Opinion


Editor's Corner

Big shoes to fill

“The summer before I started at Rensselaer, I read as many Poly articles as I could. I was eager to start college, and knew that I wanted to continue my passion for journalism. Even though I wasn’t sure what the next three years would entail, The Poly would be part of them,” writes Editor-in-Chief Sarah Shiang ’23, reflecting on her experience writing for The Poly.

Top Hat

Improving mental health together

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 explains an initiative to improve mental health on campus, emphasizing preventative and responsive measures.

Derby

Explore RPI Clubs at Spring Open House

President of the Union Anissa Choiniere ’21 provides details about the upcoming Virtual Open House during which students can explore new clubs and organizations.

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Embracing principles of shared governance

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan '21 embraces principles of shared governance and collaborations that have led to positive changes for the Rensselaer community.

Class Council

Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 Councils share details, logistics on return to campus

In preparation for the upcoming Spring semester, the Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 Class Councils share academic resources, what to expect during move-in, and an overview of residential life and remote learning in the Spring.

Opinion

Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 Councils announce joint town hall

Class of 2023 President Harshil Patel, Class of 2023 Vice President Kailey Swanson, Class of 2024 President Kamilia Nicolas, and Class of 2024 Vice President Ria Massoni provide details on the upcoming student-led town halls on January 17 and January 18.

Editorial Notebook

Rendering your imagination

Former Photography Editor August Gehrman ’22 shares his silver lining in the midst of the pandemic: 3D modeling, an extension of his passion for photography.

Editor's Corner

Why The Polytechnic is needed more than ever

Former Editor in Chief John Stotz explains why The Polytechnic is necessary in today’s modern age of technology.

Joint Top Hat & Derby

Striving for the revival of student life during the Spring Semester

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 and President of the Union ’21 Anissa Choiniere update the Rensselaer community with their goals and efforts to encourage some in-person activities during the Spring semester.

Opinion

You don't need "underlying conditions" to suffer from COVID-19

Independent Senator Cait Bennett ’22 demonstrates the severe impact of COVID-19 by sharing the experiences of several people that got the virus, including herself, in an appeal to the Institute to revise their remote learning policy.

Opinion

Math should be taught differently

Math performance in the United States is not up to par with many other countries. Associate Copy Editor Dylan Sheils ’24 argues and makes suggestions for change to the presentation of mathematics in America.

Opinion

An open letter to Dean Apgar: Safeguard our hopes and dreams

Executive Board Vice President for Board Operations and New York State EMT Yaseen M. Mahmoud ’22 shares an open letter to Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar, imploring the Institute to approve all remote learning requests, regardless of the requested reason.

Opinion

In response to revoked approval for remote learning

A joint email from Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21, President of the Union Anissa Choiniere ’21, President of the Interfraternity Council Chris Vanderloo ’21, and President of the Panhellenic Council Bryn Clarkson ’21 explains why they "condemn the actions of the Rensselaer administration to revoke previously granted remote learning approvals."

Opinion

Undergraduate Council President appointment

Current Undergraduate President Evan Lazaro ’20 explains the procedure to appoint a new Undergraduate President. The position will be vacant after he graduates this December, so a joint meeting of the four class councils will be held to elect a new Undergraduate President.

Editorial Notebook

COVID-19 increases the weight of social interactions

Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor Maya Johnson reflects on how social interactions have changed for her during this socially-distanced semester.

Opinion

How to cast doubt on an election you lost

During this year’s election, Alabama, Colorado, and Florida passed legislation to change the language in their respective constitutions from “every” citizen can vote to “only” citizens can vote. Although the bills have effectively changed nothing about who can vote in these states, the deceptive language these bills use is a tool for casting doubt on this election and future elections.

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Post-Thanksgiving reflection and final push

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 reflects on the successes of the Fall semester as it comes to a close.

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The Student Senate survey is now open

Hi fellow students, the Student Senate Survey is now open! Every year, the Student Senate creates a survey for the student body which provides students with a fully anonymous outlet to share their experiences and voice their concerns.

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My greatest challenge as the grand marshal

I have recently been very introspective of my motivations, challenges, and education throughout my college experience. This week, I would like to share with you my greatest challenge as the grand marshal and how I approach it.

Grad Corner

Grad Hour, a silver lining amidst the isolation

Graduate Council President Neha Keshan and Graduate Council Vice President Sagar Bhatt explain the significance of the newly-established event called “Grad Hour.”

Opinion

More than teaching assistants

Graduate Council President Neha Keshan joins Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 to shed some light on the graduate student experience.

Editorial Notebook

Rank the vote

With the 2020 Presidential Election fast approaching, we have heard the term ranked-choice voting thrown around a lot. However, before the voting system can be widely adopted, it is important for voters to understand how the ballot works.

Joint Top Hat & Derby

How to build trust in a vulnerable climate

The student-administrator relationship at Rensselaer has been interesting, to say the least. When thinking of ways to build a mutually beneficial relationship between these two parties, trust is the first idea that jumped out at us. Trust is a two-way street and as such, there are actions that both sides need to take to fully develop that trust. This week, we’re coming together to discuss how we plan to develop trust in the current student-administrator climate.

Opinion

Interested in freshman elections?

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 and Undergraduate President Evan Lazaro ’21 provide a rundown of the positions open for Freshman Elections and their respective responsibilities, as well as details about the mandatory information sessions for students wishing to declare candidacy.