January 2020

Behind the URL

Why we don't publish anonymous letters to the editors

By John Stotz and Brookelyn Parslow January 14, 2020

Our feelings about anonymous articles have evolved over recent years, so we want to take this time to explain the thought process behind the decision not to publish the submission. This is a new type of article in our Opinion section—dubbed “behind the URL”—that will be used by members of the Editorial Board to give a behind-the-scenes look at our organization and decisions.

Club Spotlight

DFA offers unique solutions to community problems

By Medhini Mankale January 14, 2020

Recently, Design for America had two major events—the annual Design Expo and a fall Dinner Party—that highlighted the work that DFA members do to better the community.

Empac Event

Artfully acoustic architecture explained

By Anushka Potdar January 14, 2020

I attended acoustician Zachery Belanger's talk "Sound: A New Approach to Integrating Architectural Design and Acoustics" at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center last semester. This talk offered a rewarding deep-dive into the process of how EMPAC spaces are designed, the challenges of the collaboration of architects and acousticians, and a vision for the future of acoustics and architecture.


Accessibility on campus is important, but overlooked

By Audrey Beard January 14, 2020

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is morally obligated to provide accessibility to all parts of campus for all students, regardless of ability. I truly can’t believe this needs to be said, but this idea is apparently controversial.


Why I’m glad capstone is over

By Michelle Samour January 14, 2020

Multidisciplinary Capstone Design is a course where students across many majors take part in a semester-long project. It sounds like it has the potential to be a great resume booster for those lacking experience elsewhere, but some things are better in theory than in practice.

On-Campus Event

A not-so silent night: Rensselaer Music Association’s Winter Concert

By Sarah Shiang January 13, 2020

From Christmas classics to musical arrangements written by Rensselaer students, the annual Winter Concert hosted by the Rensselaer Music Association was a treat for all who attended.