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About 20 students gathered outside of Phi Kappa Psi Saturday, alleging multiple members of the fraternity committed sexual assault. Page 3

Student musician Sedona Regan explained the catalyst of her music career and how her LP “FISHBOWL” grew from three songs to 13 during the pandemic. Page 7

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At 5-foot-8, Michael Ippoliti positioned himself to become the shortest goalie to appear in a game for Syracuse since 5-foot-7 Andrew Starr did against Hobart in 2002. Page 12

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SU community members debate rescinding Giuliani’s honorary degree

How SU decides honorary degrees By Karoline Leonard asst. news editor

Rudy Giuliani’s degree drew protests from SU community members in 2002 and in the past year following his attempts to undermine the 2020 presidential election. photo illustration by anya wijeweera photo editor

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Student leaders want to see Rudy Giuliani’s honorary doctorate from SU’s College of Law rescinded following his fall from public grace

ne year after he began campaigning to overturn a presidential election, Rudy Giuliani still has his honorary doctorate from Syracuse University’s College of Law. Now, the leaders of Syracuse University’s Student Association and Student Bar Association — the organizations representing SU undergraduates and College of Law students — want to see that degree rescinded. “When he received his honorary degree back in 1989, he might have portrayed the values or initiatives of the school then,” said Mazzy Kaila, executive president of SBA. “I don’t think there’s any room for that now.” Kaila, along with SBA Vice President Scott Ceurvels and SA President David Bruen, have called for SU to take action to revoke Giuliani’s honorary doctorate. What exactly such a process would look like remains unclear. Giuliani received his honorary degree from SU in 1989 following his term as an attorney for the Southern District of New York that saw him spearhead a crackdown on organized crime and insider training.

His work as mayor of New York City in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — an event that elevated Giuliani to international stardom — earned Giuliani a controversial invitation back to SU as a commencement speaker in 2002. Giuliani’s visit was greeted by student protests denouncing his policing policies, including the instances of police brutality that took place during his tenure. Giuliani dismissed those protests in his commencement speech. In the last year, Giuliani has faced backlash and lawsuits for his role in campaigning to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, a campaign that saw him push widely debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories. So far, at least two other universities — Drexel University and Middlebury College — have revoked honorary degrees given to Giuliani in light of his actions during the election. The New York state appellate court has also suspended his law license. An SU spokesperson declined to comment on whether the university had begun looking into whether it would rescind Giuliani’s degree, or if such a process to do so exists at the university.

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In order to receive an honorary degree from Syracuse University, one must meet a number of criteria not explicitly stated by the university or its Committee on Honorary Degrees. The Committee on Honorary Degrees listed on its website several considerations for nominees: outstanding achievement in their specific academic, artistic or business field; innovative or creative achievements; humanitarian work; achievements in a field that show prolonged dedication to that field; being a good model for SU graduates; or the honor that the candidate would bring to SU by accepting. In past years, people from varying fields have received honorary degrees from the university. At the 2020 commencement, SU granted Daniel D’Aniello, most known for being co-founder of The Carlyle Group, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. SU also gave Kevin Richardson, a member of the Exonerated Five who dreamed of attending SU, an honorary bachelor of fine arts degree. In order to receive a degree, the committee must recommend nominees to the University Senate. Anyone in the SU community can submit nominations. Individual schools or colleges may also award honorary degrees, but they are only permitted to award one per year. If a nominated person remains on the nomination list for four years but has not been given the degree, they will be dropped from the list but can potentially be renominated. Honorary degrees cannot be given if the recipient is not present for the event. There have been recipients who received the honor posthumously, such as Wangari Muta Maathai, who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2013. Maathai was the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and she started the Green Belt Movement in Africa, which had women across the continent plant over 30 million trees. The committee discusses the nomination packets completed by SU community members before making a final nominee list to present to the University Senate. In previous years, SU granted honorary degrees to numerous people, see degree page 4

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COVID-19 data reveals SU and county trends Alliance bonds BIPOC students By Luisana Ortiz

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When comparing the relationship between the county’s and university’s daily percent change of COVID-19 cases over a seven-day rolling average, there was no statistically significant relationship. hannah ferrera asst. digital editor By Kyle Chouinard asst. news editor

Syracuse University’s Public Health Team considers countylevel COVID-19 data in its decision making process, said Mike Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation, in a campuswide email sent on Oct. 21. The university’s Public Health Team makes decisions about public health and safety protocols on campus, including the university’s masking policy.

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In an analysis conducted by The Daily Orange, Onondaga County and SU data showed no strong correlation between the percent change of COVID-19 cases in the county and cases at SU. The D.O. looked at several variables, comparing SU’s total number of cases to county-level COVID-19 data. As SU’s total number of cases are not updated every day, The Daily Orange used interpolated data to fill in gaps. One variable the analysis looked

at was the daily percent change in SU and Onondaga County’s seven-day rolling average in active cases. Percent change is calculated by taking the difference of the present and previous days, dividing that difference by the amount from the previous day, and multiplying the result by 100. While a linear model needs a confidence level of 95% to show a strong correlation, the relationship between the two variables was only 59.8%. The daily percent change in the seven-day rolling average of the percent of ICU beds in Onondaga County being taken by COVID-19

patients has a significant relationship with the change in SU’s sevenday rolling average in active cases. A linear model found, with a confidence level of over 99.9%, that there was a relationship between the two variables. The model also found that 47.2% of the variation in the university’s COVID-19 cases could be attributed to the ICU variable. While Onondaga County’s daily percent change in active COVID-19 cases does not have a statistically significant relationship with SU’s number see covid-19 page 4

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Outside Phi Psi, SWSSU alleges sexual assault By Kyle Chouinard and Francis Tang the daily orange

Disclaimer: This article mentions sexual assault. About 20 people gathered in front of Syracuse University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at 9 p.m. on Saturday night, alleging that multiple members of the fraternity committed sexual assault. The protest was organized by Stand With Survivors SU, a student-led organization that aims to fight sexual misconduct and rape culture at the university. The organization announced the protest on its Instagram page earlier in the day. On the front lawn of the fraternity, where there were plastic water bottles and masks strewn across the grass, the protesters chanted toward

the house and people walking by. The protesters claimed they know the name of a Phi Psi member who allegedly committed sexual assault, and they demanded the fraternity expel the member. “Kick him out, kick him out,” the protesters chanted. “Alleged my ass, alleged my ass.” The protesters also called for Phi Psi members to come outside for a conversation. No members of the fraternity responded. Multiple people left the house through a stairwell exit on its south side. Multiple windows of the house were covered with what appeared to be blackout curtains and black vinyl trash bags. Some of the lights were turned on inside the house. The protesters moved to the Theta Chi chapter house, where SU’s chapter of the fraternity was holding a “Fries with the Chi’s”

event with Alpha Chi Omega. Protesters called for the members and visitors to join the protest. Around 100 people were attending the event co-hosted by SU’s chapters of Theta Chi and Alpha Chi Omega, but almost none of them responded to the protesters. Theta Chi and Alpha Chi Omega’s event was in support of Vera House, according to a story post on Alpha Chi Omega’s Instagram. Vera House is an organization that prevents and works to end domestic and sexual violence and other abuse. Protesters at the event said they were disappointed with the attendees of the philanthropy event, saying that if they only went to the charity event and not their protest, it would be “performative.” No one attending the charity event joined the protest directly after the conclusion of the event.

“F*ck your fries, f*ck Phi Psi,” the protesters chanted both at the Phi Psi house and the neighboring event at Theta Chi. At around 10 p.m., the protesters moved from the center of Phi Psi’s yard to directly in front of their front steps. By 10:20 p.m., a few protesters walked onto the house’s steps. Protesters also voiced frustration about the dialogue on Yik Yak about the protests. “Why are you hiding behind screens?” one protester asked. Phi Psi did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Saturday night on the protest at the chapter’s house or the protesters’ allegations. Asst. digital editor Shantel Guzman contributed to reporting for this story.

Doctoral student Phillandra Smith came to Syracuse University to pursue her Ph.D. in special education in the midst of a well-traveled and broad academic career. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, received her master’s degree from Barry University in Florida and had even taught in Japan as an English teacher. Yet when she arrived at SU, her first semester felt different — it was the first time she felt out of place in an academic setting. “Coming to SU almost felt as if I was walking into someone’s private space, like I should excuse myself and apologize for my presence,” Smith recalled. “We talk about imposter syndrome a whole lot, and that can really be magnified when you walk into a space and you don’t see people who look like you.” Peter Vanable, the dean of the Graduate School, founded the Graduate Student BIPOC Alliance for Excellence (GSBA), an initiative which members said seeks to bring together students of color across various different graduate programs at SU. Smith leads the group, Vanable said. Smith said that Vanable was very enthusiastic about the initiative and that she has been very pleased with his involvement so far. The alliance has hosted two events this semester: a welcome mixer and panel discussion, as well as a virtual panel titled “Navigating Mentorship as a BIPOC Graduate Student.” SU’s Graduate Student Organization has been promoting events hosted by the alliance. Brittnee Johnson, the vice president of external affairs for the Graduate Student Organization, said she immediately jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the alliance. Johnson, a candidate for a masters degree in public administration, said her involvement in both groups gives her the advantage of making sure the entire graduate student body is aware of the alliance. “I’m very thankful to the graduate school for taking this so seriously. Dean Vanable, he comes to every single meeting,” Johnson said. “That’s not something you always see with the dean of the graduate school.” For Vanable and the other committee members, the response to both events was overwhelming as well as encouraging. “It’s the obvious thing we weren’t doing that we needed to do (before GSBA was formed),” Vanable said. “This is one part of a bigger picture, obviously. This alone is not going to change everything — it’s really up to individual programs as well to do their part.” Alliance members said they see graduate page 4

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giuliani The fact that Giuliani’s honorary degree came not just from SU, but from the university’s College of Law specifically, means his ethical failings as a lawyer should weigh heavily on any decision SU makes, Kaila said. Kaila and Ceurvels contend that the legal profession has a responsibility to govern itself and that stripping Giuliani of his honors and awards is one of many mechanisms by which the field can hold him accountable for his actions. SU, they said, has a role to play in that process. “Just as much as accomplishments deserve recognition, misconduct calls for accountability,” Ceurvels said. “With the legal profession, stripping someone of their ability to practice and stripping someone of those honorary awards — that is the legal profession’s method of accountability.” Most students Kaila and Ceurvels have spoken to about the honorary degree were unaware of it until recently, they said. Kaila said she from page 1

degree giving the majority of degrees as master’s and doctorates. Richardson received the first honorary bachelor’s degree at SU. SU grants Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to professionals in artistic fields, like musicians, artists and directors of museums. Some past recipients include Paul Kellogg, Peter David from page 3

covid-19 of cases, the county’s level of ICU COVID-19 patients does act as a significant indicator.

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was “embarrassed” to learn of it. Multiple College of Law faculty members The Daily Orange reached out to for comment also said they didn’t know SU had conferred a degree on Giuliani. Bruen learned of the degree when he reviewed a list of previous SU commencement speakers ahead of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s visit to campus. He said he was surprised to find Giuliani’s name on that list, alongside his honorary degree. “He has been suspended for his law license, and undermined our elections, and has advocated for really, really absurd things,” Bruen said. “He still has an honorary degree from this university. And I think the longer that lasts, the more it kind of devalues an honorary degree from the College of Law.” Kaila and Ceurvels echoed that point. The election of SU College of Law alumnus Joe Biden as president may have elevated the school’s profile, but Giuliani maintaining his honorary degree from the school could have the opposite impact on its reputation, Kaila said. Opinions on what SU should do with Giuliani’s degree aren’t unanimous.

Yousr Dhaouadi, president of SU’s Graduate Student Organization, declined to say whether she believes SU should rescind Giuliani’s degree, stating she was not wellinformed enough on Giuliani’s conduct before and after he received it. “I think it is an important decision handling an awarded degree and should be reviewed and thought through well by those with an understanding of what went into the degree and how that is impacted by Giuliani today,” Dhaouadi said in an email to The D.O. Gregory Germain, a professor in the College of Law, said he feels that any discussion to rescind Giuliani’s degree could play into cancel culture — and that he’s not sure Giuliani’s “bungling” attempt to overturn the election should outweigh his past accomplishments. “People now want to label historical and contemporary figures as either ‘good or bad,’ ‘right or wrong,’” Germain said. “Do we cancel an entire life, or entire generations, over popular opinions at a particular point in time?” Kaila argued Giuliani’s actions follow-

ing the 2020 election aren’t the only reason Giuliani’s degree should come under scrutiny, and his controversial actions as mayor also warrant reconsideration. Winston Grady-Willis was a professor in SU’s African American studies department in 2002 when his department opted not to participate in the commencement ceremony Giuliani spoke at. He believes the university had a chance to reevaluate Giuliani’s legacy 20 years ago, and that opportunity has come up again. The university could also wait for the state court that suspended Giuliani’s law license to make its final ruling, which the court has said will likely bring “permanent sanctions” against Giuliani. That could include his permanent disbarment. “There was a moment in the early 2000s when the institutions could have taken what would today be considered a social justice stand,” Grady-Willis said. “But it’s not too late. The institution, its powers that be, can still make that determination.”

Eisenman and Jacques d’Amboise. Doctor of Humane Letters degrees go to professors and professionals of literature, humanities and historians. This honor can also be given to a person who contributes to “general welfare” or the “quality of life.” SU previously gave the honor to Floyd Little, Florence Schorske Wald, Mary Karr, Robert Moses, Alan Gerry and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, among others. Doctors of Laws are given to people who

work in government, are public servants, lawyers, judges, business people, and champions of human rights. William Walsh, Dave Bing, Carolyn Dineen King and Charles Rangel previously received this degree. SU gives Doctor of Letters degrees to professional authors, poets and journalists, with some previous recipients being Catherine Liggins Hughes, Bob Costas and Frank McCourt. The Doctor of Music degrees go to singers,

musicians and composers. Previously, SU gave these to Billy Joel, Joanne Shenandoah-Tekalihwakhwa and Helen Boatwright, among others. The Doctor of Science degrees are given to scientists, researchers, administrators and academics in a scientific field, with some past recipients being George Campbell Jr., Jane Goodall, Bruce Alberts and P. Ole Fanger.

having a “high” risk of transmission, along with 70.5% of U.S. counties. The CDC looks at two different variables to decide the transmission status of a county: “percentage of positive NAATs (Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests) during the past 7 days” and “new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days.” Using these standards, The D.O. calculated the transmission status of SU every Friday.

SU does not fully publish information regarding the total testing on campus, so testing rate cannot be used. In the beginning of the fall 2021 semester, SU did not report cases every day Monday through Friday. Due to SU’s lack of reporting early in the semester, analysis using new cases started as SU on Sept. 13, when the policy fully shifted to report COVID-19 every day Monday through Friday. The CDC reported 100 new cases or more per 100,000 people over the past seven days would indicate a high transmission level. On Sept. 17, SU had a “high level of transmission,” having 574.8 new cases per 100,000 people

using SU population data from fall 2020. From Sep. 17 to Oct. 15, the university stayed at a “high” transmission level. In the week of Oct. 22, the university dipped under 100 new cases per 100,000, hitting a rate of 60.1 per 100,000. Since the change, the school has stayed at a “substantial” transmission rate according to CDC methodology, the second highest possible. The CDC’s recommendations for counties with “high” or “substantial” rates of transmission are not different. The CDC specifically recommends wearing a mask in public, indoor settings.

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graduate are excited for the future of the alliance and what it will mean for the BIPOC graduate community at SU. Nandini Jhawar, who is involved with the Psychology Doctoral Students’ Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, joined the advisory group at the beginning of the semester. “It was nice to see that at (the mixer), there weren’t just first and second year students that were new to the campus, but also fifth and sixth year students that wanted to connect. I think that spoke to the need for more connections between BIPOC students,” Jhawar said. “You would think that

by then, you would’ve established a support system and might not see the need to come to these kinds of events, but people were still showing up.” Still, Smith said the role comes with a great deal of pressure to respond to graduate students’ needs. She said the amount of students that reached out to her at the events was overwhelming because she felt responsible to meet their needs. “It’s like someone’s asking you for something and you must continue to respond to it,” she said. “You want to do right by people, you want to get it right.”



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SU should not tolerate sexual assault from fraternity members By Karla Perez columnist


small crowd gathered Saturday night in front of Syracuse University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi alleging sexual assault and protesting rape culture within Greek life. Stand With Survivors SU (SWSSU), a student organization that works to provide a voice for sexual assault survivors and advocate for change in the university’s culture, organized the protest. The crowd demanded the expulsion of a member of the fraternity who allegedly committed sexual assault. It is time the university starts listening to these protests and holds these fraternities accountable. There should be no room for this type of behavior coming from SU students without any severe implications. Sexual assault should not happen and should not be tolerated at our university. The university talks about sexual assault like it is a relevant issue that it is actively trying to prevent, but as soon as it becomes a reality, there is only inaction and broken promises leaving survivors alone and silenced. At a recent University Senate meeting, Chancellor Kent Syverud addressed the issue of sexual assault on campus by stating that the university cannot take action unless incidents are reported and that only 5% of people who are sexual assaulted at SU actively report their experiences to the university. This is an excuse used for the administration’s lack of action to battle sexual misconduct and it communicates messages of victim blam-

ing. The truth is that one of the worst things a survivor of sexual assault can face is invalidation. Through the lack of action from the administration, survivors are undermined and denied the justice they deserve. It is frustrating because ideally our community would evolve and sexual assault would cease to exist. Unfortunately, without the proper punishments, aggressors will continue to commit atrocious acts. SU can’t change the mentality of these aggressors, but it can change how it responds to these occurrences and how it punishes perpetrators. A few actions the university can take are to temporarily remove students who have ongoing charges of sexual misconduct from campus, as SWSSU wrote in its demands, and to immediately and publicly expel those who are found to be guilty. By following these strict punishments, the university would communicate the severity of how it deals with sexual assault, intimidating any future perpetrators. There is a common and often accepted conception that Greek life, especially fraternities, is deeply associated with occurrences of sexual assault. It is disgusting that organizations meant to encourage social interaction and philanthropy are actually the main contributors to the hateful rape culture on college campuses. The protest on Saturday night also went to the Theta Chi chapter house. The SU chapters of Theta Chi and Alpha Chi Omega were holding a philanthropic event supporting Vera House, an organization that aims to end domestic abuse and sexual assault. When met with the

The protest on Saturday night should encourage Syracuse University to further its efforts in holding perpetrators accountable. francis tang asst. copy editor

protesters, the event’s attendees failed to respond or support the same cause they were so keen to support through their event. Theta Chi’s and Alpha Chi Omega’s lack of interest in the protest demonstrates the performative nature of philanthropy in Greek life. While they can organize events like “Fries with the Chi’s” in support of activist organizations, the truth is many fraternity members don’t care about the cause they are supporting, and it is only a “burden” they have to deal with. Greek life like this is toxic. It is time to realize that these organizations are promoters of the negativity on campus. I am not advocating for the total removal of fraternities. As a young woman attending

SU, I am simply pleading to see that the university cares about issues of sexual assault and that it is working on disciplining the fraternities at fault. The administration should do this through significant punishments, not just punishments that sound good on paper. I am also calling on the education and improvement of Greek life to get rid of the rape culture that surrounds it. In its manifesto to the university, SWSSU demanded a mandatory seminar on anti-rape culture training for potential new Greek life members. This would just be the start — more actions can be taken to better these organizations, but it all has to be incited by the university’s ability to demonstrate that it takes sexual assault seriously.

This protest should be another wake-up call for SU to take real action. We cannot keep letting aggressors get away with sexual assault without any consequences, and until we see significant change, we will keep protesting about it. DISCLAIMER: Editorial editor Nathan Fenningdorf and asst. editorial editor Grace Myron are associated with Greek life on campus. They both recused themselves from editing this column in all means, and therefore have no influence over the content of this column. Karla Perez is a freshman magazine, news and digital journalism major. Her column appears biweekly. She can be reached at


SU needs more options for students with dietary restrictions By Aiden Walsh columnist


ecently, I overheard one student in an elevator say, “Is anything ever good in that dining hall?” I’ve seen criticisms being aimed at the Syracuse University dining halls on social media, and rightfully so. It’s not that the food isn’t great overall, it’s the fact there are very few options for students with dietary restrictions. I have Celiac disease, which causes the ingestion of gluten to lead to intestinal damage. Therefore, it is important that I keep a glutenfree diet to stay healthy. Here at SU, that’s almost impossible. Rarely is there a staff member monitoring the gluten free section. If there is, you

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will have your choice from about five dishes. I’ve counted more than forty options for people without dietary restrictions or allergies. Another concern of mine is crosscontamination: the combining of contaminated foods with non-contaminated food. For example, if you take mashed potatoes which are gluten free, and put gravy on them, those mashed potatoes are no longer gluten free. Does the entire dining hall staff know and follow that? Are they using separate utensils, gloves and silverware? I hope so. I wish that students with allergies or dietary restrictions had more control over what they put in their bodies, however, the bottom line is we don’t. Syracuse University received a “C” from Niche’s list of best college

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food. Meanwhile, both SUNY-ESF and Le Moyne College received a “B” rating by Niche on the same list. For $77,896, you’d think we’d be able to have “A” grade food, no? To see what SUNY-ESF was doing that SU wasn’t, I visited the Trailhead Cafe right across from the Dome. It was cozy and felt like a ski cabin with an inviting, welcoming atmosphere, and the food was made to order and you could watch employees prepare your food. And since the food was made to order, there were many options, which gives more flexibility for students with allergies or dietary restrictions. But my hopes are high for the future of SU food service, as SU’s new executive chef, Eamon Lee, said he hopes to bring changes to SU’s

Food Services. “I will be looking to engage with our student audience. I hope to evolve Food Service’s relationship with our students, asking better questions and doing more meaningful outreach,” he said. Although Lee’s changes come as positive news for students, especially those with dietary restrictions, it is important for the student body as a whole to take this opportunity to express concerns with the food on campus. For instance, instead of introducing new fingerprint scanning technology that only benefits students with unlimited meal plans, the university could have used that funding towards opening more options for students with dietary restrictions. In short, there is a lot of potential for

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change, but not a lot of action from Syracuse University administration. A practical step that SU students can take to improve oncampus dining is by stating your concerns through the satisfaction survey SU provides. Requesting further options and voicing your concern with current options is a good way of drawing awareness to the issue of SU not having enough options for those with dietary restrictions. You can reach out to food services via email at to voice your concerns, opinions, criticisms or even suggest a recipe. Aiden Walsh is a freshman finance major. His column appears biweekly. He can be reached at

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SEDONA REGAN accomplished one of her goals for the year when she played her first house show at Syracuse this semester with fellow student musicians NONEWFRIENDS. and a kid named rufus. wendy wang asst. photo editor

In Sedona’s fishbowl Sedona Regan’s newest album “FISHBOWL” is inspired by her experiences with mental health that left her feeling isolated from the people around her By Siron Thomas

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edona Regan’s journey as a musician started when she was nine years old, with The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.” Regan sang the chorus during karaoke at her aunt’s wedding. Amazed by her singing, a family friend taught her the major scale right then and there and persuaded her to join choir. “She was literally the reason that I started making music,” Regan said. Now as a Syracuse University junior, Regan — who goes by the artist name Sedona — has dropped two albums in her time at SU. Her second album, “FISHBOWL,” drops today, Nov. 8, and the LP reflects her state of mind while creating the project, Regan said. The musician dealt with problems regarding her mental health and at times felt stuck in a fishbowl where she felt isolated from the music scenes around her. While brainstorming the name of the album

with her friends, Sedona said she wanted to have the album centered on water because she believes water represents the unknown. “What ‘FISHBOWL’ represents for me is that we’re all in our own little fishbowls,” she said. “I’m still trying to reach outside of the glass, like it’s almost like there’s this place outside of the glass that I don’t know.” “FISHBOWL” is the most energy she’s put into an album to date, Regan said. What started out as an EP with around three songs turned into an LP with 13 tracks as she worked out her unfinished songs. While she initially planned to release the album during the summer, she delayed it to make sure it spoke about her present emotions. The junior also delayed the album to work on her production just as much as her singing and songwriting. Regan first started producing during her sophomore year, and she spent about a week and a half mixing and mastering “FISHBOWL” from her bedroom. On a past project, when she wasn’t the

main producer, autotune and other artificial elements added to the music presented her voice unauthentically, Regan said. While she’s open to support from her friends, it is important that she has the last word when it comes to the music she makes. “Not that I’m opposed to help, but I always want to be able to do things by myself,” she said. Along with a family friend, Regan said her dad had a huge impact on her, not just musically but creatively as well. As a mostly stay-at-home dad for the first 10 years of Sedona’s life, he had her and her brothers express their creativity through artistic mediums “every day,” like spray painting their backyard walls and painting their shoes, the singer said. “When you’re a kid, it’s just fun. You’re just doing all this stuff, and you don’t really think about how that’s going to affect your character,” Regan said. “But … I’m so grateful that that was the experience that I had as a kid.” Madonna Regala, Regan’s mom, said her see sedona page 8

from the stage

Fabolous hyped up the crowd Saturday at the Landmark By Elijah Brown

contributing writer

While concertgoers filed into the Landmark Theatre Saturday night and waited for Brooklyn’s Fabolous to take the stage, the opening DJ prepped the crowd. At the middle of the concert hall’s stage sat a portable set-up, where the DJ — dressed in a white shirt and grey skinny jeans to

match his Cool Grey Air Jordan 11s — and his apprentice played today’s most popular hip-hop songs. Fans scattered across the first floor of the Landmark Theatre like a high school lunchroom gathered in cliques of four as they sang the familiar songs of Coi Leray, Beyoncé, Meek Mill and many more. By 8:20 p.m., concertgoers continued to flood the theater in their elaborate

concert outfits, and the smell of liquor and marijuana consumed the air around the hyped-up crowd. The Brooklyn fashion and rapping icon Fabolous made an impact in Syracuse with a performance to remember at Landmark Theatre on Saturday night. When concert opener Ray Green walked onto the stage, his hype men and dancers followed him. For

nearly two hours, openers rushed onto the stage in an attempt to keep the audience engaged. At one point, opener Money Trav Trey urged fans to “stand the f*ck up and show him some love” at his first show in his hometown of Syracuse. The night continued, and many fans questioned when Fabolous would take the stage. Whispers of disappointment prompted the DJ to

step his game up, asking the crowd if they were ready for Fabolous to take the stage every 30 minutes. By 10 p.m., the main floor was fully packed and fans were ready to party. Though theater staff urged attendees to keep the aisles clear, large groups of fans remained, unmoved by the theater’s assertiveness. When DJ Boof — also hired as see fabolous page 8

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screen time


‘Dune’s’ latest adaptation excels with modern visuals By Samuel Rivo

screen time columnist

Since its inception in 1965, Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel “Dune” has been considered “unfilmable” because the story’s dense plot and high-concept visuals couldn’t fit into the constraints of a film. Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky tried adapting the book in the 1970s but couldn’t find the pieces to do so. Legendary filmmaker David Lynch tried in 1984 — his version, however, was a colossal failure, as its incomprehensible screenplay and downright ugly visuals only enhanced the notion that this story can’t leave the page. Over 30 years after the 1984 film, with sci-fi becoming more prevalent in the mainstream as film technology reaches new heights, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve became the next director to attempt the impossible. With strong visuals and a star-studded cast, the film shines. Villeneuve is able to create his own universe with minimal use of CGI, which allows the film to feel grounded and realistic while still featuring a slug-like man and 400-foot worms. Dune attracts the viewer from start to finish with its visuals. Villeneuve is no rookie when it comes to working on a giant scale. from page 7

sedona daughter learned most of what she knows about music, including playing instruments like guitar, on her own. Music is the one area of her life that gives her daughter true joy, Regala said. Along with brainstorming the name of the album, Regan asked her friend and SU senior Jasmine Rust to help her best represent the emotions she wanted to convey through the album cover. Rust took the photo for the cover of the album, which depicts Regan fully clothed in a bathtub filled with water while she puts her hand against a broken window. The image represents how she feels trapped in her own world as she dealt with anxiety and depression, Regan said. Rust and Regan met during a meetup for students accepted to SU from the Bay Area. Since then, they’ve bonded over their passion for nature and art. It’s because of the bond they have formed that the two are able to work as a creative unit, the musician said. “Jasmine’s energy is very down-to-earth. And so, it’s really easy for me to create with her because she’s very in tune with my creativity, and I’m very in tune with her creativity,” Regan said. The two friends had to be strategic about the from page 7

fabolous Nicki Minaj’s DJ — walked on the stage, the energy of the crowd changed as fans sensed Fabolous’s arrival was near. Right behind DJ Boof was Big Fendi, an accomplished producer known for discovering Minaj. Both hopped onto the portable stage to connect their gadgets. “I’m going to need all the house lights cut off,” Boof yelled before welcoming Fabolous to the stage. “There should be only one stage light on me.” Fans stood up with their phones, ready to record Fabolous’ entrance on stage. The Brooklyn rapper walked out to the classic sound of “Cold Summer’’ from his 2019 “Summer Shootout 3” album. After reciting his first verse of the song, he paused the music to address the crowd. “Being outside in 2021, I’m looking back, and it’s been a rough 2020. But we’re back in this b*tch. We are survivors,” Fabolous said to the crowd. “Make some noise.” Fabolous — donning a peach sweater over a purple undershirt and green cargo jeans — spent the first 30 minutes of his performance playing his first and second mixtapes, “Summertime Shootout” and “Summertime Shootout 2: The Level Up.” His eyes were

His previous two films “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” are examples of how the filmmaker manipulates both scale and sound to create a truly pleasurable experience from the seat of your theater chair. Villeneuve’s visuals take a step up, even from his two previous films, in “Dune” as he treats his film like an artist with a portrait, narrowing in on his canvas with clear attention to detail. Every fighter pilot is meticulously crafted. Each setting varies with distinct design and feel, which allows the viewer to be pulled into its orbit. You can tell that this is a story that he has fantasized about since he initially read the book as a 13-year-old. Just like the novel, the movie is set thousands of years into the future, centering on Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), who is the son of the Duke of Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and his consort Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). The House of Atreides is granted control of Arrakis, a desert planet home to monstrous sandworms, a desert-nomadic tribe called the Fremen with distinct blue irises, and the most valuable substance in the universe, called “Spice.” When they arrive at Arrakis, they face enemies who also wish to control the planet in which adventure, betrayal and devastation ensue. While all of this occurs,

Paul is having intense visions that revolve around a mysterious woman (Zendaya), which leads Paul to realize his journey may involve something greater, something that could affect his world’s standing within the galaxy. Like many of Villeneuve’s films, Dune is beautifully shot. The cinematography is meticulous and stunning. It enhances the visuals of Arrakis and helps immerse the viewer into the world. From top to bottom, the well-renowned cast brings out the best in each of the characters, although at times it feels like a waste given the film’s clear focus is the visuals and less about human emotion and character development. For most of the film’s opening third, Dune uses heavy amounts of exposition to help guide the viewer along, explaining the functions of the stillsuit to withstand the heat of Arrakis and the importance of “Spice” in their society. But, unlike many modern-day sci-fi films, Dune isn’t afraid to trust the viewer’s intellect, as instead of oversimplifying its most high concept storylines, the film leans into the weirdness of the story. This works to its advantage, as even if viewers may be confused for a second or two, Villeneuve can clarify any confusion with visuals to help push the narrative along. You don’t have to be an avid science-fiction

watcher or have preexisting knowledge of the story to understand what is going on. At times, however, Hans Zimmer’s score overshadowed some of the human emotions in the film — specifically during the first major battle scene, in which the score just appears following the surprising deaths of hundreds of soldiers. The film hinges on the relationship between Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica, and both actors execute their roles vividly. Chalamet’s performance as Paul Atreides is impressive. He lets the viewer in on the burden of being so young while carrying so much responsibility. Ferguson’s Lady Jessica effortlessly balances her maternal anxieties and stoic toughness to a tee. Zendaya stood out in her performance as Chani, although she isn’t featured much in the film, spending much of the movie within Paul’s visions that are reminiscent of a Christian Dior perfume ad. But her performance keeps the viewer’s eyes drawn to her each time she appears on screen. While Dune is also available on HBO Max, much to Villeneuve’s chagrin, this is a movie that you need to watch in theaters, preferably in IMAX. It’s a film that is made to be a spectacle.

shots they took of Regan in the bathtub filled with water since they also used the tub as a setting for other photos, Rust said. While it was an experimental process for the both of them, they were both pleased with the results. Even though the SU senior only recently started getting into photography, Rust said it’s cool to be able to look at the photos she captures. “It’s very satisfying to capture a moment perfectly and be able to look back on it and see it,” Rust said. Regan also holds her friendship with Elizabeth Stuart, the lead singer of NONEWFRIENDS., near and dear, she said. The two first met this semester, and Stuart said once she found out Regan made music as well, she knew they had to play a show together. “We have gotten so close since meeting, and I’m constantly inspired by her,” Stuart said. After taking off the 2020-21 school year, Regan said performing at a house show near campus was one of her goals since returning to SU. The junior met this goal quickly on Oct. 2, with help from her new friend Stuart, she said. Regan played her first house show — an outdoor, sunset concert on Sumner Avenue — with NONEWFRIENDS. and another student musician, a kid named rufus. Regan said that while the atmosphere at her

first concert at SU initially felt a little weird with everyone staring at her, the audience showed her love after the show. “The people that came up to me, and the things they had to say about me and my performance, were just so kind and compassionate,” she said. “It was the coolest experience in the world.” Having grown up on ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop and R&B, Regan said those two genres have impacted her music the most. R&B has a lot of influence on her voice, and her production style is also heavily influenced by hip-hop.

Even though she described the music on “FISHBOWL” as mostly R&B and rap, the junior said she isn’t afraid of potentially expanding to other genres. When she first started making music, she mostly made pop, but she said she’s open to diving into making different genres of music like rock and EDM. “At this point in my life, I feel like I’m in no place to limit myself to one genre,” she said. “(My listeners) can expect whatever.”

shaded by diamond-encrusted frames, and his neck was covered in chains that shined even in the darkness of the theater. After a few tracks from his mixtapes, Fabolous played a few of his famous collaborations, leading with “Doin It Well,” a song that features Minaj and Trey Songz. He took occasional breaks to remind fans not to smoke during the performance, as theater staff was threatening to cut the show short. Nevertheless, the concert kept on through 11:10 p.m., when Fabolous ended with his setlist of classical throwbacks. Fans danced to “Say Aah” by Songz and featuring Fabolous, a song that peaked at number nine on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts and overwhelmed night clubs across the country. Right before the show came to an end, the contagious energy of his 2009 hit song “Throw It in the Bag,” forced even those sitting down to stand. With drinks high in the air and bodies dancing with rhythm, everyone bounced to the classic lyrics, “Just throw it in the bag, ahhhhh.” At the end of his setlist, to the smiles and satisfaction of his fans, Fabolous thanked everyone for such a smooth experience. “Thank you, Syracuse, we had such a great night with no violence and no guns.” Fabolous expressed. “That’s how you have a good night.” @sironthomas

All Saints Catholic Parish LGBTQ+ Taskforce & the Fr. Mychal Judge Lecture Series present

An Evening of Sharing & Education

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10th 7:00-8:30 p.m.

All Saints Catholic Church 1340 Lancaster Ave., Syracuse, NY (wheelchair accessible)

Livestreaming at: Contact All Saints at (315) 472-9934 Presentation of the 2021 Fr. Mychal Judge Award honoring ministry to and for the LGBTQ+ Community will follow panel discussion.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Joseph Fanelli, PhD What the Science Says Ms. Melissa Clarke Personal Journey Fr. Frederick D. Daley What the Church Says

Followed by panel discussion and Q&A


nov. 8, 2021

field hockey

SU to play Penn State in 1st round of NCAA Tournament By Christopher Scarglato senior staff writer

Syracuse field hockey is heading back to the NCA A Tournament. No. 9 Syracuse (13-5, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) will face fourth-seeded Penn State (14-5, 6-2 Big Ten) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 12. The Orange fell to this season’s conference champions, North Carolina, 4-1 in the semifinals of the ACC tournament — with the conference title, the Tar Heels automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The berth is Syracuse’s 15th in program history and the 12th in Ange Bradley’s from page 12

ippoliti goalie to appear in a game for Syracuse since 5-foot-7 Andrew Starr did against Hobart in 2002. “I play to my advantages,” Ippoliti said. “I don’t cover the whole net. I’m not super tall. But I like to rely on my quickness and my speed to make saves.” But Ippoliti wasn’t always positioned as a top goalie prospect in his class, as Mike also coached his son in baseball — the same sport Mike played growing up. When Ippoliti lost a game at age 11, he handed his father his glove on the way back to the car. “‘Dad, this is the last time I’m probably wearing this,’” Mike recalled Ippoliti saying. Mike laughed. He didn’t believe it. But two days later, sitting on the dining room table, Mike found a handwritten note from Ippoliti, telling him that he wanted to focus on lacrosse. Ippoliti asked for his support in the letter, even if it was difficult for him to understand at that point. Just playing lacrosse freed up more time for Ippoliti to understand the intricacies of the craft he’d undertaken in third grade when following his teammates’ injury. Eventually, that growth propelled him onto Syracuse’s radar heading into its 2023 cycle. He spent the night of Aug. 31 into Sept. 1 playing at Inside Lacrosse’s Midnight Mania event at Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington, Delaware, alongside fellow Syracuse Class of from page 10

derosa With the Pride, Riddiough moved DeRosa up to attacking forward and saw a surge in offensive production with her 14 total goals. After games and during trainings, Riddiough’s son and Keiran would play with each other. That same 2007 season, ESPN and The New York Times profiled the “soccer mom” leading Hofstra’s midmajor program to its second-ever NCA A Tournament appearance. DeRosa went to school to become an art teacher, her sister Heather said, but after playing with the Long Island Rough Riders, a United Women’s Soccer team, she decided to pursue coaching. She had coached local youth clubs in college, teaching three-year-olds about the fundamentals of soccer. In 2011, while playing with the Rough Riders, she landed her first college coaching job as the head coach for Nassau Community College and led it to a 8-5-3 record. “Going into the workforce, I still think that something that people were concerned about like ‘Oh you’re a mom. You’re a single parent. Are you going to be able to do the job?’” DeRosa said. DeRosa went back to Hofstra as an assistant, worked with Riddiough and then moved to St. John’s University in Queens, New York, under Ian Stone. The Red Storm head coach said Keiran would run onto the field after games or prac-

15-year tenure as head coach. The Orange won the national title in 2015 after making the championship game the year before. SU is 17-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. The Orange will face the Nittany Lions in College Park, Maryland at noon. The winner of the match-up will play the winner of Virginia and Maryland for a chance to advance to the Final Four. Syracuse started the season at No. 14 in the pre-season National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll before opening the season 2-2, followed by a nine-game winning streak that included beating ranked opponents in then-No. 3 Boston College and then-no. 5 North Carolina.

Syracuse’s offensive line includes First Team All-ACC members Quirine Comans and Pleun Lammers. Six players, including Comans and Lammers, notched five or more goals throughout the season with Syracuse’s high-pressing offense. Comans and Eefke van den Nieuwenhof both lead the Orange with nine goals this season. Penn State ended the season with a 14-5 record and started hot in the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions defeated No. 6 Maryland in the first round 3-2 but fell to No. 3 Rutgers 2-1 in the semifinals. Against Syracuse, Penn State leads the all-time series 24-4-1 but the two teams have not met since 2014. Sophia Gladieux leads Penn State with 36 points, 17 goals and two assists — she was also

selected to the All-Big Ten’s first team. Anna Simon follows Gladieux with 33 points, 14 goals and five assists. Mackenzie Allessie rounds out the top three for the Nittnay Lions with 30 points, nine goals and a team-high 12 assists. This will mark Penn State’s 29th appearance in head coach Char Morett-Curtiss’s 35 seasons at Penn State. The first two rounds of the regional tournament will be held in Maryland. Ann Arbor, Michigan will host the quarterfinal games at the University of Michigan with the semifinals and title game on Nov. 19 and 21.

2023 commit Jake Spallina. His voice “was shot,” he said, the byproduct of hours or communicating with defenders. “People know he’s worked very hard, everybody in our town,” Mike said. “But early on, I don’t think they realized how hard he was gonna work to get where he’s at.” He’d played six or seven games, and he didn’t finish playing until 3 a.m. By the time he checked his phone, Ippoliti read text after text filled with requests for setting up appointments to kickstart his recruiting process.

dinator Dave Pietramala and told him his decision to commit. For Tom Rooney, Ippoliti’s head coach at St. Dominic’s, it was his first Syracuse commit since arriving at the school in 2017. He first saw Ippoliti play club lacrosse as a seventh grader, and then the next year, he came to a clinic where Ippoliti had high school kids shooting on him. He made one “ridiculous” save, then another, and by the end of the session, Rooney’s high-school players were coming up to him and saying “Coach, this kid is unbelievable. I’m shooting as hard as I can, and I’m putting it in spots, and he’s saving all of them.” Around the time he started high school, Ippoliti started working with Ryan Gibbons, who he met through the Igloo Lacrosse club team, and he continued those workouts into the pandemic when his freshman season was canceled. Gibbons introduced a drill where Ippoliti held a rectangular punching bag in his right hand with his left hand behind his back, and he needed to punch the ball away to make a save. Gibbons stood in front of him and fired tennis balls with a lacrosse stick. Ippoliti learned that he needed to step out of the cage to meet the tennis ball while avoiding stepping too much which would create an uncontrolled rebound. Once he took the pad off and picked up his stick again, he noticed a difference. “His hands are impossible to beat,” Gibbons said, “so he makes up a lot of what

he’s missing in size with his quick hands and his explosiveness through his legs.” The pair also worked on Ippoliti’s lateral quickness, where he sprinted quickly toward a cone — placed on his left or right — before returning to save an incoming shot. He needed a quick step, and even quicker hand-eye coordination, to read the path of the fly. “I don’t think that his height will be a problem,” Gibbons said, and a reason for that stemmed from those drills focusing on his hand-eye coordination. About five days before the Sept. 1 recruiting cycle opened, Mike and Ippoliti met with Rooney and Todd Higgins, an assistant coach at St. Dominic’s, for dinner at La Pizzetta. The pair had questions about the recruiting process and Rooney had updates about what he was hearing from college coaches. Rooney advised Ippoliti that he needed to have a list of schools, or at least a profile, that he’d like. And over the next two weeks, Ippoliti took that approach and turned it into something concrete — an offer from Syracuse, and then a commitment, that signaled he had learned to play with his frame after all. “It’s almost like there’s never been a shot he hasn’t seen before, no matter where it comes from — sidearm, overhand, underhand,” Rooney said. “He’s kind of seen it before. And it’s developed a quickness that he really benefits from.”

I play to my advantages. I don’t cover the whole net. I’m not super tall. But I like to rely on my quickness and my speed to make saves. Michael Ippoliti syracuse men’s lacrosse commit

His first call with Syracuse came later that day, he said, and one week later, his phone pinged on the bus ride back from St. Dominic’s with a text from his father. “Coach Rooney’s talking with Pietro,” Mike typed. Later that night, around 8:30 p.m., Ippoliti called the new Syracuse defensive coor-



tices. Soccer became a shared passion at the time, a place where the mother and son could be together, set a ball down on Belson Stadium’s pitch, and kick it back and forth. “She would take him around almost like a little mascot,” Heather recalled. After two seasons at St. John’s, DeRosa came to Adelphi. In her first year with the Panthers in 2015, DeRosa wanted a saying for the team to follow, creating “28 Strong” since the team had 28 players on its roster. They went undefeated in conference play. Kelsey Malles, a former Adelphi player, recalled throughout the year DeRosa showing photos during Monday practice of what she and Keiran did throughout the weekend. In November 2015, the Panthers strung together two wins to reach the NE-10 Tournament Finals. On Nov. 8, at home against College of Saint Rose, Laura Gomez rifled the ball into the back of the net to put Adelphi up 1-0. After the Panthers maintained their lead for 30 more minutes, players clumped together on Motamed Field and hoisted up the NE-10 trophy. DeRosa stood to the left of her team as players posed for a picture. She scanned over the group, grinning. “She definitely has so many roles,” Malles said. “She’s just so cool, calm, collected and it always gets done. You’re like ‘How are you like this?’” @chrisscargs

BROOKE DEROSA gave birth in 2006 while still being a college athlete. A year after giving birth, she earned All-American honors. courtesy of adelphi athletics

10 nov. 8, 2021


Vasudevan: No coordinator, SU no longer Special Teams U ANISH VASUDEVAN


Andre Szmyt stared directly at the 10-yard line, focusing on the central part of the spray-painted white turf where the ball would be placed by holder Mike Midkiff. After the ball hit the spot, Szmyt leaned back on his left foot before taking his usual three steps to kick the ball. But as the ball left the ground it was deflected by Virginia Tech’s Chamarri Conner, and it bounced onto the turf to the left of Szmyt. Syracuse’s McKinley Williams picked up the ball and tried to run forward before it was knocked out of his hands. Szmyt walked to his left, trying to locate the ball in the scrum before finally seeing it in the hands of the Hokies’ Dorian Strong. Most SU players mimicked Szmyt’s slow movement and reacted too late as Strong had already taken off with an array of blockers around him. Kingsley Jonathan was the only Orange player to even touch Strong, and he only got his right hand on Strong’s left shoulder pad. The game would’ve been tied at 14-14, but since Strong took the ball all the way back for a touchdown, Syracuse went into halftime with a 16-13 deficit. Syracuse fought back through the help of Sean Tucker and Garrett Shrader to beat Virginia Tech 41-36, but costly special teams mistakes have lost wins for SU, erasing scoring possessions and tarnishing Syracuse’s reputation as Special Teams U. According to Football Outsiders’ Special Teams Fremeau Efficiency Index, the Orange had the 14th-best special teams unit in the nation last season. They’re 14th-best in the ACC this year — currently 97th out of 130 teams nationally. So how does one of the best kicking groups in the country become one of the worst in less than a year? The answer is pretty simple — coaching, or more specifically a lack of coaching. While Jonathan was one of the only players who got close to stopping Strong, he made a costly mistake at the beginning of the play. The Hokies overloaded the right side of Syracuse’s formation — directly in front of Jonathan — which forced him to choose the player he needed to block. Instead of working from the inside to outside, Jonathan grabbed the most exterior player, allowing Conner to get in front of the kick. But it wasn’t just Jonathan’s fault that Strong ran the ball back all the way. The Orange were unprepared for what to do when a kick was blocked since it was the first time it had happened to SU this season. Head coach Dino Babers didn’t just blame his players for the lack of execution, he also added that his assistant

coaches have to do a better job, too. He used the analogy of a game being a test, and his assistant coaches being teaching assistants that couldn’t give the actual answers to players but could only help them through the process. “I want my coaches to do a better job with reminders and then I want those guys to go out there and do a better job of execution,” Babers said. “It’s not rocket science out there.” But why have TA’s giving advice when you can hire another full-time teacher? Of the 65 Power 5 schools, The Orange are one of only seven without a special teams coordinator on staff. Although Babers said he has certain assistants in charge of specific special teams’ operations, he didn’t specify who was in charge of each facet. Syracuse doesn’t have space for a special teams coordinator because it already has 11 assistants — the maximum allowed. So Babers split up the jobs between a few assistants, including Blair Cavanaugh, who’s listed as the quality control staff member for special teams. Last season, however, the makeup of the Orange’s coaching staff was different, with coordinator Justin Lustig in charge of special teams. Lustig left for Vanderbilt after the 2020 season, and Babers didn’t fill his spot. It seems like Babers gave up on having specific kicking coaches in favor of trusting in the abilities of talented players that have carried the unit in the past. Babers said he normally talks with Szmyt himself about kicking distances. “Andre normally speaks with me, but I’m not responsible for that unit. But he normally speaks with me because he’s like a quarterback,” Babers said. “What Andre wants, Andre’s going to get.” This trust makes sense as Szmyt was named the best kicker in the country his freshman year. But this season, the makeup of the unit is different for the Orange since Szmyt has had to adapt to a new placeholder. Nolan Cooney was Syracuse’s placeholder for three seasons before joining the New Orleans Saints, and long snapper Midkiff has taken Cooney’s spot as holder. A new holder means perfecting new timing for Szmyt, something he hasn’t been able to consistently do. Szmyt, who had a 86.15% success rate over the last three seasons, has fallen to a 58.3% success rate this year. Szmyt has hit just 42.9% of his attempts from over 35 yards. He’s missed easy kicks, too, including a 19-yard field goal and two extra points. With Cooney as holder, SU only missed two extra points on 125 attempts. “He’s been consistently good, not occasionally great,” Babers said about Szmyt’s play this year. With the unit filled with different players blocking and holding, coaching is a

ANDRE SZMYT won the Lou Groza Award in 2018, making 88.2% of his attempts. He has now made 42.9% of his field goals from over 35 yards. corey henry senior staff photographer

necessity even if the actual kicking aspect of a field goal attempt can be trusted. Just because Szmyt was one of the best kickers in the country at one point doesn’t mean that he doesn’t need coaching from someone other than Babers now. Syracuse doesn’t just struggle with field goals, it’s punting has been subpar this season as well. James Williams replaced Cooney by averaging 39.4 yards per punt — the worst mark in the ACC. Cooney averaged 44.8 yards per punt last year, earning AllAmerica and All-ACC honors. But Williams has also missed games for unknown reasons and has been pulled out of games with no explanation. Redshirt senior Colby Barker replaced Williams for one punt against Rutgers, sending the ball eight yards past the line of scrimmage. Freshman Ian Hawkins replaced Williams against Florida State, averaging 33.17 per punt. Against Clemson, however, Syracuse’s punting unit stepped up against a Tigers’ team that was unranked for the first time since 2014. Williams averaged 39.86 yards, with four of his punts landing inside the 20-yard line. SU trailed for the majority of the game, but it clawed back in the fourth quarter and had one final drive to win or tie the game. Babers said he talked with Szmyt before the last series.

Szmyt wanted to kick from farther than where Babers wanted, Babers said, and the pair decided on a distance shorter than 50 yards to kick from. With 38 seconds left in the game, Szmyt took the field for a 48-yard attempt. But unlike his game-winning field goal two weeks earlier against Liberty, Szmyt’s kick was short and went wide left. The blocking was good and Szmyt’s motion was standard, but Midkiff never flipped the ball, instead, holding the laces toward Szmyt. One of Babers’ TA’s must have forgotten to tell him that, leading to Syracuse’s third consecutive three-point loss. Babers said the team is “OK” without a special teams coordinator right now, but “OK” doesn’t lead to a bowl appearance. The Orange have had four games decided by three points, and only one of which went in their favor. SU missed a field goal or PAT in all those losses. It is too late to hire a coordinator for this season and because of that, Syracuse may miss out on its first bowl appearance since 2018. But Babers is always thinking about recruiting for next year. Maybe he should think about recruiting a special teams coordinator so SU can return to being Special Teams U and come out on top in close games. @anish_vasu

women’s soccer

Behind single mom Brooke DeRosa’s rise to head coach By Christopher Scarglato senior staff writer

Other Hofstra University students couldn’t understand how Brooke DeRosa could balance being a Division I soccer player, graduate student and a single mom. They were surprised, caught off-guard or shocked, she said. “Oh, wow, you have a life after a kid,” she said they would ask her. “How could that be?” DeRosa knew that they didn’t know who she was, that they couldn’t relate to being a single parent. A year prior in 2006, DeR-

osa’s soccer career shifted after she gave birth to her son, Keiran. With one season of eligibility left at Syracuse, DeRosa moved back home to Ronkonkoma, New York, after she found out she was pregnant. To stay close to family in Long Island, DeRosa transferred to Hofstra, returning to collegiate soccer after a nearly two-year hiatus. In 2007, a year after giving birth, DeRosa earned All-American honors. DeRosa has stayed in Long Island after her playing career, and through years of hopping from high school, community college and assistant jobs, she is now the head coach for Adelphi University. DeRosa led

the Division II team to a Northeast-10 Conference Championship title in 2015 even though the team had never won a title before her arrival. After finishing her seventh season with a loss in the tournament’s first round, DeRosa said she still balances life on the pitch as a single parent. “Having kids is such a normal part of being a human being,” DeRosa said. “(But) it’s not something that you necessarily see (as) acceptable in sports. To have a baby around in a male-driven environment is a little awkward. People don’t necessarily know how to handle it or think about it.” During her time at Syracuse, DeRosa

played defense and midfield. Two games into her senior season, an MCL tear sidelined her for the remainder of the year. At home on Long Island over winter break, DeRosa found out she was pregnant. The then-22-year-old gave birth to Keiran on Sept. 8, 2006. Hofstra head coach Simon Riddiough initially tried to recruit her coming out of Connetquot (New York) High School. Although she decided to attend Syracuse originally, once the circumstances changed, she decided to attend Hofstra, just a 30-minute drive from Ronkonkoma compared to the 5-hour drive from Syracuse. see derosa page 9

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MICHAEL IPPOLITI became the fourth member of Syracuse’s 2023 recruiting class. So far he is the only goalie in the class and would be the shortest SU goalie in the past 10 years. courtesy of mike ippoliti

Syracuse Class of 2023 goalie Michael Ippoliti is only 5-foot-8, but he honed his quick hands and movement that make him

‘impossible to beat’

By Andrew Crane

senior staff writer


he sign of Michael Ippoliti’s start as a goalie still sits in the corner of his Long Island bedroom, tucked inside his line of vision every morning when he wakes up: an Easter-weekend purchase in third grade prompted by an injury to his youth team’s goalie. His father, Mike, said that he didn’t think much of the goalie stick at the time when they bought it from Lacrosse Unlimited in Bethpage, New York. Ippoliti had played attackman, defense and midfield since he started the sport at age four. He never played goalie, though. But once he acquired that stick, he cut the shaft down, taped it up and began using it. At one point, he added

rocks and sand and turned it into a weighted stick, helping him ensure that his hands and feet operated with the quick and smooth motions required by his position. As he progressed through his youth lacrosse stages, eventually starting at St. Dominic’s High School, Ippoliti needed those quick feet and hands to set himself apart from other goalies his age. His height settled at 5-foot-8, and he needed to learn to bait opponents in the goal by being “patient in the cage,” said Andrew Gvozden, a trainer at Goaliesmith who Ippoliti’s trained with. Because of his height, he couldn’t afford moving toward shooters and sacrificing the distance in between the opponent and him because easily score around him, Gvozden said. But Ippoiti recognized that, and he

started to improve quickly. He trended toward a low, athletic stance that’d allow him to explode toward the ball, sometimes lowering his stick even more to bait opponents into shooting high. Baits are risky, Ippoliti said, but sometimes they’re a necessary risk in order to make key saves. “What he lacks in size, he makes up for with the speed of his hands,” Gvozden said. Ippoliti became the fourth member of Syracuse’s Class of 2023 when he — the Orange’s lone goalie in their cycle — announced his commitment on Sept. 11 and joined four-star Class of 2022 commit Jimmy McCool as incoming goalies who could possibly fill SU’s cage in the future. The disparity between the two are stark — McCool stands at 6-foot-3, Ippoliti at 5-foot-8 — and Ippoliti will be the shortest see ippoliti page 9

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