RPI difficult enough: Stay healthy by washing hands, avoiding germs

This past Wednesday, the student senate hosted the semester’s first Pizza with the Cabinet; this event allowed students to talk to and ask questions of members of President Jackson’s cabinet. Pizza and chicken wings (and, yes, salad) lightened the mood and filled everyone’s stomachs while a lot of topics were covered, including the landscaping work near the Voorhees Computing Center, on-campus housing, and faculty governance. This event (held three times per semester) was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Student Senate; thank you to all those who attended (both students and cabinet members) for making it such a success.

If you missed the event or came away with more questions or comments, there’s no need to wait until the next Pizza with the Cabinet; just ask. The Student Senate has launched its “Just Ask” campaign and is ready and willing to respond or find the answer to any comment or question you have regarding life on campus. Drop us a line at justask@rpi.edu or come to a Senate meeting, held every Tuesday at 4:30 pm in Union Room 3202. You can also find us in the Student Government Suite almost anytime. We enjoy hearing anything you have to say; we want you to just ask.

In the next week or so, the Student Senate will be sending out its semester survey, asking for your opinion on academic advising, campus shuttles, concerts, and more. We use the information we receive from you and target what you find most important, so don’t delete it or put it in your spam folder. Please take the five minutes to fill it out. All these programs—Pizza with the Cabinet, Just Ask, Senate surveys—are designed to seek your input; it helps us help you help us all.

Given this past Columbus Day weekend, I hope everyone has rested up and prepared for the long haul till Thanksgiving break. Stay healthy and follow all the tips sent out by the Health Center (and your mom calling you from home) and pay attention to your surroundings, especially late at night. Members of student government have been working with the Department of Public Safety and Student Life to make sure that every student’s personal safety is ensured.

Finally, let me know how I’m doing; I enjoy hearing shout-outs (good or bad) on my way to class or at events on campus. It’s always a good time to just ask whatever, so talk me up. You can always send me an e-mail at gm@rpi.edu or find me at http://twitter.com/rpigm/. And you might even catch me in my office in the Student Government Suite; it’s the one with the open door …

P.S. A quick shout-out to the men’s hockey team and Coach Seth Appert: congratulations on their 3-1 victory over the University of New Hampshire on Saturday night! They’re well on their way to a great season, and there are plenty more games to be watched at the Houston Field House. Stop by the box office for hockey tickets and join myself and many other members of your student body to cheer on the RPI Engineers.