Harrison Todd

Harrison is a senior Geology major from North Adams, Massachusetts. He’s currently doing his culminating experience in Dr. Sasha Wagner’s dissolved organic carbon lab in JROWL.

Previous positions
  • Managing Editor October 2021 to December 2021
  • Managing Editor March 2020 to December 2020
  • Managing Editor November 2019 to December 2019
  • Copy Editor April 2019 to November 2019
  • Associate Copy Editor December 2018 to April 2019

Patel wins president by 1% margin

May 17, 2020

Harshil Patel has been elected Class of 2023 President, narrowly beating Scott Schwartz 99 to 97.


Narayan and Choiniere win GM, PU races

May 4, 2020

Advaith Narayan ’21 and Anissa Choiniere ’21 have been elected Grand Marshal and President of the Union, respectively. The announcement was made on a live stream through the Union’s Instagram account, and a rundown of the election results was sent out in an email shortly thereafter.

The Arch

All RPI financial aid adjusted for the summer semester

April 16, 2020

A recent question on RPI’s COVID-19 Arch 2020 FAQ page clarified that the reduction of financial aid for this year’s Arch semester will impact both merit and need-based aid, as both are included in students’ total gift aid. According to the FAQ, “the adjustments will reflect the proportionate amount of room and board costs” that rising juniors would normally be charged for living in residence halls over the summer.


Commencement to be an online event

March 25, 2020

In an email to the Rensselaer community on Wednesday afternoon, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced that this spring’s Commencement, planned for May 23, will take place in an online ceremony, adding that there will be an in-person celebration “when the public health situation allows us to do so.”

Campus Health

Institute activates trigger level one

March 7, 2020

Rensselaer activated trigger level one of the University Pandemic Planning Protocols, as relayed in an RPI Alert received Saturday, after the confirmation of two cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County.

Campus Health

PU: “prepare for the possibility” of canceled events

March 7, 2020

President of the Union Caitlin Kennedy said in an email to club officers that the Union is reviewing all "Institute sponsored campus/public events" scheduled for March and April due to the coronavirus, adding that events may be rescheduled or canceled due to the "health risks of public gatherings."

Campus Health

Institute increases travel restrictions, advises overpacking

March 6, 2020

Two emails, sent Thursday, described precautions students and faculty should take as the global outbreak of coronavirus spreads, and the protocols Rensselaer has in place should the outbreak reach the Capital Region.


I need a remake of The Future Is Wild

November 26, 2019

Managing Editor Harrison Todd considers the state of speculative evolution in 2019, and how it can be improved through new adaptations of forgotten media.

Club Event

Highlights from art show: wombs in a room

November 20, 2019

Artwork and performances filled the Russell Sage Banquet Hall on Saturday evening during the show hosted by Rensselaer’s Black Students’ Association. Several dozen pieces were on display, ranging from traditional drawings and paintings to photography, animations, and other digital works.


I’m tired of the noise: liability in modern music

October 30, 2019

I know that the music industry has been notoriously manipulative for decades, but this time, it’s different. It’s no longer an issue tied to managers and pop superstars. It’s woven deep into the music that teenagers and young adults are listening to today, the same music they cling to and use for their support.

Town Meeting

Jackson announces 10-petaflop supercomputer

October 28, 2019

During this semester’s Fall Town Meeting held Wednesday in the EMPAC Theater, President Shirley Ann Jackson spoke in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd about the acquisition of a new supercomputing facility, the establishment of a Greek Commons fund, and the impacts of the recent storm on RPI’s campus.

Student Rights

Rensselaer Student Handbook updated

September 12, 2019
Every year, the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities is updated before the start of the Fall semester.
Executive Board

$3,700 approved for Ultimate Frisbee Championship

April 24, 2019
In the last meeting of the 49th Executive Board, the hiring of a graduate assistant intern was approved, a new Student Government Communications Committee chairperson and a new Multicultural Leadership Council were appointed, and women’s Ultimate Frisbee requested a subsidy to compete in the USA Ultimate College Championships.
On-Campus Event

Students march through campus during Take Back the Night

April 24, 2019
Chants condemning sexual assault could be heard across campus late on April 17 during Take Back the Night, a march in solidarity against violence of any kind.
Editorial Notebook

Why I’m not an architect

April 24, 2019
When I applied to Rensselaer, I had every intention of becoming an architect. I took tours of the Greene Building and was enamored with their fabrication shop.
Greek Life

Hundreds attend Greek life forum

April 12, 2019
The Greek Life Open Forum held on March 20 in Darrin Communications Center 308 was presented as a space for students—Greek and non-affiliated alike—to ask questions to the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council concerning the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force and its impact on the Rensselaer community.
Empac Event

EMPAC director shares life’s work

February 20, 2019
Before Johannes Goebel assumed his role as director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in 2002, he was involved in creative projects of all kinds ranging from handmade instruments to collage and spoken word pieces, as well as music and collaborations with artists of every type.
Movie Review

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

December 5, 2018
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.