Opinion


Opinion

The Arch academic calendar needs to be re-worked

Editor in Chief John Stotz ’22 discusses the issues with the nonstop summer Arch semester and proposes a solution to provide students with periodic opportunities for recovery.

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Explore Troy through cuisine

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 introduces first-years to local Troy restaurants, encouraging the newest members of the Rensselaer community to go out and explore the city. In his experience, exploration is the best way to find the best places to eat.

Derby

Realities of remote RPI

In the current, remote reality, are students receiving the same benefits of the activity fee? According to President of the Union Anissa Choiniere, the answer is no.

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Sharing governance when administrators won’t

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan ’21 discusses the importance of shared governance, a philosophy where various groups of people broadly communicate and all share in the decision-making process. He explains how Rensselaer administrators have failed to implement it at the institutional level and his full intention to uphold the practice through his role in student government.

Derby

Getting involved and staying connected

President of the Union Anissa Choiniere ’21 encourages students to stay involved with the clubs and organizations of the Rensselaer Union. She also explains how you can find clubs to join or start one of your own.

Administration

Welcome to Rensselaer; please be safe

Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Travis Apgar welcomes students back to campus and urges them to follow Rensselaer’s safety protocols, as non-compliant behavior will be addressed swiftly. He emphasizes that all members of the community must demonstrate responsibility and take the lives of others seriously.

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Looking back and moving forward

Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan discusses student government's new priorities and his commitment to addressing concerns about the Institute's pandemic response as well as recent diversity and inclusion efforts.

Opinion

Fake news, fake food

Cooking life hack channels with their slick editing and deceptive recipes have been profiting by misleading their audiences in a similar fashion as fake news organizations. From microwave caramel to political scandals, these forms of media are poisoning the well of information we base our opinions on.

Opinion

Transfer students deserve better communication from Rensselaer

Rensselaer is on the 2020 Pi Theta Kappa honor roll for transfer friendly colleges, but their communication with transfer students falls short. RPI must do more to live up to its honor roll status by treating transfer students with equal regard as the rest of the student body, even with the extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19.

Derby

Welcome back! Virtually, of course

President of the Union Anissa Choiniere welcomes students back to Rensselaer. She provides updates on Union operations and the upcoming Activities Fair, which will be operating virtually this weekend.

Staff Editorial

Essentials for life at Rensselaer

As the summer comes to an end, The Polytechnic would like to share with you a list of college student essentials and recommendations for the coming school year. This comprehensive list covers nearly all of your dorm and classroom needs, from mattress toppers to iClickers.

Opinion

The importance of Asian-American allyship

Monday marked the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As young Asian-Americans, we wanted to examine the role of Asians in America: how we came to this country, how we lived, and how we can move forward as a group, particularly in today’s social climate.

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Thank you to the 50th Student Senate

This past year was a historic year for Student Government, and specifically the Student Senate.

Letter To The Editor

Boomers vs. Zoomers

The toxic relationship between the baby boomers and Gen Z transcends insulting quips, targeted memes, and criticism from both groups.

Letter To The Editor

Courage through the coronavirus

Professor Bram van Heuveln congratulates students for adapting to online courses and facing current circumstances head-on.

Staff Editorial

Welcome, Class of 2024!

With National College Decision Day come and gone, The Polytechnic extends a warm welcome to the Class of 2024 and the 2025 architects.

Derby

Wrapping up my term

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy ’20 reflects on her term.

Letter To The Editor

A call to work together

Emi Ahlo ’22 urges students to speak up and voice any concerns they have with Rensselaer’s COVID-19 response, rather than taking indirect action by posting online and submitting negative course evaluations.

Endorsement

Grand Marshal: Advaith Narayan

The Polytechnic endorses Advaith Narayan ’21 for grand marshal. Narayan has specific, achievable goals, and we believe his work over the past three years reflects the commitment required of a grand marshal.

Endorsement

President of the Union: Anissa Choiniere

The Polytechnic endorses Anissa Choiniere ’20 for president of the Union. She hopes to “unite the RPI community and improve the future of the student experience.”

Endorsement

Undergraduate President: Evan Lazaro

The Polytechnic endorses Evan Lazaro ’21 for undergraduate president. Lazaro has been involved in student government since his freshman year and we hope to see him utilize his experience to bring positive change to the undergraduate council.

Endorsement

Interfraternity Council for Narayan, Choiniere, Lazaro

The Interfraternity Council has voted to endorse Advaith Narayan for grand marshal, Anissa Choiniere for president of the Union, and Evan Lazaro for undergraduate president.

Endorsement

Panhellenic Council for Narayan, Choiniere, Lazaro

After the general body meeting of the Panhellenic Council on March 4, the council delegates have voted to endorse Advaith Narayan for grand marshal, Anissa Choiniere for president of the Union, and Evan Lazaro for undergraduate president.

Letter To The Editor

Our Arch concerns have gone unheard

Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko '20 and Vice Grand Marshal Advaith Narayan '21 voice their concerns with how the Arch program is being handled this summer and outline the Student Senate’s recent efforts in advocating for rising juniors.