Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Responsibilities, role of director of the Union

It was not until recently that I fully understood the weight that a director of the Union can hold, and how this position alone has the potential to make the Union no longer student-run. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Unconditional expression

On Monday, the Student Senate decided not to pass a motion “to denounce the actions being taken against students in relation to the demonstration on October 13, 2017,” regardless of Institute actions that impose on free speech. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Getting in tune with emotions

I had a pretty rough October, mostly for personal reasons that I won’t quite get to in this article. However, if anything good came from it, it’s that, overall, it was a fairly insightful month for me. I learned to get more in touch with my feelings, to become attuned to the diverse range of emotions I felt, and to handle things optimistically with dignity and self-respect… Look, I’m probably the last person who should be giving advice about life—I’ve never thought that I was particularly good at it—but I feel it’s important to express the things that were running through my head during a time when I believed things wouldn’t get any better. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Addressing recent judicial actions regarding demonstration

Classmates,

Several students have informed us that they were contacted by the Dean of Students Office, either by email from a staff member or through a formal judicial inquiry notice, as they have been identified as allegedly participating in a peaceful demonstration that occurred on October 13, 2017. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Union more than ‘reality show’

President Shirley Ann Jackson held her annual Fall Town Meeting on Thursday, November 2. The objective of these meetings is to allow members of the Rensselaer community to learn about recent and upcoming events at the Institute. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Apgar’s actions repressive, lack honesty

I would like to respond to Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis T. Apgar briefly: Read more...

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TOP HAT

Codified student roles could resolve concerns

Imagine you were in charge of budgeting for a person’s salary, but had no decision-making say in the job responsibilities that person was expected to uphold or in how that person was to be evaluated each year. This is the current situation in the Rensselaer Union. Read more...

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Top Hat

Clarification on Union director interviews

Recently, a document that was sent to members of the Executive Board was leaked via Reddit. This document was a pledge of confidentiality that members of the Board were asked to sign prior to participating in interviews for the director of the Union position. From my understanding, this document was intended to ensure that the integrity of the search and that the identities of the candidates would not be compromised. Read more...

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MY VIEW

Calling for better financial transparency

To the RPI Community:

Given the pending changes in reporting and authority for the director of the Union position, the last vestige of shared governance at RPI appears to be in its final days. When implemented, this action will complete the transition of RPI’s administration to a top-down corporate governance model, in the stated interest of a so-called “transformation.” Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Over the college grind

Looking forward to a relaxing final semester

I am ready for this semester to be finished. I am currently in my last difficult semester at RPI and I am looking forward to being done with it. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Spooky Steam games played, recommended

Post-Halloween suggestions for horror games

I Hope you all had a fun and great Halloween week. I don’t know how you spent your time, but I think there must have been candies, fancy costumes, and parties. Besides these joyful and exciting activities, Halloween sales also add the sense of happiness and fulfillment at the same time. For me, I bought some spooky games from Steam, and most of them were even as cheap as the Thanksgiving sale. In this notebook, I will recommend some awesome horror games. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Understand, exercise your student rights

The Poly is currently aware of multiple instances of students being contacted by administrators to meet and discuss their involvement in the demonstration on Friday, October 13. We did not have adequate time to prepare a news article on this topic for this issue, but we feel that it is necessary to share that this is happening with the Rensselaer community. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Ph.D. versus industry

The next big step in choosing a career path

I feel déjà vu: a French expression commonly used to express familiarity. As my junior year progresses, I’ve come across a familiar feeling—one of being at a crossroads. The last time I felt this way was four years ago, as a junior in high school, deciding my future college and career. I was fortunate enough to pick both a school and major I have grown to love, but another turning point in my life has surfaced and yet again I must make a decision: graduate school or industry? Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Balancing yourself

Using nature to achieve goals, improve focus

Have you felt stressed out in the last week of exams by pushing yourself really hard and cramming as much knowledge as possible in the last minute? This is likely because you haven’t balanced your time. In this notebook, I am going to list some things I have found useful for managing my time. I recommend students try to keep balance in their lives by enjoying nature, as it can help them stay mindful, balance their studies, and lead them to live more fulfilling lives. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Our commitment to ethical journalism

Publicizing our Code of Ethics, ensuring standards of objectivity, professionalism

Last week, The Poly posted its Code of Ethics online for public viewing. It can be found at poly.rpi.edu/ethics. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Shuttle tracking system updates released

Hello, RPI!

Today, I’d like to dedicate my Top Hat article to sharing a few updates involving different aspects of the campus shuttles. Student government collaborates very regularly with the Parking and Transportation Services on a number of projects, like the Shuttle Tracker application found at https://shuttles.rpi.edu, the Crossgates Mall shuttles program, and the newly introduced Late Night Weekend Shuttle service. Read more...

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DERBY

Halloween movies are best holiday movies

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday!

I hope that you all enjoyed Family Weekend and got to spend some well-earned quality time with your families. From Honors Convocation on Saturday morning, to Fan Fest outside of the Houston Field House Saturday afternoon, and the hockey game Saturday night, the campus was alive with families reconnecting at the semester’s halfway point. I know I was happy to have my own parents here this year, especially after last year when my mom “accidentally” planned my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary for the same weekend as Family Weekend. I mean, I understand why someone would rather go to the Dominican Republic than to Troy, New York in late October, but that doesn’t mean I agree with it. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

One clicking problem after another with iClickers

iClickers. Most students here at Rensselaer will have at least one class that requires their use at some point before graduation. RPI is not alone in this, with—according to the iClicker website—the technology being trusted by over 1,100 institutions and used by over 5,000 instructors and seven million students. Are they really worth all that hype, though? Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Letting go, building strength from independence

My younger brother, Jonathan, is autistic. It’s a fact that I don’t talk about with a lot of people; because it doesn’t seem to concern anyone except for my family and me. That being said, my brother has recently changed my perspective on disabilities, and I think it is important to share. Now, at the age of seven, my brother has already become a smart, independent individual. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Collegiate voting essential to future of local elections Letter to the Editor

Demonstrating good voting habits always a necessity

Looking at the results for the recent Rensselaer freshman elections is disgusting. Only 22 percent of the largest class at Rensselaer of 1,700 voted—this is awful. Do the students not appreciate the fact that, out of the 19,000 students that applied, they are one that got accepted and is about to start one of the most rewarding experiences of their life? Read more...

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