The Boat People: An International Crisis

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical
Posted on: May 22, 2015

Every year, millions of people leave their countries in search of a better life elsewhere. While some people immigrate out of choice, others feel compelled—they’re not leaving because they want a better life, but because they’re literally in danger of dying otherwise. Some are refugees who face so much violence or hardship at home that [...]

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Radioactive Waste to be Stored Near Great Lakes

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3A Nanotechnology Engineering

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has obtained approval from a federal joint review panel for its proposal to store radioactive nuclear waste in an underground bunker (called a Deep Geologic Repository or DGR) close to the Great Lakes. The DGR is to be located at OPG’s existing Bruce Power site in Kincardine, Ontario, conveniently a mere 1.2 [...]

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Microsoft’s Final Legacy

Brian Chan - 3A Nanotechnology

So if you don’t know about this, then you haven’t been really keeping up with technology or computers are not really your thing. Maybe you don’t even know what this is, since you’ve been using an Apple system your entire life, but for your average, friendly Microsoft Windows user the following is huge news. Windows [...]

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China’s Second Great Wall

Vince Magas - 2A Management

The world knows about the Great Wall of China, ever vigil standing tall to protect the borders of ancient long-gone Chinese states. Fast-forward to the year 2015, and the modern world looks East towards China’s direction once more. In the South China Sea, a second great wall is in construction. Countries around the world watch [...]

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Shell Arctic Expedition for Black Gold

Brian Chan - 3A Nanotechnology

You may think black gold is just gold bars painted black, but in society today there is something that is just as valuable or maybe even more so than gold — oil. According to the International Energy Agency, crude oil was the number one energy source used by countries worldwide in 1973. Oil alone made up [...]

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UNESCO Launches “Learning Without Fear”

Raeesa Ashique - 1B Electrical

School-related gender-based violence. SRGBV. Now that is a mouthful. So what is this exactly? SRGBV refers to acts of physical, sexual, or psychological violence inflicted on children in and around schools, usually due to gender stereotypes. It can take several forms, including but not limited to intimidation, punishment, bullying, harassment, sexual abuse, and exploitation. Imagine [...]

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Canadian Household Debt Continues To Rise

J. S. Scott - 1B Googling

A recent study by Statistics Canada confirmed that the amount of debt held by Canadian families has gone up, with most of the increase coming from families with children under 18. Between 1999 and 2012, the average debt to income ratio increased from 0.78 to 1.10. The increase in debt was possible due to an [...]

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Waterloo Hybrid Wins Big

Cameron - 2B Mechanical

The University of Waterloo Formula Hybrid team traveled to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month to participate in the Formula Hybrid International Competition. This competition, regarded as the most challenging of the various competitions the Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series holds, has students “collaboratively design and build a formula-style electric or plug-in [...]

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Radioactive Waste to be Stored Near Great Lakes

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3A Nanotechnology Engineering

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has obtained approval from a federal joint review panel for its proposal to store radioactive nuclear waste in an underground bunker (called a Deep Geologic Repository or DGR) close to the Great Lakes. The DGR is to be located at OPG’s existing Bruce Power site in Kincardine, Ontario, conveniently a mere 1.2 [...]

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Microsoft’s Final Legacy

Brian Chan - 3A Nanotechnology

So if you don’t know about this, then you haven’t been really keeping up with technology or computers are not really your thing. Maybe you don’t even know what this is, since you’ve been using an Apple system your entire life, but for your average, friendly Microsoft Windows user the following is huge news. Windows [...]

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PCP-Con

Meagan Cardno - 3A Nanotechnology

Alright, I know that this argument is pretty much the epitome of a #FirstWorldProblem, but it’s one that is actually rather serious in the issues it represents for our first-world society. Receipts are something we’ve come to expect and don’t even think about as we are handed them at the checkout, only to throw them [...]

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PCP-Pro

Michal Kononenko - 2B Nanotechnology

Here we are in 2015, and after we buy our lunches, the clerk still hands us a paper receipt. Sometimes we read it. Sometimes we can save them for tax reasons. But the majority of the time, we throw them away without giving it a second thought. The businesses that issue these receipts to us [...]

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Spring Executive Elections

Soheil Koushan - Chief Returning Officer

It is time once again to elect a new executive team. The outgoing executive have done a fantastic job, and you can read all about their work at engsoc.uwaterloo.ca/tag/exec­spotlights. This term we have six candidates (one of which is a candidate pair) running to fill six positions: President, VP External, VP Education, VP Finance, VP [...]

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EngSoc Elections: Sarbajoy Majumdar (VP Internal)

Sarbajoy Majumdar - VP Internal Candidate

Hello fellow Engineers! My name is Sarbajoy Majumdar, but you can call me Sarb. Some of you may know me as either the guy from Management Engineering 2018, the international kid from Singapore, the tour guide, the engineering ambassador, someone who was once involved with Midnight Sun, the guy with two O Week 2015 directorships [...]

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EngSoc Elections: Morgan Molyneaux and Ola Suchon (VP External)

Morgan Molyneaux and Ola Suchon - VP External Candidate

Hello fellow engineering students! We are Morgan Molyneaux and Ola Suchon, and we are running as a pair for the position of VP External for the Waterloo Engineering Society. We are very excited about the opportunity to represent you, along with the rest of next year’s executives, to other Engineering Societies, the PEO (Professional Engineers [...]

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EngSoc Elections: Jake Harvey (VP Finance)

Jake Harvey - VP Finance Candidate

Hi, I’m Jake Harvey, I’m in my 2B term of Mechanical Engineering, and I’m running to be your next Vice President Finance. I’m running for this position because I’m passionate about the Engineering Society and I want to make sure that it provides the best services to all undergraduate engineering students. During my past two [...]

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EngSoc Elections: Eric Shi (WEEF Director)

Eric Shi - Weef Director Candidate

Hello A-Society Members! I’m Eric Shi and I’d like to be your next Director of the Waterloo Engineering Endowment Foundation. I’m currently in 3A mechatronics engineering, and I have served as an Engineering Society class representative since 1A. I am very enthusiastic and approachable, so please feel free to stop me in the hall to [...]

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EngSoc Elections: Adelle Vickery (President)

Adelle Vickery - President Candidate

Hey engineers! My name is Adelle Vickery and I want to be your next Engineering Society President. The President is the face and voice of the Society and is ultimately responsible for determining its overall direction. If elected, I have many ideas to improve the three main pillars of the Society: services, events, and representation. [...]

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EngSoc Elections: Abdullah Barakat (VP Finance)

Abdullah Barakat - VP Finance Candidate

Hey everyone! My name is Abdullah Barakat, but you can call me Abdullah Dolla Bills! I’m in 2B Mechanical Engineering and I’m running to be the next Vice President Finance of the Waterloo Engineering Society “A”. I have been involved with the Engineering Society since I started in 1A, and have taken my involvement to [...]

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VP Finance

Kevin McNamara - VP Finance

Hello Engineers! Welcome back to campus for the spring term, and also my last term as VP Finance. There is a lot going on with my portfolio to watch out for this term. First off, you can check out the budget for the spring term on this page. This outlines where your EngSoc Fee ($15.45) [...]

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VP Education: What’s Going on this Term

Josh Kalpin - VP Education

Hi everyone and welcome back to another term! I hope everyone had a great co-op term. In my first executive update this term, I wanted to go over my plans for my last four months as VP Education and a little bit about co-op. A couple of these are continuing from the fall, while a [...]

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VP External: Get Out and Volunteer

Heather Smith - VP External

Hey Engineers and welcome back!  I hope all of you have had the chance between assignments and whatnot to enjoy the warm weather…when it actually co-operates.  There are a lot of awesome outreach events coming up this summer, with chances for you to purple yourselves for charity, volunteer at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener leading kids through [...]

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Not Having Data Shouldn’t Be Such A Handicap

Cameron Soltys - Editor-In-Chief

Hello everyone! Wow does it feel weird to be writing this letter from the editor. It was less than two years ago that I went to my first meeting at the Iron Warrior, terrified that they would turn me away for having no journalistic experience. In hindsight, it was a very foolish fear, but I [...]

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The Creepier Side of the Digital Age

Anjida Sripongworakul -

Welcome to Now Playing!—A column in which I’ll be introducing little hidden gems of the entertainment world, films and television series alike. Keep reading, keep watching, and let me know what you think. You never know what you might discover. Press the Home button on your iPhone, have your Android on standby. Shut down your [...]

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Not the Skin Off My Back

Meagan Cardno - 3A Nanotechnology

Ah yes, another article about a cool, scifi-esque, and useful technology coming from a novel application of 3D printing. I’m really starting to see a trend here. Just recently in the spotlight is beauty company L’Oréal’s endeavours to 3D print human skin in order to help facilitate product research and testing. It’s a very smart [...]

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Jahn-Teller Effect Seen in Conductive Materials for First Time

Alexander Lee - 3A Nanotechnology

A new state of matter has recently been discovered by an international team of scientists based in Tohoku University, Japan. The team, led by Dr. Kosmas Prassides, was studying a novel form of semiconductor composed of the carbon-60 molecules known as fullerenes, or “buckyballs.” The new form of matter has been termed “Jahn-Teller Metals” after [...]

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Adventures with Arduinos

Leah Kristufek - 3T Chemical

It seems harder to be a tinkerer these days. Devices just don’t come apart easily like they used to. Back in the day mechanics would change out the acid in car batteries in a back room of their shop and Joe-blow-everyday-man could fix their car without having to understand computer programming. People could take apart [...]

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Retro-Video Games Part I: The Video Game Arcade

Vince Magas - 2B Management

It’s the summer of 2015 and the sun is out, the grass is green and the University of Waterloo ushers in a brand new term! The Iron Warrior comes in at full blast welcoming a fresh new set of vintage items and retro-cool magic with this term’s Hit Replay! Hit Replay kicks-off the term to [...]

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Steel Bridge Team

Dylan Dowling - Steel Bridge Team Manager

The University of Waterloo Steel Bridge Design Team is a new addition to the wide array of student teams found at the university. The team was founded in 2014 under team leads Andrew Easton and Dylan Dowling, and quickly exploded to over 70 members. It is responsible for designing, fabricating, and constructing a 1:10 scale [...]

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Adventures with Arduinos

Leah Kristufek - 3T Chemical

It seems harder to be a tinkerer these days. Devices just don’t come apart easily like they used to. Back in the day mechanics would change out the acid in car batteries in a back room of their shop and Joe-blow-everyday-man could fix their car without having to understand computer programming. People could take apart [...]

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UWaterloo’s Student Portal: Delivering Your Info Just When You Need It

Student Portal Project Team -

Finally, all the UWaterloo info you need to be a successful student can be found in the palm of your hand (or on your desktop) with the student portal. UWaterloo’s student portal has gained positive momentum as a mobile-friendly communication tool that delivers the information you need, just when you need it. Engineering students who [...]

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Five Things You Really Didn’t Want To Know

Caitlin McLaren - 3A Chemical

As anyone who has studied history (or read this column last term) knows, people in the past were pretty darn gross. They haven’t improved since last term, either. Let’s have a look at some more of the awful things our ancestors have done. The British used to blow smoke up people’s asses, literally If you [...]

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Fort McMurray, also known as Fort McMoney

Jessica Keung - 2B Civil

Welcome back to the Spring 2015 term and to my column on the smallest towns in Canada. This past winter, I was able to live in one of the smaller towns in Canada, Fort McMurray. Although Fort McMurray isn’t a “small  town”, Fort McMurray is one of the most isolated “urban” service areas in Canada. [...]

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BBQ-Ready Potato Salad

Cameron Soltys - 2B Mechanical

Welcome to my new cooking column! Here you will learn all you need to know about making delicious, quick meals that will leave your friends (sometimes violently) begging for more. I should lay out a few ground rules though; Cam doesn’t do “directions” or “recipes.” Cam does good food. First, measurements are for boring people. [...]

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