PUBLIC HEALTH

Troy under boil water advisory

The city of Troy has issued a boil water advisory, which is in effect from 6 pm on Monday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Read more...

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

Gallery: Save the Union protest

At 4 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017, a peaceful demonstration began between Amos Eaton Hall and the Lally Management Center. Read more...

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Full issue: October 11, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - October 11, 2017

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ADMINISTRATION

RPI anticipates new capital campaign

In anticipation of Rensselaer’s capital campaign launch on Friday, October 13, President Shirley Ann Jackson released three emails to the RPI community, each detailing a main objective of the campaign. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Another look at eye contact

This summer, I discovered something huge about myself, and others.  I rarely made eye contact with anyone. If I did, it was only for a few seconds and never meaningful. It was really just me looking up when I knew someone was trying to look me in the eyes and I knew it would be awkward if I didn’t reciprocate. It seems meaningless, but let me tell you how important this realization was. Read more...

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GAME REVIEW

Cuphead

Cuphead is easily the most challenging game I have ever played. Read more...

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Unfortunate plays against Maine

Engineers lose two-game series against Black Bears over weekned

The Rensselaer women’s ice hockey team played two games this past weekend against the University of Maine. Unfortunately, despite a strong effort by the Engineers, they were unable to swing a win for either game. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Protest denied

'Lab safety class' still planned

Last week, Bryan Johns ’19 submitted an application dated Thursday, September 28 to Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar to hold a demonstration in “areas surrounding EMPAC and the Folsom Library.” According to the application, the demonstration was scheduled for 4:30 pm on Friday, October 13, which is the same time that President Shirley Ann Jackson plans to kick off a capital campaign in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center during Reunion & Homecoming weekend. Apgar denied the application to hold a demonstration. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

You do you

As alumni are returning to campus this weekend, I would assume that many of them most likely “found themselves” or grew into their roots on this campus. College seems like the perfect place for people to really figure out who they are. It’s a transition period when you’re thrown into this world you’ve never set foot in before, without any of your main supporters by your side. While it’s scary for everyone at first, many students really find out what they’re passionate about and who they want to be as they spend four years becoming real people with unique ideas and viewpoints. However, many students don’t experience this, and that’s not talked about enough. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Students catch glimpse of utility aircraft

Members of the RPI community explore a Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk after a morning landing on Friday, October 6. This event was sponsored by the School of Engineering. Read more...

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MEN'S SOCCER

Engineers victorious

Rensselaer won 1-0 against Union College at home on Saturday, October 7. The victory puts the Engineers at 7–3–1 for the season. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Student government hosts town hall

On October 7, in response to the resolution passed in the Senate, there was a town hall meeting in the McNeil Room to discuss the current state of the Rensselaer Union. It was led by senator Hannah Merrow ’18, and the panel members consisted of the current Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’17, Greek Senator Sean Ferracioli ’17, Class of 2018 Executive Board Representative Erica Lane ’18, Senator Joshua Thomas ’20, Graduate Senator Michael Gardner, Senator Steven Sperazza ’18, and Senator Chris Duffy ’20. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Our source of pride

Student-run Union seemingly nearing an end; efforts to voice concerns necessary

In light of recent events, the editorial staff of The Polytechnic would like to take a moment to explain a source of pride for many at Rensselaer: our beloved Rensselaer Union. Read more...

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

CBIS investigation challenges the norm

Dr. Deepak Vashishth, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of biomedical engineering at RPI, is recognized for his insightful and influential research concerning the bone matrix. With a plethora of topics to explore, including global health, environmental degradation, and the influence of drugs, Vashishth’s research group applies engineering concepts to biomedical problems and considers the impact on patients—all of which surround the idea of “benchside to bedside.” Read more...

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FIELD HOCKEY

Yellowjackets sting

On Saturday, October 7 the women’s field hockey team lost 2–1 to the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. The game opened with a shot from the Yellowjackets, starting them off with a 1–0 lead. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Reininger ’18 blocked a shot attempt by Rochester at 22:05. A shot by Taylor Clink ’19 assisted by Megan Jones ’18 at 24:17 tied up the score to 1–1. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

RPI TV Ireland trip, KSA Thanksgiving approved

Due to President of the Union Matt Rand’s ’19 absence, the Vice President of the Union Rasika Ekhalikar ’18 opened the meeting on Thursday, October 5. The first item on the night’s agenda was RPI TV’s request for fund reallocation for a trip to Ireland this November. They plan to film a documentary on the men’s hockey team as it plays in the Friendship Four tournament. RPI Athletics agreed to fund the trip for two RPI TV members, but President Jason Lee ’19 came before the board to request funds to allow for two additional RPI TV members. Concerns were raised over whether the two additional members were truly needed, and after reassurance by Lee that they were, the motion to reallocate $2,447 from RPI TV’s Goal C, Program 2, which is the club’s income from sales and production, to fund this trip passed 15-0-3. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Union meaningful to student experiences

Existence of student-run Union valuable to Rensselaer community, worth supporting

Reunion & Homecoming is upon us, and it is the one time of year when our campus is visited by countless alumni as they take a glimpse into their past and revisit the places and traditions that meant so much to them when they were students, while learning about what has changed across campus. It is especially poignant this year as a major tradition in an important place has recently changed—after 127 successful years, the Rensselaer Union is no longer student-run. Students and alumni have had much to say about the change, and I have been listening intently and working alongside President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 to represent the student body. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Comic Jam draws out community creativity at Troy Library

Walking into the Troy Public Library is always an adventure, and Saturday’s Comic Jam was no exception. Cartoonist and illustrator Ira Marcks has made it his priority to make the arts more present again in Troy, particularly with the constant budget cuts in arts departments across the country. Saturday’s display was just one example of the efforts he goes to in order to make these things a possibility. Read more...

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FOOTBALL

Statesmen sweep

The Rensselaer Engineers took their second loss of the season, and second consecutive loss this past weekend, when they played at Hobart College in Geneva, New York. The game was a total defeat, with a final score of 0–30. The Engineers were unable to make any scoring plays, putting up barely half of the offensive yards of Hobart. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Interview committee memo leaked

No recommendation for Union director; flawed process cited

On Saturday, October 7, a memo from the Human Resources Interview Committee Chairperson Michael Cuozzo ’18 that was addressed to members of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board was leaked on Reddit. In the memo, the Human Resources Interview Committee decided that it was unable to provide a recommendation for a director of the Union candidate to the E-Board. Read more...

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