New year brings change in leadership, features to paper

Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome back. For this calendar year, I will be serving you, the Rensselaer community, as the Editor in Chief of The Polytechnic, and I wanted to take this opportunity to talk to you about the year to come.

It is the mission of The Poly to keep you, our readers, informed about the Institute and the world around you, lead student opinion, and to provide other material for your enjoyment. It is a mission that all of the editors and I take very seriously. This semester, as part of that mission, we have decided to innovate on a number of fronts. This issue, for example, features the return of Poly Snapshots. New feature pieces, columns, investigative reports, comics page puzzles, and an Incident Blotter Year-in-Review are already in the works. We are excited about the coming semester, and we hope that you will enjoy that which we bring to you each and every week.

I would also like to take this opportunity to ask for your help. Our success depends a lot on you, our readers. We need your feedback, letters to the editor, and dedicated individuals who would like to join our team. Perhaps you have heard about our RPI Person of the Year contest that we are holding this year for the first time. We need you to submit your nominees. Perhaps you would like to sound off about some aspect of life here at the Institute. We need your letters. Perhaps you would like to be a part of publishing The Poly each week. We need sports writers, photographers, proofreaders, ad representatives, computer technicians, graphic artists, and, of course, reporters.

I welcome your input, reader. Please email me at poly@rpi.edu if you know of a story you would like to see covered, if you have any comments or complaints about our publication, or if you are interested in becoming part of our staff. Best wishes for the new year.