Legends of Lacrosse|
[Twin brothers] Gary and Paul Gait...were perhaps the greatest athletes ever to play a sport at Syracusein their entire career, they would only lose one home game [and lead the Orange to NCAA titles in 1988, '89, and '90]. More so than any player in any sport, the name Gait would become equated with the sport of lacrosse around the country.
In their freshman season, the Gaits led the Orange to another NCAA tournament bid, only to lose to Cornell in the semifinals.... Starting with their sophomore season, the Gaits yanked the Orange to the summit of college sports.... Paul Gait scored 48 goals [during the undefeated season]; Gary broke the NCAA record with 70. In the semifinal game of the tournament against Penn, midfielder Gary Gait twice went behind the goal, leapt over the crease, and stuffed the ball over the top goalpost for a score. The Orange won that game 11-10, and beat Cornell 13-8 in the finals; both games were played at the Carrier Dome before 18,000 fans. [Coach Roy Simmons Jr.] gushed, "It can't get any better."
He was wrong. The following season brought with it a repeat performance in which the Orange lost only one game [to Johns Hopkins, 14-13, in the season opener]. After that 1-point loss, the Orange never looked back, reeling off 14 straight wins, capped by a thrilling 13-12 victory over the Blue Jays [Johns Hopkins] for their second straight championship....
The 1990 team was clearly, in the words of one observer, "bar none, the greatest college lacrosse team ever... they could've scored 30 goals every game." The Orange were ranked number one for the entirety of the season. Throughout the year, the Gaits were deluged with press attention.... Again, the Orange went undefeated for the season, stopping Brown and North Carolina, and defeating Loyola of Maryland in the [NCAA] finals.
In the 1980s lacrosse had transcended every other sport at Syracuse University, stacking up some of the most impressive numbers in sports history. Two statistics say it all: Since opening in the Dome in 1981, the Orange amassed an amazing 80-4 record; and, in the space of 10 years, had won 4 national championshipsthree in a row.
Establishing a Technology Center
Through the years of developing the funding for the Carrier Dome, the University had built a good relationship with New York's secretary of state, Mario Cuomo. Now governor, Cuomo had proven himself to be more than willing to spend state research and development dollars on major technological centers. Eggers later remembered that Bradley Strait, then dean of the College of Engineering, believed that if the University was to take maximum advantage of the new research dollar, "the way to go...was to emphasize computer applications and software engineering."...
The 1990 team was clearly, in the words of one observer, "bar none, the greatest college lacrosse team ever ...they could've scored 30 goals every game." The Orange were ranked number one for the entirety of the season....|
Again, the Orange went undefeated for the season, stopping Brown and North Carolina, and defeating Loyola of Maryland in the [NCAA] finals.
In February 1984, owing largely to the lobbying effort [of Margaret "Molly" Broad '62, then special assistant to the Chancellor for government relations], Syracuse was recognized by the State of New York as the seventh Center for Advanced Technology eligible for state assistance to industry-funded research. |
The [Center for Advanced Technology in Computer Applications and Software Engineering] opened its doors in February 1984 with Strait as its first managing director. A consortium of 16 academic institutions in Central New York, its stated purpose was focusing on computer-enhanced reasoning, the development of new software, and interdisciplinary research. However, information transfer was the key to the center's being. It was expected to foster industrial collaboration, leading to a wider use of computer technology, by providing new firms with a wide array of advice and support. Companies were encouraged to join the CASE Center....
The CASE Center certainly was a shot in the arm for corporate donations to the Universitythe figures jumped from $388,000 in 1981 to $4.9 million in 1986. In 1984-85, faculty had received a total of $30.3 million in research awardsin 1985-86, it was $54.9 million. The faculties of CIS [School of Computer and Information Science] and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were formally linked to the center, and in April 1986 the University dedicated a new $2 million computing facility in Bowne Hall....
With CASE as its lead advertisement, SU could now actively search for a building to house not just its new research center, but the expanding CIS and School of Information Studies programs, as well as science labs that had simply outgrown their Bowne Hall space....
Once again, the ability of the University to lobby the state paid off. By June 1986, New York Senate and Assembly leaders had agreed on a $68 million loan package for Syracuse, Cornell, and Columbia universities. For its part, Syracuse gained a $27 million, 40-year interest-free loan from the State Urban Development Corporation (UDC). Another $8 million came from business donations, and by September 1986, the initial stages of the construction of what would be the Science and Technology Center were under way.
Originally, the plan for the building drew little opposition. Then the University announced that five buildings and three fraternity houses would be razed to make room for the new construction. Julia Stokes, head of the Division for Historic Preservation of the State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, argued that the Ward Wellington Ward House should be preserved. By late November , the issue of whether any historically important buildings would be destroyed in the process had delayed construction, and the UDC refused to vote on the final approval of its grant until this matter had been resolved. It was not until December 19, 1986, when the University announced that it would sell the Wellington House for one dollar to anyone who would have it moved and restored, and agreed to consider giving $10,000 to anyone who would agree to its restoration, that the UDC approved the grant [ultimately, no one accepted the University's offer and the Wellington House was demolished]. When completed in fall 1988, the Science and Technology Center was the largest building ever erected by the University. Occupying a five-acre lot, the building houses the CASE Center, as well as educational facilities in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, information studies, and chemistry.