The bacteria in the filter will stay alive for six hours with the filter unplugged. If you want to keep the bacteria alive for longer than that, remove the filter media and put it in a Gladware or Tupperware with some fish flakes and water. The fish flakes will decay and give off ammonia that will feed the bacteria. As long as it doesn't take too long to get to the dorm room, you should have most of your bacteria when you get there.
I will definitely have him on my desk and I just know he'll be a great stress reliever. :) There's nothing as relaxing as watching a fish swim around. What I'm NOT looking forward to is moving his tank to my dorm room next month! It will just HARDLY be cycled, and I'll have to start all over.
Thanks! My first betta was one I had when I was younger, named Triton. Sherman is a really cute name. :) Persica is my designated DRP! (Dorm room pet.) However, he has sparked a major obsession and I believe there are many many bettas to come in my foreseeable future.. Teehee. :)
Aw, thanks! He's my precious Persica. :) I'll tell him you said so! And I sort of tried to match him to his gravel, so I'm glad someone noticed! :D The betta in your avatar is veeeery beautiful. I love his tail!