President of Union highlights clubs, prepares for next year

Hello RPI! I hope that everyone is making good progress on the many term projects, exams, and other assignments that will be due over the next few days. It is hard to believe that after today, there are only four days of classes left in this academic year! Congratulations to all who will graduate in three-and-a-half weeks, and I wish you the best of luck in your future careers.

Each week, I plan on using a portion of this article to highlight the accomplishments of our 200+ clubs recognized by the Union. This past weekend, our men’s and women’s club volleyball teams competed at the Iroquois Empire Volleyball Association’s Regional Championships held at SUNY-Cortland. On Saturday, the women’s team fought to an 11-3 record and won the Gold Bracket, earning them the title as the best women’s B-level team in the region. On Sunday, the men’s team finished with an 11-2 record on route to winning the Silver Bracket. Best of luck RPI Volleyball as they compete at USAV Nationals! If you know of a club that deserves to be recognized for its achievements, please let me know by e-mail at

The Union Executive Board had a fairly quiet week, with only one club presenting a proposal during the meeting. The Japanese Cultural Association was approved to host Rica Takashima, a manga artist from NYC, for a presentation and discussion of her work. This event will take place tonight at 7 pm in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium, so if you are interested, I encourage you to go. This week, the E-Board will hold its last business meeting of the semester, with many different organizations highlighting the agenda. The meeting is Thursday at 8 pm in the Shelnutt Gallery, and is open to all students.

My major focus over the next few days will be interviewing candidates for next year’s E-Board, and then selecting members for approval by the Student Senate on Monday. If you have not yet submitted an application and are interested, you still have some time! Applications are due tonight at 5 pm, and can be turned in to me electronically, to the Union Admin Office, or to mailbox E-1 in the Club Library. From this pool, I will also select chairs for the five committees of the Executive Board. These groups focus specifically on different aspects of the Union, and work with administrators to improve operations. The application and committee descriptions can be found here:

Finally, I would recommend that you check out the Armory After Dark event on Friday, May 4 from 9 pm–1 am. This free event hosted by Residential Education will include a 4v4 basketball tournament, 5v5 indoor soccer tourney, and a 7v7 dodgeball tourney. There will also be pick-up basketball from 11 pm–1 am. Teams are limited, so please e-mail Doug Das ( to reserve your team today! Also, the Resident Student Association will be having its annual end of class days celebration called Spring Fling. It is Tuesday, May 8 from 4–7pm behind Commons. There will be a wonderful barbecue with a terrific menu thanks to the folks at Sodexo, and UPAC Sound will be holding a Battle of the Bands! We will have inflatables as well as announcing the winners of the Lucky Duck sales, with prizes including early registration, season hockey tickets, gift certificates from Manory’s, DP Dough, The Brown Bag, Price Chopper, Wal-Mart, and many others, as well as the number one lottery ticket for housing next year. So come on out and have a great time!

As always, if you have questions related to the Union or the Executive Board, please ask! I would be happy to help, and my office door is always open for students. Best of luck in finishing up whatever work you might have, and enjoy the rest of your week!