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Tianna Manon

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Getting Ahead in Week 3



In a ten week quarter, midterms and finals come ridiculously fast. All up and down my Facebook timeline, I see my friends complain about all-nighters, days spent in the library, and being held prisoner to their textbooks, essays, and projects.

But what if this zombification of RIT students wasn’t necessary? What if we didn’t need to hibernate for 2-3 weeks out of the quarters? Simply put, what if we used the other 7-8 weeks to get ahead and be ready for midterms and finals.

“I’m like the queen of stress,” said Emily Rinehart, a 3rd-year Graphic Design major. She said she didn’t really get a lot of midterms or finals, but a lot of final projects. 

“Week 8 is like my busiest week,” she said. “All of my projects are due then, and I learn about my final projects. Between Week 8 and week 11, I’m a crazy person.”  

However, Rinehart said she does try to get ahead and prevent some of this stress, but just the inherent stress of design gets in the way. It’s hard to plan for final projects that you may not know about until two weeks before it’s due.

“I’m consistent throughout the entire quarter, so one exam doesn’t break me,” said Tracy Adler, a third-year Interpreting major.

She has a good point. There is a lot of stress relieved if you know that your final project or exam doesn’t need the perfect grade to get you that A for the entire course. Last year during my Data 1 course, I spent most of the first weeks of the quarter studying only this subject, because the others were relatively easy. By the time the finals came around, I only needed a 68 on the Data I and could use the rest of the week to study for the other courses and solidify my As.

I made Data I my main priority because I knew it was a much harder course.

R.I.T’s Secret Ongoing War: The “Poets” vs. the “Engineers and Keyboard Tappers”



“One time I was on the bus, and (overheard): ‘why would anyone come here for Liberal Arts, who needs another poet in society?’” said Lauren McShane, 19, a second-year Communications major in the College of Liberal Arts, COLA. She remembers the indignation she felt at the assumption that everyone in COLA is a poet, which isn’t even an offered program- or going further, is useless.

“I really wanted to say something, but I’m not the kind of person to call someone out on the bus,” she said.

Her story isn’t unique. Many COLA students have expressed anger at being socially marginalized by students who excel in science and math.

“I’ve seen some science (and computer) students treat liberal arts majors with a hint of condescension,” said Tamalika Mukherjee, 19, a second-year major in Computational Mathematics. “Personally, I respect COLA people. The amount of papers/essays I’ve seen my liberal arts friends write per week has convinced me that no major is easy and we just face different kinds of difficulty in our own tasks.”

COLA students believe that in addition to other students, RIT as a whole looks down on COLA. This assumption is due to a college hall that is not as grandiose, and a job fair with more employers serving Golisano College of Computing and Information Science and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering then COLA.

Many COLA students have simply stopped going to the Career Fair. To be fair, many students from other programs (including business, art and design, and even gaming-related majors, all three of which RIT is ranked as a top university, according to the Princeton Review).

“I have found that it is pointless for me to go because there are maybe two employers to talk to,” said Katelyn Stevens, 20, a third-year Criminal Justice major. “It is very frustrating that I feel as though it is pointless for me to go.”

Hurricane Sandy Affecting Students Almost One Month Later



(Photo provided by Courtney Ullger, of RIT showing damage in Masspequa, NY.)

When Hurricane Sandy first threatened the east coast, students at RIT begged for a day off. Yet, the few inches of rain, and gusty winds was not nearly enough to close down the institution. While our campus may have been left reasonably untouched, many students are now finding themselves in a difficult predicament weeks later. Should they go home for the break, knowing that, for many, their houses are still without power, seeing flood and wind damage, and/or don’t resemble much of a home at all?

Celine Anderson, a second-year Journalism major, will probably be staying at her apartment in Global Village for the break for that reason alone. She said her family, which lives in Far Rockaway, just outside of Queens, NY, still has no power.

According to Anderson, they decided not to heed the mandatory evacuation because the last one, during Hurricane Irene, proved to be unnecessary.

 “We left (for the evacuation) and Irene was, like, a joke. We had to go really far in Jamaica, Queens for the evacuation and it ended up being nothing,” she said.

Additionally, many burglaries take place during mandatory evacuations, giving her family another reason to stay home.

“My best friend (Genneve Torres) is in Brooklyn for the evacuation. She said, ‘In the morning people were pretending to be FEMA and LIPA’ (two services that give emergency help during crises) and then would rob you,” Anderson said “If you aren’t home, people will break into your houses and steal your stuff.”

However, Rockaway is completely destroyed. Anderson was lucky in the fact that her apartment is on the 10th floor. She didn’t experience flooding or wind damage, but her family still has no power and often is without water. Choosing to stay here for the break was a joint decision, she said.

Gray Matter: Has the Food Industry Bamboozled Us?


Gray Matter: Has the Food Industry Bamboozled Us?

Gray Matter is a monthly discussion series at RIT designed to promote critical exploration of provocative topics related to higher education and the RIT campus community. Just in time for the holidays, November's discussion focuses on food ideologies. What is nutrition and what is manipulation?

Location: Idea Factory
Cost: Free

Information from RIT Events Calendar
For more information: RIT Gray Matter on Facebook

Run from the Zombies


Missing Brick City


While everyone else was at Alec Baldwin on Saturday, I was stuck at the Box Office. I couldn’t even hear him from where I sat less than 100 yards away. All I saw was the smiles of everyone who walked out after the event and the disappointed looks on those who hadn’t made it in time to go in.

30 minutes later was our women’s hockey game against Yale at the Blue Cross Arena. I was still on campus

Then I missed the Penn State Hockey game that same night, where I worked Will Call. I gave everyone their tickets, and signed the parents in. My Twitter was on fire that night with updates of the game, so I turned off the data on my phone.

I literally missed all of homecoming! I missed the ticketed events and the cool speeches by my professors. I was on campus the entire weekend of Brick City and all I got was a microfiber sticker that can clean my phone and then stick on the back for convenience.

My news feed and timeline is still blowing up with students reminiscing of the great times they had with friends and families, which made me realize: life is much too short to be an adult before I have to be.

So many college students get bogged down with thoughts of how to best prepare for a career, or with grades that won’t even matter five years from now (although I am very proud of my perfect GPA). What happened to college being the best years of our lives? Ask your parent, I’m sure he/she has stories about the crazy antics of a co-ed.

What can we talk about? Our co-op at Dow? The one time I pulled a 14-hour shift? How about all of the weekend nights we wasted because we were too scared to party like we wanted to, too scared of the judgment?

Roommate Conflicts


Everyone has read the stories about roommates from hell. Everyone also tends to think they won’t get that roommate. There is a reason there are so many stories about awful roommates: everyone gets one at least once during their college career.

And you may think your home free. It’s been seven weeks and you two still chat every night before going to bed. Maybe you’ve even progressed to the point of being friends.

Well, don’t let your guard down yet. This is when it goes downhill.

Now, you two are getting more comfortable with each other. She may assume that you are at the point where she can relax around you. Trust me, you don’t want that! She will start borrowing your things and saying, “You don’t mind, right?” You will find her mooching off of you “because we’re friends. I’ll totally pay you back next time.”

So, how do you keep her from doing that? Here are my three no-fail, easy-peasy ways to keep your roomie as saintly as possible:

1.) Flip out randomly. The key to keeping a roommate from being a hellish one is to never let her feel relaxed enough around you to where she can act crazy. So, if you flip out randomly she never will relax around you.

2.) Be shady. If you’re like that creepy girl whose corner of the room is always shadowy and colder than the rest of the room, she’ll most likely leave you alone. Also, don’t clean it up as frequently. Toss in a bad odor, and you’re guaranteed that she won’t take your stuff.

3.) You be the roommate from hell. If you’re the bad roomie, she doesn’t get to be. Just make sure you’re bad enough to where she doesn’t just hate you and then plots her revenge.

SG Horton Distinguished Speaker: Alec Baldwin


RITGA Fall Drag Show


Event Name: RITGA Fall Drag Show
Category: Club Events/Activities
Description: A two hour event with student drag performers hosted by RIT Gay Alliance

10/12/2012 (8:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
Ingle Auditorium


Cost: $4.00

(RIT Events Calendar)

Talkin’ Zombies with Max Brooks: the Zombie King


I work at the Gordon Field House Box Office, so I watched as tickets for Max Brooks trickled out. We often went days without selling even one and I thought I knew why: he was a boring guy!

I’d started reading Brooks’ World War Z a few years ago, and found the book just good enough to pick up every once in a while when my younger brother left the book around. I doubt I ever made it to the second chapter; and I don’t think there are more than five books that I’ve ever started in my life and didn’t finish.

My brother, on the other hand, is not a big reader. While I took to words, he ran to numbers. Yet World War Z is on the list of five books he’s actually read.

So, when I called and asked him if he wanted to check out Brooks, he agreed immediately. That was really saying something. My brother is perfectly content at home and very rarely agrees to go anywhere or do anything outside of the house.

That made me want to go. Not only could Brooks make my brother read, he was also able to get him off the couch.

Brooks’ event was sponsored by CAB and was held in the Clark gym. It can seat about 1,500 people. Less than 500 tickets sold. I feel bad for the other 1,000 people who could have been there and did not attend.

It was spectacular. His humor kept me attentive for the full hour. Three things I learned:

1.) Water is the most important thing to have in a zombie apocalypse.

2.) Guns can be a hassle considering that they need bullets, and unlike Left for Dead, a very popular video game, there will be no bullets just lying around that just so happen to also fit your gun.

3.) Bicycles are probably the best mode of transportation; unless they create a car that doesn’t need gas and can run on fear.