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History of sweatshop protests at SU, 2000-2001


Students who casually wandered through the quad on March 24, 2000 were in for a surprise. Twelve Syracuse University students were riding around mostly naked (some in underwear) on various mountain bikes, covered only by signs. In addition to the signs, some of the riders also had written on their bare bodies in marker. Many of these students represented the Students Coalition on Organized Labor (SCOOL), a group of student activists that protested against unfair labor policies.  When asked about the unique protest, Pat O’ Leary, a member of SCOOL, claimed, “We would rather go naked than wear sweatshop-labored clothes.”1 They circled the quad in protest of SU’s hesitation to join the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), and to end the school’s affiliation with Nike Inc., a company accused of using sweatshops to manufacture collegiate apparel. There were various events held throughout the week such as candlelight vigils, a mock sweatshop and various theater performances. The mock sweatshop was accompanied by a shanty town whose purpose was to demonstrate the real life conditions of workers in third-world countries.2

Locations / Main Campus

Schine Student Center

Built in1984, the Schine Student Center was opened by Syracuse University on May 19,1984. The Schine Student Center has been described as a “reflection of the diverse intellectual, cultural, and social interest of the Syracuse University community. It will provide the space for students to gather, along with faculty and staff, in an atmosphere conducive to social, leisure, and educational purposes.” Schine Student Center, often just referred to as “Schine,” cost $15 million and was made with brick and red sandstone. The Student Center was established to be the central hub for Syracuse University’s services, offices, and student activities. Often time student organizations set up tables in the center to promote their latest events. This building is located East of University Avenue between Waverly Avenue and University Place. It was named after Reneé Schine Crown who donated $2,500,000 for construction of the Student Center. Schine accommodates large, medium, and small venues for a variety of events. It has hosted world-renowned artists and speakers such as Idina Menzel, John Legend, Vice President Joe Biden, Cornell West, The Dalai Lama, Spike Lee, and many more.

Main Campus / Spirituality / Wellness

Hendricks Chapel

Hendricks Chapel is located on the campus of Syracuse University. It provides an array of religious, spiritual and cultural services to the immensely diverse student body. Hendricks Chapel is committed to being a resource where all students can go practice their beliefs in a safe environment, as well as connect with one another on cultural, personal and spiritual level.

Main Campus / Spirituality / Uncategorized / Wellness

Hillel at Syracuse University

Winnick Hillel Center at Syracuse University taken by ZeWrestler on January 13, 2008

Hillel at Syracuse is a foundation for Jewish Life at Syracuse University. Hillel’s mission is “to create a diverse, dynamic and welcoming Jewish community on the Syracuse University Campus” ( The foundation also helps those who are committed to their faith deepen that commitment, as well as provide a space for all of those want to get involved in Judaism. The organization uses both traditional and non-traditional activities in order to help those who want to deepen their Jewish faith.

Histories / Locations / Main Campus / Uncategorized

Holden Observatory: A Short History

November 18, 1887, Syracuse University: Visions of the cosmos flashed through the minds of the students, faculty, and community members of Syracuse as they sat in silence in Hendricks Chapel, listening to plans for the new Observatory. It was a time during which astronomy was still a completely unexplored horizon, a territory unknown. The possibilities seemed infinite to a University that had never pondered such oddities.