New York

September 2, 2014 - 2:57pm
The fair ran for 12 days and captured an array of the Empire State's culture from livestock, to Native American Heritage, to fried tasty treats.

The Great New York State Fair is a buzzing, wonderfully chaotic place, where hundreds of thousands of people from all across the Empire State gather to celebrate all that this glorious state has to offer. Whether you’re a city-dweller or making your way in from the country, whether you’ve come to claim a blue ribbon for your prized cattle or come to eat deep-fried Oreos and ride the tilt-a-whirl until you hurl, the fair has something for everyone.

November 17, 2013 - 10:13pm
The former Miss New York attended a Bollywood-inspired homecoming reception party at The Oncenter on Nov. 16 bringing with her a new beacon of hope for Syracuse’s Indian community.

Recently-crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri has come to stand as a symbol for a new generation of Indian-Americans. 

“[Indian Americans] haven’t really had their spotlight yet,” said Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones. “I think the world is ready. We have a black president, [America] is ready for more prominent leaders from diverse backgrounds.”

November 12, 2013 - 6:59pm
Central New York authors kicked off NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this past Saturday at the Liverpool Public Library as they gathered to talk about their different perspectives on writing.

Kay Benedict Sgarlata, memoirist and Syracuse native, finds the process of writing indescribable. 

“We all have been writing all of our lives, but what brings a person to a moment in time when they feel they have something inside of them that someone else might enjoy reading?” Sgarlata asked at the “Celebrate Local Authors” event at the Liverpool Public Library this Saturday.

November 5, 2013 - 6:06pm
The Democracy in Action project delivers dozens of accounts Tuesday from across the Syracuse community.

For the fourth year in a row, graduate and undergraduate students from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications covered all things election: poll sites, campaign events, and pasta parties through the Democracy in Action project.

Student journalists told Election Day stories through video, photo and text as they toured through Central New York starting at 5 am and going until late into the evening.

October 30, 2013 - 10:16am
Meet Isidore K. Amani, a pre-med senior from the Ivory Coast.

Isidore K. Amani, or 'Izzy,' comes to Syracuse bearing with him the heart and soul of Africa.

The Ivory Coast, located in the western region of Sub-Saharan Africa, is where Amani calls home. His new home, however, is a continent of new learning experiences.

A senior pre-med major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Amani pursues knowledge in all fields of study. From religion and sociology to international affairs and politics, he is a lover of knowledge. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and watching the news.

October 30, 2013 - 10:06am
Meet Ioana Emy Matesan, a political science Ph.D student from Romania.

Ioana Emy Matesan’s first US experience didn’t prepare her for her second one. From the big city of San Francisco, to the country town of Monmouth, Ill., Matesan was shocked when she arrived for her freshman year of college at Monmouth College.

“It was like a farm town. The college was in the middle of nowhere. I was only used to the big cities in the US. That was the biggest culture shock,” Matesan said.

October 30, 2013 - 10:06am
Meet Rose Aschebrock, a writing and magazine journalism senior from New Zealand.

Before coming to college, Rose Aschebrock’s only experience in the United States was a layover on her flight to England.

During the few hours Aschebrock spent stranded in LAX, the teenage New Zealander quickly noticed American sporting culture ­­— a spirited phenomenon unfamiliar to her native country.

Aschebrock had all but forgotten the competitive sports rivalries she’d witnessed on TV, in apparel and during conversations in America, until she began thinking about a secondary education.

September 17, 2013 - 2:02pm
Missed fashion week? No worries. Here's the recap from the 2014 Spring collection here and find out what you should be wearing when the snow finally melts.

Another fashion week has come and gone and as always it has left us with a vice grip on our credit card, and fingers hovering over the purchase button. 

Flashback: 2013 brought us lethal yet fashionable spikes, high-waisted EVERYTHING, the dressy but casual button down, the return of the maxi dress and the revitalization of denim. 

If you thought all of that awesome, you are going to love everything that 2014 has to offer and be crazy-ready for spring, just like us.

September 17, 2013 - 11:52am
Fayetteville's Nina Davuluri's completes her pageant journey to become the first Indian-American Miss America.

Some view the Miss America organization as homogenous, but Nina Davuluri combats that image.

Fayetteville native Davuluri was crowned Miss New York in July and won the Miss America title Sunday evening. She was the first Indian-American woman to represent New York at Miss America and is now the first Indian-American woman to wear the Miss American crown.

September 4, 2013 - 6:40am
Traditional carnival foods may be one-time treats for some, but also showcase the lack of nutritional knowledge many Americans have about food.

There is perhaps no better way to observe the state of American health culture than at The Great New York State Fair.

Proudly displayed on posts and columns are “I ♥ NY Smoke Free” signs next to concessions’ menus offering fried dough, Oreos, foot-long hot dogs, beer and pizza pies. The entrance to the Kids’ Zone is labeled a “smoke-free zone,” but it contains a dessert stand and a taco concession.

Smoking is bad — that much the State Fair believes. Carnival food, however, is fair game.