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Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University Department of Drama’s co-production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” musical runs through Jan. 5. Page 7

Student Association leaders discuss supporting the #NotAgainSU protesters while refraining from being faces of the movement. Page 3


One beat writer argues Syracuse football’s disappointing season is not the fault of Tommy DeVito. He says the redshirt sophomore deserves more respect. Page 12

Making a movement

#NotAgainSU protesters began gathering in the lobby of the Barnes Center at The Arch on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. The protesters stayed in the lobby for over a week. The sit-in began in response to SU’s delayed communication of racist graffiti in Day Hall. corey henry photo editor

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bout 20 students huddled in a Lancaster Avenue home on Nov. 12 and wondered what to do next. It was the day after reports surfaced of Syracuse University’s delayed response to racist graffiti. About 100 students had met in Watson Theater to discuss how they would protest the incidents and the university’s response. The conversation continued in a group chat of students of color, who were concerned

As hate crimes continued, #NotAgainSU organizers formed a protest strategy

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No updates in SPD investigation By Richard J Chang asst. copy editor

The Syracuse Police Department is still investigating multiple hate crimes and bias-related incidents that occurred around the Syracuse University campus. SPD is currently investigating an anti-Semitic email sent to a Jewish professor, a swastika that was found in a snowbank near campus and a white supremacist manifesto that was allegedly sent to students’ cellphones in Bird Library, SPD spokesperson Sgt. Matthew Malinowski said in an email.

In consultation with multiple law enforcement agencies ... DPS anticipates we may experience more incidents of this nature Bobby Maldonado dps chief

Malinowski provided no update on the investigations. The FBI is also investigating the anti-Semitic email and the alleged manifesto. SPD is also investigating a suspicious communication sent to a SU student organization, the Department of Public Safety said in a Nov. 29 campus-wide email. SPD determined that there was no immediate physical threat to the organization or other members of the campus community. “In consultation with multiple law enforcement agencies, see investigation page 4

with how the university handled another act of racism. But they needed to meet in person to discuss their protest strategy, several protesters said. So, they crammed into the Lancaster Avenue home — that day, #NotAgainSU was formed. They discussed the “bones” of the movement, one that would push many to question Chancellor Kent Syverud’s qualifications, a protester said. It was 20 hours before the protesters began a sit-in at the Barnes Center at The

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Syverud responds to protesters’ demands By India Miraglia asst. news editor

Syracuse University continued working over the Thanksgiving break to address the demands of #NotAgainSU. Chancellor Kent Syverud first agreed to most of the students’ demands on Nov. 21. #NotAgainSU, a movement led by black students, held an eight-day sit-in at the Barnes Center at The Arch. The sit-in began Nov. 13 as a protest against

racist graffiti found in a SU residence hall and the university’s response to the incident. At least 16 hate crimes and bias incidents have been reported to the Department of Public Safety since Nov. 7. The protesters gave Syverud until Nov. 20 to agree to their demands before facing calls for his resignation. In a Nov. 29 campuswide email, Syverud and John Liu, incoming interim vice chancellor see syverud page 6

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SU cancels classes in response to snowstorm By Richard J Chang asst. copy editor

Snow day Syracuse University announced Sunday night that it would cancel classes all day on Monday. It was the fourth time SU canceled classes due to snow in the university’s history. The university announced on Sunday it would operate on a limited status throughout Monday with only essential employees required to report to campus. sarah lee staff photographer

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SA to support demands from #NotAgainSU By Chris Hippensteel staff writer

Student Association President Mackenzie Mertikas canceled the organization’s Nov. 18 assembly meeting, instead leading SA’s cabinet to the Barnes Center at The Arch to support the #NotAgainSU protesters gathered inside. Mertikas’ decision to join the sit-in reflects what she said has been SA’s goal throughout the #NotAgainSU protest: to support the student movement, not lead it. #NotAgainSU, led by black students, began protesting in the Barnes Center on Nov. 13 in response to racist graffiti found in a SU residence hall.

The protesters presented demands to Chancellor Kent Syverud, who signed 16 of their 19 demands as written. Now that the chancellor has agreed to demands, Mertikas said her administration will continue to support the protesters in their efforts to ensure the demands are met. “I think we should be involved in some capacity, and we’re going to need to figure out exactly what that looks like,” she said. Protesters are calling for the resignation of Syverud, Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado, DPS Associate Chief John Sardino and Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience Dolan Evanovich. Mertikas and

Sameeha Saied, SA Vice President, have not decided if they will support #NotAgainSU’s calls for the resignation of university administration. “I think our stance right now is to wait and see what happens,” Saied said. “The demands are the most important part because those are what’s going to make such lasting change on campus.” In a university-wide email sent Nov. 19, Syverud said he would seek the input of student governments when working on the demands. As of Friday, SA has not been contacted by SU officials or the #NotAgainSU organizers about assisting in the implementation of the demands, Mertikas said. “It’s important the student rep-

resentatives don’t necessarily come from SA, that it’s a bunch of different groups coming together to make sure these changes are happening,” she said. SA can use its resources to help carry out the demands, Saied said. If the university isn’t implementing demands in a timely fashion, the organization could help move the process along, she said. One such resource is Mertikas’ position as one of two nonvoting undergraduate representatives on SU’s Board of Trustees. Through this platform, Mertikas hopes to convey the student body’s wishes to the board’s voting members, she said. see support page 4


SUNY-ESF to enact tobacco ban in January By Christopher Scarglato staff writer

SUNY-ESF is enacting a tobacco product ban in January that will focus on cigarette products and snuff tobacco. The ban will take effect Jan. 1. SUNY-ESF is one of the last SUNY schools to institute a tobacco-free campus, said Joanne Barry, former assistant vice president for human resources at SUNY Cortland, at a November town hall meeting on the ban. SUNY’s statewide Board of Trustees passed the Tobacco Free SUNY initiative in 2012, urging SUNY schools across the state to ban smoking tobacco products on their campuses. Syracuse University, which neighbors SUNY-ESF, became

tobacco-free in July 2015 and bans smoking in all campus buildings. The ban states that no one is allowed to use tobacco products on campus, including in vehicles in parking garages. SUNY-ESF’s Undergraduate Student Association passed a resolution in 2016 calling for a ban on tobacco products, and SUNY-ESF has been preparing for one since, said Mark Lichtenstein, chief of staff and executive director of sustainability at SUNY-ESF. Lichtenstein said he doesn’t want people who are caught smoking to be punished in a severe matter. “The first step of enforcement is education and then offer cessation programs for people and the appropriate counseling that they need,” Lichtenstein said.

SUNY-ESF received a “D” rating on New York state’s 2019 Dean’s List for tobacco-free campuses. An “A” rating means the campus is tobaccofree, while a “D” rating, the lowest possible grade, means there are few restrictions. SU earned a “C.” “We’re an environmental school. It makes sense to have a smoking ban,” said Kristen Tan, a junior at SUNY-ESF. SUNY-ESF’s ban also focuses on the environment impact of smoking products such as cigarettes. Lichtenstein created different student teams to look at the effects of smoking waste on the environment. “Students have come to me to talk about the impact of cigarette butts that have been thrown on the ground to say salamanders,” said Lichtenstein. “As they disintegrate, they have

the potential impact to hurt the delicate skin of a salamander.” The college is trying to push people to use tobacco products in Oakwood Cemetery instead of on campus. Oakwood Cemetery is adjacent to SU and SUNY-ESF’s campuses. Lichtenstein hopes to talk further with Oakwood Cemetery officials about the matter, he said. One of Lichtenstein’s biggest concerns is the response to the ban’s implementation from visitors to the college area. While tailgating for a SU football game, he saw people smoking and told them about the upcoming ban. “There were some groans and stuff,” he said. “That’s just an entire group of people that we’re going to have to deal with.”

Syracuse University canceled all Monday classes due to snow, the fourth class cancelation in SU’s history. SU will operate on a “limited status” throughout the day, according to a Sunday SU News release. Only essential employees are required to report to their jobs, including campus safety and emergency services personnel, food services and residence hall staff. Faculty, administrative and office staff are not required to be on campus. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for central New York that will remain in effect through Monday night. Significant snow accumulation and icy roads are expected. SU sent a winter weather alert text message around 3:30 p.m. Sunday announcing the cancelation. Essential buildings on campus will remain open with limited services on Monday, including Bird and Carnegie libraries, the Barnes Center at The Arch and residence hall dining centers. Online classes will continue as usual. Monday is the first day of class after the Thanksgiving break. The university urged students to use caution and take as much time as needed to safely return to campus. Snow accumulation on Sunday night is estimated to be about 5 inches; wind speed on Monday will be 7 to 9 mph. Syracuse Hancock International Airport also closed both of its runways Sunday night due to ice and snow conditions, according to a tweet from the airport posted just before 6 p.m. Snow removal teams worked to clear the runways. The airport reopened at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. SU last cancelled classes for an entire day due to snow in March 2018. SU cancelled only evening classes due to below-zero wind-chill in January. @RichardJChang1

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movement Arch that would last eight days. The message in the room was clear: SU’s recurring inaction after racist and bigoted acts occur on campus was a pattern. It was a deeply rooted problem that left many students of color feeling unsafe or uncomfortable on campus. “Much of the structural and formational things were in that room, in that space,” said senior Jalen Nash, one of the movement’s organizers. Most protest organizers declined to be named for this story. They feared for their safety and for their message resting on one voice. They wanted the movement to remain faceless. Over the next week, #NotAgainSU’s demonstration caught the attention of national media outlets. SU’s administration agreed to sign 16 of 19 demands from students. The group has continued to call for the resignation of Syverud and three other SU administrators. All the while, protesters said they structured much of #NotAgainSU, a black student-led movement, during the protest itself, adjusting based on how administrators responded to the movement. As the Barnes Center lobby swelled with hundreds of people, protesters worked to sustain their movement. They had to figure out their demands. They needed to gain media attention while controlling their own narrative. Most importantly, they had to stay in control once they got there. “No one wanted to fight the administration, but we need to further the point that they’re not getting and haven’t gotten in the history of this school,” a freshman organizer said. “By them not having preventative measure toward stuff like this, it’s inherently putting students at risk and putting them in danger. During the Lancaster Avenue meeting, the protesters originally planned for the sit-in to end Nov. 14 at 1 a.m. — about 14.5 hours. But that night, many decided to stay at the sit-in. By Thursday morning, the protesters still had no confirmation in writing that administrators were working on any demands. They wanted Syverud to agree to their demands by Nov. 20, a week after the protest started, or from page 1

investigation including Syracuse Police, the FBI and New York State Police, DPS anticipates we may experience more incidents of this nature,” DPS said in the email. DPS also said the department has consulted with the FBI and the New York State Police. At least 16 hate crimes and bias-related incidents occurring on or near SU campus were reported to DPS between Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. The incidents have also included racist graffiti against black, Asian, Jewish and indigenous students found in residence halls and other campus buildings. Some students left campus before the start of Thanksgiving break due to safety concerns and many professors canceled classes. A swastika was found etched in a snowbank Nov. 14 on Comstock Avenue across the street from The 505 on Walnut, a luxury apartment complex near campus. An SPD officer arrived at the scene that day and took a photo before clearing the snowbank. On Nov. 18, a white supremacist manifesto of the Christchurch mosque shooter was allegedly sent to students’ cellphones in Bird Library. Chancellor Kent Syverfrom page 3

support “It’s our job to bring those demands to the Board of Trustees, let them know that this is, what students want here on campus and work with them to find ways to make that happen,” Mertikas said. One #NotAgainSU demand calls on the Board of Trustees to host a forum twice a year for students to share their concerns. The demand was one of three that Syverud made alterations to, adding that he would encourage the board to hold the forums. Mertikas will push for the board to agree to the demands, she said. Prior to the #NotAgainSU movement, the SA Diversity Affairs Committee had planned a series of student-faculty forums to discuss issues of racial bias on campus. Those plans were postponed, Mertikas said.

they would call for his resignation. “There is no definite endpoint to this,” a sophomore organizer said to the protesters 24 hours into the sit-in. That morning, the group created committees meant to sustain the protest indefinitely. A public relations committee would control their message as media outlets flooded in. An alumni and faculty outreach committee would lobby others in the community. A food and resources committee would help sustain them in the Barnes Center. And a demand for policy committee would revise their demands, and pressure SU administration. “No one is really the point person in charge every day, but there’s rotating faces that you see regularly,” said the sophomore organizer. In the protest’s second day, a petition calling for Syverud’s resignation reached over 1,000 signatures. #NotAgainSU released its official mission. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh released a statement calling the string of hate crimes “vile and appalling.” As the protesters continued the sit-in, hate crimes and bias incidents continued to occur on or near SU’s campus. A swastika was found etched in snow outside The 505 on Walnut on Thursday afternoon. The scene inside the Barnes Center, at times, was more lighthearted. Hours after the swastika was found, the Hendricks Chapel Choir visited the lobby and sang “This Little Light of Mine.” Hundreds clapped along as Oy Cappella, a Jewish a cappella group, performed an uplifting song hours after the swastika was found near campus. Meanwhile, committees — now much larger — discussed in a side room, away from the media, how to revise demands to the chancellor. The public relations committee discussed how to streamline the group’s message. As the discussions continued, the sit-in stretched into the weekend. Local politicians, such Walsh and State Sen. Rachel May visited the Barnes Center. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand issued statements condemning the hate crimes. SU was in the spotlight again. #NotAgainSU — its name referencing several campus activist movements and racist incidents — defined the past five years by a lack of action from the university toward the concerns of ud said the event was “probably a hoax.” SPD has not yet obtained any device that received the manifesto. Genevieve García de Müeller, a professor of writing, rhetoric and composition, told The Daily Orange on Nov. 19 that she received an email from an anonymous address with the subject line “JEW.” The email told her to “get in the oven where you belong” and included an anti-Semitic slur. SPD, New York State Police and the FBI assisted DPS in the investigations. The FBI arrived on campus following the alleged AirDrop of the manifesto early Tuesday morning. SPD is not leading a criminal investigation into a racist verbal attack reported Nov. 16 along College Place. A group of people, including members and guests of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, yelled the N-word at a black female student. SU’s Interfraternity Council expelled Alpha Chi Rho following the incident. SU also suspended all campus Greek life social events for the remainder of the semester. The Alpha Chi Rho national chapter denied that any members of the fraternity were involved in the incident. | @RichardJChang1

Kennedy Hagens and Lujane Juburi, SA’s Diversity Affairs co-chairs, said in a statement that their first step after the Thanksgiving break will be to see if any progress has been made on the demands. “We anticipate that a large part of our role in the implementation will consist of serving as a liaison between student leaders and administration while also checking in on the progress of the demands to ensure they are not only carried out but produce a result the students need and expect,” the statement reads. As the university begins working to implement the #NotAgainSU demands, Mertikas said SA will continue to stand in solidarity with the student protesters. “It’s important that #NotAgainSU continue to be student activists that they continue to be present here on campus,” Mertikas said.

#NotAgainSU held a sit-in at the Barnes Center at The Arch for eight days. Chancellor Kent Syverud agreed to 16 of 19 student demands as written. corey henry photo editor

minority students. In 2014, THE General Body held a sit-in to protest a series of transparency issues that occurred during Syverud’s first year as chancellor. In 2018, Recognize Us formed after the Theta Tau fraternity created and circulated bigoted videos. Both groups made similar demands and gained national media attention. Most leaders of #NotAgainSU have remained anonymous. The group ran a #HumansOfTheMovement series on its Instagram, posting blurred photos of members who shared why they joined the movement and personal experiences of racism on campus. “It’s not about one person. It’s not about an individual incident or an individual experience,” said the sophomore organizer. “It’s about a collective understanding that the way that underrepresented communities are represented on this campus and are received on this campus isn’t the same way that white people are received on this campus.” But a week after the sit-in started, hundreds of protesters showed their faces in public at a forum held in Hendricks Chapel.

Organizer Jett Cloud stood at the podium and demanded that Syverud sign all of the group’s demands, word for word. On Nov. 20, 2015, THE General Body ended its 18-day protest at Crouse-Hinds Hall. Five years later to the day, #NotAgainSU’s occupation of the Barnes Center was intended to end, too. But it didn’t. Syverud said he could not sign every demand verbatim. Chants of “sign or resign” echoed across campus as protesters marched to the chancellor’s house on Comstock Avenue and then back to the sit-in — where they had spent the past week. Eventually on the eighth day of the sit-in, the group rejected the chancellor’s response to their demands. Students went home for Thanksgiving break. But on Wednesday night, hundreds of students shuffled into the Barnes Center again, down the hallway and up the stairs. They opened up more of the center for students to sleep in, something they hadn’t done before. They no longer fit in the lobby. | @gabestern326

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Syverud administration is disingenuous SU too slow addressing threats against professor D ear Editor, I am in full solidarity with #NotAgainSU and am deeply grateful for all the students leading these actions. Like other members of THE General Body wrote to The D.O. five years ago at the sit-in, we saw much of this same disingenuous, incompetent and intentionally vicious behavior on the part of the Syverud-led SU administration. We experienced a Chancellor Syverud who was primarily missing in action, monitoring the protests from his shiny castle, allowing — or perhaps ordering — the Department of Public Safety, who claim to have students’ safety at heart, to intimidate student protestors, force us to take down signs, restricting our access to food and our freedom of movement. DPS sent in armed people to scare us, others to watch us, pen us in further

and threaten us with all manner of things related to our standing in the school, changing the “rules” on us on a daily, or even hourly, basis. All of this was intentional. We saw some two-faced administrators who pretended to be “on our side” only to sell us out. We saw the administration try to divide us up, to meet with us only in small groups rather than with everyone involved. We marched to the Board of Trustees meeting to appeal to them for help as we in the sit-in faced escalating intimidation from the administration, and to discuss the climate on campus which saw direct attacks from administration on programs supporting students of color and sexual assault survivors. The Board of Trustees refused to meet with us, thereby showing their true alliance. To the SU administration, the #NotAgainSU activism and the ter-

rorizing hate crimes themselves are more of a public relations nightmare to be managed rather than them actually giving a damn about students of color, stopping sexual assault, prioritizing students with disabilities or supporting staff and faculty. Syverud and the SU administration cannot honestly work against racist, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant, anti-Black speech and acts, because many of their own actions on a university policy level have been white supremacist and anti-women at their core. As usual, they will try to wait you out and hope that the moment passes and everyone forgets. I am tremendously saddened you are still fighting this, and so grateful for your amazing work. Sincerely,

Becca Shaw Glaser Class of 2015

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Don’t rely on single person for change


ear Editor, This period of racist, xenophobic and antiSemitic flashpoints has engulfed the campus and threatens to eclipse the university’s reputation as an enlightened American institution. For many minority group members, these spectacular and public displays of hate go hand in hand with daily experiences of intrinsic hostility from those who fear the unknown and only cherish their familiar. The physical, mental and emotional fatigue of experiencing these traumas is debilitating. It may be reassuring to think that actions taken by Chancellor Syverud could quickly and effectively mitigate the current climate of prejudice and put an end to these hateful acts. Although as a campus community we rightly need reassurance, we should resist the temptation of the single action bias, which assumes that we can rely on a single action, and in this case, a

single person, to respond to threats. If this single action contributes to reducing the threat, then it leads people to assume that sufficient action has been taken, and thus, no other action is necessary. This approach is dangerous. While it may potentially contribute to change in the short-term, it ultimately results in a loss of interest in addressing entrenched underlying issues. Heightened emotions calm and we desperately believe that bigotry has been subverted. The single action bias absolves members of the campus community of individual accountability, so that we do not ask ourselves, what are we doing to ensure this is a safe and inclusive campus? In the long-term, the single action bias may ultimately cause more harm than good. One harm, articulated by the #NotAgainSU student-led protests, is the likelihood of recurrence of hateful `acts. I suggest that to engage in sustainable change, all campus

stakeholders must be involved. Transformative change is the responsibility of all members of the community. Rather than waiting for one person, we as a community and nation should start comprehensive and realistic processes to address the deepseated evil of prejudice throughout our society. Systemic bias begins at the household level, and continues from pre-school to college; it is deeply embedded throughout the life-course. However, we are not helpless at the college level. We can work together to mitigate hate, both on campus and in our nation. Syracuse University has long been an institute of enlightenment. Let us continue to strive together toward this noble endeavor. Sincerely,

Danielle Taana Smith Professor, Department of African American Studies Director, Renée Crown University Honors Program

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ear Editor, On the morning of Nov. 19, a member of the SU faculty, Genevieve García de Müeller received an anti-Semitic message on her university email address that called her “a monstrous looking” “k” word and saying “get into the oven,” a reference to the ovens at Nazi concentration camps where millions of Jews were cremated after being murdered in the Holocaust. Genevieve García de Müeller reported this anti-Semitic death threat to the Department of Public Safety and spoke with the Syracuse City Police Department, who were called because the email was received at her home on her address. She also notified her colleagues in the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, who issued a statement of support for her. SU took over 24 hours to post a Public Safety Information notice at 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 20. In the meantime, the university sent out emails reassuring the SU community that there “has been no physical violence or a physical threat to personal safety” on campus. This statement is striking given the death threat and hate speech Garcia de Mueller received.

In the chancellor’s remarks at the University Senate today, he did not mention the anti-Semitic hate speech targeted at García de Müeller in his list of known threats and incidents on campus. A colleague had to bring up this situation from the Senate floor. Why was this not mentioned by Chancellor Syverud? Faculty and students on campus were able to read about the situation in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education and on Twitter before reading a university communication about it. In addition to many students of color and Jewish students not feeling safe on campus, many faculty of color and Jewish faculty do not feel safe at their workplace. Thanks to #NotAgainSU, a black student led movement occupying the Barnes Center, we have students pushing back against racism and anti-Semitism on campus and calling for more transparency and swift responses and justice in response to such attacks. We should do everything in our power to support García de Müeller and support #NotAgainSU and stand in solidarity against acts of hate speech and hate crimes. Sincerely,

Eileen E. Schell Professor, Writing and Rhetoric

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Lack of response to hate part of a pattern at SU


ear Editor, As a Syracuse alumna, I am very shocked and saddened by the recent hate crimes that have happened on campus. If I was a current student and living on campus right now, I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel. Knowing so many students, staff and faculty members who are family members and friends on campus currently and hearing their firsthand accounts of the attacks and assaults is deeply affecting me. I am, however, more shocked at the university’s response, or lack thereof, to these events. Where are the mental health counselors that should be available for students who feel attacked and violated? I am very worried for the future of the campus as none of these events have been properly dealt with. My wish for the leader of an incredible university such as Syracuse University would be one who is an empathetic person,

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who provides help and support for all students, not one who merely sweeps hate crimes under the rug. What has Chancellor Syverud done to face these hate crimes head on? Why are classes not cancelled? Why are students sleeping in student centers with professors who are helping them cope through these saddening and hateful incidents? What has the chancellor done to provide relief for the students who are feeling attacked besides attack them further? Today, I am not proud to be a SU graduate. I do not agree with the lack of guidance and support from the chancellor and the Board of Trustees My wish is that the chancellor can provide support and guidance for the victims of these hate crimes, as well as stop these events from occurring on campus. Sincerely,

Colette Hebert Class of 2005 and 2007

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syverud and provost, said the university will work “move aggressively” to implement the demands from #NotAgainSU, as well as from international and Jewish students. “While we will return to campus on Monday, Dec. 2, we will not return to business as usual,” the email reads. “As a community, we must push urgently for change on our campus.” Syverud agreed to 16 of 19 #NotAgainSU demands as written. He suggested minor revisions to three that require approval from SU’s Board of Trustees or involve law enforcement compliance. He also agreed to demands and concerns from international and Jewish students. Still, #NotAgainSU continues to call for Syverud’s resignation. The group is also calling for the resignation of Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado, DPS Associate Chief John Sardino, and Dolan Evanovich, senior vice president for enrollment and student experience. #NotAgainSU protesters demanded that SU provide monthly emails about the movement’s long-term demands and create a website displaying the progress of their demands. The university announced on Nov. 25 a tracker for the student demands that lists each demand or concern, SU’s response and the official or officials in charge of executing the response. SU’s tracker lists all 19 demands, including the three that Syverud made suggestions to. All of the demands are in progress except one, which has already been met. #NotAgainSU demanded that students would not face consequences for participating in the protest, which the university agreed to and resolved. The three demands that Syverud suggested revisions to are also in progress. Here are some other actions the university committed to implementing in response to #NotAgainSU’s demands: surrounding hate speech. financial burdens by allocating funding.

diversity to factors considered in student transfer between SU’s schools and colleges. By the end of spring 2020, the university will report on changes made to the transfer process. DPS will set up a webpage that puts all of the department’s safety updates in one spot, fulfilling a student demand that called for a maximum of 48 hours when racially-motivated incidents occur around campus. Many of #NotAgainSU’s demands revolved around university curriculum and those teaching it. Syverud agreed to allocate a minimum of $1 million for a required curriculum teaching diversity issues, specifically anti-racism. All new faculty and staff will go through diversity training, and all faculty and staff will complete annual discrimination unconscious bias training as required under state law. SEM 100, a first-year seminar on diversity and inclusion, is also facing reform after harsh criticism from protesters throughout the sit-in. Protesters said the mandatory course hasn’t been effective. SU committed to releasing data by school and college each academic year that relates to the progress of tenured professors in their diversity training. Protesters demanded that the progress be available publicly. Syverud is working on this demand with minor revisions. He added that required diversity and inclusion training is part of tenure requirements. The chancellor also added that the data will be released up to the extent permitted by law. Another suggestion from Syverud applied to a #NotAgainSU demand requiring a housing portal that allows people to choose roommates based on mutual interest and identities. Syverud’s suggestion removes the word “identities.” Legal aspects in regard to selecting a roommate by identity would “constrain” solutions, according to the university’s response to the demands. Students demanded that the Office of Student Living be given more money to implement housing changes related to resident advisor training, programming and multicultural events. The university will

CHANCELLOR KENT SYVERUD said he could not agree to #NotAgainSU’s demands verbatim at Wednesday’s forum, sparking a walkout. tj shaw staff photographer

work with student representatives to identify and allocate resources beginning in spring 2020. Syverud also suggested a change to the language of a demand asking for SU’s Board of Trustees to hold an open forum with students twice a year. The revised demand reads that Syverud will strongly urge the board to hold the forums. Additional #NotAgainSU demands concerned different student experiences. The university committed to consulting the Multicultural Greek Council on how to implement equal treatment of multicultural Greek life. SU will also address a demand calling for the development of a building

that serves as a headquarters for multicultural offices and programs. In response to a demand for more counselors who represent marginalized communities, SU said it opened four positions that will be hired before fall 2020. Another student demand called for Syverud to engage with minority communities, which includes an annual State of the University speech addressing the experience of students of color. Syverud will address diversity and inclusion in his annual January report, and Keith Alford, chief diversity and inclusion officer, will give an annual report. | @IndyRow


Holiday cheer

Saying goodbye Newhouse professor Johanna Keller retires after this semester. She spent the last 16 years at SU.

Redhouse will present “A Syracuse Christmas Carol.” This twist on the classic tale will feature local actors.


Bachelorette vist Women in Communications will host SU alum and former “Bachelor” contestant Ashley Iaconetti. @dailyorange dec. 2, 2019


Timeless tale

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” opened on Nov. 22 and will run until Jan. 5. The show features drama students and professional actors as part of a co-production between Syracuse University’s Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage.

Syracuse rings in the holiday season with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Story by Izzy Bartling asst. digital editor

Photos by Rey Villegas

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tephanie Craven was 9 years old when she discovered “Beauty and the Beast.” As a child, she would cry to her mother about not being blonde-haired and blue-eyed to fit the princess standard. After seeing that Belle was a brown-haired book-loving girl like her, Craven was immediately captivated. “Belle was almost like a new breed of princess

where it wasn’t like she fell in love at first sight. She found someone’s soul and fell in love with that,” Craven said. Now, as a senior in Syracuse University’s Department of Drama, Craven is living her childhood dream. In the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama co-production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Craven plays Belle, an ordinary girl-turned-princess, alongside fellow SU students and professional actors. The show opened on Friday, Nov. 22 and will run until Jan 5, 2020. A production for all ages, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” tells the classic story of a prince transformed into a beast after see beauty page 8

Belle was almost like a new breed of princess where it wasn’t like she sight. She found someone’s soul and fell in love with that. actress playing belle

novemember hate crimes

SU alumni react to racist incidents, suggest solutions By Diana Riojas feature editor

Gene Goldstein never walked across a stage to graduate from Syracuse University. Instead, he spent his last days at SU barricading the pathways of the Quad and setting desks on fire. It was later in the summer of 1970 that he received his diploma in the mail. The recent sit-in at the Barnes Center at The Arch felt foreign to him, Goldstein said, as the protests he joined during his college

days were anti-war focused. But he finds similarities to how the student protesters feel, even 50 years later. “We really got some problems up there, really some problems,” Goldstein said. At least 16 racist and biasrelated incidents have been reported on or near the SU campus since Nov. 7. Alumni like Goldstein want SU to actively create a more inclusive campus. Some ways alumni have shown their support for the

#NotAgainSU movement include withholding donations to the university until the demands are met. Bee Poshek, who also graduated last year, said they won’t be donating money to SU unless it’s through centers like the LGBT Resource Center or the Office of Multicultural Affairs. As a recent grad, Poshek still has friends at SU and has heard their concerns regarding the recent biasrelated incidents. They said during their time at SU, they saw the cycle of protest and inaction and wants

the cycle to be broken by the university. Poshek said they hope the demands of the students are met swiftly by putting the effort and funding into programs that help minority groups. “SU says, ‘We’re listening; we hear you; we care,’ but we don’t see actual transformative change or money being allocated toward making those demands happen,” Poshek said. A recent graduate, Alex Gates, said she has no desire to donate, and she’s critical about how SU contin-

ued to host fundraising events while racial-bias incidents continued throughout the week. She said she was particularly upset when Syverud went to an alumni event in Rochester as the protest was happening on SU’s campus. She said she doesn’t understand why the university focuses on funding initiatives over the concerns of the student body. “These are the people who are going to be alumni someday. Don’t you want to help them while see alumni page 8

8 dec. 2, 2019

from the stage

Kung Fu bassist talks band longevity, upcoming performance everybody’s on the same page, everybody on stage is on the same page. That’s what I go for.

By Christopher Scarglato staff writer

The band Kung Fu specializes in the art of electric-fusion mixed with an onstage creation of EDM music. The band will be performing at The Westcott Theater on Saturday. Chris DeAngelis, the bassist of Kung Fu, talked with The Daily Orange about the band’s sound and history.

The D.O.: What are some songs that get a good reaction from the crowd? CD: “Samurai” is always a good one, and it’s usually one of the closers we do. And “Joyride” seems to get a good dance party going.

The D.O.: Why did you guys decide to play at the Wescott on your tour? CD: We’ve been playing at The Westcott

The Daily Orange: How would you best describe your band’s music? Chris DeAngelis: I think of it as like

fusion-jazz with like rock guitars. Van Halen meets jazz band Weather Report and sprinkled in with the ParliamentFunkadelic. There are so many different elements to it, but it’s kind of fusion rockfunk — those three kinds of genres there. Our music isn’t the traditional acid house sound, though. We go in and improvise sections of certain songs and create a pounding “unce” beat. It’s more textural and innovating and less soloing. It’s like everyone is trying to paint on this canvas and underneath is this pulsating beat, but for the most part, pretty progressive funk and funk rock.

The D.O.: How did Kung Fu meet? CD: It’s been 10 years now. It was a weekly

jam session at Stella Blues in New Haven, Connecticut, which is a small bar. It became a Monday night residency and kind of just grew from there. It just branched from page 7

beauty a curse is cast on his entire castle. The other members of the castle are turned into inanimate objects, symbolizing a loss of humanity. In order to break the spell, Beast must learn how to love and be loved. Donna Drake, director of the production, said she is staying true to the story by telling it exactly as it is written. “I don’t sugarcoat anything. When it’s a frightening moment, I make it a frightening moment, and when it’s a moment of love, I make it as loving as I can,” Drake said. However, she has embraced many technical elements. There’s fog, elaborate costumes and flying effects, which involve characters being suspended in air using harnesses. A 12-piece orchestra accompanies the actors for classic showtunes including “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Anthony Salatino, choreographer of the show, said “Be Our Guest” is his favorite

Electro-fusion band Kung Fu has been playing fusion-jazz music for more than 10 years. Bassist Chris DeAngelis reflects on history and sound. courtesy of sheree miller

off into playing bigger shows. We all came from different bands so that’s kind of how it all started. A few band players, including me, still play in The Breakfast. That’s the other band I was associated with. We’re always jumping around playing gigs with different groups.

The D.O.: What is your favorite part of playing in front of an audience? CD: The moment where you are able to

transcend what’s going on and get out dance number because there are a variety of dance styles within the piece. This is the moment on stage when Belle is introduced to all of the characters. The dance incorporates classical dance, contemporary movements and acrobatics. “The carpet comes out and does backflips and handsprings and all kinds of acrobatic tricks,” Salatino said. Each character, including the fireplace, doormat, vanity and clock, has entire structured pieces built around them. The designers had to build extra-large doorways on set just so the characters could fit through them, Drake said. For Mrs. Potts, the designers created a costume that resembles a fully functioning teapot that can steam and pour water into a teacup. Belle’s costume design was inspired by the blue dress Emma Watson wore in the 2017 live action film version of “Beauty and the Beast.” When Craven put on the blue dress for the first time, she was so overwhelmed that she started to cry.

of your head. Just totally being in the moment and trying something new. When you take a risk and it pays off. That’s what I’m going for — I want to get up there and I want to get comfortable. One time at night just like go into some uncharted territory and see what happens. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes you fall on your face. But when you’re in that moment where you’re just completely comfortable. The crowd is right there with you and can just feel that energy. The moment where “Adding those final costume elements really helped me drop into the character, how she holds herself, how she walks,” she said. After living in her character’s shoes for the past month and a half, Craven said she admires Belle’s ability to see love in the world despite being surrounded by acts of

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alumni they’re on the campus rather than blowing it off and say, ‘it’s no big deal,’” Gates said. As an SU alum and university employee, Micah Fialka-Feldman said he was proud to be on campus and supporting protesters at the sit-in. The teaching assistant at the School of Education said he believes the SU administration should meet the demands of students. Joe Mastoloni II, a graduate of the Class of 2015, said he was disturbed by the recent events on campus and feels the university has not done enough to protect students. His cousin, Benjamin Mastoloni, an SU freshman that currently lives in Day Hall, has said students are afraid of going to class. Sean Keefe, a graduate of the Class of 2013 who was on the university’s track and field team, said he encourages student athletes to speak up. He also said the power of whether or not to donate can influence the direction of the campus Dr. Ayanna Abrams, a psychologist and 2006 graduate, said SU needs to have a continuous conversation when it comes to issues regarding race. She adds while physical safety is prioritized in campus discussions, emotional safety also needs to be considered. While SU accepts monetary donations, other forms of donations like offering alumni’s experience could be beneficial, Abrams said, particularly between students of color and alumni.

“Providing resources to any student services office or any office that provides money or care to students, I think is important,” Abrams said. She added that if the counseling center has a dedicated approach in aiding students in times of crisis, that too could be beneficial. Dr. and Rev. Leslie Copeland-Tune said during her time in SU in the late ‘90s, there was a lot of racial tension and also a protest led by black students. She said she experienced racism in ways she hadn’t before, referencing people calling her the N-word at SU. But despite the incidents, she doesn’t regret going to SU. She said the national tension around race and racism has fostered the appearance of incidents like a swastika etched in snow. Copeland-Tune said alumni are going to talk further on whether or not to donate to SU at her 30-year reunion in 2020. Copeland-Tune said she will continue to donate to aid student expenses, but hopes SU is aware of alumni’s power. “We can’t write a million-dollar check but we certainly have an influence. I am trusting (SU is) hearing alumni voices with equal weight,” Copeland-Tune said. She added that Syverud signing #NotAgainSU’s demands it’s a first step forward, but SU must be intentional with its decision-making. “The hard work is starting now,” CopelandTune said. “I know what it’s like to walk on that campus and think, ‘Am I going to be okay?’” | TheDianaRioja


for a number of years now. We love Syracuse and love the room. It’s always good to make a stop at The Westcott playing out. It’s a good vibe and a good hang. I like the surrounding area too. It’s a good time at The Westcott.

The D.O.: Why did you name yourselves Kung Fu? CD: It just kind of came about in a conver-

sation. It describes our music. It was very progressive and kind of acrobatic music. It sounds kind of like kung fu. Kung fu is a martial art. It requires discipline and focus. All these things and the idea of becoming a master of something. I think that encapsulates what we’re trying to do out there. We’re playing some pretty tough music and we’re trying to do it with grace and fluidity. Interview has been edited for clarity.|@scargs5

hatred and greed. Craven added that in light of recent hate crimes that occurred on SU’s campus, it’s important now more than ever to spread love. “When you work on a character, the character also works on you,” Craven said.

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To break the curse placed on the Beast, he must find love before the final petal falls.

STEVE CZARNECKI (left) plays Gaston, the musical’s villain. He tries to win over Belle, played by Stephanie Craven (center), to become his wife. Ethan Carlson (right) plays LeFou, Gaston’s comedic sidekick.

DAVID LOWENSTEIN (left) stars as Cogsworth, alongside Jordan De Leon as Lumiere the candelabra.

EZEKIEL ANDREW plays the Beast. Andrew’s previous credits include Quasimodo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and Coalhouse Walker Jr. in “Ragtime.”

MICHAEL BREESE BARBOUR plays Belle’s father Maurice, who is known for inventing peculiar gadgets.

I don’t sugarcoat anything. When it’s a frightening moment, I make it a frightening moment, and when it’s a moment of love, I make it as loving as I can. Donna Drake director

10 dec. 2, 2019

men’s basketball

Opponent preview: What you need to know about Iowa By Nick Alvarez

Orange forced 18 turnovers and a McCullough steal with eight seconds left iced the contest.

Syracuse (4-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) returns to the Carrier Dome to face Iowa (5-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. SU lost back-to-back games in the Barclays Center to Oklahoma State and Penn State before prepping for the Hawkeyes. Iowa enters winners of four of five, recently placing second the Las Vegas Invitational. Broadcasting nationally on ESPN2, Tuesday’s contest will be part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Here’s what to know about Iowa ahead of the matchup.

The Iowa report: The Hawkeyes are a

senior staff writer

All-time series: Iowa leads, 2-1. Last time they played: This is the

first matchup between the sides since 2014. Then-No.23 Syracuse outlasted Iowa, 66-63, in the third-place game of the 2K Classic in Madison Square Garden. Chris McCullough led the Orange with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. SU led by 15 with 12 minutes left before a barrage of Hawkeye 3-pointers closed the gap. Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff finished with 20 points and six rebounds, including a late long ball to make it a one-possession game. The from page 12

devito DeVito noticed and always made a point to go up to Welch to ask him if he wanted to hang out or get something to eat. But those aren’t the reasons why Syracuse fans and college football fans alike need to start respecting the Orange’s signal-caller more. Sure, he’s a great teammate. Sure, he can be a goofy and fun friend off the field. No, DeVito deserves more respect for his play inside the white lines. Ten. That’s how many FBS quarterbacks have thrown for as many touchdowns (19) as DeVito did this season while simultaneously throwing five interceptions or fewer. Despite not being able to start in the season finale, DeVito finished with top-eight marks all-time in Syracuse history in touchdowns, passing yards, completions and completion percentage. By every single measure in the book, DeVito had an all-time great season in terms of SU quarterbacks. But scroll through Twitter or read some articles written about DeVito earlier this season from page 12

welch good at it, and he just popped me right in my sternum.” Welch’s injury pushed already-injured Tommy DeVito in for a few snaps. Minutes later Welch was back, helping lead the Orange (5-7, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) to a 39-30 overtime victory over Wake Forest (8-4, 4-4) in SU’s season finale. He was far from perfect during his last collegiate football game ever but led Syracuse both physically and emotionally, energizing the Orange when they needed him most. By the end of the back-and-forth contest, Welch had thrown for a career-high 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both coming in the first half. It was the first and only start of Welch’s Syracuse career, one in which he saw sporadic playing time as SU’s backup quarterback. “We’ve all known all season long how much from page 12

finklea-guity for more than her height, more than her blocks and more than her rebounds, like she was in her final two years at Noble and Greenough (Massachusetts) School when she averaged 16.8 points and 14.5 rebounds as a senior. As a freshman with the Bulldogs, Finklea-Guity had the size to immediately become an asset to Gallagher’s lineup, but still lacked simple keys to be a post player. Until she was 10, Finklea-Guity had never played the sport and was just starting to complement defensive skills. Finklea-Guity’s size allowed her to snag rebounds over smaller opponents as a freshman, but she played sparingly, often as the 15th

top-10 team in offensive efficiency per KenPom. com. Their offense averages 82.1 points a game and three different players average at least 10 points. A majority (67.9%) of their buckets come off assists — a mark that’s seventh best in the country. In its last five games, Iowa’s most-used lineup has featured guards Connor McCaffery and Jordan Bohannon, forwards Joe Wieskamp and Cordell Pemsl and center Luka Garza. Sophomore Jack Nunge is also commonly used, giving the Hawkeyes two 6-foot-11 pillars inside. Iowa opened its season on Nov. 8, blowing out SIU Edwardsville. Three days later, the Hawkeyes were upset at home against DePaul when they allowed 93 points. Iowa then won four-straight, including a win over Texas Tech in Las Vegas. In the tournament championship on Nov. 29, Iowa fell to San Diego State, 83-73.

ELIJAH HUGHES looks to pass inside to Buddy Boeheim against Seattle. Hughes leads the Orange in scoring through seven games. corey henry photo editor

down the 2-3 zone early, Tuesday’s game could be another bad defeat for Syracuse.

Penn State, the Hawkeyes operate through the paint. Their offense isn’t disproportionately skewed toward two- or 3-pointers, but 23% of their points come from the free

throw line — the 38th-highest mark in Division I. And while they shoot an above-average 36.5% clip from the 3-point line, that number may be inflated after two straight games with 11 3-pointers. SU’s defense fatigued and dealt with foul trouble in Brooklyn, and if a methodical Hawkeye offense can break

and you won’t find any inclination suggesting so. Instead, you’ll read SU fans ripping their quarterback apart for his play early in the season. “That’s part of the position,” DeVito said. “But you just gotta stay positive throughout it all, stay level-headed, don’t get too high, don’t get too low, just be there and play football.” DeVito fought through some growing pains during his first few games as Syracuse’s full-time starting quarterback. After the graduation of Eric Dungey, the program’s most productive quarterback of all time, anyone would’ve fallen short of his expectations. Though he made some mistakes, at no point was DeVito’s play detrimental. And he never should’ve been benched. Most fans define seasons by results. Wins. Even against the reigning national champions. And when those wins didn’t come, one player was to blame — DeVito. Not the running game, which significantly underperformed expectations, not the defense, which took multiple steps back from last season. DeVito. He stayed positive without responding to the criticism, without putting the blame on others, without getting down on himself. In

Syracuse’s last eight games after the Clemson loss on Sept. 14, DeVito threw for 16 touchdowns and one interception. “Credit or not, he’s gonna be Tommy DeVito,” Welch said. Where are the nice tweets about DeVito? A 16-1 touchdown to interception ratio over the span of two months should spur some positive posts and stories, right? Nope. Others credited the running game, the defense or the coaching in Syracuse’s wins over Western Michigan and Holy Cross. DeVito threw eight touchdowns in those two games. When DeVito got banged up against the Crusaders, he returned to the field with extra padding around his ribs two weeks later for SU’s next game against NC State. In that game, DeVito threw for 300 yards and a touchdown. DeVito played versus Pittsburgh, too, despite clearly being less than 100%. During Syracuse’s last game of the season against Wake Forest, after a week of practice when DeVito had his foot stepped on by an offensive lineman, he played when Welch was briefly knocked out. “When he was going through a rough time,

he took it,” Welch said. “I try to be a bigger brother, but he’s so mature and his head is always on so straight that sometimes it’s like, ‘Why am I telling you this? You already know.’” The physical toughness DeVito has shown all season isn’t much different than that of Dungey’s throughout his career. That was what epitomized Dungey, a physical warrior who would do anything for his team. That’s why Orange fans loved him. And yet, didn’t DeVito fight through multiple injuries this year and still returned under center? DeVito is not Dungey, and he never will be. DeVito is a better passer with a more accurate arm, with the talent to make big passes under pressure at any point in a game. He’s not as much of a loose cannon as Dungey was and as evidenced by his play over the last half of this season, is significantly less turnoverprone. His 19 touchdowns this season, which came in only 10 full games, are more than Dungey ever threw in a season. No, Tommy DeVito isn’t Eric Dungey. He may be better. It’s time for fans to realize that and give him a fair chance.

he’s capable of,” SU defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “What he’s able to do. He was just waiting on an opportunity.” But up until a few weeks ago, opportunities were hard to come by. Last season, Welch was stuck behind both DeVito and Eric Dungey on the quarterback depth chart. He got on the field just once but failed to record any stats. This year, with the departure of Dungey, Welch was bumped up a spot. He saw playing time in Syracuse’s first five games, mostly in mop-up duty, before DeVito was knocked out of the game on Oct. 18 versus Pittsburgh. Against the Panthers, Welch showed what he could do. He completed just eight of his 20 passes for 176 yards, including the longest play of the year for the Orange, a 94-yard catchand-run to Taj Harris. Welch also opened up a new facet of SU offense, using his mobility to move the chains similar to how Dungey did last season. The Orange lost, but Welch proved

capable as a backup to DeVito. That’s partly why this week, when DeVito was injured during practice, SU head coach Dino Babers felt comfortable starting his redshirt senior. “(Welch) didn’t shy away from the spotlight,” Coleman said. “If anyone out there knows Clayton Welch, he will never shy away from the spotlight.” Welch clarified: “In a good way, OK?” And at the start of the game, Welch thrived. He picked up first downs with both his arm and his legs on SU’s second drive, ultimately ending it with a 12-yard strike to Trishton Jackson. Two drives later he pushed the Orange into the end zone again, this time finding a wide-open Luke Benson to give them a 17-3 lead. But along with the positives came two firsthalf interceptions. By halftime the offense had stagnated, and on SU’s first drive of the third quarter, Welch was hurt. As WFU mounted a comeback, Welch

returned. With the game tied at 20 early in the fourth quarter, Welch completed a pass on 3rd-and-11 to Jackson to move the chains. Three plays later he did it again, scrambling out of the pocket to find Jackson again on third down to keep Syracuse’s drive going. Moe Neal scored a touchdown on the next play. Welch converted a pivotal 3rd-and-10 with the game tied at 27. On the next play, he found Taj Harris for 33 yards, leading to a go-ahead field goal with 44 seconds left. When Trill Williams ripped the ball out of Kendall Hinton’s arms in overtime and returned the ball for a touchdown to win the game, Welch mobbed the field along with the rest of his teammates. The quarterback’s upand-down career ended the same way it’d gone for the past five years. Despite all the downs, Welch finished with a positive. And for the first and last time, it’d stay that way.

player to see the court. She played in the middle of Noble and Greenough’s 2-3 zone — just like the 6-foot-4 center does now — and eventually developed enough offensive skills to average a double-double and become the nation’s No. 5 post player in her recruiting class. Finklea-Guity was recruited to be the Orange’s starting center from the first game in 2017-18, Hillsman’s long-term replacement to twins Bria and Briana Day. That year, she averaged 24.6 minutes per game — still her highest — but only 5.3 shots. Heading into this season, Finklea-Guity knew she’d have to produce more on offense. She returned to Noble and Greenough to train with Gallagher and her mother Paula and ran through mid-range jumper drills. She’d start

in the corner and work her way around the edge of the paint, imitating her spots in Syracuse’s two-guard sets. So far this season, that practice has rarely paid off. Besides scoring 11 points in 13 minutes against Houston on Nov. 28, FinkleaGuity hasn’t recorded double-digit points. She takes almost all her shots at the rim but is shooting 47% overall. She’s gotten into good positions but hasn’t converted. A cut to the left block against Maryland Eastern Shore didn’t lead to a bucket when a pass bounced off her leg. Neither have chances in transition or from offensive rebounds. “It happens,” Hillsman said. “It happens with jump shooters, it happens with post players, it happens with players on the floor

just in general.” After Finklea-Guity subbed out after making a free throw against the Bobcats, she strolled down the SU bench and stopped for a brief second next to Hillsman. “Just get to the middle and then turn around and make the layup,’” Finklea-Guity recalled Hillsman saying. “‘That’s all I need you to do.’” Four minutes later, she checked back in. With the clock ticking under 10 seconds, Finklea-Guity threw her left hand in the air as she cut across the paint. She received a Taleah Washington pass, spun left and finished a layup as the buzzer sounded. Without pumping her fist or showing emotion, Finklea-Guity simply circled back toward the bench.

How Syracuse beats Iowa: Much like

KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 61% chance

to win the game Tuesday, with a final score prediction of 74-71. | @nick_a_alvarez | @esblack34 | @esblack34 | @CraneAndrew


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Meet the Hawkeyes Everything you need to know about SU men’s basketball’s opponent on Tuesday. See page 10

Bold predictions Men’s basketball beat writers predict the outcome for Tuesday’s game against Iowa. See page 10


Taking stock Syracuse football’s season is over. Find out whose stock is up or down into the offseason. See @dailyorange

PAG E 12


TOMMY DEVITO was sidelined for most of Syracuse’s 2019 season finale against Wake Forest, but Clayton Welch performed well in his first career start. Welch led SU to a 39-30 win over the Demon Deacons in the Carrier Dome. max freund staff photographer

Tommy DeVito deserves more credit after 1st season as starter


ommy DeVito is a “sweetheart.” At least his backup quarterback Clayton Welch thinks he is, thanks to his willingness to always put others first. If Welch ever needs anything ERIC from DeVito, he BLACK knows his road THE NEW trip roommate FAST has his back. Their relationship started when Welch, who now doesn’t shy away from the spotlight, first got to Syracuse and was one of the more shy players on the team.

Quarterback duo Tommy DeVito 37.67 Passer rating

63.2% Completion percent

3.8 Touchdown-to-interception ratio

Clayton Welch 131.08 Passer rating


Completion percent

2 Touchdown-to-interception ratio

see devito page 10

Back-up Clayton Welch exceeds expectations in regular season finale By Eric Black

senior staff writer


layton Welch couldn’t breathe. The redshirt senior quarterback had escaped out of the pocket on a 3rd-and-8, gaining 13 yards before being hit late by a Wake Forest defender directly in the sternum. Instead of sliding safely like Syracuse’s quarterbacks are taught to do, Welch left himself open to getting hit. He’d gotten the first down, but couldn’t stay in the game. “We call it ‘dive to daylight,’” Welch said. “To try to protect my body. I don’t really like to do that, so I’m not see welch page 10

women’s basketball

Finklea-Guity struggles to step into bigger offensive role By Andrew Crane asst. copy editor

For the second consecutive possession, Amaya Finklea-Guity saw an opening behind her and thrust her right hand in the air. Kiara Lewis stalled outside the 3-point arc in SU’s season-opener against Ohio, locked eyes with Finklea-Guity and lobbed a pass toward the right block. Lewis’ pass beat Ohio’s defensive rotation, giving Finklea-Guity a clear path to the basket. But her shot bounced off the

backboard, the side of the rim and back into play. It was the second straight sequence the junior had missed a chance from the same spot. As Finklea-Guity dropped her head and jogged back down the court, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman turned toward his bench and pointed at Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi. “(Finklea-Guity’s) just missing shots,” Hillsman said. “She’s getting good looks.” Finklea-Guity wasn’t the focal point of No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-3) offense during her first two seasons,

It happens with jump shooters, it happens with post players, it happens with players on the Quentin Hillsman su women’s basketball coach

but she was thrust into a larger role when the Orange lost their top two scorers from last year. She tried to add new aspects to her game over the summer with new assistant coach DeLisha Milton-Jones — a stronger pivot down low, a mid-range jumper like Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and an assortment of face-up moves. Players said they noticed. So did Hillsman. But through seven games, Finklea-Guity has only scored double-digits once, instead stumbling into a defense-oriented role similar to last year.

“I’ve been working to make more mid-range, just trying to open up more in the post,” Finklea-Guity said on Nov. 20. “That’s really been my focus, I haven’t been doing it that much in the last three games.” A lack of scoring hasn’t cost her a starting spot, though. Finklea-Guity’s patrolled the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone and taken every opening tip-off for the Orange, but this season hasn’t been the breakout year she and high school coach Alex Gallagher said it would be. They said she’d be on the court see finklea-guity page 10

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