We Will Not Live in Fear

Brigita Gubins - Year 2 Environmental
Posted on: June 19, 2016

Fear and hate only breed more fear and hate. In the early hours of Sunday, June 12 at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 49 people’s lives were cut short at the hands of a gunman; 53 more escaped with their lives, but sustained major injuries. The massacre in Orlando, Florida is about many things; radicalized [...]

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Playboy Mansion Sells to Twinkie Owner

Thomas Willert - 3A Mechanical

In January 2016 something radical happened. The historic Playboy mansion went up for sale – the estate that has been the definition of the cutting edge of “modeling”, as well as home of the grottoes and some of the greatest parties known in recent history, will no longer be owned by Hugh Hefner. But there’s [...]

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GM Plans to Hire 1,000 Engineers in Canada To Drive a Driverless Future

Tiffany Chang - 1B Chemical

On June 10, 2016, General Motors announced that approximately 1,000 software positions would be open to the Canadian engineering industry over the next couple of years. The revamped GM Canada work will focus on developing new automotive systems and technologies pertaining to autonomous vehicles—self-driving vehicles. This means that areas of “Autonomous Vehicle Software & Controls [...]

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The Legacy of Number 9

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

The hockey community lost one of its greats recently. Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88 at his son’s home in Ohio.  Gordie made a lasting impression on the sports world with his fierce competitiveness and refined how a hockey forward should play. He earned the nickname “Mr. Hockey” over five decades in [...]

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E3 (Exciting, Engaging, Expensive)

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

Just some background on me, so that you know where my perspectives come from: I enjoy videogames, and am by no means a hardcore gamer. I can, however, tell the difference between garbage and an instant classic. My twin pillars of a great game are terrific game play and an engaging story, but if you’re [...]

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British MP Jo Cox Assassinated

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Britain was stunned on Thursday when Member of Parliament Helen “Jo” Cox was shot and stabbed in broad daylight while meeting with constituents. She left behind her husband Brendan and two small children, Cuillin and Lejla. Cox was a member of the Labour party, and an outspoken advocate for refugees, migrants, and minorities. She also [...]

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81-Year-Old Pilot Makes Emergency Landing on Glacier

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

When you learn to fly, the first thing they teach you after “don’t stand beside the propeller”, is your emergency procedures. With planes, there’s are an awful lot of things that can go wrong and it’s important that you be prepared to deal with any one of them before you even do a take-off. This [...]

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PCP For: Should Prison Funding Be Redirected Towards Social Rehabilitation Programs?

Raeesa Ashique - 2N Electrical

This is Canada, which means that we do not believe in capital punishment. But does that mean our system is any better? Is incarceration really the best way to deal with criminals? The purpose of prison should be two-fold: punishment, and rehabilitation. Lawbreakers need to realize the consequences of their actions, and pay the price. [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Responsibility

Brigita Gubins - Year 2 Environmental

As you may have noticed while walking around campus, there are empty chip bags and coffee cups blowing around with the breeze. While littering is reprehensible in itself, it would be a fair argument to say that over-packaging of everything is just as frustrating of an issue. Plan on buying lunch in the plaza? The [...]

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PCP Against: Should Prison Funding Be Redirected Towards Social Rehabilitation Programs?

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Everybody knows that prisoners who are treated harshly are likely to re-offend. As such, many suggest that funding for prisons should be cut in favour of rehabilitation programs. While rehabilitation programs are good and necessary, cutting funding for prisons is not the right way to fund rehabilitation. Prisons are, after all, meant to keep society [...]

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“O Canada” Lyrics to be Changed

Cameron Soltys - 3N Mechanical

I first heard about the bill to remove gender bias from our national anthem, C-210, less than a week ago on a political podcast that I had just started listening to. I listened with passing interest as the journalist in my ear explained that there was a bill to change “True patriot love in all [...]

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EngSoc Election Results

Sarah Martin - 1B Mechatronics

The votes have been counted and the results are in. Let’s give a huge congratulations to the newly elected Engineering Society executive team of Rachel Malevich as President, Melissa Buckley and Dan Robertson as VP Communications, Katie Arnold as VP Operations and Finance, as well as Sabrina Huston and Chelsea VanderMeer as VP Student Life. [...]

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President: Time for another update

Hannah Gautreau - President

Hello Everyone! I hope midterms went well! This is going to be a short update since school has been pretty crazy for the past two weeks. Joint Annual General Meeting (JAGM) Our Annual JAGM is coming up THIS SUNDAY JUNE 26TH AT 11am! Every EngSoc member has a vote, so make sure to come out [...]

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VP External: Sometimes we try to be helpful

Kieran Broekhoven - VP External

Update number 3 of the term! I’ll be giving a quick overview of what’s been happening/what’s coming up in our outreach portfolio. We’ve continued with the usual initiatives; just this past weekend we had our trip to THEMUSEUM in Kitchener that we do twice a term. Kids learned things about engineering, and everybody had a [...]

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VP Internal: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Surviving Post-Hell Week

Teresa Lumini - VP Internal

Hey hey hey! Hope everyone completed midterms fairly unscathed.  Now it is time to recover from all the mental exhaustion with Mental Health Awareness Week.  During this week, we will be running events to help blow off that post-exam steam such as Finger Painting, a Euchre Tournament, and for the first time in a long [...]

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VP Finance: If You’re Reading This It’s Tu Late

Don Tu - VP Finance

Hello readers! Now you’re probably asking yourself: Why is Don making a pun based on his name and a Drake album? The answer is that I wanted your attention. It worked, didn’t it? It’s also a reference to the fact that the Engineering Society elections just finished. If you’re reading this and wanted to enjoy [...]

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VP-Education: An ED-ucational Overview of the VP Academic Position

Anson Chen - VP Education

Hello everyone! Your friendly VP Education here. You know what’s funny? My calendar. I’m booked out for 6 meetings in the week following the writing of this article, but no meetings have been scheduled in the last 2 weeks. In lieu of actual updates this week, I thought I could tell you about the VP [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: An NBA Final Rematch for the Ages

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

NBA fans, welcome to the Final! And what a Final it has been. The top regular season team, the Golden State Warriors (Steph Curry, et. al.) are duking it out in a rematch with the LeBron et. al. (the Cleveland Cavaliers). The Warriors are the defending NBA champions; the Cavs are looking for Cleveland’s first [...]

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The Legacy of Number 9

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

The hockey community lost one of its greats recently. Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88 at his son’s home in Ohio.  Gordie made a lasting impression on the sports world with his fierce competitiveness and refined how a hockey forward should play. He earned the nickname “Mr. Hockey” over five decades in [...]

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Euro Cup 2016

Tristan Kuehn - 3A Systems Design

It’s June, and the Euro Cup is finally back and in full swing. This tournament, the opportunity for European soccer players to compete for the continent’s most prestigious trophy, is held every four years, two years after the world cup. This year, for the first time, 24 national teams are competing in the tournament. The [...]

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Editorial: Mad Skillz

Bryan Mailloux - Editor-in-Chief

Hi everyone, and welcome to Issue 3! The tragedy of midterms has finally passed, and hopefully by now many of you are starting to recover from your post-weekend hangovers. I’d like to start first with an apology to Professor Bajcsy, who was featured in last issue’s Prof Personalities – we mentioned in the photo caption [...]

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The Rundown of Apple’s WWDC

Ratan Varghese - 1B Electrical

Do you have an iPhone-controlled ceiling fan? Do you stand up whenever your Apple watch tells you to? Do you use Apple Maps or, heavens forbid, iCloud? No? Then this article is going to be something of a disappointment. About WWDC Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference was held last week. As you may know if [...]

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Discover Broadway: Chess

Tiffany Chang - 1B Chemical

I’m so excited to be kicking off this new column! As you probably deduced from the name, I will be reviewing what I would call some lesser-known, underrated musicals. If you’ve already heard of them, then sweet—we have similar tastes!—but if you don’t, worry not! I hope that you will enjoy this musical journey as [...]

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Scottish Scientists Slow Down Light in Vacuum

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Researchers at the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University have shown that photons can be made to travel slower than the speed of light in vacuum. What is so remarkable about this observation is that they were able to alter the speed of light in free space and maintain the new (slower speed). It is [...]

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The Rundown of Apple’s WWDC

Ratan Varghese - 1B Electrical

Do you have an iPhone-controlled ceiling fan? Do you stand up whenever your Apple watch tells you to? Do you use Apple Maps or, heavens forbid, iCloud? No? Then this article is going to be something of a disappointment. About WWDC Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference was held last week. As you may know if [...]

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E3 (Exciting, Engaging, Expensive)

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

Just some background on me, so that you know where my perspectives come from: I enjoy videogames, and am by no means a hardcore gamer. I can, however, tell the difference between garbage and an instant classic. My twin pillars of a great game are terrific game play and an engaging story, but if you’re [...]

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The Middle East Gets (Less) Salty

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

It’s commonly known that while the Middle East in abundant in fossil fuel deposits, it’s very deficient in supplies of fresh water. The search for ways to make do with the water they have, water from the Persian Gulf, has lead to concentrated waste brine from the desalinization process being pumped back into the Gulf. [...]

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Space Cam: Axes are Awesome

Cameron Soltys - 3N Mechanical

As most people probably know, the seasons on Earth are caused by the way it orbits the Sun. This has little to do with the distance between the two bodies—in fact Earth is closest to the Sun in January, height of the Canadian winter—and a lot to do with the tilt of Earth’s axis of [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Responsibility

Brigita Gubins - Year 2 Environmental

As you may have noticed while walking around campus, there are empty chip bags and coffee cups blowing around with the breeze. While littering is reprehensible in itself, it would be a fair argument to say that over-packaging of everything is just as frustrating of an issue. Plan on buying lunch in the plaza? The [...]

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Engineering Exchanges?? But I’m Only in 1B!!

Prof. Rick Culham - Associate Dean, International

Yes it IS too early in your academic career to go on an international exchange but it’s NOT too early to start planning for it! It’s a great opportunity and privilege but you must prepare, organize and plan.  You could be among the 15% of your class who go on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Most students [...]

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81-Year-Old Pilot Makes Emergency Landing on Glacier

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

When you learn to fly, the first thing they teach you after “don’t stand beside the propeller”, is your emergency procedures. With planes, there’s are an awful lot of things that can go wrong and it’s important that you be prepared to deal with any one of them before you even do a take-off. This [...]

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Five Things You Don’t Want To Know: Off With His Head!

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

The whole world seems to be losing its head these days. Still, we should count our blessings; we have made some headway from the past, in which people frequently lost their heads in a much more literal way. We’ve all heard of the guillotine, and other political beheadings, but severed heads in history get even [...]

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