WestIn September, Cornel West, distinguished author and professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion at Harvard University, delivered the College of Arts and Sciences Freshman Lecture.
      One of the nation's leading scholars on race and race relations, West has written 14 books, including The American Evasion of Philosophy, The Future of Race, Restoring Hope, and the best-seller Race Matters.
      During his lecture, titled "Diversity and American Democracy," West challenged students to explore societal structures and strive to enhance American democratic values.
      "In the process of becoming a critical and creative citizen, one gains a sense of history, a sense of maturity, and a sense of destiny," he said. "It is important to become a part of something bigger than yourself."

The opening of a new storage building and delivery of 19 new boats and shells signaled the full recovery of the SU men's and women's rowing teams from a devastating fire in December 1998 that destroyed the existing facility and crew equipment.
      According to David Pajak, director of SU's Risk Management Department, the new facility is identical to the one claimed by the fire. "In fact, because the storage building was relatively new, the University and Onondaga County agreed to use the same blueprints and contractor to build the new one," Pajak says.
      Syracuse University built the original storage facility in 1997 on county land at a cost of about $170,000. SU has a lease agreement with the county to store University equipment in the building.
      Onondaga County paid for the new construction.Onondaga County fire investigators concluded that the cause of the fire was arson. The case remains under investigation.

Three teams of undergraduate and graduate Syracuse University students dug, scraped, and sifted through dirt and debris as part of the Department of Anthropology's Archaeological Field School project, which explored a wooded area on the property of the former Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, New York.
      The program allows students to find, identify, clean, and categorize artifacts from an archaeological field site within an hour's drive from the University. "It's a great way to spend the summer, except when bugs come out," says Hadley Kruczek-Aaron, an anthropology doctoral student in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
      The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and managed by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The original wood-frame house is now a museum. Two newer buildings—a library and a community center—are also located on the site.
shovel      The ruins of John Brown Hall, one of the original buildings of the Harriet Tubman Home, were identified about five years ago by Douglas Armstrong, chair of the anthropology department. He and a group of students visited the home as part of their study of Tubman's role in leading African American slaves to freedom during the 19th century.
      The two-week dig at John Brown Hall yielded thousands of pieces of ceramic, glass, metal, bone, and other artifacts. Excavations will continue at the site.

progress_REPORT chart

Back to page 1

Main Home Page Contents Chancellor's Message Opening Remarks
Up Front Maxwell At 75 Helping Out Keeper of the Vision
Keys to Success Alumni Academic Leaders Quad Angles Campaign News
University Place Student Center Staff Circle Faculty Focus
Alumni News/Notes Cover To Cover View From The Hill

E-mail the magazine editor
E-mail the web guy
820 Comstock Ave., Rm. 308
Syracuse, NY 13244-5040