William Hawkins

William is a Computer Science major from Tenafly, New Jersey.

Previous positions
  • News Editor October 2021 to October 2022
  • Associate News Editor April 2021 to October 2021
  • News Coordinator March 2021 to April 2021
GM Week 2022

GM Week election results: live updates

March 26, 2022

Cait Bennett was reelected for Grand Marshal, Colleen Corrigan was elected President of the Union, and Ria Massoni was elected Undergraduate President. Check back here for GM Week Election updates as results roll in.

Student Rights

Students' GPAs leaked in mass email

March 26, 2022

The personal information of 570 students was inadvertently leaked on Tuesday, March 22, when a spreadsheet containing the information was mistakenly attached to a mass email for the Lee Foundation Scholarship. The spreadsheet contained students in the School of Engineering with GPAs above 2.80 who have Sophomore or Junior credit standing.

GM Week 2022

Polls close in GM Week elections

March 24, 2022

Voting for GM week elections closed at 5 pm today. An estimated 1,820 ballots were cast in the election across four polling locations.

GM Week 2022

Ballots finalized for Wednesday Election

March 23, 2022

The Elections Commission has finalized which candidates will appear on the ballot for tomorrow's election. Voting in GM Week elections is open tomorrow from 8 am to 5 pm. All students, including those graduating in May, are eligible to vote.

Editorial Notebook

Why I recused myself from GM Week endorsements

March 22, 2022

“Providing detailed, unbiased reporting of campus life remains my top priority…I didn’t join the paper to tell people who to vote for. I joined to provide people with the information they need to make those decisions for themselves,” explains News Editor William Hawkins ’23 on why he recused himself from The Poly’s endorsement process.

GM Week 2022

Bennett recuses herself from Grand Marshal duties

March 21, 2022

In an email to the Senate email list Friday night, Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 announced that she is recusing herself as GM until voting in GM Week elections closes.

GM Week 2022

Bennett and Massoni-Nesman sanctioned by Election Commission over campaign violations

March 18, 2022

Grand Marshal Cait Bennett ’22 and Undergraduate President candidate Ria Massoni-Nesman ’24 sanctioned by the Elections Commission. Bennett and Massoni-Nesman are now required to get an additional 25 signatures to be on the ballot.

Breaking News

Snow day moves classes online

February 4, 2022

Due to inclement weather, all classes today will be held online. The COVID-19 testing center will be open today from 10 am - 1 pm. All ‘non-essential’ employees have an additional two hours to arrive at work. All essential employees still need to arrive at their scheduled start times.


The pandemic is over; we should move on

February 3, 2022

News editor William Hawkins '23 argues that pandemic restrictions are no longer justified and makes the case that we should not have to miss out on our lives for the sake of avoiding COVID-19.


Multi-factor authentication expansion gets mixed welcome

January 21, 2022

Rensselaer’s Multi-Factor Authentication has recently expanded to require students to use the service to log into LMS and SIS. Additionally, The Polytechnic provides a how-to guide to use the DUO MFA tool.


Navigating return-to-campus testing

January 17, 2022

After pushing back campus move-in by a week, most residential students began moving in today. Here’s what you should expect.

Executive Board

Executive Board revokes Union membership of policy-violating student

November 17, 2021

The Union Executive Board revoked the Union membership of a student for violating the Rensselaer Union’s COVID-19 policies. The student, who is currently on their away semester, had been attending various in-person student government meetings and events in violation of the Union’s policy restricting entrance to Union facilities to Rensselaer Community members with campus access.


New multi-factor authentication rules to take effect November 1

October 29, 2021

New multi-factor authentication rules are set to go into effect for all Rensselaer employees beginning November 1. Anyone who has payroll and W2 information in the Self-Service Information System will be counted as an employee. This includes students employed by the Institute. The new protocols will apply to all Institute websites that use the Rensselaer Self Service login.

Freshman Elections

Mike Slass elected Class of 2025 president

October 22, 2021
A total of 376 students cast votes in Wednesday's Freshman election. It marked the first in-person election Rensselaer student government has held since the Fall of 2019.
Executive Board

Confusion surrounds Red Army podcast funding

October 22, 2021

On Thursday, the Union Executive Board passed RPI Red Army’s proposal for a new podcast, but motioned to postpone a budget reallocation that would cover the cost of a new microphone for the program.

Executive Board

RPI TV proposal for student wages denied

October 20, 2021

RPI TV's proposal suggesting that certain RPI TV members be paid $15 an hour to cover home hockey games during the 2022-23 season was unanimously denied.

Executive Board

Emergency funds approved for UPAC projector repair

October 20, 2021

The Union Executive Board approved an emergency subsidy for UPAC's Cinema division via an electronic vote on October 14.


Jackson maskless at D.C. conference

October 13, 2021

President Shirley Ann Jackson appeared without a mask in Washington, D.C. on September 28 for the Amazon Web Services Summit, while Rensselaer continues to enforce mask mandates and travel restrictions for students.

Executive Board

Club leadership privileges affirmed for Arch students

September 29, 2021

The Rensselaer Union Executive Board passed a motion September 23 approving club leadership and food subsidy related changes to the Rensselaer Union Guidelines and Procedures.

Rensselaer Union

Union hours set for Fall semester

September 15, 2021

The Rensselaer Union will be open from 8 am to midnight, Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to midnight on Sundays. Additionally, all entrance doors will be card-access only.

Executive Board

RPI Raaga becomes Union recognized

September 15, 2021

RPI Raaga, a new South Asian a capella group, was granted Union recognition.


J & J: The key to community immunity

April 17, 2021

In an email to students Tuesday morning, Executive Director of the Health Center Dr. Leslie Lawrence informed the Rensselaer community of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine’s pause in distribution. Staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23 argue that this decision will put the entire Rensselaer community at unnecessary risk.

GM Week 2021

Austerity measures could leave graduating seniors mugless

April 13, 2021

The Rensselaer Union plans to purchase 1800 mugs for the 1755 students who voted in this year's Grand Marshal Week elections. Union Programs and Activities Committee Chair Eddie Weisser ’21 presented four options to distribute GM week mugs to students during last week’s Executive Board Meeting.

Editorial Notebook

Wellness day woes

April 9, 2021

“While well-intentioned, a wellness day is not a replacement for Spring Break,” write staff writers Jack Zhu ’21 and William Hawkins ’23.

Student Life

Mueller Center reopens for students

March 29, 2021

For the first time this year, the Mueller Center will be open to students. Here’s what you need to know.