Winter Carnival to take place this Saturday

E-Board approves UPAC Cinema proposal, Sigma Gamma Tau Union-affiliation

Hello, all! I hope that everyone weathered winter storm Nemo well, even though we really didn’t see that much snow, at least compared to my home back in Massachusetts.
It was another great weekend for many of our varsity athletic teams. Both men’s ice hockey and men’s basketball completed the weekend sweep at Clarkson and St. Lawrence, and women’s basketball also beat the Golden Knights on Saturday.

Back here on campus, the Absolute Zero Winter Carnival will take place this Saturday, February 16, from 1 pm to 5:30 pm up at the East Campus Athletic Village. There will be carnival games, live performances and demonstration, free food, open skate at the Houston Field House, and of course the Whiteout hockey game at 7 pm. By participating in carnival games run by student clubs and organizations, you will receive raffle tickets you can use to enter drawings for fantastic prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants, Winter Carnival merchandise, hockey tickets, a television or computer monitor, and much more. After the hockey game, make sure to stick around outside the Field House for a great fireworks finale. For more information, contact the Winter Carnival Committee at

In Executive Board news, the purchase of a new lighting board for the RPI Playhouse was approved in a continuation of discussion from last week. Funds were allocated to begin renovations in DCC 252, which is a space currently being used by the Union. A finalized purpose for this room has not been decided upon, however many interesting ideas are being proposed. Sigma Gamma Tau, the Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, was approved as a Union-affiliated organization, and UPAC Cinema was approved to borrow money from next year’s budget to finish upgrades to their projection system. Discussion on the LifeNets Foundation was tabled until a future meeting to give the student representatives time to bolster their membership.

To close, the Student Senate and Executive Board will be meeting at 8 pm tonight to discuss the Union Annual Report for fiscal year 2014 and vote on both this document and the activity fee recommendation for next academic year. This meeting will be held in the Shelnutt Gallery, Union 3606, and will be open to everyone. Assuming that the document and recommendation are approved by the Student Senate, I will be releasing the UAR to the student body later tonight. From there, the Union budget will become a part of the larger Institute budget for approval by Vice President of Student Life Timothy Sams, President Shirley Ann Jackson, and the Board of Trustees. As a member of the Rensselaer Union, you have a right to fully understand how your activity fee is spent to benefit the many clubs, organizations, events, and services here on campus. If you have any questions, I invite you to attend tonight’s meeting or take a look at the UAR in depth. Questions on the budget process and UAR can be directed to

The Executive Board will conduct a brief meeting tonight after the presentation of the UAR, although at the time of writing this article, the agenda has not been set. As always, these meetings are open to the public, and I encourage you to attend if interested. I will be holding regular office hours this semester on Wednesdays from 6–8pm. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Union budget or matters for the Executive Board, feel free to stop by or e-mail me at I hope to see everyone this weekend!