Everyone Loves Waterloo: “People’s Choice” among 9 podium finishes for Waterloo at GNCTR 2015

Scott Klinger & Jared Murphy - Team Co-Captains
Posted on: February 11, 2015

At 3:00 am on January 21, 26 students from the University of Waterloo were awake en-route to the airport to represent Waterloo at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) in Kelowna, BC. This competition, which lasted 5 days, is one of the longest standing engineering traditions and requires teams of undergraduate engineering students from [...]

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Death with Dignity

Leah Kristufek - 3T Chemical

On February 6, the Supreme Court of Canada voted in favour of allowing people with grievous and irremediable medical conditions to request the assistance of medical professionals in ending their lives. This decision will take effect in just 1 year leaving provinces and territories scrambling to come up with legislation narrowing this broad scope to something [...]

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Solitary Confinement Challenged by Human Rights Group

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical Engineering

British Columbia’s Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada have filed a petition to the Supreme Court, arguing that Canada’s use of solitary confinement in prisons is unconstitutional. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture considers solitary confinement of longer than 15 days to be torture. The average length of a period of [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Ontario Bans Breeding, Sale, and Acquisition of Killer Whales and (Some) Friends

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

In a recent report for the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, it was determined that the conditions in which marine mammals in captivity are kept are oftentimes insufficient for ensuring their well-being.  The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) led the inquiries, which include unannounced inspections as part [...]

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Long Weekend at the First Year Integration Conference

Joanna Liu - 1B Chemical

A five-hour car ride, bag full of ‘business casual’ to ‘semi-formal’ clothes and arriving at the hotel to discover all other delegates were running late; these were the deceptively bumpy beginnings of FYIC 2015. FYIC stands for ‘First Year Integration Conference.’ It is hosted by ESSCO (Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario) consisting of 15 [...]

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Lack of Female Profs Stems From Far Greater Issue

Elizabeth Salsberg - 2T Nanotechnology

Most of us can count the number of female professors we’ve had on the fingers of one hand. This seems to be well known and even accepted; you probably don’t need another long, propaganda-like article promoting “awareness” and “diversity” and “inclusivity.” Though of course these things are important (and are not as trivial as they [...]

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A Dam’ed Failure: The Mount Polley Tailings Dam failure investigation

Jessica Keung - 2N Civil

On August 4, 2014, the Mount Polley copper and gold mine tailings pond, in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, breached. This tailings dam is owned by Imperial Metals. The Mount Polley tailings storage facility released 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of mining waste into the Polley Lake. This [...]

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#BellLetsTalk – About Mental Illness or Bell?

Devika Khosla - 1B Chemical

If you were on social media on January 28, you probably would’ve noticed it was Bell Let’s Talk day.  For each phone call or text on the Bell network, as well as each share and tweet with #bellletstalk, Bell promised to donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives in Canada.  This year, they raised a [...]

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Point Counterpoint: Should formula sheets be provided by the professor? (Affirmative)

Elizabeth Salsberg - 2T Nanotechnology

Midterms are upon us. Material needs to be quickly reviewed, understood, and in some cases, *gasp* memorized. Symbols and equations swarm our fuzzy brains as the stress of hell week sets in. It’s the class before the midterm. A classmate inevitably puts up their hand and asks, “Will this [formula] be given on the exam?” [...]

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Point Counterpoint: Should formula sheets be provided by the professor? (Negative)

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Engineering is a subject which stands midway between scientific and mathematical theory on one side, and directly-applicable techniques (such as taught in trades schools) on the other. So usually, in an engineering course, students will be expected to have some theoretical knowledge (say, differential equations), but the focus is on being able to apply such [...]

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Impacts of New Anti-terror Legislation on Students

Filzah Nasir & Sepehr Mohaddes - 3B Environmental & Ph.D Mechanical Engineering

In the great 1997 movie, Good Will Hunting, the main character, Will Hunting (Matt Damon) – the self-taught super-mathematician – ends up in an interview for the National Security Agency (NSA). At one point, the director says to him “the way I see it, the questions isn’t why should you work for the NSA. The [...]

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#LetsTalk about Ice Buckets and BOOBIES!

Meagan Cardno - 2T Nanotechnology

When it comes to marketing and promotion, be it advertising for a product or service, or raising awareness for a particular issue, it doesn’t seem like there is such a thing as too much exposure. Yet, a few particular cases come to mind in which I can’t describe the attempts at promotion as anything else— [...]

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Lack of Female Profs Stems From Far Greater Issue

Elizabeth Salsberg - 2T Nanotechnology

Most of us can count the number of female professors we’ve had on the fingers of one hand. This seems to be well known and even accepted; you probably don’t need another long, propaganda-like article promoting “awareness” and “diversity” and “inclusivity.” Though of course these things are important (and are not as trivial as they [...]

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VP-EX Update: First-Year Integration Conference and the Ontario Engineering Competition

Sarah-Rose Lancaster - VP-External

The start of February has been a busy time in the world of the VP-External. Two major events have happened: the First-Year Integration Conference and the Ontario Engineering Competition. The two events are significantly different from each other, however both help develop leadership qualities, teamwork qualities and ingenuity in Waterloo’s Engineering students. The First-Year Integration [...]

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EngSoc Election Results

Andrew Davidson - Elections Commissioner

The people have spoken, and the results are in! I’d like to give a warm welcome to the next set of Engineering Society Executives: Hannah Gautreau as President, Anson Chen as VP Education, Kieran Broekhoven as VP External, Don Tu as VP Finance, and Teresa Lumini as VP Internal. I’m also very pleased to announce [...]

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The Term of Endless Voting: EngSoc Election Results, the Feds Election, and the E7 Referendum

Allyson Francis - President

Hello again Waterloo Engineering. These past two weeks I’ve been very busy once again with issues surrounding the Infosilem scheduling software. A highly polarized topic, this software may impact the way that some engineering departments schedule their cohort times and locations. At this time, I am looking for any students who are interested in becoming [...]

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VP-Finance Update: Budget Approvals and SLEF

Melissa Ferguson - VP-Finance

Hello Engineering Students! I hope that everyone has had a great term so far! I know that there will be many fun events after reading week to look forward to, so keep getting excited about all things EngSoc! The past two weeks have been particularly eventful as far as finances for EngSoc go. The EngSoc [...]

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VP-WINternal Update

Mathieu Tremblay - VP-Internal

Hello friends, I hope hell week is treating everyone that has it alright this week! There are a few cool things coming up in the next little while, these include Romantic Pictures with the Tool, READING WEEK, Puppies in POETS, and TalEng. Congrats to all the 4th years who now have their Iron Rings; if you’d [...]

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Long Weekend at the First Year Integration Conference

Joanna Liu - 1B Chemical

A five-hour car ride, bag full of ‘business casual’ to ‘semi-formal’ clothes and arriving at the hotel to discover all other delegates were running late; these were the deceptively bumpy beginnings of FYIC 2015. FYIC stands for ‘First Year Integration Conference.’ It is hosted by ESSCO (Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario) consisting of 15 [...]

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Let’s Talk Ring

Permeg Kenth - VP-Education

Hey! I am going to start of by congratulating all the fourth years on getting their Iron Rings over the weekend. The five-year struggle has finally paid off. In the spirit of all the iron ring celebrations I would like to shed light on what the ring symbolizes and where it all began. Canadian engineers [...]

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Letter from the Editor: In Praise of IRS Pranks

Nancy Hui - Editor-in-Chief

It’s been an eventful few days. The not-a-snow-day, upcoming midterms, and the Iron Ring ceremony! But despite it all, including a very unfortunately placed production weekend, we’ve finished the second issue of the Iron Warrior this term. The first draft actually went out for review at 9PM Sunday – a personal record (admittedly with only [...]

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Geek Culture: The war of the Renaissance fathers

Emmanuel Utuama - 2A Electrical

Hi, folks, and welcome to Geek culture. It is a new column that focuses on all your geek needs from comic books, super heroes, movie reviews, TV shows and much more. If you have any content suggestions, submit your request to the Iron Warrior, or even better, write an article about it for the Iron [...]

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Take Five: Lumos!

Nancy Hui - 4B Civil

Out of all my fandoms, I think I enjoy the Harry Potter fandom the most. Based on the books by J.K. Rowling which have sold nearly half a billion copies worldwide, it chronicles the coming-of-age of a young wizard who comes to realize that he must make the choice between what is easy and what [...]

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Love You Like a Love Song

Alex Toth - 4B Chemical

This week, instead of writing about one specific album, I decided to combine three things I really enjoy: music, lists, and cheesy romantic gestures. Since Valentine’s Day is approaching and my girlfriend suggested I write an article in honour of it, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the love song. The [...]

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Co-Founders: Eyecheck

Nachiket Sherlekar - 3N Nanotechnology

In this column, I interview co-founders of recently formed start-ups that have come out of the University of Waterloo. With the presence of programs such as Velocity Science, Garage and Foundry, as well as other organizations in KW such as Communitech and the Accelerator Centre, the opportunities available for entrepreneurs to implement their ideas are [...]

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Texiobactin: The new antibiotic on the block

Donovan Maudsley - 2A Mechanical

A lot can happen in 53 years. Man has stood on the moon, the cold war ended and more wars began, the internet came into existence and almost immediately began serving as a platform for animal videos. Medical techniques and antibiotics have become increasingly strong, but so have the bacterial infections that they fight. The [...]

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On the Shoulders of Giants: René Just Haüy, Father of Crystallography

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

The Iron Ring Ceremony being upon us again, this OTSOG column will cover a man who made his name in mineralogy. His discoveries on how crystals worked would later allow us to develop theories about crystal structures, dislocations, and slip, letting us predict the ductility of metals and find appropriate alloying elements. René Just Haüy [...]

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Unboiling an Egg

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical

Everybody hears it as an example in thermodynamics: “You can’t unbreak a glass. You can’t unboil an egg.” Now, that example has been proven wrong. Eggs are full of proteins, which are complex molecules that need to be folded in a particular way in order to work. Heat, changes in pH, and other stresses can [...]

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Graphene: Cheaper, better, faster, stronger

Bryan Mailloux - 1B Mechatronics

Regardless of the engineering discipline you’re in, you’ve probably heard of the incredibly versatile material known as graphene. Made of a sheet of carbon atoms only one atom thick, it just happens to be the best electrical and heat conductor discovered, as well as the strongest compound known. The unique properties of the material would [...]

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Raspberry Pi 2 Boasts Souped-Up Specs, for the Same Price as the Model B+

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

The new Raspberry Pi, designated as the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, is out (though it’s not that easy getting your hands on one right now) and it looks pretty darn fantastic. For the same $35 as the Model B+ of the original Raspberry Pis, it packs in some significant upgrades, superseding its predecessors completely. [...]

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Perspectives: The Importance of Words and Perspective in Journalism

David Rousso - 1B Nanotechnology

What is the difference between a king and a dictator? How about a freedom fighter and a terrorist? A revolutionary and a traitor? In terms of definitions, absolutely nothing. Think about it. King: (n) ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth. Dictator: (n) a ruler with total [...]

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Prof Personalities: Dr. Chandramouli R. Madhuranthakam

Ashlyn Low - 1B Nanotechnology

Dr. Chandramouli Madhuranthakam is a well-known and well-respected professor from the Chemical Engineering department, loved by his students for his evident enthusiasm for his course material and passion for teaching. Completing his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in India, he soon moved to Canada to pursue his PhD degree and research career at the University of [...]

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Five More Things You Really Didn’t Want To Know: Disgusting things people have done in history

Caitlin McLaren - 3A Chemical

Every culture has ideas of what is and is not acceptable, because nobody likes a creep. Unfortunately, the ideas of what is okay and what is sick and wrong tend to change from time to time and place to place. Here are some things your ancestors have done that are just…. wrong. The Irish had [...]

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Actual Advice: Dealing with the Winter Heat

Emmanuel Utuama - 2A Electrical

Hi Warriors, it’s that time of the term where there are a lot of project deadlines to meet, job interviews to ace, it feels like the number of deliverables per class have doubled, and hell week is creeping up very slowly. The days feel longer and the nights even shorter. With all this work in a short [...]

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