Author Archives: The Poly

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Rensselaer slams Bard 49-40

*+-Last night, in a midweek roundup at the East Campus Athletic Village arena against Bard College, the Engineers brought home their first win since January 3. By building up a foundation of points in the first quarter and maintaining it … Continue reading

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EXTENDED PLAY REVIEW

RPI students produce free electronic music EP

Tracks exemplify RPI students’ musical talent through experimental beats and sounds

PULSE COLLECTIVE RECENTLY PRODUCED their first EP and have made it available online.

*+-The PULSE Collective, RPI’s very own group of electronic dance music up-and-comings, released their first extended play last week. The EP, entitled SuperPAC Vol. 001, features eight artists across twelve tracks and contains a variety of genres, including techno, electroclash, … Continue reading

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PANAMA SERVICE TRIP

Students install rainwater chlorination system

MEMBERS OF ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS POSE in Panama over Winter Break where they worked to install a treatment system for collected rainwater.

*+-In 2010, the Rensselaer Engineers Without Borders chapter was formed and applied for its first project: creating a water treatment system for a community in Panama on Isla Popa II. Since then, the club has selected key members each year … Continue reading

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EDITOR’S CORNER

Searching for life on Mars

Exploring questions posed by the Fermi

*+-Pondering the meaning of life is a dangerous, dangerous game. Asking questions like “why are we here?” and “are we alone?” makes some people feel uncomfortable and nervous. These are tough questions that great thinkers throughout history have continuously struggled … Continue reading

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CAMERA REVIEW

Two months with Fujifilm’s X100T model

THE X100T CAPTURES a man telling officers during protest on Michigan Avenue: “It’s cops like him [who] make good cops look bad.”

*+-A little over two months ago, I got a Fujifilm X100T; a small and unassuming digital camera. At the time, protests regarding the police shooting of Laquan McDonald were taking place in Chicago, and I decided to take the X100T … Continue reading

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MEN’S HOCKEY

RPI overcomes deficit vs. Brown

SOPHOMORE DEFENSEMAN MIKE PRAPAVESSIS SKATES aggressively past a Yale Bulldog near the Engineers’ net. (file photo)

*+-Down 3-0 12 minutes into the second period of play against Brown University on Friday night, the Engineers took their adversary’s fortune with a grain of salt when they fought back to claim a 4-3 advantage by the end of … Continue reading

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STUDENT SENATE

R&E proposes voting changes; IFC rush begins

GRADUATE STUDENT MIKE CAIOLA DISCUSSES the graduate council’s plans for the First Annual Graduate Symposium, which will be held on May 1 of this year.

*+-After a welcome back greeting from Grand Marshal Marcus Flowers ’16, the Student Senate convened for the first time this year at 7:03 pm on Wednesday night. After postponing the minutes approval for the Senate meeting that evening, committee reports … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK

You don’t need to feel down

How cheering others up can cheer yourself up

*+-There is too much. Too much looking in the mirror for what isn’t there instead of realizing it doesn’t need to be. Too much of this; too much of that. Too much half empty and not enough “that’s just right.” … Continue reading

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LITERARY ARTS

Inspired writer spins her own story against established works

*+-Writers are certifiably crazy. It’s an absolutely essential qualification for the job. If any adult were to stroll up and tell me, “I’ve got dozens of imaginary people running around in my head, I create worlds for them to grow … Continue reading

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TRACK & FIELD

Engineers place in the middle at Middlebury College

*+-Field athletes dominated against the eight teams competing at Middlebury College in Vermont on Saturday. Victories by sophomore jumper Matt Vitagliano and senior throwers Tyler Yeastedt and Andrea Ukleja paved the way for the third and fourth place finishes by … Continue reading

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CITY OF TROY

Work begins on new CDTA transit station on Fourth St.

THE PROPOSED TRANSIT STATION, ONCE COMPLETE, WILL improve bus connections between Troy and the rest of the Capital Region. The station is slated to cost $3.5 million dollars with New York State Governor Cuomo pledging $650,000.

*+-The Capital District Transit Authority announced in December that it will proceed with the construction of a brand new transit hub in downtown Troy. The hub, which is planned to be built at the intersection of Fourth Street and Fulton … Continue reading

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TOP HAT

Setting big goals for the upcoming semester

GM encourages all RPI students to challenge themselves within the community

*+-Hello everyone, and welcome back to RPI. I hope you all enjoyed your time away from classes, and any holidays you may have celebrated over the last few weeks. While on my break, I took a lot of time to … Continue reading

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CAR SHOW

Automakers display new models, technology

Underscored auto show makes an impressive display with top of the line equipment

RENOWNED AUTOMAKERS SUCH AS TOYOTA, SUBARU, VOLKSWAGEN, JEEP PROUDLY DISPLAY their new designs to enthusiasts

*+-The New England International Auto Show, held in Boston, MA every January, is an opportunity for automakers to show off their new models and technology to consumers and the media. Often overshadowed by other large expos occurring around the same … Continue reading

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SUPER BOWL PREVIEW

Panthers, Broncos prepare for historic game

*+-For the third year in a row, the Super Bowl will feature the number one seed from both conferences. The Carolina Panthers, the champions of the National Football Conference, and winners of all but one game this season, will make … Continue reading

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Union Facilities seek approval for Playhouse repairs

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF UNION OPERATIONS JOE CAMPO DISCUSSES the need for Playhouse safety updates.

*+-After a successful season of budgeting, the Executive Board opened up the first meeting of the semester to Rensselaer Union club appeals. There were no appeals for a change in budget amounts, but rather appeals for reallocation of funds. The … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW

Anthem explores the importance of individuality

Concise story-telling provides large impact on readers and scholars with universal concept

*+-First released in 1938, Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem differs substantially from most of her earlier works in its length; while novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead weigh in at 1,200 and 700 pages, respectively, Anthem is presented in a relatively … Continue reading

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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Hobart College Statesmen overtake lead to defeat RPI

*+-At 4 pm on Saturday, Rensselaer confronted Hobart College in Geneva, NY, where they swallowed their sixth failure in the Liberty League with only a three-point deficit. In the first half, Hobart successfully interrupted the Engineers’ pace. Not only did … Continue reading

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MOVIE REVIEW

Four average men take on the big banks

New film follows bankers during the tough financial crisis of 2008

THE BIG SHORT STARS ACTORS Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling as they take on the big screen with their performance in this finance-centric film from late 2015.

*+-While it may be a bit late to discuss movies I saw over break, seeing as it’s award season I feel as though I have a good excuse to discuss films still relevant at these shows. The critical darling I … Continue reading

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WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY

Engineers split 1-1

*+-Women’s ice hockey split the weekend 1-1, first losing to Colgate University 5-3 on Friday night, and following with a 2-1 win against Cornell University on Saturday. The Engineers struck first Friday night, when senior forward Lauren Wash played senior … Continue reading

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Tigers, Herons challenge Engineers and win

*+-Despite holding leads in both of their away games over the weekend, women’s basketball ultimately fell short of victory to both the Rochester Institute of Technology Herons and the William Smith College Tigers by a combined seven points. In the … Continue reading

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