November 2020


HackRPI excels in spite of COVID-19

By Dylan Sheils November 29, 2020

The 7th annual HackRPI hackathon was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. The free event ran as usual, with themes, events, and workshops. The most interesting aspect of the hackathon, though, was the diverse set of projects, ranging from a ride-sharing app called Carpool Coordinator to a modernized health care portal called Mediscope. The themes for this year were the following: artificial intelligence, climate change and environmental sustainability, and Public Health and Pandemic Response.

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The Student Senate survey is now open

By Advaith Narayan November 19, 2020

Hi fellow students, the Student Senate Survey is now open! Every year, the Student Senate creates a survey for the student body which provides students with a fully anonymous outlet to share their experiences and voice their concerns.


Jackson announces plan for Spring semester

By John Stotz and Medhini Mankale November 18, 2020

In an email to the Rensselaer community, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced plans for the Spring semester. Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will return to campus, with freshmen and sophomores living in on-campus housing. According to Jackson, this will cause “some increase in on-campus housing density.” All seniors will live off-campus and still follow the Fall semester density standards which include having two people per bathroom. Students will also not be allowed to live in Greek houses. Additionally, all winter sports, including hockey, are cancelled.

Student Life

On-campus students to move out of residence halls before Thanksgiving

By Dylan Le and Dylan Sheils November 18, 2020

The Office of Student Living and Learning shared instructions about moving out for the remainder of the semester before Thanksgiving break and information for students remaining on-campus.

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My greatest challenge as the grand marshal

By Advaith Narayan November 6, 2020

I have recently been very introspective of my motivations, challenges, and education throughout my college experience. This week, I would like to share with you my greatest challenge as the grand marshal and how I approach it.

Student Rights

Rensselaer updates Title IX policies to align with Trump administration guidelines

By Sarah Shiang November 2, 2020

In May, the U.S. Department of Education enacted new Title IX regulations, changing the obligations for campuses across the United States. Rensselaer’s implementation of the new federal and NYS guidelines was emailed to RPI students on August 14. RPI’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures details cross-examination procedures, expands on the possibility of the removal of sexual misconduct from a student’s transcript, and extends the investigation time frame guideline from 60 to 90 days.