Opinion


Editorial Notebook

Why I love dad side quests

Managing Editor Gavin MacKenzie ’25 discusses the benefits of holding the flashlight for your dad.

Editorial Notebook

Let’s watch sports

What sport is right for you? Associate Sports Editor Dylan Ohno '26 goes through various sports and the appeals of watching each one.

Letter To The Editor

Hugs from Troy: building bikes and community with Daniel Lander

Previous staff member Laura Zwirn '23 writes about Daniel Lander, Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Editorial Notebook

RPI's failure to feed

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 reveals students’ troubles with dining on campus for those with dietary restrictions.

Opinion

Popping the bubble

Features Coordinator Megan Waller ’26 describes her experience with how COVID-19 has continued to negatively affect her life as a college student. She also shares her attempts at breaking that cycle.

Editorial Notebook

We should embrace AI progress

Composing Editor Ryan Hickey ’25 discusses the potential of advanced AI like GPT-5 and argues against the call to pause its development.

Top Hat

Out with boring lectures, in with experiential learning

We all know the classic lecture, homework, and exam course structure. Unfortunately, not too many students have experienced classes where they can interact with what they’re learning. This is why newly elected Grand Marshal Ben Viner ’24 encourages the incorporation of experiential education at RPI.

Editorial Notebook

The joy of vlogging

Vlogging can keep precious moments active in time. Photography Coordinator Annelise Eggen-McElmurry ’27 explains how the art of videography creates joy.

Editorial Notebook

What I see in NYC

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 recounts her recent journey to New York City with her fellow staff members of The Polytechnic.

Letter To The Editor

Addressing our complacent and unengaged student body

Editor's note: The following is an unedited article from Cait Bennett. The opinions in the article do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Polytechnic nor its affiliates.
Editorial Notebook

Snapshots of the past: the resurgence of film photography

Associate Business Manager Gemma Beatty ’26 discusses the recent popularity of film photography and whether this vintage trend is worthwhile for both the industry and its customers.

Letter To The Editor

The RPI RA Union Election is approaching

RAs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have been fighting for fair pay, better work distribution, and improved communication with RPI administration for around 3 years. After significant effort and organizing, the RA union at RPI is poised to win their labor union election, which will take place next week on March 28th and March 29th.

Candidate Questions

President of the Union candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked the President of the Union candidate to discuss her goals and to reflect on her experiences in Student Government. Here is her response.

Endorsement

Ben Viner for Grand Marshal

The Polytechnic endorses Ben Viner ’24 for Grand Marshal. With goals to improve campus resources, expand the work of senate committees and increase communication between the student government, student body, and administration, Viner outlined several key ideas he had for the Student Senate.

Endorsement

Ava Gallagher for President of the Union

The Polytechnic endorses Ava Gallagher ’23G for President of the Union. Along with improving communication, Gallagher plans to ensure all clubs are well-represented, rebuild the E-Boards’ relationship with the student-athlete population, and establish new spaces around campus and within the Union for different organizations.

Endorsement

Ria Massoni for Undergraduate President

The Polytechnic endorses Ria Massoni ’24 for undergraduate president. Massoni’s goals to further improve the Arch Task Force and establish communication between the class councils can create a stronger Undergraduate Council for the year to come.

Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked undergraduate president candidates to discuss her goals and leadership experience and to reflect on Student Government as a whole. Here are her responses.

Candidate Questions

Grand Marshal candidate profile

The Polytechnic asked the Grand Marshal candidate to discuss his goals and to reflect on his experiences in Student Government. Here is his response.

Editorial Notebook

Backing the birds

Associate News Editor Alex Boyko '26 writes about his experience with piping plovers and a recent opportunity to support them with help from the Audubon Youth Advocacy Program.

Opinion

Is synthetic breastmilk a viable alternative for baby formula?

Efforts to make synthetic breastmilk are underway, with companies such as Biomilq, TurtleTree Labs, and Helaina seeking to create artificial human breastmilk. Why artificially create breastmilk is there any benefit?

Editorial Notebook

RPI needs to improve its response to on-campus threats

An individual by the name of Tyriek McGraw was arrested for criminal trespass on campus on February 9. Posters issued by Public Safety were placed around on campus, warning students about the individual.

Editorial Notebook

Saying bye bye to HelloFresh

The idea of HelloFresh makes sense but it doesn’t always work for everyone. Associate Composing Editor Marissa Ho '26 explains why.

Editorial Notebook

RPI bats their eyes at another animal infestation

After spotting multiple bats on campus, students grow more concerned. Associate Composing Editor Rachelle Luo ’26 describes her experience and thoughts after witnessing a bat in class.

Editorial Notebook

The misunderstanding with mindfulness

Associate News Editor Alex Boyko ’26 explains the importance of mindfulness and why he struggled to understand it.