Major Challenges Ahead Following NYC Bombings

Elizabeth Salsberg - 4A Nanotechnology
Posted on: September 27, 2016

On Saturday September 17, 2016, a pressure-cooker-based bomb device exploded in a Chelsea dumpster on West 23rd street in Manhattan, injuring 29.  Similar bomb devices were also discovered at West 27th street and at Seaside Park, New Jersey shortly thereafter. Police suspect a man named Ahmad Khan Rahami planned the attack; he was taken into [...]

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Living in Fear

Raeesa Ashique - 2B Electrical

Disclaimer: I understand that, as a Muslim Canadian who very rarely experiences discrimination, I have no right to be writing a Black Lives Matter article, and will not pretend that I can possibly understand what these people are going through. In the last two weeks, in cases that sadly feel like déjà vu, two black [...]

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Ceasefire Collapses in Syria after One Week

Alex Lee - 4A Nano

Another month, another broken ceasefire in Syria. About two weeks ago on September 12, 2016, the ceasefire was announced after months of talks between Russia, the United States, and their respective allies. However, only a week later, the ceasefire had completely collapsed as government forces announced they would be recommencing with air strikes on the [...]

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The New “Kaepernicking”: Redefining American Patriotism

Raeesa Ashique - 2B Electrical

The return of the pumpkin spice latte, school supplies, and NFL season come hand-in-hand, although some are more eagerly anticipated than others. Some manner of controversy seems to manifest every football season, and this year’s centres around the stance taken by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the topic of systemic racism and prejudice. [...]

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The Discovery of the HMS Terror: Second Ship from Franklin Expedition Found

Bryan Mailloux - 2T Mechatronics

The recorded history of Canada is rather short, compared to the Old World. We don’t have medieval castles dotting the horizon, or 2000-year-old ruins under our cities. The roots of our history are not yet very deep. And yet, it is astonishing how much has been lost to the sands of time. We regularly continue [...]

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Athletes take their mark at Rio Paralympics 2016

Hasan Ahmed - 1A Nano

From September 7th to September 18th Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Paralympic games, which featured 1100+ athletes competing from 146 different countries across the globe. Among these participants, Team Canada was represented by 154 members who performed in 158 different events allotted in 24 sports, which are also categorized by the type of disability. After [...]

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Three’s a crowd? More challenges ahead for third party candidates in the American general elections

Hira Rahman, Nick Yang - 1A Nano, 1A Math

As many Americans describe the 2016 American election as a choice between the lesser of two evils, it is unsurprising to see support for third party candidates soaring. In fact, national polls show that 44% of registered voters would like a third party candidate to run against Trump and Clinton in the general elections. Both [...]

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University of Waterloo Increases Female Staff’s Salaries to Account for $2905 Wage Gap

Alex Pezzutto - 1A Nano

The concept of the wage gap has been a major point of contention in recent years: the most common belief that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes is quite a convoluted statistic. Many people interpret this to mean that women are underpaid for doing the same work that men do, yet [...]

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Youtube Demonetizes Big Creators

Tahreem Farooqi - 1A Planning

The main source of income for many YouTubers, big and small, are ads placed on their videos. Recently, YouTube has decided to eliminate ad revenue for videos based on whether their content is  “Advertiser Friendly ”, meaning that many YouTubers are not getting paid. For YouTube to demonetize a video, the content in it has [...]

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Hack the North 2016

Yuhan Lin - 1A ECE

Over the weekend of September 16-18, over 1000 students around the world gathered into a single building on the University of Waterloo campus to take part in Canada’s biggest hackathon. They would spend the next 36 hours huddled together in their 4-man teams on the cold floor of E5’s room 2007 trying to build the [...]

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PCP: Too Soon to Remove the Headphone Jack

Alex Lee - 4A Nanotechnology

There’s been some controversy surrounding the iPhone 7, the latest model in Apple Inc.’s flagship line of phones. When Apple first revealed the iPhone in 2007, they forever changed the world of cellular technology. While the concept of the smartphone had already existed, most notably in the form of the Blackberry, it was the launch [...]

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PCP: Against Headphone Jacks

Meagan Cardno - 4A Nano

I’m not here to berate you if you are one of the bandwagoners who dislike anything new produced by Apple (because it’s Apple), just as I am not here to pat you on the back if you are one of the bandwagoners who blindly accept any change Apple has and call it “revolutionary” (because it’s [...]

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Broskies on Brewskies – Goodbye Tristan

Donovan Maudsley and Tristan Kuehn - 3N Mechanical and 3N Systems

Broskies on Brewskies is a beer reviewing column started by high-school friends and off and on roommates Donovan and Tristan. Due to long-foreseen circumstances, and an ocean, Tristan will be absent from the next several issues of Broskies, and Donovan will be holding down the fort with a rotating cast of new Broskies. This issue [...]

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Netflix and Chillabit?

Hasan Ahmed - 1A Nano

During the first two weeks, you may have seen “Chillabit” and their booth floating around campus advertising their social media app. At first, I downloaded the app just to get something for free from those stalls, but then I began to use it and ended up with my own opinions about this app. Chillabit seems [...]

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Three’s a crowd? More challenges ahead for third party candidates in the American general elections

Hira Rahman, Nick Yang - 1A Nano, 1A Math

As many Americans describe the 2016 American election as a choice between the lesser of two evils, it is unsurprising to see support for third party candidates soaring. In fact, national polls show that 44% of registered voters would like a third party candidate to run against Trump and Clinton in the general elections. Both [...]

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University of Waterloo Increases Female Staff’s Salaries to Account for $2905 Wage Gap

Alex Pezzutto - 1A Nano

The concept of the wage gap has been a major point of contention in recent years: the most common belief that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes is quite a convoluted statistic. Many people interpret this to mean that women are underpaid for doing the same work that men do, yet [...]

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VP Education

Jeff Gulbronson - VP Education

Hello everyone! For those who don’t know me, my name is Jeff and I’m the VP Education for EngSoc. Since we have lots of new faces on campus, I thought this would be a good issue to give a quick overview of what the role entails, especially with an election this term! VP Education’s main [...]

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Events are FALLing INto Place

Sarbajoy Majumdar - VP Internal

Hey there everybody, I am the friendly neighbourhood Sarbajoy and I am the Vice President Internal (the last existing one). I will be talking about one of the biggest things that form most of my role: events! There are two kinds of events: one that is open for everybody and one that is specific for [...]

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It’s a Conference Time of Year

Will Wilmot - VP External

Hello to all! It’s Will, the last one to ever hold the VP External role. I’ll be going over a major part of what my role: conferences!! During the first month of this term, the majority of my time is spent with conferences. The past couple weekends in September I have represented our Engineering Society [...]

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What $15.90 Gets You

Abdullah Barakat - VP Finance

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and I hope you enjoyed your summer! For all the first years that just started at Waterloo, welcome to your new home! My name is Abdullah Barakat, and I’m the Engineering Society VP Finance for the Fall 2016 term. Today, I’m here to tell you about [...]

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Welcome and Welcome Back!

Adelle Vickery - A-Society President

Hey everyone and welcome (or welcome back) to Waterloo! For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Adelle Vickery and I am your Engineering Society President. I am in 4A Chemical Engineering and I am so excited to be back on campus this Fall. Elections You [...]

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RidgidWare

Eric Shi - WEEF Director

RidgidWare is open again in the Fall term! We are an electronics store conveniently located in CPH foyer (near C&D). We offer electrical components such as Arduinos, motors, Raspberry PIs, sensors, and much more. However, beyond offering just electrical components, we also support hardware workshops which are being run throughout the term. RidgidWare is more [...]

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WEEF Is Good!

Erik Shi -

Welcome, first year engineering students, and welcome back to campus, upper years! I hope the term is going well so far. My name is Eric Shi and I am the current ‘A’ society WEEF director. For the new folks, WEEF was founded by two Waterloo Engineering students, Avi Belinsky and John Vellinga, in 1990 with [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Canada to Face Sweden or Europe in Best-of-3 World Cup Final

Elizabeth Salsberg - 4A Nanotechnology

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey (WCH) is the training camp for the ages, as the best of the best take the ice in the first WCH tournament since 2004.  Many have had their doubts about the NHL-sanctioned tournament, but thus far the hockey has been phenomenal to watch, particularly after the offseason drought! This [...]

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On the Importance of Empathy

Caitlin McLaren - 4A Chemical

It feels as if every day there is more bad news. Between the war in Syria, the terror attacks and shootings that happen with saddening regularity, the growing controversies over police brutality and various responses to the same, and the long-unresolved refugee situation, any good news seems to get lost in a world that seems [...]

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AC/DC’s Bassist Cliff Williams Confirms Retirement

Vince Magas - 3B Management

It is a sad day for many AC/DC fans in the music world, as bassist Cliff Williams confirms rumours of his imminent retirement. The Aussie rock band AC/DC’s longest running bassist announced on Tuesday, September 20, that he is indeed stepping out.  In the video released earlier last week, Williams is cited saying, “It’s time [...]

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The Return Of The Vinyl

Vince Magas - 3B Management

Hello once again! We are back with Hit Replay, featuring the sweetest comebacks in the world of trends. This term we bring you a whole list of curiosities that have re-graced living rooms, shelves, and kitchens alike. Let’s hit that replay button for all of yesterday’s wonders that are trending again today! The digital revolution! [...]

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Discover Broadway—Once is Never Enough

Tiffany Chang - 1T Chemical

Tiffany here (on co-op), and I’m pumped to continue exploring the Great White Way’s sights and sounds with you! This time, we will be exploring Broadway’s unconventional face—quiet, intimate, tear-jerking. Need another hint? This musical also took away eight Tony Awards in 2012, including—but not limited to—“Best Musical”, “Best Direction of a Musical”, and “Best [...]

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TIFF

Leander Rodrigues - 1A Nano

Since 1976 there has been an event held annually in Toronto attracting movie buffs, self-appointed critics, and film geeks like me to the city in hopes to see something incredible before anyone else. For the past few weeks the 11-day Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was running, complete with workshops, screenings, features, shorts, and much [...]

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Sugar, Ulcer Treatments, Coal Tar, and All That Tastes Sweet

Meagan Cardno - 4A Nano

It’s no secret that the majority of the population enjoys their fair share of sweet treats (that is, of course, unless you have a geographic tongue or something of the like, that which inhibits your ability to taste sweetness or other flavours). However, that sweet flavour comes with its own not-so-sweet baggage. Sweet flavours usually [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: The Three R’s

Anika Roller - 1A Environmental

Reduce, reuse, recycle. That is the motto we learned in our younger days. What was drilled in us in elementary school, what we sub-consciously act on on an everyday basis. But has anybody questioned it? The idea of reduce is, in fact, key for bettering the environment as it leads to a decrease in the [...]

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A Short History of Medication in the West: Antidepressants

Will Klanac - 2A Mechatronics

Let’s take a trip back to the 1950’s. We’re in New York sitting in front of two chemists who think they’ve synthesized a new drug to treat Tuberculosis. They’re not wrong, but what they’ve found is also a wellspring that will fuel pharmacological developments beyond the turn of the century. In 1952, Herbert Fox and [...]

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What Happens in the QNC?

Leander Rodrigues - 1A Nano

You’ve probably been eyeing that fancy new Quantum Nano Centre building beside the SLC since its grand opening back in September of 2012, but have you ever wondered what kind of mad science goes on inside? Most students have only seen part of what the place has to offer. It’s not just about the lecture [...]

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Falcon 9: The Accident and the Rocket

Cameron Soltys - 3B Mechanical

On September 1, 2016, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, two days before launch. The accident killed none, but destroyed the estimated $62 million rocket and its $195 million payload. The event, unsurprisingly, made international headlines and continues to be discussed in scientific and space-themed media outlets, even [...]

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On my Mind—Psychological Wonders of the Brain

Tiffany Chang - 1T

Our minds are our most powerful weapons and our most feared enemy. Psychology and neuroscience are both rapidly-developing fields that are finally beginning to help us understand our body’s most complex organ, but we still have a long way to go. In the meantime, we’ll be exploring some interesting and, hopefully, insightful phenomena of our [...]

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Perseverance and Sleep: Getting through first year unscathed

Josh Li - 2A Mechanical

Hello incoming first year students!! My name is Josh and, as a survivor of first year and writer for the Iron Warrior, I’m taking the opportunity to start a column helping you deal with this gigantic gap in lifestyle and academics between high school and first year. (A gap which is only getting wider.) With [...]

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Five Things They Should Put in the Next Thor Movie

Caitlin McLaren - 4A Chemical

Hi everyone, and welcome to the new season of Things You Don’t Want To Know! All hope abandon, ye who enter here. This issue, I’ll abandon my usual pattern of gross and horrible things done all round the world, and focus on Norse Mythology. We’ve all seen the sleek, sexy Marvel version of Thor, Loki, [...]

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Crude Yet Mildly Effective Philosophical Dialogue

Nick Yang - 1A Math

“Could God Make a Rock so Heavy that Even He couldn’t Lift it?” This question (or some similar variation of it) has puzzled philosophers since antiquity. Dubbed the “omnipotence paradox”, it asks if an all-powerful being could nullify its own power. Today it’s used by atheist trolls to “disprove” God. Strawman aside, the question is [...]

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