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Take advantage of free rush events, open to all

This past week marked the beginning of a couple of significant annual events on the Rensselaer calendar. On September 6, Hockey Line started. For the next week, student teams will stay in line outside the Rensselaer Union, in pursuit of the first opportunity to buy hockey season tickets. A tradition that’s decades old, Hockey Line was born out of an organic line inside the Union, where season tickets were originally sold. It has since been moved outside on the Union patio and formalized. Even if you don’t think you’re interested in getting season tickets or don’t think hockey is your thing, you should still go and check out Hockey Line. There are cool activities going on with the event, including movie screenings, free food, and much more. Hockey Line finishes at 8 pm on September 12, when the students in the line will march up to the Houston Field House. There will be open skate on the ice that night, along with opportunities to meet the men’s and women’s hockey teams, and a few other things that night, so you should definitely drop by. My personal suggestion would be to buy tickets with the Red Army, our student section, who always get a pretty good spot in line and help plan out Hockey Line.

Another event, which kicked off last Friday, was Interfraternity Council Rush. While I definitely have my own minor bias here (CLAMS), you should definitely drop by some rush events if you don’t have other obligations that prevent you from doing so (yes, and you don’t have to worry, girls can come to rush too). They tend to be a great opportunity to meet some new friends, hang out with chill people, and you might even end up finding a group of guys who you’ll be friends with for the rest of your life. There’s been a lot of interest in Greek life within the incoming class. You can find all the IFC Rush calendars on the IFC website at If you’re interested in joining a sorority, Rensselaer Panhellenic Association recruitment will be taking place during the weekend of September 10. You can find the registration form for recruitment at Big shout out to Katie Todd ’17 and Nate Rosengrant ’18—the Panhel and IFC Vice Presidents of Recruitment—for all the work they’ve done preparing for the recruitment period.

In terms of Student Senate news, we didn’t have a meeting this Monday; despite it being named Labor Day, it is designated as a day where there is a distinct lack of labor. Sylvia Vo ’17 is the new Senate secretary, and we had a lot of interest at the Activities Fair this past week. Email me at if you have any questions about when Senate committees meet, or how you can get involved with or start a project you’re interested in.