Professor Homa Hoodfar and Academic Freedom

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical
Posted on: March 25, 2017

Every year, the Department of Anthropology in the University of Waterloo awards a silver medal to an outstanding undergraduate student. (Congratulations to Bridjet Lee, the 2016 recipient). The presentation is accompanied by a guest lecture, usually by a prominent figure in the field of anthropology today. This year, the speaker was Professor Homa Hoodfar, Canadian-Iranian [...]

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Chuck Berry: A Pioneer of Rock and Roll

Bryan Mailloux - 3A Mechatronics

What kind of music do you listen to? Are you a fan of alternative rock? Maybe you’re a metalhead. Or you might be more into the classic rock groove. If it has to do with rock at all, then it owes a lot to one of the greats, Chuck Berry, who passed away this month [...]

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Conservative Leadership Race

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

As you may have heard, the race for the Conservative party leadership position is on. Who will be Stephen Harper’s replacement? Here’s a brief overview of the candidates. Chris Alexander Alexander is a former diplomat, who was Ambassador to Afghanistan in 2003. In 2011, he was elected as MP for Ajax-Pickering, and was Parliamentary Secretary [...]

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Op-Ed – A student’s voice in the campus conversation on mental health

Qianshu Wang - 2T Nanotechnology

Warning: the following article discusses mental illness and suicide. As many already know, a fellow UW student recently took their own life. Discussion on campus regarding mental health and student well-being, as well as the university’s own specific role in these issues, have been reignited as a result of this event.  There has been a [...]

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People outraged over Hamilton coming to Toronto

MC Hammer - 2U Can't Touch This

Yes, you read that correctly. Earlier this week it was announced that Hamilton will be coming to Toronto and people are losing their shi…. shirts? For a long time now, Toronto has been slowly enveloping the surrounding cities and townships and bringing them under the umbrella of “Greater Toronto Area”, but Toronto’s time about to [...]

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Youtube’s SafeSearch Controversy

Hasan Ahmed - 1B Nanotechnology

YouTube’s SafeSearch filter is nothing new. It’s always been a good idea to restrict some content, especially for young children starting to be exposed to the internet. It’s fine to keep some controversial topics and such away from children due to potentially offensive language and themes. However, the company recently received backlash after LGBTQ+ content [...]

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PCP: Majora’s Mask is the Best Legend of Zelda Game

Meagan Cardno - 4B Nanotechnology

Perhaps I am in the minority when I say this, but The Legend of Zelda franchise has always been the face and heart of Nintendo games for me, far ahead of Mario Brothers-related games. Zelda just always offered so much more character and life than the platforming I saw in Mario, and for that reason it became a cult [...]

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Chuck Berry: A Pioneer of Rock and Roll

Bryan Mailloux - 3A Mechatronics

What kind of music do you listen to? Are you a fan of alternative rock? Maybe you’re a metalhead. Or you might be more into the classic rock groove. If it has to do with rock at all, then it owes a lot to one of the greats, Chuck Berry, who passed away this month [...]

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PCP: The Wind Waker is the Best Legend of Zelda Game

Donovan Maudsley - 3B Mechanical

I’d never really heard of The Legend of Zelda before my ninth birthday, when a good friend of mine got me The Wind Waker for my birthday. I didn’t really get it. I wasn’t really any good at video games until I was in high school. I never really grasped the whole stealth concept, and [...]

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Op-Ed – A student’s voice in the campus conversation on mental health

Qianshu Wang - 2T Nanotechnology

Warning: the following article discusses mental illness and suicide. As many already know, a fellow UW student recently took their own life. Discussion on campus regarding mental health and student well-being, as well as the university’s own specific role in these issues, have been reignited as a result of this event.  There has been a [...]

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What’s in it for you? – an analysis of volunteer mentality and a slight mental breakdown

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

It was recently brought to my attention that if certain people had more incentive, they would volunteer more for things. For example, I was telling my friend how at one of the more recent events I volunteered at this term, they were giving away pencil sharpeners shaped like light bulbs and they said, “Had I [...]

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You Can’t Talk About That

Aaron Propp - 1B Electrical

I probably, by any rules of the modern left, can’t talk about this. But I will anyways. I’m talking about free speech. As in the right to say almost anything you want, except for hate speech, regardless of any safe spaces on university campuses. This issue has risen to prominence recently with Professor Jordan Peterson [...]

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EngSoc Events 5

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

What has your friendly news reporter been up to lately? Well, if I’m going to be perfectly honest with you (which I totally swear to an oath of honour to always do), then not too much. We’ve had a lot of projects and tests with coinciding due dates and I didn’t even get to find [...]

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Debt Load Survey

Karen Dubois - Dean of Engineering's Office

1: Term Total Total Responses: 343 Number of surveys sent: 3920 Response %: 9% 2: Does your family support you financially? (316 responses) Yes:64% No: 36% 3: Average Cost of Living for a 4 month School Term (297 responses) $12,695 4: Average Cost of Living for a 4 month Work Term (256 responses) $5,607 5: [...]

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Exec Story 5 (VPCOMM)

Melissa Buckley - VPCOMM

HOGARTH: But he’s not a pet, Mom. He’s a friend. You’re always saying I should have more friends come over, right? Well now I’ve got one. (selling it) You gotta admit I’m making sense here. ANNIE: Hogarth, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from your many pets, it’s that claws and furniture do not mix. [...]

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Exec Story 4 (VPAC)

Andrew McBurney - VPAC

EXT. ROCKWELL – THE NEXT MORNING The sun has risen on a beautiful Maine morning. The camera starts HIGH in a tall tree, where a bird is repairing its storm-damaged nest, and pans down from this literal bird’s-eye view to the streets of Rockwell, where stoic New Englanders are doing repairs of their own. Down [...]

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Exec Story 3 (VPOF)

Katie Arnold - VPOF

EXT. HOGARTH’S HOUSE – THAT NIGHT – ESTABLISHING We push through the storm towards an upstairs window, and into… INT. HOGARTH’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS A flashlight beam illustrates the STORM SMASHING against a window. A WIDE-EYED NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY, HOGARTH, GRIPS THE FLASHLIGHT. AS THE STORM RAGES, HOGARTH EXPLORES HIS ROOM BY FLASHLIGHT. THE MOVING BEAM [...]

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Exec Story 2 (VPSL)

Chelsea VanderMeer - VPSL

Then: a VOICE breaks through the static on the radio. RADIO: Coast Guard Portland Station to Annabelle: Do you read me? As the mate starts to answer, lightning STRIKES the huge mast. It CRASHES through the pilothouse window, SMASHING the radio. Glass, radio parts FLY. The Captain’s shoulders slump: now they’re done for. ON THE [...]

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Exec Story 1 (Prez)

Rachel Malevich - Prez

Hi Everyone! Exec here. We love writing for the Iron Warrior. We really do. These past 2 weeks have been a time. Melissa, Chelsea, and Rachel are all in 3A chem right now, they wouldn’t recommend it to a friend. Andrew doesn’t sleep anymore, and Katie has been organizing what is sure to be a [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Final Chapter

Elizabeth Salsberg - 4B Nanotechnology

Dear readers and sports fans: It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that this will be the final chapter in the Benchwarmer Report at the Iron Warrior, as this is the final issue of my 4B term. Over the past five years, we’ve seen ups and downs across the sports world, [...]

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Editorial

Donovan Maudsley - Editor-In-Chief

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me here for my last editorial! It feels like my time as editor has flown right by. I’ve talked a lot about stuff that most people probably weren’t all that interested in, but if one person listened to Soundgarden or did better in an interview, then I’m happy. I want [...]

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People outraged over Hamilton coming to Toronto

MC Hammer - 2U Can't Touch This

Yes, you read that correctly. Earlier this week it was announced that Hamilton will be coming to Toronto and people are losing their shi…. shirts? For a long time now, Toronto has been slowly enveloping the surrounding cities and townships and bringing them under the umbrella of “Greater Toronto Area”, but Toronto’s time about to [...]

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Did Disney Steal Zootopia?

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

It’s pretty safe to say that when we hear there’s news about Disney, we tend to get excited. Whether it’s news of live-action remakes of our favourite childhood films or news about yet another one of its films getting nominated for multiple Oscars, you know you can’t resist a good Disney news story. I mean [...]

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Ra(Tan) Lines – MorphCast

Ratan Varghese - 2A Electrical

Guys guys guys guess what! Guess! What! There are multiple podcasts about Animorphs, the children’s sci-fi epic of the 1990s where kids turn into animals to fight aliens. There’s a podcast called Thought Speak: it’s pretty good and I’ll mention it here and there. However I personally prefer Morph Club. Join me, readers, on a [...]

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Super Efficient Solar Panels

Ratan Varghese - 2A Electrical

A team of researchers at Japanese chemical firm Kaneka Corporation have developed solar cells with 26.3% efficiency, which breaks the previous record of 25.6% and is far ahead of the 20-ish% efficiency of high-end commercial cells. The researchers submitted their findings to Nature Energy, after which they further optimized their design to reach an efficiency [...]

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Are We Ready to Contact Aliens?

Alexa Grittani - 3B Mechanical

Maybe you are familiar with SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, but there’s a new organization called METI, Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, that plans on taking a more active approach to finding and contacting aliens. METI are preparing to send intentional transmissions to stars with the hope of eliciting a reply from extra-terrestrials. The organization [...]

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National Animals and Birds

Ratan Varghese - 2A Electrical

Ask Google the question “Why do countries have national animals?” The top result is Wikipedia’s “List of national animals”, and the second is a “Teen Politics Essay”. Yep, this bodes well for anyone seeking an actual answer. Just as difficult is the question of why some countries have national birds and some do not. According [...]

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TS – Maryam Monsef MPsplains the Gallagher Index

A-A-Ron - 1A Joking

Earlier this year, Monsef criticized the work of the all-party parliamentary committee exploring options for democratic reforms for recommending the Gallagher Index. “Would Canadians like to take the square root of the sum of the squares of the difference between the percentage of the seats for each party and the percentage of the votes cast?” [...]

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Black MIDI History Month

Minnie Diddie - 3A Music

As some of you may know, Black MIDI History Month is coming up. For those of you who don’t quite get it, we at the Tin Soldier are here to help! What is Black MIDI History Month? Black MIDI History Month is when we as a community take some time out of each day to [...]

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TS – PCP Paperclips

Peppa Clippington - 2B Fastening

Don’t listen to the Staples shill on the other side. What kind of monster would punch a hole – no, not one hole, but TWO holes – in pristine paper? Not only do staples mutilate the paper, but they are a waste of metal! They are only worth one use before being discarded like garbage, [...]

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5 Things Series Finale

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

All my loyal readers will surely be relieved to hear it: this is the last-ever edition of Five Things You Don’t Want To Know. After this day, you will no longer have to read about the ridiculous and disgusting things our ancestors got up to. In honour of the end of this column, I have [...]

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People outraged over Hamilton coming to Toronto

MC Hammer - 2U Can't Touch This

Yes, you read that correctly. Earlier this week it was announced that Hamilton will be coming to Toronto and people are losing their shi…. shirts? For a long time now, Toronto has been slowly enveloping the surrounding cities and townships and bringing them under the umbrella of “Greater Toronto Area”, but Toronto’s time about to [...]

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Exec Story 5 (VPCOMM)

Melissa Buckley - VPCOMM

HOGARTH: But he’s not a pet, Mom. He’s a friend. You’re always saying I should have more friends come over, right? Well now I’ve got one. (selling it) You gotta admit I’m making sense here. ANNIE: Hogarth, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from your many pets, it’s that claws and furniture do not mix. [...]

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Exec Story 4 (VPAC)

Andrew McBurney - VPAC

EXT. ROCKWELL – THE NEXT MORNING The sun has risen on a beautiful Maine morning. The camera starts HIGH in a tall tree, where a bird is repairing its storm-damaged nest, and pans down from this literal bird’s-eye view to the streets of Rockwell, where stoic New Englanders are doing repairs of their own. Down [...]

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Exec Story 3 (VPOF)

Katie Arnold - VPOF

EXT. HOGARTH’S HOUSE – THAT NIGHT – ESTABLISHING We push through the storm towards an upstairs window, and into… INT. HOGARTH’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS A flashlight beam illustrates the STORM SMASHING against a window. A WIDE-EYED NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY, HOGARTH, GRIPS THE FLASHLIGHT. AS THE STORM RAGES, HOGARTH EXPLORES HIS ROOM BY FLASHLIGHT. THE MOVING BEAM [...]

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Exec Story 2 (VPSL)

Chelsea VanderMeer - VPSL

Then: a VOICE breaks through the static on the radio. RADIO: Coast Guard Portland Station to Annabelle: Do you read me? As the mate starts to answer, lightning STRIKES the huge mast. It CRASHES through the pilothouse window, SMASHING the radio. Glass, radio parts FLY. The Captain’s shoulders slump: now they’re done for. ON THE [...]

Continue Reading...

Exec Story 1 (Prez)

Rachel Malevich - Prez

Hi Everyone! Exec here. We love writing for the Iron Warrior. We really do. These past 2 weeks have been a time. Melissa, Chelsea, and Rachel are all in 3A chem right now, they wouldn’t recommend it to a friend. Andrew doesn’t sleep anymore, and Katie has been organizing what is sure to be a [...]

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