January 2022

Black Students Alliance

BSA reflects on 2021 and looks forward to a busy semester

By Tiffany Filawo '23 January 31, 2022

Black Students Alliance President Tiffany Filawo ‘23 reflects on the past semester’s activities including Black Solidarity Day, a joint general body meeting with ASA, the first Black Owned Success Series Event, and a De-Stress GBM. She then looks forward to all of the events that BSA have planned for the current semester.

Student Senate

Senate reports on Trigger Level 1 update

By Alexander Orr January 29, 2022

The Undergraduate Council’s meeting with administrators revealed more information about the Trigger Level 1 threshold update, citing the Division of Student Life’s case projections and the availability of on-campus housing due to cases being primarily off-campus, as the primary reasons.

Men'S Hockey

Brown Bears’ attack downs Engineers

By Andrew Days January 26, 2022

The Engineers were defeated after blowing a 2‒0 lead as the Brown Bears scored three unanswered goals in the last two periods. The loss drops them down into sixth place in the ECAC, with the Union Dutchmen replacing them at fifth.

Top Hat

What to do when you’re drowning in schoolwork

By Cait Bennett January 26, 2022

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett '22 discusses tips she has learned for keeping up with the workload at RPI. She discusses ways to plan your semester and how to hold yourself accountable to your plan.

Executive Board

Oleksiy Golub appointed Vice President for Club Relations

By David Liu January 26, 2022

The Union Executive Board confirmed Oleksiy Golub ’23 as the new Vice President for Club Relations. The position was previously held by Joe Mampillil ’22.

Men'S Hockey

Engineers spotless versus Saints

By Andrew Days January 24, 2022

The Engineers racked up a 4‒0 win on the road at St. Lawrence University. Jack Watson ’25 earned his first career shutout, finishing the game with a total of 41 saves. James McIsaac ’24 and Reid Leibold ’25 netted their first career goals in the victory.


Trigger Level 1 threshold raised to 250 cases

By Dylan Sheils and Alexander Orr January 24, 2022

Classes will return in-person this Monday. There have been 96 cases of COVID-19 in the RPI community as of Friday, according to RPI’s testing dashboard, surpassing the initial Trigger Level 1 Spring 2022 requirement of more than 70 cases among those with campus access. Since then, RPI has increased the threshold to reach Trigger Level 1 to 250 cases.


Multi-factor authentication expansion gets mixed welcome

By William Hawkins January 21, 2022

Rensselaer’s Multi-Factor Authentication has recently expanded to require students to use the service to log into LMS and SIS. Additionally, The Polytechnic provides a how-to guide to use the DUO MFA tool.

Student Senate

Konwerski suggests parents should donate more during Student Life Performance Plan presentation

By Alexander Orr January 19, 2022

“I know…parents are supporting a significant investment, but some parents have the ability to give more. And so we’re asking them, can you give a little bit more?” Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski said during his presentation on the Student Life Performance plan to the Student Senate in a November meeting. The presentation also included other Student Life plans for the upcoming year.


RPI Frisbee Returns from two year suspension

By David Liu January 19, 2022

In their first meeting of 2022, the Union Executive Board unanimously approved a stopgap budget for RPI Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, totaling $2,503. The club recently returned from a two-year suspension due to violating Rensselaer’s alcohol policy.


Navigating return-to-campus testing

By Sarah Shiang and William Hawkins January 17, 2022

After pushing back campus move-in by a week, most residential students began moving in today. Here’s what you should expect.


Online start, booster requirement for Spring semester

By Dylan Sheils January 1, 2022

On December 23, an email from President Shirley Ann Jackson detailed policy changes for the upcoming Spring semester. The Spring semester will begin online with in-person instruction starting January 24. All eligible students must receive a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine by January 7. All residential students must have a COVID test 48 hours before arriving on January 17 and heading into a residential hall quarantine.