Monthly Archives: March 2018

Full issue: March 28, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - March 28, 2018

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ALBUM REVIEW

Vance Joy’s Nation of Two offers listeners relaxing, somber sound

Released late February, Vance Joy’s second studio album, Nation of Two, showcases the singer’s signature sound through a variety of songs. As a casual listener of indie pop and alternative music, I enjoyed it. Read more...

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TOWN MEETING

Jackson addresses recent concerns

“I’ll be happy to answer questions, but what I thought we would do is, since I know a number of you received this flyer—we thought we would just walk through these questions and give you answers to them,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson during the Spring Town Meeting at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on March 22. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Process for handling conflicts of interest codified in new policy

Vice President of the Union Rasika Ekhalikar ’18 opened the March 22 meeting of the Executive Board with three major items on the agenda. UPAC Lights and the RPI Flying Club came before the board with proposals, and further discussion was had on the Board’s Conflict of Interest Policy, which was subsequently passed unanimously with a vote of 13-0-0. Read more...

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TOP HAT

GM reflects on past year, thanks all who helped

RPI, I am stunned at how quickly the year has flown by! Today marks my final Top Hat column to you all as your 152nd grand marshal. Read more...

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DERBY

Withholding Union donations hurts students

Since its inception in 1890, the Rensselaer Union has been an organization dedicated to the advancement of students. It began, and still remains, as an organization by the students, for the students. When the Activity Fee was initiated as a self-imposed tax to provide the campus with communal opportunities, the founders of our Union never imagined their idea would turn into the organization it is today: an organization that remains a beacon on the hill for what college student unions can be in America. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Faculty Senate rep now student-elected

The Student Senate held its second to last meeting on Wednesday. The Senate planned to wrap up the year by presenting a finished senator guide, announcing the annual Lupus Walk, and approving a motion which aimed to outline the election and appointment of a student representative on the Faculty Senate. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Responses to student concerns at Spring Town Meeting misleading, disappointing

To the RPI Community:

According to Dr. Jackson, the concerns of hundreds of students are nothing more than over amplified dissent, worthy only of a dismissive acknowledgement. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Advice for springtime

As the temperatures slowly increase and the snow on the ground diminishes, it finally seems that winter is over. After a cold and snowy winter, spring has finally arrived. Soon, the warmer temperatures will give us more opportunities to spend time outdoors. The season of spring is the perfect time to go outside and enjoy nature. However, there are certain precautions that are to be considered in order to have an enjoyable and memorable experience. Read more...

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Using high tech in circular economies

Driven by interests in humanities and science, Professor Ron Eglash conducts research surrounding “generative justice,” a research framework he has created. Having worked with both indigenous cultures around the world and urban artisans, Eglash observed value in “unalienated” forms, a term coined by Karl Marx. Eglash highlights a problem concentrated around appointing value to a power-bearing figure or corporation and designating it the task of redistribution, rather than distributing value from bottom to top. Thus, he aims to answer, “How do we use high tech to reinstitute circular economic forms?” Now, what is a circular economic form? The concept is defined by three forms of value: labor value, ecological value, and unalienated expressive value. Labor value, as introduced by Marx, is the method of valuing a product simply by the amount of labor used to create it. Ecological value is the value of a product based on its contribution to benefiting the environment. An example of this is organic agriculture. Lastly, expressive value is value generated from the happiness of the individual producing it; it is the value of associating the creator or culture with the product. The “circular” factor has to do with recycling each form of value back into the system. Read more...

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Full issue: March 21, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - March 21, 2018

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TOP HAT

RPI foils free speech again

Hello RPI,

I hope you had an enjoyable Spring Break, and that it gave you the chance to recharge before we begin our last leg of the academic year. As a quick reminder, election season is well underway, and it is not too late to run for office! For any questions on elections and campaigning, feel free to reach out to Elections Commission Chairperson Caleb Caraway ’19 at union-elections@rpi.edu. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Indie album showcases versatility in new sound

Released March 9, The Neigbourhood came out just as Spring Break started. I knew I was about to spend a relaxing week at home, and an album by The Neighbourhood, one of my favorite bands, was exactly what I craved. However, I wasn’t entirely pleased with what I heard. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Red Sparrow different than expected

The Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is a strange movie with many varying sequences of events. The opening scene is a ballet. Jennifer Lawrence stands on-stage in pointe shoes and a red dress, pirouetting and leaping across the stage, only to be pushed to a career-ending injury. This is only the beginning of many sequences of unfortunate events. Nonetheless, the characters draw you in, despite the actors’ Russian accents that were lacking in true authenticity. Read more...

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CAMPUS SECURITY

Students told to leave campus

While handing out "Renew Rensselaer" buttons to the student population, graduate student Michael Gardner was ordered by Public Safety officers to either stop or leave campus. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Changes made to Special Rules of Order

This week’s meeting of the Executive Board was opened by President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19, with the agenda containing several proposals from various on-campus organizations, and discussion on changes to the Board’s Special Rules of Order. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Developing self-confidence

Reflecting on personal growth

Over Spring Break, I went to Miami, Florida with a few of my friends. Once we bought our tickets, we immediately began planning all of the fun things we could do there, becoming especially excited about going to the beach. Yet, as a trip to the beach might warrant, we all were pretty nervous having to deal with the so-called “perfect” beach body stereotype. Read more...

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FOOD REVIEW

Instant noodle review

Ramen is classic to college campuses all around the US. Have we ever considered which brand is the best? Members of The Poly, including Anna Koenig ’21, Serge Piskun ’20, Crystal Vejar ’20, and I aim to find out. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Division of Student Life presents accomplishments, future plans

On Wednesday, March 7, members of the Division of Student Life gathered in the Shelnutt Gallery to present on the past year of progress and goals for the future, and get input and feedback from the Student Senate. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Hola horror genre, adios sleep schedule

I am not usually a horror movie person, so when my best friend and I sat down to watch Veronica while we teased “I’m not scared, you’re scared,” we had no idea what were in for. We had heard that this movie was the scariest movie on Netflix, and we thought that maybe it wouldn’t be that bad. We were wrong. The movie is in Spanish, which would typically dissuade me it but, do not let that stop you from watching. Horror is a universal language that is fluently spoken throughout this movie. Read more...

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