How to Set Realistic Goals for a College Lifestyle

It’s finally 2018! With the turn of a New Year, just about everyone is thinking it might be time for a change in their life. Unfortunately, New Years resolutions can be tricky. Although it is good to be ambitious, many people set their goals too high. Setting realistic goals can be particularly hard for college students; we already have a hefty academic workload and many of us participate in extracurricular activities as well. But don’t let your new aspirations fail: here is how to set realistic goals for a college lifestyle.

Take a Step Back and Define Your Goal

Before you set a goal, take a step back and evaluate what you’re satisfied and dissatisfied with in your life. Although this may sound silly, actually write down what you hope to change: define it. Without writing it down, your goal may not be as clear and defined, therefore, making it harder to achieve.

Don’t Be in Such a Rush

You won’t be able to achieve your goal overnight. Come to terms with the fact that your goal is going to take effort, time, and attention. If you truly are committed, you won’t want to rush.

Don’t Procrastinate

On the other hand, none of your goals will be reached if you don’t take action. Don’t waste any time! Set a goal and stick to it. If you’re not ready to work for it, you won’t reach it.

Ask a Professional for Advice

Whatever your goal may be, there is an expert willing to help. They may be able to help you set a realistic time frame for your goal, and talk about what roadblocks you may have to overcome along the way.

Decide on How Much You Want to Do Each Day

Organization is key. Evaluate how much you have on your plate already, and see how much free time you have to squeeze something else in. Then, set a realistic amount time to commit to your goal each day.

Mark it on the Calendar, but Be Generous

Set a timeframe for achieving your goal based on what you want to get done each day. However, it is important to give yourself a generous amount of time. Life can be tough. If anything sets you back from your goal, you will have some leeway.

Find a Goal Buddy

Everything is always easier if you have someone to motivate you. If you are able, try to find someone else that will work towards this journey with you and can celebrate with you at the end.

Take Advantage of Helpful RIT Resources

If your goal is to lose weight, RIT has great recreational facilities such as the Gordon Field House. If your goal is to get better grades, we have a great Academic Support Center and amazing professors. RIT has an infinite number of different resources. You find almost anything you need to help you with whatever goal you are trying to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to set goals. With the proper planning and attention, anything is possible. Happy New Year, Tigers! Let’s make 2018 a great one.

Quick College Recipes | BTB Foodie

It’s officially finals week, which means your free time is slim. If you don’t have much time to sit down at Gracie’s or any of the other dining halls, then you’re best option is to pop something in the microwave. But making a quick meal for yourself doesn’t mean the food has to lack in quality; there are a lot of great different food options that you can make quickly in your microwave. If you don’t have a car, there is an RIT bus that will take you to Wegmans. Also, a lot of ingredients you need for the recipes are available on campus in The Market at Global Village, Crossroads Market, The Corner Store or Sol’s Underground. Check out these delicious microwavable recipes, because you deserve something delicious during this stressful week. 

Be sure to check out our video below!

Mug Recipes:

Pancakes in a Mug

No need to get out the griddle. Try this Pancake Mug Cake courtesy of Kirbie Cravings. Check out the recipe below:

    • 1/4 cup Bisquick
    • 1 oz milk (1/8 cup)
    • “In a microwave safe mug or ramekin, whisk Bisquick and milk with a small whisk for a few seconds. It’s okay if small lumps remain. Heat in microwave for about 1 minute. Let pancake cool slightly before scooping out of mug and serving with syrup.”

Scrambled Eggs in a Mug

Pari some scrambled eggs with your pancakes with this Scrambled Eggs Mug recipe devised by our very own staff. It is super easy to make:


    • Eggs (however many you want to eat)
    • Milk
    • Salt
    • Pepper


    • Scramble your egg (or eggs) in a mug. Add a splash of milk and sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Put it in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds and you’re done!

Extra mug recipes to check out:

  • A classic breakfast/snack choice, this recipie for a Blueberry Mug Muffin on Budget Bytes will have you making seconds
  • In need of a sweet treat? Try out this Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake thanks to Kirbie Cravings
  • If you’re looking for something healthy, fill up this Omelette in a Mug from Simply Recipes with tons of veggies
  • After you ace a final reward yourself with this Red Velvet Mug Cake from The Vice Chef Blog

Vegan Microwave/Mug Recipes:

Vegan Banana Bread in a  Mug

A perfect study snack is this Single Serving Vegan Banana Bread from PopSugar. The recipe is super simple, check it out below!


    • ½ Banana
    • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
    • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon dairy-free chocolate chips
    • 1 teaspoon walnuts


    • “Mash the banana in a small bowl. Add all ingredients to bowl, except the dark chocolate chips and walnuts; mix well to form a smooth batter.”
    • “Save a few chocolate chips and walnuts for the topping, and mix the rest into the batter.”
    • “Lightly spray a ceramic ramekin with cooking spray, and pour in the batter. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and walnuts.”
    • “Microwave for 70 to 90 seconds until the batter is dry — don’t overcook or your cake will turn chewy and tough.”
    • “The dish will be hot so remove with an oven mitt. Cool for a minute, and then dive in!”

Extra vegan recipes to check out:

  • A filling lunch that is perfect for a cold, winter day. This Vegan Loaded Baked Potato on Well Vegan will be just what you need during finals week
  • If you’re adventurous with the food you eat, definitely try out this Tofu Scramble Mug courtesy of Keep Recipes
  • No one will dislike this Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe on Genius Kitchen
  • Seconds please! Try out this delicious Vegan Coffee Cake from Finding Vegan for breakfast


If you decide to try out any of these recipes during finals week, snap a pic and tag us on Instagram @ritbehindthebricks. Also stay tuned for more recipes videos on our Facebook page. Happy finals week, Tigers!

Ready or not, here winter comes!

By now, you’ve already trudged through the snow and winter doesn’t even start officially until December 21st. But that’s the typical Rochester weather: cold, and unpredictable. We haven’t even gotten close to the worst of it. The average high temperature in December is 37°F, the average low is 24°F, and the average snowfall is 22 inches. Already dreading it? Well, ready or not, here winter comes and here’s how to prepare.

Think About Your Wardrobe

If you’re living in Rochester, you need a whole separate winter wardrobe. The most important thing is having a warm winter coat. Quality boots are essential. More pairs the better, to match all different kinds of styles and places you’re heading to. Having a set of hat and gloves is also important to keep yourself warm as you’re walking to class. Gloves are specifically a must, especially if you are carrying anything. Touchscreen winter gloves are the smartest to invest in, so you don’t have to take them off to use your phone.

Need to go shopping? Stock up on RIT winter gear at the bookstore at Barnes and Noble. Another option is to take the RIT Retail bus to Marketplace Mall in Henrietta. However, don’t clear out your existing closet just yet. Rochester weather can be quite unpredictable. Although it is usually cold, sometimes it can rain or be a little warmer. You might want to keep your umbrella, raincoat, and light jackets around, just in case.

Most importantly, during the cold Rochester winter, it is important to remember to dress in layers. You’ll want to bundle up when walking outside, but the minute you sit in a heated classroom, you’ll be sweating. Layers are the perfect solution to this problem.

Prepare Your Living Space

It is important to also prepare your living space for the Rochester winter ahead. Stock up on food and snacks at the market, in case you get snowed in. Investing in a few blankets is never a bad idea, especially because dorm rooms can often get cold in the winter. You might also want to invest in a humidifier: it will prevent you from getting chapped lips, dry skin, and sore throats by bringing moisture into the air. Lastly, you won’t regret purchasing a boot tray. It prevents slush and mud from getting all over your apartment. With these essentials, you’ll be ready to conquer a Rochester winter in your apartment.

Load Up on Tiger Bucks

Next, load up on Tiger Bucks for the winter. You’ll want to use them for flu season, when you desperately need to stock up on tissues, lip balm, and medicine. Also, on those cold, brutal days, you’ll crave a big cup of Java Wally’s hot chocolate (with extra whipped cream and sprinkles). If you have enough Tiger Bucks on your account, you won’t have to worry about having enough cash in your wallet.

Decide on the Best Way to Get to Class

On the snowy, blowy days, you’ll want to avoid walking to class as much as possible. The tunnels can often come in handy. If you don’t know how to navigate through the tunnels, you may be interested in our past article, The Ultimate RIT Tunnel Guide.

If the tunnels can’t get you to where you want to go, there are other transportation options. Once you master the timing and routes, the RIT Busses can also come in handy in the winter, especially if you want to travel across campus. If all else fails, bikes can reduce the time you have to be outside. However, they’re tough to ride if it is very snowy.

Alternatively, take some time to figure out how to cross through buildings to get where you need to go. This will limit your time outside when you can’t use a bike, the bus, or the tunnels.

Be Prepared for Winter Driving

Driving to class in the winter can be a whole new struggle. The most important thing is to give yourself extra time to get to class. There will be more open parking spots and you will be able to park closer to your building. Although RIT does a good job at keeping their roads and lots clear, the brutal Rochester weather can often make it tough. Accidents in the winter happen when people rush. Give yourself plenty of time to drive slowly and to get to class safely.

Additionally, make sure you have a windshield brush and scraper. The last thing you want after a long day of classes is to walk out to a car with a mound of snow on top, and have no way to get it off. It is always smart to carry emergency items in your car in the winter. Tools, jumper cables, an extra coat, a can of gas, and anything else you can think of. You never know what will happen, but you’ll want to be prepared if something does. Keep in mind that RIT Public Safety is always happy to help if you have any issues this winter.

Have Fun in the Snow

If you don’t make the most out of the cold Rochester weather, chances are you will be miserable. There are many hilly parks in the area; a great way to enjoy the snow is to go sledding. In the city of Rochester, there is a small outdoor ice skating rink in MLK Jr. Memorial Park. It is cheap, fun, and will get you into the winter spirit. There are also a few ski resorts in the area. Take a day trip and try skiing or snowboarding. If you don’t already have your own equipment, the ski hills have rentals.

If you’re interested in staying on campus but still want to enjoy the snow, gather your friends for an epic snowball fight. Also,make a list of winter movies to watch with your friends, get cozy, make some hot chocolate, and start binge watching. On the weekends, embrace your RIT hockey 

spirit and support the Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams in the Gene Polisseni Center. If watching hockey puts you into the skating mood, the Ritter Ice Arena has open skate multiple times per week: check their website for each week’s times.

The College Activities Board also offers some special events open to students in the upcoming winter months. RIT SpiRIT Skate is on December 2 in the Ritter Ice Arena. It is a free open skate for those that wear RIT hockey apparel. There is a trip to see The Nutcracker in Buffalo on December 2. Also, the movie, Office Christmas Party, will be playing in the Ingle Auditorium on December 7.

Most importantly, don’t constantly complain about the cold. Mostly everyone feels the same way. It may be overwhelming, but the winter in Rochester isn’t so bad. There is an upside: the possibility for a snow day.

Prepare for Thanksgiving Break at RIT

Thanksgiving break is quickly approaching and if you’re planning on staying on campus, you might want to plan ahead. The university is closing on Wednesday, November 22 at 2pm and will re-open on Saturday, November 25, which means not everything will be running as usual. Behind the Bricks has asked the essential questions for having a fun and relaxing break at RIT:

What buildings will be open?

Student Life Center and Gordon Field House

  • Open Wednesday from 6:00am to 4:00pm
  • Closed Thursday and Friday
  • Open Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Open Sunday from 1:00pm to 11:00pm

Aquatics Center

  • Open Wednesday from 6:45am to 8:45am and 12:00pm to 1:45pm
  • Closed Thursday and Friday
  • Open Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Open Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Residence Halls

  • Open during the full break
  • Laundry rooms will also be open
  • RITchie’s will be closed

Student Health Center

  • Open Wednesday from 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Sick over break? You can reach the after hours nurse service at (585) 475-2255

Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Open Wednesday from 8:30am to 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Alternate options include calling 1 (855) 436-1245 to speak with a mental health provider or calling (585) 475-3333 to speak with Public Safety

Center for Religious Life

  • Open Wednesday until 2pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Open Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm


  • Open Wednesday from 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Post Offices

  • Closed Wednesday at 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

What staff will be on campus?

Student Health Center Staff

  • They will be here until 2:00pm on Wednesday
  • Otherwise, there are after hours care if you need immediate non-emergency assistance. The options are listed on the Student Health Center Website.

Public Safety

  • Public safety will be here 24/7 throughout the whole break
  • Check out their website for contact information or updates.

Resident Halls

  • Not all RA’s will be here on Thanksgiving Day, but they will return the weekend after.
  • Maintenance and FMS will be off Thursday, but will resume the weekend after.

Where can I eat?

Because the university is closed over Thanksgiving break, the dining halls will not be running as usual. Because there are limited options, check out this detailed list of dining hours and plan ahead for your meal plans over break.

Another option is to gather your friends and ride the RIT bus to Wegmans. Take advantage of your kitchens and have a potluck Friendsgiving.  Be sure to check the Bus Schedule on the RIT Parking and Transportation website.

Where can I take the bus off campus?

On Thursday, November 23 there will be no RIT bus service. Hours and locations for the busses on the other days of Thanksgiving Break are listed on their website. Also, check out My Bus Home for alternate ways to make it home for Thanksgiving break.

What can I do off campus?

Rochester is a cool city, go explore! There are tons of cool coffee shops to hang out at, great movie theatres right near campus, shopping, museums, and parks. Over break, there are tons of events going on around the Greater Rochester Area. If you don’t have a car, check your bus route options or carpool with a friend. Here are just a few of the events you can check out around Rochester:

  • Annie the Musical at the Kodak Center for Performing Arts on November 24 at 7:30pm, and November 25 and 26 at 2pm
  • Turkey Trot Fun Run in Webster, NY on November 23 at 10am
  • Turkey Burn Free Pilates Bootcamp Workout at MetaFITx in Pittsford, NY on Friday, November 24 at 9am

Check out for more events happening in Rochester over the break.

What can I do on campus?

University Gallery

  • Closes at 1:00pm on Wednesday
  • Will reopen on Monday at 9:00am

Red Barn

  • Closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Open Saturday and Sunday

Ritter Open Skate

  • Closed Thursday
  • Open Friday 11:45 to 12:45pm and 8:00 to 10:00pm
  • Open Saturday 3:00 to 4:30pm and 8:00 to 10:00pm
  • Open Sunday 3:15 to 4:45pm

What are some ways I can spend my time?

Want to stay on campus over Thanksgiving break? Here are some ways that you can spend your time on campus.

  • Catch up on work and make your studying load before finals a little easier
  • Go to the RIT Men’s Basketball Tournament in the Clark Gym on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 26
  • Catch up on sleep
  • Hang out with your friends on campus or make some new friends with other kids staying here over break

Have a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving Break Tigers!

Don’t Count Them Out: The HUB

“When we first started to do screen printing, we had shirts that we were doing for a global hockey festival that RIT had one year, which involved all the international campuses and everybody was streaming together. This was our first big screen printing order but we only had a little manual screen printing press at the time. It was a three color shirt with the RIT logo: it had things printed on both sides. We had to do 700 of those shirts; it was all hands on deck. Throughout the department, any time you had a free minute you were in the screen printing room doing it manually. All of us were back there, and how we ever got those done, I’m not sure. Then we got the order for the shirts for Imagine RIT that year. We still had this manual press and every minute of the day we had shirts all over the place: you have to fold them after you’re done printing them and you need them all laid out before you start printing them. We learned trial by fire with screen printing. Thankfully, now we have a big automated press. It has been a real fun area for us as far as growth: we had to all learn together to be able to do it. Any time there is an event on campus that is a big deal, that generally means that The HUB is going to have print work to do. Sometimes it is a scramble, but we are always proud after it is done.”

RIT has a lot of different academic departments, majors, clubs, organizations and events; all of which have large printing and postal needs. Luckily, we have a place right here on campus who can fulfill any of their needs. The HUB director, Mary Ellen Gauntlett, was able to sit down with Behind the Bricks to talk about the services and the projects that The HUB does.

If someone asked you what The HUB was, how would you describe it?  

“I’d say that The HUB is the RIT printing and postal service. We take care of the entire campus. We have six departments that make up The HUB: print production and mail services here in Building 99, the two post offices (both in Global Village and NRH), The HUB Express in Monroe Hall (which is our student-centered facility) and the RIT Photo Store is currently part of The Hub.

Our goal is to provide really good service to faculty staff and students for printing needs, screen printing, and promotional items.”

The HUB has multiple rooms, each doing a different part of the printing process. There are about 80 student employees that work in all the different departments of The HUB, as well as full time employees. Some workers are getting files ready, some are printing, mounting, trimming, cutting, labeling, and some are focused on distributing and mail services. There are items that go out to the post office every day and there is incoming mail that they distribute every day, separate from all the student mail. The HUB does everything from the point they receive the work order to the moment the project goes out the door. For example, when you got accepted to RIT, you mostly likely received a folder or a packet full of admissions items and booklets. All of those materials most likely have been prepared, printed, and distributed by The HUB.

What is the difference between The HUB and The HUB Express?

“We do stuff for student groups here in Building 99. For individual students, generally they want to walk up to the counter, have their piece printed, and walk away with it: that is The HUB Express. Here in Building 99, we are more for bigger jobs and we work with a lot of clubs for projects, where they know it’s not going to be necessarily done the next day. We are not the on-demand part of the operation, that is for The HUB Express.”

What are the daily operations in The HUB like?

“For the production facility, we start with a morning meeting. We look over all the work we have to do in the department which is printing, mailing, bindery, and preparing files to beprinted. We do offset and digital printing, we do wide format printing for banners, signs, and posters, and we do screen printing for t-shirts. If you belong to a club and wanted a t-shirt printed for an event, we would actually print that right here in this department. We open several thousand work orders a year and within a month we do several hundred. Some of them are real simple and others become very complicated; they have a lot of steps to them, such as variable printing with personalized touches. We handle all standardized pieces of printing for RIT: all the business cards, the letterhead, and other material. So we got a lot going on.”

Are there any misconceptions about The HUB?

“A lot of people don’t think The HUB has a certain skillset, which we do. We have the qualification G7, which is a big deal in the printing world. It means we can consistently meet color standards and maintain appearance of color across a wide spectrum of materials and devices.

Also, I think there is a lack of understanding about the variety of our services at The HUB. For example, if you need to order pens, why don’t you talk to The HUB first because we can get the pens that do ten different things or the plain old stick pen. Are you looking for some ideas of things to give away for your organization? Tell us what your price point is and we can put together a little catalog. A lot of times, we don’t have the same minimums on a lot of things. If you go to other places you might need to order a certain number, then you have something you have to hang onto for a while.”

The manager of The HUB Express said almost the same thing: many students who come, don’t realize what they are capable of. The HUB Express can do anything a standard print shop can do. They are able to print up to 12×18”, can print wide format banners up to 26”, mugs, t-shirts, and more. Usually, whatever you need printed can be done instantly or within a few hours, depending on the project. Although you can use cash or credit at The HUB Express, you can also use Tiger Bucks, which is a major benefit. All you need is a flash drive or to email your files to The HUB Express, and you can get your work printed.

Do you do anything other than just printing?  

“We do have graphic design students that work here and a couple people on staff with a graphic design background. So if you come to us with an idea but you don’t know exactly how to create that, we will definitely try to help you out and work with you on that and make sure it is both printable and to your taste.”

 How do you think advances in technology will affect The HUB in the future?

“On the printing side there is new technology, and high-end production digital presses. We are already looking at what we could get next. One of the challenges at RIT is our orange color. When you are printing it on a digital device, it doesn’t always come out exactly right but there are new devices out that will get us that orange, like our other offset printing devices already can. We are also working on an online store right now for apparel, it will start with FMS. They can order the shirts that they are required to wear for their job. They can order it, come here to pick up their shirt, and it’s all taken care of. Eventually a club could also go on there and order their t-shirts, which will make things very convenient. It’s really exciting.”

What is the biggest benefit to using The HUB for students?

“We are very competitive with any outside source. We are price competitive: if someone says this is my budget, we will try to work with that budget. We are very RIT first; we have an interest in working with clubs and groups. We have other people that have said ‘we don’t want to go to The HUB because they can’t take care of us like other places’, but we have had many converts because they realize we can do the same thing as everyone else and our price is lower. We will deliver anywhere on campus, or even off of campus to help out and our turnaround times are generally pretty quick. You see a proof of what you want, you get to see what it is going to look like. For the most part, people find it pretty easy to work with us. Call us up, send us what you want, email us what you want, and we will work with you from there: it is that simple.”

“We really are here to support the students and the university: that’s our mission, thats our goal and that’s what we want to do.”

Perks of Digital Den

Digital Den is RIT’s Apple authorized campus store. Looking for a laptop, the latest Apple Watch, earphones, a designer phonecase, a pop socket, a wireless charger, or a hard drive? Digital Den can hook you up with all of these and more. Almost any of your electronic needs can be met at Digital Den. However, Digital Den is no basic tech shop. Behind the Bricks talked with Ryan Gaynor, a Staff Sales Associate, about the Perks of Digital Den.

Does the store sell Apple products only?

“We are mainly an Apple Campus Store but we also sell Dell computers and we also sell other brands, and we can special order other brands especially other Windows computers.”

Because Digital Den is focused on meeting RIT student needs, the employees can recommend specific computers and other technology based on your college and major. Digital Den also has a list of products they sell on their website. Check out your various options before you go!

How would you describe Digital Den if someone asked you what it was?

“I would say that Digital Den is an Apple store and also the RIT digital store. Whether it be Apple products or other electronics, we offer a lot of things at discounted or educational pricing so it is a huge benefit for students or staff to come here rather than going to regular retail stores in the area. We also have promotions and we have a have a presence online. We try to post relevant things: whether it be for our store, or cool news stories and things on social media as well as on our website. Also, within the last year or two, we have been running workshops here. So say someone wants to come by and wants to learn about about the Apple Watch, we have a workshop coming up that is all about the Apple Watch. And one additional thing is that we have an Apple Campus Rep: she comes in and helps with our workshops. We do about an hour or hour and a half small class on how the product works and all the different product features.”

The educational discounts offered at Digital Den are hard to beat. On top of that, Digital Den’s workshops are both interesting and informative. To learn more about your Apple watch, attend the next Apple Watch Workshop on Thursday, October 26 from 5-6 pm.

What kind of events do you generally hold?

“We have events every now and then; we recently had an event for Student Appreciation Night. We have events around various holidays. For the events, sometimes we have free food and we have a giveaway for an Apple Watch or an iPad or something like that. We are trying to spread the word that we are here and get students interested.”

Is Digital Den open to the public or strictly for RIT students and staff?

“The store is generally open to the public but as far as Apple computers and iPads and things, we sell those only to the RIT faculty, staff, students, and retirees. A lot of the Apple products have educational discounts only available to them.”

On the Apple website, you cannot get the same educational deals that you can get at Digital Den. The educational discounts at Digital Den also apply when buying Apple Care. Additionally, Digital Den recently began their Encore Trade-In Service. If you’re looking to update your technology, you can sell your old devices to Digital Den and can use the money towards your next purchase! Check out the Digital Den website for an estimate on how much your electronics are worth.

Besides the store, what services do you offer?

“We work with an authorized Apple Service Provider. If anyone from the RIT community comes by, they can drop off their Apple computer here and someone will come pick it up and will do the work on it at their location. You can pay here, drop it off here, and fill out the paperwork here. We can also answer some questions about Apple products, especially if someone purchases them here, as well.”

Because Digital Den is an Apple authorized campus store, all the workers are Apple certified product specialists and technicians. This means the workers are extremely knowledgeable about all of the products and can recommend what is right for you. Additionally, if you are having issues with your Apple technology, the employees may be able to help you with the problem before you make an appointment with the Genius Bar.

What are the Single Incident, Gold, and Platinum plans?

“Those are the computer repair service plans. Enrolled students already have the Gold Plan, as part of their tuition. For the faculty and staff, they can come here and they can purchase the Gold Plan, they can purchase a Single Incident Service, or they can upgrade even further and can buy one that has other features. The Platinum Plan, for instance, has additional features such as advanced hardware replacement, more intensive diagnostics and trouble shooting and things like that.”

Check out the computer repair service plans on Digital Den’s website to discover the exact services you can take advantage of with the Gold Plan, as well as the advantages of upgrading to the Platinum Plan. To learn more, check out their breakdown here.

What do you believe are the biggest perks of digital den?

“We have really good pricing and we have the option to go through us for repair services.” Gaynor also encouraged us to check out Digital Den’s list, “10 Great Reasons to Buy From the RIT Digital Den”.

You don’t want to miss out on the amazing deals and perks Digital Den can offer RIT students, faculty and staff. Don’t forget, Digital Den is not directly on campus. Stop by the second floor of Barnes and Noble for any of your electronic needs. Follow Digital Den on Facebook for interesting technology focused news stories and updates about their new products, workshops, and events!

Wonder Workers: Our Custodial Staff

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 2.3 million janitors in the U.S. today. Unfortunately, because custodial work is “behind the scenes” it often goes unappreciated. Yet, custodial work is often very difficult and is vital the success of all public buildings. Colleges, stores, and hospitals depend on their custodial staff for their daily operations. Today, October 2nd, is National Custodial Worker Appreciation Day; if you see a custodian around campus, show your appreciation!

Unknown to many, our custodial staff workers are pretty cool. Check out this Q&A with Charles VanMaldeghem, a Building Services Supervisor. Charles is known for implementing robotic equipment into his work and takes great strides to enhance his team’s custodial operations at RIT.

How long have you been the Building Services Supervisor at RIT? 
“I have been at RIT for 13 years. I oversee 13 custodial staff mainly over in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences as well as the Bausch and Lomb Center.”

What is the toughest part about being a custodian?
“It’s very routine, mundane. It’s the same thing day after day. So, we try to develop methods and procedures that alleviate some of the most strenuous portion of the job: automated and in some cases in the robotics. We are able to have machinery doing a lot of that heavy work that is fatiguing to the staff. It eliminates some of the injuries and potential problems with that.”

Do you find this job to be rewarding?
“Absolutely. Last week we hadthe inauguration and the tours that were associated with that. A large number of people came through our building. So having the place look really nice and the floors looking clean and shiny, and restrooms clean and presentable and appealing is important, and we get great rewards off of the feedback we get from those.”

Custodial work is often “behind the scenes.” Do you think people take your work for granted or are very appreciative of the work you do?
“I often see a lot of positive feedback from the faculty staff and from students as well. Our custodians, because we are here during the day, develop those relationships with individuals. A lot of my staff has great connections with RIT staff and our students because they see them everyday.”

Why did you decide to go into the custodial workforce?
“I started very young in high school. Actually, before that I worked for my father cleaning his offices at the age of 12. As asupervisor, I feel my job is to further develop individuals because I know the business and I know the individuals. I get great reward out of enhancing their lives and making them better.”

Why do you think National Custodial Worker Appreciation Day is so important?
“Having been in it for 40 years, I like to make sure I am appreciating my staff everyday. I don’t try to limit it to one day out of the year, but the recognition that the staff get from people appreciating what they do on a daily basis I think is important.”

Be sure to thank the next custoidal worker you see, and share your apprciation on social media by tagging us at Behind the Bricks, along with the hastag #RITBTB. On behalf of Behind the Bricks, thank you to all RIT custodial workers as well as Facilities Management Services, for keeping our campus clean and beautiful. Happy National Custodial Worker Appreciation Day!