Opinion


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.

Staff Editorial

What the class of 2025 wants to know

The following are a mix of questions asked by first-year students who participated in The Polytechnic’s Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond event and some we as a staff think every student should know. Student questions were answered in real time and later abridged into this article.

Black Students Alliance

BSA is back in business

Rensselaer’s Black Students Alliance is excited to kick off a year of fun activities for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. It prides itself in being a cultural outlet for RPI’s Black community and its allies. We strive to showcase the Black experience and offer an immersive experience for those looking to learn and be a part of that experience. Jeda Coward ’24, Makenna Noel ’24, and BSA President Tiffany Filawo ’23 write about the importance of the BSA, how it persisted through virtual meetings, and its upcoming events.

Derby

Behind the scenes of Fall Union operations

President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 discusses the updated Union operating guidelines.

Opinion

Commemorating September 11 as an Arab American

Theo Severud '23 recalls the tragedy of the September 11 attacks, and its impact on Arab Americans.

Joint Top Hat & Derby

To the Class of 2021, congrats and farewell

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ‘22 congratulates the Class of 2021, and commends them for their incredible perseverance despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joint Top Hat & Derby

Finish strong and look ahead

Newly elected Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and President of the Union Yaseen Mahmoud ’22 encourage the student body to finish the semester strong, continue supporting each other, and look forward to the year ahead.

Opinion

J & J: The key to community immunity

In an email to students Tuesday morning, Executive Director of the Health Center Dr. Leslie Lawrence informed the Rensselaer community of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine’s pause in distribution. Staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23 argue that this decision will put the entire Rensselaer community at unnecessary risk.

Opinion

Food waste is a choice we don’t have to make

Gretchen Forbush ’21, founder of Rensselaer’s Food Recovery Network chapter, and Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Price ’23 provide food for thought on the conflicting food waste and food insecurity crises that coexist, and how the Food Recovery Network fits in.