GM Week 2016 GM/PU Debate

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Full Issue: April 13, 2016

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SAVE THE UNION

Rounds instructs poster removal

Public Safety and grounds workers recorded tearing down student posters

Mid-morning on Saturday, April 9, RPI TV and members of the Save the Union movement discovered posters relating to the movement were being removed from buildings by officers of the RPI Department of Public Safety. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Mental health versus the bureaucracy of Rensselaer

I’d like to begin by saying that this notebook was the catalyst for my joining The Poly, and that this entry has been roughly a year in the making. I joined this staff because I wanted this campus to understand my experiences in the raw, visceral way that made them meaningful to me. Read more...

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Cabinet

Plans to improve student to Student Life communication

Since becoming Vice President for Student Life, I have had the opportunity to meet so many students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who have proudly displayed their affection for Rensselaer. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Spring show brings RPI colors

Recently, the International Championship of College A Capella Northeast quarter finalists The Rusty Pipes hosted their 19th Annual Spring Show on Friday, April 8, in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. Their game show themed night had rousing performances broken up by games with audience member participation. The evening finished off with a raffle that guests had either purchased raffle tickets for, filled out a survey before hand to receive a free one, or won some from the games during the night. Read more...

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BASEBALL

Engineers come alive against Skidmore College

The Engineers’ baseball team found its groove this past weekend when they went up against Skidmore College in two doubleheaders, going 3-1 against the Thoroughbreds. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2016 ELECTIONS

R&E decisions reversed

At least 15 candidates were to be omitted from the final ballot for Grand Marshal Week 2016 Elections as a result of two decisions released by the Rules and Elections Committee on Sunday, April 10. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Thanking the Executive Board for a great year

For the past semester and a half I have had the privilege of sitting in on the Rensselaer Union Executive Board meetings, Thursdays at 8 pm. To be totally honest with everyone, it wasn’t always a privilege. I started the semester off starry-eyed and willing to take on any task for the Editorial Board of The Poly. I thought, “Dang, these people are official. They’re like … a real newspaper.” Having dealt with nothing so professional, I was easily roped into the task of covering what was so elusively referred to as “E-Board.” Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Paul Simon plays on Latin topics

Released in 1997, Paul Simon’s ninth solo studio album, Songs from The Capeman, received the worst response of any album in Simon’s decades-long career. Originally written to accompany a Broadway musical of the same name, the album is a reimagining of latin music accompanied by a church choir. Although the musical itself was ultimately a failure, many critics found some redemption in the score written by Simon. In collaboration with Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Simon managed to create a story through smart lyrics and fun reimaginings of latin music. For the sake of clarity, this is not a review of the musical. This is merely a review of the album that managed to escape with some of its dignity intact. Read more...

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TRACK & FIELD

Second place victory over Tufts and Bates

In an exhilarating race for first place in the men’s 400 meters that was ultimately decided by a separation of eight thousandths of a second, RPI freshman Jason Hall was declared the winner after crossing side by side with junior Max Drexler. Theirs was the second-fastest heat of the 400 on Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s quad meet, earning them fifth and sixth overall after the running of the final heat. Overall, the Engineers placed runner up to the host, with the men earning 157 points to MIT’s 227, and the women scoring 155-206.5. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Committees review progress, plans at end of term meeting

Wednesday, April 6 was the last meeting of the 46th Student Senate. While their term of office is not over until new senators are elected, the Senate does not have any further planned meetings. At this meeting, the Senate spent time reviewing what the committees completed this past year, and what plans they have for the future. Read more...

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top hat

A fond farewell to a year of making a difference

Hello everyone,

This will be my final Top Hat article, and with everything going on, I’ll admit it really snuck up on me. I have a lot I wish I could tell everyone, so forgive me for being wordy. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Sociopath leaves creepy feelings

Despite the sense of fright and extreme suppression in my soul afterwards, I have to say that Nightcrawler is an amazing neo-noir, crime thriller film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and featuring Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton. It looks into how a former thief, Louis Bloom, experienced all-rounded discrimination in society when trying to find a job, worked as a stringer—a freelance cameraman—to keep his head above water, and finally lost humanity and morality in his ‘dodge’ and the morbid pursuit of so-called ‘successful and meaningful business.’ Read more...

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SOFTBALL

Engineers take six of last eight games

Three doubleheaders in five days may sound like a difficult challenge, but the softball team walked out with five wins and just nine walks over all six games. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Bylaw revisions passed, new banner designs approved for display

Last Thursday April 7, the Rensselaer Union Executive Board held their final official meeting of the semester. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Making dignity a priority in personal disagreements

With the semester about two thirds of the way to completion, classes are ramping up in difficulty in preparation for finals, and the workload for all RPI students is increasing from an already extraordinarily high level. Combine the academic rigors of RPI with social and club commitments, and it is easy to see how people can get stressed. Mix in the fact that Grand Marshal Week 2016 elections are tomorrow and an emotional powder keg has been created, ready to explode. It is easy to see how—with your personal time and energy being spread thin—sometimes basic human decency can be thrown out the window. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Making dignity a priority in personal disagreements

With the semester about two thirds of the way to completion, classes are ramping up in difficulty in preparation for finals, and the workload for all RPI students is increasing from an already extraordinarily high level. Combine the academic rigors of RPI with social and club commitments, and it is easy to see how people can get stressed. Mix in the fact that Grand Marshal Week 2016 elections are tomorrow and an emotional powder keg has been created, ready to explode. It is easy to see how—with your personal time and energy being spread thin—sometimes basic human decency can be thrown out the window. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Dancesports competition draws student dance lovers

RPI’s Ballroom Dance Team hosted its 9th Annual Dancesport Competition in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center on Saturday, April 2nd. Over one hundred competitors from across the Northeast attended the competition, from schools including Boston University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the College of the Holy Cross, and Stony Brook University. About one hundred spectators, students, family, and community members alike also showed up to support the RPI Ballroom Team and watched some wonderful dancing. Read more...

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HOCKEY

Kasdorf wears RPI mask and pads for NHL debut

On Friday, April 8, former RPI goalie Jason Kasdorf made his NHL debut in a start for the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Kasdorf played reasonably well in his first professional appearance, stopping 26 of the 30 shots he faced. However, the game ended 4-1 in favor of the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. It may not have been the ideal start to his professional career, but the game was a valuable experience for Kasdorf. Read more...

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