Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

STAFF EDITORIAL

Freedom of press relieves fear of reporting the truth

Journalists provide an unparalled service to society

At a time when the legitimacy of the press is questioned and the term “fake news” is thrown around without regard to its impact, we must remember the irreplaceable role the press fills in our lives. We have the privilege of living in a country where the freedom of the press is protected. Journalists need not fear persecution for exposing the truth. We are privileged to have a diversity of news sources available to us, and to not have that news censored by our government. Undermining the credibility of reputable news sources practicing responsible journalism is detrimental to the health of the United States. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Environmental policy at risk of losing attention

I remember walking into my Environment and Politics recitation last semester, two days after the election. I was still in a daze and hadn’t fully processed the results. Our TA had prepared an exercise for the class that would help us understand what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the environment. We spent the next hour and a half filling the board with his proposed actions, comments, and tweets. The board was covered with words that blatantly contradicted almost everything we had learned. It was a sobering experience that I can’t help but consider as the inauguration approaches. Read more...

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DERBY

Payroll changes

Welcome back from break, and happy 2017! I hope everyone enjoyed a great winter break and an even better start to the spring semester. Last time I wrote was in early December. I generated a long list of projects and goals the Executive Board has for this year and our progress so far. Nearly a week after that was written, the E-Board completed club budgets and budgeting appeals for the next school year, finalizing the Union’s budget. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

GM and PU not told of job posting

Search for new Director of the Union starts behind the backs of students

It is clear that student-administration relations have been strained this year, and it is clear why. It should be clear that administrators have a moral obligation to inform students of changes that are being made, particularly when those changes are likely to have long-standing effects on student life. For all the work that has been done to improve the situation between students and professionals at RPI over the past two semesters, it’s disappointing to see just how little things have changed for students. Read more...

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DERBY

Veterans lounge for students underway

Happy end of the semester! We all managed to make it to the end, just two weeks left until we can all head home for Winter Break. Since this is the last time I’ll be writing to you this semester, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays and good luck on their final exams and projects. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Shoutout to my friends for keeping me sane

Well here we are, the last two weeks of the semester. For the next couple of weeks, we all have term projects, tests, papers, presentations, and, of course, finals, to look forward to. The upcoming weeks will feel like an eternity. This is not an uncommon feeling, but this feeling hits home at RPI more than at other colleges. RPI pushes its students with such a rigorous academic curriculum with incredibly challenging classes that may not necessarily be well taught. This puts extra pressure on us, especially at this time of the year, as this semester comes to an end. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Physics II finally clicking

Undergraduate TAing most rewarding experience academically, socially since coming to Rensselaer

One special opportunity I’ve had this semester is that I’ve been able to be an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Physics II. The undergraduate TAs staff the room during labs in order to help the students with the lab activities and answer questions. Sometimes, it can be intimidating to directly ask a professor what seems to be a simple question and that is where the undergraduate TA shines to fill in the gap. Also, at least in Physics II, the graduate TA and the professor float between two labs so they may not always be available during lab to answer questions immediately. In addition to being available during lab sessions, many of the TAs also do separate office hours either on Wednesday or Sunday of every week. Read more...

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DERBY

E-Board takes care of budgeting

Hello RPI! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and is recovering well from their food comas! Finals are just around the corner with only two short weeks left of classes. I hope everyone manages to make it through these last few days before enjoying Winter Break. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Trump movement successful for a reason

Federal government, Cabinet appointments moving towards much needed reconstruction

With the outcome of the Presidential election decided almost three weeks ago, President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet is beginning to take shape. Through these picks, I am happy to see Trump is not reneging on his campaign promises to bring sweeping changes to the federal government. He is taking great care in choosing highly-experienced, well-respected individuals for Cabinet positions without regard for any personal opinions. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Professor’s trip out west reaffirms significance of Dakota Access Pipeline civil rights violations

I moseyed over to Bismarck, North Dakota this past week to find out what was really going on at the Standing Rock Reservation, with this “protest” of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I learned two main lessons. First, this is a classic case of egregious political corruption in which the governor, in collusion with private (foreign) corporations, is sending police, sheriffs, and even national guard troops to beat the hell out of citizens in violation of their most fundamental civil rights—in this case, non-violent demonstrators exercising the right of assembly. It’s blatant, constantly one-sided, and enraging. I saw and experienced it first hand, inquired of it, challenged it, and got confirmation that there is only one side to the story. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Lost hope for United States

When the election results came out, I felt numb. Everyone I spoke to that morning felt numb. All of the anger, the sadness, the disappointment, and the disgust meshed to form this feeling. The numbness turned into a pit in my stomach, and every time I thought of the fact that Donald Trump will be our next president, I felt physically sick. Read more...

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DERBY

Student unions coming together

Hi RPI! Some exciting things are happening all around campus but I’ll do my best to inform you on some of the bigger ones from the Executive Board and the Rensselaer Union. This weekend, members of the E-Board and the Student Senate will be traveling to Lowell, MA to participate in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region VIII conference. This is a great tradition for RPI, students, and the Union for a number of reasons. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Unneeded message sent out to RPI community

I recently read Curtis Powell’s “Post-Election Message” of 11/10/16 to the RPI community, and I felt compelled to write to you. His message was, simply put, repugnant. I’ve always found RPI to be a relatively freethinking and normal home for education, research, and camaraderie. Different points of view could be shared and students could handle the world around them without the need for intervention or counseling. RPI has never struck me as a school like Vassar, where “special snowflakes” are kept in “safe spaces” from opinions and news that might damage their delicate sensibilities. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

The significance of your vote for Donald Trump

As a gay American, I had everything at stake in this election. Muslim Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, and essentially every other minority group in this great country had everything at stake in this election. For a presidential candidate who stated that he wanted to register Muslims, end marriage equality, deport Mexicans, and “grab women by the pussy,” it seemed like every group that wasn’t straight, white, and male had something to lose over the course of a Trump presidency. At this point, I’m dumbfounded that so many Americans voted in a way that condones bigotry at worst and passively accepts it at best. I’m dumbfounded that so many Americans voted in a way that would signify that my civil liberties are less important than their tax breaks. Read more...

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Senior board Editorial

The repercussions of your vote

For the last year and a half, we have watched Donald Trump redirect the Republican Party through the frame of fear-mongering. He established a routine of consistent bigotry; whether it be lewd comments about women, racist comments about Hispanic Americans, or dismissive comments about sexual and gender minorities, Donald Trump has made it clear that he is not only socially conservative, but socially regressive. Any ounce of progress that has been made in the last eight years has been wiped clean by the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and this serves to fundamentally redefine the course of America. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Overcoming monotonous feelings in college years

Change up your routine and explore the community

Sometimes, it still shocks me that I’m already in my second year of college; my freshman year just flew by. At first, I thought it was just fulfilling the old saying: “Time flies when you’re having fun!” But no, that wasn’t it. It was something else. And for the longest time, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I kept shrugging off the fact that life was getting too repetitive because I was genuinely having some fun in college, and I didn’t feel bored too often… but that’s exactly what it was, and I knew it needed to change. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Representing Rensselaer reasonably, responsibly

Incorporating passion through influencing public

Admissions season is now in full gear. Students have begun applying to and visiting colleges across the country. We all were at this stage of our lives, unsure where we will end up and anxiously seeking out help wherever we could. I know it seems like a blur at this point, but I would like to ask, for a second, that you think about where you came from and how you got to where you are today. Read more...

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TOP HAT

New committee formed

Elections Policy Review Committe sets out to prevent controversy in future elections

It’s been kind of funny over the past few days, as I’ve been talking to some of my friends. With us being first semester seniors, it’s the last time a lot of us are making schedules for classes, and making the appropriately annoying Facebook post about that. So between that and all the leaves that are falling right now, change has been on my mind a fair amount recently. Read more...

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DERBY

Union’s budget, clarified

How your Activity Fee is used to improve RPI

Hi RPI! Since many clubs are beginning to construct their budgets for next school year, I thought I would provide some info on what the Rensselaer Union’s expenses are and how its income is spent. All of this information and more is available to you in the Fiscal Year 2017 Union Annual Report found at https://poly.rpi.edu/s/0czl9. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Disappointment in attendance at Fall Town Meeting

Earlier this year at the Spring Town Meeting, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Theater was packed to capacity. It was so full, in fact, that members of the community were forced to wait outside. At the time, there were questions as to why the Spring Town Meeting was not held in the main concert hall, as to accommodate everyone. Last week, we were reminded of the answer. Read more...

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