Opinion


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.

Derby

Putting the Union in perspective

Members of the Executive Board and the Senate attended the 70th annual Association of College Unions International Region VIII Conference this past weekend.

Opinion

I need a remake of The Future Is Wild

Managing Editor Harrison Todd considers the state of speculative evolution in 2019, and how it can be improved through new adaptations of forgotten media.

Top Hat

What happened to the create-your-own meal plan?

Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko explains her experience with the create-your-own meal plan and why it was removed.

Editorial Notebook

It’s not all fun and games: programming gender roles within toys

A few weeks ago, my friends and I took a trip to Walmart and I ended up walking through the aisles of toys.

Editorial Notebook

Remembering the men in my life on International Men’s Day

Today is a day that I’m fairly certain none of you are aware of. International Men’s Day—celebrated each year on November 19—isn’t an incredibly well-known event, but it is recognized in over 80 countries and several U.S.
Editorial Notebook

You need to read Bradbury

Associate Photography Editor Andrew Days describes how he went from hating Bradbury to loving him.

Editorial Notebook

How to be creative at a tech school

A few days ago, for the first time since starting college, I sat down and played with colorful makeup—one of my favorite art forms. Tinkering with different textures and colors, I was transported from my suffocatingly warm dorm to a meditative state where I felt stress-free for the first time since arriving on campus.

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.