STUDENT SENATE

Pre-Campaign Guidelines passed

On Monday, the Student Senate voted on changes to Pre-Campaign Guidelines as proposed by Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21, discussed a presentation on the work-in-progress 2019 Elections Handbook, and voted to impeach Independent Senator Anthony Dai. Read more...

Comments Off on Pre-Campaign Guidelines passed
TOWN MEETING

Takeaways from the Fall Town Meeting

Students and faculty filled the Concert Hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center for President Shirley Ann Jackson’s Fall Town Meeting on October 31. Read more...

Comments Off on Takeaways from the Fall Town Meeting
Movie Review

Green Book comments on racism, importance of friendship

When dealing with racism, some films, like The Blind Side or Crash (2004) aim to stir up tensions and divide critics. Thankfully, Green Book doesn’t fall into this category. It’s not trying to desperately beg for an Oscar by serving the audience an edgy, dark take on racism. It aims to be a simple, solid movie that everyone can enjoy. Read more...

Comments Off on Green Book comments on racism, importance of friendship
TV Series

Castlevania: a graphic, riveting animated fantasy

Movies and TV shows developed from video games are notorious for being complete garbage. This perception has been a trend that only a few have been able to unlatch themselves from. Pokémon is often thrown in as an example, but it varies greatly in quality from generation to generation, and isn’t directly based on the stories of the games. Castlevania treads into dangerous waters—it’s a show that faithfully follows its game equivalent’s story. Read more...

Comments Off on Castlevania: a graphic, riveting animated fantasy
EXECUTIVE BOARD

RMA funding postponed again

The Rensselaer Music Association came before the Union Executive Board requesting the reallocation of funds and subsidy for the lease of two baritone saxophones and one timpani drum. The timpani drum is over 50 years old, and “botched,” while the baritone saxophones “are in bad condition.” Many groups use the same limited instruments, and the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Department has begun using the instruments due to lack of resources, putting additional wear on them. This also forces the multiple groups to sometimes forgo using the necessary instruments. The group had come before the Executive Board previously, and were denied the adequate funding and told to come back this year. Read more...

Comments Off on RMA funding postponed again
DERBY

Here’s some advice on effective communication

Giving and receiving constructive criticism proves vital for healthy team dynamic

Hi, RPI!

Today, I’d like to discuss a topic we’ve covered extensively in our MBA program, which I feel is applicable and pertinent to all group dynamics: handling conflict with constructive criticism. Read more...

Comments Off on Here’s some advice on effective communication
Notebook

Rekindling my joy for reading

This past weekend I went to go visit my girlfriend in Washington D.C. I chose to drive down due to the outrageous costs of train tickets and the inconvenience of plane departure times. The six hour drive itself was manageable; it provided me and my friend, Copy Editor Rex Hu '19, ample time to talk about absolutely everything and nothing that came into our heads. One of the first conversations we had was about childhood reading. Read more...

Comments Off on Rekindling my joy for reading
Top Hat

Student Senate wants to hear your feedback

Hello, RPI! The Fall Student Senate Survey is now live! Annually, the Student Senate and each of its committees contribute to the production of a survey. This survey is intended to provide students with the opportunity and platform to anonymously share their opinions and make their voices heard. Read more...

Comments Off on Student Senate wants to hear your feedback
Movie Review

Crazy Rich Asians flashy, glamorous

With its flashy scenery and glamorous outfits, Crazy Rich Asians will have you falling in love instantly. This movie, released in August, provides a beautiful combination of family drama and fairytale romance. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t peel my eyes off the screen. Read more...

Comments Off on Crazy Rich Asians flashy, glamorous
TV series

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends on a suspenseful high note

Before watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I would’ve claimed that Netflix has yet to produce a dark, serious, compelling, live-action teenage drama. But I believe that they’ve finally done it with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This show blew me away with its quality, style, and themes. Read more...

Comments Off on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends on a suspenseful high note
derby

Deadlines approaching for Fiscal Year 2020

Hi everyone!

I apologize for the rather short update this week. We are getting ready for one of the most exciting times of the year: budgeting for Fiscal Year 2020! As such, I would like to take this time to share some important reminders for clubs as budgets are being written and reviewed. Read more...

Comments Off on Deadlines approaching for Fiscal Year 2020

RPI-Sage Hillel hosts remembrance after shooting

On Saturday night, members of the Rensselaer community gathered around the fountain near Commons Dining Hall to remember the lives of the 11 people who were murdered in an anti-Semitic attack in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27. The solidarity service, hosted by RPI-Sage Hillel, included prayer, reading the names of and remembering those who died, and time for people in attendance to openly reflect on their thoughts and experiences. Read more...

Comments Off on RPI-Sage Hillel hosts remembrance after shooting
EXECUTIVE BOARD

Ambulance purchase approved

On Wednesday, October 31, RPI Ambulance requested $60,000 from the Executive Board to use towards the purchase of a new box style ambulance. Read more...

Comments Off on Ambulance purchase approved
opinion

The implications of global drought

Water: the essence of all life. Without it, our crops shrivel up, our streets become polluted, and people die from dehydration. Over the last two millennia, humans have become exceedingly efficient at finding it and utilizing it. We extract it from aquifers, rivers, and lakes; purify it; pipe it; and recycle it. Many of our cities are located around it. Most people don’t even give it a second thought, but that will change drastically within the next few decades. Read more...

Comments Off on The implications of global drought
CLUB EVENT

BSA hosts first art show

Refreshing display of local art garners crowd

On Friday, the Black Students’ Alliance hosted its first-ever art show in the Greene Building Gallery, as a prelude to its annual fashion show in February. Read more...

Comments Off on BSA hosts first art show
Campus Event

Union After Dark features Black Tie Stereo, student performances

On Saturday, the McNeil Room was cleared of tables to make room for Union After Dark: Board Games Edition with Black Tie Stereo, a four-piece pop band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Read more...

Comments Off on Union After Dark features Black Tie Stereo, student performances

Full issue: October 31, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - October 31, 2018

Comments Off on Full issue: October 31, 2018
Editorial Notebook

Finding, collecting treasure

My roommate calls me a hoarder; my parents, a dumpster diver; my friends, a hazard to my own health and safety. All of them believe that I, to some degree, know what I’m doing—that there’s a method to my madness, that I’m collecting parts for some grand design, that I know what I want and take it. In reality, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I simply tour the tech dumps and reach for whatever looks the most interesting. Read more...

Comments Off on Finding, collecting treasure
Activism

Making Strides rallies 18,000, raises $680,000

On Sunday, October 21, many people gathered around in support of breast cancer awareness and funding. In partnership with the American Cancer Association and AVON, the 23rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer rally was held at Washington Park in Albany. People could donate and walk or run five kilometers in support of this rally. A total of 18,000 people came to this event to walk and learn more about breast cancer and how they could help. In total, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raised $680,000. Read more...

Comments Off on Making Strides rallies 18,000, raises $680,000
Research Spotlight

Using consumer behavior to leverage marketing

Rich in marketing experience, Associate Professor Jeffrey F. Durgee is on the hunt to better understand consumer behavior. Durgee’s research is centered around the relationship between people and products—specifically, the relationship between a consumer and a brand, or a collector and a collection. With such insight, he can present a sociological perspective to marketing. Read more...

Comments Off on Using consumer behavior to leverage marketing