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Feb. 15, 2009


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News & Updates

Ruckus Shuts Down
Monday, February 9, the University unexpectedly received a communication that the online music service Ruckus was shut down effective immediately. For existing Ruckus users, new music will no longer be available through the service. Music currently stored on users' computers that has not passed its "renew date" will still work, but any music that has expired will not. As always, the University encourages students to continue to use legal downloading services to obtain copyright-protected music, videos, and other media. There can be significant consequences for using illegal alternatives (read more). University IT will be working with the College Dean's office to explore other options for students. 

Orientation Leaders Needed
Apply today to be an Orientation leader this summer. Information sessions are planned for Monday, Feb. 16, from 4-5 p.m. and from 8-9 p.m. in the Stackel Room in Wilson Commons. Download an application or visit the orientation leader Web site for details. 

Chilly in Your Dorm Room Lately?
If you live or attend class on the River Campus, you may have noticed it's been a little chilly inside lately. There's a good reason why and a good reason to feel good about it, according to Lisa Glover-Henderson. Read more...

Undergraduate Research Exposition
Got research? Show off your work at the Undergraduate Research Exposition on April 24. Applications to give a symposium talk at this year's exposition are due to department or program chairs by Feb. 23. Applications to present a poster are due to the Office of Undergraduate Research by March 3. 

Fulbright Information Session
Juniors, sophomores, and grad students: A Fulbright year abroad awaits you. Attend an information session to learn more about the opportunity to study, conduct research, or teach English conversation and U.S. culture. The next information session is from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, in Wilson Commons 202. 

Rochester Night at Amerks Hockey
Put on your blue and yellow and join Rochester alumni, students, and friends as the Yellowjackets "swarm" Blue Cross Arena for the Amerks hockey game at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. The Midnight Ramblers will sing the National Anthem, and Rocky will make the ceremonial puck drop. Tickets are $5 a person and are available at the Common Market. 

Free Spaghetti Dinner
The Tiernan Project will host a free spaghetti dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons. 

KEY Info Sessions
The KEY program offers selected students a fifth, tuition-free year to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. Information sessions will be held in Lattimore Hall 311 at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 25. The application deadline for the spring semester is March 19. Read more...

Second Business Model Workshop is Thursday
The 2009 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series & Competition continues with its second workshop, "Competitive Analysis, Customer Identification, the 4 P's," on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Gleason Hall 318/418. The second workshop will be taught by Kara Painting, managing partner and creative director for Dixon Schwabl Advertising. Pizza and soda will be provided. Read more...

Class Ring Orders
Representatives from Balfour will be in the Bookstore to take orders for your official Rochester class ring from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 17. A $75 deposit is required. 

Youth Year Applications Due March 13
Make a difference in the lives of Rochester youth—apply to the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Program today. Visit for application materials or for more information. 

Last Chance for Spring Semester Books
In preparation for summer term, the Bookstore will begin returning textbooks to publishers the week of Feb. 23. Purchase books you still need for spring semester before they are gone. 

Clothing Sale
Love American Apparel? Here is your chance to get select styles for a significantly lower price than in stores. The sisters of Sigma Delta Tau will be tabling from Feb. 16-20 in Wilson Commons. Choose from a selection of men's and women's clothing and place your order. Cash and flex accepted. 

Healthy Habits Dinner
Enjoy a catered meal at the Meliora during the Healthy Habits Dinner from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. Tickets are on sale through Friday, Feb. 20, for $22.99 (cash, declining, or flex) at the Common Market. 

ROC Tkts on Sale: Jersey Boys
Tickets are now available at the Common Market for the Feb. 26 showing of Broadway's Jersey Boys. ROC Tkts has subsidized the tickets from $38 down to $28 for UR undergrads. Limit 2 tickets per ID, and 1 ID per person. The bus, which is available only to those who bought tickets at the Common Market, will depart ITS on at 6:15 p.m. and return immediately following the show. 

Eastman Performance Majors Featured in Concert at Historic Local Church
Erica Washburn, soprano, and Christopher Petit, organ, will present a free recital at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, a 19th-century local landmark. Read more...

New Master's Program In Technical Entrepreneurship and Management
There will be an information session about a new Master of Science program to launch in fall 2009, on Monday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. All graduating engineering, applied sciences, and math majors are eligible to apply. Pizza and drinks will be provided. RSVP to

Recyclemania Trivia Question
The University is entering its fifth week of the national RecycleMania competition. Do your part by remembering to think before you throw anything in the trash. This week's trivia question: Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for how many hours? Be the first to answer and win an eco-friendly prize. 

Dining News
Monday, Feb. 16: Comfort Kitchen Night in Wilson Commons. Stop down for a home-cooked meal between 5-7 p.m. This week's feature is baked chicken, steaming baked potatoes, and Almost candy bars.
Tuesday, Feb; 17: Blimpie Night at Eastman. Get your favorite Blimpie subs and wraps Tuesday night at the Eastman Dining Center from 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Hot Pretzel Night in Danforth and chocolate fondue at Eastman. 

Get 2010 Commencement Nominations in Early
It's not too early to send in your nominations for 2010 Commencement awards, including honorary degrees, the Eastman Medal, the Hutchison Medal, and the Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award. Honorary degree nominations should be submitted by May 15, and nominations for all other University awards are due by Sept. 15. Include a nomination letter explaining why the individual merits the award, along with a CV or biography outlining major scholarly, artistic, public service, and/or philanthropic accomplishments. (Individuals currently in service to the University are ineligible for honorary degrees.) Send materials to Assistant Provost Kathleen MooreRead more...

Security Tip: Identity Theft
By learning how personal information is stolen, you can better protect yourself from identity theft.Your Social Security number is a prime target—don't give it out unless it's absolutely necessary and ask to use an alternate number if possible. Read more...

Special Hours at Art Gallery
The Memorial Art Gallery has added special Tuesday hours this week. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 17. Read more...

Feel Fabulous in February
Feel Fabulous in February events continue this week including Monday's "Day Without Mirrors." Look for positive messages on mirrors throughout campus on Monday. View more events. 

Sihir's Spring Show
Sihir Bellydance Ensemble's spring show Hipnotica is Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. in the May Room at Wilson Commons.Tickets are $4 at the Common Market and $5 at the door. 

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism
A Feb. 20 talk by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, abbot of the Rochester Zen Center, will focus on the principles of Zen Buddhism. The talk is planned for 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room at Rush Rhees Library. 


Monday, Feb. 16:
Take Five Info Session. Wilson Commons 122. 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17:
Matteo Andreini Concert. Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18:
Spring Career and Internship Day. May Room/Bridge Lounge in Wilson Commons. 1 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19:
Neilly Series Lecture: Nancy Kress. Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room. 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20:
Egg Drop Competition. Part of National Engineers Week. Wilson Commons. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Women's Tennis:  
Feb. 15. 11 a.m. LeMoyne College.
Feb. 21. 11 a.m. Ithaca College.

Men's Basketball:  
Feb. 15. Noon. Brandeis University.

Women's Basketball:  
Feb. 15. 2 p.m. Brandeis University.

Men's Tennis:  
Feb. 21. 3 p.m. Ithaca College

For a full schedule:

Rochester in the News

Democrat and Chronicle (Feb. 8)
Michael Barone, host of the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams, will host and record three concerts in Rochester featuring Eastman School students and faculty playing three of the city's finest organs. Read more...

13WHAM-TV (Feb. 12)
The Yellow Jackets performed on 13WHAM News This Morning last week before their appearance at a benefit concert for Wilmot Cancer Center. Read more...

Biodiesel team

UR BIODIESEL: Dan Fink '09, Dave Borrelli '09, and Eric Weissmann '10 (from left) are leading a project at the University to convert waste vegetable oil from University dining centers into biodiesel to fuel a campus bus. The team is currently building the biodiesel processor and is planning to make the inaugural bus run in conjunction with Earth Day. See photos and get the latest updates on the project at their blog

Partly Cloudy,

This week's forecast.

Did You Know?

UR Unplugged—WEEK TWO:  Tiernan remains in the lead in the UR Unplugged dorm energy saving competition. Alpha Delta Phi won Week 2 of the fraternity competition, but Delta Upsilon still holds the overall lead. Only one week of competition remains, and the overall winners will be selected at that time. The score represents the fraction of energy used by each dorm compared to this time period last year, and adjusted for fluctuations in building population.

General Competition

1. Tiernan (0.823)
2. Susan B. Anthony (0.873)
3. Drama House (0.941)
4. Anderson/Wilder (0.952)
5. Burton/Lovejoy (0.974)
6. Crosby/Hoeing (0.982)
7. Gilbert (0.997)
8. Hill Court (1.004)
9. Southside (GLC) (1.108)
10. CLC (1.119)

Fraternity Competition

1. Delta Upsilon (0.916)
2. Alpha Delta Phi (0.945)
3. Sigma Chi (1.005)
4. Delta Kappa Epsilon (1.136)
5. Psi Upsilon (1.439)
6. Sigma Alpha Mu (1.532)

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