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Cover: A cultural gem in a high-tech hub | News: Barely getting by | Dining Review: Texas Blues BBQ | Music: Joe Brucato | Art: "See: Untold Stories" | Theater: 2012 Shaw Festival | Film: "We Have a Pope", "Darling Companion"
eVenTS: GReeK FeSTIVaL, "CaLamaRI SISTeRS" 19 ReSTauRanT ReVIeW: TeXaS BLueS BBQ 11 FILm: "We HaVe a POPe," "DaRLInG COmPanIOn" 26 CROSSWORD, neWS OF THe WeIRD 39 an ImPORTanT uPDaTe On CITy'S WeBSITe 2 jOe BRuCaTO � muSICa SPeI � maRK aRnOLD � DaVe & maRISa � jOnaTHan COuLTOn � anD mORe muSIC, PaGe 12 may 30 - june 5, 2012 Free � Greater Rochester's alternative newsweekly � Vol 41 no 38 � news. music. Life. The marketers have only gotten better at what they do." aRT ReVIeW, PaGe 18 Rites and rights in the debate over same-sex marriage. COmmenTaRy, PaGe 3 just getting by on new york's minimum wage. neWS, PaGe 6 eDuCaTIOn | By TIm LOuIS maCaLuSO | PaGe 8 | PHOTO By mIKe HanLOn 19th Ward seeks schools solution. neWS, PaGe 5 A cultural gem in a high-tech hub To many people, Rochester Institute of Technology conjures up images of semi-conductors and circuit boards: it's known for its technology muscle. Even the campus, with its sleek brick exterior, evokes a modern laboratory � maybe the last place you would expect to find a highly rated crafts school. But RIT just may be the perfect location for a crafts school. The School for American Crafts fuses centuries-old traditions with a wave of modern technology, and in the process has helped to preserve the value of what artisans make by hand. SAC is a little-known gem outside the world of arts and crafts. It is the oldest crafts school in the US, offering students BFA and MFA degree programs in glass, ceramics and ceramic sculpture, metal crafts and jewelry design, and woodworking and furniture design. Whether it's a glass hot shop or a metal forge, students have a state-of-the-art facility at their fingertips where they can learn their craft, and yes, even find a path to employment. Pictured: Michael Migliorini and his glass work. Inside the 2012 Shaw Festival. THeaTeR PReVIeW, PaGe 22 To our readers: our dark website Along with astonishing opportunities and advantages, technology can bring serious problems. Late last week, technology's downside struck us at City. A major hardware malfunction at the company that hosts our website resulted in the site's destruction. While technicians deal with the restoration of as much of our data as possible, we are developing both short-term and long-term ways to provide a robust website. Short-term, you can access a PDF version of our weekly print issue by going to http://issuu.com/roccitynews. And for the moment, we have created a very simple site on which we are posting all of our content: all of the articles from our weekly print version, plus the articles and blogs we post throughout the week. 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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without permission of the copyright owner. Feedback Fracking's risks In response to Scott Cline's comment, "Fracking Claim Is Science Fiction" (Feedback, May 16): There are a number of PhD's on both sides of the fracking issue. Tony Ingraffia at Cornell University says there is no way of knowing what all that fracking fluid is going to do down there over time. But Mr. Cline fails to mention that 20 to 40 percent of the fracking fluid injected into a well is going to climb back up the same hole it went down, carrying not only itself but also concentrated salts, heavy metals, and radioactive materials. It is entirely possible that when this hits a broken well casing in permeable rock, it can be transported with migrating methane gas into domestic water wells. Apart from the unsustainable amounts of water City may 30 - june 5, 2012 required for fracking, the greatest danger of fracking fluid coming in contact with drinking water is from the inevitable spills. One storage pit in Pennsylvania collapsed, leaking 400,000 gallons of used fracking fluid into a tributary of a river that supplied several small cities with drinking water. Three hundred thousand people had their drinking water contaminated. I want to preserve New York's water for its scenic lakes and rivers, for its farms and wildlife. I want to visit my state's beautiful little villages, spend my money there, buy its wine and organic vegetables, and hike its beautiful glens and trails. Much of beautiful Pennsylvania has been ruined. Let's not let it happen here. JOHN KAStNER, ROCHEStER GueST COmmenTaRy | By maRVIn a. mCmICKLe On rights and rites in the same-sex marriage debate Since President Obama expressed his support of same-gender marriage, there has been an intense reaction among many in our nation. This debate must run its course in our society, as all major advances in civil and human rights have done in the past. Consider such hotly debated national issues as the abolition of slavery, the right to vote for women and African Americans, the end of legalized racial segregation in public accommodations and institutions, the struggle for unions and collective bargaining, the passage and enforcement of child labor laws, the adoption of minimum wage laws and workplace safety. Each of these issues was a matter that had to work its way through an often hotly contested national debate. What I wish for is a debate where neither side distorts biblical faith in the process. We must be sure that the civil and human rights promised and safeguarded by the US Constitution are not confused with the religious rites and rituals that are practiced and performed by various religious communities across the country. No one is arguing or insisting that any clergy person of any religious tradition must perform a same-sex wedding if their conscience or their church policy does not support such an action. That is where the idea of a RITE or a church ritual comes in. By the same token, people of a particular religious tradition cannot and should not expect that their interpretation of any particular verse in the Bible must be the way by which national public policy is shaped and determined. The United States is not a theocracy under which religious law takes precedence over laws passed by democratically elected legislative bodies. What is amazing to behold is how many Americans are prepared to support any bill that would ban the use of Sharia or strict Islamic law in our society, but seem quite content to impose a very conservative understanding of Levitical law from 8th century BC Israel on believers and nonbelievers alike in modern American society. This nation has known earlier times and struggles when selected verses of the Bible were used to support slavery, relegate women to second-class status, justify the genocidal treatment of Native Americans, and promote "American exceptionalism" and "manifest destiny." We have eventually condemned the distortion and abuse of the Bible in those instances, and we must do so again today. People of religious faith certainly have a voice in all discussions about public policy, but theirs is not the only voice. That is where the use of the word RIGHTS comes in, because it is the US Constitution and in this case the First Amendment and the establishment of religion clause and the Fourteenth Amendment and equal protection under the law for all citizens that are at stake. People of religious faith should not fear that they will be forced to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony if their conscience does not permit them to do so. That being said, does our nation actually want to deny equal access to civil rights to some segment of our society that pays the same taxes, serves in the same military, worships in the same churches, lives in the same communities, sits and labors in the same workplaces, and belongs to the same family units as everyone else in this country simply because of their sexual orientation? There are some cautions I would extend especially to my Christian neighbors and my clergy colleagues. First, you cannot take the verses in the Bible, like Leviticus 18:22 or Romans 1: 26-27 that seem to speak against homosexuality while ignoring the other prohibitions, sexual and otherwise, that appear within those same passages. How can people condemn homosexuality while continuing to engage in or remain silent about other behaviors against which the Bible speaks with equal passion? If the answer is that most of Leviticus deals with ancient practices and communal values that are no longer binding on modern society, then how is it that these verses on homosexuality manage to avoid a similar cultural critique? If Romans 1 is the basis for the condemnation of homosexuality, then it must be remembered that that passage does not limit itself to same-sex behavior; it goes on to speak about malice, envy, greed, hatred, murder, strife, arrogance, slander, and disobeying parents. Why do we not hear the same outrage on these topics from those who are so outspoken over the single issue of same-sex marriage? Is it possible they can live with all of these other things going on around them, but they cannot abide homosexuality and samesex marriage? Now it seems it is they who are leaving out or ignoring what the Bible has stated; the exact same charge so often leveled against those who seek to defend the civil rights of same-sex couples. They cannot have it both ways. I fear there is more hypocrisy than honesty in this present discussion. Same-sex marriage is a major shift in how our society is structured. We need to have an extended, civil discussion about this matter. What has already been resolved as acceptable by many is still a matter that remains unresolved for others. Each side needs to respect and consider the point of view of the other without condemning to hell those who happen to hold differing views. However, one thing must be kept clear; this is a matter of rights and not rites. This debate is about who we are and what we believe as Americans and not who we are and what we believe as Christians, Jews, The united States is not a theocracy under which religious law takes precedence over laws passed by democratically elected legislative bodies." Muslims, Buddhists, atheist, and nonbelievers. Democratic government is always tricky business, but never more so than when some deeply cherished religious value seems to be involved. Let the debate continue, but as it does I am suggesting that we in the various faith communities cannot pick which biblical verses we will consider and which ethical issues we will pursue while leaving many other verses and issues unaddressed and unresolved. Finally, people need to be sure that their support of or disagreement with a presidential candidate should not stand on a single issue. This may obscure other key issues, like high unemployment, a depressed housing market, the continuation of the costs associated with the war against terrorism, staggering levels of student debt, and an unstable global economy, that face our country today. People need to consider which of the presidential candidates seems to them to be best able to effectively address these concerns. Even if persons cannot support a candidate's stance on same-sex marriage, they should remember that if they decide to stay home on Election Day because of that one issue, then they are "throwing the baby out with the bath water." Dr. McMickle is president and Professor of Church Leadership at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Divinity School President Marvin McMickle. PHOTO PROVIDeD rochestercitynewspaper.com City [ neWS FROm THe WeeK PaST ] Jump in camera revenues The City of Rochester projects a significant increase next year in revenue from red light camera fines. The city's proposed budget indicates red light tickets will generate $3.5 million, nearly doubling this year's $1.8 million. The city has issued more than 50,000 tickets since installing the cameras in 2010. positive relationships with the city's youth and neighborhoods. The foundation will rely on charitable contributions to implement its outreach programs. news Gantt picks up another challenger County GOP convenes During their annual convention, monroe County Republicans endorsed State assembly member Sean Hanna to run for the 55th Senate District seat -- jim alesi is not running for re-election -- and conservative radio personality Bill nojay to run for Hanna's seat. The party also endorsed Peterson Vasquez of Henrietta for a run against Democratic incumbent Harry Bronson in the 138th assembly District. Rochester school board member jos� Cruz intends to challenge long time State assembly incumbent David Gantt in a September primary in the newly formed 137th District. Cruz once led the Democratic caucus in the monroe County Legislature, and he is the chief operating officer of the Ibero-american action League. Democrat john Lightfoot also plans to challenge Gantt. Brooks plays Salads, Homemade Baked Goods and Creative Entrees featuring: Coffee, Seasoned chicken, shrimp, and sirloin skewers, mango pork tenderloin skewers, it safe creative salads, Mediterranean meatballs, crab nachos, salmon tacos, and more! monroe County execu- Exhibit tells of Nazi NOW SERVING BEER & WINE Acanthus HISTORy | By jeRemy mOuLe The JCC exhibit is also online at www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/hsx/. PHOTO PROVIDeD persecution of gay men RPD forms outreach foundation The Rochester Police Department has formed the Rochester Police Foundation. The independent, nonprofit organization is intended to foster tive maggie Brooks gave her annual State of East 337 the County address. Brooks used the speech to highlight accomplishments and accolades, and did not announce any new programs or initiatives. Brooks is challenging incumbent Representative Louise Slaughter for the 25th Congressional District seat this year. Germany's Nazi regime arrested Persecution of Homosexuals 1933100,000 men for homosexuality 1945" runs through July 22. Avenue � 319-5999 � Mon-Wed 7am-4pm, Thurs-Fri 7am-2am, Sat 8am-2am, Closed Sunday between 1933 and 1945. Half were The exhibit uses photos and art sentenced to jail, and an estimated to show how the Nazis persecuted 5,000 to 15,000 were sent to homosexuals: gay men in particular. concentration camps; the pink triangle They weren't just imprisoned or sent was their designated camp badge. to concentration camps: some were Many of the men sent to the castrated, and others sent to mental camps died from starvation, beatings, hospitals, says the exhibit's Web site. disease, or some combination. Others The regime's official policy were murdered. was that gay men carried a Those stories are part of an "degeneracy" that threatened exhibit that opened last week at the the "disciplined masculinity" of Jewish Community Center. The Germany, says Leslie Berkowitz, United States Holocaust Memorial executive director of the JCC of Museum's traveling exhibition "Nazi Greater Rochester. The Nazis also blamed gay men for the country's declining birth rate. "Our hope is what this exhibit does is to remind all of us how quickly intolerance and hate can lead to violence and persecution of any kind of minority group," Berkowitz says. The JCC and its partners, including the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, have also organized two months of programming to coincide with the exhibit. It includes films, plays, and discussions. A full listing: jccrochester. org/events/special-events/featuredevents/ushmm-traveling-exhibit-nazipersecution-of-homosexuals. Coffee, Salads, Homemade Baked Goods and Creative Entrees featuring: Seasoned chicken, shrimp, and sirloin skewers, mango pork tenderloin skewers, creative salads, Mediterranean meatballs, crab nachos, salmon tacos, and more! NOW SERVING BEER & WINE Acanthus 337 East Avenue � 319-5999 � City may 30 - june 5, 2012 Mon-Wed 7am-4pm, Thurs 7am-10pm, Fri 7am-Midnight, Sat 8am-Midnight, Closed Sunday Cost of War The problem illustrates the link between the city's schools and its tax base. How can residents create and maintain healthy, safe neighborhoods where older families want to stay and younger folks want to set down roots if the schools are unsatisfactory? AFGHANiStAN tOtALS -- 1,980 uS service- men and servicewomen and 1,030 Coalition servicemen and servicewomen have been killed in afghanistan from the beginning of the war and occupation to may 24. Statistics for afghan civilian casualties are not available. american casualties from may 12 to 21: -- Sgt. michael j. Knapp, 28, Overland Park, Kan. -- Sgt. jabraun S. Knox, 23, Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Capt. jesse a. Ozbat, 28, Prince George, Va. -- 2nd Lt. Tobias C. alexander, 30, Lawton, Okla. -- Spc. Samuel T. Watts, 20, Wheaton, Ill. -- Spc. arronn D. Fields, 27, Terre Haute, Ind. SOURCES: iraqbodycount.org, neIGHBORHOODS | By TIm LOuIS maCaLuSO eDuCaTIOn | By TIm LOuIS maCaLuSO 19th Ward looks for schools solutions Residents in Rochester's 19th Ward are facing a dilemma: parents with school-age children like the neighborhood, but they are so troubled by the district's schools, many move away. It's a not-uncommon scenario in the city, and the 19th Ward Community Association wants to change that. "We're thinking about forming an education committee," says DeWain Feller, the association's president. The challenge is to find ways to support students, families, and teachers that actually improve the district, he says. Families with children are mostly concerned with a "lack of stability in classrooms," Feller wrote in the association's most recent newsletter. Parents complain about disruptive behavior in some classrooms, which consumes instruction time. Many parents sell their homes and move to the suburbs to avoid city schools. And those looking to buy a house often look outside the city. The problem illustrates the link between the city's schools and its tax base. How can residents create and maintain healthy, safe neighborhoods where older families want to stay and younger folks want to set down roots if the schools are unsatisfactory? Big push at Northeast Prep Beginning in September, students at Northeast College Preparatory High School will have an extended school day, week, and year thanks to an unusual collaboration between leaders in the political, business, teaching, parent, and faith communities. | Students will attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The school year will be extended to 11 months. | College Prep students will also receive their three meals at the school, laptop computers, dental and medical care, and tutoring support. Homework for the next day will be completed at school during the longer hours, along with arts, music, and athletic activities. | The program is seen as a pilot following in the footsteps of some local schools, which credit increased instruction time and early intervention for better student outcomes. | Driving the program is Paul Speranza Jr., vice chairman and general counsel for Wegmans. Speranza has assembled an impressive team to help in the effort, including New York State Regent Wade Norwood and Sandy Parker, president of the Rochester Business Alliance. | But some question Speranza's claim that the program shouldn't cost the district more money. DeWain Feller. FILe PHOTO One way the 19th Ward's proposed education committee could help, Feller says, is by making sure parents are aware of their choices. "We can help to inform parents about what the district's school choice program is, since many parents don't understand it," he says. "We can explain what charter schools are out there, and even what Catholic and private schools are out there." If parents know that they have options, they may decide to stay in the 19th Ward, Feller says. The 19th Ward has had an education committee before. That committee was instrumental in turning around a troubled Wilson Jr. High School, which became the Joseph C. 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Main St., Fairport � 377-4641 Barely getting by HAVE YOUR OWN BACKYARD RIB FEST BIG GREEN EGG� SMOKER/GRILL Available in 5 sizes Smokers and Kettle Grills Accessories & Utensils available Supporters of a minimum wage increase rallied in front of Westgate Plaza in Gates late last week. The State Assembly has passed legislation to increase the minimum wage, but the issue is locked up in the Senate. PHOTO By maX SeIFeRT MILEAGE MASTER "The Grillmaster's Mecca" LP Gas � Parts � Service M-F 8-5 pm, Sat 9-4 pm 2488 Browncroft Blvd. � 586-1870 We have a great selection of wood chips... hickory, mesquite, apple, cherry, pecan, and Jack Daniels. Say you're working 40 hours a week for minimum wage, which in New York is $7.25 an hour. Before taxes, your Social Security contribution, and other deductions, you're making about $290 a week. That's $15,080 a year. Now, consider this: the federal poverty level for a single person is $11,070. For one adult with one child, the level is $15,130. So if you're making minimum wage, you are at or near the poverty threshold. And critics say that those standards underestimate, often substantially, what it takes for people to be truly self-sufficient and to support themselves and their families. Across New York -- especially in the capital -- lawmakers, activists, and even some businesses are pushing for an increase in the minimum wage. The Assembly's Democratic majority has passed legislation to bump the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour with yearly increases based on inflation. But the Senate seems unlikely to follow. "We really should not have people who are working full time who are not able to provide the necessities for themselves and their families," says State Assembly member Harry Bronson, a Rochester Democrat who co-sponsored the Assembly bill. The minimum wage is supposed to represent an acceptable starting point for worker pay, Bronson says. But whether the current rate meets that minimal threshold is the issue. The minimum wage has increased many times since the end of the 1970's, but it hasn't kept pace with the cost of living. The State Legislature last approved a series of minimum wage increases in 2004, with the last increase boosting the wage to $7.15 an hour. The current minimum, set under federal law, took effect in July 2009. But the average cost of consumer goods and services have increased substantially: $1 in 2012 has the same purchasing power that 82 cents did in 2004. Yet some state businesses and business groups, along with some Senate Republican leaders, oppose the Assembly's legislation. They say an increase would be a "job killer" that, in fact, wouldn't help workers making minimum wage. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has repeatedly said he won't bring the Assembly legislation to a floor vote. And Skelos countered the legislation with his own proposal: a $1 billion package of business tax cuts. Asked for comment, Senate Republican Joe Robach, who represents Rochester, didn't directly address the minimum wage issue. "One of my top priorities is the economy and job opportunities for all," he said in an e-mail. "Certainly, I will continue to work with the governor, the Legislature, and my constituents to get the best result. All policies, including wages, will be part of that ongoing dialogue." Robach chairs the Senate's Labor Committee. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that a minimum wage increase probably won't happen this year because of firm Republican opposition. Some people, including some elected officials, seem to be confused about who minimum wage workers really are. The Fiscal Policy Institute, a labor-aligned think tank, released a report on the minimum wage bill last month. Part of it focused on who, statistically, makes less than the Assembly-approved rate of $8.50 an hour. Eighty-four percent of the approximately 880,000 people making less than $8.50 an hour are over age 20, City may 30 - june 5, 2012 the report says. And approximately 55 percent are women, with blacks and Latinos disproportionately represented among the group. In 2011, about half worked more than 35 hours a week, the report says. Unshackle Upstate, a pro-business advocacy group, opposes any legislation that would raise the minimum wage. A memo from the organization says that raising the wage would "serve as a drain on our economy." It would drive up the cost of products and services for businesses -- particularly small businesses, the memo says. And if businesses have to pay employees more but don't have more money coming in, the companies may have to lay people off or stop hiring, Unshackle's memo says. Or companies may look for cheaper places to operate their businesses. "The effect of a mandatory increase in hourly wages will be a decrease in opportunities for entry level employees," the memo says. If companies have to pay higher wages, they'll also have to pay more in Social Security taxes and worker's compensation. That may cause employers to reduce employee benefits like health care, the memo says. Supporters of a minimum wage increase AJI ZONING & LAND USE ADVISORY 50 Public Market | 208-2336 AWAKEN: Qi gong, yoga, tai chi, fine art 8 Public Market | 261-5659 BOULDER COFFEE CO. 1 Public Market | 232-5282 CARLSON METRO CENTER YMCA 444 East Main Street | 325-2880 CITY NEWSPAPER 250 N. Goodman St | 244-3329 THE CITY OF ROCHESTER Market Office | 428-6907 DEEP DISCOUNT STORAGE 265 Hayward Avenue | 325-5000 FLOWER CITY PRODUCE 20-22 Public Market | 423-0994 HARMAN FLOORING CO. 29 Hebard Street | 546-1221 1115 E. 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Mega-retailer Costco signed onto a statement of support for the $8.50 minimum wage with inflation indexing. The statement was put together by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, which is a sub-campaign of Business for Shared Prosperity. But beyond economic questions, many supporters of an increase advance a simpler justification. It often gets called the moral imperative, and religious leaders, lawmakers, and activists all stress it. "It's just the right thing to do," says Jesse Lenney, an organizer with the local Working Families Party. 97 Railroad Street | 546-8020 Tours � Tastings � Private Parties www.rohrbachs.com TIM WILKES PHOTOGRAPHY 9 Public Market | 423-1966 rochestercitynewspaper.com City COVeR STORy | By TIm LOuIS maCaLuSO | PHOTOS By mIKe HanLOn in a high-tech hub Mention Rochester Institute of Technology and, for some people, images of semiconductors and integrated circuit boards probably come to mind. The university has deservedly earned a reputation for its technology muscle. Even the campus' sleek brick exterior evokes the futurism of a modern laboratory, which in some ways makes RIT the least likely place to find a school focused on crafts. But then again, RIT may be just the place for such a school, since crafts is a field that harmonizes the past with the present: centuries-old skills and traditions mixed with the latest technology. The School for American Crafts is one of RIT's little-known gems. Founded at Dartmouth College and relocated to RIT in 1950, SAC is the oldest craft school in the U.S. And it is recognized as a leader in the field of arts and crafts, attracting luminary faculty and producing some of the best talent in the field. Hans Christensen, Fred Meyer, Frans Wildenhain, Wendell Castle, and Albert Paley have taught at SAC. The school, which has about 100 undergraduate and graduate students, offers BFA and MFA degree programs in glass, ceramics and ceramic sculpture, metal crafts and City may 30 - june 5, 2012 A cultural gem jewelry design, and woodworking and furniture design. A recent $2 million renovation helped RIT expand the school to a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art space. Whether it's a glass hot shop, a metal forge, or a wood shop that has almost every saw and tool conceivable, students in each department have topTraditional techniques meet innovation at SAC. notch studio facilities at their disposal. But it's not just the facilities and the faculty that distinguish SAC from other craft schools. It helps that the school is nestled in a well-respected institution known for engineering and design. And its location, roughly three hours north of the Corning Museum of Glass, is also an asset. Intricacy meets simplicity in furniture design student David Short's "Simple There's SAC's history Cabinet." to consider, too. they're working with so they can master "One of the most unusual aspects of technique well enough to research, explore, the school was the philosophic construct: `a and experiment. community of artisans working together,'" "Knowing the material and how to work says Leonard Urso, metals professor. "And with it makes you a better designer, especially that's what we maintain to this day: all in wood," says Richard Tannen, a professor in students from all levels meet in the studios the department of woodworking and furniture at the same time. The community is always design. "It's a living, breathing material. It together and students learn from each other." has properties, such as the way it takes on Most craft schools programs offer little studio moisture that expands it along its width, but time, Urso says. At SAC, students must make a not its length because of its cell structure. So, serious commitment to working on their craft. wood's biology is intimately related to the They are required to spend roughly six hours techniques to work with it successfully." three days a week in their studios, and that's in addition to their other academic commitments. Although parents often clamor for arts-rich The school is steeped in history and programs in elementary and secondary schools, traditional techniques. Students may be asked seeing their children enroll in a college degree to create a small table without using power program for artisans is all together different. tools, for example. But they're also required While it may not seem like the most practical to use technology. And they need to develop choice, many SAC students say they can't see an intimate understanding of the material 747 PARK AVENUE, ROCHESTER, NY 585.244.2585 129 S. MAIN STREET, CANANDAIGUA, NY 585.396.2585 154 THE COMMONS, ITHACA, NY 607.273.2585 There is a cross pollination at SAC between students and the different departments, says Leonard Urso, metals and jewelry design professor. Wil Sideman is a first-year grad student in the glass program. themselves doing anything else. And many say their parents are supportive. Wil Sideman, a first year grad student in the glass department, grew up in central Maine, where many people still have wood shops in their garages and basements. Working with his hands is something he says he knew he wanted do from an early age. "I was motivated by a person who was making a canoe in his back yard," he says. Sideman also spent time on a pottery wheel, and he was interested in photography. But it was glass that captured his imagination. And his parents supported him from the beginning. "My parents are very open-minded," he says. "When I said I wanted to go to art school, they were happy I was going to school for anything." Yunus Lowenthal, a senior in the ceramics department, enrolled in RIT for pre-med, but soon changed directions. He thought he wanted to be a forensic scientist, he says, but quickly realized the work wasn't as interesting a