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Student Senate

Senate debates potential new Greek Senator position

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ‘23G introduced potential upcoming changes to the Rensselaer Union Constitution. Moreover, four positions were appointed.

Executive Board

Reallocation of funds and new prizes approved for UPAC

UPAC Cinema gained funding for movies and a film festival prize program. Jake Herman, Ava Gallagher, and Tomas Gonzales-Zugasti were appointed to new positions on the Executive Board.

Executive Board

Executive Board holds first meeting of Spring Semester

The Center for Career Professional Development and Panhellenic Council were approved to use three rooms in the Union for company info sessions and a “Meet the Chapters” event, respectively. Also, Ramesis Munoz-Valverde ’24 was appointed Club Ops Chair.

Executive Board

Senate receives funding for new shuttle tracker technology

The Student Senate requested a funding reallocation for new shuttle tracker technology, the Outing Club requested an additional subsidy as well as a funding reallocations, and the Union ShowTechs requested permission to fundraise for equipment repairs. Moreover, Director of Student Activities Cameron McLean reported that rules on cooking in the Union are being rewritten.

Student Senate

Student Senate reports on the investigation into the Interfraternity Council

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ‘23G opened the meeting with an update on the recent investigation into the Interfraternity Council. Shortly into the meeting, a motion to close the meeting was seconded.

Student Senate

Student Senate raises class dues by one dollar

Student Senate increased Class Council dues by one dollar. Treasurer Ibrahim Ali ’24 was also asked to step down after missing a budgeting deadline. Additionally, Philip Paterson ’25 presented the Resident Life Report on campus housing.

Administration

Goals for the future: an interview with President Schmidt

The Polytechnic interviewed Martin Schmidt ’81 to discuss goals for the future.

Student Senate

Konwerski presents draft of Student Life Performance Plan

Vice President of Student Life Peter Konwerski presented a draft of the Student Life Performance Plan, outlining goals to improve student retention, make investments in housing, and “enhance the Arch.”

Executive Board

Rounak granted approval to fundraise

RPI Rounak was given approval to fundraise for costumes and props.

Executive Board

Women’s Club Basketball jump starts season

Women’s Club Basketball was approved for the start of their season, and clubs under the Rensselaer Music Association were consolidated into one.

Student Senate

Senate holds Q&A session with President Schmidt

The Student Senate conducted a Q&A session with President Schmidt, asking questions that ranged from mental health, Greek life, and Schmidt’s day-to-day.

Student Senate

Colonie B residents cannot move back until Spring

The Student Senate held a discussion led by Philip Paterson ’25 on the recent flooding of Colonie B. Jacob Fuhr was appointed as Class of 2025 Representative, and the Senate approved a motion to urge the Campus Card Office and Student Life to allow students to use their preferred names on their IDs.

Executive Board

Senate, CSSA, DDR, CSA get funding approved

The Executive Board approved funding reallocations for the Senate’s annual survey, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association’s Lunar New Year Celebrations, the Dance Dance Revolution’s game pad repairs, and approved the starter budget for the Caribbean Student Association.

Town Meeting

Schmidt holds first Town Hall as president

President Martin Schmidt ’81 held his first Town Hall where he discussed shuttles, the Arch, and his three-step plan for the future.

Executive Board

Discussion of new assistant director of wellness position ensues

The Executive Board sought to create a new position called the assistant director of wellness. Administrators insisted on closing the meeting; however, which led to a standstill.

Student Senate

Senate rejects proposal to increase class dues by one dollar

The Student Senate rejected a proposal to increase class dues by one dollar. Undergraduate President Ria Massoni ’24 submitted the proposal so that the class councils and Undergraduate Council could have more funds available for events and to send two students to the National Association for Campus Activities Conference. Also, Class of 2024 Senator Gabriel Tambalini was impeached.

Executive Board

Club mailboxes removed from Student Government Suite club library

The Executive Board unanimously passed a motion to remove the club mailboxes from the Student Government Suite club library.

Executive Board

Funding approved for Global Medical Brigades

Global Medical Brigades, Meitokukan Kendo, Gajjdge Sher Bhangra, and Chess Club receive extra funding, Sanay Tralshawala ’26 Appointed Marketing and Strategy Committee Chair.

Freshman Elections

Thomas wins Class of 2026 president

Miles Thomas was elected Class of 2026 President and Addison Mulder was elected Class of 2026 Vice President. Class senators and representatives were also elected.

Student Senate

Student Senate removes Class of 2024 senator, delays another

The Student Senate unanimously voted to remove Class of 2024 Senator Michael Mendez from his position. The motion to remove Class of 2024 senator Gabriel Tambellini was delayed until October 26.

Student Senate

Student Senate to impeach two Class of 2024 senators

Student Senate voted to impeach two Class of 2024 senators. The meeting of impeachment will be held October 19.

Administration

Enrollment Management grants Women's Leadership Scholarship to class of 2026

Women in the class of 2026 were offered a $20,000 grant in hopes of increasing women enrollment. The class of 2026 has the most women in a single class, although the class itself is made up of 30% women.

Executive Board

Rensselaer Pride Alliance gains funding, Ultimate Frisbee remerges

The Ultimate Frisbee team was approved for a new coach and the Rensselaer Pride Alliance were given the go-ahead for restoration.

Student Senate

Senate updates Undergraduate Council Budget Policy

The Student Senate unanimously approved a change to the Undergraduate Council Budget Policy clarifying how class dues are distributed to class councils.