Top Hat

Executive committee approved; semester wrap up

Senate executives geared up for next year; finishing year right and bright future ahead for all

Hi, everyone! This Top Hat will be my final article of the academic year. Outside, the Troy weather has improved, classes are wrapping up — and as the summer takes hold, there’s a great deal for everyone to look forward to.

Within Student Government, the 45th Student Senate has selected the members of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board, as well as our entire Student Senate cabinet and leadership positions. Of particular note are the new committee chairmen: congratulations to chairmen Marcus Flowers ’16, Academic Affairs’, Michael Han ’16, Facilities and Services’, Melanie Todis ’17, Rules and Elections’, Gavin Noritsky ’16, Student Government Communications’, Lexi Rindone ’16, Student Life’, and Gabe Perez ‘16, Web Technologies Group, as well as everyone else who has received appointments.

Each of these leaders is a fantastic individual, with unique skills and a passion for improving student life. They bring a variety of perspectives to the table, both new and experienced. I’m confident that this will be a great year working together, and I’m excited to see where the Senate goes. If you’d like to work with any of them, I encourage you to reach out. You may contact Marcus at, Michael at, Melanie at, Gavin at, Lexi at, and Gabe at

Outside the Senate, it’s a busy time for all of us. With classes wrapped up, our focus has turned to final projects and exams. I want to wish everyone good luck in the last two weeks. Make sure to enjoy yourself and keep the stress levels low but take advantage of the study days this Thursday and Friday to get ahead and prepare for the exams.

There are a few end-of-semester events worth attending if you need a break. Tonight behind Commons, RSA will be hosting their annual showcase event, the Spring Fling, with food, games, performances, and more. During the study days, if you feel the need to relax, stop by the Mueller Center for their Stress Relief Days program. They host fitness classes, massage therapy, and a basketball tournament in the Armory. Finally, the Red & White Student Organization will be hosting their regular study days in the Heffner Alumni House. I encourage you to reserve a room or even just stop by if you need a stress-free environment to study.

Lastly, to everyone returning next year, enjoy the summer off; take excitement in whatever it is you do, be it an internship, research, summer classes, travel, or something else new and exciting! And when we return, be ready for another great year here. This year absolutely flew by, but there are more memories to create.

And to the Class of 2014, congratulations on your graduation, and good luck in the world out there! There’s so much you’ve accomplished here at Rensselaer, and so much more that waits beyond our walls. As you begin your career, don’t forget to stay in touch with us back here in Troy, but don’t hesitate to branch out. These friends and relationships you’ve built, and the memories and connections you’ve made here will last a lifetime, but there’s so much more in store.

The future is bright and great things are coming for all of us, returning students and rising alumni alike. To the members of the 45th Senate and our new appointees I’m excited to work with you on making those great things happen. To everyone else, enjoy your summer and your time off! And to our seniors, best of luck in everything you do.

If you’d like to contact me for any reason, you may of course email me at This semester has been one to remember, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Thank you everyone, and have a great summer!