Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tech Valley Center of Gravity opens

Former vice president, alumni, mayor of Troy celebrate ribbon cutting

This Monday was the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Troy’s new makerspace, in what used to be an off-track betting parlor. Founding members, volunteers, and local government officials were all present during the ceremony which officially opened the space. Read more...

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Staff Editorial: Editors review 2012-2013 year

With this issue of The Poly, we say goodbye to another academic year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We want to take this opportunity to look back on those happenings we found particularly noteworthy over the course of the previous year. Although it may not have been as politically-charged as the year before, many exciting events still happened on campus this year. Read more...

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Dieffenbach named Poly Person of the Year

Marie Dieffenbach is the senior undergraduate student services administrator for the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering department and this year’s Poly Person of the Year. Her office is located in the Jonsson Engineering Center in the second floor lobby. Read more...

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PSS: rpi’s first-place coach

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Bottle explodes, causes hazmat investigation

Following further searches, emergency teams clear Rousseau hall of hazardous materials

Yesterday, May 7, a minor explosion occurred in the vacinity of Rousseau residence hall, near the dumpsters shared by the Rousseau, Bryckwyck Apartments, and Stacwyck Apartments. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Traditions change often

As a graduating co-terminal student, I have been at RPI for 5 years. I have seen the Statler & Waldorf come and go, a Grand Marshal disappear, and the Faculty Senate claw tooth and nail to be reinstated. I have stayed awake to the wee hours of the morning trying to find the correct headline to place above an article, and I have collapsed in exhaustion after the last day of classes. I have stories to share, advice to give, and experiences to dwell upon, but I will not discuss them here. You will all eventually develop your own lives here at Rensselaer, and mine will soon be irrelevant to any part of campus. Read more...

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Iron Man 3 soars, may leave comic fans wanting

It is finally upon us: the final days of the semester. I mean, the summer movie season. If you’re looking to take a break from studying or writing papers or doing ridiculous end-of-semester projects, then brace yourself: big summer blockbusters are here to distract you and pull you into a summer state of mind. And who better to kick the summer off with a literal bang than the juggernaut that is Marvel Studios? Hot off their record-breaking hit The Avengers, Marvel is back with a vengeance, and they’ve brought their biggest guns in Tony Stark and Iron Man. With a new writer/director and a much more assured Robert Downey Jr., does Iron Man 3 soar? In more ways than you’d think. Read more...

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PSS: charged for alternative energy

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Editoral Notebook

Friends enhance RPI experience

Each year at the end of the school year, I look back and think about the people in my life that made this year pleasant and kept me going against all odds. Being a college student can be one of the more stressful occupations one can have. Between classes, extracurriculars, job searches, a job, homework, sleep, a social life, and entertaining distractions, there’s a lot to deal with. Read more...

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“Space ninjas” take on robot horde in Warframe

Warframe is a relatively new game to our world. It’s been in an open beta for a while now, and on occasion its play reflects that with bugged-out missions and character modeling and movement, but it is a very good game which is worthy of your time to check out. Normally, given that the game came out some time ago, we would not cover it, as it’s not timely material, but this last weekend the developers of Warframe ran the first global objective for every single player to contribute to, and the release met with much success. Read more...

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PSS: put a musical spring in your step

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Top Hat

Institute remembers Michael Dickinson

Carletta reminds students they are part of a community here at Rensselaer

On Wednesday May 1 at 8 pm, I attended the candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Michael Dickinson ’14. I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to his family as this must be an unbearable loss. Read more...

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PU announces 2013–2014 Executive Board

Sileo offers congratulations to Rensselaer athletics and discusses finals week

Hello RPI, and congratulations on making it through the 2012-2013 year! It is my pleasure to introduce you to the members of next year’s Rensselaer Union Executive Board. On Thursday evening, the Student Senate confirmed the appointments of eleven representatives, including the new Senate-Executive Board liaison, Frank Abissi ’13, per the Grand Marshal’s appointment. As for the rest of the Board: graduate student Nimit Dhulekar is now the Graduate Class Representative, Matt Kosman ’14 is the Class of 2014 representative, Erica Hutchins ’15 will serve as the Class of 2015 Representative, and Joyce Liu ’16 will be serving as the Class of 2016 Representative. Confirmed as the five Club/Intercollegiate Athletics Representatives are: Erin Amarello ’15, Gabriel Kurtzman-Gonzalez ’16, Kirk Bittner ’15, Andrew Lynch ’13, and Ramneik Bathla ’15. Finally, one of the two Member-at-Large positions will be filled by Eric Ray ’13. Read more...

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ESW competes in EPA’s P3 competition

Competition winners receive $90,000 to fund sustainable projects, programs

From April 18–19, members of RPI’s chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World attended the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainability Design Expo in Washington, D.C. They were there to compete in the EPA’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. Read more...

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Staff Editorial: Poly Person of the Year salutes outstanding RPI citizens

Each year, The Poly names a member of the RPI community as the Poly Person of the Year. We look for someone who strives to implement positive change in the community, both around campus and in Troy, someone who gives back of their time and energy. Examples of recent Persons of the Year are Anasha Cummings ’12 and men’s hockey coach Seth Appert. Though the final decision on who is named as the Person of the Year is up to the Poly staff, we encourage everyone to send in nominations to features@poly.rpi.edu until Friday, May 3. Is there someone you think is deserving of being named Poly Person of the Year? Let us know! Read more...

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Lego Batman overcomes bumbling sidekick

In the interim week before the start of the big summer movie season, one can often find it difficult to choose a movie to watch. Such was the case with myself, and in an effort to put together a review for this week, I decided to go a different route than the traditional movie theater run I usually do. Instead of the admittedly pricey Regal Cinemas excursion, I wound up staying in to watch a direct-to-video movie. Now, direct-to-video movies are usually a gold mine of hilarious B-list options with terrible acting, writing, etc. Basically, they’re usually just quick cash-ins, often on existing franchises, but always of a lower quality than their forebears. While the notion of reviewing one of these amusing, relatively poor excuses for films was enticing, I wanted to do something even more impressive, while staying true to my own interests. And that is the story of how I stumbled upon Lego Batman: The Movie DC Super Heroes Unite. Try to say that ten times, am I right? For simplicity’s sake, we’ll refer to it as just Lego Batman for the duration of this review. Read more...

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PSS: RPI tennis sweeps Union

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New senators approve committee appointees

Senate implements new discussion manager

On Thursday, April 25, the Student Senate held its first general body meeting under the 148th Grand Marshal, Charles Carletta ’14. The new senators approved Carletta’s appointments for senatorial positions, voted to recognize Carl Westerdahl, and discussed a proposed amendment to the Senate’s current GPA requirements. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Packing for the summer

Commence the purging of your room! It is almost the end of the semester, and, with that, almost time to move out of your lodgings, be it an apartment or a room in a residence hall. Thus, I recommend cleaning out your room while you have the chance before finals. This weekend is the perfect time to clean it from top to bottom to prepare for moving out; that way, when you have to pack, you’ll have less things to sort through and have less dirt to clean. Read more...

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New Magic set amazes, impresses reviewer

This past weekend saw pre-release events for the new Magic: The Gathering set, Dragon’s Maze. The conclusion to the most recent block (started last fall with Return to Ravnica), Dragon’s Maze features all 10 of the guilds of the plane of Ravnica attempting to navigate their way through—you guessed it—a gigantic maze. Each led by a champion, the guilds form and break alliances in a rapidly changing political atmosphere as each struggles to acquire the secret within for its own benefit. Read more...

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