Category Archives: News

STUDENT SENATE

Pre-Campaign Guidelines passed

On Monday, the Student Senate voted on changes to Pre-Campaign Guidelines as proposed by Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21, discussed a presentation on the work-in-progress 2019 Elections Handbook, and voted to impeach Independent Senator Anthony Dai. Read more...

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TOWN MEETING

Takeaways from the Fall Town Meeting

Students and faculty filled the Concert Hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center for President Shirley Ann Jackson’s Fall Town Meeting on October 31. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

RMA funding postponed again

The Rensselaer Music Association came before the Union Executive Board requesting the reallocation of funds and subsidy for the lease of two baritone saxophones and one timpani drum. The timpani drum is over 50 years old, and “botched,” while the baritone saxophones “are in bad condition.” Many groups use the same limited instruments, and the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Department has begun using the instruments due to lack of resources, putting additional wear on them. This also forces the multiple groups to sometimes forgo using the necessary instruments. The group had come before the Executive Board previously, and were denied the adequate funding and told to come back this year. Read more...

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RPI-Sage Hillel hosts remembrance after shooting

On Saturday night, members of the Rensselaer community gathered around the fountain near Commons Dining Hall to remember the lives of the 11 people who were murdered in an anti-Semitic attack in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27. The solidarity service, hosted by RPI-Sage Hillel, included prayer, reading the names of and remembering those who died, and time for people in attendance to openly reflect on their thoughts and experiences. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Ambulance purchase approved

On Wednesday, October 31, RPI Ambulance requested $60,000 from the Executive Board to use towards the purchase of a new box style ambulance. Read more...

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Executive Board

RPI Ambulance back in service temporarily

While waiting to request a new ambulance altogether, RPI Ambulance asked to go back into service with their current vehicle, expecting to do repairs in the near future. President of RPI Ambulance, Mary Clare Crochiere ‘19, explained that since being taken out of service due to concerns about oil leaks in the engine, they had missed four student transports, which nets around $5000 students needlessly spent on other ambulances. Read more...

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Interview

Director of the Union Potts prioritizes trust

New to the role, Potts aims to fully understand Union operations

“Before, during, and after,” responded Director of the Union Charlie Potts when asked if he was fully aware of the context of his hiring before he accepted his job as director. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate discusses transfer difficulties

The Student Senate held its weekly meeting this Monday, October 22. The meeting started off with Grand Marshal Stephanie Warner ’19, introducing the new senators for the class of 2022: Emi Ahlo ’22, Rhea Banerjee ’22, Aloni Jordan ’22, and Naya Murdock ’22. The meeting then moved forward with Warner recapping the audits of the Elections Reform Taskforce. Warner remarked, “ Over the summer, an audit was conducted, and the report came earlier this year, but after looking over it we—the elections taskforce—and the Union staff decided this was not what we were looking for.” The audit looked at the system but not the process. The second report had typos which prompted the Senate to wait on the third audit report that will be coming soon. After looking over it with Interim Vice President for Student Life Le Norman Strong, the audit will be distributed to the public.  Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

RPI Ambulance taken out of service temporarily

On Wednesday, the Executive Board took RPI Ambulance out of service until cleared to return, approved an additional bottle filling water fountain, and passed changes to the club starter constitution. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Free textbook library discussed, chairperson appointed

On Monday, October 15, the 49th Student Senate convened to discuss a free textbook library service proposed by the Web Technologies Group and vote on the appointment of the chairperson for the newly created Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Read more...

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Freshman Elections

7.8% turnout for freshman elections, down from 22.1% last year

On October 3, freshman elections were held across campus with the lowest turnout in at least six years. 138 freshmen voted in three different locations: the Darrin Communications Center, the Commons Dining Hall and the Student Union.  Read more...

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Executive Board

Humans vs. Zombies reinstated with new safety precautions

In Wednesday’s E-Board meeting, Humans vs. Zombies’ funding request for safety precautions was approved, Assistant Activity Director Maria Roberts presented feedback by club officers, and the Three Year Plan for the Club Management System was presented and approved. Read more...

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Activism

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month: an interview with Kristine Guzman

Kristine Guzman, the assistant dean of intervention support, describes her job as “cover[ing] a lot.” She is responsible for organizing events surrounding domestic and sexual abuse, counseling students, assisting in judicial processes, and is a member of the Bias Assessment and Review Team. Guzman is a relatively new member of the Rensselaer community—having started this July—but is already making waves in the programming surrounding difficult issues like domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate expresses dissatisfaction with director of the Union hiring process

On Monday, October 1, the Senate unanimously voted to create the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and passed a resolution expressing its “dissatisfaction” with the hiring process for the director of the Union. Read more...

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Student Senate

Kolb presents Greek Life Task Force updates

On September 25, the Senate meeting began with the grand marshal’s report, during which Stefanie Warner ’19 informed the Senate that the Student Government website will be up this week and will be under the Web Technologies Group’s control. Other goals were mentioned and discussed, such as a volunteer calendar, campus beautification projects, and more storage spaces for the summer months. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Men’s club basketball now Union recognized

On Wednesday, September 26, the Executive Board meeting approved the men’s club basketball team, an event for the Philippine American League, and changes to the Club Affiliation & Recognition Policy. Read more...

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Transportation

Safe Ride vehicle involved in collision

Around 9 pm on Friday, there was an incident at Peoples Avenue and 15th Street involving a Safe Ride vehicle and another vehicle. Read more...

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Executive Board

Halal Shack approved for Rathskeller, now open

On Wednesday, the Executive Board approved the opening of Halal Shack in the Union, gave money for buses to Alpha Phi Omega, and granted the African Students Association a starter budget. Read more...

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Executive Board

Rensselyrics placed on probationary status, internal policy changes passed

The Executive Board held its second meeting of the year last Wednesday; it included the “punishment” of the Rensselyrics for neglecting financial policy and revisions of the policies regarding room reservations and events. Read more...

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Student Senate

Student Senate meets new director of the Union

Director of the Union Charlie Potts emphasized “relationships, trust, ideas, listening, project lists, [and] prioritization” during his meeting with the Student Senate on September 10.  Read more...

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