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GM Week 2015

UPDATED: “A Stronger Union” party members filmed vandalizing opponents’ campaign materials

The tape sign after vandalization. In the linked video, Andrew Sudano '17 can be seen tearing strips of tape off of the sign on the end of Quadrangle stack Church V.

*+-Update (9:43 pm, April 16) Sean Waclawik ’18 has released the following statement: Community of Rensselaer, In light of the recent events I would like to explain what happened regarding candidate Greg Bartell’s poster and my involvement. First, I would … Continue reading

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STUDENT SENATE

Student Senate year in review

THE 45TH SENATE HAD it’s last General Body Meeting on Thursday, April 9.

*+-To conclude their last Senate meeting, the 45th Student Senate looked at their year in review. Each committee chair presented to the Senate on what they achieved, what is still in the works, and what they hope to accomplish the … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial

A treatise on freedom of expression, and applications for UPAC Cinema and American Sniper

*+-As a media organization, The Polytechnic strongly endorses freedom of expression. Expression includes, but is not limited to, speaking, writing, behaving, acting, and not acting. To emphasize, the decision of an entity to act or not act constitutes expression equally … Continue reading

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TV SERIES REVIEW

New Netflix show raises hell on screen

THE DAREDEVIL COMES to the screen in the character’s own Netflix miniseries that brings out the best in the character. The show premiered April 10, 2015.

*+-At a certain point, I’m scared I’ll be tired of the superhero genre. With five television shows, out currently dealing with them, to my knowledge, and countless films being released now and in the future, it’s hard to think I’ll … Continue reading

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BASEBALL

Engineers earn four-game sweep of inconsistent Raptors

*+-Rensselaer baseball played four games against the Bard College Raptors this past weekend; two on Saturday at Robison Field and two on Sunday at Bard. The Engineers won all four games by a combined score of 31-7. In the first … Continue reading

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STUDENT SENATE

RPI Petitions site released

THE STUDENT SENATE RELEASED the RPI Petitions website on March 18, 2015.

*+-On March 18, 2015, the Student Senate rolled out the RPI Petitions website. The purpose of RPI Petitions is to give students a place to voice their concerns and promote causes they care about. Any student can create and promote … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Be a considerate neighbor

*+-I don’t know if I’ve been particularly unlucky, but I’ve had the misfortune of having some pretty bad neighbors since coming to RPI. I personally was yelled at by a local resident last year for parking in my friend’s parking … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW

National award-winning author speaks

*+-Editor’s Note: The Polytechnic solicited Francesca Huber ’16, president of Comma, RPI’s creative writing club, to interview Alice McDermott, the 2015 McKinney visiting author. The contents of the written interview are below. Question: What was your reaction the first time … Continue reading

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate hears petition presentations

*+-In their last meeting of their term, the 45th Student Senate met to tie up loose ends and look at their year in review. Since the previous week’s meeting ended in the middle of discussion on poster takedown dates and … Continue reading

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TOP HAT

Grand Marshal says farewell

*+-Hello Rensselaer. This is my final Top Hat as the 149th Grand Marshal. GM Week is here, and with it, a rush of bittersweet emotion as we review all that we’ve been able to do this past year. In my … Continue reading

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ENTERPRENEURSHIP

Rensselaer student trio develops new game controller

A PRESENTATION IS GIVEN detailing plastic models of interesting factors in the future of modelling and development.

*+-You’re holding the controller in your hands. Somehow, this odd-shaped piece of plastic translates into a gun on the screen that you can run around with in a wasteland, shooting enemies. You smash a button and the gun fires. In … Continue reading

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DERBY

PU discusses showing of American Sniper

*+-Hey RPI, This is my last Derby; as elections are tomorrow, you will soon have a new fearless leader of the Rensselaer Union. I was going to use this last Derby to give a history of Grand Marshal Week, encourage … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW

Math book worth long, winding journey

*+-When I mention a book like Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham, I generally get two types of reactions. The first is something similar to Sheldon Cooper’s reaction to Brian Greene in the Big Bang … Continue reading

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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Graduate Council endorses Sudano for PU

*+-The Graduate Student Council met with the candidates for Grand Marshal and President of the Union this week to listen to their platforms and assess how they would benefit graduate students. The PU candidates Greg Bartell ’17 and Andrew Sudano … Continue reading

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A SPECIAL TO

RPI, RIT host joint Earth Day competition

THE NEW YORK STATE POLLUTION PREVENTION INSTITUTE WILL SPONSOR an Earth Day event on April 22, 2015 in the Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI.

*+-On Wednesday April 22, from 9 am–12:30 pm, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute will be having an Earth Day event in the Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies building. Come see the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner … Continue reading

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Endorsement

Grand Marshal

*+-The Polytechnic endorses Marcus Flowers ’16 as Grand Marshal. As the highest elected student official at RPI, the GM serves as not only the head of the Student Senate but also the student body. It is his or her responsibility … Continue reading

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Endorsement

President of the Union

*+-For the 2015 election cycle, The Polytechnic’s relationship to the race for President of the Union is unique and dramatically different than it has been compared with any other year in recent memory. This is due to one of the … Continue reading

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Endorsement

Constitution referenda

*+-During the 2014–15 academic year, the Rensselaer Student Senate Constitution Committee, along with the Senate as a whole, worked to bring amendments to the Rensselaer Union Constitution to vote in the Senate. For those who don’t know, once these amendments … Continue reading

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Candidate questions

Grand Marshal: Marcus Flowers and Michael Han

*+-Why do you want to be Grand Marshal? Flowers: I want to become Grand Marshal in order to present student government with new focus and a new perspective. I have seen campus as both a student government leader and a constituent, … Continue reading

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Candidate questions

President of the Union: Gregory Bartell and Andrew Sudano

*+-Why do you want to be President of the Union? Bartell: Student government needs a fresh pair of eyes. I have experience with club administration, and I want to help enable other clubs in the same way I’ve enabled mine. … Continue reading

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