Maya Johnson

Maya is a junior Biomedical Engineering major from Brooktondale, NY. She loves reading and watching science fiction and definitely isn’t trying to create the Borg.

Previous positions
  • Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor September 2020 to April 2021
  • Editorial/Opinion Editor April 2021 to December 2021

Unvaccinated students to comply with additional COVID-19 restrictions

October 6, 2021

Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Travis Apgar presented rules in place for unvaccinated students on campus in front of the Student Senate. Restrictions include more frequent testing, wearing a mask at outdoor events, and following special dining hours.

Student Senate

Senate creates MSFC Liaison position

October 6, 2021

The Student Senate voted to create the position of Multicultural Sorority and Fraternity Council Liaison, allowing the appointed liaison, Karina Sandoval ’22, to give her report during Senate meetings.

Student Senate

Freshman Elections Handbook changes approved

September 29, 2021

The Student Senate approved changes to the Class of 2025 Freshman Elections Handbook, adding new nomination eligibility clauses and reverting to in-person campaigning and election procedures.

Student Senate

52nd Student Senate confirms student government appointments

May 31, 2021

The 52nd Student Senate confirmed the appointments of the new Executive Board representatives, Senate cabinet members, and Vice Grand Marshal over meetings from April 14 to May 5.

Poly Comics

Super protected: a vaccination tale

May 20, 2021

Public health officials warn of possible side effects, but what if they weren't all negative? The Poly is bringing back comics with graphic artist Habib Nahouta at the helm.

Editorial Notebook

Why you need to change the way you look at sex work

April 9, 2021

Why should you, a college student, worry about the lives of sex workers? Your attitude can help them reclaim the dignity and respect they deserve, while their lives have become even more challenging due to the pandemic, writes Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor Maya Johnson ’22.

Executive Board

RPI Fire Emblem Approved as new Union Club

March 13, 2021

The Union Executive Board passed a motion to approve RPI Fire Emblem as a Union-recognized club.

Executive Board

RPI Pep Band reallocates travel funds for new music

March 2, 2021

The Union Executive Board passed motions on February 23 to allow the RPI Pep Band to purchase new sheet music and to keep the outer Union doors open during shuttle hours. They also approved the appointment of Joe Mampilil ’22 to Club Operations Chairperson.

GM Week 2021

Simply Voting update allows students to vote in preferred cohort this year

March 2, 2021

The Union Executive Board approved a proposal February 23 that will allow students qualifying for multiple cohorts to choose which cohort to vote in. This fixes an issue that prevented students from voting in their preferred cohort last year.


Students share their concerns about returning to campus

January 18, 2021

Students returning to campus for the Spring semester face increased risk of COVID-19 by rejoining the Rensselaer community. Five students share their views on remote learning, the return to campus, and the COVID-19 vaccine, among other topics, with The Polytechnic.

Editorial Notebook

COVID-19 increases the weight of social interactions

December 1, 2020

Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor Maya Johnson reflects on how social interactions have changed for her during this socially-distanced semester.

Executive Board

E-Board approves virtual events, outlines reallocation procedures

September 29, 2020

The Executive Board has passed a blanket approval on a list of virtual activities for clubs this fall. Activities included under the blanket approval are virtual events, including trivia nights, escape rooms, lectures, training, cooking events, crafting, and movie nights.


COVID testing: a 4-star experience

September 7, 2020

Over 4,200 members of the Rensselaer community were tested for COVID-19 prior to the return to campus this fall in an impressive feat of organization. While the process has gone remarkably smoothly, we hope that improvement in communication can make it even better.


Transfer students deserve better communication from Rensselaer

September 4, 2020

Rensselaer is on the 2020 Pi Theta Kappa honor roll for transfer friendly colleges, but their communication with transfer students falls short. RPI must do more to live up to its honor roll status by treating transfer students with equal regard as the rest of the student body, even with the extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19.