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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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Staff Editorial: Alumni weekend activities

Not only is this weekend Columbus Day weekend, but it is also Alumni Reunion and Homecoming! Starting on Thursday, you might see alumni coming to your classes or touring campus. This weekend’s, events include the President’s State of the Institute … Continue reading

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Golden Globe winning comedy shines

SERGEANT TERRY JEFFORDS LEADS the precinct as a commanding role directly beneath Captain Holt. Jeffords provides constant laughs with his strong physique but meek personality.

For those who follow articles I’ve written in this section, if I have something to say about a television show, it’s usually good. And more often than not, if I write an article about a comedy show, it’s a very … Continue reading

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Men’s hockey starts year with a bang

JUNIOR FORWARD MARK MILLER EVADES a University of Prince Edward Island player while advancing the puck down the ice during the Engineers’ exhibition game against the Panthers on October 4 at the Houston Field House. The game, which was RPI’s first of the season, ended with a score of 5-2 in favor of the home team.

The first “Let’s Go Red!” chants of the hockey season were yelled on Saturday, October 4, as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers played the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers at the Houston Field House. The RPI Pep Band played … Continue reading

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Germany eliminates higher education costs

In 2014, American college students will graduate with an average of $29,000 in debt. In American culture, this is a hard truth that anyone looking to gain a college education must face. But this year, Germany has said enough with … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

Increasing automation

To consider that the implementation of automation could be slowed or reversed is a concept that should be left behind at the point we are at in history. Automation is already here, and its influences will only continue to grow … Continue reading

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Mick raises the ‘Barr’ with influential music

GUITARIST MICK BARR PLAYS a dark type of music that incites feelings of sadness and negativity.

Upon entering the studio that the concert would be performed at, I was already impressed right off the bat. The room was very dimly lit with a few hanging light bulbs above the stage area. The seating was set up … Continue reading

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PSS: halfway there

THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE RPI MEN’S SOCCER TEAM PLAYED two home games against Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, respectively. RPI defeated Clarkson 3-0 but followed the win with a 0-2 defeat at the hands of St. Lawrence the next afternoon. In Friday’s matchup between the Engineers and Golden Knights, both teams started out slowly. In the first half, the Engineers managed just two shots on goal, both saved by Clarkson goalie Michael King, while Clarkson managed only one, which was likewise saved by senior goalie Rob Dewald. Early in the second half, Clarkson took control, firing off two shots on Dewald, who turned them away in the 52nd and 61st minutes. But then the momentum shifted to the Engineers, setting the stage for an electrifying display of scoring. In the 70th minute, senior midfielder Matt Koziol scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Dylan Weitz to give Rensselaer a 1-0 lead. Then in the 80th minute, junior forward Matt Carberry scored on an assist from junior forward Nathaniel Gunderson. Finally, to cap off the scoring, RPI freshman midfielder Steven Collins scored less than two minutes later. It was his first collegiate goal. Saturday’s game started slowly as well. In the first half, St. Lawrence fired off four shots, but none of them were on line. Meanwhile, shots by Weitz and Koziol were both turned away by St. Lawrence goalkeeper Sean Houston. In the second half, St. Lawrence shot seven times. Five shots were blocked, wide, or high. The other two went in the net. The first came on a Harry Copeland header 53 minutes in to the game. Later, in the 81st minute, St. Lawrence midfielder Jonathan Mendoza assisted defender Austin Roney to give the Saints an insurmountable 2-0 lead. Three shots by RPI in the final minute were all batted away or corralled by Houston, and the Saints held on for the 2-0 win. The Engineers will face off against Union College on Wednesday, October 8 in Schenectady, before hosting Bard College on Saturday, October 11 for homecoming weekend and senior night.
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Derechin talks history, role of Undergraduate Council

UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JACOB DERECHIN ’15 EXPLAINS the history and current function of the UC as a uniting body.

The Undergraduate Council is a Student Government organization responsible for coordinating the class councils. It consists of two representatives from each class, plus a president. Its president is voted upon by all of the class councils in a meeting held … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

“Dory Syndrome” epidemic

Hey you. Yes you. You’re that one guy that I met in the floor lounge. Or at Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond. Or I sit near in math. You’re the one that I say hi to when I see you around … Continue reading

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Save the planet with Sustainable Task Force

Well over 50 students came down to New York City for the People’s Climate March two weeks ago. This was an incredible turnout, for over 50 busy students to wake up early on a Sunday morning and not get back … Continue reading

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Rugby completes comeback win

FRESHMAN FORWARD REBECCA NGUYEN ATTEMPTS to push past the Hamilton defense in the October 4 game. RPI won the game 27-24.

The RPI women’s rugby team was victorious in their first home match of the season Saturday, October 4, beating Hamilton College 27-24 in a fast-paced, exciting game. Hamilton came out strong, scoring the first try, which was successfully converted, giving … Continue reading

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Sodexo talks new food concepts, renovations

This week’s Rensselaer Union Executive Board meeting opened with Sodexo giving the E-Board an update on the work done over the summer. Matt Mueller, general manager for Hospitality Services, and Mark Wagner, retail director, met with the E-Board to discuss … Continue reading

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Top Hat

Union Constitution: importance and direction

This past Monday, the 45th Student Senate voted to establish a Union Constitution Committee for the third consecutive year, to be chaired by Nathan James ’16. With this week’s Top Hat Article, I would like to explain the importance of … Continue reading

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Computer science student, startup innovator

Meet Devon Bernard ’16 Computer Science. Bernard’s experience with programming began at the young age of 13 when he used it to create 2D indie games. His portfolio of languages started with C#, but quickly grew to include JavaScript, PHP, … Continue reading

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Athlete of the Week:

Curtis Leonard

This week’s athlete of the week is RPI men’s hockey senior defender Curtis Leonard. In the exhibition game last Saturday against Prince Edward Island University, Leonard scored two goals. The first came with one minute and eight seconds left in … Continue reading

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PSS: racing to the mechanic

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, THE RENSSELAER SPORTS CAR ASSOCIATION PUT ON an autocross event in the North Parking Lot. A parked car was struck by one of the sports vehicles. RSCA President Clayton Rayment ’16 said that all North Hall residents had been informed of the event via email on October 2, with a graphic displaying the areas used by the course on October 4. Fliers were placed on cars in the North Hall Parking Lot as well. However, non-resident commuter students were not informed about the autocross event in any other way. Rayment noted that, “Since we are not allowed to move vehicles, this forces us to modify the planned course to avoid vehicles left in the lot.” The car that was hit was one of the vehicles left there. Rayment further added that the car in the accident had been in the same parking spot during the autocross event two weeks prior. Cars were not forced to move. Rayment also said that RSCA is “currently in the process of pursuing additional safety measures so that this does not happen in the future.” He noted that all sports come with a risk, but that the risk should be minimized.
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Executive Board committees seek members

Hey RPI! First, I would like to congratulate men’s hockey on their 5-2 victory over the University of Prince Edward Island in their exhibition game this weekend! It was a great start to what looks like an amazing season. Men’s … Continue reading

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New freshman student officials elected

THE CLASS OF 2018 CLASS COUNCIL AND STUDENT SENATORS MET for the first time on Tuesday. All freshmen student officials were elected on Thursday.

On Thursday, September 25, freshman elections were held for the election of the Class of 2018’s Student Government representatives. With poll sites in Commons Dining Hall and the Darrin Communications Center, the election garnered 380 valid ballots, representing 28 percent … Continue reading

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