I hope that everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day and made the most out of our snowy long weekend. If you didn’t know, February 13 was the annual RPI Spirit Day, and it was a ton of fun. I always love seeing the spirit of the student body and alumni across the globe. The Rensselaer Union participated, of course, and we took our annual photo on the front steps with all the employees and some student government officials decked out in all the RPI gear we own. Check it out on our Facebook page, and feel free to join in the fun next year! While our men’s hockey team could not pull away a victory this weekend against Yale at the Big Red Freakout, the turnout this year was great, the energy of the crowd was contagious, and I love my new RPI Big Red Freakout blanket.
Last week in our Executive Board meeting, the Board approved three club proposals. The Senate was approved to purchase card readers to go along with their new digital voting system for elections. The Polytechnic was approved to purchase food for their production nights, adding nourishment to their extremely long shifts to put together this paper for us every week. Finally, RPIgnite was approved to purchase hats to sell to their fans to help improve the publicity and branding of their club. The Union Annual Report committee chair, Shoshana Rubenstein ’15 then presented the UAR to the Executive Board, before presenting to the Senate on Thursday. The UAR for Fiscal Year 2016 was not passed by the Senate, and so in the past week the UAR committee has been working tirelessly to incorporate information to answer student questions related to the budget into the report. A new revision will be presented to the Senate this Thursday for approval. This week there was not an Executive Board meeting because there was no club business to attend to, but we will be meeting again next Tuesday, February 24 from 8–10 pm in the Shelnutt Gallery.
This upcoming weekend, Winter Carnival presents Avalanche! On Saturday, February 21, from 11 am–9 pm, come up to the East Campus Athletic Village to enjoy our annual winter celebration with RPI students, faculty, and staff. From 11 am–3 pm there will be games, food, Winter Olympics, photos with Puckman, sled dogs, and many student performances. The games are run by our student clubs and each game has tickets to give away to participants. You can then redeem all of your hard won tickets for prizes or use them to enter the raffles which are drawn at the end of the day. From 3–4 pm, there will be the annual cardboard sled race, judged by the Grand Marshal and yours truly. At 4 pm, you will find me cheering on the Women’s Ice Hockey team in the game vs. Cornell University for their senior night game. Then, after the game, from 7 pm–9 pm, there will be open skate in the Houston Field House. The entire day promises to be a ton of fun! The Winter Carnival Committee has been working very hard over the past few months to put this event together, and I can’t wait to see all of you there.
Have a wonderful week, try to stay warm, and as always, if you have any questions, comments, or just want to talk about Union-related activities, feel free to stop by my office hours on Wednesdays at 8:30–10:30 am, or shoot me an email at email@example.com.