Rochester Life

How UR students celebrate the return of spring

If the loud music from the baseball field making its humble return this past week didn’t clue you in to the fact that spring has sprung, then the amazing weather Rochester has had the past two weeks should do the trick.

COVID Semester in Review: Conduct

“Students should not be afraid […] to get help for themselves in a medical emergency,” Orton said. “We’re not trying to catch people; we’re trying to prevent it happening in the future.”

COVID Semester in Review: Quarantine and isolation

This year, when administrators talk about Q&I, they aren’t referring to the information desk at Evans Lam Square in Rush Rhees. They mean quarantine and isolation. 

COVID Semester in Review: Testing

“The only way you can say that we were really missing large numbers of infections is to hypothesize that [UR] students are endowed with magical powers and 90% of them when they’re infected never develop symptoms, and that’s absurd.”

COVID Semester in Review: How close were we to shutting down?

“I thought we had a good chance of going into a pause [last fall],” Director of Environmental Health & Safety and Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT) co-chair Mark Cavanaugh said.

COVID Semester in Review: Dr. Chatbot

From mid September through late October, the percentage of students living on campus who filled it out hovered near 50% each day, reaching as low as 43.1%.

Now what? Graduating during a pandemic

After studying remotely from Los Angeles this semester, Harris has found her academic interests shifting. 

UR reacts to rocky election

On Nov. 3, millions of people from around the world — including much of the UR community — watched as the results of the American election began to trickle in. But some close states took days to count, causing increased anxiety and anticipation. 

The logic behind UR fire policies

For most students “fire safety” conjures up memories of those late-night fire alarms caused by wannabe student chefs craving extra-crispy bacon at midnight. But there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes.

A survey of student voters

Students who are registered to vote in Rochester can either drop off their ballots at the Saunders Research Building (part of URMC) on Election Day or vote early by taking a free shuttle down to the Marketplace Mall.