STUDENT SENATE

UAR approved in special meeting

The Student Senate held an emergency meeting last Sunday to vote on the Union Annual Report for fiscal year 2019, a document detailing the Rensselaer Union’s budget and the Activity Fee the Union will charge students. The original vote was set to be held on Wednesday, February 7, but the Senate meeting was canceled due to snow. The UAR was due to Interim Vice President for Student Life LeNorman Strong the following morning. Once the UAR is approved by Strong, it is sent along to the Board of Trustees for approval. Read more...

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Full issue: February 7, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - February 7, 2018

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

You can’t assume that everyone has Facebook

Imagine wanting to go to an event, only to find that the tickets sold out before you even knew they were on sale. This recently happened to the senior class with their event, 100 Days: A Night in Saratoga. Word of ticket sales was only spread through the Class of 2018 Facebook page; with updates only being posted in this group, the announcement did not effectively reach the entire senior class. Ticket sales went live January 26, and by January 30, the tickets were sold out. Read more...

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ADMINISTRATION

Jackson thanks Bystroff for email

Bystroff’s claims of alumni racism, sexism, heightism endorsed, appreciated

“That was a very brave thing you did, and I deeply appreciate it. These things are hard, and I just wanted to thank you for being willing to speak up on my behalf,” wrote President Shirley Ann Jackson in an email to Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Program Chris Bystroff. Read more...

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TRANSPORTATION

Projected cost of SafeRide: $120k

SafeRide is the newest addition to Rensselaer’s Student Living and Learning arsenal of student resources, chosen “in response to students’ requests for another transportation option.” Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Outing Club now off probation

During the Executive Board meeting on Thursday, money for Big Red Freakout shirts and facepaint was approved, the Outing Club was taken off probation, the Domino Toppling Club was approved for Union recognition, and a motion regarding the Gaming Club was tabled. Read more...

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SPORTS

Philadelphia Eagles soar to first Super Bowl victory

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles went head-to-head with the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. They defeated the Patriots 41-33, securing their first ever Super Bowl win. The Eagles started the season widely regarded as a strong team, and were favored by many to be a possible contender for the Super Bowl. That changed when their star quarterback Carson Wentz injured his anterior cruciate ligament, requiring Nick Foles to take his place. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

ZuZu acrobats flip, jump, limbo

On Saturday afternoon, the center of the McNeil Room was empty. Rows of chairs were set up around three sides of the clearing. At noon, booths were set up by the walls to serve food. People began trickling in. At 1 pm, Nya Jackson ’18, vice president of Rensselaer’s Black Student Alliance and M.C. of the event, started things off. Read more...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Fall Out Boy renewed

As a junior in high school, I was introduced to Fall Out Boy through their Save Rock and Roll album, which was considered their newer music at the time. Being a first-time listener, I was unaware that they had previously split up, and that this was a comeback album. Eventually, I came to love their older music as well. As I listened to more of their albums, I was surprised to learn how strongly people felt about the sound of “old” Fall Out Boy versus that of “new” Fall Out Boy. So when I heard that Fall Out Boy was releasing a new album in 2018, I was, of course, excited but also doubtful. While I knew I would probably admire their new songs regardless of how accurate this album was to their sound, I was curious to learn how other, more authentic fans would feel. Read more...

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BOOK REVIEW

Dystopian series has compelling world

Do you like Game of Thrones? Ancient Roman history? Dystopian fiction? How about The Hunger Games?  Well, if any of these things interest you, then I strongly suggest that you give Pierce Brown’s Red Rising saga a try. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Jackson, Eastin, Bystroff out of touch

President Shirley Ann Jackson and Vice President for Institute Advancement Graig Eastin recently endorsed an email attributing a decrease in alumni donations to racism, sexism, and heightism. If they truly believe this, it is a testament to their disconnect with alumni, the student body, and the issues that Rensselaer faces. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Theorizing about Apple’s business strategies

Apple is a company which seemingly draws controversy like no other. Some use their products religiously, often swearing off alternatives, while others wonder how people can justify spending obscene amounts of money on products which often stray so far from the norm. I will come right out and say that I am one of those who fall into the former category. However, I will admit that Apple has made some questionable decisions in the last years which, upon first glance, might seem confusing to fans. From the transition to Lightning connectors, to the removal of the headphone jack, to the exclusive use of USB-C on the new MacBook Pro, Apple has historically been a very secretive company, leaving the public grasping at straws in an attempt to understand the rationale for such unpopular design decisions. While it’s entirely possible that Apple is just out of touch, I think it has to be something else. A company which has historically changed the way we use computers through such profound ways as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad must have some reason for these changes, right? Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Discussion appropriate

On January 29, 2018, Graig Eastin, vice president for institute advancement, forwarded to all alumni an email authored by Chris Bystroff, Ph.D, addressed to faculty. Eastin wrote, “Because you are all ambassadors of the Institute, I wanted to make sure you received a copy.” Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Faculty Senate issues response

To Rensselaer Faculty and Community,

We, the faculty of Rensselaer, are proud of our alumni. Read more...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bystroff has a point

Let’s put aside the distractions, the specific wording of the Bystroff email, the talk of heightism—which according to the Journal of Applied Psychology is real, by the way—or the appropriateness of sending it to the alums. Let’s instead face some facts: According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, sexism and racism are alive and impactful in the United States in 2018, and it is foolish and unrealistic to believe RPI, with our disproportionately white and male student population, is immune. Read more...

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Full issue: January 31, 2018

The Rensselaer Polytechnic - January 31, 2018

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

You reap what you sow

Mr. Eastin,

I have read the letter from Dr. Bystroff, which you considered worthy of bringing to the attention of alumni of the Institute. Read more...

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

Too much entertainment

My parents raised me to be frugal, especially when it comes to entertainment. I went to the movies twice during my K–12 education, and I still feel bad about paying $10 or more to watch a movie in the theaters. Another example is video games: I would only get a couple of new ones every year, so I played through them repeatedly—I have played through the original Halo campaigns too many times to count. I have always been in the position of having too much time and not enough entertainment, but that has changed during my past three and a half years at RPI. Read more...

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Poly given subsidy for Fiscal Year 2019

If you found me a year and a half ago and told me I would eventually be the editor in chief of The Polytechnic, I would have almost certainly said, “What is an editor in chief?” Looking back, the amount that I’ve learned from the paper alone is unbelievable to me. I owe so much of that to the wonderful, knowledgeable people I’ve met through The Poly and late nights perusing the depths of our website. Read more...

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Livestreaming discussed, no decision made

The Executive Board meeting that took place on January 25 consisted mainly of the approval of proposals by the Interplanetary Society and Ultimate Frisbee, as well as approval of a new club training policy. Read more...

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