Syracuse basketball gets 1st ACC win with rout of Boston College

Syracuse, NY A win is a win, especially when youre 0-4 in conference play.

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After losing its first four ACC games, the Syracuse Orange got a much-needed win with a 62-40 victory over visiting Boston College on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse was off to its worst conference start ever, matching the 0-4 start for the 1996-97 team in the days of the Big East Conference.

Syracuse took control of the game with a 19-2 run late in the first half. The Orange led 30-15 at the break. Boston College crept to within seven points early in the second half, but SU scored 11 straight points to boost its lead to 48-30 with eight minutes remaining.

The Orange improved to 11-7 for the season and is now 1-4 in the ACC. Syracuse needed the win not just to snap its four-game losing streak, but also because its next three games are on the road. The Orange will be at Wake Forest on Saturday, at No. 9 Duke on Monday and at No. 4 Virginia the following Saturday.

Boston Colleges record fell to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.

Malachi Richardson, a 6-6 freshman, led Syracuse with 15 points. He has been in double-figures in all five of SUs ACC games. Michael Gbinije scored 14 points for the Orange.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but while the Orange finally found the basket, Boston College had no consistent way of attacking SUs zone defense.

​How many college grads are actually baristas?

It seems like everyone has heard about college grads who are stuck serving up lattes at Starbucks (SBUX), earning barely more per hour than the price of a venti caramel Frappuccino.

But is that really happening to Americas newest college grads? In what may cause a huge sigh of relief to parents and students everywhere, not so much, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The recession and recovery years have been tough for the millennial generation, which graduated into a weak labor market while owing an average of $30,000 in student debt. Anecdotes are common about recent grads failing to find work in their areas of study and turning to low-paying service jobs such as baristas and waiters.

But those anecdotes arent supported by economic data, according to the NY Fed researchers who found only a small percentage of grads worked in low-pay service jobs in the four years following the recession.

People love to use the image of a college-educated barista, said Richard Dietz, assistant vice president at the NY Fed. We realized it was a lot less pervasive than you might be led to believe.

Only about 9 percent of all recent college graduates worked in a low-skill service job from 2009 through 2013, the four years following the recession.

And for 20-somethings who are worried about getting stuck in those jobs forever, the researchers had some additional good news: The percentage who are employed in service jobs drops by half by the time they reach their mid-20s, which suggests that theyre transitioning to jobs better tailored to their skills.

Still, thats doesnt mean everythings peachy keen for recent grads. Many are struggling to get into what Dietz and research officer Jaison Abel describe as college jobs, or professions where at least 50 percent of the workers indicated that they needed at least a bachelors degree. They found about 45 percent of grads worked in noncollege jobs in the years following the recession, meaning theyre underemployed or working in jobs that dont match their skills.

How does that stack up with past generations? Clearly worse, Abel said.

When you extend that analysis out to all college grads, its roughly about one-third, Abel said.

One recent exception was in the early 1990s, when the recession in that period left about 48 percent of recent college grads underemployed. That was the era when Gen X came of age, as celebrated by movies such as Reality Bites, when 20-somethings struggled to get an economic foothold. But that passed quickly, and the boom that followed allowed many to find better jobs and prospects.

Millennials are also shifting into better jobs. About 59 percent work in college jobs by the time they reach 26 or 27, compared with 48.4 percent of college-educated 22- and 23-year olds.

And underemployment doesnt necessarily mean minimum-wage work. About half of underemployed millennials hold relatively high-paying jobs, such as in information processing and business support, where the average wage is slightly more than $59,000, the researchers found. The largest share, about one-quarter, are in office and administrative support roles, where the average annual pay is $37,207 — far more than a barista would take home.

And even if college grads are temporarily stuck in noncollege jobs, the researchers found evidence showing theyre more likely to be working in higher-paying jobs than their counterparts without college educations.

For most people, a degree does tend to pay off if you look at the financial costs versus benefits, said Dietz. When you see the figures of underemployment, it could make you believe they are almost worse off as if they didnt go to college. But what were saying is this is temporary. And secondly, even among those who are underemployed, theres evidence that they tend to get better jobs and get paid more.

Police probe defacement of Muslim prayer room at Jerusalem College

Police are investigating the vandalization of a Muslim prayer room in the capitals Hadassah Academic College, in an apparent nationalistically motivated hate crime on Tuesday night.

According to police, numerous posters inside the room, which is reserved for Arab students, were torn off the walls, although no holy scriptures, including a Koran, were damaged.

This was the first such incident to have taken place in the building and police have opened an investigation to find out who was behind it, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Hours after students reported the vandalism, the college issued a statement condemning the unusual incident, and vowed to continue to promote coexistence between Arab and Jewish students.

Hadassah Academic College rejects all violence and is dealing with the incident without bias, according to the law, the statement said.

We have gone to the police about it and we will do everything required at any time in opposite cases as well. Hadassah Academic College is an apolitical academic institution that encourages higher education for everyone, coexistence, dialogue and cooperation as it was in the past and will be in the future.

Located in downtown Jerusalem, Hadassah Academic College was accredited as a degree-granting institution in 1996 for a cross-section of Jewish and Arab students.

Hadassah Academic College brings together students from all walks of life and from every sector of Israeli society. The colleges website states. The college is committed to community outreach, diversity, and to creating a better future for all.

In 2012, the college, which works with researchers from the United States, Spain, Greece and the Palestinian Authority, launched a new undergraduate degree-track program for ultra-Orthodox men and women seeking professional degrees.

CCAC president leaving to head Ohio college

Donna Imhoff, president of Community College of Allegheny Countys Allegheny campus and a CCAC employee for three decades, is leaving to head a community college campus in northeast Ohio.

Ms. Imhoff will become president of the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Western Campus in Parma, the school in Ohio announced Tuesday. She begins her duties Feb. 1.

Cuyahogas president is Alex Johnson, who was CCAC president before moving to Cuyahoga, located in Cleveland, in 2013.

The extensive experience that Ms. Imhoff brings to Cuyahoga Community College and Western Campus in particular will be invaluable to the continued success of our students, Mr. Johnson said in a statement accompanying Tuesdays announcement.

She will be paid $175,000 a year, according to the college.

For the past four years, Ms. Imhoff has headed the largest of CCACs four campuses, located on Pittsburghs North Side.

She also served as president of CCACs suburban North Campus from 2008 to 2013.

Shes been at CCAC since 1985, arriving as a coordinator/instructor. She later worked as an acting assistant director of social service career programs, a career counselor and an academic adviser, a professor of psychology and department chair.

Officials from CCAC could not be reached regarding search plans for a successor.

Bill Schackner: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG.

Wheaton College: Still Standing Despite a Bit of Mild Criticism

Perhaps you remember the case of Larycia Hawkins. Shes the professor at Wheaton College who declared on her Facebook page that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. Wheaton College follows the evangelical Protestant tradition, which apparently has different thoughts on this matter, and as a result Hawkins is in the process of being fired.

Over at National Review, David French says that this ought to be entirely uncontroversial:

But this is Christian higher education, and the Left is taking direct aim at Christian academic freedom and institutional liberty. In 2014, it launched an ill-fated attack on Gordon Colleges accreditation, and last month the LGBT Left issued a report loudly condemning Christian colleges for having the audacity to exercise their statutory and constitutional right to opt out of Title IX. So it should come as no surprise that the Left is rallying around professor Hawkins, trying to pressure Wheaton into yielding on its statement of faith.

I read this over lunch, and with nothing more pressing on my mind than eating a slice of pizza, I decided to click those four links to find out just what kind of pressure the Left was bringing to bear. I urge you to click yourself to check my work. The first three go to a trio of little-read diaries at the Huffington Post. Here are the most impassioned statements I could find in each of the three:

Letter endorsed by Suad Abdul Khabeer and 26 others: In our view, the measures taken by Wheaton administrators…dampen the spirit of free inquiry so crucial to the academic environment; ultimately depriving the student body of the benefit of a deeply dedicated educator….[We] call upon her employers to renew their own commitment to the principles of tolerance and academic freedom.

Ken Wilson: Theres a way out of this morass. But it requires a commitment to the apostolic counsel of Romans 14-15. In a nutshell it boils down to this: were going to disagree over highly contentious issues….In the meantime, we can feast ourselves on the rich fare of mere Christianity. In a community shaped by Romans 14-15, there would be plenty of room for Julie Rodgers and Dr. Larycia Hawkins at the table.

Pamela A. Lewis: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? To the extent that Christians and Muslims come from the same Abrahamic tradition, yes they do….However, when it is a question about what these faiths call God and how they worship God, there are significant differences with respect to rituals and patterns of devotion….Whether or not Professor Hawkins has violated Wheaton Colleges Statement of Faith will be decided by Wheaton College. But I am with those who believe that she was moved by her understanding of Christs commandment to love and stand with the vulnerable and the stranger, whoever they may be at the moment.

Thats…not…really very fiery stuff. I imagine the administrators at Wheaton College can still sleep nights. The fourth link goes to a pretty straightforward CNN story in which Hawkins herself is critical of Wheatons actions, which is hardly surprising since shes the one being fired.

So where do these milquetoast statements leave us? French acknowledges that so far, the Left has merely used its powers of persuasion to try to move Wheaton from its statement of faith. But what about tomorrow? Schools that dont conform to leftist orthodoxy may soon consequences far worse than a barrage of negative news coverage.

Maybe so. But its always worth clicking the links. If this is the best that the big, bad Left can doand I assume French would have linked to worse if it existedI think Christian colleges are probably not in any imminent danger. Its pretty stunning sometimes just how little criticism it takes to bring out the victim in us all.

Belitz: ‘College Week’ lets young students look into future

The chamber’s BIE Committee held the first chamber committee meeting of 2016 yesterday, as a new year of work has begun. Among other tasks, the BIE Committee guides the Drive for Five workforce initiative, which is still the only comprehensive, community-wide workforce initiative in the state.

The most recent project of the Drive for Five was “College Week” for the Columbus Public Schools.

College is an important part of getting the job and income you want, but no college is a one-size-fits-all institution. That is what fourth and fifth-grade students at Lost Creek and Centennial elementary schools learned during their College Week experience. Finding the right fit includes considering price, location, degree or certificate desired, class size, how soon you want to begin working, how much money you hope to earn, and many other important considerations.

Activities during college week included a kickoff assembly and pep rally, classroom activities throughout the week, a college pledge, a workbook to help with developing a college and career plan, a college campus tour, visits with college recruiters, Qamp;A with current and past college students, and a graduation ceremony declaring the students officially college-bound. Judging by the attendance at graduation, the students had great support from parents and grand-parents during this activity!

The chamber thanks those who helped make College Week a success. Those partners include the Columbus Public Schools Foundation, Columbus United Federal Credit Union, Easy Screen Printing, Central Community College, Raider Rex, Columbus business community, Nebraska colleges and universities, Education Quest, Columbus High School band, Columbus High School cheerleaders, Li’l C, and the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.

College Week is one of the projects of the Drive for Five’s “School-Business Partnership.” The partnership brings together Columbus Public Schools and Lakeview Community Schools with the local business community to provide awesome opportunities for our students, while building the future talent pipeline for our employers. We really appreciate the investment these school systems are making in their students through the partnership.

College and Minorities: Justice Scalia Has It Backwards

There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less advanced school… a slower-track school, where they do well. This now-famous quote, by Justice Antonin Scalia, has spurred many reactions, including the #Staymadabby attached to tweets of African American students happily doing well at top schools.

As professors at top Public Universities, we would like to add another wrinkle to the discussion — and to highlight the multifaceted danger of thinking like Scalias.

We both have noticed that many of our minority students end up applying to our more competitive colleges because of strangely random circumstances. They were discouraged from applying by family members and guidance counselors, or never met with a guidance counselor at all. They somehow applied anyway, but a number of their qualified friends and neighbors did not. For this reason many minority students who would have been qualified never make it to the gates of four-year institutions because they were not given access to the information they needed, or because they were not sure they would belong there.

The discussion of race and college in the popular press and on social media largely concerns the fear that underqualified minority students take the rightful place of qualified non-minority students: the worry that minority students are overmatching and attending schools beyond their ability. The idea that a rightful place exists and is possible to discern is a nice idea, that everyone is considered and that the worthy are chosen. But what if not everyone puts themselves into consideration in the first place? What if there is an unspoken but dangerous bias to this idea of a right place?

Had Scalia conferred with leading thinkers in education policy, he might have known that the more pressing problem facing minority students at present is not overmatching, but undermatching. Minority students often exempt themselves from consideration before they even get the chance to succeed by applying to fewer and less-selective colleges than they are academically qualified to attend. A 2015 study in the top economics journal showed that even when minority students would be automatically admitted (as in Texas system that offers admission to the University of Texas to students in the top 10% of their high school graduating class) they are less likely than white students to apply and attend top colleges. In the long-term, undermatching leads to poorer college completion rates, lower starting salaries, and often, higher debt levels than students would have experienced had they attended a better-matching school.

A recent summit on the issue included Kenyon College President Sean Decatur, who received a diversity scholarship when he went to college. He explained that we have to start paying attention to the big piece of the undermatching story — that many students have the potential to succeed on our campuses [but] are sometimes either worried about making that first step themselves or are discouraged from doing so. In order to really achieve equity in higher education we have to figure out how to fix this problem.

It would help to eradicate assumptions that a top college education is somehow more obviously the birthright of white students versus minority students. Scalias quote perpetuates this blindness, whether he himself believes what he said or was just stating it rhetorically.

Because of undermatching, colleges are not getting access to the best students. As a country we have lofty goals for our public college system: to serve people who can benefit from it and to produce an educated society. There is nothing wrong with this idea, in fact it is beautiful. But it will be tough to make it happen if we do not admit that the relationship between race and college education involves who applies to college, not just who gets admitted.

Fancypants College President: TRUMP Caused Campus Race Protests

The president of one of Americas ritziest liberal arts colleges is blaming Donald Trump for the various race protests which cropped up on campuses across the country during the fall semester.

There are lots of things going on in the world around them and it may sound like theyre focusing on this one little thing, Pomona College president David Oxtoby told The Huffington Post on Monday. Well, the reason theyre focusing on this little thing is that they cant do anything about Donald Trump.

Oxtoby suggested that Americas on-campus race protesters are angry because Trump has refused to restrain his language and attitudes in the face of the students radical race-centered politics, notes Campus Reform.

Donald Trump is going to do what he does, Oxtoby told HuffPo, and the students will have no effect on that. And the students are saying How can I have an effect? So the national situation is affecting what happens, and people dont always make those connections.

Florida college fires wacky professor who claimed Sandy Hook shooting was …

A wacky Florida college professor who has long insisted the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged by the government was fired Tuesday, just a month after the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Connecticut attack accused him of taunting them.

James Tracy, a tenured associate professor of media history at Florida Atlantic University, was given his walking papers Tuesday, according to the school. Although the school did not specify its reasons, Tracy has made headlines by claiming on his blog that the school shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a mentally ill gunman, never happened. He made similar claims about the movie shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., later that year, the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and other mass shootings.

Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists.

– Leonard and Veronique Pozner

“Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists,” Leonard and Veronique Pozner wrote in a Dec. 10 opinion piece for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Pozners’ son Noah was one of the children killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre. The still-grieving parents claimed that Tracy sent them a certified letter demanding proof Noah ever existed, then ridiculed them on his blog when they refused to respond.

Tracy previously told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he considers his conspiracy-mongering a scholarly endeavor.

“I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual interested in going more deeply into controversial public events,” he said. “Although some may see [my theories] as beyond the pale, I am doing what we should be doing as academics.”

The Boca Raton public university told FoxNews.com in 2013, when his Sandy Hook claims first surfaced, that Tracy was speaking only for himself when he wrote: “While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place — at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described.”

He later theorized that the Boston marathon attack, in which three people were killed and nearly 200 injured, was a “mass casualty drill” planned by the government.

“In short, the event closely resembles a mass-casualty drill, which for training purposes are designed to be as lifelike as possible,” Tracy wrote on his blog. “Since it is mediated, however, and primarily experienced from afar through the careful assemblage of words, images and the official pronouncements and commentary of celebrity journalists, it has the semblance of being, for all practical purposes, ‘real.'”

Once again, the school was forced to distance itself from the professor.

“As with all postings on his personal blog, Florida Atlantic University does not agree with Mr. Tracy’s views or opinions,” a spokesperson told FoxNews.com. “His editorialized postings do not reflect the positions of the University or its leaders.”

While it is not clear what role the Pozners’ poignant essay played in the conspiracy kook’s ouster, the outraged parents called on the school to take action.

“It matters not if Tracy simply refrains from mentioning FAU when defaming murdered Americans and their families,” they wrote. “There is ample evidence to demonstrate that his extracurricular misconduct has already adversely affected FAU’s reputation and will continue doing so as long as he continues down this path.”

Firing up the college football trade machine

So Oklahoma and Texas AM essentially traded quarterbacks via transfers. We could wring our hands over this, or we could celebrate college players seeking their manifest destinies as all Americans should.

Or — OR! — we could throw out four other college football trades that will never, ever happen. They could be an assortment with varying degrees of irrelevance and irreverence, which you could chew up, spit out, or fume over our implications.

Sounds like a perfect way to occupy the days in advance of the national title game on Monday.

A hypothetical trade of Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham and Alabama LB Tim Williams might serve the best interests of both teams.USA TODAY Sports

1. Alabama trades LB/DE Tim Williams to Baylor for QB Jarrett Stidham: This is perfect: Two elite teams trading hugely talented backups to address weaknesses! Williams was listed No. 3 on the Crimson Tides Cotton Bowl depth chart, but he was a high-impact guy against Michigan State. A pass-rush specialist, Williams had only 19 tackles this season, but 10½ were sacks and 12½ came for a loss. Think about that ratio. And his skill set would be a better fit in the pass-happy Big 12. Heck, after the Tide crushed the Spartans 38-0, Williams said, We thrive on guys who like to throw the ball. So welcome to the Big 12! As for Stidham, he came off the bench for Baylor this year and played well as a true freshman, passing for 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions. You might have noticed that QB play has been Alabamas one question mark of late, and Stidham would finally give the Tide a multi-year starter who is more than a game manager. Baylor can spare him because Seth Russell will be back in 2016 and Chris Johnson looked like at least an adequate backup. And, really, were not convinced that Art Briles doesnt just mold QBs out of the dirt surrounding McLane Stadium.

2. Penn State trades WR Chris Godwin to Pittsburgh for OT Adam Bisnowaty: Penn State surrendered 83 sacks over the past two years, including 39 this year. That many sacks can turn an all-world talent at quarterback into mush, which is often what we saw from Christian Hackenberg, who is now off to the NFL while his limbs are still attached. The Nittany Lions are desperate for offensive linemen, and Bisnowaty was first-team All-ACC. Hed suddenly give Penn State a solid tackle tandem with Andrew Nelson. So the Nittany Lions giving up their best receiver, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, wouldnt feel so bad. Meanwhile, the Panthers passing game was mediocre, averaging less than 200 yards per game this season, and they must replace leading receiver Tyler Boyd, who announced his intention to enter the NFL draft a year early. Further, with the transfer of QB Chad Voytik, Pitt will be all-in with Nate Peterman, who is going to need some weapons. Finally, these two programs could use a little conviviality, considering they will renew their once-bitter rivalry this season after a 16-year hiatus.