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E-Board approves new secretary, Policies chair

“Pack the Union” event not being held this year, clubs urged to update websites with relevant information

Hello RPI! I hope the first week of classes has brought promises for a great semester. The annual Mayor’s Cup game was held this past weekend. Our hockey team hosted Union at the Times Union Center, and the game was very exciting. Red Army, the club that supports spirit for our hockey team, orchestrated a bussing system to take students to and from the game. Red Army also distributed rally towels at the Times Union Center, which looked great as we all cheered on our team! Despite Union scoring the first goal, RPI came back to score two goals, winning the game 2-1. Scott Diebold played excellently, with 28 saves on goal and top-notch support from the team. It was a great game to watch and attend!

This year, the Executive Board will not be holding a “Pack the Union” Spring Activities Fair. At the end of the last spring activities fair, the Executive Board decided not to continue to host this activities fair due to the low attendance of prospective members for clubs. Instead we highly encourage clubs to have up-to-date websites with information about their weekly meetings and to advertise for their club via word of mouth or a Facebook page. If you are looking for ideas about how to better advertise your club, feel free to reach out to Holly Nelson in the Administration Office; she serves as the Union’s Communication Specialist.

In other club news, the draft of the Union Annual Report is currently being put together by the Union Annual Report Committee. The goal of this report is to increase transparency with the student body and to demonstrate how the Student Activity Fee is calculated for the upcoming year. This document includes numbers for individual clubs as well as the formulas the Executive Board uses to arrive at the Activity Fee. Once the report is finalized, it will be released to students and brought before the Senate. At the Senate meeting, there will be a discussion of the Activity Fee and the report, and ultimately Senators will vote to endorse or not to endorse the Executive Board’s recommendation to the Institute’s Board of Trustees. If you have any questions about the Union’s budget, please feel free to send me an email.

The Executive Board had its first meeting this week in the Shelnutt Gallery. The Board approved Spencer Norris ’17 as the new secretary and the new Policies Committee Chair. His predecessors for both positions went on co-op this semester. If you are interested in learning more about the Policies Committee or interested in joining any of the Executive Board’s committees, please reach out to me. There are many opportunities to become more involved. In any committee there are varying levels of commitment, and we are always looking for new members. So please, reach out to me if you would like to be more involved.

If you have any questions or would like more clarification about anything Union-related, please feel free to contact me at pu@rpi.edu. Have a fantastic week!