Opinion


Top Hat

How you can get involved in Student Government

Campaigning for elected Student Government positions officially kicked off this past week on February 12, 2020! Students can now attend informational sessions to learn about the rules and procedures of campaigning for elected positions.

Opinion

Why you should study abroad

The Arch is fast approaching—especially for me, now that I am at the end of my sophomore year. I never really tried to become exempt from the Arch because frankly, I didn’t want to be. Since the beginning of college, I wanted to study abroad for at least one semester, and the Arch allows me to do that without worrying about transferring credit towards my major to graduate within four years.

Opinion

Privacy is (almost) dead

Privacy is dead. It died unnoticed while everyone watched.

Letter To The Editor

Yeming Shen’s legacy in research at Rensselaer

Yeming Shen’s PhD advisor, Thomas Sharkey, writes about Yeming’s contributions to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department after his unexpected passing.

Derby

Tell us how your club is adjusting to the Arch

We had a meeting of all the Union officers this past week. The grand marshal, undergraduate president, graduate president, judicial board chair, and I all met a few times a semester to make sure that all bodies of our Student Government are working together cohesively. On this occasion, we met to discuss some wrap-up items as many of our terms are coming to an end and student leader appreciation.

Derby

Give us your feedback about club budgeting

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy discusses the importance of the club budgeting feedback form, and asks clubs to respond. Kennedy also mentions that campaigning for next year’s Student Government starts soon.

Editorial Notebook

It is okay to change your expectations

During high school, I had a crystal clear picture of what I wanted to accomplish in college. I wanted to complete a dual major, get involved with research, and get a part-time job or paid internship to help pay for my tuition. After only my first semester at Rensselaer, I couldn’t help but feel I had gone astray.

Editor'S Corner

My road to editor in chief

Hello, I became the editor in chief of The Polytechnic at the end of last semester. This is how I got there.

Top Hat

Semester away impacting leadership on campus

The Arch program is drastically changing how leadership positions in clubs and organizations are filled. Facilities should be updated to support remote student leadership.

Derby

An eventful weekend at RPI

What a great weekend for Rensselaer! There was so much going on within the school, especially within the Union.

Opinion

High schoolers are old enough to vote

Sports Editor Andrew Days explains why he believes that those younger than 18 should have the ability to vote.

Staff Editorial

The high price of GM Week

With only seven members listed in the Union Annual Report, the 2019 GM Week Committee was given about $52,000 to prepare for events; this is budgeted from a pool of money that includes student activity fees and income from Union vendors.

Editorial Notebook

Remembering Kobe Bryant

It’s been a few days since basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash and I am still having trouble processing it.

Derby

The role of an Executive Board representative

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy explains the roles of Executive Board representatives and their relationships with Union clubs.

Top Hat

Why you should care about the Student Senate Survey

Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko urges students to complete the Senate Survey—which is one of the primary ways that the Senate gathers constituent opinions—and addresses a privacy issue with the platform that has since been resolved.

Staff Editorial

Tech problems at a tech school

As an editorial board, we believe it is important to discuss the reliability of the websites controlled by people at Rensselaer as well as the fluctuating Wi-Fi connection on campus. Both issues affect the daily lives of students and deserve a discussion.

Derby

Facility upgrades you may have missed

I hope you had a great first week of classes and are ready to get back to work. While you were home resting, the Rensselaer Union was undergoing some quick upgrades.

Behind the URL

Why we don't publish anonymous letters to the editors

Our feelings about anonymous articles have evolved over recent years, so we want to take this time to explain the thought process behind the decision not to publish the submission. This is a new type of article in our Opinion section—dubbed “behind the URL”—that will be used by members of the Editorial Board to give a behind-the-scenes look at our organization and decisions.

Opinion

Accessibility on campus is important, but overlooked

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is morally obligated to provide accessibility to all parts of campus for all students, regardless of ability. I truly can’t believe this needs to be said, but this idea is apparently controversial.

Opinion

Why I’m glad capstone is over

Multidisciplinary Capstone Design is a course where students across many majors take part in a semester-long project. It sounds like it has the potential to be a great resume booster for those lacking experience elsewhere, but some things are better in theory than in practice.

Opinion

My issues with Tesla's new truck

Elon Musk revealed Tesla’s newest production model, a truck, that many have been anticipating for a while now with lots of concepts and guesses being made about its design on November 21st.

Editorial Notebook

My parting words to the club that changed my life

A month ago, I was writing the speech I would give when I ran for editor in chief of The Polytechnic. Today, I am writing my goodbye.

Opinion

Why you should immortalize your memories

I read an article about happiness by a Stanford PhD graduate a few years ago. I cannot find the article anymore, but her words left an impact on me.
Editorial Notebook

Appreciating the positive memories in my life during Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, my aunt asked all of us at the dinner table to think of things we were thankful for this year, which got me thinking about everything that’s happened in the past 12 months. Although the origins of Thanksgiving are rooted in giving thanks for a good harvest, a materialistic blessing, I think holidays like these are important because they give you a moment to look around to appreciate the people, good memories, and other intangible blessings of your life.