Monthly Archives: February 2010

Student blog advocates change

On Tuesday, RPI is RPI not Rensselaer, a student- run group, held its first public meeting to discuss their mission on campus as well as their views on policy changes and campus current events. According to the website, http://www.rpiisrpi.com/ the … Continue reading

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Discontent over IT change

Although a name change for the Information Technology program has not yet been finalized, there has been an outcry among the sophomore IT class about the proposed change. Assistant Dean of Information Technology and Chair of the Tetherless World Constellation … Continue reading

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Greek leadership summit held

“Hope is not a strategy on the plains of the Serengeti!” These are the words of David Westol, past executive director of Theta Chi fraternity, and the keynote speaker of the third Annual Greek Leadership Summit. Held last Satuday in … Continue reading

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Be aware of current issues

At RPI, it can be all too easy to ignore anything beyond the demands of your homework or your favorite video game. Despite the rigorous academic nature of being a student here, it is both your right and your responsibility … Continue reading

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LUL virtuously hosts 13th annual poetry slam

I like poetry. This is a contrast to a lot of other students at RPI; when heckling for Selections for Statler & Waldorf, I’d often get the response, “But I don’t ‘get’ poetry.” This annoys me, because poetry isn’t something … Continue reading

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Engineers disappoint in 33rd Freakout!

No longer does the Big Red Freakout! hold the illustrious title it once did, as the Engineers dropped their third-straight match in the annual contest, bringing the team’s winless streak to four in the event. After clinching home ice advantage … Continue reading

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ISE advances program, curricula, and research

Following a lengthy review process, the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems officially changed their name to Industrial Systems Engineering this semester. Charles Malmborg, current department head of ISE, stated that this marks an important milestone in a five-year … Continue reading

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Speak up about problems

Back in the November 18, 2009 issue, I wrote a controversial editorial about the faults of the intramural athletics program here at Rensselaer. Needless to say, I received some flack about it (from irate club hockey players and their girlfriends), … Continue reading

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Experience cultural diversity

I have lived in the same house, in the same city, in the same state for my entire life. So when it comes to cultural exposure, I’m quite lacking. I knew back in Massachusetts that people did different things in … Continue reading

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Hockey program brings Rensselaer together

There are few areas of campus life that the RPI community can come together for, certainly academics (or at least I’d hope), but there is something else. It boosts school spirit, builds a community, and helps define the image of … Continue reading

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At RPI, learning can occur outside of the classroom

The spirit of RPI was alive this past Saturday as a sea of red scarves and red shirts looked over the rink in the center of the Houston Field House. The results of Big Red Freakout! are best forgotten, but … Continue reading

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Bioshock 2, Atlas Shrugged explore objectivism

BioShock 2 was released on Tuesday of last week. It is an enjoyable game and very similar to its 2007 predecessor, but I’m sure there will be a review of it in the Features section soon. Instead, I’d like to … Continue reading

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Previous College Republicans column

In my time at RPI, I’ve read my share of ignorant political columns in The Poly, but the College Republicans’ piece from February 10 lowered the bar even further. I have several issues with Ashlee Giacalone’s ’10 column, and, grammar … Continue reading

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Reading body language helps communication

Last week, I talked about the significance of microexpressions and how they can reveal the true emotions people try to hide. Today, I would like to briefly explore the importance of body language. Body language is a form of non-verbal … Continue reading

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Alumni dissatisfied with housing scholarship

As Grand Marshal Week approaches, many RPI students, both male and female, are embarking on the campaign process with high hopes of holding office in 2010. However, it is important for the well-being of all RPI students that our student … Continue reading

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Railroads fuel Troy industry

The Industrial Revolution was born in the late 1700s; however, it took the development of railroads to get it to its feet, to stitch together all the components into a functioning system. If widgets were originally made by hand, a … Continue reading

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BC hosts Real Food rally

Have you ever wondered what other colleges are like? Especially schools that are not tech schools? Well this weekend four of us got the opportunity to spend three days and two nights (crashing on the floor of a random student’s … Continue reading

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Author describes history of economic market failure

The concept of market failure exists within the neoclassical lassiez-faire framework, in that the economists who use it think of failed markets as exceptions to the rule that regulation of markets is undesirable. In other words, free markets are desirable … Continue reading

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BSA pays tribute to fashion history

The Black Students Alliance hosted its annual fashion show last Saturday, February 20, in the McNeil Room. The show chronicled the progression of fashion from the Roaring ’20s up to the ’90s. The models showcased styles that incorporated decade-specific details … Continue reading

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Women's hockey readies for ECACHL playoffs

The weekend had both its ups and downs for the women’s hockey team. Despite falling to both No. 9 Cornell University and Colgate University in the final two games of the regular season, RPI finished fifth in the league, setting … Continue reading

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