PU discusses possible changes within Union

Happy Wednesday, RPI! I will use this week’s article to talk about a variety of possible changes going on throughout the Rensselaer Union over the next year. There are conversations about changing the Clubhouse Pub, the Games Room, and Mother’s in a variety of ways.

First, there has been discussion of finding a way to combine the Clubhouse Pub with the Games Room to create an atmosphere that has both attractions. This is not a definite decision, but more of an opportunity to investigate the possibility of change within the Union. This is an interesting prospect, and a committee with both students and staff members will be put together to discuss the logistics. There are many questions to be answered, such as how this will affect the Clubhouse Pub’s business and whether or not there will be any implications associated with age like that within the Pub. Regardless, the Games Room will be undergoing renovations over the course of the next month, including both paint and equipment repairs.

Another change is the exploration of potential scheduling software for the Union facilities. Currently, all room reservations are being done by Jean Purtell, the Union Operations Coordinator, making her workload considerably more tedious. This past week, the Executive Board, the System Administrators, and the Union Administrators saw presentations from one company to discuss a piece of scheduling software. There will be discussions about other options and whether or not the demonstrated system would fit the Union’s current scheduling needs. This decision has yet to be made, and the Union is working on the possibility of collaborating with other departments on campus to try and get various room and service scheduling on one single system.

The final opportunity for change within the Union is Mother’s. In the past, Mother’s has been a host to a variety of events, but in the past few years it has fallen to the wayside. Although it is often utilized by a variety of clubs, Mother’s has a lot of potential to be a great space for programming. The UPACs and the Rensselaer Union Business Operations Committee are actively working to find a way to revamp Mother’s, making it a coffeehouse and entertainment spot for unique events that campus hasn’t really seen before. This is not an overnight process, but look for more Mother’s events and programming in the upcoming year. There are sure to be some great opportunities to attend incredible events.

There are a lot of great events going on this week. Tonight, from 7–9 pm in DCC 318, come watch as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and a guest team go head to head in a Jeopardy style trivia game. There will be free food and giveaways sponsored by Pitney Bowes. Relay For Life will be kicking off on Thursday. Tables will be set up in the Union West Lobby from 10 am–8 pm and also in the DCC Main Lobby from 10 am–2 pm. Come register for Relay For Life, which will be on April 27–28 from 6 pm–6 am, and donate to a great cause! On Friday and Saturday evening, at 8 pm, and Sunday, at 2 pm, the RPI Players present “An Evening of Performance.” Three one-act plays will be performed: God (A Play) by Woody Allen; Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams; and The Fascinating Foundling by George Bernard Shaw.

Make sure to head up to East Campus Athletic Village on Saturday for the Northern Lights Winter Carnival. The event kicks off at 2 pm and lasts until about 7 pm. It’s going to be a fantastic event and will feature games, prizes, fireworks, the annual Cardboard Sled Race, free food, free skate, Pushball and lots more. Then at 7 pm, head over to the Houston Field House for the Whiteout Men’s Hockey Game against Princeton. Head over to the Union Admin Office any time this week and you can get two free tickets per RPI student ID. It’s first-come first-serve, so stop by soon!

If you ever have any questions about the Union or the Executive Board, feel free to contact me at I hope everyone enjoys their week.