Campus News: Multimedia Belt

November 18, 2009 - 12:06am
'This American Life' host Ira Glass offers Syracuse advice on storytelling and winning audiences back from 'commentary' shows.

The crowd applauded, waiting for Ira Glass, producer and host of Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, to appear. The applause eventually faded to a brief, awkward silence, with Glass still nowhere in sight. Suddenly, the lights shut off. Someone shouted “Ira,” as if he were a rock star about to take the stage.

November 13, 2009 - 4:45pm
The SU community honors victims of one of its darkest days during the annual ceremony for the Lockerbie, Scotland, tragedy.

Eric Coker and Jason Coker were students, twin brothers and witty jokesters. This is how Barbara Primeau describes her sons.

On Dec. 21, 1988, a terrorist bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 103, claiming the lives of her two sons and 268 others.

Twenty-one years later, members of the Syracuse University community joined together on a sunny Friday afternoon in bittersweet remembrance of the 35 students who died on Pan Am 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.

November 5, 2009 - 7:09pm
Hefner speaks on her experience in the magazine industry, pornography and the demographics of Playboy.

Playboy is pornography? Not according to Christie Hefner.

Hefner, the former CEO of Playboy and daughter of its robe-wearing founder, Hugh Hefner, visited the Syracuse University campus Wednesday and Thursday. She shared insights from her experience in the magazine industry during a public lecture on Wednesday and later spoke to The NewsHouse about pornography and the demographics of Playboy.

Check out coverage of Christie Hefner's speech on Nov. 4 at Syracuse University.

October 29, 2009 - 11:35am
The Windows Project features installations designed and created by artists in the SU community.

Students entering Hinds Hall now will notice a colorful change inside the classrooms and along the main hallway.  Wednesday, the iSchool unveiled eight new commissioned artworks as part of the Window’s Project, created by members of the Syracuse University community after months of preparation.

October 26, 2009 - 11:19pm
Born without arms or legs, SU alum John Robinson tells his story about facing life's challenges.

John Robinson recalled how most of his college days at Syracuse University were spent waiting in lines.

“In college, you’re always waiting in lines,” Robinson said. “Waiting in line for the movies, waiting in lines for games, for textbooks. And my view of everything [while I was in lines] was people’s butts.” 

One day, Robinson was waiting in a backed-up line when a lady behind him yelled, “Hey! If you got off your knees, the line would start moving a lot faster!”

By Amy Su
October 20, 2009 - 1:16pm
Buddhist monks spent more than 30 hours creating an intricate sand mandala in Eggers Hall at Syracuse University.

Buddhist monks Lobsang Tashi and Dhondup Gyaltsen spent more than 30 hours creating an intricate sand mandala in Eggers Hall at Syracuse University.

Then, at the end of the five days, they lifted a vase of water and poured it over their creation — destroying everything in moments.

October 14, 2009 - 6:30pm
SU students react to 168 new surveillance cameras placed near the entrances and exits of campus residence halls.

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety recently completed a long-term project to bring 168 surveillance cameras to campus residence halls and one academic building.

While the cameras are constantly rolling, DPS dispatchers are not always monitoring the footage.  If a crime occurs near an SU dorm, DPS officials will check the tape and see who has been hanging around the building.

October 11, 2009 - 9:18am
SU students came together for the "Big Gay Dance" in the Schine Underground in support of National Coming Out Day.

More than 80 people from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and their straight allies took to the Schine Underground dance floor on Saturday night for the "Big Gay Dance." 

The fifth annual dance is a place for people of all sexual orientations to express themselves in a safe environment, said Chris Wakefield, a 21-year-old Syracuse University senior who organized the event.

October 9, 2009 - 12:10pm
Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham selects her namesake sandwich, the Bran Grilled Texas.

On Friday, Newhouse School Dean Lorraine Branham was recognized in a way that puts her in some elite company.  She was not awarded a Nobel Prize, or a Pulitzer.  She was not given an honorary academic degree.

Dean Branham had a sandwich named after her in Food.com.  Branham, who arrived at Syracuse University just more than a year ago, was given her choice of five sandwiches and in a rigorous taste test, selected the one associated with her previous home in Austin, Texas.

October 8, 2009 - 1:33pm
A 'flash mob' staged by a Syracuse musical theater group provides the student center with an impromptu dance performance.

About a dozen Syracuse University students stopped people in their tracks Thursday afternoon with a “flash mob” dance performance at the Schine Student Center.

Flash mobs involve gathering a large people in a public place to perform or engage in an unusual activity. In 2008, dozens of students descended on the Quad to make snow angels.