Full issue: January 18, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic December 7, 2016

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BASKETBALL

Men split, women face defeat over Winter Break

Men faced three wins, three defeats as women secured only one victory, losing five games

Over break, the men’s and women’s basketball teams played six games each. The men’s team went 3–3, while the women’s team struggled and only claimed one victory. Read more...

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GAME REVIEW

Automation obsession manifests in Factorio

Elements of modded Minecraft and Sim City combine, creating factory management RTS

Factorio has been available since February 2016, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to pick up such an innovative game. The premise is simple—you’re stranded on an alien planet and need to build a rocket ship to escape. There are abundant resources with which to do this, and you (fortunately) have the knowledge and skill to build some mining machines to get it all rolling. But as the copper, iron, and coal rolls in off the conveyor belts, the player will quickly realize that manually collecting, smelting, and crafting everything is a bit too slow. That’s where the fun begins: automating everything. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

RPI welcomes new dean of students

Former Cornell University dean and anti-hazing activist fills open position

As winter break comes to a close and students begin situating themselves yet again on RPI’s campus, Rensselaer welcomes a new assistant vice president and dean of students: Travis Apgar. Read more...

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

New appointments to Rensselaer’s Board of Trustees generate attention

EMPAC namesake among trustees honored with new Board appointments

Rensselaer has recently announced the election of three new leaders to the Rensselaer Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2017. Appointees include Wanda Denson-Low ’78, Arthur F. Golden ’66, and Curtis R. Priem ’82, all Rensselaer alumni who have made notable contributions in their professional fields and have loyally served RPI. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Questioning Trump’s actions

Truth is under attack. Donald Trump seems to believe that repeatedly shouting falsehoods makes them true. He aims to distort what is and is not truthful so that everyone is left in doubt as to what is factual. Trump’s goal is to convince you that reality is unknowable. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Freedom of press relieves fear of reporting the truth

Journalists provide an unparalled service to society

At a time when the legitimacy of the press is questioned and the term “fake news” is thrown around without regard to its impact, we must remember the irreplaceable role the press fills in our lives. We have the privilege of living in a country where the freedom of the press is protected. Journalists need not fear persecution for exposing the truth. We are privileged to have a diversity of news sources available to us, and to not have that news censored by our government. Undermining the credibility of reputable news sources practicing responsible journalism is detrimental to the health of the United States. Read more...

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CONCERT REVIEW

Rave balances sing-alongs, head-banging

Not even home for 1 week from school, I attended the Gud Vibrations Tour at the Oakdale Dome in Wallingford, Connecticut, featuring Slander and NGHTMRE. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Environmental policy at risk of losing attention

I remember walking into my Environment and Politics recitation last semester, two days after the election. I was still in a daze and hadn’t fully processed the results. Our TA had prepared an exercise for the class that would help us understand what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the environment. We spent the next hour and a half filling the board with his proposed actions, comments, and tweets. The board was covered with words that blatantly contradicted almost everything we had learned. It was a sobering experience that I can’t help but consider as the inauguration approaches. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Latest Star Wars series addition renews hope

The Star Wars film series continues with the first installment of Star Wars Anthology, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This newest lens-flaring, explosion-filled, action-packed movie in the franchise enters the scene as a quasi-stand-alone. The film details events immediately prior to A New Hope, the very first film in the series from 1977, and segues into the timeline seamlessly. However, the film brings an entire set, of shiny brand new characters, along with some CGI ones, to the screen. Nonetheless, this reviewer was giddy upon hearing that the simple “many Bothans died to bring us this information” line from Mon Mothma in A New Hope would earn its own full-length feature to answer their begging question. Read more...

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DERBY

Payroll changes

Welcome back from break, and happy 2017! I hope everyone enjoyed a great winter break and an even better start to the spring semester. Last time I wrote was in early December. I generated a long list of projects and goals the Executive Board has for this year and our progress so far. Nearly a week after that was written, the E-Board completed club budgets and budgeting appeals for the next school year, finalizing the Union’s budget. Read more...

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Full issue: December 7, 2016

The Rensselaer Polytechnic December 7, 2016

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STAFF EDITORIAL

GM and PU not told of job posting

Search for new Director of the Union starts behind the backs of students

It is clear that student-administration relations have been strained this year, and it is clear why. It should be clear that administrators have a moral obligation to inform students of changes that are being made, particularly when those changes are likely to have long-standing effects on student life. For all the work that has been done to improve the situation between students and professionals at RPI over the past two semesters, it’s disappointing to see just how little things have changed for students. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Starboy reinforces The Weeknd’s stardom

Hailing from outside Toronto, Canadian rapper The Weeknd has had a busy year. Fresh from his fame off of his first full album The Beauty Behind the Madness, the world eagerly awaited what Abel Makkonen Tesfaye might do next in his musical career. With the November 25 release of his new album Starboy, I feel like he has written a compelling argument as to why he deserves to remain at the forefront of the music industry. The Weeknd blends smooth rap verses with interchanged bursts of aggressive EDM synths and jumpy pop melodies, which makes for a unique listening experience. Read more...

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CURLING

Largest bonspiel yields Engineer succcess

Rensselaer hosted the largest collegiate bonspiel ever held in the nation in the United States Curling Association this past weekend, with 20 teams from 10 schools in attendance. RPI entered five teams into the three-day tournament which ran from Friday evening through Sunday morning at Schenectady Curling Club, where the team practices every Tuesday and Wednesday. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

New solutions to enhance on-campus safety

On December 5, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those reports included a discussion led by Student Government Communications Chair Korey Prendergast ’17, who is currently updating Senate profiles for the Spring 2017 semester. Senate profiles are posted on the Student Government website and are used by students to learn who their elected officials are as well as their contact information. Read more...

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DERBY

Veterans lounge for students underway

Happy end of the semester! We all managed to make it to the end, just two weeks left until we can all head home for Winter Break. Since this is the last time I’ll be writing to you this semester, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays and good luck on their final exams and projects. Read more...

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TV SERIES REVIEW

3% delivers thrills

As the newest original release from Netflix, Brazilian-produced dystopian thriller 3% seems to be riding on the coattails of the popular Hunger Games franchise. The show debuted its eight-episode first season on November 25, and has quickly become the subject of binge-watches nationwide. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate passes resolution in response to petition

Students created petition in hopes that the Rensselaer Union can be kept a student-run effort

After approximately eight months, the Student Union Senate passed a resolution 21–0–0 responding to the student petition Preserve the Student Union, which has received 470 signatures–the highest count found on an online student petition to date. The resolution included a brief description of the Rensselaer Union’s history, remarking that the Union, since its founding over 126 years ago, “has been widely hallmarked for its unique, student-run structure and continues to serve as a source of pride, spirit, and admiration for students, faculty, administration, and the greater Rensselaer community.” Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

RPI film showing explores experimental media

On Thursday, December 1, Laure Prouvost showed six of her short films and discussed the inspiration and meaning behind her works at Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Her short films were very experimental, fitting the venue, and showcased a lot of different techniques with image, sound, color, and narration. Read more...

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