CHEERS to Dining Services and Cam Schauf for turning the dark and gloomy Pit into the gleaming Commons, complete with new seating, a new design and, of course, Panda Express. The new look is sleek and modern, and the new layout of The Hive is much improved. We also appreciate the added grilled cheese and milkshakes on campus, which adds a new variety to Douglass dinning center.
CHEERS to the administration and student government for expanding Fall Break. Finally students have the opportunity to take trips home and away from school, catch up on homework and get some much-needed rest and relaxation as the semester becomes intense with work and studying.
CHEERS to the Orientation Committee and Admissions Office for expanding Transfer Orientation to a program as long as Freshman Orientation, including special outings, dinners, picnics and bike tours. And additionally, CHEERS for adding the mid-semester freshman expo. New students are finally being given the attention they deserve and are not left behind after Orientation
CHEERS for Southside living center getting wireless Internet access. It is a step in the right direction for a school that has been sorely lacking in wireless access, especially in dormitories.
CHEERS to Terry Gurnett for leading UR’s women’s soccer for a legendary 33 years. He will be sorely missed.
CHEERS to the Goergen Athletic Center, for acquiring new equipment, including new free weights and medicine balls. Now we can pump iron in style.
CHEERS to Student Government and  UR President Joel Seligman for their thoughtful responses to the Tyler Clementi suicide at Rutgers University and the cyber-bulling posts at UR. It is encouraging to see that the administration and student government does not stand passively by in the face of cruelty.
CHEERS for turning Psi Upsilon into housing. UR faces a housing shortage and any addition to available housing that can be made is welcome.

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