Colombian People Reject Peace Agreement in Shocking Vote

Raeesa Ashique - 2B Electrical
Posted on: October 9, 2016

In a shocking result akin to the Brexit vote, the Colombian people rejected the peace accord which would have ended half a century of war in a referendum on Sunday, October 2. The peace accord was a deal negotiated between President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC (the Marxist rebel group) leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, better [...]

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Montreal Pitbull Ban Suspended

Cecile He -

The close bond between people and pets can be traced all the way back to the stone age, and it’s no secret that dogs were one of the first domesticated animals to be kept as such. In fact, “man’s best friend” was the title that many like to toss around for their little companions. This [...]

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New Playboy Issue is First to Feature a Muslim

Tahreem Farooqi - 1A Planning

The new issue of Playboy features a fully-clothed woman wearing a hijab, and is the first issue to do so. Playboy featured her in the 2016 Renegades, a list of men and woman whom they would consider to change the business and media industries. The model’s name is Noor Tagouri – she is a journalist for Newsy, and [...]

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Russia Withdraws From Nuclear Agreement

Caitlin McLaren - 4A Chemical

Russia withdrew from a sixteen-year nuclear cooperation agreement in early October, with President Vladimir Putin citing a “radically changed environment” in Russian-American relations. This is only the latest part in a series of increased tensions between America and Russia, who have been butting heads over the war in Syria. Recently, a fragile ceasefire negotiated between [...]

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Scalper Bots

Donovan Maudsley - 3N Mechanical

Anyone who’s been to a concert, sporting event, or even a theatre performance in recent memory will have run into the scourge of the internet: scalper bots. Scalping organizations use programs to bypass the maximum ticket buying limits that venues set on their websites. Once the organizations acquire as many tickets as they can, they [...]

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“Pepe the Frog” Meme Deemed Hate Symbol

Tahreem Farooqi - 1A Planning

The popular meme “Pepe the Frog” (also known as “Sad Frog”) was deemed a hate symbol according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Anti-Defamation League focuses on stopping anti-Semitism in the United States, as well as reducing any sort of bigotry and protecting the civil rights of others. This list contains symbols that have been infamous [...]

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Hurricane Matthew Strikes Haiti, Cuba, Florida

Sumaita Karim - 1A Nano

On October 7, 2016, Hurricane Matthew’s powerful winds and torrential rain left over one million people without power and four dead in Florida. This tropical cyclone has lashed the coast with 185 mph winds, prompting widespread evacuations. In preparation for this monstrous storm, 3500 National Guard troops were deployed for assistance and more than 1.5 million [...]

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Congress overrules Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill

Hira Rahman - 1A Nano

Congress recently overturned President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), allowing family members of people killed in terrorist attacks funded by foreign governments to sue said governments. The bill essentially permits courts to wave claims of foreign sovereign immunity if an act of terrorism occurs in the US. While the [...]

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Three-Person Baby Causes Controversy

Cameron Soltys -

American doctors led by Dr. John Zhang have performed a new type of mitochondrial donation to make a human child using three sets of DNA. The technique holds promise for helping families that suffer from a variety of diseases known as “genetic mitochondrial diseases”. However, the event has also drawn intense criticism for skirting US [...]

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The 2016 WPIRG Referendum Results

Hasan Ahmed - 1A Nano

Over the last few weeks, posters were slathered all around campus encouraging students to vote in the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) referendum. The issue of WPIRG’s actions and stances arose when people began questioning WPIRG’s use of the money that it received automatically from students each academic term. For example, accounting records showed [...]

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Audio of Trump’s Lewd Comments Leaked

Alex Lee - 4A Nano

Last week a tape surfaced from 2005 which features Trump making extremely sexist and sexual remarks towards women, and boasting about groping a married woman and wanting to have sex with her. Ugh. Ew. Bleugh. The November presidential election is coming up in the United States, as I’m sure everyone knows, and this tape certainly [...]

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Philipines President Causes Controversy

Gabrielle Klemt - 1T Environmental

You think Trump is bad? Well, he is, but at least (for now) he isn’t the most powerful man in the most powerful country in the world (arguably). As of this minute, Trump has not been elected to the Oval Office and his shenanigans, while often rude, racist, and vulgar, at least don’t speak for [...]

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Vikings Lead NFL

Donovan Maudsley - 3N Mechanical

If you asked me six weeks ago who the last undefeated team in the NFL would be, there was no way I would say the Minnesota Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater’s season had just ended, and even though running back Adrian Peterson looked good, there was no guarantee he wasn’t going to hit the wall. I was [...]

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BROSKIIIIIIIEEEES

Tristan Kuehn, Donovan Maudsley - Third Year Systems, 3N Mechanical

SYKE! We didn’t think that Tristan would be able to do another article before leaving for Deutschland, but we were wrong! A quick trip to the LCBO and we were back in business for one more issue. Now, our normal plan of action is to taste three different brews from Ontario, but Tristan doesn’t have [...]

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The Saga of WPIRG

Marty McFly - 3A Time Travel

Waterloo has around 30 600 Undergraduate students. The first few weeks of every term are hectic times, but are also the only time that you can opt out of some student fees. A lot of those have to be done in person. This seems ridiculous to me; I barely know what classes I’m taking in [...]

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Speaking of Stupid Walls

Cameron Soltys - 3B Mechanical

By my memory, it has been about a year since the metal fence on the outside of Ring Road went up. I’m sure you’ve seen it; it stretches from CPH to DC, with the occasional gap and corresponding crosswalk to let people cross the road. When the fence went up, I complained to my friends [...]

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PCP: Against

Cameron Soltys -

Countries all over the world have a diversity of laws and legal systems, yet there can be a large amount of similarity between these structures. For instance, a cursory look at Wikipedia shows that there are dozens of counties with drunk driving laws, most of the form “illegal above a certain limit.” There are also [...]

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What Do Donald Trump and Balloons Have in Common?

Alex Pezzutto - 1A Nano

With this article, I’d like to take another swing at what has probably been the most dead-beaten horse that has ever existed — Donald J. Trump. His latest stunt? Admitting to not paying federal tax on national TV.  He purportedly claimed a $916 million net operating loss in the 1990s, which exempted him from paying [...]

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PCP: For

Nick Yang - 1A Math

To begin, let us define what “Ethically Good” is. It is action with respect to certain principles, be they divine, unknowable, or some principle that is a property of the physical world as existence is to matter. To collect all views from every perspective of what is good is far beyond my capabilities and word [...]

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Something Not IN my Usual Style

Sarbajoy Majumdar - VP Internal

Hey everybody, this is your friendly neighbourhood Sarb here again and here is another dose of my updates. Unlike past updates, this one will be a bit more personal and less about events and and services under me. However, it won’t be a sob story (I promise). Successful Events So Far First off, Laser Tag [...]

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VP Education

Jeff Gulbronson - VP Education

Hello everyone, hopefully the term is going well for all of you. PD Faculty Meeting First up, I’ll be talking about a PD meeting between the Faculty and students that happened earlier in the term. It was a great opportunity for students to express their views on questions such as: What are the top three [...]

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I Like Money!

Abdullah Bakarat - VP Finance

Hello Engineering Students! A new issue of the Iron Warrior means new updates on all things money related from Abdullah-Dolla-Bills! Novelties So this term, Novelties got a wide variety of new items in stock including shirts, hoodies, patches, and much more of what we already offered. Some potential ideas we are looking into pursuing are [...]

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Opportunities

Will Wilmot - VP External

So if you were at the second EngSoc meeting, you heard most of this already. That being said, here is a bit more information about each of the things I talked about. Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) The Conference on Diversity in Engineering will be taking place from November 18-20 in Montreal, hosted by [...]

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A Message from the President

Adelle Vickery - President

Hello again Waterloo Engineering! Not a whole lot has happened since the last article, but I’m going to update you on what has happened, as well as a few things that wouldn’t fit in my last article! Elections First off, the Presidential race is over. Congratulations to Abdullah Barakat on being elected for EngSoc ‘A’ [...]

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A Message From the President-Elect

Abdullah Bakarat -

Hey everyone! I’m so excited that I get to say this: my name is Abdullah Barakat and I am the incoming A-Society President! I am very humbled by the opportunity and I look forward to working with my new Executive team to bring forward my vision for the Society. One of my main goals is [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Birdwatch! Bring on the Tribe [or the Sox]! Jays Sweep Rival Texas Rangers in ALDS

Elizabeth Salsberg - 4A Nanotechnology

On Sunday, October 9th, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 in a ten-inning thriller, taking the best-of-five American League Division Series (ALDS) in three straight games. The big bats finally broke out after a torrid September and a nail-biting, extra-innings wild card victory over division rival Baltimore Orioles just last Tuesday at [...]

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Vikings Lead NFL

Donovan Maudsley - 3N Mechanical

If you asked me six weeks ago who the last undefeated team in the NFL would be, there was no way I would say the Minnesota Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater’s season had just ended, and even though running back Adrian Peterson looked good, there was no guarantee he wasn’t going to hit the wall. I was [...]

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Check Your Principles

Caitlin McLaren - 4A Chemical

Thanks to all the writers and copy editors who are making this paper happen over a holiday weekend! Thanksgiving is an unusual holiday in that it is secular: while most holidays have a religious background, Thanksgiving, with its roots in a harvest festival, can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their religious beliefs. We all [...]

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Behaving Like Animals

Caitlin McLaren - 4A Chemical

Humans have always had a complex relationship with animals. On the one hand, animals like dogs and horses have usually been considered our friends, while on the other hand, most cultures have used animals for food, and even if they didn’t, they generally used beasts of burden. Animals also had various symbolism attached to them, [...]

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