Syracuse University

SU Student Return Brings Hope for Local Restaurants

Aug 25, 2020
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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.

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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:

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Social media videos surfaced early Thursday morning of a large group of Syracuse University freshmen gathering on the campus’s quad, disobeying the University’s social distancing and mask requirements.

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Syracuse University officials have released a harshly-worded statement criticizing students who reportedly ignored coronavirus safety measures to attend a large gathering Wednesday night.  First-year students primarily have been coming to campus housing all this week.  Reports from the Daily Orange and social media showed a crowd of at least 100 people gathered, some wearing masks but many not using masks, and ignoring social distancing and small-group guidelines.

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Opening schools will come with risks, but Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon feels that the community is in the position to handle the coronavirus. The county’s infection rate has been below 1% for over a week now, and has dropped to around half a percent in the last few days.

Syracuse University football players, coached and fans saw the season schedule get upended Wednesday by an announcement from the Atlantic Coast Conference to play a mostly conference-only schedule.  Each team in the conference will play 10 games against conference opponents, plus one other against a non-conference team. 

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As Syracuse University and other schools consider starting college sports, the athletes’ academics and health are both concerns while the coronavirus is still a threat.  The SU athletics department is making the case for preserving as much of the on-campus experience as possible for the student athletes.

Central New York’s attention has understandably been on the COVID pandemic and racial justice.  But three area educators wanted to focus on another looming crisis – climate change.  

The college experience provides groundwork for the future, but this week on Talkback, a return to Syracuse means creating that future. Host Cooper Boardman talks with two SU professors, Matt Park and Rich Cimini, who work in the industry and return to teach and mentor students.

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Syracuse University is moving ahead with plans to hold most classes in person in what will be a condensed fall semester.  Interim Deputy Senior VP Amanda Nicholson says they’re trying to keep the college experience alive for students, even if it’s not quite the same.