Category Archives: Editorial/Opinion

TOP HAT

Union pharmacy project successfully completed

Introducing a free prescription delivery service partnership for Rensselaer students

RPI, I have exciting news to share.

Effective this week, I’m excited to announce that RPI is now partnering with Marra’s Pharmacy to provide free prescription services to students on the Troy campus. Prescriptions will be delivered to the Rensselaer Union by Marra’s during a series of weekly scheduled times. Read more...

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Family weekend fosters bonding opportunities

Relax, eat, try new restaurants, take advatange of campus events during Family Weekend

Hello everybody, and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all doing well and getting excited for Family Weekend! This time of year is a great time around campus. Not only are a ton of events going to be going on (hint: the GM/PU Brunch is the best one in my totally unbiased opinion), but hopefully everyone will be able to see their parents and enjoy a nice weekend with family. On a side note, if you’re looking for restaurants to go to on your parents’ dime, Bellini’s, Plum Blossom, and Pancho’s are three of my favorite restaurants. Just keep it in the back of your mind. Read more...

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Students’ passion, respect unparalleled

Concerns regarding Union's student-run nature relayed, plan potentially forthcoming

“Here’s to old Rensselaer; she stands today without a peer.” Read more...

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‘Save the Union’ not Union-affiliated

Hello everyone! I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend. I know that it was a very busy time on campus, filled with old friends, extravagant events, and, hopefully, many laughs and memories. I know that I had a great time at all of the events on campus this weekend and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with some of our distinguished alumni. Though I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked catching up and filling people in on all the exciting events happening throughout the Union, it’s always good to see a friendly face. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Students deserve respect, recognition

It is with great interest that I have followed the unfolding story of the “hostile takeover” of the Rensselaer Union by the administration, in particular the head of the administration. I can understand the desire for oversight by the university—after all, their name is on it and they may or may not have ultimate legal responsibility over what happens. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Competitive materials

As a materials science and engineering student in the Material Advantage club, I had the opportunity to attend the Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference attracted materials students and professionals in academia and industry from around the world. Held in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center between October 8 and 12, it featured technical lectures, student competitions, industrial tours, and an exhibition with companies in the field, available to all who register. MS&T is one of the largest student-friendly conferences, attracting nearly 3,000 attendees—of which 27 percent are students. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Campus compost

The composting situation is lacking at RPI. Commons composts the food waste produced during meal prep and leftovers that aren’t served. However, all the food scraps left at the end of our meals are tossed into the trash. If RPI establishes a composting program, all the food waste and napkins could be put in composting stacks that could take 6–8 months to fully decompose. The end product is “finished compost,” which is basically soil that is extremely rich in nutrients. That finished compost could be used to fertilize our campus’ landscaping. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Constructing fences not at all constructive

Prohibiting student self-expression by physically fencing them off shortsighted, counterproductive

On Wednesday, October 11, Rensselaer established a perimeter surrounding a large portion of the south side of campus. The capital campaign launch event was held inside these boundaries, which included the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, the Folsom Library, and the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, on Friday, October 13. Read more...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Patronizing misjudgments

President Jackson, Board of Trustees, and the RPI Community, Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Protesting for bigger things

“Why did you protest?”

My answer was originally two parts: first, to fight for the student-run status of the Rensselaer Union, second, to make my voice heard as a student on campus at a time when the RPI administration seems hell-bent on silencing it. But it wasn’t until Reunion & Homecoming weekend that other reasons were realized. Read more...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Protesting for bigger things

“Why did you protest?”

My answer was originally two parts: first, to fight for the student-run status of the Rensselaer Union, second, to make my voice heard as a student on campus at a time when the RPI administration seems hell-bent on silencing it. But it wasn’t until Reunion & Homecoming weekend that other reasons were realized. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOKS

Another look at eye contact

This summer, I discovered something huge about myself, and others.  I rarely made eye contact with anyone. If I did, it was only for a few seconds and never meaningful. It was really just me looking up when I knew someone was trying to look me in the eyes and I knew it would be awkward if I didn’t reciprocate. It seems meaningless, but let me tell you how important this realization was. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

You do you

As alumni are returning to campus this weekend, I would assume that many of them most likely “found themselves” or grew into their roots on this campus. College seems like the perfect place for people to really figure out who they are. It’s a transition period when you’re thrown into this world you’ve never set foot in before, without any of your main supporters by your side. While it’s scary for everyone at first, many students really find out what they’re passionate about and who they want to be as they spend four years becoming real people with unique ideas and viewpoints. However, many students don’t experience this, and that’s not talked about enough. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Our source of pride

Student-run Union seemingly nearing an end; efforts to voice concerns necessary

In light of recent events, the editorial staff of The Polytechnic would like to take a moment to explain a source of pride for many at Rensselaer: our beloved Rensselaer Union. Read more...

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Union meaningful to student experiences

Existence of student-run Union valuable to Rensselaer community, worth supporting

Reunion & Homecoming is upon us, and it is the one time of year when our campus is visited by countless alumni as they take a glimpse into their past and revisit the places and traditions that meant so much to them when they were students, while learning about what has changed across campus. It is especially poignant this year as a major tradition in an important place has recently changed—after 127 successful years, the Rensselaer Union is no longer student-run. Students and alumni have had much to say about the change, and I have been listening intently and working alongside President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 to represent the student body. Read more...

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Explore local opportunities

Hello everyone, I hope that you’re all doing well and that you’ve all successfully passed your first round of midterms! Or, at least, are working on successfully passing your first round of midterms, like me. I know that test season is tough for everyone, but thankfully the weather is still beautiful and soon the whole campus will be fully ingrained in the season with round one behind us. This is a great time to get out and enjoy all that upstate New York has to offer! Some of my favorite activities include going apple picking and attending local haunted hayrides. The area is full of beautiful colors, sights, and sounds. Keep an eye out for large, local events too! I was able to stumble across Chowderfest in Downtown Troy during the weekend and it was a great opportunity to support local businesses and get some great food! Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Field weekend a resounding success

During the weekend of September 30, the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps Department went on its biannual Field Training Exercise at Camp Ethan Allan Training Site in Jericho, Vermont. The exercise consisted of cadets navigating through the rugged, unfamiliar Vermont terrain with nothing but a map and compass, going to the range to improve their marksmanship, and practicing their skills in squad missions. Cadets slept outside, ate field rations called Meal, Ready to Eat, and set up patrol bases to defend at night and conduct missions during the day. At the range, they learned about basic rifle marksmanship, got to zero in their M4 rifles, and shoot to qualify on the Army weapons qualification course. They also did land navigation, which consisted of plotting coordinates on a map, then finding them in the woods. For this exercise, cadets took into consideration elevation change, bodies of water, and time constraints into their route planning, something they had been taught and gotten to practice before. This all culminated towards the squad missions. Cadets had trained up to this point to prepare for squad missions. Classes and practical exercises gave cadets the experience and confidence to perform tactical first aid, handle enemy prisoners, move as a team, and much more. The biggest takeaway for most cadets was the ability to work and function as a team. There are a variety of jobs as an officer in the United States Army, from being an infantryman to a human resources officer, but they all require that team-based mentality as a foundation. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Discussion on current state of RPI required

To: RPI Board of Trustees Chairman Arthur F. Golden: Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Legal perspective on Golden’s letter

Having considered the letter from Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Attorney Golden to the RPI community, I thought I would share a few of my takeaways.  I point out the chairman’s profession as an attorney since the writings of attorneys tend to be different from that of a non-attorney: their words are chosen carefully. Read more...

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Letter to the Editor

Student-run Union principles belittled

Board of Trustees Chairman Arthur Golden’s letter of September 27 regarding the hiring of the director of the Rensselaer Union was legally educational but totally missed the mark. He has made it clear to one and all that the president has absolute and final authority over hiring at RPI, which everyone always knew to be the case for the Union director, but in the spirit of self-determination and respect, not exercised. With this, the Trustees’ Executive Committee and the president reverse what is one of the long-term successes of RPI—a Union funded and managed by the students for the benefit and enrichment of the broad RPI community. Why is this happening? We don’t really know, so at least share with us one good reason why over 50 years of working precedent cannot be fixed without usurping student power. Read more...

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