Drove from Buffalo to Rochester for the weekend because I had a long
weekend in honor of Labor Day! Though the rest of campus is in class, I
am just blogging and checking out the new sights on campus before lunch
at 12 in the SAU!
Besides my great lunch plans, this weekend was also the high point of
Orientation week for the new freshman on campus. Thursday night was the
annual hypnotist show (always a good laugh.. and a great way to introduce
yourself to the campus, I still say hello to the cast of individuals
who volunteered my freshman year).
Saturday my friends and I decided to get off campus and check out the
greater Rochester area. We decided to pack up and head to the Seneca
Park Zoo downtown. The Zoo is about twenty minutes from campus and is
the former home of SPRIT the Tiger (the original RITchie).
In 1885 RIT was founded in downtown Rochester as the
Mechanics Institute. During the early years our mascot was the "Tech
Man"... aka a little man in overalls with a pocket protector and
screwdriver in hand. In 1944 the university was renamed the
Rochester Institute of Technology. It was not until 1955-1956 when
the students motioned for a new mascot... preferably one that was a
more aggressive: we then became the RIT Tigers. With the switch, the
school went out and purchased a bangle tiger. The tigers name was SPIRT
(Student Pride in RIT) and came to campus for the sporting events and
community service events on campus. When SPIRIT became too large for the
public eye, he was donated to the Seneca Park Zoo where he lived the
rest of his life until 1964. After SPIRIT's death RITchie became the
tiger mascot. (See below: SPIRIT on a leash in 1956... and RITchie at College and Careers in 2010).
Other then RITchie, the zoo is home to rhinos,
elephants, turtles, penguins, polar bears... etc. Fun place to go if you
have a photo assignment this week!
Good luck on the first day of class!