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War-weary spirits

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first_imgAn exhibit now on view at Harvard Divinity School’s (HDS) Andover-Harvard Theological Library offers an intimate look at some of the religious dimensions to the Civil War, as well as a sense of the deep involvement of Harvard alumni in the nation’s bloodiest conflict.The show contains a selection from the library’s holdings of hundreds of pamphlets and other documents printed during the Civil War period, many of which have been digitized in connection with an ongoing preservation project.On the library’s second floor, two glass cases and two wall displays hold song and prayer books that were likely used by chaplains and soldiers, as well as a series of Civil War-related sermons and several eulogies delivered in honor of Harvard men who sacrificed their lives on the battlefield.“The chaplains of the Union army were populated with large numbers of Harvard-trained clergymen,” said David F. Holland, an associate professor of North American religious history at HDS.Among those fallen Harvard alumni was Arthur Buckminster Fuller, grandfather to the famed inventor Buckminster Fuller and brother to women’s rights advocate Margaret Fuller, who graduated from Harvard College in 1843 and from HDS four years later. A chaplain in the 16th Regiment of the Massachusetts Infantry, Fuller was honorably discharged from his post on Dec. 10, 1862. The following day, while still with his regiment, he was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg.The library’s holdings include a version of “A Life Sketch of a New England Clergyman and Army Chaplain” by Fuller’s brother, Richard Frederick Fuller.Fuller’s tribute to his brother is “indicative of the valuable historical archival material this exhibit is offering,” said Holland.Among the exhibit’s many memorials is a touching tribute to Henry Ware Hall, a member of the 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, who attended Harvard in 1856. Ware died in 1864, at age 24, “while rallying the troops on June 27, in the assault on Kennesaw Mountain.”Ware’s memorial, delivered by Thomas B. Fox in the First Church, Dorchester, Mass., on Sunday, July 17, 1864, begins: “Henry, — you will allow me to call him familiarly by his Christian name, the name we best knew him by, — for I cannot use studied phrases, or be formal now, — Henry has also ‘died for his country.’”Several of the sermons in the show reflect the national sentiment following the assassination of the country’s 16th president. As the exhibit’s accompanying text notes: “Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, and died the next morning. In many pulpits on Easter, April 16, instead of joyous sermons about the resurrection of Jesus, there were somber reflections on the death of the President.”For Cliff Wunderlich, the exhibit and digital archive serve as an important reminder not only of the Civil War’s brutal toll, but also its proximity. “It’s easy to dismiss it as ancient history,” said Wunderlich, head of research services and curator of digital collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library. “But it’s something that has to be faced.”last_img read more

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Don’t Text During Moana. Love, Lin & The Rock Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are willing to go to great lengths to prevent movie-goers from texting during Moana, Miranda’s next highly anticipated musical project. The Disney film hits theaters on November 23, and The Rock demonstrated exactly what’ll happen to those who feel the need to be on their phones in the audience. He may or may not have smashed the Hamilton compoer’s cell with his bare hands just to prove a point, but the two don’t seem to be challenging each other to a duel anytime soon. Watch the PSA below! Lin-Manuel Miranda & Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Thomas Kail Tapped for Fox ComedyAfter winning an Emmy for directing Grease: Live, Thomas Kail has another small screen project lined up. The Hamilton Tony winner is teaming up with Oscar-winning rapper and actor Common and How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman to produce 93 Til Infinity. The Fox single-camera comedy, according to Deadline, is written by Edelman and follows a rapper who had a prolific career in the ‘90s but is now questioning the next stages of his life.Rachel Bloom’s Sugar Ray Jukebox MusicalBefore she was the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she was “the Mimi of a Sugar Ray jukebox musical.” Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to discuss her “Rent-like” take on the late-90s band’s sonic gems. And guess what? You can watch the blissful, Smashbox-bashing musical here. It makes us just wanna fly.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Tamiflu-resistant H5N1 strain surfaces in Egypt

November 18, 2020 | lpjxbyhj | No Comments

first_imgJan 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two patients who recently died of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt had a strain of the virus that was moderately resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, but the finding has not prompted new health advisories.News of the drug-resistant strain came as Egypt’s health ministry announced a new human H5N1 case, involving a 27-year-old woman from the town of Beni Suef, about 62 miles south of Cairo. The report was carried today by IRIN, a United Nations news and information service.Oseltamivir is recommended by the WHO as the first-line drug for H5N1 patients. The patients who had resistant infections were a 16-year-old girl and her 26-year-old uncle, who lived in the same house in Egypt’s Gharbiyah province, in the Nile delta 50 miles northwest of Cairo. They got sick in December; the man was hospitalized on the 17th, followed by his niece 2 days later, the WHO said. Both received 2 tablets of oseltamivir on Dec 21 and were transferred to a referral hospital on Dec 23, the same day samples were taken.The girl died Dec 25 and her uncle died Dec 28. They were part of a possible family cluster; H5N1 avian influenza was also confirmed in a 30-year-old woman in the household, said to be the man’s sister, who died, though few details are available about her. The WHO said the patients reportedly had contact with sick ducks. The two cases boosted Egypt’s avian flu total to 18 cases and 10 fatalities, all of which occurred in 2006.Genetic sequencing was done at US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo and at WHO collaborating centers in Atlanta and London, the WHO said. Tests suggested that the virus had “moderately reduced susceptibility” to osteltamivir. The same type of mutation was previously identified in a Vietnamese case in 2005, the WHO said.But in contrast to the Egyptian cases, the virus in the Vietnamese case appeared to be highly resistant to oseltamivir. The case, reported in December 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), involved a 13-year-old girl who was started on oseltamivir the day she was hospitalized, receiving the recommended dose of 75 mg twice a day for 5 days.The girl was one of 8 patients whose cases were analyzed after they were treated for H5N1 infection in Ho Chi Minh City in 2004 and 2005. Researchers sequenced the H5N1 virus’s neuraminidase gene to look for resistance, signaled by the substitution of tyrosine for histidine at amino acid position 274. The mutation was found in the 13-year-old girl, who died of severe pneumonia on her seventh day in the hospital.The viral load in her throat was higher by the time of her death than it was earlier, which, with other laboratory evidence, suggested that drug resistance contributed to treatment failure and ultimately death, the NEJM report noted.The mutation was also found in an 18-year-old girl, but the researchers said the relationship between the viral resistance and her death was less clear.Fred Hayden, a WHO avian flu and antiviral expert, told the Associated Press (AP) today the drug-resistant strains in the Egyptian patients likely developed after they were treated with oseltamivir. He said a more worrying scenario would be if oseltamivir-resistant strains were circulating in birds.The mutations in Egypt are different from the ones in Vietnam, Hayden told the AP. The Vietnamese strains were definitely resistant to oseltamivir, but the Egyptian ones were only shown to be less susceptible to the drug.There is no evidence that oseltamivir-resistant strains are spreading in Egypt or elsewhere, the WHO said. The agency said it is not changing its antiviral treatment recommendations, because the clinical level of resistance of the mutations is not yet well established.Public health implications of the findings are limited because the mutation is not associated with any known changes in transmissibility of the virus between humans, the WHO said, adding that it would not be raising the pandemic alert level.Because of concerns about drug-resistant strains, avian flu experts have suggested that a higher dosage, longer treatment course, or combination therapy with other antiviral drugs may be needed to ensure the effectiveness of oseltamivir.Terence Hurley, a US spokesperson for Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, told CIDRAP News by e-mail that studies are being conducted to gauge the optimal oseltamivir regimens for use in H5N1 flu cases. “These activities are based upon laboratory data and from information from patients infected with H5N1 who have been treated with Tamiflu,” he said.Roche is collaborating with the US National Institutes of Health on clinical studies to determine the efficacy of oseltamivir in the treatment of severe influenza, including H5N1, Hurley reported. “The NIH study is comparing standard doses of Tamiflu versus double doses for the treatment of people infected with avian influenza and other severe influenza infections in the Far East,” he wrote. “Results of the study will be reported as soon as they are available.”The Egyptian woman reported today as a new H5N1 patient was admitted to a hospital Jan 11 after having given birth on Jan 2, IRIN reported. She initially denied contact with poultry, but WHO spokesman Hassan el-Bushra told IRIN that ducks and pigeons were found in her home and chickens had died nearby.If her case is confirmed by the WHO, it will be Egypt’s 19th.See also:Jan 18 WHO reportDec 27 WHO reportDec 22, 2005 CIDRAP News article “Tamiflu resistance in avian flu victims sparks concern”De Jong MD, Thanh TT, Khanh TH, et al. Oseltamivir resistance during treatment of influenza A (H5N1) infection. N Engl J Med 2005 Dec 22;353(25):2667-72 [Full text]last_img read more

first_img“We hope that housing subsidies will help low-income households to acquire decent and affordable housing, especially in the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Public Works and Housing Ministry infrastructure financing director general Eko “Heri” Djoeli Heripoerwanto said in a press statement on Tuesday.Read also: COVID-19: Early warning for property marketsHeri explained that the stimulus would be in the form of interest rate subsidies for loan installments (SSB) and down payment subsidies (SBUM). Out of the Rp 1.5 trillion, Rp 800 billion will be used for SSB and Rp 700 billion for SBUM.The housing subsidies are part of a Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package announced by the government in February to cushion the impacts of COVID-19 on household spending. The pneumonia-like disease has infected more than 1,700 people in the country with 170 fatalities and disrupted business activity as citizens are told to stay at home to limit the virus spread. The new mortgage subsidies allow low-income households to pay a mortgage interest rate of just 5 percent per year, much lower than the 9 to 10 percent in the current housing loan market, with a tenure of up to 10 years. People living in Papua and West Papua provinces will pay 4 percent in interest per annum for a loan tenure of up to 20 years.The government will then pay up any remaining interest rate differences.For low-income people who buy a landed house, the government will provide a Rp 4 million mortgage down payment subsidy and Rp 10 million for those living in Papua and West Papua provinces, Heri said.Read also: Indonesia announces $742m stimulus to shield economy from virusThree state-owned banks, namely Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN), will disburse the subsidies.“The Public Works and Housing Ministry still opens the opportunity for other banks that want to take part in the program so that low-income families will get as easy access as possible to the facility through the banks’ networks,” Heri said.He expressed hope that the latest stimulus would enable the government to achieve its target to give mortgage subsidies to 330,000 low-income households this year.In addition to the 175,000 families targeted by the new subsidies, the government will also support 88,000 poor families to get a house through the Housing Financing Liquidity Facility (FLPP) and 67,000 households through its new savings-based financial assistance.”The government is making every possible effort to help low-income citizens to fulfill one of life’s basic needs, which is to have a home,” Heri added.The government has been struggling to reduce the country’s housing backlog, which stood at 7.6 million in 2015. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration aims to build 1.25 million houses this year in its commitment to build 1 million houses per year.Since 2015, around 4.8 million houses have been constructed – 699,770 in 2015, 805,169 in 2016, 904,758 in 2017, 1.13 million in 2018 and more than 1.25 million in 2019.Property developers expressed their appreciation for the government’s new subsidies. Indonesian Settlement and Housing Developers Association (Apersi) chairman Junaidi Abdilah said in a statement that the association would adjust its targeted potential buyers accordingly through the subsidized housing loan mobile application Sikasep.Read also: Property developers, banks rush to woo millennial homebuyersDevelopers Indonesia (PI) chairman Barkah Hidayat and National Housing Development Alliance (Apernas) Jaya secretary-general Risma Gandhi also urged banks to optimize their mortgage disbursements for the program.“Problems over spreading awareness about the regulation usually happen between banks and their regional branches, delaying the process for regional developers,” Risma said.Paulus Totok Lusida of Real Estate Indonesia (REI) told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the stimulus could prop up the property sector, which saw an annual growth of only around 3.5 percent in the past few years. The sector relies heavily on subsidized housing programs, which account for half of the industry’s revenue, according to REI members’ data.”At least the subsidies can maintain the sector’s existence, because if it drops, it won’t be easy to pull it back up again,” Paulus said.Topics : The government has rolled out new housing loan subsidies and opened the door for more citizens to access the facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to disrupt businesses and hit people’s purchasing power.It launched Rp 1.5 trillion (US$89.7 million) in mortgage subsidies for 175,000 low-income families nationwide and increased the salary ceiling for eligible recipients to Rp 8 million for all types of housing from the previous Rp 4 million for landed houses and Rp 7 million for low-cost apartments. The new provision takes effect on April 1.The minimum wage varies across the country with a range of between Rp 1.7 million and Rp 4.3 million per month.last_img read more

first_img4 Wildfire Court, Newport, has a 34m pontoon that can take a superyacht.A suburban home in Brisbane’s north has sold for $2m with one of best excuses to get a bigger boat, ever — a whopping 34m pontoon that takes superyachts. CoreLogic sales results issued Monday named the property at 4 Wildfire Court, Newport as one of the highest sales in the state in the past week. The home, which changed hands on Friday, was marketed with a warning by real estate agent Stephan Siegfried of One Agency Redcliffe — North Lakes, stating “you’re going to need a bigger boat”. Not a bad spot to chop up some veges. Making the most of water views upstairs. Size matters when it comes to pontoons and boats.“With one of the largest pontoons in South East Queensland, this unique proposition will suit the buyer looking to have their superyacht (or multiple big boats) on their doorstep,” was how he’d described it.“The main pontoon is an extra-heavy duty set-up that is 34 metres long (yes you haven’t misread, this is over 110 feet in length). Equipped with 3-phase power both 15 AMP and 50 AMP PLUS water.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago MORE: Rugby star’s dream home revealed Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Even the pool has water views of its own.The owner sold up “because his bigger boat will no longer fit”, according Mr Siegfried.“The house was on the market for 24 days. Settlement was Thursday. It has been bought by a non-local, long-term client who had a very specific brief,” he said.“I thought the house would be perfect for them but it still took a bit of persuading. “The buyers have previously purchased from us and own another canal home in the area. They plan to retire here in 10 or 12 years. They thought about it for quite a while but with the other interest decided not to risk waiting any longer.”A tenant for the property had already been secured through the network of One Agency’s executive property management division.center_img “The buyers particularly loved the layout with the master downstairs, and being big boat lovers, the awesome pontoon and the second one as well. They love the location and will do a full renovation prior to moving in a long way down the track.”The second pontoon was less than a third the size of the first one at nine metres long with the Newport property also having what boaties with bigger vessels crave — “no height restrictions or bridges to pass under” plus “direct deepwater access”, in this case to Moreton Bay and the Pacific Ocean. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Where $500K still goes a long way Double barrelled pontoons. The hardest place in QLD to sell a houselast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 28 Views   one comment LocalNews Court sets aside Skerrit and St. Jean’s subpoenas by: – September 7, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Justice Gertel Thom has ruled that the subpoenas filed by the Petitioners in the dual citizenship case of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Petter St. Jean be set aside and struck out.The legal team of the United Workers Party filed two subpoenas last week ordering Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Education Petter St. Jean to take the stand as witnesses for the Petitioners and give evidence.Justice Thom also ruled that the thirteen Witness Statements filed on August 31st in breach of the Court’s Order be admitted, that paragraph nine of Ronald Green’s Witness Statement be set aside other than the first sentence and that the Witness Statements of the Petitioners which contains matters that were not pleaded are admissible.After the ruling and orders were made, Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes called his first witness to the stand, Leader of the United Workers Party Mr. Ronald Green who confirmed that he held American citizenship during his term in office.Leader of the United Workers Party, Hon. Ronald GreenMr Green confirmed to the Court that he was once held American citizenship which he obtained through his mother in 1957 as a child when he was seventeen years old.He further testified that he renounced his citizenship prior to the general elections in 2009.Mr. Green explained that he first inquired at the United States Embassy before Nominations Day in 2009 and then formally applied on the 11th of December, 2009.It was Mr. Green’s evidence that although he applied on the 11th of December, 2009 and that the renunciation was confirmed some months later, it took effect as of 1th December, 2009.Mr. Green also confirmed that he held dual citizenship while sitting in Parliament in 1995, 2000 and 2005 general elections, and that the issue of his dual citizenship arose in 1995 when a Member of Parliament at that time, Former Chief Justice Sir Brian Alleyne questioned it.He further explained that this issue was resolved as he did not receive dual citizenship by his own hand.Dominica Labour Party Supporters outside the Court cheering and chantingHowever, when asked by his attorney Mr Mendes why he renounced his citizenship in 2009, he replied that a case in Jamaica came up which changed the picture and as a precautionary measure he renounced his citizenship.Several supporters of the Dominica Labour Party were outside of the Court cheering, waving party t-shirts and chanting the party’s song “we shall not be moved.”Court has been adjourned until nine o’clock tomorrow morning when Mr Green will be cross-examined by the legal team of the Defendants.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Hoey out of Open

September 21, 2020 | lpjxbyhj | No Comments

first_img The 35-year-old was six over when he had to withdraw because of a problem with his foot. It is understood Hoey has had callouses on his feet for a while and that is what caused the issue on Friday. Press Association “Massively disappointed to have retired from @The_Open during today’s round. Massive gouge out of my foot & can’t walk,” Hoey tweeted after pulling out. Hoey does not yet know whether he will be fit enough to defend his Russian Open title next week. center_img Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey was forced to pull out of the 143rd Open Championship after just seven holes of his second round on Friday. last_img read more

first_imgThe former police officer who fatally shot her neighbor after entering the wrong apartment has been found guilty of murder.A grand jury in Texas came to the conclusion, Tuesday afternoon after an emotional testimony from the officer Amber Guyger last week and hours of deliberation this week.According to the report, Guyger fatally shot Botham Jean as he sat in his apartment watching tv on September 6th of 2018. Guyger claimed she believed Jean was an intruder after she walked into the wrong apartment.After a short confrontation with Jean, Guyger says she shot him because she feared for her life. It wasn’t under later that Guyger says she realized that she had parked on the wrong floor and entered the wrong apartment.Guyger’s lawyers argued that Guyger had a right to defend herself under the stand your ground law, however, prosecutors argued that the “castle doctrine” did not apply to Guyger because she entered someone else’s home.“It protects homeowners against intruders – and now all of a sudden the intruder is trying to use it against the homeowner,” prosecutor, Jason Fine said.Prosecutors also stated that Guyger despite being and officer of the law with specific training, she did not render adequate aid to Jean nor did she use the first aid supplies she had with her in her work bag.While Guyger has been found guilty of murder which carries a potential life sentence, Judge Tammy Kemp is allowing the jury to consider a manslaughter conviction, which typically carries a sentence of between two and 20 years.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 18, 6:41 p.m.Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas is suspended from the football team for one year for a violation of Athletics Department Policy, according to a statement issued Friday night.The reason for the suspension was not disclosed.Thomas, a junior, leads the Orange and is tied for fourth in the nation with six interceptionson the season. He played in all of SU’s 10 games and leads the team with 82 tackles on the season. Syracuse has a bye week this week, but there are two regular-season games left against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.Thomas’ backup on SU’s depth chart is Jeremi Wilkes, who started earlier this season when strong safety Shamarko Thomas was out with an injury.mcooperj@syr.eduAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_img Related Stories Never the same: The Big East’s era as an elite basketball conference comes to an end with Syracuse’s departureWave of the future: Hopkins spends his career perfecting coaching model as he prepares to take helm at SyracuseThe Top 10: A rundown of the all-time highlights for Syracuse in its proud run in the Big EastTranscending time: Syracuse players recall witnessing captivating moments in Big East historyBuilding mystique: The Carrier Dome proved to be a key factor in the Big East’s growth during the 1980s Published on November 8, 2012 at 1:55 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Long an afterthought at Syracuse, Quentin Hillsman’s work in progress that is the women’s basketball team has given people a reason to pay attention. There’s an electricity around the team after the head coach brought in the best recruiting class in program history.The freshmen are not only potential stars in years to come, but they may also finally give Hillsman the consistent winner he’s been trying to build.“During the summer, to walk the campus and everybody asks are we the freshmen on the women’s basketball team, we were proud to say, ‘Yes,’” SU forward Brittney Sykes said. “All in all, we’re extremely happy to show why we came here.”In 2007-08, SU reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002. There was finally something tangible for Hillsman to sell his program on. In the last five years, Hillsman has signed top-level recruits like Kayla Alexander and landed elite transfers like Iasia Hemingway.But the program also hasn’t been back to the NCAA tournament since 2008, instead competing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for four straight seasons. With three top-100 recruits in Hillsman’s 2012 class, including McDonald’s All-Americans Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes, SU appears to have the talent to get back to the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse landed its first top-100 recruit in Cornelia Fondren in September. Then in early November, Brittney Sykes, a second top-100 recruit, committed. Two days later it was Brianna Butler.The five-player class was ranked No. 6 in the nation by ESPN. It was perhaps the most important piece of the structure Hillsman is building at SU.“We’ve brought in some very good players that have a chance to come in and immediately impact,” Hillsman said. “So we’re excited about the progress we’ve made in our roster and our depth at positions, and we’re really excited about our young kids.”But the crown jewel, the shining light atop Hillsman’s structure, could have come in February 2011.Breanna Stewart was a star forward at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Hillsman had a prized recruit — a potential program-changing piece — in his own backyard. But Connecticut, the most storied program in the nation, swooped in and grabbed the nation’s top recruit.“When you look at recruiting, you lose more than you get,” Hillsman said. “If you tell me that I lose Breanna Stewart, but I get the No. 6 class in the country, I’m very satisfied.”Fondren, Sykes and Butler are joined by Taylor Ford and Pachis Roberts — both highly regarded recruits in their own right — to make up the freshman class. Each brings a unique skill set to the table, and all are expected to contribute immediately.Fondren is the leader of the tight freshman class. The cement that could hold this team together long-term. Sykes is incredibly athletic. As a participant in the McDonald’s All-American Game dunk contest, she brings excitement the program has rarely seen.Butler could be the star. She was the highest-rated recruit. Ford is a knockdown shooter who could thrive in Syracuse’s inside-out offense. Roberts gives the Orange another elite shooter who can also attack the rim.Alone, none of them may be Stewart, but together they create a formidable force that could make up at least parts of the Syracuse starting lineup for the next four seasons.“We’re a system where players don’t leave early, so obviously we’ve got a great group of players to really grow up together in this program, and that for us is the most important thing,” Hillsman said. “We’re just really excited to have the kind of players that we have where they can compete at a high level.”With the departure of Hemingway, the offense is expected to take on a bit of a different shape. Each of these freshmen will be immediately responsible for part of that change.The Orange will use more of an inside-out offense — feeding the ball in to returning leading-scorer Alexander and kicking it out to shooters on the perimeter — rather than the high-low it employed in the past. That’s where guards Ford and Roberts come in.SU will also utilize a more open-court, fast break-oriented offense to put Sykes’ skills on display.And while some excel with certain skills, they all bring all-around games to the table.“They all can shoot,” junior guard Rachel Coffey said. “They’re all vocal, they see the floor, play defense, they work hard.”The freshmen first came together over the summer. The five players enrolled in SU’s SummerStart program.The six-week program not only gave the freshmen the opportunity to get to know the campus, but also to spend six weeks getting to know their teammates for what could be the next four seasons.A tight-knit bond was forged during those six weeks, and that could be what separates Syracuse’s freshman class from other elite freshman classes nationwide.“I’m a huge fan of team chemistry,” Sykes said. “The freshmen, we’re all like basically family. We have a pretty strong bond. … We love each other — too much.”But the group did know each other before coming to Syracuse for the summer, at least somewhat.During the recruiting process, several of the players talked to each other. They all made their decisions within just a few months of each other and were influenced by the potential to play with other elite freshmen.“We knew each other kind of coming in,” Butler said. “It was one of the key factors that helped me decide coming to Syracuse, so I think that helps when you’re coming in, and also the  chemistry was already there.”The freshmen’s accelerated growth should help that. So far, their older teammates rave about how game-ready they are.This class could be the one to put Hillsman’s program over the top.“She’s going to do well, obviously,” Hillsman said. “But I really thought that these players that we brought in are going to get us to the level that we need to be.” Commentslast_img read more