Don't miss out on this week's happenings

We’re a little more than halfway done with the fall semester; Family Weekend hopefully brought you some quality time with the parents (and maybe some free dinners) and a recharge for the long haul to Thanksgiving vacation.

Every Sunday, when I write the Top Hat, I look at my schedule for the week as well as the RPI calendars to see what’s going on. Sometimes the magnitude and diversity of the activities going on is overwhelming. I try and get in as much as possible, and I’m always receiving suggestions for new things to do. Since this week looks particularly exciting, I figured I’d talk about a few things I’m looking forward to:

Wednesday, 10/28–The Lally School of Management & Technology has been hosting an event each Wednesday this semester. Today, there will be a seminar on “The Innovation in the Business of Media,” at 4 pm in the Biotech Auditorium. Look at for other upcoming institute-wide events.

Thursday, 10/29–A.J. Jacobs, editor-at-large for Esquire Magazine, will kick off the Union Speaker’s Forum at 7 pm in DCC 308. He’ll talk about outsourcing his life, reading the encyclopedia from A–Z, and plenty of other stories only he can tell. For more Union-sponsored events, look at the Union Events Calendar at

Friday, 10/30–If you feel like taking a road trip, you can take the short trip to Union College to see men’s ice hockey play or go on down to New Jersey to see the women’s ice hockey at Princeton University. But hurry back to RPI so you can make it to Troy Night Out; the West Shuttle departs from the Rensselaer Union continuously from 5–10 pm and makes some extra stops downtown for the event.

Saturday, 10/31–Before you go out and trick or treat (right …), put on your RPI sweatshirt again to show some school spirit; as much as I hate to say it, visit Schenectady again to watch RPI football take on Union for the Dutchman Shoe’s Trophy Game. Make your way back to the Houston Field House for Military Appreciation Night as men’s ice hockey takes on Army. There’s plenty more athletic excitement that day; swimming & diving, soccer, and cross country. Visit the RPI Athletics website at to find schedules and updates to keep up with your RPI Engineers.

Sunday, take a rest, kick your feet up, and do the homework that you’ve been procrastinating on. (Or maybe that’s just me.) The Student Senate released its survey this week via e-mail; don’t delete it! It takes less than five minutes and we’re trying to gauge your opinion on student services, the Rensselaer Union, and even the type of concerts you’d like to see happen on campus. With our Just Ask campaign ( and our other communication conduits (, we have gotten a lot of responses on topics around the school, and we’re waiting for your next questions. As always, stop by the GM/PU Office in the Student Government Suite in the Rensselaer Union to chat (spoiler alert: Halloween means candy!) or shoot me an e-mail at

Stay safe this weekend and be smart; I don’t want to see any more zombies than normal walking to class on Monday.