Full issue: April 19, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic April 19, 2017

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STUDENT SENATE

Etzine continues with appointments

Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those began with Interim Academic Affairs Committee Chairperson Varun Rao ’18 who expressed interest in creating a new position for a Senate liaison to the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate is a critical component of governance of the Institute and Rao feels that it will be important to have a student representative expressing the interests of the student body during faculty meetings. The AAC is also working with Interim Rules and Elections Committee Chairperson David Raab ’19 to create a new process to elect professors to the tenure committee. Faculty have expressed that they do not wish to appoint their constituents to a committee deciding their own tenure, and would rather an unbiased group of student leaders make the decision. Rao stated that he expects the creation of the new process to be complete by the end of next semester. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Reflection, farewell of my three-year journey

For the past three years, I have willfully given up my Tuesday nights to spend a full working day or more in a small office on the third floor of the Rensselaer Union. After all that time, through all of the crazy that took place in RU 3418, it’s time for me to step back and let the next generation take my place. In my last notebook as Editor in Chief, I would like to take time to reflect on my time, and thank those who served with me. Read more...

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PLAY REVIEW

Avenue Q bridges gap from hilarity to ’90s nostalgia

After the solemn and sincere Our Town, the RPI Players switch gears as they prepare for this season’s musical, Avenue Q. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it is an homage to Sesame Street that satirizes the story of a young man entering adulthood and the many disillusioning realities he has to face. Read more...

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TRACK

Runners, fielder breeze past competition

Both the Rensselaer men’s and women’s track and field teams defeated the ten schools invited to compete at Harkness Track and Field on Saturday in the Engineers’ first home meet of the outdoor season. Eight events were won by the women, who compiled 227.5 points, while the men won 11 events to earn 314 points. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Phalanx Honor Society denied funding

President of the Union Matt Rand ’19 began his first Executive Board meeting with a presentation from former PU Chip Kirchner ’17. Kirchner, in a last act as PU, brought forward recommendations that RPI TV undergo conflict resolution and leadership training, as well as removing their exception for community membership, which currently consists of 40 percent of the club. The recommendations were brought due to an email sent to the relevant bodies regarding the resignation of their president, Dan Bruce ’18. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Editor shows appreciation for small joys in daily life

In my last notebook, I wrote about pulling my back, which led me to the conclusion that I need to take care of my health. This time around, I’m proud to announce that my efforts weren’t realized… because I didn’t make any. Honestly, the past year has been an unproductive rut of sorts for me. In addition to abusing my physical health, I have also grown stagnant in the things I’m doing with my life. However, after talking to friends (seniors in particular), I’ve started to reach out again. Despite my dropping grades and unmet obligations, I’m rediscovering all the small joys that I originally found as a freshman, whether on campus, in downtown Troy, or in the definition of what a good day is. Read more...

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Campus Event

PSS: Drag Show

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BASEBALL

RPI wrestles Golden Bears, split games

The Engineers split last weekend’s double header against the Western New England Golden Bears, crushing them 8–0 in the first game, but falling short in an otherwise close second game 7–3. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Special election for Greek senator announced

Rules and Elections Committee working to fill Interfraternity Council Senate seat for next semester

Hey, Engineers! I can’t believe it either, but classes finish for the semester just three weeks from today! I hope everyone is finishing off the semester strong. Read more...

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DERBY

Final day to apply to Union Executive Board

Learn how money from the Student Activity Fee is allocated to campus clubs and facilities

Hello RPI! As the weather gets warmer and Troy begins to escape the clutches of winter, I wish everyone the best of luck wrapping up the school year and preparing for finals. I know that I, for one, will have a bit of difficulty buckling down with the sun shining once again. However, with summer fast approaching, it will surely be worth it to push through these last few weeks. Read more...

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Full issue: April 12, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic April 12, 2017

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CAMPUS EVENT

Chief justice of the United States visits RPI

Supreme Court of the United States Chief Justice John Roberts came to RPI on Tuesday to give a speech and answer questions for the Rensselaer community. Even though Roberts said he never imagined being Chief Justice or a judge, he went on to accomplish great things in his career. Roberts graduated from Harvard College with a degree in history, and later on from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree. “The only reason I went to law school was because it was clear that there were no jobs for historians,” he said. After graduation, he began serving the American justice system as a practicing lawyer, clerk, judge, and now, Chief Justice. It was in 2005, after the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist, that Roberts was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Service fraternity provides more than service to brother

Friendship, leadership complement volunteer activities

Pledging the national co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, has been one of the best decisions I’ve made during my time at Rensselaer. Now celebrating one year as a brother, I realize that joining the brotherhood has not only allowed me to fulfill my desire to volunteer in the community during college, but to also develop my previously underdeveloped social skills that had followed me from high school into my freshman year at RPI. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Successful Bayanihan attracts RPI community

Last weekend, I attended my first Bayanihan, hosted by the Philippine American League, and it was the true definition of an experience. Walking into Academy Hall I was immediately greeted with a huge line, longer than the line for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s the previous week. Needless to say, I was ready. Going in blind, I had no idea what to expect, other than a reported dinner and evening of performances. Entering the room, I was greeted with a sea of tables, with the Academy Hall Auditorium stage acting as the horizon in the sea of people. We were seated at a table near the back, and there we stayed until food was ready to be served. Afterwards, the festivities began. Read more...

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BASEBALL

Engineers strike down Golden Knights

Baseball had an excellent weekend against the Clarkson University Golden Knights, dropping only one game over the pair of doubleheaders. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Grand Marshal creates new review committee

Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18 opened his first Student Senate meeting by exceeding the expectations of all incoming senators. Etzine stated that he expects new senators to behave professionally during Senate meetings, including dressing in business casual attire, refraining from using inappropriate language, and having senators understand that they are representing the student body in all interactions with both students and administrators. Etzine has expressed his concerns about a lack of professionalism in Student Government in the past and would like to see that change through more rigid enforcement. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Revamped gym routine challenges, provides escape

New workout program makes exercise more difficult, yet rewarding; helps with mental recovery from classes

This semester, I have been trying to get myself into some sort of gym regimen. I usually try to get to the gym three to four times a week, and I usually just run a few miles and do some floor exercises, mostly for abs and stretching. This was never really an exhilarating workout for me, but I thought it was enough to just keep me in decent shape and get some exercise in in between my academics. Recently, however, I started following some of Kayla Itsine’s workout program and have realized that my previous workouts have been less than satisfactory. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Nuclear policy expert discusses sex, kinks

This past Monday, I went straight from my Data Structures test to an open discussion in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies with political activist and nuclear policy expert Sam Brinton. I walked in around 8 pm and immediately saw Brinton. He was wearing all black, except for his red, glittery heels, and the words “Ropes, Whips, & Kinks, Oh My!!” were projected onto the wall behind him. Read more...

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LACROSSE

Men’s team steams ahead with pair of victories

RPI women’s lacrosse played two thrilling games on their northern New York road trip this weekend against St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities. In the first game, against St. Lawrence, junior attacker Morgan Doyle led the Engineers with two goals while seven other players each scored one. For most of the first half, RPI outplayed the Saints, and when freshman attacker Liz Brady scored unassisted with 8:44 remaining in the first half, the Engineers held a 5–3 lead. Read more...

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