Monthly Archives: November 2017

Full issue: November 29, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - November 29, 2017

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Student Senate

Tax Cut and Jobs Act effects addressed

In the Senate meeting that took place on Monday, November 20, the graduate senators presented an update on their council’s affairs, Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18 presented the proposed Student Senate budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and members discussed and voted to approve the budget with one minor amendment. Read more...

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CONCERT REVIEW

GZ show runs emotional gamut

As someone who is a complete stranger to the indie music genre, I couldn’t help but feel a little out of my element at Ground Zero’s show featuring Tiny Blue Ghost. Fortunately, this anticipation was swept away as soon as I entered the venue. The CLASS building just below RAHP had been transformed into a room filled by bright lights and musical equipment, as to be expected. The Ground Zero group was both friendly and accommodating as they conversed with guests over complimentary tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The line up included an opening solo performance by Redd, some jazz-inspired rock from SCHMAVE, and a bold performance from the featured group, Tiny Blue Ghost. Read more...

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Stand for freedom of expression at Rensselaer

Freedom of expression is at risk at Rensselaer. During this semester, we have seen the Dean of Students Office use the judicial process to target leaders of last month’s demonstration outside of the capital campaign launch, administrators threaten the grand marshal with expulsion for doing his job as the chief representative of the student body, and, most recently, a student organization face intense scrutiny over the content of its members’ speech. Read more...

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CONCERT REVIEW

Saint Motel’s Late Night Tour worthwhile

UPAC Concerts partnered with Upstate Concert Hall to host singer and producer Mike Gibney, better known as GIBBZ, and indie pop band Saint Motel on Saturday, November 18. The venue, well-hidden and filled with people of all ages, featured a central bar and an off-center stage. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

What we can learn from suicide, addiction

A little over two months ago, a friend of mine committed suicide. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Turning Point affiliation debated, undecided

The Union Executive Board held its last regular meeting of the semester on Thursday, November 16 with a rather full agenda, including a presentation, the consideration of new club affiliations, guest speakers, and discussion about payroll increases. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Observed changes at Rensselaer

Dear Poly Editor:

200 students occupied the Pittsburgh Building—the administration building at the time. It was spring 1969, and we were protesting something about President Folsom’s position on the library.  I was ensconced in a quiet corner on the first floor when Assistant Dean Carl Westerdahl entered the building to check on things.  He came over to me and asked how I was feeling (not great). He felt my forehead and said, “You have a fever. You need to go to the infirmary.” I replied, with a smile, that he was not going to succeed in clearing out 200 students by convincing them that they all needed medical attention. He implored me to get myself checked out, but I resisted. Then he said, “If you go to the infirmary and are okay, I promise to let you come back into the building and resume your spot on the floor.” I was impressed with his genuine concern and sincerity (considering that he had a major headache of his own to deal with), and I marched over to the infirmary.  My temperature was over 102 degrees, and I was diagnosed with strep throat eventually—but that is another story.  So, I could not go back to the protest and I never had the chance to test his promise, but have always believed that he would have honored it. Soon after that, Westerdahl contacted me and asked if I would be willing to serve on the Student Judicial Board. From what I have read lately of the current administration’s treatment of students involved in the recent student union protest, the relationship is not what it was. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Make your voice heard through Senate survey

Hello, RPI! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break. Now begins the exciting time where we begin to wrap up the semester, and I wish everyone the best of luck with upcoming assignments, projects, and exams as we bring the fall semester to a close! Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The administration’s offense to academics

Faculty members receive messages from RPI’s central administration each semester emphasizing the importance of academic integrity to the Institute. We are required to include testaments to academic honesty on our syllabi. This semester, I met with a member of the administration to note that these notices contain virtually nothing about such integrity, only what count as violations of it—cheating on exams or plagiarizing papers, for example. Last week’s Poly article regarding Save the Union, and three letters to the administration by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education may explain why. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Commitment to Rensselaer community reaffirmed

In February of this year, The Polytechnic published an Editorial/Opinion in which I wrote to introduce myself to the Rensselaer community and to provide insight into the philosophical approach I take as a student affairs administrator. In that piece, I described my devotion to student success and personal growth, campus safety and security, working toward a truly inclusive community, and improving the well-being of our students. I also included in my writings an appreciation for Rensselaer. I remain committed to supporting our students, our student organizations, the Institution, and our alumni, as does President Shirley Ann Jackson and the entire administration. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Bylaws amended, SGCC roles outlined

On Monday, November 27, the Student Senate covered changes to policies, progress on updating shuttle routes and stops, and the potential for adding an online component to the Advising & Learning Assistance Center’s tutoring services. Read more...

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Full issue: November 15, 2017

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - November 15, 2017

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STATISTICS

Sexual misconduct statistics available

Many of the statistics associated with sexual misconduct at Rensselaer are considered public information, but they are currently only available upon request or through presentations given by Title IX coordinators. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Responsibilities, role of director of the Union

It was not until recently that I fully understood the weight that a director of the Union can hold, and how this position alone has the potential to make the Union no longer student-run. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Minar introduces flavorful, spicy cuisine

This week, Crystal Vejar ’20 and I decided to check out Troy’s newest Indian restaurant: Minar. Nested on 5th Avenue, near Blitman Residence Commons, it strives to be the go-to hotspot for students craving curry and other traditional Indian foods. The grand opening was in September, and the place was decorated in banners and streamers. They also have lots of coupons and deals on their menu available at the restaurant. Read more...

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FOOTBALL

Eighth season victory claimed from Dutchmen

Rensselaer won 20-14 against Union College away on Saturday in the Dutchman Shoes Trophy Game. The victory puts the Engineers at 8-2 overall for the season and 4-1 in the league, guaranteeing them a spot in the NCAA playoffs. This is the fifth year in a row that the Engineers have won the Dutchman Shoes. Read more...

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STUDENT RIGHTS

Specific updates to Handbook endorsed

At the end of September, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar, along with Director for Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Affairs Michael Arno, presented changes to the Rensselaer Handbook for Student Rights and Responsibilities before both the Rensselaer Union Executive Board and the Student Senate. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Unconditional expression

On Monday, the Student Senate decided not to pass a motion “to denounce the actions being taken against students in relation to the demonstration on October 13, 2017,” regardless of Institute actions that impose on free speech. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Taylor Swift matures through new sound

On the outside, Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation is composed of celebrity feuds, ex-boyfriends, and her new image. (Nothing worthy of taking time out of my day to write an article for The Poly.) If you want it to be, the album is predictable. At a deeper level, the album is found to be a cohesive piece that combines deep bass and tight snare beats to synth tropical-house choruses that Taylor uses to emphasize the message that she has expressed through the creativity of each one of her albums: music is an art that is always changing. Read more...

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