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PU talks Big Red Freakout, proactive school spirit

Hello, RPI, and happy Wednesday! Coming up this week is the 37th Annual Big Red Freakout, which promises to be a lot of fun. The game is against Brown University this year, and as usual, the Executive Board will be handing out free giveaways until we run out. Make sure to get there early for your gift!

I would also like to take a moment to highlight the Rensselaer Union’s Clubhouse Pub. Donated as a Class Gift in 1991, the pub has become a very popular spot for all sorts of events. The pub has hosted a variety of theme nights, including graduate night, and this past weekend there was also special event for the Super Bowl. Each week the pub also hosts a trivia night which is quite fun and brings in a pretty large crowds. Make sure you pay attention to the signs that are posted in the 15th Street-side lobby for more information on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that the pub is only open to those who are 21 and over, however, it is still is a great way to responsibly celebrate with friends.

One of the best parts of being a student at RPI is becoming involved in the traditions our great school has to offer. Most recently there was the Mayor’s Cup Game, and there are many more events coming in the near future. Not only do we have the Big Red Freakout to look forward to, but the Winter Carnival is steadily approaching, and before you know it Grand Marshal Week will be here! It is great to participate in these wonderful events and remember what it truly means to be an RPI student. RPI is a wonderful place steeped in tradition and it is important to be reminded of the great school which we all attend.

Every year at this time, I am awed by our school’s students. Here students are responsible for taking the first steps toward the rest of their lives whether it is in the classroom or out. Our students are working together to organize trips to the other side of the world in order to help people in need. They are working together with different departments and contractors and are dedicating their own time to foster spirit for our athletic teams. Our students really are changing the world and leaving their legacy and I am proud to serve these traditions through our Union. The Union is run by students to promote student interests, and in order to properly outline these interests, the Executive Board creates the Union Annual Report. The purpose of the document is to show students how their Student Activity Fee was calculated and where their money is being spent. I sincerely hope that anyone, regardless of their interest in student government, or athletics, or any given club, will at least take a look at the work that your peers have dedicated to the Union. They have created, edited, reviewed, and allocated budgets so that next year, the Union and all it entails will run smoothly. So please, take a look at the document and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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