Category Archives: Features

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Shop caters to hipsters, reviewer thrilled

In the two weeks that I have been on campus, I have rediscovered why I love Superior Merchandise Company. Located at 147 4th Street in Troy, it ticks off all of the boxes on my list of why a shop should exist. It is a totally unique experience in Troy that everyone should visit at least once. With curated goods ranging from craft beers to beard sculpting products, SMC gives visitors a friendly and enriching shopping experience. In addition to the craft goods, high quality coffee is served behind the counter on a rotating basis, with different roasts brought in regularly. The whole atmosphere of the store is unique, and strikes me as the hipster college student’s paradise. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

XXXtentacion: edgy

XXXtentacion is a controversial human being. From multiple prison sentences, to troubling witness testimonies, to the sheer energy he puts into his shows and lifestyle, the man cannot be completely analyzed. He has been named “the most controversial freshman” by XXL hip-hop magazine, which described him as one of this year’s ten up-and-coming rap stars. That being said, his latest album, 17, aims to shed some light on his state of mind and show the darker side of his personality. Dealing with topics such as suicide and lost love, XXXtentacion sometimes sings and sometimes rants about his struggles. Coming in at a grand total of 22 minutes long, the album is abnormally short by modern standards; each one of the 11 songs skips by before you realize you finished it. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Melodrama loses signature Lorde magic

I should preface this by saying that I might be the ultimate Lorde loyalist; I fell in love with the album Pure Heroine in the last minutes of my senior year of high school, and it served largely as the soundtrack for my transition to college. As an artist, she presented a sense of self-awareness in her writing that I wasn’t quite familiar with. Here was a young girl—17 at the time Pure Heroine was released—who seemed to really understand the sleepless, manic lifestyle of young people just starting to grow into themselves. She became a smash hit almost seemingly overnight, and I will be the first to admit that I was swept in her image. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Oh Wonder brings emotion with Ultralife

Once I heard the new Oh Wonder song “Ultralife,” I looked it up to find out about it; to my surprise it is part of the new album Ultralife, released in mid-July of this year. The alternative-pop duo consists of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. Their music is relaxing and extremely catchy—it’s great for trying to get your mind off school, falling asleep, going on a light run, or playing in the background when chilling with friends. Their new album has songs a bit more upbeat than their first and only other album, Oh Wonder. Read more...

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NRB EVENT

Sly students snatch snitches

Many freshmen kicked off Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond at the East Campus Athletic Village by participating in a variety of sports including Quidditch, ultimate frisbee, and soccer. Read more...

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NRB EVENT

WRPI shows CD, vinyl collection, entertains

WRPI hosted an event on August 27, to show the incoming freshmen how to run a radio show. They spent the morning recording music and learning about the technical side of running a radio show. Later in the day, they went on a tour of the studio. The freshmen taking part in this experience were excited about the fact that they had the opportunity to actually express their talents and record music. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Calvin Harris showcases summer vibe masterpieces

This summer was a rollercoaster of events for me. From attending community college and experiencing life away from RPI, to working as a martial arts instructor on weeknights, to traveling around Europe on a frantic sightseeing tour, my days were busy. Summer was a hectic adventure, but one with a unified and enthusiastic attitude. That’s the way it should be, that’s the way it always will be, and that’s the way Calvin Harris describes it to be in his latest summer hit album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1. Read more...

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NRB EVENT

MashUp! at EMPAC gets rave review

The culmination of MashUp!, a Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond event focused around remixing music, controlling light and stage technology, and creating visual components, filled the lobby of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Monday, August 28. Read more...

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NRB EVENT

NRB soars with Flying Club

To welcome incoming freshmen, the RPI Flying Club hosted a day at the Schenectady County Airport encompassing all that defines aviation. The Flying Club event featured a tour of the Empire State Aerospace Museum in Glenville, New York and Schenectady County Airport control tower in Scotia, New York as well as flight simulations and flights around the airport. Read more...

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NRB EVENT

Freshmen saunter

On August 27, 2017, in the Academy Hall Dance Studio, incoming freshmen were immediately thrown into the world of ballroom dance. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Memories of Thiers ’99 aids student pilots

On April 29, the RPI Flying Club hosted its sixth annual Thiers Memorial Fly-in & Car Show at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, New York. The Fly-in & Car Show, created in memory of Lawrence Thiers ’99, collected donations for the Thiers Fund in honor of their former president who passed before graduation. This fund supports RPI Flying Club members’ private pilot licenses as well as the annual representation of RPI in NIFA SAFECON. The event did not fall short of remembering a fellow RPI Flying Club member, with an abundance of vehicles and an attendance of thousands including RPI students, RPI alumni, and members of the upstate New York community. Attracting aviation and car enthusiasts in the area, the event showcased six aircrafts, two helicopters, and more than 100 cars. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Ambiguity, confusion result in psychological horrors

As a budding horror movie fan, I tend to judge movies by their covers. I look at movie posters, and if the poster entices me, or if I’ve heard good things about the movie, I usually sit down and watch it. It Comes At Night was a different story for me, as I had never heard of it and had pretty much zero knowledge as to what it was about. All I knew was the title, and from that I inferred that somewhere, at some time, something would appear, probably in the evening or at night. Surprisingly, I was wrong. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Renewed hope for DC Comics

Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. Pictures’ latest superhero movie, was released last month, transforming it from a long-awaited retelling of the superhero’s origin story for comic book fans, to a pop culture sensation thriving off of word-of-mouth recommendations. The movie illustrates Wonder Woman’s rise to prominence in the midst of World War I, but it also proves to be a journey of discovery for all. Longtime fans can rediscover the universe in live action, newcomers can familiarize themselves with her backstory, and even Diana—Wonder Woman herself—can embark on a daunting first adventure in the human world that leads to both self-discovery and worldly understanding. Read more...

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PODCAST REVIEW

Exciting economics

I was pondering ways of starting this podcast review, devising a way to convey how a podcast about economics is one I actually look forward to listening to. I think Planet Money’s about page sums it up: “Imagine you could call up a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.’ Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.” I’m going to tell you right away, I took Economics I, and it turns out I didn’t like it that much. Planet Money, though, I like. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

The Void recreates ’80s thrill with modern tech

Over Easter, I went home, back to the mythical land of Massachusetts, to partake in the age-old tradition that is watching horror movies at late hours with friends. This week, we watched The Void, a throwback to a different age of horror movies. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

RPI students compete in steel bridge competition

From Thursday afternoon to Saturday evening, 10 members of the Steel Bridge Team, including myself, attended the Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers Regionals Conference. The conference consisted of competitions for building of steel bridges and racing of concrete canoes. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Kendrick Lamar releases latest hit

Kendrick Lamar has been on a super-streak since the release of his first studio album, Section.80, and it doesn’t look like he is running out of ideas anytime soon. On April 14, he delivered a new album titled DAMN., featuring 14 tracks. The album presents a different style than Kendrick’s previous works, highlighting his versatility as an artist. With new complex beats, fewer external artist features, and interesting uses of his own voice and storytelling, the album gives off a new modern sound. The story of the album at a basic surface level is of Kendrick overcoming his wickedness and going into his weakness. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

NROTC teams participate in MEC

34 midshipmen set out on Friday, April 7 to compete at the annual Villanova Military Excellence Competition in Villanova, Pennsylvania. This MEC, the largest that RPI attends, draws units from all over the East coast and hosts a multitude of events, including platoon and squad drill, athletic competitions, and color guard. Although RPI didn’t send as many competitors as other schools, it still held its own and competitors had a lot of fun! Read more...

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PLAY REVIEW

Avenue Q bridges gap from hilarity to ’90s nostalgia

After the solemn and sincere Our Town, the RPI Players switch gears as they prepare for this season’s musical, Avenue Q. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it is an homage to Sesame Street that satirizes the story of a young man entering adulthood and the many disillusioning realities he has to face. Read more...

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Campus Event

PSS: Drag Show

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