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Volume 7, No. 11, June 14, 2013
   
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Class of 2013 Parting Gift: A Giant Rubik’s Cube

With assistance from Larry Oligny, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, and others, members of the Class of 2013 Gift Committee were able to work on manufacturing the parts needed to complete a prototype, a one-third scale of the planned full version.
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Class of 2013 Parting Gift: A Giant Rubik’s Cube

Each year at Commencement, the graduating class presents the university with a unique and spirited gift. And now, thanks to the creative generosity of the Class of 2013, the fastest-selling toy in history will find a home on the campus. Members of the class have been raising funds to create a large-scale fully functional Rubik’s Cube ®, which will be unveiled during Reunion & Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4-6.

“Last spring, members of the Class of 2013 began considering what they hoped to achieve for their senior class gift and we decided that the gift should be unique to the campus, interactive in nature, and represent the characteristics of every RPI student,” said Class President Christopher Newhard.

“After bouncing around a few ideas, the Class of 2013 decided on the giant Rubik’s Cube,” Newhard said. “First off, it’s a nerdy toy that resonates with a lot of the student body. Secondly, building it, with a brand-new mechanism by necessity, would be an impressive feat of engineering design and manufacturing, again resonating with the nature of our school. And lastly, it will stand as a lasting piece of art on campus to be admired and used for decades to come.”

The Rubik’s Cube will be placed in the Darrin Communications Center landing at the end of the Great Hall. The sculpture—which will measure over three feet per side—is based on an original design by Sam Seifert ’13, an electrical engineering major.

Thus far, members of the Class of 2013 have raised more than $5,000 to support the project. The committee needs to collect $20,000 to complete the project.

 

 

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