Wednesday, December 16, 2009

And the Winner is...

1st place team: See your RA for awarding of the trophy and to decide what you floor wants to do at the beginning of next semester as a reward. 2nd and 3rd place teams will recieve recognition from hall Sr. Staff at the beginning of next semester.
The last points awarded were outlined below:
The following points (by percentage of residents) were awarded for residents filling out RA feedback forms:

Sky 1.1-58% =58points
Sky 1.2= 36 points
Sky 1.3= 35 points
Sky 2.1= 43 points
Sky 2.2= 62 points
Sky 2.3= 46 points
Sky 3.1= 58points
Sky 3.2= 60 points
Sky 3.3= 55 points

The following points were awarded for indivduals donating money to the Orange Angels program: (5 points per person on the floor who donated)

Sky 1.1=55
Sky 1.2= 35
Sky 2.1= 65
Sky 2.2= 50
Sky 2.3= 60
Sky 3.1= 185
Sky 3.3= 30

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Heros

Skyhall residents- Want to be a Holiday hero?? Well here is your chance. Each year, during the holiday season, the Residence Hall Association for SU/ESF encourages ESF and SU students to “adopt” local low-income children that would otherwise receive nothing. This year the Skyhalls have been challenged to gather 56 toys for children ages 5-11. As a community let’s work to bring joy to these 56 children this season.

How can you help??
1) Go to the Skyhall main desk and ask for an envelope. Put your name (First and last) and any size monetary donation ($1 and over please) into the envelope.
2) Bring a toy valued at approximately $10-12 to the Skyhall main desk and fill out an envelope with your name (First and Last) and a brief description of the toy. If you would like to “go in on a toy together” just write all names on the envelope. Please do not purchase items valued greater than $12.

Each person who gives a monetary or toy donation will earn 5 COLOR WAR points for their floor. After the toys are gathered they will be wrapped and then donated to the children.

As a community, let’s work together this holiday season to demonstrate the power of giving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Win a $250 gift certificate

A contest to design a sticker to be used in a promotional campaign to reduce lighting on campus is currently underway. Designs should be eye-catching and message oriented. This sticker will be placed over light switch plates in locations across campus. The contest is open to all SU & ESF students.

The first place winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to the SU Bookstore. The campus will vote to determine the best sticker.
For details visit;

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Spring Break 2010- Make a Difference.

Alternative Spring Break 2010
Is going to Washington DC

This year the Alternative Spring Break group and twenty students will have the opportunity to attend a seven day trip to Washington DC to take part in service work with the hungry and homeless population. We will be participating in a four day volunteer camp with the Youth Services Opportunity Project. In addition to service work, there will also be opportunities to take in some of the sights of the DC Metro area. The total cost of the trip is $200 with all meals and activities included

The trip is open to all SU and ESF students living in on-campus housing. To be eligible for the Alternative Spring Break trip, students must attend one of the information sessions listed below and complete an application. The application is available online at and is due via email to Jenni Greeno ( by Monday, December 14, 2009.

Information Sessions:

· Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Booth Hall Lounge
· Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the BBB Lounge
· Sunday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the South Campus Community Center located at

Alternative Spring Break
What: ORL Alternative Spring Break Trip to Washington DC
When: March 13-20, 2010
Where: Washington DC
How: Complete application and email to Jenni Greeno by December 14.

For more information, contact Jenni Greeno (, Karess Gillespie (, or Keenyn R. Wald (

Multicutural Dinner

Join SCOPE in their celebration of diversity and multiculturalism . Free tickets for Skyhall residents who respond to the email sent about this.

Come enjoy a beautiful array of food from cultures around the world. Relax and be entertained by the multiple performances throughout the evening .
Tickets are $2 and available at the Schine Box Office - all proceeds go towards charity - Seating is limited.

What: SCOPE Multicultural Dinner
When: Saturday, November 14 - Doors open at 6:30 pm
Where: Skybarn on South Campus

Monday, November 9, 2009

New floor Kudos system

New Floor Kudos- As decided upon by the RA staff
*In order for floors to receive floor kudos things done on the floor must hit one of the 4 categories. If they hit all four then they receive points for all, if they only hit one category then they receive points for that one category. The overall attitude category is an automatic 5 pts because it includes spirit, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm. For Committee choice Megan and Sheriah decide what they are giving points to and how many points you get. Depending on the programs done one or more floors may receive points per week.

· Community Service: 25 pts
· Building Community: 25pts
· Personal/Intellectual: 25 pts
· Overall Attitude: 5pts
· Committee Choice

The new system was created to challenge floors to go beyond movie watching and things done on the floor. We encouarge residents to think big, look beyond the floors and work to make an impact on the greater Syracuse community. We have a fantastic Skyhalls community of caring and motivated students who can make a HUGE impact.

Updated Color war points

The following points have been awarded:

For attendance at the green link program in Sky 3 (lists for the other presentations are being procured): (1 point per person)

Sky 3.2= 24 points
Sky 3.1= 10 points
Sky 3.3= 2 points

For attendance at the suicide prevention program: (1 point per person)

Sky 3.2= 6 points
Sky 2.1= 1 point
Sky 1.2= 1point

Floor kudos points for Oct 19th-26th awarded to 3.2 for making color war signs for all floors in the complex. This program fit under the building community, spirit and sportsmanship/overall attitude portionof the new floor kudos system. (see description above for new criteria) 30 points

Halloween Trick or treating with the kids:

5 points per room that participated:

1.1= 25pnts
1.2= 5 pnts
1.3 =35 pnts

2.1= 25 pnts
2.2= 10 pnts
2.3= 25 pnts

3.1 = 30 pnts
3.2= 20 pnts
3.3= 5 pnts

Additional points (5 points per person) are being awarded for the fantastic work of the floor presidents and community council members who were in attendance at the pumpkin painting and pizza portion (if we've missed anyone who helped please email me with your name and building/floor).

2.1-10 points (Darcy and Katelynne)
2.2- 10 points (Tess and Jasmin)
2.3- 10 points (Jamilla and Jin)
3.3- 5 points (Daniela)

Totals from this update(if I added correctly)


Monday, November 2, 2009

Is this allowed in my room?

Have you ever asked yourself “I wonder if this 8” fish fillet knife, my kerosene fuel for my cook stove, and this midevil sword is allowed in my residence hall room?” The the obvious answer is NO. Other items are not as obvious. See below for items that are prohibitted in the the residence halls.

Prohibited items include:
· Candles,inscense, oil lamps, halogen lamps and multiheded lamps
· Hazardous materials (flamable liquids etc.)
· Decorations that impede door access or more than 50% of door covered
· Lofts of questionable construction
· Posters or tapestries less than 18 inches from ceiling, on ceiling or covering lights/outlets
· Pets other than fish
· Appliances including but not limited to: Coffee makers, foreman grills, rice cookers, hot pots, space heaters, toasters (All appliances for kitchens have to be purchased by the hall and kept for common use. Personal appliacnces such as these are not permitted)
· Weapons- Guns (including BB, airsoft, paintball,) , Swords (Of any kind), Knives with blades longer than 4 inches and that are not swiss army type (ie switch blades or hunting knives) OR for cooking purposes.
· Drugs or drug paraphernalia
· Alcohol or alcohol containers (if under 21)

Smoke detectors and window screens are there for your safety and the safety of our community! At no point should you be disabling detectors or removing screens from windows. Another fire safety issues is outlets that are overloaded with too many things. Use power strips with surge protectors , make sure refridgertors are plugged directly into the wall and that power strips and extention cords are not plugged into each other.

Questions? Please ask your RA.

Give Yoour Feedback

What can we do better? Want to give feedback about your ESF first year experience? Come and give your opinion to make the first year experience better. Attend a brief focus THIS Saturday November 7th . Focus groups are run by students in the Higher Education Program so feel free to give your HONEST OPINOIN. See below for times and locations. Just show up at the day and time indicated.

Focus Group for Sky Hall 3 residents – 11am until Noon – Sky Hall 3 Floor 2 Lounge
Focus Group for Sky Hall 3 residents – Noon until 1pm – Sky Hall 3 Floor 2 Lounge

Focus Group for Sky Hall 2 and 1 residents – 11 am until Noon – Sky Hall 2 Floor 2 Lounge
Focus Group for Sky Hall 2 and 1 residents – Noon until 1pm – Sky Hall 2 Floor 2 Lounge

PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED. Transfer residents- A focus group about your experience this is being planned. Please keep an eye out for advertisements in the future.

Friday, October 16, 2009

How to Save a Life!!!

Yes, the title to this post is meant to be the same as the song "How to Save a life" by Fray. Have you ever listened to the lyrics of this song? Many of us have. We all know what the song is about, yet we are still afraid to talk about it. Do you know the signs of suicide and depression? Would you know how to save the life of a friend, loved one or classmate if they were in trouble?

THIS SUNDAY October 18th 6pm in Sky 3.2 lounge ESF senior counselor Heather Rice is presenting information on depression and suicide! Come... as a result you may save a life!!!

Pizza will be provided.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

Baked Pumpkin Seeds -

Preheat oven to 350°F. Separate the pumpkin seeds from the fibers. Wash, drain, and dry the seeds on paper towels. Coat 11/2 cups seeds with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Toss the seeds with salt (or omit salt and toss seeds with any of the suggested seasonings below), and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Deviled Pumpkin Seeds Add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper.

Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Seeds Add 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice.

Cheesy Seeds Add 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning.

Halloween Events

Halloween Spooktacular-Saturday October 24th 7pm Skybarn
Come join your fellow Skyhalls residents in a spooky celebration. Costume contest, candy, pizza, games, and dancing will be provided. Bring your ID card for entry (Sorry only Skyhall residents admitted).

Costume contest categories include:
Best Male Costume
Best Female Costume
Best Couple Costume
Best Group Themed Costume
Most Creative
Most Green

Trick or Treating for Kids-

Thursday Octocber 29th 4-6pmMany Children in the Syracuse community are not able to trick-or -treat in their neighborhoods due to safety issues. Trick or treating in the halls provides them with a safe arena in which to celebrate.

If you want to hand out candy contact Sheriah Montgomery at Candy will be provided by the hall. Help make this a great event for local children!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Points after Volleyball tournament!

Here are the points we would like to award for color wars volleyball from today.

Attendance: two points for every person who showed up:
1.2- 2 points
2.3- 16 points
3.1- 14 points
3.2- 2 points

Game points: point for every point scored in the two sets played:
1.2, 3.1, and 3.2: 30 + 33= 63 points
2.3: 15 + 31 = 46 points

3.1 had cheerleaders, pom poms, and signs: 15 points

Sportsmanship award: Sai from 2.3: 5 points (for coming out and playing even though volleyball isn't his thing)
Mike from 1.2: 5 points (for having a great attitude about color wars in general and solely representing his floor)

Totals:1.2- 70 points
2.3- 67 points
3.1- 92 points
3.2- 65 points

Points after field days!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Point totals after floor Kudos 9/28

KUDOS 9/28

This weeks floor kudos winner (receiving top points) receives just that, Kudos bars for the entire floor!

This week's winner is:

Sky 2.3-The residents of sky 2.3 have taken on a momentous task . Up to a dozen residents on this floor embarked on a week long vegan cleanse. Those who are already vegan may be asking, "What's the big deal?." The deal is, they are going cold turkey (pun intended), and for former carnivores that's a big lifestyle shift! A big WAY TO GO for Sky 2.3 for trying something new. We are rooting for all of you. So you don't fall off the band wagon, your Kudos bars will be passed out NEXT week. We do not want to be the cause of anyone having to devour the Burger King burger with 8 patties. Along with their vegan fast, the floor had time to plan surprise birthday parties and extricate the stinky communal fridge of all the leftovers that were growing fuzz. 30 points

Other point winners include:

Sky 3.2- This week the residents of 3.2 sported the high fashion of polyethylene. Their trash bag formal wear was impressive. Residents with Y-Chromosomes have been sporting their pink tie-dye and the floor has united for tea and ice cream parties. 20 points

Sky 1.2- Embracing the spirit of sustainability this floor has began their own plastic bag recycling program. Leave a bag, take a bag. Also, in the spirit of democracy, the floor embraced community council floor president elections and held candidate speeches. Great job. 20 points

Sky 1.1- For your trip to Ithaca, attending ESF Soccer games and SU football. Also, your unheralded dedication to prevent dryer fires by nominating lint queens for the floor. 15 points

Sky 1.3-For making healthy choices and deciding to turn in early for the sake of academics and personal wellness. 10 points.

Sky 3.1- 10 points for your communal record of the days in which floor members took their first breaths on earth. Also, there was chatter about a kick ass apple crisp!

Sky 3.3- 10 points for a Monty Python and the Holy Grail viewing night. If anyone ever takes a Moral Philosophy: Environment and Animals class, the scene with the rabbit jumping up to the guys throat makes a great presentation media clip.

Sky 2.1- 10 points for R-E-S-P-E-C-T! and hitting the books in 2.2.

Sky 2.2- 10 points for your apple picking, movie night and providing your fearless leader with the appropriate wavelengths to heat her food.

Drum roll please...

The Seek & Find pictures are IN. It was very, very close race but the winners are....

1st place -SKY 3.2 for finding all 20 locations and clearly photographing them- 50 points

2nd place-SKY 2.3 for identifying 18 of 20 locations correctly and being 1 0f 2 flrs to find Crouse castle home of VPA (Donovan Mc Nabb's college). - 25 points


SKY 3.1 for identifying 18of 20 locations and being 1 of 2 flrs to find the Jabbawakee Cafe.- 25 points

3rd Place SKY 2.2- for identifying 18 of 20 locations- 10 points

Below are the clues and their answers:

SU Clues:
1.) Go deep down where the sun won't shine and some of America's Best Dance Crew hangs out there (Jabawakee Cafe) Pictures too dark to scan. 3.2 and 3.1 where the only two floors to successfully locate this cafe located next to the Schine underground.

2.) Most freshman walk up these steps to find that the door they want to go in, is not a door at all. Take your picture here (Steps of Carnegie library) 3.) Joe Biden studied at this building (College of Law)4.) Before Otto showed up, this guy represented Syracuse University in sports. He left in 1978 and all that is left is his statue. (Saltine Warrior) 5.) In the movie "The Express", this statue was in the movie but not here in 1959 (Ernie Davis statue) 6.) In the 1960's, higher education was soaring high with the "birds" and this building was erected. (Bird Library) 7.) Careful who you kiss on the Hall of Languages west lawn, you may find your soul mate there (Kissing Bench) 8.) In 2008, over 5 million dollars was spent to complete this brand new building where you get to dunk your teachers in the spring (Life Science Complex) 9.) This is the second largest academic unit at Syracuse University, and Donovan Mcnabb was in the college. You end up spending most of your class time on the Connective Corridor. Take your picture at the main campus building(Visual Performing Arts College-Crouse castle) 10.) When looking from afar this place looks like a giant marshmallow filled with cold air conditioning; however it's really just a loud house (The Dome)ESF Campus Clues:
1.) Find the man that wrote the Gettysburg Address reading a book. (Lincoln Statue) 2.) Find the building named after a celestial body (Moon Library) 3.) Find something from Sherwood Forest (Oak tree with Robin Hood forest sign in front)4.) Find a new type of ecological roof that is helping us "Go Green" (Green roof or photovoltaic roof signs) 5.) Find panels that help us harness the power of the sun (picture of solar panels on building) 6.) Find the pillared building with a clock (Marshall hall) 7.) Find trees that have been genetically altered (Trees outside of Moon Library)8.) Find a building where paper is made (Walters hall) 9.) Find a 'rain garden' (rain garden signs) 10.) Find the original building that made up SUNY-ESF (Bray Hall)
Your RA's have your pictures. They were GREAT!!!! So creative. Please feel free to post them on your doors or floor bulletin boards.

RETREAT! Get High at Orenda Springs

Sky 2 and Sky 1.1/1.2. went on their retreat to Orenda Springs two Sundays ago. It was a fantastic day! Great weather, good food and most importantly great camaraderie. See below for pictures of the day!