Victories galore

Past weekend one for the books

Hi RPI! I just want to throw a HUGE congratulations to the RPI sports teams this weekend! On Friday night we were able to take on Yale and go toe-to-toe to pull out a 3-2 victory in hockey. Despite a barrage of shots, freshmen Cam Hackett held strong in the goal and only let two slip by. The energy kept up as we went into our game against Brown on Saturday. This was yet another nail biter, and ultimately ended in a tie between the Engineers and the Bears. There has been a little controversy surrounding the non-goal during overtime, but, regardless, the Engineers have planted themselves firmly as the leaders of the Eastern College Athletic Conference at this time. Also on Saturday, the football team faced off against our rivals Union College for the annual Dutchman’s Shoes Game. With this year marking the 113th face-off in the rivalry, the engineers strode confidently into the longest running rivalry in New York. With a stellar performance on all sides, and even a pick-6, the Engineers were able to clinch the win 23-10 over the crying Dutchmen, and brought the shoes home. They have earned a spot in the ECAC Bowl game this Saturday against Buffalo State. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving both moved up to 4-0 in their respective undefeated seasons. Men’s soccer continued their impressive season with the fourth NCAA victory in program history as they edged out Stevens 2-1 in overtime. Great work to all our student athletes, and I wish you the best of luck as you continue your seasons.

I also hope you had the chance to come out and enjoy the 125th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, as we joined in celebrating this unique organization and pillar of student empowerment on campus. I want to thank the 125th Anniversary Committee for all their hard work and dedication as we continue our celebration. The Rensselaer Union was founded in 1890, and you can actually find the text of the original constitution on the walls of the stairwells between the Rathskellar and second floor. Students came together to further their interests, and create a wholesome experience outside of the classroom, including athletics, clubs, and other organizations. Over more than a century, the Union has grown and evolved with the ever-changing times. I am proud of all that we have done, and how far we have come. We are one of, if not the, last student-run unions in the U.S., with our nearest equivalents being in the United Kingdom. It is a veritable point of pride not just for the Institute, but the students as well. The Union is where you explore your passions, where your voice is heard, and where the hub of campus culture can be found. I’ll actually be heading out to a conference this weekend to meet with the leaders of other student-run unions, so if you have any questions I encourage you to send them my way (, and I’ll be sure to return with answers next week.

In the world of the E-Board, things are running smoothly and we are all meeting with our clubs as budgeting season looms ahead. A Senate-Executive Board Liaison and Union Annual Report chair will have been appointed by the time this Derby is published. However, I cannot name who I plan to recommend, as interviews have not been completed yet. I highly encourage all students to get involved, and to make your mark. There exists an incredible opportunity for real world experience with the UAR that will be invaluable to your career later in life. Check it out!