Hello RPI! I hope everyone had the chance to enjoy Family Weekend, regardless of the weather on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, it turned around just in time for the annual Grand Marshal/President of the Union Breakfast (renamed from the GM/PU Brunch recently). The Executive Board and Student Senate had a great morning and afternoon hosting the families here to visit, and we would like to thank everyone who participated in the event, especially our President, Dr. Jackson, and Vice President for Student Life, Dr. Ross. We would also like to congratulate Nickolas Ziter ’17, who was presented with the Frederick M. Nussbaum ’30 Memorial Award for volunteerism and community engagement during the event.
â€‹This upcoming week, the Executive Board will be foregoing our normal meeting and instead undergoing Bystander Intervention training. This training program is focused on preventing sexual assault on campus and will soon be required for all club officers to undergo. Once the Executive Board has received training, we will be able to better understand its implementation, and have firsthand knowledge with which to address questions and concerns from student organizations. Club officers, please be on the lookout for more information regarding this training following the Executive Board meeting Thursday evening.
â€‹The Executive Board’s committees are also hard at work improving the Rensselaer Union and student activities. Recently, the Business Operations committee has formed a group focused on revitalizing Mother’s Wine Emporium and the Games Room on the first floor of the Union. They will be investigating and recommending comprehensive updates and remodeling to improve the effectiveness of both spaces. This is a huge undertaking for the group and will be a multi-year project. We hope to have high-level plans for remodeling by the end of the 2016–2017 school year. Anyone interested in participating in the committee please email Rasika Ekhalikar ’18, chairperson of the Business Operations committee at email@example.com. She is still looking for members for the group and would be happy to work with any clubs, club officers, or students who would like to help.
Finally, you better be ready to show off your school spirit this weekend at the annual Blackout Hockey Game against Union College! Every year we face the Dutchmen on Halloween, and it is your right as an RPI student to remind them they suck! The jerseys worn by the players are one game-only jerseys which are raffled off during the game, and then presented to the winner directly after. The winner of the raffle gets to go out on the ice, collect their jersey, and meet the players. This is one of my favorite events of the year and I hope to see everyone there! GO RED. Otherwise, I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! Eat some candy and relax.