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Whether it's a Presidential debate, from the lips of a local reporter, or the national news, conversations about the future of our planet are constantly taking place. And no matter where you land on the politics surrounding climate change, there is no denying the need for education on the matter.

This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sit down with Meg Lowe, Sustainability Coordinator in the Energy Systems and Sustainability Management Department at Syracuse University.  The three of them chat about sustainability at Syracuse University, opportunities for education, and some upcoming events.

John Smith / WAER News

A recent increase of COVID-19 cases among SU students is changing how the university responds. The cluster emerged after some students visited another college and then attended an off campus party. Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie says the university led an education campaign early on.

Positive coronavirus cases in the White House and among top US military leaders have raised the concern of one Syracuse University International Relations expert regarding the nation’s national security.  Officials out for medical treatment or in quarantine from exposure raises questions about leadership. 

Gage Skidmore

Political experts from Syracuse University and SUNY Cortland  weighed in on waht they saw as a 'disaster' and chaotic in teh first presidential debate, while finding some meaning in some of the answers and non-answers to questions.

  The contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden left two thoughts in the mind of Syracuse University Political Science Professor Grant Reeher: 

Sports fields and courts have been the platforms for statements about social and racial justice since games resumed this year.  Struggle with quality and discrimination are not new, though for Syracuse University, which had to deal with the issues 50 years ago amid student-athlete protests

It’s May 1970. Syracuse Football is set to start spring practice, Ben Schwartzwalder at the helm for his 21st year. Something was different though. Nine football players - mislabeled The Syracuse Eight - boycotted spring practice. Why? To stand up for equality and advocate for a more diverse coaching staff. A decision made in 1969 that affected their playing careers forever. The Eight were eventually suspended from the team and never got to play in the NFL.

  Schools around Central New York are grappling with decisions about how to bring students and teachers back to classrooms safely – if at all.  Some new research out of Syracuse University could give them effective guidelines, if they’re willing to follow through.  Doctor Eric Schiff is interim Director of the Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems


National Veterans Resource Center Opens at Syracuse University

Aug 26, 2020
John Smith / WAER News

A flag raising was held this morning in celebration of Syracuse University’s newest building and to mark the start of this week’s fall semester. The National Veterans Resource Center took eight years to complete from conception and was funded entirely with philanthropic gifts.

Gym Owners Prepared as Governor Allows Reopening

Aug 25, 2020
Chris Bolt / WAER News

The owner of 2 local fitness clubs says people are coming through the doors and getting reacquainted with safety protocols after being closed for about five months. Governor Andrew Cuomo's order allowed gyms and fitness centers to begin reopening Monday, and local officials have been allowed to further delay reopening until September 2nd.

SU Student Return Brings Hope for Local Restaurants

Aug 25, 2020
James Corrigan / WAER News

The fall semester at Syracuse University got underway Monday with thousands of students coming to the city to learn in-person.  The local restaurant community is happy to have students back, but cautious about the COVID-19 threat they might bring.

Katie Zilcosky / WAER News

Syracuse University responded strongly Thursday to the large gathering of freshmen on the school quad Wednesday night, largely without masks and social distancing. SU Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado released a statement saying 23 students have been suspended as a result of the gathering, and that investigations of who was in attendance remain ongoing. 

Maldonado outlined what DPS knows of the event in the statement: