News


Freshman Elections

Freshman elections held across campus

The Class of 2023 chose their representatives through a two-day election on October 9 and October 11.

Student Senate

Meeting reveals numerous student concerns

The Student Senate met on October 7 to listen to reports from senators about the state of each of their constituencies. Additionally, there was a report from Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20.

Executive Board

TeamRPI will return to ECAC tournament

As of September 26, TeamRPI eSports is now a Union funded club and will attend this year's Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The RPI Pep Band will also—for the first time in years—attend an away men’s football game rather than an away men’s hockey game. Finally, a Pedi-Mate was purchased for RPI Ambulance to facilitate safer transport of pediatric patients. Each of these expenditures was approved by the Executive Board with no votes against.

Student Life

Period products absent from campus, Student Government takes action

This year, all provided feminine hygiene products on campus—both free and paid for—have been removed by the Environmental and Site Services department. In response to student complaints, the Business Operations Committee of the Executive Board responded by purchasing period products to place in all three women’s bathrooms in the Union.

Executive Board

Indian dance clubs unite

During their meeting on Thursday, the Executive Board confirmed the absorption of the Indian dance teams RPI Rounak and RPI Bhangra into the existing dance team within the Indian Students Association, RPI Rudras. During a closed portion, they also approved a budget for Men's Club Basketball.

Breaking News

Rensselaer community unsettled by police presence on campus

Over five police vehicles and a SWAT team were seen on campus stopping a vehicle and apprehending multiple people on Tuesday around 9 pm. Near the time of the stop on 15th Street, uniformed officers with guns lined the Darrin Communications Center walkway near Russell Sage Dining Hall, where an arrest took place.

Executive Board

Fishing Club becomes Union recognized

During the Executive Board meeting on Thursday, the RPI Tennis Club, RPI Fishing Club, and the Multicultural Leadership Council all had their requests for additional funding approved.

Rensselaer Union

Dominoes delayed, funding approval recently granted

The “Dominoes Project” is a series of club, organization, and business location shifts throughout the Union, approved in an Executive Board meeting last spring. The plan was set to be executed over the summer; it is now the Fall semester and there are still some dominoes left to topple.

Student Senate

Senate backtracks decision after six months

Six months after the Student Senate declined to consider the Union Annual Report because the Executive Board was "strong-armed" into making the changes it entailed, members unanimously approved the same document without discussion.

Student Senate

Hiring of director of sustainability urged

During its second meeting of the year, the Student Senate approved Executive Board appointments and passed a motion in support of the Climate Action Plan presented by the Student Sustainability Task Force.

Student Senate

Arch survey responses remain unreleased after closed meeting

During their second meeting of the year, the Student Senate closed its meeting to hear and discuss the results of the Arch Task Force Survey. Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20 and Chairperson of the Arch Task Force Peter Gramenides ’20 defended this decision, citing that responses were “vulgar” and “extensive.”

Greek Life

Rensselaer in search of Greek staff after department resigns

At the end of the Spring 2019 semester and over the Arch, Greek Dean Meredith Bielaska and assistant Greek deans Pierre Jefferson and Craig Rowley left their positions at Rensselaer.

Executive Board

Union open house planned for September 27

The Executive Board met on Thursday to allocate $140 to the Dance Dance Revolution Club, approve two club budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, and make plans for the upcoming Union open house.

On-Campus Event

Come celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

September 15 marked the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month, which recognizes the importance of Latinx culture and history within the United States. Three student organizations—Alianza Latina, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity—have events planned throughout the month, and all students are welcome to participate in the festivities.

Administration

Campus still affected by historic flood

Troy experienced another historic flood on Wednesday, August 21. Though this was weeks ago, damages to campus still linger and affect student life. Sage Avenue is still not open to through traffic, 104 students have been displaced from their assigned dormitories “until further notice,” and landscape repairs are ongoing throughout campus.

Executive Board

New faces coming to Union Admin Office

The Union’s Executive Board met Thursday to hear event proposals and approve new employees in the Union Admin Office.
Student Senate

Sustainability, create-your-own meal plan petitions discussed

Senators heard and discussed two Student Senate petitions that gathered over 250 signatures each during the summer. “At the end of the day I’m not sure how much more as a community we can do,” said Hospitality Services Advisory Committee Chair Rhea Banerjee about the create-your-own meal plan removal.

Student Rights

Rensselaer Student Handbook updated

Every year, the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities is updated before the start of the Fall semester.
Executive Board

Office of sole Greek administrator moved to Union

The Executive Board caught up to speed in their first meeting back from the Summer break. The Board’s primary focus was discussion regarding updates on the “dominoes project” approved last spring, accompanied by position appointments and general announcements.

Greek Life

Greek housing for students during Arch no longer under consideration

The creation of an Arch Greek Life Commons—which would allow students to live in their respective Greek houses during their required summer semesters—was the sole rejected recommendation from the ten outlined in the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force, said Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski in an email to The Polytechnic.
Student Senate

E-Board appointments approved

For the second week in a row, the approval of various Student Government appointments was on the Senate agenda.
Executive Board

$3,700 approved for Ultimate Frisbee Championship

In the last meeting of the 49th Executive Board, the hiring of a graduate assistant intern was approved, a new Student Government Communications Committee chairperson and a new Multicultural Leadership Council were appointed, and women’s Ultimate Frisbee requested a subsidy to compete in the USA Ultimate College Championships.
Student Senate

Senate officers, Judicial Board appointments approved

To complete the 50th Student Senate, members voted to approve Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko’s ’20 officer appointments, some of which created the non-voting membership of the Senate.
Student Activism

Climate action plan petition passes 250 signature threshold

“THERE IS NO PLANET B!” was just one of the phrases written across the banner at the Student Sustainability Task Force’s four-hour demonstration on the ’86 Field on Monday.