Sileo welcomes new communication specialist

Chester’s in Rathskellar to stay open; last weekend marked several successful club events

Hello, RPI! I hope that all of you are having a great semester thus far. This past week has been very exciting for our campus as we welcomed a new member of the Rensselaer Union admin office, Holly Nelson! Holly is now the communication specialist for the Union and has hit the ground running to work on many marketing-related projects for the Union. She is joining us after working for Stevens Institute of Technology and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In order to celebrate Holly joining us, we held an open house in the Union admin office this past Friday. I was glad to see so many organizations turn out to meet her. However, if you were unable to make the event, don’t worry! There will still be many great opportunities to talk to Holly about your advertising needs. Holly is very friendly and eager to meet everyone so feel free to pop in to the admin office to say hi!

This past week at the Executive Board meeting, Joyce Schoenig, who runs the Sodexo operations in the Union, came to present the current plan for the Rathskellar’s food options. After a period of discussion, the Board decided that for the time being, Chester’s will remain in the Rathskellar due to the high volume of sales in Chester’s and the perceived popularity of the business. During this semester, the Business Operations committee will further investigate whether or not the Union will be keeping Chester’s long term. If you are interested in helping to make a decision about Chester’s, please contact Business Operations Chair Russell Brown ’14, at

In other news, RPI’s rugby team now has the funds to purchase a new scrum sled which will help them to better simulate actual play in a much safer way than with their old scrum sled. The Executive Board also approved RPI Active Minds as an affiliated organization. Active Minds is an organization whose goal is to increase awareness of issues surrounding mental health and provide information about many mental health disorders.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our organizations on a successful weekend. As always, RPI Outing Club had a great turn out for their Fall Lake George trip, even in spite of the rain. On Friday night, Armory After Dark hosted another successful event, which had a great turn out. Even if you weren’t able to make it to Friday night’s festivities, there is still an opportunity to attend ECAV After Dark, which will have a very special theme. Make sure to check out the posters around campus to see what’s coming! Our athletic teams also had a great weekend, as RPI’s football team very handily defeated Castleton State, and the RPI women’s tennis team took on and defeated SUNY New Paltz. On Sunday, the women’s hockey team had their first game of the year at home in which they defeated their opponents 5-0. So congratulations to all on a great weekend!

If you have any questions or would like to see your organization featured in my weekly article, please feel free to reach out to me. Enjoy the rest of the week!