Colleges / Histories / Main Campus

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

Histories / Sports

History of Track and Field Coach Thomas F. Keane


The Cross Country and Track and Field program at Syracuse University has long been a program breeding success. From the time that the Thomas F. Keane, the head coach at Syracuse University from 1906 to 1945, took the reigns of the program, the foundations for a successful

A portrait of the famed Syracuse University Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Thomas F. Keane. Photo Credit: "Thomas F. Keane." Thomas F. Keane. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.

A portrait of the famed Syracuse University Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Thomas F. Keane.
Photo Credit: “Thomas F. Keane.” Thomas F. Keane. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.

program were put into place.1 Cross Country and Track and Field have long been honored sports for the naturalness of the act of running and the consequently great competition that followed.

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.

Area / Locations


Syracuse University South Campus Buses, Photo Credit: Writing Program PTW

Syracuse University South Campus Buses, Photo Credit: Writing Program PTW


Transportation is a vital part of the Syracuse Community. The transportation options available in Syracuse are many: the Centro Bus Company provides short distance travel within Central New York, and the Regional Transportation Center and Syracuse Hancock International Airport are available for long distance travel.

Around Syracuse


The Centro Bus Company transports students and commuters to and from SU campus as well as around the community.

Cultures / Entertainment / Events / Fun / Histories

Cultural Festivals

Part of Syracuse’s love for festivals comes from it’s appreciation for diversity and culture. Throughout the summer, many weekends are devoted to festivals that celebrate a culture with respect to both its heritage and its Syracuse roots. All of these festivals are free, non-profit organizations that are built and created by passionate locals and frequented by Syracuse natives from all walks of life. Offering live music, delicious authentic food, and plenty of activities for both adults and children, the variety of culturul festivals hosted in Syracuse is a great thing to check out on a beautiful summer day.


Cultures / Histories / Sports

History of the Saltine Warrior


Credit: Nicole Terrance. Copyright: Syracuse University, The Onondagan. Thanks to the Syracuse University Archives

Saltine Warrior mascot at an SU football game in 1977.

The Saltine Warrior was the official mascot of Syracuse University for 47 years from 1931 to 19781. In 1931, the Saltine Warrior was born in a hoax published by The Syracuse Orange Peel, a student-run newspaper2. For 45 years, the hoax of the Saltine Warrior was widely believed to be true until student researched unveiled the truth in 19763. In 1978, protest from Onkwehonweneha, the Native American student organization on campus, lead to the removal of the Saltine Warrior as Syracuse University’s official mascot 4.


Events / Fun / Nightlife / Westcott

Westcott Theatre

Westcott Theatre
The Westcott Theater which is a old cinema that has been renovated and reconstructed from past years, which now have been formed into a Upstate NY premiere live music venue. Major functions are Bar, Movies, and Performing Arts. The Westcott Theater host national, regional and local bands at the venue. Many well-known performers, as well as underground artists have came to perform in this venue. The type of genres that are performed at Westcott range from Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Pop, Heavy Metal , Techno, and others. The ticket prices varies for events, so you will need to find out about the prices by calling, email, internet, or fliers that are put around the Westcott Community and Syracuse area. This theater has become a very live and jive place now. 

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.

Cultures / Histories

The Role of International Students at Syracuse University

Introduction: International students have been apart of Syracuse University since the 1940’s 1. At the time, they were involved mainly in their respective academic departments due to a lack of student organizations for international students and students of different ethnicity. Back in the 1970’s some of these students were hosted by members of the community who formed organizations in order to help new international students adjust to living in the United States for the first time 2. It was also in the 1970’s where more student organizations were founded and became more active. Some of the organizations were Syracuse India Association, African Student Association, and Arab Student Organization, which soon all came together to create the International Student Organization 3. The ISO became very active on campus by hosting performances and shows by different groups of students on campus in an effort to promote their respective cultures. Today, international students are still very active on campus through organizations such as Asian Students in America, who have made it open to every student on campus to come and to experience Asian culture.