January 2023

Women's Hockey

Engineers retain Mayor’s Cup trophy after three-goal third period

By Andrew Days and Abraham Yohannes January 28, 2023

The Engineers netted three third-period goals to defeat the Union Dutchwomen 3‒1 for their second consecutive Mayor’s Cup victory, remaining the reigning champions. Maddy Peterson buried two goals past the Union goaltender in her second game after returning from an injury earlier in the month; Maddy Papineau netted the Engineers’ go-ahead goal. Amanda Rampado made 22 saves on 23 shots in the victory.

Editorial Notebook

The flaw in New Year’s resolutions

By Anna Stubbs January 25, 2023

Oftentimes there is pressure to make New Year’s resolutions, but hardly anyone sticks to them. Contributing Editor Anna Stubbs ’26 explains why she stopped making them altogether.

Men'S Hockey

Engineers slay Golden Knights in overtime duel

By Andrew Days January 25, 2023

Max Smolinski scored an overtime winner to defeat the Clarkson Golden Knights 3‒2, snapping Rensselaer’s three-game losing streak. The Engineers also defeated the St. Lawrence Saints the following night with an overtime winner from Sutter Muzzatti to take a 4‒3 victory. RPI takes on Union in the Mayor’s Cup on January 28.

Student Senate

Senate debates potential new Greek Senator position

By Alex Boyko January 25, 2023

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ‘23G introduced potential upcoming changes to the Rensselaer Union Constitution. Moreover, four positions were appointed.

Executive Board

Reallocation of funds and new prizes approved for UPAC

By Anna Zuniga January 25, 2023

UPAC Cinema gained funding for movies and a film festival prize program. Jake Herman, Ava Gallagher, and Tomas Gonzales-Zugasti were appointed to new positions on the Executive Board.

Testing Urls

By January 22, 2023
Editor's Corner

The weakness of strongly encouraging

By Alexander Orr January 18, 2023

Editor in Chief Alexander Orr ’25 argues about the importance of proper communication and how an email from Martin A. Schmidt ’81 did it wrong.

Women's Hockey

Engineers snatch three points against Saints

By Andrew Days January 18, 2023

Meg Hildner and Ellie Kaiser scored goals in the third period to secure a vital 2‒0 victory over St. Lawrence. ECAC Goaltender of the Week Amanda Rampado racked up 78 saves in the two games over the weekend, conceding only two goals. Rensselaer still sits in ninth in the ECAC with the win bringing them to 9.5 points.

The Poly's Recommendations

What’s The Poly watching?

By The Polytechnic Editorial Staff January 18, 2023

Looking for some fun new movie and TV show recommendations? Here is what The Polytechnic staff have been watching recently.

Empac Event

Clouds and waves wash into EMPAC

By Anna Zuniga January 18, 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience at Cuando las nubes eran las olas (When the clouds were the waves) at EMPAC.

Editorial Notebook

The effectiveness vs. non-effectiveness of finals

By Soma Patra January 18, 2023

Are finals really that beneficial for learning? Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 argues that the cons outweigh the pros.


No one can agree who won the first RPI-Union football game, here’s why it should stay that way

By William Dunn January 18, 2023

The annual Dutchman Shoes game is always a highlight of the Rensselaer football season. The RPI Engineers and the Union Dutchmen have a historic rivalry which is the fifth oldest in NCAA Division III and the oldest in the state of New York. Yet, despite each meeting between the Dutchmen and Engineers adding to the legacy of this rivalry, no one can agree on who won the first game in 1886.

Executive Board

Executive Board holds first meeting of Spring Semester

By Nilay Kapadia January 17, 2023

The Center for Career Professional Development and Panhellenic Council were approved to use three rooms in the Union for company info sessions and a “Meet the Chapters” event, respectively. Also, Ramesis Munoz-Valverde ’24 was appointed Club Ops Chair.

Women's Basketball

Engineers extend win streak to three games

By Andrew Days January 17, 2023

The Engineers came out on top in their clashes against Liberty League opponents Clarkson and St. Lawrence, bringing their league record to 5‒2. Nicole DaPra and Brielle Sharry scored double-digit points in both games, with DaPra grabbing a double-double against Clarkson. Julia Rowe recorded a double-double in the win against St. Lawrence as well. Rensselaer sits in third place in the Liberty League behind undefeated Ithaca and Skidmore.

Men's basketball

No. 21 Engineers blow by Union

By Andrew Days January 11, 2023

After suffering their first Liberty League defeat of the season to Ithaca the previous night, the No. 21 Engineers defeated the rival Union Dutchmen 65‒49 to increase their season record to 10‒2 (4‒1). Jonny Angbazo led Rensselaer in scoring with 17 points.

Editorial Notebook

Learning to lie

By Ryan Hickey January 10, 2023

Should people be polite and lie or always be brutally honest? Composing Editor Ryan Hickey ’25 argues that there is a tenuous balance that must be established.