Monthly Archives: February 2019

On-Campus Event

Veronica Taylor shares life experiences with fans

The panel featuring Veronica Taylor during Genericon was held in the largest room in the Darrin Communications Center—a good choice when considering how many fans showed up. Taylor is an actor who voiced iconic characters in television; such as Nico Robin from One Piece, April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), and, most notably, Ash Ketchum during the first eight seasons of Pokemon. Read more...

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interview

Record-holding goaltender Lovisa Selander talks childhood, goals

Lovisa Selander— a senior studying Chemical Engineering, and captain and goaltender for RPI’s women’s Ice Hockey team— has recently broken the record for women's hockey NCAA Division I career saves, with a total of over 3,800 for her collegiate career. I interviewed her to find out more about her journey and what it was like breaking this record. Read more...

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executive board

Global Medical Brigades denied additional funding for medical mission trip

The Executive Board broke precedent on Thursday when it failed a motion to give Global Medical Brigades an additional $900 toward bus transportation to the airport for its medical mission trip to Honduras. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Can there only be one? Gender and recognition in rap

I spent my teenage years listening to hours and hours of hip-hop, R&B, and rap: Drake, Lil Wayne, Ne-yo, Nicki Minaj. You get the idea. At one point, I even considered T-Pain’s songs to be objectively good music (as if). As a 17-year-old, I could differentiate between most rappers by their stylistic conventions and prided myself on this skill. Even now, I find myself going back to the original songs that helped me fall in love with rap. Read more...

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on-campus Event

Actor discusses filmography with nearly empty room

As part of Genericon, Colby Boothman—an actor who has performed in films like Jurassic World—was featured in a panel to talk about his experiences on Saturday. Read more...

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Top Hat

An Arch update from Student Senate

Hi, RPI! I am sure that I am not the only one excited for Spring Break next week. I hope you all enjoy some downtime and get the chance to catch up on sleep! This time of the year always seems to go by so quickly andbefore we know itthe semester will come to an end and we will get the chance to enjoy some summer weather. Read more...

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Derby

Club officers should prepare for The Arch

Hello, RPI! I hope the semester is going well. I know I am looking forward to Spring Break next week! Read more...

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on-campus event

The dangers of algorithms

“Algorithms are not facts. They are opinions,” said Cathy O’Neil during a talk on the dangers of algorithms titled “Weapons of Math Destruction.” Read more...

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on-campus event

Elevator Pitch Competition allows students to practice essential skills

Since its inception in 2010, the MANE Student Advisory Council has been working to bridge the gap between students and faculty in the mechanical, aeronautical, and nuclear engineering departments. It primarily serves to give students a medium to express academic and curricula-related concerns and works to connect them with faculty that can find a solution. It also offers students a variety of opportunities to take their innovations to the next level through publications like Student Journals, an online platform to publish their work. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Building a culture of understanding

Up until recently, I didn’t realize that my name was somewhat racially ambiguous. According to the US Census Bureau, in the year I was born only 37 percent of people with my last name were of Asian descent. This was clearly an intriguing discovery, and it lead me down a rabbit hole of into the world of genealogy and ancestry. More importantly, it helps explain something that happened to me recently. Read more...

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Opinion

Racism is inherent in our immigration agencies

The American dream holds a different connotation for everyone who hears it. But, for immigrants, the American dream signifies a new beginning and the possibility to rid themselves of the hardships from their home country. Keeping this in mind, whenever I open a news article or log onto a news site, I happen across articles upon articles on the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and their disregard for citizens of the United States. In fact, just two weeks ago the American Civil Liberties Union released a new article on a case between two residents of Havre, Montana and their interaction with a Customs and Border Protection agent. Read more...

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Executive Board

Statler & Waldorf office revoked, RMA funds reallocated

The Executive Board “revoke[d] Room 3332 in Rensselaer Student Union from Statler & Waldorf, effective at the end of Fiscal Year 2019” and reallocated money in the Rensselaer Music Association’s budget toward a jazz clinic on Thursday. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Make the most of your college career

As my career at Rensselaer comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the lessons I have learned over the past four years. I hope these takeaways provide some guidance for those of you looking to optimize your time at Rensselaer or even induce some productivity. Read more...

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Empac Event

EMPAC director shares life’s work

Before Johannes Goebel assumed his role as director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in 2002, he was involved in creative projects of all kinds ranging from handmade instruments to collage and spoken word pieces, as well as music and collaborations with artists of every type. Read more...

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Campus Event

Union After Dark offers variety of entertainment

On Friday, Union After Dark: Showcase Edition kicked off with a stand-up performance from Fumi Abe, a comedian based in New York City. After warming up the audience by asking them questions, he proceeded to talk about what it was like growing up in Ohio as the sole minority in his class, his girlfriends, college life, and several topics too edgy/inappropriate for me to mention here. Topping it all off with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Abe’s effortless charisma made sure that the audience was engaged, and left few moments of silence in the room. Read more...

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Derby

Importance of the Club Management System

Our Club Management System, also known as CMS, is incredibly valuable. Beyond the obvious benefit of serving as the budgeting platform for clubs, the system provides us with a wide variety of uses and, with advances in technology and further development, the benefits will only continue to grow. Read more...

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Campus Event

An Evening of Performance excites, delights on Valentine’s Day

One of the struggles of Valentine's Day is figuring out what to do with your girlfriend or boyfriend. I decided to take my girlfriend to An Evening of Performance, a show that ran for two weeks at the RPI Playhouse. It was well worth it. The show was split into three different sections; a play put on by RPI Players, an a cappella performance, and finally Sheer Idiocy. Read more...

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top hat

Campaigning begins for GM Week 2019

Campaigning has started and the elections season is ramping up! Have you—yes, you—thought about running for Student Government? Read more...

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Movie Review

A Star is Born: dramatic, filled with original music

A Star is Born, released late last summer, served as the fourth remake of the original 1937 film. Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, this movie reminded me of the various other renditions I have seen of this story, including a Bollywood version. However, I really enjoyed this movie for its soundtrack and for the originality Lady Gaga brought with her unforgettable voice. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Calling all writers: Enter the McKinney Contest

Have you written an excellent paper for one of your classes? Maybe a persuasive or researched essay?  Do you write poetry or short stories in your spare time? Do you have a digital project or video that relies on language as well as images? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you can enter the McKinney Competition!   Read more...

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