Full issue: April 18, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - April 18, 2018

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

A look at the future

A guy from my capstone group and I had a little competition in the Union this past week. We were trying to determine who had the better vision by reading various clubs’ signs posted around the third floor. He ended up winning. The difference between us was that I had LASIK surgery this past summer, while he has his natural eyes, no contacts or glasses.  Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Hard work or talent?

Talent or hard work: which leads to success? According to Google, talent is “a natural aptitude or skill.” To me, the word “natural” implies that talent is something people are born with—it can’t be developed over time. Now that we have a definition for talent, do we believe everyone has it? From a quick Google search, I found arguments for both “yes” and “no,” but nothing concrete. Since this is completely based on personal perception, I will assume worst case scenario and answer “no.” For the purpose of this article, I will refer to this definition and interpretation; however, I understand it may be translated in other ways.  Read more...

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TOP HAT

Grand marshal addresses short, long-term goals

Hi everyone! With the semester quickly coming to a close, and the weather finally starting to warm up, it’s time to have a productive few weeks and end the year strong! I ran for grand marshal on a platform that stressed a few short-term goals which I fully intend to complete within the last push of the semester. Some of these goals include improving the availability of Senate officer applications, and the implementation of preferred names. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Art should be challenging

“Welcome to my dollhouse.” Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Director Johannes Goebel held an event addressing many common questions about the subject of art. Goebel challenged attendees by asking why art exists, why we care about art, what qualifies as art, and what EMPAC’s place is in all of it—first by creating the parallel between his opinions and a dollhouse, and then by presenting his “dollhouse.” Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Paul Harding, follow-up talk

The awards for the annual McKinney Writing Contest were given out last Thursday. Students and faculty gathered in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. Three professors from RPI’s Department of Communication and Media—Professor Merrill Whitburn, Professor Barbara Lewis, and Professor Shira Dentz—kicked off the event by thanking organizers, sponsors, and contestants. Dentz introduced the guest speaker, Pulitzer prizewinner and author of Tinkers, Paul Harding. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Debut album provides powerful messages

Cardi B debuted her studio album, Invasion of Privacy, on April 6. A fairly new face, the singer has been gaining much recognition for her bold voice and fearless songs. Like many others, I too have found myself entranced by Cardi B’s energetic music. This album features many well-known singers, including Migos, Chance the Rapper, and 21 Savage, among others. Each singer brings their own twist, and when combined with Cardi B, the music created is powerful to the ears. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Active Minds now Union-affiliated

Newly-elected Justin Etzine ’19 opened the weekly meeting of the Executive Board—his first since becoming the 129th president of the Union, and the second-to-last of this semester. The agenda called for proposals from Active Minds and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.  Read more...

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CONCERT REVIEW

Concert underwhelms

I had been waiting for this concert since April 2016, the month that The Chainsmokers came to RPI.  After being extremely disappointed that there wasn’t going to be a concert for my junior year, I became super excited about who might come perform my senior year. I waited months for the final decision to be announced after taking the UPAC concerts survey. The reveal of blackbear came in late February; I turned to whomever was next to me at that moment and said, “Who is blackbear?” Read more...

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ELECTIONS

‘Smells rotten’: Administrators meet with Elections Commission

The Elections Commission was summoned to a meeting with Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong, Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79, General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute Craig Cook, and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar via an email sent on Sunday. The meeting occurred yesterday at 5 pm. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Strong questions validity of elections

“Last night I met with the 2018 Elections Commission to discuss the reported issues. Given the lack of integrity in the election process, the Commission is now determining whether any of the election results should be invalidated,” wrote Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong in an email to the Rensselaer community. Read more...

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Full issue: April 11, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - April 11, 2018

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Festival of colors

The Indian Students Association put on a Holi celebration outside of Commons Dining Hall this past Saturday where students celebrated by throwing colors and spraying water on each other. This event was based on the Indian holiday of Holi, also known as the festival of colors. As a Hindu myself, I have celebrated Holi each year growing up with my family. Reminding me of home and bringing back fond memories, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Blockers offers more

UPAC Cinema hosted a free pre-screening of the upcoming Universal Pictures feature, Blockers. Starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, this movie follows three parents as they set out to ruin their daughters’ prom night. While the movie is comedic on the surface, with silly and crude references, it has a much deeper message of the strength of family, which, as a fan of family drama, I thoroughly enjoyed. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Kyle Pope on current state of journalism

Kyle Pope, Editor In Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, spoke on the current state of journalism in the Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center’s concert hall last Tuesday. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Break-up mixtape

Surprising his fans, The Weeknd released a mixtape, My Dear Melancholy, on March 30. This was the Canadian singer’s first extended play, and it features French techno artist, Gesaffelstein. As a big fan of The Weeknd, I was excited when I heard this was released. Even though there are only six songs, the singer had a very clear message in mind when creating this masterpiece. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Taking a break is worthy of consideration

This summer, and for the next eight months, I will basically be taking a leave of absence from society. My “ship date” is May 29, and I will be flying to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to begin my military training. Contrary to what I have been feeling the past six months, today I’m actually really excited for this new beginning. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Preferred names, student rights priorities

Hi RPI! My name is Stef Warner, and I am humbled to be serving you as your 153rd grand marshal! First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone who got out and voted last week. As the GM Week festivities come to an end, we are eager and ready to kick off the new term of Student Government! Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Changing music habits

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an article by Haley Nahman called, “I Think I Figured Out Why My Brain Always Feels Fried” and for whatever reason I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It talks about the ways that people nowadays consume information. Some people will fully follow artists or authors, becoming familiar with their work overtime. They, on a daily basis, read and listen with an “intentionality.” Others, like the author of this particular article, listen and absorb passively, taking what comes to them—content suggested by friends, algorithms, or publications. On the musical side of things, this was something that stuck with me. Read more...

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DERBY

Interested in E-Board? Applications are open

Hello, RPI!

My name is Justin Etzine, and I’m excited to be serving you as the 129th president of the Union! For those of you I have not yet been able to meet, I am a coterminal MBA student in the Lally School, where I am concentrating in Corporate Technological Entrepreneurship. For my undergraduate degree, I studied Computer Science and Information Technology and Web Science. I grew up in Hollywood, Florida, and I chose to attend RPI because of the quirky and remarkable peers I knew I would meet. I have been involved in Student Government since I arrived at RPI four years ago, and student interests have always been of paramount importance to me. I am very excited for the year ahead of us. Read more...

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