Lally celebrates half century anniversary

On Tuesday, October 21, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center will be abuzz with excitement as startup business founders and partners learn more about investing and entrepreneurship. The event, titled “Investing in Entrepreneurship,” begins at 9:30 am with a panel of angel investors and entrepreneurs discussing how to make or break your first investment as a new startup. At 12 pm, the Startup Showcase begins. During this segment, 20 investment-ready startups will each receive five minutes to pitch their young businesses to angel investors and investment group representatives with the intention of getting an investment to further their vision. 10 mentor-ready startups will receive one minute each for their pitch in the hopes of obtaining guidance on the road to growing a successful business. At 3 pm, President Shirley Ann Jackson will lead a conversation with entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Internet pioneer Steve Case. Since Case’s time as Chief Executive Officer of AOL, he focuses on helping startups in the United States as part of the Startup America Partnership. The discussion with Jackson will focus on cultivating entrepreneurs and growing an innovation ecosystem that uses data to unlock potential solutions to the grand global challenges.

“Investing in Entrepreneurship” will feature some of the best and brightest talents of the Capital Region, many of whom are part of the Rensselaer community. 13 of the 30 startups in the Startup Showcase involve alumni, 10 involve current students, and three involve faculty. Eight of the startups are from outside of the Institute. The list of startups is widely varied, from next-generation lithium ion batteries (EnerMat Technologies), to a mobile security solution for college and university campuses (POMCO group), to unique sunglasses frames made of exotic hardwoods (Coast Designwear). The morning panel also includes RPI alumni Christine Tate ’95 and Jeff Stewart ’91, among other experts.

When asked about the importance of this event to the student body, Jason Kuruzovich, director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship had the following to say:

“One of the remaining challenges for a startup that is emerging is obtaining access to early-stage angel capital. The Investing in Entrepreneurship showcase serves as an ideal way to connect our early-stage entrepreneurs with prospective investors in order to build on the potential we have seen emerging in our startup community.”

The event, sponsored by the Lally School of Management, is the culminating event recognizing the school’s 50th anniversary. The event is also part of the Bridge to the Bicentennial, a decade of celebrations and observances that pay tribute to the historical and transformative events leading up to the 200th anniversary of the founding of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

To find out more about the event and RSVP, visit https://lally50.splashthat.com.

To find out more about the Severino Center, visit https://scte.rpi.edu.

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Senate reestablishes Union Constitution Committee

Monday’s meeting of the Student Senate began with a presentation by Marcus Flowers ’16, head of the Academic Affairs Committee on the committee’s projects. While there was no motion put forward for this committee, there were a number of points which needed to be communicated to the members of the Student Senate. The presentation included highlights and details on some of the committee’s more high-profile projects. Projects included public directory or job listing for research projects, and work with the Faculty Senate’s curriculum committee. Elaboration for these projects was given by Flowers after being questioned by members at the meeting.

Graduate senator Spencer Scott mentioned expanding ALAC mentoring by including professional clubs that dwelled within a particular subject. Scott stated that because these clubs involve such a wide range of class years, it may be a good base when starting this project.

This meeting was the second in a series of monthly interactive meetings between the Student and Faculty Senates. During these discussions, Flowers was able to give more information on his work with the Faculty Senate and their related projects. The Faculty Senate’s Curriculum Committee is looking into the current circulating curricula and judging their effectiveness, need, and overall relevance to its course. Flowers stated that there was an opening for a student representative in the committee. This position would allow one to convey thoughts of the student body directly to the faculty. Those interested should contact Flowers at flowem@rpi.edu. Lester Gerhardt, president of the Faculty Senate, was in attendance. Gerhardt suggested that the Senate concentrate on its most critical projects this semester and do further surveying to map student need. In regards to the research directory project, Gerhardt suggested keeping in mind that many such projects were interdisciplinary and this may bring up problems in the future.

The Senate proceeded to process the motions at hand for that week, the first of which dealt with the reestablishment of the Constitution Committee. The motion would create a group which would review the current governing rules for RPI’s Student Government and see if any changes needed to be made. If so, the committee would send the changes as motions to be voted on by the Senate. After this approval, their fate would lie in the hands of the student body who would vote directly on the amendments during GM week. Paul Ilori ’17, stated his disapproval of this addition due to its appearance to the student body. According to Ilori, the creation of the Constitution Committee would seem like the Senate was not making progress in regards to constitutional issues. Senator Michael Han ’16 disagreed by stating that the document needs updating and it is the responsibility of the Senate to review, but after the issues of last year, the committee has a clear need for transparency. In the end, the committee was formed by a vote of 19-1-2.

Next, the Senate approved the appointment of Nathan James ’16 as the chairman of the Constitution Committee. As an alternate member of the J-board last year, Nathan attested to his knowledge of the Constitution and prior leadership roles as experience necessary to lead the committee. James was not a member of the committee last year and felt he brought a fresh perspective. James was approved as chair with a vote of 16-1-5.

Soon after, appointment of graduate senator Jennifer Wilcox to the chair of the Communications Committee was moved. Wilcox stated she planned to improve transparency within the Senate and Executive Board with the expanded use of social media and tabling. She says that her studies as a graduate student will not interfere with her work and she is excited about the thought of working closely with this committee and other Student Government groups. Wilcox’s approval as chair passed with a vote of 18-0-2.

The meeting came to an end with committee reports, Melanie Todis ’17, chair of the Rules and Elections Committee, reported that work was progressing on projects including electronic voting and referendum sign policy. The Hospitality Services Advisory Committee sent their comments and thoughts to Sodexo’s regional manager at RPI, Matthew Mueller, some of which addressed the lack of Arizona brand drinks in Father’s. Hospitality Services Committee will hold a public meeting with Sodexo Thursday, October 9th. Community Relations Committee head, Morgan Schweitzer ’16, reported that the group was using social media to bridge the gap between the Troy and RPI students while E-Board-Senate liason Shoshana Rubinstein ’16 reported that a touchscreen Pepsi machine should be expected in Rathskellar by the end of winter break, at the latest.

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Staff Editorial: Alumni weekend activities

Not only is this weekend Columbus Day weekend, but it is also Alumni Reunion and Homecoming! Starting on Thursday, you might see alumni coming to your classes or touring campus. This weekend’s, events include the President’s State of the Institute Address, “Rensselaer in Space: Live from the International Space Station” with G. Reid Wiseman ’97, FanFest, an auto show, An Evening of A Cappella, Open Skate with Puckman, and dozens of club and Greek life receptions and dinners.

If you’re an alumnus, The Poly staff welcomes you back! We hope you enjoy walking around the campus and seeing old friends, no matter how long it’s been since your graduation. If you are a recent alumnus, meet up with your friends who are still at RPI; they probably miss you. Regardless of when you graduated, you’ll hopefully get a chance to visit some of your old organizations and admire their new spaces, projects, equipment, and more. Maybe a project that you were heavily involved with has taken off. Even if you graduated just last spring, there have been some changes—check out the road behind the Carnegie Building, and note how it has been repaired. If it’s been a while since you’ve graduated and haven’t been back recently, you’ll probably notice bigger changes. Regardless, this weekend should be an exciting time reuniting with old friends and seeing how your alma mater has changed.

If you are a current student and have plans to go home for the long weekend, there are many good reasons to stay. First of all, there is a variety of fun events to go to. Second, many alumni have connections that could provide useful to you in the future when you’re job-hunting. Alumni can be a great resource for information on career paths. They may also have suggestions about what extracurricular activities, research, or internships can help you reach your goals. Finally, some RPI alumni have done some pretty cool things. If you’re lucky, you might be able to meet some of them.

If you are not a first-year student, chances are you know people who have graduated—here’s your chance to see them again and catch up!

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Golden Globe winning comedy shines

SERGEANT TERRY JEFFORDS LEADS the precinct as a commanding role directly beneath Captain Holt. Jeffords provides constant laughs with his strong physique but meek personality.

For those who follow articles I’ve written in this section, if I have something to say about a television show, it’s usually good. And more often than not, if I write an article about a comedy show, it’s a very funny show. So it should come to no one’s surprise that I have nothing but praise for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and with the second season just starting, I think I need to remind everyone about this hilarious and award-winning show.

For those who have no experience with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it takes place in New York City and centers around the fictional 99th Precinct. The episodes revolve around Detective Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, and his relationship with co-workers and how they affect his work and personal life. Sometimes, a viewer might find it hard to believe the show revolves around Peralta when there are so many great characters in the Nine-Nine. While many shine through out the series, the best of the supporting cast has to be the captain of the precinct, Raymond Holt played by Andre Braugher. He’s a dry and unnervingly emotionless individual whose homosexuality seems to be a strange but important factor in the development of his character. These two have an interesting relationship, Peralta sees Holt not only as a father figure but also as a constant source of amusement since he’s always been a troublemaker and jokester, usually at odds with Holt’s serious nature.

The show was interesting to me as an avid Law & Order: SVU fan. The style is like a casual version of SVU, with most of the episodes following Peralta and crew while they deal with personal issues with some following of a crime. However, by the end of the episode, the precinct detectives not only figure out their problems, but solve the case as well. Unlike most detective shows I’ve seen, the focus on character development isn’t how the crime detectives work on change them, but how the police life affects their relationships. Peralta has grown closer to his partner and love interest, the over-achieving Amy Santiago during the first season, and Detective Sergeant Terence Jeffords, played by Terry Crews, is afraid of field duty since he may leave his children fatherless. The most compelling growth can be seen in Holt; however, his story of being an African American homosexual in the police force in the 1980s and trying to take control of his own precinct is inspiring. Underneath his robotic exterior, there hides a man who desperately wants to show everyone that their prejudice is unwarranted and that he can run a successful police station.

I’m scared that I’ve focused a bit much on the heart of the show rather than the humor, which there is a lot of. A constant source of entertainment in the show is Peralta’s best friend and fellow detective, Charles Boyle, who is a klutzy but good natured man who has an uncanny ability to string together sentences that open himself up to ridicule, caused almost entirely by his honest nature. Boyle’s love interest is detective Rosa Diaz, who contrary to Boyle’s entirely good personality, is a mean spirited, unsympathetic, and tough officer who isn’t afraid to shoot down Boyle without remorse. The final characters of the show are the lazy pair of bumbling detectives, Scully and Hitchcock, as well as the crazy precinct administrator Gina Linetti.

For a rather acclaimed show, which won a Golden Globe for Samberg as best actor in a musical or comedy and another for best television series musical or comedy, I’m surprised that most haven’t at least heard of it. When I ask friends if they’ve seen it, they believe it to be a cop thriller like 24, and with the show airing on Sunday during the popular comedy block between
The Simpsons and Family Guy, it seems strange that more people don’t watch this show. Nonetheless, I can’t recommend this series enough, any fan of comedy dramas would be doing themselves a disservice by not watching this excellent show.

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Men’s hockey starts year with a bang

JUNIOR FORWARD MARK MILLER EVADES a University of Prince Edward Island player while advancing the puck down the ice during the Engineers’ exhibition game against the Panthers on October 4 at the Houston Field House. The game, which was RPI’s first of the season, ended with a score of 5-2 in favor of the home team.

The first “Let’s Go Red!” chants of the hockey season were yelled on Saturday, October 4, as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers played the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers at the Houston Field House. The RPI Pep Band played “O Canada,” then the Rensselyrics took center ice to sing the United States National Anthem. The game was full of excitement as several fights broke out, one ending with the UPEI goalie getting ejected. At the end of the game, the Engineers defeated the Panthers 5-2.

The puck was dropped and the first period of regulation began. UPEI outhustled RPI to the puck, claiming the first possession, and shocked the RPI crowd as they were the first to get on the score board with 7:22 left in the first period. However, a few minutes later, freshman center Lou Nanne scored his first collegiate goal at 18:38, assisted by senior center Zach Schroeder and senior forward captain Mark McGowan. The crowd ignited with cheers and screams for the first goal of the year. The Engineers took advantage of the momentum, scoring with 13 seconds left in the first period, when junior defenseman and captain Luke Curadi passed to sophomore forward Riley Bourbonnais as he sped up the ice and took a shot. Senior center and captain Matt Neal gathered the rebound and fired it into the net, putting the Institute ahead 2-1.

Five minutes into the second period, the Panthers committed a penalty, giving the Engineers a power play. Bourbonnais skated up the ice with the puck and found sophomore forward Jimmy DeVito, who then passed it along to RPI freshman forward Viktor Liljegren, who blazed a shot past Panther goalie Connor Wilkinson to make the score 3-1 4:32 into the second period. The goals kept coming for Rensselaer as senior defenseman and captain Curtis Leonard raced up the ice to score a goal with help from freshman forward Drew Melanson and freshman defenseman Bradley Bell, 18 minutes and 52 seconds into the second frame, putting the Engineers up 4-1.

The third period provided even more entertainment as both teams began to fight behind the UPEI net after a player fell on the puck. A few minutes later, freshman defenseman Mike Prapavessis passed to Bourbonnais, setting up Leonard very nicely for his second goal of the night at 8:10 on a power play. Bourbonnais had three assists on the night. Overall, the Engineers went two for five on the power play, and won by a final margin of 5-2.

This game marked the return of Rensselaer junior goaltender Jason Kasdorf from a 51-week absence due to shoulder surgery. Kasdorf played in net the first period and half of the second, stopping eight out of nine shots he faced. Senior goaltender Scott Diebold came in for Kasdorf during the second period, saving 14 of 15 shots on goal during the final 30 minutes. Head coach Seth Appert stated, “We have two number one goaltenders, and I believe we should have some of the best goaltending in the country [this season].”

For the night, the Panthers won more faceoffs, while the Institute had more shots on goal.

Coming off of an 8-9-5 record last season, Appert stated, “This team needs to play with a chip on their shoulder. We’re not happy with last season and we need to play that way as a group, not with running around taking penalties and being undisciplined, but a real honest hard working team that is difficult to play against as a group with our group mentality.” The Engineers look forward to utilizing this mindset as they travel to Indiana to play the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, October 10 in the Ice Breaker Tournament and either the University of Minnesota or the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday, October 11.

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Germany eliminates higher education costs

In 2014, American college students will graduate with an average of $29,000 in debt. In American culture, this is a hard truth that anyone looking to gain a college education must face. But this year, Germany has said enough with college debt, eliminating tuition fees. This is not a new concept for European countries. Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have all eliminated college tuition fees in recent years. According to popular opinion in pertinent regions, college tuition fees are unjust. Students feel that socioeconomic status should not be a limiting factor in regards to education. Local and national politics have been influenced by a surge in support for the removal of tuition fees. College aged students have historically been the lowest percentage of voters, so politicians seeking to gain support have advocated for lower tuition.

Until recently, American college students were paying reasonable fees to attend state universities. But since the 2008 recession, states have severely cut public spending on universities. In 2011, state spending on public universities was at a 25-year low and the cost of attending a four-year college had risen by 70% over the last decade. Student loan debt is currently the second highest type of consumer debt in the country, trailing only mortgage debt. As a result of cut state funding and increased tuition, class size has increased and universities are looking to out of state and international students who are able to pay full tuition.

One troubling development in the American education landscape is the emergence of for-profit schools. Despite their claims of providing affordable education, for-profits have both excessive prices and abysmal graduation rates. For-profit schools are responsible for thirty percent of student debt in the country. These organizations attract one out of ten students, luring them away from community colleges and trapping them in a mountain of debt. Funding cuts have also hurt the number of students community colleges support. Many students are now forced onto an extensive wait list. As the cost of a college education continues to rise, more and more college students will be forced to take out larger loans to attend school.

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Editorial Notebook

Increasing automation

To consider that the implementation of automation could be slowed or reversed is a concept that should be left behind at the point we are at in history. Automation is already here, and its influences will only continue to grow throughout my lifetime. But automation isn’t just specialized robots building products; it is rapidly spreading to markets which, only a decade ago, few could have ever foreseen anyone but humans working in these jobs outside science fiction.

However, science fiction is now reality. There is a reason that the college majors with the most opportunities and highest potential pay are those in computer science and engineering. These are the careers which will have a direct impact on automation. The real push that needs to be made is to improve education infrastructure so that as many people as possible who have the potential to succeed in these fields are able to get the proper education. However, this is the easy part. The real question is to find the ways to employ those who hold jobs that may be rendered obsolete by the emerging automation market within a decade.

The perfect example of technology replacing a full group of living things is described in one of my favorite internet videos titled “Humans Need Not Apply” by educational content creator CGPGrey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU). The video uses the analogy of the move from horse-travel to automobiles when looking forward to the future of our workforce. The horse population peaked over a century ago before a rapid drop off as the use of horses in all industries reached virtually zero thanks to the implementation of a “better” technology. Of course there is an argument against this “better” label; however, it cannot be argued from a purely business standpoint, and, like it or not, that is the driving force of our society. Automation offers an all too similar solution. The only difference in these two situations is that horses were never going to have the foresight to alter their path; the question is, will humans?

For most, the thought of automation paints some variation of the picture which includes hydraulic arms assembling a refrigerator. However, while the manufacturing industry is automation’s roots, its future lies within the service industry. Automation has proven real-world applications in markets that range from teaching, writing, law, medicine, transportation, and even the industry of writing automation code.

The most ironic part is that one of the largest industries about to be flipped on its head is the same one that effectively eradicated horses from our world just a century ago. Autonomous, or “self-driving” vehicles are no longer a technology of the future but a well-tested and proven one that in all cases (both safety and economically) are a better alternative to the use of a vehicle operated by a human being. There is very good data on consumer perceptions of these vehicles with an especially clear study done at the University of Michigan this past July. The study found that a large majority of people from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are both aware of this technology and its benefits. Additionally, outside the U.S., less than 15 percent of those surveyed are “very concerned” about actually using an autonomous vehicle, while nearly 30 percent of Americans have this concern. This result may directly correlate to the use of public transportation in these other nations compared with the U.S., as an autonomous vehicle is in a way similar to something like a bus or subway, where the user has no control over its operation, with the only difference being a computer operator over a human.

Growing worldwide automation, if implemented correctly and even with consideration for the loss of jobs, will have a positive net impact in terms of overall human safety. It will remove humans from situations which currently have poor or dangerous conditions. This is why, instead of continuing to consider improving working conditions in places like manufacturing plants, mines, or long haul trucking shifts across the world, attention should be refocused to the proper removal of the human element in these roles, and then, in turn, face the much larger impending issue; that is, to ensure that the lives of those whose jobs will be replaced continue to include meaning and happiness.

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Mick raises the ‘Barr’ with influential music

GUITARIST MICK BARR PLAYS a dark type of music that incites feelings of sadness and negativity.

Upon entering the studio that the concert would be performed at, I was already impressed right off the bat. The room was very dimly lit with a few hanging light bulbs above the stage area. The seating was set up in rows of a “V” formation, so each person would be facing the stage, which to me was a very good idea. The lights dimmed further as the show was about to begin, which signaled Mr. Barr to enter the room.

The music was loud right from the start, making ear plugs a necessity. It began at quite a fast tempo as Barr bobbed his head to the sounds he was creating. After a few minutes of listening, it seemed as though these types of sounds could be played in some sort of horror movie, perhaps during a scene in which someone would be chased by an enemy of some kind. I decided to keep my eyes closed during most of the time he played, in order to mimic our deep listening meditation sessions. As the music went on, I couldn’t help but find myself thinking negative thoughts or creating fictional negative scenarios in my mind. I wasn’t originally sure why this was happening, but after thinking about it a bit more, I couldn’t help but wonder if the sounds Mick Barr created had something to do with this. It made me wonder if he perhaps did this on purpose or if in fact there are other ways in which music can influence our thoughts. After reflecting a bit more, I started to believe more and more that music can indeed influence our thoughts. Half of the time I don’t even realize it, but I am put in such a better mood when I am walking around campus listening to one of my favorite songs from my music collection.

Around 10 minutes or so into playing, Barr decided to add another creative touch to the listening experience. With the fast paced guitar sounds still in full force, Barr then began screaming into the microphone on top of the music he was playing. At first, I couldn’t really understand what he was saying, and more so noticed the very creepy and eerie feeling that this created throughout the room. I tried to listen harder and still couldn’t make it out, which makes me wonder if he was really screaming words at all or just sounds. Either way, what he was doing definitely got his point across, as it definitely went along well with the mood of the performance.

The rest of the concert was played in a similar tone. As it went on, I couldn’t help but think that if I was really a fan of guitar music, then what he was playing would put me in some sort of trance. I was however more so fascinated and intrigued, by how he was playing. I watched as his fingers moved at an extremely fast pace up and down the guitar strings, wondering how many hundreds of hours it must have taken for him to be able to do such a thing. Towards the end of the show, I started to hear more of what sounded like words being created from the sounds he was playing. It is a tough thing to describe, and it might have just been my imagination, but it was as if the guitar music was actually creating words that would normally be sung. Either way, it was a really cool effect, whether Barr meant for it to occur or not.

All in all, I was greatly impressed by the show Mick Barr put on. I would definitely recommend attending one of his performances to any of my friends. I didn’t really expect much going in, not being really a fan of this type of music and all, but it was definitely more than just a good show, but rather a listening experience. The music really influenced my thoughts and moods throughout the show, which to me was really amazing. The fact, that sounds from our environment can affect our feelingsc is fascinating to me, and Barr did a great job of expressing this point.

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PSS: halfway there

THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE RPI MEN’S SOCCER TEAM PLAYED two home games against Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, respectively. RPI defeated Clarkson 3-0 but followed the win with a 0-2 defeat at the hands of St. Lawrence the next afternoon. In Friday’s matchup between the Engineers and Golden Knights, both teams started out slowly. In the first half, the Engineers managed just two shots on goal, both saved by Clarkson goalie Michael King, while Clarkson managed only one, which was likewise saved by senior goalie Rob Dewald. Early in the second half, Clarkson took control, firing off two shots on Dewald, who turned them away in the 52nd and 61st minutes. But then the momentum shifted to the Engineers, setting the stage for an electrifying display of scoring. In the 70th minute, senior midfielder Matt Koziol scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Dylan Weitz to give Rensselaer a 1-0 lead. Then in the 80th minute, junior forward Matt Carberry scored on an assist from junior forward Nathaniel Gunderson. Finally, to cap off the scoring, RPI freshman midfielder Steven Collins scored less than two minutes later. It was his first collegiate goal. Saturday’s game started slowly as well. In the first half, St. Lawrence fired off four shots, but none of them were on line. Meanwhile, shots by Weitz and Koziol were both turned away by St. Lawrence goalkeeper Sean Houston. In the second half, St. Lawrence shot seven times. Five shots were blocked, wide, or high. The other two went in the net. The first came on a Harry Copeland header 53 minutes in to the game. Later, in the 81st minute, St. Lawrence midfielder Jonathan Mendoza assisted defender Austin Roney to give the Saints an insurmountable 2-0 lead. Three shots by RPI in the final minute were all batted away or corralled by Houston, and the Saints held on for the 2-0 win. The Engineers will face off against Union College on Wednesday, October 8 in Schenectady, before hosting Bard College on Saturday, October 11 for homecoming weekend and senior night.
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Derechin talks history, role of Undergraduate Council

UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JACOB DERECHIN ’15 EXPLAINS the history and current function of the UC as a uniting body.

The Undergraduate Council is a Student Government organization responsible for coordinating the class councils. It consists of two representatives from each class, plus a president. Its president is voted upon by all of the class councils in a meeting held by the Grand Marshal within two weeks of their election. Its representatives are then appointed by each class council. A president can only be elected at this meeting, according to the UC bylaws, and each of the newly-elected class councils must meet quorum among their eight class representatives for the election to take place. Due to the short timeframe involved with bringing this meeting together, the UC has not existed in several years.

Today, the UC’s role is to “unite and oversee the four undergraduate class councils.” This has, at times, included approving class council budgets and events, approving all amendments to the constitutions and bylaws of the class councils, assisting freshmen officers in becoming acquainted with their duties, and to help the freshmen class council draft a constitution. The UC also acts as the legislative body of the undergraduate class councils in areas not specifically designated to the Student Senate or Executive Board.

The UC previously had a much larger role than it does today. Originally, when the undergraduate student population was much smaller, the UC represented all undergraduates. The UC, at that time, contained the class officers and performed all the functions class councils currently perform, such as organizing the Winter Carnival, class gifts, senior week activities, and other class activities. As the undergraduate population grew, the four class councils were created. Over time, the powers of the UC were gradually devolved to the class councils, leaving the UC with a regulatory position for the class councils.

Last year was the UC’s first period of existence since the early 2000s, with Grand Marshal Kyle Keraga ’15 elected president of the Undergraduate Council. Under his leadership, the UC attempted to move back into event planning, which was met with resistance by the class councils. The Undergraduate Council thus determined its purpose to be null and void, and as a result, an amendment was proposed to the Union Constitution for the GM Week 2014 Elections which would remove the UC from the Union Constitution and provide a definition for class councils in the Union Constitution. This would have effectively eliminated the UC. However, due to the scandal over the poster removals by Student Government officials, the vote on the amendment was invalidated and postponed to be reconsidered in the futute.

However, this year, the UC, led by Jacob Derechin ’15, has redirected itself back to regulating the class councils, and has earned itself a reputation of legitimacy. At last week’s E-Board meeting, $50 was appropriated toward the printing of binders under the UC’s budget. These binders contain all useful information for newly elected members of the 2018 Class Council to function effectively, similar to the binders the Senate and E-Board make for their new members. Thus, the UC now has a budget of $50.

Moving forward, the UC aims to rewrite its bylaws, perform dearly-needed updates to its website, and work with the Senate and E-Board on several issues. The E-Board has formed a committee to formally define the relationship between the class councils and the Rensselaer Union, which the UC will have a part in. The UC will work with this task force on class council accountability, such as proper event planning logistics. The UC will work with this group to define what happens to remaining class council money after the classes graduate.

The UC will continue to meet every other Tuesday at 5 pm in the Student Government Suite. Last meeting, they passed a resolution to compose welcome binders for the Class of 2018 Class Council members. The Senate’s Constitution Committee will consider the status of the UC in its proposals this year. With the UC operating as a funded legislative body, it remains to be seen if this will be necessary.

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Editorial Notebook

“Dory Syndrome” epidemic

Hey you. Yes you. You’re that one guy that I met in the floor lounge. Or at Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond. Or I sit near in math. You’re the one that I say hi to when I see you around campus or in the residence hall or at a hockey game. I know you. Well, I know your face. Unfortunately, names aren’t exactly my forte, and, to be honest, a lot of other people struggle with them too. I, along with many others, have mental files full of faces that we just cannot place or put a name to.

I’m just drawing a blank. I knew your name twenty seconds ago when you introduced yourself, and now it’s just not there. Then again, no one wants to say hi to someone, only to realize that it’s not actually them. So, I’m sorry if I didn’t say hi when you waved. Or when you walked by my room. Or when you held the door for me. It’s nothing personal, I promise. I’m not trying to forget your name on purpose. It just happens.

As a first semester college freshman, I have met a million and half more people than I was prepared for. Granted, I’ve met maybe 200 of you, but still. With so many names, majors, hometowns and other characteristics to play “Guess Who?” with, many have fallen in with the mix. I couldn’t count on two hands how many people I greet in a day, only to realize seconds after they have left that I still don’t remember their name. Sometimes I’ll ask someone I am with whether they remember the name of “the person I was just talking to,” but after that long conversation we just had? That’d be embarrassing for both of us.

However, the longer I wait, the more awkward it will be for me to be brave and declare, “I give up. I just don’t remember what your name is. What was your name again?” And now, a month and a half or so into the semester, we’ve come to the stage where I may have had too many interactions with someone for it to be socially acceptable for me to have forgotten their name.

Now, I’m not saying that I don’t want to meet you or get to know you or even be introduced to you. I’d like to meet you and not forget your name. I’d like it even more if, after a week or so, I could still remember your name. If you haven’t heard me say your name to you since we met, chances are that I have, regrettably, forgotten your name.

So, remind me. Talk about yourself in the third person. Tell me an anecdote where someone talks to you and refers to you by name. Make a joke about yourself. Invent a silly nickname for yourself. I don’t want to be rude and call you Christopher when your name is Roxanne. I want to know your name if I’m going to get to know you better, but I might need a small hint.

This isn’t just my own problem either. I will bet every single person who reads this two dollars that they know someone, or are someone, who suffers from chronic name-forgetting, or “Dory syndrome,” as it’s known. It’s perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. For my fellow sufferers, there is hope. Maybe you’ll get lucky and someone will say their name while you are talking, or they’ll do one of the listed things above and remind you. However, sometimes, honesty is the best option. Just go for it. Tell them you are terrible with names and you just need a reminder. Most people will understand.

Or you could try out a new trick that I read about somewhere. Carry a post-it note and ask them to write their full name on it. Then when they ask you why, make up something good. “My cat wanted to know,” “I want to forge your handwriting,” or “It’s for when I turn in a list of names to the National Security Agency” are all perfectly normal excuses that you are free to use to help you get out of a jam. Now go get out there and learn some names.

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Save the planet with Sustainable Task Force

Well over 50 students came down to New York City for the People’s Climate March two weeks ago. This was an incredible turnout, for over 50 busy students to wake up early on a Sunday morning and not get back until late that evening. Many other students expressed interest but had other commitments, or were too busy to go. We need to keep that momentum moving forward to push for sustainability on our campus and around the world.

Our generation is the one that will be affected by environmental issues. Climate change is causing devastating storms and droughts already. The Arctic ice is melting, and species are becoming extinct 1000 times faster than the natural rate due to human activity. Environmental racism has become a global issue, with the poorest members of the world living with the most pollution.

Sustainability is not something to wait for until you graduate. Sustainability is something you can do right now, in your very own backyard. If you are interested in environmental issues at all, you’ve probably noticed a thing or two that you’d like to see changed. Maybe you’ve seen recycling in the trash bin, or wished you could compost those egg shells and banana peels. Maybe you’ve noticed someone putting just a couple items in the dryer. Maybe you’ve wished that RPI had more solar panels. Instead of just noticing, why not do something? Why not change the world?

Sustainability starts at small scales. There are dozens of lists of what you can do in your personal life. But we can also start truly “at home” with our own college. Sodexo has reached out to us for help in greening the dining halls. Sean Wilson ’15 has recently been put on the project, but the more students who help him find cost-effective ways to make our food and dining hall operations more sustainable, the more we can research and make happen.

In order to fund sustainability projects, we are trying to get a green revolving fund started. Money from the endowment is used for projects that have a higher return on investment than the endowment would normally. But this isn’t a project that can just happen; we need more students doing research on potential projects with a high return on investment, as well how green revolving funds have worked at other colleges.

Student Sustainability Task Force is about more than just its own projects; it serves as a coordinating body for all the sustainability clubs. We keep a list of environmental club contact information and meeting times (on the ecologic.union.rpi.edu website). Clubs sometimes collaborate on a project; for example Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World work together each year to teach school children about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts at Exploring Engineering Day.

If any of these projects interest you, contact SSTF and we will put you in touch with the project leader. You can also feel free to come to one of our general body meetings in the Shellnut Gallery from 4–5 pm on Wednesdays.

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Rugby completes comeback win

FRESHMAN FORWARD REBECCA NGUYEN ATTEMPTS to push past the Hamilton defense in the October 4 game. RPI won the game 27-24.

The RPI women’s rugby team was victorious in their first home match of the season Saturday, October 4, beating Hamilton College 27-24 in a fast-paced, exciting game.

Hamilton came out strong, scoring the first try, which was successfully converted, giving them a 7-0 lead. RPI quickly answered with their own try, as junior center Sarah Bogdan ran over the line to bring the score to 7-5. Hamilton then scored three unanswered tries, widening their lead to 24-5 to end the first half.

In the second half, RPI improved, driving the play deep into Hamilton territory. As the Engineers inched closer to their line, the defense began getting desperate, which culminated in a Hamilton player dangerously high tackling freshman wing Jackie Walton. This led to a yellow card for the player, which limited Hamilton to 14 players for 10 minutes.

RPI quickly took advantage of this, with junior lock Isabel Johnson scoring her first try less than a minute after the card was issued. The conversion was successfully kicked by Walton. Junior Tierney Morton went over the line mere minutes later, which brought the overall score to 17-24, with Hamilton still in the lead. As the time left on the yellow card dwindled, Isabel Johnson got RPI’s third try in 10 minutes, narrowing Hamilton’s lead to two points.

Hamilton returned to full strength, but the damage had been done. The momentum was firmly on the side of the Engineers, and they continued to push deep into Hamilton territory. What few line breaks Hamilton had were shut down by freshman fullback Grace Rabinowitz, who has quickly established herself as a standout player on the team.

With less than a minute left, RPI was awarded a penalty close to the Hamilton line. Captain Morton took it quickly, only to be held up in the try zone by the Hamilton defense. A scrum was awarded to RPI five meters out. Although RPI won the scrum, Hamilton turned the ball over. Fortunately, they quickly knocked it on and another five meter scrum was awarded for what would be the last play of the game.

The powerful RPI forwards not only won possession of the ball, but began driving the Hamilton scrum back. 8-man Morton trapped the ball under her foot, keeping it within the scrum as RPI steadily advanced. The moment she crossed the line, she dropped down on the ball, scoring her second try of the game and clinching an RPI win.

After the game, Coach Andy McDonnell said, “I have to say that I am very impressed with the tenacity of our team. Even when we were down 24-5, there was never any [thought of] giving up.” This victory gives the RPI women an extremely good chance of qualifying for the American Collegiate Rugby Association national playoffs, but they still have to win their last three games in order to be guaranteed a spot. The last home game of the season will be this Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm. Come out to Anderson Field and support the team!

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Sodexo talks new food concepts, renovations

This week’s Rensselaer Union Executive Board meeting opened with Sodexo giving the E-Board an update on the work done over the summer. Matt Mueller, general manager for Hospitality Services, and Mark Wagner, retail director, met with the E-Board to discuss changes in the McNeil Room, Rathskeller, and Father’s Marketplace.

One of the main purposes of the renovations done to the McNeil room was to take out some of the congestion at lunch by going from six concepts to four. The next step was to expand the menu’s four concepts andcx add smoothies and drinks and clean up the menu lists by using digital menus.

For Rathskeller, there were originally five concepts, which have been now cut down to three. SubConnection remained from last year. Rathskeller introduced two new food outlets: Mega Burger and Cusato’s Pizzeria. Mega Burger was originally planned to serve grilled cheese sandwiches as well, but Hospitality Services decided to start the first semester with just burgers. The burgers are fresh, never frozen from local farms. Mega Burger also sells fresh fries and they also have gluten free individual wrapped buns. Cusato’s Pizzeria is from a local resteraunt nearby. Finally, a new Pepsi Tower (a soda machine similar to the one located at Moe’s) will be installed this year.

One of the noticeable changes in Father’s Marketplace was the sushi bar having its own place. Now with the addition of hot bowls, the AFC Sushi’s sells over 150 meals a day. Its staff enjoys the larger space and has started selling sushi on weekends as well. Another change was the removal of Arizona Iced Tea. Rensselaer is a Pepsi campus, and receives money from Pepsi. Arizona is a non-Pepsi product and Father’s currently stocks other iced tea brands. However, since many students have expressed interest in Arizona, Hospitality Services is looking at how many were sold last year and determining if it would do well if brought back. While Hospitality Services has not officially stated Arizona Iced Tea will be back, they do say students will likely see it in the future.

Overall, the Union E-Board feels the money they gave to help with Union dining renovations was well spent.

Next on the agenda was the Men’s Club Soccer looking to establish themselves a Union funded club. Lucas Buscher ’15, vice president, and Scott DeSouza ’16, a captain, helped start the club last year. During tryouts last year, over 300 men came to try out. The team was widely successful, and this year they are looking to make it into regional play offs. They had over 50 people on the team at the time but did not have the finances to support them. This year, there are only 30 people and they have $20 dues. In addition, there are many out-of-pocket expenses that the dues do not cover. As a result, they came to the E-Board to look for funding. The team is in need of new soccer balls, ball pumps, and PUGG goals. They are separate from the women’s team, and receive hand-me-downs from the Division III men’s team, but it is not enough. In a 12-0-0 motion, the Rensselaer Union E-Board approved men’s Club Soccer to become a Union funded team with a starting budget of $350 dollars so they can buy supplies. This motion concluded the board’s meeting.

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Top Hat

Union Constitution: importance and direction

This past Monday, the 45th Student Senate voted to establish a Union Constitution Committee for the third consecutive year, to be chaired by Nathan James ’16. With this week’s Top Hat Article, I would like to explain the importance of the Union Constitution, our decision to reestablish this committee, and our current intentions for its direction this year.

As many of you are aware, our Rensselaer Union is one of few entirely student run unions in the United States. Our Student Government is the means by which this union is run—the Union Executive Board, our financial body, unites and coordinates all student organizations, and provides funding for the many fantastic clubs and activities that we all enjoy. The Student Senate provides a professional voice for the student body, an advocate for student initiative, action, and positive change on the RPI campus.

The Union Constitution is the document that outlines the purpose, structure, and purview of each governing body and of the Union itself. The Student Senate, as the chief legislative body of the Union, is responsible for reviewing and updating the Union Constitution when necessary.

In 2013, the Student Senate saw a need to lend clarity and readability to the Union Constitution. The present edition, dating back to 1987, had been updated via several amendments, adding and removing clauses, or even rescinding previous changes. In GM Week 2013, following weeks of discussion, a new constitution was passed via direct student body vote, consolidating the comprehensive amendment structure into an updated, user-friendly, document.

Last year’s Constitution Committee aimed to go further, overhauling the document to better fit the current state of the Union and Student Government while more accurately representing the needs of the student body at large. Certain clauses in the 2014 proposal, however, were controversial and generated student concern, resulting in its rejection at the public polls.

Following these events, there still remains work to be done. Many changes in the proposed 2014 revisions were designed for the explicit purpose of fixing sections of a document that is ultimately broken. Among them are the class councils, well-funded and active bodies, which are not spelled out in the document and have not been properly referenced since the 1987 version. The Independent Council, dissolved as of last year, is still referenced throughout. And finally, the percentage of students necessary for a petition requesting the Senate take a course of action was set too high to be realistically attainable.

This committee has been reformed with the primary purpose of addressing these concerns and document flaws.

Importantly, we will be taking a bottom-up approach to any additional changes. We will pursue amendments only after extensive student feedback, and involvement from each stakeholder group given changes affect. Fixing the above inconsistencies is absolutely essential to the accuracy and stability of the Constitution, but any further amendments will be pursued if and only if associated groups express interest in changing the language related to their jurisdiction. Currently, only the Union Executive Board, Student Senate, and Judicial Board have expressed interest in updates or changes.

Furthermore, recognizing the concerns raised by last year’s approach, we will hold public discussion before private review of each item. Current plans include dialogue threads on social media forums such as Reddit and public forums throughout each topic’s review process. Amendments related to particular bodies will be passed back to those groups for review, before being finalized and prepared for public vote.

We are taking an open approach this year: to focus on the necessary fixes, and only address further changes when requested directly by groups. We will maintain transparency into our discussion and considerations via an open and honest dialogue with the public. This begins with the committee itself. While we will be prioritizing membership from stakeholder groups, any interested or passionate students may join. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please contact the committee chair Nathan James ’16 at jamesn2@rpi.edu, or as always, you may reach me at gm@rpi.edu.

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Computer science student, startup innovator

Meet Devon Bernard ’16 Computer Science.

Bernard’s experience with programming began at the young age of 13 when he used it to create 2D indie games. His portfolio of languages started with C#, but quickly grew to include JavaScript, PHP, C++, C, and Python. The passion for programming, having started by the indie games, soon extended to building websites, browser extensions, and desktop tools. According to Bernard, the reason behind this new-found passion was “to increase (his) productivity and have fun.” He knew RPI was the right fit because it is a reputable engineering school, mixing well with his focus on science and engineering.

Currently, Bernard is keeping busy with a variety of projects. One such project is EcoValve, a smart faucet that won the 2014 New Hampshire Startup Challenge Business Plan Competition. He has numerous other software ventures that require constant releasing, marketing, and fundraising. Programming knowledge has helped him in the workplace beyond knowing the details of each language.

He says, “Programming is a strategic way of thinking and problem solving. Developing this ability makes it easier to analyze situations and find optimum solutions. Also, having this skill set gave me opportunities to connect with others and gain their insight into other non-technical and business experience.”

Despite a full schedule already, Devon has no plans of stopping. When asked where he hopes to be in 10 years, he replied that, on a professional level, he hopes to have his projects develop into profitable and sustainable businesses that will make a difference in the world. On a personal level, he doesn’t plan to stop coding, either. Using his talents, Bernard hopes that he has a future of “solving intriguing and challenging problems that will change the world for the better.”

Bernard has used the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship for many of his projects, citing it as a “great resource for advice, getting feedback, and making the right connections.” He adds, “Whenever I have a new idea or need business guidance, I ask for their opinion and expertise.” To hopeful entrepreneurs, he leaves three pieces of advice: “Don’t fear failure, pivot early and often until you find what works, and entrepreneurship isn’t about instantly finding success, it’s about the persistence and dedication to keep getting up after failure, learning from your mistakes and others, and believing in yourself until you make it.”

For more information on the Severino Center, visit: http://scte.rpi.edu/.

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Athlete of the Week:

Curtis Leonard

This week’s athlete of the week is RPI men’s hockey senior defender Curtis Leonard. In the exhibition game last Saturday against Prince Edward Island University, Leonard scored two goals. The first came with one minute and eight seconds left in the second period to give RPI a 4-1 lead. The goal was assisted by freshman defender Bradley Bell and freshman forward Drew Melanson.

The second goal came with eight minutes and 10 seconds gone by in the third period and bolstered the Engineers’ lead to 5-1. It was assisted by freshman defender Mike Prapavessis and sophomore forward Riley Bourbonnais.

In his junior season, Leonard played in all 37 games for Rensselaer, averaging 20 minutes of action per game. In addition, he scored one goal and tallied 11 assists for a total of 12 points.

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PSS: racing to the mechanic

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, THE RENSSELAER SPORTS CAR ASSOCIATION PUT ON an autocross event in the North Parking Lot. A parked car was struck by one of the sports vehicles. RSCA President Clayton Rayment ’16 said that all North Hall residents had been informed of the event via email on October 2, with a graphic displaying the areas used by the course on October 4. Fliers were placed on cars in the North Hall Parking Lot as well. However, non-resident commuter students were not informed about the autocross event in any other way. Rayment noted that, “Since we are not allowed to move vehicles, this forces us to modify the planned course to avoid vehicles left in the lot.” The car that was hit was one of the vehicles left there. Rayment further added that the car in the accident had been in the same parking spot during the autocross event two weeks prior. Cars were not forced to move. Rayment also said that RSCA is “currently in the process of pursuing additional safety measures so that this does not happen in the future.” He noted that all sports come with a risk, but that the risk should be minimized.
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Executive Board committees seek members

Hey RPI!

First, I would like to congratulate men’s hockey on their 5-2 victory over the University of Prince Edward Island in their exhibition game this weekend! It was a great start to what looks like an amazing season. Men’s hockey was not the only successful team this weekend; I would also like to congratulate field hockey, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, football, and our men’s and women’s cross country teams on their great performances last weekend. I wish them luck in their contests this weekend as well!

Last week, the Executive Board had a short and sweet meeting in which we met with Hospitality Services to review all the renovations that occurred over the summer. The renovations include the addition of Mega Burger and Cusato’s Pizza Rathskeller, the expansion of AFC Sushi into Father’s Marketplace with the inclusion of hot dishes, along with a new F’Real Shake machine, and the rearranging of the McNeil Room to offer more space and options for our most popular food items. We also discussed others to come, including a new Pepsi Multi Flavor Tower in Rathskeller and an increased menu at Mega Burger to include hot sandwiches. Next, we met with men’s club soccer and unanimously approved them to become a Rensselaer Union funded club.

In the Rensselaer Union, as the year moves forward, many exciting things are happening in our E-Board Committees. The Policies Committee is working to help students bring their new clubs to life, and sunsetting those clubs that are no longer active, as well as creating a streamlined process for clubs to apply to become funded. If any of these projects interest you, please contact the chair, Spencer Norris ’17, at norris@rpi.edu. The Business Operations Committee is working on bringing a postage/mailing option to the Rensselaer Union for students’ convenience to replace the post office we had years ago, as well as bookstore improvements and concepts. If you would like to join in on the fun, contact graduate student Nimit Dhulekar at dhulen@rpi.edu for more information. The Technology Committee, headed by Anthony Barbieri ’15 (barbia@rpi.edu), is focusing on creating a new and improved club management system for our clubs to use. The Rensselaer Union Annual Report Committee is developing the Union Annual Report, a document that communicates every aspect of the upcoming Rensselaer Union budget to students. They are also working on new ways to creatively communicate with students about how their money is spent each year. Please contact Shoshana Rubinstein ’16 at rubins2@rpi.edu if you would like to help out on this project. The Marketing, Advertising, and Publicity committee is working on new sign policies and improving club advertising on the bulletin boards throughout the Union. Their leader is Colton Fisher ’15 (fishec3@rpi.edu). The MAP committee will also be working with the newly formed Union Website Committee to create guidelines for its use once it is complete. The Rensselaer Union Website Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the collection and addition of content to the new Union website, which was created by students, as well as focus groups to help improve the initial design to best suit student needs. Please contact Sarah Keller ’17 at kelles9@rpi.edu if you would like to be involved in the website’s creation.

This weekend is our annual Reunion & Homecoming weekend. It is a very exciting time in the year, when our alumni take over campus for the weekend. Make sure to get out there and enjoy FanFest, located up at East Campus Athletic Village on Saturday from 11 am–3 pm, where there will be food and games for everyone to enjoy! If you are interested in helping out with any of the Reunion & Homecoming events, they are still looking for a few volunteers. You can sign up at http://poly.rpi.edu/22763.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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New freshman student officials elected

THE CLASS OF 2018 CLASS COUNCIL AND STUDENT SENATORS MET for the first time on Tuesday. All freshmen student officials were elected on Thursday.

On Thursday, September 25, freshman elections were held for the election of the Class of 2018’s Student Government representatives. With poll sites in Commons Dining Hall and the Darrin Communications Center, the election garnered 380 valid ballots, representing 28 percent of the freshman class, an increase from last year’s turnout of approximately 315 voters.

Since the election did not have enough candidates to require a primary election, none occurred. Final results for the election were released Thursday night. In the final election, Kenneth Vetter ’18 won the position of president with 180 votes while opponent Kanthi Bommareddy ’18 received 135 votes. The expected candidates for vice president did not receive enough student nominations to be placed on the ballot and thus, the vote for vice president was decided by write-in votes. Sean Waclawik ’18 won the write-in vote over three other candidates with 46 votes.

The position of Class of 2018 Representative was available to eight candidates, however, with only four candidates receiving sufficient nominations to be placed on the ballot, four write-in candidates were elected to the position. Brenna Buckley ’18, Matthew Heimlich ’18, Harlan Grossman ’18, Chenjun Zhou ’18, Zhengneng Chen ’18, Yueze Li ’18, Gwen Diebold ’18, and Elliot Dorlac ’18 were all elected as class council representatives for the freshman class with varying numbers of votes from 194 for Buckley to four for Diebold and Dorlac. Justin Etzine ’18, Jennifer Freedberg ’18, Steven Sperazza ’18, and Keegan Caraway ’18 were elected as student senators and all received over 130 votes. The four new senators were introduced at the Senate general body meeting on Monday.

Many of the newly elected officials have specific goals that they wish to accomplish this year. Sperazza was excited to make more of a difference on campus in comparison to what he did in high school and he hopes to have positive impact on the lives of the students with changes such as an on-campus pharmacy. Sperazza explained that his “goal is to be a part of that and to contribute as much as possible to the process of making a difference as [he] can.” Vice president Waclawik also expressed his hopes to make a change and to make the community more united. He added, “now it seems like everyone has found their groups and are more locked in, so throwing events is a great way to get people to mix who don’t normally get to interact with one another.”

Including the election violations that were reported on previously by The Polytechnic in the September 17 issue, this year’s freshman elections saw seven violation decisions made by the Rules and Elections Committee. The violations dealt mainly with campaign material and the placement of posters by the candidates. Those in violation of the bylaws completed community service by poll sitting at the elections. The election also saw two warnings from the committee and according to the committee’s official releases, they reminded the candidates that only passive campaigning was allowed in dining halls and to promptly report “any defacement of posters, unauthorized destruction of posters, and any other forms of campaign sabotage” in order to keep the election fair. The full details of the violation decision and warnings and results can be found at R&E’s Flagship Documents page at http://poly.rpi.edu/47288.

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