ELECTIONS

‘Smells rotten’: Administrators meet with Elections Commission

The Elections Commission was summoned to a meeting with Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong, Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79, General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute Craig Cook, and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Travis Apgar via an email sent on Sunday. The meeting occurred yesterday at 5 pm. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Strong questions validity of elections

“Last night I met with the 2018 Elections Commission to discuss the reported issues. Given the lack of integrity in the election process, the Commission is now determining whether any of the election results should be invalidated,” wrote Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong in an email to the Rensselaer community. Read more...

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Full issue: April 11, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - April 11, 2018

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Festival of colors

The Indian Students Association put on a Holi celebration outside of Commons Dining Hall this past Saturday where students celebrated by throwing colors and spraying water on each other. This event was based on the Indian holiday of Holi, also known as the festival of colors. As a Hindu myself, I have celebrated Holi each year growing up with my family. Reminding me of home and bringing back fond memories, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had. Read more...

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MOVIE REVIEW

Blockers offers more

UPAC Cinema hosted a free pre-screening of the upcoming Universal Pictures feature, Blockers. Starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, this movie follows three parents as they set out to ruin their daughters’ prom night. While the movie is comedic on the surface, with silly and crude references, it has a much deeper message of the strength of family, which, as a fan of family drama, I thoroughly enjoyed. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Kyle Pope on current state of journalism

Kyle Pope, Editor In Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, spoke on the current state of journalism in the Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center’s concert hall last Tuesday. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Break-up mixtape

Surprising his fans, The Weeknd released a mixtape, My Dear Melancholy, on March 30. This was the Canadian singer’s first extended play, and it features French techno artist, Gesaffelstein. As a big fan of The Weeknd, I was excited when I heard this was released. Even though there are only six songs, the singer had a very clear message in mind when creating this masterpiece. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Taking a break is worthy of consideration

This summer, and for the next eight months, I will basically be taking a leave of absence from society. My “ship date” is May 29, and I will be flying to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to begin my military training. Contrary to what I have been feeling the past six months, today I’m actually really excited for this new beginning. Read more...

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TOP HAT

Preferred names, student rights priorities

Hi RPI! My name is Stef Warner, and I am humbled to be serving you as your 153rd grand marshal! First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone who got out and voted last week. As the GM Week festivities come to an end, we are eager and ready to kick off the new term of Student Government! Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Changing music habits

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an article by Haley Nahman called, “I Think I Figured Out Why My Brain Always Feels Fried” and for whatever reason I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It talks about the ways that people nowadays consume information. Some people will fully follow artists or authors, becoming familiar with their work overtime. They, on a daily basis, read and listen with an “intentionality.” Others, like the author of this particular article, listen and absorb passively, taking what comes to them—content suggested by friends, algorithms, or publications. On the musical side of things, this was something that stuck with me. Read more...

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DERBY

Interested in E-Board? Applications are open

Hello, RPI!

My name is Justin Etzine, and I’m excited to be serving you as the 129th president of the Union! For those of you I have not yet been able to meet, I am a coterminal MBA student in the Lally School, where I am concentrating in Corporate Technological Entrepreneurship. For my undergraduate degree, I studied Computer Science and Information Technology and Web Science. I grew up in Hollywood, Florida, and I chose to attend RPI because of the quirky and remarkable peers I knew I would meet. I have been involved in Student Government since I arrived at RPI four years ago, and student interests have always been of paramount importance to me. I am very excited for the year ahead of us. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Elections flawed, reform necessary going forward

GM Week elections are the most important Student Government event of the year. They determine who will represent us and advocate for student interests. Given their outcome’s significance and ability to set the course of the year for all students at RPI, The Polytechnic is incredibly disappointed in the conduct and execution of the GM Week 2018 elections. Read more...

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OFF-CAMPUS EVENT

Wet Monday at Muza, Polish holiday honored

Smigus-dyngus—also known as Wet Monday—is a Polish holiday celebrated on the Monday after Easter, where Polish boys and girls douse their crush with buckets of water and hit them with pussy willow branches. Although the origins of the tradition are not known exactly, its roots can be traced back to pagan times as a ritual to bring good harvests. While the tradition might sound confusing and borderline illegal, the Polish diaspora celebrates this lighthearted day throughout Polish communities around the world all the same. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Warner, Etzine win GM, PU races

Stef Warner ’19 and Justin Etzine ’18 have been elected Grand Marshal and President of the Union, respectively. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

Warner, Etzine lead in preliminary election results

These are the raw, uncertified results from today’s elections, including any discrepancies that may have been introduced by duplicates and the improper inclusion of candidates on the ballot. These results have not been certified by the Elections Commission. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

Elections marred by falsified sanction, ballot issues, lines

The Elections Commission chairperson falsified a sanction and issued it unilaterally, without a vote of the members of the Commission. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

GM Week elections underway

Polls open from 9 am to 7 pm in the Union, DCC, and Commons

52 candidates will appear on the Grand Marshal Week 2018 ballot, along with one professor and two amendments to the Union Constitution. Voting begins at 9 am and ends at 7 pm. Polls are located in the Rensselaer Union’s west lobby, the Darrin Communications Center Great Hall, and the Commons lobby. Read more...

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ELECTIONS

Bush, Warner win GM primary

On April 3, the Elections Commission released the results of the primary election, certifying that Grand Marshal candidates Nancy Bush ’19 and Stef Warner ’19 will be on the final ballot. They received 985 and 1,096 votes respectively. The Moose DiBiasio ’20 received 670 votes. Read more...

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ENDORSEMENTS

Graduate Council endorsements, explanation of proposed amendment

Necessity of Amendment II

As the primary voice of the graduate student body, the Graduate Council would like to clarify the purpose and impact of Amendment II, which will be up for vote this Thursday. This amendment is the result of months of close collaboration with undergraduate student leaders, and this fact is corroborated by the Senate vote of 18-0 in favor, with one abstention. The GM and PU candidates are unanimous in their support for this amendment, and their full statements are provided at the end of this article. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2018

Sanctions issued to Chaudhary, Bush, Warner

The Elections Commission has released the following sanctions regarding the GM Week 2018 elections: Read more...

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