RPI introduces TALKs, Black Friday game

Hey RPI!

It has been a whirlwind of a week and I cannot believe October is already coming to an end. Family weekend was a blast and I want to thank all of the clubs, organizations, sports teams, and administrators who helped make this weekend possible. From the sports games, to music concerts and dances, to the international festival I always enjoy seeing the breadth of involvement here on campus. I would like to congratulate all of the students who were honored at this year’s honors convocation on Saturday; you deserve to be in the spot light for all of your hard work and dedication to your studies and to RPI. I would also like to congratulate John Spangenberger ’15, this year’s winner of the Nussbaum Award, for his service to RPI and the surrounding community. I am constantly amazed by my peers; it is always a pleasure to give recognition to your hard work and achievements.

Last week, the Executive Board had a very full agenda. Be on the lookout for the Rensselyrics’ new CD; as of last week they have secured the funds needed to finish the production of their music and it will soon be available both on CD and on iTunes! The Union Speakers Forum has decided to team up with TALKS, a student group who has created TED TALK style seminars called “Tidbits”. Tidbits is a series where lecture meets casual over coffee and doughnuts and students and faculty come together to listen and learn. Its inaugural event is this Friday with our athletic director Jim Knowlton giving a TALK about “The Curse of Being a Leader” at 9 am in Mother’s Wine Emporium, in the Rensselaer Union. Stop by to learn about recognizing inner potential and exploring the personal risk of holding yourself to the highest standards. Union Programs and Activities Committee Sound presented a joint proposal with the Jazz Ensemble to get new sound equipment so that both groups could better serve student needs. There will now be sound equipment installed in the J-Building for our student music groups to utilize. In addition, UPAC Sound will have a new system for clubs to rent which is much easier to transport and use. RPI Design Collective is merging with a new group, Design for America, to give students real project experience working on solving local problems. If you are interested in joining, please contact Andrea Ukleja at

This weekend is going to be an exciting one here on campus for RPI sports fans. Friday is the annual Black Friday Men’s Hockey game vs. Union College. The jerseys worn by the players are one game only jerseys which are raffled off during the game, and then presented to the winner directly after. The winner of the raffle gets to go out on the ice, collect their jersey, and meet the players. On top of our normal Black Friday festivities, there will also be a costume contest! The winner receives a jersey signed by the entire men’s hockey team. The women’s lacrosse team will be handling all of the raffles and all of the goal celebrations which consist of throwing the always coveted Black Friday T-shirts into the crowd. This is one of my favorite events of the year and I hope to see everyone there! On Saturday, our men’s and women’s cross country teams hosting and competing in the Liberty League Championships at 1:30 pm at Saratoga State Park. Let’s get out there and support our fellow classmates as they strive to become Liberty League Champions and kick Union’s butt.

Have a wonderful week everyone!