November 2019

Student Senate

Counseling Center recommendations endorsed

By Shardul Joshi November 15, 2019

The Senate passed a motion to endorse the Counseling Center recommendations, expressed support for the establishment of “Hail! Dear Old Rensselaer!” as the school’s official fight song, and heard reports from various senators on Monday.

Club Event

RPI Players bring bountiful banter onstage with Pride and Prejudice

By Medhini Mankale November 15, 2019

As I walked into the Playhouse to catch the open dress rehearsal of the RPI Players’ Pride and Prejudice, I was greeted by the production manager, Isabel Donelson, and various other crew members rushing around making sure everything was in place.

Student Senate

Changes made to Counseling Center

By Medhini Mankale November 13, 2019

The addition of two counselors, drop-in counseling, and the ability for students to book their first appointments online were some of the recent changes to the Counseling Center presented by the Student Life Committee on November 4.


Students work on AI, natural disaster, education solutions at HackRPI

By Pragati Pant November 13, 2019

An accessibility assessment application, a wildfire detection device, a disaster evacuation application, and a peer-to-peer service were all developed within a day at the Darrin Communications Center last weekend at HackRPI.

Editorial Notebook

Looking at my past with a new perspective

By Namish Gali November 13, 2019

“I’ve had to struggle and fight and that’s made me strong,” said Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as he looked out from a frosty cave in the middle of the North Pole. Although he still didn’t fully come to terms with his past, and this wasn’t the end of this emotional journey, that moment was a monumental one for him, marking the point at which he chose to fully embrace the disgrace of his past.

Letter To The Editor

RPI’s actions reinforced my decision not to donate

By Jessica Reichard '01 November 13, 2019

I was disgusted to see the local news' article, “CBS 6 INVESTIGATES: Federal Government Investigations into Sex Assaults at RPI.”


Gallery: Engineers dominate Ithaca Bombers

By August Gehrman November 13, 2019

On Saturday the high temperature might’ve been 39 degrees, but Rensselaer Football defeated the Ithaca Bombers 38‒12 on Saturday. With this victory, RPI makes their record 3‒2 with one game remaining away against Union College on November 16.

On-Campus Event

UPAC Comedy hosts first open mic night

By Varun Rao November 13, 2019

UPAC Comedy is known for inviting comedians to come to Rensselaer and perform, but last Tuesday was the first time it held an event for RPI students to perform their own material for the community.

Community Event

A night of courage, wonder at Troy's Got Talent

By Namish Gali November 13, 2019

“It takes balls to do that.” Those were the words of wisdom my friend had to offer as we witnessed a bold solo performance at Troy’s Got Talent on Saturday. The first annual Troy’s Got Talent was hosted by the Community Relations Committee of the Student Senate and was held in the Heffner Alumni House—a cozy locale for the 50-or-so attendees.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Looking on the bright side of campus

By August Gehrman November 13, 2019

WeR, a student organization that promotes spirit on campus, held the ceremony for the lighting of the trees on the walkway between the ’86 Field and the Ricketts Building on November 4. The gathering was a pleasant break from classes with performances by the Rusty Pipes and Rensselyrics, as well as complimentary hot chocolate and sweets to take the edge off a chilly night.


Here's how to appeal your club’s budget

By Caitlin Kennedy November 13, 2019

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy gives an overview of the E-Board budgeting process and how clubs can appeal their budgets.

Executive Board

$35,000 approved for multicultural lounge renovations

By Madeline Wilson November 6, 2019

Seven months ago, the 49th Executive Board approved the shifting of the current Multicultural Lounge in the Union and the creation of a new one to be completed over the summer. On Thursday, the current E-Board approved up to $35,000 to be spent on “renovating the spaces.”

Executive Board

Dungeons and Dragons, RPI Yu-Gi-Oh! now Union-recognized clubs

By Shardul Joshi November 6, 2019

The Executive Board met on Halloween to vote on club requests for budgets and official Union recognitions.


Spooky pumpkin painting for Halloween

By Avery Sommer November 6, 2019

This past week, students gathered in the Mueller Center to paint decorations in honor of Halloween. They were provided the pumpkins as well as many different colors of acrylic paint. Students were able to get creative and have fun in the midst of the hectic midterm season.

Editorial Notebook

Data Structures is just the beginning

By Pragati Pant November 6, 2019

It’s no surprise that one of the most talked about courses on campus is Data Structures. This mostly freshman course provides an excellent, in-depth accumulation of information—ranging from the basics of C++ to memory management within various customizable data structures. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot about the internal workings of the many data structures I now take for granted while coding.

Editorial Notebook

Don't follow your dreams, revisited

By Deena Kassem November 6, 2019

About a year ago, when I was the opinion’s editor of my high school newspaper, I wrote an article titled “Don’t Follow Your Dreams.” Please don’t look it up. The article was clickbaity and not what it seems. It was a message to my class to let them know that it was ok if they got rejected by their dream schools. I ended my piece with the haunting line: “Wherever I end up, dream school or not, I am sure that it will be the right place for me.”


Don’t be silenced: we are citizens too

By Stephanie Black November 6, 2019
Pan-Africanism. The term has been demoralized by oppressors to mean separatism, terrorism, anti-nationalism,and so on, but is actually a term used to promote unification and identity.
Empac Event

Tour reveals EMPAC’s behind the scenes treasures

By Anushka Potdar November 6, 2019

Lead Video Engineer Eric Brucker led an informative tour of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center’s public venues, private production rooms, and hidden spaces. Participants’ thoughtful questions and the stunning views of EMPAC delightfully kickstarted my weekend.


Gallery: Engineers edge out Buffalo in close victory

By Theo Severud and Deena Kassem November 6, 2019

The Rensselaer Engineers defeated the SUNY Buffalo Bengals 28‒26 on November 2 at the East Campus Athletic Village Stadium. In the end, Rensselaer’s Peter Lombardi ’22, Marc Meislahn ’20, and Joe Scaglione ’22 were the difference makers, scoring four touchdowns between them and defeating Buffalo State.


How to start your own club

By Caitlin Kennedy November 6, 2019

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy walks through the process of creating a club on campus, starting from the idea and ending with getting a Union budget.

Top Hat

Updates on student life, counseling

By Meagan Lettko November 6, 2019
As the Grand Marshal, a big part of my job is meeting with people and having conversations about the current state of our campus community.