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SYDNI EURE: Quentin Hillsmans’ resignation from the Syracuse Women’s Basketball program, hit headlines yesterday—and today, the updates continue to roll in. We now also know that a fellow Women’s Basketball staffer, Ronnie Enoch, will no longer be a part of the program either. The Women’s basketball program at Syracuse University has already started pre-season training, but has just a few short months until they are set to tip off for the first time this year and the first time in 15 years without Coach Q.

Syracuse University athletics is not the only thing on the Hill making changes. SU along with many other businesses and organizations have put the “mask-up” signs back on their front doors. This change following Onondaga County’s new spot was on the CDCs substantial transmission list. This comes as Syracuse University summer programs are in full swing on campus right now. Jack Gnosca a student here on campus says having masks back is far from ideal.

JACK GNOSCA: “It’s just more of a bummer than anything because I thought we had moved past this and put it all behind us.”

EURE: While Gnosca hoped for a semester mask free. He understands that sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to save lives.

This adjustment is something that summer camps are now taking in full stride. The executive director at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Whitney Lash-Marshall says even though safety protocols are increasing, there are still ways to make sure the kids have fun.

WHITNEY LASH-MARSHALL: “It’s changed the model on how kids get here and how they get picked up but at the core of it we’ve really put on focus on making sure those kids are having those experiences outside.”

EURE: Another summer activity hoping to keep kids happy is going on right now. It’s Tykes Tuesday at Destiny U-S-A. Marketing Director, Brianna Francisco, says not only does this event help businesses in the mall but its a great time for families as well.

BRIANNA FRANCISCO: “Every time we see a kid come down, their face lights up when they realize it’s Tykes Tuesday again.”

EURE: You can stop by the Canyon in the mall today until 2 o’clock this afternoon free of charge.

And it might just be the perfect reason to get up and get out since the weather here in Central New York seems to be back on our side with mostly sunny skies for the rest of the day and heading into tomorrow– with just some calm winds to worry about.

For N-C-C News, I’m Sydni Eure reporting. You can find full stories on our website, N-C-C-News-dot-online-dot-com.

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