PU talks Pi Day, men’s hockey, and Relay for Life

Hey RPI! Last weekend, on 3/14/15, was Pi Day, a very eventful day for Rensselaer. Pi Day is not only the day of one of the biggest donation campaigns for Rensselaer Alumni, where Alumni are given the chance to “complete the circle” and give back to their Alma Mater, it was also the day when the final round of applicants to Rensselaer received notification of their acceptance! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my little sister, Shannon Amarello, on her acceptance to RPI as well as all of the other potential Engineers who have received this opportunity to join our amazing Rensselaer community. If you know anyone who was accepted over the weekend, be sure to congratulate them on their accomplishment and welcome them to the Rensselaer family.

I would like to congratulate our men’s ice hockey team on a successful season which ended last weekend in Canton, NY against St. Lawrence University in the three-game Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Hockey Quarterfinals. We always expect excellence out of our sports teams and the men definitely delivered this year, destroying Union for the Annual Black Friday game and reminding us that with “One minute left … Clarkson still sucks” when they won the ECAC first round series. Thank you to the senior class for your years on the ice and best of luck to the players already preparing for next season.

Happy belated Saint Patrick’s Day! In honor of everyone’s favorite day to be Irish, the Clubhouse Pub will have Irish music playing each night this week with song books so you can join along in the singing. There will be beads and hats to wear and if you come to the Pub wearing green this week, you get a 50 cent discount on your drinks! Monday was Guinness and Wings, Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day Trivia with Leprechaun Perry, tonight is Mug night with a live Irish music performance by the Joyce Brothers, tomorrow is Grad Social, Wine Night, and Irish Karaoke, and Friday there will be Irish stew at Happy Hour to culminate the week of St. Patrick’s Day fun.

We officially only have three more days, counting today, until Spring Break!! I hope that everyone takes a chance during this week off to relax, catch up on sleep, maybe travel some place warmer, and catch up with friends. When we get back from break, however, we have some pretty cool events on the horizon. Last week you saw purple all over campus, did you wonder why? Well the reason is Relay For Life, occurring on April 24–25 from 5 pm-5 am. This annual fundraiser, run by students, raises money for the American Cancer Society, which raises awareness about cancer and the need for research, and celebrates the lives of loved ones lost and the strength and courage of survivors. It is an annual event on campus full of activities to support a great cause. Also, the MR MS concert up in the Houston Field House is on April 30, featuring special guests: the Titanics and Bells Roar, hosted by UPAC and the 125th Anniversary Committee. Tickets are available for purchase in the Union all week as well as in the Houston Field House. This week, campaigning officially begins for Grand Marshal Week 2015, today being the first day students can hand in their forms to declare candidacy. The campaigning will be in full swing when we get back from break, so keep a look out and stay informed as to who is running for different positions. If you want any information about elections, how to run, or what positions are available, feel free to reach out to myself at or the Rules and Elections Committee at

Have a wonderful week!