Category Archives: News

ADMINISTRATION

Inclement weather leads to communications mistake

On Sunday, February 12, as heavy snow fell across most of the Northeast, notifications in the form of email, robocall, and text message went out to the Rensselaer community instating the Liberal Leave policy, allowing all non-essential staff members an additional two hours to arrive at work to account for conditions on the following Monday. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate responds to weather petition

Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate with committee reports. Those began with Facilities & Services Committee Chairperson Austin Miller ’17 who followed up with information on suggestions to replace plastic bags in Sodexo locations with reusable bags. Miller is currently working with Hospitality Services in order to make this a reality as well as work out the logistics of distributing reusable bags to all students on campus at a cost equal to or lower than the current cost of purchasing plastic bags. Read more...

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News

Crime declines in Rensselaer County, Jackson attributes to local investment in Capital District

Over the past several years, Rensselaer County, in conjunction with RPI’s campus, has seen an unprecedented decline in crime according to new data obtained by The Poly. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Students discuss potential Veteran’s Lounge

Space for proposed lounge to be distributed from existing club space

The February 2 assembly of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board considered three primary topics: the Forge sought Union Affiliated status, the Conversation Corner/Mandarin Club sought a starter budget of $200, and the Executive Board considered a “pledge to have a space for a Student Veteran’s Lounge within the Rensselaer Student Union.” Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

GM Week Handbook approved

Senators discuss wording of extended sign policy

On February 7, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ‘17 opened the Student Senate with committee reports. Those included new meeting times for Senate committees, examining the feasibility of making career fair day an excused absence for students, creating new surveys on communications related issues and cheating, and inviting more companies to the career fair for graduates of the School of Science. Read more...

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Campus Event

Supporting international students, RPI community marches

“No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!” was one chant among many that brought over two hundred people together on Wednesday, February 1, for a march supporting international students in light of President Donald Trump’s recent immigration ban (https://poly.rpi.edu/s/hlxhv). The march centered around the idea of making everyone feel welcome at RPI—especially international students, immigrants, and those unhappy with recent events. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Planned improvements to School of Science

Dean Curt Breneman of the Rensselaer School of Science announced several key strategic initiatives during the spring town meeting that will be culminated over the coming years while celebrating recent successes in scientific research and expansions within the School of Science. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Dan Savage speech surprises and stuns

Editor’s Note: This article contains explicit language. Reader discretion is advised. Read more...

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Student Senate

Sodexo contract, mall shuttles discussed

On December 31, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those included a discussion led by Chair of the Hospitality Services Advisory Committee Jenna Freedberg ’18 who reviewed the committee’s current objectives including reviewing the online petition “Do Not Extend Sodexo’s Contract,” which has garnered 387 signatures since its inception two years ago. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Clubhouse Pub to recieve new ID card scanners

The Rensselaer Union Executive Board had two main topics of discussion for its meeting last Thursday: changes to the Union’s email system and purchase of a new ID scanner for the Pub. Read more...

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U.S. NEWS

Trump’s executive order prompts discussion

On Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. The order prohibits refugees from entering the U.S. for the next 120 days, and it disallows nationals of seven majority Muslim countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the U.S. for a 90-day period. Read more...

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US NEWS

RPI students travel to Women’s March

Last Saturday, over 500,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington. This march was a women’s rights movement, a human rights movement, an environmental movement, and a resisting protest against Donald Trump and his new administration. The turnout of the march was much larger than the expected 200,000. The number of people who attended the march was three times greater than the number of people who attended the inauguration of President Trump the day before. There were sister marches in all 50 states throughout the rest of the country and around the world across the seven continents. The nearly five million total participants are said to have made the Women’s March one of the largest protests in history. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate: Meal plan changes, new study spaces Project progress presented, visas discussed

On December 23, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those reports included a recap of last semester’s efforts by the Student Life Committee chaired by Justin Etzine ‘18 and planned meeting times for Student Senate committees this semester. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

RPI welcomes new dean of students

Former Cornell University dean and anti-hazing activist fills open position

As winter break comes to a close and students begin situating themselves yet again on RPI’s campus, Rensselaer welcomes a new assistant vice president and dean of students: Travis Apgar. Read more...

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

New appointments to Rensselaer’s Board of Trustees generate attention

EMPAC namesake among trustees honored with new Board appointments

Rensselaer has recently announced the election of three new leaders to the Rensselaer Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2017. Appointees include Wanda Denson-Low ’78, Arthur F. Golden ’66, and Curtis R. Priem ’82, all Rensselaer alumni who have made notable contributions in their professional fields and have loyally served RPI. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

New solutions to enhance on-campus safety

On December 5, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those reports included a discussion led by Student Government Communications Chair Korey Prendergast ’17, who is currently updating Senate profiles for the Spring 2017 semester. Senate profiles are posted on the Student Government website and are used by students to learn who their elected officials are as well as their contact information. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate passes resolution in response to petition

Students created petition in hopes that the Rensselaer Union can be kept a student-run effort

After approximately eight months, the Student Union Senate passed a resolution 21–0–0 responding to the student petition Preserve the Student Union, which has received 470 signatures–the highest count found on an online student petition to date. The resolution included a brief description of the Rensselaer Union’s history, remarking that the Union, since its founding over 126 years ago, “has been widely hallmarked for its unique, student-run structure and continues to serve as a source of pride, spirit, and admiration for students, faculty, administration, and the greater Rensselaer community.” Read more...

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Rensselaer Union

Union Director posting sparks outcry

Position was posted without knowledge or approval of student leaders

On November 29, William Spelman Executive Search posted a job opening for a position in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Division of Student Life, the Director of the Rensselaer Union, after nearly a year of heightened tensions following a protest against proposed Student Life changes this past April. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Space veteran visits RPI campus

NASA astronaut Guion Bluford recounts time in orbit and other experiences

On Wednesday, November 16, former astronaut Guion Bluford shared his 15 years worth of experience in NASA, including 688 hours in space, with his lecture, “Free Fall! Flying In Space.” Bluford was one of 35 selected by NASA from a pool of thousands in 1979. Four years later, he became the first African American in space. Bluford didn’t hold back as he detailed all four of his Space Shuttle flights, including 76 different lab experiments he helped perform in Spacelab, his attempts at making sandwiches, and all of the quirks associated with daily life in zero gravity. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Student employees see wage increase

Members of the UPAC Lights and Sound committee presented a wage increase plan for their technicians. Currently, they are paid $10 per hour. The minimum wage value in New York is $9 per hour. They are paid slightly over the minimum wage because members of the UPAC Lights and Sound committee are trained technicians. However, the technicians of UPAC Lights and Sound have been making $10 per hour since $5 per hour was the average minimum wage. Read more...

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