PU updates on events, hockey, the Union, and break

Genericon recap; Engineers hockey team makes playoffs; PU open to questions, giving campaigning advice

Hello, RPI! I’m sure everyone is excited that Spring Break is this coming week. I hope that everyone manages to get through their project milestones, presentations, exams, and other assessments that are approaching before we all get a much deserved week off.

This weekend was a fairly eventful weekend as our own club, the Rensselaer Science Fiction and Anime Society, hosted their 27th annual Genericon. As always, this event is heavily attended by many RPI students and many non-RPI students, to celebrate and promote science fiction, Japanese animation, and gaming. There were many different characters on campus and the popularity of the convention was evident. Not only were there many different well planned activities, but there was a significant amount of traffic and buzz on campus. Congratulations to RSFA for planning this event.

In other news, our hockey team has officially made it to playoffs and our first game is slotted to be a home game. I, personally, am looking forward to attending another game in the Houston Field House this year and I hope many of our students will be able to make it to the game!

I would like to take a moment to thank Shoshana Rubinstein ’16 for doing an excellent job as the Student Government Communications Chair this year. She has worked tirelessly throughout the year to try to reach out to students to get them more involved in student government. Although there is always more work to be done, her efforts have definitely paved the way for more communication between the student body and all aspects of student government, and I greatly appreciate the work that she has done. If you have any ideas about how student government can better communicate with the student body, please contact her at

Again, the Rensselaer Union has released a survey to all students asking them to review the bookstore to determine the best way that we can meet students’ needs. There will be three random participants who will receive a $50 Amazon gift card for filling out the survey. If you have any feedback about the bookstore that is not addressed in the survey, please let me know.

Additionally, I would like to thank a few people who have reached out to me about running for President of the Union next year. I am more than happy to talk to all candidates about campaigning, their platforms, and the time commitment required for the position. If you are interested, please talk to me this week or next week so I can help you with any questions you may have. I am typically in my office most of the week, and will definitely be there on Tuesday after 2 pm. You can also send me an email to set up a formal time to discuss your interest. I would like to see this year’s race contested and exciting, so please reach out to me.

Finally, if you would like more clarification about anything Union-related, or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Have a great week and enjoy your Spring Break!