February 2022

Men's basketball

External spectators to be admitted for Liberty League Tournament

By Andrew Days February 25, 2022

External spectators are now allowed to sit in the stands at East Campus Arena for the three games of the Liberty League Tournament after being barred from attending sporting events all year, except for parents attending senior games. All spectators must show proof of full vaccination in order to be admitted, and masks are required at all times.

Letter To The Editor

My New Year's resolution is to stop making New Year's resolutions

By Bill Ni February 23, 2022

Bill Ni ’23 calls for a change of perspective towards New Year resolutions. Instead of starting your year with a resolution, he calls for setting the deadline of your resolution as the end of the year.

Men'S Lacrosse

Coast Guard beset by Engineers in snowy blowout

By Andrew Days February 23, 2022

The Engineers thrashed the Coast Guard Bears 18‒8 in their snowy season opener on Saturday, with Connor Glosner ’22, Trey Froehlich ’22, and Tyler Nalls ’22 all boasting hat tricks in the victory.

Student Senate

Elections Commission handbook updates increase nomination requirements

By Alexander Orr February 23, 2022

The Student Senate’s Elections Committee presented an updated elections handbook. Furthermore, motions to appoint Executive Board members-at-large were passed.


E-Board meeting canceled

By David Liu February 23, 2022

The Executive Board meeting last Thursday was canceled due to a lack of proposals.

Men's basketball

Liberty League Tournament returns to East Campus Arena

By Andrew Days February 23, 2022

After winning out their last six games, the Engineers secured first place and will host the Liberty League Tournament next weekend. The semifinals will be played on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.

Track & Field

Reed sets 5000m school record amid notable weekend for Track and Field

By Theo Olinkiewicz February 19, 2022
During the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational last Saturday, John Reed (Gr) set a school record in the indoor 5000-meter run with a time of 14:16.39.
Men'S Hockey

Colgate raids Engineers in Freakout

By Andrew Days February 16, 2022

The Engineers fell to the Colgate Raiders 3‒2 in the 44th annual Big Red Freakout. Jack Watson ’25 made 28 saves in the loss. With four games left in the season, Rensselaer is five points behind Cornell in fourth place, the last place for a first-round bye in the playoffs, and a point above Princeton in eighth, the last place for home-ice advantage.

Executive Board

Subsidy requests approved for Business Operations Committee, Student Senate, The Polytechnic, RPI Flying Club

By David Liu February 16, 2022

The Union Executive Board approved three additional subsidy requests for RPI Flying Club, The Polytechnic, and the Business Operations Committee. The Board also approved a subsidy reallocation request for the Student Senate.

Men's Track & Field

Lecky breaks 3000m school record

By Theo Olinkiewicz February 16, 2022

During the Blue & Orange Invitational at Utica College on January 29, Matt Lecky ’23 broke the school and facility record in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:16.18. Previously, the record was held by Rensselaer alumnus Ben Fazio ’17, in a time of 8:18.57.

Men'S Hockey

Retribution against ranked Cornell

By Andrew Days February 12, 2022

In November, current No. 16 Cornell crushed the Engineers 11‒3 in Ithaca. Back in Troy last night, the Engineers butchered the Big Red 6‒2 after scoring five unanswered goals in the last two periods. Ture Linden ’22 and Jakub Lacka ’22 each put two tallies on the scoreboard, Justin Addamo (Gr) scored one of the greatest goals of the season, and Jack Watson ’25 recorded 39 saves.

Women's Hockey

Engineers drop points to the Ivies

By Andrew Days February 11, 2022

The Engineers suffered a 3‒2 overtime loss to the Princeton Tigers and a 3‒0 loss to the current No. 7 Yale Bulldogs last weekend. With five games remaining in the season, the Engineers are tenth in the ECAC standings, sitting six points below Princeton, the bubble team for the playoffs.


Disabled Students at RPI Dream, RPI Breakdance, RPI BASIC become Union clubs

By David Liu February 11, 2022

The Union Executive Board moved to recognize Disabled Students at RPI Dream and RPI Breakdance Club as Union-recognized clubs. RPI BASIC was also approved as a Union-affiliated club.

Student Senate

Student Senate makes three new appointments

By Alexander Orr February 9, 2022

The Student Senate approved appointments for parliamentarian, Hospitality Services Advisory Committee chairperson, and Panhellenic Council chairperson.


Open the Field House’s doors

By Andrew Days February 9, 2022

This sports season, Rensselaer has played in a desolate Houston Field House due to the current COVID-19 spectator policy. With the ECAC playoffs approaching, home-ice advantage is insignificant in a barren rink. Many other schools have updated their policies to allow outside spectators and it's time for RPI to do the same, writes sports editor Andrew Days '23.

Club Spotlight

Shooting for the stars with the Rensselaer Astrophysical Society

By Vaughn Greason February 9, 2022

Features Editor Vaughn Greason '25 interviews the Rensselaer Astrophysical Society about their place in RPI's community.


SIS change prevents alumni access

By Dylan Sheils February 9, 2022

With the recent introduction of two-factor authentication, alumni have been restricted from accessing the Student Information System. Alumni inquiries for transcripts must now go through the Registrar or Human Resources.

Breaking News

Snow day moves classes online

By William Hawkins February 4, 2022

Due to inclement weather, all classes today will be held online. The COVID-19 testing center will be open today from 10 am - 1 pm. All ‘non-essential’ employees have an additional two hours to arrive at work. All essential employees still need to arrive at their scheduled start times.


The pandemic is over; we should move on

By William Hawkins February 3, 2022

News editor William Hawkins '23 argues that pandemic restrictions are no longer justified and makes the case that we should not have to miss out on our lives for the sake of avoiding COVID-19.


Unraveling how Lilli Friis-Hansen made history

By Jolie Dolan February 2, 2022

Olympian Lilli Friis-Hansen '22 sits down in an interview with staff writer Jolie Dolan '25 to talk about her hockey career and journey to the Winter Olympics.

Women's Hockey

Wagner grabs Mayor’s Cup game-winner

By Andrew Days February 2, 2022

For the first time in two years, non-student spectators could see the Engineers take the ice at the MVP Arena on Saturday for the fourth Annual Mayor's Cup. Marah Wagner ’23 netted the game-winning goal with just over four minutes remaining to defeat the Union Dutchwomen 2‒0, bringing the trophy back to Troy. Amanda Rampado ’23 recorded her second career shutout with 28 saves and Asiah Taylor-Walters ’24 recorded her first collegiate goal.


The sluggish pace of Student Senate meetings

By Alexander Orr February 2, 2022

An astute worker is cautious of diminishing returns at the workplace, putting more energy and time into something just to get less and less out. However, diminishing returns are unavoidable, and many can relate to that third hour of working on a project seeming less productive than the first two. The Senate is, likewise, powerless in the face of time and subject to ensuing exhaustion.

Men'S Hockey

Engineers outshoot but can’t outscore at Mayor’s Cup

By Jolie Dolan February 2, 2022

The Engineers took a devastating loss against the Dutchmen at the Mayor’s Cup. Despite outshooting Union 33‒17, Rensselaer lost the riveting match with a score of 2‒0, bringing their overall record to 11-15-3.

Student Senate

Abigail Golden appointed SGCC chair

By Alexander Orr February 2, 2022

Abigail Golden '24 was appointed as the Student Government Communications Committee chairperson for the Senate last Tuesday.