Executive Board

Rensselyrics placed on probationary status, internal policy changes passed

The Executive Board held its second meeting of the year last Wednesday; it included the “punishment” of the Rensselyrics for neglecting financial policy and revisions of the policies regarding room reservations and events. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Cooking: art, science, my greatest passion

I remember the first time I started cooking. I must have been 11 or 12. I was left to my own devices as my parents were both industrious business owners, so I tried my hand at making a seemingly simple egg omelette. To say the least, it ended up looking up like an oily abomination with some parts overcooked, and some parts still raw; it was cheese oozing out of a scrambled mess. Read more...

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On-Campus Event

GreekFest raises money for cancer research through carnival-themed activities

The ’86 Field was taken over by numerous fraternities and sororities for a celebration called GreekFest on Sunday. Organized by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, the event was a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, featuring a variety of carnival-inspired activities for the community. Read more...

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Editor's Corner

The Polytechnic no longer printing regularly

This past spring, our Editorial Board unanimously voted to end our regular printing schedule and to instead refocus our efforts toward online publication. Since this decision will obviously affect our readers, I wanted to take some time to explain our reasoning, give some context, and tell you all what to expect from us in the future. Read more...

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Derby

Club workshops exist to educate on fundamentals

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your week! With the completion of the Student Leadership Summit this past weekend, we are officially through with our wave of trainings for the fall. As clubs are in the process of being notified for any incomplete requirements and unexcused absences, I wanted to take some time to explain the importance of each of our requirements. Read more...

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Student Senate

Student Senate meets new director of the Union

Director of the Union Charlie Potts emphasized “relationships, trust, ideas, listening, project lists, [and] prioritization” during his meeting with the Student Senate on September 10.  Read more...

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Administration

Hunter: Recent RPIAlerts fall under system’s intended use

Earlier this month, the Department of Public Safety issued two RPIAlert messages—one on September 10 and another on September 12. Both of these alerts centered around an incident that occured on September 7 where a female student was approached and followed by a “white male approximately 30 years old” in a “maroon-colored” vehicle.  Read more...

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Opinion

Commons fails to accomodate student schedules

As students struggle to wake up early in the morning, their foremost adversary is grogginess. But soon, stomachs begin to wake up and assert their control, leading to a noticeable feeling of hunger. The simplest way to satisfy this craving is to enjoy a full breakfast, but that is easier said than done for many freshmen with 8am classes at Rensselaer. Read more...

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Movie Review

BlacKkKlansman pushes beyond typical race discussions, presents necessary insights

The movie BlacKkKlansman (yes, three K’s) is a movie as racially charged as one might expect from the somewhat oxymoronic title. As such, it can be uncomfortable to watch at times, and somewhat prophetic at others, but it never seems to forget the truly absurd comedic circumstance that the story is centered around.  Read more...

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Top Hat

Are you wondering what Senate committees do? Let me explain

The Student Senate is constantly working to improve the student experience here at Rensselaer, and you can join the effort! The Student Senate has numerous committees that each focus on improving the campus and the surrounding community. Committee membership is open to all RPI students and participation is highly encouraged. If you are interested in participating, contact the committee chairperson to be added to the mailing list. Read more...

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Movie Review

The Incredibles sequel highlights creativity through storytelling

After fourteen years of anticipation, Pixar finally released the sequel to the beloved film, The Incredibles. Following the same family from the first film, The Incredibles 2 offers a new plot with many humorous moments. Reminding me of my childhood with its familiar soundtrack, the movie—in the cheesiest sense—was definitely incredible and worth the wait. Read more...

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Restaurant Review

Locally sourced American gastropub a must-try

Nighthawks Restaurant & Bar sits in the heart of Downtown Troy, at the cute corner where Nibble Inc. used to be. The restaurant-and-bar is committed to a menu that is locally sourced, fresh, and handmade, which means the menu rotates with the seasons; they even have a list of the farms they source from. There’s indoor seating as well as outdoor, which provides a quaint view down the street. At Broadway and 5th, it’s a straight walk down from Blitman, within easy walking distance of a Rensselaer shuttle stop. Since it was late, we opted to sit indoors. As soon as we set foot inside, we were struck by the intimate ambiance. With low lighting, candles, and homey decor, it landed somewhere between casual and formal. Read more...

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Album Review

Highly-anticipated album showcases Eminem’s refreshing lyrical strides

Eminem’s album debut in 2017 was disappointing, to say the least. Revival, his ninth studio album, missed the mark on many things fans have come to expect from Eminem, and throwaway lines coupled with bad production led fans like myself to rank it near the bottom of his discography. Eminem apparently felt differently, as he dropped Kamikaze on August 31.  Read more...

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On-Campus Event

Chris Mooney discusses state of climate change

“41 is the number I want you to remember. 41 billion tons of carbon dioxide is being released by humans every year. We don’t have a lot of time left,” began Chris Mooney at his talk discussing climate change on Friday, September 7 in Center for Biotechnology & Interdisiplinary Studies. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Jackson, Board of Trustees why I’m withholding donations

I graduated from RPI with my master’s degree in 1998. Although I was only a graduate student at RPI, I nonetheless have many fond memories of the Institute; I met my wife there, I made scores of close friends, I have a degree that is taking me places that I’d never imagined, and I have developed an affinity for college hockey (as well as other RPI Engineer athletics). I have been attending RPI hockey games since I was a student, first as a member (and conductor) of the Pep Band, and many years thereafter as a season ticket holder. Read more...

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Top Hat

Student Government positions available

I’m obviously biased and would love to see all RPI students participate in Student Government, but I know that it isn’t for everyone! Though, if you find yourself walking around campus thinking “Wow, why aren’t there more trash cans around campus?” or “hmm, I wonder who planned this event and how I could plan one of my own,” Student Government might be the right place for you. Read more...

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DERBY

Update on Union dining options

Hello, RPI! I hope everyone had an exciting first week of classes and is getting settled into the new semester! As we ramp up with activities and events—and, of course, our classes—I would like to take a moment to recap some of the changes you may have noticed to dining opportunities with the Union that occurred over the summer. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Junior year offers opportunity for independence

With the start of this school year, I am officially an upperclassman at Rensselaer. Saying this out loud has been hard for me. Everytime I go to tell someone my class year, I hesitate and almost blurt out “sophomore.” I have two whole years left on campus, but it seems shorter and every move I make seems to count more now. Of course, not everything about entering my junior year has me feeling uneasy. There are pros and cons, just as there are for any situation. Read more...

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Movie Review

Superior acting, story elements elevate romcom to new heights

If for some reason, you had been taking a break from Netflix binge-watching like I had this past summer, then you could be excused from missing the release of the recent cinematic phenomena that is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Read more...

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Full issue: September 5, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - September 5, 2018

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