Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Editorial Notebook

Make the most of your college career

As my career at Rensselaer comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the lessons I have learned over the past four years. I hope these takeaways provide some guidance for those of you looking to optimize your time at Rensselaer or even induce some productivity. Read more...

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Importance of the Club Management System

Our Club Management System, also known as CMS, is incredibly valuable. Beyond the obvious benefit of serving as the budgeting platform for clubs, the system provides us with a wide variety of uses and, with advances in technology and further development, the benefits will only continue to grow. Read more...

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Campaigning begins for GM Week 2019

Campaigning has started and the elections season is ramping up! Have you—yes, you—thought about running for Student Government? Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Calling all writers: Enter the McKinney Contest

Have you written an excellent paper for one of your classes? Maybe a persuasive or researched essay?  Do you write poetry or short stories in your spare time? Do you have a digital project or video that relies on language as well as images? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you can enter the McKinney Competition!   Read more...

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Reflecting on my relationship with The Poly

I disagree with The Poly quite often. Don’t get me wrong—I think we have great students involved in The Poly, and I believe they fulfill the vital function of student media on our campus. In theory, these two statements may seem contradictory; however, in reality, I believe this dynamic demonstrates a healthy relationship between government and media. Read more...

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Editorial notebook

Searching for balance between health and success

People who are sleep deprived are nearly three times more at risk for Type 2 diabetes, see a 48 percent increased likelihood in developing heart diseases, and are three times more likely to catch a cold than their rested peers according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, “Only 11 percent of American college students sleep well, and 40 percent of students feel well rested only two days per week.” That means just over one in ten of our classmates sleep well. That seems problematic. Read more...

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Working to improve outreach

It’s crazy to think about how quickly this past year has gone by! With the GM Week 2019 Election right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all of the goals that I had for myself during my term as grand marshal. I think the most intimidating goal is partnered with my hope to increase diversity within the Student Senate and student government - increased outreach to all campus constituencies. Read more...

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Moving forward with SIS Man, preferred names

Hi, RPI! I wanted to give you all an update on some initiatives the Student Senate is hoping to make great progress on during this semester in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar and the Student Life Committee. Read more...

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editorial notebook

Should you move? Yes!

With the Spring semester underway, most RPI students have already begun planning their move into new housing. Freshmen are dreaming of moving out of dorms, sophmores have already begun to sign leases, and juniors are deciding whether or not to stay in their current living situations. This notebook is mostly addressed to freshmen and sophomores, but I feel like everyone can take something away from it. My advice to everyone seeking to move is: do it. Read more...

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Rensselaer Union Guidelines & Procedures created to benefit new clubs

Student clubs and organizations form one of the most important parts of the Rensselaer Union. In addition to the programming, resources, and services the Union offers, our clubs provide students with a substantive component of the student experience they want while in college. Read more...

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How we make budgeting decisions

Budgeting is hard.

Sure, there are the several financial concepts forming the core of the process, and there are policies and best practices to adhere to. While these are complex, I’m referring to the difficulty of the qualitative decisions. Read more...

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Opinion

We need political reform in the foster care system

Foster care is a peculiar institution that allows for a minor who cannot return home for whatever reason, to find a home with a government certified caregiver. None of the homes in the system are permanent and, on average, a foster child will move two times during elementary school and four times during middle and high school. Keeping a normal education in such a system is not easy, and due to the constant moving, the student is unable to retain the information and connect it to previous concepts because they do not know what topics they’re missing.   Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Becoming the Hanukkah police

Let’s clear one thing up: Hanukkah is not just “blue Christmas.” A blue and white wreath is no more Jewish than mashing up a few french fries and calling it a latke (although that wreath may have just been another Christmas decoration aimed toward Yankees fans anyway). Read more...

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letter to the editor

Here are some Spring Career Fair tips

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Editorial Notebook

Stop using media to judge your love life

My freshman year of high school—a whole whopping six years ago—consisted of multiple hours watching Gossip Girl, and dreaming over having that lifestyle. I adored Dan Humphrey, a character played by Penn Badgley, who (spoilers ahead) was revealed in the end as the creepy blogger the show was named after. Now, years later, I can’t help but think how foolish I was to have liked his character; I was blinded by how the show presented the idea of love. Read more...

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opinion

Reflections on the Women’s March: reclaiming our time, our space

I went to a different kind of Women’s March Saturday. A march where we didn’t praise the pink hats because not all pussies are pink. A march where we made space for women of color and their lived experiences to be shared, their voices to be heard. Read more...

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My responsibilities as President of the Union

The hustle and bustle of the semester seems to have already kicked into full swing, and feet of snow seem to not be slowing it down! With all the excitement of getting back into a routine, I thought I’d share some of the key elements of serving as president of the union. Alongside the grand marshal, the PU serves as one of the five officers of the union and handles a number of aspects pertaining to the Rensselaer Union. There is the financial portion, the club affairs portion, and the facilities portion, which all tie into the role of chairing Executive Board meetings. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

McDonald’s taught me about relationships

Usually, when I tell people I worked at McDonald’s they laugh. Read more...

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Administrators must increase collaboration with student leaders

Welcome back from winter break, RPI! I hope you all had a very happy holiday season! Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Administration should follow through on promises, release draft report

Administrative actions indicate disregard for student involvement

Dear members of the Rensselaer community,

As presidents of our respective Greek organizations, we sent the below letter on Thursday, December 20th to Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79 and Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong—the administrators tasked with coordinating the Greek Life Task Force—with the intention of making the letter public shortly thereafter. On the following day, the Rensselaer community received emails in rapid succession from Kolb and Strong detailing updates from the Task Force. Their announcements came after a month of silence and nearly three weeks since the Greek Life Task Force’s official disbandment. Regardless of whether or not these emails would have been sent at all without our recognition of the alarming issues at play, the situation should not have deteriorated to this point. Read more...

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