Nominations due for Phalanx, White Key societies

Hello, RPI! I hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving break was relaxing and productive and that everyone is ready to tackle the challenge presented by end-of-semester exams and projects. If I can offer a word of advice in surviving the last few weeks, it is to make a daily to-do list and to try and follow it. Being organized makes it easier to focus on projects and the material covered in classes!

The Union Executive Board did not meet on November 14 or 21, so there is not much to report on that front. On November 14, several members of the Union Administration and E-Board traveled to the University of Vermont to visit their student center, meet with staff from building operations, and benchmark our programs, clubs, and activities in relation to those offered at other institutions. While their operations and funding model does not exactly align with ours, this trip was a great chance to see what other schools offer for their students and bring in new ideas for spaces here at RPI.

As I mentioned in my last article, preliminary budgets for Fiscal Year 2014 were due last Wednesday (November 21). If you or your club forgot, please try to submit these ASAP. The submission of preliminary budgets gives the Executive Board and SARPs a first look at which clubs are becoming less active on campus. Just as a reminder, final budgets are due on December 19. Make sure to meet with your E-Board Representative and SARP to explain your new requests and answer any questions they might have. This process allows us to better understand the many programs and activities that clubs would like to hold, and results in a better budget.

There are a few important changes in regards to budgeting this year to take note of. First, the Union will no longer associate a cost with copies since we are ultimately paying ourselves. Please request a certain amount of black/white and color copies as you normally would using the 038 sub-code, but do not add a cost to them this year. Second, the Union will be budgeting in whole dollars only this year. Please follow suit, and round any necessary line item to the nearest whole dollar. Finally, the new Section 8 in budgets asks clubs to make a note of any space they are currently using or would like to both for next year and further in the future. If your club has storage space, please make a note of it here. You do not need to request space for weekly meetings in this section. If anyone has any questions about the budgeting process, please see either myself or your E-Board member.

Phalanx Honor Society is seeking nominations for membership into Phalanx, the White Key Society, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Phalanx aims to honor a diverse set of leaders within the Rensselaer community through a peer nomination process. Nominations for these three honors can be submitted here. Information regarding these honors can be found below. Please note, this year nominations for Phalanx will close on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5 pm, an earlier closing date than previous years. Nominations for White Key Society and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will close on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5 pm. No extensions will be given beyond the specified nomination closing dates. Any questions may be directed to You can find the nomination forms on the Phalanx website:

Finally, the RPI Bookstore is raising funds to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Each year the Bookstore offers a specially designed mug or glassware at a reduced price for the annual holiday sale. Because of the breadth of devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in N.Y., Conn., and N.J. that affected many students, alumni, friends, and relatives, the proceeds from this year’s glassware will go directly to the storm relief efforts. The glassware this year commemorates the many concerts that were held on campus during the 1960s and 1970s. Groups and musicians such as Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, BB King, Santana, Chicago, Boston, The Grateful Dead, and Bruce Springsteen have performed in concerts here at RPI and are featured on the glassware. For more details, stop by the Bookstore!

As always if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact me via e-mail (, or stop by my office. My official office hours for this semester are Wednesdays from 5–7 pm, but please feel free to stop by any time I am in. Until next week!