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Timeline of Taco Time’s evolution

first_imgTaco Time in the Carrier Dome began in 1995 and this season marks the 20th anniversary of the promotion that’s become a tradition. Check out this timeline of Taco Time’s evolution:1980s — Syracuse legends Sherman Douglas and Derrick Coleman play three seasons as teammates from 1986-89. Burger King had a promotion in the 80s that fans could redeem for free french fries when SU scored over 100 points at home, which occurred 12 times in that span.1995-96 — Before Michael Veley’s first season as marketing director for SU Athletics, he creates a promotion with Taco Bell that when Syracuse scores more than 75 points, fans can redeem a free taco at participating restaurants.2004 — Taco Time is added at women’s basketball games but the benchmark to redeem free tacos is 65 points compared to 75 for men’s. It’s designed to be attainable to drive more fans to Taco Bell.2008 — An online survey asks SU students to rate their favorite promotion at men’s basketball games. Taco Time received more than double the number of votes as any other choice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAug. 2012 — The Taco Bell in Kimmel Food Court is closed and replaced with Queso’s. Taco Bell no longer has a restaurant on campus but the nearest one to the Carrier Dome is just 5 miles away.Feb. and March 2013 — Nike creates T-shirts that say “We want tacos.” They are discontinued after just two seasons despite successful sales at the SU Bookstore.Nov. 2015 — Number of points in order to reach Taco Time is bumped from 75 to 70 at men’s games. Despite a prior miscommunication by SU Athletics, it remains 65 for women’s games.Nov. 17, 2015 — Men’s basketball team scores over 70 points to reach Taco Time in a win over St. Bonaventure. This is the 320th Taco Time. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Judge tosses NYC calorie-count law

first_imgMENUS: Decision notes that the rules could become legal if extended beyond fast-food restaurants. By Larry Neumeister THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – A judge struck down a New York City rule Tuesday that required fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, but he suggested that expanding the rule to include more restaurants could make it legal. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Holwell said he determined the rule conflicted with federal law. Businesses had claimed that their First Amendment rights were violated by the rule, described as the first of its kind in the nation, but Holwell said he reached his decision without needing to address those claims. The city had targeted national fast-food chains by applying the law only to those that served standardized portion sizes and that were already making calorie information available as of March 1. Holwell said the city rule conflicted with federal law, which already described how restaurants should post nutritional information if they chose to do so. He said the city rule would not seem to conflict with federal law if it were mandatory both for restaurants that had posted nutritional information and for those that had not. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the city was considering all its options. “The actions of these restaurants will deprive consumers of important information for a few months, but we are confident that calorie labeling can be legally mandated by the city and will help New Yorkers be better informed and make healthier choices,” department spokeswoman Sara Markt said. She accused the restaurants of being “so ashamed of what they are serving that they would rather go to court than post calorie information where their customers can actually use it.” Rick Sampson, president of the New York State Restaurant Association, which challenged the rule in court, called the ruling a “major victory for everyone who enjoys New York’s world-class restaurant scene.” He said it “strikes a blow against big government trying to tell us what we can or cannot eat.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more