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Mark your calendar for Wednesday Sept. 15. That’s when the Onondaga County Legislature will hold its presentation of the 2011 budget. The presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the legislative chambers, room 407 of the county courthouse.

Skychief’s rookie Boomer Whiting can’t slow down. See page 4.


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The Assault City Roller Derby team will host its first international bout at 7 p.m. Saturday Aug. 21 when they face the Canadian Tri City Roller Girls at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door; assaultcityrollerderby. com.



Speedster Boomer Whiting rounds third at the urging of Syracuse Chiefs manager Trent Jewett (44) to score on Aug. 11, at Alliance Bank Stadium. The Chiefs went on to beat the Columbus Clippers, 7-3. HERM CARD



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Chief’s rookie Boomer Whiting By Russ Tarby

How fast is Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Boomer Whiting? He plunks down a bunt and races to first before the pitcher has time to pick up the ball. When he’s on first with second open, he’s off to swipe that keystone sack before you can blink an eye. And then his attention turns to third. How fast is Boomer Whiting? On Aug. 6 in Rochester, he reached first on a single to left, stole second, took third when he forced an overthrow, and then he stole home! How fast is Boomer Whiting? Since being promoted to Syracuse from Advanced Single-A pro ball at Potomac on May 31, the 26-year-old outfielder has swiped 31 bases to contend for the top spot among this season’s International League stolen-base leaders. Wreaking ‘havoc’ Though he’s a devoted Christian with a positive attitude and an easy smile, Whiting invariably uses violent terms to describe his baseball calling. He talks about wreaking “havoc” on the basepaths, “exploding” off his lead and “exploding” again when he slides into the bag. An effective bunter, Boomer brushes off taunts from opposing pitchers who want him to take a full swing. “I’m always looking to disrupt the pitcher,” he said. “I know I have the ability to get the ball on the ground [by bunting], and the pitchers, they don’t like to field their position.” That can be a real advantage for a 5-foot-10,170-pound player like Whiting who won’t generally blast the ball out of the park. Instead, he uses his foot speed to get around the bases. He models himself after his childhood hero, Kenny Lofton, the happy-go-lucky Cleveland Indians outfielder who stole more




Chief’s rookie outfielder Boomer Whiting’s real first name is Brandon. He earned the nickname “Boomer” during his T-ball days, when he was a budding slugger. His dad, Bob, would exclaim “boom” whenever young Brandon smacked one to the fence, hence the powerful moniker. Now, he says, his wife Niki is the only person who calls him Brandon. The Whitings, who reside in Louisville, celebrate their third anniversary on Sept. 15. Boomer is currently in second place in the 2010 International League stolen base leaders.

1. Desmond Jennings, Durham Bulls 32 stolen bases, 2 caught stealing 2. Boomer Whiting, Syracuse Chiefs 31 SB, 10 CS 3. José Constanza, Columbus Clippers 30 SB, 4 CS 4. Zack Cozart, Louisville Bats 29 SB, 4 CS

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right-handed and .239 left-handed – .264 overall – not bad for his first season swinging from both sides. While his switch-hitting success may be a sweet surprise, Jewett’s not a bit surprised by the rookie’s Triple-A achievements. “His speed impacts the baseball game,” Jewett said. “He has a passion for stealing bases. That’s the key. It’s a lost art…You have to seize an opportunity whenever there is one.” Whiting returns the compliment. “Trent’s the perfect manager for a player like myself,” he said. “He knew what I was capable of when I got here, and he loves the speed game so our styles of play mesh perfectly.”


bases than anyone else in the American League from 1992 to ’96 and often beat out bunts for singles. In Whiting’s first game with the Chiefs on May 31 in Buffalo, he singled in each of his first three at-bats, and two of those hits were bunts. “God blessed me with fast-twitch muscles,” he said. “So I understand my abilities. I understand my role on the ball club.” Switch-hitting So does manager Trent Jewett, a former catcher who knows how a speed demon like

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Whiting can drive the defense to distraction. Whiting played for Jewett in 2009 at Potomac. Toward the end of the season Jewett and hitting coach “Governor” Jerry Browne – who’s also now at Syracuse – convinced the right-handed Whiting to become a switchhitter. It’s a move that should help him push open the door to the big leagues. “When you bat left-handed, you’re a step closer to first base,” Whiting said. “That’s a big advantage for someone with my speed. I wish I’d done it five years ago.” Swinging as a lefty has allowed him to turn a lot of ground balls into hits this year. So far he’s batting .319

Studying pitchers The crafty manager and the eager rookie each study opposing pitchers, always looking for an edge to get Whiting into scoring position. Their teamwork has paid off handsomely. Twice Whiting has stolen home – one of baseball’s rarest and most exciting plays – July 24 against the Durham Bulls in North Carolina and Aug. 6 in Rochester. Whiting buoys his team in many different ways. He contributes with his glove: On June 22 in the third inning with the bases loaded, left fielder Whiting caught a blast by Charlotte Knight Stefan Gartrell. Whiting crashed into the wall in left center at Alliance Bank Stadium but hung on to the ball. After 68 See Boomer, page 17

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Media Unit hosts 12th annual @ The BeVard Teen Performance fest Nancy Keefe

all over again for the 16- to 18-year-old men who are inmates in Pod 2-C. Judging this year’s competition – the Media Unit’s “Angels with Broken Wings: If We Had Peace” and Positive Youth Troupe’s “C.H.O.I.C.E.S.” – were Bill Morris of LeMoyne College’s drama program, Rodney Hudson of Syracuse University’s drama program, and Tony Brown of Syracuse Shakespeare. They presented the Billie Holiday Awards for best female and male performances respectively to Finney and to PYT’s Elias (“like the prophet,” he told me) Soto, Best Sound to PYT’s Akil Rivers, Best Lighting to Media Unit member Kyla McAlmont, the Bessie Smith Award for best group performance to the Media Unit and – wisely – the Curtis Mayfield Award for excellence in ensemble to both companies. The final prize came Friday night, decided by the 45 young men inside, who voted the People’s Choice Award to the Bronx visitors. Playwright-poet Jackie Warren-Moore, acting coach for the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, had conducted Thursday’s workshop. She and Shepperd go way back, to the days both went inside state prisons to do poetry workshops – Shepperd once taught high school English – resulting in the collectors-item anthology, “Born Into a Felony.” Warren-Moore says of this year’s festival participants, “They were phenomenal! I’d hate to be a judge because it’s a mighty close call. See The BeVard, page 15

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Viewpoints points Our view

Divorce with dignity a reality for New Yorkers

When Gov. Paterson last week signed into law the new no-fault divorce rules for New York, our state finally caught up to the rest of the country’s modern divorce regulations. Not only was the previous law archaic, it forced us to place all the blame for a marriage’s failure one just party. In reality, the collapse, just like the success, of a marriage requires two people. Until now, a New York resident seeking a divorce had to prove their spouse had cheated, or imprisoned, abandoned or otherwise treated them cruelly, as specifically defined by the grounds . Or, a couple could file a separation agreement, live apart for 12 months, then file for divorce and begin the process. Thanks to the new law, one spouse can swear under oath that the marriage has broken down, or been dysfunctional, for at least six months to file for divorce. Does this make it too easy for New Yorkers to give up on their marriages, as some no-fault opponents have argued? We say no. There is nothing easy about divorce. It’s as devastating as a loved one’s death and the effects of a break-up reach far beyond the husband and wife. Changing legislation to ease the process of dissolving a marriage, for many families, will help refocus the attention of the parties involved from placing and proving blame to more important aspects... like deciding what’s best for their children. The majority of couples whose divorces will be affected by this new law will more likely be those who have simply decided their marriages aren’t working, those who wish to split amicably for the benefit of both parties. And now they have a way of doing so without falsely claiming one of the four “grounds” recognized by the state. Does that mean it’s too easy to get divorced in New York? No... but maybe it’s too easy to get married!

Attitudes Gone Wild !

I was standing in line at McDonald’s. At the front of the line was a woman attached to her cell phone dropping Fbombs into the receiver. At the end she proclaimed a loud “I’m sorry, please excuse me!” as she Jackson tossed her at- home, bleach-yourhair-poorlykit mane to the side. A casually dressed man behind me in line said, just as loudly, “there’s no excuse!” At regular intervals we’re treated to a modified version of Girls Gone Wild, entitled “Attitudes Gone Wild,” usually on the local news or YouTube. Several weeks ago we were treated to an angry woman at a McDonald’s drive through upset because they weren’t serving McNuggets at that time of day. She went ballistic, attacking the employee and even breaking the drive through window itself. These episodes of Attitudes Gone

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Wild bring new meaning to the world’s largest fast food chain’s television commercials tagline, “da da da da da….I’m lovin’ it.” At A Taste of Syracuse a vendor was selling cold drinks from a large plastic tub filled with ice. Just as my friend, Linda, and I were about to reach in and grab a beverage, a young woman wearing a sweaty bandana removed the fabric from her moist brow and gently washed it in the tube of beverages surrounded by ice melting in the summer heat, creating a slush and ice cube mixture. Immediately I told Linda, “Stop, she just washed her nasty bandana in that water.” Her extended arm that was reaching for an ice tea stopped and reversed as if someone had hit a rewind button. She recoiled and said “eww!” Then the male companion of the woman who washed her item in the tub said, “Dude, relax, it’s just a festival” as he stepped closer into my personal space. The two teens selling the beverages looked horrified as one of their managers overheard the disturbance and hastily

removed the entire tub, contents and all. “These will not be sold,” he stated to the staff and those who’d stood wide-eyed witnessing the event. With increasing frequency we’re seeing public displays of attitudes gone wild. After witnessing a number of these episodes I had to check myself and come to a realization that sometimes it’s just better to let it go and remove yourself from the situation. Why ruin your day over a cold hamburger? Our entire society, regardless of race, income or gender has become brazen, out of control -- let’s face it we’re acting like untrained animals. However, I do remember a time when people went out of their way to control their attitudes so that there was an element of mutual respect, self-control, and its by-product: peace. As Dr, Martin Luther King once said when discussing the behavioral aspect of the Civil Rights Movement and the reason for calm in the midst of adversity, “Nobody wins in a dog fight.” Woof, woof… bark, bark, bark.


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Shark tank adorns new sports bar Over the years, the restaurant at 7240 Oswego Road in Liverpool has been known by several different names – Hooligan’s Sports Grille, Tournedos American Restaurant and Tonino’s Trattoria – to mention a few. After a lengthy dormancy, the multi-faceted nightclub re-opened Thursday Aug. 19, now known as Sharkey’s Eclectic Sports Lounge. It’s owned by Christopher Moreland of McKenzie LLC in russtarby@ Realty Syracuse. A couple weeks ago, Moreland offered a sneak-preview of his new place to Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Director Lucretia Hudzinski, who came away duly impressed. “This is a sports bar like no other,” Hudzinski said last week. “It’s environmentally well thought out. The fixtures, including the bamboo floor, are high-end… The menu is top-shelf and so is the chef. Also, if you are a bar-leaner, there will be lots of space for many to hang out. I’ve seen it with my own eyes!” From the big outdoor deck out back, you can watch golfers touring the Liverpool Country Club links. Sharkey’s boasts two basement dance floors, newly decorated banquet rooms, dart boards, high-definition TVs and a massive outdoor volleyball court overseen by Jim Nichols. And get this: the place is decorated with a salt-water shark tank! Now that even outdoes the live iguana at Limp Lizard Bar & Grille over in Westvale.

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Hobin Band resurrected Sharkey’s celebrates a grand opening at 5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 19 with its first-ever Sharkapalooza, a free concert featuring the Original Todd Hobin Band. “It’s a freaking free concert,” exclaimed bandleader Todd Hobin, “and they’re not pumping up the prices on concessions, beer, food or anything! It sounds like this is going to be a very cool place, very exciting.” The Original Todd Hobin Band features guitarists Todd Hobin, Doug Moncrief and Bruce Fowler, plus Todd’s brother, Shawn Hobin, on drums and son, Brett Hobin, on bass. The band had been scheduled to open for Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm on July

28, at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor, but two days before the Wednesday on the Water show it was canceled. “So many people were so upset with the cancellation of our July 28 show that we felt very strongly about replacing that show with another one immediately,” Hobin said. “So Sharkey’s is great news for us.”

Triple bill slated for Aug. 22 Live music continues at Sharkey’s Eclectic Sports Lounge at 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 22, when the Liverpool Chamber and WSEN radio present the Golden Treasures of Rock’n’Roll with the Gary Dunes Band, The Fab 570 and Kat Tale. Tickets cost $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. For Aug. 22 info, visit In case of rain, the venue’s outdoor concerts will move indoors. The show must go on! Sharkey’s is located just north of the Thruway on Route 57. For Sharkey’s info, dial 320-0005, or visit OnCenter ready to rock She won’t say who’s booked yet, but OnCenter President and CEO Terri Toennies promises at least two major concerts at the in September. For instance, we learned Monday that the Goo Goo Dolls will perform Sept. 28 at the Mulroy Civic Center. Meanwhile, the Syracuse Crunch will open its 2010-11 American Hockey League season with a home-and-home series against Lake Erie on Oct. 8 at Lake Erie and Oct. 9 vs. Lake Erie at the War Memorial. For tickets, call 435-2121. SSO cuts back on concerts Another OnCenter facility, the Crouse Hinds Concert Theater will endure many more dark dates next season as the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra has cut six weeks from its 2010-11 season. On Aug. 13, the union representing musicians, AFM 78, ratified a contract calling for the cutbacks. The union represents 63 core musicians and 14 sub-contract players. Musical Director Daniel Hege also agreed to forgo a raise. Instead, Hege’s taking a salary cut of 14 percent for the 2010-11 season. Hege’s compensation had been scheduled to increase for 2009-10 but remained flat at his 2008-09 salary and benefits package total of

$125,000, which is a bargain for a conductor of his talent. Since 2007, the SSO has operated in the red. An unnamed donor literally rescued the orchestra in June when a shutdown seemed imminent. This year’s season was shortened by two weeks. In 2009, union members agreed to a threeyear contract that froze their salaries for two years. Last week, however, they agreed to cut the upcoming season from 40 to 34 weeks. Musicians and audiences alike are wondering aloud, “Will this recession ever end?”

From print to screen The film version of Pope Joan, the novel by Syracuse author Donna Woolfolk Cross, will be screened this fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, though it still seeks regular U.S. distribution. Pope Joan is the story of Johanna von Ingelheim, a 9th century German-born woman who, according to legend, disguised herself as a man and ascended the ranks of the Vatican. Starring Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham and John Goodman, Pope Joan was a box-office hit last fall in Europe. “The film is beautiful,” said Cross, a former writing instructor at Onondaga Community College. “It’s also brilliantly acted and directed. And despite false rumors, it’s in English.” Both the book and the movie elicited blunt disapproval from Vatican officials who steadfastly deny the existence of a female pontiff. Cross will show trailers from the movie at 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 19, at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., in Liverpool. The author’s talk is free;; 457-0310. The novelist recently discussed the often frustrating process of turning a book into a movie: Your novel was published in 1996, so it took quite a while for the film version of Pope Joan to hit the screen. How many years, how many different scripts, how many different producers? Ten years, four different production companies, five different directors, seven different scripts, two of which were mine. It’s crazy-

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making! For a while I thought the film would be posthumous — that is, I wouldn’t still be alive by the time it was finally released. Moviemaking is not for the faint of heart! While shot primarily in Germany and Morocco, the film was made in English. Why haven’t distributors picked it up for U.S. release? Sometimes it takes a long while for a movie made abroad to open in U.S. theaters. It’s only been nine months since the European premiere. The good news is that the movie is now being screened at U.S. and Canadian film festivals. This should create the “buzz” it needs to get a wide opening in the U.S. How did you personally find the film? I love the film...The cinematography is spectacular, a perfect re-creation of the gritty reality of everyday life in the 9th century. What about the casting? Johanna Wokalek, who plays Joan, is brilliant — a stage-trained actress who turns in an understated but powerful performance, conveying great depths of emotion with her expressive eyes. David Wenham, who plays Joan’s love interest, Gerold, was my personal choice for the role. David looks exactly as if he stepped off the pages of my novel and walked onto the movie set. As for John Goodman – those who know him only from Roseanne and his comedy work have no idea what a talented dramatic actor he is. He’s wonderful as Pope Sergius. You attended the premiere last October in Germany where your book was a huge best-seller. What’s it like to be a celebrity? Walking the red carpet at the movie premiere in Berlin and attending all the parties and press conferences was a hoot – every bit as much fun as it looks when we watch such events on TV. I’m grateful for the kind fate that gave me and my family this wonderful experience, which more than makes up for the fact that I never got to attend a high-school prom!



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Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15 AM -12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program. Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. Music & Cook-out. 11 AM. Featuring musician Tom Sieling followed by a cook-out. East Syracuse Free Library. Free. 437-4841. Th3. 5-8 PM. A common day each month where 17 Syracuse visual art venues are open to recognize and support local artistic achievements. Picnic at the Park. 5-8:30 PM. Enjoy a picnic buffet and the view from Skyline Lodge. Highland Forest. $12.95/adults, $7.95/kids 5-11, under 5

free. Pre-register. 677-3303. Thursday Night Bike Ride. 8 PM. Meet at Mello Velo Bicycle Shop, 556 Westcott St. Free. Much Ado About Nothing. 5:30 PM. Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. Thornden Park Amphitheater, Ostrom Avenue. Free. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. 8:30 PM. Outdoor screening at Everson Museum of Art. Free. Jazz in the City. 7 PM. Westside neighborhood concert features Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers. Sponsored by CNY Jazz Arts Foundation. Free.

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Saturday Aug. 21

Willow Bay Fun and Fitness Walk for Women. 7:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Onondaga Lake Park. $25. 638-9662. Asian Elephant Extravaganza. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Elephant demonstrations and games. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Free with admission. 435-8511. Big Gay Yard Sale. 9 AM. First English Lutheran Church, corner of James and N. Townsend Streets. Have items picked up or drop them off at sale location between 7 and 9 AM day of sale.

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Parkway Sunday. 9 AM-noon. Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool is closed to motorized traffic so inline skaters, joggers, walkers, and cyclists can enjoy the wide, two-mile section of paved roadway. Free. 453-6712. Bonsai Workshop. 2 PM. Bring trees to work on or get advice about; bring a chair and any tools you have. Wire for sale. Rain date, Aug. 29. 6 Bevell Lane, North Syracuse. 461-9226.

Monday Aug. 23

Teen Book Discussion Group. 7 PM. For grades 6 and up. DeWitt Community Library. Free. Preregister. 446-3578. Adult Summer Book Club. 11 AM. Steve Stern’s

‘The Frozen Rabbi.’ Registration encouraged. DeWitt Community Library. A Crash Course in Poem Surgery. 5:30 PM. Downtown’s Writer Center, 340 Montgomery St. 474-6851 ext.328. Eastwood TNT Meeting. 7 PM. Huntington School, 400 Sunnycrest Road. 448-8173.

Tuesday Aug. 24

Sciencenter Tactile Time. 10:30 AM. Toddlers and preschoolers explore their world through touch. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. (607) 272-0600. Breastfeeding Class. 6:30-8:30 PM. Pregnant women and their partners learn about breastfeeding benefits and methods. St. Joseph’s Hospital conference room L-100 D. $. 448-5515. Butternut/Pond/Danforth TNT Task Force.

7-8:30 PM. Vinette Towers meeting room, 947 Pond St. 448-8173.

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Marissa Joy Mims Director

Marilyn J. Grab Budget Director

Tammy Toellner Lynn Dew

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Carolyn Clark

Writing Program Coordinator

Mariel Fiedler

Writing Program Coordinator, Radio show Coordinator

Caitlin Donnelly

Eagle Newspapers Editor

Contact us: Phone 443.7848 Twitter: NYGEARUP Facebook: NYGEARUP@ Syracuse University Radio: StepIt UP! on Power106.9 The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is the state agency that has been designated by the Governor’s office to administer the NY GEARUP Program. Funding for NY GEARUP is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. NY GEARUP at Syracuse University receives $567,000 in funding that is matched 100 percent by in-kind services for a total funding of $1,340,000. HESC helps people pay for college by providing a comprehensive range of financial aid services, including the Tuition Assistance Program, guaranteeing student loans, and administering the nationally recognized New York’s College Savings Plan. New York State is a leader in the national financial aid community, providing more grant money to college students than any other state.

It may be the time of year, the leaves are beginning to change, but the weather still completely says summer. It puts a sense of change in the air, and perhaps a sense of urgency as we try to get more out of summer while looking forward to the upcoming fall. Here at NY GEARUP, our summer writing program and Summer College are coming to an end while I am in full planning mode for the upcoming school year. It has been a wonderful summer for both the students living here on campus while attending classes and the staff at NY GEARUP to support them through their first college experience. Many of these students will continue taking Syracuse University classes as part of their regular high school schedule. Project Advance offers a variety of college credit courses to students during the school day. We have planned the first of sev-

eral workshops that will be offered to these students to assist them through the college admissions process. Not every student in our cohort wants to go to college after they graduate. For a variety of reasons, students chose to go into military services, seek employment or into a job training program. While our primary focus is to prepare students for success in college and improve graduation rates in the Syracuse City School District; we support students in our cohort who have a different path in mind for themselves. We are planning activities that will focus on the needs of these students in workshops that will include career planning and work place skills. In this last year of our grant, I look forward most to giving students the opportunity to have a year of new experiences from beginning to end—no senioritis for us! There is too

What is NY GEARUP? NY GEARUP is based out of Syracuse University’s School of Education. NY GEARUP works in the Syracuse City School District with the class of 2011 at Corcoran, Fowler, Henninger, ITC and Nottingham high schools. GEARUP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It’s a national initiative to create innovative programs with the goal of increasing college awareness for students and their families. GEARUP also helps students develop the skills necessary to pursue education after high school. To achieve its mission, NY GEARUP organizes college visits, tutoring and mentoring, college awareness and exploration activites, and educational planning and workshops.

much work to do in terms of helping students finish up graduation credits and leave high school prepared for work or college. The countdown to graduation begins now! -MARISSA J. MIMS


Kemi Mogaji, from Nottingham High School, is sworn in as a witness during the Summer College law program mock trial at Syracuse University on August 10.

Table of contents Message from the Director.......................... 2 Calendar.............................. 3 Personal narratives..............4 Personal narratives............. 5 Mock Trial............................ 6 Parents: Motivate your student........................ 7 College of the week.......... 8

Interested in Writing? For those students in the NY GEARUP program that are graduating in 2011 and are interested in writing for Eagle Newspaper’s NY GEARUP edition, please contact Caitlin Donnelly at

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CALENDAR JULY AUGUST • Request college applications from the admissions office. Or, use College Answer’s Online Application Search to see if your school’s form is online. • Arrange campus visits. • Register to take the SAT/ACT, if necessary. • Continue to search for free money (scholarships and grants) and others ways to pay for school. • Run Sallie Mae’s Free Scholarship Search. • Stay organized: File copies of applications and correspondence. Keep your calendar up-to-date tracking important dates and deadlines.

UPCOMING Look for our fall schedule of activities in our upcoming NY GEARUP publications, including college visits, and a special fall retreat at Syracuse University!

SEPTEMBER • Begin to rank the colleges you think you’d like to attend. • Start to put together your resume. • Organize the information that is likely to be requested on college applications. • Learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). • Choose courses for your senior year that are challenging and that showcase your academic abilities. • Enroll in AP courses in your best subjects if they are available. • Continue to do your best in your classes.

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

To Judith, traveling was ______; her sister, however, looked upon each trip as an__________ experience. (A) confusing . . unnerving (B) joyous . . exciting (C) exhilarating . . interminable (D) stupefying . . unhappy (E) tiring . . exhausting

Parents play an instrumental role in helping your student get into college. Here are some helpful tips:


Calendar content has been compiled by the editor from various sources.

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• Take advantage of summer break and visit colleges on your child’s list. Call ahead for the campus tour schedule. Arrange to meet with a financial aid representative. Your child should (if necessary) schedule an on-campus interview with the admissions office. • Your child should finalize his/her list of colleges. Be sure your child’s list includes “safety” schools, as well as good “match” and “reach” schools. Request college applications and informational packets. Organize materials into separate files by college. • Keep a college calendar of all admissions deadlines. • If your child took AP Exams in May, scores will be avalibale in July. • Make sure to register your child early for fall SAT tests.

exhilarating . . interminable


• Enroll in an SAT prep course. • Talk to your guidance counselor about colleges you might like to attend. He or she may have information available to help you develop a plan to get there. • Investigate financial aid opportunities: scholarships, grants, and loans. • SAT registration deadline for the October 9 test is September 10. Register early. • Collect all the information you can from those colleges you are interested in. Attend college open houses if possible to visit colleges in your area.

SAT Question of the Week

/ NY GEARUP, AUGUst 18, 2010 This week during the NY GEARUP Writing Program, the students tried their hand at personal narratives of first time experiences and important influences in their lives.

The first feel of freedom By: Quintessah R. Acevedo Henninger High School I get ready for school – not my normal jeans and t-shirt but something worthier of the day’s events. A deep blue top and a black skirt. That’ll do. My hair is up, as usual, and my glasses are clean; I’m ready. I hear the roar of the bus and rush out of the white door of the PeptoBismol-colored house, books in hand. Boarding the bus, I am noticed by no one; most of my peers are sleeping off the hangovers from last night or studying for some test they have today. What teacher would give a test today of all days? Well, it’s not my problem. I sit in the fourth seat from the last where I stare out of the window, not thinking anything, trying to stay calm, cool and collected. I succeed.

When we get to the brick-covered school, I file out of the bus and become part of the herd of sheep furiously filing into the house of education. Once inside, I walk past the orange and green lockers, waving to the few people who notice me then head straight for the auditorium. I place my books in the drama room, which is hidden behind the stage; then head for the piano. Bear-like Miles and comedian Justin are already warming up. I ask if I can join the session; Miles smiles at me and says, “sure!” We all warm up. About thirty minutes later, we are all hiding behind the scratchy green curtain. Justin is wearing tights and playing the Corner game with a few freshmen while Miles is already playing his set. I crack the curtain and see them, my peers. Their eyes wide and eager, a few girls are drooling over Miles and some of the popular guys are cheering

him on and patting each other on the back to congratulate him. Suddenly I get nervous. My resolve has shaken and I can feel the little quakes run through me. Doubt surges through my veins. What if they don’t like me? What if they boo? I turn away from the curtain while the doubt I was feeling went wild inside me. I begin scratching my wrists in anxiety; I am next. I can’t do this, I won’t be able to live down the shame and— I stop and breathe slowly. She’s here now with her pixie walk and sunbeam smile. She sees my fading resolve and hugs me. She assures me that everything will be all right; it’s the first time after all. She takes away the quakes just as the announcer calls out, “Please welcome Tessah to the stage.” I walk out slowly. I’m revealed when Miller calls “Curtain!” in a furious whis-

per. I feel like the dust has come off me and I’m impressive to look at only for a second. Once the second passes I start doing things automatically. I feel the weight of the mic in my hand now, it all seems so unconscious. I take an unnoticed breath in, expand my diaphragm, and let it all out. In those moments I forget if I cared about the quality of my voice; I only care about the freedom. I could live in this moment forever, but all good things must come to an end; or so I thought. When our show ends, we meet our audience. When I see all the people who have never noticed me, all the shadows that had never given me a second glance; I feel it. A respect that could never be taken away: I respected them and they respected me. Then all the way in the background stands Sara mouthing, “Good job.”

Horse sense By Isabelle Crossman Henninger High School I’ve loved horses for a long time, and know that my stay at a horse camp inspired this love when I was a little girl. I was so excited to go to this camp in Aldersgate, NY. My mom and dad drove me up to drop me off, leaving me to this world of horses by myself. We went to the woods so we could unpack and fix our beds up to sleep. The next morning, we got up early and made breakfast on a stove was made from a can over the campfire. Then we went off to the stables--that’s when I met her. Penny was the pretty copper-colored horse that I got to ride. She was large and strong and had a little white spot on her head. I was so nervous the first day. They told us that we were going to ride bare back, and I wasn’t really sure how I was going to handle that. But I got on Penny

and was able to ride her around a bit. Eventually, the camp counselors told us it was time for us to dismount. I raised one of my legs over, but the other one came too fast and I fell right on my bottom! It was a quite a wake-up call, but it didn’t shake my confidence. I was ready the next day when we would ride again. That next day we rode the horses—I on beautiful, copper Penny—down through the trail until we got to a creek. There we were able to try creek stomping. I was scared, but I wanted to try it, so I did. And you know what? It was fun! I kept returning to the same horse camp for years to come, not always getting to ride Penny or any white horses (they’re my favorite), but I loved it all the same.


I stopped going to the camp when I got my first job, but I’m still thankful for my experience there. If I hadn’t gone to camp, I would have gotten bored silly during my summers, especially since all my friends would go off to camp and I would have been left with no one to play with.

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The ‘Fly Society’ By Seth D. Colton Nottingham High School I’m all about my fashion sense. From my shirt to my pants, shoes, socks, and even my undergarments – they all HAVE to coordinate. And the most important part of my outfit would have to be my belt.

To be honest, I don’t wear belts to keep my pants up. They are, to me, what bring the outfit out. It’s weird because the belt isn’t usually supposed to be seen when wearing it, but I make sure mine always are. That’s what people know me for: the belt collection. When I lived in Miami, my friends and I would spend a lot of time at the park. Usually everyone who came to the park would come in a baggy tank top and gym shorts. Not me. When I’d be out there, I would wear a fitted tank top, cargo shorts, moccasin slippers, and of course, a belt—Hermes, usually. But because I wouldn’t have on a regular shirt that would cover my belt, the tank allowed my belt to stand out the most. Perfect. Going to the park enabled me to show off my belt collection. “I don’t know why you

trying to be Mr. Fashion at the park” Simeon, my older brother would say. Well, I’m not quite the athlete and the thought of getting too sweaty and smelly always bothered me. So, I’d be at the park to floss, that is, to strut my stuff to show off. The “show” starts as soon as I get to the park. My friends laugh. “Look how he got his pants! He a white boy now,” they say. Nah. I just want to look nice. Nothing more, nothing less. When I would go to the park, I would sit on the bench by the playground and use my phone while my brother and friends played basketball. The kids were always on the play sets, and one thing I noticed is that the kids’ pants were sagging. Now, I can care less if you sag your pants or not, but gosh, these were practically babies! Purposely, I went over near where the few children were playing and sit. I know they noticed my belt because

one of them asked, “Why does he have on a belt?” to the other. Because children are curious, one child built up the courage to ask. “Excuse me, why are you wearing a belt?” I laughed. “You didn’t know?” I asked him. He shook his head no. “Well,” I say, “I wear a belt because I’m fly. Only members of the ‘Fly Society’ are able to wear belts at any occasion.” He was young, but he knew what I was talking about. I thought nothing more of the conversation I had with the kid. The next time I went to the park, I spotted the kid from the week before from a distance. He saw me and came running. “Hey, am I in the club now?” he asked. As I look at him, I notice he has on a replica of what I was wearing when I met him, notably his belt. And without even noticing or trying, I had become an influence.

A mentor changed my life By Dwayne Britt Nottingham HIgh School

When I was 12 years old, I was on the wrong path in my life. My mom was getting tired of me. She didn’t know what to do, so one day she said, “I’m going to put you in this Big Brother Big Sisters program.” I said fine, just to keep myself out of trouble. It was a Saturday morning. I had to be out on the corner waiting for the bus early, 8:15 a.m., because the bus was coming at 8:30. It came and I got on. There were a lot of kids on the bus. Seeing all them made me think this program would be a good one. We got there, Sienna College, and everybody got off the bus and formed a line. Some random people started coming out to greet us, and this lady, I guess she was the boss because talked too much, said, “these

are your mentors.” I was happy because I saw this one attractive girl with the other mentors (what I would call a thicklooking mommy). I was making eye contact with her, but found out, to my dismay, that we didn’t even get to pick our mentors! I was assigned this guy named Todd. He looked like a good dude, but I wasn’t sure about him. I gave him a handshake and asked him, “What set you from?” even though I knew he had no clue that I was asking him about gangs. He seemed too friendly, which freaked me out. When I started hangout out with Todd, I didn’t like him that much. I didn’t know him, and he didn’t know me. I didn’t want to hang out with someone who seemed so happy. I couldn’t understand how these people thought I could relate to this white guy – he came from a different

society than me. We started hanging out every two weeks, though, and as I got to know him, I realized that he was a cool dude. We would go on all these fun trips, like NASCAR races and jet skiing. But he wasn’t just going to take me there for any old reason – I had to earn these trips by doing well in school. Before meeting Todd, my life as a 12-year-old was hard, and I was a rough kid. One day, after spending time with Todd, I sat down and started thinking about the stupid stuff I would do – breaking car windows, throwing do g feces at houses, and other just rotten things – and realized I wanted to

change. I learned how to change from Todd as he taught me to be more respectful and how important it was to focus on my schoolwork. Before, I never did well in school, so I would skip classes and disrespect teachers. But with time, I realized what I had to do to become a leader and role model for other kids. Ever since, I’ve been determined to learn more and more every day. I want to do this to show other kids what they can do, to show Todd my appreciation, and to be the best that I can be for me. I still talk to Todd about once a month, and he remains an influence in my life to this day.

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Summer College

MOCK TRIAL By Carolyn Clark Writing Program Coordinator

ABOVE: Majay Donzo, from Fowler High School, is the prosecution lawyer during the Summer College mock trial. BELOW:The defense team, including, Tierra Williams (left), and Casey Mitchemi (far right) from Henninger High School. Williams played the role of defendant Terry O’Neill, and Mitchemi was her lawyer.

On Tuesday, August 10, students taking part in SU Summer College’s law program put on a mock trial in the College of Law courtroom on the SU campus. The case dealt with a fake car accident in which a passenger died. The defendant, Terry O’Neal (played by NY GEARUP’s Tierra Williams from Nottingham High School), was charged with manslaughter. Majay Donzo from Fowler High School acted as the prosecution lawyer and took part by preparing statements and questioning witnesses. The prosecution focused on the defendant’s lack of care while driving, particularly focusing on her cell-phone use in the car. The defense team, made up of three NY GEARUP students, focused on the O’Neal’s prior driving record, the unreliable nature of the car she was driving at the time of the accident, and the natural speed of where the accident took place to argue the defendant’s innocence. While

Williams played the defendant, Casey Mitchem of Henninger High School played the defense attorney, and Kemi Mogaji of Nottingham High School played O’Neal’s friend who had been a witness in the car accident. Once both sides had presented their cases and evidence, and had questioned witnesses, the students had to wait as the jury came up with a verdict. While O’Neal was found “not guilty” of manslaughter, she was found guilty of lesser charges. The defendant, the judge announced, would have to wait until September to hear her sentence. Program coordinators at Fowler and Nottingham high schools Tammy Toellner and Lynn Dew both attended the mock trial and were impressed with the students’ performances. They had only a week and a half to prepare for the mock trial, during which time they had to decide on evidence and witnesses. The students really seemed to get into the trial, Ms. Dew said, and it was really impressive to see them.


TOP: The defense team, including Tierra Williams (left) from Nottingham High School, and Kemi Mogaji (back) from Nottingham High School, celebrate their not guilty win in the mock trial. ABOVE: Casey Mitchemi, from Henninger High School, is the defense lawyer during the Summer College mock trial on August 10.

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Motivating the Unmotivated Student Is your child completely disinterested in school? Refusing to even consider going to college? Are you at your wit’s end? How can you motivate the unmotivated student? Of course, as a parent, you recognize the value and importance of higher education to your child’s future. Academic apathy can be a complicated issue, however, and generally no amount of lecturing, pleading, or threatening will change a child’s point of view. First and foremost, then, you need to understand the causes behind this lack of motivation. Once you have a better idea of the source of the problem, you can more effectively develop a strategy to help combat your child’s seeming indifference toward education.

What Causes Lack of Motivation?

How to Motivate Your Child

1. Low Self-Esteem

1. Provide an Encouraging and Secure Home Environment

Kids who have a poor self-image avoid activities that they deem beyond their capabilities. Even if they can actually complete a given task, these students engage in self-defeating behavior to protect the little self-worth they do possess. For them, it is better to withhold effort or to procrastinate rather than risk trying, failing, and feeling even worse about themselves.

2. Lack of Support at Home

The home environment shapes the initial attitudes that children hold toward learning. In a home where curiosity, questions, and exploration are encouraged, children are given the message that education is worthwhile and personally satisfying. These kids are more likely to take the risks that are inherent in academically challenging pursuits. On the other hand, in a home where learning is not encouraged, children are given the message that education is of little value and that they lack the competency and ability to learn.

3. Low Expectations in the Classroom

Students mirror their teachers’ attitudes. If teachers believe that their students can learn, their students are more likely to trust in themselves and their abilities. Such teachers assign challenging, meaningful, and achievable tasks that promote motivation and link effort and success. Conversely, if teachers take the stance that they are the source of all knowledge and that their students are incompetent, their students are more apt to tune out, stop trying, and fail.

4. Pressure

Many unmotivated students are simply responding negatively to pressure. Whether the tension is perceived or real, these kids rely on defense mechanisms to protect them from the discomfort pressure generates. Through procrastination or avoidance, these students are trying to escape from their fears of failure and inadequacy. In time, they come to accept the consequences of their behavior, so they appear nonchalant and composed, even as the pressure they are trying to dodge mounts.

Children need to feel that their parents value learning. If you show your kids that academic exploration is worthwhile and education is important, they are likely to develop similar attitudes. Further, let your kids know that failure is often a part of the learning process, and let them fail without penalty. Kids who are not afraid to fail are more willing to accept scholastic challenges and less likely to sabotage their own academic efforts.

2. Use Rewards Carefully

Students who possess intrinsic motivation take on activities because of the feelings of enjoyment and accomplishment they evoke. Students who possess extrinsic motivation perform to gain a reward or avoid a punishment. Students with extrinsic motivation will generally put out the minimal amount of effort to complete tasks in the easiest way possible. In addition, external motivation only exists as long as there is external compensation. In other words, extrinsic motivation is likely to result in limited progress that vanishes when the reward disappears. So be discerning when offering rewards for good work.

3. Avoid Power Struggles

Realistically, you won’t be able to take on every struggle that comes along, so choose your battles wisely. Make a clear-cut list of unacceptable behaviors and resulting consequences. For instance, a failing grade in a class might result in the loss of a favorite privilege until the grade is raised. Resist the temptation to ground your child indefinitely or to take away all prized possessions. If you act reasonably and calmly, there is hope that your child will follow suit.

4. Build on Strengths

Find an area in which your child excels and focus on it. Constant failure is certainly unmotivating, and when the primary focus is on weakness, self-esteem and motivation will undoubtedly be lowered. If your child can find success in a nonacademic setting, you can work together to determine the elements of that accomplishment. Perhaps you and your child will be able to formulate a recipe for success and apply the ingredients to the educational setting.

In conclusion, unmotivated students do want to succeed, but they are being held back by some sort of obstacle. With patience, understanding, and hard work, you can help your child find a path to academic achievement.

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SUNY Delhi was founded in 1913, almost 100 years ago, and now has about 3,100 undergraduates enrolled. Students attending SUNY Delhi can go to the school for one of 40 associate’s degrees or 13 bachelor’s degrees. The school is l o c at e d i n t h e Catskill Mountains and has a 625-acre campus, including six residence halls. When it comes to academics, students can be sure that faculty will be looking after them with a 19 student for every faculty member ratio. SUNY Delhi is known as a technical school and offers majors in areas like

engineering, plumbing and turf management. The campus has its own 18-hole golf course for those who enjoy playing, or those interested in professional golf/ turf

management as a field of study. The school is mainly known for its veterinary school and culinary prog ram. The veterinary technology program is the first of its kind in the country and the culinary school has consecutively won the American Culi-

nary Federation’s Junior Hot Food Championship almost every year since 2000. Delhi is split into four academic divisions. These four divisions are applied sciences and recreation, business and hospitality, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The school also has its own student-run newspaper called the Campus Voice. The monthly newspaper is open to all students at the school and is dispersed throughout the campus. They even have their own radio station WDTU.


ABOVE: SUNY Delhi student tends to the golf course on campus as part of the golf/ tuf management program. LEFT: SUNY Delhi has the first veterenary technician program of its kind in the country.

Be Heard

The Step It Up! staff has settled into a spectacular weekweekend routine with its two-hour talk-based show about teen issues, college readiness and NY GEARUP. It’s entertaining and informative for anyone from students to parents and community members. We’re always looking for people to interview and high school seniors to try their hand in the radio business. If interested, contact Mariel Fiedler at

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Aug. 19, 2010

Syracuse PD to hold karate tourney for D.A.R.E. program

The 5th Annual Syracuse Police D.A.R.E. Karate Championships will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 25 at the Lincoln Middle School gymnasium, and martial artists can register now to compete.

Registration for athletes is $25 before Sept. 17; $40 after that date or the day of the event. All competitors under 13 years old will receive an award, and trophies will go to the first- through fourth-place winners. Admission for spectators costs $5; for ages 6 to 12, $3; under 5, free. Food, refreshments and novelties will be available. The event, sponsored by the Syracuse Police Department, is a fundraiser for the department’s D.A.R.E. unit, which runs the program in city schools.

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The following Syracuse residents recently reenlisted with the armed forces: Sergeant 1st Class Richard Richardson has reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry. Staff Sergeant James Hudson has reenlisted to continue service with the

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590 Trucks & Vans 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 7-passenger. 6cyl. Roof rack. Trailer hitch. Non-smoker. Highway miles. Dependable. Great for 1st time drivers. $3,000. 315-427-3865.

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Aug. 19, 2010

Business briefs Community General names director of external affairs


Quoss named senior art director at 2ndNature Brian Quoss was promoted to senior art director at 2ndNature, a full-service design studio in Franlin Square, Syracuse. Quoss has been with the studio since 2006 and has been a valued leader on

Gillian Ottman has been promoted to director of external affairs at Community General Hospital. Ottman has served as the manager of external affairs at the hospital since 2008, and previously was communications manager for Syracuse Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College of Human Services and Health Professions. She is a

graduate of St. John Fisher College, where she studied English and communications.

projects for companies such as the Everson Museum, Welch Allyn and SyracuseFirst. Quoss has an associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in applied sciences with a graphic design concentration from Onondaga Community College, and was a freelance graphic designer before joining 2ndNature. --

Lauko elected MOST trustee

Brian Quoss

Joseph Lauko, Vice President of Information Science and Engineering for SRC, Inc., formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, has been elected to the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology Board of


Trustees. Lauko is a vice president at SRC, Inc., a research and development company with over 50 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. Together, SRC and SRCTec, Inc., its manufacturing and logistics support company, deliver unique, next-generation solutions of national significance in defense, environment and intelligence. Lauko has 20 years of experience in project management, software engineering and test engineering. He holds a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from SUNY Buffalo, and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Syracuse University.

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