Opinion


Black Students Alliance

BSA ends the semester in splendor

Black Students’ Alliance President Tiffany Filano ’23 details BSA’s end of semester events.

Top Hat

Why are the shuttles so bad?

I was scrolling through the RPI subreddit and discovered a post “Why is the shuttle system so incredibly bad?” My Facilities and Services Chairperson roots kicked in, and I decided to shed some light on the current system, why it is so bad, and what the Student Senate is doing to fix it.

Editorial Notebook

How to shift gears on a muddy road

Associate News Editor David Liu ’23 gives unsolicited advice on motivating yourself during assignment slumps.

Editorial Notebook

You are the most important person there is

Being kind and empathetic are important skills. However, it is too often taught in modern society to value others before yourself. Associate News Editor Alexander Orr ’25 reminds readers to put yourself before anyone else.

Black Students Alliance

BSA celebrates Black History Month

Black Students Alliance President Tiffany Filawo '23 writes about the events held during Black History Month including a joint general body meeting, Commons and Sage Food Night, Night of Free Expression, and part two of BSA's joint Black Identity GBM. BSA also used Black History Month to explore the genre and practice of Afrofuturism as a means of progression.

Editorial Notebook

An algorithm for algorithms

Although of unparalleled importance to performance, algorithms can be difficult to develop. Copy Editor and Computer Science major Dylan Sheils ’24 gives several suggestions on how to start.

Letter To The Editor

Where is RPI's Office of Sustainability?

From the Senate’s composting committee, to the work of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and various research projects pursued by professors and graduate students, plenty of people are working on changing the world at RPI for the better. Kaitlin Barkley '22 argues why RPI should have an Office of Sustainability.

Endorsement

Cait Bennett for Grand Marshal

This year, The Polytechnic endorses Cait Bennett ’22 for Grand Marshal. We believe that Bennett’s experiences as a senator and as Grand Marshal will serve the Rensselaer community well, especially with the incoming arrival of a new Institute president in July.

Endorsement

Colleen Corrigan for President of the Union

This year, The Polytechnic endorses Colleen Corrigan ’21 for President of the Union. Corrigan's commitment to bringing back normal club budgeting and ensuring that students are involved earlier in the hiring of Union administrators inspires confidence for a better student experience as we transition to a new administration.

Endorsement

Ria Massoni-Nesman for Undergraduate President

The Polytechnic endorses Ria Massoni-Nesman ’24 for Undergraduate President. The Polytechnic believes that Massoni’s dedication to connecting the undergraduate student body and improving the Arch program will make her a successful Undergraduate President.

Endorsement

PU Mahmoud endorses Gramenides, Corrigan

President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud endorses Nicole Gramenides '23 for Grand Marshal and Colleen Corrigan '21 for President of the Union.

Candidate Questions

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked Grand Marshal candidates to discuss their goals and to reflect on their experiences in Student Government. Here are their responses.

Candidate Questions

President of the Union candidate profile: Colleen Corrigan

The Polytechnic asked the candidate for President of the Union to discuss her goals and leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here are her responses.

Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profile: Ria Massoni

The Polytechnic asked the Undergraduate President candidate to discuss her goals, leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here is her response.

Editorial Notebook

Why I recused myself from GM Week endorsements

“Providing detailed, unbiased reporting of campus life remains my top priority…I didn’t join the paper to tell people who to vote for. I joined to provide people with the information they need to make those decisions for themselves,” explains News Editor William Hawkins ’23 on why he recused himself from The Poly’s endorsement process.

Endorsement

Panhellenic Council for Gramenides, Corrigan, Massoni, Tischler

After the general body meeting of the Panhellenic Council on March 16, the council delegates have voted to endorse Nicole Gramenides '23 for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan '21 for President of the Union, Ria Massoni '24 for Undergraduate President, and Hannah Tischler '24 for Panhellenic Senator.

Endorsement

Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition for Bennett, Corrigan, and Massoni

The Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition endorses Cait Bennett '22 for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan '21 for President of Union, and Ria Massoni '24 for Undergraduate President.

Candidate Questions

Class of 2025 candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2025 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss what issues they would address and how it would affect the campus or the members of their class. Here are the responses we received.

Candidate Questions

Class of 2024 candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2024 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss what issues they would address and how it would affect the campus or the members of their class. Here are the responses we received.

Editorial Notebook

Burnout: How to avoid and live past it

“I stepped down as editor in chief of The Polytechnic over the summer. The decision nearly broke me, though it was necessary to prioritize my health and regain a sense of self,” writes former Editor in Chief Sarah Shiang ’22, upon returning to the newsroom.

Editorial Notebook

Why Frozen is a more culturally impactful movie than Citizen Kane

One sled named Rosebud and one taken to fetch a rogue queen of ice—despite this central tie, these two movies could not differ more in their plots, themes, and social influence. Publicity Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’25 argues that the cultural impact of Disney's Frozen far outweighs that of Orson Welles' 1941 classic Citzen Kane.

Editorial Notebook

What is a quantum computer?

Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 goes through the seminal example of Grover's algorithm to highlight that quantum computers are not just faster computers but instead a fundamental shift in computing.

Letter To The Editor

My New Year's resolution is to stop making New Year's resolutions

Bill Ni ’23 calls for a change of perspective towards New Year resolutions. Instead of starting your year with a resolution, he calls for setting the deadline of your resolution as the end of the year.

Opinion

Open the Field House’s doors

This sports season, Rensselaer has played in a desolate Houston Field House due to the current COVID-19 spectator policy. With the ECAC playoffs approaching, home-ice advantage is insignificant in a barren rink. Many other schools have updated their policies to allow outside spectators and it's time for RPI to do the same, writes sports editor Andrew Days '23.