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Siena College Research Institute

A study of cyber bullying in Central New York finds nearly one third of teens report being bullied online.  That’s a bit higher than the 26 percent of teens surveyed across Upstate New York.  Siena College Research Institute President Dr. Don Levy says the numbers are probably understated.

Scott Willis / WAER News

As many as 1,000 Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students and faculty gathered for a rally and march around campus Wednesday out of concern for what might happen under a President Donald Trump.  They wanted to stand in solidarity to preserve dignity and respect for all people.

The call to action was part of a nationwide walkout from college and university classes to speak out about the fears they have.  SU junior Breanna Cooper says many people don’t feel safe.

cornell.edu

Cornell University will have a new president starting next spring.  The board of trustees Monday unanimously selected Martha Pollack as the permanent successor to President Elizabeth Garrett, who died in March of colon cancer after only eight months on the job.  Since then, former President Hunter Rawlings III has been serving on an interim basis.  Pollack has been Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan since 2013.  She'll take the helm at Cornell April 17th.  

wisdomthinkers.org

An international conference on character education in Washington included a Central New Yorker spreading his word on how story-telling can work at schools, in business and in our communities.  The idea might not just build character; it could also be a remedy to our current divisive politics.

Some from the education sector and form the corporate world believe building character is important for good students and good employees.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Seasoned journalists from the front lines of the Syrian conflict told an audience at Syracuse University Thursday that the media has fallen short on how it chooses to cover the humanitarian crisis.  Sherine Tadros spent most of her career as a Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English, and now serves as head of the UN office of Amnesty International.  She recalls reporting from Turkey as refugees arrived.

Marlee Tuskes / WAER News

A new mural will now greet students and visitors as they enter Syracuse’s LeMoyne Elementary School. The mural depicts the five Native American nations coming together to create the Haudenosaunee confederacy.  Andy Mager with neighbors of the Onondaga Nation says the mural will help to educate residents about the history that happened right in their own backyard.

Geani Sanabria/WAER News

  The seventh grade students at Ed Smith Elementary School’s concerns go beyond the average teen angst, they’re fighting for a greener tomorrow.

Ed Smith was presented with OCRRA’s Mastri Recycling Excellence Award Monday. The seventh graders are the backbone of Ed Smiths’ greener initiative. They’re so invested that students such as Kyle Giardine sacrifice their much-anticipated lunch period to monitor energy usage and recycling in classrooms

syr.edu

  The swift closure of I-T-T Technical Institute in Liverpool has placed many students in a precarious situation.  Some other colleges are looking at the closing as an opportunity for students to apply.  The Dean of University College at Syracuse University, Bea Gonzalez says it’s very possible that some I-T-T class credits will transfer over.

Katie Zilcoksy/WAER News

  Syracuse School children and teachers officially got their new semester started Wednesday in all but one city school.  A few of them had some special guests with encouragement – and some challenges on their minds.

Salem Hyde Principal Patricia Floyd Eccles greeted children…and had Mayor Stephanie Miner and Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea in tow…ready to kick start the year.

Miner told the students that they "look smart and engaged and ready to be here".

NY NOW

The state’s education commissioner , Mary Ellen Elia says she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King,  to punish schools with a high opt out rate from the standardized tests.

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