Statement on Recent Events from Grand Marshal and President of the Union

From the Office of the Grand Marshal and the President of the Union: Hello members of the Rensselaer Union, You are likely aware of the current unrest and displeasure among members of the Union over elements of RPI’s Student Life Portfolio restructuring.  More specifically the element related to the Director of the Union being supervised by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, to whom they previously were a peer. Late in the spring semester Chip, other student leaders, and I were taking part in an interview training session when we were informed of this change.   When reviewing the position description with HR staff we noticed that the Rensselaer Union was placed under the AVP/DoS.  After asking questions of the members of Institute HR who were run…

Senate Student Life Committee Update: September 8, 2016

Hi RPI! My name is Justin Etzine, and I am the chairman of the Student Life Committee this year! This post is to give you an idea of some of the exciting projects that SLC has planned for this year. SLC focuses on student rights and works to improve the student experience at RPI. This versatile committee collaborates with various student organizations and Rensselaer administration to alleviate student life issues through initiatives and policy discussion. Our meetings for this semester are held weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm in the Student Government Suite, which can be found on the third floor of the Union. Since SLC is an open committee, all students are encouraged to participate. If you feel passionate about student life at RPI or any of the projects detailed below, or if yo…

Summer 16 Updates

Hey everyone, just a couple updates on the Senate from the end of last semester/over the summer.  Our meetings for the Fall 2016 semester are going to be Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Shelnutt Gallery (RU 3606).  As always, all Student Senate meetings are open to members of the Union to attend, and we'll be working with RPITV to get as many as we can filmed/streamed online. Also, here’s a list of the chairs of the Senate’s current Senate Committee Chairs: As normal, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at: gm@rpi.edu Hope your summers go well and see you in the fall! -PI…

Open Call for SGC Chair

Jen Church will be stepping down as Student Government Communications Chair. Are you interested in applying? Email the Grand Marshall at flowem@rpi.edu. Duties include: - social media posts - management of the Student Government website (WordPress) - postering on campus - other events to reach out to students - StuGov branding…

Return of the Crossgates Mall Shuttle

Hey everyone!   Starting this Saturday, there will be a free shuttle service from the Union to Crossgates Mall and back. It runs from RPI every hour on the hour starting at 4pm until 9pm, and leaves Crossgates every hour on the half hour from 4:30pm until 9:30pm. There is also an extra ride from Crossgates to RPI at midnight, but there will be very limited seating available.   The shuttle service will be available on Nov 14, Dec 12 and Dec 18 - (the Friday that Star Wars comes out!).   Buses pick students up from the Horseshoe and drop students off between Dave & Busters and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and will…

Summer Arch is here and we need YOUR help.

The Student Senate is gathering feedback on the Summer Arch. We need as much help as we can get, and your perspective is important. Email gm@rpi.edu to send your priority concerns, or talk to a Senator (or the Grand Marshal) in person. The GM office is in the Student Union's Student Government Suite, and he's there frequently throughout the week.…