Over the past few terms, student leaders across many organizations have worked hard to create a more transparent student union. The Poly began covering Executive Board meetings regularly, the Student Senate and the E-Board both began using social media frequently to keep students informed, and initiatives like the RPI Petitions service were created to empower students to take a more active role in the Rensselaer Union and student government.
Since the Union does continue to function during the summer months and though its members are dispersed across the country, the Executive Board still needs to hold meetings. With the bookstore situation that unfolded in May, the current E-Board has worked towards a more transparent operation, utilizing social media such as reddit, Facebook, and the Rensselaer Union website. Additionally, open motions have been uploaded to the E-Board dropbox. To this end, The Poly encourages timely updates prior to and after significant decisions are made, in order to keep Student Activity Fee paying students informed.