Archive for April, 2009

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.

April 1st message from Arthur

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Greetings inhabitants of RPI.

It feels good to be inflated again, though I have appeared in an odd place this time. Still, the top of the CII is an excellent place from which to survey my new domain. How small and puny all you animate objects look from here.

Less than 24 hours…

Arthur Galpin
Future Grand Marshal and Emperor of RPI