Union approves American Red Cross Club

Hello again, RPI! Welcome back to Troy after a hopefully relaxing week off. It is rather unfortunate to return to snow, especially coming from Florida, but return we must. A shout out this week to the seniors, who now only have 66 days until Commencement! If you are looking for something to do this Friday night, I encourage you to stop by Union After Dark, being held from 8 pm–1 am in, you guessed it, the Rensselaer Union. Sponsored by Residence Life, with help from many other departments on campus as well as many student clubs, this event features performances, free food, music, games, and prizes for students looking for alternative programming. For more information, see Residence Life or the Union Administration Office.

This week’s Derby article will admittedly be shorter than usual, only because classes were not in session last week, and so not much business was presented to the Union Executive Board. At their meeting on March 6, the American Red Cross Club was approved as a Union-funded organization for the remainder of this semester, while the Independent Council was approved to drop their funding status under the Union, effective July 1. For more information regarding these organizations and how you can get involved, please see Orlando J. Hernandez Jr. ’15 ( or Frank Abissi ’14 ( respectively. The E-Board also began discussing options for new student services that could be offered by utilizing space that will become available once the Post Office substation closes on July 1. These discussions will most likely continue for the remainder of the semester, and if you or your friends would like to see something new, just let me or another Executive Board member know.

To update everyone in regards to the new furniture scheduled for installation this semester, we are excited to have about half of the furniture planned for installation by the end of this week. New work-style tables and chairs with available power outlets will be placed on the west side of the second floor lobby, while new track seating will be installed on the far-east side of the lobby. The couches and chairs that will complete this order and be placed in the “middle” of the lobby are scheduled to arrive in the middle of May due to manufacturing delays. We here at the Union are working hard to maintain what furniture we already have, and as such, the tables from the McNeil Room and Mother’s Wine Emporium will be refinished in the coming weeks.

As always, 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 ( My normal office hours for this semester are at 6–8 pm on Wednesday nights, although I am frequently in my office at other times. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break, and I will see you next week!