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Rock the Vote



Alec Baldwin: Horton Distinguished Speaker 2012


Another Brick City weekend has come and gone at RIT. This year for the Horton Distinguished Speaker Series, RIT brought in New York native Alec Baldwin. Baldwin sat down for an hour long interview with local WHEC journalist Robin De Wind.

Going into the event, not many people knew exactly what Baldwin would be talking about. Known for his opinionated views, there was a question of whether or not he would actually discuss common issues in the U.S., as well as the always touchy subject of politics. They started out talking about some more basic things, like Baldwin’s hit television show “30 Rock.”

“No, no, no, I did not,” said Baldwin when asked if he thought the show would be as successful as it has been. “It turned out really positive.”

Baldwin went on to credit “30 Rock” as his greatest accomplishment career-wise.

He spent almost the entire first half of the interview discussing more entertainment-based questions. Talking mostly about the film industry today and how they have started reducing their costs by combining jobs, such as asking the screenwriter to also be the director.

Towards the middle of the interview, Baldwin gave the crowd what they wanted. De Wind pointed out the fact that he had skirted around her political question earlier in the interview. Baldwin gave in and discussed his “mostly democratic” views on politics.

“I am announcing my run for New York senate in 2016,” said Baldwin during this discussion of politics. “And I would never ever, ever, ever forget that I am your employee.”

Baldwin rounded out the interview by answering some questions from students. He even made sure to let De Wind know that she should be more careful when reading the cards when she accidentally said “sex-ess” instead of success.

New York, NY Dueling Pianos


Chronologically Misunderstood


Fall Drag Show


It’s that time of year again. Time for the annual RIT Gay Alliance Fall Drag Show!

Drag queens and kings came out at their best Friday, October 12 to show the crowd just how well they can shake it.

Drawing in a crowd so large it nearly filled Ingle Auditorium, the fall drag show, aptly titled “A Foreign Affair,” was a success. Filled with students, teachers and fans, the fall drag show proves just how supportive a campus RIT is. The crowd roared after each of the 17 performers’ acts, ranging from choreographed dances to a stand-up comedian.

Hosts Candy Couture and Kiki Banana Hammock brought on the laughs as they bantered back and forth on stage and got the interpreters to do some very interesting ASL.

For anyone interested in the RIT Gay Alliance and their events, check here for more information.

Brainwreck Improv


Brainwreck Improv

Mud Tug XVII


Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi hosted the seventeenth annual Mud Tug on September 22. Bringing in participants from all around the Rochester area, this Mud Tug became the largest in the history of the event. So large, that Guinness World Records came to mark the largest tug-of-war competition ever.

Over 1,600 people participated in the tug-of-war tournament. Teams of 10 fought over five large mud pits to claim the title of Mud Tug champions. There were three winning teams, one for each bracket (all-male, all-female, and co-ed). The winners of each bracket won tickets to see Fun. at RIT on November 3.

To participate in the event, each member of each team paid $5 beforehand or $8 the day of, raising over $10,000. The money raised at Mud Tug went to local Rochester organization, Hillside Family of Agencies. Hillside provides multiple services to help struggling children and families throughout Rochester.

This was the third year that the money raised at Mud Tug went to Hillside. In honor of the efforts made by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi, Mayor Thomas Richards officially declared September 22, 2012 to be “a day for mud tugging together for United Way and Hillside.”

Pedal for Push


Pi Kappa Phi held their annual Pedal for Push event this week at RIT. Pedal for Push is a fundraising event to raise money for Pi Kappa Phi’s national philanthropy, Push America.

For 100 hours brothers from Pi Kappa Phi and numerous other volunteers pedaled on stationery bikes. The money raised goes to aid those with disabilities all throughout America.

Students and faculty walking by the tiger statue on their way to class all week were able to donate as much as they wanted to the cause. They also take online donations at

No information yet on how much money was raised this year but we're sure it was a success!

RIT's Ban on Bottled Water


President Destler announced new ban on bottled water sales on-campus on August 31.
Over the next 6 months, bottled water will be phased out of all on-campus locations. The ban was put into action as part of the RIT sustainability plan, which aims to make a “greener” campus.
“In a time when we are increasingly mindful of the rising cost of education, it is difficult to justify spending university funds on bottled water,” said Destler in a letter to the RIT community. “Especially when our tap water is free and of very high quality.”
School departments, as well as student groups and organizations can no longer purchase single-serving bottled water with university funds. They can get bulk amounts of water for events, but not in bottled form.
RIT will also be adding new water dispensers, like the ones in the NTID buildings, to help encourage students to start using their own re-usable water bottle.
The RIT sustainability website states that “This policy has been developed to minimize the non-essential use of bottled water.” 

Lambda Wetdown