Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Editor inconvenienced by Canadian tendencies

When I was in Canada over Spring Break, some friends and I decided to take advantage of the 18+ drinking age and go on a pub crawl. For the uninitiated, a pub crawl is an event where you buy a ticket that covers a free drink and cover fee for a few different clubs, with the caveat being that you only stay in each bar for about an hour. Our crawl cost $29 Canadian Dollars and went to a bar and three clubs. Throughout the entire event, one thing prevented us from having a good time: servers being unreasonable. Read more...

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EDITOR’S CORNER

Union E-Board should prioritize transparency

Since resigning from the Rensselaer Union Executive Board, I have had a bunch of people ask me why. In the Board’s most recent meeting, President of the Union Matt Rand ’19 said that it was because of The Poly. To an extent, that’s true. The time commitments that I have—the largest of those is likely The Poly—prevented me from being as present as I wanted to be. But it wasn’t just that. Read more...

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DERBY

PU shares Executive Board’s justification for banning recordings: privacy, comfort

Hello everyone! I apologize for my recent lapse in writing Derby articles for you all, but I wanted to check in and catch you all up to date. Usually, I like to start with a few pleasantries, but given all the information to get through, I will get started right away. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Glass blowing checked off bucket list, studio added

I like glass. I started glass science research during my freshman year at Rensselaer, eager to learn something new and foreign. I walked into this field blind, as naive as a freshman can be, but with open hands. Since then, I’ve learned how to make glass and how to explain its behavior. Most importantly, I’ve learned how finical it is—and in some sense that’s a trait we share. Outside this technical window of perspective, I’ve always found the art of glass special. A “bucket list” item of mine, you could say, has been glass blowing. Read more...

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Top Hat

Take a look at the UAR

Hello, RPI!

On Sunday, the Senate approved the Union Annual Report for fiscal year 2019. This document—comparable to a public firm’s annual financial disclosure—outlines where and how your Activity Fee is spent. Pending Board of Trustees approval, the fees have been set to $393.50 for undergraduate students and $342 for graduate students. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Cement: material of past, present, future

There have been many important inventions and engineering breakthroughs throughout the years. But, what comes to mind as one of the most important to humanity? Cement is probably one of your top answers. By volume, the only thing that humans consume more of than water is cement. Cement clearly has had a large impact on history and continues to have a large impact on our daily lives. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Transformation?

Dr. Jackson,

I received your letter requesting a donation to the Rensselaer Annual Fund.  In it, you indicate that you have “transformed” the Institute and wish to carry this transformation through into broader society. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Student action needed

My name is Adam Cleri, and I love Rensselaer. I attended RPI some nine years ago, from 2008–09. This was one of the—if not the—most pivotal years in my maturing as an adult, and I am sorry I did not stay all four years. After wanting to do so for a long time, I finally returned to Troy for a week and reminisced by walking through campus and spending a good deal of time in the archives at Folsom Library. Read more...

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Editor's Corner

Lack of discussion around UAR concerning

I was initially going to write a short piece about our recent lack of a sports section—stay tuned or skip to the end of the article for that—but then I went to the emergency meeting of the Student Senate on Sunday. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

You can’t assume that everyone has Facebook

Imagine wanting to go to an event, only to find that the tickets sold out before you even knew they were on sale. This recently happened to the senior class with their event, 100 Days: A Night in Saratoga. Word of ticket sales was only spread through the Class of 2018 Facebook page; with updates only being posted in this group, the announcement did not effectively reach the entire senior class. Ticket sales went live January 26, and by January 30, the tickets were sold out. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Jackson, Eastin, Bystroff out of touch

President Shirley Ann Jackson and Vice President for Institute Advancement Graig Eastin recently endorsed an email attributing a decrease in alumni donations to racism, sexism, and heightism. If they truly believe this, it is a testament to their disconnect with alumni, the student body, and the issues that Rensselaer faces. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Theorizing about Apple’s business strategies

Apple is a company which seemingly draws controversy like no other. Some use their products religiously, often swearing off alternatives, while others wonder how people can justify spending obscene amounts of money on products which often stray so far from the norm. I will come right out and say that I am one of those who fall into the former category. However, I will admit that Apple has made some questionable decisions in the last years which, upon first glance, might seem confusing to fans. From the transition to Lightning connectors, to the removal of the headphone jack, to the exclusive use of USB-C on the new MacBook Pro, Apple has historically been a very secretive company, leaving the public grasping at straws in an attempt to understand the rationale for such unpopular design decisions. While it’s entirely possible that Apple is just out of touch, I think it has to be something else. A company which has historically changed the way we use computers through such profound ways as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad must have some reason for these changes, right? Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Discussion appropriate

On January 29, 2018, Graig Eastin, vice president for institute advancement, forwarded to all alumni an email authored by Chris Bystroff, Ph.D, addressed to faculty. Eastin wrote, “Because you are all ambassadors of the Institute, I wanted to make sure you received a copy.” Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Faculty Senate issues response

To Rensselaer Faculty and Community,

We, the faculty of Rensselaer, are proud of our alumni. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bystroff has a point

Let’s put aside the distractions, the specific wording of the Bystroff email, the talk of heightism—which according to the Journal of Applied Psychology is real, by the way—or the appropriateness of sending it to the alums. Let’s instead face some facts: According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, sexism and racism are alive and impactful in the United States in 2018, and it is foolish and unrealistic to believe RPI, with our disproportionately white and male student population, is immune. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

You reap what you sow

Mr. Eastin,

I have read the letter from Dr. Bystroff, which you considered worthy of bringing to the attention of alumni of the Institute. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Too much entertainment

My parents raised me to be frugal, especially when it comes to entertainment. I went to the movies twice during my K–12 education, and I still feel bad about paying $10 or more to watch a movie in the theaters. Another example is video games: I would only get a couple of new ones every year, so I played through them repeatedly—I have played through the original Halo campaigns too many times to count. I have always been in the position of having too much time and not enough entertainment, but that has changed during my past three and a half years at RPI. Read more...

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Poly given subsidy for Fiscal Year 2019

If you found me a year and a half ago and told me I would eventually be the editor in chief of The Polytechnic, I would have almost certainly said, “What is an editor in chief?” Looking back, the amount that I’ve learned from the paper alone is unbelievable to me. I owe so much of that to the wonderful, knowledgeable people I’ve met through The Poly and late nights perusing the depths of our website. Read more...

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Have you been considering going vegan?

With the new year and all of the resolutions that come along with it, I’ve had a few friends and family members ask me about going vegan: how to do it, how to enjoy it, and how to make it easy. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Renew Rensselaer based in facts, analysis

To the RPI community:

On Monday evening, RPI’s Vice President for Institute Advancement Graig Eastin sent an email to all RPI alumni in response to a recent Albany Times Union article about Renew Rensselaer. The body of Eastin’s email contained a forwarded open letter from Professor Chris Bystroff to the RPI faculty, dated January 22, 2018. Read more...

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