The 2017-18 Syracuse men’s basketball season tips off Friday at 7 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange, which easily won both of its exhibition games, hosts Cornell. Jimmy Boeheim, the son of SU head coach Jim Boeheim, will suit up for the Big Red in the first game of his college career. Here are answers to your gameday questions and pregame reading.How can you watch the game? The game will air on the ACC Network Extra.Who will win? Syracuse has not lost to Cornell since the 1960s, and our beat writers don’t think that streak will end. At least not this year, as all three are calling a double-digit SU win. How has Syracuse looked this year? It’s still early, but SU won easily Monday night in its second exhibition game. Graduate Transfer guard Geno Thorpe debuted and Boeheim said he is getting what he would like out of his frontcourt. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeason outlook. All three beat writers see sophomore guard Tyus Battle as the team MVP, but they don’t agree on who or what the X-factor will be. Here are our season predictions for SU, which has not played in the NCAA Tournament two of the past three seasons. Who won’t be playing? Elijah Hughes, who in May transferred from East Carolina to SU. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he must sit out this season, though one beat writer makes the case for why college basketball players deserve the freedom to play right away. Gear up for the season with our annual Basketball Guide. We profiled Battle, Syracuse’s most important player this season. He needs to develop into the alpha SU needs. Near him in the backcourt will be Thorpe, who is SU’s oldest player (23 years old) playing for his third college in his final year of college basketball. Starting point guard, junior Frank Howard, is hoping to place past disappointment behind him. Four new faces. The Orange welcomes four freshmen to this year’s squad. Bourama Sidibe looks to develop into the forward Syracuse’s frontcourt needs. Oshae Brissett, the only freshman starter so far, reluctantly left home for a shot at making it big. Howard Washington attended three high schools en route to Syracuse, and Marek Dolezaj battles an adjustment from European leagues to the NCAA. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Going to church this week isn’t just about mothers putting the guilt on their kids to go. Many young Greek Australians flock to church this week for a number of reasons and choose to participate on many different levels. As lines flow outside the church at the times of Holy Communion this week, it’s hard not to notice the jump of young churchgoers. Whether it be because of tradition, or the fact they want their days of fasting to mean something, the lines this week show a changing demographic. Father Jordan of the Carlton Parish says the jump is a positive thing.“You can see by the numbers, ones that you don’t normally see throughout the year, but they’re making an effort to get up early in the morning and come. For example on Thursday or Saturday morning, when we start, it sort of surprised me that we have a lot of youth, a lot,” he tells Neos Kosmos. But as much as the jump in numbers seems like a genuine interest by the Greek youth in the church, there is a consensus that adhering to traditions during Easter isn’t all about religion. Anastasia Grillas (21) says she fasts because her mum makes her. “It keeps the family happy and the big man upstairs so I only do it for a week cause I can’t go any longer!” she tells Neos Kosmos.Areti Louzis (21) finds cutting meat and dairy from her diet a way to challenge and cleanse herself. “I fast as a period of cleansing and purification for both the body and soul,” she says.While Christian Papadopoulos says “I fast because when I get into the meat on Sunday, it feels like a delicious reward”.But as lines stretch way out into the streets for Communion this week, the topic of confession has drawn a strong opinion between the young Greek community and the Church’s stance.Father Ioannis of the Thornbury Parish says he sees many young Greeks asking to be confessed, especially during the Easter season. “Just like going to a doctor saying “I have pain here or there” and they give you the right pill, it’s exactly like confession,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“A priest will give the right advice and blessing for someone to progress well spiritually.”But from the many young Greeks we spoke to, they had little or no interest in confession.“Don’t think it’s worth anything… People are better off talking to professionals about their problems,” says Elle Kazantzis (20) on the issue.Kristi Tsakiris (21) says the thought that wrong actions can be forgiven by the church so easily troubles her.“I don’t believe in the idea of just doing wrong and then confessing and it’s all good,” she says.“I don’t think I’d ever do confession.”Alternatively, Areti Louzis (21) said she knows confession is “necessary” but still chooses not to go because she feels through private prayer she can achieve the same result. “I’m certain enough my prayers in church and outside church reach Him, and through my own refining of character and the things I do, I prove to Him that I truly want to atone for my sins.”In a more secular approach, Anastasia Manousakis (23) thinks confession can never be completely confidential.“I’m not going to risk the Greek community in my area learning my business,” she tells Neos Kosmos.Even when there is a lack of belief in confession, the Church doesn’t stop trying to get its younger parishioners interested. Many churches around the country are introducing sermons that are half in English and half in Greek to help those less fluent in Greek better understand the liturgy. Many priests are finding that their tries have come a little too late for those reaching adulthood.Father George from the Altona North Parish says forcing children to go to church at a young age, without their parents explaining why its important, means they will always feel detached and will lose interest quickly.“Even as kids growing up we have very limited knowledge of our religion. We’re born into something and told we have to go to church, that’s about as far as it goes. And then, what we do find is that there are a lot of young people out there who are actively trying to reengage with their church,” he tells Neos Kosmos.It is a slow process, but as time goes on, the Church is coming to terms with modern times and trying to communicate through different methods.Just like the Pope joining twitter last year, the Orthodox Church is using technology to better connect with its younger audience. “Personally I’ve got a skype account, a church skype account, a facebook,” says Father George.“We make ourselves more available to the youth and to the public in general so that we’re more approachable, because we understand people work; it’s very hard to get to a church these days”.As the crowds gather at churches all around Australia, the opportunities are there to make lasting connections.