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Special Interest Housing FAQs

What is Special Interest Housing?
Special interest housing consists of floors or houses that have developed out of common interests in the student body. They’re groups of people living together with a common interest. Floors and houses perform services to the campus community and the Rochester community at large to promote their interests.

What’s so Special about Special Interest Housing?
By joining an Interest floor, you join a community from day one. Even if you have many different interests, everyone in the community has at least one shared interest. If you choose to live on an interest floor, you can avoid the housing lottery at the end of the Spring semester. Special interest floors have their own housing procedures.

How Do I Sign Up?
At this point, many of the floors or houses have their applications online or provide them at a recruiting function. Contact each group individually for more information.

Can I Apply To More Than One Group?
Yes. You must go through the interview process with each group. Once you accept an offer from one group, your name will be removed from consideration from any other group.

Does Special Interest Housing cost extra money?
The housing costs are the same as living in any residence hall. However, additional costs associated with differing groups may be dependent on the structure of the individual groups. Some floors require members to pay dues either per semester or by the year, while others don’t. Attending an event and being involved are the best ways to get the answers you're looking for, make sure to ask.

Special Interest Housing Options

Anime Interest Floor (Anderson 7)
Whether you're already an avid anime/manga fan or just find the genre somewhat interesting, you'll find that AIF has something for you. Located on the 7th floor of Anderson Tower, AIF houses an ever-expanding manga library, which is open for public perusal 24/7. AIF also holds weekly showings and discussions of anime feature films. On-floor events include activities such as multiplayer gaming, anime viewing and make-your-own sushi. Members receive discounts at local anime retailer Hammergirl Anime. AIF members bring a diversity of interests to the floor and represent a wide spectrum of academic pursuits. No matter your interest- drawing, cooking, video games, martial arts, science, foreign languages, music, writing- you're likely to find someone who shares your passion. AIF has big plans for the future- join us and help to shape it! Email us at animeinterestfloor@gmail.com for more information.

CIF (Anderson 3)
CIF is an amazingly entertaining place to spend time, to talk, or simply to capitalize on the constant stream of free food. There are always people around, and there is always something going on. Although there is a noticeable focus on computers and technology in the demonstrated interests of most members, CIF is home to a variety of other interests including movies, philosophy, geology, and psychology, and members are always interested in discussions on both academic and purely random topics. We maintain a computer lab in the basement of Anderson Tower and a Linux server for general use, but we are as likely to be watching movies, playing games and passing out free food as we are to be operating computers. CIF is a great place both to learn about system administration and open source software and to socialize in a friendly, active, and spontaneous environment. Please contact board@cif.rochester.edu or just stop by if you have any questions or would like to apply. Our doors are always open. Even at three in the morning.

CLC
Located in a huge house on the River Campus, the Community Learning Center is home to 30 racially, ethnically, religiously, and experientially diverse students. Our most important goal is to create a sense of community in the house, the university and the greater Rochester area through community service, learning projects, and cross-cultural dialogue. Residents work in groups to create social and educational events. Past events have included a St. Patrick's Day Party, tours of Rochester landmarks, study breaks and panel discussions on issues ranging from sustainability to AIDS to education in downtown Rochester. Our house has a full kitchen equipped with cookware, dishware and utensils, a fully-furnished living room, a 40in. TV with Bose surround sound, a porch, a study area, a fireplace and an air-hockey table. Residents hang out in the common areas, cook and share meals (if they so choose), and host events and parties. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Lipinski at laura.lipinski@rochester.edu or Greg Bentsen at gregory.bentsen@rochester.edu for more info or visit us on the web at sa.rochester.edu/clc/.

Drama House
Since its inception in 1971, the Drama House has served as a diverse and adventurous community for all students committed to the spread of the performing arts. While many of our members remain passionately dedicated to the theatre, they also possess a broad array of interests ranging from music, films, and fashion to literature, creative writing, and art. What unites us all together is a common goal to make our house a viable outlet for student cultural life on campus. Residents of the house host an assortment of both creative house projects and Fireside Chat Seminars with UR faculty and professors that are free and openly publicized to the entire university. As a performance venue, Drama House presents independent student-directed plays, musicals, live music acts as well as exclusive appearances by both the In Between the Lines (IBTL) Improv Troupe and The Opposite of People (TOOP) Theatre Company. Furthermore, the house is utilized by the English Department and the UR International Theatre Program as a valuable rehearsal and classroom space, creating a unique and intimate academic environment. If you have a passion for the arts, an open mind, and endless imagination, the Drama House welcomes you with open arms! Interested in living here? Contact Jordan Cicoria (jcicori3@u.rochester.edu). For more information, please visit our webpage at www.sa.rochester.edu/drama.

ICLC (Crosby 1)
The Inter-Class Living Community, located on the first floor of Crosby, consists of 17 members with a focus on promoting community on campus. ICLC encourages community and integration on campus through mentoring incoming freshmen over the summer, so that they will have a connection when they arrive on campus, and organizing various campus programs and events for all class years, such as study breaks, resume building workshops, dance workshops, sports tournaments, and more. Additionally, ICLC organizes one large social event each year, such as last year's "Things We Used to Think Were Cool" event, to draw students from the different class years together, and engages in community service in the City of Rochester. ICLC is known for its community feel and friendly, supportive atmosphere. It maintains a sense of community on the hall through an open door policy and planed and impromptu hall-bonding activities, including hall trips, dinners, laser tag, and movie nights. ICLC is a great place to live if you are looking to join a fun, friendly community and to help integrate the campus. If you have any questions, please email Samantha Siskind at iclc.rochester@gmail.com.

ILC (Anderson 6)
The International Living Center (ILC), located on the 6th floor of Anderson Tower, is a place for open-minded individuals to explore the world around them. Taking advantage of the University’s natural diversity, the floor focuses on planning events that bring groups on campus together to celebrate their various backgrounds and learn about others’ as well. The events themselves can range from a variety of themes; from community service, to cultural dinners, dance parties, or awareness activities. These kinds of events are planned by the members who work in committees such as bonding committee, global awareness and activism committee, or community service committee, depending on the target audience. The floor itself reflects the nature of the group: members are encouraged to celebrate their own cultures and teach others about them through group dinners, home cooked meals, and regular group bonding events. ILC is a balanced community founded upon the principles of multiculturalism and international awareness. For more information, please contact Sarah Milligan smilliga@u.rochester.edu or Ivette Miranda imirand2@u.rochester.edu.

MIF (Wilder 9)
Founded in 1976, the Music Interest Floor is a community of musicians and appreciators living on Wilder nine. You can find us involved in all aspects of music at the University of Rochester and around campus promoting music related activities and events. We have a large practice room equipped with a drum set and a piano available for individual and group use in which we also hold events such as jam sessions and open mic nights. We also hold a number of musical events on and off campus. Past events include: Schoolhouse Rock (a concert intended to raise money to help provide musical instruments for underprivileged children), performances at the Rochester Psychiatric Center, and bringing performers from the Arc of Monroe to campus. We have a very strong sense of community that is fostered by our four communal lounges as well as regular social events including everything from dinners to paintball. Send an email to rochestermif@gmail.com if you have any questions about our floor.

Tiernan Project (Burton 2)
The Tiernan Project, located on the second floor of Burton hall, is the U of R's special interest housing for community service. Established in 1974 as the nation's first community service oriented campus living center we previously occupied the entire Tiernan dorm. Meetings are held at 9pm in the Burton 1st floor lounge every Sunday. We schedule community service events every week, such as visiting the elderly, tutoring, working with children and animals, as well as craft projects like making valentines for children and sorting goods at Foodlink. Notable annual events are our Halloween party for inner-city kids and the week-long Servicefest during which we try to get the UR community involved. We also have a variety of social events, including paired potlucks, our annual Turkey Party, and Quadapalooza. Tiernan is an exceptionally tight-knit community, but we're always looking for new members! All of our events are open to everyone. Those who want to be involved but don't live on the floor can be an associate members. For those who want to live on the hall, more participation leads to a better position on the room-draw list, so the sooner you get involved, the better! Check us out on the CCC at https://sa.rochester.edu/ccc/Tiernan. Email tiernan.project@gmail.com if you have any questions or to join the email list!

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