Monthly Archives: April 2015

Full Issue: April 29, 2015

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Dvorak wins PU election

On Friday, April 24, the result of the President of the Union runoff election was announced in Mother’s Wine Emporium. Nick Dvorak ’16 won the election, held earlier that day, with 85.32 percent of votes. 13.47 percent of the student body voted in the runoff election. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Relay better organization

On Friday, April 24, RPI’s Relay for Life was held in the Armory. Relay for Life, run by the American Cancer Society, is an annual event that raises money towards the fight against cancer by having participants walk, either individually or in teams, for twelve to 24 hours. Read more...

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EVENT REVIEW

Trains in Davison round the track again

After Spring Break, my friends and I were discussing the new door that popped up on the side of Davison Hall. I told them that the new door allowed the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society to access the New England, Berkshire, & Western model railroad; a historically accurate model of the New England railways as they were in the 1950s. We heard that the club was running their trains on April 25 and that it was open to the public, so we decided to go take a look. Read more...

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BASEBALL

Engineers win on walk-off RBI in 10th

On Sunday afternoon, RPI Baseball hosted the College of St. Joseph (V.T.) Fighting Saints for a non-league game at Robison Field. Pitching dominated as both teams managed just a single run through nine innings of play. In the bottom of the 10th inning, a groundball by senior centerfielder Jared Jensen allowed sophomore pinch runner Matt Lawrence to score the winning run for the Engineers. Read more...

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Students discuss American Sniper

Veteran and Muslim students share views on film

UPAC Cinema’s showing of American Sniper, originally scheduled for Friday, April 10, was postponed after a request by the Muslim Student Association to cancel the showing for that night. UPAC Cinema and the MSA released a joint statement explaining that the film would be postponed to Sunday, April 26, and a panel discussion would be held immediately before the screening. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Make memories that last a lifetime now You are an undergrad once

My Sundays are always shot. But I guess that’s because I planned it out that way. Amongst fraternity business in the morning, Poly business meeting in the afternoon, and more fraternal obligations during the evening, I don’t have any me time. But that can wait for after college. Read more...

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SHOW REVIEW

RPI drum group sets stage on fire

A few weeks ago, I received a Facebook invitation to the “Things You Miss” event. I opened up the event page, and saw the amazing panoramic of the RPIgnite group center ice at a hockey game. I missed that performance in February, but I knew for sure I was not going to miss it this time. I’ve only been to demonstrations from this amazing drumline group and wanted more. Read more...

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MEN’S LACROSSE

Rensselaer dominant against Raptors

RPI men’s lacrosse finished its regular season last Saturday at the East Campus Stadium against the Bard College Raptors. One period was enough for the Engineers to take firm control of the game, and they won by a final score of 19-1. Read more...

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GREEK LIFE

FIJI hosts Islander Week

Fraternity raises money to help downtown fire victims

On Monday, April 27, Phi Gamma Delta, also known as FIJI, kicked off their Islander Week on the ’86 Field. The chapter set up an inflatable obstacle course and sold non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris, hotdogs, and hamburgers from 8 am–5 pm. Donations were encouraged for runs through the course, but were not required. All money raised during Islander Week will go to help the families displaced by the fire on Fourth and Washington streets on April 10, 2015. Read more...

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Editor desires fewer mandatory classes Career-oriented academics

I am of the opinion don’t do something unless it is worth it to you. What irks me is when I am forced to do something I see as having no real value to me. Case and point, high school. I was forced to take two years of Spanish to graduate and I can only remember the most basic of sayings. All those hours of class time could have been better spent elsewhere where it would actually help me. I have no plans on ever living or even visiting a Spanish speaking country, so I resent the fact that I had to waste time and effort to learn it. Read more...

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GAME REVIEW

Colossal Order’s brand-new game does not disappoint

About a month ago, I was procrastinating while on the Internet when I stumbled across a video review of Cities: Skylines. After just a few minutes of watching the reviewer build roads, place services, and watch a city spring up, I was sold. But like any college student, I’m not made of money, and most games run $60 a pop. But for only $30, the PC game Cities: Skylines feels like a steal. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate hears student petitions

The 46th Student Senate held its first meeting this past Tuesday. Newly elected Grand Marshal Marcus Flowers began the meeting by recommending Keegan Caraway ’18 and Joshua Rosenfeld ’16 be appointed as secretary and parliamentarian, respectively. The Senate approved Caraway 14-0-2 and approved Rosenfeld 16-0-0. Read more...

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TOP HAT

GM encourages committee participation

Newly elected GM looks forward to a term of student awareness

On Tuesday, April 28, the 46th Student Senate held its first meeting, with the focus of addressing the petitions that we’ve received, and continuing the open call for Senate leadership. Read more...

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GAME REVIEW

New blood delivered by FromSoftware

Bloodborne

Geoff’s View:

Word of warning: if you’ve played a FromSoftware game before, I would suggest skipping to Patrick’s view. Because of this, I have a terrible confession to make. I’m a filthy casual. I’ve never played any games created by FromSoftware, meaning no Demon Souls or either of the Dark Souls games. Truthfully, I wasn’t even sure I’d want to play one of these games; every time the experience has been described to me, the mechanics seem needlessly complicated. And through playing, I’ve discovered I’m half right; while the game is complicated, it has become clear why the base mechanics between these games is so similar, because it is an incredibly rewarding and well constructed system. Read more...

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DERBY

Dvorak undertakes challenges his office will face

Applications for ’15-’16 Executive Board positions available online

Hello RPI, I hope you’re doing well. Read more...

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EVENT REVIEW

RPI shows off at annual charity talent competition

The ninth annual Rensselaer’s Got Talent brought several unique performances to the floor in Darrin Communications Center 308 on Monday night. The Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority hosted this show to raise money for the desired charity of the winner’s choice. Each contestant and/or group went up onto the stage for nearly five minutes to excite the crowd, as the crowd voted through text after all 13 performances. Advice was given after each act from three of the four judges: Kyle Keraga ’15, Morgan Schweitzer ’16, Kevin Guo ’16, and another judge who was randomly selected. Read more...

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GAME REVIEW

Sequel game s-killfully steals reviewers’ hearts

David’s Take:

Killing Floor 2 is the sequel to Killing Floor, which was released by Tripwire Interactive in 2005, and is a first person shooter that works exclusively as a “PvE” game where players band together to fight off increasing numbers of weird zombies called “zeds.” Each round, the players are awarded money for their kills and can use that money to buy better weapons and body armor, fighting until they reach the boss after a set number of rounds. Pro-tip: never forget the body armor. Read more...

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

GM Week elections ongoing

Members of the “A Stronger Union” party were caught vandalizing campaign materials belonging to President of the Union candidate Gregory Bartell ’17 during Grand Marshal Week 2015. On Monday, April 12, RPI TV took footage of Andrew Sudano ’17, PU candidate and President of the “A Stronger Union” party, removing strips of tape from a tape mural that read “Greg for PU TD: 4/17.” The original article and accompanying video were released by The Poly and RPI TV at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 15. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Jars are not mugs

This year’s Grand Marshal Week, to many, was a bit of a disappointment. There was, of course, the controversy regarding the tampering of campaign materials posted around campus, but aside from that, GM Week 2015 was, at least in our opinion, poorly planned, and not nearly as fun as last year’s or the one two year’s ago. Read more...

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