Dorothy Cotton, pictured at a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., was the educational director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the civil rights era. She has died at 88.

Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton Dies In Ithaca At 88

Cotton was the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, former director of student activities at Cornell, and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. She focused on empowering ordinary people to exercise their rights.

When It Comes To Body Shape, Apples Are Healthier Than Pears

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The adage that a pear-shaped body is healthier than an apple-shaped body is prevalent in today’s health literature, but experts and research suggest that genes are to blame for the body types, and America’s cultural obsession with changing body shape is causing women in particular a lot of emotional and physical strain.

Big Upgrades To SU’s ‘Dome’ Will Change Its Iconic Roof

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Syracuse University is investing $118 million dollars in renovations to the Carrier Dome as part of SU’s 20-year Campus Framework plan of projects. The renovations include a new roof for the dome, which will change what has been an iconic part of the Syracuse skyline for the past several decades.

SUNY Officials Seek More Money To Re-Recruit Dropouts

SYRACUSE (WRVO) – The State University of New York is asking the state to help it expand a pilot program meant to get students with student loan debt, who drop out of college, help in finishing their degree. Re-Enroll to Complete is designed to reach recently withdrawn student loan borrowers to get them back on campus. A successful pilot program reached out to more than 1,000 students at 17 SUNY campuses. “240 students out of that 1,000 in the pilot, came back. And of those, now a high percentage are actually completing their degree,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson.

Table-Top Games Offer Lessons In Medieval Religious Law

ROCHESTER (WXXI) – A team at the Rochester Institute of Technology has produced two first of their kind table-top games that aim to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion and law. The two games, Lost and Found and Lost and Found: Order in the Court are set in 12th century Cairo, between 1170 and 1180. Assistant Professor of Interactive Games and Media Owen Gottlieb says the first game, Lost and Found, is geared towards high school and college aged players. It’s kind of like a Settlers of Catan, a board game that has players working to build and maintain a settlement. “To work up to build the cities resources, the kinds of things you need for the city like clean water or training a doctor or training a scribe, and you have to do that with limited resources.”

Unpaid Internships Put Many College Students In A Tough Spot

SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Many college students will tell you one of the best ways to secure a good job after graduating is to find an internship. That’s an easy enough task, but finding one that’s paid can be a little more challenging. Abbey Buttacavoli is a junior at SUNY Oswego. She couldn’t pursue an internship with a company she wanted to work for because it didn’t provide pay. “It just wouldn’t have worked,” Buttacavoli said. “And I wish it could have, because it is a really good opportunity, but not having that financial support or stability is not an option.”

But some students are willing to live with a little financial instability in exchange for experience, even if it means they’ll be heading into the workforce with an empty bank account.


Report: PA’s Not Keeping Its Educated Millennials

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — More young residents are leaving Pennsylvania than moving in. That’s according to a recent report from the Independent Fiscal Office, which notes that the trend doesn’t bode well for the state’s economy.  In the last recorded year–2015–Pennsylvania gained about 34,000 college-educated millennials. However, it lost more than 47,000, for a net outflow of nearly 13,000 people between the ages of 20 and 35. The report says this trend could stem from a number of causes, like college students moving home after graduation. The commonwealth currently has the 2nd highest student debt levels in the country.


Here’s How To Qualify For NY’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Recent college grads in New York can now get some help paying off their loans with the state’s new student loan forgiveness program. There are quite a few boxes you have to check to be part of the program. You have to be a year or less out of school, with a degree from a New York institution. Resident of New York, with an in-state high school diploma. The loan has to use one of the federal government’s income-based repayment plans.


SUNY Oneonta Boosts Adjunct Pay

SUNY Oneonta is giving its adjunct professors a raise, to a starting salary of $3,000 per course. Adjuncts nationwide work under short-term contracts and make notoriously low salaries. Oneonta’s move comes after its adjuncts petitioned the administration earlier this year. Before today, Oneonta adjuncts were close to the bottom in terms of salary, compared to area colleges. A WSKG analysis last summer found their $2,500 per-course minimum below that at community colleges like SUNY Broome and Tompkins Cortland.


NY Colleges Gear Up For ‘Yes Means Yes’

College students are getting down to work on campuses across New York, and many are also learning a new definition for sexual consent. New York passed a law in July requiring “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. It’s one of the farthest-reaching laws in the country, and the state is selling it to colleges as a marketing tool. Colleges are in fierce competition for students these days. Enrollment is down across the country.

From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.


Is New SUNY Transfer Process Good For Community College Students?

Students at New York’s public universities will soon have an easier time transferring between campuses. SUNY announced a new policy last week to help students finish their degrees on time. Usually, students who transfer from one college to another face a lot of uncertainty. Courses completed at one school often do not carry over to the other. Until now, that’s even been true within the SUNY system.


Pay-Per-Student Policy Forces BU Adjuncts To Get Creative

Summer is a lean time for adjunct professors. They teach part-time, and in the summer there are often fewer courses available for them. At Binghamton University, things get even tighter. That’s because of an unusual payment system that has adjuncts like Canan Tanir competing for students’ attention. Tanir has one course at Binghamton this summer.