Thanks to the Sophomore Class Council, February is all about sophomores here at UR. Six of the eight elected members are back in action for the second semester and are busy planning and sponsoring some fantastic activities that will not only get students out and about in Rochester, but will help beat the winter blues.

As freshmen, the current council members created Spirit Week, a series of events aimed toward first year students but open to the entire school. Last year, events during the week included hot chocolate in Wilson Commons, a dollar movie night at the Little Theatre and organized cheering at UR basketball games. This year, the council is delighted to see Spirit Week up and running and integrated with the upcoming WinterFest Weekend 2005.

“It’s one really long week – jam-packed with things to do,” Business Manager and sophomore Alex Pearlman said.

The council is also introducing “Sophomore Saturdays” which, like Spirit Week, are aimed at one class but are open to all. On Feb. 19, the council will be taking students to Rochester’s art district and to dinner. On March 19, they will be sponsoring a laser show and a community service project at a local museum. The third “Sophomore Saturday” will be on April 9 and will include dinner at The Meliora and a trip to see “Chicago.” All of these events will be at a reduced, packaged price.

One of the more interesting events that the council will be sponsoring this year is the annual “Etiquette Dinner,” in which an alumnus comes to campus to teach students how to present oneself at a formal dinner. Complete with full silverware and formal place settings, this event is usually aimed at juniors and seniors – this is the first time that sophomores are involved.

The council is working hard to publicize the Sophomore Committee’s annual dinner with President Thomas Jackson on Feb. 8, led by Dean of Sophomores Vicki Roth.

“As soon as he became president, Thomas Jackson took the initiative to be there for sophomores at this time of year,” Pearlman said. Jackson will not only enjoy a meal with the sophomores, but will be on hand to answer questions and talk to students.

Sophomores, call x5-9390 by today, to R.S.V.P. for the dinner at The Meliora this Tuesday.

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