December 2019

Off-Campus Event

‘Tis the season to be German

By August Gehrman December 20, 2019

Many gathered at the Eastside Troy Christkindlmarket to welcome the Christmas season in german-style this Saturday evening.


New shuttle routes see last minute changes

By Madeline Wilson December 20, 2019

New shuttle routes, already approved by the Institute, were presented to and endorsed by the Student Senate on November 25, and then advertised to the student body. Since then, the routes have been changed twice, both by the Institute and the Facilities and Services Committee of the Student Senate.


My issues with Tesla's new truck

By August Gehrman December 15, 2019

Elon Musk revealed Tesla’s newest production model, a truck, that many have been anticipating for a while now with lots of concepts and guesses being made about its design on November 21st.

Editorial Notebook

My parting words to the club that changed my life

By Madeline Wilson December 15, 2019

A month ago, I was writing the speech I would give when I ran for editor in chief of The Polytechnic. Today, I am writing my goodbye.

Executive Board

$12,000 Xerox printers approved for Union

By Sapna Raghavan December 13, 2019

The Executive Board approved $12,000 for the Business Operations Committee to purchase two Xerox printers for installation in the Rensselaer Union lobby and the Mueller Center study area. A Jazz Invitational was also approved to be hosted by the Rensselaer Jazz Ensemble and funded by the Union.

Tv Series Review

The Mindy Project embarrasses me as an Indian American woman

By Pragati Pant December 13, 2019
Years after listening to a friend praise this show, I finally watched The Mindy Project—and honestly, I wish I hadn’t wasted my time.
Cultural Event

PSS: Troy transported back in time

By Avery Sommer December 13, 2019
Troy hosted its 37th annual Victorian Stroll to welcome the holidays in an old-fashioned way on Sunday.

Why you should immortalize your memories

By Namish Gali December 13, 2019
I read an article about happiness by a Stanford PhD graduate a few years ago. I cannot find the article anymore, but her words left an impact on me.
On-Campus Event

Mueller Center hosts fourth Thanksgiving feast

By Varun Rao December 4, 2019
The Mueller Center hosted a Thanksgiving meal for students that were on Rensselaer’s campus for Thanksgiving break in the McNeil Room on Thursday, November 28.
Student Senate

Student Government discusses facility issues

By Medhini Mankale December 4, 2019

The Facilities and Services Committee presented a follow-up report to the senate about facilities concerns found during the Light Walk. In addition, the Arch Task Force introduced a mental health module to its Arch preparatory course, and the Hospitality Advisory Services Committee announced several projects that will begin implementation next semester.

Editorial Notebook

Appreciating the positive memories in my life during Thanksgiving

By Namish Gali December 4, 2019

This Thanksgiving, my aunt asked all of us at the dinner table to think of things we were thankful for this year, which got me thinking about everything that’s happened in the past 12 months. Although the origins of Thanksgiving are rooted in giving thanks for a good harvest, a materialistic blessing, I think holidays like these are important because they give you a moment to look around to appreciate the people, good memories, and other intangible blessings of your life.


Putting the Union in perspective

By Caitlin Kennedy December 1, 2019

Members of the Executive Board and the Senate attended the 70th annual Association of College Unions International Region VIII Conference this past weekend.

Executive Board

Mediterranean Student Club is now Union recognized

By Michelle Samour December 1, 2019

The Executive Board approved Union recognition for the Mediterranean Student Club, and the Art Club received Union funding on Thursday.