Letter to the editor

Last train for Troy: Rensselaer model railroad in danger

Troy’s grandiose Beaux Arts styled Union Station closed its doors over 60 years ago. A few years later, it was demolished. Today, Blitman Commons sits on part of its former site. Now it’s difficult to find any evidence that over 100 trains per day rumbled their way through the heart of our city. But for the better part of the last five decades, that history has been preserved in the basement of Davison Hall. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Art installation pays homage to Shakespeare

Professor Michael Century took over the EMPAC Goodman Studio 1 to perform his sound art installation The Isle is Full of Noises. Running from November 27 to 29, the installation used recordings of dialogue from sections of William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. Visitors were free to move about the room as sounds of nature are mingled with spoken syllables in order to reflect the music and nature described in the story. Century was able to manipulate the phenomic units of notable monologues from characters Miranda and Caliban by speed and volume—making his piece a live performance. He used arrays of speakers called “Wave Field Synthesis” in order to place sounds in specific areas of the room. There are several focal points where a listener can stand, sit, or recline and feel the sensation of waves of sound moving toward, across, and finally away from their bodies. Read more...

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TV SERIES REVIEW

3 Below: ingenious addition to Tales of Arcadia

3 Below is a show that’s part of Tales of Arcadia, a fictional universe consisting of a trilogy of TV shows created by Guillermo Del Toro, animated by Dreamworks and hosted by Netflix. Read more...

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TOP HAT

External audit report released, updates made to elections process

Hi, RPI! I hope that you are all confidently finishing up your finals, and wrapping up the semester with a sense of accomplishment. With the semester coming to a close, I am sure you are all looking forward to a well-deserved break. Before I wish you all happy holidays and a safe trip home, I wanted to give you all a few updates. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Downtown Troy’s first Asian bodega now open

On December 7, Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen expanded their business with the grand opening of Kim’s Convenience. Located on 88 Third Street, this convenience store brings a splash of diversity to Troy. The grand opening party was open to the local public, and featured complimentary food from both Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen and K-Plate. Attendees enjoyed food and were able to browse the store’s variety of items. Read more...

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Executive Board

Union renovations set for Winter Break

On Wednesday, December 5, the Executive Board met after several weeks of budgeting to discuss and vote on Union renovations, a future RPI Players’ program, and some new clubs. Read more...

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Movie review

Bohemian Rhapsody: the story behind Queen

Released last month, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of the well-known British band, Queen. The film portrays the story of how Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, came together with the other members of Queen to create a diverse palette of music. While I have listened to many of Queen’s songs, I didn’t know much about their backstory. That being said, I was hooked from the first scene and really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody. Read more...

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Opinion

Share your opinions with The Polytechnic

I had the opportunity to meet with Associate Director of the Archer Center Christine Allard following my previous opinion piece regarding the current status of career development courses in the engineering curriculum. In short, based on my experience in the industry, I feel that these courses may benefit from the incorporation of a technical perspective. My meeting with Allard was organized to further discuss potential ways to improve professional development courses organized by the Archer Center. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

My experience with loneliness

“Why didn’t you come, Namish?” asked my then best friend. “I … I didn’t know about it,” I stammered, desperately trying to avoid the phrase “I wasn’t invited.” Read more...

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Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald needlessly boring, lacks focus

Home on Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to see a movie with my high school friends. Since we’d seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it came out in 2016, we decided to watch the sequel. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Senate recaps College Union Conference visit

On November 26, the Senate met to discuss the 2018 Association of College Union International Conference at the University of Hartford. Senators Nancy Bush ’19, Advaith Narayan ’21, Jonathan Bao ’21, Vice Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20, and Interfraternity Council Senator Tomas Proveneher ’21 all attended the conference on November 16. Read more...

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Cultural event

Troy kicks off holiday season with Victorian Stroll

This Sunday, Troy was cast back into 19th century England. The 36th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll filled the streets with performances, decorations, people, and holiday cheer. Despite the poor weather, visitors swarmed Troy, many of whom—even children—dressed in classic 19th century clothing. Features included rides on an antique fire truck, live birds of prey, several food trucks, a pop-up market of craftsmen and vendors, and various musical displays. Local shops and eateries also took part with special seasonal offers and various events of their own. The celebration concluded with a menorah and Christmas tree lighting, accompanied by the Troy High School Concert Choir. Read more...

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Opinion

Many human issues are systemic, not individual

Let’s talk about bitches. I don’t mean basic bitches or bad bitches, just bitches. Assholes. Dicks. I have a burning question to ask: why do we hate them? Read more...

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top hat

Complete the Student Senate survey before it closes today

Hello, RPI! I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed your Thanksgiving break! I trust that you all caught up on some sleep, spent time with people you haven't seen in a while, or did something that your busy schedules haven’t allowed for in the recent weeks. Now begins the exciting time where we start to wrap up the semester. I wish everyone the best of luck with upcoming assignments, projects, and exams as the Fall semester comes to a close! I want to give you all a couple of reminders before finals go into full swing. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

ISA puts on great Diwali show

Diwali, also referred to as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, that signifies the win of good over evil. In Hinduism, the story of Diwali revolves around Lord Ram and his battle with the demon king Ravana. Ram defeats Ravana to bring his wife, Goddess Sita, back home after 14 years. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Campus event sheds light on ethical allyship

On November 12th, the Multicultural Leadership Council and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers partnered together and hosted an event about ethical allyship. The purpose of the event was to spread knowledge about how to be an ethical ally. Presenters included Director of Multicultural Programs Chenthuran Jayachandiran and Assistant Director and Lecturer at the Archer Center Audrey Scranton. New to the topic of ethical allyship, I left the presentation with a greater understanding of the term and its application. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Brave Space: a forum for students to express themselves

Program plans to move toward student facilitation of meetings

Brave Space is an open forum for students to talk about about issues or experiences that concern them and bring about positive change at RPI, hosted by the Multicultural Leadership Council alongside the Black Students’ Alliance and facilitated by Assistant Director of Student Activities Miciah Yehudah. According to one member of the BSA, it was started after the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016 as a way to help underrepresented students feel safer and facilitate discussions that address issues these communities face. Read more...

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TV series review

Netflix animation She-Ra disappoints

I never saw myself watching this show; but after hearing about the controversies it stirred up, I was intrigued enough to give the show a try, and I actually enjoyed myself in the process. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a modern adaptation of a character from the He-Man franchise. Read more...

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On-campus event

RMA Concert features various small music groups, talented performances

Last Sunday, the Rensselaer Music Association held a concert to showcase Rensselaer’s many small music groups. The Rensselaer Chamber Brass, Clarinet Choir, Composition Club, Rensselyrics, Flute Choir, Daydreamers, Strings Theory, and the Experimental Music Quintet all performed a variety of unique pieces. RMA is a student-run organization that promotes and supports music groups on campus, and the Winter Small Groups Concert is an event they hold annually in the RPI Playhouse. Each group performed wonderfully, and the concert was an intimate, glowing example of the musical talent at our university. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

Greek Life Task Force presents to the Senate

This week the Student Senate received a progress update from the Greek Life Task Force and voted to remove Anthony Dai as Independent Senator. Read more...

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