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CAMPUS EVENT

Phalanx Honor Society inducts 25 new members

Outstanding freshmen, sophomores welcomed into White Key Society

On Saturday, April 8, the 2017 Phalanx Honor Society tapping ceremony took place in the Heffner Alumni House. The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from Phalanx Vice President Christopher Markum ’17, followed by the keynote address by President Shirley Ann Jackson. After the keynote address, the White Key Society held their induction in which they inducted 11 new members, eight from the Class of 2019, and three from the Class of 2020. The White Key Society awards membership based on the same criteria as the Phalanx society but is awarded to freshmen and sophomores who have shown strong leadership skills and dedication to improving the Rensselaer community. Read more...

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Grand Marshal Week 2017 election results

On Friday, April 7, Justin Etzine ’18 and Matthew Rand ’19 were elected Grand Marshal and President of the Union, respectively. Etzine, running unopposed, received 85 percent of the vote. No write-in candidates for GM reached the 150 vote threshold to be reported. Rand won against opponent Rasika Ekhalikar ’18, with 50 percent of the vote. Keegan Caraway ’18 and Harrison Leinweber ’18 were eliminated in last Tuesday’s primary. Read more...

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Elections

Etzine, Rand win GM, PU races

Justin Etzine ’18 and Matthew Rand ’19 have been elected Grand Marshal and President of the Union, respectively. Read more...

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TOWN MEETING

Capital campaign: financial aid, faculty, facilities

Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79 kicked off the president’s bi-annual Town Meeting by referencing President Shirley Ann Jackson’s recent public appearances, such as her participation in the World Economic Forum and her shout out on Saturday Night Live. Read more...

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ADMISSIONS

RPI receives record number of applications

Rensselaer received the highest number of total applications in its history for the Class of 2021—a total of 19,485 applications, 1,018 more than last year—according to Rensselaer’s Office of Admissions. This represents a total increase of 5 percent from last year at this time, and an increase of over 28 percent over the past five years. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Rand, Ekhalikar win PU primary

On April 4, the Rules & Elections committee released the results of the primaries, certifying that President of the Union candidates Matthew Rand ’19 and Rasika Ekhalikar ’18 will be on the final ballot. They received 998 and 779 votes, respectively. Keegan Caraway ’18 received 544 votes and Harrison Leinweber ’18 received 497 votes. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Ilori leads final Student Senate meeting as GM

Grand Marshal Paul Ilori ‘17 opened the Student Senate meeting with committee reports. Those began with Rules & Elections Committee Chairperson David Raab ’19, who reported that elections were running well with no major issues. In order to receive a mug, students must vote in both the primaries and general student government elections. Read more...

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Further look into Mother’s renovation approved

The Executive Board opened its last meeting of President of the Union Chip Kirchner’s term on Thursday, March 30 with a full schedule ahead of them. First on their list was a presentation from Luke Kuprenas ’18 about the proposed future renovations of Mother’s Wine Emporium and the Games Room. Kuprenas displayed some of the suggested floor plans of the new space, which aim to make both spaces more usable. Read more...

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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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