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RA Post Week: [Untitled, original poetry]

Words By Dylan, Marion Second Floor RA

Intrinsically placed out of date
We rate our lives on pages of slate.
Our history’s grip presently today
Reflects the suffering in tomorrow’s days.
Out of the haze mazes thick and deep
We cut our lives with the attachments we keep.
Soul gripping tight the body of minds
We neglect the joy of childhood wandering times
Where thought was boundless
And associations were far and few
The rays of laughter spilling on grass
Passing time so effortlessly
In when simplicity of now was all we knew.
Lessons incessantly thereafter learned
Constantly shaping us again a new.
day after day we changed and grew, but
Today we fail to recognize the steps walked through.
Talking of what’s to be is now what many of us see.
What happened to the moments forgotten
Where elements were intriguingly placed
and dreaming was acceptable
and all those thoughts were made believe
They’d be within reach of our senses of taste?

(If this is up your alley, stay tuned for the end of the year senior showcases for VPA and also for the release of the SU literary magazine Verbal Seduction later this semester)


RA Post Week: Landscape life before Ernie Davis Hall

Words By Cait, Booth Seventh Floor RA

Mid-February marked a month since the grand opening of the Ernie Davis Dining Hall and Fitness Center. Now I know the new residence hall complex marks a significant architectural advancement for our campus, but with this construction we also lost a very dear and green friend of the university: The Dellplain Lawn.

There are probably very few people left on campus who actually remember the Dellplain Lawn. You might be thinking, “What?! There was a lawn there, not a gaping hole turned construction sight, turned residence hall with multicolored lounges?” Yes, at one time there was a grassy knoll leading up to the doorstep of good ol’ Dellplain. I remember it well. On my first visit to SU, my chipper tour guide took me all over campus, pointing out buildings and giving me the heads up about the Carnegie stairs. When it came to the conversations about living arrangements, she was proud to boast about future plans for a new residence hall in front of Dellplain. Sure the students would have to relinquish a sweet spot for games of Frisbee and sun bathing, but that’s what Throndon Park is for. After the tour, my mom and I decided to go survey the area. Honestly, I thought there was a mistake. They were going to building a whole new facility on this patch of grass? No way. I was sure it was some other lawn.

Sure enough, in the following years that lucious patch of grass became a mudding construction pit.  While it’s sad to see a recreational field go the way of the dinosaurs, look what we have gained. A snazzy new residence hall for happy SU students to live; a dining hall so big you need a map to navigate the food line; and a fresh new gym with fancy treadmills that have TVs!

RA Post Week: Is it time to close your eyes and pick a spot on the map?

Words By Kate, Marion First Floor RA

A few weeks ago, I walked into Shine and nearly had a heart attack.  I was simply swinging by to get an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts (despite the fact it was snowing outside) and was overwhelmed by the number of tables set up in the atrium.  Each table was covered with pictures of places all over the world: London, Madrid, Australia, China, France- there was a table for almost every country.

I immediately got a pit in my stomach as I remembered I had to do the inevitable: decide where to go abroad.  My dad has been hounding me to decide since the beginning of the year (what type of parent is so set on shipping their daughter off to a foreign country?!).  The problem is, there are too many choices!  I just can’t decide where to go.  Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I want to make sure I do it in the right place.

Panicked by all the choices, I tried to escape to the study longue only to find an SU Abroad photo contest.  All the photos where taken by Syracuse University students on their trips abroad.  The amazing photos made my thought process even more difficult.  I came to a conclusion right then –  I was going to hit up every SU Abroad meeting that week in order to help me decide where to go.  I urge everyone to find future meetings so you aren’t left to decide where to spend a semester of your life at the last minute.  Even if you are a freshman, it’s never to early to start preparing.

The website for SU Abroad is and don’t forget to check out the photo contest upstairs in Schine and vote for your favorite online here.

On Campus Events This Week: Mythbusters, Gardening and XBOX

March Mythbusters Survey

March’s Mythbusters topic is about the City of Syracuse. How much do you know about the socioeconomic makeup of the area?

Help with a Rain Garden for SU Showcase

As part of SU Showcase, a rain garden (a garden designed to capture  runoff and filter water pollution) will be constructed in the Waverly Parking Lot on the SU campus.

The build will take place on April 10  from 10-4 and interested volunteers are encouraged to sign up for 2hr  shifts to help plant the garden. If you are interested or  have any questions, please contact Alison Carey with the committee at


See the message below from SU graduate student Ryan Rogers:

Hey SU students,

My name is Ryan Rogers and I am a graduate student in the Newhouse school. As part of my thesis, I am conducting an experiment to better understand video game culture.

Do you play Xbox Live?  If so, then I would like to invite you to participate in an experiment on online gaming.  Participation in this experiment will earn you a $10 gift card to Game Stop.

You will watch a fifteen minute gaming session that has been pre-recorded and you will be asked to indicate your acceptance of in game behaviors via a perception analyzer and respond to a brief survey.  This will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. All information will be kept confidential.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact me at or call 574-274-7351.

RA Post Week: New Year’s Resolutions Can Be Flexible

Words By Satoia, Booth Fourth Floor RA

So, as of late February I have yet to make it to the gym. Being that I made my New Year’s Resolution more than a month ago, you would think I would be disappointed with myself.

However I feel quite contrary.

See the point of the matter is that I hate going to the gym. I feel that I am just entering another competition, everyone is trying to show off and, no matter what speed you go, the person next to you is going to try and outrun you on the treadmill. So I have decided to try Yoga in the comfort of my room using my favorite website… YOUTUBE!! I’m much more committed and I actually enjoy what I do.

So no matter what your New Year’s Resolution is, don’t feel bad about not sticking directly to your plan (which was probably something you hated anyway). Discover something you actually enjoy doing and a little positive reinforcement always helps the motivation

Want to be an MDA in 2010-2011?

Do you have Federal Work Study for the next academic year? Are you interested in working a main desk for a summer program?

The time has come to apply to become an MDA in 2010-2011.

A limited number of hard applications will be available at main desks across campus (including Booth and Kimmel) later this week. You may also acquire an application electronically here or by e-mailing

Applications are due by Friday, March 26. Interviews will be scheduled after your application is submitted in accordance with your schedule.

Any questions? E-mail

Reminder: Housing for ’10-’11

Just a last-minute reminder, the deadline to get in your advanced housing payment in order to participate in the Housing Reservation Process for 2010-2011 is today.

Twitter / SU Housing

Information about the entire process is available here on the SU Housing Web Site. The Housing office also encourages students to get out and ask questions – either by swinging by their office on the 2nd Floor of Steele Hall or by visiting one of the following Housing Staff Road Shows coming up in late March:

Tues. 3/23 – Graham Dining Center (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)

Wed. 3/24 – Ernie Davis Dining Center (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)

Thur. 3/25 – Shaw Dining Center (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)