BREAKING: Painting of former director of the Union stolen from Union lobby

A PHOTO POSTED on an anonymous Snapchat account (left) shows a portrait recently stolen from the Rensselaer Union. The portrait hung in the Union's west lobby (right) and was discovered missing on Thursday.

Update (8:50 am, November 25):

According to a source in the Union, after speaking with the individual who located the painting, it has been determined that the painting was found “leaning against the southeast door of the Great Room” of the Heffner Alumni House. It was not located in a dumpster as was previously believed.

Update (1:50 pm, November 24):

The painting was discovered and retrieved from a dumpster behind the Heffner Alumni House this afternoon. Currently, no further information has been gathered on the perpetrator.

A reporter from The Polytechnic has been in contact with the Department of Public Safety on the status of the painting. As more information is obtained, we will continue to update the article.

Update (6:40 pm, November 19):

President of the Union Nick Dvorak ’16 has provided information on the primary suspect, saying that the individual “was wearing what looked like a gray [business] suit and a full-head monkey mask. This happened at about 7:55 pm.” He explained that he has seen security footage of the incident, but is currently unsure of plans to release it to the public.

“One of my fraternity brothers saw the guy running north on 15th Street [towards Hoosick Street] after the intersection of 15th and Sage,” said Dvorak.

Update (3:10 pm, November 19):

The Poly has received the following statement from Director of Student Activities Cameron McLean:

While people may not have known Rick Hartt, his impact on the Union is felt here every day. The programs, services, and operations in the Union today are a reflection of the student advocacy he gave to the student body for 33 years. It’s saddening that this is an issue that has to be dealt with.

Update (2:48 pm, November 19):

The Poly has received a copy of the following email, which was sent by President of the Interfraternity Council Jack Schiel ’16 to members of the Greek community:

Attention everyone,

Please read this email from Nick Dvorak immediately. If a house was involved in stealing this painting, that is unacceptable. If you return the painting ASAP, there will be limited or no repercussions. However, if the painting is not returned and you are caught, you risk suspension or removal of your chapter in addition to very real legal implications. If anyone has any other information regarding this incident, please forward it to myself or Nick.




Schiel was originally sent an email by President of the Union Nick Dvorak ’16 regarding the incident. The message is as follows:


A painting of Rick Hartt was stolen from the Union in the past 24 hours. It is beloved by the staff and many students as Rick was an amazing Director of the Union. We have reported this to PubSafe and will be escalating to Troy PD if it is not returned shortly. This is third degree larceny and has myself and several others very upset.

PubSafe believes this was a fraternity. Could you please send out an email to the houses asking that if their members took it, to return it now. No questions asked.



Original post (2:01 pm, November 19):

A portrait of former Director of the Union Rick Hartt was seemingly stolen from the Rensselaer Union’s west lobby on Thursday. The Polytechnic has begun to investigate the issue, but no details have come to light.

Following a short investigation, students noticed a posting on an anonymous Snapchat account, rpi.snap, containing a photo of the stolen painting and a caption reading “When you steal dank shit from the union [sic].”

Hartt served as director of the Union from May 1983 until 2011, and he was revered by alumni and students alike. The portrait, a “priceless treasure” according to numerous alumni, was commissioned by Student Government and hung in the Union to commemorate all the Hartt did during his tenure.

People familiar with the painting and the theft have noted that there are two surveillance cameras in the lobby where the painting hung.

A criminal report has been filed regarding the larceny, and The Poly has requested to be notified of any breaks in the investigation. This article will be updated as more information is released.

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Full issue: November 18, 2015

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Paris heals after attacks

PARISIANS MOURNED the loss and injury of hundreds after the deadly terrorist attacks last Friday.

On Friday, October 13, the city of Paris, France was shaken as a series of six attacks took place throughout largely populated regions of the city. The militant Islamist group ISIL has since taken credit for the attacks, and has made it clear that the attacks were largely motivated by French foreign policy against Syrian refugees. In response, French president François Hollande has declared a nationwide state of emergency, and the country has deployed aircraft to bomb ISIL strongholds throughout the middle east. ISIL has released statements following the attacks in which they have made claims that other international cities may be potential targets for future attacks.

During a soccer match at the Stade de France, security officials first uncovered a potential threat as they performed a routine frisk on a man attempting to enter the stadium. The search revealed that the man was wearing a vest that contained both heavy explosives and bolts. Following the vest’s discovery, the man detonated the garment in a suicide bombing. Nearly three minutes later, a second suicide bomber detonated his jacket in a similar fashion, and a third bomber ultimately detonated his vest at a nearby McDonald’s just outside of the stadium. Two other large explosions were heard inside the stadium, but authorities believe that these may have been firecrackers lit by fans watching the game.

In further attacks, militants made their way through Paris’ 10th and 11th arrondissements and targeted popular bars and restaurants. As the initial reports of the bombings at the Stade de France were released, diners on the outdoor terrace of Le Carillon in the 10th arrondissement encountered gunfire from a separate group of militants. The group later made their way to the popular Cambodian restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, where they entered the establishment and ultimately killed 11 of the diners.

In the 11th arrondissement, the attacks began when a suicide bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives in the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, injuring 12. Later, shooters entered the popular bar La Belle Equipe, and cornered and murdered 19 of the patrons.

However, the worst of the carnage occurred at the popular music venue the Bataclan, which was hosting the U.S. band Eagles of Death Metal. During the nearly-full concert, militants entered the building through the front doors and began shooting into the crowd at will. The band managed to escape backstage, but the largest part of the crowd was cornered to one half of the venue. Victims have reported playing dead in an effort to escape being shot by the perpetrators. When police finally managed to enter the venue and neutralize the situation, nearly 80 citizens had been killed with hundreds more wounded.

In France, President Hollande recently issued a statement in which he declared that “France is at war” with ISIS, and the president has urged lawmakers to extend the state of emergency for an additional three months. In doing so, police would gain the ability to raid the homes of those suspected of further terrorist attempts. Furthermore, Hollande has made it clear that he hopes to promote legislation that would allow the nation to strip suspected terrorists of French citizenship, and ultimately deport those suspected of terrorism.

When the attacks on Friday were finally over, 129 citizens were dead and an additional 350 injured at the hands of the shooters. Worldwide, countries have offered their condolences and solidarity to France as the nation begins to heal.

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Staff Editorial: Bringing us together

The Polytechnic Editorial Board is saddened to hear of the loss of lives in the tragic terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris and Beirut this past week. We extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the harrowing attacks.

It is appalling how willing some humans are to attack, maim, and murder their brethren who are, if not of the same nationality, of mankind. We find the hatred spewed by terrorist groups, like ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, and Hamas inhuman, reprehensible, and unforgivable. We commend the governments that have put forth varieties of efforts to protect their citizens in hopes of making the world a safer place for all.

Through students’ responses and President Jackson’s emergency Town Hall Meeting, it is apparent that the entire RPI community stands in solidarity with countries impacted by the attacks. If you’re interested in contributing to relief efforts in Paris or Beirut, we recommend donating to the French Red Cross or to the Mercy Corps. Donations can be made to the French Red Cross by visiting; and donations to the Mercy Corps can be made by visiting These are only a small subset of the hundreds of organizations that have committed to helping survivors and victims of the attacks; we offer support to these aid groups for providing the immediate relief to those who need it.

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Crawl out through the Fallout in Boston

THE POWER-SUITED SOLE SURVIVOR STANDS in Diamond City, the post-apocalyptic ruins of Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Announced only five months ago by Bethesda at E3 2015, and released on November 10, 2015, Fallout 4 easily competes for Game of the Year award. Bethesda’s last Fallout installment, Fallout 3, hit stores seven years ago, in 2008, and the last game the video game publisher released, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, dropped in 2011. The company has spent nearly seven years developing the world of the Commonwealth. This bodes well for players, as Bethesda games are most known for their enormous size and sandbox-RPG style adventures. With the expansive, immersive worlds that Fallout 3 and Skyrim offered and their at least 90 percent ratings on all game review websites, Fallout 4 proves to be the most anticipated game in years.

Does Fallout 4 live up to the hype? Absolutely. Taking place in the post-apocalyptic world of Boston, MA in 2287, the game expands upon Fallout 3’s universe using an improved Skyrim physics engine. The player can establish settlements, build structures using materials found in the expansive world, and attract people to work the water, food, defense, and vendor resources in each town. Power armor enjoys a reworked and perhaps more powerful return. Instead of behaving like clothes equippable from the inventory, the power armor, more aptly put, is a power suit. Power armor, which provides unparalleled personal protection against attacks and radiation and increased strength when worn, can be repaired and customized at power armor stations. Additionally, unlike the previous Fallout installments, the armor requires a fusion core to operate, slowly depleting energy as the character walks around. The crafting system has also been reworked, allowing every part of guns and armor to be customized; I named my never-ending double-barreled shotgun

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Engineers banish Yale Bulldogs to doghouse

ENGINEERS SOPHOMORE FORWARD JARED WILSON CHOPS DOWN on a Bears hockey stick to gain control of the puck.

The Engineers had two challenging games this weekend against Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday, respectively. RPI came out strong on Friday night and scored a goal within a minute and a half of the start of the first period. The goal was put up by senior Mark Miller with a snap shot from the top of the slot assisted by sophomores Drew Melanson and Lou Nanne. The goal did not go unanswered for long. It was only five minutes later that Yale’s Bulldogs tied the score 1-1 with a rush on the net. The game stayed tied for the rest of the period with only one penalty on the Engineers. The Engineers’ goalie, freshman Cam Hackett, had 15 shots put on him in the first period while Yale had 16 put on their goalie the entire game.

Nanne slipped one by the Bulldogs’ goaltender while two of the Engineers screened. Another few minutes of play and the second period ended with a score of 2-1. As the third began, the Engineers played a strong defensive game, only attempting three shots on the net the entire period. Unfortunately, on a Bulldogs’ power play, Yale tied the game again with a rebound opportunity from a direct shot from the hash marks.

The game went into overtime with both teams giving their all to win. Yale won the faceoff and took it into the Engineers’ end. They ripped shot after shot at Hackett but either he or the other players blocked every one. Some shots went wide but one hit the post, only inches from being a goal. After some amazing defensive play, the Engineers’ sophomore Viktor Liljegren had a breakaway and put the last goal of the game up top shelf.

RPI was unable to put up an immediate lead against Brown in their game Saturday night and got caught behind with less than a minute left in the first on a power play opportunity, Brown’s second power play of the period. In the second period, the Engineers were given three power play chances and managed to capitalize on one to tie the score 1-1.

The third period was by far the most exciting 20 minutes of the weekend. Four goals were scored in the third and two of those were scored by Brown in the first three minutes. Brown scored one goal in 30 seconds, and put up the next on a power play two minutes later. The Engineers would not stand for this and managed to follow up with a beautiful goal by sophomore Kenny Gillespie after sophomore Jared Wilson threaded the needle from one corner of the offensive end to the other under pressure. Senior Zach Schroeder also scored a few minutes later, tying the game 3-3.

Saturday’s game also went into overtime. Brown had a goal called off on their power play. The referee had blown the whistle for no goal but the puck did end up in the back of the net. The call was ruled good due to a replay issue and the game was left tied, giving the Engineers a three point weekend.

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President holds Town Meeting on attacks, security

FBI agents, cabinet members in attendance for meeting on Paris, increased campus safety

PRESIDENT JACKSON AND FBI SPECIAL AGENT ANTHONY DEFINO LISTEN to student questions and concerns at a Town Hall Meeting on safety following the Paris attack.

In response to the events that transpired in Paris last week, President Shirley Ann Jackson called for a Town Hall Meeting to be held this past Tuesday to discuss the effects the tragedy would have on the Rensselaer community.

Jackson welcomed the mixture of students and faculty, and led them in a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the attack. She then began her formal speech, saying that while no harm had come directly to the RPI family, the Institute is a global community and is therefore still affected by the attack. Similar to her email, Jackson explained that she had been in communication with local, state, and federal law enforcement, and that there is no immediate threat to RPI and no cause for alarm. “We are one Rensselaer,” said Jackson.

On stage with her were special agents Anthony DeFino, John Story, and Mike Smicky of the FBI. Smicky spoke first, recapping the events that occurred over the weekend. Story described the attack as unusual for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in that there tends to be less coordination and organization. What the FBI is most worried about are so called “lone wolves” and and their potential. These are individuals who, without the help of ISIL, plan an attack in the name of ISIL. Agent Story continued, listing some indicators that are often associated with lone wolves, including consumption of jihadist material, planning travel to suspicious countries, and contact with extremists. He emphasized that while these are not be-all and end-all, it is important for individuals to stay vigilant.

At this point, the microphone was open to students, faculty, and members of the community. The first person to speak was a Muslim student, who expressed his strong feelings against the ISIL. In a very emotional message, he explained that what ISIL is doing is not what Islam stands for. He quoted a line from the Quran, “whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind,” and said that he is “always keeping an eye out and wants all of us to be safe.” For his message, he received a standing ovation from the audience.

Another student asked for clarity of “increased security,” mentioned both in the email and during the meeting. Vice President of the Administration Claude Rounds answered, saying that while sharing the details would defeat the purpose, the reinforcement of procedures and protocols and increased security at hockey, football, and other large community events should be expected. An active shooter training video was also given to RPI by the FBI, which will soon be made available to the community. Rounds also mentioned that active shooter training classes and exercises would be made available early in the spring semester.

A member of the study abroad program asked about the effects on students planning to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the coming semesters. Jackson said that a travel recommendation would soon be sent out by the Institute.

One faculty member spoke about the terrorist attacks in London on July 7, 2005, and explained how the British “stiff upper lip” helped Londoners and England as a whole get through the tragedy. He discouraged “feeding the fire,” and encouraged “doing nothing as long as it is the right kind of nothing.” The goal of terrorism is to incite fear, and that giving them attention and affecting our lifestyle is what they want. Jackson, while understanding of the statement, feels that she is personally responsible for the safety and security of the Rensselaer community, and while it is unfortunate, additional security measures are necessary.

A reporter from The Polytechnic asked Jackson the reason for calling a Town Hall Meeting over this event, rather than the others that have occurred this year, including the deadly attacks on college campuses, the downed Russian airliner, and the racist attacks in Charleston, SC. She pointed out that a meeting could have been called for any number of those events, becoming an all-too-common event. Jackson felt it was important to bring people together, and determine where and where not the dangers are. She also asked the leadership team to continue the conversation with the community.

This concluded the Town Hall Meeting. The full video of the event is available on RPI TV’s website,

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Swiping right on romance

Convenient app simplifies the dating process

Allow me to be frank; I have 1,500 Tinder matches. Therein lie 1,500 potential romances, or at least 1,500 people who were ambivalent enough to swipe right on me when my picture came up on their smart phone. I would be lying if I said there wasn’t something validating about the fact that a population roughly the size of my high school took time out of their day to scroll through my Facebook photos. But at the same time, I can’t help but wonder what consequence my Tinder following can possibly bear.

Tinder is an app that markets itself as a dating service, allowing users to scroll through profiles of other people on the service in hopes of creating matches. The app allows users to streamline the dating process by quickly determining who they find physically attractive or interesting based on their profile. Users swipe right on a profile if they are interested, or left if they’d prefer not to match with that user. In today’s age of instant gratification, the app serves as a salient reminder of the revolution of modern dating.

The service provided by Tinder caters directly to the one-night-stand mentality that has become notably prevalent on college campuses. With the dawn of hookup culture, the app appeals directly on the initial physical attraction that drives angry 20-somethings to make decisions they regret within the space of 24 hours. It’s like speed dating, with the added security of hiding behind your cell phone screen and a lack of required eye contact.

It’s irrefutable that I’ve fallen victim to the app’s simplicity and self-awareness; the fact that I’ve spent enough time to have swiped through 1,500 profiles is testament to just that. But what intrigues me is the scope of the app—my sphere of influence has become large enough to start a large militia, or rig a medium-sized local election. The power that Tinder has given me is downright intoxicating, and I revel in it. I have created a following substantial enough to make an actual difference, all due to that carnal initial chemistry.

As much as I hate to admit it, I genuinely think that such a vain piece of code has made a notable impact on my life. I met my last boyfriend through Tinder; as embarrassing as that is to admit, I’m thankful that an app allowed me to meet someone who I wouldn’t have ever been introduced to otherwise. I’ll be the first to say that dating apps are a last resort for people who can’t find romantic prospects elsewhere, but at the same time they facilitate communication in a way that is undeniably convenient.

Tinder has provided many college students with the convenience of on-demand romance, and the simplicity of the app has created a user base as diverse as it is sexually frustrated. The modern age has presented millennials with the opportunity to expand their horizons beyond physical constraints, and it makes sense that dating would follow suit. Tinder has allowed people to be introduced in a way that is quick, easy, and inescapably satisfying.

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Commentary on acclaimed show’s characters

GOSSIP GIRL CASTS backgrounds onto the lives of Manhattan’s wealthy elite and insight into their complex and dramatic world.

Nathan’s Review

Gossip Girl casts itself as “your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite” in the show’s intro, but fails to mention the integral roles of the back-stabbing vampires that are Dan and Jenny Humphrey.

To begin, Dan is constantly casting himself as an outsider abruptly shoved into the fast-paced and socially demanding atmosphere of a New York City prep school. As the show begins, the audience can empathize with Dan—he’s unfairly ostracized because he comes from a substantially less affluent background than most of his counterparts on the show. However, Dan’s tortured-genius-woe-is-me attitude dwindles relatively quickly as the show develops; the aspiring writer continues to paint himself as a victim despite the fact that he actively attempts to bring down his schoolmates.

While Dan wallows in self-pity, Jenny prefers to channel her outcast status into being outright malevolent towards other characters. Jenny earns the same initial pity, but quickly tosses herself into a fit of teenage angst. Accompanied by excessive eyeliner and a bad-girl demeanor, Jenny continually makes decisions that further ostracize herself from both New York high society and her family.

The Humphrey family is interesting in that they have few, if any, redeeming qualities. Despite having a relatively troubled background, the characters lack the depth and development that makes Gossip Girl such a spectacular show to watch; as the show continues and the rest of the characters grow up, this brother-sister duo continues to make predictably bad decisions.

Justin’s Review

There are very few characters I find more interesting than Chuck Bass. From the monster that was widely hated for his deplorable actions in the first season, to a sophisticated, but still calculating, man that we see in later seasons, it’s safe to say that when the “old” Chuck and the “new” Chuck are compared side by side, they could very well be two different characters.

There are many reasons that make Chuck one of the most hated characters in the first season. The most notable moments are when he attempted to blackmail Serena about her past, and when he deplorably tried to assault Jenny. These qualities are unacceptable and are great reasons to despise Chuck.

As the series progresses, the Chuck we see changes slowly, but drastically. His maturation, coupled with the death of his father, morphs his character into a more somber, reserved, and introspective man. We still see his more immature side from time to time, but in a much more subtle and nuanced way. Along with the change in personality came some very quotable lines, such as “There’s a difference between a great love and the right love,” or “You were looking for a fairy tale ending. Next time, rent a movie. Leave me out of it.” These exemplify Chuck’s newfound qualities, the same qualities that won over fans in the later seasons.

By no means did Chuck become a role model, but it’s definitely interesting to see the character development that occurs throughout the series. Chuck becomes a direct foil for himself, and ultimately becomes one of the most wholesome characters on the show.

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Rensselaer victory against Union is shoe-in

THE UNION COLLEGE DUTCHMEN STRUGGLE to gain the ball from freshman quarterback Ed Trimpert.

RPI football ended its regular season with a wire-to-wire win over Capital Region rival Union College in the Dutchman’s Shoes game on Saturday, extending its winning streak against the Dutchmen to three. Six different rushers combined for 191 yards on the ground for the Engineers and senior quarterback Jeff Avery threw for 123 yards and a score en route to a dominant 23-10 victory.

The Engineers started near midfield on their second drive of the game after a short punt by Union punter Tyler Barnes. After a holding penalty on third and two moved the Engineers back ten yards to their own 47, Avery found senior wide receiver Pat Hogan for a gain of 21 yards to move the chains. Later, on third and six at the Union 28 yard line, Avery completed a 12-yard pass near the sideline to senior wide receiver Logan Gaddar. After a holding penalty on Union gave RPI a first and goal from the Union seven yard line, senior running back Nick Schlatz did the rest, carrying the ball down to the one on his first carry and then punching it into the end zone on his second.

Union answered with a long drive of their own. Union quarterback Dante Cioffi completed five passes for 31 yards and the Dutchmen took advantage of an RPI pass interference penalty to move the ball inside the RPI ten. Then Cioffi broke free and scampered down to the Rensselaer two-yard line. On second and goal, Union tailback Connor Kinzelmann took the handoff but was stuffed by junior defensive lineman Connor McCrum and senior linebacker Anthony Pilla at the one-yard line. The stop forced the Dutchmen to kick a field goal and the Engineers kept the lead.

Gaddar returned the subsequent kickoff 35 yards through a gap in the Union coverage to the RPI 45 yard line. Later, a pass interference penalty on the Dutchmen gave the Engineers a first down in territory. Carries by senior running back Matt Lane and sophomore tailback Mike Tivinis moved the ball to the Union 16, setting up a 33-yard field goal by sophomore place kicker Christian Kapp, extending the RPI lead to 9-3.

With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Union started a drive at their own 45 in hopes of cutting into the Rensselaer lead. But on second down, junior defensive back Ryan Buss stepped in front of a short pass by Cioffi and sprinted 48 yards for an RPI touchdown.

Union put together their best drive of the day on their next possession, driving 68 yards in twelve plays, all passes, and scoring from seven yards out with just six seconds left in the half to close the gap to 16-10 RPI.

At the start of the third, the Dutchmen threatened to take the lead, moving the ball down deep into RPI territory on a 48-yard pass from Cioffi to wide receiver Kyle Reynolds. But, the defense held and Union kicker David Pope missed a 33-yarder.

Towards the end of the third quarter with the score still 16-10, Schlatz burst through an opening in the Union front line for a gain of 30 yards. On the last play of the third, Avery tossed it to senior running back Austin Amery in the flat for a catch and carry of 19 yards.

On the first play of the final quarter, Avery passed to Lane and he ran past a slew of Union tacklers into the end zone to give the Engineers a 23-10 lead.

In the remainder of the fourth quarter, Rensselaer killed the clock with runs from Tivinis and Amery, and held Union to just 39 yards of offense on four possessions, never allowing the Dutchmen past midfield.

Schlatz finished with 92 yards and a score to lead all rushers. Amery led all RPI pass catchers with 45 yards while Reynolds led all receivers with 95 yards and a touchdown for the Dutchmen.

On defense, senior defensive back Philip Lanieri III tallied nine tackles while senior defensive back Brad Gahagan and senior linebacker Mark Grimes each had eight.

The Engineers finished their regular season with a record of 8-2 while the Dutchmen fell to 0-10. Following the win, RPI was selected to play in the Asa S. Bushnell Bowl Championship against Buffalo State University next Saturday, November 21, at home.

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Carletta to retire

In an e-mail to the Rensselaer Community, President Shirley Ann Jackson announced the retirement of General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute Charles Carletta, effective December 31. In his role, Carletta is the chief legal advisor for the President as well as the compliance officer for the Institute as a whole. He is also Secretary of the Board of Trustees and a member of President Jackson’s Cabinet. Carletta has worked in his current role at RPI since 2000.

During his time at Rensselaer, Carletta has worked to ensure that the Institute stays in compliance with United States regulations such as the export of technology and has represented the Institute on various legal issues. He has represented Rensselaer on the City of Troy Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group, the Center for Economic Growth, and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Before becoming Rensselaer’s first in-house General Counsel, Carletta served as outside legal counsel to the Institute and to other colleges in the region while with the firm of Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg, and Griffin from 1975 to 2000. Carletta also developed policies for colleges relating to Title IX and FERPA prior to coming to Rensselaer.

Carletta is an honorary member of RPI Phalanx Honor Society and one of Phalanx’s advisors. He is on the Board of the Rensselaer Newman Foundation and an Adjunct Trustee at La Salle Institute, a local private high school. Carletta has also served on various advisory boards related to higher education and legal issues and has received honors for his contributions in these areas.

His retirement reception will be on Friday, November 20 at the Heffner Alumni Great Room from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and all students, faculty, and staff are invited.

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Living that new experience

A continuation of freshman college rambles

My fellow Californians can probably relate to being asked, “why would you leave California for college?” every single time they mention where they’re from. It’s harsh. It hurts to think about the possibility of being under the warm sun with beautiful beaches; Yosemite on your left, and accessible good food and tech companies on your right. Basically, any RPI student’s dream. However, I have a very simple explanation for leaving the Golden State: I’m going back for a job anyways, so I may as well take this opportunity to create as many unique experiences as possible.

In my last notebook, I wrote about how part of me loves procrastinating. But that’s not all there is to me—it’s not like I got into RPI by being a single-faceted person. The thing is, there’s also another part of me that’s really excitable and determined to participate in all of the extracurriculars that I’m interested in. Sure, I’m on the Poly editorial board, which takes at least six hours a week, and RPI Bhangra, which takes four to six hours a week, but are these activities really enough? For me, the answer is no.

People always say that you have the chance to reinvent yourself at any point in your life; but the best space to do so is college. When you’re at RPI, you have the newfound privileges and the freedom of an adult, but none of the experience or greater responsibilities found in the real world. As an aside, I think that’s why we receive the expectations of adults and the treatment of children. It also helps that, even though this sounds like a generic college plug, there are so many resources available to help when one fails. My sister once told me that my four years are entirely unique because I would be surrounded by people of the same caliber; this is essentially the perfect social scene. I absolutely agree, and in my opinion, the people who complain about a terrible social life have two options: keep searching or transfer out. Complaining does nothing, as RPI students have yet to learn; it’s highly unlikely that, in a school of over 5,000 students, you are a special snowflake who has nobody to relate to. Contrary to popular opinion, the administration is not here to torture us. In fact, the yearly theme of resilience was selected to help us, in response to the national trend where students whine, sit back, and coddle their minds, as seen here, and as seen in the situation Hubert J. Lecuyer reported about at Yale. Of course, the biggest reason to make the best use of college is that a good deal of us sold our souls to be here. How much is your soul worth?

Taking the above into consideration, this is where the excitable part of me kicks in. I don’t know about anybody else, but it’s time for me to tell ProcrastinatoRex to beat it, because his show is at an end. In the short four years I have here at college—the land of opportunity and a place different from home—I have to start thinking about the changes and experiences I want to make…eventually.

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A cappella resonates

On an ominous Friday the thirteenth of Novemeber, the on-campus a cappella group, the Rensselyrics, hosted a show in the Chapel+Cultural Center entitled (Un)Lucky in Love with guest appearances by other on-campus a capella groups, Partial Credit and Duly Noted. The songs chosen for their setlist were centered around the concept of love, be it broken, fulfilled, or unrequited. Their choices varied from pop favorites, to obscure alternative; because such different categories were acknowledged, I shall review those categories separately.

Beloved oldies, such as “Why Should I Cry for You” by Sting, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, and “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne were executed beautifully. “Why Should I Cry for You” was a somber, haunting piece that had chills coursing my skin; it was done in a more traditional choir fashion and had minimal choreography and facial expression. “Kiss Me” was jovial, with alto Kelsey Ham ’16 singing the solo. Supporting her, the Rensselyrics employed homogenous tone color, allowing her to not be overpowered. “Stacy’s Mom”, with its uplifting beat and comedic performances by the Rensselyrics, had the audience laughing and clapping along.

While I’m a huge fan of the choral style that the Rensselyrics utilize, I’m not overly impressed when that style is coupled with pop songs that are upbeat and require much “beat-boxing.” However, in “Stacy’s Mom”, that problem didn’t exist. It did in the Rensselyrics’ rendition of “Rude” by MAGIC! Soprano Emma Speaks ’19 soloed well in “Rude” displaying a capacity for a deeper range for a soprano, but I felt that the style of the accompaniment was awkward in juxtaposition.

Newer love songs that were successes included a mash-up of “Stay” by Rihanna and “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith, and “Blue Ocean Floor” by Justin Timberlake. The complexity of these pieces, along with the superbly executed choreography, made for perfection. In “Stay/Stay with Me,” Ham and alto Grace Rugaber ’18 appealed to the audience in an interesting clash of singing styles in their duet. Ham’s voice is light and whole, reminiscent of Florence + The Machine, while Rugaber’s is darker and more melodic. Tenor Ajay Sharma ’15 enacted a perfect JT impersonation in his solo during “Blue Ocean Floor,” hitting high, sweet notes with accuracy and charm.

Lesser known pieces included “Your Call” by Secondhand Serenade, “Honeybee” by Steam Powered Giraffe, and “Ugly-Pretty” by Christine and the Queens. As a fan of Secondhand Serenade, I had rather high hopes for this piece. The result was a notch under what I was expecting, although still a well-done ensemble, with solos by Jonathan Gottwald ’17, Katie Jones ’15, Barret Soisson ’18, and Taylor Methé ’17. The remaining two, however, took me by surprise. “Honeybee,” with solos by Jonathan Williams ’18, Sharma, and August Rulewich ’17, was a testament to a good, old-fashioned love song, with intricate melodies and well-done performances, especially by Williams. “Ugly-Pretty,” another of my favorites of the night, featured Rugaber with the Rensselyrics creating a web of intricately woven voices.

Partial Credit and Duly Noted also performed well that night. Partial Credit had a rocky start but finished strong with a thrilling solo by soprano Claire Thomas ’19. Her high notes were the clearest of the night. Duly Noted upstaged the Rensselyrics with their charismatic exhibition and high energy, and I am looking forward to their concert in Mother’s.

It is clear that all those who performed that night were rich in talent and I am, by far, more than impressed. I encourage any and all to attend a concert in the future.

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Dartmouth and Harvard defeat Rensselaer

THE ENGINEERS STRUGGLE against the fierce opposition posed by Harvard College of Cambridge, MA. (file photo)

At 7 pm, on Friday November 13, the Rensselaer women’s ice hockey team went to Hanover, NH to play against Dartmouth College. In the first period, Dartmouth started by getting a power play at 2:43 and made one shot on net, which was saved by freshman goalie Lovisa Selander. Later, RPI also got its first chance at a power play at 09:05. However, the Engineers failed to capitalize on that advantage and let Dartmouth make three shots, while RPI only had one. Dartmouth’s second chance for a power play started at 15:41; after two attempts, it finally seized the opportunity with only 26 seconds left. Dartmouth forward Lindsey Allen scored the first goal for Dartmouth with assistance from defender Eleni Tebano. During the entire game, RPI failed to organize effective offense. With a short-handed goal at 12:59 in the second period by Kennedy Ottenbreit and assisted by Hailey Noronha, a goal shot by Ailish Forfar and assisted by Allen and Laura Stacey, and a fourth goal accomplished by Brooke Ahbe and assisted by Ottenbreit and Noronha, Dartmouth finally won the game with 4-0.

Throughout this game, RPI continuously lost its dominant position in power plays. The Engineers only made 21 shots in the whole game, while the more active Dartmouth had 39 shots. However, freshman goalie Selander’s well-performed saves were some of the biggest highlights of the game. Although technically, the saving percentage of Selander, 89.74 percent, was lower than that of Dartmouth’s goalie, it is important to consider the overall inactiveness in saving percentage.

At 4 pm on November 14, the Engineers confronted their sixth Eastern College Athletics Conference Hockey opponent, Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the first period, the game went into stalemate with only seven shots by RPI and eight shots by Harvard. At 09:39 in the second period, the deadlock was broken by a goal from RPI freshman forward Taylor Schwalbe, with assistance from senior defenseman Jenn Godin and senior forward Mari Mankey. Harvard quickly followed with a goal at 11:21 in the same period. Harvard eliminated the Engineers’ advantage in less than two minutes and tied the game. Despite 21 shots in the second period, RPI failed to make further progress in scoring. In the last period, both Harvard forward Grace Zarzecki and RPI senior defenseman Godin were penalized at 10:16 respectively for embellishment and holding. Shortly after the coincidental minor penalties, Harvard forward Miye D’Oench, with the help of forward Haley Mullins and forward Sydney Daniels, seized the great opportunity at 12:51, and scored the game-winning goal for Harvard University.

In this game, RPI won 25 face-offs out of 49, made 33 shots and got one power play goal. Given everyone’s average performance in this play, it is obvious that the Engineers, as an entity, are ceaselessly making progress and developing better coordination with team members. With the current 2-3-1 in ECAC, Rensselaer will have a performance game with McGrill University at 2 pm on Sunday, November 22 in Montreal, Quebec and meet Yale University head-on in its 7th ECAC game on Friday, December 4, at 3 pm at the Houston Field House.

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Gala celebrates Union’s past

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE in a game of Blackjack during the 125th Anniversary Gala Saturday.

On Saturday, November 14, the Rensselaer Union played host to the 125th Anniversary Gala which as the name suggests was the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Union. The semi-formal event was free for students to attend, and consisted of a buffet dinner; a light show, dancing, and other activities, including a photo booth.

Attendance at the event was much higher than initially expected, with almost 500 students, staff, faculty, and administration at the event. Over $1,000 in prizes were won in the two raffles held, and attendees had the opportunity to win additional tickets by playing Las Vegas-style casino games, such as Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, and Roulette. Sodexo catered the event’s buffet dinner, which was met with delight from eventgoers. The light shows, held on Friday and Saturday nights, illuminated the exterior of the Union in an array of colors.

Whitney Gervais ’16, head of the 125th Anniversary Committee, was very pleased with the event’s turnout. Gervais said in response, “the 125th Committee was very happy with the success of the Anniversary Gala that was on Saturday evening. We had over 400 attendees come throughout the evening and everyone seemed very excited to be there. We really appreciated the attendance of students and everyone dressing up in the spirit of the event. We look forward to seeing more students at the final 125th Anniversary events next semester.”

The committee posted photos from the event and the photo booth to an album on Facebook, which can be found at

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Student senators serve as a resource to students

Hello readers of The Poly,

If you’re a regular reader of The Poly, you already know that last week we heard a presentation from the Rensselaer Orchestra on issues they are facing in terms of facilities and equipment care. As a Senate, we responded by guiding them towards the correct channels to a solution, and multiple senators expressed interest in personally being a resource for the concerned students.

This week, we will discuss a few of the projects that the Senate has been working on this semester. These include our project to get students more involved and publicized in media outside of RPI, an update on printer cover sheets, and a reminder on one of our projects from previous years: the student excuse policy. This is highlighting the success that we made as students in providing more flexibility for students seeking excuses from attending class due to outside circumstances such as health and travel. We have received multiple complaints from students on this, so we figured that we need to re-publicize this as an option that students have. Details on the policy can be found at

Next week, there will not be a meeting of the Senate, as most people will have left for the start of their Thanksgiving break. That being said, senate will be having a meeting the following week to present the majority of the projects that we have been working on. A total of five projects will be presented for Senate and student input, and further, we will be having a representative from the Faculty Senate attending once again. If you’re curious about what we’ve been up to, or are looking for what to expect next semester, that’s the meeting to attend! It will be held on December 1, at 7 in the Shellnut Gallery of the Rensselaer Union.

As a Senate, we understand that students are disappointed by the postponement of the town hall meeting. However, on Tuesday, December 8, we are looking to hold a town hall meeting for discussion of topics related to what the Senate has been working on. Furthermore, I have started a student discussion group on Summer Arch, and we are looking to meet at least once or twice before the end of this semester. If you are interested in being a part of this in-person discussion, please let me know as soon as possible by

Now, completely unrelated to student government, our Hockey Team is beasty. I smell more victories on the horizon.

Now, back to talking about our upcoming break, don’t forget to keep doing SOME of your studies over the break! Don’t get me wrong, with the crazy amounts of work we do as students, we NEED the mental break. Just make sure you don’t ruin December for yourselves.

Feel like bowling? Go to Uncle Sam’s Lanes this Saturday with Global Medical Brigades! For $15, you can have unlimited bowling for two hours, along with free shoes, as well as a raffle to win prizes from local businesses. The proceeds from the event go towards their health care work around the globe. There’s a ton of great work going around on campus, so be sure to keep an open eye. Last week I went to the Dance Club’s fall show, and it was a great time for everyone who came out!

Best of luck with the end of the semester, fellow students!

-GM 150

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Artist Spektor inspires

First released on June 13, 2006, Regina Spektor’s album Begin to Hope was the artist’s first to achieve widespread critical success; while the album debuted at number 70 of Billboard’s Hot 200, the hit song “Fidelity” allowed the album to peak at number 20. The album plays to a intricate, mellow, carefully worded sub-genre of indie-folk that creates a sound that’s as playful as it is personal. Spektor’s voice speaks to themes as common as falling as love and as dark as drug addiction; Begin to Hope employs such a variety of sounds and ideas that nearly any listener can find something profoundly moving.

The album begins with the aforementioned “Fidelity,” where upbeat pizzicato on the cello with a firm piano backbone recounts the narrator’s experience of falling in the love. Fidelity is as much about becoming intimate as it is the longing that one feels for another before they can come together. “I hear in my mind all of this music,” the narrator of the song declares, only to continue with “but it breaks my heart” in a bright staccato. It’s a song that speaks to the fear that someone feels while committing to someone, as much as it is about the overwhelming relief someone feels when they realize their vulnerability has afforded them romance.

Later in the album, Spektor carefully criticizes the emotional defensiveness of one night stands in her aptly named “Hotel Song.” Within “Hotel Song,” Spektor uses the analogy of a hotel as it allows someone to feel at home until they inevitably check out. The song is a bouncing synth piece lined with crisp percussion in which the narrator invites the listener into a personal worldview. Some of the first lines in the song are, “Come into my bed, I’ve got to know you,” which are quickly followed up by the narrator fiercely stating that “you will never be my dear, dear, friend.” The lyrics of the song stand to show the disjoint in physical intimacy and emotional compatibility during an instance of casual sex.

One of the most artistically interesting songs on the album is the grungy rock anthem “That Time” in which Spektor takes the opportunity to create the intense narrative of a couple that devolves through a drug addiction. The lyrics are set up as a series of parallel sentences in which the narrator of the song prompts her lover to “remember that time.” The song travels through the series of quirky misadventures that the couple goes through, but ultimately ends when the narrator somberly reminisces about “that time when you ODed,” and “that other time when you ODed, for the second time.” The song created by Spektor casts light on the highs and lows felt by the drug addicted couple and provides a keen insight into the intimate lives of drug users.

Despite being only 25 at the time of the album’s release, Spektor managed to create a piece that was both incredibly unique and notably diverse in its composition; the artist manages to appeal to an absolutely enormous demographic by applying her careful insight to such a variety of topics. The character of Spektor’s music has a sweet disposition, but also doesn’t shy away from heavy topics. Consequently, Begin to Hope is as poetic as it is powerful.

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Meet winning streak continues for Engineers

THE VASSAR BREWERS AND THE HARTWICK HAWKS COMPETED against RPI on Saturday and Sunday respectively. (file photo)

Whether at home or away, the pool never ceases to whet the Rensselaer men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams’ thirst for victory. Not only did both teams manage to drown out the Vassar Brewers at Saturday’s home dual meet at Robison Pool, but they also sunk the Hartwick Hawks at their away dual meet on Sunday. The men scored 195.5 to Vassar’s 100.5 on Saturday, while the women’s score was 188.5–111.5. On Sunday, the women led by a margin of 87 points, winning 190–103. The men also won 151.5–142.5.

Right off the bat, the women charged ahead with a victory in the first event of the evening on Saturday: the 200 yard medley relay. Freshman Amanda Wang, junior Siena Sara, sophomore Shanny Lin, and sophomore Jessica Sauve were responsible for the positive outcome. Sauve, who was the anchor leg, swam the fastest lap of the race in 25.3 seconds, putting over five seconds on the competition from Vassar.

In addition to her contribution in the relay, Lin swam a 2:04.5 in the 200 butterfly and a 58.8 in the 100 fly. Sara took the 100 and 200 breaststrokes in 1:10.0 and 2:27.4, respectively. Wang captured the 100 and 200 backstrokes in 59.9 and 2:10.8, respectively. Sophomore Danielle Sauve placed first in 100 freestyle with 54.9. She also helped the 400 free relay team to victory, which included Wang, sophomore Michaela Yamashita, and sophomore Erin Kane in addition to herself

The men also made a name for themselves on Saturday, posting individual victories from junior Andrew Klobucher, junior Richard Dong, sophomore Brandon Koo, freshman Alex Athanassiadis, freshman Alex Chused, and freshman Dan Hendricks. Klobucher took the 100 and 200 freestyles, Dong the 100 backstroke, Koo the 200 backstroke, Athanassiadis the 3-meter dive, Chused the 1-meter dive, and Hendricks the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Team victories came in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.

When Sunday rolled around, the teams took to the pool at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Chused took 1-meter and 3-meter board diving events, Dong the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, and Hendricks the 500 and 1000 freestyles. Freshman John Alberta blew away the competition with his 48:19 in the 100 freestyle.

Senior Maddie Miller snatched both diving events for the women to help them clinch victory. Wang took the 100 and 200 backstrokes, Lin the 100 freestyle, Yamashita the 100 and 200 butterflies, Jessica Sauve the 200 breaststroke and 200 freestyle, Danielle Sauve the 50 and 1000 freestyles, and Sara the 100 breaststroke. The team of Wang, Lin, Kane, and Danielle Sauve won the 200 free relay and the team of Lin, Yamashita, Sara, and Jessica Sauve conquered the 400 medley relay.

Next on the agenda for the Engineers are the Liberty League Championships, which begin on December 4, with diving events to be held Union College and swimming events to be held at home at the Robison Pool.

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New J-Board chairman, members appointed

Church appointed Liaison, Summer Arch discussed

THE SENATE CONFIRMED Anthony Barbieri’s ‘15 new appointments to the Rensselaer Union Judicial Board.

The Senate confirmed the appointment of graduate senator Jen Church, current Student Government Communications Committee chairman, to the position of Senate-Executive Board Liaison and chairman of the Union Annual Report committee by a vote of 18-0-4. Church told the Senate that she would be able to taken on the added responsibilities of the new position because she already all of the Senate and Executive Board. Grand Marshal Marcus Flowers ’16 mentioned how she is currently a productive member of the Senate’s cabinet and an effective communicator. She also told the Senate she plans to step down as the Student Government Communications chairman at the end of the semester, but not before a replacement is appointment. Church encouraged freshmen and newer members of Senate to apply for the SGC position as she believed it would give them good leadership experience and crucial administrative contacts to leverage later on in their Senate careers.

Current Judicial Board chairman, Anthony Barbieri ’15 introduced his new J-Board appointees to the Senate for approval. The J-Board chairman appointee was graduate student Nathan James. Flowers jokingly asked him how well he knows the Rensselaer Union Constitution, on a scale of 0 to 10. James responded with 10, citing the fact that he was chairman of last year’s Constitution Committee and that he has served on J-Board as a regular member for the past two years. The new regular members will be Harrison Leinweber ’18, Sumit Munshi ’17, and Il Shin ’17. During the appointment of Shin, Senator Justin Etzine ‘18 questioned Shin on his sitting on cases citing the importance of experience for full J-Board members. The new alternate members will be Joshua Berman ’19, Kentaro Hansen ’19, and William Pfeiffer ’19.

New details about the Summer Arch program, given by Flowers, were discussed during the meeting. He stressed that these details are still very much in the preliminary planning process and are subject to change at any time. Parliamentarian Joshua Rosenfield ’17 brought up concerns about how students will view the Arch program in light of the fact that in-season athletes and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students will be exempt from the program, as well as students in the School of Architecture. Flowers responded by saying the Faculty Senate in particular told him how they seek to change student’s perception of the Summer Arch from that of a burden to a new opportunity. Unpaid internships could be an option in addition to a regular paid internships and co-ops, but Flowers said there would have to be a new bureaucratic infrastructure set up to support that, because individual departments would have to look into each unpaid opportunity and approve of it as being an educationally sound experience. He said that many companies have issues from a legal standpoint with having students working with no compensation, so they would need an assurance that RPI would count the experience as being educational though not credit bearing.

In regard to the issue of classes over the summer, he told the Senate that RPI wants to keep faculty with the current model of having nine month contracts, traditionally not working during the summer, which would mean the hiring of temporary teaching faculty over the summer or having some faculty take the fall or winter semesters off instead. Flowers also discusses how plans are in the works for there to be an outside of class Summer Experience Program as well. He compared it to an extended Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond type of experience and would include traveling and other trips to take place over times classes weren’t in sessions. Furthermore, he stressed that such an experience would be mandatory but that specific details are sparse right now.

Senator Michael Han ’16 asked about how the Summer Arch program would affect student government elections and membership. Flowers responded by saying that specifics cannot be determined until the first Summer Arch pilot, which will occur during the summer of 2017. Rosenfield added that any elections timeline changes would have to be brought forward as a Union constitution amendment and expressed concerns about it failing because of student opposition to the Arch program. Director of the Union Joe Cassidy told the Senate that the specifics of the academic calendar are still unknown and Flowers said that the academic calendar is usually approved in January. In fact, to that end, he said that a lot of major administrative decision-making on the Arch program will occur during Winter Break and that’s why he’s rescheduled a student Summer Arch forum until February 2016 in order to have more details about the program so that students will be more informed about what specifically to ask.

Flowers told the Senate that he is still looking for interested students to form a Summer Arch focus group. He encourages all interested to contact him at The entire Senate also encourages all students to fill out their annual survey, which can be found at as soon as possible.

The Academic Affairs Committee, Student Life Committee, and Web Technologies Group presented briefly to the Senate. Graduate Spencer Scott, chairman of the AAC, presented on his efforts to increase connections between RPI students and Capitol Region media companies. He said that he is working with the Strategic Communications Office in order to coordinate efforts in that regard. Paul Ilori ’17 presented on the Excused Absense policy and how the SLC was a large part of getting it changed. He said before the change professors had the individual power to veto excuses given by the Dean of Students Office and the Student Health Center, but after the change professors are required to give reasonable time to allow work to be made up. Ilori specifically said any “no makeup” policies are superseded by the current student excused absence policy.

Finally, Cameron Riley ’19 from the Web Technologies Group presented his work on the WTG project to look into changes to the student printing system. He said that many comparable colleges use a system where students print to a central queue and that they release their individual jobs once they get to the printer in question. Riley said that a priority of this project would be to eliminate cover sheets, which many students see as a waste of resources. A lesser priority, according to Riley, would be the fact that many schools have a higher free printing allotment than RPI and that many students would like to see the current limit raised.

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Victories galore

Past weekend one for the books

Hi RPI! I just want to throw a HUGE congratulations to the RPI sports teams this weekend! On Friday night we were able to take on Yale and go toe-to-toe to pull out a 3-2 victory in hockey. Despite a barrage of shots, freshmen Cam Hackett held strong in the goal and only let two slip by. The energy kept up as we went into our game against Brown on Saturday. This was yet another nail biter, and ultimately ended in a tie between the Engineers and the Bears. There has been a little controversy surrounding the non-goal during overtime, but, regardless, the Engineers have planted themselves firmly as the leaders of the Eastern College Athletic Conference at this time. Also on Saturday, the football team faced off against our rivals Union College for the annual Dutchman’s Shoes Game. With this year marking the 113th face-off in the rivalry, the engineers strode confidently into the longest running rivalry in New York. With a stellar performance on all sides, and even a pick-6, the Engineers were able to clinch the win 23-10 over the crying Dutchmen, and brought the shoes home. They have earned a spot in the ECAC Bowl game this Saturday against Buffalo State. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving both moved up to 4-0 in their respective undefeated seasons. Men’s soccer continued their impressive season with the fourth NCAA victory in program history as they edged out Stevens 2-1 in overtime. Great work to all our student athletes, and I wish you the best of luck as you continue your seasons.

I also hope you had the chance to come out and enjoy the 125th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, as we joined in celebrating this unique organization and pillar of student empowerment on campus. I want to thank the 125th Anniversary Committee for all their hard work and dedication as we continue our celebration. The Rensselaer Union was founded in 1890, and you can actually find the text of the original constitution on the walls of the stairwells between the Rathskellar and second floor. Students came together to further their interests, and create a wholesome experience outside of the classroom, including athletics, clubs, and other organizations. Over more than a century, the Union has grown and evolved with the ever-changing times. I am proud of all that we have done, and how far we have come. We are one of, if not the, last student-run unions in the U.S., with our nearest equivalents being in the United Kingdom. It is a veritable point of pride not just for the Institute, but the students as well. The Union is where you explore your passions, where your voice is heard, and where the hub of campus culture can be found. I’ll actually be heading out to a conference this weekend to meet with the leaders of other student-run unions, so if you have any questions I encourage you to send them my way (, and I’ll be sure to return with answers next week.

In the world of the E-Board, things are running smoothly and we are all meeting with our clubs as budgeting season looms ahead. A Senate-Executive Board Liaison and Union Annual Report chair will have been appointed by the time this Derby is published. However, I cannot name who I plan to recommend, as interviews have not been completed yet. I highly encourage all students to get involved, and to make your mark. There exists an incredible opportunity for real world experience with the UAR that will be invaluable to your career later in life. Check it out!

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