Over the next few days, the USC School of Dramatic Arts will host a series of events to start a dialogue about the divisive issues such as race, gender, culture, ethnicity and personal identity. This year’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit began on Thursday with a series of workshops, panel discussions and performances focused on generating conversations among students. The summit, which runs through Oct. 30, was organized by SDA Associate Professor Anita Dashiell-Sparks, and follows a similar event held last year. According to Jacqueline Lawton, an assistant professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of the summit’s speakers, last year’s summit focused on trying to diversify SDA in both its admission program and academic offerings. The event, Lawton said, came as a response to students pointing out to Dean David Bridel the lack of diversity in both the student population and the courses the school taught. Lawton led a workshop on gender identity and how that plays on stage, as well as a workshop specifically geared toward using theater for social change. “My work is very specifically geared towards student identifying micro-aggressions,” Lawton said. “It can be from the lenses of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, whatever it is that causes pain or angst within them, so they can address it directly and speak about who they are.”This year, the program is split into two different sections. One part, which took place on Thursday and will take place again Saturday and Sunday, offers a series of panels open to the entire USC community. These panels offer perspectives on issues that are at the cornerstone of today’s social activism, including gender politics, cultural appropriation and the importance of making sure that artistic endeavors mirror the diversity of the population. One panel on Thursday afternoon focused on how gender is performed on stage, using the example of the play SEVEN. The panel featured one of the play’s seven playwrights to discuss the creative process involved with staging a play based on current events. Friday’s section is reserved for SDA students and faculty, and features a variety of breakout sessions and workshops with distinguished faculty from the department as well as guest speakers from all over the country. The finale of this event is the town hall at the end of the day, in which students can address questions and concerns directly with faculty and the directors of the program. The program features several more speakers, including writers and producers from shows like Empire and Private Practice, during its panels on Sunday on performing race and class struggles on screen. Sunday’s events also include a panel on how identity politics affects and is represented in mass media, led by the SDA faculty.
UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2018 at 2:48 p.m.For the second-straight year, the NCAA has announced a set of new rules that will drastically change collegiate women’s lacrosse.This year’s modifications affect draw controls, goal interpretations, yellow cards and self-starts. Most importantly the changes implement free movement. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the alterations to “increase pace and flow of the game,” this past summer.“It’s a totally different game,” SU head coach Gary Gait said last Thursday. “Fans are going to be pleasantly surprised.”A 90-second possession clock was added in 2017 to eliminate “stalling,” or teams holding onto the ball to bleed out the clock, and encourage more scoring. The clock came after Syracuse was a victim of the “freeze-tag” type of game in its 10-8, national championship game loss to Maryland four years ago. SU head coach Gary Gait was a big proponent of a possession clock last season, and he said he is a fan of the new rules this year as well. Gait and the Orange will see the impact of the changes when the season begins on Feb. 9 against Connecticut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccording to the NCAA’s press release, a majority of coaches were in favor of the rule changes. The rules committee also stated that the last two years’ changes, specifically the addition of a shot clock and the ability to self-start, laid the foundation for this year’s rules.In 2018, when a foul is called, every player except the one in possession of the ball can move freely. In seasons past, when an official blew a whistle for a foul, all players had to stop moving until whomever had possession restarted play. If officials believed a player on either team had moved before the restart, they reserved the right to reposition them.There will be a two-meter “non-engagement” area around the player awarded the ball before she resumes play. If a defender enters the area, their team will receive an initial warning. More infractions will lead to a green card and a one-minute penalty. Players will also be allowed to self-start in the last two minutes of each half and in overtime and when the ball goes out of bounds.“The free movement takes away having that step or two in front of your defender,” sophomore attack Emily Hawryschuk said. “At the same time, you can catch them off guard.”Gait said these rule changes will reduce the length of games. SU’s contests in 2017 lasted about two-and-a-half hours, he said. In 2018, Gait said games will be two-hours long and in turn, be more enjoyable for fans. Syracuse had one day of practice this fall where it practiced free movement and Gait called it “amazing.” The Orange’s fall season was eventually cut short due to a campus-wide mumps outbreak.“(Games) are going to be fast,” Gait said. “The whistles are going to be reduced, more than cut in half, I believe. There will be no delay of moving players around.”Another impending rule change regards what is and isn’t a goal. This year, if a player releases a shot before or at the same time that an official blows a whistle, the shot is live and will count as a goal if it enters the net. Before this season, a shooting space foul — the act of a defender impeding a shot’s path — would negate a score. The same concept applies if a shot is released before the game clock expires.Morgan Widner, a sophomore draw-control specialist, may benefit from a rule change that limits the number of players that can be in the midfield area. Under the new standards, each team can only have three players in the midfield until possession is clearly established. Widner set SU’s freshman single-season record with 156 draw controls and is in favor of the new rule, citing that fewer players will create more space and make the game safer.Gait emphasized the need for midfield depth as he expected the new rules to test the endurance of defenders. He stated that scoring across the nation increased last season due to the shot clock, and expects another jump in the total number of goals, though shooting percentage may dip.While Gait didn’t take credit for the new rules, he praised the United Women’s Lacrosse League, UWLX, for enforcing similar rules over the last three years. Gait has been the interim commissioner of the UWLX since 2016.“It’s going to be interesting,” Gait said. “You can try and plan for how the rules have changed but until you get in games, you won’t really know. We will make changes as needed.”Other rule changesThis year, when a team receives its fourth yellow card, the carded player will serve a two-minute non-releasable penalty. Any other yellow card will warrant the same penalty.A new setup for the eight-meter shot will allow the defensive team to place players near the lane of the shooter. Outside the arc, every player except the shooter can now move freely. Gait said he doesn’t know if the rule change benefits the defense or the offense, he said his team will “wait and see.”In the case of a possession switch, the defensive team can commit a maximum of three fouls before the offensive team reaches its attacking end before receiving a one-minute penalty.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Gary Gait was misquoted. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on January 30, 2018 at 10:48 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+
However, they won’t know whom they’re going to play until Wednesday night when Huntington Beach hosts Tustin. The winner of that game plays Los Alamitos and May and his coaching staff would like to be there in person to scout both teams. One problem, though. Wednesday is also Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. So what is a married coach to do? Most wives would get mad at their husbands for volunteering to work on Valentine’s Day but luckily for him, Los Alamitos boys basketball coach Russ May doesn’t have that problem. After winning the Sunset League title and riding a 16-game winning streak into the CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Griffins (24-4) will open the postseason at home this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. “Instead of dinner and a movie, it’s probably going to be dinner and a basketball game for the wife,” May said. “Or maybe I’ll take a rain check on Valentine’s Day. Actually, my wife is pretty competitive. She’d probably send me to the game rather than have dinner.” Some coaches might not want a bye this time of the year for fear of losing whatever momentum they had entering the playoffs but if you ask St. Anthony coach Glenn Marx, he’ll take one every time. The Saints finished the regular season 23-3, having won the Santa Fe League with a perfect 8-0 record. As a result, they were seeded second in Division IV-A and have a bye in Wednesday’s first round. They won’t play again until they host a second-round game on Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s Webb-L.A. Baptist contest. “I like having a bye in the first round,” Marx said. “We don’t have to play a game on Wednesday and we get to scout our next opponent in person. And whoever wins only has one day to prepare for us. I think we have the advantage.” Just about every year, there’s a lot of pressure on Artesia in the playoffs because usually, it’s the favorite to win its division. However, this year, the Pioneers will not have that problem because they’re no longer the hunted, but the hunter instead. Despite only having two losses during the regular season, Artesia (24-2) didn’t earn the top seed in Division I-AA. Instead, that went to Mater Dei (24-3) while the Pioneers are seeded second. Artesia beat the Monarchs on Dec. 29, 58-57 at the Orange Holiday Classic. “I guess that gives us something to shoot for,” Artesia coach Loren Grover said. “But right now, we’re not worried about rankings, we just want to play, no matter who it’s against. We haven’t played a game since last Tuesday so I think we’re all chomping on the bit to get back on the floor.” Normally in the playoffs, teams don’t know too much about their opponent and they have to rely on looking at film to scout them. La Mirada, however, won’t that have that problem. The Matadores (19-7) defeated Lawndale 56-42 on Dec. 9 in the finals of the El Rancho Tournament and as luck would have it, the Matadores drew them again in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs Friday night. And if they win and if Gahr beats St. John Bosco in the first round, La Mirada would then play the Gladiators in the second round Feb. 20. The Matadores defeated Gahr 91-88 on Jan. 15. For the first time in a while, Compton is going to be completely healthy when it opens the playoffs Friday night at home against the winner of Wednesday’s South Torrance-J. Serra wild-card game. The latest injury for the Tarbabes (22-5) occurred last Thursday against Jordan when senior point guard Anthony Sandoval was hit in the face with an elbow. Sandoval never returned and he needed nine stitches to stop the bleeding. On Sunday, Compton coach Tony Thomas said he should have his floor general back in time for Friday’s game. “He’s going to have the stitches taken out on Thursday and we expect him to be healthy,” Thomas said. “He’s the facilitator of our offense and we need him.” – Ben Villa 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!