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Forgive me for crying about it, but I’m a senior. While most students at schools aside from Syracuse countdown the days for their college careers to be over, we at Syracuse would rather become super seniors, super duper seniors, and if somehow we had the chance to take Chancy Nancy’s job — we’d be cool with that too. It’s a place so close and dear to our hearts, that the idea of giving it up makes us want to start the whole thing over again, even if that means having to be the sloppy freshman we once were, whose drink of choice was a warm Keystone from that frat house we hopefully grew out of come sophomore year.

So, in the spirit of my senior status, and having lived the most interesting, fun, and life changing four years I ever could have imagined, I think it’s only appropriate to give all of you incoming freshmen the low-down on what you can expect from this next chapter.

1. Freshmen Floor Friends These are the people you meet the first day you get to campus. Whether or not you even like your roommate (which you typically  find out either right away, or after a few nights out), the people you come to know that first year will wind up being your “college friends”, regardless of the activities and clubs you join, or the sororities and fraternities you will call home. You travel in herds of five or more to the party at that shaddy off-campus fraternity and house party you’re forced to reckon with having not yet joined a house. And before even going to these parties, you sit and debate whether or not you can even get in, given your guy to girl ratio is a little off. You study together in your floor lounge on Tuesday nights when upperclassmen are at the bars. You have late nights in when you realize your fake ID wouldn’t even be able to get you a margarita at Chipotle. These people might not be like any friend you’d immediately choose for yourself, but that’s the beauty of the freshmen dorms. You’re placed face to face with unfamiliar territory.

2. The Professor Who Makes You Think Just like at any level of schooling, you have teachers you love, and teachers you wish to never take a class with for as long as you live.  But once you meet that one professor, they’ll take your brain on a power-trip, throw everything you once thought upside down, and make you re-think more than you ever thought you could. The whole “makes you think”, could mean anything from re-thinking your thoughts on controversial issues, to your future career goals, to  a whole new way of thinking about anything and everything. It’s the professor that will consistently ask you the question “why”. A change in thought process and new ideas could immediately cause you to put yourself on that “I’m in college now”, pedestal. You might call your parents, share your new knowledge, talk down to them a little bit, feel yourself getting kind of cocky, and count down the days til your next class to feel another wave of inspiration. You might also be that asshole that posts it all on facebook. But, regardless of how much of an ass you look like, something inside you changes. You might even feel as inspired as to put together a blog on wordpress and “call it Julia”. Who knows.

3. The Short-lived Romance This is typical for any college student. Disclaimer: Don’t expect to meet your knight in shining armor at a frat house – because those are just tools in tin foil. But, every now and then, expect to hook-up (whatever your definition of that may be, and with whoever that might be). You never know — one of these days, one thing will lead to another, and you might find yourself in a slight step above inebriated foreplay. Meaning, you could very well see this person when the sun is up, spend a lot of time together, watch a movie together one night, and text on more than just Thursday nights. These are always fun, and will make you feel on top of the world for as long as they last. But, don’t beat yourself up when it doesn’t work out, and god bless ya if it does. A huge reason that they don’t work out, is because college years are crucial changing years. You will not be the same person you once were as a freshman. As the years go on, once you’re involved in more things on campus and get a grasp on things, you’re finally able to better balance work, school, activities, and maybe a relationship. Don’t rush it.

4. Your Abroad Friends Of course this only works out if you go abroad, these are people that will have shared with you something no one else on campus can say they have. You have this unspoken bond about the places you’ve been thousands of miles away from home. It’s these people that share your love of “Ai Se Eu Ti Pego”, European men wanting your children, wine for three euro, nutella gelato, and never being able to understand your host family. Okay, so I’ve listed a few things you’ll never relate to. GO ABROAD.

5. The “We’re in College” Guy: I say guy, but I really mean guy or girl. This is the stereotypical embodiment of that very person you’re warned to stay away from if you ever want to graduate on time. This is the person that says absurd things like “Yolo”, while weighing eighty five pounds and drinking a bottle of Barton’s by themselves. This is the “example” for everyone in the friend group of who not to be, and what not to act like. It’s the girl you always lose at a party, and the guy that winds up naked by the dorm elevators, not quite making it back to his room…ever. It’s probably the same girl wearing a tutu on a Sunday night outside my room right now screaming things like “I DON’T EVEN FUCKING CARE YO”. It’s these people I urge you to meet. If you don’t, you’re most likely one of them.

— Julia Fuino

Hell Week

Posted: December 8, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Yes, the week of red bull consumption, sleepless nights, and pajama fashion has come its way. Finals week. It’s weird because for me, I have all my finals and papers due this week, not during the actual finals week. Therefore, I got to purchase my plane ticket to Korea for the 12th, while everyone else will be studying. HAH! Anyway, what I noticed about Hell Week is that it’s not just about finals, but it includes other really important things to think about.

Besides finals and papers, it’s a week to make sure all your points add up correctly. If you’re down by just two points from an A, you get busy emailing your professors about any extra credit opportunities. What I realized in my four years of college here is that our professors are actually pretty lenient. If you honestly show that you’re really desperate by going to their office hours and emailing them constantly, they will actually think about any extra credit opportunities.

Another realization that came to mind is that our school really needs another library (I have actually been talking about this with my friends since sophomore year). Once finals week starts, literally everyone rushes to Bird as early as possible so they can find a spot to crash for that whole day. If you miss that time, then you’ll just never be able to find a good table (i.e. the one with outlets) or cubicle.

There’s also Carnegie, the math library, but it’s so small and shady. Plus, it closes at midnight. I know there’s study spaces in Whitman, Newhouse and LSB, but we all know that we can’t get in after a certain time if we’re not a student in that department. If our school seriously has never thought about coming up with a new library, then they should at least extend the closing times for the upper floors at Bird.

Regardless, I don’t want to think too much during Hell Week. Good luck to everyone!

– Ellie Sul

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

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

What I do know, based on Schwarz’s juvenile “reporting,” is the Worldwide Leader didn’t have nearly enough evidence to air such a reputation-damaging story. Schwarz acquired just enough information — two vague, mumbling on-camera interviews from Fine’s accusers — to protect ESPN from a lawsuit. Schwarz did the legal minimum.

Was his story sound journalism? Was his story remotely fair? No, and hell no.

Let me repeat: I’m not exonerating Bernie Fine. I don’t know him. I don’t know what he’s capable of doing and/or hiding.

What I know is you don’t destroy a person’s reputation with two highly flimsy accusations.” – Jason Whitlock, Fox Sports

Dylan Lustig, a sophomore international and economics major, and Taylor Carr, a junior public relations major, are both vying for the position of Student Association President. While both candidates will instantly inform you that they are friendly and cordial with each other, they disagree on policy and the direction of SA. For instance, many students do not know what SA is and its role on campus, and both candidates have sharply different views on how to fix this.

Carr believes a heavier emphasis on communication will lead to more awareness of SA. “We’ve had a really lackluster public relations effort since January,” Carr said. Lustig, meanwhile, agrees with Carr on the issue of communications and marketing of SA, but strongly believes SA should change its name from Student Association to Student Government Association. On the other hand, Carr disagrees with this name change. “It’s not about changing the name, it’s about how we reach out to students,” he said.

Whether SA changes its name or attempts to reach out to more students, it will have a difficult time acquiring the attention of an unaware and, at times, oblivious student body that does not know much about the inner workings of its university or student leadership.


Whether it is in the skyscrapers of New York and Boston, the studios of Los Angeles or at the small offices in your hometown, many Syracuse students spend their summers interning to build their résumés. Due to the current job market, many SU students rely on internships to make themselves stand out to potential employers. With the cost of tuition astoundingly high, many SU students who wish to intern over the summer for credit have grumbled about the cost it would take to obtain credit for a summer internship.

For an undergraduate student who interned in the summer of 2011 the cost of one credit was $966. While this amount is not egregiously high, it does add up to the countless number of Syracuse students who relocate to another city for the summer. For all of the Visual and Performing Arts and Newhouse students who spend the summer working in New York or LA, the cost of housing, food and other expenses (the nightlife) adds up to an amount that many parents have second doubts about spending to assist their children. For all of the political science and public affairs students that make Washington, DC their home in the summer, living expenses plus the nearly one thousand dollar cost of credit may lead to many not taking internships at all.

Many companies and corporations require that their interns obtain credit from their colleges and universities due to legal obligations, therefore, many students have to pay the credit cost. The Syracuse University administration should consider allowing students to be billed for their summer credit in the fall semester upon completion of a summer internship. For this reason alone, I may brave a trip across the quad to a Student Association meeting to advocate for this noble cause.

What are your thoughts?

-Brysan Brown

Guy Harrison & Cartier Sims

A project for my multimedia storytelling class recently led me to the Westcott Theater where I went to cover rappers, Cartier Sims and Guy Harrison, as they opened for The Dean’s List and OnCue’s Pledge to Rage Tour.

The venue was very small. The sticky beer-covered floors and the small standing room were reminiscent of a place that I frequented at home for different shows. There were no more than 50 people in attendance around the time that I left.

An upstate New York rapper by the name of Apache Chief performed the first set. During his set, there were no more than 20 people in attendance, many who were clearly just waiting for later performances. Apache Chief performed a very energetic set, although he seemed to be the only one who was into his music. After his set, only two fans approached him.


Hillel at Syracuse University

This year students at Syracuse University will have a full week off for Thanksgiving break. Unlike last year, there will be no awkward lectures given by a professor at which only three dorks (myself included) attend the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. However, this extended break means that the university had to find days in the calendar to make up.  Thus, they decided to schedule classes during the Muslim holiday of Eid Ul-Fitr and the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Last year, classes were not held on Eid and Yom Kippur, which allowed many students to make arrangements to observe the high holidays at home or attend a religious gathering on or near campus, such as at Hillel, without missing classes. The university encourages students to not attend class if they need to observe the holidays.


The things we learn in college. Never trust something you read even if it looks completely official. I read this “official letter” from the SU Office of Residence Life after a friend of a friend sent it to a one of my friends.

Seem real? Well, a couple of my friends and I certainly thought so. That is, until I began researching it a bit further and realized that it had a big mistake in it. Fun fact: semen IS water-soluble, it’s sperm that’s not.

Apparently it’s some “well-known” prank that’s been distributed throughout the country. Guess I got pranked then because I had no idea it wasn’t true until about an hour before I wrote this post. Even more amusing is the number of people who believed it as well when I asked around if they knew anything about semen and its solubility. That was a fun topic of discussion to say the least.

I found another version of the letter online but this one was from Georgetown University. It’s almost exactly the same; they just have different damage cost estimates and a different hall name. I do agree with this fake letter about masturbating in your own room instead of the dorm showers. No one wants to step in your jizz if it doesn’t get washed away.

-Erin Elzo