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student voice




letter from the editor

roommate horror story / trending / life hack

westcott interview / space carnival

pets of syracuse university


positive energy

for the people

trends that aren’t going out of style

stories from the mumps booster line



Kit Mallozzi Editor-in-Chief

a word from kit //

Emily Chalon Managing Editor Sydney Schwartz Creative Director


Charlie Sawyer Front of Book Editor Chris Freeman Opinions Editor Rebecca Ahmed Features Editor

Katie Merken Copy Editor MEDIA/

Mindy Rosenthal PR Director

What I love about Student Voice is the people that represent our publication. I love how each and every story is different than the last. If we wanted to, we could easily write about the same stories over and over again, and no one would probably notice. However, as a publication, we actively seek different groups of people we have not written about in the past, and individuals who all have a unique story to tell our campus. In particular, this issue exemplifies exactly what Student Voice is all about. In this

issue, Sarah Kinzler writes an article that generates an in-depth conversation about maintaining positive energy on campus. Rebecca Ahmed composes a story that applauds Student Association’s President and Vice President for listening to SU students’ needs and implementing those needs on campus. And, although the mumps have taken over our lives at SU, we found some pretty hysterical ways to tell you more about the epidemic. Thank you, Student Voice Staff for all of your hard work this semester. Please enjoy our latest issue, it’s one of our best!

Audrey O’Donnell Co-Online Editor April Rink Co-Online Editor

Kit Mallozzi Editor-in-Chief



Erin Williams Entertainment Editor

this publication means the world to me.


SUN, 10:30 PM

by: anonymous

Where r u

SHE SEEMED NORMAL all throughout

At castle


Drink a lot then come over

Ummm I’m fucked up ya I’m not lol

Ah :/

orientation and the first two weeks of school. But I began to see her true colors when she convinced me that she lost her debit card so we had to order food together and she would never pay me back. She racked up at least $300 wor th of my money and ever y time I asked her to pay me back, she would tell me she was too poor - I realized she was lying after she star ted online shopping and ordering clothes to the room. I stopped sharing with her and she eventually began to take my stuff without asking. I once came back to the room to find her wearing my Tiffany rings and

HEY. I have a question! this is going to seem like a very weird question BUT how many famingos do you have other than Barry? slash can I borrow him/them for like a few hours?

fur vest. She claimed that they were hers and only admitted she stole them after I proved that mine were gone. She never showered, smelled like a dead goat, and left her dir ty laundr y all over the room. She ate food in her bed and left it around so our room always smelled rotten. She tried to get into my bed and snuggle with me multiple times but we were not friends, like, nope. At the end of the year she got a boyfriend and would bring him back to the room while I was sleeping to have strange animal sex. I would hear them making cat and dog noises to each other...I see her around sometimes and tr y to avoid eye contact.

nothing. by: maddie hinderstein


have the mumps. People are still buying DJs cards. People are still buying Canada Gooses. People are still ordering from Good Uncle. People are still emotionless. Nobody can talk about anything

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besides the mumps. (Purell hands). We are still getting constant emails from Health Ser vices. (Purell hands). Vaccine lines are longer than those on Friday nights at DJs. (Purell hands). In conclusion, nothing is new, ever yone is still trash and the mumps are going to kill us all.


how to lock down your winter bae

IT’S CUFFING SEASON AH, THE HOLIDAYS. The time of cookies, carols, and crippling insecurity. Well,

by: jen glass

crippling insecurity-- only if you’re single. The holidays are known to be the time of love, but while Mariah wails about only needing a boo for Christmas, you may find yourself alone under the mistletoe this year. No need to fret, friends! Once again, Student Voice is here with only the best advice on how to lock down your winter bae in the peak of cuffing season. STEP ONE:

Find a bae. Any bae. Tall, shor t, skinny, fat, athletic, ar tistic...who cares? Just get SOMEONE. Really anything that moves. “But, Jen!” I hear you, my lonely reader, protest. “ What if we don’t have anything in common?” Do they have a pulse? Are they merely a warm body? There, you have that in common. Just find ANY THING, okay? STEP TWO:


In the dead of night, show up at your bae’s house. Wake them up and tell them you’re going on an “adventure,” because Twitter has taught you that people find that sor t of thing romantic. Drive them across the countr y to Las Vegas. If they inquire about what the hell is going on, simply insist that spontaneity is par t of the fun. Don’t tell them where you’re going. Pull up to a wedding chapel. Drag them inside. Pull out a video camera and say that this will be a fun memor y--but fake, of course! You’ll just send this to your friends and family as a joke. (At this point, your bae will, hopefully, be so worried that you are deranged that they won’t question you). Complete the wedding ceremony. And just like that, you have cuffed your winter bae. Simple, right? And you thought dating in college would be tough! Disclaimer: Student Voice is not responsible, financially, for the cost of divorce as a result of this ar ticle.



Panic! What do we do now? You have a random person, right? Okay, good. You’re doing great. But you’re pretty lost now. What do we do? I don’t know. Do any of us really know? Relationships are hard.

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interview by: kit mallozzi photo by: chris freeman

how did you get the position?

lillee bellia, director of on-campus marketing for the westcott theater

tell me about your job: I manage a team of campus repre sentatives to promote The Westcott Theater, brainstorm marketing campaigns, and suggest potential ar tists for the theater to book. I hold meetings with my team to discuss plans for the upcoming week and then meet with the owner, Dan Mastronardi, to talk about how the team is doing and relay our ideas to him.


I wanted to have a minor within the music industr y to pair with my major in Public Relations, but the program was filled and I couldn’t get in. In that moment I realized that just be cause I couldn’t learn about the music industr y in a classroom setting didn’t mean that I couldn’t learn about it on my own. I decided to gain my knowledge and experience in this field by seeking out oppor tunities that would also provide me with a hands-on experience.

what has been your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge has been taking on a leadership position. It has really pushed me out of my comfor t zone from being shy and passive to being vocal and for ward. I am extremely devoted and serious about pursuing a career in the music industr y. Because it is a ver y tough industr y to get into, I know that I need to be giving 110 percent in order to accomplish that goal.

what are you most proud of so far with the position? My biggest accomplishment has been the research and ideas that my team and I have brought to The Westcott. Through research and our joint creativity, we have presented The Westcott with data and ideas that are going to create an exciting semester a

what are you looking forward to next semester? I’m looking for ward to learning. I’m excited to learn more about the hospitality aspect in terms of event planning and the oppor tunity to build relationships with tour managers. Aside from learning, I’m excited for the marketing campaigns and on-campus promotional events that will begin next semester. In the past, The Westcott didn’t target SU with their marketing as heavily as they could have, but we are going to change that in big ways to get the campus more involved.


by: erin williams photos by: tom fucillo


Waffles on a Friday night, you can feel the vibe shift dramatically. The cur tain that separates the stage from the waffle irons leads you into a back room that smells faintly like syrup, but it cer tainly does not sound like your average breakfast food joint. You can even enjoy a beer with your waffle if you so wish! If you walked into Funk N’ Waffles on November 10th, you would have found yourself greeted with the sound of Space Carnival blaring through the speakers, your chest immediately thumping along with the beat. The Ithaca-based band delivers a fantastic blend of high-energy disco, funk and progressive rock that will undoubtedly have you dancing along before you even realize it, smiling all the while. Their covers are almost as impressive as their original tunes, which are accentuated by the presence of a keyboard in their four-piece ensemble. Space Carnival was founded in 2013, and has since played at numerous impressive venues in Upstate New York and New York City, such as Brooklyn Bowl, and even at our local, Westcott Theater. The energy at each show is infectious, and the band has quite gathered a following in the Upstate area. Many of their fans travel from Ithaca to Syracuse, Rochester, and Albany to see Space Carnival per form because they simply cannot get enough of the psychedelic rock that the band has per fected. Their liveliness fills the room, and their personalities shine through with each set that they play. Their debut album is available for streaming on Spotify, and you can expect many more to come from this unique group.






olaf the mini australian shepherd, katana the albino ball python, sunny the frenchie & boo the kitty

photos by: emily chalon

sv set out on a very cute and (sometimes) cuddly quest to meet some members of our community who aren’t necessarily human.




by: sarah kinzler


photos by: sabrina toto


glass as being half full, and the others who are known to see it as half empty. We can look at this as the classic optimist v. pessimist dilemma. Those that view the world through channeling positivity, hopefulness, and enthusiasm and the skeptics and doubters who thrive on negativity. When thinking about life, many of us believe that happiness should be our optimal goal. As long as we’re happy, we will be reaching our greatest purpose in


life. If this mantra were a formula, I would plug in ever y variable that equals happiness and be able to feel infinite contentment for an eternity. But as we all know, life throws us insane cur ve balls and challenges that create unforeseen peaks and valleys that channel ever y emotion. We laugh, we cr y, and sometimes we do both at the same time. For sophomore Sound Re cording Technology major Allie Westbrook, channeling positivity is about self-acceptance and being thankful for the things in

your life. “It ’s about being able to accept yourself when ever ything goes wrong, and being about to accept yourself when ever ything goes right,” she said. “Sometimes you have to be your own hero.” Freshman Wilson Cook believes that sometimes a cliché is the best thing to live by when it comes to having a positive outlook. “Life isn’t going to live itself,” he said. “ The biggest par t of tough situations is remaining positive. It ’s kind of the base of your pyramid. If you lose that, then other things star t to go.”


sentially, it ’s a projection of you and the feelings you have inside of you.” The aura reading inspired Claudia to explore the whimsical little cr ystal shop in her neighborhood. She was told to choose cr ystals that she naturally gravitated towards and to bring at least one with her ever ywhere she went. Claudia left that day with three cr ystals: a flore, a clear quar tz and an amethyst. “It ’s almost like a pair of shoes that make you feel really good. They aren’t doing anything that special but are making you happy.”



When you channel positivity internally, it reaches beyond just your physical body. People who live with a positive outlook are more likely to be successful, foster better relationships with family and friends, and are more focused on their goals. Senior VPA Illustration major Claudia Lewis practices a more spiritual approach to positive living. She discovered cr ystal healing this past summer after getting her aura read at “Magic Jewelr y ” in New York City. “ This place captures your essence, es-

If I told you that happiness was achievable ever y minute of ever y single day, I would be over tly lying to you. Happiness may be fleeting at times, but living a positive life seems to be a mindset. A mentality of positive thinking can affect our lives dramatically. It can change the way we react to things, the way we view relationships, and push us to achieve more than we could possibly imagine. As a pre -med Spanish major, sophomore McKinley Vrees lives her life with the mindset of doing at least one good deed per day. “I want to change lives,” she said. “If you want to see positivity, you have to be positive. If you want to see people be happy you have to be happy.” Recalling her expe rience in Africa, she reflected on what it ’s like for people in thirdworld countries who tend to celebrate positivity despite their lack of resources. For sophomore dual Political Science and Policy Studies major Andrew Regalado, the greatest success stories that we encounter in life are the people who say, “I’m going to make it out of this because I’m going to be my best self ever y day.” Ultimately, it ’s about the human perspective, he added. “People become unhappy when they compare their situations to others.” Good vibes and positive energy are bubbling words that we hear in our day-to-day lives. Whether you believe in karma, fate, bad luck, or a combination of all three, living a positive life seems to boil down to the simple things in life: mindfulness, self-love and paying it for ward. With a little bit of introspection, reflection, and optimism, we can all add a little bit of positivity to our lives.




by: rebecca ahmed photos by: aaron kassman

— James Carmine Franco Student Association President



“From this university, the most valuable form of currency we are going to take away from it is the relationships.”




From the window behind her desk, Angie Patti can see herds of students pacing towards another much-anticipated Flip Night. James Franco, with his feet propped up on her desk and wearing an orange wig, takes in the same view. With a stack of papers and ruffled notes in between them, this fine duo has settled in for a night of discussing how to, “properly represent students and respectively challenge administration.” While they could be lounging at Faegan’s or more attractively, nestled into bed, they are happily trading their Tuesday night for policy talk. It is clear that Angie and James love this school immensely, so much so that they are able to recognize its flaws. In fact, the reason they joined Student Association was not because they loved ever y single aspect of this campus, but rather to address the things that needed to be amended or enacted. — As a neuroscience and psychology major, politics is not her usual game. However, Angie has inter twined her educational background with SA’s resources and poured her hear t into SU’s second annual Mental Health Awareness Week. Wildly successful, the campus stood behind both Angie and James to help recognize and push for more mental health resources and awareness effor ts across campus. James, a political science and histor y major, has devoted much of his college career to safety and transpor tation concerns at SU. With plans for a Euclid shuttle being discussed, James has been pressing for its enactment for quite some time. He says that “whether it ’s running next semester, or in five years, [he] would like to come back and see it benefitting the campus community.” FALL 2017 // ISSUE TWO

He continues to say that people, “don’t need to remember [his] name,” because the comfor t and safety that a shuttle will provide them with is far more impor tant to him than personal praise. It all comes back to the people. From promoting free Uber rides to organizing a relief trip to Puer to Rico, the role of Student Association is to improve the overall student experience, both in and out of this orange bubble. Without compassion for others, that mission is nonviable. Even when they receive a negative email from a student, they hone in on the fact that someone cared enough to see something be changed. James states, “while the roasts are roasts, [they] indicate they are looking to SA for help.” Angie and James encourage students to approach them with concerns and ideas, because that is the fuel behind representing the student body. Angie notes, “You don’t need to be the President or Vice President of Student Association to make a difference. Some of the best change just

comes from being genuine.” Compassionate and genuine, both Angie and James recognize the impor tance of their peers. They agreed that the relationships they have built here at SU rank among their proudest assets. Buildings will be built. Initiatives will be passed. And though the people may come and go, the recognition of collaboration and the dedication to one another will extend to far greater distances than just the 721 acres of this campus. This is your campus. These are your people. Student Association is your platform to improve it. — Though there aren’t plans for shutting down the campus for mumps, Angie and James have a few more tricks up their sleeves for the upcoming semester. They ’ve done a lot for this school, but they ’re sure as hell not done yet.


AS A STUDENT soon to enter the

trends that aren’t going out of style by: emily chalon



Blockchain is a new trend that blows my mind. I best understand Blockchain at a conceptual level (mostly because the nitty gritty tech side kind of it goes over my

head). Essentially, Blockchain is a list of records (blocks) that are linked together with the use of cr yptography. It is basically an open ledger that is public and protected by an unhackable amount of security. Blockchain is understood by many as a ledger for cr yptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but there are many other potential implications. For example, in education, instead of earning credits, one day we might star t earning blocks to verify our degree from Syracuse University. Maybe we’ll earn blocks from our employers in order to verify our resumes? There’s no limit to what Blockchain can do, and it may have an impact at the same scale of the internet.

incorporating technology into their framework, the concept of the early adopter becomes dispelled. In my opinion, you either spot a trend or you don’t. Many businesses these days ultimately fail because they did not recognize a trend or major disruptor in their industr y. Here are some trends all students should be aware of that we may see slowly creep into whatever our definition of “the real world” is, no matter their major.

device connectivity to the internet) continues. Now, these are just a couple of trends that I predict will have the largest widespread impact across all fields. There are a ton of potential implications within all of these trends, and many TED talks on these topics as well. Each of them are not something I can properly explain in 100 words. I encourage you to look into how some of these trends may potentially impact your field of study. Because as the infamous Mike Tyson once claimed, “ever yone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”


Widespread automation is a more general trend I’ve noticed in the past year. This is the idea that ever y process we experience daily can instead be automated. A massive example of this already is occurring in the push towards autonomous vehicles. Uber has been testing autonomous cars for carr ying passengers. Without a driver, Uber has one less person to pay. Additionally, this will only continue to perpetuate all markets as the trend towards the internet of things (widespread



As many of you may already know from one too many viral Facebook videos, there is now a lovely robot citizen in Saudi Arabia named Sophia. She’s pretty chill, totally run by AI, and has no hair, weirdly constructed facial expressions, but an oddly humanistic brain. Now, many people just think of robots when they hear ‘ar tificial intelligence,’ which is an impor tant piece, but there is so much more potential in AI beyond just robots. Ar tificial intelligence in medicine has developed a system of diagnosing patients with cancer at a 99 percent accuracy rate. While AI is great on its own, it is best paired with the power of the human brain. The human mind has worked together with AI in architecture, to input human creativity into the physical sound design aspects from AI. These are just a couple examples of AI already at work in our world. However, the jur y is still out as to whether or not I’m willing to let AI develop my March Madness bracket.

daunting phenomena that is known as “the real world,” I have always believed that it is essential to keep track of trends. About 20 years ago, many of us never would have predicted that this thing called the “internet ” would one day shape businesses, culture, and global communication. Those who first discover and begin to use a technology regularly are called “early adopters.” However, with ever y company slowly


illustrations by: sydney schwartz

by: maddie hinderstein With the mumps still roaming around Syracuse, you can’t help but to be brought back to 10th grade histor y class learning about The Plague because let ’s be real, the mumps are SU’s new plague. Back in the 1300s, the plague was spread most commonly through poor hygiene so it ’s no wonder that the mumps have spread around Syracuse; we’re all disgusting. Although it won’t kill us, at least I hope, Syracuse University has now become a hermetically sealed bubble. The only topics of discussion are mumps symptoms, how much health ser vices sucks, and people fainting in the booster line.

“I was sitting down waiting for this shot I had heard so much about. I asked the lady if it would hur t and she said not as much as her nipple piercing. Then she proceeded to tell me which nipple to get pierced first because apparently one hur ts more than the other. It was ver y interesting.”

- taylor feldman “I was already extremely ner vous about getting the mumps booster because I hate needles, and listening to ever yone in line discussing how painful they heard it was definitely didn’t help. The worst par t had to be after the shot in the waiting area, where they recommend you stay for 15 minutes. All at once, I saw three students laying on the ground because they had fainted. After waving one of the medics over, I took that as my cue to leave.”

“I’m terrified of shots, so I made my friend come with me. One nurse technician was giving me the shot while another one was caressing my head and telling me I was fine. I was cr ying so hard and hyper ventilating that eventually they brought a wheelchair over and rolled me into another room.”

- katie pataki

“My friend and I were both really freaked out to be getting the mumps shot and she made me go first. It hur t so badly but I promised her that I wouldn’t cr y so I wouldn’t scare her more. I didn’t cr y, but I did flail myself on the ground in pain until one of the volunteers had to come over and calm me down.”

- jacqueline fulchur

- chris dominguez


Student Voice Fall 2017 Issue 2  

Please read and enjoy our last issue of the Fall 2017 semester!

Student Voice Fall 2017 Issue 2  

Please read and enjoy our last issue of the Fall 2017 semester!