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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Mimosa Day!

Equal parts orange juice and champagne, the mimosa is raised and toasted today. They are commonly served in champagne flutes, and any type of sparkling wine can be used if champagne isn't available. Mimosas were invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925, by the head bartender, Frank Meier. Their name comes from the mimosa flower, a yellowish Australian shrub that was popular with French gardeners. They are a less alcoholic version of a Buck's Fizz, which was invented four years prior by Pat McGarry at Buck's Club in London. The Buck's Fizz is two parts champagne and one part orange juice. Early mimosa recipes included Grand Marnier—these drinks are now called Grand Mimosas. Mimosas that use mandarin orange juice are called puccinis. Mimosas are common brunch drinks, and are also popular on Easter, Mother's Day, at morning weddings, on cruises, and on first-class flights and train rides.

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Former Hofstra guard Jaquan Carlos (5) has transferred to Syracuse for the upcoming 2024-25 season. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Who are Syracuse basketball’s previous transfers from non-Power 5 conference schools? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

Mike’s Mailbox is operating under a new name this week.

We present to you Bill’s Mailbox in honor of loyal reader; and regular sender of questions, Bill N.

I don’t know Bill. Never met him. But he sends in a bunch of questions for use here at the Mailbox and most of them are quite insightful.

They usually have a statistical and historical bent, but you never can tell with Bill.

So while everyone else takes the week off, we devote this week’s Mailbox to Bill with questions submitted only by Bill.

(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to

Q: In a recent Mike’s Mailbox, you wrote about players at non-Power 5 conference schools transferring to Power 5 schools. Besides Elijah Hughes, who has Syracuse signed from a non-Power 5 school?

Bill N.

Bill is referring to this Mailbox in which I discussed a question about Syracuse getting two players from mid-major schools.

They are Jaquan Carlos, a 6-foot guard from Hofstra; and Jyare Davis, a 6-7 forward from Delaware.

The NCAA’s decision to eliminate the rule forcing players to sit out a year following a transfer coupled with the transfer portal has increased the number of players going from teams in mid-major leagues to teams in Power 5 conferences.

Syracuse provides a great example of this trend. In the last month,

I did a quick search of Syracuse’s rosters going back to 1990 and found five players who transferred to Syracuse from a non-Power 5 school (and I included the Big East as a sixth power conference for basketball).

They were: Elijah Hughes (East Carolina), John Gillon (Colorado State), Jimmy Boeheim (Colgate), Geno Thorpe (South Florida) and Ethan Cole (New Hampshire).

Q: Among Syracuse players who started every game in a season, did Justin Taylor have the all-time lowest points per game total?

Bill N.

Justin Taylor started all 32 games for Syracuse this past season. The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged just 5.0 points per game.

That sounds low, but it’s actually not that unusual to have one full-time starter who doesn’t average that many points per game. Here are a few examples:

In the 2019-20 season, Bourama Sidibe averaged 6.0 points per game.

In 2017-18, Paschal Chukwu averaged 5.4

In 2015-16, Dajuan Coleman started all 37 games, including five NCAA tournament games as Syracuse reached the Final Four. He played 17.5 minutes per game and averaged just 4.9 points.

In 2012-13, Rakeem Christmas started all 40 games and averaged 5.1

In 2011-12, Christmas had started 35 out of 37 games and averaged 2.8 points in 11.5 minutes per game.

Craig Forth started every game in four straight seasons from 2002 to 2005. His season scoring averages were 4.6 points, 5.7 points, 3.8 points and 4.9 points.

Syracuse basketball staff to check out 4-star PG DeMarco Johnson, per AAU coach (itlh; Adler)

This weekend on the shoe-sponsored AAU circuits, Syracuse basketball coaches and their peers around the country will be out and about watching high school prospects in person amid the spring's first live period.

I anticipate that the Orange staff will be checking out various recruiting targets during sessions conducted by the AAU leagues, and one of those players is 2025 four-star point guard/shooting guard DeMarco Johnson from the West Coast.

The 6-foot-4 Johnson is a top-125 national prospect and a top-25 point guard in the 2025 cycle, according to several recruiting services. He holds a range offers and picked up a scholarship offer from the 'Cuse in late July of 2023.

In grassroots basketball, Johnson is running with the 17U team of the Los Angeles-based Elev8 Elite, which is competing in the New Balance-sponsored Prelude League. This weekend during the NCAA-permitted evaluation period, The Prelude League is conducting a session in Indianapolis.

Cory DeSanti, the head coach of Elev8 Elite, said in a post via his X page that numerous college squads, including Syracuse basketball, will be on hand to watch players with his AAU program. DeSanti confirmed to me that the Orange staff will be in attendance for Johnson.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star transfer wing, who heard from SU, makes college decision (itlh; Adler)

Seydou Traore, a freshman guard/forward at Manhattan who heard from Syracuse basketball during the spring transfer-portal window, has made his college decision.

Per On3 national reporter Joe Tipton, Traore has committed to Big Ten Conference member Iowa. A big congrats to Seydou on his commitment to the Hawkeyes!

Last month, On3 national analyst/scout Jamie Shaw said that the 6-foot-7, 215-pound Traore had heard from a bunch of college squads, including the Orange, USC, Georgetown, Florida State, Clemson, West Virginia, Louisville, Oregon and Michigan, among others.

Traore, who is from the Bronx, N.Y., entered the transfer portal on April 19, per 247Sports. As a freshman for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ("MAAC") member Manhattan, he averaged 32.4 minutes, 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game, while connecting on 43.3 percent from the field, 25.6 percent from 3-point land, and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line, according to ESPN data.

(youtibe; podcast; Axe)

On the latest episode of Syracuse Sports, Brent Axe is joined by Andrew Carter of the News & Observer to get the latest dish on what happened at the ACC's spring meetings?Where do the lawsuits stand with FSU and Clemson trying to break away from the league? What was the feel of the meeting? Was it awkward or was everyone conducting business as usual? What did ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips say and what was his tone this year? What did he mean by a "look-in" to the league's contract with ESPN? What is Syracuse's role in the league now and going forward to keep it together? Brent and Andrew discuss that and more.

Syracuse Basketball Lineup? JJ Starling, Chris Bell, Jyare Davis, Donnie Freeman & Eddie Lampkin (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball has a deeper roster than last year which gives Coach Adrian Autry the ability to use multiple different lineup combinations. One of which can be a taller one with: JJ Starling, Chris Bell, Jyare Davis, Donnie Freeman, and Eddie Lampkin. The Orange would have a ton of size with this lineup, but the lack of shooting could be a problem.

30 Minutes in Orange Nation 5-15-24 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia spend some time today discussing the latest reports that North Carolina is interested in splitting from the ACC and what that would mean for Syracuse and the rest of the conference. Later, Jordan joins the guys to discuss Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut and Netflix acquiring the rights to NFL Christmas Day games.

Keeping Up With The 315 5-15-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts things off with day 59 of Portal Watch! Brian continues to watch the Eddie Lampkin saga and breaks down how the transfer portal works in terms on committing. Next, Brian gets some betting info from The Man That Sort of Knows, where he gives you 100% LOCKS..sometimes.. Finally, Brian hits No Wrong Answers for the first time in a while, where he projects exactly what’s going to happen in the M/W LAX quarter finals round of the NCAA tournament.

Bella Tabak is Fashionably Flying Through Newhouse (; Rodino)

In her seemingly rare moments of spare time as a Newhouse School student and co-editor of University Girl magazine, Bella Tabak can be found being launched through the air during athletic events at the JMA Wireless Dome as a member of the Syracuse University Cheer Team.

a person poses in a cheerleading uniform

Tabak was so busy one day this past semester that she even showed up at Newhouse in her cheer gear before sprinting to the Dome to assume her lofty role as Cheer Team flyer. She was determined not to miss class.

“I try and balance it, but sometimes I have to [prioritize] one over the other,” said Tabak, who will be a junior in the fall. “But if I could be in two places at once, I definitely would be.”

Like many of her many Newhouse classmates, Tabak balances academics, extracurriculars and personal interests in filling her schedule. Those three areas intersect with her work at University Girl, fulfilling a passion for writing and desire to bring sustainable fashion practices to the forefront.

A magazine, news and digital journalism (MND) major, Tabak began her journey with University Girl the summer before starting college at Syracuse. When trying out for the Syracuse Cheer Team in her senior year of high school, the eastern Connecticut native heard from a friend on the team who also worked at University Girl. She recommended Tabak for the staff, too.

“I ended up following [University Girl] and they posted something about how they were taking summer interns. I said, ‘Well, I’m not on campus yet, but I’ll just see. The worst that they could say was no,’” Tabak explained. “Then I ended up interning for them over the summer.”

Less than two years later, she’s the co-editor-in-chief alongside MND senior Ellie Batten, who graduated this May. They make editorial decisions and provide direction to writers, editors, designers and photographers.

Tabak’s favorite part of the job is writing and giving feedback to other writers.

“Being able to make sure that my vision for my own piece is achieved – because I’m the one running the show – is very, very nice,” she said. “So much goes into [the magazine] and to be able to help guide all of the other, amazing talented women into creating something like the print magazine is super exciting.”

Tabak was undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences for her first year. Though she always loved writing in middle school and high school, she said she “never thought that it would be a profitable career for me, so I never really looked into it until I got to college.”

After spending her first year at Syracuse writing for University Girl, Tabak decided to pursue a career in fashion and pop culture journalism.



Left to right: Mala dry pot, fried beef with cumin, and braised pork belly from Hometown Memory Szechuan Cuisine in Syracuse.

Behind its plain exterior, a shining star for Sichuan food in Syracuse (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Pucci)

The old adage of “never judge a book by its cover” has never been more true than when it comes to Hometown Memory Szechuan Cuisine.

Hidden behind a drab shopping plaza and a Popeye’s drive-thru sits a similarly unremarkable gray cement brick building with few windows and a red awning over the front door serving as the only signage for the restaurant inside. One might generously call it “unassuming.”

Inside is a simple dining room with about a half-dozen wooden tables at the center, with a few booths on the periphery against a wall. Three larger, portable tables, topped with a disposable table covering and each surrounded with eight folding chairs, are available for larger parties. Self-serve canned and bottled drinks are available in a cooler by the front door. The water-stained drop ceiling and fluorescent lighting is more reminiscent of an office building than an intimate dinner out.

Even if the decor is no-frills, the food certainly is not.

The lengthy menu is filled with Sichuan specialties and other Chinese dishes. The barrier of entry for less-familiar diners is admittedly high. Americanized favorites like General Tso’s chicken and crab rangoon are nowhere to be found. Some dishes are self-explanatory, but others, in place of more detailed descriptions, require either a knowledgeable guide or a strong sense of culinary curiosity.

The build-your-own mala dry pot ($13.95 per pound) allows diners to choose their own proteins, vegetables and other add-ins, stir-fried to order to their desired spice level. We grabbed a metal bowl and a pair of tongs and began loading up with sliced pork and beef, tripe, shrimp, squid and a few different types of sausage. Next came a few cubes of fish cake, which had a soft, springy texture similar to tofu, wood ear mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, lotus root, broad rice noodles, bean curd sheets, bean sprouts and a pair of quail eggs.

The ingredients aren’t labeled, though an employee behind the counter was happy to help guide us through the four types of sliced sausage available, as well as offer their suggestions on what we should add to our bowl to meet the 1 1/2-pound minimum weight requirement after coming in undersized at the first weigh-in.

After two failed attempts, our third attempt was the charm. If only all of life’s problems could be solved by throwing shrimp and pork belly at them.

Gaza Solidarity Encampment leaves Quad following meeting with SU admin (DO; Boehning)

Update: This story was updated at 4:07 p.m. on May 15, 2024.

Protesters in the Gaza Solidarity Encampment at Syracuse University have left the Shaw Quadrangle Wednesday morning, two days following their first meeting with SU administrators, they announced in a statement sent to The Daily Orange.

Though the group has decided to exit “on (their) own terms,” GSE members will continue their organization efforts in the fall semester, the statement reads. They did not say whether they plan to establish another encampment in the fall.

“Although the university’s dogmatic and ideologically conservative attachment to the status quo prevented us from reaching the goals … our participation in the ongoing global student intifada did have effects that need to be emphasized,” the statement reads. “We managed to reveal the amount of support the Palestinian cause has that was previously hidden because of fear of retaliation.”

The decision comes after members of the GSE met administrators to discuss their six demands for the university Monday. The encampment’s statement argues that administrators were “dismissive” and “evasive” during their meeting with GSE representatives, and that they feel SU has acted “in bad faith” since the demonstration began on April 29.

Wednesday’s GSE statement established a timeline for its negotiations with the university. According to the statement, GSE members met with a group of “SU-designated negotiators” — including administrators Sheriah Dixon, Dawn Singleton, Rob Hradsky and Kyle Dailey — at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, May 13.

In the meeting, the group discussed the GSE’s demands — which include calls for SU to publicly support a ceasefire in Gaza and for it to divest from companies with ties to Israel, among others. The statement claims the university responded to GSE negotiators with “noncommittal promises” and were unwilling to take “immediate or concrete action.”

“(Administration) reacted by shifting the burden to students, and asking evasive questions that demonstrate a clear pattern of avoidance,” the statement reads. “Overall their behavior has demonstrated a lack of commitment to addressing our demands.”

According to the statement, their discussions concluded with focusing on two subcategories within the GSE’s demands: the release of an SU statement in support of a ceasefire and the formation of a working group with 50% student representation charged with investigating the university’s investments. The encampment promised to leave if administrators committed to meeting these aspects of the demands by Tuesday at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, SU’s Student Experience Division sent GSE members an email responding to four out of its six demands. The email did not mention any changes to university policy. The GSE’s statement alleges that at 1:59 p.m. Tuesday, administrators emailed encampment representatives requesting for more time to consider the demands.

The D.O. has obtained this email correspondence between encampment members and the SU-designated negotiators.

GSE representatives first sent a message to the negotiators at 1:10 p.m. Monday, asking them if administrators would have a response to their demands prepared by 2 p.m. that same day. The team of negotiators responded to the email at 1:59 p.m., saying they would issue their response on Tuesday — which they did in the morning.

The D.O. was unable to verify the GSE’s claim that the team of administrators requested additional time to respond to all of their demands.

The GSE believes that the administration has not engaged “meaningfully” with their demands, according to their statement. They also claim the university has not taken them seriously, applauding other student-led and community organizations, such as SU’s Student Association, for publicly supporting the encampments’ right to protest.

Hollywood star and film producer bring Finger Lakes charm to new canned cocktail brand (PS; $; Cazentre)

Forget the idea that celebrities with alcohol brands do little more than lend their name and image to the marketing campaign.

And ignore the notion that national alcohol brands succeed when they base their marketing on images of sandy beaches, swaying palms and ocean breezes.

This is Lake Hour, a line of canned vodka and tequila cocktails created by actor Wyatt Russell and film producer Richard Peete. While they are known for their Hollywood success, they are hands-on in all phases of the company, from production to distribution and marketing.

And instead of the ocean, this brand, as the name implies, is anchored on the lakeshore. Specifically, the Finger Lakes.

“The Finger Lakes, definitely, that’s the home of this drink,” said Russell, 37, a star of the Marvel Universe series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” the Godzilla-themed “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” series and other roles. He is also the son of Hollywood royalty Kurt Russell (who co-stars with him in “Legacy of Monsters”) and Goldie Hawn.

“I’m just in awe of the lake culture here,” Russell said. “The clean waters, the shore lines and just the relaxed, low key vibe you find. Maybe it’s not the best known place in the world, but that’s one of its charms.”

The “hour” in the name refers to those moments on the lake when “you can relax, not think of your troubles and enjoy the people you’re with,” said Peete, who has a home on Conesus Lake at the western end of the region. It serves as company headquarters.

Each can and package displays the letters “FLX USA.”

A bit of marketing on the Lake Hour web site even calls out a specific lake (though locals will quibble over the order of the name): “We came up with four unique, easy-to-drink flavors made with real fruit juices and premium spirits as smooth as the weekday waters of Lake Cayuga.”

Lake Hour fits in the drinks category that includes such brands as Cutwater Spirits, Nütrl and High Noon. All use real distilled spirits like vodka, not alcohol derived from malt (like beer) or sugar (like many hard seltzers).

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