Let’s Get Ready for Winter Break

It’s that time of the year. The weather grows colder, the holiday season approaches, and the study grind for finals begins. One thing to look forward to post-finals, is winter break. From December 20 to January 15, you’ll have no obligations, and some time to relax before the spring semester craziness begins. But before you head home, on vacation, or wherever you may be spending your break, it’s important to ensure that your dorm/apartment is prepared for your time off.

Housing Closing Procedures

Residence Halls

Residence Halls close on Wednesday, December 20, and all students must leave their rooms during the entirety of the break. For students planning on staying close to campus, don’t fret, rooms at the RIT Inn and Conference Center have been reserved for
you, just ask your RA for more info. If your roommate this semester is planning on moving out (or if they already have), it is important to ensure that your room is prepared for someone new to move in. This will consist of removing your personal belongings from their side of the room. In the hustle and bustle of finals week, many students forget to empty their garbage prior to leaving for winter break. We’re sure you can imagine how lovely the room will smell upon your arrival back to campus if you forget to do so! Aside from throwing out last minute trash, it is imperative that you close, lock, and pull down the shades on all of windows in your room. This will help prevent pipes from freezing. Just like your garbage, it’s just as important to remove all leftover food in your mini fridge prior to your departure from RIT. Lastly, don’t forget to unplug all electronics, and lock your door when you leave!

Apartments

Just like the residence halls, on-campus apartments also need to be prepared for your absence during winter break. Aside from preparing for a new roommate, locking windows, taking out garbage, and moving unplugging all electronics, it is important to adjust your apartment’s temperature prior to your departure. Your heater should be set to automatic, and the room temperature should be set to at least 65 degrees. While adjusting your apartment’s temperature, be sure to leave the HVAC covers in place, and do not turn off the valves to the HVAC unit. With most campus apartments having multiple roommates in one unit, it is important that you create a comfortable living space to ensure new roommates are welcome.

Dining Services

All of the dining halls will close December 20th, 2017, and will re-open at the start of spring semester 2018. For a full list of hours and operation, please visit the RIT Dining Servies website. 

Good luck on finals, and have a wonderful winter break. See you next semester!

RIT Halloween Events | Behind the Bricks

Get your costumes on, because Halloween is finally here and there is so much happening! We found a list of things to do on campus today using the Campus Groups events portal, so be sure to check it out for future events.

Halloween Cider and Coco

8am-3pm at the Sentinel Sculpture – Tau Kappa Epsilon

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/tke/rsvp?id=360281

Artesano Halloween Sale

All day at Artesano – RIT Dining

Wear a costume and get 25% off | Spooky treats will be served all day

Link: http://bit.ly/2hqjU6X

Midnight Oil Presents: Casper the Movie

All day at Midnight Oil – RIT Dining

Bring a costume and get a free cookie | Watch the movie Casper all day

Link: http://bit.ly/2lyod4F

Spooky Scary Science Bake Sale

10am-4pm – BioTech Club

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/biotech/rsvp?id=359292

ritGA Horror Drag Show Ticket Sale

11am-2pm in SAU Lobby Tables – ritGA

Event Page: http://bit.ly/2z3fXwv

GCCIS Halloween Party

1pm-3pm in Golisano Hall Main Lobby Atrium – GCCIS

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/sg/rsvp?id=360862

Caffeine Halloween

3:30pm-7:00pm at the Tiger Statue – Club Café

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/cafe/rsvp?id=359302

Gracies Spooky Meal

4:30pm-6pm in Grace Watson – RIT Dining

There will be a costume contest!

Link: http://bit.ly/2gPyCDR

Ellingson Tremendous Ten Tower of Terror

8pm-10pm in Mark Ellingson floors 4-8 – Center for ResLife

Link: https://campusgroups.rit.edu/reslifestaff/rsvp?id=360586

We hope you have a Happy Halloween, filled with treats. Be safe and be respectful of other Tigers around you! Be sure to share your costumes with us by taking a selfie, share it on social media using the hashtag #RITHalloween; you might even be featured on our accounts!

RIT Campus Hot Spots

Anyone who goes to RIT knows this campus is huge. 1,300 acres of land, athletic facilities, classrooms, and lounges can be overwhelming. Therefore, with the vast quantity of choices, it is easy to stick to your usual spots: around where you live or where you have classes. RIT has so many noteworthy spots on campus, some of which are larger and better known to students. However, smaller, less glamorous spots can be refreshing and interesting to check out. Big or small, here are the top spots at RIT to hang out with friends or to utilize for some quality study time.  

Major Study Spots:

The John Peter Innovation Lounge

This lounge is a fairly quiet and it is an aesthetically pleasing place to do homework. The modern looking lounge has a soothing waterfall and plenty of comfortable seating. It is right outside of Student Innovation Hall.  

Java Wally’s

The beloved coffee shop Java’s is a great place to study. On your way to finding a table or comfy cushioned chair in the back, you can grab a delicious pastry and a coffee. Java Wally’s is located inside the main entrance of the Wallace Library.

Gordon Atrium

Located on the second floor of James Gleason Hall, is the Gordon Atrium. Although they can fill up quickly, there are a lot of study tables. It is a very focused environment with a lot of collaboration among students.

Gosnell Atrium

The Gosnell Atrium has the best of both worlds. Because there are a lot of big tables, is a great place to study with a group. However, there are also a lot of comfy chairs along the window to study alone.

 

Wallace Library

The library, an obvious choice, is one of the best places to study on campus. Aside from there being many different choices for study spots just within the building, there are also a lot of great learning resources, such as the Writing Commons, to help with your studies.

Hidden/Little Study Spots:

Thomas Golisano Computing & Information Sciences Atrium

In this atrium, there are plenty of tables not only on the first floor, but on the second and third floor as well. Grab a bite to eat at Ctrl Alt Deli before picking a table.

College of Applied Science and Technology

The staircase to the right of the main entrance to the College of Applied Science and Technology has a table located on each break of the staircase, all the way up to the top floor. The windows allow for a lot of natural light. There is only one table per floor; it allows for a good amount of privacy, especially at night when there are not a lot of people traveling up and down the staircase.

First Floor of College of Health Sciences and Technology

Walk into the College of Health Sciences and Technology from T Lot and head straight on the first floor to find this little study spot. There is interesting seating: a high top counter and an array of couch seating. All of the couches have outlets, making your study experience a lot easier.  

Reading Room

Up on the second floor of campus center, there is a room resembling a small library. When there aren’t meetings in this room, it is a great quiet place to get some work done. If the Reading Room is occupied, there is also a great array of seating right outside of it.

Tunnels by Department of Chemistry

Outside of the Department of Chemistry in the tunnels below the College of Science, is a small little study area. Although the space isn’t glamorous by any means, there are a few tables and chairs. Don’t worry about getting hungry; there are 7 vending machines, including a coffee making vending machine, and a microwave.   

Community Study Room

On the second floor of the Student Development Center, the Community Study Room is a great study spot especially in the wintertime. Cozy up by the fireplace and get some work done!

College of Liberal Arts Student Lounge

Located on the first floor of Eastman, the College of Liberal Arts Student Lounge is spread down the hallway. The large windows provide a lot of natural light, there are a lot of outlets, and there are many different places to sit.

Major Social Spots:

Beanz

Outside of Gracie’s, Beanz has a great seating section. Grab a snack or a drink, lounge around, and hang out with friends.

Global Village

Arguably the most beloved spot on campus, Global Village is an ideal place to hang out, especially in the warm weather. Even in the cooler weather, Global Village has a fireplace. There are multiple choices for food including Midnight Oil, Salsaritas, and Crossroads.

Fireside Lounge

Located conveniently in Campus Center, the fireside lounge is a popular place to hang out with friends. You may get lucky and someone will be playing the piano while you’re there.

Ritz

Possibly one of the best places on campus to hang out with friends, Ritz has plenty of activities to keep the whole squad happy. Eat, watch sports, play pool, or battle each other in a classic arcade game.

 

RITchies

In the tunnels under Gibson Hall, RITchies is a great place to hang out at night. RITchies has billiards, ping pong, fuse ball, air hockey, and video games. To add to the fun, RITchies hosts special events such as video game tournaments or free food nights.

Hidden/Little Social Spots

Gannett 3rd Floor

Right by the photo cage on the 3rd floor of Gannet, there is a little area with couches. It is a great place to lounge around and hang out with friends.

Crossroads Library Room

Off to the side of Crossroads, there is a room filled with books and tables. Play checkers, chess, grab dinner, and hang out with your friends in this quaint little spot.

Above the Green Screen

On the first floor of Gannett, a modern lounge sits above a large production room with a green screen. It is a fun place to hang out with friends; sometimes you will get lucky enough to see some action going on down below.  

Bottom Floor of Campus Center

Right outside of the Commuter Lounge in Campus Center, there is a lounge area next to the old campus pool. It is a convenient spot to meet with friends.  

MOSAIC Center

This center, located on the second floor of the SAU, is an inclusive environment, aimed at multicultural community building. It is a great place to meet new people.

Switch up your usual environment and explore these places on campus. Try to find new ones, as well. RIT’s campus is beautiful, take advantage what it has to offer! To find out about more locations on campus, be sure to download the RIT Mobile App!