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student voice




letter from the editor

bests & worsts / roommate horror story / life hack

bri tolani interview / SYRUP

perks of being an intern


oy cappella

a team with presence and punch

opinion: sexual assault awareness month

a tribute to seniors



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 Copyright Editor MEDIA/

Mindy Rosenthal PR Director Audrey O’Donnell Co-Online Editor

I have been part of the institution that we like to call, education. I cannot even fathom that in just a couple weeks I will graduate from this institution and embark on a whole new chapter of my life, known as the “professional world.” My one piece of advice to those who are still in college is to make as many friends as possible, participate in everything you are interested in and make an impact at your university. Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, you will always have time to make an impact. And, who

knows? What if you become a super successful alum and Syracuse wants YOU back? Now, that would be a dream. In all seriousness, the options on how to make an impact at the university are endless. But to give you some inspiration, start with your passions and take it from there. Because, I can assure you there is something at this university for everyone’s passion. And, if there isn’t, there is always room for growth in terms of student organizations and clubs. Thanks, Student Voice, for the best three years I could have asked for!

April Rink Co-Online Editor

Kit Mallozzi Editor-in-Chief



Erin Williams Entertainment Editor

for 19 years...


by: charlie sawyer

by: anonymous

May f e s t !


SAT, 1:24 AM

#1 I hope this is Sally cause if not, that would be really funny, #2 I hope you got back safe/ok. That was pretty much my ultimate goal. #3 I’m sorry for being such a doofus haha. Unfortunately, I’m good at being a doofus. #4 how was the pizza? I totally remember it being amazing but it may have just been the fact that it was food...haha. SUN, 9:31 AM

Sorry to whoever this is. I think I have the wrong number haha.

BEST THING: School sponsored


alcohol consumption; what could be better? WORST THING: In what world is SZA an opening act for Gucci Mane?

disgusting. I’m being 110 percent honest when I say that she did her laundr y three times during the entirety of second semester. Also, she would come back after going out so blacked that she would always pee in a cup because she was too laz y to walk to the bathroom. One time she forgot about it, and the pee -filled cup sat in our room for a week. Finally, whenever she was mad about something, she would just go on her side of the split double and yell at me through the wall.

Campus-wide emails! (I know it’s been forever, but it was so iconic)

BEST THING: The convenience of

reaching ever y student at Syracuse University with just one click. Just think, where would we be without our frequent updates from Pete Sala? WORST THING: Getting the entire Bee Movie script sent to your inbox when you’re tr ying to distract yourself in class. I don’t care about all known laws of aviation, I just want to browse Instagram for the fifth time in one hour in peace! Is that so much to ask?

War m ( i s h ) wea t h e r ! BEST THING: Campus-wide hiber-

nation has ended and we have entered a period of renewal. Seasonal depression? Never heard of it! WORST THING: I’m sweating in all of my classes. Don’t bother calling for help. It ’s too late for me now. Soon, the puddle forming in the seat I’ve been on will over take me.

Fin a l s ! BEST THING: Uhm… there are therapy

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dogs in the librar y. That ’s some thing, right? WORST THING: I haven’t left this librar y in two days. I only stand up to use the bathroom and I only eat one big meal a day. This is normal, right?


The Magic o f O n l i n e O r d e r i n g by: anonymous

YES, THIS SCHOOL is officially $70,000. And yes, for half of the campus, a por tion of that is

for those precious meal swipes.

How our parents managed to sur vive in the dark days when telephone ordering was their only option escapes us all. Apparently, if they wanted a pizza, they had to DIAL NUMBERS on the telephone. Then they had to use their HUMAN voice to complete the order. And then pay...with person. God, the horror. But through the magic that is the Internet, the joys of receiving food have become so simple. Vir tually, ever y restaurant throws themself on Grubhub, not to mention Good Uncle and just plain ol’ regular deliver y. All you have to do is sign on, put in your credit card information, pay exorbitant amounts of deliver y and processing fees all while your parents shell out hundreds of dollars wor th of meal swipes, and you’re done! Easy as pie. No one gets hur t. ( Well, except your parents’ savings. But, eh! They ’re not here, right?) Not to mention the wonder that is Starbucks mobile ordering. Want to avoid the lines of gabbing sorority sisters in order to grab your caramel macchiato on your way to your English class? No worries! Starbucks has you covered. Slowly kill the spirit of a minimum wage employee while draining your bank account $10 at a time. You won’t regret that during the summer when you have little to no money to buy alcohol and a caffeine addiction. So happy spending, Student Voice readers! Remember, the Internet is your friend in terms of convenience. ...and less your friend in ever ything else.



Ah, meal swipes. What could be better than a system in which you leave your daily meals up to the fate of chance? What could be better than a system in which you don’t know if you’ll leave mildly satisfied or completely satisfied? What could be better than looking at the possible options, sighing, and taking only a heaping plate of french fries (provided it ’s not chicken tender day)? Well, of course there’s a better ordering!

photo by: sofia berg

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Biggest challenge It ’s hard to authentically be myself all the time.The music industr y is known to be ver y cut throat and super ficial. Also, there’s a lot of social pressure on ever yone, not just musicians, to look their best at all times on social media. I’ve definitely been getting more comfor table in my own skin and becoming more self-confident. But, sometimes it ’s extremely hard to let go of my insecurities and show people who I am, inside and out.

B r i T o lani: Upcoming artist

by: Kit Mallozzi

Tell me about who you are: Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, I was born with an undeniable passion for music. I was singing before I could speak, and taught myself guitar and piano at the age of 11. I began writing songs in my early high school years and soon came to realize this is what I wanted to do with my life. I pursued my career by enrolling in the Bandier Program at Syracuse University. I star ted my singing career out of my freshman dorm by toplining on several electronic tracks and growing my presence on social media. Over the past year, I have had some awesome features, such as “Better,” which landed on both the U.S. and Global Viral 50 char ts, and “ The One,” which has appeared on playlists such as ‘New Music Friday,’ ‘ Time to Dance,’ and many more. So far, I’ve acquired over six million streams on all of my music, most notably the official lyric video for my song “Better,” which has garnered four million plays to date. I’ve per formed at both EDC Orlando and Countdown NYE in San Bernardino. I plan on playing more this summer and fall once I’ve released new, original music. I’ve released six songs this spring, all of which are on all streaming platforms. I’m most excited about “Because Of You,” which came out only a few days ago and has over 80 thousand streams.


Biggest accomplishment It was when I per formed at Countdown New Years Eve Festival because I never thought I’d be singing at it one day. I was on a huge, elevated stage surrounded by thousands of people watching me do what I love. It felt like heaven, and it reminded me of how much I love per forming. Another accomplishment I am ver y proud of is my song, “ The One,” broke my goal of one million streams by 2018.

What are you looking forward to? I am looking for ward to releasing more of my own original music. My whole career has been based around collaborations with other producers and DJs. While it has been incredible, it also halts some of my ar tistic control. I want to be able to release the kind of music I want to without having to cater to someone else’s taste and opinion.

How are you promoting yourself? I have a really amazing manager who’s also a student here, Cassandra Couwenberg. We began working together last fall during the SULA semester. On a whim, she flew with me to Orlando to act as my “manager ” while I per formed at EDC. Jokes aside, she actually was a DOPE manager the whole weekend, and I immediately wanted her to be on my team. She’s one of the biggest reasons for my success. Cass and I have spent all spring working on my brand and building my socials, as well as getting me gigs and connecting me with other musicians.

Bri will be in Denver this summer to write and record her debut EP. In the fall, she will be studying in Los Angeles and continuing her career. Want to learn more? Follow bri.tolani on Instagram and Bri Tolani on Spotify for more updates.


n e w b r a n d management s t a r tup

by: Lillee Bellia

SYRUP is a ser vice that creates self-brand-

ing content for up-and-coming ar tists. Depending on an ar tist ’s needs, we can orchestrate photoshoots; biographical interviews; social media strategy and other high quality ser vices that introduce the ar tist to the world. What makes us unique is that we are not a label, in fact, we actually consider ourselves to be the exact opposite. We don’t loop ar tists into binding contracts that consequently sacrifice their creativity and change their image. Instead, our goal is to provide high-quality content that an ar tist can pay for and benefit from before moving on. It ’s as simple as that.

photo by: emily chalon

Taylor Connors, Bella Grella, Walter Bernath, and I founded SYRUP this past October. We saw an over whelming amount of talent from ar tists around campus and wanted to help them establish their presence. When it comes down to the reason why, we’re all music fans who wanted to create a star tup that lets ar tists focus on their ar t, while we take care of getting it out to the public and ensure that it is well-received. Because I also work at The Westcott and Taylor works at SubCat Studios, it gives us connections to help ar tists expand their audience in Syracuse. However, we also want to guide them with social media, personality videos, and other online content so that they they can reach a larger audience outside of Syracuse.

Want to learn more? Follow thesyrupco on Instagram for more updates.

There is incredible talent within the student population of Syracuse University. Being able to provide such ar tists with a platform that not only works to promote the specific ar tist, but build a more intimate community within this large campus is what we strive to do. The content we produce for the ar tists aims to gain a full understanding of the musician as a person, his or her motive for making music, and the meaning behind the work produced. To us, it ’s more than music. It ’s the people behind it as well.





p e r k s o f b e i n g an intern by: emily chalonn



by: Allison Ingrum

On April 5, 2018, aca-history was made in

group.” She also expressed her ongoing en-

The Big Orange. After 13 years on campus, Oy

thusiasm for the group’s success by saying,

Cappella; the coed, Jewish a cappella group

“my hope for the future is that it is tradition

run through Hillel, hosted their first invita-

to host a semesterly invitational.”

tional. Nine songs were performed in total, seven by Oy Cappella and two by Otto Tunes,

Successfully administering this event was

an all-male a cappella group on campus.

just one of the goals that the group’s president, Courtney Abrams, had for this year.

Chloe Mathieu, a sophomore and the PR

The other was to form a strong, close-knit

director of the group, explains that this is a

community within the group while balancing

new era for Oy Cappella that “will hopefully

the hard work and dedication that the or-

set a precedent for future members of the

ganization needed. “I try to hold initiatives



outside of the organization to further foster

“I had never auditioned for anything before.

our rehearsal practices, which allows our

Looking back now, I could not be happier

organization to grow as a whole.”

with the outcome.”

The increased dedication and shared passion

Though the group is predominantly Jewish,

amongst members of the group allowed the

Alyson Weber explains that the group is

invitational to be successfully executed.

extremely inclusive. “I love that we can join forces, produce and sing music, and have

The 18 students are more than just an a

an all around great time regardless of our

cappella group. Whether it is almost routine

background.” says Weber. “It is just a really

to start rehearsal late due to the excitement

welcoming and great group to be a part of.”

of seeing each other or celebrating Passover in the Dome as a group, they are a small,

Missed the invitational? You can find Oy

extremely close-knit community on this

Cappella at their last event of the semester

large-scale campus.

at the a cappella council’s sponsored event, Afterhours, on May 1. Also, stay tuned for

“Initially, I was really nervous to join the group,” admitted Jacob Bellotti.

their second invitational to be held next Fall


photo by: sam lou



by: meghan o’brien photos by su box ing club



The SU Boxing Club is in full swing this semester. Originally founded in the 1930s, the club made a comeback in 2012 and has been growing ever since. “You can walk in literally not even knowing how to make a fist,” PR co-chair Jordan Burgh said. Burgh was inspired to join the club after taking coach Phil Benedict ’s self defense class, a course offered through the University. She said that Benedict would encourage his students to join the club and eventually she gave in. Though not a boxer, she thought she could give back to the club while expanding on her own workout routine and defense practice. What was her idea? She updated their social media accounts, constantly took videos and pictures of

practices, and has entirely revamped the club’s public presence. Burgh said the club has a collective goal of getting their name out there, being a recognized student organization, and eventually becoming a D1 spor t. She has high hopes that the club will begin hitting these targets next year. The club has the honor of hosting the college Heavyweight Boxing Nationals next March, an event that will bring fighters from all over the countr y to Syracuse University. The club is already working to make this a knockout event for the whole university. An executive board of eight plans to star t adver tising for Nationals in the fall. Burgh pointed out that hosting the competition is a huge step toward gaining more members.

The current club is small, but mighty. There are around 10 consistent boxers who compete in matches, some who have even won titles. Burgh said the practices typically consist of about 20 people. What can one expect in a practice? Be ready to warm up, work out, and walk into the ring. Members range from beginners to champions; all are welcome.


According to Burgh, a central focus of practices is the individual. “Knowing your own weaknesses is a huge par t of the game,” she said, adding that boxing is as mental as it is physical. A boxer is always tr ying to figure out what is going through their opponent ’s head.


Practices are led by Coach Benedict and team captains, George Michopoulos and Kristine Do. Burgh said Benedict is not only an impeccable fighter, but a patient teacher. He walks each fighter through the motions and instills his own confidence in ever yone he works with. The captains concentrate on technique and skill, working to help each fighter grow. The club is a form of both hard work and stress relief for its members. Their passion for the group holds them together and makes them companions both inside and out of the gym.


sexual as s a u l t awareness m o n t h by: Emily Durand

strategies, or empowering each other to be open about emotions while combating toxic masculinity. It ’s not only about “calling out ” cer tain behaviors but also understanding their roots, being compassionate towards oneself, and pushing one’s growing edge while maintaining self-care. While shifting culture is critical, there are more immediate needs to be met as well; SAAM for SU is about raising awareness for our own resources. The Counseling Center is a valuable resource and can direct folks based on their individual needs; it is helpful for bystanders, too. From there, students can access other ser vices, including academic suppor t even without a formal repor t, which I think needs to be more widely promoted. Other sor ts of active bystander inter vention strategies can also be impor tant for stopping something from happening in the moment. Of course, though, self-care is critical and must be especially emphasized this month. There is so much that has improved, and with the latest move ments I hope that the culture shifts even more. I like to imagine a world in which #TimesUp really means the time is up for people who perpetrate violence, but we need to think about how that will

be accomplished if we continue to feebly suppor t them in ways that do not give them the real assistance and counseling that they need. There is so much to be done, including within our own institution. Information about Jim Brown is only just beginning to be recognized. We are finally increasing transparency surrounding our own issues. As someone who is able to work with many administrators on our campus, I have compassion for the work they do. The broken judicial and legal system simply does not make room for the nuanced experiences of victims. There is a lot more to be done: we need to continue to demand more inclusive measures, to demand a more nuanced understanding of sexual and relationship violence, and to demand that we, the students, are not the only ones advocating for ourselves. It is not only on us, or on sur vivors, but ever yone in this community and across the world. We need more engage ment. SAAM is a month that can be difficult, but empowering, for many of us. It gives us - all of us, as this culture does not only affect sur vivors and victims - back our agency, and that is what we need moving for ward.



As an It ’s On Us Campus Organizer, I can say that Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is one of the most impor tant months for concentrated activism and getting folks engaged. Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses; one in five women, one in sixteen men, the dispropor tionate number of LGBT folks, and even more transgender people who are affected are just a few statistics that show only a miniscule por tion of this picture. While informative, they do not truly illustrate the experiences that these people have lived through. SAAM helps to provide a more nuanced understanding of what is needed to help put an end to this problem. The most impor tant goals of this month is to shift the culture around sexual assault. Behind this issue are deeply-rooted cultural problems including sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, and more. To me, SAAM is not only about taking reactive measures but also proactive measures: learning about specific ways to shift this culture, whether through prosocial bystander strategies such as talking about noticeable sexism with a friend, building healthy relationships and communication

Seniors share the real reason why they’ll miss ‘Cuse the most.

“H a ving th e op p ortunit y to go abro a d to Dublin, Ir e land wi l l al w ays be t h e be s t time o f my existen c e . ”

“Chucks :( .” - Serena Sarch, Senior

“Final Four.”

- Susanne Prendergast, Senior

“A f ter fou r lo n g month s of the wor s t wi n ter eve r , th e day it be c omes wa r m ag a in and Sy r acuse i s an entirel y di f ferent ca m pus is b y fa r my fav o rit e .”

“The basement of Bird Library and the people.”

- Cara Zito, Senior

“Lacrosse tournaments with my best friends.” - Hallie Alex, Senior

“DJs happy h o u r s , W h i tman capstone competition, living on the mount.” - Sally Phelps, Senior

“Dining hall dinners.”

“Going to Houston to watch the final four.”

- Michelle Piersol, Senior

- Jenn Castro, Senior

- Alison Clark, Senior

Student Voice Spring Issue 2  
Student Voice Spring Issue 2