Monthly Archives: September 2018

Transportation

Safe Ride vehicle involved in collision

Around 9 pm on Friday, there was an incident at Peoples Avenue and 15th Street involving a Safe Ride vehicle and another vehicle. Read more...

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Album Review

Hozier marks his return with Nina Cried Power EP

Hozier’s new EP, Nina Cried Power, is just as moody as his first album, but with newfound confidence, Hozier shows how he has grown since his debut.  Read more...

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Opinion

Freshman registration is flawed; we need reform

This year, the Office of the Registrar tried a new procedure for registering the incoming freshmen. For all students attending the first three student orientation sessions, the Registrar provided premade class schedules and allowed them to choose any Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences course. The Registrar emailed everyone attending student orientation sessions four and five, myself included, with a time slot about a week before orientation to register through Student Information Services. Both of these methods are flawed, and didn’t make getting ready or adjusting to the college experience any less stressful or difficult.  Read more...

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Administration

Sophomores: take control of your world

“Sophomore” is a call to action. It is an opportunity “to become” rather than merely “to be” that marks experiences which test, reaffirm, challenge, explode. That might include looking into study abroad, researching an undergraduate research program, or going to the career fair. It might include new friendships, looking at Greek life in a new way, or accomplishing something you didn’t think possible.   Read more...

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Executive Board

Halal Shack approved for Rathskeller, now open

On Wednesday, the Executive Board approved the opening of Halal Shack in the Union, gave money for buses to Alpha Phi Omega, and granted the African Students Association a starter budget. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

There is no shame in changing your major

Coming into college as a new student is one of the most stressful things any young person can do. You’re suddenly thrust into an open world, where rigid schedules don’t exist, and where no one is there to hold your hand. You can choose which classes to take, which classes to actually go to, and how to spend your days outside of class. Gone is the constant threat of parental supervision. Gone is the threat of not getting into college, because hey, you made it.  Read more...

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Recommendations

Must-watch TV shows of the season

With the beginning of the fall season for television approaching, many people are getting ready for new seasons of their favorite shows. Unfortunately, this coming season is slated to be the last for many beloved and popular shows. Consequently, I decided to compose a top five list things students should watch. Lately, I’ve been noticing that I have a tendency to watch the same handful of Netflix shows, while my queue just grows. I asked some of the Poly staff to contribute to my list, which makes up for my rankings for this upcoming season. Read more...

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Derby

Review of dining changes, workshops, Reunion & Homecoming

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the small drop in temperature this week; this weather is certainly my favorite. Read more...

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Top Hat

Past and present members of RPI community: what is your perspective?

This weekend, we will be welcoming members of the Rensselaer family back to campus for this year’s Reunion & Homecoming festivities! Countless alumni will make their way back to Troy and the RPI campus to reminisce with other members of their graduating class, take a glimpse into their past experiences, revisit the dorms they used to live in, and think back on all of the RPI traditions that meant so much to them during their time here. While I am thrilled to be welcoming back all of the students that walked through the academic buildings and ‘86 Field (or the old football field) before us and founded the clubs and organizations that we are part of today, it is plaintive to think that these alumni will be recounting experiences that current or future students cannot relate to. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Importance of distributing equity instead of equality

The other day, I had a strange realization after class. Read more...

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TV Show Review

BoJack Horseman Season 5: a great addition to a phenomenal show

Since its launch in 2014, the Netflix original BoJack Horseman has risen to unprecedented levels of popularity both with critics and audiences alike. Read more...

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Executive Board

Rensselyrics placed on probationary status, internal policy changes passed

The Executive Board held its second meeting of the year last Wednesday; it included the “punishment” of the Rensselyrics for neglecting financial policy and revisions of the policies regarding room reservations and events. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Cooking: art, science, my greatest passion

I remember the first time I started cooking. I must have been 11 or 12. I was left to my own devices as my parents were both industrious business owners, so I tried my hand at making a seemingly simple egg omelette. To say the least, it ended up looking up like an oily abomination with some parts overcooked, and some parts still raw; it was cheese oozing out of a scrambled mess. Read more...

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On-Campus Event

GreekFest raises money for cancer research through carnival-themed activities

The ’86 Field was taken over by numerous fraternities and sororities for a celebration called GreekFest on Sunday. Organized by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, the event was a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, featuring a variety of carnival-inspired activities for the community. Read more...

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Editor's Corner

The Polytechnic no longer printing regularly

This past spring, our Editorial Board unanimously voted to end our regular printing schedule and to instead refocus our efforts toward online publication. Since this decision will obviously affect our readers, I wanted to take some time to explain our reasoning, give some context, and tell you all what to expect from us in the future. Read more...

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Derby

Club workshops exist to educate on fundamentals

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your week! With the completion of the Student Leadership Summit this past weekend, we are officially through with our wave of trainings for the fall. As clubs are in the process of being notified for any incomplete requirements and unexcused absences, I wanted to take some time to explain the importance of each of our requirements. Read more...

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Student Senate

Student Senate meets new director of the Union

Director of the Union Charlie Potts emphasized “relationships, trust, ideas, listening, project lists, [and] prioritization” during his meeting with the Student Senate on September 10.  Read more...

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Administration

Hunter: Recent RPIAlerts fall under system’s intended use

Earlier this month, the Department of Public Safety issued two RPIAlert messages—one on September 10 and another on September 12. Both of these alerts centered around an incident that occured on September 7 where a female student was approached and followed by a “white male approximately 30 years old” in a “maroon-colored” vehicle.  Read more...

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Opinion

Commons fails to accomodate student schedules

As students struggle to wake up early in the morning, their foremost adversary is grogginess. But soon, stomachs begin to wake up and assert their control, leading to a noticeable feeling of hunger. The simplest way to satisfy this craving is to enjoy a full breakfast, but that is easier said than done for many freshmen with 8am classes at Rensselaer. Read more...

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Movie Review

BlacKkKlansman pushes beyond typical race discussions, presents necessary insights

The movie BlacKkKlansman (yes, three K’s) is a movie as racially charged as one might expect from the somewhat oxymoronic title. As such, it can be uncomfortable to watch at times, and somewhat prophetic at others, but it never seems to forget the truly absurd comedic circumstance that the story is centered around.  Read more...

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