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From the epicenter of scandal: Daily Orange editors report on Syracuse situation

Managing Editor Amrita Mainthia, Editor in Chief Dara McBride and News Editor Meghin Delaney have been spending plenty of time in-house at The Daily Orange offices in the wake of the Bernie Fine scandal.

Managing Editor Amrita Mainthia, Editor in Chief Dara McBride and News Editor Meghin Delaney have been spending plenty of time in-house at The Daily Orange offices in the wake of the Bernie Fine scandal. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— “I think all of us go home and dream about the possibility of what else can happen,” Mainthia said. “Whenever I hear sirens, I feel like it’s connected to Bernie Fine. I have nightmares at 6 a.m. that Jim Boeheim is going to get fired.”

With the impending winter break, the staff worries about what could happen while the editors are away.

“The biggest worry is we only have four more papers, but if something happened over winter break, that would just suck,” Mainthia said. “I’m crossing my fingers that if anything happens, it waits until Jan. 17 [when students return.]”

Everyone wants to know the truth. And that’s what we want to know, too.

— Amrita Mainthia, managing editor

The biggest struggle for the staff remains as they handle the fine line between supporters of a university they have come to love and purveyors of the truthful news, regardless of what that news may do to the school’s reputation.

“What’s looming over all of us is if our head coach will be terminated,” Mainthia said. “As a basketball fan, you don’t want that to happen. You don’t want anything bad to happen, but isn’t it the bad things that make the news?”

The staff will continue to watch the story unfold as police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office complete their investigation into the Fine accusations, which has now brought about a total of four accusers.

“Everyone wants to know the truth,” Mainthia said. “And that’s what we want to know, too.”

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