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RPI Frisbee Returns from two year suspension

In their first meeting of 2022, the Union Executive Board unanimously approved a stopgap budget for RPI Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, totaling $2,503. The club recently returned from a two-year suspension due to violating Rensselaer’s alcohol policy.

COVID-19

Navigating return-to-campus testing

After pushing back campus move-in by a week, most residential students began moving in today. Here’s what you should expect.

COVID-19

Online start, booster requirement for Spring semester

On December 23, an email from President Shirley Ann Jackson detailed policy changes for the upcoming Spring semester. The Spring semester will begin online with in-person instruction starting January 24. All eligible students must receive a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine by January 7. All residential students must have a COVID test 48 hours before arriving on January 17 and heading into a residential hall quarantine.

COVID-19

Administrative inaction following surge in campus COVID-19 cases

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases following mandatory testing after Thanksgiving Break raised concern within the RPI community. The University Pandemic Protocols state that the Trigger Level 1 protocol should be initiated when more than 30 COVID-19 cases among faculty, staff, or students, within a rolling two-week period, are confirmed among those with campus access.

Student Senate

Compost Committee grows new ideas

The Compost Committee gave a presentation that included a goal to install a new compost machine on campus.

Executive Board

Slack updates, UC budget policy motions unpassed

The Rensselaer Union Executive Board requested additional subsidies to upgrade their Slack platform, but the motion was postponed indefinitely. The Undergraduate Council proposed a bylaw amendment to their budget policy, which failed 2-15-0.

Administration

Martin A. Schmidt named next president of the Institute

Martin A. Schmidt ’81 has been named the 19th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Schmidt will assume his position as president from July 1, 2022, succeeding President Shirley Ann Jackson after her 23-year tenure at RPI. Schmidt currently serves as the provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Executive Board

Executive Board revokes Union membership of policy-violating student

The Union Executive Board revoked the Union membership of a student for violating the Rensselaer Union’s COVID-19 policies. The student, who is currently on their away semester, had been attending various in-person student government meetings and events in violation of the Union’s policy restricting entrance to Union facilities to Rensselaer Community members with campus access.

Student Senate

Cooking up solutions for late-night dining

The Student Senate held a presentation to improve late-night dining. A motion was passed to make immediate changes, including collecting student feedback, creating a list of meals for dining staff to make, and investigating changes into U-Cook and Father's Marketplace.

Executive Board

Union recognizes Positive Psychology Club and Caribbean Students Association

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board approved the Positive Psychology Club as a Union-recognized club, effective immediately. The Caribbean Student Association will become Union-recognized upon approval of a starter constitution by the Club Operations Committee.

Executive Board

RPI Chess Club becomes Union-funded

The Union Executive Board unanimously approved RPI Chess Club as a Union-funded club. The approval happened over a year after the group initially gained Union recognition.

Student Senate

Riaz Rao appointed Union Annual Report chairperson, Executive Board liaison

Riaz Rao was appointed to serve as Union Annual Report chairperson and Executive Board liaison, adding on to his current role as Senate parliamentarian.

Executive Board

Music masks and outdoor volleyball approved

This week, the Executive Board approved a reallocation of funds for the Rensselaer Music Association to purchase new instrument covers, approved Club Volleyball’s outdoor games, and elected Faizah Rabbye ’23 secretary of the Board for the Fall semester.

Student Senate

HSAC, MAL, Representative appointments approved

Appointments for the Hospitality and Services Committee, member-at-large, and representative positions were approved within the Student Senate and Executive Board on Tuesday.

Executive Board

Nguyen appointed Marketing and Strategy Committee chair

The Union Executive Board unanimously approved the appointment of Minh Nguyen ’22 as Marketing and Strategy Committee Chair. The position focuses on branding, marketing, and promoting events for the Rensselaer Union.

Technology

New multi-factor authentication rules to take effect November 1

New multi-factor authentication rules are set to go into effect for all Rensselaer employees beginning November 1. Anyone who has payroll and W2 information in the Self-Service Information System will be counted as an employee. This includes students employed by the Institute. The new protocols will apply to all Institute websites that use the Rensselaer Self Service login.

Student Senate

Senate approves Judicial Board appointments, seeks new treasurer

The Student Senate approved new Judicial Board appointments on October 19. The J-Board oversees “a huge variety” of cases, ranging from reckless driving to suspending fraternities. The members appointed at this meeting will eventually make the decisions for future cases.

Freshman Elections

Mike Slass elected Class of 2025 president

A total of 376 students cast votes in Wednesday's Freshman election. It marked the first in-person election Rensselaer student government has held since the Fall of 2019.
Executive Board

Confusion surrounds Red Army podcast funding

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board passed RPI Red Army’s proposal for a new podcast, but motioned to postpone a budget reallocation that would cover the cost of a new microphone for the program.

Executive Board

RPI TV proposal for student wages denied

RPI TV's proposal suggesting that certain RPI TV members be paid $15 an hour to cover home hockey games during the 2022-23 season was unanimously denied.

Freshman Elections

Class of 2025 elections underway

Today, the Class of 2025 will choose their student government officers. Voting will be open from 8 am to 8 pm at the Rensselaer Union and the Commons Dining Hall.

Student Senate

Marketing and Strategy Committee resurrected

The 52nd Student Senate approved changes to the Executive Board’s bylaws on October 5 in order to bring back the Marketing and Strategy Committee, which had been dissolved in 2019.

Executive Board

Emergency funds approved for UPAC projector repair

The Union Executive Board approved an emergency subsidy for UPAC's Cinema division via an electronic vote on October 14.

Administration

Jackson maskless at D.C. conference

President Shirley Ann Jackson appeared without a mask in Washington, D.C. on September 28 for the Amazon Web Services Summit, while Rensselaer continues to enforce mask mandates and travel restrictions for students.