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Inanimate Objects Party

IOP Logo

The Inanimate Objects Party (IOP) is a joke political party at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, United States.[1] The IOP has been an RPI tradition since 1997.[2] The party's main candidate is Arthur Galpin, an inflatable whale, who runs for Grand Marshal, and other positions. The other major candidate is Alby the Albino Squirrel, an albino squirrel that lived at RPI and now occasionally runs for President of the Union. The fork is a symbol of the IOP.


  • History 1
  • Alby the Albino Squirrel 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The IOP started out strong in 1997, in protest to a variety of issues across campus including the requirements all students be required to use Microsoft Windows. The campaign began using the logo of the fork, an inanimate object which is honest and dependable. Soon thereafter, Rob "r0b" Colonna, obtained a seven-foot inflatable whale named Arthur Galpin to serve as their candidate.[2] The IOP is perhaps best known for their satirical posters, which anyone can print out and distribute.[3] In 2002, the IOP protested the beginning of the laptop program at RPI.[4] The IOP posted numerous protest-art fliers and banners at high-trafficked areas around campus: some depicted a check from RPI to Bill Gates, others a degree in “Bachelor of Windows”, others simply decried "Unix or Death".[4] According to an IOP bulletin, Arthur was born in 1993, weighs 3.5 pounds, and is "known to carry toast and duct tape".[5] "Toast" is a reference to an earlier IOP event called the "VCC toasting", during which toast was thrown at the VCC in protest of the laptop program.[2]

According to legend, Arthur has actually won the election several times, but the Rules and Elections commission refused to accept the vote. In 2006 a Rules and Elections (RNE) officer claimed that Arthur Galpin only received "one vote".[6] Actual results in 2006 show "write-ins", which include Arthur Galpin and Alby, comprised 6.9% in the primary elections.[7] In 2007, Arthur impregnated a few visiting whales, whose baby whales quickly overtook the campus.[8] Fortunately students were able to capture them and return them to the Student Union. On April 1, 2009, Arthur appeared on the roof of the CII, the highest building on campus. On April 1, 2010, a baby whale appeared on the DCC roof and for about ten minutes the word "ARTHUR" was spelled vertically with posters on the front windows of the CII.

Alby the Albino Squirrel

Alby was an infamous [12] The game won the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Gold Award for "Best Practices in Alumni Relations" in 2008.[13]


  1. ^ Note: while IOP remains primarily an RPI tradition, there have been several attempts to start IOP at other campuses, including SUNY Fredonia, University of Leeds and at the University of Chicago in 2001.See iop franchulates. There was also the "Indifferent Overloads Project", a more radical version of IOP which never fully materialized.
  2. ^ a b c "IOP History". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  3. ^ "IOP Posters". The Inanimate Objects Party. Retrieved 2009-03-22.  See also the IOP Poster Gallery, with a full collection of 200 designs and the older archived website
  4. ^ a b Monahan, Torin (2002). "Hot Technologies on Every Pillow: The Discursive Development of Institutional Change". Radical Pedagogy. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  5. ^ "RPI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive". Inanimate Objects Party. Archived from the original on 2005-12-27. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  6. ^ Tibbetts, Andrew. "Perea, Freeman win in primary".  
  7. ^ Riverso, Cara (2006-03-30). "Primary election results announced".  
  8. ^ "The Inanimate Objects Party". Not the Rensselaer Wiki. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Alby the Albino". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  10. ^ Evangelist, Jordan (2008-03-14). "An omen, a mascot -- and quite a sensation".  
  11. ^ "Alby : Related Rumors and Lies". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Where's Alby". Rensselaer Alumni Association. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  13. ^ "2008 CASE District II Accolades Award Winners". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 

External links

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