Engineering 7 Creates Space for Students (Students vote yes)

Leah Kristufek - 3B Chemical
Posted on: November 9, 2014

On October 29, 2014 the University of Waterloo Board of Governors approved the construction of Engineering 7 (E7). The $88-million dollar building will vastly expand student space on campus as well as provide much needed classrooms for UW’s rapidly expanding Engineering programs. With 230 000-square-feet of floor space, E7 will provide seven lecture halls, tutorial [...]

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Team Emerges Victorious at National Mining Competition

Vincent Zhu and Nachiket Sherlekar -

A team from the University of Waterloo recently attended the third annual National Mining Competition hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. After a grueling couple of days, with multiple challenges and presentations, the team emerged victorious at the top. The competition began on October 30th and final presentations were held on November 2nd.  A total [...]

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John Tory Should Choose LRT

Ethan Alter - 1A Nanotechnology

If there’s one problem Toronto’s known for, it’s crack-smoking mayors. If there are two problems Toronto’s known for, it’s crack-smoking mayors and traffic. As long as newly elected mayor John Tory stays off the crack pipe, the first problem will be solved. If Tory wants to tackle traffic, he’s going to have to deal with [...]

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Foreign Language Signage Debate Rages on in Richmond, BC

Andrew McMahon - 4A Environmental

Voters of Richmond, British Columbia (BC) will head to the polls on Saturday, November 15 to elect a mayor, eight councillors, and seven school trustees.  A hot topic during the buildup of this election has been the city’s controversial foreign language signs. The issue surfaced last year when two Richmond residents presented a petition that [...]

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UW Biotech Student Design Team Competes at Harvard

Elizabeth Salsberg - uwDNA Research Team

On Saturday November 2, the University of Waterloo Designed Nanoscale Assembly (uwDNA) team competed at BIOMOD, an annual biomolecular design competition for undergrads held at Harvard University. With 30 teams present from across the globe, including China, Japan, the U.S., and Europe, uwDNA was one of just two Canadian teams, the other coming from the [...]

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New World Trade Center Open for Business

Allen Chen - 2A Civil

13 years after the destruction of the original World Trade Center (aka the Twin Towers), the new 1 World Trade Center, under construction since 2006, has opened for business. 1 World Trade Center is the main building in a complex of six other buildings named 2 to 7 World Trade Center. Construction just finished this [...]

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Of Moustaches and Men: A History of Movember

Thomas Donnelly - 2A Chemical

One in every seven men is affected by prostate cancer according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Every November, the Movember Foundation encourages men across the world to raise awareness of issues like prostate cancer that affect men’s health. How? By encouraging men to grow moustaches. Movember – a portmanteau of “mo,” an Australian slang term [...]

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Space Society Names Exoplanets

Bogdan Constantinescu - 1A Nano

The University of Waterloo is known worldwide as a center for innovation, creativity, and excellence. But as of October 20. 2014, its very own Space Society is now recognized as an official naming committee of Exoplanets. The University of Waterloo’s Space Society is only one of two Canadian organizations that are recognized by the International Astronomical [...]

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MET Super computer

Derek Kan - 2A Civil

Weather forecasts are about to become a lot more precise around the world, especially in the UK where the Met Office has announced a plan to purchase what would be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Folks in London will now be able to have a more accurate reading of their 364 [...]

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Rocket Delayed, Explodes Upon Launch

Ratan Varghese - 1A Electrical

It seems the unmanned Orbital Science’s rocket that was planned to launch this week just couldn’t catch a break. First the launch date was postponed from Monday to Tuesday due to space junk nearing the International Space Station. When the launch was finally attempted, the rocket promptly exploded. Thankfully, neither of these events caused any injuries… except for the [...]

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Do you Believe in Halloween?

Raeesa Ashique - 1A Electrical

I must admit that I have never been trick-or-treating. I like to use this as an excuse to claim that I was a “deprived child” – *cough cough* first world problems – but I cannot honestly say that my childhood was incomplete. Whether it was due to the neighbourhood we lived in, or my parents’ [...]

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PCP – Counter Point (We should not have complete freedom)

Leah Kristufek - 3B Chemical

The internet is full of stories about hilarious and sometimes offensive WiFi names. However, that does not mean that there should be no limits on what you can or cannot name your devices. When I look at the available WiFi networks from my house here in Waterloo they are a mishmash of nerdy and boring. [...]

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PCP Naming Hotspots – Point ( For the freedom to choose any name)

Ratan Varghese - 1A Electrical

We live in horrifying times. There are plenty of things to be frightened of. Tragedies are happening all the time, all over the world. There are even problems so great, that they bring civilization’s very survival into question. WiFi network naming is not one of these problems. Network and device names should not be limited. [...]

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President: Directorships, Elections and Getting Involved!

Leila Meema-Coleman - President

The term is coming to an end, and this means the Society is already getting ready for the next term! I am going to take this opportunity to talk about getting involved and all the opportunities available next term. Getting involved within the Engineering Society, student teams, clubs, the Federation, or any other student organization [...]

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VP Education: A Bit of Insight into How the University Works

Joshua Kalpin - Vice President Education

Hi everyone and welcome to yet another edition of the VP Education exec report! I’m changing things up this time due to there not being a full article’s worth of updates. Instead, I’m going to give a short update on a couple things, and then I wanted to use the rest of my exec update [...]

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VP Finance: Finance Committees and Novelties Sales

Kevin McNamara - Vice President Finance

Hello Engineers! This past Tuesday, the Engineering Capital Improvements Fund (ECIF) Committee met to discuss capital purchases to help improve the Society services and facilities around campus. This term the committee had just over twelve thousand dollars to allocate, which was made up of 15% of the Engineering Society Budget plus re-allocations from past terms. [...]

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VP Internal: Time to get out and have a little fun!

Puneet Natt - Vice President Internal

Hi everyone! Hope your weeks have been going well since my last article. It may not feel like it yet, but this term is quickly ending and the Engineering Society is also starting to wrap up for the term. Here are a few of our major events within the next couple of weeks. We hope [...]

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VP External: Networking, Extracurricular Involvement, and Professional Development: Advice from PEO

Heather Smith - Vice President External

Hey Engineers! Hopefully things are starting to wind down after the month-long whirlwind of midterms, assignments and projects, otherwise known as October. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my engineering degree, I like to take things in small steps. A lot of us might be thinking as far as the holidays, [...]

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Letter from the Editor: Remember the Past but Embrace the Present

Leah Kristufek -

Wow, this term has gone by pretty fast! Midterms are finished and projects haven’t quite reached that  point where long hours are critical, not that my courses have many projects anyways.  For me, the stresses of Jobmine have ended and I’ll be off to adventures in Edmonton come January! Don’t worry, I like cross country [...]

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Take Five: 5 Shades of Grey

Nancy Hui - 4N Civil

Last weekend I finished playing The Witcher (2007). I thought it was brilliant in the way it handled in-game plot decisions and the consequences of neutrality. Unlike in some games, there is no truce to broker: playing Switzerland just means that everybody hates your guts.  Alas, The Witcher 2 (2011) is one of the most [...]

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Small Villages in Canada – Keno City: A Living Ghost Town

Jessica Keung - 2A Civil

In this week’s “Small Villages in Canada,” we will visit, through the magic of newsprint, the Great White North: Keno City, Yukon. This small community is home to a now-closed silver-lead mining area on Keno Hill. Population levels in Keno City have fluctuated in response to the mining activity in the area after discovering rich [...]

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Hit Replay – The Pocket Square: Style in Simplicity

Vince Magas - 2A Management

Since the days of King Richard II of England to the lands of 17th Century Japan, and even to the far reaches of 60s business life, the handkerchief was a common everyday item. The handkerchief has been used by all sorts of people throughout the ages, from rich to poor, both young and old. From [...]

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Algae Virus Slows Brain Function

Devika Khosla - 1A Nanotechnology

Not feeling so smart?  Could be an algae virus. Recent research has found that a virus, ATCV-1, can affect certain cognitive functions in humans.  The virus is normally found in green algae, however it can live in the throats of humans.  Previously, it was unknown that the virus affected humans in any way. In this [...]

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MET Super computer

Derek Kan - 2A Civil

Weather forecasts are about to become a lot more precise around the world, especially in the UK where the Met Office has announced a plan to purchase what would be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Folks in London will now be able to have a more accurate reading of their 364 [...]

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Rocket Delayed, Explodes Upon Launch

Ratan Varghese - 1A Electrical

It seems the unmanned Orbital Science’s rocket that was planned to launch this week just couldn’t catch a break. First the launch date was postponed from Monday to Tuesday due to space junk nearing the International Space Station. When the launch was finally attempted, the rocket promptly exploded. Thankfully, neither of these events caused any injuries… except for the [...]

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Words of wisdom for first years after rankings and midterms

Sung Eun, Kim - MASc, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dear First year students: “What did you get on your midterms?” Never mind, I don’t mean to ask you this question. The majority of first year students who come to engineering receive lower grades than in high school. And I’m even sure that some instructors might have warned you before distributing the marked exams. (Physics [...]

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Making Electronics at Waterloo

Joe Kinsella - 4A Mechatronics

Waterloo is constantly touted as the most innovative school in Canada, at least by Maclean’s and often by ourselves. We just need to keep in mind that only a small part of that has to do with the school itself. The rest comes from the students. That may sound like a cliche, but the point [...]

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Foreign Language Signage Debate Rages on in Richmond, BC

Andrew McMahon - 4A Environmental

Voters of Richmond, British Columbia (BC) will head to the polls on Saturday, November 15 to elect a mayor, eight councillors, and seven school trustees.  A hot topic during the buildup of this election has been the city’s controversial foreign language signs. The issue surfaced last year when two Richmond residents presented a petition that [...]

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The People Behind the Equations: Euler

Sherwin Kwan - 4A Mechanical

Every now and then, we encounter the names of great mathematicians, scientists, and engineers of the past. Attached to equations, constants, and even SI units, they remind us of the people who went before us. As you stay in university, you notice that some names just pop up in your course notes and formula sheets [...]

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The People Behind the Equations: Lagrange

Jessica Keung - 2A Management

Lagrange multipliers, according to Wikipedia, are used in mathematical optimization as a strategy of finding local maxima and minima of a function subject to equality constraints. I learned about this in Advanced Calculus and I still have no idea what that first sentence means. Equations that are named after people rather than what they do [...]

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The IG Nobel Prize

Sucharita Vijayaraghavan - 1A Chemical

Does Science always have to serious? Or can it be funny at times too? A few years ago, some people decided it could be; when there’s a parody for everything right from movies and songs to stories and what not, why not make a parody of the prestigious Nobel Prize? They put those thoughts into [...]

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UBC: A Land of Cars and Concrete

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

From what I’ve heard, British Columbia is a beautiful province, filled with a diverse range of unique and pristine ecosystems including (believe it or not) a rainforest. I have never been to BC personally. Actually, that’s not quite true. One time when I went skiing in Alberta, a pair of signs on the ski lift [...]

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Waterloo Falls to Zombie Horde after Week of Fierce Fighting

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

It was barely two weeks ago that the brave city of Waterloo came under threat of the zombie menace. Until they arrived, it was as though Waterloo was too far east to be threatened by this plague. But now we know differently; the hoard is not just a mindless body of flesh eating monsters. They [...]

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The people behind the equations: Robert Hooke

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

If you’ve taken a first year physics course in your time at this university you’ve probably become acquainted with Hooke’s law. If you are in a program with the grave misfortune of having a mandatory statics class, you are sure to remember this as the most confusing three-variable equation you have ever encountered. For the [...]

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Waterloo Falls to Zombie Horde after Week of Fierce Fighting

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

It was barely two weeks ago that the brave city of Waterloo came under threat of the zombie menace. Until they arrived, it was as though Waterloo was too far east to be threatened by this plague. But now we know differently; the hoard is not just a mindless body of flesh eating monsters. They [...]

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