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Veronica Mars provides a solid ending

Film successfully funded through Kickstarter; follows Mars during amateur detecting

KRISTEN BELL REPRISES her role as the young private investigator, but nine years in the future after graduating law school.

Crowdfunding has taken the world by storm. With the advent of services like Kickstarter, it has become the norm for nascent companies to pitch product concepts to the masses in order to convince them to donate their hard-earned money and … Continue reading

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Women’s lacrosse takes Liberty League title

RPI IS HEADING to the NCAA tournament following League win.

On the weekend of May 2, the RPI women’s lacrosse team hosted the Liberty League Conference tournament, a two-day, four-team event. After coming from behind to defeat Vassar College in the semifinals on Saturday, RPI emerged victorious in the Liberty … Continue reading

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Discussing excuse policy

GM works with Student Life Committee

Over this past year, the Student Life Committee worked on revisions to the excuse policy. They recently learned that most of their revisions passed through. We interviewed Grand Marshal Kyle Keraga ’15, former Student Life Committee Chair, regarding his old … Continue reading

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Editor’s Corner

The state of The Polytechnic

As a rule (well, sort of), the editor in chief writes editor’s corners a few times during their tenure. Traditionally, they’re once right at the beginning of their term, once at the end, and a few times in the middle. … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones rewards audience of all types

Television program deviates from books, for better and worse; not all HBO’s fault

DAENERYS TARGARYEN PREPARES her army for attack in the newest season of Game of Thrones . Targaryen represents just one section of the storyline of the series. Some characters battle for the Iron Throne, while others for survival.

Although we’re only halfway through season four of this great show, we are at the end of our school season, so I would be remiss not to mention the hit sensation on all televisions, Game of Thrones. Out of respect … Continue reading

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Multiple track and field competitors medal at state meet

Last Friday, May 2, both the RPI men’s and women’s varsity track and field teams, led by Head Coach Colin Tory, traveled to St. John Fisher College to compete in the NYSCTC Championships. The meet began on Friday night, and … Continue reading

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Lithium batteries improve

Innovative materials remedy dendrite bug

Recently researched at Rensselaer, a new type of a battery is in the works, specifically, an all-carbon lithium battery. Current batteries in use, like the ones in cellphones, tablets, and laptops, are lithium-ion batteries. Lithium is a light metal, which … Continue reading

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Editorial Notebook

One student’s parting words

As the 2013–2014 academic year swiftly comes to a close, my time at RPI goes with it. My time as an undergraduate here has been far quick, but I like to think that I’ve learned a lot and grown tremendously … Continue reading

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Sheer Idiocy show brings lots of laughs

Final show of the school year features games for the seniors for the audience’s benefit

On Friday, May 2, Sheer Idiocy had their last show of the semester. In this show, they introduced four new games: Category Die, Echo, LaRond, and Freeze Jump, all games they learned recently. Additionally, the troupe made up a game … Continue reading

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Softball hosts tournament, defeated in final game

FRESHMAN INFIELDER COURTNEY MCARTHUR SWINGS at an incoming pitch in a file photo from the April 27 game against Clarkson. RPI’s season ended Saturday versus RIT.

This past weekend, RPI women’s softball hosted the Liberty League conference tournament. The tournament followed a round-robin, double elimination format in which teams would continue to compete until three teams all had two losses and the fourth team became champion. … Continue reading

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String of thefts at Mueller Center raise concern

Seven cases of lost items near athletic facilities reported; investigation occurs

THERE HAVE BEEN seven cases of theft at athletic facilities since spring break, raising questions about security. Students are advised not to store valuables in unlocked lockers.

As of late, the Incident Blotter has seen many incidents of thefts in the athletic buildings. As early as March 13, there have been five reported cases concerning the loss of items near the Mueller Center with two other incidents … Continue reading

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Top Hat

Executive committee approved; semester wrap up

Senate executives geared up for next year; finishing year right and bright future ahead for all

Hi, everyone! This Top Hat will be my final article of the academic year. Outside, the Troy weather has improved, classes are wrapping up — and as the summer takes hold, there’s a great deal for everyone to look forward … Continue reading

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Dance Club recital moves bodies and hearts

RPI Dance Club performs in a provocative recital at EMPAC; skill and talent showcased

On Saturday, May 3, the Dance Club held their annual recital in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. For two hours, members of the Dance Club performed to various musical numbers. Hip-hop, jazz, and ballet were among the dances. … Continue reading

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Baseball pushes season to additional game before loss

RPI finished its season this past weekend with three road games at Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University. After getting shut-out in the first game on Saturday, Rensselaer fought back to win the second game of the doubleheader. On Sunday … Continue reading

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Senate confirms commitee chairs, cabinet

GM’s appointments are brought to Senate to be discussed and confirmed

MORGAN SCHWEITZER DISCUSSES her background and why she was appointed to Parliamentarian.

On Monday, April 5, the 45th Student Senate had their last meeting of the semester. They met to amend the Senate by laws and approve the Grand Marshal’s appointments to cabinet and committee chairs. The bylaws were amended to formalize … Continue reading

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Derby

Stress reduction during study days, finals week

Opportunities available across campus to end semester well with health in body, mind

Hey RPI, I hope you have had a wonderful last week of classes. It’s time for the final push before summer break! As our time here at RPI winds down, it is the time for club officers to look forward … Continue reading

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Alumnus honored with Davies Medal

In honor of alumnus Clarence E. Davies, Class of 1914, the Rensselaer School of Engineering established the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement in 1980. The medal is given to a recipient who has had an exceptional career in engineering, commitment … Continue reading

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Rivals defeat Engineers in league tournament

FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER JAKE WEIDNER RUNS downfield in a file photo from Rensselaer’s game against Vassar March 22 at ECAV Stadium.

On Friday, May 2, the Engineers traveled to Schenectady to face, cross town rival, Union College in the first round of Liberty League tournament. RPI entered the game ranked third in the Liberty League while Union was ranked second. The … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor:

Cemetery cleanup

On behalf of the board of trustees, staff, our beloved volunteers, and our lot owners of Oakwood Cemetery, I wish to recognize with gratitude the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity for its exemplary support of Oakwood Cemetery. As some of you … Continue reading

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Nickelodeon can’t satisfy demographic

Childhood channel can’t deliver to modern audiences; substance is missing for children

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS PREMIERED in 1999 on Nickelodeon. Over its ongoing 15-year run, the franchise has generated more than $8 billion.

Olivia’s view As weird as it sounds, TV played a pretty big role in my childhood. I grew up as an only child, and when I couldn’t go outside or play with my friends, I would sometimes turn to TV … Continue reading

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