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Morgan Alexander – What Comes Next

Morgan Alexander – What Comes Next

May 5, 2020

Story and Photo by Veer Badani SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Morgan Alexander is a Newhouse graduate student, now into her fifth year on the Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team. She clutches Drew Brees’ memoir titled, ‘Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity.’ One of Brees’ most famous quotes says, “Anyone can see the adversity […]

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Story and Photo by Veer Badani

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Morgan Alexander is a Newhouse graduate student, now into her fifth year on the Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team. She clutches Drew Brees’ memoir titled, ‘Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity.’

One of Brees’ most famous quotes says, “Anyone can see the adversity in a difficult situation, but it takes a stronger person to see the opportunity.”

These words come from a man who knows a thing or two about sports and how to overcome injuries caused by the same.

To Alexander, the book makes a lot of sense when a person glances beyond the book in her hands. After tearing her ACL, her lacrosse season abruptly ended – forcing her out with the long-term injury. However, her outlook on the situation is one that could have come straight from the pages of Brees’ himself.

“I’m blessed,” said Alexander, after watching her team practice. “I have great coaches, great teammates, great parents, great friends, great everything and for every non-blessing like this ACL I have four or five blessings to count as well.”

Her current injury joins a list of previous injuries that kept Alexander out of the game she loves for considerable periods of time. Now, she has a decision to make: return to the team for a sixth year, or end her college playing career atop this injury.

“I’m not done, I don’t have to be done if I don’t want to be,” Alexander said. “I am going to rehab this and be fine.”

Her focus now shifts to rehab, but like her idol Drew Brees, Alexander aims to be a leader on and off the pitch – injured or not. Her new goal is to take on a new role.

“I just need to be a leader,” Alexander said. “It’s one thing to be a leader when everything is going your way, but it’s hard when people are playing and you are not getting to. I just need to be there for my teammates and try to help them get better.”

Team dynamics can be tricky to navigate and finding your place in the team can take years for some, but for others it’s just a matter of being there.

“Whether you are the first one off the bench, a starter, or you don’t play you are still all in,” she said.

While this is her first ever torn ACL injury, Alexander has suffered several knee-related injuries in the past over her playing career at Syracuse University and her teammates have suffered with her all along the way.

“The number one word is heartbreaking,” Alexander said. “It’s a little different this time because I rehabbed really hard and came back a better player than I think I was before which is almost unheard of. I played the first four games and in one split moment you feel like you got everything ripped out of you. My teammates were in shock but they were so supportive and I couldn’t ask for a better support system than I have with this team.”

Alexander is also fortunate to be able to call on her degree at Newhouse as a backup plan if lacrosse doesn’t work out the way she wants.

“I talked with my Professor at Newhouse about this,” Alexander said. “He told me that Newhouse isn’t a backup plan, for most people it is the plan so to have that as your major, which is in itself hard to do, so I am extremely blessed.”

As for the future, a sixth year seems imminent at the moment, but Alexander has more than just one skill up her sleeve.

“I want to be a sports broadcaster or sideline reporter and I think I would be good at that,” Alexander said. “I hope that everything I have gone through can translate into broadcasting and I can become a sideline reporter in the future, that is my goal.”

Sports Media Center Closes Out Speaker Series

Sports Media Center Closes Out Speaker Series

May 5, 2020

Story by Kyla Wright, Screenshots via ZOOM As the Newhouse Sports Media Center Speaker series and entire semester came to a close, students digested a wealth of knowledge from both ends of the sports media industry. Students, alumni and faculty heard from author and WSJ sports reporter Jared Diamond ’10, CBS Sports’ Adam Schein ’99, […]

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Story by Kyla Wright, Screenshots via ZOOM

As the Newhouse Sports Media Center Speaker series and entire semester came to a close, students digested a wealth of knowledge from both ends of the sports media industry. Students, alumni and faculty heard from author and WSJ sports reporter Jared Diamond ’10, CBS Sports’ Adam Schein ’99, and two panels: one of recent Newhouse grads in the sports industry and one of ESPN professionals.

Diamond, as many other sports journalists discovered his passion for writing and discussing sports in recognition that he couldn’t play, saying that he, “caught the bug early.” From making sports newsletters in elementary school to being the sports editor of his high school paper, he found himself at SU at WAER and the Daily Orange.

Jack Patel ’18, recognized the benefit of being a Newhouse alum, but understood he still is working his way through the industry. “You are starting at the bottom. My first week at ESPN, I wasn’t allowed to cut any [videos] on my own,” said Patel. “It’s frustrating, coming out of Syracuse with all of your skills and responsibilities, you have to be patient.”

As Diamond, Patel, and other alumni learned early to “say yes to everything,” they credit the Newhouse name and experiences for preparing them for the industry.

“I took my classes seriously, my work seriously, my prep seriously, that came from Newhouse and Syracuse University,” said Schein.

Less than two years post-grad, the members on the Young Alumni panel are still learning the industry and making connections all while navigating their careers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Erin Fish, G’18, stressed getting out of your comfort zone being the “best way to push you forward in your career.” Drew Carter ’19, has learned that even while he’s learning, those around him are, as well. “I am taken aback by how advanced things are at Newhouse compared to the real world,” said Carter. “When I was a student and things would go wrong, I would get angry; but I have realized that those mistakes happen a lot in the real world.”

Both Dakota Palmer G’19, and Carter are working to better themselves amid Coronavirus-related layoffs. Palmer, a broadcast associate at MLB, has been watching games, paying attention to what other producers have done as far as cuts, edits and styles. Carter has said that he’s going to be calling games on 2K with a friend to stay sharp, as if he’s on radio. Nate White ’18, is preparing for the post-Coronavirus sports industry. “Instead of being angry and feeling bad about this situation, which is easy to do, I am trying to focus on what I can do,” said White. “[I’m] using this time to get organized and be ready for when sports come back and the ‘boom’ happens.”

Even though ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit didn’t attend ‘Cuse, he expressed his longtime respect for the Orange, especially Newhouse as he’s worked with many Newhouse alumni in his career. “Syracuse has got to be the strongest school in the industry, so if you are a student there, congratulations.”

ESPN’s Bill Bonnell ’85, and Jim Gaiero ’95 both gave students direct advice and points to remember in their careers. Bonnell noted the importance of being able to produce, direct and tell stories on the fly, and Gaiero reminded students that we’re all journalists at heart, “no matter what role what you do in sports television, you still need to answer the questions, who, what where, why when. It doesn’t matter who you are, you effect how the audience gets those answers.”

Herbstreit went on to recommend that students “study people you respect,” especially those interested in play-by-play, “there is nobody better than Mike Tirico.”

Closing out the year, Herbstreit likely has the words that graduates, continuing students and professionals alike need to hear, “you are going to have forks in the road along the way and you have no idea what the right answer is. As a business major, I had economic stability versus my passion,” said Herbstreit. “Always follow your heart, following money will always be a dead-end. Find something you have passion for, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Sports Industry Speakers Join Weeks Two and Three

Sports Industry Speakers Join Weeks Two and Three

April 20, 2020

As the second and third weeks of the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Online Speaker Series came to a close, students, alumni, faculty and staff gained knowledge, advice and motivation to hopefully fuel them into their present or future careers. Speakers ranged from an NFL play-by-play announcer to VPs of an agency and PR firm and […]

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As the second and third weeks of the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Online Speaker Series came to a close, students, alumni, faculty and staff gained knowledge, advice and motivation to hopefully fuel them into their present or future careers. Speakers ranged from an NFL play-by-play announcer to VPs of an agency and PR firm and a CBS Sports Analyst. Each event had approximately 40 students in attendance.

NFL play-by-play announcer, Andrew Siciliano ’96 recalled industry speakers during his time at Newhouse. “We had people like Bob Costas and Mike Tirico who’d do stuff like this for us when we were in school.” He noted those alumni taking their time to speak with him and other students as one of many reasons why he always makes time for students. “Everyone paid it forward when we were in school. So we’re just trying to do the same,” said Siciliano.

Alumni and students alike, everyone is home in front of some type of screen for hours at a time. Students are managing classes and alumni are continuing their careers, alumni like Gideon Cohen ’00, recommended that students, “develop a new skill, create a podcast or YouTube show,” he said. “This is temporary. While it’s not great at the moment, it’s an opportunity.”

Siciliano remains on air by doing top of the hour news updates and Total Hour Access in a second bedroom and a camera at home, along with a host of producers working from home. “We’re experimenting to be going on air, but right now 30-minute shows are taped segment to segment with producers linking b-roll and graphics to them,” Siciliano said. He explained that CNN or FOX stays on-air by running parallel control rooms, doing things you’d normally have in one room in multiple, but the NFL is shut down because they’re not considered essential.

Scott Pioli G’05, is a CBS Sports Analyst, five-time NFL Executive of the year and three-time Super Bowl champion. Throughout his lengthy career, he’s had to find a happy medium between work and family, a question commonly asked by students. “You are going to be very passionate and your job needs to be taken seriously but if I could do anything differently, I would have a better balance and realize that there will be things in life much more important than our jobs,” Pioli said. He told students to maintain a similar balance in their careers as they do while in college, but regardless of the situation, to remain focused. “There’s always going to be reasons to not finish something you started. A job, school, or relationship, said Pioli. “There are a lot of reasons to say no or stop but if you want to complete something, it’ll essentially pay off.” Cohen gave similar advice, noting those who work hard and encompass talent are the ones who “make it” in the media industry. “A lot of people give up or don’t necessarily want to play the game,” said Cohen. “They don’t want to self-improve or network, and a lot of [those] people who don’t advance wonder why it’s not happening for them.”

Dave Donovan ’92, Executive VP and Director of Sports for DKC, a PR firm had an intimate, off-the-record conversation with students.

With varied experiences at Newhouse and Syracuse overall, all speakers agreed that the time spent and connections made as an Orange are still paying off. As Cohen paid homage to Sandy Montag as “the OG of the agency business,” he noted that they only talk about SU alums at The Montag Group. Siciliano said, “the Syracuse degree is powerful, but the Syracuse network is more powerful.” Pioli values the legacy he leaves behind for the family he’s created, and the #NewhouseMafia. “Right now, you are not thinking about legacy, but your legacy really is about how many people you help,” said Pioli.

If students didn’t take away anything from the week’s series, Pioli’s words could resonate with them, especially during times of uncertainty. “All of us, even the best of us end up in the middle. You have good days and you have bad days but as long as you stay on track, you’ll end up on top.”As the second week of the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Online Speaker Series came to a close, students gain knowledge, advice and motivation to hopefully fuel them into their future sports careers. Speakers ranged from an NFL play-by-play announcer to VPs of an agency and PR firm and a CBS Sports Analyst. Each event had approximately 40 students in attendance.

NFL play-by-play announcer, Andrew Siciliano ’96 recalled industry speakers during his time at Newhouse. “We had people like Bob Costas and Mike Tirico who’d do stuff like this for us when we were in school.” He noted those alumni taking their time to speak with him and other students as one of many reasons why he always makes time for students. “Everyone paid it forward when we were in school. So we’re just trying to do the same,” said Siciliano.

Alumni and students alike, everyone is home in front of some type of screen for hours at a time. Students are managing classes and alumni are continuing their careers, alumni like Gideon Cohen ’00, recommended that students, “develop a new skill, create a podcast or YouTube show,” he said. “This is temporary. While it’s not great at the moment, it’s an opportunity.”

Siciliano remains on air by doing top of the hour news updates and Total Hour Access in a second bedroom and a camera at home, along with a host of producers working from home. “We’re experimenting to be going on air, but right now 30-minute shows are taped segment to segment with producers linking b-roll and graphics to them,” Siciliano said. He explained that CNN or FOX stays on-air by running parallel control rooms, doing things you’d normally have in one room in multiple, but the NFL is shut down because they’re not considered essential.

Scott Pioli G’05, is a CBS Sports Analyst, five-time NFL Executive of the year and three-time Super Bowl champion. Throughout his lengthy career, he’s had to find a happy medium between work and family, a question commonly asked by students. “You are going to be very passionate and your job needs to be taken seriously but if I could do anything differently, I would have a better balance and realize that there will be things in life much more important than our jobs,” Pioli said. He told students to maintain a similar balance in their careers as they do while in college, but regardless of the situation, to remain focused. “There’s always going to be reasons to not finish something you started. A job, school, or relationship, said Pioli. “There are a lot of reasons to say no or stop but if you want to complete something, it’ll essentially pay off.” Cohen gave similar advice, noting those who work hard and encompass talent are the ones who “make it” in the media industry. “A lot of people give up or don’t necessarily want to play the game,” said Cohen. “They don’t want to self-improve or network, and a lot of [those] people who don’t advance wonder why it’s not happening for them.”

Dave Donovan ’92, Executive VP and Director of Sports for DKC, a PR firm had an intimate, off-the-record conversation with students.

With varied experiences at Newhouse and Syracuse overall, all speakers agreed that the time spent and connections made as an Orange are still paying off. As Cohen paid homage to Sandy Montag as “the OG of the agency business,” he noted that they only talk about SU alums at The Montag Group. Siciliano said, “the Syracuse degree is powerful, but the Syracuse network is more powerful.” Pioli values the legacy he leaves behind for the family he’s created, and the #NewhouseMafia. “Right now, you are not thinking about legacy, but your legacy really is about how many people you help,” said Pioli.

If participants didn’t take away anything from the weeks’ series, Pioli’s words could resonate with them, especially during times of uncertainty. “All of us, even the best of us end up in the middle. You have good days and you have bad days but as long as you stay on track, you’ll end up on top.”

Ian Eagle and Mike Tirico Meet with Students, Virtually

Ian Eagle and Mike Tirico Meet with Students, Virtually

April 6, 2020

As students are away from campus and likely quarantined in their respective locations, academic programs have navigated to online means to stay in contact. To uphold the Sports Media and Communications Track’s requirements, and connect students with industry professionals, the Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted two events, via Zoom. Hosted by “Voice of the Orange,” […]

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As students are away from campus and likely quarantined in their respective locations, academic programs have navigated to online means to stay in contact. To uphold the Sports Media and Communications Track’s requirements, and connect students with industry professionals, the Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted two events, via Zoom. Hosted by “Voice of the Orange,” Matt Park, hundreds of students logged onto the online platform to virtually meet with Ian Eagle and Mike Tirico, both Newhouse alumni.

Both Eagle and Tirico discussed their journey through Newhouse, the ups and downs of their careers, journalism in the age of the Coronavirus and advice on perfecting their craft and circumnavigating the job industry at present time.

“Even though I graduated 30 years ago, I still have the same mentality. I’m still a student of the profession,” said Eagle. “You have to be critical and comfortable with hearing and watching yourself. Watching others, listening with a critical ear and watching with a critical eye.” Eagle recalled metaphorically being a “sponge” while a student, and even now. While driving to and from Queens and Syracuse he would listen to play-by-play announcers back and forth, just to “get it in” his head. As a current CBS and Brooklyn News play-by-play broadcaster, Eagle noted dedication and curiosity along with connections for landing him to where he is today.

Invested in bettering himself as a sports broadcaster, Eagle ensured that no matter the opportunity presented to him, he said his answer and his mentality was always, “yes.” The desire to know more is one of the monumental factors in elevating him in his career. “There were times I wasn’t qualified to do what I did, but I was confident, and I was prepared,” Eagle said. “Make sure you’re locked in – you’re all in – zero in on what you’re passionate about and what’s going to get you excited to wake up. What’s going to challenge you?”

Finding a challenge amid his passion, Eagle reminisced on once receiving a call, asking if he did boxing play-by-play, he said yes. Even though he didn’t; he laughed, recalling he’d never been to a fight or even been in one, but he refused to pass up an opportunity to learn something new and advance his skillset. The same with situation occurred with track and field, and with no background he watched about 20 hours of coverage to prepare. He ensured that he got himself familiar with pacing, nomenclature, and athletes of the sports, and no one would’ve known he was formerly unfamiliar, unless he told them. As he gain a newfound knowledge of the sports, he gained a love for them as well.

Students often hear about the importance of connections within the media industry, usually followed by the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Eagle planted a similar seed, telling students to make connections with classmates now, as you never know who you’re in school with, as the same happened to him.

“I didn’t realize that Mike Tirico was Mike Tirico. He became a very close friend, and that hatched at Syracuse because we were two people that had aspirations to do more and achieve more,” said Eagle.

When Tirico spoke to students a few days later, he was in his makeshift studio comprised of his iPad and a mic after being in quarantine in Florida since a March 11 PGA tournament. Instead of moping about the current pandemic, he challenged students to make it a part of their resiliency.

“Think about it like sports: this is apart of your story,” Tirico said. “Don’t dwell or get yourself lost in the self-pity of it, make the best of the situation and thrive.”

He recommended that students make the best of their situations, whether at home, or in their apartments as the COVID-19 outbreak will change the journalism industry, as far as remote work. He told students to still practice being on camera and editing video by recording 30 second updates on sports or news events on their phones, editing with simple materials and software. The NBC Sports play-by-play broadcaster advised that this is an imperative time for students to highlight their versatility. As there are no sports right now, many sportscasters are doing news. When you see a non-news reporter attempting to do such, and they don’t know what they’re talking about, it’s obvious, Tirico said.

This weekend, Tirico celebrated 33 years since he first appeared on camera, and attributes it to continually bettering himself and being a part of the well-known, “Newhouse Mafia.” He advised that students do the same during the world’s difficult times, and ended giving students the same advice he began with, “Do your best to be better everyday. Syracuse has been through some tough stuff in the past and we can come through this, and it’s because of you,” said Tirico. “Be ready to make this apart of your Syracuse story.”

Seen taking notes, watching and listening attentively, students were satisfied with the Sports Media Center’s first week hosting sports professionals remotely.

“These times are super uncertain right now, and as a grad student I’ve had some anxiety just thinking about trying to find a job in this climate. But, both Tirico and Ian Eagle were so motivating,” said SMC student, Maria Trivelpiece. “I’m thankful that the SMC Zoom calls happened. It gives us a chance to stay connected and stay on top of our game during these times.”

Sports Media Center Transitions to Online Industry Speakers

Sports Media Center Transitions to Online Industry Speakers

March 30, 2020

Story by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Embedded into the Sports Media and Communications track for graduate students, are a variety of requirements. Students must take a certain number of sports-related courses, have one-on-one meetings with the Sports Media Center’s director, Olivia Stomski, and attend several events with industry speakers. As the university has transitioned […]

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Story by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Embedded into the Sports Media and Communications track for graduate students, are a variety of requirements. Students must take a certain number of sports-related courses, have one-on-one meetings with the Sports Media Center’s director, Olivia Stomski, and attend several events with industry speakers.

As the university has transitioned to online, remote learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the requirements have done the same. The first online conversation between SMC students and sports industry professionals, many of whom are alumni, will be held tonight.

Tonight, at 6:15 p.m., CBS and Brooklyn News play-by-play broadcaster, ’19 Marty Glickman Award Winner and Newhouse ’90 alum, Ian Eagle ’90 will be hosted on Zoom by Newhouse professor and “Voice of the Orange,” Matt Park. 

“The Newhouse Sports Media Center has been looking for ways to reconnect the Sports Media & Communications students with each other, faculty, staff and alums,” said Stomski. “Many voiced their disappointment in missing the many speakers the Center had planned for the spring semester.” 

Gaining faithful attendees beyond the requirements, SMC students like Matt Geraci would anticipate the speakers coming to Newhouse, to give an inside look into the sports industry. His favorite part is seeing where former Newhouse students went after school, their accomplishments and openness. “They provide snapshots into the work that it takes to be successful in this field,” Geraci said. “To hear from people in a bunch of different positions offered some interesting paths and takeaways.”

Stomski said the decision to transition online came after alumni reached out and are looking to help students during this time.

As most universities around the globe are hosting classes and events such as seminars and career fairs on tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts, students worry about reliability among technology. Luckily, Geraci has a positive outlook on digital learning.

“It’ll definitely have its challenges but I also think it can be used as an opportunity to creatively utilize the resources we have in place to communicate remotely and still gain insights from speakers who may work remotely in their careers anyway,” said Geraci. 

Stomski notes that this difficult time is a pivotal lesson for her students – in learning, flexibility and togetherness. 

“It’s important for us all to stay connected, engaged and excited about the sports media industry. We cannot watch live sports at this time, but we can talk about them!”

Second-half spark leads Syracuse past GA Tech to snap three-game losing skid

Second-half spark leads Syracuse past GA Tech to snap three-game losing skid

March 5, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photo by Kris Wan Four starters for Syracuse scored in double digits and the Orange shoot 64 percent in the second half in a 79-72 bounce-back win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. 52-34 was the score differential in the second half and impressed Syracuse head coach Jim […]

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Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photo by Kris Wan

Four starters for Syracuse scored in double digits and the Orange shoot 64 percent in the second half in a 79-72 bounce-back win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

52-34 was the score differential in the second half and impressed Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

“One of the best second halves we have ever played…anywhere,” said Boeheim.

Leading into Saturday’s matchup, the Orange (14-13, 8-8 ACC) and Georgia Tech split their head-to-head series 6-6. In their first meeting this season on Dec. 7., Elijah Hughes was 10-for-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line for a career-high 33 points, leading Syracuse to a 97-63 stomping.

On Saturday, Syracuse relied on a 20-point and 7 rebounds effort from Hughes and Marek Dolejaz’s 20 points, that included 12-12 from the free throw line.

“I love playing basketball and I get the crowd into it. That’s what you have to do in college is have fun with it,” said Hughes.

Georgia Tech (13-14, 7-9 ACC) came into Central New York with some aggression as junior forward Moses Wright came out the gates attacking the paint and scored 8 points on 4-4 shooting, to put the pressure on Syracuse 17-9 at the 12 minute mark in the first half.

Syracuse started 3-17 from the field and Hughes was the lone offensive spark with 10 points at the half.

The Orange went on a 10-2 run to open up the second half and cut the deficit, 37-40. Joe Girard III had the hot hand during the run and dropped 8 quick points that featured a turn-around baseline jumper.

“When the ball goes in the basket, the game is a lot easier,” said Boeheim. “At halftime, this was a really hard game to win and the players ignored what has happened and is happening.”

Wright might have found his sanctuary inside the Carrier Dome as he went on to drop a career-high of 33 points. Syracuse held Yellow Jacket leading scorer (16 PPG) Michael Devoe scoreless in the second half and 11 total points.

Both parties had 34 points in the paint, but it was the tempo of the Orange’s offense that gave them the edge. 21 fast break points and 12 assists as a team.

Buddy Boeheim finished with 13 points and Girard III added two from beyond the arc and 15 points of his own.

Fourth quarter emotions cost Syracuse’s final home game against Boston College

Fourth quarter emotions cost Syracuse’s final home game against Boston College

March 4, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photos by Tanner Russ SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After three nearly identical quarters of basketball, the Syracuse women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off Boston College in the fourth quarter and came up short, 88-81, in the last sporting event at the Carrier Dome for the year on Sunday night. Tied at 64 […]

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Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photos by Tanner Russ

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After three nearly identical quarters of basketball, the Syracuse women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off Boston College in the fourth quarter and came up short, 88-81, in the last sporting event at the Carrier Dome for the year on Sunday night.

Tied at 64 after three quarters, the rest of the game was up for grabs on senior night. Down the stretch as emotions were flying at 83-78, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman received a technical foul after arguing a no-call. That gave Boston College two free-throws and possession – which put the nail in the coffin for the Orange (15-14, 9-9 ACC).

“I take full responsibility for this one,” said Hillsman. “Our kids fought hard and I was fighting them, but that’s on me at the end.”

Boston College (18-11, 11-7 ACC) came out firing on all cylinders and set the tone for Syracuse, connecting on three-straight 3-pointers on their first three possessions and grabbed an early 11-2 lead.

“I told them to calm down, relax and to play the game,” said Hillsman, on what he said to his team following the Eagles start.

The Orange started putting together their own offensive game plan with Kiara Lewis and Gabrielle Lewis leading the charge. Both had 18 points on the night and Lewis added 8 assists.

Kiara Lewis trying to fend off players from Boston College.

After starting 6-of-14 from beyond the arc in the first-half, Syracuse struggled to pick back up in the second half – finishing 9-of-25.  

Syracuse shot 47 percent from the field and dominated the paint, 42-30.

Boston College had five players score in double-digits but held senior Emma Guy to just seven points. Guy is No. 1 in the ACC in field goal percentage and has scored in double-digits 9 straight games coming into Sunday’s contest.

The difference was the pace from Boston College, scoring 31 fast break points to Syracuse’s 13.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and they shot the ball well from 3.” said Cooper. “But you have to put it in the past now and look towards the ACC tournament.”

With that mindset, the Orange’s regular season comes to an end with hopes of making an NCAA tournament appearance. First – a smaller, yet important, round of games this week in ACC tournament play.

Syracuse will sit at the #8 seed and will play #9 Virginia. Exact day and time, TBD.

“Right now, everyone is 0-0 and coming in fresh,” said Hillsman on what’s next. “We have to go win some games and win the tournament.”

From Newhouse to the Airwaves: Jay Alter’s Journey

From Newhouse to the Airwaves: Jay Alter’s Journey

March 2, 2020

Story by Cole Johnson, Photo by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no place like Newhouse. Simply stated, it’s the place where the dreams in the media industry come to life for hundreds of students each year. It’s not just individual talent and determination that gets these students to the top of company resume lists […]

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Story by Cole Johnson, Photo by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no place like Newhouse. Simply stated, it’s the place where the dreams in the media industry come to life for hundreds of students each year.

It’s not just individual talent and determination that gets these students to the top of company resume lists each year. It’s more than that – it takes relationships and assistance from professors and alumni.

On Friday, students had the opportunity to network with 2016 alum, Jay Alter, who almost gave up his dream after his freshman year.

The ESPN play-by-play personality came back to Syracuse to call a Men’s lacrosse game, and speak to students about his journey and his life as a broadcaster.

“My parents wanted me to be an accountant,” said Alter. “But I wanted something different. I came here with a twinkle in my eye, and I did everything I set out to do…I wouldn’t do a single thing differently.”

For Alter, it wasn’t easy as it would seem to simply set a goal and “go get it.” Similar to other students, there may be times when they don’t think this is the right path for them.

“I had a lot of doubt at the end of my freshman year going into sophomore year if this was going to be it for me. I was struggling to get cleared at student radio stations and back home my sister was battling Leukemia,” said Alter. “I just wanted to be home. My mind wasn’t in it.”

He said that he called his parents, wanting to take a semester off and listening to his parents’ earlier advice about going into accounting. Yet, his dad told him that he was being ridiculous. There was nothing he could do to help at home, only to fight and work hard in school –  making a life for himself.

“I channeled all of that fight and put it here, and that really turned a corner for me,” Alter added. “I wouldn’t be here in this room today, without that.”

As Alter sat in front current sports journalism students with Newhouse Sports Media Center Director, Olivia Stomski, it was clear that he had overcome many doubts to get to where he is now. He attributed passion to being his driving force.

“You can’t manufacture passion. Passion makes you work ten times harder, research more, communicate better. If you lack that, you’re never going to make it in this industry because it’s too competitive,” said Alter. “This is a game of inches, and every inch you give yourself is a chance that you have. When you give yourself that inch, passion gives you a foot.”

After graduating, Alter landed a position at News12 in Connecticut as the weekend sports anchor, thereafter he took on many play-by-play and reporter roles for the Big East Digital Network. From there, he went to ESPN, calling various college sports and high school football.

“As cliché as it is, trust the process. Bet on yourself. If things aren’t going well, work twice as hard. Don’t think day to day, but think long term,” he said. “If I didn’t double down on myself and bet on myself I wouldn’t be at ESPN or speaking at Newhouse today. I wouldn’t be in broadcasting at all.”

Given the talent and passion Alter has shouted through the airwaves, it had to start somewhere. He said it wasn’t just that determination and grit that got him to where he is. Countless times, Alter told students that it’s more about the human connection you make in this industry that will get you far.

“Relationships are your resume in this business. Without relationships, you’re never going to get hired because you can’t hand someone a piece of paper in this business and say ‘hire me.’ You need somebody that’s going to go to war for you,” said Alter.

He advocated for making connections, a common piece of advice from Newhouse alum and staff alike.

“All of those relationships start in Syracuse and start at Newhouse,” said Alter. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without those relationships and it’s all because of this school and this program.”

Syracuse Rolls Past the Panthers, Again

March 2, 2020

Story by Alyssa Lyons, Photos by Nicholas D’Alessandro SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The color pink has many meanings and attributes, but most of all it has a meaning of its own for one month, Breast Cancer Awareness. The same words shocked the Syracuse women’s basketball team when one of their 14 was diagnosed. That same awareness […]

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Story by Alyssa Lyons, Photos by Nicholas D’Alessandro


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The color pink has many meanings and attributes, but most of all it has a meaning of its own for one month, Breast Cancer Awareness. The same words shocked the Syracuse women’s basketball team when one of their 14 was diagnosed. That same awareness was celebrated during halftime Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 when the Orange slipped past the University of Pittsburgh 71-53.
It was the annual #Play4Kay game, only this time with the addition #Tough4T. During halftime, 15 women who are in the midst of, and succeeded in the fight against Breast Cancer were recognized – including Syracuse’s own Tiana Mangakahia. As the parade of survivors and current fighters entered Jim Boeheim court, Mangakahia addressed the crowd for the first time since her diagnosis last year.

Mangakahia, addressing the crowd.


The Streak
Syracuse taking down the Panthers extended their win streak to four. This is the third time this season where they’ve held off ACC foes below 54 pts. The Orange started off strong, taking the first half by storm retrieving to the locker room with a 14-point lead. There was no evidence of the Orange struggling with points outside the paint. Between the game in North Carolina and the one in the Dome, the Orange have shot down 20 from the arc. Late in the first quarter within less than two minutes, Taleah Washington, Kiara Lewis and Teisha Hyman knocked down a shot from three. Forward Digna Strautmane grabbed three on the night, a repeat from Thursday’s win against the Tar Heels. Strautmane surpassed her season-high of 17 points, ending the game with 18. Coach Quentin Hillsman, recording two more wins from his 300-career tally, said Strautmane was “aggressive on all three levels of the floor.”


Kiara Lewis said the win was attributed to sharing the ball. Coach Q’s crew recorded 15 assists, 6 of those coming from Lewis. The Orange took the lead for 38 minutes of the contest. In the second half alone, Syracuse outscored Pittsburgh 33-29.
Syracuse recorded 19 fouls, meanwhile Pitt picked up 15. The Orange capitalized on points at the line going 15-18. Kiara Lewis was perfect, grabbing 4-4. Consequently, Pitt was not, and struggled to find the rim, 12-22.

Orange Fall and Foul Against the Wolfpack

Orange Fall and Foul Against the Wolfpack

February 20, 2020

Story and Photos by Alyssa Lyons SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the second game in a row, Syracuse’s Basketball team worked their opponents until the last minute without top scorer, No. 2 in the ACC, Elijah Hughes, this time coming up short 79-74. This was the sixth conference match-up of the season that has been decided […]

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Story and Photos by Alyssa Lyons

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the second game in a row, Syracuse’s Basketball team worked their opponents until the last minute without top scorer, No. 2 in the ACC, Elijah Hughes, this time coming up short 79-74. This was the sixth conference match-up of the season that has been decided with 4 points or less.

In warm-ups Hughes suffered a left groin strain and left the game 2:33 into the half. With Hughes out, Jim Boeheim looked to young talent, freshmen Joe Girard III and Quincy Guerrier to put a stop to the Wolfpack’s Devon Daniels and C.J. Bryce.

The Orange started off the first half looking strong, but it was quickly cut short when N.C. State took a scoring run to put the Wolfpack up 12-7 with 7:34 to go. Missed shots from the field set the Orange behind, only knocking down 2 of 13. The Wolfpack converted on 4 of 9.

Guerrier and Girard set the rhythm near the end of the first half of play, earning a combined 23 points to set the Orange under by four against the Wolfpack, 39-35. Girard would pick up his one and only successful shot from the arc, along with two from Buddy Boeheim. Successful chances from the circle have been a struggle for Boeheim’s team this season. Syracuse went 3-18 from the arc forcing opportunities in the lane.

The Orange found success driving through the paint early in the second half nearing the five-minute mark setting a one-point divide with a score of 68-69. Syracuse grabbed 40 points in the paint Tuesday night, a handful compared to N.C. State’s 26. Bulldozing through the paint was Girard, who picked up a new record, most points by a freshman in the Carrier Dome (30) and tied Dwayne “Pearl” Washington for second most points by a freshman in program history. Carmelo Anthony is the only Orange freshman with more points, recording 33 against Texas on April 5, 2003 in the Final Four.

Foul trouble and missed three-pointers have plagued Syracuse basketball this season. Bourama Sidibe earned his fourth foul less than a minute into the second half. When he returned late in the game, he picked up his fifth nearing a minute to go. In four straight games, Sidibe has fouled out. Buddy Boeheim did the same with 22 seconds left on the clock, and Marek Dolezaj ended with four. Foul trouble was also in the Orange’s favor as the Wolfpack’s center, Manny Bates received four, limiting the leading shot blocker to 14 minutes.

The Orange will need to take home wins against their next two ACC opponents to keep tournament chances alive.

Blue Devils Beat Orange 97-88

Blue Devils Beat Orange 97-88

February 5, 2020

Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse and Duke possess two of the most decorated coaches in college basketball. This was the most anticipated matchup for Orange fans. Feb. 1 had been circled on their calendars since the schedule came out. Their team had been playing well, winning five of […]

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Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse and Duke possess two of the most decorated coaches in college basketball. This was the most anticipated matchup for Orange fans. Feb. 1 had been circled on their calendars since the schedule came out. Their team had been playing well, winning five of their last six games. It looked promising. Duke came into town as the no. 9 team in the country – a ranking lower than years passed. The game would be the top-notch opponent win that the Orange needed. A win that they needed, but didn’t get. The Blue Devils arrived in the packed Carrier Dome and defeated Syracuse 97-88 on Saturday night. They won because Syracuse could not “stop the big guy” – a problem that Head Coach Jim Boeheim says has been a year-long issue.

Coming out hot in the first half, Syracuse held the lead until the last 40 seconds when Duke benefitted from two Alex O’Connell foul shots, making the score 38-36. The Blue Devils seemed shaken up by the crowd of over 31,000 as they did not score a field goal until over two minutes into the game. Marek Dolezaj dropped ten in the first half, leading him into a career-high of 22 points. “He’s playing great and stays out of foul trouble,” said Coach Boeheim.

Despite Dolezaj’s offensive efforts, him and his fellow forwards could not contain Vernon Carey. The 6’10” freshman had twelve points and eight rebounds within the first twenty minutes. Heading into the locker room at halftime, Duke led Syracuse 40-36 and Coach Boeheim said, “We have to do something about that big guy,” but Syracuse didn’t.

Duke quickly extended their four-point lead to nine and continued to climb. The Orange kept the game within at least ten with some big blocks from Elijah Hughes and some big threes by Buddy Boeheim. With a little over a minute to play, they were within seven. Syracuse was forced to foul. Tre Jones made both foul shots and the game became out of reach.

Carey finished the night with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Coach K said, “He was hungry. He attacked the zone and played well.” Coach Boeheim also gave credit to the freshman saying, “The big kid is really good. He’s got great hands, and he’s really tough down there.”

Boeheim said his team is getting better, but they still have to get even better. If they want to beat the good teams, they need to stop people in the paint. He also said that his team needs to shoot the ball a little better, something they haven’t done in the last two games.

Syracuse will have a week off and then will be back in the Dome on Saturday, Feb. 8th at 8 PM.

Women’s Basketball suffer season’s biggest loss

Women’s Basketball suffer season’s biggest loss

January 28, 2020

Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photos by Racquel Stephen SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Women’s Basketball Team (9-9, 3-4 ACC) led for just 18 seconds in the game. Kiara Lewis hit a layup right off the tip, and it was all Duke from there. The Blue Devils (10-9, 4-4 ACC) cruised to an 88-58 victory Thursday […]

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Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photos by Racquel Stephen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Women’s Basketball Team (9-9, 3-4 ACC) led for just 18 seconds in the game. Kiara Lewis hit a layup right off the tip, and it was all Duke from there. The Blue Devils (10-9, 4-4 ACC) cruised to an 88-58 victory Thursday night inside the Dome.

In the first quarter, Duke had the Syracuse press figured out, leading to easy transition layups and quick scores. In total, Syracuse had 22 turnovers while forcing 18. However, the biggest difference came from points in the paint.

The Blue Devils scored 46 of their 88 points in the paint, thanks in part to Leaonna Odom who scored a game high of 23 points along with ten rebounds, six offensively and four defensively.

Odom shot 11-of-14 from the field.

Duke had a 21-11 lead going into the second quarter and that quarter was much of the same as the first. Syracuse had no answer for Duke’s scoring tonight.

The Orange were just 5-of-30 from three-point land and overall were 20-of-62 from the field. On the other side, Duke was nearly 50 percent from the floor (33-of-67) and 8-of-15 from three-point territory.

Duke led at halftime 49-28 and Syracuse still couldn’t recover after the break.

Kiara Lewis played all 40 minutes and led the Orange with 14 points. Lewis was 3-of-14 from the field and 0-and-5 from downtown.

Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was second in scoring with 12 points, Gabby Cooper had 11 and Digna Strautmane had seven.

Syracuse’s Gabrielle Cooper, playing defense against Duke’s Haley Gorecki.

The 30-point difference was Syracuse’s biggest loss of the season and tied for its lowest point total.

While Odom took care of business inside the paint, Haley Gorecki and Mikayla Boykin put on a shooting clinic from mid-range and three-point land. On top of outrebounding Syracuse 47-to-33, the Orange could not keep up with Boykin.

She made five of her three-point attempts, including four in a 63-second stretch in the second quarter pushing Duke’s lead to 20 points.

Gorecki finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and nine assists.

After the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman harped on a lack of discipline from his defense and not sticking to their game plan.

“When your game is predicated on trying to create turnovers and pressure, it is tough,” said Hillsman. “Give Duke credit, they did a good job attacking our press before could set up. They attacked us downhill and we played unsettled defense pretty much the entire game.”

While down by 21 at halftime, his message to his team was, “we are still going to compete.” Coach Hillsman had no intention of stopping the press.

“I am never going to stop. Either we are going to figure it out and play our way, or we are going to have more games like this because I am not going to back down,” said Hillsman. “We need to play the way we need to play to be successful.”