Opinion


Candidate Questions

Class of 2024 candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2024 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.

Grad Corner

Representing graduate students in a virtual world

As their term comes to a close, the Graduate Council reflects on their work in the past year. They urge more graduate students to take part in the upcoming Grand Marshal week and join the Graduate Council to help improve graduate life at Rensselaer.

Candidate Questions

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked Grand Marshal candidates to discuss their goals and to reflect on their experiences in Student Government. Here are their responses.

Candidate Questions

President of the Union candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked President of the Union candidate Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 to discuss his goals and to reflect on his experiences in Student Government. Here are his responses.

Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked the candidates for Undergraduate President to discuss their goals and to reflect on their experiences in Student Government. Here are the responses we received.

Top Hat

Breaking down this year’s Grand Marshal Week elections

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 provides a rundown of the Student Government positions for elections later this month and the mandatory information sessions required of students who wish to declare candidacy.

Opinion

RPI's policies are a recipe for burnout

With the ongoing pandemic and no Spring Break this semester, Senior Managing Editor Medhini Mankale ’23 suggests policies for the Institute to implement to prevent student burnout.

Derby

Making the most of your time at RPI

President of the Union Anissa Choiniere ’21 encourages students to find and make a home at Rensselaer through campus clubs and organizations.

Top Hat

Arch Away Union Membership

Last week, the Student Senate passed a resolution that recognized Arch students as Activity Fee-paying members of the Union provided that they pay the activity fee over the summer and the semester opposing their Away semester. Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 provides more details in this Top Hat.

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.

Top Hat

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.