Madeline Wilson

Previous positions
  • News Editor April 2019 to December 2019
  • Photography Editor December 2018 to April 2019
  • Associate Photography Editor September 2018 to December 2018

New shuttle routes see last minute changes

December 20, 2019

New shuttle routes, already approved by the Institute, were presented to and endorsed by the Student Senate on November 25, and then advertised to the student body. Since then, the routes have been changed twice, both by the Institute and the Facilities and Services Committee of the Student Senate.

Editorial Notebook

My parting words to the club that changed my life

December 15, 2019

A month ago, I was writing the speech I would give when I ran for editor in chief of The Polytechnic. Today, I am writing my goodbye.

Executive Board

$35,000 approved for multicultural lounge renovations

November 6, 2019

Seven months ago, the 49th Executive Board approved the shifting of the current Multicultural Lounge in the Union and the creation of a new one to be completed over the summer. On Thursday, the current E-Board approved up to $35,000 to be spent on “renovating the spaces.”

Executive Board

Dance Dance Revolution funding denied

October 30, 2019

Executive Board members approved an event proposal from the African Students Association and denied a funding request from the Dance Dance Revolution Club on Thursday. The Board then closed their meeting to work on the upcoming budget for the next three hours.

Town Meeting

Jackson announces Greek Commons fund

October 28, 2019
Wednesday’s Fall Town Meeting brought forth a discussion between President Shirley Ann Jackson and students about how Greek life is being supported, and what its future is at Rensselaer.
On-Campus Event

Family fun at Fall Fest

October 23, 2019

During this year’s Family Weekend, Fall Fest celebrated autumn and entertained students and their families alike.

Executive Board

TeamRPI will return to ECAC tournament

October 16, 2019

As of September 26, TeamRPI eSports is now a Union funded club and will attend this year's Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The RPI Pep Band will also—for the first time in years—attend an away men’s football game rather than an away men’s hockey game. Finally, a Pedi-Mate was purchased for RPI Ambulance to facilitate safer transport of pediatric patients. Each of these expenditures was approved by the Executive Board with no votes against.

Student Life

Period products absent from campus, Student Government takes action

October 16, 2019

This year, all provided feminine hygiene products on campus—both free and paid for—have been removed by the Environmental and Site Services department. In response to student complaints, the Business Operations Committee of the Executive Board responded by purchasing period products to place in all three women’s bathrooms in the Union.

Student Senate

Arch survey responses remain unreleased after closed meeting

October 9, 2019

During their second meeting of the year, the Student Senate closed its meeting to hear and discuss the results of the Arch Task Force Survey. Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko ’20 and Chairperson of the Arch Task Force Peter Gramenides ’20 defended this decision, citing that responses were “vulgar” and “extensive.”

Downtown Troy

Troy Night Out exceeds ex-pup-tations

October 2, 2019

On Friday, Troy Night Out took place in Downtown. The month’s theme was “All About Animals (and pets),” and the event definitely lived up to its name.

On-Campus Event

Ground Zero hosts "Sick Gig"

September 25, 2019
Ground Zero Basement held an underground music concert in the East Campus Class Community Center on Friday.

Campus still affected by historic flood

September 19, 2019

Troy experienced another historic flood on Wednesday, August 21. Though this was weeks ago, damages to campus still linger and affect student life. Sage Avenue is still not open to through traffic, 104 students have been displaced from their assigned dormitories “until further notice,” and landscape repairs are ongoing throughout campus.

Executive Board

New faces coming to Union Admin Office

September 18, 2019
The Union’s Executive Board met Thursday to hear event proposals and approve new employees in the Union Admin Office.
Student Senate

Sustainability, create-your-own meal plan petitions discussed

September 18, 2019

Senators heard and discussed two Student Senate petitions that gathered over 250 signatures each during the summer. “At the end of the day I’m not sure how much more as a community we can do,” said Hospitality Services Advisory Committee Chair Rhea Banerjee about the create-your-own meal plan removal.

Student Senate

E-Board appointments approved

May 7, 2019
For the second week in a row, the approval of various Student Government appointments was on the Senate agenda.
Student Senate

Senate officers, Judicial Board appointments approved

April 24, 2019
To complete the 50th Student Senate, members voted to approve Grand Marshal Meagan Lettko’s ’20 officer appointments, some of which created the non-voting membership of the Senate.
Student Senate

Senate urges creation of new interfaith space

April 22, 2019
The 50th Student Senate saw multiple visitors in its second meeting, including Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President Travis T.
Student Senate

Senate expresses support for Greek community

April 22, 2019
The Interfraternity and Rensselaer Panhellenic councils held an open forum in the Darrin Communications Center on March 30.
Student Senate

Apgar presents new alcohol and drug policies to Senate

April 22, 2019
In an email sent to the Rensselaer community on March 27, updates to the “Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies” in the Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities were announced to students.
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.
Student Senate

Concerns about campus prayer spaces expressed to Senate

April 10, 2019
During their first meeting, the 50th Student Senate appointed an interim vice grand marshal and created a new ad-hoc committee.
Executive Board

UPAC Lights and Sound is now Union Show Techs

March 27, 2019
The Union Programs and Activities Committee has historically been composed of five subcommittees: Cinema, Concerts, Comedy, Lights, and Sound.
Executive Board

Minimum GPA requirement for Board members can now be appealed

March 27, 2019
Though a seemingly small change, the amendment to the Executive Board Bylaws adding an appeal process to the 2.5 GPA minimum for membership of the E-Board emerged from a tense half-hour long discussion.
Executive Board

Internal structure changes approved

March 27, 2019
In his second-to-last Executive Board meeting as president of the Union, Justin Etzine ’18 G ’19 presented a series of final amendments to the Executive Board Bylaws alongside Policies Committee Chairperson David Raab ’19.
Executive Board

Record-breaking 32 motions heard

March 27, 2019
In a four-hour meeting, the Executive Board saw a historical 32 motions, heard presentations from nine different clubs, approved amendments to their own Bylaws, and altered room assignments spanning all three floors of the Union.
Student Senate

Interfraternity, Panhellenic councils discuss housing during Arch

March 27, 2019
The Student Senate met on Monday, March 11 for a brief meeting to deliver committee and peer body and officer reports.
Editorial Notebook

Sending the right Snapchat is a science

March 13, 2019
A few nights ago one of my friends from home, Kendall, called me to ask for advice. It was simultaneously one of the most rational and irrational conversations I’ve ever had.
Student Senate

Student Government Elections Policy approved

February 14, 2019
The Student Senate voted to approve the Student Government Elections Policy with changes presented by Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21, heard a presentation on the ongoing “Restore SIS Man” petition, and approved multiple policy changes to the Bylaws of the Rensselaer Union Undergraduate Council on February 4.
Men'S Hockey

Gallery: RPI loses Mayor’s Cup in historic overtime

February 6, 2019
This year’s annual Mayor’s Cup hockey game made history as the first-ever Mayor’s Cup to be won in a shootout on January 29.
Movie Review

Birdbox disappointing: lacks commitment, consistency

January 23, 2019
In the past few weeks, another Netflix original took the internet by storm. But, this time, rather than a wholesome romance or a playful Christmas movie, it was a thriller: Bird Box.
Club Event

BSA showcases live performances, clothes at art show

January 23, 2019
The Black Student Association held its second art show of the year on Friday. This show focused more on live performances, rather than still art.
Editorial Notebook

McDonald’s taught me about relationships

January 23, 2019
Usually, when I tell people I worked at McDonald’s they laugh. People who’ve never been behind the counter at a fast food place see it as a different universe, and when I tell them I’m from that universe it catches them off guard.
Empac Event

Art installation pays homage to Shakespeare

January 16, 2019
Professor Michael Century took over the EMPAC Goodman Studio 1 to perform his sound art installation The Isle is Full of Noises.
On-Campus Event

ISA puts on great Diwali show

November 28, 2018
Diwali, also referred to as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, that signifies the win of good over evil.
On-Campus Event

RMA Concert features various small music groups, talented performances

November 28, 2018
Last Sunday, the Rensselaer Music Association held a concert to showcase Rensselaer’s many small music groups.
Downtown Troy

Food trucks, music, costumes

October 31, 2018
This month’s “Troy Night Out” on October 26th hosted the Harvest Festival, a small gathering of food trucks and music in downtown Troy.
Editorial Notebook

I love RPI, but I feel deceived

October 24, 2018
To say I have fallen in love with my school is an understatement. Since I’ve arrived at Rensselaer, I have far more than profoundly come to admire so many of its qualities: the small, green campus, the uniquely beautiful buildings, the feeling of community within our class, and the endless array of opportunities to learn and grow as a science student.