Opinion


Editorial Notebook

Looking at my past with a new perspective

“I’ve had to struggle and fight and that’s made me strong,” said Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as he looked out from a frosty cave in the middle of the North Pole. Although he still didn’t fully come to terms with his past, and this wasn’t the end of this emotional journey, that moment was a monumental one for him, marking the point at which he chose to fully embrace the disgrace of his past.

Letter To The Editor

RPI’s actions reinforced my decision not to donate

I was disgusted to see the local news' article, “CBS 6 INVESTIGATES: Federal Government Investigations into Sex Assaults at RPI.”

Derby

Here's how to appeal your club’s budget

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy gives an overview of the E-Board budgeting process and how clubs can appeal their budgets.

Editorial Notebook

Data Structures is just the beginning

It’s no surprise that one of the most talked about courses on campus is Data Structures. This mostly freshman course provides an excellent, in-depth accumulation of information—ranging from the basics of C++ to memory management within various customizable data structures. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot about the internal workings of the many data structures I now take for granted while coding.

Editorial Notebook

Don't follow your dreams, revisited

About a year ago, when I was the opinion’s editor of my high school newspaper, I wrote an article titled “Don’t Follow Your Dreams.” Please don’t look it up. The article was clickbaity and not what it seems. It was a message to my class to let them know that it was ok if they got rejected by their dream schools. I ended my piece with the haunting line: “Wherever I end up, dream school or not, I am sure that it will be the right place for me.”

Opinion

Don’t be silenced: we are citizens too

Pan-Africanism. The term has been demoralized by oppressors to mean separatism, terrorism, anti-nationalism,and so on, but is actually a term used to promote unification and identity.
Derby

How to start your own club

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy walks through the process of creating a club on campus, starting from the idea and ending with getting a Union budget.

Top Hat

Updates on student life, counseling

As the Grand Marshal, a big part of my job is meeting with people and having conversations about the current state of our campus community.
Opinion

I’m tired of the noise: liability in modern music

I know that the music industry has been notoriously manipulative for decades, but this time, it’s different. It’s no longer an issue tied to managers and pop superstars. It’s woven deep into the music that teenagers and young adults are listening to today, the same music they cling to and use for their support.

Derby

What Family Weekend means to me

As I’m sure you know, this past weekend Rensselaer celebrated Family Weekend. If your family came out to campus, I hope they had an awesome time.
Editorial Notebook

Being robbed made me confident

Shards of glass scattered the rough asphalt, voices yelled out in frantic desperation, feet shuffled back and forth in a nervous sway. I stared at the scene before me, processing the previous hours leading up to this exact moment. A single question buzzed loudly in my head: How could this happen?

Derby

An inside look into how student money is spent

We have officially reached the halfway point of the semester. This tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for students, and that is no different at the Union. Very soon, the Executive Board will begin club budgeting for Fiscal Year 2021.

Editorial Notebook

I'm addicted to Mario Kart Tour

About one month ago, Mario Kart Tour released on the iOS and Android app stores. Since then, playing has been a daily practice for me, probably too much so. In playing as often as I do, I have found it to be my all-time favorite mobile game, but it still doesn’t capture the essence of previous Mario Kart games.

Derby

Union signage gets an upgrade

This week, I am going to write about the new Union wall wraps, which are the signs that are now over the Sage Avenue and 15th Street entrances. The wraps were designed by the Union marketing team, and the proposal was brought to the Executive Board and passed over the summer.

Letter To The Editor

Rensselaer is hiding true intentions of Arch

It is unfortunate that Rensselaer now treats its students as chickens to be plucked rather than members of an academic community.

Letter To The Editor

Planned obsolescence harms the consumer

Devices emerge that are only expected to last a couple of years: either until the warranty runs out, or until the user is disenchanted with its performance compared to new releases later down the line. Firms shouldn’t be making these products with short lifetimes, they should make products that last lifetimes.

Staff Editorial

Senate should fight to make our Union student run again

Last week, the Senate unanimously passed the exact Union Annual Report that it refused to consider six months ago, without making any of the changes it deemed necessary at the time. As a result, The Polytechnic is concerned that the Senate is failing to do what’s best for the Rensselaer community: reclaim the student-run nature of our Union.

Editorial Notebook

A different perspective on playing pool

Almost fives times a week, my friends and I will visit the Union’s game room to play a few rounds of pool. I've found more value in pool than I expected and it has taught me a valuable life lesson.

Opinion

Technology in academics has advanced to a fault

Screen time is unavoidable due to the requirements of my education. This constant attachment to screens has a large impact on my engagement, learning, and mental state.

Derby

You just went to the Career Fair. Now what?

I hope you all took the opportunity to attend the NSBE/SHPE Career Fair this past week. First I want to give a shout out to the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the volunteers that made this year's career fair such a huge success!

Top Hat

Attention all freshmen interested in StuGov

Freshmen campaigning kicked off last week on September 16. Freshmen students can now attend informational sessions to learn about the rules and procedures of campaigning and elections, which is a requirement for campaigning.

Editorial Notebook

Why you should fall in love with Tetris

I play Tetris every day. Some days it’s just for 10 minutes, others it’s for upwards of four hours. It’s not something that I think or plan to do, it’s just something that happens whenever I sit down at my desk or open my laptop to do work. It’s not a problem—most of the time. There, of course, are times that I find myself saying “just one more game” a little too often when I’m supposed to be doing work—or writing this.

Opinion

The freshman curriculum is outstanding

I didn’t appreciate how well the freshman engineering curriculum is structured until I went home for the summer after freshman year. It's designed so that every student knows by the end of their freshman year if they love engineering and are sure about the major they chose.

Derby

Take your mental health seriously

Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. I want to take this chance to inform students of the resources available to them here at Rensselaer.