first_imgAUCKLAND: New Zealand coach Gary Stead, on Tuesday, said he was a bit surprised by India’s abject surrender in the first Test but is expecting a strong comeback in Christchurch.India were all out for 165 and 191 in the two innings of the opening Test, leading to a 10-wicket drubbing in just over three days.”It was a bit of a surprise but it was also due to the pressure we put on those guys for long periods of time. You get Trent and Tim to operate in our conditions and both were outstanding,” Stead told reporters on Tuesday.The head coach also had a subtle warning for the Indian team, saying touring New Zealand could be as tough as playing in some of the other countries.”We want teams to believe that it is as tough in New Zealand as it is playing anywhere else in the world. That’s a pride thing.”Getting Ajinkya Rahane cheaply on the fourth morning was the clincher for Stead. After that, he knew that New Zealand would wrap it up quickly.”Guess picked up wickets at critical times in the match. We got Rahane out and it was the catalyst of the belief,” he said.India captain Virat Kohli had expressed a desire for his batsmen to come out with a positive approach, and Stead feels that a world class side like India would like to dominate the proceedings.”I expect Indian batsmen trying to dominate more and that will be a challenge for our bowlers because a world class side like India will come back hard.”Neil Wagner is back for the second Test after the birth of his first child and there is a possibility that the home team will go in with four specialist seamers in bowling friendly conditions at the Hagley Oval.”That’s always good selection dilemma to have as Neil Wagner is coming back. Kyle Jamieson made most of his debut in the outstanding manner that he played. Neil will be back (in the eleven) with us without a doubt,” Stead said.Asked if left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel will be dropped from the XI, Stead didn’t want to spell it out in as many words, even though that’s an imminent possibility.”We will always consider that (four seamers plus Colin de Grandhomme) as an option after looking at the wicket. I don’t want to make assumptions but yes, wicket at Hagley has a wee bit in it also.””We have seen that guys like Colin de Grandhomme can be very, very useful on this sort of a track. Whoever gets a chance needs to put up a performance like the first game because India will get better,” Stead said. AgenciesAlso Read: New Zealand head coach Gary Stead faces heat for missing India ODIsAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

first_imgChris Koss remembers the chant of “Don’t be last, don’t be last” as he was handed a bottle of alcohol at a fraternity event last year.Koss, a senior majoring in psychology, also remembers standing in silence for hours in the sweltering heat of a pitch-black basement while wearing a suit.Memories of hazing at an unnamed fraternity led Koss to create the organization Greeks Against Hazing. This week, some fraternity members are wearing shirts that say “Anti-Hazing” around campus.“Hazing is secretive [and] coercive,” Koss said.He is also the president of Theta Chi fraternity, which deems itself a “non-hazing” fraternity. Koss said he joined Theta Chi after his experience with hazing in another fraternity.He said he loves his brothers and fraternity but wants Greek life at USC to be held to a higher standard. Koss plans to hold seminars and discussion groups about hazing, inviting all Greek members to be educated about the issue.“The only way to stop hazing in my mind is if everyone agrees that hazing is a bad thing.  That’s what I want to do,” Koss said.So Koss is striving to make hazing a thing of the past for all the fraternities on The Row, because, he said, the activity hurts not only the house’s pledge class but all fraternities.“It’s really rooted in the egos of the people who are the hazers,” he said. “I think it’s hurting the greek system as a whole.”Interfraternity Council President Eric Ronan said that the idea of stopping hazing is already shared among all fraternities.“There were no instances where any fraternity was caught for hazing. The IFC has a strict no hazing policy here at USC,” Ronan said.As president of IFC, Ronan required to report any hazing incidences to the police.“Here in California it is against the law and, therefore, people are not participating in it anymore,” Ronan said. “People always hear about rumors, [but] I wouldn’t say any of that is true.”Although hazing has a vague definition at different universities, the office of USC Student Organizations lists branding the body, peer pressure, sleep deprivation and forcing substances on pledges as examples of hazing situations.“Hazing is physical abuse,” said Daniel Shia, a junior majoring in business administration and member of Sigma Chi fraternity. “We try to have the pledges have a pride [of] their own rather than kind of force them into it.”Lucas Biging, a senior majoring in geography, is also a member of Sigma Chi. He said his fraternity has a policy like Theta Chi’s but admits such no-hazing practices are a rarity on The Row.“We don’t haze … We’re one of the few though,” Biging said.Despite the efforts of IFC, various fraternity and sorority members who wished to remain anonymous admitted that hazing still exists.“I had some people come up to me and say, ‘There’s no such thing as fraternities that don’t haze,’” Koss said. “It sorts of gets passed down through the years and becomes the status quo.”Only Theta Chi members have been seen wearing the “anti-hazing” shirts, Koss said.Shia doesn’t think students have to wear such shirts to show that they oppose hazing, however.“I think it’s an image issue really. [But] nobody likes to be hazed,” Shia said.And although Ronan acknowledges that hazing might be a part of the fraternity image, he says fraternities are more about making close friends than drinking and partying.“I feel like I have a hundred best friends,” Ronan said. “You have the opportunity to get to know someone on a more personal level, things you wouldn’t tell anyone else. You have people around that you can trust your life with.”last_img read more

first_img Published on September 23, 2019 at 11:07 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Four blue and orange tents lined the far west end of Syracuse’s Fine Lot a few hundred yards from the entrance to the Carrier Dome. An inflatable Otto the Orange stood behind one of Saturday’s grill masters, John Ostapovich, and the smoke from his grill is visible from almost a hundred feet away.The Orange didn’t kick off against Western Michigan until 12 p.m., but Mark Bradwick, one of the tailgate’s founders, woke up at 5:00 a.m. to prepare for the Fine Mess tailgate. By 8 a.m., the first fans arrived. A whiteboard easel stood at the front of the line of food, signaling the schedule and menu for Saturday.Saturday’s selections included bratwurst, coney hot dogs, Bavarian potato salad, deviled eggs, red beans and rice and “WMU funeral potatoes.” By 11 a.m., food stopped being served, and the group of at least a hundred scattered across the Dome for kickoff.Before that though, the tailgate held two different raffles. One for a signed Dino Babers football. The other is a 50-50 raffle that’s donated a total of more than $3,000 total to ALS and the U.S. Army in the last two weeks.“Our motto is, if you want this football program to get to the next level,” said Mike Lentini, a group organizer, “we need to take our tailgate to the next level, SEC style.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat began as seven diehard Syracuse fans back in 2006 has turned into one of Syracuse’s biggest tailgates. Before Syracuse’s game against No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 14, the tailgate reached 300 people, Bradwick said. They even encourage visiting fans to tailgate alongside them. The group has grown and expanded thanks to syracusefan.com, a forum of Syracuse fans who communicate and plan the entirety of the tailgate through the private messages and public subforums of the website.They’ve named the weekly tailgate Fine Mess, which is a play on both the lot’s name and Laurel and Hardy’s 1930 comedy skit titled “Another Fine Mess,” Bradwick said.“I’d go away to these road games and I wouldn’t know anybody,” Bradwick said. “I would show up here. I didn’t know who to hang out with, so I created our own little tailgate.”SU fans travel from across the country for games, looking for pregame festivities. Sometimes, they’ll end up at the Fine Mess. Last week, Bradwick said that two Orange fans from Alaska came to their tailgate before Clemson. Most of the connections come through the forum and word of mouth spreading information about “the largest tailgate in Stadium West,” Lentini said.“Pre-internet, everyone and their own families did their own thing,” Lentini said. “The internet and the sports message boards allowed all the passionate fans to finally get together in one place.”The more people at the tailgate, the more money they can raise. As a part of Military Appreciation Day in the Carrier Dome, the group decided that they’d donate half of the 50-50 winnings to Ft. Drum’s 10th Mountain Division. Last week’s cause was ALS — in honor of  Tim Green, who was honored at halftime. Bradwick said they raised $1,825 two weekends ago. Saturday, $1,117 went toward the military division. Tailgate organizers pick a different group every time for the raffle.The Fine Mess has raised money for the ALS and 10th Mountain Division in the last two weeks through its 50-50 raffle. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerEach week, a few volunteers cook food and front the cost of running the tailgate. Some positions are permanent, as Bradwick said the Fine Mess has a “beer god” who’s in charge of getting the ice and beer each week.Ostapovich, Saturday’s grill master, drives to SU from New Jersey for each home game and drivable road games. He learned of the tailgate through the online forum and has been coming to the Fine Mess for five years.Jim Giacovelli has been coming to Syracuse games since the mid-1980s and learned of the tailgate through word of mouth. He’s since used the fan page to expand its reach and now has a group of 30 people traveling from the southern tier of New York up I-81 for SU games.When the Fine Mess hits the road — they did road trips last year to Western Michigan, Clemson and Orlando for the Camping World Bowl, among others — they’ll sit together. Bradwick will post in advance in a subforum about getting group tickets at a discounted rate. He pays the cost once people RSVP, he said, and then is repaid later through PayPal and Venmo.Bradwick and about 60 others traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2018 season opener. That’s how Bruce Frandsen, a Broncos’ fan who has missed just three total WMU games in three years, learned of the Fine Mess. Frandsen doesn’t usually tailgate for road games, but on Saturday he watched as “Whose house? Our house!” chants broke out minutes before the end of the tailgate.“One of the people from our tailgate group was on the message board with Mark [Bradwick],” Frandsen said. “We find the college football environment tends to be pretty welcoming. This group has been fantastic.”Bruce Frandsen (left) and Mark Bradwick tailgate together despite their different allegiances on Saturday. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerTheir numbers may dwindle as Saturday’s bright sunshine is replaced by November’s clouds, cold, rain and snow. But the Fine Mess rolls in space heaters and canopies to block the wind and keep warm.Since the Orange won 10 games last year and were ranked this preseason for the first time since 1998, crowds have grown accordingly. Not only in the Carrier Dome, where SU had its third-highest football attendance ever against Clemson two weeks ago, but also out in the back corner of the Fine Lot, where more than a hundred people cherish Syracuse game days.“It’s the camaraderie and fundraising,” Giacovelli said. “It’s about coming up here later in the season when it’s raining or snowing and dealing with the elements and being around other diehard fans. Commentslast_img read more