September 2018


Safe Ride vehicle involved in collision

By John Stotz and Brookelyn Parslow September 29, 2018
Around 9 pm on Friday, there was an incident at Peoples Avenue and 15th Street involving a Safe Ride vehicle and another vehicle.
Album Review

Hozier marks his return with Nina Cried Power EP

By Weston Brousseau September 26, 2018
Hozier’s new EP, Nina Cried Power, is just as moody as his first album, but with newfound confidence, Hozier shows how he has grown since his debut.  The artist has been in a musical drought since 2014, when his first album released.

Freshman registration is flawed; we need reform

By John Stotz September 26, 2018
This year, the Office of the Registrar tried a new procedure for registering the incoming freshmen. For all students attending the first three student orientation sessions, the Registrar provided premade class schedules and allowed them to choose any Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences course.

Sophomores: take control of your world

By J. Louis Trzepacz September 26, 2018
“Sophomore” is a call to action. It is an opportunity “to become” rather than merely “to be” that marks experiences which test, reaffirm, challenge, explode.
Executive Board

Halal Shack approved for Rathskeller, now open

By Quinn Gangadharan September 26, 2018
On Wednesday, the Executive Board approved the opening of Halal Shack in the Union, gave money for buses to Alpha Phi Omega, and granted the African Students Association a starter budget.
Editorial Notebook

There is no shame in changing your major

By Serge Piskun September 26, 2018
Coming into college as a new student is one of the most stressful things any young person can do. You’re suddenly thrust into an open world, where rigid schedules don’t exist, and where no one is there to hold your hand.

Must-watch TV shows of the season

By Anna Koenig September 26, 2018
With the beginning of the fall season for television approaching, many people are getting ready for new seasons of their favorite shows.
Top Hat

Past and present members of RPI community: what is your perspective?

By Stefanie Warner September 26, 2018
This weekend, we will be welcoming members of the Rensselaer family back to campus for this year’s Reunion & Homecoming festivities!

Review of dining changes, workshops, Reunion & Homecoming

By Justin Etzine September 26, 2018
Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the small drop in temperature this week; this weather is certainly my favorite.
Editorial Notebook

Importance of distributing equity instead of equality

By Anna Koenig September 26, 2018
The other day, I had a strange realization after class. My professor had been trying to further explain the accounting cycle by using relatable examples.
Tv Show Review

BoJack Horseman Season 5: a great addition to a phenomenal show

By Namish Gali September 26, 2018
Since its launch in 2014, the Netflix original BoJack Horseman has risen to unprecedented levels of popularity both with critics and audiences alike.
Executive Board

Rensselyrics placed on probationary status, internal policy changes passed

By Quinn Gangadharan September 19, 2018
The Executive Board held its second meeting of the year last Wednesday; it included the “punishment” of the Rensselyrics for neglecting financial policy and revisions of the policies regarding room reservations and events.
Editorial Notebook

Cooking: art, science, my greatest passion

By Nicholas Luczak September 19, 2018
I remember the first time I started cooking. I must have been 11 or 12. I was left to my own devices as my parents were both industrious business owners, so I tried my hand at making a seemingly simple egg omelette.
On-Campus Event

GreekFest raises money for cancer research through carnival-themed activities

By Pragati Pant September 19, 2018
The ’86 Field was taken over by numerous fraternities and sororities for a celebration called GreekFest on Sunday.
Editor's Corner

The Polytechnic no longer printing regularly

By Brookelyn Parslow September 19, 2018
This past spring, our Editorial Board unanimously voted to end our regular printing schedule and to instead refocus our efforts toward online publication.

Club workshops exist to educate on fundamentals

By Justin Etzine September 19, 2018
Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your week! With the completion of the Student Leadership Summit this past weekend, we are officially through with our wave of trainings for the fall.
Student Senate

Student Senate meets new director of the Union

By Nicholas Luczak September 19, 2018
Director of the Union Charlie Potts emphasized “relationships, trust, ideas, listening, project lists, [and] prioritization” during his meeting with the Student Senate on September 10.  During the special orders of the day, the Student Senate met with newly appointed Charlie Potts in order to “get to know him.” During his talk with the Senate, Potts expressed his satisfaction with this new position, went over the experience he has accrued through prior projects, and answered some questions that the senators had for him.

Hunter: Recent RPIAlerts fall under system’s intended use

By Alex Ngan September 19, 2018
Earlier this month, the Department of Public Safety issued two RPIAlert messages—one on September 10 and another on September 12.

Commons fails to accomodate student schedules

By Cooper Urban September 19, 2018
As students struggle to wake up early in the morning, their foremost adversary is grogginess. But soon, stomachs begin to wake up and assert their control, leading to a noticeable feeling of hunger.
Movie Review

BlacKkKlansman pushes beyond typical race discussions, presents necessary insights

By Weston Brousseau September 19, 2018
The movie BlacKkKlansman (yes, three K’s) is a movie as racially charged as one might expect from the somewhat oxymoronic title.
Top Hat

Are you wondering what Senate committees do? Let me explain

By Stefanie Warner September 19, 2018
The Student Senate is constantly working to improve the student experience here at Rensselaer, and you can join the effort!
Movie Review

The Incredibles sequel highlights creativity through storytelling

By Pragati Pant September 12, 2018
After fourteen years of anticipation, Pixar finally released the sequel to the beloved film, The Incredibles.
Restaurant Review

Locally sourced American gastropub a must-try

By Serge Piskun, Rex Hu, and Nicholas Luczak September 12, 2018
Nighthawks Restaurant & Bar sits in the heart of Downtown Troy, at the cute corner where Nibble Inc. used to be.
Album Review

Highly-anticipated album showcases Eminem’s refreshing lyrical strides

By Dhruv Srivastava September 12, 2018
Eminem’s album debut in 2017 was disappointing, to say the least. Revival, his ninth studio album, missed the mark on many things fans have come to expect from Eminem, and throwaway lines coupled with bad production led fans like myself to rank it near the bottom of his discography.
On-Campus Event

Chris Mooney discusses state of climate change

By Namish Gali September 12, 2018
“41 is the number I want you to remember. 41 billion tons of carbon dioxide is being released by humans every year.
Letter To The Editor

Jackson, Board of Trustees why I’m withholding donations

By Raymond J. Kim ‘98 September 12, 2018
I graduated from RPI with my master’s degree in 1998. Although I was only a graduate student at RPI, I nonetheless have many fond memories of the Institute; I met my wife there, I made scores of close friends, I have a degree that is taking me places that I’d never imagined, and I have developed an affinity for college hockey (as well as other RPI Engineer athletics).
Top Hat

Student Government positions available

By Stefanie Warner September 12, 2018
I’m obviously biased and would love to see all RPI students participate in Student Government, but I know that it isn’t for everyone!
Editorial Notebook

Junior year offers opportunity for independence

By Pragati Pant September 12, 2018
With the start of this school year, I am officially an upperclassman at Rensselaer. Saying this out loud has been hard for me.

Update on Union dining options

By Justin Etzine September 12, 2018
Hello, RPI! I hope everyone had an exciting first week of classes and is getting settled into the new semester!
Movie Review

Superior acting, story elements elevate romcom to new heights

By Anna Koenig September 12, 2018
If for some reason, you had been taking a break from Netflix binge-watching like I had this past summer, then you could be excused from missing the release of the recent cinematic phenomena that is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Released August, 17, 2018 on the platform, the film follows Lara Jean Covey after love letters she wrote to all her past crushes get sent out.

Director of EMPAC shares creative vision

By Nicholas Luczak September 5, 2018
“Not more of the same, but the other.” This is Johannes Goebel’s motto as the director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.
Restaurant Review

Troy Kitchen: great food, good vibes

By Nicholas Luczak September 5, 2018
Walking into Troy Kitchen, the first thing I noticed was the music. Unlike traditional food courts, Troy Kitchen had R&B music blasting from the speakers.
Joint Top Hat & Derby

Genuine student input in Union director hiring: a right, not a privilege

By Justin Etzine and Stef Warner September 5, 2018
Fellow students, As you may have seen from emails recently released by the administration, President Shirley Ann Jackson has appointed a director of the Union on August 8, 2018.
Campus Event

RPI community welcomes incoming class

By Nicholas Luczak and Sidney Kochman September 5, 2018
Welcome Fest, Rensselaer’s pre-semester tradition where freshmen shake President Shirley Ann Jackson’s hand, high-five members of her cabinet, and then wind through the streets of downtown Troy before arriving at Riverfront Park, took place on Tuesday.
Staff Editorial

Our Union no longer student-run

By The Polytechnic Editorial Board September 5, 2018
Just over two years ago, the Editorial Board wrote, “Our Union is unique; it’s completely student run.” After the events of the past year, this is no longer the case.
Nrb Editorial

Ease anxieties through togetherness

By Poly Press Pass NRB participants September 5, 2018
The idea of an emotional college move in with tears, hugs, and farewells is cliché for a reason. Everyone was ecstatic to get accepted to college, and the idea of moving out was something to look forward to.

Former VP for research returns to faculty

By Anahit Hovhannisyan and Darby Burns September 5, 2018
Professor Jonathan Dordick retired from his position as vice president for research and returned to full-time faculty.