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- Aug 15, 2011
World Vegan Day is a global event celebrated annually on 1 November. Vegans celebrate the benefits of veganism for animals, humans, and the natural environment through activities such as setting up stalls, hosting potlucks, and planting memorial trees.
The event was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization and the coining of the terms "vegan" and "veganism". Speaking in 2011, Louise Wallis said: "We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944 but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for 1 November, partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain/Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration, both apt and auspicious."
Syracuse basketball exhibition against College of Saint Rose: 5 key things to know (PS; $: Waters)
The Syracuse Orange will hold its final rehearsal ahead of the regular season with an exhibition game against the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday night at the JMA Wireless Dome.
Syracuse’s regular-season opener is next Monday when New Hampshire helps the Orange kickoff the Adrian Autry Era. Autry, the former SU standout and assistant coach, was tabbed to succeed Jim Boeheim when the Hall of Fame coach stepped down after 47 years on the sidelines.
The full dress run-through with St. Rose is the Orange’s second exhibition game leading up to the 2023-24 campaign. Syracuse handled Daemen, 81-68, last Friday at the Dome.
In the exhibition, the Orange provided some hope for the upcoming season with sophomores Justin Taylor, Quadir Copeland, Maliq Brown and JJ Starling all playing well and scoring in double-figures. Benny Williams, the junior forward who enters his second season as a starter, scored 11 points and tied Starling for the team-high in rebounds with six boards.
However, the scrimmage also showed that Autry has much work to do to get his team ready for the season, which includes early games against Tennessee, Kansas/Gonzaga, Oregon, LSU and at Georgetown all before Christmas.
Syracuse forward Benny Williams (13) warms up before an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)AP
Williams, a key to SU basketball, wants to clarify a few things from last season (PS; $; Ditota)
When Benny Williams considers the Syracuse basketball roster, he can hardly believe he is now the team’s elder statesman.
In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that Williams arrived in Syracuse as the only recruited freshman in his class, his five-star pedigree hinting at what awaited.
He will be the first to acknowledge his path to that promise has veered at times from the straight-line perception of how high school athletes of his pedigree should progress.
By now, he considers his sporadic freshman playing time and his bumpy sophomore season evidence of the “growing moments” that have led him here, to a junior year he hopes will clarify his basketball worth.
“I looked at them like things that were supposed to happen in my life,” he said. “And now I feel like I’m in a place where it’s my time. It’s time for me to take advantage of the opportunity I have here and do the best I can.”
Williams will start at power forward, a distinction he regained last season after Jim Boeheim removed him from the starting lineup for seven games before eventually reinstating him.
Williams’ relationship with his former head coach has been the subject of much speculation, much media and social media conjecture.
During a nearly 30-minute recent conversation, Williams talked about his focus for 2023-24, the ways he hopes to help his team in the first season of the Adrian Autry era.
James Szuba "The 315" 10-31-23 (ESPN; radio; the 315)
Guest hosts Jordan Capozzi & Tim Leonard were joined by James Szuba, Deputy editor of Nunesmagician today. The trio discussed SUMBB’s exhibition game from last Friday against Daemen. James let the guys know how he felt about the performance, What he liked, and more.
Syracuse Orange guard Judah Mintz (3) middle did not start the game. (Dennis Nett | firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com
How to watch Syracuse basketball vs. College of St. Rose: Exhibition game time, TV, free live stream (PS; Axelson)
The Syracuse Orange Men’s Basketball Team will host the College of St. Rose Golden Knights at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York, for its final exhibition game before the start of the regular season on Wednesday, November 1 (11/1/2023) at 7 p.m. ET.
Syracuse vs. College of St. Rose will air on ACC Network Extra, which is not available on cable TV, but can be accessed via ESPN.com or associated apps. It will also stream on ESPN Plus. Details below.
Syracuse is coming off an 81-68 exhibition win over the Daemen Wildcats. It was the first game against an opposing team under new head coach Adrian Autry, and as he’s promised, there were no signs of retired coach Jim Boeheim’s signature 2-3 zone defense. Instead, Syracuse spent the entire game in man-to-man defense.
Syracuse played without starting point guard Judah Mintz, who had a lower-body injury. Maliq Brown also left the game after just five minutes of play, but Autry said both were being held out for precautionary reasons, noting “it’s just not worth it” to aggravate them in these exhibition matchups.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Here’s how to watch ACC Network Extra:
Games on ACC Network Extra are not available on TV, but if your cable TV package includes access to the ACC Network, you can use your cable credentials to sign in on ESPN.com or ESPN apps, and access the channel from there.
Cord cutters can also watch the game on ESPN.com, but they will need to sign up for a live TV service like fuboTV (free trial) or DirecTV Stream (free trial). Then they can sign in the same way on ESPN.com.
Syracuse men’s basketball 2023-24 player profiles: Chris Bell (TNIAAM; Chiappone)
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season is fast approaching, and we’re continuing our player profiles for each scholarship player. Up next is one of the Orange’s most important “swing” players this year: Chris Bell.
Vitals: 6’7”, 188 lbs.
Stats (2022-23): Averaged 20.1 minutes, 6.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game last season in 30 games, all of which he was a starter. Notably struggled to rebound effectively and stay consistent on defense, but flashed his promise as an outside shooter (35% from three on 3.8 attempts per game).
Strengths/Weaknesses: Bell’s positional value matters a lot for the Orange, especially given the current depth at guard and center. Players like Bell this year are going to need to fill in the blanks by spacing the floor and being at least a capable defender. The outside shooting is there, especially if he can get more comfortable off the dribble slowly but surely. The biggest concern is what happens if Bell’s offense isn’t working — has he improved in the other areas of his game enough to be consistently playable for more than 15 minutes?
Ceiling: Bell hitting this ceiling means he took a leap on multiple fronts, doubling his scoring from last year on better efficiency across the board. On the defensive end, he isn’t elite but he ups his steals per game numbers and becomes more serviceable on the glass.
Floor: Bell continues to be willing shooter who can space the floor for Judah Mintz and J.J. Starling. However, his defense and rebound remain an issue, so he might not be able to close games. He will absolutely still be in coach Adrian Autry’s rotation, but his minutes per game remain at a similar number as last year.
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The city of Syracuse has completed construction of a hexagonal shaped, three-hoop basketball court at Huntington Park in Eastwood.Jeremy Boyer I JBoyer@syracuse.com
Hexagonal hoops: Syracuse finishes unusual basketball court project (PS; Boyer)
Basketball courts are a fixture in municipal parks, but the city of Syracuse now has one that’s anything but common.
Construction has finished on a $281,500 project that installed a three-hoop, hexagonal basketball court at Huntington Park, a small city park in Eastwood just north of Burnet Avenue.
Hoops with clear backboards are set up along three of the six sides of the hexagonal court, which has enough space for three-point shot lines for each basket. Rims can be set at different heights to allow people of all ages and skill levels to take and make shots.
“It’s a very innovative idea,” said Tony Williams, the city’s parks and recreation commissioner, who started in August. “I thought it was a novel idea when I came into the department.”
The court project was developed after a community engagement process in fall 2021 that included onsite park meet and greets, stakeholder meetings, community meetings and an online survey. The desire for a basketball court emerged from that effort, but city parks planners wanted to come up with something creative.
Josh Wilcox, a city parks planner, said he began researching unique basketball court designs with the idea of avoiding the traditional rectangular design with hoops at each end. Wilcox said older teenagers and adults often take over those courts in public parks, so they looked for something that could preserve access for younger kids.
Wilcox researched and found circular court designs in Australia and New Zealand and thought that could be a good starting point. Syracuse-based Appel Osborne Landscape Architecture came up with the idea of refining that concept into the hexagon shape.
The design also brings an emphasis on three-point shooting, which has evolved into a skill that younger players are eager to practice.
When she finally opened her door, Syracuse woman living with no heat finds $1 million prize (video) (PS; $; Moriarty)
It took a lot of perseverance, but the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes prize patrol team finally got Cecilia Fuller to come out of her Syracuse home on Monday to receive the spectacular news: She just won $1 million.
For an hour and a half, the three-person team stood in the rain and knocked on her front, side and back doors and windows, shouting at her to come out and waving a ceremonial $1 million check with her name on it.
“It’s Publishers Clearing House,” said Howie Guja, a member of the PCH team. “We have a million dollars for you.”
Guja put down the red roses and champagne he’d brought for the celebration and picked up a rake and tapped on the house’s windows. He got no response.
At one point, the team enlisted the help of next-door neighbor Amanda Martin to join them in knocking on the door. Martin shouted for Fuller to come out to get her million dollars and even turned on her car alarm to call attention to the people outside.
Finally, Fuller, 54, came out a side door, wearing a hoodie and large sunglasses.
“The dog was barking, that’s all I heard,” she said.
Guja told her she just won $1 million in the sweepstakes and handed her the giant check.
“Really?” said Fuller, never removing the sunglasses or pulling back the hood. “I can’t believe it.”
“This is real,” Guja assured her. “We’re not kiddin’ around. This is a big prize.”
Common Council approves demolition of former Syracuse Developmental Center (DO; Strum)
The Syracuse City Common Council on Monday approved the demolition and remediation of existing structures at the former Syracuse Developmental Center, a nearly 50-acre campus at 800 S. Wilbur Ave. roughly two miles away from Syracuse University’s main campus.
The Common Council’s decision advances the city’s effort to replace the vacant asylum with 500 units of affordable housing. The council originally approved the demolition on March 27, but Monday’s amendment includes new site work that had not been previously outlined, according to the Common Council’s meeting agenda.
The demolition phase of the initiative will cost over $26 million and will be entirely reimbursed through New York State’s budget for the 2023 fiscal year. In June 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state’s decision to provide $29 million for the demolition of the former asylum.
A portion of the remaining $3 million will be used to fund water and sewer service lines, roads, sidewalks, tree planting and street lighting along the access roads to the site, which is located in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood.
The Syracuse Developmental Center initially served as a state asylum in the latter half of the 1800s and later became the Syracuse State School in 1927. In the 1970s, the school closed, and the building was converted into housing for local residents. It has been vacant since 1998 due to a shift in care practices for people with disabilities, according to the Onondaga Historical Association.
The campus will include mixed-income housing and workforce complexes, according to CNY Central.
Mayor Ben Walsh previously proposed using part of the campus for new tech manufacturing companies, especially in the wake of Micron Technology’s investment in the central New York area.