Eggs, plastic bottles and a cinderblock are the main ingredients for expulsion for four Eastman students.

The four, whose names have not been released, have already been expelled from the Eastman Living Center for dropping the objects from the ninth and twelfth stories of the building on three separate occasions ? March 17, 18 and 21, Eastman Dean of Students Phyllis Wade said.

They are awaiting a disciplinary hearing to determine whether they will be expelled from UR altogether.

The students could not be reached for comment.

Wade said not all four of the students were involved in each of the incidents.

Although no one was harmed during the incidents, Eastman Residential Life is assessing the damage. Before dropping the objects, the students ripped screens out of the windows, Wade said.

While similar incidents have taken place before, objects have never been dropped into the courtyard, an area where many students are often outside since the building is a non-smoking one, Wade said.

Similar incidents have also occurred on the River Campus, but these pranks have usually resulted in expulsion from the dorms rather than complete removal from the school.

?The campuses are different,? Wade said. ?There was one student who was not hurt, but a bottle landed very close to him. I don?t know what goes on in the River Campus, but we do things a little differently here, although there is the same judicial process.?

The hearing will take place with an administrative panel on the River Campus.

Associate Dean of Students Ken Rockensies, who handles student discipline, said he cannot comment on disciplinary measures because of federal guidelines.

The panel will then make recommendations to Director of Eastman James Undercofler, who will decide on proper disciplinary measures for the students.

Baum begins bike service for charity

Sophomore Seth Baum is beginning a service called ?Biking with Purpose? that will benefit charity while offering a convenience to students on campus.

Those who need items from off campus can contact Baum, who will pick them up on his bike. He charges the price of the items plus a fee for the trip. Profits benefit the American Diabetes Association.

He charges based on how far off campus the errand takes him, how much space the goods take up and how heavy they are.

Baum will ride the Tour de Cure this summer, sponsored by the ADA, and must raise money in order to ride.

He had already been considering creating a messenger service for profit to meet student demand for off-campus goods.

?The pieces just tied together,? Baum said. ?Raise money for a cause while getting in shape for the ride and enjoying biking ? not to mention the conveniently timed warming of the weather ? while helping out some people on campus and maybe even raising some awareness about a good cause.?

Baum kicked off his service by biking to Pittsford Wegmans to pick up some kosher for passover food. Since the service began Saturday, he has gotten five customers.

?I am actually losing money on this venture since I make myself pay for my services and due to wear and tear on my bike,? he said.

Baum has worked in a bicycle store and as a bicycle messenger.

Last summer, he rode the MS150, a two-day 150-mile bike ride for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Visit Baum?s site, http://mail.rochester.edu/~sb001i/biking_with_purpose, for pricing information.

Reporting byEmily Epstein and Cecilia Le.



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