Life & Style: Multimedia Belt

January 22, 2013 - 12:45pm
The artful Middle Eastern tradition has spread across the globe, reaching Syracuse's campus via international students.

For many, “belly-dancing” brings to mind an image of tall, Middle Eastern women undulating and twitching their hips in bars or on stages to seduce men.

Well, that stereotype has grown stale. Today, the belly dance has been adopted by nations all over the world, and is seen as more of an art form than as entertainment. In fact, it has become a favorite among the youth in the world's most populated country: China.

December 31, 2012 - 3:19pm
Cultures worldwide celebrate New Years with traditions vastly different than a sparkly "ball drop" in Times Square.

New Year Eve means saying goodbye to the past year and looking forward to a fresh start. It’s a day full of wishes and resolutions, with a special meaning that varies from culture to culture. People around the world pass down deeply cultural celebratory traditions through generations, but all hope for happiness and luck in the year to come.



December 22, 2012 - 7:00am
Students from SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University help Save the Rain build more environment-friendly projects in the community.

Environmentally friendly projects continue to pop up all over the city of Syracuse after the creation of the Save the Rain program by County Executive Joannie Mahoney in 2009. Ryan Roberts, a SUNY-ESF conservation biology major, is a big proponent of these green infrastructure techniques because of their environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits.

December 5, 2012 - 3:00pm
The full-contact alternative sport is a wellspring of camaraderie for dozens of dedicated skaters.

When the SportsPlex arena in Utica succumbed to a mysterious fire in early February, it proved to be a devastating blow to the CNY Roller Derby league. The complex that housed the league's practice space, including its track and most of its resources, was suddenly up in smoke.

December 3, 2012 - 10:13am
A Jamesville fifth grader with a rare genetic skin disorder fights her pain with positivity and strength.

Molly Gibbons is not your ordinary fifth grader. She is intuitive, sarcastic, and if she thinks you are worth it, she will let you into her life.

The 11-year-old Jamesville girl has a personality bigger than her body will allow, a demeanor fit for someone 30 years her senior, and she's got the world eating out of the palm of her hand.

Molly has no fear; she has no time for it.

"She fights through the pain," Molly's mom, Tracie, said. "When everything else could be going so bad, she's the one laughing and smiling and loving life. It's really amazing."

November 13, 2012 - 7:10pm
Lon Fricano shares the rush he gets from responding to emergency calls for nearly 50 years.

Lon Fricano, 64, has been shot at twice. He’s been in burning buildings and almost gotten stabbed. He’s been chased by street gangs and attacked with baseball bats. Recently, he fought alongside six firemen, three police officers and two ambulance crews to subdue a person violently high on the drug known as “bath salts."

A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” the veteran paramedic said he loves the rush.

“It’s like being high, really,” he said.

November 8, 2012 - 3:30pm
Volunteers at community gardens around Syracuse pull up the last fruits and vegetables and make preparations for winter.

Deborah Keirsey worked quickly. She was undeterred by the rain drizzling down or the finger-stiffening cold as she scooped shovelfuls of dirt away to make room for a young fruit tree. There wasn’t much time left before dark; Keirsey knew there was ample work to get to. After a few turns, her shovel hit something solid. “You’ve got some sparks there!” her daughter, Jessyca, yelled out as Keirsey finally took a moment to laugh.

November 6, 2012 - 9:37pm
From healthy eating to parking to staying safe — find out how to meet your daily needs and address some basic concerns while at Syracuse University.

When you arrive at a new destination — a university, for example — one of the biggest challenges you face is figuring out how to fulfill your basic needs: figuring out how to eat well without spending a lot of money, transportation, safety and security, good study spots, you name it.

We have produced stories to help students navigate the very concerns at the top of their minds. Are there other "how-to" stories that interest you? Let us know.


November 6, 2012 - 4:18pm
Using a variety of media, Syracuse University students documented the day's events for the Democracy in Action project's third year — and first presidential election.

Tight races at both the local and national level drew crowds of Central New Yorkers to the polls to vote today, some for the first time and some with children in tow.

November 4, 2012 - 10:22pm
After his food truck's successful debut, chef Steve LeClair is closing down the truck for the winter and opening up a deli.

Just seven months after opening his gourmet food truck, Steve LeClair is ready to open his first restaurant.