The Undergraduate Student Government began work on many campus initiatives by meeting with administrators over the summer to kick off several of its school-year projects.President Chris Cheng and Vice President Nehi Ogbevoen are setting out to make several improvements on campus and improve relations between USG and important departments within the university.“A lot of relationships [with] some of the administrators had been lost in the last year or two. It was a big goal for us to build those again,” Cheng said. “It helped us prioritize what we want to do and we wanted to find out what kinds of goals [the university] wanted.”These meetings led to several campus improvements already underway this summer, including the addition of bike racks and a bike parking lot near Parking Structure B.Cheng said the bike parking lot, which he said should be completed by the end of the summer, will provide students with an area for safe overnight parking.“That was a common goal between us,” Cheng said. “[The administration] doesn’t want the bikes kind of free-roaming.”USG will also provide a monthly trips for students to venture off campus, inspired by the success of the L.A. Live tram — a project undertaken by last year’s administration.“It’s nice to get somewhere around L.A. without having to borrow a car,” Ogbevoen said. “In October we’re going to Manhattan Beach. Once we told auxiliary affairs, they responded well.”Ogbevoen said the implementation of the tram project was another example of why it was important for USG to communicate with university administrators.“The advice we got from the administration was to start early,” Ogbevoen said.The work has just begun, however, and USG still has plenty of issues to work through going into the school year. A $1 rise in the student programming fee, intended to cover a budget shortfall that was discovered last spring, has yet to be confirmed by the USC Board of Trustees.“We actually created two budgets … We’re definitely ready for both scenarios,” Cheng said. “If we are fortunate enough to get that extra money. It will go directly to the funds that influence students the most.”Cheng and Ogbevoen also began research on many issues they plan to begin dealing with at the beginning of the school year.Among these is an improvement to the Lyon Center, a mission that previous USG administrations have undertaken. To get an idea of what changes they’d like to see at the Lyon Center, Ogbevoen and Cheng visited recreation centers at other universities.“There was just more space — you can tell that they designed the building for students,” Ogbevoen said of the recreation center at Cal State Fullerton.Overall, Ogbevoen and Cheng said they felt the summer was a success and are prepared going into the school year.“I think the biggest advantage we had was meeting with all the administrators and getting advice from them,” Ogbevoen said. “All of them had a lot of input.”
As soon as the 2008 NCAA football schedule was released,many circled the week three matchup between Wisconsin and Fresno State, markingit as an early road trap for the Badgers against a tough WAC opponent.Saturday night, the Badgers (3-0) went into a sold-out Bulldog Stadium andemerged with a 13-10 victory, ending Fresno State’s (1-1) hopes of becomingthis season’s BCS buster.During his weekly press conference Monday, UW head coach Bret Bielema discussedwhat the win meant to the team.“[Fresno State] was the first non-conference opponent thatwe beat that was ranked in the last 50 years,” Bielema said. “It was a greataccomplishment not only for our team, but for our program, and the Universityof Wisconsin.”The last time the Badgers recorded a road win over a rankednon-conference opponent was in 1958.When asked what this win meant for the remainder of the season, Bielema wasquick to point out the team’s next road test in Ann Arbor.“I think it’s just the phrase ‘been there, done that,’”Bielema said. “We are going to be going on the road to Michigan. It’s been along time since we’ve been able to win up there as a program. … I think there’ssomething you want to draw from the way our kids handled the road. Theyembraced the environment.”Hill, Shaughnessy earn game honors from coachBielema handed off the offensive game ball to running back P.J. Hill, whorushed for 112 yards. “Although he didn’t get in the end zone, I don’t know ifI’ve seen him play better,” Bielema said of Hill. “The way that he handled thegame, the situations that came at him, he really did a good job to hang ontothe football.”Despite senior linebacker DeAndre Levy being named Big Ten Defensive Player ofthe Week with an interception, a sack and nine total tackles, Bielema awardedthe defensive game ball to senior defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy.“Matt Shaughnessy was outstanding in the game,” Bielemasaid. “He obviously created the big play.”Shaughnessy only finished with two tackles, but the big playBielema referred to was a deflection in which Shaughnessy got his hand on apass from Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater. The ball was batted intothe air and was intercepted by Levy.Injury reportSophomore defensive back Aaron Henry has missed the first three games of theseason, but Bielema is optimistic that he may be available for next Saturday’smatchup against the Wolverines.“Our goal [for Henry] has always been to be back for Michigan,”Bielema said.Junior linebacker Javery McFadden suffered an injury in Saturday night’s winand had to leave the game with a clubbed hand. He will undergo surgery thisweek and is expected to be back next Tuesday.Both quarterback Allan Evridge and Jason Chapman experienced cramps during thegame. Though Evridge did not return, Bielema said his signal caller is in goodhealth and ready to practice. Bielema noted that Chapman, however, also “hadsome ligament damage to his hands. He will be casted and ready to play.”The Badgers welcomed back senior tight end Travis Beckum and senior outsidelinebacker Jonathan Casillas from injuries. Beckum caught four balls for 51total yards, while Casillas recorded seven tackles. Bielema said havingCasillas and Beckum back was “huge.”“I think just for the energy during the course of the week,” Bielema said. “Agame on Saturday may have been won during the course of the week when Travispracticed the way he did.”Effects of overturned fumble call still lingerThe Badgers managed to hang on despite officials overturning what looked to bea Fresno State fumble. It appeared Levy recovered the ball on the Bulldogs’26-yard line, but a challenge resulted in the call being overturned.“Obviously as a Wisconsin fan, a Wisconsin coach, anybody that has a W on theirheart, they felt that was one that should have stayed with the ruling on thefield,” Bielema said of the call. “But the officials, you’ve got to trust whatthey say.”The ensuing drive ultimately resulted in a missed field goal attempt by FresnoState kicker Kevin Goessling.
Nicole Renault was getting ready to go to sleep. She turned off her lights in her room and began to climb into her bed. Then she noticed the lights flickering in the living room of her South Campus apartment.It was Renault’s new roommate who was flipping the light switch up and down. She wasn’t making a great first impression on Renault.“I didn’t know her at the time,” Renault said. “It was my second night here.”But later that week, her roommate, Melissa Piacentini, told Renault she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Four years later, Piacentini is Syracuse’s all-time leader in points (112), goals (53) and assists (59).A few weeks ago, Piacentini was procrastinating on an essay. Instead of writing the essay, she wrote about living with OCD instead. She posted it on a blog called “Tini’s Thoughts.” Since then, she’s gotten feedback from people she knows and people she doesn’t. Family and friends. Teammates, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer hockey career is wrapping up as SU begins the College Hockey America tournament on Friday, when the Orange will face Penn State in the semifinals. But when the Orange’s season finishes, whether in the conference or NCAA tournament, Piacentini will lose a sport that’s helped her curb her anxiety disorder.“The sport of ice hockey has been a way for me to control my OCD,” Piacentini wrote. “It’s been a gateway to escape reality. Anyone who plays the game knows exactly what I’m talking about — the game helps escape reality.”She first began developing symptoms in her sophomore year of high school, long after she began playing hockey as a 4-year-old. Piacentini would play with her lights at home. She would constantly turn on her house’s faucets. She would open doors and immediately close them. She began hopping over lines on her floor.What were once unnoticeable objects became immovable obstacles for Piacentini, who would spend up to half an hour managing her compulsions.“If there’s a rug and a hardwood floor, that really throws me off,” Piacentini said. “I don’t like those.”Her older brother, Rob, also had OCD that caused him to perfectly align the family’s shoes and welcome mat at their front door. But Piacentini’s parents say her compulsions were worse than Rob’s. Tony Piacentini, her father, said she seemed superstitious and like she was in a trance when she started developing her compulsions.Fortunately for Piacentini, her anxiety disorder has never affected her on the ice. In her new blog, titled “Tini’s Thoughts,” she wrote that the sport alleviates her anxiety that she experiences every day.Piacentini can’t help but to pay attention to the game while she’s on the ice. The sport’s fast play controls her thoughts and reactions as the puck could carom in any direction in an instant. Piacentini says she’s always ready for the puck to fall right in front of her stick.“Your mind is always being taken over by what’s happening in the play,” Piacentini said. “You never really know what’s going to happen. That instantaneous, on-the-spot thinking is what I like best about it.”Her OCD does affect her in the game’s down moments. She occasionally has to squirt her water bottle while on the bench. She straps, un-straps, and re-straps her helmet back together. Sometimes, she has to use a specific puck in practice.But her teammates, including Renault, say they’ve never seen it affect her in-game. And because most people don’t notice it, she’s not self-conscious about it. Head coach Paul Flanagan said he didn’t even know about Piacentini’s disorder until her sophomore year.Moriah Ratner | Staff Photographer“Somebody told me,” Flanagan said, “… I guess those are things you’re supposed to ask kids now.”In her blog, Piacentini also wrote about her team’s policy of leaving their shoes and cell phones outside Syracuse’s locker room at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The shoe policy is meant to prevent salt intended for snow removal to affect the players’ skates. The cell phone policy is designed to prevent distractions from the team.To Piacentini, leaving her shoes and cell phone outside the locker room is similar to leaving her OCD outside of her body, she wrote in her blog. Piacentini added that she knows she can’t get rid of her disorder, but she can ease it by occupying her mind.Inside SU’s weight room are sayings posted on the wall. There’s an area in between years listed where a dash should connect the two numbers. But that dash is missing. Flanagan and Piacentini both noticed it one day.“‘That bothers me,’” Flanagan recalls Piacentini saying. “And every time I look up there, I think, I gotta get that fixed for her. Because I don’t want it to bother her.”Flanagan has called someone to add the dash and has thought about fixing the error by drawing it with a blue marker.But next year, Piacentini’s issues can’t be solved with a simple dash. Next year, Piacentini won’t have a locker room to leave her shoes outside of and her cell phone behind. She won’t have her “release” in hockey. She will still have OCD, which she calls “a powerful existence” in her life.Piacentini isn’t sure what her next solution is. She’s heard of others replacing hockey with golf or tennis. She admits neither has hockey’s intensity.“The game takes over my mind,” Piacentini wrote in her blog. “And for that — I’m forever grateful.”By the end of March, hockey will stop. Her coping mechanism will be gone. And although she’s confident she’ll find something to help her cope with OCD, it will continue. Comments Published on March 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com Related Stories Melissa Piacentini hopes to cement legacy with Syracuse in final season Facebook Twitter Google+