May 2022

Student Life

Commencement guest policy updated

By Sarah Shiang May 18, 2022

Commencement guests must now show proof of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival on campus or a rapid antigen home test taken 24 hours in advance of campus arrival. This update comes after a COVID-19 requirement update sent yesterday sparked discussion on Reddit and the RPI parent Facebook group. Previously, only PCR tests taken up to 48 hours before Commencement were permitted.

On-Campus Event

Student Sustainability Task Force proposes Office of Sustainability

By Angelica Izuwah May 14, 2022

As a part of the Earth week events, the Student Sustainability Task Force held a conference to bring attention to the need for an Office of Sustainability at RPI.

Executive Board

Executive Board approves facility projects, additional club subsidies

By David Liu May 7, 2022

The Executive Board approved a total of $90,500 to demolish the W2SZ trailer on Sunset Terrace and build two offices in the Mueller Center. Additional subsidy requests by TeamRPI eSports and the Union Show Techs were also approved.

Black Students Alliance

BSA ends the semester in splendor

By Tiffany Filawo '23 May 7, 2022

Black Students’ Alliance President Tiffany Filano ’23 details BSA’s end of semester events.

On-Campus Event

Clubs eager to grow change at Earth Day Sustainability Event

By Alexander Orr May 7, 2022

In celebration of Earth Day, Sodexo tabled outside the Union alongside student-run sustainability clubs.


Notes back from Colonie: student experiences with COVID-19 at Rensselaer

By Vaughn Greason May 4, 2022

Being notified of a positive for COVID-19 test result can be an overwhelming ordeal. The Polytechnic interviewed six students to take a closer look at the experiences of people who contracted COVID-19 while living on campus. While they report being well taken care of during their stay, they still have reservations about certain aspects of their time in Colonie Apartments.

Student Senate

Grand Marshal recaps meeting with President Shirley Ann Jackson

By Alexander Orr May 4, 2022

During the Student Senate meeting on April 12, Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 reported on meeting with President Shirley Ann Jackson about the upcoming presidential transition. Furthermore, the Student Senate motioned to reappoint Alexander Grant ’24 as Secretary.

Executive Board

Executive Board confirms nine members to Board

By David Liu May 4, 2022

The Union Executive Board confirmed nine members to join the Board, including a new “Counselor to the President” position.

Top Hat

Why are the shuttles so bad?

By Cait Bennett May 4, 2022

I was scrolling through the RPI subreddit and discovered a post “Why is the shuttle system so incredibly bad?” My Facilities and Services Chairperson roots kicked in, and I decided to shed some light on the current system, why it is so bad, and what the Student Senate is doing to fix it.

Lesser-Known Locales

Where to weep

By Vaughn Greason May 3, 2022

Opinion Editor Vaughn Greason ’25 suggests a few quiet places on campus to bawl your eyes out during finals season.

Student Senate

Executive Board and Student Senate officers approved

By Alexander Orr May 3, 2022

The Student Senate approved the appointments of Executive Board and Student Senate Committee chairpersons. Among them is the first Graduate student Student Life Committee chairperson, Zachary Barringer.