Editorial Notebook

Pushing for transparency for student government

Throughout my time on the Student Senate, I have heard students make the valid complaint of a lack of transparency within student government at RPI. The issue of transparency has served as a hallmark issue of campaign platforms and debate questions, and it continues to be one of the first issues students raise with our current student government. Read more...

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RPI students demonstrated talents for art

Numerous fun activities and excellent performances during event brought students together

On Friday evening, the Rensselaer Union was filled with students enjoying many activities and events as part of the semesterly Union After Dark event. Performances were put on by clubs such as Juggling Club, Sheer Idiocy, the Eighth Wonder, Capoeira, and the Ballroom Dance Club. Music was provided by Joey Lucier, In Ashes, Dahaq Music, and Monsters in the Attic. Face painting, board games, and caricaturization took place throughout the Union. Candy—both normal and cotton—popcorn, and pizza found their ways into the digestive tracts of many event attendees. Other clubs, namely UPAC Lights and UPAC Sound, played supporting roles in the festivities. Read more...

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Men triumph in 18-12 victory over Clarkson

RPI men’s lacrosse took care of business early against Clarkson University on Saturday, scoring 17 of the game’s first 21 goals en-route to an 18-12 win over the Golden Knights. Read more...

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New McNeil Room seating discussed

President of the Union Chip Kirchner ’17 held a meeting with the old members of the Executive Board to continue with ongoing business. Read more...

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Ending the year with a fresh set of E-Board members

Hey RPI!

I hope everyone is surviving the project and exam rush of these last few weeks. Only one more week of classes separates us from a long overdue summer break. I for one cannot wait to take a few weeks off. I also want to congratulate all who will graduate in three and a half weeks, and I wish you good luck in your future careers. Read more...

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Original book thrills reviewer, surprises

Gone Girl makes readers' teeth chatter by displaying Amy's ridiculously deliberate crime

Released in June of 2012, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl reached critical acclaim and a number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List within its first few months on shelves. The book comes as Flynn’s third, and nearly two million copies were printed within the first year of publication. Critics were widely impressed with the way that the novel seemed to transcend the lines of a given genre; Gone Girl is a twisted amalgamation of romance, crime, and thrill set to Flynn’s carefully emotional prose. The New Yorker described the book as “full of texture and detail, both forensic and psychological.” Read more...

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Engineers win one, lose one against Skidmore College

Rensselaer rises to 27-8 record as the playoffs approach

The softball team travelled north to Skidmore College this Saturday for their last regular season doubleheader. The Engineers broke even, winning 15-3 for the first game and losing 6-5 for the second. Read more...

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In memory of Mark Smith

The Poly Editorial Board was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Dean of Students Mark Smith. Dean Smith served the Rensselaer community for 30 years in a number of roles, where he always ensured that students were his highest priority in every situation. We are grateful to Dean Smith for his contributions to RPI and, in particular, the students of RPI. Read more...

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RPI Flying Club hosts successful memorial fly-in

For the fifth year in a row, the RPI Flying Club hosted a successful Thiers Memorial Fly-in and Car Show at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Schenectady, N.Y. Saturday. Each year, the show draws dozens of aircraft, hundreds of show cars, and thousands of visitors. Donations collected at this event benefit the club’s Lawrence H.R. Thiers Fund, which is a fund established in memory of former club president Lawrence Thiers ’99, who passed away the day before his graduation in 1999. This fund is essential to the club, as it provides opportunities for the club to explore aviation and funding for ground school for members working towards their private pilot’s licenses, introductory flights in airplanes and helicopters, and the club’s NIFA SAFECON team, which competes annually in collegiate flying competitions. Read more...

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Engineers struggle at Capital District Classic

A collection of 13 schools from all three NCAA division classifications gathered at Harkness Track & Field on Saturday to demonstrate their talents at the Capital District Classic. Their final meet before the state championship, the Engineers put forth seven second place finishes and ten third place finishes in the non-scoring meet. Read more...

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Listening in on the sounds of Rensselaer

I’m Bryce Miller, and if you are a regular reader of The Poly, you might have some idea of my long-running exploits as a performer, between my eight Players acting roles, my two years in Partial Credit, and more recently, my twice-weekly podcast. (I am told I even have some kind of “fan club” within this paper). By the time this article has reached your eyeholes, I will be partway through my final production with the RPI Players: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. As far as lasts go, this is an intriguing one: Drood is a musical with an incomplete story, and by making assumptions about the plot threads provided, the audience is charged with making their own conclusions. While I will undoubtedly miss Players, and the talented people who make up its ranks, you didn’t come here for a sappy editorial about the things I can’t replace, and frankly, I don’t want to write such an article. Instead, I want to talk about assumptions and a logical fallacy: the fallacy of composition. As Drood tells us, “Quick conclusions often lead the best of us astray,” and the fallacy of composition is all about quick conclusions. It’s something that any RPI student has probably encountered, and it might have gone something like this: Read more...

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GM honors losses in RPI community

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of losses in the Rensselaer community. Michele Edwards was one of the most welcoming people at the school and always willing to help out with things. I remember last year when I was R&E chair she spent most of a day trying to help me track down whether it was actually possible to find a few thousand mason jar lids in a few days for the runoff elections (turns out it wasn’t). Read more...

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Full Issue: April 27, 2016


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RPI will not create executive position

Jackson vows more communication, to add student leaders to meetings

In an email to the Rensselaer community, President Shirley Ann Jackson spoke about changes to communication and Student Life moving forward. Read more...

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Editor's Corner

Changing perspective to change your approach

Make a point to attack issues with a fresh mindset

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

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Seder impresses first-timer

RPI-Sage Hillel holds the annual Jewish ritual feast of Seders

This past Friday was the Jewish holiday Passover, which celebrates God liberating the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. I myself am not Jewish; I am Seventh-Day Adventist. We are Christians, however, like members of the Jewish community, celebrate Sabbath on Saturday, participate in sun-down to sun-down laws, and eat food according to the Levitical dietary laws. Another interesting thing that perhaps not all Seventh-Day Adventists participate in, but my church back home does, is acknowledging the Jewish holiday, Passover. Read more...

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New championship meet records for freshmen

For the first time since 2011, the Rensselaer women’s track walked away with a first place Liberty League title on Saturday at St. Lawrence University’s Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex after a day of competition against St. Lawrence University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Vassar College, Union College, and Bard College, whose women’s teams place second through sixth, respectively. The men also finished out the day as winners 98 points ahead of RIT. Read more...

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Middle States hosts community forum

On Monday, April 25, the visiting committee from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education held an open forum with members of the Rensselaer community. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Embracing the differences that make up a friendship

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

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Horror passes a message

Coraline plays on terrors

Released in 2009, the movie Coraline serves as a stop-motion reimagining of Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name. Written and directed by Henry Selick, along with the support and approval of Gaiman, the dark children’s film opened for the Portland International Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim. Initially, critics responded to the film’s juvenile take to the modern horror genre; Coraline manages to be frightening without the crutches of violence or morbidity, and it’s intriguing that Selick’s creation manages to be simultaneously horrifying yet acceptable for children to watch. The film is dark, inspired, and frightening in an entirely unconventional way. Read more...

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