Lauren Bailey: Star Swimmer is a Shark in the Classroom

Lauren Bailey, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, was one of 10 University scholar-athletes recognized for their abilities “on the field” and in the classroom.

Bailey, from Ossining, NY, holds the University records for the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and is a part of all the record-holding relay teams.

During the football team’s season opener, she and nine other athletes were presented Garnish Awards during a halftime ceremony. Bailey said she was nervous at first to go out to midfield and accept the award in front of the whole stadium of football fans. “It was definitely never-racking,” she said. “It was a huge honor though. My whole team came out to support me, which was really nice of them. It was super exciting!”

The Garnish Award program was created in honor of Lysle “Spike” Garnish, who consecutively served as an assistant coach for the University’s basketball, baseball, and football teams from 1930-1948.

According to the Athletic Department’s webpage, “Friends of Rochester Athletics, through an alumni committee, reviews nominations of students from varsity teams who have achieved at a high level in both their athletic and academic pursuits through their junior year. From these nominees, a small number are selected as Garnish Scholars.”

It’s definitely not easy

Bailey, who has a GPA of 3.87, says that balancing athletics and academics is “definitely not easy. But I think if you’re really passionate about both things—I really like chemical engineering, and I really like swimming—but I think it’s also about time management,” she said.

“For me, I do homework with a group of people or with my friends, so it makes it more enjoyable. Plus, I don’t really dread doing homework, so that definitely makes it easier to work with other people.”

During her senior year, Bailey says one of her goals is to have fun this season. “I’m really not going to put any pressure on myself,” she claimed. “I want to do well, obviously, but I also want to make sure that I’m really having fun. This is probably the last year I will swim competitively on a college team where we all share a common goal.”

Bailey’s best advice to student athletes? “Don’t stay up too late the night before you have practice in the morning.” According to her, “Mainly you’re here at the University to do well in school and succeed.”

Another important piece of advice Bailey offers is to prioritize, and “make sure to realize when you’re struggling to balance school and swimming, or school and any sport that you’re doing, because you don’t want your academics to slip. Don’t take on too much, though, because it can be a really rigorous schedule, and you want to make sure you have free time to enjoy yourself still,” she says.

In her time here at the U of R, Bailey has taken many classes, but the one in which she learned the most was the chemical engineering class, Reactor Design. Bailey says “It’s a really important class, because it has so many applications with so many jobs, and I think it’s really important to understanding what’s going on. It was definitely challenging, since we did a lot of coding with MatLab, and I’m not excellent at that.” Starting from the most basic reactors, the class covered many fundamental chemical engineering concepts.

This year, the senior says that instead of stressing about swimming times and tests, she wants to “have a good time, and make sure I’m getting done what I need to get done…but I’m definitely going to enjoy myself.”

As graduation gets closer, Bailey says she’ll start looking for chemical engineering positions, and at some point, she may consider getting an MBA.

By Joe Bailey and Monique Patenaude

“The Rockys” Celebrate Campus Leadership

By Rei Ramos ’15
University Communications

Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership recognize undergraduate students and organizations that have made significant contributions to campus life. Nominated by faculty, staff, and peers, Student Life Award recipients represent diverse interests, talents, and accomplishments but are united in their strength in leadership, fervor for engagement in campus life, and their aim to be a positive influence on peers, all of which help the campus community become ever better.

This year, the awards, also referred to as the “The Rockys,” went to 20 undergraduates and two student organizations. “I think the winners represent a large demographic that follows their passions and gives back to others in all sorts of ways,” said Ed Feldman, associate director of leadership programs at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and chair of the selection committee. “With over 200 organizations on campus, students have the resources and capacity to be part of something bigger than just themselves,” he added.  Feldman believes that the leadership opportunities on campus provide students with a means to create and promote positive social change in the immediate community and beyond.

2014-04-17_student_life_awards_13303Friends, family, and colleagues of the honorees were invited to an intimate awards reception, which also was attended by University administrators and campus leaders. All the winning students and organizations received engraved glass trophies and certificates.

Japanese Students’ Association was honored as this year’s Outstanding Student Organization. Founded in spring 2013, the group has rounded out its first year with events both cultural and philanthropic. In October, they hosted the Omatsuri Festival, offering the local community a glimpse (and taste) of the breadth of Japanese culture. In the spring, JSA collaborated with the Filipino American Students’ Association to host a Relief Concert to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Founding club president and biology major George Iwaoka ’16 said that JSA’s first year was focused and geared towards impactful programming.  The group aims not only to celebrate but also share Japan’s culture with people of all backgrounds. “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the entire campus community to experience Japanese culture as more than just sushi, anime, or samurai,” said Iwaoka. In the coming years, Iwaoka hopes to see the group grow in size and prominence, comparable to other cultural groups like CSA or ADITI, in order to offer bigger programs and expand their reach.

Freshman Senator and Class Council President Stephen Wegman ‘17 received this year’s Award for Freshman 2014-04-17_student_life_awards_13316Leadership. “I think I learned most from my participation in SA Government,” said Wegman. “As a freshman senator, it can be very difficult to gain the respect of the more experienced senators at the table. By seeing so many diverse examples of effective management, I was able to model my leadership style after those peers who inspired me the most.” Taking after the common idiom, “lead by example,” Wegman hopes to encourage his peers to be more active in civic leadership, as offered by the Students’ Association.

Wegman plans to not only maintain but also increase his involvement with the SA Government in the coming years. “I hope to look back at my undergraduate experience and see my involvements as times of growth through which I helped others.” The 2014 Student Life Award recipients are as follows:


Individual Awards:   adulley

Andrew Fried Prize: Kelvin Adulley

Established by friends and family in 1961 in memory of Andrew Norman Fried, class of 1961. This prize is awarded to the man who, upon completion of his freshman year, has shown outstanding qualities of character, superior moral judgment, and interest in serving his fellow students.



Delno Sisson Prize: Yuki Gonzalez

In 1957, this award was established by a gift from Delno Sisson, class of 1966. This prize is awarded annually to the freshman who has shown the most improvement not only in academic work, but also in adjusting to college life and the student body.



Award for Freshman Leadership: Stephen Wegman

This award recognizes an exceptional man or woman of the freshman class who has motivated his or her fellow classmates to become actively involved in the campus community.



Eli & Mildred Sokol Prize: Eudora Dickson

This award was established in 1985 by a gift from Eli and Mildred Sokol, class of 1933. This prize is awarded to a sophomore who has emerged as a leader who can be expected to contribute significantly to the welfare of his or her fellow students in the next two years.













Award for Campus Contributions: Mary Baron (left) and Katherine Wegman (right)

Two awards, one each presented to a junior and senior class member who has made significant contributions to the University community, including, but not limited to, campus life, academic achievement and leadership, and community service. The award winner will have promoted and demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their college experience.


Seth H. & Harriet Terry Prize: Matias Piva

Established in 1928 as a gift from Seth H. Terry, class of 1883, in memory of his parents. This award is given to the male member of the senior class who, by his industry, character and honorable conduct, has done the most for the life and character of the undergraduate community.


Percy Dutton Prize: Julian Lunger

This prize was established in 1946 as a gift from Percy Dutton. This award is given to the male member of the graduating class who has excelled in “wholesome, unselfish and helpful influence” among his fellow students.


Award for Outstanding Fraternity and Sorority Leadership: Harini Morissety

This award recognizes the positive contributions fraternities and sororities make to the campus community. It is awarded to a fraternity or sorority member who has led with integrity within their fraternal organization while also making significant contributions to the greater campus community.


Simeon Cheatham Award: Madison Wagner

Established in the 1970s by the Office of the Dean of Students to recognize outstanding University of Rochester students. This award is given to a student who has outstanding qualities in devotion to community service and to growth and development of children.


Rob Rouzer Award for Excellence in Student Government Leadership: Shilpa Topudurti


Established in honor of his 28 years of service to the University of Rochester, the Rob Rouzer Award is conferred annually to a student affiliated with either of the three branches of the Students’ Association Government who has shown immense integrity and perseverance in striving to improve student life and welfare













Logan Hazen Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residential Life: Alysha Alani (left) and Barra Madden(right)

This award is given annually to the student who has “made significant contributions to the community and experience of students living in undergraduate residence halls. This student, through his or her actions, leadership, and innovation has promoted community through respect, fairness, and inclusion.”



Award for Athletic Leadership: Lila Cantor

This award recognizes the positive contributions athletes make to the campus community. It is awarded to a student athlete who has demonstrated leadership within their club or varsity sport while also making significant contributions to other aspects of campus life.


Presidential Award for Community Service: Kyra Bradley

Established by the Dean of Students in 1990 to recognize University students who are committed to community service. Given to a senior for outstanding participation and leadership in service to the community beyond the campus, this award recognizes a student who has worked selflessly and effectively in addressing social causes. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, improving literacy, reducing hunger and hopelessness, providing legal or medical assistance to the needy, and serving as a mentor.


Entrepreneurship Award: Harshita Venkatesh

The award for entrepreneurship is given to a student, or group of students, who has turned an idea into a venture that benefited others. The recipient will have demonstrated individual initiative and knowledge through awareness of markets and attention to the needs of others.


Michael Lowenstein Memorial Award: Alexandra Poindexter

This award, named for Michael Lowenstein, class of 1960 is presented to the University of Rochester River Campus undergraduate who deepens student, faculty, and community awareness of existing social, racial, or political inequities. This undergraduate through his/her words and actions has endeavored to promote the ideals which Michael cherished. Michael sought to give a fresh view of things around us, to focus upon issues, to probe deeply using fact and objectivity and to open a dialogue with the community to find some answers.


Transfer Student Award: Sophie Rusnock

This award, recognizing the unique role of transfer students to the campus community, is given to a student who transferred with sophomore standing or above, and has completed a full year of study at the University. The recipient will have demonstrated a quick, successful, and seamless transition to the institution and will have taken full advantage of his or her time spent at the University.


Simeon Cheatham Award: Madison Wagner

Established in the 1970s by the Office of the Dean of Students to recognize outstanding University of Rochester students. This award is given to a student who has outstanding qualities in devotion to community service and to growth and development of children.


The Communal Principles Award: Jon Macoskey

Established by the Office of the Dean of Students during the 2011-2012 academic year, this award is given annually to the student(s) or organization that best promote(s) the Communal Principals, as adopted by The College. These principles include Fairness, Freedom, Honesty, Inclusion, Respect, and Responsibility. One of these six principles will be highlighted annually and the recipient will have demonstrated qualities that exemplify the principles and/or created programming and activities related to this year’s Communal Principle:Honesty.


Student Organization and Programming Awards:



Excellence in Programming: Class Council 2014/Winter Senior Week

This Excellence in Programming Award recognizes a student organization or group, either formal or informal, for its exceptional creativity, planning, and execution of a University program. Criteria upon which decisions are based include appeal to a broad cross-section of the University community, originality, and participation by members of the organization during all phases of the effort.


Outstanding Student Organization Award: Japanese Students’ Association

Awarded to a student organization that has gone beyond the bounds of their membership by helping to create a positive campus environment for all students.

Students Present Their “Wicked Smaht” Research

This January, seniors Yanhan Ren, Sarah Joseph, and Nirlipta Panda, along with junior Harris Weber traveled to Boston to attend the National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC). The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association began this conference in 2007 to provide a platform for undergrads to share their research.

While the main event was the poster session, the Innovation Challenge brought groups of students from different backgrounds together to discuss radical ideas and potential solutions to national and global issues. “Getting to know other students created endless possibilities of collaboration,” said Ren, a liason for future NCRC events. Every event promoted the sharing of ideas and collaboration with a variety of people, both things that U of R loves its students to do!

Ren is an international student from Nanjing, China studying molecular genetics. He presented his research, Functions of the Fun30 Chromatin Remodeler in DNA Postreplication Repair and Heterochromatin Structure in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. His research with Dr. Bi Xin from the Biology Department suggests that a gene from yeast is required for a new pathway for DNA damage repair. He plans to apply to medical school but will be taking a gap year to study medical science and public health at Boston University.

Joseph, who majors in molecular genetics, presented her topic, “Elucidating the mitochondrial targeting sequence of the yeast flap endonuclease (RAD27).” In layman’s terms, making mutations in the gene to figure out how it gets transported into the mitochondria.

Panda’s topic was on the impact of peripheral radiation on cognition and neurogenesis. This neuroscience major’s poster won the honorable mention in the Category of Biology.

NCRC 2Weber majors in cell and developmental biology while also pursuing a minor in business. From his experience in the Nedergaard Lab, he presented research about the newly discovered “Glymphatic” waste-clearance system with a focus on spinal cord injury.

The excitement of the student-run conference did not stop at poster sessions! Many keynote speakers were in attendance, such as Stephen Wolfram of Wolfram Alpha and John Mather from NASA. By attending the conference, Ren found many networking opportunities within his peers, potential employers, and members of higher education. He was inspired by the influential minds around him. “Talk to attendees and talk with the keynote speakers, you will find their words and ideals will change your mind.”

For any further information on the conference, please contact Yanhan Ren at

Four Students Attend the Alpha Delta Phi International Convention

By Rachel Goldstein ’13
University Communications

Over the weekend of August 8th, the Alpha Delta Phi International fraternity held its annual convention in Toronto, Ontario. The University of Rochester chapter boasted the highest attendance of any chapter at the convention with four students present, including Jonathan LoTempio, Eric Chung, Tyler Evers, and Ben Zarras.

The convention provided an opportunity to connect with fraternity members from across the country, receive recognition for the chapter’s improvement, and learn about budgeting techniques and new member education practices. “The 181st conference was a really great experience because it opened my eyes to what it meant to be part of an international organization that spans generations,” says LoTempio ’14. “To see men from each of the last eight decades bonded together in brotherhood was so moving.”

The meeting marked the first year the Rochester chapter has attended the convention since 2011. They came out of the conference with high accolades.

Evan Alter ’13, former president of the Rochester chapter, was recognized with The Order of the Sword and Spear, the highest award given to an undergraduate. Alter received the award for his work with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students while the chapter was suspended from campus and for rebuilding the chapter after it was reinstated in 2012.  Alter was also selected as the honorable mention for the President of the Year award.

In addition, LoTempio was elected to the Alpha Delta Phi board of governors. The board consists of nine alumni and three undergraduates. LoTempio will serve on the board for two years, helping to make important decisions for the fraternity at the international level.

Alpha Delta Phi members pointed to Alter’s award and LoTempio’s election to the board as evidence that their chapter has come a long way since being re-admitted to the University. “The goals for the chapter are best summed up as expansion and reintegration. We aim to recruit fine young men,” says LoTempio, “but we will also be expanding our scholastic, literary, and philanthropic endeavors to ensure a return to campus with great positive impact.” They returned to the Alpha Delta Phi chapter house this August and are aiming for Most Improved Chapter at next year’s Convention.

Photo: four brothers with Alter’s award, along with Stephen Starnes, President of Alpha Delta Phi International. From the left: Tyler Evers ’15, Ben Zarras ’14, Stephen Starnes, Jon LoTempio ’14, and Eric Chung ’14.

Student Researchers Recognized at the Annual Undergraduate Research Exposition

By Blake Silberberg ’13
Univ. Communications


On April 19, the University of Rochester held its annual Undergraduate Research Exposition.  The Expo included a speaker’s symposium, poster fair, and awards ceremony. Awards were given to the top symposium and poster participants and were chosen by a panel of faculty judges.

The Undergraduate Research Exposition is a College-wide event that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to present the academic research they’ve conducted throughout the year. The Expo showcases the passion that both professors and students have for investigative, creative research.


The symposium allowed 17 students representing the four distinct disciplinary sections of the College: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering, to present their research topics and take questions from fellow students. The poster presentation fair then served as a venue for all presenters to showcase their findings to the College community. It was immediately followed by the awards, ceremony, which included the presentation of the President’s Prize, the Deans’ Prizes, the Professor’s Choice Awards, and the Visual Art in Undergraduate Research awards.


“It was a great experience being able to learn about the work of my peers in very different fields, as well as being able to showcase my own work for the intellectual community at the University,” says Lucian McMahon ’13, whose research focused on the transformation of how masculinity was conceptualized from Paganism to Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean. McMahon and fellow senior Gabrielle Cornish were given the President’s Award for their research in the Humanities Discipline.


The following Rochester students were awarded the President’s Prize, given to the top four presentations from the four disciplinary areas of the Symposium:


  • David George ’13, Chemistry major, Catalysys & Synthesis: New Method towards Catalytic Cyclization & its Role in Synthesis. Natural Sciences.


  • Ian Marozas ’13, Biomedical Engineering major, Development of a Targeted Drug Delivery System for the Treatment of Osteoporosis. Engineering.


  • Sandra Rodgin ’13, Psychology major, From Contemplation to Action: Self-Regulation’s Effect on Decision Making and Interpersonal Impressions. Social Sciences.


  • Gabrielle Cornish ’13, Russian and Music double major, The Impassioned Symphonist: Unity, “Russianness,” And Self Expression in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. Humanities.


  • Lucian McMahon ’13, German and Classics double major, Transformations of Masculinity in Late Antiquity. Humanities.


The following students were presented with the Deans’ Choice Award:


  • Leah Conant ’13, Pre-Med, Cancer Anxiety & Patient Selection of Mastectomy over Breast Conservation Therapy.  Natural Sciences.


  • Michael David ’13, Biomedical Engineering major, Effect of High Fat Diet-Induced Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes on Tendon Repair. Natural Sciences.


  • Maritza Gomez ’14, Psychology and Linguistics double major, Role of Parental Labeling in Language Acquisition. Social Sciences.


  • Kuhu Parasrampuria ’13, Economics and Business Strategies major, Effects of the 2008 Financial Crisis on Developing vs. Industrialized Countries. Social Sciences


  • Prishanya Pillai ’14 and Priyanka Pillai ’14, Microbiology and Public Health majors, Social Ecological Approach to HIV/AIDS in South Africa and the Power of Hope in Community Recovery. Social Sciences.


  • Ruobing Qian ’14, Biomedical Engineering major, Interferometric Measurement of Organelle-Sized objects. Engineering.


  • Laurel Raymond ’13 English and Brain & Cognitive Sciences double major, Literature and the Field between: A Study of Discourse. Humanities.


The following students were presented with the Professors’ Choice Awards:


  • Scott Lucchini ’13, Physics and Astronomy major, Jazz Dance and the Integration of America.  Humanities.


  • Marius Kothor ’13, African and African-American Studies, Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Female Genital Cutting in Togo. Social Sciences.


  • Morgan Preziosi ’13, Biochemistry and Physics double major, Erbb3 Is Important for Melanoma Metastasis. Natural Sciences.


  • Ka Lai Tsang ’13, Biomedical Engineering major, Determination of Effective Masses and Parametric Study of the Organ of Corti. Engineering.


The following students were presented with the Visual Arts in Undergraduate Research Award:


  • Josh Geiger ’13, Chemistry and Biochemistry major, Epigenetic Maintenance & Regulation of the Antioxidant Response by the Nrf2 Dimerization Partner Maf-S. Natural Sciences.


  • Scott Lucchini ’13, Physics and Astronomy major, Jazz Dance and the Integration of America. Humanities.


OMSA: Celebrating Student Achievement for 40 Years

During the 1981-82 academic year,  the newly established Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) was created to provide proactive advising support, initiate programs and serve as a liaison with other departments and divisions of the university to enhance the environment in which minority students at Rochester live and learn.

In 1973, OMSA started a tradition of inviting the graduating seniors that they served along with their families to a dinner on commencement weekend to celebrate their achievements. This tradition has continued, growing each and every year to include more students and families, as well as the broader university community. It has become one of the highlights of the weekend for those involved and it embodies the university’s commitment to support and encourage an increasingly diverse campus community.

During the 2013 dinner, OMSA presented awards to the following seniors: Oladoyin Oladeru, The Francis Price Student Leadership Award; Maxine Humphrey, The Frederick Jefferson Award for Outstanding Student Achievement; Marius Kothor, The Olivia Hooker Academic Achievement Award; Ani Nguyen & Olufemi Watson, The Kesha Atkins Citation for Student Leadership; Adrian Elim, Edward Chafart Award for Civic Engagement. Additionally, the Family Pillar Award, which honors family members of a graduating senior, was given to Marius Kothor’s parents.

A new video shares the history of the OMSA and its senior awards dinner:

The Campus Times Wins Big at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards

By Blake Silberberg ’13
Univ. Communications

April 15, 2013 was a big day for the University of Rochester as students from the Campus Times took home two Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence awards for the Northeast Region. The awards ceremony was part of a two-day conference that took place at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The entire 2012 Campus Times Staff (pictured right) won 3rd place for Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper (at a medium-sized university) and former Editor-in-Chief Jason Silverstein ‘13 won 2nd place in Feature Writing for his article “Domestic Propaganda” that appeared in the Buffalo News in August 2012.

The awards are especially exciting as the University of Rochester’s region is extremely competitive and includes top-tier journalism schools such as Syracuse, Columbia, New York University, and Penn State. In the medium-sized university category, Rochester competes with Harvard University, Quinnipiac University, Hofstra University, and Villanova University.  While most of these schools have journalism majors and extremely competitive student papers, the University of Rochester does not have an official journalism major, making the success of the Campus Times and Silverstein all the more impressive.

The Campus Times staff is a diverse group of students, with a relatively equal mix of students who view journalism as a hobby and those who view it as a potential career. Not having a journalism major at the University changes the feel of the newspaper, welcoming students from all majors to contribute. 2012 Publisher Justin Fleming ‘13, for example, is a brain and cognitive sciences major. “Everyone loves journalism as a hobby, and are extremely dedicated to the paper,” says Fleming. The mix of interests and perspectives has helped shape the Campus Times into a unique institution, and the staff are extremely excited about being recognized for the work they put into the paper.


This year marks the first award for the Campus Times print edition since the 1990s (The Campus Times did win an award for their website in 2011), and it comes on the heels of a complete re-design effort undertaken in the spring of 2012. Former editor-in-chief and current Publisher Melissa Goldin described the previous layout as a “mish-mosh” of different formats, with different sections being given different formats as they changed locations and were added to the paper. The 2012 staff worked extensively to build a new format from the ground up, with the goal of creating a cleaner and more consistent design. The staff started with a number of different templates and collaborated to decide which ones to proceed with. “We didn’t move forward with a new design until the entire staff was behind the idea,” says Fleming. The staff then held focus groups over the summer to obtain feedback and refine the new format. The first issue with the new format launched in the fall of 2012 (take a look at the new format here). The paper also made a number of business changes in recent years, hiring a new ad agency and changing printing companies to save costs on the increased color printing required for the new format. The staff also benefited from an alumni feedback group for the paper that had been established a few years earlier, which allows former Campus Times members to offer comments on the paper via email.

Jason Silverstein ‘13, an English and Anthropology double major, started writing for the Campus Times after becoming interested in professional criticism freelance writing for the Buffalo News in high school. Silverstein started writing music reviews for the Campus Times, but eventually moved to an editing position. Silverstein became editor-in-chief in 2011, a position he described as “almost a full time job, I would work 35 to 40 hours a week on top of classes.” Silverstein went on to hold a reporting internship at the Buffalo News in summer 2012. Starting with music and film criticism, Silverstein had the opportunity to attend press screenings around Buffalo.

IMG_7747As the internship progressed, his role expanded to feature writing. While working on an assignment to cover cemetary tours being offered at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, Silverstein discovered that the president of Forest Lawn, Joseph P. Dispenza,  had previously been a musical comedy star in New York City. Curious about what might cause such a drastic career change, Silverstein pitched the story to his editor and returned to Forest Lawn to write a full profile on Dispenza. The article, Forest Lawn’s president relies on his theater background, is an extremely interesting look at Dispenza’s acting history, and how it is more related to the cemetery business than one might think.  Silverstein’s award-winning piece “Domestic Propaganda” profiled Despina Stratigakos, an architecture professor at the University of Buffalo who will be traveling to Germany for two years to write a book titled Hitler at Home. Silverstein’s piece was written over a two week period, and he conducted multiple interviews with Stratigakos. The article discusses Stratigakos’ research and goals and the book’s analysis of Hitler’s domestic life and how images of his home life that appeared in household magazines affected society’s perceptions of him. Silverstein submitted the article to the Society of Professional Journalists in January, and was “absolutely amazed” when it won 2nd place in the contest, ahead of a student from Harvard University. “Being editor-in-chief of the Campus Times was enormously beneficial,” SIlverstein says. “It gave me a chance to gain a lot of independent work experience and the chance to work under pressure without fear of severe consequences. It was absolutely important in preparing me for working in the field of journalism outside of the University.” Silverstein plans to return to the Buffalo News in the summer to undertake a paid reporting internship, before heading to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism this fall.

 The Campus Times is always interested in new contributors, and welcomes all interested students to contact the group through email:

2012 Staff:

Melissa Goldin (editor-in-chief)

Leah Buletti and Casey Gould (news editors)

Antoinette Esce (features editor)

Kevin Scantlen (opinions editor)

Erika Howard (arts and entertainment editor)

Cuyler Gauthier (sports editor)

Kara Ng (comics editor)

Julia Sklar (presentation editor)

Jenny Hansler (online editor)

Junne Park and Drue Sokol (photo editors)

Alex Kurland (staff illustrator)

Amanda Decker, Abigail Fagan, Michaela Kerem (copy editors)

Justin Fleming (publisher)

2013 Staff:

Antoinette Esce (editor-in-chief)

Casey Gould (managing editor)

Angela Remus and Jared Smith (news editors)

Doug Brady and Matt Lerner (features editors)

Francis Hinson (opinions editor)

Jonah Jeng and Rachael Sanguinetti (arts and entertainment editors)

Elizabeth Kilbridge (sports editor)

Melody Kahou (presentation editor)

Alyssa Arre and Aaron Schaffer (photo editors)

Alex Kurland (staff illustrator)

Sarah Teitelman and Jenny Yoon (copy editors)

Michaela Kerem (Online Editor)

Melissa Goldin (publisher)


MelioRAAS! For Dance Team, It Doesn’t Get Better Than First Place!

By Erica Messner
Univ. Communications

For Rochester Raas, the University’s traditional Indian dance team, victory in their final competition of the year brought more than glory. Raas’ first place finish at Nasha 2013 was crowned by a shiny gold trophy and $1,250 in prize money.

Hosted by the American India Foundation of Purdue University, Nasha 2013 was a brand-new competition featuring Bollywood/Fusion and Garba/Raas divisions, and offering a sizeable cash prize for the top finishers. Rochester Raas beat out teams from Northwestern, Tufts, and UNC to take first place in the Garba/Raas division. To see Rochester’s winning set from Nasha 2013, check out this video posted by Raas:

Though their competitive season is over, the group will continue to perform in the community and prepare for next year.

The active members of Rochester Raas include: Minti Patel ‘13, Maryann Hong ‘13, Maral Arjomandi ‘13, Ki Cheng ‘13, Paul Vergara ‘13, Phil Cohen ‘14, Lauren Sava ‘14, Sydney Robinson ‘14, Rohini Rege ‘14, Priyanka Patel ‘15, Shakira Banhan ‘15, Marika Azoff ‘15, Shiv Patel ‘15, Sameer Shamsie ‘15, Sam Benham ‘15, Taylor Sargent ‘15, Sukanya Roy ‘16, Kim Rouse ‘16.

Undergrad Research Recognized at National Conference

By Dan Wang ’14
Univ. Communications

In the last week of January, four Rochester undergraduates traveled to Harvard University to give a presentation at the National College Research Conference. The four participants created posters of their research and presented to panels of judges. Student Anaise Williams ’13 took home an Award of Excellence, the second place prize awarded to five out of 250 student presenters and is the top prize for the social sciences.

“I examined how rural low-income pregnant women in Northeastern Thailand negotiate traditional beliefs of prenatal precaution and biomedical prenatal recommendation. I really wanted to figure out how pregnancy is culturally scripted. How do people decide between listening to their moms and doctors?” says Williams, winner of the Award of Excellence.

This is a natural topic for someone who majors in anthropology with a focus on public health and has an interest in Asian culture. Williams conducted her research as she studied abroad in Thailand last spring. By taking part in the CIEE Development and Globalization Program arranged through Rochester’s Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs, Williams conducted interviews with Thai women to determine how they reconciled traditional and modern views of pregnancy.

“This is an interesting way to investigate how global forms of information are understood at the local level,” Williams explains. “The project adds to the anthropological discussion of how to make biomedical globalization more culturally conscious.” She concludes that the women have a Western and traditional hybrid view of pregnancy in which they have autonomy over their bodies and incorporate traditional Thai views of pregnancy. Her extensive fieldwork interviewing pregnant women through translators gave her a nuanced view of the topic.

Alisa-Johnson-'14-and-URMC-Research-Mentor-Dr.-S-VijayakumarAlong with fellow undergraduates Alisa Johnson ‘14, Siddhi Shah ‘14, and Shilpa Topudurti ‘14, Williams attended the three-day conference with 250 students from around the country. Through funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research and various academic departments, the students were able to present their research to peers and students. They also were able to listen to professors discuss their own work; lecturers this year included development economist Jeffrey Sachs and psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker.

“I learned a lot from the keynote speakers and was exposed to a variety of topics from fellow presenters from all over the country,” says Alisa Johnson. “It was a great opportunity to connect and network with other students who share a similar interest in research at the undergraduate level.”

Johnson, Shah, and Topudurti are biology majors who presented on topics ranging from kidney disease to melanoma progression.

Shilpa-Topudurti-'14These four participants condensed their findings into 15-minute presentations and a poster board. Each gave a presentation to panels of judges that included professors and their fellow peers. A second, more formal presentation determined the prizes.

The Award of Excellence prize comes as a capstone for an already accomplished academic career. Outside of her major in anthropology Williams is president of the Undergraduate Anthropology Council; a coordinator at GlobeMed; and a tutor for 5th grade students at School 29, an elementary school in the 19th Ward. And she sees her project going still further; Williams is working on fellowships that will allow her to study maternal health in Asia next year.


In the Photos: First: Anaise Williams ’13 and Siddhi Shah ’14 at the National College Research Conference.  Second: Alisa Johnson ’14 and URMC Research Mentor Dr. S. Vijayakumar discuss Johnson’s research with conference participants. Third: Shilpa Topudurti ’14 presents her research during the conference. Fourth: Held at Harvard, nearly 250 students from around the country attended the National College Research Conference.  All photos courtesy of Alisa Johnson.

A Cappella Accolades

By Caitlin Mack ’12 (T5)
Univ. Communications

The University of Rochester’s co-ed a cappella group After Hours emerged victorious at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals at Penn State on Saturday, February 9th, beating 10 other highly competitive groups and placing first in the competition.

The ICCA competition, of which popular comedy “Pitch Perfect” is based, is the only international tournament that showcases the art of collegiate a cappella.  Each year, the tournament takes place from January through April in six regions: West, Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast America, and Europe. Each region holds several quarterfinal events and the top two college groups advance to semifinals. A final event is held in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where groups compete for cash prizes and the coveted title of Grand Champion.

After Hours’ set of three songs featured the smooth solo vocals of Rei Ramos ’15 on “Too Close” by Alex Clare, which stunned the audience and the judges with its dub-step drop in the last chorus. And, according to The A Cappella Blog, “Too Close” showcased the “monster vocal percussion” skills of Ethan Lobenstine ’12 (T5). The set also included a choral take on Regina Spektor’s “Samson” featuring soloist Michaela Reichert ’16 and David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring powerhouse soloist Rohini Rege ’14.

Video: After Hours Performs at ICCAs

In addition to winning the competition, musical director Ben McCormack ’13 and Lobenstine were given a special award for “Best Arrangement” for all three songs in the set.  After Hours, along with the 2nd place group, the Penn State Statesmen, will perform at the Mid-Atlantic semi-finals at Rutgers University in New Jersey on March 30.

United-We-SingIn other University a cappella news, Rochester all-male group, The Yellowjackets, were recently named a “Top 10 Must-Hear College A Cappella Group” by  The website praised the Jackets new album “United We Sing” and their after-school program (also called “United We Sing”) designed to cultivate a passion for a cappella in local schools.

Audio: Hear “Wavin’ Flag” from “United We Sing”

 The group also was recently nominated for a 2013 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for their song “I Smile” off of “United We Sing” in the Best Religious Song category. The winners will be announced on April 5 at a live awards ceremony at BOSS, Boston Sings, and then posted to