Freshman Elections

7.8% turnout for freshman elections, down from 22.1% last year

On October 3, freshman elections were held across campus with the lowest turnout in at least six years. 138 freshmen voted in three different locations: the Darrin Communications Center, the Commons Dining Hall and the Student Union.  Read more...

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Derby

Exciting Union events you can attend for Family Weekend

Hello, RPI!

With Family Weekend this weekend, I wanted to take a moment to welcome all the visiting families to campus and to our Union. If you are looking for activities for this weekend, allow me to highlight some of the exciting activities happening in the Union. Read more...

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Game Review

Can you escape the nightmare?

Do you remember your childhood dreams? What about your nightmares? Well, be prepared to add some new ones to your list with the delightfully terrifying game, Little Nightmares. This game, released in 2017, has since featured three different downloadable contents, which furthered the existing story and explored more of the setting shown in the original game. Now be warned, this is a game worthy of nightmares. It has visuals and aesthetics reminiscent of Coraline, so be ready.  Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Matters of life and death: every bit helps

I remember reading a story about a man named Kevin Hines. In September of 2000, he, a 19 year old college student, dropped all his classes and took a bus to the Golden Gate Bridge, crying hysterically all the way. He planned to kill himself. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Reaffirming my faith in journalism

Oftentimes journalism can make me jaded. With all the work that goes into covering events, writing articles, putting them through our editing process, photographing, and even finding the money to be able to print, I must admit, sometimes I forget the excitement that drew me to The Polytechnic. But last Friday, I had the pleasure of photographing an event at the RPI Chapel and Cultural Center featuring a candlelit vigil for survivors of domestic abuse.  Read more...

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Opinion

China’s quiet imprisonment of Muslims should disturb you

The Chinese government started a campaign, called the de-extremification policy, to socially re-engineer the Uighur Muslims of the province of Xinjiang through the use of technological surveillance and modern-day internment camps.  Read more...

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EMPAC Event

Goebel explains the future of computers as time capsules

“And then we have the marriage in the heavens[…]we have a clock and a calculator. Had they decided to get married, they’d beget computers,” said Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Director Johannes Goebel in the introduction of his talk. Read more...

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Executive Board

Humans vs. Zombies reinstated with new safety precautions

In Wednesday’s E-Board meeting, Humans vs. Zombies’ funding request for safety precautions was approved, Assistant Activity Director Maria Roberts presented feedback by club officers, and the Three Year Plan for the Club Management System was presented and approved. Read more...

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Troyasia Night Market: important, but poorly executed

This past Friday, Troy’s third annual Troyasia Night Market dazzled event goers with a plethora of Asian cuisine and amazing aesthetics. This event was hosted by multiple food vendors—each bringing their own take on Asian street food to the table. Korean food was supplied by K-Plate and Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, Japanese food was introduced by The Little Rice Ball, and Superior Merchandise Company brought  beverages. There was an immense turnout from the local community making for an entertaining night. Read more...

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Activism

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month: an interview with Kristine Guzman

Kristine Guzman, the assistant dean of intervention support, describes her job as “cover[ing] a lot.” She is responsible for organizing events surrounding domestic and sexual abuse, counseling students, assisting in judicial processes, and is a member of the Bias Assessment and Review Team. Guzman is a relatively new member of the Rensselaer community—having started this July—but is already making waves in the programming surrounding difficult issues like domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Maniac surprises with exciting plot

Watching Netflix’s new mini-series, Maniac—written and directed by Patrick Somerville—is like going out with that super cute, manic, artsy girl you’re inexplicably attracted to: confusing but exciting, leaving you wondering if you just experienced something profound you don’t yet understand, or if you were just beguiled by the novelty of the idea of her. Read more...

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Opinion

Incorporating a technical perspective into our professional development programs

“I want a job.” These four little words resonate with many students at Rensselaer; whether they are instilled in us by our parents, our guardians, or ourselves. As a senior student, I think about job security and the start of my professional career perhaps too much—what can I say, I’m an overachiever. Yes, college is much more than getting a job: it’s a place to open your mind, to change your perspective, to collect new experiences, to meet new people, and to think back on with nostalgia. But, undeniably, college is about preparing yourself for “the real world.” Although, one may argue that simply calling it “the real world” further separates us from the idea. Read more...

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TV Series Review

My Hero Academia: best current modern anime

My Hero Academia has been the single most popular Japanese anime since its launch in 2016. It’s captured the hearts and minds of millions in Japan, America, and people across the world—and for good reason. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Dangers, losses of publishing online

I read about your decision to stop printing the school newspaper. I hope you understand that the future includes both screens and paper, and that many people make conscious decisions to get their information from paper sources because of the constant tracking and privacy concerns endemic to digital information access. Reading on paper is also qualitatively different. The campus environment is ideal for paper distribution, as you have a captive local audience! Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate expresses dissatisfaction with director of the Union hiring process

On Monday, October 1, the Senate unanimously voted to create the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and passed a resolution expressing its “dissatisfaction” with the hiring process for the director of the Union. Read more...

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Top Hat

Excluding members of the RPI community is unacceptable

Hello, RPI! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Whether you got the chance to travel home and see family this weekend, took a whole day to catch up on Netflix shows, or went on a hike or another outside adventure, I hope you all had the chance to take a well-deserved break. Read more...

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Album Review

Logic’s latest release doesn’t disappoint

I’m gonna start this review off by saying I’m a massive Logic fan. Under Pressure is one of my favorite albums of all time, and every other album is solid within its own right. Logic’s newest masterpiece, YSIV, doesn’t break that trend. Full of energy, full of emotion, and full of hard-hitting lines, Logic made an album that’s a journey from start to finish, and one I highly recommend. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Participating in random acts of kindness

During my senior year, I was talking with one of my friends, and you know, we had done all the college tours over the summer, and she was talking about how she went on a tour of Princeton. She was with other prospective students who were being shy and awkward—which is fine—but she managed to squeeze a little information out of them. A couple of them gave her the pretty common “pre-med,” or “pre-law,” or “business” answers, and maybe a little of their history with volunteer work or a similar humble brag. Read more...

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Movie Review

First Man, a modern masterpiece

There are precious few experiences in life that give you a euphoric high like a truly amazing movie does, but those types of films are hard to come by. Read more...

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Movie Review

Venom: enjoyable despite undercooked plot

This past Friday, Sony Pictures released Venom: an introductory movie about an anti-hero. Focused on an outbreak of an alien symbiote on Earth, this film incorporates humor and action-packed effects to entertain viewers. Despite lacking a convincing plot, I was still able to enjoy the movie with its evolved characters and their well-thought out dialogue. Read more...

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