October 2023

Women's Soccer

Engineers to face Golden Knights in playoffs

By Andrew Days October 30, 2023

Rachel Borra’s go-ahead goal secured the Engineers’ place in the Liberty League playoffs after drawing 2‒2 against the Ithaca Bombers. Rensselaer will travel to Potsdam for an elimination game against the Clarkson Golden Knights on October 31.

Album Review

Blink-182 is back ONE MORE TIME…

By John Molloy October 25, 2023

Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor John Molloy ’26 reviews the newest album from the iconic pop-punk band Blink-182.

Editorial Notebook

Chocolate is life

By Eurydice Molina October 24, 2023

Features Editor Eurydice Molina '26 explains why chocolate is her favorite candy.

Student Senate

Senate calls for “transparency” on healthcare

By Riley Sobel October 24, 2023

Julie Barringer ‘23G discussed RPI’s recent decision to change their health insurance plan from CDPHP to MVP. She intends to increase transparency on healthcare decisions between the Student Health Center and the student body. The Senate passed a motion to solidify their ownership of the Supplemental Course Materials project.

Executive Board

Executive Board continues budgeting for the next fiscal year

By Anna Zuniga October 24, 2023

Small subsidies were given to Women's Club Volleyball and Table Tennis Club. The board continued administrative budgeting for the next fiscal year.

Town Meeting

Schmidt announces IBM Quantum System One’s virtual groundbreaking, provides updates on research goals

By Nirav Banerji October 18, 2023

During the Fall Town Meeting, Dr. Martin A. Schmidt '81 highlighted the unveiling of Rensselaer’s Quantum Computational Center, his plan to transform RPI into one of the nation’s leaders in semiconductor-related research, and gave his update on the planning process for RPI’s bicentennial.

Editorial Notebook

Bring the convenience back to convenience stores

By Marissa Ho October 18, 2023

Composing Editor Marissa Ho ’26 suggests that convenience stores in the U.S. should borrow ideas from Asia.


Engineering Ambassadors go abroad

By Eurydice Molina October 18, 2023

Biomedical Engineering student Layan Kazem '24 took the Engineering Ambassadors mission to an international level by presenting and leading activities about engineering in her home country, Saudi Arabia. This interview goes over the Kazem’s background and her efforts to expand the mission of Engineering Ambassadors to an global scale.

Executive Board

Humans vs Zombies receives additional subsidy

By Megan Waller October 17, 2023

The Executive Board approved an additional subsidy of $975 for the Humans vs Zombies club to travel to invitationals.

Community Event

Mantello, Nichols spar in Troy Mayoral Debate

By Anna Zuniga October 11, 2023

News10 ABC evening anchor Lydia Kulbida hosted the 2023 Troy Mayoral debate between Republican candidate Carmella Mantello and Democrat Nina Nichols. Debate questions covered various topics, primarily focusing on the current lead pipe issue, improving overall Troy economy and livability, plans for decreasing crime, and main priorities in candidates’ first budget.

Executive Board

Executive Board plans for construction projects

By Nirav Banerji October 11, 2023

The Executive Board discussed future construction projects, such as the renovation of the RPI Playhouse and the construction of two pavilions on campus. In addition, several clubs were granted additional funding.

Album Review

Roger Waters’ revival of Pink Floyd’s classic album is a mess

By John Molloy October 11, 2023

Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor John Molloy ‘26 reviews Roger Waters’ The Dark Side of the Moon Redux

Student Senate

Provost working for student life improvements

By Anna Zuniga October 11, 2023

Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski is stepping down at the end of this academic year. The Student Life office is moving into the Provost office and various changes are in motion to improve academic and student life.


Smiles that stick

By Anna Stubbs October 11, 2023

Lecturer in the Chemistry Department Dr. Steven Tysoe shares his story on distributing thousands of stickers to Rensselaer students.


Exploring RPI’s past with Jon Kessler ’79, ’82G

By Soma Patra October 4, 2023

Editor-in-chief Soma Patra ’26 interviewed previous Polytechnic editor Jon Kessler ’79, ’82G, discussing his recent donation to the Rensselaer Union and shedding light on his overall experience at RPI.

Executive Board

E-Board honors Union donor, Young Democratic Socialists of America gets affiliated

By Nilay Kapadia and Riley Sobel October 4, 2023

In a jam-packed meeting, the Executive Board honored Union donor Jon Kessler ’79, ’82G, who pledged to donate $1 million to the Union over the next five years. Additionally, The E-Board granted a subsidy request to ACHA Hockey, approved fundraising and tabling motions for RPI Dance Team, and approved the affiliations for Young Democratic Socialists of America and the Rensselaer Philosophy Society. Four clubs were sunset, Conversation Corner and Mandarin Club, Isshinryu Karate, Juggling Club, and Kung Fu Club.

Women's Hockey

Engineers soar over Skyhawks in double shutouts

By Theo Olinkiewicz October 4, 2023

The Engineers defeated the Stonehill Skyhawks in back-to-back shutout games, winning 1‒0 and 7‒0. RPI’s Nina Christof scored the game-winning goal in the first game of the series and twice more in the subsequent game. Goaltender Reese Keating enjoyed her first collegiate shutout game with 17 saves.

Student Senate

Freshman Elections Handbook approved, Mercer XLab completes renovations

By Riley Sobel and Alexis Vallier October 4, 2023

A new Freshman Elections Handbook was approved. The Mercer XLab finished renovations and is now open to the public upon request. Also, Timothy Miles ’24 and Adrian Alicea-Roman ’23G were appointed as Inter-Fraternity Council Senator and Community Relations Committee Chairperson, respectively.