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Chowderfest brings flavor downtown

Annual chowder festival surprises with delicious samples, proves to be a big success

DOWNTOWN TROY HOSTS the 8th Annual Chowderfest at the Waterfront Park and featured 17 local organizations in the chowder celebration. The festival was a huge success and saw a large community turnout to support the event.

More than 20,000 people attended the eighth annual Chowderfest on Sunday, October 12, from 12–4 pm. A total of 17 local organizations attended the event, offering a wide variety of original thick soups to chowder-goers. Additionally, each submission required at … Continue reading

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Women’s rugby takes Siena for 37-14 victory

SENIOR FORWARD JANE BRAUN PASSES the ball to teammate junior forward Sarah Bogdan in the Engineers’ match against Siena at Anderson Field on Thursday, October 10. RPI won the game 37-14 to improve their regular season record to 3-1.

The RPI women’s rugby team demolished Siena 37-14 last Thursday, October 10, improving their record to 3-1 with two games left in the season. The Engineers started strong and stayed dominant. Minutes into the game, freshman wing Jackie Walton scored … Continue reading

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President Jackson speaks on State of the Institute

October 9–12 was Reunion & Homecoming. Among other events, President Shirley Ann Jackson gave her twice-yearly State of the Institute Address on Saturday, October 11. Most of those in attendance were alumni and their families. Jackson discussed the many programs … Continue reading

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Editor’s Corner

Remember the Poly purge

Around this time last year, The Poly was under both editorial and monetary stress. At the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester, we owed the Union a significant amount of money, and as a result, staff morale was at an … Continue reading

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Alumni return for jam-packed weekend

RPI welcomes returning alumni; current and past students attend alumni activities

G. REID WISEMAN SPEAKS via the International Space Station to alumni and students about the ISS and RPI.

October 9–12 was Rensselaer Reunion and Homecoming. Many events were held to celebrate alumni coming back to campus. Class years ending in 4 or 9 were celebrated with various dinners and receptions. Special events included the 50 Year Club Captain … Continue reading

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Football suffers tough loss for Reunion & Homecoming

RPI DEFENSIVEBACKS SENIOR NICK BORKOWSKI, JUNIOR PHILIP LANIERI III, AND SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER ALEXANDER GREENIDGE TAKE the field.

On Saturday, October 11, RPI football hosted St. Lawrence for their homecoming matchup. The Institute found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard as they suffered their second loss of the season, 24-10. RPI had a weak day offensively … Continue reading

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In the Nation and the World

Net neutrality heavily supported by public

The FCC is the agency responsible for telecommunications technologies and protect free access to the internet.

Net neutrality is the principle that websites, web-services, and applications are treated equally by large telecommunications companies. Net neutrality essentially allows small startups to compete with mammoth corporations, such as Facebook. Without net neutrality, Internet service providers would be allowed … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

New phone fails to impress

I’m new to the world of so-called smart phones. Over the summer I “upgraded” from the original Samsung Gravity (released in 2008) to the Samsung Gravity Smart (released in 2011), if you can truly call that an upgrade. I had … Continue reading

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Bungie’s new franchise fulfills its Destiny

Destiny

PLAYERS CHOOSE from three classes and three races to create their own unique character to join up in up to six player raids.

Destiny: a first-person, action-packed thriller video game that doesn’t allow you to stop playing. Having won over 180 awards, the game’s amazing user interface and visual representation keeps the user glued to the screen for hours on end. Destiny is … Continue reading

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Field hockey falls short twice

FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER KATE BAZINGER SKIRTS past a William Smith College player in RPI’s loss at home against the Herons Saturday, October 11 at home on Harkness Field.

This past weekend, RPI field hockey hosted the University of Rochester Yellowjackets and William Smith College Herons on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, respectively. In the opener, the Engineers battled valiantly against a Rochester squad, which had only … Continue reading

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Clubs submit proposals for reallocation of funds

CANstruction granted starting budget,

RPI’S canSTRUCTION PRESENTS a proposal to the E-Board for a starter budget of $250 plus 100 color copies. Their proposal was accepted by the Executive Board.

In last week’s Executive Board meeting, President of the Union Erin Amarello ’15 was not present. Presiding over the meeting in her place was Erica Hutchins ’15. On the agenda were meetings with Ski and Snowboard Club, The Poly, and … Continue reading

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Top Hat

Reconnecting with RPI’s impressive alumni

Independent Council Senator and Graduate Senator positions vacant, seeking applicants

Happy Wednesday, RPI, and welcome back from your long weekend! I hope everyone has thoroughly enjoyed their time off, and that all are well rested in preparation for the rest of the semester. This weekend was also Reunion & Homecoming … Continue reading

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Athlete of the Week:

Matt Carberry

This week’s athlete of the week is men’s soccer player junior midfielder Matt Carberry. In two games last week, Carberry scored both game-winning goals for the Engineers, who went 2-0. Last Wednesday against Union College, Carberry scored on a free … Continue reading

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Phi Gamma Delta moves into new housing

GRADUATE BROTHERS OF THE TAU NU PHI GAMMA DELTA CHAPTER POSE for a photo. Each are celebrating more than 25 years as RPI FIJI alumni

At 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 11, a smiling Keith Downes ’91 completed the second of two cuts splitting a thick purple ribbon looped around two columns in front of the First Baptist Church on 3rd Street. The cut was … Continue reading

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Derby

Union clubs perform for returning alumni

CANstruction becomes Union funded club; Ski and Snowboard overnight trip approved

Hey RPI! I hope that all of you enjoyed your long weekend. Whether you went home or stuck around for the Reunion & Homecoming festivities, it’s always good to get a little break! If you did stay around campus, I … Continue reading

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Alumnus astronaut chats with Institute

Gregory Reid Wiseman discusses his life at RPI and career paths while orbiting the earth

Last Friday, a special guest video chatted with students and alumni at the Experimental Music and Performing Arts Center. That guest was not only an RPI alumni but also more than 200 miles above the earth. Gregory Reid Wiseman ’97 … Continue reading

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Women’s ice hockey defeated 4-2 by Vermont

SOPHOMORE FORWARD LAURA HORWOOD FIGHTS for possession of the puck with an opposing University of Vermont skater in RPI’s 4-2 loss October 11.

On Saturday, October 11, RPI women’s hockey held its regular season home opener against the University of Vermont Catamounts at the Houston Fieldhouse. After scoring twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission, the … Continue reading

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Batman origins on TV

IN THE CITY OF GOTHAM, VILLAINS APPEAR to be abundant, even in the police force.

Although this may be the first time addressing it through writing, people should know I’m an unabashed fan of superhero films. From early Christopher Reeve’s Superman to Tim Burton’s Batman, to the Saturday morning Static Shock cartoons, I’ve basically seen … Continue reading

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Entrepeneurship

Lally celebrates half century anniversary

On Tuesday, October 21, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center will be abuzz with excitement as startup business founders and partners learn more about investing and entrepreneurship. The event, titled “Investing in Entrepreneurship,” begins at 9:30 am with a … Continue reading

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Senate reestablishes Union Constitution Committee

Monday’s meeting of the Student Senate began with a presentation by Marcus Flowers ’16, head of the Academic Affairs Committee on the committee’s projects. While there was no motion put forward for this committee, there were a number of points … Continue reading

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