Student Senate

Interfraternity, Panhellenic councils discuss housing during Arch

The Student Senate met on Monday, March 11 for a brief meeting to deliver committee and peer body and officer reports. No motions or presentations were heard, and the meeting took less than half an hour. Read more...

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Candidate questions

Grand Marshal candidate profiles

What makes you the best fit to lead the student body?

Meagan Lettko: During my tenure at RPI, I have been involved in many aspects of the campus community. Through the relationships I have built, I have been able to gain a holistic view of campus wide culture and changes that we are experiencing in regards to the Arch program and Greek life. Although I have experience in multiple roles in student government, I believe I am fit to lead the student body because I do more than just student government. Diversity of thought is essential to the success of the student body. I believe the Grand Marshal must be open-minded and trustworthy in regards to any issues the student body is passionate about. I will continue to hold myself and other student leaders accountable for the success and sustainability of our student body. Read more...

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Candidate Questions

Undergraduate President candidate profile

Why do you want to be Undergraduate President?

Evan Lazaro: I am running for Undergraduate President because I believe I have the experience, ability, and motivation to make a positive impact on the undergraduate council, the class councils, and the student body as a whole. I have worked closely with many other student leaders to discuss the current state of the undergraduate council and where the future lies, and have developed a clear vision on how to move the council in a positive direction. Read more...

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executive board

What does the E-Board do? It budgets your money.

Student government at RPI is broken up into four components: the Student Senate, the Judicial Board, the Class Councils, and the Executive Board. Each body serves a vital purpose to the functioning of the Rensselaer Union and operations on campus. This article will explain the purpose of the Executive Board. Read more...

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STAFF EDITORIAL

The integrity of our elections is at stake

A trustworthy elections process gives Student Government its legitimacy; members of the Senate are taken seriously because they were elected or indirectly appointed by the majority of voting students at Rensselaer. If a senator is perceived as improperly elected, that person’s authority to represent students is called into question. Read more...

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Endorsement

Interfraternity Council endorsements

To the Rensselaer Community,

2019 GM Week Endorsements: Read more...

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candidate interviews

President of the Union candidate profile

Why do you want to be President of the Union?

Caitlin Kennedy: I want to be President of the Union because I believe I have the experience and the commitment to continue to push our Union to be the best that it can be. During my time at RPI and as a member of the Union Executive Board, I have been able to observe and learn from a multitude of different experiences, both good and bad. I understand the challenges the Union currently faces, and I am dedicated to working with the Board, the Senate, other aspects of Student Government, and all students, to ensure we leave the Union a better place than how we found it. Read more...

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GM WEEK 2019

RUVS test run reveals system vulnerabilities

On March 15, the Elections Commission tested the Rensselaer Union Voting Suite in preparation for the upcoming Student Government elections. While not widely advertised, this dry-run was an open invitation for students to test RUVS and suggest improvements. 78 votes were cast during this event, with an additional 12 falsified by Web Technologies Chairperson Joseph Lyon ’20. During this trial run, Lyon was able to find two crucial vulnerabilities within RUVS that would invalidate voting results, if not addressed properly. Read more...

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STUDENT SENATE

No concrete progress made regarding past Senate resolution

In September 2017, Chairman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees Arthur F. Golden ’66 called into question Section 2, Item F of the Rensselaer Union Constitution through an email to the student body. The item states that “[The Executive Board] shall approve the hiring and continuance of all administrative personnel of the Union.” Read more...

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editorial notebook

What the Student Senate should do for you

The Student Senate is the chief legislative body of RPI’s student government that works to improve student life and provide a voice to student concerns. They are responsible for a multitude of changes, including bringing Moe’s Southwest Grill to campus, and providing shuttles to Crossgates Mall. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

HackRPI returns after year-long hiatus

This weekend promises to be an exciting one with HackRPI scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the hackathon was left unplanned since the club that runs HackRPI, which goes by the same name, dissolved. According to current HackRPI President Wenlin Gong ’20, “past leaders graduated, so no one was able to take over.” However, the student-run organization has been revived and its members have been working hard to make the event a success. Read more...

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Executive Board

$5,150 subsidy for BotFactory printer approved

New equipment will decrease wait time from two weeks to 90 minutes

In one of its last meetings of the year, the Executive Board saw a wide array of clubs on its agenda. The RPI Players requested $10,000 for sound equipment, following a $5,150 purchase approval by the RPI Embedded Hardware Club. RPI Ballroom Dance was granted $1,700 due to unexpected circumstances with their annual competition. RPI TV asked the Board to front the cost for coverage of ECAC Hockey at Lake Placid, which they plan to repay with the proceedings from the event. UPAC Cinema asked for a subsidy of $1,500 for the warranty for their faulty projector. Finally, RPI Men’s Club Basketball was given a starter budget of $245. Read more...

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Staff Editorial

Why we aren’t endorsing candidates this year

This year, The Polytechnic will not perform its formal GM Week endorsement process. Rather, grand marshal, president of the Union, and undergraduate president candidates will be evaluated through our regular reporting process and featured in our Editorial/Opinion section. This divergence from a long-standing tradition was prompted by an abrupt shift in leadership. Though sudden, it is our belief that this change in reporting will improve our elections coverage. Read more...

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Album Review

Grande delivers upbeat album despite personal struggles

Ariana Grande’s latest album release, thank u, next is most definitely a bop. Since I started listening to this album a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to stop. Grande mixes her recent heartbreak with upbeat music, and ultimately creates a soundtrack full of groovy hits. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Time spent on the arts is not wasted

Some hobbies are more productive than others. This may seem obvious, but for years I thought relaxation was synonymous with the feeling of rotting. Believe it or not, time does not have to be clearly divided between working and existing in a comatose state. There is an inherit value in time spent creating, not for the sake of productivity or result, but for the sake of creation. Read more...

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Administration

Confusing inclement weather bulletins explained

Quite frankly, we had to say that we judged… a little too quickly,” said Vice President for Administration Claude Rounds in regard to the confusion generated by several inclement weather bulletin alerts distributed on February 12 and 13. Rounds added, “We should have waited till the next morning.” Understanding that the messages created confusion, Rounds stated, “I’ll take responsibility for it” and ensured that “our intentions were good.” Read more...

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Movie Review

The Hidden World wraps up trilogy with a soulful conclusion

“20 years ago, filmmakers had to put their heart and soul into computer-animated films,” I ranted to my friend in the theater. We then talked about how low quality, soulless animation is saturating the industry. Preceding this discussion were three cringe-inducing trailers of low-rent animated movies that looked and sounded generic, bland, and miserable for anyone over the age of four to watch. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Talk cancelled as situation in Venezuela turns dire

Ileana Ramírez was scheduled to speak at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center about the Venezuelan and Latin American cultural scene during ongoing political crisis in Venezuela on Monday. However, the talk was cancelled because she was unable to travel due to the current volatile situation in Venezuela. Read more...

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Student Senate

Senate briefed on Blue Apron-like program hosted by Sodexo

Hospitality Services Advisory Committee Chairperson Advaith Narayan ’21 came before the Student Senate on February 25 to give an update on a plan to implement a new food program called “Fresh Pantry.” This program is based on Blue Apron and similar food services, but will not be subscription based. Read more...

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Editorial Notebook

Sending the right Snapchat is a science

A few nights ago one of my friends from home, Kendall, called me to ask for advice. It was simultaneously one of the most rational and irrational conversations I’ve ever had. Read more...

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