Published April 5, 2013
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March 22, 2013

At the March 22 Student Government (SG) meeting, Enid Cardinal, senior sustainability adviser to President Destler, presented on RIT’s improvements in sustainability and what their priorities for the future include.

SUSTAINABILITY

Cardinal explained that sustainability is often thought of as “green,” but that work has been done to include social and economic issues. She cited that many degrees, concentrations and colleges have collaborated with student groups on campus to increase sustainability, such as the Mobile Bike Shop and Recover Rochester. Despite these gains, Cardinal claimed that electricity use is still an increasing problem at RIT and said that the use of electricity could be reduced by 30 percent simply by changing behaviors. Finally, Cardinal introduced the idea of creating a sustainability committee so that students could have individuals to field questions, concerns and suggestions on the topic.


MARCH 29, 2013

PLUS/MINUS GRADING

At the March 29 SG meeting Jeremy Haefner updated the committee on the plus/minus grading system that will begin in the fall of 2014. Haefner explained that the grading system has been delayed so that focus could be placed on the semester conversion. He stated that while there will be fewer 4.0 GPAs and little difference between a C and a C-, it will be a more refined tool to evaluate student academic work. Fernando Naveda, the Calendar Conversion Director, felt that these changes are not very dramatic.

IMPROVAMONIUM

At the end of the meeting, one of RIT’s improv clubs talked about their main event, Improvamonium. The event will take place on April 5 and April 6 in the Ingle Auditorium and feature professional college and high school improv troops from the Rochester and Syracuse area.

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