Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Editor's Corner

Changing perspective to change your approach

Make a point to attack issues with a fresh mindset

Last week, I wrote this in my flying review: “It’s funny now to walk around and look at the towering buildings and tiring hills and think about how flat and small everything was from above. No matter how many times I fly, I always have those thoughts. Life is all about perspective, I guess.” I didn’t think about that last line much when I wrote it, but thoughts of perspective crept back to me this past week. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Embracing the differences that make up a friendship

These days, I cannot help feeling sentimental about how fast time flies. I still clearly remember how I befriended my best friend in life the first day I went to middle school. Now, in less than one month, my freshman year of college will end. It is so hard to believe that we’ve been friends for almost eight years. As an international student, I can, at most, fly back home twice a year, staying here for all the short breaks, including Thanksgiving and Spring Break. We haven’t seen each other for the past four months. Read more...

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top hat

Realising the leadership of the Rensselaer Union

This week, I’ve spent a lot of time preparing for and running Student Senate committee chair interviews, which, by the way, are still open; you should totally apply online at http://poly.rpi.edu/s/16senateofficer/. One of the first questions I ask in each interview is “What does the Senate mean to you?” Talking to people about this and the time spent working on our Middle States reaccreditation meetings led to me thinking about it myself, and the Rensselaer Union in general. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Pride in making changes

The Editorial Board would like to thank President Shirley Ann Jackson for the email she sent the community this past Tuesday. We appreciate that our feedback has been heard and has made a meaningful impact on the course of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—here’s to hoping that this represents a positive future for student-administration relations. Read more...

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DERBY

Taking advantage of the E-Board experience

Hi again!

Today is the last day to apply to be a member of the 2016–2017 Executive Board. That being said, I’m going to continue pushing Executive Board applications as long as possible. So, in my Derby this week, I will give you some background on the Board and what an E-Board representative does. Read more...

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EDITORIAL

A follow up on mental health at Rensselaer

In light of my most recent editorial, I was able to meet with Medical Director of the Student Health Center Leslie Stephen Lawrence, MD. I would like to encourage students who didn’t read my previous piece to do so at http://poly.rpi.edu/s/MentalHealth/. I was able to receive some answers for what happened during my struggle with mental health at RPI, and I couldn’t be more thankful to Dr. Lawrence for that. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Protecting the liberties of a true democracy

An open and protected discourse is vital to a healthy democracy. Documents released over the past few years have revealed that the surveillance and monitoring capabilities of the United States government are far more advanced than previously known. Read more...

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CABINET

Communicating in light of the recent campus events

Since becoming Vice President for Student Life, I have had the opportunity to meet so many students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who have proudly displayed their affection for Rensselaer. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Giving thanks for a successful campaign

Hello everyone. You can’t believe how honored I am to be elected the 151st Grand Marshal. This is something that I’ve thought about and wanted for a long time, and I hope that I prove that you have placed your faith in the right person over the next year. I’m sorry that I was not able to be at the results announcement to accept this office in person. I had a prior commitment which was made in November before the election schedule was made, and I wasn’t able to get it moved. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

In remembrance of Michele

The Editorial Board of The Polytechnic would like to extend our condolences to the family members of Michele Edwards, who suddenly passed away this past Saturday. Michele joined the Rensselaer Union staff in July 2012 and served as an always welcoming, smiling face for the administrative office ever since. It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of her passing. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Mental health versus the bureaucracy of Rensselaer

I’d like to begin by saying that this notebook was the catalyst for my joining The Poly, and that this entry has been roughly a year in the making. I joined this staff because I wanted this campus to understand my experiences in the raw, visceral way that made them meaningful to me. Read more...

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Cabinet

Plans to improve student to Student Life communication

Since becoming Vice President for Student Life, I have had the opportunity to meet so many students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who have proudly displayed their affection for Rensselaer. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Thanking the Executive Board for a great year

For the past semester and a half I have had the privilege of sitting in on the Rensselaer Union Executive Board meetings, Thursdays at 8 pm. To be totally honest with everyone, it wasn’t always a privilege. I started the semester off starry-eyed and willing to take on any task for the Editorial Board of The Poly. I thought, “Dang, these people are official. They’re like … a real newspaper.” Having dealt with nothing so professional, I was easily roped into the task of covering what was so elusively referred to as “E-Board.” Read more...

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top hat

A fond farewell to a year of making a difference

Hello everyone,

This will be my final Top Hat article, and with everything going on, I’ll admit it really snuck up on me. I have a lot I wish I could tell everyone, so forgive me for being wordy. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Making dignity a priority in personal disagreements

With the semester about two thirds of the way to completion, classes are ramping up in difficulty in preparation for finals, and the workload for all RPI students is increasing from an already extraordinarily high level. Combine the academic rigors of RPI with social and club commitments, and it is easy to see how people can get stressed. Mix in the fact that Grand Marshal Week 2016 elections are tomorrow and an emotional powder keg has been created, ready to explode. It is easy to see how—with your personal time and energy being spread thin—sometimes basic human decency can be thrown out the window. Read more...

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DERBY

Sending a sincere thank you for a great term

Dear Rensselaer Community,

Tomorrow, you’ll be voting in one of the oldest traditions at RPI: Grand Marshal Week. That will bring an end to my term and bring a new President of the Union. I have spent a lot of time over the past few days thinking over what to write in my last Derby, and it has come down to a simple “Thank You.” Thank you for granting me the privilege to serve as your 126th President of the Union. Thank you for helping me bleed cherry red and ivory white. Thank you for changing my life. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

With respect to the Grand Marshal nominations…

I have seen some comments about the lack of a Grand Marshal endorsement by The Polytechnic. I have seen comments calling the staff pretentious and petty, and I have to agree. As a voting member of The Poly, I was completely in favor of endorsing Paul Ilori '17 for Grand Marshal. I didn't care that he was slightly unprofessional in his interview. I looked at his submissions and his extensive track record with student government, and I thought he was the best person for the job. I have heard first-hand accounts that when it comes down to meetings with administrators, Ilori is professional and gets the job done. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

Grand Marshal: no endorsement

After interviewing both candidates and holding many hours of discussion, The Polytechnic has chosen to not endorse a candidate for Grand Marshal. Instead, we will highlight the positives of each candidate, and discuss the negatives that prevented the Editorial Board from coming to a definitive conclusion. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

President of the Union: Chip Kirchner

The Polytechnic endorses Chip Kirchner ’17 for President of the Union. We feel that he presented himself and his platform well in our interview; his plans for office were clearly stated in his submissions, and his leadership experience and success as a leader make him the best candidate for PU. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

Undergraduate President: Eryka Greaves

The Polytechnic endorses Eryka Greaves ’17 for the position of Undergraduate President. This endorsement marks a first for The Poly, as the Editorial Board traditionally only endorsed candidates for Grand Marshal and President of the Union, as well as any referenda passed by the Student Senate. However, as a result of the 2015 changes to the Union Constitution, the position became directly elected during GM Week, and we felt the position’s importance warranted an endorsement. Read more...

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