List of things to do in the Syracuse area this fall

5 Things To Do Around Syracuse This Fall

A list of things to do off campus this fall semester, by a local.


Growing up in Syracuse, I've had the pleasure of learning the ins and outs of the city and the surrounding suburbs. While the campus is beautiful, if you're ever feeling like you need a change of scenery or are longing for food beyond Ernie Davis's wraps and cereal bar, some of my favorite spots for the fall semester (beyond the basics that a quick Google search of "What to do in Syracuse" can provide) are:

1. The Great New York State Fair

Located in the heart of Syracuse, the Fair attracts people from all across New York. Whether you're looking for roller coasters, a horse show, or the BEST fried dough and slushies, I promise you will find it all and whatever else you could dream of at The Fair. It runs from August 22-September 3 this year. So if you're looking for something to get your mind off the four big papers you were assigned the first week, the Fair is calling.

2. Clark Reservation State Park

Not too far from campus is the breathtaking Clark Reservation. If you're in need of some fresh air and serene views, this park's rocky cliffs, mild hiking trails, and lake/wetland scenery will surely suffice. You can fish here, too!

3. Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards

Although not open for picking quite yet, by the time you are all settled in and well into the many papers and tests, it will be prime time for apple picking. Being located in Upstate New York, SU has many apple orchards relatively close by.

However, none compare to Beak and Skiff, where the apple picking experience is partnered with a brewery, any Apple product you could think of, and sometimes even live performances. If you are looking for a little drive and to get a taste of the freshest apples Upstate New York could offer, be sure to stop by Beak and Skiff this fall.

4. Festa Italiana Syracuse

For the past four years, my parents have worked the Italian Fest downtown. Naturally, the food is AMAZING. This year it will run from September 14-16, right in front of City Hall. They have much beyond the tents of Italian delicacies, however. You can watch a meatball eating contest or play some Bocce. You for sure do not want to miss out on this opportunity to taste a different side of Syracuse.

5. The Regional Farmers Market

Open Thursday's from 7:00-2:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 7:00am-2:00 p.m., the Farmers Market, located next to Destiny USA, is an amazing opportunity to see what Upstate New York has to offer. There are hundreds of stands selling the freshest and most flavorful of all fruits, vegetables, and about anything else you could imagine.

Not only is it healthy and fresh, all the products are local so you are supporting Upstate New York farmers and growers. The experience is also 100% worth it, as there is so much to do and see!

Given the opportunity, exploring the city of Syracuse outside of the walls of the campus is so important. There is so much to see and learn about the community that surrounds you as a Syracuse University student. These are just a few of the many things you could experience this upcoming semester. Do yourself a favor and be curious about the city that surrounds you!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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College Party 'Ratios' Are Sexist Discrimination Against Men, Change My Mind

For every guy who wants to go to a party, he needs four or five girls to accompany him.


I'm sure at least every college student has at least been to a party once — or they've tried to. I'm a first-year female, and I've been to a few parties. I don't necessarily like them, but free drinks and good music can rope anyone in. There's also the fact that females can get into these parties with NO hassle. You have a group of 10 girls? No problem. Three girls? Step right up. Even if you're all alone, you can get in anywhere as long as you're a female.

But if you're a male? Good luck, you're most likely not going to get in.

Before I came to college, I didn't understand what "ratios" were. I mean, of course, I know what an actual ratio is in mathematical terms, but a party ratio is a little different.

It's also very very sexist.

Most parties put out a ratio when the addresses come out. They'll usually be something like 1:4 or 1:5. This actually means, that for every guy who wants to go to a party, he needs four or five girls to accompany him. Simply preparing for that and gathering girls itself is hard. Especially because if you're a male and you want your male best friend to come with you, both of you need about eight or 10 girls COMBINED. Isn't that a little too much?

Last week, my roommate dragged me out of bed to go to a party because I'd been working all week. I agreed only because the weather was somewhat okay. We went with a couple from our residence hall, one other female, and two other guys. So a total of four girls, and three guys. Obviously not good for ratios at all. When we got to the party, we found out that not only was the ratio 1:5, but a dude had to pay $5 for EVERY MISSING GIRL. So we all split up to get in, and it was me and one of the guys as a "group." They let me in, but the guy with me had to pay $15 dollars out of pocket.

And the party was a**!

What really inspired me to write this article, was when he said, "I feel really bad about paying $15 for this. I work at a grocery store and I only make money doing that, so this is really painful."

To be honest, I was pretty mad. I would never put down that much money for a stupid party. But what do you do if you're a guy and don't have a ratio? You pay.

We're always talking about the feminist movement and how men have more than females, but is this really any better?

Parties just want females for clout. Males are overshadowed. Why should only guys have to pay to get in? When asked, the answer comes down to covering the costs assumed for throwing the party. The fraternities need to cover for their drinks and any decorations, so they use this money to do so. But not every male who pays to get in drinks. So why not just let people in and then make them pay for each drink they have? It's not sexist and it makes everyone responsible for THEIR actions.

A guy shouldn't have to pay $15 so a bunch of girls can drink free alcohol. Parties should make everyone pay to get in. Anywhere from $2-$5 per person is more than enough to cover costs. Ostracizing males from females in this matter isn't trying to achieve a more equal future for anyone. It's backward, sexist, extremely segregating, and it needs to stop.

Change my mind.

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