Category Archives: News

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Process for handling conflicts of interest codified in new policy

Vice President of the Union Rasika Ekhalikar ’18 opened the March 22 meeting of the Executive Board with three major items on the agenda. UPAC Lights and the RPI Flying Club came before the board with proposals, and further discussion was had on the Board’s Conflict of Interest Policy, which was subsequently passed unanimously with a vote of 13-0-0. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Faculty Senate rep now student-elected

The Student Senate held its second to last meeting on Wednesday. The Senate planned to wrap up the year by presenting a finished senator guide, announcing the annual Lupus Walk, and approving a motion which aimed to outline the election and appointment of a student representative on the Faculty Senate. Read more...

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CAMPUS SECURITY

Students told to leave campus

While handing out "Renew Rensselaer" buttons to the student population, graduate student Michael Gardner was ordered by Public Safety officers to either stop or leave campus. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Changes made to Special Rules of Order

This week’s meeting of the Executive Board was opened by President of the Union Matthew Rand ’19, with the agenda containing several proposals from various on-campus organizations, and discussion on changes to the Board’s Special Rules of Order. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Division of Student Life presents accomplishments, future plans

On Wednesday, March 7, members of the Division of Student Life gathered in the Shelnutt Gallery to present on the past year of progress and goals for the future, and get input and feedback from the Student Senate. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Dance Team funds approved for nationals

On Thursday, the Dance Team received additional funds to help cover the cost of attending nationals, and the Global Medical Brigades asked for the rest of the money necessary to cover the cost of a bus to the airport for their trip to Honduras. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

New official Union logo approved

The Student Senate opened with a busy agenda of special orders including a ceremonial motion, ratification of a composting proposal, approval of the new Union Logo, and the discussion and vote on proposed constitutional amendments. Read more...

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Rensselaer Union

Director of the Union candidate given questions prior to interview

“These instances not only demonstrate a failure to communicate, but outright deceit on the part of the administration,” wrote Interim Chairperson of Human Resources Interview Committee Michael Cuozzo ’18 in an email to the Student Senate on February 28. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Redesign of proposed Union logo approved in closed Board meeting

On Wednesday, the Executive Board passed a motion to approve the proposed redesign of the Union’s logo pending approval of Strategic Communications. They also announced the official opening of the Student Veterans Lounge and discussed some points of interest about the new space. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Constitution changes hotly debated

The Student Senate opened one of its final meetings with a motion to appoint Deepika Senthilnathan ’21 as a Club/ICA representative. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Flying Club budget balanced, new representative approved

On Thursday, the Executive Board had a busy meeting; it approved the motions for several clubs, along with a new ICA/club representative. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate overrides E-Board policy on livestreaming

On Wednesday, the Student Senate passed a resolution regarding the recording and livestreaming of open student government body meetings, approved the Grand Marshal Week 2018 Handbook, and failed to approve the appointment of an Executive Board representative. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Policy prohibiting recording passed

The Executive Board meeting on Thursday saw the RPI Students for the Exploration and Development of Space seek Union recognition, the adoption of an amended Rensselaer Union Executive Board Special Rules of Order, and a review and approval of the Rensselaer Union Room Reservation and Events Policy. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

UAR approved in special meeting

The Student Senate held an emergency meeting last Sunday to vote on the Union Annual Report for fiscal year 2019, a document detailing the Rensselaer Union’s budget and the Activity Fee the Union will charge students. The original vote was set to be held on Wednesday, February 7, but the Senate meeting was canceled due to snow. The UAR was due to Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong the following morning. Once the UAR is approved by Strong, it is sent along to the Board of Trustees for approval. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Jackson thanks Bystroff for email

Bystroff’s claims of alumni racism, sexism, heightism endorsed, appreciated

“That was a very brave thing you did, and I deeply appreciate it. These things are hard, and I just wanted to thank you for being willing to speak up on my behalf,” wrote President Shirley Ann Jackson in an email to Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Program Chris Bystroff. Read more...

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TRANSPORTATION

Projected cost of SafeRide: $120k

SafeRide is the newest addition to Rensselaer’s Student Living and Learning arsenal of student resources, chosen “in response to students’ requests for another transportation option.” Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Outing Club now off probation

During the Executive Board meeting on Thursday, money for Big Red Freakout shirts and facepaint was approved, the Outing Club was taken off probation, the Domino Toppling Club was approved for Union recognition, and a motion regarding the Gaming Club was tabled. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Livestreaming discussed, no decision made

The Executive Board meeting that took place on January 25 consisted mainly of the approval of proposals by the Interplanetary Society and Ultimate Frisbee, as well as approval of a new club training policy. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Eastin shares contentious email

“OK, I’ll say it. Shame on you,” wrote Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Program Chris Bystroff, in an email directly addressing alumni who have stopped donating to Rensselaer since President Shirley Ann Jackson assumed her position. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Undergrad, grad activity fees: $394, $342

The Student Senate convened Wednesday to discuss and vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 Union Activity Fee and class dues, among other things. Read more...

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