September 2021

Top Hat

Student representation in the presidential selection process

By Cait Bennett September 29, 2021

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the three phases of the presidential selection process and how students can get involved.

Women's Soccer

Raptors made prey

By Andrew Days September 29, 2021

Five different goal scorers, including three who scored their first goal this season, helped the Engineers take down Bard College 6‒0.

Editorial Notebook

Getting back to writing

By John Stotz September 29, 2021

Business Manager John Stotz ’22 reflects on his inactivity in The Poly and explores his inability to finish an article.


Cardinals see red in landslide defeat

By Andrew Days September 29, 2021

Quarterback George Marinopoulos threw for five touchdowns and the Engineer defense tallied three interceptions to increase their record to 4‒0 after a 41‒7 victory over St. John Fisher College.

Letter To The Editor

The sin of mental illness

By Brandy Opondo September 29, 2021

Brandy Opondo ’23 shares the story of her struggle coping with mental illness at a college that vilifies and punishes seeking treatment.

Executive Board

Club leadership privileges affirmed for Arch students

By William Hawkins September 29, 2021

The Rensselaer Union Executive Board passed a motion September 23 approving club leadership and food subsidy related changes to the Rensselaer Union Guidelines and Procedures.

Student Senate

Undergraduate Council amends bylaws

By Alexander Orr September 29, 2021

The Student Senate approved changes to the Undergraduate Council’s bylaws.

Student Senate

Freshman Elections Handbook changes approved

By Maya Johnson and Alexander Orr September 29, 2021

The Student Senate approved changes to the Class of 2025 Freshman Elections Handbook, adding new nomination eligibility clauses and reverting to in-person campaigning and election procedures.

Editorial Notebook

How to lockdown a platform

By Dylan Sheils September 27, 2021

Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 discusses best practices for tech companies considering a switch to closed platform development.

Student Life

Union and Mueller Center return to full capacity

By Jolie Dolan September 22, 2021

The hours of operation for the Union, Mueller Center, Clubhouse Pub, Playhouse, J Building, and Auto Shop have been finalized and will return to full capacity for the Fall semester.


Hockey tickets made free in an Institute first

By Jolie Dolan September 22, 2021

Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff will be admitted to the stands of the Houston Field House for free, on a first-come first-serve basis, to watch the Engineers battle for victory within the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Women's Soccer

Wisnom: Savior against the Saints

By Andrew Days September 22, 2021

Whitney Wisnom ’22 scored on the final play of the game to rescue a draw against Liberty League opponents St. Lawrence.

Women's Hockey

Engineers beat the Orange to a pulp

By Alexis Figueroa September 22, 2021

Julia Blitz ’23 finds the back of the net late to secure a victory against Syracuse in an exhibition match, Amanda Rampado '23 with 29 saves.

Staff Editorial

What the class of 2025 wants to know

By The Polytechnic Editorial Staff September 21, 2021

The following are a mix of questions asked by first-year students who participated in The Polytechnic’s Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond event and some we as a staff think every student should know. Student questions were answered in real time and later abridged into this article.

Black Students Alliance

BSA is back in business

By Jeda Coward ’24, Makenna Noel ’24, and Tiffany Filawo ’23 September 16, 2021

Rensselaer’s Black Students Alliance is excited to kick off a year of fun activities for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. It prides itself in being a cultural outlet for RPI’s Black community and its allies. We strive to showcase the Black experience and offer an immersive experience for those looking to learn and be a part of that experience. Jeda Coward ’24, Makenna Noel ’24, and BSA President Tiffany Filawo ’23 write about the importance of the BSA, how it persisted through virtual meetings, and its upcoming events.


Behind the scenes of Fall Union operations

By Yaseen Mahmoud September 16, 2021

President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 discusses the updated Union operating guidelines.

Rensselaer Union

Union hours set for Fall semester

By William Hawkins September 15, 2021

The Rensselaer Union will be open from 8 am to midnight, Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to midnight on Sundays. Additionally, all entrance doors will be card-access only.

Executive Board

RPI Raaga becomes Union recognized

By William Hawkins September 15, 2021

RPI Raaga, a new South Asian a capella group, was granted Union recognition.


Engineers break the Mustangs

By Andrew Days September 15, 2021

A four-yard touchdown with 34 seconds remaining secured a victory against Stevenson, bringing the Engineers’ record to 2‒0.

Men's Soccer

Plattsburgh pommeled in Troy

By Andrew Days September 15, 2021

Josh Gaudiano ’23 netted two goals in the 5‒1 win over the Plattsburgh State Cardinals, bringing the Engineers’ record at the time to 1‒1‒1.

Tv Series Review

We Are Lady Parts is the quirky coming-of-age narrative we’ve been waiting for

By Rachel Wang and Medhini Mankale September 15, 2021

Editor in chief Medhini Mankale ’23 and photography editor Rachel Wang ’23 explain why We Are Lady Parts is the one show you should binge this semester. The comedy series follows an all-female Muslim punk band as they prepare and audition for a battle of the bands competition, with plenty of witty banter and jokes along the way.


Commemorating September 11 as an Arab American

By Theo Severud September 12, 2021

Theo Severud '23 recalls the tragedy of the September 11 attacks, and its impact on Arab Americans.