C-SPAN, the pubic-affairs cable network, will broadcast a portion of Meliora Weekend to a national audience.

“This is a big deal for Rochester,” Dean for College Advancement Robert Bartlett said.

The Washington, D.C. based network is packing up and heading to campus to cover various events Friday and Saturday.

Bartlett did not expect them to cover some highly-promoted speakers such as Hillary Clinton and Ted Turner, however. Although plans have not yet been finalized, Bartlett says that “Newsweek” editor Fareed Zakaria, the Stanton/Antony Conversations and “Black Enterprise Magazine” founder Earl Graves are top contenders to be filmed.

As with most non-Congressional C-SPAN programming, the weekend’s coverage will most-likely be tape-delayed and shown at a later date.

“I think [having C-SPAN here] reflects the general excitement of the weekend,” Bartlett said.

Meliora Cup begins new UR tradition.

Meliora Cup is starting a new tradition of friendly class competitions, according to Assistant Director of Alumni and Student Relations Jennifer Linton.

The first challenge looks at the number of Meliora registrants each class has. There will be a bee-making contest and bottle sucking challenge, Meliora Weekend and student programming co-chair and senior Ben McGreevy said. All events will culminate in a tug of war between representatives from the two top point gaining classes during halftime of the weekend’s football game. The winner will win the Meliora Cup.

The standings will be posted on the Wilson Commons wall near the Gowen room. “This is where students can find out how their class is faring in the competition,” McGreevy said.

McGreevy hopes to form a new annual tradition. “We felt it was very important for us to build upon the traditions of the past. Our hope is that the Meliora Cup becomes a tradition of the future, passed down each time a new freshman class walks into their dorms,” he said.

SA Senate hopes to combine groups’ efforts for charity

The Students’ Association Projects Committee is looking to combine the efforts of numerous SA groups into one large food drive.

“The hope is that with student government resources and planning, groups that may have never worked together in the past can pool resources to make the most of their projects,” Project Commttee chair Adam Simmons said.

The food drive is hoped to be the beginning of further inter-group interactions on other projects.

The food drive will run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 24.

The cooperative drives could take many forms, Simmons stressed. One possibility is “a sports team playing another SA group charging a canned food item to enter,” he said. “The sky is the limit with it.”

The SA senate is also in the process of finding sponsors willing to donate prizes. Groups who provide the most food, for instance, would be in the running for a prize.

Reporting by Dan Bobkoff

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