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Senate performs safety walk

Carletta expresses excitement over Reunion & Homecoming weekend

Hello, RPI. On the night of September 30 at 8 pm, the Student Senate did its annual Light and Safety Walk. On this walk, we examined the general condition of the RPI campus and of the surrounding Troy area. Before we went on the walk, Lieutenant Leslie Norton of the Department of Public Safety came to the Senate general body meeting to give a run-through of important items to look for and the significance of writing down every observation. The information collected by the Senate and Public Safety will be used to fix any potential issues. On this walk, sidewalks were inspected to see if they posed a tripping hazard to students at night. The general lighting of the area was verified and any street lights that were out were recorded. We also looked at the amount of activity in the streets to see how busy the roads were at night. During the walk, Senators were also asked to give a general description of how safe they felt while walking around their respective routes at night and why.

There were a total of six routes that senators could have been assigned to in the light walk. The routes covered academic campus, Freshman Hill, the Blitman Residence Commons, the J building, the Heffner Alumni House, North Lot, Sherry Road, the East Campus Athletic Village, the Rensselaer Apartment Housing Projects A & B, Colonie Apartments, North 15th and 16th Streets until the new McDonalds, Peoples Avenue by Samaritan Hospital, Tibbitts and Highland Avenues, Sunset Terrace, Easton Road, Burdett Ave, South 13th, 14th, and 15th Streets by Moe’s Southwest Grill, Bouton Road, and the Bemen Park area. If you feel that the Senate missed an important area or you want to report something that falls under the scope of the Light and Safety walk, please e-mail me at

On a different note, the end of this week is going to be very exciting because it’s Reunion & Homecoming weekend! This event has always been one of my favorites because of my involvement with the Red & White Student Organization, whose mission is to bridge the gap between the students and alumni of RPI. On this weekend, thousands of alumni visit RPI from all over the country, and in some cases the world. They also have the option to visit certain classes taught on campus, so if you happen to notice some new people in your class, that would probably be why. I also love Reunion & Homecoming because of Fan Fest. Here, food vendors from different parts of the Capital Region set up and give students and alumni free taste of their cuisine. There is also live entertainment outdoors and inside ECAV, with new attractions every year. This weekend is special to me because it gives me the chance to talk to our alumni about their experience as students and the career and life paths they chose once they left dear old RPI. If you have any questions for me, e-mail me.