Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

ENDORSEMENT

Undergraduate President: Joey Lyons

The Polytechnic endorses Joey Lyons ’20 for Undergraduate President. The Undergraduate President presides over the Undergraduate Council, and it is her responsibility to nominate officers, assume the duties of unfilled officer positions, uphold bylaws, and preside over meetings. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

President of the Union: Justin Etzine

The Polytechnic endorses Justin Etzine for President of the Union. This past year, some of the Executive Board’s operations have lacked both transparency and efficiency. Etzine’s understanding of these issues—and his commitment to fixing them—is unquestionable. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Privatized military overdue for change

The date is September 16, 2007. A 20-year-old Iraqi is driving his mother to her clinic in Baghdad during the height of a civil war threatening to tear the country apart. The young man finds himself driving directly towards an armored convoy of paid mercenaries with nowhere to go. The convoy opens fire on the car, killing both him and his mother, and when the white Kia sedan doesn’t stop, they start firing indiscriminately. The mercenaries continue to fire into the crowd of unarmed civilians and even call in helicopter support, purportedly in self-defense. At the end of the 20-minute shooting, there were a total of 17 dead and a further 20 Iraqis injured; none of the mercenaries were hurt. Read more...

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Undergraduate President candidate profile

Why do you want to be Undergraduate President?

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Prioritize positivity

“Be a good person.”

Those were the joking, parting words of Scott Peters, former roommate, and my dear friend before he left for another room. I initially laughed, as such advice is often regarded as a joke, and wished him well. However, in the days after he had left, I took some time to reflect on what he said and realized that his words mean much more than meets the eye. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENT

Grand Marshal: Nancy Bush

The Polytechnic endorses Nancy Bush ’19 for Grand Marshal. As the highest elected student official at Rensselaer, the GM serves not only as the head of the Student Senate, but as the leader of the student body. It is her responsibility to understand and voice the concerns of the student body to the proper parties. Consequently, the GM bears a significant amount of responsibility to not only those in the Senate, but also to the entire Rensselaer community. Read more...

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

What makes you the best fit to lead the student body?

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ENDORSEMENTS

Union Constitution amendments

Amendment I: support

The Polytechnic supports proposed Amendment I. This amendment to the membership and eligibility section of the Union Constitution was created to specify requirements for being an officer in student government, the composition of the Graduate Council, and membership for the Executive Board. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENTS

Interfraternity Council endorsements

As the representatives of all Fraternities on the Rensselaer campus, the Interfraternity Council seeks student government candidates that understand the circumstances and issues pertaining to Greek Life, as well as intend to further the interests of the Greek community. After the General Body Meeting of The Interfraternity Council on March 21st, 2018, the Council delegates have voted to endorse the following candidates for the positions of Grand Marshal, President of the Union, and Undergraduate President: Read more...

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Senator candidate profile

If elected, what issues would you address, and how will this affect the campus or members of your class?

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CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

President of the Union candidate profiles

Why do you want to be President of the Union?

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TOP HAT

GM reflects on past year, thanks all who helped

RPI, I am stunned at how quickly the year has flown by! Today marks my final Top Hat column to you all as your 152nd grand marshal. Read more...

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DERBY

Withholding Union donations hurts students

Since its inception in 1890, the Rensselaer Union has been an organization dedicated to the advancement of students. It began, and still remains, as an organization by the students, for the students. When the Activity Fee was initiated as a self-imposed tax to provide the campus with communal opportunities, the founders of our Union never imagined their idea would turn into the organization it is today: an organization that remains a beacon on the hill for what college student unions can be in America. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Responses to student concerns at Spring Town Meeting misleading, disappointing

To the RPI Community:

According to Dr. Jackson, the concerns of hundreds of students are nothing more than over amplified dissent, worthy only of a dismissive acknowledgement. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Advice for springtime

As the temperatures slowly increase and the snow on the ground diminishes, it finally seems that winter is over. After a cold and snowy winter, spring has finally arrived. Soon, the warmer temperatures will give us more opportunities to spend time outdoors. The season of spring is the perfect time to go outside and enjoy nature. However, there are certain precautions that are to be considered in order to have an enjoyable and memorable experience. Read more...

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TOP HAT

RPI foils free speech again

Hello RPI,

I hope you had an enjoyable Spring Break, and that it gave you the chance to recharge before we begin our last leg of the academic year. As a quick reminder, election season is well underway, and it is not too late to run for office! For any questions on elections and campaigning, feel free to reach out to Elections Commission Chairperson Caleb Caraway ’19 at union-elections@rpi.edu. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Developing self-confidence

Reflecting on personal growth

Over Spring Break, I went to Miami, Florida with a few of my friends. Once we bought our tickets, we immediately began planning all of the fun things we could do there, becoming especially excited about going to the beach. Yet, as a trip to the beach might warrant, we all were pretty nervous having to deal with the so-called “perfect” beach body stereotype. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Why not change Rensselaer?

Positively affect RPI through continuous civic engagement

With seemingly high levels of discontent and complaints coming from the Rensselaer community through protests and social media, The Polytechnic Editorial Board hopes to see students act on these feelings through increased civic engagement. A great way to do this is by running for student government or by attending the Spring Town Meeting this Thursday at 3 pm. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Take advantage of every single moment

On average, each of us gets 27,375 days. That’s it. 657,000 hours. Each and every moment of our existence is an opportunity—an opportunity to do great things, to enjoy life, and be the best version of ourselves we can be. It’s that last part I want to focus on here—striving to be a better individual, a version of yourself that you’re proud of. Read more...

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JOINT TOP HAT & DERBY

Addressing transparency issues in StuGov

Hello everyone! We are joining you this week to talk together about how the Senate and the Executive Board plan to address issues regarding transparency and accountability in our organizations. You spoke, and we listened. We are committed to ensuring that every member of the Union has the ability to access student government records and can participate in their Union’s funding and decision-making processes. Read more...

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