Monthly Archives: August 2012

2012 Poly Press Pass

As part of the Poly Press Pass event during Navigation Rensselaer and Beyond, 20 freshmen were dispersed around campus, covering NRB events and taking photos. Read about their experiences in this year's Press Pass. Read more...

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DotCIO to release updated Blackboard

Changes include new interface, course-to-course navigation, mobile app

DotCIO has announced changes to the Institute’s current Learning Management System, known by much of the RPI community as RPI LMS. The new system, which is expected to roll out for the spring semester, has already received positive feedback from professors and students trying the pilot program. Read more...

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Staff Editorial: Staff suggests Troy activities

Welcome to Troy! Many freshmen were able to explore the home city of RPI; but even with the welcome fest, many students fail to fully appreciate the wonders Troy has to offer. We at The Poly would like to make a shout-out to a few of our favorite places downtown. Read more...

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Premium Rush overcomes poor trailers

I’d just like to start off by saying I hope everyone had a great summer, and welcome back! Welcome back to RPI, classes, friends, and Poly movie reviews! This summer I was fortunate enough to see a lot of movies, both in and out of theaters. Hard hitters like The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises were at the top of my list, while movies that weren’t on my radar, such as Ted, surprised me with how fun they were. I also spent a lot of time immersing myself in many older, classic films, going through Hitchcock’s back catalog as well as those of legendary actors like Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Henry Fonda. However, this first review isn’t going to cover any of those. This week’s review is of a movie I fondly refer to as “Bike Movie,” coined by my good friends Tom and Joseph who graduated before we were able to watch this together (Hi guys!). So, without further ado, I welcome you all to the Premium Rush review. Read more...

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Junior Jordan Smelker plays for US team

U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team sweeps three game series in Calgary against Canada

From Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19, RPI junior Jordan Smelker played for the U.S. Women’s National Under-22 Select Team against the Canadians. The series of three games took place in Calgary, Alberta at the new WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. All three games were victories for the U.S. team, breaking a 13-game streak for Team Canada. Read more...

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Computer course now in Python, not C++

Course taught by new professor, Python libraries to cause dynamic of course to change

The Computer Science Department has decided to revise the entirety of Computer Science I for the fall semester. Following a six-week pilot program, the new version of the course hopes to fix the previous perceived failings of the course. Read more...

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Editorial Notebooks

Apartment hosts surprise

Hello, RPI! Welcome back from summer vacation; I hope it was fun and interesting for all of you. Read more...

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Health, environment improved by eating local

Last fall, several members of EcoLogic, RPI’s oldest environmental club, went apple picking. Not only was this event fun, but it allowed the attendees to support local farms. Since we picked the apples ourselves we did not have to pay as much as we would have had we bought them at the supermarket. It was a win-win situation. Read more...

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Editorial Notebooks

Editor adjusts to off-campus life

My story of moving off-campus doesn’t begin with me, but rather my girlfriend. Moving her in began with several days of sanding, staining, and painting furniture for her room. It may seem like a lot of work just to achieve the perfect look and style, but the result is a room that surpasses what you’d see in a Target flyer. Read more...

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Old school Star Wars game continues to shine

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars is a huge universe. If I know my audience at all, you guys here at RPI have a greater chance than most to know about the expanded universe, the invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong, the strong warrior traditions of the Echani and the Mandalorians, and the secret prison of Sinkhole Station at the center of the Maw. Read more...

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Top Hat

Kevin Dai welcomes students to Institute

Welcome back to school, everyone! I hope you all had a great summer and are excited to be back. To our incoming freshmen, the Class of 2016, welcome to RPI! Read more...

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The Campaign fails to entertain, disappoints

David’s Take

The Campaign. It features Will Ferrell, a truly legendary funny-man, and Zach Galafanakis, who is renowned for being one of the most creepy/awkward people to have ever lived, ever. Individually, their excellence in their related but separate fields in indisputable, but together, in this movie, they are lacking. Read more...

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Stack discusses E-board goals and responsibilities

Hi, everyone! For those upperclassmen returning to campus, welcome back! For members of the Class of 2016, my name is Jonathan Stack ’13 and I am the current President of the Union. Welcome to RPI, and more importantly, welcome to the Rensselaer Union! Read more...

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My View

VP of Student Life elucidates RPI’s student services

With the dog days of summer behind us and the first week of the fall semester underway, it is exciting to be back on campus. I would like to take this opportunity to send a special welcome to the members of the Class of 2016 who have joined the upper class students in our Rensselaer family. The incoming class promises to be an exceptional group, poised to meet the high expectations we have for our students. All of us at the Institute wish you great success in your academic pursuits and truly hope that you have a satisfying and productive time at Rensselaer that will lead to your continued intellectual and personal growth. Read more...

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