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Dec. 16, 2007


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News & Updates

Classes Canceled on MLK Day
The University will honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by canceling classes on Jan. 21 and sponsoring special programs to remember the civil rights leader.    Read more...

Online Deposit for URos and Declining is Live
Visit and click on the My Accounts tab to make deposits, check on balances, and manage your accounts. Guests may also make deposits to your account using this feature.   

Fraternity Sanctioned, Expected to Appeal
Theta Chi fraternity faces disaffiliation from the University after a disciplinary hearing this month. Theta Chi had been on disciplinary probation since last spring, after a series of incidents involving alcohol and other drugs. At the time, Theta Chi was warned that disciplinary probation "is often an indication that the group faces disaffiliation from the University if any future misconduct occurs." An administrative hearing team found Theta Chi responsible for violating its probation and recommended sanctions to the interim dean of students, who accepted the finding. Theta Chi said it plans to appeal to Dean of the College Richard Feldman, who would rule shortly afterwards. Further details are available in a letter that Dean of the Faculty Peter Lennie has written to alumni members of Theta Chi.   Read more...

Book Buybacks
Bring your textbooks to the River Campus Bookstore and receive up to 50 percent back in cash. You also can check the value of your textbooks from your dorm room via the bookstore's Web site.    Read more...

One-Act Play Festival Invites Submissions
The UR International Theatre Program is once again producing its annual One-Act Play Festival of student-written one-act plays. The due date for submissions is Friday, Feb. 8, at noon (deliver scripts to Todd 107). Plays should be under 20 minutes in length, and each submission must be accompanied by a submission form. Selected plays get produced in Todd Theatre, and there is a $100 prize for best play. (There's also a $100 prize for best production.) Interested student directors should contact Nigel Maister at   

Dining News
Don't miss tonight's free Late Night Breakfast from 9-10:30 p.m. in Hirst Lounge.

Connections will be open 24 hours throughout finals week. For a complete schedule of dining services, visit   

Fall Study Abroad Applications Due Feb. 1
Students who wish to study abroad during the fall 2008 semester, or for the entire 2008-2009 academic year, need to submit a study abroad proposal by Feb. 1. Merit- and need-based scholarships are available. The proposal form, along with information about the application process, is available online. Students should attend a general interest meeting, and may also attend the annual Study Abroad Expo, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 25, in Wilson Commons Main Lounge.    Read more...

Study Break/Library Hours
River Campus Libraries is holding study breaks tonight at 10 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library and 10:30 p.m. in Carlson Library.

Rush Rhees and Carlson will begin holiday hours Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 15. Rush Rhees Library will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 31.   Read more...

NYC Photo Exhibit
Through Jan. 31 at the Memorial Art Gallery enjoy a 40-photo exhibit of street life in New York city by Larry Merrill, longtime director of the gallery's Creative Workshop.   Read more...

Student T-shirt Design Coming Soon
The River Campus Bookstore will be launching a t-shirt design contest this week. The winning design will be sold in the bookstore. Ten percent of sales will be donated to Rochester-area Foodlink. The winning artist will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and a t-shirt featuring the design. Entries are due Feb. 1. Stop by the bookstore this week for contest rules.   Read more...

Holiday Concert Today at MAG
Eastman students present a concert of holiday fare on the Italian Baroque Organ in the Memorial Art Gallery at 5:30 p.m. today.   Read more...

Event Highlights
Monday, Dec. 17:

Eastman New Jazz Ensemble: Kilbourn Hall. 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20:

MAG Highlights Tour: Memorial Art Gallery. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21:

TRANSactions Tour: Memorial Art Gallery. 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23:

Going for Baroque: Memorial Art Gallery. 1 and 3 p.m.


Basketball Defends Chase Title :The men’s basketball team, currently ranked number one nationally in Division III, and the women’s team, ranked number 13 in the WBCA Coaches’ poll, will host the Chase Scholarship Basketball Tournament, the nation’s largest and longest-running Division III basketball tournament, January 10 to 12.

Rochester in the News

November News Roundup
Sample last month's national and local news coverage about the University.   Read more...


Snow/Wind, High 25°

This week's forecast.

Did You Know?

The number of Rochester undergraduates studying abroad this academic year has reached an all-time high, with 218 students hitting the books in programs overseas. That figure represents a 9 percent jump over last year, slightly higher than a nationwide spike in study abroad participation. Read more...