Opinion


Top Hat

Neurodiverse education helps all students

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the need for creative classroom solutions to accommodate and encourage neurodiversity on campus.

Top Hat

Student representation in the presidential selection process

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the three phases of the presidential selection process and how students can get involved.

Editorial Notebook

Getting back to writing

Business Manager John Stotz ’22 reflects on his inactivity in The Poly and explores his inability to finish an article.

Letter To The Editor

The sin of mental illness

Brandy Opondo ’23 shares the story of her struggle coping with mental illness at a college that vilifies and punishes seeking treatment.

Editorial Notebook

How to lockdown a platform

Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 discusses best practices for tech companies considering a switch to closed platform development.

Staff Editorial

What the class of 2025 wants to know

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.

Black Students Alliance

BSA is back in business

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.

Derby

Behind the scenes of Fall Union operations

President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 discusses the updated Union operating guidelines.

Opinion

Commemorating September 11 as an Arab American

Theo Severud '23 recalls the tragedy of the September 11 attacks, and its impact on Arab Americans.

Joint Top Hat & Derby

To the Class of 2021, congrats and farewell

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.

Joint Top Hat & Derby

Finish strong and look ahead

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.

Opinion

J & J: The key to community immunity

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.

Opinion

Food waste is a choice we don’t have to make

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.

Editorial Notebook

Wellness day woes

“While well-intentioned, a wellness day is not a replacement for Spring Break,” write staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23.

Editorial Notebook

Why you need to change the way you look at sex work

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.

Letter To The Editor

Becoming the women that change the world

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.

Top Hat

Stand firm for your rights

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.

Endorsement

Grand Marshal: Cait Bennett

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.

Endorsement

President of the Union: Yaseen Mahmoud

The Polytechnic endorses Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 for president of the Union. Although he is running uncontested, his work in Student Government over the past three years reflects the dedication to student advocacy that we believe is required of the president of the Union.

Endorsement

Undergraduate President: Rhea Banerjee

The Polytechnic endorses Rhea Banerjee ’22 for Undergraduate President. Her time in Student Government over the past three years has given her the experience to serve as undergraduate president.

Endorsement

Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition for Bennett, Mahmoud

After the GM Week Q&A Forum of the Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition on March 19, RBLX voted to endorse Cait Bennett for Grand Marshal, and Yaseen Mahmoud for president of the Union.

Endorsement

Panhellenic Council for Corrigan, Mahmoud

After the general body meeting of the Panhellenic Council on March 10, the council delegates have voted to endorse Colleen Corrigan for grand marshal, and Yaseen Mahmoud for president of the Union.

Candidate Questions

Class of 2022 candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2022 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss their goals and leadership experience and to reflect on their experiences in Student Government as a whole. Here are the responses we received.

Candidate Questions

Class of 2023 candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2023 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss their goals and leadership experience and to reflect on their experiences in Student Government as a whole. Here are the responses we received.