December 2021

Men'S Hockey

Engineers maul the Tigers

By Andrew Days December 8, 2021

Four different Engineers added their names to the scoresheet as Rensselaer defeated the Princeton Tigers 4‒1. The Engineers are currently in fifth place in the ECAC with a record of 4‒4‒0, and are now 7‒8‒2 on the season.


Administrative inaction following surge in campus COVID-19 cases

By Maanasa Pulavarty December 8, 2021

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases following mandatory testing after Thanksgiving Break raised concern within the RPI community. The University Pandemic Protocols state that the Trigger Level 1 protocol should be initiated when more than 30 COVID-19 cases among faculty, staff, or students, within a rolling two-week period, are confirmed among those with campus access.

Student Life

PSS: Noel from Nason

By Mattaya Gibbs December 8, 2021

With finals week looming, Nason Hall has been looking for a way to liven students’ spirits. Over the weekend, several residents pitched in to purchase and decorate a tree that’s now displayed on the building’s north side. The Polytechnic interviewed a few of the main contributors to this project.

Student Senate

Compost Committee grows new ideas

By Alexander Orr December 8, 2021

The Compost Committee gave a presentation that included a goal to install a new compost machine on campus.


Army ROTC heads to West Point

By Jolie Dolan December 8, 2021

Cadets in Rensselaer’s Army ROTC competed in a national military skills competition, the Ranger Challenge, from October 22 to 24. The Mohawk Battalion, a 12-member team with RPI, Siena College, University of Albany, and Union College cadets, placed second out of 45 teams, qualifying them to compete at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point for the first time in over ten years.


How NASCAR’s Kyle Larson shaped a tale of public redemption

By Namish Gali December 8, 2021

Staff writer Namish Gali '22 writes about NASCAR racer Kyle Larson's controversial past and efforts towards redemption in the public eye.


Opening up and getting grounded with OpenCircuits

By Dylan Sheils December 1, 2021

OpenCircuits, an online circuit designer, is seeing increased usage in classrooms at Rensselaer. Recently, Professor Konstantin Kuzmin decided to use OpenCircuits as his main circuit simulator when teaching Computer Organization. To learn more about the project, The Polytechnic interviewed the OpenCircuits RCOS project team.

Executive Board

Slack updates, UC budget policy motions unpassed

By David Liu December 1, 2021

The Rensselaer Union Executive Board requested additional subsidies to upgrade their Slack platform, but the motion was postponed indefinitely. The Undergraduate Council proposed a bylaw amendment to their budget policy, which failed 2-15-0.


Elite Eight Engineers slay Red Dragons

By Andrew Days December 1, 2021

A 42-yard touchdown run from Dylan Burnett ’22 and a late interception by Francis Perry ’22 secured a 21‒14 victory over the No. 13 SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. The No. 18 Engineers are set to face the reigning champion No. 1 North Central College Cardinals in the Elite Eight.

Men's basketball

Cobleskill clobbered in home opener

By Andrew Days December 1, 2021

For the first time in 30 years, the Engineers racked up over 100 points in their home opener, crushing SUNY Cobleskill 101‒48. Jonny Angbazo ’23, Mason Memmelaar ’22, and Patrick Mahoney ’22 all tallied double-digit points in the victory.