Defending RPI's contribution to the Clinton Global Initiative

The new RPInsider has posted a couple of interesting items recently. The first is an email from William Walker, the institute's vice president for strategic communications and external relations, about the chatter regarding the school's donation to the Clinton Global Initiative. Here's a clip from the email:

The recent news coverage of the involvement of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) lacks a fundamental understanding of the expanding role of Rensselaer in the global education and research arena, and reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of the process and purpose of investments in the collaborative educational and research initiatives facilitated through the Clinton Global Initiative. In fact, participation in the Clinton Global Initiative offers exciting opportunities for Rensselaer.

Walker confirms in the email that RPI has contributed $36,000 to the effort.

The other item is about compensation for resident assistants (you know, the students who live in the dorms as organizers and advisors). RPInsider reports that it looks like RAs will only be getting about half their current compensation next year.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Discontent at RPI
+ Layoffs coming to RPI

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