Pride Alliance puts on raunchy drag show

Drag queens grace the stage of Academy Hall and entertain students

A DRAG QUEEN PERFORMS with intensity, entertaining and surprising the audience.

Everyone has that one friend—the person that sweeps in right as life gets too predictable and gives a new definition to excitement. Mine, without fail, steered me to the front steps of Academy Hall at 8 pm Friday night. The normally stoic building was dressed up in rainbow streamers and balloons, a welcoming invitation by the Rensselaer Pride Alliance to come in and enjoy a quality Drag Show.

RPI was graced with “The Final Show” by the lovely Penny, the host for the evening, in what was to be her last time hosting such an event since she started back in 2009. Joining her were Sherri Love, Ophelia Nighly, Pacifica Rim, Carmie Hope, and Frieda Munchon. Together they made for a truly unforgettable night, showcasing their various talents and bold personalities. Be it through singing, dancing, lip syncing, or acting, the ladies kept their audience captivated. It was a wild ride, yet, even through the plethora of dirty jokes and literal candy flying across the room, the pure talent of these queens shone brighter than their sequined dresses under spotlights. I hadn’t the slightest clue of what to expect when I walked in, but everything came as a pleasant surprise: there was glitter galore, sass to spare, and I can say that performing a cartwheel and dropping into a split all while in four-inch heels has never looked so effortless.

Everyone had their own time in the spotlight; even audience members got to take a turn up on stage! Penny and friends would often come down into the crowd to interact and occasionally bring up some particularly brave volunteers to participate in friendly competitions, such as “Best Ass” and “Best Boobs.” These playful contests helped bring out some hidden confidence in the volunteers. It was through such means that they managed to sniff out the rare straight male in the whole venue and rope him into being a judge for the latter competition. With participants lined up waiting to be judged, Penny asked him the hard-hitting question that no doubt every guy should ponder: “Do you prefer half-and-half, skim, or milf?”

They had won our hearts by the end of the night, what with their humor, flair, and footwear that could put any shoe-lover to shame. But, when ten o’clock rolled around and the promising fluorescent lights of Moe’s could no longer be ignored, Penny bid us farewell in order to sate her need for a chicken quesadilla.

The gathering, while small, was representative of a greater cause; not only are all of the night’s proceeds going to be directed to benefit the Albany Damien Center, but this was also an important assembly for the pride community. The show attracted a colorful crowd that differed greatly in gender, age, and sexuality. Even after the show was over, I was happy to notice that the audience remained to mingle, a new togetherness having been instilled in them.

For those who missed out on the opportunity, the show’s recording will be available on RPI TV’s website at

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Women make history at regional invitational

THE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM MADE history after becoming the top 13th nationally ranked team. On Sunday, the group recieved the news that they had earned a bid to compete in the national championship.

Climbing to 13th in national rankings since the cross country season kicked off in September, the women’s team showed 44 teams what they were made of on Saturday when they placed third overall at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championship Meet held at Letchworth State Park just outside of Geneseo, NY. Never in Rensselaer women’s cross country history has the team performed this well at a regional meet.

The icing on the cake came on Sunday when the team received word that they had earned a bid for the national championship meet to be held on Saturday in Oshkosh, WI.

“We actually found out on Sunday at about 3 pm, and we are definitely heading to Nationals!” said junior women’s co-captain Maddie Dery, who placed 12th in the 266-person women’s 6 km race. “I cannot even begin to describe how excited we all are…this has been our dream ever since the end of last track season when we found out that it was a realistic goal.”

Seven women represented the Engineers on Saturday’s course. 22 minutes and 7.2 seconds into the race, sophomore Jaime Lord crossed the finish line to take fifth place overall and first for RPI.

“Regardless of how we finish at Nationals, I am just so proud of all of us girls for the hard work and commitment we put into this sport,” said Lord. “To go from last year, where we weren’t even ranked nationally, to now where we are ranked 13th, is just unbelievable.”

Senior and women’s team co-captain Shannon Trant came through shortly after Lord, placing eighth in a time of 22:16.6. Following her was Dery, after whom came junior Mary West in 28th place in 22:54.1. Junior Alexa Sakorafos, who placed 50th with a time of 23:21.8, was the final scored team member, earning the women 103 points.

“The mental and physical efforts that have gone into this season to get to nationals can be attributed to [Coach John] Lynch,” said senior runner Isabel Johnson. “It is no shock to me that we are going to nationals, because we have earned it! We have worked hard and will continue to work hard until we hit the finish line in Oshkosh.”

The Geneseo Knights took the meet with 75 points. Oneonta was the runner-up with 89 points. Just as St. Lawrence University was defeated by RPI at the Liberty League Championship Meet last Saturday, they again fell behind RPI to place fourth with 128 points. Their top runner, Megan Kellogg, won the race with a time of 21:44.6. This was her seventh straight victory for the 2015 season.

Junior Ben Fazio took to the lead pack of the 288-person men’s 8 km race from the start, and ended up placing fourth in the race to clinch a berth in the national meet. His time of 25:22.6 was 11.5 seconds behind the leader from Geneseo’s time.

Falling in behind Fazio for the Rensselaer men were freshman Grant O’Connor in 30th place at 26:10.2, sophomore Matthew Stewart in 48th place with 26:29.8, freshman Sean O’Connor in 57th place at 26:36.8, and senior Steve Hammar in 68th with 26:45.2. Juniors Garret Davis and Matthew Cicciu also ran, but were not counted in the score, which was 207 for RPI. Geneseo took the meet for the men with 54 points, while St. Lawrence came in second with 68.

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Men’s Rugby alloted budget for final competition

RUGBY OFFICERS COME before the Executive Board for budget reallocation for men’s travel.

The Executive Board meeting opened Thursday, November 12, with the introduction of the new Student Activities Assistant, Alex Pizzola. Her duties include advising service clubs such as Colleges Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, and Circle K.

Next, Ken Palmer, manager of the new and improved Rensselaer Collegiate Store, presented two documents to the E-board. The first document stated the sales of the store and their progression from their opening until now, and the second document was a ratio analysis scrutinizing the comparison of supplies bought and sold against the enrollment. While Palmer states that the rise in sales since their opening reflects well, especially to a business at the beginning of its career, only half of the student body is making purchases at the store. He justifies this predicament by noting that it was only the first semester. He goes on to mention that the Collegiate Store plans on offering a price matching program for text books. This price matching will occur at either the time of transaction or within seven days of the transaction. Any money refunded will be in the form of a gift card. This exciting new deal will take place next semester and the details concerning exclusions and exceptions will be made clear as the time approaches. Palmer is also excited to introduce new Rensselaer merchandise with a Star Wars twist, in spirit of the movie’s December release.

The E-board wished congratulations to the men’s rugby team for winning the Tri-state Rugby Conference and for their invitation to compete in the National Rugby Playoffs November 21 and 22. This competition will take place in Greenville, North Carolina. The total cost of the trip itself including hotels for the 26 players, coach, and bus driver will be $7,208. Both the men’s and women’s rugby have $2,000 allocated to them for travel expenses, and RPI Rugby came looking to have the women’s travel expenses reallocated to the men’s travelling expenses. Representing men’s rugby was President William Howard ’16 and representing Women’s Rugby was Treasurer Kathryn Peoples ’17. In a unanimous vote of 13-0-0, the motion to reallocate the $2,000 from the women’s travel fund to the men’s fund passed.

The position for Senate/Executive Board Liaison is still pending and President Nick Dvorak ’16 announced that there will be one for next week’s meeting. After announcements were made, Dvorak reminded E-board members of their duties involved in the budgeting of those groups that they are responsible for.

Vasudha’s new plan for water bottle filling stations was mentioned and discussed at the tail end of the meeting. The plan is to set up these stations throughout campus in easy-access locations, with a cleaner and healthier alternative to filling your water bottle at a drinking fountain; the water bottle-filling station will also double as a drinking fountain. Vasudha is not in search of funds, but approval for their use of funds, which the E-board granted in a 13-0-0 vote concluding the meeting.

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Broken steam pipe endangers $100k of student instruments

Over the weekend of October 30, a steam pipe in West Hall 325 sprung a leak, causing the humidity in the the room to rise to the point where water was condensing on the walls and puddling on the floor. The problem was discovered on Monday, November 2 by Rensselaer Orchestra French horn player Patrick Celentano ’18. “I have music theory on Mondays [before the orchestra rehearses], so I usually bring my French horn with me to West and drop off in the storage room… I opened the door and was immediately hit with a wall of humidity and heat. There were little pools of water on the floor from condensation and any paper that was left in there—music, or otherwise—was wrinkled from saturation,” says Celentano. He informed Professor Nicholas DeMaison, director of the orchestra, of the problem, who, in turn, informed the Arts Department administration. According to Burgess, a violin manufacturer, when wooden instruments are stored in locations with improper humidity, they “swell and contract…When [they] get smaller, parts of the instrument, like the top, are under tension, the perfect condition for the formation of cracks and failure of the joints and seams.” Burgess recommended a relative humidity of between 40 percent and 60 percent for storage of wooden instruments. When asked if climate control problems were persistent in the orchestra’s rehearsal and instrument storage areas, Celentano responded “Yes. West Hall has a good number of problems, but those rooms are particularly bad.” In this instance, Celentano only had a mute damaged.

Other students, however, have not been as lucky. Nathan Kiel ’18, cellist in the orchestra, had his cello split due to the lack of climate control in the instrument storage areas this past winter. “Due to the extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity in that room, the seam between the face of the cello and the sides split and widened. I had to have that gap filled, which has compromised the structural integrity of my instrument, a handmade cello from 1928,” says Kiel, who also characterized the climate control problems in West Hall as recurring.

Professor DeMaison was asked his opinions of the instrument storage and rehearsal spaces. When asked about the constant fluctuations in humidity and temperature, he said “I would say it is absolutely problematic for instruments, there’s no question.” Professor DeMaison added that, in the event of another catastrophic event, it’s not a question of the possibility, but rather the extent, of instrument damage. When asked for an approximate value of instruments kept in these spaces, DeMaison performed a survey of the orchestra, and estimated the value at approximately $120,000, over 75 percent of which is in student-owned instruments.

As a response to this latest in a series of ongoing problems, orchestra students have banded together in an attempt to remedy the situation. On Tuesday, November 10, Celentano approached the Senate on behalf of orchestra members, in an attempt to facilitate communication with the administration and solve the climate control problems as well as other problems facing the program, such as a lack of a budget for sheet music. The Senate passed a motion to charge the project of rectifying the situation to the Student Life Committee.

S. John Trombley ’17

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Blizzard delivers most exciting adventure yet

Players 'discover' the first wing of

THE FOUR ADVENTURERS BASK in the glory of the coveted golden monkey and conspire together to obtain it.

I have been playing Hearthstone since the first official season back in April 2014, so I have been there for every adventure and expansion Blizzard has released. Hearhtstone’s previous expansion left much to be desired. With the newest adventure, League of Explorers, Blizzard has given players the best Players vs. Environment content to date.

LoE came as a surprise to the Hearthstone community. In the past, Blizzard has announced an update and then forced players to wait a month or more to play it. With LoE, they gave players only a six day notice. I thought this short amount of time between announcement and release was a great change of pace that I hope they continue with.

The general premise of LoE is that you are helping four other adventurers recover the Staff of Origination. In each wing you help one adventurer. The wings are released on a weekly basis and in the first one you are tasked with helping Reno Jackson in the Temple of Orsis. In this adventure I feel the story really shines through in the narration and fights. For instance, in the second fight, you face Sun Raider Phaerix, who is the holder of the portion of the staff we are trying to retrieve. During the fight, whoever holds the staff is invincible. This inclusion of plot into an actual battle was an interesting dynamic that I thought was very well done. The battle itself was also fun due to the need of balance control of the staff and attacking Phaerix. The uniqueness of adventures is what makes them such a great experience in Hearthstone.

After defeating Phaerix, you face the best part of the first wing. In this fight, you are in a race against time to escape from the temple. There isn’t anybody that you have to defeat, you just have to live for 10 turns. This completely changes the strategy for the fight. It again also ties the story in beautifully. Feeling the rush of having to escape in time, the choices that need to be made to get out, and the inclusion of a huge rolling stone ball all made this so interesting and fun.

The other portion of LoE apart from the main story are class challenges. I haven’t been a fan of the majority of class challenges in past adventures, so I wasn’t expecting much from this one either. I played through the first two that came with this wing just to unlock the cards, and I won’t be going back to play them again like I will the main adventure. They were so bland I don’t even remember what classes I played as.

This adventure will release 45 new cards and a new mechanic called discover. Without going into too much detail, I don’t think discover will be a game changing mechanic. None of the new cards screamed “amazing” to me either; there wasn’t a reaction like I had to Emperor Thaurissan from the Blackrock Mountain adventure. Only time will tell which cards will be impactful, and I’m hoping that some make up for the pitiful Grand Tournament expansion.

Overall, I am pleased with the League of Explorers. If Blizzard can release three more wings as interesting and varied as the first, this will be hands down my favorite update to Hearthstone.

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RPI conquers Stevens, falls to Brandeis

JUNIOR DEFENDER ANDREW GONDEK SHIELDS the ball from the opposition of Kenne State College. (file photo)

RPI men’s soccer spent the weekend in Waltham, Massachusetts, participating in the NCAA tournament. The Engineers defeated Stevens Institute of Technology 2-1 on Saturday, and lost to Brandeis University 1-2 Sunday, barely missing the Sweet 16.

The first half of Saturday’s game was uneventful for both sides. Neither team was able to take the lead, with only nine shots on goal between the two teams. Ultimately, it would be the second half and overtime that would decide the game.

In the 54th minute, senior midfielder Matt Carberry defended a Stevens attack. Working quickly and taking advantage of the opportunity, Carberry connected with senior forward Nathaniel Gunderson, who also saw the golden opportunity. Gunderson beat his defender and, seeing the Duck’s keeper was off his line, gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead.

Not to be outdone, Stevens fought back and put the pressure on RPI sophomore goalie Ryan Nealon, who had to make five saves during the second half to keep the Stevens onslaught at bay. Rensselaer was almost out of the woods when, in the 89th minute, Stevens forward Carson Pryor passed to forward Jeff Althoff, who had made a diagonal run past the Engineer’s defense. Taking a touch to settle the ball, Althoff was able to slip one past Nealon to tie the game and push it overtime.

Seven minutes into overtime, Gunderson was again on the attack. Before he could get a shot off, he was tripped from behind inside the box, giving RPI a golden, although less glorious, opportunity. Senior Paul Lentine was brought up from RPI’s defense and drove the penalty kick into the net, sending the Engineers into round two.

On Sunday, RPI faced Brandeis late in the afternoon. The Engineers came ready to fight, knowing that the Brandeis Judges had lost just two games this season. Brandeis scored first when a free kick allowed Josh Ocel to find Patrick Flahive, who finished the ball with a header past Nealon.

Although Brandeis controlled the entire game, they were unable to work past RPI’s defense, keeping the score at 1-0 Judges.

It seemed that one goal would be enough to win, until the Engineers were given an opportunity in the last minute of play. A free kicked caused Brandeis goalie Ben Woodhouse to come off his line and punch the ball away. However, it was junior Andrew Gondeck who got to the ball first, and was able to take a shot. Although it was defended, RPI was persistent—at no point ready to give up the fight. Lentine again played an important role, collecting the now twice rebounded ball and managing to tie the game.

It would take two overtimes before the match was resolved. In the 102nd minute, the Judges took a page from the Engineers’ book, recovering a rebounded free kick and bringing RPI’s season to a close.

The Engineers barely missed out on the Sweet 16, finishing with a season record of 12-5-3.

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WEIRD: Bush offers chest bumps, Secret Service officer caught in sting

ISIL operates a 24-hour jihadi help desk

According to United States intelligence groups, ISIL operates a technical help desk available to any of its worldwide terrorists. A popular question answered is how to encrypt communications so law enforcement has a harder time catching them before they strike.

Secret Service agent caught in a sexting sting

Secret Service agent Lee Robert Moore has been charged with attempting to send sexually explicit messages to a 14 year old girl. None of his texts actually were with an underage girl; instead, he was actually communicating with two police officers from Delaware.

Bangkok “half-marathon” actually 17 miles

Due to “a technical error,” according to the Athletic Associate of Thailand, a sign was placed pointing the wrong way which, over the course of the race, added about four miles to what should have been a 13 mile race.

Google self–driving car pulled over for going below speed limit

A Mountain View Police Department officer pulled over a vehicle for going too slow before he realized it was a Google self-driving car. He asked the driver questions about how the car chooses a speed to travel at but no citation was issued.

Jeb Bush offers chest bumps for new supporters after last Republican debate

Jeb Bush told reporters that he will offer every political “converter” a chest bump after the Republican debate on November 11. A video surfaced of Bush chest bumping a man after he admitted he was a Ted Cruz co-chairman but now supports Bush.

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Full issue: November 11, 2015

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EWB attends Northeast Regional

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS SEEKS to create sustainable projects around the world.

Saturday, November 7, at the chipper hour of 5:30 am, members of Rensselaer’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter loaded into two cars and drove to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where the Northeast Regional Conference would take place. In attendance was Project Leader and mechanical engineering major Mike Kubista ’17, Vice President and civil engineering major Alison Luongo ’17, Professional Liaison and materials science and engineering major Tom Rebbecchi ’16, secretary and biomedical engineering major Kyra Dauwalder ’17, treasurer and chemical engineering major Elizabeth Kwon ’18, fundraising coordinator and electrical engineering major Frank Sokolowski ’18, membership coordinator and mechanical engineering and design innovation and society major Tim Andrews ’18, mechanical engineering major Jonathan Blumers ’17, environmental engineering major Paige Shovelton ’19, and chemical engineering major Elisabeth Ryan ’19.

The event began with a continental breakfast and led into a general body address which consisted of welcomes and presentations by noteworthy speakers. These speakers focused on the purpose of EWB and its flourishing impact in the world today. EWB’s mode of operation is focusing on a community in a developing country, determining what can be changed to improve the lives of the people in the community, and implementing solutions through engineering projects which members of the community partake in and eventually take over. The different chapters across the nation have individual projects that they maintain for years, building a strong connection with the people. There are currently over 660 projects taking place in 45 different countries. These development projects center around water supply, civil works projects, sanitation, agriculture, energy sources, and the building and maintaining of structures. The most in-demand of these is a clean water supply. In regions of sub-Saharan Africa, water is scarce and the water that is present is often contaminated. Nearly 70 percent of these development projects focus on providing communities with clean drinking water. RPI’s chapter is among that percentage.

The general body presentations were periodic throughout the weekend and were counterbalanced with what they dubbed “break-out sessions.” Break-out sessions were smaller-sized lectures and workshops with a variety of options going into greater detail over the topics mentioned above. Some covered the managing portion of EWB: fundraising, event planning, and recruitment. Most were lectures about the different solutions EWB has made, and can make in the future. Others displayed the innovative ideas and projects of chapters throughout the region, one of which was presented on Sunday by Rebbecchi and Luongo. Their presentation informed attendees of the conference about RPI EWB’s project in Panama. In brief, for several years, RPI EWB has been returning every January to the community of Isla Popa II to build and maintain a rain water harvesting system that provides the community with water. They will return again this coming January to continue improving it.

Personally, the members of RPI EWB were impressed by the speakers, the facilities, and the conference in general. “I would say that NERC was a really enjoyable and educational experience. It was great being able to learn about what other chapters are doing and how they operate. I think this will allow our officers and members to greatly improve our chapter and its effectiveness, both locally and in our projects abroad,” said Blumers. “I thought it was great to meet the staff of EWB-USA headquarters who advise all chapters on their proposed designs and to learn more about how they manage and guide the many chapters across the country,” said Kubista. Overall, it was an educational experience and a great opportunity to meet with different members of the EWB community who are making strides in the successful development of communities around the globe. Those interested in making a difference, travelling, or working with people are welcome in EWB.

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Staff Editorial: Politics with a purpose

As the Student Senate at RPI continues to play politics, the campus community has begun to question the relevancy of student government. To be fair, the group has struggled to implement changes, and it’s reasonable for the student body to question the group’s relevance. However, we at The Poly feel it is important to mention that student government serves several integral roles in the life of students on campus.

To begin, student government often serves to provide a balance between the administration and the students who have grown to call this place home. While students are here to earn an education, they certainly deserve input on how the Institute they have devoted four years of their lives to is run. In the face of administration, student government has traditionally served as the voice of the students.

In a campus community as complacent as Rensselaer’s, our elected officials serve as the primary group of people that are willing to make changes in the lives of students. It wouldn’t be fair to suggest that the work done by student senators and other officials is easy—the elected students have sacrificed themselves to hours of bureaucracy in the name of improving the lives of the students. Students at RPI get genuinely angry about the decisions made by the administration, but it is rare that any actual demonstration of our concerns happens; consequently, we are subject to the whims of the administration. We rely on government to provide Rensselaer with the changes that will keep us evolving and pertinent to modern society.

Additionally, as a newspaper, we live for controversy. If it weren’t for student government, we would never have the opportunity to report on a breaking story. The Student Senate has afforded us an opportunity that we would never have otherwise: to be the first source for the Rensselaer. As petty as it might sound, we’re thankful to the student government for keeping our campus interesting and dynamic.

We can understand the frustration that students feel with the current status of student government, but our elected officials stand as our best bet to make changes in the Rensselaer community that will ultimately benefit the Institute as a whole.

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Isaac experiences rebirth in Afterbirth

AN ANGERED BOSS COMBATS an infantile character in the final stages of the new greed mode from Afterbirth.

On October 30, a downloadable content pack came out for the little known indie game called The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. The update, Afterbirth, features a new Greed Mode, Daily Runs, Online Leaderboards, more than 1,000 new room designs, items, transformations, and achievements, amongst a sea of countless other features. This is a much needed update to Rebirth, which came out almost a year ago, on November 4, 2014. Though the original game contained hundreds of hours of gameplay, most people that have the game don’t just sit down and play one run; they play for hours. I am a huge fan of Rebirth, and this DLC provides more content than I know what to do with. I have more than 200 hours clocked into the original, and still haven’t unlocked everything.

First off, for those that do not know, The Binding of Isaac is a roguelike style of game that employs several random elements in a top down style of gameplay. Players control a tear-shooting baby that picks up items and fights through enemies in a Zelda-dungeon-like manner. Every time the game is played, a new map and items are generated; however, there are more than 10 stages that the player must advance through with each play. With Afterbirth, the most notable feature is Greed Mode, which is a variation on the previously described style of play. In Greed Mode, each of the seven stages has the same layout: a double-sized arena style room, two treasure rooms, a shop, a curse room, and a devil or angel room. Players can hit the button in the middle of the arena room to start spawning enemies and gold coins; if the waves become too overwhelming, the player can hit the button again to stop the spawns, at the cost of a half a heart. In the treasure rooms, the protagonist can pick up power-ups that increase its survivability and strength, while the shop provides additional power-ups at the price of gold coins. The mode, in general, encourages a high intensity, fast-paced gameplay, rewarding greed over conservative play. The amount of gold that a player acquires correlates to their ability to win and overcome each level.

Greed Mode is my favorite addition to the base game. It provides endless hours of dynamic play, and even features an epic boss on the final level. I won’t spoil its name, but the hulking figure possesses a callipygian and robust figure. Like I mentioned in my last review, The Binding of Isaac is the perfect roguelike game; its randomly generated maps, curses, enemies, bosses, and even character statistics allow the most skilled players to flourish where others may falter. And with Afterbirth including new transformations, items, pool generation, and challenges, I can confidently say that I will be playing this game well into the next year, even with titles like Fallout 4, Overwatch, and Star Wars: Battlefront coming out in 2015.

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Miller scores game winning goal in overtime

RPI REFUSED to settle for a second tie over the weekend when they scored during overtime on Saturday. (file photo)

The Rensselaer Engineers headed to Potsdam, New York for a 7 pm game last Friday night against Clarkson University. Coming off of a sweep against Union College last weekend, RPI skated out ready to play. They started the game off right with junior Riley Bourbonnais taking the first faceoff and sophomore Mike Prapavessis taking the first shot of the game. After about seven minutes of intense play, senior Travis Fulton put up a goal assisted by freshman Meirs Moore. A minor penalty for each team later, the period ended with the Engineers’ goal having gone unanswered.

Only five minutes into the second period, junior Jake Wood scored another goal for Rensselaer assisted by Bourbonnais and junior Parker Reno. Just a few minutes later, Clarkson’s Brett Gervais answered RPI’s goal and made the score 2-1, having put one by senior goalie Jason Kasdorf. The teams battled it out for the rest of the period with the score remaining at a standstill. Tensions heightened, leading to Riley Bourbonnais receiving a roughing penalty in the last second of the period.

Late in the third period, Clarkson scored again, tying the game up. Freshman goalie Cam Hackett had just been put into the game only to be scored on before he even had enough time to warm up. The game stayed tied for the rest of the regulation and through over time. Clarkson dominated the game’s faceoffs, winning two-thirds of the 66 and putting 38 shots on net to the Engineers’ 27.

On Saturday, RPI played the St. Lawrence Saints in Canton, New York. After the previous night’s heartbreaking tie, the Engineers needed a win. The game did not start the way they wanted; the game stayed at a hard fought 0-0 until the last minute of play in the first period when the Saints scored on Hackett. This was the Saints’ only goal of the period despite their three power play opportunities.

The Engineers went into the second period hungrier for the win than before and scored a goal in both the 13th and 14th minutes of play. The goals were put up by sophomores Jared Wilson and Drew Melanson respectively. It wasn’t more than a few minutes before the score was tied up by the Saints at two apiece. At this point in the game, the RPI goalie, Hackett, had seen twice as many shots as the Saints’ goalie, but managed to keep the score even.

The Saints scored another in the early third period giving themselves a one point lead and stepping up the intensity of the game. The Engineers were able to rally and Bourbonnais scored 13 minutes into the third period assisted by Prapavessis.

Just like the night before, the game went into overtime. After a weekend of travel, the Engineers would not stand for bringing home two overtime ties or a loss; they brought home a win thanks to the game winning goal by senior Mark Miller assisted by Melanson and Reno. Congratulations to Hackett on his first full Engineers’ game played and won. Rensselaer’s next game is this Friday at 7 pm against Yale and is the Class of 2018 Hockey Night.

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Summer Arch forum postponed until February

PATRICK CELENTANO ’18 DISCUSSES instrument storage woes.

Patrick Celentano ’18 and S. John Trombley ’17 from the Rensselaer Orchestra presented to the Senate about how a steam pipe burst in the ceiling of their instrument storage room, causing thousands of dollars in damages to instruments. On Monday, November 2, Celentano explained how he walked into the room to put his instrument away, and saw “pools of water on the ground” and that the humidity in the room was extremely high. Orchestral instruments are designed to be stored in climate-controlled conditions, and West Hall has had consistent climate control issues which recently climaxed with the burst steam pipe, according to the presenters. To add further insult to injury, the RPI FIXX service did not even address the problem until the following Wednesday, and did not determine that a steam pipe had burst until Friday, November 6.

They also told the Senate that orchestra has no budget to buy new music; only copy existing pieces and that any successful program needs to be able to expand their repertoire. Trombley said, in regard to the facility’s issues, that each day the issues aren’t resolved will lead to more student property damage. Celentano and Trombley wanted advice from the Senate on how they might best air their grievances over the situation to the right people in administration in order to make sure a similar situation never happens again. They shared a letter they drafted, which they intend to send to the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science’s Dean Mary Simoni and President Shirley Ann Jackson.

Senators Bill Mehner ’16 and graduate Jen Church suggested that orchestra students speak to staff closer to the issue before directly communicating with either Dr. Simoni or President Jackson, because that could be seen as trying to work around established processes. Church also said that the Graduate Council would be glad to share contacts as they underwent a similar effort with student stipends. Discussion then moved to which Senate committee the work will officially be charged to. It was ultimately decided that the Student Life Committee, under the leadership of Paul Ilori ’17, will be the one to take on this issue through a motion passing 17-3-1.

The discussion on the appointment of freshmen to the Executive Board was brought up again as the Rules & Elections committee issued their official recommendation that the appointment of the two freshmen members at-large would be unconstitutional. A quick addendum was made to the state that RnE believes the constitution should be changed to allow freshmen appointments at the time of freshmen elections. Senator Justin Etzine ’18 stated that the concern of a President of the Union stacking E-Board to vote in their favor of their opinions is unfounded because the Senate has to confirm all E-Board nominees. It was noted that PU Nick Dvorak ’16 decided to appoint the two freshmen in question as E-Board officers, meaning that they do all of things an E-Board member can do except for the actual act of casting a vote on motions. Ultimately, the Senate decided to indefinitely postpone the original motion to formally appoint the two freshmen, seeing how they are already de facto members of E-Board.

The petition to ban Andrew Sudano ’17 from all student government positions was discussed further as well. Austin Miller ’17 asked if the Senate was even allowed to ban students from student government. Grand Marshal Marcus Flowers ’16 told the Senate that he does not believe such a move is possible because student government is meant to be open to all students, and the motion would constrain next year’s group of elected student leaders. Graduate senator Timothy Krentz motioned to postpone the motion to outright ban Sudano indefinitely from all student government positions, and it passed 14-5-2.

Flowers ended the meeting by telling the Senate that the student panel with administration to discuss the Summer Arch program has been postponed until sometime in February. He said the decision was made because the administration didn’t get back to him on time with attendance, and he was also told that more details would be forthcoming after winter break. When asked about having a smaller forum now, and a larger one later, he said he would be open to the idea of having a student committee formed exclusively to deal with feedback on the implementation of Summer Arch. He said he wants to have a time and place for students to express their concerns without the pressures of having administration members present. Flowers said to expect more details in the near future about student participation, and that he is looking for any interested student to be involved.

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Our modern Greek tragedy

Ancient history can play a relevant role today

These days, in my free time, I find myself playing Sid Meier’s Civilization V. Even though the new game—Civilization: Beyond Earth—came out, I can’t bring myself to play it. I just love the ancient world and the dawn of human civilization. That we came from nothing and built the human race on slowly progressing technology blows my mind. Even in the wee morning of human existence, we managed to construct wonders such as the Colossus of Rhodes, the Pyramids of Gaza, and the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Considering the technology available at the time, historians and architects still do not know exactly how these structures were built. But as sad as I am to admit it, not many people nowadays have a burning interest in the ancient world or even mythology, from which almost all fantasy literature attributes inspiration from.

I don’t know if American public schools are still teaching The Odyssey or other mythological stories anymore, but when I was in elementary and middle school, I read all these stories on my own. My favorite tale begins with Perseus and his quest to slay the Gorgon Medusa, a hideous human-like figure with living snakes instead of hair. Other tales include the coming of Ragnarok and Set’s conniving plot against Osiris. These stories, imbued with heroic ideals, instill courage and greatness in those that read them. I’ll admit, I was a bit of a nerd when I was in summer camp. I was that kid that read books outside, and when we played tag, I pretended I was Heracles on a quest to tag someone. I also loved the real time strategy game, Age of Mythology, which included all these mythological figures for me to use in battle. The game even included in-depth descriptions for units in the game that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

In my defense, I’m not the only one influenced by Greek or ancient ideals; most of society has adopted them in one form or another. Modern architecture, philosophy, and even scientific thinking, derive their origins from major Greek figures, such as Aristotle, Pythagoras, Archimedes, amongst a sea of others. Now, I’m not saying that we need to emulate these ideas or beliefs directly, but that we should understand what they are so that we can find inspiration within them. I mean, almost all Greek epics are centered on this mighty hero that can fight off powerful mythological beasts. However, they all have a certain character weakness, in most cases, hubris or an actual physical weakness on their body, like the Achilles heel. And if you pick any modern young adult novel, they usually include a protagonist that must fight off some evil and must overcome some weakness they have, as in The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. Whether or not people realize it, these stories contain the essence of Grecian tales, and I think it’s pretty interesting that something so ancient could still be relevant in modern times.

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French indie film sparkles with wit and humor

LEADING CHARACTER AMELIE PLAYED by Audrey Tautou takes the audience on a lighthearted journey.

People who have read my reviews and notebook know that I never assess actors’ and actresses’ performances. However, I cannot help but remark on the acting in Amelie—I know a cute girl whose name is Amelie, and I want to tell you her story.

Amelie is a 2001 French romantic comedy movie directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, the film depicts the story of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre.

I should have started by talking about the techniques used in this film, but I can’t; I want to share personal feelings for this film, and I don’t want readers’ interests to be exhausted by the boring and distorted plot description. “Amelie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and discovers love along the way,” is the plot summary on the IMDb website. I, however, will not use any word, like justice or morality, during my review. From my perspective, it is the story of a knight who starts the journey of seeking true happiness by following her heart. The leading character Amelie, played by Audrey Tautou, is just an ordinary, weird girl, who is angry when a fruit shop owner shouts at the dedicated assistant she likes. She feels a sense of achievement when able to recollect a middle-age man’s childhood, and who gains satisfaction when enabling a blind old man to “see” the occupied and noisy streets. It is neither so-called morality nor the sense of justice that drives Amelie to help others, but the simple happiness she acquires when making others’ lives a little bit better. This pushes her to do what she wants, which turns out to be a virtuous circle—the more she helps others, the happier she is. Everyone feels satisfied and joyful when they are able to give others a helping hand. The movie casually, as well as interestingly, displays this beautiful aspect of human nature. The movie is not trying to persuade you; it is just telling a story.

It’s no wonder that Amelie is a really good movie with highlights everywhere. My favorite elements in this movie are the hue of the motion pictures, background music, and the method of narration. This film uses the technique of voice-over to give the audience a stronger sense of narration of life with everything, no matter comedy or tragedy, to be said in the same plain tone. Time flies, while memories fade. No force can stop life from moving forward. A bright color dominates this movie, which exactly demonstrates the naivety and colorful soul of Amelie. Also, the hue of images corresponds to her eccentric imagination of the world. Red and orange are able to stimulate emotions, which facilitate spectators’ immersion into the film. The background music definitely wins over my heart. It so perfectly matches the quick-witted little girl who is always full of various ideas and imaginations. Instruments like harpsichord, banjo, bass guitar, vibraphone, and even a bicycle wheel are all included in the background music, perfectly blending with each other, and creating a French country atmosphere that melts my heart.

The cinematography is worth mentioning as well. Symmetrical configuration, close-ups, and high angle shots are ubiquitous in this film. The frequent use of close-ups offer the audience a chance to really look into the performances of actors and actresses, and deeply feel their moods and minds. Moreover, the use of symmetrical configurations and high angle shots provides the movie with the feeling of whims and unorthodoxy. The great use of lighting also relates scenes in the movie with Amelie’s imagined world.

Elements are so harmonious that this film can be counted as a cohesive masterpiece. There are so many that this film can be counted as a cohesive masterpiece. There are so many other things in this movie that I would like to talk about, but I have to stop now. I want to leave my opinion there, and let you readers discover the wonderfulness of this movie by yourselves.

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Springfield Pride pummeled on Senior Day

A FIELD GOAL BY SOPHOMORE KICKER CHRISTIAN KAPP BROKE the 7-7 tie just before halftime to give Rensselaer a 10-7 lead going into the second half of the game.

In a manner fitting for Senior Day, senior quarterback Jeff Avery found senior wide receiver Logan Gaddar for a 44-yard touchdown to give the Engineers the lead late in the fourth quarter against the Pride of Springfield College. Avery passed 185 yards along with his 19th touchdown pass of the season, and Rensselaer won 17-14 to improve to 7-2 in 2015.

Early on, Springfield’s pistol offense, which featured a heavy supply of quarterback keepers, threw the Engineers’ defense off-balance. On Springfield’s second drive of the game, quarterback Jake Eglintine sprinted through the RPI defense for a 60-yard touchdown run to give them a 7-0 lead.

The Engineers responded with a nine-play, 56-yard scoring drive on their next possession. Avery rolled out and rushed for 15 yards on third down and three, near midfield, to move the chains. Later, he threw to senior wide receiver Pat Hogan for 16 yards, to move the ball to the Springfield 5-yard line. Senior running back Austin Amery capped off the drive with two runs for five yards and a touchdown, tying the game at seven.

In the second quarter, senior defensive back Brad Gahagan made a key stop on a Springfield fourth and one, tackling Eglintine for no gain at the RPI 33. Later in the quarter, Gaddar returned a Springfield punt 13 yards to place the Engineers at the Springfield 44. A 10-yard run by senior running back Matt Lane and catches by Gaddar and sophomore running back Johnny Ramsdell moved Rensselaer to the Springfield five. A pass interference penalty on Springfield gave the Engineers first and goal at Springfield’s 2-yard line. However, Springfield didn’t yield another yard and an incomplete pass by Avery on fourth and goal gave the Pride the football back.

The Engineer defense forced Springfield into a quick three and out, giving the offense another shot at the end zone with two minutes remaining in the first half. On third and six at the Springfield 26, Avery eluded the pass rush and picked up the first down. Just before the half, sophomore kicker Christian Kapp nailed a 30-yard field goal to give Rensselaer a 10-7 lead at the break.

Midway through the third quarter, Eglintine broke away from several RPI tacklers and ran down the right sideline for an 88-yard Springfield touchdown, giving the Pride a 14-10 lead. Then, the defenses took over, forcing two straight punts each.

With 6:38 left in the fourth quarter, the Engineers took over at their own 48-yard line. Sophomore running back Mike Tivinis took two carries for 18 yards to move the ball into Springfield territory. A holding penalty then moved the Engineers back to the Springfield 44-yard line. On first and 20, Avery looked down field for his favorite target. Gaddar broke free from his defender, and Avery threw the ball high, allowing Gaddar to haul it in for a 44-yard go-ahead score.

The Springfield offense stalled quickly on its next drive as the Engineer defense clamped down on the elusive Eglintine. On fourth and three, junior defensive lineman Thomas Bennett and senior linebacker Mark Grimes surged through the Pride offensive line and wrapped up Eglintine for no gain, effectively ending the game for Rensselaer.

The backfield committee of RPI totaled 114 yards rushing, led by senior rusher Nick Schlatz, who compiled 57 yards. Gaddar finished with six catches for 95 yards and a score to lead all receivers.

Eglintine led all rushers with 192 yards on 24 attempts for Springfield. Springfield only attempted two passes the entire game, completing one of them for 12 yards.

Pride linebacker Dominic Traversa led all defenders with 11 total tackles, while senior linebacker Mark Grimes led the Rensselaer defense with nine. Junior linebacker Alex Greenidge added eight tackles while senior defensive back Philip Lanieri III had seven in his last home game. Lastly, sophomore defensive lineman Diego Cuitino recorded the only two sacks of the game for the home team.

RPI will compete for the Dutchman’s Shoes Trophy against upstate rival Union College in its final game of the season next Saturday, in Schenectady, New York.

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Sierra Leone leadership aims for a future free of Ebola for all

After 17 months of widespread Ebola infection, the African country of Sierra Leone has been deemed Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. WHO Director Anders Nordström stated in a recent release that the country had gone 42 days without any new cases of the infectious blood disease, which goes to satisfy the criteria that the WHO uses to declare an area free of an outbreak. The community of Freetown, the nation’s capital, responded to the news by holding a large demonstration both in memory of those lost to the disease, and as a reminder to survivors of the disease to stay vigilant.

The ceremony began with a speech given by citizen Yusuf Kamara, a healthcare worker who lost 16 members of his family to the disease and survived it himself. Kamara took his opportunity on stage to remind Sierra Leoneans that although they may have conquered the battle with Ebola, it is important for the state to remain adamant about preserving the health of its people. “For us, Ebola is not over. We need your help to treat the many, many health problems we still suffer from. And remember those who died at the hands of Ebola, and especially the children who have been affected by this outbreak,” said Kamara.

During the outbreak, Ebola is believed to have created as many as 12,000 orphans throughout continental Africa. In Sierra Leone alone, 8,704 cases of Ebola were reported, with 3,589 ultimately being fatal; at the peak of the disease’s outbreak, several hundred new cases of Ebola were being reported weekly. The disease continues to be a problem in the neighboring country of Guinea, where just last week, three cases of Ebola were reported between siblings. The WHO has urged the area to remain cautious until the situation in Guinea has been resolved, at which point the entire region will be declared Ebola-free.

During the demonstration at Freetown, Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma made statements about the dedication of the 35,000 relief workers who allowed the country to defeat the outbreak, and urged the populous to focus on improving the hygiene, healthcare, and economy within the country. Koroma continued by saying that the National Ebola Response Center would remain active until 2016, and that all dead bodies would still be tested for the virus until further notice. Furthermore, the president urged Sierra Leone to stop the stigmatization of survivors, in an effort to advance the country’s recovery.

The ceremony was, by and large, a positive celebration of the end of a dangerous outbreak. Dr. Marto Lado, an infectious diseases consultant at the largest hospital in Freetown said, “Everyone is celebrating, but the truth is I’m surprised at the normality of everything. On Friday people came to work and were talking about it, but not in an excited way. It’s more of a relief.” Lado continued, “It has taken so long for this weekend to arrive. There is still a lot of anxiety about what might happen. There is still Ebola in Guinea and we know it is not over yet.”

The end of the outbreak has allowed the country of Sierra Leone to release a communal sigh of relief. However, the recovery of the developing nation has just begun, and the disease still poses a very real threat to the nation.

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WebTech has new projects

Elections site, Shuttles 2, voting suite, more in store

Although you may know me as the contributing editor of The Poly, I have another group that I hold near and dear: chairman of the Web Technologies Group. WebTech, as it’s commonly called, is the committee of the Student Senate tasked with creating technological solutions that will benefit and serve as useful tools for the student body. As the committee approaches its tenth anniversary next year, I wanted to reflect on some of the services that WebTech has created for RPI students, along with a sneak-peek into what’s coming soon.

Many projects have come out of WebTech over the years, of which I’m sure you’ve used at least once in your time at RPI. Members of WebTech created the Concerto digital signage, an open-source application that allows for all kinds of content to be displayed on screens across campus. The system, which has since been spun off into a company by WebTech alumni, is leaps and bounds above the system previously used.

Aside from Concerto, have you ever been waiting at a campus shuttle stop and wanted to know how far away the next shuttle was? Chances are you pulled out your laptop or smartphone and visited You guessed it—the shuttle tracking system was also created by and is managed by WebTech. Some other projects that the group created were MyRPI Space, a system providing free server hosting to students; RPI Petitions a service that allows for students to directly petition Student Government; and Flagship Docs, a document management system for publicly accessible student government and club documents.

Those are some big shoes to fill! This semester, WebTech has a couple exciting projects in the works. In addition to adding new features and updating some of the older services offered, Erica Braunschweig ’17, Robert Russo ’17, Ylonka Machado ’17, Jason Lee ’19, and I are creating a brand new elections website, which will serve as the one-stop-shop for all information on Grand Marshal Week elections!

Former chairman and longtime member Gabe Perez ’16 is working with his Rensselaer Center for Open Source team to produce a brand new iteration of the shuttles service with a bunch of new features! Additionally, Perez, Michael Cuozzo ’17, and other RPI TV members are working on the deployment of Concerto 2, which will further enhance the already-useful system.

David Raab ’19 and Mason Cooper ’17 are working on creating a voting system that will allow for student government and clubs to make motions and officer elections, respectively, more efficiently. Dan Bruce and David Sparkman ’18 are building a fresh website and management system for RPI Ambulance, the student-based emergency medical service agency on campus. As you can see, there are many new projects in the pipeline!

Outside of WebTech, there are many interesting projects going on in the other committees in the Senate and Executive Board. You should definitely check out for information on the different committees and their projects, or email or for details on how to get involved!

If you’re interested in keeping up to date on our progress, or if you want to find links to all of WebTech’s services, you should definitely check out our recently-refreshed landing page, which can be found at If you’d like to help us produce open source projects and benefit our peers, or if you have an issue with any of the services, please feel free to shoot me an email at!

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James Bond movie arrives in theaters

DANIEL CRAIG GRACES the screen in his performance as the infamous James Bond in the film Spectre.

It must first be said that Spectre cannot be the first James Bond movie that someone new to the franchise watches. In fact, this movie makes a fleeting attempt to justify the storylines of the most recent films with Daniel Craig as Bond, so all of them become a prerequisite. Going into this movie cold would leave an individual confused, misguided, and unlikely to watch any more films from the franchise.
If this is the case, then what does it do for the die-hard Bond fanatics? Frankly, nothing good. The first 51 minutes of the film are squeamishly uncomfortable to watch and can only be likened to the comedic antics of the Roger Moore era. Unfortunately, it did not stop there; to follow was the subtle sampling of ideas throughout the film from several previous movies: GoldenEye (1995), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), From Russia with Love (1963) … the list goes on. At first it is taken as the recycling of ideas, but it is in fact a purposeful echoing of Bond’s past as the franchise attempts to reconcile the chronological issues caused by having six actors play Bond over a span of five decades. The reconciliation weaves a Möbius strip of a timeline that, when juxtaposed with certain previous films, makes one’s eyebrow raise quizzically.
Everyone is asking if Spectre is better than Skyfall (2012). The only answer is no. Were expectations higher for Christoph Waltz as a villain? The only answer is yes. Could more have been done with the essential elements of the Bond formula (henchmen, gadgets, Bond women, etc.)? Yes, yes, and yes. It cannot be said that Spectre is Daniel Craig’s worst installment, nor can it be said that it is the worst installment of the franchise. It is simply a dense movie for Bond fans that has far reaching implications.
The last topic worth discussing is Bond’s demeanor towards love. Bond has been infamously, and aptly, described within the franchise as a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur.” For better or for worse, the mentality that “men want to be him and women want to be with him” has proven to be financially beneficial to the franchise. Historically, any deviation from this mantra is met with ridicule by fans. The Daniel Craig films have been an attempt to humanize Bond and move him into the modern era of thought; Spectre pushes this boundary significantly. In fact, the final act of the film has love as such a prevalent theme that it casts doubt on Bond’s ability to maintain the ruthlessness required to be an assassin; effectively alienating the Bond the world has come to know.
For fans that are unsettled by this addition to the franchise, the only solace that can be provided is the recommendation that you stay in the theater all the way through the credits, where you will be given four simple words any Bond fan has surely seen before, and you will learn to cherish the franchise once again.

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Rensselaer delivers first loss to Clarkson

While it may have seemed like it was going to be a disappointing weekend for the Engineers after Friday’s 2–0 loss against the St. Lawrence University’s Saints, it turned out to be quite the contrary when the number four nationally ranked Clarkson University was taken down on Saturday night at the Houston Field House. In a 2–1 upset of the Clarkson Golden Knights by the RPI women’s ice hockey team, RPI jumped to 4-5-1 for the season, and Clarkson fell to 10-1-2. This is the Golden Knights’ first loss of the season, having won ten times so far and tied only twice.

No goals were scored during the first period of play on Friday. Freshman goaltender Lovisa Selander managed to defend RPI’s goal all the way to the timer for the first break to begin. However, as soon as the second period rolled around, the Saints came in on top of their game. A pass by the Saints’ Kennedy Marchment to teammate Kailee Heidersbach, who was located conveniently in the goal zone, enabled Heidersbach to dump the puck with ease at 11:49 into the period. This was the first of two points the Saints would earn that evening.

Despite three shot attempts each by senior Alexa Gruschow and junior Katie Rooney, the Engineers didn’t score during the second or third periods. Saints’ Brooke Webster, with help from Heidersbach, increased St. Lawrence’s lead at 4:52 into the third.

Enter Saturday. A fresh rink gleamed bright white before the Engineers, full of new hope and promise for a better day. Little did they know when they took their first rounds on the rink that they would be the team to relinquish the Clarkson grip on victory.

Golden Knights’ Cayley Mercer may have scored the opening shot of the game with 3:30 left in the first period, but it wouldn’t be long before the Engineers would give them a taste of their own medicine, and then some. Credited with giving Rensselaer their first goal of the evening, at 12:43 into the second period, was junior Lindsey Hylwa, who assisted a shot by senior Mari Mankey to help it past Golden Knights goalkeeper Shea Tiley.

Things really picked up for the Engineers after Hylwa’s important goal. At 12:49 into the final period, Mankey captured the puck from the rebound off a shot by senior Jenn Godin. This game winning goal was just what the Engineers were looking for to break the 1–1 tie formed in the second period.

Selander performed a record 45 saves during the game, beating out her previous record of 41 from the October 3 match against North Dakota.

Next up for RPI will be matches against Hartwick and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday, respectively, both of which will be away.

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