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Sheer Idiocy inspires inner comic in freshmen

Club veterans provide criticisms and pointers to fantastic new improv comedians

During the Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond week, Sheer Idiocy ran a day trip on Wednesday, August 20 in preparation for the participants’ show later that night. This year, Sheer Idiocy had a much smaller group than in previous years, but … Continue reading

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PSS: freshmen hackrpi

AS A PART OF THE MANY NAVIGATING RENSSELAER & BEYOND EVENTS, HACKRPI WORKED on many programs that could be beneficial to anyone on campus. One of the useful programs being developed at HackRPI is the RPI navigator, which helps students find their way on campus. Freshmen would find something like this to be a lifesaver when their surroundings are just old-fashioned buildings and lots of trees. Another program helps students gain information about the buildings around campus, which, as we know, have a great amount of history. Along with these programs, they created Android apps and forums, as well as class schedule organizers. All of the intense group work lead to great results. The event lasted 24–48 hours with freshmen with different levels of experience ranging from first-time coders to teenage Mark Zuckerbergs. Regardless, they had a great learning experience and a lot of fun.
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PSS: sustainable sports

FRESHMEN TOUR EAST CAMPUS ATHLETIC VILLAGE, experiencing the energy saving technology employed there. In the Sustainability Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond trip, students got in touch with secrets inside the East Campus Arena. The computer management system contributes to energy-saving and sustainable features of ECAV Arena. Students stood in the basketball arena, experiencing the auto-adjusting light and shades systems. When daylight and body heat are detected, the lighting and air conditioning adjust to correct the inside temperature. The cooling adjusts based on the season, cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. The air is recycled and mixed with fresh air for redistribution throughout the building. Dozens of freshmen participated “Sustainable Troy.” Before visiting ECAV, they visited the electric energy company. From the morning, they were all entertained and overwhelmed by the sustainable facilities.
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Davison hides model train enthusiast mecca

One of the Institute’s residence halls holds an impressive model train array in its basement

TUCKED away below unsuspecting students is one of the most renowned model train sets ever constructed. Beneath the set are complex lines of wire that each control either lights, bridges, and speed of the trains.

Faced with a set of concrete stairs leading deep into the basement of a residence hall, what would you expect to find? Piping? Extra storage? Something creepy? That is not what you will find in the basement of Davison Hall. … Continue reading

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DotCIO releases laptop details

THE T440s, DEPICTED, is the new laptop for this year’s Mobile Computing Program. The Division of Chief Information Officer released information about the program on Thursday, June 19. The new laptop has been both lauded and criticized by many.

On Thursday, June 19, the Rensselaer Division of the Chief Information Officer released details on the Mobile Computing Program for the 2014–2015 academic year. The annual program includes a laptop, various accessories, software, warranties, and technical support. The laptops included … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

Reflections on campus activities

Hello to the entire Rensselaer community! A very special greeting and welcome to all incoming first-year students, whether RPI is your very first college or your fifth. For me, the biggest thing that I love about RPI is the literally … Continue reading

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Hill and Tatum move across the street

21 Jump Street sequel spins different perspective on the crime-fighting duo in college

JONAH HILL AND CHANNING TATUM COMMANDEER a football helmet go-kart at a college campus as undercover cops in their latest movie, 22 Jump Street . The movie was released on June 13.

Hot off the heels of great acclaim for The Lego Movie and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller deliver the sequel to their equally well-received 21 Jump Street. Before even getting to the movie, I can say that you … Continue reading

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PSS: so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu

ON SATURDAY, MAY 24, RPI BID goodbye to the 1,613 members of the Class of 2014. East Campus Athletic Village was host for the 208th Commencement exercises. It rained briefly during part of the ceremony, but was sunny for the picnic afterwards.

President Shirley Ann Jackson spoke about the importance of the technological and data driven society that we are moving towards. She went on to say that members of the Class of 2014 need to be active participants in this changing culture.

This year’s commencement speaker was IBM Chairman, President, and CEO Virginia Rometty. Rometty was also given an honorary engineering degree from RPI. She added to what President Jackson said by stating the importance of embracing the new data driven society.

Two additional honorary degrees were given to the so-called “father of the World Wide Web,” Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, and geneticist Mary-Claire King. King discussed the importance of being a scientist in today’s culture and roles that scientists play. Berners-Lee followed King by telling the new graduates that they should take the lessons they learned in their childhood and carry those lessons with them as they move on in their lives.

After the speakers, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies Dean Nieusma was recognized as this year’s recipient of the David M. Darrin ’40 Counseling Award, an award given out annually by Phalanx Honors Society “to recognize a faculty member who has made an unusual contribution in the counseling of undergraduate students.” The J. Erik Jonsson Award, which honors the student with the highest academic record in the class, was awarded to Christina Caragine ’14. Other awards were given out.

The graduating class then walked up and across the stage by school and major to receive their degrees. Following the ceremony, the President’s Picnic for the Graduates was held by the Voorhees Computing Center, the Greene Building, and Russell Sage Labs.

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Staff Editorial: Welcome Class of 2018

The Poly staff welcomes the Class of 2018 to Rensselaer! This will be your home for the next few years, and we can’t wait to meet you. Hearing “2018” makes us feel so old, though—we came to RPI in 2013, … Continue reading

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Payday 2 gets a payday in the summer sale

Co-op shooter provides fufilling team-based experience, endless hours of enjoyment

ONE OF THE PLAYABLE CHARACTERS, DALLAS, HOLDS UP a cop at gunpoint while carrying a loot bag.

I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to rob a bank. Once or twice, I’ve daydreamed about cracking bank safes, my criminal crew at my six, bags full of precious gold bars shining on my face. I feel the adrenaline … Continue reading

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New dean of engineering announced

As the summer progresses here at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, not much has changed. However, the School of Engineering has named a new dean, Shekhar Garde. Garde joined the Rensselaer community as an assistant professor in 1999. He was appointed as … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

Challenging the feminist movement

I do not support the current feminist movement. Now, before getting your panties in twist and calling for my head, let me explain. I support equality and that’s what feminism used to be about: social, economic, and political equality. However, … Continue reading

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Prison problems provide powerful plot


Netflix has really stepped up their game with their original content. Personally, Orange is the New Black is hands down my favorite show of theirs, and possibly one of my favorite series of all time. Even though there have only … Continue reading

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Rensselaer alumni speak at Troy 100 Forum

Troy community development forum also features former RPI vice president Coblentz

FORMER RENSSELAER CHIEF OF STAFF AND ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLICY AND PLANNING LABAN COBLENTZ DISCUSSES the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a makerspace in Troy. Various other speakers also talked about improvements to Troy’s attractiveness to businesses and startups.

On Monday, May 12, the Troy 100 Forum was held in the Heffner Alumni House. Keynote speakers included former Rensselaer Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Policy and Planning Laban Coblentz, James Peterson ’12, Colleen Costello ’12, and … Continue reading

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Top Hat

GM encourages freshmen to get involved

Hello everyone! Summer is at its peak, and for many of us, our research, internships, and summer courses are at full swing. As the return to Rensselaer approaches, I’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome not only to our returning … Continue reading

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Jersey Boys performance hits the right note

ACTORS PERFORM Four Seasons classics in the film Jersey Boys.

For anyone who is a fan of the Broadway production Jersey Boys, the movie will not disappoint. The movie, like the Broadway production, follows the life of Frankie Valli from barber’s apprentice to the voice of the Four Seasons. Being … Continue reading

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Incident blotter: Cleaner trips fire alarm, suspicious two-liter at ECAV

Information provided by Public Safety Investigator Terrance Burns

Tuesday, May 6 • Parking Car damage: Caller reported vehicle hit and damaged by RPI softball. Car was parked near Robison Field next to the Robison Pool. Thursday, May 8 • Quadrangle Complex Medical: RPI Ambulance dispatched to Quad for … Continue reading

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PU pushes campus activities

Hi, RPI! Whether you are still on campus just hanging out, busy with summer classes, research, an internship, or a job, I hope that your first month has been enjoyable but productive.I hope that you have made time for yourself … Continue reading

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Green revolving funds provide renewable money

Common proposal solidifies long-term budget goals for future sustainabilities projects

The Student Sustainability Task Force is a student-led club at RPI whose goal is to collaborate with other clubs, faculty, and administrators to increase sustainability efforts on campus. SSTF has worked on many projects in the past few years, from … Continue reading

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Directors’ Corner

A.D. promotes athletics

Welcome to Rensselaer! We are all thrilled to start the new year, and as the director of athletics, I want to highlight some of the excitement we hope you will participate in during the year. First and foremost, we have … Continue reading

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