Rush Rhees Library Displays Feature Topics of Student Interest

Univ. Communications – If you walked by the Rush Rhees display shelf near the circulation desk recently, you may have seen a feature on vegan and vegetarian culture. The display is part of an effort by Rush Rhees Library to highlight books on topics of interest to students.

The Student Association of Vegan and Vegetarian Youth, or SAVVY, worked with Rush Rhees Library staff to give students the opportunity to learn more about vegan and vegetarian life. The display, located by the circulation desk, features books on topics ranging from the botany of different herbs and spices, a history of the animal rights movement, to modern recipes for a kemetic diet.

SAVVY is made up of dedicated students who want to increase awareness of veganism and provide support for vegans and vegetarians. The core issues of advocacy include animal welfare and sustainable agriculture. “As the only vegan/vegetarian club on campus, SAVVY has a unique and vital role in raising awareness about the positive environmental, physical, and psychological benefits of abstaining from meat and animal products,” says Melody Jaros ’14, president of SAVVY. Creating a display of relevant reading material is one way that SAVVY can achieve that goal.

While SAVVY’s books are no longer on display, they are available for check out at the library. Currently, the display shelves feature books related to Asian Heritage Month, which runs through April. If you or your group would like to feature books on a particular topic of interest in Rush Rhees, email Mari Lenoe at If your topic is science related, please email Sue Cardinal in the Carlson library at

Article written by Dan Wang, a sophomore at Rochester, who studies philosophy and economics.

Photo courtesy of Dan Wang.