly infrastructure. For the maintenance responsibilities that don’t fall in either arena, including watering, weeding and pruning trees, Treier said will continue to work with property owners to develop a maintenance plan. Owen Kerney, who is working with Treier and is deputy director of the city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, said it is difficult to quantify how much it will cost to maintain the route. “Taking over maintenance for the Corridor is not something the city can put a cost to,” Kerney said, although it will add more work and hours.

Investing in the university Though grants cover construction, there are indirect costs and responsibilities associated with the university’s downtown initiatives. SU pays the salaries of the five employees in the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development, located in The Warehouse. More than 400 SU faculty members and students also spend time on the project, incorporating classroom lessons into Corridor projects. To some, the Corridor initiative is seen as “eating up money resources that some people would rather see invested on campus,” said SU trustee and local resident Judy Mower. She said what money the university has invested into the Corridor has been “very small” in comparison to the grants that make the initiative possible. Having an inviting downtown helps the university attract students and professors interested in the innovative academic opportunities, Mower said. “It’s like a terrific sandbox for professors who are working in those fields and their students,” Mower said. But faculty attribute the focus on downtown involvement as the reason why SU has fallen in university rankings. In the mid-‘90s, before

Cantor’s arrival in 2004, U.S. News & World Report ranked SU in the 40s. It is now ranked No. 58 and was recently ranked in the 60s. Professors who question the purpose of SU’s involvement in the community also point to SU’s 2010 departure from the Association of American Universities, a select group of the top research institutions. Unlike a typical AAU university, SU does not have a medical school and instead finds strength in areas like the fine arts, communications or public policy, areas included in SU’s downtown programming. Jeffrey Stonecash, a political science professor at SU and a self-described skeptic of the Corridor from the start, said despite the trumpeting he has heard regarding the project, he has yet to see the results, and he questions how the effects could be measured. “Let’s stop promoting it as a great idea and see if it really works,” he said. Cantor said she doesn’t feel the additional work in the city diminishes educational opportunities at the university. The Corridor turns away from traditional academia and emphasizes innovation and collaboration in the city, she said. “You can see that that’s a new wave of thinking about collaborative work that goes across sectors where people get to push their disciplines,” she said. Down on East Genesee Street, the staff at the Community Folk Art Center hopes the Corridor will pull more people into the gallery, which hosts music performances and exhibits relating to the African Diaspora. Kheli Willetts, executive director of the CFAC and an assistant professor of African American studies at SU, said she doesn’t see enough students venturing off the hill. “We walk around campus, but we generally don’t walk down, at least not past Marshall Street,” Willets said.

By the Numbers: Route 443 Days operating per week Riders per month

3 days 7 days 300 riders 19,800 riders



The Connective Corridor bus route —a free bus route that starts at Goldstein Student Center on South Campus and weaves its way downtown to The Warehouse — is meant to encourage students to leave the Hill. The university pays Centro $450,000 a year to run the Connective Corridor bus route and other SU routes.

Big Number The number of full-time and full-time equivalent construction jobs created during phase one. All were private payroll jobs created by contractors and subcontractors.


When the Corridor route was first introduced in fall 2006, it ran three days a week and picked up between 200 to 300 riders per month, said Steve Koegel, director of marketing and communications at Centro. The bus route now averages about 19,800 riders per month, Koegel said, attributing the uptick to an increased awareness of the Corridor and routing adjustments. Ridership is calculated based off SU’s academic year, on a September to May basis. Ninety percent of ridership is students, many of whom need the route to access classes in The Warehouse. Still, there are times when the bus is empty or near empty. Students complain the bus can be unreliable and choose to drive downtown. College of Visual and Performing Arts students going from campus to The Warehouse say they would prefer a shuttle that goes directly from main campus to The Warehouse. But that would defeat the purpose of the Corridor.

‘Growing pains’ Though the Corridor’s long-term influence in bringing business to the recently completed East Genesee Street area is yet to be seen, Gary Brothers, an owner of a pharmacy located on East Genesee, said the business took a financial hit during the area construction. Customers were forced to search for parking amid blocked-off or torn-up sidewalks and roads. Down the street, Strong Hearts Cafe, a vegan-friendly cafe located across Forman Park, a water main burst and shut off the restaurant’s water supply. Heading into phase two and three, downtown businesses have been prepped about possible disruptions to business, said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. Business owners do say the completed construction has made the area more aesthetically pleasing. A total of $625,000 in facade improvement grants, or money set aside for businesses to make minor improvements to storefronts, was made available through the project. Strong Hearts Café will make minor improvements with outdoor seating.

Hailed as one of the project’s major successes to date, Forman Park is outfitted with red benches and a sign marking the park’s entrance in the red, wiry Corridor text. Opposite the park, a fence reads, “Use your feet. Use your imagination. Use parks. Use your eyes.” in the same font.   Frank Cetera, president of the Near Westside Business Association, said he’s heard from businesses along East Genesee Street about construction issues. But as project construction inches closer to downtown and the Near Westside, the short-term inconvenience will be worth it in the long run. “It’s growing pains. Anything you experience when you’re going through development is accompanied by growing pains. It’s unavoidable. And it’s necessary.”

Up next With Cantor’s announcement that she will depart SU when her contract expires in 2014, there is a question of whether or how the university’s role with the Corridor will change. Cantor is seen as the force behind the idea, and faculty suggest it will be difficult for the next chancellor to not embrace the Corridor. But Cantor is confident the Corridor’s mission will continue after her departure. “It’s happening. We’re seeing that. We’re seeing public works, lots of different engagement,” she said. “We want to really continue that and there’s lots of groups involved, so I’m positive that will continue.” Officials at the Corridor show no signs of slowing down. Work on the city’s civic strip, where the Oncenter and the Everson Museum of Art intersect with the Corridor, to introduce new signage and lighting will be done in the next year. City officials hope the changes will help tourism. Hartsock said she has worked to continue well-established relationships with departments at SU, but she would like to expand student engagement in the Corridor. She said she would love to see business students help do a real estate inventory of the buildings along the Corridor and biology majors work on the Onondaga Creekwalk. The function and purpose of the Corridor remains in flux, as officials look for the best way to achieve the mission of connecting the Hill to downtown through changing thoughts and landmarks. “We try to make it a laboratory, which means we’re experimenting,” Hartsock said. “And some things work and some things don’t work as well.”

SISTER CITIES Philadelphia

Home to multiple universities, a bustling urban population and historic attractions, the City of Brotherly Love is one inspiration for cities looking to encourage regrowth. A major inspiration is Philly’s Mural Arts Program, the largest public art program in the United States. It was founded through the city’s Anti-Graffiti Network and hoped to educate and economically strengthen communities through the arts. At Drexel University, a private research university with campuses located throughout Philadelphia, officials and faculty use civic engagement to solve neighborhood issues, such as safety concerns or improving education. “We live in an environment where the world is our research outlet,” said Lucy Kerman, vice provost for university and community partnerships at Drexel. In separate trips, Kerman and Drexel president John Anderson Fry visited the Corridor to see how SU interacts with the city.

Portland, Ore.

Called “America’s Greenest City” by Popular Science magazine for its availability of public transportation and numerous buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Portland is a model for other cities looking to embrace environmentally conscious technology and public transportation. Syracuse may not have as many green buildings, but that’s not stopping people from drawing comparisons. When David Holder, president of the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently took visitors through the Corridor, he said one of his guests spoke up with surprise, saying, “Wow, I just felt like I went into Portland.”


NEXT STOP... Continue to check The Daily Orange for updates on the Connective Corridor, its funding, and other downtown initiatives.

PHASE I: Completed • University Avenue Streetscape

• Green bike networks

• East Genesse Streetscape

• Syracuse Public Artist in Residence

• Syracuse Stage Plaza redesign

• InfoSpot for social media engagement

• Forman Park and Forman Island • Armory Square gateway parks • 40 building façade projects • Green infrastructure

• Public art installations • Iconic Syracuse series • Historic walking path • Mobile galleries and performances

A number of public art and construction projects, from green bike lanes to a recognizable signage and branding, were completed during the Connective Corridor’s first phase. Construction on the Corridor is separated into three phases, each focusing on a different area of the Corridor strip. The Corridor is expected to be completed by 2014. Looking into the next year, Connective Corridor overseer Linda Dickerson Hartsock said she wants to focus on encouraging community members to use the space. Work will also be done on finalizing the engineering drawings for the last two phases and designing the civic strip, the area where the Oncenter and the Everson Museum of Art intersect with the Corridor.

Coming up... • Launch bike share program (fleet of red bikes) • Finalize engineering drawing for last two phases

• Rolling out national public art solicitation

Civic Strip • Signage • Columbus Circle historic properties

• Onondaga Historical Association rennovation • Urban Video Project

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Students prep for possible apocalypse on Dec. 21 By Chelsea DeBaise and Erik van Rheenen ASST. FEATURE EDITORS

With the Mayan prediction of the end of the world right around the corner on Dec. 21, the possible doomsday has inspired multiple reactions from different students. There is a variety of possibilities for how to spend an apocalyptic afternoon. Tevion Johnson, a junior writing major, plans on keeping it relatively simple on the day the world is destined to end. “If it starts to go down, if the end of the world begins, I will be in my apartment playing 2K13 as I talk to my mom on speakerphone about how her day has been,” Johnson

said after giving the idea careful thought, adding, “I would like to have some Domino’s to go along with that 2K.” After thinking it over, Johnson also clarified that he would like to hear Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” playing in the background. He muttered some of the lyrics to elaborate on this point: “I didn’t have to use my AK. I’d have to say it was a good day.” Alejandro Mercado, a junior neuroscience and psychology major, has different plans. Mercado plans on meditating with other spiritual individuals in Puerto Rico on the day the world will end, hoping to raise human consciousness in the process. “It’s definitely the end of a cycle,” Mercado

said. “After that it would represent an exponential evolution in the human psyche.” But some students refuse to believe the hype the Mayan prediction spurred. Junior political science and writing and rhetoric major David Swenton has complete faith that the world will see Dec. 22. The only evidence, he said, was the Mayan calendar stopping, which he thinks could’ve been an elaborate joke. “I think the more plausible scenario is that the Mayans either got tired of adding days to the calendar, or they’re responsible for one of the greatest trolls in history,” he said. Just in case, though, Swenton has his bucket list sorted out, including vacationing to Europe

and taking in a Jets game. “Although, their season has sort of made me wish the world would end,” Swenton said. Like everyone else who had the impending apocalypse date cross his or her mind, his emergency plan is to live the next few weeks to the fullest. Like most skeptics, Swenton fully expects himself, and everyone else, to be just fine come Dec. 22. Said Swenton: “Since I’m of the belief that we’ll all wake up alive and well on December the 22nd, the 21st will likely be a very normal day for me.”

During NHL labor lockout, sample some Canadian brews I feel for NHL fans who continue to suffer due to the lockout. In solidarity with them, I have been exclusively consuming Canadian beers. In my northern dalliance, I have thought a lot about maple syrup and myself. It’s been fun, but I think I need to cool it for a while because every time I have pancakes, I want beer to go with them and that violates my no-beerbefore-10 a.m. policy. Labatt Blue is my go-to going out beer. It’s a pilsner style lager and tastes great. The f lavor is full and is 5 percent alcohol by volume. If I were to complain about one thing, it is that Labatt bottles are only 11.5 ounces instead of the standard, but still odd,

BEER BITES 12 ounces. Like many beers, I prefer to drink Blue out of 24-ounce tall boys and 16-ounce pounders. I’m especially fond of getting six packs of pounders because you can stash your beer in the plastic rings if you need to travel. You can drink Blue all night because the body is light and slightly foreign in a good way: a Canadian strip-club-like charm. Unsatisfied with simply trying Blue, I had to take a ride on the wild side with Labatt Ice. This Ice style beer is slightly more alcoholic at 5.6 percent alcohol by volume.

I wasn’t looking forward to drinking this because generally anything with Ice should be removed from the pool of things you could be drinking. Luckily, Labatt Ice tastes exactly like Blue. You might want to opt for Ice over Blue if you’re hanging out with your high school friends and want to feel nostalgic. I was still feeling adventurous, so I ventured further down the snow rabbit hole with Labatt Maximum Ice. I was terrified of Max, which is a menacing 7.1 percent alcohol by volume. I was concerned I was about to

descend into the depths of white-girl wastedness again. Much like the regular Ice, Max Ice tasted a lot like Blue, but it was as if you had poured malt liquor in with it. That is not a good thing in my opinion, but if you’re into it, I say give it a try. If you want to chase the dragon, this is not a bad way to get started — be sure to mix a couple of these in between your Four Lokos. The take-home message is that Labatt tastes like Labatt, even if it’s just wearing a hat. —Compiled by Dylan Sorensen, staff writer,

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The bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel at Mama Nancy’s had all the ingredients for a perfect breakfast sandwich, including fluffy eggs, gooey cheese and crisp bacon. The diner is open 24/7 and is nestled near Interstate 690.

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riving alongside Interstate 690, you might miss the little diner that’s nestled between a motel and a gas station as your car curves up the highway entrance right across from it. But Syracuse’s loyal locals and truckers from far and wide have put Mama Nancy’s on the map. Inside, the atmosphere was casual but welcoming, decorated and bright for the holiday season. But I was excited to encounter a classic diner: simple, relaxed, open 24/7 with a homemade touch to everything the staff serves. Though Nancy offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, my roommates and I decided that after a long night of studying for finals, an early morning breakfast would be the only way to motivate us to continue studying. My one roommate won the award for best order: Her ham, egg and cheese omelet ($7.25) was oozing with rich creamy cheese. The eggs were

fluffy and mixed with melted cheese, which gave them a substantial texture that served to boost the flavors. The crisp side of bacon ($2.50) was a great complement to the soft cheesy omelet. It wasn’t greasy but still juicy and crisp. The potatoes that came with it, however, needed some salt and tasted very starchy. This was surprisingly not the case with my order of corn beef hash ($8.25). The potatoes in Mama Nancy’s homemade hash were the perfect-sized cubes and well-seasoned. Each piece had bits of crispness but overall was soft and warm. The addition of green peppers and chopped onions made a traditionally simple dish stand out. All this goodness helped to soak up the runny yolk from the over-easy eggs, which came on top of the hash that I scooped up with prebuttered toast. The corned beef hash was juicy, not rubbery like it sometimes is served elsewhere. But the chop on the meat was messy and inconsistent. Some pieces would be thinly cut into strips

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and others were chunky and too large. It may be a small detail, but it changed the flavor and effect of each individual bite and took away from other strong elements in the dish. It also made it difficult for the meat to blend together with the other ingredients on the plate so that it didn’t quite hold together the way corn beef hash should. My other roommate’s bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel ($4.95) was simple, but it had all the makings of a perfect breakfast sandwich: fluffy eggs, gooey cheese, crisp bacon and warm, buttery bread. We sat and ate in the first booth by the door and surveyed the scene: a wrinkled man with a beard and stains on his shirt complaining to a waitress. The service was what you’d expect from a good diner — sweet but sassy if you get on their very busy nerves. The diners were a mixed bunch of older locals bundled up from the rain and rowdy truckers. They all sat at the booths, each with an antique-looking

box hanging on the wall. Our waitress informed us that putting a quarter in the change slot would get you five minutes of TV on the box’s tiny screen as she swiftly cleared our plates with a cheerful smile. Mama Nancy’s dishes may have had some shortcomings, and the diner can go unseen by cars whizzing by, but the little truck stop is a great place to visit. You get an authentic diner atmosphere and a worthwhile opportunity to go see some unfamiliar faces and get a taste of Syracuse life alongside your hardy meal. @daniemarieodie


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SU ice hockey team endures season riddled with injuries By Bryan Rubin CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Injuries aside, it was a weekend to forget for the Syracuse club ice hockey team. Going up against the defending American Collegiate Hockey Association Division-I champions, University of Delaware, the undermanned Orange faced a formidable challenge on the road. Missing top defensemen Scott Briggs and Jim Guida, as well as key forwards Nick Hockler and Simon Herbert, the No. 23 Orange (10-51) was at a disadvantage before the puck even dropped. The No. 18 Blue Hens (10-6-1) cruised to a pair of victories by a combined 13-1 score, sweeping the two-game set. In both games, Syracuse hung tight with Delaware for more than half the game, matching the Blue Hens’ physical play. The Orange trailed 3-1 and 3-0 after the second period in each game — both ample deficits, but certainly not insurmountable. But with players forced to fill expanded roles they are not necessarily comfortable in, Syracuse knew it was only a matter of time until the team’s lack of defensive depth set it. “You can play them even for as long as possible, but eventually (Delaware) will take over,” freshman goaltender Jaime Ketchabaw said. “Their size, speed, endurance and skill killed us in the end.” Dealing with these injuries has been hard to overcome for the Orange. When at full strength earlier in the season, Syracuse beat No. 25 West Chester twice on the road and No. 14 Rhode Island in its home opener — the same Rhode Island team that has already beaten Delaware twice this season. While injuries have undoubtedly plagued this team, Syracuse players refuse to let it be an excuse.

“It’s tough to play now with a depleted roster, but we are still accountable,” right wing Russell Suskind said. “Whatever team we put on the ice, we feel we should be able to compete with any team in the country. It takes all 20 guys to win.” When it’s healthy, Syracuse has proven it can indeed contend with the top teams both in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey League and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League, which includes Delaware, Rhode Island and West Chester. Within its division, the injury-riddled Orange defeated Buffalo in a shootout, manhandled Oswego State 5-1 and came up short against Niagara for a 5-4 loss. Now the losers of four straight, the fourthplace Orange is preparing for a big weekend slate that features a home game against Binghamton and a road game against rival No. 20 Niagara. While both games have league implications, SU’s matchup with Niagara is worth a little more than points in the standings. “We have had a longstanding rivalry with Niagara for the past several years,” senior captain Wes Rene said. “They don’t particularly like us and we don’t particularly like them.” With just 10 regular-season games remaining, it is crunch time for a crippled Syracuse team poised with high expectations for the season. The Orange sits well within striking distance of second-place Niagara, and a win against the Purple Eagles on Saturday night would give the Orange a much-needed boost heading into winter break. “As a competitor, you look forward to beating the best teams on your schedule,” Rene said. “Good teams expect to win. We are a good team, and we expect nothing less than two big wins this weekend.”



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forward Chanez Robinson bumped Alexander, forcing her into an awkward hook shot. At the first media timeout, the Seahawks held a 5-4 advantage in an ugly game. “I didn’t say a whole lot of anything; I said we need some energy,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I think that that’s what it was. … It wasn’t a situation to where it was a panic, a situation I just think that we had to just get going.” Alexander missed her first shot out of the timeout and capped her horrid stretch with a pair of missed free throws at the 13:55 mark as backup center Shakeya Leary sat at the scorer’s table. “That was a rough, sloppy first half,” Alexander said. “But honestly, at that time, I’m just thinking, ‘OK Kayla, it’s in the past.’ Short memory. Because if you dwell on it it’s going to mess up your game.” When she checked back in less than two minutes later, the early struggles were a distant memory. Alexander finished a layup with 10:31 remaining in the first half, ending an 8:02 stretch without a field goal. The center scored 17 points in the first half — as many as Wagner had as a team — but the Seahawks were still able to keep the center out of rhythm. “Our bread and butter defensively has been our matchup, and our matchup zone creates a lot of issues inside usually because it creates automatic double, triple team,” Wagner head coach Lisa Cermignano said. “In the first half we did a pretty good job finding where she was.” In the second half, though, Alexander put on a clinic.

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Seemingly everything Alexander tried worked. Even the mishandled entry passes played out well. Early in the second half Alexander found herself double-teamed. Brittney Sykes dumped the ball to her in the low post anyway. Alexander bobbled the pass, but she created separation and made the layup off the backboard. On a normal day Alexander’s dominance would have set up the Orange shooters to have a big game. But on this particular night the shots just weren’t falling. SU started 0-for-10 from beyond the arc and didn’t hit its first 3-pointer until Rachel Coffey knocked one down at the first-half buzzer. Syracuse finished the game just 3-for-20. “It’s a big deal; it’s a big presence down there,” SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. “When we’re missing shots, we obviously depend on Kayla, dumping down low to Kayla.” As the blowout was nearing its end, Alexander’s career-high point total was in sight. Alexander stepped to the free-throw line with 5:15 remaining needing to hit one to match her career high. Leary once again sat at the scorer’s table ready to check in for what would be the last time of the night. This time she didn’t have to wait long. Alexander knocked down both free throws and walked to the bench, where she was greeted with hugs and high fives from her teammates. “All of that goes to the great coaching staff and my teammates,” Alexander said. “My coaches worked with me a lot definitely since freshman year, and also my teammates always looking to get me the ball, having faith in me while I’m shooting it.” @DBWilson2

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MIT basketball program finds success on and off hardwood By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER

Massachusetts Institute of Technology head basketball coach Larry Anderson walks into gymnasiums across the country and recruits players like any coach. But Anderson also has to find athletes with the academic pedigree to be accepted to one of the most renowned academic universities in the nation. FOR THE MIT students are some of the brightest in the world. And the Engineers men’s basketball team has proven to be among the top programs in Division III. Last season the team finished 29-2 and made it to the Final Four. This year, MIT is off to a 6-1 start. “It’s been an amazing experience,” junior Mitchell Kates said. “Coming in as a freshman the precedent has been set of going to the tournament and building a culture of basketball at MIT. Taking a part in that and helping continue that tradition to bring MIT basketball to new levels.” MIT has produced a handful of players who



the league would be in the NHL right now, if not for the lockout. Despite the sense of moving down a level, Cooper believes the situation can help certain young players. “It gives guys the chance to play way more minutes, important minutes,” Cooper said. “It gives us the chance to put them in all types of situations. There’s no substitute for playing.” It’s something Connolly recognizes as he speaks with his Tampa teammates. Some are playing in Europe with many other NHL players. Others aren’t playing at all. Lightning star Steven Stamkos is one of those who is not playing, instead enjoying the time off and working out to stay in peak condition, Connolly said. Connolly sees the value in rest, but he wants to take his opportunity in Syracuse to develop his game as much as possible. “I played with guys last year who don’t have a place to play,” Connolly said. “It’s a benefit for me – everyone wants to be playing, and I’ve learned so much. The coaches are hard on me, they expect a lot, and you need that as a player.” And it’s not as if his Tampa coaches aren’t watching. Lightning head coach Guy Boucher has made the trip to six Crunch games this season, something he would never be able to do during a regular NHL season, Cooper said. So far this season, Syracuse has carried its momentum from last year’s Calder Cup run in Norfolk, starting the season 13-5-1-1 and tied for first place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. “It’s a great group of guys,” Connolly said. “I’ve never been on a team that’s so confident.

have played professionally overseas, but the odds are low for any player to make the NBA. Anderson sees the bigger picture, and so do his players. “They know they have an ace in their back pocket that they can go to Wall Street, they can go be an engineer,” Anderson said. “But they’re students first. They know why they’re here.” Kates and Will Tashman, both juniors, have taught the underclassmen how to be studentathletes at MIT, Anderson said. The players said they have no problem juggling school and basketball. Any player at any level has to make sacrifices, but it’s manageable. MIT gives players a window with no classes so they can attend practices. “I think every student-athlete has to deal with a little bit of that,” Tashman said. “It’s just basic time-management issues. MIT’s different, just maybe a little more. Basically like that on steroids.” Less than 10 percent of MIT applicants are accepted, so Anderson’s players are among the brightest. But the players’ excellence in the classroom comes with a stigma that says their

We want to get better, we will get better and losing is not acceptable.” Although the AHL provides high-level hockey for a price much less expensive than the NHL, some local fans are getting restless at the lack of NHL play. Senior television, radio and film major Jake Cohen is an avid NHL fan who grew up in St. Louis rooting for the Blues. When Cohen came to Syracuse, he got his NHL fix by traveling to Buffalo for Sabres games. He estimates that he has gone once a month in the last three years. But since players can’t move up to the NHL due to the lockout, Cohen finds himself unwilling to spend money on the Crunch despite the AHL’s status as the highest-level North American league currently in season. “I don’t really care about AHL teams,” Cohen said. “I care more about individual player growth and following their journey to the NHL. Since there’s no season, it’s pointless.” As the lockout drags on, players and coaches are beginning to wonder if the conflict can be resolved in time to save the season. Cooper said he listens to NHL Network Radio every morning when he’s not on the road, and Connolly said he uses social media to read up on the latest developments. Until a resolution is reached, Connolly will be a member of the Crunch, which looks primed to contend for the Calder Cup. For Connolly, the chance to chase a title – no matter where he takes the ice – makes the experience worth it. “I have a grasp on everything, and I’ve been keeping tabs,” Connolly said. “But right now, the Syracuse Crunch is my main thought.”

athletic careers will be short. Anderson said he recruits prospective student-athletes, but they must be admitted by the school. “The kids we coach here are students first,” Anderson said. “They crave that academic challenge as well as basketball. So it’s not quite as hard when you have the opportunity to coach some of the brightest kids in the whole world. It makes it a little bit easier. But I think they would be a little disappointed if they came to MIT and they didn’t have this kind of challenge in the classroom as well as the basketball court.” MIT alumni have become NASA astronauts, Rhodes Scholars and prominent political figures. Anderson said it’s a perception outsiders have of his players. But they’re not all stereotypical geeks.

“These students are not from Mars,” Anderson said. “If they get hungry, they’re going to have to eat, so they’re no different from you and me.” Tashman wants to get into product market design, investigating or designing metals, glasses or rubbers for oil companies. He also has interest in working with renewable energy involving batteries or solar cells. Kates wants to go into web development startup. While he’s enjoying life as a studentathlete, he’s looking forward to what he can do off the basketball court. Said Kates of his future career: “Something cool that will make a difference in the world, not just something to make money.”



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Syracuse minor-league franchise sees stronger connection with Tampa Bay Lightning during NHL lockout By Kevin Prise



rett Connolly knows something about the big leagues. The 20-year-old played 68 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL last year, notching four goals and 15 points. He’s back in the minors this year, though. But not because of his play in Tampa. Connolly has joined the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch this season, waiting out the NHL lockout that began Sept. 15. With owners and players locked in a dispute over issues like revenue sharing and player contracts, NHL games have been canceled through Dec. 14, but the threat of losing the entire season still looms.

With the AHL experiencing no such dispute, NHL teams can send eligible players to the minors to stay game-ready. After playing just one full NHL season, Connolly fit the criteria and has scored 17 points in 19 games with Syracuse thus far. “Who knows, there may not even be an NHL season,” Connolly said. “I’m running with this. It would be cool to make a run at the Calder Cup.” For the Crunch as an organization, it’s business as usual. The team is financially independent from the Lightning but shares a contract with an NHL partner for players. Last season’s Syracuse roster was part of the Anaheim organization, but the Crunch lineup is now in the Lightning system after a Tampa Bay-Anaheim minor-league swap. Tampa’s AHL squad

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in Norfolk won the Calder Cup championship last year, winning 28 consecutive games in the process. Maggie Walters, Crunch director of marketing and communications, said a recent game against Binghamton – Ottawa’s affiliate – may have attracted more fans from Ottawa than usual because they were interested in keeping tabs on the team’s prospects. Otherwise, Walters estimates the team has maintained its level of ticket sales from last year, with no significant lockout-related boost. In the realm of scouting and player development, though, the Crunch has noticed a difference since the lockout began, Walters said. Tampa Bay goaltending coach Frantz Jean was seen on the ice during last week’s practice at the

Onondaga War Memorial, and Jean has frequently visited with Lightning player development coordinator Steve Thomas this year, Walters said. “It would happen anyways,” Walters said. “But it’s probably more frequent with the lockout.” Walters also pointed out a chain reaction caused by the lockout that leads to the East Coast Hockey League, a level below the AHL. With more NHL-ready players in the AHL, some AHL-level players have moved down to the ECHL. Crunch head coach Jon Cooper, last year’s AHL outstanding coach award winner, said he sees a raised standard of play in the league this year. He estimates that 100 or more players in


Syracuse’s Alexander outscores Seahawks in dominant performance By David Wilson ASST. COPY EDITOR

From the opening tip, it was evident. Stephanie SYRACUSE 66 Blais didn’t WAGNER 28 even try jump-

ing. The result of the jump ball — much like the result of the game — was predetermined. Kayla Alexander and Syracuse were going to dominate. “I’m blessed with height,” the

6-foot-4-inch Alexander said. “So I might as well use it.” Alexander utilized her height advantage and finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds, powering the Orange (8-1) to a dominating

66-28 victory over Wagner (1-6) in front of 294 in the Carrier Dome. It was the fourth double-double of the season for the Syracuse center. But Alexander’s big night wasn’t perfect.

After scoring SU’s first four points, Alexander missed her next two shots from the field. After a twominute scoring drought, Alexander was in position to end the slump with a layup, but 6-foot-2-inch Seahawks


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