The Engineers came out on top in their clashes against Liberty League opponents Clarkson and St. Lawrence, bringing their league record to 5‒2. Nicole DaPra and Brielle Sharry scored double-digit points in both games, with DaPra grabbing a double-double against Clarkson. Julia Rowe recorded a double-double in the win against St. Lawrence as well. Rensselaer sits in third place in the Liberty League behind undefeated Ithaca and Skidmore.
The Center for Career Professional Development and Panhellenic Council were approved to use three rooms in the Union for company info sessions and a “Meet the Chapters” event, respectively. Also, Ramesis Munoz-Valverde ’24 was appointed Club Ops Chair.
Student Senate increased Class Council dues by one dollar. Treasurer Ibrahim Ali ’24 was also asked to step down after missing a budgeting deadline. Additionally, Philip Paterson ’25 presented the Resident Life Report on campus housing.
ACHA hockey is an entertaining combination of competition and pure love of the sport. Games are never held during the week to avoid academic conflicts, so I highly suggest going to one of Club Hockey’s games if you have a free weekend.
RPI Rounak was given approval to fundraise for costumes and props.
Vice President of Student Life Peter Konwerski presented a draft of the Student Life Performance Plan, outlining goals to improve student retention, make investments in housing, and “enhance the Arch.”
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Game Development Club hosted its annual Rensselaer Game Showcase. Many students hosted various projects they had worked on throughout the year. There were many different genres of games, from side-scrolling storytellers to simulation games to card games, and even one VR game.
For the past month, the Rensselaer Union Executive Board has been focused on preparing for the annual budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2024. Currently, we are in Fiscal Year 2023 with the next fiscal year starting on July 1, 2023.
Rensselaer should have better vegetarian options for students. Associate Composing Editor Marissa Ho ’26 provides some ideas on how to fix it.
Being fully open for the first time since COVID-19 is a big deal for EMPAC. Students can walk in from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays to study and hang out. Contributing Editor Gavin MacKenzie ’25 explores what EMPAC has to offer, including its various venues, events, in-house research, and more.
The Graduate Indian Students Association held a Diwali festival to celebrate the holiday as well as kick off the club’s first official event since COVID-19.
Women’s Club Basketball was approved for the start of their season, and clubs under the Rensselaer Music Association were consolidated into one.
Would you eat chicken grown in a vat? Managing Editor David Liu ’22 thinks it’s an obvious yes.
The Executive Board unanimously passed a motion to remove the club mailboxes from the Student Government Suite club library.
Set right off the Goodwill bus stop, walking into Mocha Blend is like stepping into an episode of Gilmore Girls.
On Saturday October 15th, we attended the Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony held in the McNeill room. The celebration—packed with music, dinner and dancing—was coordinated by the LHM Eboard and clubs such as Alianza Latina, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Phi Iota Alpha, and Omega Phi Beta.
From within the hidden lockers of the Union, Anna Stubbs ’26 shares her insight on why the campus mailroom holds many students’ hearts.
RIT overshadows RPI’s Senior Day as the Engineers are held scoreless en route to a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.
Editorial/Opinion Coordinator Justin Chassin ’22 recounts his experience seeing Daniel Weintraub’s Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros in EMPAC on October 9th.
After winning his fourth NBA championship, Steph looks ready to run it back despite the odds.
Quarterback Jake Kazanowsky connected with DJ Palmer for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to mount a staggering 14-point comeback, defeating the Hobart Statesmen 16‒13 to remain undefeated in the Liberty League. The Rensselaer defense continued their solid form as third in Division III in total defense and fifth in scoring defense, holding the visitors to 201 yards of total offense and forcing a safety.
TJ Walsh recorded a hat trick and an assist in the Engineers’ 7‒4 victory over the Army West Point Black Knights. Jack Agnew tallied three assists, Lauri Sertti and Jakob Lee both with two as well, and John Evans and Max Smolinksi netted their first collegiate goals. The win brings Rensselaer’s record to 4‒0‒0, the best start to an RPI season since 1999.
Dr. Eddie Knowles’ legacy is celebrated by alumni in a painting commissioned by Raymond Parker III ’77.
As a bike mechanic and cyclist, Anna Zuniga ’26 explains the pros and cons of electric bikes, noting problems of accessibility, mobility, safety, and sustainability.
Kyle Osborne headed in the Engineers’ winning goal in a 2‒1 victory at Union.
Tragedy struck on September 27, 2022 for millions of fans of the Try Guys. As a fan myself, I can firmly say that millions of hearts have been broken, including my own.
The Student Senate unanimously approved a change to the Undergraduate Council Budget Policy clarifying how class dues are distributed to class councils.
The Ultimate Frisbee team was approved for a new coach and the Rensselaer Pride Alliance were given the go-ahead for restoration.
The Toronto Varsity Blues grabbed a game-winning goal with six minutes remaining to defeat the Engineers 2‒1. This was Rensselaer’s last game before their season opener against Mercyhurst on October 7. Goaltenders Brett Miller and Carson Cherepak registered 14 and seven saves, respectively, in the defeat. Sutter Muzzatti netted his first goal in an RPI sweater off an assist from Jack Brackett.
What makes a good opening line for a book? What is it about the first couple of sentences that connect with a reader on some deeper level, committing them to the rest of the novel with just those few words? Copy Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’24 provides her thoughts on the subject, as well as a list of the best beginning lines in history.
One of the key ways that the Student Senate represents student interests is in Institute and Union policy changes. The Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities is reviewed by the Student Senate. The Senate often collaborates with the Executive Board on the Rensselaer Union Guidelines and Procedures. Creating cohesive policy requires more than just writing ability: active listening, negotiation, and prioritization are crucial skills.
The Student Senate unanimously appointed Christopher D. Carothers to Tenure and Promotion Committee representative after they tabled the motion last week.
Editorial/Opinion Coordinator Justin Chassin ’22 recounts his experience seeing Anna Craycroft’s Only Breath, Words in the EMPAC theater on Friday, September 23.
The Engineers scored three goals in three minutes to shoot down the Bard Raptors 3-0 in their Liberty League opener. Scorers for Rensselaer were Paul Silva, who buried two penalties, and Joaquin Rodriguez, who opened his collegiate tally.
The Harkness field and East Campus Athletic Village main gym went through renovations that brought both fields up to current standards.
After a tight contest through three periods, the Montreal Carabins notched a goal in overtime to defeat Rensselaer 3‒2. Asiah Taylor-Walters and Ellie Kaiser tallied goals for the Engineers, Amanda Rampado and Emilie Venne boasted impressive outings between the pipes.
The Engineers beat Mount Saint Mary College 5–2 in their return to home after a three-game road trip. RPI plays their next home game against Utica on September 27.
Paul Silva scored a brace in the Engineers’ 2‒1 victory over Keene State, including a game-winning penalty 26 seconds after the Owls’ equalizer. The Engineers play their next game at East Campus Stadium on September 16 at 6:30 pm against the Oneonta Red Dragons.
The No. 22 Engineers fell 10‒7 to the Carnegie Mellon Tartans in their first meeting since 1911. The loss ends the longest home winning streak in school history at 14 games.
The Philippine American League, Korean Student Association, and Alianza Latina were approved funding for cultural events. The Rensselaer Music Association was approved for a due waiver.
This Saturday, September 10, 2022, over 200 of Rensselaer Union’s clubs and programs will gather on the ‘86 Field for the annual Activities Fair. From 10 am to 11:30 am, RPI students will be able to explore the various organizations on campus.
A new chapter of Morgan’s Message, an organization advocating for student-athlete mental health, has been established on campus.
SUNY Oneonta beat the Engineers 2–0 in their first game of the season. The Engineers play their next home game against the Mount Saint Mary Knights on September 13.
The No. 20 Engineers start their season off with a 14‒7 win against the Dickinson Red Devils, bringing their record to 1‒0 on the season. They return to action on September 10 at 1 pm against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans at home.
Graduate student and President of the Union Colleen Corrigan gives her special greetings.
The Executive Board approved a total of $90,500 to demolish the W2SZ trailer on Sunset Terrace and build two offices in the Mueller Center. Additional subsidy requests by TeamRPI eSports and the Union Show Techs were also approved.
An incredible comeback from Emilio Van Cotthem ’25 finished off the Brandeis Judges for the Engineers’ tenth consecutive victory. Along with Van Cotthem, Aiden Drover-Mattinen ’25 and Abraham Yohannes won their singles matches. Drover-Mattinen was also triumphant in doubles with Peter Lohrbach ’22.
Features Editor Vaughn Greason ’25 shares his experience watching and reviewing the RPI Players’ production of Into The Woods. The Players will be performing Into the Woods on April 22 and 23 at 8pm, along with a 1 pm matinee on April 24.
Graduating students can now bring four guests to the Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at the East Campus Athletic Village at 8:15 am, according to an email sent out on Friday. Registration information is set to come out sometime this week.
Being kind and empathetic are important skills. However, it is too often taught in modern society to value others before yourself. Associate News Editor Alexander Orr ’25 reminds readers to put yourself before anyone else.
Why is there a lonely stone castle sitting in the middle of the Hudson river? "Frank Bannerman built a castle and filled it with all of the coolest things he could get his hands on," writes features editor Vaughn Greason '25, who dives into the history of the curious Bannerman's Armory.
Giving up only two goals in the last three quarters, the Engineers trounced the RIT Tigers 18-5. Sabrina Torcellini '22 and Ella Graff '25 led the scoring with four goals a piece, with Megan Shay '23 and Lisa Boehmer '25 also racking up hat tricks in the victory.
“People can’t imagine how you wouldn’t be ripping each other’s dresses and high heels like the movies…but it’s a sisterhood.” Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, graduate student Lily Donaldson is the 2021 Miss Tennessee title holder in the Miss United States division. In her interview with staff writer Maanasa Pulavarty '25, Donaldson goes into the history of American beauty pageants and her role as Miss Tennessee.
Staff writer Ryan Hickey '25 explores the complex systems of the PC game 5D Chess with Multiversal Time Travel.
Black Students Alliance President Tiffany Filawo '23 writes about the events held during Black History Month including a joint general body meeting, Commons and Sage Food Night, Night of Free Expression, and part two of BSA's joint Black Identity GBM. BSA also used Black History Month to explore the genre and practice of Afrofuturism as a means of progression.
Melissa Walega has been hired as a Title IX Coordinator and Senior Human Resources Specialist according to an announcement sent through Morning Mail this morning. Walega is now one of two Title IX coordinators at Rensselaer.
The Executive Board approved a motion to designate the Multicultural Sorority and Fraternity Council and their sub-organizations as Union-affiliated clubs.
Apple released the Mac Studio with the new M1 Ultra chip on March 8. Apple argues that it matches and exceeds the performance of its high-end professional Intel-powered Apple desktops while being the same dimensions of the Mac Mini, at around 2.5 times its height.
Objects mandatorily erased from consciousness and a writer struggling to find her place amongst it all. Publicity Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’24 discusses her views on The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa.
From the Senate’s composting committee, to the work of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and various research projects pursued by professors and graduate students, plenty of people are working on changing the world at RPI for the better. Kaitlin Barkley '22 argues why RPI should have an Office of Sustainability.
The personal information of 570 students was inadvertently leaked on Tuesday, March 22, when a spreadsheet containing the information was mistakenly attached to a mass email for the Lee Foundation Scholarship. The spreadsheet contained students in the School of Engineering with GPAs above 2.80 who have Sophomore or Junior credit standing.
On Tuesday, the two candidates for Grand Marshal, Cait Bennett '22 and Nicole Gramenides '23, participated in a debate held by the Elections Commission. Positions for Undergraduate President and President of the Union were uncontested, so both candidates participated in a 30 minute Q&A session. Elections Commission Chairperson Nicholas Longchamp '24 and The Polytechnic News Editor William Hawkins '23 moderated the debate.
The Elections Commission has finalized which candidates will appear on the ballot for tomorrow's election. Voting in GM Week elections is open tomorrow from 8 am to 5 pm. All students, including those graduating in May, are eligible to vote.
This year, The Polytechnic endorses Cait Bennett ’22 for Grand Marshal. We believe that Bennett’s experiences as a senator and as Grand Marshal will serve the Rensselaer community well, especially with the incoming arrival of a new Institute president in July.
This year, The Polytechnic endorses Colleen Corrigan ’21 for President of the Union. Corrigan's commitment to bringing back normal club budgeting and ensuring that students are involved earlier in the hiring of Union administrators inspires confidence for a better student experience as we transition to a new administration.
The Polytechnic endorses Ria Massoni-Nesman ’24 for Undergraduate President. The Polytechnic believes that Massoni’s dedication to connecting the undergraduate student body and improving the Arch program will make her a successful Undergraduate President.
The Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition endorses Cait Bennett '22 for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan '21 for President of Union, and Ria Massoni '24 for Undergraduate President.
After the general body meeting of the Panhellenic Council on March 16, the council delegates have voted to endorse Nicole Gramenides '23 for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan '21 for President of the Union, Ria Massoni '24 for Undergraduate President, and Hannah Tischler '24 for Panhellenic Senator.
The Polytechnic asked Grand Marshal candidates to discuss their goals and to reflect on their experiences in Student Government. Here are their responses.
The Polytechnic asked the candidate for President of the Union to discuss her goals and leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here are her responses.
The Polytechnic asked the Undergraduate President candidate to discuss her goals, leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here is her response.
The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2024 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss what issues they would address and how it would affect the campus or the members of their class. Here are the responses we received.
The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2025 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss what issues they would address and how it would affect the campus or the members of their class. Here are the responses we received.
In an email to the Senate email list Friday night, Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 announced that she is recusing herself as GM until voting in GM Week elections closes.
GM Week begins today with elections on Wednesday. The theme for GM Week is Sweet Week. Associate News Editor Alexander Orr ’25 gives a crash course on what to know and expect for GM Week.
Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and Undergraduate President candidate Ria Massoni-Nesman ’24 sanctioned by the Elections Commission. Bennett and Massoni-Nesman are now required to get an additional 25 signatures to be on the ballot.
Repairs are being made to the Rathskeller’s exhaust system. Thunder Mountain Curry will be experimenting with new menu items. Collar City Grill is now selling cold and pressed sandwiches.
Vaporwave expresses a variety of emotions that are otherwise hard to articulate through aesthetics and production. Features Editor Vaughn Greason ’25 examines the aesthetics and evolution of the bands Macintosh Plus and Haircuts for Men, and looks to the future of vaporwave.
One sled named Rosebud and one taken to fetch a rogue queen of ice—despite this central tie, these two movies could not differ more in their plots, themes, and social influence. Publicity Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’25 argues that the cultural impact of Disney's Frozen far outweighs that of Orson Welles' 1941 classic Citzen Kane.
The Union Annual Report committee removed the requirement for the UAR chairperson to also serve as a Senate-Executive Board liaison. By doing so, the UAR committee hopes to remove scheduling conflicts for those interested in the position.
On Thursday, the Executive Board unanimously passed motions to recognize the Bangladesh Student Association and allocate the Rensselaer Student Auto Shop $2000 in additional subsidies for repair tools.
While not the same combat sport that the Princess Bride would have you believe, modern fencing is still the same fast-paced world of technique, defense, and mind games.
Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 goes through the seminal example of Grover's algorithm to highlight that quantum computers are not just faster computers but instead a fundamental shift in computing.
Mason Klee ’23 scored the game-winning goal in the Engineers’ 3‒2 victory over Dartmouth in the second of the best-of-three series, resulting in a Game 3. The two other scorers for the Engineers were Simon Kjellberg ’23 and Jakub Lacka ’22, and Jack Watson ’25 made 21 saves. Game 3 will be played today at 4 pm.
Defensive errors caused the Engineers to fall 3‒2 in Game 1 of their first-round series with Dartmouth, despite doubling them in shots. Justin Addamo (Gr) led the way for the Engineers, scoring both of their goals in the first period. Jack Watson ’25 made 17 saves in the loss. The two teams take the ice tonight at 7 pm for Game 2.
The St. John Fisher Cardinals scored in all eight innings, half of them in the fifth and sixth, to defeat the Engineers 15‒9 in Rensselaer’s home opener. Engineers Jake Defayette (Gr) and Cole Paquin ’22 hit home runs in the loss, with Martin Marintchev ’23 leading the team with three runs batted in. Alex Vallee ’24 was credited for the loss after pitching two outs in the four-run fifth inning.
The men's and women’s swimming & diving teams both took third place at the four-day Liberty League Championship hosted by Ithaca College. The men’s team finished with a total of 1,296 points; meanwhile, the women finished with 1,214 points. Colleen Whittaker ’25 took first place with a school and meet record-breaking time of 56.18 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly. Ola Nawrocki ’23 broke her own school record from earlier this season in the 100-yard breaststroke. Tony Min ’23 also broke the school record in the 200-yard butterfly.
A poor performance from the Engineers resulted in a 70‒53 defeat in their semifinal against the Skidmore Thoroughbreds. The loss is Rensselaer’s second at the hands of Skidmore, bringing their season record to 21‒5. Despite the loss, the Engineers obtained an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and will play Nichols College in the first round.
The Engineers thrashed the Coast Guard Bears 18‒8 in their snowy season opener on Saturday, with Connor Glosner ’22, Trey Froehlich ’22, and Tyler Nalls ’22 all boasting hat tricks in the victory.
After winning out their last six games, the Engineers secured first place and will host the Liberty League Tournament next weekend. The semifinals will be played on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
The Student Senate’s Elections Committee presented an updated elections handbook. Furthermore, motions to appoint Executive Board members-at-large were passed.
During the Blue & Orange Invitational at Utica College on January 29, Matt Lecky ’23 broke the school and facility record in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:16.18. Previously, the record was held by Rensselaer alumnus Ben Fazio ’17, in a time of 8:18.57.
Subsidy requests approved for Business Operations Committee, Student Senate, The Polytechnic, RPI Flying Club
The Union Executive Board approved three additional subsidy requests for RPI Flying Club, The Polytechnic, and the Business Operations Committee. The Board also approved a subsidy reallocation request for the Student Senate.
The Engineers fell to the Colgate Raiders 3‒2 in the 44th annual Big Red Freakout. Jack Watson ’25 made 28 saves in the loss. With four games left in the season, Rensselaer is five points behind Cornell in fourth place, the last place for a first-round bye in the playoffs, and a point above Princeton in eighth, the last place for home-ice advantage.
The Engineers suffered a 3‒2 overtime loss to the Princeton Tigers and a 3‒0 loss to the current No. 7 Yale Bulldogs last weekend. With five games remaining in the season, the Engineers are tenth in the ECAC standings, sitting six points below Princeton, the bubble team for the playoffs.
In November, current No. 16 Cornell crushed the Engineers 11‒3 in Ithaca. Back in Troy last night, the Engineers butchered the Big Red 6‒2 after scoring five unanswered goals in the last two periods. Ture Linden ’22 and Jakub Lacka ’22 each put two tallies on the scoreboard, Justin Addamo (Gr) scored one of the greatest goals of the season, and Jack Watson ’25 recorded 39 saves.
Features Editor Vaughn Greason '25 interviews the Rensselaer Astrophysical Society about their place in RPI's community.
This sports season, Rensselaer has played in a desolate Houston Field House due to the current COVID-19 spectator policy. With the ECAC playoffs approaching, home-ice advantage is insignificant in a barren rink. Many other schools have updated their policies to allow outside spectators and it's time for RPI to do the same, writes sports editor Andrew Days '23.
With the recent introduction of two-factor authentication, alumni have been restricted from accessing the Student Information System. Alumni inquiries for transcripts must now go through the Registrar or Human Resources.
The Student Senate approved appointments for parliamentarian, Hospitality Services Advisory Committee chairperson, and Panhellenic Council chairperson.