University of Rochester

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Newseek (August 9)

A Financial Earthquake

The reaction from leaders at less-wealthy institutions, however, hasn’t been nearly as upbeat. Some of their grumbling surely stems from Ivy envy. But they make a substantive point: that Harvard has placed them in an untenable position – unable to match the Ivies’ munificence, yet facing families who’ve heard the news and now want to haggle. “We got calls from students right away saying, ‘Harvard did this. Are you going to match them?’ “ says John Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid at the University of Rochester in New York. “My concern is the larger signal to the marketplace about what education should cost.” At most schools, Burdick says, tuition doesn’t cover the full cost of educating a student; universities make up the gap by using endowments (for things like capital improvements) and, at public schools, state funds. By boosting aid spending, Harvard created a bigger gap for itself, but one it could easily fill by tapping its massive endowment. Poorer institutions don’t have that luxury. If they try to match the Ivies, says Burdick, “then what suffers is the product.” (Also Reported in: United Kingdom,,,

Democrat and Chronicle (August 22)

UR still ranked as top college in Rochester area

University of Rochester remains the top-ranked local school on U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, at No. 35, and State University College at Geneseo was named to a list of “Up and Comers” debuting this year. (Also Reported in: New York Post, Rochester Business Journal)

Rochester Business Journal (August 25)

UR powers dorms with wind energy

wind farm

As the University of Rochester’s campus opens to new students Monday, residential life buildings on the school’s River Campus will have 100 percent of their electricity offset with wind energy for the year, officials said. “Our students are environmentally conscious, and we’re making every effort to support and encourage their sustainable practices,” said Joel Seligman, UR president. “Making a commitment to wind power is just one more way we can reduce our environmental footprint.” (Also Reported in: R News, WHAM TV 13)

U.S. News & World Report (August 15)

Refs May Be Blinded by Red Uniforms


Andrew Elliot, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester who has researched the effects of color, said the study authors erred by not taking into account other aspects of color, such as hue and brightness. These factors could all have played a role in how the officials perceived the colors, he said. Elliot added that the color red actually seems to intimidate players on opposite teams, instead of boosting the performance of athletes. (Also Reported in: Forbes, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Austin American Statesman, ABC News, ABC 4 Salt Lake City)


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