Opinion


Derby

Enforcement of policy due to coronavirus frustrating

As I am sure you have noticed, in the last few weeks, the school has been updating us about the flu and coronavirus and the measures they are taking to ensure students are safe on campus. However, there were some issues with how many of these policies were implemented.

Editorial Notebook

Seize the potential of RPI

I was once told that college is the last time in your life that you will be able to focus on learning things solely for your own benefit and gain. In the future, it is likely you will primarily be learning to advance your career. Everything you do now should be purely motivated by self-improvement. I didn’t realize the significance of this statement at the time, but reflecting, I find it has defined my time here at Rensselaer.

Behind the URL

Behind the scenes of The Poly's social media

Keeping in line with our change to online-first journalism, The Polytechnic now has a regularly updated social media presence and a department dedicated to promoting our content.

Editorial Notebook

No need to stress about your career

I realized how many people around me had secured summer internships when my sophomore year ended. When I went home after finals, I applied to positions in a panic. I was afraid I made a mistake by never attending career fairs and making no effort to get an internship.

Derby

There is more to college than academics

Your four years here will pass in a flash, so make the most of it. Be responsible and get your work done, but don’t forget to have fun.

Top Hat

How you can get involved in Student Government

Campaigning for elected Student Government positions officially kicked off this past week on February 12, 2020! Students can now attend informational sessions to learn about the rules and procedures of campaigning for elected positions.

Opinion

Why you should study abroad

The Arch is fast approaching—especially for me, now that I am at the end of my sophomore year. I never really tried to become exempt from the Arch because frankly, I didn’t want to be. Since the beginning of college, I wanted to study abroad for at least one semester, and the Arch allows me to do that without worrying about transferring credit towards my major to graduate within four years.

Opinion

Privacy is (almost) dead

Privacy is dead. It died unnoticed while everyone watched.

Letter To The Editor

Yeming Shen’s legacy in research at Rensselaer

Yeming Shen’s PhD advisor, Thomas Sharkey, writes about Yeming’s contributions to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department after his unexpected passing.

Derby

Tell us how your club is adjusting to the Arch

We had a meeting of all the Union officers this past week. The grand marshal, undergraduate president, graduate president, judicial board chair, and I all met a few times a semester to make sure that all bodies of our Student Government are working together cohesively. On this occasion, we met to discuss some wrap-up items as many of our terms are coming to an end and student leader appreciation.

Derby

Give us your feedback about club budgeting

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy discusses the importance of the club budgeting feedback form, and asks clubs to respond. Kennedy also mentions that campaigning for next year’s Student Government starts soon.

Editorial Notebook

It is okay to change your expectations

During high school, I had a crystal clear picture of what I wanted to accomplish in college. I wanted to complete a dual major, get involved with research, and get a part-time job or paid internship to help pay for my tuition. After only my first semester at Rensselaer, I couldn’t help but feel I had gone astray.

Editor'S Corner

My road to editor in chief

Hello, I became the editor in chief of The Polytechnic at the end of last semester. This is how I got there.

Top Hat

Semester away impacting leadership on campus

The Arch program is drastically changing how leadership positions in clubs and organizations are filled. Facilities should be updated to support remote student leadership.

Derby

An eventful weekend at RPI

What a great weekend for Rensselaer! There was so much going on within the school, especially within the Union.

Opinion

High schoolers are old enough to vote

Sports Editor Andrew Days explains why he believes that those younger than 18 should have the ability to vote.

Staff Editorial

The high price of GM Week

With only seven members listed in the Union Annual Report, the 2019 GM Week Committee was given about $52,000 to prepare for events; this is budgeted from a pool of money that includes student activity fees and income from Union vendors.

Editorial Notebook

Remembering Kobe Bryant

It’s been a few days since basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash and I am still having trouble processing it.

Derby

The role of an Executive Board representative

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy explains the roles of Executive Board representatives and their relationships with Union clubs.

Top Hat

Why you should care about the Student Senate Survey

Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko urges students to complete the Senate Survey—which is one of the primary ways that the Senate gathers constituent opinions—and addresses a privacy issue with the platform that has since been resolved.

Staff Editorial

Tech problems at a tech school

As an editorial board, we believe it is important to discuss the reliability of the websites controlled by people at Rensselaer as well as the fluctuating Wi-Fi connection on campus. Both issues affect the daily lives of students and deserve a discussion.

Editorial Notebook

Women’s hockey must do better

Sports editor Andrew Days sheds light on the women’s hockey team’s season thus far.

Derby

Facility upgrades you may have missed

I hope you had a great first week of classes and are ready to get back to work. While you were home resting, the Rensselaer Union was undergoing some quick upgrades.

Behind the URL

Why we don't publish anonymous letters to the editors

Our feelings about anonymous articles have evolved over recent years, so we want to take this time to explain the thought process behind the decision not to publish the submission. This is a new type of article in our Opinion section—dubbed “behind the URL”—that will be used by members of the Editorial Board to give a behind-the-scenes look at our organization and decisions.