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student activism

Save RPI Greek Life march cancelled

Claim made in cancellation statement remains unverified

Three days after its announcement, the March Against Deferred Recruitment was cancelled by “Save RPI Greek Life,” the anonymous organization that had planned the event. The march was to be held on the sidewalks in front of the Union on Friday at 4 pm. Read more...

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executive board

Holocaust Remembrance Committee approved

During the penultimate meeting of the current Executive Board, the creation of two new clubs was overseen—including a Holocaust Remembrance Committee—and four people were approved for positions. Read more...

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Greek Life

Hundreds attend Greek life forum

Students express concerns about deferred recruitment, alcohol policies

The Greek Life Open Forum held on March 20 in Darrin Communications Center 308 was presented as a space for students—Greek and non-affiliated alike—to ask questions to the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council concerning the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force and its impact on the Rensselaer community. However, the forum quickly turned to a Q&A with the attending administrators. Read more...

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Executive Board

$1,250 approved for BotFactory printer training in late May

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy ’19 chaired her first Executive Board meeting on Thursday.President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy ’20 chaired her first Executive Board meeting on Thursday. During this, the Board approved reallocations, subsidized a program, heard a presentation by the Model Railroad Society, and took Statler & Waldorf off probation. Read more...

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Student Senate

Concerns about campus prayer spaces expressed to Senate

During their first meeting, the 50th Student Senate appointed an interim vice grand marshal and created a new ad-hoc committee. They also heard brief introductory presentations from Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20 on the Senate and its responsibilities, as well as introductions from each of the committees present. Read more...

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Rensselaer Union

Administrators reject, request changes to Union budget

For the first time in at least 49 years, the Institute rejected the student-proposed Union budget and did not submit it to the president and Board of Trustees and for approval. The Executive Board was indirectly instructed to make two changes to the budget before it could be submitted: increase the enrollment estimate—and, as a result, the Union’s projected income—and restore around $57,000 of funding to a program that the Board had decided to cut. Read more...

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Administration

The alcohol and drug policy is changing. What does this mean for students?

In an email sent to the Rensselaer community, Vice President for Human Resources Curtis Powell and Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski outlined the updates to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies, which will go into effect this Summer 2019 semester. The reason for updating the policy—as described in the email—is to “further advance our mission to create an environment where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive among a strong community of learners” and to “continue our proactive approach to safety.” The new policy is 16 pages, compared to the previous policy which was five pages of the Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities. Read more...

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Elections

Lettko, Kennedy win GM, PU races

Meagan Lettko ’20 and Caitlin Kennedy ’20 have been elected Grand Marshal and President of the Union, respectively. Read more...

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Executive board

Clubhouse Pub expansion approved

Union offices, club spaces, businesses will be moved around this summer

On March 14, during the second-to-last Executive Board meeting of the year, President of the Union Justin Etzine revealed a plan to maximize utilization of the Rensselaer Union real estate. This plan involves shuffling many offices and club spaces around, as well as renovating public spaces. Read more...

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UPAC Lights and Sound is now Union Show Techs

The Union Programs and Activities Committee has historically been composed of five subcommittees: Cinema, Concerts, Comedy, Lights, and Sound. These organizations have worked together to put on various movies, concerts, and shows. UPAC Lights and Sound have often worked together to help organize these events and others for hourly pay from the clubs they work for. Recently, in a meeting of the Executive Board, these two subcommittees delivered a presentation detailing a merging of the two groups into one administrative body outside of the UPAC umbrella named “Union Show Techs.” Read more...

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Minimum GPA requirement for Board members can now be appealed

Though a seemingly small change, the amendment to the Executive Board Bylaws adding an appeal process to the 2.5 GPA minimum for membership of the E-Board emerged from a tense half-hour long discussion. Read more...

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Executive board

Replacements for third floor Union furniture coming this summer

The Executive Board approved the use of up to $33,000 for the purchase of new furniture for the seating areas on the third floor of the Union and $1,600 for a new projection system for the Shelnutt Gallery. Read more...

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Executive Board

Internal structure changes approved

Three non-voting vice president positions added to the Board

In his second-to-last Executive Board meeting as president of the Union, Justin Etzine ’18 G ’19 presented a series of final amendments to the Executive Board Bylaws alongside Policies Committee Chairperson David Raab ’19. These amendments included a restructuring of leadership positions on the Board, changes to the PU’s responsibilities, the addition of an appeal process to the GPA minimum for E-Board membership, and changes to ease functioning of the Board over the Arch. Read more...

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Record-breaking 32 motions heard

Room reassignments, club proposals, internal changes discussed

In a four-hour meeting, the Executive Board saw a historical 32 motions, heard presentations from nine different clubs, approved amendments to their own Bylaws, and altered room assignments spanning all three floors of the Union. Read more...

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Student Senate

Interfraternity, Panhellenic councils discuss housing during Arch

The Student Senate met on Monday, March 11 for a brief meeting to deliver committee and peer body and officer reports. No motions or presentations were heard, and the meeting took less than half an hour. Read more...

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executive board

What does the E-Board do? It budgets your money.

Student government at RPI is broken up into four components: the Student Senate, the Judicial Board, the Class Councils, and the Executive Board. Each body serves a vital purpose to the functioning of the Rensselaer Union and operations on campus. This article will explain the purpose of the Executive Board. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2019

RUVS test run reveals system vulnerabilities

On March 15, the Elections Commission tested the Rensselaer Union Voting Suite in preparation for the upcoming Student Government elections. While not widely advertised, this dry-run was an open invitation for students to test RUVS and suggest improvements. 78 votes were cast during this event, with an additional 12 falsified by Web Technologies Chairperson Joseph Lyon ’20. During this trial run, Lyon was able to find two crucial vulnerabilities within RUVS that would invalidate voting results, if not addressed properly. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

No concrete progress made regarding past Senate resolution

In September 2017, Chairman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees Arthur F. Golden ’66 called into question Section 2, Item F of the Rensselaer Union Constitution through an email to the student body. The item states that “[The Executive Board] shall approve the hiring and continuance of all administrative personnel of the Union.” Read more...

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Executive Board

$5,150 subsidy for BotFactory printer approved

New equipment will decrease wait time from two weeks to 90 minutes

In one of its last meetings of the year, the Executive Board saw a wide array of clubs on its agenda. The RPI Players requested $10,000 for sound equipment, following a $5,150 purchase approval by the RPI Embedded Hardware Club. RPI Ballroom Dance was granted $1,700 due to unexpected circumstances with their annual competition. RPI TV asked the Board to front the cost for coverage of ECAC Hockey at Lake Placid, which they plan to repay with the proceedings from the event. UPAC Cinema asked for a subsidy of $1,500 for the warranty for their faulty projector. Finally, RPI Men’s Club Basketball was given a starter budget of $245. Read more...

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Administration

Confusing inclement weather bulletins explained

Quite frankly, we had to say that we judged… a little too quickly,” said Vice President for Administration Claude Rounds in regard to the confusion generated by several inclement weather bulletin alerts distributed on February 12 and 13. Rounds added, “We should have waited till the next morning.” Understanding that the messages created confusion, Rounds stated, “I’ll take responsibility for it” and ensured that “our intentions were good.” Read more...

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