Movie review

Bohemian Rhapsody: the story behind Queen

Released last month, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of the well-known British band, Queen. The film portrays the story of how Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, came together with the other members of Queen to create a diverse palette of music. While I have listened to many of Queen’s songs, I didn’t know much about their backstory. That being said, I was hooked from the first scene and really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody. Read more...

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Opinion

Share your opinions with The Polytechnic

I had the opportunity to meet with Associate Director of the Archer Center Christine Allard following my previous opinion piece regarding the current status of career development courses in the engineering curriculum. In short, based on my experience in the industry, I feel that these courses may benefit from the incorporation of a technical perspective. My meeting with Allard was organized to further discuss potential ways to improve professional development courses organized by the Archer Center. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

My experience with loneliness

“Why didn’t you come, Namish?” asked my then best friend. “I … I didn’t know about it,” I stammered, desperately trying to avoid the phrase “I wasn’t invited.” Read more...

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Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald needlessly boring, lacks focus

Home on Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to see a movie with my high school friends. Since we’d seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it came out in 2016, we decided to watch the sequel. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate recaps College Union Conference visit

On November 26, the Senate met to discuss the 2018 Association of College Union International Conference at the University of Hartford. Senators Nancy Bush ’19, Advaith Narayan ’21, Jonathan Bao ’21, Vice Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20, and Interfraternity Council Senator Tomas Proveneher ’21 all attended the conference on November 16. Read more...

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Cultural event

Troy kicks off holiday season with Victorian Stroll

This Sunday, Troy was cast back into 19th century England. The 36th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll filled the streets with performances, decorations, people, and holiday cheer. Despite the poor weather, visitors swarmed Troy, many of whom—even children—dressed in classic 19th century clothing. Features included rides on an antique fire truck, live birds of prey, several food trucks, a pop-up market of craftsmen and vendors, and various musical displays. Local shops and eateries also took part with special seasonal offers and various events of their own. The celebration concluded with a menorah and Christmas tree lighting, accompanied by the Troy High School Concert Choir. Read more...

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Opinion

Many human issues are systemic, not individual

Let’s talk about bitches. I don’t mean basic bitches or bad bitches, just bitches. Assholes. Dicks. I have a burning question to ask: why do we hate them? Read more...

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top hat

Complete the Student Senate survey before it closes today

Hello, RPI! I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed your Thanksgiving break! I trust that you all caught up on some sleep, spent time with people you haven't seen in a while, or did something that your busy schedules haven’t allowed for in the recent weeks. Now begins the exciting time where we start to wrap up the semester. I wish everyone the best of luck with upcoming assignments, projects, and exams as the Fall semester comes to a close! I want to give you all a couple of reminders before finals go into full swing. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

ISA puts on great Diwali show

Diwali, also referred to as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, that signifies the win of good over evil. In Hinduism, the story of Diwali revolves around Lord Ram and his battle with the demon king Ravana. Ram defeats Ravana to bring his wife, Goddess Sita, back home after 14 years. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Campus event sheds light on ethical allyship

On November 12th, the Multicultural Leadership Council and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers partnered together and hosted an event about ethical allyship. The purpose of the event was to spread knowledge about how to be an ethical ally. Presenters included Director of Multicultural Programs Chenthuran Jayachandiran and Assistant Director and Lecturer at the Archer Center Audrey Scranton. New to the topic of ethical allyship, I left the presentation with a greater understanding of the term and its application. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Brave Space: a forum for students to express themselves

Program plans to move toward student facilitation of meetings

Brave Space is an open forum for students to talk about about issues or experiences that concern them and bring about positive change at RPI, hosted by the Multicultural Leadership Council alongside the Black Students’ Alliance and facilitated by Assistant Director of Student Activities Miciah Yehudah. According to one member of the BSA, it was started after the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016 as a way to help underrepresented students feel safer and facilitate discussions that address issues these communities face. Read more...

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TV series review

Netflix animation She-Ra disappoints

I never saw myself watching this show; but after hearing about the controversies it stirred up, I was intrigued enough to give the show a try, and I actually enjoyed myself in the process. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a modern adaptation of a character from the He-Man franchise. Read more...

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On-campus event

RMA Concert features various small music groups, talented performances

Last Sunday, the Rensselaer Music Association held a concert to showcase Rensselaer’s many small music groups. The Rensselaer Chamber Brass, Clarinet Choir, Composition Club, Rensselyrics, Flute Choir, Daydreamers, Strings Theory, and the Experimental Music Quintet all performed a variety of unique pieces. RMA is a student-run organization that promotes and supports music groups on campus, and the Winter Small Groups Concert is an event they hold annually in the RPI Playhouse. Each group performed wonderfully, and the concert was an intimate, glowing example of the musical talent at our university. Read more...

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SENATE

Greek Life Task Force presents to the Senate

This week the Student Senate received a progress update from the Greek Life Task Force and voted to remove Anthony Dai as Independent Senator. Read more...

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Opinion

Vaccines: balancing individual freedoms and public health

In 2000, not a single internal transmission of measles occurred in the United States, due to strong immunization. However, in 2013, there were outbreaks of measles in 16 states, summing up to 159 cases transmitted internally —mainly in anti-vaccine communities. Read more...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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