Opinion


Opinion

The importance of Asian-American allyship

Monday marked the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As young Asian-Americans, we wanted to examine the role of Asians in America: how we came to this country, how we lived, and how we can move forward as a group, particularly in today’s social climate.

Top Hat

Thank you to the 50th Student Senate

This past year was a historic year for Student Government, and specifically the Student Senate.

Letter To The Editor

Boomers vs. Zoomers

The toxic relationship between the baby boomers and Gen Z transcends insulting quips, targeted memes, and criticism from both groups.

Letter To The Editor

Courage through the coronavirus

Professor Bram van Heuveln congratulates students for adapting to online courses and facing current circumstances head-on.

Staff Editorial

Welcome, Class of 2024!

With National College Decision Day come and gone, The Polytechnic extends a warm welcome to the Class of 2024 and the 2025 architects.

Derby

Wrapping up my term

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy ’20 reflects on her term.

Letter To The Editor

A call to work together

Emi Ahlo ’22 urges students to speak up and voice any concerns they have with Rensselaer’s COVID-19 response, rather than taking indirect action by posting online and submitting negative course evaluations.

Endorsement

Grand Marshal: Advaith Narayan

The Polytechnic endorses Advaith Narayan ’21 for grand marshal. Narayan has specific, achievable goals, and we believe his work over the past three years reflects the commitment required of a grand marshal.

Endorsement

President of the Union: Anissa Choiniere

The Polytechnic endorses Anissa Choiniere ’20 for president of the Union. She hopes to “unite the RPI community and improve the future of the student experience.”

Endorsement

Undergraduate President: Evan Lazaro

The Polytechnic endorses Evan Lazaro ’21 for undergraduate president. Lazaro has been involved in student government since his freshman year and we hope to see him utilize his experience to bring positive change to the undergraduate council.

Endorsement

Interfraternity Council for Narayan, Choiniere, Lazaro

The Interfraternity Council has voted to endorse Advaith Narayan for grand marshal, Anissa Choiniere for president of the Union, and Evan Lazaro for undergraduate president.

Endorsement

Panhellenic Council for Narayan, Choiniere, Lazaro

After the general body meeting of the Panhellenic Council on March 4, the council delegates have voted to endorse Advaith Narayan for grand marshal, Anissa Choiniere for president of the Union, and Evan Lazaro for undergraduate president.

Letter To The Editor

Our Arch concerns have gone unheard

Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko '20 and Vice Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan '21 voice their concerns with how the Arch program is being handled this summer and outline the Student Senate’s recent efforts in advocating for rising juniors.

Derby

Breaking down the activity fee

Students receive their bill from the Institute each semester, where there is a line item labeled “Undergraduate Activity Fee.” So what’s this fee? Every student enrolled at Rensselaer pays an activity fee, which is actually three separate fees; class dues, the Union activity fee, and an athletics fee. Graduate students pay a different graduate fee.

Candidate Questions

Senator candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked students running for senator positions to discuss the issues they plan to address if elected. Here is the response we received.

Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked undergraduate president candidates to discuss their goals and leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here are their responses.

Candidate Questions

President of the Union candidate profile

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

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked grand marshal candidates to discuss their goals and leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here are their responses.

Candidate Questions

Class president candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked students running for class president to discuss the issues they plan to address if elected. Here are the responses we received.

Derby

Adapting to unprecedented times

I hope this update finds you well. It’s been about a month since we left campus for Spring Break. I know when I left class that Friday afternoon, I never would have guessed it would be my last college class ever. Whether you are a senior and grieving the loss of your senior spring, or a sophomore coming to terms with the fact that it will be months before you see your classmates again, I feel for you. These are unprecedented times.

Editorial Notebook

Challenging times call for connectivity

I know that I’m not the only one tapping through “until tomorrow” posts, 30-day song challenges, variations of “draw a carrot” stories, and endless customized bingo grids during quarantine. Nevertheless, watching my peers challenge each other to post videos of pushups, dances, and practicing music have reminded me of the power of social media and how it can be used positively in a trying time.

Editorial Notebook

An abrupt end to senior year

I did not realize that my classes on March 6 were the last I would ever experience on campus. In a matter of a few days, I lost the remainder of my last semester at Rensselaer to the novel coronavirus.

Staff Editorial

Wi-Fi updates: upgrades on campus, how to file a ticket

We published a staff editorial regarding the technical problems we have faced on campus last month. Within that article, we talked about how we noticed Wi-Fi issues on campus. After the article was published, Associate Director of IT Infrastructure Colleen Morrissey reached out to share how the Division of the Chief Information Officer has been committed to ensuring a strong Wi-Fi network across campus.

Editorial Notebook

Why I love national parks

I would like to share with you why you should plan a visit to a national park during your upcoming summer break.