Grilling essentials

Among other things, July is National Grilling month. You can see why – long days, amazing weather, and of course the Fourth of July. If you ask me, grilling is nothing short of an art form. You need practice, patience and most importantly having the right tools for the job. You can make due, but grilling is one of those things that when it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

Basic Tools

There are a few things that you’ll need no matter what kind of grill you are using:

  • Steel spatulaWhen it comes to grilling, you can expect higher heats that what you would get on a stovetop. This makes it important to have a steel spatula without any plastic coating, which could melt.
  • Grill brush: An often neglected part of grilling is keeping the grill clean. There’s nothing worse then opening up a grill only to find a crust of month old charred beef on it. So be a sport and make sure to clean off the grill when you finish.
  • Steel tongsSome things, like hot dogs, bratwurst, or vegetables, are difficult to get with a spatula
  • Food thermometerA grill is inherently less precise than an oven. It’s always a good idea to check meats you put on the grill before eating them.
  • Apron (optional)Preferably with a dad joke or pun written on it.

Finding a Grill

If you live on campus, you are not allowed to bring your own grill with you. However, charcoal grills open to all students are located throughout Perkins, Colony, University Commons, and near the Residence Halls. There are no restrictions on when you use them, just be courteous with noise levels and remember to clean off the grill when you finish.

If you are off campus, make sure to talk with your landlord or other housing representative about what you can and cannot have. A grill may already be provided. If you need to purchase one yourself, most hardware stores carry several models of grills.

Operating a Charcoal Grill

If you are used to a propane grill, it’s always a good idea to know how to use a charcoal grill. Charcoal grills are commonly used in parks and other public places. More importantly, these are the grills you will have access to on campus.

  1. Get the Materials

Your first step is to go out and get the stuff you need to actually light the grill. You’ll need several things.

  • a bag of charcoal
  • A long grill lighter
  • a poking stick
  • possibly lighter fluid (I say possibly need lighter fluid because you can buy easy-light pre treated charcoal

All these materials save the poking stick are available at Wegmans or the hardware store. The stick can come from the woods.

It’s always a good idea to have a bucket of water handy, just in case.

  2. Find your grill

Grills on campus are located near Grace Watson Hall and Res Hall B as well as in all RIT apartment complexes.

  3. Clean the grill

Take your grill brush or your steel spatula and THOROUGHLY scrape down the grate. You don’t need to operate on it and the heat will kill any and all germs, but crusty old meat is just nasty on its own.

  4. Add charcoal

You’re going to want a roughly pyramid-shaped mound of charcoal to start out. You will need to spread it out once it is lit.

  5. Light the charcoal

With pre-treated charcoal, all you need to do is drop in a match in and stand back. With untreated charcoal, you are going to want to liberally apply lighter fluid to the pile of charcoal, with particular focus on the center of the pile. From there, light the pile and stand back. The lighter fluid is extremely volatile, so it will burn vigorously.

If you can’t get the charcoal lit on the first try, reapply lighter fluid and repeat the process.

  6. Let the charcoal burn

The charcoal will burn like a campfire for some time once lit. This is normal, you just need to wait it out. You know the charcoal is ready when the flames die down and the coals glow red.

  7. Spread the charcoal

Take your poking stick and spread the charcoal evenly across the grill. This will ensure what you are cooking gets even heat.   

  8. Begin Grilling!

  9. Add more charcoal when necessary.

Once you have these basics down, you are ready to grill! Just find a recipe and grab some friends, and enjoy the summer!

Singing to an Eight Beat Measure

RIT’s academics are hardly the only thing that the university receives accolades for.

RIT has many student clubs and organizations that have been recognized for excellence both internally and externally. One such organization is Eight Beat Measure, RIT’s very own male A Cappella group. In April, Eight Beat Measure received the prestigious Contemporary A Cappella Society (CARA) award for best Hip Hop song, carried to glory by their 2016 album Polarized. For those of you who do not follow A Cappella closely, the CARA is the A Cappella equivalent to a Grammy. 

Now, if you are asking yourself, “Wait a minute, Hip Hop album? Don’t A Cappella groups just do those silly barbershop quartet songs like in movies?”, you’ve never had the chance to see a modern A Cappella group perform. A Cappella is simply music without instrumental accompaniment. It can be any style of music from the Blues to Jazz to, yes, Hip Hop. To see Eight Beat Measure in action, check out their YouTube account. You can also listen to their music on Spotify, Google Play, and Apple music. This, of course, includes the award winning Polarized.

Polarized, released May 2016, is a collection of covers done by Eight Beat Measure. It has received a fair bit of attention, with their rendition of Usher’s single Scream has been streamed over 77,000 times on Spotify. That’s hardly their best performing song, either, with a song off of a previous release receiving over a QUARTER MILLION streams. Needless to say, the world has heard of Eight Beat Measure.

What does this album sound like, anyway?

It’s not what you may expect from an A Cappella group, especially the barbershop quartet version you may have in your head. It’s smooth, well produced, and thanks to some clever production, sounds like they’re using instruments where they use only their voices. It sounds like a hip hop or modern R&B album – not some sort of corny knock off of one. Of course, that is not to say the album is entirely formulaic, it has a style and charm all its own.

There is a strong element of vocal harmony, as is the expectation with an A Cappella group. These harmonies add rather than detract to songs originally sung by a lone vocalist, especially on tracks such as “Scream” or “Fascinated”. Even when a soloist takes care of the lyrics, the track does not seem empty so to speak. It sounds like there is a full band backing up each track, even though it is only the voices of the various members of Eight Beat Measure. This is best heard on their cover of “Uptown Funk”, which stays extremely true to the original version.

You might think that in the wake of all this success, that Eight Beat Measure would be more than happy to sit back and enjoy their success.

This could not be any further from the truth. The group is already hard at work planning what is next in the weeks and months ahead. In the short term, you can expect a new song to be coming out. Their new single “Forgiven”, originally performed by Kwabs, will be dropping soon. Further out, Eight Beat Measure plans on attending several international A Cappella festivals and competitions. Chief among these will be International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), which will take Eight Beat Measure down to New York City. The group will be performing closer to home during the upcoming school year as well, so keep an eye out for Eight Beat Measure near campus.

An Introductory Guide to the Wallace Library

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If you have never spent an appreciable amount of time walking around it, the Wallace Library can seem like a daunting place. And let’s face it, most of us rarely venture past Java’s, and if we do it’s for the odd group project or because a professor required a print source for a research paper. It gets easy to think of the library as more of a spot to nap than an actual resource. However, the Wallace Library is far from an outdated, labyrinthine building blocking the view from Liberal Arts Hall. The library has a wealth of information and resources for the RIT community, especially with finals coming up.

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A-Level

Most of your time in the library basement is probably going to be spent staying out of the cold. The A-Level of the Wallace Library consists chiefly of tunnels and offices, with such attractions as the Sportzone office, thesis binding, Production Services, and classroom A400. The Liberal Arts and Library tunnels connect and can be difficult to tell apart (thankfully we already have a guide for that).

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The first floor of the library is a hub of activity. This is one of the most popular areas of the library for group work, since it does not have the noise restrictions that the upper floors do (within reason). The first floor is also home to Java Wally’s, your friendly neighborhood coffee shop.

Second Floor

The second floor houses the Cary Graphic Design Collection, a number of books, and a few tables. The second floor is a quieter floor, but you are able to do group work at a lower volume.

Third Floor

This floor is a quiet floor, so it’s best for individual study. You are allowed some noise, but it’s better to keep your headphones on.

Fourth Floor

The Fourth Floor is the smallest floor in the library, and is best suited for individual work. It is a silent floor, meaning there is no talking aloud. There are several tables and individual cubbies you can use for individual study. This is where you should go when you want absolutely no distractions.

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Resources

There are many resources in the library that are available to all students, and they go way beyond books. One such service is the ability to sign out a laptop for up to 4 hours. The library has 38 Windows and 10 Apple laptops available, which can be taken anywhere on campus. This may not be much time for homework or doing an entire project, but it’s a lifesaver for presentations and in class activities that require a computer. It’s easy to do, too. All that you need to do is present your RIT ID and a photo ID (such as a driver’s licence or passport), state your preference of Mac or PC, and off you go. Best of all, there is no guesswork with knowing if a machine is available. An up to date count is available right on the Wallace Library main webpage.  

In House Resources

Going to the library gives you access to a number a resources. While you can gain access to many of them online, there are plenty more in person.

Study Room Reservations

You can reserve study rooms throughout the library. These rooms come in 1-3 and 4-8 person sizes. These rooms often include white boards and have plenty of outlets, so they are ideal for group projects.

Printing

There are a number of places to print and scan documents in the Wallace Library, mostly on the First and Second Floors. Be aware some printing services will require you to pay.

Librarians

Of course, possibly the greatest resource available at the RIT library are the Librarians. There are a total of 9 librarians at the Wallace Library with various specializations, from NTID to Engineering to Liberal Arts. The Librarians have offices in the Wallace Library and are usually there during standard business hours.

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Writing Commons

If you want to better your writing, the Wallace Library is home to the Writing Commons, a service dedicated to helping RIT students improve their writing skills. It’s located on the first floor of the Wallace Library and appointments are available.

Online Resources

On top of all the physical resources available at the library, the Wallace Library hosts a wealth of information online. You may be familiar with the database search function, where you can peruse a number of online databases for scholarly resources. However, there are many things you can do through the main library website beyond research.

Databases

The RIT library gives you access to a number of specialized databases, with access to a wealth of information. This is great for that research paper you’ve been putting off, since the database selection can get you every possible academic source imaginable. Which is much more legitimate than Wikipedia.IMG_2230

Catalog

Like most libraries, you are able to search the RIT book catalog online. You can see the location, availability, and even due date if it’s checked out.

IMG_2225All in all, the RIT Wallace Library is an amazing resource for RIT students. Let’s be honest, we tell ourselves that libraries are an outdated thing and there is no reason to walk around a big musty building full of books and shooshing. The Wallace Library is far from that Hollywood portrayal you may have in your head. It is a place of learning, a place to gather information, and most of all, a vital part of an RIT education.

Final Ask Destler Recap

WITR 89.7 has been bringing President Destler in for an interview every few months for years, but this past installment of Ask Destler was a special one. This edition, which aired April 26, marked the last time that Dr. Destler would come on air as President. It was special as well in that it was broadcast live from the Fireside Lounge rather than in the studio.

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The broadcast covered a number of topics aimed at capping off Dr. Destler’s tenure at RIT. The interview opened by discussing Imagine RIT, which of course has been one of Dr. Destler’s largest contributions to RIT. Imagine, which turning 10 years old this year, is expected to draw a crowd of nearly thirty thousand. Dr. Destler stated that there will be over 400 exhibits and expects excellent weather for the event, saying there had been “15 minutes” of rain for the event in the past decade. He also spoke about the President’s challenge, which carries the prize of $1000 or a Banjo from Dr. Destler’s private collection. Destler joked it was a particularly good banjo this year, having given away or sold all the “runts” of the collection.

The conversation continued with this theme of major campus events, moving on to RIT graduation. A major point of discussion was this year’s commencement speaker. RIT has hosted many esteemed speakers over the years – from the Director of the CIA and the CEO of Xerox to Bills both Clinton and Nye. This year will be Austin McChord, founder of Datto and RIT alumni. At 30 years old he will be, as Dr. Destler pointed out, RIT’s youngest commencement speaker.

 

One of the most interesting topics covered in the interview was how Dr. Destler came to RIT. As is turns out, and rather unsurprisingly I may add, what first brought him to Rochester was banjos. A few years before he was even under consideration for President of RIT, he came to Rochester with a trunk load of banjos to trade with a collector here in Rochester. He was unfamiliar with the Shortly after this, the RIT Presidential search committee reached out to him, bringing him back to Rochester permanently.

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Dr. Destler also discussed his plans after leaving RIT. He plans to help Dr. Munson wherever he can, as Al Simone did back for him back in 2007. He also plans to remain on several startup boards he has become involved in, and hopes to be more active on these boards going forward. He also hopes to devote more time to his music, joking he “has to support himself somehow”.

 

At the end of this event, WITR presented a “Platinum Record” of Dr. Destler’s first album, September Sky. This record represents all of all the help Dr. Destler gave to the station in constructing their new studio space in the Student Alumni Union, as well as a way for one of RIT’s many student organizations to say farewell to a man who has been a friend to RIT for the last 10 years.

What to do around Rochester for spring break

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So you are staying in Rochester for spring break. Maybe you need to do homework and stay at school. Maybe you blew all your money on Chipotle instead of saving for that trip to Mexico like you wanted. Whatever the reason, staying in Rochester does not have to be dull. There’s tons to do around town all week, it’s just a matter of knowing what’s out there. There’s a whole world of music, food, museums and entertainment for the discerning RIT student to enjoy.

Museums

If you are looking to enrich yourself, Rochester has a number of museums that are always showing something new. For example, the George Eastman Museum will be holding a tintype photography workshop, where participants have their portraits done using an early camera. The Eastman Museum also has several special exhibitions on display right now.

If you’re looking more in the realm of the sciences, Rochester Museum and Science Center always has some interesting exhibits and events. This weekend, March 11, the Cumming Nature Center will be having a demonstration of how to tap a maple tree for sap. For something a little more out of this world, the Strasenburgh Planetarium has various shows going on all week. It’s not all educational material, either. On Saturdays in March, the planetarium runs laser shows based around the music of Radiohead and the Dave Matthews Band.

The Strong Museum of Play is great for those who want to indulge the inner child. Their collections include all sorts of exhibits totally devoted to play, and are entertaining whether you are 2 or 22. Especially interesting for many of us here at RIT is the simply massive collection of video games from every era.

There are plenty of other historical landmarks and museums around Rochester. Some good spots to check out are Mount Hope Cemetery, the Susan B. Anthony house, Memorial Art Gallery, and Gallery R. These are all open throughout break, and often have special exhibits depending on the time of year.

Parks

While it is supposed to be cold this weekend, a thick coat and some hot coffee can get you through a walk in one of the many City and State Parks in the area. There are over 3,500 acres of parks in Rochester. There are also a number of beautiful New York State Parks in the region, such as Watkins Glen, Letchworth, or Stony Brook. These are all open this time of year and offer some great hiking opportunities, no matter what the temperature is.

Events

Even though RIT will be mostly closing down for the week, this is far from the case for the City of Rochester. A number of events will be happening over the course of the week. One major event is the Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is happening Saturday, March 11. This will run along East Ave throughout the morning. Other events in the area include Amerks games and concerts, if parades aren’t your thing.

Night Life

Rochester has plenty to offer if you’re looking for entertainment after dark. Areas like East and Alexander and the South Wedge have a number of restaurants, bars and clubs to go to. Popular spots include Murphy’s Law, Butapub, or The Daily Refresher. Even closer to campus in places like Lovin Cup, Shramrocks, Texas BBQ in Park Point offer some fun within walking distance to campus. Many places will be doing St Patrick’s Day specials that Friday as well, offering food and drink specials. Just remember, you should always designate a driver or take a cab if you plan on participating in the festivities. The luck of the Irish will only get you so far, but certainly not out of a DUI charge. 

Music

Rochester has a lively music scene, with a number of concerts happening around town every single night. These range from huge acts at the Blue Cross Arena to small bands playing venues like the Bug Jar. Even Lovin’ Cup in Park Point hosts regular shows, hosting both local and national bands. The hard part is sifting through the dozens of concerts to find the one you want to go to, and trust me you will find one. Great resources for finding concerts are sites like bandsintown.com, which has a pretty exhaustive list of all the bands coming to Rochester and the surrounding areas. As you can see, the period between March 11 and 19 takes up quite a bit of space. On top of sites like this, it’s always a good idea to keep your ears open online as well, regularly checking band social media pages and the events pages of local venues. You never know when your favorite band might be coming to town. On top of popular music acts, you can never go wrong with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs regularly in downtown Rochester.

This makes up only a fraction of what is going on over the break. Make sure to keep an eye out for more events, concerts, museums, and more. Rochester has a lot to offer no matter what you want to do. Whether you want to quietly reflect on a piece of art or dance the night away, the only thing you need to do is get out there and find it.

Songs For the Journey

It is hardly a secret that Dr. Destler is a fan of folk music – His banjo collection approaches meme status in RIT culture and his 1973 album “September Sky” is regularly circulated through the student body. However, despite all the student interest, Dr. Destler has been shy about performing for the RIT student body on campus. However, after years of interest and a popular PawPrints Petition last year, Dr. Destler finally performed to kick off FreezeFest 2017 before a packed Ingle Auditorium.

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For the uninitiated, Dr. Destler is one of the “foremost collectors of antique banjos”. His collection ranges from the 1840s to the 1920s and contains dozens, if not hundreds, of instruments. He also plays the guitar, sings and writes folk music. He has released two albums, one in 1973 and a second 43 years later in 2016. According to Dr. Destler, the original album has gained a bit of a following in South Korea after being rereleased there a few years ago. His music is based heavily off the American folk traditions of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, taking influence from the likes of Woodie Guthrie or very early Bob Dylan.

It may be surprising that more than 500 college students showed up to a folk concert, let alone one given by a school administrator. However, this is a testament to how important Dr. Destler is to the RIT community. “I think President Destler didn’t realize how much students love him,” said Rachel Tasonni, a third year Diagnostic Medical Sonography student. “I mean he’s always on campus, and everyone always gives him a warm welcome, but I don’t think he knew the extent that students wanted to learn and hear him play the banjo.” This humble attitude was evident in the concert, and Dr. Destler seemed genuinely surprised to have filled the auditorium.
The show was a mix of original songs and covers of folk and early country tunes, reaching back to the 1920s. The topics ranged as well, from love and loss to a very well received number about “Alternative Facts”. He performed solo as well as in a number of duets with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Johnson. More than just a performance of music, the concert, titled “Songs for the Journey,” was a celebration of Dr. Destler’s decade at RIT. Many of the songs were about a journey of some sort, and the commemorative T-shirts listed many of Dr. Destler’s achievements from over the years.

It was a bit bittersweet, since Dr. Destler will be leaving the school he has called home for the past decade. ”A lot of the music was kind of sad,” remarked Eric Lee, 5th year Software Engineering student, “with a hint of nostalgia.” While the idea of Dr. Destler ending a journey is a bit sad for the RIT community, it was still a spirited occasion overall. The attitudes of the audience and Dr. Destler were upbeat, and it while a journey may have ended it was clear that another journey was beginning. The title of the show itself reflects this, being songs for the journey, rather than from it.

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So what did people think of the show? If the thunderous applause and chants for “one more song” are any indication, it was a smash hit. “It was really awesome,” said Lydia Crow, 2nd year industrial design student. “I liked that it wasn’t super clean, it was really raw and open and honest, and that’s what music should be.” The energy in the room corroborated that statement. This was a group of students, faculty and staff who were there because they genuinely liked Dr. Destler as a person and a musician.

While we are going to miss Dr. Destler, the RIT community is looking forward to seeing what incoming RIT President David Munson brings. Although it is unknown if he takes any interest in the banjo, he is well-known for his Star Wars rap video from his time at the University of Michigan. If he is willing to carry the torch of RIT presidential musicianship, the RIT community would be forever grateful.

The Ultimate RIT Bus System Guide

With temperatures as low as they are, you probably want to spend as little time walking to class as possible. This is especially true if you happen to live in relatively distant housing complexes such as Province or Colony. You may have used the buses before, but with winter upon us you are more than likely going to be riding the bus more or less daily. Knowing how to most efficiently use RIT’s bus system is an important part of getting around campus in wintertime.

Below you’ll find detailed descriptions of all the routes on campus. But before we get into the routes, I have some general several tips and tricks to make your bus trips more efficient:

Know when your bus gets here

There are several ways to check the bus schedule. You can visit the RIT Parking and Transportation website to see a full list of schedules. Another option is to use the TransLoc Locator App. This app allows you to track the exact location of your bus via your phone, and is available for all of RIT’s shuttle routes.


If phone is dead, use the TransLoc app

The TransLoc app is available online as well, so you can check the schedule and bus routes on a computer.

 

Getting to the bus stop on time

Make sure to get to the bus stop about 5 minutes early. If the bus is on schedule or running late, and there is no one at the bus station, it will not stick around for long.

 

If you’ve missed your bus, and class is in 15 minutes…

If you find yourself in this situation, all hope in not lost. You’ll be cutting it close, but the buses are staggered. So in many cases, you should have time to walk to the nearest bus stop besides your own. A nice central one is the stop along Perkins Road, which all buses will stop at if they see someone waiting.

 

If you live in the back of Province and it’s, like, 2 degrees outside…

If you live in the very back of Province, you know the struggle of walking anywhere. Especially if you live in the 8000s or buildings nearby. However, you may not know that there is a short path connecting Province and Colony Manor, which is right next to Province. To get to it, simply walk behind building 8000 and it should be right near the back left corner. Why does this pertain to the bus route, you might ask? In some cases, it’s faster to walk to the Colony Manor bus stop via this path than to walk to the Province bus stop.

 

The Perkins-Park Point bus stops at Perkins Green Last

If you live in Perkins Green and just want to get home a little quicker, there are two solutions to this, but they both involve some walking. If you hop on the Perkins-Park Point bus, your best bet is to pull the yellow stop request cord near dorm side and hop off in K-Lot, which is across the street from Sol Heumann Hall. Another trick is to get on the Colony-Province Bus and walk from Colony Manor or Province. Which one is best depends on the part of Perkins you live in. The lot is best if you live in the front of Perkins, whereas getting off at Colony or Province is best if you live in the 100’s or the back.

 

Now that we’ve covered these basic tips, here is information about each bus route at RIT:

 

Daytime Apartment Routes

The most common routes for RIT are the routes from the various apartment complexes to Gleason circle on weekdays. These routes are especially handy for getting to class. RIT shuttles begin running from all RIT apartments around 7 a.m. Each complex has at least one bus running to it for the majority of the day. These buses generally run at 15 to 20 minute intervals.

 

Perkins Green

The Perkins Green Route has one bus that runs at approximately 15 minute intervals. The bus has scheduled stops at Gleason Circle, Perkins Green, and the Residence Halls starting at 7:00 a.m. every weekday. The last Perkins-Only Bus runs at around 4:00, arriving at Gleason Circle around 4:05. After this, the route is folded into the Perkins-Park Point Route.

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Perkins Green Bus Station

Park Point

The Park Point route has two buses, to accommodate the larger population of Park Point that run at approximately 20 minute intervals. Bus starts service at the Park Point North bus stop, which is near the clubhouse and Lovin’ Cup. at around 7 a.m. The route continues through Park Point and stops at Barnes & Noble, Park Point South (right near Perkins Green), the Residence Halls, and Gleason Circle. The last bus leaves Park Point North just before 4 p.m., and is replaced with the Perkins-Park Point Route.

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Colony Manor

The Colony Manor bus route has one bus that begins service at about 7:15 a.m. every weekday from the Colony bus stop. The route stops at Colony, the Residence Halls, and Gleason Circle and has about a 15 minute round trip. The last bus leaves Colony Manor just after 4:05 p.m., and the route is folded into the Colony-Province Route.

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Province

Province has one extra-long bus serving the route, starting every weekday at around 7:15 a.m., and has about a 25 minute round trip. It makes stops at Province, the Residence Halls, and Gleason Circle. The last bus runs at about 4:15 p.m., after which it is folded into the Colony-Province Route.

Note: The Province bus generally stays at the Province stop for quite a while, so if you are running to catch a different bus, it’s a good choice.

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Off Campus Weekday Routes

RIT operates two weekday shuttle routes off campus, running to the RIT Inn and Racquet Club regularly between 7 a.m. and about 2:00 a.m. the next day. The RIT Inn and Raquet Club are the most distant RIT-owned housing, so the bus is even more vital for residents than any other complex. In theory, you could walk to class, but that may take a bit longer than you are willing to put in. Good exercise though.

 

RIT Inn

The RIT Inn has one bus running to it beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays. The route is longer than any of the other housing routes, so it has 30 to 45 minute round trip, depending on the time of day. The bus stops change throughout the day, starting with a route of RIT Inn, Residence Halls, John Street Tech Park, and Gleason Circle, and adding a stop at Barnes and Noble after 6 p.m. This route runs until 8:20 p.m., when it is folded into the Inn-Racquet Club route.

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Racquet Club

The Racquet Club bus route has one small bus that begins service at just before 7 a.m. on weekdays. The stop is not as well defined as other bus stops, such as the full shelters of Perkins or Colony. The bus picks riders up behind the Racquet Club building at the edge of the parking lot. The bus has a fair distance farther to go than the other shuttles, so it has a half-hour round trip. It’s a good idea to plan accordingly. The bus makes stops at not only Racquet Club and Gleason Circle, but University Commons, Riverknoll, Global Village, and the Residence Halls. This route runs until 8:20 p.m., when it is folded into the Inn-Racquet Club route.

 

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University Commons and Riverknoll

Due to their close proximity to academic side, UC and Riverknoll do not have their own bus routes. However, the Racquet Club bus makes occasional stops at the complexes, as well as Global Village, on its way to campus. These stops happen about every half hour or so.

 

Dorms

The dorms do not have a bus route of their own, however, this does not mean that there is no way to catch a bus. The Residence Halls have a sheltered bus stop behind Kate Gleason Hall, where the Perkins, Park Point, Province, AND Colony Manor bus routes stop on their way to Gleason Circle. So if you live in the dorms and are not too keen on your eyes freezing shut, simply take the tunnels to the exit nearest the stop and wait for a bus to roll through. This is also helpful for RIT apartment residents who need to pick up something heavy from the post office, or are simply heading to class after grabbing a package.

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Evening Routes

 

After about 4 p.m. most apartment bus routes are consolidated and begin running less frequently. It begins with Perkins-Park Point and Colony-Province both being folded into 2 routes rather than 4. By later on in the evening, all local apartment routes are folded into the East Side Late Evening Shuttle. The RIT Inn and Racquet Club shuttles are also consolidated, running as a single route from around 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

 

Perkins-Park Point

The Perkins-Park Point bus starts running after the conclusion of service of the Park Point and Perkins Routes, which is around 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. The route makes all the same stops as the Perkins and Park Point Routes, starting with Park Point North and working its way over Perkins Green before heading back to Gleason Circle. The time between buses is also longer than the two routes it is created from, taking about 25 minutes to make a round trip. This bus runs until about 6:20 p.m., when it is folded into the East Side Evening route.

 

Colony-Province

The Colony-Province route begins service at around 4:15 p.m. on weekdays, leaving from Gleason Circle. The route takes over from the separate Colony and Province Routes. It makes stops at Gleason Circle, Colony Manor, Province, and the Residence halls, taking about 25 minutes to make a round trip. This bus runs until about 6:20 p.m., when it is folded into the East Side Evening route.

 

East Side Evening

The East Side Evening Route is the final route that goes to the nearby apartments, consisting of all the routes from the rest of the day. The bus starts service from Gleason Circle at 6:05 p.m., and travels to every single apartment stop from the day over the course of its 30 minute scheduled round trip. This bus runs the latest as well, ceasing service to campus at 1:30 a.m. the next day. After this, unfortunately, you will have to walk home.

 

RIT Inn-Racquet Club

The RIT Inn-Racquet Club route begins service at 8:20 p.m. on weekdays, combining the Inn and Racquet Club Routes. This route makes all the stops from these routes except for the John Street stop from the Inn route. Being such a long route, the bus is scheduled to take about 50 minutes to make a round trip. The route makes this journey until just before 2 a.m.

Weekend Routes

Weekend Early Morning

If you need to make it to campus early during the weekend, the Weekend Early Morning Route runs to all housing locations starting at 7:10 a.m. on weekends. This bus makes almost every stop from all the other apartment routes, so the round trip takes the better part of an hour. But, it is the best way to get to campus early on weekends if you cannot walk there. The bus stops at the RIT Inn/Racquet club section of the route first, stopping at Gleason Circle before proceeding to the housing locations near campus. This route stops service at 9:47 a.m.

 

Weekend RIT Inn-Racquet Club

The RIT Inn-Racquet Club weekend route starts service at 10 a.m. on weekends. It shares the route of combined RIT Inn-Racquet Club route on weekdays, with the exception of Barnes & Noble. Because of this, the round trip is scheduled to be about 10 minutes shorter. This route runs until 1 a.m., with an extension to 3 a.m. on Saturdays in conjunction with the TE3 route, which provides transportation to the East Avenue area in downtown Rochester.

 

Weekend East Side Evening

The weekend East Side Evening shuttle shares the same route as its weekday counterpart, only it begins service about four hours later. It begins running at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running to Perkins, Park Point, Province, Colony and the Residence Halls. It take the same amount of time as the weekday shuttle to complete a route as well, about 30 minutes. This route concludes service at 1:50 a.m.

 

Weekend Retail Shuttle

For many RIT students, getting off campus can seem like a hassle. Maybe you don’t have access to a car. Possibly your roommate won’t let you borrow theirs anymore, especially after that incident with a shopping cart. Whatever the reason, you still occasionally need to get out into the world for groceries and the sake of your sanity. There are buses that run off campus every day via RTS, specifically Route 24. However, this is not a free service. Weekends, however, have the RIT Weekend Retail Shuttle. This will take you to areas such as the Marketplace Mall, Wegmans, Wal Mart, and several other major stores in the area surrounding Jefferson Road.

 

The route uses one large jointed bus that starts service at 9:50 a.m. on weekends from Gleason Circle, going to the various retail locations from there. It stops at eight locations around Henrietta, such as Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Target, and South Town Plaza, as well as all the apartment complexes near campus. Because of this, the bus has a very long round trip, taking an hour to make a loop. This makes it imperative that you plan ahead and keep a close eye on the time while shopping. The route runs until 9:50 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.