Yet another collection of bleak wintry days replete with classes, snowfall and revelry that UR calls a “semester” has gone by, leaving some wanting and others wanting to leave. While you pack your books, clothes and various items, take the time to read our thoughts about the changes that have taken place here this semester.CHEERS to dining services, ARAMARK and the Students’ Association government for the addition of sushi, a popular new dining option for the UR community.JEERS to mandatory four-year dining plans for the incoming freshmen. It is unfair to them, and corners them in an expensive position.CHEERS for the vibrant student theater program on campus that has provided the community with enjoyable cultural life.JEERS to the Napster dialogue for being one-sided and failing to adequately address the concerns of the student body.CHEERS to the new Napster system for legal music access. Free access to a lot of music is something most students can enjoy. However, we JEER the lack of Macintosh and Linux access to our music service.CHEERS to the planned busing changes and to RED for providing an impetus for students to explore the Rochester region. It will help us integrate our community into the city, which is certainly a beneficial change.JEERS to “The Hive” Web page, which is sadly outdated in many respects. For instance, even as former SA President Chris Calo’s term is ending, his cabinet has still, as of yet, not been listed on the Web site, and the link to senate committees does not display who is on which committee.CHEERS to the Fast Ferry, which is finally going to arrive, and allow students to easily visit Toronto practically any time they like.JEERS to the removal of funding for the Sanskrit program. The program helped make the Rochester experience unique for many students, and allowed students to learn about one of the most prolific classic languages known.CHEERS to the Campus Club Connection for creating an easy method for student groups to manage their membership, but JEERS to their Web site, which is frustratingly difficult to use, and has a number of problems with accessibility.CHEERS to fixing last semester’s online registration glitches and making registration this semester’s registration problem-free.JEERS to removing the public server. The server made transferring files from computer to computer all over the campus a simple and easy process for students.

5 students banned from campus for Gaza solidarity encampment

UR has been banning community members from campus since November for on-campus protests, but the first bans for current students were issued this weekend.

Notes by Nadia: The myth of summer vacation

Summer vacation is no longer a vacation.

Zumba in medicine, the unexpected crossover

Each year at URMC, a new cohort of unsuspecting pediatrics residents get a crash course. “There are no mistakes in Zumba,” Gellin says.