Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

A look at the future

A guy from my capstone group and I had a little competition in the Union this past week. We were trying to determine who had the better vision by reading various clubs’ signs posted around the third floor. He ended up winning. The difference between us was that I had LASIK surgery this past summer, while he has his natural eyes, no contacts or glasses.  Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Hard work or talent?

Talent or hard work: which leads to success? According to Google, talent is “a natural aptitude or skill.” To me, the word “natural” implies that talent is something people are born with—it can’t be developed over time. Now that we have a definition for talent, do we believe everyone has it? From a quick Google search, I found arguments for both “yes” and “no,” but nothing concrete. Since this is completely based on personal perception, I will assume worst case scenario and answer “no.” For the purpose of this article, I will refer to this definition and interpretation; however, I understand it may be translated in other ways.  Read more...

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TOP HAT

Grand marshal addresses short, long-term goals

Hi everyone! With the semester quickly coming to a close, and the weather finally starting to warm up, it’s time to have a productive few weeks and end the year strong! I ran for grand marshal on a platform that stressed a few short-term goals which I fully intend to complete within the last push of the semester. Some of these goals include improving the availability of Senate officer applications, and the implementation of preferred names. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Taking a break is worthy of consideration

This summer, and for the next eight months, I will basically be taking a leave of absence from society. My “ship date” is May 29, and I will be flying to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to begin my military training. Contrary to what I have been feeling the past six months, today I’m actually really excited for this new beginning. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Preferred names, student rights priorities

Hi RPI! My name is Stef Warner, and I am humbled to be serving you as your 153rd grand marshal! First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone who got out and voted last week. As the GM Week festivities come to an end, we are eager and ready to kick off the new term of Student Government! Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Changing music habits

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an article by Haley Nahman called, “I Think I Figured Out Why My Brain Always Feels Fried” and for whatever reason I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It talks about the ways that people nowadays consume information. Some people will fully follow artists or authors, becoming familiar with their work overtime. They, on a daily basis, read and listen with an “intentionality.” Others, like the author of this particular article, listen and absorb passively, taking what comes to them—content suggested by friends, algorithms, or publications. On the musical side of things, this was something that stuck with me. Read more...

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DERBY

Interested in E-Board? Applications are open

Hello, RPI!

My name is Justin Etzine, and I’m excited to be serving you as the 129th president of the Union! For those of you I have not yet been able to meet, I am a coterminal MBA student in the Lally School, where I am concentrating in Corporate Technological Entrepreneurship. For my undergraduate degree, I studied Computer Science and Information Technology and Web Science. I grew up in Hollywood, Florida, and I chose to attend RPI because of the quirky and remarkable peers I knew I would meet. I have been involved in Student Government since I arrived at RPI four years ago, and student interests have always been of paramount importance to me. I am very excited for the year ahead of us. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Elections flawed, reform necessary going forward

GM Week elections are the most important Student Government event of the year. They determine who will represent us and advocate for student interests. Given their outcome’s significance and ability to set the course of the year for all students at RPI, The Polytechnic is incredibly disappointed in the conduct and execution of the GM Week 2018 elections. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENTS

Graduate Council endorsements, explanation of proposed amendment

Necessity of Amendment II

As the primary voice of the graduate student body, the Graduate Council would like to clarify the purpose and impact of Amendment II, which will be up for vote this Thursday. This amendment is the result of months of close collaboration with undergraduate student leaders, and this fact is corroborated by the Senate vote of 18-0 in favor, with one abstention. The GM and PU candidates are unanimous in their support for this amendment, and their full statements are provided at the end of this article. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

Undergraduate President: Joey Lyons

The Polytechnic endorses Joey Lyons ’20 for Undergraduate President. The Undergraduate President presides over the Undergraduate Council, and it is her responsibility to nominate officers, assume the duties of unfilled officer positions, uphold bylaws, and preside over meetings. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

President of the Union: Justin Etzine

The Polytechnic endorses Justin Etzine for President of the Union. This past year, some of the Executive Board’s operations have lacked both transparency and efficiency. Etzine’s understanding of these issues—and his commitment to fixing them—is unquestionable. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Privatized military overdue for change

The date is September 16, 2007. A 20-year-old Iraqi is driving his mother to her clinic in Baghdad during the height of a civil war threatening to tear the country apart. The young man finds himself driving directly towards an armored convoy of paid mercenaries with nowhere to go. The convoy opens fire on the car, killing both him and his mother, and when the white Kia sedan doesn’t stop, they start firing indiscriminately. The mercenaries continue to fire into the crowd of unarmed civilians and even call in helicopter support, purportedly in self-defense. At the end of the 20-minute shooting, there were a total of 17 dead and a further 20 Iraqis injured; none of the mercenaries were hurt. Read more...

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Undergraduate President candidate profile

Why do you want to be Undergraduate President?

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Prioritize positivity

“Be a good person.”

Those were the joking, parting words of Scott Peters, former roommate, and my dear friend before he left for another room. I initially laughed, as such advice is often regarded as a joke, and wished him well. However, in the days after he had left, I took some time to reflect on what he said and realized that his words mean much more than meets the eye. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

Grand Marshal: Nancy Bush

The Polytechnic endorses Nancy Bush ’19 for Grand Marshal. As the highest elected student official at Rensselaer, the GM serves not only as the head of the Student Senate, but as the leader of the student body. It is her responsibility to understand and voice the concerns of the student body to the proper parties. Consequently, the GM bears a significant amount of responsibility to not only those in the Senate, but also to the entire Rensselaer community. Read more...

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

What makes you the best fit to lead the student body?

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ENDORSEMENTS

Union Constitution amendments

Amendment I: support

The Polytechnic supports proposed Amendment I. This amendment to the membership and eligibility section of the Union Constitution was created to specify requirements for being an officer in student government, the composition of the Graduate Council, and membership for the Executive Board. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENTS

Interfraternity Council endorsements

As the representatives of all Fraternities on the Rensselaer campus, the Interfraternity Council seeks student government candidates that understand the circumstances and issues pertaining to Greek Life, as well as intend to further the interests of the Greek community. After the General Body Meeting of The Interfraternity Council on March 21st, 2018, the Council delegates have voted to endorse the following candidates for the positions of Grand Marshal, President of the Union, and Undergraduate President: Read more...

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Senator candidate profile

If elected, what issues would you address, and how will this affect the campus or members of your class?

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

President of the Union candidate profiles

Why do you want to be President of the Union?

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