Syracuse women’s rowing wins Orange Cup for 6th time in 30 years

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse women’s rowing team honored the 30th anniversary of the Orange Cup Saturday by defeating the varsity eight crews from the Pennsylvania and Northeastern.It was the sixth time in school history that the SU women brought home the Orange Cup.Overall, it was a successful outing for the Orange, which finished in first place in four of the six races, including an impressive 18-second blowout of the Huskies in the varsity eight, which came in second. The Quakers were a distant 34.9 seconds behind Syracuse.‘Well, we had a really good start,’ senior stroke of the varsity eight Liz Henwood said. ‘We started out a seat ahead of Northeastern and Penn, and Northeastern actually took a seat on us, and we were like ‘No, that’s not going to happen.’‘Through the first 500 meters, we were actually just walking through them the whole time,’ Henwood added. ‘It was kind of gradual. Throughout the whole race, we never lost contact from them. They were always right there, but they never took seats us. We did a really good job. They never walked up on us.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis weekend’s scene at the James A. Ten Eyck Boathouse was much different from last week, when Yale swept Syracuse and Cornell in all five events it participated in. During Saturday’s races, Syracuse, Northeastern and Penn each won one of the first three races.The early balance between the three crews was not unexpected, but rather highly anticipated by Orange head coach Kris Sanford, who said all three crews were ‘very comparable.’After the Orange jumpstarted Saturday’s events by winning the varsity eight, and thus the Orange Cup, Penn won the second varsity eight race that directly followed. The Quakers led wire to wire, and held off a very late push by the Huskies to secure a victory.Northeastern carried the momentum of a near comeback on Penn into the varsity four race, which it won with a time of 8:29.0. It was a race of role reversing from the second varsity eight. In this installment, the Huskies held off a late push from Penn to win by less than than two seconds.SU got back to its winning ways in the novice eight race by blowing away the other two crews. The Huskies finished second, 18 seconds behind the Orange.The Orange finished strong by also capturing victories in the second varsity four race and the novice four race. Northeastern did not compete in either event, and the Quakers failed to come away with a victory despite having two crews in the novice four.‘Winning the Orange Cup for only the sixth time in 30 years, so we are very excited for that,’ Sanford said. ‘This was a big stepping stone for us. This was a really big confidence weekend for us. We have been gaining speed all year. The more we win, the easier it gets.’Sanford especially liked how her varsity eight crew performed and was able to bring the Orange Cup back to Syracuse.‘I liked how they stayed consistent to the race plan,’ she said. ‘They really stuck to it. It was a dog fight of a race. We were running very close with the other crews, and when we needed to make a move, we did. That is what I like to see as a coach.’It also appeared that with their family in attendance, the Todd sisters, senior Kate and freshman Allison, were going to determined to make their parents proud. Kate coxed the varsity eight crew that brought the Orange Cup back to the hill, while her little sister led the novice eight crew that won by almost 20 seconds.‘The Todds are just so passionate; the whole family, all of them, are very passionate,’ Sanford said. ‘(Kate and Allison) pour in 100 percent all the time, and bring their Buffalo gruffness to the team, and everyone responds very well to it.’[email protected]center_img Published on April 12, 2009 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Event tackles use of racial slur against two USC students

first_imgZiru Ling | Daily TrojanAgainst hate · Lisa Hines, Melina Abdullah, Pete White and Nyallah Noah discussed Black Lives Matter and relevant issues on Thursday.Every seat in the Sol Price School of Public Policy auditorium on Thursday evening was covered with a paper that said, “Two students were called ‘n—gger’ today.” The flyers, which referenced two incidents of bias that had flared up on campus in recent days, were part of a panel discussion on the status of the Black Lives Matter movement and its role following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. The panelists included Lisa Hines, the mother of a woman who died while in LAPD custody; Melina Abdullah, a professor of pan-African studies at California State University, Los Angeles; Pete White, founder of the Los Angeles Community Action Network; and Nyallah Noah, a sophomore majoring in popular music and a member of Black Lives Matter LA. The event was moderated by LaMikia Castillo, an adjunct professor at the Price School. Trump has long been accused of racism by activists due to his encouragement of stricter policing as well as support he has received from white supremacists like the Ku Klux Klan. Over the past several days, claims of racist acts carried out by his supporters have appeared across the nation. Noah expressed her astonishment at the continuing racism around the country and her realization of the necessity of movements such as Black Lives Matter movement.“The reality is that this country isn’t that open-minded and that there’s a lot of hatred around this country that was suppressed during the Obama era that is finally coming out,” Noah said. “Just as we want to see change, they want to see their type of change as well. That’s why this movement is so much more important now than it ever was.”Abdullah said that a sustained movement was all the more necessary because anger at injustice couldn’t just flare up every time someone is killed, as it did during a series of highly publicized police shootings of unarmed black people across the country over the past few years. “We have to engage in the black radical tradition,” Abdullah said. “And for me, the question is what the black radical tradition looks like now. I find the answer in Black Lives Matter, and feel that Black Lives Matter supports who I am as a black mother.”Hines had a more personal reason for joining Black Lives Matter. Following the death of her daughter Wakiesha Wilson, who was found in a Los Angeles jail days after missing her trial in court, Hines immediately joined the movement to support other individuals facing forms of oppression.“My daughter is not resting, and will not rest, until we get justice,” Hines said. “For me, the only way I can get justice is by being part of a movement that stands up to our oppressors. You don’t want to get involved until it happens to you, and now even though it’s for my own child that I’m fighting for, I know that it’s not all about her — it’s about all of us.”Some of the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, White said, are to promote equality of diverse groups, to ensure the safety of black people across the country and to decrease funding for the police. For the final goal, White rationalized the importance of using funds from police departments to instead create larger budgets for housing and other safety nets for underprivileged groups. Beyond that, however, White discussed the subliminal threat police represent through historical instances of police brutality against the black community.“Police are not just slave catchers — at every point in history, they were used to oppress any movement that attempted to create greater equity,” White said. “That’s why a big goal of Black Lives Matter is to decrease funding for the police — because at a certain point, the police are no longer keeping us safe.”Abdullah added that one of the best ways to support the movement is to show up.“Yes, we do need financial support among other kinds of support,” Abdullah said. “But beyond that, we need your skills — whatever you can bring to the table — whether it’s singing, dancing or just being present. That’s the most important thing we need from our black supporters and our allies in general: just be present, and that’ll make us that much stronger.”last_img read more

Because ‘hope is a good thing,’ Jon Rothstein keeps counting down to a season that may not arrive on time

first_imgAt 7:05 a.m. May 18, before many Americans had made it to their first cup of coffee, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was lucid enough to tweet this: “Only 176 days until the 2020-21 college basketball seasons officially begins … #countdown.”Among the responses that arrived to that declaration was one from a Gil Sklash that simply asked, “You sure about that?” Living in New York City is one reason Rothstein holds out hope for college basketball in 2020-21. He has seen it recover from what felt like an apocalypse. There still are no Broadway shows, and indoor dining at restaurants is not yet allowed, but New Yorkers are moving around and eating some outdoors and seeing the disease numbers stay low.“And now because people have social distanced and worn masks, we’ve had some sense of normalcy return,” Rothstein said. “You can be in a situation where you can socialize, but you’re not shoulder-to-shoulder.“I’m an optimist. I think if everyone around the country would do what New York did for the next two months, we could have an incredible turnaround by Labor Day. I’ve seen it here in New York, from where we were in March and April to where we are now. There’s much more optimism.” Six weeks later, with cases of COVID-19 escalating again, Sporting News felt compelled to ask a similar question after seeing Thursday’s countdown: Why are you bothering?“I made myself a promise a long time ago that has helped me in situations like this: I don’t speculate on speculation,” Rothstein told Sporting News. “When there is a change in the college basketball calendar, I will adjust the countdown and we will go from there.“I’m a movie buff, and I remember the letter in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ that was from Andy Dufresne to Red: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. We need hope in our society that we’re all going to have a release in our society through sport.”DECOURCY: MSU celebrates Emoni Bates commitment — but a long engagement could be aheadRothstein — as in love with the sport of college basketball as anyone, anywhere is in love with any sport — has, for years, been doing his daily countdown of the time remaining until opening day. There never was any reason to doubt its veracity.It is now 131 days until Nov. 10, when the Champions Classic is set to occur at the United Center in Chicago, with Duke to face Michigan State and Kentucky meeting Kansas.Is it, though? When it was 132 days away, on Wednesday, new Iona coach Rick Pitino suggested delaying the college basketball season until January. With positive tests for coronavirus spiking in Florida and Arizona, among other states, and with the United States continuing to struggle to cope with the disease in ways that haven’t been an issue in the European Union or many of Asia’s biggest countries, it seems almost fantastic to expect the college basketball season will proceed as scheduled.Rothstein believes college basketball will return at some point. “From a financial aspect, there’s a lot riding on playing a season,” he said.Rothstein usually begins his daily countdown on the day after the NBA Draft, typically late June. It began well in advance of that date this year, in part because it didn’t hurt to display a little belief on the heels of losing 2020’s scheduled edition of March Madness.DECOURCY: Cunningham’s commitment means it’s time for the NCAA to correct OK State injusticelast_img read more