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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!

A few things about this entering class: there are around 1,350 students this year, making it one of the larger classes we have had. These students have come from a tougher applicant pool as well; they are the cream of the crop. The Rensselaer family is proud to have them, and hopefully they will find their way here into a few of the many clubs, organizations, and activities we have here.

Now that we are back from vacation, it’s time for that tough transition between summer and school. For some, it might mean waking up much earlier than they have been for the past three months. For others, it may mean sleeping in much later!

The Student Senate is also excited to start working on projects and legislative items that hope to improve student life here at Rensselaer. Senate general body meetings are open to the public and will be in the Rensselaer Union 3202 at 7 pm on Mondays for those who would like to attend. We welcome new ideas and perspectives in the Senate and we hope to see some new faces.

As the new academic year and semester begins, I would like to recommend everyone to try new things, whether you have been here for four years, or if it is your first year here. One new thing that I personally tried was food from Flying Chicken, a great southern chicken restaurant located across from I Love NY Pizza on 4th Street. The atmosphere is great, and the wings were the best I have had. Doing new things on campus and in the city of Troy are great ways to expand your horizons.

Here are two opportunities to experience and try new things: the first is by attending the Union Activities Fair this Thursday, August 30 from 6–9 pm. There are over 200 clubs sponsored by the Student Union, and there are definitely a few that will interest you. The second is by attending the first annual Off-Campus Student Fair, from 12–3 pm in the Union. This is an event that will host Troy vendors, and will also give opportunities for students to win prizes, including two iPads.

The Senate is always looking for any ideas, and we’re constantly seeking input on ideas and plans. As always, feel free to contact me via e-mail at or visit me in the GM/PU office in the Student Government Suite on the third floor of the Union.