On the Air with Ed Trefzger

It’s Friday night and you’re driving around, playing radio in your car. As you flip between stations, you end up on that one station that usually plays a bunch of bands you have never heard of. But this time, it’s not Theimg_9556 Decemberists’ latest track coming over the airwaves, but rather the excited voice of a hockey announcer. What you are listening to is a live broadcast RIT Men’s Hockey on WITR 89.7, RIT’s own FM radio station. During the broadcasts, the main voice you hear is that of Ed Trefzger, WITR’s main play by play broadcaster.

Trefzger has been broadcasting hockey for more than 30 years and joined WITR as a student member in 1979. “I’ve been involved with hockey since we started doing the broadcasts in 1982.” In those days, he was working mostly in the production of the broadcast, but as time went on, he started filling in as a play by play announcer. From there, he built up to being the voice of RIT Men’s Hockey on WITR. “This is the eighth season I’ve been the primary play-by-play guy,” says Trefzger.

img_9522When you tune into WITR to catch a hockey game, Trefzger and his team make it seem effortless to get everything running smoothly, but being the voice of RIT hockey is not without its challenges. “We’ve got it down to a science so it seems easy,” said Trefzger, “but one of the more difficult things is getting the names right on the opposing teams.” This was even more of a challenge before the Internet. Trefzger remarked that “It used to be difficult in the Division III days to get a lot of information on the opposing teams.” Taking the show on the road to places as far as the team’s matchups against Air Force in Colorado also presents a challenge. “The biggest difficulty of travel is the time commitment,” says Trefzger. “There are usually 16 road games a season so eight or nine weekends.” While some of these trips are shorter than others, He stressed they spend quite a bit of time on the road. “Some places you’re there and back” he said, “But usually it’s traveling on Friday and staying the night.”

Why go through all this trouble, you may ask? It’s worth noting that Trefzger and the other broadcasters are not paid, and do this out of sheer love. He fell in love with sports broadcasting for a number of reasons. “People are hanging on everything you’re saying. It’s very much in the moment” he said. When asked about his favorite part, Trefzger responded that “people really appreciate it. We hear from parents of the players, we hear… from the people who come to the games” about how much they enjoy the broadcasts. “It’s really rewarding to hear that.”

As the play by play commentator for the team, Trefzger gets to watch a lot of hockey “By this point in the season, I’m so used to our guys, not just numbers, but even how they skate.”  When asked for his thoughts on this year’s RIT Men’s Hockey team, he remarked that “The first and second line has been solid all the way through, and [head coach] Wayne Wilson has been trying to find combinations to work on the third and fourth lines.” This experimentation has paid off, and Trefzger noted the strength of the third line combination of Freshman Ryan Kruper and Shawn Cameron with Senior Danny Smith. He stated that the RIT team had the potential to be “the best team in the league,” and that “this team is nowhere near as good as it is going to be.” If this prediction is true, RIT is in for a very good rest of the season.

Trefzger also spoke about highlights from his career with RIT hockey. “My absolute favorite game to have broadcast and to have watched was when RIT beat Denver in the regional semi-finals in 2010 on the way to the Frozen Four” he said, “It was totally unexpected and to go on and demolish New Hampshire the next night was even better, but that Denver was one of [my favorite games].” Longtime RIT hockey fans may remember the 2010 season, which is considered one of the Tiger’s best in recent memory, especially after making it all the way to the Frozen Four after such an upset.

img_9570Trefzger made sure to say that even though he is the main commentator, broadcasting is far from a one man show. A number of people come together to make sure that RIT hockey is broadcast smoothly. “The top of the list of unsung heroes are the board ops back at the station,” referring to the student members of WITR who diligently run the soundboard from Studio X for every single game. He talked about the WITR Engineering department and how much the broadcasts relied on “Josh Singh and Ben Reynolds, and their predecessors, [who] make sure that we have the equipment and that it’s maintained.” He added that “They’re terrific.” Trefzger also talked about how much help they had received from “The various people in Student Affairs that help us with travel arrangements,” which is always one of the most difficult parts of the broadcast. “We have had really terrific support over the years from the Athletics Department” said Trefzger, as well as “people in sports information, even Wayne Wilson and his staff taking the time to talk to us.”

This veritable ballet of people are what it takes to keep RIT hockey on the airwaves. This is the unsung RIT Tigers team that comes together every week, working through any obstacles that may arise, to bring the RIT community something great in the form of a 89.7 megahertz broadcast.

Clayton and Thurston lead the way for RIT Women’s Hockey

It’s not easy being a collegiate athlete. You have to worry about practice, competition and class, and are expected to somehow excel at all of these things. There is also the issue of still having time for your friends and other hobbies you might have, as well as being constantly in the University’s public eye. The men and women of both of RIT’s hockey teams deal with these responsibilities for their entire collegiate careers, and do so extremely well.

If that isn’t enough, a few players pile on to their duties by actually leading the team as captains. This adds a whole new set of responsibilities, such as serving as a

Taylor Thurston, Jersey #2
Taylor Thurston, Jersey #2

role model for the team, leading practices, and making sure the team operates as a well-oiled machine. What does it mean to lead student athletes both on the ice and off? I had the good fortune to sit down with two of these leaders, Cassie Clayton (jersey No. 25) and Taylor Thurston (jersey No. 2), to talk about their experiences leading the RIT Women’s Hockey team as captains.

You may have wondered how someone actually becomes the captain of a Division I team at a major university and who makes that decision. The coach? The Team? Maybe some sort of circle of hockey elders in a cave deep under the Gene Polisseni Center? Turns out, it’s a bit of a combination of the first two. A captain is selected by a vote done by the team with heavy advisement from the team members who are graduating, and the appointment is made official by the coach. Once selected, captains will generally serve until they graduate. There is no special training once someone is named captain, but they learn from those who come before them. I was told by Thurston that “If there was training, it would be learning to be a good person”

What kind of person becomes a team captain, anyway? Possibly the biggest thing I sensed from speaking with Clayton and Thurston was the belief that the team comes before personal ambition. According to them, a captain is not some sort of all-powerful being who barks out orders at the team. A captain is someone who “Keeps an even keel,” as Thurston put it and leads the team by their own example, rather than merely telling the team what to do. They mentioned that the greatest asset a captain could have was kindness and understanding for other players. “Being captain doesn’t mean that much” said Clayton, “Anyone can have an opinion.” The captains are mentors and friends to the team, not their drill instructors.

Cassie Clayton, Jersey #25

Despite Clayton and Thurston’s modesty, captains have several roles that the other players do not have. Captains are responsible for leading practices, getting the team ready for games and often act as intermediaries between the coach and the team. This works both ways. The captains will bring things that the coach wants the team to practice and they will also take things to the coach that the team wants brought up. Captains are often the first to be called on when a problem on the team needs solving, and they are seen as examples for newer players to follow. Captains also serve as teachers to the team as a whole, helping to refine the skills of the team. It was made abundantly clear, however, that the captains do not have a monopoly on leading the team. Any team member can be a leader, teacher or role model. The camaraderie of the team was extremely evident, and it was clear that neither Clayton nor Thurston saw themselves as above their teammates. Rather, they are there to serve to better the team and try to learn from could the others as much as they teach them.

Clayton and Thurston the most difficult part of being a captain was often having to put what’s best for the team before their friendships, both on and off the team. This is always a difficult proposition, especially in the context of being as close as teammates are. However, they say it becomes worth it during times when the team triumphs. One of the team’s greatest achievements was winning the CHA championships two years in a row. Team leaders at the time emphasized this was a team effort rather than the sole efforts of any coach or captain. Clayton and Thurston captains must be role models to the team, sure, but at the end of the day it is the work that is done together as a team that carries a team to victory.image_handler

Understanding the nuances of leading a successful team can take years of experience. The RIT Women’s Hockey team is fortunate to have such wonderful friends, teachers mentors and teammates as Clayton and Thurston.

Prepping for the 2016 Fall Concert

This November, the RIT Fall concert makes its triumphant return after a hiatus. RIT College Activities Board will be hosting rapper T-Pain t-pain_7079742897Nov. 5 in the Gordon Field House. T-Pain is, of course, a well-known rapper. But what differences can you expect between the T-Pain you know and love from his records and the T-Pain that will be in front of you onstage Nov. 5? What kind of show does he put on? What will the set be like? All valid questions before going into a major concert, especially if you’ve never been to a major show before.

What to expect from T-Pain’s set

When an artist has been active for a significant period of time, such as T-Pain, they accumulate quite the catalog of music. T-Pain has songs ranging from serious rap to comedy songs such as The Lonely Island’s “I’m On a Boat” (which, coincidentally, was the encore for his Aug. 18 show in Buffalo, NY). In an average set, T-Pain will perform a number of songs of his own, as well as the occasional cover of another artist, especially artists that he has worked with in the past. So the set you will be treated to on Nov. 5 will likely be unique to that night.

The Sound

The T-Pain songs you know from the radio use a lot of production and auto tune, so you may be wondering how this is going to work in a live setting. In a live concert, you can’t rely on fixing things in post-production or touching things up with autotune. However, you can rest easy, since he is just as adept without auto tune as he is when he uses it in the studio. As for a backing to the tracks, it really depends on the show. Sometimes, he will be backed by a DJ who will play a backing track. Other times, however, he will have a full band behind him, with drums, bass, keyboard, backup singers and more. The show here at RIT is likely have a DJ and some backup singers or dancers, but it remains to be seen what will be used.

The Show

Every artist has their own stage presence and style. The show ranges from the crazy antics and pyrotechnics of a hair metal band to a folk singer simply playing a guitar while sitting on a stool. T-Pain’s concerts don’t generally have the crazy pyrotechnics, but they are very animate. He moves around the stage, interacting with the audience, throughout the songs. There are often background dancers to go along with the spectacle, adding to the complexity of the act. Overall, T-Pain does a lot to get the crowd excited and engaged, which is always important for a live act. Half the fun of a concert is getting into the music.

The Crowd

Every show has a slightly different audience that you will encounter. Some shows the crowd is subdued and mellow, others have a lot of energy. A T-Pain concert generally falls under the energetic category. Crowds are generally supportive and energized, so you’ll have a good time but likely won’t get sucked into a giant mosh pit. Crowds around Western New York have actually been some of T-Pain’s favorites. He posted to Facebook in August about how much positive energy crowd in Buffalo brought to the table. T-Pain stated that particular crowd had reminded him why he performed, and helped him keep on going.

General Concert Tips

concert-923245_960_720If you’ve never been to a large concert before, there are some things that you should know before going. Concerts are fun and exciting, but with any large event, there are some things that you should keep in mind. These apply to most any live show, so keep them in mind wherever you may go.

  1. Live shows are extremely loud, especially if you stand near the sound system. It’s recommended that you bring some sort of ear protection, just in case. You can pick up a pack of single use earplugs at Wegmans for next to nothing, so make sure to stock up beforehand.
  2. If you leave your spot in the crowd, do not expect to get it back. Large shows usually have densely packed crowds, which mean that you are not likely to be able to move around. You are generally going to stay put wherever you end up. So make sure to get comfy.
  3. If you see someone go down, pick them up. Especially if everyone’s dancing, people can get knocked down. People can get seriously hurt if they fall in a group of people jumping around.
  4. Always be aware of your surroundings. In a loud, dark, densely packed arena, there’s always a chance you could bump into someone or step on some toes, especially if you are dancing around. On a related note, if you find yourself in a section that’s dancing, or even moshing, know people will not stop if you’re not dancing. In particularly large crowds, it may be the case that if everyone else is dancing, you are too, whether you want to or not. A densely packed crowd will carry you with them.
  5. Concerts get hot! Even if it’s cold outside, thousands of people packed into an auditorium really cranks up the heat.
  6. Most importantly, have fun!

Getting ready to go to a major concert is always exciting, especially one that is going to be a stone’s throw from where you live or take classes. A major artist such as T-Pain coming to RIT is a great opportunity to see someone you may have only heard on the radio. So make sure to get your tickets in order, and we’ll see you on Nov. 5 for a night of music and fun!

Bike Safety at RIT

bikeprogramHaving a bike or skateboard on campus is one of the fastest ways to get to and from class, especially when you live in the apartments on the periphery of campus. You can move along much faster than on foot, you are not tied to the bus schedule, and it’s good exercise to boot. On top of this, there are a number of trails around Rochester that can get you most anywhere. However, it’s important to remember that you do share the walkways and paths with pedestrians, other cyclists/borders, and the occasional FMS truck or golf cart. There are some safety tips you should keep in mind while you are out and about.


Be aware of your surroundings at all times

Always keep your eyes on the road when you ride. Treat riding like driving; you are moving much faster than pedestrians, so both of you could be injured in a collision. This is doubly true if you are riding near campus or in the city. The best rule of thumb is to assume that people around you are not paying as close attention, so it’s a good idea to pick up the slack.


Wear a helmet!

Helmets cost less than $30. Treatment for head injuries do not.


Lock your bikebikes

It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your bike. While rare, bikes are occasionally stolen, so make sure to always lock up your bike securely, even if you’re just running inside for a minute. RIT Parking and Transportation recommends using a steel U-Lock, not a cable lock or chain. This is because it is near impossible to cut a U-lock without heavy-duty tools. Remember to always lock through the frame of the bike as well, since most bicycle wheels can be taken off with a set of pliers and some with no tools whatsoever.


Share the path

RIT policy is that pedestrians always have the right of way, so be aware of this. Always yield to pedestrians at crossings, and when you are sharing the path, keep your speed within reason.


Signal your actions

Always use the proper hand signals when turning or stopping, especially when you are riding on the street. The three you should know are left turn, right turn and slowing stopping. A left turn signal is simply extending your left arm out before you make turns. Right turn has two variations: one method is extending your right arm out completely, and the other is holding your left arm up at a right angle. Stopping is signaled by holding your left arm down at a right angle.

RIT bike signKnow the recommended riding routes

RIT has a number of recommended bike routes on campus. The main thoroughfares for riding include the outer loop, roadways, and the bike path that runs along the Quarter Mile.  This path starts right before the entrance to the Clark Gym and past Residence hall C. It extends up to Gosnell, but keep in mind you will be sharing the path after the tennis courts.

At this point, the path switches from an asphalt bike path to a shared space, with riders on the inner concrete section and pedestrians taking the outer brick. This path passes the Gleason Circle bus stop, so expect high foot traffic. If you’re riding, take this route between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Quarter Mile is for pedestrians only during those times, and you will be asked to dismount while riding through this area.

Conversely, be cautious if you walk on the bike path. If you take this route, do not walk down the center of the path, stay to the side, keep an eye out for riders, and stay aware of your surroundings.

When you pass someone, make your presence known

You’re going to be passing others on your way, so be sure to let them know you’re coming through. Calling out “On your left/right” when you pass someone at speed or otherwise signaling them that you are going to pass makes sure they know where you’re coming from, and move out of the way. This goes for seeing someone trying to pass as well. If you hear someone call out “On your left/right,” “Passing left/right,” or making a signal to pass, make sure to move over.


Use caution when riding at night

You may find yourself coming back from campus late one evening, especially as the days grow shorter. Make sure to pay doubly close attention while riding at night. If you know you’re going to be riding in the dark, avoid wearing dark colors. While you don’t need to go out and pick up a Day-Glo orange hunting vest, just steer clear of a black sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. Another thing is to make sure to do is make sure you

The Ultimate RIT Tunnel Guide

Rochester gets cold during the winter. Bitterly cold. Once the snow starts falling and the temperature starts dropping, you begin questioning whether or not you want to go outside. Fortunately, RIT has an extensive tunnel system throughout the campus that can get you from class to class with minimal exposure to the elements. However, if you’ve ever been down there, you know that it takes some exploration to get the layout down. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the RIT tunnels to get you on your way come wintertime. For reference, you can access maps of the tunnels on the FMS website.

Dorm Side Tunnels

Probably the most familiar tunnel system to most RIT students is the one that connects most of residential side together. Everyone who lives in the dorms goes down there at some point, whether it be to go to Gracie’s during the winter or do your laundry. However, there are some hidden aspects of the system that you may not have seen if you have not spent too much time down there. You also might only be familiar with a small segment of the system that gets you to Gracie’s or the post office.amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-3-web

Getting around in the tunnels can be a bit disorienting at first, so it’s good to know some major landmarks in the system. Your first landmark should be knowing the location you usually enter at, so at the very least if you get turned around, you can make your way back there. This could be any of the dozen or so entrances to the tunnel system, coming from any of the buildings on residential side. Some of the major landmarks include Sol’s Underground, the Corner Store, and the curved tunnel leading up to Gracie’s. Maps are scattered around the tunnels as well, so you can check where you think you are against where you actually are.

amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-20-webSomething else to keep an eye out for in the residential side tunnels are the various murals. These murals cover everything from RIT clubs to Star Trek, so get to know them as breadcrumbs of sorts for getting around the tunnels. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of murals throughout the residence side tunnels, so keeping an eye on what murals are near what locations can keep you from getting lost.

The residential side tunnel system will get you to any building in the area without stepping outside. While it’s a bit less direct, it’s worth the extra walking when it’s 12°F outside with 20 miles per hour winds. There are two main branches of the system, running from Residence Hall C to Grace Watson Hall and from GWH to the LBJ building. On that, there are several branches that lead to the Commons and several residence halls. There are a number of rooms and locations scattered throughout the tunnel system as well, such as more familiar locations such as Sol’s Underground or the Corner store, or more tucked away locations such as Ritchie’s game room or the Residence Hall Association offices.amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-23-web

The res hall C tunnel system is bit more tucked away than the rest of the system, running perpendicular to the quarter mile. Getting in can be a bit more difficult than the rest of the system, since the system is only accessible from inside the residence halls. Getting back in once you’ve made it to Gracie’s means you have to go through Res Hall A. Once you are inside, however, it’s a straight shot along the tunnel to wherever you need to go. There’s not as much in this system as there is in the rest of the dorm side tunnels, but one thing many don’t know about is what’s known as the “ABC family” room, which is a common room for students in those residence halls.

amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-12-webThe main segment of the residential side system runs from Grace Watson Hall to LBJ and the Commons. This system is more extensive, has branches, and has quite a bit more going on than the other half of the tunnel system. Things you’ll be more familiar with will be the Corner Store, NRH post office, Sol’s Underground, and your friendly neighborhood laundry room. Some things you might not be as familiar with would be Ritchie’s game room, which is located beneath Gibson Hall. This room has a number of table games, ping pong, video games and occasionally has late-night pizza. It’s a nice spot to hang out at the end of a long week. The other place you might not know about is the Residence Hall Association Office, which is located on the way to Gracie’s. The office has, among other things, an extensive DVD library you can check out movies from.

The major junctions throughout the tunnel system mostly lead to other dorm buildings. You can usuallyamd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-6-web stay on track by keeping an eye out for dead ends and following the general flow of foot traffic. Where things get a bit more interesting is right around the Commons and LBJ. Two major branches break off right after Ritchie’s game room. The segment that heads straight will bring you to LBJ, the only academic building that is connected to the dorm tunnel system. Taking a left and then a right will bring you down a nondescript hallway with an elevator that leads into the Commons.

Academic Side

The academic-side tunnels are a very different beast from the dorm-side tunnels. People use them a lot less, often favoring to brave the cold or walk through the upper levels of building rather than figure them out. They’re not that difficult to learn, but like so many other things, a lot of people just kind of never get around to it. Fortunately, there are three distinct systems on academic side, and they are not nearly as large as the dorm side system. There is a system connecting the SAU and the Eastman building, one for the Infinity Quad system, and the tunnels under Booth and Gannett halls.  

amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-38-webThe SAU-Eastman tunnels begin directly under the bridge between academic and residential side, leading into the athletics area. The easiest way to get in, however, is right through the Center for Campus Life near the fountain. Behind the fountain, there is a stairwell that will lead you down into the lower level. The main tunnel system door will be right in front of you. To get to Eastman, head past the WITR studio and the elevators and stairwell into the building will be at the end of the hall. If you make a turn in front of the WITR studio, that hallway will bring you up to RITZ Sports Zone and the stairs to the SAU.

The Infinity Quad system connects the Wallace Library, Liberal Arts Hall, Gleason Hall, and Gosnell Hall amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-48-webtogether. You also have the ability to make it all the way to Louise Slaughter Hall without stepping outside via the pedestrian bridge that connects Engineering Hall and Golisano Hall. This system can be a bit confusing, especially in the twists and turns of the area under Liberal Arts Hall. However, once you get the hang of it, getting around is a breeze.

Once you enter the library basement, head toward the large, glass walled classroom. Past this, you’ll enter the Liberal Arts Hall basement, which contains some of the larger lecture halls on campus, such as A201 or A205. The tunnel that leads you to the rest of the system is behind a set of amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-50-webdouble doors labeled in a recessed part of the basement next to some offices “TO ENGINEERING.” Don’t worry if those doors are shut, they keep them closed to make sure the heat from the various pipes does not overheat Liberal Arts hall.

Once you’re through there, you will have the option to walk straight through to Gleason, or make a left and head to Gosnell.  Getting all the way to Slaughter while staying inside involves heading up into Gleason, which connects to Engineering hall, and heading up to the second floor to get to the bridge. This will bring you across to Golisano. After you get there, head through the building until it connects to Slaughter Hall on the far end.

amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-62-webFinally, you have the tunnels underneath Booth and Gannett. These are a bit more confusing than the other systems, even though it is one of the smallest. This system differs a bit from the others as well as it contains far more classrooms and studios than the others. These tunnels are accessible from most stairwells, but you can move between Booth and Gannett above ground as well by going above the breezeway. However, should you find yourself in the tunnels underneath these two buildings, make sure you get to know the landmarks. You know you’ve made it to Gannett when you begin coming across anything to do with the School of Film and Animation, such as movie posters and the large green screen room. Booth is typified by art studios. Once you have your bearings, getting around is a breeze. And remember, when in doubt, find the nearest stairwell and head above ground to get your bearings.

Minimizing Outdoor Routes

As I mentioned before, the tunnel systems do not connect with one another, and you’ll have to do some amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-46-webwalking outside. Your best bet is going to be to know the shortest routes between buildings. For moving between the academic and residence sides, the Quarter Mile that is the simplest and shortest route. Once you do make it to academic side, however, you have some options. Hopping into the SAU system gets you into a good position to minimize the time you spent outside. If you need to get to the Infinity Quad System, your best bet is to head to the side door of the SAU basement nearest the tiger statue, and walk across to the side door of the Wallace Library. From there, you’re good through until Slaughter Hall. For the Booth-Gannett system, your best bet is to head up to the second floor of Eastman and head out the door nearest the Tojo Memorial Garden and Koi Pond. There is a door on the side of Gannett right near the pond.

amd2016btb_tunnelarticle07-74-webThe tunnel system here at RIT may seem daunting at first, but once you get to know the system, it’s an invaluable resource for the winter months. It can cut down on the time you spend trudging through the snow, and not to mention drastically cut down your scarf budget every winter. Once you figure out the system, it’s almost as fast as taking the Quarter Mile to class every day. That said, make sure you know the system before using it five minutes before you need to be at class. Familiarize yourself with the routes one day so you’re able to navigate the tunnels like a pro when old man winter comes knocking.  

How to Satiate Your RIT Hockey Needs.

The RIT hockey season is less than a month away, so you can officially start to get excited and pour over every detail of our beloved Division I teams. There is a treasure trove of data on the Internet waiting to satiate your RIT hockey needs, from statistics to records to schedules. Players, journalists, and commentators, as well as the teams and conferences, operate social media pages that give you up-to-date information, thoughts on games and behind the scenes looks. Here’s a taste of what’s out there.


Pages to Visit

One of the first places to look for information on RIT hockey is the RIT Athletics page. This is a great resource for current information on both teams, including statistics, scores and standings. This page also has articles and archives on RIT Hockey stretching back decades. If you want to know things like the RIT Men’s Hockey roster for the 1966-1967 season, it’s in RIT’s archives.

For more information on the Men’s team, the Atlantic Hockey website is a great resource for statistics and standings. It covers much more than RIT as well, giving information on all 11 teams in the conference. Statistics on players show how RIT players rank against those from other teams, and it gives RIT’s standings as compared to all the teams in the conference. Statistics are archived as well, giving player standings stretching back to the 2003/04 hockey season. The RIT Men’s team pops up for the first time in 2005, after we became a D-I team.

If you are looking for information specifically on the RIT Women’s hockey team, the College Hockey America (CHA) site gives the same information as the Atlantic Hockey site. You can pull statistics on all the players, look at the standings for all the teams in the conference, and see a full schedule. The archive of statistics actually go back a bit further for the Women’s team as well, with the CHA archive beating out Atlantic Hockey’s by one season.

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all things college hockey, look no further than the USCHO website. They have rankings and statistics for every team in every conference, both men’s and women’s. The archives also stretch back nearly two decades, giving you access to information on games played, statistics and scores. Also available from20150328_Mens_Hockey_Project_O5C8312 USCHO are recaps of games, photo galleries, and links to the various conference blogs. USCHO also hosts a fan forum, where fans can discuss all things college hockey.

Reddit has a small but relatively active college hockey subreddit, /r/collegehockey, for your general college hockey needs. Redditors post everything from news to discussion is here, so you’ll be able to interact with fellow hockey fans. You can comment on posts that are made as well, so even news posts can involve a hearty amount of discussion. You can even add “flair” to your username to represent your favorite team on the subreddit.

On the Airwaves

Many longtime RIT hockey fans will already know this, but one place to get RIT games live is on WITR 89.7, RIT’s student-run radio station. WITR broadcasts all RIT Men’s hockey games over FM radio as well as their Internet stream, and RIT Women’s home games over a secondary Internet stream accessible from their website. These broadcasts are commentated by WITR sports staff, and include interviews with players, information on the games, and more. So once the season starts up, be sure to tune your dials to 89.7 FM when you can’t make it to a game in person.

Speaking of WITR, there are a few shows that cover hockey as well. Starting September 23, the day of the first game, WITR will be running a hockey talk show called Drop the Puck, which will cover your hockey needs. Drop the Puck will be running every Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., so you’ll be able to catch it on the way to class or work. They also have a Twitter account, @dropthepuckrit.

People to Follow

For live updates on your favorite teams, Twitter is a great way to keep up to date. Journalists, team pages, and commentators will give information as it happens both during the season and after it. Twitter has the advantage of being spontaneous, so these accounts are great to follow in real time.

There are several accounts that focus specifically on RIT hockey. Both RIT teams maintain active official Twitter accounts at @RITMHKY and @RITWHKY, respectively. These can give you updates, links to articles and information on games. RIT SportsZone has an account as well, covering all RIT sports as they happen. If you want to stick to a hockey focus, there is a great unofficial fan run account that is active during the season, @rithockeyticker. The commentators for RIT Men’s hockey on WITR are also a great place to get up to date info on the team. Ed Trefzger maintains an active account during the season, as does Chris Lerch, although he has retired from broadcasting RIT hockey. For general college hockey news, the USCHO and NCAA accounts are great resources.

Most teams and major organizations have other social media outlets as well, such as Facebook or Instagram. Both the RIT Men’s and Women’s teams have active accounts on both platforms, and the NCAA and USCHO both operate Facebook pages. But what I’ve listed here is only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg. Most RIT pages, Behind the Bricks included, will give you snippets about RIT hockey throughout the season, so be sure to keep an eye out. And most of all, go Tigers!


Tiger TV


unnamedIn the next few months, RIT’s contract with Time-Warner Cable (TWC) will be up. TWC is the cable television that currently is in all of RIT’s housing. It’s pretty standard cable TV that you can only watch on a TV hooked into the cable jack in the wall. However, instead of renewing their contract with TWC, RIT will be replacing it with a new form of television provider. Starting early fall semester, RIT will be implementing Tiger TV, an Internet-based TV service provided through a company called Philo. Philo is a company that specializes in providing TV to colleges and universities via an Internet based format.

While RIT Housing will soon be sending out all the details, go-live date and instructions through emails, social media and flyers, here is some advance information about the change.

What’s new?

Philo isn’t your parent’s TV provider. It’s entirely Internet based, so that means you will be able to watch TV on pretty much everything you own that connects to the RIT Internet. So you can watch shows on computers, tablets, smartphones and yes, a regular TV. You also are not confined to only using Tiger TV in your apartment, either, you can use it wherever you want so long as it’s on RIT’s network. Housing’s goal was to find a service that allowed students to consume television the way they consume their other media; on the go and wherever they please.

Another new feature will be the ability to record TV shows through Philo’s DVR feature. This works similarly to a DVR you might have at home, but without the large cable box or external storage unit. You will be able to record up to 20 hours of programming on the cloud and use them wherever you please, not just on your TV at your residence hall or apartment. So this means that you can watch whatever network television you so choose wherever, whenever as long as you are on the RIT campus.

422px-HBO_logo.svgPossibly one of the best features (for me at least) is the fact that Tiger TV will include HBO, HBO Go, and Cinemax. This means that when the next season of Game of Thrones starts up, you won’t have to pay for an HBO Go account. This will be free with the new system, so there will be no subscription you will need to pay for along with your regular TV.

What’s the same?

Watching regular TV through Philo will still be the standard TV that you’ve come to know over the years. You’ll receive 64 channels that have the same programming as a regular cable provider, so that means commercials will still be a thing. This service will not affect the way you get Internet around campus either, no matter where you live on campus.

Possibly the biggest question that you may have about the service is whether or not this is going to jack up the price of your housing. Philo will not change the cost of housing in any way, shape or form.

What you will need

The new service will only be available on RIT’s network and only for students who live in RIT housing, so you won’t be able to set it up in Park Point or Provence. Before you ask, it will not work with a VPN. It will need to be authenticated through your RIT account, and only one person will be able to use your account at a time. You will need to download the app to your devices before use as well, but fear not, it’s free. Once you have opened up the app, you log in with your RIT username and password and you’re good to go.

Roku_2_XSTo use Tiger TV on a regular television, you will need some way to connect it to the Internet and install the app. If you have a smart TV in your dorm or apartment, you can download the app directly to the TV. If you have a regular TV, you will need purchase a device such as a Roku or an Apple TV. Google Chromecast unfortunately does not work with RIT’s network, and Amazon Fire has not been properly tested. The Digital Den will be selling Rokus for about $50 to students, so you will be able to pick one up directly from Barnes & Noble. A Roku or similar device is only required for a regular TV, so your laptop, tablet, or smartphone will be able to use Tiger TV after getting the app and signing in.

Riverknoll & RIT Inn

There are some differences to the implementation of Tiger TV in the RIT Inn. The Inn, which also operates as a hotel, will retain TWC in all rooms. Since an RIT student login will be required to use Philo, TWC will still be needed for hotel guests in the RIT Inn. So the Inn will have both Tiger TV and Time Warner Cable available in the rooms. While this will be redundant for RIT students, the option exists soDirecTV_5_LNB_Slimline_2012_06_08 hotel guests can watch TV.

Riverknoll, since it is not on the RIT network, will not be receiving Tiger TV, but instead will be getting satellite television from DirecTV. These dishes will be operational soon after the start of school, well before the implementation of Tiger TV.

So when’s it coming?

As I mentioned, Tiger TV will be live mid fall semester. During this time, you will still have cable TV through Time Warner Cable. There will be no gap in coverage between the two providers, so you’ll be able to watch TV on TWC right up until Tiger TV goes online. It’s going to be quite the upgrade, since this is this will update the TV watching experience to what we as college students expect from modern media; flexible, mobile and able to be personalized. So be ready for the launch this fall, and most importantly, don’t spoil Game of Thrones for me, I’m like 3 seasons behind.