Computer room created in Hylan Hall

Information Technology Services has created a new computer classroom in Hylan Hall room 303.

The new computer lab is equipped with video projection, 16 student workstations, and a station for an instructor. The classroom will be available to the university outside of scheduled class times.

Other improvements were made to River Campus classrooms during winter break. Additional computers for instructors were added in Dewey classrooms and in Hoyt Auditorium.

Fifteen campus classrooms now have DVD playback capability and high-resolution video projectors. Thirty-eight classrooms have some sort of video display in them.

GLBFA changes its name to Pride Network

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Friends Association has officially changed the name it is registered as with the Students’ Association. The new name that the group has selected is “Pride Network.”

According to junior and co-director of the Pride Network Dan Lioy, the reason for the change was that the acronym GLBFA failed to include all the members of the group’s community, such as transgendered and polysexual persons.

“We needed a new name that would cover the entire community,” Lioy said. “Otherwise, we would end up with the GLBFAMNOP.”

“No matter where you’re coming from in the sexual orientation continuum, pride is something big on everybody’s agenda,” Lioy said, explaining the group’s new name. “We want people to know that we’re not a group by ourselves ? there are friends and allies who are also a part of our community ? and ‘network’ is a very good word for what I just described.”

Not all members of the Pride Network supported the change. The network’s business manager and sophomore Ben Biggs said, “I don’t like the new name, but we didn’t have anything else that we could call it.”

Biggs also said that the name “Pride Network” wasn’t necessarily descriptive of the purpose of the group. “Part of the reason we’re here on campus is to help those who aren’t necessarily proud of their sexual orientation. We’re supposed to be helping them learn to accept it.”

“Besides,” Biggs said, “it’s just totally cheesy.”

Leap August Society holds general interest meeting

A UR Chinese Culture Club will be holding its general interest meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in the Bridge Lounge of Wilson Commons. Topics to be explored include Chinese myths, games, art, pop culture, philosophy, religion or any other subject of interest.

Refreshments will be provided.

UR appoints Artist-in-Residence for music department

Internationally acclaimed pianist Zora Mihailovich has been named Artist-in-Residence in the UR music department.

Mihailovich will present a recital each semester, appear as a soloist with various ensembles, hold workshops and master classes for pianists, coach chamber music, and will be a guest lecturer in academic courses.

“Mihailovich’s appointment gives the opportunity for the many talented students on the River Campus to benefit from having a world-class performer among our ranks,” said Kim Kowalke, chair of the music department.

Reporting by Karen Taylor, Tyler Berry and Chadwick Schnee.

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5 students banned from campus for Gaza solidarity encampment

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