Anna Zuniga

Contributing Editor

Anna Z is a sophomore Industrial & Management Engineering major from Boston, Massachusetts. She loves cats, Taylor Swift, and tacos. Her favorite vegetable is not zucchini.

Previous positions
  • Features Editor December 2022 to April 2023
  • Associate Features Editor October 2022 to December 2022
  • Photography Coordinator September 2022 to October 2022
Executive Board

E-Board overwhelming rejects motion to place Rensselaer Voices for Palestine on probation

April 26, 2024

The Executive Board on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected a motion to place Rensselaer Voices for Palestine on probation. RMA and UPAC came for reallocation requests and Ultimate Frisbee asked for a subsidy for a tournament, which all passed. Science Ambassador’s Union Recognition got tabled indefinitely. Four E-Board members were confirmed for chairperson positions.

On-Campus Event

Grand opening of the IBM Quantum System One at Rensselaer

April 10, 2024

This year, Rensselaer has become the first university to hold an IBM Quantum System One. On April 5th, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new system, which is located in the Voorhees Computing Center. After the official ceremony, attendees were able to go on tours led by the members of the Quantum Computing Club. The night before the unveiling ceremony, CBS News Correspondent David Pogue arrived at EMPAC to deliver a piece on the quick and frightening progress of AI.

Executive Board

E-Board denounces actions of Dr. Charlie Potts over Bennett hiring, plans to shut down Rathskeller over summer for renovations

April 3, 2024

The Executive Board gave a formal denouncement to the actions of the Union’s administrative staff regarding the unconstitutional hiring of Cait Bennett as an administrative specialist. Society of Plastics Engineers approved for club affiliation, RPI Club Field Hockey achieves Union recognition, and the Director of the Union Dr. Charlie Potts presents the Union’s upcoming construction and renovation projects to the Executive Board. Additionally, the E-Board approves the hiring of William Weinert for the position of Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs.

Executive Board

Union hires Cait Bennett ’23G without Executive Board approval

March 27, 2024

Previous Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’23G was hired as an Administrative Specialist for the Rensselaer Union. However, she was hired under the discretion of the Director of the Union Dr. Charlie Potts without the knowledge and approval of the Union Executive Board. As per the Union Constitution, the E-Board “shall approve the hiring and continuance of all administrative personnel of the Union.”

GM Week 2024

A week of fun: GM Week 2024

March 27, 2024

Grand Marshal Week 2024 was full of fun campus-wide events and activities. This year’s festivities included the Mxmtoon concert, Provost Picnic, and Formal.

GM Week 2024

Candidates face off in GM Week 2024 debates

March 21, 2024

Five candidates took the stage for the Grand Marshal Week debate moderated by Elections Committee Chairperson Timothy Miles ’24. The debate offered one last chance for the candidates to present themselves to the student body and share their opinions on various topics and issues.

Student Senate

Senate works on temporarily reducing parking ticket costs

March 13, 2024

The Senate passed a motion urging the administration to reduce parking fees until May 26, 2024.

Student Senate

Finishing constitutional amendments, kickoff of elections

February 28, 2024

Senate discussed the motion to recognize the Undergraduate President as the spokesperson for the undergraduate population. Timothy Miles ’24 kicks off the election season with updates and approval of the handbook.

Student Senate

Senate approves Union constitution changes to GM and PU elections

February 14, 2024

Senate approves Union constitution changes that will allow any member of the Union to run for Grand Marshal and President of the Union in the event of a vacancy. Additionally, two candidates can run together on the general ballot election if one knows they won’t be able to complete a full term. The board also discussed changing all pronouns in the constitution to be gender-neutral, but was tabled at the next meeting.

Student Senate

Senate fails, reconsiders, and tables the motion to confirm new PU

February 7, 2024

The Union will be left without a permanent president when Ava Gallagher ’23G steps down to graduate. The E-Board appointed Catherine Philipps ’24 to replace Gallagher but the Senate failed to confirm Philipps.

Student Senate

Senate discusses changes to morning mail

February 7, 2024

The Heffner Alumni House will be open for finals week studying on December 11. The Student Senate discusses morning mail improvements.

Restaurant Review

Bubble tea splashes into Troy

November 27, 2023

A new Gong cha location opens in Troy.

Executive Board

Executive Board continues budgeting for the next fiscal year

October 24, 2023

Small subsidies were given to Women's Club Volleyball and Table Tennis Club. The board continued administrative budgeting for the next fiscal year.

Community Event

Mantello, Nichols spar in Troy Mayoral Debate

October 11, 2023

News10 ABC evening anchor Lydia Kulbida hosted the 2023 Troy Mayoral debate between Republican candidate Carmella Mantello and Democrat Nina Nichols. Debate questions covered various topics, primarily focusing on the current lead pipe issue, improving overall Troy economy and livability, plans for decreasing crime, and main priorities in candidates’ first budget.

Student Senate

Provost working for student life improvements

October 11, 2023

Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski is stepping down at the end of this academic year. The Student Life office is moving into the Provost office and various changes are in motion to improve academic and student life.

Executive Board

RPI TV gets funding for hockey broadcasting

September 13, 2023

RPI TV got $12,827.05 for a graphics and replay server, as well as general infrastructure to perform to ESPN+ standards for hockey broadcasting. RPI Brazilian Jiu Jitsu became Union affiliated.

Student Life

Renovations of Russell Sage Dining Hall completed

August 30, 2023

Summer break renovations of Russell Sage Dining Hall were completed. Changes include a new entrance and updated Simple Zone.

Executive Board

E-Board approves installation of new security cameras in the Union

July 17, 2023

The first Executive Board meeting of the Fiscal Year 2024 started with an additional subsidy approval for RPI Rugby. The Board also approved the installation of new security cameras in the Union which will be funded by the Institute.

On-Campus Event

Wrapping up the year with “The Last of The Pipes”

April 26, 2023

Editor-in-Chief Soma Patra ’26 and Contributing Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 watched the Rusty Pipes’ Spring Show this past Friday in EMPAC.


Engineers destroy Dutchwomen in doubleheader

April 25, 2023

Engineers swept the Union Dutchwomen in a doubleheader on April 23.

Editorial Notebook

RPI's failure to feed

April 19, 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 reveals students’ troubles with dining on campus for those with dietary restrictions.


Gallery: Engineers pummel Panthers in doubleheader

April 12, 2023

The Engineers swept the Purchase College Panthers in a doubleheader on Saturday, winning 12–4 and 6–2.

Executive Board

RPI Rugby receives tournament funds in first Gallagher-run Executive Board

April 5, 2023

RPI Rugby gains funding for upcoming Beast of the East tournament, while Dance Team’s additional subsidy for National competition gets tabled for next meeting. The board discusses marketing and solidifying one shade of red for the Union.

GM Week 2023

A week full of fun festivities: Grand Marshal Week 2023

March 28, 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares the many events during Grand Marshal Week, including Union After Dark, the Provost Picnic, and the Hatting Ceremony.

Executive Board

Cognitive Science Graduate Students Association becomes Union-affiliated, Rensselaer TV fails funding for news program

March 15, 2023

UPAC Grand Marshal Week is allowed to use the McNeil room for Grand Marshal Week, the Rensselyrics received a funding reallocation for microphones, the Cognitive Science Graduate Students Association becomes Union-affiliated, and the badminton club gained funding for tournaments while RPI TV was rejected for funding for a news show.

On-Campus Event

Artistic attire billows down the runway in BSA’s Fashion Show

March 1, 2023

Editorial/Opinion Editor Soma Patra ’26 and Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 attended BSA’s Fashion Show last Saturday night, featuring a variety of modern, vibrant, and chic pieces.

Executive Board

Young Democratic Socialists Club fails again to become affiliated

March 1, 2023

Pickleball becomes affiliated with the Union while the Young Democratic Socialists of America Club fails affiliation for the second time. The Humans Vs. Zombies club gets approved reallocation of funds.

Executive Board

Students on Arch to vote using Simply Voting

February 22, 2023

The Elections Commission received $1,000 to change their voting website so that Juniors on Arch Away can vote during Grand Marshal week. Dr. Charlie Potts received 45,000 dollars of funding for a new low ropes course near ECAV. The Executive Board discussed possible Union hour changes for the Show Techs.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Winter Carnival welcomes students with activities and prizes

February 15, 2023

Rensselaer’s annual Winter Carnival was a day full of fun festivities. Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares about the activities of the carnival.

Editorial Notebook

Students should take more advantage of EMPAC

February 1, 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 reflects on EMPAC, encouraging more students to use the space and attend events.

Executive Board

Reallocation of funds and new prizes approved for UPAC

January 25, 2023

UPAC Cinema gained funding for movies and a film festival prize program. Jake Herman, Ava Gallagher, and Tomas Gonzales-Zugasti were appointed to new positions on the Executive Board.

Empac Event

Clouds and waves wash into EMPAC

January 18, 2023

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience at Cuando las nubes eran las olas (When the clouds were the waves) at EMPAC.

On-Campus Event

Celebrating the holiday season with the RPI community

December 14, 2022

Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience at the Campus Seasonal Celebration.

On-Campus Event

PSS: Undergraduate Diwali Festival Show

December 8, 2022

Associate Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 shares her experience going to The Indian Student Association’s undergraduate Diwali Show.

Photo Short Story


December 8, 2022

Associate Features Editor Anna Zuniga ’26 and Justin Chassin ’22G attended the dress rehearsal and the 8 pm performance of Adam Weinert’s ANTHEM in EMPAC’s concert hall on November 4. The event employed layered symbolism, choreography, and film to criticize the American national anthem.


Taylor Swift is a vibe for every occasion

November 9, 2022

Anna Zuniga ’26 and Justin Chassin ’22 G demonstrate that Taylor Swift’s broad discography covers any mood or situation.

Student Life

What to know about computer help on campus

November 1, 2022

Need your computer fixed? Go to the Voorhees Computing Center for free computer help and repair!

Photo Short Story

PSS: Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony

October 19, 2022

On Saturday October 15th, we attended the Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony held in the McNeill room. The celebration—packed with music, dinner and dancing—was coordinated by the LHM Eboard and clubs such as Alianza Latina, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Phi Iota Alpha, and Omega Phi Beta.

Editorial Notebook

A love-hate relationship with electric bikes

October 12, 2022

As a bike mechanic and cyclist, Anna Zuniga ’26 explains the pros and cons of electric bikes, noting problems of accessibility, mobility, safety, and sustainability.