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Just this past Friday I attended an alumni panel for my major. While I was encouraged that my major was making an effort to allow me to meet people that have gone through the same academic process that I am going through now, I was left slightly disappointed.

The alumni panel consisted of three participants, one who is currently a grad student in Newhouse, a young man now working in the ITS Department here at Syracuse University and an author who graduated from Syracuse in 1985 that has published books on eating disorders and has appeared on CNN and NBC’s “Today Show.” I felt that only the alumnus that graduated from SU 20 plus years ago could really offer me information on what it’s  like to work outside of Syracuse. I often speak to upperclassmen about life here at SU and pick their brains on a variety of subjects, but I do not seek their advice on careers unless they have substantial experience outside of the university.

This alumni panel reminded me a lot of freshman orientation. While freshman orientation prepares us for life at SU, such as trudging through the snow, not walking into Thornden Park past sunset and not walking up the steps to get into Carnegie, I do not wish to obtain that information at a career panel of alumni. At this point in my education when graduation is not all that far away, I want advice on how to network, obtain internships and what classes within my major will be beneficial to my career. I did gain some of that information from that event but from only one person out of the three. My advice to Orange Central: Stop
collaborating with the orientation committee.

-Brysan Brown

Homecoming weekend brings many alumni back to their old stomping grounds on Syracuse’s campus. Lucky for us, one of those alum happens to be Bob Costas, famous sportscaster and one-time Broadcast Journalism major in Newhouse.

Not only is Costas is a really cool speaker and an inspiration to all of those trying to break into the field of journalism, but he’s freakin’ hilarious. Check out this trailer for “BASEketball” (1998) where he made a brief yet comical appearance.

Gotta love ‘Cuse alumni.

~The Jerks

Yay College!!

Posted: April 1, 2009 by Nancy Mucciarone in VAULT -- archives
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This is what they want you to think life is like all year round at Syracuse...

This is what they want you to think life is like all year round at Syracuse...

“Hello everyone and welcome to Syracuse University! My name is Nancy and I will be your tour guide for the day! Today I’m going to be showing you the major buildings on campus, a dining hall, a typical dorm room, and, OF COURSE! the Carrier Dome! We’re going to start the tour now, so if you could all please follow me, and stay close so you can hear everything I say. Oh, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!”

It has begun. College tour season. While it has been two years since I’ve embarked on one of these torturous tours, I got a feeling of miserable déjà vu when I walked by a tour on campus today.

When I first visited Syracuse, it was April and snowing (surprise, surprise!). But it wasn’t the frozen “lake effect” that sucked so bad during my tour. Nor was it the slop they were serving at Sadler Dining Hall, which, little did I know at the time, would be my center for meal times for the next year. In fact, the reason why my tour at Syracuse sucked so bad was not any reason unique to Syracuse – my tour at every school sucked. And why, you may ask? Because of the stereotypical soon-to-be-college-parents.

Now, maybe these parents are suffering from what psychologists call “empty-nest” (when all their children finally leave home,) or maybe these parents are just freakin’ nuts. Either way, here are, in my opinion, the three worst – and don’t even pretend that you’ve never come in contact with one. (more…)