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N • Mental health
About 35% of Syracuse University’s student population meet the diagnostic criteria for depression, a Barnes Center at The Arch official said Wednesday. Page 3
S • History made
C • LGBTQ resources
The LGBTQ Resource Center in Schine Student Center celebrates 20 years of providing educational sessions and social programming to SU’s LGBTQ community. Page 7
Former Syracuse women’s basketball star Felisha Legette-Jack will become the first woman to have her jersey retired at Sunday’s women’s basketball game. Page 12
Town hall discusses sexual violence By Karoline Leonard asst. news editor
LORRAINE BRANHAM, who served as dean of the Newhouse School of Public Communications, died in 2019 from cancer. She pushed for diversification of the school during her time in the role. photo illustration by lucy messineo-witt photo editor
There are no Black women in the Newhouse School’s 2021-22 Branham Scholars cohort By Shantel Guzman asst. digital editor
he first cohort of Branham Scholars entered the Newhouse School of Public Communications this fall, with eight recipients from a wide range of backgrounds. Notably missing from the group are Black women. The scholarship is meant to recruit students from socioeconomically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations, according to a Newhouse press release, and give them the opportunity to attend Newhouse “debt-free.” The scholarship will be awarded to at most 10 students each fall. The absence of Black women received criticism over social media because the namesake of the scholarship, former Newhouse Dean Lorraine E. Branham, was a Black woman. Payton Campbell, who graduated from Newhouse’s graphic design program in 2021 and was the president of SU’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, said that in Branham’s absence and with few Black female role models left in the school, Newhouse has to put more effort into making
Black women feel represented. She said that she was one of the few Black students in her major when she graduated in May. Branham became dean in 2008 after working in the newspaper industry for about 25 years, and she was determined to diversify the school in her role. Branham died in 2019 from uterine cancer. Campbell said she remembered finishing her senior year of high school and interning at the Houston Chronicle in Texas during the spring of 2017. She had just received her waitlist notification from Newhouse. Her editor made a call to Branham advocating for Campbell, and three weeks later she was accepted. Branham was instrumental in Campbell’s ability to attend SU. She said this connection to Branham gave her the strength and encouragement to get involved with the Newhouse community. “(Branham) was why I was so involved in Newhouse … even after she passed away because I knew that I just wanted to carry on her legacy in any way that I could,” Campbell said. “I wanted to show and prove that students of color belong at Newhouse see branham page 4
During Syracuse University’s Student Association's town hall Wednesday, students expressed their anger and frustration around the university’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Plan released in mid-October. Students said they felt the plan lacked substance and contained a lot of “fluff.” William Treloar, speaker pro-tempore of SA, said while the plan has some good goals, there’s no active outline in the plan to make those goals happen. “I really want more fleshed out ideas instead of 17 pages of milestones,” Treloar said. “That is just not acceptable for a plan of this major.” Treloar expressed to the group that he and other members of SA were disappointed with the university for not publicizing the release of the plan. He said he knew very few people who knew about or read the plan, which is 54 pages in length. Adia Santos, an SU student who helped organize the #NotAgainSU protests, agreed with him and said she was not surprised with how the plan turned out. “(The plan) is very representative of the people that created it. The people that created it, a portion of them were asked to leave by very specific protest groups. So of course the plan represents the ideas of those that we fundamentally disagreed with in the first place,” Santos said. “This was a swing and a miss for me.” Joe Ritchie, director of government relations for SA, said the plan, which was born out of the #NotAgainSU protests, did not acknowledge the experience of protesters. He said the people who created the plan hardly cared to address the real problems the protests surrounded. He said the university needs to extend the public comment period, which will end on Monday, to allow for more students to express their input. Other students at the meeting said they were unaware of the plan and that they have not talked about it in their First-Year Seminar classes, which aimed to enhance discussions of race and identity. Many freshman students in the town hall said they felt the class was insufficient and lacked real care of diversity and inclusion. “It feels like (the class) was created see town
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35% students may be depressed, Barnes says Christmas tree lighting returns By Ivana Xie
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Cory Wallack, the executive director of health and wellness at the Barnes Center, spoke about available mental health services for graduate students at the GSO Senate meeting Wednesday. Photo taken in 2019. daily orange file photo By Jalen Wade
About 35% of Syracuse University’s student population meet the qualifications for depression, an official from the Barnes Center at The Arch said at a Graduate Student Organization Senate meeting Wednesday. The GSO Senate hosted staff from the Barnes Center to learn about the mental health services being offered on campus. At the meeting, Cory Wallack, executive director of health and wellness at the Barnes Center, spoke about available mental health services for graduate students. Wallack presented the Barnes Center’s model for mental health assistance, which focuses on health, counseling and recreation. “The easiest way to think of the Barnes Center model is a table with multiple legs,” Wallack said. “And
that table represents your wellness, and if you take any of those legs out from underneath it, your table starts to get wobbly.” During any given academic year, about 35% of the student population will meet the diagnostic criteria for depression, Wallack said. Wallack, who has served in multiple health care roles at SU including as director of the counseling center, refuted the idea that a solution to this problem is bringing in more psychologists. He said hiring alone wouldn't address the key issues, such as loneliness and nutritional issues, that can contribute to students experiencing depression. “A lot of times when students come to us about being depressed, a lot of it has to do with a lack of nutrition,” Wallack said. For graduate students, the Barnes Center has a specific group dedicated to helping students navigate the
graduate experience, he said. There are services for graduate students of a variety of different backgrounds, such as grad students of color and LGBTQ students. To help people who experience seasonal depression, Wallack said the Barnes Center offers trips to get students off campus, Wallack said. “The totality is that you are living a stressful life,” Wallack said. “You have a lot of demands, so we want to get you guys out of the house for like an hour.” Also during the meeting, the GSO Senate held elections for at-Large senators. The senate nominated Poonam Sawant, a graduate student in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management; Sagarika Barde, a graduate student in the School of Information Studies; Prathu Garg, an electrical engineering graduate student; and Nirali Kabli, an information management graduate student. GSO elected
Sawant, Barde and Kabli. GSO President Yousr Dhaouadi said the organization secured suite 122 in Lyman Hall as a new office for the GSO Senate. Dhaouadi said she hopes to expand alumni engagement in GSO, as well as make it more present on campus. “We are looking at strengthening GSO as a standalone entity,” Dhaouadi said. She later addressed the inclusivity of students enrolled in online graduate programs at SU and in the organization. Due to the increase of online graduate students, she is looking into how GSO should handle and work with online students. She suggested charging these students the same student activity fee as on-campus graduate students. “We want the option for every program to have an online representative,” said Dhaouadi. see health page 4
Syracuse spent 35% of COVID-19 relief funds By Richard Perrins and Kyle Chouinard the daily orange
The city of Syracuse has spent about $42 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds, city data shows. The ARPA was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March and provided nationwide relief for the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Syracuse has only spent 35% of its allocated $123 million, according to data collected from the city of Syracuse. Mayor Ben Walsh unveiled a strategy plan for the city’s ARPA funds in June. In Walsh’s plan,
the city is broken down into qualified census tracts, or areas in which the ARPA funding can be allocated. Syracuse University lies within one of these tracts.
million allocated to address housing stability
The city’s spending is broken down into four categories: enhancing government response
and resilience, investing in jobs and economic recovery, transforming infrastructure and public spaces as well as supporting children, families and neighborhoods. There are 31 projects total under ARPA. Seventeen of the projects have not yet been started, and only five have been completed, city of Syracuse data showed. The other nine are either in the planning stage or are in progress. Here’s how the city has allocated the $123 million in the categories that Walsh’s office outlined:
Children, families neighborhoods
The city of Syracuse allocated
$14 million to address housing stability. The city says that it will accomplish this “through newly constructed homes for first-time buyer purchase,” according to the strategy plan. The city will also utilize newly developed rental units and invest in existing properties to address housing stability. Sy racuse w ill also put $7 million towa rd homeow ner suppor t. According to the strateg y plan, the cit y w ill a id homeow ners t h roug h g ra nts, low-interest home improvement loans and downpay ment assistance for first time homebuyers.
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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced plans on Wednesday for the return of the in-person “Home for the Holidays” tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in Clinton Square. The 42-foot tall tree will be the focal point of the event. After last year’s tree lighting ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic, the city is welcoming back its tradition. “After everything our community experienced this past year, we are thrilled to be returning to an in-person ‘Home for the Holidays’ celebration that embodies the true holiday spirit of Syracuse and all that we represent here in our great city,” Walsh said in the release. Cumulus Media will assemble a digital production of the tree lighting beginning Wednesday, Dec. 8 on SyracuseTreeLighting. com for people to safely watch from their home. Three youth groups will have a chance to join Walsh and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens to help light up the Christmas tree at the ceremony. There will be one winner per age category from ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-12. To enter, children will need to create a freehand drawing showcasing this year’s theme of “Holidays Around the World.” Parents should take a photo of their child’s drawing and email it to ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov. net by Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. They should include the child’s name, age, school, parent name, phone number and email. Children and families will also be able to skate at the Clinton Square Ice Rink, which will open on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed during the ceremony and will reopen immediately after until 9:30 p.m. The ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Brownskin Band, a Syracuse local R&B and soul band, will perform throughout the celebration. Walsh and Owens will join on stage with the three winners of the “Holidays Around the World” art competition at 7 p.m. to light the Christmas tree. The general admission fee is $5, while children 12 and under and seniors (55 and older) will be charged $3. Skate rentals are $5. Pre-registration will not be required, and patrons can access more information by calling 315423-0129. Masks are recommended at all the outdoor events and facilities. There will be no charge for street parking on Nov. 26.
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branham regardless of whether or not we have the best test scores … we have stories to tell and our place at this school is as deserved as anyone else's.” Branham’s passion for influencing students, especially students of color, was well known not just among students, but also faculty and staff at Newhouse. Amy Falkner, the senior associate dean of academic affairs at Newhouse, served as interim dean following Branham’s death in 2019. Falkner said the scholarship recently established in Branham’s memory aims to motivate students in a similar way to how Branham motivated them herself. “The students who came to see Lorraine or got here because of (who) Lorriane was. from page 1
town hall by no one that was genuinely diverse and no one that knows how to talk about these topics,” one student said. “It is very scarce, very surface level, and it makes me so uncomfortable to be in that room to talk about topics like this.” Another student said they felt instructors and facilitators only called out people of color in the class, and they felt these students had to carry all of the discussions. A different student agreed and said she often felt like she was forced to expose parts of her life she wasn’t comfortable sharing. Also during the town hall, SA discussed sexual violence and rape culture on campus, specifically surrounding the protests happening around campus. Many students expressed their concerns with Title IX, both at from page 3
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Because she was both nurturing in a way to motivate students, especially students from underrepresented groups. But also not shy about lighting a fire under your butt if you weren’t doing what you should be doing and taking advantage of incredible opportunities,” Falkner said. “It is an incredible opportunity for, essentially, underrepresented groups of students.” Claire Ceccoli is one of this year's Branham Scholars. The freshman public relations major said the scholarship made all the difference for her, and made her feel as though Newhouse wanted her. Ceccoli, who is a white woman, said she understands the criticism surrounding the scholarship but feels as though she can still enact change because of the scholarship. “I am aware that I am not a part of a minority
group,” Ceccoli said. “Yes, it was not given to a Black woman, and I am not a part of that group. But the scholarship is still making a change in my life because it is inspiring me to make change and follow in the dean's footsteps.” Falkner said that, although no Black women received the scholarship, that doesn’t mean Black women weren’t offered it. “Sometimes people take the scholarship, sometimes they go somewhere else,” Falkner said. Campbell said that some Black women may not have come to Newhouse because of the lack of belonging at the school. “It is hard to be a Black woman in Newhouse. It’s hard being in a space where you’re not really understood and you don’t feel very welcomed or valued,” Campbell said. “It doesn’t really surprise me that Black women wouldn’t want to come to Newhouse.”
After working in the newspaper business with predominantly white, male coworkers, Branham understood the feeling of underrepresentation, Falkner said. Branham’s ability to rise through the ranks as a woman of color is what she was always trying to show students, Falkner added. “How do you work and be successful in a place where, (being in the minority), that’s what your situation is?” Dean Falkner said. “This is what she was so passionate about but also exceptionally talented at. She did it, she lived it. She always tried to inspire students to do the same, and that is what this legacy is about and what this scholarship is about. Giving an opportunity to folks.”
SU and in the federal government. “Absolutely, there should be more consequences for assaulters, but there also should be better resources for survivors,” Treloar said. “The ability to anonymously report is tantamount to that. That is the most important thing that there should be. There should never be a need to have to admit who you are and have to come forward for that.” In 2020, the U.S. reformed Title IX, which now provides less protection for survivors and allows alleged assaulters to to face their accuser. Some students said they wished they were made aware of the Title IX process, adding that it can be scary to be unaware of what happens when somebody is a survivor of sexual misconduct. They also said they wish the school enforced more sexual violence and misconduct prevention classes. “I know that a lot of kids don’t necessarily
know what to do if they were, God forbid, sexually assaulted on campus. They also don’t necessarily know how they will be held accountable,” a student at the town hall said. “There isn’t enough consequences being put out there to scare people out of it.” Another student said they wished students accused of sexual misconduct were removed from campus. Carla Guariglia, a leader of Stand With Survivors SU, mentioned this is one of SWSSU’s demands, which was released earlier this month. David Bruen, president of SA, said he and other students will be attending a conference in Washington, D.C., in the spring with other students from Atlantic Coast Conference schools to meet with politicians and lobbyists. Bruen said he wants to push for Title IX reform on this topic, specifically about the lack of anonymity in the process for survivors.
Students at the meeting also discussed their concerns about meal plans on campus, specifically about the cost. Many students expressed that they wished meal swipes could be used at other locations across campus, such as Schine Student Center and markets like West Campus Express. SU expanded meal swipes to these locations for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19 but removed the ability this year. Students said they just don't have enough options on campus. “Last year, it was a lot easier for a lot of students … now, we have people taking out their calculators like ‘Okay, so I got 30 meals left for the semester,’ and they’re rationing like we’re not a billion-dollar institution,” said Malique Lewis, the vice president of diversity and inclusion for SA.
students in the Barnes Center. During the meeting, GSO appointed Vito Iaia as interim president pro tempore of the senate, the first one in the organization. “Initially, I was taken aback when I was
approached for this position because I was in my second year on the senate,” Iaia said. “In just one year, I learned how the GSO functions.” Iaia is eager to create a strong system for graduate students to depend on.
“I know being the first president pro tempore will help move the GSO to efficiency and a better resource to every graduate student at Syracuse University,” Iaia said.
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The funding for Syracuse Surge was allocated to measures that include the establishment of specialized training and apprenticeship programs for Syracuse residents. The Common Council passed a bill for these training programs on Sept. 13.
Infrastructure and public space
Syracuse allocated $10 million to water infrastructure projects, specifically to extend a public drinking water intake pipe in Skaneateles Lake to deeper water. The project is intended to prevent the need for new water treatment facilities, Walsh’s strategy plan said. Syracuse Common Council approved a $4.5 million municipal sidewalk policy in June, under which the city would assume responsibility for the maintenance and construction of sidewalks rather than private citizens. The policy became a key issue in the mayoral election between Walsh and Councilor Khalid Bey after Bey criticized the plan.
Jobs and economic opportunity
Syracuse spent the most money — $4 million — in the realm of jobs and economic opportunity on recapitalizing the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation, which provides financing for commercial businesses in the city. The city has spent $2.6 million on the Syracuse Build and Syracuse Surge economic growth programs, which Walsh announced during his 2019 State of the City address. from page 3
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The largest project in terms of money allocated was a general fund for shortfalls in Syracuse’s revenue. The city has allocated $38.5 million for the project. The funds are used to recuperate lost revenue to then be used for government services such as infrastructural, educational and public safety services. The city also allocated funds towards public safety enhancements for fire training, emergency response to mental health-related calls and police transparency and accountability. In June, Walsh said the ARPA would address issues posed by the pandemic across all areas of the city. “Syracuse survived a disaster that put thousands of people out of work, destabilized children and families and caused severe illness and death,” Walsh said. “Working with the Syracuse Common Council, we will begin deploying funds to time sensitive critical programs immediately.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stagnant debt ceiling will hurt SU Syracuse winters present health, safety concerns
Winter is coming. Syracuse residents must be prepared for the dangerous conditions the season comes with. emily steinberger editor-in-chief By Nick Held columnist
S The Syracuse community cannot afford for the federal government to default on its debts, as doing so would be disastrous. corey henry senior staff photographer By Evan Butow columnist
n Oct. 7, the U.S. Senate had reached a deal to temporarily raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion, giving the U.S. Department of the Treasury enough room to continue funding the government until about Dec. 3. The agreement was reached after Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, dropped a week’s long threat to filibuster any attempt by Senate Democrats to permanently raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling is a limit on the amount of debt the U.S. government can incur. A simple way to think about it would be to imagine the debt ceiling as the government’s credit limit and the national debt as their credit card bill. When congress raises the debt ceiling, it is raising the government’s maximum credit limit. Although raising the debt ceiling does nothing to fix the long-term debt crisis, putting Congress back at square one and forcing the Syracuse community, Syracuse University and the nation as a whole into a precarious waiting game. But if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by Dec. 3, either temporarily or permanently, the U.S. would default on its debt, similar to when someone fails to pay their credit card bill, except on a much larger scale. If the government defaults on its debts, it would have no money to meet its financial obligations, which would result in a
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wide ranging negative effects, such as a loss in federal funding, not just on the SU community, but on the nation as a whole. For Syracuse specifically, residents could expect to see a rise in interest rates, cuts to aid programs and economic strife among other potential consequences. Syracuse students could see their student loans affected. Given all of this, the debt ceiling fight demands the full attention of the Syracuse community. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen warned in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that if the government were to default on its debt it, “would produce widespread economic catastrophe.” “In a matter of days, millions of Americans could be strapped for cash,” Yellen wrote. “Nearly 50 million seniors could stop receiving Social Security checks for a time. Troops could go unpaid.” A government default would hit Syracuse hard. Onondaga county is set to receive nearly $168 million in federal funding in the last fiscal year. This funding is set to be widely distributed around Syracuse. Projects such as Title IV-D child support, family assistance programs and the Lead Poison Control program are all set to receive federal funding within the next fiscal year. If the federal government were to default and fail to meet its financial obligations, there is no telling what could happen to the money.
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Similar uncertainties could happen to student loan money. If the government were to default on its debt, it would run out of money to meet their financial obligations, which could prevent SU students from receiving their designated loans. Defaulting could also irreparably harm SU students’ short and long term economic prospects. As young adults we are just starting to enter the market for jobs, houses, cars and many other essentials. A government default may cause another recession, just as the economy is starting to emerge from the recession caused by COVID19. That level of economic damage could take years to reverse itself. The whole situation is disappointing to say the least, especially considering the importance of the debt ceiling. Instead of weaponizing the issue McConnell should be doing what’s best for the country by working towards an agreement with congressional democrats to raise the debt ceiling. The Syracuse community and the nation as a whole cannot afford for the government to default on its debts — doing so would be disastrous. So please, call your senators and local congressional representatives and urge them to stop the political games and raise the debt ceiling. Evan Butow is a sophomore magazine, news and digital journalism major. His column appears biweekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
yracuse, New York, is known for a couple of things, but most notably our heinous winters. Winter marks a period of uncertainty and hardship for many Syracuse residents. As the temperature gets lower, flu and other illnesses run rampant, car crashes happen frequently, pipes freeze and access to winter clothes becomes limited. The winter creates a plethora of problems unique to the season, but the more proactive Syracuse students are about preparation, the fewer problems we will have to face. Once these problems arise, the Syracuse community should be there for one another, not letting anyone succumb to the cold. Syracuse has what weather experts call “lake effect snow,” which are the snowstorms that result from cold air moving across the Great Lakes warmer water, creating moist air onshore. These snowstorms are unique to upstate New York, and they are often a continuous onslaught of minor snowstorms that add up for a nasty winter with many consequences. One of these consequences is an increased rate of motor vehicle accidents. Driving in snow, sleet and freezing rain is already dangerous, and it creates icy roads that make conditions almost impossible to drive in. More than 800 people in the U.S. die each year from winter-related road conditions, making it the leading cause of weather-related deaths. In November, we have barely scraped the surface of winter and the flu has already been affecting the Syracuse community. With everyone wearing masks due to COVID-19, last year’s flu season was not as hard-hitting for many, which has, in turn, led to weakened immunity to the flu, ultimately making it easier for illnesses such as the flu to spread this flu season. While most SU students deal
with scrambling for a doctor’s appointment or medicine, on top of this, many Syracuse residents additionally face winter-related housing problems, which leave some residents without heat or water. As a city with old buildings and water systems, homeowners must pay special attention to their pipes as temperatures drop. Just one pipe freezing can leave a family with no water and a hefty repair bill. Most people forget that heat is a luxury and that many people rely on heat sources such as leaving the oven on or lighting candles. But in 2016, a 13-year-old girl died in a house fire in Syracuse because her family relied on candles to warm their home. If the Syracuse local government increased programs that prepare residents for winter, tragedies like this would be far less likely. As temperatures drop, keep these things in mind and take preemptive measures. If you plan on driving during the snowy months, make sure that your vehicle is properly equipped with snow tires, and if you have limited experience with winter driving, sign up for a defensive driving course. Drink your Emergen-C and practice good self-care to ensure you stay healthy. Additionally, winter is the time to take a step back and realize some of the things you take for granted this winter are privileges. Warm clothes are crucial for everyone in Syracuse, so if you plan on thrifting or shopping at second-hand stores, make sure to leave the coats for people that need them. Even better, donate extra warm clothes and food, because there are people in our community who could benefit from these necessities in the coming months. Have a safe and warm winter! Nick Held is a sophomore undecided arts and sciences major. His column appears biweekly. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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nov. 11, 2021
slice of life
Bandana Project comes to SU By Julia Walker staff writer
After changing locations and expanding the services it offers to students and the campus community, SU’s LGBTQ Resource Center, pictured in 2005, celebrated its 20th anniversary in October. sophia moore staff writer
20 years strong
The center was established in 2001 after four years of pushing for a designated space for LGBTQ students on campus By Sophia Moore staff writer
ucked away on the first floor of the Schine Student Center, the Intercultural Collective is its own safe space, distant from the bustling dining areas of the student center. The collective has a host of conference rooms and offices, a lowstimulation room and a lounge available for student use, and it is here that the LGBTQ Resource Center calls home. “It’s a safe place to chill out,” Ceinwen Gibbons said. “My favorite part is when we have events and
everybody comes together.” Gibbons, a junior at Syracuse University, has been using the resource center since spring of 2021. The events the center holds are important for building a sense of community on campus among LGBTQ students, they said, noting that the center’s recent Halloween events were particularly exciting. The LGBTQ Resource Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in October. In addition to events, it offers a variety of programming to students including affinity groups, educational sessions and low-pressure social groups. The center also functions as an office of advocacy, with senior staff members
serving as representatives for LGBTQ students. It aims to be an inclusive and accessible community for all students, according to its website. “Obviously, it starts off as an LGBTQ initiative, but any and everyone is welcome,” said Jorge Castillo, the director of the center. “And any and everyone drops in now and joins us.” Before the LGBTQ Resource Center existed on campus, the push for a designated space for LGBTQ people on campus was in the works since the late 1990s. In 1997, then-SU student Jordan Potash proposed the Rainbow Task Force as a way to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ students. The see lgbtq
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Noah Kahan delivers intimate pop folk concert By Sarah Alessandrini senior staff writer
Noah Kahan was never without a guitar on the Westcott Theater’s stage Tuesday night, except during “Fear of Water,” a soft ballad off his latest album “I Was / I Am.” He performed the song sitting with only a microphone and White Claw in hand, at the edge of the stage where he earlier fell into the crowd. It was the folk-pop singer’s first time in Syracuse, and his first time ever tripping backwards off stage, he
told the audience. He made a swift recovery after fans helped him to his feet, and he continued performing. Kahan joked that he’d never been closer with his audience before, but the singer’s vulnerability and sense of humor make it easy for him to connect with the crowd. After two years without live music, he said he can tell fans aren’t taking these shows for granted. “Getting back out here, being in front of these crowds has definitely reignited my love for playing live music,” Kahan said in an interview
with The Daily Orange prior to Tuesday’s show. “It reminded me why I do this in the first place: hearing people sing the words back, seeing the community that’s formed around my music so far.” Syracuse is the 12th stop on Kahan’s tour, which kicked off Oct. 14. He released his sophomore album “I Was / I Am” on Sept. 17. The album centers around the 24-year-old singer’s reflection on who he was before he signed a record deal and started releasing music in 2017.
Kahan’s favorite song off the album, the single “Godlight,” reminisces about a time when Kahan made music for himself without industry pressure. He said he liked the single so much he actually considered naming the album “Godlight,” but he worried that it would be misconstrued for a religious album. The song doesn’t have any religious connotation for Kahan — the title refers to the light that singles out a performer on stage — but he also
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Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of suicide and sexual assault. Syracuse University sophomore Elizabeth Kot was diagnosed with anorexia in June. All summer, she attended out-patient treatment and worked with a team of therapists and nutritionists weekly to construct meal plans and develop strategies for her disorder. She described her recovery process as “time consuming, reflective and balancing.” Kot said anorexia took a toll on her mental health as well, so when she returned to campus this fall, she wanted to help peers with their own mental health experiences. She introduced an organization to campus called The Bandana Project, which revolves around suicide prevention and mental health awareness. The Bandana Project is a national organization that started in 2016 on the University of Madison-Wisconsin campus and has now reached over 40 other colleges. Members of the organization tie a green bandana to their backpacks and carry around mental health resource cards to pass around to anyone they might see having a difficult time. The bandanas are an “unspoken” and “simple” way to show support to those who might be having trouble, Kot said. When Kot pitched the idea of bringing the project to SU to the Student Association, sophomore Yasmin Nayrouz, SA’s vice president of university affairs, volunteered to help. The project covers many mental health concerns in addition to suicide, such as sexual assault and bias incidents, Nayrouz said. She said she wants to use the project to end stigmas surrounding these traumatic instances. “It takes a lot for someone to become vulnerable,” Nayrouz said. “There are a lot of stigmas around sexual assault and trauma related to that. There’s a lot of negative comments related to survivors, and that can definitely affect the mental health of those survivors.” Nayrouz hopes that students experiencing mental health challenges will feel more support when they notice green bandanas as they walk through campus and that the bandanas will spark conversations about mental health and resources around campus. So far, the Syracuse chapter has 20 people signed up to be members and has hosted two tabling sessions in the Schine Student Center, where the group gave out bandanas and resource cards. The cards have national resource phone numbers and campus resource information for Barnes Center at The Arch counseling, the Dean of Students Office and the Department of Public Safety. The project is not a registered see bandana page 8
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lgbtq resource following fall, the University Senate Ad Hoc Committee on LGBT Issues was created to survey LGBTQ issues on SU’s campus and decide the best way to address the needs of LGBTQ students. By 2001, the committee determined the need for an LGBT Resource Center with a full-time staff. The resource center has changed locations, grown in size and offered more expansive services to students since 2001. Max Yogeshwar, a senior at SU and the president of Qolor Collective — SU’s student-run club for LGBTQ and transgender students of color — said he is grateful for the sense of pride and community the center cultivates. “It lets people know they’re not alone and that they have that commu-
nity. The (resource center) can be a place that (students) can figure themselves out or find community if they are out,” Yogeshwar said. “Having that outspoken presence in the Syracuse community is so important.” As part of its celebration of 20 years, the resource center put together a comprehensive list of programming for students throughout the month of October, including keynote speakers and Drag Queen Bingo. The events honoring the center’s anniversary were inclusive and open to all students at SU and demonstrated the offerings available at the center year-round. The anniversary also gave insight into future projects the center is looking to take on. Castillo credited the anniversary with sparking an interest among the center to create an oral history archive project. “We want to hear people’s stories of what it was like to be queer,
to be trans at SU whenever they were here,” Castillo said. “At the heart of most of what we do is trying to find ways for students to feel that they belong here and find their community.” Community is the common thread among the staff members and students at the center. In celebrating 20 years, the center is recognizing the legacy of students and staff in the LGBTQ community at SU who have made an impact. Castillo said he doesn’t want LGBTQ students to feel like the center is their only safe space on campus — ideally, the whole university should be inclusive to them. By working toward accessible and inclusive housing and health care at SU, the resource center hopes to achieve that goal. “Part of that would mean that gender-inclusive housing is across the board available … that health care and the health care providers are all competent and trained on
how to sensitively welcome queer and trans students.” As inclusivity for LGBTQ students increases on campus, the center is emphasizing its role in being a space for students and allies to connect as well as to educate. Gibbons hopes that allies will continue to use the space as a way to learn more about pronoun usage. Yogeshwar said that he hopes the center can continue its outspoken support for LGBTQ students on campus in the coming years. “ While the queer community might not be as large as the entire Syracuse community, there’s still a vibrant, thriving communit y here, and people want to see that. People care about coexistence,” Yogeshwar said. “It lets students know that there are allies all around them, and they can reach out and have that community.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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kahan doesn’t like to impart the meanings of his songs onto his audience. “I really try to let people interpret my music the way that they want to,” Kahan said. “I don’t like to tell people what that song’s about, because it could destroy the meaning they’ve created for it, and that would be a really awful thing to do.” One of the defining qualities of Kahan’s music — evident in songs like “Godlight” — is his upbeat, anthemic sound production, which at times contradicts more contemplative lyrics. Kahan doesn’t label his music as happy or sad. As someone who lives with anxiety and depression, he said he often experiences bouts of manic hope and happiness alongside periods of sadness. He tries to capture this spectrum of emotions in his music, to showcase how he lives through it all. “I don’t want people to feel like being depressed means you have to be sad forever,” he said. “You can approach being depressed and being sad with a sense of hope, and I try to do that with my music sometimes.” Writing songs with such personal anecdotes isn’t always easy, but Kahan grew up in a household where he was always encouraged to be open about how he felt. Treating his music like a journal, an outlet to process experiences, became natural, he said. “The ultimate end goal is to inspire other people to do the same thing,” he said “That mission for me supersedes any fear and awkwardness I feel about being vulnerable in my music.” Halfway through his show in Boston on Friday night, Kahan lost his voice, prompting him to cancel the next two nights of shows in Philadelphia and Northampton, from page 7
bandana student organization at this point, but Kot hopes it will be by the time she graduates. This year is an ideal time to implement new mental health resources on campus because of the long-lasting effects of the pandemic following students’ feelings of isolation and loneliness during the peak of COVID-19, Kot said. “When you’re by yourself, you
THIS WEEKEND Funk ‘n Waffles Funk ‘n Waffles is hosting a slate of three artists on Thursday night: Mnemonic Advice, Erin Manion and The Knu. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the performance scheduled for 8-11 p.m. For information on tickets, visit @mnemonicadvice on Instagram. WHEN: Thursday night @ 8 p.m ARTIST: Mnemonic Advice, Erin Manion, The Knu
Goldstein Auditorium University Union is holding a student show in Goldstein Auditorium on Friday night with a stacked lineup of four student artists in various genres, including rap, pop and punk. Tickets are free to Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students, faculty and staff and are available through the SU box office website. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. WHEN: Friday night @ 8 p.m ARTIST: Picture Us Tiny, 33col3, Knowahh, Sadie Miller
The Blue Room SU student and DJ BenSpence returns to the stage on Saturday night at The Blue Room with artists C4W2 (Chango4 & way2wavybaby) and Gabriella Jaye. Tickets to the show are $5 but go up to $7 on the day of the show. To RSVP and get the address, message @mosh. retirement on Instagram. WHEN: Saturday night @ 9:30 p.m ARTIST: BenSpence, C4W2 and Gabriella Jaye
Tuesday night was full of firsts for folk-pop musician Noah Kahan, including performing in Syracuse sarah alessandrini senior staff writer and tripping backwards off stage.
Massachusetts. He resumed the tour Monday with his show in New Haven, Connecticut. Tuesday night, Kahan cautioned the audience early in the show that he was performing through a cold and that he would need their help singing the lyrics. The audience didn’t fail him, but his powerful vocals didn’t falter, either. The band vacated the stage for Kahan to perform “Glue Myself Shut” and “Maine” off his “Cape Elizabeth” EP, which he released last year after writing it alone with only a guitar at his dad’s house in Vermont. He wanted to perform the songs the same way, he said during the show. Kahan also sang two unre-
leased songs, “New Perspective” and “Stick Season,” which is about fall in Vermont. By the second chorus, the audience had already picked up the lyrics and belted them back to Kahan, who stepped back from the mic to listen. The singer finished off the night with a performance of “Young Blood,” which he wrote as a mantra to himself after he signed a record deal and stayed in Vermont to work on music while most of his friends had left for college. “I didn’t go to college, so I could support any college I want,” he told the audience late in the show. “Maybe I’ll choose Syracuse.” The band left the stage, but not without cries for an encore. Kahan,
true to his word, reappeared on stage wearing a Syracuse University scarf and performed three more songs. In “Godlight,” Kahan imagines talking to his younger self. When asked if he thought that younger version of himself would be proud of him and the work he’s done today, Kahan said yes. “I was always kind of an obnoxious little kid. I’m sure I’d be irritated by him,” Kahan joked. “I think that he’d be happy that I’m trying to do this the right way, trying to make music the way that I was back then, truthful and honest, and not being afraid.” “I hope he’d be proud,” he said.
get in your head a lot,” sophomore Isabelle Duke said. “You get lonely, you get depressed, you get anxiety over things. Having students start these clubs and reach out says a lot about the people who go to Syracuse.” Even with vaccines and fewer restrictions this year, Kot said COVID-19 left an impact on students’ mental health. Many students still are feeling fatigued and overwhelmed from the stress of the past two years. But even
without the challenges of the pandemic, Kot said transitioning to a new college environment can be taxing on mental health. The Bandana Project will continue to have tabling events in Schine one to two times a month to help students experiencing mental health challenges by providing information on topics such as suicide awareness and the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health. In addition to helping others, Kot said the project has been a good
outlet for her so far this year. “I’m very proud of myself for being able to use my experience and turn it into a goal to help other people,” Kot said. “It has helped me, too.” DISCLAIMER: Yasmin Nayrouz was a staff writer for The Daily Orange. Since taking a position in the Student Association, she has not contributed to The D.O., and thus does not influence the editorial content of The D.O.
The Garden house venue has its first Comedy Night scheduled for Saturday night, with an additional performance from student band studio89. DM @the.garden.syr on Instagram for the address, and entry is $3 at the door. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.the show starts at 10 p.m. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required at the door. WHEN: Saturday night @ 10 p.m ARTIST: studio89
The Westcott Theater For the next stop on his “Wake Up Lucki” tour with Pasto Flocco, “4 The Betta” rapper Lucki is set to perform at The Westcott Theater Sunday night. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $25 on The Westcott’s website. WHEN: Sunday night @ 8 p.m. ARTIST: Lucki
The Blue Room For its second show of the weekend, The Blue Room will host Full Body 2, Winter Beach and REPTILE HOUSE. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 day of. Doors open at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, RSVP and get the address, message @mosh.retirement on Instagram. WHEN: Sunday night @ 8 p.m. ARTIST: Full Body 2, Winter Beach and REPTILE HOUSE
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legette-jack said she could’ve gone anywhere, but for her, the goal was always to climb the hill and play for her hometown team. After four seasons with the Orange, she finished with 1,526 points and 927 rebounds, graduating as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in SU history. Legette-Jack exuded confidence as a player, fueled by her adoration for the university. Before her freshman year, the team was practicing at Manley Field House when LegetteJack told everyone that they were going to win the Big East Championship. Former head coach Barbara Jacobs disagreed with her about the statement, but Legette-Jack was coming off an undefeated high school season and said she “didn’t know what losing (was) supposed to feel like.” That season, Legette-Jack went on to win 1985 Big East Freshman of the Year, and the Orange beat Villanova by one point to win the conference championship. “I can go ahead of myself a little bit sometimes,” Legette-Jack said. “ I didn’t live to eat my words. I kind of put it out in the universe.” When Legette-Jack played, the women’s basketball program was barely recognized as a team, Jacobs said. No one thought she’d get her jersey retired because “the only people to have that honor would be men,” Jacobs said. SU received criticism for the absence of retired female jerseys, but with Syracuse’s announcement celebrating 50 years of female from page 12
monmouth their speed to generate successful pick-androll possessions, which is what they did on Thornton’s back-to-back 3’s. On one drive it was Najé Murray who drove into the paint, swarmed by two Monmouth defenders. Murray quickly pivoted to her left, finding an unmarked Thornton, who sank the 3-pointer to establish a 21-point lead heading into halftime. “Jayla really impressed me,” Read said. “She’s a shooter, she’s a scorer and that’s what she did at Howard. She’s come right in and she played pretty well today.” Syracuse was able to open up the game offensively, but it cost SU at times defensively. from page 12
rochester fc The College of Arts and Sciences in 1991 and eventually got married. Later, they became business partners, leading them to spark one of upstate New York’s most prominent relaunches of a sports franchise. The relaunch of the club is built around its new slogan “Believe Impossible,” which exemplifies the franchise starting fresh after its brief hiatus. The club was set to relocate if the Dworkins hadn’t purchased the Rhinos in 2016, which is why they emphasize that slogan, which they said represents RNY FC’s values, and their own, regarding second chances and perseverance. “We’re just starting fresh with a new perspective, a new name and new players. For us it is ‘Believe Impossible,’” David said. “We know we can do it, and you put all these pieces together and you’ve got a pretty dynamic structure in place.” For Wendy, that value holds true at a personal level. Her ownership stake in RNY FC gives her a chance at pursuing her family’s legacy of sports ownership in Rochester. Wendy’s family was one of the original owners of the Rochester Royals — a mid-20th century Rochester-based NBA team. The team, of which the Dworkins are co-owners, has since relocated three times and is currently in Sacramento as the Kings. Wendy is a lifelong Rochester resident, while David has grown into the culture, but to David, the idea of the Rhinos relocating didn’t sit right with him. “The Sacramento Kings (are) obviously a transplant from Rochester,” David said. “How many teams could you allow to relocate elsewhere? I think any time you establish roots in
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athletics, the university has begun to recognize some of the “incredible” accomplishments of female athletes, Jacobs said. Acting head coach Vonn Read said his team will be right alongside her in support. “To see that you chose me, first I’m a woman, second I’m an African American woman,” Legette-Jack said. “It just opens the door for so many more women to be noticed.” Legette-Jack empowers women, Buffalo forward Summer Hemphill said. As head coach of Buffalo’s women’s basketball team, Legette-Jack consistently tells her players not to fall to the level that society wants women to be at, and that through playing basketball, they can tell their stories of what they’ve been through as female athletes. “She’s very passionate about us owning our womanhood, knowing that we matter as women,” Hemphill said. “Through this game of basketball, we can let each of our individual stories be known to the world.” With talk swirling about Syracuse unretiring the coveted 44 for Sean Tucker, LegetteJack couldn’t help but think why there’s no female athlete’s number that wields as much power as 44. She knows what players such as Ernie Davis and Floyd Little mean to the university but hopes that her 33 can mean something too — that women have arrived. Legette-Jack hopes it means that a girl in the Syracuse public school system can look up at the number 33 and see women rising above it all, that women matter, that women are powerful beyond measure. “I hope what happens with that 33 is it signifies what I call P-dubs, which is phenomenal
FELISHA LEGETTE-JACK has been the head coach of three different Division I teams, including her current team Buffalo. courtesy of paul hokanson ub athletics
women,” Legette-Jack said. Legette-Jack doesn’t know how she’ll feel on Sunday when her jersey is officially raised alongside the other 21 male numbers, but she will be surrounded by family, the same one she climbed the hill to make proud. She gets to watch her jersey raised in front of the community that she still gives back to. She’s working with Nottingham’s super-
intendent to “not let this moment go by.” She wants to ensure that kids know they can climb the hill and do something. She’s a witness, Legette-Jack said. “That’s what I’m hoping we can accomplish, where I can get somebody to dream a little bit harder and believe a little bit longer,” she said.
The Orange ran a zone defense, but oftentimes Monmouth strung together quick passing sequences in and around the paint. SU was left exposed and Monmouth was often given easy close-range shots. On one play in the opening quarter, Hawks guard Stella Clark dribbled into Syracuse’s half before pivoting at the top right of the arc as an Orange defender rushed her. But Clark had Jania Hall wide-open right in front of her inside the arc, and Clark lobbed the ball over her defender, allowing Hall to comfortably slot home a layup as Styles and Christianna were caught too far inside the paint. The game’s wide-open play served the Orange well offensively, though, serving as the forefront for their transition game. At first, it was almost too wide-open for Syra-
cuse, as SU conceded three turnovers and a foul before even scoring its first point. It took the Orange nearly seven minutes to score their first mid-range shot of the game, and they scored just three field goals in the opening quarter. But that quarter was the only one where Syracuse got outrebounded. As the Orange won their battles below the basket, their transition game improved and they were slowly able to tire out the Monmouth defense. At the beginning of the third quarter, SU’s Teisha Hyman earned the team’s second offensive rebound within the quarter’s opening three minutes. Hyman then cycled the ball outside the paint, which allowed Christianna to cycle inward toward the basket. With an overhead pass, Hyman launched the
ball over the screening Monmouth defender, perfectly finding Christianna, who put away the close-range, diving layup. Syracuse outrebounded Monmouth 42-35, even without 6-foot-2 guard Priscilla Williams, who is recovering from an injury. Inside play is an area of the game that will be challenged Sunday when Notre Dame visits the Carrier Dome. The Fighting Irish allowed just 739 rebounds last season, the fifth-lowest mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. “They’re an aggressive team,” Chrislyn said. “(Rebounding) is just something we have to do and it’s something we have to work on. It’s about just trusting our system.”
a community, that becomes a part of you.” On June 15, 2021, the Rhinos organization announced they were going to make their return to the USL for the 2022 season after a nearly four-year hiatus. The announcement came with the news that Vardy was joining the organization as a co-owner. Less than three months later, the club announced an entire rebrand, including a new name and logo. David said he believed that Vardy’s addition to the ownership changed the entire dynamic of RNY FC’s relaunch. “They want to be just as successful as I do, and we’re all on that same page in making sure that we push forward and make it as successful as possible.” Vardy said. On the ownership side, Vardy offers a player’s perspective on soccer that the Dworkins can’t relate to. Despite being a full-time English Premier League player, Vardy has still made time for RNY FC-related meetings, including sitting in on prospective head coach interviews. But when it comes to RNY FC’s overall brand, the Dworkins said they agree that Vardy is the epitome of the franchise’s “Believe Impossible” slogan. At 16, Vardy was cut from his youth academy team and became a carbon fiber technician. At 20, he joined Stocksbridge Park Steels FC, a semi-pro team while still working as a technician. At 23, he finally signed his first professional contract that allowed him to make a three-year jump to Leicester City. “Jamie’s comeback of being the underdog absolutely has a parallel to Rochester, a city that had a few large companies that a lot of the community depended on,” Wendy said. “Now the community’s kind of reinvented itself and come back.” RNY FC’s new logo features a gray water-
fall, which depicts Rochester’s High Falls, which are located in the center of the city and is where a lot of the city’s early industrial development took place. One of the main decisions Wendy and David had to make was whether to transfer the light green color from the original Rhinos logo into that of RNY FC. Many supporters advocated to keep the green, and the Dworkin’s knew they had to after a tweet arose which argued that the Rhinos will always be green. The two acknowledged this and noted that despite the absence of the raging charging Rhino, this tradition behind the Rochester Rhinos is not extinct. “Every successful football team’s always got a successful fan base as well,” Vardy said. “If you’re a football club and you’ve got one city behind you, people start understanding and realizing what you wanted to achieve. It’s about giving people a second chance in every aspect, not just on the field with the players, but behind the scenes as well.” Much of that community outreach, which Vardy will play a key role in, is centered around Rochester’s youth. In 2016, Vardy launched the V9 Academy in England, to give overlooked, nonleague players — as Vardy once was — a chance to be scouted by professional clubs. He said he wants to implement the same academy in the U.S. The Dworkins said they believe Rochester is the right place for the V9 Academy. Unlike larger metro areas around the country, many professional scouts do not prioritize their search for talent in upstate New York. Through the V9 Academy in Rochester, players from all around the country would have the chance to spend a few weeks in Rochester, where they can be directly scouted by coaches
from around the world. “One of our goals with Jamie involved and the V9 is to give youth that maybe haven’t had the opportunity to get eyes on them,” Wendy said. “Getting some of those youth involved that may be very talented, but not part of organized soccer.” RNY FC’s inaugural season will also feature a docuseries called “Rhino Reboot,” bringing all aspects of the team’s relaunch to life in real-time. The club partnered with TV production company, Love Productions, whose staff had experience producing Netflix’s “Last Chance U.” The Dworkin’s see a lot of the “Last Chance U” theme within the organization due to its history and prior success, but the two have started over on a clean slate knowing that the team’s success is going to take time to replicate. “I want to get that (U.S.) Open Cup again,” Vardy said. “I’m not in it for the short term, I’m in it for the long-term, and if it takes 10,15, 20 years, then so be it.” The Dworkins have collectively lived in upstate New York for a majority of their lives, and they’ve seen many of the region’s teams either relocate or shut down completely such as the Rochester Rattlers, the Royals and the Western New York Flash. Just being able to prosper upstate New York’s sports culture is a large victory for them, along with the community they’ve grown to love, they said. “In Rochester, we’ve lost a lot of franchises,” David said. “There’s a number of teams that have left, professionally, and we’re just happy to bring ours back.”
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Fernandez: Tucker’s 1st ‘lap’ proves that he can improve By Roshan Fernandez ‘do the damn thing’
Sean Tucker had to run his first punishment lap of the season at practice on Sunday. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers talked about it on ACC Network’s Packer and Durham, explaining that when a player needs to perform better, the coaches tell them to take a lap around the field and then talk to them afterwards. Tucker and Babers both reiterated that it wasn’t a confrontation, rather a lapse in Tucker’s focus. Tucker said on Wednesday that he “switched the ball wrong on a play,” meaning he held the ball on the side where the defender would’ve been, as opposed to outside and away from the defense. Babers told him to run the lap. It wasn’t anything severe, Babers said, and Tucker “locked back in” immediately after. But what started as an explanation of the practice-field error by Syracuse’s Heisman watchlist member turned into high praise of the running back. “It’s one of those deals where you just gotta go, ‘Now, you’re doing OK, but you’re not allowed to do OK anymore. You have to do better than that. Your expectations can’t be average. They have to be super above average,’” Babers said on Packer and Durham. The bar for Tucker is not just high. It’s very high. Babers announced on TV that Tucker had to run a lap, something the head coach hasn’t publicly specified for any other player even once this year. That speaks to how highly he thinks of Tucker, and how much respect and trust he has in his starting running back. It speaks to what he, the other Syracuse players, the fans and the community expect from Tucker. And it speaks to the fact that Tucker, SU’s most impressive player this season by a long shot, still has plenty of room to grow through the remainder of this season and next. “Even when he’s half speed, you think, ‘Wow, he’s as good as everybody else,’” Tucker’s dad, Steve Tucker said. “But no, Sean should be blowing everybody out … and if he’s not, then you get on him.” Holding Tucker to a different standard is the key to facilitating continual growth, Steve said. Babers explained that it’s crucial to coach the best players the hardest, because they are the ones who can handle it most, and it motivates the other players to “shape up and fall into line.”
SEAN TUCKER ran his first “punishment lap” of the season according to head coach Dino Babers. Tucker would run a lap around the field and then talk to the coaches afterwards. corey henry senior staff photographer
“Sean knows what to do — it’s just making sure that he stays locked in,” Babers said during his Monday press conference. “And very seldom is he not. Very seldom is he not.” After Babers got off the show, he ran into Tucker eating breakfast in the cafeteria and told the running back he just put him on ACC Network. Tucker laughed. When asked later if the lap was even a sufficient punishment for him, Tucker laughed again and said Babers told him he ran it too fast. Steve was somewhat glad to hear about his son’s lap. It was reassurance that both Tucker and Babers understood there’s still plenty of room for improvement. After every SU game, Steve calls his son to break down particular plays from games, highlighting certain areas where Tucker could’ve done better. The Boston College game, for instance, probably should’ve featured about 250 yards from Tucker instead of the career-high 207 he ran for, Steve said. Tucker tweets about how he’s pleased with his performance, and of course, his father recognizes that his son is “very, very talented.” Steve is his biggest supporter. But those sessions between the father and son include a
level of criticism that most people wouldn’t understand, Steve said. Steve said he’s more critical than most coaches, because he compares Tucker to Tucker, and not to other players. It’s all for the sake of growth. “If you think he’s good, he still has growing up to do. He still has a lot,” Steve said. “The only way is to put that carrot out in front of him.” This isn’t the first time Tucker’s been held to a higher bar than those around him, but that respect is something that has to be earned, Steve said. There were times when new athletes were yelled at for trying to replicate Tucker’s high school track workouts because they hadn’t “earned that level,” Steve said. But when Tucker started his high school track and field career, Steve recalled trying to convince the coaches to put Tucker on varsity. He was unsuccessful until after a race where Tucker sped past the competition, and the crowd began to murmur: “Why is this kid on JV?” That night, Steve received an email saying his son had been bumped up to varsity. “His performance got it done,” Steve said. “You’re going to have to really prove yourself and then be consistent. Then the coaches
start realizing, that kid’s good … and then they start to coach him differently if they’re trying to get the most out of him.” Tucker’s been using those kinds of oddsdefying performances throughout his time at SU to continue proving himself. He was fifth on the depth chart before his freshman season. He climbed to third by September 2020 and took over the starting job later that season. This season, Tuckers made the spectacular seem routine. After the Boston College game, Babers said the performance was “practicelike.” He’d seen it before — in fact, “a lot.” Coming off the bye week well-rested after nine back-to-back games, and in better health than before, Tucker’s lap could be the best problem for Syracuse to have. It’s a sign that Babers wants to see more from Tucker. Babers — and SU fans — are continuing to raise the bar for what’s expected of Tucker. Luckily for everyone, Tucker is doing the same. Roshan Fernandez is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Roshan_f16.
In Syracuse debut, Swider proves valuable without 3s By Roshan Fernandez senior staff writer
When asked about Cole Swider after Syracuse’s first exhibition game of the year, head coach Jim Boeheim responded bluntly. “He can shoot. And he can shoot, and he can shoot, and he can shoot, okay?” Swider finished 5-of7 from beyond the arc that day, and he was 4-of-8 in SU’s other exhibition game. But Tuesday in his SU debut against Lafayette, the 3-pointers — Swider’s specialty — weren’t falling. Swider fired an attempt from the left corner that was well off the mark in the opening minutes, and then he missed another moments later from the same spot. “There’s not very many days where I’ll go 2-for-7,” Swider said of his performance from deep after the game. “It happens. It will all equal out towards the end.” The Villanova transfer said he knows he won’t shoot 100% for every game. Lafayette actively worked to take away 3-point chances from Swider and Buddy Boeheim, Swider said, and he “left a couple 3s out there that I could have made.” Boeheim reiterated that sentiment after the game, explaining that shooters can’t convert everything and it’s about finding other ways to affect the game on off-nights. For Swider, that came in the form of a career-high
and team-high rebounding night, along with four baskets from inside the arc. He still managed a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards, along with two steals and a block. “Cole started poorly but then he recovered and did what he can do,” Boeheim said. “He can score.” Swider made one 3-pointer in the first half when he grabbed the board of an errant layup and finished the transition possession with a conversion from downtown. But Swider missed the other four 3-pointers he attempted in the first half, and he realized that he needed to change it up. Early in the second half after he missed a 3-pointer, he hustled back and contested a rebound that went out of bounds, Syracuse’s way. He finished a layup a minute later when Jesse Edwards got a block and then dished him the ball inside. Swider knocked down his only 3-pointer of the second half on an assist from Buddy, but he continued to drive. He slammed a dunk in transition and then backed into the post before spinning to convert a right-handed hook shot from the middle of the paint. “Shooters don’t make everything,” Boeheim said. “They’re gonna have nights like this, and he just kept plugging away and plugging away, got a couple layups, got a couple post-plays, and that’s what you do when you’re
not making shots. You just try to find another way to affect the game.” The forward said that confidence was sparked by a halftime conversation where Boeheim told him not to force his shots. Knowing Boeheim wasn’t going to bench him after two minutes for a handful of misses helped Swider settle down, he said. Swider stayed in the game until the 13-minute mark of the first half, when Boeheim rotated his starters for fresh legs, but Swider returned just over one minute later. He played the first 14 minutes of the second half, too. “I’m so grateful and thankful that I have a coach that believes in me, when shots are going in, (and when) shots aren’t going in,” Swider said. “When you’re not making shots and he keeps you in the game, that’s when you know you have someone who’s loyal to you.” A big part of that is because Swider brought value on the boards, grabbing more than twice as many rebounds as the secondbest players (Jimmy Boeheim and Frank Anselem with five apiece). He finished with nine defensive rebounds, consistently positioning himself to grab loose balls from mid-range jumpers and 3-point attempts. Boeheim explained that sometimes the majority of the rebounding is going to come from the forwards on the sides of the zone because that’s the way the defense is set
up. Particularly, that’s the case when shots come from the corners or the sides. Centers won’t always be responsible for the most rebounds, he said. When asked whether Swider’s 12-rebound performance is sustainable for the Orange moving forward, Boeheim simply said that he thought Swider rebounded well. “The bigs will be crashing in the paint which is where me or Frankie or Jimmy will be, and it’s really important for the guards and the forwards to come and help us,” Edwards said. Swider did just that. Defensively, he closed out his man early in the first half and forced an airball 3-pointer. He snatched the ball out of Neal Quinn’s hands to set up a Joe Girard III attempt, though the point guard couldn’t capitalize. Swider’s only played one official game in a Syracuse shirt, but Tuesday’s season-opener is a sign — at least early on — that Boeheim trusts Swider beyond his 3-point shooting abilities. The forward is capable of bringing more to the table, even on his off-nights. “There’s going to be a couple games where we’re all on and we’re probably going to score 115 points, and there’s going to be games where a couple of us are on and we’ll score 97 like we did tonight,” Swider said. @roshan_f16 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Retiring Felisha Legette-Jack’s number, 33, sparks change in sports gender equality By Anthony Alandt asst. digital editor
FELISHA LEGETTE-JACK will have her number, 33, retired on Sunday when Syracuse women’s basketball plays Notre Dame. It will be retired along with Anna Goodale and Katie Rowan Thomson. courtesy of syracuse athletics
SU defeats Monmouth 87-46 asst. copy editor
Chrislyn Carr was dropping in layups against Monmouth as if she was told to stand under the hoop. During a 30-second span in the second quarter, specifically, she notched two layups from underneath the right side of the basket. After an Alaysia Styles turnover at center court, Chrislyn, who at the time of Styles’ steal was right next to her, darted to the hoop and dropped in an easy uncontested layup. As Monmouth’s Antonia Panayides attempted her own layup 30 seconds later, SU’s Jayla Thornton pushed it out of her right hand and launched a full-court pass timed perfectly for Chrislyn, who once again was in the same spot for another layup. Chrislyn’s speed suited her well
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By Alex Cirino
ohn Wildhack began his call with Felisha Legette-Jack this summer by telling her about the Carrier Dome’s renovations. Then, the Syracuse Director of Athletics said he wanted her to come see the Dome and contribute something to the new look. “I’m like, of course,” Legette-Jack said. “(You) give anything you ask from your alma mater, and I said, ‘Sure sir, anything you need.’” But what Wildhack asked for next was something Syracuse has never asked a former female athlete for before. He wanted to raise her No. 33 jersey in the rafters of the Dome as the first female athlete to have their number retired at SU. LegetteJack began crying during the “surreal” moment that caught her off guard. The shock she felt was a culmination of her lifetime of work. To Legette-Jack, it showed that Syracuse was ready to recognize 50 years of women’s athletics, and that someone had finally done enough to earn that honor. It showed her that a kid with a dream of playing for Syracuse from Nottingham Senior High School under the “hill” of the university can go up the hill and find success. As Syracuse celebrates 50 years of women’s sports, Legette-Jack will be one of three female athletes to get their jerseys retired, alongside rower Anna Goodale and former lacrosse player Katie Rowan Thomson. Legette-Jack’s jersey will be retired Sunday before SU plays Notre Dame. “I’ve never done this for me. I just think that I am the vessel that (Wildhack) chose for others to be recognized as well,” Legette-Jack said. “Now other women are going to be recognized for the work that they’ve done as well.” After leading Nottingham to two straight New York state championships, Legette-Jack became a top-40 high school athlete in the country. She
all game, and she notched a teamhigh 15 points — 10 coming from layups — that complemented Syracuse’s high turnover rate and quick transition offense. “Sometimes when we get long rebounds, instead of coming back to the ball, we just tell (Chrislyn) to go to the rim,” acting head coach Vonn Read said postgame. “There’s nobody that’s going to catch her.” Chrislyn led Syracuse (1-0) in its 87-46 win over Monmouth (0-1). The Orange relied on their quick play and transition game, scoring 42 points off turnovers, and shot 52.9% from the field, giving Read his first win in charge of the program. Although Syracuse’s speed left it almost untouched within the paint, beyond the arc it showed promising glimpses of its 3-point shooting abilities. Led by Thornton and Christianna Carr — the best
3-point shooter in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference history — the Orange shot 36.4% from beyond the arc on 20 attempts. Thornton went 2-for-3, tied with Eboni Walker for the team lead. Both of Thornton’s 3’s came within a 35-second span in the second quarter, and both times she was wide-open. “That’s how we have to play, that’s how we want to play,” Read said. “I thought our young players did an excellent job of executing that. We have to play fast, we’re not big inside but we definitely can get up and down the court. Our post players run like guards.” Syracuse was generally able to generate long- and mid-range shooting opportunities with little to no pressure. The opportunities came mostly off quick passing sequences, with the Orange using see monmouth page 9
SU alumni relaunch Rochester team By Alex Cirino
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When David and Wendy Dworkin purchased the then-Rochester Rhinos in 2015, the team had only just won its first United Soccer League title. But going into 2016, the Dworkins had roughly 45 days to organize the team’s players and legal licensing before the season, which placed them on the “back foot.” Following the 2017 season, the Rhinos organization went on hiatus, despite being consistent USL playoff contenders. The Dworkins wanted to bring the franchise back, but with an entirely new identity. “We went on a hiatus with a clear desire, understanding and commitment to come back,” David said.
“We were coming back either way. We’re just coming back different.” The Dworkin’s are now the coowners of a minor league soccer club, Rochester New York FC. The franchise formerly known as the Rhinos is one of US soccer’s most storied organizations, highlighted by being the only non-MLS team to win the U.S. Open Cup. RNY FC, which features a new logo and a new identity, is highlighted by the club’s co-ownership with current Leicester City and former English national team striker Jamie Vardy. The Dworkins first met at Syracuse Hillel, as David and Wendy were representatives for their respective fraternity and sorority. The two graduated from see rochester
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