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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 (http://is.gd/bGVa6) and spread the word!

IOP Parade Route

Join the iop.!

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Hello lesser mortals!

I have decided the time has come for a new manifesto – a call to arms for my next generation of supporters. First, here is a little history:

My earliest campaigns in 1997 fought against the uselessness of student government and the tyranny of the RPI administration. We protested the lack of student gov. involvement in things that matter and we protested the mandatory laptop program. We protested the uselessness and outright silliness of student elections and the GM position. We protested for freedom – freedom from oppression, freedom to have our voices heard, and freedom to choose the computer and operating systems we wanted.

Upon the arrival of Dr. Jackson in 1999, we protested the “Ren-suh-leer Plan” and the powerplays which shifted focus away from engineering and redirected massive amounts of funding to pet projects. We protested the way the grad students got screwed and the increased workloads on TAs. We protested the way laptop based classes ruined our education. We protested the lack of parking, increased tuition, the apathy of the student body and the continued uselessness of student government. We battled the wind, the rain and the RNE. We stood strong in the face of the naysayers and the idealists.

In 2007, we protested the disbanding of the faculty senate and in 2008 we continued to protest with ioperatives participating in a sit-in along with disgruntled faculty and peers. In 2009 we participated in the Uprise at 5! and protested layoffs, fiscal mismanagement, lack of fiscal transparency, the screwing of the RAs, the ridiculousness of the CLASS Initiative, and the free-speech fiasco with Wafaa Bilal.

Today, we have new things to protest: the destruction of the foreign language department and Dr. Jackson’s new feudal mansion. And we continue to campaign for student gov’t.  But we need renewed help and support.

There seems to be some confusion about what iop. is and what it stands for. First of all, it’s important to realize that I alone do not have complete control over the iop. While I am the main candidate and figurehead and am able to rally supporters and control many aspects of campus life, I do not and cannot control what the ioperatives do. But this is all part of my master plan. The iop is sometimes referred to as having a “cellular” organization structure. Each cell is run independently by a different group of ioperatives. The structure I am involved in is perhaps the most “official” but not necessarily the only one. The cellular structure is part of my plan because it means that if one cell disbands the organization will still carry on in other cells.

Here are the three important goals of iop today:

Fight the oppressors! The iop. can be thought of as an anarchist or minarchist organization. The iop believes inanimate objects can do a better job then people and we stand by that.

Hack! We like to hack and pull off awesome publicity stunts.

Be absurd! Even with all our serious plans and philosophizing, the iop. remains and should remain an absurdest organization.

I am looking for people to join the iop!!

If you are interested in joining please email arthur (at ) inflatablewhale.org

Ioperatives will be planning and organizing my 2010 campaign.

Notably unstable,

Arthur Galpin

Future Grand Marshall and De-Facto Emperor of RPI.

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.

The Week has begun

Monday, March 30th, 2009

GM Week officially started last Friday, but things are beginning to happen.  Primary elections are scheduled for today, but none of the positions seem to have enough candidates to require a primary.  At least RNE hasn’t made any announcements or taken down any candidate posters near the polling locations.

Once again, the animate candidates’ posters are a boring collection.  No wonder Zwack’s campaign is going badly; his signs are all the same and don’t tell you much other than his name.  Hunt has some eye-catching graphics, but his signs don’t give much information besides names either.  Some of the unaffiliated candidates are being slightly more informative.  Tablante’s gummy bear army is neat, except this is the third year he’s used it.

So once again, it’s up to Arthur Galpin to bring you fresh, creative, informative campaign posters.  Visit our poster gallery and take note of Arthur’s endorsement from Stephen Van Rensselaer. If you like them, print a few up and support your favorite inanimate candidates.

Finally, a fork salute to whomever put up the signs on behalf of NOBODY. Very funny, excellent RPI spirit.

Carpe Fenestram

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

GM Week campaigning officially began at 8 AM this morning. We’re already hard at work for Arthur’s election attempt, but the animate candidates, as usual, are off to a slow start.

We apologize if some of our signs are stupid or make no sense. We printed up the wrong batch by mistake. Expect a new round of creative posters later this week.