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Escape the winter weather in the Dome

Whether you are a first semester student, or a senior slated to graduate in five months (yeah, it’s that close!), you’ve probably seen or heard of this thing called “The Dome.”

Now you are probably thinking, “What’s your point, of course, I know what ‘The Dome’ is, how could I miss it?”

Here’s my point:

As the weather gets worse and worse, and possibly worse, you need to constantly come up with things to do inside. What better outlet for social entertainment than one of the most prominent features of campus?

The best part is, you don’t even have to be a sports fan to enjoy it! But we’ll start there first.

For the sports fans out there:

Home football games are a thing of the past now, and that means it’s time for basketball. Here are a few big games you don’t want to miss for Men’s and Women’s hoops:

Men’s:

  • Georgetown, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. (Crawl out of the library for a few hours, it’s Georgetown, after all)
  • Pitt, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Duke, Feb. 23 at TBD
  • Virginia, March 4 at 7 p.m.

Women’s:

  • North Carolina, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. (Sunday before class starts)
  • NC State, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. (Doggy Day)
  • Notre Dame, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. (Greek Night)

Also, be on the lookout for the Men’s and Women’s lacrosse schedules. Their games will be starting soon after Winter Break.

Other ways to enjoy the Dome:

  • Own the Dome, an Admissions event for accepted students, looks for current students to help volunteer to work the event. To volunteer for this and other events, apply to become a University 100 Student Ambassador (the application deadline for spring 2019 is Sunday, Jan. 20) or stay tuned on the Own the Dome webpage for volunteer deets when you get back from Winter Break.
  • 2019 Block Party: TBD (Always a concert in the Dome).
  • Little known fact: the Dome is open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Take a stroll around the concourse. Head to Gate B and bring your SU ID.

Written by Jake Falge, intern in the Division of Marketing and Communications

Look Back. Act Forward. Give Blood.

Look Back and Act Forward is the motto of the Remembrance Scholars, where it is our mission to look back to educate the campus community about terrorism by relating the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy to current events; and to act forward by providing avenues to create a better community through service and positive actions. One way the Remembrance Scholars have chosen to Look Back and Act Forward is by partnering with the Red Cross to host a Pan Am Flight 103 Remembrance Blood Drive on Thursday, Dec. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. in Schine Student Center 304 ABC (upstairs; adjacent to Panasci Lounge).

Donating blood can seem pretty intimidating, to help with the process, here are 5 things you need to know about donating blood:

1. The need for blood is a persistent problem throughout the US and every 2 seconds someone is in need. By donating blood you are helping cancer, trauma, sickle cell, and burn patients and patients with chronic illnesses.

2. Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors. Blood supply cannot always be met because only 10% of eligible people donate blood each year.

3. Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to help others, in fact one donation saves 3 lives. It’s easy. The process takes no more than an hour, and by donating on Dec. 6 you even get a free Red Cross t-shirt, a sticker, and a $5 Amazon gift card!

4. It’s easy to sign up for an appointment. You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org, or download the app and use the donateblood@SU tagline to locate our drive.

5. When you arrive you will be registered; then answer a few questions about your health history (places you’ve traveled) and also check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin level; and then donate. The donation itself takes 8-10 minutes.

If you have any questions or would like more information about blood donation please visit redcrossblood.org. We hope you can look back and act forward with us by donating blood on Dec.  6 at the Pan Am Flight 103 Remembrance Blood Drive.

The Remembrance Scholarship program is dedicated to honoring, celebrating, and remembering the 270 lives, 259 passengers and 11 Lockerbie residents, that perished in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. On board the flight were 35 students studying through the Syracuse University Study Abroad program. Each year there are 35 rising seniors who are selected to represent those students who were lost and carry on and honor their legacies by looking back and acting forward. Visit the Remembrance website for more information about the Remembrance Scholarship Program or how you can apply.

Written by Danielle Schaf ’19, College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School, Remembrance Scholar

Top six places on campus to shed a tear

Buckle up everyone, it’s all downhill after Thanksgiving break. We’re back after a much needed and well-deserved week off from school, gorging on turkey, mashed potatoes and rewatching ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ for the 26th time, and now it’s time for finals week. The final stretch of anything is always the hardest part, so here at The Peel, we’ve compiled a list of the best places on campus to shed a tear and write that twenty-page, single-spaced research paper for that class you maybe missed a few times.

  1. The Whitman Atrium

High ceiling, plenty of natural lighting, comfortable couches and indoor trees – the Whitman Atrium tops our list for the perfect place to shed a tear on campus. This space is especially great if you want a wide open space to get your creative juices flowing. If you prefer a little privacy, we recommend the seats by the window so you can treat yourself to a good cry with a panoramic view of University Avenue.

Whitman School of Management atrium. View from outside looking in at high glass windows and students seated at tables.

  1. The Safire Room at Bird Library

Located at the top floor of Bird Library, this intimate and cozy quiet room offers a vintage and picturesque setting for your cry sesh as long as you keep it down. Grab one of the two lone seats facing the wall for maximum privacy. Seating and power plugs are extremely limited, so get there early and make sure your devices are already charged up.

View of Safire room in Bird Library. A student seated at a large table with laptop. Behind him is a library.

  1. Newhouse Sound Booths

Located on the fourth floor of Newhouse 2, these well-hidden and extremely private rooms are not only the perfect place to create audio recordings, but also a great place to cry.  If the other options might be a little too public for you and don’t mind the possibility of being stuck in the abyss, then this might be for you.

  1. Schine Ground-floor Bathrooms

Savor the good ole’ days because Schine is about to undergo a massive renovation beginning on May 2019. The Schine basement bathrooms are a great place to reminisce and reflect on your memorable Syracuse University journey. For the go-getters and multitaskers out there, it also provides proximity to printing, the Tomato Wheel, and the Bookstore. Although not as lavish as other bathrooms on campus, its location and practicality gives the Schine ground-floor bathrooms a spot on our list.

  1. The iSchool Computer Labs

In the School of Information Studies, or affectionately known as the iSchool, at the basement of their Hinds Hall homebase are a collection of computer labs with dual screens for maximum efficiency. Although the space can get crowded at times, iSchool students are probably too busy catching up on their SQL labs to even notice that you’re having an cry sesh, so it is essentially a judgement-free zone.

Hinds hall computer lab. View from outside looking in. Multiple computer stations. A person leans against a station. Another leans against a wall in the computer lab,

  1. Bird Library

At the end of the day, crying where it’s most crowded could be one you need the most. Why not empower yourself through the camaraderie with your fellow students? In addition, Bird recently added more tables, seats, and plugs, so you can stay powered up even though your body has been on 1% since October. Just remember to bring your valid SU ID after 8 p.m. or you will be denied entry and you might have to resort crying on Waverly Avenue, which is not recommended.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you prefer the privacy of the Schine bathrooms or the openness of Bird Library, this beautiful and eclectic campus will definitely have the right spot for you to shed a tear or two…or seventy.  Remember, your emotions are totally valid. There are also plenty of resources on campus to relieve some stress like Orange After Dark or Stress Less Week.

Written by Jezrel Sabaduquia ’19, School of Information Studies

Coffee with the Chancellor

Orange Friends! There’s a lot going on around campus – new buildings being built, research being researched, progress progressing, updates being updated…well, you get the point. On top of that, there’s a lot going on in the US and around the world that makes us wonder how it’ll impact our time at Syracuse.

So, let’s talk/communicate however we are able and comfortable. Here’s an opportunity to do that with the Chancellor!

Who: Chancellor Syverud

What: Chatting with students and answering questions about what’s to come for Syracuse

Where: Neporent Café on the main level of Dineen Hall AKA College of Law building (in-between Sadler and BBB)

When: Monday, Dec. 10, from 3-4 p.m.

Need a refresher on some of the updates on campus? Here are the spark notes:

  1. Buildings being built

At every turn, a new crane has popped up. Some of the projects that are happening are the Bill and Penny Allyn Innovation Center, the Barnes Center at The Arch and the National Veterans Resource Center. Our guy Pete Sala always gives us the construction updates, so you know that you can check out more updates on the CPDC website.

  1. Research being researched

More new things! Not sure if you noticed, but a Center for Undergraduate Research was just established. Also, the University is hiring a bunch of faculty.

  1. Progress Progressing

There’s a lot happening to make everyone be and feel welcome and included on this campus. And there’s a lot more to be done!

  1. Updates being updated

With the constant updates on all the things happening on campus, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure what to keep track of. A few updates we have started to get information on are planned renovations of Schine Student Center and the Dome.

Long story, short: A lot is happening and if you have questions or ideas…grab some coffee (or tea or something else) with the Chancellor on Dec. 10.

Five tips to practice safe web

Yes, I work in Information Technology Services (ITS) and yes, even I fell for a false email sent by a hacker on the dark web, with a believable subject line and counterfeit message, luring students to fall for the fake message, click a link or download a file, and expose our University NetIDs and passwords.

Here are five tips and tricks to avoid malicious emails and to keep your account safe.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

You might be wondering, what’s Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)? It’s an added security measure that will protect against unauthorized use of your credentials, even if they are stolen. Syracuse University students can now opt-in to 2FA for their University email and other Office 365 services. Go to netID.syr.edu and select Two-Factor Opt-in. It’s simple to set up, and I sleep better at night knowing my email and schoolwork have an extra layer of security. (BTW, all students will have 2FA enabled by Feb. 12.)

Be Suspicious

We all have a detective inside of us. Use it! Always be suspicious of emails from any unknown senders. Before clicking any attachments or links in an email, verify that the sender is who they say they are. If you receive an email from a suspicious unknown sender, delete the email before opening it. Even if you know the sender, hover over what looks like a harmless URL. That may reveal a malicious hidden URL that could take you to a website that may try to gather your account information. Malicious attachments are an easy way for hackers to get into your account. I didn’t take the time to verify the sender before opening an attachment, and my account got hacked, so now I’m always cautious when opening and reading my emails.

Keep Your Software Updated

Making sure your computer’s software is always updated and patched will help to ward off hackers. Antivirus and anti-malware software are programs designed to prevent, detect and remove malicious software from your computing device. When your software is up to date, you have less of a chance of being hacked! Make sure to turn on the automatic updating function for each of your devices.

Protect Your Password

Your NetID and password are solely for use in logging on to a Syracuse University system. SU will never ask for these for any reason. If you receive an email from “Syracuse University” requesting this information, know that it is really from a hacker who does not represent any Syracuse-affiliated office. If an occurrence like this happens, please report it to itsecurity@syr.edu. Under any circumstance, you should never give your password away to others, that’s confidential information! Treat it like your ATM PIN.

Use Your Resources

ITS provides all students with a variety of technology services and support. You can contact ITS by calling 315.443.2677, emailing help@syr.edu or walking into our Service Center located just off the Milton Atrium between the Life Sciences Complex and the Center for Science and Technology. ITS has helped me with a variety of issues from unlocking my compromised account to fixing the audio on my laptop. And, the best part of it all? Technology support from ITS on any issue is completely FREE!

We’re all at risk of malicious emails. Hopefully, these tips are useful to you and will help you practice safe web.

Written by Paige Wucherpfennig ’21, School of Information Studies

Initiating idea launch sequence

Have you ever had an idea?

If you answered yes, listen up.

Blackstone LaunchPad, located in Bird Library, is dedicated to helping students in their quest to become entrepreneurs. Whether your aim is to become the next Steve Jobs, or you just want to learn the basics of idea building, the LaunchPad has the people and resources to help you succeed.

Here’s a few of the recent ventures they’ve worked with:

  1. Halo: Annabelle Lincoln ’20 and Jaclyn Hingre ’19 created this small, discrete device that can pinpoint a person’s location without requiring cellular data or service and alert the proper authorities in case of emergency.
  2. Night Grind: Former SU basketball player, Dajuan Coleman, created this clothing line centered around people who love to put in work while no one’s watching.
  3. WAYV: Julia Haber ’18 launched this business as a senior at SU. It partners with brands in retail, tech, and content creation to connect them with college students by way of an on-campus popup shop.
  4. Rookie Road: After not being able to understand football, Doug Gursha with the help of his brother and Syracuse alumnus Mike, created this interactive web application that teaches people rules of various sports.

For full-length articles on startups the LaunchPad has worked with, including those mentioned above, visit the Startup Spotlights page..

 

Written by: Jake Falge, intern in the Division of Marketing and Communications

Starting your job hunt

Jumping into the job search can seem daunting. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? How do you find out what you want to do?

Luckily, Syracuse has an awesome Career Services office, complete with experts that can answer all of your questions. We sat down with Dan Pack and Wes Whiteside, career exploration specialists, and Dan McSweeney, assistant director of employer relations, and they gave us four easy tips for starting your job hunt.

  1. Visit the career center at your school or college for exploration assistance and defining your objective.
  2. Sign up and customize your Handshake account to reflect your interests so that you can begin interacting with employers. Don’t forget to keep your account active. Handshake will get to know you better based on your activity and interests and make more relevant job or internship recommendations.
  3. Tailor your resume for that internship or job, and once you land it, report back to your career center. This helps us find internships and jobs for future students, too.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile that maximizes your qualifications.

Have any questions about the job hunt, your major or career goals? Stop in Career Services during drop-in hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in 235 Schine Student Center. Bring your resume and your cover letter; no appointment is necessary.

Written by Currie Murch Elliot G’19, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

DellPlain is about to get some serious updates

During summer 2019, and then again in summer 2020, DellPlain Hall will be transformed into a modern space. Here are the top five renovations that future DellPlain residents can look forward to:

  1. Fresh updates for student rooms (new furniture, doors, wardrobes, flooring, lighting, paint and draperies)
  2. Fresh updates for common areas, too (new lighting, paint, carpet and luxury vinyl flooring and furniture)
  3. Electrifying upgrades (modern electrical layout, ITS infrastructure and sprinkler and fire alarm improvements)
  4. More study spaces
  5. Enhanced community spaces

Four things to know about Ruby Corado

  1. Ruby and a group of her friends founded Casa Ruby LGBTQ Community Center. It’s the only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serves more than 6,000 people each year.
  2. She’s been advocating for LGBTQ human rights, transgender liberation, immigration equality, access to healthcare, and anti-violence for the last two decades.
  3. Born in El Salvador, Ruby fled when she was only 16, and has lived in Washington, D.C. ever since. Recognizing a lack of services as a young transgender Latina immigrant, Ruby was inspired to serve the underserved and support trans and queer folks in the community.
  4. She’s the keynote speaker for Trans Day of RemembranceIn honor of International Transgender Day of Remembrance, the LGBT Resource Center is hosting a keynote with Ruby on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in 214 Slocum Hall. The day memorializes those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and raises awareness about the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Why you should read Born A Crime…even if you’re not a first-year student

1. Trevor Noah is great
Trevor Noah, author, comedian and host of the Daily Show, has led an extremely successful career. He is funny, intelligent, and relatable in a way that few people on television are. Through this book, readers get a glimpse into what it was like for Trevor growing up, which provides a helpful context when looking at his current work. He tells us how he got to where he is today, and the successes and failures he experienced on the way.

2. The stories in the book are unique
From the stories about his grandmother’s fear of witchcraft, to an awkward prom date, to burning an entire house to the ground, in “Born a Crime,” Trevor details stories, experiences and customs that may seem “weird” to the reader, but were ultimately a normal part of Trevor’s environment. Reading these stories expands the reader’s mind to the beautiful people and things happening in the world, that may seem “weird” or “different,” but each contain their own unique beauty.

3. The characters in the book are SO relatable
From his mother, to her boyfriend, to Trevor himself, every character in this book is genuine and real. Each carries their fair share of strengths, weaknesses and insecurities, that play themselves out in different forms throughout the book. Reading this book opens your eyes to the duality, and contradiction, inherent in human nature. It allows you to understand why good people do bad things, and encourages a spirit of empathy and understanding. These messages are especially potent given America’s current sociopolitical climate.

4. It has powerful insights about growing up and fitting in
For much of his childhood and teenage years, Trevor felt like an outsider. He often felt too smart, too black, too ugly, too nerdy, too dumb, too white, (etc.) to find a consistent group of friends. Channeling this, Trevor adjusted to his circumstances, choosing to become friendly with all and close with few. While, as a teen, Trevor resented his lack of friends, he grew accustomed to his ability to switch between social circles. The benefits he received from being forced to fit into many different groups conveys itself in his current work. College is an amazing place to socialize, within a few-mile radius are people from all corners of the earth. Whether you prefer to hang out with a few friends or as part of bigger groups, it is important to understand the potential of the people around you. Engage with your classmates, form genuine relationships and share your craziest dreams. Be fulfilled by the people around you, and let that love bleed into your work.

5. Inspiration to never give up
From getting rejected by a crush, to getting punished for a crime to witnessing, firsthand, the domestic abuse of his mother, Trevor has faced many situations that tested his courage and willpower. While he struggled to manage many of these obstacles, ultimately, he made it through by faith, bravery and keeping an uplifted spirit. The way Trevor, slowly, but effectively, grew, healed and improved through his experiences, serves as an amazing example for all college students. While things may seem tough now, nothing lasts forever. Oftentimes, victory is on the other side of pain.

Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” is full of rich stories, packed with fruitful lessons and examples. Reading through it will make you laugh, make you cry, and change your perspective on the people around you. The first-year class of Syracuse University has been enriched through this book, now it’s time for other undergrads to get in on the action.

Copies of “Born A Crime” are available for free at the Bookstore.Stop by the third floor, present your SU ID and get reading! Trevor Noah will be here for the MLK Celebration, too! Student tickets for the program are $5.

Jalen Nash ’20, the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs