Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

Editorial Notebook

Reaffirming my faith in journalism

Oftentimes journalism can make me jaded. With all the work that goes into covering events, writing articles, putting them through our editing process, photographing, and even finding the money to be able to print, I must admit, sometimes I forget the excitement that drew me to The Polytechnic. But last Friday, I had the pleasure of photographing an event at the RPI Chapel and Cultural Center featuring a candlelit vigil for survivors of domestic abuse.  Read more...

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Opinion

China’s quiet imprisonment of Muslims should disturb you

The Chinese government started a campaign, called the de-extremification policy, to socially re-engineer the Uighur Muslims of the province of Xinjiang through the use of technological surveillance and modern-day internment camps.  Read more...

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Opinion

Incorporating a technical perspective into our professional development programs

“I want a job.” These four little words resonate with many students at Rensselaer; whether they are instilled in us by our parents, our guardians, or ourselves. As a senior student, I think about job security and the start of my professional career perhaps too much—what can I say, I’m an overachiever. Yes, college is much more than getting a job: it’s a place to open your mind, to change your perspective, to collect new experiences, to meet new people, and to think back on with nostalgia. But, undeniably, college is about preparing yourself for “the real world.” Although, one may argue that simply calling it “the real world” further separates us from the idea. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Dangers, losses of publishing online

I read about your decision to stop printing the school newspaper. I hope you understand that the future includes both screens and paper, and that many people make conscious decisions to get their information from paper sources because of the constant tracking and privacy concerns endemic to digital information access. Reading on paper is also qualitatively different. The campus environment is ideal for paper distribution, as you have a captive local audience! Read more...

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Top Hat

Excluding members of the RPI community is unacceptable

Hello, RPI! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Whether you got the chance to travel home and see family this weekend, took a whole day to catch up on Netflix shows, or went on a hike or another outside adventure, I hope you all had the chance to take a well-deserved break. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Participating in random acts of kindness

During my senior year, I was talking with one of my friends, and you know, we had done all the college tours over the summer, and she was talking about how she went on a tour of Princeton. She was with other prospective students who were being shy and awkward—which is fine—but she managed to squeeze a little information out of them. A couple of them gave her the pretty common “pre-med,” or “pre-law,” or “business” answers, and maybe a little of their history with volunteer work or a similar humble brag. Read more...

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Derby

Club budgeting just around the corner

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed Reunion & Homecoming Weekend! Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Waiting for a real “Transformation”

To the Office of Annual Giving,

Thank you for your letter asking for a donation. I find it ironic and darkly humorous that, in light of recent events on campus, the Institute would send me a letter in an envelope marked “Transformative.” Indeed, the transformation of RPI in recent years has been notable: Read more...

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Board of Trustees updated on Senate initiatives

Hi, RPI! I hope you all enjoyed Reunion & Homecoming Weekend. On Friday, September 28, the Board of Trustees and the Student Life Committee held a meeting. President of the Union Justin Etzine ’18 and I were invited to give the Board of Trustees an update on Executive Board and Student Senate initiatives and happenings. In the presentation on the Student Senate, I talked about committee initiatives, supporting Rensselaer traditions, the Elections Reform Task Force, the Greek Life Task Force, and the director of the Union.  Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An open letter to the Board of Regents

Dear Chancellor Rosa,

This letter will illuminate a series of matters of grave concern among students, faculty, and alumni at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which for almost two centuries has been a beacon to students around the world and particularly in New York State as a leader in applying science, engineering, and technology to improve the world. Yet the bright light on the hill is fading. RPI was unique among higher education institutions around the country, its Union Constitution granting a wide-range of significant power sharing between Institute administrators and student union leadership. For example, the Student Union once facilitated contributions and management of the Athletics and Clubs budgets; this has since been ripped from the purview of the Union and Students, a violative and unilateral decision in direct confrontation with the principles of tradition and the Constitution. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Finding structure, organization in a bullet journal

My day-to-day life had no structure when I was growing up. I would wake up, go to school, and go home. And I would sit there. I’m not really sure what I did to pass the time. Then, when I got to college I thought, “Why can’t I accomplish as much as my peers? What do they have that I don’t?” The answer, in short, was that I never learned discipline. Read more...

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Opinion

Freshman registration is flawed; we need reform

This year, the Office of the Registrar tried a new procedure for registering the incoming freshmen. For all students attending the first three student orientation sessions, the Registrar provided premade class schedules and allowed them to choose any Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences course. The Registrar emailed everyone attending student orientation sessions four and five, myself included, with a time slot about a week before orientation to register through Student Information Services. Both of these methods are flawed, and didn’t make getting ready or adjusting to the college experience any less stressful or difficult.  Read more...

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Administration

Sophomores: take control of your world

“Sophomore” is a call to action. It is an opportunity “to become” rather than merely “to be” that marks experiences which test, reaffirm, challenge, explode. That might include looking into study abroad, researching an undergraduate research program, or going to the career fair. It might include new friendships, looking at Greek life in a new way, or accomplishing something you didn’t think possible.   Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

There is no shame in changing your major

Coming into college as a new student is one of the most stressful things any young person can do. You’re suddenly thrust into an open world, where rigid schedules don’t exist, and where no one is there to hold your hand. You can choose which classes to take, which classes to actually go to, and how to spend your days outside of class. Gone is the constant threat of parental supervision. Gone is the threat of not getting into college, because hey, you made it.  Read more...

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Derby

Review of dining changes, workshops, Reunion & Homecoming

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the small drop in temperature this week; this weather is certainly my favorite. Read more...

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Top Hat

Past and present members of RPI community: what is your perspective?

This weekend, we will be welcoming members of the Rensselaer family back to campus for this year’s Reunion & Homecoming festivities! Countless alumni will make their way back to Troy and the RPI campus to reminisce with other members of their graduating class, take a glimpse into their past experiences, revisit the dorms they used to live in, and think back on all of the RPI traditions that meant so much to them during their time here. While I am thrilled to be welcoming back all of the students that walked through the academic buildings and ‘86 Field (or the old football field) before us and founded the clubs and organizations that we are part of today, it is plaintive to think that these alumni will be recounting experiences that current or future students cannot relate to. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Importance of distributing equity instead of equality

The other day, I had a strange realization after class. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Cooking: art, science, my greatest passion

I remember the first time I started cooking. I must have been 11 or 12. I was left to my own devices as my parents were both industrious business owners, so I tried my hand at making a seemingly simple egg omelette. To say the least, it ended up looking up like an oily abomination with some parts overcooked, and some parts still raw; it was cheese oozing out of a scrambled mess. Read more...

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Editor's Corner

The Polytechnic no longer printing regularly

This past spring, our Editorial Board unanimously voted to end our regular printing schedule and to instead refocus our efforts toward online publication. Since this decision will obviously affect our readers, I wanted to take some time to explain our reasoning, give some context, and tell you all what to expect from us in the future. Read more...

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Derby

Club workshops exist to educate on fundamentals

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your week! With the completion of the Student Leadership Summit this past weekend, we are officially through with our wave of trainings for the fall. As clubs are in the process of being notified for any incomplete requirements and unexcused absences, I wanted to take some time to explain the importance of each of our requirements. Read more...

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