Category Archives: Features

ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Carnival an abundance of activities, dogs

Photos: Jonathan Caicedo/The Polytechnic

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ALBUM REVIEW

Black Panther anticipated for soundtrack

Let me start this off by saying this isn’t your average album review. Black Panther The Album Music from and Inspired By, also known as Black Panther: The Album, is no ordinary soundtrack. With the film’s score handled by Ludwig Göransson, the soundtrack album was given to someone else. Instead of melodic, moodsetting tracks, it is filled with actual singles created, and curated, by Kendrick Lamar. Yes, you heard that right. Kendrick Lamar. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Porn industry’s implicit design explored

“They’re part of a $97 billion industry, whose revenues in the [United States] alone exceeds baseball, basketball, and football combined,” said Patrick Keilty, referencing the pornography industry in his talk, “Pornography’s Graphical Interface,” at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Thursday. Read more...

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SPORTS

Philadelphia Eagles soar to first Super Bowl victory

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles went head-to-head with the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. They defeated the Patriots 41-33, securing their first ever Super Bowl win. The Eagles started the season widely regarded as a strong team, and were favored by many to be a possible contender for the Super Bowl. That changed when their star quarterback Carson Wentz injured his anterior cruciate ligament, requiring Nick Foles to take his place. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

ZuZu acrobats flip, jump, limbo

On Saturday afternoon, the center of the McNeil Room was empty. Rows of chairs were set up around three sides of the clearing. At noon, booths were set up by the walls to serve food. People began trickling in. At 1 pm, Nya Jackson ’18, vice president of Rensselaer’s Black Student Alliance and M.C. of the event, started things off. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Fall Out Boy renewed

As a junior in high school, I was introduced to Fall Out Boy through their Save Rock and Roll album, which was considered their newer music at the time. Being a first-time listener, I was unaware that they had previously split up, and that this was a comeback album. Eventually, I came to love their older music as well. As I listened to more of their albums, I was surprised to learn how strongly people felt about the sound of “old” Fall Out Boy versus that of “new” Fall Out Boy. So when I heard that Fall Out Boy was releasing a new album in 2018, I was, of course, excited but also doubtful. While I knew I would probably admire their new songs regardless of how accurate this album was to their sound, I was curious to learn how other, more authentic fans would feel. Read more...

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BOOK REVIEW

Dystopian series has compelling world

Do you like Game of Thrones? Ancient Roman history? Dystopian fiction? How about The Hunger Games?  Well, if any of these things interest you, then I strongly suggest that you give Pierce Brown’s Red Rising saga a try. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Film displays exceptional storyline, score

Set in the countryside of a sun-drenched 1983 Italy, Luca Guadagnino’s masterwork film, Call Me By Your Name, is a revelation in cinematography and acting, rich in tone and tenderness. It’s rightfully garnered awards season buzz, landing four Oscar nods from Best Actor to Best Picture. Although the techniques are mastered, the raw performances of its leads transcend any preconception of what a love-and-coming-of-age-story really is. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Artist promotes restorative message through Latin, R&B influenced album

Splitting from her former group, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello emerges with her first solo album, titled Camila. While this album falls under the same pop genre as Fifth Harmony, there is something refreshing about what Cabello has to say. Cabello combines emotions of feeling lost and healing from the past as she unravels her own experiences for the world to hear. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Market a must-go

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FOOD REVIEW

Nugget review

When I think chicken nuggets, my mind automatically goes to “McDonald’s,” but are these really the best nuggs around, or are they just some of the most popular? This weekend, members of The Polytechnic Jonathan Caicedo ’19, Rex Hu ’19, Sidney Kochman ’19, Nicholas Luczak ’20, Joseph Lyon ’20, Serge Piskun ’20, and I decided to do a chicken nugget review to find out which place in town has the best chicken nuggets. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Women’s March continues in Albany

Participants express concern with current presidency, treatment of women

On Saturday, I attended the Women’s March in Albany, one of many marches to pop up around the country in remembrance of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. last year. It was attended by thousands of people, and not just women. The rally was dominated by women protesting the treatment of women—with a good amount of male supporters—but it wasn’t exclusively feminist marchers. Many were there to express their concerns over many problems. Some of the common themes included support for the LGBT+ community, support for Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, support for refugees and immigrants, general concern over the state of our democracy, and even support for animal rights and veganism. Read more...

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CONCERT REVIEW

Walk the Moon maintains alternative pop-rock sound while promoting album

Walking into the Upstate Concert Hall, you could feel a hum of excitement in the crowd filing in. Tickets for the Press Restart tour had sold out almost instantly upon their release back in December, and when more tickets became available later, there was still incredibly high demand. This show was highly anticipated and packed to the brim. Read more...

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TV REVIEW

Vibrant characters rejuvenate TV genre

Set in the ’50s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a refreshing new comedy television series on Amazon Prime. Released in late November, the show has had glowing reviews all around. With a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.9 out of 10 stars on IMDB, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and lead actress Rachel Brosnahan have won two Golden Globe nominations—best television series (musical or comedy) and best performance by an actress in a television series (musical or comedy). Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Unique film enchants

Over Winter Break, I met up with a few of my friends to watch a movie I knew pretty much nothing about. I’m talking, of course, about the new Guillermo Del Toro film, The Shape of Water. After seeing the trailer, I was only more confused; it seemed all over the place with no discernable storyline. However, upon finishing the film, I was left with a sense of awe, as it was a beautiful, though unorthodox, tale of adventure. As expected, this article contains spoilers, and I’d strongly recommend watching the movie before reading this. Read more...

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Club Event

Gallery: Jump, Jive, and Jazz

Photos: Nicholas Luczak/The Polytechnic

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Club Spotlight

iGEM team earns bronze at competition

For the first time in our university’s history, Rensselaer students joined 3,000 synthetic biologists at the international Genetically Engineered Machine Giant Jamboree in Boston from November 9–13. The 2017 iGEM competition featured an amazing array of 310 student teams from 44 countries. This unique event combined the spirit of the Olympics with the rigor of a genetic engineering science fair. The first successful Rensselaer iGEM team earned a bronze medal award for our manufacturing project demonstrating that selective modification of the yeast Starmerella bombicola MFE-2 gene improves the efficiency of sophorolipid production. Read more...

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Investigating startup success

After spending almost 10 years studying online markets and consumer use of electronic commerce, Academic Director of the Severino Center Jason Kuruzovich is now focused on utilizing unstructured data to understand the success of entrepreneurs and their startups. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Little Pecks offers quality coffee

Little Pecks, touted as an all-day cafe from the culinary team behind Peck’s Arcade, really lives up to its reputation. It serves Tandem Coffee, as well as a collection of baked goods weekly, brunch on weekends, and sandwiches, salads, and snacks during the evenings. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

New drama stuns

With a cunning sense of direction and extraordinary acting all around, Greta Gerwig’s first solo directorial effort transcends the genre in a vivid portrayal of adolescence, independence, and the messy relationships between prevailing aspiration and unconventional family. Read more...

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