First off, comotellamas, I can see why you would say what you've said about Syracuse. I am from Central NY, and I have to agree that growing up here really made me itchy and feel like I'd die if I didn't get out. Then I did, I went to NYC for 5 years and then overseas for a while. It took me a while, but coming back to it all now, after seeing other parts of the world. I don't think this area is quite the dump I used to. In fact I've grown to really love it. I do think that for some people used to a LOT of options at night, multiple choices in weekend activities and a speedy public this place may feel claustrophobic. However, what you do find up here is the ability to make a real community, for better or for worse, because you really get to know everyone around you. I think that can be incredibly comforting. Not to mention Syracuse is close to the Fingerlakes, and area that resembles California in the spring and summer with incredible wine, entertainment and unbelievable hiking trails. Not to mention to fall foliage. Although, again, I can see why for some people this area isn't a good fit, and the honest opinion to that affect is completely valid.
Now, it is interesting that someone mention the new library and the new funding being raised and put into the school. I too received a scholarship and it is one of the reasons I am so heavily considering Syracuse. However, I am a bit curious as to why, if all of this is happening, why are they not throwing it out all over their website. I've heard a few people talk about the new library and the large amount of money now being put into the budget, but I can't find a single word edgewise. It isn't even mentioned on their website. Am I not looking in the right place, or is there some reason why they wouldn't shout this kind of information out? Where have people been getting this information so far?