New freshman student officials elected

THE CLASS OF 2018 CLASS COUNCIL AND STUDENT SENATORS MET for the first time on Tuesday. All freshmen student officials were elected on Thursday.

On Thursday, September 25, freshman elections were held for the election of the Class of 2018’s Student Government representatives. With poll sites in Commons Dining Hall and the Darrin Communications Center, the election garnered 380 valid ballots, representing 28 percent of the freshman class, an increase from last year’s turnout of approximately 315 voters.

Since the election did not have enough candidates to require a primary election, none occurred. Final results for the election were released Thursday night. In the final election, Kenneth Vetter ’18 won the position of president with 180 votes while opponent Kanthi Bommareddy ’18 received 135 votes. The expected candidates for vice president did not receive enough student nominations to be placed on the ballot and thus, the vote for vice president was decided by write-in votes. Sean Waclawik ’18 won the write-in vote over three other candidates with 46 votes.

The position of Class of 2018 Representative was available to eight candidates, however, with only four candidates receiving sufficient nominations to be placed on the ballot, four write-in candidates were elected to the position. Brenna Buckley ’18, Matthew Heimlich ’18, Harlan Grossman ’18, Chenjun Zhou ’18, Zhengneng Chen ’18, Yueze Li ’18, Gwen Diebold ’18, and Elliot Dorlac ’18 were all elected as class council representatives for the freshman class with varying numbers of votes from 194 for Buckley to four for Diebold and Dorlac. Justin Etzine ’18, Jennifer Freedberg ’18, Steven Sperazza ’18, and Keegan Caraway ’18 were elected as student senators and all received over 130 votes. The four new senators were introduced at the Senate general body meeting on Monday.

Many of the newly elected officials have specific goals that they wish to accomplish this year. Sperazza was excited to make more of a difference on campus in comparison to what he did in high school and he hopes to have positive impact on the lives of the students with changes such as an on-campus pharmacy. Sperazza explained that his “goal is to be a part of that and to contribute as much as possible to the process of making a difference as [he] can.” Vice president Waclawik also expressed his hopes to make a change and to make the community more united. He added, “now it seems like everyone has found their groups and are more locked in, so throwing events is a great way to get people to mix who don’t normally get to interact with one another.”

Including the election violations that were reported on previously by The Polytechnic in the September 17 issue, this year’s freshman elections saw seven violation decisions made by the Rules and Elections Committee. The violations dealt mainly with campaign material and the placement of posters by the candidates. Those in violation of the bylaws completed community service by poll sitting at the elections. The election also saw two warnings from the committee and according to the committee’s official releases, they reminded the candidates that only passive campaigning was allowed in dining halls and to promptly report “any defacement of posters, unauthorized destruction of posters, and any other forms of campaign sabotage” in order to keep the election fair. The full details of the violation decision and warnings and results can be found at R&E’s Flagship Documents page at http://poly.rpi.edu/47288.

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Staff Editorial: Post-career fair success tips

The 36th annual National Society of Black Engineers/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Career Fair was on last Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27 from 10 am–3 pm. The Poly staff would like to remind those that attended to follow-up on companies.

Companies usually have an online application to fill out for positions on their websites. Usually, they require both basic information and a résumé, in addition to a cover letter. Cover letters are letters of introduction that accompany a resume or curriculum vitae. It’s a way for applicants to show why they are qualified for the position they are applying for. They should be tailored to those specific positions that you are applying to and mention skills that are applicable.

If you didn’t go to the career fair, it’s not too late! If your cover letter or résumé needs work, the Center for Career and Professional Development is available to give you suggestions. Additionally, should you land an interview, the CCPD can also help you learn how to carry yourself during an interview and the types of questions that could be asked.

Also, Joblink is a great resource for applying to jobs. Hosted by the CCPD, Joblink is an online application system for students to use to apply to companies for internships, co-opportunities, and full time jobs. The process is identical to applying on a company’s website but is much more convenient for applicants to use. Through the site, companies’ on-campus interview dates and presentations can be viewed.

After you’ve applied to companies, you should follow up! Send thank you letters to recruiters and companies you have talked to, and about a week or two later, find contact information for the positions that you’ve applied for, and ask for an update on your application. It is just another way to make sure that those companies have reviewed your information and may give your application an advantage. Do check on companies’ policies, though, because some discourage this.

The Poly wishes everyone the best of luck in their job search!

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Troy Night Out fills streets with music

Musicians and fans meet in downtown, with student and professional artists performing

THE BLUEBILLIES LEAD SINGER PERFORMS country songs for visitors attending October’s Troy Night Out.

On the last Friday of every month, the streets of Troy fill with students and residents who are there to enjoy Troy’s food and cultural opportunities. In Monument Square, there were food and art vendors displaying their wares to passing visitors. The Troy Children’s Chorus and The Bluebillies provided music to people of all ages enjoying the last few warm days of summer.

In Barker Park, RPI’s jazz bands played. These bands included the Repertory Jazz
Orchestra, 8th Street Swing Band, Contemporary Jazz
Ensemble, and the Afro-Cuban Jazz
Orchestra. The Ensemble Congrero played in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

In the center of Broadway and 2nd, a group called Troy Alley Action was working on their latest project. Using spray paint, sidewalk chalk, stencils, and the help of anyone who offered, they converted the center of the busy intersection into a work of art. The intersection was covered in dozens of ovals in all colors. The white ones said “Enjoy Troy,” while the rest were started with “Enjoy” but space was left for visitors to fill in the blank. The idea is that converting a busy intersection into a work of art will slow traffic down. Instead of rushing through, people will want to slow down to see the art, and so will the people who are trying to cross the street. Those brave enough to risk getting painted on, moved into the intersection to help out with the project. Right now, the paint is temporary, but if it works as intended the city might consider a permanent installment.

RPIgnite Drumline performed at Monument Square. The RPI Unicycling and Juggling club was also there to entertain visitors. They brought juggling balls and a number of unicycles with them. Everyone tested their hand-eye coordination, but few had the patience to work past two juggling balls. Some also wanted to test their balance on the unicycles. Members of the club helped first time unicyclists get a feel of what it is like to balance on one wheel. Those who felt their skills were not up to par were not left out. The club officers got to demonstrate their abilities by juggling as many as five balls at once in a variety of complicated patterns. The unicyclists of the group tested their agility on one wheel with a game of unicycle tag.

At the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, four of RPI’s a capella groups took the stage. While the Music Hall was completed in 1875, the performances were of modern songs like “Price Tag” by Jesse J and “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs. The audience was in awe at each group’s talent, and gave huge rounds of applause after each performance.

In the Arts Center of the Capital Region, the Dance Team performed, followed by Sheer Idiocy. Sheer Idiocy played some rhyme games and then did a poet’s corner where they asked the audience for a word. Several improvised songs and dances about noodles, the word chosen, were performed to big laughs. Sheer Idiocy also pretended to broadcast a mundane activity, in this case doing laundry, ESPN-style. Dozens of other improv games also delighted the audience.

In addition to the RPI activities, many stores stayed open later than normal. Specials were also offered. This was not unique to this Troy Night Out, the next event will be on November 28 and more information can be found at
http://downtowntroy.org/special-events/troy-night-out.html.

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Rensselaer defense thwarts Worcester offense

Engineers reclaim Transit Trophy with 27-6 victory in first night home game in three years

GRADUATE STUDENT RUNNING BACK REGGIE COLAS ESCAPES multiple tackles into the end zone to score the first touchdown in the Engineers’ 27-6 victory.

On Saturday, September 27, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted rival Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the annual Transit Trophy game. RPI had a lot of support, as the stands were packed cheering for a victory. Saturday’s game marked RPI’s first league game of the season. RPI entered Saturday’s game with two wins and one loss, the loss being to rival Alfred University. WPI entered the game with one win and two losses. The RPI Engineers found themselves on top of this meeting, defeating WPI 27-6.

This game marked the 108th meeting between the two competitors, with competitive history dating back to November 3, 1894. In the first contest between these opponents, WPI got the better of RPI, winning 4-0. The all-time series is led by RPI 56-46-5. At home RPI leads the series 33-18-3. The Transit Trophy began in 1979 when the teams’ athletic directors decided to create a trophy to honor the winner, every year, of the long standing rivalry between the two teams. A transit was decided as the trophy because both schools have dominant engineering curriculums.

The RPI Engineers had an impressive day on the ground producing 235 rushing yards. As a whole, RPI’s offense was able to muster a combined 292 yard of offense. RPI’s defense did not fall short this game limiting WPI to only 235 yards of total offense. The RPI Engineers running defense was practically flawless only allowing 26 rushing yards.

Junior quarterback Jeff Avery contributed to the ground game rushing for 55 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. RPI’s passing game wasn’t as strong as its rushing game as Avery had just five completions on 14 attempts. Graduate student Reggie Colas was Avery’s favorite target with two receptions for 24 yards. Freshman standout Mike Tivinis had an impressive day on the ground rushing for 61 yards on 12 carries, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Not far behind was junior running back Nick Schlatz rushing for 45 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.

Junior Brandon Cook helped lead the RPI defensive front contributing five tackles, four of which were solo-tackles. The engineers secondary had an impressive night causing four interceptions from senior Nick Borkowski, junior Philip Lanieri III, and sophmore Greg Abare.

As the game began, both teams couldn’t produce any offense as both teams defenses proved their dominance. However, with 4:48 left in the quarter the RPI Engineers got the ball back on their own 21 after a failed fourth down attempt by WPI. Avery marched the Rensselaer down to the Worcester 34-yard line. After being stopped on third down, RPI decided to attempt a 51-yard field goal attempt by the Senior All-American Andrew Franks. Franks drilled the field goal right between the uprights, beating his previous field goal distance and school record of 50 yards. Franks gave the Engineers a three nothing lead.

After nine minutes of exchanged possession, Abare intercepted a pass from WPI and brought the ball back to the WPI 8-yard line. After failing to produce a touchdown RPI opted to kick a field goal from the WPI 7-yard line. Franks scored again kicking a 24-yard field goal, giving RPI a six to nothing lead. With 1:34 left on the clock, RPI regained possession and began to drive down the field. After an illegal blocking penalty, it seemed as if RPI would have to settle for another field goal; however, with six seconds left, Avery found Colas streaking to the pylon for a touchdown. RPI lead WPI at the half 13 to nothing.

The Engineers started the second half strong as Tivinis found the end-zone with 9:54 left in the half, giving RPI a 20 to nothing lead. The Rensselaer defense showed their strength thwarting all WPI attempts to move the ball. WPI brought the ball to the RPI 8-yard line until the defense came together to cause them to turn the ball over on fourth down.

RPI’s defense had their first hiccup as WPI was finally able to get some points on the board when they scored with 10:39 left in the game. After WPI missed the extra point attempt, RPI still lead 20-6. Rensselaer came firing back scoring again although they already had all but finalized a victory. Tivinis found his second touchdown of the game scoring with 3:07 left into the game. The game ended with the Institute leading 27-6.

Rensselaer travels to United States Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday to continue Liberty League play and then returns to East Campus Athletic Village to play St. Lawrence for homecoming weekend.

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Lecture brings awareness to hazing dangers

The week of September 21 was National Hazing Prevention week in the United States. On Thursday, September 25, the Rensselaer Interfraternity Council held its first ever lecture on hazing prevention in the Darrin Communications Center for new pledges. IFC President Tyler Gumina ’15 and Executive Vice President John Schiel ’16 started off the lecture by formally defining the term “hazing.” It is “emotional and physical abuse for the purpose of integration into a community.” Schiel then stated that, according to a study done in 2008 at the University of Maine, 55 percent of club, team, and fraternity participants are exposed to some form of hazing, including sex acts, drinking, and embarrassment, which is often public.

Later, after the opening discussion, Gumina played a nationally disseminated 15 minute video discussing the dangers and ramifications of hazing. First, the video listed several types of hazing: whipping, forced calisthenics, sleep deprivation, confinement, forced eating and drinking, vandalism, theft, and humiliation. Then, the video discussed several recent deaths that have occurred because of hazing. The three most discussed occurred at Rider University, California Polytechnic State University, and California State University, Chico. Two died because they were forced to drink dangerous amounts of alcohol. A pledge of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at California Polytechnic fell unconscious after a long night of drinking; eight hours later he was still unconscious. Yet the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon failed to call for emergency medical services until he was already dead the next afternoon. The other death was caused by water poisoning, where a pledge was forced to drink many gallons of water before being confinedto a basement flooded with sewage. He later died due to brain swelling.

Because of the deaths and severe injuries that occur every year from hazing, most states have adopted harsher anti-hazing laws in the past decade. These laws have resulted in convictions for many fraternities, even when they haven’t been responsible for deaths or severe injuries. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon incident in particular prompted hazing lawyer Douglas Fierberg to sue Sigma Alpha Epsilon for wrongful death. Sigma Alpha Epsilon settled, paying the Starkey family several million dollars.

After the video, Gumina and Schiel discussed why hazing happens. Hazing was first used in the United States in the late 1860s by Civil War veterans who had formed brotherhoods after the war. The goal was to create brotherly bonds through the use of war simulations and common suffering. Many men were injured and killed as a result. Then, they presented a map showing the distribution of hazing-related deaths. There have been over 180 hazing deaths in the United States since the practice became widespread after the Civil War. The Northeast, of which Rensselaer is part of, has had more than any other region. Later, Schiel revealed that most fraternity “traditions” are less than a decade old. Therefore, he stated that it’s important to be prudent and discerning when a fraternity member uses the word “tradition.”

Lastly, Gumina and Schiel spoke to the assembly of pledges in attendance on what to do if they become aware of the presence of hazing in a fraternity’s pledge initiation activities. They stressed the importance of telling others, including other pledges, fraternity leaders, friends outside of the fraternity, members of the Interfraternity Council, and college administrators. They advised that pledges speak to fraternity leaders when they’re uncomfortable with a pledging activity. Fraternity leaders have been advised to alter activities to suit the pledges’ needs or allow them to sit out if necessary.

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Editorial Notebook

Handling stress at RPI

Being a student at RPI can be incredibly stressful. I consider myself to be an active participant in many student activities. That being said there are many times where it seems like all of my responsibilities can creep up on me. I am also not exempt to the plethora of work that comes from being an engineering student at RPI. Like many students, I have days where I don’t know how I will be able to complete all my work plus my outside responsibilities; however, luckily enough, I have found ways that have helped me deal with everything I have on my plate.

Being an RPI student who maintains a quality GPA while holding just a sliver of a social life can seem like an uphill battle; however, one thing that has helped me is taking a step back. When the stresses of being a student gang up on you, the best thing to do is to take a minute, step back, and tell yourself that you are doing the best you can—hopefully you are—and let the chips fall where they may. In my experience, this simple technique can swing the tides in your favor in helping you conquer all the pestering assignments and responsibilities you have.

Another way in which I personally deal with all of the stresses of life, is by working out. Although this is repeated so often that it’s practically cliché, I have found that it allows for myself to take a deep breath, and have a nice break from the hectic world around me. This can be extremely difficult to convince yourself to do when you know you have a ton of work ahead of you—especially if you are contemplating sleeping; however, I cannot emphasize how important this quick 20–30 minute break can be. Clearing your mind and exhausting your physical being could be the difference between completing a quality piece of work, or something that you just threw together because you had no idea what you were doing.

Lastly, when the stresses of life become too heavy to carry, the greatest medicine is the ability to lean on your friends. Understanding that you are not alone and that everyone else is going through the same challenges that you are can be a great breath of fresh air. I have been blessed with great friends that are willing to help me get through RPI—with my sanity. Although there are multiple ways of dealing with stress and countless techniques that can help you get through the trials and tribulations that RPI has to offer, the true secret is surrounding yourself with people who care about you and who are in the fight with you. Although at times it may seem uncomfortable, opening up to your friends and letting the people you care about help you can have the most therapeutic effects.

There are many ways to deal with stress and I have only touched on some of the ways in which it can be done. However, I can’t emphasize enough the strength of friendship in the fight against stress at RPI.

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Safe in Sound Festival shocks and awes many

Electronic enthusiasts pack the Albany Armory for a show that they will not soon forget

SAFE IN SOUND OFFERED performances by well known artists like Destroid, Flux Pavilion, and Zeds Dead while providing a platform for the up and coming artists ΩZ and Terravita .

At first glance, the Washington
Avenue Armory in Albany looks like the typical event space: stadium-style seating surrounds a large gymnasium with a stage set up at the back for shows. But on September 24, the Safe in Sound Festival made its stop in Albany, and the star-studded lineup attracted fans of the dubstep subgenre of electronic music from across the Capital Region. The festival, which is touring 23 cities across the United States between September 19 and October 25, combined headlining acts Destroid and Flux Pavilion, with special guest Zeds Dead and supporting artists ΩZ and Terravita for an unforgettable night of dubstep music.

Prior to the three headlining artists, attendees were treated to the unique musical styles of Terravita, made up of Jon Spero, Matt Simmers, and Chris Barlow, and the unidentified talent known as ΩZ. Both groups excited the crowd with fast-paced and wild bass drops and mid-sections, which appeared to amplify the crowd’s excitement for the leading artists.

Next, the crowd was enthralled by Destroid, a collaboration project by Excision, Downlink, and KJ Sawka. The group came out onto stage in elaborate, illuminated cyborg costumes. Because of the musical diversity of all three artists, with songs consisting of heavy and intense bass drops, Destroid left the crowd confused but excited.

Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan, better known as Zeds Dead, followed the wild beats with relaxed and controlled rhythms that had an almost-hypnotic effect on the audience. Some of the particularly memorable songs from the duo’s set included their original hits “Hadouken” and “Collapse,” and their remix of the song “Lies,” which was originally composed by Marina and the Diamonds; however, overall the set was fluid and was received well by the crowd, who responded with dancing typically found at rave shows.

Even though all the acts did commendable performances, the audience appeared to be most excited when Flux Pavilion took the stage. The British producer played several of his charted hits, including “Bass Cannon” and “Starlight”, and concluded the night with “Gold Dust” as his finale. This festival was his first visit to Albany, but he promised the enthusiastic crowd that he would return soon, to which the crowd responded thunderously.

Attendees described the sets as “on point,” “hypnotic,” and “electrifying.” The audience appeared to be more than satisfied with the music played throughout the evening. The atmosphere of the event was comparable to what you would expect of an electronic music festival: some attendees sat on their companions shoulders, ‘kandi’ beaded bracelets and necklaces were traded, and interesting dancing routines were widespread. Overall, the wide variety of dubstep music stand testament to the fact that the sub-genre is very much alive and well.

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Field Hockey shut out win

RPI wasted little time on Sunday, firing seven shots off in the first eleven minutes of action against the State University of New York Geneseo. Five of the shots were corralled by Geneseo goalie Dayna Mercer and the other two missed their mark. Then the pace of play slowed down. Geneseo managed three consecutive shots of their own in a fourteen minute span, including two in the 28th minute. Senior goalie Hannah Clough made a key save and the other was knocked down by a defender shortly thereafter. Clough also made saves in the 32nd and 34th minutes to keep the game tied at zero. Right before the half, RPI junior attack Hana Murphy slapped two shots on goal but both were stopped by Mercer to maintain the tie.

Rensselaer outshot Geneseo 12-5 in the opening period but had obtained nothing to show for it. This changed almost immediately in the second half. With little more than two minutes gone by in the second half, Mercer left the net to get a loose ball. Murphy got there first though and passed to senior attack Molly Zuk who flicked the ball in the unattended goal to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead. Then, five minutes later, freshman attack Jena Nawfel scored unassisted from the top of the circle to pad RPI’s lead to 2-0.

Starting with two failed shot attempts in the 46th minute, Geneseo fought valiantly to make a comeback, outshooting the Engineers 12-3 in the final 25 minutes. Several shots were blocked by defenders or missed wide. The rest were collected by Clough, who made seven saves in the second half, including four in the final two and a half minutes, to finish with a ten-save shutout.

This Saturday, field hockey travels north to take on the St. Lawrence University Saints in hopes of extending their two-game winning streak.

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In the Nation and the World

Hong Kong students protest election policy

University students in Hong Kong have dropped their books and flocked to government buildings in protest of Beijing’s refusal to allow Hong Kong to select its own candidates for the election of the city’s leader. As a result, all of the election candidates will be prescreened and approved by Beijing before the election, such has been the case since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule. More than 10,000 students are boycotting classes in a movement bearing the undertones of the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989. Most universities are not punishing their students; college administrators, faculty, and the city’s biggest teachers’ union are largely sympathetic to the cause. Tied yellow ribbons, a symbol of the city’s pro-democracy movement, snake the gates of the pro-Beijing chief executive’s office. Amidst all of the chaos, People’s Liberation Army personnel carriers have moved into the city clandestinely.

Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule after being a British colony from 1841 to 1997. The city enjoyed a high degree of autonomy and freedoms not found in the mainland. Beijing promised universal suffrage to the city under the “one country, two systems,” principle for a period of 50 years.

The protestors are calling on the city authorities to reject the plan issued by the National People’s Congress, the organization responsible for selecting candidates. The protestors believe that they should be allowed to nominate their own candidates. In response to their denied freedoms, the protestors have organized a nonviolent occupation protest for universal suffrage in Hong Kong known as Occupy Central. Such civil disobedience is usually not found in the mainland, where the phrase “Occupy Central,” has been censored on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. This Monday, Hong Kong riot police, in lines five deep, moved in on protestors while firing tear gas in one of the world’s major financial centers. Baton-wielding police have been seen guarding entrances into districts where protestors have gathered. Protestors have recently begun equipping themselves with umbrellas and goggles in defense against the tear gas and pepper spray used by the police. Joshua Wong, the leader of the student revolt, was arrested, according to rumors. When he was 15, Joshua managed to derail the central government’s plans to develop a nationalistic education system by rallying 120,000 protestors. The young man has been branded an “extremist” by state-run news agencies. Lastly, concerned for the safety of their staff, financial firms have advised their employees to work from home.

Communist party leaders are worried that news of conflict will spread to mainland cities and galvanize support for democracy. In Hong Kong, an informal referendum collected over 800,000 votes, mostly in support of democracy, to Beijing’s ire. In response, a few pro-Beijing groups have assembled on the streets of Hong Kong, singing patriotic songs and waving Chinese flags in support of the party’s decision. Beijing may control the big news agencies and the police, but the people of Hong Kong are willing to fight for their freedom.

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Editorial Notebook

Hearthstone gains renown

With over twenty million registered accounts just seven months after the official release of the game, Hearthstone has proven to be a very popular game. I myself started in the first official ranked season in April.

In the beginning, I played as a mage with just the basic set of cards. After opening up a few packs, I then switched to priest for a season. After the realization that priest was pretty much the worst class in Hearthstone at that time, I investigated what was considered one of the most consistent classes. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time crafting cards for one specific deck that only works in the current meta. I wanted something that would carry me through each season, while not being the best deck, but a deck that would hold its own well enough.

This search lead me to the druid class. Luckily, I had at this time gotten a critical piece to the druid deck, the force roar combo. I decided to test out ramp druid and I found it really fun. The general strategy of ramp druid is to use certain cards, Wild Growth, and Innervate, to ‘ramp’ up to the late game by mid game. When this happens, really strong minions are played that the other player usually has a hard time dealing with. If I don’t get the necessary ramp cards, the game is a bit more difficult but not impossible.

From then on, I have been working on building the ultimate ramp druid deck for my play style. I haven’t copied it straight from any of the major players’ decks, although I have looked at those decks for inspiration. I do track my games using Hearthstone Tracker. Unfortunately, the first five months of statistics are on my old computer at my house back in Oklahoma, so I can’t contribute them to this. But from the games I have played at RPI, I currently have a 59-41 win-loss ratio with my ramp druid. I am about to pass the 700 total win mark, also. I mainly play casual and ranked. The highest rank I have achieved is 10 this season and I hope to break into rank five and possibly legend next season.

Now for the details of the deck. It runs the standard ramping cards, Innervate and Wild Growth. Currently, my three drops are a Harvest Golem and Big Game Hunter, BGH. I have been debating whether to switch the Harvest Golem for a second BGH to combat the prevalence of handlock these days, but I still like the Golem for when I do get a rush deck opponent. I run two Keeper’s of the Grove to silence pesky Twilight Drakes and strong legendaries, and I rely on a lot of taunts. Sen’jin Shieldmasta, two Druid of the Claws, two Sludge Belchers, a Sunwalker, and an Ancient of War are the taunt minions I run. Sometimes I’ll play charge Druid of the Claw, but that is usually only to seal the win in. I run an Azure Drake at the moment, but I would really like to switch him out for a Bloodmage Thalnos. With the Thalnos it would be much easier to get 5/2 Swipe, I run two, which would be extremely handy. With the Azure Drake, right now I have to hope that he survives one round and usually if I need a 5/2 swipe he doesn’t. I run two Ancient of Lores also to recoup card loss from ramping and in emergencies heal a minion or my hero. My finisher is usually the Force of Nature, Savage Roar combo. My other two cards I run that aren’t legendries are Faceless Manipulator and Chillwind Yeti. The Faceless is a fun card that I run in the hopes I can copy my Ragnaros or an enemy’s legendary class. The Yeti is just a strong mid game minion that when Innervated and coined out on turn one can completely control the board for two or three rounds.

The legendary cards I run are Sylvanas Windrunner, The Black Knight, Loetheb, and Ragnaros the Firelord. I haven’t unlocked a single one of these from a pack, they have all been crafted. Most recently crafted was the Black Knight. I disenchanted almost my entire collection to craft him and so far he has been worth it. I just love destroying those 9/9 Molten Giants against handlock. Other than Bloodmage Thalnos previously mentioned, the last legendary I want for my deck is Cenarius. In previous matches, had I had a Cenarius, I would have stalled for one more turn allowing me to get the win. He would just be a really good minion to have to seal the late game.

I foresee me playing ramp druid at least until the new 100+ card expansion comes out. With that, it will probably redefine the entire meta, so hopefully I get lucky and Ramp Druid becomes top dog. If not, I’ll just move on and build another deck. I have not spent any real money on this game, everything has been achieved through in-game gold. I am always looking to find more people to play with so if you want you can add me, my in game name is Foehammer#1284.

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Gallery provides fresh view on screenprinting

This past Friday, September 26, during a walk in downtown Troy, I visited the Arts Center of the Capital Region to see the latest exhibition, the East Coast National Screenprint Biennial. The purpose of the showcase is not to show off the best of the best of screenprinting, rather, its intention is to bring notice to screenprinting as an art medium worth discussion and features artists who use screenprinting in inventive and interesting ways. This goal was absolutely achieved; this is probably the best art showcase you will experience this year.

For those who may not know, screenprinting is a printing technique that uses a mesh and stencil to transmit an image onto a surface. Prior to this show, my knowledge of screenprinting and uses was limited. My only connections to the practice was through Andy Warhol’s works and old posters, both of which employed screenprinting. However, I was blown away by just how diverse the works at the gallery were. The presented artwork was not limited to the walls or as flat imagery. When I entered the gallery, I immediately noticed pieces on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, laying on the ground, on pedestals, and one even plugged into the wall! The diversity of the images was staggering and really expanded my understanding of how screen printing could be used artistically.

When the mission statement pointed out that the artists and pieces were chosen based on their use of the medium rather than just the artists’ merits, it is truly reflected in the show. The piece that plugged into the wall used electrically sensitive ink to produce sounds based on where the viewer touched a wire to the work this was a level of interaction with an artwork I was not expecting from this show. Another work involved the printing of textures onto a paper that was arranged to create a 3-Dimensional house, showing off the versatility of screenprinting I was not aware of. As well, the pieces around the room used different printing materials like fine made Japanese Paper, canvas, and mylar. Some of the works were not even the screenprints themselves but pictures of screenprints being installed in public spaces.

It is one of the most fun and inventive gallery shows I’ve been to this year, and at the low, low cost of free admission, it’s hard to find an excuse to miss this exhibition. If you find yourself downtown, stop by The Arts Center of the Capital Region at 265 River Street and expand your knowledge and create an appreciation of screenprinting.

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PSS: strong out of the gates

ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, RPI WOMEN’S HOCKEY HOSTED the Ottawa Junior Senators for an exhibition matchup at Houston Field House. The game started with a quick score for the Engineers. With just 31 seconds gone by, sophomore Katie Rooney collected the rebound from her own shot and fired the puck past Senator goaltender Tanya Winchcombe to give Rensselaer a 1-0 advantage. The Senators settled in defensively, as Winchocombe gathered eight saves in the opening period. RPI countered with tight, hard-hitting defense of its own, allowing the Senators only three shots on goal in the first period. Early in the second, RPI scored its second goal of the evening. RPI junior defender Brandi Banks skated forward to collect a loose puck in the Senators’ zone, knocking it away from a few nearby Senator defenders. Then freshman Whitney Renn grabbed the still loose puck and zipped it past Winchocombe to give Rensselaer a 2-0 lead in the contest’s 27th minute. After making just four saves, RPI senior starting goalie Kelly O’ Brien was pulled midway through the second period with the Engineers holding a comfortable 2-0 lead. Senior backup Brianna Piper came in and made six saves to allow RPI to hold on to its 2-0 shutout victory. The important statistic of the game was shots on goal. While Rensselaer scored twice on 31 total shots on goal, Ottawa managed only 10 shots on goal for the entire 60 minutes, all of which were saved by O’Brien and Piper. Both teams did a solid job killing power plays; Ottawa stopped RPI on each of its three power plays while the Engineers stopped the Senators on both of their power play opportunities. Next weekend, RPI will travel to the Midwest to take on the University of North Dakota and Bemidji State University to open their season.
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Watermelon Bash, Wing Fest supports local community

TUG OF WAR CONTESTANT, JEN PAPAZIAN ’16, FALLS into pool of water after losing grip of the rope.

On Saturday, three Greek organizations hosted their annual charity events. Lambda Chi Alpha hosted the Watermelon Bash, and Pi Beta Phi and Theta Chi co-hosted Wing Fest.

Watermelon Bash is a national event sponsored by every individual chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha with the goal of bringing campus together through friendly competition. It consists of multiple events including watermelon carving, tug of war, watermelon wheelbarrow race, watermelon toss, eating contest, and watermelon smashing. Students created teams of approximately eight people to compete in the games. Teams included other Greek houses, alumni, clubs, and ad hoc groups of students who wanted to have fun and support the cause.

When asked what her favorite part of the event was, Jennifer Papazian ’16, who participated in the events with her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, said, “We don’t get many opportunities to all be together in one place and I feel like philanthropy events help us make connections and bonds with other houses. Also, who wouldn’t want to smash some watermelons with friends to raise money for an awesome cause?”

The proceeds of the event go to the Troy Unity House, which works with Feeding America. Lambda Chi Alpha has a national partnership with Feeding America. This year, they are proud to announce that the event raised approximately $800. Just as important as raising money for a good cause, however, was how much the event brought people together. “It’s a tradition that incorporates us into the community and brings people together,” said Raymond Jacobson ’15, the brother in charge of the event.

The women’s rugby team was declared the winner of the event, taking home a “Watermelon Bash Champions” trophy. “As soon as they announced that rugby won first, we freaked out! All of us were in shock! Each team member contributed their assets to the competition and we could not have won without the people we had,” said Isabel Johnson ’16, a member of the winning team. The competition brought not only campus closer, but friends closer as well.

The third annual Wing Fest, an event held by every chapter of Pi Beta Phi, also occurred this past weekend. They partnered up with Theta Chi for the event and split the proceeds to give to their respective organizations. Pi Beta Phi donated their portion to First Book, an organization that aims to eliminate illiteracy, and Theta Chi used their proceeds to support the Sunny Side after school day care in Troy. They use the money to buy candy, costumes, and presents for the children around holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

The participants of Wing Fest made homemade chicken wings that were judged based on four categories: crowd favorite, spiciest, most original, and messiest. While all of the entries were fantastic, Theta Chi won crowd favorite, while Chi Phi was voted spiciest, Phi Kappa Theta was named most original, and Theta Xi made the messiest wings. The winners were each given a gift basket that included vouchers to some businesses in downtown Troy.

“I participated because I like to see the Greek community united,” said Lauren Croft ’17, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, when asked why she attended Wing Fest.

Wing Fest proved to be a success, raising a fair amount of money to be donated. Wing Fest was a fairly small event its first year, but it has been growing rapidly ever since. The host houses hope that it will continue to grow and that they will see more and more involvement in the years to come.

“The encouragement and the passion which surrounds [these] events fully combine sisterhood bonding and philanthropy,” said Cassie Megna ’17, a sophomore member of Pi Beta Phi. “It is important for students to be able to give back to their community. It’s such a rewarding experience.” Lauren Wilt ’16, Alpha Gamma Delta’s philanthropy chair, attended both events this weekend and said, “Philanthropy is important to the RPI community because it allows both Greeks and non-Greeks to come together and work towards a common goal.”

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Top Hat

Light Walk inspects campus for future repairs

Farewell planned for Dr. Sams; congratulations to newly-elected Class of 2018 Council

Hello RPI. Last Thursday, September 25, marked the conclusion of the freshman elections, and the results have been counted and finalized. Congratulations to Kenneth Vetter ’18 on his election as Class of 2018 President, and to all other elected student officials. The 2018 Class Council, responsible for promoting class unity through traditions such as the Class Ring, Class Tree, and Senior Week, will be convened in a training and team development meeting by Jacob Derechin ’15, President of the Undergraduate Council, to help prepare them for the year and their new role as representatives.

Remember, of course, that if you were not elected, there are other opportunities to get involved. The Class Councils, as well as all committees of the Student Senate and Executive Board, are open to additional involvement, so any students of their years are welcome to join. These groups represent a great opportunity for every RPI student to grow as a leader and as a professional.

I would also like to extend congratulations and a warm welcome to Keegan Caraway ’18, Justin Etzine ’18, Jennifer Freedberg ’18, and Steven Sperraza ’18, on their elections to Student Senate. Keegan, Justin, Jenna, and Steven have already become heavily involved in the various Senate committees. They’ve already shown great potential as student leaders, and I look forward to working with each of them this year. Freshmen, this will be a fantastic experience for each of you. I hope you each are able to accomplish great things in your time here, and that you all enjoy this experience as much as I have.

Following the Student Senate’s General Body Meeting this past Monday, the Senate embarked on our annual Light Walk. The Light Walk is an annual tradition for the Student Senate as we explore the RPI campus and neighboring streets of Troy to look for any areas of dim, inconsistent, or faulty lighting. As the core aim of the walk is to guarantee safety for RPI students and the community at large, the focus area of the walk has since expanded to include any physical damage to sidewalks or roadways, any and all areas of overgrowth, in addition to any other factors that may result in students or community members feeling unsafe.

Finally, as many of you have been made aware, Dr. Timothy Sams, Vice President for Student Life, will be resigning from his position with Rensselaer a week from this Friday, on October 10. Many students may not know Sams, but those of us who do may attest that he has left an extremely positive impact on the quality of Rensselaer student life. With that in mind, I wanted to take the time to thank him for everything he’s done, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. In the three years I’ve been an RPI student, Sams has proven to be a sincere, approachable, friendly, and remarkably fair supporter of RPI student rights.

Throughout my time with the Student Senate, Sams has been a pleasure to work with, and a great point of contact on a multitude of the Student Senate’s projects. He has become an excellent personal and professional advocate for all who have known him—importantly, Sams has been a strong proponent of equality, known for his support of minority causes such as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer issues and gender equality. Through his work with student groups such as the Student Life Advisory Council, he has worked to ensure the safety, rights, and quality of life for all Rensselaer students.

There will be a full campus reception for Sams, Wednesday, from 2–4 pm in the Heffner Alumni House. Students, faculty, staff, and community members who have known Sams or who would like the chance to meet him, are invited and encouraged to attend and wish him well. Sams, thank you again for everything you’ve done to make this campus a better place for students.

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Columbia professor talks about War on Drugs

Expert in drugs and its effects on America speaks to students and faculty at EMPAC

On Tuesday, September 30, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences held its inaugural HASS Inquiry lecture. These lectures, of which two will be held this semester, are meant to fit in with the HASS Inquiry courses, which are classes that freshmen can take. HASS Dean Mary Simoni welcomed the audience and explained the HASS Inquiry courses and events. Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Associate Dean Nancy Campbell introduced the speaker, Dr. Carl Hart.

Elizabeth’s View

Overall, I really enjoyed the presentation. It displayed some of the theories on science that I have learned at RPI, namely how science and policy fit together. Part of Hart’s premise is that scare tactics have been used to dictate drug policy and even science. Hart discussed the myths that exist about drugs. Hart has researched the actual effects of drugs and has found that drug users do not necessarily have impaired cognitive abilities. Hart also showed the chemical similarities between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, as well as between meth and Adderall. Based on his research, Hart concluded that providing attractive alternatives, such as meaningful employment, decriminalizing drugs, and treating possession like a traffic violation instead of jailing, and trusting science instead of emotion would decrease drug related crime.

However, I did find it a bit “dumbed down” in some areas. This is probably because I am a graduate student in HASS and the lecture was geared towards freshmen. Parts of the science presented could have been explained more. Social science has a bad rap for not being scientific, and, while Hart is a neurobiologist and that discipline is closer to hard science, I still would have liked for there to be more data and explanation to show hard conclusions to freshmen who might be skeptical about social science. There was a lot of background that could have been shorter to allow more time for the studies and data.

After Hart finished, the audience had a chance to ask questions. I asked for clarification on one part of the presentation where Hart had argued that a new definition of racial discrimination was needed. Hart had explained that crack cocaine possession penalties resulted in a lot more African Americans in prison than whites. He explained that this was racial discrimination despite legislators not intending for disparate racial effects. I asked for clarification because the law and legislators might not necessarily be racist, but those who enforce it may be, and that could be the cause of the racial disparity. Hart answered that it was more of a structural issue than that the legislators themselves being racially discriminatory. While I didn’t have time to ask more since many people had questions, I also wondered whether the racial disparity could be due in part to income or another factor. I would also have liked to seen racial discrimination by law enforcement addressed.

Overall, I enjoyed the lecture. I am not very familiar with effects of drugs on the human body, other than the typical “don’t use them–they’re bad.” I do think it is good to be informed of the exact effects as we make policies. Hart did not advocate the use of drugs, but he did note that many drug users have gone on to be competent leaders of society, including our current President, Barack Obama.

Geoff’s View

Before I talk about the presentation, I think I should make it clear that I actually have knowledge of Hart prior to his speech, specifically through my viewing of the documentary The House I Live In. This film is about the drug war in America, and how its entire system works against those impoverished and of African American descent. In this film, Hart plays an interesting role as not only a black man who is an expert in drug research, but as a person affected by the laws. In 2000, Hart discovered that he had fathered a son when he was a teenager, and that his newly found son had dropped out of high school and was being charged for the sale of cocaine in Florida. In the movie, Hart was one of the most powerful characters, having such a profound understanding of drugs in America as a researcher and as someone directly affected by the laws surrounding it.

That’s what brings me to one of the most disappointing parts of the presentation for me, the lack of personal connection in Hart’s speech. At the beginning of the lecture, Hart made it clear that he would not be discussing his personal life since it is a tough topic for him, which is understandable, but it was hard not to be disappointed in not hearing more about his personal story, without of course reading his recently published book.

In terms of the actual talk, I was on the same page with Elizabeth in how most of the information was rather basic, but it was nice to hear Hart’s opinions in person. The only issue I had with Hart’s statements was how sweeping he was with acceptance that street drugs are not as bad as they are portrayed in the public. While I agree that effects of drugs on the body may be exaggerated, he ignored completely how unsafe the production of many of these drugs are, and how a large part of the criminal nature of the drugs is based around its sale by gangs to fund their illegal enterprises. As a whole, I think the talk is a great introduction to understanding drugs in America and how complex of an issue it has evolved into, so I would implore anyone who wants to learn more about this topic to see Dr. Hart if he comes to speak again.

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Athlete of the Week:

Andrew Franks

This week’s athlete of the week is RPI football’s senior All-American kicker, Andrew Franks. This past Saturday against Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Franks broke the record for longest field goal in RPI school history with a 51-yarder in the first quarter. The previous record was 50 yards, which he set in 2012 and tied in 2013. Franks also made a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter to give RPI a 6-0 lead.

In addition, Franks also kicked 5 punts for an average of 45 yards, two of which were downed inside WPI’s 20-yard line. Lastly, he kicked off six times, and forced WPI to take touchbacks on five of them, effectively neutralizing their kick return game. For his efforts, Franks was named Liberty League Special Teams Player of the Week for the second week in a row.

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Senate thanks VP of Student Life Dr. Sams

MICHAEL HAN ’16 EXPLAINS the annual Light Walk. Senators walk around campus and areas of Troy that students usually walk and look for potential safety hazards such as lack of lighting, broken sidewalks, and so on. Hazards are noted down and given to Public Safety to be taken care of by RPI or by the city of Troy.

The Student Senate once again convened on Monday, September 29 for a multitude of student-related activities. The meeting began with the Senate’s annual picture and soon delved into the motion of the week. Congratulations were then given to the new freshmen senators, Justin Etzine ’18, Jennifer Freedberg ’18, Steven Sperazza ’18, and Keegan Caraway ’18. Soon after the approval of previous minutes, a ceremonial motion was put forward congratulating and thanking Dr. Timothy Sams, vice president of Student Life. Sams is resigning his post on October 10 to move on to Morehouse College to accept the role of vice president of Student Development. The motion acknowledged Sams’ immense support in student diversity, avocation for all aspects of students’ vocations, and overall work during his years at RPI. The motion honors and thanks Sams and wishes him the best of luck in his future work. The motion passed with a vote of 19-0-3.

To help accommodate the day’s schedule, the meeting then broke pattern and went into committee reports. Marcus Flowers ’16, head of the Academic Affairs Committee, reported that progress was being made for posting syllabi online and organizing a better system for undergraduate research. The Vice Chairman of Facilities and Services Committee, Michael Han ’16, reports that his committee has taken back the issue of pet-friendly housing and invites freshmen senators to join in.

Han then took the floor with a presentation regarding the Light Walk, an annual Senate event. The walk takes all of the Senate members and has groups of them tour campus along different routes. During the walk, the Senate members note down anything that may affect the travel of RPI students, such as broken sidewalks, dim streetlamps, and ineffective crosswalks. The Senate was able to complete this walk and input data to a central location. This information would then be compiled and sent to Public Safety, where it would reach Lt. Leslie Nelson. From there, Lt. Nelson would try to fix these problems, recognizing the fact that some would have to be covered by Troy rather than RPI.

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Derby

Funds for Players, RMA, and UC approved

Volunteers sought for Union Website Committee, successful weekend for sports teams

Hey RPI!

I hope that you have survived the storm of projects, tests, and career planning which hit last week. Try to catch up on sleep if you can while the workload is light! I would like to thank the members of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for all their hard work in putting together the career fair last weekend. It is awesome that students organize and put on such an important and complex event each year for the student body. I hope that everyone is well on their way to receiving a job offer from one of the many great companies who attended the career fair. For those of you who have interviews lined up within the next few weeks, take advantage of the Center for Career and Professional Development and practice, practice, practice! There is no better way to calm your nerves than to work with the professionals at the CCPD. Get their advice and opinion on common interview questions, how to dress, and what to write in a follow-up email to assure your success. If you don’t have an interview lined up, keep reaching out to companies that grabbed your interest or inspired you in some way. You never know how much of an impact one email can make.

This was an exciting weekend across campus and down in Troy. Many of our clubs and organizations performed on Friday during Troy Night Out, which occurs on the last Friday of every month. I hope you were able to make your way down the hill to enjoy the festivities! We also had a huge crowd at the RPI vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute football game on Saturday. I would like to congratulate the RPI men’s football team on their win over WPI with a final score of 27-6, earning back the Transit Trophy. I hope that everyone enjoyed the Pack the House event and continues to support the football team through the rest of their season. Also in athletics this weekend, RPI women’s soccer defeated Mount Holyoke College and the University of Rochester, RPI men’s soccer tied Williams College 1-1, RPI field hockey defeated Union College and the State University of New York at Geneseo, and RPI women’s hockey was victorious in their first game of the season against the Ottowa Jr. Senators. So congratulations to all of our teams on a successful weekend! This coming weekend, RPI men’s hockey begins their season with an exhibition game against the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday at 7 pm. Be sure to come out and support them in their first game!

In Executive Board news, last week we spoke with the RPI Players, the Rensselaer Music Association, and the Undergraduate Council. The Executive Board approved the RPI Players to have more flexibility with their reception fund, being able to use it to support the weekly work parties they host to prepare for their performances. The Rensselaer Music Association was approved in their proposal to purchase computing equipment to allow them to store their recorded music and keep accurate records for the future. They also reported to the Executive Board that they have a record number of freshmen attending rehearsals and will be coming back soon to talk about new instruments to support the growing population of musicians here at RPI. The Undergraduate Council was approved funding to purchase training supplies for their council members, proving that the UC is here to stay and working hard to make improvements. Executive Board meetings are held on Thursdays from 8:30–10:30 pm in the Shelnutt Gallery on the top floor of the Union. Meetings are open, so if you are ever curious as to what we do or how your money is being spent, please stop by!

Finally, I am looking for volunteers to serve on the Union Website Committee. This group will be dedicated to collecting content for the new Union website, finalizing its design, and organizing focus groups to receive student feedback on our work. If you are interested, please shoot me an email at pu@rpi.edu. As always, if you ever have any questions about the Union and what we do, feel free to stop by my office hours, which are on Wednesdays from 8:30–11:30 pm.

Have a great week!

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Entrepeneurship

Start-up focuses on easy-intro electronics

On September 23, Robert Barron ’14 and Brian Bradley ’14, co-founders of Embedit Electronics, watched as their Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $20,000 ran out, underfunded by $5,677. Instead of being discouraged by the unsuccessful campaign, the duo was optimistic about the future of their invention, RPiSoC.

In short, RPiSoC is a development platform, operating on its own or with Raspberry Pi, on which anyone can create technology, letting anyone interact with the world of electronics. In January, the project originated as a capstone project. Since then, development has progressed beyond the classroom as the pair graduated in May. According to them, substantial growth has been achieved in the five months since their graduation. When asked why they thought the Kickstarter didn’t reach its goal, they cited missing their market definition, originally gearing the campaign toward experienced individuals. Barron and Bradley said that the people most excited about the product have been teachers and young children who get to play around with it. The duo never imagined kids working with RPiSoC and eluded to a potential Kickstarter re-launch with a revised target audience. They will be giving 10 boards to the RPI design labs for the RPI community to experience. They say that the design environment is the same as a commercial one, making it a beneficial tool to learn and know, making experience with it look great of a resume. Looking to the future, the boards would be sold directly to students of all ages. The goal is to make the technology integrated for lab material and used for multiple curriculums. This would make every new student a new customer.

The pair has been working with the
Design Lab at Rensselaer and the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship to develop both the product and a business model for the product and conduct numerous interviews for enhanced customer discovery. Of the Severino Center, they say, “Don’t be afraid to pitch any idea and don’t be afraid to ditch any idea,” adding on, “RPI is very supportive of entrepreneurs,” noting the low risk for potentially high reward. The Severino Center is recognizable around campus as the sponsors of the Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration and Foundry-RPI. They also administer the twice yearly Change the World
Challenge. Located on the fourth floor of the
Pittsburgh Building (next to the Lally
Galley), the Center strives to find resources to support the entrepreneurial spirit of RPI, from contacts with successful entrepreneurs to assistance with funding.

For more information on Embedit Electronics and RPiSoC, visit: http://www.embeditelectronics.com/. For more information on the Severino Center, visit: http://scte.rpi.edu/

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Food policy successfully appealed for a second time

Undergraduate council receives initial funding; RMA funded for new storage server, keys

UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT, JACOB DERECHIN ’15 STANDS in front of Executive Board asking for an Undergraduate council budget of $50.

Agenda topics for this week’s Executive Board meeting included presentations from the Undergraduate Council, Rensselaer Music Association and RPI Players. President of the Union Erin Amarello ’15 presided over the meeting.

President Jacob Derechin ’15 of the Undergraduate Council represented the UC. Currently, the Undergraduate Council has no budget and Derechin asked the Union E-board for $50 for the purpose of purchasing 10 binders and paper. The 10 binders would contain council training manuals for the freshman class representatives. A 13-0-1 motion was passed to give $50 the Undergraduate Council to purchase binders.

Rensselaer Music Association’s chairman, Devin Glenn ’16 requested a reallocation of funds. RMA saved over $3,000 in the summer for the purpose of buying new equipment and other necessities. RMA is looking to expand especially since there was a huge increase in membership and attendance. Glenn came to the E-board meeting to ask for reallocation of funds for RMA’s multipart series plan. The first part of the series talked about RMA purchasing a data backup system and a server for videos and audios. RMA is looking at purchasing a several terabyte system to store high quality video footage and audio recordings, which take up more space than the average MP3 file. The second part dealt with purchasing keys for officers. The key shop took over handling all of the keys and RMA has to pay to take out keys. As a result, hundreds of dollars are spent on taking out keys. RMA requested that the Union help cover the key costs for the members of RMA. In a 14-0-0 motion, the E-board approved the reallocating of money to purchase computing equipment totaling $1688.99 and coverage of key fee costs.

The last group to come before the E-board was the RPI Players. Jeremy Feldman ’15 and Jocelyn Griser ’16 were representatives of the Players. They requested, on behalf of the Players, the ability to withdraw from the food allocation in the budget more than once a semester. On Fridays throughout the semester, when shows are not happening, the Players have work parties where they work on building sets and other needed props. During these work parties, the Players often buy pizza for the students helping out and working. The pizza and food helps bring together the Players and motivates everyone to come together and work. Having the ability to access their food budget for work parties would help cover the costs and keep the work parties going. The work parties are essential for getting shows ready for the community. A 12-0-2 motion was passed to allow RPI Players to access their food reception budget for work parties.

Amarello concluded the meeting by announcing that the Hong Kong Student Association is represented by Donna Grace Moleta ’18.

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