Opinion


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.
Editorial Notebook

Searching for balance between health and success

People who are sleep deprived are nearly three times more at risk for Type 2 diabetes, see a 48 percent increased likelihood in developing heart diseases, and are three times more likely to catch a cold than their rested peers according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Top Hat

Working to improve outreach

It’s crazy to think about how quickly this past year has gone by! With the GM Week 2019 Election right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all of the goals that I had for myself during my term as grand marshal.
Top Hat

Moving forward with SIS Man, preferred names

Hi, RPI! I wanted to give you all an update on some initiatives the Student Senate is hoping to make great progress on during this semester in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar and the Student Life Committee.
Editorial Notebook

Should you move? Yes!

With the Spring semester underway, most RPI students have already begun planning their move into new housing.
Derby

Rensselaer Union Guidelines & Procedures created to benefit new clubs

Student clubs and organizations form one of the most important parts of the Rensselaer Union. In addition to the programming, resources, and services the Union offers, our clubs provide students with a substantive component of the student experience they want while in college.
Derby

How we make budgeting decisions

Budgeting is hard. Sure, there are the several financial concepts forming the core of the process, and there are policies and best practices to adhere to.
Opinion

We need political reform in the foster care system

Foster care is a peculiar institution that allows for a minor who cannot return home for whatever reason, to find a home with a government certified caregiver.
Editorial Notebook

Becoming the Hanukkah police

Let’s clear one thing up: Hanukkah is not just “blue Christmas.” A blue and white wreath is no more Jewish than mashing up a few french fries and calling it a latke (although that wreath may have just been another Christmas decoration aimed toward Yankees fans anyway).