What is "Orange Central", and why aren't we calling it homecoming? I dove deep into the internet to find out the answers.
The place to look was of course syracuse.edu. They explained that "Orange Central offers something for everyone, from sporting events to film premieres to art exhibits." Quick note, they spelt premieres wrong, but I digress. The first thing this makes me think is "wow they are really taking the attention away from the football game. Is Homecoming too closely associated with a football game for our gracious chancellor?" Perhaps we needed a more gender neutral slogan.
'Orange Central' begins on Tuesday and the events are indeed as varied as the website lead us to believe. There's SU Idol to kick things off. I assume that means that a few students will perform karaoke at the Schine Student Center at 7:30PM. Tickets are $3 for students and $7 for general admission. There's a slightly more exciting Battle of the Bands on Thursday night at 8PM at the Schine Underground. There will be prizes and original music.
Additionally on Thursday there will be an "Art of Inclusion" meeting, or discussion group, or panel. Not really sure how they are running that. They will be having a "red-carpet premiere of People Like Me, a documentary about actors with various disabilities working with undergrad drama students at Syracuse. Premiere was spelt correctly this time. I'm not sure how "red-carpet" the premiere is, but if it comes as advertised be on the lookout for Doctor Daryl Gross to be on that red-carpet. The main page for Orange Central describes the "Art of Inclusion" to be "celebrating the inclusive campus." Yeah this one just wreaks of Nancy Cantor's involvement.
Other events during this week long party are the Syracuse International Film Festival, taking place Wednesday through Sunday. Thursday there will be a preview screening of "Session," a psychological thriller which was made in Syracuse and also stars Bar Rafeli. Yup, that Bar Rafeli. No word on if she will be in attendance.
Damon Waynes will be on campus. Max Weinberg will be on campus. Bill Viola and James Bradley will be on campus. Wesley Johnson and Johnny Flynn will be on campus. The Minnesota Timberwolves will be taking on the Detroit Pistons in a NBA preseason showdown at the Carrier Dome Friday night at 7:30. Flynn is unlikely to play due to injury though. Get your tickets at suathletics.com or by calling the Dome box office.
With so many big events happening in and around the Syracuse University campus this week (full list of events here), one might easily forget about the MAIN EVENT taking place this weekend. With all the excitement of an International Film Festival and the 60th anniversary of Hillel at Syracuse University (also featuring a panel discussion which will include none other than Jerry Stiller of Seinfeld fame) one might easily forget about the Football game. Remember that from the start of the article?
Yes, none of us can forget that the Orangemen and Panthers will play at Noon on Saturday and that it is indeed Homecoming weekend, and hardly this concoction of events tied together under the Orange Central moniker. The only thing all these events have in common is that they are completely unrelated to the football game.
What ever happened to homecomings that were dinner, drinks, pep rallies and football games? Thats what the alumni are coming back for. Its important not to lose sight of this as the years roll on. This is the biggest home football game in years for the Orangemen. Coming home 4-1 after a big win in Tampa, Florida, the attention needs to be on the team and getting everyone to the game. Through six weeks of the college football season, our Syracuse Orangemen are alone atop the Conference standings. Let's show the players what the Carrier Dome used to sound like on game day! The alums know what I'm talking about.