Syracuse University

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About 100 Syracuse University students and staff gathered in front of Hendricks Chapel as the sun set Monday evening to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of those who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attacks.  The remembrance featured representatives of every faith tradition who offered their thoughts and read passages from their respective religious texts.  Devon Bartholomew is the Assistant Baptist Chaplain at Hendricks.

Vice President Biden Speaks at SU About Campus Sexual Assaults

Nov 12, 2015
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Syracuse University, through it's It's On Us Campaign, made quite a pep rally for Vice President Biden's visit Thursday, engaging the large student and staff audience with music and multimedia messages like PSAs.  

Less than a month after deciding not to run for President, he’s calling people out on stopping campus sexual violence.  Without having to run a campaign, Joe Biden has time for one of his most passionate causes.


  Syracuse was named one of the top 10 best cities in the nation for veterans to come and earn their college degrees. Hiring Our Heroes conducted a survey of cities with good access to colleges with veterans programs, as well as graduation rates and job opportunities.  Syracuse placed 7th on the list.

  On of the first lessons for new or returning college students from across the state is likely getting them acquainted with new laws aimed to combat sexual violence on campuses. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign sends a clear message as to what affirmative consent means. The state defines affirmative consent as a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.

LeMoyne College in Syracuse already had an affirmative consent policy in place but, now it’s been updated to reflect the state definition and a bill of rights.  Deputy Title Nine Coordinator for Student Development Ann Bersani says new students are taking in performances of Relationships 101 to learn about the awareness campaign and new laws.

"A series of skits that are performed by our students in the performing arts center. Those students have integrated the new 'Enough is Enough' legislation into their portion of this which was incredible to see our students taking that on and explaining it to their peers."

Bersani adds she believes the performances leaves more of an impact because existing students are delivering the message and it get them talking to each other.  Bersani explains that could potentially open the door for more reporting.

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  Syracuse University's Men's Football team began practice this weekend with a clear focus on looking forward not backward.  The team is coming off a 3-9 season in 2014.  That disappointment followed seasons in 2013 and 2012 that both ended in bowl victories.

In 2013, SU defeated Minnesota in the Texas Bowl to cap off a 7-6 season.  In 2012, the season ended with a Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia for a record of 8-5.  

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There’s a place on Syracuse University’s South Campus where biologists are trying to figure out how woody plants behave and work. 

   Associate Professor of Biology Jason Fridley opens the gate into a garden plot that looks more like overgrown brush under a shade cloth.  It’s actually an outdoor lab for native and non-native plants.

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Syracuse University’s new Athletic Director says he wants student athletes to represent the University in a first class manner both on and off the athletic fields.  Mark Coyle is from Boise State University.  He recognizes Syracuse’s history and tradition of strong athletic programs as one of the University’s strengths.

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Syracuse University has selected Mark Coyle as its next athletic director.  Coyle comes from Boise State in Idaho.  There he led a department that fielded 20 athletic teams.  He's credited with academic and athletic success.

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Syracuse University was the latest stop Thursday for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  She's visiting colleges and universities in an effort to push lawmakers to approve Governor Cuomo's proposal for a uniform sexual assault policy at every institution in the state. The "Enough is Enough" campaign was originally part of the state budget before it and many other policy initiatives were dropped. Hochul says the policy begins with a uniform definition for consent.

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Central New York’s business sector of women-owned entrepreneurs are part of the total of 9 million businesses who are creating new products, services and jobs across the United States.  For some, the Wise (Women Igniting The Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Symposium 2015 is their first introduction to making the right connections to launch their own.  They gathered at the Carrier Dome for the 13th annual Symposium on Tuesday.  The Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet was a presenter. She explains that young women realized their parents were only earning five percent raises in corporate America.