Category Archives: Features

ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Discussion challenges thoughts on faith

A conversation centered around faith, humanity, and the intersection between identity and work sprouted at the Veritas Forum last Friday. Sponsored by the Rensselaer Christian Association, the Graduate Christian Fellowship, Alpha Sigma Phi, and Sigma Gamma Tau, “Is Science Enough?” facilitated an open discussion between two professors of differing faiths: Christian Professor Cullen Buie from MIT and agnostic Professor Amir Hirsa from RPI. Read more...

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

The Placid Baker offers tasteful pastries, cheerful customer service, wide variety

In Troy, there are many small, niche shops with unique and appealing features. One of my personal favorite spots to go to in Downtown Troy is a little artisan bakery called The Placid Baker. Located on Broadway, this little bakery is a mere ten minute walk from campus and well worth the journey. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

Poets, performers share experiences at BSA’s open mic

Resilience, dignity, and self-worth dominated the Night of Free Expression on Friday. Poets, singers, and dancers of different backgrounds performed in the McNeil Room to a supportive and enthusiastic audience. RPI’s Black Students Alliance hosted the event as part of their continuing celebration of Black History Month and all underrepresented cultures on campus. Read more...

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

UPAC Cinema highlights student interests through recent, classic film selections

Two weeks ago, I went to see Thor: Ragnarok at the Union Programs and Activities Committee Cinema on campus. While I was going to see this movie for the first time, I noticed that a lot of people around me were there to experience this movie for the second or even third time. I would say that I am definitely a newbie to superhero movies and maybe don’t care as much about them, but that is not the case for the majority of our campus. Having an on-campus theater offering relatively new movies means a lot to the students. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Excursion to D.C. fosters connections

Students given opportunity to travel, learn more about their culture through sponsored trip

As we stepped into the lobby of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I was struck with awe by all of the attention to detail in every inch of the room. Looking around, it really felt like the museum was crafted especially for me to experience, and I realized just exactly where I was. Each point of the museum was fully interactive—I could hear and touch and feel the atmosphere change in each room, in addition to just being able to see the images and artifacts of my history. There was no glossing over the graphic details of the African American experience and everything about it was extremely eye-opening. I cycled through many emotions in that building, from anger to embarrassment, to pride in my heritage and all things that had to occur in order for me to end up where I am right now. I felt represented in every sense, especially when I gazed upon the leader of the Haitian rebellion, Toussaint L’Ouverture. I cannot remember a time when I felt closer to my ancestors, or moved by their resilience. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Les Mis production falls short in acting

Since its Broadway debut in 1987, Les Misérables continues to be culturally significant both in and out of the musical theater industry. Set during the French Revolution, the opera challenges the audience to think about themes of love, redemption, and sacrifice, and how it relates to our own world. Due to the musical’s exceptional themes and messages, as well as the undeniable talent the show demands, I was excited to get my own ticket for the performance at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, New York. Prior to seeing Les Misérables, I had only watched the 2012 movie and the 25th anniversary concert of the show. Regardless of my limited exposure to the stage production, I still had high hopes for this performance. Overall, I was considerably disappointed in the choices made in this specific show. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Timberlake is bringin’ country, flannel back

Amidst his ever-encompassing performance at the Super Bowl LII halftime show, Justin Timberlake released his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods—listed first in the Billboard Top 200 this week. Named after his son, Silas, meaning “of the forest” in Latin, the album was inspired by Timberlake’s home roots in Memphis, Tennessee and dedicated to his family. Read more...

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

SWE Outreach rewarding, educational

Earlier this semester, I attended my first Society of Women Engineers’ Outreach Committee. As a member of SWE, I wanted to check out what this committee was about. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Black Panther’s successes: political commentary, talented cast, characters

As the newest instillation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is a true work of art and a gold standard of what superhero movies should be. One of the cardinal problems (the kryptonite, if you will) of the MCU—really superheroes as a whole—is weakly written villains. However, the villain Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, is one of the more compelling characters I have seen in any superhero movie, villain or otherwise. Killmonger serves as the movies political commentary on the world today through his juxtaposition with Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, and his own character arc. Read more...

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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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