Goodbye Goodbuy: A recycling program for students by students

Don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer – Goodbye Goodbuy welcomes helping hands! The volunteer signups for May and August are currently online, but if you’re looking to get involved over the summer or want to be more involved the group, contact Evan Zachary at ecz2023@rit.edu or the Goodbye Goodbuy account, ggRIT@rit.edu. Get connected with Goodbye Goodbuy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Growing up my family taught me to think before throwing something out and I try hard to live by the philosophy of “waste not, want not.” It used to pain me to see the innumerable amount of items thrown away each year at the end of the semester that other people could use, but fortunately we now have Goodbye Goodbuy to provide a solution to the problem. The program is all about keeping items out of dumpsters and landfills that could be used by other students on campus.

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Last summer, Gauri from our team was able to get a behind the scenes look while she volunteered one afternoon. She saw firsthand the massive amount of electronics, furniture, household goods, toiletries, food and more that may have wound up as trash if it weren’t for Goodbye Goodbuy. RIT Housing Operations and Student Auxiliary Services were huge supporters for the start of the program and now the New Student Orientation Office has joined in the efforts. RIT invested $10,000 in the program, and the money created worker positions, co-op opportunities, infrastructure, equipment, storage, food, T-shirts and marketing materials. They took a leap of faith that turned into a successful venture. As the saying goes, “nothing ventured, nothing gained!”

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“Once it’s in the dumpster, we don’t touch it. We aim to keep things out of the dumpster,” said Enid Cardinal, Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President and Adviser of Goodbye Goodbuy. As you can see, they kept a great deal of material from being tossed in dumpsters and trashed at landfills. University News wrote on the success of Goodbye Goodbuy in its first year. Awards were given to the volunteers and workers who made it possible for them to collect and sell over 70,000 pounds of recycled items. I met with student workers and RIT staff members who played large roles in the start and success of the first Goodbye Goodbuy sale. Evan Zachary, the current project manager, said, “We underestimated. We didn’t expect for year one to have so much student participation.” They made more than double what they started with, totaling $22,000. The resounding theme? It was far more than they ever could have hoped for, and the turnout expected this year is immeasurable. “We didn’t know what to expect: it was a phenomenal success its first year!” says Cardinal. “We were basically hoping to break even, to have as much as they started with.”

Kurt Ingerick, the Executive Director of Student Auxiliary Services, says there is a “mass exodus” of students leaving and throwing things away each spring. “(We) looked at overflowing dumpsters, students moving and not wanting to take things. We saw and knew there had to be a better way.” The program’s strength in its first year is a good sign that each year it will grow, and that there is a great need for this program on campus. Other colleges have programs like this, and have grown so large that some have year-round thrift stores run by students, filled by students. “It’d be amazing to reach $40K in surplus to put back into the program and have it continue to grow,” Ingerick said. “Expenses of this year come out of the profit from the last. Success would be it becoming self-sustainable, paying for itself year after year.”

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Goodbye Goodbuy donated toiletries, food, school supplies and more to facilities in our Rochester community, as well as donations received from around the Rochester community. “MCC heard about our program,” said Cardinal. “They were replacing furniture and sent it to us. UC and the residence halls had furniture renovations too, and we made sure that instead of throwing them out that those items were put in the sale.”

The outreach that this program achieved was much more than organizers expected as well. The students involved in the creation of Goodbye Goodbuy began presenting their program and plans around the state. Zachary presented about the initiative at the University of Rochester (U of R) and found out that U of R students came to our sale. Ingerick wants to reach out to Park Point, Province, and other places that may be renovating and replacing furniture — why throw it out when students could use it? He also hopes that faculty and staff will consider donating things from their homes as well.

The Goodbye Goodbuy staff aimed to make the collection areas more organized after soliciting feedback from students on Reddit, Facebook and Twitter and asking volunteers to make a “should have…” list last year. Besides boxes and locations on residence hall floors and by the on-campus apartments, there are three main collection and sorting locations: Sol Heumann Hall is the central location for Goodbye Goodbuy; OCASA & RIT FoodShare will receive food and toiletries; and the trailers will house furniture. “We have 2 different stacks,” Zachary told me. “Food, toiletries, and clothing vs. everything else. The boxes will be separate and we hope this will help organize them before we even collect them.”

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I asked each person I interviewed what suggestions they had for those looking to donate items: “Cleaning products, toiletries – secure lids, completely close things!” said Cardinal. “Also, non-perishable food only. Look at the expiration date, not the sell by date — they’re different!”

“Not broken stuff, stuff that works,” Zachary adds. “We plug everything in and check it, but it saves us a lot of time and money when we’re given things that work.” He goes on to say a few more things: “If it’s a liquid, powder or substance — label it! Clean things if you can. And please, no smoking paraphernalia, no weapons, nothing we can’t handle or sell.” Zachary also mentioned that there are specific donation items people forget about. “Gently used bras will be given to Panache (Vintage & Finer Consignment), who washes them and rewires them, then gives them to women who need them.” Clothes are a big donated item. When you’re packing you may as well go through and clean out your wardrobe.

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What can we do as individuals? Even if you can’t volunteer or don’t have anything to donate, there are simple things that we can do according to Cardinal, Zachary and Ingerick.

“Get back to the basics from grade school about reduce, reuse and recycle,” Cardinal said and laughed a bit. “Don’t contaminate recycling bins. Don’t waste things you can recycle. Don’t get food you won’t eat. Don’t buy things you won’t use. Dining in, don’t get it to go when you’re not leaving the building.”

Ingerick mentioned this specifically: “Use refillable cups/mugs across campus. All coffee places have a flat rate of $2 for reusable mugs, regardless of size.” “Buy only what you need and only what you’ll use,” Ingerick says. “Recycle; try to change your mindset – think about if things can be recycled or reused.

“#BringYourOwn,” Zachary said as he showed me the sticker on his water bottle. “There’s no reason to buy bottled water; grab a reusable water bottle. I always carry mine with me.” He reiterated the same things as Cardinal and Ingerick: use less stuff when you can, stick with reusable items.

 

10 Must-See Exhibits at Imagine RIT

It’s almost time for my favorite event on campus— Imagine RIT! Saturday, May 7th, from 10-5, our campus will be filled with students, friends and families checking out the hard work of RIT students.

This year there are 401 exhibitions, most of which are brand-new to our festival, so there is a lot to be excited about. These were my top 10 picks of what I’m excited to visit this Saturday. You can check out all the Imagine exhibits here and see what else the festival has to offer for fun and food. There’s even a plan your day feature where you can make your own personal itinerary and print it out for your day of fun.

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1.Destler’s Accessibility & Inclusion Technology Challenge

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Destler’s Challenge is to showcase the projects and efforts of students to create advanced access and technologies to help people of all abilities. The competition is from 9-10 a.m. before the opening ceremony to Imagine, with the winners announced at the ceremony.

Exhibit Code: CLK-0000
Zone:RIT Central
Location: George H. Clark Gymnasium (CLK/003) – Main Floor
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

2. RIT SAE Vehicle Unveilings: Formula, Baja, Hot Wheelz Electricracers

Teams are revealing their cars for their upcoming competitions, and the audience will be able to see a short demonstration from each, see pictures showing how they were made and get to meet team members and have a Q&A session. All day, the teams will have an open shop so visitors can see their work space and get behind the scenes access.

Exhibit Code: OUT-0542
Zone:RIT Central
Location: Outside (OUT/000) – Stage 3 – Simone Circle
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

3. Become Your Own Avataravatar

Take a picture and become part of the game! A special system will take photos of you top to bottom and create a 3-D avatar that can be animated, like for a game or movie.

Exhibit Code: GOR-0380
Zone:Recreation Zone
Location: Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR/024) – Main Floor
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

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RIT School of Film and Animation is hosting an exhibit where people will act in front of a green screen and become part of famous movie scenes and interesting locations- for example, traveling to outer space, walking across water and flying high in the skies.

Exhibit Code: GAN-A100
Zone:Artistic Alley
Location: Frank E. Gannett Hall (GAN/007B) – A100
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

5. Women in Computing: Wearable Stress MonitorWIC

Geared for children, the bracelets created by WIC are meant to help monitor calm children by reacting to stress and creating lights and sounds to help alleviate their fear or anxiety. It comes with an app that has calming activities and notifications in more prominent cases.

Exhibit Code: GOL-A004
Zone:Computer Zone
Location: Golisano Hall (GOL/070) – Atrium
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

6. Automated Candy Packaging Matchingcandy

This machine was originally built to pack mac & cheese, and has been modified to pack candies! See the mechanics of how our food is packaged, and take the final package goodies home.

Exhibit Code: SLA-2450
Zone:Green Place
Location: Louise Slaughter Hall (SLA/078) – SLA-2450
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

7. ShoRaq: Interactive Shopping via Video Streamingshop online

This new shopping platform will allow people to use video streaming services to buy products right directly as they are watching! TV shows and movies display a lot of products, and businesses could allow the viewer to instantly purchase them easily with this service.

Exhibit Code: SIH-1602
Zone:Innovation Center
Location: Student Innovation Hall (SIH/087) – 1630
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

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This team has engineered an effective prototype that helps improve communication for people through tactile feedback. The Pulsation prototype is a Deaf technology that will be able to filter noises from the environment and react to inform the wearer of important situations.

Exhibit Code: CPC-0126
Zone:RIT Central
Location: Campus Center (CPC/003) – Lobby
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

9. Wild World of Veterinary Medicineinjured doggy

Is being a vet your dream job? For kids and kids at heart, the pre-vet club is offering a stuffed animal clinic! They’ll perform a full checkup on kids’ favorite stuffed animals, and they will receive the official title of “Future Veterinarian.”

Exhibit Code: OUT-0730
Zone:Science Center
Location: Outside (OUT/000) – Near Fountain
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

 

10. RIT Pep Band Performancepep band

Make sure to stop and hear the personification of our RIT tiger pride— we don’t call them the Best Pep Band in the Land for nothing! The Pep Band will perform crowd pleasers and their well-known songs from athletic events.

Exhibit Code: OUT-0281
Zone:The Think Tank
Location: Outside (OUT/000) – Kodak Quad Stairs
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

 

Mother’s Day the RIT Way

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching– it’s this Sunday, May 8, in case you weren’t aware.  If you forgot, don’t have a lot of free time or don’t have a car to go out shopping, look no further than the shopping places here at RIT. Stores like Barnes & Noble, ShopOne2 and the Market at Global Village each have special gifts that your mom would love.

 

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It’s amazing what you can find at our bookstore! Barnes & Noble is mainly known for books, textbooks and more school supplies, but our RIT store has a lot more to offer. Books, mugs, cups, wineglasses, bags, RIT attire and more are great gift ideas for you mom on Mother’s Day. I liked the mugs and coloring books best; these are the types of things that the moms in my family like.

 

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I love to buy gifts from this store since they have an interesting and vast collection! There are all sorts of things at ShopOne2, from jewelry and fine art pieces to cute knick knacks and things for around the house. If you haven’t been in the store yet, I suggest you take some time to check it out. I spend an hour or so every time I visit, I always see something new out of the corner of my eye.

 

Global Village Market

The Market has a lot of wonderful chocolates and treats you mom would like, but if you wander around a bit more, you will notice they have some interesting things laying around the displays. They offer things from jewelry, jewelry boxes and trinkets to candle holders, decorative bowls and even kitchen utensils. I’ve found some wonderful jewelry pieces I added to my collection, and picked up some for the ladies in my family!

Working My Butt Off

As a third year student, there are quite a few phrases you listen to on repeat. “It’s due today, but I haven’t started it yet.” “Why is it snowing in April?!?” “Where’s the free pizza?”

But one of the most common phrases I hear is, “Man, did I get fat. What happened?” Left and right people talk about how skinny they were in high school and how badly they’ve let themselves go since they came to college. I often hear that people don’t have time because of classes, homework or socializing, or frankly say they are lazy and like junk food too much.

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I used to be one of those people—I gained a bunch of weight coming to college, ate junk food way too often, and I’m still crazy busy all the time. But there are so many options for exercising on campus! Even if it’s late in the semester, there’s no bad time to start hitting the gym. I realized it doesn’t have to be every day or a super intense workout— some is better than none, and you may as well make it fun! There are plenty of fun things to do on campus that can help you get in better shape.

Taking advantage of the gym and athletics facilities was the best decision I’ve ever made. First, I decided to take Personal Training with Molly Gavin as a wellness class, but I didn’t wait for the semester to get started. I made a list of my goals, figured what I wanted to do and what was feasible during my limited free time. I wanted to lose about 15 pounds during the semester, taking care of the freshmen 15 that became a lot more than that over time. I also wanted to start a little weight training, just because I was a total wimp and carrying a small box seemed like 50 pounds instead of 10 pounds.

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I started out with the Weidman Fitness Center, twice a week on the second floor. I went through all the machines, tried them out, found what ones I liked, and made a routine that worked for me. Target the body area you want to shape up or trim down, and then see what machines and routines fit your end goals. The elliptical and bike became my best friends for weight loss and the smaller dumbbells got me started on muscle training. I think those work well as a starting point— I was able to talk while I worked out, listen to an audio book, or read a textbook from class. I like to start most sessions doing some arm training, pushups and balance exercises, then work my way to the elliptical or whatever cardio I’m up for.

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Pretty soon I was spending as much time at the gym as I did sitting watching Netflix— plus I sometimes watched it while I worked out— and did the usual things you hear people say: drink more water, take the stairs, pick up a piece of fruit instead of a doughnut, and so on. I didn’t go over the moon changing my lifestyle, but I did enough a little at a time. It took almost the whole semester to reach my goals, but it was great to know that little by little that I was doing better. I could lift more, fit my clothes better and overall felt healthier. Yes there were times I felt discouraged, times I didn’t want to get my butt to the gym, but I kept at it. The small improvements gave me courage and kept me going.

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Make the time to go to the gym and look for a workout buddy to make your workout more social and enjoyable. Having even one friend with me gives me energy and confidence to keep going. Talking with a friend keeps my mind occupied and I wind up doing more cardio on the elliptical and more lifting since I forget how many I’ve done. We’d plan for an hour, then spend two hours at the gym because we get caught up in talking— as long as you keep working out, talk it up! My friends like coming along because we can take our time and chat while we work out, socializing while reaching some goals. If you have the same goals, it’ll benefit you and your workout buddy! I suggest talking about the routine ahead of time too— that way you can be on the same page and get the most out of the gym visit.

Better yet, get a group of your friends together and simply do something fun that makes you forget you’re actually working out— there are racquetball courts, tennis courts and several types of athletics fields that you can easily use to get a good game on with your friends. Intramurals are a good way to get in at least an hour of exercise a week, and you get to play with your friends against other teams looking to have fun and compete.

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RIT requires students take two wellness classes, but you can take more than that! There are a lot of classes you can take that can help you get started on a healthier lifestyle, and you can check what’s available this coming fall and the associated costs here.

 

 

The Last five weeks: Projects, Exams and Events- Oh My!

Are you prepared for the last five weeks of school? It’s kind of scary that we’re already starting Week 12, so much to do and so little time. It is now crunch time- all those projects, presentations, and exams are coming and coming soon. Well Tigers, here’s some information to make these last few weeks less stressful!

 

Enrollment Week

Fall class enrollment begins next week, April 18-22 , so be thought cloudsure to check SIS for your specific date and time to enroll. The carts are already open so see your adviser, figure out what you need to take, and get classes in that cart and ready for enrollment! Tiger Center has a great new feature, Class Compatibility. You’ll be able to see if what you’re looking at overlaps or conflicts with classes in your cart, and you can check to see what classes you have before or after the class you’re looking at. Don’t know about Tiger Center’s features or how to use it?  See our past articles on the Tiger Center, which give you tips on how to use it and tells you about key features you should use.

 

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Sadly, some students may be facing the “To withdraw or not to withdraw?” dilemma. The last day to withdraw from a class in April 22, which is the last day of enrollment too. Withdrawing from a class means you receive a “W” on your transcript. This decision may be hard to make, and if you are considering it you should talk to your advisor as soon as possible. There are a few things you can do to prepare for your meeting. The Tiger Center has a GPA calculator that can give you an estimated GPA for the semester and overall. If you have scholarships, consider this because there may be GPA requirements attached to that aid.

 

Examsexams

Do you know when your exams are? Hopefully your professors have mentioned it by now, but if not, Tiger Center has your back. You can check you exam schedule easily on their site, but make sure to ask your professor if you do have a final exam— all classes get scheduled exam times, but some professors may do something different than a traditional exam. Make sure you know the right time and room for each exam, and check again in case there have been any changes. I once had a professor change our room the week before our exam to a larger room in a different building, and if she hadn’t sent us an email, I would’ve shown up to the wrong room.

 

Study Help/TutoringASC

If you haven’t already, follow the Academic Support Center on social media. They have a ton of suggestions for studying, time management, and share information about tutoring and other helpful resources.

Always check and see if your professors are holding reviews, and if you aren’t familiar with Math Crash and other types of study sessions, keep an eye out for fliers sharing dates and times. There’s usually free food, and studying in groups usually means someone has to know what’s going on! Don’t forget about office hours and getting things clarified for the exam— your professor will always be a good source of help. Check out Tutor for Hire, Bates & Sol Study Centers and see if your class has SI Leaders, graduate students or tutors suggested— your professors may have suggestions to help you study for the exam and find help.

 

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If you’re graduating after this semester, congratulations! Good luck on the job search, and may you always remember RIT fondly. Convocation and commencement ceremonies are May 20 and 21, so make sure the family has their travels plans and hotel reservations. It’s going to be busy since we live in a big college area, but make sure to find something fun to do with your family your last weekend here.

If you know someone graduating, make sure to check out Shop One2 and Barnes & Noble for gifts and cards— getting them some RIT apparel and stuffed animal tigers is a good send-off gift to remind them of us!

 

Events

Now that all the seriousness is out of the way, don’t forget to 12440279_10202021072364374_3970027992265957032_ohave fun and enjoy the rest of your semester! There’s so much going on, and here’s just a quick list.

Week 12 premiers the first ever Service Week. A bunch of service clubs on campus are bringing you fun events to relax and help out the community. It’s all about raising donations, raising awareness, and connecting the RIT and Rochester communities. Personally, I’m super excited for Sow Your Seeds (I’ve missed planting since coming to college) and Puppyfest (because puppies are life). Get a group of friends and have some fun! Make sure to check the clubs’ pages for more information, and get more involved with future events.

 

SpringfestSpringFest is what college students dream about – a big concert, free food for days, another Puppyfest, freebies, food and games and more! Week 14 is SpringFest, and the list of events will be coming soon so keep an eye out. A lot of clubs use their Facebook pages to promote their SpringFest events, and check out CAB’s main page for things to do.

 

 

Have you used the Link before? You can use this site to see what clubs are up to in the last few weeks of the semester. It’s never too late to join a club and get closer with some of the RIT community.

 

Living at the RIT Inn

Have you been assigned to the RIT Inn next academic year? There’s probably a lot of thoughts running through your mind. What exactly will living at the Inn be like? I met with students who currently live at the RIT Inn to get answers and to get a feel for what it’s like. There are so many rumors and comments out there about what the Inn is like— some from students who have never even been there—so we wanted to get details from students who actually live there to hopefully give you a better idea of what to expect.

 

A typical response about being assigned to the Inn is: “The Inn? I don’t want to live there!” But don’t make quick judgements yet! Cooper Hanson, a third year student at RIT, told me this was his exact reaction to his housing assignment. Now that he’s been living there for almost two semesters he feels quite differently. “Just like everywhere else, it has its pros and cons, but it’s really not that bad” says Hanson. Jessica Bowen, a transfer student, renewed her contract to stay at the RIT Inn for next semester—which may be a surprise for some reading this. She said that she wasn’t thrilled at first by her assignment, but there are things that make the Inn a good place to stay. We talked about all of the amenities and perks of living at the Inn— things you probably haven’t heard through the grapevine, which may change your mind about being “stuck” at the RIT Inn.

 

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When Bowen first heard she was assigned to the RIT Inn, her response was, “Where is it? How am I going to get to campus?” The RIT Inn is located at 5257 West Henrietta Road, about 10 minutes off campus. It seems far, and I don’t suggest biking it, but thankfully RIT has it covered. RIT provides a bus and online schedule, plus extra information and tracking through the RIT app. Recently RIT switched bus providers to First Transit, which Bowen thinks was extremely helpful, “The old buses were so small; getting out of a 6:00 p.m. class the bus would be cramped for the ride back to the Inn. It’s better now with the new larger buses.” During the day, the bus runs every 15 minutes with stops at Gleason Circle, John Street, the residence halls and Barnes & Noble. Bowen suggests tracking buses through the app, but be wary of early leavers- always be early for your bus. If you have a car, there is parking available at the Inn with services to clear the lots of snow and put down salt. Parking and Transportation Services gives you a parking pass for one on-campus lot- a lot of your choice too. “I prefer using my own car,” says Hanson. “I went on the bus at first, but with a free reserved parking pass, it was worth it.” If you have a car and live at the RIT Inn, Housing Operations will purchase you an on-campus reserved parking pass to the lot of your choice.

RIT wants to ensure safety for all students, and people ask questions about what RIT does to establish safety and security at the Inn. Similarly to on campus, Public Safety plays a role in keeping the RIT Inn a safe environment for students. I’ve been told that officers patrol around the Inn in 3 shifts and check with the lobby about activities. The RIT Inn is also gender inclusive housing. This is one of RIT’s attempts to make things easier for non-gendered people, aiming to create living situations where every person can feel comfortable. People of any gender can share rooms, avoiding the possible confusion and frustration of living situations in non-gender neutral places.

 

What does your room look like? The Inn has doubles, meaning two students sharing a room as they do in the dorms. In the spring semester, there’s an option to have a double as a single, after talking with Housing Operations. Unlike most on or off campus apartments, furniture is provided for you. Each room has: a full sized bed, lights, a desk and computer chair, and a dresser (per student). When I asked Bowen the best part about living at the Inn, with no hesitation, she answered, “The bigger bed! The ones in the dorms are so much smaller and I like having the full-sized.” Hanson reiterated, “There’s a full-sized bed that’s comfier than the dorm beds, and I put a memory foam topper on so it’s even better.”

There’s also a nightstand, a landline phone, an alarm clock, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, an arm chair and a TV to share with your roommate. Standard cable and phone service are available in each room. You’ll also have a closet to share with your roommate, and best of all- you and your roommate will have your own bathroom! “You’re not sharing a bathroom with a whole floor like in the dorms,” says Hanson. Lastly, you have an air conditioner/heater unit in the room- very helpful during the school year, especially with fickle Rochester weather. “It’ll be -10 degrees out and my heater is super good,” said Hanson, “I’ll be inside sweating because it’s so hot.”   That A/C is the object of intense jealousy from other apartment dwellers!

 

Food is often a big question for students, especially those who have lived on campus and are accustomed to the multitudes of options to choose from. Hanson said, “Petals is a real restaurant, and I think they have better quality food. There are burgers, pasta, pizza, daily specials- so much to choose from, at a good price.” Petals serves 3 meals a day and has a grab-&-go section, and there’s a Jitters Coffee Shop for those who cannot make it through the day without coffee. They accept debit similar to on-campus dining options. “Petals has very similar food to Commons,” says Bowen. “I eat a lot of their fried shrimp, I love it— and it isn’t an option on campus.”

Now what are free perks of being assigned the Inn? All students have access to an indoor or outdoor pool (depending on the season of course), a Jacuzzi style whirlpool, and a nice hot sauna— these are perfect for relaxing! The students I talked to suggest taking advantage of these and using them often. Similar to the dorms and apartments, there’s free laundry on-site with maintenance provided, and room maintenance should you have a problem with anything. “There are 6 washers and 8 dryers for students,” says Bowen, “but they get busy quick so you have to have good timing and keep up on laundry.” Beware the people who wait to do laundry, and then do five or six loads at once. It’s similar to what happens in the dorms! In addition, unlike on-campus housing, every other week housekeeping will do some basic cleaning. “They clean up the basics around your room every two weeks, it’s nice,” says Hanson, “but you have to take care of it on your own too. I often look around to see Petals take out containers everywhere [in my room], and force myself to take them out to the dumpster.”

 

As a welcome to both new and returning students, Housing Operations will be throwing a Luau in the fall with free food, favors and pool toys! It’ll be a great chance to relax before the start of the year, and meet other students. If you’re worried about not being able to be active and involved on campus, reaching out and finding activities is your best bet. With the buses, there are opportunities to hang out on campus, meet with your clubs, and stay connected with things on campus. Bowen says, “I compare how much time I spend around campus now to last year in the dorms, and I actually spend more time than I did before.” You may spend less time in your room than you did in the dorms, and actively look for things to stay active. Hanson says Campus Life, club pages, and the Message Center emails are a good resources to have. You can find stuff to do and things to get involved with!

 

 

For more information about living in the RIT Inn, check out these other helpful resources:

RIT Housing Operations Facebook: www.facebook.com/RIThousing

RIT Housing Operations Twitter: @RIThousing (www.twitter.com/RIThousing)

RIT Housing Operations Instagram: @RIThousing

 

Virtual tour tab

https://www.rit.edu/fa/housing/housing-option/rit-inn-conference-center

 

Housing Video on the Inn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAgXyKAnN8g

 

Guidebook

http://www.rit.edu/fa/housing/sites/rit.edu.fa.housing/files/docs/publications/15-16_RIT_Inn_Guide.pdf

 

Global Village expansion breaking ground in April

In April 2016, RIT Housing plans to break ground on an expansion of Global Village that will add housing for more than 140 students. Global Village currently houses approximately 414 students in a state-of-the-art, globally inspired living environment. RIT Housing expects the construction to be completed in time for move in August 2017.

New spot

Kurt Ingerick, Executive Director of Student Auxiliary Services, says “the expansion will result in the construction of a four story building, consisting of 24 studio apartments on the first floor, and 10 four bedroom suites on each of the other floors.” It is estimated that 144 students will be housed in the new building, which expands Global Village by about 1/3 of its current capacity. The new units will be similar but not entirely identical to the current Global Village apartments. The complex will also house a Residence Life staff member who will live in a two bedroom apartment on the first floor.

For those wondering if this will impact other complexes such as Riverknoll, Ingerick says “this project will have no impact on current housing, other than the parking lot directly adjacent to the construction site will be used for construction staging.” He notes that while “students living in areas surrounding the construction site may notice some noise during the day as construction progresses,” they should not be otherwise affected.

Housing expansion

The new building will not have a Smart Suite like the one previously featured in Global Village, but the design team are evaluating ways to include some advanced technological features for students to use. The current Global Village buildings are a “mixed use” space, meaning a mix of housing, commercial and dining space, but the new building will strictly be for student housing. Apartments in this building will be similar to those in the current Global Village— the complex will already be furnished, with community space to share, have certain technological amenities, and students will have a one-year stay. The location of this complex is set for west of the current buildings, as shown in the pictures below. It will be in the vicinity of all the dining locations and shops, such as the Global Village Cantina, The Global Village Market, Shop One2, Shear Global and more.

 

Update 4/15:

Construction equipment is starting to be put in place, and ground is expected to break late April or early May.

 
Update 5/5:
The ground breaking has commenced! Construction workers have started preparing the ground for the new Global Village expansion.
  
Update 5/19:
Construction is chugging along! The gravel is being rolled out and dozens of construction workers are digging the foundation.
 
 5/26
The foundation is in! Construction is progressing quickly.
 
6/17
Here’s a short video covering some of the basics of the building and showing construction.

6/21
The first part of the structure itself has gone up.
  
9/21
The exterior walls have been put into place.
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