Monthly Archives: July 2010

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July 16, 2010 issue PDF

The PDF of our July 16, 2010 issue is available for viewing below. The gray boxes are in place of content we do not have permission to post online. Be sure to check out our print edition for the Troy … Continue reading

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Remembering Jimmy: Students mourn death of James Johnston ’11

In describing James “Jimmy” Johnston ’11, all family and friends could agree that, no matter the situation, he always knew how to bring a smile to everyone’s face. With great sadness, the precious memory of Jimmy’s smile is now all … Continue reading

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Tobacco-free policy begins

July 1 marked the start of RPI’s tobacco-free initiative, which will prohibit usage of any tobacco product within the confines of campus. The policy applies to anyone on campus, including visitors and vendors. According to its website, the Institute decided … Continue reading

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Briefs: Former employees sue, Troy: stop work at VCC, RPI suspends P-cards, Handbook undergoes revisions

Former employees sue Seven former RPI employees from among the 80 laid off in 2008 have filed a lawsuit against the Institute, claiming that they were fired because of their age. The suit claims that 83 percent of the employees … Continue reading

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Technology changes social networks

Around us is a world filled with connections and relations, and on May 4, 2010 Rensselaer opened the new Social and Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center to study these connections using the network sciences. Network science encompasses a very general … Continue reading

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Research briefs

Tessier named Pew Scholar Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Peter M. Tessier was named a 2010 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences in June. The Pew Scholars program provides funding to assistant professors who have shown exceptional promise in … Continue reading

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Class of 2014 arrives

After a record number of applications were submitted to the Institute this past year, the RPI Class of 2014 has shaped up to be a very diverse group of students. The Class of 2014 is projected to have 1,135 students … Continue reading

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‘We are here as resources,’ explain deans

During your time at RPI, you’ll undoubtedly meet a lot of new faces that will aid you in learning and growing as a person. As part of the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students initiative, assistant deans have been … Continue reading

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Print remains relevant in technological news world

Unsurprisingly, we at The Poly are pretty avid fans of newspapers. We feel that newspapers are still an important part of our society and contain much valuable information. Campus newspapers tend to be underrated. In today’s communication age, it is … Continue reading

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Discussion repairs relations

I was pleasantly surprised to read the following in the Opinion section of The Troy Record: “It’s incredible what [President Shirley Ann Jackson]’s done in the decade she’s been in Troy and she just signed on for another decade’s worth … Continue reading

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Dear 2014: Do work. Rock on.

Growing up, my parents always placed a lot of emphasis on spending time with family. My summers were spent visiting family, extended family, friends, and otherwise vacationing. There was no time to do anything other than visit and socialize and … Continue reading

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President encourages ‘face-to-face’ interaction

A handshake, a pat on the back, and breaking bread together may seem a little old-fashioned in a world of texting, blogging, and tweeting, but interacting face-to-face is the oldest kind of social networking, and it really has not gone … Continue reading

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Rensselaer among few with smoke-free campus

You finally have time to go out and see a movie, the only tests you have are in your nightmares, the sun stays up for so long and your days so full that you don’t feel guilty going to bed … Continue reading

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Union offers club choices to enhance experience

Hello everyone! Some of you may be here over the summer for summer courses, research, an internship, a regular job, or just hanging around Troy. Or you might be an incoming freshman that is here for Student Orientation. So let … Continue reading

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When in Rome, do as the RPI students

My bet is that maybe 10 students on campus know about RPI’s International Scholars Program, which is now in its third year of existence. Though the program is nearly unheard of on campus, I was lucky enough to find out … Continue reading

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Farmers market brings natural food to RPI

The Student Sustainability Task Force and the rest of the sustainability community has been working hard over the summer. From creating a pilot composting program to revamping the single-stream recycling system, to working with parking and transportation to get a … Continue reading

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Troy’s history home to major American icons

During the War of 1812, Troy merchant “Uncle” Samuel Wilson sold meat to the feds. Neighbors joked that the “U.S.” on the barrels of salted pork stood for his nickname. Political cartoonists in the 1840s used him to represent America, … Continue reading

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Bunched fruit has deep history and delicious uses

I didn’t think I would do this ever again, that is, do a “fruit review,” but here I am ready to review something so ordinary and so prevalent in our lives that it seems silly that this topic needs reviewing. … Continue reading

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Pixar ends film franchise that started it all

Well, it’s been a good run. For 19 years I’ve managed to hold it together. I made it through the heart-wrenching conclusion of Old Yeller, somehow held it together for Where the Red Fern Grows, and even managed to stay … Continue reading

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