Category Archives: News

STATISTICS

Sexual misconduct statistics available

Many of the statistics associated with sexual misconduct at Rensselaer are considered public information, but they are currently only available upon request or through presentations given by Title IX coordinators. Read more...

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STUDENT RIGHTS

Specific updates to Handbook endorsed

At the end of September, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar, along with Director for Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Affairs Michael Arno, presented changes to the Rensselaer Handbook for Student Rights and Responsibilities before both the Rensselaer Union Executive Board and the Student Senate. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Clubs recognized, Union food discussed

For its 10th meeting of the semester, the Executive Board had a busy agenda that included a presentation from Sodexo, four clubs seeking some sort of status within the Union, and a proposal from RPI Ambulance. The meeting opened with a presentation from Rensselaer Hospitality Services General Manager Matt Mueller and Retail Director Louis Herman. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Performances impacted by visa difficulties

Due to visa restrictions, Ali Moini was unable to join the Rensselaer community to exhibit his signature performance, My Paradoxical Knives, in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Moini, a choreographer and performer, was hosted on Thursday via Skype call, and fans of his could have a dialogue about his artistic process. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Motion responding to judicial inquiries tabled

The Student Senate had four major motions brought before it on November 13: two motions to approve amendments to the Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Student Senate, a motion to endorse the revisions to the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and a motion to denounce the actions taken against students with regards to the protest. The first three motions passed, while the fourth was postponed indefinitely. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Dean of Students Office begins judicial inquiries into protest participation

The Dean of Students Office has begun pursuing judicial inquiries involving students who participated in the Friday, October 13 demonstration outside of Rensselaer’s capital campaign launch. Read more...

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INTERVIEW

Former Union director Hartt interviewed

Former Director of the Union Rick Hartt ’70 spoke about his experiences at Rensselaer on Sunday, October 29 in a phone interview with Brookelyn Parslow, a reporter for The Polytechnic. Read more...

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Town Meeting

Many questions for Jackson, cabinet

President Shirley Ann Jackson “dispense[d] with a formal presentation” at the annual Fall Town Meeting on November 2. She took barely over 10 minutes to speak and show a short video that was also played at the capital campaign launch event before opening up to questions. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

WebTech presents Shuttle Tracker updates

The Web Technologies Group presented the current status of the Shuttle Tracker on Monday, November 6 at the weekly meeting of the 48th Student Senate. Chairman of the group Sidney Kochman ’19 and project lead Joseph Lyon ’20 discussed specific progress made on the tracker, the updates and changes to the admin interface, the analytics they have received, and some features they have planned for the future. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Kolbert addresses climate change issues

One of the most pressing challenges that faces our global community is the self-imposed destruction of our planet’s ecosystem, according to Elizabeth Kolbert, a journalist and the author of the world-renowned book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. In the main theater of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 2, Kolbert made an effort to challenge the Rensselaer student body with this issue. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Dance Team uniform reallocation approved

During the E-Board’s last meeting, the RPI Dance Team received money to finance their uniforms, the Alpha Delta Phi Society was given a room in the ’87 Gym, and President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 gave an update on director of the Union candidate interviews. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

LGBT professional networking club approved

The Executive Board had a busy agenda on Thursday, approving Lavender Ambassadors—a professional networking group for LGBT students and allies—fireworks during the GM Week 2018 finale, and an increase in RPI Flying Club’s subsidy. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

New routes added to annual light walk

At the Student Senate meeting on October 30, the Senate discussed its plans for the annual light walk to take place at the meeting’s close. Every year, members of the Senate split up into groups to walk around campus and the surrounding area to look for anything that could potentially be unsafe, such as lights that are out or bushes that block the sidewalk. Anything they find gets reported to either the Department of Public Safety or the city of Troy, depending on the location. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

E-Board bylaws unanimously approved

The major point of business that came up at the senate meeting on Monday was a motion to approve amendments to The Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board. Passing unanimously, the motion was presented by the E-Board’s Policies Committee Chairperson Anissa Choiniere ’20. According to Choiniere, the largest change was to have the chairperson of each joint Senate and E-Board committee be nominated by both the grand marshal and president of the Union together and be confirmed by a majority vote of both the Senate and E-Board. She said that all of the other changes already existed in the The Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Student Senate and were therefore just updates to make the E-Board bylaws consistent with current practices. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Men’s soccer funded, Mueller Center position filled

On Thursday, October 19, the Executive Board held their seventh meeting of the semester. The first item on the agenda was a proposal from the men’s club soccer team, which needed money to attend the regional tournament in New Castle, Delaware this weekend. While the players already planned to pay for the trip out of their own pockets, they requested money from the Executive Board to subsidize the overall cost. The total cost of the trip was quoted at $7,847, which covers the tournament entry fee, lodging for two nights, and the charter bus. A motion to allocate $4,000 from the Union’s travel contingencies fund for this trip passed with a vote of 15-0-2. Read more...

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

‘Build bridges, not fences’

Despite RPI's denial of protest application, students made their voices heard outside Friday's capital campaign launch

“We deserve transparency,” chanted students during a peaceful demonstration that began between Amos Eaton Hall and Lally Hall at 4 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

RPI launches $1 billion campaign

On Friday, October 13, President Shirley Ann Jackson officially launched the public portion of Rensselaer’s new capital campaign, Transformative: Campaign for Global Change, with an event held in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Handbook tasked to SLC

On October 16, 2017, Grand Marshal Justin Etzine opened the Student Senate meeting by welcoming its new members, asking them to introduce themselves by sharing their majors, and reasons why they chose to join the Student Senate. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Fence installed, motivation questioned

On Wednesday, October 11, Rensselaer erected a fence around the southwest side of campus. According to an email sent by Strategic Communications and External Relations on October 12, this “event boundary” was to ensure the welfare of event guests. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Save the Union poster misleading

In posters distributed across campus and online through its website on October 10, 2017, the Save the Union organization drew upon—and misrepresented—information from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education report that was created in 2016. Read more...

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