Terror Mars the End of Muslim Holy Month

Raeesa Ashique - 2N Electrical
Posted on: July 4, 2016

IS, the so-called Islamic State, has been increasing their attacks to the point where it is difficult to keep track of who has been most bombed most recently, with four attacks targeting Muslim countries at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. These are brutal and despicable acts, but understanding just how despicable they [...]

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President Hamdullahpur Appointed for Second Term

Leah Kristufek - Chemical Engineering 2016

The University of Waterloo has established itself as a center for innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and diversity. It is therefore fitting that Feridun Hamdullahpur has been re-appointed as the President and Vice-chancellor to serve for a second term. Like many of the students who come to Waterloo seeking a dynamic education, Hamdullahpur is constantly working to [...]

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FARC and Columbian Government Agree to Ceasefire

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

52 years is a long time. In 1964, for instance, the Toronto Maple Leafs had just won their second-to-last Stanley Cup Championship. On a much different note, the country of Colombia had just been plunged into a conflict that lasted until just a few short weeks ago. Peace talks have been happening since the fall [...]

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Brexit: It’s Happening… Sometime Soon

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

The votes have been cast, and British citizens have elected to leave the European Union by the narrowest of margins. The overall result was 52% for “Leave” and 48% for “Remain”. England and Wales leaned in the “Leave” direction, while Scotland and Northern Ireland preferred to remain. The results of the referendum, which was an [...]

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Elie Wiesel: A Tribute to the Man Who Remembered the Forgotten

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

There was a period in high school when all it seemed we talked about was the Holocaust. What made this term in school so hard to bear was that all of it was true, not one thing covered was fiction; that was truly what someone—the same age as us—had experienced. We’d move from history where [...]

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War Games of the 21st Century

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

Artificial Intelligence was elevated to another level this month, as an ace fighter pilot was defeated in a simulator by an AI pilot. This comes only a few months after AlphaGo, a Google developed computer program, defeated the reigning human champion at Go, the world’s most complex game. Artificial intelligence is a terrific and frightening [...]

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Fire in London, Ontario, Destroys Businesses

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

The Canada Day fireworks in London, Ontario were dampened by another type of fire. Eighteen businesses were damaged or destroyed in a fire at 1700 Hyde Park road, a strip mall in the city’s West End. The fire started behind Porcino’s Italian restaurant, and was discovered by an employee at around 6:30 pm on Thursday. [...]

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Canada Pension Plan to be Reformed; Mandatory Payments Increased

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

The Canada Pension Plan, or CPP, is going to increase mandatory payments in eight provinces this year.  As a young person who has almost certainly not even out one jot of thought into retirement, you may be asking how this could possibly affect you. Here’s the thing: scary as it is, we should all be [...]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

Gabrielle Klemt - 1B Geological

Last week, the US Supreme Court struck down a new Texan law restricting access to abortions for people in the state. You may have heard something about this because it is the biggest win for abortion rights fighters since Planned Parenthood vs. Casey in 1992. Yes, that’s right, since 1992 the States have really only [...]

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PCP Against: Should Countries with an Appointed Senate Abolish it in Favour of an Entirely Elected Government?

Raeesa Ashique - 2N Electrical

Many people believe that the current model under which the Senate operates is not working. Some call for an elected instead of an appointed Senate, some call for reform, and some call for abolishment altogether. Granted, there is some corruption, but reform is a much better solution than abolishment. The Canadian Parliament is based on [...]

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The Movie I’ve Been Waiting For My Whole Life

Donovan Maudsley - 3A Mechanical

I liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I really, really liked the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Cut, which was director Zach Snyder’s original cut of the film. In order to decrease the three hour run time to a more reasonable two-and-a-half hours for theatrical release, studio executives cut out parts of [...]

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In Defense of the Human Engineer

Tiffany Chang - 1B Chemical

It’s a day like any other day: I’m scrolling through my Facebook timeline to see if anything interesting has happened in the world. Brexit, an analysis of Game of Thrones in The Economist…the usual. One story, however, catches my attention. A sweet 91-year-old woman gave her Muslim doctor some crocheted stuffed animals she made, to [...]

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PCP For: Should Countries with an Appointed Senate Abolish it in Favour of an Entirely Elected Government?

Ratan Varghese - 1B Electrical

Unelected “upper houses”, such as the Canadian Senate, are archaic and undemocratic institutions that should be abolished. A Senate whose members are appointed by the Prime Minister or Governor General makes the legislative process more costly and less nimble, strengthens long-established parties at the expense of newer parties and independent politicians, and worst of all [...]

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VP Internal: Good News Everyone!

Teresa Lumini - VP Internal

Hey everyone! We have some very exciting events coming up in the next two weeks. First, it’s time to get your fancy on, with Semi Formal coming up this Friday! The Tool will be making an appearance and there will be snacks, dancing and a cash bar. Then, next week, you get to see the [...]

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VP External: Sharing is Caring

Kieran Broekhoven - VP External

Busy times, busy times. The last couple weeks in my portfolio have mostly been leading up to this past weekend! Like every year, EngSoc was involved in Toronto’s Pride Parade and UWaterloo’s Canada Day. Sadly, that marks the last of the significant parts of my portfolio. In the summer, once those two and WEC are [...]

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VP Finance: Things Tu Be Thankful For

Don Tu - VP Finance

If you have any fourth-year friends, you may be led to believe that they are all under a contractual obligation to constantly remind everyone around them of how old they feel. However, as my 3A term rapidly comes to a close, I think I get it. By the time you’re in fourth year, you’ve been [...]

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VP Education: 10 Meetings AttendED

Anson Chen - VP Education

Hi everyone! As promised last issue, I’m back with real VP Education updates from meetings that have now all happened at once. Please bear with me because there are a lot of updates! PD Last month, I sent an open letter to WatPD expressing student concerns, and EngSoc B’s approval of a department professor’s idea [...]

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President: Update Time!

Hannah Gautreau - President

Hello Everyone! I hope your long weekend treated you well! Things have been quite slow over the past couple of weeks with most of my time being spent preparing for our Joint Annual General Meeting and transitioning the new executive. So we will have another short and sweet update this term! Joint Annual General Meeting [...]

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Electronic Course Critiques

Gordon Stubley, Katie Arnold, Megan Town - Associate Dean Teaching, Course Critiques Directors

Last fall, Waterloo Engineering ran a small‐scale trial of a campus‐built online course evaluation platform called Evaluate (https://evaluate.uwaterloo.ca). Those of you who were a part of courses included in the fall trial helped us—a lot!—by participating at the high levels we’re used to in Engineering. So thank you! Your strong participation in the trial meant [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Euro 2016: The End is Near…

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnlogy

The 2016 Euro Cup has been as exciting a tournament as ever! Football fans across the world have been watching, and it’s been a treat so far, full of the expected… and the unexpected. The semifinals are to be played this week, ahead of Sunday’s final. Here’s a look at what’s to come, and what [...]

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Editorial: The Ethics of Placebos

Bryan Mailloux - Editor-in-Chief

Hello dear readers! I hope you all had a fantastic Canada Day weekend! Like most people who are fortunate to live in this great country, I always have a good time celebrating Canada Day. As a country that didn’t gain its independence through fire and blood, it takes a little bit more imagination to find [...]

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Five Things You Didn’t Want to Know: Canada Day

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Happy Canada Day, readers! I’m sure you  are all happy to be in Glorious Mother Canada, wrestling moose, eating beaver tails, and downing Timmies left and right. Surely, you say, Canada is a modern and sensible country. Surely, there is nothing left that you don’t want to know. Of course, regular readers will know that [...]

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