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Weekly Buzz: News for University of Rochester Undergraduates
Schedule Changes for Break Week
The University's bus schedule has changed for Spring Break week. Spring Break hours are also under way at the dining halls, and the bookstore will have reduced hours.

Online Bill Pay Now Available
You can now view and pay student bills online through UR ePAY. You also can save or e-mail PDF copies of your bill and make payments electronically by eCheck or credit card (Discover, MasterCard, and American Express payments are subject to a 2.75 percent convenience fee). You can also authorize a parent, guardian, third party, or employer to view your bill or make payments. Visit and from the main tab, choose Quick Links/Campus Live/UR ePay.

A New Resource for Your Parents
Parents Buzz is a new monthly e-newsletter designed to inform your parents about academics, services, and activities at the College and Eastman School. Parents can subscribe online. E-mail with any questions or comments.

Eastman Student Headed for Van Cliburn Piano Competition
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Eastman junior Zhang Zuo is one of only 30 pianists from around the world selected to compete in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this May. Zuo, 20, is from China and studies with Nelita True, professor of piano. Zuo will travel to Fort Worth, Tx., to compete in the preliminary round May 22 to 26 for a chance to move up to the semifinal round.

Send a Cheer-Gram
Midterms and papers got you and your friends down? Send some cheer! Pre-order Cheer-Grams in Wilson Commons March 16-20 for delivery the following week. Sponsored by UR Cheerleading. Cost $2, flex available.

T-Shirt Sale at Bookstore
The Bookstore will be having a $5 off sale on Gear t-shirts from March 9-30. Men's tees will be $9.99 and women's tees will be $12.99. Also, many of the bookstore's clearance clothing and gift items will be an addtional 25 percent off from March 9-30.

Foreign Language Conversation Hours
Conversation hours are fun, relaxing ways to make new friends while improving your language skills. Hours are offered in Italian, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese, as well as brand new Culture Talks in Greek and Korean. Check out MLC's Web site for more information.

Recyclemania Update
The University is entering its eighth week of the national Recyclemania competition. Great news; the University of Rochester is still ranking in the top 20th percentile for the Per Capita, Gorilla Prize, and the Targeted Material: Paper competitions! During the week of March 16 look for a reused notebook sale in Wilson Commons and get "caught green handed" by using your reusable mugs (details to come). Continue to do your part by remembering to think before you throw anything in the trash. See weekly rankings. This week's trivia question: Recycled paper can be made into many new products such as paper towels, notebook paper, envelopes, copy paper, boxes, hydro-mulch, molded packaging, compost, and what common pet product? This week, the third person to answer correctly will be the lucky winner of an eco-friendly prize.

Defensive Driving Course
A six-hour defensive driving course will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, in the Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555) at the Medical Center. The $35 course can help you get a 10 percent reduction in your auto insurance or four points taken off your license. Register at 905-9420.

Tuesday, March 10
Study Abroad Meeting
A general information meeting on Study Abroad is at 4 p.m. in Wilson Commons 202. 

Learn More about Filing a Patent
This month's FIRE Lecture Series continues at noon with Edwin (Ted) Merkel and Carissa Childs from Nixon Peabody, LLP. They will discuss the best strategies for drafting and filing a patent application.  

Wednesday, March 11

Senior Exhibition: Sarah Plumridge
Rush Rhees Library Gallery at the Art and Music Library hosts "Grabbing But Not Grabbing Anything," an exhibit by Sarah Plumridge, today through the end of May. Read more...

Thursday, March 12
Town Hall Meeting with Governor
New York Gov. David Paterson will hold a town-hall meeting especially focused on students at 11 a.m. at SUNY Geneseo's Wadsworth Auditorium. The meeting is intended to give the public the chance to discuss the state's fiscal crisis. RSVP or submit a question for the governor on the Governor's Web site. Seating is limited.

Women in Art Tour
This special docent-led tour at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is one of a series of continuing events following International Women's Day (March 8). Read more...

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In Focus
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United Way Campaign
The University community is being asked to "Live United" during the annual United Way campaign, which starts tomorrow. The Live United theme stresses three ways people can help foster a stronger community: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

"I Live United by encouraging youth to prevail no matter what their circumstances. Whether it is a dance class or after school tutoring, mentoring youth benefits me as I try to remain a positive influence in their lives. After graduation I plan to get a master's in teaching and travel abroad to teach in the Peace Corps."
-Shana Miles, linguistics major

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Deadlines and Reminders
Deadline Nears for Youth Year Program
The Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Program is open to graduating seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of Rochester youths. For more information, visit or e-mail The application deadline is March 13.

LOGOS Seeks Creative Work

Students are welcome to submit creative pieces to LOGOS, the University's art and literature journal. The journal accepts up to six submissions at one time. E-mail submissions by March 17.

Women's Basketball Advances to Sweet 16
The Yellowjackets rallied in the second half of Saturday night's NCAA Division III playoff game for a 66-59 victory over Kean University. The team will play the College of New Jersey in the Sweet 16 round on March 13 at a site to be determined.

Rochester in the News
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Eastman School sophomore Nicholas Fitton won a spot in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Read more...

Television Nacional de Chile
The Chilean national TV station profiled the University Chamber Orchestra during their visit to Chile earlier this year. Read more...

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