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TV Series Review

Sci-fi series gets darker in Black Mirror

A not-so-new British mini-series gets a boost in popularity and relevance through Netflix

DISCONNECTED STORIES MAKE UP the series that is Black Mirror . This episode, “Fifteen Million Merits,” is a departure from the usual setting, taking place in a far off future where people must ride bicycles for electricity and are forced to watch televison.

Geoff’s Take While trying to write this review, I struggled to give a good synopsis of what Black Mirror is, or what it does well to earn a review. It’s not necessarily a new show, having started airing in 2011; … Continue reading

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Men's Hockey

Freakout! brings school spirit despite disappointing game

RENSSELAER JUNIOR DEFENSEMAN CHRIS BRADLEY CONTROLS the puck during an attack by Yale freshman forward Ryan Hitchcock during Saturday's 38th annual Big Red Freakout! game. The Engineers fell short to the Bulldogs, 4-1.

Last Saturday, a crowd of over 4,700 Rensselaer faithful packed into the Houston Field House clad in RPI red for Men’s Hockey’s Big Red Freakout! game against the Yale Bulldogs. Besides the Blackout drubbing of Union last October, this was … Continue reading

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World News

Nigeria asks for crisis help

Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is forbidden,” is a terrorist organization many compare to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The group’s presence became known to Western audiences through its kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial: Staying safe in snow

After weeks of nasty winter weather with no end in sight, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself and plan ahead in order to stay healthy and safe for the remainder of the winter season. Students living off … Continue reading

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Event Highlight

RPI Players entertain with night full of surprises

Three student-directed, one-act plays deal shocks, laughs, twists; Sheer Idiocy to perform

This Friday at 8 pm, the calm before the storm will settle on stage. Then, the lights will go up, two tables, four chairs, and a Player will be revealed, and this year’s An Evening of Performance will begin. The … Continue reading

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Men's Basketball

Basketball loses by two

JUNIOR FORWARD CHASE ALMOND PREPARES to make a shot during RPI’s game against Clarkson on Saturday, February 14 at ECAV Gymnasium. The Engineers lost 57-59 in the matchup.

In the early goings of the game, Clarkson University connected on their first four shot attempts and raced out to an 8-2 lead. Later, a steal by Golden Knight forward John Coleman resulted in a two-on-one for Clarkson and an … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

Keeping cool on campus

Help for sweltering students

Normally in this column I talk about some issue in sports, but this week I’m going to talk about the poor heating control in RPI campus buildings. I’ve heard that some of the classrooms on campus don’t have enough heating. … Continue reading

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Club Highlight

Smash contests makes waves

On Valentine’s Day, the RPI Smash Club wasn’t out buying flowers or chocolates. Well, they might have been but for the most part, campus’ smashers were setting up CRTs, GameCubes, and Wii Us in Mother’s Wine Emporium. Featuring the typical … Continue reading

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RPI splits weekend

JUNIOR FORWARD LAUREN YOUNG NAVIGATES around an opponent.

Women’s basketball had an exciting overtime win against the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds in a Friday night showdown in Saratoga. Once again, Rensselaer mounted a late comeback. Junior guard Ashley Clough led the charge, scoring 14 points in the second half … Continue reading

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Top Hat

J-Board overturns Student Activity Fee decision by Senate

Take travel precautions in hazardous weather, Student Life presents future plans

Happy Wednesday, RPI, and welcome back from a relaxing, well-deserved long weekend! We have a busy week ahead of us, and yet another traditional event this weekend, but before talking about campus life, I would like to take a moment … Continue reading

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Men's Indoor Track

League champions

On Saturday, February 14, men’s indoor track and field competed at the Liberty League Championship in Rochester, NY. Four teams took part in the event: RPI, Rochester Institute of Technology, Union College, and St. Lawrence University. The Engineers edged out … Continue reading

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Derby

UAR Committee revises report

Annual Winter Carnival offers frozen fun

Hey RPI, I hope that everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day and made the most out of our snowy long weekend. If you didn’t know, February 13 was the annual RPI Spirit Day, and it was a ton of fun. … Continue reading

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Men's Hockey

No. 9 Engineers lose to eleventh-ranked Brown

The RPI Engineers took on the Brown University Bears on Friday night, in front of 3,086 fans at the Houston Field House in Troy for Military Appreciation Night. The night looked to be an interesting matchup, as both teams have … Continue reading

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Rensselaer Union

Preliminary UAR released

On Tuesday, February 10, a preliminary version of the Union Annual Report for the 2015–16 fiscal year was released online to the Rensselaer community. The UAR is prepared prior to each fiscal year to the start of explain and publicize … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial: “Gotcha” tag alternatives

As The Poly staff hears more complaints from students about the Office of Residence Life’s “gotcha” tags, we would like to comment. Last semester, there were several break-ins in a number of residence halls. The result of these break-ins caused … Continue reading

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Trip Review

RPI ski trip more uphill than downhill

RPI SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB HOSTED trips to both Okemo and Killington Ski Resorts. The Okemo ski trip left the reviewer disappointed due to poor mountain conditions and late trip times. The Killington trip showed huge improvements in the quality of trip.

RPI Ski and Snowboard Club had their first trip of the new year on January 31, called “Snow Fiesta.” We traveled to Okemo Mountain Resort for what I hoped to be some amazing skiing. Since I grew up in the … Continue reading

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Women's Basketball

Women’s basketball team finishes strong

FRESHMAN FORWARD SHAINA ITON BACKS down her defender in a game against Vassar College last week. The Engineers defeated William Smith College last weekend 45-42, ending the game on an 11-0 run.

Rensselaer women’s basketball didn’t start well at Rochester Institute of Technology last Friday night. After the Tigers made two 3-pointers and the Engineer’s three turnovers, RPI found themselves down 8-0, just over three minutes into the contest. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

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Campus Security

Public Safety leases new vehicles

PUBLIC SAFETY LEASED new Ford Explorers at the end of their previous three year lease.

The Rensselaer Department of Public Safety has obtained a new set of cars to be used by officers. Public Safety’s patrol cars are leased vehicles, and every three years they obtain new leases. Public Safety decided to use leased cars … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

Finding a healthy balance

Schedule in time for happiness, memories

As an RPI student, when the semester is in full swing and I’m drowning in work, I often sacrifice my health and happiness in order to meet deadlines. I know I am not unique in this sense. Poly staff members … Continue reading

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Sustainability

New revolving fund, affinity group created

The spring semester is well on its way and so is the Student Sustainability Task Force. Here are some updates on their projects. Email sstf@union.rpi.edu with any questions or how to get involved! Green Revolving Fund The GRF was proposed … Continue reading

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