Posts Tagged 'Campus Insight'

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Intrinsically placed out of date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!

The second “6 Word Contest” : Reflect on your Fall Semester

After such success in October’s Shen Wei competition, the ORL Academic Initiatives vision team is proudly bringing you their second “6 word” contest. This time the topic is “Reflect on your experience at SU this past semester in a 6 word sentence.”

Entries are due to me at by December 21, 2009. The top three winners will be featured on the ORL website.

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Share Your Experience in Six Words

Reflect on your experience at SU this past semester in a six word sentence and you could win a gift certificate to the bookstore!

Entries are Due to Ashmini H. at         by 5pm on

December 21, 2009

The top three winners will  be featured on the ORL Academic Initiatives


**The Six Words Reflection is adapted from Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs project and Newsweek’s Six Words**

Handmade Mug Sale and Sophomore Success Workshop

Two upcoming events on campus to be aware off…

SU’s Shaped Clay Society will host their annual Mug Sale this Wed.-Fri. in the Schaffer Art Building. The sale goes 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and all proceeds benefit the Shaped Clay Society (they go to a big shaped clay conference in the Spring and are hoping to fundraise towards that).

Anticipating that your winter break will be spent applying for internships? Next week Career Services and ORL are sponsoring a workshop for sophomores (and really, any interested student) looking to better prepare for their first internship hunt. The workshop will be held on Monday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Schine 304s (upstairs near Panasci Lounge).


Important Thanksgiving Campus Info! (For students both leaving and staying for break…)



Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, Student Association will provide free bus shuttles that will transport students to Hancock International Airport for air travel and to the Regional Transportation Center (RTC) for bus and train travel. The bus shuttles will depart from the Schine Student Center at the beginning of every hour listed below. The shuttles will arrive at the bus/train station 15 minutes past the hour and at the airport 30 minutes past the hour.

The dates and times of shuttle service are as follows:

·         Nov. 23, 4 p.m.—10 p.m.

·         Nov. 24, 10 a.m.—10 p.m.

·         Nov. 25, 6 a.m.—2 p.m.

·         Nov. 29, 10 a.m.—11 p.m.*

Buses will leave Schine on the hour.

*Note: the Nov. 29 bus will take students back to campus, with pickup at the RTC 20 minutes past the hour and at the airport 40 minutes past the hour.

If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Kong at

2) General Reminders

-Remove all personal belongings from the bathroom and the lounge.

-Be sure to save unwanted items (clothing and unopened food) to donate to the “Ten Tons of Love Winter” Program.  Boxes will be available in your residence hall lobby from Friday, December 11 – 22, 2009.

-Turn off all lights. Be Orange, Think Green.

-Remove all trash and recyclable items to the designated location on your floor.  For your convenience, plastic trash bags are available at the main desk.  Blue recycling bins must be left in your room.

-Disconnect lamps, and close and lock all windows.  Curtains should be left open (except for first floor residents whom should close their curtains).

-Consider taking some personal items home now that you know you will not need for the remainder of the fall semester.  It will make packing for semester break easier in December.

-Lock your room door.



Please note that the following support systems will be in place for residents staying throughout Thanksgiving Break:

-The Office of Residence Life (ORL), located at 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 200 (above the Health Center), and the South Campus Office of Residence Life, located in the Goldstein Student Center, will be open Wednesday, November 25, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Both offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, reopening on Monday, November 30, at 8:30 a.m.

-All residence hall main desks will operate on a reduced schedule as outlined below:

Wednesday, November 25:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Thursday, November 26:  closed | Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Sunday, November 29:  regular hours (8 a.m. – 12 midnight)

-Resident Advisors are on-call throughout Thanksgiving Break, 24 hours per day, beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 25.  Resident Advisor cell phone numbers will be posted at all residence hall main desks.

-Residential Security Aide (RSA) coverage will continue throughout the Thanksgiving Break period.

The gym hours are located here.


Dining locations on campus will operate with reduced hours during the break period.  The schedule of operation for dining locations is listed below for your reference and is also available on the Food Services website

Dining Halls are closed from 10 a.m. on Wednesday through 11 a.m. on Sunday. Schine Dining is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, then 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thur. through Sat.  On Sunday, normal dining commences (Kimmel, Goldstein, Campus Delivery, Dining Halls, etc.).

The total schedule can be found at:

RA Post Week: Fridays off can be productive.

Words by Cait, Booth Seventh Floor RA

Registration is wrapping up and many of you students out there are really excited for the sweet class schedule you’ve created. I’ve heard a lot of people rejoicing because they’ve got no Friday classes.

Well, isn’t that swell.

Now you dance your socks off into the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, sleep until 3 p.m. on Friday, and get out of bed only to catch last night’s “The Office,” on Hulu… or, you could be a little more proactive with your free time.

My sophomore year of college I had no Friday classes both semesters. To keep my good karma coming, I decided to do good during those empty afternoons. I’m a nutrition and dietetics major, so I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in foodservices. After filling out a volunteer interest form at the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service, I got the contact info for the Samaritan Center on Montgomery Street. This program provides a daily nutritious meal to those in need.

It was a perfect fit. Every Friday I’d ride the warehouse bus downtown, pull on a hair net, and serve up some tasty grub. The patrons were so grateful and making a positive contribution to my community felt really good. On Fridays we served fish, so the Friday volunteers called ourselves “The Fish People.” We even had T-shirts.

So if you are one of the lucky students who scored a four-day week, consider the great things you could do with that extra time. There are tons of organizations on campus that coordinate volunteer opportunities. Every Friday at 2:45 p.m., the RAs of BKM meet with other RAs to volunteer at the Syracuse Boys and Girls Club. If kids aren’t your cup of tea, head down to the Mary Ann Shaw Center to check out other options.

Campus Events Reminder: It’s Remembrance Week 2009

To honor the 35 Syracuse students who were killed in the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy, each year 35 Remembrance Scholars help plan Remembrance Week. Check out some of the events and talk to a scholar to find out more.