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Interview: Seth Appert talks men’s hockey program

Men’s hockey head coach considers prospects for heavily anticipated Division I season

HEAD MEN’S HOCKEY COACH SETH APPERT SPEAKS to the media following in a file photo following RPI’s victory over Union College in the second annual Mayor’s Cup Game held at the Times Union Center January 25. Appert interviewed with the Poly Press Pass staff during the Class of 2018’s NRB week, and spoke about the Engineers’ upcoming season, which begins October 4 at the Houston Field House.

When presented with the opportunity to interview Seth Appert, we wanted to gain some insight into the coach’s and team’s past in preparation for this year’s season. Appert grew up in Cottage Grove, Minn. where he began playing hockey at … Continue reading

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Ultimate Frisbee Club welcomes incoming freshmen

Club teaches fundamentals to freshmen; runs round robin tournament in afternoon

FIRST-YEAR PARTICIPANTS IN THE ULTIMATE FRISBEE NRB EVENT PRACTICE their throws of the disc. The participants worked with members of RPI TRUDGE, the on-campus frisbee club.

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events were held on August 20, including ultimate frisbee at Upper Renwyck Field. In order to advance the interest of the sport and provide an opportunity for fitness and challenge amongst other RPI undergraduates, students tested … Continue reading

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PSS: has anybody seen the snitch?

We got to experience quidditch firsthand on the field. RPI has its own club for quidditch as well as a team. Originating from Harry Potter , quidditch has become really popular. This game has become so serious that there is a 118­-page rulebook associated with it. The International Quidditch Association has been governing the sport for quite a while now and encourages young people to make the sport from a work of fiction come alive. There are now more than 300 schools participating in this game. Students get pretty competitive when it comes to quidditch, no less than soccer or football. During NRB week, students held a game on Renwyck Field. They arranged themselves into four teams based on the different houses in the Harry Potter series. Slytherin and Ravenclaw sat on the sidelines while Hufflepuff and Gryffindor played the first game. Hufflepuff scored the first goal. Most, if not all the students, were Harry Potter fans. Sam Slavitt ’18 said his favorite house was Ravenclaw, as he considered the house to consist of the smart ones. Avery Calhiun ’18 said, “I’m a Slytherin!” She says her qualities to be ambitious as well as aggressive on the field are why she was put into this house. It was clear students were having fun while being competitive as well. The RPI quidditch club seems to be very inviting, regardless of whether one knows the game or not. The game has an actual team that competes with other schools, but the club also allows students to join for fun.
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PSS: throwin’ down on the ’86

As Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond goes on, the ’86 Field welcomed the world of dancing, fighting, and rhythm. A group of first year students learned the traditional martial art of Capoeira. Originally from Brazil, Capoiera is a combination of art and game. While performing, the freshmen lowered their bodies in a self-defense position. In the position, they then moved back-and-forth while preparing to attack. In the background, berimbau, a single stringed instrument, was played to help the fighters find a rhythm while performing. When the right time comes, they then attack with a direct, swirling kick towards the opponent’s head, which the opponent should evade. As the freshmen practiced the complex moves, they slowly learned the style’s intracacies and movements.
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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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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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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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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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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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Women’s lacrosse finishes perfect Liberty League run

RPI crushes Clarkson in final regular season game, will host championship this weekend

SENIOR MIDFIELDER MICHELLE DENNY FIGHTS for possession of the ball during their Engineers’ dominant victory over Clarkson, April 26. The Engineers won 18-3 in their final Liberty League game and are set to host to League tournament this weekend.

RPI women’s lacrosse finished up their season on Saturday, April 25 hosting Clarkson University. With a win over Clarkson the Engineers would solidify first place in the Liberty League tournament. The Institute entered the game with ten wins and four … Continue reading

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Baseball rockets up League with seven game win streak

Engineers enter final week of regular season play after weekend series sweep of Bard

SENIOR CAPTAIN SECONDBASEMAN ANDREW KALISH PREPARES to make a play in the infield during the Engineers’ game against Skidmore College April 9. RPI will finish their regular season this weekend with two games at St. Lawrence University. Kalish is batting .316 for his season combined with 12 RBIs in 31 games started.

On Sunday, April 27, RPI men’s baseball hosted Bard College for its final home games of the regular season. The Engineers entered the doubleheader having won five games in a row and six of their last seven, including a sweep … Continue reading

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NBA serves owner with lifetime ban following racism

CITIZENS PROTEST comments made by Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling outside the Clippers’ home arena.

On Tuesday, April 29, National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver declared that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life “from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA.” This past weekend, the recorded conversation of Sterling … Continue reading

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Men’s lacrosse ends strong season with rout of Drew

RPI men’s lacrosse hosted Drew University on Saturday, April 25, at the East Campus Stadium. The Engineers, celebrating senior day, came into the game with high intensity preparing for their upcoming Liberty League playoff game against Union College. RPI entered … Continue reading

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Softball powers through weekend against RPI rivals

This week’s packed lineup of games brought RPI softball’s regular season to a close. After being swept by Elmira and Utica Colleges, RPI put its solid six and two Liberty League record on the line against rivals Union College and … Continue reading

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Lacrosse secures third seed in Liberty League

Engineers come from behind to defeat St. Lawrence in final league matchup of season

SOPHOMORE MIDFIELDER PAT HOGAN RUNS downfield in the game versus Vassar on March 22.

On Saturday, April 19, RPI lacrosse hosted St. Lawrence. Both teams came into the game recognizing the playoff implications that it held with RPI being ranked third in the league and St. Lawrence fourth. The Engineers, having lost their last … Continue reading

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RPI dominates series

After splitting its first two doubleheaders with Plattsburgh State and the University of Rochester last Thursday and Friday, respectively, Rensselaer’s softball team swept the Rochester Institute of Technology at Doris Robison Field on Saturday April 19. Neither game was very … Continue reading

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Athletes of the Week:

This week’s picks: Tori Hunt & Taylor Ten Eyck

This week’s athletes of the week are senior shortstop Tori Hunt and sophomore catcher Taylor Ten Eyck of softball. In six games this past week, Hunt accumulated four multi-hit games and batted 11 for 22 overall. Furthermore, Hunt tallied three … Continue reading

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Baseball plays rival Union four-game series

For second weekend in a row, Engineers pick up sole win of series in final matchup

JUNIOR PITCHER JARED JENSEN DELIVERS a pitch to the plate in a game against Skidmore College. The Engineers faced off against the Union College Dutchmen for four games over the weekend. Jensen started the first game Sunday, going six and two thirds innings, giving up five earned runs. Jensen is 1-3 on the season with a 4.78 ERA.

On Saturday, April 12, RPI baseball hosted Union College for a doubleheader of Liberty League action. This matchup looked to be a good one as RPI entered the weekend with a record of 14-6 while Union began the series 9-4-1. … Continue reading

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PSS: wins all around the track

ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, RPI HOSTED the Upstate Classic at Harkness Track. The Engineers left the event with eight first place victories; five men and three women were first in their respective events. For the men’s team, RPI grabbed the top three spots in the 1,500-meter event. Sophomore Bobby Parker placed first coming in at 3:58.16, followed by freshman Benjamin Fazio with a time of 3:58.48, and senior Sean Quinn with a time of 4:00.99. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase freshman Brian Crowley finished at 10:10.40 seizing the first place spot. First place wins in the field events include: senior captain Stephen Silber in the high jump at 1.98 meters, senior Zac Borrelli in the shot put with 15.32 meters, and junior Tyler Yeastedt in the discus at 48.94 meters. The women’s team also had several wins. In the 100 meter hurdles, freshman Vicky Buehler had a winning time of 16.03. Senior captain Cheryl Tran grabbed the first place spot in the high jump with 1.58 meters, and graduate student Lydia Frangos captured the hammer throw at 54.57 meters.
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Athletes of the Week

This week’s picks: Bobby Parker, Benjamin Fazio, Sean Quinn, Brian Crowley, and Joe Livote

This week’s athletes of the week are outdoor track’s sophomore Bobby Parker, freshman Benjamin Fazio, senior Sean Quinn, freshman Brian Crowley, and senior Joe Livote. These five student athletes combined for the top three spots in the 1,500-meter run and … Continue reading

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