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  • #61
    Times Union article on SAJ idiocy...

    RPI football fans fed up with view from the hill

    Mark Singelais - Albany Times Union
    Oct. 1, 2021
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    TROY — This is not how Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football parents thought they'd watch their sons play again after missing last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Dozens of family members sit on a hill outside East Campus Stadium with no view of one end zone. Sometimes they have to get up to find a better vantage point through the trees.
    If someone needs to go the bathroom, the closest option is relieving themselves in the woods nearby.

    All because of RPI's policy prohibiting external spectators from the stands due to COVID-19, which contradicts schools across the country, including the Capital Region.
    Annie Cohen, whose son, Josh, is a senior defensive lineman, said they're being treated like fools on the hill.
    “These are RPI students,” said Cohen, from Wellesley, Mass. “They’re bright athletes and the parents are bright people and we’re being treated like dummies. We’re being treated like we couldn’t possibly be trusted to get into the stadium and sit outdoors and respectfully and appropriately and safely watch our sons’ football game.”

    The Engineers (4-0) open Liberty League play at noon Saturday at home against Rochester.

    Outdoor portable toilets that were nearby at the first two home games were gone by last Saturday’s victory over St. John Fisher, and fans on the hill weren’t allowed into the bathrooms inside the East Campus Athletic Village building, per RPI policy.“People were urinating in the woods (near the stadium),” Cohen said.

    The portable toilets that were removed were originally there for the families of students moving into dorms at the beginning of the semester and weren’t related to athletics, an athletic department spokesman said.
    RPI director of community and state relations Chris Nolin said external spectators were improperly allowed to use the indoor bathrooms during the first two home games.
    “That wasn’t actually supposed to be happening, and once we found out that it was, that’s why they weren’t able to get in the last game,” Nolin said.
    He referred questions about the school’s COVID-19 protocols to the Aug. 13 return-to-campus plan announced by president Shirley Ann Jackson.

    “Our plan to return to campus-based operations is based on New York State guidance and our assessment of what we can and must do to enhance the safety of all members of the Rensselaer community,” wrote Jackson, adding protocols were subject to change.

    Only RPI faculty, staff and students who fully comply with the school’s COVID-19 protocols are allowed to go inside the stadium. The policy states external spectators aren't allowed on campus, though RPI hasn't tried to remove fans from the hillside.

    UAlbany allowed more than 8,000 fans into Casey Stadium for its home opener against Rhode Island on Sept. 11. Union College, a Liberty League rival of RPI, welcomed a total of 3,156 fans into its first two home games. RPI fans were able to sit in the stands at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Sept. 18.

    “I don’t know what science they (RPI) are following,” Cohen said. “My youngest daughter is at CU Boulder (Colorado) and they have 60,000 people in the stands unmasked. You can wear a mask at a Broadway show indoors and sit shoulder to shoulder with someone. We’re not any smarter at RPI than anyone else in the country, but everybody else is saying we can be outside and safe in this manner.”

    Dave Lapioli of Jamison, Pa., pointed out he’s spending about $75,000 a year to send his son Mark, an RPI freshman linebacker, to the school.
    Cohen and Lapioli said parents have sent emails to the RPI Board of Trustees looking for answers with no response.
    “I think it’s disrespectful and insulting, is what it is,” Lapioli said.

    Cohen said the parents are willing to do whatever they’re asked to sit in either the home or visitor’s stands — wear masks, present proof of vaccination or a negative test, or buy season tickets so they’ll have distanced, assigned seating.
    She mentioned the RPI football team has 19 fifth-year seniors or graduate students who stayed in school for another season after last season was canceled by the pandemic.
    “I know it’s upsetting for all the team to look up on the hill and know that’s where their parents are sitting,” Cohen said.

    Football isn’t the only sport affected. Soccer also plays in East Campus Stadium, and the school’s Division I hockey teams are prepared to play in Houston Field House with no outside fans.
    Cynthia Herring, whose son Joe Di Miceli plays on the soccer team, said the school isn't living up to its words.
    “I think what we as parents find very frustrating is RPI says, ‘Be the change. Be the difference,’” Herring said. “But they’re so archaic in what they’re doing.”
    ""Ralph is the Chuck Norris of this board. Ralph doesnt sleep he just waits." - fishcore12

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    • #62
      What is SAJ trying to prove.
      I am fully vaccinated and wear a mask when I think it is necessary,
      I have been to supermarkets, restaurants and a casino. People are aware of the situation and behave appropriately.
      This policy goes against all of NY States protocols. July can't come fast enough.
      Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
      Benjamin Franklin
      The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
      Gary Player

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
        In honor of Linden Marshall, today is 1 October 2021. There is 1 day until RPI's next game.


        This is based upon 2 October 2021 for the start of next season.

        One day more, another day another destiny.
        Lets go red!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
        Benjamin Franklin
        The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
        Gary Player

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        • #64
          From what I have heard from Perry, it sounds like the game won't be streamed nor on the radio. I will do my best to have as many observations as possible to post here following the game

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          • #65
            Originally posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post

            One day more, another day another destiny.
            Lets go red!!!!!!!!!!!!
            Looking forward to it as well ! For those who may not have seen Smitty's "go to a bar" email, he did mention that of course they want to win the Union exhibition game, but another key priority will be that ALL RPI players will see ice time...as kudos to the players that stayed with the program and their 18 months of hard work during the athletics ban.


            ""Ralph is the Chuck Norris of this board. Ralph doesnt sleep he just waits." - fishcore12

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            • #66
              That TU article is embarrassing to this alum, on multiple fronts. I also have a daughter at CU Boulder, and they have been proactive in managing their response, but also executing a clear plan that follows the latest science and data. RPI appears to be doing none of that, which goes against what I was taught as an engineer there. Simply embarrassing.
              Class of '93

              16 years at Section 9, Row D, Seats 1-4

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              • #67
                Originally posted by ServinisScores View Post
                That TU article is embarrassing to this alum, on multiple fronts. I also have a daughter at CU Boulder, and they have been proactive in managing their response, but also executing a clear plan that follows the latest science and data. RPI appears to be doing none of that, which goes against what I was taught as an engineer there. Simply embarrassing.
                Agreed. That article appeared front page above the fold in the print edition BTW....We've officially achieved laughingstock status. If I had to bet, the next and final step will be for campus security to chase the parents off the hill at the next home game. "Violators will be prosecuted..."
                ""Ralph is the Chuck Norris of this board. Ralph doesnt sleep he just waits." - fishcore12

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                • #68
                  I officially want to sincerely apologize for all my snide remarks posted over the past many years about SAJ and her administration. They simply were not snide enough! They would have been, but Jenny has always insisted that i behave like the professional I am and that I should never stoop to using any sort of rude or derogatory terms or any profane language. She has always said that money talks and BS walks and had us stop all donations (Patroon status) many years ago. It is truly a wonder that RPI sports have continued to exist at all. We give tremendous credit to all of our student athletes and especially to the coaching staffs who have had to toil under insane rules and regulations imposed upon them all.
                  Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                  • #69
                    Test

                    <marquee>One! We want more!!</marquee>


                    <marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="2">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=up width="14%" scrollamount="4">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="6">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=up width="14%" scrollamount="8">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="10">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=up width="14%" scrollamount="12">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="14">Sieve!</marquee>





                    <marquee direction=right>Goooooooooooooooooal!!! Zieky!!!</marquee>


                    I figured that this would not work. : mad :
                    Last edited by Ralph Baer; 10-01-2021, 11:53 AM.
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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
                      Test

                      <marquee>One! We want more!!</marquee>


                      <marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="2">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=up width="14%" scrollamount="4">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="6">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=up width="14%" scrollamount="8">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="10">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=up width="14%" scrollamount="12">Sieve!</marquee><marquee direction=down width="14%" scrollamount="14">Sieve!</marquee>





                      <marquee direction=right>Goooooooooooooooooal!!! Zieky!!!</marquee>


                      I figured that this would not work. : mad :
                      Well, i guess i have a week to figure out if there is a way to do this with this software, but I doubt it is as simple as changing Zieky to a current player. :-)
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                      Let's Go 'Tute!

                      Maxed out at 2,147,483,647 at 10:00 AM EDT 9/17/07.

                      2012 Poser Of The Year

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post

                        Well, i guess i have a week to figure out if there is a way to do this with this software, but I doubt it is as simple as changing Zieky to a current player. :-)
                        Were you aware there is a test forum called "Test" at the bottom of the main Forum index page? I use this rather frequently.

                        Sorry to troll your thread but since we're making the trip east next weekend I've been brushing up on "all things RPI" this offseason.

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by TalonsUpPuckDown View Post

                          Were you aware there is a test forum called "Test" at the bottom of the main Forum index page? I use this rather frequently.

                          Sorry to troll your thread but since we're making the trip east next weekend I've been brushing up on "all things RPI" this offseason.
                          I knew that, but I wanted everyone to see the result. :-)
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                          Let's Go 'Tute!

                          Maxed out at 2,147,483,647 at 10:00 AM EDT 9/17/07.

                          2012 Poser Of The Year

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by TalonsUpPuckDown View Post

                            Were you aware there is a test forum called "Test" at the bottom of the main Forum index page? I use this rather frequently.

                            Sorry to troll your thread but since we're making the trip east next weekend I've been brushing up on "all things RPI" this offseason.
                            BTW, Shirley is probably trying to figure out how to eliminate the ticket allocation to visiting teams' fans. :-D
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                            Let's Go 'Tute!

                            Maxed out at 2,147,483,647 at 10:00 AM EDT 9/17/07.

                            2012 Poser Of The Year

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post

                              BTW, Shirley is probably trying to figure out how to eliminate the ticket allocation to visiting teams' fans. :-D
                              BG is bringing 2 busloads of crazed, hockey starved fans and we all have tickets. We bought them on https://SergeizTix.ru; that wouldn't be a problem, would it?

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                              • #75
                                Red Army made a pump up video for the season, check it out
                                https://www.instagram.com/tv/CUf0Qbg..._web_copy_link
                                https://twitter.com/RPI_RedArmy/stat...775745536?s=20

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