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N • Ombuds report
Office of the University Ombuds revealed in its annual report that workplace racial and gender bias and bullying exist on campus. Page 3
C • Homecoming
Natasha Alford returned to Syracuse to talk about storytelling and increasing diversity in the media. She left with a week named in her honor. Page 7
S • Oh what a night Felisha Legette-Jack’s No. 33 was raised into the rafters on Sunday. Here’s how fans, Legette-Jack’s family and players reacted to the history number retirement. Page 12
How Biden’s federal “Our ultimate goal is to enact bill impacts Syracuse
“ We know that our culture of creativity, independence and decentralization can be both our greatest strength and a significant challenge” “ In these recommendations ... is the belief that our success can be enhanced by a more collaborative and disciplined DEIA process”
“ Black students were 4.61 times ... more likely than white students to report having experienced discrimination” Syracuse University’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility five-year draft plan was released on Oct. 18, and its review period ends on Monday By Hannah Ferrera, Karoline Leonard, Kyle Chouinard and Shantel Guzman the daily orange
Graphic by Megan Thompson
he review period for Syracuse University’s five-year Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility plan will conclude on Monday. In the plan, the university provided goals for addressing a variety of issues on campus. But some of the suggested revisions did not lay out how they would remove biases from campus. The review period allows students and faculty to express comments and concerns with the DEIA plan, which was
released on Oct. 18 by a task force created in the wake of the #NotAgainSU protests. The task force said in the plan that the university held external and internal reviews to better gauge their commitment to DEIA, which led to the five-year DEIA plan. On Nov. 10, SU’s Student Association held a town hall to discuss the DEIA plan, which many members and students said was not adequate to address the real diversity and inclusion problems at SU. The plan acknowledged how the #NotAgainSU protest and the murder of George Floyd showed how not enough is being done on campus and in society to support diversity and inclusion. The task force noted the plan will not see diversity page 4
be accomplished within five years but provides a starting place for improving DEIA on campus. The task force outlined five key goals for the plan: · Enhance campus climate to create a sense of belonging for all · Recruit, support and retain diverse students, faculty and staff · Advance institutional infrastructure-related DEIA learning, professional development and civic innovation · Elevate DEIA across the academic institution, transforming the university’s approach to scholarship, research, pedagogy, curriculum, programs and services · Practice an inclusive understanding of accessibility.
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After being passed recently by Congress, President Joe Biden’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will directly contribute to the physical infrastructure in the city of Syracuse and central New York. The bill was passed by the House in a 228-206 vote on Nov. 5 and was sent to the president’s desk on Nov. 8, with 13 Republicans voting across the party line. The White House announced Biden will sign the bill into law during a ceremony on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., described the bill as a “once-in-a-generation” investment in New York’s infrastructure, which includes mass transit, passenger rail, highways, airports, water, electric vehicles and high-speed internet. The bill includes $25 billion funding to airports nationwide, with $937 million set aside for New York state. Of the $937 million, $27.3 million is specifically for Syracuse Hancock International Airport. “Airport funding has been lagging well behind what is needed to cover present and future infrastructure needs at our nation’s airports,” said Jason Terreri, executive director of the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, in a press release from the office of Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus. “This investment will help address this funding gap, and help SRAA meet the growing commercial passenger and cargo transportation needs of the region.” Syracuse’s public transportation will also be affected from the passage of the infrastructure bill. After Centro suffered from driver shortage and a reduced bus schedule around the Syracuse University campus and in the city, the company will receive approximately $74 million over the next five years — $55.8 million will go to Syracuse and $18.2 million will go to Utica and Rome. The bill will provide $89.9 billion in total through new investments and reauthorization to guarantee funding for nationwide public transit in the next five years. Katko, one of the 13 House Republicans who voted in favor of the bill, wrote a guest opinion in syracuse.com that he supports the bill because it specifically focuses on physical infrastructures that “will generate longterm economic growth.” “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes meaningful and see bill page 4
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“We can show compassion through an ability to adapt, an openness to listen and to learn from others’ experiences, a willingness to accept change, and a desire to communicate with civility.” - The Office of the University Ombuds 2020-21 report Page 3
OPINION “The current villain-of-the-week is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.” - Augustus LeRoux, columnist Page 5
CULTURE “I do believe that I’m fulfilling a higher calling in terms of creating opportunities in Black media and beyond, and telling stories that often get overlooked.” - Natasha Alford, SU Journalist-in-Residence Page 7
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Ombuds report says SU struggles with bias SU alters COVID-19 testing over break By Kyle Chouinard
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Syracuse University will adjust its COVID-19 testing hours over Thanksgiving break, according to a campus-wide email from SU’s COVID Project Management Office. From Nov. 21-28, COVID-19 testing will take place at Kimmel Dining Hall, the office said in the email. Testing will be closed on Nov. 25 — Thanksgiving — and the two days following. Kimmel has previously served as a COVID-19 testing location on Sundays, according to a separate campus-wide email from the COVID Project Management Office earlier this semester.
testing times: Nov. 21: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 22: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. NEAL POWLESS, pictured here in 2019, has served as the university ombuds since 2019, acting as a neutral and confidential resource for graduate students, faculty and staff with concerns. daily orange file photo By Karoline Leonard asst. news editor
The Office of the University Ombuds revealed that racial, disability and gender bias were trends on Syracuse University’s campus. On Friday, the office released its 2020-21 report, detailing how employees and graduate students faced bias and bullying in work settings on campus. The report echoed concerns from a January report stating that sexism, racism and fear of retaliation are serious workplace concerns at SU. The ombuds acts similarly to a human resources office for university faculty, staff and graduate students. The office, run by University Ombuds Neal Powless, is an independent resource
for employees to report and express concerns to the university without facing judgment for retaliation from the university. The office was created following recommendations from the University Senate’s Committee on Women’s Concerns in 2016, but it was not established until 2018, nearly two years later. From July 2020 to June 2021, the university ombuds worked on 207 cases, with employment and workplace concerns making up 36% of those cases. Concerns about policies and procedures made up 24% of cases, and 14% of cases focused on concerns surrounding discrimination and incivility. In May, faculty raised concerns about the discrimination they face at SU, saying it is “a
profound problem.” There were significantly more cases raised by women compared to men, with 62% of cases being raised by women. The ombuds reported 248 individual meetings in the year and 415 people reached through the cases. About 76% of cases were faculty and staff, and 15% were graduate students. The ombuds cited a rise in cases and concerns about bullying from hierarchical structures and peer interactions. Onefifth of the systemic categories f lagged in these concerns involved career progression and development while 18% involved peer and colleague relationships. The office said this data sug-
gests there is an “ issue with how individuals continue to address each other in a detrimental way.” Furthermore, 16% of systemic categories that showed up in cases were issues of evaluative relationships. And 15% of cases were concerned about values, ethics and standards. “We can show compassion through an ability to adapt, an openness to listen and to learn from others’ experiences, a willingness to accept change, and a desire to communicate with civility,” the university ombuds said in the report. “Sometimes this means taking a moment to reflect before lashing out at others in a detrimental or demeaning way.” @karolineleo_ email@example.com
Nov. 23: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 24: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Nov. 25: Closed Nov. 26: Closed Nov. 27: Closed Nov. 28: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. “In the coming weeks, we will share an updated testing schedule for the month of December, including during the winter holidays,” the office wrote in the email. The university is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, rising to 30 active cases — its most since Oct. 15 — on Nov. 12. Currently, the university has a surveillance positivity rate of 0.3%. SU also reported on its COVID19 dashboard Friday afternoon that there are two students currently in quarantine. @Kyle_Chouinard firstname.lastname@example.org
Syracuse experienced third-rainiest October on record By Anna Salewycz
On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Syracuse experienced its fifth-rainiest documented October day after receiving 2.33 inches of rain during the nor’easter. Syracuse had its third-rainiest October on record this year with 7.48 inches of rain. According to National Weather Service records, which began in 1902, the city traditionally receives just under four inches of precipitation in October. Sam Tuttle, an assistant professor of earth and environmental science at Syracuse University, said a gradual increase in the average temperature of the earth caused the natural variations the climate system experiences. He speculated that this, in addition to climate change and jet stream loca-
tion, contributed to the city’s warmer and wetter October. Jet streams are relatively narrow bands of strong wind that form when warm air masses meet cold air masses in the atmosphere, Tuttle said. Scientists have observed less movement of jet streams, which often produces similar weather patterns for a specific period of time. The northeast is currently fixed in the warmer air that comes up from the southern hemisphere and is therefore experiencing a warmer and wetter climate. “A lot of the wettest months we get are often related to a tropical storm or another big storm coming through and dropping a lot of rain,” Tuttle said. “The climate projections say that the tropical cyclones that we do have are going to be stronger because the ocean is warming, and warmer oceans are
what fuels these big storms.” Additionally, climate change cultivates a warmer atmosphere with a higher water-retention. This increases rainfall and snowmelt, which eventually results in intense flooding. This summer’s inclement weather propelled Syracuse’s flooding this October. Central New York had its second-wettest summer on record this year, creating heavily saturated soil. Consequently, the soil’s pores were unable to absorb more water in October, yielding an accumulation of runoff. Tree dormancy also contributed to the flooding, as trees were no longer extracting and releasing water from the soil into the atmosphere. According to the city’s website, Syracuse is part of the National Flood Insurance Program Commu-
nity Rating System. Every five years, Syracuse’s floodplain management activities are evaluated. In 2019, Syracuse’s Community System Progress Report indicated that sufficient progress was made on 19 of the 22 floodplain management projects in place. Syracuse reassessed its measures to reduce the risk of flooding in 2019. Many neighborhoods on the south and southwest side of Syracuse are at high risk of flooding because they lie adjacent to Onondaga Creek. To prevent runoff, the city put up a dam in 1949, and the city deepened and widened the creek bed when developing downtown areas. Despite developments on various projects, Syracuse currently has eight adaptation measures to mitigate flood risk. These measures have proved to
be adequate, as Syracuse is projected to have a moderate risk of flooding over the next thirty years. The city continues to examine ways to further reduce its National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating. Syracuse intends to remove sediment from Onondaga Creek and find areas to store excess water, syracuse.com reported. The city seems to have sufficient infrastructure to prevent flooding as seasons continue to get wetter and more extreme. But Tuttle said it’s difficult to know what will happen. “The atmosphere is chaotic, which means we have limited ability to predict it into the future,” he said. email@example.com
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diversity The task force plans to implement this plan, which is broken up into 5 sections, by asking the community to engage with the plan and offer critiques and ideas before the plan is given to SU’s next chief diversity and inclusion officer.
In the first section of the plan, the task force explained how the DEIA framework and implementation is a reflection of SU’s core values and goals. SU said it wants to be recognized as a leader in DEIA. The task force emphasized how the plan will be transparent throughout the process, and the team said it hoped SU will work on retaining underrepresented groups on campus and raising funds to fast-track the implementation of the DEIA plan.
More than 30 racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic incidents occurred on campus starting in November 2019. In response, the Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion tasked an Independent Advisory Panel of four national DEI experts, who commissioned former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to evaluate campus police. The Special Committee released their final report on March 4, 2021. Despite the setback of COVID-19, the special committee took to Damon A. Williams — a member of the independent advisory panel commissioned by SU’s board of trustees special committee on university climate, diversity and inclusion — and his Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation to answer questions about diversity and inclusion at SU. With this research came five main themes that the university used in their rationale for this plan, which include a campus of perceived fear and personal experiences of bias, leadership challenges and a lack of DEI skills, plans and commitments. The committee found that Black students were 4.6 times more likely and Hispanic/Latino students were 2.4 times more likely than white students to report experiencing discrimination. Female faculty were about twice as likely as male faculty and faculty with disabilities were 1.86 times more likely than faculty without disabilities to report feeling discriminated against.
SU’s task force said in the draft plan that the university has already made numerous multimillion-dollar investments in diversity and inclusion programming. According to the draft, SU has made “fulfilled, completed or made substantive progress” in 49 out of 50 campus DEIA commitments. “Overall, Syracuse University has been and remains committed to improving campus climate and relations among different campus constituencies over time,” the plan said. The university created a position of chief diversity and inclusion officer in 2018, which Keith A. Alford took over in May 2019. Alford left the position in August, but the university has not yet replaced him. In 2020, the university created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which oversees all DEIA concerns and commitments on campus with four current full-time employees. In the plan, the task force proposed expanding the number of full-time employees in the from page 1
long overdue investments in central New York’s infrastructure and is a win for our entire community,” Katko wrote. The new investments from the bill will also ensure local hiring opportunities for construction projects — such as Syracuse’s Interstate 81 — through the Reconnecting Communities program. The bill includes $11.5 billion highway funding for New York state, as well as $7.5 billion in new funding for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity program, which I-81 will be eligible for.
office to 10 to 12 and increasing the budget to account for the increase in employees. The task force also recommended implementing a fulltime executive director of DEIA. The task force said the $50 million investment from SU’s Board of Trustees in March will go towards faculty retention and diversification in hiring. The task force also said the university strengthened its commitment to DEIA through their new first-year seminar course. The university allocated $500,000 to the Office of Student Living to hire a new assistant director of diversity and inclusion, as well as the addition of four new counseling positions and four BIPOC counselors. According to the plan, three or more of the hired counselors are bi- or multilingual. The plan said that the university’s redesign of the Schine Student Center in 2020 was part of its commitment to DEIA. Schine offers a welcoming and accessible environment for students to congregate in addition to the Intercultural Collective — which includes the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Disability Cultural Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center — according to the plan. The university also invested in the new National Veterans Resource Center to better serve veterans on campus, the plan said. SU’s Disability External Review Committee gave the university several ways it can be more accessible for people with disabilities, many of which will be of no cost, although the plan did not outline what these recommendations were. According to the plan, the chancellor is using SU’s Forever Orange campaign to increase financial aid packages for students, including international students. The university also increased The Greater China Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund by $50,000. “These new efforts to expand the university’s DEIA capacity are part of the key actions that we will take to embolden DEIA efforts at Syracuse University over the next five years and beyond,” the task force said in the plan.
The university will create dashboards to track its progress for each of the five goals outlined in section one of the plan to be transparent and keep the university accountable, according to the plan. Section four of the plan outlined each of the goals, their accountability partners, objectives, strategies and metrics. SU launched a bias incident tracker in the wake of the #NotAgainSU protests on the DPS website. Goal One: Enhance campus climate to create a sense of belonging for all The task force explained the strategies that SU can take to enhance the campus climate. The university will work to create a complete DEIA orientation for first-year students and respond to DEIA societal changes. This can be measured by the number of conversations about things happening outside of the SU community, the plan said. The university plans on expanding the Intercultural Collective, securing accessible housing for students and creating theme-based and gender-inclusive housing available for all students. The university will communicate to certain communities to outline DEIA actions and progress. It will hold town hall meetings to address issues and concerns with the campus climate. The task force said SU will create a bias coordinator for every home college or major. The task force said the university is going to continue hosting events for international and domestic students to socialize with one another. The university will connect domes“Local jobs, jobs, jobs are the top three reasons the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is great news for Syracuse and central New York,” Schumer said in a Thursday press release. In 2019, the New York State Department of announced that it would recommend a plan to remove the 1-81 viaduct and replace it with a community grid alternative of surface-level streets in the area. SU Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the university endorses the plan. Syracuse community members have advocated for more local hiring opportunities to reconnect the community that had been displaced by the construction of the viaduct decades ago.
tic and international students during and prior to orientation, which will create peerled teams for international students with the aim to improve language skills and integrate into the community. The university will have a permanent installation to acknowledge the university’s presence on ancestral land by 2024. Goal Two: Recruit, support and retain diverse students, faculty and staff The university plans on making the admissions pool more representative of a “diverse college-going population for each program.” The university also plans to diversify the student populations by recruiting at college and career fairs, finding grants and gifts outside of federal aid for better financial aid packages and creating outreach programs with Indigenous student initiatives. SU also plans on increasing graduation rates by developing a demographic dashboard for each college, increasing student support systems and normalizing accessibility and neurodiversity help for students. The university plans to hire a faculty diversity recruitment specialist, create a postdoctorate to faculty pipeline for graduate students, establish faculty exchange programs, incentivize colleges to increase DEIA in faculty and staff hiring, and identify what is holding the university back from hiring a diverse staff. Goal Three: Advance institutional infrastructure related to DEIA learning, professional development and civic innovation SU’s objectives for goal three are for the university to provide DEIA professional development and intensive training for students, faculty and staff and increase university community civic engagement. The task force said the university plans on accomplishing these objectives by holding mandatory DEIA development for faculty and staff. The university also plans on requiring Diversity.edu modules, explaining requirements for DEIA knowledge and abilities for faculty and staff. SU also plans to decrease the number of STOP Bias reports. SU will also use results from reviews and assessments to revise the FYS 101 course and offer more group discussions. Goal Four: Elevate DEIA across the academic enterprise, transforming our approach to scholarship, research, pedagogy, curriculum, programs and services An objective for this goal is to completely remove oppressive and non-inclusive practices at SU. The plan did not formally lay out how this revision will happen or how they will completely remove bias in these structures. The university plans on increasing funding to strengthen DEIA in these structures, but the plan did not specify how much and how it will obtain this funding. The university also plans on tracking the number of DEIA-certified courses, but it did not specify how it will track them or qualify a course as being certified. SU will also integrate DEIA programming onto DegreeWorks, but it did not specify what the individual requirements will be for each student or how DEIA will be integrated. Goal Five: Practice an inclusive understanding of accessibility SU’s objectives for this goal are to exceed “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will do more than invest in our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges – it will also help rebuild communities left behind by the failed federal policies of the past,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in the same release. “We can begin to undo the legacy of past infrastructure projects that harmed underserved communities in Syracuse, Buffalo, and cities nationwide.” The bill will also include the following: · $24 billion for roads and bridges in New York state · $8 billion for the Department of Transpiration’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG)
accessibility standards, increase accessibility funding, develop inclusive student housing, create programs for neurodiversity support, remove communication barriers to ASL and CART, or real-time captioning, and remove barriers for students who need access to academic services. SU created a multi-year physical access plan on data analytics, according to the plan. SU also plans on accomplishing the objectives by developing and implementing SU’s accessible design standards, funding disability-related requests, finding accessible housing options, evaluating residence halls, upgrading facilities and including places for service animals in a gated area on campus. SU also plans on expanding the OnTrack program, hiring three ASL/CART coordinators and interpreters, assigning tutors to lower-level courses, creating an ITS accessibility center, finding a director of digital accessibility by 2022 and expanding transportation from Main to South Campus. The university will track the external reviews that focus on accessibility on campus, but the plan did not say when these will take place or by whom. SU will track employee and student accommodation requests as well. The university also hopes to have South Campus facilities at 95% capacity by 2024 and will increase the level of satisfaction for residents who live on South Campus. The plan did not specify how it will increase satisfaction among students other than sending surveys.
In the final section of the draft, the task force focused on accountability. “Looking to the future of our DEIA efforts, we know that our culture of creativity, independence and decentralization can be both our greatest strength and a significant challenge,” the task force said in the plan. The task force said all colleges and major programs should create their own five-year DEIA plans by January 2022. The plan explained how SU should have an activation leader for these DEIA plans to oversee the process for university departments. Each university department should also produce a DEIA report every year to be submitted to the Office of the Chancellor. These reports will undergo an “intensive accountability review process” by the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the plan said. University departments should also evaluate DEIA in their current programming to look at the design of DEIA roles and positions, faculty and staff, their individual DEIA budgets, their committee memberships and their strategies for DEIA. Along with their reports, departments should also develop performance reviews that take into account SU’s DEIA plan. The task force said SU should also host an annual DEIA learning and accountability forum. Finally, SU should have an external review conducted to assess the campus climate and the implementation process of the DEIA plan in 2023, the plan stated. “We are in constant exploration to build upon our commonalities as we constructively work through challenges that may confront us,” the plan said in its concluding paragraph. firstname.lastname@example.org
Program, which benefits Bus Rapid Transit in Syracuse. · $23 billion for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF), which supports water infrastructure in central New York. · $42 billion for Broadband Deployment Grants to expand rural broadband and improve internet connectivity. · Funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to advance pending projects like those in Oswego, Little Sodus Bay, Greater Sodus Bay, and across Lake Ontario. @francis_towne email@example.com
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SU should not rescind Rudy Giuliani’s honorary degree By Augustus LeRoux columnist
he past five years have rapidly devalued the meaning of the term “resistance.” The favorite moniker of today’s left wing — the resistance — is used to signify defiance. Previously, to resist was to take on the institutions, to make a stand for justice at great personal risk. Most resistance today looks nothing like the student protests of the Vietnam War or the Civil Rights movement. Today, the ideological monolith of the university operates in lockstep with its student activist footsoldiers. The term “resistance” now encompasses the day-to-day efforts to punish any who stand apart. The current villain-of-the-week is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has faced a reckoning recently by universities for his role as former President Donald Trump’s attorney in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Earlier this year, the law schools of both Drexel University and Middlebury College rescinded their honorary degrees previously awarded to Giuliani. Now, student leaders at Syracuse
University are hoping to achieve the same by holding Giuliani accountable by pushing SU to rescind Giuliani’s honorary doctorate from the College of Law. Their grievances include his challenge of the 2020 election results, his performance as the mayor of New York City and that he “has advocated for really, really absurd things.” But if saying “really really absurd things” were a crime punishable by rescinding a degree, then we would see Joe Biden’s Juris Doctor torched on the Quad for any number of blustering statements. The reality is that rescinding Giuliani’s degree has nothing to do with accountability. Liberal activists have graduated from simple mockery of their opponents to holding hostage the legacy of anyone on the other side of an issue. Student Bar Association president Mazzy Kaila exposed the partisan nature of their ask when she said that the push to rescind Giuliani’s doctorate is a matter of the school’s reputation. By deferring the issue to the court of public opinion, the fate of one’s public image is placed in the hands of a hyper partisan mob.
Deviate from the accepted liberal orthodoxy and you too could face a media hatchet job, with the institutions standing by to lend them a helping hand. Message received. For students in the College of Law, the prospect of rescinding Giuliani’s degree is troubling. Carlos Negron, a student in the College of Law, said that students should be concerned about setting this precedent. “One must ask,” Negron said, “if today an institution can pull back a degree from someone else, when can they do it to me?” The country has a social credit system that is entirely indifferent to genuine public service. We are the country that discredits men like Giuliani: the attorney who took on the Five Families and won, the mayor who reported a decrease in crime in the streets of New York City during his tenure, the man who stepped up to be an American leader at a time when his country needed one. Giuliani, the man who many SU students don’t think is worthy of an honorary degree from the College of Law. Student leaders should make the distinction between accountability and revenge. The decisions
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by Drexel and Middlebury have not improved the reputation of their law schools as they had hoped. By accepting these politically-charged demands and rescinding Giuliani’s degrees, they have set a dangerous precedent. If the College of Law
wishes to maintain the confidence of its student body, then it should put this revenge campaign to rest.
Augustus LeRoux is a junior history major. His column appears biweekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avoid large concerts until strict, detailed guidelines are enforced By Cara Steves columnist
n Nov. 5, 50,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas, for the first night of rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival, a two-day outdoor event. The show quickly turned from an ordinary concert to a horrific tragedy. During a large and persistent crowd surge, hundreds of concertgoers were injured. Nine people between the ages of 14 to 27 were killed. Shocking footage from the event spread on social media, leaving the outside world to question how this tragedy could ensue. Videos surfaced of two crowd members climbing on stage to beg for the show to be stopped in order to get medical help for the injured audience members. The incidents that occured at the festival are heartbreaking. There is no denying that concertgoers should be guaranteed safety at live shows. Outdoor shows with large crowds are often unsafe due to poorly regulated security, rowdy fans, and artists who encourage fans to act unruly in order to make an event more “hype.” Syracuse University students and other community members should
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avoid attending large concerts until more planning is done to ensure the safety of all attendees at large music festivals and concerts like Astroworld. Astroworld’s 56-page safety plan, for example, failed to detail a clear protocol for what to do in an instance of a crowd surge, Houston Public Media reported. Aldo Raineri, the head of courses for Safety Science at Central Queensland University in Australia, identified risks of outdoor music festivals (OMFs). “Attending these OMFs is associated with an increased risk of injury and, in extreme cases, death. A considerable proportion of these risks can be attributed to high-risk behaviour in the general admission or standing room only areas in front of the stages, or ‘mosh pits,’” Raineri’s research reads. Many SU students are familiar with being a part of rowdy crowds. The Pitbull concert at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, as well as the 2021 Juice Jam festival, presented by University Union, were two popular live music events among SU students. The Pitbull concert exhibited many traits of an unsafe concert environment. According to the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at
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Lakeview website, all bags are to be searched upon entry to the venue. But Stephanie Wright, a freshman at SU, felt that security did not do a good enough job scanning concertgoers. Wright felt that the concert’s written safety procedures did not correlate with the venue’s stated safety policies. She noticed a clear lack of security and organization when it came to entering the venue. “I was a part of a mob where everyone was just pushing forward to get into the venue. I had my ticket ready to scan, but it never got checked. There was no one there to scan tickets. There also was no one checking bags or pockets,” Wright shared. The concert experience didn’t get better from there. During her time on the lawn, Wright witnessed a tightly packed crowd that made it difficult to breathe. Getting in and out of the crowd became difficult, she said. “I remember I got moved forward a few rows, so I ended up losing track of the people I came with, which was scary,” Wright said. The Juice Jam festival also exhibited hazardous behavior, making the environment unenjoyable and at times dangerous for attendees. SU student Kandra Zaw experi-
enced moshing from her spot near the front of the stage. Zaw believes that the crowd got out of hand when B.o.B. began his set. “B.o.B. launched himself into the crowd. No one was expecting it or was ready for it. He fell directly on top of my friend. He didn’t help her up after he crushed her,” Zaw said. “B.o.B. had the power to calm the crowd. He kept encouraging that behavior. If you see people in tears and bleeding, do something to stop it.” Even smaller concerts like these pose a threat to individual concertgoers. Though Juice Jam had active security throughout the event, guards cannot account for unprecedented actions taken by performers. Until there are stricter and more comprehensive rules and guidelines for venues and artists to follow, students should stay away from these concerts. Artists have a large influence over the environment of their shows. The power dynamic between a famous artist and the thousands of fans that come to concerts can be dangerous, especially if the performer abuses their influence. Artists must actively condemn acts of barricading, moshing and pushing within crowds to protect their
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fans. It is necessary that musicians prioritize their fans’ well-being by checking in with the audience and listening when problems arise. Additionally, venue security must be emphasized at each level, with more guards who are ready to protect attendees and enforce organized safety procedures. There is no room for error with creating strict and detailed plans that describe what to do in the event of a crowd surge. Enforcing these rules has the power to prevent tragedies. Live music is a special experience for avid concertgoers. Appreciation and excitement for live music has only been amplified after enduring a long pandemic that left fans without concerts for months. But until live music events, specifically outdoor shows, are planned more thoroughly and with more care towards audience members, people should refrain from attending these large concerts. Safety and wellbeing must be the priority, even over a favorite song or artist. Cara Steves is a freshman magazine, news and digital journalism major. Her column appears biweekly. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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CNN analyst and reporter returns to Syracuse for community dialogues about her own experience and to inspire students to take risks in life By Christopher Cicchiello senior staff writer
Oct. 18-22 was proclaimed “Natasha Alford Empowerment through Journalism Week” in the city of Syracuse. courtesy of vince cobb
atasha Alford knows what it’s like to balance a bank account against a dream. When she was 28, before she became an awardwinning journalist, vice president of digital content at theGrio, documentarian or a mother, she left her high-paying hedge fund position to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist. Although her parents back in Syracuse were baffled by the career shift, they still found ways to loan her money and support their daughter in her early years at Northwestern University and as a rookie reporter in Rochester. She had carved out a path to a higher purpose and wanted to see its eventual end destination. “I would have regretted staying in place because it was the safe thing to do, and there was a great risk, but also great reward,” Alford said. “I’m doing work that’s meaningful. I do believe that I’m fulfilling a higher calling in terms of creating opportunities in Black media and beyond, and telling stories that often get overlooked.” Today, Alford, 37, is a recurring on-air CNN political analyst — that is, when she’s not putting the final touches on her forthcoming documentary on solitary confinement, slated for release in late November on theGrio. Through it all, one constant has remained: her love and altruism for her childhood city of Syracuse and the next generation of diverse storytellers. In late October, Alford returned to Syracuse as the Newhouse School of Public Communications’ Journalistin-Residence, during which time she visited neighboring high schools and led discussions on navigating her mental health as a reporter. During her first community workshop, she encountered a surprise. On behalf of Mayor Ben Walsh, director of marketing and communications Ruthnie Angrand proclaimed Oct. 18 to 22 as “Natasha Alford Empowerment through Journalism Week” in the city of Syracuse. For Alford, standing in see alford page 8
Student artists treat audience to intimate performance By Corey Henry
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The audience in Goldstein Auditorium waited in anticipation as singer-songwriter and Syracuse University student Sadie Miller tentatively took her place at the center of the stage and set up for her first song, a slow ballad. Her soft voice drew in the audience and gained power as her set continued. She opened the show with one of the more intimate performances of the night, before the energy escalated and three other student acts took the stage. Friday night’s student-led concert, hosted by University Union, also featured performances from pop-punk band Picture Us Tiny, multi-genre artist 33col3 and trap artist Knowahh. By the time the
headlining Picture Us Tiny came on stage, about 50 students had gathered in the auditorium of Schine Student Center. As the opener, Miller kept the audience captivated as she alternated between slower emotional songs and more upbeat pop songs. Midway through her performance, she took a seat at the piano to play what she said was her first song ever recorded, “Pretty Boys.” She played a few more songs on the piano, and the audience swayed as she sang. Her last song of the night, “Dangerous,” brought the energy back up once more and gave the audience a memorable last performance. Minutes later, Knowahh stepped up to the stage. He immediately started performing his first song,
and the audience began to move in unison. The trap artist shed his shiny black jacket and moved from one side of the stage to the next, hyping up the crowd and filling the room with energy. The 19-year-old artist played songs from his latest project “Beautiful Nightmare” and the crowd sang along to his ad-libs. The crowd swayed along to Knowahh’s mellow performance, which was followed by an energetic performance from hyper-pop artist 33col3. SU junior Zack Dacierno, who goes by the artist name 33col3, ran onto the stage wearing a purple ski mask resembling the purple devil emoji. He sang his first track of the night and tossed the mask to the side after the song as the audience cheered for the next.
33col3, a multi-genre artist, performed songs from across his varied discography while on stage in Schine. Supported by the DJ mixing tracks as he performed, 33col3 raised the energy of the room. The artist’s versatile sound switched from rap to hyper-pop and punk. After rapping the first track, he used a voice modulator in real time, altering the sound of his voice and adding another dimension to his performance. By the middle of his set, the crowd was moshing to his music. Jackson Velli, lead vocalist of the band Picture Us Tiny, joined 33col3 on stage to close out his set with the artist’s newest hyperpunk song, “Pet Bear.” Then the rest of the headlining band, Picture Us Tiny, walked onto
the stage, lights still dimmed. The members made some final adjustments to their instruments as the crowd waited for their performance. As the lights came up and they started their set, the audience swelled toward the stage, where the pop-punk band stood with smiles on their faces. After the first song, Velli encouraged the crowd to keep on looking out for one another. Then he remarked that no one wants to hear him talk and got right on to the next song. Guitarist Vir Batra and bassist Anish Ghosh often strode around the stage to meet and play off of each other. During the second song, Batra’s guitar strings snapped. The musician tried playing through it see student
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SU professor earns American Chemical Society award By Katie Scoville staff writer
Shikha Nangia is the most recent recipient of the WCC Rising Star Award given by the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee. She is an associate professor of biomedical and chemical engineering at Syracuse University, and she teaches undergraduate and graduate studies. Nangia and her team specialize in the blood-brain barrier and its interactions with molecules that go through the barrier and ones that are rejected. Her research is mostly computational and answers the question of why DNA and genes mutate over time and how they affect a person. She focuses on the makeup of genes and how DNA and genes can change over time and how they modify. In this way, she connects genetics with disease. “If you understand how the molecules work together, you need to regulate the barrier and figure out what chemicals you need to do so,” the associate professor said. The WCC Rising Star Award recognizes 10 individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their respective fields, according to the American Chemical Society’s website. To be eligible for the award, candidates from page 7
alford the neighborhood where teachers first suggested that she should pursue journalism with this newly-bestowed distinction, the moment completed her journey. “It was a really full-circle moment to be at the South Side Innovation Center, you know, in the same neighborhood that I grew up in, where my family is from, and just to be recognized for the journalism, for the storytelling that Syracuse really planted that seed,” Alford said. Alford grew up on Southside’s Garfield Avenue, at a time when her family was one of the first Black families to live on the street. Vincent Cobb II, a longtime friend of Alford’s and CEO of the education nonprofit Summer House Institute, described the Southside in the ‘90s as a “tight-knit community,” so intertwined that for much of his young life, he believed Syracuse was a majority Black city. Alford and Cobb met when they both attended Percy Hughes School and Cobb first saw Alford’s self-starter mentality, he said. They carried this competitive drive to Nottingham High School, and in high school, Alford competed in oratorical meets and played an active role in student government. Cobb, an SU graduate himself, said one of Alford’s greatest assets is her ability to command a room through authentic storytelling. Together, they established what Cobb termed a “trading places” program between the suburban Fayetteville-Manlius High School, in which students from either school swap campuses for a day to gain perspective on educational inequities. “You learn that when you live on the Southside, either because people make judgments
must be working in an academic, industrial, government or nonprofit environment and have demonstrated immense promise for contributions to their respective fields. Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by someone else, and Nangia said she was nominated by a peer and a mentor.
Winners have the opportunity to present their findings at the WCC-sponsored symposium in the spring. This symposium will recognize the recipients for their hard work and accomplishments in their research as well as inform other researchers and professionals in the same fields. Nangia and her research team have
been widely recognized by schools and organizations such as the University of Minnesota, her alma mater, as well as Scientia. She said she considers this award a large recognition for small research questions that matter. “Winning this award shows that what I’m doing is valuable and that my research means something,” Nangia said. In addition to her Rising Star Award, Nangia has made other contributions within Syracuse and has especially impacted undergraduate and graduate women in STEM. She has partnered with SU’s Women in Science and Engineering program as a mentor for members, especially young women of color, in the Future Professionals Program. “I admire how she has been training and mentoring all of her students and the impact she’s making on them,” said Shobha Bhatia, co-director of WiSE. Nangia has served as a faculty advisor for FPP in WiSE that focuses on graduatelevel support and development for women in STEM. Her passion and dedication is mentoring and teaching students about methods of research and its potential importance in their careers, Nangia said. Jingjing Ji, a chemical engineering Ph.D.
student, said she has been positively influenced by Nangia’s mentoring in her three years of working with her. “She’s very kind and patient with her students,” Jingjing said. Alex Dunbar, the communications manager of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, began his work with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2017 and has since reported on parts of Nangia’s journey with her research. He said he admires the high-level of research that Nangia and her team accomplish, which reflects the team dynamic. “It’s great to see brilliant people encouraging and supporting one another and advancing work in this way,” Dunbar said. “Professor Nangia does a great job at opening doors for understanding.” Nangia has also helped Ji navigate the direction of her research, Ji said, and the lab atmosphere is designed to have students learn from one another. “Research isn’t very easy as a Ph.D. student, and I feel confused at times,” Ji said. “But Professor Nangia helps point me in the right direction and helps me solve the issue.”
about the area that you live in, or just like, visually, you see that stark contrast between the suburbs and the city,” Alford said. “I think you learn about the sort of two sides of the city.” When Alford returned to Syracuse, her chief concern was making it to as many high schools as possible. Thanks to Cobb’s connections in education, he organized for Alford to visit four schools, where she would conduct roundtables and encourage interested students to apply to Newhouse. Cobb felt honored that Alford wanted him right on stage next to her for the group dialogues. Oftentimes, Alford said these conversations veered toward how community members can utilize media outlets to tell their stories. “She’s always been the person that says ‘Hey, I want to take care of this to see if we can help these people out,’” Cobb’s father and manager of The Cage, Vincent Cobb, said. “She’s always about bringing people together and having that conversation.” Today, both at CNN and theGrio, she creates conversations that “highlight humanity” with her brand of journalism. As a Black and Puerto Rican woman, finding story angles that less-diverse newsrooms overlook is one of the keys to her success, Alford said when she visited Newhouse on Sept. 22. Many of these stories also intersect with her own identity, including her documentary “Afro-Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico.” Cobb said content like her documentary and other works show what she has reckoned with being an Afro-Latina woman. In high school, she often felt as if she had to negotiate which identity to present, as if both weren’t an option. When she went to New York City and saw a more robust Afro-Latino popula-
tion, it validated her decision to embrace both sides to her identity, Alford said. “In upstate New York, sometimes identity can be reduced to black and white. And I mean that literally and figuratively,” Alford said. “There’s not a lot of representation of those who sit at intersections of identity. Some people may have a hard time understanding because they say, ‘Well, are you Black? Or are you Latino? Like, which one are you?’” Such questions followed her through four years at Harvard University, where she founded Amplify magazine, a journal on gender issues. Upon graduating, Alford wanted to expand her leadership acumen and eventually secured a job at Bridgewater Associates in Connecticut, the world’s largest hedge fund. While she was there, she worked on a team with CEO Ray Dalio, gaining valuable insight into investment finance. Cobb said he recalls phone calls when Alford explained the job was giving her a “thick skin” “What I’ve learned throughout my 20s is that you can be talented or great at a lot of things,” Alford said. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s ultimately what you’re meant to do. And so at each step of my career journey, I was looking for something different.” Cobb also remembers Alford calling him to say her job was self-serving and unrewarding. She wanted out. Unsatisfied by her current trajectory, she course-corrected and found purpose in education leadership at a charter school in Washington Heights in an underserved community. Alford loved the students she helped daily but took an estimated $65,000 pay cut and worked in a trailer that leaked in the winter time. Soon, she moved on to Washington, D.C., where she taught middle school English through
Teach for America. Finally, though, a low salary and financial difficulties meant another phone call to Cobb: She was applying to business school. But as she began pouring herself into personal application essays, Alford realized that writing and telling stories was her true calling. For many, the shift from educator to journalist may seem drastic, though Alford said that “journalism is a form of teaching” where both parties are learning in equal measure. “Being a journalist is like this eternal license to be a student,” Alford said. Alford has written a personal essay for Vogue on the fears of being a Black pregnant mother in America. She’s interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and actor Viola Davis. But her proudest accomplishment has been growing theGrio. What was once in 2015 a four-person team is now a full-scale operation with numerous news bureaus across the nation. Her role in its growth has unified her business knowledge and her passion for telling stories, she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if she was president one day or governor,” the elder Cobb said. “It’s just she’s got this kind of potential, and her personality, her compassion for people and empathy for people … she wants to see them be successful.” Alford alluded to the possibility of one day being an SU professor: “Maybe one day, you never know. I’ll always be back.” For now, her upcoming 2023 memoir “American Negra” is only part one of a life where Alford embraced uncertainty to unearth its fullest rewards.
Professor Nangia helps point me in the right direction and helps me solve the issue Jingjing Ji chemical engineering ph.d student
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student show and fixed the strings by himself before the third song. The bandmates often shared smiles back and forth as they moved around the stage to jam out in unison. They played songs off of their selftitled album such as “Fort Reno” and “Indie Girls 101,” which collectively have over 22,000 streams on Spotify. The band members smiled throughout their performance and looked like they were having a good time on stage. As they continued their set with enthusiasm, the audience bounced around, danced, and sang along through it all. firstname.lastname@example.org @coreymhen
33COL3 (LEFT) AND PICTURE US TINY were two of the student performers at the UU student show. 33col3 performed his hyperpop single “Pet Bear” which featured Picture Us Tiny. corey henry senior staff photographer
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jersey Washington said. “She was such a powerhouse and I’m like ‘Oh my god this girl is amazing.’” Legette-Jack is now in her tenth season as the head coach of the University at Buffalo women’s basketball program. The entire Bulls squad sat at center court at the Dome and watched their coach deliver a heartfelt speech, sending a message similar to what she had consistently projected on her players in practice. Prior to games and during practices, Legette-Jack often shared fragments of her playing story, her players recalled. “That’s definitely motivating to see how far she’s come and to see where she’s still going,” Buffalo senior forward Adebola Adeyeye said. “Everyone really came together for her because she always comes together for us.” Legette-Jack dedicated her acceptance speech to her mother, who is currently from page 12
drexel zone quickly and tried to feed the ball in under the basket, but Swider jumped the pass and charged the other way. As he drove down the right, Jimmy Boeheim followed and Swider dropped a pass in Jimmy’s hands and peeled away to the corner. After a quick stutter step, Jimmy drove to the basket and went up-and-under around a defender, tapping the ball high off the glass for the layup. “They were trying to throw it out to the 3s,” Swider said. “It was just reacting, knowing what they were doing.” In that 30 second stretch, Drexel appeared to have momentum, but Swider’s steal and two assists provided Syracuse an opportunity to reign the Dragons in just before halftime. “We just all needed to make an adjustment,” Boeheim said. “(The Dragons) were real clever with what they were doing. It takes a while sometimes (to adjust).” from page 12
notre dame opening win against Monmouth, allowing a massive lead to open up against the Hawks. The team is full of shooters to offset their lack of size, but in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game, Syracuse’s shooting didn’t connect at the same rate it did on Wednesday. Midway through the first quarter, SU was shooting just 11.1% from the field. It ended the first half shooting 27.8%. The guards would swing the ball outside looking to create enough space for a shot while either Eboni Walker or Styles would disappear inside the defense of the Irish. Styles and Walker are both in their first offensive system where they’re tasked with manning the paint. The trend continued as Syracuse slowly worked itself into a larger deficit, finally culminating in the eight-minute scoring drought coinciding with a 21-0 run from Notre Dame. With just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Chrislyn from page 10
louisville the ball, particularly on that first drive, that made the play-action dangerous because SU had to account for the run. That’s when Cunningham made Syracuse pay with the deep passes. Poor tackling from the Orange, like on Mitchell’s runs, didn’t help either. Wax said the defensive unit missed a lot of tackles, and those errors all accumulated in the loss.
Three final points
Was this one of the “worst” losses of the Babers era?: Syracuse has lost by larger margins during the Babers era — a 54-point loss to Clemson in 2016, a 46-point loss to Louisville in 2017 and a 43-point loss to Maryland in 2019. There have also been losses to Group of Five schools, notably a home loss to Middle Tennessee in 2017 and the one to Liberty last year. But the argument can be made that
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in the hospital. On Saturday, Legette-Jack said she visited her mother, placed her head on her chest and told her, “Mom, they know your name.” Despite acknowledging her own success, Legette-Jack views her jersey retirement as only the beginning of a lengthy recognition process for Syracuse’s female athletes. “There’s nothing special about me, I just did the work,” Legette-Jack said in her speech. “I’m so humbled, but there’s more boxes for us to open.” As the current women’s basketball team is composed of majority transfer players, Doug Murray — the father of captain Najé Murray — said retiring No. 33 served as a timely welcome to the Syracuse culture for the team. Saturday’s game was Doug’s first time at the Dome to watch the team play, but he said he believes the game’s historical significance will inspire this year’s squad. “It’s pretty cool that she’s on the team this year,” Doug said. “Sometimes the stars line
up — it’s a pretty big day.” Legette-Jack’s jersey retirement is a feat former Syracuse athletes view as monumental. Former Syracuse football player Pat Killorin, who was an All-American center in 1964, came to the Dome on Sunday afternoon for the retirement ceremony. Killorin played alongside Floyd Little, who wore the legendary No. 44, a number that has been retired for many years. As Killorin and his wife started following the women’s basketball team within the past four years, he took notice of the amount of successful talent from athletes in the past 50 years of female athletics at Syracuse, including Legette-Jack. “She in particular was one of the gals that probably really helped develop our program here,” Killorin said. “That’s why we wanted to be here to honor her for all of her achievements.” Legette-Jack and those closest to her know how much of an impact she’s had on the Syracuse
community. Ronnie said he believes her achievement could be the most encouraging for Syracuse’s inner-city youth to see someone who “walked down the same hallways they walked (and) the same streets that they walked.” Ronnie joined Legette-Jack as she stood next to a white No. 33 on the edge of the court. To the banner’s right was the mainstay white No. 44, the most notable retired jersey number for a male Syracuse athlete. Now his sister’s number is a new staple for Syracuse athletics, but Ronnie said it’s just the primary foundation. “Let’s start the whole tradition from scratch. We’ve got a Club 44, let’s see a Club 33,” Ronnie said. “Let the women have their own club as well and let’s identify those people that’s coming behind her. It shouldn’t be another 50 years before it happens again.”
If the first half teased a potential upset, the Orange came out in the second half to squash any growing Drexel hopes. It began on Syracuse’s first possession of the second half when Buddy passed out to an open Swider on the left wing for a quick 3 and the lead. On the other end, Drexel tried to set up its offense, but when the Dragons passed out from the paint to the wing, Joe Girard III stuck his hand in the way for the steal. As he charged the other way, he found Buddy on the wing, who instead of shooting, pump-faked and passed it back to Girard for another open 3. “We just came out of there with a different type of attitude, a different type of energy and it really started on the defensive end,” Swider said. “We started getting a lot more steals, a lot more deflections, Jesse blocked two shots early and that kind of got us going, and we got out on the break and got some easy buckets.” Drexel tried again to score, but this time Edwards came up with a big block and steal. As Syracuse ran its offense on the other end,
the ball made its way to Jimmy, who posted up and hooked in a two. The Dragons would finally score their first points of the second half almost two minutes in, but seven seconds later Girard launched a stretch pass to Jimmy for the easy layup reply. Back the other way, Syracuse almost forced a shot clock violation from Drexel, but the rebound fell to James Butler for a layup. After a Swider jumper, Drexel’s Xavier Bell replied with his won shot. However, on a quick inbound, Girard launched an outlet pass over the defense to an open Edwards for the dunk. “The offense just got going … I think it also just goes to getting stops,” Girard said. “You can’t get a fast break if you’re not getting stops and I think that helped us a lot. Syracuse didn’t finish its run there. When Drexel attempted to set up its offense, the Orange defense shuffled around taking away shooting opportunities. As the shot clock wound down, Butler tried a pass from the baseline back to a guard, but Girard tipped
the ball over the guard’s head and ran down for a layup and waved his arms up getting the Syracuse crowd into the game. “Coach told us at halftime we needed to start ramping up the defense a little bit,” Girard said. “I was missing some shooters, we were all missing some shooters on the defensive end, so it was just about getting to shooters and getting hands-on and getting deflections.” In just three minutes and 33 seconds, the Orange went on a 16-6 run to capture a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. As the second half wore on, Buddy began to hit fades that wouldn’t drop in the first half. After letting the lead bounce in and out of their hands in the first, the Orange rebounded at the start of the second and used the 16-6 run to grab the victory. “We regrouped in the second half (and) made some adjustments,” Jimmy said. I’m proud of the way we came out and fought. Got to be better early on though.”
bucked the trend when she buried a secondchance opportunity from deep to cut the lead to seven. But that shot seemed like an aberration until Murray grabbed a pass from Hyman and buried a 3-pointer halfway through the second quarter. “It was really just trying to find out lineups. We’re playing a lot of different players and trying to find the right combinations,” Read said. “We may struggle a little bit with that earlier on in the season.” In last season’s win over Notre Dame, SU utilized late-game scoring in order to storm back from a 15-point deficit to upset the Fighting Irish. On Sunday, Syracuse’s final push for a conference win went with hardly any force. Chrislyn’s 3 in the second quarter seemed to light a spark, firing Syracuse off on a 14-4 run that brought them within two points of Notre Dame. Christianna Carr responded with a 3 of her own from the right corner, and Chrislyn helped out by notching a steal at halfcourt and making
her transition layup. But a team still trying to find its rhythm, its chemistry and a starting lineup only played two quarters where their shooting was as advertised. After that, Syracuse was “not the best,” as Chrislyn put it. SU didn’t have the avenues it did against Monmouth to drive for points in the paint. When they did try to drive inside, the Orange were stifled by Maya Dodson or Maddy Westbeld, leading to many off-balanced shots that were off target. That’s what led to 31 defensive rebounds for Notre Dame, and why the Irish were ultimately able to pull away and turn Sunday into a game that looked as if it was never close. Syracuse’s lack of size was evident in the first quarter, with Notre Dame out rebounding Syracuse 15-9, contributing to the seven minutes without a point. With the Orange’s shooting sputtering out, Styles and Walker had their hands full with the taller, sturdier centers for the Irish. Toward the end of the first quarter, Alaina Rice finally
found a lane to drive to the basket and to get a bank-shot off. But it missed, and after collecting the rebound, Rice was smothered by three Notre Dame jerseys to snuff out a chance at points. “They were long,” Styles said of the Notre Dame forwards. “They have their hands open, their arms wide, they’re going to be covering a lot of space at one time.” Syracuse tried to keep pace with Notre Dame, but the consistency didn’t stay as the clock ticked down to end the fourth quarter. Within four minutes, the Irish had silenced Chrislyn’s three and the hard layup from Styles inside the paint that followed. By the time Dara Mabrey swished a deep ball through with three minutes left in Sunday’s game, Syracuse was down by 19 points in its first ACC test. “We hung around and gave ourselves a chance,” Read said. “Then 25-7 in the fourth quarter, they kind of took over the game.”
Saturday’s 38-point defeat is up there for the “worst.” The loss to then-No. 3 Clemson came when starter Eric Dungey left the game with a concussion and did not return. The 46-point loss to Louisville was part of a five-game losing streak, which eventually became a 4-8 season. The 43-point loss to Maryland for an SU team that entered the season with high hopes is the most comparable, but that defeat came in the second week when the Orange were still figuring it all out. Last year’s Liberty team ended up as a top 25 team. This year’s Syracuse team doesn’t have a valid excuse. Yes, it was without two offensive linemen, but it proved earlier in the season that this was a roadblock it could overcome. Saturday’s game came after a bye week. All the players emphasized that they prepared for this contest and that they felt prepared. This year’s team has demonstrated that it has the potential to keep up with the ACC’s best teams, and though it is a down year for the conference, that’s still important. The Orange
got much-needed rest during their bye-week, and had every reason to be motivated with a bowl game on the line. Yet the Orange still got beaten — thoroughly — on offense, defense and special teams. Louisville was supposed to be a fair match for SU, a close game that Babers said he expected to come down to the final possession. Babers dodged a postgame question about whether the first half was SU’s worst during his tenure. But if you consider the expectations and then the reality, and the potential and then the result, this is one of the worst losses under Babers. Will SU still go bowling?: If the Orange play the way they did against Louisville, they don’t have a chance. But an overtime loss to Wake Forest, and a lastsecond one to Clemson are proof that SU is capable of keeping up with the ACC’s best. Matchups at NC State and at home against Pittsburgh won’t be easy, but Syracuse still has the pieces to put up a fight.
“We’ve played other teams in the top 25 and been within three points, so I guess we’re going to have to find a way to go out there and do it again with those top 25 teams,” Babers said of NC State and Pitt. Babers probably should’ve pulled Tucker and Shrader: Babers left Tucker and Shrader in the game throughout the third and fourth quarter when the game had long been settled. The Orange trailed by 32, then 35 and then 38 — well beyond the reach of a comeback. Tucker was 11 yards short of SU’s singleseason rushing record, but he still has two games left. Risking injury to the Orange’s two best offensive players — and quite frankly, their only two productive offensive players — probably wasn’t a worthwhile gamble. Neither was injured but had one of them been, Syracuse’s shot at a bowl game would’ve evaporated entirely in Louisville.
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Syracuse defense used to prevent big plays. What changed? By Roshan Fernandez senior staff writer
Before Syracuse’s bye week, the Orange ranked No. 7 in the nation in defensive explosivity rate. They just didn’t give up many big plays. Before the game against Louisville, defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan was asked for his takeaways from playing dualthreat quarterbacks like Liberty’s Malik Willis and FSU’s Jordan Travis, as well as how they’d translate to Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham. “Limiting the big plays” was the key learning point from those previous matchups, he said. “We gave up a lot of big chunk plays. If we limit the big plays we should be good,” Jonathan said. “We just got to put ourselves in a better situation to stop that, and we’re going to get better with that.” But Saturday, the defense was burned continuously as the Cardinals marched down
the field with ease in the first half. Louisville’s first play from scrimmage was an outside zone where running back Jalen Mitchell cut to his left and burst through a hole for a gain of 39 yards. The next play, he cut through a similar hole on the left side and gained 28. “We knew that they were a team that likes explosive plays, they go for the shots, they go for the big throws. So we knew we needed to stop that and we didn’t do that today,” defensive lineman Cody Roscoe said postgame. The Orange gave up 10 big plays on Saturday — four rushes of 10-plus yards, and six passes of 15-plus yards. SU has given up more big plays this season (15 against Virginia Tech and 11 against Wake Forest), but it’s also had better performances (eight against Clemson and four against Boston College) compared to Saturday’s game. The problem for the Orange was that those big plays came in quick succession. They couldn’t stop the bleeding against
Louisville. The back-to-back Mitchell runs set up the Cardinals’ first touchdown, and then Syracuse’s defense allowed a 3rd-and-15 conversion that led to Louisville’s second touchdown. On that first quarter play, Syracuse left Marshon Ford wide-open on a shallow passing route. When Cunningham dumped the ball off to his tight end, SU watched as Ford sped straight ahead. No defender made contact until Ford reached the sticks, and the Orange couldn’t tackle him until he reached the sticks. Cunningham saw SU playing mancoverage moments later, and he fired a deep shot to his receiver for a 33-yard touchdown. The quarterback unleashed a deep shot to set up a first-and-goal on the next drive and then tossed two more deep touchdown passes of 41 and 17 yards. All were in the first half on Louisville’s first four possessions. “Having time to throw those deep, post crossing routes which takes a long time to throw,” head coach Dino Babers said when
asked why SU gave up a significant number of big plays. Syracuse’s game plan was to load the box and contain Cunningham to stop him from running. But it didn’t get enough pressure on him, and he had time to hang in the pocket and make deep throws, Roscoe said. The Orange didn’t properly account for his arm either, with multiple touchdowns coming on deep passes against man coverage. Eric Coley got burned on a deep touchdown pass. Duce Chestnut did too. “That was just them making plays, and we’re just going to get better next week,” Chestnut said after the game. He said the defensive backs weren’t “themselves.” Linebacker Marlowe Wax also said that he wasn’t certain why the defensive backs struggled against deep passes but said it may have had to do with where their eyes were in the backfield. Because the Cardinals had success running see louisville page 9
SU unable to score equalizer in NCAA Tournament loss By Christopher Scarglato senior staff writer
Ange Bradley toed the sideline, stuffed her hands into her coat pockets and crouched down. As the fourth-period clock evaporated, along with Syracuse’s season, the entirety of Bradley’s team was now adjacent to her, all pressing to score a goal and retie Sunday’s second-round NCAA tournament match. With a little over one minute remaining, Bradley took out Brooke Borzymowski to go empty net and subbed in midfielder Claire Cooke into Syracuse’s offensive line. With a heaved ball that entered Syracuse’s side, Maryland’s defense was able to burn out the clock and seal the match. In a game where Maryland limited Syracuse to just two shots on goal and three corners, SU couldn’t pull out after equalizing the Terrapins’ sole goal during the beginning of the fourth period. With Maryland midline — stacked with All-Big Ten talent such as Brooke DeBerdine — shutting down Syracuse’s offense, the Terrapins’ will enter into their 20th final four in program history. With Sunday’s loss, Bradley has been in the same place five times before. Now at nine quarterfinal appearances, Bradley
has advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s semifinals four times during her time at Syracuse. And against Maryland, the team that Bradley served as an assistant coach within the late ‘90s before coaching at Richmond and then later SU, Sunday resulted in her fifth quarterfinal exit. Streaks, from low-efficiency corner scoring to a nine game-winning one, carried Syracuse’s season and planted them back in a spot that they haven’t been in since 2016 — a year after it won the NCAA championship. At the start of the season, Syracuse was coming back from a 2020 year that contained COVID-19 protocols and an 8-8 record from conference play. And in the beginning of 2021, with a 2-2 record, including back-to-back losses against both Kent State and Rutgers, Bradley’s program seemed to still be in the midst of its rebuilding process after it peaked in 2015. The Orange then won against then-No. 12 UConn, won against then-No. 3 Boston College and began to thread a nine-game winning streak they haven’t achieved since their championship year — when they went undefeated in the regular season. A defining 5-0 shutout against North Carolina proved that Syracuse’s post-championship roster had
finally matured. Syracuse shot an inefficient and streaky rate, averaging 17.7 shots per game but only 3.30 goals. Still, with a generation of offensive-minded players such as Eefke van den Nieuwenhof, Hailey Bitters and Pleun Lammers, who all totaled 26 goals throughout the year, Syracuse ended the 2021 regular season as a top-10 team in the country. With Lammers out on the sidelines from an injury toward the end of the season, SU eventually lost to UNC in the second round of the ACC Tournament. Questions began to pop up if the junior forward and Syracuse’s key offensive cog would return again when it came to the NCAA Tournament. But at College Park, Maryland, Lammers stayed on the sidelines. Syracuse still had a strong offense without her, and it coasted through the first round with a 4-1 win against No. 4 Penn State. On Sunday, as Cooke teed off the ball to start the game, Syracuse’s offense without Lammers showed up again. SU had crisp passing at the beginning of the first half, limiting Maryland’s offense to just one shot on goal, but it couldn’t generate any offense of its own — even when it got past Maryland’s midfield. Passes from Laura Graziosi entered into Maryland’s shooting circle but either they missed or Quirine Comans
couldn’t fully control them. SU’s only shot of the half was a Hailey Bitters shot that went wide left with five minutes remaining in the first period. Kyler Greenwalt outran Florine van Boetzelaer and approached Syracuse’s shooting circle three minutes into the third period, though. Hope Rose circled in, passed the ball into the front of Syracuse cage and to Anna Castaldo, who tapped it into the net. Maryland kept on cracking Syracuse’s defense, letting off eight total shots throughout the period. Five of them, including Castaldo’s shot, were all on goal. In the fourth period, Syracuse equalized the score after gaining a penalty corner off a Maryland-kicked ball, with SJ Quigley going in for just the second time in the entirety of Sunday’s match. A Tess Queen set-up and van den Nieuwenhof forehand shot into the left side of the cage gave SU a tie it would only hold for a minute. Bibi Donraadt’s tap-in goal gave the Terrapins a lead they would hold onto for 12 minutes. When Maryland’s final clear effectively ended the game and Syracuse’s season, the camera panned toward three SU seniors — Graziosi, Quigley and Queen — hugging together somberly. email@example.com
Gradual decline in 3rd, 4th sets lead to 4-set loss to Florida State By Cole Bambini staff writer
Outside hitter Polina Shemanova seemed to have recorded another crosscourt kill as she launched a spike from the left side placing it perfectly to where no Florida State player could dig to save the rally in the fourth set. Originally called a point for Syracuse, the second referee made her way to the first official and the pair overturned the much needed point as a result of a rotation error. After the call was overturned, head coach Leonid Yelin argued with the official, calming the official kept changing her explanation for the change although he admitted the call was correct postgame. Regardless, the overturn deflated SU and on the next play, Florida State kept the rally alive, digging it back to the Orange in the direction of setter Elena Karakasi. But instead of setting up an attack, Karakasi spiked the ball far out of bounds. Yelin called a timeout and spent a minute with Karakasi before rejoining the huddle. Syracuse (16-12, 5-11 Atlantic Coast) fell in four sets to Florida State (19-6, 11-4 ACC), losing the second time this season
to the Seminoles who defeated the Orange on Halloween in five sets. Despite a strong second set — the only set SU won — the Orange deflated in the final two sets. The overturned point and Karakasi’s attack error were just two plays of a 7-0 Seminole run that put Florida State up 13-5 in the set. Other errors in the run included a Shemanova spike that went wide left, a miscommunication between the front row and back row on a bump and a poor touch error by Syracuse. SU couldn’t dig itself out of the whole it created and eventually dropped the set 25-17 with Naomi Franco being blocked assisted on match point. “I think it just boils down to we were tired and we weren’t ready to play,” middle blocker Abby Casiano said about the third and fourth sets. “We couldn’t get ourselves in check to have that fire, have that drive to push.” Through all four sets, SU recorded 16 total blocks, a .278 hitting percentage and 46 digs. In comparison, the Seminoles only notched five total blocks, a .203 hitting percentage and 47 digs. But these statistics weren’t the main factor in the outcome of the match, it was the dominance the Seminoles had on the offensive end.
Florida State outscored Syracuse 123-97 in total attack attempts, notching 45 kills in the process which was nine more than the Orange. The Seminoles displayed a variety of kill shots whether crosscourt spikes, center court spikes, tip shots and a couple sneak kills from their setter, Lily Tessier, which caught Syracuse off guard. “For their hitters, they don’t make too many errors,” Casiano said. “Even if you get a huge block setup on them, they’re very smart to tip around (or) hit off the block.” SU showed promising signs, specifically in the second set. After easily losing the first set, the Orange completely dominated the entire second set, never trailing except when the score was 1-0. Building a maximum lead of 11, the Orange cruised in the second set generating 15 kills and a .375 hitting percentage while limiting the Seminoles to seven kills and a -.029 hitting percentage. From there, Florida State controlled the offensive end and gradually drained the Orange. This weekend in addition to Florida State, SU faced No. 3 Pittsburgh for the second time and after trailing two sets to none, were able to bounce back and extend the match into
five sets before falling off in the final set. SU’s exhaustion carried over from Friday and contributed to the gradual decline. “We were kind of tight from the Friday game with Pittsburgh,” outside hitter Marina Markova said. “When we needed to continue, we couldn’t today.” The struggle to close out sets and matches has been an issue for the Orange in its slump, contributing to a 2-10 record in its last twelve matches, which were all ACC opponents. While conference play was expected to be more difficult, SU previously has had opportunities to capitalize in these matches including holding set point in multiple sets against now No. 1 Louisville. A win this weekend would’ve helped SU’s case for an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament as both the Seminoles and the Panthers are ranked higher than SU in the rating percentage index. To close out the regular season, Duke travels to Syracuse next Sunday, a must win opportunity for the Orange. The Blue Devils lost to SU early in the season in straight sets. The following Wednesday, SU visits North Carolina State for its second matchup of the season to conclude the regular season. firstname.lastname@example.org
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2nd half lifts SU to win over Drexel By Gaurav Shetty staff writer
FELISHA LEGETTE-JACK finished her collegiate career as Syracuse’s all-time leader in points (1,526) and rebounds (927). Her number was retired along with Anna Goodale and Katie Rowan Thomson. charlotte little contributing photographer
Fans, family agree Felisha Legette-Jack’s jersey retirement empowers women in sports By Alex Cirino
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elisha Legette-Jack grew up in Syracuse’s Brick City neighborhood. She and her family could see the Carrier Dome up the hill from their front door.So when Legette-Jack was repeatedly told she could never play basketball at any big Division I program like Syracuse, her younger brother Ronnie Legette laughed and watched all the doubt propel his sister to stardom at their hometown college. On Saturday afternoon, the two siblings, along with the rest of their extended family, stood atop that hill on the Dome’s court, looking up at the rafters. Their attention was centered on the stadium’s section 312, where Legette-Jack’s No. 33 now hangs by itself. The banner settled into the stadium’s rafters and Legette-Jack officially became Syracuse’s first female athlete to have her jersey number retired. Her program records in points, rebounds and field goals held for nearly 15
years after she graduated from SU in 1989. “I was excited by the fact that they chose her,” Ronnie said. “I was wondering why it took so long, more so than being surprised at it.” Prior to the jersey retirement, a commemorative video of Legette-Jack’s high school and collegiate basketball career played. It featured her cousin, Angela Washington, whom she shared the court with at both Levy Middle School and Nottingham High School. Washington said she and Legette-Jack were a recognizable duo on the court. They were respectively nicknamed “fly” and “sky,” since Washington was the “cool” one and Legette-Jack was a tall force on the court. Although Legette-Jack furthered her playing career beyond that of her cousin, who stopped playing after high school, re-watching old clips and photos of Legette-Jack further reminded Washington of No. 33’s legacy. “Just watching the old flicks took me way back,” see jersey page 9
Syracuse surrenders 21-0 run in loss to ND By Anthony Alandt asst. digital editor
Syracuse ended the afternoon the same way it started. Chrislyn Carr’s 3-pointer off a pass around the 3-point arc from Teisha Hyman gave the Orange a sense of comeback, a feeling that they might be able to pull off a stunning win to begin Atlantic Coast Conference play and, as Alaysia Styles said prior to the
season, begin to prove everyone wrong. But then it felt like Notre Dame put a lid on Syracuse’s basket, and the misses that plagued SU’s first half returned. Notre Dame traded baskets with Syracuse through the third quarter and into the first two minutes of the fourth. Syracuse stormed back to keep the deficit at four points, but then the lights-out shooting from players like Najé Murray
and Chrislyn stopped. Syracuse was shooting nearly 50% in the third quarter, but it fell back to a lackluster 15.8% from the field in the final 10 minutes. Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) started Sunday’s game with a make from deep just 28 seconds after the tip-off. Styles broke up a pass and threw the ball up to Murray. She pulled up from straight on and buried the shot to kick off scoring. But for the
first of two stretches of time against Notre Dame (3-0, 1-0 ACC), the Orange’s net hung still. Acting head coach Vonn Read said the Fighting Irish’s defensive zone “bothered” the team, leading to the 15 total minutes that lacked a point from Syracuse. “They just kept packing it in on us, and when we got it inside, they were kind of walling us up a bit,” Read said. Syracuse shot 52.9% in its see notre
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Buddy Boeheim gathered the ball at the top of the arc. Instead of opting for a 3 as he usually does, Buddy elected to drive at his defender. Dribbling back and forth, Buddy created some separation and drove into the key. As Buddy entered the key, a Drexel defender blocked his path. But Buddy used his defender’s momentum against him and spun back around, sending his mark the wrong way. Buddy faded away and launched a shot over the help defender, but his shot hit the rim and bounced around before finally falling outside and into Drexel’s hands. The miss epitomized Syracuse’s first half as the Orange entered halftime down 33-32. It was the first time this season, the Orange entered halftime without a lead and it was against a nonconference opponent. “No one wants to play like that (in the first half) in front of our home crowd,” Cole Swider said. Syracuse (2-0) topped Drexel (1-1) 75-60, notching its second win of the season on Sunday night. In the first half, Syracuse was on upset watch with Drexel scoring enough 3s to trade leads with the Orange. But at the start of the second half, Syracuse went on a 16-6 run to put an end to any upset hopes. “Drexel is a really good team. I think they’re even better than I thought” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “First half, we gave them too easy, open looks. Second half we changed our rotation a little defensively, which we should’ve done sooner and got to the shots.” With the Orange offense struggling in the first half, Syracuse and Drexel went back-and-forth. Drexel’s biggest lead of six points came deep in the first half with Syracuse reeling. As Syracuse’s zone forced the Dragons shooters out wide, Drexel shot 7-for-17 from 3 in the first half, keeping pace with the Orange on the scoreboard. With just under 3 minutes left in the first half, Drexel’s Melik Martin hit another 3-pointer to give Drexel its biggest lead of the game. It looked like the Dragons would be able to build a sizable lead entering halftime, but Swider managed to make plays on both ends of the court to keep Syracuse in the game. First, Swider received the ball on the left side of the court. He then took a second to size up his defender and elected to drive to the hoop. As he was driving, Swider attracted another defender, so Swider rose up to try a floater, but neatly dumped the ball off to a cutting Jesse Edwards for the easy layup. Drexel inbounded and pushed the pace back the other way to try and answer with a quick two. The Dragons worked the ball around the see drexel page 9