Letter to the Editor

With respect to the Grand Marshal nominations…

I have seen some comments about the lack of a Grand Marshal endorsement by The Polytechnic. I have seen comments calling the staff pretentious and petty, and I have to agree. As a voting member of The Poly, I was completely in favor of endorsing Paul Ilori '17 for Grand Marshal. I didn't care that he was slightly unprofessional in his interview. I looked at his submissions and his extensive track record with student government, and I thought he was the best person for the job. I have heard first-hand accounts that when it comes down to meetings with administrators, Ilori is professional and gets the job done.
I don't think his minor misstep during the interview should have cost him the nomination. Simply stating that he needs to work on his professionalism in the endorsement would have sufficed. Being only one member of the editorial board of The Polytechnic, I couldn't decide this for the newspaper as a whole. As a member of The Poly, I stand by the decision of the staff; but, as an individual, I am in full support of Ilori for Grand Marshal. Read more...

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DERBY

Sending a sincere thank you for a great term

Dear Rensselaer Community,

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

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Programming brings fun

Almost every Wednesday this semester, the Embedded Hardware Club has hosted one-to-two hour workshops on subjects of interest to its members. Last week was no exception; Club President John Drogo ’16 ran an interesting and innovative workshop to show members how to read and decode a microprocessor assembly at the club’s lab in Russell Sage Laboratory 2202. Microprocessor assembly languages function by mapping directly to the underlying hardware CPU instruction sets. Assemblers can take in human-readable assembly code and produce machine code. Read more...

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Full Issue: GM Week 2016

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ENDORSEMENT

Grand Marshal: no endorsement

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

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ENDORSEMENT

President of the Union: Chip Kirchner

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

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ENDORSEMENT

Undergraduate President: Eryka Greaves

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

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ENDORSEMENT

Referenda endorsements

The Student Senate has posed five questions to the student body as referenda on the GM Week 2016 ballot. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

Graduate Council endorses Ilori, Kirchner

Graduate Council met with the candidates running for Grand Marshal and President of the Union. We asked several questions to each candidate regarding how they would involve and support graduate students in their goals for the Student Senate and Rensselaer Union. Based on their responses and platforms, we have decided to endorse a candidate for GM and PU. Read more...

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

Student protest goes undeterred

Hundreds of students rally outside EMPAC meeting over Union situation

“Freedom requires no prior approval!” declared Professor Bill Puka to nearly 1,000 students, faculty, and alumni who gathered to express their discontent with Rensselaer’s administration in a peaceful protest. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Looking for answers from the Spring Town Protest

Rensselaer found its voice between gritted teeth and posterboard signs, and there’s something to be said for an act of solidarity that gives a group of people the ability to be heard. Read more...

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Campus Event

Pride in culture; family away from home

My favorite food in the whole wide world is chicken adobo with steamed rice. The first month I spent here, I got so homesick that I texted my mom and announced that I would be making it. The one word I could easily associate the Philippine American League’s spring event, Bayanihan, would be that—homesick. Read more...

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BASEBALL

Engineers, Raptors split doubleheader

Baseball spent this past Saturday at Bard College, where they split their doubleheader 1-1 with the Raptors. Read more...

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SPRING TOWN MEETING

President addresses concerns

On March 30, 2016, the annual Spring Town Meeting was held in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Theater. President Shirley Ann Jackson diverged from her prepared speech to speak directly on the topic of the Rensselaer Union and the state of the Institute’s finances. She opened the meeting with an affirmation of her “great respect for the history and functions of the Rensselaer Union.” Read more...

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Top Hat

Making an active effort to end the culture of fear

Dear Rensselaer Community,

I only wish I had discussed this sooner, that I had put more time into addressing this topic and not leaving it untouched as many others have. The topic I refer to is what has been titled the “culture of fear.” This past weekend, some student leaders (myself included) had the opportunity to meet with members of the Board of Trustees, and they asked us about this “culture of fear” they were now hearing about. Like any good STEM student, I believe that we can learn more about this by breaking it down into smaller elements. Read more...

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Interview

Renowned author interviewed by RPI student

“I do two opposite things simultaneously: I put all of myself into my narrators and characters, and I maintain a cool distance. To do both of these things at the same time is exhausting, impossible, and absolutely necessary.” –Steven Millhauser Read more...

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TRACK AND FIELD

P.A. invitational

Upon the conclusion of the indoor track & field season in March, runners and field athletes spent two weeks gearing up for the start of the competitive outdoor season, which opened this past Saturday in Allentown, P.A., at the Muhlenberg Spring Invitational hosted by Muhlenberg College. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Campaign for GM, PU launches

The Student Senate meeting opened Wednesday, March 30, with a presentation by the Rules & Elections committee. With Grand Marshal Week nearly here, campaigning is in full swing. One form of campaigning that candidates have taken is using Facebook profile photo filters. Members of R&E were in speculation over whether or not this is an active form of campaigning; the committee has ruled that it is not. Read more...

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Derby

Making this movement better for our students

Hello RPI,

I want to start this column by talking about what everyone seems to be talking about lately: the culture of fear. It exists, and it has permeated into many facets of life at RPI. Whether or not it is warranted, it is hard to deny as I know that I and many others have felt it since my freshman year. The fear that voicing dissent or discontent too openly will result in retaliation from the school’s administration. The fear that staff will lose their jobs if they resist the direction of their higher ups. It is true that repetitive assertions do not change facts, but they do change perceptions, and perception rules in culture. I charge those of you reading this to follow the words of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt and realize that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. You have a voice; use it and do not fear. You are smart, tenacious problem solvers. Do not let fear stifle your efforts, but step boldly, for now is a time when this campus needs it most. The only way to fight a culture of fear is to eliminate fear from the realm of possibility and be brave. Read more...

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Podcast Review

Podcast reminds listeners to think of everything

When Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial was first released in October of 2014, critics approached the weekly installments as a well thought out, intriguing, and engaging critique of the current United States justice system. Within the first season, Koenig structured her podcast as an objective presentation of evidence surrounding the murder of a Baltimore high school student, Hae Min Lee, and the incarceration of her then-boyfriend Adnan Syed. Week by week, the podcast presented listeners with evidence surrounding the case and encouraged the audience to make their own interpretations of the events. Koenig presented her listeners with the unique opportunity to be directly involved with a murder case; she gave the evidence, and the listeners searched for the answers. Her unique approach to broadcasting earned her a Peabody Award in April 2015, in which it was noted that “Serial rocketed podcasting into the cultural mainstream.” Read more...

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