Oswego, NY – Politicians running for elected office this year have one of the poorest response rates to a national political awareness test. The survey, sponsored by the non-partisan Project Vote Smart, asked candidates for their positions on key issues. New York politicians had a survey response rate of 25 percent. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked Project Vote Smart Senior Advisor Adelaide Elm what the findings say about the willingness of candidates to openly state their positions.
Oswego, NY – Syracuse's only domestic violence court is scheduled to be inaugurated later this morning. New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye has established 13 Integrated Domestic Violence courts across the state since 2001. Each one is run by a single judge, who handles every stage of the domestic violence cases that come to city court. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Judge Stephen Dougherty, who is in charge of Syracuse's domestic violence court.
Oswego, NY – Opposition is mounting against the Wells College Board of Trustees' decision two weeks ago to accept male students. In recent years, enrollment at the 136-year-old women's college has declined. Almost 100 members of the school's Alumnae Association met last weekend to discuss the board's decision. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Judy Scott, class of '67, who was at the meeting.
Syracuse, NY – Students in the Syracuse schools are taking a closer look at innovative music thanks to Music Journeys. This foundation supports new and different ideas in arts education and concerts in Central New York. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about guitarist Dominic Frasca and composer Marc Mellits, who visited a few Syracuse schools this week as part of their work with Music Journeys.
Syracuse, NY – A group of Catholic Bishops has taken an active role in the Presidential election. Although short of an explicit endorsement, they are encouraging Catholics to vote for President Bush because of his opposition to abortion. New York's Catholic Bishops have stayed on the sidelines. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked New York Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust why.
Syracuse, NY – Syracuse's professional women's football team, the Sting, is nearing the end of its fourth season. It's been a "rebuilding year" for the Sting, with coaching changes, hours on the road for away games and new players to train. WRVO's Skye Rohde spent time with the team and has this report about game day.
Albany, NY – Ralph Nader brought his Presidential campaign to Upstate NY on Thursday with stops in Albany, Syracuse and Albany. At the State Capital, Nader urged his supporters to vote their conscience and back him on election day. Karen DeWitt has the story.
Aurora, NY – Scores of students at Wells College have been protesting all week against the Board of Trustees' decision to admit male students next fall. The impasse between administration and students shows no sign of resolution, but its repercussions are surfacing. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report on the response to the school's decision.
Ithaca, NY – In many of Ithaca's stores, there are two ways to pay for purchases. You can use U.S. dollars, or you can pay in Ithaca Hours. This local currency has been part of the city's economy for 13 years. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about Ithaca Hours and whether such a system could work in other parts of the region.
Syracuse, NY – Non-partisan Project Vote Smart expands voters' understanding of candidates and issues in Congressional and State Legislative political campaigns for public office. Project Vote Smart's Senior Advisor Adelaide Elms explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski that the organization goes well beyond what the news media can offer.
Manlius, NY – These days, Chinese school is more than just a place to fine-tune language skills. More and more non-Chinese parents are sending their adopted Chinese-born children there, and sometimes taking classes themselves. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the role of the Central New York Chinese School in establishing an ethnic identity for adoptive families.
Oswego, NY – Remember that phrase "one person's trash is another person's treasure"? Hundreds of people in Central New York are taking it literally. They're freecyclers, people that give and take all kinds of items by way of an internet bulletin board. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the rising popularity of freecycling in our region.
Syracuse, NY – The cochlear implant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 20 years ago. Since then, it has helped thousands of deaf people obtain -- or regain -- some level of hearing. But as with any successful technology, there's always room for improvement. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports on how scientists in Syracuse are working to make cochlear implants even better.
Cortland, NY – Governor Pataki delivers a primetime speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention to introduce George Bush as accepts his party's nomination for President. Pataki is said to have his own presidential aspirations and his speech will no doubt enhance his prestige. But whether it thrusts Pataki toward the White House in 2008 is doubtful, according to Cortland State political science professor Robert Spitzer, as he explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Utica , NY – Many college students say their trips abroad are among their most memorable learning experiences, as they live and study with people from different cultures. Earlier this summer, a group from Utica College had such an opportunity. They spent three-weeks in a part of the world few Americans know much about, getting to know the people and their ancestors. Journalism professor David Chanatry traveled with the group and has this report.
Onondaga Nation Territory – These days, most American lacrosse players use mass-produced metal sticks with plastic heads. But back when the Iroquois first created the game, they made their sticks out of wood, strings of raw cowhide and leather. Only a few stickmakers carry on this tradition today. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this profile of Alf Jacques, an Onondaga man who is one of them.
Syracuse, NY – Imagine taking 800 pounds of butter and sculpting it into a piece of art or at least an attraction that draws thousands of visitors. Butter sculptures have been regular exhibits at state fairs here in New York and in other dairy-producing states for decades. But there's something different that will set this year's butter sculpture at the Great New York State Fair apart from all the rest. Jeremy Hanlon reports.
Oswego, NY – The first female rabbi in the United States was ordained in 1972. But it was only last month that the first woman was hired to lead a Jewish congregation in the Central New York area. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Rabbi Rachel Ain, who is now at Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra-Shas in DeWitt.