Monthly Archives: October 2017

Full issue: October 25, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - October 25, 2017

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STUDENT SENATE

E-Board bylaws unanimously approved

The major point of business that came up at the senate meeting on Monday was a motion to approve amendments to The Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board. Passing unanimously, the motion was presented by the E-Board’s Policies Committee Chairperson Anissa Choiniere ’20. According to Choiniere, the largest change was to have the chairperson of each joint Senate and E-Board committee be nominated by both the grand marshal and president of the Union together and be confirmed by a majority vote of both the Senate and E-Board. She said that all of the other changes already existed in the The Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Student Senate and were therefore just updates to make the E-Board bylaws consistent with current practices. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

One clicking problem after another with iClickers

iClickers. Most students here at Rensselaer will have at least one class that requires their use at some point before graduation. RPI is not alone in this, with—according to the iClicker website—the technology being trusted by over 1,100 institutions and used by over 5,000 instructors and seven million students. Are they really worth all that hype, though? Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Sequel surprises

As of late, sequels have felt like fan service; they feel very much identical to the originals, with slight references dropped in here and there so that viewers can reminisce. Blade Runner 2049 did not fall into this same trap. I prepared for this review by first rewatching the original Blade Runner made in 1982, and was reminded of the fantastic production value and dark yet futuristic scenes which have affected the science fiction genre, arguably to this day. Where the original failed at engaging through interesting dialogue, Blade Runner 2049 excelled. Read more...

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FOOTBALL

Engineers crush Alfred Saxons Saturday

Rensselaer won 30-15 against Alfred University after a surge in the third quarter gave them the lead. This victory put the Engineers at 5-2 overall for the season. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Men’s soccer funded, Mueller Center position filled

On Thursday, October 19, the Executive Board held their seventh meeting of the semester. The first item on the agenda was a proposal from the men’s club soccer team, which needed money to attend the regional tournament in New Castle, Delaware this weekend. While the players already planned to pay for the trip out of their own pockets, they requested money from the Executive Board to subsidize the overall cost. The total cost of the trip was quoted at $7,847, which covers the tournament entry fee, lodging for two nights, and the charter bus. A motion to allocate $4,000 from the Union’s travel contingencies fund for this trip passed with a vote of 15-0-2. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Letting go, building strength from independence

My younger brother, Jonathan, is autistic. It’s a fact that I don’t talk about with a lot of people; because it doesn’t seem to concern anyone except for my family and me. That being said, my brother has recently changed my perspective on disabilities, and I think it is important to share. Now, at the age of seven, my brother has already become a smart, independent individual. Read more...

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EMPAC Event

Music quality at EMPAC notable

I had never experienced the Goodman Studio in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center until I went to the Actress + Toxe electronic music show on Friday. Read more...

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Engineers crush Holyoke Paws, see defeat by Ithaca Bombers

Rensselaer won 5-0 against Mount Holyoke College on Wednesday, and lost 3-1 against Ithaca College on Saturday. Both games were at home. The split put the Engineers at 7-6-2 overall for the season. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Collegiate voting essential to future of local elections

Demonstrating good voting habits always a necessity

Looking at the results for the recent Rensselaer freshman elections is disgusting. Only 22 percent of the largest class at Rensselaer of 1,700 voted—this is awful. Do the students not appreciate the fact that, out of the 19,000 students that applied, they are one that got accepted and is about to start one of the most rewarding experiences of their life? Read more...

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MEN'S SOCCER

Rensselaer beats Ithaca

Rensselaer won 2-1 against Ithaca College at an away game on Saturday, after scoring a point in the last minute of overtime. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Union pharmacy project successfully completed

Introducing a free prescription delivery service partnership for Rensselaer students

RPI, I have exciting news to share.

Effective this week, I’m excited to announce that RPI is now partnering with Marra’s Pharmacy to provide free prescription services to students on the Troy campus. Prescriptions will be delivered to the Rensselaer Union by Marra’s during a series of weekly scheduled times. Read more...

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DERBY

Family weekend fosters bonding opportunities

Relax, eat, try new restaurants, take advatange of campus events during Family Weekend

Hello everybody, and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all doing well and getting excited for Family Weekend! This time of year is a great time around campus. Not only are a ton of events going to be going on (hint: the GM/PU Brunch is the best one in my totally unbiased opinion), but hopefully everyone will be able to see their parents and enjoy a nice weekend with family. On a side note, if you’re looking for restaurants to go to on your parents’ dime, Bellini’s, Plum Blossom, and Pancho’s are three of my favorite restaurants. Just keep it in the back of your mind. Read more...

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Full issue: October 18, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - October 18, 2017

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

‘Build bridges, not fences’

Despite RPI's denial of protest application, students made their voices heard outside Friday's capital campaign launch

“We deserve transparency,” chanted students during a peaceful demonstration that began between Amos Eaton Hall and Lally Hall at 4 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Students’ passion, respect unparalleled

Concerns regarding Union's student-run nature relayed, plan potentially forthcoming

“Here’s to old Rensselaer; she stands today without a peer.” Read more...

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STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Sheer Idiocy cast welcomes back alumni

As an undergraduate, I loved going to Sheer Idiocy shows. The troupe’s on-the-spot humor, combined with their ridiculous games, always made for a hilarious display. Not only that, but their jokes are clever (and usually PG), which is difficult to accomplish in an improv setting. By no means am I a professional improv actor, but as an avid improv observer, I give applause where applause is due. And this was probably my favorite show—not just of Sheer Idiocy shows—of all improvisational comedy shows I have attended. Read more...

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FOOTBALL

Bombers bomb, Engineers victorious

Rensselaer won 27–14 against Ithaca College after a last-minute surge in the fourth quarter gave them four touchdowns. The victory puts the Engineers at 4–2 overall for the season. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

RPI launches $1 billion campaign

On Friday, October 13, President Shirley Ann Jackson officially launched the public portion of Rensselaer’s new capital campaign, Transformative: Campaign for Global Change, with an event held in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Read more...

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DERBY

‘Save the Union’ not Union-affiliated

Hello everyone! I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend. I know that it was a very busy time on campus, filled with old friends, extravagant events, and, hopefully, many laughs and memories. I know that I had a great time at all of the events on campus this weekend and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with some of our distinguished alumni. Though I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked catching up and filling people in on all the exciting events happening throughout the Union, it’s always good to see a friendly face. Read more...

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