This past weekend, the Rensselaer Union, Office of the President, and Divisions of Student Life and Administration sponsored the Fire and Ice Winter Carnival at the East Campus Athletic Village in conjunction with a weekend chock-full of home athletics. We were pleased to see a large turnout from the student body despite the freezing temperatures and wind chills. The event was a huge improvement over last year’s carnival, which suffered from a muddy field and lack of activities. This year’s featured a variety of entertainment, such as carnival foods and several athletic match-ups to keep students busy, from basketball to lacrosse to hockey. Also included as part of the festivities were student musical performances, a bonfire, fire jugglers, and fireworks. The Poly would like to thank all those who sponsored and partook in the Carnival; we look forward to seeing the improved carnival become a tradition that will keep getting better.
We were happy to see ECAV being used for the event, encouraging students to come up and see RPI athletics in action as well as the new stadiums, fields, and facilities that ECAV provides to students. The Poly hopes students will make the most of ECAV. The building is currently open to all students, faculty, and staff with a valid RPI ID. The building and gymnasium are open Monday through Thursday from 8 am–10 pm and Fridays and weekends until at least 6 pm. The strength and conditioning room is open from 8 am–6 pm on weekdays, and the ECAV Café is open to students as a place to hang out or study from 4 pm–8 pm on weekdays. Hours will also be extended once intramurals start up and may change depending on events, according to Associate Athletic Director Kevin Beattie. We hope all students, faculty, and staff, make use of the amazing facilities that ECAV has to offer to the fullest extent they can.