ON-CAMPUS EVENT

HackRPI returns after year-long hiatus

This weekend promises to be an exciting one with HackRPI scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the hackathon was left unplanned since the club that runs HackRPI, which goes by the same name, dissolved. According to current HackRPI President Wenlin Gong ’20, “past leaders graduated, so no one was able to take over.” However, the student-run organization has been revived and its members have been working hard to make the event a success. Read more...

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Executive Board

$5,150 subsidy for BotFactory printer approved

New equipment will decrease wait time from two weeks to 90 minutes

In one of its last meetings of the year, the Executive Board saw a wide array of clubs on its agenda. The RPI Players requested $10,000 for sound equipment, following a $5,150 purchase approval by the RPI Embedded Hardware Club. RPI Ballroom Dance was granted $1,700 due to unexpected circumstances with their annual competition. RPI TV asked the Board to front the cost for coverage of ECAC Hockey at Lake Placid, which they plan to repay with the proceedings from the event. UPAC Cinema asked for a subsidy of $1,500 for the warranty for their faulty projector. Finally, RPI Men’s Club Basketball was given a starter budget of $245. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Why we aren’t endorsing candidates this year

This year, The Polytechnic will not perform its formal GM Week endorsement process. Rather, grand marshal, president of the Union, and undergraduate president candidates will be evaluated through our regular reporting process and featured in our Editorial/Opinion section. This divergence from a long-standing tradition was prompted by an abrupt shift in leadership. Though sudden, it is our belief that this change in reporting will improve our elections coverage. Read more...

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Album Review

Grande delivers upbeat album despite personal struggles

Ariana Grande’s latest album release, thank u, next is most definitely a bop. Since I started listening to this album a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to stop. Grande mixes her recent heartbreak with upbeat music, and ultimately creates a soundtrack full of groovy hits. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Time spent on the arts is not wasted

Some hobbies are more productive than others. This may seem obvious, but for years I thought relaxation was synonymous with the feeling of rotting. Believe it or not, time does not have to be clearly divided between working and existing in a comatose state. There is an inherit value in time spent creating, not for the sake of productivity or result, but for the sake of creation. Read more...

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Administration

Confusing inclement weather bulletins explained

Quite frankly, we had to say that we judged… a little too quickly,” said Vice President for Administration Claude Rounds in regard to the confusion generated by several inclement weather bulletin alerts distributed on February 12 and 13. Rounds added, “We should have waited till the next morning.” Understanding that the messages created confusion, Rounds stated, “I’ll take responsibility for it” and ensured that “our intentions were good.” Read more...

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Movie Review

The Hidden World wraps up trilogy with a soulful conclusion

“20 years ago, filmmakers had to put their heart and soul into computer-animated films,” I ranted to my friend in the theater. We then talked about how low quality, soulless animation is saturating the industry. Preceding this discussion were three cringe-inducing trailers of low-rent animated movies that looked and sounded generic, bland, and miserable for anyone over the age of four to watch. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Talk cancelled as situation in Venezuela turns dire

Ileana Ramírez was scheduled to speak at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center about the Venezuelan and Latin American cultural scene during ongoing political crisis in Venezuela on Monday. However, the talk was cancelled because she was unable to travel due to the current volatile situation in Venezuela. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate briefed on Blue Apron-like program hosted by Sodexo

Hospitality Services Advisory Committee Chairperson Advaith Narayan ’21 came before the Student Senate on February 25 to give an update on a plan to implement a new food program called “Fresh Pantry.” This program is based on Blue Apron and similar food services, but will not be subscription based. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Sending the right Snapchat is a science

A few nights ago one of my friends from home, Kendall, called me to ask for advice. It was simultaneously one of the most rational and irrational conversations I’ve ever had. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2019

Elections Commission fails to maintain public record

Though the Elections Commission has issued at least two decisions and one warning, only one decision has been made public as required by the Student Government Elections Policy. This raises questions about whether the Commission is simply failing to carry out its own policies or if sanctions are being suppressed to benefit specific candidates. Read more...

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GM Week 2019

Campaigning for GM Week 2019 elections has begun. What does this mean for students?

Election season is now underway, and students may campaign for elected Student Government positions until March 27. The votes cast in this election determine who will represent students and advocate for their interests. This sets the stage for what changes to student life at Rensselaer will be prioritized and has the capacity to shape the student experience for years to come. Read more...

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ON CAMPUS EVENT

Fashion show dazzles with array of designs

The Black Students' Alliance held their annual fashion show Saturday February 23 at East Campus Athletic Village. Lead by their fashion show coordinator, Charles Omoregbee ‘21, the members of BSA converted ECAV into a runway, complete with a centerpiece of a red fist. Models and local designers collaborated to bring about a dazzling show embodying the fusion of tradition and modern styles. Designers such as Acolorfulldream NY, Fresh and Fly NY, Sincerely Black NY, Marcus Blaque NY, Najee Strickland Designs TN, and Rey’s Crochet Closet NY presented many styles and designs such as different streetwear, flashy party wear, and traditional wear fused with a modern twist by converting it into jumpsuits, peplum tops, and party dresses. Read more...

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On-Campus Event

Veronica Taylor shares life experiences with fans

The panel featuring Veronica Taylor during Genericon was held in the largest room in the Darrin Communications Center—a good choice when considering how many fans showed up. Taylor is an actor who voiced iconic characters in television; such as Nico Robin from One Piece, April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), and, most notably, Ash Ketchum during the first eight seasons of Pokemon. Read more...

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interview

Record-holding goaltender Lovisa Selander talks childhood, goals

Lovisa Selander— a senior studying Chemical Engineering, and captain and goaltender for RPI’s women’s Ice Hockey team— has recently broken the record for women's hockey NCAA Division I career saves, with a total of over 3,800 for her collegiate career. I interviewed her to find out more about her journey and what it was like breaking this record. Read more...

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executive board

Global Medical Brigades denied additional funding for medical mission trip

The Executive Board broke precedent on Thursday when it failed a motion to give Global Medical Brigades an additional $900 toward bus transportation to the airport for its medical mission trip to Honduras. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Can there only be one? Gender and recognition in rap

I spent my teenage years listening to hours and hours of hip-hop, R&B, and rap: Drake, Lil Wayne, Ne-yo, Nicki Minaj. You get the idea. At one point, I even considered T-Pain’s songs to be objectively good music (as if). As a 17-year-old, I could differentiate between most rappers by their stylistic conventions and prided myself on this skill. Even now, I find myself going back to the original songs that helped me fall in love with rap. Read more...

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on-campus Event

Actor discusses filmography with nearly empty room

As part of Genericon, Colby Boothman—an actor who has performed in films like Jurassic World—was featured in a panel to talk about his experiences on Saturday. Read more...

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Top Hat

An Arch update from Student Senate

Hi, RPI! I am sure that I am not the only one excited for Spring Break next week. I hope you all enjoy some downtime and get the chance to catch up on sleep! This time of the year always seems to go by so quickly andbefore we know itthe semester will come to an end and we will get the chance to enjoy some summer weather. Read more...

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Derby

Club officers should prepare for The Arch

Hello, RPI! I hope the semester is going well. I know I am looking forward to Spring Break next week! Read more...

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