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Syracuse University officially dedicated The National Veterans Resource Center, featuring a pre-recorded talk from former President George W. Bush. Page 3

Both Ted Lasso and Ian McIntyre use humor in their coaching style. Are there more similarities between the Richmond F.C. and SU soccer coaches? Page 12

From Hong Kong, animation artist Jake Zhang explained the steps involved in creating animated films from planning and storyboarding to post-production. Page 7

Walsh wins mayoral election, Bey plans for the future

BEN WALSH ran for reelection this year and will serve for a second term as Syracuse’s first independent mayor. nick robertson senior staff writer

Incumbent Mayor Ben Walsh ran a campaign emphasizing bipartisanship By Nick Robertson senior staff writer


en Walsh was reelected for Syracuse mayor Tuesday, setting him up for a second term as the city’s first independent mayor. Walsh, 42, defeated Democratic challenger Khalid Bey with over 59% of the vote. Bey, who has served in Syracuse Common Council since 2011, fell about 4,800 votes short of Walsh as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. The victory confirms that Walsh’s 2017 election, when he became the city’s first independent mayor, wasn’t an outlier. His campaign and dozens of supporters celebrated with a watch party at the Persian Terrace of the Marriott Hotel downtown. He touted his bipartisan support in his victory speech. “A lot of people, including the party establishment, tried to write off 2017 as a flash in the pan,” Walsh said. “It wasn’t. We once again proved that a broad, diverse coalition that puts people over politics and consistently chooses to rise above can win.” “Syracuse, you picked hope and

optimism for this great city. You rejected the division that has impacted politics elsewhere and had held us back for far too long, and you chose working together to solve the challenges we face.” Walsh acknowledged his opponents in his speech, as well. “Janet Burman’s relentless focus on public safety reflects our desire for safer neighborhoods. Janet, I want you to know that I will work tirelessly to keep our city safe,” Walsh said. “Khalid and I go a ways back and have always worked well together. Khalid has given a large portion of his life serving this community and has done so with dignity and a forceful commitment to ensuring the voice of the people is heard. Khalid Bey conceded the mayoral race on Tuesday evening, but he seemed optimistic, saying there is more work to be done. He described himself as a straightforward, practical and pragmatic person, and said his experience in the mayoral race has taught him a lot about how government is unattractive to voters, leading to low voter turnouts. “We, politics and our government

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KHALID BEY, the Democratic challenger to Ben Walsh, said he still has work to finish as Councilor-at-Large. max mimaroglu staff photographer

Following his current term as a Common Councilor, Bey plans to be a “trouble-making” citizen By Kyle Chouinard and Shantel Guzman the daily orange


fter conceding the mayoral race late Tuesday night, Democratic mayoral candidate Khalid Bey said he is going to be a “trouble-making citizen.” “If you know me, I was safer in government,” Bey said to the crowd that included other Democrats at Maxwells, a bar and restaurant in downtown Syracuse. “I’m just going to put that out there, so we’re going to have to get to work.” Bey lost on Tuesday to incumbent Mayor Ben Walsh. During Bey’s concession speech, he said he will not be running for a seat in Syracuse Common Council again. Bey will complete his term as Syracuse Common Councilor at-Large in late December. Bey said that he is going to engage in the political system as a citizen and will enjoy being “one of those people (who calls) a spade a spade” or tells things as they are. With a laugh he said, “If you know me, you’ve got to watch out.” Following his time in the common council, Bey will put more time into

working on the businesses he owns, he said. He said that due to conflicts of interest he could not operate one of his businesses, The Atlantean Group, during his time in office. The Atlantean Group is a Community Development Entity that focuses on economic empowerment for low income communities and low income residents of Syracuse, according to Bey’s biography on the city of Syracuse’s website. Bey’s platform for mayor focused on ten main points, including public safety, job opportunity and housing revitalization. Bey told reporters Tuesday that, despite the outcome of the election, Syracuse’s needs won’t change. “These are the same issues from years ago,” Bey said. “So how well are we doing in our effort to improve people’s conditions. … The way I see it tonight, you still have so many people who are disconnected from government for whatever reason. But oftentimes we see that the reason (people are disconnected from the government) is distrust and dissatisfaction … in governments performance. ” During his victory speech, Walsh

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“Syracuse, you picked hope and optimism for this great city. You rejected the division that has impacted politics elsewhere and had held us back for far too long.” - Ben Walsh, Syracuse mayor Page 3

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Syracuse University holds NVRC dedication DPS review board members announced By Karoline Leonard asst. news editor

The ceremony was originally intended to take place in April 2020 but was delayed until Wednesday due to the pandemic. Isabella Casillas Guzman, the administrator of the Small Business Administration, was in attendance. francis tang asst. copy editor By Francis Tang asst. copy editor

Over a year and a half after its planned opening, the National Veterans Resources Center had a delayed dedication ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. The center was first scheduled to officially open in April 2020 but Syracuse University postponed the ceremony due to the pandemic. The building was conceptualized and designed by SHoP Architects, an architecture firm headquartered in New York City. Brandon Dyer, the communications manager for SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Affairs, said during a media tour on Monday that the $60 million facility has accessibility as its top priority. “That’s in everything from our radiant heat in the sidewalks in and around the building to the fact that you really have to struggle to find a set of stairs in this building,” Dyer said. “That’s really based on the fact that post-9/11 veterans are more

likely to have disabilities.” During the ceremony, former President George W. Bush made a brief remark in a pre-recorded video message. “The NVRC represents a continuation of a longstanding commitment from Syracuse to those who have worn our nation’s uniforms and their families,” Bush said. Mike Haynie, SU’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation, said when veterans require care and support after coming back from the battlegrounds, such needs are often dismissed as the government’s problem. “The National Veterans Resource Center represents — both in a symbolic way and a practical way — Syracuse University’s commitment to paying on the moral accountability that is inherent on a model of national defense, where the many benefit from the sacrifice and service of the few,” Haynie said. Isabella Casillas Guzman, the administrator of the Small Business Administration under Presi-

dent Joe Biden’s administration, attended the ceremony as well. “One of the first things that President Biden spoke to me about when nominating me was the fact that he knew that too many small business owners didn’t have that network behind them,” Guzman said. “We will have a home in this beautiful building to be able to better support the veterans through IVMF and make sure they can access capital, market places, opportunities, the revenue side of the equation, as well as the networks.” Chancellor Kent Syverud acknowledged the university’s recent ranking as the best private university for veterans. “We have discovered that serving veterans and military families makes Syracuse University better in countless ways,” Syverud said. “Let’s simply be the best university of any kind in the world for those who are serving or have served. Let’s be the best university for vets, period.” Syverud said Daniel and Gayle

D’Aniello, who previously donated $20 million in support of the construction and endowed the NVRC, announced on Tuesday they will provide another $30 million gift to endow the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Jamie Dimon, the president and CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Co., made a brief remark through a prerecorded video. The company helped SU establish the IVMF in 2011. “We shared a vision to serve those who volunteered to protect our freedom,” Dimon said. “These individuals make our communities, our campuses, our businesses better and stronger through the rich diversity of experience, thought and spirit.” The ceremony concluded with a conversation between retired Navy SEAL Commander Mike Hayes and Britt Slabinski, a retired Navy SEAL and a 2018 recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat in Afghanistan in 2002. @francis_towne

mayoral election 2021

About 30% of county voted, lowest since 2015 By Nick Robertson senior staff writer

An estimated 30% to 31% of Onondaga County voters turned in ballots during the 2021 elections, the lowest rate since 2015, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny tweeted. Turnout had grown each year for the last four elections up until this point, he said.

Voters reelected Ben Walsh as Syracuse mayor and kept the current slate of County Legislators in power. One office that did change hands was the 1st District Common Council seat, as Democrat Jennifer Schultz won the seat that Republican Joe Carni — who did not run for re-election — formerly held. Two Democrats were also elected to vacant at-Large seats on the Common Council.

The 30% countywide turnout was about 5% less than in 2017, the last mayoral election. Despite lower overall turnout, early voting increased in recent years. This election, 9,727 people voted early, a 2.6% increase over the proportion of early votes in 2019, when 8,462 people voted early. Czarny said he expects the early vote proportion to continue rising going forward, as absentee ballots

will no longer be as easy to apply for as previous elections. In 2020 and 2021, New York state allowed voters to use the risk of COVID-19 as an excuse to vote absentee, which will likely not be the case going forward. This year, 5,389 people voted absentee, according to the county board of elections. Those ballots will be counted starting Nov. 16. Proposition Four, the New see voting page 4

Syracuse University announced the members of the university’s Community Review Board of the Department of Public Safety in a news release on Tuesday. Attorney General Loretta Lynch recommended the creation of the board in a 97-page report following her external review into how the department interacts with members of the SU community and how officers interacted with #NotAgainSU student protesters in spring 2020. In Lynch’s report, she provided a structure and other recommendations for the CRB to further hold DPS accountable after her review was completed. Brianna Sclafani, a graduate student in the College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is the chair of the board. The board is well underway and working on structuring the board to be a community resource, she said in the release. “The board has been particularly focused on creating a fair, expedient and efficient process that supports both our campus community and DPS team members through the appeal process,” Sclafani said. According to its webpage, the CRB reviews appeals of complaints filed by community members against DPS. The board will also release an annual report of findings and recommendations annually to the university community. The board will not hear appeals until after an internal affairs process has been completed, Sclafani said. A person must file a complaint with DPS’ Internal Affairs via email, mail, telephone, on the complaint form via DPS’s webpage or in person. These complaints will undergo a review process with Internal Affairs. If either the community member who complained or the DPS team member is not happy with the Internal Affairs review, they may then appeal with the CRB via their intake form. The CRB will then issue a recommendation to Chancellor Kent Syverud or an appointee, who will then have 15 days to make a formal decision about the appeal. The CRB is made of 11 members. There are supposed to be three undergraduate representatives, one of which still needs to be filled. The two undergraduate students on the board are Alexandra Zoey Pollack and David J. Williams, both of whom are students in the Maxwell School. The graduate student on the board is Yusuf S. AbdulQadir, a student in the School of Information Studies. The rest of the board is made see review

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mayoral election 2021

Democrats sweep Common Council, school board races By Nick Robertson senior staff writer

Democrats will hold all 10 seats on Syracuse Common Council after three new councilors were elected Tuesday evening. Rasheada Caldwell and Amir Gethers will take the two vacant at-Large seats. Jennifer Schultz will take over the 1st District seat formerly held by Republican Joe Carni, who is leaving council this year. Caldwell, 45, is the youth community planning coordinator at the Allyn Foundation, a local nonprofit. She previously spent 14 years working with children and families at People’s Equal Action and Community Effort, another nonprofit. She won the seat with about 35% of the vote. Gethers, 27, is a contract compliance officer for Onondaga County. He won the seat with just over 28% of the vote. Caldwell and Gethers will fill the seats from page 1

walsh have to figure out what that is to try to reinvigorate the excitement about doing that civic duty to get more people involved,” Bey said. Bey reiterated his stances on many important topics in his campaign: job security, stability in homes, the ability to feed families; safe neighborhoods and safe educational environments. “These are the things everyday people think about. I’m hoping that those who continue on in government will make that a part of the effort next year.” Voters also selected three new Common Councilors, including an at-Large councilor to replace Bey, who left his position to run for mayor. Departing Councilor Joe

of Khalid Bey, who lost his race for mayor, and Ronnie White, who placed third in the Democratic primary in June. Schultz, a community health planner and medical researcher, defeated Republican Josh Davis. With Davis’ defeat, Republicans’ only seat on the Common Council was taken by a Democrat. Schultz beat Davis with over 64% of the vote after defeating the Democratic Party’s choice for the seat, council clerk John Copanas, in the June primary. Carni decided not to run for reelection, instead opting to run for the District 7 Onondaga County Legislature seat which he lost against incumbent Democrat Mary Kuhn. Common Council President Helen Hudson and 2nd District Councilor Pat Hogan also won their elections for council seats. Councilors Latoya Allen, Joe Driscoll and Chol Majok ran unopposed. Democrats Twiggy Billue, Nyatwa Bullock

and Karen Cordano were elected to the Syracuse City School District Board of Education. Three Democrats and three Republicans were on the ballot for three vacant positions on the board. In the Onondaga County Legislature, Republicans help on to their majority, despite a large organized effort by Democrats to flip seats. All 11 Republican seats of the 17 on the Legislature were retained by the party. Democrat Anthony Brindisi was elected to the New York State Supreme Court with 51.3% of the vote, winning by just over 2,000 votes. The former Congressman and Utica native, who represented New York’s 22nd District from 2019-21, was elected to the 5th Judicial District of the court. About 93,000 people voted in this election, a turnout of about 30%, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny said on Twitter. This marks a decrease of 5% from the 2017 turnout, the last mayoral election. Two of the five New York Constitutional

amendments on the ballot passed. The right to clean air and water will become part of the state constitution after Proposal Two was passed with 67% of the vote, the largest margin of any of the proposals. “This amendment would put the same protections for our right to live in a healthy environment that we currently have for our rights to free speech, religion and due process,” said Rhea Jezer, political chair of the local Sierra Club chapter. Proposal One, which changes the redistricting process, did not pass, with about 60% of voters going against the measure. Proposals Three and Four, which would enable the state to use same-day voter registration and permanently allow no-excuse absentee voting, were also voted down by similar margins. Proposal Five, which expands the jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court, passed.

Carni, Common Council’s only Republican, did not win an election for a County Legislature seat and will be replaced by a Democrat. Now, Democrats will hold all 10 seats on Council. While Walsh and Bey have different political affiliations, their politics align on some major issues. Both supported the I-81 viaduct community grid plan, encouraged city investment in sidewalk infrastructure and pushed for increased code enforcement in homes and apartment buildings across the city. The main issues of the campaign focused on police and public safety, where Bey takes a more progressive approach to the incumbent mayor. Bey said in March that the city’s police reform plan, proposed by Walsh and passed by Common Council, didn’t go far enough.

The candidates butted heads over the city’s relationship with the police union, specifically the newest contract awarded by an arbitrator in July which doled out $10,000 bonuses to veteran officers. Bey and other councilors spoke against the deal in 2019, claiming it is too expensive. In his second term as mayor, Walsh plans to focus on infrastructure, neighborhood development and public safety, according to his campaign platform. His platform, announced last month, also reiterates his commitment to redevelopment of the I-81 viaduct in favor of the community grid alternative and expansion of his Syracuse Surge economic development policy. “For me, the clock is already ticking, and I want to use every minute available to finish the work we started four years ago,” Walsh said. Specific policy goals include a bus rapid transit public transportation system, the early stages of municipal broadband service and a complete update of city zoning laws. The platform also pledges an expansion to the city’s sidewalk paving program and significant increases in road reconstruction.

Walsh had a fundraising advantage throughout the entire race. He entered 2021 with nearly $300,000 in his campaign accounts and raised another $400,000 this year. Bey raised just over $100,000 during the entire campaign. Walsh used his fundraising advantage to spend nearly $200,000 on advertisements during the race. About 93,000 people voted in this election, a turnout of about 30%, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny said on Twitter. This marks a decrease of 5% from the 2017 turnout, the last mayoral election. “I never feel good about low turnout. We wanted to get everybody out; we felt it would be good for the campaign. It’s disappointing,” Walsh said. “That’s something we need to continue to focus on — meet people where they are.” Asst. digital editor Shantel Guzman and asst. news editor Kyle Chouinard contributed to reporting for this post.

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stage. She called Bey a friend of hers. “Khalid is correct, we have to make sure … (to) hold our elected officials responsible,” Hunter said. Hunter emphasized the importance of participating in local government, saying that it has the most impact on the quality of life of people living in Syracuse. Bey echoed this idea. “(I) want to make sure the message is clear for those who remain in government that we can’t duplicate or redo the things we’ve done in the past,” Bey said. “When we talk about making sure our city is diverse and accessible to all we have to be deliberate in that effort … it’s time for people to deliver.”


thanked Bey for a well-fought campaign and said that he looks forward to continuing their work at city hall. “Khalid has given a large portion of his life serving this community,” Walsh said during his speech. “He’s done so with dignity, and with forcible commitment to ensuring the voices of all in our city are heard.” In Bey’s conversation with Walsh following the election, they two agreed that they both still had work that needed to be done. Directly following Bey’s concession, Pamela Hunter, who represents the 128th district in the New York State Assembly, took to the from page 3

voting York Constitution amendment which would allow no-excuse absentee voting in New York, did not pass on Tuesday’s ballot. About 56% of voters statewide voted against the proposal. The Democratic party launched an organized effort to flip seats on the legislature this year, putting up a candidate for every seat. But at the from page 3

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end of election night, no seats will change hands. “This is substantially low turnout that had Republicans do well in the areas they had power and Democrats do well in Syracuse (except mayor), Dewitt and Manlius,” Czarny said on Twitter. “In many ways, this is a status quo election locally. However, these races continue and we will count every vote.” @NickRobertsonSU

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Ben Walsh is a win for Syracuse Khalid Bey would’ve been better for Syracuse

MAYOR BEN WALSH has proven that he is capable of improving Syracuse. He will continue fixing key issues through his next four years in office. daily orange file photo By Julia Kahen columnist


s Syracuse’s first independent mayor, Mayor Ben Walsh took office on Jan. 1, 2018, and will continue to lead Syracuse for the next four years after winning the election last night. Democrat Khalid Bey and Republican Janet Burman were also on the ballot yesterday. Walsh received over 60% of the vote, with more than 6,000 votes above Bey, his primary competitor. Walsh deservedly won this race, although many people believe that he did not induce enough change during his term. Being realistic, patient and open-minded, Walsh has bettered Syracuse and its residents’ lives. He will continue to lead with his same goal-oriented, genuine approach throughout his upcoming term. While many small businesses and restaurants were struggling during the pandemic, Walsh proactively provided them with grants that ultimately kept them afloat. This reflects the high level of care and respect that Walsh has for the business owners of Syracuse, a group he will continue fighting for in his next four years in office.

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For a long time, Walsh has advocated for the replacement of the I-81 viaduct with the community grid alternative, and the process has finally begun under his leadership. In his upcoming term, Walsh will work to minimize the effects of this project on surrounding schools and residents. Since Walsh has nurtured this project for years now, he is the only candidate that would be able to truly execute this to its fullest potential. In terms of police reform, a pressing issue in Syracuse, Walsh has established concrete steps toward accountability and fairness. Police officers are now required to wear body-worn cameras, with footage being subject to public release. Additionally, Walsh successfully negotiated a five-year residency requirement for new officers. While he still has a long way to go in terms of police reform, I remain unconvinced that the other candidates could accomplish more than Walsh. Councilor Bey had made police accountability a point in his campaign, but he is vague at best when asked about what concrete changes he would impose. Furthermore, there is a severe lead-poisoning problem in Syracuse among children. Walsh proposed a law giving power to the city to

inspect houses with potential lead problems. Mayor Walsh is devoting $4.5 million in federal aid to 200 Syracuse homes with lead problems. Walsh is also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5,000 pounds annually due to his implementation of LED street lights across the city. This effort has saved the city $1.5 million annually, money that can now be used for other crucial projects. Bey failed to make environmental policy a key issue in his campaign. Walsh has shown his dedication to diversity and representation by creating what some might consider the most diverse administration that Syracuse has ever seen. Over half of his administration is composed of people of color and women. Walsh has proved that he is the most capable of creating palpable improvements in Syracuse. During the next four years, I have a high level of confidence in Walsh to continue working to make Syracuse a better place to live for everyone. His reelection will result in the continued betterment of the Syracuse community.

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n election is a pinnacle moment for a community to demonstrate its exigent voice by casting votes for their representatives. For Syracuse’s 2021 mayoral election, community members cast their votes, and Ben Walsh was reelected as the mayor of Syracuse. Mayor Walsh was an incumbent candidate, who served the previous term, while Common Councilor Khalid Bey was running for the position for the first time. If elected, Bey would have been Syracuse’s first Black mayor, bringing representation of people of color to the mayoral position. Although Councilor Bey won the Democratic primary, the power of incumbency seeped through and the people of Syracuse chose a familiar face. I believe that Bey as mayor would have been better for the city of Syracuse. But the familiarity of Walsh was too much for Bey to overcome. Walsh won the election with over 60% of the vote, while Bey had about 27%. Incumbents always have an upper hand, especially when it comes to funding and familiarity with the people of the city. Further, Bey could not match Walsh’s campaign funding which reached $199,852.33 on advertisements, while Bey spent $37,056.94. Publicity for Bey was drastically unmatched to his opponent. From his political campaign, Walsh made it clear that he wishes to continue pushing plans of infrastructural updates, public safety improvements and development of city neighborhoods. Bey’s campaign stressed the importance of reducing crime in Syracuse. His appeal was that he is from a community that has experienced vio-

lent crime firsthand. As someone who has seen violence in the community, he has expressed that these issues are personal and that a commitment to reducing crime in Syracuse is necessary to impact change. While Walsh understands that these issues need to be solved, Bey’s firsthand experience of these issues would have given him deeper insights in how to properly address them. Bey’s top goals include reducing crime and unemployment and improving access to safe and affordable housing, according to his political campaign. Although Walsh has these goals in his agenda, Bey, as a representative from a marginalized community, has a personal reason to attend to these issues in the community and brings insight as a person of color. Bey’s leadership would have made these complicated issues more likely to see progress. Bey envisioned a future for Syracuse with efforts in place to reduce gun violence. His plan meant deploying officers to neighbors to establish relationships with communities, with volunteers and officers working together to make communities safer. This means an amenable understanding from both law enforcement and neighbors to establish trust. Bey rising to the mayoral position would have been a historical moment for Syracuse. Syracuse could have witnessed a hands-on approach to some of the pressing issues in the city. It could have had a seat at the table for Black representation, with a leader like Bey, who could influence change to the city as a member of a marginalized community. Rainu George is a freshman classical studies major. Her column appears biweekly. She can be reached at

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Animation artist Junjie “Jake” Zhang talks creative process with VPA seniors

By Sophia Moore staff writer


rom Hong Kong, Junjie “Jake” Zhang spoke to Syracuse University students over Zoom on Wednesday morning. His lecture focused on his directorial work for “Blood Swim,” an animated short film that came out earlier this year. Using his work to frame the discussion, he offered students a step-by-step guide on how to create their own animated shorts, from the planning stages to post-production. “When storyboarding, ask yourself: Are you more of a visual-driven artist?” Zhang said. “There’s no good or bad for this one, especially in pre-production. Creating the concept (for a story) is more like taking notes, getting the most interesting moments from your mind.” Zhang is an award-winning independent animation artist. He’s garnered numerous awards and recognition for his animated short films, most recently winning international

distinctions for his 2016 short film “Pokey Pokey.” The animator has expanded his career into the world of education, now serving as an assistant professor of practice in digital arts at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Even though Zhang’s event was open to all SU students, it was aimed at a particular audience: Professor Rebecca Ruige Xu’s CAR 430 Computer Art Seminar class, which sat in on the lecture. The seminar is for College of Visual and Performing Arts seniors majoring in computer art and animation, intending to prepare them for their senior theses of creating animated short films. Zhang’s lecture served as a guide in their pre-production planning. Zhang angled his talk in an informative way, outlining his filmmaking process. He discussed his creative process from mystery to certainty to illustrate what students should strive for in their projects. The artist posed see zhang page 8

A neon pink mini dress. A butterfly bralette. An orange morphsuit. A fur coat. A giant pair of cowprint overalls. These items may sound like they belong only as part of Halloween ensembles, but with a little creativity, love for the environment and out-of-the-box thinking, they can be transformed into everyday staples. Students are known to wear many Halloween costumes every year, one for each of the many nights that make up the so-called “Halloweekend.” The clothes pile up, and after the festivities end, many of these clothes end up thrown in the back of the closet — or worse, the bin. Repurposing Halloween costumes is something everyone should attempt because clothing waste is a huge problem. In the U.S. alone, about 85% of all textiles thrown away every year end up either in the landfill or burned. Many students order pieces for Halloween off of Amazon, where they are cheap to buy and cheaply made, made only to last a night. The labor-intensive and timeconsuming process of recycling old clothes rarely yields new clothes, as only 1% of recycled textiles actually get repurposed this way. In theory, recycling clothes is a good idea, the more sustainable alternative is to actually reuse your clothes. Fashion design professor Charquetta “ChaCha” N. Hudson said she encourages anyone to upcycle clothing for friends or as gifts. Hudson listed multiple ways to upcycle costumes, including turning denim jeans into handbags, shirts into masks and extra fabric into bell-bottoms jeans. “There are endless possibilities for creating new and fabulous pieces for yourself and your family,” Hudson said. If you dressed up as a movie character, it’s likely that these costume pieces can be separated from their iconic ensemble and reworn. To transform an item that you associate with a character, I recommend layering it with other cohesive clothing already in your closet. If you dressed up as Velma from Scooby-Doo or Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction, chances are you really like the characters. Why not keep the nod to them in your everyday wardrobe? But say you dressed for Halloween as a bright and bold space cowperson, and you aren’t into wearing this look to class. One way to transform the wild color palette into something more tame is natural fabric dye. You can find this easily online or at craft stores, see costumes page 8

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3 SUR artists to perform in The Underground By Louis Platt

Three of Syracuse University Records’ (SUR) newest artists signed to the label — Stevie Mack, Ariana Prappas and kiara akari — will perform Thursday night at The Underground in Schine Student Center. The doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. and the showcase will start at 8 p.m. SUR is a student-run record label that has been around for almost 20 years. The organization assists students in recording, offering marketing services and music production, said Nate Murphy, a public relations and marketing team member at SUR. Student musician Stevie Mack will open the free concert, which is open to all SU and SUNY-ESF students and faculty. In an Instagram story on SUR’s Instagram, Mack said, “If you like pop and R&B, you will not want to miss my set.” The SU junior released his first single “Cornerstone” on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music in September. “Cornerstone” will be featured on Mack’s upcoming EP, the press release said. Students can also preview his vocals on TikTok, where he posts intimate singing sessions. Ariana Prappas, a singer-songwriter who performs folk rock music, will take the stage after Mack. The press release teased new music from Prappas on Thursday night. Overall, the three student artists will perform both covers and original songs — some that have been released and some still in production — the release said. Prappas and Mack both signed to Three of Syracuse University Records’ newest artists will perform at The Underground in Schine the label this semester, Murphy said. courtesy of syracuse university records “Ariana has a really good voice, and Mack on Thursday night. sings passionately,” the public relations and marketing team member said. where she posts videos of herself singing and night. Murphy said Arroyo-Mark is tasked Kiara Akari, who has been with the record playing acoustic guitar. with “keeping the energy high” on Thursday label for almost a year, will be the third and Murphy has been impressed with Akari’s night. Briana Gilyard, an SU junior who goes final performance, SUR said in the release. growth since she joined the label. “Kiara has by the artist name BRI, and senior Jackson The musician and SU senior released her debut narrowed in on her craft,” he said. Siporin will host the event, Murphy said. single “Fairytale” early this year. Interested Jillian Arroyo-Mark, who goes by the artist listeners can check out Akari on TikTok, name DJ Jill, will have sets throughout the jbl__98

zhang three questions to students developing their story concepts: “What is it? How does it look? What is it made of?” “Embrace the randomness … Amplify, so the audience can fully immerse in the story,” Zhang said. After establishing those questions, the artist offered the audience a look at “Blood Swim.” He played the eight-minute short film, which he used to begin his lecture, explaining how he answered the same questions he had posed to the audience when developing it. Zhang expanded on his creative process, talking students through his storyboarding methods, which he emphasized are not about the art. Nonetheless, storyboarding is important since it’s the first and most crucial step of what Zhang calls the film production pipeline. When Zhang storyboards, he focuses on getting his characters’ actions onto paper first and refining the animation later. He first used 2D storyboards and simple animatics to finalize the flow of “Blood Swim” before animating it in greater detail. “I’m more of a visual-driven type,” Zhang from page 7

costumes even at Target. Some black or darkly colored dye will work its magic and make that neon bodysuit match your fall palette. Ava Lahijani, an SU sophomore and fashion design major, said she believes in having a personalized wardrobe, and she takes this attitude into her pre- and post-Halloween fashion plans.



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said. “I like to create key moments in my mind that can be included in the final production.” He emphasized the importance of story and camera placement while developing storyboards, stressing that until the storyboards are executed to the director’s vision, the rest of the project won’t be able to proceed.

Embrace the randomness … Amplify, so the audience can fully immerse in the story Jake Zhang animation artist

“You’re creating a space according to the story and … making a decision for the best choice for shooting the scene,” Zhang said. “In your mind, there should be three-dimensional The sophomore reworks Halloween costume pieces into her day-to-day outfits, reimagining them as “one of a kind” accessories, she said. “It’s really helpful to use bits and pieces from your costumes and incorporate them into small aspects of your outfits that you make every day to amp it up and to reuse those pieces,” Lahijani said. She also suggested thinking about waste when planning for Halloween: Avoid

thinking … you’re picking the best one according to the need to tell the story.” Zhang’s biggest advice regarding animation was for aspiring directors to clearly outline what they want their outcome to be with character design, mainly because the director is not typically the one to animate during a project. Toward the end of his talk, Zhang offered practical advice on how to make a film during the pandemic. Although it’s possible, it’s challenging, especially with an international team, he said. He underscored the importance of organization and provided attendees with the methods he uses to keep his work in order. “As a director, you need to be very clear about the pipeline,” Zhang said. “You need to be very clear that each component has an outcome so you can define time management (for the project).” He concluded his talk by fielding questions from the audience, most of which came from Xu’s students. Before leaving the Zoom call, Zhang offered a final piece of advice for aspiring filmmakers. “You have to look back to what is the most interesting part in animation,” Zhang said. “Find the most passionate part … the most interesting part that motivates you to create.”

buying something you will only wear for “Halloweekend,” and buy unique clothing pieces that would spruce up not only your current wardrobe but also your costumes for the many Halloweens to come. If your costumes are just too wild, Hudson still has a solution: a costume exchange. “That is an excellent way to reduce waste but also make a social event of it,” Hudson said. “Use Google or Pinterest to come up with ideas. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Student musician a kid named rufus, who’s appeared on Spotify’s Indie Pop, All New Indie and Bedroom Pop playlists, is playing outdoor house show venue The Garden on Saturday night. Freshman musician Saint Luke, who played with BRI at Spook Ball last weekend, will accompany a kid named rufus. The doors open at 9 p.m., and music starts 30 minutes later. The show is $5, with proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination required at the door. Message on Instagram for the address. WHEN: Saturday night at 9 p.m ARTIST: saint luke and a kid named rufus The Blue Room The Blue Room venue will host a night of alternative, pop, trap and R&B on Saturday night. Syracuse native Jesediah will be joined by SU student musicians Nate Glyn, Stevie Mack and Sedona. This is Sedona’s third house show at Syracuse and Nate Glyn’s second show at The Blue Room. Message @mosh.retirement on Instagram for address, and tickets can be bought for $5 in advance by messaging the account or by paying $7 at the door. WHEN: Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. ARTIST: Jesediah, Nate Glyn, Stevie Mack and Sedona The Harrington The Harrington is presenting a “Birthday Party”-themed concert Saturday night with two bands and three singers, organized by Red Checker Management and The Summit Syracuse. SU student band Studio 89 will perform, as well as the band two minutes late. Lulu Mac, Jordyn Tareaz and Lauren Juzang will also perform. Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door. Message @theharringtoncuse on Instagram for the address. WHEN: Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. ARTIST: Studi 89 band, two minutes late, Lulu Mac, Jordyn Tareaz and Lauren Juzang The Landmark Theatre Fabolous, The Brooklyn-born “Into You” rapper, will be at the Landmark Theatre on Saturday night for what the theater is calling an “unforgettable performance.” Tickets start at $40, and masks and a negative COVID-19 or vaccination card are required. WHEN: Saturday night at 8 p.m. ARTIST: Fabolous

Draw inspiration from what others are doing to minimize waste, upcycle and repurpose.” Lahijani said she encourages all clothing wearers to prioritize sustainability and individuality. When you wear a piece that was once a Halloween costume, you stand out more. “You won’t be like every other person walking on the street,” Lahijani said.


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3 factors that outline Syracuse volleyball’s 8-game slump By Cole Bambini staff writer

In 2018, Syracuse opened up its season 4-4 through eight nonconference games including a loss to three then-top-25 ranked opponents in Brigham Young, University of Southern California and Marquette. As the Orange entered the middle of the season and began Atlantic Coast Conference competition, however, SU went 14-4 in conference play, going 8-1 at home and 6-3 on the road during that stretch. SU, who finished 19-9 that season, made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round. This season the Orange opened the year going 14-2, defeating 11 of 12 nonconference opponents, while sweeping the tournament fields at the Syracuse, Yale and Hail State Invitationals. To complete that stretch, Syracuse entered conference play 3-1 with wins against Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. But since then, SU has gone 1-7 in conference play and has been winless on the road. Here are the numbers that define Syracuse’s (15-9, 4-8 ACC) slump:

Decrease in hitting percentage

In the first 16 matchups, the Orange from page 12

lasso it in the locker room. And he hasn’t drank during the last 15 soccer seasons. Unlike Lasso, he saves his Carlsbergs, Kronenbourgs, Peronis and Heinikens for after the season. But McIntyre tries to help his coaches like Lasso does. Assistant Coach Jukka Masalin, like Coach Beard, has been by McIntyre’s side through the ups and downs of his lengthy coaching career. Coach Nate from page 12

tournament The possession eventually led to a foul drawn by Curt Calov, and the early-half momentum that the Tar Heels had out of the gate was diminished. Syracuse tied the Tar Heels in the team’s only matchup last year at a time when UNC was also a top 25 team. The Orange’s last loss to the Tar Heels came in the second round of the NCA A tournament in 2016. The two teams penned a similar script Wednesday night, with both teams generating few shots on goal. Syracuse didn’t find its first corner kick until from page 12


finished with a marginally better shot-to-goal conversion rate. Converting shots into goals will be SU’s main concern heading into the ACC Tournament.

Path to the title

Syracuse will face seventh-seeded Duke (6-10, 0-6 ACC) in the quarterfinals of the competition on Thursday afternoon.The Orange defeated the Blue Devils 7-2 in the only prior matchup between the

had an average hitting percentage of 31.2%, only going below 25% in a three game stretch. SU recorded a season-high 48.9% average hitting percentage in a three-set sweep over Ball State at the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament. In the past eight games, Syracuse has recorded a 22.2% hitting percentage and had its two worst hitting percentages of the season in matchups against Notre Dame and Louisville, hitting just over 10% in both games. Against the Fighting Irish, Syracuse was outscored by double digits in kills, assists, digs and errors in the game. SU had 18 attack errors in its match against North Carolina State and followed that performance with 28 errors against North Carolina two days later. Both matches ended in three sets. SU’s decrease in successful hits has resulted in lower hitting percentages, a flaw not prevalent in its first 16 matchups.

index (RPI) as of games played through Oct 31. The Orange’s opponents during the first 16 games had an average RPI ranking of just under 138, with No. 30 ranked Mississippi State and No. 39 ranked Ball State as the only competition higher than SU’s in the stretch. Syracuse’s losses were to Iowa State and Boston College, ranking No. 46 and No. 98, respectively. SU played five teams who’s RPI ranking is below 200, including Quinnipiac and Hartford, who ranked No. 294 and No. 301, respectively. The following eight games were against conference opponents who’s RPI ranking averaged 39. Louisville, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State and North Carolina all rank in the top 25. The only win in the past eight games was against No. 122 ranked Clemson. The final six games of SU’s schedule won’t get much easier. This Friday, it will travel to No. 1 Pittsburgh for the first of two matches before having to play Florida State and NC State for a second time — both teams who have previously defeated the Orange. Syracuse will also face Virginia and Duke. It defeated the Blue Devils on the road, 3-0, on Sep. 26.

“We played good, but not long enough to win. There’s nothing else I can say,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said after the Orange’s loss to North Carolina. Yelin’s remarks summarize the Orange’s inability to close out sets in the past eight games as they allow their opponent to pull away toward the end. Within just a few points toward the end of each set and even holding set points a couple of times, attack errors have prevented SU from being more competitive in games. “I think it has to do with losing, but it’s true.” Yelin said after the loss to UNC. “When you’re losing — a few matches especially in a row — it’s just so hard to play to win.”

In its matchup with Louisville, a Shemanova service ace put the Orange up 24-22 in the first set. But Cardinals recorded a kill and Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk had three straight attack errors, giving Louisville the set on a 4-0 run. In the second set, SU again

had set point leading 24-23 after a Shemanova kill. But similar to the first, a Cardinal kill and a couple attack errors by the Orange won the set for Louisville on a 3-0 scoring run. “It’s both physical and psychological problems,” Markova said about the inability to close sets. “We need to have more conditioning to have this energy to finish the sets. We need to believe more in ourselves to finish strong.” Against Florida State, SU led in the second set 23-21, two points from tying the match at one set. But after three Seminole kills, a service ace finished off a 4-0 FSU scoring run. After the Orange responded with two set wins, it seemed SU was on its way to snap a three away-game losing streak as it led 9-5 in the final set. Instead, Florida State responded with a 10-2 run which included five kills, three SU errors and a service ace. The Orange also lost on 4-0 scoring runs to the Tar Heels, losing 25-21 and 25-22, respectively. Against Georgia Tech, both teams were tied at 20-20, but the Yellow Jackets ended the set on a 5-1 run. And against Miami, SU was leading 19-17 in the fourth set, but it ended on a 6-2 run by the Hurricanes.

rose to take over his own soccer club in the show. Sean Lawlor joined McIntyre’s staff as a volunteer, and now he’s an assistant coach and third in command — like Nate. McIntyre also experienced some of the same cultural differences that Ted Lasso experiences throughout the first two seasons. The typical tea-and-beer drinking, loud Englishmen was nailed perfectly by characters in the show, McIntyre said. Both coaches have had their share of strange looks from family

and friends because of their accents. But that’s part of the show, part of the appeal that draws McIntyre and others to keep coming back. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” McIntyre said. “The funny moments are eclipsed by the moments you feel good about other people.” Those real moments are what makes the show work, McIntyre said. Lasso is a guy with a failed marriage who doesn’t see his son. His team got relegated, and he fre-

quently has panic attacks spurred by the death of his father. But that is life, McIntyre said — you embrace the challenge of the day and try to become better for it. McIntyre thinks that Lasso’s belief is exactly what the world needed. “If at the end of the day we can all become a little bit better as coaches (and) as human beings, maybe they’ve been on to something,” McIntyre said. McIntyre might know more than Ted Lasso about soccer. He might

like tea more than the fictional British football head coach and he might not be able to grow a solid mustache. But he’s an optimist. “Being a coach, you have the ability to impact and motivate a group. That’s part of selling the fact and coming up with something to be optimistic,” McIntyre said. “That’s not just coaching, that’s being a dad, that’s being a husband, that’s being a friend.”

three minutes into the second half. The teams finished with a combined six shots on goal and just 10 corner kicks. While Syracuse couldn’t create as many chances as it had in previous conference games, the back line made sure UNC would find the same lack of success. Less than 10 minutes into the first half, Tar Heel Santiago Herrerra snuck past Luke Biasi on the nearside wing, giving him enough space for a cross in. But Buster Sjoberg followed the progression of the play, and easily booted the ball away from goalkeeper Russel Shealy, halting any momentum. UNC’s Tim Schels quickly regained possession, but

two SU defenders forced him to lose his footing and fall. Ahead of the game against Wake Forest, Hili Goldhar noted that Syracuse wants to play with “short, intricate passing.” He said they don’t want to screw around with the ball deep in their own zone, which has led to mistakes, fewer points and a lower seed in the tournament. In contrast, UNC leaned heavily on long passes in the first half on Wednesday night. Joe Pickering would try and find someone down low like Tega Ikoba, the Tar Heel’s top scorer. UNC is used to outshooting its opponents by a wide margin. Throughout the regular season,

the Tar Heels outshot other teams on goal 3-to-1. But on Wednesday, Syracuse kept the shot numbers close, finding various opportunities and stopping many from the Tar Heels. In the midst of a backand-forth possessional battle in the second half, UNC earned a corner kick. Just as he did throughout the night in Chapel Hill, Sjoberg fluttered around deep in the box which didn’t allow any Tar Heel jerseys to get a head on the service. With a little more than two minutes left in the first overtime, UNC drove down the pitch off a long service from goalkeeper Alec Smir. But defenseman Christian Curti stopped the momentum,

stealing the ball away from a Tar Heel striker to once again stop any UNC momentum to send the ball to a second overtime. But it was with eight minutes left in the second overtime that Curti let the Tar Heel striker get the best of him. He fell to the grass at Kenan Memorial Stadium, placing his hands over his forehead before running them through his hair. Shealy lay in front of the net, the ball that eliminated the Orange perched feet away from him as he stared up. McIntyre stood with his hands sternly on his hips alone, watching as North Carolina celebrated its fourth straight win.

teams this season. If the Orange win, they will advance to the semifinals of the tournament and match up against either North Carolina (10-6, 4-2 ACC) or Wake Forest (7-9, 1-5 ACC) in the quarterfinals. Syracuse topped both teams in the regular season, defeating then-No. 5 North Carolina for the first time in six years on Oct. 1 and thenNo. 15 Wake Forest a week later. Semifinal contests will be played on Friday. If SU advances to the final, it will face either Louisville, Virginia or

Boston College. The Orange defeated Boston College in September when the Eagles were ranked No. 3, and fell to both the Cardinals and the Cavaliers 2-1. Louisville has a quarterfinal bye as the first seed and will play Virginia or Boston College in the semifinal.

right flank, alternating between the right forward and midfield positions throughout the course of the regular season. She was also named to the All-ACC First Team on Wednesday. Pleun Lammers: Fellow forward Lammers was also named to the All-ACC First Team, and is right behind Comans in offensive production with eight goals and four assists. Lammers is SU’s primary option at the center forward position but hasn’t played since the Orange’s 2-1 victory over then-No. 15 Wake Forest on Oct. 8

for unknown reasons. Charlotte de Vries: De Vries didn’t join the team until SU’s third game of the season, but she’s become a crucial part of the Orange’s offense as the season progressed. De Vries initially played in the left forward position before shifting to the right midfield position for the second half of the season. On the right f lank, de Vries has consistently connected w ith Comans to create scoring chances for the Orange.

Inability to close out sets

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Quirine Comans: Heading into the postseason, Comans leads SU in offensive production with nine goals and eight assists. The Netherlands native has taken control of SU’s

Strength of opponents

Although SU spent the entire month of September on the road with a difficult travel schedule, its nonconference competition and ACC opponents during the first 16 games weren’t the strongest. As expected, conference play was more difficult, as the Orange were scheduled to face four conference teams who qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. Jackson State was its only nonconference opponent who qualified for the tournament. Currently, SU ranks No. 44 based on the NCAA’s rating percentage @anthonyalandt @anthonyalandt

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The numbers that define Syracuse football’s season so far By Anish Vasudevan asst. sports editor

After being one loss away from a winless season in 2020, Syracuse heads into the bye week one win shy of a bowl berth for the first time since 2018. This season has seen improvement in all facets of the game for the Orange, but it still had its downs, too. SU lost three straight games by three points before its recent wins. Head coach Dino Babers said he has “unbelievable faith” in his team, which is led by the nation’s top running back in Sean Tucker and the 19th-best defense in the country, which is in its second season using the 3-3-5 system. Here are the stats to know about Syracuse heading into November:

All aboard the Tucker train

Tucker has been Syracuse’s spark on the offense, and he’s the best running back in all of college football. Tucker leads the nation in all-purpose yards (1,505) and all-purpose yards per game (167.22). But the most surprising statistic has been his usage rate, which is at 37% through the nine games this season, according to College Football Data. On rushing attempts, he’s been used 55% of the time —

the next closest player being quarterback Garrett Shrader at 37%, since he’s responsible for taking the ball on read option or designed quarterback runs. The Orange only bring out other running backs sparingly, using Cooper Lutz and Abdul Adams for a combined 4% of running plays. Tucker also has 201 rushing attempts, the most of any college running back in the country. He averages 6.3 yards per carry, 20thbest nationally. At one point earlier this season, Tucker was responsible for the most scrimmage yards by any player in the Football Bowl Subdivision, providing 40.3% of Syracuse’s.

Special teams meltdown

Syracuse’s Special Teams U has fallen off its pedestal of being one of the best groups in the country. SU never even hired a special teams coordinator this year. The Orange are ranked 97th out of 130 teams in the Special Teams Fremeau Efficiency Index, a metric used by Football Outsiders to calculate the efficiency ratings of all FBS teams. The rating combines kickoff return, kickoff, punt return, punt, field goal and opponent field goal efficiency into one number. SU was 14th-best in FBS last year, according to Football

Outsiders, and now it’s 14th-best in the ACC. Kicker Andre Szmyt has been at the forefront of this dropoff, falling from his 86.15% success rate over the last three seasons to a 58.3% success rate this year. From over 35 yards, Szmyt is 3-for-8 on the season, good for a 42.9% mark. He has missed easy attempts, too, including a 19-yard field goal and two extra points. But overall, the punting unit averages 36.3 yards per punt, the worst mark in the ACC. This is one area where the Orange need to improve on in order to win close games, and hiring a special teams coach could be a step in the right direction.

Increased fourth down efficiency

Since 2016, Syracuse’s fourth down conversion rate decreased over 30%, falling to 31% at some point in 2020. Babers stopped going for it on fourth down in the opposing team’s territory, a trend that’s continued into this season. Babers faced backlash for some controversial decisions early in the season, including once when he didn’t go for it on a crucial fourthand-10 against Rutgers. Babers said it was a “50-50” decision, instead

trusting his defense, which was unable to stop the Scarlet Knights. In the Orange’s first four games — when they were in their opposition’s territory — they only went for it once in four different situations. It worked against UAlbany, but the other three resulted in missed field goals by Szmyt. The Orange have a new arsenal of fourth down plays, including some passing setups that don’t rely on the legs of Shrader and Tucker. Syracuse has converted on 61.5% of its fourth-down attempts, secondbest in the ACC.

Defensive explosions and mistakes

The defensive explosive rate is a metric that measures how often a defense prevents big plays from the opposition. Syracuse ranks seventh nationally, only allowing 8.49% splash plays. A big or explosive play has varying definitions, according to Action Network, but generally means at least a 10-20 yard gain on a play. The lower the explosive rate is for a defense the better. Against the rush, Syracuse has a rating of 0.9, according to College Football Data. The reason for the Orange’s ability to stop big plays is their success at stopping the run, with

the third-best rushing defense in the ACC, and its ability to pressure the quarterback — Syracuse leads the conference in total sacks with 33, resulting in losses of over 200 yards. But the Orange’s success against the rushing attack is offset by their inability to stop big passing plays. College Football Data marks SU with 1.41 against the pass. Syracuse ranks 69th in team pass efficiency on defense nationally, allowing 191.1 passing yards per game. Another defensive metric is havoc, which measures the percentage of plays in which the defensive generated a tackle for loss, pass deflection or turnover. According to College Football Data, the Orange only create havoc 5% of the time from their defensive backs compared to 15% from their front seven. Last week both Williams and Chestnut were beat on 40-plus yard passes, allowing Boston College to get into scoring range. Heading into the last three games of the year, the Orange need to improve the backbone of their defense so they don’t give up quick plays that can alter the result of key matchups. @anish_vasu

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25 fouls, 4 yellow cards cost SU in ACC Tournament loss By Henry O’Brien asst. copy editor

North Carolina forward Jonathan Jimenez battled the Syracuse backline to keep possession of the ball in the box with under five minutes left in double overtime. Jimenez sent a cross to teammate Aldair Sanchez, who was standing at the top left of SU’s box. But before Sanchez could take a shot, Orange defender Christian Curti tackled him and sent him to the ground, giving the Tar Heels a penalty shot. Milo Garvanian sent the attempt past Russell Shealy, who dove to his right, sending UNC to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Curti’s costly yellow card was Syracuse’s (8-8-2, 2-5-1 ACC) fourth of the match and tied a season-high in its 1-0 loss to North Carolina (11-5-1, 5-4-0 ACC). The Orange also committed 25 fouls, the most in a single game all season, and the most since 2019. Fouls have been an issue for the Orange

all season — before Wednesday, Syracuse had committed a seasonhigh of 22 fouls in three separate matches (Cornell, Virginia and Pittsburgh) and led the conference with 263 fouls. The first 10 minutes of the match immediately set the tone for SU as it committed four fouls. Tar Heel leading scorer Tega Ikoba drew the Orange’s first foul of the day not even three minutes into the match. Luke Biasi charged at the streaking Ikoba. Biasi was successful at knocking the ball away from Ikoba but the referee was quick to blow the whistle and issue a foul to the midfielder. Curti committed his first of three fouls of the night two minutes later, ending any momentum for SU. For the next 19 minutes, SU committed only three fouls, beginning to control possession in the midfield. But in the 30th minute of play, Syracuse defender Buster Sjoberg was issued two fouls in less than 60 seconds. While the first foul didn’t do any damage, the second one almost proved costly.

Sjoberg tackled Ikoba’s left leg, giving the Tar Heels a free-kick. Santiago Herrera took the shot for UNC and his dipping one-bounce attempt just went slightly right of the net. The Orange had 11 fouls in the first half, but a lack of attack from either side kept the match scoreless at halftime. Syracuse dominated the second half, outshooting North Carolina 6-1. But the fouls continued to pile up, and SU committed 14 in the final 45 minutes. The second half also saw the Orange’s first two yellow cards of the match. Midfielder Jeorgio Kocevski drew SU’s first yellow card nine minutes into the second half. Kocevski leapt for a ball that eventually bounced under him while he was still in the air. UNC’s Tim Schels rushed to touch the ball at the center circle. Kocevski tried to catch up with him, eventually grabbing Schels’ shirt, resulting in a card and protests from the SU midfielder. Four minutes later, Noah Singelmann was called for the second yel-

low card. But as Syracuse started to dominate the rest of the half, it only committed five more fouls. Even though the Orange had tied the record for most fouls in a match all season, it looked like the Tar Heels were going to ultimately commit the match’s most costly foul. Not even a minute into overtime, UNC defender Riley Thomas tripped up Deandre Kerr, who was trying to run for a Sjoberg pass. This was Thomas’ second yellow card of the match and was consequently given a red card. Thomas stormed off the pitch in anger and the Orange were on the man advantage. Despite having an extra player on the pitch, Syracuse had more fouls than shots for the rest of the first overtime period. But what ended the man advantage and momentum for the Orange was two costly yellow cards by senior Hilli Goldhar. Goldhar was a little left and outside of the UNC box then got past one Tar Heel defender while

Antonio Lopez applied pressure on him. As the two players collided, Goldhar seemingly tripped Lopez, who then tripped Goldhar. The Orange midfielder was looking for a call but instead was issued his first yellow card of overtime. In the second overtime, it took Goldhar two minutes for him to get his second yellow card. Jimenez received a pass and looked to make a stride to start another attack for the Tar Heels. Goldhar, who initially didn’t go for the pass, charged at Jimenez and went in for a sliding tackle. Jimenez fell to the ground and Goldhar was called for his second yellow card. Like Thomas before him, Goldhar was subsequently given a red card, ending Syracuse’s player advantage. Curti was called for the Orange’s fourth and final yellow card three minutes later, giving Garvanian the penalty kick which ended the match and potentially SU’s season. @realhenryobrien

field hockey

Season review, preview of field hockey’s ACC tournament schedule By Bryan Brush staff writer

Syracuse (12-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) ended the regular season losing 2-1 to then-No. 5 Louisville and defeating Cornell, 6-0. The Orange are ranked No. 9 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll and will enter the ACC Tournament — set to be hosted at Syracuse’s J.S. Coyne Stadium for the first time in school history — as the second seed.

“It’s an awesome opportunity,’’ Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said. “To finally get the ACC Championship at Coyne, there’s nothing better.” The Orange only sit behind firstseed Louisville, who is ranked at No. 4 in the current NFHCA poll.

Regular season recap

Throughout the regular season, Syracuse found success behind its starting backline trio of Sienna

Pegram, Eefke van den Nieuwenhof and SJ Quigley. The trio has served as a foundation for SU’s squad, consistently limiting opposing possession and attacking opportunities. SU’s defensive unit held opponents to just a goal per game and 6.4 shots. Goalkeeper Brooke Borzymowski has also significantly contributed to Syracuse’s strong defensive structure. The freshman has made a total of 39 saves throughout the

regular season and ended the year with a 0.765 save percentage, thirdbest in the ACC. Defensive security enabled SU’s midfield and forward players to bring the ball up to create goal-scoring chances and execute a high-press system when opponents held possession in their own half. Syracuse scored 3.44 goals per game and registered over 19 shots per game as a result. The Orange consistently

outshot opponents, especially unranked ones. This formula produced results, as SU earned its longest win streak since 2015 — when Syracuse went on to win the NCAA Tournament — before losing to Nov. 16 Virginia 2-1. But along the way, the Orange has been capitalizing on offensive chances. SU ended the regular season with just over 200 more shots than its opponents but see acc page 10

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Defensive error ends SU’s season By Anthony Alandt asst. digital editor

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Ted Lasso moved from America to England to coach soccer. Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre did the exact opposite. By Anthony Alandt asst. digital editor


ed Lasso hates tea. He thinks it’s “dirty, brown dishwater” and spat it out in Rebecca Welton’s office in the first episode of the comedy-drama series “Ted Lasso.” Unlike Syracuse men’s soccer head coach Ian McIntyre, Lasso hasn’t adjusted to the cultural drink since moving to England. McIntyre said he definitely drinks more coffee than he did at 18 years old when he came to the United States from England to play for Hartwick men’s soccer. But he still loves tea, as long as it’s made a certain way: tea bag first, then water, then milk. “It’s not dishwater. I think it can be better. It does need to be with milk,” McIntyre said. “There are some things that need to remain.” Two seasons of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso have galvanized popular culture, aided by its Emmy nominations and Golden Globe-winning lead actor Jason Sudeikis. The show’s reach has made its way to Syracuse men’s soccer team, where many players have drawn comparisons between McIntyre and the fictional coach of the AFC Richmond soccer club, beginning with their path to coaching — Lasso grew up in America and coached in Britain, while McIntyre did the opposite. “(Lasso’s) really good at building relationships with his players. McIntyre’s a great communicator and the guys understand him really well,” senior Hilli Goldhar said. “He makes an effort to build good relationships with us. I don’t think there’s a coach who works harder than McIntyre in the Atlantic Coast Conference, even in the country.” Lasso intertwines life lessons with jokes he drew from his time in Kansas coaching American football. McIntyre frequently tells jokes, too, but he said he doesn’t think he’s gotten any funnier during his tenure with Syracuse. Midfielder Luke Biasi sees a great deal of Lasso in McIntyre, at least in terms of relationship building. Sometimes no one laughs when

McIntyre cracks one, Biasi said. Sometimes they do. Like Lasso, McIntyre uses sarcasm, a form of humor McIntyre’s grandmother told him was the “lowest form of wit.” In a meeting with Roy Kent, Lasso heavily leans on sarcasm when pitching the idea of Kent returning to the team as a coach rather than a player to ease the angry character’s attitude. For teams that spend a lot of time together, however, McIntyre and Lasso agree that the head coach is responsible for creating an environment where everyone enjoys one another’s company. In the show, Lasso’s first goal when he took over the fictitious AFC Richmond English Premier League team was to do just that. He worked tirelessly throughout the first part of season one to improve assistant coach Nate’s confidence, turn star player Jamie Tartt’s narcissistic attitude into one conducive to a team and help player Sam Obisanya believe in his abilities. McIntyre’s team has never gone out for karaoke or shared a birthday cake in the locker room after a loss like the show, but his goal has always been to recruit and surround himself with good people to offset the grind of college soccer. McIntyre also enjoys that Lasso isn’t just concerned about wins and losses. Sure, Coach Beard screams at him at the local bar in an attempt to get Lasso to understand that relegation is the worst thing that can happen to an English soccer team. Once Lasso’s team begins to gel, they begin winning, counteracting their demotion from the Premier League. “As we go on this journey, we know that there’s more than winning and losing, but you can also have success if you create an environment,” McIntyre said. “We are teachers, we’re mentors, we’re support systems for our guys.” McIntyre doesn’t have facial hair like Lasso’s iconic mustache, but McIntyre grew out a goatee once in college, which led to a superstitious winning streak for Hartwick. As captain, McIntyre said he looked like a “European musketeer looking dude,” but retroactively, he didn’t pull it off. McIntyre doesn’t use the word ‘believe,’ and he definitely doesn’t post see lasso page 9

Minutes after UNC’s first of three yellow cards Wednesday night, Milo Garvanian received a pass around midfield, and when he looked up, he saw no Orange jerseys within nearly 10 feet of him. It allowed him to dribble up to the top of the box relatively uncontested, and pass out to Schels. But Schels’s pass inside the box was blocked by a flurry of SU defenders. With two minutes left in the first half, Garavanian readied for the third of four first-half corner kicks. But Sjoberg headed the service out of bounds, and he did the same on the ensuing corner kick. Head coach Ian McIntyre said before the heart of the ACC schedule that Syracuse was “close.” His team had beaten Virginia on the road and was on its way to a stretch of wins against nonconference, midweek opponents. Syracuse has been close all year, close in its one-goal losses against No. 2 Georgetown and No. 6 Duke, close in its overtime losses to Louisville and Pittsburgh. The Orange were close again on Wednesday night; their defense made sure of that through the first 102 minutes. Then in the second overtime, Garvanian juked out Sjoberg, drew a penalty kick on Christian Curti, who dove after him well within the box. Garvanian snuck a high-shelf pass past a diving Russel Shealy to seal the opening round victory against the Orange. The defense shined once again in Syracuse’s (8-8-2, 2-5-1 Atlantic Coast) double-overtime loss to North Carolina (11-5-1, 5-4-0). It shined en route to SU’s third-straight playoff overtime matchup against the Tar Heels. It just had one miscue, but that one slip up, those two juke moves and one penalty within the box eliminated the Orange from the ACC tournament, placing their hopes of an at-large bid to the NCA A tournament in jeopardy. Aside from his missed game against Niagara due to a red card, Sjoberg burst onto the scene in his first year with Syracuse. The Wofford transfer has manned down the back line in 2021 en route to seven shoutouts for SU. He’s been a consistent presence in the box, making up for various miscues when he has let wingbacks bolt past him on the outsides. McIntyre has been pleased all season with how an experienced back line made up entirely of transfer players has gelled so well. Sjoberg made one mistake Wednesday night during regulation, fouling Herrerra to trigger a free kick, but the set piece fell just left of the crossbar. To begin the second half, Sjoberg corrected his mistake, once again sticking his foot in the way of a UNC chance. see tournament page 9

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