Syracuse University

November 20, 2013 - 5:32pm
Students all over the country are pressuring their administrations to remove their investments from fossil fuels. But as time passes and the campaign gets little reaction, questions arise as to whether this approach is actually beneficial.

In October 2012, Bill McKibben, renowned climate change activist and founder of 350.org (and a personal hero of mine) kicked off the “Go Fossil Free” campaign, encouraging students to encourage their institutions to divest their massive endowment funds from fossil-fuel based companies. Roaming the country on his “Do The Math” tour, McKibben put it simply: fossil fuels are causing climate change, and unless we “rise up to stop them,” fossil fuel companies will keep doing what they do – making money by destroying our planet.

November 5, 2013 - 7:06pm
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.

November 3, 2013 - 8:59pm
The fair brought food trucks, zip lines and live entertainment to Forman Park in celebration of the launch of phase two of the Connective Corridor revitalization project.

The “Zip Fest” Street Fair was bustling in Syracuse’s Forman Park Sunday in honor of the launch of phase two of the Connective Corridor project. The four-hour block party had a mobile zip line, five food trucks, a massage station and live entertainment, and provided fun attractions for visitors of all ages.

October 30, 2013 - 11:33am
Meet Stephann Dubois, a computer science senior from Haiti.

On Jan. 12, 2010, Stephann Dubois thought the world was ending. He was volunteering to help younger students in his native Haiti when chaos erupted — it turned out to be a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Dubois jumped out of the two-story school and walked 30 miles back home.

With his home country in such turmoil after the catastrophe, Dubois decided to further his education in the United States, and he chose Syracuse University.

October 30, 2013 - 11:16am
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 - 11:11am
Meet Michele Lopez, a counseling and counselor doctorate student from Venezuela.

Michele Lopez came to the United States in search of stability and a better life. Even though she loved her family dearly, she said Venezuela was too full of uncertainties. The decision to leave her home country became final after a personal experience with Venezuela’s health care industry.

Lopez and her boyfriend had just bought an apartment and were looking to save some money by remodeling it themselves, she said. But she was injured in the process.

October 30, 2013 - 11:07am
Meet Cathy Sun, an undeclared freshman in Whitman, from China.

Cathy Sun, an undeclared freshman at the Whitman School of Management, was born in Guangzhou, China, and moved to Shanghai when she was 3 years old. But Sun wasn’t exactly raised in the Chinese culture. She spent most of her life growing up in northern Germany, where the family relocated because of her father’s job.

When Sun thinks of home, she remembers both China and Germany. Shanghai is home to her family, her friends and her mother’s home-cooked meals. She remembers China for the people, she says, but Germany was her childhood.

October 30, 2013 - 11:06am
Meet Mohamad Khairie Shaari, an international relations senior from Malaysia.

After being accepted to Syracuse University, Mohamad Khairie Shaari remembered scanning a list with the names of other Malaysian students enrolled at the school. There were a total three. 

But the number didn't deter Shaari — it only added to the appeal of attending the university tucked in the relative seclusion of upstate New York. Shaari relishes the opportunity to explore and learn about different cultures, to live outside the comfortable and familiar. 

October 30, 2013 - 11:06am
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 - 11:06am
Meet Nikhil Vinodh, an economics senior from India.

College in America has done more than give economics senior Nikhil Vinodh a top-notch, private-college education: He’s also learned to cook.

“I had never stepped into a kitchen back in India,” he said. “But after coming here, I had to become independent.”

In India, it is custom for people in the middle and upper classes to have maids and cooks in their homes. Since coming to Syracuse University, Vinodh has learned to fend for himself.