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GM on future events

Keraga details present and future events

Hey, everyone! Adjusting to the role of Grand Marshal has been exciting, and busy. Beyond my Senate duties, this weekend I joined the RPI Players for their final work party of the semester to help them finish the set for their upcoming performance, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The musical is in its final production stages, and will open its doors this Friday at 8 pm. I also had the privilege of attending the Rensselaer Music Association’s Annual Spring Concert in EMPAC. As an instrumental musician, it was great to watching so many fantastic performances; great job to everyone on RMA!

Today, I want to use this article to showcase two important causes being pursued by students and communities across campus.

This week is Earth Week! The second annual RPI Earth Week Festival brings together our campus sustainability community celebrating interconnections and collaboration throughout our society, our ecosystem, and our world. The Festival, beginning this past Monday, April 20, features events ranging from speakers and film showings to tie-dying and sustainable smoothie giveaways, and has something for everyone. There will be a finale event this Saturday taking place throughout the Rensselaer Union, showcasing sustainability research amidst a day of music, food, and more. Sustainability is an important cause facing our campus community, and our generation. If you are passionate about it or would like to learn more, or simply want a chance to enjoy a relaxing Saturday afternoon, stop by the Union before 5 pm.

I also want to take a moment to highlight two of RPI’s centerpiece events in the battle against cancer. This past weekend saw the conclusion of Sigma Chi’s annual campus-wide Derby Days, contributing to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Working with all campus sororities and several other organizations, Derby Days was incredibly successful, as the avdedicated brothers of Sigma Chi raised over $8000. Additionally, this Friday night in the Armory will be the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, held in the Armory starting at 6 pm and continuing until 6 am Saturday. Relay for Life is a beautiful event, bringing our community together to contribute to cancer research, and giving us the opportunity to support those who have fought or continue to fight against cancer. I encourage all members of RPI, and the surrounding community, to come out this Friday and show their support.

Finally, of course, this is a busy time for the Student Senate as well. Between research into the recent Senate years and interviews and discussions with various Senators, I’ve been exploring our possibilities, and working to construct the Senate’s leadership framework so we can wrap up the semester and prepare for next year. Once again, if you’d like to apply for one of the many leadership roles available, just contact me—public invitations for leadership interviews are still out, and will remain open until May 3 at noon. The Senate will be having our first meeting this coming Monday at 6 pm in the Union 3202. If you’re on the fence and want to learn more, come stop by or watch us on RPI TV.

This is an exciting time, and I’m looking forward to the coming term. The transition to serving as Grand Marshal has been great, and I can’t wait to see what the year will bring. Have a great week, RPI, and feel free to contact me anytime at gm@union.rpi.edu!