Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Cosby’s honorary degree unacceptable

On Thursday, April 26, Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault: penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant. Cosby is now a convicted felon guilty of sexual assault, after decades of suspected behavior, and can face up to 10 years in prison according to NBC news. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Comfort, confidence gained through growth

Everybody has a story to tell, but does every story need to be told? I faced that question when I sat down to write this notebook. I have a story about my time at RPI and on The Polytechnic, and I was unsure whether anybody needed or even wanted to hear it. I decided that I would write an abridged version—hopefully it suffices. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Student re-evaluates adulthood after RPI

Winter semester—I mean spring semester—is coming to an end. That means I’m almost a senior. That means I’m almost ready to jump into adulthood, or get pushed in. No more calling myself a student. What does that even mean? Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Integrity is integral

Integrity is the trust that a set of people have in their, or others’, abilities to firmly adhere to moral values. This is the critical part of a regimen of an ethical code that assures us that our capacities will not fail us; to foster the growth of our moral character and therefore ourselves. The strong gravity of dignity tends to cloud our judgment of our self-reflection on our integrity, so this ability of critical introspection is lauded by society. Idealistically, this moral acumen is imbued into education such as the scholastic system at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute throughout your time in our community. However, integrity has become a maladroit afterthought crammed into syllabi, zero tolerance drug and alcohol policies focusing on penal action instead of rehabilitation, and judicial processes that start with the assumption of guilt. Read more...

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JOINT TOP HAT & DERBY

Search for director lacks student involvement

As many of you know, last fall’s hiring process for the director of the Union was reconstituted. The administration has acknowledged their failure to communicate and made a number of commitments to increase student involvement in a reconstituted, student-driven search for our next director. Read more...

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TOP HAT

GM shares excitement for new appointments

Hi, Engineers!  I hope you are all having success in wrapping up any projects or assignments, and that studying isn’t causing you too much stress! With the semester quickly coming to an end, and finals right around the corner, I hope that you are able to take a break from work, and the stress of being an RPI student, and enjoy this well-overdue beautiful weather. Read more...

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DERBY

Introducing new Executive Board members

Hello, RPI!

Tonight, appointees for the 2018-19 Rensselaer Union Executive Board will come before the Student Senate for confirmation voting! We saw over 40 student applications to the Executive Board this year, and I am blown away by the experience, passion, and determination each of the applicants had. As these exceptional students will hopefully be serving as your representatives for the coming year, I wanted to take a moment to introduce each of them to you and give you some insight into their contributions to campus so far! Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Strong should retract claims

This past week, student government dealt with the fallout of the reckless and irresponsible decision of Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong to inform the Rensselaer community of what he claimed were concerns from anonymous students regarding the recently-concluded GM Week 2018 Elections. I contend that his decision to send the email last Tuesday was reckless and irresponsible because he did not allow the Elections Commission to make a decision before releasing his statement. Of greatest concern, he falsely stated that the Rensselaer Union Voting Suite was compromised.  Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Student elections disrespected

“‘Smells rotten’: Administrators meet with Elections Commission” says it all. The rotten smell is due to several odor contributors. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

How hedonism can make you happier

Life sucks. You will go through pain, you will make mistakes, and you will go through times where nothing seems fair and you just want to lay in bed and feel sorry for yourself. And I’m sorry to say that I have no advice for how you can stop this inevitability. Dating that one person, getting that one dream job, or doing that one thing you always wanted to do will not make you a happy person. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Title IX issues should be on prospective students’ radar

Dear Potential Students:

Congratulations on being accepted to RPI! Your academic achievements thus far are certainly exceptional, and I am sure that your success makes the process of choosing a college a difficult one. That being said, if you are a woman and are considering RPI, I urge you to consider your options. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

A look at the future

A guy from my capstone group and I had a little competition in the Union this past week. We were trying to determine who had the better vision by reading various clubs’ signs posted around the third floor. He ended up winning. The difference between us was that I had LASIK surgery this past summer, while he has his natural eyes, no contacts or glasses.  Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Hard work or talent?

Talent or hard work: which leads to success? According to Google, talent is “a natural aptitude or skill.” To me, the word “natural” implies that talent is something people are born with—it can’t be developed over time. Now that we have a definition for talent, do we believe everyone has it? From a quick Google search, I found arguments for both “yes” and “no,” but nothing concrete. Since this is completely based on personal perception, I will assume worst case scenario and answer “no.” For the purpose of this article, I will refer to this definition and interpretation; however, I understand it may be translated in other ways.  Read more...

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TOP HAT

Grand marshal addresses short, long-term goals

Hi everyone! With the semester quickly coming to a close, and the weather finally starting to warm up, it’s time to have a productive few weeks and end the year strong! I ran for grand marshal on a platform that stressed a few short-term goals which I fully intend to complete within the last push of the semester. Some of these goals include improving the availability of Senate officer applications, and the implementation of preferred names. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Taking a break is worthy of consideration

This summer, and for the next eight months, I will basically be taking a leave of absence from society. My “ship date” is May 29, and I will be flying to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to begin my military training. Contrary to what I have been feeling the past six months, today I’m actually really excited for this new beginning. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Preferred names, student rights priorities

Hi RPI! My name is Stef Warner, and I am humbled to be serving you as your 153rd grand marshal! First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone who got out and voted last week. As the GM Week festivities come to an end, we are eager and ready to kick off the new term of Student Government! Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Changing music habits

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an article by Haley Nahman called, “I Think I Figured Out Why My Brain Always Feels Fried” and for whatever reason I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It talks about the ways that people nowadays consume information. Some people will fully follow artists or authors, becoming familiar with their work overtime. They, on a daily basis, read and listen with an “intentionality.” Others, like the author of this particular article, listen and absorb passively, taking what comes to them—content suggested by friends, algorithms, or publications. On the musical side of things, this was something that stuck with me. Read more...

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DERBY

Interested in E-Board? Applications are open

Hello, RPI!

My name is Justin Etzine, and I’m excited to be serving you as the 129th president of the Union! For those of you I have not yet been able to meet, I am a coterminal MBA student in the Lally School, where I am concentrating in Corporate Technological Entrepreneurship. For my undergraduate degree, I studied Computer Science and Information Technology and Web Science. I grew up in Hollywood, Florida, and I chose to attend RPI because of the quirky and remarkable peers I knew I would meet. I have been involved in Student Government since I arrived at RPI four years ago, and student interests have always been of paramount importance to me. I am very excited for the year ahead of us. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Elections flawed, reform necessary going forward

GM Week elections are the most important Student Government event of the year. They determine who will represent us and advocate for student interests. Given their outcome’s significance and ability to set the course of the year for all students at RPI, The Polytechnic is incredibly disappointed in the conduct and execution of the GM Week 2018 elections. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENTS

Graduate Council endorsements, explanation of proposed amendment

Necessity of Amendment II

As the primary voice of the graduate student body, the Graduate Council would like to clarify the purpose and impact of Amendment II, which will be up for vote this Thursday. This amendment is the result of months of close collaboration with undergraduate student leaders, and this fact is corroborated by the Senate vote of 18-0 in favor, with one abstention. The GM and PU candidates are unanimous in their support for this amendment, and their full statements are provided at the end of this article. Read more...

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