Category Archives: Features

On-campus event

RMA Concert features various small music groups, talented performances

Last Sunday, the Rensselaer Music Association held a concert to showcase Rensselaer’s many small music groups. The Rensselaer Chamber Brass, Clarinet Choir, Composition Club, Rensselyrics, Flute Choir, Daydreamers, Strings Theory, and the Experimental Music Quintet all performed a variety of unique pieces. RMA is a student-run organization that promotes and supports music groups on campus, and the Winter Small Groups Concert is an event they hold annually in the RPI Playhouse. Each group performed wonderfully, and the concert was an intimate, glowing example of the musical talent at our university. Read more...

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Movie Review

Green Book comments on racism, importance of friendship

When dealing with racism, some films, like The Blind Side or Crash (2004) aim to stir up tensions and divide critics. Thankfully, Green Book doesn’t fall into this category. It’s not trying to desperately beg for an Oscar by serving the audience an edgy, dark take on racism. It aims to be a simple, solid movie that everyone can enjoy. Read more...

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TV Series

Castlevania: a graphic, riveting animated fantasy

Movies and TV shows developed from video games are notorious for being complete garbage. This perception has been a trend that only a few have been able to unlatch themselves from. Pokémon is often thrown in as an example, but it varies greatly in quality from generation to generation, and isn’t directly based on the stories of the games. Castlevania treads into dangerous waters—it’s a show that faithfully follows its game equivalent’s story. Read more...

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Movie Review

Crazy Rich Asians flashy, glamorous

With its flashy scenery and glamorous outfits, Crazy Rich Asians will have you falling in love instantly. This movie, released in August, provides a beautiful combination of family drama and fairytale romance. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t peel my eyes off the screen. Read more...

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TV series

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends on a suspenseful high note

Before watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I would’ve claimed that Netflix has yet to produce a dark, serious, compelling, live-action teenage drama. But I believe that they’ve finally done it with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This show blew me away with its quality, style, and themes. Read more...

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CLUB EVENT

BSA hosts first art show

Refreshing display of local art garners crowd

On Friday, the Black Students’ Alliance hosted its first-ever art show in the Greene Building Gallery, as a prelude to its annual fashion show in February. Read more...

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Campus Event

Union After Dark features Black Tie Stereo, student performances

On Saturday, the McNeil Room was cleared of tables to make room for Union After Dark: Board Games Edition with Black Tie Stereo, a four-piece pop band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Read more...

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Activism

Making Strides rallies 18,000, raises $680,000

On Sunday, October 21, many people gathered around in support of breast cancer awareness and funding. In partnership with the American Cancer Association and AVON, the 23rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer rally was held at Washington Park in Albany. People could donate and walk or run five kilometers in support of this rally. A total of 18,000 people came to this event to walk and learn more about breast cancer and how they could help. In total, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raised $680,000. Read more...

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Research Spotlight

Using consumer behavior to leverage marketing

Rich in marketing experience, Associate Professor Jeffrey F. Durgee is on the hunt to better understand consumer behavior. Durgee’s research is centered around the relationship between people and products—specifically, the relationship between a consumer and a brand, or a collector and a collection. With such insight, he can present a sociological perspective to marketing. Read more...

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Event Review

Spirits, specters, storytelling at RPI

“Colleges are great places to find ghost stories. They are old, and are places with lots of extreme emotion,” said Maeve McEneny, our tour guide. That set the stage for a cold, chilly, and spooky night of ghost stories. McEneny is part of The Original Albany Ghost Tour and has been doing the Spirits of Rensselaer Ghost Tour since 2015. Read more...

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Downtown Troy

Food trucks, music, costumes

This month’s “Troy Night Out” on October 26th hosted the Harvest Festival, a small gathering of food trucks and music in downtown Troy. There were numerous art shows, Halloween decorations, and plenty of costumes on adults, children, and even pets. Read more...

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TV Review

Making a Murderer kills it

When Making a Murderer first arrived on Netflix in late 2015, it caused a maelstrom of unrest, excitement, hate, and righteous fury among those who’d watched it. The non-fictional documentary series depicted the horrific miscarriage of justice that two men, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, had to endure thanks to the negligence and corruption of those in positions of power. These men were falsely convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach, according to the documentary. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Hilda, a new Netflix cartoon with potential

There’s been a resurgence of new, quality cartoons lately. However, most are no longer on traditional networks, such as Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon; they’re on Netflix, and Hilda is another solid addition to its portfolio. Read more...

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On-campus review

Talk with Nobel laureate Dr. Arnold

Just 12 days after receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Dr. Frances H. Arnold visited RPI and presented her research. I got there, over half an hour early, and almost all the seats were already filled—ten minutes before the presentation, there were people sitting in aisles and standing in the back. Read more...

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Game Review

Can you escape the nightmare?

Do you remember your childhood dreams? What about your nightmares? Well, be prepared to add some new ones to your list with the delightfully terrifying game, Little Nightmares. This game, released in 2017, has since featured three different downloadable contents, which furthered the existing story and explored more of the setting shown in the original game. Now be warned, this is a game worthy of nightmares. It has visuals and aesthetics reminiscent of Coraline, so be ready.  Read more...

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EMPAC Event

Goebel explains the future of computers as time capsules

“And then we have the marriage in the heavens[…]we have a clock and a calculator. Had they decided to get married, they’d beget computers,” said Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Director Johannes Goebel in the introduction of his talk. Read more...

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Troyasia Night Market: important, but poorly executed

This past Friday, Troy’s third annual Troyasia Night Market dazzled event goers with a plethora of Asian cuisine and amazing aesthetics. This event was hosted by multiple food vendors—each bringing their own take on Asian street food to the table. Korean food was supplied by K-Plate and Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, Japanese food was introduced by The Little Rice Ball, and Superior Merchandise Company brought  beverages. There was an immense turnout from the local community making for an entertaining night. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Maniac surprises with exciting plot

Watching Netflix’s new mini-series, Maniac—written and directed by Patrick Somerville—is like going out with that super cute, manic, artsy girl you’re inexplicably attracted to: confusing but exciting, leaving you wondering if you just experienced something profound you don’t yet understand, or if you were just beguiled by the novelty of the idea of her. Read more...

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TV Series Review

My Hero Academia: best current modern anime

My Hero Academia has been the single most popular Japanese anime since its launch in 2016. It’s captured the hearts and minds of millions in Japan, America, and people across the world—and for good reason. Read more...

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Album Review

Logic’s latest release doesn’t disappoint

I’m gonna start this review off by saying I’m a massive Logic fan. Under Pressure is one of my favorite albums of all time, and every other album is solid within its own right. Logic’s newest masterpiece, YSIV, doesn’t break that trend. Full of energy, full of emotion, and full of hard-hitting lines, Logic made an album that’s a journey from start to finish, and one I highly recommend. Read more...

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