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Hundreds of Fans Celebrate SU Women and Men Basketball Teams

Mar 30, 2016

Hundreds of orange-clad fans enthusiastically sent off the Syracuse University's men's and women's basketball teams before they depart, respectively, to Houston and Indianapolis to compete in NCAA's Final Four.

The students, families, and lifelong orange supporters gathered with Coach Boeheim and Coach Hillsman for the celebration at Manley Arena at noon.

"We’re not happy right now where we are. We are proud of what we have done, but we are looking forward to two more games and coming back here again one more time to celebrate," Coach Boeheim said. 

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As new buildings rise in Syracuse or transportation infrastructure is improved, the next budding construction and civil engineers could also be dreaming up new designs and solutions. Syracuse University cut the ribbon on a new construction engineering lab this morning. The space will allow students to create practice exercises similar to actual construction site activity.

Chancellor Kent Syverud thinks the lab could have a real connection between future area projects and students.

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College Students facing 10,  20, and up to 40-thousand dollars in student loan debt stood with Chuck 

  Schumer in Syracuse today to support his plan to reduce it.  The Democratic Senator proposes a multi-part plan to reduce the debt students have to take on and eventually see all students’ graduate debt free.

  Syracuse University will join the ranks of Harvard, Duke and Yale as a national recognized R1 research university. The Carnegie classification  systems grades each institution every 5 years and Syracuse University was one of 15 universities to move from a R2 to a R1 classification.   Syracuse University's  Interim Dean of the Graduate school and Vice President of Research Peter Vanable says the new classification as a top tier research university should bring top talent and more research opportunities.

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Excitement is building at Syracuse University over the potential of the proposed National Veterans Resource Complex.  SU officials want to make such a statement that, for the first time in years, they’ve launched a national design competition to select an architect for the project.  Mike Haynie is Vice Chancellor and Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at SU.  He says the rapid growth and success of the programs at IVMF has presented some infrastructure barriers that keep them from having a local impact. 

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  Syracuse University's appeal of the sanctions placed on the basketball program by the NCAA has resulted in a reduction of the number of scholarships lost and a drop in the fine being charged the school.  The infractions committee ruled on SU's appeal by giving back one scholarship-per-year.  The original penalty included the loss of 3 scholarships in each of the next 4 years for a total of 12.  That has been changed to 2 awards per year for a total of 8.  

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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.