Some SU architecture students taking their classes in the Armory Square Warehouse building say they’ve been duped. They enrolled to study at Syracuse University’s main campus, and that’s where they want to go. Their anger was triggered by a suggestion that their “temporary” placement in downtown Syracuse be declared permanent.
In an e-mail sent early Tuesday, SU School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins suggested an idea that would put the vast majority of Architecture classes in the Armory Square facility. This proposal, while not yet made official, sparked several opportunities Wednesday for concerned students to voice their opposition.
More than 50 students braved the rain to protest the proposal outside of Slocum Hall Wednesday afternoon and then moved their protest to Crouse-Hinds, where Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s office is located.
“It’s underhanded,” said Eric Zahn, fourth-year architecture major. “I think there’s a lot of maneuvering and hiding the truth. I think we are the ones being hurt by the connective corridor.”
By protesting at the Chancellor’s office, the students may have been “taking it to the top,” or acting out their probably correct belief that Nancy Cantor in the real source of the plan, and does not want to abandon SU’s outpost in Armory Square. An expanded University presence off the Hill is part of what Cantor’s Connective Corridor is all about.
In a community that famously fumbles for direction in its economic development, Cantor is generally recognized as a source of good ideas. But the Chancellor can be viewed suspiciously at times, by politicians who do not believe the best interests of Syracuse and its University are always one and the same.