Monthly Archives: January 2018

Full issue: January 31, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - January 31, 2018

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

You reap what you sow

Mr. Eastin,

I have read the letter from Dr. Bystroff, which you considered worthy of bringing to the attention of alumni of the Institute. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Too much entertainment

My parents raised me to be frugal, especially when it comes to entertainment. I went to the movies twice during my K–12 education, and I still feel bad about paying $10 or more to watch a movie in the theaters. Another example is video games: I would only get a couple of new ones every year, so I played through them repeatedly—I have played through the original Halo campaigns too many times to count. I have always been in the position of having too much time and not enough entertainment, but that has changed during my past three and a half years at RPI. Read more...

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Poly given subsidy for Fiscal Year 2019

If you found me a year and a half ago and told me I would eventually be the editor in chief of The Polytechnic, I would have almost certainly said, “What is an editor in chief?” Looking back, the amount that I’ve learned from the paper alone is unbelievable to me. I owe so much of that to the wonderful, knowledgeable people I’ve met through The Poly and late nights perusing the depths of our website. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Livestreaming discussed, no decision made

The Executive Board meeting that took place on January 25 consisted mainly of the approval of proposals by the Interplanetary Society and Ultimate Frisbee, as well as approval of a new club training policy. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Eastin shares contentious email

“OK, I’ll say it. Shame on you,” wrote Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Program Chris Bystroff, in an email directly addressing alumni who have stopped donating to Rensselaer since President Shirley Ann Jackson assumed her position. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Undergrad, grad activity fees: $394, $342

The Student Senate convened Wednesday to discuss and vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 Union Activity Fee and class dues, among other things. Read more...

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Have you been considering going vegan?

With the new year and all of the resolutions that come along with it, I’ve had a few friends and family members ask me about going vegan: how to do it, how to enjoy it, and how to make it easy. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Renew Rensselaer based in facts, analysis

To the RPI community:

On Monday evening, RPI’s Vice President for Institute Advancement Graig Eastin sent an email to all RPI alumni in response to a recent Albany Times Union article about Renew Rensselaer. The body of Eastin’s email contained a forwarded open letter from Professor Chris Bystroff to the RPI faculty, dated January 22, 2018. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Disheartened by RPI’s lack of understanding

On Monday night, RPI alumni from around the world opened their inboxes to find a forwarded email accusing them of racism, sexism, and heightism for discontinuing support of their alma mater during Dr. Jackson’s tenure as president. I would be remiss not to address this as I interact and work with alumni on a regular basis and recognize that current students are future alumni. Importantly, I struggle to comprehend the administration’s reasoning behind sending this email, as opposed to tactfully responding to the well-researched concerns and analysis outlined by the Renew Rensselaer alumni group, which was featured in the news article at which the administration’s reply was directed. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Racism present, but not in alumni body

To the editor of The Polytechnic:

It is difficult to imagine an institute of higher learning doing more to alienate its alumni than the recent actions of Vice President for Institute Advancement Graig Eastin. Mr. Eastin forwarded to RPI alumni an editorial letter by faculty member Chris Bystroff that implied that alumni who disagree with some of the decisions made by President Jackson are racist and/or sexist. The forward included a comment from Mr. Eastin that all alumni are “ambassadors of the Institute” and should thus read Mr. Bystroff’s diatribe. The email and forwarded polemic together positively ooze with condescension and disdain for RPI’s alumni community. Reading them actually gave me a twinge of nostalgia, for it made me remember what it was like to be a student reading communiques from the administration. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MLK misquoted, repercussions severe

Administration should better understand the meaning of King’s platform before quoting him

Graig and Chris, I trust my peers in the Rensselaer community to address many of the baseless points that your email outlined. I wish to address your citation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s curious how people love to quote Dr. King in topics they find conducive to keeping the status quo, such as you are doing now with shaming the alumni to increase donations. In his life, Dr. King looked upon the moderates in dismay for not enacting change to the status quo themselves; if they had, years of struggle would have been months. The Rensselaer community has peacefully demonstrated on multiple occasions to speak out against the anti-democratic changes to their home which have stomped out the tradition of co-governance between faculty and administration, and soon, the students as well. Dr. King’s teachings were those of love and understanding: we must first realize that everyone is a capable, logical human, and then work toward a common expectation that is based on common morals. One only needs to look at the past actions of the administration, that of treating students like uninformed children and faculty like machines in the knowledge factory whose goal is to churn out standardized professionals, to realize that the community is stumbling over the very first step that Dr. King outlines. I implore you to spend some time reading Dr. King’s code of ethics or to sit in on the ethics course taught by Professor Bill Puka. Maybe then we can start to treat our community as people instead of just capital. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Film displays exceptional storyline, score

Set in the countryside of a sun-drenched 1983 Italy, Luca Guadagnino’s masterwork film, Call Me By Your Name, is a revelation in cinematography and acting, rich in tone and tenderness. It’s rightfully garnered awards season buzz, landing four Oscar nods from Best Actor to Best Picture. Although the techniques are mastered, the raw performances of its leads transcend any preconception of what a love-and-coming-of-age-story really is. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Artist promotes restorative message through Latin, R&B influenced album

Splitting from her former group, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello emerges with her first solo album, titled Camila. While this album falls under the same pop genre as Fifth Harmony, there is something refreshing about what Cabello has to say. Cabello combines emotions of feeling lost and healing from the past as she unravels her own experiences for the world to hear. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Market a must-go

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FOOD REVIEW

Nugget review

When I think chicken nuggets, my mind automatically goes to “McDonald’s,” but are these really the best nuggs around, or are they just some of the most popular? This weekend, members of The Polytechnic Jonathan Caicedo ’19, Rex Hu ’19, Sidney Kochman ’19, Nicholas Luczak ’20, Joseph Lyon ’20, Serge Piskun ’20, and I decided to do a chicken nugget review to find out which place in town has the best chicken nuggets. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Students raise alarm

Concern extends from Union to president's office

To the RPI community:

A recent email from Professor Chris Bystroff, responding to the press coverage of Renew Rensselaer, was distributed to the faculty and forwarded to all alumni by Vice President for Institute Advancement Graig Eastin. Read more...

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Full issue: January 24, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - January 24, 2018

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Turning Point denied Union affiliation

On Thursday, January 18, people crowded into the Shelnutt Gallery on the third floor of the Union to witness the third discussion of a motion to approve Turning Point USA at Rensselaer as a Union-affiliated club. The motion failed 4-12-2. Read more...

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ACTIVISM

Alumnus: ‘I want to fix RPI’

This weekend, Renew Rensselaer—a collective of alumni led by former President of the Union Bill Criss ’69, Ted Mirczak ’66, Peter Vanderzee ’70, and John Krob ’78—launched renewrensselaer.org, a website that outlines perceived issues with Rensselaer and a platform geared toward fixing them. Read more...

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