Category Archives: News

Interview

Director of EMPAC shares creative vision

“Not more of the same, but the other.” This is Johannes Goebel’s motto as the director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Professor Goebel is the driving creative visionary behind much of what EMPAC has to offer. He started at Rensselaer in July 2002 with the goal of creating and developing a creative space for students and professionals—both artistically and technologically driven—to push the boundaries of science, technology, and the arts.  Read more...

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Campus Event

RPI community welcomes incoming class

Welcome Fest, Rensselaer’s pre-semester tradition where freshmen shake President Shirley Ann Jackson’s hand, high-five members of her cabinet, and then wind through the streets of downtown Troy before arriving at Riverfront Park, took place on Tuesday. The event is the first time the newest members of the Troy community trek down The Approach, a symbolic gateway between Rensselaer’s campus and the city. Read more...

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Interview

Former VP for research returns to faculty

Dordick offers advice for aspiring researchers, reflects on experiences, looks to future

Professor Jonathan Dordick retired from his position as vice president for research and returned to full-time faculty. He is also serving as special advisor on strategic initiatives.  Read more...

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Rensselaer Union

Jackson appoints Union director without E-Board vote

In an email to the Rensselaer community on August 13, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the appointment of Charlie Potts to the position of director of the Union. His appointment was not approved by the Union Executive Board, even though the Union Constitution gives the Board the power to “approve the hiring and continuance of all administrative personnel of the Union.” Jackson’s appointment raises the question of how closely and productively Potts will be able to work with Student Government in his new role. Read more...

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GREEK LIFE

Strong suspends Greek recruitment until further notice

On June 8, President Shirley Ann Jackson emailed the Rensselaer community announcing the  appointment of a Greek Life Task Force, led by Interim Vice President for Student Life Le Norman Strong. According to Strong, its purpose is to assess issues within the system and “to work with the community to identify what is necessary to enact a long-term, sustainable, and comprehensive culture change to preserve the positive aspects of the Greek system.” Read more...

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Student Senate

New election reform task force approved

The last Student Senate meeting of the semester was filled with a number of appointments and motions to close out the year. The first motion of the meeting was a resolution to establish an elections reform task force as a special committee of the Senate. The committee would be tasked with reviewing Grand Marshal Week 2018 and suggesting reforms for future elections. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Elections Reform Task Force chair removed days after appointment

On April 25, Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman J. Strong announced via email the creation of the Elections Reform Task Force of the Student Senate. According to Strong, it planned to work with Vice President for Information Services and Technology John Kolb and others to “develop a project timeline and approach to analyzing the current election system as the student leaders decide whether to repair or replace the electronic system.”  Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

New food vendor approved; Panera catered

The E-Board meeting on April 24, started out closed so that the Board could discuss the future of Union dining and the Union facilities assistant position. The meeting then opened again to discuss the affiliation of the Christian Students on campus, the reallocation of funds for multicultural events at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and an amendment to the report on National Affiliations the Board made earlier in the semester. The meeting was catered by Panera Bread. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Destination Imagination granted $4,000

In the meeting of the Executive Board on April 17, Roebling Investment Group and She’s the First were approved as a Union affiliated clubs, Destination Imagination was approved funds for globals, the Multicultural Leadership Council was approved as a committee, and Pride Alliance was approved to transfer funds originally meant for their drag show to a barbecue and the purchase of board games. Read more...

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JUDICIAL BOARD DECISION

‘2018 GM Week election results are valid’

“In summary, the 2018 GM Week election results are valid, and there is no need to run a new election,” wrote the Judicial Board in an email sent to members of the Union on Sunday. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Committee chair appointments confirmed

The Student Senate met to confirm Grand Marshal Stef Warner ’19’s appointments to various senatorial positions including vice grand marshal, parliamentarian, secretary, and all other necessary roles. In addition to the appointment of new members, the Senate also voted in favor of amendments to the Undergraduate Council Bylaws. The Senate went into new business after a few quick committee and peer body reports were made. The first motion of the night was for the appointment of Meagan Lettko ’20 as vice grand marshal. Lettko served as a class of 2020 senator for the past year and was reelected for another term in the most recent election. She served on the Academic Reforms Committee and was involved in the director of the Union hiring process. Lettko was appointed to the position with a vote of 14-0-3.  Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Active Minds now Union-affiliated

Newly-elected Justin Etzine ’19 opened the weekly meeting of the Executive Board—his first since becoming the 129th president of the Union, and the second-to-last of this semester. The agenda called for proposals from Active Minds and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.  Read more...

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ELECTIONS

‘Smells rotten’: Administrators meet with Elections Commission

The Elections Commission was summoned to a meeting with Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong, Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79, General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute Craig Cook, and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar via an email sent on Sunday. The meeting occurred yesterday at 5 pm. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Strong questions validity of elections

“Last night I met with the 2018 Elections Commission to discuss the reported issues. Given the lack of integrity in the election process, the Commission is now determining whether any of the election results should be invalidated,” wrote Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong in an email to the Rensselaer community. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Kyle Pope on current state of journalism

Kyle Pope, Editor In Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, spoke on the current state of journalism in the Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center’s concert hall last Tuesday. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Warner, Etzine win GM, PU races

Stef Warner ’19 and Justin Etzine ’18 have been elected Grand Marshal and President of the Union, respectively. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

Warner, Etzine lead in preliminary election results

These are the raw, uncertified results from today’s elections, including any discrepancies that may have been introduced by duplicates and the improper inclusion of candidates on the ballot. These results have not been certified by the Elections Commission. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

Elections marred by falsified sanction, ballot issues, lines

The Elections Commission chairperson falsified a sanction and issued it unilaterally, without a vote of the members of the Commission. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

GM Week elections underway

Polls open from 9 am to 7 pm in the Union, DCC, and Commons

52 candidates will appear on the Grand Marshal Week 2018 ballot, along with one professor and two amendments to the Union Constitution. Voting begins at 9 am and ends at 7 pm. Polls are located in the Rensselaer Union’s west lobby, the Darrin Communications Center Great Hall, and the Commons lobby. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Bush, Warner win GM primary

On April 3, the Elections Commission released the results of the primary election, certifying that Grand Marshal candidates Nancy Bush ’19 and Stef Warner ’19 will be on the final ballot. They received 985 and 1,096 votes respectively. The Moose DiBiasio ’20 received 670 votes. Read more...

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