University of Waterloo Hackathon a Thrilling Success

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Posted on: September 21, 2014

Jam-packed with students, industry leaders, and a whole lot of coffee, E5 was a hive of activity this past weekend. The event, Hack the North, was Canada’s first international-scale hackathon, which included hackers from as far away as Brazil, Korea, and China. The University of Waterloo has often been called the MIT of the north. [...]

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Co-Founders: Suncayr

Nachiket Sherlekar - 3B Nanotechnology

Waterloo has been a centre for ideas and entrepreneurship for many decades. The presence of an open collaborative culture and the emphasis on ownership of intellectual property has helped the University of Waterloo gain huge success in the creation of start-up companies. In this column, I plan to interview founders of recent start-ups that have [...]

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Students take collective action to win back deposits from Schembri

Filzah Nasir -

On the afternoon of Friday, September 19th, over 50 frustrated residents of 1 Columbia, marched alongside supporters to the office of Schembri Property Management. The students were there to hand deliver letters stating that the construction delays which prevented them from moving in to their apartments were a breach of contract and they were choosing [...]

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WatCard Fee Increase

Sherwin Kwan -

Effective September 15th, UW Retail Services is raising the surcharge on WatCard transactions at Feds-operated services from 5 to 8 percent. This will have implications for you whenever you use your WatCard as a payment method. According to Feds, they have historically paid the entire surcharge on your behalf, and they will continue paying five [...]

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One Columbia: Unfinished and Unresponsive

Narthaanan Srimurugathasan -

A large number of University of Waterloo students faced a rather shocking phone call on September 1st, 2014. The construction of One Columbia, a 22-story luxury apartment building for student housing, had been delayed until further notice. With three days left until the anticipated move-in day and about a week until classes were to begin, [...]

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UW Ranks 169th in World University Rankings

Andrew McMahon - 4A Environment

The QS World University Rankings for 2014/15 were released last Tuesday.  The QS world university rankings are annual university rankings published by British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).  In this most recent release, the University of Waterloo (UW) placed 169th in overall score with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, and the University [...]

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Space Travel: Open to Anyone

Allen Chen - 2A Civil

When the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida on July 21, 2011, almost 40 years of space shuttle missions operated by NASA officially ended. After over three years of hitching rides on Russian Soyuz spacecraft at a price of $70 million per seat, NASA awarded contracts to The Boeing Company (Boeing) and Space Exploration Technologies [...]

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Ebola as a Biological Weapon

Derek Kan - 2A Civil

Ebola. These five letters have been painting a wall of fear across the world after the recent outbreak in Africa of the life threatening disease. With an average fatality rate of 52%, the Ebola virus starts with flu like symptoms and can progress to external and internal hemorrhaging and death.  The virus is spread through [...]

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What is this Franklin Expedition everyone’s talking about?

Bryan Mailloux - 1A Mechatronics Engineering

On September 7th, Prime Minister Harper announced the discovery of one of the two ships of the famed Franklin Expedition, lost at sea more than 150 years ago. Since then, the team of Parks Canada archaeologists who found the wreck have made their first dive down into the depths to discover which of Franklin’s ships [...]

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Space Rocks Rock

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

A few weeks ago, in the late evening of Saturday September 6th , the residents of Managua—the capital city of Nicaragua—awoke to the sounds of an explosion. The next day, a 12 metre wide crater was discovered in a desolate and lightly-forested area of the city. Government scientists reported that the explosion and resulting crater [...]

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Engineering Society Meeting 1 Summary

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The first Engineering Society Council Meeting of the term took place on Wednesday September 17th. The meeting had over 95 people in attendance. A number of elections took place to fill the A-Society At-Large seats on the Board of Directors, elect a Chief Returning Officer to run the upcoming E7 Referendum Vote, and fill committee [...]

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VP Internal: Workshops and Mentorships – Welcome First Years!

Puneet Natt - VP Internal

Hi everyone! If we haven’t met yet, my name is Puneet Natt and I am the Vice President Internal for the Engineering Society this term. My role within the Engineering Society is to help run many of the social events, academic services and first year mentoring initiatives. One of my goals as VP Internal is [...]

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VP Education: Exciting New Initiatives this Term!

Joshua Kalpin - VP Education

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new term! My name is Josh and I’m your VP Education for the Engineering Society this term. I’m in 3B Software Engineering and I’m thrilled to be representing all of you on educational issues this term. Since this is my first exec update this term, I wanted to [...]

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VP Finance: Budget and Covies!

Kevin McNamara -

Hello A-Society! My name is Kevin McNamara and I am the Vice-President Finance of the Engineering Society. I hope that those of you returning from co-op had a great summer, and those doing 8 months of school are excited to still be here. Welcome to all of the first year students! I hope to use [...]

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VP External: FALL in Love with External Initiatives!

Heather Smith - VP External

Hey Friends!  This is your friendly neighborhood VP External, Heather Smith.  If you are wondering what a VP External does and what I plan to do with this role, then sit down, get cozy and continue reading! The Fall term is busy for engineering students involved in councils on provincial and national levels.  These councils [...]

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President: A New Beginning!

Leila Meema-Coleman - President

Welcome and welcome back! For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet my name is Leila and I am the Engineering Society President this term. I am just starting my 3B term in mechanical engineering and I am so excited to finally be back on term and to implement all [...]

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Notice of Engineering Society General Meeting

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The Engineering Society General Meeting for the term will be held on October 8th at 5:30 PM in CPH 3607. Every engineering student who has paid an EngSoc fee has a vote and can propose motions. This is your chance to have your say in the Society and how you are being represented. Please direct [...]

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Letter from the Editor: Welcome!

Leah Kristufek - Editor-In-Chief

Hello friends, Before I begin my editorial I’d like to address the tragedy that touched our engineering family in the short time since I last talked to you. To lose someone so early in their life, just when they were embarking on a great new adventure is never an easy thing. Whether you knew the [...]

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Hit Replay: Aviators: Fun in the Sun Since 1936

Vince Magas - 2A Management

The sun is shining brightly, the sky is clear, and The Rolling Stones is blasting on the radio, and to top it all off you have your trusty green-tinted, metal-rimmed, Ray-Ban Aviators. Whether you’re driving down the highway to Woodstock to see Hendrix, flying your Boeing B-29 Superfortress, or simply enjoying iced tea outside POETs, [...]

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Fall for Biopics: a TIFF Report

Anjida Sripongworakul - 3B Management

Fall is here. A crisp, chilly beginning to the school year and the 2014-2015 awards season, which recently kicked off North American leg with TIFF, the annual Toronto International Film Festival. As the festival drew to a close on Sunday September 14, let’s take a look at its highlights. The award contenders are a mix [...]

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Blackberry Stirs: Gobbles Up U.K.-based Mobile Start-up

Vince Magas - 2A Management

The struggling mobile company Blackberry recently took possession of U.K. based start-up Movirtu. The start-up is the maker of technology that allows smartphones to use multiple phone numbers simultaneously with the use of only one SIM. The acquisition of this start-up and subsequent technology could give the troubled mobile company the ability to expand its [...]

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New Apple products

Sung Eun, Kim - MASc, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The past week, I felt like reading a smartphone tech forum or something when I opened Facebook. A lot of people seemed to have a deep insight into the design trend of Apple’s products, and a lot of them were not afraid to publish their opinions on the web in many different manners. I’m sure [...]

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Space Rocks Rock

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

A few weeks ago, in the late evening of Saturday September 6th , the residents of Managua—the capital city of Nicaragua—awoke to the sounds of an explosion. The next day, a 12 metre wide crater was discovered in a desolate and lightly-forested area of the city. Government scientists reported that the explosion and resulting crater [...]

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Yukon Adventures!

Kristina Lee - 3N Environmental

I had initially thought about writing about my trip to Tombstone Territorial Park in Yukon.  I made the trip on Labour Day weekend to see the Tombstones, but mainly to see them in their fall colours – which are spectacular if you were wondering! Now fall? It’s hardly even the end of September. It didn’t [...]

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Understanding the Journey : What is University?

Emmanuel Utuama -

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Waterloo Class of 2019. The great odyssey of becoming an engineer has begun. As with any journey, the first steps are often the hardest, this is especially true for first year engineering. This series of articles is aimed at understanding what it means to be in university, how [...]

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Staying in the Black: Finances in University

Raeesa Ashique - 1A Electrical

In high school, I was the one with the cheap LG phone on a $13/month plan, because my mom had pounced on this limited time back-to-school promotion from “Robbers” Wireless several years ago. I was the one who went out for lunch with my friends, only to sit in the food court eating my slapped-together, [...]

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Orientation Week

Colin Evans -

An oft-repeated adage is “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It’s become platitudinous now, but it would have been an apt remark on August 31, or rather, “this week is the first week of the rest of your life”. The shift to University is one of the most, if not [...]

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