Posts Tagged ‘nancy cantor’

The cover of USA Today featured a story comparing the sexual abuse scandals at Penn State and Syracuse, with a picture of Jim Boeheim beneath the headline. I did not even bother to read the article. In my eyes–and in the eyes of many–there can be no comparison between the two scandals.

While Jim Boeheim definitely acted insensitively by dismissing Bernie Fine’s accusers as liars seeking money, there has been no proof that he was actually informed by anyone that may have witnessed Fine behaving inappropriately with children as was the case with Penn State and Joe Paterno.

Boehiem took a step in the right direction on Friday  by apologizing for his initial remarks about the scandal and saying, “I believe I misspoke very badly about the accusations that have been made. I regret any harm that I caused.”

As Chancellor Nancy Cantor and the university administration stand behind Boeheim, they are also defending the university’s reputation. From our knowledge, the university conducted its own investigation several years ago and today are fully cooperating with the authorities. Understandably, every SU student hopes that no university official had proof of any of the illegal activities Fine has been accused of committed. It would mean that a child has suffered and no one did anything to find that child justice. But that is one of the distinguishing factors that makes the case at Syracuse different from Penn State.

The media has every right to cover this story but should exercise caution when comparing this situation to the one at Penn State. It seems as though everyday a new event surrounding this case is unfolding. A friend of mine that goes to college in Boston recently asked me what is going on in Syracuse, and I told her everyone at SU is asking the same question.

– Brysan Brown

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The recent scandal at Syracuse regarding assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine is not welcome news for students, faculty, alumni and the school administration, especially in wake of the debacle at Penn State University. These allegations are extremely serious and the actions taken by the university cannot be compared to those by officials at Penn State. It does not seem as though the accusing victims told officials about this nor does it appear as though any university officials witnessed any inappropriate behaviors by coach Fine. The police contacted the university and subsequently conducted their own investigation and found no wrongdoing on the part of the coach.

The difference between the allegations regarding Jeff Sandusky and the allegations concerning Bernie Fine is that school employees at Penn State actually saw Sandusky abusing children, did not report it to police and sought to cover up the crime. The accusations regarding Bernie Fine are extremely serious and have been taken as such by the university. Chancellor Nancy Cantor in her letter to the university is correct that the school has an obligation to ensure that the allegations are true and that Fine is not being falsely accused. Placing Fine on administrative leave does not conclude that he is guilty, but allows for his presence not to be a distraction for the university or basketball team.

The accusations, if true, would be detrimental not just for the university, but would mean that innocent children were victimized. But we do not have all the answers and should let the police conduct its investigation. It is important that the university fully cooperates even if the investigation sheds a harsh light on the university.

Do you think the university is handling the scandal properly?

-Brysan Brown

My first blog post “Chancy Nancy vs. U.S. News” was a condemnation of U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings. My position was that U.S. News’s rankings system is flawed and that no college should try and sell its institution to a magazine. Last week, an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Syracuse’s Slide” referenced Syracuse University’s decline in the national rankings. The article also described Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s increased financial commitment to the city of Syracuse, academics and research, and student diversity and selectivity. The article highlighted some of the controversies surrounding Chancy Nancy’s tenure here as well as criticism and praise from the school’s faculty.

One student here at SU posted the article on Facebook and, as a result, it garnered many responses from SU students. The students expressed how they felt about SU’s ranking and status as well as the initiatives by Chancy Nancy to increase the university’s role in the community and diversity at SU. While there were a variety of opinions concerning all of these issues, SU students did not disregard each other’s viewpoints, but rather expressed their sentiments in a mature and civil manner.

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Imagine if there were classes in which you could discuss race, gender and sexual orientation AND receive three credits. Well, there is such a class here at Syracuse. The Intergroup Dialogue is three-credit course in which students engage in discussions about race, gender and sexual identity and how these issues are relevant to our campus. I enrolled in the class about race and ethnicity, and for the past four weeks, I’ve taken on new perspectives about race and ethnicity here in the United States. This is not only because of what has been discussed by the class facilitators, but also by my fellow Syracuse students. The intergroup dialogue was initiated and supported by Chancellor Nancy Cantor for several reasons.

Unfortunately, Syracuse University is one of the most segregated college campuses in America and many faculty, students, and alumni see this as a problem because Syracuse is also one the most ethnically diverse campuses in the nation. From the quad to Bird Library to Greek life, the racial and ethnic divide on this campus is rather transparent. But an issue such as race and ethnicity can be difficult to talk openly about.

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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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Zac does abroad, pt. 2

Posted: March 1, 2008 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Editor’s note: In Zac’s last entry, he saw the anti-Christ in McDonald’s deli sandwiches. Such is London. Here is part 2 of 2 of Zac’s intro to the foggy city.

The Brits are incredibly polite, almost to a fault. They drop the word “Cheers” like Chancy Nancy drops the word “diversity.” But they’re not afraid to get very personal very quickly. I once had a complete stranger come up to me in a bar and tell me that, from a distance, I looked like a wanker in my British cap. Wanker is a British term for masturbator.

The best part of London is the drinking age, 18 years old. The drinking culture here is well-established. A pub stands on nearly every street corner, and clubs require attendees to dress nicely. I’m talking heels and blouses for the girls, dark jeans or slacks and button down shirts for guys. Hats are absolutely NOT allowed.

But the key to living in London is not getting tied down to the drinking scene or to the American fast food chains. You can get that stuff back in the States. The trick is experiencing the uniquely British or European aspects of the city. Between the museums, the tiny shops and cafes, and the ethnic neighborhoods, there’s something exciting to do everyday. I’ll tell you more about these places and other stuff in future posts.

~Zac Cummings

For more of Zac’s thoughts on London, you can visit his blog at zacket.livejournal.com.