Trudeau Government Puts Forward First Budget

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical
Posted on: April 4, 2016

The Trudeau government introduced its first budget to the House of Commons on March 22. Keeping with their campaign platform of “A New Plan For A Strong Middle Class,” (a platform first unveiled at Laurier on October 5, 2015), the budget is titled Growing the Middle Class, which is proudly displayed in slanted letters on [...]

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UW Team Competes in SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Dirk Friesen - Team Co-lead, UW Clean Snowmobile Team

On March 6, four members of the Clean Snowmobile Team headed out to compete in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The challenge showcases snowmobiles that student teams from around the world have modified to reduce noise and emissions while maintaining performance. It consists of a number of events that evaluate those aspects of the snowmobile [...]

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Tragedy in Belgium

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

On March 18th, a piece of good news began to circulate: Salah Abdeslam, one of the organizers of the Paris attacks last year, had finally been captured after four months in hiding. He was tracked down and shot by police in Brussels. However, there were immediate worries about retaliatory attacks, and four days later, those [...]

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The Ceasefire Holds in Syria, But Only Just

Brigita Gubins - 2A Environmental

In the month since the ceasefire was declared in Syria, peace talks have been held in Geneva, and the historic city of Palmyra has been recaptured from terrorist militants. The United Nations envoy overseeing the Syrian peace process has slated the next round of talks for April 9th. However, the ceasefire has by no means [...]

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Rob Ford: The Passing of a Titan

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

Rob Ford, former mayor and city councillor of Toronto, passed away the morning of Tuesday, March 22nd after being entered into palliative care. Ford may have been best known for his antics and questionable choices, but he will be remembered for the way he changed local Toronto politics. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ford or his policies, [...]

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Counter Point: We should not have final exams

Leah Kristufek - 4B Chemical

Is the goal of education to determine how well the student has learned a subject or to see how well a student performs under pressure? When 50% or more of your final grade depends on your performance in just one 3 hour period it seems rather dubious whether that will reflect your actual understanding of [...]

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Life is a game of Chance, just ask Jobmine

Josh Li - 1B Mechanical

 If more than one person ends up with the same overall ranking for a job, Jobmine randomly assigns the job to a lucky individual. We all know this; we don’t seem bothered by it, as we’ve either accepted it or don’t think it will happen to us. There is an element of chance in landing [...]

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Justice League Part Zero

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

I can’t tell you if you’re going to like Dawn of Justice. I did, but I’m a huge Zack Snyder fan and loved his previous effort, 2013’s Man of Steel. The more sombre, gritty tone was a nice alternative to its comical Marvel counterparts and it left me eagerly anticipating more. Ben Affleck’s casting as [...]

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Broskies on Brewskies 8 (Season Finale)

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

We put off doing this issue for a while, and sadly the beer sat in my fridge for a little bit. We were planning on drinking these beers for last issues column, but Tristan got sick. We changed our plans and meant to drink up on the Thursday before Good Friday, but then we forgot. [...]

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Point: We should have exams

Cameron Soltys -

Exams are a great way to bond with your peers and friends. Studying together all day, struggling to understand a particularly tricky concept, and then rounding it out with the comradery that comes of complaining about the stupidity of it all. While exams, with their propensity to cause a large amount of stress and their [...]

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Teaching Awards

Pat Duong, Peter Kavanagh - EngSoc Teaching Awards Members-at-Large W16

The Engineering Society Teaching Award was started in Fall 2014, and is geared towards promoting and celebrating phenomenal professors, lecturers and lab instructors who go above and beyond for the students and their learning experience. The winner and runners up are chosen for how they implement non-conventional teaching techniques, allow opportunities for experiential learning, and [...]

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A Winter to Remember

Sarbajoy Majumdar - VP Internal

Hello, A Soc, this is your friendly VP Internal Sarb here. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone whom I have met this term, be it through events or just through run-ins around campus. I have learned a lot about leadership and communication through the many interactions I have had [...]

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A Term Well Spent

Abdullah Barakat - VP Finance

Where, oh where has this term gone. Time sure has flown by quickly, but as we all know, time is money, so it’s time to get down to business. I came into this term with a lot of ideas and thankfully so many of them have come to fruition. Moving forward there are some goals [...]

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That’s a Wrap!

Ola Suchon, Will Wilmot - VP External

Hey there A-Soc! It’s hard to believe that this term is already coming to an end. Hopefully, things are starting to wind down and you’ve all had a great four months. Things have been pretty busy as the winter term comes to a close, and what a term it has been. The beginning of the [...]

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Fall Term Goals

Jeff Gulbronson - VP Education

Hello, and welcome to the last Iron Warrior of the term! I’d like to use this article to talk about the three main things that I’ll be working on over co-op and the Fall term. First is working with the B-Society VP Education, Anson Chen, along with Stephanie Tortorici from the WaterlooWorks team, to create [...]

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Looking Forward

Adelle Vickery - President

As the term gets closer and closer to wrapping up, it means that A-Society is getting ready to head off to co-op and fourth years are getting ready to enter the real world! However, we will continue moving forward and serving the engineering student body. In this article, I would like to outline some of [...]

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WEEF Report

Eric Shi - WEEF Director

Every term, WEEF uses money earned on the interest of the principle (now over 14 million dollars) towards improving undergraduate engineering at the University of Waterloo. This term, WEEF has donated $60,000 towards funding proposals submitted by faculty members and student groups. The allocations and proposals can also be viewed digitally at www.weef.uwaterloo.ca/proposals.php. To view [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report Blue Jays 2016: Let the Bird Watch Begin

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Calling all Jays fans, new and old—the season opener is a just a week away! On April 3, 2016 the Toronto Blue Jays will face off against division rival the Tampa Bay Rays to start their defense of the American League East division title. The core of the team that was just shy of making [...]

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Here’s to Paper

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Hello readers! I can’t believe I’m already writing my last editorial. I feel like it was a yesterday when Cameron congratulated me on running my first meeting, and distinctly remember the excitement of flipping through my first issue. I have to start with thanking everyone who gave me this opportunity, which has definitely made me [...]

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Life Finds a Way (Dinosaurs)

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

Easily my favourite line from the Jurassic Park movies, “life finds a way” is essentially a very eloquent way of explaining Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Life is able to move forward and survive under the harshest circumstances imaginable. It takes on different shapes and sizes as it adapts to survive and thrive in its [...]

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Thank You!

Eryn Dickison and Kirandeep Sahmbi, Gordon Stubley - Course Critiques Directors, Associate Dean of Teaching

Engineering’s move away from paper-based course evaluations is off to a strong start. In winter 2016, we had an overall response rate of 58.8% in undergraduate Course Critiques. This is just 2.9% lower than the winter 2015 response rate, and that’s pretty impressive. Many institutions have experienced a significant decline when moving to electronic evaluations. [...]

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Appreciation of Fungi

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

It’s very strange, but I realized only a minute before starting this article that this will probably be the last of Leafy Thoughts as we know it. Over the years it’s bounced around from being news-y to rant-y to, unfortunately, Buzzfeed-y (those were dark times). I never be-leaf-ed that it would have continued for this long, [...]

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Counterpoint: Trudeau’s Hair

Caitlin McLaren -

He never cared about it much, though everyone else seems to. It is disobedient, unruly; for most of his life, he gave it its head, letting it run free. Its rebellion was mainly for show, as was his; it coiled up into itself, in the end, not choosing to do more than rustle. No one [...]

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Point: Trump’s Hair

Caitlin McLaren -

It is a wave crashing over emptiness. Its origin is lost in time and a cloud of lies. His enemies whisper about forgery, about ugly bareness, hidden scars. There is mockery, flattery, imitation, and aping. None of this touches him. All other insults cut deep—he hurls them back viciously and nurses the wounds in private—but [...]

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The Other Other Referendum

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I sure hope you have heard about The Other Other Referendum. If not, you should really stop studying once in a while and leave your room. If you happen to come to campus on occasion, I am confident in my assumption that you are already aware of the topic which I am addressing. Everyone is [...]

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Engineering Refugees Risk Lives to Cross Tracks to E5

Tired and Cranky - 4B Cynicism

Recent months have been tough on the citizens of UW. Students looking only to pursue greater knowledge and understanding of life, the universe and everything have been placed in increasingly compromising positions. It is time to take a stance my friends! Say no to the injustices! Not only are our lives threatened daily by vicious [...]

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U2 Saves FBI from Embarrassing Court Case

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U2 — the band, not the really cool plane that was used during the Cold War — has managed to save the FBI from a lengthy court case with Apple that would have cost taxpayers millions, if not billions of dollars, stretching out over many decades in a protracted passive-aggressive legal battle. U2’s spokesperson is quoted as [...]

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CPH to Install New Bathrooms because Lineup for Morning Coffee Shits Too Long

- 3Q Slartibartfast Fjords

Due to the numerous complaints coming from professors and lecturers, students will no longer have to queue for hours for the daily ritual of caffeine-induced defecation. Talking to various complainants, it was found that students and staff alike have been missing entire classes waiting in line to relieve themselves of the uncomfortable pressure caused by [...]

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Five Things You Want To Know

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Humans are just no fun. Why can’t we all be like our feathered, furry, scaly, slimy, microscopic, and extinct friends? Here are five fun things animals can do that we all wish we could do. Barnacles Can Adjust Their Penis Size Since barnacles are stuck to rocks all day, but still want to get laid [...]

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Some Bullshit Happens in the Middle East

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Today saw the latest in a long series of bullshit happening out in some desert. Western leaders reiterated once more that they are sick of all this. There was immediate controversy over whether the bullshit was caused by religion or just assholes who like to f*** shit up. Several militant groups tried to take credit [...]

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If You Want to Buy Me a Present

Your broke and sleep-deprived EIC - The term that everyone fails

Yooo get ready for rant number six, because what’s the point of being Editor-in-Chief if you don’t get to rant for 7500 words (or 8000, if you’re good with manipulating spacing). Also, the more tired you are the better if you ever need to get some extra words, even though that usually isn’t the problem. [...]

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#Innovate One, #IdeasStartHere

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On March 24th 2016, in the wake of an ice storm, Waterloo was covered by frozen paths, freezing temperatures, and power outages. The University of Laurier, being the reasonable human beings they are, decided to cancel classes for the day and gave students an early start to the Easter weekend. Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo, [...]

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