Rensselaer’s Black Student Alliance had a busy October, from organizing general body meetings, to creating a new event called the Bust It Down Battle. This month so far, BSA celebrated Black Solidarity Day and held a Black-Owned Success Series event.
The last few New England Patriots seasons have been tough to watch for their fans, especially since they got used to the 20-year dynasty with quarterback Tom Brady at the helm. Contributing Editor and Patriots fan Shardul Joshi ’23 recounts the last few seasons for the team and discusses what this season’s performance indicates for the future.
Imagine a circuit designer wants to verify the accuracy of a specific computation before it goes into production. Then, suppose a college is trying to find the best way to schedule all their exams. On the surface, the problems seem pretty different, but the two are both instances of the same problem: SAT, or Boolean satisfiability. Copy Editor Dylan Sheils ’24 explores the algorithmic development of SAT solvers.
President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 discusses the waning self-governance of the Union, emphasizing the erosion of student rights by Rensselaer administrators and higher-ups.
To fill the emptiness of having no kitchen as an on-campus student, Copy Coordinator Dylan Le '24 spend hours browsing online for cookware, dishware, glassware, and other food-related implements. His interest is not in gadgets such as strawberry hullers, spiralizers, and air-fryers, but in more classic tools.
Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 reviews the positions for freshman elections and the importance of each.
Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the need for creative classroom solutions to accommodate and encourage neurodiversity on campus.
Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the three phases of the presidential selection process and how students can get involved.
Business Manager John Stotz ’22 reflects on his inactivity in The Poly and explores his inability to finish an article.
Brandy Opondo ’23 shares the story of her struggle coping with mental illness at a college that vilifies and punishes seeking treatment.
Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 discusses best practices for tech companies considering a switch to closed platform development.
The following are a mix of questions asked by first-year students who participated in The Polytechnic’s Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond event and some we as a staff think every student should know. Student questions were answered in real time and later abridged into this article.
Rensselaer’s Black Students Alliance is excited to kick off a year of fun activities for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. It prides itself in being a cultural outlet for RPI’s Black community and its allies. We strive to showcase the Black experience and offer an immersive experience for those looking to learn and be a part of that experience. Jeda Coward ’24, Makenna Noel ’24, and BSA President Tiffany Filawo ’23 write about the importance of the BSA, how it persisted through virtual meetings, and its upcoming events.
President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 discusses the updated Union operating guidelines.
Theo Severud '23 recalls the tragedy of the September 11 attacks, and its impact on Arab Americans.
Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ‘22 congratulates the Class of 2021, and commends them for their incredible perseverance despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newly elected Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 encourage the student body to finish the semester strong, continue supporting each other, and look forward to the year ahead.
In an email to students Tuesday morning, Executive Director of the Health Center Dr. Leslie Lawrence informed the Rensselaer community of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine’s pause in distribution. Staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23 argue that this decision will put the entire Rensselaer community at unnecessary risk.
Gretchen Forbush ’21, founder of Rensselaer’s Food Recovery Network chapter, and Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Price ’23 provide food for thought on the conflicting food waste and food insecurity crises that coexist, and how the Food Recovery Network fits in.
“While well-intentioned, a wellness day is not a replacement for Spring Break,” write staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23.
Why should you, a college student, worry about the lives of sex workers? Your attitude can help them reclaim the dignity and respect they deserve, while their lives have become even more challenging due to the pandemic, writes Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor Maya Johnson ’22.
Women’s History Month is a time for everyone to reflect on the many women who have changed our world. At a school whose slogan is “Why not change the world?” Alumnae Cara Riverso ’10 writes that Rensselaer women should reflect in an additional way.
As his term comes to a close, Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 leaves a parting message with the student body, encouraging students to stand firm for their rights.
The Polytechnic endorses Cait Bennett ’22 for Grand Marshal. Bennett currently serves as the chairperson of the Facilities and Services Committee and as an independent senator. Her goals for the next year demonstrate her commitment to supporting the student body and advocating for student well-being.