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CAMPUS EVENT

FIRST Robotics inspires interest in STEM

Thursday, March 16 to Saturday March 18, 36 teams of high school students, guided by mentors, teachers, and parents, competed in the FIRST STEAMWORKS New York Tech Valley Regional competition, held for the fourth year at the East Campus Athletic Village. Read more...

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CAMPUS HISTORY

Rensselaer’s ties to slavery revealed

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is simultaneously one of the most prestigious modern institutions of higher learning and is the oldest technological research university in the English-speaking world. Yet many are unaware that the initial funding of the Institute was established through centuries of forced labor and slavery. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

E-Board discusses new ambulance, Chromebooks

Just before break, the Executive Board met with RPI Ambulance, Rules & Elections, and RPI Experimental Music and Media. RPI Ambulance came before the E-Board to discuss plans for replacing their ambulance, which is four years past its seven year recommend lifetime. The club’s current reserves are set up to purchase another Ford E350 ambulance van, however, Ford has discontinued the model. Ambulance is looking at purchasing either a Type I or Type III vehicle. Type I and III are similar in that they are both boxes mounted on a chassis, with Type I being a truck chassis and Type III a van chassis. Type II, which is what Ambulance currently operates, is a van fitted with the necessary equipment. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

EMPAC curators visit Senate

Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those began with Facilities and Services Chairperson Austin Miller ’17 who followed up with a meeting with Director of Public Safety Jerry Matthews. Miller is working to get Public Safety on social media and is currently looking at benchmarking for other schools in order to determine the most effective use of integrating public safety with social media. Miller noted that Matthews was greatly receptive of the proposal and Miller also plans to meet shortly with the director for strategic communications to confirm the viability of the plan. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Sophomores fear housing shortage

On Wednesday, March 1, students applying for on-campus housing through the Office of Student Living and Learning discovered that all sophomore housing was filled for the Fall 2017 semester. Students were informed following the closing of all open positions that “Rising sophomore students who cannot select a room via the StarRez Housing Portal will be automatically placed on a waitlist. Rising sophomore students are guaranteed housing and every student will be placed in Institute housing by the end of the spring 2017 academic semester.” Students who have applied for on-campus housing are currently unable to view room selection information following submitting their application. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

New starter budgets for student clubs pass

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar joined the Executive Board for the start of their meeting last Thursday. Apgar was there to answer questions from the E-Board in light of the resignation of Dr. Frank E. Ross III. As requested by President Shirley Ann Jackson, Apgar told the Board that he would be taking on some of the responsibilities of the vice president for student life while Rensselaer searches for a replacement. Ines Roman ’17 asked about the status of the vacant director of the Rensselaer Union position. Apgar said that the school is working with William Spelman Executive Search to fill the position. There are currently candidates the school sees as good fits, and Apgar said he would follow up with President of the Union Chip Kirchner ’17 to coordinate on-campus interviews involving students. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Apgar talks student inclusion in hiring

On March 6, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate with committee reports. Those reports began with Rules & Elections Committee Chairperson David Raab ’19 reporting that student government elections have been going on for a week and campaigning is in full swing. The R&E committee also recently made a decision regarding postering in on-campus dormitories and concluded that candidates may poster on the outside of all dorms. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate, administration discuss brand imaging

On February 27, Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ’17 opened the Student Senate with committee reports. Those reports began with Rules & Elections Committee Chairperson David Raab ’19 who recounted that campaigning would begin on Tuesday at 9 am and that R&E had held its first information session. Following Raab, Student Government Communications Chairperson Ellie Mees ’18 continued by stating that the committee is currently working to update the Senate, Executive Board, and Class Council websites with current contact information and photos. The SGC committee also reported that more members of the Executive Board were present at the prior committee meeting and that it would continue reaching out to Executive Board members to attend. Read more...

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Controversial posters circulate RPI campus

Many students were alarmed to find posters promoting white supremacy scattered around the Rensselaer campus on Monday morning, originally discovered on the Jonsson Engineering Center. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Student Veterans Association visits E-Board

To begin last week’s Executive Board meeting, Student Veterans Association members Jason Aman ’17 and Stephen Onley ’19 came before the E-Board to talk about the proposed Student Veterans’ Lounge. Aman and Onley emphasized that “we want to feel like we’re a part of a community the moment we step on campus, and that’s what a veterans’ room can do.” They made the analogy of the freshman residence halls and how meeting people in similar situations helps with the transition. Read more...

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Campus Event

Gallery: BSA Fashion Show

The Black Student Alliance hosted its annual fashion show last Saturday, February 25, in the McNeil Room. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Jackson reflects on pursuit on knowledge, higher education during “A Place for All People”

This past Saturday, President Shirley Ann Jackson spoke about her experiences as a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; her thoughts on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the poster exhibit, “A Place for All People,” in the McNeil Room. This was part of a program hosted by the Black Student Alliance, Rensselaer Union, and the Community Advocates, which also included poetry readings, songs, an excerpt from a sermon, and a performance. Read more...

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SENATE

Community and Outreach Committee bylaw change ruled out of order

This week, the Student Senate discussed the Union Annual Report document. Last week, the Senate approved the Union Activity Fee, but did not approve the UAR because it still required minor grammatical changes. Thomas Alapatt ’17 presented the document in full this week. Since most questions had been asked the previous week, the motion quickly went to a vote and was approved 16–0–0. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Cubing Club gains recognition, bylaws changes approved

First on the Executive Board’s agenda this past Thursday was the Cubing Club. The club came before the E-Board to seek Rensselaer Union recognition. The group was more active a few years ago, but as members graduated, they stopped regular meetings. It has since been revived through contact on their Facebook group. Now, they are looking to firmly establish themselves, and feel that becoming Union-recognized would help. They are also looking to have a cubing competition come to RPI, but it would require recognition from the Union. The E-Board unanimously approved the club recognition. Read more...

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Administration

Vice President for Student Life Ross resigns

On Tuesday, February 21, President Shirley Ann Jackson sent an email to the Rensselaer community announcing the resignation of Vice President for Student Life Dr. Frank Ross, effective March 6, 2017. Ross has been vice president since July 2015. During his time at Rensselaer, he has overseen the reorganization of the Division of Student Life into five broad portfolios, each led by an assistant or an associate vice president reporting directly to the vice president. Read more...

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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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