Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Student course evaluations should be public

Open course evaluations could help students in choosing professors for their next semester

For my Speech Communications class, for our final two speeches, we have to talk about a change we want to see here at RPI. My proposed topic is that of publicizing course evaluations to students. This idea has been implemented in varying degrees at universities across the country, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth, Stanford, and others. Through my research, I think that having some variation of open evaluations here at RPI would be beneficial to students. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Transportation revolution found in elevators

When you think about modes of transportation, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? It’s probably along the lines of cars, planes, buses, and trains. However, one mode of transportation that has had a significant impact on human history, and one that may not come to our minds very quickly, is the elevator. Chances are, almost everyone has taken an elevator at some point in their life. Countless people every day use elevators to go to work, move supplies, construct buildings, and go home. Concepts of the elevators existed for a long time in history, with Archimedes creating a primitive elevator in 236 B.C. However, in 1852, Elisha Graves Otis invented a safety brake that revolutionized the vertical transport industry. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Enjoy your summer vacation

Take advantage of your time away from Rensselaer

During the semester, school takes up a lot of time. It can be extremely stressful to manage your own personal interests while succeeding in a rigorous academic program. The summer allows for opportunities to explore your interests, further your career, and do things you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Internal Reforms becomes Senate committee

The committee will focus on reviewing operational polices and procedures of the Senate, ensuring open lines of communication between constituents and their representatives

Hey Engineers! I hope everyone is having a strong close to the semester and that everyone’s projects, exams, and assignments are going well. As you’re preparing for finals, I recommend you make use of the resources available to ensure you perform as best as possible. The Advising & Learning Assistance Center coordinates tutoring, supplemental instruction, and other resources for free, and I highly recommend you visit the office in Academy Hall to learn more! Read more...

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DERBY

Renovations coming to Publications Suite

After extensive planning, the Executive Board approved renovations for a Veterans Lounge

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the end of the semester. As classes wrap up and we enter finals week, I wish everyone the best of luck on their tests, projects, and papers that will be due in the coming days. I know that I will be working hard, looking forward to the upcoming summer months myself. Read more...

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Ask Brookelyn

Ask Brookelyn: April 26, 2017

How do you deal with RPI when it’s got you down?

I typically force myself to go out and do things with friends, whether it’s going for a walk, going to an event on campus, or just getting food. Luckily, I’ve never really had a problem finding someone to talk to about how I’m feeling. Everyone here knows that RPI can be emotionally taxing at times, so I haven’t felt alone in my experiences. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Reflection, farewell of my three-year journey

For the past three years, I have willfully given up my Tuesday nights to spend a full working day or more in a small office on the third floor of the Rensselaer Union. After all that time, through all of the crazy that took place in RU 3418, it’s time for me to step back and let the next generation take my place. In my last notebook as Editor in Chief, I would like to take time to reflect on my time, and thank those who served with me. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Editor shows appreciation for small joys in daily life

In my last notebook, I wrote about pulling my back, which led me to the conclusion that I need to take care of my health. This time around, I’m proud to announce that my efforts weren’t realized… because I didn’t make any. Honestly, the past year has been an unproductive rut of sorts for me. In addition to abusing my physical health, I have also grown stagnant in the things I’m doing with my life. However, after talking to friends (seniors in particular), I’ve started to reach out again. Despite my dropping grades and unmet obligations, I’m rediscovering all the small joys that I originally found as a freshman, whether on campus, in downtown Troy, or in the definition of what a good day is. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Special election for Greek senator announced

Rules and Elections Committee working to fill Interfraternity Council Senate seat for next semester

Hey, Engineers! I can’t believe it either, but classes finish for the semester just three weeks from today! I hope everyone is finishing off the semester strong. Read more...

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Final day to apply to Union Executive Board

Learn how money from the Student Activity Fee is allocated to campus clubs and facilities

Hello RPI! As the weather gets warmer and Troy begins to escape the clutches of winter, I wish everyone the best of luck wrapping up the school year and preparing for finals. I know that I, for one, will have a bit of difficulty buckling down with the sun shining once again. However, with summer fast approaching, it will surely be worth it to push through these last few weeks. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Service fraternity provides more than service to brother

Friendship, leadership complement volunteer activities

Pledging the national co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, has been one of the best decisions I’ve made during my time at Rensselaer. Now celebrating one year as a brother, I realize that joining the brotherhood has not only allowed me to fulfill my desire to volunteer in the community during college, but to also develop my previously underdeveloped social skills that had followed me from high school into my freshman year at RPI. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Revamped gym routine challenges, provides escape

New workout program makes exercise more difficult, yet rewarding; helps with mental recovery from classes

This semester, I have been trying to get myself into some sort of gym regimen. I usually try to get to the gym three to four times a week, and I usually just run a few miles and do some floor exercises, mostly for abs and stretching. This was never really an exhilarating workout for me, but I thought it was enough to just keep me in decent shape and get some exercise in in between my academics. Recently, however, I started following some of Kayla Itsine’s workout program and have realized that my previous workouts have been less than satisfactory. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Impressive guests engage students

Visits from Former CIA Director John O. Brennan and Chief Justice John Roberts important to Rensselaer

The Polytechnic would like to take the opportunity to show our appreciation to the administration for bringing high profile speakers to Rensselaer. Last fall, former CIA Director John O. Brennan came to discuss relevant topics such as global warming, terrorism, and technological changes to the modern world. Just yesterday, Chief Justice John Roberts took the stage at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center for a conversation about the details of working on the Supreme Court of the United States. Read more...

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TOP HAT

New Grand Marshal solicits applicants for Senate committees

Hello RPI! My name is Justin Etzine, and I am beyond humbled to be serving the student body as your Grand Marshal. Thank you to all of those who came out to vote, expressed interest in the campaign, and have looked to get involved in student government! I’m excited for the incredible potential for the year ahead, and I’m looking forward to working with my fellow student government officials to serve you as effectively as possible. Read more...

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DERBY

President of the Union promotes student voice

Hello RPI! My name is Matthew Rand, and I am honored to have been elected to be the 128th President of your Union. I am a member of the Class of 2019, a dual materials and mechanical engineering major, and a two year veteran of the Executive Board. I am also the vice president of the men’s club lacrosse team, a brother of Pi Lambda Phi, and the treasurer of the Interfraternity Council. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Voting impacts students

Grand Marshal Week elections about more than mug

Another election is upon us, so the staff of The Polytechnic would like to take the opportunity to plug voter participation. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Sleep deficits unsustainable

As a freshman coming back to school from my first Spring Break, things sucked. Adjusting to life from an environment of constant sleep and catching up with friends, to one where I had tests the next week and the hardest Data Structures homework (possibly ever) due on my birthday, I felt terrible. I just wanted to go back home or curl up in a ball and never work again. But somehow, I persisted and I’m here. Break was fun, but you can’t let the end goal out of your sight: we’re all here to end the semester and continue on with our lives. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Labs, field trips imperative

Almost that time again—time to pick classes for the next semester! I’m going to try my hardest to avoid saying that time flies by and I’ll be a senior next year, but I thought it’d be okay to mention it right at the beginning of this notebook. Instead, I’m going to explore how my classes have been up to this point and what I’d like to see in the last few semesters of my education here at Rensselaer. Read more...

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MY VIEW

Crack growth in aerostructures

Poor aircraft analysis

“Don’t fly in 20 years,” my college teammate leaned over and whispered. Read more...

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DERBY

President of the Union commends Board

Hi again RPI! One year after my first Derby, I’ll write to you all for the last time as President of the Union. This has been an incredible ride and year for me and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who I have learned the most from this year, my team. Each and every one of this year’s Executive Board members brought unique skills, backgrounds, and experiences to our group and working with them will have a lasting impact on myself and hopefully on everyone on our team. So, in no particular order; thank you Ines Roman, Shannon Gillespie McComb, Amanda Youmans, Conrad Mossl, Erica Lane, Matt Rand, Ananya Murali, Stephanie Kern-Allely, Kay Sun, Luke Kuprenas, Rasika Ekhalikar, Ciera Williams, Chris Hoskins, Donna Grace Moleta, Ida Etemadi, John Fantell, Anissa Choiniere, Caitlin Kennedy, Majken Rasmussen, Dan Rogers, Jen Church, and Tommy Alappat. These are the E-Board members that worked this year to create a lasting and positive change to the Union’s operations. They all deserve more recognition than I could have given them this year for what they put into this team. Another important piece of our operations is the administrative staff in the Union. Without the people I worked with every day, our jobs on the Executive Board, and especially my job as President of the Union, would be all but impossible. Thank you Cameron McLean, Steve Allard, Martha McElligott, Amy Corron, Rafael Gonzalez, Joe Campo, and Nicole Hayden for a great year and for helping me along the way. And thank you to all of our staff for putting in so much time to help students every year. Read more...

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