Sileo congratulates athletics; talks R-Factor, weR Gold

Proposals approved to redo floors in Mueller Center, Academy Hall; Class of 2015 held annual talent show

Hello RPI! I hope that everyone has enjoyed this Halloween season! On Thursday night, the Pub held a special event to celebrate Halloween with Halloween related trivia and treats. Sodexo specially prepared goodies for the event including a “pumpkin vomit” guacamole dip, mummy hot dogs, ghost cookies, and of course tons of candy! The event was great and featured many wonderful regulars in their best costumes.

This was also an exciting week for RPI Hockey! Tuesday was the first ever Black Tuesday. Historically, Black Friday is a tradition in which the hockey team dons special black jerseys and plays their first in-league game. Each of these jerseys is specifically designed and raffled off on the day of the game and while these jerseys have been very nice in the past, I thought Tuesday’s jerseys were particularly nice looking! Congratulations to those who won these fantastic jerseys! Hopefully they will be worn at many upcoming games throughout the year. Men’s football also won their game this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy, excellently defeating them, 28-13. Overall it has been a good week for RPI Athletics; hopefully, we can keep up the momentum.

The Executive Board, in an effort to vote on the time sensitive proposal for the Mueller Center weight room flooring and the Student Activities Room in Academy Hall, held their weekly meeting after the Black Tuesday game. The Board voted to spend the funds to upgrade both of these floors. The Mueller Center will soon have a floor which is much better equipped to handle lifting, and if approved by weR Gold, our dance groups will have a dedicated dance studio. I hope that you all get a chance to see them!

On Saturday, the Class of 2015 hosted their annual talent show, the “R-Factor.” There were many great performances from a wide variety of talented students. The performances ranged in the types of talent they displayed. There were classical piano demonstrations, a glow-in-the-dark dance, a performance from an internationally ranked whistler, a beat-boxing display, and a performance from Joe Kalina ’15 who won the competition for the second year in a row for his talent on the guitar. Congratulations to all who performed and the Class of 2015 for putting on such a wonderful event. All of the proceeds from this event are going to the charity LifeNets, which was founded here at RPI.

This past Friday was also Stephen Van Rensselaer’s 249th birthday. To celebrate this event, the Rensselaer Union held a small party for him in the McNeil room complete with cake and cupcakes. This Tuesday was also RPI’s birthday, although at 189, the Institute is just a bit younger than Van Rensselaer! weR held their own birthday party for this day on the ’86 field with cake and singing.

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