On Tuesday, April 3, the Speakers Forum will present Kyle Pope, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Next week, students from across campus will be campaigning for positions in student government during the annual Grand Marshal Week (GM Week) celebration. This year’s theme is “Rensselaer Rodeo.” A variety of Rensselaer Union clubs will be setting up tables on the Union Patio all week.

Highlights of the week include:

Tuesday, April 3

Primary Voting: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

DCC, Rensselaer Union, Commons Dining Hall

Students may vote for the candidates in the primary election. (This event may not occur if Rules and Elections determines that a primary election is not necessary.)

Speakers Forum Presents Kyle Pope: 7:30-9 p.m.

EMPAC Concert Hall

Kyle Pope has been called “the voice of journalism.” As editor-in-chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, which serves as both an advocate and watchdog of the press, Pope sits atop the most prestigious perch in media in what is now the most precarious moment in its history.

At a time when the president of the United States is attacking the press and many Americans describe a lack of trust in the their news outlets, Pope has emerged as a thoughtful, and often contrarian, voice about how the American press got to this point and what it can do to get out of it.

Before joining Columbia, Kyle Pope’s three decades of media experience range from a decade at The Wall Street Journal—including time as a foreign correspondent based in Europe—to Deputy Editor at Conde Nast, where he oversaw some of the most prominent writers in the country. He was Jared Kushner’s first hire at The New York Observer, where he served as editor in chief.

Wednesday, April 4

GM Day: No Classes: All Day

Students are encouraged to enjoy the day off and be sure to come to the events that are happening around campus.

Provost BBQ: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Armory

Join the Provost for lunch and student performances in the Armory.

Thursday, April 5

Voting: 9 a.m-6 p.m.

DCC, Rensselaer Union, Commons Dining Hall

Students can vote for the elected student government positions and get a free mug!

Friday, April 6

Student Veterans Lounge Grand Opening: 3-4 p.m.

McNeil Room & Student Veterans Lounge

Short remarks honoring our student, staff, and faculty veterans, followed by a viewing of the new lounge.

GM Week Finale: 7- 11 p.m.

Houston Field House

Join the GM Week Committee in wrapping up the week. Winners of the election will be announced at the end of this event. Featured: Free food, roller skating, inflatables, a live performance, and a laser light show.