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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Sea Monkey Day!
National Sea Monkey Day is observed each year on May 16. Most of us have memories of waiting for our mail order shipment of these magical creatures. The delivery usually contained the small “aquarium-like” hatching kit for them to live and grow in.
Sea Monkeys are a type of “Artemia” (brine shrimp). They earned their name because of their monkey-tail look.
Following the popularity of the ant farms, Harold von Braunhut invented the “Sea Monkeys” and hatching kits in 1957. He did most of his advertising through comic books. He once said, “I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.”
Orange Watch: Syracuse announcement of Dome renovations comes minus a name - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: Of course it is a monumentally bad deal in this day and age of corporate sponsorships and major college athletics being married at the hip to the tune of multi-million dollar, multi-year sponsorships. You know, the now paltry $2.75M naming gift Carrier Corporation forked over in 1979 to the university gaining, as a courtesy, the right to attach its name seemingly in perpetuity to the soon-to-open, air-supported $31M spectacle on campus that would change the course of Syracuse athletics. It was quite conspicuous this week when SU announced the timeline for an initial phase of upgrades to the 38 year old venue, the name “Carrier Dome” was (officially) nowhere to be found.
Ok, we’ll admit it. We rarely, if ever, use the word “Carrier” in front of the word “Dome” when we’re writing or talking about the home venue for the Orange sports teams we cover.
Then again, it’s pretty obvious why that’s the case. It would seem pretty stiff and formal to keep referring the building as the “Carrier Dome” for a website specifically geared to the niche of Syracuse athletics, when virtually everyone reading knows the locale as “the Dome.”
Yet, we thought it was obviously strange to see the word “Carrier” omitted from all official university documentation announcing the $118M Dome renovation project on Monday, the 11:00 a.m. (ET) press conference coming just a scant two hours after an email was issued notifying the media of an announcement upcoming at “The Dome.”
“A new fixed roof, a vertically hung scoreboard, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, improved accessibility and added Wi-Fi capabilities are just a handful of features visitors to Syracuse University’s stadium will experience beginning in fall 2020,” read the first sentence of the university’s Monday emailed press release.
Syracuse University OKs funding for Carrier Dome upgrades, including a new roof (D&C; Roth)
Good news, Syracuse University sports fans, improvements are coming to the aging Carrier Dome.
The university’s Board of Trustees authorized an investment of $118 million on Monday for upgrades to the 38-year-old facility that will include a new, fixed roof, a vertically hung scoreboard that can be moved for football and basketball games, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and improved Wi-Fi.
The upgrades were first laid out in a $255 million West Campus project announced in 2016.
The initial improvements are expected to be in place by fall 2020. Air conditioning, new restrooms and concession areas will be completed by 2022. More than $6 million in accessibility upgrades are also planned in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Carrier Dome is home to five Orange sports teams, including men’s basketball and football.
When it comes to recruiting, keeping pace with other schools that are enhancing or building new facilities is critical to success, athletic director John Wildhack said.
EPA Recognizes Syracuse University for Largest Green Power Use in ACC (syr.edu)
Syracuse University announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized it as a Conference Champion in the 2017-18 College and University Green Power Challenge. Syracuse University currently uses more green power than any other school in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference.
Syracuse University beat its conference rivals by using 41 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 35 percent of the school’s annual electricity use. Syracuse University is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Schneider Electric. This commitment to green power demonstrates a sustainable choice that helps to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain and regional haze.
According to the EPA, Syracuse’s green power use of 41 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 4,000 average American homes annually.
In the 2017-18 challenge, the 38 collegiate conferences and 109 schools competing collectively used nearly 3.6 billion kWh of green power. EPA’s Green Power Challenge is open to any collegiate athletic conference in the United States. To qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least two schools that qualify as Green Power Partners, and the conference must collectively use at least 10 million kWh of green power.
EPA will restart the 13th season of the College and University Green Power Challenge in fall 2018 and conclude it in spring 2019.
“Being recognized by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership as the 2017-2018 ACC Conference Champion is an achievement that highlights the University’s commitment to enhancing sustainability and energy conservation on campus while continuing to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Nathan Prior, director of Energy Systems and Sustainability Management.
Syracuse University grad surprised by proposal on Kissing Bench (video) (PS; Sivarole)
One of Syracuse University's newest graduates received more than just a diploma on Saturday.
Allison Clark, 22, graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications last weekend, and her family, her boyfriend and his family were all there to watch.
After the ceremony, they all headed outside to take some pictures. Brett Aston, Clark's boyfriend and a 2017 SU graduate, carefully slipped a small, blue box out of his mom's purse when Clark wasn't looking and tucked it into his suit jacket pocket.
They walked out to the Kissing Bench -- a nondescript, concrete bench in front of the Hall of Languages -- both their families armed with cameras.