Category Archives: News

EMPAC EVENT

Talk cancelled as situation in Venezuela turns dire

Ileana Ramírez was scheduled to speak at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center about the Venezuelan and Latin American cultural scene during ongoing political crisis in Venezuela on Monday. However, the talk was cancelled because she was unable to travel due to the current volatile situation in Venezuela. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate briefed on Blue Apron-like program hosted by Sodexo

Hospitality Services Advisory Committee Chairperson Advaith Narayan ’21 came before the Student Senate on February 25 to give an update on a plan to implement a new food program called “Fresh Pantry.” This program is based on Blue Apron and similar food services, but will not be subscription based. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2019

Elections Commission fails to maintain public record

Though the Elections Commission has issued at least two decisions and one warning, only one decision has been made public as required by the Student Government Elections Policy. This raises questions about whether the Commission is simply failing to carry out its own policies or if sanctions are being suppressed to benefit specific candidates. Read more...

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GM Week 2019

Campaigning for GM Week 2019 elections has begun. What does this mean for students?

Election season is now underway, and students may campaign for elected Student Government positions until March 27. The votes cast in this election determine who will represent students and advocate for their interests. This sets the stage for what changes to student life at Rensselaer will be prioritized and has the capacity to shape the student experience for years to come. Read more...

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executive board

Global Medical Brigades denied additional funding for medical mission trip

The Executive Board broke precedent on Thursday when it failed a motion to give Global Medical Brigades an additional $900 toward bus transportation to the airport for its medical mission trip to Honduras. Read more...

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Executive Board

Statler & Waldorf office revoked, RMA funds reallocated

The Executive Board “revoke[d] Room 3332 in Rensselaer Student Union from Statler & Waldorf, effective at the end of Fiscal Year 2019” and reallocated money in the Rensselaer Music Association’s budget toward a jazz clinic on Thursday. Read more...

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Student Senate

Student Government Elections Policy approved

The Student Senate voted to approve the Student Government Elections Policy with changes presented by Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21, heard a presentation on the ongoing “Restore SIS Man” petition, and approved multiple policy changes to the Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Undergraduate Council on February 4. Read more...

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Executive Board

RPI Quidditch given additional $5,000 for travel to nationals

The Executive Board gave RPI Quidditch an additional $5,000 to attend the 2019 U.S. Quidditch Cup, approved a new ticket sale program for the RPI Players, and approved the purchase of six additional Chromebooks—primarily for use during elections—on Thursday. Read more...

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Student Senate

Grad student activity fee decrease recommended

The Senate approved the Union Annual Report Committee’s recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2020 activity fee and the Union Annual Report Fiscal Year 2020 on January 28. Read more...

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Greek Life

Deadline for public comment on Greek life suggestions extended by one week

The Greek Life Review Committee extended the deadline for public comment on the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force by one week on Friday. The new deadline is February 15 at 5 pm, and comments can be made online. Read more...

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administration

How does RPI respond to winter storms? Rounds explains

“It’s not a casual process,” said Vice President for Administration Claude Rounds regarding Rensselaer’s inclement weather preparation, decision-making, and response. During the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day alone, “the cost of the storm … was $114,000 including labor, supplies, salt, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and fuel.” He continued, “The annual costs will depend on the nature and frequency of the storms. However, during a typical winter, we would spend $1 million in overall snow removal costs. Read more...

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Executive Board

Rensselyrics taken off probation

The Rensselyrics were taken off of probation on Thursday January 31 2019. In September, the Executive Board places the a cappella group on probation for violating Union procedures; it had spent around $3,300 on recording a CD without a purchase order. Read more...

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Executive Board

Rensselaer Union Guidelines & Procedures approved

The Executive Board approved an internal policy overhaul, reallocation of funds for student performers and a fist installation at the Black Students’ Alliance annual fashion show, and new jackets for RPI Ambulance on January 24. Read more...

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GREEK LIFE

Takeaways from the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force

The Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force, a document outlining the state of Greek life and recommendations for improvement, was released on Friday. This comes after an open letter from presidents of Greek organizations that requested its release, and inconsistencies about when it would be finished.   Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Elections Reform Task Force presents recommendations for future elections

Grand Marshal Stef Warner ’19 and Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21 presented The Elections Reform Task Force Report—a culmination of recommendations regarding the GM Week 2018 elections—on January 14. Read more...

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Executive Board

Construction of hearthstone, fireplace in McNeil approved

Director of the Union Charlie Potts and President of the Union Justin Etzine came before the Rensselaer Executive Board seeking approval of “up to $45,000 from Union Reserves” for the “construction of a hearthstone (including an electric fireplace)” in the McNeil Room and "any necessary design and labor fees associated with the project.” Read more...

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Campus Security

Anti-president graffiti found, removed

Graffiti was found at two locations on campus on Thursday morning, both bearing the same message: “FUCK SHIRLEY ANN.” Read more...

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Executive Board

Union renovations set for Winter Break

On Wednesday, December 5, the Executive Board met after several weeks of budgeting to discuss and vote on Union renovations, a future RPI Players’ program, and some new clubs. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate recaps College Union Conference visit

On November 26, the Senate met to discuss the 2018 Association of College Union International Conference at the University of Hartford. Senators Nancy Bush ’19, Advaith Narayan ’21, Jonathan Bao ’21, Vice Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20, and Interfraternity Council Senator Tomas Proveneher ’21 all attended the conference on November 16. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Brave Space: a forum for students to express themselves

Program plans to move toward student facilitation of meetings

Brave Space is an open forum for students to talk about about issues or experiences that concern them and bring about positive change at RPI, hosted by the Multicultural Leadership Council alongside the Black Students’ Alliance and facilitated by Assistant Director of Student Activities Miciah Yehudah. According to one member of the BSA, it was started after the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016 as a way to help underrepresented students feel safer and facilitate discussions that address issues these communities face. Read more...

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