Sarah Shiang

Associate News Editor

Previous positions
  • Associate Features Editor March 2020 to May 2020
  • Associate Editorial/Opinion Editor September 2019 to December 2019
  • Features Coordinator December 2019 to March 2020

Annual NSBE/SHPE career fair to be hosted virtually

September 17, 2020

NSBE and SHPE will be hosting its first virtual career fair on September 25 and 26 from 11 am to 5 pm on the platform Brazen. According to the fair's co-director Galiea Overa, Brazen was chosen as it has extensive resources available to recruiters and students and its overall user experience.

Student Rights

Rensselaer Student Handbook adds discrimination and pandemic policies

September 7, 2020

This year, the changes made to Rensselaer’s Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities reflect challenges and conversations raised by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and RPI's Title IX policies were changed to follow federal guidelines set by United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.


Rensselaer reveals details for Fall reopening

July 17, 2020

As the Capital Region moves towards Phase Four of reopening, Jackson and several administrative staff gathered together for this summer’s second Town Meeting to further address and elaborate on Rensselaer’s plan for the Fall semester.


No Greek housing this Fall

July 17, 2020

President Shirley Ann Jackson announced that students planning to live in a sorority or fraternity house during the Fall semester will need to seek alternative housing during a town meeting on July 1, “given our protocols and standards and how we think we have to operate Rensselaer in the fall…we could not accommodate having the Greek houses open.” Greek students were advised to speak with both off-campus and Greek commons staff to find appropriate housing.


RPI to not participate in Fall intercollegiate sports

July 17, 2020

Rensselaer announced they will not participate in intercollegiate sports during the Fall semester. Athletes who are on campus will be allowed to train as long as they follow all social distancing guidelines.


Health center to expand services for Fall semester

July 16, 2020

Services from the Health Center and the Counseling Center will be expanding, as confirmed by Executive Director for Health and Wellness Dr. Leslie Lawrence during the Town Meeting on July 1. Students arriving to campus from certain states will be required to quarantine for two weeks, and all students on campus will have to undergo continuous testing.


Campus de-densification, dining reservation part of new COVID-19 policies

July 16, 2020

Residential life, including housing, dining, and shuttle services, will be undergoing changes to accommodate social distancing measures, as outlined by President Shirley Ann Jackson and other administrators during the Town Meeting hosted on July 1. Campus density is expected to decrease by 55%, students will have to distance themselves and wear masks at all times, and dining services will operate through a reservation system.

Town Meeting

Jackson outlines plan for return to campus

June 27, 2020

In a Webex livestream, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced that the Class of 2023 will not be returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Rensselaer’s plan for a phased return to campus is contingent on the Capital Region moving to Phase Four reopening.

Student Senate

51st Student Senate confirms student government appointments

June 19, 2020

The 51st Student Senate confirmed 27 appointments to student government positions during a four-hour meeting last Thursday.

Town Meeting

Fall semester to involve online learning

May 25, 2020

Furloughs, a decline in enrollment, and a $60 million revenue loss were discussed during this spring's Town Meeting. Tuition will not be reduced, and Rensselaer will continue to pursue the Peace Officer bill. Dr. Lawrence put forth a plan to ensure the community's safety if on-campus activities are to resume this fall.

Executive Board

Executive Board thanks Kennedy for her service

May 25, 2020

Newly elected President of the Union Anissa Choiniere led the Executive Board’s first meeting of the 51st E-Board via Webex, thanking Caitlin Kennedy for her service as the 130th president of the Union, and approving Yaseen Mahmoud to the office of vice president of the Union for board operations and Nate Sullivan to the vice president of the Union for club relations.


On teaching at home

May 24, 2020

After transitioning to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rensselaer professors provide their perspectives on online teaching and the lessons they will bring back with them when on-campus learning resumes.


Temporary exceptions made to pass/no credit policy

April 24, 2020

Rensselaer is making an exception to the normal pass/no credit rules this semester as students adapt to online classes. Students may P/NC any and all of their classes taken this semester, and have until May 15 to fill out the relevant form in order to designate a class as such.


How to socialize while practicing social distancing

April 14, 2020

After a few weeks of online courses and the absence of campus activities, here are suggestions on how to socialize while practicing social distancing.

Editorial Notebook

Challenging times call for connectivity

April 10, 2020

I know that I’m not the only one tapping through “until tomorrow” posts, 30-day song challenges, variations of “draw a carrot” stories, and endless customized bingo grids during quarantine. Nevertheless, watching my peers challenge each other to post videos of pushups, dances, and practicing music have reminded me of the power of social media and how it can be used positively in a trying time.

On-Campus Event

Rensselaer Music Association’s concert pops

March 3, 2020

From jazz favorites to soundtrack classics, the annual Pops Concert hosted by the Rensselaer Music Association was a blast!

On-Campus Event

Beginner's guide to an RPI hockey game

February 4, 2020

Freshmen staff writers Medhini Mankale and Sarah Shiang reflect on their first Big Red Freakout game.

Empac Event

Dehumanization in work, war explained

February 4, 2020

Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jennifer Rhee, discussed concepts from her book, The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor, during the first Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center talk of the Spring semester.

On-Campus Event

Winter Carnival warms students’ spirits with fun, activities

January 29, 2020

The Winter Carnival was held just in time as the snow melted away in Troy. The theme was “There’s Snow Place Like Home.” After students checked in, they were free to play games outdoors, free skate, or explore the activities.

On-Campus Event

A not-so silent night: Rensselaer Music Association’s Winter Concert

January 13, 2020

From Christmas classics to musical arrangements written by Rensselaer students, the annual Winter Concert hosted by the Rensselaer Music Association was a treat for all who attended.

Editorial Notebook

It’s not all fun and games: programming gender roles within toys

November 19, 2019

A few weeks ago, my friends and I took a trip to Walmart and I ended up walking through the aisles of toys.


RPI introduces four new majors

November 19, 2019

Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Analytics; Communication, Media and Design; and music have been added to Rensselaer’s offerings. In January of 2020, biological neuroscience will be added to the School of Science.

On-Campus Event

Family weekend closes with GM–PU brunch

October 27, 2019

The Grand Marshal–President of the Union brunch was held in the McNeil Room as part of an activity-packed Family Weekend. During her address to the students and parents, President Shirley Ann Jackson stated how proud she was to have “a Union run by the students.”

Club Event

Delving into diversity at I-Fest

October 23, 2019

From the vast assortment of food around the McNeil Room to seeing the smiles of family and friends, Rensselaer’s annual International Fest is a celebration of RPI’s diverse student body.

Student Rights

Rensselaer Student Handbook updated

September 12, 2019
Every year, the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities is updated before the start of the Fall semester.