Engineering Exchange Experiences

Tristan Kuehn - 3B Systems Design
Posted on: February 18, 2017

This is part two of a three-part series on my experiences as part of an engineering exchange in Germany. I’m currently just starting my exam period, so I plan on using this space to reflect on what life was like once I was settled in. Up to February, the experience of being in classes in [...]

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Waterloo Student Startup: Epoch App Makes it Easier to Help Refugees

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

Yes, it’s official! There truly is an app for everything. Apps for travel, for socializing, anything you can imagine – and coming soon, and app for helping refugees. A team of Waterloo students, Lisa Tran, Scott Forsyth, and siblings Jade and Keith Choy won the Waterloo division of the 2017 Hult Prize with their startup [...]

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Executive Order 13769: All the Twists and Turns

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

One week after taking office as President of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven different countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya,  Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering the United States for any reason for the next 90 days. Refugees from all countries were banned from entering for [...]

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Trudeau’s Broken Promise

Aaron Propp - 1B Electrical

Justin Trudeau recently declared that he was abandoning his promise to push through electoral reform before the next federal election. This comes despite the repeated promise that 2015 would be the last election held under first-past-the-post, reiterated as prime minister in a speech from the throne. While this might come as a shock to some [...]

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Brexit Part 2

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

You may recall the furor raised over the summer over the great Brexit debate: to leave the EU or to stay? It was one of David Cameron’s campaign promises to have the referendum for the country to decide if they wanted to stick with Europe or forge their own path. Unfortunately for David Cameron, he [...]

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Quebec Mosque Shooting

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

Every once in a while, events happen that can’t be ignored, events that break through the campus bubble we live in at university. The shooting of peaceful worshippers on January 29 at a mosque in Quebec City is one such event. It’s the kind of shocking, unsettling thing that makes you ask, “Here in Canada? [...]

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2016 was Officially Warmest Year on Record…Again

Caitlin McLaren -

According to NASA, 2016 was once again the warmest year since people began measuring temperatures, more than a hundred and thirty years ago. This makes the third straight year of record-setting global high temperatures; in fact, 16 of the hottest 17 years on record have occurred since the year 2000. In the first half of [...]

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Chinese-Canadian billionaire reportedly adducted from Hong Kong to mainland China by Chinese authorities

Qianshu Wang - 2B Nanotechnology

Xiao Jianhua, a 46-year old Chinese-Canadian citizen and one of the richest billionaires in China with ties to top Beijing leaders, was reportedly abducted from the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong where he had been staying near the end of January  by Chinese public security agents and brought back to the mainland for as [...]

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Counterpoint: It Is Unfair to Penalize An Entire Team for Cheating of Individual

Raeesa Ashique - 2T Electrical

In a perfect world, everyone plays by the rules. No one takes performance enhancing drugs, no one gains access to another team’s playbook, no one deflates footballs before the AFC Championship game. But in a world which tempts athletes with incentives such as money and fame, as well as nationalism which motivates athletes to bring [...]

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Organ Donors

Alexa Grittani - 3B Mechanical

There is a disconnect in Ontario and Canada between the laws governing organ donation and the actual practice. Even if the deceased person has consented to donating their organs, the family can step in and veto this decision. In Ontario, when someone dies suddenly, making their organs viable for donation, there is a lot that [...]

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PCP For – Should Teams Pay Consequences for Individuals

Hasan Ahmed -

A little while ago, Jamaica was stripped of a gold medal in the 100 m from the 2008 Olympics, due to one of the members of the 100 meter relay team, Nesta Carter, testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (methylhexanamine, to be specific). Long story short, this drug seems to give an adrenaline boost to [...]

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EngSoc Events Part 3

Donovan Maudsley - 3B Mechanical

Hey all welcome back to the column where I write about events that I went to and you probably didn’t, hence you reading this article. I wish I could say I was writing this from the warmth of a hot sunny beach in Punta, but sadly I had to stay in the great white north [...]

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Engineering Student Deals: Getting more bang for your Engineering Society Buck

Katie Arnold - VPOF

Have you ever wondered “what does my Engineering Society do for me?” Perhaps you’ve had the thought, “what do I get out of my $15.90 Engineering Society fee?” On the whole, your Engineering Society fee gives you access to many services provided by the Engineering Society. These services include, but are not limited to, academic resources such [...]

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What’s Council anyway?: The Chronicles of Council (no Aslan, sorry)

Rachel Malevich - Prez

WE MADE IT! Maybe? For those of you done midterms, congratulations! I hope you all had a great “reading” week. We’re halfway through the term now, and lots of initiatives have been rolling out by the Executive. On the Council side of things, we had two jam-packed meetings! From FEDS, to WaterlooWorks mandates, and committee [...]

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VP Communications: Social Media Surveys and Prizes!

Melissa Buckley - VP Communications

Hello there reader! We’ve made it to Reading Week, congratulations to us all!!  I’ll be working on some of my executive initiatives over the break and also going skiing. I used to be an every-weekend skier, and then I came to Waterloo and gave up on ever going outside. I think this will be a [...]

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PD ‘Wat’ are you doing?: WatPD, WaterlooWorks, and the importance of student feedback

Andrew McBurney - VP Academic

Hope everyone had a great time with midterms! To those still in midterm mode – I feel your struggle (I still have midterms too). Without further ado, I’m going to dive right into this week’s topic. The importance of giving feedback and making your voice heard Apathy is a prevalent issue in today’s society, especially [...]

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A READING WEAK READING WEEK: Events and books and booked events

Chelsea VanderMeer - VP Student Life

Hej til mine intelligente venner! (Y’all can probably guess what this means, but it’s in Danish, by the way.) What’s coming up soon that you should come to? MARCH 2ND – LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOP! (4:30pm…check facebook for details. There will be baked goods) MARCH 3RD – BOWLING! (5:30pm, meet on campus and bus) MARCH 4TH [...]

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Super Bowl Recap

Donovan Maudsley - 3B Mechanical

What makes a truly great football game? Most would say explosive plays, edge-of-your-seat excitement, a comeback attempt, and sudden death overtime. Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons had literally all of these. I’m going to walk through the action and then break it down. Not much happened in the [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Ibaka: A Much Needed Upgrade

Elizabeth Salsberg - 4B Nanotechnology

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri brought power forward Serge Ibaka to the Raptors this week at a critical time for the team. The Raptors have won only 5 of their last 16 games, a dismal record thus far in 2017. They have slid from second in the conference down to fourth, with the formerly razor [...]

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Editorial: I Like Music

Donovan Maudsley - Editor-In-Chief

Well here we are, having successfully navigated the stress filled mine field that is midterms. I hope you were able to get out unscathed. Some of my classmates and I were talking about examinations over our Hell Week though and we realized something kind of funny. Other than Chem 102 in first year, which is [...]

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5 Special Holidays

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

Since this is Reading Week, we have a holiday! Yay! It isn’t a very traditional holiday, but all holidays are fun. Plus, that’s maybe for the best. Traditional holidays can get weird sometimes. For example, one city in Ireland has the “Puck Fair,” where they honour a random goat for three days and drink till [...]

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