Jacob Gedetsis ’18 is a 2017 Remembrance Scholar and is double majoring in newspaper and online journalism at the Newhouse School and English & textual studies at the College of Arts and Sciences. He is from Cleveland, Ohio.
Jacob has been involved with The Daily Orange and has previously interned with the Kanas City Star, Cox Media Group, Syracuse Media Group, and Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Hey everyone! My name is Jacob Gedetsis, and I am a senior studying English and Textual Studies / Newspaper and Online Journalism at SU. I am so excited to take over the account on of the most important weeks of the year: Remembrance Week. I am so humbled to have been chosen as one of 35 Remembrance Scholars, and I can’t wait to share all the beautiful work the scholars have done this year to Look Back and Act Forward. On December 21st, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland; 270 people died that day, including 35 students studying with Syracuse University who were returning from their semesters abroad. Every year, Syracuse University holds Remembrance Week in honor of these individuals. Yesterday, we began Remembrance Week 2017 with a candlelight vigil in their memory. I have the honor of representing Nicholas Andreas Vrenios. Nicholas took to London his three prized possessions – a camera, a guitar, and a skateboard. A junior photography major, Nicholas would wake up before sunrise to snap the perfect shot, before rushing off to his next journey. He had a relentless adventurous spirit. I think we would have been close friends. So follow along this week to learn more about Remembrance, and my time at SU! – #syracuseu J.G.
What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?
Syracuse is a family; a diverse family that pushes how one another think. It’s an amazing community.
What is your favorite Syracuse memory?
My favorite memory is getting invited to sit on a graduate level course with Professor George Saunders.
If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about Syracuse, what it would be?
The professors here care. Go to office hours and capture their immense knowledge while building personal relationships.
Monday Night, the Scholars hosted a panel discussion on Media & Terrorism. The discussion centered on defining terrorism and what role Media plays in that definition. One of the ways I plan to Act Forward is through my own reporting in journalism. Crafting empathy through stories is my passion. This past summer, I interned at The Kansas City Star in their features section. KC is an amazing city and getting to tell stories there was one of the greatest experiences of my life. – J.G. #SyracuseU #remembrance2017
Today is Act of Kindness Day! It’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference in a world filled with tragedy, but even the smallest acts can change someone’s day. A few Scholars and I are passing out flowers to strangers, hoping to brighten their day. I challenge everyone to do a small act of kindness today in memory of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims as a way of Acting Forward in their name! – J.G. #syracuseu #remembrance2017
One of my favorite parts of going to school in such a beautiful part of New York is exploring off campus. Fall is my favorite time of year and I recently went to Green Lakes State Park to see the breathtaking fall foliage. (Some other favorites spots include: Sodus Bay, Ithaca’s Gorges and Taughannock Falls State Park). Does anyone have any off-campus suggestions? What’s your favorite place to visit? – J.G. #SyracuseU
Tonight Carl Phillips read as a part of The English Department’s Raymond Carver Series. The series brings some of the world’s best writers to speak and read to students. I’ve been lucky enough to take courses and have conversations with the amazing faculty in the English Department. This list includes George Saunders, Jonathon Dee, Chris Kennedy, Michael Burkard, Sarah Harwell, Dana Spiotta, Bruce Smith and Brooks Haxton. – J.G. #syracuseu
The Syracuse University Archives/Special Collections, located on the 6th floor of Bird Library, is one of my favorite places on campus. It holds all of the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives, which includes letters, memorabilia and photos. I’ve spent a lot of time in Special Collections doing research for The Daily Orange and for my English classes. And, of course, learning about Nicholas Vrenios, who I am representing this year. Today there are open archives until 1 p.m. – J.G. #syracuseu #remembrance2017