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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.

GM Week 2022

Polls close in GM Week elections

Voting for GM week elections closed at 5 pm today. An estimated 1,820 ballots were cast in the election across four polling locations.

GM Week 2022

Bennett, Gramenides face off in GM Week Debate

On Tuesday, the two candidates for Grand Marshal, Cait Bennett '22 and Nicole Gramenides '23, participated in a debate held by the Elections Commission. Positions for Undergraduate President and President of the Union were uncontested, so both candidates participated in a 30 minute Q&A session. Elections Commission Chairperson Nicholas Longchamp '24 and The Polytechnic News Editor William Hawkins '23 moderated the debate.

GM Week 2022

GM Week voting opens

Today is election day. Voting will be open from 8 am to 5 pm at Commons Dining Hall, the Union, DCC, CBIS, and the Folsom Library. Additionally, there are no classes today so that students can vote.

GM Week 2022

Ballots finalized for Wednesday Election

The Elections Commission has finalized which candidates will appear on the ballot for tomorrow's election. Voting in GM Week elections is open tomorrow from 8 am to 5 pm. All students, including those graduating in May, are eligible to vote.

GM Week 2022

GM Week debates Tuesday in Union

For the first time since 2018, the Rensselaer Union will hold an in-person GM Week debate Tuesday in the McNeil room of the Rensselaer Union from 6 to 8 pm.

GM Week 2022

Bennett recuses herself from Grand Marshal duties

In an email to the Senate email list Friday night, Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 announced that she is recusing herself as GM until voting in GM Week elections closes.

GM Week 2022

GM Week is back in person — Here’s what you should know

GM Week begins today with elections on Wednesday. The theme for GM Week is Sweet Week. Associate News Editor Alexander Orr ’25 gives a crash course on what to know and expect for GM Week.

Executive Board

Executive Board revokes office use to conduct Student Government Suite renovations

On Thursday, the Executive Board passed a motion to revoke office use for organizations in the Student Government Suite.

Rensselaer Union

Thunder Mountain Curry and Collar City Grill menus altered due to Rathskeller repairs

Repairs are being made to the Rathskeller’s exhaust system. Thunder Mountain Curry will be experimenting with new menu items. Collar City Grill is now selling cold and pressed sandwiches.

GM Week 2022

Bennett and Massoni-Nesman sanctioned by Election Commission over campaign violations

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and Undergraduate President candidate Ria Massoni-Nesman ’24 sanctioned by the Elections Commission. Bennett and Massoni-Nesman are now required to get an additional 25 signatures to be on the ballot.

Executive Board

Bangladesh Student Association gains Union recognition

On Thursday, the Executive Board unanimously passed motions to recognize the Bangladesh Student Association and allocate the Rensselaer Student Auto Shop $2000 in additional subsidies for repair tools.

Student Senate

UAR committee eases chairperson requirements

The Union Annual Report committee removed the requirement for the UAR chairperson to also serve as a Senate-Executive Board liaison. By doing so, the UAR committee hopes to remove scheduling conflicts for those interested in the position.

Executive Board

Subsidies reallocated for Union Show Techs and Student Senate

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board passed subsidy reallocations for the Union Show Techs and the Student Senate. A motion to merge the UPAC lights reserve and the UPAC sound reserve was also approved.

Student Senate

Elections Commission handbook updates increase nomination requirements

The Student Senate’s Elections Committee presented an updated elections handbook. Furthermore, motions to appoint Executive Board members-at-large were passed.

News

E-Board meeting canceled

The Executive Board meeting last Thursday was canceled due to a lack of proposals.

Executive Board

Subsidy requests approved for Business Operations Committee, Student Senate, The Polytechnic, RPI Flying Club

The Union Executive Board approved three additional subsidy requests for RPI Flying Club, The Polytechnic, and the Business Operations Committee. The Board also approved a subsidy reallocation request for the Student Senate.

News

Disabled Students at RPI Dream, RPI Breakdance, RPI BASIC become Union clubs

The Union Executive Board moved to recognize Disabled Students at RPI Dream and RPI Breakdance Club as Union-recognized clubs. RPI BASIC was also approved as a Union-affiliated club.

Student Senate

Student Senate makes three new appointments

The Student Senate approved appointments for parliamentarian, Hospitality Services Advisory Committee chairperson, and Panhellenic Council chairperson.

Academics

SIS change prevents alumni access

With the recent introduction of two-factor authentication, alumni have been restricted from accessing the Student Information System. Alumni inquiries for transcripts must now go through the Registrar or Human Resources.

Breaking News

Snow day moves classes online

Due to inclement weather, all classes today will be held online. The COVID-19 testing center will be open today from 10 am - 1 pm. All ‘non-essential’ employees have an additional two hours to arrive at work. All essential employees still need to arrive at their scheduled start times.

Student Senate

Abigail Golden appointed SGCC chair

Abigail Golden '24 was appointed as the Student Government Communications Committee chairperson for the Senate last Tuesday.