Undergraduate Council

Undergrad council plans Super Bowl, Olympics activities

Hello RPI and welcome back to school! I hope you’ve all had a nice, relaxing holiday break and an excellent first week of classes. As the workload remains light these first two weeks, take your time to get situated and readjust to campus life. Currently, there’s a number of exciting goings on around campus: be sure to take the opportunity to get out, enjoy these events, and otherwise have a good time with your friends before classes pick up.

This week is Super Bowl week and the anticipation couldn’t be higher! As Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos face off against the Seahawks and their Legion of Boom in what promises to be a snow-filled spectacle of a match, Rensselaer Student Association and Residence Life will be holding their annual Super Bowl Party at 5 pm in DCC 308. If you are looking to make Super Bowl plans, or if you find yourself without anything to do this Sunday, come down to the Darrin Communications Center for free food, football, and a room packed with fans eager to watch the big game.

In the world of international sports, the Winter Olympics games will be starting on February 7, and the Class of 2017 Council will be throwing an event to rally RPI in support of Team USA. Held in the DCC, the 2017 Council will be following the US Olympic team through a variety of competitions, giving members of the Class of 2017 and beyond the opportunity to come together in support of our national competitors. They’ll be starting on opening day at 6 pm for the pre-Games discussion and analysis, and continuing through the opening ceremony at 7:30 pm. The Council will continue to feature Olympic events throughout the Games, which last just over two weeks and conclude on February 23! More details will arrive in the coming weeks.

Finally, each class council is responsible for more than just the planning of class events—they also serve as the stewards of class traditions, ensuring certain practices are continued across time. Among its many responsibilities, each Council determines and procures their class quote and class tree, typically planted within the first two years at Rensselaer. Through two dedicated committees, they create their class ring, which goes on sale mid-junior year, and class gift, a creative donation made to campus in the name of the class senior year or beyond. Senior year councils are devoted almost entirely to senior events and milestones such as Senior Week and Hundred Days, ensuring their class’s final year at RPI is exciting and memorable. As the semester progresses, many of these important traditions will be discussed and developed in your respective class councils. The class councils will be providing plenty of avenues for suggestions, feedback, and participation in these major campus traditions, so students of all years, keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved!

If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas, I encourage you to contact me at keragk@rpi.edu, or talk to your respective class presidents or representatives. After this week, we’ll be returning to regular articles from class officers, so stay tuned for more. For now, welcome back everyone, and good luck with your semester!