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Zombie survival talk, special family weekend events enjoyed by Carletta

On Thursday October 17, I attended Max Brooks’s zombie survival talk, which later opened to an interactive and engaging Q & A with the audience in EMPAC. Brooks is the author of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide. The book World War Z was recently made into a blockbuster movie of the same name starring Brad Pitt. During the talk, Brooks seamlessly wove current political events and pop culture with important survival strategies to take during the zombie apocalypse. At the end of his talk, he received a plaque with a key to the Union to recognize and honor him for visiting RPI through the Union Speakers Forum three times. Brooks is the only speaker ever to be invited back and I can clearly see why after attending his talk. Thank you, Max Brooks, for coming back to RPI and educating us all on zombie survival techniques.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable family weekend. I know that I had a great time showing my parents around for my fourth and final year at RPI. I like this part of the year because I can include my parents in many of my own interests and it gives them the chance to be a part of the wonderful tradition and culture that is RPI. While here, the families of students have had the opportunity to be a part of many different and interesting activities. Among many other events, families could have learned what it’s like to be a Rensselaer student by attending different classes taught this past Friday. This weekend, families also had the chance to observe the stars and planets at the Hirsch Observatory in the science building. Personally, one of my favorite events was going to the men’s hockey game Saturday night with my parents to see the engineers dominate Sacred Heart University with a final score of 7-1.

Family weekend isn’t just about the fun and interesting events, though. RPI has been a place for students to express themselves with their culture, academic pursuits, and personal passions. I hope this weekend has further strengthened your parents’ experience with RPI and given them a better exposure to the life of a RPI student. What makes this weekend so valuable to me is the time spent showing my family and friends the wonderful place that is my home away from home. RPI would not be the same without the love and support from our families. Thank you to all the families for joining us this weekend and I hope you had a wonderful time here at RPI.

The past two weeks have been incredibly busy with Reunion & Homecoming 2013 and Family Weekend. I just want to thank everyone that has put time in for the planning and organization of these events. They are large undertakings and complicated to execute. We are all grateful for the hard work and dedication from our faculty and staff to make these events the best they can be.