Category Archives: Features

on-campus event

PAKSA’s Jashn: fun, friendly, nostalgic

Stepping into the Academy Hall auditorium at 6 pm on Saturday felt like being transported to South Asia. There were fairy lights strung across the entire room, with pictures from Pakistan. Beautiful kites hung against the walls, a symbol of Pakistani culture. A photo wall with “JASHN,” which means "celebration" in Urdu, in glittering gold letters against a starry backdrop was off to one side. The aroma of delicacies native to Pakistan and India wafted throughout the space. The room was loud and colorful, filled with people reconnecting with cultures, or discovering new ones. Read more...

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on-campus event

RPI Players enthralls, impresses with Sweeney Todd

As much as I enjoyed the play RPI Players put on for An Evening of Performance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was unlike anything I saw from them so far. It was an absolute riot. From the chilling prologue to the soulful finale, it had audience members terrified, laughing, enthralled, and on the very edge of their seats. Needless to say, I won’t be going to any barbers anytime soon—even though I will probably need to. Read more...

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research spotlight

Exploring 2D material structures for energy, transport properties

Passionate about physics and computational methods, Professor and Head of the Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy Department Vincent Meunier works to optimize materials at their lowest level, playing with atomic structure to maximize their electronic properties on a quantum scale. Read more...

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club spotlight

Club aims to make coding more accessible for local youth

In early 2017, Coding&&Community was founded on campus by a small group of students. This addition to the Rensselaer community serves to educate local youth about computer programming and problem solving. The goal is to bridge the gap between coding and different roadblocks a student may face, including gender, race, socioeconomic status, and more. Read more...

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Club Spotlight

Behind the scenes with RPI Players

I will admit that I’ve never been particularly interested in drama or theater, but after seeing RPI Players’ Evening of Performance, my interest was piqued. After attending one of their work parties, I found that there was a lot more to this club than I initially thought. Read more...

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On-campus event

Winners announced, Russo reads at McKinney Writing Contest awards

The awards for the annual McKinney Writing Contest were given out on April 3 in a packed Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. There are four categories: creative nonfiction, fiction and drama, electronic media, and poetry. Each category has an undergraduate and graduate division. Jamie Steele and Hazelle Lerum won first prize in poetry in the graduate and undergraduate divisions, respectively. Igraine Perkinson and Ziqing Wang won first prize in electronic media. Jay Franklin won first prize in undergraduate fiction. No award was given in graduate fiction. Lauren Gasior and Lisa Knuckey won first prize in creative nonfiction. Read more...

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on-campus event

AJR performance proves a fun, energy-filled concert

On March 26, AJR performed on campus as part of Grand Marshal Week festivities. UPAC Concerts sold 914 tickets, and the number of actual attendees was just under that. The American indie pop band performed some of their more well-known songs, including “Sober Up” and “Weak,” along with some new material. Read more...

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archer center

Technical industry questions answered by RPI alumni

On Friday, March 29, the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development and the Center for Career & Development hosted "Real World: Technical Skills Lunch & Learn." Planning for the event stemmed from my previous discussion with Associate Director of the Archer Center Christine Allard summarized online, which occurred in response to my opinion piece touching on the lack of technical skills reviewed in professional development courses. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Shazam! is the DC film we’ve been waiting for

Last weekend I had a choice between watching an early screening of Shazam! or watching Captain Marvel. I’m glad to say I made the right decision. Shazam! felt like an old-school DC superhero movie in every way: emotional, charming, and powerful. When the film ended, I left the theater in high spirits; this was the type of film I’d longed to see from DC since Man of Steel. Read more...

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INTERVIEW

Award-winning author Richard Russo discusses life as a writer

Richard Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Empire Falls. He will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Annual McKinney Contest awards on April 3 at 8 pm in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Following is a transcript from Russo’s phone conversation with student Hazelle Lerum, which has been lightly edited for clarity. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

HackRPI returns after year-long hiatus

This weekend promises to be an exciting one with HackRPI scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the hackathon was left unplanned since the club that runs HackRPI, which goes by the same name, dissolved. According to current HackRPI President Wenlin Gong ’20, “past leaders graduated, so no one was able to take over.” However, the student-run organization has been revived and its members have been working hard to make the event a success. Read more...

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Album Review

Grande delivers upbeat album despite personal struggles

Ariana Grande’s latest album release, thank u, next is most definitely a bop. Since I started listening to this album a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to stop. Grande mixes her recent heartbreak with upbeat music, and ultimately creates a soundtrack full of groovy hits. Read more...

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Movie Review

The Hidden World wraps up trilogy with a soulful conclusion

“20 years ago, filmmakers had to put their heart and soul into computer-animated films,” I ranted to my friend in the theater. We then talked about how low quality, soulless animation is saturating the industry. Preceding this discussion were three cringe-inducing trailers of low-rent animated movies that looked and sounded generic, bland, and miserable for anyone over the age of four to watch. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Fashion show dazzles with array of designs

The Black Students' Alliance held their annual fashion show Saturday February 23 at East Campus Athletic Village. Lead by their fashion show coordinator, Charles Omoregbee ‘21, the members of BSA converted ECAV into a runway, complete with a centerpiece of a red fist. Models and local designers collaborated to bring about a dazzling show embodying the fusion of tradition and modern styles. Designers such as Acolorfulldream NY, Fresh and Fly NY, Sincerely Black NY, Marcus Blaque NY, Najee Strickland Designs TN, and Rey’s Crochet Closet NY presented many styles and designs such as different streetwear, flashy party wear, and traditional wear fused with a modern twist by converting it into jumpsuits, peplum tops, and party dresses. Read more...

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On-Campus Event

Veronica Taylor shares life experiences with fans

The panel featuring Veronica Taylor during Genericon was held in the largest room in the Darrin Communications Center—a good choice when considering how many fans showed up. Taylor is an actor who voiced iconic characters in television; such as Nico Robin from One Piece, April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), and, most notably, Ash Ketchum during the first eight seasons of Pokemon. Read more...

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on-campus Event

Actor discusses filmography with nearly empty room

As part of Genericon, Colby Boothman—an actor who has performed in films like Jurassic World—was featured in a panel to talk about his experiences on Saturday. Read more...

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on-campus event

The dangers of algorithms

“Algorithms are not facts. They are opinions,” said Cathy O’Neil during a talk on the dangers of algorithms titled “Weapons of Math Destruction.” Read more...

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on-campus event

Elevator Pitch Competition allows students to practice essential skills

Since its inception in 2010, the MANE Student Advisory Council has been working to bridge the gap between students and faculty in the mechanical, aeronautical, and nuclear engineering departments. It primarily serves to give students a medium to express academic and curricula-related concerns and works to connect them with faculty that can find a solution. It also offers students a variety of opportunities to take their innovations to the next level through publications like Student Journals, an online platform to publish their work. Read more...

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Empac Event

EMPAC director shares life’s work

Before Johannes Goebel assumed his role as director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in 2002, he was involved in creative projects of all kinds ranging from handmade instruments to collage and spoken word pieces, as well as music and collaborations with artists of every type. Read more...

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Campus Event

Union After Dark offers variety of entertainment

On Friday, Union After Dark: Showcase Edition kicked off with a stand-up performance from Fumi Abe, a comedian based in New York City. After warming up the audience by asking them questions, he proceeded to talk about what it was like growing up in Ohio as the sole minority in his class, his girlfriends, college life, and several topics too edgy/inappropriate for me to mention here. Topping it all off with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Abe’s effortless charisma made sure that the audience was engaged, and left few moments of silence in the room. Read more...

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