Associate Copy Editor Sophie March ‘27 explains some of the possible benefits of digital secondhand shopping as well as strategies to shop online more effectively.
Rensselaer’s HackRPI Organizing Team held their tenth annual hackathon in the Darrin Communications Center, providing participants with competition, advice and experience.
Editor-In-Chief Soma Patra ’26 recounts the RPI Players’ colorful performance of She Kills Monsters this past weekend.
Schmidt announces IBM Quantum System One’s virtual groundbreaking, provides updates on research goals
During the Fall Town Meeting, Dr. Martin A. Schmidt '81 highlighted the unveiling of Rensselaer’s Quantum Computational Center, his plan to transform RPI into one of the nation’s leaders in semiconductor-related research, and gave his update on the planning process for RPI’s bicentennial.
A new Freshman Elections Handbook was approved. The Mercer XLab finished renovations and is now open to the public upon request. Also, Timothy Miles ’24 and Adrian Alicea-Roman ’23G were appointed as Inter-Fraternity Council Senator and Community Relations Committee Chairperson, respectively.
Editor-in-chief Soma Patra ’26 interviewed previous Polytechnic editor Jon Kessler ’79, ’82G, discussing his recent donation to the Rensselaer Union and shedding light on his overall experience at RPI.
Gabriel Jacoby-Cooper ’24 announced that the new Shuttle Tracker update is out. The new Shuttle Tracker makes locating the shuttles more accurate and more convenient. Adrian Alicea-Roman ’23G revived the Community Relations Committee by becoming its chairperson and Timothy Miles ’24 suggested some changes to the upcoming elections.
RPI ambulance was approved to obtain quotes for a new ambulance, and RPI Club Softball was granted a stopgap request.
Web Technologies Group chairperson Gabriel Jacoby-Cooper ’24 has announced that Shuttle Tracker 2.0, a complete revamp of the service, will begin to hand out tracking devices to shuttles.
RPI TV got $12,827.05 for a graphics and replay server, as well as general infrastructure to perform to ESPN+ standards for hockey broadcasting. RPI Brazilian Jiu Jitsu became Union affiliated.
Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 proposed future Senate changes. Isabele Lieber ’25 and Michelle Li ’26 were appointed to Club and Organization Representative and Class of 2026 Representative, respectively, both of which are voting positions for the Executive Board.
Summer break renovations of Russell Sage Dining Hall were completed. Changes include a new entrance and updated Simple Zone.
Gwen Barnes scored with 28 seconds remaining to defeat SUNY New Paltz 2‒1 for Rensselaer’s first win of the season. Veronica Martinez de Pinillos scored the Engineers’ opener off a cross from Mikayla Walsh and Rachel Borra set up Barnes’ winner.
The Executive Board proposed a flurry of changes in the upcoming Fall semester including Ben and Jerry’s closure on September 1, 2023, Student Government Suite renovations, and Union Hair Salon plans.
The first Executive Board meeting of the Fiscal Year 2024 started with an additional subsidy approval for RPI Rugby. The Board also approved the installation of new security cameras in the Union which will be funded by the Institute.
Talulah Patch ’24 won the run-off for Class of 2024 President. Moreover, the Student Senate approved six Judicial Board appointments and 17 Executive Board appointments.
Previous staff member Laura Zwirn '23 writes about Daniel Lander, Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The Executive Board held its final business meeting of the year last Thursday. In contrast to the prior two meetings, the E-Board did not have issues reaching quorum as the Senate appointed 17 new voting members to the E-Board the night before.
The Engineers faced the Saint Lawrence Saints on Saturday, April 15. After the Engineers jumped out to a 10–6 lead early in the 3rd quarter, the Saints clawed their way back to tie the game with a minute left, before claiming a nail-biting 13–12 overtime win.
Martin Marintchev drove in a third of the Engineers’ runs in the sweep over St. Lawrence, with 10‒7 and 5‒2 victories on Saturday. Rensselaer’s Andrew Gaughan and Ben Koomey each recorded wins in the two games.
The Engineers destroyed the Utica Pioneers with a 7–1 victory; bringing them to 19–10–1 for the season.
Features Coordinator Megan Waller ’26 describes her experience with how COVID-19 has continued to negatively affect her life as a college student. She also shares her attempts at breaking that cycle.
This past Wednesday, the McKinney Committee hosted their 82nd annual awards ceremony to honor the winners of their student writing contest in EMPAC. Here are this year’s winners.
Vlogging can keep precious moments active in time. Photography Coordinator Annelise Eggen-McElmurry ’27 explains how the art of videography creates joy.
We all know the classic lecture, homework, and exam course structure. Unfortunately, not too many students have experienced classes where they can interact with what they’re learning. This is why newly elected Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 encourages the incorporation of experiential education at RPI.
Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 runs his first Senate meeting as Grand Marshal. The Senate held basic introductions.
President of the Union Ava Gallagher ’23G has announced that the Union Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2024 was approved by the Institute. RPI’s Dance Team received a subsidy to attend the National Dance Alliance competition in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Rensselaer has begun testing a new chatbot named Puckman, an initiative being led by the Department of Undergraduate Education. The chatbot sent out text messages to most of the freshmen cohort on March 30. An email from Keith Moo-Young, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, explained that the goal of the initiative is to boost student success.
a Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares the many events during Grand Marshal Week, including Union After Dark, the Provost Picnic, and the Hatting Ceremony.
The Polytechnic endorses Ben Viner ’24 for Grand Marshal. With goals to improve campus resources, expand the work of senate committees and increase communication between the student government, student body, and administration, Viner outlined several key ideas he had for the Student Senate.
The Polytechnic endorses Ava Gallagher ’23G for President of the Union. Along with improving communication, Gallagher plans to ensure all clubs are well-represented, rebuild the E-Boards’ relationship with the student-athlete population, and establish new spaces around campus and within the Union for different organizations.
The Polytechnic endorses Ria Massoni ’24 for undergraduate president. Massoni’s goals to further improve the Arch Task Force and establish communication between the class councils can create a stronger Undergraduate Council for the year to come.
The Polytechnic asked the Grand Marshal candidate to discuss his goals and to reflect on his experiences in Student Government. Here is his response.
The Polytechnic asked the President of the Union candidate to discuss her goals and to reflect on her experiences in Student Government. Here is her response.
The Polytechnic asked undergraduate president candidates to discuss her goals and leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here are her responses.
Efforts to make synthetic breastmilk are underway, with companies such as Biomilq, TurtleTree Labs, and Helaina seeking to create artificial human breastmilk. Why artificially create breastmilk is there any benefit?
Cognitive Science Graduate Students Association becomes Union-affiliated, Rensselaer TV fails funding for news program
UPAC Grand Marshal Week is allowed to use the McNeil room for Grand Marshal Week, the Rensselyrics received a funding reallocation for microphones, the Cognitive Science Graduate Students Association becomes Union-affiliated, and the badminton club gained funding for tournaments while RPI TV was rejected for funding for a news show.
After spotting multiple bats on campus, students grow more concerned. Associate Composing Editor Rachelle Luo ’26 describes her experience and thoughts after witnessing a bat in class.
The Student Senate amended the Union Constitution to have an Multicultural Fraternity and Sorority Council senator, another independent senator, and another graduate senator. Furthermore, Director of the Union Charlie Potts spoke about Rensselaer Union safety, and Giuseppe Molfino was appointed MFSC liaison.
The Engineers defeated the William Smith Herons 46‒35 in their last game of the season to secure fourth place in the Liberty League. The Engineers now have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the St. Lawrence Saints on February 21. Brielle Sharry recorded a double-double in the victory, with Heather Converse and Nicole DaPra also grabbing double-digit rebounds.
The Engineers split the weekend, winning against RIT before falling to the Hobart Statesmen. Finishing in fourth place in the Liberty League, they will face the Skidmore Thoroughbreds in the first round of the playoffs on February 21 at ECAV Arena.
The Rensselaer Music Association was approved for funds towards new recording equipment and The Polytechnic was given funds to attend the College Media Association convention.
Shankar Veludandi ’24 and Hannah Tischler ’24 were removed from their positions as Greek senators. After reapproving the Handbook because of amendments to the amount of required nominations for Graduate Senators and Representatives, the Senate discussed a motion from the RA Union.
The Engineers looked to get back on track at home against Skidmore and Vassar after losing three out of their last four games on the road. They did just that with two consecutive victories, dismantling Skidmore 74-61 and Vassar 78-60, subsequently rising up the Liberty League standings to second place with a 9-5 league record.
The Engineers lost two home games against rivals Skidmore and Vassar over the weekend, dropping to 9-12 on the year and 6-8 in the the Liberty League.
RPI Playhouse and E-Complex were flooded over the weekend
The Senate approved the GM Week Elections Handbook, appointed Aaryan Bhatt ’25 as E-Board Club and Organization Representative and Raven Levitt ’26 as Member-At-Large Representative, and impeached two senators.
The Engineers came out on top in their clashes against Liberty League opponents Clarkson and St. Lawrence, bringing their league record to 5‒2. Nicole DaPra and Brielle Sharry scored double-digit points in both games, with DaPra grabbing a double-double against Clarkson. Julia Rowe recorded a double-double in the win against St. Lawrence as well. Rensselaer sits in third place in the Liberty League behind undefeated Ithaca and Skidmore.
The Center for Career Professional Development and Panhellenic Council were approved to use three rooms in the Union for company info sessions and a “Meet the Chapters” event, respectively. Also, Ramesis Munoz-Valverde ’24 was appointed Club Ops Chair.
Student Senate increased Class Council dues by one dollar. Treasurer Ibrahim Ali ’24 was also asked to step down after missing a budgeting deadline. Additionally, Philip Paterson ’25 presented the Resident Life Report on campus housing.
ACHA hockey is an entertaining combination of competition and pure love of the sport. Games are never held during the week to avoid academic conflicts, so I highly suggest going to one of Club Hockey’s games if you have a free weekend.
RPI Rounak was given approval to fundraise for costumes and props.
Vice President of Student Life Peter Konwerski presented a draft of the Student Life Performance Plan, outlining goals to improve student retention, make investments in housing, and “enhance the Arch.”
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Game Development Club hosted its annual Rensselaer Game Showcase. Many students hosted various projects they had worked on throughout the year. There were many different genres of games, from side-scrolling storytellers to simulation games to card games, and even one VR game.
For the past month, the Rensselaer Union Executive Board has been focused on preparing for the annual budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2024. Currently, we are in Fiscal Year 2023 with the next fiscal year starting on July 1, 2023.
Rensselaer should have better vegetarian options for students. Associate Composing Editor Marissa Ho ’26 provides some ideas on how to fix it.
Being fully open for the first time since COVID-19 is a big deal for EMPAC. Students can walk in from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays to study and hang out. Contributing Editor Gavin MacKenzie ’25 explores what EMPAC has to offer, including its various venues, events, in-house research, and more.
The Graduate Indian Students Association held a Diwali festival to celebrate the holiday as well as kick off the club’s first official event since COVID-19.
Women’s Club Basketball was approved for the start of their season, and clubs under the Rensselaer Music Association were consolidated into one.
Would you eat chicken grown in a vat? Managing Editor David Liu ’22 thinks it’s an obvious yes.
The Executive Board unanimously passed a motion to remove the club mailboxes from the Student Government Suite club library.
Set right off the Goodwill bus stop, walking into Mocha Blend is like stepping into an episode of Gilmore Girls.
On Saturday October 15th, we attended the Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony held in the McNeill room. The celebration—packed with music, dinner and dancing—was coordinated by the LHM Eboard and clubs such as Alianza Latina, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Phi Iota Alpha, and Omega Phi Beta.
From within the hidden lockers of the Union, Anna Stubbs ’26 shares her insight on why the campus mailroom holds many students’ hearts.
RIT overshadows RPI’s Senior Day as the Engineers are held scoreless en route to a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.
Editorial/Opinion Coordinator Justin Chassin ’22 recounts his experience seeing Daniel Weintraub’s Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros in EMPAC on October 9th.
After winning his fourth NBA championship, Steph looks ready to run it back despite the odds.
Quarterback Jake Kazanowsky connected with DJ Palmer for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to mount a staggering 14-point comeback, defeating the Hobart Statesmen 16‒13 to remain undefeated in the Liberty League. The Rensselaer defense continued their solid form as third in Division III in total defense and fifth in scoring defense, holding the visitors to 201 yards of total offense and forcing a safety.
TJ Walsh recorded a hat trick and an assist in the Engineers’ 7‒4 victory over the Army West Point Black Knights. Jack Agnew tallied three assists, Lauri Sertti and Jakob Lee both with two as well, and John Evans and Max Smolinksi netted their first collegiate goals. The win brings Rensselaer’s record to 4‒0‒0, the best start to an RPI season since 1999.
Dr. Eddie Knowles’ legacy is celebrated by alumni in a painting commissioned by Raymond Parker III ’77.
As a bike mechanic and cyclist, Anna Zuniga ’26 explains the pros and cons of electric bikes, noting problems of accessibility, mobility, safety, and sustainability.
Kyle Osborne headed in the Engineers’ winning goal in a 2‒1 victory at Union.
Tragedy struck on September 27, 2022 for millions of fans of the Try Guys. As a fan myself, I can firmly say that millions of hearts have been broken, including my own.
The Student Senate unanimously approved a change to the Undergraduate Council Budget Policy clarifying how class dues are distributed to class councils.
The Ultimate Frisbee team was approved for a new coach and the Rensselaer Pride Alliance were given the go-ahead for restoration.
The Toronto Varsity Blues grabbed a game-winning goal with six minutes remaining to defeat the Engineers 2‒1. This was Rensselaer’s last game before their season opener against Mercyhurst on October 7. Goaltenders Brett Miller and Carson Cherepak registered 14 and seven saves, respectively, in the defeat. Sutter Muzzatti netted his first goal in an RPI sweater off an assist from Jack Brackett.
What makes a good opening line for a book? What is it about the first couple of sentences that connect with a reader on some deeper level, committing them to the rest of the novel with just those few words? Copy Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’24 provides her thoughts on the subject, as well as a list of the best beginning lines in history.
One of the key ways that the Student Senate represents student interests is in Institute and Union policy changes. The Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities is reviewed by the Student Senate. The Senate often collaborates with the Executive Board on the Rensselaer Union Guidelines and Procedures. Creating cohesive policy requires more than just writing ability: active listening, negotiation, and prioritization are crucial skills.
The Student Senate unanimously appointed Christopher D. Carothers to Tenure and Promotion Committee representative after they tabled the motion last week.