Group continues debate on student handbook

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) debated potential recommendations for changes to the du Lac student handbook — including the creation of a student medical amnesty policy and the handling of discipline for first-time alcohol offenses in residence halls — at its meeting Monday.“The whole process in my opinion is very difficult because we are just giving recommendations instead of voting on policies,” student body president Grant Schmidt said.The need for an established medical amnesty policy has recently gained traction in student government, he said. CLC is struggling with how to balance its desire for a medical amnesty procedure with the Office of Residence Life and Housing’s (ORLH) need for flexibility to deal with exceptions to the policy.“In order for this to be effective, we do need it to be in du Lac and be clear to students,” student body vice president Cynthia Weber said.CLC did not approve a specific recommendation for ORLH, but Monday’s draft will be clarified and presented again to the Council members.“We need to clarify that assisting students would not be held liable except under extenuating circumstances,” Schmidt said.Council members also recommended that in the case of a first time alcohol offense in a residence hall, the student’s rector would be responsible for discipline, instead of sending the case to ORLH.Schmidt said this recommendation arose from a standard that is “already in place but should be stated clearly.”The current du Lac policy allows for in-house discipline when the offense takes place within a student’s own residence hall, but the council wants to include offenses that occur elsewhere on campus in the language of this policy.“One of [Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Bill] Kirk’s desires was that the policies in du Lac address current practice,” Weber said. “We need what is written to be adjusted accordingly for clarification.”Many Council members hope to recommend the rector handle discipline before ORLH takes action.“We are asking education to happen at a more localized level, which we consider to be more effective,” Weber said.The issue of how discipline is handled is particularly important for students hoping to apply to graduate schools, Weber said.Some of the rectors on the Council cautioned that setting up a policy with only loose definitions could cause confusion for students.“If I were a student, I would want more structure on this,” Fr. Pete McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, said. Weber said because rectors have a strong connection to the average student, she thinks they should be allowed to handle discipline whenever possible.“We can keep it at the level where it’s appropriate so as not to unnecessarily tarnish a student’s reputation or record,” Professor of Army Science Jon Crist said.Discussion of this recommendation will continue at the Council’s next meeting. Other issues for upcoming CLC debate are recommendations on the undergraduate tailgating policy and drinking games.last_img read more

Gbinije explodes for 16 points after halftime, leads Syracuse to overtime win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2015 at 12:21 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse As Wake Forest celebrated a near-halfcourt buzzer-beater just before halftime, Syracuse forward Michael Gbinije trudged toward the locker room. Codi Miller-McIntyre had just given the Demon Deacons a one-point lead and Gbinije had just one point. While his teammates conversed, Gbinije fixed his eyes on the tunnel behind the Orange’s bench. He had just been yelled at, over and over, by SU head coach Jim Boeheim for a flurry of defensive mistakes. His shirt was halfway untucked in the front and soaked in sweat everywhere else. In the locker room, Gbinije was approached by Boeheim and then by SU assistant coach Adrian Autry. They both told him he wasn’t doing enough. “They didn’t ask this but he made me realize if I was really satisfied with one point,” Gbinije said. “I really wasn’t at all.”That’s exactly how Gbinije played — unsatisfied — in the second half and overtime of Syracuse’s (13-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 86-83 win over Wake Forest (9-9, 1-4) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. After finishing the first half with six rebounds and four assists to go with his point, Gbinije handled the game for the entire stretch run while collecting 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and making three 3s on five attempts. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRakeem Christmas netted a career-high 35 points and Trevor Cooney poured in 21, but it was Gbinije’s mid-game resurrection that breathed new life into a team that needed every bit of its energy to fend off the Demon Deacons. “We need Mike. We need Mike to score and we need Mike to do what he can do,” Cooney said. “In the first half he just wasn’t as aggressive as he can be and needs to be. In the second half he showed us who he really is.”The wings of Syracuse’s zone came out flat in the team’s first game without freshman forward Chris McCullough, and Gbinije received the brunt of Boeheim’s frustration. After Wake Forest forward Konstantinos Mitoglou — who finished with 26 points and missed just three shots, all 3s — hit back-to-back jumpers on Gbinije’s side in the first half, Boeheim audibly scolded the forward. “Mike! Mike! Mike!” Boeheim yelled, scrunching his nose and taking a step over the sideline and onto the court. Later in the half, Gbinije rotated late and softly fouled Greg McClinton on a layup that banked into the net. Again, Boeheim laid into Gbinije as McClinton’s ensuing free throw gave the Demon Deacons a 30-27 lead. “Mike!” Just once this time, but louder. “He was yelling at me and I think it was well-deserved. I definitely was messing up at times,” Gbinije said. “I was still out there so I definitely had to do something.”And he did. A 3-pointer to pull Syracuse within four with 9:56 left in the second half. A layup to push the Orange ahead by two at the 2:25 mark. Two free throws to expand the hosts’ cushion to three points with 23 seconds on the regulation clock — all while handling Syracuse’s point guard duties as freshman Kaleb Joseph looked on from the bench. Then Cornelius Hudson made his first shot of the game, a 3 that knotted the score at 71-71, and Boeheim put the game in Gbinije’s hands. His layup attempt rolled out in the last seconds of regulation, but he hit a midrange jumper, pull-up 3 and free throw to score six of the Orange’s 15 overtime points. After the game, Boeheim wasn’t yelling Mike anymore. Instead, he muttered the forward’s name as one of the players that led SU to its hardest-earned win of the season. Said Boeheim: “Those three guys — Mike, Trevor and Rak — were outstanding.” Commentslast_img read more