Hey RPI, so, exciting news, I saw some grass today. It seems the weather is finally warming up a little, and even though I wouldn’t say it is technically warm outside, I am already seeing students in shorts and t-shirts. Soon we will be on Spring Break, but before that, we must conquer midterms, homework assignments, and projects. So if you need a break this weekend, or if you need something to look forward to, there are some awesome things happening on campus. On Wednesday, if you are over 21, we have another painting session at the Clubhouse Pub from 7–9 pm. This month’s theme is “Walking in the Rain.” This weekend, our very own Rensselaer Science Fiction Association is hosting Genericon XXVIII, an annual event which has been a centerpiece of the Capitol District culture since 1985. This event is heavily attended every year by RPI students and non-RPI students alike to celebrate and promote science fiction, Japanese animation, and gaming. The weekend always fills the campus with excitement and events. Every year, the detail and creativity that goes into the costumes of the participants amazes me, and I can’t wait to see what the RSFA is going to do with it this year.
In the athletic arena, congratulations are in order. Our men’s track and field team finished 10th out of 55 schools in the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference Indoor Championship. We also have two Freshmen swimmers, Shanny Lin ‘18 and Danielle Suave ‘18, who have earned the right to represent Rensselaer in the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship from March 18-21. We wish them the best of luck! Our men’s hockey team beat Clarkson University in their three game series last weekend and they will advance to the ECAC quarterfinals this weekend against Saint Lawrence University. Although the team is playing away, the series can be heard live on our very own WRPI radio station 91.5 FM, starting Friday at 7 pm, and our Red Army may be traveling to support our men in their post season competition.
Looking a little further into the future on the Union event side of things, the Union Performance and Activities Committee Concerts and the 125th Anniversary Committee will be hosting a concert on Thursday April 30 at 8 pm up in the Houston Field House. They will proudly present MS MR with special guests: Titanics and Bells Roar. The tickets are now available for purchase until the night of the show or until tickets run out. Students may purchase a ticket for themselves and for a guest at $18 dollars each.
If you are a club officer and you would like your club to host a two hour program in Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond next year for the incoming freshman class on August 28 and 29, the call for programs is open until April 17. For more information, please contact the Office of the First Year Experience.
Lastly, for anyone interested in participating in the Grand Marshal Week 2015 Elections, on March 18, candidates may declare their candidacy and begin collecting signatures to get their names on the ballot for the 2015 elections. If anyone is interested in running for a position, please don’t be shy about reaching out to those currently serving in that roll. I am more than happy to talk to any President of the Union candidates about campaigning, their platforms, and the time commitment required for the position. It is an honor and an adventure to participate in Student Government at any level here at Rensselaer, and I promise you will learn a lot and grow as a person in such incredible leadership roles. Take advantage of the opportunity to get involved and make a difference at this wonderful place we call home.
As always, I am available to chat via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will be at my office hours every Wednesday from 8:30–10:30 am, and I can always set up another time to meet if that doesn’t work for you. Hope to see you there. Have a wonderful week!