CEC 2019 – A Success on All Fronts

Gabrielle Klemt - 3B Geological
Posted on: March 13, 2019

Four score and seven weeks ago (or something to that effect), Waterloo Engineering, with Steven Jia at the wheel, won the bid for the 2019 Canadian Engineering Competitions. Shortly thereafter competition leads were hired and the planning, over a full year before the event, began. Weekly meetings, group meet-ups from across North America and sometimes […]

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Waterloo Housing Woes – A Guide to Off-Campus Housing

Alina Pavel - 2T Nanotechnology

Put plainly, searching for off-campus student housing sucks. Finding a place that suits all your needs, is clean, and within your budget is possible, but often times you have to lower your expectations or increase your budget to find good accommodation. Personally, student housing has caused me much frustration over the three years I’ve been […]

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SNC Lavalin in a Nutshell

Kirsten Ehlers - 1B Biomedical

The biggest scandal in Ottawa right now is the SNC Lavalin controversy. In January, it was revealed that now-former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, was allegedly pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office to intercede on the prosecution of SNC Lavalin. SNC Lavalin is a Quebec-based engineering and construction firm with several allegations of corruption […]

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One Rocket Launch, One Giant Leap for Spaceflight

Akanksha Joshi - 1B Biomedical

At 2:49 am on Saturday, March 2, Space X launched their Crew Dragon rocket capable of seating up to seven astronauts towards the International Space Station in what marked a historic first step towards commercial human spaceflight. Ever since humans launched the first man beyond the barrier separating our planet from the rest of the […]

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It’s not Easy being Green: What’s Up with the Green Party these Days

Kirsten Ehlers - 1B Biomedical

Jagmeet Singh recently won the Burnaby-South byelection. The Conservatives and NDP are condemning the Liberal SNC Lavalin scandal. In other political news: the Green Party, is the most ethical. Last week, A Nanos Research survey concluded that Canadians feel that Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was the most ethical federal party leader. The CTV news […]

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The Momo Challenge: An Urban Legend or Fake News?

Ratan Varghese - 3A Computer

The Momo Challenge was an urban legend. To use more contemporary slang, it was fake news. It seems quite unlikely that any children actually watched a video featuring a wide-eyed, grinning sculpture and decided to harm themselves. Two charities in the UK, the Samaritans and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have dismissed the […]

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Data Centers Consume Vast Amounts of Energy

David Jimenez - 1B Chemical

When people tend to navigate social media and websites, significant quantities of user information needs to be uploaded and preserved. Data centers are divided into several potential computers mostly known as servers which are dispersed along the virtual media; their main function is to gather and administer the data received from external users. The servers […]

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Actor Luke Perry Passes Away at Age 52

Mridu Walia - Mechanical

Luke Perry, who played the part of Fred Andrews (Archie Andrews’ dad) on the popular teen drama TV series Riverdale, has tragically passed away (at the age of 52) on Monday, March 4, 2019. Luke became really famous in the ’90s after he played the role of Dylan McKay on the iconic 1990’s TV show […]

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Possible Cure for HIV

Saatvik Walia - 3B Computer

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as HIV, is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). AIDS attacks a person’s immune system, interfering with its ability to fight the virus and thereby establishing potentially life-threatening condition. HIV is a sexually transmitted infection and can spread by contact with virus infected fluids of an HIV positive […]

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Let’s Talk About Eating Disorders

Mridu Walia - Mechanical

Hi everyone! Hope you all have been doing well, taking care of your health, both mental and physical, and looking out for the people around you. On a side note, Happy International Women’s day. Just wanted to take a moment to tell you, you are beautiful, unique and strong and I hope you all celebrated […]

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That’s What They Say: That’s How They’ve Always Done It

Gabrielle Klemt - 3B Geological

How often in your every day life do you hear the phrase “That’s what they say” and accept it as a valid reason for almost anything under the sun? I myself am guilty of using that phrase daily to justify a belief, solidify a point, or sway someone’s argument. I think people tend to fall […]

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The Secrets of the Female Body

Samridhi Sharma - 3B Chemical

“I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell those skinny bitches, ‘Hey’.” Do the lyrics ring a bell? It’s none other than our favourite, Meghan Trainer, singing about how being skinny makes you a bitch. Now here is the deal, I am all about empowerment! Hell, bodies are beautiful in all shapes and forms and […]

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PCP – (Counterpoint) Parental Permission Should be Required for Vaccination

Kirsten Ehlers - 1B Biomedical

Let’s start with a story. Sally’s friend Sami went home sick from class one day. He was sick with measles. Sally heard there was a shot so she wouldn’t get it. Sally’s mom said no. There were too many toxins in those vaccines. Sally wakes up the next morning with a fever. She is eight […]

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(Ra)Tan Lines: Ologies Podcast

Ratan Varghese - 3A Computer

“[Sea turtles] actually have a groove that the semen comes down through.” “It’s a groovy dick.” That is a quote from the “Ologies” podcast with Alie Ward: a salacious and informative look into various different fields of study. The premise is simple: each episode, Ward interviews someone engaged in a different “ology” and gets them to spill the […]

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PCP – (Point) Parental Permission Should be Required for Vaccination

Akanksha Joshi - 1B Biomedical

The society we live in today revolves around the idea of individualism and self-determination. As we get older, we drift closer and closer to independence and freedom. This drift is driven by the sudden ability to make decisions by ourselves without asking for help from our parents. The question, however, is “at what point are […]

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It’s Time to Switch Gears

Grant Mitchell - VP Communications

Hey everyone, just one last conference update before I finish up my term. This one is the last one I promise! Last weekend the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) came to Waterloo and was it ever a blast. This year Waterloo teams took home Second in Senior Design and Third in Innovative Design.  All sorts of […]

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Why YOU Should Run for EngSoc VP Academic: Aren’t By-Elections fun?

Benjamin Beelen - VP Academic

Congratulations to Ellen McGee, who will be succeeding Katie as president. If you’re keeping an eye on the EngSoc election news, you’ll notice we are currently running the vice presidential election! Something you may notice about this election, is that there are 5 positions up for election, VP finance, VP student life, VP communications, VP […]

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March Events are the Best Events!

Ashley Clark - VP Student Life

March is the month of big events here in the Engineering Society! Coming up this month we have two events that are very close to my heart, EngPlay and Semi-Formal. The first of these, our Engineering Play (or EngPlay for short) will be happening on March 14 and 15. The play is being held in […]

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Don’t Fear Failure; You Can Do This!

Samridhi Sharma - 3B Chemical

Can you believe how fast the term is flying by? Wasn’t it New Year’s Day like a second ago? In this crazy fast paced environment, I want to talk to you all about taking care of yourselves. Usually, I like to pick a topic and go with it, but as the past few weeks have […]

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