The Rochester Social Scene
Trey Rogers, an RIT graduate student, spoke about how he and the company he works for wants RIT students to be more involved with the downtown Rochester club scene. “Basically, I just want to get RIT involved in the nightlife.”
Aditya Manjrekar, an Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate student and Student Government director of finance, remarked on how many RIT students think that “Rochester is Henrietta.”
Heath Boice-Pardee, SG advisor and associate vice president for Student Affairs, remarked on how the policy has thus far been that buses could not be allocated due to safety reasons. “Students can take a bus to Niagara Falls, but who is accountable for them returning back to RIT. Not the bus drivers, not RIT.” However, Boice-Pardee did express interest in implementing transportation services to the area as “it is a great opportunity” for students to explore all of downtown Rochester and not just its club scene.
SG Weekly Newletter
Teraisa Chloros, SG student relations representative, spoke about the plan to create a SG weekly newsletter and how best implement it. Starting out small, she suggested that SG ask students questions to get a general feel of what they wanted in the newsletter. Asking questions on the Quarter Mile, using Facebook, and utilizing email were all suggested. Recommendations on how to best reach the most students were also made. Gregory Warchol of CAB suggested that RIT “stop spamming people ... I get a lot of emails from RIT, but I don’t read them all.” If fewer messages were sent, perhaps more students would read them.
Guest Swipe Meal Policy
Freshman Senator, Christopher Scott, proposed a guest swipe meal policy. Gracie’s current system allows students to use their meal card to only pay for their meals. Students do have the option of using their debit to pay for a guest, but it can cost up to $9. “Many students have complained about this to me and have become discouraged. [To them,] it’s their money and they should be able to do what they want with it.”
The guest swipe meal plan would consist of five guest options allocated per quarter. There would likely be no extra costs because the guest plan would be implemented in a similar way to how meal options are now; no extra meals would be given. For example, if a student chooses the 10 meals a week option, he would be able to use one meal and one guest meal at Gracie’s. This would leave the student with eight remaining meals. However, there potentially will be a cost for students who are a part of the unlimited meal plan.
“Most students only use 80 percent of their meal plan,” stated Teraisa Chloros. With the concern of it being misused Warchol said, “Even if you miss five meals, students are not gonna starve.” This policy could help foster a greater sense of community and “will bring more people to the school,” ended Scott.