Category Archives: News

Executive Board

RPI Ambulance back in service temporarily

While waiting to request a new ambulance altogether, RPI Ambulance asked to go back into service with their current vehicle, expecting to do repairs in the near future. President of RPI Ambulance, Mary Clare Crochiere ‘19, explained that since being taken out of service due to concerns about oil leaks in the engine, they had missed four student transports, which nets around $5000 students needlessly spent on other ambulances. Read more...

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Interview

Director of the Union Potts prioritizes trust

New to the role, Potts aims to fully understand Union operations

“Before, during, and after,” responded Director of the Union Charlie Potts when asked if he was fully aware of the context of his hiring before he accepted his job as director. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate discusses transfer difficulties

The Student Senate held its weekly meeting this Monday, October 22. The meeting started off with Grand Marshal Stephanie Warner ’19, introducing the new senators for the class of 2022: Emi Ahlo ’22, Rhea Banerjee ’22, Aloni Jordan ’22, and Naya Murdock ’22. The meeting then moved forward with Warner recapping the audits of the Elections Reform Task Force. Warner remarked, “ Over the summer, an audit was conducted, and the report came earlier this year, but after looking over it we—the elections task force—and the Union staff decided this was not what we were looking for.” The audit looked at the system but not the process. The second report had typos which prompted the Senate to wait on the third audit report that will be coming soon. After looking over it with Interim Vice President for Student Life Le Norman Strong, the audit will be distributed to the public.  Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

RPI Ambulance taken out of service temporarily

On Wednesday, the Executive Board took RPI Ambulance out of service until cleared to return, approved an additional bottle filling water fountain, and passed changes to the club starter constitution. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Free textbook library discussed, chairperson appointed

On Monday, October 15, the 49th Student Senate convened to discuss a free textbook library service proposed by the Web Technologies Group and vote on the appointment of the chairperson for the newly created Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Read more...

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Freshman Elections

7.8% turnout for freshman elections, down from 22.1% last year

On October 3, freshman elections were held across campus with the lowest turnout in at least six years. 138 freshmen voted in three different locations: the Darrin Communications Center, the Commons Dining Hall and the Student Union.  Read more...

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Executive Board

Humans vs. Zombies reinstated with new safety precautions

In Wednesday’s E-Board meeting, Humans vs. Zombies’ funding request for safety precautions was approved, Assistant Activity Director Maria Roberts presented feedback by club officers, and the Three Year Plan for the Club Management System was presented and approved. Read more...

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Activism

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month: an interview with Kristine Guzman

Kristine Guzman, the assistant dean of intervention support, describes her job as “cover[ing] a lot.” She is responsible for organizing events surrounding domestic and sexual abuse, counseling students, assisting in judicial processes, and is a member of the Bias Assessment and Review Team. Guzman is a relatively new member of the Rensselaer community—having started this July—but is already making waves in the programming surrounding difficult issues like domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate expresses dissatisfaction with director of the Union hiring process

On Monday, October 1, the Senate unanimously voted to create the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and passed a resolution expressing its “dissatisfaction” with the hiring process for the director of the Union. Read more...

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Student Senate

Kolb presents Greek Life Task Force updates

On September 25, the Senate meeting began with the grand marshal’s report, during which Stefanie Warner ’19 informed the Senate that the Student Government website will be up this week and will be under the Web Technologies Group’s control. Other goals were mentioned and discussed, such as a volunteer calendar, campus beautification projects, and more storage spaces for the summer months. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Men’s club basketball now Union recognized

On Wednesday, September 26, the Executive Board meeting approved the men’s club basketball team, an event for the Philippine American League, and changes to the Club Affiliation & Recognition Policy. Read more...

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Transportation

Safe Ride vehicle involved in collision

Around 9 pm on Friday, there was an incident at Peoples Avenue and 15th Street involving a Safe Ride vehicle and another vehicle. Read more...

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Executive Board

Halal Shack approved for Rathskeller, now open

On Wednesday, the Executive Board approved the opening of Halal Shack in the Union, gave money for buses to Alpha Phi Omega, and granted the African Students Association a starter budget. Read more...

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Executive Board

Rensselyrics placed on probationary status, internal policy changes passed

The Executive Board held its second meeting of the year last Wednesday; it included the “punishment” of the Rensselyrics for neglecting financial policy and revisions of the policies regarding room reservations and events. Read more...

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Student Senate

Student Senate meets new director of the Union

Director of the Union Charlie Potts emphasized “relationships, trust, ideas, listening, project lists, [and] prioritization” during his meeting with the Student Senate on September 10.  Read more...

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Administration

Hunter: Recent RPIAlerts fall under system’s intended use

Earlier this month, the Department of Public Safety issued two RPIAlert messages—one on September 10 and another on September 12. Both of these alerts centered around an incident that occured on September 7 where a female student was approached and followed by a “white male approximately 30 years old” in a “maroon-colored” vehicle.  Read more...

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Interview

Director of EMPAC shares creative vision

“Not more of the same, but the other.” This is Johannes Goebel’s motto as the director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Professor Goebel is the driving creative visionary behind much of what EMPAC has to offer. He started at Rensselaer in July 2002 with the goal of creating and developing a creative space for students and professionals—both artistically and technologically driven—to push the boundaries of science, technology, and the arts.  Read more...

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Campus Event

RPI community welcomes incoming class

Welcome Fest, Rensselaer’s pre-semester tradition where freshmen shake President Shirley Ann Jackson’s hand, high-five members of her cabinet, and then wind through the streets of downtown Troy before arriving at Riverfront Park, took place on Tuesday. The event is the first time the newest members of the Troy community trek down The Approach, a symbolic gateway between Rensselaer’s campus and the city. Read more...

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Interview

Former VP for research returns to faculty

Dordick offers advice for aspiring researchers, reflects on experiences, looks to future

Professor Jonathan Dordick retired from his position as vice president for research and returned to full-time faculty. He is also serving as special advisor on strategic initiatives.  Read more...

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Rensselaer Union

Jackson appoints Union director without E-Board vote

In an email to the Rensselaer community on August 13, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the appointment of Charlie Potts to the position of director of the Union. His appointment was not approved by the Union Executive Board, even though the Union Constitution gives the Board the power to “approve the hiring and continuance of all administrative personnel of the Union.” Jackson’s appointment raises the question of how closely and productively Potts will be able to work with Student Government in his new role. Read more...

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