Syracuse is home to one of the nation’s best college newspapers located for the last 36 years on 744 Ostrom Avenue.
The Daily Orange has been a home to thousands of alum, now working across the country.
“This is a work space,” Robertson said. “We’re excited to have a much more accessible, happy, and healthy set up. We make due here, but we are definitely ready.”
This is not the Daily Orange’s first home in the last 116 years.
“If it was like the 1903 house, and it was the only place the do has ever been since, but, the thing about the D.O. is within the 116 years, the D.O. has carried on through so many twists and turns and becoming independent,” Justin Mattingly, a former Daily Orange Editor-in-Chief said.
Michael Kelly graduated in 1975 and worked at the home on East Adams when the paper became independent from the university.
“I did not come back to the university for over a decade,” Kelly explained. “And, when I came back, the house on East Adams Street was knocked down. They turned it into a parking lot, so I have to tell you this. I drove by, and saw that, and I felt a little piece of my heart that was gone.”
For the past 36 years, SU students have produced the award-winning newspaper in this home. Rachel Marcus, who know works at ESPN, says she still remembers the first time she walked in freshman year.
“It has a special charm. It ‘s not the nicest place or the newest place, but it’s kind of cozy,” Marcus said. “it’s kind of what you would think a college newspaper’s house should look.”
Alex Ptcachick graduated in 2014 and urges the current students not to copy and paste the ostrom house on to Euclid but rather create new memories.
“White space is very in and very trendy, so maybe leave a couple of walls blank for now,” Marcus said. “Know that it will probably be the location for quite awhile, so don’t fill it up first thing.”
SU is still the D.O’s landlord and has been working Robertson as they plan the move. The university designed the new floor plan with accessibility in mind to comply with ADA standards.
“They said you know we respect your independence, but we understand that these are our students who are going to be in here and this is our space,” Roberston said. “We want to do it anyway.”
Mattingly says bricks and mortar don’t define the Daily Orange.
“The building is not what was special about 744,” Mattingly said. “It was the people and the memories that were made inside of the building. As long as you have the memories of those and your personal experience at 744, that will carry on. You cannot forget that.”
Robertson said the newspaper staff will start to move the archives and technology on Nov. 15 as they have to be completely out of the house by Nov. 25.