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There’s a nap for that

Oh, the wonderful twists life provides us. In kindergarten—we’re talking old-time kindergarten—we detested the forced naps, groaningly putting our heads on the desk as the lights were flicked off.

Then for the rest of our lives we crave that opportunity again.

So we appreciate the efforts of RIT students to identify the best spots on campus to catch a few Z’s between classes with help from “Naps.” The website shows and rates places to get some shuteye.

“We took a survey, asking students to rate locations,” says Rachel Tassoni, head of Student Government’s facilities, parking and transportation committee.

The project began a couple of years ago after student government received a petition to find places where students could take naps between classes. Some students had complained they were awakened by people who thought they shouldn’t be sleeping, and couches they had once used were taken away.

Dozens of RIT students responded to a survey asking where the best places to nap on campus were, factoring in comfort level, surrounding noise, foot traffic, convenience and accessibility. The list was narrowed to 22 spots and five were deemed “official” nap sites.

Rachel, a third-year diagnostic medical sonography major from Glocester, R.I., says she worked with RIT’s

Physical Wellness Team. The best benefits come from short naps: 20 or 30 minutes. Any longer can mess up your sleep cycle, she says.

Ah, to be young again.

Putting a collar on attacks

The Postal Service recently announced that 6,765 employees were attacked by dogs last year. Of those, 82 took place in Western New York.

Buffalo ranked 21st on the list, with 28 dog attacks. That is more than double the number of attacks in Rochester, 11. Other communities in the Rochester area made the list with one or two attacks each—none had three or more.
Nationally, Los Angeles is the biggest attack city with 80 in 2016. That easily exceeds Houston with 62 and Cleveland at 60.

When the Loop last visited this report, in 2012, Rochester ranked No. 25 in the nation, tied with Baton Rouge, La. Each city tallied 15 dog attacks then. L.A. was still the top dog that year as well, with 83 postal employees attacked there. The number of attacks nationally has risen from 5,577 that year.

The annual rankings come out as part of the promotion of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday.

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