University of Rochester




The Office of College Admissions recently unveiled a clever twist on the classic school sweatshirt. The only way to get one, however, is to join the elite tour guide squad known as the Meridians, a group of dexterous undergraduates who do their job walking backward. The new hoodies, worn above by Kali Cohen ’09 (left) and March Bishop ’08, read “Follow Me” on the front and “Rochester” on the back. The Meridians will be wearing the sweatshirts while giving tours to hundreds of admitted students and their parents from March 30 to April 23 during Spring Open Campus.

Urban education expert to give Scandling lecture

We Gloria Ladson-Billings is challenging educators to look beyond the achievement gap that exists between African-American, Latino, and other students of color and their white counterparts.

University moves closer to new logo design

WeThis marks the first step in an overall initiative to develop a new graphic identity.

Avoid slips and falls this winter

We’ve heard it time and time again. The best way to avoid slips and falls when walking in slippery conditions is to wear shoes that have good tread.

Genome Sequencing Reveals a Key to Efficient Ethanol Production

Waste products such as grass clippings and wood chips—once thought too difficult to turn into ethanol—may soon be fodder for hungry, gene-tweaked bacteria.

Findings show seeing the color red can hurt academic performance

Color associations are so strong and embedded so deeply that people are predisposed to certain reactions, especially when they see the color red. For test takers, red spells failure.

African drumming, jazz workshops, and more highlight Summer at Eastman

This summer, the Eastman School is opening its doors to amateur and professional musicians, just as it has in summers past, offering a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Algier expands role in student life

Anne-Marie Algier, director of Wilson Commons Student Activities, has been named associate dean of students.

New Acquisition Captures the Imagination

The Memorial Art Gallery recently acquired an intricately decorated suit of armor made in northern Germany in the 16th century.

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