Posts Tagged ‘Chancy Nancy’

Not every student came to Syracuse University simply for the frats and sororities or to watch our football team flounder and basketball team continuously tease us. Many of us decided to come here for some other trivial reason: the academic programs offered here at SU.

Although our school is far from perfect, we don’t deserve the ranking the U.S. News & World Report has given us on its annual list of best colleges. Last year our school was ranked the 55th best college in the nation, but just one year later we have dropped seven spots to 62nd best. What a difference a year makes.

But wait, our overall score increased by three points. Looks like I’m not the only one who finds these rankings both absurd and confusing. SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor, in response to our school’s drop in rank, questioned the validity of the magazine’s findings and argued that the publication is only out to sell magazines. Kudos, Chancy Nancy!

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After living week by week with its finances, ending its season early and sending people home with worthless tickets, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra had to declare bankruptcy last year. Yet, it’s 50 year run is not over yet. When Chancy Nancy heard about the tragedy, she committed her staff and the university’s resources to this catastrophe.

Headed by Ann Clarke, the VPA dean, and Jeffry Comanici, the VPA assistant dean for placement, SU has, very quietly, been working on finding a way to make the orchestra a success again. Looking into their finances and examining the last time the orchestra made a profit are two ways officials have started surveying the issue. University officials have yet to really talk about the program, so many details are left unknown. Who knows, SU musicians, you might have a job offering right around the corner.

-Nicole Fisher