Yearly Archives: 2019

Student Senate

Student Government Elections Policy approved

The Student Senate voted to approve the Student Government Elections Policy with changes presented by Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21, heard a presentation on the ongoing “Restore SIS Man” petition, and approved multiple policy changes to the Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Undergraduate Council on February 4. Read more...

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Artist Spotlight

Musgraves showcases unexpected talent in Golden Hour

Alicia Keys’ surprise announcement of Golden Hour as Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards caught most of us off guard. Between Musgraves’ own immediate astonishment and many viewers’ “Wait, who is she?” moment, it’s easy to wonder how an album yet to certify gold and virtually unheard of on radio managed to rack up four Grammys in one night. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Searching for balance between health and success

People who are sleep deprived are nearly three times more at risk for Type 2 diabetes, see a 48 percent increased likelihood in developing heart diseases, and are three times more likely to catch a cold than their rested peers according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, “Only 11 percent of American college students sleep well, and 40 percent of students feel well rested only two days per week.” That means just over one in ten of our classmates sleep well. That seems problematic. Read more...

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Derby

Reflecting on my relationship with The Poly

I disagree with The Poly quite often. Don’t get me wrong—I think we have great students involved in The Poly, and I believe they fulfill the vital function of student media on our campus. In theory, these two statements may seem contradictory; however, in reality, I believe this dynamic demonstrates a healthy relationship between government and media. Read more...

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Event Review

Night of Free Expression helps bring community together

The first thing I heard when I walked into the McNeil Room on Saturday evening was the smooth harmony of jazz floating throughout. The tables had been cleared away, replaced by rows of chairs facing the illuminated center. The room was packed, which isn’t exactly what I expected when I think about cultural events at Rensselaer. People from all sorts of groups around campus had made it today, both to perform and to cheer on their friends. It was invigorating, and almost feels like coming home. Read more...

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Student Senate

Grad student activity fee decrease recommended

The Senate approved the Union Annual Report Committee’s recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2020 activity fee and the Union Annual Report Fiscal Year 2020 on January 28. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Working to improve outreach

It’s crazy to think about how quickly this past year has gone by! With the GM Week 2019 Election right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all of the goals that I had for myself during my term as grand marshal. I think the most intimidating goal is partnered with my hope to increase diversity within the Student Senate and student government - increased outreach to all campus constituencies. Read more...

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Executive Board

RPI Quidditch given additional $5,000 for travel to nationals

The Executive Board gave RPI Quidditch an additional $5,000 to attend the 2019 U.S. Quidditch Cup, approved a new ticket sale program for the RPI Players, and approved the purchase of six additional Chromebooks—primarily for use during elections—on Thursday. Read more...

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Greek Life

Deadline for public comment on Greek life suggestions extended by one week

The Greek Life Review Committee extended the deadline for public comment on the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force by one week on Friday. The new deadline is February 15 at 5 pm, and comments can be made online. Read more...

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SHOW REVIEW

Evening of Performance offers unique spin on comedy

I don’t have a lot of experience with theater or much knowledge about the medium. So, right until the lights dimmed, I found myself questioning whether I’d enjoy RPI Players’ Audience, a play by Michael Frayn, or whether I’d just not “get it.” Read more...

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administration

How does RPI respond to winter storms? Rounds explains

“It’s not a casual process,” said Vice President for Administration Claude Rounds regarding Rensselaer’s inclement weather preparation, decision-making, and response. During the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day alone, “the cost of the storm … was $114,000 including labor, supplies, salt, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and fuel.” He continued, “The annual costs will depend on the nature and frequency of the storms. However, during a typical winter, we would spend $1 million in overall snow removal costs. Read more...

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Executive Board

Rensselyrics taken off probation

The Rensselyrics were taken off of probation on Thursday January 31 2019. In September, the Executive Board places the a cappella group on probation for violating Union procedures; it had spent around $3,300 on recording a CD without a purchase order. Read more...

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top hat

Moving forward with SIS Man, preferred names

Hi, RPI! I wanted to give you all an update on some initiatives the Student Senate is hoping to make great progress on during this semester in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar and the Student Life Committee. Read more...

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Album Review

Rosalía and the redefinition of flamenco

The cavernous spaces between the opening synths of “MALAMENTE” are intoxicating. Ever-present handclaps float around the hazy, organ-like runs as Rosalía’s enigmatic voice erupts, dancing like a flame with the brooding energy of its flickering shadow. It’s a captivating track, pulsing with an energy that flows freely throughout the work of the Spanish sensation—and her own magnetic persona in turn. Read more...

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editorial notebook

Should you move? Yes!

With the Spring semester underway, most RPI students have already begun planning their move into new housing. Freshmen are dreaming of moving out of dorms, sophmores have already begun to sign leases, and juniors are deciding whether or not to stay in their current living situations. This notebook is mostly addressed to freshmen and sophomores, but I feel like everyone can take something away from it. My advice to everyone seeking to move is: do it. Read more...

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Men's Hockey

Gallery: RPI loses Mayor’s Cup in historic overtime

This year’s annual Mayor’s Cup hockey game made history as the first-ever Mayor's Cup to be won in a shootout on January 29. Students and alumni gathered to celebrate the Capitol District tradition at the Times Union Center in Albany, where staff and alumni were handing out cookies, towels, and other gifts for attendees. The Engineers lost 2-3 to Union College in a six round shootout after holding a 0-0 score for the first three quarters and two rounds of overtime. Though Union took the win, Rensselaer held up a good fight: goalie Owen Savory '22 made an impressive 43 stops throughout the game, and players Kyle Hallbauer '22 and Shane Bear '20 scored in the shootout.  Read more...

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Movie Review

Aquaman lacks originality, falls short

It’s no secret that the DC Comics' Extended Universe isn’t exactly setting the ratings charts on fire. With only one good film (Wonder Woman), one mediocre film (Man of Steel), two massive disappointments, and one cursed abomination (Suicide Squad), their fan following has paled in comparison to Marvel’s rival series. In spite of this dark, depressing portfolio, DC has managed to add another “good” film into its roster: Aquaman. Read more...

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Derby

Rensselaer Union Guidelines & Procedures created to benefit new clubs

Student clubs and organizations form one of the most important parts of the Rensselaer Union. In addition to the programming, resources, and services the Union offers, our clubs provide students with a substantive component of the student experience they want while in college. Read more...

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MEN'S HOCKEY

PSS: Men’s hockey falls to Yale at Freakout

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Executive Board

Rensselaer Union Guidelines & Procedures approved

The Executive Board approved an internal policy overhaul, reallocation of funds for student performers and a fist installation at the Black Students’ Alliance annual fashion show, and new jackets for RPI Ambulance on January 24. Read more...

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