Monthly Archives: October 2018

Full issue: October 31, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - October 31, 2018

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Editorial Notebook

Finding, collecting treasure

My roommate calls me a hoarder; my parents, a dumpster diver; my friends, a hazard to my own health and safety. All of them believe that I, to some degree, know what I’m doing—that there’s a method to my madness, that I’m collecting parts for some grand design, that I know what I want and take it. In reality, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I simply tour the tech dumps and reach for whatever looks the most interesting. Read more...

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Activism

Making Strides rallies 18,000, raises $680,000

On Sunday, October 21, many people gathered around in support of breast cancer awareness and funding. In partnership with the American Cancer Association and AVON, the 23rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer rally was held at Washington Park in Albany. People could donate and walk or run five kilometers in support of this rally. A total of 18,000 people came to this event to walk and learn more about breast cancer and how they could help. In total, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raised $680,000. Read more...

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Research Spotlight

Using consumer behavior to leverage marketing

Rich in marketing experience, Associate Professor Jeffrey F. Durgee is on the hunt to better understand consumer behavior. Durgee’s research is centered around the relationship between people and products—specifically, the relationship between a consumer and a brand, or a collector and a collection. With such insight, he can present a sociological perspective to marketing. Read more...

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Event Review

Spirits, specters, storytelling at RPI

“Colleges are great places to find ghost stories. They are old, and are places with lots of extreme emotion,” said Maeve McEneny, our tour guide. That set the stage for a cold, chilly, and spooky night of ghost stories. McEneny is part of The Original Albany Ghost Tour and has been doing the Spirits of Rensselaer Ghost Tour since 2015. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

The Polytechnic has taught me to face my fears

Improving writing skills, learning from failures through journalism

If you asked any of my high school friends what clubs I would have joined in college, I am 99 percent sure they would have never guessed the school newspaper. I hated writing, and when I had to write my college essays, I had three friends and two teachers proofread them. It involved a lot of red ink. During the last part of high school, I was counting down the days until “I never have to write an essay again.” Ironically, I joined The Polytechnic a week into college, and have been writing more than I ever did in high school.  Read more...

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Executive Board

RPI Ambulance back in service temporarily

While waiting to request a new ambulance altogether, RPI Ambulance asked to go back into service with their current vehicle, expecting to do repairs in the near future. President of RPI Ambulance, Mary Clare Crochiere ‘19, explained that since being taken out of service due to concerns about oil leaks in the engine, they had missed four student transports, which nets around $5000 students needlessly spent on other ambulances. Read more...

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Downtown Troy

Food trucks, music, costumes

This month’s “Troy Night Out” on October 26th hosted the Harvest Festival, a small gathering of food trucks and music in downtown Troy. There were numerous art shows, Halloween decorations, and plenty of costumes on adults, children, and even pets. Read more...

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TV Review

Making a Murderer kills it

When Making a Murderer first arrived on Netflix in late 2015, it caused a maelstrom of unrest, excitement, hate, and righteous fury among those who’d watched it. The non-fictional documentary series depicted the horrific miscarriage of justice that two men, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, had to endure thanks to the negligence and corruption of those in positions of power. These men were falsely convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach, according to the documentary. Read more...

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Interview

Director of the Union Potts prioritizes trust

New to the role, Potts aims to fully understand Union operations

“Before, during, and after,” responded Director of the Union Charlie Potts when asked if he was fully aware of the context of his hiring before he accepted his job as director. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Students, faculty should go to Fall Town Meeting

Today, on Wednesday, October 31, President Shirley Ann Jackson will hold the Fall Town Meeting from 2–3 pm in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. In past meetings, Jackson and her cabinet have spent considerable time fielding questions from the Rensselaer community.  Read more...

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Top Hat

Town meeting: opportunity to share ideas, concerns

Hello, RPI! I cannot believe how quickly this semester is going by. In the blink of an eye, we have already completed more than half of the fall semester. With only six weeks left of classes, and the weather progressively getting colder, I hope you all stay warm and work hard to end the semester strong! Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate discusses transfer difficulties

The Student Senate held its weekly meeting this Monday, October 22. The meeting started off with Grand Marshal Stephanie Warner ’19, introducing the new senators for the class of 2022: Emi Ahlo ’22, Rhea Banerjee ’22, Aloni Jordan ’22, and Naya Murdock ’22. The meeting then moved forward with Warner recapping the audits of the Elections Reform Taskforce. Warner remarked, “ Over the summer, an audit was conducted, and the report came earlier this year, but after looking over it we—the elections taskforce—and the Union staff decided this was not what we were looking for.” The audit looked at the system but not the process. The second report had typos which prompted the Senate to wait on the third audit report that will be coming soon. After looking over it with Interim Vice President for Student Life Le Norman Strong, the audit will be distributed to the public.  Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Go vote!

The midterm elections are fast approaching, with only two weeks left until election day on November 6. While midterm elections may not have the glamour of presidential elections, the outcome of this year's elections will set the stage for the next two decades in politics. Every two years, all 435 seats of the House of Representatives are up for election. But it isn't only the House that is up: a third of the seats in the Senate are up for grabs and 36 states will also be voting for their governor. Read more...

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Top Hat

Welcoming five new members to Student Senate

Hi, RPI! I hope you all enjoyed the festivities of Family Weekend. For those of you who had family visit campus, I hope they were able to get a glimpse into our daily lives and I hope you enjoyed spending time with the people you may not have seen in quite some time.  Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Women deserve to be heard

For one of my writing classes this semester, I have to write a piece about what irritates me. As I am new to this type of self-expression, this class has really opened my eyes to healthy ways of questioning aspects of my life. And, as I sat at my desk thinking of daily irritations, I realized my biggest annoyance resulted from my male peers: mansplaining. I’m sure the majority of women on campus are familiar with this term as we fight to simply be considered equally. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Hilda, a new Netflix cartoon with potential

There’s been a resurgence of new, quality cartoons lately. However, most are no longer on traditional networks, such as Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon; they’re on Netflix, and Hilda is another solid addition to its portfolio. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

I love RPI, but I feel deceived

To say I have fallen in love with my school is an understatement. Since I’ve arrived at Rensselaer, I have far more than profoundly come to admire so many of its qualities: the small, green campus, the uniquely beautiful buildings, the feeling of community within our class, and the endless array of opportunities to learn and grow as a science student. Amidst this awe at the place I now call home, I’ve also felt fear that the obvious tension between administrators and students will impact my time here. I’m afraid that my peers are right in their belief that the money I pay for this education is being misused and misplaced into things other than what it was intended for. Though this fear came from many things, much of it was borne of the seemingly deafening anger of students all over campus, and the simultaneous silence of administrators. Read more...

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On-campus review

Talk with Nobel laureate Dr. Arnold

Just 12 days after receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Dr. Frances H. Arnold visited RPI and presented her research. I got there, over half an hour early, and almost all the seats were already filled—ten minutes before the presentation, there were people sitting in aisles and standing in the back. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

RPI Ambulance taken out of service temporarily

On Wednesday, the Executive Board took RPI Ambulance out of service until cleared to return, approved an additional bottle filling water fountain, and passed changes to the club starter constitution. Read more...

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