Fighting on Two Fronts

Personal essay by Elizabeth White; illustration by Samantha Lee I sat on the porch on a warm Sunday summer night, brainstorming story ideas for my summer news reporting class when my phone started ringing. My sister was calling, and she was hysterical. My mom was drunk again. Two weeks before I left for graduate school,…

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A Conversation with a Street Evangelist

Story and photos by Lindsey Sabado The Marshall Street Starbucks becomes a fishbowl as I speak to the man across from me. Two walls of the crowded coffee shop are floor-to-ceiling windows, giving us a panoramic view of the Syracuse University students rushing by in a constant stream. Dominick Mauro, a familiar face around Syracuse,…

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My Trip to Spain, through the Lens of a Camera

Story by Rachel Burt A few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Madrid for the 2018 Iberdrola Scholarship award ceremony. The event itself turned out to be quite short, but in that time I had the chance to meet a former journalist and news anchor who just so happens to be…

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With Love Restaurant Celebrates Lunar New Year

Video by Sajida Ayyup With Love kicked off the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, Feb. 5 with a celebration filled with traditional food and dance. The year of 2019 is also known as the year of the pig, which is a a symbol of wealth in the Chinese Zodiac. Click here to learn more about…

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Living Proof: Jordan’s Story of Recovery

Story by Colton Madore In a bedroom scattered in used needles, a young man rummages through the mess trying to find heroin, anxious for another high. He’s out of money to buy more. He finds an old needle he’s used in the past with a little bit of heroin left in it. Weeks earlier, when…

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Inside a School Serving Orphans in Chiang Mai

Story and photos by Weng Cheong Having all grown up in Thailand, my family and I make it a tradition to return to our home country and visit orphanages on each of our birthdays. School for Life is a small nonprofit that provides a home and education for orphans in the outskirts of Chiang Mai.…

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Behind the Scenes with the Kings and Queens of Trexx, an LGBT+-friendly Syracuse Nightclub

Story by Quinn Gawronski; photos by Jordan Larson and Chelsea Taxter The cluttered dressing room is lit by a few buzzing fluorescent bulbs, the white brick walls bare except for flyers announcing Thursday student night here at Trexx, a gay bar in Syracuse. Foundation, powder, fake eyelashes, and glitter clutter the countertop in front of…

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The Syracuse Program That’s Working to Rewrite the South Side Narrative

Story and photos by Ellie Coggins The South Side Communication Center Youth Program bustles with energy on a Wednesday afternoon. Handmade inspirational posters and art projects decorate the walls, along with historical photos of famous black people and a rack filled with Essence magazines. Eight kids are there that day, ranging from age 10 to…

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Voices from the Streets: How Homelessness Impacts the Syracuse Community

Story by Jaspreet Gill; photos by Chelsea Taxter. No stranger to hardship and homelessness, the city of Syracuse was named one of the top ten poorest places in 2018 by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018. While many people have a set image in their mind of what homelessness looks like, in reality it has…

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December Medley Mix: Entertainment

“Medley Mix,” our weekly round-up of things to do around Syracuse, will be back in January. For the meantime, here are our top picks for winter entertainment! by Sajida Ayyup Read: “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes “Ghost Boys” tells the story of Jerome, a 12-year-old boy who is shot by a policeman when the…

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