Brazil Dam Failure

Gabrielle Klemt - 3B Geological
Posted on: February 6, 2019

It is no secret that mining has a bad environmental rap. Often, mining companies try to dispel this view by promoting the sustainable measures they take to mitigate their environmental impact to the lowest it can be. While far from perfect, mining has drastically improved its environmental footprint in the last 100 years. Even the […]

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Pick Your Poison: Trade War or Nuclear War?

Raeesa Ashique - 4B Electrical

We are back once again with “Damnit Donald”, chronicling the absurdities and scrapes which have characterized every day of Donald Trump’s presidency. An Update on the Shutdown A temporary funding agreement signed on Friday, January 25 ended the longest government shutdown in American history. This measure funds the government for three weeks, allowing employees to […]

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Tragedy in Taiwan – Bikini Climber Dies on a Solo Hike

Mridu Walia - Mechanical Engineering

A 36-year-old Taiwanese mountain climber, Gigi Wu, plummeted to her death during a solo hiking trip in the mountains of Taiwan. She was popularly known as the “Bikini Climber”; although she would climb mountains in proper hiking gear, she would change into a bikini to pose for pictures at the top. In a recent interview […]

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Waterloo student receives the Lincoln M. Alexander award

Mridu Walia - Mechanical Engineering

Fiqir Worku, 22, along with two other society leaders, was recently awarded the Lincoln M. Alexander award by the government of Ontario for her work in establishing Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity (RAISE). She demonstrated exemplary leadership skills in her effort to end racial discrimination by promoting inclusivity and equality in society. The […]

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My Knight’s Shining Armour is Tin Foil

Samridhi Sharma - 3B Chemical

As a child, I was completely in love with this fairy tale called Rapunzel. You’ve heard about it. The one the movie Tangled is based on? I loved it so much, and I think it wasn’t because I loved the story as much as I loved the feel of the thick pages against my fingers. […]

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PCP – (Point) Yoda is Smarter Than Spock

Kirsten Ehlers - 1B Biomedical

Smarter Yoda is than Spock. This argument is inspired by a Waterloo paper by Igor Grossman, Harrison Oakes’, and Henri Santos titled “Wise Reasoning Benefits from Emodiversity, Irrespective of Emotional Diversity” which argues that wise reasoning is benefited by a healthy sense of emotions in life. They back this argument up with observational, diary, and […]

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Tweetbusters: Debunking Doug Ford’s Carbon Tax Tweets

Kirsten Ehlers - 1B Biomedical

For anyone out there who (like me) possibly inappropriately watch politics as their source of reality TV, you will be excited to hear that 2019 is cited to be the year of the carbon tax. This issue is set to be the hot topic of the upcoming election, and unfortunately ever-present on political twitter feeds. […]

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Ra-Tan Lines – The Unmade Podcast

Ratan Varghese - 3A Computer

The basic premise of “The Unmade Podcast” is that Brady Haran and his friend Tim discuss ideas for podcasts that they probably will not make. For the benefit of Hello Internet fans: yes, this is the same Brady Haran and yes, Tim is the actual name of the co-host. The discussions often lead to long tangents about the lives […]

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PCP – (Counterpoint) Yoda is Smarter Than Spock

Ratan Varghese - 3A Computer

A recent study from the University of Waterloo suggests that diverse emotional experience improves human’s ability to reason, and also suggests that Yoda is wiser than Spock. Obviously, while Yoda might be a better model for human wisdom, since Vulcans and whatever Yoda is weren’t included in the study, the study does not actually establish that Yoda is wiser than […]

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How Can You Help? – Being Aware of Mental Health Around You

Mridu Walia - Mechanical

Hi guys! My name is Mridu Walia and I am in Mechanical Engineering. My column will be focusing mainly on topics relating to mental health. So, I don’t know about you guys, but the low temperatures and extreme wind chill these days are giving me a mild case of the “winter blues”. Some commonly experienced […]

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Waterloo Wins Big at OEC!!

Grant Mitchell - VP Communications

Congratulations on making it this far through the term. Can you believe we’re already a third of the way through the term? First off, let’s start by saying that Waterloo Engineers are the best! Our teams cleaned up at the Ontario Engineering Competition two weeks ago taking home a number of awards. Our teams placed […]

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EngSoc Elections – Ellen McGee

Ellen McGee - 2A Systems Design

Hey there! My name is Ellen McGee, I am in 2A Systems Design Engineering and I am running to be your next Engineering Society president! I got started in the Engineering Society in 1A by going to council meetings and attending events.  The next term I was a director and got to run Coffee House, […]

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Chug Chug Chugging Along

Michael Beauchemin - VP Finance

Some exciting things have happened since last we spoke! The RidgidWare Grand Opening was a HUGE success!! So many people showed up and the Dean spoke and said some really amazing things. RidgidWare is open and is already getting a lot of feedback on stock choices and what we can do to improve and that’s […]

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Why Should You Care?

Katie Arnold - President

The average student has probably noticed that we have something of an election going on. Not only are we electing our new Engineering Society Executive, but we’re also electing our new Federation of Students Executive and Council. Elections come and go and people complain about the recently deceased and soon (hopefully) to be rejuvenated Bomber, […]

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Finding Happiness in Competitive Places

Ashley Clarke - VP Student Life

Hello again everyone! I hope the first few weeks of the term have been going well. As the midterm season approaches, I want to spend this article focusing on mental health and positive ways to cope with competition, stress, and comparing yourself to classmates. Being a student in Waterloo Engineering is an amazing journey. One […]

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EngSoc Elections – Derek Broekhoven

Derek Broekhoven - 2A Mechatronics

Hey there! My name is Derek Broekhoven, and I want to be your Engineering Society’s president for the Fall of 2019 and the Spring of 2020. I am currently a 2A Mechatronics Engineering student. Through directorships, sitting on council, and getting to know people who are involved, I have gained a lot of experience and […]

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Mental Health Focus Group Project Closed – Reasons for the Decisions

Benjamin Beelen - VP Academic

First of all, thank you for reading this article. My council updates are going to be a little weird cause I’m gonna have some guest speakers taking up more time than normal, so here is a more detailed idea of what I’m doing. The most pressing update is that I have closed the mental health […]

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St. Valentine’s Day: A Bitter-Sweet Holiday

Samridhi Sharma - 3B Chemical

Can you believe how fast January flew by? It was the first day of classes like yesterday! I hope you all are staying warm, what with the -40 degree weather outside. And you know what, I can take the cold too. It’s the ice that catches me off guard. One second I’m walking on the […]

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Fatbergs – Don’t Dump Your Oils Down the Sink

Alina Pavel - 2T Nanotechnology

Don’t dump your oils down the sink, people! Among the many work-related horror stories told to me by my father (he worked in the wastewater treatment industry for many years), a couple of them really stuck with me. He once told me how massive pumps and motors often stop working because of clumps of dental […]

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Innovation: More Than a Buzzword

Alina Pavel - 2T Nanotechnology

It’s happening. You’ve definitely already heard about it. IoT, Cloud computing, Quantum computing, Big Data, Blockchain, AI, VR, Machine Learning, etc.  Now more than ever before, you’ll see [insert buzzword here] in various company press releases and in the headlines of almost every tech article, promising ‘disruption’ and ‘innovation’ (and sometimes even ‘disruptive innovation’!), but […]

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From the Desk of a Co-op Student

Gabrielle Klemt - 3B Geological

If you’ve never done a co-op, you might not have a real understanding of what happens at work. It might be hard for you to imagine what happens after that first week of dressing up, learning peoples’ names, joining the coffee club and finishing all the paperwork and readings your boss gives you. Yes, much […]

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