Start of November brings start of mall shuttles

Exciting opportunities lay ahead, especially for clubs searching for additional funds

What’s up, RPI?

First and foremost, I want to give a HUGE shout-out to our very own Engineers for showing the Union Dutchmen who’s boss by sweeping them to start our Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Friday night was electric as we racked up goals in the first period, forcing Union College to pull their goalie just to try to catch up. Ultimately, the game ended with a 5-1 win, and put the Engineers at a 1-0 start to the ECAC conference. Saturday night, our traditional “blackout” game was a nail-biter to the very end. But when the Union defense seems to play better offense by deflecting a shot into their own net, you know there’s only one way the game can go. By the end of the night, RPI locked in the win at 3-2, putting the Engineers at 2-0 in the ECAC. Personally, I still don’t have my voice back after shouting at the game, but it is absolutely worth it. Props to section 33 and Red Army for shouting right along with me. I sincerely hope you had the chance to go out and enjoy one of RPI’s many beloved traditions, and to keep the rivalry alive.

In the world of the Executive Board, I would like to welcome our newest union funded club, Club Baseball. After the junior varsity team was cut last year, the players banded together to form a new team to continue their passion for playing. Last week, the board approved their buy into a league, and they will be traveling to play through the fall and spring for their season. We look forward to seeing them succeed! The E-Board also heard several other proposals throughout the night from American Collegiate Hockey Association hockey, Colleges Against Cancer, and other groups seeking funding. Although we cannot provide for all groups as they request simply due to a limitation of funds, I am proud of the board for always looking for creative solutions to meet clubs’ needs. On that note, I encourage all clubs to explore the WeR Gold program as a way of crowdsourcing funds for their larger purchases. There are multiple workshops that can be found through the Union website and Facebook page, and applications will be due soon! Keep your eyes open for the shuttles to the mall this semester, as the Senate project was approved to run for this semester, which includes the release day of Star Wars Episode VII!

As we begin to make our classes for next semester we begin to look towards the spring. We will see the snow falling and finals coming, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. For club officers we also see budgeting approaching! Important dates include Monday, November 30, the date preliminary budgets must be in Club Management System. Monday, December 21 the deadline for final budgets to be entered into CMS. If you have any questions about your budgets please contact your E-Board Representatives or stop by my office hours, because we are here to help!