Yearly Archives: 2019

Letter to the Editor

My concerns with Eastin, Muhammad’s email

My wife and I are alums of Rensselaer, and are on the Rensselaer Alumni Association mailing list. I received an email from Vice President for Institute Advancement and Interim Executive Director of RAA Graig Eastin and RAA President Kareem Muhammad. In summary, Eastin and Muhammad brush off the Renew Rensselaer claims that the RR continued the RAA meeting and elected a new RAA board. The email states that RAA bylaws were not followed, and that RR members do not speak on behalf of the RAA, let alone now control it. The email continues with ongoing disparagements and claims on RR activities. Read more...

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student activism

Save RPI Greek Life march cancelled

Claim made in cancellation statement remains unverified

Three days after its announcement, the March Against Deferred Recruitment was cancelled by “Save RPI Greek Life,” the anonymous organization that had planned the event. The march was to be held on the sidewalks in front of the Union on Friday at 4 pm. Read more...

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executive board

Holocaust Remembrance Committee approved

During the penultimate meeting of the current Executive Board, the creation of two new clubs was overseen—including a Holocaust Remembrance Committee—and four people were approved for positions. Read more...

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on-campus event

PAKSA’s Jashn: fun, friendly, nostalgic

Stepping into the Academy Hall auditorium at 6 pm on Saturday felt like being transported to South Asia. There were fairy lights strung across the entire room, with pictures from Pakistan. Beautiful kites hung against the walls, a symbol of Pakistani culture. A photo wall with “JASHN,” which means "celebration" in Urdu, in glittering gold letters against a starry backdrop was off to one side. The aroma of delicacies native to Pakistan and India wafted throughout the space. The room was loud and colorful, filled with people reconnecting with cultures, or discovering new ones. Read more...

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editorial notebook

Being green in a blue world

I’ve only owned Android phones; and, ever since I got my first phone, my texts have appeared green on iPhones. I’ve always been a “green bubble person.” Read more...

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on-campus event

RPI Players enthralls, impresses with Sweeney Todd

As much as I enjoyed the play RPI Players put on for An Evening of Performance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was unlike anything I saw from them so far. It was an absolute riot. From the chilling prologue to the soulful finale, it had audience members terrified, laughing, enthralled, and on the very edge of their seats. Needless to say, I won’t be going to any barbers anytime soon—even though I will probably need to. Read more...

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research spotlight

Exploring 2D material structures for energy, transport properties

Passionate about physics and computational methods, Professor and Head of the Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy Department Vincent Meunier works to optimize materials at their lowest level, playing with atomic structure to maximize their electronic properties on a quantum scale. Read more...

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opinion

Your actions always define you

The notion that you are not defined by your actions is absurd and goes against the natural instinct that we judge people by their character. Everything you do or associate with reflects on your character in some way or another. For example, if you wear white socks every day of your life, and wear different color socks for one day, you are no longer defined as a person that only wears white socks. You are now a person that wears white socks, except for one occasion. Read more...

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club spotlight

Club aims to make coding more accessible for local youth

In early 2017, Coding&&Community was founded on campus by a small group of students. This addition to the Rensselaer community serves to educate local youth about computer programming and problem solving. The goal is to bridge the gap between coding and different roadblocks a student may face, including gender, race, socioeconomic status, and more. Read more...

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Opinion

Destigmatizing opioid addiction will save lives

Socially, the stigma against addiction is toxic. Often, people who seek help feel discriminated against and are treated as junkies or fiends. Drugs are normal. Drug use has been a normal practice across different cultures and time periods. As a society that has normalized nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana use, there is a difference between using drugs and chaotic drug use. One difference is as simple as drinking on the weekends versus binge drinking every day. Read more...

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top hat

Why an interfaith space is so important

There are a lot of changes happening on our campus right now. Everyone is aware of the changes stemming from the Arch program and changes to the Greek community. As Grand Marshal, I am tasked with thinking about these changes and recognizing that many have been manifesting for years. One change that I would like to see prioritized is the creation of a new interfaith space. Read more...

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editorial notebook

Dreaming big in small ways

There are many things in my life that I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t ever gotten around to doing. I’ve always wanted to get a fixer-upper car, get a tattoo, take a spontaneous road trip, go skydiving, and a lot of other activities that sound like a blast in my mind but a bust when actually considered. Admittedly, most of these ideas would be feasible if I had money—but I feel like I wouldn't act on them even then. Why, you ask? I, like most people, am risk-averse and it is such a problem that I feel like I need to admit it publicly in order to start changing. Read more...

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derby

New Hearthstone symbolizes what makes our Union successful

The Hearthstone Dedication Ceremony took place this past weekend. It was a wonderful event in which we were able to honor the unique student-staff partnership here at Rensselaer. Read more...

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Club Spotlight

Behind the scenes with RPI Players

I will admit that I’ve never been particularly interested in drama or theater, but after seeing RPI Players’ Evening of Performance, my interest was piqued. After attending one of their work parties, I found that there was a lot more to this club than I initially thought. Read more...

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Greek Life

Hundreds attend Greek life forum

Students express concerns about deferred recruitment, alcohol policies

The Greek Life Open Forum held on March 20 in Darrin Communications Center 308 was presented as a space for students—Greek and non-affiliated alike—to ask questions to the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council concerning the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force and its impact on the Rensselaer community. However, the forum quickly turned to a Q&A with the attending administrators. Read more...

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E-Sports

TeamRPI Overwatch wins local championship

During the weekend of March 30 and 31, TeamRPI Overwatch and RPI League of Legends competed in their first major tournament showing at The Hudson Valley Gamer Con. The event was put on by the Eastern College Athletic Conference—the same conference that the RPI hockey team competes in—at the Albany Capital Center. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

A student-run Union is in our past

At the beginning of March, representatives from the Division of Student Life told the director of the Union and the Union business administrator that in order for the Union budget to be considered by the Board of Trustees, changes were required. What’s most concerning is the fact that this information was only told to Union staff when they asked about whether the Union budget was approved with other budgets during the March Board of Trustees meeting. The president of the Union or any other student Executive Board members were never directly told that changes had to be made. Read more...

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Executive Board

$1,250 approved for BotFactory printer training in late May

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy ’19 chaired her first Executive Board meeting on Thursday.President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy ’20 chaired her first Executive Board meeting on Thursday. During this, the Board approved reallocations, subsidized a program, heard a presentation by the Model Railroad Society, and took Statler & Waldorf off probation. Read more...

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Student Senate

Concerns about campus prayer spaces expressed to Senate

During their first meeting, the 50th Student Senate appointed an interim vice grand marshal and created a new ad-hoc committee. They also heard brief introductory presentations from Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20 on the Senate and its responsibilities, as well as introductions from each of the committees present. Read more...

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On-campus event

Winners announced, Russo reads at McKinney Writing Contest awards

The awards for the annual McKinney Writing Contest were given out on April 3 in a packed Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. There are four categories: creative nonfiction, fiction and drama, electronic media, and poetry. Each category has an undergraduate and graduate division. Jamie Steele and Hazelle Lerum won first prize in poetry in the graduate and undergraduate divisions, respectively. Igraine Perkinson and Ziqing Wang won first prize in electronic media. Jay Franklin won first prize in undergraduate fiction. No award was given in graduate fiction. Lauren Gasior and Lisa Knuckey won first prize in creative nonfiction. Read more...

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