Off Campus: Multimedia Belt

September 28, 2017 - 10:41am
Six Syracuse Elementary students published their second book this year as part of a program designed to help them master English as a new language.

A four-year-old girl draws the final feather on her hand-drawn chicken and with a toothy smile holds up the final project to show Syracuse artist, Juan Cruz.

He kneels down to her eye level.

September 24, 2017 - 10:41am
LadyFest Syracuse provided a safe space for the celebration of music and art on Saturday night with profits going toward Vera House.

 

This Saturday, while Paul McCartney played in the Carrier Dome, an all-inclusive music-based feminist festival, LadyFest, held its fourth annual social gathering to champion “women, POC, and the LGBTQIA+ community.”

September 20, 2017 - 9:03am
Hussein Yerow grew up in a refugee camp, but that hasn't stopped him from improving his literacy skills and helping others in the community.

As he walks around North Side Learning Center, Hussein Yerow, a former refugee, is stopped several times.

“Hussein, where are my pencils?” a volunteer says.

“Hussein, remember to wait for me!” his little brother yells.

September 18, 2017 - 3:40pm
The Westcott Street Cultural Fair is held annually in the early fall to showcase and celebrate the colorful, weird and wonderful neighborhood around it.

The Westcott Street Cultural Fair is held annually in the early fall to showcase and celebrate the colorful, weird and wonderful neighborhood around it.

This year, six stages showcased acts from belly dancing to ballroom dance to acoustic bluegrass. Surrounding those stages, creatives and activists sold their products and their causes to visitors.

September 8, 2017 - 2:41pm
A coding initiative aims to teach younger students practical skills that could lead them to STEM-related fields.

Elementary school library classes across the nation do not just focus on the Dewey Decimal Classification and reading comprehension anymore. Some library classes are teaching a new literacy – computer coding.

This trend is on the rise as computer skills become increasingly important for many jobs. A Gallup study found that 40 percent of schools in the U.S. teach computer programming.

September 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Central New York's video game tournament, Syracuse Smash, celebrated its 50th biweekly tournament on August 19.

A woman in a pink evening gown with long golden hair stands opposite of an anthropomorphic fox in a green jumpsuit and silver vest. They’ll soon have mere minutes to knock each other out of bounds until one runs out of lives—or until the clock runs out.

Such is the basic gameplay of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise. The series has become wildly popular among competitive gamers, but not on purpose, according to Austin “TheEvilTurnip” Hernandez, former event coordinator for Binghamton Smash.

September 1, 2017 - 12:10pm
On Point for College, a local not-for-profit organization, works to help Syracuse City School District students get to college and find careers.

Syracuse was ranked the 29th poorest city in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau last year, but a dedicated group is working to help more students attend college, find better careers and improve the city.

On Point for College, a local not-for-profit organization, prepared more than 300 Syracuse City School District students for orientation this summer, providing them with school supplies and college guidance. Roughly 70 percent of donations come from individuals, but On Point recently received an extra boost.

August 21, 2017 - 10:24am
Lipe Art Park would become the home to a new biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, and scooter pump track.

Members of the volunteer group Pump Track SYR, are working towards finalizing the building plans of Syracuse’s first ever outdoor pump track, and hope to start construction next year.

The pump track would be installed in Lipe Art Park on West Fayette Street. The track can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and it will facilitate biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, and scooter use due to the unique nature of its design.

April 28, 2017 - 5:08am
After a $2 million settlement was awarded to five New York counties, Onondaga County still struggles to meet demands of the criminal justice system.

The violation of the constitution has come at a price for New York state. In 2007 a lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v. New York, was brought against five New York counties: Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Suffolk and Washington.

The lawsuit sought to ensure that a lawyer represents every poor criminal defendant at their initial court appearance and that lawyers are adequately prepared to contest the charges being brought, to reduce the caseloads of public defense attorneys and to ensure criminal defendants received proper defense.

April 27, 2017 - 9:54pm
Now that Hungry Chuck's closed and Orange Crate Brewing Co. is moving, students and the greater community are feeling the effects of the Marshall Street area's changing nightlife scene.

Three male students strolled slowly down the Syracuse University promenade, backpacks on as they headed home from campus after a long Tuesday of classes. An orange April sunset cast a long shadow ahead of them as they talked, laughed and discussed their plans for the evening.

“You going out tonight, bro?” one student asked another.

“I definitely want to. I mean, how many nights do we have left?” the second responded.

“I mean, but where are we going to go?”