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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Privacy is dead. It died unnoticed while everyone watched.
Yeming Shen’s PhD advisor, Thomas Sharkey, writes about Yeming’s contributions to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department after his unexpected passing.
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.
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.
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.
Hello, I became the editor in chief of The Polytechnic at the end of last semester. This is how I got there.
The Arch program is drastically changing how leadership positions in clubs and organizations are filled. Facilities should be updated to support remote student leadership.
What a great weekend for Rensselaer! There was so much going on within the school, especially within the Union.
Sports Editor Andrew Days explains why he believes that those younger than 18 should have the ability to vote.
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.
It’s been a few days since basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash and I am still having trouble processing it.
President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy explains the roles of Executive Board representatives and their relationships with Union clubs.
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.
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.
Sports editor Andrew Days sheds light on the women’s hockey team’s season thus far.
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.
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.