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Syracuse University held its first open forum on the Campus Framework, which is part of the Fast Forward Syracuse initiative, for the fall 2016 semester on Tuesday afternoon. Page 3

You can never get too much James Franco, and at SU, you get double come Friday. Junior James Franco talks about his life and growing up with the famous name. Page 9


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Syracuse women’s soccer forward Stephanie Skilton moved from New Zealand to play at SU. She’s led the Orange in scoring each of the past three years. Page 16

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OVER THE YEARS The events of Sept. 11, 2001 had immediate effects on campus and across the nation, as seen in this timeline.


Over the course of 15 years, here's a look at how graduation rates have changed in academic programs relevant to 9/11.


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Here is a timeline of events that took place on the Syracuse University campus and in the community closely following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

9/11 Syracuse University holds memorial service in Hendricks Chapel. More than 2,000 people attend.



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The Red Cross holds a blood drive on the SU campus

New York elections, including Syracuse’s Democratic mayoral primary, elections are cancelled by thenGovernor George Pataki

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middle eastern studies declared majors (spring semester) middle eastern studies declared minors (spring semester)


Then-Chancellor Buzz Shaw cancels annual State of the University address

9/13 Syracuse football game against East Carolina is postponed

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9/11 first responder reflects on attacks By Michael Burke asst. news editor

Jeff Kozuch thought he had the day off from work, so he spent the Tuesday morning watching TV. And like so many other Americans, it was on TV that Kozuch saw the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 begin to unfold. When he learned the first plane had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade

Center, Kozuch’s first thought was that the next few weeks of his life would be consumed with putting out a single fire in that tower. But as he watched the second plane hit the south tower, he realized that first responders in New York City like himself were now tasked with a much bigger challenge. “As I picked my jaw up off the floor, I couldn’t believe what I just saw,” Kozuch said. Kozuch — the father of

Kate Kozuch, a sophomore magazine journalism major at Syracuse University — was at the time a firefighter for the Brooklyn Fire Department. Over the next few days, he would be at the scene of the attacks, helping to save lives and put out the fires. Not long after the second plane hit, Kozuch rushed out of his Long Island home and made his way to the fire station in Brooklyn, where he

arrived around 11 a.m. He and other first responders were held there until 7 World Trade Center fell, at which point they loaded onto a bus and moved into lower Manhattan. Near the World Trade Center, several neighboring high rises were in f lames, including the 90 West Street building. Kozuch and about 20 others spent most of the night putting out 10 floors of see responder page 8

SU up 1 spot in rankings University moves from No. 61 to No. 60 in US News & World Report By Stacy Fernandez asst. news editor

Syracuse University rose to the No. 60 spot in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report National University rankings, one up from last year. The rankings were released Tuesday at about noon. Last year, SU shared the No. 61 ranking with four other schools. This year, the university tied at No. 60 with five other schools: Fordham University, Purdue University - West Lafayette, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland - College Park and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. SU remained as the seventhhighest ranking university in the state of New York. The university has a more selective acceptance rate of 48 percent and a freshman retention rate of 92 percent, according to the U.S. News and World Report website. The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry fell 10 spots on the 2017 list, tying for 99th. SUNYESF’s ranking has dropped for at least three years in a row. Last year the university was ranked No. 89 and in 2015 it was No. 76. Princeton University and Harvard University retained their No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. The University of Chicago tied for third with Yale University, bumping down Columbia University which tied for No. 5 with Stanford University. The rankings, which are released annually, take into account each university’s acceptance rate, freshman retention, graduation rate and strength of faculty. Here are how SU’s peer institutions compare:

Northwestern University — tied for No. 12 Cornell University — tied for No. 15 University of Notre Dame — tied for No. 15 Vanderbilt University — tied for No. 15 see ranking page 8

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Start-up whiz champions eco-sustainability By Saniya More


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For most, life before university is pretty average: you go to high school and wait anxiously for summer vacation. Well, most people do. Jez Sabaduquia has a different story. The Syracuse University junior information management and technology major graduated from an aviation high school in New York City. Sabaduquia was there for four years, where he studied the mechanical engineering of airplanes. After graduating, Sabaduquia decided to study information technology to diversify his education. Sabaduquia is a former intern at Kognito Interactive, a software company that designs mental health programs for LGBT communities, specifically on college campuses. This summer, he also interned at Penton Media, where he worked largely with migrating websites. Now, Sabaduquia is an official campus representative for the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference, an annual conference for students who run their own nonprofit or global initiative that targets education, climate change and more. Students from all 50 states come together to network and work towards sustain-

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JEZ SABADUQUIA founded a nonprofit organization through the Clinton Global Initiative called Project S.C.I., which works to improve recycling efforts at SU. fiona lenz contributing photographer

able solutions. Sabaduquia even has a selfie with Bill Clinton. Sabaduquia has co-founded two non-profit organizations through the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as started a startup company. Project S.C.I., or Project Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation, is an initiative that aims to collect and recycle plastic

bottles and cans on the SU campus. “We collect as many supplies as we can, clean them up, and take them to a school for fourth graders,” Sabaduquia said. “We teach those kids how to make model airplanes because we learned how to make the model airplanes as freshmen in high school.”

With his team, Sabaduquia uses recycled materials to educate kids. “People just throw away cans and bottles without really thinking about it,” Sabaduquia said. “A lot can change if people see their trash become a kind of treasure for someone else out there.”

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Getting schooled


Never forgotten

Two award-winning journalists are teaching an advanced visual storytelling course to senior and graduate students in Newhouse. See page 4


Read the stories of family, friends and loved ones of the 30 Syracuse University alumni who died on Sept. 11, 2001. See Thursday's paper

NEWS @dailyorange sept. 14, 2016 • PAG E 3

news to know Here is a round-up of the biggest news stories happening in the world. POLITICS

UNDER HEAT A congressman in the conservative House Freedom Caucus is forcing a vote to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Tuesday. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) made a motion to remove him for not cooperating with the committee's investigation over whether the agency deliberately scrutinized Tea Party groups applying for taxexempt status. source: usa today

LOOKING INTO TRUMP New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reportedly opened inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation. He said on CNN Tuesday that the agency is looking into the foundation to ensure it follows the charity laws in New York. source: usa today

WHERE'S THE MONEY? Florida lawmakers organized a coordinated effort to push for Zika funding on Capitol Hill, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott urging bipartisanship. source: wsvn

Students walk along the University Place Promenade on SU’s campus. The promenade is one project in the Campus Framework plan. An update session for the plan was held Tuesday afternoon. nicole zelenak contributing photographer

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New Carrier Dome roof could cover old one By Justin Mattingly editor in chief

Syracuse University may not have to move any home football or basketball games as a result of the upcoming Carrier Dome renovations by building the new Dome roof over the current one. In an update on the university ’s infrastructure given Tuesday, SU Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer Pete Sala said the university is in a “good place” when it comes to finding a plan to renovate the Dome roof, which has been the

source of much debate and discussion since SU announced its intentions to renovate the campus fixture. Sala said the goal is to build the new roof over the old roof and added that Dome renovations are still “very conceptual.”

$105 million SU announced in May that Dome roof renovations are expected to cost about $105 million with another $100 million in other improvements

The plan for the roof and its

timetable have not been publicly revealed. SU announced in May that Dome roof renovations are expected to cost about $105 million with another $100 million in other improvements. The decision to replace the Dome roof was years in the making and intensified in the winter of 2014. In that time, the city and university formed a task force to look into an SU stadium. Those conversations died, however, and the university turned internal with the Campus Framework to look into the Dome renovations. The Framework is a 20-year

roadmap for SU’s infrastructure and is one of three parts of Chancellor Kent Syverud’s Fast Forward initiative. Sala added in his presentation that Dome renovations are three pricing projects — the roof, the interior and the exterior. He mentioned that there’s the possibility of a bump out — a glassbased addition shown in presented renderings — to the exterior of the Dome. The update Tuesday was the first of six such presentations that will be given in the next two see dome page 4

Juice Jam tickets sell out after 9,500 sold By Jacob Gedetsis digital editor

Juice Jam officially sold out on Tuesday. “We are excited to announce that we have tied the record for the fastest selling Juice Jam set by last year’s festival, with 9,500 tickets being sold in 4 days,” said Grant Nygaard, UU’s public relations director in a statement. Rapper Fetty Wap will headline Juice Jam 2016 on Sunday,

Sept. 25. Pop artist Tove Lo, DJ and producer Marshmello, rapper D.R.A.M., indie electronic artist Stephen and rock artist LOLO will perform on the concert’s two stages. This year is the 13th annual Juice Jam and it will take place at Skytop Field on South Campus. Doors for the event will open at noon and performances will begin at 12:10 p.m. Tickets for Syracuse University

and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students cost $20 with a school ID. Tickets were made available on Saturday at 12 p.m.

5 The number of artists performing at Juice Jam this year

The event’s date is later than in

past years due to several scheduling conflicts. Yellow school buses to Skytop Field will begin running from both College Place and Stadium Place at 11 a.m. on Sunday. “We are looking forward to September 25th being a memorable day for the entire student body and appreciate all the support and enthusiasm we have gotten from the community,” Nygaard said.

CAMPAIGN TO RESUME Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is scheduled to resume her campaign Thursday. She was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday. source: wsvn


SMACKED WITH ALLEGATION American athletes Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Simone Biles were medically exempted from using banned drugs, Russian hackers who broke into a database system at the World Anti-Doping Agency claimed Tuesday. source: the new york times

SUFFERING FROM A STROKE Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has been taken to hospital after suffering from a stroke. Doctors treating Peres said he is conscious. Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his contribution in the Oslo peace accord. source: associated press


MORE MONEY Breaking away from years of stagnation, a Census Bureau report from Tuesday found U.S. household income last year went up 5.2 percent at $56,516. The report highlights recovery from the 2008 recession. source: the new york times

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Bob Dotson, Les Rose pair to teach Newhouse course Seniors and graduate students in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications can now take an advanced level visual storytelling course taught by two awardwinning, veteran journalists. Bob Dotson, a Syracuse University alumnus who spent 40 years as a feature reporter for a segment on NBC’s “Today” show, and Les Rose, who worked as a videographer at CBS News for over 20 years, are teaching a one-credit class for upper-level broadcast and digital journalism students. The class, “Master Storytelling for TV,” is intended to help students take their skills to the next level, Rose said. He referred to the class as a “summation” of all the concepts and skills students learn throughout their studies in Newhouse. Students will select one major project, “set the technology aside” and focus on pure, old-fashioned storytelling, Dotson said. Students will spend the entire semester planning, shooting and polishing a single four- to six-minute visual story, Rose said. Chris Tuohey, chair of the BDJ program at Newhouse, said the finished products may air on “Mornings on the Hill,” a “Today Show”style live morning show on the campus community news produced by NCC News. The opportunity to host the class came out of a lucky coincidence: Dotson and Rose both left their networks at roughly the same time last year. Rose

— who had earned two Edward Murrow awards and shared two national Daytime Emmy awards with his colleagues — was hired over the summer as a professor of practice in Newhouse. Tuohey said Rose’s experience as a TV videographer gave him a skill set that enriched the BDJ program. Around that same time, Dotson — an SU alumnus who completed his graduate degree at Newhouse in 1969 — had just attended a symposium at Newhouse where he talked about his career at NBC and was wondering what to do in his retirement, he said. He stumbled upon Keren Henderson, an assistant professor in the BDJ program and the daughter of Dotson’s roommate during his time at SU. Dotson said Henderson wanted him to video-call into one of her classes, and this triggered the thought of coming “full circle” by helping to teach a class on storytelling at SU. Tuohey said Dotson expressed interest in teaching shortly after his fall 2015 visit to campus for the symposium, and that once Rose was hired during the summer of 2016, “the pieces fit pretty well together.” Dotson and Rose had collaborated before on seminars, Tuohey said. Dotson, whose 40-year career as feature reporter garnered six Edward Murrow Awards for Best Network Writing and eight national Emmy awards, emphasized the importance of being able to tell a compelling story, even in the tech-driven climate of modern reporting. These days, Dotson said, reporters are often “too busy trying to figure out the technology”

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By Madeleine Davison contributing writer

dome months. They come after summer construction updates and scrutinized communication over the University Place Promenade — the first major project of the Framework — in the spring. The next Framework update meeting will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the 001 auditorium in the Life Sciences Complex. Five other Framework forums will be held throughout the semester in addition to four construction information sessions. Here are other noteworthy updates

Schine Student Center The 30-year-old Schine Student Center is set to be renovated as part of the Campus Framework. Sala said Tuesday that donor involvement is going to shape what’s next when it comes to the renovations of the student center. The loading docks in the back of Schine will also be removed as part of the plan.

BOB DOTSON, an award-winning journalist, helps teach a class via Skype to senior and graduate students in the Newhouse School. sam ogozalek staff writer

and have little time or energy to spend on developing narrative and characters. By de-emphasizing the technological aspects of broadcast journalism, he said he hopes this class will help simplify the process and allow students to focus on learning to “build a house,” or create a story that can engage and captivate their audience. The class will meet every other Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and will be taught by both Rose and Dotson. Tuohey said Rose will be teaching in person, while Dotson will be

teaching remotely through a video-conference service. Dotson said he will be on campus for a week near the end of the semester to help students refine their projects in person. With the class, Dotson said he ultimately wanted to give students the tools to compelling narratives, to “pass along the love of this story.” “(I hope) in their brain they have this ‘aha’ moment, going, ‘Now I know how to put this all together,’” Rose said.

Center parking garage currently stands. The university doesn’t know what the building will be, Sala said, but commented that the parking garage is an “eyesore.” The university owns the Sheraton and as part of the Framework, plans to convert it into student housing to go along with the major goal of moving all student housing onto Main Campus.

December, Sala said.

“The Arch” Sheraton parking garage The renderings provided Tuesday displayed a new building where the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference

Updated renderings of “The Arch,” a renovated Archbold Gymnasium, were part of the presentation. The university plans to start construction on the gymnasium in

Next draft A revised draft of the Framework will be presented to the SU community in January 2017, Sala said. That will come after a feedback phase in October-November and a review by the Campus Framework Advisory Committee in November-December. Disclaimer: The Daily Orange leases a house on Ostrom Avenue owned by Syracuse University. As part of the long-term Campus Framework implementation, the university has proposed building student housing on Ostrom Avenue where The Daily Orange currently operates.

Sponges, shower tubs dirtiest off-campus housing items By Kenneth Mintz staff writer

A recent study indicates that what tends to be the dirtiest items in off-campus student housing aren’t what might be expected. The study, conducted by the National Sanitation Foundation International, revealed that kitchen appliances dominate the top six dirtiest areas, rather than items that people tend to think of as dirty such as cellphones, beer pong balls and door knobs. The top six dirtiest items were dish sponges, shower tubs and drains, kitchen sink drains, shower heads, kitchen faucet handles and coffee makers. Beer pong balls, although often moist, are very smooth and nonporous, so the bacteria cannot grow easily on them, according to the study. The researchers asked students participating in the study to identify the most common spots for germ buildup. They listed their cell phones and bathroom door knobs, but failed to mention the coffee maker and the shower head. “The college students didn’t ace this test, correctly identifying only 60 percent, or 4

out of 6, of the most concerning surfaces or items where germs were found,” said Jesse Miller, director of the Applied Research Center at National Sanitation Foundation International, in an email. “This would be a ‘D’ in most classrooms.” Although the organization has previously conducted similar studies — including the “2011 Household Germ Study” and the “2013 Household Germ Study” — it has yet to research on-campus housing like residence halls, Miller said. He declined to comment on whether results would be similar in on-campus housing. Contrary to students’ expectation, smooth, dry surfaces such as cellphones prove to be difficult for bacteria to grow, according to the study. “(Cellphones are) a dry environment, like living in the desert. The bacteria just can’t survive being dry that long,” said Esther Angert, an associate professor of microbiology at Cornell University. “But in the shower, you take your shower and the shower stall gets wet, and usually there are parts of it that stay wet until the next person takes a shower.” The NSFI sent researchers to Michigan

to test the houses of college students, many of whom said they don’t clean regularly or at all, according to the study. The researchers used swabs to capture the bacteria on the different surfaces, Miller said. For objects like dish sponges and ping pong balls, the researchers took them along with swabs to the organization’s laboratory in Ann Arbor. The study tested for the presence of E. coli, coliforms, MRSA, yeast and mold — all were found in the homes during the study. Angert said studies like this can be sensationalized and some people might draw irrational conclusions about the dangers of microbes in the environment. Not all microorganisms are harmful, Angert added. A small percentage of people have MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, living on their skin. But when these dangerous microorganisms enter the body, it can prove harmful and take students out of class for several days or even weeks, according to the study. There are several measures that students can take to temper those risks, Angert said, including cleaning up kitchen surfaces before and after preparing the food, making

sure cooked food does not come in contact with the countertop or plate where the bacteria-exposed food was prepared prior. In the study, the NSFI advises students to follow several steps to promote cleanliness in the six most highly populated bacteria hotspots. Some of the tips are paying attention to wet and textured surfaces, microwaving the sponge daily for two minutes and replacing the sponge every two weeks. It also recommended using disinfecting cleaner to the kitchen sink, the shower drain and faucet handles. Angert pointed out that although Syracuse is located in a cooler climate and a lower average temperature than southern regions, cleaning habits should be applied. “I think, particularly, whenever you have food that is not refrigerated or kept properly, I can see that the warmer household environments or outside environments could allow harmful bacteria to grow faster in a warmer climate than a colder climate,” Angert said. “But I think, in general, it’s probably microbes in your environment that you’re concerned about are probably similar concerns in the North or the South.”


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Burrito drones smell like success


fter a year that seemed to go from disaster to disaster, Chipotle is being saved by the bell. Or, rather, saved by the drone. Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, is working with Chipotle to introduce its new pilot program, which will mesh drones with food delivery. Last week, Chipotle announced members of the Virginia Tech University community will be the taste testers of the drone delivery program. Because drones are such a hot-button topic in today’s world, Chipotle’s temporary drone-delivery program is a smart way to market its products to millennials and rebound from its major e-coli outbreak earlier this year. And as a college full of technology-minded and hungry students, Virginia Tech is a really smart place to pilot the burrito drone delivery program. What better cure to midnight munchies than an incoming burrito on a drone? Adding drones to the mix — even if it’s just for a pilot program at Virginia Tech — will allow Chipotle to reposition its brand to be more delivery-friendly, which is vital for restaurants near college campuses like Syracuse University. Though the company’s brand will still be positioned on the high-end of traditional fast food franchises, the pilot drone delivery program shows that the company is becoming more innovative and competing on a level no other restaurant is currently on.

10,000 The number of current and former Chipotle employees that sued the Mexican grill chain at the end of August, according to CNN Money

The expectation for the program is for the drones to drop off the food directly to the News Editor Sara Swann Editorial Editor Caroline Colvin Sports Editor Paul Schwedelson Feature Editor Rachel Gilbert Presentation Director Clare Ramirez Photo Editor Jessica Sheldon Head Illustrator Delaney Kuric Copy Chief Kathryn Krawczyk Development Editor Alexa Torrens Digital Editor Jacob Gedetsis Social Media Director Benjamin Farr Video Editor Griffin Morrow Web Developer Shuai Wang Asst. News Editor Michael Burke Asst. News Editor Stacy Fernandez Asst. News Editor Satoshi Sugiyama Asst. Editorial Editor Joanna Orland Asst. Feature Editor Hanna Horvath Asst. Feature Editor Casey Russell Asst. Sports Editor Chris Libonati


GROWS ON TREES customer’s location, which allows Chipotle to not pay for delivery drivers but still compete in the delivery arena. The burritos will be prepared in food trucks on Virginia Tech’s campus and then attached to the drones, according to a September article in Bloomberg Technology.

We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers and eager to see how aerial delivery could be a part of that in the years to come. Danielle Moore public relations and communications manager, chipotle

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers and eager to see how aerial delivery could be a part of that in the years to come, allowing us to reach more customers in remote locations,” said Danielle Moore, public relations and communications manager at Chipotle, in an email. “We anticipate learning a lot about if and how customers would like to receive their Chipotle meals by air.” Chipotle has not been on its A-game for most of the year. At the end of the second quarter in late July, Chipotle’s profits were down 82 percent from the previous summer, according to CNN Money. The Mexican grill franchise’s dramatic plummet in profit can mostly be blamed on the company’s two infamous e. coli outbreaks, which sprouted up at the end of 2015. Even before the quarterly Asst. Sports Editor Jon Mettus Asst. Photo Editor Jacob Greenfeld Asst. Photo Editor Ally Moreo Senior Design Editor Emma Comtois Senior Design Editor Lucy Naland Design Editor Jordan Bowens Design Editor Ali Harford Design Editor Andy Mendes Design Editor Jordana Rubin Asst. Copy Editor Joe Bloss Asst. Copy Editor Alison Boghosian Asst. Copy Editor Matthew Gutierrez Asst. Copy Editor Haley Kim Asst. Copy Editor Tomer Langer Asst. Copy Editor Taylor Watson Asst. Video Editor Amanda Caffey Asst. Web Editor Rachel Sandler Asst. Web Editor Alex Archambault Asst. Web Editor Byron Tollefson Digital Design Editor Kiran Ramsey

report of profits being down was announced, Chipotle executive Mark Crumpacker was charged with seven counts of cocaine possession in early July, according to CNN Money. Adding insult to injury, about 10,000 current and former Chipotle employees sued the company for not paying them properly for the hours they worked at the end of August. It’s clear that Chipotle has had a pretty rough time this past year and is in desperate need of some rebranding. And while the drone delivery pilot program does have some safety risks, high risks can often bring high rewards when it comes to business endeavors. “They did the right thing by closing stores until they could fix their problems with e. Coli,” said Breagin Riley, an assistant professor of marketing in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at SU. “Now they need to work in smart, strategic to regain their market position, either by luring back old customers, attracting new customers, or both.” Although SU is not on the radar for the drone pilot program, the initiative would work on practically any college campus because let’s be honest, everyone has cravings that need to be satisfied. But considering Virginia Tech is involved in the program because it wants to be a leading university in new transportation technology, the university would have to show an interest in that technology if it wants to participate in a program like this one. But who knows? Maybe SU students will one day see less of the Jimmy John’s delivery bike rider and more of a flying Chipotle burrito attached to a drone. DeArbea Walker is a junior newspaper and online journalism, and marketing double major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @why_drb.

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9/11 education speaks to university proactivity In the wake of 9/11, Syracuse University students and faculty came together to support one another emotionally as a community. Fifteen years later, we’ve seen the university make steps in the right direction academically when it comes to the issues that relate to the tragic events of that day. Shortly after the terrorist attacks, SU expanded its curriculum. The then-dean of the College of Law and a law professor opened the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism. Current political science department chair Mehrzad Boroujerdi jumpstarted the Middle Eastern studies program with Judaic studies chair Ken Frieden, after having asked the school to create a program for years. In 2005, Arabic was offered as a minor to complement Middle Eastern studies. While some may see these efforts as militaristic, that characterization is too harsh. The community was simply stepping up to the plate to combat terrorism in the most effective way it could have: by teaching. The more an institution can do to make students more literate about cultures other than their own, the better equipped students will be to bring about lasting, thorough change. Fifteen years after the attacks, the most important reflection that can be made on SU’s response to 9/11 is how proactive the university was. It heard the demand for Middle Eastfocused academia and acted accord-

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ingly, and continues to act accordingly by adding cyberterrorism and cybersecurity to the conversation. SU would have been justified in just offering emotional support, but the university went the extra mile to let knowledgeable faculty members put their passion to good use. Many peer institutions, including Northeastern University and Northwestern University, have their own incarnations of interdisciplinary Middle Eastern studies. Looking at Boston University, for example, SU is up to standard with its opportunities to study Persian and Turkish along with Arabic and Hebrew. With language training, graduates of SU’s Middle Eastern program will be more likely to overcome any language barriers in their line of work. BU does stand apart in that it offers a minor in Muslim cultures or Muslim societies entirely separate from the Middle Eastern program. If SU were to add a Muslim studies minor or major, students interested in the Middle East could both address veins of religious extremism and unlearn Islamophobic attitudes. The problem of identities and nations in conflict will still be relevant 15 years down the road because the conversation is happening in real time. As each class of college student becomes further removed in age from 9/11, it is critical that SU keeps up its legacy of bridging that gap in cultural understanding. Advertising Designer Samantha Robles Advertising Designer Erin Reeves Digital Advertising Manager Kalyn Des Jardin Social Media Manager Sarah Stewart Special Events Coordinator Taylor Sheehan Special Events Coordinator Linda Bamba Circulation Manager Charles Plumpton Student Circulation Manager Michael Rempter

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Syracuse Housing Authority, located in downtown Syracuse, owns and manages residential properties in the area. tony curtis staff photographer

quality of living for families in these underdeveloped homes for five and a half years, he said, while groups such as Syracuse United Neighborhoods have been working to upgrade certain homes for about 25 years. The reason he brought the amendment to the table on Monday was because the community was pressuring him to finally push it even if the odds were against him. The main problem Bey voiced after the meeting was that funding to improve poor housing is lacking and inspections don’t happen in a timely manner even when the money is in fact there to support inspections. And even though he expects more push-


Syracuse Common Council votes down rental property amendment

By Matt Schneidman

n the only item to be shot down on Monday, the Syracuse Common Council voted 5-4 against an amendment to the “Rental Registry,” which would require rental properties to be inspected after consent from the owner is given or a judicial warrant is presented. Councilor Khalid Bey introduced the item without any further discussion before the other four councilors chimed in on the issue. First Councilor Joseph Nicoletti offered his “reluctant” vote for the amendment, addressing his concern that the funding for the house inspections needs to be improved. Majority leader Steven Thompson and Councilor Helen Hudson echoed those sentiments, before Councilor Jean Kessner was the first to express her vote against the amendment despite her belief it is headed in the right direction. In total, four of the five district councilors — Joseph Carni, Chad Ryan, Susan Boyle and Nader Maroun — voted against Bey’s amendment along with Kessner. “Predictable,” Bey said of the result. “You can kind of watch the behavior and tell that people are going to vote in the opposite direction. They kind of stay away from the whole talk. I had a councilor just apologize to me. I said, ‘Don’t apologize to me. My house is fine. Apologize to the people who live in poor conditions.’” All four councilors seated on Bey’s half of the room didn’t voice opinions on the amendment but voted against it. Bey has been working on improving the

back from the community, he called it a constituent-driven item, so the effort to pass the amendment will remain firm. “You don’t stop investing in police because they can’t stop murders,” Bey said. “Do you not fund them to do their job simply because we can’t keep up?” On the other side of the room, Hudson and Kessner seemed to disagree on the severity of some conditions in the houses in discussion. Hudson brought up the topic of lead poisoning in these houses, to which Kessner objected. “All of these homes contain lead that children are sucking in on a daily basis,” Hudson said.

“This doesn’t touch lead, which would be arguably one of the most horrible things facing our city,” Kessner responded. All of the councilors expressed some level of approval for the amendment, even Kessner, because the basis of the idea is headed the right way. Funding detailed inspections of homes in poor shape will evidently improve the living conditions of less wealthy members of the city, but the drawbacks expressed were that the lack of execution and timeliness of these inspections are doing more harm than the good intentions on the surface. “For all the successes we may have,” Nicoletti said, “We probably have twice as many failures.” On Monday, only three other items of the 81 were met with a disagreement. There were objections to items regarding surveillance camera funding, canine unit funding and funding surrounding police-community dialogues. Those objections were brief, and only consisted of one councilor opposing. Bey anticipated his proposal would be shot down, but he felt it his duty to finally bring it forth. He also added that it’s nearly impossible to secure a warrant for an inspection if only two or three people express concern about a house because the process to inspect a house is more drawn-out than is perceived since it involves official court orders. Even so, he didn’t express disappointment but rather understanding, and vowed to keep pushing the efforts to fund inspection efforts and hope that they are eventually executed.

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responder fire in that building. “Normally 200 guys would do a job like that,” he said. “So I consider that really the craziest job I’ve ever done.” Around 5 a.m. the following day, Kozuch and the other firefighters moved to ground zero. There, they tried as much as they could to put out the fire. They moved tires of rubble, hoping they could find survivors. They checked other nearby buildings, too, and searched for firemen who were unaccounted for. Kozuch described the scene as what he imagines war is like: There were tents and barracks set up for first responders to sleep in, and the firefighters worked in rotations. “Nobody complained, because every one of us knew people who were missing,” he said. That cycle continued for Kozuch over most of the next 10 days. He then began alternating his shifts between Brooklyn and the World Trade Center. That continued for about two months. At the time, his two children — Kate and her younger sister — were 4 and 1 years old, respectively. They couldn’t understand the magnitude of the situation, something that Kozuch said made his job less stressful. Over time, though, that began to change. When Kate was in second grade, local firefighters came to her school to give a presentation about fire safety. Before they arrived, Kate’s teacher pulled her aside to

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ask whether she was comfortable with that, telling her that some of the other students might ask questions. “That’s when I knew there was something else about it that perhaps I hadn’t realized,” she said. As she grew up, Kate began learning more and more about the attacks and her dad’s role in the rescue efforts. Eventually, the day became ingrained in their relationship. Every April, the two would go to the 9/11 memorial in Brooklyn’s Coney Island for a service to remember the day. “So it was always around me growing up,” she said.

343 The number of firefighters from the New York City Fire Department who died from 9/11

Now, Sept. 11 has a special meaning to Kate. As soon as the clock struck midnight Sunday, it was on her mind. She said the day was emotional and spent much of it on the phone with her parents and sister. Kate said she’s always had a strong relationship with her dad, that she’s always viewed him as a hero — things that were reaffirmed once she had a better understanding of what he had done. “I started to appreciate him more than anything else,” she said. “He encapsulates the word, ‘hero.’”

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Boston College — No. 31

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University of Rochester — tied for No. 32

American University —tied for No. 74

Boston University — tied for No. 39

Marquette University — tied for No. 86

Northeastern University — tied for No. 39

University of Dayton — tied for No. 111

Tulane University — tied for No. 39 | @StacyFernandezB


Heartless The Head and the Heart’s new album should have been a fun change, but lacks heart, says music columnist Emera Riley. See page 10

Polka Dot Junior Andy Polk spins chill vibes from his closet-turned-music studio, all while having fun with his friends. See page 11


Orange at heart Meet this year’s homecoming court, which includes a black belt in taekwondo and an aspiring Marine. Who will win? See Thursday’s paper @dailyorange sept. 14, 2016


Surviving parents on campus


hings are about to get weird on this campus. I’m not talking about the workload finally hitting people zombies or that next weekend all of us are going to get drunk on the Lord’s Day and confirm that Fetty Wap PATTY exists during TURHUNE daytime I W R ITE SINS NOT COMEDIES hours. No, I’m talking about something a lot scarier. This campus is about to be overrun with adults — real adults, not just legal adults — and children — real children, not just sorority littles. So, stock up your bunker/ Ernie single with Natty Light and ramen noodles and follow these tips on how to survive a weekend with actual human beings:

Do not allow yourself to be approached by an adult There’s this thing adults like to do when they are returning back to a place of some significance in their life, called “reminiscing,” where they look back on all of the debauchery and fun memories they hold near and dear and then they trap you and make you listen to them drone on and on. Boring. You don’t have to listen to this. You’re forever young. JAMES FRANCO is an EMT for SU Ambulance and served as parliamentarian for Student Association. He plans on going to law school to pursue criminal justice. liam kennedy contributing photographer



Junior shares name with famous actor visiting Syracuse By Kathryn Krawczyk copy chief


wo James Francos walk into Goldstein Auditorium. One is a world-famous actor. The other, a junior political science and history double major at Syracuse University. It’s not just the start of a cheesy joke. And it’s the reality of Friday’s event in Schine Student Center, where Franco the actor will speak at 8 p.m. as part of Orange Central 2016. As part of the Student Association’s finance board, Franco first caught wind of the event back in the spring. When the show was announced on Aug. 28, Franco immediately started cracking jokes: “Two James Francos come, only one’s gonna leave Syracuse.” “There can only be one ownership to the name.” And then, Franco started thinking about how he could catch the star’s attention and bring up their shared name. He and friends have tossed around ideas, like bringing a

sign to the show or creating a Twitter campaign. “Either way, I have to somehow bring it up to him,” Franco said. It’s fitting that Franco will meet the man who shares his name now that he’s in college. Franco said he surprisingly didn’t hear much about his famous name throughout middle and high school. But that all changed when he got to college and introduced himself at his first floor meeting. “All the classic jokes I’ve ever heard over the past 10 years were all in that one moment,” Franco said. It’s not just other students who were cracking jokes. When Franco first applied to be part of Syracuse University Ambulance last year, SUA supervisor Eric Harris didn’t even think Franco was a real person. Since then, the senior biochemistry major has gotten to know Franco far beyond his name. Franco knows everyone on campus, or at least seems to, Harris said. He described him as funny, out there, positive and welcoming — an all-around great guy. see franco page 10

Eat the free food While a generally good survival tip is to eat, this one goes out specifically to all my frugal people living in houses they realistically can’t afford. A lot of the Homecoming events have food and since it’s the rich alumni that can afford to come back to relive their college days for a weekend — see: “reminiscing” above — the university caters with the good stuff. Eat, my pretties. For as soon as the dawn of Monday arrives, it is back to pretending to be interested in campus events with Varsity pizza to sustain yourself.

When drunkenly screaming, choose from a preapproved list You scream, I scream, we all drunkenly scream when we are making our way from the pregame to the game. It usually roots itself in “you’ll never believe what he/she did” and then cooks in a potluck of profanity, which is naturally overheard by every family in the Tri-State area. In order to limit corruption of youth minds to just the intentional this

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franco “He’s not a movie star, but he’s the one we can relate more to,” Harris said. “How is he not famous as well?” Franco works as an EMT for SUA, which he calls “the best organization on campus.” It’s a place where he gets to make an impact daily. “There’s no better feeling than being a driver and flipping on the sirens,” Franco said. “There’s nothing like it.” Franco comes from a family of police officers, so he said he’s always liked the idea of first responding. He even considered following in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps and going into law enforcement himself. With his family’s encouragement, he decided to pursue another side of criminal

justice: prosecution. He’ll be the first man in his family to get a college degree, and will continue his education at law school. Franco’s desire to make an impact on campus also led him to Student Association. Before he even arrived on campus as a freshman, Franco emailed the SA president to find out how he could get involved. Since then, he’s worked alongside longtime SA member and current president Eric Evangelista, serving on the student life and administrative operations committees and spending part of last year as parliamentarian. “He stepped down actually in that position to serve as an EMT, which I think speaks to his character,” said Evangelista, a senior history and political science double major. “It really exemplifies his generosity.” Franco couldn’t stay away from SA for long. Describing him as generous with his

time, energy and motivation, Evangelista said he had to ask Franco to come back to SA. At the end of the year, Franco said he’s planning to run for a SA position. It may be a time when the Franco name works to his advantage, though he isn’t always so sure. “At first, I thought it was a curse, and at times I think it’s a curse,” Franco said. But there are times when Franco crosses his fingers and hopes the recognizable name gives him an edge. When he’s applying for a job or for law school, running for public office or for student government, James Franco will stand out more than Joe Smith. And like it was in his first floor meeting, Franco said his name is a great icebreaker. But Franco’s not letting his famous name get in the way of making a name for himself. | @KathrynKrawczyk

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terhune weekend, some phrases you can yell that can be repeated in a preschool without resulting in a call home: “Clifford the big red dog,” “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “We are all slowly dying and all I got was this lousy daydrunk.” Follow these tips and I’m sure you will survive until it’s your turn to come back to campus and make all the undergraduates uncomfortable by the fact that even after graduation nobody knows what they are doing in life. Patty  Terhune  is a senior policy studies and television, radio and film dual major. She definitely has Peter Pan syndrome or maybe she just can’t get out of those green tights. You reach her at 

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ANDY POLK begins his musical process by making a beat in his closet that doubles as a recording studio. He then adds a vocal, which can include one of his friends or himself. Though he used to approach the recording process through freestyle, he now writes his lyrics beforehand. nalae white contributing photographer

SHUT THE DOOR Junior transforms closet into recording studio, creating mixes with his friends By Leah Meyers staff writer


alk into Andy Polk’s bedroom on the top floor of his house and you’ll find several of his friends hanging out on the couch and clothes scattered all over the floor. Polk, a junior international relations major, has completely transformed his closet into a music production studio with speakers, a microphone, his guitar and, of course, his laptop. If he closes the closet door, the room practically becomes soundproof. “We don’t know where to put our clothes yet,” Polk joked. Polk treats his closet studio like a workshop. He explained that he’ll often start the entire process by writing a chord progression on his guitar, and then translate it with new sounds through the computer. Polk then creates a beat and develops it before he adds a vocal. He said the arrangement is the fun part because he gets to make his own sounds, but mixing and getting the levels right is a struggle. Sometimes Polk does vocals himself, and other times he finds a friend to be featured on his tracks. In his earlier work, he approached the vocals by freestyling, and if

he liked how the lyrics sounded, he’d keep them. Currently, for Polk’s new collection of songs, he has been writing lyrics beforehand. He wants to develop a common theme for the vocals in his project. “All I do is study, and do this,” Polk said of making music. “My friends make fun of me.” On a regular day, Polk will have several musically-inclined friends hanging out in his room. He said that he always chills with them for a little, gets an inspiration and then heads into his studio, and then after a while pokes his head out to play them his newest creation. Jay Rose and Jayson “Jay Mo” Molina frequent the hangouts. The three artists have all been friends since freshman year, and became close after discovering they all have a love of music in common. Rose and Molina are strictly vocalists, writers and rappers. According to Rose, the three friends all bounce their ideas off of each other for motivation, creating a friendly competition. They also each have their own projects going on, with their own distinct styles. Rose already has at least two EPs produced, available on SoundCloud, where they have thousands of listens — some tracks even over 10,000. Molina is known to be featured on Polk’s tracks. At any given time,

the three friends can put on a beat and circle around to freestyle, bouncing off each other, without messing up once.

All I do is study, and do this. My friends make fun of me. Andy Polk student musician

Polk, Molina and Rose were inspired by Syracuse alumni Drew Taggart of the Chainsmokers and the musical success the DJ achieved rapidly after graduation. “(The Chainsmokers) being in relatively exactly the same position that we are in right now, it’s very inspiring to me personally,” Molina said. “Seeing them come back here last year, and the love the school gives them, it’s really dope.” Polk said that with the free champagne and the private jets, being a superstar would be great, but it’s not his ultimate goal. To him, it’s all about creating music that people like and can hang out or party to. “Just like, spread good vibes, set an atmo-

sphere, and bring a place of people together.” Polk said of his goal as an artist. A lot of Polk’s style draws from techno music, because that’s what he grew up listening to. He’s now dipping his toes into the hip-hop realm, thanks to Molina and Rose’s influence. The combination of the two creates Polk’s own unique sound. “That’s why it’s not just one genre — it’s Andy Polk,” Rose said. Polk’s first gig was his freshman dance in high school. By sophomore and junior year, he was performing at Pacha, a nightclub owned by Eddie Dean, a music mogul who brought electronic music to New York City. By the age of 16 he was opening and closing for big named artists such as Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Porter Robinson, and just this last semester, Datsik. Polk also spins at Syracuse parties, and over the summer he performed at a party on a yacht with a music group now called Loophole. His music is available on Spotify and SoundCloud, and for purchase on iTunes. When asked about his future plans, Polk responded with a playful smile and a joke: “Oh, I have a very well thought out plan, about everything that’s going to happen within the next five years. But if I told you, I’d have to kill you.”

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Lagerweij playing like ‘best center back in the country’ By Charlie DiSturco staff writer

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skilton cheering her big sister on from the sidelines. She later called herself “Erica’s little mascot.” Ever since, soccer has been Skilton’s life. Every decision she’s made has been in pursuit of becoming the best. That’s how she went from local club reserve to an upperleague star. From U-17 New Zealand to its senior national team. From foreign freshman to senior captain, who is the Orange’s (6-1-1) leading scorer the past three seasons. Skilton isn’t focusing on being the best now. She wants only one thing in her last year with the Orange: To lead SU to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001. “It’s been my goal ever since I’ve been here,” Skilton said. “... This is our time.” ••• A month had passed since Stephanie first saw Erica play. She loved watching, but wished she could fast-forward to being a grown-up so she could finally play. One of Erica’s coaches walked over to Skilton’s parents. He, like many on the team, had noticed Stephanie’s constant appearances at practices and games. Adrienne Skilton told him that she adores soccer. The coach smiled. “Well, a young boys’ team is starting up for children her age,” the coach said. “She’s more than welcome to join.” Skilton cared little that she was the only girl playing. She just wanted to put on her first pair of cleats. Ten minutes into her first game at the Clendon United Football Fairgrounds, Skilton started complaining. She wanted to get off the field.

Maybe Skilton didn’t like soccer after all, her parents thought. They couldn’t have been more wrong. “Stephanie felt that the boys weren’t playing the game properly,” Adrienne recalled. “She didn’t think they took the game seriously.” Adrienne and Briv encouraged Stephanie to stick with it and she reluctantly agreed. It became evident that Skilton was the most talented player on the team. She possessed an acute sense of the game and a powerful shot. Naturally, her teammates were impressed — she quickly became the most popular player among her teammates. From then on, there were two girls to transport to the Clendon United Football grounds for the Skiltons. ••• The seeds of Skilton’s move to the United States were planted at the U-17 World Cup in 2010. Although New Zealand lost all three games and was eliminated, the experience proved essential. She developed a close friendship with Katie Bowen, a defender who played for the Glenfield Rovers. Bowen pleaded with Skilton to transfer to Glenfield and Skilton agreed. “It wasn’t a stressful environment,” Bowen said, “because we had so much fun playing together. I didn’t want it to end.” Bowen then told Skilton how she wanted to play college soccer in America, and she thought Skilton should do the same — specifically, in the Atlantic Coast Conference. “I explained to her that in the ACC you have tough games week in and week out,” Bowen said. “This environment is what you need to get yourself into to improve your game. … I knew it was for Steph and that she would have so much fun.”

Bowen eventually committed to UNC and won the national title as a freshman. The benefits, from a soccer perspective, were clear to Skilton. But she was still conflicted. Night after night, she grappled with the decision. Skilton lived in New Zealand, 18 hours away by plane, her entire life. No one in Skilton’s family had ever been to the U.S. before. And most of all, Skilton’s parents were uneasy with the idea. But everything changed when her parents came around. “We were apprehensive at first about losing our youngest daughter ...,” Adrienne Skilton said. “But it was obvious that it was a fantastic opportunity.” TOP DOG Stephanie Skilton has led Syracuse in scoring in each of the past three seasons.


LIES LAGERWEIJ is a versatile back for No. 1 Syracuse. She leads the team in goals with seven and has also tallied one assist. Head coach Ange Bradley called her “the best center back in the country.” liam sheehan staff photographer

Lies Lagerweij locked eyes with a Stanford player and swung her stick, hitting a perfect through-ball pass across the field. As the Syracuse offense pushed into Cardinal territory, Lagerweij quickly followed behind before receiving a pass. She took a look around and decided it was better to make another pass instead of taking the shot. That’s Lagerweij’s style of play. She makes smart decisions on the ball, ready to feed teammates or take the shot depending on her options. She’s active on both sides of the field. With that comes more duties. On a change in possession, she has to run 75 yards back the other way to set up for the counter attack. “It’s hard because it’s a lot of running and long distance running as well,” Lagerweij said. The versatile 6-foot-1 center back has been a main contributor to No. 1 Syracuse’s (6-0) stout defense, which has only allowed one goal per game. She’s also responsible for many goals on the offensive side, whether it be starting the play with her passing or finishing with her shot. “It’s special,” head coach Ange Bradley said when asked about the versatility of Lagerweij. “… she’s one of the best players in the country.” Lagerweij is leading the Orange with seven goals. The next closest player, Elaine Clarey, is at five, with the next coming in at three. Her 1.17 goals per game ranks tied for 12th in the nation. Of her 14 shots, 12 have landed on goal. That 86 percent clip is good for second among SU players with eight or more shots. “She’s probably one of the smartest players in the country,” Bradley said. Lagerweij has only one assist over the







Now the only question was where Skilton would play. Bowen acted as a mentor for Skilton, who asked for Bowen’s opinion when a school approached. Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon was the man who brought Skilton across the earth.

first six games, but still is one of SU’s more talented passers. Many times against Stanford, she got stuck in the corner after a defensive stop and found an open player as her opponents closed in on her. The passes were hard and crisp. Her teammates were able to control the pass and push up field. While she helps set up teammates, her scoring has always been her strong suit. Late in the 2014 season, she moved from forward to center back. But her scoring totals have never been this high. All of last season, she totaled just three goals while being a key defender in Syracuse’s national championship run. She topped that in her third game of this season, scoring her third and fourth goals of the year. Her scoring mentality, however, is always put aside on defense. “I play with a lot lower risk (when on defense) because you can’t go dribble in your own defensive area,” Lagerweij said. “But, I definitely think when I cross the 25-yard line, the attacker (in) me comes up and I still have the same tendencies and I still want to get a shot off or get a corner.” During those corners, Lagerweij lines up dead center, to the left of the setter, ready to take the shot. But, she is also willing to fake her opponents and let a player behind her take the shot, as she did multiple times throughout the SU-Stanford game. “The changes that she’s made since the first year,” Bradley said, “and her ability to look at her team and surrender the pride that she had as being a center forward to being the best center back in the country is unbelievable.” And once those corners end, Lagerweij hustles back to her position on the opposite side of the field. Because that’s the player she is.

He recalled receiving video on Stephanie and decided he needed Skilton in orange. He immediately contacted her family. Her national team coaches. Her club coaches. Everyone who had seen Stephanie play. Wheddon typically flies to check out international players. He didn’t need to with Skilton. “It was never a question,” Wheddon said. “Any time you can get a girl like her, as well as someone from the national team, it’s special for a coach. It was a no-brainer.” ••• Syracuse’s forwards were out of gas during the tail end of a Sept. 4 game against Cornell on a scorching hot day. The Orange was coming off a loss to Bucknell three days earlier to halt its undefeated start to the season. One week before, Wheddon said every game the rest of the way matters in the playoff push. In extra time, Skilton, Syracuse’s most prolific scorer, emerged once again. Alex Lamontagne hooked a cross into the box. The ball eventually bounced to Skilton who fired it in, winning the game. Skilton’s come a long way since that morning in Auckland. She’s morphed from a curious child solely focused on being the best to the one trying to carry the Orange. She dreams of playing professionally someday. But that’s the last thing on her mind. She has one last season to finish what she came here to do. To make the tournament. “I wake up and I just want to live and breathe soccer,” Skilton said. “If I could just play soccer forever that would be amazing… ending my collegiate career making the tournament would just be a dream come true.”


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Late Johannes Pieles header lifts SU past Hofstra, 1-0 By Matthew Gutierrez asst. copy editor

When Liam Callahan puts both of his hands up before a corner kick, he signals his teammates to line up straight and create chaos for the goalkeeper. Once Callahan puts his hands down, he bumps the ball to a teammate who launches it toward the net. In the 88th minute Tuesday night, with the game knotted at zero, Callahan put his hands up. Syracuse players created chaos. When Callahan put them down, he sent the ball toward the net. Johannes Pieles broke from the line and headed the ball into the goal, powering No. 5 Syracuse (6-0) to a 1-0 win over Hofstra (2-3-1) at SU Soccer Stadium. “It comes down to quality serve, with Liam and Oyvind (Alseth),” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said of his team’s set pieces. “And when balls are put into those dangerous areas it becomes difficult for teams.” The Orange broke nearly 90 minutes of scoreless play, avoiding a tie or upset at the hands of a team that just beat SU a year prior in 2015’s season opener. Syracuse, amid its best start in 32 years, controlled the ball for much of the first half, just as it did in its contest with the Pride a year ago. Only this time, the Orange broke through late. Sergio Camargo set up Callahan’s corner by dribbling hard toward goal and dodging Hofstra’s Rory Murphy. His shot was deflected, scooting into the right corner of the field, where Callahan would eventually assist the game-winning goal from. “I was kind of just focusing on putting it near the near post area,” Callahan said, “and hopefully somebody would get a head on it.” When the ball went into the net, Pieles spread his arms wide. Hofstra goalkeeper Leonard Arkhanhelskyi paused for several seconds after the game’s end, in disbelief at what had happened three minutes earlier. The Orange outshot the Pride 11-3 in the first half, and those early shots frustrated Hofstra. The Pride’s Joseph Holland cor-

(FROM LEFT) JOHANNES PIELES AND MORGAN HACKWORTH embrace after Pieles scored the game-winning goal against Hofstra. It was his third goal of the season and the Orange won, 1-0. courtesy of syracuse athletic communications

ralled teammates Adam Savill and Oscar Ramsay near midfield. He pointed at them, tapping their chests with the back of his hands, as if urging them to step up defensively and stop allowing Syracuse to move the ball near the box. For much of the quiet second half, though, Hofstra and Syracuse split possession. Several corner kicks throughout the game had ended in scrums or wide shots. “First half, we were dictating the tempo, taking chances,” McIntyre said. “I think we could have worked their goalie a little bit more.” Ten minutes into the second half, Chris Nanco broke away but had his dribble blocked by a defender. Less than a minute

later, he fired a shot that was smothered near the 18-yard box. Nanco tossed his hands in the air, frustrated at another wasted effort. Pieles followed up on the rebound with another shot that resulted the same way. The crowd grew slightly louder. Yet the scoreboard remained 0-0. Minutes later, Kamal Miller signaled for Nanco to pass it from the corner. Miller darted hard, dribbled past a defender, lost control and surrendered the ball. After Pieles missed a pass opportunity at around the same time, he put his hands in prayer formation, in front of his eyes. Midway through the second half, McIntyre pressed his hands down to slow

SU’s pace. The game had opened up in the second half, both teams frenetically going back and forth. Chance after chance for the Orange ended in a wide shot. Even Hofstra, which had barely possessed the ball in the first 45 minutes, stayed with the pace. Not until the final 10 minutes of the game did Syracuse shake itself into urgency and get the good shots that it had generated early. It was a freshman, Pieles, who emerged from the chaos in front of the goal. A freshman who hadn’t scored since Aug. 28. A freshman who put Syracuse one win away from tying the program’s record for best start to a season.

Syracuse defensive unit shines in 2nd straight shutout By Tomer Langer asst. copy editor

Hofstra’s Danny Elliott barreled toward Syracuse’s goal with a one-on-one against Orange goalie Hendrik Hilpert. SU had tried to trap Elliott offside, but the ball was played perfectly ahead of time, giving him a chance to break the scoreless tie in the 56th minute. Hilpert did what any goalie is supposed to do. He charged forward to take away Elliott’s angle. Hilpert dove at the ball. Elliott sidestepped him but lost the ball for a brief moment before winning it back, with Hilpert still sprawled on the ground. Elliott fired a shot away, but the ball never found the back of what was seemingly an empty net. Instead, it hit the body of senior defender Louis Cross who had recovered just in time and saved what looked to be a surefire go-ahead goal for the Pride. “I wanted to make — probably what a goalkeeper would do, except I can’t use my hands,” Cross said laughing. “I just tried to make myself as big as possible and luckily it hit me.” No. 5 Syracuse (6-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) played a stifling brand of defense throughout the game even though the team played with a more offensive-heavy midfield lineup for the first time. But Cross, Hilpert and the

LOUIS CROSS (5) AND MILES ROBINSON (RIGHT) lead a defense that earned its third shutout in four games. The Orange lost to Hofstra in its season opener in 2015, 2-1, but redeemed the loss on Tuesday. tony curtis staff photographer

rest of the defense starred in the 1-0 win over Hofstra (2-3-1) on Tuesday night at SU Soccer Stadium. It was Syracuse’s second straight shutout and third in four games. SU’s five-player midfield line is flanked by Liam Callahan and Oyvind Alseth at each wing. So far this season, the Orange

had usually opted to plug two of the other three spots with defensive minded midfielders. Mo Adams locks down one spot with a revolving door at the other. But SU dropped down Nanco to attacking midfielder to start the game, meaning one of the other defensive midfield spots was gone. It was up to Adams and the backline of Cross,

Miles Robinson and Kamal Miller to prevent scoring opportunities, down one helper. “Mo Adams in front, I thought, was immense,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “That’s tough to keep Joseph Holland (Hofstra’s leading scorer last year) as quiet as he was tonight.” Holland finished with no shots at all. He did get injured in the 65th minute, writhing in pain during a stoppage of play and being helped off the field without putting any weight on his left leg. But within eight minutes, he returned to the field. For much of the game it was Louis Cross who shut down any of Hofstra’s attacks. Twice in the first half he stuck his leg right in front of a ball a Pride player had just kicked, preventing it from going into a dangerous area either in the box or on net. On his left and right, respectively, Miller and Robinson pressed up, preventing Hofstra’s midfielders — the strength of the team — from ever getting comfortable with the ball. Elliott’s shot aside, Hilpert went largely unchallenged the entire night. Hofstra only got off four other shots and while Hilpert was awarded with two saves, neither one was much of a real scoring threat. “You have to rely on your teammates,” Hilpert said of his defense. “I have a lot of faith and I really rely on those guys.” | @tomer_langer

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WINSTON LEE ran track for Syracuse in the spring as a sprinter. This summer, he joined the football team as a walk-on. He started out training camp as a running back, but has since switched to defensive back. jessica sheldon photo editor from page 16


before Syracuse’s first game and a week after Lee switched positions. “And he’s one of those guys that we’re looking at and he’s gonna help us. We’re not sure where he’s gonna help us at. “He’s not moving because of other peoples’ injuries. He’s moving because he has the ability to help us at all those spots.” Lee played running back and linebacker at Hudson (New York) High School while also running track. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry and was selected to play in the 2013 Blue-Grey All Star Classic in Florida. He won a state championship in the 100meter dash and placed fifth at nationals. At a football combine, Lee managed a standing broad jump of 11 feet, 6 inches — breaking the high school mark set by current Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III. Lee wanted to do both at the college level, but SUNY Cobleskill had no football team so he was stuck with just track. As a freshman, he was named an All-American. And by sophomore year, Lee was an NCAA Division III national champion in the 60-meter dash. In the car after winning the national title, Lee’s coach Brad Fichthorn turned to him and said “You’re the national champ.” Lee just smiled and said “Yeah, what’s next?” What was next was Syracuse, where he ran track last spring. Lee was “kind of” thinking about playing football at SU before he even arrived. He always wanted to play Division I football and this was his shot. He’s not sure when he made up his mind, but maintains it wasn’t an impulse decision. He asked no one for advice — not his parents, friends or fellow athletes. Early this summer, Lee approached Syracuse running back Jordan Fredericks and asked what it would take to join the football team. Talk to the head coach, Fredericks responded. “It was a surprise to me,” Fredericks said. “Kids come up to you and say they want to play and then you never see them. But he said it and actually did it.” Joining the team required several meetings with director of player development Roy Wittke and the OK from Chris Fox and Dave Hegland, SU’s track coaches. They had some doubt, Lee said, but they respected what he was doing. Lee hadn’t played football in about four or five years, so the adjustment is still ongoing. Learning the plays and signals — at both running back and defensive back — was difficult and frustrating he said. The change to a sport where most of your day is scheduled was the most difficult switch to make. His first hit of the season against Colgate was less intense than he thought it would be.

Once the football season is over, Lee still plans to run track at SU. He thinks the training that came along with Syracuse’s up-tempo offense will help during the running season. Now that he’s on the team, Lee’s goals are simple: practice well and move up on the depth chart. With a third of the team’s defensive backs either injured or coming off injury, it could happen quicker than he or the coaches first thought. “I always try to prosper in my goals and if I want something I go for it,” Lee said. “I try to get it. Football is one of them. I just made the jump and I’m here now.” — Staff writer Matt Liberman,, contributed reporting to this story. | @jmettus


Lies to me SU field hockey’s Lies Lagerweij, a versatile back who leads the No. 1 ranked Orange with seven goals, tallied one assist this season. See page 12

@Coach_Hopkins Happy birthday @cjfair! Great career including the 2013 Final Four. He’ll do well in France this season! #CuseFamily


Hotline bling Dino Babers will be on the ACC teleconference on Wednesday. There will be updates on what Babers says ahead of USF. See Thursday’s paper @dailyorange sept. 14, 2016 • PAG E 16

END GOAL Skilton hopes to lead SU to 1st NCAA tournament since 2001

Text by Byron Tollefson asst. web editor

Photos by Liam Kennedy contributing photographer


t was 7 a.m. and 4-year-old Stephanie Skilton was fast asleep. But downstairs in her Auckland, New Zealand home, Adrienne Skilton, Stephanie’s mom, had been up for hours. Her oldest daughter, Erica, was getting ready to play a match for her local club team, Clendon United. It was a typical morning at the Skilton household. Another day, another game. All of a sudden, a thought stopped Adrienne in her tracks as she was getting ready. Stephanie’s never seen a soccer game,

she realized. Soon after, Stephanie was in the back of the car heading to the Clendon United Football Grounds. Saturday soccer was a ritual for the Skilton family, yet she had no clue what all the fuss was about. As the game began, Stephanie gazed across the field. She was taken aback. The game captivated her. The crisp passes and powerful volleys. The huge roars from the crowd around her. Love at first sight. The little girl wanted to get on the field; she felt like she belonged there. She wanted to put on a pair of cleats and kick the ball too. Stephanie couldn’t get enough. Soon after, she begged her mom to let her attend her sister’s practices. She craved see skilton page 12

STEPHANIE SKILTON has led SU in goals each of the past three seasons. She grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and was the first person in her family to come to the U.S.


Inside Winston Lee’s decision to walk on to Syracuse football By Jon Mettus asst. sports editor

Reno Ferri rattled off questions to a group of Syracuse players working with children in a gym at Fort Drum during preseason training camp. “Who’s the heaviest guy here?”

he asked. “Who’s the lightest? Who’s the slowest?” Several players called out and debated after each question. “Who’s the fastest?” Standing to the far left of the group of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and linemen,

one newly acquired, 5-foot-10, 193pound running back raised his hand. “Oh yeah, Winston. I forgot,” another one of the players said. “You run track.” Winston Lee joined the SU (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) football team as a walk-on this summer after running

track at Syracuse in the spring of 2016 — his first semester at SU since transferring from SUNY Cobleskill. The 60- and 100-meter dash runner has since moved over to defensive back and views himself as a role player, primarily on special teams. Lee recorded his first career tack-

le on a kickoff in the season opener against Colgate. But with two more injuries to the secondary during Friday’s game against Louisville, his chances of playing time have risen. “He’s got a lot of ability,” SU head coach Dino Babers said a few days

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