April 2021

GM Week 2021

Austerity measures could leave graduating seniors mugless

By William Hawkins April 13, 2021

The Rensselaer Union plans to purchase 1800 mugs for the 1755 students who voted in this year's Grand Marshal Week elections. Union Programs and Activities Committee Chair Eddie Weisser ’21 presented four options to distribute GM week mugs to students during last week’s Executive Board Meeting. GM week mugs will be produced by Broadway Marketing, and will come at a cost of $3.75 per mug. As always, mugs will be free to all students who voted in GM week elections.

Editorial Notebook

Wellness day woes

By William Hawkins and Jack Zhu April 9, 2021

“While well-intentioned, a wellness day is not a replacement for Spring Break,” write staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23.

Town Meeting

Jackson discusses support for underrepresented students during Town Meeting

By Medhini Mankale April 9, 2021

Rensselaer students and faculty members asked Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson and other administrators about plans for the Fall semester, advocacy for underrepresented students, and condemnation of the recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes during the Spring Town Meeting on March 25. Dr. Jackson also announced intentions to hold commencement in-person and have the campus operate almost normally by the Fall semester.

Editorial Notebook

Why you need to change the way you look at sex work

By Maya Johnson April 9, 2021

Why should you, a college student, worry about the lives of sex workers? Your attitude can help them reclaim the dignity and respect they deserve, while their lives have become even more challenging due to the pandemic, writes Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor Maya Johnson ’22.


RPI secures 1700 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for distribution

By Jack Zhu April 9, 2021

President Shirley Ann Jackson announced that 1700 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses have been allocated for RPI students.

Letter To The Editor

Becoming the women that change the world

By Cara Riverso ’10 April 2, 2021

Women’s History Month is a time for everyone to reflect on the many women who have changed our world. At a school whose slogan is “Why not change the world?” Alumnae Cara Riverso ’10 writes that Rensselaer women should reflect in an additional way.

Student Senate

Residential students speak out against unsatisfactory quarantine living conditions

By Avery Clark April 1, 2021

The 51st Senate concluded its term with the passing of the ‘Quarantine Communications' motion prompted by the extension of the Trigger Level One quarantine on March 17. In a meeting attended by over 180 people, students discussed a potential refund for the quarantine food, the quality and nutritional value of meals, and outdoor time.