Malcolm-Ali Davis ’18 | @OurSyracuseU

Malcolm-Ali Davis ’18 is from Galloway, New Jersey and is studying Information Management & Technology at the School of Information Studies (iSchool).

On campus, Malcolm-Ali is involved with Conversations at Syracuse University, Student Philanthropy Council, Student Affairs Advisory Board, the University Conduct Board and is a Peer Adviser at the iSchool.

Hi everyone! My name is Malcolm-Ali Davis and I am here to do the student takeover this week! I am a Junior, from Galloway, NJ, studying Information Management & Technology in the iSchool! On campus I am a Chair for the University Conduct Board, a member of the Student Affairs Advisory Board and Student Philanthropy Council, a Peer Advisor for the iSchool, the President of Conversations at SU, and the Tennis Captain for Cuse’ Crew. I am also a Dean’s Scholar and an Our Time Has Come/Whitman Undergraduate Scholar. Syracuse University is truly my second home, and I am super excited to share some of my SU experience with you all! Get ready for a fun week! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #GoOrange #StudentTakeover #OTHC #iSchool #StudentLeader

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What is your favorite thing about SU?

SU is all about community and opportunity. There are so many opportunities for you to become connected to something here, and whatever that thing is, it will have a lasting impact on you, and become the reason why you still return to campus after 10, 25, or 50 years! SU becomes a home to its students, and no matter how much the exterior changes… the core of SU remains the same.

What is your favorite SU memory?

My entire Freshman year, really! I was finding my place at SU and everything was new to me. My older sister was a senior here at the time so I felt right at home.

If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about SU, what it would be?

SU provides the opportunities; you just have to bring the action. There is always a lot going on at SU, and you can do it all. Ok, maybe not everything, but a lot of things. It’s all about finding balance, and staying motivated. If there is anything you want to do, you can do it, and you should do it… leave no stone unturned!

Malcolm here! Welcome back to Day 2 of my takeover… Today is #GivingCuseDay and in the spirit of philanthropy I made a donation to the @ischoolsu and the Our Time Has Come Scholarship program! On behalf of Student Philanthropy Council, we are tabling today in Schine Student Center to encourage Seniors to make their class act gift of $20.17, and for other students to make a small gift in support of the program on campus that means the most to them. As a Dean’s Scholar and an Our Time Has Come/Whitman Undergraduate Scholar, I have benefitted from the generosity of alumni and SU families, and I pay it forward whenever I can. I come from a family of givers and was always taught that philanthropy isn’t exclusive to monetary donations. So if you can’t give monetarily, perform a random act of kindness, give your time by volunteering at a local non-profit, or lend your voice to a cause! We all have the power to make a difference, we just have to start! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #BleedOrange #Philanthropy #GivingBack #GivingTuesday #StudentLeader #University #SUAlumni #OTHC #OurTimeHasCome

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One of the best things about attending SU is the diverse course catalogue. Each semester during the course selection process, I always look for the courses that fall under “Selected Topics” as they are courses that explore a topic of special interest that is not covered in the regular catalog. This semester that course for me is HUM 300: Joni Mitchell, in which we “try to get Joni right” as our passionate professor David Yaffe always says. We explore her legendary career as a recording artist, and the personal experiences that shaped her music. Other selected topics courses that I have taken are: Music and Entrepreneurship, Music and Sports, and Music from the Ground Up. My required core curriculum in the @iSchoolsu has given me the tools to be successful in a technology/communications related career, while courses like these have provided me with an academic outlet to learn new things about my passion area, music, that I otherwise wouldn’t know. – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #JoniMitchell #Humanities #University #StudentLeader #Joni

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Day 3! Last night I attended the final One University reception of this semester, hosted by Chancellor Kent Syverud and his wife, Dr. Ruth Chen. With over 300 registered student organizations at SU, often we go through our years here without knowing what many of these groups are and what it is that they do. These receptions try to reduce that, by bringing together student leaders from these organizations and providing a space for connection and collaboration to take place. Although each organization is unique in its own way, we all have a common goal: enchancing the Syracuse University community and student experience. If we all support each other, then we all can succeed. – M.A.D Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #TheHill #RSO #StudentActivities #StudentOrganizations #Students #College #Chancellor #University #StudentLeader

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Day 4 – I started today by giving a #PowerRed donation (two units of red cells) at the Red Cross blood drive hosted by the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Like many people I was never a fan of needles as a kid, but the high school I attended really taught us the importance of blood donations (especially for someone with an O blood type like myself), so I had to put my fear aside. Now I donate blood whenever I have the chance, which is pretty frequent since there are always blood drives on campus or nearby through the year. I’m proud to attend a University where the student community recognizes the importance of giving blood, especially with a Children’s hospital right down the street. Every two seconds, someone in the US needs a blood transfusion. Let’s all do our part to ensure that blood is available for those in need! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #RSO #StudentActivities #StudentOrganizations #Students #College #University #StudentLeader #RedCross #LambaChiAlpha #AmericanRedCross #Donate #BloodDonor #BloodDonation #SaveALife

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All of my friends know that my favorite thing to do (besides perform) is play tennis! Coming to Cuse I was worried about how I would manage to keep playing during the winter months, until I discovered the Co-Curricular program at Drumlins Tennis Club. Since my Freshman year I’ve been able to spend hours upon hours playing there from the Fall through the Spring without ever having to pay! My friend Yaro (pictured) is one of the great instructors that works at the club. A former college player, he motivates me to work harder to become a better player. – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #College #University #StudentLeader #WorkHardPlayHard #PlayTennis #Tennis #Drumlins

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Day 5: Starting Friday nice and early with ENC 510: Jazz-Funk Combo, a music ensemble through the College of Visual and Performing Arts, that performs locally. Joining this class last semester was one of the best decisions that I have made at SU! I’ve loved Jazz and Funk music since I was a kid, as my dad used to always play it during car rides to pick my siblings up from prep-school and college. What makes this really special is that none of us are performing-arts majors, there’s a mix of iSchool students, engineering students, music industry students, etc. We just have a passion for jazz and funk, and make the effort to fit this into our schedule each semester. Joining the Jazz-Funk combo has given me an outlet to perform the music that I love, with talented students that feel the same. Currently we are rehearsing for our recital on December 11 at 2pm in Shemin Auditorium, if you are in the area please come watch! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #College#University #StudentLeader #JazzFunkCombo #JazzFunkBand #JazzBand #FunkBand #Band #Vocal #MusicIndustry #Setnor #VPA

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One of the roles that I am most proud of is being a member of the Student Affairs Advisory Board. The SAAB is comprised of approximately 25 undergraduate, graduate, and law students from various backgrounds. We assist Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz and the broader Division of Student Affairs with input and insight on the student life experience. Being on the SAAB has given me the opportunity to share my experiences and suggestions with those in the Division of Student Affairs that have the power to improve student life and learning, in addition to making other positive changes at the University. I’m a firm believer that in order for the University to expand and improve, the concerns of the students must be considered before any decisions are made that can potentially affect the student community. I am thankful that the administration recognizes that and is continuing to take steps to increase communication and transparency. Just another reason to love SU! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #College#University #StudentLeader #StudentAffairs #SAAB #AdvisoryBoard #Board #StudentAffairsAdvisoryBoard #Administration #Policy #Transparency

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Back to Drumlins Tennis Club, this time for PED 277: Advanced Tennis! A 1-credit PED course is a great way to end the week. PED courses are fun, but don’t get them confused with your average gym class. SU offers physical education courses for: Skiing, Horseback Riding, Kick Boxing, Fencing, Yoga, Basketball, and many other sports/activities! Hands-on technique development and training in something you enjoy – for credit… what could be better?If you have the room in your schedule, I recommend you take one… you won’t regret it! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #College #University #StudentLeader #WorkHardPlayHard #PlayTennis #Tennis #Drumlins #Sport #PED #PhysicalEducation

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Day 7: Last night I performed at UNICEF’s annual Snowflake Ball in Goldstein Auditorium. This event raised support and awareness for children’s rights, survival, development and protection across the Globe. In college you live in a bubble, and it can be easy to pay less attention to things that happen outside of the University because there is always so much going on here. It is always great to see student organizations making the extra effort to benefit communities outside of SU, knowing that they may not get to see the fruit of their labor in person. For this reason, I perform at almost any function that I’m asked to, in support of these efforts. As an artist we have a responsibility to use our talents for good, and to spread positive messages in ways that words on paper cannot. – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #College#University #StudentLeader #Performer #Artist #UNICEF #UNICEFCUSE #Singer #Performance #Art #Christmas #Benefit #Philanthropy

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For my #SendBackSunday post, here’s a pic of me underneath Broken Chair, in front of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. This picture is from August 2015, when I traveled through Europe during the Eurotech program. Eurotech is a global experience program through the @iSchoolsu and @suabroad that last 3 weeks and spans ten cities across seven countries. Each year through the Eurotech program, approximately 30 students travel through Europe for site visits at major organizations in order to learn how technology and information are being used to their advantage. These visits also serve as information/networking sessions for students interested in internship or career opportunities with these organizations. My favorite part of Eurotech was seeing and experiencing the cultural differences from city to city and visiting some of the most famous attractions in the world. I visited cities in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Italy in three weeks… it was life-changing! – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #College #University #StudentLeader #Eurotech #SUAbroad #iSchool #Europe #Travels #Abroad #BrokenChair #Switzerland #Geneva #Art #UN #UnitedNations

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Pictured here with my orange-bleeding parents and Chancellor Syverud at the Legacy Reception during Family Weekend in October. For my final post I thought it would be fitting to go back to the core of my SU experience… familial connection. SU has been a part of my family since my cousin, the late Horace Morris attended as the first African-American scholarship football player in the mid-1940’s. Both of my parents attended SU in addition to my three older siblings. I was able to spend my Freshman year with my sister Destiny on campus as a Senior, I was familiar with the campus, and had connections to many people at SU, in the Syracuse community, alumni network, and even upperclassmen, via my parents and siblings relationships. These factors enabled me to have an extremely smooth transition from High School/home life to college, and I was able to hit the ground running and start building my own SU legacy. It is safe to say that I didn’t choose SU… SU chose me – and I couldn’t be happier that it did. Well that’s all for now folks! Thank you for sharing this week with me, and I hope you enjoyed following my posts! Continue to strive for greatness and be a light in the life of others in addition to your own. – M.A.D #Syracuse #SyracuseUniversity #SU #Cuse #SyracuseU #OurSyracuse #GoOrange #GoCuse #SUAlumni #Students #MalcolmAli #College #University #StudentLeader #Legacy #FamilyWeekend #Family #SyracuseLegacy #SigningOff #Goodbye #Chancellor #ParentsWeekend #Alumni #Alum #Davis6 #Connection

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