Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Opinion

Share your opinions with The Polytechnic

I had the opportunity to meet with Associate Director of the Archer Center Christine Allard following my previous opinion piece regarding the current status of career development courses in the engineering curriculum. In short, based on my experience in the industry, I feel that these courses may benefit from the incorporation of a technical perspective. My meeting with Allard was organized to further discuss potential ways to improve professional development courses organized by the Archer Center. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

My experience with loneliness

“Why didn’t you come, Namish?” asked my then best friend. “I … I didn’t know about it,” I stammered, desperately trying to avoid the phrase “I wasn’t invited.” Read more...

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Opinion

Many human issues are systemic, not individual

Let’s talk about bitches. I don’t mean basic bitches or bad bitches, just bitches. Assholes. Dicks. I have a burning question to ask: why do we hate them? Read more...

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Complete the Student Senate survey before it closes today

Hello, RPI! I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed your Thanksgiving break! I trust that you all caught up on some sleep, spent time with people you haven't seen in a while, or did something that your busy schedules haven’t allowed for in the recent weeks. Now begins the exciting time where we start to wrap up the semester. I wish everyone the best of luck with upcoming assignments, projects, and exams as the Fall semester comes to a close! I want to give you all a couple of reminders before finals go into full swing. Read more...

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Opinion

Vaccines: balancing individual freedoms and public health

In 2000, not a single internal transmission of measles occurred in the United States, due to strong immunization. However, in 2013, there were outbreaks of measles in 16 states, summing up to 159 cases transmitted internally —mainly in anti-vaccine communities. Read more...

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Here’s some advice on effective communication

Giving and receiving constructive criticism proves vital for healthy team dynamic

Hi, RPI!

Today, I’d like to discuss a topic we’ve covered extensively in our MBA program, which I feel is applicable and pertinent to all group dynamics: handling conflict with constructive criticism. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Rekindling my joy for reading

This past weekend I went to go visit my girlfriend in Washington D.C. I chose to drive down due to the outrageous costs of train tickets and the inconvenience of plane departure times. The six hour drive itself was manageable; it provided me and my friend, Copy Editor Rex Hu '19, ample time to talk about absolutely everything and nothing that came into our heads. One of the first conversations we had was about childhood reading. Read more...

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Student Senate wants to hear your feedback

Hello, RPI! The Fall Student Senate Survey is now live! Annually, the Student Senate and each of its committees contribute to the production of a survey. This survey is intended to provide students with the opportunity and platform to anonymously share their opinions and make their voices heard. Read more...

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derby

Deadlines approaching for Fiscal Year 2020

Hi everyone!

I apologize for the rather short update this week. We are getting ready for one of the most exciting times of the year: budgeting for Fiscal Year 2020! As such, I would like to take this time to share some important reminders for clubs as budgets are being written and reviewed. Read more...

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opinion

The implications of global drought

Water: the essence of all life. Without it, our crops shrivel up, our streets become polluted, and people die from dehydration. Over the last two millennia, humans have become exceedingly efficient at finding it and utilizing it. We extract it from aquifers, rivers, and lakes; purify it; pipe it; and recycle it. Many of our cities are located around it. Most people don’t even give it a second thought, but that will change drastically within the next few decades. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Finding, collecting treasure

My roommate calls me a hoarder; my parents, a dumpster diver; my friends, a hazard to my own health and safety. All of them believe that I, to some degree, know what I’m doing—that there’s a method to my madness, that I’m collecting parts for some grand design, that I know what I want and take it. In reality, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I simply tour the tech dumps and reach for whatever looks the most interesting. Read more...

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The Polytechnic has taught me to face my fears

Improving writing skills, learning from failures through journalism

If you asked any of my high school friends what clubs I would have joined in college, I am 99 percent sure they would have never guessed the school newspaper. I hated writing, and when I had to write my college essays, I had three friends and two teachers proofread them. It involved a lot of red ink. During the last part of high school, I was counting down the days until “I never have to write an essay again.” Ironically, I joined The Polytechnic a week into college, and have been writing more than I ever did in high school.  Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Students, faculty should go to Fall Town Meeting

Today, on Wednesday, October 31, President Shirley Ann Jackson will hold the Fall Town Meeting from 2–3 pm in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. In past meetings, Jackson and her cabinet have spent considerable time fielding questions from the Rensselaer community.  Read more...

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Town meeting: opportunity to share ideas, concerns

Hello, RPI! I cannot believe how quickly this semester is going by. In the blink of an eye, we have already completed more than half of the fall semester. With only six weeks left of classes, and the weather progressively getting colder, I hope you all stay warm and work hard to end the semester strong! Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Go vote!

The midterm elections are fast approaching, with only two weeks left until election day on November 6. While midterm elections may not have the glamour of presidential elections, the outcome of this year's elections will set the stage for the next two decades in politics. Every two years, all 435 seats of the House of Representatives are up for election. But it isn't only the House that is up: a third of the seats in the Senate are up for grabs and 36 states will also be voting for their governor. Read more...

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Welcoming five new members to Student Senate

Hi, RPI! I hope you all enjoyed the festivities of Family Weekend. For those of you who had family visit campus, I hope they were able to get a glimpse into our daily lives and I hope you enjoyed spending time with the people you may not have seen in quite some time.  Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Women deserve to be heard

For one of my writing classes this semester, I have to write a piece about what irritates me. As I am new to this type of self-expression, this class has really opened my eyes to healthy ways of questioning aspects of my life. And, as I sat at my desk thinking of daily irritations, I realized my biggest annoyance resulted from my male peers: mansplaining. I’m sure the majority of women on campus are familiar with this term as we fight to simply be considered equally. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

I love RPI, but I feel deceived

To say I have fallen in love with my school is an understatement. Since I’ve arrived at Rensselaer, I have far more than profoundly come to admire so many of its qualities: the small, green campus, the uniquely beautiful buildings, the feeling of community within our class, and the endless array of opportunities to learn and grow as a science student. Amidst this awe at the place I now call home, I’ve also felt fear that the obvious tension between administrators and students will impact my time here. I’m afraid that my peers are right in their belief that the money I pay for this education is being misused and misplaced into things other than what it was intended for. Though this fear came from many things, much of it was borne of the seemingly deafening anger of students all over campus, and the simultaneous silence of administrators. Read more...

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Exciting Union events you can attend for Family Weekend

Hello, RPI!

With Family Weekend this weekend, I wanted to take a moment to welcome all the visiting families to campus and to our Union. If you are looking for activities for this weekend, allow me to highlight some of the exciting activities happening in the Union. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Matters of life and death: every bit helps

I remember reading a story about a man named Kevin Hines. In September of 2000, he, a 19 year old college student, dropped all his classes and took a bus to the Golden Gate Bridge, crying hysterically all the way. He planned to kill himself. Read more...

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