John Stotz

Editorial/Opinion Editor

Previous positions
  • Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor September 2018 to April 2019

The freshman curriculum is outstanding

September 18, 2019

I didn’t appreciate how well the freshman engineering curriculum is structured until I went home for the summer after freshman year. It's designed so that every student knows by the end of their freshman year if they love engineering and are sure about the major they chose.

Greek Life

Greek housing for students during Arch no longer under consideration

July 14, 2019
The creation of an Arch Greek Life Commons—which would allow students to live in their respective Greek houses during their required summer semesters—was the sole rejected recommendation from the ten outlined in the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force, said Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski in an email to The Polytechnic.
Club Spotlight

Sitting down with the Idiots of Sheer Idiocy

April 24, 2019
After being introduced the hilarious improv of Sheer Idiocy during the Evening of Performance, I had the pleasure of going to three more amazing shows. During these, they play a variety of improv games ranging from creating rhymes using a word from the audience, to telling a brand new fairy tale from different perspectives.I sat down with Molly Kerwick, Max Carey, Dante Mancinelli, Leith Reardon, Billy Pedoto, Lucas Sheldon, Ciaran Young and Hannah LaTourette, and Connor Griffin to learn more about how they function as a club and how they manage to be so so funny.
Executive Board

Holocaust Remembrance Committee approved

April 18, 2019
During the penultimate meeting of the current Executive Board, the creation of two new clubs was overseen—including a Holocaust Remembrance Committee—and four people were approved for positions.
Editorial Notebook

Being green in a blue world

April 17, 2019
I’ve only owned Android phones; and, ever since I got my first phone, my texts have appeared green on iPhones.

RPI’s Rocket League team wins Eastern Championship, heading to Minneapolis for final

April 3, 2019
One night when I was procrastinating going to bed and browsing the RPI subreddit, I came across a post about how RPI’s Rocket League team won the Eastern Championship and will be going to a LAN tournament in Minneapolis to face off against the winners from the other sections.

The alcohol and drug policy is changing. What does this mean for students?

April 3, 2019
In an email sent to the Rensselaer community, Vice President for Human Resources Curtis Powell and Vice President for Student Life Peter Konwerski outlined the updates to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies, which will go into effect this Summer 2019 semester.
Student Senate

Senate briefed on Blue Apron-like program hosted by Sodexo

March 13, 2019
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.
Gm Week 2019

Campaigning for GM Week 2019 elections has begun. What does this mean for students?

March 3, 2019
Election season is now underway, and students may campaign for elected Student Government positions until March 27.
On-Campus Event

The dangers of algorithms

February 27, 2019
“Algorithms are not facts. They are opinions,” said Cathy O’Neil during a talk on the dangers of algorithms titled “Weapons of Math Destruction.” O’Neil has a doctorate in mathematics and worked as a data scientist creating algorithms until she started to see the problem with them.
Campus Event

An Evening of Performance excites, delights on Valentine’s Day

February 20, 2019
One of the struggles of Valentine’s Day is figuring out what to do with your girlfriend or boyfriend.
Greek Life

Takeaways from the Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force

January 30, 2019
The Draft Report of the Greek Life Task Force, a document outlining the state of Greek life and recommendations for improvement, was released on Friday.
Campus Security

Anti-president graffiti found, removed

January 23, 2019
Graffiti was found at two locations on campus on Thursday morning, both bearing the same message: “FUCK SHIRLEY ANN.” One was located at the top of the stairs to Freshman Hill and the other at the stairs that connect the Quadrangle Complex to the 15th Street Footbridge.
Town Meeting

Takeaways from the Fall Town Meeting

November 14, 2018
Students and faculty filled the Concert Hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center for President Shirley Ann Jackson’s Fall Town Meeting on October 31.
Editorial Notebook

The Polytechnic has taught me to face my fears

October 31, 2018
If you asked any of my high school friends what clubs I would have joined in college, I am 99 percent sure they would have never guessed the school newspaper.
Freshman Elections

7.8% turnout for freshman elections, down from 22.1% last year

October 17, 2018
On October 3, freshman elections were held across campus with the lowest turnout in at least six years.
Empac Event

Panel hosted at EMPAC answers, “Are we going to Mars?”

October 3, 2018
As a huge space nerd, I was ecstatic to hear that Rensselaer would be hosting a panel to discuss the question, “Are we going to Mars?” I was also intrigued by the panelists: President Shirley Ann Jackson, Theoretical Physicists at Brown University James Gates,  former Director of Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and Space Foundation CEO Thomas Zelibor.

Safe Ride vehicle involved in collision

September 29, 2018
Around 9 pm on Friday, there was an incident at Peoples Avenue and 15th Street involving a Safe Ride vehicle and another vehicle.

Freshman registration is flawed; we need reform

September 26, 2018
This year, the Office of the Registrar tried a new procedure for registering the incoming freshmen. For all students attending the first three student orientation sessions, the Registrar provided premade class schedules and allowed them to choose any Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences course.