Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

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New perspective on the arts

EMAC major at RPI offers surprising advantages

Rensselaer is a school known for engineering, computer science, and the STEM-related fields. This, however, does not mean that other majors do not exist. Having all of these majors in different types of engineering and science gives so much opportunity for disciplines to mix, work together, and make amazing discoveries or advances in research. I am a dual major now, but when I started here my sole major was Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (better known as EMAC), and yes, that exists here. Read more...

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Editorial notebooks

Intern-esting summer fun

Taking a summer to travel is not always a bad idea

With the career fair around the corner, I am sure that internships are on everyone’s minds, but I have a message to those freshmen who are not sure what they will do this summer if an internship opportunity does not come up. First, I want to express that if you do not get an internship, do not get discouraged. Getting an internship during your freshman year is quite rare. Second, think about the positives: now you have the whole summer to do different activities and this may be your last opportunity to do so. My advice is to travel and see the world while you have the chance. Read more...

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Freshmen complete voting membership of E-Board

Committees still seeking passionate students

Hello RPI!

As I mentioned last week, the Executive Board has four new members; last Monday two voting members were confirmed by the Student Senate, and last Thursday two non-voting members were confirmed by the E-Board. So, as of last Thursday, the E-Board is officially complete! This does not mean we aren’t looking for help, however. The committees of the E-Board are always looking for interested members of the Rensselaer Union to help complete projects. The E-Board has five standing committees—Union Programs and Activities Committee, Policies Committee, Marketing Advertisement and Publicity Committee, Business Operations Committee, Union Annual Report Committee, and Student Government Communications Committee. These committees all work very hard to provide students with access to information, input on operational procedures, assistance with club outreach, and valuable campus experiences. Their work is vital in supporting the Union and a meaningful way to contribute to a student-run organization that provides so much to all students on campus. I’d ask everyone to consider joining a committee. Committee descriptions, meeting times, meeting locations, and contact info can be downloaded at https://poly.rpi.edu/s/7m1dx. Congratulations again to Ananya Murali ’20, Anissa Choiniere ’20, Majken Rasmussen ’20, and Caitlin Kennedy ’20 on their addition to the Union Executive Board! Read more...

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Editorial notebooks

Relating mundane actions to life’s daily adventures

Walking back from class Thursday afternoon around 3 pm, after being let out early, I passed the Troy Building, then strolled alongside the ’86 Field as the light breeze made my ponytail sway back and forth. At this moment, there were a few other people meandering around, crossing paths with me as I continued up the staircase passing Quad and then back down a flight of stairs to cross the road while two cars coming from both directions slowed down and then stopped for me. Read more...

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Editorial Notebooks

Prepared, Confident, Proud

Total transformation of one resume to the best resume

As a junior with the career fair coming up next week, it is about time I get serious about looking for an internship. I have never been to the Career Fair, and before last week I didn’t have a resume. Well I had one, but it wasn’t one I was proud of. Thanks to the Center for Career and Professional Development and Marie Dieffenbach, I feel ready to take it on. Read more...

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Past GM inspires

Ilori reminisces about old leadership

Student government is a weird thing to get involved in. And this is coming from someone who’s been over involved in it since he got on campus. With all the options you have as a new student, it’s interesting to see what direction people go in. Some stay on the same trajectories, doing similar activities to those they did before, while others branch out to some new interest. Read more...

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Official statement from PU on poster outrage

Kirchner appoints four bold, new freshmen to the Executive Board for 2016-2017 year

Hello again RPI! As always, a great many things happened across campus this past week; I’ll start on a lighter note. This past Monday, the Executive Board gained four new members: Ananya Murali ’20 and Anissa Choiniere ’20 will join the board as two regular voting members and Class of 2020 representative and member at large, respectively; Caitlin Kennedy will join the E-Board as a non-voting officer who is focused on providing initial funding to new and unfunded clubs in the Union; and Majken Rasmussen ’20 will join the board as a non-voting officer focused on working with existing clubs and on E-Board projects. Murali, Choiniere, Kennedy and Rasmussen are all members of the Class of 2020 and the E-Board and I are all excited to begin working with these new members and we are looking forward to a great year ahead for the team. Read more...

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PANHELLENIC & IFC

RPI enforces strict no hazing policy

The RPI Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils have been tabling this week in the Rensselaer Union in honor of National Hazing Prevention Week, a nationwide initiative on college campuses, at high schools, in communities, and within organizations to raise awareness of the problems with hazing. Hazing is defined in The Rensselaer Handbook as “any conduct that subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrades or intimidates the person as a condition of association with a group or organization, regardless of the person’s consent or lack of consent.” RPI supports a zero tolerance policy on hazing, and Greek life at RPI is here to support that policy. In honor of NHPW, we have been making a banner with the slogan “These Hands Don’t Haze” as a pledge by our members to not haze within their organizations. This Friday, we will also be having a social media campaign titled “These Letters Don’t Haze.” Any Greek-affiliated member who posts a picture this Friday, September 23 with themselves in letters, uses the tag “#TheseLettersDontHaze”, and tags @rpipanhellenic, @rpigreeklife, or @rpiifc will be entered to win a free pair of letters. You can also send a Snapchat to @letters4letters to be entered. Thank you to those who have come out in support of our cause! Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Dr. Ross, change your approach

One has to admire the audacity that Dr. Frank E. Ross continues to have. The email sent out on September 13 was one of the most breathtaking examples of revisionist history I’ve ever seen. So I’d like to ask: Dr. Ross, why are you bringing up the fact a specific job was removed? One has to wonder, given the tone of the email and the blatant doublespeak, if he imagines the RPI student body can read. His point though, in stating that a specific job was removed, makes me wonder if it’s perhaps projection. Let’s consider why there was outrage to the job offer being placed out there. I highly doubt that it was the creation of a job at all, it would seem bizarre since such protests aren’t commonplace. Now, while Dr. Ross might feign ignorance, protesting that he wasn’t here for other jobs, as he commonly does to escape responsibility, he can ask around, there being a listing for a job doesn’t seem to be sufficient for the student body to be up in protest. Perhaps then it’s the nature of the job, where student autonomy is taken away and given to the administration. But that would seem to imply that the current uproar is once again over student autonomy being violated. So one has to marvel at Dr. Ross saying that the specific job title has vanished, as it’s strikingly irrelevant. I can’t begin to guess whether this is malice, in an attempt to deceive the student body, or just sheer incompetence in not understanding the issue. In either event, I’d like to politely suggest to Dr. Ross that he stop embarrassing himself, though given the regularity of the occurrence it might prove difficult. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

125 years of student engagement

Last year, the Rensselaer Union celebrated its 125th anniversary. For 125 years, students have led themselves in budgeting, governance, and defending the rights and interests of their peers. Hundreds of theatrical performances, hundreds of sports teams, and over 150 student elections have been run by students. Read more...

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EDITORIAL

Aiming for respect at Rensselaer

Senior Board of The Polytechnic responds to recent campus postering

With the recent revival of the Save the Union movement, the Senior Board would like to reiterate the importance of respect. In March, the student body, along with some alumni and faculty, gathered to protest outside of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. As a collective, it was a moment to be proud of; we expressed opinions peacefully, with dignity, and with pride. We made our voices heard, and it seemed to have the effect the student body intended. Read more...

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Editorial notebooks

Embarking on the game of life within the classroom

Challenges present in us all

Coming into Rensselaer, I was always told to explore and challenge myself, which were the most influential and constructive suggestions for my entire first year. Now, I want to pass the same words down to freshmen, which is really hard to do since the first year itself is already a big challenge. Keep challenging yourself and putting yourself out of your comfort zone. It can be extremely hard, from time to time, you want to step back to your shell. There will also be ideas that an academic-focused freshman year can offer a solid guarantee for a better GPA. However, regardless of all those utilitarian thoughts, great experiences and lessons will be absorbed from all the efforts, pain and discomfort if one dares to break one’s own bubble. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Get registered for the 2016 election

In less than two months, one of the biggest elections will take place—the 2016 United States presidential election, as this election marks the first presidential election for many students on campus. As a student and citizen of the United States, voting is a civil obligation. It’s your chance to make a difference for your country; opportunities like these do not come around often, so take advantage of it while you can. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Shuttle service expands without much notice

As you were walking to class earlier this week, you probably noticed posters that have been put up on campus relating to the current state of affairs of the Rensselaer Union in relation to the Institute’s new Assistant Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students position. Chip Kirchner ’17 and I have been working to relate the concerns that we, as leaders, and other members of the Rensselaer community have in regards to this position since the end of the spring semester. We have a meeting with Dr. Ross scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, where we’ll be discussing the matter. We will have more comments and information after this meeting happens. Read more...

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Final step in employment

Critical club officer workshops start up

Hello all! I have a few updates regarding the Executive Board, and some messages for club officers. First, the E-Board: applications for the two positions available to first year students on the E-Board have closed this past Monday. Read more...

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Editorial notebooks

Stepping into another school

RPI offers more than just superb engineering courses

Whenever I tell someone that I go to RPI, I’m constantly told that RPI is a great school. However, this sentiment is usually expressed with one particular qualifier; “RPI is a great school—for engineering.” I agree with this sentiment on some level, but it always strikes me as odd that the education I am receiving is meant to be uni-faceted. Is it possible that the school I’m going to is some sort of one-trick pony? Is it possible that I’m going to enter the job market with a very particular set of skills with a very particular application? It’s frustrating to me that we, as students, are only expected to contribute to the hard sciences. Read more...

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Editorial notebooks

Millennials aren’t the only ones affected by technology

Many years ago, we used to rely upon rotary phones to make phone calls to loved ones and VHS tapes to watch our favorite movies. Chances are, many of us don’t remember all of these old technologies. As technology advanced, electronic systems became smaller and more powerful with the ability to do things that were inconceivable many years prior. Now, it seems that we can almost do anything with modern-day technology. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Improvements all around campus awe students

During the summer, a lot of work happens behind the scenes to make campus better by the time students return. The Editorial Board of The Poly wanted to take this week to show our appreciation for the efforts that have been undertaken to improve campus for the entire Rensselaer community. Read more...

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Take advantage of free rush events, open to all

This past week marked the beginning of a couple of significant annual events on the Rensselaer calendar. On September 6, Hockey Line started. For the next week, student teams will stay in line outside the Rensselaer Union, in pursuit of the first opportunity to buy hockey season tickets. A tradition that’s decades old, Hockey Line was born out of an organic line inside the Union, where season tickets were originally sold. It has since been moved outside on the Union patio and formalized. Even if you don’t think you’re interested in getting season tickets or don’t think hockey is your thing, you should still go and check out Hockey Line. There are cool activities going on with the event, including movie screenings, free food, and much more. Hockey Line finishes at 8 pm on September 12, when the students in the line will march up to the Houston Field House. There will be open skate on the ice that night, along with opportunities to meet the men’s and women’s hockey teams, and a few other things that night, so you should definitely drop by. My personal suggestion would be to buy tickets with the Red Army, our student section, who always get a pretty good spot in line and help plan out Hockey Line. Read more...

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E-Board wants YOU

Open positions await applications

Hello again RPI! I hope everyone had a great first week of classes and a good start to the school year. The Activities Fair last Thursday was an outstanding success with over 200 clubs from across campus present. With the help of all of our club officers we also managed to stay below the occupancy limit for the duration of the fair. Read more...

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