Nicholas Luczak

Previous positions
  • Senior Managing Editor April 2018 to December 2018
  • Contributing Editor December 2017 to April 2018
Student Senate

Senate recaps College Union Conference visit

December 5, 2018
On November 26, the Senate met to discuss the 2018 Association of College Union International Conference at the University of Hartford.
Student Senate

Greek Life Task Force presents to the Senate

November 28, 2018
This week the Student Senate received a progress update from the Greek Life Task Force and voted to remove Anthony Dai as Independent Senator.
Student Senate

Pre-Campaign Guidelines passed

November 17, 2018
On Monday, the Student Senate voted on changes to Pre-Campaign Guidelines as proposed by Elections Commission Chairperson Zachary Taylor ’21, discussed a presentation on the work-in-progress 2019 Elections Handbook, and voted to impeach Independent Senator Anthony Dai.

The implications of global drought

November 7, 2018
Water: the essence of all life. Without it, our crops shrivel up, our streets become polluted, and people die from dehydration.
Student Senate

Free textbook library discussed, chairperson appointed

October 24, 2018
On Monday, October 15, the 49th Student Senate convened to discuss a free textbook library service proposed by the Web Technologies Group and vote on the appointment of the chairperson for the newly created Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Editorial Notebook

Reaffirming my faith in journalism

October 17, 2018
Oftentimes journalism can make me jaded. With all the work that goes into covering events, writing articles, putting them through our editing process, photographing, and even finding the money to be able to print, I must admit, sometimes I forget the excitement that drew me to The Polytechnic.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month: an interview with Kristine Guzman

October 13, 2018
Kristine Guzman, the assistant dean of intervention support, describes her job as “cover[ing] a lot.” She is responsible for organizing events surrounding domestic and sexual abuse, counseling students, assisting in judicial processes, and is a member of the Bias Assessment and Review Team.
Tv Series Review

Maniac surprises with exciting plot

October 10, 2018
Watching Netflix’s new mini-series, Maniac—written and directed by Patrick Somerville—is like going out with that super cute, manic, artsy girl you’re inexplicably attracted to: confusing but exciting, leaving you wondering if you just experienced something profound you don’t yet understand, or if you were just beguiled by the novelty of the idea of her.
Editorial Notebook

Cooking: art, science, my greatest passion

September 19, 2018
I remember the first time I started cooking. I must have been 11 or 12. I was left to my own devices as my parents were both industrious business owners, so I tried my hand at making a seemingly simple egg omelette.
Student Senate

Student Senate meets new director of the Union

September 19, 2018
Director of the Union Charlie Potts emphasized “relationships, trust, ideas, listening, project lists, [and] prioritization” during his meeting with the Student Senate on September 10.  During the special orders of the day, the Student Senate met with newly appointed Charlie Potts in order to “get to know him.” During his talk with the Senate, Potts expressed his satisfaction with this new position, went over the experience he has accrued through prior projects, and answered some questions that the senators had for him.
Restaurant Review

Locally sourced American gastropub a must-try

September 12, 2018
Nighthawks Restaurant & Bar sits in the heart of Downtown Troy, at the cute corner where Nibble Inc. used to be.

Director of EMPAC shares creative vision

September 5, 2018
“Not more of the same, but the other.” This is Johannes Goebel’s motto as the director of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.
Restaurant Review

Troy Kitchen: great food, good vibes

September 5, 2018
Walking into Troy Kitchen, the first thing I noticed was the music. Unlike traditional food courts, Troy Kitchen had R&B music blasting from the speakers.
Campus Event

RPI community welcomes incoming class

September 5, 2018
Welcome Fest, Rensselaer’s pre-semester tradition where freshmen shake President Shirley Ann Jackson’s hand, high-five members of her cabinet, and then wind through the streets of downtown Troy before arriving at Riverfront Park, took place on Tuesday.
Greek Life

Strong suspends Greek recruitment until further notice

August 11, 2018
On June 8, President Shirley Ann Jackson emailed the Rensselaer community announcing the  appointment of a Greek Life Task Force, led by Interim Vice President for Student Life Le Norman Strong.
Student Senate

Committee chair appointments confirmed

April 25, 2018
The Student Senate met to confirm Grand Marshal Stef Warner ’19’s appointments to various senatorial positions including vice grand marshal, parliamentarian, secretary, and all other necessary roles.
Editorial Notebook

How hedonism can make you happier

April 25, 2018
Life sucks. You will go through pain, you will make mistakes, and you will go through times where nothing seems fair and you just want to lay in bed and feel sorry for yourself.
Empac Event

Art should be challenging

April 18, 2018
“Welcome to my dollhouse.” Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Director Johannes Goebel held an event addressing many common questions about the subject of art.
Off-Campus Event

Wet Monday at Muza, Polish holiday honored

April 11, 2018
Smigus-dyngus—also known as Wet Monday—is a Polish holiday celebrated on the Monday after Easter, where Polish boys and girls douse their crush with buckets of water and hit them with pussy willow branches.
Editorial Notebook

Privatized military overdue for change

April 2, 2018
The date is September 16, 2007. A 20-year-old Iraqi is driving his mother to her clinic in Baghdad during the height of a civil war threatening to tear the country apart.
Executive Board

Club inclusivity ratings approved

April 2, 2018
The Student Executive Board met for the last session of its term on Thursday to wrap up the year by allocating money for Union-branded merchandise, discussing club inclusivity, and reflecting on their term together.
Student Senate

Faculty Senate rep now student-elected

March 28, 2018
The Student Senate held its second to last meeting on Wednesday. The Senate planned to wrap up the year by presenting a finished senator guide, announcing the annual Lupus Walk, and approving a motion which aimed to outline the election and appointment of a student representative on the Faculty Senate.
Student Senate

New official Union logo approved

March 7, 2018
The Student Senate opened with a busy agenda of special orders including a ceremonial motion, ratification of a composting proposal, approval of the new Union Logo, and the discussion and vote on proposed constitutional amendments.
On-Campus Event

Genericon: unique, inclusive, organized

March 7, 2018
This weekend, students found themselves walking into or around the Darrin Communications Center and wondering, ”What is going on?” Genericon is on its 31st year, and never fails to draw all types of people—from the dedicated furry, to the anime-obsessed, to the hardcore gamer.
Executive Board

Redesign of proposed Union logo approved in closed Board meeting

February 28, 2018
On Wednesday, the Executive Board passed a motion to approve the proposed redesign of the Union’s logo pending approval of Strategic Communications.

Philadelphia Eagles soar to first Super Bowl victory

February 7, 2018
On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles went head-to-head with the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. They defeated the Patriots 41-33, securing their first ever Super Bowl win.
Book Review

Dystopian series has compelling world

February 7, 2018
Do you like Game of Thrones? Ancient Roman history? Dystopian fiction? How about The Hunger Games?  Well, if any of these things interest you, then I strongly suggest that you give Pierce Brown’s Red Rising saga a try.
Editorial Notebook

Theorizing about Apple’s business strategies

February 7, 2018
Apple is a company which seemingly draws controversy like no other. Some use their products religiously, often swearing off alternatives, while others wonder how people can justify spending obscene amounts of money on products which often stray so far from the norm.
Student Senate

Undergrad, grad activity fees: $394, $342

January 31, 2018
The Student Senate convened Wednesday to discuss and vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 Union Activity Fee and class dues, among other things.