Features


On-Campus Event

Grand opening of the IBM Quantum System One at Rensselaer

This year, Rensselaer has become the first university to hold an IBM Quantum System One. On April 5th, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new system, which is located in the Voorhees Computing Center. After the official ceremony, attendees were able to go on tours led by the members of the Quantum Computing Club. The night before the unveiling ceremony, CBS News Correspondent David Pogue arrived at EMPAC to deliver a piece on the quick and frightening progress of AI.

GM Week 2024

A week of fun: GM Week 2024

Grand Marshal Week 2024 was full of fun campus-wide events and activities. This year’s festivities included the Mxmtoon concert, Provost Picnic, and Formal.

Campus Event

Art Show of “Opulence”

Black Student Association held their annual art show, where they had several of their member’s artwork on display for guests to spectate.

On-Campus Event

Leveling up at the Rensselaer Games Showcase

Rensselaer’s Game Development Club hosted their 2023 Game Development Showcase, featuring creative projects from many RPI students.

On-Campus Event

HackRPI X sets out to “Change the World

Rensselaer’s HackRPI Organizing Team held their tenth annual hackathon in the Darrin Communications Center, providing participants with competition, advice and experience.

Restaurant Review

Bubble tea splashes into Troy

A new Gong cha location opens in Troy.

On-Campus Event

Exploring Dungeons & Dragons with the RPI Players’ performance of She Kills Monsters

Editor-In-Chief Soma Patra ’26 recounts the RPI Players’ colorful performance of She Kills Monsters this past weekend.

Interview

Engineering Ambassadors go abroad

Biomedical Engineering student Layan Kazem '24 took the Engineering Ambassadors mission to an international level by presenting and leading activities about engineering in her home country, Saudi Arabia. This interview goes over the Kazem’s background and her efforts to expand the mission of Engineering Ambassadors to an global scale.

Interview

Smiles that stick

Lecturer in the Chemistry Department Dr. Steven Tysoe shares his story on distributing thousands of stickers to Rensselaer students.

Interview

Exploring RPI’s past with Jon Kessler ’79, ’82G

Editor-in-chief Soma Patra ’26 interviewed previous Polytechnic editor Jon Kessler ’79, ’82G, discussing his recent donation to the Rensselaer Union and shedding light on his overall experience at RPI.

On-Campus Event

Wrapping up the year with “The Last of The Pipes”

Editor-in-Chief Soma Patra ’26 and Contributing Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 watched the Rusty Pipes’ Spring Show this past Friday in EMPAC.

On-Campus Event

McKinney Committee hosts 82nd annual writing contest

This past Wednesday, the McKinney Committee hosted their 82nd annual awards ceremony to honor the winners of their student writing contest in EMPAC. Here are this year’s winners.

Club Event

RPI Players slay their performance of Heathers: The Musical

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 attended the RPI Players’ first performance of Heathers The Musical in EMPAC.

On-Campus Event

PSS: students waltz into April with RPI Ballroom

RPI’s Ballroom Dance Club hosted a DanceSport Competition in the Armory this past Saturday.

On-Campus Event

Saint Motel ignites the stage for GM Week 2023

In celebration of GM Week, Saint Motel and Under the Den played for students in the ECAV arena.

GM Week 2023

A week full of fun festivities: Grand Marshal Week 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares the many events during Grand Marshal Week, including Union After Dark, the Provost Picnic, and the Hatting Ceremony.

Interview

Rensselaer’s Greens grows life lessons

Contributing Editor Anna Stubbs ’26 and Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 met with Christopher Mansfield to learn more about the hydroponic farm he runs next to Commons Dining Hall.

On-Campus Event

Music and comedy collide in Sheer Idiocy’s Music Show

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 visited Sheer Idiocy’s Music Show where they collaborated with RMA’s NQB and Ceili Band to perform an outstanding musical comedy set.

On-Campus Event

Artistic attire billows down the runway in BSA’s Fashion Show

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 and Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 attended BSA’s Fashion Show last Saturday night, featuring a variety of modern, vibrant, and chic pieces.

On-Campus Event

A capella echoes through EMPAC in ICCA Quarterfinals

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 reflects on the eight a cappella groups who competed at ICCAs Quarterfinals in EMPAC last Saturday night.

On-Campus Event

Black Students’ Alliance art show stuns all

The RPI Black Student’s Alliance art show featured artwork from various different artists with different mediums, styles, and topics.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Winter Carnival welcomes students with activities and prizes

Rensselaer’s annual Winter Carnival was a day full of fun festivities. Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares about the activities of the carnival.

Club Spotlight

100 Years of music with Rensselaer’s Pep Band

Rensselaer’s Pep Band reaches a milestone of 100 years full of thousands of musical moments, endless school spirit and support as America’s Pep Band.

Interview

Price off the ice

In addition to her duties as a starter for the women’s hockey team, Hannah Price ’23 spends her time off the ice giving back to the community. Sports Editor Andrew Days ’23 sat down with her to discuss her volunteer work following her repeat nomination for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. The recipient will be honored during the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four on April 7.