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.
Published on February 16, 2019 at 6:18 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Comments John Desko strolled past the throng of reporters to the podium, sat down, took off his glasses, and sighed.“Well,” he said, “I thought we did a much better job today than we did a week ago.”After his team’s first win of the season, Desko immediately alluded to the improvements his team made in the week since an embarrassing opening loss to Colgate. Losing a season-opener for the first time in more than five years made Saturday’s game against Albany even more important. On Saturday, Syracuse played to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1974 and avenge one of its worst home losses in program history, when the Great Danes walloped SU 15-3 a season ago.With the motivation of two gutting losses — albeit a year apart — crammed into one week of preparation, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) buried No. 15 Albany (0-1), 13-5, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange recovered from last weekend’s loss by scooping more ground balls, something it failed to do against the Raiders and locking off Albany’s star attack, Tehoka Nanticoke, who burned SU for five goals last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Give credit to Syracuse,” Albany coach Scott Marr said. “I knew they were going to be hungry, obviously after last year’s game and then losing last weekend.”The mistakes in the Colgate game film were glaring, Desko said on Saturday. Players panicked and didn’t see open passes on clears. Shots went directly into the goalies’ stick. Ball movement was poor. Particularly jarring was the manner the Raiders plain out-hustled the Orange on several loose balls — the Raiders finished with six more ground balls than SU.On Saturday, the Orange dominated the Great Danes on ground balls. On faceoffs, wingers flooded to the X, where a Syracuse midfielder frequently scooped a loose ball. Close defenders swept up the crease. When Nate Siekierski knocked down a David Lipka shot late in the first quarter, Lipka crashed and scooped up his own rebound.It was one of the first stats Desko lauded postgame, noting the 44-24 disparity. When he said it was a point of emphasis in practice over the past week, Bradley Voigt and Tyson Bomberry, sitting to his left, chuckled.“Every day we were hitting at least one ground ball drill,” Bomberry said.In his collegiate debut in the Carrier Dome last year, Nanticoke starred for Albany, scoring a game-high five goals. He used his large frame and quick feet to get to the cage, overpowering Bomberry. He got no help then, as SU needed to cover attack Connor Fields, who finished 2018 with 86 points.But with Fields and other key pieces gone, it was as Marr pointed out, Nanticoke and “two freshmen” on the field.As the clear dominant force in the offense, SU’s gameplan centered around stopping the sophomore. Bomberry, due to his size, drew the main assignment again. Last season, Bomberry gave him too much space. But, he said, he learned to get into Nanticoke farther from the crease and make him work harder to get closer. Frequent double teams helped, too. When Nanticoke tried to isolate on Bomberry, backside help came, locking Nanticoke into place and forcing the occasional turnover, much to the delight of the fans, who roared every time the second defender came to tied up Nanticoke’s hands.“I thought it was good too that we went to him under control,” Desko said. “When you go and fly at him and try to take the ball out of his stick, he’s going to beat the double team and get to the goal.”Putting hits on Nanticoke helped, too. Whenever he came near the crease or drew a double and went to the ground, bodies piled up around him and sticks came for his hands and arms. SU spent the entire game battering him into submission.Early in the third quarter, Nanticoke started running a break, chugging into SU’s defensive box. As he reached the “ACC” logo on the Carrier Dome field, Bomberry stepped in and leveled the 6-foot-1, 248 pound attack, in an instant knocking him off his feet and parallel to the ground, mid-air. Voigt got assessed a penalty for the hit. “I definitely didn’t get the penalty there,” Voigt said. “I couldn’t knock him over. Tyson’s probably the only guy on the team that could do that.”SU needed to dominate on Saturday after getting outplayed by the Raiders to avoid its first 0-2 start in 45 years. It did. It needed to lock down Nanticoke after letting him control them a year ago. It did. Syracuse needed to show that the embarrassing losses to Colgate and Albany were the exceptions, not the rule. It did. Facebook Twitter Google+