Namish Gali

Previous positions
  • Features Coordinator December 2021 to May 2022
  • Technology Director December 2020 to December 2021
  • Features Editor April 2019 to December 2020
  • Associate Features Editor September 2018 to April 2019

How NASCAR’s Kyle Larson shaped a tale of public redemption

December 8, 2021

Staff writer Namish Gali '22 writes about NASCAR racer Kyle Larson's controversial past and efforts towards redemption in the public eye.

On-Campus Event

RPI Players returns to captivate audiences with Clue

November 13, 2021

Despite the hiatus caused by the pandemic, the RPI Players still deliver with Clue—an infamous mystery story that’s been adapted into countless movies, shows, plays, and a myriad of board games since its inception.

Student Life

RPI mandates unlimited meal plan for first-year students

August 31, 2021

The new unlimited meal plan, available for all students, replaces the 19 on-demand plan as the mandate for residential first-year students. The unlimited meal plan costs $7,270 a year and credits students with both $150 in Flex Dollars and an unlimited number of meal swipes, but has brought up concerns from current students.


RPI releases return-to-campus plan for the Fall semester

August 25, 2021

An email sent to the Rensselaer community provided details of the Institute's plan for classes, events, and safety protocols for this Fall semester with consideration for the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breaking News

Severe thunderstorm causes power outages across campus

October 7, 2020

Severe thunderstorms over the Northeast region of the United States have left many Rensselaer students without power.


The dearth of intellectual diversity plaguing America

October 6, 2020

True intellectual diversity requires four things: the willingness to pursue non-conformity, the acceptance and even encouragement of opposing views, the humility to accept criticism, and a wide-ranging global catalog of personal knowledge.

On-Campus Event

Music, drama, and idiocy at Evening of Performance

February 19, 2020

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the gentleman behind me after witnessing the closing act of Sheer Idiocy, which marked the end of a night filled with showstopping flair and frenetic fun. The combined talents of the RPI Players, Rensselaer Music Association, and Sheer Idiocy were intricately intertwined to make the Evening of Performance a night to remember.


Shows to help you unwind this semester

February 12, 2020

During the cold and rainy days here in Troy, sometimes you just have to bury yourself in blankets and put on a good show. If you’ve already binged all the popular series on Netflix and are looking for something new, The Polytechnic is here to help.


Why you should immortalize your memories

December 13, 2019
I read an article about happiness by a Stanford PhD graduate a few years ago. I cannot find the article anymore, but her words left an impact on me.
Editorial Notebook

Appreciating the positive memories in my life during Thanksgiving

December 4, 2019

This Thanksgiving, my aunt asked all of us at the dinner table to think of things we were thankful for this year, which got me thinking about everything that’s happened in the past 12 months. Although the origins of Thanksgiving are rooted in giving thanks for a good harvest, a materialistic blessing, I think holidays like these are important because they give you a moment to look around to appreciate the people, good memories, and other intangible blessings of your life.

Movie Review

Ford v Ferrari explores the meaning of passion

November 26, 2019

Ford v Ferrari—directed by the eclectic James Mangold—is a rare film. A film that left me in deep, soulful contemplation long after it ended. Before I went to see the film, I’d already known most of the story. As this is a well-documented event in racing history, I didn’t expect to be completely blown away by it.

Empac Event

A night of vivid, veracious visuals from Venezuela

November 20, 2019

“I am Tráfico Visual,” said Ileana Ramírez in her talk about her life’s work. Last week Ramírez, a resident of Venezuela and founder of Tráfico Visual, visited the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer to tell her story. Due to the issues in Venezuela last March, she couldn't travel to America and deliver her talk. However, this event went on without a hitch.

Editorial Notebook

Remembering the men in my life on International Men’s Day

November 20, 2019
Today is a day that I’m fairly certain none of you are aware of. International Men’s Day—celebrated each year on November 19—isn’t an incredibly well-known event, but it is recognized in over 80 countries and several U.S.
Editorial Notebook

Looking at my past with a new perspective

November 13, 2019

“I’ve had to struggle and fight and that’s made me strong,” said Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as he looked out from a frosty cave in the middle of the North Pole. Although he still didn’t fully come to terms with his past, and this wasn’t the end of this emotional journey, that moment was a monumental one for him, marking the point at which he chose to fully embrace the disgrace of his past.

Community Event

A night of courage, wonder at Troy's Got Talent

November 13, 2019

“It takes balls to do that.” Those were the words of wisdom my friend had to offer as we witnessed a bold solo performance at Troy’s Got Talent on Saturday. The first annual Troy’s Got Talent was hosted by the Community Relations Committee of the Student Senate and was held in the Heffner Alumni House—a cozy locale for the 50-or-so attendees.

On-Campus Event

Mesmerizing magic at RPI

October 2, 2019

The Union Programs and Activities Committee organized an open house for students and alumni on Saturday.

Executive Board

Union open house planned for September 27

September 26, 2019

The Executive Board met on Thursday to allocate $140 to the Dance Dance Revolution Club, approve two club budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, and make plans for the upcoming Union open house.

Downtown Troy

Troy’s thriving eateries celebrate Restaurant Week

September 11, 2019

Restaurant week is a celebration of the diverse, dandy, and dapper dining establishments of Troy, NY. It runs from September 9 to September 15, and special deals are offered just for the week. These are a selection of restaurants in Downtown Troy that members of the Polytechnic enjoy.

On-Campus Event

RPI Players enthralls, impresses with Sweeney Todd

April 17, 2019
As much as I enjoyed the play RPI Players put on for An Evening of Performance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was unlike anything I saw from them so far.
Club Spotlight

Behind the scenes with RPI Players

April 12, 2019
I will admit that I’ve never been particularly interested in drama or theater, but after seeing RPI Players’ Evening of Performance, my interest was piqued.
Movie Review

Shazam! is the DC film we’ve been waiting for

April 3, 2019
Last weekend I had a choice between watching an early screening of Shazam! or watching Captain Marvel.
Editorial Notebook

What the Student Senate should do for you

March 26, 2019
The Student Senate is the chief legislative body of RPI’s student government that works to improve student life and provide a voice to student concerns.
Movie Review

The Hidden World wraps up trilogy with a soulful conclusion

March 13, 2019
“20 years ago, filmmakers had to put their heart and soul into computer-animated films,” I ranted to my friend in the theater.
Empac Event

Talk cancelled as situation in Venezuela turns dire

March 13, 2019
Ileana Ramírez was scheduled to speak at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center about the Venezuelan and Latin American cultural scene during ongoing political crisis in Venezuela on Monday.
On-Campus Event

Veronica Taylor shares life experiences with fans

February 27, 2019
The panel featuring Veronica Taylor during Genericon was held in the largest room in the Darrin Communications Center—a good choice when considering how many fans showed up.

Record-holding goaltender Lovisa Selander talks childhood, goals

February 27, 2019
Lovisa Selander—a senior studying Chemical Engineering, and captain and goaltender for RPI’s women’s Ice Hockey team—has recently broken the record for women’s hockey NCAA Division I career saves, with a total of over 3,800 for her collegiate career.
Editorial Notebook

Building a culture of understanding

February 27, 2019
Up until recently, I didn’t realize that my name was somewhat racially ambiguous. According to the US Census Bureau, in the year I was born only 37 percent of people with my last name were of Asian descent.
Campus Event

Union After Dark offers variety of entertainment

February 20, 2019
On Friday, Union After Dark: Showcase Edition kicked off with a stand-up performance from Fumi Abe, a comedian based in New York City.
Tv Series Review

The Dragon Prince explores the pain of growing up

February 20, 2019
The Dragon Prince was, in my humble opinion, the best new Netflix original series to debut last year.
Show Review

Evening of Performance offers unique spin on comedy

February 7, 2019
I don’t have a lot of experience with theater or much knowledge about the medium. So, right until the lights dimmed, I found myself questioning whether I’d enjoy RPI Players’ Audience, a play by Michael Frayn, or whether I’d just not “get it.” All that changed when the play started; the storyline follows the antics of a typical audience watching a play.
Movie Review

Aquaman lacks originality, falls short

February 6, 2019
It’s no secret that the DC Comics’ Extended Universe isn’t exactly setting the ratings charts on fire.
Tv Series Review

3 Below: ingenious addition to Tales of Arcadia

January 16, 2019
3 Below is a show that’s part of Tales of Arcadia, a fictional universe consisting of a trilogy of TV shows created by Guillermo Del Toro, animated by Dreamworks and hosted by Netflix.
Editorial Notebook

My experience with loneliness

December 5, 2018
“Why didn’t you come, Namish?” asked my then best friend. “I … I didn’t know about it,” I stammered, desperately trying to avoid the phrase “I wasn’t invited.” This was the last day of middle school.
Tv Series Review

Netflix animation She-Ra disappoints

November 28, 2018
I never saw myself watching this show; but after hearing about the controversies it stirred up, I was intrigued enough to give the show a try, and I actually enjoyed myself in the process.
Campus Event

Brave Space: a forum for students to express themselves

November 28, 2018
Brave Space is an open forum for students to talk about about issues or experiences that concern them and bring about positive change at RPI, hosted by the Multicultural Leadership Council alongside the Black Students’ Alliance and facilitated by Assistant Director of Student Activities Miciah Yehudah.
Movie Review

Green Book comments on racism, importance of friendship

November 14, 2018
When dealing with racism, some films, like The Blind Side or Crash (2004) aim to stir up tensions and divide critics.
Tv Series

Castlevania: a graphic, riveting animated fantasy

November 14, 2018
Movies and TV shows developed from video games are notorious for being complete garbage. This perception has been a trend that only a few have been able to unlatch themselves from.
Tv Series

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends on a suspenseful high note

November 7, 2018
Before watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I would’ve claimed that Netflix has yet to produce a dark, serious, compelling, live-action teenage drama.
Campus Event

Union After Dark features Black Tie Stereo, student performances

November 7, 2018
On Saturday, the McNeil Room was cleared of tables to make room for Union After Dark: Board Games Edition with Black Tie Stereo, a four-piece pop band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Event Review

Spirits, specters, storytelling at RPI

October 31, 2018
“Colleges are great places to find ghost stories. They are old, and are places with lots of extreme emotion,” said Maeve McEneny, our tour guide.
Tv Review

Making a Murderer kills it

October 31, 2018
When Making a Murderer first arrived on Netflix in late 2015, it caused a maelstrom of unrest, excitement, hate, and righteous fury among those who’d watched it.
Tv Series Review

Hilda, a new Netflix cartoon with potential

October 24, 2018
There’s been a resurgence of new, quality cartoons lately. However, most are no longer on traditional networks, such as Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon; they’re on Netflix, and Hilda is another solid addition to its portfolio.
Editorial Notebook

Matters of life and death: every bit helps

October 17, 2018
I remember reading a story about a man named Kevin Hines. In September of 2000, he, a 19 year old college student, dropped all his classes and took a bus to the Golden Gate Bridge, crying hysterically all the way.
Empac Event

Goebel explains the future of computers as time capsules

October 17, 2018
“And then we have the marriage in the heavens[…]we have a clock and a calculator. Had they decided to get married, they’d beget computers,” said Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Director Johannes Goebel in the introduction of his talk.
Tv Series Review

My Hero Academia: best current modern anime

October 10, 2018
My Hero Academia has been the single most popular Japanese anime since its launch in 2016. It’s captured the hearts and minds of millions in Japan, America, and people across the world—and for good reason.
Movie Review

First Man, a modern masterpiece

October 10, 2018
There are precious few experiences in life that give you a euphoric high like a truly amazing movie does, but those types of films are hard to come by.
Tv Show Review

The Dragon Prince grabs attention of animated fantasy audiences

October 3, 2018
Netflix’s track record of putting out good animated shows has been fairly solid, with titles like Dragons, BoJack Horseman, Trollhunters, and Voltron.
Tv Show Review

BoJack Horseman Season 5: a great addition to a phenomenal show

September 26, 2018
Since its launch in 2014, the Netflix original BoJack Horseman has risen to unprecedented levels of popularity both with critics and audiences alike.
On-Campus Event

Chris Mooney discusses state of climate change

September 12, 2018
“41 is the number I want you to remember. 41 billion tons of carbon dioxide is being released by humans every year.