Features


Downtown Troy

Your guide to Troy: Exploring the outdoor farmers market

Almost three years ago—wow—I started my freshman year at Rensselaer. I was super nervous about making friends and getting involved on campus, as most freshmen are.
Committee Spotlight

Multicultural Leadership Council: a liaison for cultural clubs on campus

On a campus where the difference between the majority and the minority can feel quite evident, the Multicultural Leadership Council is proving to be an important resource for cultural clubs.
On-Campus Event

Students march through campus during Take Back the Night

Chants condemning sexual assault could be heard across campus late on April 17 during Take Back the Night, a march in solidarity against violence of any kind.
Club Spotlight

Sitting down with the Idiots of Sheer Idiocy

After being introduced the hilarious improv of Sheer Idiocy during the Evening of Performance, I had the pleasure of going to three more amazing shows. During these, they play a variety of improv games ranging from creating rhymes using a word from the audience, to telling a brand new fairy tale from different perspectives.I sat down with Molly Kerwick, Max Carey, Dante Mancinelli, Leith Reardon, Billy Pedoto, Lucas Sheldon, Ciaran Young and Hannah LaTourette, and Connor Griffin to learn more about how they function as a club and how they manage to be so so funny.
Downtown Troy

Dinner party: a must-have RPI experience

To start the celebration of Earth week, Design for America held a dinner party in partnership with the Student Sustainability Task Force on Saturday. This event was open to all community members, and yielded about 50 attendees, ranging from RPI students to families with small children.

On-Campus Event

PAKSA’s Jashn: fun, friendly, nostalgic

Stepping into the Academy Hall auditorium at 6 pm on Saturday felt like being transported to South Asia.
On-Campus Event

RPI Players enthralls, impresses with Sweeney Todd

As much as I enjoyed the play RPI Players put on for An Evening of Performance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was unlike anything I saw from them so far.
Research Spotlight

Exploring 2D material structures for energy, transport properties

Passionate about physics and computational methods, Professor and Head of the Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy Department Vincent Meunier works to optimize materials at their lowest level, playing with atomic structure to maximize their electronic properties on a quantum scale.
Club Spotlight

Club aims to make coding more accessible for local youth

In early 2017, Coding&&Community was founded on campus by a small group of students. This addition to the Rensselaer community serves to educate local youth about computer programming and problem solving. The goal is to bridge the gap between coding and different roadblocks a student may face, including gender, race, socioeconomic status, and more.

Club Spotlight

Behind the scenes with RPI Players

I will admit that I’ve never been particularly interested in drama or theater, but after seeing RPI Players’ Evening of Performance, my interest was piqued.
On-Campus Event

Winners announced, Russo reads at McKinney Writing Contest awards

The awards for the annual McKinney Writing Contest were given out on April 3 in a packed Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium.
On-Campus Event

AJR performance proves a fun, energy-filled concert

On March 26, AJR performed on campus as part of Grand Marshal Week festivities. UPAC Concerts sold 914 tickets, and the number of actual attendees was just under that.
Archer Center

Technical industry questions answered by RPI alumni

On Friday, March 29, the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development and the Center for Career & Development hosted “Real World: Technical Skills Lunch & Learn.” Planning for the event stemmed from my previous discussion with Associate Director of the Archer Center Christine Allard summarized online, which occurred in response to my opinion piece touching on the lack of technical skills reviewed in professional development courses.
Movie Review

Shazam! is the DC film we’ve been waiting for

Last weekend I had a choice between watching an early screening of Shazam! or watching Captain Marvel.
Interview

Award-winning author Richard Russo discusses life as a writer

Richard Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Empire Falls. He will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Annual McKinney Contest awards on April 3 at 8 pm in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
On-Campus Event

HackRPI returns after year-long hiatus

This weekend promises to be an exciting one with HackRPI scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the hackathon was left unplanned since the club that runs HackRPI, which goes by the same name, dissolved.
Album Review

Grande delivers upbeat album despite personal struggles

Ariana Grande’s latest album release, thank u, next is most definitely a bop. Since I started listening to this album a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to stop.
Movie Review

The Hidden World wraps up trilogy with a soulful conclusion

“20 years ago, filmmakers had to put their heart and soul into computer-animated films,” I ranted to my friend in the theater.
On-Campus Event

Fashion show dazzles with array of designs

The Black Students’ Alliance held their annual fashion show Saturday February 23 at East Campus Athletic Village.
On-Campus Event

Veronica Taylor shares life experiences with fans

The panel featuring Veronica Taylor during Genericon was held in the largest room in the Darrin Communications Center—a good choice when considering how many fans showed up.
On-Campus Event

Actor discusses filmography with nearly empty room

As part of Genericon, Colby Boothman—an actor who has performed in films like Jurassic World—was featured in a panel to talk about his experiences on Saturday.
On-Campus Event

The dangers of algorithms

“Algorithms are not facts. They are opinions,” said Cathy O’Neil during a talk on the dangers of algorithms titled “Weapons of Math Destruction.” O’Neil has a doctorate in mathematics and worked as a data scientist creating algorithms until she started to see the problem with them.
On-Campus Event

Elevator Pitch Competition allows students to practice essential skills

Since its inception in 2010, the MANE Student Advisory Council has been working to bridge the gap between students and faculty in the mechanical, aeronautical, and nuclear engineering departments.
Empac Event

EMPAC director shares life’s work

Before Johannes Goebel assumed his role as director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in 2002, he was involved in creative projects of all kinds ranging from handmade instruments to collage and spoken word pieces, as well as music and collaborations with artists of every type.