Syracuse University Magazine

legacy.jpgThe Lichtenstein sisters (from left): Brooke, Lindsey, Allie, and Jodie.

Sisterly Tradition

With four daughters in orange, Arleen and Jeff Lichtenstein are taking “Syracuse Mom” and “Syracuse Dad” to a new level. Brooke ’08, their oldest daughter, started the tradition when she came to SU in 2004. Lindsey ’11 followed suit in 2007, during Brooke’s senior year. Allie ’13 arrived on campus in 2009. The youngest, Jodie, is now a sophomore. “Whenever people meet us, they say, ‘They’re the Syracuse girls,’” jokes Lindsey. “We’re a Syracuse family.”

And while the Lichtensteins certainly sport their Syracuse gear—even their dog, Tucker, has an orange SU sweater—they maintain that being a Syracuse family is so much more than wearing a T-shirt. For Jeff, it means being a part of the much larger University community. “They really took an interest in our family,” Jeff says, remembering the countless times the school has helped him resolve issues with housing, classes, tutoring, or finances in the eight years since Brooke enrolled. “I just don’t think you find that level of interest anywhere else.” Jeff says it’s that connection and commitment that sets SU apart from the many schools closer to Randolph, New Jersey, where the girls grew up. “You don’t see the relationships at other schools like you see at SU,” he says. “You don’t see the camaraderie. It’s a different experience.”

A different experience is just what the Lichtenstein girls were looking for. Even with four unique sets of interests and goals, each of the girls found her niche on the Hill. “We have all had extremely different experiences at SU, but we all have one common love—a love for Syracuse University,” Lindsey says. “It’s an unexplainable bond that the school gave to us.” 

Brooke majored in television, radio, and film at the Newhouse School. In her time at SU, she interned with The Tony Awards, among other organizations, and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She ultimately pursued a career as a lawyer, graduating from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in May 2012. She works as a litigation associate in Morris Plains, New Jersey, and is on the board of the Northern New Jersey Syracuse Alumni Club.

Lindsey studied communications sciences and disorders in the College of Arts and Sciences and joined Delta Gamma. She was active in Hillel and followed in Brooke’s footsteps, studying abroad in Madrid. She is pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. 

Allie is majoring in information management and technology at the School of Information Studies. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and is active in Hillel. Allie has interned with Prudential Financial and JPMorgan Chase, and studied abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel, last spring. She has already accepted an IT consulting position with Crowe Horwath International for after graduation. 

Jodie, a student in the Whitman School, has wasted no time getting involved on campus in an effort to explore her interests. She is a member of the College Republicans, an intern with Hillel, and has participated in Block Blitz, a program in which volunteers rebuild and repair houses in downtown Syracuse. “Each time, one of them seemed to have helped the other through the process,” Jeff says of the overlap in his daughters’ time on campus. “It’s good to have an older sister there to show them the ropes, give them someone to lean on, and talk to.”

In 2015, when Jodie graduates, the Lichtensteins will have had a daughter at Syracuse for 11 consecutive years. “We’re going to have a party,” Jeff jokes, “ a nice big party.”  —Melanie Deziel