Today’s show features the latest on Covid-19 cases on campus and coverage of a national story happening just an hour away from campus: the Black Lives Matter protests in Rochester, NY.
FORD HATCHETTE: Hi there and good morning thank you for joining us for Mornings on the
Hill i’m Ford Hatchette.
SAMANTHA CROSTON: and i’m Samantha Croston it’s Wednesday September 9th and we’re coming
to you live from the NCC News Studio in Newhouse 2.
Our top story this hour, Syracuse University is beginning its second round of mandatory
testing for students this week.
Our Rob Flacks joins us live.
ROB FLACKS: Good morning Samantha.
I’m here on the Syracuse Quad as you can see behind me, students are already lining up
to get their COVID-19 testing that’s part of the second round of mandatory testing that
started at 10am today and every day this week and that’s going to get those testing numbers
for COVID 19 dashboard up from previous weeks as Syracuse enters its third week of classes.
Students are required to take the now second round of COVID swab testing.
Volunteer swapping stations have been set up on the quad and South Campus as Syracuse
expands its pool saliva testing program through the week.
Students say the testing makes them feel safe.
STUDENT; I feel a lot safer on Syracuse’s campus, especially with New York being so
FLACKS: That sense of safety also comes from comparing SU’s response to those of surrounding
STUDENT: In Cornell, they have more like parties and they didn’t care about the mask, the test,
so they didn’t control the certification as well.
FLACKS: SU’s current COVID 19 dashboard reports only two active cases with 20 students in
That’s with trace amount of COVID 19 found in Ernie David and Sadler residence halls.
Rapid testing at both locations found no active cases.
This COVID-19 testing site behind me might be the one place on campuse where students
won’t have to wear a mask – at least temporarily.
They’ll be asked to take it off as they perform their mouth swab and today the first students
who will be doing that is those from the Ernie Davis and Sadler Hall residences.
That’s because trace amounts of COVID 19 were found in the wastewater treatment.
SU’s COVID response manager AJ Florkowski says SU is working with Onondaga County to
monitor wastewater off campus as well as a dorm room style lockdown such as Ernie Davis
he says is possible.
AJ FLORKOWSKI: There’s factors that go into that as well as far as like what the level
is of the hit that comes back off the wastewater testing.
If it’s a very high level, maybe it is something similar to Ernie David.
If it’s a very low level like Sadler and maybe it’s response similar to what we saw at Sadler.
FLACKS: He says the biggest risk to Fall 2020 semester is complacency.
FLORKOWSKI: I think is going to be one of our biggest enemies.
I think you know we are doing pretty well right now I think if we continue to do that,
the fear of complacency I think will set in at least from perspective and those are me.
You know we just have to stay vigilant, we have to stay on top of it.
Realize that at any moment, we, you know, could hit a spike and that’s spike in testing.
FLACKS: He says he needs volunteers, right now Syracuse University is working with upstate
medical hospital and that means that turnaround times on testing could be as little as one
day but Florkowski says that number wouldn’t hold if a large spiking cases happen he’d
need to mobilize people as soon as he could get them and that’s why he says students should
pick up any hours they can get in order to get those testing in.
He says that students should get that and as soon as they can and students can go and
even get extra credit for their assignments as well as college credit through the arts
and health school if that’s where they are a student.
HATCHETTE: Thanks Rob yeah SU received a bit of a scare last week after traces of COVID
19 were found in the wastewater of two dorms but that sewer surveillance isn’t just for
su’s campus it’s being used across onondaga county and has become a crucial tool in fighting
the virus it’s a strategy that was originally used decades ago to track and slow the spread
of polio but now the new york state health department has partnered with syracuse-based
quadrant biosciences to expand the testing to three new areas monitoring different wastewater
facilities has helped isolate positive cases up to 10 days before someone exhibits symptoms
and a plan announced by county executive ryan mcmahon in april.
MCMAHON: So we’re tracking it we we see it we see COVID and oak orchard we know that
it’s in clay right across campus students are limiting the spread of cobia 19 by social
distancing and wearing masks
CROSTON: but reporter sarah al-shaye tells us that for one SU student what was supposed
to protect her from getting sick got her sick
DIDIER: it’s not something that will just go away and the doctor told me that my mom
told me that it just wasn’t gonna just go away so i had to go get it looked at.
SARAH AL-SHAIKH: Riley Didier had a fever at the end of her first week back on campus
her first thought was covet 19 but once she got a rash on her ear she knew it was something
else so i ended up going to urgent care and they said that i had cellulitis riley says
she was surprised to find out the masks she’s been wearing to
help her not get sick ended up being how she got sick.
DIDIER: it was too tight and it rubbed the back of my ear and i had a sore on the back
and then it just got worse.
AL-SHAIKH: Riley says she’s only going to be using disposable masks from now on to not
risk getting another infection but with so many masks to choose from which one is best
according to the CDC’s website you should wear masks with two or more layers of washable
breathable fabric that cover your nose and mouth and don’t have gaps for riley after
two weeks of antibiotics her and her ear are back to normal her advice to other students
if they feel some discomfort on the back of their ears
DIDIER: Disposable switch it out every day or a couple times a day.
AL-SHAIKH: In Syracuse New York sarah also mornings on the hill.
HATCHETTE: Hard to believe your mask can get you sick thanks sarah su students will now
be given the opportunity to work in collaboration with the department of public safety to offer
their feedback and recommendation for their current initiatives the student association
will be working with a local non-profit group interfaith works central new york to conduct
daily zoom and weekly daily and weekly zoom sessions discussing topics ranging from race
to COVID 19.
CROSTON: As the protest in rochester played out this past weekend our Maya Locket was
on the scene and maya joins us live now to provide an update on the movement.
LOCKETE: Thank you.
There’s just been a major announcement in rochester just a few days after the protest
mayor Lovely Warren has just announced that the entire rochester police department’s command
staff is resigning including the chief of police.
Rochester is only an hour away from Syracuse so it hits home for a lot of students here
have gathered six nights in a row in Rochester n New York after the story of daniel prude
who died after being restrained by Rochester police department officers in March was released
on September 2nd
PROTESTER: This is a human being with a spirit and a soul and a mind and a body and then
to see them put a bag over his head and to see them laugh it’s just so invading.
LOCKETE: People from all over came to Rochester to fight for equality and justice for Daniel
PROTESTER: if we don’t make a change things won’t change but many believe that there will
not be any change if people do not understand the purpose of the black lives matter’s protest
but they don’t understand how to walk they’re not empathetic and put themselves suppose
they were on the other side of this face how would they feel if it was their son.
LOCKETE: After several days of tense demonstrations protesters have found different ways to protect
themselves protesters are having to use leaf blowers to blow away the tear gas that will
be released on them.
PROTESTER: i can’t understand why they would think they have to use such unnecessary force
against people with umbrellas.
LOCKETE: Protesters plan to continue their fight until justice is served for Daniel Prude.
Just thinking about daniel and his family and that they’ll never get to see him again.
For mornings on the hill i’m maya lockett.
LOCKETE: When i went to rochester i was able to see the pain in the community that they
are dealing with there and organizers made it so known that they just wanted a peaceful
protest to get their voices heard in the community and one thing that stood out to me were the
amount of mothers that were there that were fighting for justice for daniel prude but
also trying to prevent this from happening to their sons and the protesters the protesters
made it known that they will not stop fighting for justice until everyone who is responsible
for the death of daniel pruitt is held accountable.
Thank you i’m maya lockett and this is mornings on the hill.
CROSTON: this past friday residents at day hall got a scare when a package was discovered
in the mail room with a racial slur written on it
dps chief bobby maldonado released a statement yesterday saying the writing did not come
from day hall and that the package likely arrived on campus with the slur already written.
Day hall was the subject of multiple incidents of racist graffiti last year sparking the
not again su movement its freshman residents had a lot to say about the package.
STUDENT: More than anything it’s just why do these things keep happening as freshmen
we should all like be very like welcoming and like have like a strong community so yeah
it’s just a little frightening.
STUDENT: I thought with the rise of like the not again su movement people that were attending
syracuse were a lot more racially sensitive about things like this so it’s surprising
to see something like that happening again saying quote hate does not belong at syracuse
and coming up on mornings on the hill student clubs are still recruiting new members this
year just not in person and it’s just gonna get hotter so you have to stick around for
the full weather forecast and so much more coming up on maureen’s on the hill welcome
back and for those of you looking for today’s forecast our sierra rider is live out on university
avenue to tell us what to expect sierra what’s it looking like out there
hi samantha and ford if you are just getting out the door you can ditch that jacket because
it is going to be hot and humid today it’s already at 75 degrees and the temperatures
are just gonna keep going up so let’s take a look at the forecast take a look at the
temperatures today it is 90 humidity with a slight wind coming out of the east the high
will be 86 degrees around 4 pm this afternoon it will cool down to near 72 degrees later
this evening your sunset tonight is at 7 20.
so what’s going on tomorrow well starting your thursday off with high 60s but that won’t
last for long by the late morning temps will reach 79 degrees with sunny skies overhead
still increasing to 82 degrees in the afternoon so not quite as hot as today but you will
still feel it
and now on to the rest of the week look at those numbers it is cooling down for us lows
in the 50s on friday with a high of just 70 degrees still mostly sunny skies so that’s
good news and then on to your weekend we have a high of 77 on saturday with some slight
cloud cover rain sun on sunday with some showers that’s cutting your way 70 chance of rain
in the morning and that will fall to a 50 chance in the afternoon
a igh of 74 and a low of 59.
so a temperature check right now it’s 75 degrees but it’s going to keep increasing it i might
have to go back to the studio and join you guys my air conditioning pretty soon back
as we mentioned before many campus services are not quite the same as when you departed
campus last spring for instance counseling services at the barn center there are a few
new guidelines in place to keep you safe now one of the biggest changes is that drop-in
appointments are not available this semester additionally initial appointments will be
done over the phone or zoom for in-person visits a wellness triage will be required
mass and social distancing are required at all times in the building and a new coven
19 grief and loss group counseling session is available to students for the latest information
on changes at the barn center you can visit their twitter at bulsu and call the number
on the screen for an appointment the syracuse student activities fair was held last week
and it looked a little different than usual
instead of the one day fair on the quad featuring hundreds of organizations this year’s virtu
this year’s fair was virtual with around 50 clubs represented on each day associate director
of student activities tim johnson says this year will look a little different we made
sure that all of our student orders when they registered updated all the information about
meeting times contact and all that so if a student group can’t go to something um they
can definitely register that group individually and jump into their own meeting times so the
last thing i’ll say think in all the programming throughout campus like yes as students you
know really give it a chance to work i think it could be a really great space to still
have some interaction and some fun i’m a little concerned about like being able to connect
with people like virtually in clubs but i think i think it i think everybody’s learning
i think it’ll work out in the end student club organizers say that the virtual format
well it’s not ideal it did bring in some new club signups but they still prefer the in-person
coming up on mornings on the hill syracuse football chapel hill syracuse football kicks
off their regular season this weekend in chapel hill we’ll take a look at how the orange are
good morning i’m josh miller with your orange sports update here on mornings on the hill
college football is back for syracuse university this week the orange have been hard at work
since june preparing for this season the biggest question for this team is if the offensive
line can keep quarterback tommy devito safe while establishing a healthy run game head
coach dino babers spoke about the group and what they need to do to be successful the
offensive linemen work together all the time you know they’re like your left hand and your
right hand working together and they really got to have a feel for each other if they’re
really going to be above average so to speak top spot in the fbs for interceptions defensively
it will be a transitional season for the orange as they have changed to a new defensive scheme
under new defensive coordinator tony white the first test for this team comes this saturday
at noon as the orange take on 18th ranked unc chapel hill down in north carolina the
tar heels in orange last met in 2018 were the orange one in dramatic fashion in double
overtime this year the orange are a 22 point underdog to the tar heels but are hoping to
start the season off with an upset now over to matt majinski for a pro sports update on
former s.u basketball player elijah hughes
the nba decided to postpone the draft once again as coronavirus continues to alter sports
schedules but for former syracuse basketball star eliza hughes draft knight can’t come
soon enough the former star elected to fordog senior season on the hill and instead embark
on his professional basketball journey i was able to speak with miami hurricane assistant
coach chris caputo who talked about these skill sets a really good also a you know enough
side mid-range post you up and you’ll get an offensive rebound so you know have a really
nice package as a offensive player
in the wake of several social justice movements across the country the acc has released three
initiatives to be taken up by its member schools according to a press release from the acc
the initiatives include mandatory diversity and inclusion training for student athletes
and athletic department staff the acc’s committee for racial and social justice created the
initiatives to move the conference towards its goal of creating meaningful lasting social
change the conferences committee has also introduced a unity statement which will be
read before all acc events the statement reads in part we the acc are committed to seeing
each other as equals supporting each other and treating each other with respect and dignity
at all times.
and with the acc is committed to holding its fall season despite the pandemic steven shoemaker
joins us live with how university club sports are fairing this semester.
stephen: syracuse university has over 40 club sports teams but with everything going on
on campus nothing is promised in the day and age
of covert 19.
the university is starting to allow larger public group gatherings to occur as they want
their students to have the opportunities they normally would be having if not for the virus
club sports like tennis baseball and softball have the green light to start practicing as
they are outdoor sports that are distant from one another i was able to sit down and speak
with ryan clark who’s one of the captains of the club tennis team he explained to me
how they practice only twice a week and can have anywhere from 20 to 50 players on their
roster they have a dozen outdoor courts so they are able to practice and be socially
distant from one another all players are required to wear their masks at all times it’s nice
to see that club sports are slowly but surely making their way back onto syracuse’s campus
reporting live for mornings on the hill i’m steven shoemaker back to you guys in the studio.
thanks steven returning to matt live once more for a look at syracuse’s local high school
new york state high school sports may look a little bit different this year the new york
state public high school athletic association decided on a new start date to the season
that new start date will be september 21st so teams will have a couple more weeks to
get ready for practice but until then at 3 pm after in this afternoon there is going
to be a meeting so they can discuss any other plans that may need to be taken in case there
is going to be another coveted outbreak but until then high school sports are around the
corner in new york state
a new segment here on mornings on the hill game of the week we will pick a game for you
to watch and recap it on our next show this first week’s game of the week was monday night’s
byu vs navy college football matchup byu got started early and well they never really stopped
starting off the action in the first quarter the run game was working for byu tyler algier
gets the party started with a 34-yard rushing touchdown to put byu up seven not even three
minutes later lopini katoa says hey i want my own katoa with his own 39-yard rushing
touchdown byu of 14 in just the first quarter not only was byu’s offense clicking but its
defense navy couldn’t get anything going offensively big stop here for byu’s defense on fourth
down that set the tone early navy was held to only a field goal the entire game byu started
to run away with this one zach wilson to gunner romney in well romney does the rest a 45-yard
touchdown and things started to get ugly b-y-u would end up winning with a final score of
55-3 the first win of the season for byu be sure to check out the new game of the week
we stay on the gridiron as the nfl returns the returning super bowl champion kansas city
chiefs take on the houston texans tomorrow night for some much-needed thursday night
football have a different game you’re watching out for this week tweet us at mornings on
the hill twitter with your can’t miss game
a big step in getting ready for local elections is taking place today that story and more
just ahead stay with us
welcome back with just 55 days until the november election mornings on the hill political reporter
ryan clark is live with us this morning and ryan
today’s a big day in local politics isn’t it thanks ford well it certainly is because
today marks the first day of new campaigns in onondaga county according to the onondaga
county board of elections the final candidate nations have been finalized and will be being
released by noon today after that announcement expect to see more campaign strategies and
campaign promises released by those new campaigns within the next 24 hours or so there will
be new nominations in the onondaga county government and it’s a big day for local politics
with early voting slated to begin on october 24th the ballot will be finalized by the afternoon
today the offices that will be filled include two new york state senate seats five seats
on the state assembly and three town justices along with the already finalized congressional
representative race of john catko and dana balter others include tax collectors country
commemors and ward councillors but don’t forget about the town justices those are the only
ones solely responsible for the local criminal mischief and locking down crime in your community
and these nominations come just days before local polling sites are set to be released
i talked to campaign and elections officials yesterday and they ensured me that local polling
sites will be up and running as soon as possible to ensure that all syracuse residents have
the right to vote and well that right to vote might be coming sooner than you think the
elections officials confirm to me that they will be setting up polling sites as early
as october 1st just three weeks ahead of now be on the lookout for more information from
the board of elections within the next few weeks regarding early voting reporting live
for mornings on the hill i’m ryan clark
su students are back but for some businesses it’s still not enough marshall street one
of su’s most popular destinations is open but this year the street looks a little emptier
peter mavrokities the owner of acropolis pizza says that despite the return of students his
business and others are struggling to get by i believe
that every business in this street is thes same situation they’re all some place they
close for three months they don’t even open some big places are open one day they close
early you know it’s not easy marvel kitty says that if a vaccine
isn’t found by the end of the year he may be forced to close down despite his business
situation he still sees the silver lining it’s a sad story but you know you gotta look
at this way the other people die and we’re alive and that’s that’s a blessing i’m saying
that’s how i look it
renovations have been ongoing at the shine center since last fall our xavier brown joins
us live to tell us what will be different at the student center once the construction
is completed the workers up here at the shine student center have been working since daybreak
this morning construction here on construction here on
campus has been going since may of 2019 and is about 70 percent complete at the moment
so to be finished sometime in september i haven’t done but i really just go in there
to buy food and there’s other options you know when the stock ends when all is and done
the center will feature a better student experience i can wait really i’m not too anxious for
it okay a few of these upgrades include space created to help students with disabilities
affairs as well as a space for the lgbt community the aesthetic was also a focal point paint
and natural light have started to be applied for the uh for the building to be more welcoming
xavier brown reporting here for mornings on the hill
student designers are making their impact on campus despite the pandemic our sierra
williams is live to tell us more pop cycle has nine brands all found by students
chief marketing officer jackson ensley says their ultimate goal is to make sure students
work is public what we’re doing is we just want to kind of give give those young brands
a platform to to meet new customers and get eyes on them that they wouldn’t have before
so we really think that we’re doing a great job at that adora ellis has been with pop
cycle for two years and has been able to create her own brand lave she says the recognition
from pop cycle has been nothing but positive every time it leaves me speechless but it
also like it makes me feel like i accomplished what i hope to when creating the piece like
i wanted it to be a thing where people buy it and it sells out and they just love it
or they always like inbox me like hey i love what i got from you so it’s just like a really
it’s a priceless and unexplainable feeling whenever i do get it pop cycle co-founder
ben goldsmith says they create clothing that incorporates quality style and comfort mainly
for their biggest consumers students should shop pop cycle because they’re supporting
their own fellow students and that’s a huge thing to do pop cycle launched their e-commerce
website on monday evening that includes curbside pickup in syracuse cyera williams mornings
on the hill back to you ford
finally this morning the annual on-campus concert juice jam is going virtual this weekend
the show will be headlined by rap star a boogie with the hoodie our lenox and beach bunny
will also make appearances the concert will be pre-recorded and uploaded to youtube on
sunday night students looking to virtually attend still need to rsvp with student activities
in order to get the link university union who organizes the event will hold giveaways
on the quad at lunch beginning today and running through saturday for anyone who has rsvp’d
and that’s going to do it for us this morning on this wednesday it’s mornings on the hill
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