In times of great social conflict, artists often rise to the occasion and express their unrest through art, song, and more. Music has been a popular medium for protest throughout the years, but perhaps never as strongly as that of the 1960’s counterculture movement. With America in the midst of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, the music of the 1960’s strongly represented the sentiments of social justice.As President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office, many are fearing a new era of unjust social policies from the White House. Singer/songwriter Neil Young, an activist since the 1960’s, recently spoke about the parallels between then and now. “This time is very similar to the ’60s, as far as I can tell,” he said in an interview with Mother Jones. “The artists always reflect the times, so there’s a lot to think about, a lot of unknowns, a lot of things that are describable. This is the closest I’ve seen to the kind of ambience that made the ’60s happen. It’s not about the artist having a responsibility to do anything. They have to be artists and express themselves and everything will work out fine. It’s all going to be great. The youth of this country are not behind what is going on. We all know that. If you looked at a [political] map of the United States 25 and under, it’s all-revealing. It’s a unified map.”Though Neil Young is concerned about the troubling times, it’s also nice to see him so optimistic about the youth of this country. He continues talking about the way people will be connecting with one another, saying, “We had the Vietnam War in the ’60s, and there was a draft. The students didn’t believe in it, and it unified them. That brought the people together and made the ’60s like they were. The youth were very unified against the status quo—against the old line and the new old line. It’s the same exact thing today. Social media and young people, art, music, all communications make this one of the most active times for activism. It will be a time of change.”Let’s hope that Young is right, and more artists will usher in this time of change in the years to come.
Jamie Trimboli gave a slight shrug to his teammates as he stood up from the Carrier Dome turf. He’d just fallen to his knees after a dodge but still beat the Colgate goalie to make it 18-12 for Syracuse. Unlike last year, Syracuse avoided an upset at the hands of Colgate, holding the Raiders off, 21-14, to start the season on Friday. Chase Scanlan scored seven goals in his Syracuse debut as the new No. 22, and the Orange could seemingly do no wrong, never relinquishing the lead after a little more than 10 minutes had been played. Here are some takeaways.Shots galore In the first quarter, any opening, even for just half-a-second, meant a Syracuse shot on offense. The Orange outshot Colgate 20-13 in the opening frame but scored just four goals. SU’s shots went high and wide or right into the midsection of the Colgate goalie. Last weekend, North Carolina took just 10 shots in the first quarter but led 7-0 at the end of it. Syracuse toned down its shooting rate and took smarter looks from the second quarter on. The shots came from closer and less from on the run. The Orange didn’t capitalize backside as much as UNC did against the Raiders, but ball movement, which was preached by the coaches before the season, became a focal point when Syracuse set up in the offensive zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the game, SU outshot Colgate, 65-44, and reached UNC’s total of 42 with 14:09 left in the fourth quarter. Last year, the Orange averaged 43.8 shots a game and had 36 against Colgate in the 2019 season-opener. Midfield madnessSyracuse’s first four goals were all off broken plays or in transition, and that came as a result of forcing turnovers and picking up ground balls at midfield. Chase Scanlan would be the beneficiary multiple times throughout the game. First, Lucas Quinn found him backside with no defender close enough to make a play after a quick stop-start left Colgate unprepared. Then, Colgate’s Marshall Terres was met by Scanlan and two other Syracuse players when trying to clear, and going the other way, Scanlan found open space to the left of the cage before showing his quick hands in a one-on-one situation with the goalie. The early run was instrumental in giving the Orange a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter while their half-field offense stuttered. In the second half, Griffin Cook dislodged the ball from a Colgate stick, and Stephen Rehfuss picked it up. Scanlan was ahead of the play, this time with a defender back, but it didn’t matter. He bounced it past the goalie for his fifth of the game. Scanlan got his seventh, again from Cook, but this time when an errant pass to the Colgate goalie was snagged by Cook and fed out to the new No. 22. It was an impressive debut for Scanlan, and much of it came from what the midfielders and his fellow attack did on the ride. No Mellen, some problemsNick Mellen went down with an apparent lower body injury about seven minutes into the third quarter with Syracuse leading 13-8. He was able to limp off the field but did not return the rest of the afternoon. The defense without him gave up six more goals with one coming on a man-down situation. But Brett Kennedy, who’ll shift around depending on the game per head coach John Desko before the season, stabilized the new group of close defenders.Grant Murphy proved a capable close defender, knocking the ball away from a Colgate midfielder on one play and taking it upfield in transition immediately after. Kennedy did the same on another play in the fourth quarter and nearly scored on a give-and-go but couldn’t catch the pass back to him. All three new defenders looked good all game, hardly getting beat one-on-one. It’ll take time for the slides to perfect themselves. But for now, even if Mellen’s injury keeps him out for a couple of weeks, Syracuse’s defense is in good hands, especially against nonconference foes. Comments Published on February 7, 2020 at 6:29 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+