Features


On-Campus Event

Leaping into Lunar New Year with CASA

The Chinese American Student Association welcomed the year of the rabbit with a Lunar New Year Celebration, complete with performances, food, and festivities.

Empac Event

Clouds and waves wash into EMPAC

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience at Cuando las nubes eran las olas (When the clouds were the waves) at EMPAC.

On-Campus Event

Celebrating the holiday season with the RPI community

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience at the Campus Seasonal Celebration.

Club Spotlight

Taking the ice with Club Hockey

ACHA hockey is an entertaining combination of competition and pure love of the sport. Games are never held during the week to avoid academic conflicts, so I highly suggest going to one of Club Hockey’s games if you have a free weekend.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Undergraduate Diwali Festival Show

Associate Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience going to The Indian Student Association’s undergraduate Diwali Show.

On-Campus Event

Diving into the displays at the Rensselaer Game Showcase

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Game Development Club hosted its annual Rensselaer Game Showcase. Many students hosted various projects they had worked on throughout the year. There were many different genres of games, from side-scrolling storytellers to simulation games to card games, and even one VR game.

Administration

Exploring EMPAC

Being fully open for the first time since COVID-19 is a big deal for EMPAC. Students can walk in from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays to study and hang out. Contributing Editor Gavin MacKenzie ’25 explores what EMPAC has to offer, including its various venues, events, in-house research, and more.

Photo Short Story

PSS: ANTHEM

Associate Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 and Justin Chassin ’22G attended the dress rehearsal and the 8 pm performance of Adam Weinert’s ANTHEM in EMPAC’s concert hall on November 4. The event employed layered symbolism, choreography, and film to criticize the American national anthem.

Club Event

RPI Grad ISA celebrates a bright future with the Festival of Lights

The Graduate Indian Students Association held a Diwali festival to celebrate the holiday as well as kick off the club’s first official event since COVID-19.

Club Event

Sink your teeth into the RPI Players’ production of Dracula

The RPI Players presented an exemplary performance at the Playhouse this past weekend, displaying an outstanding production of Dracula.

Interview

Identifying engineering materials with Dr. Edwin B. Fohtung

Dr. Edwin B. Fohtung, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, works with developing techniques for studying materials on the nanoscale and discovering new materials for use in all engineering and science disciplines. Features Editor Soma Patra ’26 recounts her discussion with Professor Fohtung and his research pursuits on campus.

Restaurant Review

Mocha Blend comforts and caffeinates

Set right off the Goodwill bus stop, walking into Mocha Blend is like stepping into an episode of Gilmore Girls.

Student Life

What to know about computer help on campus

Need your computer fixed? Go to the Voorhees Computing Center for free computer help and repair!

Health

An inside look at the Health Center

A key part of adulthood is maintaining your physical and mental health. Features Editor Soma Patra ’26 takes a look at Rensselaer’s Student Health Center and the various services it offers.

Photo Short Story

PSS: Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony

On Saturday October 15th, we attended the Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony held in the McNeill room. The celebration—packed with music, dinner and dancing—was coordinated by the LHM Eboard and clubs such as Alianza Latina, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Phi Iota Alpha, and Omega Phi Beta.

Empac Event

Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros dives into the life and legacy of the RPI professor

Editorial/Opinion Coordinator Justin Chassin ’22 recounts his experience seeing Daniel Weintraub’s Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros in EMPAC on October 9th.

On-Campus Event

The legacy of Dr. Eddie Knowles immortalized

Dr. Eddie Knowles’ legacy is celebrated by alumni in a painting commissioned by Raymond Parker III ’77.

Restaurant Review

If you're hungry, donut worry!

Set directly across the street from Blitman Commons, 518 Donuts offers a welcoming space for food and fun. Features Editor Soma Patra ’26 gives the Rensselaer student body an inside look into this hot new snack spot.

Empac Event

Light displays, flue pipes ensnare audience in Only Breath, Words

Editorial/Opinion Coordinator Justin Chassin ’22 recounts his experience seeing Anna Craycroft’s Only Breath, Words in the EMPAC theater on Friday, September 23.

Campus Event

Shining an activity spotlight on the upcoming Activities Fair

This Saturday, September 10, 2022, over 200 of Rensselaer Union’s clubs and programs will gather on the ‘86 Field for the annual Activities Fair. From 10 am to 11:30 am, RPI students will be able to explore the various organizations on campus.

Club Spotlight

How Morgan's Message is "taking a shot" against mental health stigma

A new chapter of Morgan’s Message, an organization advocating for student-athlete mental health, has been established on campus.

On-Campus Event

Student Sustainability Task Force proposes Office of Sustainability

As a part of the Earth week events, the Student Sustainability Task Force held a conference to bring attention to the need for an Office of Sustainability at RPI.

On-Campus Event

Clubs eager to grow change at Earth Day Sustainability Event

In celebration of Earth Day, Sodexo tabled outside the Union alongside student-run sustainability clubs.

Lesser-Known Locales

Where to weep

Opinion Editor Vaughn Greason ’25 suggests a few quiet places on campus to bawl your eyes out during finals season.