Monthly Archives: February 2012

VP pitches alcohol monitor program

Student Life representatives present SPAM at weekly Student Senate meeting

VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE TIMOTHY SAMS ADDRESSES the Student Senate about a new alcohol risk management program on campus that focuses on peer monitoring.

On Monday, representatives from the Office of Student Life presented a new alcohol monitoring program at the Student Senate’s weekly meeting. Vice President of Student Life Timothy Sams introduced this by the working title Student Peer Alcohol Monitor program, mentioning … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial: Support Troy business

With the high cost of tuition and the recent cutbacks to work-study and financial aid, there aren’t exactly many students at RPI who would consider themselves to be flush with cash. Making copious amounts of money after graduation may be … Continue reading

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Last Year at Marienbad proves weird

THE WOMAN AND HER WOULD-BE LOVER STAND next to a garden statue in one of the film’s flashbacks. Their conversation centers on the statue figures, what they are doing, who they are, and why they have a dog with them.

Last Thursday, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center held a showing of Alan Resnais’ 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad as part of its The Eternal Return series. The movie is different from most in that … Continue reading

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RPI skiers compete in Mideast Regional

Freshman Paul Koetke set to represent Rensselaer at National Championships

FRESHMAN PAUL KOETKE TEARS through the first run of slalom at Bristol Mountain on Sunday morning. Koetke, who finished first overall on the weekend at the Mideast Regional, will ski at the USCSA National Championships at Sunday River.

After a strong season that saw the men’s varsity ski team finish first overall in the conference and three skiers finish in the top-10 of all competitors, a couple of falls in Sunday’s slalom eliminated the squad’s chance at a … Continue reading

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3Helix research explores community problems

Projects include educational culture-based simulations, open source sensor technology

PROFESSOR AUDREY BENNETT AND GRADUATE STUDENT DAVID BANKS ASK for feedback on a graphic design using indigenous communication forms.

As part of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education Program, Rensselaer’s Triple Helix Program has pioneered research programs in low-income communities including Albany and Ghana. Their goal is to pursue technical research in these areas that … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebooks

Exams test knowledge?

Now that I am in my final year as an undergraduate, I have been taking a little time to look back at what classes I have taken, what I was supposed to learn, and what I actually learned. And I … Continue reading

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Classical Concert Series hosts Stringfever

English string quartet performs a variety of awesome pieces with electric violins

Stringfever made a joyous racket at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last Sunday, February 19, playing a variety of classical, pop, and rock songs on electric musical instruments. A string quartet hailing from the U.K., Stringfever is comprised of … Continue reading

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Engineers close out regular season with wins

FRESHMAN CENTER RYAN HAGGERTY SKATES with the puck in RPI’s match against Princeton University at the Houston Field House a few weeks ago.

RPI men’s hockey closed out the regular season with a bang as the Engineers defeated Colgate University and Cornell University on the road. Freshman Scott Diebold stopped 49 shots in Rensselaer’s 4-2 victory over the Colgate Raiders on Friday, while … Continue reading

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Brony reflects on magical show

So, yeah, since an obligatory first notebook is out of the question (for various reasons I’ll choose to leave out—use your imagination), I’ll take a stance on an issue in which I represent a minority: My Little Pony: Friendship is … Continue reading

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Ryan Gosling impresses in The Ides of March

In order to review The Ides of March, I first have to convey my continuing fascination with Ryan Gosling. Admittedly, the first time I saw this guy was in The Notebook. Like DiCaprio in Titanic, I chalked it up to … Continue reading

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Women’s basketball bows out of tourney

Engineers unable to hold on to lead, fall to Vassar College in Liberty League semifinals

SOPHOMORE GUARD KELLY PIOTROWSKI JUMPS to make a layup in one of RPI’s recent home games against Clarkson University at the East Campus Arena.

The women’s basketball team put up a solid fight against Vassar College, but could not get the win in a close semifinal game of the Liberty League Tournament. RPI started well and took the lead two and a half minutes … Continue reading

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Top Hat

Web Tech Group digitally helps RPI campus

Hello RPI! Last week, the Student Senate approved the Union Annual Report. This report, compiled by the Union Annual Report Committee (a joint Senate/Executive Board Committee) details the Rensselaer Union finances and the activity fees for 2012–2013. I cannot encourage … Continue reading

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Sustainability

Reduce waste to reduce landfills

Editor’s Note: Sustainability is a column granted to the Student Sustainability Task Force by the Editorial Board to discuss issues of sustainability on the Rensselaer campus and around the nation. Recently, I walked into Commons Dining Hall to eat dinner … Continue reading

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RPI Ultimate takes on competition in California

GRADUATE STUDENT CHRIS PERSICHILLI LEAPS to make an athletic catch against a physical Chico State defender. To his left is senior Daniel Donovan.

RPI men’s Ultimate competed in its season opener this past weekend at the 2012 Stanford Open in Stevinson, Calif. Ultimate teams from 25 Division-I and Division-III schools traveled to California to compete in the two day tournament, including teams from … Continue reading

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Derby

Union gears up for anniversary, master plan

Happy Leap Day, RPI! In anticipation of the 125th anniversary of the Rensselaer Union in 2015, the Union is engaging in a facilities master plan. The last facility master plan for the Union was almost 15 years ago and focused … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor

EOP review disappoints To the Editor: I write to express my disappointment with the review published in the Wednesday, February 22 edition of The Polytechnic by Colton Schroeder ’12. It is my understanding that the Editorial Board of a newspaper … Continue reading

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Our View

Class of 2012 Senators continue resigning

A lot has happened at RPI since I was elected as a senator last April. We have seen the retirement (or firing, depending on how you see it) of a number of high-profile staff members at the Institute; we have … Continue reading

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My View

Medical Director Lawrence clarifies how health providers work toward diagnosis, treatment Health Center explains provisional diagnoses

After reading one of the editorials in the February 14 edition of Statler and Waldorf entitled “Health Center Misadventure,” I was left confused. Even though I was not involved in this particular case, as I read the progression of care … Continue reading

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Winter Carnival Center Spread

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Student Senate passes annual report

Union Annual Report provides information regarding budget for next year

During this Monday’s meeting, the Student Senate unanimously passed the Union Annual Report, to be approved by the Board of Trustees next month. The report includes general information on the Rensselaer Union and budget information for the upcoming school year, … Continue reading

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