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Break building During Winter Break, SU will
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begin construction on the new DPS Communications Center. Page 3
fluff image that has been representative of the fashion industry. Page 5
getting involved in volunteer opportunities abroad. Page 11
of the season so far with a 72-58 triumph over No. 7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. Page 20
Buses see delays due to snow By Dara McBride ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Two buses were stuck in snow on South Campus early Wednesday morning, said Puba Powell, a Centro bus driver. This, along with other weather concerns, left students waiting for the bus at College Place for more than an hour. The buses were stuck on Winding Ridge and at the Skyhalls, Powell said. He was driving the Winding Ridge bus, which fishtailed off the road into a ditch, he said. No students were injured. Neither bus had visible damage. It would help if the roads were cleared better and salted, Powell said. Students at College Place waited for at least an hour, and the bus arrived at 2:58 a.m. Danielle Lemon, a sopho-
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danielle parhizkaran | asst. photo editor ROBERT MCCLURE , professor of political science, is retiring at the end of the semester after 41 years at Syracuse University. During his time at SU, McClure observed traditional values both in and out of the classroom and practiced an in-your-face lecture style.
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ozens of handwritten thank you notes — this is something Ann Wicks remembers from her two years working as Robert McClure’s
secretary. “He believes in the importance of the handwritten thank you note,” she said. “He is very traditional in this sort of way.” But McClure will leave more than an obsession with decorum and good manners when he retires from 41 years of service as a professor and administrator at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at the end of the semester. He will leave a legacy of contributions marked by his old-fashioned — some say outdated
Professor leaves 41-year legacy built on oldfashioned values — approach to everything, from teaching to dressing for work. “I am basically most comfortable in the 18th century and maybe the 19th century. I chafe at the 20th century, and I am wholly unsuited for the 21st century,” McClure said. Computers, cell phones or PowerPoint presentations are nowhere to be seen in McClure’s lectures. Nor is tardiness, for that matter, because the door will be locked. All he brings to class are his lecture notes, chalk tucked away in his back pocket and a host of questions aimed at unsuspecting students. His in-your-face style of winding through the aisles has made him infamous among students who do not like to participate. But it SEE MCC LUR E PAGE 6
Grant to help recruit female professors By Jon Harris and Dara McBride THE DAILY ORANGE
Mollie Manier has applied to two professorial positions in the biology department at Syracuse University and at many others institutions, such as the University of Southern California and Lehigh University. Her ideal career is one in which she could teach undergraduate students and continue to pursue research in biology. But a full-time job in the sciences is easier said than done for Manier, a mother of a 9-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy and a post-doctorate researcher on evolution and sexual selection at SU.
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What: Stop by to learn about the opportunities and details of studying abroad Where: Schine Student Center Atrium When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. How much: Free
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What: There will be a Hanukkah menorah lighting for the eighth day of Hanukkah in honor of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas on June 25, 2006, and in memory of the victims of the forest fire in Carmel, Israel Where: In front of Hendricks Chapel When: 5 p.m. How much: Free
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Judge ends lawsuit to block targeted kill
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on Tuesday that sought to prevent the U.S. government from attempting to kill Anwar-al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and Muslim cleric accused of involvement in al-Qaeda in Yemen, according to The New York Times. Because the lawsuit was dismissed, the Obama administration can continue to try to kill Awlaki. The dismissal also serves as a victory for the administrationâ€™s efforts to shield a counterterrorism policy. The lawsuit was dismissed because decisions regarding targeted killings overseas must be made by political officials rather than by judges, according to The New York Times. Judge John Bates wrote in an 83-page opinion piece that although questions posed about the case were controversial, they would have to be dealt with another day. His ruling was strictly limited to Awlakiâ€™s case and does not give the U.S. authority to order the assassination of other Americans labeled as enemies of the state. A lawyer for American Civil Liberties Union who helped represent Awlakiâ€™s father called the ruling a â€œprofound mistakeâ€? and said would expand presidential powers, according to The New York Times.
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on hold
The Obama administration has given up its effort to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renew a freeze on the construction of Jewish settlements, according to The New York Times. Palestinians refuse to continue negotiations without a settlement freeze. U.S. officials said the administration chose to end its efforts because even if Netanyahu was able to convince his administration to extend the settlement freeze for 90 days, it would take longer than that to gain progress in the negotiations. The sudden decision could damage relations with Israel, according to The New York Times.
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campus briefs Showcase to discuss sustainability Understanding climate change and global warming will be two of the major programs for Syracuse University Showcase. The event, to be held May 2 at Schine Student Center and throughout campus, will be a forum on promoting sustainability, according to a Friday SU news release. The daylong event has traditionally been devoted to student research, discovery and creativity. This year, the SU Showcase committee is encouraging enhanced student and faculty participation and has made funding available for student programming. Classes will be in session on the day of the event.
Lake effect snow warning continues The National Weather Service extended the lake effect snow warning that was supposed to end early Tuesday morning until Wednesday at 6 p.m. Five to nine inches of snow are predicted to fall throughout the day Wednesday, in addition to the four to seven inches that fell overnight. The National Weather Service warns blowing snow and reduced visibilities will create dangerous driving conditions. A record-breaking 12.2 inches of snow fell at Syracuse Hancock International Airport on Monday, breaking the record set on Dec. 6, 2000, when 8.8 inches of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service. — Compiled by The Daily Orange News staff
SU poised to reach $1 billion goal By Susan Kim Copy Editor
Fundraising for the billion-dollar campaign is ahead of the $800 million year-end goal, with $812,112,094 raised for The Campaign for Syracuse University by the end of November. “The bottom line is we’re in very good shape, in very good position to be able to achieve the objective as it is set out before us,” said Brian Sischo, vice president of institutional development. The goal was to reach the $800 million mark by December, Sischo said, but the target was met and exceeded by the end of October at $801 million. Between October 2009 and October 2010, the campaign raised about $119 million, which was a 15 percent increase from the amount that had
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brandon weight | staff photographer Bowne Hall will undergo construction to its public spaces during Winter Break, along with the large project of building a new Department of Public Safety Communications Center in between Sims Hall and Lowe Art Gallery. The center is moving from its current location in Sims.
Sims among renovations to begin during break By Breanne Van Nostrand Staff Writer
Construction of the Sims Hall Department of Public Safety Communications Center is set to begin over Winter Break, along with various other campus construction projects. Many small maintenance projects and a few large projects will begin over the break, said Eric Beattie, director of the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction, in an e-mail. Improvements to Bowne Hall public spaces, renovations of Smith
Hall for studio and office space and a basement renovation in Lyman Hall are among the projects, Beattie said. Construction of the communications center will begin during Winter Break, Beattie said. The communications center will be built in the open courtyard space between Sims and Lowe Art Gallery, and it is expected to be complete next summer. The communications center is the only significant construction project winter weather is expected to affect, Beattie said. Construction on
the communications center will take place outdoors during excavation and the installation of new footings during its early stages. The contractor will protect the work from any inclement weather with tarps, Beattie said. Depending on the purpose of the construction project, funding comes from different sources, Beattie said. The reserves from the budgets of separate schools and colleges usually fund small to midsize academic space projects, and the
university’s annual operating budget contains a functional improvement fund for the same purpose. Projects for administrative and support units such as the Sims DPS Communications Center are paid for by an institutional requirements fund, also part of the university’s annual operating budget. Classrooms in The Warehouse will undergo acoustic improvements, Beattie said. Improvement of Carnegie see construction page 6
Average GPAs at SU, across nation continue to increase By Meghin Delaney Staff Writer
The most common grade received by college students across the country, for decades a C, is now an A due to a national grade inflation occurring over the past 50 years, according to research published by Stuart Rojstaczer, a former professor at Duke University. Likewise, the average grade point average at Syracuse University has been on a steady upswing, with the
most recent data available showing GPAs increased by .14 over a nineyear period. Rojstaczer’s research shows the most common grade in the early 1960s was a C, and grades began to rise in the later part of the decade but leveled off in the 1970s. Starting in 1980, the average GPA began to rise again about .10 to .15 points per decade. Rojstaczer’s research found that at private universities, the average
GPA has risen from a 3.09 during the 1992-93 academic year to a 3.30 in the 2006-07 academic year. “At an average college campus, 43 percent of all grades are As,” Rojstaczer said. “After 50 years of grade inflation, an A represents ordinary achievement.” At SU, the average GPA for graduating seniors in the 2005-06 class was a 3.28, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment’s most recent
analysis that examined GPAs from 1998 to 2006. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications had the highest average GPA in 2006, coming in with a 3.49. Students in the College of Human Ecology had the lowest GPAs at 3.11, according to the analysis. An additional report by the University Senate Committee on Instruction filed in October 2007 see grade inflation page 8
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Americans unhappy with Obama, US government
he American public is bombarded every day with news about how we are all screwed. All we hear is that our politicians can’t work together, new laws do nothing but make our dire situation worse, and our economy may just never recover. Nothing in politics is quick and easy, and yet the results coming out of Washington continue to disappoint. When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, he ran on the message of hope, the message of change. And whether or not the lack of change (or perceived lack of change) is his fault, the American populace is not happy. People have lost all faith in the ability of our government to govern. Lost faith in the hundreds of representatives we elected to office and their capabilities to make life better for the millions of suffering Americans. Despite passing health care reform, education reform and a financial re-regulation bill, Obama has undoubtedly lost his mojo. The man who once embodied change has become just another politician full of promises and void of palpable results. Although the numerous political successes are undeniable, the Obama administration has been unable to convey these successes to the American public. People are concerned about one thing — the economy — and regardless of any monumental social reform, the economy continues to suffer. This is not Obama’s fault, but we demand more from a president. Obama inherited two overpriced wars and zero exit strategies. As well as an economy suffering worse than it had in nearly a century. It would have taken a magician to solve these
rhetoric meets reality problems in just two years. And while Obama should not be forced to take the brunt of our still-struggling economy, he does. George W. Bush’s presidency resulted in misery — misery Obama and the American people feel every day. The small government political philosophy that created many of our problems has been resurrected in the form of the Tea Party. Just two years removed from Bush’s notorious legacy, the pendulum has seemingly swung back to conservatism. But why? When the government didn’t intervene on Wall Street, it created the biggest financial meltdown in nearly 100 years. And yet there was bipartisan support for the massive bailout bill intended to halt the recession. We don’t want the government interfering in our lives, but when things aren’t going well, we expect the government to solve all of our problems. No one expects handouts from the government. People want to work and earn money, but the fact remains that the economy is not growing at a sufficient rate, and jobs are still hard to find. The government’s job is to help these people who are suffering, not turn its back on them. The current administration’s inability to get the economy back on track has provided
a convenient platform for the rise of the Tea Party. These small government constitutionalists have been able to gain popularity through the same political message Obama utilized two years ago: hope and change. The first major indicator of the swing in power in Congress is the recent decision to universally extend Bush tax cuts for two more years. At a time when we need change, the tax cuts remain constant. The logic just doesn’t make sense. Jobs have not been created over the last two years with the Bush tax cuts in place, so why will anything change now? Politicians are big talkers, but what we need are big thinkers and big innovators. The government has become absolutely static in the way it operates. This is not a Democratic or a Republican issue. Everyone in government is guilty of partisan politics. The unwavering attitude of members from both parties in Congress has resulted in the dog-eat-dog inefficiency rampant in Washington, D.C. America was founded on the principles of democracy, a system of representation where politicians respond and react to the will of the people. Last April, the Pew Research Center released a poll revealing that 80 percent of Americans don’t trust that the government can solve the nation’s problems. Something is clearly wrong with our government, and if the last two years has taught us anything, we now know that absolutely nothing will change. Ben Klein is a junior political science and magazine journalism major. His column appears every Wednesday, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pursuit of grant benefits female students, faculty editorial by the daily orange editorial board Syracuse University has been awarded a five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the research and recruitment of female professors in the science and math fields. SU is below the national average for percentage of female faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments. Applying for the grant was a smart step for SU, as the university displayed initiative in addressing a problem before it became an issue. Because the grant is meant to aid in encouraging female academics to apply to SU, it should not affect the hiring process or any current positions. Working to include more female professors into the STEM faculty will not only attract prospective female students considering a STEM major but may also encourage female students to pursue a profession in the field. The pursuit and reward of the grant demonstrates SU’s dedication toward creating a diverse faculty.
Fashion industry requires more than pretty faces
s Winter Break quickly approaches, a new year does, too — along with new resolutions and maybe even a new outlook on life. For me, the end of this semester has drastically changed my outlook on fashion and what it stands for. Behind the models, celebrities, fur coats and runway shows is just another business striving to make it in the world. Most people looking at fashion from the outside in may see it as a glitzy and dramatic scene that’s all about front rows and free swag. The media, the entertainment industry and even a lot of blogs and magazines portray fashion in this light. True,
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there is a part of this business that holds up to that pretentious lifestyle. But the other 95 percent of people in fashion will wholeheartedly disagree with the stereotypes. In reality, fashion is just like any other industry. If you want to make it, you need to work your bottom dollar off like there is no tomorrow. You need to put in long hours, find a way to stand out from the crowd and, most importantly, accept that it’s nothing like what Vogue told you all those years. This business is a lot about working as a team and taking on integrated responsibilities. What many people fail to realize is that a brand is not just the designer. Most of the time, designers don’t even create
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i’m judging you the designs for their line but act more as the overseer of their company’s daily operations. They hire teams of unknown designers to do the hard work instead. Other departments often overlooked in fashion are communications, creative services, production, licensing and textile, among others. Together, these layers of building blocks are what truly
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make the industry. When you look at how far fashion has come — from the acceptance of social media to foreseeing China as its future to even admitting leggings were a huge fashion mistake — it’s extraordinary to observe how many facets there are in keeping up with the fashion times. Fashion is constantly evolving, and brands, designers and consumers who slow down are the ones who fall behind. At the end of “The September Issue,” Anna Wintour said, “Fashion’s not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward.” If there’s one thing I want you all to learn about fashion, it’s that it is a legitimate trade that should be taken
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seriously. Yes, there is glamour and great parties, but there is also a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Fashion won’t be saving lives, but it can change the way people think, act and feel about themselves and about others. It connects globally, and it manages to find connections between even the most extreme cultures. The industry is a subtle art form. It speaks softly but carries a meaning worth listening to, and that is what I love about fashion. Vicki Ho is a senior public relations major. Her column appears every Wednesday, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
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Library’s third floor public spaces will take place over Winter Break. The Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction is planning renovations next spring to relocate mathematics department functions to the lower level of Carnegie and plans to improve Carnegie’s reading room in summer 2011, Beattie said. Plans to restructure the second floor of Car-
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been raised in the previous 12 months, he said. The increase “represented a resurgence” for the campaign after the recession had taken its toll in the preceding 18 to 24 months, Sischo said. Thomas Walsh, executive vice president of advancement and external affairs, said people’s willingness to give increased with the improvement in the economy. “Initially, when the downturn began, there was a loss of confidence, and I think we’re seeing some of that confidence starting to return,” Walsh said. The $20 million gift to the university by Howard and Louise Phanstiel and the $15 million gift to the College of Law by the Dineen siblings also helped SU reach the $800 million mark earlier than expected, Walsh said. Reaching the $800 million mark in time was important because it would help the university “go into the last two years with a lot of energy and momentum,” Walsh said. The goal is to reach $900 million by the end of 2011 and $1 billion by the end of 2012, he said. The university tried to target donors capable of making larger gifts in the earlier years of its campaign to get a sense of whether or not the billion-dollar goal could be achieved in time, Walsh said. Now that more than 75 percent of the goal has been reached, SU is reaching out to a broader base of donors, he said.
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has also helped him accumulate a long list of student and alumni awards as one of Syracuse University’s best professors. “In his class you know you don’t really have a chance if you don’t read. Read or else you look like an idiot,” said Antoinette Blacconeri, a selfdescribed McClure “groupie” who has taken two courses with him. McClure’s style is not just to teach the material but to teach students how to think. And while they’re thinking, he also teaches them manners, said Blacconeri, a senior political science and international relations major. “There was no eating or drinking. It’s one of those quirky things you learned to embrace, even though it is very traditional,” she said. With every essay, McClure writes the breakdown of the grades on the board. If there are any As at all, there’s usually only one, Blacconeri said. His standards turn some students off, but he has kept a number of others coming back. John Chapple, from the Class of 1975, was one of them. “I was a poli-sci major, and he gave me B,” said Chapple, who is a member of SU’s Board of Trustees. “I’ve been trying to get even ever since.” Chapple said he, like many others, found a mentor in McClure who went beyond academics. In honor of McClure’s commitment to teach-
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negie may include reopening the building’s original doors, according to a Sept. 22 article in The Daily Orange. Robin Pepper, a freshman civil engineering major, said she thinks reopening the original doors would be less confusing for incoming students. “I still feel like students would be more likely to use the inside steps anyway,” she said. Larger projects, such as the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications broadcast studios, will mostly be funded from fundrais-
ing gifts, corporate support and other outside sources, Beattie said. Newhouse is developing a fundraising budget for the planned renovation of the broadcast studios in Newhouse II, but a timetable has not been set, Beattie said. Changes to the studio space, equipment and control room were proposed last year. Haven Hall’s former dining center still remains vacant after closing last spring, but alternative uses for the facility are still being considered, Beattie said.
With two years remaining, SU is trying to increase alumni participation, Walsh said. Alumni who have never made gifts to the university may be asked to step in and donate for the first time, he said. Alumni who have been making regular donations may be asked to consider a special gift dedicated toward a project or initiative they care about, he said. The special gift would be “a gift of a greater magnitude than the annual gift they have been making,” he said. SU will be launching a series of regional campaigns to target those areas where there is a high concentration of alumni, said Sischo, the vice president of institutional development. The first of the regional campaigns launched in Boston in September, he said. As part of that regional campaign, SU alumnus and trustee Michael Thonis donated a $250,000 challenge gift, which calls for alumni in the Boston area to donate and meet the amount, Sischo said. The next regional campaign will be launched in Los Angeles, followed by one in Washington, D.C., by late spring and another in New York by next fall, Sischo said. “This is an opportunity for us to reach out broadly to all alumni, family and institutions,” Sischo said. Alumni represent the biggest source of gifts at about 50 percent, which is on par with the goal of the campaign, Sischo said. Alumni donated more than $393 million to the campaign, according to the campaign’s website. Other sources of gifts were from corporations, which donated more than $192 million
to the campaign; faculty, staff, parents and friends, who donated more than $113 million; and foundations, which donated more than $112 million, according to the website. Funds from the campaign are allocated to six different gift categories, according to the website: student access and support, faculty excellence, capital projects, programs and research, discretionary support and designation pending. More than $141 million was donated toward student access and support, according to the website. Donors tend to emerge for support of scholarships and financial aid to make attending SU accessible and affordable, Sischo said. About $54 million has been raised for faculty excellence, according to the website. Support for faculty excellence is important because it helps to create endowed chairs and professorships, which is critical in attracting and recruiting the best faculty and in helping retain current ones, Sischo said. Before the campaign started, there were less than 50 fully endowed chairs and professorships, but the current number stands at 80, he said. About $74 million was donated toward discretionary or unrestricted support, according to the website. If a donor were to make a donation in this category, he or she might make a gift toward a specific college, Sischo said. The gift would then be deposited into the dean’s fund to support any priorities the dean may have, he said. More than $128 million was donated to capital projects, which includes maintaining and
ing and promoting civic engagement, Chapple and his family honored him in 2006 with an endowed professorship, the Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy. Like McClure’s traditional rules and strict grading policy, his lecturing style may be influenced on another human tradition - religion. Jeff Stonecash, a political science professor, has been a friend and colleague of McClure’s for decades. Stonecash recalls getting in a long discussion about televangelism with McClure and a graduate student when the two had offices on Ostrom Avenue decades ago. “We were all joking about evangelical preachers, and he burst out how he studied them and their technique” to replicate during lectures, Stonecash said. “We were sort of like ‘Ew, those Sunday morning goofballs?’” Stonecash said it was the first time he saw McClure hesitate to say more. But whether or not McClure will admit he looks to preachers for style tips again, Stonecash said he thinks McClure’s lecturing style really works. “He’ll get right in their faces. I always got the impression kids walked out knowing that he put in the time and energy,” he said. McClure has also worked to make a lasting impression on the school, Stonecash said. The two worked together on a number of occasions, most recently on changes to promotions and tenure policies. McClure was constantly thinking in the long term and giving all the options fair consideration, he said. “He’s very careful,” Stonecash said.
But when it comes to teaching political science, McClure has taken a defi nitive and vocal stance. He approaches the subject as a citizen, a player in politics, not as an objective scientist. He prompts his students to critique and analyze politics as empowered citizens of a democratic state. His approach greatly differs from the study of political systems and patterns, which have come to typify political science over the past 50 to 100 years, said Ralph Ketcham, professor emeritus of history and political science. Ketcham dated McClure’s approach to politi-
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cal science somewhere in the mid-19th century so traditional that he’s untraditional. McClure’s focus on civic engagement has not been a standard part of political science curriculum for 150 years, when college presidents would teach a senior-level class on citizenship. “I never describe myself as a political scientist. If you ask me, I’m a teacher,” McClure said. His dissenting form of political science was a source of frustration for some professors, who believe the discipline should focus on the methodology and objective study of political systems,
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updating buildings; more than $349 million was donated toward programs and research; and more than $64 million is in the designation pending category, according to the website. SU is one of 32 universities with a billiondollar-plus campaign, Sischo said. “If we look at the percentage of the campaign that has been achieved, when looking at the period of time during which the campaign has been underway, Syracuse has more than well held its own,” he said. With the progress SU has been making on the campaign, Walsh said he hopes the university will exceed the billion-dollar goal by 2012. But he said it is still too early to tell if the goal would be reached earlier than expected. “While we had tremendous success to this point,” Walsh said, “we still need a lot of donors to come forward to close the gap between the $800 million and a billion.” email@example.com
Ketcham said. For those in the social sciences who disagreed with McClure, his unorthodox approach was particularly frustrating, as he has been a leading figure in sculpting curriculum. During his 13 years as associate dean of external affairs from 1990 to 2003, McClure spent several years drawing up and implementing Maxwell’s only two undergraduate classes. MAX 123: “Critical Issues for the United States” and MAX 132: “Global Community” focus on helping students shape their opinions about national and international political issues, respectively. He names the courses as two of his greatest achievements at SU. In his final semester at SU, McClure led the crafting of Maxwell’s first signature undergraduate major. And after raising controversy, responding to criticism and coming up with a coherent draft, McClure and eight committee members agreed on a program that embodies McClure’s approach to political science: a civic engagement major. McClure fulfilled his last committee duty last week when he presented the proposed major to the Maxwell faculty. Next semester he will take his first semester off since 1969 before returning to teach one class a year and will pass the civic engagement major over to a new committee. In fact, he said, he ended his role as chair by sending the members of the signature program committee eight handwritten thank you notes. firstname.lastname@example.org
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ebrew College will be posting a “for sale” sign on its Newton Centre, Mass., campus soon due to $32.1 million of debt. The decision was made to sell the campus as part of a deal with creditors to release the school from its debt. The school will begin leasing space from Andover Newton Theological School as soon as creditors set a move-out date, said Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, the president of Hebrew College. The debt arose from its inability to pay back a $32 million tax-exempt bond the school took out in 2001, Lehmann said. Although the school has been successful at getting the operating budget within reasonable expectations in the two years Lehmann has served as president, the debt was looming from the beginning of his term, he said. The tuition revenues and philanthropic donations were not enough to carry the school, Lehmann said. “From the time I came here, we weren’t going to be able to resolve that amount of debt in any reasonable way,” Lehmann said. “We were convinced we had to get rid of the debt, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to get near that amount in the near future.” Hebrew College does not carry an undergraduate program. The college is a small, specialized graduate program, in addition to being a community education center for residents. The college educates about 1,500 students and includes a graduate school of Jew-
ish education and a rabbinical school. The campus consists of one 72,000-square-foot building and was built in 2001 using the funds from the $32 million bond. Hebrew College relocated from Brookline, Mass., and constructed its current campus after buying about eight acres of land from Andover Newton, Lehmann said. “We came into a situation where the college grew and moved to a new campus. With the growth in programming and the expense of the new campus, the operating budget and payment of debt exceeded the resources of the college,” Lehmann said. Hebrew College recently reached a deal with its creditors that will release the campus from the debt when the building is vacated, either in August 2011 or August 2012. The creditors will decide the exact date, Lehmann said. The college is responsible for marketing the building to sell, but the deal is not dependent on selling the campus. “We don’t know who will buy it, we don’t know when, and we don’t know how,” Lehmann said. “Our debt resolution isn’t dependent on the type of buyer or the price of sale.” When Hebrew College vacates its campus, it will not be traveling too far for relocation, as it has signed a short-term lease with Andover Newton. “Andover Newton is about 20 feet away from us,” Lehmann said. “They have extra space now. It’s the easiest thing for us to do. It is not necessarily a permanent movement. We will likely be there for at
least three years, during which we will determine whether it’s a permanent solution.” The Rev. Nick Carter, president of Andover Newton, said he is sad Hebrew College is selling its campus, but he is looking forward to having a closer relationship with Hebrew College. “We have joint classes that are co-taught between their professors and our professors. There’s a close working relationship between the schools,” Carter said. “The prospect of them leasing space from us is a natural and easy evolution of our partnership.” More commuter and online students than previous years have permitted extra space on the Andover Newton campus to be leased to Hebrew College, Carter said. Carter also said the school would be very open to having Hebrew College stay for longer than three years. “For us, it’s not just a temporary adjustment, it fits naturally into the evolving vision of our school,” Carter said. Although Lehmann said he is sad Hebrew College will have to give up the building, this is a new chapter for the university. “My hope is that this sale is going to bring credibility to the school in terms of our taking responsibility for our financial standing,” Lehmann said. “We are now going to move forward with a stronger financial foundation. This is another chapter, and we’re now ready to move forward.” email@example.com
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â€œWork is what I do for me,â€? Manier said. She said there is a flaw in the system â€” a lack of support for women in academics. SU, currently below the national average for the number of female faculty members, hopes to pull in more female faculty members in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The university will receive a five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to figure out how to attract and retain more female professors in the fields of mathematics and science, according to an SU news release Tuesday. Although the grant lasts five years, SU has committed to continuing the initiative for an extra five years to achieve change at the university. SU was one of seven universities across the country to win the award, which is funded by the NSFâ€™s 2010 ADVANCE competition. NSF has given out a total of 50 such grants to universities across the country since the programâ€™s start in 2001. The grant will focus on STEM fields â€” science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The project, â€œThe Inclusive Connective Corridor: Social Networks and the ADVANCEment of Women STEM Faculty,â€? aims to increase women representation in STEM fields at SU. The STEM areas are in 12 departments across the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Information Studies and the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Despite the range of the STEM fields across the three schools, women make up a small portion of its faculty. Nearly 21 percent of SUâ€™s STEM faculty is women, below the national average of 33 percent. â€œThe recruitment, retention and advancement of women in these fields are critical priorities, not only for higher education but for the nation as a whole,â€? Chancellor Nancy Cantor said in a written statement released Tuesday. Lacking women in fields like science discourages girls from pursuing it as a career, Manier said. Despite few SU female science faculty members, there are many female undergraduate students pursuing science. There are 8,015 female undergraduate students and 6,186 male undergraduate students at SU enrolled for fall 2010, according to SUâ€™s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Women made up 361 members of the full-time faculty at SU for the 2010-11 year out of the total 981 faculty members at the university. Some female students may feel more com-
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fortable around female faculty, Manier said. More female professors could encourage girls to pursue graduate school, she said. Many girls fall out of the track to becoming a professor because long hours, research and a tough job market are not easy to combine with running a household. The grant â€œwill hopefully increase the diversity in a department really lacking in role models for graduates and undergraduates,â€? she said. But Manier said she and the other women in her lab were confused as to how the grant would be put into effect because searching for only women would be discriminatory during the hiring process. To overcome the underrepresentation of women across the STEM fields at SU, it will take profound teamwork from university faculty leaders from across the sciences, engineering, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the iSchool, Cantor said. There is a core team of faculty members leading the research and execution of project initiatives funded by the grant. It includes Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, chair of the chemistry department; Jeffrey Stanton, associate dean for research and doctoral programs; Pamela Brandes, an associate professor of management in Whitman; and Shobha Bhatia, a professor of civil and environmental engineering in L.C. Smith. Cantor is the principal investigator for the NSF grant. The core team has four project initiatives to help with the goal of increasing the presence of female faculty members in STEM fields at SU. The initiatives include a recruiting program that comprises women with disabilities and women of color; a plan that supports leadership development for all faculty members; a networking initiative that relates female faculty to one another, possible mentors and other resources on campus; and a corridor scheme providing professional development and opportunities for affiliation with business. The core team will investigate methods to increase the number of women in the STEM fields through promotion and hiring. They will also look at search committees and settle on other ways to enhance recruiting women with disabilities to faculty positions in STEM fields. In the programâ€™s second year, there will be a Chancellor Visiting Assistant Professorship that will be given to a female candidate in STEM for one year to help her start her career. The professorship would be funded by the hiring department and the Chancellorâ€™s Office, and it would include mentoring and coaching for the STEM candidate. The research team will also look at factors
that create obstacles to faculty success, focusing on challenges specific to female faculty members and identifying how to create a wideranging university environment. Brandes, associate professor of management in Whitman and core research and implementation team member, said the grant can help both men and women, in addition to proving what obstacles are holding women back from STEM fields. â€œWe just want to be sure weâ€™re using all of our capital effectively for the STEM faculty,â€? she said. Other universities that have obtained the grant have been successful in increasing the number of women in faculty, said Bhatia, a member of the core research and implementation team and an engineering professor. Bhatia said she expects the grant will do the same for SU. Bhatia, who has been working on promoting women in science and engineering through the Women in Science and Engineering program for 13 years, said she was very excited to receive the grant to help increase programming and initiatives focusing on women. When Stanton, a member of the core research and implementation team and an associate dean for research and doctoral programs in the iSchool, was at Dartmouth University for his undergraduate degree in computer science in the early 1980s, the science and mathematics fields lacked gender diversity, he said. â€œIt was pretty bad, it was almost all men. I think I had one woman mathematics professor,â€? Stanton said. Stanton was approached to help write the grant in fall 2009. Stanton has previously done research on diversity and gender equality. He is now leading the evaluation team and working with an external consulting firm to measure how successful initiatives are. Hiring is an ongoing process, but implementing the grant for hiring will not begin until next year, Stanton said. The research and implementation team is currently getting feedback from staff on improving diversity and applying the research when it begins the hiring process next school year, Stanton said. Diversity in general is important, Stanton said, but because SU has a relatively low number of women in faculty positions, it is also important to be adding different perspectives to the classroom. He said: â€œThe quality of education gets better the more we have faculty who are representative of the world at large.â€?
more public health major, said she began waiting for the bus at 2 a.m. Wednesday. If she wasnâ€™t waiting for the bus to South Campus, she said she would be sleeping or studying for finals. She said she hopes classes would be canceled. When she went to DPS in Sims Hall to complain, she said she was told buses were running late and DPS was no longer providing shuttles home. â€œThey told me to take a taxi,â€? she said. Mimi Etuk, a senior information technology major, said she would be studying for a psychology test she has later this week instead of waiting. But with the weather, delayed buses are expected, Etuk said. â€œI canâ€™t really blame them,â€? she said. â€œThe roadâ€™s bad, I havenâ€™t really seen snow plows come. Campus is a mess.â€? Centro manages the Syracuse University bus system but was unable to be reached for comment.
said the increase in average GPAs was modest but moving consistently upward. â€œSyracuse was typical. Our general trends were consistent with nationwide trends, a low but steady upward rise in grades,â€? said Robert Van Gulick, a philosophy professor at SU who served as the chair of the Committee on Instruction when the report was filed. The USen report also commented on the ambiguity of the significance of grades at SU. Other than Fs, there is no indication in university rules for what grades should mean, according to the report. â€œThere used to be a description in undergraduate college as to what each grade meant. Then people said these descriptions donâ€™t correspond to reality,â€? Van Gulick said. â€œPeople were no longer receiving Cs for average work.â€? Rojstaczer, the researcher from Duke University, said he believes grade inflation is caused primarily by a professorâ€™s desire for positive student evaluations at the end of each semester, although there are other factors
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influencing the GPA inflation. He said professors believe if they grade easier and keep the workloads light, they will have happier students and, in return, receive higher evaluations. Rojstaczer calls for a return to honest evaluation to fix this national problem. â€œWe have created a fiction that excellence is common in college performance. Grade inflation creates disincentives for students to work hard and excel,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s one reason why student engagement in the classroom and student study hours are so meager today.â€? Denise De Jesus, a senior psychology major, said she thinks technology has played a role in the national GPA rise. Information is more accessible with computers, so students have an easier time completing essays and class work, she said. Anthony Perna, a senior information management and technology major, said he thinks the number of students receiving As at SU should be lower. â€œIt seems like everyone is worried about their grades,â€? Perna said. â€œI donâ€™t get the sense that everybody is comfortable and carefree.â€? medelane@ syr.edu
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SU listed finest for hoops fans By Erik Van Rheenen Staff writer
For Trenton Gaucher, it came as no surprise that Syracuse University made World Report’s Top 10 list of “Best Colleges For Basketball Fans.” “The list is made of some worthy schools,” said Gaucher, the president of SU athletics’ fan group, Otto’s Army, and a senior accounting major. “But Otto’s Army and Syracuse as a whole deserves the spot it earned.” The report, which includes competitive basketball campuses, such as Duke University, the University of Kansas and the University of Kentucky, cites the Orange’s longstanding tradition of winning as a reason for its position on the list. Syracuse has achieved 39 consecutive winning seasons and an NCAA record, while ranking fifth in most all-time wins among all Division I men’s basketball programs. Though the list does not necessarily rank the 10 schools, Louis Milman said the rich athletic tradition, history and game day environment at Syracuse should be a reason for SU to be vaulted to the top spot on the list. “Being included on this list is an incredible compliment,” said Milman, a senior writing and rhetoric major. Although winning is an important part of SU’s basketball culture, one of the nation’s most loyal student fan
“Being included on this list is an incredible compliment. It’s hard to place any school specifically, but as a biased fan, Syracuse should of course be No. 1.” Louis Milman
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bases was not overlooked. Gaucher said one of Otto’s Army’s main jobs is to add to the loyal and steady fan base, which he said helps achieve a homecourt advantage. As a leadership group, Otto’s Army works directly with the SU Athletics Office to organize cheers, plan special events and fan giveaways, and offer see hoops page 10
brandon weight | staff photographer john giammatteo, a senior magazine journalism and anthropology major, volunteered in Mae Sot, Thailand during the summer. Giammatteo is one of several SU students involved in service opportunities abroad.
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n a sweltering summer day in Mae Sot, Thailand, shredded piles of trash glistened under the hot sun in one of the city’s largest dumps. Bamboo huts rose up among the debris, serving as the only refuge for its residents. The landfill housed 50 to 100 illegal Burmese refugees who fled from ethnic conflict and economic hardships in their homeland. Now they scrounged to make a living, sifting through garbage for bottles and cans. It was John Giammatteo’s second visit to the dump, where he had intentions of conducting a follow-up interview about the everyday life of a Burmese man and his family. Little did he know this day called for celebration. The man who had no material wealth threw a traditional Buddhist gathering in the dump to commemorate the birth of his daughter. He handed Giammatteo some tea and cookies and insisted he partake. On his way out, the director of a nearby clinic, and Giammatteo’s selfappointed tour guide, expressed his astonishment that Giammatteo didn’t cry after witnessing the squalor. This wasn’t his first encounter with poverty. Giammatteo, a senior magazine journalism and anthropology major at Syracuse University,
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previously studied abroad in India in the fall of 2009, where he worked with Sri Lankan refugees at a rehabilitation agency. “I shed my tears in India,” he said. Giammatteo represents one of many American students who, in recent years, traveled abroad to lend a hand, said Lesley Robinson, the campus relations partnerships manager at Cross-Cultural Solutions, a nonprofit organization that specializes in organizing volunteer programs worldwide. Robinson said the trend proves hard to quantify because volunteers often don’t receive credit, making students hard to track. However, the “volun-tourism” movement among college students has gained momentum, according to the organization. Students are reaching out, and universities are seeking partnerships. Called service learning, the trend encompasses everything from teaching English in China’s underprivileged towns to working for human rights organizations in Chile. SU represents a slice of the national scope. Sue Shane, associate director for administration and program development for SU Abroad, said the office has created numerous servicerelated programs in the past few years as a result of student demand. In 1993, SU incorporated the
service-learning model into a public affairs program in London, where it then spread to Spain and other campuses abroad. Students have done some really unique things, Shane said, from conducting puppet shows for a children’s hospital in Madrid to
“You have to bring a base of knowledge and a packet of wisdom together to figure out how countries can respectfully work together and make a change.” Pam Heintz
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growing vegetables in Sicily’s fields reclaimed from the Mafia. The service-learning model has evolved over the years, and now SU Abroad offers a wide range of summer courses, internships and short-term programs, all based on helping foreign counterparts. Shane said the service-learning
model was set in motion with the launch of the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership in 1982. The not-for-profit educational organization “made a very big deal about service learning, and it’s become a model that is now integrated in so many study abroad experiences,” Shane said. The organization’s purpose is to serve students, colleges, universities, service agencies and related organizations worldwide by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study. The industry expanded as provider organizations, such as Cross-Cultural Solutions, jumped on the bandwagon and offered tuitionfree, service-related trips. Student international volunteering is broken into two categories: for credit and not for credit. It’s up to colleges and universities to develop accredited service-learning opportunities for their students, while private organizations or nonprofits satisfy the remaining needs of volunteers simply hoping to channel their time and efforts internationally. Programs range from weeklong trips to monthlong expeditions. To better tackle international problems, Pam Heintz, director of SU’s Center for Public and Community see service page 11
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By Amanda Michelson Contributing Writer
The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ interior design program is moving up in the ranks nationally. In the 2011 DesignIntelligence report, titled “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools,” the program is ranked No. 4, a jump from its spot last year at No.10. DesignIntelligence’s report, released Nov. 4, is based on surveying design firms and calculating the percentage of how many graduates are being hired from which national universities. DesignIntelligence studies and publishes literature on trends in different design fields, such as architecture and real estate. Ruth Westervelt, a professor in the interior design program at VPA, said the unique relationship between the design students and teachers helps undergraduate students become contemporary problem-solvers and critical thinkers who design managers want to hire. “We put the responsibility for learning on students. We aren’t art directors like (teachers are) at other institutions, going over to students and telling them their work is good or bad,” Westervelt said. “We ask, ‘What is your plan for next week to improve your project?’ When you change the role of teacher and student (like that), it requires students to figure out ways to improve their development.” Several professors attribute the jump in rank to the addition of new staff members, as well as the progressive style of teaching offered in the program. “Our strength is the fact that we give our students real-world projects, we reach out to a
lot of nonprofit agencies,” said Sarah Redmore, an assistant professor and program coordinator at VPA. Current interior design students are provided with real scenarios that are clientcentered, and students approach every project with problem-solving skills geared toward clients, she said. Although three of the program’s faculty members, professors Jennifer Hamilton, Westervelt and Zeke Leonard, have taught at SU for only a few years, they pinpointed a special aspect of the design program they believe gives SU’s alumni a competitive edge. “One thing that we try to push is to get rid of the old idea that interior design is just decorating. … It’s not HGTV when you hear interior design,” Hamilton said. Hamilton and several other interior design professors highlighted the importance of crossdisciplinary projects in the program, which adds another sense of realism and community to the students’ work. Leonard said what brought him to Syracuse is the dedication of the entire department to cross-disciplinary work that is socially and economically aware, and he is truly committed to making the world a better place. Even students have noticed the partnership’s significance. “We collaborate. We share ideas with different majors, not just design,” said senior design major Qian Zheng. “We work with industrial design.” Hamilton explained that the program also works with the psychology department, the School of Information Studies and design firms
in the community, among others. Redmore also attributes the design program’s success to the fact that the new faculty is very aware that students’ technology needs to be kept up to date. “We focus on sustainability and bigger issues and how to apply design to those problems,” said senior interior design major Jessica Sarli. The program achieves this progressive sensitivity to environmental responsibility by maximizing natural lighting and square footage, as well as by using recycled materials, Redmore said. Leonard notes a different aspect about the learning style in the design program that makes it so successful. “We’ve got a really specific mix of extremely theoretical and extremely pragmatic skills. When you look at other institutions throughout the country, they usually have either one or the other,” Leonard said. He emphasized cultivating in the students an appreciation to openness of other’s ideas. “The most dangerous thing is to think your point of view is the only one,” Leonard said. With its innovative style, VPA’s interior design faculty strives to continue modifying its program to keep up with the times. “I think that it’s a really exciting time to be in interior design right now because the industry is changing so much,” Redmore said. “We have to keep evolving, it’s a very dynamic field, and we learn something new every day.” firstname.lastname@example.org
student ticket deals. But even though it may not be official, the entire student section should also consider themselves part of Otto’s Army, Gaucher said. “I have a mental image of last year’s Villanova game,” Milman said. “With 34,616 fans there that night, it shows that there’s no better environment for college basketball.” The Carrier Dome, SU’s indoor stadium for 30 years and a significant campus landmark, has played host to several of NCAA basketball’s largest crowds in history. “The Loud House having the record for highest attendance for a single game should be enough to show why SU basketball games are so amazing,” said Tyler Kenly, an undecided freshman in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “There’s little doubt we’re one of the best basketball schools in the country.” Although Duke University is not one of SU’s direct basketball rivals, the Cameron Crazies, Duke’s student section, is the gold standard of student involvement for Otto’s Army, Gaucher said. He added that Otto’s Army will try to raise to its level by the end of the season. With six home victories already this season, fans are looking to continue the tradition that placed Syracuse on the list in the first place. “The games so far this season have been exciting, even though there’s only been one game against an opponent SU wasn’t expected to demolish,” Kenly said. “When Georgetown and Villanova come, it’s going to be unreal. I can’t wait.” email@example.com
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Service, said, “You have to bring a base of knowledge and a packet of wisdom together to figure out how countries can respectfully work together and make a change.” Shane said there is a difference between service-learning opportunities and internships. When students sacrifice their time to provide service to an organization instead of embarking on an experience for themselves, they are much more willing to do what’s needed and not worry about their personal development, she said. In addition to those who participate in coursework-related trips, there are students who seek services through their own determination. Over Spring Break of this year, Kristina Martimucci, a senior biology major, went on a weeklong trip to Ecuador with an organization called Medicine, Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere (MEDLIFE), whose goal is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty. After extensive fundraising efforts, Martimucci provided hands-on care to a rural community in the Ecuadorian mountains. She treated children for parasites, a condition contracted through poor drinking water, and assisted in giving women Pap smears, a screening that’s never been experienced in the culture. Martimucci said her experience was one of self-exploration. Although she’s set on being a doctor, her trip helped her decide if she’ll pursue service-related work internationally. Arielle Faden, a junior biology major, went on the same trip and said she foundthrough her experience that, although people often chose their lifestyles, student volunteer work can
improve their situations. “A lot of them truly enjoy their lives, but then again, no one wants to lose their child to a parasite,” she said. Hans Schmitz, an associate professor in political science at SU, said students embark on service-learning experiences now more than ever for a variety of reasons. Possibilities include increased global awareness, the influence of the baby boom generation and students encouraging each other, Schmitz said. Alyssa Hillman, a junior public relations and policy studies major, said she didn’t understand the international need for English proficiency until she arrived for her three-week teaching course in a poor, rural province in northern China. After a weeklong training boot camp, Hillman single-handedly instructed a class of approximately 20 students, ranging from 15 to 18 years old. The students participated in the optional class to hone their English speaking skills in efforts to pass the Chinese equivalent to an SAT exam, their only hopes of ever attending college. On Hillman’s last day, one of her students approached her and opened up about her family situation. The girl was the youngest of three children. Her sister worked in a factory, and her brother was a farmer. “I’m the last hope for my family,” said the child. Giammatteo fondly reflects on his experiences abroad. He said his main goal is to learn about what refugees are doing to shape their displaced lives and futures. “I don’t think I expected, in many ways, the normalcy of the dump,” Giammatteo said. “People had built their lives there — they created a space for themselves to survive and live against the odds. This was their every day.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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ews is always happening, making it hard to stay with information updates while Application: AP Mobile on the go. That is where “AP Mobile” Type: Entertainment comes in. The official application of Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad The Associated Press news service Cost: Free brings the latest news from near and far to your fingertips. Its easy-to5/5 Downloads use interface makes it the ideal news app out there. Once a Wi-Fi connection is 0 1 2 3 4 5 established, the app prompts users to enter their zip code. It then gathers the latest news from their area, as well as national updates. Users can easily add or remove locations by tapping the settings menu and changing which states or regions the app follows. The initial screen contains an extensive list of the latest stories hitting the wire. The list displays the headlines, datelines and a brief preview of the story. A quick tap brings the user to the full text of the story and any relevant pictures. One of app’s best features allows the user to customize how they view a story. If pictures are in the way, they can be taken out in the settings menu. If the word size is too big or too small, the user can change the font size on the same menu. If hard news isn’t your cup of tea, you can change which categories show up on the home screen. If you prefer sports-related news, this section can be moved to the top of the list. Users can add or remove specific news
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SU preps for daunting stretch with last season fresh in mind By Zach Brown Staff Writer
After the Syracuse women’s basketball team’s 31-point demolition of Albany on Monday, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman was already looking ahead. Ahead to the stretch he and his players have had in the back of their minds since October. And it starts with a game Hillsman said could set the tone for the rest of the Orange’s season. “This is a program game for us,” he said. The defining game comes Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 6 Ohio State (7-0) in the Carrier Dome. After that, the Orange (7-0) heads to the Bahamas for a date with No. 2 Baylor (9-1) on Dec. 21 and a matchup w=ith Clemson (6-2) of the Atlantic Coast Conference the next day. On Oct. 18, in his media day press conference, Hillsman gushed about the competitiveness of the Orange’s nonconference schedule, mostly due to this three-game swing. The matchup with the Buckeyes will be Syracuse’s first chance to make a statement this season. Last year, the Orange sprinted through its nonconference schedule but struggled mightily in the Big East before missing the NCAA Tourna-
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Syracuse continued its dominant start of the season Monday with another blowout win over Albany. But come Saturday, the Orange begins a brutal three-game stretch when No. 6 Ohio State comes to the Carrier Dome to threaten SU’s 35-game nonconference home winning streak. The Buckeyes boast a first team All-American in senior center Jantel Lavender, who powers OSU with 25.7 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. The Orange will have to rely on sophomore center Kayla Alexander to keep Lavender under wraps. The sophomore leads SU in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
ment. SU has cruised through its nonconference opponents again this year but now has an early chance to prove that this Syracuse team is different from a year ago. “You learn from your mistakes,” senior guard Tasha Harris said. “We have a lot of people that played last year, and we know what it takes to win. … This year should be different.” Syracuse opened last season with the best start in program history, blowing out its nonconference foes by an average of just more than 25 points per game. But then came the flop. Once conference play came, the cakewalk was over. The Orange lost its first Big East game against Georgetown and finished 7-9 in the conference. The nonconference dominance wasn’t enough for the NCAA Tournament selection committee, and SU was sent to the NIT for the second consecutive season. The Orange has been even more dominant at the start of this year than a season ago. Its average margin of victory is 37.6 points per game, including a 70-point record-setting bludgeoning of Delaware State. But now comes the true test. Ohio State is in a different class from the Delaware States and Maryland Eastern Shores that SU has faced so far. But the players are confident this year will be different. “We’re going to keep going hard,” sophomore center Kayla Alexander said. “Keep getting after it and try not to let that happen this year.” Alexander added that Syracuse’s additions this season of Georgia Tech transfer Iasia Hemingway, center Shakeya Leary — who redshirted last year — and a crop of talented freshmen give her confidence that SU will avoid the same setbacks in 2010. But the best measuring stick for the Orange’s progress in this stretch may be Alexander herself. Both Ohio State and Baylor boast first team AllAmericans that Alexander will have to deal with in the middle. She leads Syracuse in scoring (16 points per game) and rebounding (8.7) thus far but had her own individual struggles last year after the nonconference schedule. Before SU’s first league game against Georgetown, Alexander averaged 12.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. In 16 Big East games, those numbers dipped to eight and 3.7, respectively. To make sure that drop-off doesn’t happen again, she stayed in Syracuse for most of the summer to work out and improve her game. When asked if it was difficult to push through the extra
ashli truchon | staff photographer kayla alexander and Syracuse will take on No. 6 Ohio State in the Carrier Dome Saturday. The team has a 35-game home nonconference winning streak on the line. work in the offseason, Alexander said she thought back to her freshman year for motivation. “Sometimes it was tough,” she said. “But then I look at last season, how we started off well, and then we had a few slip-ups that we didn’t want. That’s the motivation to keep going hard and to wake up in the morning and get it done.” And with SU’s “program game” against the
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Boeheim, Orange vets praise contributions of 4 freshmen By Andrew L. John and Tony Olivero THE DAILY ORANGE
NEW YORK — Scoop Jardine called Dion Waiters’ 3-pointer the spark that Syracuse needed. When Waiters drained the jumper with 11:40 left to play, the Orange was leading by just three points. It ended up winning by 14. And Jardine said it all started with that shot. “The turning point was when Dion hit that 3,” Jardine said. “We needed it at that time, and that gave us momentum.” On the national stage, SU’s four freshmen all contributed in the Orange’s biggest win of the season. Waiters had the big 3, C.J. Fair had a pair of highlight-reel dunks, and the big men, Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita, each contributed inside. For Syracuse to reach its potential this season, it will likely need its inexperienced freshmen to mature as they did Tuesday. And after the game, SU head coach Jim Boeheim had nothing but praise for each of the four. “I thought C.J. was great in the fi rst half,” Boeheim said. “I thought Baye was tremendous. Dion had a big shot. Fab was good, and he is getting better. He is more active.” The four combined for just 13 points, but their influence on the outcome of the game went beyond the box score. In a game of runs, the Orange capitalized on the big plays gener-
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Matchup game To Jardine, Syracuse’s win was about matchups. The Orange was playing a Michigan State team that allowed SU to go to its strengths: Jackson posting down low at the end of fast breaks led by Jardine, Waiters or Kris Joseph. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo acknowledged those matchups after the Spartans’ loss. But they were supposed to be matchups in which the Spartans were just as good. Just as tough. It was the No. 7 team playing the No. 8 team, or vice versa — depending on The Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls. It was supposed to be even. It wasn’t. His Spartans, who were supposed to be at least equals to Syracuse, turned into what Izzo termed as “pretty boys.” “We turned into a pretty-boy jump-shooting team instead of a blue-collar fist-fighting team,” he said. “We got beat because Jim Boeheim’s team played a lot harder.” That head coaching battle between Izzo and Boeheim was supposed to be even as well. Both are former national champions. Both preach what has brought their respective programs to the national forefront. But with the loss, Izzo put the blame on himself. That was the paramount matchup where his team failed. One-on-one, he lost to Boeheim. “Our guys were not covering anybody,” Izzo said. “That should solely go on me because the team doesn’t play hard enough. Tough enough. That’s the coach’s fault. One way or another, I am going to fi x that.” On Tuesday, Izzo couldn’t fi x it. The Orange almost doubled the Spartans with 42 points in the paint to MSU’s 24. And behind the 3-point line, where the Spartans entered the game shooting a scorching 43 percent, Izzo’s team faltered. The Spartans shot just 7-of-24 (29 percent) in the game. The poor numbers came via another matchup in the game. The most overarching matchup: SU’s 2-3 zone versus the Spartans’ offense, which shot at a 49 percent clip on the
nate shron | staff photographer C.J. FAIR makes one of his two slam dunks in Syracuse’s win Tuesday against Michigan State. Fair scored six points, all in the first half, to power the Orange early in the game. year entering Tuesday. But like MSU’s guards lost out to Jardine and like Izzo lost out to Boeheim, the Spartans surrendered to the zone. SU forced a few MSU shot-clock violations, as the Spartans failed to start up their half-court offense prior to the last 20 seconds of the shot clock each time down. The zone forced MSU out of its comfort zone. And it was all about the little things to Joseph. “The little plays,” Joseph said. “Just make the right plays, and that is what Coach wants,
and that is what makes him happy.”
This and that Jackson’s 17 points and 16 rebounds gave him his seventh double-double of the season. … All-Big Ten point guard Kalin Lucas struggled Tuesday, finishing with just eight points and two assists and turning the ball over six times. … The Orange played just eight players, including the four freshmen, cutting the rotation down from 10 earlier in the year. … Just a game after shooting 7-for-21 from the field, Jardine shot an efficient 7-of-9 against the Spartans. aljohn@ syr.edu aolivero@ syr.edu
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center of it all does: dominate. With the pregame scene, the MSG crowd took note of SU’s MVP. And with his 17-point, 16-rebound performance, Jackson proved he was worthy of the attention. He was the best player among two Top 10 teams. The toughest player, lasting 37 minutes. Yes, out-toughing the Big Ten bravado of Michigan State. Just ask Boeheim. Just ask SU forward Kris Joseph. “He has been a monster inside defensively, rebounding. Tremendous,” Boeheim said. “He has been steady every game.” Added Joseph: “He could probably play in the Big Ten if he wanted to.” With that, Joseph supplied the understatement of SU’s season thus far. Jackson is fourth in the nation, averaging 12.8 rebounds per game — 28 spots ahead of the Big Ten’s best rebounder entering Tuesday night. In their 40 minutes of combined action at the center position, Melo and Moussa Keita proved they could stack up against a physical Big Ten team. And they proved it from the start of the game. After Syracuse started the game with five free throws, SU scored its next 24 points in the paint. Ten of those points came from Jackson. He threatened to post a double-double in the first half, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Two points came from Moussa Keita. The rest were eased for C.J. Fair, Scoop Jardine and Joseph, thanks to SU’s bigs imposing their will against those of the Spartans. With 4:56 left in the half, SU held a 29-23 lead, propelled by three Jackson dunks. At the half, SU held a 20-15 rebounding edge over Michigan State. It was starting to wear on MSU big man Derrick Nix. Nix was the big body Tom Izzo called upon to stop the early bleeding. But his 6-foot-9, 270-pound frame couldn’t cut it. His stat line read all zeros at the half. That drew a little jawing from Nix at Jackson, at one point requiring a referee to intervene. But Jackson downplayed the action postgame. It wasn’t relevant. The statement from the beast of the Big East was already made. “I can’t really tell you what was going on back and forth,” Jackson said. “But when you are out
BOX SCORE Michigan State PLAYER
Durrell Summers Korie Lucious Delvon Roe Kalin Lucas Draymond Green Derrick Nix Garrick Sherman Keith Appling Adreian Payne
1 5 1 2 5 0 0 0 0
6 0 3 3 11 1 2 0 0
18 10 8 8 6 3 2 2 1
Scoop Jardine Rick Jackson Kris Joseph Brandon Triche C.J. Fair Dion Waiters Baye Moussa Keita Fab Melo
3 1 1 4 0 1 1 2
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19 17 14 9 6 5 2 0
nate shron | staff photographer RICK JACKSON attempts a jump hook in Syracuse’s victory over Michigan State Tuesday. Jackson’s double-double Tuesday was his seventh of the season.
“I think this win shows how good we can be. We’re a young team, but we’ve got a lot of potential.”
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Scoop Jardine Jardine rebounded from a shaky string of performances with a cool 7-of-9 shooting night to finish with 19 points. He also had three assists and two steals.
After a Brandon Triche steal, Scoop Jardine takes Triche’s pass and finishes. Jardine’s layup gave the Orange a 14-point lead and put the finishing touches on SU’s biggest victory of the season.
there, I don’t think it is ever nice what is being said.” In the second half, Jackson and the physical will of Syracuse’s big men continued to prevail. Every time Nix or Delvon Roe tried to defend Jackson, he would find his spot and seal, urged on from the stands by a former SU alpha male: Derrick Coleman. Throughout the game, the former NBA AllStar Coleman hollered at SU’s newest monster: “Post harder! … Stay low!” When he needed to post low, Jackson did, shooting 8-of-15 on the night. But when he needed to sky, he did that, too. The moment of the game came once again with Jackson towering over his teammates. With 5:40 left in the game, Jackson dunked on Nix. It was a posterizing slam that gave SU a 60-50 lead. The roar that followed from the MSG crowd was directed at the alpha male. On this night, the Orange’s big men took it to their opponents from Michigan State. And it felt good for the “monster.” From the scene in the middle of the circle to the slam on Nix. Said Jackson: “To dunk on him just felt good.”
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Kotynia places 18th in Short Course Nationals For most of the last two seasons, Syracuse swimmer Kuba Kotynia has single-handedly maintained a national presence for the phasedout program he represents. Never was this more on display than this past weekend at the AT&T Short Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The meet, which was held at Ohio State’s Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, featured more than 200 swimmers from more than 20 different schools and clubs between its short- and long-course competitions. Competitors included representatives from four of the nation’s Top 10 teams. Every other school sent multiple representatives, but Kotynia swam alone. He was the only member of the Orange to participate. Holding his own against top competition, Kotynia finished a respectable 18th in the 200-yard
breaststroke. But he didn’t get a chance to compete in the final heat of the 100-yard breaststroke. His 36th-place finish in the preliminary heat kept him out of the final. After qualifying for the NCAA individual championships in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races last March, Kotynia came into this season with gold-medal aspirations in his two strongest races. For the second time in three weeks, the Lodz, Poland, native had a chance to measure himself against the best competition America has to offer. In the November Nike Cup Invitational at North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium, Kotynia made a big splash on the national scene. In addition to posting top-five finishes in his two best races in North Carolina, the Orange
star also qualified for the finals in the 200-yard individual relay. His 200-yard breaststroke time of 1:58.24 ranked as the sixth-fastest time in the nation this season. But he was put up against a slightly higher level of competition in the short-course championships because schools can only send at most their top five swimmers as opposed to their Top 10 for the Nike Cup. So Kotynia fell slightly back down to Earth. Focusing solely on his two strength races this time, Kotynia could only qualify for the final in the 200-yard breaststroke. His final time of 2:00.11 was good enough for the respectable 18th-place finish (out of 58 swimmers).
igan State played its trademark man-to-man defense. SU shot just 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc, but it didn’t matter. Syracuse didn’t need to rely on outside jumpers. The Orange guards found teammates cutting to the lane for easy buckets. Jackson had four dunks alone, all coming off cuts to the basket. “I think this win shows how good we can be,” Jackson said. “We’re a young team, but we’ve got a lot of potential.” And it ultimately came back to the stellar Orange defense that has guided SU to victories through its early-season struggles. For the second consecutive game, Syracuse created more than 15 turnovers. The Spartans shot just 39 percent from the field. That defense proved to be the biggest difference maker. Michigan State was held to 20 points below its per-game average coming in. “In the first half, especially, we played as well defensively as we can play,” Boeheim said. “Our offense struggled a little bit in the second half, but our defense stayed with them.” When the Spartans did bring the score close,
SU created turnovers that led to easy baskets. The Orange outscored MSU 20-7 on points off turnovers. Those baskets helped offset the poor outside shooting, a problem for SU all season. “With that defense that we showed today, it was a great thing for us,” Joseph said. “Our defense really generated our offense, and that was big.” Despite calling the win “really good,” Boeheim emphasized after the game that this Syracuse team still has room to grow. Outside of four guys, there’s nothing but youth, and it is games like these that mature the group. So even if some of those players viewed this as a statement game, Boeheim stood at the podium echoing many of the same things he has said up to this point. “I don’t think we’re playing as well as we can play,” Boeheim said. “I don’t think we’ve played really well offensively yet. I think we can get there. I think we can be good. But we’re not there yet. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a long ways to go.”
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think I can remember a team that has struggled as much as this team has struggled.” But as the Orange took the floor of MSG, those struggles evaporated. Syracuse trailed for just 2:55 and never in the second half against a Spartans team that took No. 1 Duke to the wire last week. Rick Jackson scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Jardine and Kris Joseph combined for 33 points as SU pulled away late in the second half. Syracuse’s veterans were supported by the solid performances of freshmen C.J. Fair and Dion Waiters — both of whom seemed to thrive off a pro-Orange crowd. Early on, Fair had a pair of momentum-building dunks, and Waiters dropped a 3-pointer with 11:40 left to play that started a 22-11 SU run. “Especially our young guys,” Jardine said. “They got to see what college basketball is all about. This is a great atmosphere.” Offensively, the Orange thrived when Mich-
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EW YORK — Syracuse entered Madison Square Garden Tuesday as perhaps the most unproven team in the national rankings. Near upsets against the likes of Detroit and William & Mary inside the Carrier Dome didn’t help prove SU’s legitimacy. But Tuesday, with a matchup against a Top 10 team on a national stage, Syracuse was determined to put together its most complete performance of the season. The Orange did just that, stepping its game up on national television to defeat an oppo-
nate shron | staff photographer DION WAITERS pumps his fists in celebration as Syracuse defeated Michigan State 72-58 Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Waiters’ 3 in the second half ignited a 22-11 run that turned a 3-point Orange lead into the 14-point margin of victory.
Once again, Jackson leads SU with strong inside game
The number of rebounds from Syracuse senior forward Rick Jackson, one shy of tying the Jimmy V Classic record. Jackson helped provide SU with a plus-eight rebounding margin.
nent one year removed from a Final Four appearance. “We really grew up tonight,” SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. Syracuse picked up a marquee win to validate its unblemished record, taking down No. 7 Michigan State 72-58 Tuesday night. In front of a sellout crowd of 19,391, No. 8 Syracuse (9-0) used a stout defensive effort to hold off the Spartans (6-3) in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. It’s a vindicating win for a team that struggled throughout its fi rst eight games this season. “We’ve flat-out struggled,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “This team has struggled probably more than any team I can remember. Through the first eight games, I don’t SEE MICHIGAN STATE PAGE 18
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nate shron | staff photographer RICK JACKSON battles two MSU defenders inside on Tuesday night. Jackson had 17 points and 16 rebounds in the Syracuse win.
NEW YORK –– Rick Jackson was the alpha male. The “monster,” as Jim Boeheim described him. Only this time, it was on basketball’s grandest stage: Madison Square Garden. Under the brightest of lights, he beckoned his teammates to circle around him. Literally before the game. Figuratively during it. “He has been as good as any inside guy we could ask for,” Boeheim said. Jackson towered over his teammates as he stood in the middle of the Orange’s pregame circle, like he does prior to every game. And during the game, he circled the troops as well. Jackson was the leader of the entire team. But most especially, he led of the trio of Orange big men that also includes freshmen Fab Melo and
Baye Moussa Keita. Against a tough Michigan State team, the performance of Syracuse’s three big men facilitated SU’s 72-58 win. Everyone did his job. Melo supplied 13 minutes of turnover-free basketball. Moussa Keita steadied the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone and controlled the transition defense with three crucial blocks. And Jackson did what a leader in the
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Stepping up Against Michigan State, four
SU freshmen grew up quickly. And Orange head coach Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse veterans were pleased with their performances. Page 16