February 2023

Student Life

Exchange Online replaces Webmail during Spring Break

By Alexander Orr February 28, 2023

Starting over Spring Break, students will receive emails through Exchange Online instead of webmail.

Editorial Notebook

RPI bats their eyes at another animal infestation

By Rachelle Luo February 22, 2023

After spotting multiple bats on campus, students grow more concerned. Associate Composing Editor Rachelle Luo ’26 describes her experience and thoughts after witnessing a bat in class.

Student Senate

Union Constitution amended to include MFSC senator

By Alexander Orr February 22, 2023

The Student Senate amended the Union Constitution to have an Multicultural Fraternity and Sorority Council senator, another independent senator, and another graduate senator. Furthermore, Director of the Union Charlie Potts spoke about Rensselaer Union safety, and Giuseppe Molfino was appointed MFSC liaison.

On-Campus Event

A capella echoes through EMPAC in ICCA Quarterfinals

By Soma Patra February 22, 2023

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 reflects on the eight a cappella groups who competed at ICCAs Quarterfinals in EMPAC last Saturday night.

Student Activism

Konwerski responds to RPI RA Union, union responds back

By Alexander Orr February 22, 2023

Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski sent out a new RA compensation plan in light of the RPI RA Union's letter. The union wrote a press release back.

Executive Board

Students on Arch to vote using Simply Voting

By Anna Zuniga February 22, 2023

The Elections Commission received $1,000 to change their voting website so that Juniors on Arch Away can vote during Grand Marshal week. Dr. Charlie Potts received 45,000 dollars of funding for a new low ropes course near ECAV. The Executive Board discussed possible Union hour changes for the Show Techs.

Editorial Notebook

The misunderstanding with mindfulness

By Alex Boyko February 22, 2023

Associate News Editor Alex Boyko ’26 explains the importance of mindfulness and why he struggled to understand it.

Women's Basketball

Engineers handle Herons, will host first round of playoffs

By Andrew Days February 20, 2023

The Engineers defeated the William Smith Herons 46‒35 in their last game of the season to secure fourth place in the Liberty League. The Engineers now have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the St. Lawrence Saints on February 21. Brielle Sharry recorded a double-double in the victory, with Heather Converse and Nicole DaPra also grabbing double-digit rebounds.

Men's basketball

Engineers split homestand, secure fourth seed

By Alex Boyko February 20, 2023

The Engineers split the weekend, winning against RIT before falling to the Hobart Statesmen. Finishing in fourth place in the Liberty League, they will face the Skidmore Thoroughbreds in the first round of the playoffs on February 21 at ECAV Arena.

Men'S Hockey

Engineers grab Bulldogs by the collar in Freakout dogfight

By Andrew Days February 15, 2023

The Engineers buried three goals past Yale in the first period en route to a 4‒2 victory in front of a frenzied Houston Field House for the 45th annual Big Red Freakout. Lauri Sertti led the way for Rensselaer with a goal and three assists, including both of Jakob Lee’s goals. RPI improves to 12‒17‒1 on the season and currently sits in ninth place in the ECAC, three points behind the Union Dutchmen.

Executive Board

RMA approved for new recording equipment

By Anna Stubbs February 15, 2023

The Rensselaer Music Association was approved for funds towards new recording equipment and The Polytechnic was given funds to attend the College Media Association convention.

Student Senate

Senate discusses RA Union

By Alex Boyko February 15, 2023

Shankar Veludandi ’24 and Hannah Tischler ’24 were removed from their positions as Greek senators. After reapproving the Handbook because of amendments to the amount of required nominations for Graduate Senators and Representatives, the Senate discussed a motion from the RA Union.

On-Campus Event

Black Students’ Alliance art show stuns all

By Fallon Sannes February 15, 2023

The RPI Black Student’s Alliance art show featured artwork from various different artists with different mediums, styles, and topics.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Winter Carnival welcomes students with activities and prizes

By Anna Zuniga February 15, 2023

Rensselaer’s annual Winter Carnival was a day full of fun festivities. Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares about the activities of the carnival.

The Poly's Recommendations

What are The Poly’s favorite beverages?

By The Polytechnic Editorial Staff February 8, 2023

Looking for some new beverage recommendations? Here are The Poly’s current favorites!

Women's Basketball

Engineers ice cold over the weekend

By Alex Boyko February 8, 2023

The Engineers lost two home games against rivals Skidmore and Vassar over the weekend, dropping to 9-12 on the year and 6-8 in the the Liberty League.

Men's basketball

Multi-man effort from Engineers seal deal in two-game home-stand

By Dylan Ohno February 8, 2023

The Engineers looked to get back on track at home against Skidmore and Vassar after losing three out of their last four games on the road. They did just that with two consecutive victories, dismantling Skidmore 74-61 and Vassar 78-60, subsequently rising up the Liberty League standings to second place with a 9-5 league record.

Club Spotlight

100 Years of music with Rensselaer’s Pep Band

By Anna Stubbs February 8, 2023

Rensselaer’s Pep Band reaches a milestone of 100 years full of thousands of musical moments, endless school spirit and support as America’s Pep Band.


Price off the ice

By Andrew Days February 8, 2023

In addition to her duties as a starter for the women’s hockey team, Hannah Price ’23 spends her time off the ice giving back to the community. Sports Editor Andrew Days ’23 sat down with her to discuss her volunteer work following her repeat nomination for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. The recipient will be honored during the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four on April 7.

Student Senate

Senate impeaches two senators, debates Elections Handbook changes

By Nilay Kapadia February 8, 2023

The Senate approved the GM Week Elections Handbook, appointed Aaryan Bhatt ’25 as E-Board Club and Organization Representative and Raven Levitt ’26 as Member-At-Large Representative, and impeached two senators.

Editorial Notebook

Formula 1’s racist race fans

By Gavin MacKenzie February 8, 2023

Managing Editor Gavin MacKenzie ’25 writes about the toxic environment Formula 1 fans have created.

Student Activism

RPI RA Union sends letter to President Martin A. Schmidt

By Alexander Orr February 8, 2023

A letter with approval from over 75% of RAs was given to an assistant of President Martin A. Schmidt ’81 for Schmidt to recognize an RA union.

Breaking News

RPI Playhouse, E-Complex Flooded

By Nilay Kapadia February 8, 2023

RPI Playhouse and E-Complex were flooded over the weekend

Executive Board

RPI Club Softball gains Union recognition

By Gavin MacKenzie February 1, 2023

RPI Club Softball gained Union recognition, RPI Ballroom received subsidies for extra private lessons, RPI Playhouse reallocated funds for lighting equipment, several clubs were “sunset”, and Raven Levitt ’26 was confirmed as the Business Operations Chair.

Student Senate

Senate delays appointment of two new Executive Board representatives

By Mohammed Kalefa February 1, 2023

The Student Senate had an atypically short meeting last Wednesday as they failed to reach quorum. Four more Senate members were necessary to meet the required 12 members for approval of most Senate actions besides secondary motions.

On-Campus Event

Leaping into Lunar New Year with CASA

By Ryan Hickey and Anna Stubbs February 1, 2023

The Chinese American Student Association welcomed the year of the rabbit with a Lunar New Year Celebration, complete with performances, food, and festivities.

Editorial Notebook

Students should take more advantage of EMPAC

By Anna Zuniga February 1, 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 reflects on EMPAC, encouraging more students to use the space and attend events.

Editorial Notebook

Everything I learned in a day

By Mattaya Gibbs February 1, 2023

Copy Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’24 recounts all that she learned while going about her day.