Odds & Ends: The Show Goes On for John Cameron Mitchell & More

first_img Showtime Drops Santino Fontana Musical Series  Disappointing news for Broadway alums Santino Fontana (and Jessica Hersberg’s fiance) and Donna Lynne Champlin, along with off-Broadway’s Vincent Rodriguez III—Showtime is not moving forward with their previously reported TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. According to Deadline, the pilot of Rachel Bloom’s half-hour musical comedy had some great moments but was deemed too risky to pick up. We’re crossing all fingers and toes that we’ll instead see the trio back treading the Big Apple’s boards sometime soon. Joe Iconis’ New Musical Is By No Means Wimpy Well, technically, it is. The 2015-16 season at Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company will showcase seven kid-friendly premieres, including a musical adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The show features a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz. The Rachel Rockwell-helmed tuner will begin April 12, 2016 on the United Health Group Stage. The lineup also includes a stage adaptation of Akeelah and the Bee by Cheryl L. West, as well as new takes on The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz. My Big Gay Italian Wedding’s Special Guest Comedian and relationship expert Robbyne Kaamil will officiate in My Big Gay Italian Wedding on February 28. The off-Broadway comedy is running at St. Luke’s Theatre. B’way Alums Tapped for Nick Blaemire’s Soon Soon, a new musical by Nick Blaemire, will make its world premiere at Virginia’s Signature Theatre March 10 through April 26. The ensemble will feature Alex Brightman (Matilda), Natascia Diaz (Man of La Mancha), Jessica Hershberg (Cinderella) and Joshua Morgan. The show is set during the hottest summer in human history and in a few short months, all water on earth will evaporate. Charlie (Hershberg) is hibernating and her mother, roommate and sometimes-boyfriend all try to persuade her to leave her apartment and enjoy life. We’re keeping an eye on this one! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Show Goes On for John Cameron Mitchell We can stop wigging out with worry. Following a knee injury on Saturday night, which led to the cancelation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s 10PM show, John Cameron Mitchell will return for tonight’s performance. The original star and co-creator of the musical recently extended his run through April 26, so get yourself over to the Belasco Theatre to witness his incredible star turn!center_img Spamalot & Audra McDonald Set for Hollywood Bowl Broadway’s going west! The Hollywood Bowl’s 2015 summer season will feature a semi-staged production of the Tony-winning Spamalot July 31 through August 2. Creative team and casting for the Eric Idle and John Du Prez tuner will be announced later. There’ll also be a Sing-A-Long Sound of Music on June 26 in celebration of the movie’s 50th anniversary. Plus, on September 1 and September 3, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will team up with the American Ballet Theatre and the L.A. Philharmonic for some American Classics. View Commentslast_img read more

Supporting healthy board rejuvenation at your credit union

first_imgFor many credit unions, a long-tenured board is a normal course of business. In fact, many credit unions have had a director or several in place for 20 or more years. While the long-standing tenure of these volunteers is certainly valuable from experience and historical perspectives, it can sometimes hinder a credit union’s ability to grow, innovate, evolve with the times and genuinely grow or pivot strategically. Additionally, CU boards that find themselves facing wholesale director turnover in a given year or two will likely not find that situation ideal, either.In the credit union movement, one in four directors self-report that their boards are “less than effective” at having the right mix of skills/experience to accomplish their governance responsibilities. If that’s what is self-reported, could the actual situation be even more problematic?A healthy amount of board rejuvenation is important – but not too much and not too fast. What are the most effective tactics for accomplishing this pace? Here are five steps we recommend for building your board:Institute term limits. Though long disliked in the credit union movement, more and more credit unions are successfully instituting term limits for board members. The key to using term limits effectively is to implement them with a phased-in approach so you don’t “term out” all your board’s talent (and history) in one or two years. You might consider a three-year term with an option for a three-term renewal or perhaps a two-year term with the same renewal option. Such a term (with the renewal option) still retains a great deal of historical continuity. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New Charges Added in Bay Shore ‘DWI’ Crash That Killed 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver has been arrested for allegedly racing a suspected drunken driver who authorities said caused the fiery crash that killed a father and his two children in Bay Shore last month.Sheon Richards, 23, of St. Albans, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding and failure to maintain lane.Oniel Sharpe Jr. , the 24-year-old Springfield Gardens man accused of crashing into the family’s car, and Demetri Stewart, the 23-year-old Cambria Heights man who allegedly helped him fleethe scene, were also indicted on new, upgraded charges.“Richards is going 90, 95 mph and he told investigators that at that speed, his friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., is catching up to him ,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Witnesses who saw Sharpe’s car weaving from lane to lane estimate his speed to be between 120, 130 mph.”Prosecutors said Sharpe and Richards were both racing BMWs on the Southern State Parkway when when Sharpe allegedly rear-ended a car near exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, manslughter, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and traffic violations.Stewart, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of leaving the scene of an accident, criminal facilitation, making a false statement and marijuana possession.Instead of trying to help the victims, Spota said that Sharpe and Stewart “shamelessly sought to cover up their involvement in the crash by discarding evidence, leaving the scene and intentionally misleading and lying to investigators.”The district attorney added that investigators have a video showing Sharpe retrieving a bottle from the backseat of his car and heaving it away from his vehicle—but authorities found a bottle of Patron Tequila from the brush near the crash scene.In addition to the crash-related charges, Spota said Sharpe’s 24-year-old cousin, Courtney Sharpe of Springfield Gardens, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted identity theft after authorities found 23 counterfeit cards hidden in the steering column of the BMW X-5 Sharpe was driving, according to investigators.Courtney Sharpe also pleaded not guilty. Her bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Her cousin’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. Bail for Stewart was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond and Richards was released without bail.last_img read more

An endemic phenomenon in our tourism. Synergy of the tourist board, Croatia Airlines and hoteliers

first_imgOn the other hand, last year we had over 20 million arrivals in Croatia. So, tourists are in our “sales salon”, they are on vacation, no competition, no noise in communication, they are relaxed and we are sure to hear our message, we just have to tell them a story and give a good enough motive to visit us again, but this way in pre or postseason. So simple, and so rare, practically an endemic phenomenon in Croatia. Well done to Dubrovnik. According to the announcements of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, 11 hotels will be open during the winter, and the intention is to ensure a better promotion of Dubrovnik as a winter destination through a joint approach. As part of this initiative, a winter package will be offered, which, in addition to airline tickets and hotel accommodation, will also include an expanded offer. Namely, at the joint initiative of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the national airline Croatia Airlines, a meeting with Dubrovnik hoteliers was held today at the Grand Hotel Park on the topic of the 2019/2020 winter season. It is the peak of the tourist season, did you tell the guests the story of their return in three or four months? RELATED NEWS: In addition to online and offline promotion, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Croatia Airlines, in cooperation with their representative offices in Frankfurt, will hold a joint presentation for local travel agents in September. According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, the two millionth overnight stay in Dubrovnik this year was realized on July 16, ie seven days earlier than 2018, which confirms the excellent tourist preseason and season, as well as the star status that Dubrovnik carries. The meeting was attended by representatives of Valamar hotels, Adriatic luxury hotels, Grand Hotel Park, Hotel Adria, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, Rixos Libertas and Importanne Resort, as well as the director of the travel agency Obzor putovanja, wholly owned by Croatia Airlines.center_img The meeting was held with the aim of defining a joint product of hoteliers and Croatia Airlines for the German market in the upcoming winter season, given the winter route Dubrovnik – Frankfurt national airline, which is realized within the strategic projects of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Croatian Tourist Board. Of course, one is the form, and the other is the content, ie the execution of the same is important. Also, we should not forget that the motive for arrival is not accommodation, but the destination. In addition to the direct airline, open hotels, it is necessary to generate content in the destination. And in the case of Dubrovnik, it would be good to (look) outside their walls, ie frames, because great content for this type of guests is located only a hundred kilometers from the center of Dubrovnik and waiting for tourists to discover them. From Pelješac (top wines, especially Dingač), Ston (oysters and Ston walls) Korčula (Marco Polo), NP Mljet, etc.… all this is excellent quality content just to extend the tourist season, the number of days of guests, increase tourist spending and thus relieving the city of Dubrovnik, because certainly how the guests will one day visit Dubrovnik. Win-win for everyone. Thus, Dubrovnik can be positioned as a destination of 7 days, not three or one day. However, in the peak season in Dubrovnik, when the least is thought about expanding the season, at this very moment, some new motives for coming for the post-season are being created. So simple, logical, market oriented and the only way to extend the tourist season. The recipe has long been known: the synergy of everyone in the tourist destination, quality and authentic content, market-oriented, targeted campaign and promotion, and so for at least three years in a row and the result will come. That it takes time, but it is necessary to position oneself and create a need and a habit to come to a destination outside the concept of sun and sea. Of course, Dubrovnik as a top and globally recognized destination certainly has an easier job to tell its story. But this is a classic pattern and the first prerequisite for the development of tourism in the pre- and post-season. Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist Board The peak of the season begins, everything revolves around earnings and crowds, although where, but in Dubrovnik crowds are not a problem. On the contrary, overtourism is the main challenge for Dubrovnik’s tourism workers. TOURISM IS SYNERGY AND COOPERATION OF PEOPLE, NOT DISPERSIONlast_img read more

Trump-backed drug to be tested on thousands in Mumbai slums

first_img“For use of HCQ as prophylaxis in a hotspot, there is simply not enough evidence. No preventive studies published to say that this approach really protects people,” said Leena Menghaney, a New Delhi-based activist with Médecins Sans Frontières. “Potential risk may surpass the potential benefit of providing it widely for people without the disease.”Too Many UncertaintiesThere have been reports of heart-rhythm problems in some people in France, especially if used in a larger dose or if it interacts with other drugs, according to Menghaney. “There are too many uncertainties to say if it will help or if it will be futile in the public health response” against the coronavirus outbreak, she said.The anti-malarial drug didn’t help patients clear the virus better than standard care and was much more likely to cause side effects, according to a study in China. There were more side effects in the group who took hydroxychloroquine, but they were mostly mild, the most common being diarrhea, the study found.Aware of the deeply divided stance on this drug, Mumbai’s city officials are being careful.A policeman wearing a protective mask walks inside a shelter set up for migrants during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, April 6, 2020. (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)The original plan to dose 50,000 people between the ages of 18 years and 55 years, with no pre-existing liver and heart ailments, has now been scaled down as regular follow-up and surveillance of such a huge group would have been a challenge, said Kakani who is responsible for execution of this initiative.The medicine will be given to only those people who are willing, he insists, after recording their personal and medical history, including any medication they may be on.Spot Side EffectsAs many as 4,500 health care workers in Mumbai can be roped in this initiative. Each health care worker will be alloted 25-30 houses to track during the tenure of the medication and will be well-trained to spot any side effects for three to seven weeks over which the drug may be administered.Kakani refutes that the two locations were chosen because they are slum settlements.“In Dharavi and Worli we have created quarantine zone with high risk patients. We are anyway monitoring that group for 14 days, so we are able to observe these people and provide medical services,” he said. “We are not going ahead just because this is a slum.”Mumbai’s municipal authorities have completely sealed some areas, created quarantine zones, and are conducting door-to-door contact tracing of those found infected.As the death toll mounts despite India being in a lockdown for nearly a month, local governments have begun weighing the risks and rewards of some unprecedented policy measures.“We can try newer things if it’s permissible and advisable by relevant experts,” Kakani said. “Just because no one has tried it out yet does not mean we shouldn’t also. We can’t sit back and relax.”Topics : “This is a one-time window available to us and may give answers for the pandemic the world is struggling with,” Kakani said. “We are taking utmost care to understand the side effects before implementing this.”Mumbai, which has seen more than a tenth of India’s over 13,800 cases and a quarter of its deaths, has emerged as the biggest virus hotspot in India and is racing against time to curb the contagion in several clusters.The densely-packed slums of Dharavi are one of the two locations — Worli, the worst-hit Mumbai neighborhood is the other– where the city officials plan to start a hydroxychloroquine or HCQ-dosing drive as a prophylaxis or a preemptive medication aimed at warding off the disease.There’s no conclusive scientific evidence that the drug works on virus patients, not to mention its use as a preventive therapy. India’s financial capital Mumbai is fine-tuning a plan to administer an unproven but much touted anti-malarial drug in neighborhoods including Asia’s most crowded slum, the first-of-its-kind mass experiment to ward off the coronavirus.The city officials are identifying a target group which will receive hydroxychloroquine, according to Suresh Kakani, additional commissioner at Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Medical experts are being consulted on the duration of dosage, he said, adding that a decision was expected in a couple of days.The move underscores the desperation and mounting pressure on health care officials for solutions against a novel pathogen which has infected over 2.1 million people globally and killed over 146,000. It also explains the frenzied excitement over a decades-old drug — US President Donald Trump called it a “game changer” in the fight against the virus –despite a patchy efficacy record in some small studies and a documented list of side effects.last_img read more

French public sector scheme Ircantec to divest from tobacco

first_imgThe €9.8bn French public sector pension scheme Ircantec is pulling out of the tobacco industry, a decision affecting some €20m of investments.Jean-Pierre Costes, president of Ircantec’s board of directors, told IPE that it made the decision for several reasons, including recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the use of child labour, and the development of disease. The decision was finalised in December.Laetitia Tankwe, adviser to Ircantec’s president, added that the scheme decided that investing in the tobacco industry went against well-known and credible international standards.Ircantec is a pay-as-you-go scheme but has €9.8bn of reserves that it manages according to socially responsible investment principles. Its approach is guided by a desire for its investments to be aligned as much as possible with its values, at the heart of which it has placed inter-generational solidarity. It has already implemented exclusion policies in the past, such as with respect to coal, and has also taken action aimed more deliberately at achieving positive outcomes. Late last year it announced an energy poverty initiative.This week it announced an investment of €2.5m in a renewable energy fund, EnRcit. Caisse des Dépôts, the French state development fund and a manager of French retirement schemes such as Ircantec, and Crédit Coopératif, a French bank, also allocated to the fund, taking it to €10m. It aims to support renewable energy projects launched by citizens and local or regional authorities.Ircantec’s divestment from tobacco comes as other institutional investors have decided to turn their back on the industry. Earlier this month Europe’s largest pension fund, €405bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, announced that it would divest its entire holdings in tobacco and nuclear weapons – worth an estimated €3.3bn – following extensive consultation. In October 2017 the €25bn Dutch industry-wide pension fund PGB announced that it would no longer invest in tobacco.2017-2020 objectivesIn December, after a negotiation lasting several months, a majority of the Ircantec board agreed and adopted a new “objectives and management agreement”. It determines the scheme’s strategy, objectives and resources for the period 2017-2020.This is a period in which retirement activity is anticipated to increase by 40%, including as a result of local elections in 2020. Ircantec is the compulsory supplementary pension scheme for non-state employees and public authorities as well as for local elected officials.The new agreement predicted a 3% reduction in Ircantec’s headcount, and a 4% reduction in administrative management costs, excluding staff costs.According to a statement from Ircantec, the agreement also set out strong objectives for Caisse des Dépôts, which manages Ircantec. The objectives related to the quality of its service, its development of digital services, and its increased involvement in the partnership between France’s mandatory regimes, for example projects led by Union Retraite, which brings together France’s mandatory pension schemes and coordinates projects designed to improve the relationship between schemes and beneficiaries. At the end of last year Ircantec also adopted a shareholder and institutional engagement policy with three priorities: human rights in business, including respect for trade union rights; the ecological and energy transition; and corporate tax liability.last_img read more

Serie A: Roma top-four hopes hit by Bologna loss

first_imgRead Also: Xavi furious with Abidal after denying Barcelona offerHenrikh Mkhitaryan’s header gave the home side hope with 18 minutes remaining, but Bryan Cristante was sent off shortly afterwards to end any thoughts of a comeback.Bologna climbed to sixth in the table after their third straight win, one point above Cagliari and Parma in the race to qualify for the Europa League.On Saturday, Serie A leaders Juventus visit Verona, before second-placed Inter, three points off the pace, face city rivals AC Milan on Sunday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DronePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Loading… Paulo Fonseca’s fifth-placed side remain level on points with fourth-placed Atalanta, who visit Fiorentina on Saturday, before the two teams meet in Bergamo next weekend.center_img Roma’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League suffered another blow on Friday as a 3-2 home defeat by Bologna extended the capital club’s winless streak to three Serie A games.Advertisement “At this moment, we are too anxious, so I must consider what I can do to change this situation,” Roma boss Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“We must work to change this. It’s not overly dramatic, it might all seem negative right now, but we just need courage.”Riccardo Orsolini took advantage of an error by English defender Chris Smalling to grab a 16th-minute advantage for Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico, before Stefano Denswil’s dreadful own goal drew Roma level just six minutes later.But Gambian international Musa Barrow scored excellent individual efforts either side of half-time to send Bologna on their way to victory.last_img read more

Marvin G. Evans

first_imgMarvin G. Evans, age 77, formerly of Liberty, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 16, after passing at his residence in Greencastle. Born September 1, 1938, in Bath, he was the son of Clifford and Irene Gesell Evans. Marvin was part of the first graduating class of Talewanda High school in Oxford, Ohio. He married Ruby Lee Mullins on July 24, 1965, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brookville, and she preceded him in death on May 9, 2015. Marvin retired in 2015 after 50 years of employment at Beldon in Richmond. He enjoyed attending the antique tractor shows and favored John Deere tractors.He is survived by his children, a daughter, Pamela Evans of West Olive, Michigan; and a son, Mark Evans and wife Beth of Greencastle; and grandchildren, Justin and Cody Evans. Additionally a brother, Harold Evans (Judy) residing in Tuscola, IL and a sister Mary Lou Schnitker (Dale) of Brookville survive. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents. He has several nieces and nephews.Services will be held Saturday, February 20, at the Cook-Rosenberger Funeral Home, Brookville, at 1:00 p.m. where his son Mark will officiate. Family and friends may visit the funeral home beginning at noon on Saturday, February 20. Interment will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.The family requests memorial donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Maple Grove Cemetery Association, 8126 Maple Grove Rd., Brookville IN, 47012. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Marvin Evans.last_img read more

Hughes unconcerned by home form

first_img Addressing the topsy-turvy nature of City’s season to date, Hughes added: “What we talked about at the start of the season was the need to align our away form with that at home – we’ve gone a little awry on that. “But we’re very enthused and encouraged by what we’re doing on our travels, which has improved markedly since I came in last year. “On that basis, and as I say, we feel very confident our home form will turn very quickly.” Unlike Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew who has been the subject of the fans’ ire given his sides’ wretched start to the season, Hughes at least has City’s supporters on his side. “They were great against Leicester,” said Hughes. “They understand we’re not a million miles away from it all coming together.” Hughes has no fresh injury concerns, with only midfielder Jonathan Walters a doubt with a calf problem. Remarkably, Stoke have started the current campaign with back-to-back home defeats, losing both matches 1-0 to midlands rivals Aston Villa and Leicester. Next up for the Potters on Monday is a clash with bottom-of-the-table Newcastle, with Hughes warning: “The Britannia is still a tough place to come. “We’re aware teams will probably set up a little bit differently than they have in the past. “Teams have come thinking they can have a real go at us and we’ve got to be able to deal with that. “With the quality we’ve got there’s no reason why we can’t, so we’re not too concerned with the home form. “We all feel it will resolve itself very, very quickly. It is only a matter of time.” The tables have turned markedly for Stoke as the away form has often been their undoing, with the club winning just five of 38 matches on the road over the past two seasons. This term, however, they have started brightly with a win and two draws on their travels, whilst they also beat Sunderland away on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the Capital One Cup. Stoke boss Mark Hughes has no doubt a trip to the Britannia Stadium will soon again instil fear into visiting sides. City’s home form has consistently been the bedrock of their ability to retain their Barclays Premier League status since being promoted in 2008. Last season the club lost just three games on home soil, with only the top four – Manchester City, Liverpool Chelsea and Arsenal – boasting a better record in front of their own fans. Press Associationlast_img read more

NICELY DONE: SU undefeated for 1st time in seven years, clobbers Zips in season-opener

first_imgAKRON, Ohio — Duffle bag hanging off his left shoulder, Delone Carter wasn’t holding back that grin as he strolled out of the Syracuse locker room Saturday evening. The feeling was just too good. Too good to show anything but raw emotion after unveiling what he and his teammates had been waiting weeks, even months, to show the rest of the country. ‘This is a different team,’ Carter said. Eager to prove that, Carter and his Syracuse teammates steamrolled Akron, 29-3, in front of a crowd of 15,969 at InfoCision Stadium Saturday. In his first career start, quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 229 yards and two touchdown passes and rushed for 58 more yards. The Orange defense also put on a dominating performance, allowing just 166 yards of total offense and its lowest point total in five seasons. Syracuse (1-0) is now undefeated for the first time since 2003. ‘I’m excited for them,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘We’ve got to start learning to win. … And winning helps that.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text On the opening possession of the game, Nassib drove the Orange on a 69-yard, 11-play drive to the end zone. From the Akron 23-yard line, Nassib fired a dart to over the middle to senior receiver Aaron Weaver, who scurried 15 yards after the catch for the score. And Syracuse never looked back. Carter, a senior running back and Akron native, led the Orange on the ground with 91 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He was the workhorse that allowed SU to keep the defense honest when Nassib threw strikes downfield. ‘It was just a great opportunity for us to go there and show just how complete of a team we are,’ Carter said. ‘We were just working on all cylinders. … That’s the way we wanted to open it up, to set the stage, and to continue to work hard and do it every game.’ Defensively, the Orange was as good as it has been in years. Though Scott Shafer’s defense returned nine starters from a squad that was among the best against the run a year ago, the defense against the pass was equally impressive Saturday. Shafer’s group shut down Akron quarterback Patrick Nicely, who finished the game just 12-for-35 for 111 yards on the night. ‘It feels really good,’ SU defensive end Chandler Jones said. ‘Coach Shafer did a good job of preparing us. … We just did what we do best, and that’s play defense, play our defense.’ SU made its fair share of miscues — penalties and turnovers among them — but in the end, its superior talent won out in what was arguably the Orange’s most dominating performance in years. Syracuse hasn’t had a winning season in nine years. But in Marrone’s second season, players have bought into the ‘this is the year’ mentality. Finally, after years of turmoil, this season starts with a jolt of optimism. A taste of the good life. The pains of past seasons are history — for now. ‘We wanted to show people out there what we can do,’ safety Shamarko Thomas said. ‘We’re a hungry team trying to prove to ourselves. Last year is history.’ The win gave SU its first season-opening victory since 2003, when the Orange beat North Carolina 49-47 on the road in triple overtime. The night before the game, Syracuse players took in the words of former SU legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, who was in Akron visiting. He reminded the players of the once-storied past of the Orange and prompted them to start in earnest to bring it back. Following 10 minutes with reporters, Marrone was greeted in the tunnel outside the locker room by a smiling Athletic Director Daryl Gross, who gave his coach a hug and told him, ‘Good job, man.’ But despite the emotion adjacent to the Syracuse locker room Saturday, SU isn’t seeing this as the end of the road. With a trip to Seattle to face Washington looming, the players hope to only use their win against Akron as a steppingstone to bigger and better things. To show that this is, in fact, a different team. ‘It gives us a lot of confidence,’ Thomas said. ‘But every week we have to go back to work, study, play hard and do it again. People are sleeping on us, so we feel as though we have to prove ourselves every week.’ [email protected] Published on September 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more