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Syraucuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email to the Syracuse University community today that S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications Dean Lorraine Branham died of cancer. She was 66 years old. Branham had served as the dean of the school since 2008.

Music popularity comes in waves. What was immensely popular in the 90s is different than what dominates the radio waves today. One of the genres that has had it's fair share of ups and downs is Jazz. This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by culture reporter, music critic, and lecturer Larry Blumenfeld. He's serving as the 2019 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University. 

He'll outline what he intends to address during his time at Syracuse, whether jazz is thriving or just surving, along with  how jazz fits into our culture today.

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Many students, families, and friends gathered outside the steps of  Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel Tuesday in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting that happened over the weekend in New Zealand. Hendricks Chapel Dean The Rev Brian Konkol greeted the audience with a powerful statement about not allowing fear to win.

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To paint with human expression and place it on canvas as Spencer Stultz does is truly a unique ability that speaks to her intrinsic talents as an artist. 

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Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah is the featured speaker at Syracuse University’s Martin Luther King celebration this Sunday.  Noah’s life story as the son of a South African mother and European father has struck a chord with many on campus.  SU journalism professor Elliott Lewis explores the ways biracial Americans are answering questions of race and identity.

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Some Syracuse residents living with HIV are part of a study to find out how heavy drinking might be increasing the chances of passing along the disease.  A Syracuse University researcher wants to see if there are ways to reduce the risk.  


The Community Folk Art Center and Syracuse University will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin on Friday, November 30th, with a concert and panel discussion about the legendary singer’s life and career. Cedric Bolton is with Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and co-chair of the event. 

WAER and Hendricks Chapel recently hosted an on-air, round-table discussion on Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”.  The book was selected for the 2018-19 Syracuse Reads Program, a shared reading initiative coordinated by the Provost’s Office that is part of the First-Year Experience for all new Syracuse University students.

Hosted by WAER General Manager Joe Lee and the Rev. Brian Konkol, dean of Hendricks Chapel, the round table conversation also included four first-year students—Bryan Hudnell, Dassy Kemedjio, Hadiya Lee and Allison Weiss—focusing on themes of identity and belonging, spirituality, and diversity and inclusion.

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Most Central New Yorkers might consider it common knowledge that compounds derived from marijuana, called cannabinoids, are effective at reducing or relieving pain.  But a first-of-its kind systematic review by Syracuse University of existing research on that notion might change the perception of how the drugs work. 

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Syracuse University is about to host a hackathon focused on helping people and communities leading up to, during and after natural disasters.  During the two day event which starts Friday, Hurrican Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia.