Life & Style: Multimedia Belt

April 6, 2011 - 10:59pm
As his movie opens nationally Friday, Sean McNamara shares the challenges of bringing Bethany Hamilton's story to the big screen.

Thirteen-year-old Bethany Hamilton was surfing with friends when a 1,500-pound tiger shark attacked her, biting off her arm.

In the years following Hamilton gained celebrity by adopting a positive attitude toward her personal tragedy and continuing to surf despite her handicap. In 2010 Hamilton ranked 20th on the Association of Surfing Professionals tour and won the National Scholastic Surfing Association competition just two years after losing a limb.

April 5, 2011 - 4:12pm
While the morning rush did not prove as hectic as expected, the popular Mexican chain saw crowds of customers throughout its opening day.

Tuesday’s snow and rain were not enough to damper the appetites of hungry customers who anxiously awaited the grand opening of the Chipotle restaurant on Marshall Street. This chain Mexican grill is known for its assortment of Tex Mex foods, such as burrito bowls, chips and guacamole. But they are famous for one thing in particular: their burritos.

March 24, 2011 - 11:59am
Fashion advice for the fashionista stuck in the limbo land between winter and spring.

Let’s face it – the first few weeks back after Spring Break is tough. Do your professors honestly believe you did any work during your time off, or that you'll be more inclined to do work now? Most students either spend their vacations back home, sleeping in past noon or relaxing somewhere much warmer and sunnier than Syracuse. While you were in those more temperate climates you may have noticed a certain hint of spring wardrobes making their first appearances of the year. This means bright, mix-matched colors, lighter fabrics and more skin.

March 15, 2011 - 6:57am
From the national anthem singers to hecklers in Otto's Army, SU's dominance in the sport draws die-hard fans and dedicated workers to the the Carrier Dome.

When the Syracuse men's lacrosse team takes the Carrier Dome field, it's almost guaranteed there will be thousands in the stands cheering for the Orange. 

So with a No. 1 ranking and another national title in sight, SU opened its season Feb. 20 against Denver with nearly 5,000 lacrosse-crazed fans eager to witness the Orange and Pioneer clash.

February 7, 2011 - 4:05pm
Members from Scientific Paranormal explore Syracuse's spooky haunts for evidence from beyond the grave.

Halloween was three months ago, but ghosts whisper and hooded figures lurk in the shadows year-round for the Syracuse Scientific Paranormal team.

February 4, 2011 - 6:26pm
A SU photojournalism senior shares the heartache, rage and raw emotions that have enveloped her past two years since her 18-year-old brother died.

I had my brother, Lucas Robert Reiss, for 18 years, five months and four days. I lost him on January 9, 2009, at 2:10 p.m. to a negligent truck driver on Ortega Highway.

That Friday afternoon one impatient trucker crossed the double-yellow line in an attempt to pass slower traffic, running my brother on his motorcycle off the road and into the guardrail. Fleeting peace could be found in the consolation that the end was quick; that he was doing what he loved most -- accelerating down the highway on his 2007 Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM.

January 10, 2011 - 5:08pm
A lifelong skater and SU graduate student is on board with local skaters even if it's not quite Philly, NYC or other big cities.

Syracuse isn’t a hot bed for skateboarding, right? Think again.

While it may not compare to the bigger cities like New York City or Philadelphia, Syracuse still has a thriving skate scene. With three parks within 10 minutes of Syracuse University and others within an hours drive, it’s easy to find a park that fits your needs, year-round.

Brandon Gomez, a Syracuse University media studies graduate student and skateboard enthusiast, was also one of the skateboarders who helped create the skate park at Ormond Spencer Park in Syracuse.

December 20, 2010 - 12:58am
SU Outing Club caving chair Jaclyn Mace shars her love of the underworld during an exploration of the Clarksville Cave near Albany.

Don't confuse spelunking with caving. Jaclyn Mace will be peeved if you do.

"Spelunking is a bunch of people in bike helmets and hand-held flashlights," said Mace, who is caving chair for the Syracuse University Outing Club. "Caving is unlike any environment you've ever experienced before."

December 2, 2010 - 9:33pm
With exams, all-nighters and long days right around the corner, here is a list of some of Syracuse’s serious brews worth sipping.

Syracuse may boast basketball and an endless snow season, but let’s not forget about the authentic coffee shops that surround the Syracuse University hill. Whether it is a house blend type of night, or a high-speed latte serving as your morning jolt, this city is brewing it all. But each café offers a unique blend, and some blends are always worth buying. 

November 24, 2010 - 2:25pm
The NewsHouse's future food bloggers dish up their favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Sure, the holidays bring trips back home, time with our families, and thankfulness for the little things. But for the five future bloggers of Hill's Kitchen – The NewsHouse's all-new food blog, debuting in January 2011 – Thanksgiving is mostly an opportunity to cook in a normal-sized, well-stocked, parentally funded kitchen.