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IOP Victory Parade this Wednesday!

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This Wednesday there will be an awesome IOP victory parade in light of the recent elections announcement.

Please come and celebrate the 144th Grand Marshal of RPI : Arthur Galpin.

Various signs will be available to carry for all who want them, or bring your own!

There will be a brief meet ‘n greet with Arthur at 12:45 at the commons fountain where he will down the GM tophat. The parade starts at 1pm and will follow the route shown in the picture posted below. It will end outside the union, where we hope to have music and free food and drinks.

Please RSVP on Facebook ( and spread the word!

IOP Parade Route

Remarks on the debate

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

So, I went to the debate yesterday and I figured I’d give a critique.

First, I was impressed by the high level of organization and professionalism in the debate operation. Brian Zaik was a very slick moderator and RPI TV was on top of things.

However, I quickly found myself bored by the candidates answers. There was little debate on issues, and the issues were mostly related to internal affairs of student government and not things which effect voters.  The viewers were left to make judgments based on the manner in which the responses were given, since the candidates agreed on almost everything. I think often the candidate who is the most relaxed appears the most confident. To that end, Zwack and Spitz seemed the most relaxed. However, I think Spitz got a bit too lazy at times. Niedhart acted as the experienced professional, and Hunt tried to be more relaxed and “cool”, empasizing all the lofty positions he has held in his 4+ years on campus.


Annoucing Arthur’s Find the Whales Challenge!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I’m excited to announce a new campaign stunt being run this year: Arthur’s Find the Whales Challenge.

During the next week, baby ninja whales will appear at various strategic locations around campus. So far, 3 whales are already among us. Currently these whales are not very big, so they might be a bit tricky to spot.

During the course of this event you may also notice other aquatic creatures that have come to campus in support of Arthur.

How many can you find? Feel free to take pictures and post them on our facebook group.

NOTE: This is considered a public art display, and these whales should remain on display until 4/15/10. If by any chance you should find a whale on the ground, we would like to collect them in the fountain on commons hill. This is in preparation for the arrival of Arthur Galpin and the grand finale of the 2010 Galpin campaign, which will likely take place on commons hill near the end of GM Week.

Report from Pizza with the Cabinet

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Just got out of Pizza with the Cabinet. This is the first pizza event or Town Hall meeting or similar event I can remember that wasn’t scheduled for when I had class. There was food, about 50 students, and eight or ten administrators present. Most of the time was devoted to questions from the audience which were answered by the people in charge of the relevant department.

The people at RPInsider should have an article up momentarily, and the Poly will probably cover it in detail next week, so I will just mention what I thought were a few important points.

First, the Provost and others are working on creating some type of replacement language program. The current ideas under consideration are credit-transfer agreements with nearby schools and immersive programs such as faculty-led trips to foreign countries.

Also, many students seem to be worried that mandatory study abroad programs will make it difficult to fulfil their curriculum requirements. Dr. Knowles explained that studying abroad does not necessarily mean spending one semester at another school. A summer program or shorter trip will also meet the requirement.

The event generally went well, and I hope this type of meeting continues to happen. It’s an improvement.

Pizza with the Cabinet tomorrow

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Most of Dr. Jackson’s Cabinet will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday Apr. 9) to eat pizza and talk to students. This event will take place from 6 to 8 in the evening, in Russell Sage Dining Hall. As sometimes happens with such events, it has not been publicized well, so I am giving them some help.

If you are wondering what is going on or will soon go on at your school, you should show up. If you don’t have any questions, listen and learn something about how things work around here.

Elections today!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Turn out and vote for Arthur Galpin, for Grand Marshal and any other position.

If you are quite certain that an animate candidate would do a better job than an inflatable whale, voting for them is better than not voting at all.

Hopefully this will be an orderly election unmarred by Judicial Board intervention or emergency campus closings.

Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Results of the Uprise are beginning to appear. A presidential town hall meeting is planned for Thursday at 10 AM. The location is the EMPAC concert hall. These meetings usually have a substantial amount of time for questions and answers. I expect many of the current problems will be addressed in some way.

If you want a better idea of what’s going on, or want to get these problems solved, you should be there. Unless you have an exam.