Syracuse University

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At the end Syracuse University’s last semester, racist crimes took hold of the campus community. What does it take to make higher education institutions more inclusive?

Coronavirus at a microbial level
U.S. National Institute of Health

The Chief of Infectious Diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse says it’s not the Coronavirus from China that Central New Yorkers should be most concerned about this season.  Dr. Stephen Thomas says there’s a good reason to wash your hands and suggests those who feel ill to stay away from others.

Her Hilltop High: Stories of War and 44

Jan 6, 2020

America’s History as well as Syracuse University’s history starts to get busy in the middle of the century. It's during this time that SU strengthens its relationship with veterans, accepting nearly 7,000 soliders under the G.I. Bill after World War II. This doubled enrollment at the school, so Syracuse hired more faculty and expanded academic programming.

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Facing breast cancer means different things to different people.  That was the mission of – and the takeaway from – the production of TitBits: Breast Cancer Stories in which 8 people share how they were affected (listen below).  Patients, doctors, caregivers all recount personal and emotional details of their stories.  Excerpts of the production aired on WAER as an episode of Syracuse Speaks.

This episode of Her Hilltop High starts right before the United States enters World War I. Football and basketball are established sports on campus. But in 1916, SUNY ESF students introduce a new game to Syracuse University students: Lacrosse. 

Katie Zilcosky / WAER News

Climate change can feel like a distant, heady topic. While fully understanding the nuances of the science behind it can be complicated, its effects are very real. And it is impacting people globally and in our community.

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  UPDATED 11/22

After University officials announced agreements on most of student demands, the #NotAgainSU protest leaders read a statement that they did not agree to the memorandum signed by the Chancellor. 

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Updated 10:11 a.m. to add Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Provost comments.   

A forum at Syracuse University to try and ease fears on campus over racist incidents and improve policies on diversity and safety did not meet either goal.  But students and some staff members did get promises from the Chancellor and administration to make changes that could improve inclusion and the handling of future racist incidents.

Scott Willis / WAER-FM 88.3

The multiple agencies investigating incidents of racist graffiti, verbal attacks, and most recently, a manifesto released electronically are reassuring Syracuse University students and faculty that they’re not in danger.  Officials say Monday night, someone airdropped what appeared to be copy of the manifesto written by the New Zealand mass shooter, which prompted a request for state police patrols in and around campus. 

John Smith / WAER News

(UPDATED 11/18 @ 11:30 am; Chancellor, Administration  message below)

The series of racist acts of vandalism and graffiti continued over the weekend at Syracuse University.  Many officials have issued responses to these actions that have drawn student protests and shaken the campus community.