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One Remembrance Scholar creates a personal connection to Miriam Luby Wolfe, the victim she represents, bonding with her mother in the process. Page 3

Newhouse’s professional-inresidence Liz Habib opened up about her career in sports broadcasting, shining light on sexism in journalism and her career highlights. Page 7

Sean Lawlor thought he wanted to work in finance, and then the Great Recession hit. Now, Lawlor is a member of SU men's soccer staff. Page 12

‘I could be robbed’ The school kind of hides or lies to us, so I feel like we never really know what’s actually going on Skyy McQueen senior

It’s so easy for random people to just walk onto South Emily Waterman freshman

I am not very good about checking my emails, so I haven’t been paying attention to if (the robberies) were happening near me or around me Cade Lipsey

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety reported 382 total crimes on campus, with 53 occurring on South Campus. Of these, nine were larcenies and burglaries, causing some residents to grow concerned for their safety. wendy wang asst. photo editor


With several burglaries and crimes reported this semester, some students on South Campus are concerned for their safety By Hannah Ferrera and Karoline Leonard the daily orange


urglaries on Syracuse University’s South Campus have become increasingly more common this year, causing residents to grow concerned for their safety.

SU’s Department of Public Safety’s annual report revealed that burglaries on Syracuse University’s campus were 16 times higher in 2020 than in 2019. This September, DPS sent a series of emails to students, remarking on an investigation into a series of burglaries on South Campus. Since Aug. 22, 382 total crimes have been reported on SU’s campus and in surrounding neighborhoods,

according to DPS’s Daily Crime Log. Of these, 53 occurred on South Campus, and nine of the 53 were larcenies or burglaries. DPS arrested a 17-year-old unaffiliated with the university in connection to one of the break-ins on South Campus in late September. Some students said they have become increasingly see burglary page 4

remembrance week 2021

About 200 people gather for annual Rose-Laying Ceremony By Karoline Leonard, Richard J Chang and Richard Perrins the daily orange

At 2:03 p.m., 37 students emerged from the Hall of Languages, each carrying a red rose. The bells chimed 35 times, but the almost 200 people watched in complete silence as the 35 Remembrance and two Lockerbie Scholars proceeded to the Place of Remembrance on

the cloudy Friday afternoon. The Remembrance Scholars were there to represent the students who died in the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the two Lockerbie Scholars — Lauren Carruthers and Alicia Pagan — were there to represent the Lockerbie 11 and Andrew McClune, a Lockerbie Scholar who died in 2002 while studying at SU.

On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie when a bomb in the cargo hold went off as part of a terrorist attack. All 259 passengers and crew, along with 11 people on the ground, were killed. “Thirty-three years later, we still mourn,” said Morgan Eaton, who represents Amy Shapiro. “But amid the pain and longing are memories, sanctuaries for our sorrow, comfort when peace

feels distant, a warm reminder of a passing embrace. These memories, when made and shared, have life.” Each Remembrance Scholar pledged to look back and act forward in remembrance of the victim they represent before laying a single red rose on the Remembrance Wall. As Ifeyinwa Ojukwu, who represents Gretchen Joyce Dater, laid her rose on the wall, the sun

shone past the clouds that filled the sky, illuminating the Place of Remembrance and the people who came to honor those killed in the attack. In attendance were many previous years’ Remembrance Scholars, some of whom looked up to the sunshine. The two Lockerbie Scholars reminded the crowd gathered around the memorial that the

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mayoral election 2021

My Story: Remembering my mom’s best friend Walsh leads Bey in fundraising By Nick Robertson senior staff writer

COREY HENRY (LEFT) represents Miriam Luby Wolfe, her mother’s best friend, as a 2021-22 Remembrance Scholar, connecting her mother’s past to her present and letting Miriam’s memory live on 33 years later. elizabeth billman senior staff photographer By Corey Henry

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DISCLAIMER: Corey Henry is a senior staff photographer for The Daily Orange and does not influence the editorial content of The D.O. in her role. She wrote this personal essay about her experience as a Remembrance Scholar. I knew the tears would come, I just didn’t know when. I slowly traversed the balconies of Hendricks Chapel, trying to be a fly on the wall. The crowd then began moving toward the Place of Remembrance for a candlelight vigil. It was 2018, and this was one of the first of many events I would photograph for The Daily Orange. To my surprise, I was doing a good job maintaining my composure. That was until the music began.

Otto Tunes, an a capella group at Syracuse University, sang a rendition of “Home (I Am)” by George Kamel. Their voices combined in a hushed somber melody. “I’ve been dreaming…” they began. Their voices grew louder and more urgent as the song climaxed at an abrupt pause. Then, those two words hit me: “I’m home.” I remember slowly bringing my camera to my chest, clinging to it as uncontrollable tears poured down my face. I tried my absolute best to be as invisible as I could as a photographer. But I forgot all about the camera, engrossed in the moment. After the vigil ended, I was still attempting to photograph, with tears streaming down my face. Madeline Merwin, the Remembrance Scholar who represented Pan Am Flight 103 victim Richard Monetti, approached

me with a somber smile. She hugged me and left me with some advice, “Being professional is being able to share your emotions,” she said. Every Remembrance Week since, I repeat that advice to myself in addition to a simple phrase written on Miriam Luby Wolfe’s Remembrance display chair that reads, “I did my job today.” The “exuberant” Miriam and my mom, both musical theater majors at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, quickly became attached. Miriam, who was two years younger, became the little sister my mom never had. Miriam was also one of the 35 students studying abroad with SU who was killed from the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. I grew up hearing Miriam’s name and seeing her pictures

around my house. As a child, I had always thought she was still alive because of the way my mother talked about her: a fiercely devoted friend to all and an immensely talented writer, actor and singer. I also love to sing, just not in front of other people. My mom always said I sang the horn riff perfectly from Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” before I even had a conscience. When I joined choirs at a young age, I felt safe. I could blend into the background while still being able to do what I loved. But when I sang by myself, I shut down. Dozens of people have tried to tell me that I should just put myself out there because I had the voice — a gift. But I kept my gift to myself. I came to SU to continue my family’s tradition of looking back and acting forward in see miriam

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SA advocates for policies beyond SU’s campus By Danny Amron

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Syracuse University’s Student Association passed a bill last week condemning the Biden administration’s handling of the recent Haitian refugee crisis in Del Rio, Texas, at the U.S.Mexico border. The bill — which was introduced on Oct. 4 and authored by SA Vice President Darnelle Stinfort, President David Bruen and Jordan Pierre, representative from the Newhouse School of Public Communications — went through a series of revisions and amendments before ultimately passing. A majority of SA supported the intent of the bill, Bruen said. But some members sought

amendments that would more directly address the Biden administration’s actions. They believed these amendments would enact change regarding the treatment of Haitian refugees at the border instead of simply condemning it. “We are calling for something — as a student body, as a student government, as an advocacy group — from the federal government, which is a very hard thing to do,” Bruen said. “We just wanted to make sure that everything was in the right place to do that.” SA added letters to President Joe Biden, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the bill. They also

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The letter to President Biden was impactful to some SA members because he’s an alumnus of SU’s Law School. daily orange file photo

Mayor Ben Walsh has raised more than four times as much money than his Democratic opponent Khalid Bey since January, according to state campaign finance records updated on Oct. 22. The Independent incumbent entered 2021 with nearly $300,000 in his campaign’s accounts, and he has since raised an additional $428,000. Bey has raised $103,000 after starting the year with empty accounts. The financial lead signals what potential voters think about the candidates, said Aarick Knighton, Walsh’s campaign manager. “Our campaign leans on donations and contributions from those who believe in the mayor and his vision,” he said. “Fundraising has been an equalizer allowing our nonpartisan message to break through the political environment.” As an Independent, Walsh does not receive funding from the county’s Democratic or Republican committees, Knighton said. Walsh has been endorsed by 10 union organizations, while Bey has not been endorsed by any. Those labor organizations account for a total of at least $10,000 of Walsh’s fundraising. The mayor recently announced his detailed campaign platform, the “Plan to Keep Rising,” at Westcott Theater last week. Despite having significantly less funding to work with, this is not the first time Bey has neared Election Day with a fraction of his opponent’s fundraising totals. By the date of the primary election in June, his opponent, Common Councilor Michael Greene, had raised just over $100,000 — almost triple Bey’s $37,000 of funds. Bey won that race by 34 votes. The smaller fundraising isn’t a disadvantage, according to Erik Eure, Bey’s campaign manager. “The people of Syracuse who are supporting Councilor Bey are tired of failed promises and ready for change to a better Syracuse,” he said. “Money doesn’t vote, people do, and the Khalid Bey campaign for mayor is reaching people.” Greene out-fundraised Bey up until October even though Bey won the primary and campaigned for an additional four months. Eure said it’s a sign that Bey’s priority is on the community. “Our campaign strategies have always been about reaching the people of Syracuse with a message of change,” Eure said. “Our strategy is what it has always been, take our appeal to the people of Syracuse. From our vantage point, we have been doing just that.” In recent months, donations to Walsh’s campaign have come in see fundraising page 4

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burglary more aware of their safety on campus in general, especially after an assault took place near Marshall Street on Oct. 15 and a shooting took place on Euclid Avenue over the weekend. SU’s Student Association held a town hall on Oct. 20 with DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado to discuss safety on campus. While the forum focused on the assault near campus, students expressed concerns for their general safety on campus, including in South Campus apartments. Students are worried about their safety, and many added that South Campus is easily accessible by foot. South Campus security requires students who drive to swipe their SUID at night before entering, but there are no other precautions that prevent strangers and other SU students from walking or taking the bus to the area. “In dorms you have security, so it would be nice if something was implemented on South. Because, clearly, the card system isn’t working,” said Madison Segarnick, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. “You can just walk onto South and walk into people’s apartments.” from page 1

rose-laying memory of the tragedy is still very much alive in Lockerbie despite the three decades of healing the community has had. Pagan, who represents McClune, said that the attack shook so many beyond Lockerbie and Syracuse. The amount of loss from that day will never be forgotten, she said. from page 3

miriam wolfe the memory of Miriam. This year, I have the honor of representing Miriam as a Remembrance Scholar, just as my sister did in 2015-16. It means more than I could ever put into words. I fully invested myself into learning everything about Miriam, someone who would have been a huge part of my life. Every single person I talked to who knew Miriam mentioned how radiant and full of life she was — and how she still impacts them to this day. Miriam wrote in her last letter to my mom, “I’m sitting here on an absolutely perfect Autumn day in Kensington Park. It’s a huge beautiful vast place not too far from where I live. It’s one of those days when you feel so happy to be alive. I miss you, Tami.” I never met Miriam. Unfortunately, I never will. As a Remembrance Scholar, I feel as if I from page 3

policies added plans to collaborate with various student organizations at SU and student governments at other universities to make student voices on the issue more impactful. “We thought we’d done a good job with it … We thought it would be a fairly simple process, but we realized that there were some blind spots and things that needed to be clearly said,” Bruen said. “We worked with from page 3

fundraising at a higher rate and in greater amounts, according to state disclosures. After bringing in just over $200,000 in the first half of the year, he raised nearly $135,000 between July and October alone. Bey raised $57,000 in the same four-month period. The Walsh campaign has spent nearly $300,000 in the past four months, more than three times the amount Bey has

Emily Waterman, a freshman in Arts and Sciences, said she takes extra precautions in order to keep herself safe. “When my dad was here, he bought this automatic lock to put on the door, and I still lock my door from the inside sometimes because it’s so easy for random people to just walk onto South,” Waterman said. “It honestly makes me really nervous.” Some students had disagreements with their roommates over the safety of their apartments. Waterman said her roommate does not lock their door at night, which makes her feel stressed and unsafe. Madeline Pietrowski, a sophomore in Arts and Sciences, said some roommates disagree about how they respond to recent crimes, particularly when it comes to locking doors. “I’ve noticed that, for some people, their roommates are either really super careful and like to lock their stuff, but I guess for me and others, maybe I am used to keeping the doors open, so it has definitely caused some tension between roommates,” Pietrowski said. Skyy McQueen, a senior in Arts and Sciences, feels like her safety is in jeopardy and that SU has been keeping students in the dark.

“It’s confusing. (The crime) started happening out of nowhere,” McQueen said. “I feel like it happens more than we know or closer to us than we realize. I think the school kind of hides or lies to us, so I feel like we never really know what’s actually going on.” Other students said they are unaware of the recent crimes. Rashard Hall, a senior studying communications and rhetorical studies, had no idea that burglaries were happening on South Campus. Cade Lipsey, a sophomore in Arts and Sciences, was also unphased. “I am not very good about checking my emails, so I haven’t been paying attention to if they were happening near me or around me,” Lipsey said. “I haven’t noticed it affecting my life, mainly because I haven’t been super aware, which is probably a bad thing.” Some students, even though they know about the crime, still expressed they felt safe while living on South Campus. Jordyn Quackenbush, a sophomore in Falk College, told The Daily Orange that she is not concerned for her safety and goes about her day like normal. Kari Wilson, a sophomore in Arts and Sciences who recently moved to South Campus, said she feels uncomfortable about the crime rate on campus. But she took measures, such as placing a stick in her

back door to prevent it from being opened, to ensure she feels safe while at home. Some students said the areas closer to the main road are less safe. Sarah Haney, a sophomore in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, said she hardly ever locked her door when she lived on Winding Ridge Road last year. Now, on Small Road, she feels less safe. “If you live up on Winding Ridge or up near there, no one is going to take the time to walk all the way up there to break into (the apartments),” she said. “On Small Road or Chinook (Drive) and down by (University Village Apartments on Colvin), it’s right by the street and the neighborhoods, and so it’s such an easy walk to just enter those apartments.” In general, students said they felt safest farther away from the entrance to South Campus. But, either way, students said they felt South Campus is an easy target for burglars with little monitoring to prevent them. Angela Giaconia, a sophomore in Arts and Sciences, said she feels safe living on Slocum Heights, but she is constantly aware of the crimes. “The way that South Campus is set up, it’s really easy for people to come in,” Giaconia said. “It’s always in the back of my mind that ‘sh*t, I could be robbed.’”

“If you walk down Lockerbie’s High Street today, it looks nothing like it did 33 years ago,” said Carruthers, who represents the Lockerbie 11. “I’ve seen the patchwork covering the hole that had to be filled when an engine landed up at Rosebank (Crescent). I’ve seen the patched up walls at Sherwood Crescent that the wings and fuel tanks destroyed when they landed. I’ve heard the stories of that night, as well as the days after.” After the scholars lined up together

behind the monument, attendees were invited to lay their own flowers. Chancellor Kent Syverud and David Seaman, SU’s dean of libraries, joined a group of people including students, past Remembrance Scholars and the families of the victims who paid their respects as Avery Head played “Flower of Scotland” on the bagpipes. Chaplain Amir Durić closed the ceremony with a message of helping all of humanity through honoring people one at a time. He

said the memories of those who died in the attack on Pan Am 103 will transform the world to one of peace and justice. “Generations to come will rather tend to remember those who left the life as their legacy than those who contribute to suffering, mischief and darkness,” Durić said. “Their legacies inspire us to live the fullness of present life, and turn toward the light in ourselves, in each other and the world.”

know her better than I ever have. I can see her smiling and sitting on that hill. I know my mom can, too. When I called my mom on a cold October morning this year, I asked her an important question: “What was Miriam’s favorite song?” She vividly recalled how excited Miriam was to sing “Someone to Watch Over Me” by George Gerswhin for a cabaret she was in. Miriam loved the song as a ballad, but she was told to sing it up tempo as it was “originally written,” which my mom said made her so mad. After that conversation with my mom, I immediately knew I had to showcase the song at the Celebration of Life, a night full of song, speech, dance and love to celebrate the lives of those lost. But if I sang it live, I knew I would burst into tears. A couple days before my performance, I sent a rough recording to a couple of Miriam’s past scholars and a few of my close friends to make sure it sounded OK. I was going to sing the song as Miriam wanted to

sing it, as a ballad. The night before the Celebration of Life, I tried recording a few more takes but was not completely satisfied with what I had recorded. Sitting on a bathroom floor, I felt my throat grow dry from attempt after attempt. My fears of the stage were coming back, but I knew this was bigger than me. I quickly ran downstairs and threw on a plain black shirt, carefully placed my Remembrance pin of Miriam over my heart and recorded a few video versions of my performance. The very last take I knew was the one I had to show to the audience. Leading up to the event, my heart was racing, and when I was introduced to the large turnout, my heart nearly stopped. I felt as if I was about to faint, but I took a deep breath and glued my eyes to my pre-written introduction. As I read through my introduction before my recorded piece, my voice wavered. Thankfully, no tears interrupted my remarks. My mom gasped when the song started. No one in my family knew I was going to sing.

As the recording played, my best friend Elizabeth Billman, another Remembrance Scholar who represents Timothy Cardwell, squeezed my hand. I knew it would be all right even as tears pricked the corners of my eyes. Once the video concluded, I didn’t hear the applause or the cheering around me. I focused on finding my mother in the crowd. Once I did, I felt my tears start once again — happy tears. After the event, my mom told me Miriam would’ve been so proud. My mom always said that Miriam would have been my sisters’ and my number one supporter in life, and she is. She’s still here with us in our hearts. Miriam is that someone who watches over my family and those who remember her always and forever. The performance wasn’t entirely for me. It was for Miriam, my mother and their beautiful relationship. It isn’t about me singing; it’s about the song. It’s about the memories embedded in that song. It’s about love.

some assembly members to make the bill even better and hopefully make it even more actionable, and I think we did that.” Aden Solomon, a freshman representative in SA, noted that the bill is especially impactful because it comes from one of Biden’s alma maters. Biden graduated from SU’s College of Law in 1968. Bruen believes Biden’s status as an SU alumnus not only had an impact on this bill but makes room for future policy advocacy on behalf of SA as well.

“W hether it’s canceling student debt, protecting international students or something like this … I do think that there is a level of increased power that we have as student advocates, as student leaders, especially compared to other student leaders and governments across the country,” Bruen said. The passage of this bill was especially meaningful for Solomon, as it was one of his first as a member of SA. He, like Bruen, believes that this bill is representative of SU’s

culture and increases SA’s ability to advocate for policies beyond SU’s campus. “The biggest accomplishment of this bill was to create an environment in our school … that condemns injustice, condemns hate and allows for a space where everybody, no matter their status, can be accepted,” Solomon said. “And by passing a bill that is voicing our public outrage and solidarity with the Haitian immigrants, we will show our condemnation of this injustice.

raised all year. Much of that money has gone to campaign expenses such as staff, signs and advertisements. “A strategic fundraising plan was set back in January that would allow the mayor to run a strong reelection campaign,” Knighton said. “That plan is being executed, and we are confident that Syracuse voters will once again put collaboration and progress over partisanship.” The Republican candidate, Janet Burman, has raised just under $12,000

since the year began. More than $3,000 of those funds are personal loans from Burman or her husband, according to the state records. A number of county Republicans discouraged Burman from running for mayor back in January, fearing that she could take votes away from the less-progressive Walsh and hand the Democratic opponent a victory, according to Burman chose to run anyway, though

she has raised a tenth of Bey’s total funding. Walsh raised almost 30 times more funding than Burman between July and September, and the money she raised in October has not yet been disclosed. Libertarian Tom Babilon raised $1,300 during his primary campaign against Burman. Walsh, Bey and Burman will face off at the ballot box on Nov. 2. Early voting began Oct. 23 and will run through Oct. 31.

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Update SU’s health insurance policy Professors should aid students with burnout

To limit burnout, SU instructors should offer more academic support to students. emily steinberger editor-in-chief By Jean Aiello columnist

SU should consider the financial burden of students with Medicaid coverage and implement a policy that is affordable and feasible for students of all backgrounds. lucy messineo-witt photo editor By Rainu George columnist


n top of the typical stressors Syracuse University students face, many students also deal with complications regarding their health insurance. The arduous process is not only overly complicated, but it also places a huge financial burden for many students. SU, therefore, should make their health care plan cheaper for the students who can’t afford it and more transparent. Most colleges can waive students from enrolling in the institution’s insurance if they are covered by a major health insurance. These students can remain on their family’s healthcare plan until the age of 26, and it is these students who usually breeze through the stress of choosing a healthcare plan at SU at no extra charge. But the SU students with Medicaid or non-qualifying insurance have no choice but to enroll in the student insurance, which costs $2,143.80 per year. SU needs proof of insurance that covers three criterias: coverage of emergency and non-emergency procedures, com-

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pliance with the Affordable Care Act and U.S.-based insurance. If a student’s insurance plan fails to meet the three requirements, they must enroll in the SU insurance policy. SU should consider the financial burden of students with Medicaid coverage and implement a policy that is affordable and feasible for students of all backgrounds, as many students who have Medicaid as their health plan in the first place are insured by it because they cannot afford other plans. The burden of insurance coverage is not just for students with nonqualifying insurance. Hana Shroff, a first-year student at SU, was able to waive her Syracuse insurance by showing her parent’s insurance but it was an arduous process to undertake as a first-generation student. “It’s really frustrating to navigate the insurance plan, especially as a first generation because I had to learn about the entire insurance policy by myself and it was nerve wracking,” Shroff said. Additionally, for emergency and non-emergency visits, Shroff faces an out-of-pocket copay. “If I go to Barnes for a checkup that is not my yearly physical, I

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ithin a month or two of the academic year, students often feel a sense of “burnout,” or lack of motivation. This feeling can be a result of an increase in stress, exams and assignments. To manage this, students will need more support from professors at Syracuse University who can play a role in reducing the widespread feeling of being academically burnt out. The burnout symptoms among college students this year have increased since the pandemic. Olivia Sanchez, a higher education reporter for The Hechinger Report, writes, “The long journey of the coronavirus pandemic took students through dimensions of online learning, social isolation, economic anguish, personal loss and mass grief. It resulted in psychological distress for many.” The adjustment from online classes to in-person classes was challenging for students, especially first-year college students. They not only had to transition from high school to a new college lifestyle, but they also had to adjust to fully in-person school, which many students hadn’t had for over a year. It’s a drastic change taking Zoom classes in the comfort of your own bedroom to being in a classroom, sitting at a desk surrounded by other students. Sanchez found that a survey done at The Ohio State University reported that the percentage of students who felt burnout symptoms went from 40% in August of 2020 to 71% in April 2021. Students coped with symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression in unhealthy ways with substances, lack of physical activity and social isolation, the report found. Burnout greatly increased after the pandemic since students got used to a lifestyle of staying inside and less social interaction. For many, there was not much else to do besides binge-

watching Netflix, eating and sleeping. Unhealthy habits stemming from the pandemic make it even more challenging for students to adjust back to the social and academic lives they had before COVID-19. Eva Balistreri, a freshman studying television, radio and film in the Newhouse School of Public Communications, shared her personal experience with burnout at this time in her college career. “As a freshmen, we go from 0 to 100 so quickly, so there’s so much coming at us at once and no one has taught us how to deal with that on our own. Trying to live up to the college expectation deteriorates your body and mind and easily causes unhealthy eating and sleeping habits,” she said. In order for students to avoid the feeling of burnout, they need to feel supported by their friends, family and academic instructors especially. It can often feel as though some instructors disregard the stress that arises from being overly consumed by work. SU instructors should offer more academic support to students and be lenient with extensions if students speak with them about feeling overwhelmed. Instructors should make office hours available to students over Zoom and in person. They should also provide extra help and online resources for students to use on assignments and exams done at home. Mental health is the most important aspect of a student’s college life, especially for freshmen, as they are still in the process of adjusting to being responsible for themselves. They can no longer rely on their parents to help them through feelings of burnout and stress, so professors and instructors on campus should work with students to keep them engaged in class by decreasing unnecessary workloads and offering extra help. Jean Aiello is a freshman magazine, news and digital journalism major. Her column appears biweekly. She can be reached at

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LIZ HABIB’S career started with her making $3.93 an hour at a station in Steubenville, Ohio. She went on to become the first solo woman sports anchor in Los Angeles. anshul roy contributing photographer

Professor Liz Habib opens up about the sexism she faced in the broadcast journalism industry By Jordan Greene staff writer


t KTTV in Los Angeles, Liz Habib had her own freedom. She didn’t have to be paired with a man, like in her previous jobs. Here, she asked the tough questions and was authentic to herself, both on and off camera. And everyone loved her on TV too, she said. She’d get embarrassed when families came up to her to tell her how much she meant to them, asking for

her autograph. But, the opportunity meant a lot to her, and so she said she held onto it with everything she had. As the first woman to hold the main sports anchor job in Los Angeles, Habib didn’t just break big stories like Kobe Bryant’s death, but she created relationships with players, teams and fans. She felt like she could walk into a Dodgers game and know everyone in the stadium. After 16 years as of May 2021, KTTV did not renew Habib’s contract. Throughout her 33 years in the industry, Habib said she would see habib page 8

stay late in the office, work over 10 hours a day and sacrifice family holidays to pursue her career. Now, as a professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, she said she shares her experiences with the SU community, never pretending or lying about the challenges she faced as a woman sports anchor and reporter. She said she always tells her students the truth: that the industry is hard, and it only gets harder. “The mistreatment is because people turn the other way when they

So often you feel like you’re being talked down to or you’re being treated rudely, and you can’t tell why Liz Habib professor

from the stage

Is Bird Library the new location for intimate concerts? By Luisana Ortiz staff writer

Jackson Siporin was eager to find new spots for student musicians to showcase their talents earlier this school year. Surprisingly, Bird Library ended up being the first location to take him up on the offer.

David Seaman, Syracuse University’s dean of libraries and university librarian at Bird Library, said this is one of the first steps in expanding the role of libraries on SU’s campus. “The library is broadening. It’s not the first thing you think of when you think of the traditional definition of a library,” Seaman said.

The dean said that Bird Library’s staff wants the space to reflect the full range of activities on campus and that the library is a place where communities form. Tiny Desk Cuse is a live and virtual concert series that aims to showcase SU artists in an acoustic, intimate setting. Performances will occur every Thursday in Bird Library, and then

they are uploaded to the project’s Instagram and YouTube accounts later in the week, Siporin said. The SU senior started the project through Blackstone LaunchPad, SU’s innovation and entrepreneurship hub, which is also based in the library. Siporin, a music industry major, first became involved with Blackstone LaunchPad during the spring

2021 semester as a copywriter for the hub’s weekly newsletter. He is currently working as an intern for the hub through the College of Visual and Performing Arts. As director of Tiny Desk Cuse, aside from planning the concerts, Siporin is responsible for post-production and running the Instagram see tiny

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Beyond the

hill @dailyorange oct. 25, 2021

JESSE HUMISTON AND ZACH ARNOLD, stepbrothers, bonded over comic books when they were teenagers but didn’t go into business selling them until the pandemic. rachel raposas staff writer

Coffee and comics It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a combination coffee-comic book event By Rachel Raposas staff writer


esse Humiston was furloughed from his job as an electrician during the pandemic. When that door closed, another one opened. Humiston and his stepbrother Zach Arnold invested part of their stimulus check in one of their favorite childhood hobbies: old comic books. Multiple garage sales, comic shows and vendor events later, the two curated their own comic collection to sell and trade around Syracuse called Funky Town Comics. At Saturday’s Coffee and Comics event, Funky Town Comics showcased Golden Age comics from the 1940s to mid-1950s and Silver Age comics from the mid-1950s to 1970, as well as Halloween features and classic reprints. Coffee and Comics, a celebration of local culture and talent, featured the budding Funky Town Comics and simultaneously unveiled the new coffee-bakery addition to Marketplace on James, where the event was hosted.

Humiston was first introduced to comics when his uncle gave his mother the graphic novel “Captain America #109.” Being a child, and not knowing its worth, he treated it recklessly. But a few years later, he discovered the value of the comic was around $300, which piqued his interest. From there, he began collecting comics in any way he could. “I kind of never grew up,” Humiston said, reflecting on his lifelong passion for comics. Reprints are an excellent way for someone new to comics to read classics without having to pay the high price of vintage graphic novels, Humiston said. Some of the big comic names being sold at Funky Town are “Archie Comics,” “Captain America,” “Fantastic Four” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Funky Town and Marketplace on James hosted the special sale, Coffee and Comics, to promote both businesses. If a customer bought a Finger Lakes coffee at Marketplace on James, they could also choose a free comic, mainly assorted reprints and Halloween editions, to take with them. Marketplace on James is a small shop in Eastwood that functions as a vendor for local creators. Central New York artisans can buy floor space to showcase their products, and in return Marketplace on James keeps a small portion of the sales. Eileen Porto, the owner of Marketplace on James, has always loved antiques and spent many years selling them through Etsy.

Coffee and Comics event showcased comics from the golden and silver ages of comic books. rachel raposas staff writer

The internet marketplace, however, presented a few too many hurdles, so Porto decided to open a physical store in Syracuse. “The joy of this business is shopping, anyway,” she said with a laugh. Inspired by Porto’s passion for vintage pieces, as well as her desire to help local artisans, Marketplace on James features products such as soaps, candles and essential oils. Now, Marketplace on James also offers coffee and breakfast foods to its patrons. This new addition is simply a way of adding to the customer experience. “We didn’t want to compete with any of the local businesses. We just wanted to enhance ours,” Porto said.

Marketplace on James’ new food additions are specialty muffins, which Porto affectionately called “Mainly Muffins at the Marketplace.” Porto plays around with her own concepts for baked goods, and she recently featured a fan-favorite taco muffin, as well as pizza and meatball sub muffins. On Nov. 7, Funky Town will be at the Central City Comic Show, located at the North Syracuse Veterans of Foreign Wars post, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The comic book shop will showcase over 50,000 comics at the event. “My goal is to be a part of bringing more geek events to Syracuse,” Humiston said.


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Asphalt Art Initiative will revitalize Syracuse’s streets By Chris Hippensteel senior staff writer

For the last several decades, the space in front of Syracuse City Hall has been fairly understated. A blank stretch of asphalt framed by two narrow sidewalks, with a red “No parking” sign watching over it. But that space hasn’t always been this way. In the past, the area leading up to the front steps of City Hall was a public plaza, a wide space for city residents to gather. A new project backed by a $25,000 grant and spearheaded by public art leaders in Syracuse wants to bring it back. And it all starts with a little paint. “Good public art, and vibrant public art programs, really are a reflection of the community and what it values,” said Kate Auwaerter, Syracuse’s public art coordinator. “We’re a diverse city. We’re a welcoming city. All of those things can be tied into this project.” Mayor Ben Walsh announced in early October that Bloomberg Philanthropies had granted Syracuse $25,000 to decorate the space in front of its city hall. The grant is part of the organization’s “Asphalt Art from page 6

habib see it happening. It’s not like the opportunities haven’t been there. It’s just they get taken away,” Habib said. When Habib began her broadcast career in October 1988 in Steubenville, Ohio, she said the industry was male-dominated. She made $3.93 an hour, working behind the scenes running cameras and teleprompters, she said. Teresa Habib said that her daughter has always been strong. When Habib was in preschool, Teresa couldn’t even put out clothes for her because her daughter was always determined to pick them out for herself. Habib is the only girl in the family and the second child, but she took charge of the family, Teresa said. “People have always had controversy around her,” Teresa said. “It was always her way. And she just didn’t understand that other people have good ways too. But she learned to understand that people have different ways in the world.” Before shows, Teresa used to go and sit with Habib on set and would watch her switch on her “show face” when it was time to work. Even so, Habib always felt a tremendous amount of pressure to work on her appearance, to an extent that other people called extreme, she said. But to her, it was just a way of being. Once, Habib wore her hair closer to its natural curliness for two days and then went to have a blow-dry, which cost her $100 out of pocket. She came into work with her hair straight the next day, and someone in the newsroom came up to her and told her not to do that ever again, she said, referring to her keeping her hair natural. Furious, she asked them why. from page 6

tiny desk page, and he even created the graphics to promote the first concert. Linda Dickerson Hartsock, the executive director of Blackstone LaunchPad at SU, said that it was easy to host the event in Bird because of the chapter’s relationship with the library. “Jackson came to me with the idea and said, ‘I don’t know where to do this on campus. I think it’s going to be hard to get permission somewhere.’ (And) I said, ‘We’re always ready to innovate at Bird Library — let’s do it right here,” Dickerson Hartsock said. Through her vast background in innovation-led community revitalization, business

Initiative,” which provides funding and technical support to cities to redecorate and reinvent public spaces through art. Adapt CNY, a local nonprofit, will oversee the grant’s use alongside the Syracuse Public Art Commission and the Department of Public Works, with technical support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. According to those familiar with the project, painting the strip in front of City Hall is the first step in a larger project — one that will seek to transform the area into a place for residents to gather, celebrate and demonstrate. The plan also seeks to add color and liveliness to the space, but to do so in a way that reflects the character and culture of Syracuse. “We’re looking for murals that reflect our community identity, that talk about diversity, that lend a sense of vibrancy to this space in front of City Hall,” Auwaerter said. “This is a really positive step forward, to get it back into the public’s mind that this is an area for public gathering, for civic engagement, for protests, for celebration.” Before the 1970s — when Auwaerter said the city added the parking area to the front of

City Hall — the space was a raised pedestrian plaza, flanked by two large planting beds. Even in the plaza’s absence, city residents have continued to use the area for demonstrations and public gatherings. The project will aim to set apart that space as safe for pedestrians and demonstrators to gather and move freely, said Michael John Heagerty, chair of SPAC. That could include physical markers, like planter boxes, to separate the plaza from the street. “We want to have a space that people are proud of, but also one that is more vibrant, more bright and engaging than it is right now,” said Eric Ennis, president of Adapt CNY. The city is still “fleshing out” the timeline for the project, Ennis said, but he expects significant developments by early 2022. According to Auwaerter, that could include sending out a public call for artists to submit their ideas. Adapt CNY and SPAC won’t just seek submissions from experienced muralists, Auwaerter said. Instead, decision-makers want to focus on picking the best concept, and will then leverage Bloomberg Philanthropies to help the chosen artist scale up their design.

“It really allows emerging artists to be able to participate and throw their ideas into the ring,” she said. Haggerty said the commission also wants public involvement in the process to go beyond selecting a public artist. “We’re going to have people actually physically involved in being able to put brush to asphalt,” Haggerty said. “We want to create a real sense of empowerment within the community to take a leadership role for this particular grant … and create something special.” Ennis, Auwaerter and Heagerty agreed that plans to reinvent the space in front of City Hall will continue after this project is complete. In the future, it could include not just asphalt art, but outdoor furniture and landscaping — something more akin to the plaza that stood in its place decades ago, yet more representative of Syracuse as it exists today. “Anyone who comes into the city to do any kind of business will have to cross through this awesome artistic space that everyone was involved in,” Heagerty said.

“Let me just put it this way, it’s not doing us any favors,” she remembered them saying. Habib grew up in Pittsburgh with six brothers, four of whom played college athletics, so sports was something she lived with. She dreamed of hosting the Olympics like journalist Bob Costas, but when she told someone of this goal, they told her to aspire to be someone who wasn’t a man. The University of Pittsburgh alumna remembered her grandma, who lived down the street from her, encouraging her to do what local anchorperson Patti Burnes did on television. Habib said that her grandma saw she had talent in that area. She listened, and it was a good thing she did, Habib said. “I didn’t realize I had the aptitude to be a sports anchor, because when I was young, there were no female sports anchors,” Habib said. While interviewing for a broadcast job in New York City, Habib got the call on a Tuesday from KTTV in Los Angeles. The LA station told her they needed her there by Friday for a one-day-a-week show on Sundays. She told them she’d be right there. KTTV turned out to be the first and only place Habib reported on sports. While at the station, she covered nine Superbowls and was in the locker room for countless champagne celebrations. She remembers Kobe Bryant’s 60-point last game, the Lakers beating the Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2010 and the Kings winning their first Stanley Cup as some of the best games she ever saw. “When you report on sports, you’re a fan of sports. You’re not a fan of a team,” Habib said. “The only thing that matters is a great game.” Throughout her career, Habib walked into locker rooms and felt players didn’t want to talk with her because of her different style

of asking questions. She didn’t ask the traditional sports questions, she said. Sometimes she just wanted to know what they had for breakfast. And, she said she knew the men in the industry saw how the players and managers treated her differently. Gathered around Dodgers manager Joe Torre in the clubhouse, Habib asked Torre a question about one of his players, Manny Ramirez, getting a haircut after he refused to. Torre was irritated by the question, she recalled. Habib — humiliated and sweaty — held the microphone steadily in her hand, knowing she had to be fierce and not back down. She refused to break eye contact to look at the guys snickering around her. “I can’t cry, I can’t get upset, I can’t put the mic down,” she remembered thinking to herself. As hard as it was, she took the mic back, asked a follow-up question, and put it back in Torre’s face, looking him dead in the eye. As a woman, Habib said she had coaches yell at her while reporting, and she just had to stand there and take it. “I even hate saying it. I hate it. But maybe being a woman in sports was my obstacle,” she said. “It shouldn’t have been an obstacle. That shouldn’t have mattered. And I did the job as though it didn’t matter. But I suppose ultimately it did.” Kobe Bryant was one of the few players that Habib said never questioned her being the only girl in the room. Asking hard questions could be uncomfortable at times for her, but she said throughout their 12-year relationship with him, he never talked down to her or treated her differently. Habib was in Miami for the 2020 Superbowl when he died. As she went live from her hotel to report, she listened to a soundbite she asked the station to dig up of her interviewing Bryant about his daughter, Gigi. It was the first time ever she felt she

couldn’t compose herself. “I know that she personally felt it on deep levels,” Laura Diaz, the first Latina in Southern California to anchor a major broadcast, said. “And so you’re trying to be the constant professional that you are, while at the same time holding your emotions in check — because if you’re overly emotional, you can’t do your job properly.” Zach Vinci, a Syracuse University sophomore, remembers sitting in Newhouse 2 for his class with Habib on Sept. 22, the day after the sexual assault protests on campus, when she told their class that they would go out onto the campus and make a story on what happened. The broadcasting digital journalism major said it’s one of his favorite lessons he’s had in any class. Vinci said that Habib is not just an amazing mentor and professor but an incredible listener, adding that she always gives them a lens into what the world of journalism looks like outside of school. “I’ve heard a lot of stories about how men in sports broadcasting have it a lot easier than women do,” he said. “Especially when you turn on the TV it’s normally always men talking, so it’s really great to have a woman’s perspective on that.” While working in Phoenix, Habib was in a grocery store, and a high school-aged girl approached her asking if she would come to talk to her class. She remembered thinking to herself that if this girl has the guts to walk up to her, why wouldn’t she come to talk to her class? Years later, Habib received a message on Twitter, from the same girl, Rekha Muddaraj, who went on to become a news anchor in Houston. “The reason I’m here is because of you,” the message read.

development and startups — she was one of the founders of the performing arts hub Center For the Arts of Homer — Dickerson Hartsock has a “soft spot” for arts-centric entrepreneurship ventures, she said. “If you’re in the creative arts, you are an entrepreneur, you really are. Your whole life is creating, but also understanding the business of what you’re doing so that you can make a sustainable lifestyle from it,” Dickerson Hartsock said. NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” inspired the senior for the project — some of Siporin’s personal favorites being the Daniel Caesar and Saba episodes. The senior ultimately pursued it because he wanted to lead students in independently creating more spaces to showcase student musicians and other student-led endeavors on campus, he said.

Siporin is pleased with how the first show turned out, and he hopes to add some liveliness to the studying location. “I think it’s different.” Siporin said. “I’m hoping that people that are studying are going to hear the music, pop in and see what’s up.” Siporin credited his friends for helping him create the setup for the first performance on Oct. 14, thanking SU seniors Jack Harrington for sound and Sedona Regan and Charlie Hines for taping the show. Erin Manion, who served as Tiny Desk Cuse’s inaugural performer and also helped put together the setup, agreed with Siporin’s sentiment. “A lot of the support that we have is from the other students, and I think that there should be more faculty involved in making things like that happen,” Manion said. She added that the music scene around

campus is thriving, but she doesn’t believe it’s because of the school. Instead, it’s due to the community that the students created. Although Siporin said he can’t reveal the specifics of his upcoming plans for Tiny Desk Cuse yet, he is looking to film the next episode on Thursday. He wants the concerts to eventually become a regular event at the library. Seaman agreed with Siporin’s vision, saying he hopes the series encourages other students to branch out in terms of their own interests and music genres. “I thought it was a great idea to showcase student creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship,” Seaman said. “Part of the fun, I think, is hearing musicians who may not be your favorite band or music. That can be a treat as well, to listen to new things.” @chrishipp15_


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lawlor introduced him to a friend who retired at 34, owning a Ferrari. Looking back, Lawlor said he didn’t put enough effort into fulfilling his goal as a professional soccer player, so he wanted to replicate the career trajectory of his friend. Then the stock market crashed during the spring of Lawlor’s senior year at Le Moyne. Everyone had to change their plans, Lawlor said, so he looked to Bonus for advice. That’s when Lawlor started thinking about staying in the U.S. and pursuing a career as a soccer coach. But Bonus had his reservations about bringing his former player on as a graduate assistant. He was worried Lawlor was too close to the players and wouldn’t be able to separate his relationship with them while coaching. But Lawlor insisted he knew how to set boundaries, even telling Vince Scaravillo, his former teammate, that they’d have to put off their close relationship for the fall. They could text about soccer, but Lawlor “didn’t want to break coach Bonus’ trust.” Lawlor also wanted to prove that coachfrom page 12

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It started a month ago against Liberty when Cody Roscoe popped the ball out of quarterback Malik Willis’ hand. The score was tied 21-21, and when linebacker Mikel Jones fell on the loose ball, SU was looking at a 48-yard field goal if it didn’t pick up any yards. So the offense went to work. Tucker ran for nine yards, and then one, and Garrett Shrader rushed for eight yards before Szmyt nailed the game-winning 35-yard field goal. But that drive, where the defense’s forced fumble set up an extremely short field, was a miniscule version of what was to come for Syracuse’s offense. The following week, Syracuse had the ball with 3:20 and the score tied 30-30. The Orange got into field goal range while chewing clock and the offense had a good shot at coming out of Tallahassee with a win. But Syracuse managed just one first down before Anthony Queeley slipped on his third-and-7 route that would’ve put SU on the edge of field goal range. It looked like Shrader overthrew Queeley too, and FSU went on to lead its own game-winning drive in response. “It’s bitter coming up short,” Shrader said after the three-point loss. In overtime against Wake Forest, Shrader pitched to Tucker along the sideline for a first down, but eventually SU’s receivers couldn’t get open. Shrader pumpfaked on 3rd-and-8, and then was swallowed for a sack. SU kicked a field goal, and Wake Forest responded with a touchdown. Against Clemson, it was an improvement, but still more of the same. The Orange were backed up at their own seven-yard line to start the drive but Tucker scrambled for a first down. Alford snagged a pass wide-open for another. Shrader hit Queeley on a 4thand-7 to keep the game alive, and SU got all the way down to the Clemson 39-yard-line before its luck ran out. Shrader nearly threw a pick, and Tucker from page 12

club lacrosse the point (is) of even doing this — spending these couple of hours every week — because we’re not going to be playing games.” Almost eight months later, SU’s men’s club lacrosse team enters the 2021 season with increased optimism, Eads said. Instead of practicing in the Carrier Dome, practice has moved outdoors to a field on South Campus twice per week, and the team intends to play games against other universities this season. While the team “does not do a lot of recruiting,” participation in tryouts doubled from last year to this year, Eads said.

ing wasn’t just something to do while he earned his master’s in education at Le Moyne. Lawlor quickly became Bonus’ “right hand man,” helping out around campus and assisting with training. But Lawlor shined most on the recruiting trail, heavily analyzing videos of potential players. Lawlor defines one of his strengths as his relationship with players. He says he probably talks too much during warmups, but he just wants to get to know the players, know what makes them tick. After Le Moyne, Lawlor’s first job was as a volunteer coach for Syracuse. Taking on a “huge unknown,” despite not really making money, is what Lawlor said was the best decision he’s ever made. “That moment there showed that I’m willing to do anything to get to where I want to be, which never happened before,” Lawlor said. Lawlor wanted to take an assistant job at Drexel in 2014, but Hess, the head coach, wouldn’t hire him. Hess told Lawlor that there’s three stressors in a man’s life: one is moving, two is a job change and three is entering into marriage. Hess didn’t want to inflict all three on Lawlor, who was engaged, at once,

so he told him to stay in Syracuse. Lawlor still wanted the job and in January 2015, the coaching position’s salary climbed nearly $10,000 at Drexel, and he was hired that spring by the Dragons. Hess said that Lawlor making the move was indicative of his commitment to coaching soccer. Lawlor added that he wants to push himself as hard as he can — without getting divorced — to see where he can take his coaching career. But having soccer as his entire life came to overshadow Lawlor. Between the ages of 16 and 18, he said he lost his love for the game. Lawlor lost his confidence and was playing just to play, doing it because that’s all he knew, and all anyone expected from him. He was playing in recreational Saturday and Sunday soccer matches, far from the professional course he thought he’d be on. Then Lawlor’s grandfather died. His eventual release by Blackpool — his hometown team he played with for four years — prompted Lawlor to go for a clean slate. He decided that attending college was the best option. “I felt like, I don’t know, I just hit a wall,” Lawlor said. Lawlor was attending college in England when one of his former coaches told him to try

playing collegiately in the United States. Eventually, Lawlor came in contact with Richard Shaw, a coach from Blackpool with connections to Lawlor’s hometown and central New York. Shaw told Bonus about Lawlor, helping the former Blackpool player sign with the Dolphins. Lawlor thought New York meant Manhattan and was excited when his plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. But he wasn’t as excited after a four hour bus ride to Le Moyne College. Still, Lawlor fell in love with the area, the school and his eventual wife. In a new environment, adjusting to a new style of play, Lawlor was confident in himself again. The next hurdle for Lawlor is if he has confidence as a head coach to get to where his idols like Bonus and McIntyre are. He thinks eventually he could, but not right now. Bonus and Hess both believe Lawlor could lead his own collegiate program one day, using his passion for knowing the ins and outs of all the players he coaches. “He’s someone that has taken advantage of this opportunity that he’s had to come over here to the states,” Bonus said. “After that, he blossomed into a good coach.”

was stopped a yard shy on third down. Just like the weeks prior, SU’s drive had inevitably sputtered. It kicked, missed and lost. “It’s exciting and it’s disappointing at the same time,” Babers said after the Clemson loss. “But I like this group, I’m not going to trade them in. I’ll keep them, and we’ll put them in the oven, and when we get through baking, we’re going to have something that’s really exciting.” So finally, against Virginia Tech, when Syracuse put a successful drive together, the result was euphoric. Shrader scrambled twice when everyone was covered, including on fourth down, to keep the game alive. He dumped a screen off to Tucker for 13, and then made his best play of the year. Hanging in the pocket, and knowing that he’d get drilled into the turf, Shrader let a deep ball fly toward Damien Alford. His receiver made a contested catch and SU had finally capped off a game-winning drive. Two straight incompletions to start the drive looked like it might be more of the same, but Syracuse turned it around to score in seven plays. Shrader said the losses, and failures to compile game-winning drives in prior weeks, set-up SU for Saturday’s comeback win. “The last three weeks left a sour taste in our mouths,” he said. “Just learning how to handle ourselves in different situations… This offense is built to score points and that’s what we did there in the end even with no timeouts and a little over a minute on the clock…. We’re trending the right way.”

a forced three-and-out from its defense. And with 0:19 left, Shrader unleashed a 45-yard bomb as he was drilled into the turf. Alford snagged his only catch of the afternoon for a touchdown. Syracuse had one last scare when Braxton Burmeister escaped pressure and unleashed a Hail Mary that Ja’Had Carter didn’t bat toward the ground, but SU pulled off an impressive comeback to leave Virginia Tech with a much-needed win.

opportunities for Shrader. Shrader scrambled for three touchdowns, the first of which he faked a handoff to Tucker and then cut left for a nineyard score. The second came on a 21-yard rush, and the third on a three-yard one. “I think we’re getting a lot better,” Shrader said of SU in the red zone. “I thought we did a better job pushing the ball down the field, making plays, making catches but we gotta keep getting better and being more efficient.”

Quote of the day: Dino Babers on the fiasco before halftime

Moments before halftime, Syracuse got down to the 1-yard line via a 21-yard scramble from Shrader. Babers sprinted down the sideline and called timeout, but coming out of the break, the Orange didn’t have the right personnel on the field. Shrader tried a run and got stopped, but Virginia Tech’s premature timeout negated the Hokies’ defense stop, and Babers sent out his field goal team. Szmyt missed the 19-yard attempt off the right upright to end the half, but Babers addressed the management issue after the game. “That’s not good, that needs to stop today,” Babers said. “That wasn’t so much on the players, (but on the coaches). I’m responsible for everything so it’s on me. My hands are on it.”

Stat to know: 12 touchdowns

It looked like Virginia Tech’s 47-yard touchdown, which stretched the Hokies lead to nine points with under six minutes remaining, had sealed the game. It looked like SU’s fourth-straight ACC loss. But in the unlikeliest of scenarios, SU hit back with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Jackson, followed by

The conversation about Syracuse’s rushing game frequently centers on Sean Tucker, and rightfully so, but Shrader’s legs have been extremely efficient for the Orange in the red zone this season. The SU quarterback is tied for fourth in the nation with 12 rushing touchdowns this season, just one behind the NCA A’s leader. Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, the quarterback said there were only a handful of designed run plays for him. Shrader called himself a “compliment” to Tucker because of the way the defense trying to take away the running back opens up

Senior Nate Scarlata was one of the new players at tryouts this year, and he knew he wanted to play the sport at Syracuse after playing lacrosse since preschool. So, one of the first things he did upon arriving at SU was reach out to see how he could join the club lacrosse team. “From playing lacrosse every day and growing up around it, I knew there was no way I was going to stop playing,” Scarlata said. After getting acclimated to his new team environment, Scarlata said he didn’t “have any regrets” about his decision. “You (feel like) you’re just playing with your buddies,” Scarlata said. “It makes you appreciate (having) the freedom to explore and maybe mess up a few times.”

Scarlata is not the only newcomer finding his role within the camaraderie of the team. Freshman Mack Wolschina said that while fitting in and showcasing his talent with a new team can be a “challenge,” he embraces that there is “a little less pressure” that comes with club play as opposed to his former high school team. There’s a good mix of players on the team who take the sport seriously and those who enjoy a “casual playing environment,” he said. Despite the friendly atmosphere during practices, Wolschina said he had “a little bit of nerves” competing amongst a new set of teammates. But those nerves faded away once the team got to know each other better. “Everyone was really friendly and welcoming, so those nerves went away pretty

The game was won when…


Game ball: Garrett Shrader

Shrader still completed less than 50% of his passes, a clip he’s only passed once since he became the starter (@ Florida State). But the quarterback threw for 236 passing yards, two yards short of his career-high against LSU in 2019 when he played at Mississippi State. Shrader added 174 yards on 22 rushing attempts and three touchdowns, totalling five scores for the Orange. He showed incredible poise to hang in the pocket and take that hit as he unloaded the deep shot to Alford, and showed precision with connections to Courtney Jackson. The Orange averaged 13.5 yards per completion on third downs, and Shrader found success by scrambling and throwing the ball on the move after getting bottled up against Clemson a week prior.

Next up: Boston College

Phil Jurkovecic started all 10 games last year and notched 2,558 passing yards, the most by any BC quarterback through their first 10 starts. The Eagles had stability with him returning, but lost that when he suffered a likely season-ending hand injury in Sept. and was replaced by redshirt senior Dennis Grosel. The Eagles have the thirdworst offense in the conference (averaging 371.1 yards per game). They enter their matchup with SU coming off three straight losses to Clemson, NC State and Louisville, only one of which was a one-score game. @roshan_f16

quickly,” Wolschina said. While the team does not have any games officially planned yet, Eads said it has already reached out to Colgate and plans on contacting other schools — including SUNY Cortland and Cornell – to schedule games for this season. But the lack of clarity surrounding this season’s opponents has not stopped the players from setting goals for the 2021-22 campaign, both on a personal level and for the team as a whole. “If we can go into our region and be victorious out of our region (by beating) all the schools around here, I think that’d be a pretty good, solid step for us,” Scarlata said.


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SEAN LAWLOR (RIGHT) came to Central New York with hopes of being a stockbroker on Wall Street. Now he is full of renewed purpose and is an assistant coach for Syracuse. courtesy of syracuse athletics

Sean Lawlor dreamed of being a retired stockbroker today. But along the way Lawlor eventually found his purpose on the pitch. By Anthony Alandt asst. digital editor


ean Lawlor’s transition into coaching made sense. As a player, he was described as a “typical English center back.” He was a loud, annoying, aggressive player that talked nonstop, whether it was factual or nonsense, he said. He liked to play hard, especially in the air, trying to win headers and tackles. Soccer was Lawlor’s entire life in England. It was the only topic of conversation with his dad or brother. No one thought Lawlor was interested in anything else, so no one really mentioned other topics like school. As long as he got good enough grades to appease his parents, they’d do what they could to advance his soccer career. Lawlor said he was “flying high” as a kid attending numerous trials, including

one with Manchester United, and morphed into one of the top players in Blackpool, England. Lawlor came to the United States at 19 from Blackpool and played at Le Moyne College for four years, leading the team to a deep run in the NCA A Tournament. His relationship with Le Moyne head coach Tom Bonus led to his first coaching job as a graduate assistant. Then he and Ian McIntyre met at a soccer camp, and McIntyre asked Lawlor to be his volunteer coach at Syracuse. That prompted what Lawlor describes as the “best education ever.” In 2015, Lawlor left the Orange to be an assistant coach at Drexel, before receiving a call from McIntyre to come back to SU. With his wife’s family and the chance to coach under McIntyre again, it was inevitable that Lawlor would return to central New York, former Drexel head coach Doug Hess said. But Lawlor originally came to CNY to be a stock broker. His mother

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club sports

Late drive saves SU’s bowl dreams Club lacrosse enters new season optimistic

By Roshan Fernandez senior staff writer

Syracuse can point to a plethora of reasons it suffered three consecutive losses to Florida State, Wake Forest and Clemson, ranging from missed officiating calls, poor coaching decisions and a lack of execution. But the bottom line is simple — in each game, SU had the ball, and a chance to potentially win the game. And in each, for a variety of reasons, the Orange couldn’t.

“We’re just not finishing the way we should be,” Shrader reiterated after the Wake Forest defeat. And after the Clemson game, where the offense’s final drive stalled and Andre Szmyt missed a 48-yard field goal, multiple Syracuse players collapsed on the ground in disbelief. In Blacksburg on Saturday afternoon, Syracuse (4-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) reversed the narrative by finally winning a close game. The Orange trailed by two possessions with less

than three minutes remaining, but closed out the game with a 45-yard touchdown drive, the defense forcing a three-and-out and one more 70-yard scoring drive. In a must-win game, SU got back to .500 on the season behind its first-game-winning drive in a month. “This was Christmas and birthdays, everything wrapped up in one,” Babers said when asked about this win’s significance. “It’s a good celebration in one.” see virginia

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By Spencer Goldstein contributing writer

Syracuse club lacrosse player John Eads exited the Carrier Dome into the snow, beginning a half-mile walk back to his dorm at Booth Hall after a socially-distanced and contactless practice last February. With limited time slots available for each club team to practice due to the pandemic,

Eads left practice unsure if and when he would be able to return to the Dome. But if the team did return before the next season, Eads knew it would only be for practice – not for any games. “I think the biggest challenge (of last season) was just staying committed to it,” Eads said. “At a certain point you (question) what see club

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