Professor Al-Hammoud Wins Teaching Excellence Award

Gabrielle Klemt and Theresa DeCola - 1B Geological, 1B Computer
Posted on: July 18, 2016

Every term a professor, lecturer, or laboratory instructor who has done an exceptional job of going above and beyond for their classes is selected to receive the Waterloo Engineering Society’s Teaching Excellence Award. This award is given to an instructor who has shown immense dedication to ensuring their class’ success, has employed unique and unconventional [...]

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Police Violence Prompts Vigilante Retaliation

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

July has been a tragic month for racial violence in America. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 5, an unarmed black man named Alton Sterling was shot by the police at point blank range; his death was recorded by bystanders and the video caused outrage all over the country. The very next day, a black [...]

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Turkish Coup Attempt Fails

Raeesa Ashique - 2N Electrical

Turkey’s latest military coup attempt began on the evening of Friday, July 15, followed by several hours where it appeared that troops were in control as they occupied several important strategic locations in Ankara and Istanbul. There were tanks outside the Atatürk airport, jets and helicopters flying over the capital, and troops blocking the bridge [...]

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Bastille Day Attack in France

Caitlan McLaren - 3T Chemical

July 14th is known in France as Bastille Day: it commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution, and is a national holiday in celebration of freedom and democracy. In Nice, like everywhere else in France, people were celebrating and enjoying a fireworks display. The Promenade des Anglais was packed with people [...]

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Olympic Updates 2.0

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

What’s new in the most (questionably) exciting city of the summer? Well, just weeks away from the kickoff of the Summer ’16 Olympics, Rio has discovered some unpleasant truths about what’s lurking in the water and this time we’re not talking severed limbs! Brazil is having an economic meltdown, and some upbeat news as well. [...]

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Hillary’s Best Week Ever

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

Much has been happening to make Hillary Clinton happy lately. In case you’ve been living under a rock for a good two years now, you probably know that Hillary, who recently became the Democratic Party candidate for the 2016 election, has been in some hot water over things she did as the United States Secretary [...]

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Tin Soldier – The Meatball Sub

Somewhat Donovan Maudsley - Who's Asking?

This is a love letter to the greatest creation of the sandwich world, the MEATBALL SUBMARINE SANDWICH. Juicy ground beef, mixed with just a little bit of pork for flavour, is rolled up into meatballs just the way that Grandma made them. Maybe even better, if saying something like that isn’t considered sacrilege. Conversely you [...]

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PCP Against Pokémon GO

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

Pokémon GO adds something that the series has never seen before, but it’s nowhere close to the definitive Pokémon experience. That honour falls to the Generation III games. These games were the first experiences that I had with Pokémon, so they hold a special place in my heart, but looking back objectively this is where [...]

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PCP FOR – Pokemon Go

Alexa Gritanni - 3A Mechanical

Pokemon Go is the augmented reality version of the game that our generation grew up loving. It doesn’t yet have all of the promised features, but now the Pokemon world has been merged with our own, and it feels so real. Niantic is slowly releasing Pokemon Go, but it’s not officially out in Canada yet. [...]

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Why you shouldn’t get “News” from Facebook

Josh Li - 1T Mechanical

Since 2014, we assume that the Trending section on Facebook’s homepage is representative of searches and stories that have recently spiked in popularity. Some might consider it an adequate source of news and the American Press Institute has found that 88% of millennial get their news from Facebook regularly. This is a problem for several [...]

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Hillary’s Best Week Ever

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

Much has been happening to make Hillary Clinton happy lately. In case you’ve been living under a rock for a good two years now, you probably know that Hillary, who recently became the Democratic Party candidate for the 2016 election, has been in some hot water over things she did as the United States Secretary [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Jays at the Break: A Contender, But Still Lots To Do

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Here we are. Three games after the All-Star break the defending A.L. East champs sit three games behind the Baltimore Orioles, and 1.5 games back of their arch-rival Boston Red Sox. The Jays are sitting third in the tight A.L. East with a .553 record—enough to prove to any new baseball fan that playing just [...]

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Editorial: Ideas Start Here

Bryan Mailloux - Editor-in-Chief

Hello readers! It’s finally the end of term! You can feel it in the air: no one goes to class anymore, people are usually stuck in labs doing end-of-term projects, and you can see students acting like zombies everywhere on campus. (Literally – if you see people running around with Nerf guns it’s because they [...]

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Game of Thrones Recap

Donovan Maudsley - 4B ASOIAF

I’m about to spoil literally everything, so if you don’t want that, turn the page. This season of Game of Thrones got real again. Last season was kind of slow, and pretty much a bummer all around. Stuff in the east with Daenerys was boring, Stannis burned his daughter at the stake and then lost [...]

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(Ra)Tan Lines: Freakonomics Radio

Ratan Varghese - 1B Electrical

Freakonomics Radio is like a box of assorted chocolates. Each episode is pretty different on the surface, but share some neat underlying themes, and ultimately they are all consumed the same way. The Freakonomics book series (including Think Like a Freak) is a similar (but shorter running) kind of assortment. Better get this out of [...]

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Space Cam: Juno at Jupiter

Cameron Soltys - 3N Mechanical

As the majority of Americans celebrated July 4th—American Independence Day—NASA, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and space geeks all around the world celebrated something entirely different. On that day, 8:53 PM EDT, confirmation was received that the spacecraft Juno had successfully entered orbit around Jupiter after a five-year voyage. The spacecraft had fired its rocket for [...]

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Old News: The Allosaurus – A Different Breed of Dinosaur

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

The Allosaurus was a truly terrifying creature. Sharing a similar appearance and appetite with its theropod cousin the Tyrannosaurus, the Allosaurus was likely also an apex predator. Two massive legs supported a body which could weigh up to 1,500 kilograms. The Allosaurus, however, did not possess the skeletal leg makeup of the tyrannosaurids, meaning that [...]

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Prof Personalities: Rania Al-Hammoud

Ashlyn Low - 2B Nanotechnology

If you are in Civil or Environmental Engineering, the chances are pretty high that you have had, or will have, Professor Rania Al-Hammoud. Successfully overcoming many challenges as a woman in engineering in Lebanon during her bachelor’s studies and in industry, Professor Al-Hammoud immigrated to Canada in 2003 with her family, after which she completed [...]

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Tin Soldier – The Meatball Sub

Somewhat Donovan Maudsley - Who's Asking?

This is a love letter to the greatest creation of the sandwich world, the MEATBALL SUBMARINE SANDWICH. Juicy ground beef, mixed with just a little bit of pork for flavour, is rolled up into meatballs just the way that Grandma made them. Maybe even better, if saying something like that isn’t considered sacrilege. Conversely you [...]

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Student Sexchange Increases Hireability by 50%

Just Donovan Maudsley - 3A Gender Studies

It’s important for students to know what attributes they need to get hired after they graduate. Some common questions you might hear students asking are: “Does my status as a dank meme qualify me for this position?” “Does having no skills count as a skill?” “If I open up an interview with ‘Here come dat [...]

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Somewhat Donovan Maudsley - Skilled at Schooling Interns

Hey everybody! This term we have decided to make some major changes to Engineering. For starters, all engineering buildings will be licensed. Not all engineering events, all engineering buildings. This includes offices, classrooms, student lounges, hallways, foyers; if it belongs to engineering there will be a bar installed nearby and alcohol may be consumed there. [...]

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Time Tu Say Goodbye

Don Maudsley - So That's Where the Abdullah Dolla Bills Went

Hi everyone! Welcome to the last issue of the Iron Warrior! So ends Spring 2016, as well as the reign of the current Executive team! It has been a crazy ride and I want to thank everyone for being a part of it. Just kidding. It was all me. I want to thank just myself. [...]

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IKEA on Kampus

Brüno - The only TV celebrity you should ever trust

Greetings students, and welcome to the new IKEA Kampus! Yes, as a result of the entire board of directors really enjoying the REGISSÖR bookcase, the wonderful conversion from campus to Kampus is now underway! This will open countless new opportunities in all areas of student life. Let’s dive in, shall we? Business model The IKEA [...]

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Looking forward to a bright future

VP of Exes - Hasn't had Taylor Swift write a song about him yet

Hello hello! I have some pretty big plans for my last couple weeks as exec – I hope you’re excited. Here are all of my AWESOME ideas. First and foremost, I plan on convincing PEO to make Iron Rings purple. Sometimes I feel like engineers aren’t proud enough and are too modest, so let’s bring [...]

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Give me a funny title

Adios pplz - I'm done with this shit

In the interest of continuous improvement, EngSoc is always looking for new places to restructure parts of the organization. With a new executive structure, and an attempt to restructure council, it was time to look at bigger changes. The executive have decided that it would be a lot more efficient to split Engsoc into 5 [...]

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TS Snapchat

Donovan Maudsley -

In order to keep up with all of the new social media news services, the Tin Soldier has decided to take to Snapchat to fulfill all of your satirical news needs. Snapchat lets us achieve the perfect balance of emojis and serious news. You know, who would be interested in Hillary Clinton’s latest poll numbers [...]

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Five Things You Don’t Want to Know: Doctor! Doctor!

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Most of us tend to trust the guy in the white coat. After all, doctors go to school for many years, and they know all the latest science about the body, right? Right? Historically, as it turns out, many doctors suffered from cranio-rectal syndrome. Let’s see some examples of ancient “medicine” that make a modern [...]

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So What’s Your Point???

VP EDGY - Almost a Disruptive 4th Year

- Hei guyz – Newz from the faculty – Recently came to light that Engineering is a concise profession – People fluff up deliverables to meet word counts – We are super busy, blunt people – Ain’t nobody got time to waste on sentences – All reports, papers and assignments must now be in point [...]

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