POSSE Retreat

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This past weekend, I attended the POSSEPlus Retreat in Rochester, New York. I entered this retreat as a guest and left as a member of a greater campus community. The POSSE Foundation is a program that awards merit-based scholarships to students that thrive in leadership, diversity, and academics. Syracuse University’s partnership with the foundation allows students from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Miami to assemble in small, tight knit groups, serving as support systems. Every year, the POSSE Foundation hosts a retreat, which focuses on a social-political issue. In efforts to expand and strengthen the community, scholars are encouraged to bring a guest. This year, the POSSEPlus Retreat focused on the topic of Crime & Punishment on both...

The Ultimate Guide to Skipping Classes

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College comes with a hefty price tag. Money, sanity, and sleep all go down the drain once your first semester starts, and on top of that, you’re expected to sit in lecture halls and actively participate in classes several times a day. Sometimes though, the only option to save your sanity and/or sleep (sorry, you can’t get your money back) is to skip a class. We’ve got you covered on all the acceptable (and some not so so acceptable) reasons for hitting the snooze button and forgetting about Astronomy 101 for the day. 1. When You’re Hungover If you need to excuse yourself from German class more than once so that you can gracefully throw up in the bathroom, consider skipping class. Though you may have the good intentions of...

41 Songs to Get You Through the Coldest Week of Winter

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The Syracuse winter sucks. There is no better way to put it. “Dreadful” or “Miserable” just don’t sum it up quite like the word “sucks”. Now that we are deep into our first Syracuse winter, we are fed up with this nonsense. Here are some tunes to bust your negative-degree blues. Songs to Help You Pretend It’s Summer Señorita – Justin Timberlake Toxic – Malanie Martinez Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie I Wanna Go – Britney Spears Somebody Loves You – Betty Who Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves Juice – Chance the Rapper Trojans – Atlas Genius Warrior ft. Mark...

‘Cuse v. Duke

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February 14, 2015: Valentine’s Day Duke vs. Syracuse The day we’d all been waiting for. We had heard the hype surrounding this highly anticipated matchup from fellow students. We had heard of the excitement after last season’s 91-89 victory against the Blue Devils. We know all about the rivalry with Duke. We yearned to experience it ourselves. On Saturday, we finally got the chance. Towards the beginning of the week, despite negative, chilling temperatures, die-hard fans started to camp out in the beloved “Boeheimburg” area outside the Carrier Dome. The weather was so brutal that the university had to postpone and even suspend the camping out for a day. Yet, people still showed up to ensure they grabbed a top seat in the Carrier...

Bitter Rivalry Brings Two Sisters Closer

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The Silverstein family has a unique dilemma; they are a house divided: half of their family went to Syracuse and the other half went to Duke. A new basketball rivalry was created between the schools when Syracuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference, as the two universities now play each other twice every year. Emma Silverstein, a freshman at Syracuse University, found herself split between family allegiances. Two of her aunts, her uncle, her grandmother, and her father attended Syracuse. Her Grandmother, her mother, and her sister all attended Duke. Emma recalls her sisters acceptance into Duke as the start of the family rivalry. “When my sister got into Duke, that was a really big deal because that started the rivalry in the family and...

Beanies, Beanies, They’re Good for Your Heart

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By now, you’ve seen thousands of beanies bopping around campus, keeping heads warm and hair dry while capping off an outfit perfectly (no pun intended). There are so many types of beanies that it can be difficult to decide which look you’re feeling on which day. Here is your go-to beanie directory, all in one place. HOBO: This beanie is super slouchy, usually made of thick wool. It hangs very low off the back of your head and could potentially give the impression that you have a lot of hair/a big head. Try pairing this with a more “put together” outfit so you look dapper instead of dirty. Urban Outfitters is a prime spot to nail this look. POM POM: This seems to be a fan favorite at ‘Cuse. This is the beanie with a HUGE puffy...

How the Post-Season Ban Affects Our Freshman Year

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A collective cry emanated from Syracuse on Wednesday evening as the news broke that the university had decided to self impose a postseason ban on its basketball team amidst an NCAA investigation over incidents stemming back to 2007. The consequences were simple: No ACC Tournament. No NCAA Tournament. No NIT. One glance at any social media feed was all that was needed to feel the wrath of the student population. Social media was thrust into a frenzy. Yik Yak in particular erupted with messages expressing dismay at a wasted freshman year, a “ruined college experience.” Ah, the old “college experience.” Yes, basketball is undoubtedly one of Syracuse’s defining characteristics. When you mention Syracuse University to someone, three...

Looking Cool, Staying Warm: 5 Key Skills for Layering

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The key to being fashionable while still protecting yourself from hypothermia in Syracuse weather is LAYERING. Throughout any given day, you will encounter blustering winds, snow, rain, sunshine, hot classrooms and everything inbetween. Being comfortable in each scenario is important, but tricky to master. Here are the top 5 ingredients to looking cool while staying warm. 1. WEAR A T-SHIRT You might think I’m nuts, but I promise you’ll be happier with the base layer of a short sleeve t-shirt. It may be hard to bring yourself to put it on in the morning while watching snow fall outside your window, but you will be so glad you did. Some of the buildings or classrooms have the heat blasting, and it is easy to find yourself sweating...

Development of Joseph Key for Longterm Success

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It has been an interesting season for Jim Boeheim and his Syracuse Orange. Midway through their 2014-2015 campaign, the team (14-7, 5-3) is still searching for an identity that will carry them deep into March. Versatile guard play has been a strong suit for the Orange in years past. Yet, this season, a backcourt featuring the likes of Michael Gbenije and freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph has struggled to contribute on a consistent basis, shying away from big moments far more than the ardent fan would prefer. Add in the recent season-ending injury to big man Chris McCullough and the loss of backup center DaJuan Coleman, who is still recovering from knee surgery. This makes for a very thin Syracuse frontcourt that isn’t exactly the...