Monthly Archives: January 2016


Rensselaer Union sponsors trip to Northeastern

Northeastern University’s co-op program shares similarities to Arch

Seven Northeastern University students and six administrators welcomed student and faculty representatives from Rensselaer to their campus in Boston, Mass. on December 8. The purpose of the visit was to inform RPI’s community about Northeastern’s co-op program, which has been compared to RPI’s new Summer Arch program, and how it impacts the 80 percent of students who choose to participate in it. Read more...

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Staff Editorial: Making wellbeing a winter driving priority

Although December felt more like spring, winter is now truly upon us. It’s cold and windy, and we’ll probably see the campus covered in a blanket of snow soon. For the freshmen from warmer climates, make sure you are prepared. An actual winter jacket is a must. Boots, hats, gloves, and scarves are recommended for the bitter cold days. Marching from the Burdett Avenue Residence Hall down to West Hall for class can feel like the Night’s Watch patrolling north of The Wall. Read more...

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New hero knocks out the competition

Unprofessional, hand-drawn comic evolves into a highly talked-about sensational anime

What started as an amateur illustrated comic has developed into a widely popular manga and anime series. One Punch Man, created by Japanese author ONE, went viral shortly after its publication as a webcomic series, hitting more than 7.9 million views in June 2012. And its popularity is no surprise, upon realizing how uniquely One Punch Man portrays itself. This show gives me everything I want out of an action anime with a side of goofy humor. Read more...

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St. Lawrence, Skidmore face doom on court

The Rensselaer men’s basketball team struggled for much of their winter break slate of games, losing four in a row and five out of six during one stretch. However they won two games last weekend, improving their record to 9-7 with a month left in the regular season. The first of these victories was a home victory over St. Lawrence, 72-61 last Friday. On Saturday, they traveled to Saratoga to take on Capital Region rival Skidmore College and finished on top by a final count of 68-60. Read more...

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E-Board completes budgeting for the Union

The average undergraduate student at Rensselaer pays $329 in activity fees per semester. This money is collected and used toward student-run events, student-led organizations, and many more student-centric programs. RPI attendees can be assured that these funds are also student-managed. Through overcoming the complexities and pressures of handling these finances, the Executive Board leads the student body to the finale of the budgeting season. Read more...

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Respect in the 2016 election

Practicing consideration with differing opinions

People have opinions on everything, and it’s human nature to want your opinion to be the “correct” opinion. America has just entered the beginning of an election year, and a noteworthy one to say the least. With twelve candidates polling for the Republican nomination, three for the Democratic nomination, and several others pursuing third-party and independent runs, this election season is exceptionally packed. Additionally, a record-breaking number of individuals running have never directly been involved in politics prior to their runs, including real estate mogul Donald Trump, pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, and software developer John McAfee. Read more...

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Sequel to modern classic explores race politics

Following the astronomical success of her breakout novel To Kill A Mockingbird, author Harper Lee quickly retreated into a self-imposed exile from most literary circles; for more than fifty years, Lee has enjoyed a comfortable retirement as a consequence of her instant classic. Her first novel was a carefully composed critique of the racially backhanded society that plagued a large part of the South through the late 1960s. Lee’s story creates a narrative centered around the young, spirited, and gracelessly female protagonist Scout. Lee’s novel served as a romanticized account of growing up in the midst of a deeply concerned community, as well as a dark warning about the dangers of a hive-mind mentality. Read more...

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Rensselaer tramples Union by three points

Eleven games have passed since The Polytechnic last wrote about men’s ice hockey. Among these games were contests against Dartmouth, Harvard, Arizona State, Miami University, Princeton, Cornell, Colgate, Quinnipiac University, and Union College. Notably, the Engineers tied Harvard after losing to them only a week before. Rensselaer also tied in their game against Eastern College Athletic Conference number one ranked Quinnipiac 2-2. The record for Rensselaer over these games was 5-2-4. Most recently, the Engineers challenged Union College for the Mayor’s Cup. Read more...

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President Jackson wins National Medal of Science

In a press release from the White House, Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson was announced as one of the recipients of the National Medal of Science on December 22. Read more...

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Adagio for the East Coast

Sad college student laments ever leaving home

Central Connecticut’s first line of attack comes in the form of a tangible silence; as the last stronghold of the straight-backed, stiff upper lip society that fueled the insurance industry through the better part of the 19th century, Connecticut grasped onto a certain breathlessness that commands the entirety of its identity. Hartford rose to prominence on the coattails of the line of wealth running between New York and Boston, and its centrality prompted the birth of arguably the most pompous, elusive, and apathetically sophisticated communities on the East Coast. When I get the opportunity to march down the streets of the city that is pretty much always sleeping, Hartford silently reminds me that I can feel completely alone when surrounded by people. This isn’t necessarily because I feel alien; the city simply chooses to identify as 125,000 individuals rather than a singular city. Read more...

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Rogue hacker takes on corrupt corporation

When watching a popular television show, it’s usually safe to say the main characters will succeed in the end and that the audience will know more about the situation at hand, which often takes the edge off of any cliffhangers and curveballs a show may throw. Read more...

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Engineers continue undefeated this season

RPI Swimming and Diving won 20 of 28 events in its meet against Skidmore College on Saturday. Both the women’s and men’s teams won with commanding leads of 123-62 and 146-78, respectively. Both teams remain undefeated, improving to 6-0 for the season. Read more...

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Oil prices down, Canadian tourism up

The start of the 2016 fiscal year brings with it not only the lowest price per barrel of crude oil in the past five years, but also a significant increase in Canada’s tourism industry. Seemingly unconnected, the increase in tourism is related to the petroleum industry’s steady decline in oil prices. From a real, regular gasoline retail price per gallon in 2014 of $3.40, $2.40 in 2015, and now $2.04 in January 2016, average gasoline retail prices in the United States have seen a 40 percent price drop. The price drop can be attributed to an increasing surplus of crude oil due to American domestic oil production increasing to become the world’s top oil producer in 2014. The United States produced 12.5 million barrels per day in 2014, putting Saudi Arabia second at 11.6, and Russia at 10.8. Read more...

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Children’s film surprises adult audiences

Once animated children’s show turns live motion picture with mature sense of humor

Maria Kozdroy

Yes, you may think that Alvin and the Chipmunks movies are purely for kids, but that should not be the case. One week past Christmas, my brother asked me to go see their latest movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. I had no idea that they even had another movie. I agreed to go see it, and I’m going to share what I think of it—not from the perspective of a 40-year-old movie critic or a parent, but from that of a 19-year-old college student who was on a month long winter break. Read more...

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Tetrault, Boucher hone team leadership skills

To new team leaders seniors Bailei Tetrault and Ellen Boucher of the Rensselaer women’s basketball team, basketball means a lot more than the score on the board. Read more...

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Fazio, Lord, Dery shatter track records

RPI distance track runners junior Ben Fazio and sophomore Jaime Lord sent the indoor records at the Bombers’ Athletics and Events Center to the grave when they crossed the finish in 8:24.4 and 10:06.2, respectively. Both were honored as Liberty League Track Performers of the Week for their victories in Friday’s men’s and women’s 3000 meter run at Ithaca College, Fazio’s time, also a new school record and the top NCAA Division III time so far for 2016, was six tenths of a second faster than the former facility record. Lord surpassed the women’s record by more than 13 seconds. Read more...

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Joe Cassidy no longer serving as Director of the Union

Edit 8:46 pm: After further discussion, The Poly believes that this article was written carelessly. A news article is no place for the opinion of the author. This article was not written in the way it should have been and we apologize for it. Not all of the Senior Board was given the opportunity to weigh in on this important article due to the winter vacation. We will leave the original piece below as we feel that taking it down would reflect poorly on us and appear as though we are hiding our mistakes. We will take the responses received about the article as a starting point to improve the content we publish concerning such topics. Read more...

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