Category Archives: Features

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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CAMPUS EVENT

Successful Bayanihan attracts RPI community

Last weekend, I attended my first Bayanihan, hosted by the Philippine American League, and it was the true definition of an experience. Walking into Academy Hall I was immediately greeted with a huge line, longer than the line for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s the previous week. Needless to say, I was ready. Going in blind, I had no idea what to expect, other than a reported dinner and evening of performances. Entering the room, I was greeted with a sea of tables, with the Academy Hall Auditorium stage acting as the horizon in the sea of people. We were seated at a table near the back, and there we stayed until food was ready to be served. Afterwards, the festivities began. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Nuclear policy expert discusses sex, kinks

This past Monday, I went straight from my Data Structures test to an open discussion in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies with political activist and nuclear policy expert Sam Brinton. I walked in around 8 pm and immediately saw Brinton. He was wearing all black, except for his red, glittery heels, and the words “Ropes, Whips, & Kinks, Oh My!!” were projected onto the wall behind him. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

RPI Photo Club opens prompt-based gallery

On Wednesday, April 5, the RPI Photo Club opened their photo gallery in the Shelnutt Gallery of the Rensselaer Union. The gallery showcased 43 pictures by 22 photographers, all following the theme of “Us” (Universe and Sphere). Each member submitted photos that fit the following prompt: “Every day we are confronted with interactions that range from deeply personal to decidedly apathetic, both in person and through digital communication. As the Internet becomes more pervasive into life itself, the phenomenon of establishing and fostering relationships devoid of ‘human’ contact is no longer considered talking to strangers. At the same time, it is easier than ever before to be immersed in a world populated by copies of your own self despite being surrounded by other realities. In an effort to align the multiple roles in which we live our lives—a citizen, a student, a social member, an individual—this exhibit provokes a consideration of what one finds to be truly central to their being (sphere) reflected against their perception of the collective whole (universe). The exhibit is then a vignette looking inward to the ‘I’ and looking outward to the ‘we’ to visualize a holistic picture of us. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Gallery: Mr. RPI features “Salt Bae,” laundry folding, more

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Campus Event

GM Week closes with Foreign Air concert

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CAMPUS EVENT

Indian Students Association hosts Holi festivities

On Sunday, students and local community members alike celebrated Holi with an event hosted by the Indian Students Association. Holi is a traditional Hindu spring festival that celebrates the coming of spring and new beginnings, and is also known as a festival of colors and love. The festivities are so popular that they have been appropriated as color run events, which involve runners in a 5k or similar event being covered by people on the side with powder and water. Growing up in the Bay Area, I’d seen friends and classmates post pictures of the celebration, but I’d never gone to one myself before coming to RPI. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Shark Tank- like contest draws entrepreneurs

On Saturday March 25, students from all walks of RPI life came together to form teams and compete in a Shark Tank style competition hosted by Deloitte Consulting. The event, which lasted for four days, had students prototype and attempt to sell an original idea to a panel of judges made up of RPI professors and Deloitte employees. The theme of this competition was “Improving Campus” and all of the designs need two things: a purpose or otherwise concrete function, and a way to generate profit for the creators. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Cheer raises funds, spirits

This past Saturday, the Rensselaer Cheerleading Team held a fundraiser for a fellow cheerleader in need, Mya Hauser. Mya is a sophomore at Ballston Spa High School, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma—a cancer that starts in the white blood cells. After going through many tests, biopsies, and surgeries, she was given a positive prognosis and began a process of six months of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiation. Read more...

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Movie Review

Get Out

Jordan Peele, from the popular Key and Peele comedy duo, has been receiving a lot of attention for his newest film Get Out. Many good things have been said about the film, as well as Peele as a director, including remarks by Olly Richards in a recent review that described Peele as “one of the most exciting new directing voices we’ve seen in a while.” His directorial debut has been well-received by audiences and has done extremely well in the box office. Reviews of the movie range from “funny with a good plot,” to the much deeper with a comment by Observer film critic Mark Kermode, referring to it as a “chilling satire of liberal racism in the U.S.” It has received very positive reviews and ratings with an 8.3/10 on IMDb and 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

More Life curates Drake’s talents

Drake’s newest album—or rather “playlist,”—titled More Life dropped on March 18, and by all metrics was worth the absurd wait it brought with it. The wait was longer than most people would have liked: first announced for late 2016, then pushed back to early 2017. Finally, a cryptic tweet teasing at a March 4 release date all served to get fan hopes up and create hype. When the album finally came out, I, along with a record-breaking amount of people, rushed to Spotify and Apple Music to stream it. 61.3 million people got to experience More Life together, and I’m pleased to report that it was an enjoyable experience. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

EMPAC hosts RPI Players

Anxious theater attendees clustered in the lower lobby of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, awaiting entry to the RPI Players’ performance of Our Town. The excited crowd was led into EMPAC Studio 1, where they were seated nearly beneath a screen that wound about the performance space in a near-complete circle. There was no stage, and the props were limited to a series of gray boxes and a few ladders kept in the back. Read more...

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PSS: Spot Dessert Bar

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Genericon draws crowds for 30th anniversary

Cosplay, art sellers, and panels galore decorated RPI during its annual anime convention

This past weekend, Genericon XXX was held across campus—walking into Darrin Communications Center on Saturday afternoon, I received quite the shock. Genericon is an anime, science fiction, and gaming convention hosted by volunteers from the Rensselaer Science Fiction and Anime club, in collaboration with the Rensselaer Union. It runs for 48 hours, with the majority of the events being held in the DCC. Now, the XXX doesn’t mean what you think it does—there were 18+ events, but the name comes from the fact that this is the thirtieth year that Genericon has been held. As a first-time convention-goer, walking into the DCC Great Hall was quite a culture shock. I stood there for a few minutes trying to digest it all, and I was lucky enough that I ran into familiar faces not too long after. There were all sorts of events and showings you’d expect from a convention, including merchandise, panels, and 24-hour showings, but my review will largely focus on one overarching thing that ties together the experience of being at a convention: cosplay. Read more...

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

RPI Ambulance provides for the community

Did you know that there’s a club on campus that could save you hundreds of dollars in an emergency? RPI Ambulance is a completely student-run Basic Life Support transporting ambulance agency that is funded entirely by the Rensselaer Union. If you call 911 or Public Safety on campus and EMS is needed, RPIA will most likely be dispatched. An ambulance ride to the hospital can cost anywhere between $100 to $3000. With RPIA, the ride and any materials used are completely free. Read more...

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