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Hockey Line begins, GM recounts history

Activities fair success, fraternity recruitment begins, Class of 2018 elections upcoming

Welcome back from your long weekend, and congrats on your first week of classes. I hope you’ve all had the chance to get settled in. In these early weeks, take the chance to meet up with good friends and classmates, and use this time before classes to get busy in scoping out some new activities and extracurricular opportunities.

This past Thursday was the Rensselaer Union Activities Fair, and the turnout was massive, for first-years and upperclassmen alike. First years, don’t be discouraged if you missed the fair; you’ll still have many chances to meet the different clubs and organizations. Stop by the Union and check the reservation lists outside each room, watch Facebook for club announcements, or talk to your Resident Assistants or other upperclassmen that may be able to get you connected.

Additionally, recruitment events for fraternities have also begun. These events range from cookouts to laser tag to golf carts, and even more. Whether or not you plan on going Greek, make sure you stop by and see what they have to offer. These events are a great way to connect with first years and upperclassmen alike. At the very least you’ll find yourself meeting new people and making surprising connections; at best, you may find yourself at home and decide to join.

At this point, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the glowing countdown clock you’ve seen hanging next to the Rensselaer Union, and the student groups who have set up camp below it. The countdown marks the time remaining until season tickets for Rensselaer Men’s Hockey go on sale, and the groups standing below it are the 2014 Hockey Line, queued up for the best seats in the Houston Field House.

Hockey Line began in the 1970s, when large pillars in the Field House obstructed some sections’ views of the ice—students would line up weeks or months in advance to avoid getting stuck with second-rate seats. Psi Upsilon holds the current record, having set up shop on March 31, 1985, immediately following the Engineers’ national title, and stayed in line for a consecutive 178 days leading up to the next season’s ticket sales. While the pillars have since been removed with the renovation of the Field House, the tradition still stands to celebrate the opening of the hockey season.

As it was last year, starting September 2, all registered groups must have at least one member in line from 8–9 pm. As Grand Marshal, I will be checking with groups to make sure they have representation during these hours. Starting 7 pm September 8 and ending 7 pm September 9, all groups must have at least one member in line for a consecutive 24 hours. During this time, there will be a number of events, giveaways, and performances as we lead up to the final march to the Field House and the opening of sales. If you’re hesitant, I encourage you to join. There will be a lot of events and fun happenings in the line; it’s a great way to meet new people while getting excited for Rensselaer Hockey.

Finally, September 2 also marks the opening of the Class of 2018 elections! All forms are now available in the Student Government Suite of the Rensselaer Union, or online at If you’re interested in running, stop by, fill out a form, and contact either myself or Melanie Todis ’17, Rules and Elections chairman, at Candidate info sessions, mandatory for anyone running for office, but also a great way to learn more about the process, will be held every weekday at 4:30 pm in the Student Government Suite. Remember, of course, that elections aren’t the only way to get involved—Senate Committees are open to student membership, and begin their operations within the next few days.

If you’re interested in running for election or joining a committee, would like to learn more about Hockey Line, or have any other questions about Rensselaer, you may always contact me at!