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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Minar introduces flavorful, spicy cuisine

This week, Crystal Vejar ’20 and I decided to check out Troy’s newest Indian restaurant: Minar. Nested on 5th Avenue, near Blitman Residence Commons, it strives to be the go-to hotspot for students craving curry and other traditional Indian foods. The grand opening was in September, and the place was decorated in banners and streamers. They also have lots of coupons and deals on their menu available at the restaurant. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Taylor Swift matures through new sound

On the outside, Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation is composed of celebrity feuds, ex-boyfriends, and her new image. (Nothing worthy of taking time out of my day to write an article for The Poly.) If you want it to be, the album is predictable. At a deeper level, the album is found to be a cohesive piece that combines deep bass and tight snare beats to synth tropical-house choruses that Taylor uses to emphasize the message that she has expressed through the creativity of each one of her albums: music is an art that is always changing. Read more...

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STUDENT EVENT

Hackathon harbors software creativity

On Saturday in the Darrin Communications Center, HackRPI kicked off its hackathon as a part of the 18th Major League Hacking season. The annual hackathon is a 24-hour competition where participants are encouraged to work on any project they can create within the allotted time, with a focus on software and hardware hacks. The event was sponsored by several companies, including TripAdvisor and Bloomberg. Teams competed in several categories, which included the best use of Amazon AWS, the best hardware hack, and some specific competition areas like best use of the new Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c. Read more...

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SHOW REVIEW

Arcadia production memorable, clever

Arcadia consists of two distinctly separate, but intrinsically intertwined storylines, that span the year of 1809 and the present day. The first tells the tale of young Thomasina Coverly, played by graduate student Hannah De Los Santos, and her tutor Septimus Hodge, played by Matt Fields ’18. The second revolves around Hannah Jarvis, played by Sam Primm ’21; Bernard Nightingale, played by Sam O’Connor ’21; and Valentine Coverly, played by graduate student Marcus J. Barbret, who are working to uncover the mysteries of what happened in the manor almost a century ago. Read more...

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ACTIVITY SPOTLIGHT

NROTC midshipmen practice leadership

Recently, RPI NROTC underwent leadership labs run by the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development in order to increase unit cohesion and enhance skills that will be utilized by midshipmen in their future naval careers. The Archer Center personnel organized several fun stations that emphasized teamwork and communication in order to complete a task. Read more...

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CONCERT REVIEW

Shane & Emily charm with original music

This past Saturday, as part of UPAC Concerts’ Fall Concert Series, Shane & Emily performed in Mother’s Wine Emporium from 8 to 9:30 pm. The charming couple played a wide range of music, with lots of covers and originals. Their sound is pop, acoustic, and folk with a lot of voice harmonization that fits perfectly. They gave off positive vibes, as well as a sort of sweet, romantic vibe that is accentuated by the way they act on stage. Their performance was full of cute back stories to their relationship, lots of dad jokes, and jokes about their future babies. However, the main attraction was really how well their voices harmonized together and their ability to put their own spin on songs that the audience requested through an app. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Band experiences revival with new album

On November 3, Maroon 5 released its sixth studio album, delivering the band’s latest sound wrapped in a quirky album cover and album name featuring references to the 1999 sci-fi action film The Matrix. Red Pill Blues plays with the idea of deciding between a blue pill or a red pill: a safe option permitting obliviousness, or a risk permitting truth. As a result, the album title may hint at the consequences of knowledge, or “blues,” as most tracks on the album have gloomy titles like “Help Me Out” and “Cold.” Regardless, it is no doubt that Maroon 5 has evolved into a whole new animal. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Microsoft shares HoloLens with students

When I first saw the HoloLens unveiling in January 2015, I was blown away. It was the first time I had seen anything related to augmented reality or AR, and I could not wait to get to experience it myself. I finally got the chance to do that on November 1, at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, almost three years after I first saw the HoloLens. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Troy poke restaurant opens new shop

On Monday, October 30, editors of The Polytechnic went to Bespoki Bowl, a Korean-Hawaiian fusion restaurant in downtown Troy. Bespoki Bowl was located in Troy Kitchen until last month, when they opened their own restaurant at the location where The Flying Chicken used to be. Read more...

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CLUB EVENT

Ballroom Dance presents jazz essentials

It is said that dance is the universal language which requires no other ability than an innate passion. Nowhere was this truth more evident than at Saturday’s Jump, Jive, and Jazz event hosted by RPI Ballroom Dance. The event was open to the public during Family Weekend, and as such drew an eager crowd of family members and newcomers alike. Read more...

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STUDENT EVENT

Domino lovers dream of club creation

YouTube stars aim to share their passion of toppling with student body

On October 25, Lily Hevesh ’21 hosted a domino toppling interest meeting. Hevesh is making big efforts to bring domino toppling to RPI. With a developed career on YouTube and a 1.3 million subscriber following, professional domino artist Hevesh has created domino structures for well known artists such as Katy Perry and Will Smith. With such a developed background, she, along with fellow YouTube domino artist Shane O’Brien ’18, hopes to bring domino toppling culture to campus. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Sequel surprises

As of late, sequels have felt like fan service; they feel very much identical to the originals, with slight references dropped in here and there so that viewers can reminisce. Blade Runner 2049 did not fall into this same trap. I prepared for this review by first rewatching the original Blade Runner made in 1982, and was reminded of the fantastic production value and dark yet futuristic scenes which have affected the science fiction genre, arguably to this day. Where the original failed at engaging through interesting dialogue, Blade Runner 2049 excelled. Read more...

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EMPAC Event

Music quality at EMPAC notable

I had never experienced the Goodman Studio in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center until I went to the Actress + Toxe electronic music show on Friday. Read more...

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STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Sheer Idiocy cast welcomes back alumni

As an undergraduate, I loved going to Sheer Idiocy shows. The troupe’s on-the-spot humor, combined with their ridiculous games, always made for a hilarious display. Not only that, but their jokes are clever (and usually PG), which is difficult to accomplish in an improv setting. By no means am I a professional improv actor, but as an avid improv observer, I give applause where applause is due. And this was probably my favorite show—not just of Sheer Idiocy shows—of all improvisational comedy shows I have attended. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Food shines at cafe

As I walked up to the Illium Cafe & Bistro, located on Broadway in Downtown Troy, I was greeted by an older building similar to others in the area. As someone who is from the area, Illium is one of those places that is frequently referenced in local media stations. I had been hearing about it since I was young, so it carried a lot of clout. I decided to visit Illium on a whim after hearing about it and walking past it so many times. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Seven Days shows heavy Drake influence

Rap has never stayed stagnant, and that fact itself makes it a genre worth exploring. From old-school ’90s tapes, to mainstream stadium sound, to the more underground era of SoundCloud rappers, the rap game is constantly evolving, with something for everyone. Seven Days, by Canadian artist PARTYNEXTDOOR, is a great look into the more chill, underground scene though the lens of an up-and-coming superstar. PND, whose legal name is Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, is an artist most commonly associated with cultural icon Drake. Being a frequent collaborator and the first artist signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label has let PND enjoy his own brand of success while becoming inspired by Drake’s own style. Seven Days is the result of PND’s creative juices flowing over the course of half an hour, and the result is absolutely worth a listen. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Somber feel, sound

After more than three years of silence following the release of their self-titled album, Alvvays dropped what I believe may be one of the best pop albums of the year. The transition from their original poppy, upbeat style into a more dreamy alternative style is one of the most prevalent shifts in Alvvays’ sophomore album, Antisocialites, and the grace with which they handled this transition still strikes me on every listen. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Laughable thriller

Happy Death Day is a fun mash-up of comedy, thriller, and parody all pulled together in 96 minutes by a hint of romance. I would rate it a three out of five in the “scary” department, only because of its maturity rating. Overall, it really only had two or three jump scares, but not much horror, which could be expected of a PG-13 movie. Read more...

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GAME REVIEW

Cuphead: 10/10

Cuphead is easily the most challenging game I have ever played. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Students catch glimpse of utility aircraft

Members of the RPI community explore a Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk after a morning landing on Friday, October 6. This event was sponsored by the School of Engineering. Read more...

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