Syracuse University


Mon March 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Stephen Barton on the Campbell Conversations

Stephen Barton was a top honors student at Syracuse University—he delivered the student commencement address at the university’s graduation exercise last May. He had won a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in Russia, but before he could go, he was shot by James Holmes in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20th. The experience led him to join the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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Wed February 20, 2013
Gun Control

Syracuse University holds discussion on gun violence

Dr. James Knoll, center, speaks at a discussion on gun violence at Syracuse University. The other panelists, from left, are Scott Armstrong, Robert Spitzer, Helen Hudson and Stephen Barton.
Stephen Sartori Syracuse University

There was an almost constant collecting of index cards in Hendricks Chapel Tuesday evening, each containing a question on the issue of gun violence in America. The questions were for five panelists participating in what was billed by Syracuse University as a discussion, not a debate, on gun violence in America.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Psychologist says more focus needs to be on access to guns

The effects of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December that killed 26 children and staff, lingers in the psychological community. It's one reason Syracuse University's psychology department is hosting a panel discussion Monday night focusing on different aspects of the psychology of school violence. One presenter is worried how this tragedy could end up further stigmatizing mental illness.

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Thu January 24, 2013

We now go live on scene to... our drone?

The AR Parrot 2.0 drone can be bought at Toys R Us or for $300.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

Dan Pacheco is able to steer a small drone above a group of students with just a WiFi connection and his iPad. What the drone sees is projected onto a big screen in front of them.

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Wed January 23, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse's effort to connect The Hill to downtown continues

The first phase of the Connective Corridor was completed in 2012 and includes a bike lane.
Credit Courtesy Connective Corridor

Red modern-looking street lamps, bright green bike lanes and smoothly paved roadways now stretch from Syracuse University to the edge of the city's downtown.

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Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Former SU employee charged with videotaping athletes in locker room

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Syracuse police at Tuesday's news conference
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A former Syracuse television sportscaster, and Syracuse University employee stands accused of unlawfully recording video of male student-athletes in a locker room, without their knowledge. 

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Mon December 24, 2012

Syracuse college students push for climate change divestment

Students at SUNY ESF and Syracuse University are pushing their schools to participate in
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When environmentalist Bill McKibben visited Syracuse in October as part of the University Lectures series, he urged students to get their schools to make more sustainable investments. His words encouraged Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students to start the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.

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Tue December 11, 2012

Study finds mercury levels dropping in Atlantic Ocean

Mercury levels among fish caught in the Atlantic Ocean are dropping, but it's not the same case for fish from the Pacific Ocean.

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Tue December 11, 2012

New York state has highest paid private college presidents

Three dozen private college presidents nationwide received more than a million dollars in pay for one year, according to a study released this week. Among them is Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor, who will be stepping down in 2014.

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Thu November 22, 2012

Law school program helps bring research to the market, for free

Syracuse University law professor Ted Hagelin lectures during his course on technology commercialization.
Credit NYS Science & Technology Law Center

Law students have often been used to help solve so-called "cold-cases," but criminal law isn’t the only place their skills are being put to use. Syracuse University law school professor Ted Hagelin's class focuses on the cutting edge of technology.

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Fri November 9, 2012

Justice Department ends investigation into Bernie Fine

The U.S. Attorney's Office has dropped its year-long investigation of sexual abuse of minors by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

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Fri October 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

SU holds memorial events for student killed in Syria

Bassel Shahade, a Syracuse University graduate film student and Syrian native, was killed in the Homs massacre in Syria this spring, while working as a citizen journalist and filmmaker. Syracuse University commemorated him on October 10 with a memorial service, a panel about the situation in Syria and a benefit concert.

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Wed October 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Dalai Lama brings peace message to thousands of concert goers

A general view of the crowd at the One World Concert at Syracuse University on October 9, 2012 in Syracuse, New York.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Syracuse University

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama wrapped up a two-day world peace event at Syracuse University Tuesday night joining musical artists from around the world for the One World Concert.

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Tue October 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

SU community reacts to Dalai Lama events

Students line up at Syracuse University's Schine Student Center to see a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

Before, after, and in between the forum events with the Dalai Lama at Syracuse University Monday, the Schine Student Center was abuzz with the excitement of the day.

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Tue October 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Dalai Lama calls for lesson of peace during panel discussions

The 14th Dalai Lama, right, jokes with Martin Luther King III during the second Common Ground for Peace discussion Monday.
Stephen Sartori Syracuse University

Standing ovations, laughter and awe surrounded the first of two days the 14th Dalai Lama is spending in Syracuse. The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet spent Monday in an auditorium at Syracuse University taking part in discussions on peace and democracy in a time of growing unrest in the Arab world.

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Mon October 8, 2012
Regional Coverage

Peace, Dalai Lama and rock and roll come to SU

Peace is the word on the Syracuse University campus Monday and Tuesday. Promoters say the first-of-its-kind event in Syracuse, which includes the Dalai Lama, will spread the message through words and music.

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Tue October 2, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Collaboration in western New York brings innovative product

SensGard LLC. makes hearing protection, but not the kind that you might be used to. Instead of large, wooly earmuffs they are producing small, foldable hearing protectors that look like ear plugs on the end of a headband.

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Tue October 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

SU reaches fundraising goal

Syracuse University announced this month that it has reached the $1 billion mark in its fundraising campaign, which was launched in 2005. University administrators had not expected that goal to be met until December 31 of this year. With the recession dogging the economy for the last four years, other universities have not been so successful in their fundraising efforts.

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Mon October 1, 2012

Project SWIFT will create water quality database in Southern Tier

Workers on a drill pad in Pennsylvania.
Marie Cusick Innovation Trail/WMHT

Two Syracuse University geology professors - along with a graduate assistant or two - are hurrying to collect water samples from drinking wells in the Southern Tier before - and if - the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing is approved in New York.

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Fri September 28, 2012

Professor looks to brackets for new student startup competition

A Syracuse University professor is designing a national startup tournament for college students.
OnTask Flickr

Sean Branagan doesn't want to get any angry phone calls from the NCAA's lawyers for ripping off their idea, but he took inspiration from a certain national college basketball tournament, held every March, for a new student startup competition.

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Fri September 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Giant peace sign to celebrate International Peace Day

In recognition of International Peace Day, SU students, faculty, and community members created a giant, living peace sign on the quad.

Syracuse University marked International Peace day by creating a giant human peace sign on the quad. Community members and students were invited to wear orange and stand together so that a photographer could be hoisted into a crane to take an aerial photo.

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Mon August 20, 2012
Regional Coverage

Studying the political science of social media


Some graduate students at Syracuse University's Maxwell School will be tracking Twitter accounts and Facebook posts of presidential candidates as part of a new class on social media and politics this fall.  The idea is to see how politicians capitalize on the world of social media.

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Tue July 31, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Vets head back to bootcamp, this time to learn entrepreneurship

Mike Haynie, Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, talks to participants of the 2011 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
Institute for Veterans with Military Families

Popping the occasional Tylenol and drinking plenty of Red Bull are how Tom Voss and David Kendrick get through the long days at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Voss, 28, from Wuawatosa, Wis. and Kendrick, 25, from Rochester, are both Army veterans hoping to start their own businesses.

For eight days at Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Voss, Kendrick and 25 other veterans spend 14 hours a day in classes learning how to be entrepreneurs.

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Fri July 20, 2012
Regional Coverage

SU grad injured in Colorado shooting

  • Audio from Catherine Loper's update on the SU grad injured in an Aurora, Colorado shooting.

A Syracuse University graduate was among those injured in a Colorado movie theater shooting.

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Sun July 15, 2012

SU scientists say fireflies could be a light source

There's more to fireflies than a backyard light show.  Scientists at Syracuse University are working on a project that ultimately would put the insect's luminescense to use.

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Tue July 10, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse OK's 30-year tax break for university bookstore

The Syracuse Common Council approved a 30-year tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

Those for it say it has little resemblance to Destiny USA other than the length of the tax break. But those in opposition disagree strongly.

Months of debate about Syracuse's development strategy and negotiations culminated Monday with the city granting just its second-ever 30-year property tax exemption.

The recipient is a developer who will build a mixed-use off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University. The property in question is a long sliver of land currently owned by the nonprofit university, so it's not taxable.

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Mon July 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Syracuse poised to award second 30-year tax break

The Syracuse Common Council will vote on a proposed tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center this afternoon.
Cameron Group, LLC

Syracuse appears ready to give out its second 30-year tax exemption after months of debate. The decision comes at a time when many in the city are skeptical of public backing for development.

The Common Council has called a special session for later today to vote on the property tax exemption for a developer planning to build a Syracuse University bookstore and fitness center in the University Hill neighborhood.

The vote was supposed to happen back in March, but it was pulled at the last minute because it faced certain defeat. In the months since, councilors have negotiated with the developer and university.

On Friday, councilors confirmed the deal will finally proceed because it has gained the needed five votes.

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Fri June 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Tanner Lecture Series: Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley's retired number at Princeton
slgckgc via Flickr

A lecture on public responsibility by former senator, presidential candidate, and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley.

This lecture, hosted by Grant Reeher of the Campbell Conversations, took place on April 10, 2012 in the Maxwell Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus. The lecture series is presented by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. Feel free to visit their website for more information on this lecture and future lectures in the series.

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Tue June 5, 2012
Regional Coverage

SU student remembered

The steps of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University.
Matt Johnston WRVO

It’s been just over a week since Syracuse University student Bassel Al Shahade was killed in Homs, Syria. Last night, friends, colleagues, and teachers gathered on the SU Hill to remember him.

Many also hope the event brings awareness to the violence in Syria.

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Fri June 1, 2012
Regional Coverage

Connective Corridor: Forman Park gets a makeover

A vibrant sign shows off new renovations to Forman Park. The park splits the east and westbound lanes of East Genesee Street in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The first milestone of the Connective Corridor in Syracuse is now a reality. A revamped city park is now a featured link between downtown Syracuse and Syracuse University.

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