J-Board decision released

Erin Amarello ’15 named 125th President of the Union; amendment, alumni position elections declared null and void

The Judicial Board has released a total of 10 decisions pertaining to the recent Postergate scandal. Among other things, the Board has declared Erin Amarello ’15 as the 125th President of the Union.

The decisions, based on hearings conducted on April 13, were posted to Flagship Docs earlier today.

The Board found that Russell Brown ’14, Gretchen Sileo ’14, Chuck Carletta ’14, and Frank Abissi ’15 are all disqualified from holding any position as a result of the GM Week 2014 elections. They also found that Matt Kosman ’14 may not hold any appointed position in 2014–2015. The five individuals must complete 15 hours of community service, and all election results for Constitution amendments and alumni vice president, secretary, and treasurer are null and void. The election for the latter positions may only include names that were on the primary ballot.

The entire J-Board decision can be found at http://poly.rpi.edu/36249

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President of the Union candidate Frank Abissi withdraws from race

An email sent to The Polytechnic at 6:24 pm on Saturday announced the withdrawal of President of the Union candidate Frank Abissi ’15.

Abissi cited “maintain[ing] the integrity of the election” as the reason behind the withdrawal.

As more information becomes available as to the status of Thursday’s elections, The Poly will provide updates.

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BREAKING: StuGov officials recorded removing anti-amendment posters

PRESIDENT OF THE UNION GRETCHEN SILEO ’14 IS RECORDED removing anti-amendment posters from the Center for Industrial Innovation plaza on April 10. Sileo, along with three other Student Government officials, allegedly took down nearly 1,000 posters across campus.

Update (5:30 pm, April 11)

Members of Student Government who appeared to be implicated by video evidence in the poster removal issue have released a joint statement. Submitted to The Poly on the afternoon of April 11, the full text reads:

There have been many questions and concerns regarding recent posts on the Internet where it was reported that some of us were seen removing posters regarding the proposed constitutional referendum. Regrettably, this has created an elections controversy. We want to apologize for the role we played in creating that issue. Our intent was neither malicious nor unlawful and we certainly did not touch any candidate signs.

However, in retrospect we now wish we had gone through another process and reported what we thought were violations of the sign policy.

We regret any effect this controversy has had on the elections process and apologize to the Rensselaer community.


Charles Carletta

Gretchen Sileo

Matthew Kosman

Russell Brown

Frank Abissi

As mentioned in an earlier update, the affected race results will be delayed until a ruling by the Judicial Board.

However, all other results appear to be on track for release around 6:30 pm this evening.

Update (3:03, April 11):

The Dean of Students Office has released an official statement on the recent GM Week postering incident. An email sent to The Poly echoed the Rules and Election Committee’s early morning decision, reading the following:

To the Rensselaer Community:

In light of recent events, the Rules and Elections Committee has reviewed information regarding the 2014 election and decided to defer decisions about the election to the student Judicial Board. The Judicial Board will convene to determine the process it will use in the investigation of allegations that may be construed as compromising the 2014 student election process and outcome.

Election results will be withheld by R&E for President of the Union, Class of 2014 Alumni Class Council, and Rensselaer Union Constitutional Amendment referendum. Results of other elections will be released as planned by the R&E.

As an institution, we honor the student process. DOSO will support the Judicial Board and Executive Board during the investigatory and decision-making process with the goal to resolve the situation by Monday, April 14. We intend to reach a satisfactory resolution to restore students’ faith and support in Rensselaer’s Student Government.

Students with questions or concerns should direct them to the Dean of Students Office, 276-6266 or email to smithm@rpi.edu.


Mark Smith

Dean of Students

Update (2:23 am, April 11):

A decision released by the Rules and Elections Committee early Friday morning will defer a decision on the recent poster removal incidents to the Judicial Board. The decision, posted to Flagship Docs by R&E Chairman Tim Breen ’14 at around 2:20 am Friday morning, states: “In light of a series of video recordings brought to the attention of the Rules and Elections Committee by several students which may implicate several candidates and candidate assistants running in the 2014 GM Week elections, the Rules and Elections Committee has decided to defer all rulings in this matter to the Rensselaer Union Judicial Board.”

Another decision from R&E states that all election results will be delayed until further notice.

The Poly reached out to the current Grand Marshal Chuck Carletta ’14, President of the Union Gretchen Sileo ’14, and Union Executive Board Vice Chairman Matt Kosman ’14, and former Grand Marshal Russell Brown ’14 for comment, but no responses were received.

Original post:

On Thursday, April 10, Rules and Elections Committee Chairman Tim Breen ’14 was sent a letter discussing alleged tampering with campaign posters regarding the controversial amendments to the Rensselaer Union Constitution. The posters in question promoted a vote of no on said amendments in the elections held that day. Posters were apparently systematically removed across campus, though posters in a similar vein are permitted and present in accordance with the Grand Marshal Week Handbook extended campus signage policies.

The policy in effect for this year’s campaign season, beginning March 17, states: “Respect other candidates and their campaigns. Do not tamper with or poster over other campaigns. Do not place tape over tape securing the signs of other candidates.” As such, the removal of any poster on campus by any student is a violation of handbook policy.

In video footage obtained from RPI TV, those recorded removing signs include incumbent Grand Marshal Chuck Carletta ’14, President of the Union Gretchen Sileo ’14, and Executive Board Vice Chairman Matt Kosman ’14, and former Grand Marshal Russell Brown ’14. This footage can be found at http://poly.rpi.edu/72189. Many of the alleged perpetrators are also candidates for office this election season or candidate assistants to others.

The previously mentioned videos were shot between April 8 and 10 during an investigation launched by RPI TV following reports of suspicious activity. In the videos, the individuals in question can be clearly seen removing and subsequently destroying posters that did not appear to violate any election policy.

The exact motive for the poster removal is unclear. The proposed amendments to the Constitution sharply divided campus and campus leaders and included language making the director of the Union an officer of the Union, changing human resources and hiring procedures, and altering the makeup of the Executive Board. The posters in question strongly opposed the changes.

The actions committed by the alleged culprits could carry severe consequences, including punishment from R&E, removal from office, and even disciplinary action from the Dean of Students Office and Judicial Board. Beyond this, there are ethical questions that must be raised.

Additionally, it is uncertain what impact these events may have on the election that already occurred, the results of which are scheduled to be released April 11. There is a possibility that a new election will occur.

DOSO has also been informed and is beginning its own investigation and preliminary hearings. At the time of publication, neither R&E nor DOSO has issued a statement or response regarding the issue; this article will be updated as further information becomes available.

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GM, PU candidates duke it out

GAVIN NORITSKY ’16 AND KYLE KERAGA ’15 DEBATE during the final debates. Keraga and Noritsky were the top two candidates after Monday’s primary. Final voting takes place on Thursday.

On Tuesday, April 8, the final debates for the positions of Grand Marshal and President of the Union were held. Following the primary on April 7, Kyle Keraga ’15 and Gavin Noritsky ’16 remain in the GM race. Keraga, Noritsky, and PU candidates Erin Amarello ’15 and Frank Abissi ’15 were asked questions regarding their plans if elected by members of the RPI Debate Club.

Noritsky and Keraga both opened with their platforms. They were then asked to name a specific way they planned to enhance the connection with the student body. Noritsky said he wants to bring senators and class representatives to the students. Keraga agreed that more outreach is needed and wants to make Senate accessible for those who don’t want to go out of their way. He plans to set up an appointment system for students to meet with senators.

Moderator Kitty VanderClute ’16, a member of the Debate Club, asked Noritsky to give specific examples because his platform was very vague. Noritsky explained that the vagueness was on purpose and not due to a lack of substance—he wants to stay flexible. He wants to revive events such as Hockey Line and keep students informed. Keraga countered by saying that communication was Noritsky’s entire platform, and to be aware that there is more to the GM role than just that. Keraga also noted that the issues he is talking about, such as Sodexo food, are longstanding concerns. Noritsky said that students know to give voice but don’t know what is going on unless they are in the Student Government Suite or read The Poly every week. VanderClute then asked Keraga about whether his goals were attainable in the time frame he’d have as GM. Keraga said he is fully prepared to begin working and that, while some issues may stretch beyond him, these issues matter to the student body and he wants to begin the conversation.

VanderClute next asked Keraga what he saw in the Senate that he felt had to change. Keraga said that this year’s Senate has been doing a great job. Not only have his Student Life Committee’s projects done well, but other committees’ projects, such as the car-sharing initiative, have also done well. He does feel that the Senate needs more transparency. Noritsky then pointed out that SLC’s 24 Senate and non-Senate members might have just been Keraga’s closest friends, to which Keraga replied that he’d met the students through reaching out in the Resident Student Association and Health Center advisory council. VanderClute then asked the candidates about task forces in Senate. Noritsky said that he wanted to connect with students, talk to them, and go to events they were performing. Keraga said he wants to move Senate projects beyond the Senate’s walls. He pointed out that he was operating on a managing level during this past year with three task forces, which worked well according to Keraga. He would go to students and ask them if they wanted to work on a specific project. If elected, Keraga plans to bring this model to Senate. Noritsky countered by stating that the whole reason he is running for GM is to bring in an outside view and get student input, which Keraga countered that he was prepared to do the same because he’s already been doing it.

Noritsky and Keraga were given a couple more questions, with the most back-and-forth happening on a question about what part of their opponent’s platform would make them want to work with them more in the future. Noritsky said that he would want to know how Keraga has gotten where he has. Keraga said he’d introduce Noritsky to working in Senate slowly, with Noritsky countering that “I don’t crawl, I take leaps.” Keraga said he loved Noritsky’s passion, but the GM role is one that demands respect and preparation. According to Keraga, there will be no learning curve for Keraga himself. Noritsky again stated that he’d been preparing since “day one” when he heard the then-GM speak to incoming students. Keraga explained that he felt the fun is not in the learning curve but in making change happen. Keraga said that he, too, has wanted to be GM since his freshman year and has since been preparing. Closing remarks were made by both candidates. Noritsky closed with “If you vote for me, you vote for change; If you vote for Kyle, you vote for Senate continuing.” Keraga countered that “a vote for me is a vote for change, and a vote for me is a vote for the one who is prepared to make that change happen.”

The PU candidates then debated, moderated by Victoria Butler ’15. After the PU candidates gave their platform, Butler asked them what set them apart from their opponent. Abissi said that these were two projects: his website, which would be like Kickstarter for clubs, and an improved events calendar. Amarello said that students need to be involved before anything else can happen. She said that she was on the committee that was working on the events calendar, but there weren’t enough people. Amarello also added that most club websites are out-of-date. Abissi countered that his ideas might be ambitious, but that he believes they are attainable and has already been working on some of them.

The candidates were asked about one large-scale change they planned to do. Amarello wanted to increase student involvement and voting turn-out. Abissi wants to create a programming committee in charge of the existing budget for large-scale music and arts events, rather than those events being run by the already-overworked Union staff. He wants this committee to be made up of students interested in the arts and entertainment, not Senators and Executive Board members.

Butler next asked the candidates their opinions on the food policy changes. Amarello said that the changes had a huge effect on some clubs, such as the Players, but a minimal effect on other clubs. Abissi said that exceptions should be made for clubs that dedicate a lot of time and service to RPI, such as media clubs. The candidates were also asked about budgets and the short deadline to submit appeals. Amarello said she planned to communicate major budgetary changes at least a month in advance, and that opinions from more than just the E-Board representatives should be considered. Abissi said that he would want a minimum of five business days for appeals. The candidates were then asked about their greatest accomplishment at RPI so far, which for Abissi was his Facilities and Services Committee project on the CDTA 286 route bus and media upgrades that will be happening this year to Union rooms. Amarello talked about Marketing, Advertising, and Publicity Club Officer Symposiums, which brought clubs together to talk about their projects.

After several other questions, the candidates made their closing statements. Abissi said that he came to RPI because of the student-run Union and clubs, such as the quidditch team, that might not be funded at other colleges. The students who formed the Quidditch Club pointed out to the E-Board that it was unique and would bring students who wouldn’t normally play a sport to leave their dorm room. Amarello said that she wants to represent the student body, and that a vote for her is for change and a new student voice.

Elections are on Thursday, April 10. Candidates’ platforms can be found at http://elections.union.rpi.edu/offices.

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Staff Editorial: Sodexo has to shape up

Food service at RPI gets a bad rap. When The Poly staff interviewed the Grand Marshal and President of the Union candidates for our endorsements issue, topics that often came up were related to Sodexo, their food, their workers, and their prices. It’s agreed amongst staff here that this is one of the most negative parts of Rensselaer.

On Sunday evening, four members of the Editorial Board went to Blitman Residence Commons, and all of us were extremely disappointed. The food was cold and flavorless and with the exception of the french fries that were brought fresh out of the kitchen while we were there—and the meal seemed to be remnants and leftovers from Saturday’s Accepted Student Celebration lunch. They ran out of food during the middle of our meal, and the only food brought out afterwards were the fries. We would have left sooner, but we’d already paid for the meal, and as students we can’t afford to be frivolous with our food.

Based on Sodexo’s own numbers, each meal swipe is worth about $12. The meal—or lack thereof—eaten by the editors at Blitman was worth far less than that, and that includes the staffing and utility bills to prepare it. Quite frankly, there is a large discrepancy in the amount a student pays for a meal plan and the quality and quantity of the product received. Beliefs like these need to be vocalized more in the RPI community, and topics need to be brought to light by Student Government officials such as the Grand Marshal and President of the Union. We hope that the soon-to-be-elected candidates choose to make this an issue.

In addition, a lack of options for freshmen and sophomores forces them to be burdened with the expense of a low quality meal. Our meal at Blitman was reminiscent of many of the problems that dining halls suffer at the hands of Sodexo. Often, the diningware is unclean, and it makes you wonder if it’s even safe to eat the food. A repetitive menu, especially for breakfast, also plague the dining halls.

Other Sodexo facilities are not immune from criticism. Reports of milk expired by days at Jazzman’s and low food quantities at Chester’s in the Rathskeller are among just a few of the complaints students have voiced in recent months.

All in all, we believe that the quality, quantity, and variety, as well as the general attitude Sodexo seems to take in these affairs, create a terrible experience for students.

We implore a manager of Sodexo to write and give us their thoughts, so that we can work to make a better dining experience a reality for all students.

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How I Met Your Mother says final goodbyes

Viewers say farewell to beloved sitcom as they reflect on their favorite moments

THE MAIN CHARACTERS EMBRACE each other in the final season as they get ready for Barney and Robin’s wedding.

Chris’s view

At its start in 2005, How I Met Your Mother was just another show in a sea of sitcoms, unsure of its future. But as the show progressed, it built a strong following of die-hard fans through its amusing running gags, quirky cast, and lessons that hit close to home. As a result, after the finale ended the series so abruptly, I, along with many others, was conflicted at its conclusion.

However, after a night’s sleep, I realized that the ending was fitting to such a monumental story. Although I believe that the finale should have been more than two hours long, its overall message is clear: though life can be unpredictable, you can always make the best out of the cards you’ve been dealt. Looking at the series as a whole, this theme fits each character. Marshall, though unhappy with many of his jobs, makes the most out of them, and eventually gets his dream job as a judge. Ted, who finally finds the one, makes the most out of his years with Tracy. When she passes away, he seeks Robin out to it make work with her as well. So in the end, I think the finale fit the series as a whole and was much needed, but I’m still upset we never found out about the pineapple.

Olivia’s view

After seeing endless Tumblr posts about How I Met Your Mother last year, I decided to start watching the series from the beginning. I had no idea that this show would become one of my all time favorites, and that I would become so invested in the characters and the plot of how Ted met met his children’s mother.

The finale addressed a lot of important issues, and also became emotional for me because one of my favorite shows was ending. The only plot line that I was definitely happy with was Marshall and Lily’s. Their lives ended up perfectly happy and they both achieved their goals. As for the other characters, I loved Barney and Robin together, because honestly, I never really liked Robin as a character and thought she deserved a guy like Barney. I actually cried when Barney held his baby girl for the first time; he finally found meaning in his life (side note: I think this will be the basis for the likely spin-off How I Met Your Dad). Ted finally had everything he ever wanted in his life: a perfect woman and a beautiful family. But then of course, it was all ruined when they killed the mother! It just seems as though Tracy didn’t get her chance to show how awesome she was for Ted. I was disappointed, and think that it’s of slightly poor taste from the creators to send off the reason for the show so quickly and without warning.

The controversy of the finale was Ted ending up with Robin. In all honesty, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I think that Ted deserves to be happy, and if Tracy is no longer in his life then he should find someone, may it be Robin, to love. However, if Tracy had not passed away, there would have been no reason for Ted and Robin to be together because Tracy was perfect for Ted in every way. Hopefully, the supposed alternate ending that will be on the season nine DVD release will help me cope with my uncertain feelings about the finale.

Andrew’s view

How I Met Your Mother has been one of my favorite, if not my favorite, shows for the last five years. When I began watching this show, I immediately got entrenched in the story line and obsessed in following the series. How I Met Your Mother has taught me so much about how to live your life and how, sometimes, life doesn’t just happen like you want it to. Also, I have learned, from this show that, in life, you don’t have to settle and that you should never to accept anything but perfection.

In terms of the show overall, I have loved every single second of it, except for the last five seconds of the final episode. I will admit that there was a period of time in which I wanted Ted and Robin to be together; however, after watching all of the episodes, I couldn’t have been more against it. Having seen how they acted together, it would be hard to find anyone who though that they would/should end up together. Other than that the show ended well, Marshall and Lilly where able to end the show together and happy, Robin and Barney broke up—which was expected—and Barney was able to find true joy in a child. The show would have ended perfectly if Tracy, the mother, had never gotten sick and Ted and her where able to ride happily into the sunset. Although I will always love this show, it will now have a sour taste in my mouth due to this less than Ideal ending.

How I Met Your Mother will always be remembered for the joy that it brought to everyone. Although this less than stellar ending occurred, it can’t take away from the face that this show has provided so many life lessons and good amount of laughs along the way.

Geoff’s view

How I Met Your Mother was special. I don’t really watch sitcoms with laugh tracks, so this is not something I normally view. Also, most comedies don’t handle dark themes; the only one I could think of recently that does was Scrubs. So HIMYM really hit a sweet spot for me, thus you could understand I would have some strong feelings about the finale. In truth, one of my only complaints is that the last episodes should have been longer. I think Cristin Milioti, who played the mother, deserved a better send off with a bit more information about her and Ted’s life together. I think the scene with the children felt a bit forced, especially since it was shot when the child actors were still child actors back during the early seasons. There is one complaint I’ve heard a lot that I disagree with completely however. People don’t think Ted should have ended up with Robin, which is ridiculous. Ted got what he wanted that he couldn’t get with Robin: a family, and after six years of his wife being gone, it would make sense for them to end up together. But, I can understand why people hated this, and I think it goes back to my previous criticism: that the episodes were too short. There was so much information, years worth of their lives, thrown into about 40 minutes. People can’t appreciate the loneliness of Ted being a widower for six years when it happens in six seconds. But, I think through the last roller coaster of emotion we find ourselves at a better place than we were at the beginning of the series, and that’s all I can really ask for.

Spoiler Warning!

This review contains spoilers for the end of the series.

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Softball musters massive five-win week

In three doubleheader match-ups, Engineers sweep two, split one

SOPHOMORE UTILITY PLAYER DANIELLE BALESTRINI PREPARES to swing at a pitch in the April 3 game against Casleton State College.

On Thursday, April 3, RPI softball hosted Castleton State College for a non-league doubleheader. What an afternoon it was for the Engineers, completely outmatching their opponents in an afternoon of sheer dominance. When the smoke finally cleared, RPI had outscored Castleton by a combined 14-0, taking both games to improve its record to 8-6.

In the opening contest of the afternoon, which was the home opener for RPI softball, RPI’s senior starting pitcher Kristina Weltzin faced off against Castleton’s Cassidy Tedeschi. In the top of the first, RPI’s sophomore second baseman Danielle Balestrini bunt-singled to start the game and then stole second. A freshman rightfielder Morgan Kollmeier groundout allowed Balestrini to advance to third. Then, a clutch two-out single past Tedeschi by junior third baseman Jena Servidone allowed Balestrini to score the opening run of the game. In four innings of work, this was the only run Tedeschi surrendered. Meanwhile, Weltzin allowed just one hit in her first four innings for Rensselaer.

In the fifth inning, Castleton’s Katie Gagne came on in relief of Tedeschi. The game remained 1-0. But that changed in the top of the sixth. Sophomore designated hitter Morgan Ten Eyck started the rally with a one-out single up the middle. Then freshman first baseman Courtney McArthur singled to right center. A groundball to shortstop by Weltzin resulted in junior pinch runner Kathleen Baker being thrown out at third for the second out of the inning. A wild pitch from Gagne resulted in McArthur and Weltzin advancing to third and second base, respectively. Then the hammer, which came in the form of a two-RBI single to right field off the bat of Balestrini. Then Kollmeier powered a double to deep centerfield, scoring Balestrini to close out the scoring in the sixth.

Castleton managed a hit in both the sixth and seventh innings but mounted no serious threat to Weltzin’s 4-0 shutout victory. The three-hit complete game shutout was Weltzin’s fifth victory of the season and brought RPI back above .500 (7-6).

The second game turned out to be an extension of the first as RPI handled Castleton in a 10-0, five inning, mercy rule game. Once again, Balestrini bunt singled to start the game. This time Kollmeier also bunt singled, putting runners on first and second with no outs. A third bunt single by senior shortstop Tori Hunt loaded the bases. A grounder to shortstop by Servidone allowed Balestrini to score, while a fielder’s choice by shortstop Jessica Babcock got Castleton its first out at second base. A two-out walk by junior leftfielder Jocilyn Rudisill loaded the bases again. Ten Eyck subsequently singled, driving in Hunt for RPI’s second and final run of the first inning.

Two walks were all Castleton managed in the first inning as the score remained 2-0. Then, in the top of the second, senior third baseman Dani Grage led off with a single to left field, and Balestrini followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Grage to second. Then Kollmeier walked. Later, a wild pitch allowed Grage to move to third and set up a subsequent Kollmeier steal of second base. A walk by Hunt loaded the bases with still just one out in the inning. To start the scoring, Servidone RBI-singled to left field, driving in Grage. Then, a single up the middle by sophomore catcher Taylor Ten Eyck brought home both Kollmeier and Hunt to make it 5-0 RPI. Finally, a Morgan Ten Eyck single brought Servidone home to give the Engineers their sixth run.

After two innings, Castleton’s Kayla Wood came on in relief of starter Veronica Arnone and pitched two innings of shutout softball to keep the Spartans within six. But in the top of the fifth, a two-out rally by the Engineers put Castleton away for good.

Hunt started the run with a single to third base. Then, Servidone reached first on a hit-by-pitch. Then, an error by Castleton centerfielder Tori Fearon allowed both RPI base-runners to score while Taylor Ten Eyck advanced to second. A subsequent Rudisill groundball single moved T. Ten Eyck to third. Again, M. Ten Eyck came up with another big hit, singling in both T. Ten Eyck and Rudisill to make it 10-0.

The game finished in the bottom of the fifth; in NCAA Division Three Softball, if a team is ahead by at least eight runs after five innings of play, the game is declared over.

In addition to its victories on Thursday, Rensselaer softball also defeated Skidmore College 10-4 in the opening game of its Saturday afternoon doubleheader in Saratoga Springs. The second game saw RPI’s lone loss of the week as the Engineers fell to Skidmore 4-6 and ended their week with a solid three wins in four games.

Next the 8-6 Engineers will host St. Lawrence University Sunday, for a Liberty League conference doubleheader.

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RPI Remembralls compete at World Cup IV

Quidditch team placing in top 12 at Northeast Regional Championships led to tournament

RPI QUIDDITCH PLAYERS COMPETE at the IQA World Cup for the first time. They played against teams from Australia, Canada, and all over the U.S.

The RPI Remembralls went 1-3 during pool play in World Cup VII this past weekend in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. All three losses due to the other team grabbing the snitch. This is the first time that RPI’s quidditch team has been to a World Cup. The team was founded in 2010 and became part of the International Quidditch Association for the 2012–2013 season.

The first game at the World Cup was against the University of Minnesota, ranked tenth in the world. Co-captain Erin McAllister ’14 explained that “We are built as a passing and agility team but are highly physical regardless of the opponent’s size,” as opposed to Minnesota, which was a larger team physically. Seeker Marcus Flowers ’16 caught the snitch when the game was at 70-40, with RPI down. Minnesota scored just before he grabbed the snitch, which meant that RPI lost as opposed to the game going into overtime.

RPI then played the University of Sydney, which was the only non-Canadian international team at the World Cup. Chasers Teddy Costa ’17, Rachel Glick ’17, Mario Nasta ’15 and keeper Sam Nielson ’17 all scored goals for RPI. Flowers caught the snitch for the win. The third game, which RPI had to win to make it to the brackets on the second day of the tournament, was against McGill. The score was tied at 40-40 as a result of beaters McAllister and Jeffery Patrick ’15 keeping the chasers from scoring. McGill caught the Snitch and won.

The last team RPI played was the Silicon Valley Skrewts, who were ranked low because of injuries last fall. The Skrewts won 140-30, but the game lasted nearly 35 minutes as opposed to a more normal 20. The Skrewts had a great deal more experience than the RPI team, which is mostly composed of freshmen and sophomores.

McAllister explained that qualifying for the World Cup meant placing in the top 12 teams in the Northeast Regional Championships, held last November. RPI placed second to last out of 26 teams last year; therefore, making it to the World Cup is a great improvement. According to President Emily Walters ’16, the team consists of around 30 members.

McAllister explains how quidditch works: “Quidditch is best described as a combination of rugby, dodgeball, and wrestling. Yes, brooms are involved, but it is no more a handicap than dribbling is to basketball. The entire sport is full-contact, meaning tackling is allowed, and there are no pads. Three chasers and a keeper handle a quaffle and score points by passing it through one of three hoops. The keeper is charged with defending the hoops but can also bring the quaffle up the field, act as a passing option, and score points. Beaters use bludgers, also known as dodgeballs, to hit opposing players. When an opposing player is beat, they must drop whatever ball they held and return to their hoops before returning to play. There are three bludgers on the field and two beaters on each team, so there is always one beater without a ball, who must fight for possession of it either by catching the ball, retrieving a bad throw by the opponent, or taking it from an opposing beater physically. Finally, there is one seeker on each team who tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is typically a sprinter or wrestler who keeps the seekers from catching the sock attached to their back by any means necessary. This manifests into throwing seeker to the ground or into each other. When the snitch is finally caught, the match ends and the winning seeker’s team is awarded 30 points.”

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Editorial Notebook

My last year here at RPI

I might not be graduating yet, but I’m still a senior. Many of the people who were at Student Orientation and NRB with me are graduating; a few have already graduated. It is scary, overwhelming, and really exciting at the same time. I want to talk about what I’ve seen over the last four years, including my story.

I applied to RPI early decision and I’ve never regretted it. I never even finished my applications for other schools that I had started just in case I didn’t get in to RPI. The summer after my freshman year, there were a few weeks of agony when I didn’t think I’d be able to come back to RPI due to a lack of enough financial aid. However, thanks to many people, including Vice President Lisa Trahan, I was able to get enough aid.

At the start of my freshman year, I had no plans to be involved with anything other than Vasudha, if even that. I spent my free time during NRB week with my nose in my biology book; that didn’t last long. I realized I wanted to do more for the environment. Second semester, I was secretary of EcoLogic. My freshman year was tough, what with adjusting to college life, changing majors, and trying to get Vasudha to be what I wanted it to be. My favorite moment was when I was inducted into White Key. Caution to anyone walking around in the Alumni House: the floor isn’t even, and it is quite easy to trip with clogs on! Tripping is also pretty embarrassing when Dr. Jackson and other important members of the RPI administration are present.

During my sophomore year, I began to involve myself far more heavily in extracurriculars and try out new things. By my fourth semester at RPI, I was an officer of three clubs, and that hasn’t changed. I decided to try out Senate after covering a few meetings for the media (both Stadler and Waldorf and The Poly) and being minimally involved with forced to come to Advocacy Community and Advancement Committee meetings. I became president of EcoLogic shortly after, as could have been predicted—I’d had my sights set on the 2012–2013 presidency pretty much since joining EcoLogic. It was my first experience as the head of a club and I was scared I would die.

I don’t know what happened, not exactly. During the years of 2011 up until last fall or so, every club I was involved in was composed of mostly upperclassmen without enough underclassmen to take leadership positions when said upperclassmen graduated. Some of the people I’ve talked to have pointed to Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students, or said that the type of students RPI admitted changed. Anyways, students seem to be becoming more involved again and most of the clubs I am involved with are thriving. EcoLogic has a good core group of dedicated members who have done a great job making sure this year’s EarthFest is the biggest and best so far.

Spring my junior year, I became Outreach Coordinator of the Student Sustainability Task Force and then co-chair last fall when no one really wanted to do it. I really thought I’d be dissolving SSTF by the end of this year, but I am very happy to announce that’s not happening. We are working on several big projects; I am working on the Sustainability Report 2014, which I decided last spring that I was going to do before I graduate. Other members are working on different projects to advance sustainability at RPI.

It’s funny sometimes, now that I’m the old one and I was around for more of RPI history than around three-quarters of RPI undergraduate students. Lee Sharma has especially achieved notoriety. What a lot of people don’t know is that we were at Power Shift 2011 together. Around 30 people from RPI went to the conference in Washington D.C. I’ll never forget the moment when we found out that Lee had won the GM race. And I know people have their complaints, I know people have demonized her following the controversial Senate decision and the fact that she did not return to RPI the next semester. Lee was a quiet, strong leader with a lot of good advice. I think we were all frustrated with the fact that Laban Coblentz had disappeared. Coblentz was, for those of you who never knew him, approachable and always helpful with student projects. I worked for him for two weeks that fall and I learned so much. I think it’s important that we don’t blame Lee for everything, because she was just trying to help students out, as she was supposed to do. That was why we elected her in 2011.

Because I have a semester still, there are still a few more projects I want to accomplish. One problem that I have recently found out the depth of is “Cap-19” classes. Many HASS classes are capped at nineteen students in order for RPI to improve in its rankings. While an improved ranking of our alma mater is a good thing, if it hurts students in the process, I firmly believe that it is not. I have hardly begun talking with people about this issue, and already I have found out some of the ways students struggle. Freshmen and sophomores can’t get into the HASS classes they want—or, in some cases, need—for a major or minor. Classes are so small that discussions are difficult. I took Food, Farms, and Famine, in fall 2012. After the add deadline, enough people dropped that there were only a dozen or so people in the class. Fortunately, students in that class came from a wide variety of backgrounds, but that won’t always be the case. In a discussion-based class, having a few more students would help ensure that there is diversity in the class.

Lastly, another problem I have seen is that many HASS classes are offered rarely or not at all. At one point, I was hoping to do a Gender, Science, and Technology minor, but noticed that the courses that interested me were never offered. Offering a wider variety of courses with slightly larger class sizes could help students understand diversity better and advance sustainability (because many SUST courses are affected), but I need to do more research to see if that’s the case as well as good solutions. We have many non- cisgendered/heterosexual students at RPI, including myself. I don’t intend to do this project alone, and there are many groups I can see being interested in working on this or even taking the lead from me.

Looking back over the last four years, I realize I owe a lot to many people. Anasha Cummings ’12 always pushed me to try new things, join new clubs, and check out events. He knew the type of person I wanted to be and had suggestions for how to get there. My freshman year RA, Kyle Monahan ’12, was always (and still is!) someone I could bring a problem to or get advice from. Dozens of other people, too many to name, have given me advice, support, and encouragement throughout my time at RPI. I hope they know who they are, and I hope they know that I am incredibly thankful to them.

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Hey Red, Go Green promotes awarness

RSA puts on annual event in order to bring environmental awareness to RPI

A tradition is returning to RPI that intends to revitalize the campus and hopes to bring the importance of the environmental impact that we as a student body can accomplish. It’s time for the RPI Reds to go green!

“Hey Red, Go Green” is an Rensselaer Student Association program. It consists of multiple weeks throughout spring with varying themes regarding the environment. Each week consists of similarly themed events, all with the intent to educate as well as entertain. Subjects such as personal sustainability and environmental awareness have been paired up with competitions and various, activities that range from tye-dye and organized trips to the farmer’s market. This year, RSA intends to bring back the award winning program with a variety of events to spark interest on the RPI campus.

The program has started already, even before events are scheduled to commence. The Facebook group, Hey Red, Go Green 2014, is up and running; posting on a regular basis interesting facts about how to live life more sustainably, along with openly reporting all times of the meetings, to allow anyone to get involved on campus. It plans to keep tabs on when events will start happening, which will be starting this week. “We want to really stress the Facebook page,” co-chairman of the HRGG committee Alexander Simon states. “It allows us to promote the program without having to use excessive fliers and posters, which would be kind of hypocritical of the message we are trying to convey.”

This year, “Hey Red, Go Green” will be separated into four weeks, the themes of which are in chronological order: energy, Water Conservation, Food, and Recycling. Energy week will contain a kickoff event, as well as a glow stick party in the resident halls. There will also be collaboration with various other like-minded organizations, such as Ecologic and Engineers Without Borders, to provide a variety of inputs in creating events to unite the campus. It all culminates on the last day of classes, and concludes with RSA’s Spring Fling.

The Eco-Hall Challenge is the hallmark of Hey Red, Go Green. Freshmen resident halls compete with each other to see how much they can reduce their energy usage over the course of the entire four weeks. The winning hall will be rewarded custom water bottles for all of its residents.

The program intends to provide students with the necessary information on how to make smart environmental choices and to encourage that behavior through competitions and activities. As students of RPI are often in the field of material and energy production, RSA feels that promoting a mindset that puts the importance of the environment into perspective is an incredibly important goal, as it will have an impact in the world of industry and production. As much as small changes such as remembering to turn off the lights when leaving a room or unplugging one’s things when not in use seem ineffectual, it is the collective unity of simply caring for the environment that truly allows a positive difference in our world to take shape.

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RPI faces Rochester for weekend hits stride in finale

JUNIOR SHORTSTOP NICK PALMIERO CONNECTS with the baseball during a game against Skidmore College on April 8.

On the weekend of April 5, the RPI baseball team took on the University of Rochester for two days of doubleheaders. After losing the first three, the men won decisively in the fourth game, 10-1.

In the opening game of the four-game series, men’s baseball ran into a double-sided buzz saw of Rochester offense and defense. In the top of the first inning, centerfielder Matt Todd reached first on a bunt single and proceeded to second on an error by RPI freshman starting pitcher Adam Aponte. Then, after a sacrifice fly moved Todd to third, a wild pitch allowed Todd to score the only run Rochester would need in the contest. After seven runs in the third on three hits and two errors, Rochester never looked back. The final score: 12-0 Rochester.

The day wasn’t over yet, though. In game two, Rensselaer showed its ability to fight back after losing. This time Rochester’s catcher Nolan Schultz singled on an infield grounder to shortstop, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, a single from Brendan Garry allowed Schultz to score and give Rochester its second 1-0 lead. But, this time RPI answered. With one out in the bottom of the second, senior right fielder Shane Matthews singled. Later, with two outs and Matthews on first, senior catcher Eric Kozak blasted a double to the fence and allowed Matthews to score RPI’s tying run.

In what turned into a Saturday afternoon trend, the Yellow Jackets had five runs in the third inning. After leadoff hitter Sam Slutsky doubled to right center and Todd singled, Rochester had two runners on base with no outs. This time Schultz hit a line drive down the right field line and reached second on a two-RBI double. Two batters later, Rochester’s Will Conroy singled in Schultz to give Rochester a 4-1 edge. Then a subsequent walk and error later, the bases were loaded for Rochester second baseman Nate Mulberg, who earned the RBI on a bases loaded walk that made the score 5-1. Then, a grounder from shortstop Brandon Heinrich allowed Rensselaer to get the sure out at second; this allowed right fielder Josh Ludwig to score the final Rochester run of the inning. After an RPI pitching change, in which sophomore Ash Rao came on in relief of freshman Jack Krasovec, Rao forced a Todd pop-up to bring a merciful end to the inning.

After one scoreless inning for both RPI and Rochester, RPI’s bats heated up in the bottom of the fourth. Two walks and a fielder’s choice to start the inning put junior shortstop Nick Palmiero on third and Matthews on first with one out. Freshman second baseman Matt Lawrence delivered, singling to center and driving in Palmiero for RPI’s second run. Then, a Kozak groundout to first gave Matthews enough time to scamper home and cut the Rochester lead to three.

A Todd RBI single to right field in the top of the fifth, made the score 7-3 Rochester, after four and a half innings of play. In the bottom half of the fifth, a single to right center by senior designated hitter Al Mersman allowed junior third baseman Tim LeSuer to score from second. Then, Palmiero walked and RPI was in business with runners on first and second. But a pitching change for Rochester resulted in a groundout and pop-out, ending an important scoring opportunity for the Engineers.

Later, singles in the seventh inning by Todd, Schultz, and Garry allowed Rochester to build a five-run cushion after six and a half innings. Again, RPI fought back. Mersman singled to left. Then, a one-out pinch-hit single for freshman Thomas Desmond put runners at first and third. A groundout by junior Jared Jensen allowed Mersman to score. But, once more that was the lone run of the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Rensselaer took full advantage of its scoring opportunities. Senior first baseman Andrew Kalish started things off with a one-out roller past short into left; Mersman walked. Palmiero doubled down the right field line, scoring Kalish. Then Desmond delivered again with a sacrifice fly to deep center, making it a two-run game. Then, a wild pitch by Rochester’s Rob Mabee allowed Palmiero to snag home and make it a 9-8 ballgame after eight innings.

But a run in the ninth was more than enough for Rochester as Rensselaer managed two hits but no runs in its final half-inning. The final score: RPI 8, Rochester 10.

Sunday afternoon brought two polar opposite results. In the first game, Rochester dominated the action, scoring three in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and five in the fourth to blow it wide open. The final score was 14-2 Rochester. For Rochester, Michael Mondon pitched a complete game, giving up just two runs on six hits, and moving his record to 2-2 for the season. For Rensselaer, a hodge-podge of five pitchers combined for 14 earned runs on sixteen hits surrendered. At the end of the contest, RPI’s freshman pinch hitter Steven Wells doubled and subsequently scored on a freshman first baseman Thomas Kensi RBI single, a sign of things to come.

In the second game, Rochester took its foot off the gas and RPI responded with a 10-1 drubbing of Rochester to avoid the series sweep. Engineers senior starting pitcher Sean Conroy turned in a complete game of his own, giving up just one run on nine hits with nine strikeouts, and improving his record to 3-0 for the season. It wasn’t until the game was well out of hand that Rochester finally scored its lone run in the bottom of the eighth. And this time, no pitcher Rochester threw at the Engineers slowed down a suddenly surging offense. The Engineers scored 10 runs on the game with just 10 hits. Though, drawing 11 walks didn’t hurt. It was LeSuer who turned in the best batting performance for the Engineers, bashing three doubles and a single, knocking in three runs, and scoring two of this own. Mersman also reached base four times, two of those coming on walks, and accumulated two RBIs and a run in addition. Palmiero, Kozak, and sophomore outfielder Nick Annunziata added a double each to the hit count.

With the win, the Engineers finished the weekend with a 12-8 record overall and a record of 5-5 in the Liberty League. Next weekend, the Engineers will have a four game series against Capital Region rival Union College. Saturday’s games will be played at Robison Field, and Sunday’s games will be played in Schenectady.

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Phi Sigma Kappa starts micro-grant program

BROTHERS OF THE PHI SIGMA KAPPA FRATERNITY GIVE a press conference about their micro-grant program for their local community.

On March 24, RPI fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa, held a press conference announcing a $50,000 micro-grant program for the Mount Ida community. The Mt. Ida community is considered the area located from Congress Street up to Bleeker Avenue, then down College Avenue. The new micro-grant program will allow for ten applicants to be chosen each year and each can be awarded up to $1,000. The programs efforts hope to raise the quality of the community of Mt. Ida.

On Friday, April 4, I was given the opportunity to sit down with Phi Sigma Kappa chapter President Jonathan Fine. One of the first questions that I asked Fine was, “Why did you pick Mt. Ida, and what is special about this area?” He explained to me that “Mt. Ida is our community and that the program is aimed to inhance our community. The micro-grant program will be able to go very far in allowing for the community around us to improve.”

I inquired why Phi Sigma Kappa decided to start the micro-grant program. He stated, “When we bought Iona [Phi Sigma Kappa’s house] on Congress Street, there was a lot of backlash from the community at the time, expressing concerns about a fraternity buying a church. So, in buying the property we promised to help develop the community around us. This is our implementation of that promise that we made back in 2011.”

Then, I asked Fine to elaborate on the exact steps that went into the creation of this micro-grant program. He said, “The process began last summer when the Alumni Board and current chapter members came together to begin discussing what would be accomplished in the upcoming year. Our alumni association is putting up the $50,000 to start the micro-grant program. Then, early on in the process, two very prominent community members had told [the current chapter members] that they would help implement the micro-grant program into the community. The idea from the beginning has always been that we want to do a micro-grant program.”

Fine was asked why Phi Sigma Kappa decided to implement a micro-grant program, as opposed to utilizing another method in order to help the surrounding community. He responded by saying, “It’s what would benefit the community around us the best. Prospect Park has a lot of supporters; a lot of people go there to help out. So, we feel that a micro-grant program was the best way to help as many people as we could, hence a micro-grant, instead of a $10,000 grant.”

I followed-up by asking him about the application process and what they were expecting in terms of the number of applicants. He stated that the application “is just a form that can be downloaded online through [Phi Sigma Kappa’s] website.” He went on to say that the fraternity has made a board to review the applications. The board will consist of active brothers, members of the Alumni Association, and active community members.

Fine finished the interview by telling me that the amount of money that they have to offer has gone from $50,000 to $70,000, due to an influx of recent donations. He went on to say how the fraternity has had to overcome some obstacles in order to complete this micro-grant, stating the many difficulties that come with giving away “free money.” Fine and Phi Sigma Kappa are looking for the micro-grant program to be a never-ending program, and are hoping that it can be a step in the right direction to improve the Mt. Ida community.

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Top Hat

My final summary as GM

Hello RPI! Grand Marshal Week is finally upon us and with it come traditions full of rich history on this campus, dating back to the 1880s. Today, GM Week is packed with different fun and exciting events to celebrate our Student Government elections. In the elections the new Grand Marshal, President of the Union, student senators, class presidents, class vice presidents, class representatives, and alumni representatives are elected. Students get a day off from school to celebrate and are also given a free, collectible glass mug if they vote in the elections the next day. The only senators not elected during GM Week are the freshmen. They have their own special election held in September when they first get to RPI. Please remember to go out and vote this Thursday, April 10 and receive the massive mug that the GM Week Committee has selected this year.

Last Monday, the 44th Student Senate completed its last business meeting, and I have to say I have had such a wonderful experience serving with the senators and the committed students on the Senate. The Senate has done many things this year for the benefit of the student experience. Some changes have been small and others have great significance to the entire student body. This year, the Student Senate has gotten a vending machine in the Folsom Library to help late night studiers with food, worked with Sodexo to stock half-dozen egg cartons in Fathers, worked with Sodexo to provide to-go meal soup to Commons and Russell Sage Dining Hall, and worked closely with RPI Auxiliary Services to implement a new shuttle stop at the corner of 13th Street and Peoples Avenue.

In addition to those actions, the Student Senate has committed much time and effort to providing an easy to access list of syllabi for all classes at RPI, an on-campus prescription delivery program, a flat rate taxi service, an updated version to the excuse policy, and finally a car share program for campus. The Student Senate has worked on other projects also, but I felt that all of these were notable because of their potential impact on the student body and also because of how they showcase the Senate’s willingness to help the student body in any way possible.

This is my last article as the 148th Grand Marshal of RPI. I just want to say that it has been my absolute pleasure serving the student body. In my tenure, I have met with many students, faculty and staff, and administrators, and even the Board of Trustees. I’ve listened, learned, and acted on their concerns and done my best to assure that these changes benefited the student body. Being Grand Marshal has been one of the best experiences of my life, and it is something that I could not have accomplished without the love and support of my friends and family. Thank you, everyone, for making my time here at RPI, both as the Grand Marshal and a student, the best years of my life.

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Entrepreneurs share their success stories

Influencing Generation Why is a weekly podcast showcasing members of Generation Y who are invoking change in the world. After graduating from RPI, Brandon Galluppi ’13 started this podcast to share the stories of millennials who are invigorated by their age, not limited by it. These inspired youth spearhead a range of initiatives, such as:

The Food Recovery Network ­— a non-profit organization that organizes leftover food donations from dining halls to homeless shelters.

Student Voice — a non-profit organization providing a weekly forum for students and educators to share their needs and ideas.

Legit Posters — a startup that creates posters for students, while taking the extra step of incorporating the color, culture, and pride of specific universities into each poster’s design.

RPI alum Colleen Costello ’12 and James Peterson ’12 were invited by IGW to discuss their two-year-old startup company: Vital Vio, Inc. These ambitious graduates turned down employment offers to pursue their passion, developing a new form of LED lighting with a built-in disinfection system capable of providing health, safety, and financial benefits to a variety of industries. This system can be applied to overhead light fixtures in healthcare settings to provide environmental decontamination and significantly reduce bacterial infections and illnesses.

In their interview with IGW, Costello and Peterson discussed the calculated risk considered in their decision to launch Vital Vio. As young entrepreneurs with minimal financial obligations, they recognized the opportunity they had to shoot for their dreams without risking it all. The chance to follow their interests, work for themselves, and help others was too good to pass up. As they put it: “worst case scenario, if it fails we could always get a regular job.” This type of confidence and initiative is an admirable quality in today’s youth that should be encouraged and nurtured.

“College is the best time to start an organization,” said Peterson. “No other pursuit will provide as great of an opportunity to create change and leave a positive impact on the world. With enough drive and purpose, there is no obstacle too great to be overcome in this endeavor.” Peterson and Costello are living proof of these words, as their own creation, Vital Vio, continues to survive and flourish. The company has exciting plans to penetrate the healthcare market and push for further innovation in the field of lighting. With their steady growth, they have a number of positions to be filled:

Implementations Engineer (Lighting and Controls) – http://poly.rpi.edu/52780

Production Engineer (Electro-Mechanical/Lighting Assembly Disciplines) – http://poly.rpi.edu/85211

Project Engineer (Mechanical/Electrical/Lighting Disciplines) – http://poly.rpi.edu/19218

Business Development Associate

Find out more online at vitalvio.com.

Learn More about Entrepreneurship at RPI and Join Generation Why Yourself

To listen to IGW’s podcast for yourself, visit http://www.influencinggenerationwhy.com. For more information on local entrepreneurship, look out for meetings of the Foundry-RPI, which take place Tuesdays (4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29) 6­–7:30 pm in the Games Room of the Rensselaer Union. This gathering welcomes all entrepreneurs on campus, providing feedback, mentorship, and free food! Details can be found at http://scte.rpi.edu/foundry.html.

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Athlete of the Week

This week’s pick: Kristina Weltzin

Athlete of the Week

This week’s Athlete of the Week is junior Kristina Weltzin, a pitcher for Rensselaer’s Softball team. Last Thursday against Castleton State, Weltzin pitched a complete game shutout in softball’s 4-0 wire-to-wire victory. Over her seven innings of work, Weltzin gave up just three hits and struck out six batters. This win marks the ace’s fifth win of the season and lifts her record to 5-2.

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Senate passes prescription delivery, taxi proposals

On Monday, March 31, the 44th Student Senate met for the final time to discuss proposals prepared by the Student Life Committee for an on-campus prescription delivery service, while the other was for a flat-rate taxi agreement. Judicial Board bylaws were also voted on.

Student Life Committee Chair Kyle Keraga ’15 presented the prescription delivery proposal. SLC had begun working on pharmacy options after SLC learned through outreach that it was a major student concern. Currently, students who need to fill a prescription have no on-demand, centralized place to go to for prescription ordering or pickup. There is a shuttle pass offered by the Health Center for ill students, but it only takes them to Samaritan, not Rite Aid. Reasons for this service to be implemented include time, efficiency, and lack of cost. After doing initial research, SLC discovered that, legally, someone had to be available for counseling wherever prescriptions are picked up.

Keraga explained that SLC had benchmarked peer institutions to examine comparable services. Other colleges, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Marist, already have some form of prescription delivery service or even an on-campus pharmacy. Prescription delivery programs generally do not cost money because of the pharmacy being partnered with benefits from the program. SLC contacted local pharmacies and Dr. Lawrence from the Health Center for more information. SLC also made contact with Todd Pikor, CVS’s Regional Manager, who had expressed interest in establishing the program. The SLC proposal recommends a prescription delivery service partnering the Health Center with CVS. Prescriptions would be paid by RPI health insurance, with the co-pay being paid through the Bursar account.

Keraga thanked Lexi Rindone ’15, chairman of the Health Services Subcommittee of SLC, and all committee members for their hard work. He then opened the floor for questions. Greg Niguidula ’15 asked what would happen if students were not on the RPI health insurance plan. Rindone explained that students would still only have to pay the co-pay required for prescription delivery. Shoshana Rubinstein ’16 asked what would happen if there was a high volume of prescriptions, to which Keraga answered that only a full service pharmacy would demand a high cost—a delivery service could be established without a heavy financial burden. Rindone said that the local CVS needs more business. Director of the Union Joe Cassidy asked what would happen if prescriptions were prescribed by a primary care physician. Keraga answered that they could still be filed with the Health Center for delivery. The motion passed 19-0.

Rindone presented the flat-rate taxi proposal SLC has been working on, developed through her subcommittee. She noted that present transportation options are not always flexible or on demand. Except for Public Safety escorts, there are no late night options, and Public Safety explicitly cannot be used for taxi purpose. A taxi service would benefit students without driver’s licenses.

SLC received feedback for the project through the RPI subreddit. Students had raised concerns regarding inconsistency in price. The Senate Survey indicated heavy student use for taxis, and lower student interest in using taxis in the future—a published flat rate partnership could increase retention while establishing a stronger student guarantee. A flat rate would guarantee students would know how much the taxi ride would cost when getting into the taxi.

Troy’s Business Improvement District did a $4 flat rate service using Black & White Taxi between Troy and RPI some time ago, but it had been discontinued as Black & White did not advertise much to RPI students. Higher advertising could guarantee a beneficial partnership, and create possibilities for future expansion including health-related transport and payment with Rensselaer Advantage Dollars. Rindone noted that when passed by the Senate, the proposal would be given to the administration for final review.

Questions were taken by Rindone. Grand Marshal Chuck Carletta ’14 asked how long ago the Black & White Taxi service was discontinued, to which Rindone said that her contact didn’t tell her. The motion passed 19-0.

The J-Board bylaws were out of date and were difficult to read. One change would allow the J-Board to select its own Vice Chairman. Conditional on the Union Constitution amendments, the rest of the J-Board bylaws were amended. Both motions passed.

After committee reports, Carletta announced that it was the last Senate meeting and he had really enjoyed the year. This was his fourth year on Senate and his most fun. He thanked the Senators and noted that they have accomplished great things this year. Carletta then concluded the final meeting of the 44th Student Senate.

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Constitution motion split

Director of the Union portion separated from rest

On Thursday, April 10, the student body of RPI is expected to vote in the general elections to elect the next year’s Grand Marshal and President of the Union. However, this voting process is also used to determine if the majority of the students agree with the changes made to the Union Constitution. This document outlines the processes of RPI’s Student Government such as Senate protocols. While this motion is usually voted on with a single motion, circumstances have changed so that the student body must vote upon two different parts of motion, each of which will pass or fail individually. It was only until recently that this two-way split of the vote came into play. A third motion was being considered but was ultimately turned down on fault of a technicality. While both of the actual motions have passed through and been approved by the Senate, each one is now in the hands of the student body. Should the majority of the voting students pass the vote, it will be directly added to the Constitution. The changes will come into effect starting fall 2014.

One motion deals with approving the larger part of the Constitution which contains “friendly” changes, those which deal with grammar, spelling, and clarification of terms. However, the other motion deals strictly with the director of the Union. The latter motion change Article III, Section 1, which lists those officials who are officers of the Union. This change would make the director of the Union become a certified officer of the Union. This change formalizes what has historically been done. Current GM Chuck Carletta ’14 reports that he wanted the vote to split so that this controversial topic could be passed separately from an otherwise normal Constitution vote. He believes the document as a whole is a grand benefit for both Student Government and the student body. To the current GM, it is not ideal to risk the largely uncontroversial majority of the document for the sake of a single, volatile change.

Voting for these two motions will run from 9 am to 7 pm tomorrow, Thursday, April 10 at Darrin Communications Center, Commons, and the Union.

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PU’s final Derby on GM Week

As term comes to a conclusion, many events recounted

Hello RPI and happy Grand Marshal Week! Today we are all enjoying a wonderful day off due to our yearly tradition of voting in next year’s Student Government representatives. I hope that most of you voted in Monday’s primary election, but even if you did not, it is very important that you come to the Darrin Communications Center, the Rensselaer Union, or Commons tomorrow to vote. We have an extremely high turnout for voting as compared to other schools, but there is always room for improvement. The last few years we have almost reached a 50 percent voter turnout goal, and this year, I believe we can meet that mark. The GM Week Committee did a great job with the design this year and the mugs have a significantly increased capacity, so please come out and vote tomorrow to receive your GM Week mug. There are very qualified candidates running in both the GM and PU races this year, so make sure that you come to the polls well informed. The Polytechnic’s GM Week issue has the candidates’ platforms and answers to many important questions, so if you need to know more information about either candidate, pick up a copy on your way to the polls. Making an informed decision helps not only you and all of the organizations you are involved in, but helps the entire Rensselaer community, so please take the time to learn about each candidate.

While GM Week symbolizes a time for new leadership to run the Student Union and the student body, it also signals that the time has finally come for me to leave office. I would like to thank all of those whom I have had the privilege to work with this year. Our club officers have adapted to many changes and I have greatly appreciated their cooperation and understanding. Some of these changes were drastically different from past policies, but the intent behind every decision was to improve operations of the Union for our staff, and ultimately for each and every student. I would also like to thank the members of my Executive Board. They worked very hard this year to develop a budget that they deemed fair to our clubs and to the student body as a whole. Some of the decisions that have been made were very difficult and they were expected to treat their positions with respect. I have appreciated their time and commitment to the Board, as many of them have gone above and beyond even my own high expectations for them. Being a member of the Executive Board is not an easy task, so I am proud and appreciative of the wonderful people I have been fortunate enough to work with this year.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of the members of the student body. While there were not as many candidates to choose from last year, our student body did elect me as President of the Union, and it has been my great pleasure to serve you. I’m looking forward to working with the next president in the upcoming weeks to help prepare them for a productive and prosperous year.

If you have any questions about the Union, or about anything that was mentioned in this article please feel free to contact me at pu@rpi.edu. Have a great GM Week and enjoy the rest of the academic year!

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Tigers break Engineers’ winning streak

FRESHMAN ATTACKMAN MATT HALL CHARGES downfield towards the Rochester goal in the Saturday, April 5 game at East Campus Stadium. Despite the Engineer’s loss, Hall had a great game with two goals and an assist.

On Saturday, April 5, RPI men’s lacrosse faced off against undefeated and number one ranked Rochester Institute of Technology at East Campus Stadium. This game marked RPI’s fourth Liberty League game and RIT’s second. RPI entered the game with seven wins and two losses, ranking first in the liberty league. RIT came in to the game on a 10 game winning streak and ranked third in the Liberty League and first in the nation. The Engineers were hoping for a win in order to establish themselves within the liberty league and in the nation.

As the opening whistle blew, both teams fired off the line, creating a brawl at center field for the ball. RPI proved to be victorious with sophomore defensemen John Phillips, picking up the ball and clearing it down to RIT’s side of the field. However, this valiant effort was at a loss, as RIT was able to recover the ball and strike first, scoring the first goal with 14:13 left in the first quarter. After an impressive stop by RPI’s defense, the Engineers were able to get the ball in the hands of sophomore midfielder Billy Gibbs, who was able to produce a goal in order to tie the game at one. RIT came out firing after the goal; however, RPI wouldn’t budge an inch, preventing RIT from scoring. RPI, finally gaining possession, found themselves a man up after a slashing penalty from RIT. RPI freshman attackman Matt Hall capitalized on the event scoring with 7:53 left in the first quarter, giving RPI their first lead. The Engineers, controlling momentum, came back and scored again from the sure fired stick of Hall.

However, RIT came right back, showing why they’re ranked number one in the country and scored three goals within two minutes to regain the lead at RPI 3, RIT 4. The Engineers didn’t break after this run of goals, as Hall was able to score again with 1:45 left in the game to tie it back up. Sadly, this score could not be held as RIT was able to find the back of the net, to give them a lead going into the second quarter.

The Engineers were able to start the quarter off with a bang with RPI freshman attackman Breanainn McNeally, scoring within 10 seconds of the opening whistle. RIT then began to show their dominance, controlling possession and scoring two back-to-back goals to make the score RPI 5, RIT 7. RPI, seeing the game slip away, put together another scoring possession. Junior attackman Aaron Shavel, found the back of the net with 8:10 left in the half. RPI was not able to hold on to momentum from this goal, as RIT controlled possession for the next six minutes; however, RPI defense held strong allowing no goals within this time. But, with 2:19 left in the half, RIT was able to find a break in the Engineer’s defense scoring with 2:19 left in the half. RIT piggy-backed on the momentum and produced two more goals going into half making the score RPI 6, RIT 10.

As the third quarter began, RPI’s defense wasn’t able to hold off RIT as they scored only two minutes into the half. RPI was able to gain possession after the faceoff but was unable to put together a shot that found the back of the net. RIT regained possession and score with 8:55 left in the third quarter to make the score RPI 6, RIT 12. RPI, seeing their hopes of victory slipping, was able to come back and score with 8:34 left in the third quarter. However, RPI was not able to hold on to this momentum as RIT scored to make the score RPI 7, RIT 13. The Engineers came back and produced another goal, but, RIT scored again directly following this goal to end the quarter making the score RPI 8, RIT 14.

The fourth quarter proved to be very uneventful as only one goal was produced from RIT with 7:55 left in the game to make the score RPI 8, RIT 14. RPI wasn’t able to produce a scoring possession, in part, due to the lack of emotion and energy from being down by five goals.

After this game, RPI’s record is 7 wins and 3 losses, and they drop to being third ranked in the Liberty League behind RIT, ranked first, and Union, ranked second. RPI’s next game is against Union on Friday, April 12.

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Online Exclusive: Esparza encourages setting goals, finding your island

On Thursday, March 27, US Olympian Marlen Esparza gave a motivational speech in DCC 330. Esparza won a medal in boxing the first time women’s boxing was part of the Olympic Games.

Russell Brown ’14, president of the Union Speakers Forum, introduced Esparza. She won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Esparza was also the youngest to ever win a US national title in boxing at 16, and is the only Hispanic of either gender who has ever made it onto the Olympic podium in boxing.

After introducing herself, Esparza explained how at first she wasn’t too sure about giving motivational speeches, because she didn’t feel like she had much to say. She has since realized that she has been through a lot and can talk about that. While Esparza mentioned her Olympic medal and other accomplishments, much of her speech focused on achieving goals.

Esparza said how she’d always heard that sacrifice, dedication, and hard work, helped one achieve goals. They were just words to her until one hot day in the boxing gym when she was 15 years old; Esparza and the other athletes were running laps. One guy, according to Esparza, hadn’t been running as fast as he could. When the athletes got to their last lap, this guy was encouraging to the others. Esparza said that this was the moment when she realized that everyone’s definitions of words was different; “to him, it was hard work.”

Esparza challenged the audience to think about a goal. She encouraged everyone to frame it not as a dream, but as a goal because “dreams are fictional.” Esparza said to think of that goal like an island; How you get there doesn’t matter, as long as every day you make yourself get closer to your island. She also challenged the audience to ask themselves, “do you feel you are worthy and deserving of your island?” She noted that many people say no, and, according to Esparza, those people are selling themselves short. Esparza also talked about doubt, saying that doubt was temporary for her. She said of people who doubt you, “they don’t know what they’re talking about because they’re not you” and that there will always be somebody who thinks you’re doing something wrong. “You just have to do you” was something else Esparza said to motivate the audience. She lastly asked everyone to think of their highlights, and if all their accomplishments were taken away, would they still be an awesome person?

After Esparza finished, questions from the audience were taken. Chuck Carletta ’14 asked about her toughest fight. Esparza explained that her fight at the World Championships when she was 17 was that one. It was her first time out of the country, and Esparza quickly learned that the US was not liked much outside of the country. She was behind the whole time, but ended up winning by one point. Another memorable fight was her first fight at the Olympics, when it really hit her that she was an Olympian. Graduate student Robyn Marquis asked about the photos of Esparza that appeared in /ESPN Magazine/. Esparza answered that at first she was very against getting those photos taken, especially since she would always cover up a great deal for boxing practices being the only girl in the gym.

Someone else from the audience asked what initially interested Esparza in boxing. Her answer was that her dad was always very interested in boxing and her brother boxed, though her dad wouldn’t let her try until she was 11 or 12. Gretchen Sileo ’14 asked whether boxing was just a job to Esparza, to which her answer was that it had been after the Olympics. Esparza didn’t feel like the bronze was good enough, so she kept going, but saw the sport as a job rather than a passion. At nationals the next year, she almost lost her second fight. After that, she realized that she needed to see boxing as more of a passion if she was to continue. Esparza trains at the US Olympic Training Center, practicing six to seven days a week.

Marlen Esparza was the second speaker for the Union Speakers Forum this year. Max Brooks spoke last fall. Brown said, “We typically do two big speakers a year, but this year we are also working with the McKinney Writing Contest to bring author Lydia Davis to campus later this month.” Brown also adds that the Union Speaker’s Forum is funded by the Student Activity Fee and is always looking for suggestions for possible speakers.

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