No shortage of events during long weekend

Hopefully you braved the frigid weather and spent some time at the Winter Carnival this past weekend. If so, you probably had your fill of chowder, hot cocoa, jazz, and fireworks. I enjoyed judging the cardboard sled competition and watching our RPI Engineers defeat Clarkson University at the hockey game. Appreciation is in order to the Office of the President as well as the Student Life and Administration divisions for their support. Special thanks to the Rensselaer Union, the Student Activities Office, and the students of the Winter Carnival Committee for all their hard work.

This week the Student Senate reviewed the Union Activity Fee for the 2011 Fiscal Year. The budgeting information and other great data was compiled again into a Union Annual Report. You can find the UAR in print form in the Rensselaer Union as well as on the new Flagship Docs (our student government document management system). You can find the information at with your RCS ID. The new Flagship Docs has a new look, a search function, and has all the relevant information of student government at RPI. Definitely stop by some time online, or maybe stop by a meeting, every Monday at 8 pm in Union 3202.

If you’re interested in all that Student Government does or would like learn more, feel free to contact me. We’re always looking for new ideas that bring positive change to campus. So stop by the Student Government Suite most anytime and you can find me in the GM/PU office, e-mail at, or reply to at

In case you haven’t heard, President’s Day is an observed holiday; therefore there is no class on Monday (cue celebration). As this coming weekend is a little longer than normal (no complaints here!), you might have more free time than you know what to do with. Therefore I’ve compiled a list of some things I think you might like to participate in:

• This weekend is Genericon, the annual weekend convention of hobbies, science fiction, gaming, and anime. It will be hosted in the DCC Great Hall. Visit the event’s website at

• UPAC Cinema is showing Where the Wild Things Are, which I think alone makes it a great weekend. $2.50 will get you in, Friday, at 7 pm, 9:30 pm, or midnight.

• The Ski and Snowboard Club has trips to some great trails, check out their schedule at Maybe take a road trip to see some hockey games (it’s even better to see RPI win at the opponent’s rink). In case you don’t have it bookmarked, RPI Athletics’ website is

• Dan Deacon is performing at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 8 pm. Find out more information on the event and many others during EMPAC’s spring season at

The most important part for this holiday weekend is to make sure you stay safe while having a great time. Enjoy it; I’m sure that homework will wait for you until Monday night.