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GM Week 2024

Vivian Rost-Nasshan elected Grand Marshal in runoff election

Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 has been elected Grand Marshal, beating Ria Massoni ’25G in a historic runoff election.

Executive Board

E-Board denounces actions of Dr. Charlie Potts over Bennett hiring, plans to shut down Rathskeller over summer for renovations

The Executive Board gave a formal denouncement to the actions of the Union’s administrative staff regarding the unconstitutional hiring of Cait Bennett as an administrative specialist. Society of Plastics Engineers approved for club affiliation, RPI Club Field Hockey achieves Union recognition, and the Director of the Union Dr. Charlie Potts presents the Union’s upcoming construction and renovation projects to the Executive Board. Additionally, the E-Board approves the hiring of William Weinert for the position of Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs.

Student Senate

Elections Commission addresses GM Week election

After the first tie for Grand Marshal in GM Week history, the Elections Commission is eager to improve the voting process. Also, controversy surrounding the endorsement of GM candidate Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 by current Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 was discussed.

GM Week 2024

Massoni, Rost-Nasshan take the stage for Grand Marshal runoff

As a result of the recent historic tie for Grand Marshal, candidates Ria Massoni ’24, ’25G and Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 took the stage again for a second debate. The questioning built upon statements made in the previous debate and included more candidate-specific questions. The debate was moderated once again by Elections Commission Chairperson Timothy Miles ’24.

Executive Board

Union hires Cait Bennett ’23G without Executive Board approval

Previous Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’23G was hired as an Administrative Specialist for the Rensselaer Union. However, she was hired under the discretion of the Director of the Union Dr. Charlie Potts without the knowledge and approval of the Union Executive Board. As per the Union Constitution, the E-Board “shall approve the hiring and continuance of all administrative personnel of the Union.”

Breaking News

Second debate for GM to be held on April 1, runoff election set for April 3

The Elections Commission has announced a second debate for Monday, April 1 between Grand Marshal candidates Ria Massoni ’24, ’25G and Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26. The Commission has also set Wednesday, April 3 for the runoff election.

Student Senate

Provost discusses first year at Rensselaer

In the last Student Senate meeting before Grand Marshal Week, Provost Rebecca Doerge meets with members to discuss her first year at Rensselaer.

Executive Board

The Executive Board approves multiple club and Grand Marshal Week related motions

The McNeil room was approved for use for multiple events related to Grand Marshal Week. Subsidies were approved for the Indian Students Association and Badminton Club, a financial reallocation was approved for Bhangra, and the Rensselaer Pride Alliance received permission to hold a club formal.

GM Week 2024

GM Week preliminary election results: Philipps, Khoury elected PU, UP, runoff election to be held for GM

Catherine Philipps ’24, ’25G has been elected President of the Union. Paul Khoury ’26 has elected as Undergraduate President. A runoff election between Ria Massoni ’24, ’25G and Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 will be held to elect the Grand Marshal.

GM Week 2024

Candidates face off in GM Week 2024 debates

Five candidates took the stage for the Grand Marshal Week debate moderated by Elections Committee Chairperson Timothy Miles ’24. The debate offered one last chance for the candidates to present themselves to the student body and share their opinions on various topics and issues.

Executive Board

RPI Math Club gets affiliated, budgetary motions passed

RPI Math Club approached the Executive Board for Union affiliation, RPI Code Red, Union Show Techs, RPI Quadball presented their need for additional subsidies

Student Senate

Senate works on temporarily reducing parking ticket costs

The Senate passed a motion urging the administration to reduce parking fees until May 26, 2024.

Executive Board

Rensselaer Voices for Palestine gets affiliation, RPI ambulance receives subsidy

The first motion of the night was for Rensselaer Voices for Palestine to become a Union-affiliated club.
Student Senate

Finishing constitutional amendments, kickoff of elections

Senate discussed the motion to recognize the Undergraduate President as the spokesperson for the undergraduate population. Timothy Miles ’24 kicks off the election season with updates and approval of the handbook.

Executive Board

Rensselaer Economics Club gets affiliation, Rounak obtains subsidy to attend national competition

RPI Rounak secured a subsidy to attend a national competition. The Black Students' Alliance also had a subsidy approved for their annual Ebony Ball, while the Rensselaer Economics Club gained unanimous Union affiliation.

Interview

President Schmidt on RPI at 200 and the Institute’s future

An interview with President Schmidt on his goals for the year, RPI at 200, campus safety, mental health, the Arch and more.

Executive Board

Film Club denied recognition, Flying Pigs Society budgeting woes

The RPI Film club approached the Executive Board for Union Recognition and was rejected, the Flying Pigs Society applied for a starter budget, and the RPI Men’s Lacrosse Club petitioned for Union funds to help cover practice space for their upcoming season. Additionally, Executive Board member Emryn Philogene ‘25 was confirmed to fill the empty Business Operations Committee seat.

Student Senate

Senate approves new safety motion and confirmation, amendment to Union Constitution

The Student Senate approved new motion involving safety in an effort to urge the administration to make campus safer for students. Additionally, a new representative was confirmed and an amendment to the Union Constitution was discussed.

Student Senate

New amendment added to GM Week ballot, road safety project discussed

A new motion to alter the Constitution to use more gender inclusive language was added to the ballot for Grand Marshal Week. Also, discussion began for a new Student Senate project focusing on pedestrian safety on campus.

Executive Board

The Executive Board approves multiple club-related motions

The RPI Warhammer and RPI Quantum Computing Clubs were approved for Union recognition while the RPI Pickleball Club was approved to receive a starter budget.

News

RPI’s quantum computer finishes up construction, will go online in April

Construction on Rensselaer’s quantum computer is finishing up, with an unveiling set for April 5.

Student Senate

Senate approves Union constitution changes to GM and PU elections

Senate approves Union constitution changes that will allow any member of the Union to run for Grand Marshal and President of the Union in the event of a vacancy. Additionally, two candidates can run together on the general ballot election if one knows they won’t be able to complete a full term. The board also discussed changing all pronouns in the constitution to be gender-neutral, but was tabled at the next meeting.

Executive Board

Clubs receive reallocations, Executive Board members confirmed to chairs

Several clubs including the Rensselyrics, UPAC Cinema and Chess Club all received reallocations. In addition, many Executive board members were confirmed to their chair positions.

Executive Board

Students with Families becomes Union-recognized club

Students with Families was approved to become a Union-funded club, and RPI TV was granted an additional subsidy for new headsets.