Five Things to Do This Weekend

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#1: Bring the Family Out for University Night at the Amerks

Join the swarm on Friday night as the Yellowjackets take over the Blue Cross Arena for an evening of hockey. Enjoy open skate before the puck drops and cheer on the Amerks as they take on the Syracuse Crunch.

#2: Groove to Your Favorite MTV Hits

The Institute for Popular Music presents I Want My MTV! A Celebration of the Early Years of MTV, a free concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium.

#3: Celebrate Black History Month

The Memorial Art Gallery hosts a Black History Month celebration on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy live music and dance performances, and community conversations.

#4: Watch an A Cappella Competition

Hear a showcase of local a cappella talent at the Varsity Vocals International Championship Quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center Auditorium.

#5: Hear Eastman Vocalists Perform

On Friday night, the Friends of Eastman Opera holds its voice competition, highlighting a number of Eastman’s best vocalists as they compete for cash awards. The free event begins at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall.

Nick Foti ’19 offers his selection of events and activities to check out this weekend. Visit the University Events Calendar for more.

Getting Ready for Tax Season

International students who were present in the United States during any part of 2018 must comply with Federal and State tax filing requirements. All F-1 and J-1 students who are categorized as Non-Resident Aliens for Tax Purposes must file a Federal Tax Statement (Form 8843), regardless of whether any income was earned. Additionally, any student who has earned income while in the United States during 2018 may also need to file income tax forms for Federal and State earnings. Over the next several weeks, you may receive important tax forms by mail from the University, off-campus US employers, banks, or other financial institutions. Do not discard these forms! You will need to use them when preparing to file your 2018 taxes.

To help in understanding your US tax obligations, several resources will again be available to UR international students. The GLACIER software system can help to determine your tax filing category and will allow access to its tax preparation program.

Please note: The current shutdown of several US Federal government agencies has included offices within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As a result, there may be impact to tax filing document availability, deadlines, issuance of tax refunds, etc. Delays from IRS may also have ramifications for the release of the GLACIER Tax Prep software, which impacts the scheduling of GTP Assistant services as well. Please be sure to read future issues of ISO Student News to stay updated on how this government shutdown may affect you and to gather information regarding additional tax resources.

Recycling 101

Recycling 101: No Plastic Bags in the Recycling. No Bagged Recyclables.

Did you know that plastic bags don’t belong in your recycling container? Did you know that plastic bags should be returned to a grocer or retail outlet to be safely recycled? Did you know that plastic bags not only prevent items from being recycled, but also damage recycling equipment and even create a hazard for recycling workers?

That’s why Waste Management is striving to increase the recycling IQ of both residents and businesses. Do your part by learning more about how to keep plastic bags out of your recycling and sharing with others.

We need your help to Recycle Often. Recycle Right.®

Take Action

Become a Recycling Ambassador

Don’t Bag Your Recyclables

Remember to Free Your Recyclables! Never bag your recycling – keep them loose in your container!

Take-Back Recycling Options

Clean and dry plastic bags can be recycled at many local retailers – just not in your home or business recycling container. Visit to find a take-back location near you.


Avoid plastic bags all together by taking reusable bags with you the next time you shop.


Want another way to reuse plastic bags? Use them as trash liners in your garbage containers in your home or office.