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See a map of where SU students and their families need to go for convocation ceremonies. See page 3


Business columnist Daniel Strauss explains why not to stress if you’re not thrilled with your post-grad job. See page 5


While at SU, senior Samantha Skaller worked to shift the culture of sexual assault on college campuses. See page 11


SU didn’t recruit Sydney O’Hara to pitch, but one workout changed that. Then she changed the record book. See page 20

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The School of Architecture’s convocation will be held in Hendricks Chapel at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. A reception will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Slocum Hall Atrium.

School of Information Studies

The convocation ceremony for Maxwell master’s and doctoral students will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in Hendricks Chapel. Gladys

The School of Education will hold its convocation on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in tents set up at Manley Field House. Donovin Darius, a former safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars football team, will deliver the convocation address. A reception will follow the ceremony at 2:15 p.m. in the tents set up at Manley.


The iSchool will hold its undergraduate convocation in Goldstein Auditorium at noon on Saturday and its graduate convocation at 3 p.m. the same day. The undergraduate reception will be in Hinds Hall. Wiley Cerilli, an SU alumnus and entrepreneur, will deliver the convocation address, per the iSchool website.








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Falk will host its convocation on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Manley Field House, with a reception to follow at 6:15 p.m. in the tents set up at Manley. Nicole Autino and Arielle Hall, Falk class marshals, will lead the academic procession of the college’s graduates, while Martha Wasserbauer will lead the graduate student reflection.

The graduate convocation for the Whitman School will be held in Goldstein Auditorium at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with a reception to follow in Flaum Grand Hall inside Whitman. The undergraduate convocation will also take place on Saturday, at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, with a reception to follow at 5:45 p.m. inside Whitman. Speakers for the Whitman undergraduate convocation ceremony will be Kenneth Walsleben, professor of entrepreneurial practice, and Whitman class marshals Lauren Blake Knafo and Xinye Zou.




The College of Law will hold its convocation ceremony on Friday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, with a reception to follow in the Levy Atrium in Dineen

The Renée Crown Honors Program will host its convocation on Friday at 3 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.


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David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

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Both the undergraduate and graduate convocations for the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Manley Field House, with a reception at 10:30 a.m. in the tents set up at Manley. Jared Green, a civil engineer and Class of 2001 alumnus, will be the college’s commencement speaker.

VPA’s graduate convocation will be held in Setnor Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the undergraduate convocation at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome the same day. Evin Floyd Robinson, co-founder of the technology leadership organization New York on Tech, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony. The reception will be held at 9 p.m. in the tents set up on the Quad.



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College of Arts and Sciences The College of Arts and Sciences will host its convocation for master’s and doctoral candidates on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Setnor Auditorium. A reception after the ceremony will be held in Strasser Commons and Eggers Hall at 3 p.m. The undergraduate convocation, which includes Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs undergraduate students, will be held in the Carrier Dome at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with a reception to follow at 11:00 a.m. in Maxwell Hall, Eggers Hall and all tents on the Quad.

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McCormick, assistant professor of history and co-recipient of the 2017 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research, will be the ceremony’s speaker. A reception for the event will follow the ceremony. IRVING AV E


ndividual schools and colleges at Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry will host their own convocation ceremonies to honor students of the Class of 2017 this weekend. Some events will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A commencement ceremony for all SU and SUNY-ESF students will be held on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Carrier Dome. The following list contains the locations, dates and speakers for each of SU and SUNY-ESF’s convocations. Most of the events will be streamed online.

Hall at 3 p.m. James E. Graves, Jr., circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will speak at the commencement ceremony.



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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Newhouse’s convocation will be held in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with a reception to follow at 2:30 p.m. in the tents set up on the Quad. Lakshmi Singh, a Class of 1994 alumna and NPR newscaster, will deliver the convocation address, per the Newhouse website.

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Speaker to draw on experiences Graduates to see better job prospects this year By Jordan Muller staff writer

In the 60 years since Vernon Jordan Jr. graduated college, he’s helped the first black students gain admission to the University of Georgia, led voter registration drives in the Jim Crow South and survived an assassination attempt by a white JORDAN supremacist. But he still acknowledges that there’s plenty of work to be done regarding civil rights in the United States. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a lot ahead of us in making equal opportunity a reality for everybody,” Jordan said. Jordan — a prominent civil rights activist, attorney and business exec-

utive — will deliver Syracuse University’s 2017 commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws at the 163rd Commencement ceremony this Sunday. The ceremony will be held in the Carrier Dome. In his speech, Jordan said he may share with the graduating class some of his experiences as a civil rights leader. Because 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Jordan’s graduation from DePauw University, he said he may compare life for today’s graduating class with what life was like for him in 1957. “A lot has happened in the reign of civil rights since 1957, and I was privileged to be a part of it,” Jordan said. “It may be appropriate that I share some of that.” Jordan completed his undergraduate education in the middle of the civil rights movement. Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case that ended state-sponsored segregation in

public schools, was heard only three years prior to his 1957 graduation from DePauw. Jordan then studied law at Howard University, earning his law degree in 1960. It was not long before Jordan was fighting for civil rights in court. In 1961, he was part of the legal team that helped admit the University of Georgia’s first black students after the team sued the university for racist admissions policies. In the 1960s, Jordan also worked as the Georgia field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He organized voter registration drives and led boycotts against merchants who discriminated against black people. Paula Johnson and Janis McDonald, directors of the SU College of Law’s Cold Case Justice Initiative — a program that investigates unsolved racially motivated

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By Sandhya Iyer staff writer

College students graduating in 2017 seem to be entering a workforce with an increasing amount of job prospects. According to the results of Michigan State University’s 46th annual Recruiting Trends survey, 83 percent of employers described the job market for graduates as “good” to “excellent.” This displays an increase of 3 percentage points when compared to last year, and is the seventh consecutive year of growth. The same high potential for employment is reflected in the students who are graduating from Syracuse University this semester. Kelly Barnett, director of the Tina Press and David Rubin Career Development Center at the

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said the outlook is good for students this year. She explained that after the economy hit a low point in 2009, there has been a slow and steady increase in the employment rate for students. The communications industry, Barnett said, hires later than most other industries, and primarily on an as-needed basis. Generally, 25 to 30 percent of the graduating class has a job by graduation, but the numbers seem to have increased slightly this year, she added. There are certain companies that also make significant employment efforts at SU and have strong relationships with colleges across campus. Barnett mentioned that Newhouse has close ties with NBCUniversal.

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How rallies at SU, in Syracuse rank in top 5 protests of past 4 years


ollege campuses are rarely the site of political apathy. And over the past four years, Syracuse University has been no exception. From immigration reform to winter coats, SU students have displayed a propensity for making their voices heard. While every protest has a cause, only a few have made a lasting impact on the university — and, in some cases, the broader collegiate community. Determining the top five protests of the past four years is no elementary task. Luckily, with the help of this (completely unscientific) rubric, we can narrow down the list. The rubric ranks each protest on a 1-10 scale based on four key categories and synthesizes these scores into a single grade out of 40.

Importance: How pressing was the issue? Scope: How expansive was the protest? Means: How did the protest go down? Impact: Do people remember this protest, and did it spur change?

5. Protesting the University Place promenade — May 31, 2016 Background: Before the construction of

the University Place promenade, there was simply a drivable street. The university spent $6 million to transform that road into the promenade. Importance: SU has taken heat for what many call irresponsible spending. Building a walkway instead of focusing on academic programs seems a bit lavish, and students and faculty felt they were not given the opportunity to oppose the project. Grade: 4/10 Scope: The protest was attended by roughly 45 members of the SU community, including students, alumni and professors. Grade: 4/10 Means: Protesters moved as a unit to symbolize what the price of one foot of construction could otherwise be used for. For example, 4 feet is equal to the yearly salary of one adjunct professor. Grade: 7/10



Impact: The promenade was built in less

than a year and the Campus Framework project is still making headway, proving the university is more than willing to prioritize facilities over programs. Grade: 2/10 Overall: The promenade protest was clever and well-attended but it failed to accomplish its mission, partly due to the university’s indifference and partly due to the obscene amount of money SU doles out anyway. Final Grade: 17/40

4. “P*ssy Grabs Back” — Nov. 11, 2016 Background: College students nationwide

were vocally disheartened by November’s presidential election, including SU students. SU’s first anti-President Donald Trump protest was held just two days after the election and covered everything from LGBTQ issues to the marginalization of women and people of color. Importance: Before we realized the new president doesn’t know how to do much of anything, many people were afraid his election would bring stark changes to their lives. The first months of the Trump presidency haven’t been as devastating as expected, but the extent of his changes remains to be seen. Grade: 8/10 Scope: Roughly 150 students and faculty from SU and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry took part in the protest, which was organized via Facebook on fairly short notice. Grade: 5/10 Means: Signs, chants and paint-filled sponges were the mediums of choice for protesters, who marched from Carnegie Library to Marshall Street. The protest covered a lot of ground and lasted until 10:30 p.m. Grade: 5/10

Impact: Although Trump is still president

and his policies will likely ostracize many of the people who attended this protest, demonstrations like these give marginalized people an outlet to be heard. Grade: 7/10 Overall: The “P*ssy Grabs Back” protest was well-intentioned and far-reaching, albeit not the most notable Trump-related protest on this list. Final Grade: 25/40

3. March for “sanctuary campus” status — Nov. 16, 2016 Background: After Trump’s election,

SU community members worried about the immigration statuses of international students. They set up a protest to advocate SU being named a sanctuary campus — a place of acceptance of all people, regardless of their immigration status. Importance: Trump’s travel restrictions would have put many international students at risk of losing their visas if they hailed from one of the countries subject to Trump’s travel ban. Grade: 8/10 Scope: More than 1,000 students and faculty from SU and SUNY-ESF joined the protest, a massive turnout for any event at Syracuse. Grade: 10/10 Means: The event was coordinated with about 80 other universities as a nationwide walkout, meaning that all students left their activities at 3 p.m. to join in the demonstration. Grade: 6/10 Impact: Trump’s travel ban was later condemned by Chancellor Kent Syverud, but he stopped short of declaring SU a sanctuary campus. Syverud has assured students that SU will support undocumented students so long as its support is in line with federal laws. Grade: 7/10 Overall: This was a relatively massive protest that failed to accomplish its goal but was acknowledged by the chancellor. Final Grade: 31/40

2. Promenade die-in — Oct. 5, 2016 Background: Police brutality against

black Americans is by no means a new problem, but with the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, the general public is more privy to it than ever before. Syracuse itself has been no stranger to police brutality carried out against black Americans. Importance: Police brutality is a major problem in the Unites States, especially due to the disproportionate number of black citizens victimized by it. While the issue may be an uncomfortable one for some, it needs to be addressed. Grade: 10/10 Scope: More than 200 people participated

in the protest on the University Place promenade, which was possibly a symbolic number, referencing the 201 black and brown people killed by police violence as of the day before the protest. Grade: 8/10 Means: Protesters assembled in three lines before lying down in unison to symbolize the lost black and brown lives. After 10 minutes, the students rose, raised their fists in the air and sung a popular Negro spiritual song. Grade: 10/10 Impact: Police brutality is still a problem, but the protest drew attention to the movement in an artful and creative way. Grade: 9/10 Overall: The die-in was one of the most meaningful and creative protests in recent SU history and was truly an unforgettable event. Final Grade: 37/40

1. THE General Body — Nov. 3-20, 2016 Background: In possibly the defining protest of recent SU history, student group THE General Body rallied against a lack of administrative transparency. The group’s members condemned administrative actions, including the May 2014 closing of the Advocacy Center and the summer 2014 announcement that Posse scholarship funding would be cut. Importance: THE General Body encompassed a variety of causes. The coalition was buoyed by a shared desire to increase administrative transparency and to give student leadership organizations a more meaningful say in significant university decisions. Grade: 9/10 Scope: Although the protest began with more than 100 participants, only 40 were allowed to camp out for the 18-day sit-in due to fire codes. Grade: 10/10 Means: For 18 days, students occupied the lobby of the Crouse-Hinds building, which houses many administrative offices. They conducted meetings with school officials during this time and did not end the sit-in until they felt their demands had been adequately met. Grade: 10/10 Impact: Members of THE General Body were unrelenting on their demands. The university responded with action, adding new diversity training programs, improving mental health services and making administrative and financial decisions more transparent. Grade: 10/10 Overall: The success and intensity of the demonstration gives this protest a lasting place in Syracuse lore. Final Grade: 39/40

Ryan Dunn is a freshman history major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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Recent graduates shouldn’t worry about not liking their 1st job


he culmination of many students’ college careers will come in the form of an email or phone call with a job offer. Students prepare for four years — sometimes even longer — to land the job of their dreams. But sometimes, that dream job never calls — at least not right away. Not every student graduating from college this year will love their first job. But here’s the good news: It likely will not be their last. Job hopping is becoming the new standard for millennials, especially right after graduation. The average millennial worker will change jobs four times within their first 10 years out of college, according to a 2016 study conducted by LinkedIn. This means millennial workers are changing jobs at a much greater frequency than the rest of the workforce. It may seem this is just happening because millennials are unsatisfied with their jobs. But the truth



is, job hopping can be very good for a young career. Moving jobs can help workers advance through the ranks to better positions, earn more money and find new opportunities that are closer to one’s dream job. Yes, many companies aim to promote employees and retain talent. But others look to hire from outside the company and move new employees into higher positions to gain their talent. Today, young job seekers are also entering a diverse job market, which makes it difficult to figure out exactly what they want to do right away. The workforce and job market are changing. There are a wide variety of tools that enable people to search and apply for jobs at a click.

At the same time, companies across every industry are scrambling to implement programs that retain young employees by offering them new opportunities, said Michael LaMarche, assistant director of the career center at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. “The keyword here is mobility,” LaMarche said. “Companies want to move employees horizontally and laterally throughout the company.” Large companies are shifting their resources to offer young, motivated employees more opportunities to move into different roles internally. Students entering the workforce can use this to their advantage by leveraging job opportunities outside the company they work for. There are two major trends in the job market driving these trends. First, there is a wide network of tools that job seekers can take advantage of available online. LinkedIn has expanded its suite of

services to cater more toward job seekers, and there are dozens of other job search platforms such as Indeed, SimplyHired and Glassdoor. Second, employers are reacting to young employees’ tendencies to move from job to job quickly. To retain young talent, large companies are creating global mobility programs, which provides employees the opportunity to work in different departments across the company. In essence, employees can seek out new jobs inside the company they already work for. This is encouraging news for the college graduate leaving school with a job they don’t like. But college grads entering the workforce must understand that regardless of new tools and programs, the market is still highly competitive. Technology has allowed our generation to become the most skilled workforce in history. There are now more ways than ever to receive a higher education, creating an

abundance of qualified candidates competing for the same jobs. In the end, it’s essential to remember that experience is the most important quality graduates gain from their first job. Although this job may not be exactly what they want to do, it should be viewed as a small piece to a much larger puzzle. First jobs are essential stepping stones to forging a path for getting that dream job. The best thing anyone entering the workforce can do is be open to new opportunities — and to never stop learning. No matter what a graduate’s first job out of college is, they can certainly learn from that experience. With a little faith, persistence and a dedication to never stop growing, eventually that dream job will call.

Daniel Strauss is a sophomore entrepreneurship and finance double major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @_thestrausss_.


gender and sexuality

Top 4 feminist moments of past 4 years


hroughout Syracuse University seniors’ college careers, the community has grown and vocalized its belief that women and men are unequivocal equals. Here are five feminist milestones to commemorate graduates’ past four years at SU.

1. Transgender activist Laverne Cox visits SU In October 2014, the LGBT Resource Center celebrated its annual Coming Out Month. To headline the event, “Orange is the New Black” actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox spoke at SU. Cox made history just months before her visit, when TIME Magazine featured her on the cover of a May issue with the headline “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier.” With the rise of President Donald Trump’s establishment and the threat to transgender rights running rampant, it is more essential than ever that Americans reflect on the dignity and bravery of people like Cox. We need to keep focusing on the central message of acceptance from her SU lecture, “Ain’t I a woman?”

2. Joe Biden’s “It’s On Us” campaign speech


President Barack Obama, was launched as an initiative to raise awareness for sexual assault on college campuses and to increase conversations about rape culture at American universities. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center estimates one of every five women in college will become victims of sexual assault, so Biden’s speech came as an essential antidote for eliminating the taboos surrounding education about and prevention of assault. With a booming voice that commanded the attention of SU students for nearly 40 minutes, Biden proclaimed: “Have the gumption to step in, tell him, expose him, save him. Have the nerve. Look at that young woman as if she were your sister or your mother. You know it’s wrong. You know.”

3. H i l l a r y Clinton campaigns in Syracuse

In case you needed an additional reminder that SU’s alumni record is bar none, former Orangeman and then-Vice President Joe Biden visited SU in November 2015 to speak on behalf of the “It’s On Us” campaign. The campaign, founded in 2014 by Biden and former

Back when we had faith in Americans to not vote for unabashed sexist, volatile narcissists, Clinton visited Syracuse in April 2016 ahead of the New York state primary election. Stopping for a slice of Varsity pizza and receiving greetings from SU students, Clinton proved even internationally

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renowned politicians are suckers for cheap, greasy pizza. Following her visit to the Hill, Clinton appeared at the F Shed at the Central New York Regional Market to discuss manufacturing and small businesses in upstate New York. Clinton, who made history as the first woman presidential nominee for any major party, may not have been able to break the glass ceiling herself. But she set the stage for a generation of young girls to follow in her wake.

4. Syracuse hosts its own Women’s March As more than half a million people gathered in the nation’s capital to march against the inauguration of President Donald Trump, more than 2,000 people gathered in downtown Syracuse to host their own protest. As protesters stationed themselves outside the James Hanley Federal Building, Syracuse joined the ranks as one of 673 cities to host marches calling for action against the newly instated Trump administration. As graduates cross over from college to adulthood, remember the world needs more people like you. Though an abundance of progress has been made, there’s still much more to do. So strap on your boots, pump up those fists and repeat with me: We Can Do It.

Kelsey Thompson is a sophomore magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at

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How DPS is preparing security measures for graduation With the recent installation of closed-circuit television in the Carrier Dome, Sardino added that DPS officers will be able to monitor areas of the venue from DPS’s command center in real-time. This commencement will not require the same amount of security that past commencements have had due to high-profile keynote speakers like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sardino said. This year’s commencement speaker, Vernon Jordan, is not controversial or an elected official, he said. Jordan is a civil rights activist and past adviser to former President Bill Clinton. “This commencement speaker isn’t going to draw a crowd that we’re going to have to use megatometers, or any of those measures like you would if it was some vice president or other dignitary,” Sardino said. Megatometers are walk-through metal detectors. DPS will monitor social media and national trends in the days leading up to commencement to assess any potential risks to the event, Sardino said. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office will also perform a K-9 sweep of the Carrier Dome. Sardino added that he will be monitoring the weather for commencement. Typically,

he said, if it rains, visitors will either wait out the weather in their cars or drive around trying to find a parking spot close to the Carrier Dome, delaying commencement. DPS officers will also be present at Saturday’s individual college convocations, Sardino said. According to the SU commencement website, there are 13 different convocations on Saturday. SPD officers will help direct traffic near the Carrier Dome and at Manley Field House for the convocations. “It’s a lot of security, a lot of planning and coordination,” Sardino said. “... We want to do everything we can to make sure that the days are special, as well.” Deanna Bailey, a field and event supervisor for SU’s Parking and Transit Services, said in an email she expects no issues with parking for commencement events. Sardino said DPS officers will be stationed at parking checkpoints on Main Campus to assist with traffic. Officers will also assist visitors parking at the Skytop parking lot, if that lot fills with cars, he added. For Saturday’s convocations, all parking garages and areas on Main Campus will be open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., according to the commencement website. The University


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• Syracuse University Commencement — Manley Field House Sunday at 9:30 a.m • College of Engineering and Computer Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Science — Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Student Center • School of Education — Saturday at 12:30 p.m. • Martin J. Whitman School of • David B. Falk College of Sport and Management master’s and doctoral Human Dynamics — Saturday at 4:30 p.m. degree candidates — Saturday at 9 a.m. Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College • School of Information Studies • College of Arts and Sciences master’s undergraduates — Saturday at noon and doctoral degree candidates — • School of Information Studies master’s Saturday at 2 p.m. and doctoral degree candidates — • College of Visual and Performing Arts Saturday at 3 p.m. master’s and doctoral degree candidates — Hendricks Chapel Saturday at 4 p.m. • University College — Thursday at 6 p.m. SRC Arena and Events Center • Maxwell’s master’s degree candidates — • SUNY-ESF Commencement – Saturday Friday at 10 a.m. at 3 p.m. • School of Architecture — Saturday at 9 a.m. | @mrycatalfamo

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The Department of Public Safety has received no information on specific threats to commencement ceremonies in the United States this year. Local police though are still coordinating security measures for a potential influx of 12,000 to 14,000 visitors on the Hill this weekend. DPS Associate Chief John Sardino said over the last few months, police officers have been preparing for the big event. “There is no specific intelligence out there that says we should be worried, but we will use best practices … to make sure the campus is as safe as possible with all of the visitors that will be around,” he said. Sardino said a mix of about 25 DPS and Syracuse Police Department officers will be staffing commencement in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Most officers will be walking around the Carrier Dome, but a handful will be in dress uniform on the floor with students for the ceremony, he said. Visitors will be checked at Carrier Dome entrances by “yellow jacket” event staffers, who typically look through bags and screen individuals with handheld wands for athletic events. from page 3

SUNY-ESF will hold its commencement ceremony for all undergraduates on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena and Events Center. Prior to commencement, there will be curriculumspecific faculty receptions on SUNY-ESF’s campus at noon.

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The commencement for University College will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Hen-

Below are locations and times for each convocation ceremony this weekend.

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• College of Law — Friday at 1 p.m. • College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates — Saturday at 8:30 a.m. • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications — Saturday at 12:30 p.m. • Martin J. Whitman School of Management undergraduates — Saturday at 4 p.m. • College of Visual and Performing Arts undergraduates — Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Avenue Garage will have a wheelchair-accessible shuttle service to Schine Student Center and the Carrier Dome’s Gate A. Shuttle service from Gate A will also be available from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. to assist individuals with limited mobility, per the website. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday for all campus open parking lots, Manley Field House and other parking lots and garages, according to the website. University Avenue Garage is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, per the website, and a free shuttle service will be operating throughout the day from that garage to College Place. Shuttle service will also be available Sunday from Manley Field House to College Place from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the website. Free shuttles will also run from South Campus bus shelters on Sunday. Wheelchair-accessible buses, marked CallA-Bus, will shuttle visitors between Manley Field House and the University Avenue Garage for commencement, with a direct route available to and from the Carrier Dome’s Gate A. Attendants will be available to assist passengers getting off these buses, per the website. | @sam13783

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CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS! From all of us at the College of Arts & Sciences, congratulations on your graduation and good luck in your future endeavors. From Syracuse, New York, to Syracuse, Nebraska, Arts and Sciences alumni are everywhere. And we want to hear from you! Let us know what you’re doing—at home or at work—by emailing your update to We’ll promptly share your information on the Web or on one of our social media channels. @ArtSciencesSU College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University @ArtSciencesSU

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jordan killings from the Civil Rights Era — said Jordan was involved in many of the cases the program is investigating. McDonald said as she and Johnson completed work on Georgia cases, they discovered Jordan, as NAACP field director, had investigated and called for Justice Department intervention in the state for unsolved racially motivated killings. She said the CCJI honors the work Jordan did by continuing to look into cold cases from the civil rights era. But some said it was hypocritical of the university to announce the closing of the CCJI after first announcing Jordan as commencement speaker. The College of Law has since reversed its decision to shutter the CCJI. Diamond Miles, president of SU’s chapter of the NAACP, said she was confused by the selecfrom page 3


Christopher Perrello, director of career services at the School of Information Studies, said Ernst and Young, a business management consultant, has “one of the biggest employment pushes” at the iSchool. He added that many students from the college also end up working at Fidelity Investments and IBM. In their list, The Best Job Markets for 2017 College Grads, ZipRecruiter includes cities such as Minneapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Seattle; Raleigh, North Carolina and San Francisco based on numbers of entry level jobs for recent graduates, strength of the economy and unemployment levels. Perrello said students from the iSchool primarily want to find employment in “hot, urban, up and coming IT areas,” listing areas such as the Silicon Valley, New York City, Austin and Raleigh as some examples. The information science industry is constantly changing, Perrello said. There are different jobs available every year, but in general, about 93 percent of students have

tion of Jordan as commencement speaker given the university’s original intent to close the CCJI. “It doesn’t make sense to me,” Miles said, adding that she does not believe the selection of Jordan as commencement speaker reflects the university’s values. Johnson said although she was happy to hear that Jordan was selected as speaker, she found the announcement ironic. “At the same time we had been told our program was being closed, we were honoring someone who had been doing the very work that we were doing,” she said. Johnson and McDonald applauded the university’s effort to select a person of color as commencement speaker, after more than a decade of white commencement speakers. Jordan is the first person of color selected as commencement speaker since actress Phylicia Rashad in 2004. Jordan said equality is still a civil rights issue today, not just for black people, but for women and LGBTQ community members. | @jordanmuller18

jobs within six months of graduating. However, because of the current political climate and restriction of sponsorships for foreign workers, international students may have a little more trouble, he noted. All of the undergraduate students in the iSchool are enrolled in the same major, information management and technology, Perrello explained. Because the major is so broad, it can sometimes become problematic for students if they’d rather pursue consulting or technical repairs rather than coding and website design. For students graduating from the SU College of Law, some of the most intense preparation for their future begins after commencement, when they start preparing for the bar exam. Kim Wolf Price, assistant dean and director of career services for the College of Law, said the exams are held in the last week of July and, depending on the state, results are available some time in the fall. As general advice to all graduating students, job hunting needs to be a proactive process, Barnett said. There’s so much competition that “you can’t passively job hunt,” she added. | @sandhyaiyer9

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TOP 10 MOMENTS Here’s a roundup of the biggest news stories at Syracuse University and in Syracuse over the last four years Text by Jordan Muller and Sam Ogozalek the daily orange

1 Kent Syverud named chancellor – Named: September 2013, Inaugurated: April 2014 Kent Syverud was named chancellor in September 2013, replacing previous chancellor Nancy Cantor, whose contract with SU ended in 2014. Upon assuming the role, Syverud said enhancing undergraduate education and experience and empowering research education would be his main goals.

3 NCAA sanctions SU Athletics – March 2015

The NCAA hit SU with sanctions after finding in March 2015 that SU had broken its own drug policy and provided improper academic benefits to student-athletes. The NCAA punished Syracuse by vacating men’s basketball team wins and suspending head coach Jim Boeheim for the first nine games of Atlantic Coast Conference play in 2015-16, among other things.

5 Joe Biden visits SU – November 2015

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who at the time was still serving as VP under former President Barack Obama, visited SU in November 2015 to speak about sexual assault prevention, as part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” National Week of Action. Biden is an SU College of Law alumnus.

7 Dean arrested for patronizing prostitute – September 2016

The former dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Kenneth Kavajecz, was arrested in September 2016 on a misdemeanor for patronizing a person for prostitution in the third degree. At the time of his arrest, Kavajecz was still dean of the business school. Kavajecz is due to appear in Salina Town Court on May 25 to face the charge. His case was previously adjourned in March.

9 Evangelista violates SA bylaws – February 2017

After a lengthy Judicial Review Board investigation, Student Association President Eric Evangelista was found guilty of violating multiple SA bylaws, including lying to university officials . The investigation stemmed from his attempted appointment of Nicole Sherwood, a senior public relations major, to the position of PR co-chair without opening the position to applications from the student body.

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2 Advocacy Center closing, THE General Body protests – June 2014, November 2014, respectively After SU Chancellor Kent Syverud closed the university’s Advocacy Center in June 2014, THE General Body — a coalition of more than 50 student organizations — staged an 18-day sit-in inside Crouse-Hinds Hall, to protest the center’s closing and funding cuts to the POSSE program, among other issues.

4 SU put on lockdown in response to shooting near campus – October 2015 SU was put on lockdown for about two hours on Oct. 14, 2015, as police searched for two men, believed to be armed, who were suspects in a shooting that occurred that night on Hope Avenue, which is located about two miles from campus. Zavion Escobar, a 15-year-old Syracuse resident, was killed in the shooting. Another local boy was injured.

6 SU’s Campus Framework draft announced – June 2016

After 18 months of planning and campus outreach from an advisory group, Chancellor Kent Syverud released a draft of the Campus Framework plan in June 2016. The plan serves as a 20-year guideline for physical campus development and includes plans to renovate the Schine Student Center and Bird Library and relocate South Campus housing to Main Campus.

8 Donald Trump wins presidential election – November 2016

Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump defeated Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton after months of bitter campaigning and scandals on both sides. Trump’s platform included building a wall on the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and adopting an “America First” foreign policy agenda.

10 Hungry Chuck’s closes – April 2017

Hungry Chuck’s, the student popular bar, closed at its original location in April 2017, after a legal battle between the bar’s owner and developers who are set on demolishing a number of businesses along the street to build a “mixed-use” building . Steve Theobald, Chuck’s owner, said in an April Facebook post he is “very confident” that the bar will reopen for the university’s 2017-18 academic year.

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Reflects gifts made as of April 25. See a complete list at

To the students, family, and friends listed below, thank you for supporting the Class of 2017 Giving campaign. From schools to scholarships to SU Abroad, you’re strengthening the part of Syracuse University that means the most to you—and making a difference for future generations of SU students. Anna M. McGinty Shannon C. McGlew Ashanna C. Mckenzie Blair Courtney McQueen Ashley K. Menard Natan Mengistu Olivia Sara Messineo Josephine Ilana Messing Alexandra Rose Meyer Andrew Mitchell Meyers Emily A. Middlebrook Charles K. Midkiff Samuel D. Miller Sean M. Mills Ava Rose Miner Megan Minier Emma Lou Mirsky Alexis G. Mitchell-Dugan Mikayla Elyse Mizruchi Mitra Mokhtarzadeh Kathryn Ann Monaco Shannon Marie Monahan MaryAnn Monforte Cleo Pak Monrose Michael Rudy Montalvo Saphyir Moody Lacey Brielle Morris Dana Marie Morrone Andrea Joy Mosk Rachel Mowszowski Brittany M. Muller Ross Lawrence Nadel Ashley Marie Narvaez Bryan Thomas Netti Zachary Ng Daniel J. Nugent George Anthony Ocasio Jr. Melissa Ortega Denisse Amanda Ortiz Victoria Lorraine O’Selmo Catherine Ostrowski Martin Matilda Aboagywaa Owuo Devvrat Oza Giovanni Carlo Pacheco Mikaela Thi Panza Kelly J. Pare Matthew Aaron Partlow Bansri Patel Pratik Paul Treasure A. Peaks-Bellamy Brian Ross Pearlman Jonathan Anthony Peatfield Yizhi Pei Philip A. Perez Samantha Hope Perlowitz Matthew L. Petrone Nicole Veronica Phipps Daniel Paul Piccininni Josiah D. Pinto Christopher William Pitfield Danielle Popper Philip Edward Porter Joelle Brooke Porush Kayla Ann Powell Christopher A. Powers Darienn M. Powers Jackelyn Rachel Prager Frederick J. Price Kimberly Wolf Price Christopher L. Pulliam Samantha J. Pupatelli Stephanie Anne Raftis Kristi Ramdial Andrew Sumagaysay Ramos Kyle Bradley Rand James Chase Ransom Trishala Rasya Connor James Renaud Lindsey Rae Reuter Geoffrey Ribar Yoshiko Ribar Jordan J. Rice Brittany L. Rich Erica Juliann Richmond Jodi Nicole Robbins Angelica M. Rodriguez Hincapie Maryangel Rodriguez Carlos Rodriguez-Sanchez Paul J. Romano Roxann G. Romano Brittany Renee Root Samantha Jill Rosen Lev S. Rosenzweig-Ziff Junia Jasmine Ryan Chelsea D. Rzepka

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Samantha Skaller’s time at SU is marked by work to make campuses assault-free By Stacy Fernández asst. feature editor


t was cold and 6 a.m. on a Saturday in April, yet Samantha Skaller managed to rally more than 50 volunteers to Syracuse University’s Quad. Together the group created an installation for the “It’s On Us” campaign as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The grassy area in front of Hendricks Chapel was covered with 6,000 teal and orange Solo cups that took two hours to meticulously fill with sand so they wouldn’t fly away. Skaller, an SU senior and Northeast regional leader for the “It’s On Us” campaign, helped last year to create the display for the first time. This year, about half a dozen on-campus groups signed on to set up the display — including ROTC, a group that tends to avoid “those difficult conversations” about sexual assault, said Sarah Epelman, one of two students taking over SU’s “It’s on Us” chapter next academic year. But that’s what Skaller is known for — getting people to engage in difficult conversations and taking the next step toward tangible action. In 2015, Skaller was selected as one of 17 members to serve on the national “It’s On Us” Student Advisory Committee. The committee’s mission is to empower people with the tools to end sexual assault on college campuses. The following year, Skaller was named the Northeast regional leader of the campaign and was tasked with overseeing “It’s On Us” chapters in the region. In this role, Skaller said she loves reaching out to nontraditional partners, like those in ROTC, fraternities, sororities and music programs. “They’re not majoring in women’s and gender studies. They’re not having these types of conversations as often as I feel like everybody should be having these conversations,” Skaller said. These conversations are what create cultural change, Skaller said, and make campuses a place where sexual assault culture is not accepted. During her sophomore year of college, Skaller was raped. She filed a Title IV report and went through the reporting process see skaller page 13

SAMANTHA SKALLER is a leader of the “It’s On Us” campaign, which brings issues of sexual assault on college campuses to light. codie yan staff photographer

Many people don’t recover from (sexual assault). It takes a lot of strength and courage. Tula Goenka member of the chancellor’s task force on sexual and relationship violence

Class marshals have long history as roommates, friends By Connor Fogel staff writer

After what she called “the most anxiety-induced few weeks” of her life, Nedda Sarshar opened a text message from her roommate asking if she got the call. After an initial scare of having to answer, “No,” she quickly noticed a voicemail notification. Sarshar stepped out of class, listened to the message, let out a scream of joy and called her roommate. The voicemail told Sarshar she was one of two class marshals, students who represent and give voice

to their graduating class. Her roommate, Rachel Brown-Weinstock, was also chosen as a class marshal. “You kind of become this token to the university,” Sarshar said. “So if you want to push hard conversations, you actually have much more of a platform than other people do.” Sarshar remembered sharing the news with friends and family the day she found out, but the idea that she represents her entire graduating class is surreal to her. Graduating with degrees in citizenship and civic engagement, writing and policy studies, Sarshar

said her experiences on and off campus reflect her true personality and made her the person she wants to be. She saw opportunities to start conversations through the roles she has held: Remembrance Scholar, Homecoming court, intern for the Women’s Leadership Initiative, part of Syracuse University’s Student Association and Residence Hall Association and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity. Coming from Toronto, Sarshar began her time at SU at an international students’ orientation where

she met some of her closest friends. She and Brown-Weinstock met freshman year, when they both lived on the same floor of Sadler Hall. “Nedda is constantly thinking about what’s going on in the world and how to make the world a better place,” Brown-Weinstock said. “Not just the local community, not just the campus, but the broader world in general and where she fits in with that.” A Remembrance Scholar herself, Brown-Weinstock never shied away from her ambitions during her time at SU. She was the interim president for SU’s chapter of the

Roosevelt Institute; founder of the Glove for Glove Career Mentorship Program; a member of the honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi; co-founder of the Syracuse Youth Development Council; and a co-president of M.E.S.H., Merging Expression and Scholarship through High Schools. Brown-Weinstock traveled to South Africa twice as part of a summer study-abroad program to work with a nonprofit organization called Inkuleko, which supports South African youth to attend and graduate college. see marshals page 13

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skaller during her summer abroad. But the university got it wrong, Skaller said. Her rapist was not held accountable. Even her no-contact order was not held up, she said. For a year, Skaller saw the man who raped her around her home college and in her classes. He showed up to events she put on and she spotted him in the crowd in Goldstein Auditorium when former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech in November 2015 about the importance of fighting sexual assault. He was wearing an “It’s On Us” T-shirt. On that day, Skaller was unshakeable to the outside world, said Tula Goenka, a professor of television, radio and film who serves on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence. Skaller spoke in front of thousands of her peers with Biden by her side, looking at her in admiration. “She’s a fierce woman and has really come into her power because of what has happened to her,” Goenka said. “Many people don’t recover from that. It takes a lot of strength and courage. Samantha has really gone from victim to survivor and has been an advocate.” Skaller’s rapist graduated last year. Not having him around during her final year has been, she said in one word: liberating “Instead of me being so angry and my activism being fueled by anger like last year because I was so disappointed in the system, after I …” Skaller paused for a moment. “Wow, I’m so proud,” she said to herself. “… after I forgave myself for losing my case is when I was able to heal past the trauma of losing my case and be able to do this activism in more of an accessible and less angry way,” she said.

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marshals With help of the Inkuleko classroom director, Brown-Weinstock established a poetry program where the M.E.S.H. students and the Inkuleko students exchange poems with each other throughout the year. Like Sarshar, Brown-Weinstock is a triple major. She studied sociology, policy studies and citizenship and civic engagement and after graduation will head to Princeton University for a master’s degree in sociology. “Sociology has always been what I wanted to do,” Brown-Weinstock said. “It’s how I see myself creating change in this world. I’m a very introverted person, so the idea of doing research and writing about it so that I can help people is very appealing to me.” Mel Wherry, a junior studio art and psychology major, met Brown-Weinstock during her freshman year through Phi Sigma Pi and M.E.S.H. Wherry said she admires her drive and hard work, especially because she will always make time for the people around her. “Everything she does is motivated by a true place of heart,” Wherry said. “The time and dedication that she puts into M.E.S.H. and the kids, caring about them individually and making sure their experience is great, is just so heartwarming.” Brown-Weinstock admitted she gets stressed. While she looks to her friends, especially Sarshar, to talk to about important topics, they are also who she turns to

At times, Skaller said, continually sharing her own narrative is exhausting. She can do this work without having the experience of a survivor, she said, but she’s grateful every time she shares her story that her experience is validated. Skaller has spoken to more than 300 sexual assault survivors at SU, she said. After every talk, at least one person reaches out to her. They come up to Skaller, shoot her an email or direct message her on social media. “I’m honored that people feel comfortable coming up to me, and I’m not going to lie, it does take a huge toll,” Skaller said. “I feel like I’m carrying all of their stories with me, but at the same time, I wouldn’t change anything because it’s been such a privilege.” After graduation, Skalller will pursue her master’s in musicology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and will eventually pursue a Ph.D. Her goal is to be a college professor who serves as a role model for students and teaches them in an intersectional way. Though her time at SU is winding down, Skaller is still in full motion. Within the last week she has met with student groups, faculty and administrators to propel her work on sexual assault awareness and prevention forward. One of Skaller’s final marks as an undergraduate student is helping to establish a partnership between the Department of Public Safety and the Syracuse Police Department. DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado reached out to her after one of her presentations, and now Skaller is helping to revamp the line of questioning for victims and survivors of assault. This includes reconfiguring the system so Title IV is held up and reworking restructure defense programs so they are inclusive. “With all the things she has done on this campus it’s going to be difficult to understand her impact until she has left,” Goenka said.


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when the need to wind down hits. As roommates their junior year, the two would start their mornings sitting together and listening to “Forensic Files.” “It’s just those little moments of peace that you need sometimes on campus. When you have a super stressful time, you know you have someone to come back to,” BrownWeinstock said. Jose Marrero Rosado, a senior biochemistry and anthropology double major, met Sarshar during their freshman year. He said he remembers having endless late night conversations about social issues with Sarshar in the honors program lounge. “Those are our normal conversations, and they are always on social issues,” Marrero Rosado said. “Not everyone does that, and sometimes we scare people away. The depth of our conversations is always so great. That’s why I like to hang out with Nedda so much.” To Sarshar, beginning conversations to gain new perspectives is important. Having these conversations with people, Sarshar said, connected her to the diverse population of students she represents as a class marshal. “I’m personally so grateful that I was able to get involved and meet the people that I got to meet, honestly not even through my classes, but through my extracurriculars,” Sarshar said. “My involvement off campus and on campus was reflecting my true personality and made me the kind of person that I want to be.”

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(FROM LEFT) NEDDA SARSHAR AND RACHEL BROWN-WEINSTOCK were named class marshals to represent the Class of 2017. ally moreo photo editor

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With fan-favorites gone, here’s where grads can celebrate By The Daily Orange Pulp Staff

While the widely-beloved Hungry Chuck’s has closed for the season, its counterpart — Orange Crate Brewing Co., also known as Lucy’s — has also closed on account of its relocation. Though it may seem like there are no options left, there are still plenty of fun and diverse places where graduating seniors can celebrate commencement.

1. Faegan’s Cafe and Pub

Though the restaurant closes anytime from 8-10 p.m., the bar remains open until 2 a.m. The pub is conveniently located at the intersection of South Crouse Avenue and Marshall Street. Outdoor tables are offered as the warm, occasionally dry spring weather arrives.

2. Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge

This option is for the classier celebrators among the graduating class. Anyone going to Al’s is bound for a celebration in style. The self-proclaimed “premier bar in downtown Syracuse” offers a vast selection of wine and whiskey from around the world to be enjoyed on the bar’s leather couches.

3. Empire Brewing Co.

Empire is a great option for those more into

beer drinking than anything else. The pub strives to be “as green a company as possible” and uses locally grown ingredients. Empire gives patrons a way to get tipsy — or more — while still supporting local farmers and the environment.

4. Mulrooney’s

People at Mulrooney’s “take sports very seriously,” according to the bar’s website. Though this Armory Square pub mostly celebrates the Le Moyne lacrosse team, it’s a fitting location for the general sports fan. Those with the graduation blues can lose themselves in one of the sports games constantly broadcasted on the pub’s televisions.

5. Harry’s Bar

Located only a hop, skip and a jump away from the freshmens’ beloved DJ’s On the Hill, graduating seniors can celebrate among their 21-year-old or older peers at Harry’s. Every night it’s open, Harry’s has a new theme in tow. Wednesdays offer the best deal with no cover fee and two full hours of karaoke from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Harry’s is close to South Crouse Avenue and Marshall Street, where post-drinking cravings can be satisfied with minimal walking required.

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Syracuse staples: Spots to check out during final days Story by The Daily Orange Pulp Staff Illustrations by Casey Russell feature editor

of downtown Syracuse. Admission to the museum is free on City Market Sundays. The market is held every second Sunday of the month from May to October.

For those graduating seniors worried about entertaining their parents while they visit for graduation, look no further. Here are some Syracuse staples to get them out of the hotel room on commencement and Mother’s Day weekend.

Cheaper by the dozen

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Walk on through

Since its opening in 2014 the Syracuse City Market has been a summer staple. With almost 100 vendors, participants can find anything from antiques to handmade crafts. The event is held outside the doors of the Everson Museum of Art in the outskirts

Hop to it

Landmark Theatre will host “Motown the Musical” on May 16. The musical follows the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who is responsible for launching the careers of music legends such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson. After a $16 million renovation six years ago, the theater provides a highbrow night on the town. Students and their families can end their time in Syracuse while listening to classics like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “My Girl.”

Located near Destiny USA, the Central New York Regional Market is one of the biggest in the state with flea markets on Sunday and farmers markets on Thursdays and Saturdays. The market has been around for more than 50 years and boasts some of area’s fresh produce. With options including free-range chicken eggs, fresh broccoli, homemade soap, mini-tractors and baked goods, this market is not one to miss. For those who forgot to buy mom a Mother’s Day present, flowers will be available for purchase from one of the dozen floral vendors.

People traveling to Syracuse may have seen a Middle Ages Brewing Company sign more than a few times — the brewery has a bar right in the middle of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. With its main branch located on the Near Westside of Syracuse, the brewery offers locally made growlers and bar food. The family-owned business is known for its cozy and friendly vibes and offers tours of the brewery and how each tap is made. Named after the city it resides in, the Syracuse Pale Ale provides a taste of the city and a way to celebrate the last four years.

Greener pastures

If Syracuse’s infamous weather stays at bay, take a stroll through the Onondaga Lake Park. The entire area surrounding Onondaga Lake has undergone a $100 million renovation, and the county park is one of the new additions. Among the activities available are archery, fishing, canoeing, volleyball and camping. The park offers a way to get the family out of the hotel to enjoy the great outdoors.

TOP 3 MOMENTS Over the past four years on the Syracuse University campus, the Class of 2017 has celebrated sports accomplishments, been blessed with music’s biggest names and laughed until they cried with comedians. Kendrick Lamar kicked off their SU concert careers at 2013’s Juice Jam, but a noshow Fetty Wap ended them during Juice Jam 2016. Comedians Seth Meyers and Adam Devine visited this year’s graduates. Juice Jam and Otto’s Army also celebrated 10 years. Soon, the class of 2017 will walk off SU’s campus with memories they’ll never forget. -Compiled by The Daily Orange Pulp Staff

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1. Kendrick at Juice Jam

2. Otto’s Army celebrates 10 years

3. Fetty flop

Juice Jam took on the form of a music festival with six performers on two different stages. Rapper Kendrick Lamar, however, was the biggest name performing. Other main stage performers included Nicky Romero and The Neighbourhood. eric cola contributing photographer

Otto’s Army, of which every SU student is automatically a part of from freshman year to graduation, is the Carrier Dome’s official student section. Otto’s Army carries out traditions throughout games, encouraging students to join in. daily orange file photo

Juice Jam 2016 was cut off early once it was announced that headliner Fetty Wap was a no-show. Prior to the disappointing news successful performances were given by producer Marshmello, rapper D.R.A.M and pop star Tove Lo. daily orange file photo

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SCOTT FIRMAN switched from long-stick midefielder to close defender in his final season. He’s caused 15 turnovers and shut down top attacks. ally moreo photo editor

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player of all-time and current Major League Lacrosse All-Star. Firman, who chose to wear No. 25 because of Karalunas, entered high school surrounded by high expectations. He was one of two freshmen who played varsity, alongside current Syracuse teammate Jordan Evans. “When he made the J-D varsity lacrosse team, I had only seen that once before growing up,” Matt said. “… When Scott made it as a freshman, it hit home.” One year later, Firman and Evans went back to the former’s house after school. The two sophomores discussed where they would play in college, not knowing they both already had decided on Syracuse. Once they found that out, they called head coach John Desko together to finalize their commitment. “Watching Syracuse lacrosse, going to the Dome from 5 years (old) on,” Russ, Scott’s father, said, “ … This was in his blood.” After winning the state title his freshman year, Firman and Jamesville-DeWitt found themselves in a rematch against Garden City (New York) High School as sophomores. This time Firman wasn’t a long-stick midfielder. He had moved to close defense alongside his brother, Nick, and future Virginia defender Davi Sacco. Tied in overtime, Firman made the biggest play of his high school career. Garden City passed to a player in front of the net and J-D responded by springing its double-team. Firman tomahawked whis stick down to knock the ball loose. He picked up the ground ball after a scrum and found long-stick midfielder Matt Kopp, who dished to Evans. The attack scored the game-winning goal — J-D’s second state title in as many years.

I never would have thought a long pole coming down in one year’s time could progress and become one of the best defensemen in the country. Lelan Rogers su assistant coach

As a sophomore, Firman guarded the team’s best attackmen. When J-D played nearby West Genesee (New York) High School, Firman matched up with Dylan Donahue, a future teammate and two-time All-American at Syracuse. “He doesn’t fall for anything,” Donahue said. “He just stays put. He was a bruiser to go up against in practice. I never wanted to go up against him.” After his junior year at J-D, Firman transitioned back to long-stick midfielder. He stayed there for the next four years, stretching 46 games including his first three seasons at Syracuse. By his senior year, 2017, Syracuse lost its entire starting close defense. Rogers approached Firman about making the same change he had once made six years ago: transition from long-stick midfielder back to anchoring the close defense. Unlike most players, Rogers said, Firman didn’t resist: he accepted the challenge. Last summer, he watched tape, focusing on how to defend attackmen rather than midfielders. Attacks play behind the net more, while midfielders roam the center of the field. During practice, Firman honed in on technique in one-on-one drills. Rogers watched him closely, giving him tips on spacing or footwork each day. As the team started six-on-six drills, Firman worked on seeing the full field, deciding when to slide and improving communication to keep the offense from getting open looks. He focused on lateral movement rather than turning his hips and sprinting. Firman’s transition went smoothly thanks to previous experience at close defense in high school. Coming from a hockey-first family, Firman played the sport through high school. That skillset separates him from nonhockey players, like pursuing ground balls. Instead of trying to scoop, hockey players

swat it into open space where it’s easier to pick up. For Firman’s superlative senior season, there is no defining moment perhaps because his dominance has been so widespread. By the end of the game, coaches don’t bother challenging him. There’s perhaps no example clearer than SU traveling into South Bend, Indiana, on April 1 to play then-No. 1 Notre Dame.

Passing the torch Scott Firman was handed down the legendary No. 11 jersey by Brandon Mullins, which is given to the team’s best defender.



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Tasked with guarding the Fighting Irish’s top offensive threat, Ryder Garnsey, Firman forced the sophomore attack to work from behind the net. When Garnsey caught the ball, Firman stopped him from dodging by. Passes in front of the net were cut off. Garnsey couldn’t create as much offense as he had in the game prior, finishing with only one goal as SU downed UND by one. Firman has locked down some of the nation’s top threats. He held Albany’s Connor Fields and Johns Hopkins’ Shack Stanwick scoreless and Garnsey to only one goal. Countless others have been held below their season average when defended by the 5-foot-11 senior. “It’s very unusual that a player can adapt and change that quick,” Rogers said. “… It usually takes a couple years for guys to figure out how to play.” In a position associated with being vocal and commanding, Firman has been the lead-by-example, quiet captain. He knows that’s not his personality, and he doesn’t want to force anything. That’s why SU goalie Evan Molloy barks directions on defense, not Firman. It’s Molloy’s personality and it doesn’t change the fact that when Firman speaks up, the team listens. “Scott’s stepped up and he’s been playing great in transition, great communicator and a great leader,” Molloy said. “You can’t ask more from a defenseman.” Firman uses his play to speak for itself. He said Elmer taught him the only place to “be a bully was on the lacrosse field.” Instead of talking trash to opponents, he quietly stands his ground and nullifies the opposition. “I communicate when we need to in terms of defensive sets and slides and recoveries, Firman said. “But other than that, I keep to myself.” Molloy dubbed Firman “The Phantom” a month ago. In the ensuing weeks, the name has stuck. Each week in practice, it echoes more, redshirt senior Paolo Ciferri said. That same quiet nature was present in high school, when he dominated competition, earning Under Armour All-American honors and ranked No. 17 in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse. This year, there’s a chance for Firman to diverge from the norm. Every year, he’s played long-stick midfielder, Syracuse has failed to make it to the Final Four. After each early elimination, he locks his door at home. He doesn’t want to talk to anyone — just alone with his thoughts. He doesn’t want to watch lacrosse when his season is over. “The last three years, after they’ve lost,” Nick said, “he’s been a clam shell … It takes a lot to shake Scott, and the way they’ve finished the past three seasons, I know he isn’t happy about it.” What awaits is one last opportunity to prove himself, and his team. One last chance at winning the national championship that’s eluded Syracuse since Firman arrived as a freshman. One last chance at running onto the field to celebrate rather than off the field in defeat. | @charliedisturco

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Devon Parker’s switch to attack leads to breakout year By Nick Alvarez asst. web editor

Her senior year on the horizon, Devon Parker stood on a California beach and contemplated her last three years at Syracuse with the man who helped get her there. Nick Boynton, a family friend, played with SU head coach Gary Gait around 1990 and introduced him to Parker. Memories filled Parker’s first three seasons at SU — her first goal, three trips the final four — yet she spent the early part of her career on the bench. Off the field, she thrived as a television, radio and film major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She loved interning for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last summer. She wanted to return to California to work in the industry, so she questioned if she should still pursue Division I lacrosse at Syracuse. “I got lightly recruited here,” Parker said. “Am I good enough to play? It always creeps into your head.” Months later during a captain’s scrimmage, a lack of players forced Parker to switch from her usual position, offensive midfielder, to attack. Gait was impressed and asked the senior to make the switch permanent. SU needed a lefty attack and she fit the mold. This season, Parker has emerged as a regular on the No. 8 Orange’s (15-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) offense. In 21 games as a starter, Parker has tallied 37 points (27 goals and 10 assists). Over her previous three seasons, she scored only seven goals. Parker almost quit lacrosse. Now she’s on the precipice of her last NCAA tournament run, her first as a starter. Sometimes before games, doubt returns and Parker thinks if a girl from a town of just over 5,000 people has a place in a storied program searching for its first national title. A three sport athlete in Portsmouth (New Hampshire) High School, Parker received

DEVON PARKER switched to attack prior to this season and responded by scoring 27 goals while dishing out 10 assists through 21 starts. ally moreo photo editor

offers from Division III schools, mostly. Unlike most collegiate athletes, Parker didn’t spend her summers on travel teams. She worked as a counselor at Camp Huckins near her home. “We were a little naive,” Scott, Devon’s father, said. “We weren’t looking for much. I don’t think her mom and I had much expectations.” Parker didn’t anticipate to play her freshman year. She entered games late, the game already decided, but cherished every moment on the field. Her lack of expectations made her freshman year one of her favorite lacrosse seasons, Parker said. She still remembers her first goal in the Carrier Dome against Harvard. SU great Alyssa Murray dished out the assist and Parker

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asked herself, “Oh my god, that went in the back of the net?” After the freshman year shine wore off, Parker was stuck as a third-line midfielder — always on the brink of playing. Parker said her backup status pushed her harder. Parker’s father played collegiate hockey and said he never sat on the bench. He grew frustrated as he watched his daughter stand on the sidelines. He recalls family friends asking how Devon could stand being passed over. Her mother, Jenifer, remembers Devon asking her, “Is it my turn yet?” Lacrosse’s time commitment felt more daunting. Parker was afraid of losing the life she briefly experienced last summer in California. Jenifer knew her daughter’s love of

lacrosse and pushed her to stay on the team. She compared it to reading a good book and not finishing the last chapter. “I didn’t want to leave with any regrets,” Parker said. “I’m on the team for a reason. That was something I had to repeat to myself a few times.” The call came out of the blue. An excited Devon told her parents about the potential of her starting on attack. Scott cleared his spring schedule in the fall so he could make every game he could, “come hell or high water.” Devon wanted the season to start immediately, fearful that something might take away her opportunity. In high school, Parker played attack for only a couple of games when an injury limited her mobility. To keep her spot, she played wall ball and shot after practice. Gait admired her work ethic and cited it as one of the reasons he felt comfortable naming her a starter. “She had the potential and I think she’s delivered,” Gait said. “She’s a great example of keep working hard, you get a shot.” During the season, Parker spoke with other members of the attack to learn as much as she could. She went to Alie Jimerson for guidance when she noticed how seamlessly Jimerson entered the starting lineup after Nicole Levy’s injury. Emily Hawryschuk, a freshman attack, looked to Parker for advice in making an impact in her first year. Parker remembers telling Hawryschuk they were in the same boat. Before every game, the team has one big huddle before the starters break off and talk among themselves. A couple months ago, Parker stood in that starters huddle, an unfamiliar place, and looked over at senior defender Haley McDonnell, her close friend. McDonnell told her that she made it. “Everyone gets a chance,” Parker said. “I just had to capitalize on the one I was given.” | @nick_a_alvarez

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o’hara matching those on a softball, and its visible rotation makes movement easier to track. When throwing a curve, the disk should spin flat like a pancake. With a riser, it should spin vertically end over end. If the spinner wobbles, the pitcher’s fingers are too rigid, Aupperle said, and she needs a looser grip. The spinner gatewayed to the curveball and rise ball in O’Hara’s arsenal. She made one of her first pitching appearances for C-NS while she played varsity as an eighth grader. Bennett took O’Hara out of her standard spot in the outfield to save his more valuable arms for the looming playoff run. O’Hara doesn’t remember how many runs she let up at Liverpool that day, but she remembers getting “hit around pretty well.” She wasn’t ready yet. She hadn’t mastered the spinner. “The better her spinner got the better her pitches got.” Aupperle said. “It was almost like an addiction. The better her spins would get, the flatter the spinner looked, the more she wanted to keep doing it.” In the meantime, O’Hara provided value by knocking around other pitchers herself. She hit her first of 25 career homeruns for Cicero-North Syracuse in a game she wasn’t supposed to play in. Bennett originally told the freshman she wouldn’t be playing against Henninger (New York) High School. But no run production arrived from his starters, so Bennett summoned O’Hara from the bench. That day, she didn’t slap hit as she usually did. The lefty swung away and batted in all four runs for C-NS, including her first home run, in a 4-0 victory. “The thing that was most noticeable when she was younger … was the sound of the bat hitting the ball was a lot louder than the others,” Bennett said. “She gets everything together on a swing and maximizes the bat speed. You don’t have to see it, you can hear it.” The sound comes as a product of O’Hara’s tireless work with her father at Gillette. It’s a place that, if the fields are locked, the two call a little league coach and soon they become available. The O’Hara’s four-day-per-week routine begins with swings off the tee and progresses to Jim soft-tossing from 10 feet away. There, over the years, O’Hara has practiced throwing her hands fully through the zone against outside pitches and learned to either take the pitch opposite field or foul it off in hopes of a better pitch to hit. O’Hara needed those lessons, particularly entering her senior year of high school. C-NS had fallen in the state championship game three years in a row. After her junior year, C-NS fired Bennett after an alleged bully-

ing scandal. Prior to the season, O’Hara, a senior captain, met with new head coach Mary Beebe. She told Beebe the team had unfinished business, and she wasn’t going to leave high school without winning the state title. The first baseman and pitcher was now best equipped to deliver on that promise. Though she rolled her eyes at each training session with Aupperle as she broke out the spinner, it had helped O’Hara finally break through into a starting role in the circle. She had won central New York Player of the Year her sophomore and junior years, but she never won the team award she wanted most. To bring the team closer than it had been in years past, O’Hara organized team bonding events such as pasta dinners throughout the season prior to games. She sat down with Beebe four or five more times during the season to make sure things were going according to plan. Her final season with C-NS ended the way the previous three hadn’t. O’Hara struck out 12 batters in seven innings and hit two homeruns to beat East Meadow (New York) High School and win the state title. ••• As a freshman at Syracuse, O’Hara posted a 3.83 earned run average and hit .333 before hitting a road block in her sophomore season. At first, she told the coaching staff her arm was just getting tired and needed rest. But the soreness in her throwing elbow worsened with each outing and her right hand swelled up like a balloon midway through the season. O’Hara thought she had a blood clot, but the sonogram came back negative. Doctors diagnosed her with an MCL tear in her right elbow. She was shut down for nearly a month in 2015, but even upon her return against North Carolina, the sophomore struggled to find her old success. She allowed 13 runs in her final 5.1 innings pitched of the 2015 season. Over the next six months, O’Hara wasn’t allowed to pitch or workout her upper body. Her exercise was limited to running for the summer leading into her junior year. O’Hara’s inability to train in the offseason showed on the field. She posted her worst batting average, .272, in a single season at SU and only managed to throw 62 innings in the entire season with her arm still limited by the injury. “She set her mind to it mentally that was she going to leave Syracuse on a high note,” Jim said. “She told me that before the summer (after junior year), because she was a little disappointed.” Syracuse strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks pushed O’Hara into the best shape of her life, she said, headed into her final season. The utility player spent all but three or four days the entire summer at Manley Field House training with Hicks.

O’HARA tied an NCAA record with four home runs in a game against North Carolina State on March 10, earning her ESPNW player of the week. ally moreo photo editor

Over Thanksgiving break, she completed “workout bingo,” choosing five workouts in a row off a board — including gasser sprints, ab workouts, and stair master routines, among others — to spell out “bingo.” During winter break, O’Hara completed all 25 workouts, blacking out the board and earning a deduction of one gasser off her conditioning test as a reward. The workouts prepared O’Hara for a historic season. She set a program record for career saves (11) as she compiled more strikeouts this year, 125, than in her last two seasons combined. In the week following her four-home run game, she became the first Syracuse athlete to win ESPNW player of the week, while also having her highlights featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10. “The game knows what you do,” Bosch said. “I think the game is giving back to her this year for all the time she’s put in over her years here and even before her time here.”

TOP 4 MOMENTS Nov. 2013 - Feb. 2014 - Men’s basketball’s 25-0 start to the season

The Orange got off to its best start in school history by winning the first 25 games of the year. Led by freshman point guard Tyler Ennis, SU shot through the national rankings. Included in the run were memorable wins against Duke and Pittsburgh. The win against Duke set the all-time record for an on-campus crowd (35,446) and the Orange won 91-89 in overtime in the two schools’ first meeting as ACC foes. On the road at Pittsburgh, Syracuse trailed Pitt by one with 4.4 seconds left but Ennis pulled up from nearly half court and drained a buzzerbeating 3-pointer to extend the Orange’s win streak.

March 6, 2015 - NCAA hits SU men’s basketball with sanctions

The NCAA released a 94-page report detailing improper academic benefits, violations of the school’s drug policy and a lack of institutional control that had taken place over the course of more than a decade involving the men’s basketball and football teams. As a result, Director of Athletics Daryl Gross stepped down, head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim said he would retire in three years and the teams were put on five years probation. Through appeals, the university won back scholarships, Boeheim was able to start his nine-game suspension earlier than originally stated, but the school failed in its appeal of vacated wins.

••• The player who wasn’t supposed to pitch at Syracuse was reluctant to reflect on her SU career before it ends. When her father mentioned the looming final home game of O’Hara’s career, his daughter quickly noted her focus is on the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and not the end of her career. It’s the way O’Hara has always been. Now, the girl from Cicero-North Syracuse can’t help herself but peek back. She maintained numbers that she said don’t mean much to her, but that represent one of the most impressive stat lines in program history. And all she wanted to do was be here. “(It was always about) just being local and showing my teammates and younger girls that anything is possible,” O’Hara said, tears leaking from the corners of her eyes. “Whatever you work toward and put your mind to, it will happen.” | @Schafer_44

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Nov. 22, 2015 - Field Hockey wins SU’s first ever women’s national title

After an undefeated regular season, Syracuse lost to North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. But the Orange stormed back to get revenge by winning SU’s first-ever national title for a women’s program. Senior goalie Jess Jecko made several key late saves after the Orange found itself tied at two midway through the second half and Syracuse’s offense did enough to secure the 4-2 win. In 2014, the Orange lost to Connecticut in the national championship and before that, SU had made several deep postseason runs. But finally Syracuse broke through with the ultimate prize: a national title.

Feb. 4, 2016 - Jim Boeheim gets 1,000th* win against Virginia

Jim Boeheim had 101 wins vacated by the NCAA before the season began. But SU fans and media members had a different win count for the men’s basketball head coach. Syracuse had an Elite Eight rematch with then-No. 9 Virginia with Boeheim sitting unofficially on 999 wins. Just like several months prior, when SU erased a big second-half deficit in the NCAA Tournament, the Orange did so again. Fans stormed the court named for Boeheim after the 66-62 victory and Boeheim waved as he walked off. After the win, Boeheim said, “I know how many wins I’ve had. I’m very proud of that. Very proud.” See the rest at

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Batting average and on-base percentage side by side Catching fire O’Hara has developed as a power hitter, which is displayed through her batting average and on-base percentage

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RISER SYDNEY O’HARA was named a finalist for national player of the year, ranking first in batting average (.480) and on-base percentage (.629). Although she wasn’t recruited as a pitcher, she also ranks second in the nation with six saves and 12.6 strikeouts per seven innings pitched. ally moreo photo editor

Sydney O’Hara’s 66-mph rise ball and abnormal bat speed propelled her to the top of SU record books By Josh Schafer staff writer


ydney O’Hara had accepted the deal. She would fulfill her lifelong dream of playing softball at Syracuse, but as an outfielder and not in the pitcher’s circle. Despite 741 career strikeouts in high school, the SU coaching staff doubted O’Hara had the movement and control to pitch in Division I. Then, former Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross witnessed something that changed her mind. In a spring 2013 scrimmage against Saint Dominic (New Jersey) Academy at Manley Field House, O’Hara, a Cicero-North Syracuse (New York) High School senior, dominated for five innings. As Ross watched from behind the backstop, O’Hara pinpointed pitches up and down the plate and spun the ball side to side. The scrimmage ended and O’Hara wasn’t just a hitter anymore. “At that point, she knew she had nothing to lose,” said Kim Aupperle, O’Hara’s childhood pitching coach. “… So, when she got the opportunity to pitch, she had that sense of, ‘I have nothing to lose I am just going to throw the sh*t out of the ball.’” One year later, O’Hara threw a no-hitter in her first career start at Syracuse and has since averaged more than one strikeout for every inning she’s pitched. But

the now-senior has also made good on the promise Ross once saw in her. The first baseman and pitcher is a national player of the year finalist and ranks first in two national categories: batting average (.480) and on base percentage (.629). She ranks second in saves (six). O’Hara enters her final ACC tournament having already overcome injury and expectation. But for O’Hara, the individual success simply won’t be enough. “She gets off on being the best,” said Kerry Bennett, her high school coach. Though O’Hara has blossomed into a DI pitcher, she at first got looks only for her prowess at the plate. O’Hara, who tied the NCAA record with four home runs in a single game against North Carolina State on March 10, wasn’t always a power hitter. She couldn’t be, as her ambition usually exceeded her ability. The summer before eighth grade, O’Hara hung around the Gillette Road Softball Complex in Cicero, New York. On Mondays, she played in her age group. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the 13-year-old perused the field, looking to fill in for teams with players up to 18 years old wherever someone needed an extra player. But on Thursdays, O’Hara took her biggest jump. She played second base and right field for teams in the 23-and-under league that needed the extra bat. She

didn’t swing away against competition nearly twice her age, so she turned to slap-hitting. She refined the technique as an eight-year-old when she was a selfdescribed “tiny little thing.” At the direction of Bennett, who eventually coached O’Hara for four years at Cicero-North Syracuse, O’Hara switched from batting on her natural right side to the left side of the plate to slap hit. Bennett assured O’Hara and her father, Jim O’Hara, that the switch would be beneficial. Whether O’Hara stayed small and speedy or stopped slapping all together, coaches love lefty hitters. “I like to challenge myself,” O’Hara said. “Obviously, I would get really frustrated if I struck out or bobbled a ball in the infield. … But my parents kept me sane and said, ‘Well, you are playing against college girls, don’t beat yourself up over it.’”


As she sought better competition, O’Hara looked for ways to get better herself. Aupperle introduced the seventh grader to “the spinner,” a tool usually used by high school pitchers to increase crucial movement on pitches. “I handed it to her and said, ‘You are not going to like this until you really understand it,’” Aupperle recalled. The hockey puck-like disk has two laces on it, see o’hara page 18

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Scott Firman emerges as star after position change at SU By Charlie DiSturco asst. copy editor

After a career-ending loss to Maryland in last year’s NCA A tournament, Syracuse senior Brandon Mullins approached a younger teammate to bestow a gift and a challenge. Mullins’ impending graduation meant he’d pass down No. 11, the jersey number awarded to SU’s best defender. A casual hangout in Scott Firman’s apartment turned serious. “He talked to the previous 11s,” Firman said, “and decided on me.”

The then-junior played longstick midfielder for three years at Syracuse before donning the venerable No. 11. Last summer, SU assistant coach Lelan Rogers talked to Firman about bumping down to close defense. He accepted the challenge without hesitation and is now one of the nation’s top defenders, routinely holding top threats to below their season averages. Firman is one of the most indispensable players to a third-ranked Syracuse (122, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) team that has excelled defensively despite

featuring its most inexperienced unit in years. “I never would have thought,” Rogers said, “a long pole coming down in one year’s time could progress and become one of the best defensemen in the country.” Last year’s defense graduated two players, and the third, preseason All-ACC sophomore Nick Mellen, suffered a season-ending injury. Still, SU has limited teams such as then-No. 1 Notre Dame, Albany and Johns Hopkins to 10 or fewer goals. The buildup to this year’s defensive success began

when Firman transitioned to close defense for the second time in his lacrosse career. The first time Firman picked up a long pole was in fifth grade, when he saw his brother fiddling around with it in the driveway. Mesmerized, Firman took the pole and played catch. “I’ll never forget that,” Firman said. Entering his freshman year at Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School, Firman and the longstick midfielders crowded around defensive coach Bob Elmer. The

first day of practice, Elmer said, “worked them to death.” “We would be honest with them,” Elmer said, “and tell them, ‘Listen, after that first practice, you’re gonna want to quit. But if you stick with it, great things will happen.’ At the end of it, we would say, ‘Welcome to Long Stick University.’” J-D has produced several Division I long-stick midfielders, Elmer said. Most notable is Brian Karalunas, a first team All-American, Villanova’s most-decorated lacrosse

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