Engineers win first home playoff game; PU stresses voting


We did it! For the first time in the last five years, Engineers hockey won a home playoff series, and against Brown University’s Brown Bears! Our boys took a win Friday night 3-2, then battled back full throttle Saturday from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3. It has been a rocky road this season, but we are fighting hard through the playoffs. Our next opponent will be Harvard, who we have one win, one tie, and one loss to this season. I wish them the absolute best, and I’ll be listening to it live on WRPI.

This past weekend, the Rensselaer Science Fiction Club hosted Genericon XXIX, an annual event which has been a centerpiece of the Capitol District culture since 1985. This event is heavily attended every year by RPI students and non-RPI students alike to celebrate and promote science fiction, Japanese animation, and gaming. This event never fails to draw a crowd, and fills the campus with participants from near and far. I’ll admit that the creativity and detail many con-goers put into their costumes simply amazes me, and this weekend was no exception.

As I hope you all have heard last week, UPAC Concerts announced that on April 27, Rensselaer will be hosting The Chainsmokers for the 125th finale concert! This artist was thrown into the public eye with their hit song “Selfie” and have a history of selling out shows in a flash! The box office opened today, so I hope you had a chance to make the trek up to the Houston Field House to grab your ticket. They will be available to RPI students only for $25.00 each.

In just a brief time, we’ll also be hearing from our next candidates for Grand Marshal and President of the Union. Before you know it, the election season will be upon us and, as a student, you must exercise your right to a voice! Be informed, learn about what your student leaders do, and let your needs be known. This is an important testing ground and small scale example of what you are also witnessing on the grand stage of American politics. With the presidential elections for the United States coming up, I encourage you to listen and learn. The outcomes of this will in many ways shape this nation for the next four years and beyond. Whatever your position, know the field. Whatever your views, embrace and support educated discussion on matters so you can make the best decisions for yourself. And vote. Always, always vote.

Lastly, I hope you’re looking forward to next week’s Spring Break and enjoy some well-deserved time off. Take the time to relax, take a trip, read a book, or see some friends! Enjoy yourself, and know that we’re pushing through the roughest parts of the semester now. You can do this; I have full faith in you. Chin up, head high, keep pushing. As always, feel free to reach out to me at any time if you need anything.