Opinion


Endorsement

Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition for Bennett, Corrigan, and Massoni

The Rensselaer Black & LatinX Student Coalition endorses Cait Bennett '22 for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan '21 for President of Union, and Ria Massoni '24 for Undergraduate President.

Candidate Questions

Class of 2025 candidate profiles

The Polytechnic asked the Class of 2025 candidates for class president, class vice president, class senators, and class representatives to discuss what issues they would address and how it would affect the campus or the members of their class. Here are the responses we received.

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 what issues they would address and how it would affect the campus or the members of their class. Here are the responses we received.

Editorial Notebook

Burnout: How to avoid and live past it

“I stepped down as editor in chief of The Polytechnic over the summer. The decision nearly broke me, though it was necessary to prioritize my health and regain a sense of self,” writes former Editor in Chief Sarah Shiang ’22, upon returning to the newsroom.

Editorial Notebook

Why Frozen is a more culturally impactful movie than Citizen Kane

One sled named Rosebud and one taken to fetch a rogue queen of ice—despite this central tie, these two movies could not differ more in their plots, themes, and social influence. Publicity Editor Mattaya Gibbs ’25 argues that the cultural impact of Disney's Frozen far outweighs that of Orson Welles' 1941 classic Citzen Kane.

Editorial Notebook

What is a quantum computer?

Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 goes through the seminal example of Grover's algorithm to highlight that quantum computers are not just faster computers but instead a fundamental shift in computing.

Letter To The Editor

My New Year's resolution is to stop making New Year's resolutions

Bill Ni ’23 calls for a change of perspective towards New Year resolutions. Instead of starting your year with a resolution, he calls for setting the deadline of your resolution as the end of the year.

Opinion

Open the Field House’s doors

This sports season, Rensselaer has played in a desolate Houston Field House due to the current COVID-19 spectator policy. With the ECAC playoffs approaching, home-ice advantage is insignificant in a barren rink. Many other schools have updated their policies to allow outside spectators and it's time for RPI to do the same, writes sports editor Andrew Days '23.

Opinion

The pandemic is over; we should move on

News editor William Hawkins '23 argues that pandemic restrictions are no longer justified and makes the case that we should not have to miss out on our lives for the sake of avoiding COVID-19.

Opinion

The sluggish pace of Student Senate meetings

An astute worker is cautious of diminishing returns at the workplace, putting more energy and time into something just to get less and less out. However, diminishing returns are unavoidable, and many can relate to that third hour of working on a project seeming less productive than the first two. The Senate is, likewise, powerless in the face of time and subject to ensuing exhaustion.

Black Students Alliance

BSA reflects on 2021 and looks forward to a busy semester

Black Students Alliance President Tiffany Filawo ‘23 reflects on the past semester’s activities including Black Solidarity Day, a joint general body meeting with ASA, the first Black Owned Success Series Event, and a De-Stress GBM. She then looks forward to all of the events that BSA have planned for the current semester.

Top Hat

What to do when you’re drowning in schoolwork

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett '22 discusses tips she has learned for keeping up with the workload at RPI. She discusses ways to plan your semester and how to hold yourself accountable to your plan.

Opinion

How NASCAR’s Kyle Larson shaped a tale of public redemption

Staff writer Namish Gali '22 writes about NASCAR racer Kyle Larson's controversial past and efforts towards redemption in the public eye.

Black Students Alliance

BSA "Busts it Down" and talks identity in October

Rensselaer’s Black Student Alliance had a busy October, from organizing general body meetings, to creating a new event called the Bust It Down Battle. This month so far, BSA celebrated Black Solidarity Day and held a Black-Owned Success Series event.

Editorial Notebook

Kraft, Mac and Cheese: a new era for the Patriots

The last few New England Patriots seasons have been tough to watch for their fans, especially since they got used to the 20-year dynasty with quarterback Tom Brady at the helm. Contributing Editor and Patriots fan Shardul Joshi ’23 recounts the last few seasons for the team and discusses what this season’s performance indicates for the future.

Editorial Notebook

The wonderful world of SAT solvers

Imagine a circuit designer wants to verify the accuracy of a specific computation before it goes into production. Then, suppose a college is trying to find the best way to schedule all their exams. On the surface, the problems seem pretty different, but the two are both instances of the same problem: SAT, or Boolean satisfiability. Copy Editor Dylan Sheils ’24 explores the algorithmic development of SAT solvers.

Derby

The Union: epicenter of administrative overreach

President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 discusses the waning self-governance of the Union, emphasizing the erosion of student rights by Rensselaer administrators and higher-ups.

Editorial Notebook

The only things a kitchen needs

To fill the emptiness of having no kitchen as an on-campus student, Copy Coordinator Dylan Le '24 spend hours browsing online for cookware, dishware, glassware, and other food-related implements. His interest is not in gadgets such as strawberry hullers, spiralizers, and air-fryers, but in more classic tools.

Top Hat

Freshman elections explained

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 reviews the positions for freshman elections and the importance of each.

Top Hat

Neurodiverse education helps all students

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the need for creative classroom solutions to accommodate and encourage neurodiversity on campus.

Top Hat

Student representation in the presidential selection process

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 discusses the three phases of the presidential selection process and how students can get involved.

Editorial Notebook

Getting back to writing

Business Manager John Stotz ’22 reflects on his inactivity in The Poly and explores his inability to finish an article.

Letter To The Editor

The sin of mental illness

Brandy Opondo ’23 shares the story of her struggle coping with mental illness at a college that vilifies and punishes seeking treatment.

Editorial Notebook

How to lockdown a platform

Copy Editor Dylan Sheils '24 discusses best practices for tech companies considering a switch to closed platform development.