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SU alumni react to racial bias, threats

Gene Goldstein never walked across a stage to graduate from Syracuse University. Instead, he spent his last days at SU barricading the pathways of the Quad and setting desks on fire. It was later in the summer of 1970 that he received his diploma in the mail.

The recent sit-in at the Barnes Center at The Arch felt foreign to him, Goldstein said, as the protests he joined during his college days were anti-war focused. But he finds similarities to how the student protesters feel, even 50 years later.

“We really got some problems up there, really some problems,” Goldstein said.

At least 16 racist and bias-related incidents have been reported on or near the SU campus since Nov. 7. Alumni like Goldstein want SU to actively create a more inclusive campus.

Some ways alumni have shown their support for the #NotAgainSU movement include withholding donations to the university until the demands are met. Bee Poshek, who also graduated last year, said they won’t be donating money to SU unless it’s through centers like the LGBT Resource Center or the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

As a recent grad, Poshek still has friends at SU and has heard their concerns regarding the recent bias-related incidents. They …read more

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