Author Archives: The Poly

Hearthstone expansion adds new depth and intricacy

Hearthstone, a massively multiplayer online card game, was released in March 2014. Playable on Windows, Mac, iPad, and Windows touch devices, the game enjoys a large playerbase, hitting more than 20 million registered users in September. Since the game’s release, … Continue reading

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North Hall and E-Complex to close

NORTH HALL AND E-COMPLEX are both being closed at the beginning of the next academic year.

On Friday, November 14, students living in North Hall and E-Complex were informed that the two residence halls would be closing after the end of the spring semester. Graduating seniors living in North or E-Complex will be able to stay … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial: Downtown Troy revitalized

The past few years have seen a marked improvement in downtown Troy. With renovations to the Troy Riverfront Park a few years ago, a variety of events have been held, drawing people from Troy and its surrounding areas. Various festivals … Continue reading

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Fraternity does good for brothers and sisters

SIGMA PHI EPSILON’S SIGN ADVERTISING their tasty $2 breakfast sandwiches outside of stage for students and staff.

Early morning classes here at RPI do not always leave students time to eat breakfast. Fortunately, Sigma Phi Epsilon has been selling warm and tasty $2 bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches every Friday morning to hungry students. All of the … Continue reading

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Football keeps Dutchmen’s Shoes for second season

THE ENGINEERS CELEBRATE following RPI’s 31-28 win over Union College in the Dutchmen’s Shoes Trophy Game Saturday, November 15 at ECAV Stadium.

On November 15, Rensselaer faced off against Union College for the annual Dutchman’s Shoes Trophy Game. RPI has faced the Dutchmen 112 times, making the rivalry the oldest within the State of New York. Rensselaer came out on top of … Continue reading

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RPI hosts first Hackathon

Over the past weekend, over 500 students had the opportunity to experiment with new technologies and create a wide variety of projects at RPI’s inaugural 24-hour college hackathon, HackRPI. Hackathons, which are a portmanteau of hack and marathon, are highly-popular … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

Stress relief for finals

Sleep, exercise, and relaxation keys to survival

Thanksgiving and winter break can’t come soon enough. With finals coming up, stress and tensions will be running high. Stress can have a huge impact on grades and overall health. When feeling stressed during a test, for example, I often … Continue reading

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Sustainability

Sustainable student events, present and future

The Student Sustainability Task Force has continued to work on making RPI greener this semester. As you may have seen in last week’s Polytechnic top article, SSTF Chair Elizabeth Anderson ’14 presented the Green Revolving Fund to the Student Senate. … Continue reading

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Men’s basketball strong in home debut

RPI men’s basketball played their first games of the season this past weekend at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday and versus Berkeley College on Sunday. New Head Coach Mark Gilbride started off well, leading his team to a 1-1 record … Continue reading

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First probe to land on a comet powers down

The European Space Agency made history last Wednesday when Philae, named after an island in the Nile, became the first space probe to land on a comet. Philae’s landing took place 311 million miles from Earth; its exact position on … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

EDM, universal religion

EDM’s cultural influence compared to rock and roll

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, is a phrase almost inescapable in today’s pop culture. More of a buzz word than an actual definition or description, many people use this phrase to embody the recent surge of electronic music, especially in … Continue reading

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EMPAC film makes big waves

Last Thursday, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center hosted directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ernst Karel, and Verena Paravel of the Sensory Ethnography Lab as they presented their newest film, Leviathan. The film takes place on a fishing vessel, and while I … Continue reading

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Men’s Hockey splits weekend of ECAC games

Engineers take Princeton 3-1 Friday, fall to Quinnipiac Saturday at home

SOPHOMORE DEFENDER PARKER RENO MANEUVERS around an opposing Princeton skater, in the Engineers’ 3-1 victory against the Tigers at the Houston Field House on Friday, November 14.

The Engineers faced off against two conference foes this past weekend as Princeton University and Quinnipiac University traveled to Troy. Friday, RPI took on the Tigers of Princeton at the Houston Field House in front of a crowd of 2,836 … Continue reading

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New club food policy announced; S&W budget approved

MICHAEL DAME ’16 (RIGHT), STANDS in front of the Executive Board proposing a new budget to print Statler & Waldorf.

President of the Union Erin Amarello ’15 met with two clubs, Statler & Waldorf and Humans vs. Zombies, then reviewed the new club management system, followed by an update on the food policy discussion from previous weeks. Statler & Waldorf … Continue reading

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Top Hat

Senate petition website prototype presented

Happy Wednesday, RPI. Thanksgiving Break is fast approaching, and with it, a final lull in classes before the semester’s last sprint. Remember to keep studying and get ahead in preparation for your last exams and even finals, but don’t be … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship

A fresh round of StartUps to pitch ideas

On December 3, four local startups will bring their businesses before an audience in Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brew Pub in downtown Troy. This is part of the StartUp Tech Valley series, co-sponsored by RPI’s own Severino Center for Technological … Continue reading

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Athlete of the Week:

Mark Miller

This week’s athlete of the week is junior forward Mark Miller of men’s hockey. In a 3-1 win over Princeton University, Miller scored goals in the first and third period to help the Engineers achieve victory. His first goal gave … Continue reading

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New J-Board members approved, Senate survey discussed

Grand Marshal Kyle Keraga ’15 opened this week’s senate meeting with the Judicial Board appointments. Following the appointments, two presentations were shown and discussed. Then the meeting followed with committee and constituent reports and concluded with the Grand Marshal report. … Continue reading

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Derby

Club food policy revisited, revised again Senate petition website prototype presented

Hey RPI! Many wonderful things happened over the weekend. First, my congratulations go out to the RPI players for their amazing performance of Dracula by Steven Dietz, an adaptation of the classic novel by Bram Stoker. I could not make … Continue reading

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Piano performance impresses reviewer

Attendees of Bach and Beyond were treated to an unusual selection of traditional piano compositions written by J.S. Bach and modern, experimental pieces performed by Professor of New Media and Music Michael Century in Studio 2 of the Experimental Media … Continue reading

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