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Students react to art depicting genocide

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first_imgThe opening was followed by a panel discussion.The exhibit, which was named “Denouncing Violence Against Women,” featured 18 posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics related to the genocides that have occurred in Armenia, the Congo, Guatemala and Rwanda. It also included artistic representations of the recent murders of women in Ciudad Juárez in Mexico.Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, spoke as a member of the panel regarding the importance of global awareness of genocide, particularly with respect to sexual violence.“I am very aware as a male in this world that I am the enemy,” Smith said. “Events like this are extremely important because men are not taking their responsibility for sexual violence in the world.”The posters in the exhibit were chosen by students as part of an art curating course last fall and were divided into four sections: depictions of dehumanization, individuality, trauma and breaking bonds.Lauren Dodds, one of the student curators and a graduate student in art history, said she focused her collection on trauma because of what she called “its continuing presence in life.”“It’s this aspect of violence that doesn’t happen in the moment,” Dodds said. “It’s just this lifelong struggle that people are left with.”Director of the Fisher Museum Selma Holo said while the exhibit highlights genocide around the global, more needs to be done to curtail systematic violence around the globe.“It’s not over,” Holo said. “I don’t think we’re in a position particularly to prevent it but we certainly can bring our voices to that.”Art historian and board member for the CSPG Laura Pomerantz gave a brief presentation on contemporary art and the Cambodian genocide, highlighting the work of Cambodian artist Ly Daravuth.“The memory of the horror does not eliminate the possibility of its repetition,” Pomerantz said to conclude her presentation.Faye Espiritu, a junior majoring in business administration, said the event inspired mixed emotions.“The subject itself was hard to take in and it’s not something that a lot of people talk about in depth,” Espiritu said. “We’re women — this is us. I feel like a lot of times when people talk about it it’s like some issue that’s outside of us but it is directly affecting us.”Linda Wang, a junior majoring in sociology and philosophy, politics and law, said the discussion and exhibit touched upon issues that are important to both genders.“The art is really contemporary and mass-produced and, as a result, since its not intended for a global audience necessarily, I think it really speaks to the state of gender relations in the world,” Wang said. Marking the beginning of USC’s second-annual Genocide Awareness Week, the Fisher Museum of Art unveiled Monday a student-curated exhibit about international genocide.Reflect · Director of the Fisher Gallery Selma Holo discusses the artistic representation of genocide to students Monday at the Fisher Art Museum. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse’s 28-9 loss to Wake Forest

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first_img Published on October 9, 2016 at 2:19 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Sterling Hofrichter isn’t as bad as his last few gamesThe Syracuse punter has had a rough go of it to say the least. He struggled when Syracuse played Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 1, when he averaged just 39.5 yards per punt. Against Wake Forest, his punts traveled an average of 41.5 yards, but he forced three fair catches and dropped two inside the 20-yard line.It was the third time all season that Hofrichter had more than one of his punts be called for a catch. Two of his punts traveled more than 50 yards, which is also just the second time he’s done that more than once in a game.Against WFU, Hofrichter took more direct snaps than diagonal snaps while still punting rugby-style at times. Instead of punting higher, he punted more direct line drives that rolled longer. He also had to contend with the conditions in a game that was both windy and rainy for the majority.Ally Moreo | Asst. Photo EditorWeather and poor blitz pick-up is the only thing that can hold Amba Etta-Tawo backAmba Etta-Tawo had his worst game of the season on Saturday with four catches for 36 yards. Despite that, he’ll still likely be leading the country in receiving yards after Week 6 of the college football season is over.He has 876 yards on the year, just 16 yards better than Louisiana Tech’s Trent Taylor, who had a 100-plus yard receiving day on Saturday. Syracuse has relied on Etta-Tawo all season, but finally weather put a kibosh on deep throws in the first half.Wake Forest rarely shaded a safety over the top of Etta-Tawo, a strategy that worked for Notre Dame at times last week. Despite the mix of one-on-one coverage and the rain stopping in the second half, Syracuse still didn’t pass deep.Head coach Dino Babers said Syracuse struggled picking up the blitz on Saturday, which didn’t give quarterback Eric Dungey enough time in the pocket to throw deep. Dungey was sacked six times against the Demon Deacons. Commentscenter_img WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) lost its second straight game on Saturday. Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1) beat the Orange for the first time since SU joined the ACC, 28-9. SU struggled gaining yards in the air and only broke a few runs. SU scored on a safety from a botched snap on a punt and a Dontae Strickland touchdown in the first half. It failed to score more than 10 points in a second half for the fifth time in six games.Here are three things we learned from the Orange’s lossRunnin’, runnin’ and runnin’ runnin’On certain drives, Syracuse plugged some of Wake Forest’s run gaps well enough to stop the Demon Deacons. But there were a few big plays SU allowed that burned it, which isn’t so new. Wake Forest ran the ball 51 times, but one of those rushes was counted as a team rush for the botched punt in the first quarter. That took 45 yards off its total.With those 45 yards and one attempt taken out, WFU ran the ball 50 times for 235 yards, good for 4.7 yards per carry. SU has allowed 5.4 yards per carry this season in all its other games. But the Orange also allowed at least three runs of 17 or more yards, including quarterback John Wolford’s long touchdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs linebacker Zaire Franklin tried to come up with an answer about the plays SU did stop, he thought up an answer to how SU was able to contain the run for the most part, he reverted back to SU allowing longer runs.“But they busted (a few),” Franklin said.MORE COVERAGE:With the loss against Wake Forest, Syracuse’s bowl chances are shatteredSU has now lost three of its last fourBreaking down the Orange’s loss to Wake Forest in graphicslast_img read more

Football preps for Cal defense

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first_imgSenior running back Aca’Cedric Ware rushed for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon State. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)With the weather cooling down on campus ahead of homecoming weekend, the Trojan football team took to the field on Wednesday to prepare for Saturday’s game against Cal. The Bears sit at second-to-last in the Pac-12 North, but the team has fared well against highly ranked opponents in the last two weeks, squeaking out a 12-10 win over Washington and losing by six to Washington State. Head coach Clay Helton said that the team has been playing “high-level football,” making the homecoming game as important of a matchup as any other for the team, which must win out to have a shot at the Pac-12 championship game.After a decent outing against Oregon State, freshman quarterback JT Daniels will need to be prepared to return to form against Cal. The Bears bring a defensive scheme that Helton described as “a nightmare” for quarterbacks, and the freshman is spending all week preparing to adapt to it. Fresh off his rest week after suffering a concussion, Daniels threw for 177 yards and one touchdown last week. He didn’t throw a single interception, but his accuracy was barely above 50 percent, a weakness that could be exploited by the disruptive Cal defense. Another major concern in the passing game is the continued absence of wide receiver Michael Pittman. The junior leads the team in receiving yards, but has been questionable in practice throughout the week. Helton said that he is still uncertain for Saturday. As a result, freshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown will start, joining the starting receiver corps of redshirt sophomores Tyler Vaughns and Velus Jones Jr.The key for the Trojans’ attack, Helton said, will therefore have to rest on a balance between Daniels and the running attack, led by senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware. Helton compared Ware to Justin Davis, a former USC running back now playing with the Rams who was known for his grit and work ethic. Helton added that Ware’s strength comes from his commitment to the everyday grind and on a team in desperate need of a culture shock, that level of intensity in weekly practices has been vital for providing energy on Saturdays on the field. Last week against Oregon State, he ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns. According to Helton that performance might be repeated against the Cal.Injury updateRedshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Fink continues to nurse three broken ribs, and redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Holden Thomas is also injured, leaving the team with only one backup at the position. Sophomore running back Stephen Carr is still recovering from a high ankle sprain and most likely will not see the field on Saturday, along with Pittman. The team will also lose wide receiver Randal Grimes for the year; the sophomore will redshirt to focus on academics after sitting out since the Arizona State game.Both lines are continuing to struggle with health issues, with redshirt junior Clayton Bradley out on the offensive side and junior Caleb Tremblay continuing to sit out on the defensive side. Senior cornerback Iman Marshall is also doubtful with several leg injuries following the Oregon State game, but he was present at practice, jogging around the field in sweats and his practice jersey.However, Wednesday saw the return of linebackers junior Connor Murphy and redshirt junior John Houston, and freshman cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart. Houston and Taylor-Stuart were both heavily taped up after sitting out for weeks with injuries, but their return is promising for the USC defense as it looks to continue to reload in the coming weeks.last_img read more