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Happy Wednesday! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. I also wish you all the best of luck as the semester comes to an end. This past weekend was extremely busy with many of our organizations hosting events.

UPAC Cinema is back, and better than ever! After a semester of hard work installing their new digital system, UPAC ended the semester in style with their red carpet premiere. I personally loved seeing the difference between the old and new projection systems—they still play their opening policies on film, then switch to digital for the full-length feature. The difference is absolutely dramatic, and it is awesome to see our clubs progressing so well. Not only are we the only movie theater in Troy, but we’re also one of the first universities in the country to install professional grade digital theater equipment. This upcoming weekend they will be playing Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians, so make sure to check it out!

We also had many multicultural events this weekend, including the National Society of Black Engineers Awards Gala, Mr. and Mrs. Jashn (hosted by the Pakistani Students Association), and many other exciting events, all of which were wonderfully planned and executed. If you haven’t yet, make sure to stop by the new multicultural lounge in the Rensselaer Union. It’s on the second floor down the hallway next to the bathrooms and is an open and inviting space for all.

Since the Union has hired John Killings, the Student Activities Resource Person for the multicultural groups, there have been many changes for the better. He has done a great job working with our clubs to help promote them and give them their own space. The Union is also in the process of hiring a new Marketing Director over the summer to help the Union with promoting its businesses and organizations. I am really looking forward to the upcoming year and the changes this new position will bring.

Finally, this weekend I was able to see the RPI Players’ production of Curtains. The Players did a wonderful job, and the night was full of excitement. Curtains is a murder mystery show, and I would encourage everyone to get out and watch it before it’s too late! The show I went to was very well attended, so I suggest making reservations through their website ahead of time. They have showings April 25, 26, and 27 (this week!) at 8 pm, and you should stop by and take a moment to forget about your school work!

This weekend is also Relay for Life from 6 pm–6 am in the Armory from Friday to Saturday, and I hope to see many of you there supporting a wonderful cause. If you are looking for more information regarding Union events, make sure you check out the Union webpage

Enjoy the rest of the week! If you have any questions or something you’d like me to discuss in my next Derby, please contact me at