Brace yourselves: Winter is coming!

Last year I moved from a warm place in the Caribbean called Santo Domingo to the cold world of Rochester. Although I had experienced cold weather before moving to Rochester, little did I know that winter here meant waking up to a 14 degree, white morning.

For me, everything started last fall, when the temperature started to drop and it felt like no matter how many layers of clothes I’d put on, it was never enough. It wasn’t until December kicked in that I realized I had to do some serious shopping. If you’ve never lived in a cold place before and have no idea what you’ll need, here’s a list of the clothes that can’t be missing in your wardrobe: 

1. Thermal pants and shirts:

After you start using them, you’ll feel the difference when you leave the house. Coats are great, but thermal underwear will save you from freezing, especially if you walk a lot across campus. They’re usually made from a cotton or cotton-polyester fabric, which makes you feel warm and comfortable even if you’re walking under the snow.

2. Cardigans:

You’ll need something beneath that huge coat to keep you even warmer. Cardigans are a really good option for this.

3. Coats:

A good coat is a necessity because it can protect you from wind, snow or rain. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing underneath, if you put your coat on you’re prepared for anything! That’s usually the winter piece of clothing I rely on the most because I arrive to campus early morning and leave at night, so even if the weather is nice in the morning, you never know how things will be later on! If you want to show your RIT pride, I recommend you to visit Barnes & Noble and check out the clothes section. You’ll find some really warm coats there!


4. Jackets

Depending on how cold it is outside, you can use a jacket instead of a coat if you want to feel lighter.

5. Scarfs

Keep your neck warm! The wind is your worst enemy, so never underestimate the power of scarfs! You can use them to protect your face too while walking against the wind.

6. Gloves

Keeping your arms in your coat isn’t always enough. If you don’t protect your hands from the cold, your skin will get dry and uncomfortable.        

7. Snow Boots

This is one thing you will definitely need! Get a good pair of snow boots so your feet don’t get wet as well protect yourself from slipping on the ice.

8. Beanies and earmuffs


If you don’t like hooded coats or jackets, beanies and earmuffs are a good option for you to protect your head from the cold.

 As winter approaches, you will realize that when it comes to protecting yourself from the cold, the more the better! Now go and check your wardrobe and make sure you are prepared for winter land!

If have other tips about fighting the cold, make sure to let us know what we missed on the comments section.


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Written by: Ivonna Cabrera

Photo Credits: Ivonna Cabrera


New To-Go Container at Gracie’s

I met with Scott Vadney, ’91, the general manager of Gracie’s, a few weeks ago to talk about the new reusable to-go containers that have been implemented by Gracie’s.

As the largest eatery on campus, Gracie’s can produce a lot of waste. Scott Vadney is leading a project to reduce this waste and make Gracie’s a more environmentally friendly eatery. This coincides with RIT’s general environmentally friendly campus mission, and so far the program has been tremendously successful.

Each year, Gracie’s used to order disposable to-go containers. These containers were compostable, however, no mechanism was in place to process the used disposable containers. When I met with Scott, he gave me a great visual about the actual number of containers that would be thrown away each year.

Picture this: if you were standing in the Gracie’s Dining room, the amount of to-go containers that were ordered would come up to just below your knees. Imagine basically all of Gracie’s filled with these sugar-cane throwaway containers to the point where you could barely walk. That’s how much material Dining Service’s project is projected to save.

The project was conceived and implemented quickly. Scott told me the plan was laid out in February, approved by May, and implemented in August. A turnaround time of that nature is fantastic, because there are things that can create roadblocks for quick finish times within large universities. By completing the project in such a timely manner, Grace Watson Dining is projecting to save tons of solid waste from going to neighboring landfills.

Now, when I talked to students about this project, most people had three main things to say. Above all, people were excited that RIT was taking the initiative to go green. It’s not every day we see large institutions push so heartily to promote environmental awareness, and the students I talked to appreciate the work that was put into making sure their environment was sustainable. However, some students highlighted some inconveniences. The containers were a bit smaller than the old containers, and sometimes when a student received a clean container, it would still be wet.

Scott addressed both of these points. First, the containers are a bit smaller (by less than ½ an inch in height), but he felt the inconvenience was offset by the huge impact they would have on the environment. Secondly, Scott told me that when the #5 Polypropylene material the containers are made of is first washed, there is a film on the surface of the container that grabs water. Because of this property, it takes longer to air dry. Scott has worked in the dishwasher business before coming to RIT, and mentioned how most companies have to deal with this problem, but typically, it goes away after a few dozen washes through the dishwasher.

Scott also mentioned that he wanted to see if this type of project could be applied to other eateries across campus, but there were some difficulties that were not present at Gracie’s. Grace Watson has been able to eliminate disposable to-go containers from their system, but other units might have to include both disposable and reusable to go containers. This is because people from outside RIT come to other eateries, while Gracie’s is mostly visited by RIT students However, he told me they are still looking into green initiatives across other parts of the campus for the upcoming years at RIT.

What is your opinion on RIT’s latest push to become more environmentally friendly? Tweet us @RITBehindBricks or comment below this post to share your thoughts.

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Written by: Dillon Lambe

RIT Brick City Homecoming Weekend

We all know the Brick City Homecoming is this weekend and have heard about the headlining events like the Hockey Game at Blue Cross Arena (GO TIGERS!), but have you checked out the full schedule? There are a variety of activities that will be going on at RIT this weekend. I created a checklist of some of the best events you may not have heard about that I’m planning on attending:

Thursday, October 10:

1. 4th Annual Haunted Trail – Presented by Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and Sigma Chi Fraternity:
October is here! That means the trails behind Gracie’s becomes the Haunted Trail this Thursday and Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The tour departs from the lobby of Grace Watson Hall on the side opposite of the vending area. Get ready to scream!

Friday, October 11:

2. Open Swim at Gordon Field House
This Friday you will be able to enjoy the Aquatics Center facilities from 6:45 to 8:45am and then from 12:30 to 1:45p.m. The area will open at other times during the weekend so if you can’t make it this day, make sure to check your calendar and save some space to have some fun at the pool or relax at the hot tub. Don’t worry about the weather because the Aquatics Center is indoors and it’s also heated. This event will also run on Saturday and Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:30p.m. and 7 to 10:30 p.m.

3. Shop One² Open House:
Make sure to stop at Global Village and check out the Fine Art and Craft Gallery Shop One from 10a.m. to 5p.m. If you’re looking for paintings, photography, prints, ceramics, music, furniture, literary publications or any other piece of art, or even if you just simply want to take a look around, stop at this store for their Open House! This event will also happen on Saturday with the same schedule and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 12

4. Indoor Rock Climbing at the Red Barn:
Have you ever been interested in trying rock climbing? Or are you already a master in conquering those heights? One way or the other„ make sure to stop at the Red Barn from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. and discover the indoor rock climbing facility. This event will also be happening on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

5. Brick City BBQ:
Go to the Davis Room at the SAU this Friday from 11a.m. to 12p.m and then from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to enjoy some delicious plates from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and enjoy some flavors of this Rochester traditional restaurant.

6. Art on Campus Walking Tour:
Archivist Becky Simmons will be exploring the artistic heritage at RIT campus on a guided walking tour. Join her to learn about the meaning and history behind the artwork located on campus.

7. Gracie’s Alumni Open House:
Have you been a student worker at Gracie’s? Then join General Manager Scott Vadney from 3 to 4:30p.m. on a tour to see what has changed at the dining facility.

8. Public Ice Skating:
Practice your ice-skating skills at the Ritter Arena from 8 to 10p.m.„ this Saturday! There will be skate rental available and an admission fee will be charged at the door. If you can’t make it on Saturday, doors will also open on Sunday from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

9. RIT Model Railroad Club Open House:
Are you a fan of model railroading or are you interested in the history of Rochester’s railroads? Then make sure to stop by the Student Alumni Union, room A420 this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the new model railroad under construction and get the chance to see some trains running.

Sunday, October 13:

10. Brick City 5K Run & Walk:
Do you like races? Then don’t forget to sign in for this Run and Walk and get the chance to win a prize! This event runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both starting and finishing points will be at Grace Watson Hall.

RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday and Friday!

Written by: Ivonna Cabrera


Photo Credits: Ivonna Cabrera


The Hunt for the Ultimate RIT Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and have heard the expression “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” But do you really take this in consideration every morning? As busy students, we just burst out of our dorms to get to early morning classes, but sometimes we really want a nice breakfast to start the day. I used to be one of the many students who wondered where I could have some nice pancakes or omelets on campus, which is why I decided to go on a ‘breakfast hunt’ to let you know where you can find the best spots for an early bite to eat.

This morning, I took a walk to Freshëns in Institute Hall to try the famous crepes that all my friends have been talking about.  I’ve been hearing about these crepes for a while, but I never took time to find out where they were. I wondered where the new Institute Hall was located since I’ve never taken classes there, and it turns out that the building is right next to Booth Hall where I work.  I took a walk to the place and I just loved the environment and the state of the art structure of the building.   Freshëns is located on the first floor near the entrance.

The first thing I saw was a girl having one of the crepes, so I went over to talk to her to see if she had any recommendations. She was having an Egg White Florentine crepe that looked yummy! She said she goes to Freshëns because it’s convenient for her since she has classes nearby. She usually goes for the Cherry Cheesecake. Today, however, she felt like having something different. “I don’t usually like bacon and I just had it today”, she said. After talking to her, I headed over to the counter and saw a couple of other interesting options such as the Steak and Eggs crepe as well as a sweet one, the Nutella Supreme. I was looking for something lighter so I also tried the same one she had. The crepe was really good and it’s definitely a great option if you’re looking for something healthy. It may not be as conveniently located for you, but if you’re looking for variety, Freshëns offers a very interesting selection of breakfast options including smoothies and shakes.

I also visited a more well-known breakfast spot, the Brick City Café. I tried the Daily Special, which I found to be one of my favorites. If you go for this meal, you can choose the types of toast bread, how you want your eggs to be cooked, and bacon or sausages as sides. I ran into some students who were also having breakfast and found two girls who chose the same meal.  “I normally go for the Daily Special because it’s the easiest”, said one of the girls.   

 I also talked to Rachel in Brick City, another student who was grabbing a quick breakfast. Rachel told me she really likes Brick City’s bagels. When I asked her what other dining locations she liked for breakfast, she said that as a freshman she used to go to Gracie’s because “they have a really nice omelet bar.”

One of the students I interviewed at Brick City had some advice for students who are on the run and want something they can take to their classes.  Sometimes she opts for the breakfast sandwiches at Midnight Oil whenever she wants to grab a cup of Starbucks coffee. I went to Midnight Oil and found some students who were having the sandwiches she mentioned. One of the students there, Ayushma, told me that she usually gets a bagel or a croissant along with her coffee.

I know I’ve only talked about eggs and pancakes here, but what about some other options? Well, I ran into Sihan, another student who always goes to Brick City to get fruit salad from the salad bar. He always combines his fruit salad with some milk that he gets from the fridge. Christine, one of the workers at Brick City, told me that the most popular breakfasts are oatmeal, sausage and gravy, the Daily Special, omelets, bagels and fruit salads.

Overall, there are many different options when it comes to breakfast at RIT. As a personal recommendation, I advise you to try the omelets on the grill at Brick City, you can’t graduate from RIT without trying those! And of course, try one of the crepes at Freshëns.

Where is your favorite place to get breakfast on campus? If I missed a good one, make sure to leave a comment.


RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday and Friday!


Written by: Ivonna Cabrera

Three steps to ensure your bike isn’t stolen

It’s the beginning of the year, and many of you have brought your bikes onto campus. It makes getting around campus easier and more convenient, and there are plenty of bike racks to lock your bike up and keep it safe.

But there’s a big question that I feel many people do not ask:  How do you properly lock up your bike?

It may seem like common sense, but dozens of bikes are stolen from campus every year.  Many people simply buy a cable lock and call it a day.  Unfortunately, this won’t stop many bike thieves from riding away on your property.  It’s very easy to cut through a cable bike lock. It’s quiet, quick, and takes nothing more than a bolt cutter that can fit into a backpack.  Here’s a video showing how easy it is to cut through a lock:

There are a few steps we can recommend for you to make sure your bike is secured.

Buy a U-Lock. While U-locks can be cut relatively easily, they are more difficult to dispense with than a chain lock.  Plenty of U-Locks can be cut with a $15 pair of bolt cutters. However, if someone were to try and cut your U-Lock that way on campus, it would be much more noticeable.  Most bike thieves in the area would not take the risk.

Lock your bike properly. You need to make sure your bike is properly secured with a lock. Refer to this image for a comparison:


You can see how the U-Lock is locked around the main frame of the bike and the wheel.  This will also prevent your tires from being stolen. Do this especially if you have quick release tabs on your wheels.  In fact, if you have quick tab releases, it’sa good practice to take off your front wheel when you lock up your bike and attach it to the lock as well. Make sure the lock goes through the rim of the wheel and not the spokes. It is very easy to cut through a few spokes to grab a wheel from a bike that is locked up.

Register your bike.  Even when taking all of these precautions, your bike can still be stolen.  If that happens, it’s important to have your bike’s serial number registered. You can do so here []. It helps to have your registration number available after your bike has been stolen.

Additionally, you can register your bike with Campus Safety on campus. This will give you a quicker response because the facilities are directly on campus.  You can find out more about Public Safety’s security services here [].

A few Google searches provided some sites that recommend particular U-locks.  Gizmodo tested out a few and compared how they stacked up against bolt cutters, a buzzsaw, and an angle grinder.  Here is the link. []

Do you have any additional tips or tricks for keeping your bike safe? If so, please leave us a comment.

RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday and Friday!


Written by: Dillon Lambe

Print HUB update

For those of you that were with us over the summer, we covered the reasoning behind the Print HUB move.  When we first interviewed Bill Garno, the previous lead for the project, details were unclear. At that time, there was no direct confirmation over the HUB’s new location. We followed up on the matter and have received a few new updates.

The current plan is to move the Print HUB to the SAU, sharing space with the photo store. Unfortunately, the Print HUB could not be moved into its new location by the first day of classes, but I recently spoke with Scott Boone, who is currently heading the project, and he said that they hope to have everything moved in and squared away by late September or early October. 

For those of you who need to print your projects in the meantime, you can still use the Print HUB services at RIT.  You’ll just have to head over to the Facilities Management building (Building 99) to do so.

I have two suggestions to make the trek over to the Building 99 easier.

1.     Submit your prints to Building 99 through their online portal, located here:

2.     If you live on campus, take the bus to Colony from Gleason Circle.  That bus route takes you directly past Building 99, and you can request a stop at the intersection right before Colony.  This will take you directly to the building you need to go.  You can then walk down the street to get back to the Residence Halls and catch another bus at the Kate Gleason bus stop back to your apartment or academic side if necessary..

If anyone has any suggestions to make the trip to Building 99 easier, feel free to share it with us by commenting on this post.  At the same time, you can send a tweet to @RITBehindBricks or post on our Facebook page.  We’d appreciate it.

In other news, T-shirt printing will be in the new location, and RIT hopes to expand its services in the future.  You will be able to do quick T-shirt printing right at the new Print HUB location’s counter, but they only accept small orders (think 10 shirts for an event you might be running) and only a few colors.  For a greater number of t-shirts, the order will be processed once it’s been submitted.  This also applies to regular printing. Smaller orders can be done right at the desk, while larger orders will take time and will need to be printed at building 99.

We’ll bring you more updates on the Print HUB as we hear about them.  We want to make sure you can get your printing done as quickly and easily as possible.  Keep in touch and we’ll make sure you know what’s going on.

 RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday and Friday!


Written by: Dillon Lambe

As summer slowly begins to fade away, new students have been making their transition to college life and preparing for the upcoming fall semester. There are a lot of new faces on campus and we’ve heard that some students don’t know which textbooks they have to buy before classes start on August 26. For those of you who are unsure of how to find your textbooks, the Student Information System (SIS) is will get you the info you need.

The first thing you need to do is go to, and then click on the Student Info System link that’s under the Students section. After you’ve logged in with your RIT username and password, click on the Weekly Schedule link right under the Fall Schedule table. This function will direct you to the My Class Schedule tab where you’re going to click on the List View option. Then, you will see a yellow button that will encourage you to buy your books at Barnes & Noble @ RIT. If you click on this button, it will take you to a website where you can see the lists of books required for your courses. You have two options: you can either order your textbooks on this page or you can view the ISBN number so you can order them through a different website or store. Keep in mind that you must disable your popup blocker to see this page.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out our quick Instagram tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to find your textbooks in SIS.


RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday and Thursday!


Written by: Ivonna Cabrera