Runoff election to be held for President of the Union

PU congratulates newly elected officials; hails GM Week a success

Hey RPI, surprise!

Still Erin. The Rules and Elections Committee and Judicial Board had a busy weekend making decisions on all of the sanctions against the elections, but they handled it well. Last night at 9 pm in Mother’s Wine Emporium, the remaining election results for Grand Marshal week 2015 were announced. I would like to congratulate Marcus Flowers ’16 on his new position as the 150th Grand Marshal and all of the new and returning senators, class representatives, class presidents and vice presidents. I wish all of you the best of luck in your upcoming term. I would also like to congratulate my fellow alumni officers, Jacob Andrews ’15, Sarah Spellane ’15, and Colton Fisher ’15; I look forward to serving with you over the years to come.

As for the President of the Union, the fun continues. There was no winner announced last night because no candidate secured 40 percent of the vote from the student body. This means there has to be runoff elections. The elections will take place this upcoming Friday, April 24 from 9 am–5 pm in the Darrin Communications Center and in the Rensselaer Union; there will be two names on the ballot—Greg Bartell ’17 and Nick Dvorak ’16. Make sure you read up on these candidates, they both have Facebook pages and have been communicating with students on Reddit. If you see them campaigning around campus, ask them a question or two, then please come out and vote this Friday, April 24, to choose your new fearless leader. Until then, I will continue to wear the hat.

Our Mardi Gras GM Week was a great success! Thank you to all the student groups who participated and to the GM Week Committee for pulling it all together. Sadly, Kyle and I did not win the Meanest Man on Campus competition, but our congratulations goes out to FIJI on their victory. All of the money raised will go to support their cause of Peppertree Rescue animal shelter.

As a quick update on the American Sniper situation, UPAC Cinema will be showing the movie this Sunday, April 26 in DCC 308. There will be a discussion panel beforehand at 6 pm for those students who wish to attend. Showings will be at 7 pm, 9:30 pm, and 12 am. This movie night will be free with your student ID or $2.50 without it. I hope to see a lot of you there; not only is it an awesome movie, but the discussion panel gives us a unique opportunity to learn from each other and learn about different cultures and beliefs held by our fellow students.

This weekend there is also the annual Relay for Life event held on Friday, April 24–Saturday, April 25 in the Armory. The event is a ton of fun, raises money for Colleges Against Cancer, and it’s Disney themed this year—what’s not to love? On April 27 at 6:30 pm in DCC 308, Alpha Omega Epsilon is hosting our eighth annual Rensselaer’s Got Talent show. Tickets are $3 before the show, $5 at the door, and all proceeds go to a charity of the winner’s choice, with the winner chosen by the audience.

I would like to congratulate the winners of our club landing page competition. The Marketing, Advertising, and Publicity Committee looked at every club’s landing page on the new Rensselaer Union website and chose the top three pages. The inaugural winners of the contest (we plan on doing this every year) are Rensselaer Crew Club in first place, Habitat for Humanity in second place, and Pi Tau Sigma in third place. Please go pick up your prizes at the Union Administration Office front desk!

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful year. Good luck to the PU candidates in your campaigning. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me at in the upcoming week. I will not have official office hours tomorrow, but I will probably be doing homework in there anyways. Have an awesome week as always, RPI!