Announcing the PU campaign

February 28, 2018

I have had the privilege of serving the student body for the past four years in a variety of capacities, but my top priority remains steadfast throughout my time at RPI—ensuring we leave our alma mater a better place for our current and future peers. I have worked to put our students—and our Union—first in every aspect of my term as Grand Marshal. The student body and Student Government have seen a landmark year across the board: passionate students have made their voices heard, regular communication between Student Government and its constituency has been restored, a record number of peers opted to share their opinions with the Student Senate, and students overwhelmingly reiterated their commitment to a student-run future for our Union.

Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for President of the Union.

I am running out of a motivation to leave behind a Union which provides the same, continued unique opportunities that have made our time at RPI so special. My platform focuses on the areas of operational continuity, strengthening the involvement of clubs and students in the oversight of the Union, and an emphasis on continuing the mission for student self-governance and empowerment in our Union. To learn more, please visit my platform!

Thank you!

April 7, 2017

To my fellow classmates, thank you for electing me as your Grand Marshal for the upcoming year! I am excited for the road ahead, and I look forward to fulfilling the promises I have made to you during this campaign!

Panhellenic Council endorses Justin for Grand Marshal

April 4, 2017

I'm incredibly proud to be endorsed by the Panhellenic Council for Grand Marshal! As I have shared before, I am very excited to work alongside Panhel and IFC in advocating for Greek rights and interests in the upcoming year!

The Polytechnic endorses Justin for Grand Marshal

April 3, 2017

Thank you so much to The Polytechnic for endorsing me for Grand Marshal! The endorsement can be found in full on their website.

A excerpt from the endorsement can be found below:

"The Poly believes that Etzine will faithfully represent student interests and provide the Senate the guidance it needs to be both productive and effective in improving RPI for everyone. To learn more about Etzine’s platform, see his candidate profile."

Interfraternity Council endorses Justin for Grand Marshal

March 29, 2017

I'm incredibly proud to be endorsed by the Interfraternity Council for Grand Marshal! I'm looking forward to work alongside IFC and Panhel in advocating for Greek rights and interests in the upcoming year!

An excerpt from the endorsement announcement can be found below:

"The Council believes that Etzine’s extensive experience within the Rensselaer Student Senate and portfolio of accomplishments identifies him as the preferred candidate as the leader and chief spokesperson of the Union. Although Etzine himself is not affiliated with a Greek Organization, he has shown commitment to furthering the interests of the Greek community throughout his tenure in the Senate. As the lead of the Student Life Committee, Etzine provided the initiative in projects that were for the benefit of the Greek community, such as the SPAM alternative proposal as well as the review of the Summer Arch Housing. During his speech to the Council, Etzine has outlined plans to ensure the health and continuance of the Greek system. These include increased communication with Greek Leadership through regularly scheduled meetings with the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, as well as increased representation of Greek Life on the Senate. The Council is confident that Etzine will be effective in advocating for the rights and ideals of the Rensselaer Greek community, especially in dealings with Institute officials and the Rensselaer community as a whole."

Graduate Council endorses Justin for Grand Marshal

March 21, 2017

Thank you to the Graduate Council for endorsing me for Grand Marshal! I'm looking forward to working with the Council to represent and advocate for the interests of the graduate and post-doctorate populations of RPI!

Happy spring break!

March 13, 2017

I wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable spring break! I will be spending my break on campus, getting prepared for the remainder of the campaign and to ensure that I'm ready to serve you, the student body, from day one of my term.

Accountability and communication plans for the upcoming year

March 11, 2017

Communication is a necessity that needs commitment throughout the year, not just for the few weeks of campaigning.

At the start of the 2016-17 term, I established a voting record, where I have since recorded every vote I've made this year. I'm proud to present my record to all constituents, as they deserve to know their representative's actions when evaluating them in elections.

If elected, I will continue this trend with a public, searchable record of all actions taken by student government. This is just one way I plan to encourage continuity and multi-year progress.

Find my voting record at, and find my platform in full at!

Announcing the campaign

February 28, 2017

For the past three years, I have had the honor of representing and serving the RPI student body as a member of the Student Senate. Throughout this time, I have worked to improve the RPI experience for both current and future students.

Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for Grand Marshal.

I am running on a platform that emphasizes the need for accurate student representation, productive administrative relationships, and the best student experience possible. To learn more, please visit my platform!