David Liu

David is a Computer Science student from Hackensack, New Jersey who likes drinking tea.

Previous positions
  • Managing Editor May 2022 to December 2022
  • Associate News Editor December 2021 to May 2022
  • News Coordinator October 2021 to December 2021
Editorial Notebook

How to train your AI

December 14, 2022

AI should always come with a killswitch, but Managing Editor David Liu ’22 argues that it’s a lot more complicated than we think.

Student Senate

Konwerski presents draft of Student Life Performance Plan

December 8, 2022

Vice President of Student Life Peter Konwerski presented a draft of the Student Life Performance Plan, outlining goals to improve student retention, make investments in housing, and “enhance the Arch.”

Student Senate

Senate holds Q&A session with President Schmidt

December 7, 2022

The Student Senate conducted a Q&A session with President Schmidt, asking questions that ranged from mental health, Greek life, and Schmidt’s day-to-day.

Town Meeting

Schmidt holds first Town Hall as president

November 9, 2022

President Martin Schmidt ’81 held his first Town Hall where he discussed shuttles, the Arch, and his three-step plan for the future.


Fake meat is real meat

November 2, 2022

Would you eat chicken grown in a vat? Managing Editor David Liu ’22 thinks it’s an obvious yes.

Student Senate

Student Senate removes Class of 2024 senator, delays another

October 25, 2022

The Student Senate unanimously voted to remove Class of 2024 Senator Michael Mendez from his position. The motion to remove Class of 2024 senator Gabriel Tambellini was delayed until October 26.

Student Senate

Christopher D. Carothers appointed to Tenure and Promotion Committee representative

October 5, 2022

The Student Senate unanimously appointed Christopher D. Carothers to Tenure and Promotion Committee representative after they tabled the motion last week.


Picture this

September 28, 2022

We are far from a world where AI-generated content rivals what humans create, but recent leaps in AI and machine learning have convinced Managing Editor David Liu ’22 that this future is inevitable.

Student Senate

Senate delays motion for Faculty Senate appointment

September 28, 2022

The Student Senate delayed a motion to appoint Professor Chris Carothers to Faculty Senate Tenure and Promotion Committee Representative as they did not have enough information about the candidate.

Student Senate

Changes to Freshmen Elections Handbook draw criticism from senators

September 21, 2022

Freshmen Election ballots are now ordered from most nominations to least, drawing criticism from senators who believe the new system is unequal.

Executive Board

Executive Board pushes back against limited Union hours

September 14, 2022

Executive Board members resisted against limiting Student Union hours, arguing that the Union should be a safe haven for late night students.

Executive Board

PAL, KSA, Alianza Latina to hold cultural events

September 14, 2022

The Philippine American League, Korean Student Association, and Alianza Latina were approved funding for cultural events. The Rensselaer Music Association was approved for a due waiver.

Executive Board

Executive Board approves facility projects, additional club subsidies

May 7, 2022

The Executive Board approved a total of $90,500 to demolish the W2SZ trailer on Sunset Terrace and build two offices in the Mueller Center. Additional subsidy requests by TeamRPI eSports and the Union Show Techs were also approved.

Executive Board

Executive Board confirms nine members to Board

May 4, 2022

The Union Executive Board confirmed nine members to join the Board, including a new “Counselor to the President” position.

Editorial Notebook

How to shift gears on a muddy road

April 27, 2022

Associate News Editor David Liu ’23 gives unsolicited advice on motivating yourself during assignment slumps.

Executive Board

Union to conduct campus renovations for Fall

April 22, 2022

The Rensselaer Union is planning to introduce two new offices in the Mueller Center, demolish the W2SZ trailer near ECAV, and renovate the Student Government Suite in the Union.

Executive Board

Girls Who Code, Bitcoin club become Union-recognized

April 8, 2022

The Union Executive Board designated Girls Who Code and the Cryptocurrency & Bitcoin Technology Club as Union-recognized clubs. A motion to purchase two AEDs also passed unanimously.

Executive Board

Multicultural Sorority and Fraternity Council becomes Union-affiliated

March 30, 2022

The Executive Board approved a motion to designate the Multicultural Sorority and Fraternity Council and their sub-organizations as Union-affiliated clubs.

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 debates Tuesday in Union

March 22, 2022

For the first time since 2018, the Rensselaer Union will hold an in-person GM Week debate Tuesday in the McNeil room of the Rensselaer Union from 6 to 8 pm.

Executive Board

Executive Board revokes office use to conduct Student Government Suite renovations

March 20, 2022

On Thursday, the Executive Board passed a motion to revoke office use for organizations in the Student Government Suite.

Executive Board

Bangladesh Student Association gains Union recognition

March 16, 2022

On Thursday, the Executive Board unanimously passed motions to recognize the Bangladesh Student Association and allocate the Rensselaer Student Auto Shop $2000 in additional subsidies for repair tools.

Executive Board

Subsidies reallocated for Union Show Techs and Student Senate

March 2, 2022

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board passed subsidy reallocations for the Union Show Techs and the Student Senate. A motion to merge the UPAC lights reserve and the UPAC sound reserve was also approved.


E-Board meeting canceled

February 23, 2022

The Executive Board meeting last Thursday was canceled due to a lack of proposals.

Executive Board

Subsidy requests approved for Business Operations Committee, Student Senate, The Polytechnic, RPI Flying Club

February 16, 2022

The Union Executive Board approved three additional subsidy requests for RPI Flying Club, The Polytechnic, and the Business Operations Committee. The Board also approved a subsidy reallocation request for the Student Senate.


Disabled Students at RPI Dream, RPI Breakdance, RPI BASIC become Union clubs

February 11, 2022

The Union Executive Board moved to recognize Disabled Students at RPI Dream and RPI Breakdance Club as Union-recognized clubs. RPI BASIC was also approved as a Union-affiliated club.

Executive Board

Oleksiy Golub appointed Vice President for Club Relations

January 26, 2022

The Union Executive Board confirmed Oleksiy Golub ’23 as the new Vice President for Club Relations. The position was previously held by Joe Mampillil ’22.


RPI Frisbee Returns from two year suspension

January 19, 2022

In their first meeting of 2022, the Union Executive Board unanimously approved a stopgap budget for RPI Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, totaling $2,503. The club recently returned from a two-year suspension due to violating Rensselaer’s alcohol policy.

Executive Board

Slack updates, UC budget policy motions unpassed

December 1, 2021

The Rensselaer Union Executive Board requested additional subsidies to upgrade their Slack platform, but the motion was postponed indefinitely. The Undergraduate Council proposed a bylaw amendment to their budget policy, which failed 2-15-0.

Executive Board

Union recognizes Positive Psychology Club and Caribbean Students Association

November 17, 2021

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board approved the Positive Psychology Club as a Union-recognized club, effective immediately. The Caribbean Student Association will become Union-recognized upon approval of a starter constitution by the Club Operations Committee.

Executive Board

RPI Chess Club becomes Union-funded

November 17, 2021

The Union Executive Board unanimously approved RPI Chess Club as a Union-funded club. The approval happened over a year after the group initially gained Union recognition.

Executive Board

Music masks and outdoor volleyball approved

November 10, 2021

This week, the Executive Board approved a reallocation of funds for the Rensselaer Music Association to purchase new instrument covers, approved Club Volleyball’s outdoor games, and elected Faizah Rabbye ’23 secretary of the Board for the Fall semester.

Executive Board

Nguyen appointed Marketing and Strategy Committee chair

November 3, 2021

The Union Executive Board unanimously approved the appointment of Minh Nguyen ’22 as Marketing and Strategy Committee Chair. The position focuses on branding, marketing, and promoting events for the Rensselaer Union.

Executive Board

Confusion surrounds Red Army podcast funding

October 22, 2021

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board passed RPI Red Army’s proposal for a new podcast, but motioned to postpone a budget reallocation that would cover the cost of a new microphone for the program.

Executive Board

Lavender Alliance retires, Statler & Waldorf to return

October 6, 2021

The Union Executive Board unanimously voted to designate the Lavender Alliance as inactive due to budgetary issues and low membership on September 23.