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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.

Student Senate

Senate reports on Trigger Level 1 update

The Undergraduate Council’s meeting with administrators revealed more information about the Trigger Level 1 threshold update, citing the Division of Student Life’s case projections and the availability of on-campus housing due to cases being primarily off-campus, as the primary reasons.

Executive Board

Oleksiy Golub appointed Vice President for Club Relations

The Union Executive Board confirmed Oleksiy Golub ’23 as the new Vice President for Club Relations. The position was previously held by Joe Mampillil ’22.

COVID-19

Trigger Level 1 threshold raised to 250 cases

Classes will return in-person this Monday. There have been 96 cases of COVID-19 in the RPI community as of Friday, according to RPI’s testing dashboard, surpassing the initial Trigger Level 1 Spring 2022 requirement of more than 70 cases among those with campus access. Since then, RPI has increased the threshold to reach Trigger Level 1 to 250 cases.

Technology

Multi-factor authentication expansion gets mixed welcome

Rensselaer’s Multi-Factor Authentication has recently expanded to require students to use the service to log into LMS and SIS. Additionally, The Polytechnic provides a how-to guide to use the DUO MFA tool.

Student Senate

Konwerski suggests parents should donate more during Student Life Performance Plan presentation

“I know…parents are supporting a significant investment, but some parents have the ability to give more. And so we’re asking them, can you give a little bit more?” Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski said during his presentation on the Student Life Performance plan to the Student Senate in a November meeting. The presentation also included other Student Life plans for the upcoming year.

News

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.