Real RIT Challenge Detailed
Although Student Government (SG) dedicated relatively little discussion to the Real RIT Challenge, a document distributed at its Jan. 7 Senate meeting, provided fresh details of the upcoming event. Seventeen key figures have volunteered for the challenge, designed to expose administrators to the rigors of student life; participants include President William Destler, Provost Jeremy Haefner, NTID President Gerard Buckley and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper.
The administrators who agreed to take part in the challenge will live in on and off-campus student housing for two nights and complete tasks that simulate the student experience. The challenge will start on Wednesday, Jan. 19 with a presentation and a catered dinner. Participants will then be driven to their housing assignment and will be expected to complete a blog entry by midnight. The next day, they will be required to buy food using debit, take a bus to and from a designated location — the list includes Park Point, the RIT Inn & Conference Center, Wegmans and downtown Rochester — and complete another blog entry.
The challenge will end on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. with an open forum where participants will share their experiences.
New CAST Senator
After taking 30 minutes to interview three candidates and 10 minutes to decide on one, SG chose Timothy Maher, a third year Mechanical Engineering Technology major, as the new College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) senator.
Maher serves as a First Year Enrichment peer mentor to 25 freshman students, raises money for cancer as a Livestrong area leader and helped build a playground in downtown Rochester. His goal as senator is to increase the sense of community in the college by holding and encouraging people to attend special events.