Opinion


Editorial Notebook

Being robbed made me confident

Shards of glass scattered the rough asphalt, voices yelled out in frantic desperation, feet shuffled back and forth in a nervous sway. I stared at the scene before me, processing the previous hours leading up to this exact moment. A single question buzzed loudly in my head: How could this happen?

Derby

An inside look into how student money is spent

We have officially reached the halfway point of the semester. This tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for students, and that is no different at the Union. Very soon, the Executive Board will begin club budgeting for Fiscal Year 2021.

Editorial Notebook

I'm addicted to Mario Kart Tour

About one month ago, Mario Kart Tour released on the iOS and Android app stores. Since then, playing has been a daily practice for me, probably too much so. In playing as often as I do, I have found it to be my all-time favorite mobile game, but it still doesn’t capture the essence of previous Mario Kart games.

Derby

Union signage gets an upgrade

This week, I am going to write about the new Union wall wraps, which are the signs that are now over the Sage Avenue and 15th Street entrances. The wraps were designed by the Union marketing team, and the proposal was brought to the Executive Board and passed over the summer.

Letter To The Editor

Rensselaer is hiding true intentions of Arch

It is unfortunate that Rensselaer now treats its students as chickens to be plucked rather than members of an academic community.

Letter To The Editor

Planned obsolescence harms the consumer

Devices emerge that are only expected to last a couple of years: either until the warranty runs out, or until the user is disenchanted with its performance compared to new releases later down the line. Firms shouldn’t be making these products with short lifetimes, they should make products that last lifetimes.

Staff Editorial

Senate should fight to make our Union student run again

Last week, the Senate unanimously passed the exact Union Annual Report that it refused to consider six months ago, without making any of the changes it deemed necessary at the time. As a result, The Polytechnic is concerned that the Senate is failing to do what’s best for the Rensselaer community: reclaim the student-run nature of our Union.

Editorial Notebook

A different perspective on playing pool

Almost fives times a week, my friends and I will visit the Union’s game room to play a few rounds of pool. I've found more value in pool than I expected and it has taught me a valuable life lesson.

Opinion

Technology in academics has advanced to a fault

Screen time is unavoidable due to the requirements of my education. This constant attachment to screens has a large impact on my engagement, learning, and mental state.

Derby

You just went to the Career Fair. Now what?

I hope you all took the opportunity to attend the NSBE/SHPE Career Fair this past week. First I want to give a shout out to the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the volunteers that made this year's career fair such a huge success!

Top Hat

Attention all freshmen interested in StuGov

Freshmen campaigning kicked off last week on September 16. Freshmen students can now attend informational sessions to learn about the rules and procedures of campaigning and elections, which is a requirement for campaigning.

Editorial Notebook

Why you should fall in love with Tetris

I play Tetris every day. Some days it’s just for 10 minutes, others it’s for upwards of four hours. It’s not something that I think or plan to do, it’s just something that happens whenever I sit down at my desk or open my laptop to do work. It’s not a problem—most of the time. There, of course, are times that I find myself saying “just one more game” a little too often when I’m supposed to be doing work—or writing this.

Opinion

The freshman curriculum is outstanding

I didn’t appreciate how well the freshman engineering curriculum is structured until I went home for the summer after freshman year. It's designed so that every student knows by the end of their freshman year if they love engineering and are sure about the major they chose.

Derby

Take your mental health seriously

Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. I want to take this chance to inform students of the resources available to them here at Rensselaer.

Opinion

RPI's long-standing ties to U.S. militarism

Science does not exist in a vacuum. There are consequences, both good and bad, for every discovery. Scientists are often depicted as apolitical, only concerned with their work, and unconcerned by its implications. This trope is convenient for those who wish to absolve themselves of any guilt over the uses of their work. This is nihilistic and dangerous. As engineers, scientists, and programmers we are in a privileged position.

Staff Editorial

What the Class of 2023 wants to know

The following questions were asked by freshmen who participated in The Polytechnic’s Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond event.
Opinion

Building the future of The Polytechnic

Journalism is in flux. The traditional newspaper is dead. Revenue from selling advertisements in a printed edition is shrinking. Across the country, smaller newspapers are being bought by national conglomerates, and the staffs that understand local issues better than anyone are being eviscerated to cut costs.

Editorial Notebook

People, lights, and busy streets with a side of roaches

I spent this summer interning in New York City. While I loved my internship experience, I learned a lot about myself and the city outside of working hours. This was a new playground for me—one with different swings and slides than the ones I was used; my childhood in New Hampshire nor my college years in upstate New York had prepared me for a bite of the biggest apple.

Top Hat

Exciting renovations to dining halls, Union

Welcome back to RPI! The start of the fall semester is always such an exciting time to come back to campus and see everything that has changed. Whether you are a freshman or a senior you can appreciate the nostalgia and excitement the start of school brings.

Derby

Ushering in a new semester with changes to the Union

Welcome back to campus everyone! And welcome RPI Class of 2023! I hope everyone had an amazing, restful summer. While you were relaxing on the beach or working hard participating in Arch or an internship, we have been hard at work! If you have not been to the Union yet, I highly suggest you go check it out. Right off the bat, you will notice some great changes; we’ve added new paint, floors, and furniture throughout the building to help create the most productive, comfortable space we can for students.

Letter To The Editor

Working to bring back create-your-own meal plan

Class of 2022 President Chevy Chen says the removal of the create-your-own meal plan is an issue that needs to be discussed in length with both administrators and Sodexo.

Top Hat

Building better relationships with WebTech

There are a lot of committees on the Student Senate. It can be really hard to differentiate between committees or even remember that we have them if you are not familiar with how Student Government works.
Letter To The Editor

Join the Arch Task Force Committee

Hello everyone! My name is Peter Gramenides and I am the new chairperson of the Arch Task Force Committee as well as the Interfraternity Council Greek senator.
Staff Editorial

What we think prospective students should know

With National College Decision Day a week away, many prospective students are in the same position we were only a few years ago.