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Paulus joins Navy coaching team

Greg Paulus is hired as basketball assistant at U.S. Naval Academy.

People doubted him, but Greg Paulus has made sports a full-time job. 

Paulus is the new assistant basketball coach to Billy Lange at the Naval Academy

According to FOX Sports, Paulus said he's excited to help the team and learn from Coach Lange. He also thanked his former Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, for helping.

After one year as Syracuse University's quarterback, Paulus pursued his NFL dreams by trying out with the New Orleans Saints

He won't be a Saint, but he'll do just fine in the Navy. 


SU College of Law gets largest donation in the school history

Children of alumni donate $15 million for a new law school building.

Building a new law school just became easier.

Three children of Syracuse University's College of Law alumni Robert Emmet Dineen (class of '24) and Carolyn Bareham Dineen (class of '32) pledged $15 million to SU for a new school in their parents' honor. 

Carolyn Dineen King, Kathryn Dineen Wriston and Robert E. Dineen Jr., who are also attorneys, believe their parents would be "overwhelmed" by the gesture, according to a SU announcement. Robert, who was a Syracuse native, is the former chief executive of Northwestern Mutual Life. Carolyn, one of only a few women accepted into law school at the time, was a prominent local lawyer.

Dineen Family
Carolyn Dineen King, Robert E. Dineen Jr., and Kathryn Dineen Wriston.

The donation is the largest in the College of Law's 115-year-old history and is one of the largest ever received by SU. 

Reportedly, the new law building will cost between $85 to $90 million and will be approximately 200,000 square feet on the west side of campus. The donation is a major contribution to the $1 billion campaign SU launched, which included plans for a new law building. 

According to Syracuse.com, SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor praised Robert and Carolyn for their former careers and SU spirit.

"To be a great university you need a great law school, and the new building made possible through this landmark gift will be a fitting testament to the Dineen family legacy," Cantor wrote.

Warm weather warnings

SU facilities gear up for record-high temperatures while steamy weather raises health concerns.

Central New York is practically melting from the suffocating summer temperatures. NewsChannel 9 WSYR is predicting 95-degree temperatures for the next two days -- record-breaking heat Syracuse isn't used to seeing. 

If campus feels like a desert, Syracuse University is trying to assuage the potentially dangerous heat. 

The Hildegarde, J. Myer Schine Student Center and the Goldstein Student Center are extending their hours to 9 p.m. through Thursday, July 8, so students can stay cool. For those looking for a relaxing dip in the water, Archibold Gymnasium's Webster Pool will be open from Noon to 6 p.m. through Friday, July 9. More information on pool hours is available at Recreation Services

SU Health Services is warning students about spotting symptoms for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Some signs of heat stroke include high body temperatures, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea and confusion. Meanwhile, heat exhaustion symptoms include intense sweating, paleness, cramps, fainting and vomiting. 

A heat advisory was issued today, so students should drink plenty of fluids and remain in an air-conditioned place. 

For more information, visit the New York State Department of Health.


SU season tickets on sale now

SU Basketball and football season tickets for students are now available to order.

If you want to be a season ticket holder for the 2010-2011 year, now is the time. New and returning full-time SU and ESF students can officially buy their basketball and football season tickets.

Football season tickets for students are $100. There are five home football games this season, and the purchase comes with a free Otto's Army T-shirt. Student basketball season tickets are $160.

Students who order both basketball and football season tickets, known as the Combo Package, before Aug. 13 get $40 off. 

Tickets can be purchased through the Student Season Ticket Page.

Wes Johnson and Andy Rautins: NBA here they come

Former Syracuse Orange Wesley Johnson goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 4 pick, while teammate Andy Rautins heads to the New York Knicks.

Syracuse knew it had a superstar on its hands, and the rest of the country noticed. Wes Johnson was the No. 4 pick last night for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as two of Syracuse Orange's finest were drafted into the NBA, onto bigger and better careers.

And Syracuse native Andy Rautins was the No. 38 second-round draft pick for the New York Knicks.

Johnson was a first-round pick after his stellar first (and only) year at SU. Johnson led the SU basketball team in scoring with 16.5 points and rebounds with 8.5, Syracuse.com reports. He also won the title of Big East Player of the Year.

It seems like Johnson left just as quickly as he came. After transferring from Iowa State, Johnson was forced to sit out for one year before joining the court and winning the hearts of his new college community. Johnson will be joining another SU favorite, Jonny Flynn, who also plays for the Timberwolves. This is the first time the two will play together. Both will return to the Carrier Dome for a preseason game.

Rautins was a fifth year senior and basketball captain at SU. This past season, he proved to be more than just a sharp three-point shooter and was named second-team All-Big East. Rautins' father, Leo, was an SU alum who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.  

Earthquake tremors rattle SU hill

An 5.0-magnitude earthquake near Ottawa, Canada, is felt throughout Upstate New York.

Sara Brodowski was typing away on her MacBook Pro in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications' Collaborative Media Room when she noticed something out of the ordinary.

The media management graduate student's fingers were shaking on the keyboard, so she looked around to see what caused the commotion. 

"I thought it was someone stomping around," Brodowski said. 

But the real catalyst wasn't a rowdy student. It was an earthquake.

Syracuse.com reported that a 5.0-magnitude quake near Ottawa, Canada, sent aftershocks from Ontario all the way to Maryland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Immediately after the light shake, which lasted mere seconds, the Twittersphere was buzzing with personal anecdotes. 

"There are very small earthquakes beneath us all the time. We just don't feel them," Jeffrey Karson, department chairperson of earth sciences at Syracuse University, said via e-mail. Karson said earthquakes are felt at great distances. Even a 4.0-magnitude earthquake would be felt up to 100km away. 

"The intensity of shaking depends to some extent on what is underneath you," Karson continued.  "That might account for the differences in how it was felt."

While this wasn't Syracuse's first go-around with earthquakes, they're still very rare for the region.

Did you feel it? 

Welcome back, Jonny

SU basketball star turned NBA pro returns to the Dome for a game.

Jonny Flynn is returning to the Carrier Dome basketball court, but he won't be wearing orange. Flynn and his fellow Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Detroit Pistons in a NBA preseason match at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. 

Flynn was a favorite Orangeman during his two seasons at Syracuse University before joining the NBA in 2009. He is the sixth S.U. basketball player to join the big leagues. 

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, at SUAthletics.com or Ticketmaster. Prices are $19.50, $29.50, or $39.50.

SU's lecture lineup for next year is a goodie

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas D. Kristof and Emmy Award winner Randy Cohen are among the elite group of speakers.

Mark your calendars, because the 2010-2011 Syracuse University Lecture season is a must-see lineup. Nine speakers will make their appearances on campus throughout the academic year for the University Lecture's 10th season.

Two featured speakers are Randy Cohen and Nicholas D. Kristof.

Cohen has proved a sense of humor comes in handy. He won three Emmy Awards for his writing on Late Night with David Letterman. He was also a head writer for The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Now, he has a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine

Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. He's traveled around the world covering hard-hitting news in China and Darfur.

The full schedule is listed below:

Majora Carter - Tuesday, Sept. 21

Kathleen Jamieson - Tuesday, Oct. 12

Randy Cohen - Tuesday, Oct. 19

Nicholas D. Kristof - Wednesday, Nov. 3

Bernard Armadei - Tuesday, Nov. 16

Eric Schlosser - Tuesday, March 1

James Balog - Tuesday, March 8

Karen Tse - Tuesday, March 22

Maude Barlow - TBA

The rap on SU's commencement

Student rapper Delirium breaks down the controversy in a new video.

The controversy surrounding graduation speaker Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is generating so much buzz you could write a song about it. That's what one SU student rapper did.

Busting rhymes along Marshall Street and in front of the Hall of Languages, Delirium puts a lyrical spin on commencement. Check out the video below.

Paulus a Saint?

Reports are circulating that SU quarterback Greg Paulus will sign with the New Orleans Saints.

A Saint might be among us on campus.

Reports suggest former SU quarterback Greg Paulus will sign with the 2010 Super Bowl Champions the New Orleans Saints.

Syracuse.com says Paulus impressed scouts during a weekend tryout and will sign a free-agent contract. Paulus told NOLA.com he'd love to be grouped with the Saint's current quarterback Drew Brees.

Paulus announced he would try to land an NFL deal after serving as SU's quarterback this year. During his undergraduate career, Paulus played basketball for Duke. After a mediocre year, many questioned if Paulus could pull off leaping into the NFL.

Both Paulus and the Saints are remaining mum on the situation. Nothing has been officially confirmed.