A “Leap Into The Dark”: Vision or Reality?

On First Friday last week, Gallery r opened their new collaborative exhibition. The works of two artists with different expertise in their respective mediums have been joined together to create “Leap Into The Dark”. This fusion of Bradley Butler’s paintings and Mitchell Messina’s sculptures tells an uncommon tale. It is a great opportunity for art lovers in the Rochester area to experience quite a unique exhibition. The show continues to display until March 26.

Bradley Butler is an RIT alumnus who received his MFA in 2010. His art
mainly includes landscape-like paintings that he creates “to disconnect from reality and then to disconnect from the act of painting itself”. As he paints to achieve everything within nothingness, he also hints at the space that exists between reality and imagination. He refers to the series of his paintings showcased at Gallery r as the “Darker/Blacker Phase”. In the beginning of 2016, he started to represent his emotions on canvas with the help of bold dark shades. It is his curiosity to the unknown that inspires these paintings, a poetic depiction of the emotional spaces that a mind dwells in.

Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC

Mitchell Messina, on the other hand, uses his sculptures to show how technology has affected human interaction. Primitive technology was an addendum of the human mind and body, however, with time this addendum has turned into an impediment that limits communication between two individuals. Messina’s male figures represent the self-consumed state of humanity. He sends a loud message that many have been denying for a long time.

Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC

The beautiful paradox of this exhibition is that the sculptures represent lack of human interaction and expression, a darkness if you will, and the paintings search for an expression through the darkness. As the title suggests, this exhibition is indeed a journey into the dark. The credit for the idea of bringing these distinct art forms together belongs to Gallery r Director John Aäsp.

Gallery r is located at 100 College Avenue in downtown Rochester and is open from Thursday to Sunday between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Check out the Gallery r site for more info.

Let’s Cure that Cabin Fever!

We’re in the middle of winter and the semester is getting a little chaotic. If you’re like me, you feel like you’ve been stuck in your apartment for weeks doing homework and studying. Why go outside? It’s freezing! Well, I have a few cures for your cabin fever.  RIT has a lot to offer and you don’t want to miss out on any of it, no matter how cold it is outside!

Tiger TV

tigertvSo if you haven’t heard by now, RIT is offering an Internet-based TV service called Tiger TV.  This means that if you live in RIT Housing, you can watch your shows whenever you’re connected to the RIT network. This could be on your computer, tablet, phone, or TV. If you don’t have a Smart TV, you will need a Roku or Apple TV. Google Chromecast does not work with RIT’s network and Amazon Fire has not been properly tested.

What’s so great about it? It has HBO and lots of other great channels! This means you won’t miss the new Game of Thrones episode! Or, if you’re like me, you can finally catch TJ Miller on Silicon Valley!

Click here to find out more about Tiger TV.

Public Skate

publicskateSomething that’s almost always available, and as an RIT student you have to try, is public skate at Ritter. It’s only $2 for RIT students at $3 for a skate rental if you don’t have your own skates. It’s a lot of fun (and super exhausting). Grab a few friends and head over to Ritter! More information on pricing and hours can be found here.


CAB Movie Nights

cabThe College Activities Board has movie nights (Thursday Night Cinema) with a few other events throughout the week too. Free entertainment is always a necessity as a college student.

Some upcoming Thursday Night Cinemas include Hugo, Monsters University, The Heat, and Paper Towns.

Some other upcoming events offered by CAB include Zumba night, a Genesee Brew House tour for seniors, a trip to Corning Museum of Glass, and a trip to the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

You can find out more about CAB’s movie nights and events here.

Fitness Center

fitnesscenterSomething everyone should be taking advantage of is a free workout at the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center or Gordon Field House! While it seems to be a lot easier to stay in your warm apartment, it would be a lot more rewarding to head on over to the Fitness Center. They have many machines and weights, even a swimming pool, so you’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you. Visit the Fitness Center website for their hours and more information.

What do you do to stay active and beat the winter blues? Leave your advice in the comments section.

TJ Miller Preview!

Time has flown by and FreezeFest 2017 is this week! As the headlining event, comedian TJ Miller will be performing at the Gordon Field House Saturday, February 19 at 9 p.m.! You might know him best from the HBO show Silicon Valley, but he’s hilarious when he’s off the script too. Can’t wait till Saturday to laugh with (or at) TJ Miller? No worries, I’ve got your back. I put together a few videos of TJ’s funniest moments outside Silicon Valley. And trust me, you’ve got to see these!

Well, everybody loves Ellen and the way she can make just about anything funny. This skit shows TJ with a few children discussing the holidays. What makes it funny is that TJ has an answer for everything the kids say.

I know, another Ellen video. This one is a game that Ellen plays called “last word.” It’s pretty self-explanatory. She states at topic and there’s 45 seconds on the clock, whoever says the last word wins. Of course, with Ellen and TJ Miller, this skit is pretty hilarious.

Here’s TJ’s appearance on Stephen Colbert from last year. The two of them together is pretty hysterical and something everyone should see.

Of course, mixing TJ and Conan is going to give you something interesting. This video is too funny!

Make sure to catch TJ Miller at the Gordon Field House this Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m.! Tickets can be found here and you can RSVP on the Facebook event page here. You won’t want to miss it!


Celebrate First Friday at RIT’s galleries

Hello Tigers!

We are now left with the final two weeks of fall semester and the pressure is mounting. If you are looking somewhere to unwind and refresh, what better place than RIT’s art galleries? On the first Friday of each month galleries across Rochester open their doors for special events and we have gathered a list of current exhibitions being showcased both on and off campus. We hope you enjoy the tour!

1. Norman Ives: Construction and Reconstructions

This exhibition is being jointly hosted by the University Gallery and the Bevier Gallery. The exhibition displays the works of Norman Ives, who made a remarkable contribution to graphic design. Both the galleries have a beautiful arrangement of Ives’s collages, curated by his student and friend John T. Hill. Find out more about Ives’ works in our behind the scenes article here.


2. Co-Lab

If you are heading downtown, make sure to check out a new exhibit called Co-Lab, which opens today at Gallery r. It is showcasing the collaborative projects created by the students of RIT’s Schools of Art, American Crafts, Design, Film & Animation, and Photographic Arts & Sciences. The reception lasts from 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


3. Jose Saldana: Adventures Around the World

The RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center is showcasing the works of deaf photographer and mountain climber Jose Saldana at their Williams Gallery on the first floor. Saldana has climbed over 40 mountains all over the world and his nature photography has been published in numerous media including National Geographic’s “Your Shot.” The exhibition will be on display until this Saturday, Dec. 3.


4. Second Glance

After you check out the Saldana exhibit, head upstairs and take a second glance at the everyday life through an exhibition that explores various printmaking methods. The exhibition is on the display at the Ohringer Gallery (second floor) in the RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center. The last day for this exhibition is also Dec. 3, so do not miss it! Read more about the exhibition in the Democrat and Chronicle’s review here.


5. The History of Individualized Education at RIT

The RIT Museum, located at the third floor of Wallace Center, is has a new exhibition that opened Wednesday outlining the history of RIT’s School of Individualized Study. The exhibit dates back to the school’s inception in 1966, when it was known as the College of Continuing Education (CCE).

We hope you have fun taking in some of the fascinating artwork RIT’s galleries have to offer. For additional First Friday events across Rochester, visit http://www.firstfridayrochester.org/.

7 Things you should not miss this Brick City Homecoming weekend

One of RIT’s most celebrated times of the year, Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, is approaching quickly. The ceremonies will commence on Oct. 13 and will last through Oct. 16. There is a massive number of events planned for you and your family, so we narrowed it down to some popular and fun events you should not miss this year. For the full schedule of events, details and registration, visit the Brick City Homecoming website. All prices mentioned below are for online registration only, the price may differ for welcome center or on-spot registrations.

  1. SG Horton Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York)
    Location: Gordon Fieldhouse (GOR)
    Date & Time: Oct. 15 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
    Entry: Student – $5.00, Parent/Alumni/Faculty/Staff – $10.00, Guest – $10.00

For over two decades, RIT has invited distinguished speakers to come talk about their work. After popular speakers such as Bill Nye (2008), Al Pacino (2010), Alec Baldwin (2012) and Jamie Hyneman (2015), it’s Brandon Stanton’s (Humans of New York) turn to meet RIT students. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Stanton’s story.


  1. RIT Women’s Hockey vs. Union College
    Location: Gene Polisseni Center (POL)
    Date & Time: Oct. 14 (3 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.), Oct. 15 (12 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)
    Entry: RIT Students – Free, Parents/Alumni/Faculty/Staff/Guest – $4.00, Children under 12 – ($3.00)

RIT and Hockey cannot be separated! Flaunt your best RIT orange apparel and cheer for RIT Women’s hockey team this Homecoming as they take on Union College.

RIT Women's Hockey team pictures in Rochester on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
RIT Women’s Hockey team pictures in Rochester on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
  1. RIT Men’s Hockey vs. University of Connecticut
    Location: Blue Cross Arena, One War Memorial Square, Rochester, NY 14614
    Date & Time: Oct. 15 (7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
    Entry: Faculty / Staff / Alumni / Parent / Guest – $13.00, External Students – $9.00, RIT Students (Limit 2 per customer) – $6.00, Children 5 and under (Limit 4 per customer) – $5.00

The two-time defending Atlantic Hockey Champions, RIT Men’s Hockey team, will be playing its 10th Homecoming weekend game against University of Connecticut. Celebrate in the heart of downtown with 10,000 other tigers. You can make use of the free RIT shuttles to go to this game. Registration is available on the Brick City Homecoming website . Purchase your game tickets here.

RIT Men's Hockey team pictures in Rochester on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
RIT Men’s Hockey team pictures in Rochester on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
  1. Brick City 5K Fun Run and Walk
    Location: Grace Watson Hall (Registrations at Grace Watson Lobby)
    Date & Time: Oct. 16 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Entry: RIT Student – Free, Parent/Alumni/Faculty/Staff – $10.00, Guest – $10.00

Participate in this annual event to run a lap around the RIT campus. Don’t forget to collect your free T-shirt at the finish line! Get a feel of the RIT spirit by watching Brick City 5K Run, 2013, footage.

  1. Giant Global Selfie
    Location: George Eastman Hall (EAS) Eastman Kodak Quad
    Date & Time: Oct. 14 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
    Entry: Free

Be a part of the glorious diversity of RIT by participating in the Giant Global selfie where students come together to represent their nationalities.

Giant Global Selfie 2015 (Copyrights RIT International Student Services)
Giant Global Selfie 2015 (Copyrights: RIT International Student Services)
  1. Zootopia: With Introduction by Alumnus Greg Smith
    Location: James E. Booth Hall (BOO), Webb Auditorium
    Date & Time: Oct. 14 (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.), Oct. 15 (2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
    Entry: Free

Enjoy a free screening of the popular movie Zootopia with family and friends. This is also a great opportunity to talk to RIT alumnus Greg Smith (2006), the Associate Technical Supervisor for Zootopia. Take a look at the trailer below!

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing
    Location: Red Barn (RED)
    Date & Time: Oct. 15 (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.), Oct.16 (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    Entry: Free

Do you love rock climbing? This might just be what you are looking for! Experience rock climbing indoors at the Red Barn at RIT. Here’s a sneak peek!

10 RIT performances you should not miss at Rochester Fringe Festival 2016!

The Rochester Fringe Festival (September 15 – 24) is stepping into its fifth year of bringing the multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts to the masses. The disciplines include various forms of entertainment such as theater (physical, street, musical etc.), comedy, family entertainment, music, dance and literature performed by international, national and local artists. RIT, being an educational partner and sponsor, has been an integral part of the Fringe Fest since its inception. This year too, the members of the RIT community will be participating to perform in several of the 500+ performances at the Fringe Fest. These RIT-related events are free, along with the shuttle service that will take students to and from the festival. It’s a daunting list at first glance, so here are a few RIT-related attractions compiled to give you the gist of what to expect and where! Enjoy!

1. 2016 RIT Student Honors Show: RIT’s School of Film and Animation has many accolades to its name. SOFA students produce about 300 films and animations each year including graduate and undergraduate work. This show will allow viewers to take a look at some of the outstanding projects created by these students.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 17, 11:30 a.m.)

2. Al Biles and GenJam: A jazz performance by RIT School of Interactive Games and Media Professor Al Biles alongside GenJam (Genetic Jammer computer software). GenJam has been designed to learn and improvise jazz. This performance will be a beautiful blend of technology and music.

The Little: Café (September 16, 17 & 23, 5 p.m.)

3. RIT A Capella Hour: RIT a cappella groups Brick City Singers, Eight Beat Measure, RIT Surround Sound and RIT Vocal Accent will be participating in this show. Eight Beat Measure and RIT Vocal Accent will also be performing individually; details are on the website.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 17, 5 p.m.)

Eight Bit Encore at Chill Beats 2015 (Credits: Eight Bit Encore)

4. RIT Bhangra: RIT Bhangra is a cultural awareness group at RIT that performs the folk dance “Bhangra.” This dance form is popular in the Punjab region of India and is performed during the harvest season.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 17, 6:30 p.m.)

RIT Bhangra at Unification Fall 2015 (Credits: RIT Bhangra)

5. RIT Players Fringe Show: RIT Players are one of the most popular and talented performance groups at RIT. They work on plays, musicals and 24-hour shows.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 17, 7:30 p.m.)

A peek into RIT Players’ “The Laramie Project” (Credits: Reporter Magazine)

6. Sup? The College Rock Band from RIT: “Sup?” was started by three RIT students Tom Winegar, Josh Bassig and Josh Willsey in 2013. The alternative rock performers have been since fascinating the audiences with their modern rock, 90’s alternative/punk and 70’s groove style blend.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 17, 9 p.m.)

“Sup?” performing live – Danger Danger/ Song for Brooke (Credits: Tom Winegar)

7. Dances from East Asia: The Asian Culture Dance Crew (ACDC) at RIT was founded by dance enthusiasts of the RIT Asian Culture Society. The group is mainly focused on learning and performing the contemporary music from Asia, such as k-pop, j-pop and c-pop.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 18, 11:30 a.m.)

ACDC at ACS 2016 Culture Showcase: (Credits: ACDC at RIT)

8. Thomas Warfield – Creating Dance/ Building Relationships: There is a lot more to Thomas Warfield, Director of Dance at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, than meets the eye. He is a dancer, a performer and an educator known worldwide for his contribution to the community. He is the founder and artistic director of PeaceArt International, dedicated to creating and strengthening relationships through performing arts.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 18, 3 p.m.)

Thomas Warfield at TEDxRochester, 2009 (Credits: TEDx Talks)

9. Dangerous Signs: Hands Full of Shakespeare: RIT’s Dangerous Signs is a group that performs different performing arts such as dance, mime, music and story-telling by using American Sign Language(ASL) as the medium.

The Little: Theatre 1 (September 24, 1 p.m.)

Dangerous Signs’ Preview at Fringe Fest 2015 (Credits: RIT University News)

10. Encore A Cappella Group: Encore is RIT’s own all-women A cappella group, which has been active for more than two decades.

The Little: Café (September 24, 3:30 p.m.)

Turntable by RIT Encore at Bellacappella 2015 (Credits RIT Encore)

Rochester Bike Trails

Getting around Rochester without a car can seem daunting. Going solely on the area around campus would seem to reinforce this. Trying to walk to the Wegmans on Hylan Drive is not advised and getting downtown seems like it would take weeks on foot. However, if you have a bicycle, getting around the region is easier than you would think. Rochester is home to miles upon miles of bike trails, leading to a number of towns and major locations.

What You’ll Need

When setting out on a long-distance bike ride, you’ll need to prepare yourself. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings when riding, as you are going to be sharing the trails with pedestrians and other cyclists. You may find yourself riding on roads at certain times. Make sure to plan your route before starting out. There is some equipment that is recommended as well such as:

  • A helmet!
  • A water bottle. Long rides in summertime are a recipe for dehydration or even heat exhaustion.
  • A portable phone battery. Should you decide to explore off the trail, you’re going to want to make sure that you have access to a navigation app.
  • A small personal first-aid kit—nothing extravagant, just a few essentials.
  • Sunscreen. Many of the trails have minimal shade along the way, so you will need to protect your skin.
  • A multitool. A decent multitool is like a toolbox in your pocket.
  • A buddy. Especially on long distance rides, it’s a good idea to have a friend with you.

Lehigh Valley Trail IMG_0973

The Lehigh Valley Trail is split into two sections, the north and south. The southern section starts just off Calkins road near Wegmans and runs to Victor, NY. The north section begins alongside John Street and ends right at the edge of the University of Rochester campus. The area around the south end of U of R is a terminus of sorts for the area’s bike trails, with several trails branching off in several directions. As for the Lehigh Valley Trail, it is more of a means of getting to the other trails. The Lehigh trail mostly passes through woods, so while there is really nothing there to do, it does make a pleasant ride.

Erie Canalway Heritage Trail

IMG_0977The Erie Canalway Heritage trail is a system of trails that spans from Albany to Buffalo, following the route of the Erie Canal. It passes through the Rochester area right by the University of Rochester, passes the airport and heads north toward Brockport. Heading south along the trail will take you along the canal through the suburbs around Brighton, Henrietta and Pittsford. The main attractions along this route are parks and restaurants, namely the area around North Main Street in Pittsford. If you’re up for the 20 mile round trip, there are several great restaurants right beside the trail as well as Pittsford Farms Dairy: a bakery, (really good) ice cream shop, and dairy all rolled into one. Other attractions along the trail include Brighton Park, Meridian Centre Park and Lock 34 Park.

Genesee Riverway TrailIMG_0970

Much shorter than the Erie Canalway Trail, the Genesee Riverway Trail connects with the Eire Canalway trail in Genesee Valley park, next to University of Rochester. While there is a short southbound section of the trail, the main draw is that the trail takes you directly through the heart of downtown Rochester. Along the way, there are numerous attractions. The trail itself is contained mostly in a long, thin park that runs alongside the Genesee River. The trail also brings you along the U of R campus, which is in close proximity to a number of restaurants. Another area along the trail to check out is the South Wedge, which is home to a number of great shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the occasional festival. In Downtown Rochester, there are attractions such as Blue Cross Arena, Dinosaur BBQ, and the Strong Museum within a 5 minute ride of the trail. However, caution is advised, since getting to many of these attractions requires riding in the street.

nature-trail-bigTrails on Campus

If you’re looking to just go for a quick walk or bike ride, there are a number of places you can do so here on campus. There are several trails and paths that are perfect for jogging, biking or just walking. The best option for a quick ride or jog is the outer loop, which creates a 3 mile loop around the RIT campus. For those looking for something slower paced and woodsy, there are nearly 2 miles of nature trails through the woods off Grace Watson hall. These trails pass through woodlands, cross several streams, and give access to several picnic areas.