April 2024

On-Campus Event

Grand opening of the IBM Quantum System One at Rensselaer

By Anna Zuniga and Danlong Zhang April 10, 2024

This year, Rensselaer has become the first university to hold an IBM Quantum System One. On April 5th, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new system, which is located in the Voorhees Computing Center. After the official ceremony, attendees were able to go on tours led by the members of the Quantum Computing Club. The night before the unveiling ceremony, CBS News Correspondent David Pogue arrived at EMPAC to deliver a piece on the quick and frightening progress of AI.

Executive Board

Philipps hosts final E-Board meeting of first term

By Nilay Kapadia April 10, 2024

President of the Union Catherine Philipps ’24, ’25G hosted the final Executive Board meeting of her first term last Thursday. The RMA reallocated funds to purchase a Mac mini, Chess Club received a $500 subsidy to purchase chess sets, and RPI Dance Team and Women’s Club Volleyball both received subsidies to attend national competitions. Director of the Union Charlie Potts also gave a presentation on upcoming Union renovations.


Engineers split with Chargers in double header

By Riley Sobel April 10, 2024

The Engineers won 5-3 in their first game against the Chargers on Saturday before falling to them 2-1.

Staff Editorial

What are The Poly’s favorite movies?

By The Polytechnic Editorial Board April 9, 2024

Members of The Poly recommend movies that they have enjoyed watching.

Editorial Notebook

How ethical are posthumous albums?

By John Molloy April 8, 2024

Editorial/Opinion Editor John Molloy ’26 discusses whether or not music released after an artist dies should be celebrated or condemned.

Top Hat

Prioritize people, not politics

By Ben Viner April 6, 2024

Former Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 expresses his thoughts on the Student Senate and their work throughout his term.

GM Week 2024

Vivian Rost-Nasshan elected Grand Marshal in runoff election

By Nilay Kapadia April 5, 2024

Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 has been elected Grand Marshal, beating Ria Massoni ’25G in a historic runoff election.

Executive Board

E-Board denounces actions of Dr. Charlie Potts over Bennett hiring, plans to shut down Rathskeller over summer for renovations

By Anna Zuniga and Sophie March April 3, 2024

The Executive Board gave a formal denouncement to the actions of the Union’s administrative staff regarding the unconstitutional hiring of Cait Bennett as an administrative specialist. Society of Plastics Engineers approved for club affiliation, RPI Club Field Hockey achieves Union recognition, and the Director of the Union Dr. Charlie Potts presents the Union’s upcoming construction and renovation projects to the Executive Board. Additionally, the E-Board approves the hiring of William Weinert for the position of Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs.

Student Senate

Elections Commission addresses GM Week election

By Riley Sobel April 3, 2024

After the first tie for Grand Marshal in GM Week history, the Elections Commission is eager to improve the voting process. Also, controversy surrounding the endorsement of GM candidate Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 by current Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 was discussed.


Learning about Japanese media with Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life

By Anisha Biswas April 3, 2024

Copy Coordinator Anisha Biswas ’27 discusses watching a show called Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life by Platinum Vision and how watching Japanese media lead to further interest in a different aspect of Japanese culture.

GM Week 2024

Massoni, Rost-Nasshan take the stage for Grand Marshal runoff

By Anna Stubbs April 2, 2024

As a result of the recent historic tie for Grand Marshal, candidates Ria Massoni ’24, ’25G and Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 took the stage again for a second debate. The questioning built upon statements made in the previous debate and included more candidate-specific questions. The debate was moderated once again by Elections Commission Chairperson Timothy Miles ’24.


Ria Massoni endorsed for GM by Active Minds, Sole Survivors, Disabled Students at RPI DREAM, Autism at Rensselaer, and Comma

By Nilay Kapadia April 2, 2024

Ria Massoni ’24, ’25G has been endorsed for Grand Marshal by Active Minds, Sole Survivors, Disabled Students at RPI DREAM, Autism at Rensselaer, and Comma.