Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the Editor

My concerns with Eastin, Muhammad’s email

My wife and I are alums of Rensselaer, and are on the Rensselaer Alumni Association mailing list. I received an email from Vice President for Institute Advancement and Interim Executive Director of RAA Graig Eastin and RAA President Kareem Muhammad. In summary, Eastin and Muhammad brush off the Renew Rensselaer claims that the RR continued the RAA meeting and elected a new RAA board. The email states that RAA bylaws were not followed, and that RR members do not speak on behalf of the RAA, let alone now control it. The email continues with ongoing disparagements and claims on RR activities. Read more...

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editorial notebook

Being green in a blue world

I’ve only owned Android phones; and, ever since I got my first phone, my texts have appeared green on iPhones. I’ve always been a “green bubble person.” Read more...

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opinion

Your actions always define you

The notion that you are not defined by your actions is absurd and goes against the natural instinct that we judge people by their character. Everything you do or associate with reflects on your character in some way or another. For example, if you wear white socks every day of your life, and wear different color socks for one day, you are no longer defined as a person that only wears white socks. You are now a person that wears white socks, except for one occasion. Read more...

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Opinion

Destigmatizing opioid addiction will save lives

Socially, the stigma against addiction is toxic. Often, people who seek help feel discriminated against and are treated as junkies or fiends. Drugs are normal. Drug use has been a normal practice across different cultures and time periods. As a society that has normalized nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana use, there is a difference between using drugs and chaotic drug use. One difference is as simple as drinking on the weekends versus binge drinking every day. Read more...

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top hat

Why an interfaith space is so important

There are a lot of changes happening on our campus right now. Everyone is aware of the changes stemming from the Arch program and changes to the Greek community. As Grand Marshal, I am tasked with thinking about these changes and recognizing that many have been manifesting for years. One change that I would like to see prioritized is the creation of a new interfaith space. Read more...

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editorial notebook

Dreaming big in small ways

There are many things in my life that I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t ever gotten around to doing. I’ve always wanted to get a fixer-upper car, get a tattoo, take a spontaneous road trip, go skydiving, and a lot of other activities that sound like a blast in my mind but a bust when actually considered. Admittedly, most of these ideas would be feasible if I had money—but I feel like I wouldn't act on them even then. Why, you ask? I, like most people, am risk-averse and it is such a problem that I feel like I need to admit it publicly in order to start changing. Read more...

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derby

New Hearthstone symbolizes what makes our Union successful

The Hearthstone Dedication Ceremony took place this past weekend. It was a wonderful event in which we were able to honor the unique student-staff partnership here at Rensselaer. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

A student-run Union is in our past

At the beginning of March, representatives from the Division of Student Life told the director of the Union and the Union business administrator that in order for the Union budget to be considered by the Board of Trustees, changes were required. What’s most concerning is the fact that this information was only told to Union staff when they asked about whether the Union budget was approved with other budgets during the March Board of Trustees meeting. The president of the Union or any other student Executive Board members were never directly told that changes had to be made. Read more...

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Top Hat

We need to redefine the campus climate

Why not change the world? This is the slogan that once greeted us all when we chose to visit, apply, or interact with Rensselaer during our college decision process. I remember picking RPI because of the unique combination of rigorous academics, world-renowned engineering programs, and competitive athletics—not to mention the incredible East Campus Athletic Village facilities. I still love this school for all of these reasons, however I can’t help but notice my peers don’t feel the same way. Read more...

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Derby

Do you have a passion for our Union and the drive to make it better?

Applications for E-Board close tonight at 11:59 pm

Student government here at Rensselaer is unique. We, as students, have a great deal of power to govern ourselves and create an RPI experience that we can all enjoy. Part of being able to create this experience is getting involved. Read more...

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Derby

A breakdown of E-Board committees

Hello RPI!

I hope you all enjoyed a successful Grand Marshal Week and thank you for voting for me as the 130th President of the Union! I am excited for the year ahead and know we will accomplish great things together. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all students to get involved in Student Government. Whether it is applying to be on the Executive Board or joining a committee, there are two ways to get involved and have your voice heard. The Executive Board has six committees that are individually responsible for very important work. Read more...

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Top Hat

Help us plan 50 events to celebrate the 50th Student Senate

Hello RPI!

I am honored to begin serving you as the 154th grand marshal! I want to thank you all for participating in elections and for exercising your right to vote. I am excited for the coming year and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish. My hope for this coming year is that we can encourage and educate the student body on what Student Government can do to collaborate and assist with student initiatives. Based on participation in the last couple of election cycles, I think Student Government is due for a revival. This being the 50th Student Senate term, it is a great opportunity to push for increased involvement and to build a stronger presence within the student body. Read more...

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Derby

Reflecting on my term, words of advice

Hello, RPI!

This week, I’m addressing you for the last time as your president of the Union. Grand Marshal Week is here, and you will elect who will lead the student body for the coming year. This marks the end of my time as PU, but it also marks the end of my five years of involvement with Student Government. As I reflect on my time in Student Government, I have pondered the advice I can provide to those who follow. Read more...

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GM Week Elections preparation, improvements

Hi, RPI! With Grand Marshal Week quickly approaching, and thinking back to last year’s election, I just wanted to give you all an update on the elections preparations and improvements that the Student Senate and the Elections Commission have been working on. Read more...

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Candidate questions

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

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

Meagan Lettko: During my tenure at RPI, I have been involved in many aspects of the campus community. Through the relationships I have built, I have been able to gain a holistic view of campus wide culture and changes that we are experiencing in regards to the Arch program and Greek life. Although I have experience in multiple roles in student government, I believe I am fit to lead the student body because I do more than just student government. Diversity of thought is essential to the success of the student body. I believe the Grand Marshal must be open-minded and trustworthy in regards to any issues the student body is passionate about. I will continue to hold myself and other student leaders accountable for the success and sustainability of our student body. Read more...

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Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profile

Why do you want to be Undergraduate President?

Evan Lazaro: I am running for Undergraduate President because I believe I have the experience, ability, and motivation to make a positive impact on the undergraduate council, the class councils, and the student body as a whole. I have worked closely with many other student leaders to discuss the current state of the undergraduate council and where the future lies, and have developed a clear vision on how to move the council in a positive direction. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

The integrity of our elections is at stake

A trustworthy elections process gives Student Government its legitimacy; members of the Senate are taken seriously because they were elected or indirectly appointed by the majority of voting students at Rensselaer. If a senator is perceived as improperly elected, that person’s authority to represent students is called into question. Read more...

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Endorsement

Interfraternity Council endorsements

To the Rensselaer Community,

2019 GM Week Endorsements: Read more...

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candidate interviews

President of the Union candidate profile

Why do you want to be President of the Union?

Caitlin Kennedy: I want to be President of the Union because I believe I have the experience and the commitment to continue to push our Union to be the best that it can be. During my time at RPI and as a member of the Union Executive Board, I have been able to observe and learn from a multitude of different experiences, both good and bad. I understand the challenges the Union currently faces, and I am dedicated to working with the Board, the Senate, other aspects of Student Government, and all students, to ensure we leave the Union a better place than how we found it. Read more...

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editorial notebook

What the Student Senate should do for you

The Student Senate is the chief legislative body of RPI’s student government that works to improve student life and provide a voice to student concerns. They are responsible for a multitude of changes, including bringing Moe’s Southwest Grill to campus, and providing shuttles to Crossgates Mall. Read more...

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