One indirect goal of the Rensselaer Union is to provide events that attract a large subset of the student body which is generally involved in different activities. Another goal is the marketing of the Union itself, including the hundreds of great clubs that are available for everybody to participate in. This year we’ll be trying a new event to help achieve both of these goals and have a good deal of fun in the process.

I’d like to introduce the “This is My Union” 2010 Club Video Contest. The Union Executive Board is inviting clubs to create short videos promoting and describing themselves. The videos can range from serious to hilarious and anything in between. We want to hear about what you do to utilize the resources of the Union, and to improve the college experience for our student body.

The event will culminate with a screening during Grand Marshal Week, on April 15 in the McNeil room starting at 7 pm. Refreshments will be provided as clubs get to cheer on their videos, and the Union Executive Board watches and judges in several categories. Some details are being worked out on prize offerings, but there should be some very exciting giveaways for winning entries.

The full information about the contest is available at Any questions not answered there may be sent directly to me at

GM Week, for those who haven’t been through it before, is a week of festivities focused around a Wednesday vacation day. The whole week the campus will be buzzing with activity. Elections for student government take place during the week, with results announced on Friday, April 16.

This year’s theme is “Welcome to Fabulous Rensselaer,” and the planning I’ve seen already should make this an exciting time. Much of the GM Week Committee has returned from last year and has had a chance to learn from the successes and mistakes from the past.

As soon as Spring Break has passed, GM Week will approach fast, and you will certainly see lots of campaigning for elections, including positions on class councils, student senate, and the spots of Grand Marshal and President of the Union. Anybody who may be interested in getting involved in student government and running for a position should grab an election handbook, available from the Rules and Elections Committee in the Student Government Suite. We’re always looking for people with an interest in participating.

GM Week will be worth more discussion as we approach it, but I would like to reiterate the new video contest that will be part of the festivities. If you’re a club leader, start planning your entry now, as there will only be a few weeks to film and edit when we get back for break.