Monthly Archives: October 2017

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Food shines at cafe

As I walked up to the Illium Cafe & Bistro, located on Broadway in Downtown Troy, I was greeted by an older building similar to others in the area. As someone who is from the area, Illium is one of those places that is frequently referenced in local media stations. I had been hearing about it since I was young, so it carried a lot of clout. I decided to visit Illium on a whim after hearing about it and walking past it so many times. Read more...

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WOMEN'S SOCCER

Rensselaer faces two consecutive defeats

Goalie Joey Lyons manages several saves

Rensselaer lost 1–0 against Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday, and 2–0 against William Smith College on Saturday. Both games were away. The losses dropped the Engineers to 6–5–2 overall for the season. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Handbook tasked to SLC

On October 16, 2017, Grand Marshal Justin Etzine opened the Student Senate meeting by welcoming its new members, asking them to introduce themselves by sharing their majors, and reasons why they chose to join the Student Senate. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Students deserve respect, recognition

It is with great interest that I have followed the unfolding story of the “hostile takeover” of the Rensselaer Union by the administration, in particular the head of the administration. I can understand the desire for oversight by the university—after all, their name is on it and they may or may not have ultimate legal responsibility over what happens. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Seven Days shows heavy Drake influence

Rap has never stayed stagnant, and that fact itself makes it a genre worth exploring. From old-school ’90s tapes, to mainstream stadium sound, to the more underground era of SoundCloud rappers, the rap game is constantly evolving, with something for everyone. Seven Days, by Canadian artist PARTYNEXTDOOR, is a great look into the more chill, underground scene though the lens of an up-and-coming superstar. PND, whose legal name is Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, is an artist most commonly associated with cultural icon Drake. Being a frequent collaborator and the first artist signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label has let PND enjoy his own brand of success while becoming inspired by Drake’s own style. Seven Days is the result of PND’s creative juices flowing over the course of half an hour, and the result is absolutely worth a listen. Read more...

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MEN'S SOCCER

Pair of defeats from Statesmen, Tigers

Rensselaer lost 3–0 against Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday and lost 1–0 against Hobart College on Saturday. Both games were at home and part of Rensselaer’s Reunion & Homecoming weekend. The losses dropped the Engineers to 7–5–1 overall for the season. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Fence installed, motivation questioned

On Wednesday, October 11, Rensselaer erected a fence around the southwest side of campus. According to an email sent by Strategic Communications and External Relations on October 12, this “event boundary” was to ensure the welfare of event guests. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Competitive materials

As a materials science and engineering student in the Material Advantage club, I had the opportunity to attend the Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference attracted materials students and professionals in academia and industry from around the world. Held in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center between October 8 and 12, it featured technical lectures, student competitions, industrial tours, and an exhibition with companies in the field, available to all who register. MS&T is one of the largest student-friendly conferences, attracting nearly 3,000 attendees—of which 27 percent are students. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Somber feel, sound

After more than three years of silence following the release of their self-titled album, Alvvays dropped what I believe may be one of the best pop albums of the year. The transition from their original poppy, upbeat style into a more dreamy alternative style is one of the most prevalent shifts in Alvvays’ sophomore album, Antisocialites, and the grace with which they handled this transition still strikes me on every listen. Read more...

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FIELD HOCKEY

Team falls short of expectations

Loss after preseason victory

On Sunday, October 15, the women’s field hockey team competed against the Skidmore Thoroughbreds. Fans predicted that RPI would have defeated Skidmore after annihilating them in a scrimmage during preseason. Although they came very close to victory, the Thoroughbreds closed out the game with a 3–1 lead. In the first half, the Thoroughbreds quickly took a 2–0 lead. However, the Engineers wouldn’t surrender. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Save the Union poster misleading

In posters distributed across campus and online through its website on October 10, 2017, the Save the Union organization drew upon—and misrepresented—information from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education report that was created in 2016. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Campus compost

The composting situation is lacking at RPI. Commons composts the food waste produced during meal prep and leftovers that aren’t served. However, all the food scraps left at the end of our meals are tossed into the trash. If RPI establishes a composting program, all the food waste and napkins could be put in composting stacks that could take 6–8 months to fully decompose. The end product is “finished compost,” which is basically soil that is extremely rich in nutrients. That finished compost could be used to fertilize our campus’ landscaping. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Laughable thriller

Happy Death Day is a fun mash-up of comedy, thriller, and parody all pulled together in 96 minutes by a hint of romance. I would rate it a three out of five in the “scary” department, only because of its maturity rating. Overall, it really only had two or three jump scares, but not much horror, which could be expected of a PG-13 movie. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Mueller Center staff hiring recommended

On Thursday, October 12, President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 opened the meeting of the Executive Board. Consideration of Statler and Waldorf’s request for new couches in their office was the first item on the agenda. Due to the recent renovations to the Union’s third floor, in accommodation for the new Student Veterans Lounge, S&W’s previous couches were thrown out due to their poor condition. S&W specifically requested couches instead of desks and chairs due to the size and shape of their office; the number of desks and chairs they would require wouldn’t be feasible. After discussion, a motion to approve the reallocation of $1582.40 from the Union’s facilities budget for the purchasing of two couches for S&W’s office passed, 15–2–1. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Constructing fences not at all constructive

Prohibiting student self-expression by physically fencing them off shortsighted, counterproductive

On Wednesday, October 11, Rensselaer established a perimeter surrounding a large portion of the south side of campus. The capital campaign launch event was held inside these boundaries, which included the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, the Folsom Library, and the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, on Friday, October 13. Read more...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Patronizing misjudgments

President Jackson, Board of Trustees, and the RPI Community, Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Protesting for bigger things

“Why did you protest?”

My answer was originally two parts: first, to fight for the student-run status of the Rensselaer Union, second, to make my voice heard as a student on campus at a time when the RPI administration seems hell-bent on silencing it. But it wasn’t until Reunion & Homecoming weekend that other reasons were realized. Read more...

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PUBLIC HEALTH

Troy under boil water advisory

Update (2:27 pm, October 19):

The advisory has been lifted and water is now safe for consumption. The RPIAlert system sent notifications to students at 11:50 am. The advisory lift can be found at https://poly.rpi.edu/s/s1t56. Read more...

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

Gallery: Save the Union protest

At 4 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017, a peaceful demonstration began between Amos Eaton Hall and the Lally Management Center. Read more...

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Full issue: October 11, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - October 11, 2017

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