Category Archives: Features

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

CBIS investigation challenges the norm

Dr. Deepak Vashishth, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of biomedical engineering at RPI, is recognized for his insightful and influential research concerning the bone matrix. With a plethora of topics to explore, including global health, environmental degradation, and the influence of drugs, Vashishth’s research group applies engineering concepts to biomedical problems and considers the impact on patients—all of which surround the idea of “benchside to bedside.” Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Comic Jam draws out community creativity at Troy Library

Walking into the Troy Public Library is always an adventure, and Saturday’s Comic Jam was no exception. Cartoonist and illustrator Ira Marcks has made it his priority to make the arts more present again in Troy, particularly with the constant budget cuts in arts departments across the country. Saturday’s display was just one example of the efforts he goes to in order to make these things a possibility. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Delicious gyros from The Greek House

This past week, my mom was in town to bring me basically all that was left of my bedroom after I left for college last month. Naturally, as one does when a parent comes to visit, I suggested that she take me out to lunch downtown, and she happily agreed to it. So, we decided to go to The Greek House, located at the corner of 3rd and Broadway. Read more...

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CULTURAL EVENT

Students dance, play in celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival

On Friday, the Union basement was packed with students as usual. Some were playing pool, others were eating food from Father’s, while others still struggled to study against the noise of their peers. Some students, however, were filing into Mother’s for another event: the traditional celebration of the year’s harvest. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Art pops up downtown

On Friday, September 29, I found myself on the fourth floor of the Pioneer Bank building. I left the elevator and was greeted by a group of people that directed me to the makeshift gallery room. There was music playing, art on all of the walls, and a table in the center of the room with a directory of all the work, artists, and prices. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Community comes together to end hunger

On Sunday, October 1, the 12th Annual Empty Bowls charity event was hosted at the Italian Community Center in downtown Troy. The event’s main draw was the empty bowl itself; each ticket purchased let a participant choose a handmade bowl from a local artist from which they could eat their soup. After making a selection, participants could turn in their tickets and enter another room that was filled with different stations where soups from a wide variety of restaurants in Troy were being served. Read more...

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Local pizza reviewed

Big Apple Pizzeria

Big Apple Pizzeria is the definitive late-night campus favorite. We expected this slice to at least be mediocre in terms of quality, but we ended up being very disappointed. This pizza failed at every metric of success we had established. We felt that the dough was chewy yet somehow thin, that the sauce was barely present, and that the cheese was just there—not adding to the experience in the slightest. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Festival celebrates 45 years, treats locals

The Adirondack Balloon Festival celebrated its 45th anniversary from September 21 to 24, 2017, bringing upwards of 50,000 people over four days to the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, New York. The festival is a not-for-profit event run strictly by volunteers, that rely on sponsors and the local community for support and advertisement. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Troy Flea entertaining, noteworthy

On Sunday, September 29, the Troy Flea ended their season with around 30 vendors in Riverfront Park, a performance by Will Kempe’s Players, and a streak of beautiful weather. Read more...

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BOOK REVIEW

Seeking motivation?

Looking for mild entertainment at the end of my summer, I picked up Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg. Little did I know, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Lil Uzi Vert refines sound, grows fanbase

In the world of rap, a perfect album is very rare. Most albums are near-perfect and chock-full of the artist at their best, but with the inevitable two or three tracks that go in a different direction to show the artist is “multidisciplinary.” They know what their strengths are, and they aren’t afraid to branch out. Luv is Rage 2, Lil Uzi Vert’s debut album, is an amazing example of this. First appearing on my radar with his 2016 mixtape Lil Uzi vs The World, and then being put onto XXL’s 2016 Freshman list, Uzi has had ample time to refine his music and get his name out. His stint in the spotlight after a high profile feature on Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” only increased the young rapper’s following, and furthered the hype for his first actual album. The hype was so unreal that a teen in Florida threatened to shoot up his school if the album wasn’t dropped in May, though luckily neither happened. Coming out in late August, Luv is Rage 2 took the charts by storm, and in my opinion, it rightfully deserves its praise. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Hockey Line keeps RPI traditions alive

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

K-Plate at new spot

K-Plate’s soft opening started this past Saturday, September 16, and my friends and I made a mad dash to get our next fix. The modern Korean restaurant relocated from Troy Kitchen to a location of its own on 4th Street, next to Pastime Legends. (That’s near the better-known U.S. Postal Office.) Read more...

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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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