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Student Senate

Munoz-Valverde rejected for E-Board confirmation, possible changes to academic calendar and rules

With heavy discussion following last spring's removal of Undergraduate Council and Executive Board voting member Ramesis Munoz-Valverde ’24, he was rejected for Class of 2024 E-Board Representative. Possible changes to the academic calendar and rules are to be proposed to the Provost. Union constitution amendments begin to be voted upon.

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.

Student Senate

Discussions begin on changes to Union constitution

The Student Senate discussed a new amendment to the Union Constitution that would alter the election process for Student Government positions.

Breaking News

RPI looking to invest $25 million in new AI initiative

RPI is looking to invest $25 million in a new AI initiative, the Empire AI consortium. The $400 million initiative will be funded by several private institutions along with a $275 million grant from New York state.

Executive Board

Undergraduate Council to oversee busing to Mayor’s Cup Game

The Undergraduate Council will now oversee bussing to the Mayor’s Cup Game. RPI Red Zone had traditionally overseen the program, but since the club has become inactive the UC will now be in charge of the $750 program.

Student Senate

Senate approves Catherine Philipps '24 as 135th President of the Union

The Student Senate met virtually this past Thursday to approve Catherine Philipps ’24 as the 135th President of the Union.

Student Senate

Senate fails, reconsiders, and tables the motion to confirm new PU

The Union will be left without a permanent president when Ava Gallagher ’23G steps down to graduate. The E-Board appointed Catherine Philipps ’24 to replace Gallagher but the Senate failed to confirm Philipps.

Executive Board

Gallagher resigns, Philipps appointed PU

President of the Union Ava Gallagher '23 resigned from her position, leading current Club Operations Chair Catherine Philipps '24 to be appointed as the 135th President of the Union by a majority vote.

Executive Board

E-Board approves a flurry of motions in the penultimate meeting of the semester

The Executive Board held their penultimate meeting of the semester last Thursday as they were approached by seven clubs, most of which were seeking union affiliation or union recognition. The Board also appointed Jake Herman ’23G and Abigail Golden ’24 as Advisor to the President and Archduchess to the President, respectively, approved a room reallocation and renamed a fund.

Student Senate

Senate discusses changes to morning mail

The Heffner Alumni House will be open for finals week studying on December 11. The Student Senate discusses morning mail improvements.

Student Senate

Grand Marshal, Provost hold discussion

The Student Senate hosted Provost Dr. Rebecca Doerge for a discussion on the future of Rensselaer on Monday, November 6.

Executive Board

Budget released for Fiscal Year 2025

The Executive Board prepared for the release of Fiscal Year 2025 budgets.

Executive Board

Executive Board receives new furniture for the Student Government Suite

The Executive Board discussed the couches, tables, and chairs they received from Jon Kessler ’79 ’82G and continued administrative budgeting.

Student Senate

Senate to implement facilities projects

The Senate passed a motion to begin work on several Facilities and Services Committee projects. In addition, Vivian Rost-Nasshan ’26 was appointed an Independent Senator.

Student Senate

Senate calls for “transparency” on healthcare

Julie Barringer ‘23G discussed RPI’s recent decision to change their health insurance plan from CDPHP to MVP. She intends to increase transparency on healthcare decisions between the Student Health Center and the student body. The Senate passed a motion to solidify their ownership of the Supplemental Course Materials project.