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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Mueller Center staff hiring recommended

On Thursday, October 12, President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 opened the meeting of the Executive Board. Consideration of Statler and Waldorf’s request for new couches in their office was the first item on the agenda. Due to the recent renovations to the Union’s third floor, in accommodation for the new Student Veterans Lounge, S&W’s previous couches were thrown out due to their poor condition. S&W specifically requested couches instead of desks and chairs due to the size and shape of their office; the number of desks and chairs they would require wouldn’t be feasible. After discussion, a motion to approve the reallocation of $1582.40 from the Union’s facilities budget for the purchasing of two couches for S&W’s office passed, 15–2–1. Read more...

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PUBLIC HEALTH

Troy under boil water advisory

Update (2:27 pm, October 19):

The advisory has been lifted and water is now safe for consumption. The RPIAlert system sent notifications to students at 11:50 am. The advisory lift can be found at https://poly.rpi.edu/s/s1t56. Read more...

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

Gallery: Save the Union protest

At 4 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017, a peaceful demonstration began between Amos Eaton Hall and the Lally Management Center. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

RPI anticipates new capital campaign

In anticipation of Rensselaer’s capital campaign launch on Friday, October 13, President Shirley Ann Jackson released three emails to the RPI community, each detailing a main objective of the campaign. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Protest denied

'Lab safety class' still planned

Last week, Bryan Johns ’19 submitted an application dated Thursday, September 28 to Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar to hold a demonstration in “areas surrounding EMPAC and the Folsom Library.” According to the application, the demonstration was scheduled for 4:30 pm on Friday, October 13, which is the same time that President Shirley Ann Jackson plans to kick off a capital campaign in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center during Reunion & Homecoming weekend. Apgar denied the application to hold a demonstration. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Student government hosts town hall

On October 7, in response to the resolution passed in the Senate, there was a town hall meeting in the McNeil Room to discuss the current state of the Rensselaer Union. It was led by senator Hannah Merrow ’18, and the panel members consisted of the current Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’17, Greek Senator Sean Ferracioli ’17, Class of 2018 Executive Board Representative Erica Lane ’18, Senator Joshua Thomas ’20, Graduate Senator Michael Gardner, Senator Steven Sperazza ’18, and Senator Chris Duffy ’20. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

RPI TV Ireland trip, KSA Thanksgiving approved

Due to President of the Union Matt Rand’s ’19 absence, the Vice President of the Union Rasika Ekhalikar ’18 opened the meeting on Thursday, October 5. The first item on the night’s agenda was RPI TV’s request for fund reallocation for a trip to Ireland this November. They plan to film a documentary on the men’s hockey team as it plays in the Friendship Four tournament. RPI Athletics agreed to fund the trip for two RPI TV members, but President Jason Lee ’19 came before the board to request funds to allow for two additional RPI TV members. Concerns were raised over whether the two additional members were truly needed, and after reassurance by Lee that they were, the motion to reallocate $2,447 from RPI TV’s Goal C, Program 2, which is the club’s income from sales and production, to fund this trip passed 15-0-3. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Interview committee memo leaked

No recommendation for Union director; flawed process cited

On Saturday, October 7, a memo from the Human Resources Interview Committee Chairperson Michael Cuozzo ’18 that was addressed to members of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board was leaked on Reddit. In the memo, the Human Resources Interview Committee decided that it was unable to provide a recommendation for a director of the Union candidate to the E-Board. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Constitution and Bylaws not in conflict

On Monday, October 2, the Rensselaer Union Student Senate held its ninth meeting of the semester. It opened with a report from Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18, in which he briefly addressed the current affairs regarding the Rensselaer Union that would be discussed later in the meeting. He also urged senators to try to represent the views of their constituents during this discussion, as opposed to their personal opinions. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

New freshman members join E-Board

On Thursday, the Rensselaer Executive Board opened their meeting with Title IX training from coordinators Elizabeth Brown-Goyette and Larry Hardy. This presentation was virtually identical to the one given to the Student Senate on September 11 (https://poly.rpi.edu/s/he42y). Read more...

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Rensselaer Union

Trustees: E-Board approval of Union director not required

Resolution asserts RPI president's authority over Union director employment

On Wednesday, September 27, Chairman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees Arthur F. Golden '66 sent an email to the RPI community and alumni to “eliminate any confusion about [the Union’s] governance.” Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Director of the Union hiring process detailed

Since the release of Vice President for Human Resources Curtis Powell’s memorandum on September 12, discussion around the director of the Union hiring process has continued. On the same day, his memo was met with a joint response from Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18 and President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 that emphasized the authority of the Union Executive Board to approve a candidate for the position before an appointment can be made. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Light shed on Outing Club’s trip cancellation

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the Rensselaer Union Executive Board voted to close their meeting and discuss the Rensselaer Outing Club. While the minutes from the meeting are not public, memos from President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19 and the Outing Club leadership have been made available and shed some light on what led up to the cancellation of the Outing Club’s Fall Lake George trip. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Handbook changes presented to Senate

The 48th Student Senate opened their eighth meeting on Monday, September 25 with Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar, and Director for Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Affairs Michael Arno discussing recent revisions to the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Ad-hoc Interview Committee approved by E-Board

The most recent Executive Board meeting that took place on Thursday, September 21 opened with a discussion on the Black Students’ Alliance proposal requesting $1,158 to fund their 50th anniversary celebration. This money would go toward a bus ride to the event in Durham as well as a DJ. There was some discussion as to whether the money should come from the Black Cultural Center reserve account or the club contingencies fund. The anniversary celebration was eventually deemed to be a special event and it was decided that the money should come from club contingencies. The motion passed 12-1-2. A second motion was brought forward to reallocate $175 from club contingencies to the reception fund in response to the discovery of a bookkeeping error that had resulted in the zeroing of the account. The club should have received the customary $5 per member within that reception fund. The motion passed 15-0-0. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Ndaba Mandela seeks youth empowerment

“Coretta Scott King reminds us that freedom is never really won. You have to earn it and fight for it in every generation. So, what is our generation fighting for?” inquired Ndaba Mandela during a forum at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, September 19. The talk, which was part of the Rensselaer Union Speakers Forum, focused on subjects including the world’s inaccurate perception of Africa, and his personal efforts to empower underprivileged youth. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate: Flying Chicken, VP Strong visits

On Monday, the 48th Student Senate began its seventh meeting, as Grand Marshal Justin Etzine ’18 opened with his weekly report. He reiterated that the hiring process and interviews for the new director of the Union are still underway. He also mentioned the closing of the library the Friday and Saturday of Alumni Reunion and Homecoming. In accommodation for the gala being held there, he voiced concern on the potential impact the closing would have on the availability of study spaces on campus. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

E-Board keeps Outing Club minutes under wraps

On Thursday, September 18, the Rensselaer Union Executive Board held its second meeting of the semester in the Shelnutt Gallery. The agenda was remarkably brief, at only one page. Read more...

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RENSSELAER UNION

Memo: RPI president can pick Union director

The Rensselaer Union has lacked a director since former Director of the Union Joe Cassidy’s departure in January 2016. In an effort to fill the position, the Division for Human Resources has been conducting a search for candidates. On Wednesday, September 13, the on-campus portion of the search for a director of the Union begins as two candidates will be coming to RPI. During their time here, each will be interviewed for an hour by a committee of 20 students. Ultimately, according to the Rensselaer Union Constitution, the next director of the Union will need to be approved by a vote of the Rensselaer Union Executive Board. Read more...

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STUDENT HEALTH

Counseling Center undergoing revamp this semester

At the end of the Spring 2017 semester, the Student Senate released Counseling Center survey results and areas for recommendation. The survey results included both quantitative and qualitative data on the student experience summarizing the general findings of the year-long study. Due to the sensitive nature of the counseling and the feedback provided by students, anonymity was guaranteed by the Senate subcommittee, led by Nathan Dorer ’18, to all survey respondents. The survey was shared with the Rensselaer community via social media from November 3 to November 15, 2016. Read more...

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