Alexander Orr

Editor in Chief


Alex is a first-year Computer Science major from Danbury, Connecticut. He swears he can do more than write about Senate meetings.

alexander@poly.rpi.edu

Previous positions
  • Associate News Editor December 2021 to May 2022
  • News Coordinator October 2021 to December 2021
On-Campus Event

Clubs eager to grow change at Earth Day Sustainability Event

May 7, 2022

In celebration of Earth Day, Sodexo tabled outside the Union alongside student-run sustainability clubs.

Student Senate

Grand Marshal recaps meeting with President Shirley Ann Jackson

May 4, 2022

During the Student Senate meeting on April 12, Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 reported on meeting with President Shirley Ann Jackson about the upcoming presidential transition. Furthermore, the Student Senate motioned to reappoint Alexander Grant ’24 as Secretary.

Student Senate

Executive Board and Student Senate officers approved

May 3, 2022

The Student Senate approved the appointments of Executive Board and Student Senate Committee chairpersons. Among them is the first Graduate student Student Life Committee chairperson, Zachary Barringer.

Editorial Notebook

You are the most important person there is

April 20, 2022

Being kind and empathetic are important skills. However, it is too often taught in modern society to value others before yourself. Associate News Editor Alexander Orr ’25 reminds readers to put yourself before anyone else.

GM Week 2022

Bennett, Gramenides face off in GM Week Debate

March 23, 2022

On Tuesday, the two candidates for Grand Marshal, Cait Bennett '22 and Nicole Gramenides '23, participated in a debate held by the Elections Commission. Positions for Undergraduate President and President of the Union were uncontested, so both candidates participated in a 30 minute Q&A session. Elections Commission Chairperson Nicholas Longchamp '24 and The Polytechnic News Editor William Hawkins '23 moderated the debate.

GM Week 2022

GM Week is back in person — Here’s what you should know

March 21, 2022

GM Week begins today with elections on Wednesday. The theme for GM Week is Sweet Week. Associate News Editor Alexander Orr ’25 gives a crash course on what to know and expect for GM Week.

Student Senate

UAR committee eases chairperson requirements

March 9, 2022

The Union Annual Report committee removed the requirement for the UAR chairperson to also serve as a Senate-Executive Board liaison. By doing so, the UAR committee hopes to remove scheduling conflicts for those interested in the position.

Student Senate

Elections Commission handbook updates increase nomination requirements

February 23, 2022

The Student Senate’s Elections Committee presented an updated elections handbook. Furthermore, motions to appoint Executive Board members-at-large were passed.

Student Senate

Student Senate makes three new appointments

February 9, 2022

The Student Senate approved appointments for parliamentarian, Hospitality Services Advisory Committee chairperson, and Panhellenic Council chairperson.

Opinion

The sluggish pace of Student Senate meetings

February 2, 2022

An astute worker is cautious of diminishing returns at the workplace, putting more energy and time into something just to get less and less out. However, diminishing returns are unavoidable, and many can relate to that third hour of working on a project seeming less productive than the first two. The Senate is, likewise, powerless in the face of time and subject to ensuing exhaustion.

Student Senate

Abigail Golden appointed SGCC chair

February 2, 2022

Abigail Golden '24 was appointed as the Student Government Communications Committee chairperson for the Senate last Tuesday.

Student Senate

Senate reports on Trigger Level 1 update

January 29, 2022

The Undergraduate Council’s meeting with administrators revealed more information about the Trigger Level 1 threshold update, citing the Division of Student Life’s case projections and the availability of on-campus housing due to cases being primarily off-campus, as the primary reasons.

COVID-19

Trigger Level 1 threshold raised to 250 cases

January 24, 2022

Classes will return in-person this Monday. There have been 96 cases of COVID-19 in the RPI community as of Friday, according to RPI’s testing dashboard, surpassing the initial Trigger Level 1 Spring 2022 requirement of more than 70 cases among those with campus access. Since then, RPI has increased the threshold to reach Trigger Level 1 to 250 cases.

Student Senate

Konwerski suggests parents should donate more during Student Life Performance Plan presentation

January 19, 2022

“I know…parents are supporting a significant investment, but some parents have the ability to give more. And so we’re asking them, can you give a little bit more?” Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski said during his presentation on the Student Life Performance plan to the Student Senate in a November meeting. The presentation also included other Student Life plans for the upcoming year.

Student Senate

Compost Committee grows new ideas

December 8, 2021

The Compost Committee gave a presentation that included a goal to install a new compost machine on campus.

Student Senate

Cooking up solutions for late-night dining

November 17, 2021

The Student Senate held a presentation to improve late-night dining. A motion was passed to make immediate changes, including collecting student feedback, creating a list of meals for dining staff to make, and investigating changes into U-Cook and Father's Marketplace.

Student Senate

Riaz Rao appointed Union Annual Report chairperson, Executive Board liaison

November 10, 2021

Riaz Rao was appointed to serve as Union Annual Report chairperson and Executive Board liaison, adding on to his current role as Senate parliamentarian.

Student Senate

HSAC, MAL, Representative appointments approved

November 6, 2021

Appointments for the Hospitality and Services Committee, member-at-large, and representative positions were approved within the Student Senate and Executive Board on Tuesday.

Student Senate

Senate approves Judicial Board appointments, seeks new treasurer

October 25, 2021

The Student Senate approved new Judicial Board appointments on October 19. The J-Board oversees “a huge variety” of cases, ranging from reckless driving to suspending fraternities. The members appointed at this meeting will eventually make the decisions for future cases.

Student Senate

Marketing and Strategy Committee resurrected

October 20, 2021

The 52nd Student Senate approved changes to the Executive Board’s bylaws on October 5 in order to bring back the Marketing and Strategy Committee, which had been dissolved in 2019.

Student Senate

Undergraduate Council amends bylaws

September 29, 2021

The Student Senate approved changes to the Undergraduate Council’s bylaws.

Student Senate

Freshman Elections Handbook changes approved

September 29, 2021

The Student Senate approved changes to the Class of 2025 Freshman Elections Handbook, adding new nomination eligibility clauses and reverting to in-person campaigning and election procedures.