Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Staff Editorial

A treatise on freedom of expression, and applications for UPAC Cinema and American Sniper

-+*As a media organization, The Polytechnic strongly endorses freedom of expression. Expression includes, but is not limited to, speaking, writing, behaving, acting, and not acting. To emphasize, the decision of an entity to act or not act constitutes expression equally … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Be a considerate neighbor

-+*I don’t know if I’ve been particularly unlucky, but I’ve had the misfortune of having some pretty bad neighbors since coming to RPI. I personally was yelled at by a local resident last year for parking in my friend’s parking … Continue reading

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TOP HAT

Grand Marshal says farewell

-+*Hello Rensselaer. This is my final Top Hat as the 149th Grand Marshal. GM Week is here, and with it, a rush of bittersweet emotion as we review all that we’ve been able to do this past year. In my … Continue reading

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DERBY

PU discusses showing of American Sniper

-+*Hey RPI, This is my last Derby; as elections are tomorrow, you will soon have a new fearless leader of the Rensselaer Union. I was going to use this last Derby to give a history of Grand Marshal Week, encourage … Continue reading

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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Graduate Council endorses Sudano for PU

-+*The Graduate Student Council met with the candidates for Grand Marshal and President of the Union this week to listen to their platforms and assess how they would benefit graduate students. The PU candidates Greg Bartell ’17 and Andrew Sudano … Continue reading

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Endorsement

Grand Marshal

-+*The Polytechnic endorses Marcus Flowers ’16 as Grand Marshal. As the highest elected student official at RPI, the GM serves as not only the head of the Student Senate but also the student body. It is his or her responsibility … Continue reading

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Endorsement

President of the Union

-+*For the 2015 election cycle, The Polytechnic’s relationship to the race for President of the Union is unique and dramatically different than it has been compared with any other year in recent memory. This is due to one of the … Continue reading

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Endorsement

Constitution referenda

-+*During the 2014–15 academic year, the Rensselaer Student Senate Constitution Committee, along with the Senate as a whole, worked to bring amendments to the Rensselaer Union Constitution to vote in the Senate. For those who don’t know, once these amendments … Continue reading

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Candidate questions

Grand Marshal: Marcus Flowers and Michael Han

-+*Why do you want to be Grand Marshal? Flowers: I want to become Grand Marshal in order to present student government with new focus and a new perspective. I have seen campus as both a student government leader and a constituent, … Continue reading

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Candidate questions

President of the Union: Gregory Bartell and Andrew Sudano

-+*Why do you want to be President of the Union? Bartell: Student government needs a fresh pair of eyes. I have experience with club administration, and I want to help enable other clubs in the same way I’ve enabled mine. … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial

Warning: Alarms will not sound on open door

-+*In response to last semester’s string of thefts in the dorms, all former exits from dorm buildings no longer considered acceptable have been labeled with signs stating that an alarm will sound if opened. However, no such alarm actually exists. … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Memories of date in big city

-+*I step off the Megabus and take a deep breath of the city air. Its familiar smell brings nostalgic memories to my head. I glance over at her, and I smile when I spot a bright, light blue sparkle in … Continue reading

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TOP HAT

GM Week kicks off; make an informed vote

-+*Hello RPI! With one more week before Grand Marshal Week elections, this is my penultimate Top Hat Article. Very soon, one of our candidates will be wearing the Top Hat and addressing you in these papers. This week, I want … Continue reading

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DERBY

PU says thank you for term

-+*Hey RPI! So Grand Marshal Week is right around the corner, and therefore, it is the end of my term as the 125th President of the Union. Since next week’s article will be all about GM Week I would like … Continue reading

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

-+*To the Editor: Thank you for your careful and damning study of RPI’s deteriorating finances in comparison with the more successful trajectories at Lehigh University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Your story is exactly the kind of … Continue reading

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ALUM101

Letters to the Editor

-+*RPI life lessons for success at school and beyond These are the days. A very popular song, when I was a student at RPI, was “These Are the Days” by 10,000 Maniacs. It was a favorite of mine as well. … Continue reading

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Print-Your-Own Poly℠ is here!

-+*Over the past few months, The Polytechnic has continued to improve our offerings. With today’s issue, we are pleased to offer a brand new service: Print-Your-Own Poly℠!  This new avenue of presentation will provide you with all the offerings of our … Continue reading

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Staff Editorial

Town Hall Meeting requires increased accessibility

-+*Last week, our staff editorial urged the Rensselaer community to attend President Shirley Ann Jackson’s annual Spring Town Hall Meeting, which was held last Thursday. For the past few years, the meeting has garnered robust attendance from cabinet-level administration and … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Enjoying the gift of skiing

-+*When I climbed off the bus Saturday the 14th in Killington, Vermont, it was drizzling and warm. Most of the mountain was hidden in a cloud. By the time I got off my first lift ride of the day my … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Consider how you handle stress

-+*There are more than seven billion people in this world. We have different cultures, traditions, and values. Yet, sickness is something we all have in common. With a struggling economic situation in all parts of the world, prevention seems to … Continue reading

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