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Filling the void SA representatives

Brain freeze The Daily Orange Editorial Board

Around the world in 17 years The executive director of SU Abroad

elect new chief of staff to finish out the rest of the 56th session. Page 3

recognizes five issues that cannot be forgotten during the summer. Page 5

retires after nearly two decades of service to the program. Page 15

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Olympic dreams

Current and former Syracuse athletes have high hopes to compete for their respective nations at the Olympics in London this summer. Page 36

100 years later, Kissing Bench maintains legend, mystical allure

By Sara Tracey STAFF WRITER

kiss. A moment that can spark a relationship. That relationship can be brief, long-lasting or the stuff of legends. The exact moment of the kiss might not be remembered, but the bond is. The lore of Syracuse University’s Kissing Bench is just as quick, flighty and momentous. The nondescript, gray granite bench, nestled alongside the Hall of Languages, was a gift — the first from a graduating class at SU, evidenced by its simple “1912” engraving on the front. 2012 marks its 100th anniversary on campus and, like someone reflecting on a birthday or a relationship, the bench’s past has and will influence the university’s present and future.

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Rocky start The legend of the Kissing Bench began inconspicuously enough. The senior class memorial committee of 1912 wanted to give a gift to the university. Other classes were memorialized with “statues, pictures or similar things,” according to the March 8, 1912 issue of The Daily Orange. But the bench’s start on campus wasn’t free of drama. In early March of 1912, the committee decided the most appropriate gift was a simple bench between Hall of Languages and Tolley Administration Building. People could sit on this bench, which overlooked the fields surrounding the campus. More than 200 students from the graduating class paid a tax to aid the cost. Then, the bench hit a preemptive roadblock. In a small addendum to university rules made in June 1911, the board of trustees had to approve any motions, actions or purchases regarding the senior class gift. The only trouble was that the board wouldn’t be meeting until June. Commencement in 1912 took place on June 12. “The announcement comes as a severe blow to the hopes of the seniors who had hoped to carry the matter through without delay and

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Professor salaries rank 31st

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The salaries of Syracuse University professors rank 31st among 67 comparable institutions, according to this year’s American Association of University Professors Committee Z Report. “We’re not terribly far off but we do need to try and do a little bit better,” said Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina. Within the university, diversity exists among the salaries of professors in individual colleges. This is mainly due to competition within the job markets of each profession. English, drama and art professors are paid far less than professors in finance and law. Professors in the engineering department differ from those in the economics program, who differ from those in television, radio and film. Professors with the highest average salaries are employed in the College of Law, earning an average of $143,876, according to the report. Economics professors make $140,143 and professors in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management make $130,285 per year. Competition exists within the field of engineering, as civil and environmental engineering professors make $121,020 on average, as opposed to mechanical, aerospace, biomedical, chemical and electrical engineering professors, who earn an average ranging from $104,000 to over $115,000, according to the report. Among those who earn the least amount of money on average are professors of art, transmedia, communication and rhetorical studies, and languages, literatures and linguistics departments, who earn about $65,000 to 69,000 a year. SU as a whole had an average compensation, or salary plus benefit package, of $121,000, comparable to the University of Washington, University of Texas, the State University

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Fine hired for prior experience By Jessica Iannetta STAFF WRITER

chase gaewski | staff photographer (FROM LEFT) LAURA BEACHY AND CORY SAGE produced the documentary “We Were Quiet Once” to tell the the story of individuals who witnessed acts of terrorism. The film was screened for students and professors in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium on Monday night.

Student-produced documentary reveals life after witnessing attack By Sarah Schuster STAFF WRITER

Laura Beachy challenged her audience, who gathered for the screening of her new film about what happens to witnesses. “In history books someone had to witness an event to make it memorable,” Beachy said. “But what

happens to the witnesses whose whole existence is centered around one moment of tragedy?” The documentary, “We Were Quiet Once,” produced by Beachy and fellow student Cory Sage, was screened for students and professors in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium on Monday evening.

“We Were Quiet Once” focuses on the story of individuals who witnessed United Airlines Flight 93 crash into a field in Somerset County, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. The crash killed 40 people, shaking the small, previously unnoticed town to its core. Beachy, a senior television,

radio and film and anthropology major, grew up in Somerset. She witnessed firsthand how the tragedy transformed the small town. “I was 11,” she said. “I remember everything.” The film opens with Beachy describing Somerset as a picture-

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Though it was meeting for the final time during the spring 2012 semester, Student Association confirmed a new chief of staff and voted on several critical pieces of legislation. The general assembly unanimously elected Janine Savage, a representative from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, as chief of staff at the meeting held Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium. The meeting marked the official halfway point of President Dylan Lustig’s term in office. Lustig said SA wasted no time in selecting the most suitable candidate

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Eco-friendly building in construction By Maddy Berner

Savage elected to replace Carr as chief of staff By Dylan Segelbaum

Jeffrey Rosen, owner of the Israeli basketball team that hired Bernie Fine, said he had no reservations about hiring the former Syracuse University associate men’s basketball coach. Rosen, who owns the Maccabi Bazan Haifa basketball team, said in an email that Fine was hired because of his 36 years of experience at a top collegiate basketball program. No criminal charges have been filed against Fine, and the team’s management believes individuals are innocent until proven guilty, Rosen said. Maccabi Bazan Haifa, which plays in the Israeli Basketball Super League, announced it hired Fine as a basketball consultant Thursday. Fine will be based in the United States and

to fill the void left after the resignation of Taylor Carr April 23, and added that Savage was “right for the job the entire time.” “I was excited about the position. I think a lot of us were, and unfortunately, things didn’t work out,” Lustig said. “It’s disappointing what happened, but I’m really excited for the future and I know Janine is going to do her job.” Savage said she will advise Lustig on the initiatives members are working on, offer counsel to new representatives and be available in the SA office as much as possible. “I can’t think of any other organization on campus that I love

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shira stoll | staff photographer JANINE SAVAGE, Falk representative, was elected Monday night unanimously by the general assembly to the chief of staff position.

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SUNY-ESF will construct a new academic research building in an effort to rehabilitate the campus and accommodate a growth in enrollment and research. The building, which will be located directly behind Lawrinson Hall, will house the school’s Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. It will include several laboratories, offices and support spaces, in addition to extensive landscaping, natural ventilation and a solar pre-heat wall to help reduce the campus’ carbon footprint. The building will be constructed in two phases. The first will include an outdoor classroom, 12 main research laboratories and associated support space, faculty offices, instructional support spaces, and graduate student offices, said Joseph Rufo, vice president for adminis-

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Columnist prepares to combine engineering, environment in real world

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s a SUNY-ESF student, my perspective on the environment is inseparable from my college experience. My classmates and I were discussing climate change and hydrofracking both in class and at parties. I had the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary groups, finding solutions from multiple perspectives. I found out there is no one way to be an environmentalist or an engineer. By nature, engineering curricula are rigid sequences of courses with specific prerequisites. We didn’t really even get to see design work until junior year, as we were too busy taking physics, calculus and chemistry. It would be easy to spend four years doing exactly what they told you to do. As engineering majors who entered college right before the recession really set in, we were told everyone who left this program who could walk and chew gum had a job when they graduated.

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green and read all over The world is less impressed with our degrees than it was four years ago. If you just follow the curriculum, you come out looking like everyone. Fall semester of my junior year involved being physically unable to wake up to my alarm, a stress-induced back injury, wearing long johns as pants and panic attacks.It was time to start approaching school differently. I needed to stop b*tching about all the math and start coming up with a plan. I spent the last three semesters figuring

Individuals interviewed for Cantor stories left disappointed with final product As individuals interviewed by The Daily Orange, we were, frankly, left disappointed when reading the “Fait Accompli” articles. On the one hand, we did not recognize the presented world of Syracuse University at all. Collectively, we have long experience at various institutions of higher education, we do work that takes us to campuses and conferences in many locations, and we have friends and colleagues who teach and lead at those institutions.   When we are in those places, near and far from Central New York, we are approached  — with a regularity that sometimes keeps us from the work we are there to do — to talk about what those colleagues find exciting and intriguing about what the chancellor and we are doing at SU. They want to visit, they want to engage and many of them also want to come work at SU. On the other hand, we do not recognize the person the article profiles. The chancellor portrayed in the articles is a strange distortion of the real chancellor, who is a complex human being —driven, compassionate, committed and inspired. The examples given of the allegedly punitive environment were not relevant or connected to her. Lead-

LET TER TO THE EDITOR ers make changes in their teams. The article implied making personnel changes during transitions or for substantive reasons is somehow both nefarious and linked to some vindictive agenda of the chancellor. However, it is not in her actions that vindictiveness and disrespect can be parsed on a daily basis but in the conduct of some on this campus who have truly broken the covenant of respectful community. We are left with a conviction that if Chancellor Cantor were a male university president, this article would not have spent so much time in analysis of personality but would have looked more carefully for the impacts of her accomplishments in increasing access, increasing the sources of funds and increasing the significance of SU in the world.

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PROFESSOR OF CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION/ WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Diane Lyden Murphy

DEAN OF THE FALK COLLEGE OF SPORT AND HUMAN DYNAMICS

out that I want to apply ecological engineering to local agriculture. I’m not getting a real engineering job. I am aiming to learn more about agriculture to effectively design for it. My job is working on a farm and I’m so excited, it’s almost embarrassing. Caring this much leaves you so vulnerable. This career path is unorthodox and I expect to fail spectacularly before successfully implementing future designs. Approaching commercial agriculture as an ecosystem hasn’t really been done before. That said, I value everything I’ve learned at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and in the environmental resources engineering department. My department is small enough that students and faculty genuinely care about the people around them, and for that, I am truly grateful. Part of inventing my own way to be an envi-

ronmental engineer was writing this column. This column gave me voice and I have sincerely appreciated all of my readers. It made me feel like I had the power to promote and discuss things that I cared about. I learned so much about writing to entertain and inform instead of solely for technical purposes. I feel like I’m infiltrating this hallowed Syracuse University institution. I don’t even go to this school. Why do I get to do this again? You can’t wait for anyone to give you permission to be who you want. The environmental issues our generation faces are big. It’s your responsibility to figure out how you can contribute to the conversation and love it. Leanna Mulvihill is a senior forest engineering major and environmental writing and rhetoric minor. Her column appeared every Tuesday. She can be reached at lpmulvih@syr.edu or followed on Twitter at @LeannaMulvihill.

Money spent on SA formal huge violation of codes, shows irresponsibilty of cabinet On March 30, Student Association held “SA Formal.” Much like the formals of other fraternities and organizations, this was meant as a chance for members to socialize. Unfortunately, this formal reveals the irresponsible activities of SA this session. This formal shows questionable financial decisions on behalf of the current cabinet. The nearly $4,000 used to pay for this formal came out of SA’s operating budget. For those unfamiliar with the SA budgeting process, each student pays a student activity fee each fall. These fees are pooled together into a fund totaling more than $2 million annually. This fund is turned over to SA, which then allocates funds to different organizations on campus for programming, or, in the case of organizations like CitrusTV and SA, operational expenses. Operating budget requests are held to the same standards and codes as all other budgets submitted to the finance board. Each budget is approved for specific line item expenses; any deviation from the approved items must be approved by the Finance Board. This budget, which was reviewed and passed by the Finance Board under my leadership in the fall, had no allocation for this event. An expenditure like this – which included food – is a direct violation of Article IV of SA’s codes, which govern the allocation of your student activity fee. This was a discretionary use of funds taken from another purpose, mak-

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ing a mockery of the entire system. Although current Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo warned cabinet members this was a violation of the codes, his objections fell on deaf ears. In the two years I spent as comptroller, absolutely no funds were distributed to pay for any items prohibited by the finance codes. For a president who reproached the previous session for “pushing its own agenda,” to circumvent the finance codes for the entertainment of his own organization is immature at best and reckless at worst. Any extra funds in SA’s account should be made available for all student organizations next semester. When allocating such a large amount of money, the only way to ensure fair treatment is to apply the same codes and standards to every organization that submits a budget. SA is just one of 300 registered student organizations on campus, yet current leadership seems to have forgotten they are not above the law and are subject to the same rules as everyone else. Students need to know about everything the student government does, and in my opinion, the use of student funds for events like this is, frankly, unacceptable.

Jeff Rickert

STUDENT ASSOCIATION COMPTROLLER 54TH AND 55TH LEGISL ATIVE SESSIONS

Community member, owner of lost camera willing to pay reward for safe return On Monday, April 16, around 4:45 pm, I dropped my red Canon SX150 IS digital camera in its case in front of Lyman Hall, where I am taking a wonderful cooking class. The camera was my work camera; the case had my business card in it and that color camera is not sold locally. I immediately contacted campus security and the department office. Despite repeated attempts to find the camera, my efforts have come up empty. I am truly disappointed the person who picked up

LET TER TO THE EDITOR the camera did not return it to me or hand it in someplace — especially since most of the students I see on campus have cell phones with excellent cameras in them. I am willing to pay a reward and may be contacted at my office e-mail: jewishobservercny@gmail.com.

Bette Siegel SYRACUSE, NY


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Campus community must remember 5 crucial issues during summer break The 2011-12 academic year brought both promising and troublesome news to the Syracuse University community. With all the news, it can be hard to keep track of concerns during the summer break. There are certain issues that will not be forgotten about during the summer: the Bernie Fine investigation, the defamation case against SU and Jim Boeheim, and SU’s rankings. Though many will continue to remember these issues, there are also other problems that cannot be forgotten about. Below are five issues the commu-

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nity must focus on during the summer: • University officials must take action to provide support for international students. This year, the struggles international students face were highlighted in more than one University Senate meeting, but there are no concrete plans to fix the problems yet. The university must use the summer to prepare new methods to help international students transition to campus. • Medical amnesty has been a campus issue for more than two years. Earlier this year, the Student Association announced a partial

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EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board medical amnesty would be added to the Code of Student Conduct. But that has not happened yet. SA must push the administration to change the codes during the summer so the new rules can go into effect at the start of the fall semester. • The billion-dollar campaign will end in December. The university, which is on track to surpass its total goal, broke down the campaign into different categories.

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According to the latest updates, the university is behind in certain fundraising areas, particularly for faculty members. Officials must use the summer months to strategize ways to reach the goals for all the different categories listed. • In February, news broke that the New York Police Department had been monitoring multiple Muslim student associations at different universities, including SU, beginning in 2006. Since then, the U.S. attorney general has started an investigation into the NYPD. The investigation is important to

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remember, as it directly affects students on this campus. • Multiple campus construction projects will begin in the summer months. Campus West is on track to be finished this summer, and the groundbreaking of Dineen Hall will be May 10. Construction in the west area of campus will eliminate many parking spaces. The university needs to find ways to accommodate for the lost parking spaces. Plans for the construction of a bookstore on University Avenue are still in the works but have been stalled because of a controversial PILOT agreement.

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EMMETT BAGGETT art director | fall 2011 - fall 2012 Just when I was getting used to the early onset arthritis in my right hand, it’s time to put down the pen. I can’t believe this year at The Daily Orange has come and gone so quickly. With all that has happened this year, I’ve hardly had time to blink. It has been a blessing (and a curse) to have worked at The D.O. during one of the most turbulent yet exciting times in the university’s history. From scandal to success and everything in between, there was never a shortage of Scribble material. I have cherished my time within the hallowed halls of 744 Ostrom and have genuinely become a better person from the time spent at The D.O. As Steve Martin put it so eloquently in “The Jerk”: “I found my special purpose.” Thanks for helping me find it. Dad and Annie:Thanks for always supporting me in my ever-changing adventures at SU. It wasn’t easy to balance working for The D.O. with everything else senior year brings, but you always help me stick with it. I’m part of the Syracuse history books! Molly Snee: I always thought you were insane to be working at a newspaper. I could hardly pick up a pencil when you were drawing daily Scribbles like a champ. I guess your insanity rubbed off on me. You are truly beyond your years as an artist, and I’m glad to call you one of my best friends. Thanks for blazing the trail buddy. MGMT (Amrita, Dara and Debbie): Thanks for giving an old geezer a shot. Before I got to The D.O., I was quite uncertain of where I was going in the world. I found purpose on this campus from working at The D.O. and will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something great. Thanks for laughing at

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with you. Good luck next year!

Laurence: From the Stage to The D.O. it’s been real. You were the first person to tell me about the art director opening last spring. After some convincing, I haven’t looked back. I know you’ll be ready for the challenge of ME. Best of luck. Try to get some sleep this summer.

Mac: Go Crunch! I’m glad The D.O. allowed me to see mo’ Mac mo’ often. I will always cherish our heart to hearts about the importance of a visually savvy paper. How far we’ve come since the daze of Bo 2. Keep it real.

Meghin: I’ll miss our conversations across The D.O. halls. I might even miss the fact that you somehow think that being Op editor makes you my boss. Enjoy your last semester in the fall! Ankur: I can’t imagine how hard it is to go through life being such a giant dingus, but somehow you pull it off. Thanks for letting me deter you from being productive every single night of production. It means a lot to me. Glad we (you) got SMBC off the ground. Kathleen Kim: It was always comforting to know that there was someone at 744 who was older than me. We could compare 401k plans, talk about the wife and kids, you know, grown-up stuff. Before graduation we must be true grown-ups and share a drink. See you at Chuck’s!

Micah: It won’t be easy to balance being a senior with your commitment to The D.O., but I know you’ll do fine. Just know that you will learn far more at The Daily Orange than you will in any class. Stay passionate and keep your ear to the ground around campus. Best of luck!

Mark and Cohen: Being a pretty big sports fan myself, it was a pleasure to collaborate with you guys when Sports needed illustrated art. You gave me plenty of freedom to come up with illustrations and I really appreciate that. Creating an illustrated Lax Guide was a _bit of a leap, but I’m glad we made it happen. Good luck next semester and beyond, Mark. Liz: Thanks for dealing with my constant demand for illustration requests. Believe it or not, your art ideas helped me find creative direction — sometimes. It was great working

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more than SA,” she said. “I plan to fill all 10 office hours and probably more. Unless I have an exam or a class, I plan to be at every single committee meeting for every committee that we have.” Earlier in the meeting, several bills were presented to the general assembly. One piece of legislation involved a suggested change to the confirmation process of new representatives. Officials from the Board of Elections and Membership would still interview prospective representatives, but candidates would also have to receive a recommendation from their respective home college committee. The general assembly would then conduct a procedural vote to accept or deny the committee’s recommendation of the candidate, similar to how student organization budgets are voted on in SA. The change was met with heavy opposition, and many claimed the process would simply extend home college committee meetings and would not fulfill its original purpose of saving time.

Duane Ford, a School of Education representative, expressed displeasure with the bill because he said it weakens the method of how new members are elected. “My problem with it is that it doesn’t necessarily take away from the democratic process, but it severely hinders it,” he said. The measure did not secure a majority vote and was not enacted. Later in the meeting, PJ Alampi, chair of the Student Life Committee, introduced a resolution calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reverse the ban forbidding men who have had sex with other men from giving blood. Alampi said student governments at other universities have drafted similar statements, and he has closely worked with the Division of Student Affairs and Pride Union on this resolution. Though some members expressed concerns about why the ban is still in place, the resolution passed with 29 votes for, six against and seven abstentions. At the conclusion of the meeting, the general assembly recognized past and present SA members who are graduating at the end of this academic year.

The ceremony acknowledged members such as former President Neal Casey, former Comptroller Jeff Rickert, former Chief of Staff Amy Snider and Senior Adviser Bonnie Kong. In an emotional moment, Alampi announced Kong will have her named engraved in a plaque for her dedication to the organization, which she has been a part of since her freshman year. Said Alampi: “I want to say that, Bonnie, we’re going to miss you so much. And you hon-

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Janine Savage

The Falk representative was elected to the position of chief of staff after the resignations of Taylor Carr last week.

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estly have meant so much to SA and you deserve every bit of recognition.” Other business discussed: * A bill clarifying the number of office hours certain cabinet members are required to serve was passed unanimously. dmsegelb@syr.edu

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The number of SAaffiliated seniors recognized Monday night for their work in the organization.

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“My problem with it is that it doesn’t necessarily take away from the democratic process, but it severely hinders it.” Duane Ford

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tration at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. A solar pre-heat wall will be built in the second phase. Construction has been in the planning stages for the last couple years and the school has received the funding for the first phase, said Rufo. Though final costs are still being determined, both phases total around $86 million, he said. Phase one is estimated to cost $44 million and the second phase is estimated to cost $42 million. He predicts construction will start in fall 2013 and finish by summer 2015. Funding for the second phase should be acquired in the next year and a half, he said, depending on the state of the economy. The landscaping around the building will not only manage rainwater runoff but will include an outdoor classroom, said Rufo. Elm and Chestnut trees will be planted to aid the research being done there. The solar pre-heat wall, which will face Lawrinson, will capture sunlight and use it to help warm the building during the wintertime, he said. In another effort to be environmentally healthy, limited parking spaces will be available around the building. Rufo said school officials did not want to sacrifice the outdoor classroom for a parking lot. Instead, the lack of spaces will encourage alternate forms of transportation, such as carpooling or riding a bike. “We’re anticipating that it will be LEED platinum,” said Rufo. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifies that a building was designed and built to

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, provides building owners and operators with a framework for recognizing and implementing practical green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED points are awarded on a 100-point scale and points are distributed based on a project’s environmental effect. There are four LEED certification categories: certified, silver, gold and platinum. Certified projects are those awarded 40 to 49 points, silver projects are awarded 50 to 59 points, gold projects are awarded 60 to 79 points and platinum projects are awarded 80 points and above. Source: usgbc.org

achieve high performance in environmental health. “The LEED platinum certification, I think, is symbolic of who we are as a campus and kind of what our core values are, relative to sustainability and being good stewards to the environment,” he said. Ellenzweig is listed as the architectural design firm responsible for the construction of the building, according to an ESF press release. The firm, based in Massachusetts, also built Syracuse University’s Life Sciences Complex, which was completed in 2008. In addition to pushing the school’s academic mission forward, Rufo said the building will be symbolic of how ESF should construct other facilities and evaluate their effects on the environment. Said Rufo: “It’s always great to have a new building to be able to go into and to show students and to show prospective students and parents.” mjberner@syr.edu

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consult the team on player personnel decisions, as well as help the team’s coaching search for next season.

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of New York at Binghamton and the University of Iowa. Other universities such as Ohio State University, SUNY Buffalo and the University of Connecticut have an average compensation of between $132,000 and 134,000, while universities such as New York University, Duke University, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania have an average compensation of between $150,000 and $190,000. But rather than compare the salaries of professors to peer institutions, Spina said he believes it is better to compare the salaries of professors to peer programs. “That way, we can get a better sense of where our law professors stack up to peer law schools and where Newhouse stacks up to peer communications programs,” he said. The average salary for a newly hired professor, according to the report, is $128,873, about $11,000 more than professors who are currently employed at the university. This is a trend seen across the country. With new hires, Cathryn Newton, dean emerita and professor of interdisciplinary studies, said negotiations are made on compensation

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Rosen and Fine met briefly during the team’s annual tryouts in South Florida last June when Fine’s son tried out for the Division II team, Rosen said. Fine was fired from the university Nov. 27 after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike

Lang. Fine has denied all allegations and has not been charged. Rosen, the chairman of Triangle Financial Services, a Florida-based sports and entertainment investment firm, bought Maccabi Bazan Haifa in July 2007. The firm previously sponsored the Dragonflies, a semi-professional base-

ball team based in Hong Kong, China, according to the TFS website. Before joining TFS, Rosen was the president of international and chief operating officer at Rose Art, a toy and art and crafts manufacturing company, according to the website.

packages and that during the annual review process, each dean takes into account any new or existing external offers. If it’s possible for competitors to offer salaries that are impressively higher than the salaries people earn at SU, even a faculty member who

sors from seeking employment at the university. “So many people here run into other professors around the nation at conferences, exchange how much they make and say, ‘Well, I’ve gotta get out of here,’” Stonecash said. Stonecash believes younger prospects are worried about the issue because it directly determines their future. When people are employed at the university in their 30s and realize peers at other institutions are making more money, they begin to structure their careers around leaving rather than finding a solution. “Some professors are very committed to their teaching, but some are thinking, ‘You know, I’m falling behind the rest of the discipline, and the only way to catch up is to make an outside offer.’” Disparities between professor salaries have existed for as long as David Rubin, former dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, can remember. For the university to make the decision to raise the salaries of low-paid professors such as those at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, administrators would have to cut salary money away from other schools. Such an action is difficult and rarely done, Rubin said. He also said the university is an institution with aspirations larger than its resources, with a small endowment for a university as large as it is. After giving students money in financial aid, the university receives 60 cents of each dollar it makes and ends up with little money to spend on

making a large difference in salaries. Rubin said he is not a strong believer in average salaries and instead prefers merit pay. SU would be better off if it paid more attention to stronger professors, he said. He tried to do this as dean by making sure the professors under him felt fairly compensated for a lower salary. “You’re going to have some unhappy faculty, but the problems can be fixable,” he said. He would often offer faculty travel money or other means of compensation to do so. The university is now utilizing a task force consisting of deans and chairmen who look at aggregate numbers within the different colleges and stack them against peer institutions. The goal of the force is to make money available for salaries in the future, Spina said. To address the concerns of professors in lesser-paid colleges, the university is developing a supplement fund process based on ongoing studies of a compensation system, said Patrick Cihon, associate professor of law and public policy. But actions speak louder than words, he said. In terms of the future, Cihon said although this issue is not the number one thing on faculty’s mind, it could grow to be a larger issue as housing and the cost of living rises over the next few years. Stonecash also thinks if the administration does not address the issue, it could expand quickly. Said Stonecash: “It’s going to have a longterm effect. That’s the real quiet thing.”

“Retaining the best faculty should be an immediate concern.” Cathryn Newton

DEAN EMERITUS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

isn’t interested in searching for another job may be tempted to leave, she said. Newton said there has always been a recurring concern of how to attract the best faculty to Syracuse and whether or not the university would be able to keep them employed. “The faculty are the life of any university. They define which students are attracted to the university and how the students emerge once they’re here,” she said. “Retaining the best faculty should be an immediate concern.” Jeff Stonecash, a political science professor, believes the competition could even deter profes-

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HEALTH& SCIENCE every tuesday in news

Skinny situation

Study finds trying on bathing suits leads to negative feelings in women

By Kirkley Luttman

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or many women, the very thought of trying on a bathing suit can result in feelings of self-objectification, shame and dissatisfaction. Researcher Marika Tiggemann explored the relationship between clothing and self-esteem in her article, “Clothes Make a Difference: The Role of Self-Objectification.” She found that for a number of women, the thought of wearing a bathing suit led to a greater state of self-objectification — a feeling that one is no longer a whole person but merely a physical object that can be evaluated, according to the article. Compared to the thought of wearing jeans and a sweater, women felt more dissatisfaction and unhappiness when imagining themselves in a bathing suit, according to the article. This was especially true for heavier women. “A woman’s body image is typically negative of themselves,” said Jeanne Denti, a professor of psychology at Syracuse University. “A bathing suit is the skimpiest thing one can wear and it can make a woman feel like they are not measuring up.” Chloe Guillemot, a freshman public relations major, said she agrees that women often feel badly about themselves when trying on bathing suits due to the unflattering fluorescent lighting in dressing rooms and the revealing nature of bathing suits. “It’s based on your own perception and what mood you are in that day,” Guillemot said. “For example, did you start with a jog and ate healthy and you’re feeling good, or did you start out eating a donut and had a mocha?” A study that surveyed 102 South Australian female undergraduates found a link between clothing and self-objectification, according to the article.

Participants completed a questionnaire that measured their level of selfobjectification, mood, feelings about their bodies and body dissatisfaction after being placed in four different scenarios. The four scenarios were: wearing a bathing suit on a beach, wearing a bathing suit in a dressing room, wearing a sweater and jeans on a beach and wearing a sweater and jeans in a dressing room, according to the article. Researchers found that self-objectification is an internalized perspective that is worsened by a number of potentially objectifying features in dressing rooms such as mirrors, bright lighting and the demand for women to engage in close evaluations of their bodies, according to the article. Tibor Palfai, a psychology professor at SU, said one’s mood and level of selfobjectification depends on the person. “I know several people that have no problem putting on a bathing suit,” said Palfai. “Thinking that you are self-objectified, it’s in your mind. Most problems originate in your head and not in reality.” As hypothesized, the private dressing room scenarios led to a greater state of self-objectification but a more positive mood than the public scenarios. However, women said they were more likely to self-objectify when wearing a swimsuit in a dressing room, compared with wearing one in public, according to the article. Denti, the psychology professor, said she is not surprised that a dressing room can cause more vulnerability than when someone is in public. “We feel worse about ourselves when we are focusing on ourselves. In public, our attention moves to the environment and other people,” Denti said. “When we are more focused on other people, in truth, the happier we are.” kfluttma@syr.edu

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DARA MCBRIDE For hating clichés I’ve done a great job at becoming one. I came to The D.O. my freshman year vowing to do whatever possible for the paper and four semesters later I was somehow editor in chief. I’ve seen the sun rise from the office, dated a guy in sports, made best friends with the PD and did what I could to cause trouble in the newsroom. Like any editor in chief, I hope I left the place a little better than I found it and at least made a dent in the rock. The McBride Family + Grams: I still can’t tell how you feel about my involvement with the paper, but I hope you are at least a little proud. I love you all. Aunt Marie: This is my duck and you’re in it! Thank you for being a quiet place to go to when I needed time off. You are loved by so many people.

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Liz: It could have been the 5-Hour Energy you kept in your pocket, but you always brought energy to the newsroom. I wish you the best in recovering from your stint as news editor.

Chuck’s. I’m glad we’re now friends.

Marwa: Remember it’s all the times the job knocks you down and you get back up and punch back. Get your hands dirty and don’t disappoint us newsies. Good luck.

Ryne: Speak up, I know you are smart.

Kristen, Lauren, Stacie: Thank you for sticking with it. You girls have great character and great dedication to the paper.

Bailey: Keep at it. I know you can make your dreams happen.

Andrew: You have a lot of plans for The D.O. I look forward to what you do. Don’t lose hope. Brandon: I prefer my shirts wrinkled, but I enjoyed our times planning the News section at Starbucks. Help out Andrew and Casey when they need you.

“The Girls” in Delaware: I’m so happy to still have you all in my life even though I may not call as often as I should. Sorry for all the times breaking news got in the way of our dates.

Mitch: Thanks for trying; I am sorry how it ended. I will miss you and your promises of Unwiches.

“The Boys” in Delaware: I’m glad you helped me let loose and relax back home. Thanks for all the free meals.

Kirsten: You pushed me as a news editor to think visually and we banded together during those first few weeks.

Khalilah: My connection to the outside world. I am so sad you are graduating, but please don’t forget me. I miss Queso Thursdays, Sushi Sunday, your TV habits and our shopping trips.

Danielle P: It was always fun to be around you. Thanks for the hotdog on MayFest and visual pregames with Becca and me. If you return to campus, I’ll see you at Chuck’s.

The alumni at Palooza: Thank you for helping me pull it off. It was so cool to meet so many D.O. legends. It was very “Midnight in Paris.”

Emmett: My nights could be going down the drain, but then we looked at the Scribble. Thanks for being so trustworthy and talented.

Pete: Ten years and you still do an amazing job. Thanks for putting up with my crazy emails.

Ankur: I remember your first night in News. Good luck in your second semester and take the time to plan, hear ideas and feel inspired.

Escalante: Remember when the server went down? And the Internet? And the copier jammed? Thanks for answering my calls, even that time we just unplugged the computer. Kelsey: We will have dinner at some point. Make sure Mark visits business side. Kheel and Boren: I will miss doing impersonations of you. It was fun growing up in News with you and you both taught me a lot. Jon: You were such a sport when the dog jokes started. Don’t stop writing. Maybe we can cobyline something again. Susan Kim: Visiting you on the porch always calmed me. I’m sorry about dinner, but there is still time. Bouv: I’m glad you decided to return for another semester and will keep with The D.O. Teach the children well. Rachael “Babycakes”: I remember your first USen meeting and it’s sad to see you leave News, but I trust you will do well in Op. Segelbaum will miss you. Maddy: Thanks for asking for my help and making me feel old but needed. You have such great passion for the paper. Bre: Insignificant is the last word I would use to describe you. Enjoy the yogurt. Meghin: Your strong point has always been getting shit done, so don’t distract Mark too much. Thanks for the booze and John Cusack.

Stephanie Lin: Thanks for sticking around. We’ll always have the honors lounge. Emmy: You came in late, but have really become part of the staff. AJ: Strong and silent. Good luck with your writing, please come back. Beth and Lizzie: You two can be a dream team. Never give up, always push for better. Jenna: Sorry for the bad interview joke! There’s no way I wouldn’t hire you again. Colleen: If all I have left to The D.O. are the lights in News, a crooked sign out front and you, I am happy. Remember I am always here for help. Chelsea: I told Kathleen, “Hire the girl with the scarf.” What a great decision! Kristin: Thanks for trusting KatKim and moving to Pulp. Erik: You are so much more than “that guy in Featch.” You have done me and Dick Clark’s memory proud. Danielle: I’m excited for your return. And seriously, it always made my day better when you liked my shoes. Sara: You were one of my first editors and you could provide some mean baked goods for Girls’ Night. Good luck wherever you go. Fersh: Thanks for funding my first trip to

Cohen: You are very dedicated. I wish you the best.

Iseman: Push yourself, you are a talented writer.

Treds: Thanks for the nickname. If you ever need a snack, just ask. Lauren: You were always watching me. Sorry I never got to see you win the brandy chug, but I believe in you. Kelly Outram: You were my peer adviser, so clearly it is all because of you that I was a success. You are welcome to crash with Becca and me whenever. Tony: I am sorry for how things turned out this year. You have been an invaluable voice on the board. You will be missed, and I hope great things come to you. Brittney: Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the help. Meredith: Thanks for suggesting I become EIC even though neither one of us took it seriously then. You will always be someone impressive and remembered. Dockery: Thanks for that AP Style Guide to News Writing. Mark: This job will take you down a couple of notches, but it will make you stronger. Keep that in mind and think Big Picture. Don’t forget I’ll still be on campus, and I will still own plenty of boots. Good luck to you and the staff. Laurence: We’ve both come a long way since that first MayFest co-byline and late nights in News. We didn’t become the next Beckie and Kathleen, but we still turned out all right. Respect yourself and others will respect you. Beckie: I thought you were so cool and wanted to be like you when I first came to The D.O. I’ve since decided to be my own person, but it’s been fun getting to know you at all stages of our friendship. I will forever have Take Me Home Tonight on repeat because of you. Kathleen: Another person at The D.O. I always wanted to live up to. You were the first to tell me to apply for this job, and I hope you are happy with the turnout. It was an honor to work with you and Beckie and rise above my contributing writer days. Katie: Our relationship has had its twists and turns, but I have truly enjoyed all the times we visited each other on the management couch. You always pushed me to do better and now I know why. At times it was very hard to live up to you and you should know that. I am very thankful to have had you around and will miss you greatly. #washeduptogether Kathleen Kim: From Match.com to actually being friends, who knew? I wish you the best in all your travels. As a boss, I have been so proud of seeing you turn around your section and listen to MGMT. As a friend, thanks for the sangria and girl talk. I will miss you.

Debbie: Thanks for being a friend when it felt like all my closest D.O. family members were gone. You may not be the loudest person in the room, but so often you are one of the smartest. I’m sorry to see your D.O. career cut short, but know you will do great things wherever. Haters gonna hate. Amrita: So often you are my better half. You inspire me to look at things differently and live beyond The D.O., which is pretty scary. I miss you sometimes, but am also so proud of seeing you make your goals with the website. Thanks for always being there even when you aren’t sitting next to me. I hope a couple of road trips to Albany are in Becca’s and my future. Becca: It was really annoying that first time you tied a crown to my head that was made out of a plastic bag and a Solo cup. But I wanted to be friends with you so I let it happen. Not many roommates are awake at 4 a.m. just to spend a couple of minutes with their roomie. I honestly don’t know what to write because I am probably going to come home and talk about it. Sorry for leaving copies of The D.O. all over the place and leaving the fridge empty during my snack time. Emotion does not come easy for us cyborgs and there are few people who get to see both sides of me, but you can. I look forward to how we will spend our D.O. retirements together. (“What is a weekend?”) Brett: I don’t think this is going to make girls cry, but I’ll live with it. Before you, no one realized what an awful speller I am. Thanks. Whenever I struggled as news editor I had you to go to (and to also supply me with chicken parm). Not many guys put up with girls who push off dates repeatedly because of power outages and accidents. It means a lot that you don’t get angry when The D.O. comes first or when I lock my keys in my car. It’s better to be far away from you than not with you at all. I love you. I miss you. I can’t wait to see you. The future of The Daily Orange: You don’t know me, but I am so jealous of you all. Of all the great things you will get to cover and experience. It is scary to think one day I will be both out of house and off campus, reporting (hopefully) beyond the hill. I hope you can learn from the mistakes I made and think I did something right. Let me know if you need anything. Dara


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asst. news editor, managing editor | fall 2011 - spring 2012 After consuming more coffee in two semesters than ever before in my entire life, here I am, writing my duck at 3:35 a.m. On deadline. I can’t think of a more fitting and appropriate end to what’s been a wonderfully ridiculous year.

houses. Beth and Lizzie: Cutest D.O. couple, hands down. I have so much trust and faith that you two will do great things here as long as you keep pushing yourselves, each other and design.

Cheers to the wonderfully ridiculous people that made it worthwhile.

Kathleen, Beckie and Katie: Your experience and D.O. knowledge really is an inspiration. Thank you for being the paper’s toughest critics and greatest teachers.

Bre: I knew one year ago when we walked to Battle together that you were someone I could trust and rely on. What I said, I stand by — you are one of the nicest, kindest, most warmhearted people I’ve ever met. Liz: Everything I know about the Midwest I know from you. Your ability to see the good in every situation never ceases to amaze me. I’m glad we got our start together as assistants in news, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of college takes us. Meghin: Sometimes I think you underestimate how much respect and admiration I have for you. Your guidance last semester kept me from falling apart more than you think. You are talented, hard-working and sell yourself short way too often. Dara: We both know I’m bad at feelings. But I guess I’ll try. Of the editors I’ve worked with, I have you to thank the most. Thank you for trusting me in management with you after a semester, and I’m sorry we’re so strangely alike in the oddest ways. A piece of my life won’t be the same without hearing the Dara McBride cat voice at 4 in the morning. Stephanie Bouvia: You don’t take anything from anyone — something I’ve always looked up to. Apple. Jon: You took my sass like a champ. In addition to adding comedic value, your experience and talent in the newsroom last semester was invaluable. Marwa, Maddy and Rachael: You all have so much ahead of you. I look forward to watching you move forward. Becca: Sorry I ran you over that one time. But I’m glad we made up over spam and fish tacos and you discovered my depth. You are the picture of talent, humility and hard work — everything anyone who crosses the 744 threshold should strive to emulate. Ankur: After producing Grad Guide last spring, you told me it was going to be one “hell of a fall.” You were right. Spring was pretty great, too. You’re one of most approachable, welcoming people on staff. The paper needs that. I wish you an endless bounty of luck, hash browns and Oreos. And that’s The Truth. AJ: Your hard work and eagerness did not go unnoticed. I better be seeing your byline in the paper next semester. That’s a threat. Stephanie Lin: I think it says a lot that you were swapped with work but stuck around. Thank you for demonstrating loyalty and respect for the paper. Emmy: You took to this place quickly, and I know you have a lot more to give the paper. Jenna: Your experience in design was invaluable this semester. Also, you have great taste in

Kathleen Kim: What am I going to do without thesweetstuffinthemiddle? Even though I’m probably the worst at showing it, your words of encouragement and prying KatKim ways have meant the world to me. You ran a tight ship in Pulp, and I have all the faith that whatever you want from the world and wherever you go, you will kill it. Erik: I knew last year when I began reading those insane Erik van Rheenen Decibels that you were somebody I wanted to know. I’ve enjoyed your snarky, underthe-breath comments so, so much. Thank you for that. Colleen: My fellow California Gurl. Pulp is all yours! Own it. QuesadiLLas. Chelsea and Kristin: You girls brought a huge presence to the house this semester with your big, vibrant personalities. Chris: You are a talented writer and work horse. I’m excited to read your work as you continue to push stories further. Ryne: “Not that he preached to them or said or did anything in particular; but a virtue went out of him, sugaring the sour ones.” Stephen Bailey: Your knowledge of the Sports section and the paper, as a whole, has always impressed me. Keep that energy up. Treds: The one and only TredNation. Thanks for being so down to earth. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. Amrita: Your innovative approach to the Web has really helped The D.O. turn a new leaf. Your confidence in me really meant a lot. Lauren, Kristen and Stacie: You girls are tremendous. Thank you for rising to the occasion when others didn’t have the guts to. Andrew: Best of luck with photo next year. I know you’re more than capable of elevating the paper’s visuals. Mark and Laurence: I’m looking forward to watching you two help the paper progress. I’ll be

here if you ever need me. Ashley: Thank you for putting up with an absent roommate all year. As bummed as I am that you’re headed abroad next semester, I know your return will bring with it days of debauchery once again. Professor Lloyd: Your reassuring words and wisdom have meant so much to me. Thank you for always lending your ear whenever I’ve needed it.

Mr. Burgess and Mr. Zant: I’ll never forget that it began with you two. Mom and Dad: None of this would have been possible without your unfailing support. Thank you for more than I can ever repay. April: I know I don’t tell you this, ever, but I am so incredibly proud of you. Know that even clear across the country, I’ll always be here for you.


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STEPHANIE BOUVIA

I had a hard time summing up the crazy times I’ve experienced at The Daily Orange. Whether it’s Beth’s never-ending sass, Ankur sporting a dress or Dara itching to see the Strippendales, I’ve had some of my greatest laughs at 744 Ostrom. It has been a truly rewarding experience writing and reporting on the news with you all. Here’s hoping there will always be Monster in Treds’ beer: Bre: I am so glad we had our first date at Olive Garden. You are the nicest person I have ever met in my entire life, and I value your friendship very much. Can’t wait to visit you ON Long Island this summer! Love you! I hope one day we find out who ate your yogurt. #Otters Liz: Worth the wait? You are one of my closest friends here at SU. I guess you have to be after spending more than 40 hours together in a car. Remember that time I wrapped you up like a burrito? I’ve had some of my favorite moments ever with you. Keep working hard. You are a talented woman and will be very successful in life. It was an honor to work as your assistant. Now, get some much-needed sleep, you deserve it! Marwa: Getting to know you this past semester has been so fun. You are such a funny, hardworking person. Remember to keep working hard, stay organized, stand up for yourself and “move the rock.” Good luck next semester, kick some ass! I promise to come back and visit! P.S. I guess we can be friends…

Rachael: I know I spent most of the semester ragging on you, but you are one of the funniest people I know, and I am so grateful for your friendship. I’m really looking forward to see what you do in the next couple of semesters; hopefully it has something to do with snow leopards, SA, (howdy) Dowty, Bauming, crack cocaine or awkward phone calls. Maddy: You are such a joy to have around. I hope you have an absolutely amazing time in Madrid! Please come back to The Daily Orange. You have big things in your future. Lexie, Casey, Jess, Seegz and Meredith: Good luck next semester. Work hard, stay vigilant and remember to eat, sleep and breathe. You’ll do great! Kristin: Hellboy! I’m so glad I got to know you on our trip to Florida. I’m also really glad we stayed to watch that man eat his 40-ounce steak. Kate: “I THOUGHT THIS WAS GONNA BE SCENIC!” Kathleen Ronayne: You are such an inspiration and role model to me. Thank you for all of your help and advice. I will definitely miss you next year, and I wish you the best of luck! Keep in touch! Beckie: Pterodactyl! You are someone I have always looked up to at The D.O. I’ll never forget when you forced me to read your dramatic rewriting of “If you wanna be my lover” to Iseman. Good luck in Beirut. I know you will be amazing at whatever you choose to do!

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Ankur: So glad we can escape the Syracuse weather. Becca: I can never thank you enough for coining my nickname. Love you, gurl, you da best. Meghin: You were my first friend at The D.O., and I will never forget that. I hope to see more of you, megabed, smidgens and “Gilmore Girls” next semester. Jon: “There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, ‘Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman.’” Stephanie, Caitlin and Michael: I miss you three every day. The decision to transfer was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you all. You are the best friends I could have ever asked for. Mom, Dad and Ty: Thank you for your constant love and support. You guys are the best. Mom, your PUP food will be greatly missed by the staff.

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I’ve loved working at The Daily Orange. I mean, where else is it socially acceptable to eat on coffee filters instead of plates and declare your love for copy editing? How else would I have had a kind-of-legitimate reason to knock on Jim Boeheim’s front door? But in all seriousness, it has been great. The things I’ve learned and the friends I’ve met while working to produce this paper are what made it an amazing experience. Stephanie: I’m so glad you didn’t roll out the window at some point during these last two semesters. I love our random adventures and shared love of that wide-eyed face. You’re the best (eva!), and I promise we’ll always be friends. Laurence: Even after two semesters of working at The D.O., I can’t imagine not being able to hang out on the porch and run my silly, little copy editing questions past you. Thank you for always being there to answer them. Debbie: Deb Dog! One of my first friends at The D.O. and a truly hardworking, great person. With sass. I couldn’t leave that out. Maddy: I’m glad we got to know each other despite not working the same days. I’ll miss you but hope you have an amazing time in Madrid — and The D.O. will be here for you when you come back from your adventures abroad. I’m sure of it. Liz: “WHAT? I love me some dark chocolate!” Oh, Liz. Every time you would say a word like “hire” or “fire” in your Midwestern accent I’d

smile a little. I’m glad we stuck together that one specific time this semester.

it going?” But always remember: No one is safe...

times, and I’m looking forward to many more. I am always here for you.

KatKim: I have loved working with you at the paper and Medley. You’re one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever met. I will miss seeing you around campus next year.

The New Newsies: I hope you love working at The D.O. It teaches you so much. Good luck next year!

Mom and Dad: It’s hard to find the perfect words to express how grateful I am to be supported and loved by two incredible people. Thank you for everything. For giving me the opportunity to be at Syracuse, for my education and for just being awesome. I love you both so much.

Ankur: Even though you pretended to hate me sometimes, I hope you’ll miss my pleas for design help from the closet. Thanks for the countless changed Gchat statuses and go Tred Nation! Becca: Your help with the case of the missing Chobani was much appreciated, and so is your sense of humor and overall awesomeness. Dara and Amrita: When I first started working at The D.O., your combined drive and passion for the paper as management really pushed me to be better. I know that sounds cliche, but I’m happy I got to work with you both. Meghin: Thank you for hiring me for the fall semester, for being super quick with C reads and for never failing to mess with my hair each time you entered the newsroom. I’m glad you didn’t drop con law. Marwa: From snow leopards to rabid skunks, you’ve handled it all so well. Your dedication to the paper shows, and I’m excited to see the things you’ll do as news editor. Rachael: You’re so kind and genuine. I can’t wait to be neighbors! I’ll stop by and say, “Hao’s

Lizzie, Beth, Stephanie Lin: I loved the nights when you girls designed in News. Jon and Boren: Thanks a lot for exposing my secretive life as a Russian spy. Now I can’t get any missions. Sports: Thanks for getting me those start pages teases on time...most of the time. Colleen: I remember meeting you at CitrusTV early freshman year and just wishing I could jump in to working and writing for The D.O. like you did. I’m so happy I finally did, and it has been great to work with you. Also, thank you for the photo shoot! Kristen, Stacie, Lauren: I admire you three so much for working through all the issues photo has experienced. To my family and friends: From Long Island to Syracuse to Montreal — I feel lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for the laughs, the smiles and all the good times. Robin: Thanks for listening to my random, sometimes confusing stories. From late-night Tops runs for a single avocado to watching interpretive dances performed in our living room (oh, hi Isaac), we’ve had countless fun


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LIZ SAWYER Working at The Daily Orange has made me fail classes, miss more meals than I can count and consume more alcohol on a weeknight than any responsible adult ever should. But The D.O. has also made me believe in the power of journalism and taught me more than any classroom could. For that, I am eternally grateful. Meghin: I know we’ve had our fair share of disagreements, but you taught me more than anyone else. Thank you for being so hard on me — I may not have liked it, but it made me a better journalist.

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you to things and you never came to my parties. Seriously, though, thank you for teaching me. Colleen: You were my very first friend at The D.O. and my first friend crush. Yes, the feeling was mutual. I’ll never forget those nights in Lyons when you snuck me beer while I was working the desk. KatKim: The sweet stuff in the middle will be a little less sweet next semester. Never lose your passion and creativity. You’re going to make a Korean very happy one day.

Debbie: I really hope you were serious about ding dong ditching a certain public official before we graduate. That was the best drunken idea we ever had, and there’s no one I’d rather attempt (and potentially fail) it with than you. P.S. I’m sorry I spread that rumor about you eating dogs.

Erik: I planned on apologizing for making you give Dara a strip tease last semester but … #sorryImnotsorry.

Dara: No one can ever dispute your pure dedication for this paper. You eat, sleep and breathe The D.O., and I respect that. It was a pleasure to work for such a fearless reporter.

Kristin Ross: I’ve enjoyed watching you grow from my favorite staff writer to a talented editor. Love ya, Hellboy.

Becca: Your hugs are truly the world’s greatest medicine. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to just quit, and you always turned my night around. Thank you for being my Midwestern sistafriendddd. Jon: I could never write a cohesive story about money like you. We ragged on you a lot, but you’re quite a talented puppy. Amrita: Let the record show that I DID invite

CDB: I’m pissed that it took me so long to realize how cool you are. You’re a funny gal, and you’ve got some wicked dance moves.

Kristen Parker: You were a godsend this semester and kept me sane. Thanks for the support and the candy. So excited to live with you next year! Beth, Lizzie and Stalin: You are all fabulous designers with a lot of spunk. It was a pleasure working with you. Maddy: Cranium Crunch was actually a clever mac. There, I said it.

Ankur: You have no idea how much our bitch sessions meant to me. I will raise a glass (or piece of bread) with you anytime. P.S. You deserve a very tasty pastry. Marwa: I have no doubt that you will be a much better news editor than I was. Keep chasing your dreams… and those damn rabid skunks.

Rachael: We’ve come a long way since that first SA meeting we covered together. I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished this year. It’s going to be weird not to live together next year and see each other every day, but we’ll have an awesome senior year together. You’ll be a great columnist, you little nugget/otter, and I’ll be reading your column in London. Stacie and Lauren: It’s been a rough year in the photo department, but we made it through. It’s been great being co-photo editors with you, even if you didn’t share my enjoyment for doing cutouts. Good luck with everything you do next semester. Liz: You were one of the fastest friends I made in the house, and you’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’ve never heard anyone snort quite like you. Sorry I never wrote for news like I wanted to. Finally, you get to relax, and I’m so glad we’re going to be roommates next year. Ankur: I’m glad we’ve gone from hating each other to actually being friends (I think). Keep taking pictures and making the paper look awesome. I’m sorry I was such a bad secretary, but I hope you find a better one next year.

Becca: I only got to work with you for a few months, but I’m so glad I did. Thanks for appreciating and laughing at all my dirty jokes. You are a wonderful person and so much fun to be around. Marwa: I know you secretly want a fur jacket and boots. It’s OK, you can admit it. Have fun working with Jon this summer, and good luck as news editor next semester. Katie: Thanks for helping us out in photo every time it seemed like our section was falling apart. Dara and Debbie: Your dedication and all the hard work you put into this place are truly something to be admired. KatKim: Thank you for all of the hugs. No matter what was going on in the house, it was always nice to know that you cared. Lizzie and Beth: You are both great designers and great people. Keep it up and you’ll do amazing things. And Beth, keep annoying Ankur. Meghin: Despite what Ankur says, I think you’re a pretty good designer, at least for the Op section anyway. Thanks for the hugs in Newhouse after your mag class, and keep writing some great “all of the edit boards.” Alyson: If it weren’t for you, I might never have worked at The D.O. Thank you for always listening and giving me advice throughout the years, it’s meant more to me than I know how to say.

Kate: If there was one person who singlehandedly saved my life this year, it’s you. Lord knows that if you hadn’t fed me I never would have eaten a meal. You picked me up off the floor (literally and figuratively). You held me when I cried, which was far too often. And you dealt with all of my bullshit. Not many people would do that, so thank you. You really are the greatest friend I’ve ever had. Love you, Yoda.

Rachael: HAO did you become so awesome? You’ve grown so much as a writer and an editor this semester, and I’m incredibly proud of you. You really are DA BEST EVA. Bre: I’m truly convinced that you’re an angel on Earth. Thank you for our late-night talks in your car and for sticking by me through everything. Bouv: We made it! I’m really glad we didn’t roll out the window before we got a glimpse at that 40-ounce steak. Only a true friend would roll me up in Saran Wrap to mend my burns. #Hinder Rone: You quickly progressed for my cool peer adviser to my D.O. girl crush. I can’t wait to read your byline when you break a story wide open. It was an honor to learn from you. Professor Lloyd: I apologize for turning in every assignment late. You were so incredibly patient with me, and I didn’t deserve it. Thanks for being so awesome. Mom and Dad: I’m sorry I didn’t call as much as I should have. I just didn’t want you to worry. Thanks for being my biggest fans.

KRISTEN PARKER I had no idea what I signed myself up for when I applied to work for The D.O. But through all the ups and downs, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve grown so much working here, both as a photographer and as a person, and I’ve met some amazing people and great friends. I’ve never been very good at putting my feelings into words, but here it goes:

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Jon: I don’t need to buy a lottery ticket because I’ve already won the jackpot by being with you. Yeah, I’ve been sitting on that pickup line for a while now, even though it’s not really a pickup line. Your lines are much better, but you deserve one - actually, many - for all the lines you’ve told me. There hasn’t been a day this semester that I haven’t thought about how happy and how lucky I am to be with you. It’s impossible not to smile when I’m around you, especially when you spend an hour coming up

with fake cover lines for my project, or write me a poem, or buy me ice cream after midnight. You are an incredibly talented journalist, but more importantly, you are an amazing person. Thank you for all of the laughter, care and support. And thanks for putting up with all of the dog jokes. I love you. To everyone: Thank you for all of the wonderful memories.


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perfect small town in southwestern Pennsylvania. She recalls her teacher telling her about the events in New York City and being thankful. She thought nothing like that could ever happen in her town. Even the summer after 9/11, Somerset once again gained media attention because nine coal miners were rescued from a nearby mine. Beachy saw a reporter from Fox News at her local diner and begged her mom to take her there. “I was a huge news buff as a kid,” Beachy said. “I always knew I wanted to be a reporter.” She ended up exchanging information with the reporter, and on the first anniversary of

“But what happens to the witnesses whose whole existence is centered around one moment of tragedy?” Laura Beachy

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9/11, she received a call from Fox. A news truck picked her up and brought her to the crash site. At age 12, she was interviewing locals about the event. She said that was when she decided to commemorate the crash through film. Many locals are still haunted by the crash. The documentary introduces the viewer to three witnesses that still live in Somerset today. Rick, a taxidermist and one of the first

responders, now organizes an annual 9/11 motorcycle ride consisting of those personally affected by the attacks. The ride starts in Somerset, continues to Washington, D.C., and ends in New York City. Terry, who works at an automobile salvage yard, witnessed the plane crashing and vowed never to forget by tattooing his body in remembrance. The film also showed Father Al, a priest who was excommunicated for founding a church dedicated to Flight 93. As he fights cancer, he continues to hold services in honor of the victims who lost their lives that day. After the documentary was shown, there was a 15-minute talk in which audience members gave feedback and criticism. Beachy said she plans to continue working on the film this summer in New York City and hopes to have it finished by September. Marcus Belmore, a senior television, radio and film major, said he enjoyed the film. “What I enjoyed the most was putting a face on a part of 9/11 that doesn’t come to the forefront of our mind,” he said. “It was moving.” seschust@syr.edu

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United Airlines Flight 93 was a passenger flight that was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, by four al-Qaeda terrorists. The plane crashed into a field near Shankville, Pa., during an attempt by some passengers to regain control. Forty people were killed, including the four hijackers. No one on the ground, however, was injured. The plane involved was flying United Airlines’ daily scheduled morning domestic flight from Newark International Airport in New Jersey to San Francisco International Airport in California.


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brandon weight | staff photographer JON BOOTH , former director of SU Abroad, retired after 17 years of working with the program. He helped develop study abroad programs in Chile, Hong Kong and Strasbourg.

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antiago. Hong Kong. Strasbourg. All are study abroad programs that have developed since Jon Booth first arrived at Syracuse University in 1994. The 65-year-old’s knowledge of the world isn’t confined to study abroad. He’s traveled extensively

himself — from Morocco to Switzerland to Costa Rica to Moscow and Leningrad. But, for Booth, who will leave SU Abroad in a matter of days, it all began in a village in India more than 40 years ago. Fresh out of college with no desire to serve in the impending Vietnam War, Booth and his wife volunteered for the Peace Corps.

The two stayed in a town eight miles up a dirt road, removed from amenities such as running water and electricity. Discarded packaging from aerograms — care packages from home — would turn up at the local store. The scraps were reused to bundle food. Booth remembers spending one evening in a field, surrounded by

villagers and blanketed by the night sky. Pointing to the moon, villagers questioned him: “Do you have one of those where you’re from?” “We were so different,” Booth said. “Yet we were the same, all trying to live on this Spaceship Earth.” Booth left India after a year with the Peace Corps, but his appreciation for human connectivity remained.

He swapped his aspirations to be a policy maker in Washington, D.C. for a path toward international education and the study abroad industry because he wanted to be closer to the front lines of contact. “Instead of working on policy issues that I would’ve in the State Department, I wanted to work with

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y abrupt turn down technology avenue was a complete error, something I’ve come to call “my best mistake.” I came to Syracuse University with no knowledge of, or inclination to learn, the basics of technology. Then, I was admitted to the School of Information Studies and all of that changed. In my first semester, I learned the lingo, the history and, most

importantly, the capabilities of technology. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share the wonders of technology with the world. And so, for five semesters, I have written this technology column. My intent has been to take what seems intimidating in the tech world and make it digestible. The rose-colored glasses I put on every time I hear about the latest tech development or social media move-

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our ram is bigger than yours ment are glasses I’d like to share with the world or, for the time being, this campus.

Sometimes I have failed, as you’ve let me know in your emails and comments. I thank you for those because the failure to competently convey information about technology in both a comprehensible and entertaining fashion has pushed me to be better. For my final column, I want to talk about what the future of technology looks like. Hopefully, it will inspire you to continue

reading about the wonders of tech. Maybe it will push you to study it. At the very least, I’d like to leave you as excited as I am about what the evolution of technology means for the world.

Free Flow of Information My mom told me about the prehistoric times when she had to research her papers straight out of the books in the

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The Daily Orange gathered nominations for Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students with unique stories and passion for life. These students were selected from the dozens of nominations received.

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The schedule on Caitlin Cronin’s iPhone shows her many roles. Blue indicates her commitments as a Syracuse University Engagement Fellow. Orange is schoolwork. Purple symbolizes Phi Sigma Pi, a national honors fraternity. Green marks personal events — time with her boyfriend, appointments and others. And brown is for everything else. “If I didn’t have my planner, I’d forget everything,” Cronin said. “I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached to my body. As an Engagement Fellow, Cronin landed a project coordinator position for the Office of the University Performing Arts Presenter, or Arts Engage. She works on incorporating art into the city and spreading events beyond Syracuse’s borders. Amid her hectic schedule, Cronin’s main project with Arts Engage is a documentaryesque theater production titled “Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo.” It chronicles the lives of Congolese refugees from Central New York, where more than 200 live. Cronin traveled to New York City this year for International Women’s Day with Carole Brzozowski, university arts presenter. They listened to Congolese women recall their war-torn homeland. “In the Congo, it’s not like a regular war where there are only two warring tribes. There’s more than 12 warring factions in the Congo,” Cronin said. “In the Syracuse Congolese community, you could be living next door to someone whose faction killed a member of their family.” Cronin, who never studied Africa before

the project began in August, felt it could show growing unity among Congolese communities. After writing the play’s script, Cronin took the project to Georgetown University to increase awareness. Cronin offered to travel to the Republic of the Congo with Brzozowski. “She’s a beautiful example of humility and humbleness,” Brzozowski said. “She shows that you can be invested in good work and understand that you matter and you can make a difference without being egotistical.” Cronin’s work has impressed Brzozowski, who said Cronin can throw herself into a project despite the other commitments crowding her planner. “She’s so surprising because she has so many responsibilities, but it’s clear that she is engaged and a part of it, working on a personal level with a lot of the projects,” Brzozowski said. She cited a time when Cronin danced as one of the main performers with dance company Dance Exchange. Even though this is her fourth year on campus, Cronin is technically an alumna. She finished her undergraduate degree — majoring in international relations and geography — in three years. She studied abroad for two of those semesters. She currently takes graduate classes in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs via her fellowship. Landing at SU completed Cronin’s crosscountry journey. Born in California and

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A child cries from burn pains after being rescued from a house fire. A doctor tends to a kid struggling to take even the shortest of breaths. A family copes with a pediatric death. The emergency unit of the hospital is hectic. It’s stressful, fast-paced and unpredictable. Sophia Hornick wants to work with these patients. The Syracuse University senior plans to be a certified child life specialist to make the experience as painless as possible. “No family wants to go through that. It’s traumatic,” Hornick said. “My experience was doing the best I could to remain calm while still being there for the family.” That’s what child life is about: working with children and families in a hospital setting, analyzing the psychosocial aspect of the hospitalization as opposed to the medical. Hornick participates in a practicum at the pediatric emergency department in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. She goes in two days a week from 6 to 11 p.m., but the limited hours rarely pose a problem. Rachel Hannon, a certified child life specialist at Golisano, said Hornick quickly adapted to the hospital environment. “One part of the emergency room that is difficult is building this rapport with kids, but she’s managed to do that in a short period of time,” said Hannon, who is also Hornick’s supervisor. Although Hornick’s main responsibility is to shadow Hannon and observe the role of a child life specialist in an emergency unit,

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DAVID B. FALK COLLEGE OF SPORT AND HUMAN DYNAMICS she interacts with the patients as much as she can. Children often request Hornick to stay with them during a procedure, and parents are comfortable leaving their children with her when they’re away from the room, Hannon said. If a child is waiting for a CAT scan, Hornick will bring in some toys. “Kids want to play, they want to be distracted,” Hornick said. “They want their mind to be somewhere else if they’re in a scary environment or an unfamiliar environment.” It doesn’t stop with the children. If parents are nervous about the procedure, Hornick will try to help them. “You want to create a sense of normalcy,” Hornick said. But nothing about the hospital is normal, especially in the emergency unit. Both children and their families are in a stressful state when they enter the emergency unit, said Colleen Baish, who worked in pediatrics for 20 years and is now an internship placement coordinator at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. But Hornick deals with the stress well, Baish said. “She’s willing to go out there and help families who are going to be experiencing some of the most critical events of their lives,” Baish said. “That takes a lot in a

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During her time in Honduras, no phrase held more worth to Tiffany Neach than “Qué es tu problema?” “What is your problem?” Those four simple words broke down a language barrier that separated Neach and the individuals who needed medical care. Stationed at a local school hours away from a big city, Neach spent a week this Winter Break shadowing and aiding doctors in small villages. With the help of a translator, Neach listened to locals’ medical problems. Then, she immediately conducted check-in procedures like one’s blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. Neach, a junior exercise science and biology dual major, was one of 10 Syracuse University students chosen to volunteer for the Honduras Medical Brigade. The locals could only get to the city for medical attention by riding for hours on horses and donkeys. Sickness was prominent due to poor water supply. Those who drank it fell ill from parasites, and those who didn’t suffered from severe dehydration. Neach, who thrives in hands-on environments, applied her classroom and extracurricular experiences to combat both problems. “I love taking care of people,” she paused and laughed. “And blood, which is weird.” Nothing fazes her, not even the time she observed six rotting teeth pulled from an older gentleman without Novocain. She wanted to be part of the medical field since a young age, even if her dream ambitions constantly changed. Although she once saw herself as a veterinarian or an ob-gyn, she now decisively pictures herself at the State Univer-

sity of New York Upstate Medical University pursuing a path for trauma. Throughout her three years volunteering at Upstate Medical University, she frequently witnessed trauma cases. She recalls one overnight shift last year during the horrendous winter. At about 2 a.m., a woman came into the hospital after a snowplow hit her. Her whole skull was cracked open and brain matter was everywhere. Another instance, a woman had flesh-eating bacteria on her foot caused by Type 1 diabetes and doctors had to amputate. These situations helped her realize that one day she wanted to aid people, just like them. She currently serves as a research assistant at the emergency room, helping get consent from patients to participate in experiments, and aids the pharmacy with routine duties like labeling. “They’re so appreciative of the doctors,” she said. “It just makes your day when you help someone.” One day, that might be her. But for now, she recently stood within the hospital to dissect donated human bodies for Cadaver Day. The event, a program through Shadows of Health, allows students to connect to their medicine roots. Before the opportunity, she had only dissected a fetal pig in high school. Although her activities showcase it, her path of medicine may not seem so obvious because her home college is the School of Education. “When people ask me, ‘What school are you in?’ and I say, ‘School of Education,’ they

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If one door is closed, knock on another and keep knocking. Liliana Romo spoke these words to her son Luis since he was young. As the two prepared to leave Colombia in 1993, she repeated them. She asked her son, 4 years old at the time, if he was nervous. Smiling, Romo looked up and replied, “I think we’ll be all right, Mommy. Don’t worry.” With no set plan, they walked through Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport and flew to their new lives in the United States. “She said she wanted the best for me and would do anything to provide that,” said Romo, a biomedical engineering graduate student. “That’s why I’m here.” A believer in taking a leap of faith, Romo is calculating but never hesitant. He’s the founder and CEO of start-up Helios Innovative Technologies Inc., which he dreamed up in a class called “What’s the Big Idea” as an undergraduate at Syracuse University. The company aims to create innovative medical products that help minimize risk of hospital-associated infections. The biomedical engineering field offers infinite possibilities to benefit health care, some innovative products like prosthetics and CAT scan machines, Romo said. Through Helios, Romo and his business partner, Tagbo Niepa, a doctorate student in chemical engineering, are working to perfect S1, a sterilization device that latches onto doors and releases a UVC light that destroys 99 percent of bacteria on the handles. The pair is collaborating with global health leaders and the Food and Drug Adminis-

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see students interested in both areas. This makes Swartz an anomaly. Gerlach met Swartz in the fall when Swartz began shadowing her work at the courts. Swartz was energetic and outgoing, characteristics that Gerlach said led others to join the board and that made Swartz a perfect fit for the co-chair position on the board for the Class of 2014. But it wasn’t just Swartz’s vivacious personality that made her an asset to the group, Gerlach said. Swartz sees things differently. As an international student from Canada, Swartz looks at American politics with a more critical eye than American students might. And because she already has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, she has a one-up on some of her peers, Gerlach said. Swartz’s unique perspective made for a valuable resource on the Pro Bono Advisory Board this year, Gerlach said, and helped them win the New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award. Gerlach said it is Swartz’s dedication and zest for life that leads her to believe their professional and personal relationship will last long after law school. Since becoming co-chair in November, Swartz has gotten the law school involved in the GED tutoring program at the prison and will spearhead the first summer tutoring group since the program’s inception. Though Swartz said it was frightening to initially meet some of the convicts, tutoring them has been the most rewarding activity

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tration to patent the device. In 2011, Helios was nominated to the top 50 most promising out of 1,600 start-ups nationwide by Startup Open during Global Entrepreneurship Week. He was invited to the Northeast Business Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C., and visited the White House, where he met the U.S. treasurer and top CEOs in the country. At age 7, Romo remembers spending summer days with his younger brother, Christian, at their grandparents’ home on Long Island. Their grandfather tested the boys’ skills, watching as they took apart household appliances and pieced them back together. At home, Romo helped around the house, fixing the sprinkler system and constructing the front steps to his house with his family. In high school, Romo took a college-level biology course through Syracuse University Project Advance, his point of contact with SU. When the university sent a letter, Romo opened it in front of his mother. “He kept saying, ‘I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it — I’m going to Syracuse, Mom,’” Liliana Romo said, remembering how the two collapsed on the sofa in tears. “When this dream came through, it was incredible. Just incredible.” In his senior year at SU, Romo worked with doctors at Upstate University Hospital as part of his capstone project. Doctors asked Romo and

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By Maddy Berner ASST. COPY EDITOR

After nine months of tireless preparation, Laurie Tewksbury’s hard work was finally coming to an end. Nearly 2,000 participants poured into the Carrier Dome as she zig-zagged across the field, making sure her last Relay For Life went as planned. Having Tewksbury’s name attached to one of the country’s largest cancer fundraisers put some pressure on the senior advertising and marketing management dual major. If something went wrong in the process, her smile did not show it. “I’m tired but happy,” she said at one point in the night. To kick off the event, a group of cancer survivors gathered to take the first lap of the evening. For one fleeting moment, Tewksbury let a tear slip. But she couldn’t continue crying, not even for Kara — a childhood friend she lost to cancer two years ago. She had to get back to work. By the end of the night, $148,594.87 was raised for cancer research and aid. The evening was deemed a success, and Tewksbury was able to breath, but only briefly. On Monday, she was back to work on an advertising capstone presentation, preparing for a social media conference, studying for a quiz and working at the Dome, a job she’s held since she was 16. “When Laurie is a part of something, she is not just a passive member, she’s an active member,” said Katie Bresnahan, junior public relations major and fellow co-chair. “She participates passionately and actively.” During last year’s Relay event, Bresna-

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It took a while for Melissa Swartz to get used to the catcalls. There was something unsettling about the inmates whistling at her as she walked through the prison yard. She was their teacher after all. Swartz, a first-year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law, spends her Thursday nights tutoring convicts at a maximum-security men’s prison in Central New York. The 25-year-old helps felons earn their GED while behind bars, a service Swartz hopes will result in an easier transition into society for the inmates once they’re released. She joined the program, through the SU Writing Center, to supplement her education at the law school. Swartz is fascinated by the idea of criminal law and wants to understand both sides of the legal system: prosecution and rehabilitation. “If you believe in punishment, I hope you believe in rehabilitation,” she said. “I do believe in prosecution for wrongdoings, but the only way I could honestly feel OK with doing that is if I knew it was benefiting these individuals somehow.” It is this mentality that sets Swartz apart from her colleagues, said Cady Gerlach, a second-year student at the law school. As a fellow on the Pro Bono Advisory Board, an organization of law students that aims to install a sense of service in their peers, Gerlach sees her fair share of eager volunteers. Most become involved in one aspect of the legal system, such the Cold Case Justice Initiative, because they’re interested in the prosecution of old civil rights claims or tutoring at local elementary schools. But very rarely does she

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han sat in front of a paper bag marked with her grandmother’s name on it. As she looked around, she found no one to help her deal with the loss. All of a sudden, Tewksbury was there with open arms. Tewksbury initially got into community service because she felt she was given everything in life when others weren’t. In high school, she helped serve meals to homeless people, an experience she called “eye-opening.” “I remember I gave a kid extra cookies,” she said. “I always bend the rules. In a good way.” During her first year in college, a Dome co-worker led her to join Alpha Phi Omega, the national coed service fraternity on campus. She helped out at various organizations through APO, then left to concentrate on Relay. But not before her high school Spanish teacher told her about Imagine Syracuse. Imagine, an after-school program for underprivileged children in the Near Westside, was a big part of Tewksbury’s life. For almost two years, she spent multiple days each week helping kids in arts, music and language. Tewksbury enjoyed the enthusiasm she and the kids had for each other. She would play with them, rile them up and laugh at their jokes. One of her favorite moments was driving some of the kids home from Gannon’s Isle Ice Cream — windows down and music blasting. “I was one of them, really,” she said. Her father, Mark Tewksbury, remembers how much she enjoyed working there. She

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would often go through the family’s own toys and art supplies to donate to the kids. Energy, enthusiasm and passion are words William Ward, a social media professor, used to describe Tewksbury’s go-getter personality. She cares about whatever she does, he said. In a good way, she’s almost overeager. “She’s impatient to see things happen,” Ward said. “She’s not going to be content to wait and see what happens. She’s going to make sure that it happens.” Tewksbury’s ability to juggle so many activities is one of her definitive characteristics. Mark Tewksbury first described his daughter as someone who never stops going and is always bored unless she participates in an activity. “I think just the fact that she does so much of it is what makes my wife and I proud,” he said. “I think there are some students that would rather coast senior year. She doesn’t know how to coast.”

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his classmates to find a way to record alveolar sacs inside the lungs without touching them, to prevent damage. They brainstormed and crafted a pen-sized microscope throughout the semester. At the end, the doctors tested the device on a pig in a research operating room. “It was so surreal,” Romo remembered. “I fell in love with medicine right then.” His desire to help those in need has been ingrained in him since childhood. When he lived in Colombia, Romo and his mother traveled two hours from their town of La Alameda every year to Aguablanca. Its residents lived near a polluted river and in houses constructed from cardboard and tarp. Romo would give away his old clothes and toys. “I always told him you don’t need much in life to live,” Liliana Romo said. Nearing the end of his undergraduate days, Romo decided to continue learning and growing Helios as a graduate student. After a promising fellowship fell through, Romo felt directionless and lost for the first time. “I didn’t have a answer for myself. I felt like a failure,” he said. “I had no plan.” He sought the advice of Don Sawyer, direc-

Hornick is almost done with her practicum at Golisano. Then, she’ll fulfill her internship requirement at New York Hospital Queens during the summer. She’ll take the certification exam in October. Jessica Biren, one of Hornick’s roommates, doesn’t doubt Hornick’s path toward becoming a child life specialist. Even though hospitals provoke anxiety, Biren imagines Hornick’s calming demeanor will help patients through the process. “She has such a loving nature to her. It’s what she’s meant to be doing,” said Biren, a senior sociology major. Hornick always puts others before herself, Biren said, and she has a passion for helping people. This passion may go beyond a career in child life. Hornick eventually wants to earn a master’s degree, possibly in pediatric psychology or special education. She also wants to facilitate support groups for children with life-threatening illnesses. “I’m really passionate about what I love, so that makes me want to work very hard,” Hornick said. “I really feel like this is what I’m supposed to do.” shkim11@syr.edu

Bresnahan said Tewksbury’s ability to balance activities is both a strength and weakness. Sometimes, she has gotten stressed. But the pair has an unspoken system in which they sometimes take on each other’s work. Mark Tewksbury can’t predict what his daughter will do in life, but he hopes she will enjoy doing it. “I think that’s one of the hardest things to determine in life,” he said. “To be honest, I just want her to do whatever makes her happy.” For Tewksbury, that means starting a future nonprofit organization that connects kids with the outdoors. She would take the kids snowboarding — one of her favorite outdoor activities — and then to a lake, all via a camp bus the kids would paint themselves. Ward said he’s eager to see where Tewksbury will go in life. “I would say she’s already done some remarkable and noteworthy things,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll see more of that.” mjberner@syr.edu

tor of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. With Sawyer’s help, Romo received a scholarship through LSTAMP. As a graduate assistant, he now works at Bowne Hall for 20 hours a week and mentors students. He was also chosen as one of 13 students on the SU Student Philanthropy Council. In April, Helios won the $50,000 prize through the 2011 New York State Business Plan competition. Romo plans to take the company even further, with three or four projects currently in the works. This year, Helios entered Emerging Talk again. Though the company didn’t advance to the next round, Romo isn’t disheartened. As always, if there’s a problem, there are ways to fix it. Her son has always carried that mindset, said Liliana Romo, who recalled one instance when Romo was 11. She discovered the wooden side door to their house had been damaged by rain. Together, they brought down the door to install another. Hours later, mother and son gazed at their handiwork. He looked up. “See?” he said, grinning. “I told you not to worry.” kkim40@syr.edu

raised in Texas, she wouldn’t have applied to SU if it wasn’t for her father’s love of basketball. “When I was younger, my dad thought he could manipulate me to be 6 feet tall so I could play basketball,” she joked. But one event solidified her choice. Her grandfather had grown up on Kirkville Road in East Syracuse. Stuck in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, she recalled her grandfather, referring to his life in Central New York. Cronin and her dad traveled to his childhood home, where she felt something. “It felt full circle to me that I had some weird family connection with this place,” she said. “And it’s been the best fit for me.” This same sense of adventure helped bring her closer to her boyfriend. Freshman year, Cronin and Steve Barton, an international relations, economics, and Russian and Central European studies triple major, lived across from each other on the third floor of Day Hall. Though both had significant others at the time, they explored the campus together. Cronin was convinced they would find secrets about the university. Instead, they found their way to the second

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immediately think education majors,” Neach said with a sigh. Within the walls of the School of Education, there are many opportunities for physical trainers and coaches. It hosts many science classes focusing on anatomy and diseases — classes all applicable to individuals interested in medicine. And it gives Neach a fallback option to become a biology teacher. Neach came to SU from the small town of Saratoga, two hours away from campus. Graduating with 200 kids, she craved a bigger school environment, though she worried that a larger campus meant she wouldn’t be able to personally connect with students. However, she quickly found people with similar interests. And Neach isn’t shy. “I’m a big social butterfly, that’s always how I’ve been,” Neach said with a large smile. During her freshman year, Neach noticed a floormate from Day Hall sitting in a little café up on Mount Olympus. He was shy, but she struck up a conversation. He soon became one

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she’s done at SU. She and a small group of student volunteers get the rare opportunity to help inmates better themselves by getting an education. “I think it’s one of those inequalities that is overlooked — individuals that are incarcerated, to come back and integrate into society is very, very hard,” Swartz said. “If we want to actually have individuals be contributing citizens, then they do need to get a GED.” That makes the job worth it. Although Swartz has access to the inmates’ criminal records, she never looks up what the men were charged for, nor does she ask them about their criminal history. It wasn’t that Swartz was scared to find out — some of the men volunteered information or wrote about it in essays to her — but that she didn’t think it mattered. Lynn Levey, a legal writing professor at the College of Law, has taught Swartz in two separate courses. She said Swartz’s ability to recognize that many of the prisoners’ backgrounds

floor of Lyman Hall, next to restaurant-quality kitchens utilized by the hospitality management program. Inspired, they took an introductory cooking class together. Then another. By then, they had broken up with their partners and started dating. Food became a bonding agent. They started cooking in dorm kitchenettes and toured restaurants in Syracuse. They haunt Laci’s Tapas Bar, try wines at Pascale Wine Bar and Restaurant, and indulge in sandwiches at A La Mode Café and Catering. Barton said Cronin makes friends wherever she goes, a quality he admires. “She’s gentle,” he said. “And her humility is a huge part of her personality.” The year is winding down for Cronin. Her schedule will be rid of the blues, greens and browns to be replaced with another rainbow. Even though she graduated last spring, she’ll sit in the stands, watching Barton and her friends cross the stage. She has always been about letting other people shine. “I think it’s important to ask people and get their stories,” she said. “It’s all about making personal connections, and I think I’ve done that.” smtracey@syr.edu

of her closest friends. Melissa Tobin, Neach’s academic adviser, describes Neach as outgoing. “She seizes every opportunity to gain knowledge and further her education in and outside of the classroom,” Tobin said. Neach calls it paying it forward. She places herself in others’ shoes, whether they are her patients or women she taught nutrition to at a local shelter, and realizes if the tables were turned, she would want someone to help her. She is also a part of Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity that requires about 27 hours of community service. Although she juggles her time as a full-time student, a member in both APO and Tri Beta, an honors fraternity, she remains dedicated to working in the medical field. In the end, all of these activities cohesively define her college experience. “Sometimes it is really stressful, but in the long term it’s so worth it,” she said. “I feel like if I didn’t do it all, I wouldn’t appreciate everything here.” cbidwill@syr.edu

influence a continuous cycle of violent behavior is impressive for someone her age. “She has compassion for people’s different experiences and wants to understand the whole spectrum of violence,” Levey said. “Most people aren’t able to synthesize that in the same way.” Swartz has a combination of both skepticism and compassion, qualities that are essential to both good lawyers and citizens, Levey said. “A lot of times, everybody kind of just has their head down and focused on what’s right in front of them, and she really has an interest at looking more broadly at things. And I think that’s unusual, quite frankly.” Swartz’s father, Brian, said he knew his daughter would be a lawyer by age 2. She was very bright, he said, and knew what she wanted. Swartz has always gone after what she wants and always gets it. Said Brian Swartz: “She could convince you that red is white if she talks to you long enough.” egsawyer@syr.edu


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SMITH

think a four-year-old who can whoop your butt in Words With Friends is impressive, you just wait until that little tyke is all grown up.

library. Those were the days that information was held by few people and disseminated at will. Today, and more so in the future, information is becoming a thing of and for the people. Your words, art and research can be found by almost anyone at almost any time. An informed society will lead to an enlightened society and will eventually give us all a shot at coexistence.

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Enhanced Education There may be a large segment of the population that sees tablets and laptops as nothing more than distractions for today’s youth, but the potential for gains in education from these tools is strong. Bringing tablets into the classroom, teachers can put information at students’ fingertips. Arming children with capable pieces of technology can give them the tools to mold their own educations, delving unimpeded into the recesses of databases and online tools. If you

If you grew up watching “The Jetsons” like I did, you’ve always wanted your own robot or hovercraft. Well, our future holds more awesome gadgetry than the wildest cartoon episode. The fully automated car will someday eliminate those pesky traffic jams and cut down on accidents. Communications technologies will evolve so rapidly that distance will be almost negligible. But what I’m most excited for are the things my imagination can’t even fathom. Again and again, our lives will be redefined by some technological leap forward. I can’t wait to see how. So, until next time, dear readers, may your zest for tech remain unquenched but fostered all the same. Jessica Smith is a senior information management and technology and television, radio and film dual major. Her column appeared every Tuesday. She can be reached at jlsmit22@syr.edu.

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You won’t regret it! WORLD PREMIER OF CROOKED ARROWS IN SYRACUSE MAY 9 LACROSSE MOVIE SHOWS AT ONONDAGA COUNTY CIVIC CENTER $25, $50, $150 VIP (Limited Quantities)

The Red Carpet will go down on Montgomery Street on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 as Syracuse prepares for the World Premier of Crooked Arrows, the first mainstream film featuring the sport of Lacrosse. Neal Powless, a former All American Lacrosse player and Onondaga Nation Citizen, is a co-producer of the film. “This is an important project and moment for the Onondaga Nation and all Lacrosse players around the world of Lacrosse. This film truly depicts the traditions of our game of Lacrosse and the challenges that many native people experience in daily life,” Powless said recently. Crooked Arrows tells the story of a Native American high school team on their unlikely journey to the state lacrosse championship game against their prep school rivals. Along the way, the team rediscovers their connection to the spiritual tradition of the ancient sport. Tickets for the World Premier event are available through Ticketmaster and the OnCenter Box Office. The box office opens at 6:30pm; the film premiers at 8pm. Cast members, Onondaga Nation leaders, and a notable group of dignitaries are expected to attend this special world premier event that will also be simulcast to locations across the United States. For more information: www.crookedarrows.com, www.facebook.com/crookedarrows

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Soak up the sounds Three sweet summer releases will rock listeners’ playlists when school ends

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By Ibet Inyang veryone should keep their eyes peeled for three particular artisits when the heat turns up. ieinyang@syr.edu

BRANDY

JUSTIN BIEBER

LINKIN PARK

June

June 19

June 26

RCA Records

Island Records

Warner Bros. Records

Brandy was one of the hottest acts in the mid-90s. But after releasing unsuccessful albums in the early 2000s and battling legal battles and personal woes, her career hit a standstill. Now Brandy is back with her first album in four years, set to feature plenty of collaborations and mainstream appeal to get her back on top. Named after Brandy’s birthday and the day her idol Whitney Houston died, the album has already spawned two big singles. The first, “It All Belongs To Me,” features fellow rhythm and blues artist Monica. The two are known for their 1998 duet in “The Boy is Mine,” but their latest song is surprisingly underwhelming. The track lacked the sassy R&B attitude that their previous single had. In “Put It Down,” featuring Chris Brown, Brandy taps into her pop side without sacrificing her R&B roots. The tune is catchy and shows off her signature smoky voice. The album features production by Drake, Frank Ocean and many more illustrious artists in the genre. With all of these stars aligned, “Two Eleven” is destined to be a hit.

If there were ever a time to be a Belieber, it’s now. Justin Bieber has stripped away some of his bubblegum image along with his signature locks and surprisingly, his new album, “Believe,” is annoyingly good. The Biebs needs no introduction. The Canadian teen heartthrob took over the music world with songs like “One Time” and “Baby,” setting the stage for the horrible epidemic known as Bieber Fever. The nauseatingly catchy songs and gross popularity of his girlish haircut solidified his image as a star. Now, with a less painful haircut, Bieber is taking on more interesting collaborations and featuring R&B vibes. The album’s first single, “Boyfriend,” begins with Bieber’s whispered rap-like verse that is only made worse with a chant of “swag.” However, the rest of the song, in which Bieber tells how great of a boyfriend he is by offering fondue to a potential lover, is a catchy pop tune that sticks itself in listeners’ heads. With guest spots coming in the form of Drake, Ludacris, Usher and possibly Lil Wayne, the album is sure to feature more undeniably irksome, yet strangely likable songs.

“Two Eleven”

“Believe”

“Living Things”

Linkin Park’s latest album strays far from its punk rock roots and into the abyss of electronic pop-sounding super hits. Never fear, Linkin Park fans: “Living Things” still maintains the group’s vintage sound. The band rose to fame by infusing rock with hip-hop and blending intense, powerful vocals with the occasional rap. However, over the years, the band has begun to sound less punk and more pop with the incorporation of electronic sounds. This may be a turnoff for its devoted rock fans, but the album should not be dismissed. The album’s lead single, “Burn It Down,” has hit alternative radio stations in all of its mainstream glory. The song is a balanced mix of rock and electronic pop that is a preview of what the rest of the album has to offer. “Living Things” may be a far cry from punk rock, but its songs should still pack a punch.

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have the bench in position before the time of graduation,” stated a March 5, 1912 article titled “Snag in path of Senior Memorial Committee” in The D.O. Thankfully, the rule changed because of the timely circumstances. The senior committee finalized its choice of the bench, which was met with overwhelming approval, according to a March 9, 1912 edition of The D.O. The bench made its debut on June 10. Though no one sat on the bench for the photo, Chancellor James Day, the senior committee and several faculty members posed in front of the bench.

Rumors “Immortality is also assured the class in the minds at least of a few unfortunate undergraduate couples who happen to be engaged.” The D.O., March 4, 1912 The origins of the traditions that gave this distinct bench its namesake trace back to before it was even placed on campus. The quote above, referring to the bench’s imminent place on campus, appeared on the second page of the March 4 issue in the editorial section. It was written by an unnamed author and was the first mention of what would be a century-long tradition. “No one really knows how it began,” said Mary O’Brien, a reference archivist at E.S. Bird Library. “It started somewhere and just evolved.” In the 1950s, co-eds would kiss on the bench and hope not to grow old as spinsters. The Syracuse University Magazine of 2003 said that by the 1970s, a woman had to kiss on the bench to graduate and get married. Today’s tradition is slightly different still: If you kiss your significant other on the bench, you’ll marry and live

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together, happily ever after in a fairytale ending. There is a catch — if you sit on the bench alone, you will supposedly be alone for the rest of your life. Even before the 1950s, the bench was a haunt for couples wanting to share an intimate moment. In 1940, Keith Kennedy, SU alumnus and former faculty member, took a photo of the back of the bench. Behind the photo was a handwritten note: “The famous bench … where students

“I always remembered the Kissing Bench when everybody was there for graduation. We just had to kiss on the Kissing Bench. It’s one of those things we do over time.” Wendy Morton 1989 ALUMNA

‘spooned’ and kissed.” Judy O’Rourke, currently the director at the Office of Undergraduate Studies, told The Student Voice magazine in 2002 her guess as to how the tradition began. “I assume that somewhere along the line, there was someone who got proposed to,” O’Rourke said. “And that’s how the legend started.”

Buried secrets Walking past the Kissing Bench, shadowed by trees and covered by snow, many may not know what’s hidden underneath. A copper box was placed in a concrete founda-

tion four feet below the bench. Inside the airtight container were documents, according to the March 8, 1912 issue of The D.O. They included a copy of the alumni record listing previous SU students, a commencement day program, the SU seal enrobed in orange and old copies of The D.O. When she found out about the secret treasure chest, O’Brien did more research but couldn’t find anything. Even during the renovation of the Hall of Languages, when the bench was moved off campus, there were no mentions of the hidden records. Eric Beattie, director of campus planning, design and construction, said he couldn’t find anyone to verify the story. Calls to his predecessor, Virginia Denton of Fayetteville, N.Y., were not returned. The documents may or may not still be buried underneath the bench. It’s another mystery that shrouds the mystic campus landmark.

Happily ever after For Wendy Morton, her interaction with the Kissing Bench was cold and dreary. It was after her graduation ceremony in 1989. Even though it was May, she remembered it being cold. “I remember my grandmother coming in from Florida, and I assured her it would be plenty warm,” she recalled. “It was freezing.” Morton, her fiancé, Walt, and their families walked around campus during Morton’s last hours as an undergraduate at SU. When they neared the Kissing Bench, a spur-of-themoment idea struck her. She turned to Walt and asked him for a kiss in front of their families, while still wearing their caps and gowns. Though Morton knew of the mystic hold on the Kissing Bench, she didn’t think it would have much effect on her future relationship with Walt. The couple has been married for 21 years. Morton says she doesn’t think the rumor

had much to do with it, since the couple got engaged her junior year. “We were high school sweethearts,” she said. “We probably would have gotten married anyways.” Morton, currently a family court commissioner for the Maricopa County Courthouse in Arizona, immortalized the bench and its romantic past with her children’s book, “Flipper & Dipper and the Treasures of 6 Bird.” Morton, who lost a close friend in the Pan Am Flight 103 crash of 1988, intended the book to be a memorial to the Pan Am archives collection in the library. Amid the pages recounting interesting tidbits about the university’s history is a picture of Morton and her husband smiling on the granite bench almost exactly 33 years ago. “I always remembered the Kissing Bench when everybody was there for graduation,” she said. “We just had to kiss on the Kissing Bench. It’s one of those things we do over time.” smtracey@syr.edu

OTHER CAMPUS TRADITIONS National Orange Day

This day was first celebrated March 24, 1994. The celebration is to represent student pride and pay homage to the Syracuse University founders. Alumni located all over the world wear orange and participate in activities revolving around community service.

Crouse Chimes

The Crouse Chimes were installed in 1889 and are rung twice a day, along with on various special occasions. The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity used to be responsible for playing the chimes for 54 years. Source: syr.edu/about/traditions/index.html

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE The tattoo inscribed on the inside of her left wrist reminds Tori White of one of her favorite sayings: “Stronger than what I’m going through.” The tattoo faces White, a junior English and textual studies major. The words face her because the tattoo and its message are for her, not anyone else, White said. At the end of winter break, in January 2012, White got her first tattoo. “My mom and I always told each other we’d get out first tattoo together,” White said. “She and I made a pact that we wouldn’t get one unless we did it together.” White’s father did not approve of the two of them getting inked, but that did not stop them. White and her mother made a simple deal: White would pick her mother’s tattoo and vice versa. At House of Colour in Bay Shore, Long Island, the two of them ended up designing the same tattoo. A song they heard during a car ride together inspired the design. White’s mother picked the phrase because she wanted something that would portray their relationship. They are inseparable and best friends. “Strength is what we give each other,” White said. “The biggest thing she’s taught me is to be strong, and I think I help keep her strong.” White wants to add another tattoo over the summer. She also wants the second one to be about her mother. She envisions an anchor at the bottom of her foot, just below the ankle. The anchor would have a lily of the valley, which is her mother’s favorite flower. Said White about the tattoo: “She keeps my feet on the ground.”  —Complied by Soriana Stern, staff writer, sostern@syr.edu


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KATHLEEN KIM With teary eyes and a heart in tatters, I hereby declare myself unleashed from The Daily Orange. I entered aimless, and exit even more directionless but dead set on fulfilling my life sentence of storytelling. This wordsmith ventures off with a head full of memories, a stomach full of PUP food and a plan to write, write, write and then, write some more. Pen(cil) in hand, I aim to take in all the world with wide eyes — curiosity won’t ever kill this Kat. Katie + Kathleen Ronayne: What compelled you to take a chance on a bumbling Newhouse newbie with zero journalism experience? Desperation or generosity? Either way, thank you. Sara: Some nights, I swear I could hear your sweet voice floating from the couch. That delusion is a testament to the void you left behind — no clue how we survived without our eemo last semester. Amrita: Ya Chae suits you — “thegirlwhodoesnoteatmeat” is a clunky mouthful of a nickname for such a rambunctious maahi ve (this is your cue to be impressed). In these abnormally large Asian eyes, you deserve nothing short of the best. Becca: How I wish we could do Fall ’11 all over again. You, my fellow Aquarius, are the Goddess of Design. Your talents are unmatched, and I’m convinced your heart is made of pure gold. Fersh: Sometimes, your words just hypnotized me. Stay in touch, you charming son-of-a-gun. Mitch: It was a pleasure working with you, even if it was short-lived. May I always be your one-and-only sweet potatuh pah? Kristen + Lauren: You stayed composed, and still easy on the eyes, when Photo was crumbling — nothing but applause and big bear hugs for you loveable ladies. Andrew: I’m interested to see how Photo shapes up under your leadership. Keep pushing buttons and pass on that infectious passion to burgeoning photographers. They’ll learn a lot from you. Treds + Bailey: What a dizzyingly delightful duo. Treds, never let go of that endearing carefree mindset. Bailey, fix that cap that DP got you. You’ll need it for those pub crawls. I am excited for your future at the paper. Iseman: Keep up the stellar writing and step outside of the Sports zone once in a while — there’s much D.O. to see. Ryne: Whenever you crack that shy smile, I nearly faint. Shove Sports from its comfort zone. Dare it to be different. Cooper: Whenever you made a funny in head

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eds, I’d be tickled at seeing your eyes light up at your own quips. Grip tight onto that lightheartedness and good luck as head honcho next semester. AJ + Steph + Jenna + Emmy: Absolutely loved working with you all. A big thumbs up for making Pulp look amazine and for dealing with my crazy antics. Lizzie + Beth – Lizzie = you + Pulp: Match made in design heaven. Sassafras: “WHAT.” I love to hate you and hate that I love you. Wrap your pretty red head around that, punk. If anyone can breathe creative life into the paper, it’s you two. Never let anything stifle your imaginations. Dan: “Hey guys?” “What, Dan?” “Does this (points to screen) sound weird to you?” “No, Dan.” “Did you check the AP Stylebook?” “Yes, Dan.” “Are you su–” “SHUT UP, DAN.” Keep that keen eye but don’t deviate from designing, Designer Dan. That’s where you truly shine. Emmett: Hear, hear to a semester of kickass Pulp illos. I’ll miss our “inside doodling” at Budget. (I maintain that my boba battle beats yours.) You, sir, are bloody brilliant, and I hope we run into each other down the road. Newsies: Bre, your kind heart melts mine. Bouv, I’m honored to be your wise Korean grandmother. Maddy, you’re an editor’s dream. Call me, maybe? Marwa, you exotic beauty, you. I want your hair. And big brown eyes. Rock the news section. Rachael: “I like your style, Kathleen Kim.” Ditto, Babycakes. I’m so happy you’re chasing after what you want (and not those godforsaken sirens). You know you’re my girl, right? Liz: You tackled this semester with a big smile (and amusing impromptu dance sessions). I hope you know that you’re brimming with potential — tap into that. Meghin: Last semester, I cowered under your organizational skills and “get shit done” work ethic. You’re a beauty with brains, and you’ll go far in this industry. Embrace that inner writer! Laurence: Flip to “lovely” in a dictionary and, lolo (hah!) and behold, you’ll find Laurence Lehveh-yeh’s toothy grin. You’re now the backbone of the paper, so be strong and keep smiling. Ankur: I think you’re just swell, but you don’t seem to know it yet. Be bold and even brash next semester. Believe in yourself and don’t hold back. Stacie: To me, you were MVP. You’ve got more quirks and drive than anyone I know. Know your self-worth, be confident in your abilities and know that I’m always, always here for you. Prof. Lloyd: NEW 305 changed everything.

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Thank you for stretching my mind about stories and life in general. Obbie: “Thank you” is not enough. I am not deserving of your trust in me, and I promise not to let you down. Debbie: You are a journalistic storm to reckon with. Sharp as a tack and cute as a button, you are equal parts clever and humble. Never stop howling and dreaming of those stories I know you’ll tell one day. Dara: Edna, I mean — Dara, you were the yin to my yang with your level head, no-nonsense attitude and vintage kitten heels. You handled this semester like a queen, with so much patience and grace. Go rogue and do your thang, my friend for life. Feature Creatures: Behind every great head editor, there are great assistants. I didn’t come close to achieving greatness, but I did strike gold with you all. If I did anything right, this will make you cringe: Hopefully, an effect has been held by me for more than two semesters.

for so long, and dear, no one is more deserving of it than you. With an astounding ability to dig up great stories and a deep passion for journalism, you will push this section further than I ever could. Savor your reign. In your capable hands, the sweet stuff in the middle won’t be overlooked. Noelia: Let’s always be relentless dreamers, channeling our inner Pooh and living with no reservations. Pinky swear on it? Appa + Umma: “Of course.” Those two words cemented my decision to stay an extra year. Without hesitation or a shadow of a doubt, you’ve trusted and supported me always. It will be worth it in the end (fingers crossed). Sophia: No regrets, no regrets. You’re brave enough to step off the beaten path and go with your gut. Keep following your instincts and you will never stop shining.

Karin: Confession: Whenever you spoke, I just wanted to sink into that velvety, sultry accent. I hope you write for Pulp when you return! Kristin: Oh, those dimples! Your sunny disposition brightened many a dreary day, and you never hesitated to lend a hand. But girl, how you know errbody on campus? Have a blast abroad. Pulp awaits your return. Chelsea: CDB, you impress me to no end. You were a complete surprise. You took to writing like duck to water, soaking up everything like a sponge. I’m so proud of you and am excited to see how you will help shape Pulp. Erik: It’s true what they say, you never forget your first … writer. You won my heart with your wildly winsome writing style as “the Decibel guy.” Seeing you mature as a writer and an editor ranks highest on my list of rewards. Danielle : You were my rock whenever I was a wreck and a half. I missed our 4 a.m. talks, when we were half delirious from lack of sleep and really should have been doing work. We may be from different mothers, but I mean it when I say you are my sister. Biddy: Colleen, my Boo-een. Remember the moment we met? We like, bonded. You’ve wanted this position

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STEPHANIE LIN As a designer, I never thought I would ever write anything for The D.O. In fact, up until five minutes before my interview, I never thought I would be part of the editorial side of the paper at all. As an advertising major, I knew next to nothing about editorial design and thought I was interviewing to be an ad designer. It turned out to be the best misunderstanding that could have happened. I have learned more in my three semesters at The D.O. than my three years taking college classes. I’ve learned how to budget my time, how to get along with about 30 exhausted, stressed out people, how to design kickass pages and how to survive without sleeping. Before I leave, I want to say thanks to The D.O. staff for being my second family. Kirsten: If it weren’t for you, I never would have made my way to The D.O. Thanks for being one of my best friends these past three years. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans we’ll get up to at 115 next year. Becca: There are not enough words to thank you for everything you’ve done for me. You were a great boss and an even greater friend. I’ve missed you so much this semester, and I hope we can hang out more now that we both have a little more free time. And know that you are welcome on our couch anytime. Ankur: Brown bear! Thanks for being an awesome PD. I’m glad that we finally got around to some design staff bonding. Be nice to Beth. Louie: Thanks for being my mentor on and off campus. Teh end. Jenna: I am super jealous of your talent. I can’t wait to see what you do after graduation. Beth: You have come such a long way since you shadowed me last semester. I’m so glad that you have helped the design staff become a lot closer. You take a lot of shit from Sports and Ankur.

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human beings,” Booth said. He has developed a reputation in the study abroad industry as an innovator and problem solver, a colleague and leader fiercely devoted to helping students see the world. In a few days, he’ll depart SU Abroad after helping to strengthen an already highly regarded study abroad program in the nation. After totaling 17 years at SU Abroad, he has had a hand in piecing together the intangibles to help create the university’s study abroad standards. He’s been the go-to guy, the person everyone else turns to when emergencies arise abroad. Booth began at the School for International Training in Vermont, spent four years at the University of Michigan and 15 years at the University of Minnesota before assuming the role of deputy director under then-SU Abroad director Nirelle Galson in Sept. 1994. After 11 years, he then held the executive director post for six. All told, Booth has amassed more than 42 years of experience in the study abroad industry. He’s also served as the vice president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, most recently being named a lifetime member of the organization, which is dedicated to connecting students, scholars and educators from around the world. He helped develop study abroad standards adopted and

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Lizzie: I’m going to need someone to hang out with when I’m in Connecticut this summer. Dan: Hey, new roomie. I’m glad that you’re making a comeback. Good luck and try not to drive everyone crazy. Try not to drive me and Kirsten crazy. Also, I don’t think I ever congratulated you on winning those four spelling bees. Dara, Amrita and Debbie: You have done such a great job with the paper this year. You’ve had to handle a lot of news and pretty small papers. Thanks for your dedication to making The D.O. the best it can be. Biddy Cent: I can’t believe you thought I would forget to write you into my duck! You have been one of my best friends at The D.O. Thanks for always being there for me and listening to my dumb problems. I will miss ordering bubble tea with you and watching you watch puppy videos. You will be a fabulous Feature Editor. Erik: Let’s run sometime. But actually, I’m going to miss rocking out with you in Pulp. Next time you go to a really cool concert, take me with you. CDB: Girl, you crack me up. I’m sad I only got to work with you for one semester. You and Erik are always welcome at my house. Just don’t forget the Bananagrams. Odie: I hope that you had an awesome time in Spain because I really missed seeing you in house. Featch dance parties just aren’t the same without you. Sara Tracey: You were the greatest house mom. Thanks for making me an honorary part of Delta Omega. KatKim/KitKat/Head Feature Creature: Thanks for always walking home with me and

modified by universities across the nation. Some of Booth’s defining moments during his tenure came while he was under pressure. During his time at SU, Booth responded to four student deaths abroad, acting as a point of contact between SU and study abroad centers located continents away. He adapted his experience to fit each situation, but admitted that dealing with each death was taxing, despite having to appear calm and nonplussed. “It’s emotionally exhausting, and yet, one needs to be strong to support the students who are grieving here and abroad to bring some kind of meaning and resolution to it,” he said. When news of international implications such as the Arab Spring uprisings and the Japan earthquake and tsunami broke, Booth — thousands of miles away in Syracuse — was responsible for assuring that the students abroad, who were near the affected sites, remained safe. Booth has developed comprehensive protocols for faculty and new staff in case of emergencies, said Sue Shane, director of programs at SU Abroad. Booth compiled a document of to-dos in emergency situations. During his time at SU, abroad program options have also expanded from four European centers and a year-old Zimbabwe program. Hong Kong opened in 1996, followed eventually by Beijing, Santiago and Istanbul, though the Zimbabwe program has since closed. Despite the stress and emotional toll, Booth assumed the responsibility because

for making some seriously delicious sangria. I will miss you so much. Can we have a dinner party before you graduate? Cooper: Congrats on becoming EIC. That’s one less person getting Franco’s for PUP food. Seriously, though, you’ll do a great job. Keep Ankur in line, OK?

world. You are so talented and any designer would be lucky to work with you. Stacie, Lauren, Kristen: You guys did such an awesome job this semester dealing with not having a photo editor for so long. Thanks for keeping on top of things.

Laurence: My deer friend, you will be a great managing editor.

Katie and Kathleen: Thanks for hiring me. I really admire your talent and passion for The D.O.

Treds: Let me know when you finally turn 7. We’ll party hard.

To anyone I’ve forgotten: I’m sorry and you can yell at me the next time you see me.

Bailey: Your dedication to The D.O. is really impressive. I expect you’ll do great things. Thanks for throwing pretty great South parties. You make the bus ride worth it.

To the new staff: Good luck and have fun. Make all of us ducks proud.

Iseman and Ryne: I’m glad you guys opened up this semester. I’ve really enjoyed working with you both. Liz Sawyer, Bouv, Kristin Ross, Kate: Spring Break 2012 highlights — 40-ounce steak, three halves of a Hellboy, Wafflehaus, the shiny roads of Virginia, Butterbeer. Who’s ready for Spring Break 2013? Bre: Thanks for always brightening my day. Jon Harris: Always killin’ it with the big briefs. Emmett: Thanks for always stopping to chat. Good luck out in the real

he had to. “You just have to do what you have to do. And that’s what you’re called upon to do,” said Booth, emphasizing that he was fortunate to be surrounded by a strong SU Abroad team. His wife, Trish, called her husband’s ability to communicate and remain graceful and calm under pressure one of his greatest strengths. Booth also has the ability to soften people in

“At the end of day, he wanted as many students as possible to have the opportunity to study abroad.” Carrie Grogan Abbott

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“the way he leans forward, the way he keeps looking at you.” Optimism, camaraderie and a delicate attention to people also defined Booth’s leadership style at SU Abroad, said Shane, who was on the search committee responsible for bringing him to the university. “He’s still like a college grad in his idealism,” Shane said. He has also worked on making the study abroad experience more accessible to stu-

dents from all backgrounds, lower income students in particular, said Carrie Grogan Abbott, director of the Office of First Year and Transfer Programs. Abbott and Booth partnered closely with SU’s financial aid office as well as centers abroad to make financial support structures available, such as an emergency loan program. “At the end of day, he wanted as many students as possible to have the opportunity to study abroad,” Abbott said. Despite his professionalism, Booth is also open to playfulness when the occasion calls for it. Mike Calo, associate director at SU Abroad, recalled Booth performing along to the Village People’s “YMCA” at a gathering with co-workers, wild arm gestures and all. Galson, Booth’s predecessor, called Booth a “fantastic participant in the ‘YMCA’ song” in an email. Abbott also has fond recollections of Booth playing catch with her daughter in the office. “I’ve never worked for someone like him and I’m sure I won’t again,” she said. “He’s just a very kind, genuine man.” An avid sailor, Booth said he plans on sailing, traveling, working on President Barack Obama’s campaign and spending time with Trish and his grandchildren during his retirement. After years of dedication to the field, Shane said it’s now Booth’s turn. Said Shane: “He was so committed and so dedicated that now it’s time for his family to enjoy that upbeat, can-do smiling face.” dbtruong@syr.edu


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the most revenue through television deals — and locking up a place in a Bowl Championship Series conference. Football and men’s basketball stole the headlines, but Syracuse’s decision to leave the Big East for the ACC meant change for its nonrevenue, or Olympic, sports programs too. Of the Orange’s 18 men’s and women’s teams, 16 will compete in the ACC when SU officially joins the conference on July 1, 2014. Though the non-revenue sports took a backseat and were overlooked in the big picture of conference realignment, McIntyre and his colleagues at Syracuse see the move to the ACC as an opportunity. The ACC is among the top conferences in the country in nearly every nonrevenue sport, which will only push its Olympic programs to new heights, they said. Coaches have already seen gains in recruiting and have high expectations for the future, but with the move currently set for 2014, they said it’s hard to predict the challenges and obstacles that may emerge. Ultimately, they feel the potential growth caused by the additional revenue and exposure from the ACC make any risks involved worth it. “The reality of it is it’s about dollars and sense,” tennis head coach Luke Jensen said. “Can we make the dollars that make sense to continue to build the facilities, recruit the players to win? Our fan base wants to win.” For the coaches of the non-revenue sports, the ACC will largely present more competitive challenges. McIntyre and Jensen described the ACC as the elite conference in their respective sports. Field hockey head coach Ange Bradley echoed those statements as her team moves into a league that has produced the last 10 national champions. In women’s soccer, the ACC has had a representative in five of the last six national championship games, and the league’s softball programs are traditionally stronger nationally than the Big East. Though it may be tougher on the field, the conference will also aid the programs in recruiting a larger pool of talent on a national level. It’s something that excited McIntyre and Jensen when they first heard about the possible move in September. McIntyre and his team were in Akron, Ohio

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for a tournament when the news first broke, and the move to the ACC overshadowed the team’s games against Cal Poly and New Mexico. Off the field, the news was everywhere. Even opposing coaches were curious about the reports and their effect on the future. “They also commiserated us because we were moving into the No. 1 conference in the country,” McIntyre said, “so they told us to start hitting the ground, doing some work.” Jensen was surprised when his ESPN colleagues began asking him questions about the possible move. He had heard rumors about Syracuse going to the Big 10 in previous years, but never the ACC, which was a perfect fit for his rising program. Jensen said the Big East “wasn’t a legit conference” because it didn’t have a mandated conference schedule. As a result, Syracuse only played Notre Dame once during Jensen’s sixyear tenure, despite trying to schedule the Fighting Irish annually, he said. In the ACC, the team’s strength of schedule will help it move closer to qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Jensen acknowledges his program hasn’t won a Big East title, but he also said recruiting picked up the day after the announcement. The head coach can now focus on elite recruits to take the program to the next level, he said. Jensen said the combination of factors will help him move closer to his goal of making the Orange a national championship contender. And Bradley, the field hockey coach, expects her program to become a regular in the national title discussion each year, too. Compared to the Big East, where Connecticut is the only team on Syracuse’s level as a top-5

program, the Orange will be in for a battle every week in conference play. With an intense playoff atmosphere against conference opponents during the regular season, she said her team will be ready to get over the hump and make deep runs in the NCAA tournament. “In our conference play, we’re in it about one week out of the year,” Bradley said. “In conference play in the ACC, you have to bring your game because they’re quality opponents.” Quentin Hillsman, the women’s basketball head coach, has seen the biggest advantage on the recruiting trail. Hillsman brought in the No. 6 recruiting class in November, according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, and said the move to the ACC helped him finish the recruiting season strong. Hillsman landed Cornelia Fondren, a consensus top-100 guard from Memphis, Tenn. and Pachiyaanna Roberts, the state player of the year in Georgia, along with two McDonald’s AllAmericans as part of a loaded class. With the move to the ACC, Hillsman said he has started to expand his recruiting to top players in the South. “I think that is the biggest benefit to be able to recruit down South, also, because obviously, it gives you a larger pool of players to recruit from,” Hillsman said. But despite all those advantages for nonrevenue sports, the move comes with risks. With increased operational costs, specifically in travel, Syracuse will need to ensure its profits from the move outweigh the costs. The athletic department is currently starting to evaluate its finances and budget for the move to the ACC, said Jamie Mullin, associate athletic director for team services. “We’re focused on our current programs benchmarking against our new peer groups in the ACC,” Mullin said, “how their facilities are, number of coaches on staff, operational budgets. We’re just starting that process because the phase-in period’s over the next couple of years.” Syracuse will have to make more flying trips to compete in the South, which piles up expenses quickly, said Rodney Paul, economics and finance of sports professor at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Paul said nothing is certain and that those losses could cut into profits more than expected. But he also said locking up the security that comes with the television revenue deals in football will likely cover the additional costs in

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travel for all sports. “The guess gets to be is that obviously, they thought the answer to that is yes,” Paul said. “But we don’t really know that until all the cards are played and everything comes out.” For non-revenue sports, the travel is arguably even more taxing. Coyte Cooper, assistant professor of sport administration at the University of North Carolina, has conducted research focused on challenges for non-revenue sports and how administrators view them compared to revenue sports. Cooper said the Olympic sports are valued for strong academic performance by institutions, while fundraising and revenue production are emphasized more in the big-time sports. With that in mind, Cooper said it’s alarming that universities haven’t appeared to consider the effect of conference realignment on athletes’ educations. “When you think about the reclassification even, for a place like Syracuse, is more travel, means that they’re going to be on the road more,” Cooper said, “which means they’re going to be out of the classroom more, and that can’t be something that’s right when you’re considering you value those things in Olympic sports.” Though universities value the non-revenue sports, Cooper said it’s clear conference realignment “never really has anything to do with Olympic sports.” Football and the big money attached to it take first priority. And Paul said that in the current landscape, that’s the only way for schools to survive and remain relevant in the future. “It seems like, to be able to ensure those football revenues and be able to be on the big stage when it comes to college football, that at the time, at least,” Paul said, “you’re kind of stuck unless you made that jump.” The Syracuse coaches think the jump will also solidify the futures of the non-revenue teams nationally. While the headlines and immediate implications surrounded football in September, each sport can now see how realignment will shape its program heading into the future. For Jensen and his fellow coaches, that future is bright. “It’s a quantum leap for this program to move forward,” Jensen said. “You’ve got to be evolving and innovative in all walks of life to be successful. … And this move to the ACC is a quantum leap in that direction.” rjgery@syr.edu


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Veteran Orange squad battletested in extra-inning games By David Propper STAFF WRITER

Leigh Ross maintains a poker face even when her nerves are all over the place. And that’s especially been the case this year with all the late-inning drama Syracuse has faced. “Honestly, I know that I’m really good at not showing it, but there are times where I am so sick during the Who: Niagara (DH) games,” the SU head Where: Niagara Falls, N.Y. coach said, “and it’s When: Today, 1 p.m. just staying calm because that’s what I want the girls to do, but at the same time, I’m like, ‘OK, let’s start scoring here in a minute.’” And in five of SU’s six extra-inning games this year, Ross has been able to take a deep sigh of relief by the end of the game. With a nearly perfect 5-1 record in extra frames going into Tuesday’s doubleheader against Niagara, the Orange has displayed an uncanny ability to stay calm and push on, eventually willing its way to victory in airtight games. Syracuse showed off its aptitude for handling late-inning stress this past weekend. Going into the 10th inning of Sunday’s game against Connecticut, the Orange had already missed an opportunity to push across a potentially winning run earlier in extras. Senior second baseman Stephanie Watts decided she’d put an end to it.

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“When they came off the field, I heard Steph say, ‘Alright, I’ve had enough of this. Let’s get this done right now,’” Ross said. “ … It’s not just getting in the huddle, talking about ‘let’s get it done.’ It’s getting up there and being determined.” Watts smacked a triple and scored shortly after, leading to a big road win. It sums up the drama the Orange has grown accustomed to. Senior pitcher Jenna Caira, who picked up the win in the extra-inning game against UConn, said games like that are what competitors like the Orange players live for. While blowing a team out is nice to have under your belt, the close, intense games are the ones Caira thrives on. It’s in those moments that Caira said SU raises its game to another level. “I think we do a good job of just staying calm and confident in our abilities,” Caira said. “We try not to look too far into extra innings. I think that kind of shows the maturity of our team and how we’ve grown immensely throughout the years.” Ross said all the national competition her team played to start the year contributed to that. The Orange was put in difficult situations well before it reached Big East conference play. SU’s nonconference schedule was one of the toughest the Orange has dealt with in Ross’ tenure at Syracuse. It also helps to have a veteran squad, plus underclassmen who have played beyond their years, senior catcher Lacey Kohl said. That mix has made for a perfect storm in rocky spots.

zixi wu | staff photographer LACEY KOHL and Syracuse have been able to persevere in extra-inning games this season, going 5-1 in those contests. SU visits Niagara for a doubleheader on Tuesday. “It’s nice for the underclassmen to look up to the upperclassmen who have been through those situations,” Kohl said. “But it’s even better for us upperclassmen to be able to count on (under)classmen to be right there along with us.” And when things begin to unravel, Kohl said either Ross or another player on the team does a good job of “slowing down” the game and keeping others focused. With only five regular season games remaining, including two of them Tuesday and three of them next weekend, the postseason should guarantee more games that might come down to

the last inning, or even extra innings. Ross might feel sick in close games, but ultimately, there’s nothing like coming away with wins after nail-biting contests. And with the experience and success her team has had this year, she knows the confidence is there to win in the toughest moments. “You start believing it’s not over until that last out in the seventh inning or the eighth inning or the ninth inning or the 10th inning,” Ross said. “It’s not over until it’s over, until the very last pitch.” dgproppe@syr.edu


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SU employs inverted attack to counter scoring troubles By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Syracuse’s most effective option right now against opposing defenses isn’t to beat them but to give them headaches. Stump them, and force them to make fast decisions. Searching for a way to jumpstart his offense, SU head coach John Desko began employing an inverted offensive scheme, something that has always been in the playbook but has become an effective option to counter an inconsistent attack. It puts a fourth attack on the field instead of a midfielder to play behind the cage. Defenses then have to figure out whether they should keep a close defender or long-stick or short-stick midfielder on him. They also have to determine whether to fall into a zone and force outside shots or continue to play man-to-man. In between the time they make that decision, the No. 18 Orange’s (7-7, 3-3 Big East) shooters look to benefit. It’s a strategy that’s worked this season since Desko started using it regularly. “The defense, it keeps them on their toes,” Maltz said. “It’s tough. That’s one thing that’s definitely working for us. It’s messing up opposing defenses a little bit and we’re going to try to keep taking advantage of it.” Syracuse’s offense still looks unbalanced too often. The Orange failed to score for close to 40 minutes at Notre Dame on Saturday, putting itself in a hole too deep to climb out of and eventually

falling 8-6. While Syracuse occasionally breaks through defenses with ease — evidenced by its 19-6 blowout over Rutgers — it still struggles to carry that efficiency from game to game and certainly for long stretches. When SU lost to Georgetown on April 21, it entered the game coming off a two-game winning streak in which it scored a total of 32 goals. The Orange hasn’t scored in double digits since defeating Hobart 13-12 on April 17. Tommy Palasek, who leads the team with 19 goals, said the offense has generated chances, but it’s struggled to capitalize at times. “We have the right schemes. We have the right players. Coach has given us the right scouting reports on them,” Palasek said. “So, I think we’ve just got to go into the game and execute and play at a higher level on offense and do the right things.” That includes throwing in the inverted offense when needed, and typically, it has worked. Either Kevin Rice, Collin Donahue or Billy Ward has become the fourth attack to take the spot behind the goal. Maltz said when the offense is working properly, the attack playing at the back of the offensive box will beat the defender 95 percent of the time. Syracuse is limping into the most critical time of its season. The Orange’s poor first-half showing against the Fighting Irish turned to a strong second half, but by then, it was too late. Now it faces a Villanova team that is stocked with quality shooters who make up an aggressive offense.

ilana goldmeier | staff photographer TOMMY PALASEK and Syracuse have struggled to find a remedy for their scoring woes this season. SU failed to score in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame. Before going to Notre Dame, Desko said it was time for his offense to play a full 60-minute game and take advantage of the holes the defense leaves. “We’re going to have to make the most of our opportunities,” Desko said. “If we can get transition opportunities, we’ve got to take them, and we’ve got to take good shots.” If there’s any consolation when the offense starts faltering, Desko can at least call on a fourth attack to add some pressure to the opposing defense and to put a fire under the offense. It might not be ideal for the Orange to still

be searching for answers to score consistently at the conclusion of the regular season, but it’s heading to Villanova for the Big East tournament as an enigma. In a way, though, that’s what SU wants. If defenses can’t decide on how to stop the Orange’s scorers, the team will be able to exploit the defense for scoring opportunities. At least, that’s what Syracuse is hoping. Said Maltz: “We’re just trying to change a couple things up, and it’s really working for us.” cjiseman@syr.edu


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For Owusu-Agyapong, a chance to represent her native Ghana on the ultimate international stage would be accomplishing a career-long dream. Despite moving to Toronto, Ontario at the age of 8, she said she “hasn’t lost touch of her Ghanian side” and hopes to qualify in both the 100-meter and 4x100 meter relay. Along with Owusu-Agyapong, fellow graduate student Jarret Eaton — who won the national championship in the 60-meter hurdles this indoor season — and SU alumnus Mike LeBlanc of Canada and Ramon Sosa of the Dominican Republic are also hoping to qualify for London. “It’s a great feeling just because you know you’re not training by yourself,” OwusuAgyapong said. “Even though we’d be competing for different countries, right now we’re like one family, and that’s pretty much how we train, just like one family.” Eaton notched the second-fastest time in NCAA history at the Penn State National Invitational in January, crossing the line at 7.49 seconds. Competing against the best America has to offer, he faces an uphill battle. But Eaton said he is focused solely on his own performance. If he keeps winning his races, he’ll be ready when the time comes to go after those heavy hitters in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials June 22. But LeBlanc, a 100-meter runner, and Sosa, a 110-meter hurdler, can’t take that approach. As post-graduates, the two have to be self-motivated. They are individual athletes, running to represent their countries. There are no guaranteed meets, and there is no next year. “It’s more difficult because essentially

you’re running for your life,” LeBlanc said. “… But in a way, that’s also good because it’s kind of a distractor. It’s like this is all I have, so the ante is up, so to speak. “But I love it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing it.” Running at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in March, LeBlanc placed 10th in the 60-meter. LeBlanc said he’s run a 10.18 100-meter Olympic qualifying time before but will need to be ready when he’s presented with the opportune conditions. All four athletes will have opportunities throughout the outdoor season to officially qualify for the Olympics. For Owusu-Agyapong, who has represented Ghana in the African Games in 2010 in Kenya and 2011 in Mozambique, a chance to don her nation’s colors in London this summer would be an incomparable experience. She is already recognized by her community when she returns home each summer, but an Olympic appearance would keep that smile on her face all summer. “That’s been my dream for as long as I’ve been running track,” Owusu-Agyapong said. “I can’t really express how that would feel. It would just be the most amazing thing ever.” sebail01@syr.edu

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the 2012 Summer Olympics, disappointing the 1.3 million girls in America who play at the youth level each year. Syracuse pitcher Jenna Caira is one of those players who missed out on an opportunity to achieve her greatest aspiration. See dailyorange.com


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The United States has won 13 of 17 gold medals since men’s basketball was introduced to the Summer Olympics in 1936. And for Boeheim, the opportunity to represent his country and win another gold medal is his highest motivation to coach the team. “It’s very competitive now,” Boeheim said

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that process includes two-a-day rowing sessions and regular weightlifting workouts at the California-Berkeley facilities. Head coach Mike Teti has yet to announce his final roster. Gennaro, a 2011 SU graduate, is one of four former Syracuse rowers competing for seats on a boat in London. Martin Etem (quadruple skill) and Justin Stangel (pair) look to don the red, white and blue as well, while Natalie Mastracci (eight) hopes to represent her native Canada.

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time ago, and to accomplish it would be incredible.” With any luck, that dream will become a reality. Taylor is one of 23 current members of the U.S. women’s national team. Sixteen players and two alternates will make the final roster for London, which will be announced on June 23. Having played more than 50 games for the national team during her career, the 25-year-old striker is experienced at the international level.

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of the sport’s global parity. “It’s not easy like it used to be. It was a great thrill to be able to (win gold) and to be able to go back this year. It’s a great feeling.” Boeheim started working with USA Basketball in 1982. Since then, he has coached junior national teams and served as an assistant for the 1990 World Championships and Goodwill Games teams. But the chance to work with the nation’s most talented basketball players and Krzyze-

wski, as well as fellow assistants Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan has been even more special, Boeheim said. It’s made him a better coach, too. Since Boeheim’s return from Beijing, the Orange has recorded a 91-16 record — its most successful three-year span in program history. “I think it’s been an unbelievable experience in terms of helping our program, as well as the opportunity to work and represent your country,” Boeheim said.

And come London, Boeheim has only one goal. The coach wants to recapture the feeling of Olympic triumph he experienced after winning gold four years ago. “It came down really to the last couple plays of the game, and really, the game could have gone either way,” Boeheim said. “We made some plays and won the game, and it was a great feeling to be in a battle like that and still to win. It was a great feeling.”

“I haven’t put much thought into serving for my country,” Gennaro said, “but I think that’s the next-best option. From my experiences rowing on the national team, I’ve never experienced a better feeling in my life than putting on a uniform that has the flag of the United States on it.” Wearing the American colors, Gennaro has racked up five gold medals in international competition as a member of the Under-23 team during the last three years. He earned a gold medal with the men’s eight in the U23 Championships in Amsterdam this past July. Gennaro won another goal medal in the eight and one in

the pair at the Pan American Games in Mexico in October. The passion that propelled Gennaro to that success was apparent on his first day at SU, said men’s rowing head coach Dave Reischman. Gennaro constantly pushed his fellow freshmen to challenge the varsity squad in races each practice, and more often than not, they won. “That’s quite unsettling if you’re a varsity oarsman, to look across and see this group of freshmen that are gunning for you every time you do pieces with them,” Reischman said. “… Those guys would kill themselves to stay up

and actually took pieces from the varsity.” But the Olympics are the highest level of international competition. Only the best of the best make the cut, and Gennaro recognizes that. It’s what gets him up from his air mattress every morning. And it’s what makes all the misery worthwhile. “It’s awful,” Gennaro said, “but you just keep looking ahead at the big picture and you just keep telling yourself that you’re willing to give up anything to get to London. “And not only just to get to London, but to win in London. That’s the end goal.”

“Representing the United States is truly an honor,” Taylor said. “Every time I put on a USA jersey, it gives me chills. Every international match that starts out with our national anthem is such a humbling feeling.” With the gold medal in the Pan Am Games, the United States received an automatic spot in the Olympics. The team has trained in San Diego while other countries have competed in qualifying tournaments. The Americans’ intense regimen includes four two-a-day workouts per week and a series of six-hour training sessions with Navy

SEALs to mentally prepare for the Games. Friendly matches against New Zealand, Great Britain and Spain in San Diego, along with a Four Nations Tournament in which the United States played New Zealand, Australia and India, completed the training. And for Taylor, that tour has rounded out her game. SU head coach Ange Bradley said Taylor found a niche as a corner specialist and has been crushing the ball off the sets. “She’s such a winner,” Bradley said. “She truly knows what it means to have the ‘I’ in win, and

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Todd’s graduation ends family legacy as leaders in program By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER

One family’s era as coxswains on the Syracuse rowing team is coming to an end. For eight years, a member of the Todd family has called the stroke patterns and strategies for the varsity eight or varsity four boats. Kate and Allison Todd have built a legacy of high-energy leadership that made them the heart and soul of the program. The sisters rowed together for one year before Kate Todd graduated. Kate said Allison instantly energized the team, especially when she hid in lockers and jumped out at teammates before 5:30 a.m. rowing sessions. She also made a difference on the water, coxing

the novice eight crew to a first-place finish at the Big East championship in 2009. Accolades aside, the year was special because she was able to spend it with Kate. The feeling was mutual. “To end my career with my sister was the best ending I could have asked for,” Kate said. Allison was highly recruited coming out of the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y. Todd chose Syracuse because she felt most comfortable at SU with her sister already on campus. After spending the 2008-09 season with her sister, Allison stepped out of Kate’s shadow and brought the program respectability to the national level. Her leadership and competitive personality brings out the best in her team.

“She is somebody that people like as a coxswain because she’s going to do anything she can to keep you ahead,” assistant coach Alicia Kochis said. “In our practices, she’s the kid who’s cutting corners and sneaking up on people and just taking any advantage that she can during practice.” Todd took the reins of the varsity eight boat midway through the 2009 season. She not only continued the Todd legacy in the boat but also initiated a family atmosphere outside of it. During Allison’s sophomore year, the team was training in Stuart, Fla. when they stumbled upon a Salvation Army store. The only things she could think to buy were the most ridiculous in the store: two mounted Asian geishas. “It was like the best three dollars ever

spent,” Todd said. It happened to be a teammate’s birthday, and the tradition of passing geishas to teammates on their birthdays was born. “Just being able to make everyone on such a large team feel part of it and important is something that she’s done a very good job at,” Kochis said. Hiring coach Justin Moore in 2010 changed the culture of the SU program, and Todd has been the perfect extension of his hard-working philosophy. In one year, the team has cut its times against Clemson and Cornell by 10 seconds. Todd will miss her own commencement on May 13 because she’ll be in New Jersey for the Big East championship, marking the end of the Todd family era. For now, Todd will head back to Buffalo. And then, the dedicated coxswain will take a break from the sport. “I’ve never had a summer to just do nothing,” she said. “But I absolutely know that I want to get involved, whether that’s in a club program or if I have national team aspirations.” She hopes to make the national team one day. Last season, Todd was selected for the USRowing Pre-Elite Camp. But now, her career at Syracuse is coming to an end. And Todd admits it will be tough to move on after four years leading the Orange. “It’s been great. I’m going to miss it more than I can say,” Todd said. “But it’s been a phenomenal experience and I would recommend this to anybody.” jmhyber@syr.edu


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Past and present Syracuse athletes hope to compete on international stage at 2012 Olympics By Stephen Bailey ASST. COPY EDITOR

RE-UNITED

Jim Boeheim and Carmelo Anthony helped restore the legacy of USA Basketball in the 2008 Beijing Games. Coming off a disappointing bronze medal performance at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 — the United States national team’s first finish without a gold medal in 16 years — the team breezed through five games in pool play with a 32.2-point average margin of victory and beat Australia and Argentina handily to advance to the finals. Anthony finished with 13 points as the Americans reasserted their international dominance by taking down a Pau Gasol-led Spain squad 118-107 in the gold medal game. “It was an unbelievable thrill to represent your country and to win the gold medal,” Boeheim said. “… All the players were great, but it’s a special thing to be with (Anthony) again. Being there this summer as well, I’m sure it’ll be fun to get back and work with him again.” This summer, Boeheim returns as the top assistant to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Anthony is expected to be a key cog in the team, though the official roster will not be announced until June 18, at the latest. Fellow superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade are also expected to come back as the Americans look to repeat in London.

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left: courtesy of andrew bernstein | nbae, getty images right: courtesy of jesse garrabrant | nbae, getty images (FROM LEFT) CARMELO ANTHONY AND JIM BOEHEIM will team up for the second time at the Olympics this summer in London. The former Syracuse forward and SU head coach helped earn the USA a gold medal in 2008.

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Mike Gennaro describes it as the most miserable experience of his life. He lives in an unfurnished house on the San Francisco Bay. He shares that house — and its lone bathroom — with nine other rowers. But waking up on his air mattress each morning, the Olympic hopeful reminds himself why he chose this life. “This is single-handedly the worst thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Gennaro said, “but I’m positive that I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.” Gennaro is one of 19 oarsmen still competing for a spot on the United States men’s eight team, which will compete in the Olympics in London this summer. For him,

TAYLOR MADE

Shannon Taylor was at the forefront of USA Field Hockey’s greatest feat in its history. Tallying a crucial goal in the 15th minute of the Pan American Games championship match last October, Taylor gave the Americans an early 2-0 lead over Argentina, then the No. 1 team in the world. The eventual 4-2 victory gave the United States its first-ever win over Argentina and first-ever gold medal in any international competition. Now the 2008 Syracuse graduate hopes for an opportunity to elevate the U.S. team to even greater heights. “Competing in the Olympics would honestly be a dream come true,” Taylor said in an email. “It is a goal I set for myself quite some

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Along for the ride By Ryne Gery

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he whispers quickly made headlines in the sports world on Sept. 16, 2011. Syracuse and Pittsburgh, longtime members of the Big East, were discussing the possibility of joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. Talk of superconferences picked up steam again when the Southeastern

Conference approved Texas A&M as its 13th member on Sept. 7. Nine days later, Syracuse was at the center of the latest rumors swirling around conference realignment. The news was unavoidable, becoming the top story on ESPN and local television stations around the country as experts and analysts weighed in on the future of college athletics.

ON TRACK

Flings Owusu-Agyapong couldn’t hold back the smile. Hands on her hips, she stood proudly by the track in Manley Field House. Chest out, sweat dripping from her brow, OwusuAgyapong had just finished her sprints workout for the day. But when asked about her chances to qualify for the Summer Olympics, the Syracuse graduate student broke her stern stance and the corners of her lips perked up. “Right now, I guess I’m the second-fastest in the country,” Owusu-Agyapong said. “We have the national championship after NCAAs, so we’ll get a better picture, but it’s looking pretty good.”

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Amid conference realignment, Olympic sports take backseat to revenue-producing programs

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“It was on every time you turned the TV on. Everyone was talking about it and analyzing it every way,” SU men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre said. “Not specifically from a soccer perspective at that time. But as a Syracuse fan, it was exciting to just start contemplating.” By Sunday, Sept. 18, the rumors became official. Syracuse and Pitts-

burgh accepted offers to join the ACC as the 13th and 14th members in the conference, respectively. The news set off a new round of debates, questioning loyalty and tradition in college athletics as universities moved to solidify their futures competitively and financially. Schools focused mostly on football — which generates

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