Category Archives: News

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Flying Club budget balanced, new representative approved

On Thursday, the Executive Board had a busy meeting; it approved the motions for several clubs, along with a new ICA/club representative. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate overrides E-Board policy on livestreaming

On Wednesday, the Student Senate passed a resolution regarding the recording and livestreaming of open student government body meetings, approved the Grand Marshal Week 2018 Handbook, and failed to approve the appointment of an Executive Board representative. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Policy prohibiting recording passed

The Executive Board meeting on Thursday saw the RPI Students for the Exploration and Development of Space seek Union recognition, the adoption of an amended Rensselaer Union Executive Board Special Rules of Order, and a review and approval of the Rensselaer Union Room Reservation and Events Policy. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

UAR approved in special meeting

The Student Senate held an emergency meeting last Sunday to vote on the Union Annual Report for fiscal year 2019, a document detailing the Rensselaer Union’s budget and the Activity Fee the Union will charge students. The original vote was set to be held on Wednesday, February 7, but the Senate meeting was canceled due to snow. The UAR was due to Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong the following morning. Once the UAR is approved by Strong, it is sent along to the Board of Trustees for approval. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Jackson thanks Bystroff for email

Bystroff’s claims of alumni racism, sexism, heightism endorsed, appreciated

“That was a very brave thing you did, and I deeply appreciate it. These things are hard, and I just wanted to thank you for being willing to speak up on my behalf,” wrote President Shirley Ann Jackson in an email to Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Program Chris Bystroff. Read more...

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TRANSPORTATION

Projected cost of SafeRide: $120k

SafeRide is the newest addition to Rensselaer’s Student Living and Learning arsenal of student resources, chosen “in response to students’ requests for another transportation option.” Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Outing Club now off probation

During the Executive Board meeting on Thursday, money for Big Red Freakout shirts and facepaint was approved, the Outing Club was taken off probation, the Domino Toppling Club was approved for Union recognition, and a motion regarding the Gaming Club was tabled. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Livestreaming discussed, no decision made

The Executive Board meeting that took place on January 25 consisted mainly of the approval of proposals by the Interplanetary Society and Ultimate Frisbee, as well as approval of a new club training policy. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Eastin shares contentious email

“OK, I’ll say it. Shame on you,” wrote Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Program Chris Bystroff, in an email directly addressing alumni who have stopped donating to Rensselaer since President Shirley Ann Jackson assumed her position. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Undergrad, grad activity fees: $394, $342

The Student Senate convened Wednesday to discuss and vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 Union Activity Fee and class dues, among other things. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Turning Point denied Union affiliation

On Thursday, January 18, people crowded into the Shelnutt Gallery on the third floor of the Union to witness the third discussion of a motion to approve Turning Point USA at Rensselaer as a Union-affiliated club. The motion failed 4-12-2. Read more...

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ACTIVISM

Alumnus: ‘I want to fix RPI’

This weekend, Renew Rensselaer—a collective of alumni led by former President of the Union Bill Criss ’69, Ted Mirczak ’66, Peter Vanderzee ’70, and John Krob ’78—launched renewrensselaer.org, a website that outlines perceived issues with Rensselaer and a platform geared toward fixing them. Read more...

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Student Senate

Winter Break shortened due to Arch

The Student Senate adjourned its first meeting of the semester after only 24 minutes, having addressed the reduction of the length of Winter Break in the 2018–2019 academic calendar, the few vacant Senate positions, and progress on committee projects. Read more...

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Administration

Two protest-related judicial inquiries resolved

Dean of Students Office assigns no sanctions to students

On December 12, the judicial cases brought against graduate student Michael Gardner and Bryan Johns ’19 regarding the demonstration held during the capital campaign launch event on October 13 were resolved, and no sanctions were assigned to either student. Read more...

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U.S. News

FCC votes against neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission held an open agenda meeting on December 14 where it voted to end net neutrality protections by passing the Restoring Internet Freedom order. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Academic Affairs Committee progress detailed

Career fair holiday, ALAC drop-in tutoring, research symposiums currently topics of discussion

In the last Student Senate meeting of the Fall 2017 semester, the three main points of business were an update from the Academic Affairs Committee, a presentation of the Interfraternity Council’s state of Greek life letter, and the approval of an informal learning spaces update letter written by the Facilities and Services Committee. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Budgeting goes ‘smoothly’

The Executive Board concluded the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2019 on Saturday, December 8, after addressing five budget appeals from various clubs and organizations. According to President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19, the Board was able to provide an extra $50,000 to clubs this fiscal year compared to last, partly due to growing class sizes. Rand commended the Board, saying that overall, “budgeting went very smoothly.” Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Resolution urging ‘cancellation of judicial processes’ passed

Potential changes to shuttle routes, possibility of electronic candidate nominations presented

On Monday, December 4, the Student Senate heard presentations on potential updates to shuttle routes and making candidate nominations electronic, and passed a resolution regarding the recent judicial actions taken against students. Read more...

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Student Senate

Tax Cut and Jobs Act effects addressed

In the Senate meeting that took place on Monday, November 20, the graduate senators presented an update on their council’s affairs, Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18 presented the proposed Student Senate budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and members discussed and voted to approve the budget with one minor amendment. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Turning Point affiliation debated, undecided

The Union Executive Board held its last regular meeting of the semester on Thursday, November 16 with a rather full agenda, including a presentation, the consideration of new club affiliations, guest speakers, and discussion about payroll increases. Read more...

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