Thinking of changing your major?

Here are three easy things you can do now if you’re thinking about changing your major (especially if that means switching between schools or colleges).

1. Attend the Intra-University Transfer Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 19 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Schine Atrium).

What’s an Intra-University Transfer? Yes, we know. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. That’s the official name for switching schools/colleges at SU. The fair will include reps from all the schools/colleges, and you can talk to advisors about majors and minors and what you may need to do transfer. Keep in mind, each school/college has different requirements and deadlines.

2. Talk to your academic advisor.

Your home school or college’s advising office can help answer your questions about switching majors within your school/college or connect you to resources to transfer to another school/college at SU.

3. Consider a minor.

If you’re not sure about taking on a different major now, consider adding a minor to your academic repertoire. There are literally 100 minors to choose from! You can talk about minors with your advisor or at the Intra-University Transfer Fair, too (à la tip 1 and 2 above).

Winter Is Here. You Might as Well Have Fun!

How long is winter in Syracuse you might ask? Well, let’s not even go there. But just because winter seemingly never ends, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun along the way.

Here are the top three things you can do to keep your winter interesting:

Learn how to cross country ski or snowshoe.

The new Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center at Drumlins is FREE for all SU and ESF students. Don’t know how to ski or snowshoe? That’s no problem. You can take lessons! Lessons are available Friday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Don’t think you need lessons? That’s great, too. You should take on the Mileage Challenge to earn prizes! Either way, take advantage of the snow we get and try something fun!

Visit Tennity Ice Pavillion for more than just ice skating.

You probably already knew that Tennity Ice Pavillion on South Campus is open daily and offers cheap skate rentals for students who want to ice skate. But did you know Tennity offers more things to try? There’s open hockey, curling and Late Night at the Rink. Open hockey is free for all students and happens Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can drop in with a team, play sled hockey or just skate and shoot! You can also try curling, the popular Winter Olympic Sport, on select Fridays and Saturdays this winter. And as always, Late Night at the Rink is a chance for friends to get together for themed late night skate nights! Themes this semester include Valentines Day, Glow Skate and Beat Duke. With all the programs at Tennity, there’s no excuse to be bored this winter!

Register for Recreation Services’ Lake Placid Trip.

Recreation Services offers multiple outdoor trips throughout the semester. You still have time to register for their Lake Placid Trip! For $50, you get round trip transportation, one ride on both the Olympic bobsled and skeleton, a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top of Whiteface Mountain, access to and tours of various Olympic venues, and food. So basically, you’re getting a $200 plus trip for a fraction of the price. Trust us, it’s worth it.

Not about the snow at all?

That’s perfectly fine. There’s still plenty for you to do. Try Open Basketball at the Melo Center Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Just make sure to bring sneakers to change into! You can also check out Recreation Services’ Intramural Sports schedule. The next registration is for dodgeball!

Frisky February Tunes

In honor of Frisky February and Valentine’s Day, we’ve created a Spotify playlist to help you celebrate sexual health, healthy relationships and self confidence. Happy listening!

Don’t have Spotify? Here’s a list of all the songs:

  1. Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
  2. Pynk by Janelle Monáe (feat. Grimes)
  3. Boys by Lizzo
  4. Juice by Lizzo
  5. Falling Autumn by alayna and Astronomy
  6. Sky Blue by Elijah Blake
  7. Boo’d Up by Ella Mai
  8. Naked – Bonus Track by Ella Mai
  9. The Light by Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign
  10. I-69 by Roman Gian Arthur
  11. Get You by Daniel Caesar (feat. Kali Uchis)
  12. Best Part by Daniel Caesar (feat. H.E.R.)
  13. Focus by H.E.R.
  14. Still Down by H.E.R.
  15. As I Am by H.E.R.
  16. Make Out in My Car by Moses Sumney
  17. Sex With Me by Rihanna
  18. Partition by Beyoncé
  19. Miss Independent by Ne-Yo
  20. Congratulations by Ne-Yo
  21. All of Me by John Legend
  22. Adorn by Miguel
  23. Kiss by Prince
  24. Gorgeous by X Ambassadors
  25. Naked by X Ambassadors
  26. Talk by Khalid
  27. Honey by Kehlani
  28. Belong to You by Sabrina Claudio
  29. thank u, next by Ariana Grande
  30. Light On by Maggie Rogers

How to Stress Less Over Money

We have all been there – in line at Starbucks, Pita Pit, Strong Hearts; wherever you may frequent on Marshall Street. You go to pay, and you either genuinely have no idea if your card will be declined, or you check your balance and you simply do not have enough money to pay for your coffee, pita, or smoothie.

For many students, budgeting is not a routine, but it should be.

To avoid stressing in the Starbucks line, or when it comes time to pay your rent, budgeting can save you time and most importantly, money. Budgeting shows how your spending matches your income, and where your money will go before you earn it.

By tracking your monthly income and expenses, you can see if you have money left over, or if you have overspent. If this is the case and you are spending more than you make for the month, lower your expenses and raise your income. One way to increase your monthly income is to check out on-campus or local jobs. Since having a job may not be feasible for some students, emphasizing decreased spending can be very important. Easy ways to do so include limiting the number of times you eat out per month and limiting non-essential purchases, like that Uber to class, the cute shirt you saw on Amazon, or those new Nikes you saw pop up in your Facebook feed.

Though it may seem stressful thinking about the numbers, budgeting gives you the power to make a change that can help you spend less than you make per month, and begin saving.

One of Syracuse’s hidden gems, the Syracuse Smart Money Program speaks the language of budgeting, and its Orange Budget tool, a pre-programed Excel budget, makes it easy for you to start budgeting.

Once you fill out your Orange Budget, make an appointment with a Smart Money Coach to review your results. Do you need to decrease your spending? Increase your income? Whatever it may be, the Coaches can provide insight. Log on to Orange Success, and you will be halfway to controlling your own finances.

Written by Melissa Marchetti ’20, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Top 3 things I’m looking forward to at Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is a Syracuse tradition dating back to the 1930s. It was originally created to give students a break before exams. Now it’s a week full of events at the start of the spring semester to help students get some much-needed excitement in spite of the extremely low temperatures and mounds of snow. This year, Winter Carnival is taking place from Feb. 19 – 23 and features indoor and outdoor activities for the campus community. While the week of events is sure to be fun and exciting throughout the entire week, here are my top three events to look forward to and attend.

  1. The Chili Cook-Off

Because who doesn’t love chili? Who doesn’t love free, unlimited-while-supplies-last, chili?  The Chili Cook-Off is happening on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. on the HBC patio. It’s a competition to find the best tasting chili, featuring you trying all the different chilis. Sounds like a good time to me.

  1. Glow in the Dark Late Night Skate Night

When I was growing up the fun thing to do was to attend “all night” skating at the local skating rink that they put on once a month for all the kids under 18. (Back then late night meant until 9 p.m. We had curfew.) Thankfully, it’s 2019 and you don’t have to wait for “late” night skate night to happen because it’s a part of the 2019 Winter Carnival and will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 p.m. – midnight at Tennity Ice Pavilion on South Campus. This is an opportunity for you and all your friends to have some genuine fun skating in the dark with nothing but glow lights to light up the rink. And the best part…it’s free!

  1. Laser Tag

Laser Tag is always a hit. No matter how old you are or where you are from, there’s just something about running around and tagging your friends. A little friendly competition never hurt anybody. Winter Carnival will feature Laser Tag in Goldstein Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 p.m. – midnight. An added bonus…it will feature free food (while supplies last, of course).

Visit the Winter Carnival website for the complete list of events.


Written by: Amber Hudson G’19, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

From the ’Gram

You’ve heard of @OurSyracuseU, the SU Instagram account for students, by students. If you haven’t, excuse me, where have you been?! Students just like you are submitting their accomplishments, fun memories, campus views and trips. We think you should share your experience, too! So flex on your friends, and submit your photos! Maybe you can be one of the semester’s top posts.

Here are the top posts from Fall 2018:

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Hi! I am Daniel Wood ‘22. My family & I made a road trip out of the 17 hour drive – stopping in Washington D.C. & New York. I can’t wait to embrace the Orange Spirit at @SyracuseU. But the truth is – I feel I have experienced it the entire way up from South Carolina. When in New York City, we went to the TODAY Show. Just by saying I was going to @NewhouseSU at #SyracuseU opened so many doors so quickly. They knew how great Newhouse is – and they gave me VIP tickets to the Megyn Kelly TODAY Show & also gave me a backstage tour of Studio 1A at the TODAY Show. I am already experiencing the doors #SyracuseUniversity opens for its students, and I am beyond excited to begin this journey. GO ORANGE! 🍊 . . . Submit your photos at the link in bio.

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Career Fair 101

If you’re thinking of attending a career fair this week and have some unwanted butterflies in your stomach, you’re not alone! Whether it’s your first career fair or your third, shaking hands and putting your best self out there can be nerve-wracking. Here are five quick tips to help you make the most of your next career fair from someone who has lived it.

1. Do your research
Look up which companies are attending the fair, and pick the ones you know you want to visit. Seeing 50+ companies at once can be a bit overwhelming. Going in with a game plan can organize your visit and save you lots of time. You’re also bound to be waiting in lines, so make your wait worth it!

2. Dress for success
This is your chance to make a first impression. Dressing professionally in interview attire is a great way to look the part. It’s also a handy trick to make your brain believe you’re in a formal setting and will bring out that professional attitude.

3. Have a list of questions handy
You don’t want to show up in front of the recruiter with a generic “so tell me what you do and what jobs you have.” Ask more thoughtful questions that will engage the recruiter in your conversation. For example, ask a recruiter about the skills they look for in potential candidates, or what the career path looks like for someone in the company five years down the road.

4. Come with a brief elevator pitch
The recruiter is likely looking to learn a little bit about you, too. When you introduce yourself, share a brief elevator pitch that can help you stand out. Your elevator pitch should include your name, major and past experience in a nutshell. Most importantly, share what you learned from your past experiences and why you think those skills are important in the career field/position you are looking at.

5. Ask for the recruiter’s business card
Asking to leave your resume is always awkward. So, open the door by asking recruiters for their business card. They may ask you for a resume or a business card in exchange. Either way, you have a contact at the company that you can reach out to later and start setting up your network.

Don’t miss all the fairs during Career Week and the Syracuse University Career and Internship Fair this Thursday, Jan. 31, in Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium from 3 to 6:00 p.m.

Written by Ankita Varman ’19, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Martin J. Whitman School of Management

4 things to do this Black History Month

This Friday is February 1, which officially marks the beginning of Black History Month. The celebration of Black History Month was initially founded as “Negro History Week” by historian and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson in the first week of February 1926. Woodson chose February as the official month for celebration to honor the birthdays of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are on February 12 and 14, respectively.  As a historian and educator, Woodson saw great value in educating students and others on the achievements of black people throughout the African Diaspora over the course the week. The celebration was extended from one week to the full month by students at Kent State University in 1969.

Every year, Syracuse University celebrates the month through an array of events hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA),the Office of Multicultural Advancement, Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), and various cultural student organizations across campus. This year, here are four things you can do to celebrate the festivities!

1. Attend the Kickoff Weekend Festivities—everything is free!
Friday, February 1 from noon – 2 p.m., OMA will be hosting the official Black History Month Kickoff in Schine 304 ABC! There will be free food and an official proclamation celebrating the 400th year of black influence in the United States.

The following day, we will host our first ever 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the Carrier Dome at 9 a.m.! Grab two friends and sign up here!

Following the tournament,The Black Lounge is on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium, co-sponsored by OMA, the Caribbean Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Advancement. The Black Lounge is a time for celebration of art, culture, music, and food! Free tickets are available in Schine Box Office!

2. Research black inventors and innovators.

Did you know that the traffic signal was created by a black man named Garret Morgan? He also invented the gas mask. What about the ironing board? Sarah Boone invented that in 1892. When thinking about the creation of the lightbulb, you may give the credit to Thomas Edison, but it was Lewis Latimer who worked to create the carbon filament that powers the lightbulb.

There are a number of black inventors and innovators who changed the way we live and operate our daily lives. Whether in science, art, technology, cosmetology, or everyday life, the influence of the African Diaspora is extremely present. No matter what your major, there has assuredly been a person of African descent who has excelled in that area! Many times, we limit our knowledge of black pioneers to people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, or Frederick Douglass. However, there are numerous black individuals who have contributed to every aspect of our daily lives.

3. Attend the Black History Month Commemorative Lecture

Every year, we host the Commemorative Lecture and invite a guest speaker to the University. This year’s speaker is Eric D. Pritchard, Ph.D. from Buffalo State University. He will be speaking on Black Supernovas: The Legacies of Black Gay Fashion Designers. Dr. Pritchard writes and teaches about literacy and rhetoric and their intersection with fashion, beauty, popular culture, identity, and power. He is the author of Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Come listen to his lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Schine 304 ABC!

4. Read work from the Black Arts Movement or the Harlem Renaissance

Since February is a short month, it’s a great opportunity for a reading challenge. This month challenge yourself to pick up the work of a black author. Choose a classic from the Harlem Renaissance and coat your month in words from Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, or Zora Neale Hurston. If you’re looking for something a bit more modern or in line with our political climate, seek out parallels from the Black Arts Movement and read work from Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, or Gil Scott-Heron.

We hope that you can make it to some of our events and that you’re able to fully enrich yourself in some of the festivities going on this month! Stop by OMA in Schine 105 or visit the OMA website for more information about what’s going on this month!

Written by Abigail Covington ’19, College of Arts and Sciences and member of the Black History Month planning committee.

Meet Emily Nagoski

Frisky February is almost here! The Office of Health Promotion and other university offices, student orgs and community partners have a huge line up of events all centered on sexual health, sexuality, consent and self-care. One of the most exciting events coming is Emily Nagoski’s keynote “5 (Dirty, Little) Secrets from the Science of Sex.” Don’t miss Emily in action, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium! Doors open at 7 p.m., so get there early to find a seat.

Don’t know Emily Nagoski? Here’s 5 (Not So Secret) Secrets about Emily Nagoski.

1. Emily Nagoski is the author of Come As You Are, a New York Times Best Seller.

Come As You Are is an exploration of women’s sexuality through evidence-based research and science. It’s kind of a big deal, as in first-book-of-its-kind big deal. And guess what?! You have a chance to read it for free! If you’re one of the first ten people to register for Frisky February Book Club, you’ll receive a free copy!

2. She has a twin sister, Amelia, who is a conductor of classical music.

Twins Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski.

Together, they co-wrote Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle that releases in the spring. Burnout explains why women experience burnout differently than men and the societal pressures women face in male-dominated fields.

3. Emily was a peer educator in college.

While studying psychology with minors in cognitive science and philosophy at the University of Delaware, Emily was a volunteer peer educator. As a peer educator, she specialized in sex education, gave presentations, tabled at events and was a resource for students to talk to, just like our peer educators in the Office of Health Promotion! Get to know your peer educators at OHP’s website! Interested in becoming one? Apply!

4. She travels the world giving talks on sexual wellbeing.

With experience as a teacher and lecturer, it’s no wonder Emily travels all over to speak on topics of sexual wellbeing. Her TEDTalk and TEDx talk have garnered hundreds of thousands of views. Get a sneak peak of what you’re in for when she comes to campus on Feb. 6 in this talk on confidence and joy.

5. She has one of the cutest pit bulls on Insta.

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Part dog, part house elf #dogsofinstagram

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Happy holidays from Thunder in her pink hoodie

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Her name is Thunder, and she gets dressed up sometimes. She’s such a good girl!

Again, go see Emily Nagoski in Maxwell Auditorium, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. We promise you won’t regret it.

6 Reasons Why I Love Being a Safer Sex Express Brand Ambassador

For those of you who don’t know what the Safer Sex Express is, it’s a service provided through the Office of Health Promotion(OHP) here at Syracuse University. Through this service, you can discretely order sexual health supplies like various types of condoms, lubricants, oral dams, gloves, and finger cots for only a small price of FREE. Yes! These products are FREE to SU students! Students order the supplies they want at If you live on campus, it is delivered right to you. If you live off campus, you can anonymously pick up your package at OHP. Now my job as a Safer Sex Express Brand Ambassador (SSEBA) is to rep the brand around campus and promote it to my peers! Being a Safer Sex Express Brand Ambassador has been an amazing experience, and I’m here to share with you my six reasons why!

1. Getting Free Swag

The Office of Health Promotion loves decking out their ambassadors in free swag. From baseball caps, to beanies, to tee shirts, to fanny packs, they really give you the hook up. I mean, come on, fanny packs. It doesn’t get much better than that.

2. Participating in Fun Events

Being a SSEBA, I’ve gotten to do some really cool things! I’ve handed out adorable condom necklaces to students at men’s football and basketball games, which is really fun because I get to interact with the student body. I love seeing their reactions when I hand them a condom necklace! Also, there are other great events that SSEBAs get involved in around campus such as tabling events, cool panel discussions – like “Sex in the Dark” where we partnered with Bedsider – and doing fun events for Frisky February like our packing party!

3. Promoting a Great Organization

Unfortunately, not all of the students on campus are aware of the Safer Sex Express program, which is a shame, because what is better than free condoms? I love the fact that being a brand ambassador allows me to make the campus more aware of this great resource. Often times when I promote SSE on social media or wear the apparel, at least one person will tell me that they didn’t know about the program, and that they’re really excited to learn about it and try it out. It makes me really happy that I can be a link between the program and the student body!

4. Learning Ample Information about Sexual Health

Through my training to be a SSEBA, I learned so much information about sexual health. I’ve never really had a formal sexual health lesson until I became a SSEBA. My training cleared up any sexual health questions I had and steered me away from common misconceptions. For example, did you know internal condoms (a.k.a. female condoms) are latex-free and actually made from polyisoprene which conforms to the body? Talk about a perfect fit! I’ve learned so much from my SSEBA experience, and I can now pass my knowledge along to the student body!

5. Getting Involved on Campus while Meeting New People

Being a SSEBA has been a great way to get myself involved on campus. It has opened the door to me attending those fun events I mentioned before, and it has introduced me to some really great people! I’ve made friends with all of the other SSEBAs who are all really sweet people I enjoy working with. I’ve also had the opportunity to get acquainted with all of the awesome people down in OHP. Being the social butterfly I am, I love meeting new people, and SSEBA has been a great outlet for that!

6. Being a Resource for Others

Because I’m so open about being a SSEBA with showing off my apparel and posting on social media, people know that I’m an ambassador and that they can approach me with any questions they have about sexual health. I was not expecting to be contacted as frequently as I am regarding sexual health questions! Luckily, I’ve had excellent training that allows me to answer those questions, such as the best type of lubrication for certain situations. I love that I can be a resource for my peers to ask important questions regarding sexual health, so they can get the answers they need!

Overall, being a Safer Sex Express Brand Ambassador has been great, and I can’t wait to continue it! If you’re interested in becoming a Safer Sex Express Brand Ambassador, apply!

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Written by Nori Zaccheo ‘20, College of Arts & Sciences