Monthly Archives: January 2019

CAMPUS EVENT

RPI hosts ICCA quarter finals

10 a cappella groups from five universities dazzled the crowd with their melodies and arrangements at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinals on Saturday. Read more...

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GREEK LIFE

Takeaways from the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force

The Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force, a document outlining the state of Greek life and recommendations for improvement, was released on Friday. This comes after an open letter from presidents of Greek organizations that requested its release, and inconsistencies about when it would be finished.   Read more...

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Movie Review

Bandersnatch: edgy, new way to watch a movie

When you think of the phrase “choose your own adventure,” more likely than not, what comes to mind are those old books you used to read as a kid. Read more...

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Derby

How we make budgeting decisions

Budgeting is hard.

Sure, there are the several financial concepts forming the core of the process, and there are policies and best practices to adhere to. While these are complex, I’m referring to the difficulty of the qualitative decisions. Read more...

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Opinion

We need political reform in the foster care system

Foster care is a peculiar institution that allows for a minor who cannot return home for whatever reason, to find a home with a government certified caregiver. None of the homes in the system are permanent and, on average, a foster child will move two times during elementary school and four times during middle and high school. Keeping a normal education in such a system is not easy, and due to the constant moving, the student is unable to retain the information and connect it to previous concepts because they do not know what topics they’re missing.   Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Becoming the Hanukkah police

Let’s clear one thing up: Hanukkah is not just “blue Christmas.” A blue and white wreath is no more Jewish than mashing up a few french fries and calling it a latke (although that wreath may have just been another Christmas decoration aimed toward Yankees fans anyway). Read more...

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TV Series Review

Cuckoo: unknown and surprising, worth watching

A few weeks ago, I found myself bored scrolling through Netflix. I had just finished the popular show BoJack Horseman, when I came across Cuckoo. With such a unique name, I was drawn to watch the trailer, which featured one of my favorite comedic television actors, Andy Samberg. Now, as I finish up season four of Cuckoo, I am realizing that many people are unaware that this show even exists. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Fresh Check Day upcoming at the Mueller Center

Event aims to promote open dialogue about mental health

Within the past few years, the Mueller Center has expanded its wellness initiative to incorporate mental health. The Center is home to multiple events that cater specifically to promote healthy minds. Run by the Wellness Institute in partnership with the Rensselaer Union and the Mueller Center, these events include nutritional and mental health events as well as monthly Wellness Wednesdays. Each event attempts to bridge the gap between bodily and mental health in an approach called “holistic wellness.” Read more...

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letter to the editor

Here are some Spring Career Fair tips

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STUDENT SENATE

Elections Reform Task Force presents recommendations for future elections

Grand Marshal Stef Warner ’19 and Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21 presented The Elections Reform Task Force Report—a culmination of recommendations regarding the GM Week 2018 elections—on January 14. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Stop using media to judge your love life

My freshman year of high school—a whole whopping six years ago—consisted of multiple hours watching Gossip Girl, and dreaming over having that lifestyle. I adored Dan Humphrey, a character played by Penn Badgley, who (spoilers ahead) was revealed in the end as the creepy blogger the show was named after. Now, years later, I can’t help but think how foolish I was to have liked his character; I was blinded by how the show presented the idea of love. Read more...

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Executive Board

Construction of hearthstone, fireplace in McNeil approved

Director of the Union Charlie Potts and President of the Union Justin Etzine came before the Rensselaer Executive Board seeking approval of “up to $45,000 from Union Reserves” for the “construction of a hearthstone (including an electric fireplace)” in the McNeil Room and "any necessary design and labor fees associated with the project.” Read more...

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opinion

Reflections on the Women’s March: reclaiming our time, our space

I went to a different kind of Women’s March Saturday. A march where we didn’t praise the pink hats because not all pussies are pink. A march where we made space for women of color and their lived experiences to be shared, their voices to be heard. Read more...

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Movie Review

Birdbox disappointing: lacks commitment, consistency

In the past few weeks, another Netflix original took the internet by storm. Read more...

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Derby

My responsibilities as President of the Union

The hustle and bustle of the semester seems to have already kicked into full swing, and feet of snow seem to not be slowing it down! With all the excitement of getting back into a routine, I thought I’d share some of the key elements of serving as president of the union. Alongside the grand marshal, the PU serves as one of the five officers of the union and handles a number of aspects pertaining to the Rensselaer Union. There is the financial portion, the club affairs portion, and the facilities portion, which all tie into the role of chairing Executive Board meetings. Read more...

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CLUB EVENT

BSA showcases live performances, clothes at art show

The Black Student Association held its second art show of the year on Friday. This show focused more on live performances, rather than still art. Student artist Zaire Wilson ‘ 20 or “Zeitgeist” performed to begin the show, with original songs “Yamcha” and and “Reading is Fundamental.” The crowd dispersed to view the art for about a half an hour before the fashion show began. Models from BSA walked through the room to showcase outfits made by members of the club. Then, they held a “Best Dressed” competition for attendees of the event. The show was closed by University of Albany student artist, Marc-Baze. Read more...

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Campus Security

Anti-president graffiti found, removed

Graffiti was found at two locations on campus on Thursday morning, both bearing the same message: “FUCK SHIRLEY ANN.” Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

McDonald’s taught me about relationships

Usually, when I tell people I worked at McDonald’s they laugh. Read more...

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Top Hat

Administrators must increase collaboration with student leaders

Welcome back from winter break, RPI! I hope you all had a very happy holiday season! Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Administration should follow through on promises, release draft report

Administrative actions indicate disregard for student involvement

Dear members of the Rensselaer community,

As presidents of our respective Greek organizations, we sent the below letter on Thursday, December 20th to Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79 and Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong—the administrators tasked with coordinating the Greek Life Task Force—with the intention of making the letter public shortly thereafter. On the following day, the Rensselaer community received emails in rapid succession from Kolb and Strong detailing updates from the Task Force. Their announcements came after a month of silence and nearly three weeks since the Greek Life Task Force’s official disbandment. Regardless of whether or not these emails would have been sent at all without our recognition of the alarming issues at play, the situation should not have deteriorated to this point. Read more...

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