B-Soc Votes “NO” at E7 Referendum

Jennifer Coldwell - E7 Referendum CRO
Posted on: March 18, 2015

From March 10th to 14th, engineering undergraduates had the opportunity to vote on the E7 Referendum.  The referendum, proposed by the Dean of Engineering, asked students weather they were in favour of donating a total of one million dollars to student space in the upcoming build of Engineering 7.  This donation would be charged as [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Earthworx Convicted and Fined for Providing Contaminated Soil to Sheep Farm

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

When Peterborough County sheep farmer Rucco Braat arranged in 2011 for soil to be delivered to his farm, he did not get the clean fill he originally requested. Instead, the 700 truckloads of fill delivered and graded by Earthworx Industries were found to be highly contaminated. Upon inspection by officials from the Ministry of Environment [...]

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How Far There Is To Go: Two Oklahoma Students Expelled for Racist Chant

Tina Yao - 2B Chemical

For the past few decades, the University of Oklahoma has been seeking to raise its reputation from a local college in the Southwest, to a leading national institution. David Boren, school president and former state governor has made significant strides which involved offering generous scholarships and increasing the enrollment rate for National Merit scholars. However [...]

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Iranian Nuclear Talks – Just What is Going On?

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical

You’ve probably been seeing a lot about it in the news lately – Iran may be coming closer to making a nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany.) Some people are happy about this – others, not so much. What might a deal entail? Currently, Iran [...]

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McGill researchers attempt to control organism size, double the size of ants

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

A team of scientists at McGill’s evolutionary and developmental biology lab have doubled the size of experimental ants, achieving a huge step in defining the role of genetics and the environment on the size of an organism. The researchers, led by Dr. Ehab Abouheif, published a paper in Nature Communications detailing their findings. These findings [...]

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TA/Contract Strikes Highlight Fundamental Academic Flaws

Elizabeth Salsberg - 2T Nanotechnology

Following the expiry of their most recent contract, teaching assistants and contract teaching-only university staff took to the picket lines. For the TA’s, lack of graduate student funding is the main issue. Contract staff are seeking pay increases and improved job security. The strikes have been particularly gruesome at York U, where over half of [...]

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Mars One: Brilliant Initiative or Crazy Death Trap?

Bryan Mailloux - 1B Mechatronics

Waterloo graduate Ben Criger was among the one hundred finalists selected to go on the Mars One mission, an ambitious attempt to colonize the Red Planet with the first crew leaving in 2025. Exciting news, isn’t it? Well, maybe for the University. But as far as actually colonizing Mars goes, probably not. Since the Moon [...]

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Tech Ethics: People doing radical things with STEM

Filzah Nasir & Sepehr Mohaddes -

Last week we talked about why Kevin O’Leary doesn’t exactly make a great candidate for engineering students to take advice from. Did you read that column? Go read it now. Go. All right, now you should be all caught up. Robert Oppenheimer who led the Manhattan Project which resulted in the creation of the atomic [...]

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To Try a Technocracy

Donovan Maudsley - 2A Mechanical

Politicians are the butt of many jokes; J.F.K once said that “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process”. There is a stigma surrounding politicians, which may be because politicians are typically either lawyers (who are stereotypically two-faced) or businesspeople (stereotypically [...]

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The Presidential Wind-Down: Referendum Results and General Meeting Agenda

Allyson Francis - President

Hello again everyone! If you haven’t yet heard, the results of the E7 Referendum are in, and the majority of students voted NO on the question of initiating an optional student donation of $25 per student per term. The full breakdown of the polling results are available on the home page of the Engineering Society’s [...]

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National Engineering Month: How it’s been going so far

Sarah-Rose Lancaster - VP External

National Engineering Month is in full swing and the Waterloo Engineering Society is about half-way through its NEM campaign. In this time we’ve hosted two events, the NEM Rube Goldberg Machine building and CANstruction. Still to come, we have the K’Nex Bridge Building at THE MUSEUM and the Charity Bus Push. The NEM Rube Goldberg [...]

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VP-WINternal Update: More events!

Mathieu Tremblay - VP Internal

Hey friends, hopefully March hasn’t been too crazy busy for everyone. If it has, I have some sweet events in store for you! This Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 19th, 20th and 21st) is EngPlay and it’s a musical this term! Come out to the Arts Lecture hall at 8:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 1:30 pm on Saturday to see the show; tickets [...]

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VP-Education Update: Teaching Excellence Award

Permeg Kenth - VP Education

Hey! Hope everyone is doing well. I am sure everyone is going through the end of term deadline stress syndrome. Don’t worry, stay calm and make sure you are keeping up with the workload. Be sure to manage your time well and to start organizing yourselves for the upcoming exams. In this week’s issue, I [...]

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Letter from the Editor: Fighting hypocrisy and degendering sexual violence in It’s Never Okay

Nancy Hui - Editor-in-Chief

It’s been an exciting two weeks at Waterloo! Lots of stuff has happened. The draft of my team’s 4YDP report has been submitted to the technical advisor for review, the group Biomechanics paper is in, grad school acceptances are rolling in, and a very hotly campaigned referendum has run its course. Major kudos to the [...]

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Take Five: Everything is going to be OK

Nancy Hui - 4B Civil

As a child, I enjoyed fairy tales where the prince always hooked up with the princess at the end of the story, and everyone got a happy ending. Romantic comedies are much like fairy tales – one expects the hero and the heroine to get together. They are predictable, and exactly what one needs to [...]

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The Netflix Connection: The Defenders

Donovan Maudsley - 2A Mechanical

Marvel Entertainment has been swinging for the fences over the last few years on the big screen, pumping out at least a movie a year on average since 2008, but their first forays into the world of the small screen have been less successful. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lost viewership over its first season in 2013, [...]

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Album of the Week: Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Alex Toth - 4B Chemical

These last couple of weeks were strange ones for indie music releases. No big names have actually released anything in this time, but a number of album release campaigns were shifting into high gear (Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, maybe Kendrick Lamar). And then all of a sudden a couple of days [...]

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Geek Culture: New Thor

Emmanuel Utuama - 2A Electrical

Hey Warriors, this edition of Geek Culture will take a look at the all-new female-centric Thor comic written by Jason Aaron, and illustrated by Russel Dauterman and Mathew Wilson. The new female Thor was announced by Marvel on July 15, 2014 along with Sam Wilson (Falcon) as the new Captain America, and made her first [...]

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On the Shoulders of Giants: From Farm Boy to Mad Scientist

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Today’s column is about Willis H. Carrier, a genius who can justly be called the “Father of Air Conditioning”. Born on a farm near Buffalo, New York in 1876, Carrier’s early life was basically the good old American Dream. A typical day for him was getting up at 5 am to milk cows, and delivering [...]

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Daylight Savings Time: Where does it come from?

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical

Now is the time of year when we grumble about losing a precious hour of sleep. Of course, we gain one in six months, but that is too far away to be thankful for. Who first thought of this strange abuse of the space-time continuum? In ancient times, time did not need to be kept [...]

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Apple Goes for Gold

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

One of the intriguing announcements at Apple’s Spring Forward event last week was that the Apple Watch would be offered in a variant encased in 18-karat gold (Apple Watch Edition), and will sell for US$10,000 apiece. While the timepiece itself was hailed by many critics, the gold variant elicited a negative reception. Business magazine Bloomberg [...]

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Perspectives: The potential impact of a roundworm simulation on science, philosophy and ethics

David Rousso - 1B Nanotechnology

Caenorhabditis elegans. A tiny, 1mm-length transparent roundworm with only 959 cells and 302 neurons. It was the first organism to have its entire genome sequenced and the only organism to have its connectome completed. You may have heard about this worm on the news back in January, when scientists from the OpenWorm Project were able [...]

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Five Things You Really Didn’t Want to Know: How to raise your kids the old-fashioned way

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical

You have finally met the person of your dreams, and you want to start a family! As a first-time parent, you are anxious to get everything right. How do you know what to do? It’s easy! People have been raising children for all of history, and with a little study you can find out exactly [...]

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Prof Personalities: Professor David Harmsworth

Ashlyn Low - 1B Nanotechnology

Not many professors at the University Waterloo can say that they have a degree in linguistics and a degree in mathematics; Professor David Harmsworth is the exception. Completing his BA and BSc in Linguistics and Mathematics at the University of Regina, Professor Harmsworth then came to the University of Waterloo to pursue his Master’s of [...]

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CECS/CECA Loyalties Revealed

Ching O'Malley - [Former] ISIS Double Agent

Co-op students! What drew you to the co-op program? Was it the glossy brochures? The speakers at marketing events? Talking to current co-op students when you were just considering about coming to Waterloo? And they told you it was what they loved most? That can be attributed to the thorough brainwashing, through in-person and online [...]

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How to Write a Cover Letter

- 1B Potato Potato

It’s JobMine season, everyone, and if you’re like me — abandoned by your long-term writing partner and “friend” for a “job” in “Toronto” — you still haven’t had an interview. But don’t worry! In this article, you’ll find tips on how to write the right cover letter to land you that job. Point A  Don’t [...]

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