January 30, 2017 - 5:21pm
On Sunday evening, members of the SU community gathered at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. dinner to reflect on overcoming life's adversities.

J.R. Martinez has endured through many challenges: he has served in the Army, starred in a soap drama and won Dancing with the Stars. But just looking in the mirror was once one of the hardest things to do when a roadside explosion during his tour in Iraq left 30 percent of his body burned.

“I asked myself why. Why do I look like this, why did it happen to me and of course I didn’t know why,” Martinez said, who was only 19 when the explosion happened.

November 11, 2011 - 9:33am
Former combat photographer and Newhouse grad Stacy Pearsall spoke about her experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After combat photographer Stacy Pearsall was discharged as disabled from the Air Force at age 28, she didn't know what to do with her life. But she knew one thing: "Being disabled did not mean I was unable."

Staff Sgt. Pearsall, who was the first woman to win the National Press Photographers Association's military photographer of the year, graduated in 2004 from Newhouse School's Military Photojournalism Program. She spoke Thursday night before a standing room only crowd.

April 20, 2011 - 9:42pm
A Sudanese refugee living in Syracuse escaped the violence in his home country, but remains haunted by the horrors he witnessed.

To live in Sudan is to live at war.

Guerilla soldiers draw their battle lines through towns, homes and human lives; lines that tear the country apart.

Fifty years of civil war have split the country in two. In half a century, the war has taken two million lives and left more than four million others homeless.

On Jan. 9, 2011, the Sudanese had the chance to break that cycle of violence.

September 2, 2009 - 3:41pm
Students shouldn't join ROTC just for financial benefits, officers say

When Garrett Stone, a sophomore Army ROTC cadet, graduates, he knows he’ll have a job in the US Army.

“If you are looking for money, it’s definitely a viable alternative,” said Stone, a history major. “ROTC gives you the opportunity to build skills, and you have a job waiting for you.”