Senior Associate Director of Residential Life Laurel Contomanolis will become Acting Director of Residential Life at the close of this academic year, according to Dean of The College William Green.

“[Contomanolis] will assume leadership of the Office of Residential Life and will work closely with Dean [of Students Jody] Asbury in the ongoing coordination of Residential Life policies and activities with those of the rest of The College offices,” Green said. “Both Dean Asbury and I are grateful for Laurel’s willingness to assume these important responsibilities and we look forward to working with her in her new capacity.”

Contomanolis will be filling the void left by current Director of Residential Life Logan Hazen’s retirement.

Hazen has been instrumental in perfecting the room-draw procedure.

“We are actually in the top one or two in the country,” Hazen said.

Green echoed the sentiments of many, and noted Hazen’s service.

“I share our community’s appreciation of Logan Hazen’s long and faithful service to UR and to Residential Life,” he said. “We all wish him every success in the ventures that await him.”

The College has no plans at present to conduct a search for a replacement for Hazen.

UR to hold Rochester mayoral forum

Co-sponsored by the Minority Students’ Activities Board and Students for Social Justice, a forum is scheduled to be held for the candidates running for mayor of Rochester in Hoyt Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on April 21.

The forum will feature the three candidates running for the democratic ticket – Robert Duffy, Tim Mains and Wade Norwood – as well as John Parrinello, who is considering to run on the Republican ticket.

“This forum is a good opportunity for the campus community, who is not exceptionally well-informed about the city, to hear the candidates’ positions and views about the issues concerning Rochester,” President of SSJ and junior Vivek Shah said.

The goal of the forum is for students to understand more about the candidates.

“A lot of people have been aware that this is an election year and that the position is in contention, but they haven’t really been able to find that much about the candidates themselves and their specific platforms,” Shah said. “[At the forum] students will get to hear what issues that the candidates think are important and pressing and also what they want to do about it.”

Parrinello graduated from UR in 1960 and Norwood graduated in 1985.

MSAB is responsible for coordinating the event. “Rochester is going through many changes and I wondered ‘Where does UR fit into all of this,'” MSAB President Anthony Plonczynski said. “What they do downtown affects us greatly.”

The format of the forum will be modeled after a town hall meeting. Professor of English Curt Smith will moderate the event.

The four candidates will introduce themselves, then debate for 45 minutes. Afterward, a 30 minute session will be devoted to a question-answer session with the audience.

“This is the first mayoral [leadership change] in 12 years,” Plonczynski said. “Whoever we choose this year will have an impact for the next decade.”

All members of the Rochester community are invited to attend this free event.

Reporting by Michael He and Emily Paret.

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