Monthly Archives: April 2012

Candidates compare, contrast platforms

GM hopefuls discuss administration, PU aspirants remark on similarities

Tuesday in the McNeil Room, the candidates for Grand Marshal and President of the Union answered questions about their platforms for the GM Week 2012 Final Debates. The program consisted of opening statements followed by an hour of prepared questions asked by moderator Reilly Hamilton ’12, then an hour of audience questions, and ended with closing statements from each candidate. The event was also broadcast live by RPI TV. Read more...

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Staff Editorial: Show spirit through service

We at The Poly have noticed that lately there has been a surprising energy on campus towards participating in service activities and raising awareness. This spring has been host to a wide variety of events, some of which have already passed, and some of which are in progress or yet to come. There are the monthly sponsored blood drives, of course, but there is also Relay for Life in the spring, Meanest Man on Campus, and events by Habitat for Humanity, among others. Read more...

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HASS dean plays in disappointing act

Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Mary Simone held a concert this past Friday at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center; a concert which unfortunately fell somewhat short of expectations. The concert consisted of many traditional instrumental pieces and some electroacoustic pieces that Simone had worked on, as well as the premiere showing of Simone and her daughter’s multimedia work questions that tempt the sleeper. Read more...

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Softball takes three of four on week

RPI’s first set of games was against non-league opponent Oneonta State. The first game was a battle between the pitchers as neither team could score runs. Freshman Kristina Weltzin shut down Oneonta for six-straight innings and put the Engineers in an excellent position for a positive result. Unfortunately, no runs were scored and, a single with two runners on base in the seventh gave Oneonta the walk-off victory in game one. Read more...

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Editorial Notebooks

RPI makes editor at home

Let me start this off by saying that I’m not writing this to be sappy and feel-good. I’m writing this because I actually mean it. The people at RPI are my favorite thing about the school. Read more...

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RPA, Greek Spectrum observe Day of Silence

This Friday marks the 16th annual Day of Silence, a student-led action aimed at addressing school safety, bullying, and violence, specifically in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Started in 1996 at the University of Virginia, the Day of Silence is now held in thousands of middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the world. On this day, students take a vow of silence to stand in solidarity with all those who have been victimized and silenced due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression, and to draw awareness to the continued impact of homophobia and transphobia in the lives of all students. Read more...

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RPI lacrosse drops matches, ends win streaks

Women’s lacrosse falters in first loss of season, men’s team falls from national rankings

It was a tough weekend for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams at Rensselaer as the squads tackled some of their toughest challenges yet. The men’s team, which was ranked No. 20 heading into the weekend but fell out of the national spotlight, stumbled in a 6-3 decision to No. 11 Union College on Saturday. The women’s team, which was 10-0 heading into Friday’s match and off to the best start in school history, suffered its first loss of the year as the Engineers were edged 10-9 by the Union Dutchwomen. However, the women’s squad bounced back to earn a 19-9 victory over William-Smith College on Saturday. Read more...

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Annual Heart Walk set

Capital Region event brings awareness to heart disease, advocates healthy lifestyle

RPI is once again sponsoring the American Heart Association’s annual Capital Region Heart Walk, an event which involves a three-mile walk to bring awareness to heart disease and raise funding for cardiovascular research. Read more...

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Editor reflects on sophomore year

A list of things I ponder as I go to sleep: Read more...

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Super MNC fails to live up to predecessor

Last semester, The Poly reviewed Uber Entertainment’s Monday Night Combat, which received generally favorable reviews among the staff. Now, Super Monday Night Combat, an aptly titled sequel, seeks to surpass its predecessor in every shape and form in the visceral, gladiatorial bloodfest genre, and it plans to do this without charging a single cent to prospective players. Free-to-play? How can anyone refuse? Read more...

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Baseball battles St. Lawrence in doubleheaders

RPI had its three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of St. Lawrence University as the Engineers could only manage to win one game out of four this weekend. The first game on Friday did not start well for the Engineers as they gave up three runs in the first inning. Junior pitcher Mike Campisi would give up another run in the second to put the Engineers in a 4-0 hole. Read more...

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New, lower tuition for Summer@Rensselaer

Summer program provides opportunities for jobs, research, courses, community activities

This summer shows the return of Summer@Rensselaer for another “third term.” The primary purpose of the program for RPI students is to allow them to “catch up, keep up, and get ahead.” Read more...

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Top Hat

Be informed for student elections

Hello, RPI! I hope everyone is enjoying Grand Marshal Week, an RPI tradition dating back to 1865 when the campus celebrated the first GM Night. Culminating with the results of the Student Government elections, GM Week has grown to include events from the many clubs and organizations of the RPI campus. I love reading the GM Week calendar and seeing the multitude of events. From cultural events to a male beauty pageant, there really is something for everybody. Read more...

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Sustainability

EcoLogic hosts Earth Fest

On Friday, Earth Fest will be held from noon–4 pm on the Rensselaer Union patio. Earth Fest is an annual event primarily run by EcoLogic around Earth Day. It features tables by the sustainability clubs and other environmental-related organizations around RPI, and includes vegan smoothies, tie-dying, and much more. The clubs and organizations that will be represented at this year’s Earth Fest include the Student Sustainability Task Force, EcoLogic, Terra Café, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Engineers Without Borders, Hey Red Go Green, Recycling, and Green Greeks. Each club will have some cool things to share with visitors, including free food and lots of information. Anyone and everyone is absolutely welcome to come. Read more...

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Ultimate earns bid to regional championship

This past weekend, RPI men’s Ultimate competed in the Hudson Valley Division-III Conference Championships in Middletown, Conn. Organized with help from Wesleyan University, the tournament featured 11 teams from the Hudson Valley conference competing for bids to the D-III regionals later this month. RPI attended the event with a nearly full-strength roster and high hopes for the tournament. Read more...

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EcoEd research educates younger generation

Professor’s lecture focuses on ethnography associated with student group’s research

Earlier this week, Professor of Sustainability Studies Kim Fortun traveled to Oxford, U.K. to give a lecture on the intertwining of ethnography and “eco-education.” To strengthen her point, she used examples from the many research programs currently being conducted by RPI’s EcoEd Research Group. Read more...

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Derby

PU discusses Union review, Executive Board applications

Hello RPI! Writing my last Derby article is one of my last official duties as President of the Union. This past year has been so fantastic and I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the student body and the Rensselaer Union. I feel like I have learned so much more about the campus and the Union and I know that this experience has allowed me to grow as a leader and a person. Thank you for a great year. Read more...

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Open source software event to take place

Open source software is a big deal at RPI. We have a very active student group—Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software—responsible for projects like Yet Another Course Scheduler and MobileNotifier. A quick look at laptops in any lecture hall will show a significant fraction of Linux users. On the other hand, many students still aren’t exactly sure what makes their browser open source, or why they should care. Read more...

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Student Life Column

Student Life provides safety tips

Dear Students,

In light of recent incidents, we want to share with you some safety related tips in an effort to keep you safe while on and off campus. Read more...

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The Cabin in the Woods proves entertaining

Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard’s long-delayed horror spoof finally sees the light of day

The Cabin in the Woods is a film that has been trying to see the light of day for years. First conceived by fan favorite Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard several years ago, principal photography for the film started and ended in the year 2009. The film was slated to be released in early 2010, but was pushed back to mid 2010 so it could be converted to 3D. Unfortunately for fans of Whedon’s work, MGM owned distribution rights to the film and stated its release would be postponed indefinitely due to the studio’s financial troubles. MGM filed for bankruptcy near the tail end of 2010, and Lionsgate bought the rights to the film’s distribution in April 2011. They then took their time in releasing, waiting a full year before a wide release this past weekend. So, now that the film’s production history has been firmly established, know this: The Cabin in the Woods was worth the wait. Read more...

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