Student senators serve as a resource to students

Hello readers of The Poly,

If you’re a regular reader of The Poly, you already know that last week we heard a presentation from the Rensselaer Orchestra on issues they are facing in terms of facilities and equipment care. As a Senate, we responded by guiding them towards the correct channels to a solution, and multiple senators expressed interest in personally being a resource for the concerned students.

This week, we will discuss a few of the projects that the Senate has been working on this semester. These include our project to get students more involved and publicized in media outside of RPI, an update on printer cover sheets, and a reminder on one of our projects from previous years: the student excuse policy. This is highlighting the success that we made as students in providing more flexibility for students seeking excuses from attending class due to outside circumstances such as health and travel. We have received multiple complaints from students on this, so we figured that we need to re-publicize this as an option that students have. Details on the policy can be found at

Next week, there will not be a meeting of the Senate, as most people will have left for the start of their Thanksgiving break. That being said, senate will be having a meeting the following week to present the majority of the projects that we have been working on. A total of five projects will be presented for Senate and student input, and further, we will be having a representative from the Faculty Senate attending once again. If you’re curious about what we’ve been up to, or are looking for what to expect next semester, that’s the meeting to attend! It will be held on December 1, at 7 in the Shellnut Gallery of the Rensselaer Union.

As a Senate, we understand that students are disappointed by the postponement of the town hall meeting. However, on Tuesday, December 8, we are looking to hold a town hall meeting for discussion of topics related to what the Senate has been working on. Furthermore, I have started a student discussion group on Summer Arch, and we are looking to meet at least once or twice before the end of this semester. If you are interested in being a part of this in-person discussion, please let me know as soon as possible by

Now, completely unrelated to student government, our Hockey Team is beasty. I smell more victories on the horizon.

Now, back to talking about our upcoming break, don’t forget to keep doing SOME of your studies over the break! Don’t get me wrong, with the crazy amounts of work we do as students, we NEED the mental break. Just make sure you don’t ruin December for yourselves.

Feel like bowling? Go to Uncle Sam’s Lanes this Saturday with Global Medical Brigades! For $15, you can have unlimited bowling for two hours, along with free shoes, as well as a raffle to win prizes from local businesses. The proceeds from the event go towards their health care work around the globe. There’s a ton of great work going around on campus, so be sure to keep an open eye. Last week I went to the Dance Club’s fall show, and it was a great time for everyone who came out!

Best of luck with the end of the semester, fellow students!

-GM 150