Campus News: Multimedia Belt

April 14, 2011 - 10:29pm
As winner of the Tully Center honor, Umar Cheema says 'staying silent was not an option' following his abduction.

He was abducted, stripped naked and tortured for holding the Pakistani government accountable for its commitments. Umar Cheema’s life was put in jeopardy on Sept. 4, 2010, because of his investigative journalism. It also earned him a free speech award Thursday evening at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

“That was the day when my freedom was robbed,” Cheema said in a discussion with Professor Roy Gutterman, director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University. The center gives an annual award to a journalist who has faced a free speech threat.

April 10, 2011 - 6:11pm
Thousands of participants attended Syracuse University's ninth annual Relay for Life, raising more than $165,000 for the American Cancer Society.

As the clock ticked closer to 7 p.m., the Carrier Dome was buzzing with excitement as students pitched tents, unfurled sleeping bags and set up activity tables for Syracuse University’s ninth annual Relay for Life.

April 5, 2011 - 11:10pm
Maude Barlow takes a tough look at the water crisis brewing up in the world and criticizes “big water” and governments for watering down a crucial issue.

“It’s a form of collective insanity to be drinking bottled water”, said Maude Barlow to the audience in Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University. Because, "big water" is sucking out the water that belongs to people and then selling it back to them.

April 2, 2011 - 4:59pm
About 80 SU students and community members run the "Nearly Naked Mile" to raise money for the Westcott Community Center and national triathlon competition.

Joseph Prosnitz jumped and cheered at the College Place bus stop in the 30-degree weather and rain Friday night wearing nothing but running shorts, blue Vibram Five Fingers and a sombrero.

March 28, 2011 - 10:40pm
Craig Harris won the prize for his eight-part investigative series on the broken and corrupt pension system in Arizona.

The inaugural Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting was presented to Arizona Republic reporter Craig Harris Monday evening at the Newhouse School.

Of 103 entrants in this year’s contest, Harris won the prize for his eight-part investigative series on the broken and corrupt pension system in Arizona.

March 26, 2011 - 6:09pm
Local mixed-ability teams showcase their talent and use of adaptive sports equipment for abled and disabled youth.

Local organizations gathered at Syracuse University’s Flanagan Gymnasium on Saturday to bring community awareness about sports opportunities for disabled youth to the Hill.  Handcycling, sled-hockey and basketball stations were scattered throughout the gym and were available for all who attended the event. Disabled and abled visitors alike, were able to participate in these sporting activities by using adaptive equipment such as the sled used for sled hockey.

March 24, 2011 - 6:45pm
Syracuse University celebrates 141st birthday with National Orange Day.

The Office of Alumni Relations, the Traditions Commission and the Alumni Club of Central New York hosted National Orange Day, a celebration of Syracuse University's 141st birthday. The event featured carnival games such as mini hoops, and caricaturist JP Crangle entertained guests while refreshments were served. Performances by First Year Players and Orange Bhangra also delighted audiences.

March 23, 2011 - 9:50am
The human rights activist and founder of International Bridges to Justice spoke Tuesday night at Hendricks Chapel to show how to promote judicial global change.

Karen Tse shared touching stories about tortured prisoners she met while working to champion human rights around the world when she spoke at Hendricks Chapel on Tuesday night.  

"The biggest obstacle that I see today is our own inability to believe in the possibility and the hope for a future where there is a torture free world," Tse said. "We can do this by putting building blocks together and creating infrastructure in these countries.”

March 9, 2011 - 11:05am
Daniel Ellsberg discusses WikiLeaks and his decision to make top secret Vietnam War-era government documents public.

Conscience over career.

That was the choice that Daniel Ellsberg made in 1971 when he provided more than 7,000 pages of secret government documents to The New York Times, detailing the history of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. 

March 8, 2011 - 11:24pm
James Balog takes a look at climate change and how people can help reduce their impact on the environment.

James Balog says there is a way to fix climate change, it just won't happen overnight. 

"Take one step at a time; you don't have to be a hero, you just have to take the next step," Balog told the Hendricks Chapel audience. "Do the best you can with the circumstances you have."