Opinion


Derby

Do you have a passion for our Union and the drive to make it better?

Student government here at Rensselaer is unique. We, as students, have a great deal of power to govern ourselves and create an RPI experience that we can all enjoy.
Derby

A breakdown of E-Board committees

Hello RPI! I hope you all enjoyed a successful Grand Marshal Week and thank you for voting for me as the 130th President of the Union!
Top Hat

Help us plan 50 events to celebrate the 50th Student Senate

Hello RPI! I am honored to begin serving you as the 154th grand marshal! I want to thank you all for participating in elections and for exercising your right to vote.
Derby

Reflecting on my term, words of advice

Hello, RPI! This week, I’m addressing you for the last time as your president of the Union. Grand Marshal Week is here, and you will elect who will lead the student body for the coming year.
Top Hat

GM Week Elections preparation, improvements

Hi, RPI! With Grand Marshal Week quickly approaching, and thinking back to last year’s election, I just wanted to give you all an update on the elections preparations and improvements that the Student Senate and the Elections Commission have been working on.
Candidate Questions

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

Meagan Lettko: During my tenure at RPI, I have been involved in many aspects of the campus community.
Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profile

Evan Lazaro: I am running for Undergraduate President because I believe I have the experience, ability, and motivation to make a positive impact on the undergraduate council, the class councils, and the student body as a whole.
Staff Editorial

The integrity of our elections is at stake

A trustworthy elections process gives Student Government its legitimacy; members of the Senate are taken seriously because they were elected or indirectly appointed by the majority of voting students at Rensselaer.
Endorsement

Interfraternity Council endorsements

To the Rensselaer Community, 2019 GM Week Endorsements: As the governing council of fraternities at Rensselaer, the Interfraternity Council is happy to announce our endorsements of the positions of Grand Marshal, President of the Union, and Undergraduate President.
Candidate Interviews

President of the Union candidate profile

Caitlin Kennedy: I want to be President of the Union because I believe I have the experience and the commitment to continue to push our Union to be the best that it can be.
Editorial Notebook

What the Student Senate should do for you

The Student Senate is the chief legislative body of RPI’s student government that works to improve student life and provide a voice to student concerns.
Staff Editorial

Why we aren’t endorsing candidates this year

This year, The Polytechnic will not perform its formal GM Week endorsement process. Rather, grand marshal, president of the Union, and undergraduate president candidates will be evaluated through our regular reporting process and featured in our Editorial/Opinion section.
Editorial Notebook

Time spent on the arts is not wasted

Some hobbies are more productive than others. This may seem obvious, but for years I thought relaxation was synonymous with the feeling of rotting.
Editorial Notebook

Sending the right Snapchat is a science

A few nights ago one of my friends from home, Kendall, called me to ask for advice. It was simultaneously one of the most rational and irrational conversations I’ve ever had.
Editorial Notebook

Can there only be one? Gender and recognition in rap

I spent my teenage years listening to hours and hours of hip-hop, R&B, and rap: Drake, Lil Wayne, Ne-yo, Nicki Minaj.
Top Hat

An Arch update from Student Senate

Hi, RPI! I am sure that I am not the only one excited for Spring Break next week. I hope you all enjoy some downtime and get the chance to catch up on sleep!
Derby

Club officers should prepare for The Arch

Hello, RPI! I hope the semester is going well. I know I am looking forward to Spring Break next week!
Editorial Notebook

Building a culture of understanding

Up until recently, I didn’t realize that my name was somewhat racially ambiguous. According to the US Census Bureau, in the year I was born only 37 percent of people with my last name were of Asian descent.
Opinion

Racism is inherent in our immigration agencies

The American dream holds a different connotation for everyone who hears it. But, for immigrants, the American dream signifies a new beginning and the possibility to rid themselves of the hardships from their home country.
Editorial Notebook

Make the most of your college career

As my career at Rensselaer comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the lessons I have learned over the past four years.
Derby

Importance of the Club Management System

Our Club Management System, also known as CMS, is incredibly valuable. Beyond the obvious benefit of serving as the budgeting platform for clubs, the system provides us with a wide variety of uses and, with advances in technology and further development, the benefits will only continue to grow.
Top Hat

Campaigning begins for GM Week 2019

Campaigning has started and the elections season is ramping up! Have you—yes, you—thought about running for Student Government? Through my own experience of asking this question, the answer is occasionally a quick response of “yes” or “no,” but the vast majority seem undecided or inquisitive as to what Student Government roles entails.
Letter To The Editor

Calling all writers: Enter the McKinney Contest

Have you written an excellent paper for one of your classes? Maybe a persuasive or researched essay?  Do you write poetry or short stories in your spare time? Do you have a digital project or video that relies on language as well as images? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you can enter the McKinney Competition!
Derby

Reflecting on my relationship with The Poly

I disagree with The Poly quite often. Don’t get me wrong—I think we have great students involved in The Poly, and I believe they fulfill the vital function of student media on our campus.