Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Staff Editorial

Why we aren’t endorsing candidates this year

This year, The Polytechnic will not perform its formal GM Week endorsement process. Rather, grand marshal, president of the Union, and undergraduate president candidates will be evaluated through our regular reporting process and featured in our Editorial/Opinion section. This divergence from a long-standing tradition was prompted by an abrupt shift in leadership. Though sudden, it is our belief that this change in reporting will improve our elections coverage. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Time spent on the arts is not wasted

Some hobbies are more productive than others. This may seem obvious, but for years I thought relaxation was synonymous with the feeling of rotting. Believe it or not, time does not have to be clearly divided between working and existing in a comatose state. There is an inherit value in time spent creating, not for the sake of productivity or result, but for the sake of creation. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Sending the right Snapchat is a science

A few nights ago one of my friends from home, Kendall, called me to ask for advice. It was simultaneously one of the most rational and irrational conversations I’ve ever had. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Can there only be one? Gender and recognition in rap

I spent my teenage years listening to hours and hours of hip-hop, R&B, and rap: Drake, Lil Wayne, Ne-yo, Nicki Minaj. You get the idea. At one point, I even considered T-Pain’s songs to be objectively good music (as if). As a 17-year-old, I could differentiate between most rappers by their stylistic conventions and prided myself on this skill. Even now, I find myself going back to the original songs that helped me fall in love with rap. Read more...

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Top Hat

An Arch update from Student Senate

Hi, RPI! I am sure that I am not the only one excited for Spring Break next week. I hope you all enjoy some downtime and get the chance to catch up on sleep! This time of the year always seems to go by so quickly andbefore we know itthe semester will come to an end and we will get the chance to enjoy some summer weather. Read more...

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Derby

Club officers should prepare for The Arch

Hello, RPI! I hope the semester is going well. I know I am looking forward to Spring Break next week! Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Building a culture of understanding

Up until recently, I didn’t realize that my name was somewhat racially ambiguous. According to the US Census Bureau, in the year I was born only 37 percent of people with my last name were of Asian descent. This was clearly an intriguing discovery, and it lead me down a rabbit hole of into the world of genealogy and ancestry. More importantly, it helps explain something that happened to me recently. Read more...

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Opinion

Racism is inherent in our immigration agencies

The American dream holds a different connotation for everyone who hears it. But, for immigrants, the American dream signifies a new beginning and the possibility to rid themselves of the hardships from their home country. Keeping this in mind, whenever I open a news article or log onto a news site, I happen across articles upon articles on the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and their disregard for citizens of the United States. In fact, just two weeks ago the American Civil Liberties Union released a new article on a case between two residents of Havre, Montana and their interaction with a Customs and Border Protection agent. Read more...

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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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Derby

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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top hat

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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Derby

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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TOP HAT

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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Derby

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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