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O’Hare writes that gun violence in music and movies exposes issues in society. Page 4
Syracuse city budget would close Fire Station No. 7. Page 3
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Foss exhibits why relatable rap is still the tops. Page 13
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Honors Program. The honors program at SU was revamped in 2004-05 when Gorovitz stepped in as its director. The structure,
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Renee Crown University Honors Program
60% of those enrolled graduate with honors
Editor’s Note: This series explores how the Renee Crown University Honors Program has changed since its overhaul in 2005, and where those involved wish to see it head.
of those enrolled graduate with honors
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or years, the Syracuse University honors program held a tradition that allowed every student graduating with honors to speak at the program’s convocation — that’s how few students were enrolling in and graduating from the program. “You could do that when there were 40 students. When it got to be 80, it was impossible. When it hit 100, nobody would have thought of it as an idea,” said Samuel Gorovitz, founding director of the Renee Crown University
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75% of those enrolled graduate with honors
Honors program grows, grapples with accommodating increased enrollment, graduation rates By Stephanie Bouvia
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Graduation of the first students to enter the revamped program.
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Syracuse’s family tradition onto the women’s lacrosse field. Page 24
Near mile 21 of the Boston Marathon, race officials diverted Kelly Swan Taylor to a side road that paralleled the racecourse. She began to wonder why so many runners were calling family members on their cellphones. In the VIP section of the marathon stands, Laura Beachy and her coworker decided to catch an train back to New York City earlier than they anticipated. As they walked away from the race, they heard a rumble they thought was an oncoming train. Christine Beckett checked in at the finish line of the marathon on FourSquare while waiting for a friend to finish the race. When she got back to her car around 3 p.m., she was surprised to see a flurry of text messages from friends and family members asking if she was alright. For these three Syracuse University alumnae and others watching and participating in the Boston Marathon, the news that two explosions at the finish line had killed at least three people and injured more than 100 left them stunned and trying to piece together what happened. “(The runners) weren’t aware of the gravity of the situation of the time,” said Swan Taylor, a 1999 alumna. “We thought that a transformer had blown or something. We weren’t sure if it was criminal or not. We were just trying to make sense of it.” In addition to many SU alumni who participated in the race, at least 10 current SU faculty, staff and students ran in the marathon. None of them were injured in the explosions. Nick Bedbury, a graduate student in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering; Bridget Hughes, a business office assistant at SU Abroad; Rebecca Bader, an assistant professor in the department of chemical and biochemical engineering; and Tim O’Toole, director of bas-
ketball operations for SU Athletics, all ran in the race, but had finished by the time the explosions occurred. A squad of about 10 SU ROTC cadets also marched in the marathon carrying 40-pound backpacks and wearing their uniforms. The group participated in the race to raise
“We thought that a transformer had blown or something. We weren’t sure if it was criminal or not. We were just trying to make sense of it.” Kelly Swan Taylor
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money for the Green Beret Foundation, said Bob Hartwig, whose son Jordan was one of the cadets. The cadets finished the race at about 1:15 p.m. and were eating a late lunch in the staging area, located three or four blocks north of the finish line, when the explosions occurred, Hartwig said. The explosions marred an event many alumni referred to as the “happiest day of the year” for Boston, and raised questions about what future races will be like. “The race is so family-oriented and everyone comes out for it,” Swan Taylor said. “I don’t know how they can increase security and still make it the same kind of race.” Although the Boston Marathon may forever be associated with the explosions, Beckett, a 2007 alumna who now works as an attorney in
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A Finance Board member and former assembly representative was elected as Board of Trustees liaison, a position that assembly representatives deemed one of the most important student-held positions on campus, during Monday night’s Student Association general assembly meeting. The assembly elected Kyle Coleman over three other candidates to serve as a representative to the board. Coleman, who unsuccessfully ran for SA president in the fall, will be responsible for relaying students’ concerns and submitting a report to the Board of Trustees before each meeting. Two seats on the Board of Trustees are available to students, with one automatically awarded to the SA president. “The best thing about this job is the opportunity to take student concerns to the highest level,” Coleman said after the meeting. Due to parliamentary procedure, the association wasn’t able to compare the candidates in the initial round of voting. Instead, candidates were kept in contention if representatives felt they were qualified for the position. The final vote boiled down to Coleman and Emily Ballard, Board of Elections and Membership chair. Vice President Duane Ford and Nate Eldridge, a sophomore economics major, did not make it past the first round of votes.
Owen Kerney, deputy director of planning and sustainability for the city of Syracuse. “We all decided that we needed a solution to the vandalism that was durable, safe and permanent,” he said. “The column lights were the best option.” The bollards that are currently installed cost $1,100 each, in addition
The budget proposed by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner for 2013-14 calls for the closure of Fire Station No. 7. Located on 1039 E. Fayette St., station No. 7 responds to most calls on the Hill and at Syracuse University. But the station is in poor condition and would require nearly $1 million in rehabilitation costs, according to Miner’s proposed budget. The fire department will save $1.9 million from the consolidation and realignment of operations, according to Miner’s budget. In addition, the number of on-duty fire staff will be cut from 69 to 65, decreasing the amount of overtime paid to firefighters. The budget is just a proposal for the time being. Syracuse Common Councilor Bob Dougherty said during their April 9 meeting that many members of the council said they hoped the station would not close. But the station could close as early as May, said Lance Denno, another member of the common council. Denno expressed concerns about reducing the number of on-duty firefighters. “Closing the station is a small problem,” he said. “Cutting the onduty strength will hurt public safety throughout the city and will seriously harm firefighter safety.” While the budget states that no layoffs are scheduled, firefighters currently located at station No. 7 will be reassigned across the city. Even though the staff at station No. 7 will still have jobs, Lonnie Johnson, president of the Syracuse firefighters union, said public safety could become a concern if the station is eliminated. “The good thing is nobody is losing their job, but our biggest concern is public safety,” Johnson said. “Syracuse is lucky they have men and women who are compassionate about keeping the city safe, but I just worry about the firefighters being stretched too thin.” Johnson said an additional concern is how the other stations will adjust to having more area to cover with one less station responding to calls. He said stations No. 6 and No. 7 together received one-third of the city’s calls last year. He believes the total number of calls will increase this year. Johnson also said familiarity with
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He was elected as a Board of Trustees representative.
The SA vice president was the least prepared and answered in brief sentences during his interview with Ivan Rosales for the Board of Trustees representative position, Rosales said.
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The number of resolutions passed Monday evening.
JAMES PASH, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, balances on a slack line on the Quad next to Link Hall on Monday. Students embraced the warm weather as the temperature rose to about 60 degrees by playing frisbee and lounging on the Quad. The spring-like weather is expected to continue throughout the next few days with temperatures hitting the low 70s later in the week.
City to replace damaged University Avenue lights By Meredith Newman ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Due to excessive vandalism, the city of Syracuse will replace the Connective Corridor lights along University Avenue in the coming month. The waist-high red lights, referred to as bollards, were first damaged last May. As of October, about 19 of the 43 lights had
been damaged. At that time, the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety and Syracuse Police Department began investigating the vandalism. City officials will replace the lights with about 20, 10-foot-high red columns, which will ultimately cost $56,900. The new lights will be placed as soon as they arrive, which will be sometime this month, said
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Former police officers to advocate against drug policies LETTER TO THE EDITOR What would you think about a group of retired and ex-cops whose life passions and pursuits are the legalization of drugs? “Nonsense,” you might think! But it’s real. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition was formed by cops who saw first-hand the extreme violence, cost, cruelty and ineffectiveness of the decadeslong war on drugs. They speak and advocate all around the country about how current drug policy creates a black market full of violence and profit. This happened with alcohol when it was once prohibited in our country. Passionate about restorative justice, concerned about wasted drug enforcement dollars and with a deep concern for all of the lives needlessly ruined by the war on drugs, they want to see drugs legalized, but strictly regulated. Curious to learn more and hear the president of LEAP, Peter Crist, speak? He will speak on April 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Grant Auditorium, part of the College of Law’s White Hall. There will be an hourlong movie, Peter’s talk and then a lively discussion will follow. It will blow your mind in an intellectual, engaged and civically responsible way! Let’s hope this is the beginning of a giant LEAP forward in our justice system!
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Movies, music featuring gun violence expose societal issues
omedian Demetri Martin tells a joke during his stand-up routine about creating a video game called “Super Busy Hospital” in which you take care of characters who get shot in every other video game. He jests, “I’m performing surgery on a man who was shot in the head 57 times.” Though funny, it’s frightening how true this joke pertains to gun violence in American pop culture, and how much audiences enjoy it. Regardless of whether Congress passes stricter gun regulations in the near future, we need to address gun violence as a fetish in its fictional form. Take “Django Unchained” (2013) for instance. When Django shoots Calvin Candie’s sister, Lara, she’s blown into the next room — much to the theater’s amusement, or at least the one I was in. Scenes like this are a Quentin Tarantino trademark, and many of his films are considered classics. But the pinnacle of gun-blasting action movies has to be “Shoot ‘Em Up” (2007). As the title suggests, it’s essentially an hour and a half of Clive Owen littering bad guys with bullets. I’m not saying all forms of gun violence should be banned from film, and I understand these movies are fiction. But it’s the brutal excessiveness and approval by audiences that is unsettling. I’m not above it — war movies are my favorites, though they often include gruesome scenes. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) is one of the goriest war movies there is — men are burned alive, shot in the head and blown to pieces. Yet the Normandy landing scene exemplifies the gratuitous violence. After Americans take out a bunker, the
the only living boy in new york German soldier inside tumbles out toward the beach as an entire U.S. platoon pumps rounds into his flailing body. Sgt. Horvath says with regretful sarcasm, “It’s a God damn fire squad.” In the middle of the greatest military engagement in history, Horvath notes how unnecessary it is to use that many bullets to kill the German. He recognizes that, at a certain point, it’s sadistic. His response rightfully indicates that in this movie and others that, yes, gun violence is sometimes necessary, but there should be a limit. Music is also characterized by excessive firearms use. Hip-hop, more specifically “gangsta rap,” romanticizes gun violence. Though groups like N.W.A. tried to increase awareness of the violence in their neighborhoods, they perpetuated the cycle of fans idealizing “thug life”. Eminem says it best in “Sing for the Moment”: “See what these kids do is hear about us totin’ pistols/ And they want to get one cause they think the sh*t’s cool/ Not knowin’ we really just protectin’ ourselves/ We entertainers, of course the sh*t’s affectin’ our sales.” Rappers are often judged not by their musical talent, but by their street cred. That is, where they’re from, their incarceration history and if
they’ve ever been shot. Their association with gun violence is ingrained in their star personas. Like in movies, this mentality often goes too far. And when it permeates into real life, it leads to tragedies, as was the case for artists like 2pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jam Master Jay and too many others. The problem is not that gun violence exists in pop culture. What’s concerning is the degree to which it exists and how much we as a society enjoy its portrayal. Gun violence is not just a legal issue, it’s a societal one, and by embracing its depiction in entertainment, we hinder our capability of preventing it in real life. I get that it’s fiction, imagination, makebelieve, that you can simply turn it off anytime the violence becomes too brutal. But when similar events happen in real life, there’s not a power button you can simply press and make everything go away. James O’Hare is a senior history and political science major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Kumquat should seize opportunity to improve SU Since The Kumquat launched more than a year ago, it has quickly gained the Syracuse University community’s attention by highlighting the school’s stereotypes in a satirical way. The student-run organization has created buzz, most recently with a video about Bid Day that received more than 100,000 views online. But now, it is time for the organization to take advantage of an opportunity to really tackle some of campus’ pressing issues by using satire to make a difference. The Kumquat has built a legitimate viewer base by commenting on the most obvious SU stereotypes in its videos. These stereotypes include sorority girls, the Student Association and students enrolled in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The Kumquat’s success in entertaining viewers and generating conversation about campus stereotypes has provided a refreshing contrast to SU’s hard news outlets. Group members should now refocus their efforts toward bettering the community, in
EDITORIAL by the daily orange addition to entertaining it. Using humor has proved successful in creating campuswide discussion of less significant issues at SU, as well as educating individuals who do not follow other campus news sources. Accenting the serious problems facing SU with humor could be a beneficial way to make more of campus aware of the problems. The Kumquat could gain more of the campus’ attention if it pursues this type of content while also branching out to address a variety of topics beyond the group’s focus on Newhouse. If members of the organization choose to provide humor about more widespread campus issues, a sense of self-awareness must continue to be followed. There is a fine line between being humorous and being offensive. But if a balance is struck, The Kumquat could do more for SU than just make students laugh.
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Unclear policies allow IRS to search technological forms of communication
esterday was Tax Day, and many spent it submitting last-minute tax returns. For those who haven’t, the Internal Revenue Service could be checking your emails. According to a release of IRS documents last week, the agency has claimed the authority to read through taxpayers’ emails, social media posts and other forms of communication without a warrant. The purpose is to pursue delinquent taxpayers. The documents were released at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union through the Freedom of Information Act. The group argues that findings reveal the IRS has taken its authority unfairly. Nathan Wessler, a staff attorney, wrote in a blog post, “it was the policy of the IRS to read people’s email without getting a warrant.”
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In a 2009 IRS handbook, it states that emails more than 180 days old or already opened do not need to be retrieved with a warrant. This is perfectly legal according to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which lets government agencies access communications after 180 days in storage. The IRS’ stance on the issue demonstrates a continued lack of respect for privacy by the government. It also demonstrates that legislators and the president are doing little to stop inappropriate surveillance attempts. The IRS should not have the power to look through emails. The IRS denies it has used this power. In a statement, the agency said, “Our job is to administer the nation’s tax laws, and we do so in a way that follows the law and treats
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to the left, to the left taxpayers with respect. Contrary to some suggestions, the IRS does not use emails to target taxpayers. Any suggestion to the contrary is wrong.” While the IRS argues it has not used emails, the mere fact it has claimed the ability to do so is concerning. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said, “This is an affront not only to our system of checks and balances, but also to our fundamental right to privacy.” Ideally, we want the IRS to have the
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power to track down delinquent taxpayers and make a strong effort to ensure all taxes due are collected. However, not requiring the agency to have warrants is not a benefit to the public as a whole. It ignores the Constitution’s protections prohibiting improper searches. The Fourth Amendment should apply to emails, Facebook posts and other forms of communication. Search and seizure is not only for tangible objects, but also for electronic property. Users expect their emails to stay private. This is the reason for usernames and passwords. We don’t assume people are looking through our inboxes. Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft are among companies saying they will not reveal a user’s email unless they have a warrant. Their
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assurances are not enough, though. President Barack Obama, who has the power to issue agency directives, has failed to address this issue and ensure privacy has not been violated. Congress has done little, too. By not acting, we have ended up with an unclear policy and the unnecessary possibility for agencies to overreach their power. This is yet another instance in which the law and technology have not caught up with each other. We wouldn’t accept government agencies opening our mail. It is illegal. Technological forms of communication aren’t treated the same way by government, but need to be. Harmen Rockler is a senior newspaper and online journalism and political science major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com or followed on Twitter at @LeftofBoston.
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SU to partner with company to lower textbook costs By Taylor Baker STAFF WRITER
The Syracuse University Press is teaming up with a higher-education technology platform to reinvent traditional and costly college textbooks. SU Press is collaborating with AcademicPub to bring multiple benefits to both SU students and staff, said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharedBook Inc., the parent company of AcademicPub.
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The yearly estimated cost of books and supplies for a Syracuse University student is $1,360. For graduate students, the price drops to an average $822. This compares to CollegeBoard’s yearly estimated $1,200 for books and supplies at four-year undergraduate public colleges. To lower these expenses, the University Bookstore has increased rental options for students in recent years. In addition, the bookstore offers guaranteed buyback options for textbooks when professors commit to using the same class materials in successive semesters. Finally, students can save money on textbooks by buying and selling books online with other students through the SU Bookstore’s Books2bucks website. This service is free to all SU and SUNYESF students. Source: bigfuture.collegeboard.org; syr.edu; books2bucks.syr.edu
AcademicPub allows professors to customize, assemble and price their own course materials into one book, eliminating the need for students to buy multiple books for a class. “It allows faculty to just select the chapters, journal articles, web documents, links and lectures that they want to use in their course, and basically compile one textbook out of it, instead of assigning multiple text books for purchase,” Vanderlip said. Professors and students will have the option of purchasing the customized text in either e-book or print format, Vanderlip said. This option is 60-percent cheaper for students than buying traditional textbooks, she said. The program is already available for professors to use, but will be available via SU Press within the next few weeks. Beau Brooks, a junior sport management major, said he doesn’t buy required course textbooks because they are often too expensive and he hardly uses them for class. “Half of the time, we don’t use most of the material in them,” Brooks said. “However, if I was given a cheaper alternative to buying books, I would definitely consider it.” The AcademicPub virtual library has contracts with more than 210 publishers to date, 50 of which are associated with universities such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Michigan and academic-based publishers like Oxford University Press and Cambridge. These publishers give the technology platform their clean digital files of more than 800 million units of context to essentially group
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“Half of the time we don’t use most of the material in them. However, if I was given a cheaper alternative to buying books, I would definitely consider it.” Beau Brooks
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into simpler chapters, journal articles and more, Vanderlip said. “AcademicPub.com is available for all faculty to use anywhere in the globe, where faculty come into that site and have multiple options of content from which to select,” Vanderlip said. SU Press is supplying its content to the AcademicPub library for professors to select for use in their courses, she said. Vanderlip added that a major benefit of partnering with AcademicPub is that users are able to select content from the company’s library in addition to their own college’s content. Said Vanderlip: “We are very excited to have Syracuse University Press as part of our library, and were hoping that more SU professors will take advantage of the platform, as well as saving for the students that we support.”
to the cost of labor to install them, according to an April 12 article by The Post-Standard. Kerney said city officials discussed various options in the last few months. Rather than replace the bollards, which could be vandalized again, city officials decided to construct lights that couldn’t be damaged as easily. In addition to being taller, the new lights will have a larger diameter than the bollards. The new lights are about 6-8 inches in diameter, while the current lights are about 3-4 inches, Kerney said. The lights will have a similar shape and color to the current lights. There are no plans to replace other Connective Corridor lights in the city, he added. Kerney said the lights are important to the Connective Corridor project, which looks to revitalize and connect the city to the university. “The illumination of the lights along the Connective Corridor are used by both people in the city and university,” Kerney said. “I think everyone is excited to replace them.” firstname.lastname@example.org @MerNewman
DARK TIMES • May 2012: First two lights are broken • Oct. 4 2012: 11 lights are damaged • Oct. 23 2012: 19 lights are damaged • Spring 2013: The city will replace the damaged lights with 20 taller and more durable lights
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Through online textbook technology, company allows professors to see what students read By Jared Rosen
ven though textbooks can be costly, they are often barely opened. But with new online textbook technology, professors might know just how often students look at their books. CourseSmart, owned by McGraw Hill, is pioneering the effort to make course materials available online by making thousands of textbooks available for laptops, smartphones and mobile devices. Included in this movement are features that allow
CourseSmart has many new features, that allow students and teachers to interact with textbooks in more ways than ever before. The company, which is owned by McGraw-Hill, launched the new technology last year and has already signed up more than 3.5 million students and teachers. One of its most important features is the engagement index, which allows teachers to see how their students are using the online textbook. Although some educators argue this knowledge can help them better understand how students study, many students say the score doesn’t accurately reflect how well they know the material. The engagement index is calculated based on: • How many times the e-textbook was opened • How long the textbook was open for • How many pages were read • How much and what sort of material was highlighted • Whether the student took notes
professors and administrators to peer into their students’ progress. The company is now testing in-depth tracking for their digital textbook purchases, according to an April 8 New York Times article. This means professors will have the ability to see which chapters and pages are not being read. By reporting this information back to the instructors, CourseSmart will allow professors to tailor how they teach, and assist in deciding what work to assign. Jose Cerrilla, a sophomore computer science major, said he is uneasy about the thought of his professors potentially overseeing his reading assignments. “I think it is important for me not to just read the textbook, but also read a lot more to gain more knowledge,” he said. “This also complicates the issue of sharing the textbook because it is more of a challenge for the professor to see how you are doing.” One of the goals of the new service is to create better study materials and help the publishers know what is and what is not working for students, according to an April 9 Atlantic Wire article. The program also allows professors to see if important passages are being highlighted and determine whether students are spending a long time on each page or skimming after a long time studying. Nick Cain, a sophomore entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major, said he thought this feature was unwarranted. “They already quiz you on the information, so it doesn’t matter if they see that you didn’t read the textbook. As long as you do well on the quiz is all that matters,” he said.
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“They already quiz you on the information, so it doesn’t matter if they see that you didn’t read the textbook. As long as you do well on the quiz is all that matters.” Nick Cain
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In addition, one of the innovations CourseSmart has pioneered is the concept of an engagement index, which will provide information about the dates on which students log in to their digital textbook, according to The New York Times. This will allow professors to see if students wait until just before a test to begin the reading. The rationale for this surplus data is to allow the professor to seek out the struggling student and make sure they are educated on good studying habits, according to The New York Times. But some students, like sophomore information management and technology major Muhammed Jallow, view this new oversight publishers will grant through CourseSmart as an unwelcome intrusion of privacy. Said Jallow: “That should be private because it is an invasion. People take their own time doing what they do with their books. There shouldn’t be someone watching over you.” email@example.com
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focus and requirements of the program were rethought and changed to better focus on students’ interests. The program was renamed the Renee Crown University Honors Program in 2002, and has been steadily increasing its enrollment and graduation rates since. Although the program is graduating more students than ever before, the percentage of students who graduate from it is low compared to other universities. Less than half of the students enrolled in the honors program graduate from it, on average. But those connected to the
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7% program say it does not have the facilities or resources needed to enroll or graduate a larger number of students. Consider the numbers: • Before SU’s honors program was revamped, it was graduating an average of 64 students every year. Now, the Renee Crown University Honors Program graduates 106 students on average. • The Renee Crown University Honors Program enrolls about 250 students per grade, or about 7 percent of SU’s undergraduate student body, said Eric Holzwarth, deputy director of the honors program. • Of the 250 students in any given grade who
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Boston, said she still plans to come to the race next year. “It’s one of those great days in Boston,” she said. “It’s such a happy day and I hope people still come out.” Beachy, a 2012 alumna who now works in public relations for Runner’s World, said she
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are enrolled in the program, a little more than 100 students graduate from it. On average, the Renee Crown University Honors Program graduates about 42 percent of students who enroll. • In comparison, The Honors Program at the University of Connecticut enrolls about 438 students per grade, or 10 percent of the university’s undergraduate students. Each year, the program graduates about 60 percent of them, said Jennifer Lease Butts, the program’s director. • Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College enrolls about 670 students per grade, less than 3 percent of its undergraduates. It graduates about 75 percent of enrolled students, said Dean Christian Brady. While SU’s numbers are lower than those of other schools, it’s hard to pinpoint why students drop out of the program, said Holzwarth, deputy director. “If we could predict which 100 of the 250 would succeed, we’d drop our numbers down. But we can’t. There’s not an algorithm for that,” he said. Some students drop out because they can’t maintain the required 3.4 GPA, Holzwarth said. Others drop out because they have a hard time balancing one or two majors with the program’s requirements. “Honors offers wonderful opportunities, but it’s also pretty demanding,” he said. To graduate from the Renee Crown University Honors Program, students must complete 13 honors credits. They must also meet other requirements, such as completing 50 hours of civic engagement, completing a collaborative course and a capstone project. The capstone project can be any project that relates to a student’s major. Students must submit a proposal their junior year, then submit an update the following semester. Capstone projects have been wide and varied. In one case, a student went to Africa to study the water quality. One student studied the effect of social media on personal relationships. Another student went to Alaska twice in one year to study Inuit culture. The goal of the project is to allow students to graduate having completed a project that is of a
was shaken by the news of the explosions and shocked that something so awful could happen at a race that attracts the “elite of the elite.” But as a marathon runner herself, Beachy said she’s confident the marathon and its runners will recover and come back stronger than ever. “Everyone will bounce back,” Beachy said. “That’s what runners do.” firstname.lastname@example.org @JessicaIannetta
Marathon icon, alumna attends race, avoids explosions By Dara McBride DEVELOPMENT EDITOR
Marathon icon and Syracuse University alumna Kathrine Switzer is safe in Boston following Monday’s Boston Marathon explosion. Switzer, also known as K.V. Switzer, was the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. She was back in Boston this week for the marathon and promotional events. She was doing a television appearance on the photo bridge near the finish line Monday afternoon, but had left the area 10 minutes before the explosion, according to a statement on her website. “This is a sad, sad day. More news when I have it,” Switzer said in her brief message. She said she and her husband are safe in their hotel and on lockdown. She could not be reached for an interview. About four hours after the start of Mon-
day’s race, two explosions occurred near the finish line. At least three people are dead and more than 130 are wounded, according to CNN. When Switzer first ran the marathon in 1967, she was a 20-year-old journalism student at SU, according to her website. She ran with Arnie Briggs, a Syracuse men’s track coach, and her boyfriend Tom Miller, an ex-All-American football player. Two miles into the race, a marathon official attacked Switzer and tried ripping her race numbers off of her chest. Before 1967, the marathon was socially recognized as an event for men, though the rules did not discuss gender. It was not until 1972 that marathon organizers officially announced women were allowed to participate in the Boston Marathon. email@example.com @daramcbride
professional caliber, Holzwarth said. While some flourish in the process of working on their project, others find it’s too much work. But, Holzwarth stressed, just because a student drops out of the honors program does not mean he or she isn’t smart. “The kids who finish, when they’re done, are amazingly proud of what they do, and that’s what we focus on,” he said. “And the kids for whom that’s really not the best thing to do, that’s OK.” Students can enter the Renee Crown University Honors Program through several ways. Some are invited to enroll upon coming to SU as freshmen; others are current students who are invited to join if they meet a certain GPA requirement; and some apply to join the program during their sophomore year or later — though it is much harder, if not impossible, to complete the program if started later than sophomore year. Hanna Richardson, associate deputy director of the Renee Crown University Honors Program, said this year, current students with a GPA of 3.86 or higher were invited to join. Richardson said a higher number of current students accepted this invitation than ever before. “Our response rate used to be right around 38 percent for the invitation of current students,” she said. “And this semester, of those who were invited, 53 percent said yes.” This is another indication of the increasing interest of students in the program, Richardson said. And while that increasing interest is good for the program — a program that was once graduating only 64 students a year — Director Stephen Kuusisto said staff must now find ways to accommodate the increasing influx of students. The honors program is located on the third floor of Bowne Hall. It’s made up of several offices, a small computer lab and an equally
small lounge. Kuusisto said he’s not sure if the program should start enrolling more students to boost its graduation rate, but if it did, it would need larger facilities. “With 875 students currently in the program, we’re pretty much at the edge of what we can do and do it well,” he said. “If we wanted to double the number of students in the program, we would need to really vastly increase the number of faculty and the space.” Kuusisto said he is in preliminary talks with the administration about expanding the honors program’s facilities and said they have “agreed conceptually.” The university has done a great job supporting the honors program, Kuusisto said, and he’s confident the administration would support its expansion. The problem is, he said, is that it takes a lot of money and time to do something like that. “I think the institution, SU, is going to be very supportive of this,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of good will toward helping this succeed.” Gorovitz, the founding director of the Renee Crown University Honors Program, takes a slightly different stance on the university’s level of support toward the program. “Syracuse University invests a tremendous amount in students who need extra help to survive. Syracuse University does not invest comparably in excellence,” he said. Therefore, he said, the honors program should not increase its enrollment to boost its graduation rates if the university is not investing in the resources necessary to serve the students well. Ultimately, Gorovitz said, it’s more important to focus on the quality, not quantity, of the program. “My view is not to worry so much about the statistics,” he said, “but what’s the output.” firstname.lastname@example.org @snbouvia
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During his interview with Board of Trustees representative and Student Life Chair Ivan Rosales-Robles, Coleman named campus segregation as one of his greatest concerns, stressing the point once more in front of the assembly. “We have a lot of different communities and it looks like this campus is broken up into a lot of different parts,” Coleman said. Jesse Feitel, whose term as liaison concludes at the end of this academic year, expressed confidence in Coleman’s ability to serve as a “thoughtful and mature” representative after the meeting.
NYPIRG and BE WISE resolutions approved The assembly approved a resolution urging high-ranking university officials, including the chancellor and provost, to adopt a “clean construction” policy. Co-authored by New York Public Interest Research Group representatives and SU students Nicole St. James and Hanna Kim, the resolution called for all diesel vehicles used for university construction to be outfitted with diesel particulate filters. The bill also asked that the “unnecessary idling” of vehicles and equipment be limited to three minutes.
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SU buildings is a key part of responding to calls on the Hill, something engine No. 1, located at 900 S. State St., will now be responsible for. “I’m pretty sure the station that’s going to
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The assembly also approved a resolution backing the work of the BE Wise campaign, an effort sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, which educates students on alcohol poisoning and drinking responsibly.
Bills introduced Two resolutions — one calling for university administration to divest from oil companies such as Exxon Mobile, and another seeking to allow SA presidential hopefuls to name a vice president as their running mate — were proposed. Five percent of the university’s endowment, or between an estimated $45-$50 million, is being invested in fossil-fuel-burning companies that contribute to climate change, said Sam Giber, one of the students who presented a PowerPoint presentation regarding divestment efforts. “It’s about investing in companies that match the mission of the endowment,” Giber said. President Allie Curtis and Ford also introduced a bill that, if passed, would allow a presidential candidate to run with a vice president during the campaign. Both resolutions are expected to be voted on during one of the semester’s two remaining assembly meetings.
trevor zalkind | contributing photographer DUANE FORD AND ALLIE CURTIS, SA vice president and president, respectively, field questions about a bill allowing a president and vice president to run for office together.
• Forgoing a formal presentation in the interest of time, Sean Dinan was unanimously elected as chief of staff. Dinan said he would also like to concentrate more power in the assembly. The
chief of staff position was left vacant following PJ Alampi’s resignation two weeks ago. • Lara Alkarim, a representative in the College of Arts and Sciences, was elected as the alumni representative for the Class of 2016. • Chancellor Nancy Cantor will attend next
Monday’s general assembly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium. An additional meeting was added to the assembly’s calendar to accommodate the semester’s remaining business.
cover the university is going to do their homework and familiarize themselves, but that takes time,” Johnson said. “Most of the guys who cover it now know the area, so when they come in, they know exactly where everything’s at and exactly where they’re going.” Another worry Johnson had was how the closure of station No. 7 might affect response
times to fires. Johnson said for every minute a fire is burning, it doubles in size, increasing the risk of property damage and injury to civilians and firefighters. Johnson said there wasn’t a significant change in distance from SU to station No. 1 compared to station No. 7. Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linnertz couldn’t
be reached for comment. But in an April 9 article by The Post-Standard, Linnertz said he didn’t believe the closure of station No. 7 would have an effect on public safety or response time to fires in the SU neighborhood.
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bar and being too drunk to realize your bar tab debt. While it’s not “National Lampoon”-crazy, it’s real and listeners can empathize. “I think the first reason people like him is because [his music]’s relatable, people go through the stuff that he’s talking about,” said Marcus “Indo” Neal, Foss’ producer and close friend. “The second reason is that he’s mad down-to-earth, and people can see him project that through his music.” Neal has known Foss since his freshman year at SU. The two had a mutual respect for one another as rappers on campus, and have since decided to collaborate. Foss tries to emphasize the lyrics in his songs as what separates him from the frat rap pack that has swept the college rap scene.
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“I just keep a content-heavy flow with punch lines, the stuff that makes you think. You got a degree for a reason, why not use it while you’re listening to my music?” he said. Foss started rapping in 2005 at the age of 14 when he entered high school. Influenced by the smooth wit and delivery of André 3000 and the clever lyricism of Eminem, Foss started writing rhymes and hooks, then performing them in his bathroom mirror for himself. But he quickly evolved after his talent impressed his friends at Fayetteville-Manlius High School during his sophomore year. “Rap was like an escape for me,” Foss said. “When I started rapping, I went to a big school, I didn’t have a lot of friends. It was like my diary, I got to flesh out thoughts and emotions through my raps.” After rapping for six years, Foss saw his biggest response after dropping his mixtape, “Planet of the Eighpes,” in 2011, an online
Events Calendar Matt Stopera, senior editor of BuzzFeed April 18 Already an established media trendsetter for its short-form news and feature stories, BuzzFeed is branching out into long-form journalism. Matt Stopera, the senior editor, will speak at the I-3 Center in Newhouse III on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. BuzzFeed has recently hired big-name journalists from Politico, RollingStone.com, Roll Call and Spin. Stopera will discuss techniques for writing and editing for the web, as well as adapting to a technology-dominated market. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti recently sent an email to employees and investors discussing what they have been doing right. Titled “Top 7 Reasons BuzzFeed is Killing It,” the email credits longterm focus, respecting readers and luck for the company’s recent success.
BE Wise BE-BQ (barbecue) April 19 The BE Wise campaign is hosting a barbecue on the Quad on Friday to encourage safe drinking. The group advocates for responsible
drinking on college campuses, offers tips to stay safe and answers frequently asked questions regarding the effects of alcohol. The barbecue starts at 5 p.m., and at 6 p.m., there will be a student DJ contest. But most importantly, the food is free. Before the DJs take the stage, Syracuse University Ambulance will challenge the Department of Public Safety to a volleyball game. Students can watch and play their own games with provided equipment.
success that validated his early ambitions to become a rapper. The surge of positive responses and increased popularity launched Foss into full-on rapper mode by his junior year, and he pushed his schoolwork aside. “My junior year, I didn’t do well, I was making a lot of music,” Foss said before explaining why he decided to prioritize school again. “It was just about finally saying to myself, ‘Look you gotta stick to the schoolwork as well as the music because without Syracuse University, you’re not gonna go anywhere.’ It was definitely a struggle for me to stay on top of both.” While Foss dislikes attending classes and would rather pursue his rap career, he still appreciates the opportunities the university provides. He learned how to use recording equipment from the school, used the university’s top-notch studios to produce his mixtapes
and was signed to SU’s record label, Marshall Street Records. He’s considered dropping out multiple times to pursue a career as a rap artist, but has decided against it every time, he said. “I’ve seen people who have dropped out of school to do their thing and they end up not going anywhere because they realized that school was their lifeline. Just watching other people makes me realize that these things can happen to me, and re-adjusted my focus,” Foss said. Now close to finishing his senior year, Foss is uncertain of where rapping will take him postgraduation. Amid all of his moments of doubt, he hopes to continue making music and touring across the country performing. Said Foss: “It’s the stage presence. The fact that I can have as much fun as I possibly can on stage and see people respond to it and enjoy watching me have fun. That’s what keeps me going.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Good People” at Syracuse Stage April 24 to May 12 Syracuse Stage is putting on “Good People,” a play that documents the life of a single mom who, after she loses her job, must turn to a friend for help. The play is written by David Lindsay-Abaire and is directed by Laura Kepley. Tickets range from $18-$35 and the play runs through the end of the semester. Performed on Broadway in 2011, the show was nominated for several awards. Cast member Frances McDormand won the Tony for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.”
“Take advantage of all the classes that SU offers, even the ones outside your college and major.”
“Bring lots of warm clothes for the long winter.” Annie Loeb
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“Although when you come to visit, the weather is pretty nice, you have to prepare yourself for ‘Cuse weather. But it’s really nice here, and you’ll love it no matter what.” Wonje Lungu
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“Everyone should go abroad and experience a different culture. It’s really valuable and lifechanging, and it will always push you into the direction that you should be going with your life.” Kristen Donnelly
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“You should learn your way around campus before your first class so that you don’t get lost and ask everyone where you’re going. You’ll seem Wilfredo Castillo like a freshman when you do.”
“I would recommend weekly schedules and monthly schedules. I think organization is the biggest key to college.”
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sam maller | asst. photo editor JORDAN FOSTER, known by many as his performance name, Jay Foss, is a senior communication and rhetorical studies major. Foss is not impressed with the stigma associated with “frat rap,” and relies instead on his keen writing abilities and relatability in the lyrics of his songs.
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Rapper Jay Foss writes honest, smooth lyrics, infuses education into hopeful music career
By Alfred Ng STAFF WRITER
hile some rappers find success in being boastful, Jordan Foster finds his own claim to fame by going in the opposite direction — wielding a humble attitude, smoothly mixed with confidence. While other students are worried about memorizing formulas for their next exam, Foster is focused on memorizing lyrics for his next performance. Meet Jay Foss, the 21-year-old rapper, self-proclaimed “Syracuse
Bruce Wayne” and communication and rhetorical studies senior at Syracuse University. As other Syracuse rappers took on more thuggish, tougher looks, Foss adopted the “Syracuse Bruce Wayne” moniker to describe his own style: a suave and calm sound to his rap music that disguises his “Evil Genius” side — also the name of his 2010 mixtape — a persona with clever punch lines and heavily thought-out content. Surrounded by a community of rappers in which arrogance is second nature, Jay Foss chooses to stand out from the crowd with a down-to-
earth and honest approach to hiphop, bringing an unprecedented new sound that is magnetic to listeners, both lyrically and melodically. “I’m not really into the fact that people blow up in the rap game off a ton of lies. I think that’s bullsh*t,” Foss said. “It’s all about being as honest as possible, you know? Make it as cool as possible by being that confident.” He tries to stay away from the frat rap genre, which many college rap artists have been stereotyped as, despite the content of their lyrics. Made popular by artists like Asher Roth, Hoodie Allen and Mac Miller,
the frat rap genre is filled with lyrics that reflect the “Animal House” caricature of college life: wild frat house parties, loose women with looser morals and enough alcohol consumption to run Budweiser dry. Foss had made a name for himself without this hubristic bravado while still appealing to college students by rapping about relatable woes that students encounter. He mentioned being complimented for his realistic depiction of college student problems in his song “Higher,” issues such as being broke at the
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Out the ashes of
By Erik van Rheenen ASST. COPY EDITOR
on’t press play on “Save Rock and Roll” and expect the short, fast and loud confessionals of “Take This to Your Grave.” Don’t look for a nostalgia blast from middle school dances when “Dance, Dance” and “Sugar We’re Going Down” ruled airplay charts. You won’t find it here. Fall Out Boy’s resident poet, bassist Pete Wentz, proved prophetic when he penned “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” back in 2007. Mainstream acts upped their arsenals with dubstep wobbles, drum machines and vocals slathered in electronics. And five years after what felt like the band’s swan song, Fall Out Boy is back in the race. “Save Rock and Roll” keeps its tongue firmly in cheek when it comes to genre battle lines. The record is big, the record is glossy and the record is — to hardcore fanboy chagrin — most definitely a pop album. Dance floor thumpers like “The Mighty Fall” and Adele-channeling “Just One Yesterday” would be woefully out of place side by side with, say, “Dead On Arrival” in Fall Out Boy’s discography. The album opens with a swirling whirlwind of strings and Patrick Stump’s snarl of “Put on your war paint.” The song’s foot-stomping battle cry, “I’m going to change you like a remix / Then I’ll raise you like a phoenix,” comes straight from Wentz’s trying-too-hard-to-be-clever songbook, but it’s hard not to shout along when Stump launches into its massive chorus. Fall Out Boy’s rise from the ashes isn’t just a feel-good, rock-and-roll romp. Lead single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” is a bitter cut, featuring some venom-laced staccato vocals from Stump and one of the album’s signature moments: the sound of someone striking a match once Stump demands listeners to “burn
everything you love / then burn the ashes.” Those bitter feelings resurface on “Rat a Tat,” a fists-inthe-air anthem featuring a ranting Courtney Love rambling through an incoherent diatribe. Fall Out Boy historically picks and chooses its guest spots well — see: Jay-Z on “Thriller” or Elvis Costello on “What a Catch, Donnie” — but two of the bigger names the band calls on in “Save Rock and Roll” feel off. Love’s monologue doesn’t add a thing to “Rat a Tat.” While we’re at it, Big Sean’s bumbling verse on “The Mighty
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Fall” — Yes, he does the “Oh God” thing and yes, he steals a punch line from Simple Plan — is as ass-tastic as his spot on Kanye West’s “Clique.” But Butch Walker’s deft producing hand rights the ship with some driving synthesizers. Guest vocals aside, “Save Rock and Roll” is crammed to capacity with summer jams. “Alone Together” might be the catchiest song in Fall Out Boy’s catalog, and — just a tip — wear out mostly acoustic toe-tapper “Young Volcanoes” before radio stations get their hands on it. Neither song matches the balls-to-the-wall intensity of “The Phoenix” or “My Songs,” but both bring enough energy to make fans missing Fall Out Boy’s pop-punk phase crack a smile. Some of the best moments on “Save Rock and Roll” are the album’s mid-tempo stunners. There’s disco-tinged “Where Did the Party Go,” bolstered by a supercharged bass line and throwback ‘80s groove, and “Just One Yesterday,” which precariously leans toward a “Rolling In The Deep” rip-off for a few bars before Stump duets with Louisa Rose Allen of Foxes on a flourishing chorus. But even if you’re only half-serious about the title, an album named “Save Rock and Roll” warrants a kickass closer, and Fall Out Boy went for broke. The sweeping title track features a verse from Sir Elton-freaking-John — who also lends his talent behind a grand piano — callbacks to fan favorites “Sugar We’re Going Down” and “Chicago Is So Two Years Ago,” and a theatrical arrangement. It builds slowly, but patient listeners get rewarded with a firecracker of a finale. “Save Rock and Roll,” in all its glossy pomp and spectacle, is Fall Out Boy in 2013, and the band may never have sounded better. So, if you’re still looking for four-chord breakup songs, take Stump’s growling advice on the closer: “F*ck you, you can go cry me an ocean.” email@example.com @TheRealVandyMan
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Allen set to join SU’s open quarterback competition in camp By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
For three years, they both sat on the bench, watching behind a future NFL Draft choice. One in Oklahoma, watching Landry Jones lead the Sooners consistently to the top of the Big 12, and one right here in Central New York, watching Ryan Nassib return Syracuse to respectability. As redshirt seniors, they both would finally be given a chance to start, albeit with competition. One, Charley Loeb, stayed with his own school, relishing the chance to compete for the Orange’s starting job. The other now gives him even more competition. On Friday night, Scout.com reported that Drew Allen would transfer from OU to SU. Immediately, he became the presumed favorite for the starting job. Allen is set to graduate from Oklahoma this spring and will be eligible to play at Syracuse right away. He will have one season of eligibility. He will be able to enroll for Maymester to join the Orange’s wide-open quarterback fray. “I think, really out of all positions, we’re looking for great competition and understanding that we’re going to use every day we can before we have to set a depth chart,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “We’re always trying to create competition by trying to recruit kids that we think can push the guys in front of them.
“There’s nothing better than competition to improve a football team quickly.” In late January, Allen was given the opportunity to transfer from OU. Even with Jones’ upcoming graduation, Allen would have to overcome powerful running threat Blake Bell to earn the starting job. Loeb entered the season as the presumed favorite at quarterback, having sat behind Nassib for three seasons. Terrel Hunt has impressed, as well, and is taking significant snaps with the first team while John Kinder remains in the mix. Shafer said a true starter would receive 85-90 percent of the snaps. Hunt led all quarterbacks, taking 40 percent during Sunday’s open practice. “Every day, we keep re-evaluating,” Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said, “and one day, I’ll feel good about him, the next day it’ll be him, the next day will be him.” Allen, though, is arguably the most talented quarterback in the mix. He was a three-star recruit and the No. 38 quarterback in the Class of 2009, coming out of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. He chose the Sooners over offers from Mississippi, Oklahoma State and Purdue, among others. Scouts fell in love with his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame and incredible arm strength, as well as his ability to carry the ball. Don Byrd, now the coach at Central Catho-
lic High School in San Antonio, coached Allen at Alamo Heights. He watched him at
“He’s been trained to step in at any time to take over for Landry — he ran second team the whole time — and to get him ready in case something happened. I think he’s been trained well under the best. He’s a great athlete.” Don Byrd
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spring practice last season and has seen him develop from a talented high school quarterback to a more complete player after working with quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel at Oklahoma. “He’s been trained to step in at any time to take over for Landry — he ran second team the whole time — and to get him ready in case something
happened,” Byrd said. “I think he’s been trained well under the best. He’s a great athlete.” Allen’s largest criticism coming out of high school was his throwing motion. He had such a large windup that Scout.com’s Brian Dohn even speculated he had some baseball background. But his frame and arm strength are still impressive, and he has had time to work with one of the best in Heupel. “I think it’s his size and he’s got a good arm,” Dohn said. “ … He played against good competition, but when you wind up like he does, and you try to fire the ball in, in college, those windows are smaller.” Like Allen, Hunt and Kinder were both three-star recruits coming out of high school. When Allen arrives, he will likely be joined by Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble, a pair of incoming two-star freshmen. But no one brings the pedigree Allen has as a former high school star and Big 12 veteran. Summer will still be open season for the Orange to decide on a quarterback, and Allen appears to be as good a choice as any. “He’s become much stronger, much quicker,” Byrd said. “His preparation to understand defenses and stuff like that has come along very well. He’s done all the things he needs to do to play college quarterback, he just hasn’t had a shot to get on the field.” firstname.lastname@example.org @DBWilson2
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for games played (140). She ranks second in rebounds with 970, trailing 2010 graduate Nicole Michael. The selection was no surprise when considering mock drafts posted on ESPN.com. The website’s four experts all projected Alexander to go somewhere between the sixth and 10th selections in the draft. But the pick deserves recognition considering Alexander is the first ever Orange player to be selected within the draft’s first three rounds. No SU player had been taken since Beth Record, who was taken in the fourth round in 2001, 64th overall, by the Los Angeles Sparks. Along with fellow seniors Carmen TysonThomas and Elashier Hall, Alexander helped form the nucleus of this year’s squad that finished third in the Big East conference and earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling to Creighton, 61-56, in the first round. In that game, Alexander led the Orange with 23 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. In an interview last week, Alexander main-
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tained that she hopes to teach social studies when her playing days are over. Alexander didn’t even consider playing college basketball until she received a recruiting letter from Vanderbilt in ninth grade. From that point, she realized basketball could serve as the path to a free college education, and resolved to improve as much as she could. She didn’t even pick up the sport until seventh grade, when a friend encouraged her to join a local team because of her height. Alexander easily led the Orange in scoring in 2012-13, averaging 17.9 points per game while adding 8.7 rebounds. Tyson-Thomas and Hall also added double-digit averages, at 10.6 and 10 points per game, respectively. Alexander scored 20 or more points 13 times this season, including 34-point efforts against Wagner on Dec. 4 and Villanova in the Big East tournament quarterfinals March 10. The Silver Stars open their season on May 24 with a home matchup against the Indiana Fever. San Antonio went 21-13 last season and lost to the Sparks in the Western Conference semifinals. email@example.com
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Bellarmine rises into national spotlight with blend of talent By Jacob Klinger ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
For Bellarmine, the nearest Division-I program is more than 200 miles north. To the west, more than 1,100 miles separate the Knights from conference foe Denver. Playing in Louisville, Ky., Bellarmine and its players are outsiders in the world of elite college lacrosse. But last week, they were among the top 20 teams in the country. Despite a loss to Hobart on Saturday, the Knights are still contending for school history in the form of their first Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament berth. “Oh man, it’d mean everything. We’ve been so close and obviously we’ve been 0-12 the past two seasons,” junior midfielder Cameron Gardner said. “This program’s come so far with the transition to the coaching staff with losing Black Jack.” After the death of head coach Jack McGetrick in 2010, plus two winless seasons in the ECAC, the Knights — or “Team North America” as the team calls itself — are playing the best lacrosse in program history. With a tricky blend of Midwestern football players, Canadian sharpshooters, a revamped defense that maddens opposing attacks and defensive midfielders who trap opponents in transition, Bellarmine has transformed itself from a doormat into a danger. BU and its odd blend of athletes have benefitted from the NCAA rule change allowing referees to count off a 30-second shot clock when they determine an offense to be stalling. The result is more transition lacrosse. After an initial breakout fails to produce a clear scoring opportunity, most teams will sub out their defensive midfielders for attacking ones, allowing the opponent to switch too. For Bellarmine, there’s little point. Defensive midfielders Bobby Schmitt, Trevor Timmerberg and Reid Wesley are all offensive threats. “They can keep the ball down there, play a little bit of early offense against other teams,” Bellarmine head coach Kevin Burns said. “And then we’ve got a couple Canadians down there at attack, great finishers around the cage, great guys in those unsettled situations, being able to just gun the ball at each other and finish it.” The BU roster features players from 14 different states and four Canadian provinces. Burns said lacrosse wasn’t the primary sport for most of his 42 players. His eight Midwestern players
tend to play a more direct “football” style of lacrosse, he said. Team members don’t consider any of their own players to have been premier prospects, and it drives the Knights daily. “Definitely, little bit of a chip on the shoulder,” starting goaltender Dillon Ward said. “You know, going to these places, big-time schools, the fans there don’t really know who you are. Most places we go, people are asking us how to pronounce our school, no one really knows how to pronounce our school.” The head coach said his team plays about eight to nine minutes of defense in each 15-min-
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on to the next generation, just as the generation before them did. Although both Gait and Thorpe acknowledge how special their situation is, they don’t give their daughters preferential treatment. If anything, they’re tougher on them. Ella Thorpe said that while she’s practicing with the offense, her dad, who is the team’s defensive assistant coach, will yell at her from the other side of the field if she misses a shot. “I want them all to feel like they’re important. And they are,” Gait said. “In that sense, it’s like having 40 young daughters instead of just one.” Simmons Jr. said he refers to himself not as a coach, but as a teacher. He talked about relating to people, helping others with struggle and making a group believe in a single goal. He taught his teams to broaden their horizons. Simmons Jr. once randomly pulled the team bus over during a road trip to stop at a museum. He told the players to look at the creativity and learn the reasons why each artist did what they did. “Although it had nothing to do with lacrosse, it had everything to do with lacrosse,” Regy Thorpe said. Simmons Jr. enabled players to look for unimaginable ways to score. Gait defied logic and created what is now known as “Air Gait.” In the 1988 national championship game, he ran directly toward the back of the cage, planted his right foot on the ground and leaped over the crease to dunk the ball in the upper-left corner of the goal. Gait’s team takes similar off-field trips to teach the same horizon-broadening lessons. This season, the women’s team has volunteered at a lacrosse camp in Maryland, toured Washington, D.C., been to beaches in Florida and walked around the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. On the road, Gait and his players ate meals at the homes of SU alumni and current teammates. “(My dad) uses a lot of the stuff he learned from Coach Simmons,” Taylor Gait said. “I’ve learned a lot from Coach Simmons and I know our team has, whether they know it or not. because a lot of the things my dad teaches are from him. “It’s not just lacrosse. You learn life lessons and how you yourself are your own boundary. You just have to be yourself. It’s all in your mind and you have to be creative and take it to the next level.” Simmons Jr. believes the closer a team is, the better the results will be on the field. He finished with a career record of 290-96 with six national championships – three of which were spearheaded by the Gaits.
WOM EN ’ S L ACROSSE “Coach Gait has a little different style, but certainly a lot of the traits are similar to Coach Simmons,” Regy Thorpe said. “We want to care about our players and get to know their families and their brothers and their sisters, and I just think that helps the chemistry with our team. At the end of the game, you wanted to make a play for Coach Simmons. You don’t want to let him down. We’re instilling that. You don’t want to let your family down.” The familiarity among players is also aided by where the girls are from. Of the 15 freshmen on this year’s roster, 12 are from Upstate New York. Four are from Syracuse and four others are from within a 30-mile radius of Syracuse. Twenty-eight players on the roster are from New York, and many have known each other and played together on high school and club teams.
“It’s not just lacrosse. You learn life lessons and how you yourself are your own boundary. You just have to be yourself. It’s all in your mind and you have to be creative and take it to the next level.”
SU FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER, GARY GAIT’S DAUGHTER
“Family means togetherness,” Gait said. “When you’re a family, you’re together, you’re a group, you respect each other, love each other and you’re truly there for each other. You don’t have to ask. You’re willing to be there and do whatever it takes to support each other. I try to preach that to my team and I’m pretty sure they’re a tight group, as tight as any team in the country.” Simmons Jr. is still present in the Carrier Dome and around Manley Field House. He watched two men’s and one women’s game last week in his box at the Dome with his family that flew in from California. He’s still as on top of the team as ever before, rattling off players, scores and potential recruits. “I look at it as a fraternity,” Simmons Jr. said. “… I think it’s important that they think alike and to realize what the target is and what the prize is and how to go about getting it. I think it takes not only one man, but everybody. The ‘S’ stands for Syracuse, not self.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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SU carries Big East success into final stretch of season By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER
Syracuse hasn’t lost a regular-season matchup with a Big East opponent in exactly two years. Since its April 16, 2011, loss to Georgetown, SU has won 17 consecutive games against Big East foes. SU won its last four Big East matchups in 2011, was 8-0 in conference play last season and holds a 5-0 record Who: Cornell Where: Carrier Dome this year. With wins over Louisville and When: Today, 4 p.m. Cincinnati this past Channel: TWCS weekend, SU extended its longest conference winning streak ever. The No. 5 Orange (9-3, 5-0 Big East) has a break from its Big East schedule when it faces Cornell (7-4, 3-3 Ivy) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. “We just want to win every game (regardless of opponent),” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Our goal is to show up, prepare mentally and physically, and take on our opponent, get the W and move on to the next one. If that ends up, we get through the Big East, that’s great. But our approach and our goal is to win every game.” SU’s early-season slate featured a heavy load of highly ranked nonconference opponents — including current No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Northwestern, No. 4 Florida and No. 20 Virginia — but the team’s focus now is finishing its last season in the Big East with a bang. So far, it’s doing just that. The Orange has had the last three Big East Offensive Player of the Week award winners. Kayla Treanor won the week of April 8 and
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Syracuse has five more games left to play this season. Here’s a look at the rest of the Orange’s schedule:
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Alyssa Murray won the weeks of March 25 and April 1. The Orange has won nearly half of the offensive awards for the conference given so far this year. SU has also picked up the last two Defensive Player of the Week awards. Defender Becca Block won the award last week and goaltender Kelsey Richardson earned it this week. Two of the most recent conference victories came against Rutgers and Louisville, two teams on the verge of cracking the deBeer Women’s Media Poll top 20. SU squeaked by a lesser Rutgers opponent 10-8, but handled a better Louisville team 19-7. Cincinnati proved to be no match for the Orange on Sunday, as SU cruised to a 21-6 victory. The Orange now enters the tough part of its Big East schedule. In its five remaining games, it faces No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Georgetown and No. 17 Loyola. “It’s really important,” Murray said. “You want to keep beating the teams that you’re going to wind up playing in the Big East tournament, come out hopefully with the No. 1 seed and come into the tournament with as much confidence as we can.” The team, from top to bottom, has found that confidence. Against Cincinnati, 15 different players scored. “It’s an honor to be a part of this team and to play with so many high-level players,” SU midfielder Erica Bodt said. “It’s been a great experience so far.” The journey is far from finished. Since the Big East began sponsoring women’s lacrosse in 2001, Syracuse has an all-time record of 63-16 in regular-season play. In five of the last six years, the team has finished in first place or tied for first place. SU is poised and in good position to win the conference again this year. “I think we’re very focused, we’ve really gotten into a groove,” Murray said. “I think we beat a very good team in Louisville and again, Cincinnati came out to play today. We’ve just continued to improve and get some chemistry going and we’re going to try to continue that for the rest of the season because this is when you really want to start peaking as a team, and I think we’re hitting that at the right time.” email@example.com
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the game, SU midfielder JoJo Marasco said that for 45 minutes, it felt like Villanova all over again.
“We started off slow and they came out real hot,” Marasco said. “I think they took advantage. They saw that.” Syracuse will face yet another quick turnaround on Tuesday against Hobart (5-6, 2-3 Eastern College Athletic) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome with the Kraus-Simmons Trophy on the line. It
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will be the third straight game the Orange (9-2, 3-1 Big East) will play on short rest. Each time, SU has come out sluggish. First it allowed the first four goals against then-No. 2 Cornell. Then it allowed the first two against the Scarlet Knights before winning 12-11. “You almost expected a game like this, having three games in one week and having to come back against Princeton at their place,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said after Saturday’s win over RU, “then preparing for Cornell and playing them Wednesday night – another one-goal game.” Desko said his players were probably a “little bit tired” and came out a “little bit flat” because of it. But in each game, Desko’s team has pulled itself out of its early-game rut for an impressive victory. But the Orange has needed exceptional performances from Luke Cometti and Marasco. Cometti has tallied 10 goals in his last two games, including four in Saturday’s decisive fourth quarter, while Marasco has recorded 10 points. But it speaks to the moxie of Desko’s team. Slow starts haven’t fazed SU, as it has picked up three wins in the last week. And while Syracuse has leaned heavily on its seniors and stars, it’s seen the previously unknown make key contributions, as well. Seldom-used midfielder Cal Paduda won six crucial faceoffs against Rutgers, and freshman defender Ryan Palasek saw his first meaningful action of the season, causing one of the game’s biggest turnovers. “There’s some merit having to come back against a team,” Desko said, “especially the way we did today.” A matchup with the Scarlet Knights should have been the perfect remedy for the Orange’s recent struggles, but they again surfaced. SU struggled at the faceoff X early, and again was sloppy on the offensive end. At this
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point, Syracuse is playing in games almost as often as it practices. The legs aren’t much more exhausted than usual, SU midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said, but there’s simply not as much time to prepare. “You kind of wish that we got a little more time to prepare because a lot of times, like Rutgers, we had one day off, then all we had was pregame,” Schoonmaker said. “So we didn’t get maybe like one film session on them.” With first-line midfielder Scott Loy sidelined by a left leg injury that will likely keep him out on Tuesday, Schoonmaker has gotten the majority of the time with the Orange’s top line. That, coupled with his expanded role of playing the wing on faceoffs, has put Schoonmaker on the field as much as almost anyone. It’s a grueling stretch, and he even admitted he wishes Syracuse could have more time to work out, but he embraces the challenge the chaotic week and expanded role have brought. “Definitely a little more fatigued than I have been, but I don’t mind,” Schoonmaker said. “I kind of like it.” It’s led to games that are closer than the Orange would like. SU had just two days between the Cornell and Rutgers games, so Desko focused much of his early week preparation on the Big Red. It’s fostered a survive-and-advance mentality. The win over the Scarlet Knights might have needed a miraculous comeback and been far from convincing, but it’s as good as the head coach could have asked for. “We’re just gutting it out right now,” Desko said. “I think we’ve been well prepared going into these games — as well as we could. … Didn’t like doing it how we had to do it, but I guess the bright spot is we did what we had to do to win the game.” firstname.lastname@example.org @DBWilson2
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YEAR IN SPORTS
SU battles short rest, local rival
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2012-13 WOMEN’S LACROSSE
All in the
By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Before Syracuse took the field Saturday against Rutgers, SU knew what to expect. The situation was familiar — unranked Villanova upset the Orange three weeks prior on a quick Who: Hobart S a t Where: Carrier Dome urday When: 7 p.m. t u r n a rou nd for Syracuse. Even so, the Orange started sluggishly against RU, trailing by as many as five goals to another unranked team, before coming back in the fourth quarter. After
Gait continues legacies, history learned from Simmons as Syracuse women’s lacrosse coach By Josh Hyber
ary and Paul Gait arrived at Syracuse University in 1987 as a dynamic twin-brother lacrosse duo. At SU, they became Orangemen. Not only brothers to each other, but brothers to a locker room of teammates. They learned Syracuse lacrosse is family — with or without bloodlines. Now the head coach of the SU women’s team, Gary Gait teaches these morals to a new generation of Syracuse lacrosse players. “We’ve always talked about it,” Gait said. “Syracuse women’s lacrosse is family and we always try to take care of our own.” Roy Simmons Jr. taught the Gaits, and all who played under him in his tenure as head coach from 1971-1998, what togetherness and brotherhood means to SU lacrosse. He taught generations of players the importance of getting to know people, and the correlation of chemistry and success. Gait is building the women’s program with the same family ties — genetic
and otherwise. Simmons Jr.’s lessons made unrelated teammates into brothers. But the women’s team this year actually has multiple sibling pairs. After Gait returned to SU as a head coach in 2007, he hired former SU defender Regy Thorpe as an assistant in 2010. Thorpe played for Simmons Jr., too, winning the national championship in 1993. In the city where the two learned how players from all corners of the country can become united, they’re the ones now coaching the same principle. “When the freshmen came out for my team their first year at Syracuse, I told them they were welcome to play for Syracuse and welcome to play for me,” Simmons Jr. said. “But they had to give back their first-born male child. You can’t imagine how well that’s worked.” Gait and Thorpe have both given back their oldest and only daughters. Gait’s daughter, Taylor, is a redshirt freshman midfielder. Thorpe’s Ella is a sophomore attack. “When I took my first job coaching women’s lacrosse, Taylor had
QUOTE OF THE DAY “On draft night, we don’t expect him to be sitting around too long..” John Thompson III on Otto Porter
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illustration by micah benson | art director been born about four or five months before,” Gait said. “And one of the things I said when I took the job was, ‘I’m taking the job because I just had a daughter and I want to be able to coach her one day.’ And here we are.” Gait also heavily recruits actual siblings. While the players might refer to each other as sisters, six girls can say it factually. Three sets of sisters, Becca and Linley Block, Amy and Kelly Cross, and Katie and Caroline Webster, are on the roster. “It’s funny because in practice, I play a lot of offense and she’s a defender,” Katie Webster said. “So she actually guards me a lot. She loves it. We have so much fun. We just kind of laugh and we work on our moves and stuff, so I love having her on the team.” Yet all of the teammates consider themselves sisters. They’ll pass it
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Gary Gait and Regy Thorpe learned about the importance of family and togetherness during their time playing for Roy Simmons Jr. Now they're coaching the women's lacrosse team together, and applying those same principles.
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Alexander selected 8th in draft By Kevin Prise STAFF WRITER
TWEET OF THE DAY @kmiyazaki10: A Canadian taken #8 overall in the WNBA draft? Yup. Yay, Kayla Alexander!
Syracuse center Kayla Alexander was selected eighth overall in the first round of the WNBA Draft on Monday night by the San Antonio Silver Stars. The 6-foot-4 Alexander, a product of Milton (Ontario) District High School, set the all-time Syracuse scoring record with 2,024 career points. She has also set the SU standard for blocks (350), field goals (736) and free throws made (552), and tied the record
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STAT OF THE DAY Kayla Alexander scored a quarter of Syracuse’s total points this season.