California Gas Leak Continues to Affect Local Residents

Leah Kristufek - 4B Chemical
Posted on: January 23, 2016

On October 23, 2015 methane began leaking from an underground storage facility in the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field near Los Angeles California. Today gas continues to spew out of the ground. The storage facility estimates it will still take until late February at earliest to stop the leak. In the meantime more than 2,000 [...]

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The Flint Water Crisis and the Failures that Caused It

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

Hey all, here we are in the home stretch of Leafy Thoughts, and this issue I’d like to catch y’all up on the state of the water crisis in Flint, in case you haven’t been following the developments. No doubt it’s turning into one of those things they’ll mention in future drinking water treatment classes, [...]

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Experimental Drug Trial Gone Wrong

Nachiket Sherlekar - 4B Nanotechnology

In an unfortunate and tragic accident involving the clinical trial of an experimental drug manufactured by Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial, one person was left dead and five others critically ill in a clinic in north-west France. The trial was being conducted by the French company Biotral on behalf of Bial. One hundred and twenty eight [...]

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The Dark Side of Chocolate

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

The United States Supreme Court has refused to dismiss a child labour lawsuit holding Nestlé accountable for human rights violations on its cocoa plantations in Western Africa. The chocolate industry is worth an estimated £60 billion per year, and Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa in the world. Nestlé’s plantations there have been under scrutiny [...]

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John Scott: Hard Work Wins Hearts

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

John Scott is a very good hockey player, among the general population. Among the pro players in the NHL, he’s nothing special.  Scott went to college at the Michigan Technical Institute and played four years of NCAA hockey while studying Mechanical Engineering. If you think about what you do on a regular week, that fact [...]

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Trudeau Visits Waterloo, Announces $12M Investment in the Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Nina Feng - 4B Environment

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Waterloo’s campus on January 14 as part of a visit to the region considered to be Canada’s hub for technology and innovation. Accompanied by the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Trudeau’s trip involved visiting developing start-ups at Velocity, including their expanding science division; touring [...]

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Just What Is Going On In Iran?

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

2016 has been a big year for news from Iran, and it hasn’t even been a month yet. Naturally, there is both good news and bad; Iran is ever a source of controversy. Increased Tensions with Saudi Arabia In the New Year, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on charges of terrorism. One of those executed [...]

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David Bowie: A Music Legend

Seamus Bannon - 1B Nanotechnology

The world was devastated two weeks ago, January 10th, by the death of the legendary musician David Bowie. At the age of 69, Bowie lost his battle to cancer, an illness which had been diagnosed eighteen months prior but had not been made public. Bowie’s death followed just two days after the release of his [...]

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After All This Time

Brigita Gubins - 2A Environmental

The passing of a giant in the film industry is always a sad occasion. The man you may know as Professor Snape, or perhaps Hans Gruber, or maybe even one of his numerous stage roles, died of pancreatic cancer this past month at the age of 69. Rickman was born in 1946 in Acton, London, [...]

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Counterpoint: UW Should Not Sever Ties with Israeli Institutions

Josh Kalpin - 4B Software

Feds is currently holding two referenda. The first deals with an extension to the SLC and PAC to increase student space. The second, which happens to be taking the thunder away from the first one, is about whether Feds should take the stance that the university should sever ties with a number of Israeli institutions [...]

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The Denver Broncos Will Win the Super Bowl

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Ideally, I would be writing this PCP on why the Patriots will be kicking butt next Sunday. As a long-time fan, I naturally called the Patriots defending their title this year. I obviously called it wrong. But let me tell you, I have a great deal of respect for Peyton Manning. I hate most of [...]

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The Carolina Panthers Will Win the Super Bowl

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

The Panthers are going to the Super Bowl this year after a thorough trouncing of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game. And I mean a THOROUGH trouncing. The Panthers’ defence was absolutely on fire throughout the duration of the game. Arizona was the second overall seed for the NFC, and they are not pushovers [...]

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Point: UW Should Sever Ties with Israeli Institutions

Filzah Nasir - 4B Environmental

There are three facets to this referendum topic one should understand to vote yes: that the academic institutions listed in the referendum are complicit in human rights violations, that an academic boycott is an effective way to address this, and that it is our place as students to take a stand against these violations. I [...]

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What’s in a Name?

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

There are fourteen undergraduate engineering programs at the University of Waterloo. Some can be classified as “traditional” engineering disciplines, such as Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil, etc. Some are newer strands of engineering, coming in the form of Software, Computer and Biomedical to name a few. Most would probably agree that the names of these programs [...]

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Severing Ties: An Article of Context

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

The Federation of Students (Feds) is holding a referendum on the University of Waterloo’s association with several Israeli academic institutions, and polling takes place from January 25 to January 27. The text of the referendum reads as follows: “Do you think the University of Waterloo should sever ties with the following institutions due to their [...]

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In Defense of Introversion

Tiffany Chang - 1N Chemistry

I am an introvert. Having read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by American author and former lawyer Susan Cain, I am also a self-described advocate for being introverted. During a mock interview with a peer leader from V1’s Living-Learning Community last term, I mentioned the word “introvert” in [...]

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Brace Yourselves, WInter-nal is coming

Sarbajoy Majumdar - VP Internal

Hello A-Soc, it is your friendly VP Internal Sarb here and this term will be filled with fun activities. Over the co-op term, a handful of amazing directors; my student life commissioner, Awn Duquom; and myself have worked hard to come up with some wonderful events and initiatives that we cannot wait to see come [...]

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Time to Make it Rain!

Abdullah Barakat - VP Finance

AWWW YEAH! New Year, New Team, New Fun Times with EngSoc! Hope you all had a great holiday and are pumped for the new term! My name is Abdullah Barakat, and I will be your VP Finance for the Winter 2016 term. Throughout my co-op term and the first few weeks of this term, a [...]

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Conferences and Outreach and NEM Oh My! – VP External

Will Wilmot and Ola Suchon - VP External

‘Sup A-Soc – It’s Ola and Will. We’re here to give you a quick look at what we were up to over the last four months and what we have planned for this term. So let’s get to it. Conferences: Over the past few months, we’ve had the privilege of representing Waterloo A on both [...]

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Stay UpdatED

Jeff Gulbronson - VP Education

Welcome back to campus, and to a new term with A-Soc! I’m Jeff, your new VP Education, taking over for my buddy Josh. I deal with everything Academic or Co-op related. I’ll try to give you a quick overview of everything that’s happening this term, and as always, feel free to ask if you have [...]

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New Year, New Team!

Adelle Vickery - President

Welcome back engineering students! I hope you all had a great break for the holidays and are enjoying the term so far! For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Adelle, and I am the new Engineering Society President of A-Society. I am very excited to [...]

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WEEF Update

Eric Shi - WEEF Director

Welcome back on campus, undergrads, and I hope the term is going well so far. My name is Eric Shi and I am the new ‘A’ society WEEF director. One of the goals I have for my terms as WEEF director is to update the infrastructure that helps WEEF operate, including the website, funding proposal [...]

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EngSoc Sponsored “Little Plummers” Defeat Piller’s 6-2

Leila Meema-Coleman, Kevin McNamara - 4B Mechanical, 4B Civil

For the third year in a row, the Waterloo Engineering Society sponsored a team in the Waterloo Minor Hockey Association. Last Sunday, excited engineering students gathered at Albert McCormick Arena to show their support for the society’s team. The game was evenly matched, with the Waterloo Engineering Society “Little Plummers” (the nickname created by UW [...]

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Birthdays Are a Con

Raeesa Ashique - Editor-In-Chief

Last spring, when Cameron asked if I was interested in being the next Editor-in-Chief, I had to take a week to weigh the time commitment with my workload for school. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would not have it any other way. Which is why your new [...]

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Apple Buys Emotient, Artificial Intelligence Start-up

Vince Magas - 3A Management

Do you like Apple? Perhaps you like everything Artificial Intelligence-related? Maybe you can imagine detecting how you feel? Perhaps the future might hold just that, with multinational technology company Apple Inc.’s recent purchase of Emotient, a San Diego based Start-up Company that uses AI technology to read and evaluate people’s emotions based on facial expressions. [...]

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Space Cam: Perspective Gained

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

What do you like about space? All sorts of ideas come to mind. Beauty, serenity, and cultural significance could describe the stars. Power, innovation, and courage are fair for human and robotic exploration. Let me add another idea to that list: perspective. A lot of what humanity has gained in its study of the sky [...]

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Job not here? Never fear!

Leah Kristufek - 4B Chemical

First round Jobmine job applications are done! This means that two weekends of frantic applications are now complete, and you can finally focus on all those assignments you’ve been putting off to the early hours. What a relief! But let’s be honest, actually being employed would be even more of a relief. I know this whole [...]

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Leathercraft: From Ancient Assyrian Footwear to Modern Day Wallets Pt.1

Vince Magas - 3A Management

Let’s put that vinyl record back on the turntable, and let that needle drop! We’re back for another term of Hit Replay, your quick source for trending items, fads, hobbies, and practices that looks oh so similar to something that hit the world before. If you are feeling déjà vu, if you can say “Hey! [...]

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Broskies on Brewskies

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

Donovan and Tristan are two friends from humble beginnings in London, Ontario. Off and on roommates and general guys who like beer, the following article follows them through a journey into the sometimes overcrowded world of craft beer where they will try to find the best that Ontario has to offer. This review was written [...]

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Acta Diurna: IV – A New Term, Janus God of Beginnings & Transitions

Gaius Lucius Agrippa -

Salve citizens of Waterloo, I Gaius Lucius Agrippa welcome you once again to the Forum Romanum in the magnificent city of Rome! Rejoice, fellow citizens, for today we mark the return of the Acta Diurna, and at that, a splendid way to begin the new term and year. For those who do not recall what [...]

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Five Things You Don’t Want to Know

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Welcome back to the column of horror! All hope abandon, ye who enter here. In case you are new, this is the column where I write about how disgusting, foolish and generally insane your ancestors were. Yes: yours, and yours, and yours. Don’t be ashamed—we are all in the same boat. Religion in ancient times [...]

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Cooking with Cam: Healthy Snacking with Tofu Fries

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

Hello again, my apprentice chefs! I am back from my long trek around the mysterious land of Middlesex County, South-Western Ontario, with exotic new foods and cooking techniques. Without actually looking, I assume that you have become slack and wasteful in your pursuit of culinary knowledge, so let me remind of the rules of this [...]

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