The 101 About the Fire in Fort McMurray

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological
Posted on: May 19, 2016

People flee taking nothing but the clothes on their backs, leaving behind the place they once called home, the sky filled with smoke and ash. This is not a scene you expect to hear about one of Canada’s most notoriously well-off cities; looking at the images it seems like something from an apocalypse movie. The [...]

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MME Professor Carol Hulls Wins National Teaching Award

Bryan Mailloux - 2B Mechatronics

Carol Hulls, a professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department here at UWaterloo, has recently won the 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)’s Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This award, with its rather long and intimidating name, is awarded to instructors who develop “innovative approaches that promote student-centred [...]

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The Separated States of America

Thomas Willert - 3A Mechanical

With only 5 states left in the Republican GOP primaries and under 100 seats left for Donald Trump to ensure victory, it is almost guaranteed that he will represent the Republicans in the upcoming general election. So, what’s going to happen after the convention and in the lead-up to the election? Will the current Republican [...]

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Can Victims of Terrorism Sue Foreign Governments?

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

While terrorists are usually non-state actors, they are frequently sponsored by states who agree with them ideologically or want to take political advantage of the terrorist group’s actions. In fact, many acts of terrorism would not have been possible without the assistance of various legitimate governments. For the most part, this is difficult to prove [...]

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Brazil: Presidential Impeachment

Seamus Bannon - 1T Nanotechnology

With the Olympic Games just around the corner, accompanied by the pressures of global attention, Brazil is only garnering more and more negative press. Public safety concerns and the outbreak of Zika virus are two of the major issues in this seemingly unrelenting storm of catastrophe. In trying times such as these, a country can [...]

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Brazil: What’s App In Brazil

Tristan Kuehn - 3A Systems

Back on Monday, May 2, Brazilians were denied access to popular messaging app WhatsApp for about 24 hours. A Brazilian judge ordered the country’s main wireless operators to block access to the service for 72 hours for reasons that were not made public, but the block was cancelled by another judge after WhatsApp appealed the [...]

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Brazil: A Hindered Economy

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

Brazil had been a center of unprecedented economic growth in the last ten years up until 2014. Between 2002 and 2013 the national GDP had grown by an average of 3.6% per year. This even takes into account the slightly negative GDP growth in 2009, immediately after the global financial crisis. Brazil’s economy rebounded the [...]

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Brazil: An Olympic Update

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

Like many other people, I am looking forward to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with antici—pation. I love the hype, I love the ceremony, I love the athletes becoming superheroes; it’s an awesome time to be alive. Unfortunately, Brazil is not really the same country it was in 2009 when it was [...]

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PCP Against: Should the UK Leave the European Union?

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

There are some in Britain who aren’t at all happy with their commitment to the European Union. So much so, in fact, that the British government is holding a referendum next month, known as Brexit, where the population will vote to decide whether or not they will stay in the Bloc. I’m going to outline [...]

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Broskies on Brewskies – Cameron’s Brewery

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

Tristan and Donovan are off again-on again roommates and good friends from London, Ontario. Good, local food and beer are just some of the common interests these two share. While they realize that they don’t know everything there is to know about craft beer (and cider) (and mead), they’re always willing to try something new [...]

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PCP For: Should the UK Leave the European Union?

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

The European Union (EU) is a group of 28 countries that came together after WWII to create a unified government, with the idea that if the countries are unified by trade, there is less of a chance they will go to war against each other again. This unified government, composed of four bodies, has become [...]

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EUROVISION 2016!!!

Sarah Chan - 2B Nanotechnology

This past weekend, on May 14, 2016, the world was blessed with the 61st Eurovision Song Competition held in Sweden and it was simply out of this world.  It was amazing yet awful but brilliant all at the same time.  Anyway, for those of you who don’t know Eurovision is an annual song competition in [...]

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Engineering Society Elections: A New Cast

Bryan Mailloux - Editor-in-Chief

It’s election season for the Engineering Society! This time, the EngSoc Executive structure has completely changed,with four new and improved VP positions. The Society President will retain many of the same responsibilities as before, such as acting as the public face of the Society in external situations and administering the Engineering Society Council and the [...]

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President: Aaaand We’re Back! (Part 1)

Hannah Gautreau - President

For those of you I have not met yet, my name is Hannah Gautreau, and I am your Engineering Society President this summer. I am in my 4A term of Management Engineering, and I’m so happy to be back on campus! My executive team and I are wrapping up our terms in office, and we [...]

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VP Finance: A Toast Tu a New Term

Don Tu - VP Finance

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and every other kilometre between Toronto and Waterloo is bustling with construction workers, determined to make sure that no one can make it anywhere ever again. What do these things mean? Spring term, obviously! After spending a great four months working in a chocolate factory for my co-op [...]

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VP External: Aaaand We’re Back (Part 4)

Kieran Broekhoven - VP External

Hey everyone! Back again for our last term as EngSoc exec. I’ve been keeping busy as your VP External. I’ll give you a quick update as to what I’ve been up to, and what’s coming. Let’s start with conferences. Part of my portfolio is to attend various provincial and national engineering conferences throughout the year. [...]

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VP Internal: Aaaand We’re Back (Part 3)

Teresa Lumini - VP Internal

Heyo! It’s your friendly, neighbourhood VP Internal with news on the word of engineering social events!  When I began campaigning over a year ago, one of my major initiatives was to bring back licensing to some of our events, and I’m proud to say that we have done just that.  This term, BOT was licensed [...]

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VP Education: Aaaand We’re Back (Part 2)

Anson Chen - VP Education

Hey everyone and welcome back! I’ve been super busy this co-op term working on co-op things! First off, for those who don’t remember, last fall, I proposed starting an online tool for engineering students to rate their work terms. Over the winter, I started building this tool with the help of some amazing EngSoc volunteers. [...]

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VP Communications Nominations: Dan Robertson and Melissa Buckley

Melissa Buckley and Dan Robertson - 2B Chemical, 2B Computer

We’re Dan Robertson and Melissa Buckley, and we are running as a pair to be the next VP Communications for your Engineering Society! The Waterloo Engineering Society has gone through some restructuring, and VP Communications is a new position in charge of the Society’s internal advertising and external representation. Between the two of us, we [...]

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VP Student Life Nominations: Theresa DeCola

Theresa DeCola - 1B Computer Engineering

Hello! My name is Theresa, I am in my 1B term of Computer Engineering, and I would love to be your VP Student Life! In the past, I have been my class’s EngSoc rep, and I represented the University of Waterloo at the First Year Integration Conference. I am Currently on both the Council Review [...]

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VP Operations and Finance Nominations: Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold - 1B Mechanical Engineering

My name is Katie Arnold, and I’m running to be the next Vice-President of Operations and Finance for the Waterloo Engineering Society “B”! I’m in 1B Mechanical Engineering, and  I have been involved with the Waterloo Engineering Society ever since my first week at the University of Waterloo. I have held directorships for Novelties, Course Critiques, Canada Day, Educational [...]

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VP Student Life Nominations: Chelsea VanderMeer and Sabrina Huston

Chelsea VanderMeer and Sabrina Huston - 2B Chemical, 2B Nanotechnology

Hello engineers, we’re Sabrina and Chelsea, and we are running for your co-Vice Presidents of Student Life! Look at your schedule, now back to us. Sadly, we are not in your schedule. You have too much class and too many assignments! Look down; back up; where are you? You’re still in class because you’re a [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: We The North: Raptors Show Their Mettle

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3B Nanotechnology

Basketball fans new and old, the North side finally has a great basketball team with everything to show for it. In a season of ups, downs, injuries, record setting, and exhilarating playoff basketball, the Toronto Raptors have shown they have what it takes to be a true contender in the NBA. Here we stand, in [...]

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Editorial: On Technology and Intellectual Laziness

Bryan Mailloux - Editor-in-Chief

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Waterloo for another term of great times with friends and wonderful summer weather! (Which also means sleeping in class, JobMine stress, and ubiquitous goose excrement, but that’s not important.) I’m really excited to be the Iron Warrior Editor-in-Chief this term, and so far it’s been a blast! And I’m [...]

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Hamilton – A New Genre of Broadway

Tiffany Chang - 1B Chemical

If you’ve ever wondered what the Twitter hashtags #Ham4Ham and #RiseUp were, I might be able to provide you with some insight. These hashtags are references to Hamilton, a musical that has been running on Broadway for over nine months at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The master behind the music, lyrics, and book are none [...]

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POP 101: Summer Movies!

Sarah Chan - 2B Nanotechnology

Summer is always a wonderful time for movies, especially blockbuster and action movies.  Here are five upcoming movies that you can look forward to seeing (in chronological order): 1.      X-Men: Apocalypse Who?  Directed by Brian Singer, director of the original X-Men trilogy; and starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Sophie Turner [...]

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Captain America: Civil War

Donovan Maudsey - 3A Mechanical

Captain America: Civil War is the follow-up to 2014’s The Winter Soldier. Or 2015’s Age of Ultron, depending on how you look at things. I had heard that when making Civil War, the creative team did something controversial—ignoring new coming movie goers. While this might cut down the accessibility of this movie, I think it [...]

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EUROVISION 2016!!!

Sarah Chan - 2B Nanotechnology

This past weekend, on May 14, 2016, the world was blessed with the 61st Eurovision Song Competition held in Sweden and it was simply out of this world.  It was amazing yet awful but brilliant all at the same time.  Anyway, for those of you who don’t know Eurovision is an annual song competition in [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: The Wriggling Menace

Brigita Gubins - Year 2 Environmental

Welcome to the new Leafy Thoughts column! The new author has a few more years until graduating, and a guilty conscience for not doing more to minimize environmental damage. And so I have started the transformation from city-slicker to filthy hippy. I crossed that line when I started making my own deodorant. It’s funny, but [...]

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Canada Continues Plans for Space-Age Domination

Seamus Bannon - 1T Nanotechnology

Canada is now one step closer in our plans of implementing our very own galactic manifest destiny. To date, Canada has already put 11 astronauts into space, and as of 2009 has had active missions on the international space station. Of these great pioneers, the most recent and memorable has been Chris Hadfield. Capping off [...]

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Stuff Dies, It’s Natural

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

First-year is full of professors quoting famous designers and philosophers, but one that really stuck with me was that “failures lead to successes and successes lead to failures.” He was referring to the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse of 1940, in which advancements to modern bridge building failed spectacularly. Every process has its natural limit. Extinction [...]

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Prof Personalities: Irene Goldthorpe

Ashlyn Low - 2B Nanotechnology

Have you ever known a professor cool enough to do a polar bear swim or daring enough to conquer the CN Tower EdgeWalk? Well, those students lucky enough to have Professor Irene Goldthorpe can now answer “yes” to this question! A member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Professor Goldthorpe came to the University [...]

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