Monthly Archives: February 2018

Rensselaer Union

Director of the Union candidate given questions prior to interview

“These instances not only demonstrate a failure to communicate, but outright deceit on the part of the administration,” wrote Interim Chairperson of Human Resources Interview Committee Michael Cuozzo ’18 in an email to the Student Senate on February 28. Read more...

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Full issue: February 28, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - February 28, 2018

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Redesign of proposed Union logo approved in closed Board meeting

On Wednesday, the Executive Board passed a motion to approve the proposed redesign of the Union’s logo pending approval of Strategic Communications. They also announced the official opening of the Student Veterans Lounge and discussed some points of interest about the new space. Read more...

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MEN'S LACROSSE

Renewed hopes for upcoming season

Following the men’s lacrosse team’s successful preseason and fourth place ranking in the 2018 Liberty League Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll, Head Coach Jim Townsend is excited and enthusiastic for the season to begin. When asked his opinion about the upcoming season, Townsend said that, with “big things, returning players,” as well as some fresh feet on the field, the team is looking to have a strong start. Carrying 44 student athletes on the roster, Coach Townsend has tasked the team with earning an average GPA of 3.1, no doubt only one of the challenges that the team will overcome this season. Read more...

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MEN'S HOCKEY

PSS: Men’s hockey loses at Big Red Freakout

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Discussion challenges thoughts on faith

A conversation centered around faith, humanity, and the intersection between identity and work sprouted at the Veritas Forum last Friday. Sponsored by the Rensselaer Christian Association, the Graduate Christian Fellowship, Alpha Sigma Phi, and Sigma Gamma Tau, “Is Science Enough?” facilitated an open discussion between two professors of differing faiths: Christian Professor Cullen Buie from MIT and agnostic Professor Amir Hirsa from RPI. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Labeling, detrimental to problem solving

In the wake of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and all of the subsequent debate that has risen about gun control and our justice system, I’ve been stuck on a thought that I’ve had for as long as I can remember: why do we have to pick sides? Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Governmental oversight in recent changes

Change to Executive Board Special Rules of Order inconsistent with New York State law

Two weeks ago, the Rensselaer Union Executive Board adopted the following changes to the Rensselaer Union Executive Board Special Rules of Order, limiting the rights of individual people: Read more...

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SOFTBALL

Team, coach eager to beat future challenges

Women’s softball Head Coach Amber Maisonet returns for her 10th season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with this year being her eight as head coach, and she is looking for another winning season.  Last season, the team made it to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships, and her women are hungry for another exceptional time on the diamond. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

The Placid Baker offers tasteful pastries, cheerful customer service, wide variety

In Troy, there are many small, niche shops with unique and appealing features. One of my personal favorite spots to go to in Downtown Troy is a little artisan bakery called The Placid Baker. Located on Broadway, this little bakery is a mere ten minute walk from campus and well worth the journey. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Poets, performers share experiences at BSA’s open mic

Resilience, dignity, and self-worth dominated the Night of Free Expression on Friday. Poets, singers, and dancers of different backgrounds performed in the McNeil Room to a supportive and enthusiastic audience. RPI’s Black Students Alliance hosted the event as part of their continuing celebration of Black History Month and all underrepresented cultures on campus. Read more...

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SWIMMING & DIVING

PSS: Liberty League swept

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

UPAC Cinema highlights student interests through recent, classic film selections

Two weeks ago, I went to see Thor: Ragnarok at the Union Programs and Activities Committee Cinema on campus. While I was going to see this movie for the first time, I noticed that a lot of people around me were there to experience this movie for the second or even third time. I would say that I am definitely a newbie to superhero movies and maybe don’t care as much about them, but that is not the case for the majority of our campus. Having an on-campus theater offering relatively new movies means a lot to the students. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Constitution changes hotly debated

The Student Senate opened one of its final meetings with a motion to appoint Deepika Senthilnathan ’21 as a Club/ICA representative. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Excursion to D.C. fosters connections

Students given opportunity to travel, learn more about their culture through sponsored trip

As we stepped into the lobby of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I was struck with awe by all of the attention to detail in every inch of the room. Looking around, it really felt like the museum was crafted especially for me to experience, and I realized just exactly where I was. Each point of the museum was fully interactive—I could hear and touch and feel the atmosphere change in each room, in addition to just being able to see the images and artifacts of my history. There was no glossing over the graphic details of the African American experience and everything about it was extremely eye-opening. I cycled through many emotions in that building, from anger to embarrassment, to pride in my heritage and all things that had to occur in order for me to end up where I am right now. I felt represented in every sense, especially when I gazed upon the leader of the Haitian rebellion, Toussaint L’Ouverture. I cannot remember a time when I felt closer to my ancestors, or moved by their resilience. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Les Mis production falls short in acting

Since its Broadway debut in 1987, Les Misérables continues to be culturally significant both in and out of the musical theater industry. Set during the French Revolution, the opera challenges the audience to think about themes of love, redemption, and sacrifice, and how it relates to our own world. Due to the musical’s exceptional themes and messages, as well as the undeniable talent the show demands, I was excited to get my own ticket for the performance at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, New York. Prior to seeing Les Misérables, I had only watched the 2012 movie and the 25th anniversary concert of the show. Regardless of my limited exposure to the stage production, I still had high hopes for this performance. Overall, I was considerably disappointed in the choices made in this specific show. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Grand marshal encourages participation

RPI, I want you to run for student government. Read more...

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Full issue: February 21, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - February 21, 2018

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ALBUM REVIEW

Timberlake is bringin’ country, flannel back

Amidst his ever-encompassing performance at the Super Bowl LII halftime show, Justin Timberlake released his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods—listed first in the Billboard Top 200 this week. Named after his son, Silas, meaning “of the forest” in Latin, the album was inspired by Timberlake’s home roots in Memphis, Tennessee and dedicated to his family. Read more...

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

SWE Outreach rewarding, educational

Earlier this semester, I attended my first Society of Women Engineers’ Outreach Committee. As a member of SWE, I wanted to check out what this committee was about. Read more...

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