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Allen Groves, Syracuse University’s senior vice president for the student experience, said that SU is averaging 40 or 50 flu cases a day. Page 3

Syracuse stars Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard III have already cashed in since NIL legislation was enacted in July in deals with local business. Page 12

People’s Place is celebrating 50 years as a Syracuse University mainstay, serving cups of coffee and smiles in equal measure to its patrons. Page 6

The hats he has worn

Bobby Maldonado, chief of Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety, reflects on the lessons he’s learned from 40 years in law enforcement By Christopher Scarglato senior staff writer


n a temporary Sims Hall office that Bobby Maldonado will leave by the end of December, the Syracuse University Chief of the Department of Public Safety showed off his hats. On the front of his desk sits a New York state police trooper hat, representing his start in law enforcement and the two decades he spent with the department. Laying on the window sill is a gift from a friend, a New York Police Department baseball cap, which serves as a remnant from Maldonado’s time growing up in The Bronx, New York. The headwear used to hang up in his other office, all lined up in a row. But in his new one, with his policing days ticking away, Maldonado has them just laying around. A third hat, perched next to the NYPD hat, is a DPS hat. Last January, Maldonado announced his retirement after a law enforcement career that has spanned 40 years — six of which he spent as the university’s DPS chief. Maldonado planned to retire on Aug. 1, but SU officials asked him to stay longer because they had not yet hired a replacement. Maldonado obliged, and he will

CHIEF BOBBY MALDONADO’S office in Sims Hall holds a collection of hats from his years working in law enforcement and growing up in New York. wendy wang asst. photo editor

officially leave his position as the head of campus public safety on Dec. 31. Throughout a career that took him from The Bronx to Albany to Rochester and finally to Syracuse, Maldonado gravitated his mindset toward community policing. The chief said he tried to expand DPS to have positive interactions with students and create a more diverse environment by recruiting people of color into campus public safety. But during Maldonado’s six-year tenure, students have criticized DPS’ reactions to hate crimes on campus and the department’s response to the #NotAgainSU protests at the Barnes Center at The Arch and Crouse-Hinds Hall. Maldonado said he welcomed Loretta Lynch’s

report, a year-long investigation into DPS, as an act of transparency. The report outlines 23 recommendations for changes within the department. As an introvert, Maldonado grew to understand his own position, his leadership style, and he said others won’t always agree with him. He said he encourages debate, carving out time to listen and talk with those he serves. He learned all this with the different hats he’s worn.

From trooper, to captain, to chief

Standing inside a former girlfriend’s apartment in 1980, Maldonado spotted an application for the New York State Police on a table. “What’s up with this?” Maldonado recalled asking. see maldonado page 4

I was looking for a challenge. I certainly got it. Bobby Maldonado chief of dps

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Faculty, administors discuss gender-based pay inequity By Kyle Chouinard asst. news editor

Gretchen Ritter, the vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer at Syracuse University, made a commitment to conduct regular reviews of the university’s pay structure during the University Senate meeting on Wednesday. The provost specifically addressed gender-based pay inequity and also

committed to share the findings of the university’s periodic salary reviews. Ritter did not specify when these reviews will take place or be shared. The Senate Ad-Hoc on Gender Pay Equity Committee submitted a report last spring and has not had a formal response from SU’s administration, Ritter said. “I agree that we should have done better,” Ritter said. “And (in) my view, the Provost Office should be

responsive to matters that come to us from the Senate.” Ritter said that she understood why issues such as this, and others brought up by senators during the meeting, did not receive the proper response. “Keep in mind that a couple of the key figures from academic affairs were transitioning out of their roles,” Ritter said. “And many of the folks in academic affairs were on the

front line, still helping to address the challenges of the pandemic.” Later in the meeting, University Senators Eileen Schell and Laurel Morton, who co-chair the Women’s Concerns Committee, proposed a motion asking the Agenda Committee to reconstitute the Ad-Hoc Gender Pay Equity Committee with the goal of converting it to a permanent committee. The permanent committee would then oversee gender pay

equity and promotion in the future. After discussion within the senate, the motion passed. In the beginning of Schell and Morton’s statement, Schell discussed a class action lawsuit against the university regarding discriminatory payment practices toward women. The lawsuit was settled in early October. The complainants in the law see pay

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Event discusses Indigenous oppression in NY SU sees spike in flu cases this season By Kyle Chouinard asst. news editor

KATE CORBETT POLLACK, a coordinator at Syracuse University’s Disability Cultural Center, said Indigenous people were forced into psychiatric hospitals and schools. francis tang asst. copy editor By Francis Tang asst. copy editor

Kate Corbett Pollack, a coordinator at Syracuse University’s Disability Cultural Center, talked about Native American disability history at a lecture on Wednesday at the Schine Student Center. Pollack spoke about the history of segregated behavioral health and psychiatric facilities designed for Indigenous people with disabilities. During her lecture, Pollack listed multiple psychiatric facilities across the U.S., including in South Dakota, New York and Alaska. One of these facilities, the Utica Psychiatric Center, formerly known as the New York State Lunatic Asylum, was one of the first in the country and is now an archives facility. Pollack said Indigenous people were forcibly admitted to these facilities, regardless of whether they had mental illnesses. Many of the psychiatric hospitals existed as

an institution to assimilate Indigenous people into white-dominant society. Many Indigenous people in the psychiatric hospitals did not have mental illnesses but were rebelling against assimilation or not able to act in accordance to “white supremacist rules.” Morningside Hospital in Portland, Oregon, for example, came under scrutiny in 1916 for never releasing any of its patients, and again in the 1940s for labeling patients without substantial diagnosis. The Onondaga County Poorhouse is also associated with this part of history, Pollack said. Many different types of people — including those with disabilities, alcoholism or illness, as well as older people and people experiencing poverty — would be sent to the facility and buried in unmarked graves after they died. The property is now occupied primarily by Onondaga Community College. Indigenous children were sepa-

rated from their families when they arrived at the Onondaga County Poorhouse and were sent to schools such as Thomas Indian School, established in 1855 near the Cattaraugus Reservation in Erie County, New York. Those children were punished for speaking Indigenous languages as part of the effort to assimilate the Indigenous population, Pollack said. Many children died at those schools and were buried in unmarked graves, the same way as they were at the Onondaga County Poorhouse. In May, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at a similar former assimilation school and psychiatric hospital in Canada, sparking public outcry. The numbers are expected to rise, with speculation of 4,000 to 10,000 Indigenous students possibly buried in unmarked graves on the properties of these schools and at former schools in the United States. Pollack said even in modern times, Indigenous children are 11

times more likely to be placed in foster care than white children in South Dakota. In South Dakota, the local government often takes Indigenous children from parents with disabilities and puts them into foster care, according to Pollack’s presentation. “They’re using marginalized people for money. Children were sent to non-Native homes. That happened quite a bit for Native children — much more than white children,” Pollack said. “So, this is an example of how this continues to this day.” Regina Jones, assistant director of SU’s Native Student Program and a member of the Oneida Nation, said she was “shocked” when she heard about the Thomas Indian School’s history that she didn’t know before. “Disability is just a type of diversity. Humans are biodiverse,” Pollack said. “There’s not one type of human, not the best type of human.”

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DPS review board adds two additional advisers By Karoline Leonard asst. news editor

Syracuse University’s Community Review Board added two consultants to act as advisers, according to an SU news release. Former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a 97-page report in February that recommended the creation of the CRB, among other recommendations. In her report, Lynch said she hopes the board can help the SU community better understand how DPS works and hold them more accountable in the future. The CRB is made up of 11 members, including undergraduate and

graduate students as well as administrators and faculty. Bethaida “Bea” González will act as a senior adviser for the CRB. González had previously worked at SU in roles including vice president for community engagement, special assistant to the chancellor and dean of University College, which is now called the College of Professional Studies. González was named SU’s mace bearer in May. “The well-meaning intentions of the campus community must be codified and carried out in policy and process to ensure a truly equitable approach to safety and security issues,” González said in the release.

Melvin “Tony” Perez will act as an expert law enforcement consultant. Perez was the chief of public safety at Monroe Community College before retiring in July of this year. Prior to his work there, Perez was the director of intelligence for the New York State Police and a deputy commissioner for the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. He also served in the Rochester Police Department for two decades. “In reviewing prospective DPS policies and training, in weighing in on civilian complaints regarding officer conduct, the CRB bears a critical responsibility in ensuring a culture of transparency and

understanding of all sides of public safety issues,” Perez said. Brianna Sclafani, chair of the CRB and a law student at SU, said she thinks Perez and González will provide valuable insight to the board, especially since it is so new. “As a newly created board, we decided that we could greatly benefit from the ongoing insight that Bea and Tony could bring to our critical mission,” Sclafani said. “Together, (they) bring decades of experience … Their perspectives will be of great value and can help provide context to the CRB as we move forward.” @karolineleo_

Allen Groves, Syracuse University’s senior vice president for the student experience, reported on a collection of health issues at the university during Wednesday’s University Senate meeting. Groves called the flu an emerging issue of great concern for SU. Typically for college campuses, the flu spikes in January and February, he said. “What’s very unusual about this fall is that the spike is happening now,” he said. “The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is now going to assist the University of Michigan, which has had a very unusual spike in flu cases early on. We too have had a spike in cases.” Groves said SU is averaging 40 or 50 flu cases a day. “You’re seeing 102-, 103-degree fevers. You’re seeing a lot more serious symptoms consistent with a pretty difficult flu,” he said. Groves announced that the university is working with state health authorities to help understand what strain of flu is going around campus. He reiterated that this spike is a strain of the flu and not COVID-19.

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Just like the COVID-19 vaccines though, Groves said that it takes 14 days after being vaccinated for a person to be protected against the flu. SU Chancellor Kent Syverud also spoke about the flu during the meeting. While last year’s amount of flu was historically low due to COVID19 precautions, this year’s flu season is poised to be a challenging one, Syverud said. “It’s critically important that everyone do their part to lessen the impact of the flu,” Syverud said. “The Barnes Center continues to hold vaccination clinics, and it’s still open for appointments.” Groves also reported that the university has administered around 10,000 flu shots to the student population. “Know that we’re watching this very, very closely,” he said. Along with providing information about the flu, Groves gave an update on mental health facilities. He said there have been around 4,800 visits to SU’s Counseling

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maldonado “A trooper handed it to me,” the former girlfriend responded. The former girlfriend had no interest in it, and Maldonado didn’t want to become a cop at first, either. He applied anyway. Needing to pay off student loans from Cornell University, he took tests needed to enter both the NYPD and New York State Police. His phone later rang with two calls, asking to join both agencies. Maldonado chose the state police as a way to move out of NYC and try out living upstate. On Oct. 19, 1981, Maldonado was already in Albany, over two hours away from home, for his first day at the state police academy. By April, he graduated and started his first assignment in Williamson, New York, as a road trooper. Nearly two years later, Maldonado began to bounce from opportunity to opportunity. One came up in 1983, when he had the chance to join the narcotics department, where he stayed for about 10 years. “The most fruitful time of my career,” Maldonado recalled. He later moved to investigator, then to senior investigator, to lieutenant, and eventually to captain, and he transferred to the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations for the rest of his tenure with the state police. Along the way, he married his wife, Gina, and raised a family that stayed in the Rochester area no matter where he was called to across the state, she said. After serving as the city of Rochester’s deputy chief and an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Maldonado set out for a new challenge — college campus safety. As “a student of law enforcement” for years, Maldonado said he studied Herman Goldstein, the “father” of community policing. Maldonado believed the same philosophy could be used on a college campus — just like it could with the state police and

his other roles. Being the chief of public safety was meant for him — it was in his DNA from being in the state police, said Joaquin Aymerich, Maldonado’s former partner in the agency’s narcotics unit. Nine years at Nazareth College as its campus safety director set up Maldonado for his time at Syracuse. In July 2015, he became SU’s Chief of DPS. “I was looking for a challenge,” Maldonado said. “I certainly got it.”

Student of Color Advisory Committee

When Kate Abogado checked her phone in spring 2019, an email popped up. It was a nomination — DPS wanted her to be on an advisory board that would be co-chaired by its chief, Maldonado. During his career, Maldonado, who is Puerto Rican, said he eventually wanted to end up in the position where he could contribute back to other people of color, especially students. A chance came when DPS created a Student of Color Advisory Committee in response to criticism from students about communication of a reported assault on Ackerman Avenue in February 2019. About a dozen students, including Abogado, volunteered to be on the board. Then a senior, the now-SU alumna served as the committee’s co-chair. Several other SU officials were also on the board. In the beginning of fall 2019, Abogado met with Maldonado and talked about her expectations for the group. Maldonado told her that the committee’s role would be purely advisory. “The most ironic part of it was we never really felt (they) asked for advice,” Abogado said. “We were never asked like ‘Oh, what would make students of color feel more protected and more safe on this campus?’ None of those questions were ever asked.” Abogado estimated the two’s first chat was early in the semester — either August or early September, but the committee’s first meeting didn’t happen until October. Both Abogado and

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Maldonado said he attended each meeting. “He was very agreeable,” Abogado said. The two admitted it was challenging to get every member of the committee in a room with different schedules, with sometimes Maldonado showing up as the only official and about half of the student group being in attendance. After meetings ended at Sims Hall, though, Abogado recalled student members saying they felt like they weren’t truly being listened to. The group only had a handful of meetings — including three or four emergency ones when racist graffiti was found in Day Hall and other hate crimes and bias-related incidents occurred on and near SU’s campus. Students’ mindsets began to shift. “The biggest was the hate crimes (that happened), so that was always the focus,” Abogado said. “Eventually the attitude of the committee was that our time was better spent supporting our peers at the Barnes protest.” While at the Barnes Center during the first night of protests, Abogado’s phone buzzed. Maldonado called and asked if she was there. She responded yes. The chief then stated DPS officers would come in to check IDs and make sure everyone in the protest’s attendance belonged to the university for their safety. Abogado objected, citing it would be counterintuitive and frighten people — make protesters scared that they would get suspended, arrested or have their names noted down. Maldonado didn’t budge. “This is my job,” Abogado recalled him saying. “I had to remember what my mission was and what my charge was — and that was to keep the campus community safe,” Maldonado said two years later. “I don’t think I could ever deviate from that. Maybe the expectation of some students (was) that I should understand more, or stand with them in solidarity. But my main focus is to keep them safe.” After Nov. 2019, the committee was disbanded.

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on the history of payment inequity at SU. “Every time we talk about pay equity it comes out of the Women’s Concerns Committee,” she said. “It started there. I led it initially. … We’ve been in pay inequity for over 50 years, no new data. … We’re terrible at (pay equity) at this university.”

pay inequity suit said that despite salary adjustments in prior years to address pay inequity, actions to ameliorate pay inequity were insufficient as they were prospective in nature and did not address past pay inequities, Schell said. “We ask for a more proactive, transparent and forward-looking stance to a gender equity and accountability structure, one where … women do not have to file a lawsuit to be paid fairly and where the university admits wrongdoing when wrongdoing has been done,” Morton said. Following Schell and Morton’s statement, a collection of senators commented on the proposal and payment inequity. Coran Klaver, a senator and English department chair, said payment inequities can arise at SU due to payment data not being available. She said that at public universities, this data is public information. Ritter responded to Klaver, saying that “highlevel” data regarding pay in different departments would be appropriate, but she also said publishing more detailed data of the pay of employees would lead to potential privacy concerns. Robert Van Gulick, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, also supported the release of data relating to pay. “This data is necessary to be available,” he said. Suzette Meléndez, an associate dean for equity and inclusion in the College of Law, said the issue of payment inequity needs to be looked at through an intersectional lens. “The data shows that women are underpaid as a whole,” she said. “Women of color are underpaid even more so.” Diane Murphy, the dean of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, spoke from page 3


Center at the Barnes Center at The Arch this semester. “That ’s a great number because it

After the assault on Marshall Street in October of this year, Student Association President David Bruen wanted officials to attend a town hall regarding the incident. The discussion was less than 48 hours away, so Bruen sent out a blast email. Maldonado was one of the first and only ones to reply. Bruen soon hopped on the phone with Maldonado, chatted with the chief and stepped into Sims Hall for a one-on-one meeting. Later, Maldonado showed up at the discussion, sat down among students inside Maxwell Auditorium, fielded questions and informed attendees about the assault. Two years ago, Maldonado did the same type of community policing among students at the Barnes Center. The chief said he met with groups as an effort to understand what they were protesting about. Those same protestors demanded his letter of resignation, with one calling him “incompetent” at his job for mismanaging race-relations at SU. In his final semester, Maldonado has stayed busy, still trying to interact with students and other members of the campus community. In part, he has been aiming to finish instating Lynch’s 23 recommendations — shown by a three-ring binder filled with the report on his desk. He admitted some goals, including reviving the Student of Color Advisory committee, would have to be left for the next chief. When he retires, the soon-to-be-former cop plans to keep on meditating, reading more and not waking up early anymore to workout at 5:45 a.m. His nights and sleep schedule will no longer be dictated by pagers, phone calls and texts. After 40 years, those will all be turned off. Gina said she can’t wait. “We’ll probably wake up on Jan. 1, look at each other and go ‘Wow, now what,’” Gina said. “He’s ready.” @chrisscargs

Other Business:

Chancellor Kent Syverud announced that the Chief of the Department of Public Safety position currently held by Bobby Maldonado will most likely not be filled by the time he retires on Dec. 31. Jackie Orr, a senator and associate professor of sociology, pressed Chancellor Kent Syverud to release transcripts of negotiations between #NotAgainSU organizers and SU administrators, saying they were promised the release. Syverud said he will commit to find out why the transcript hasn’t been released yet. Matt Huber, a co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and professor of geography and the environment, criticized the university for moving forward with the creation of a faculty portfolio system, which would centralize information about faculty. In April, the senate passed a resolution calling for a pause to the system’s implementation, Huber said, due to questions about how the data in the system would be used and issues of shared governance. Since then, the process has been accelerated as the university has chosen a vendor for the system, Huber added. “When our work is ignored, it makes many faculty question whether shared governance is real,” Huber said. @Kyle_Chouinard

shows that students are putting up their hand when they need that assistance, and they ’re getting the help they need,” Groves said. @Kyle_Chouinard



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personal essay

Work needs to be done to protect the AAPI+ community By Our Reader


y name is Isaac Ryu. My pronouns are he/him/his, I am Korean American and a senior broadcast digital journalism student at Syracuse University. Earlier this year, I wrote a piece titled, “Complacency is not the solution to anti-Asian hate.” I wrote the column as a reaction to the anti-Asian hate plaguing our country, pleading to SU’s student body to find a solution to end these hateful actions. Recently, updated data from the FBI suggests that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 73% in 2020, a significant increase from 2019. The anti-Asian hate crimes took the country by storm and exposed a deep-rooted issue that has plagued our community for decades. In reaction, several AAPI+ interest organizations on campus hosted events in solidarity in response to those hate crimes. These events were created with the purpose of education, empowerment and fostering a safe environment for those who were and have been subject to hate. I was proud of these events. Organizations that were mostly social, like Asian Students in America, the Korean American Student Association and the Filipino Student Association began to focus on education. People in our community took advantage of their platforms, and the conversation grew louder every day. It was the start of something great. But like all movements, it is hard to maintain growth. Fast forward to fall 2021. Where do we stand? The goal of this column is to reflect on the past few months. The answers to the questions that I am trying to ask are far from black and white but in turn, leave room for productive conversation from unique perspectives. In this piece, you will hear the voices of members of the SU Asian American and Pacific Islander + community who are active in our organizations around campus. They are not representing their organization, just themselves. I broke down the conversation into three questions. Each individual offered a unique perspective influenced by their identities. After listening, thinking and listening some more, here is what I found.

1. How have you seen our community grow in regards to the AAPI+ community in the past few months?

In April, organizations and individuals in our community hosted a vigil to support the AAPI+ community. Students across campus came to listen, heal and learn. The vigil was the first event of its kind at SU, and Valrie Paynton, a junior and a member of the Multicultural Greek Council, said that was a turning point for many people and organizations. “Since then, I’ve felt a sense of change among the AAPI community members … there has been a more open-minded mentality coming from organizations allowing for more collaboration and a larger space for ideas to be heard in order to improve in making our mark on campus,” she said. That open-mindedness paved the way for educational events from different organizations on campus. A much-needed sense of unity found its place at a school that has an

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undergraduate population that is 54% white. Thomas Cheng, a junior at SU and the vice president of Asian Students in America, said that he has seen AAPI+ interest organizations revisit their purpose on campus. In that effort to revisit their purpose, he saw more effort from organizations to expand and provide resources. “Many organizations have either partnered up with outside resources to provide their members with a professional alumni network, held forums regarding these issues, and/or supported organizations that combated against AAPI hate,” he said. It is this effort for growth that drives our community towards a more inclusive and diverse future. While in recent years diversity and inclusion have been a topic of contention at SU, the AAPI+ community has made incremental improvements to address just that.

2. What are some things our community can improve on?

Of the people I interviewed, most of them said the AAPI+ community can improve on building relationships. The AAPI+ community includes several different groups on campus, and while there has been an increased effort to bring us together, there is still work to do. Julia Evans, a senior at SU and a member of Kappa Phi Lambda, an Asian-interest sorority on campus, explained to me that she sees the lack of connection specifically between the Asian American and Asian identifying international students. “I think some people don’t understand that being an Asian in America is very different from being Asian American in America,” she said. Evans said that the story of our community is oftentimes slanted towards Asian Americans, but the international student narrative remains mostly untouched. While the sharing of that narrative may be separated by a language barrier or hesitancy, there are opportunities to start the conversation. Alienating individuals who are also affected by discrimination and violence will only stunt the growth that we so desperately advocated for last year. Another issue that those interviewed had similar views on is how the diverse cultures and stories of the AAPI+ community are told inside and outside of SU. Shirley Chen, a sophomore and a member of Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural Asian-interest Greek organization, said resisting the influence of the media is important for growth. “The lack of conversation and self/peer education on this topic has already led to the energy from the Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate movement dwindling, and as a consequence, it turned into another fad in the media — where we were already invisible in the first place,” she said. Becca Malamud, a junior and a member of Kappa Phi Lambda also sees that it is the control that others have on the stories of the AAPI+ community that hinders progress. “I think a big part of culture generally is controlled by what is mainstream, and what is considered trendy,” she said. What is trendy or what is newsworthy on social media or in publications has had both a positive and negative impact on social justice

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movements. These movements have harnessed the power of social media and journalism to tell stories that need to be told. Conversely, after trending movements lose traction in the media, the number of views and clicks may decrease. According to an article from Axios, the hashtag #StopAsianHate saw significant use in midMarch 2021 but then significantly dropped off, which correlates with efforts to raise awareness of the hate crimes against the AAPI+ community. A Cornell University study, which analyzed the tweets concerning #StopAsianHate or #Stop AAPIHate of over 46,000 Twitter users, also supports this trend. The data showed about 10,000 tweets containing those hashtags and other terms related to the movement on March 19, 2021, but a drop in over 7,000 just a few days after. It is hard to remove ourselves from the trendy or mainstream nature of the news cycle, but in order to combat issues such as being lulled into complacency, we must continue to be diligent and try our best to be consistent. I think there is danger in only looking at the positives. While we have made progress, there is still work to be done. Being able to be critical of ourselves is a crucial skill that will not only improve our mindset, but also our relationships going forward.

3. What kind of legacy do you want to leave at Syracuse?

At the end of the day, the AAPI+ student population at SU is small. Yvonne Kuo, a sophomore and the cultural director of ASIA, said that despite the work that needs to be done, “there’s a really strong sense of community that can’t be found anywhere else.” It is in that community that individuals build their legacies and make an impact on future students. Evans wants her legacy to be shaped by the growth that others experience through her efforts, no matter how hard it gets. “I just hope that people have been given the opportunity through the work that I’ve personally done to gain an interest in learning more about all these topics ...They’re very intricate; they’re complex … You should never give up and it’s tiring, and it can be draining,” Evans said. “But at the same time, I feel like if you give up the legacy that everyone before you built up before you, it will also dwindle. I think you can only build a legacy if you are fully motivated to do so and you don’t give up on the SU community.” As a member of Kappa Phi Lambda, Malamud wants to set an expectation of pushing for change. “I would very much like to leave a legacy of openness, and education and a drive to want to host events, and learn about other people and as members of the AAPI community, and also … (the) Latinx, Black community and Native American communities,” Malamud said. “I really think that it’s so important to support one another, understand different forms of oppression and to understand what we are going through and how to address this.” Finally, Paynton hopes that her legacy is that of inclusion, solidarity and unity amongst different groups on campus. “I want to create a campus environment in which organizations on campus aren’t so segregated. A legacy where the AAPI commu-

nity doesn’t have to advocate for AAPI rights by itself, where the Black and Latino communities don’t have to advocate for themselves. I hope that organizations in the AAPI community will come together more like they did last semester and continue to work together to make the AAPI community voice heard campus-wide.”

Conclusion (Findings)

While writing this piece I asked myself a lot of questions. But the most important one that I had to answer is: why? Why did I want to write this column? Part of me wanted more from our community. Part of me saw that there is a reluctance to speak. Part of me wanted to cover a story I felt needed to be covered. As I listened and learned, I found that while things aren’t perfect, and they may never be, people and organizations are taking small steps in the right direction. Those changes may not be happening in the open, but they are happening. Now more than ever, it is the attitude in which we must approach change that is most important. So I realized that the real reason why I am writing this piece is not that I am doing my duty as a journalist or to write an exposé, but it’s because I care about our community. I want to see us grow, bond and find our voices. With that being said, I would like to thank every single person who chose to take part in this article but also those who chose not to take part. Those of you who agreed to give quotes, I appreciate your openness and willingness to share your experiences on this campus. For those of you who did not agree to contribute, I am equally as grateful. You were logical and supportive in your responses and truly had the best interest of everyone surrounding you. This is a hard topic to discuss, and the fact that we are able to have those discussions is proof of growth. When speaking to Paynton, she gave me a quote that I think should set the tone for how we should move forward as a whole. “When it comes to advocating for the rights of marginalized groups or advocating for our voices to be heard, the work should never end — equality is really a never-ending battle, but it should be one that we are excited to face.” The keyword in that quote is groups. The AAPI+ community isn’t the only marginalized group in the United States, and it certainly isn’t the only one at SU. The Black community, the Latino community, the Indigenous community, the LGBTQ community and so many more have experienced discrimination. We should be trying to build each other up and listen and learn. In the past, Asian countries and groups practiced isolationism, but now is the time where we need to make a concerted effort to become active members in the AAPI+ community on campus. It will take time and there may even be resistance, but we must be humble, open-minded and ready to absorb as much as possible. Think about the change we can provoke on this campus if our voices are unified. This is my hope for the coming years, and that will also be my next column when I get back to campus — an honest conversation between the AAPI+ community and other marginalized communities on campus. Stay tuned. Isaac Ryu, ‘22

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Brewed for decades

Music and art merge at the Everson By Anthony Bailey staff writer

Ted Finlayson-Scheuler founded People’s Place 50 years ago and said it has remained unchanged in both ethos and student appreciation. lucy messineo-witt photo editor

Students, employees and alumni look back on 50 years of memories as People’s Place celebrates half a century on campus By Sydney Bergan senior staff writer


t was the fall of 1971, and Ted Finlayson-Schueler needed to find two people to staff the Saturday night shift at Hendricks Chapel’s newest addition: People’s Place. Lisa Allison, then Lisa Meybert, had just broken up with her boyfriend, so she volunteered to take Saturday nights to keep her busy. She knew Finlayson-Schueler through the hours she would spend playing bridge in the Noble Room — the room next to what would become People’s Place in 1971. Nate Allison, a friend of Finlayson-Schueler’s from the Hendricks Chapel choir, offered to work the Saturday shift as well. “I remember looking when he posted the roster and seeing that I was working with Nathan Allison. I said, ‘Who’s Nathan Allison?’ Our paths had not crossed because I was a bridge player and a Noble Room freak

and Nate was not at that point,” Lisa said. The two worked side-by-side in the coffee shop, and soon enough Nate was learning to play bridge in the Noble Room to spend more time with Lisa in order to “make (himself) more attractive to her,” he said. On June 3, 1972, Nate and Lisa got married at Hendricks Chapel. “In addition to it being People’s Place’s 50th Anniversary, it’s ours,” Lisa said. Since its founding in 1971, People’s Place has remained a focal point on Syracuse University’s campus. Though the nonprofit cafe may be turning 50 years old this year, Finlayson-Schueler said people’s love for it has remained unchanged. Before People’s Place became a full mainstay coffee shop, it was an honor-system stop for students in search of a coffee or donut as a way to emphasize the welcoming nature of the Noble Room. After he saw that people would not always leave money for see people’s

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SU Indigenous Healer on Full Moon Ceremony By Louis Platt

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At last month’s Full Moon Ceremony, participants stayed for almost two hours, an hour past the event’s scheduled end time. This month’s iteration of the ceremony, which Diane Schenandoah called “a beautiful time just to take pause and to give thanks,” will take place on Friday. Normally, the event does not include drums and singing, but Schenandoah, Syracuse University’s Honwadiyenawa’sek (the one who helps), has added these elements

to the event — which is held on the Quad — since it has more of a celebratory atmosphere in light of November being Indigenous Heritage Month, she said. Schenandoah will host November’s Full Moon Ceremony on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. All SU community members are welcome to attend, she said. While drums and other percussion-like instruments will be provided, she encourages participants to bring their own as well. The monthly event is scheduled to happen outdoors on the Quad, but in the case of inclement weather,

it will happen inside at Hendricks Chapel. On Tuesday afternoon, The Daily Orange interviewed SU’s Honwadiyenawa’sek about the Full Moon ceremony on Friday and the importance of the tradition. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. The Daily Orange: What is the significance of the Full Moon Ceremony to you? Diane Schenandoah: The full moon comes every month and we call her grandmother. It is very important that we give thanks for all things that Grandmother Moon controls: cycles of women,

the tides in the ocean, the seasons for planting, and she determines when children will be born. So Grandmother Moon does so many things for being here on Earth that it is important that we give thanks. Give thanks to her continuing her duties because she believes that all life forms here on Earth are given a duty. We were given a duty, and we need to be thankful for all things. The ceremony was brought to my family probably over 30 years ago, but I know a lot of different communities do this Full Moon Ceremony. And before it was see full

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Nearly one year ago, composer and violinist David Fulmer walked into the Everson Museum of Art and unintentionally discovered a new concert stage. “At the museum, there were just beautiful sightlines. I could see all of the art and the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘I have to make music here.’ The acoustic is too good. It’s too good,” Fulmer, who works in residence at the Everson, said. As soon as he got home, he began making calls and sending emails. Fulmer introduced himself to the Everson and presented his idea for a musical addition to their exhibit, “AbStranded: Fiber and Abstraction in Contemporary Art,” which was curated by Elizabeth Dunbar. After his idea was approved by the Everson, Fulmer commissioned composers to create solo violin pieces that were inspired by the art on display in “AbStranded.” Commissioning composers to create pieces based off of an exhibition on display had never been done before at the Everson. Fulmer has previously worked with the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has curated music for a Helen Frakenthaler exhibit. He has also composed works for the New York Philharmonic and conducted groups like the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. However, the most important part of this process was finding the right composers for the right works of art, he said. For Fulmer, this was simple. “It was instantaneous. As soon as I saw (Anne Lindberg’s ‘bloodlines’), I said, Oh, wow, Bahar (Royaee) would write an amazing piece. And I could play it in this space,” Fulmer said. Another composer Fulmer approached was Vasilikí Krimitzá, who has had her work performed across Europe and the U.S. Krimitzá said she was thrilled to be able to create music for this exhibit and Fulmer. “First of all, writing for David (Fulmer) is the highest honor for a composer and second of course for this amazing exhibit. I mean, I think I’ve never done this before,” Krimitzá said. “It’s an amazing thing to have the piece played in the Everson Museum as well. It was a big thing for me.” While the concept of creating music out of art isn’t rare or new — as “Pictures at an Exhibition,” made in 1874 by Modest Mussorgsky, can attest

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‘Baseball birthright’

RYAN LAVARNWAY (LEFT, FIRST PHOTO) AND NOAH WAGNER struck up a friendship after connecting over baseball and Judaism. Wagner, an SU junior and Chabad co-president, moderated a talk with Lavarnway, an MLB player. photo by louis platt and courtesy of ryan lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway spoke at Chabad Tuesday night about playing baseball with both the MLB and the Israeli National Baseball team By Louis Platt culture editor


yan Lavarnway traveled to Israel for the first time in 2017 to be in the documentary “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel,” about the Israeli National Baseball team and the team’s quest to its first World Baseball Classic. The Major League Baseball player called this trip to Israel with his Team Israel teammates their “baseball birthright” while he spoke Tuesday night at Syracuse University’s Chabad House. Chabad hosted the 10-year MLB veteran catcher for a nearly hour-long discussion moderated by Chabad’s co-president and SU junior Noah Wagner. Lavarnway discussed his MLB career, getting his dual Israeli-American citizenship and playing for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Wagner, a sports management major, reached out to about 15 Jewish athletes on social media in late August, he said. Lavarnway replied almost immediately to Wagner’s Instagram message, the junior said, and the catcher showed immediate interest — asking the SU student to hop on a call soon after connecting on Instagram. The two also share a favorite position on the field: catcher. For Wagner, hosting Lavarnway at Chabad made sense since he could relate through their experiences as play-callers behind the plate. “Ryan was one of the top people in my mind,” Wagner said. “He’s a catcher… (and) when I was growing up, I was a catcher. So it kind of made sense to me.” Lavarnway and Wagner started messaging each other and chatting on the phone frequently to organize the event throughout September and October, the junior said. The two have developed a friendship over the last two months through their passion for baseball and strong connections to Judaism, even going to dinner together at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que the night before this event. Lavarnway’s connection to Judaism has grown considerably since joining Team Israel and becoming a dual Israeli-American citizen so he could play on the team during the Olympics. He said he coincidently chose the jersey number 36 — 18 is considered a lucky number in Judaism — when he joined Team Israel and his catcher gear for the team has a gray outline of the Hebrew word “chai,” which means “life.”

Early in the evening, Wagner poked fun at Lavarnway for mentioning the baseball player is fifth all time for most teams played on by an MLB player, ever. “(Wagner) likes to make it into a nice compliment that I’ve played for the fifth most teams all time, which are 11 teams,” Lavarnway said. “But, my comeback to that is if I’d played better, I could have played for one team for a lot longer and been a lot richer man.” The 34-year-old catcher mentioned that his agents warned him for the last five years that he is getting too old, not making a strong enough case for himself in the MLB and he shouldn’t be surprised if no teams offer him a contract the next time he’s a free agent. Nevertheless, Lavarnway is grateful to have played parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues. “I felt like a cat with nine lives,” he said. The resilience that Lavarnway alluded to throughout the night is something he noticed his teammates tapped into during their surprising WBC performance to the quarterfinals. For Team Israel to qualify for the 2017 WBC, they participated in a 16-team competition in 2016, where only four teams would advance. As the lowest ranked team in the tournament, expectations were low, but Lavarnway said the team felt like they had home field advantage playing in Coney Island, Brooklyn. “The thing that stood out to me most was there were all these little yeshiva kids that came to the game,” Lavarnway recalled. “And they finally had someone to root for that had something in common with them.” The team president, Peter Kurz, had the idea that the team would swap their baseball caps for yarmulke during the Israeli national anthem. Lavarnway remembered the positive responses he got from the Jewish community. “People couldn’t get over the fact that we finally have some whole team to root for,” he said. In the WBC, the team came one win shy of advancing to the semifinals, but the performance boosted them to 24th in the world rankings, where they currently sit. When the Olympics came around this year, Lavarnway said he almost skipped them because he was called up to the major leagues three weeks prior to the start of the games. When the Cleveland Guardians sent him back down to the minors before the games started, his Team Israel teammates sent him cheerful messages since it meant he could participate in Tokyo, the catcher recalled. Team Israel fell short of a bronze medal due to an injury to their top starting pitcher, Lavarnway said. But he called the Olympic Games a once-in-a-lifetime experience, literally, because baseball will not be in the next Summer Olympics. If the sport returns to the 2028 Olympics and Team Israel makes it to the game again, the Israeli-American baseball player alluded to his interest in coaching the team. At the end of the night, Lavarnway stuck around to sign yarmulkes and shake hands. One guest asked Lavarnway if he’d ever signed a yarmulke before, hoping he’d be the first. Lavarnway chuckled and said, “I’ve signed a few before, but never an orange one.” @jbl__98


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people’s place their food and drinks, Finlayson-Schueler, the co-chair of the university religious council at that time, decided to take the summer to transition it into a full business. His mother began to make cookies for People’s Place with his brother, who would drive home every other weekend from Cornell University. One weekend they made around 5,300 cookies, Finlayson-Schueler said. Slowly, the shop became more sophisticated, switching from brewing coffee in a 100-cup urn to working with Paul deLima Coffee and using machines that brewed three pots of coffee. At that time, a pound of coffee was only $1 and Lisa Allison remembers the coffee selling for 10 cents a cup. People’s Place has maintained its low prices, with a small coffee only costing $1. For current SU freshman David Gabbay, these prices are what brought him back to the Noble Room a second time. Gabbay, along with SU junior Olivia Thompson, are both fans of the signature Austin Powers — a drink that consists of 1/3 coffee, 1/3 hot chocolate and 1/3 chocolate milk. Thompson’s mom went to SU in the early ‘90s and would always talk about the Austin Powers. So when Thompson toured the campus in 2017, People’s Place was the first place they went. “I think it’s been so successful because it’s not a hidden aspect of the campus, but it definitely is a gem of the campus that not many people know about,” Thompson said. “But once people do know about it, they love it so much.” Though People’s Place is not a religious organization, many religious groups use it as a meeting place due to its location in Hendricks. Ian Solow-Niederman, the assistant director at Hillel, said Hillel has a weekly tab at People’s Place. Amir Durić, the Muslim Chaplin, opens a tab on Friday afternoons at the cafe as well.

“It will be a sign and expression of our hospitality because our faith invites us to be hospitable, to break bread with people, to share things with them, and we thought this is one excellent way to do that,” Durić said. At a time when Schine Student Center and Bird Library weren’t even blueprints yet, People’s Place was a hub for students to gather in between classes, especially for Clelia “Cookie” Ilacqua, who graduated from SU in 1974 as a commuter student. “It was some place to land,” Ilacqua said. “If you were running between classes and you had an hour between chemistry and calculus what do you do? Just stand around? There was no place to go. It was a really different campus in 1970. It was much smaller.” SU senior and People’s Place manager Willow Keith has seen more customers this year than ever. She said that there are long lines all day, and they’re working on adjusting to the higher volume of customers. She said she thinks it’s due to everyone being back on campus after COVID19 forced many people to be remote last year. Two other People’s Place employees are Keith’s current roommates, and she said that People’s Place has very much integrated into her friend group. “My hope is that the space can maintain the integrity of what it is, and our ethos as a studentrun sort of (cafe). ‘Caffeine for the common good’ is the slogan they came up with in the ‘90s,” Keith said. People’s Place now serves vegan baked goods, which Thompson said shows that the coffee shop knows who their audience is. The baked goods are supplied by Fatcat Baking, a local bakery run out of Megan Mills’ home. It’s been about one year since Mills started supplying for People’s Place, and she said she appreciates how the nonprofit picks a wide variety of goods as it allows her to be more creative with what she’s baking. She bought a five-pound bag of vegan sprinkles in Syracuse

colors reserved for her SU orders. Mills has made whoopie pies, donuts, cupcakes and more for People’s Place. “They’re always so nice and cheery in the morning and I’m like ‘Oh God, to be young again,’” Mills said. Although Finlayson-Schueler is the original founder of People’s Place, he said he was there for just two years as a manager, like everyone else. This ensures that no one individual has a claim over the cafe. Fifty years later, Finlayson-Schueler said People’s Place has stuck to its original goal— to fill a need for students and provide a caring and supportive environment within Hendricks Chapel. “It’s never been an effort to be pretentious in any way,” he said. “It’s just been a very caring, supportive environment where people work and serve other people and people come to get a coffee and a smile from the person who’s serving them.” When Nate and Lisa Allison visited People’s Place in the summer of 2019 with FinlaysonSheuler, it looked the same as the place that they all met besides the fact that now it had more pastries and a chalkboard. “We showed up to our shift, and as you can imagine Saturday night was pretty dead. I think perhaps he only put the shift on because I requested it and then he had to find someone else to fill the spot,” Lisa said. “But he denies setting us up as a couple — I think it was just pure accident.” “Yeah I think so too,” Nate said. Solow-Niederman said that the coffee shop is a very powerful community builder and offers a great place for students to gather. “It’s just a place to take a pause out of your day and out of your week to grab some coffee and connect and see people and just a reminder to slow down and be part of a community,” SolowNiederman said.

For Regent, the works of Julia Bland, an artist who uses a wide variety of materials to create her work, perfectly fit into the style of music she wanted to create. Regent was already working with overlapping elements in her compositions, so she welcomed the challenge with open arms. “I already had this idea of creating, you know, contrast and at the same time, the mixture of textures and the electronics with the acoustic, so when I saw the work of Julia Bland, I saw how she mixed different textiles and different forms.” Regent said. On Sept. 18, Regent’s work – along with works from Royaee, Krimitzá, and Johann Sebastian Bach – was performed by David Fulmer in the first edition of “Prisms and Antiphons.” Fulmer’s performance was for an audience of all ages because the museum was hosting a community day. The crowd was captivated by

Fulmer’s playing and use of space, said Steffi Chappell, an assistant curator at the Everson. A month later, “Prisms and Antiphons” was performed again for a very different audience: adults enjoying the wine tasting event held by the Everson. In combining the wine tasting and music, it allowed for new groups of people to experience Fulmer’s performance. Thursday, the third edition of “Prisms and Antiphons” will be performed by David Fulmer in accordance with another wine tasting the Everson is hosting. It will begin with Bach’s “Partita in D Minor” and be followed by Royaee’s piece as the audience is led to the gallery containing Lindberg’s “bloodlines.” “My goal with the Everson has really been achieved,” Fulmer said. “We’ve been linking art form and music together, and bringing in new audience members, bringing in new interested parties, and different ages, different



THIS WEEKEND Westcott Theater For those leaving campus on Friday, be sure to catch The Westcott Theater’s Nov. 18 show at 8 p.m. featuring the newlyformed band Blue Star Radiation. Attendees will be treated to a variety of covers and original composition from the band members’ previous groups which include moe., Lotus and Percy Hill. Tickets are available on the venue’s website. WHEN: Thursday night @ 8 p.m ARTIST: Blue Star Radiation

The Harrington The Summit is hosting one last show before Thanksgiving break at The Harrington, with returning acts OnlyJahmez and Jack Moe as they continue their 30-city tour. Doors open at 9 p.m. and $10 tickets are available at WHEN: Friday night @ 9 p.m. ARTIST: OnlyJahmez and Jack Moe

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abstranded to — performing music that was written in accordance with the art surrounding it is much more rare. Both Fulmer and Alyssa Regent, a graduate student studying composition and conducting at Hunter College who was commissioned by Fulmer, were enthralled by this concept. “Because music, it’s not something that you can see or something that you can touch,” Regent said. “It’s something that you feel inside. So how do you feel when you come into the room, you see the art, and you feel the music.” All together, Fulmer commissioned Royaee, Regent and Krimitzá to create solo violin works inspired by different works of art in the show.

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full moon brought to my community, it was from the Ojibwe people, and that’s kind of how we conduct this ceremony here on campus. The D.O.: Can you describe what you grew up doing in your family’s Full Moon Ceremony? DS: What we do, and again, I say what I do is from the Ojibwe Nation, we pass around the tobacco and everyone puts in their good thoughts and prayers of what they’d like to pray for and what they are thankful for. If you want to pray for individuals or family members or community members or nations — we pass the tobacco around — and everyone gets the opportunity to say what they’d like to pray for. And then normally, we burn the tobacco there and we say that it’s our sacred tobacco that carries our prayer to the Creator. For the burning of the tobacco, I usually take it home, and I burn it in my home. The important part is that the people at the ceremony put their prayers in the tobacco, and I take care of burning it and praying with the tobacco. Then we go around the circle and we say what we are thankful for. We bring out the water, and we pass around cups of water in the counterclockwise direction that the Earth moves. And we say why we’re thankful for water,

because we need clean water. And normally we end with hugging one another or going around and shaking each other’s hands. But the hug is kind of a more loving way to complete the circle. And then, here on the Quad, we included some social singing and social dancing. The D.O.: Do you have a fond memory tied to the Full Moon Ceremony? Is there a part of it that you feel particularly connected to or that that you look forward to? DS: It’s a whole family process and a time to give thanks to a particular element that watches over the nighttime skies. A particular element we call grandmother. The last Full Moon Ceremony on Oct. 20 was set to last half an hour, and it went on for about two hours. It was a lot of fun, and everyone enjoyed themselves. It’s really a beautiful time just to take pause and to give thanks. The D.O.: What is the importance of the Full Moon Ceremony to students, faculty and staff members? DS: The significance of it is to replenish yourself and to remind yourself that we are part of a bigger universe. We are part of certainly something larger than we are. We all need each other. We all need to give things for each other, and it’s time we take to pause and thank Grandmother Moon for continuing her duties because as human beings we all have duties here. We all have things

that we need to take care of in our lives. We need to look out for one another. We need to account for our communities. You know, we need to call her Mother Earth. So this is kind of our small way every month to give thanks. The D.O.: And for students who have never attended before, what can they expect, and is there anything that they can kind of come prepared with to the Full Moon Ceremony? DS: It’s important that the Syracuse University community, including the staff and faculty, are welcome to join in. Participants are welcome to bring drums, and the singing and dancing part we just kind of added on here. Normally, we don’t have dancing and singing at the end of the ceremony, but it’s important that we included it because it is a celebration when we pay honor to the Grandmother Moon, and it kind of turned into a celebratory event. Really it is just that time to just take that pause to say thank you. Thank you for continuing her duties. We’re so busy in our daily lives that we really need to stop and just pay our gratitude to the elements that continue to take care of us. The thunders, the rains, the plant life, animal life and fish life. How often do we stop and just say thank you? @jbl__98

The off-campus music house known as The Blue Room is hosting a sizable lineup of student acts on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., including The Knu, Serial Milk, Pop Culture and Side Line. The venue asks that patrons either show proof of vaccination or wear a mask for the duration of the event. For more information on pre-sale tickets, visit @mosh.retirement on Instagram. WHEN: Saturday night @ 8 p.m. ARTIST: The Knu, Serial Milk, Pop Culture, Side Line

The Landmark Theatre Just in time for Thanksgiving, The Landmark Theatre will be hosting the ‘70s American rock band Steely Dan on Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. for the band’s “Absolutely Normal Tour.” Starting Nov. 1, the venue asks all patrons ages 12 and up to show evidence of full vaccination status or present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the show’s start time. More information can be found on their website. WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 23 @ 8 p.m. ARTIST: Steely Dan

The Westcott Theater In anticipation for the upcoming comedy film release of “Jackass Forever,” The Westcott presents Steve-O’s “The Bucket List Tour” on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets starting at $40. According to the promotional poster, the night is guaranteed to be “XXX rated.” WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 1 @ 7 p.m. ARTIST: Steve-O


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shrader social media, Christie said. On the field, he is a “bold” competitor who Syracuse has rallied around, said former Syracuse quarterback Dillon Markiewicz. Since taking over as SU’s starting quarterback in September, the Orange have become the top rushing team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and they are just one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time in three years. And Shrader’s done it all while growing out a beard that head coach Dino Babers compared to that of mountain man Grizzly Adams. “(He’s) just a good ol’ country boy,” Babers said. “That’s kind of his personality. He cares but he doesn’t. … He cares about winning, which is important, and I think he elevates other people’s play around him.” At Mississippi State, Shrader was known for his fiery competitiveness and willingness to put himself on the line. In a game against Kansas State as a true freshman, Shrader scrambled to his right before leaping in the air, trying to reach a first down. He was popped, and spun in the air landing just short of the first down. “It was all or nothing,” Shrader said postgame. At Syracuse, Shrader has done the same thing. Against Virginia Tech, Shrader stood strong in the pocket on a deep fourth-quarter throw to Damien Alford. While Shrader got smashed to the ground, Alford ran in for a game-winning touchdown to give SU its fourth win of the season. Babers compared Shrader to former SU quarterback Eric Dungey, saying while other players might be concerned about getting hurt, “all (Shrader) cares about is winning.” Shrader’s roommate and center Airon Servais said the quarterback started winning the team over early in training camp by staying in the pocket and committing to throws even when pressure was right in his face — just like he did against the Hokies. from page 12

alford Alford has earned more opportunities after former No. 1 receiver Taj Harris transferred to Kentucky. Alford’s first career grab for the Orange — a 73-yard touchdown against UAlbany — was a “statement catch” that proved his work was paying off. He’s made other sporadic plays for Syracuse, including a clutch 45-yard touchdown catch against Virginia Tech that lifted the Orange to their first conference win. As Alford settles into the offense, those big plays, and simply being on the field, isn’t as stressful as it used to be, he said. Alford’s still working to become a more physical receiver and fully capitalize on his “God-given ability” and 6-foot-6 frame, his high school coach Pierre Senatus said. “It was just a matter of time,” his father, Melvin Alford, said. “That’s why he’s there (at SU).” The touchdown against Virginia Tech was even more noteworthy because it was Alford’s only catch of the afternoon. Alford said he’d made technical mistakes earlier, and it was a “rough game” up until that point. Multiple SU wide receivers said it is difficult — and requires focus — to overcome those errors earlier in the game, put an inside move on the Hokies’ cornerback and haul in that pass after not catching a ball earlier in the game. Alford’s touchdown catch was evidence of what the budding wide receiver is capable of doing at Syracuse. Hearing the Lane Stadium crowd go silent was satisfying, he said, and the catch itself was simply “natural instinct.” “It shows a lot about his character and adversity,” wide receiver Courtney Jackson said on Oct. 27. “He had a few mistakes earlier in the game, whatever, but you got to fight through that, understand that you’ve got to make it back up and obviously the get-back is the most important. And he made that play which won us the game.” Alford started playing football later than most in his group — his older sister, Aliyah Jobe-Alford, said he didn’t shift his focus from basketball to football until around 10th grade at Dalbé-Viau Secondary School in Montreal.

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“This guy wants to play, he doesn’t care about getting smacked or whatever — he wants to win,” Servais said he thought to himself during training camp. The “bold” personality Shrader brings to the field — hunting for contact instead of shying away from it, going airborne for touchdowns and diving for extra yardage — is the same thing he brings off of it, said Markiewicz, who recently entered the transfer portal. Off the field, Shrader is outgoing and social with his teammates, Servais said, frequently singing and playing his guitar. He’s taken trips to Buffalo Wild Wings with teammates and Markiewicz invited him to go deer hunting during the bye week, though he couldn’t make it because his girlfriend from back home was visiting. Shrader hunts frequently at home, either by himself or with friends. In the woods behind his Charlotte home, he’s set up deer corn and trail cameras. Christie has helped him put up tree stands, where Shrader watches game film if he’s bored. While hunting, Shrader usually finds success. He’s killed a buck that weighed over 200 pounds, along with coyotes, hawks and even a few pigs. Shrader taught himself how to use a bow and arrow so he can hunt when it’s not firearm season. For the introverted quarterback, hunting is about getting away from the field and into the woods by himself, Estep said. “He doesn’t need a whole lot of stuff. He’s not a fluff guy,” Estep said. “He enjoys being by himself and kind of that solitude out there where he can just be at peace.” Flying planes provided the same release for Shrader, Estep said. Shrader got his pilot’s license after entering the transfer portal last fall, carrying on a family tradition — his grandfather was a World War II pilot and now lives in an airpark (a community designed around an airport) where Shrader first experienced flying. Now, flying is a hobby where Shrader does not have to think about football, allowing him to just “do what he wants to do,” Within a few seasons, Alford had made significant strides and became one of the best players on his team. It didn’t happen overnight, Melvin said. It was because Alford went to the weight room often, and he started to learn how to utilize his “raw” abilities such as his long wingspan and his hands, which needed 3XL size gloves, Senatus said. “The sport’s relatively new to him,” quarterback Garrett Shrader said on Oct. 27. “But he’s a great athlete and a great dude … I got a lot of trust in that guy to continue to keep building.” Alford’s coaches at Dalbé helped set him up with an opportunity to transfer to McArthur (Florida) High School for his senior year. So he left the country, his family and his home in Montreal to further his football skills and fulfill his dream of getting recruited to play college football in the U.S. “The coaches said, ‘This kid is too good to stay in Canada,’” Melvin said. In South Florida, Alford stayed with his uncle, who lived in part of the feeder pattern for McArthur. Alford’s transfer as a senior was unorthodox, especially for an international student, but there was no doubt he had the talent, Senatus said. Repetitions during 7-on-7 spring football sharpened his skillset, and playing on the “uber competitive” circuit against Division I talent like FSU’s Kevin Knowles II and Maryland’s Ruben Hyppolite II helped, too. The move to Florida clashed with his introverted personality, however, the wide receiver isn’t a physical, “alpha” type player, Senatus said. Corners and opponents would talk trash, but Alford wouldn’t say a thing, Senatus said. He pushed Alford to challenge his opponents physically because they’d call him out until he earned their respect. Alford did. The transition to playing in Florida also presented challenges because Alford couldn’t manage the intensity of McArthur football at times. Senatus, the McArthur coach, said Alford couldn’t run effective routes at the start. Yet through it all, Alford was resilient. Other players would socialize and go to the beach, but for Alford, “his allure was to come

Estep said. Before he left for summer training camp at SU, Shrader flew to Charlotte Christian from eastern North Carolina for a workout. Estep was surprised that just hours after flying by himself, Shrader was throwing footballs on the practice field. “It’s just kind of bizarre, really, but just what he wants to do,” Estep said. “So he’s going to do it.” Before he learned how to fly, Shrader learned how to play the guitar. He wanted to take a guitar class in high school, but Christie made him enroll in an introduction to public speaking course instead. So, Shrader taught himself the guitar. He likes to play it to relax, Tracey said, and Servais said when he’s in the kitchen, he’ll sometimes hear Shrader playing guitar in his room. Shrader likes to listen to Hank Williams and Charley Pride, his parents said. He’ll listen to a variety of genres, but likes country music — “the twangier the better,” Christie said. On family road trips, Christie would ask Shrader to put on something else after he played country and blues music for three hours straight. It’s music that most people wouldn’t be into, Estep said, adding to his uniqueness as a person. “His music choice really explains his lifestyle and who he is — super simple,” Estep said. When it comes to social media, Shrader keeps it simple, too. Unlike most athletes, he doesn’t have an Instagram account and rarely posts on his Twitter. Estep said that Shrader isn’t “an affirmation guy” and doesn’t seek praise. “He would rather get out there and show you what he can do versus tell you what he could do,” Christie said. The more active Twitter account is a parody one featuring, but not run by, Shrader with the handle @CaptainSchrader, which shows the quarterback as a Civil War soldier and chronicles “the battles and journeys of a bearded legend in the making.” His beard,

which the account references, is one that has also been compared to that of Grizzly Adams as well as Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” and in “Forrest Gump” while he’s running. Shrader started growing his beard as part of a “No Shave November” campaign during his junior year at Charlotte Christian, his parents said. He cut it in December, once the season was over, but liked the look. Christie said Shrader has a “baby face” but looks more intimidating with the beard, helping him earn respect. He said it’s “low maintenance” and easy to take care of. “For some reason, he just likes that crazy look,” Christie said. At Mississippi State, Shrader’s beard had a coffee named after it and fans rallied around the motto “fear the beard.” But the quarterback had problems keeping his helmet on, and quarterbacks coach Andrew Breiner joked Shrader had to either talk to NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick about beard maintenance or get rid of it altogether. When Shrader came to Syracuse, equipment manager Jim Schlensker had to loosen the quarterback’s chinstrap so the beard didn’t sit too high, Shrader said. Shrader said he hasn’t set a time for when he’ll shave the beard. But Tracey said Shrader usually trims it “real low” after the season ends, and he has a specific barber he likes to go to back home. But for now, Shrader will let it grow. Like the woods and the planes back home, it can wait. Shrader’s focused on picking up that one win Syracuse needs to be bowl eligible for the first time in three years. He hasn’t even been with the Orange for a full season yet, but he’s already won over the locker room with his unique personality. “It’s a great trade for him to be able to pull that off,” Estep said. “The great ones are able to do that.” @csmith17_

DAMIEN ALFORD has gotten 19 targets and the game-winning touchdown against VT after Taj Harris entered the transfer portal. anya wijeweera photo editor

and get a Division I scholarship and really find and challenge himself,” Senatus said. So, Alford increased his catch radius, one that was already naturally big because of his size. He expanded on his route tree, working on fades and bombs, but also other routes that receivers his size typically couldn’t execute. Senatus said Alford was nicknamed “Megatron” after NFL Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson, a reference to Alford’s verticality that stemmed from playing top-level Canadian basketball. He learned to “box out” at the high point just like in basketball to get in the opponents’ face. He learned “the mean streets of football,” Senatus said. “He does have confidence, don’t let him fool you,” Senatus said. “He has that quiet confidence about him.” At McArthur, Alford received offers from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, a testament to his size, Senatus said. But Alford didn’t settle. He showed consistency and maturity, continuing to work daily. Now at SU, Alford said he wants to finetune his route-running by being more explo-

sive and dropping his hips, especially given his size. Senatus said he knows Alford has the physicality and athleticism to take full advantage of the entire route tree like Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf does. Alford works on releases and catching too, Jackson said. “I don’t think he understands, as big as he is, what he can do with his body yet,” Jackson said. “But I think he’s getting to that big-body point, being dominant.” Since he started playing football, Alford has always had that raw ability affiliated with his big size. But he’s also deceptively quick — ”like a horse, he gallops” — though it takes him about three strides to get up to full speed, Jackson said. His best speed is still ahead of him, Senatus said. Alford said he’s catching the ball more aggressively at SU, blocking better and getting off the press more often. It’s all about using his “big body ball skills,” as Shrader put it after the VT game. “He’s just starting to scratch his potential,” Senatus said. “He’s just scratching the surface.” @roshan_f16

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women’s basketball

Behind Hyman’s 23 points, SU defeats Morgan State 79-60 By Anish Vasudevan asst. sports editor

At the beginning of the second quarter, Syracuse guard Teisha Hyman positioned herself on the left wing ready for another 3-point attempt in acting head coach Vonn Read’s spaced-out offense. Alaina Rice passed the ball to her, allowing Hyman to score from deep with ease. But Hyman, who’s coming off her second ACL tear in her basketball career, didn’t turn around and head back the other way to play defense. She was the tenet of Syracuse’s fullcourt press, forcing her to run forward after her 3. Directly after Morgan State inbounded the ball to point guard Emily Jones, Hyman — still with a brace around her right knee — quickly swiped the ball away for an unguarded layup. “She’s aggressive and she’ll take some chances up there,” Read said about Hyman in the press. “Teisha is being Teisha. For a minute she was outscoring their whole team.” Hyman headed into the locker room at halftime with half of the Orange’s 34 points. By the end of Wednesday’s night’s 79-60 win over Morgan State, Hyman finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and three steals in her third game back after tearing her right ACL two seasons ago. Syracuse notched a total of 16 steals with its full-court press, building off of 25 steals from its opening two games this season. But the Orange maintained a poor shooting performance from deep, finishing with a 25% 3-point from page 12


athletes finally have the power to profit, just like other students. “It’s pretty much a new world,” Girard said.

percentage after shooting the same percentage against Notre Dame in their last game. Syracuse stayed strong defensively at the start of the game with a full-court press anchored by redshirt sophomore Hyman. But both Christianna Carr and Chrislyn Carr were the first to create turnovers, totaling four steals in the first five minutes of the game. The Orange didn’t use the system against the Fighting Irish as much last week as Read said Notre Dame was able to establish its offense in the high post, not allowing Syracuse to defend heavily right after the inbound pass. But against the Bears, Syracuse used the fullcourt press throughout the entire game, even in garbage time. “We’ve been putting it in. It’s one of the things that we’re known for and something we want to continue to do,” Read said. “Teisha is exceptional at the top of the press because she’s active and she has long arms — she’s athletic.” The Orange were unable to capitalize on those steals early as Christianna missed on the fastbreak after making a steal of her own and Najé Murray traveled after a steal from Chrislyn. But Syracuse eventually settled into Wednesday night’s matchup using Read’s spread-out offense. By the end of the first quarter, the Orange had a 12-point lead, two more than they had at the end of the first period the last time they faced Morgan State. “We can speed teams up, make teams do things out of hand,” Murray said. “We’re gonna

be a fun, fast-paced, pressing team this year.” Hyman started her impact in the full-court press at the start of the second quarter, when she stole the ball from Jones after hitting a 3-pointer. Hyman said that she’s been able to return to her “quiet assassin” abilities, specializing in making hustle plays. She finished the first half with a team-high 17 points, including six rebounds and two assists. She said that her domination in the system was because of her setup with Murray, staying in front of Murray during each defensive possession. If Hyman saw an opportunity to pressure Jones or any other player from Morgan State, she would lurch forward trying to make a steal. “Instincts,” Hyman said about what helps her in the press. “Give (Najé) credit, she and I got a little thing going on. We kind of feed off each other. Sometimes Chrislyn too.” Murray said the duo’s setup has worked against “really good teams,” as Notre Dame, but specifically succeeded against the Bears and their struggling offense. “We read each other and I have a nice visual, I can see the back of her,” Murray said. “It’s just chemistry building every single game. I think we get better at it every single game.” The Orange improved from their 25% shooting performance from beyond the arc in their loss to Notre Dame, shooting slightly better with a 28.6% success rate halfway through the third quarter against the Bears.

Rice said that SU’s struggles from deep were due to players losing confidence in their ability instead of continuing to shoot. “When players miss shots they get down, but they just need to keep shooting and they’ll get better,” Rice said. The struggle from deep led to defensive issues for the Orange as they were unable to fall back on defense, despite using a court press. After Murray hit two free throws, the Bears’ Jayla Atmore found Dahnye Redd wide open because Eboni Walker was unable to catch up. But Walker made up for her mistake late in the third quarter in her role as Syracuse’s center. Read said that because of the multitude of guards on the Orange’s roster, the team would play center “by committee” using Walker, Alaysia Styles and Christianna. After her block, Walker secured the ball and sent a full-court heave to freshman Nyah Wilson, who scored with a layup off the glass. After hitting two free throws, Hyman dropped back as if she was going back into Syracuse’s half before bolting toward the ball. She was able to steal from Jones again, directly in front of the basket. Instead of using the backboard as she did on her previous steal-andscore, Hyman found the bottom of the net with a finger roll. “We like her at the top of the press,” Read said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what there is in the future. Honestly, the better you play the more it’ll come.” Shoe company ISlide, offers custom slides and licensed team slides ranging from collegiate to professional teams. Stephen

Basden is an ISlide U Coordinator who recruits and signs collegiate-athletes to deals. Basden explained that shortly after the July 1 ruling, Buddy reached out to ISlide in the hopes of making a deal. ISlide is a licensee of Syracuse already, so Basden said it was “a no-brainer to move forward.” Since then, ISlide has signed Swider, Girard, Symir Torrence and Benny Williams, too. For ISlide, Girard’s established following at Syracuse was appealing to them. Similarly, Basden cited Torrence being a Syracuse native and Williams’ potential to be a star freshman for the Orange as reasons for signing them to deals. But as a new transfer, Swider does not have any connections to Syracuse. Since signing the five Syracuse players, Basden said SU also reached out to work with ISlide. ISlide, Buddy and Syracuse reached an agreement where Buddy’s custom slides are being sold in the campus bookstore. ISlide’s business has been going “very well” with deals with many different athletes and schools, Basden said. “I think for us, it’s very much a trajectory that’s going up,” Basden said. “It’s been something that we definitely see value in and we plan on continuing to put a lot of effort and resources into.” While players and businesses can have a mutually beneficial agreement, not every Syracuse athlete has the same opportunities. International student athletes with student visas are not allowed to profit off NIL in the U.S., so players like Jesse Edwards or Bourama Sidibe cannot profit the same way Girard or Buddy can. “We can’t really do anything with American companies,” Edwards said. “Luckily I have a couple of good companies back home who want to do some stuff in the future, so I’m starting on that.” Edwards pointed out that basketball isn’t as big in the Netherlands compared to the United States. The opportunities are much harder to come by since Edwards wouldn’t be a household name in his hometown the way Buddy is in Syracuse. Head coach Jim Boeheim argued that NIL isn’t fair, with part of his issue stemming from the amount of money collegiateathletes already receive in scholarships and stipends. At ACC Media Day, Boeheim jokingly asked Sidibe if he was jealous that Buddy was making more money than him. Sidibe said he wasn’t.

Buddy has been the clear frontrunner on NIL deals, appearing in commercials for Three Wishes Cereal and Beak and Skiff, having autograph signings and selling messages on Cameo. Girard signed with ISlide, The Players Trunk and clothing brand Novus. While Boeheim said NIL is unfair because some players make more than others, NIL is meant to bring collegiateathletes onto the same playing field as other students on campus, according to David Meluni. Meluni is on the sport management program in Falk College and teaches the only course on NIL in the nation. “In the past, (athletes were) the only segment of a campus that was not allowed to (profit),” Meluni said. “The artist on campus can have a scholarship, and … they can sell their artwork.” On any campus, there is no fairness between the amount of money students bring in through their brand deals. What determines which players get deals is often their performance on the court or field and their social media engagement. For the Orange, Girard has the most Instagram followers with 56,600, while Buddy has 37,300. Brands want to tap into the markets that Girard and Buddy have created with their social media followings, Meluni said. Most of these players’ followers are young and have a clear interest in Syracuse basketball, so they become a new market for brands. People in the industry say an athlete is valued at 80 cents per follower for an entire year, Meluni said. That estimate would value Girard at $45,280 and Buddy at $29,840 — far greater than their teammates. A star like Buddy could naturally make the most money since the Boeheim name attracts a lot of attention in Syracuse. Boeheim said athletes already received money and benefits from the university, but NIL does not take from university budgets. NIL deals are independent of the university, so these profits provide a supplement to what collegiate-athletes are receiving. Now, universities are no longer the sole beneficiary of a collegiateathlete’s performance. “As much as people think this is going to be for the male football and men’s basketball, and even in Syracuse, men’s lacrosse players,” Meluni said. “That is not correct.”


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BUDDY BOEHEIM teamed up with The Players Trunk to sell “Buddy Buckets” T-shirts. The T-shirts include Syracuse’s block S on them. This came with the introduction name, image, likeness legislation in July. elizabeth billman senior staff photographer

How Buddy Boeheim and others are cashing in on name, image, likeness By Gaurav Shetty staff writer


n July 1, 2021, the college sports landscape changed with the introduction of name, image, likeness legislation. Collegiate athletes can now profit off of their name and brand, without restriction from their schools. Athletes across the country signed deals, including Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim who made history as the first collegiate athlete to sell merchandise featuring his name and the university trademark. Buddy teamed up with The Players Trunk to sell “Buddy Buckets” T-shirts that featured Syracuse’s trademark block S. Most deals will not feature the university, but in this case, it provided a glimpse into mutually beneficial partnerships that an athlete and university can cash in on.

As much as people think this is going to be for the male football and men’s basketball. That is not correct. David Meluni assistant teaching professor

The Players Trunk was founded in part by former Syracuse basketball team manager Hunter Pomerantz, who graduated in 2020. Pomerantz said that he became close friends with Buddy and Joe Girard III through his job and used those relationships to sign the two SU players. “NIL first passed on July 1, (and) those were my two first calls,” Pomerantz said. “Texted both of them, ran the idea by them and said ‘I think we can do something really special together.’” Syracuse players including Buddy, Girard and Cole Swider have made deals with local and national brands. NIL legislation allows athletes to appear in commercials, sell merchandise with their name and faces or sell their time, like on Cameo. Syracuse Athletics communication told The Daily Orange that every NIL opportunity is evaluated on a case-by-case basis in cases regarding Syracuse’s trademark. College see nil page 10



A look at Shrader’s country lifestyle Damien Alford explores his natural talents

By Connor Smith

asst. sports editor

One Sunday afternoon in high school, Garrett Shrader went for an adventure. After finding a used pickup truck online that he liked, Shrader drove about 45 minutes to Marshville, North Carolina, to look at it. But on the way, Shrader’s car ran out of gas, and he didn’t bring his wallet, forcing his sister to drive down and fill his gas tank so he could make it back home to Charlotte. Shrader’s high school coach Jason Estep said he remembered getting a call from Shrader’s mom, Christie Shrader, that day. “Well,

you won’t believe what your quarterback did now,” she said to Estep. “It wasn’t even like he processed the trip. It’s like ‘Oh I found a truck, let me hop in the truck,’” Estep said. “That’s kind of Garrett right there.” Shrader has had his current truck — an aged, manual transmission, single cab Dodge Ram with an eight-foot bed — for four years, Christie said. After transferring from Mississippi State to Syracuse, Shrader installed a custom-built camper shell on the back of the truck so snow couldn’t get in. “He is very old school. He is just an old soul,” his father, Tracey Shrader said. “There’s no doubt about that.”

Shrader wants to keep the truck forever, Christie said. He got it while he was still playing for Estep at Charlotte Christian (North Carolina) High School, where he led the Knights to back-to-back state titles and received offers from over 20 Division I schools. But even after moving to Mississippi State and Syracuse, Shrader has stayed the same unique character that he is off the field while being able to flip the switch into “business mode” and lead teams as a quarterback, those closest to him said. Off the field, Shrader hunts, flies planes, plays the guitar and listens to “twangy” music while avoiding see shrader page 9

By Roshan Fernandez senior staff writer

Syracuse head coach Dino Babers compares Damien Alford to the Disney character “Bambi.” Alford, a freshman wide receiver, is developing his skill set and learning from the older players and coaches around him, the same way that Bambi needs his mom to take care of him and show him the ropes at the start of the story, Babers said. “The big buck takes Bambi underneath his wings and Bambi grows into

a big buck — well, we don’t have that yet. We still got Bambi with mom,” Babers said on Oct. 25. “And we’re looking forward to when he starts growing some horns. … He doesn’t even know what he’s capable of doing, but hopefully someday he does.” Alford said he appreciated the “Bambi” reference. It means Babers sees potential in him. Right now, there are positives and negatives to take away from Alford’s performances, Babers said, but the important thing is that the two are offsetting. Now in his second season at SU, see alford page 9

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