Student Voice Fall 2017 Issue 1

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student voice






letter from the editor


roommate horror story / trending / life hack


paul mccartney / blacker the berry


photo journal


keeping it real


remember the name: gerald.





which building of SU are you?


S /// V Kit Mallozzi Editor-in-Chief Emily Chalon Managing Editor Sydney Schwartz Creative Director

a word from kit //

senior scaries


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

Katie Merken Copy Editor MEDIA/

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

What are the senior scaries, you ask? In my opinion, they are a part of the anxiety that sets at the beginning of your senior year in college that focuses on the imminent fear of becoming an independent adult, getting a job and possibly never enrolling at a university again. Scary right? Senior year is supposed to be one of the best experiences of your life, so how can we shake off this kind of anxiety? I am holding myself to three goals this year. I hope to surround myself with people I respect and am

happiest with. I want to lock down my interests so I can find the best career path for me. Finally, I want to embrace every part of what makes this campus SU. This year I will face many challenges, but I know I am not the only senior at SU that will be facing them. I feel grateful to enter senior year with the friends I’ve made throughout my years at ‘Cuse including the friends I’ve gained through this publication. Wishing you a great semester!


Kit Mallozzi Editor-in-Chief



Erin Williams Entertainment Editor

Unfortunately, I have the senior scaries.


roommate horror story

SUN, 9:00 PM

Hey! Were you the awesome girl from the silent disco?

I guess I was?


Lol well it was really nice meeting you yesterday! You too

by: anonymous I LIVE ON SOUTH CAMPUS and one late

Saturday night, my roommate and I heard screaming. When we looked out the window we saw two girls standing in the front yard with ten people surrounding them. We watched intently as the two in the middle started to become aggressive with one another and eventually started grabbing each other’s hair. More people stopped by to watch. We saw people talking on their phones, and assumed that one of them would call DPS to break up this fight.

But we were wrong. The two girls who were fighting eventually made their way inside their apartment, right above ours, so we expected it all to be over. Nope- we were wrong again. Since that night, things have been quieter. Now, we mostly hear music coming out of the apartment above us, and thankfully no screaming matches have occurred, at least that we know of. Those are the perks of ground floor living, I guess!

Let’s hang sometime! :) Sorry I can’t I have a bf!

Haha we can be friends


Hahaha then sure

trending puff puff and away


by: meghan fitzpatrick

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exactly what you need in no time. Not to mention, the informal tone when describing each categor y such as “Dranks,” “Munchies,” “College Sur vival,” “Human Needs,” “Frozen AF,” and “Puff Stuff,” allows the website to tailor to ever y single student at ‘Cuse. Need a shoe rack? GoPuff. Need rolling papers? GoPuff. Need some late -night ice cream? GoPuff. Whether you need a pick-me -up at Bird, are running low on drinks at a tailgate, or you have the late night munchies after a long night on Marshall Street, goPuff has what you need.


life hack how to not be THAT freshman by: jen glass

SO YOU’VE FINALLY DONE IT! You have escaped the turmoil of your hometown,

high school, and your parents’ clutches. You’ve made it to college! A hear ty congratulations to all. THERE’S ONLY ONE PROBLEM --no matter what you do, ever yone who encounters you will immediately know that you are a freshman. Your bewildered eyes, confused glances, and never ending stream of questions, make it obvious to all that you are a newbie. Fear not, freshman class of 2021! Student Voice is here to give you all the hacks on how to appear cool and experienced to all your upperclassmen peers. CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH ALCOHOL.

Nothing says, “I’m an adult!” more than constantly berating those over 21 with the reminder that you, an 18-year-old, have also ingested an alcoholic substance. Constantly bragging about your alcohol consumption habits will have ever yone believing that you’re 21! Your face may be that of a newborn baby, but always remind them that your liver is one of a 56-year-old alcoholic’s. When out for a night, make sure you skip your usual Bud Light panic order and ball out on a crisp Blue Moon with confidence! This will show them that you, too, can par take in adult activities and that you don’t back down from any challenge.

Nothing screams, “fresh meat ” like a dorm room! Roommates? An RA? A natural progression from living with your parents to learning skills on your own? That stuff is so lame. Instead, have a fake address that you tell people you live at. If you choose South Campus, really commit and take the bus down there occasionally to sell your stor y. If someone wants to come hang out at your place, don’t fret, my dears! Give them the address to Schine. When they arrive and are, understandably, ver y confused, entice them with quesadillas and bookstore merchandise until they stop asking questions. COMPLETELY STEAL AN UPPERCLASSMAN IDENTITY.

The pursuit of being cool holds no bars. You have to COMMIT. Do you know someone from your hometown who looks even somewhat similar to you? Completely steal their identity! Obtain their license and perhaps a credit card (don’t let the police catch you, of course. You aren’t an amateur). Submit a transfer application. Completely change your wardrobe. Get a haircut. Cut off all ties from people you once knew as a freshman so as not to blow your cover. You are an upperclassmen--you are COOL, NOW. If you follow these simple and easy tips, no one will ever suspect you’re a freshman. Good luck out there! Disclaimer: Student Voice is not responsible for any arrests made in conjunction with this piece.






why did you both want to create the event Blacker the Berry?


We realized that it was our senior year, we weren’t feeling the Juice Jam lineup, and neither did other people we talked to. We didn’t know what to do at first, should we go or not go? We finally made the decision that we would create a concer t of our own. It star ted as a pipe dream but it slowly became something of its own.

who did you have perform at your event?

photo by: emily chalon

We knew we wanted to attract people of the Syracuse University campus to attend our event. We threw names around and decided we wanted three per formers. We messaged former ‘Cuse student DJ Zel. He has over a 11,000 followers on Instagram and has toured in NYC and Syracuse. We also acquired two more DJ’s, both are students: DJ2 and DJ Dez. When we told all of the DJs’ about the reason behind the “Creation of Black and Berr y ”, they all wanted to par ticipate.

why was it so successful? Because so many people were also not fans of the Juice Jam line up, a lot of people came together to promote this event. We didn’t ask people to help, they just did.

where was the event? The event took place at the parking lot of University Village.


We knew no one lived in the UV apar tments after 411 so we assumed there would be no noise complaints.

what was the fundraising aspect of your event? Food was provided by Project G.R.I.N.D. Ever y five dollars wor th of food bought went to the organization to provide mentorship for kids in the Syracuse area. It was the general body member of G.R.I.N.D to give us the idea of adding a fundraising component to the event.

what inclined you to add a fundraising aspect to the event? It gave us a platform to show what the Syracuse community can accomplish. It also provides a different twist to the usual concer t aspect. We brought a different component to Juice Jam, where over 250 students attended an alternative event and helped fundraise money, that ’s success in our eyes.

what are your biggest takeaways from the event? Ryan: Since we both are seniors, we can never facilitate this event again on the SU Campus. However, we hope that someone will take aspects of our event to fuel the rest of the Syracuse culture when needed. At the end of the day someone has to do it.

Josh: When a community comes together, anything is possible.


Paul McCartney by: lillee bellia


PAUL MCCARTNEY rocked the Carrier Dome stage last month, you’ll regret not buying tickets after reading this.


McCar tney played for three straight hours with not one sip of water. That conveys the energy and passion that Sir Paul McCar tney brought to our Dome. The arena was flooded with people from all generations; connected on the same excitement and utter disbelief that they were about to see a legend per form in the flesh. With no opening acts preceding him, Paul McCar tney braved Syracuse’s Carrier Dome stage at 8 PM and never stopped. His songs varied from his whole career ranging from his early work in The Quarr ymen, to his hits as a solo ar tist; and of course, some of

his most monumental pieces from The Beatles. Throughout his set, people held up peace signs and used their iPhone flashlights to show suppor t of his master ful per formance. While I was completely carried by the music, I couldn’t help but look around and wonder what these songs meant to each and ever y person there. Who in the audience has seen Paul McCar tney per form when he was a member of the Beatles? How many held those same peace signs up during the Civil Rights Movement as they marched and sang along to “Blackbird?” We’ve all heard the saying, music is a universal language ,

drawing by: bethany wolfe

but I don’t think the power of that statement is taken seriously enough. As Paul McCar tney made it to the end of “Hey Jude,” his band stopped playing and let the echo of the audience carr y the song. For those few minutes, ever yone that The Beatles have ever inspired were singing together in unison to one of the most power ful anthems of all time. I feel undeser ving of the experience that so many would have killed to be a par t of, and for that I will remember it forever.



we took pictures of fall leaves so you don’t have to!


photos by: emily chalon






keeping it real by: raven hall


The faces of Juice Jam’s silent disco.





because people were able to take par t in “a different music experience than ever yone just listening to one sound source.” At the tent, listeners received a pair of headphones in which they could tune in to one of three stations. Depending on what they liked most, it became a completely personalized experience. After per forming at Juice Jam, the duo has been more motivated to get their music out to the public. Instead of live mixing and meshing beats, they want to star t creating original tracks. In the meantime while they are working on publishing their first piece, they have also been working on solo projects. Jason is hoping to release his new EP that has been in the making for six months ( and Dan is creating a new DJ controller that is less complicated to use. In the distant future, they hope to travel more and hopefully make their way back to Europe. Both agreed that being in Europe is their method of “resetting.” In that, when they come home, they will look at their music from a new perspective - one that is inspired both by their experiences and European trends that they liked. The passion that these two have for both Europe and music in general, is unmistakable.

photo by: taylore b ratsep



and jelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Vanilla and Ice, you get the gist. Though such combinations are irreplaceable, sometimes stepping outside of the norm can turn out to be just as enjoyable, if not more so. In terms of music, many tend to stick to a preferred genre. Syracuse University ’s DJ music duo, Jason Sparks and Dan Fridland, offer an array of beats to satisfy anyone’s palate. Perhaps a fusion of 90s house music and European EDM is your cup of tea? The pair first became friends their freshman year while studying abroad through the SU Abroad Discover Program to Strasbourg, France. There they became fully immersed in the European culture: food, fashion, and of course, music. They explored the music scene of France, and realized it differed greatly from anything they had ever experienced in the U.S. This new atmosphere inspired them to star t producing their own beats when they returned back to America. To this day, their creative process encompasses the nonchalance of European culture. “ We take an organic approach,” says Dan when referring to their composition routine. Most of the time they end up hanging out at Dan’s house and then catch wind of a tune that they both vibe with. Next, they play around with the beats and mashups to create a brand new song. Their relaxed approach offers them the ability to attract a diverse audience. Their music does not traditionally convey a par ticular message through lyrics. It instead reflects the ar tists’ personal mood while the song is being made through dramatic bass drops and inspiring rhythmic patterns. They tr y not to box themselves into one par ticular genre, “it ’s impor tant to find something that speaks to you,” says Jason. Those who visited the silent disco tent at Juice Jam may have gotten a taste of Dan and Jason’s music. According to Dan, it was a unique event


remember the name. gerald. by: rebecca ahmed

“what does it mean to be a woman? what does it mean to be black? to be young? to love wearing baseball jerseys but starting to grow into wearing dresses?”

HAIR — Gerald Brown refers to

her 16-year-old self as being stuck in a “ver y chaotic space.” Physically raised in bustling Chicago, and mentally wrestling with identity since a young age, she isn’t a stranger to things left of center. But when looking back, Gerald can pinpoint the day it all star ted to change - September 25th, the day she cut her hair. She admits that, at the time, getting a buzzcut was simply the most efficient way to grow FALL 2017 // ISSUE ONE



photo by: sarah koestler




a healthier afro. There were no strings attached, no intellectual riddle between the swipes of clippers. Or so she thought. She reflects, “ When I cut my hair, it was a moment to be genuine.” Ever ything was thrown out the window and her buzz cut transitioned into a cathar tic rendering of self-actualization. Her ar t does the same thing. She feels that it gives her an outlet to debate her choices and experiences. She states, “I can do that physically. I can touch it, wrestle with it, throw it on the ground.” And with this genuine love of ar t, she is building a breathtaking por tfolio that can be previewed at the upcoming BFA show,and fully obser ved at her own showcase later in the spring. This por tfolio includes a ser ving dish that is a potent reminder of black struggle (“Untitled”), a two-faced head mast that displays the notion of dueling identities (“I am Janus”), and a personal favorite, a canvas that comments on American capitalism (“ Thank you, Black Bitch”). THANK YOU, BLACK BITCH — Painted

in December 2016, “ Thank You, Black Bitch” was heavily influenced by the presidential election. Gerald recalls the day after the election and how in many ways, the people around her were undergoing a grieving process. However, the third Thursday of November quickly rolled around and students eagerly sat at feast-lined dinner tables and prepared for long lines at Best Buy. That shift of mindset, from grieving to rejoicing, left a sour taste in her mouth. She relates this back to George Bush’s response to the attacks on September 11, 2001. He said that the best thing people could do was go out and shop to stimulate the economy “A total capitalistic mindset,” she states.


And though she did not disagree with the benefits of stimulating the economy, it occurred to her that this level of “consumerism” traced back to the foundation of the United States, and that struck another chord. “Black women have always been the motor - the fuel - of American progression” because female slaves had the duty of producing more slaves as an endless supply of labor. Historians say that America was built on the backs of slaves and Gerald Brown brings that back to the dinner table how many times have people forgotten the horrid backgrounds of economic prosperity - 9/11, slaves, and so on? Through this painting, Gerald comments on her civic duty as a black woman. Is her duty as a black woman and citizen of the United States to go binge shopping? Is that really how she earns a “thank you?” IDENTITY — As Gerald mentions,

understanding her identity has always been at the core of her ar t and her own journey. When she was 14, she was Gerald Brown, a perspective electrical engineer major that was only comfor table in basketball jerseys and shor ts. At 17, she was Gerald Brown, an amateur photographer that revered Syracuse as a 677-mile far away dream. At 21, she is Gerald Brown - simple and authentic. To her, she spent too many years deliberating whether her hair was a form of opposition or reflection, whether her wardrobe choices put her in a box, or whether or not she’d let a first name she hated define her. Now, she rolls more with the punches and lets her ar t speak for her. She challenges the notion that people have “sides.” She explains, “ There aren’t many sides. There’s one Gerald being represented” by her choices and experiences. One amazing Gerald. “No contradictions.”


opinion: SU & its role to accommodate disabilities by: vivian whitney


(CART ), sign language interpretation, and voice interpretation. This presentation opened Kate’s eyes to the accessibility SU offered. It was also there that Kate met Dr. Diane Wiener, the director of the Disability Cultural Center at SU, who helped Kate find access in grad school and reclaim her Deaf identity. Kate shared with me that attending SU was the best decision she ever made. It was at the university that she took classes with other disabled and Deaf students taught by disabled and Deaf professors and had constant access to sign language interpreters. Now, Kate is the full-time coordinator at the Disability Cultural Center where she has a sign language interpreter with her all day. In this role, she is able to be a par t of the initiative to make our campus even more accessible for those with disabilties.

Having star ted the ver y first Disability Studies Program in the United States, Syracuse University is known by the disabled community for its accessibility. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the Disability Cultural Center was even founded, and the Einhorn Family Walk, to increase accessibility across campus, wasn’t completed until 2016. Despite this, coming from an inaccessible high school and city that are not as nearly as accessible as I’ve noticed Syracuse University is, I’m constantly in awe at how accommodating our campus is. Like Kate, never had I attended an event with CART before, nor had I ever seen sign language interpreters live -translating a speaker. Syracuse University ’s example in accessibility is impor tant in setting a precedent for accessibility on college campuses around the countr y.



education and work haven’t always been as accessible for her as they have been here at Syracuse University. As a disabled, Deaf individual born to hearing parents, Kate grew up without much access to or knowledge of the Deaf culture. Kate’s experience as an undergraduate was not ideal for her Deaf identity. After attending a community college in Utica and then transferring to CUNY, both universities had a nonexistent disability ser vice office and brought no knowledge of her rights to request for sign language interpreters. It wasn’t until Kate attended our university for graduate school that she felt comfor table with her identity. It star ted when she attended a presentation at Hendrick ’s Chapel by a Deaf professor. The presentation was accompanied by Communication Access Realtime Translation

The buildings of Syracuse have distinct personalities, so which building are you? by: amelia lytle




YOU’RE INTROVERTED, quiet, and a ver y hard worker. You’re smar ter than all of your friends and know tons of random facts. You’d probably be great at Jeopardy. You’ve got lots of friends just like you, they ’re obsessed with learning and could spend hours studying! You can come off as intimidating to people who don’t know you, but don’t worr y, once they discover your inner beauty, you’ll be their goto study buddy.

YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT yourself a lot and are a master at the humble brag. Yes, you are pretty good at what you do, and you’re pretty smar t, but tr y not to talk about it non-stop.You have a lot of older friends in pretty cool places and you don’t let anyone forget it. You recently had a small makeover that helped your look live up to your name.

YOU’RE ONE OF THE MOST popular kids on campus. Friends with ever yone, you love to socialize and can please ever yone. You always have a lot going on in your life, but that ’s how you like it. You might not be the best looking kid in school, but does that really matter if ever yone loves you? You’ve got all the ‘Cuse gear that all your friends want to steal, and you’re pretty great at fixing a laptop, put that iSchool major to werk.

carrier dome

YOU’RE A HIDDEN GEM that most don’t even know about. You are not craz y popular, but the friends you do have are loyal and value your high quality. When someone discovers your great qualities, they wonder how they lived for so many years without you. You are a fantastic cook and your friends praise you for it daily. You are an underrated, but fantastic person.

HYPE. BEAST. That ’s the only way to describe you. You can get ever yone you know excited about an event without fail and always have your squad by your side. You’re a HUGE spor ts fan, but also have a great appreciation for quality music. You’re the big man on campus and a pretty popular guy, and people know not to mess with you.

goldstein faculty center

crouse YOU’RE A MODEL who no one approaches because of your ~myster y~. People don’t know a lot about the real you, but that ’s how you like it. Your beauty surpasses ever yone else, but that makes you a bit intimidating and you don’t have a huge circle of friends. Your photo is constantly being taken, but you love it because you know you always look fantastic. You’re a bit of a book worm and people can always find you listening to unique music, and reading your favorite Harr y Potter book.

hall of languages YOU’RE THE STAR of the show, always the center of attention. Ever yone loves you and you’re often featured in your friends Instagram posts. That might have something to do with your obvious beauty. You’re older and have more experience than all of your friends, you really have seen it all. Ever yone knows about you, you’re basically iconic. Congrats.