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Mackenzie Mertikas and Sameeha Saied won the Student Association presidency and vice presidency by a slim margin on Friday morning. Page 3
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The creator of “The Wizard of Oz” grew up in central New York and local communities have been working to preserve Frank L. Baum’s legacy 100 years after his death. Page 7
After three significant knee surgeries, Morgan Alexander has returned to Syracuse University’s women’s lacrosse this season. Page 12
ackerman avenue assault
Teenager faces 3 charges 15-year-old girl arrested in connection to assault of three students of color By Gabe Stern
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MADDY HERTWECK spent the beginning of her life uncertain about the severity of her diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Now, at 5 years old, she’s a superstar to a women’s lacrosse team vying for the national title. molly gibbs photo editor
Maddy Hertweck, a 5 year old with cerebral palsy, shares the sideline with Syracuse women’s lacrosse By KJ Edelman
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IVERPOOL — As Maddy Hertweck was moved from her wheelchair into a car seat in her family’s van that’s fitted for a lift, she wanted to be like her sister. It was last summer and Maddy was in the backseat after one of her sister’s dance practices. Maddy’s older siblings have no physical limitations. Lilia, 10, relishes her role as a defender on her soccer team. Caraline, 8, loves to dance. Maddy always watched, either in her walker or from her mother, Erin’s, lap. So on that ride, Maddy, whose smile usually lights up a room and whose sassiness evokes laughter out of anyone listening, spoke up. “I want to dance like Caraline,” she said. For the first time in her life, she could. When she was born, doctors said Maddy could be a “vegetable” her whole life, Erin said. They hadn’t known what was wrong, only that Maddy would have a disability. Years later, when Maddy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, her family learned how to manage her condition — it became more routine. But in the car, Maddy saw the “physical limitations” that she wanted to overcome. “For Maddy, she didn’t have her own
MADDY HERTWECK is embraced by goalkeeper Asa Goldstock during the national anthem before Syracuse’s matchup against Virginia. tj shaw staff photographer
thing,” Erin said. Through Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that pairs children with chronic illnesses and local collegiate programs, Maddy joined No. 3 Syracuse women’s lacrosse on National Signing Day on Jan. 25. Maddy spends two to three days a week with her 35 teammates and has gone to every home game. She’s a superstar to a team vying for a national title. “Sometimes society looks down on
people with disabilities,” Erin said, “so for (Syracuse) to say Maddy was a part of their team, their success for this season. It’s a huge honor as a mom.” ƀƀƀ Hours after Syracuse defeated Duke on March 30, Maddy went toy-to-toy in the Hertweck’s Liverpool home with no walker or wheelchair. Erin joked that Maddy can’t see hertweck page 10
The Syracuse Police Department arrested a teenager on Thursday in connection with the Feb. 9 assault on Ackerman Avenue that left three Syracuse University students of color injured. The arrest comes more than two months after the assault occurred. The suspect, a 15-year-old girl, was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, according to a statement from SPD released on Sunday. On Feb. 9, the suspect returned to a party in a house along the 800 block of Ackerman Avenue in an attempt to locate “some property she may have left there,” SPD Sgt. Matthew Malinowski said in the statement. Students present at the party during the assault previously told The Daily Orange they did not know the identity of the person who attacked them. When she exited the house, the suspect saw one of her man companions in a physical altercation with people outside of the house, per the statement. She then struck people with a pellet gun that she retrieved from the car she had arrived in, Malinowski said. Students present at the party have said three white men and one white woman approached the porch at the house. One of the men yelled, “What’s up n*gger” at a student of color, according to a statement written by students after the assault. A fight broke out between the student and the man, victims of the attack said. The white woman then repeatedly struck three students of color in the head with a pistol, the students’ statement said. The woman also threatened to shoot the students before she and the three white men left the block, the students’ statement said. SPD said the charges do not appear to be motivated by race. after interviews with suspects, victims and witnesses. Students condemned SU’s Department of Public Safety in February for not considering the attack as racially-motivated. SPD released a statement in February saying one white man and one white woman attacked three men along Ackerman Avenue. The see arrest page 6
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Mertikas, Saied clinch SA presidential race 3 stories you missed this weekend By Kennedy Rose news editor
Here are three Syracuse news stories you may have missed from over the weekend.
Falk College convocation speaker announced
Brandon Steiner, founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing, will speak at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics’ convocation in May, according to an SU News re-lease. Steiner graduated from Syracuse University in 1981 and serves as the chairman of Falk College’s Sport Management Advisory Board. Steiner Sports has partnerships with the New York Yankees, SU Athletics, Notre Dame Football and Madison Square Garden, according to the release. He frequently comments on sports during radio shows and also contributes to multiple charities, per the release.
16-year-old boy stabbed
SAMEEHA SAIED (LEFT) AND MACKENZIE MERTIKAS were elected vice president and president, respectively, of SU’s Student Association for the 2019-20 academic year. The two learned of the election’s results at about 12:10 a.m. Friday. corey henry staff photographer By Abby Weiss staff writer
Mackenzie Mertikas answered a phone call at about 12:10 a.m. on Friday with her running mate, Sameeha Saied, squeezing her hand. A room that was first blasting with Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and the voices of more than 20 people was now in complete silence. The call was from a committee representative of Student Association telling Mertikas and Saied that they had just won the 2019 election. The living room of their Comstock Avenue apartment erupted in cheers and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” Friends hugged them as they slowly exited the room to call family members. Mertikas and Saied said they
were surprised by the results, but added that it means they ran a great race. “It’s really awesome that there was such huge competition between the candidates because usually everyone knows who’s going to win,” Mertikas said. Their first step as leaders-elect be to have a discussion with SA about respect and accountability, they said. “We want to make sure they know we are in these positions to help the student body and make their experience better here on campus. We’re here for them and not for ourselves,” they said. Mertikas and Saied are most excited about meeting more people because they have already talked to many organizations so far during the campaign, they said.
Current SA President Ghufran Salih and Vice President Kyle Rosenblum attended the party to congratulate the winning candidates.
It’s really awesome that there was such huge competition between the candidates because usually everyone knows who’s going to win. Mackenzie Mertikas sa president-elect
“They are going to do an absolutely incredible job when they
transition to their roles as president and vice president, and I can’t wait to help them with that transition,” Rosenblum said. Mertikas and Saied have said they hope their identities will empower women in a men-dominated political climate. Their campaign focused on five principles: diversity and inclusion, financial accessibility, accountability and transparency, health and wellness and community engagement, according to their campaign website. Mertikas and Saied met through their involvement in SU “Stressbuster” events and Mental Health Awareness Week. Last November, Mertikas asked Saied to be her running mate. Health and wellness is an
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‘CripCon’ event combines accessibility, comics By Patrick Linehan staff writer
Participants from across the country and of all abilities attended panels, participated in workshops and took photos at a fully-accessible photo booth on Saturday as part of Syracuse University’s sixth-annual “‘Cripping’ the Comic Con,” a symposium on disability rights and culture. Diane Wiener, who co-created
the event, said the convention has four main purposes: to highlight a nuanced, complex and intersectional representation of disability in comic books; to represent the individual with different identities; to open conversations about how to make comic books more accessible; and to make sure people with disabilities are part of the industry both as creators and consultants. “Depictions of disability empower the disability community if they
are nuanced, honest and effective” said Wiener. Wiener said she first came up with the idea for the convention in 2013 with Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, a communications coordinator in the School of Education. Wiener is a research professor and the associate director of interdisciplinary programs and outreach at SU’s Burton Blatt Institute and former director of the Disability Cultural Center. The DCC and the
BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach hosted the event in the Panasci Lounge at Schine Student Center. Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, said in one of the convention’s workshops that the structure of comic conventions often inhibit people with disabilities from having a good time at the convention. Conventions are typically loud
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A 16-year-old boy was stabbed on Friday afternoon in Syracuse, according to the Syracuse Po-lice Department. Witnesses said the boy was stabbed near the 800 block of Park Street, per a statement from SPD. He received a non-life threatening stab wound, per the statement. The boy was transported to Upstate Hospital. The suspect is an unknown man, according to the statement. Suspect information is limited, and the investigation is ongoing, per to the statement.
Twiggy Billue running for school board
Cherylene “Twiggy” Billue, a local activist, is running for the Syracuse City School District’s Board of Education, Urban CNY reported. Billue has been involved in the district for more than 20 years as both a parent and an informal community guide, according to Urban CNY. Billue moderated a panel at “The State of Our Community” meeting in January 2019, and she’s the president of the Syracuse chapter of the National Action Network. Her activism also extends to conversations about the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, job finding and retention and the city’s school district. At a February school board meeting, Billue expressed her concerns about a possible restructuring of the school her granddaughter attends. New York state is mandating improvements for three schools in the city school district, including Dr. King Elementary School, where her granddaughter goes. School board elections will take place in November. firstname.lastname@example.org @KennedyRose001
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election essential part of their campaign, specifically students’ mental health. They said they plan to make staff more reliable for students by requiring them to receive mental health training. The two also want to inform students about the resources covered by SU’s health and wellness fee. As reflected in their slogan, “Start the wave,” Mertikas and Saied said have said they hope to use student interests to initiate change. They plan to include students in the decision-making processes in the upcoming year. Meanwhile, at a Madison Street apartment, SA presidential candidate Ryan Golden sat with his hands covering his face as Sophia Faram, SA’s elections and membership chair, called him at about 12:15 a.m. Throughout the night, his party — about half a dozen people — reminisced about a from page 3
comic-con and cramped, and they lack adequate seating, Silberkleit said. Saturday’s “CripCon” had a quiet room for people if they needed it, interpreters at every speech and a closed-captioned live stream for individuals watching from their home. Jason Pittman, writer and illustrator of “The War for Kaleb,” hosted a booth on anxiety disorders at the convention. He said knew he had to attend “CripCon” as soon as Wiener invited him. In his critically acclaimed comic book, the main character Kaleb is followed around by two imaginary superheroes, one “light” and one “dark,” that represent how it feels to have anxiety or an anxiety disorder. Pittman said the book came from personal experiences of dealing with anxiety and his love for comic books. Pittman said he attends many conventions, but that he had the most meaningful conversations about anxiety at “CripCon.” Another workshop at the convention was focused on Krip-Hop, a form of hip-hop that
long month of campaigning. Golden said he remembered their flyers getting taken off poles and rifts with other campaigns and their managers over the past month. They counted down the hours and minutes until voting closed until midnight when they waited for the call. The number of votes Mertikas’ and Saied’s campaign won by is unclear. Jalen Nash and Raymond Perez, the third group of candidates for president and vice president, declined to have reporters at their election event. Stacy Omosa, a sophomore political major, won SA’s election for comptroller by 99 votes, according to SA. SA’s comptroller oversees the Finance Board, a 12-member committee in that allocates between $3 million to $4 million to registered student organizations every academic year. Eduardo Gomez’s comptroller campaign was suspended less than 20 minutes before features the work of people with disabilities. Leroy Moore and Keith Jones, creators of Krip-Hop Nation — a traveling Krip-Hop group — spoke at the panel. Jones produced a track using his iPad in real time, cutting samples together to create a new beat. Moore shared some lyrics he had written, and the participants wrote some lyrics of their own. “We want to flip the notion that we’ve always been oppressed” said Moore. “It’s not a pity party.” Wiener said she hopes participants feel completely included at the convention. She said the con is “crip space” where people with disabilities don’t have to explain themselves or feel different. One convention attendee who identified herself as the Transmobile Avenger said that people spend a lot of time trying to describe her disability. On Saturday, she felt like she didn’t have to explain herself. “I have the power to move freely through space whether that be on wheels or in flight,” the Transmobile Avenger said. email@example.com
voting closed at midnight, Faram announced in an email to SA members. “An individual connected with the Gomez campaign slandered an opponent in order to gain an unfair advantage,” part of the email stated. “The Board of Elections and Membership will be releasing a full report detailing the violations and our findings.” Some students commented on SA’s Instagram page calling the comptroller election “rigged” following the announcement of Gomez’s suspension from the campaign. SA’s account posted the suspension announcement, but later deleted it. The account also turned off commenting on several posts, but later reinstated it. DISCLAIMER: Jalen Nash is an assistant copy editor in The Daily Orange’s features department. He does not cover Student Association or report for and edit with The D.O.’s news staff. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sunday release did not say if the man involved in the altercation was arrested. SPD’s has not publicly identified the race of the victims. The suspect’s case is returnable to Family Court, according to Malinowski. Days after the assault took place, a statement circulated around SU accusing campus and city police of mishandling the assault. More than 300 students attended a forum on Feb. 18 to voice concerns about a lack of transparency and adequate communication about the assault. In late March, DPS released a map detailing its jurisdiction for making arrests. The house where the assault took place, 814 Ackerman Ave., is not part of DPS’ official jurisdiction. email@example.com | @gabestern326
LEROY MOORE (LEFT) AND KEITH JONES discuss Krip-Hop, a form of hip-hop focused on visibility and disability culture. corey henry staff photographer
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Gun violence is a public health issue
little more than a year ago, the students affected by the Parkland shooting sparked a national movement to combat gun violence. More than a year later, that shooting is still claiming lives. Sydney Aiello, a 19-year-old college student who survived the shooting, a few weeks ago died by suicide after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. A few days later, Calvin Desir, a 16-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, took his own life. These events are not a coincidence. Gun violence directly affects the mental health and well-being of survivors, but it also impacts the entire community. But the trauma of most communities affected by gun violence rarely ever reaches the news. Gun violence needs to be treated as a public health issue, especially in cities like Syracuse, which has high rates of gun violence. “One of the main things that we’re trying to do in Syracuse is
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reduce the trauma that people face because we believe that the trauma is part of the trigger that starts the cycle again,” said Sandra Lane, a professor of anthropology and public health in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “So, our community partners are working very hard with youth in the hardest hit areas to reduce the trauma they face. And I’m trying to help them see that by completing their education and taking care of their own families’ needs for safety, they can be part of the solution.” Lane researches neighborhood trauma and gun violence. She also works closely with the Street Addiction Institute, a local initiative that offers programs on conflict avoidance and violence de-escalation as well as trauma response teams for neighborhoods that are affected by gun violence. Without efforts to strengthen
gun laws and support for communities, residents are vulnerable to the same mental illnesses as school shooting survivors, including PTSD, anxiety and depression. In order to solve the multifaceted issue of gun violence in urban areas, there needs to be both communityand policy-level solutions. And while gun regulations remain a lively topic of debate, the country is slow to make changes. In the meantime, we can focus on supporting those in our own community impacted by gun violence. Programs like Street Addiction Institute that provide opportunities for at-risk youth, have the power to stop the cycle of gun violence by responding to the trauma that witnesses of violence face.
Madeline Johnson is a sophomore international relations and magazine journalism major and a Spanish minor. Her column appears bi-weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @johnson_madeli.
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FDA should address JUUL usage
icotine use is a serious issue in today’s society. E-cigarettes have been rising in popularity, especially among high school and college students. Many young students are under the impression that JUULs and e-cigarettes are less-addicting versions of regular cigarettes. In fact, some students aren’t aware that these e-cigarettes have any nicotine at all. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.” And according to the American Association of Family Physicians, “a JUUL has twice the amount of nicotine concentrate as many other brands of e-cigarettes.” The lack of knowledge students have about the contents of JUULs and other e-cigarettes is very concerning. Many students have little to no knowledge about
the damage they’re doing to their developing brains and lungs. Syracuse University officially became a smoke-free campus in 2015, however this hasn’t stopped students from smoking cigarettes and e-cigs. A single JUUL pod usually lasts the average user a day, maybe even less depending on how often they use it. This much nicotine in a developing brain can be extremely harmful. Nicotine is highly addictive, and using it can “harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.” In addition, brain synapses, which are connections between brain cells that form when new memories or skills are learned, can be harmed when nicotine’s used. In addition to the nicotine in JUULs, the remaining aerosol can be very harmful to the lungs. It may contain air particles that damage the lung tissue, volatile
chemicals, carcinogenic chemicals, heavy metals and diacetyl chemicals which are linked to many lung diseases. JUULs and e-cigs are dangerously popular on college campuses, like SU. JUULing has become a fad throughout youth in America. It’s obvious how popular it is when it’s constantly all over social media outlets like 5th Year and Barstool Sports. Millions of college students follow these accounts and are exposed to their content on a daily basis. JUULing is often portrayed on these accounts as something popular and cool, which makes many young kids want to partake in it. Organizations like the Food and Drug Administration need to take more action to promote the dangers of these e-cigs and remove them from the market or tax them more to prevent further use.
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Water fountains should be on every dorm floor
lthough the majority of the weather here in Syracuse is cold year-round, it’s still very important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Water is your best friend in college. The human body is made up of 60% water and therefore it’s essential we drink plenty of water every day. Water serves many purposes in the body and serves various benefits, especially for student brains. It’s proven that when we are thirsty, it’s a lot more difficult to keep our attention focused on our studies because according to Psychology Today, “dehydration can impair short term memory function and the recall of long term memory.” Drinking water improves brain function, which is an important factor for student success. According to a research study, “college students who drank water during exams received better grades due to the physiological effect on thinking functions and alleviation of anxiety.” This serves as a great example as to why there should be water fountains (preferably the automatic ones) on every floor in the dorms here at Syracuse University.
For the sake of the environment and college student budgets, it’s not ideal to purchase and drink plastic water bottles. If water fountains were installed on every floor in the residence halls then students would be more inclined to use reusable bottles, therefore saving money and helping the environment. Not only do SU students study hard, but they also tend to party hard. Alcohol is a diuretic which means that it creates increased urine production and then can lead to dehydration. The importance of drinking water while consuming alcohol or after a night out is imperative to replenish the body and cure a hangover. Therefore, we should make it a priority to have easy access to water for students at all times. I believe our pricey tuition should be spent toward features such as this, especially because the dorms are very old. Staying hydrated at all times is imperative to thrive here at SU.
Elise Kim Sophomore in David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
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Destigmatize mental health at colleges
am writing to you in regard to a public health issue that is seen across the country and directly associated with college students. People should not only continue to become more aware of mental health, but should also begin to raise the question as to whether there should be a mental health evaluation in addition to their yearly physical. Mental health isn’t becoming more common, but rather people are beginning to talk more openly about their struggles with their own mental health. Although, mental health slowly but surely is becoming less stigmatized, it’s important to recognize how common things such as depression and anxiety are. I think that The Daily Orange could conquer this topic by talking about how common it’s becoming for children, teens and adults. Like any illness, mental health has a broad
range of things that people might be struggling with. People who have strep throat or have the common cold often look to their doctor to get medicine immediately, but when it comes to mental health, we decide to wait until the person is at their absolute worse before someone decides to treat them. Mental health affects millions of people here in the United States from all age ranges, yet it’s continuously pushed to the side and is both treated and seen as a daily emotional struggle rather than an illness. By promoting the idea of implementing mental health evaluations in addition to yearly physicals, it might become less taboo for individuals in our society to ask for help and rather just another part of their routine checkup.
Aliah Bowllan Junior David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
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slice of life
Mr. ASIA pageant to feature 6 students By Amy Nakamura senior design editor
L. Frank Baum, creator of the Oz universe, grew up 15 miles away from Syracuse in Chittenango and lived in central New York until he was a young adult. casey russell senior staff writer
No place like home The creator of “The Wizard of Oz” grew up in central New York. Locals are preserving his legacy 100 years later. By Casey Russell
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arc Baum slipped his hand into his pocket. He pulled on a white arthandler’s glove and picked up a coffee mug from the All Things Oz Museum’s display shelves. “This is one you won’t see anywhere else. You’ve heard of the FBI?” he said. Surrounded by donated costumes from various “The Wizard of Oz” productions and obscure Oz merchandise from throughout the 20th century, the mug was nearly unnoticeable, not unlike it would be in its natural habitat — the kitchen cabinet. But this mug was no ordinary mug. Marc got the mug from his brother-in-law, John Briski, who is a police officer in Hawaii. Briske entered FBI National Academy in 2015 for its 10-week, elite training program for law enforcement agents. In week two, he called his sister and Marc’s wife, Jennifer. He said they’d never guess what the training academy uses as a theme. Marc guessed “Hawaii Five-0.” He was wrong. It was “The Wizard of Oz.” When officers first walk into the Quantico headquarters, they stroll down a hallway decorated with paintings of Ronald Reagan, J. Edgar Hoover and the characters from the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.” Trainees complete in physical challenges with names like “Not in Kansas Anymore” and “The Tin Man Trot.” Upon graduation, agents receive a yellow brick with their name engraved on it, and the Oz-emblazoned mug that Briski ended up donating to the museum. The FBI chose Oz as its theme because “you have to have the hearts, the courage and the brains to get through the training,” Marc said. “It’s absolutely mind-boggling.” see oz page 8
from the studio
3 local artists to perform at Salt City Showcase By Joey Pagano staff writer
On Tuesday night, Funk ‘n Waffles will host Rebecca McDonald, Sydney Irving and Mark Zane as part of its Salt City Showcase series. Heading into the event, each performer said they are prepared to give the audience something to remember. The central vision of the show, Irving said, is that she — along with McDonald and Zane — will play some original songs and explain the stories behind them. McDonald will be performing
solo, which is unusual, she said, considering that she has her own band. The group, “Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads,” regularly plays shows throughout the Finger Lakes region, performing at wineries, festivals, music series and other events. Splitting time with two other musicians makes preparation difficult, Zane said. Each performance will be limited to about 30 minutes, he added, so he had to pick the six or seven songs he likes most — making him abandon some songs that he said are worthy of unveiling.
That said, the songs he does perform will be valued. Tuesday night is about the musicians, Irving said, and they will each be able to showcase the personality behind each song. “My plan is to ask the other performers a lot of questions about how the show unfolds,” she said, in an email, “and then I’ll have to determine what songs to play.” The time limit is also on McDonald’s radar. This show is shorter than a number of her previous ones, she said, so it’s important to create a set list that exemplifies the variety
of music she performs. The variety is consistent with the type of music she plays. Alluding to how she engages with the audience, she said she tries to play “happy” songs for the crowd, but her performances typically reflect how she values “really depressing” songs. Although she plays somber music, McDonald said she finds this event electrifying. This will be her first performance at Funk ‘n Waffles, but she’s been to the venue as a concertgoer a few times, and see showcase page 8
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, Syracuse University’s Asian Students in America will host its thirdannual Mr. ASIA pageant in Grant Auditorium on Friday. Six students will compete for the title of Mr. ASIA through a personal style section, talent portion and a question-andanswer segment. Since 1979, ASIA was the first pan-ethnic, non-Asian exclusive Asian American student organization at SU. Through this men-centered pageant, ASIA hopes to spread awareness about problems the Asian American community faces at SU and across the country. The event was also created as an opportunity to break stereotypes surrounding Asian men and the Asian community in general, according to an SU News release. Tyler Kerr, a junior English and secondary education major, was nominated to participate in the pageant and hopes that the event can be used to help dispel misconceptions about the community and culture. “The Asian community here on the Syracuse campus is very small and I think it’s important to get representation now,” Kerr said. “There’s this idea of a positive stereotype, where every Asian is smart, and then that creates a whole lot of stress. So, getting rid of that is, I think, the first step for a lot of interactions.” Isaac Ryu, a freshman broadcast and digital journalism major, is one of the contestants in this year’s competition and hopes to shed light on his Korean heritage. Especially on a predominately white campus, Ryu said he finds the Mr. ASIA pageant as a good way to communicate and begin a conversation about Asian culture. “I think people are pretty familiar with at least the mainstream Korean culture, in terms of like K-pop and Korean dramas and stuff like that,” he said. “I think there’s more to Korea than that. I think there are just some aspects that I think I would like to share with the people there.” This year’s pageant will be hosted by Canadian actor and comedian Simu Liu, who has appeared in the television adaptation of “Taken” and currently stars in the sitcom “Kim’s Convenience.” Other performances through the night will feature The Underground, Kappa Phi Lambda and Sigma Psi Zeta. Anthony Moon, a freshman computer science major, is looking forward to participating in the pageant to spark a conversation about the Asian identity and culture. “I think it’s important to have events like this because this is a really good chance to defy that preconception about us and give people a different perspective on who we are,” Moon said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” became a smash hit not long after L. Frank Baum penned the original series of 14 books in 1900. They were like the “Harry Potter” series for kids in turn-of-the-century America. Now, 100 years after Baum’s death in 1919 and 80 years since the historic release of the 1939 technicolor film, Baum’s world and core characters are so classic that many around the world can immediately picture what they look like. That world stems from central New York. Baum was born in Chittenango, just 15 miles from Syracuse University. He later moved to Mattydale, just north of the city where the Syracuse Hancock International Airport now sits. The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, a Fayetteville museum dedicated to preserving the suffragette legacy of Matilda Joslyn Gage, was where Baum met his wife and Matilda’s daughter, Maud Gage Baum. “The moral of the story is ‘you can see the world and you can do all these wonderful things, but isn’t it nice to go back home?’ I think central New Yorkers get that feeling,” said Marc, a trustee member of The International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation, based in Chittenango. “What else can you name from 1900 that is still around today?” he said. Marc Baum, who has no relation to the Oz creator, is one of the primary individuals preserving Oz culture and history through the allvolunteer, The International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation. The group started years ago when Clara Houck, the from page 7
showcase added that she always has a good time. For Zane, Funk ‘n Waffles is a great venue to play because of its excellent sound system and staff, he said. Zane said he enjoys the approaches organizers take while planning the event, such as deciding the lineup and discussing their music and songwriting pro-
former Chittenango village librarian, organized a small birthday party for Baum, where locals sang “Happy Birthday,” ate cake and ice cream and read part of the first book in the series. It then graduated into the Oz-Fest and became Oz-Stravaganza in 2008. Always held the first weekend in June, OzStravaganza can attract up to 35,000 people to celebrate “The Wizard of Oz.” Six years ago, the group became a government-recognized 501(c)3 historical foundation and opened its museum, which has a collection of more than 15,000 pieces and saw 18,000 visitors last year.
All Things Oz’s president Dennis Kulis oversees the collection. The 15,000 items are stored in museum archival-grade storage boxes on the second floor above the museum, which used to be a local pharmacy. The original storefront stood at the same time Baum lived in Chittenango. Kulis said his current favorite is a recent
acquisition of an original 1921 Parker Brothers’ board game called “The Wonderful Game of Oz,” complete with all the pieces. The museum and foundation itself is widely known among the Oz community. Oz-Stravaganza has hosted Oz celebrities at its festivities, including “Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz, “The Wiz” original Broadway star André De Shields, premier Oz historian John Fricke and Margaret Pellegrini, who played a munchkin in the 1939 film. The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation also pays tribute to Baum’s legacy with a series of displays dedicated to Baum and his wife Maud, who he once met in the Fayetteville restored house and museum. The two fell in love and when Baum proposed to Maud, her mother Matilda forbade her daughter from marrying the failed businessman and actor. Maud threatened to elope and her mother gave in. As Baum spent more time with Matilda, she realized Baum’s storytelling gift and encouraged him to pursue it. “She was convinced that that would be his success because he was so good at it,” said Colleen Pilcher, deputy director at The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. Though Baum didn’t pen the first Oz novel until after Matilda had died, her first-wave feminism and Progressive Era politics permeated his world. Oz is a matriarchal society, and the most iconic characters — Dorothy, Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West — are all strong women, reflecting the forward-thinking ideas that surrounded Baum. “We should credit Matilda for putting those ideas in Frank’s head, not only just to write down his story, but how the world of Oz ended
up becoming part of classic literature and is still very classic today,” Pilcher said. Baum was ahead of his time in both technological and social perspectives. He created a character named Tik-Tok, a man made of copper and mechanical springs, that some scholars recognize as one of the earliest robots. He imagined technological advances that now exist, including a computer news service and artificial body parts. He also introduced one of the first transgender characters in literature with Princess Ozma, who was the ruler of the Oz universe and appeared in every book after the first. In recent years, some have called out Baum for publishing anti-Native American editorials in a South Dakota newspaper, as well as for playing on negative racial stereotypes in his novels. More than 100 years later, Baum’s story still remains a relevant player in American pop culture. It’s spawned hundreds of adaptations throughout the 20th and 21th century. In 2015, NBC staged “The Wiz Live!,” a TV special production of the 1975 Broadway musical that retold the story of Oz using black characters and culture — which became a movie in 1978, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. “Wicked” has become the sixth longest running musical of all-time, and has since grossed $1.3 billion in profits since opening in 2003. “When you think about it, it’s really remarkable,” Marc said. “Not a day goes by where somebody doesn’t say ‘click your heels three times,’ or ‘if I only had a brain’ or ‘I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.’ Not in relation to the movie or the books, just in everyday conversation. It’s a part of Americana.” — 30 —
cesses on stage. While songwriting might be a passion for all of them, it’s not something that came to them suddenly. It’s been a long time coming for all three. Music has been a part of Irving’s life since adolescence. Her parents introduced her to songs from The Beatles and The Doors — she said artists like them became role models for her. At nine, she received her first guitar
but didn’t use it until her dad talked her into starting lessons. Three years later, she wrote a few songs and decided to pursue a career in music. Similarly, Zane said he grew up in a musical neighborhood in Utica, which led him to playing electric guitar in high school and college. He took a few years off, after college and then moved to Syracuse in 2003, which is when he began writing and
singing songs, he said. Since 2007, he has been performing solo, in a duo and sometimes as part of a full band. McDonald also has music in her roots. “My whole family is very music, so music has always been a central part of my life,” she said. “I started playing in a family band with my father and one of my brothers when I was about 13 and never stopped.”
The moral of the story is ‘you can see the world and you can do all these wonderful things, but isn’t it nice to go back home?’ I think central New Yorkers get that feeling. Marc Baum
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hertweck stick to one toy for more than five minutes. First, it’s Play-Doh, “one of her favorites,” her father David said. She mashed blue dough into circles. Maddy then grabbed a toy screwdriver and carved shapes out while smiling. The 5-year-old sat on her mom’s knee and Erin kept a hand on Maddy’s lower back. Maddy wouldn’t be able to play otherwise she’d fall onto the carpet of their living room. Maddy was born at two pounds and oneand-a-half ounces. Erin developed preeclampsia, a condition of high blood pressure during pregnancy, and Maddy stayed at Crouse Hospital for three months. A large mass on the side of her brain led to an emergency cesarean section and subsequent premature birth. “It was a lot of coming and going,” David said. “A lot of issues and how they would be resolved.” “Or if they would be resolved,” Erin added. They were told to be careful. Because of the severity of her condition, there was a “spectrum” of potential side effects, David said. Either Maddy would never communicate, or her disabilities would be minor. Because of the mass, narrow pieces of tubing called “shunts” were implanted into Maddy’s brain. Hydrocephalus had made her head look like a “light bulb,” David said, and when her brain was finally drained it turned from page 12
alexander of treatment followed by one hour afterward. Every time she plays, her knee swells so much that it’s “disgusting.” “Fearless is the No. 1 key term for me as a player,” Alexander said. “Because that’s the number one thing people ask me is ‘how do you get out there and not be scared?’ And I’m not.” Alexander dominated high school competition, tallying 274 goals and 81 assists during her career at South Jefferson High School, before redshirting her freshman year at Syracuse. But four days before her sophomore season, she blew out her knee. Alexander had it repaired at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where extra bone fragments were added to her kneecap, which she now calls her “fake kneecap.” Just days after her surgery, Alexander played wall ball, a move that earned her criticism from Chaney and assistant coach Caitlin Defliese. Alexander was unable to perform routine acts like putting her socks on without the assistance of Morgan Widner, her teammate. Alexander, normally reserved when dealing with her rehab, only cried when she was alone with Widner, Widner said. There were times that Alexander wanted to quit. Alexander’s older sister, Madesyn, adopted Charlotte, a Labrador retriever and she served as a mock-therapy dog while Alexander recovered. Emily Resnick, a redshirt junior midfielder, helped her through the more difficult times. Resnick helped Alexander maintain her focus during times that she wanted to give up and took on a stricter approach with her than Widner. “Her work ethic honestly keeps me going when I’m like ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to do this,’” Resnick said. “Here’s a girl who’s had three knee surgeries, still loves the game just as much.” Alexander was cleared entering the following season and played during Syracuse’s training camp in Florida, but when the Orange returned north, Alexander got hurt again. On Jan. 28, 2018, nearly a year after her first injury, she felt a pop. When an MRI was performed on her knee, all the past damage and repairs caused the reading to be inconclusive. Alexander had torn her meniscus again, but could try to play through it. If she couldn’t, she’d have to get surgery again. “So, I tried to play,” Alexander said. “I couldn’t run. I was like, ‘Well, that makes it easy.’” She had surgery two weeks later and was again out for the season. Her first injury was catastrophic. Her second wasn’t as serious, but it impacted Alexander more. Feeling down, she went home to Adams as often as she could. At least once a week, Alexander said, she called her mom crying. She couldn’t do it anymore. Traveling with the team to road games made it even more difficult because her sense of helplessness was exacerbated. This fall, Alexander suffered another setback. There was no specific moment of injury this time, but her meniscus was injured and so swollen that it prevented her from walking. She tried a cortisone injection, but it failed. Dr. John Cannizzaro, the team’s physician, told her
into a “pancake.” Maddy’s health improved. And one of the last remaining vestiges of her condition are the timed seizures that occur every two to three months. At 5, she only sees a speech pathologist periodically. Her days consist of two-and-a-half hours of school five times a week, usually a nap after, some outpatient physical therapy mixed in with the occasional rock-climbing trip. But the activity on Maddy’s mind on March 30 came to a close. Erin told her daughter to put her toys away. “You put them away,” Maddy said back. David and Erin feigned anger. “Sassy is a great word for her,” Erin said. Maddy cut her off: “I’m sorry, Mommy.” Last August, Erin stumbled upon a sponsored Team IMPACT post on Facebook. Without thinking much of it, Erin recapped Maddy’s situation on the company’s website. A few months later, a member of Team IMPACT reached out to her. “It happened pretty quickly,” Erin said. A woman asked if Maddy had a specific team in mind. She didn’t. “Well, I have one team for you,” the lady on the phone said. “One who’s been calling me for months every week.” Following Syracuse’s worst season in program history, senior Julie Cross reached out to SU head coach Gary Gait about the possibility of hosting a child from Team IMPACT. Cross saw something similar at Maryland, Gait hesitated. He remembered getting close to Jack Tweedy in she should stop playing and in late September performed surgery to remove a portion of Alexander’s fat pad and prevent friction on her ACL. Alexander’s final breakthrough came when she was able to do squats and lunges without pain, something she was unable to do following her first two surgeries. At that point, the two knew that Alexander would finally be able to get back onto the field. Leading up to Syracuse’s first game of the season against Connecticut, Alexander received dozens of good luck texts. One from former teammate Taylor Gait, who also had several surgeries during her career, told Alexander how proud Gait was of her. Another, from her high school coach, praised her for her perseverance. Both made Alexander cry. Her younger sister Mackenzie was worried that Alexander would drop the first pass she received. But she notched her first assist and then the first goal of her Syracuse career came in the second half, when she split a double team and finished through the goalkeeper’s legs. At one point during the game she looked up at Mike, who gave her a thumbs up — the gesture he used while Alexander was younger to signify she was playing well. Her mom, sitting next to him, was crying. “It felt like high school, because in high school, that’s what I did,” Alexander said. “The first goal was like, ‘Oh, OK, I can do this.’” She finished with three goals, the last of which coming off an assist by Resnick, who called it her favorite moment ever playing lacrosse. Alexander was given player of the game honors by her teammates, who also called for her to give a speech. Her postgame was mostly filled with tears of relief, both by Alexander and her teammates. Eventually, she made a point to head over to Cannizzaro and tell him “I told you so.” Cannizzaro gave her a high five and shook his head. “I don’t know how you do it kid,” he said. In the first game of the 2018 season, Widner tore her ACL. When she was brought to the training room, Alexander went with her. As the ACL test was performed, Alexander already knew the diagnosis. Throughout Widner’s recovery, she faced similar doubts as Alexander had in the early days of her injury. One day, Widner broke down in the training room after a handful of girls on the team tried to cheer her up. “You got this!” they said, but that only caused her to break down. Alexander quickly came to her side. She told the teammates to go away, turned to her fallen teammate and, speaking from experience, told her to “grip the towel and suck it up.” Through her own struggles, Alexander learned dwelling on the past wasn’t worth it. Widner was broken down, and doesn’t know if she could have fared without Alexander’s experienced advice. Alexander didn’t want her teammate to face it alone. In the training room after the injury, Alexander grabbed Widner’s hand and looked her in the eyes. “There are days that you’re just gonna want to quit,” Alexander told Widner. “But I will not let you.” firstname.lastname@example.org | @esblack34
2010, a 5-year-old adopted by SU’s men’s team. Two years into their relationship, Jack died. “It took a long time to develop another one. You have somebody you have a relationship with, and it’s tough,” Gait said. “We just kind of stayed away from it awhile.” Their first meeting was set for Dec. 19. Maddy’s locker was closest to the door, next to leadingscorer Emily Hawryschuk. SU’s campus had emptied during exams but a couple of players hung around. Cross greeted Maddy and her family. And as the players met Maddy and learned her story, some of the girls started crying, Cross said. Maddy noticed something different about the lockers — her nameplate didn’t have a picture like everyone else’s. “Instead of being like this is cool, she’s like ‘Where’s my picture?’” Erin said. Maddy beamed on the ride home, but her access to the team was initially limited. Every meeting between Maddy and the team would have to be pre-planned. So, Maddy signed a letter of intent, allowing her access to each practice and she escorted the team during its home games. Erin’s prep for Maddy’s gameday experience begins a couple of days before. Assistant coach Caitlin Defliese coordinates coin tosses and where Maddy will be on the field, and Erin tries to explain to her daughter what may happen. Sometimes buzzers scare her, or she’ll get frantic during the National Anthem. from page 12
possessions After the loss to the Fighting Irish, in which the Orange took six penalties and 17 shots, Desko lamented his team’s careless play. Midfielders dropped easy catches, passes flew long over players and on top of coughing up the ball, untimely penalties gave the ball away. In a disastrous first half, the Orange turned it over 14 times, and Syracuse trailed Notre Dame 11-3 at halftime. “You know you can’t do that,” Desko said then. “That’s 14 more times Notre Dame’s going to have the ball and have chances to score.” Ten days later, the Orange constricted then-No. 8 Cornell to a season-low eight goals by controlling the X. SU scooped 40 ground balls and took offensive possessions deep into the shot clock, rarely giving the Big Red the ball. “We wanted to make their offense watch as much as we could,” Desko said. “And they did.” With Jakob Phaup and Varello taking faceoffs, Syracuse have a two-pronged possession-generator. Phaup ranks top-5 in the country in faceoff win-percentage (66.1%) and Varello won 13-of-18 draws against UNC on Saturday. The two are SU’s direct path to dominating possession — when either are on, the Orange are difficult to beat. In the last three games, they’ve combined to win 74% of faceoffs. Syracuse’s defensive midfielders and close defenders mop up in the defensive zone when the ball hits the turf. In the midfield, any of the Orange’s long or short stick midfielders look to initiate offense. North Carolina took possession first on Saturday, but eventually Dearth came
Despite her excitement, Erin couldn’t help but worry how her daughter would remember all of the player’s names. Now, Maddy scrolls through her phone, through every roster picture reciting each of her new friends. Maddy’s family Instagram, @ amazinglymaddy, has even grown to over 1,500 followers. Lilia and Caraline want to be like their sister these days and plan to start lacrosse soon. David’s own competitive nature has gotten him invested in the team, he said. Erin’s noticed how excited her daughter gets when she brings up members of the team. Maddy seemingly mentions them in every conversation. Before signing day and the relationships that followed, when Caraline first met the team, midfielder Vanessa Costantino challenged the 10-year-old to a dance off. Teammates huddled around them. Caraline’s dance background showed but Costantino won, Caraline said. From the side, Maddy watched like she always has, smiling and goofing around. Costantino’s signature move, the dab, stuck with her, though. She could do that. “Do the dab,” Caraline said to Maddy, egging her on months later in their living room, “do it with your leg like you always do.” Maddy did it once. Then twice, and then over and over — as many times as she could. email@example.com | @KJEdelman
away with the ball in the defensive zone. He turned upfield and bolted through the neutral zone. As he crossed into the offensive zone unmarked, Peter Dearth turned and drew his stick back to his right hip, firing a sidewinding shot to put Syracuse ahead, 1-0. “I think our poles did very well,” Desko said. “Once again today, they put the ball back on the ground.” Syracuse offensive pace isn’t set, rather it’s a deliberate style of offense: Dodging and passing to break down the defense until a prime scoring opportunity arises, whenever it comes during the shot clock. Dearth shot in transition because he was wide open and SU wouldn’t have generated a better scoring chance by running its usual offensive sets. But if a slide had come, dumping the ball off would’ve been more beneficial than a missed or blocked shot that becomes a turnover. In the first half, though, the Orange scrambled more than they strung together passes, taking second-rate shots. “Halfway through the shot clock we were settling for shots that we could get with 10 seconds left on the shot clock,” senior attack Bradley Voigt said. In the second half, the Orange settled down. Possessions routinely ran until the shot clock dipped under 10 seconds and the offense broke down the Tar Heels. Varello stayed hot and Syracuse pulled away, dominating UNC in the third quarter, 4-0. In the end, a simple combination of having the ball and taking time with it is all it took. “I think we could be a little more patient,” Nate Solomon said. “I think our best game is yet to come.” firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham
NATE SOLOMON has tallied 21 goals and 10 assists this season. He leads a patient offense focused on retaining possession. kaci wasilewski asst. digital editor
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Syracuse falls to Clemson, 4-3 By Andrew Crane staff writer
MORGAN ALEXANDER once thought she might not play lacrosse again, but she now has 17 goals and two assists this season. tj shaw staff photographer
After four significant knee injuries, Morgan Alexander is finally back for Syracuse By Eric Black
senior staff writer
he pain was instant. The swelling followed soon after. Morgan Alexander had planted awkwardly during a 1-on-1 drill and fallen to the turf at Ensley Athletic Center. As she looked down, she noticed her knee cap was perpendicular to its normal placement. Tears flowed down her face. Kathleen Chaney, the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team’s associate athletic trainer, ran to Alexander’s side and threw a raincoat over her leg. With help from a few coaches, she got Alexander onto a cart and on her way to the hospital.
“I was just trying to get her to stop being upset,” Chaney said. “The thing with Morgan, she swelled a lot, and she swelled really fast. That for me made it more severe.” Alexander, then a redshirt freshman, dislocated her kneecap and tore her ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus. A month later, she had surgery. A year later, she injured her knee again by re-tearing her meniscus, again at Ensley. That was followed by another surgery and another missed season. In the fall of her senior year, she got hurt again. Both her medial and lateral menisci were torn and needed to be surgically repaired, leaving the attacker to make a decision: stop playing lacrosse for good, or try one
last time to get back on the field. “It’s weird,” Alexander said, “I don’t really remember my life before all of this.” Now, more than two years since her first injury, Alexander is finally on the field for No. 3 Syracuse (13-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast). She’s played in all but one game, and has scored 17 goals and recorded two assists. Alexander never gave up the hope that she’d one day make it back onto the field, even though she had a few low points. Alexander admits that she never feels the same as she did before her injuries. She knows that she probably never will. Every day before practice she does two hours see alexander page 10
SU prioritizes possessions in 3-game win-streak By Andrew Graham senior staff writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After Syracuse beat North Carolina Saturday, John Desko again identified the factor that ’s keyed the Orange’s recent outcomes: Possession. Against the Tar Heels, the Orange commanded the ball by
sweeping up 40 grounders and leaning on Danny Varello during his hot start at the faceoff X. “That’s a lot of possessions for us and we were able to get the offense comfortable again,” Desko said after learning Varello started 10-of-10. From securing the ball at the faceoff X to scooping ground balls and patient offensive pos-
23 Number of turnovers Syracuse had in its loss to Notre Dame
sessions, No. 9 Syracuse (8-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) and Desko have emphasized getting the ball and being deliberate with possessions. Sloppiness with the ball sunk the Orange against Notre Dame earlier this season in a 23-turnover loss. Recently, Syracuse’s held the ball more and won three straight-games. see possessions page 10
Miranda Ramirez lunged forward two steps and extended her racket. The ball sprung out of her racket’s strings, but never crossed the net. Ramirez crouched briefly and dropped her head. She and doubles partner Gabriela Knutson were at match point, and the mishit chip shot ended it. Minutes later, Clemson clinched the doubles point with a win at third doubles. In its latest quest to overcome a lost doubles point, the Orange were unable to crawl back. No. 31 Syracuse (12-11, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) lost its fourth match in five, falling 4-3 to Clemson (10-14, 4-10) in its final regular season match on Sunday. The Orange have won only nine doubles points this year, despite returning a Knutson and Ramirez pairing ranked No. 4 in the preseason. On Sunday, the two, now ranked No. 56, lost 6-1 to No. 8 Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Fernanda Navarro for their sixth loss in eight matches. Clemson clinched the doubles point when Alex Angyalosy and Laura Marti defeated Masha Tritou and Guzal Yusupova at third doubles, 6-4. The two pairings traded points throughout before Angyalosy and Marti grabbed a crucial break at the end. It was the eighth straight lost doubles point for SU. No. 90 Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Treshcheva’s trailed 6-5 in their unfinished match. But Syracuse still had a chance to win in singles if its depth produced. With three consecutive losses, though, Syracuse failed to complete the comeback. Yusupova, Golubovskaya and Libi Mesh all lost in straight sets, winning only 13 games combined. Neither of the three have won a singles match over SU’s last three matches. After the Tigers had already clinched the match, No. 19 Knutson defeated her second consecutive ranked opponent — Clemson’s No. 82 Leduc — 4-6 6-1 1-0 (10-8) — and continued to help her seeding for the NCAA Singles Championship. Ramirez and Hegab also won for the Orange. In the first month of its season, SU made the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Team Championship, achieved a program-high ranking of No. 10 and manufactured a 4-2 win over then-No. 9 Michigan. But in the weeks that followed, Syracuse stumbled to a bottom-half finish in conference play. Next up for the Orange is a first or second round matchup in the ACC Tournament that begins on Wednesday in Cary, North Carolina. Last year, SU advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Georgia Tech. email@example.com