Features


Empac Event

Artfully acoustic architecture explained

I attended acoustician Zachery Belanger's talk "Sound: A New Approach to Integrating Architectural Design and Acoustics" at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center last semester. This talk offered a rewarding deep-dive into the process of how EMPAC spaces are designed, the challenges of the collaboration of architects and acousticians, and a vision for the future of acoustics and architecture.

On-Campus Event

A not-so silent night: Rensselaer Music Association’s Winter Concert

From Christmas classics to musical arrangements written by Rensselaer students, the annual Winter Concert hosted by the Rensselaer Music Association was a treat for all who attended.

Off-Campus Event

‘Tis the season to be German

Many gathered at the Eastside Troy Christkindlmarket to welcome the Christmas season in german-style this Saturday evening.

Tv Series Review

The Mindy Project embarrasses me as an Indian American woman

Years after listening to a friend praise this show, I finally watched The Mindy Project—and honestly, I wish I hadn’t wasted my time.
Cultural Event

PSS: Troy transported back in time

Troy hosted its 37th annual Victorian Stroll to welcome the holidays in an old-fashioned way on Sunday.
On-Campus Event

Mueller Center hosts fourth Thanksgiving feast

The Mueller Center hosted a Thanksgiving meal for students that were on Rensselaer’s campus for Thanksgiving break in the McNeil Room on Thursday, November 28.
On-Campus Event

Rensselaer Concert Choir delivers angelic performance

The Rensselaer Concert Choir gave a breathtaking performance in the Chapel + Cultural Center on Sunday night. The concert included pieces from composers that stretched across a timespan of almost five centuries—from the mid-sixteenth up to the mid-twentieth century.

Empac Event

Rensselaer Orchestra entrances audience

The Rensselaer Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Chamberlain, performed at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The orchestra played pieces from various eras of classical music, with compositions from Jean-Baptiste Lully, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Franz Schubert, and Pyotr-Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

On-Campus Event

Students enjoy delicious desserts for Turkey Day

Students chow down at the Mueller Center while learning traditions, history, and fun facts about Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America.

Movie Review

Ford v Ferrari explores the meaning of passion

Ford v Ferrari—directed by the eclectic James Mangold—is a rare film. A film that left me in deep, soulful contemplation long after it ended. Before I went to see the film, I’d already known most of the story. As this is a well-documented event in racing history, I didn’t expect to be completely blown away by it.

Empac Event

A night of vivid, veracious visuals from Venezuela

“I am Tráfico Visual,” said Ileana Ramírez in her talk about her life’s work. Last week Ramírez, a resident of Venezuela and founder of Tráfico Visual, visited the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer to tell her story. Due to the issues in Venezuela last March, she couldn't travel to America and deliver her talk. However, this event went on without a hitch.

Club Event

Highlights from art show: wombs in a room

Artwork and performances filled the Russell Sage Banquet Hall on Saturday evening during the show hosted by Rensselaer’s Black Students’ Association. Several dozen pieces were on display, ranging from traditional drawings and paintings to photography, animations, and other digital works.

union after dark

Squash Mosh neither squished nor smashed expectations

UPAC’s Union After Dark: Squash Mosh featured The Rusty Pipes, Rensselyrics, the dance group Eighth Wonder, and indie-pop band Black Tie Stereo. Attendees were treated to complimentary pumpkin pie, candy, and juice boxes. In addition to watching performances, attendees had the opportunity to paint squash, create sand art, play board games, purchase airbrushed clothing, and participate in the premiere of UPAC and TeamRPI’s “Minecraft Hunger Games” competition, which was projected live with commentary for everyone to watch.

Empac Event

Students gather to witness "The Galactic Premiere"

Kurt Hentschläger’s “EKO,” publicized as “a splendid void of darkness,” clearly piqued the interests of many Rensselaer students. Unlike any other event I have attended at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, all tickets were completely sold out and an additional showing was added to accommodate more attendees. Even following this second showing, more students waited eagerly in the lobby for a possible opportunity to experience the piece.

Club Event

Diwali show brings Bollywood to campus

The Indian Students Association’s Diwali show on Saturday proved to be a fun night of laughs, performances, and delicious food. The Bollywood inspired show included a skit from ISA members and performances from RPI Bhangra, RPI Raaga, RPI Rudras, and other club members.

Club Event

RPI Players bring bountiful banter onstage with Pride and Prejudice

As I walked into the Playhouse to catch the open dress rehearsal of the RPI Players’ Pride and Prejudice, I was greeted by the production manager, Isabel Donelson, and various other crew members rushing around making sure everything was in place.

On-Campus Event

UPAC Comedy hosts first open mic night

UPAC Comedy is known for inviting comedians to come to Rensselaer and perform, but last Tuesday was the first time it held an event for RPI students to perform their own material for the community.

Community Event

A night of courage, wonder at Troy's Got Talent

“It takes balls to do that.” Those were the words of wisdom my friend had to offer as we witnessed a bold solo performance at Troy’s Got Talent on Saturday. The first annual Troy’s Got Talent was hosted by the Community Relations Committee of the Student Senate and was held in the Heffner Alumni House—a cozy locale for the 50-or-so attendees.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Looking on the bright side of campus

WeR, a student organization that promotes spirit on campus, held the ceremony for the lighting of the trees on the walkway between the ’86 Field and the Ricketts Building on November 4. The gathering was a pleasant break from classes with performances by the Rusty Pipes and Rensselyrics, as well as complimentary hot chocolate and sweets to take the edge off a chilly night.

STUDENT EVENT

Spooky pumpkin painting for Halloween

This past week, students gathered in the Mueller Center to paint decorations in honor of Halloween. They were provided the pumpkins as well as many different colors of acrylic paint. Students were able to get creative and have fun in the midst of the hectic midterm season.

Empac Event

Tour reveals EMPAC’s behind the scenes treasures

Lead Video Engineer Eric Brucker led an informative tour of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center’s public venues, private production rooms, and hidden spaces. Participants’ thoughtful questions and the stunning views of EMPAC delightfully kickstarted my weekend.

Empac Event

Frightening fridge-dance fascinates

The avant-garde Turkish dance duo Taldans performed one of their earliest pieces, titled Dolap, on Thursday at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli make up the group, which was formed in 1996, the duo choreographed Dolap in 2000, and Thursday evening's performance was an example of the cumulative effect of working on a single piece for nearly twenty years. Dolap was the kind of piece that excited the audience with the dancers’ physicality and trust in each other. It lent itself to many interpretations and plenty of discussion, especially regarding Taldans’ strange choice of prop: a refrigerator.

Guest Speaker

NASA chief engineer shares exciting vision

B. Gentry Lee, one of the chief engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, gave a talk to members of the Rensselaer community in the Russell Sage Laboratory as a part of the Union Speakers Forum. Lee engaged the audience with his animated storytelling, combined with his advice to students and interesting experiences in engineering at NASA.

On-Campus Event

Family fun at Fall Fest

During this year’s Family Weekend, Fall Fest celebrated autumn and entertained students and their families alike.