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Student Senate

Senate delays motion for Faculty Senate appointment

The Student Senate delayed a motion to appoint Professor Chris Carothers to Faculty Senate Tenure and Promotion Committee Representative as they did not have enough information about the candidate.

Executive Board

Flying Pigs Society becomes Union-recognized

The Flying Pig Society gained Union recognition. The club wants to hold workshops and bring in professional figures to speak.

Executive Board

Hockey Line returns, Young Democrat Socialists club fails to gain Union affiliation

Hockey Line returns for the first time in three years with a few changes, and a newly founded RPI Young Democratic Socialists of America club fails to gain Union affiliation.

Student Senate

Changes to Freshmen Elections Handbook draw criticism from senators

Freshmen Election ballots are now ordered from most nominations to least, drawing criticism from senators who believe the new system is unequal.

Administration

Harkness field, ECAV main gym get heavy renovations

The Harkness field and East Campus Athletic Village main gym went through renovations that brought both fields up to current standards.

Executive Board

Executive Board pushes back against limited Union hours

Executive Board members resisted against limiting Student Union hours, arguing that the Union should be a safe haven for late night students.

Executive Board

PAL, KSA, Alianza Latina to hold cultural events

The Philippine American League, Korean Student Association, and Alianza Latina were approved funding for cultural events. The Rensselaer Music Association was approved for a due waiver.

Student Life

Class of 2026 to be RPI's largest first-year class

The class of 2026 will be made up of 2,110 students, making it the largest freshman class in RPI history. For comparison, the class of 2025 is made up of around 1,500 students.

Administration

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson retires, Dr. Martin A. Schmidt begins presidency

July 1 marks the end of Dr. Jackson’s position as president of RPI and the start of Dr. Martin A. Schmidt’s presidency.

Student Life

Commencement guest policy updated

Commencement guests must now show proof of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival on campus or a rapid antigen home test taken 24 hours in advance of campus arrival. This update comes after a COVID-19 requirement update sent yesterday sparked discussion on Reddit and the RPI parent Facebook group. Previously, only PCR tests taken up to 48 hours before Commencement were permitted.

Executive Board

Executive Board approves facility projects, additional club subsidies

The Executive Board approved a total of $90,500 to demolish the W2SZ trailer on Sunset Terrace and build two offices in the Mueller Center. Additional subsidy requests by TeamRPI eSports and the Union Show Techs were also approved.

COVID-19

Notes back from Colonie: student experiences with COVID-19 at Rensselaer

Being notified of a positive for COVID-19 test result can be an overwhelming ordeal. The Polytechnic interviewed six students to take a closer look at the experiences of people who contracted COVID-19 while living on campus. While they report being well taken care of during their stay, they still have reservations about certain aspects of their time in Colonie Apartments.

Student Senate

Grand Marshal recaps meeting with President Shirley Ann Jackson

During the Student Senate meeting on April 12, Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 reported on meeting with President Shirley Ann Jackson about the upcoming presidential transition. Furthermore, the Student Senate motioned to reappoint Alexander Grant ’24 as Secretary.

Executive Board

Executive Board confirms nine members to Board

The Union Executive Board confirmed nine members to join the Board, including a new “Counselor to the President” position.

Student Senate

Executive Board and Student Senate officers approved

The Student Senate approved the appointments of Executive Board and Student Senate Committee chairpersons. Among them is the first Graduate student Student Life Committee chairperson, Zachary Barringer.

Executive Board

Union to conduct campus renovations for Fall

The Rensselaer Union is planning to introduce two new offices in the Mueller Center, demolish the W2SZ trailer near ECAV, and renovate the Student Government Suite in the Union.

Greek Life

Stickers around campus claim "Ski drugs women"

Stickers that stated “SKI DRUGS WOMEN” were found around campus yesterday, featuring a picture of a hand holding a pill over an open drink. The Polytechnic has attempted to investigate the stickers’ accusation but has not verified it.

Student Life

Graduates now allowed four Commencement guests

Graduating students can now bring four guests to the Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at the East Campus Athletic Village at 8:15 am, according to an email sent out on Friday. Registration information is set to come out sometime this week.

Executive Board

Girls Who Code, Bitcoin club become Union-recognized

The Union Executive Board designated Girls Who Code and the Cryptocurrency & Bitcoin Technology Club as Union-recognized clubs. A motion to purchase two AEDs also passed unanimously.

Campus Security

Sorority members warned of alleged drugging by fraternity brother

Editor’s Note: This story contains information about an alleged drugging that readers may find triggering.

Executive Board

Multicultural Sorority and Fraternity Council becomes Union-affiliated

The Executive Board approved a motion to designate the Multicultural Sorority and Fraternity Council and their sub-organizations as Union-affiliated clubs.

Administration

RPI hires second Title IX coordinator

Melissa Walega has been hired as a Title IX Coordinator and Senior Human Resources Specialist according to an announcement sent through Morning Mail this morning. Walega is now one of two Title IX coordinators at Rensselaer.

GM Week 2022

GM Week election results: live updates

Cait Bennett was reelected for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan was elected President of the Union, and Ria Massoni was elected Undergraduate President. Check back here for GM Week Election updates as results roll in.

Student Rights

Students' GPAs leaked in mass email

The personal information of 570 students was inadvertently leaked on Tuesday, March 22, when a spreadsheet containing the information was mistakenly attached to a mass email for the Lee Foundation Scholarship. The spreadsheet contained students in the School of Engineering with GPAs above 2.80 who have Sophomore or Junior credit standing.