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Friday, November 27,1998 The Newspaper of the University of Waterloo Engineering Society

"Any Swing Goes"

Semi-Formal Directors
n SalUrday, November 7, the
Univer. ity Club hosted the Fall
1998 EngSoc Semi-formal. It was
an evening full of socializing, food, bal -
loons and swing music. The evening all
began with a basic swing lesson given by
the UW Swing Club prez (and fellow engi-
neer) Tim Burns and his partner Emi ly.
The dance floor wa full of anxious engi-
neers who were eager to learn how to
swing dance. There was hardly any room
left for anyone to pa by without having
to run' into someone else. Tim showed
some of the basic steps to swing dancing,
and then the next thing you know everyone
was swing dancing. It's definitely some-
thing you don't see every night. After that
it was time to dance the night away to
music provided by DJ Al (with his amaz-
ing hair). Of course the evening would not
be complete without a visit from the
TOOL. As usual, the entrance of the
TOOL hyped up the crowd and people
were making way for the TOOL and its
earers w i e chanting along the edges ot
the dance floor. It is too bad that the night
had to end so soon for so many of us were
having such a great time.
Photo ' from the semi-formal are cur-
rently on display in the showcase and they
can be purchased for $0.50 each or 3 for
$1 from the Orifice.
Finally, the semi-formal would never
have been po si ble without the help of the
following people. Thanks so much your
help and support
June Lowe (Faculty sponsor)
Al (OJ)
Swinging with Style: TIm Burns and partner, Emily swinging their way about the room.
Tim and Emily (Lessons)
Chris (photographer)
Jessica Lee, Heather Arbuckle, Austin
Hou (Decorating and Clean-up Crew)
plOto courtesy of: Shirley Sail Digo
Bayne U., Ken S., Mike N., Ron C.
(Ticket Selling Crew)
Keep on swingin'.
PEO Representative Lays out the Law
Bridging the Gap
an Eng, from the Professional
Engineers Ontario (PEa) Discipline
and Complaints Commitee, gave a pre-
sentation at UW on November 10 that out-
lined the role and functions of the
commitee within the PEO. The PEa now
has 62,000 members who are regulated
under the Profes ional Engineers Act.
Regulation 941 is what gives the PEa th e
right to exist as a elf-regulating profe -
sion and pre cribes the rules which guide
the organization.
The discipline and complaints commi-
tee deal with any breach, or uspected
breach of profe siona] conduct which is
reported to the PEa. In general, a breach
of professional conduct is any act which
may cause the public harm. The commitee
receive about forty cases per year for
review. The most
sources of complaints
Professional Engineers
affected citizens and busi
partners and contractors.
About half of these resu
in some action being
against the PEa mem
This is generally in the
of an interview and a letter
advice to the engineer.
The [Lrst stage of
inquiry into any miscon
is handled by the comp
. Th t Looking Innocent: VPX Greg Fyke (left) strives /0 mailltain
commltee. IS comml ee . , .
'd' f aJlmnocenr air after fan Eng S (right), P. Eng lecture on the
assesses the v 1 Ity 0 a com- ...
PEO Dlsclpll/le Board photo by: Andrew Halely
plaint. In the event that the
complaints commitee finds sufficient evi- lished in the PEa Dimensions magazine,
dence to infer professional misconduct, the and are commonly known as the blue
engineer is referred to the di cipline com- pages.
mitee. To date, there have been three The PEa will be returning in March
members referred to discipline this year. to present admission requirements and
The di cipline commitee hearings are pub- general information about the organization
Volume 22 Issue 16
Coffee House
A Soc President of the
Chemical Engineering Societ)
very term I am con tantly amazed
by the hidden talent of the people
around me. this term wa no
exception. I am speaking, of course, of
the Chemical Engineering Coffee Hou e
that was held this past Friday, November
13th, in the Multi-Purpose Room of the
Student Life Centre.
For tho e of you who have never
been to a Coffee House, it is a gathering
of ludent and professors (tho e who do
manage to make it out, that i ) in a room
with coffee, snacks, chairs, a microphone,
and nothing better to do. Magically, the
night is filled with entertainment, laugh-
ter and chatter, as one by one. people
gather enough courage to get up on stage
and do their thing, whatever it may be.
This term, I was co-MC for the night,
and had people rolling on the ground with
my hilariou joke-telling abilities in
between sets. (And if you believe that,
obviously you've never heard me make a
joke before. Let's just say I'm glad no
one brought over-ripened fruit with
them.) But enough about me, we had a
full list of acts lined up for the night and
there was no shortage of fun.
We had a mix of everything: singing,
comedy, dancing, and musical instrument
playing - sometimes even in combination.
I am having difficulty choosing highlights
from which to write about, so I'll just
have to name everyone who performed.
(Disclaimer: I am a horrible speller and if
spell-check can't catch it, then your name
could potentially be pelled wrong, and I
apologise in advance.)
The list of performers was as follow
(see "sub title .. !', page 2)
In This Issue ...
News and Information . ........... 2-4
The Way We Were .... . ............. 3
Science and Technology ............ 5
Arts ......................... 6-7
Off the Beaten Track .............. 7
The Big Picture .................. 8
Take a Zhance ................... 9
Ketchup . ....... . ............... 9
Executive Reports .............. 10-11
"Verily, when the day of judgement comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done." - Thomas a Kempis
2 News & Information The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998
Motivational Typing
y last issue as editor, and I never
got to write one of the emphatic
pieces of trash that I usually
pass off as editorial. I had every intention
of ripping into the short sighted views of
the health and safety commitee with
regards to the inline skates. Instead, I just
hope they'll launch a similar inquiry into
the peril s of walking, using chairs, stairs
and the utensil s in the cafeterias.
Since r only left mysel f a wee bit of
room, I have to thank the people who
made the sleepless nights and excess hours
in thi s chair worthwhil e.To everyone
who's name, writing, artwork, face or
elbow graced the paper thi s term, thanks
for making my weekends vi sually and lex-
UW Events
UW News Bureau
Friday, November 27
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Buy Nothing Day, a full -day of non-
consumerism co-ordinated by the
Propaganda Watch Action Group,
Waterloo Public Interest Research Group.
Student Life Centre. Contact: WPIRG,
4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fine arts open house and mlOi ature
sale to aid departmental programs and pur-
chase equipment for student use. East
Campus Hall. Continues Saturday, I p.m.
to 5 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Sl. Jerome's Centre for Catholic
Experience Lecture: "Heretic Blood: The
Many Loves of Thomas Merton," with
author Michael Higgins. Location:
Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome' s University.
Contact: Dave Augustyn, 884-8110, ext.
Saturday, November 28
8 p.m.
Rejoice! Chri stmas Clas ics for Brass
and Choir," University Choir concert with
the University of Guelph choir. Location:
St. John Lutheran Church, 22 Willow St. ,
Waterloo. Presented by Conrad Grebel
College music department.
The Professional Engineers of
Ontario Student Membership
he Profe sional Engineers of
Ontario (PEO) have recently agreed
to a student membe.rship as was
requested by many Engi neering students
across On12rio. Originall y, only li censed
engineers were members as their member-
ship and li cenship went hand in hand; as
an Engineer became licensed in Ontario,
they became a member of PBO. PEO has
since added the E.I.T. or Engineer in
Training membership so that engineers
who have graduated from University but
who have not yet completed their required
number of experience years can still bc
members and receive news and informa-
tion regarding the profession.
In response to a large student request
for a membership for engineering stu-
dents, PEO has agreed to include students
in the membership. This entitles students
to become a member for a small fee (under
10 dollars), and receive information in the
form of newsletters, and chapter meetings.
This information will keep students aware
of what' s happening in the professional
workpl ace, with other engi neers, with
other tudents, and business.
The newsletter produced by PEO is
ca lled Engineering Dimen ions, and i
released bi -monthly, and is a many-paged
fu ll color magazine. It has been suggested
that there would be a new section added to
Dimensions that would pertain e pecially
to students. The content would come from
Engineering students around the province
(like you).
As PEO has a very large membership,
it has been divided up into chapters based
on geographical location. The member-
ship would entitl e students to attend these
chapter meetings. These meetings open
up many opportunities to students, such as
making contacts, voicing and hearing con-
cerns and sugge tions. The chai r of the
chapter repre ents the ideas of the chapter
to the PEO board. And immediately the
student has formed a link to the organiza-
tion of the profession that will be theirs in
the years to come.
icographicaJly compelling. I have been
consi tently impressed at the quality of
your thoughts, and skill with a pen and
keyboard (and your periodic ability to use
a spell-checker) .
I hope you have a good holiday, and
since I'm staying here to finish up fourth
year, best of luck to everyone who' s going
to work.
The HiTech
Exchange 99
University ofWater)oo Business Club
Tuesday February 9,1999 12:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday February 10, 1999 12:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location: Davis Centre outside the
Other Details:
The job fair is expected to attract over
700 students to participate in the event.
There will be 22 companies in all, includ-
ing: IBMl HP, ATI, Motorola, Scotiabank,
Royal Bank, CIBC/PERC, RIM,
Hummingbird, LEITCH, CISCO,
Andersen Consulting, Texas Instruments /
GO-DSP, Mitel, DMR, Castek Software
Factory, and NCR.
Students will be, able to meet face to
face with Human Resources, and hiring
managers from companies. Companies
will be set up in booths, and students can
browse those companies which interest
Additionally there will be free food
and beverages, and a draw for prizes.
About The Business Club:
The University of Waterloo Business
Club is dedicated to helping bridge the
gap between students and employers
through campus events such as info-ses-
sions. Last year, The Business Club
launched an extremely successful info-
session for IBM, CISCO Systems and
ManuLife Financial that attracted over
120 students (undergraduate and graduate)
to each of them. Following this break-
through success, the Business Club is
launching a Hi-Tech Career Fair for the
benefits of both companies and students.
Coffee House continued ...
(continued/rom page 1)
(not necessarily in order): Wil "88
Fingers" Patterson, Naomi "Stylin' "
Wong, Brian "Golden Pipes" Sulley,
General "Yes, I'm in Systems, but I like
chem-engers" Leung and Andrew "Me,
too." Keats. Anne "I'm in lA and I've got
spunk!" Metzger, Bashar "Neato! I like
coffee house." Mutlak, Stephanie "Doo-
wop" Ho, and Kenny "No. I never starred
in South Park, so don't ask." Szeto, Amy "I
have a thing for twisted poetry." Gohn, Dr.
"Jammin' Mario" Ionnidis, Dave "Fluids
Boy" Dobney, AI "Just call me AI."
Cannistraro and Ron "Matching Socks"
Choi, Matt "I've got friends in math."
Bourque and his 2 mathie friends. Greg
"Sure. I can wait through another act."
Fyke, Andrew "Why does she keep forget-
ting my name?" Johnson, Leah "Saxxy"
Nacua, Laura "Purple argile socks are
hip." Edwards, Acapeleng, Bryan "Do you
have anymore of these little cookie things?
They're just delish!" Helfenbaum, Ian "No
equipment trouble, 'round here." Matthew
and Mandy "I've got rhythm." Smith, Kris
"Get on up!" Boemher and Vince "Poison
revival - Saskatchewan style" Thomas.
Dave ''I'm just ichin' to play." Tutt,
Stephanie "Watch out Jewel , 'cause here I
come!" Thompson. Clement "I was born
with a sax in my mouth, and boy did it
hurt." Lee, and last but not least, John the
cello guy.
They were all phenomenal and coffee
house, was yet again, a success because of
them. And there are STILL people left to
thank ... all the people who came out early
to help set up, and to those who stayed
behind to clean up, thank-you - team work
always works best. Thanks to Ryan Penty
and Tommy Li for getting the food.
Bryan, Ian, Benoit Joubert and Wit for
looking after the equipment, Genevieve
leBlanc and Wil for watching the door,
and of course everybody who came out to
watch. It wouldn't have been as much fun
if we were just performing for each other ..

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Jasen Higgins
Raymond Ho
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Pierre Menard
Ian Tien
Zhan Huan Zhou
Andersen Consulting
Alan Cannistraro
Mark Cesana
Milton Chan
Jim Fox
reg Fyke
Kichael Kane
Vivien Kwok
Matthew Longland
Jennifer Lugtigheid
Jenn Motuz
Anne Metzger
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Mike Nevill
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Micah Potechin
Shirley San Diego
Kenny Szeto
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The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998
News & Information 3
f you're not a regular
reader, let me begin by
saying, the question i
"What's your favourite type
of man/woman?" Now, go
read the last article 0 you
know what the hell I'm talk-
ing about. This will be my
last ANNALS and it's not
without much remorse that I
say farewell to it and to A
Soc. But we mu t be trong because like
life, hi tory marche forward. That is,
unless you're talking about the ANNALS
because around here, we do things back
as ward.
The year was 1980, Bill Lennox, Civil
Engineering Chairman, had long since aid
goodbye to his full head of hair but his
beard wasn't yet white (that most certainly
happened during his stint as Dean of
Engi neering). His hair, afterall, had no
need to turn colour, "Civil will be in con-
siderable demand" said Lennox. In a
shocking move, the US Corp of Engineer
resorted to a nation-wide advertising cam-
paign to attract more people into that
branch of engineering. Salary competition
wa frantic and there was a 2: 1 ratio for
civil jobs to civil students at UW.
Another frantic cause for concern was
radiation. Members of the campus safety
department carried out tests to see if there
wa increased radiation in the vicinity of
the video display terminal on campus.
Users of the IBM (Impossibly Big
Machine) 433 1 were concerned about haz-
ards much more frightening than carpal
tunnel syndrome. The tests came up nega-
iv, ut 1 1 wa. t ra ia ion a 0
Bill's hair 10 s, we're all in deep trouble.
The highlight of engineering week
1977 was a mass moon of a pa sing
parade. This is one that can't be written
off to alcoholic excesses sinee there was
no beer permitted along the parade route.
Perhaps it had something to do with bad
mayonnaise ... the health inspector visited
the C&D that summer and found numer-
ous violations including not refrigerating
the subs. But while the C&D was too
warm, the TOOL was just as cool as ever.
1978 marked the TOOL's 10th birthday
and it celebrated with a set of locks and
brand new hardened steel chain.
1976 was a year of very scant
Engineering Society minute , no doubt
due to improper use of ditto fluid. One
issue that was kicked around on campus
that year was making the FEDS fee option-
ANNALS - The Wonder Years
The Way
We Were ...
by'li Higgins
al. Thi.
i ue wa.
rai ed a. a
re. ult of
, . orne finan-
cial irregu-
laritie. with
the student
new paper.
There was also a general entiment of poor
repre entation of student's view. by the
FEDS. Eventually, the Chevron died tak-
ing the conflict with it.
Concern regarding donut quality,
quantity and
between Andre\\ and hi . e:\.e uti"e reo ult-
ed in some e'\ecuti\'e resignations. And,
yes, that is the vcr) arne Andre\\ Telegdi
that is the Liheral MP for Waterloo
Thc north 'fil lights haw . een strang'
sighb but the strang'st the) ever did face
wcre the engineers who. at the strokc of
two. go-karts on Columbia Lake th 'y did
race. Thi . wasll't the onl strange race
that winter, the engineering relay onsisl-
ing of kis. nowshoe . . foot and toboggan
wa. also a popular event. Naturally, there
wa the required beer chugging at every
interval but the true test of skill was the
open beer each racer catTied to the next
the size of ---------------
checkpoint. There was a
registration fee for the event,
but when you're paying
$0.55 a beer, how can you
pos ibly go wrong?
coffee cups,
however, gal-
vani sed stu-
dent for
Supplier trou-
bles and on-
fuelled the
H enquiring after the
MathTie, which was
allegedly in Eng. Soc. 's
possession. The tie and its
whereabouts, however, was
a mystery to all."
Thc Welcome Back
Stag (WBS) from the wimer
of 1972 got more attcntion
than it bargained for. The
univcrsity olicilors Smyth,
Mank & Smyth wrotc in a
coffee wars of 1975. This and the comple-
tion of the Engineering Auto Club's new
garage near the Brubacher House whipped
students and staff al ike into a frenzy. If
they reali sed that the next 5 years would be
spent trying to decide who would fix all
the broken stuff, maybe Lhey wouldn' t
have been so excited.
A 1974 letter from Rodney
statement "it is an offence
for person in charge of a "theatre" or it
agents "to allow to be presented ... therein
an immoral, indecent or obscene perfor-
mance, entertainment or presentation"."
Whether or not the WBS was the
cause, the very existence of the
Engineering Society was catJed into ques-
tion later. that year. 980 questionnaires
were handed out
ou Iy retum d. A scalding letter wa. sent
by B oc. criticising U of T for their
ah.' 'nee at our boat races and sub equent
cancelling of their huttermilk chall enge.
In October of 1971, Eng. Soc.
f("ceived a leiter from We. tern announcing
the opening of a new engineering building.
ot to miss u good inauguration, a bunch
of Eng. Soc. folks. including a certain
ridgid TOOL, went to the ceremony extra
early. Thc e\'cnt was a great succe s, giv-
ing lots of cxposure to our e. teemed
\\T'neh. That Yl.:ar's Homecoming also
exposed some more ridgid enginuity when
a float consisting of 750 beer cases was
planned for the annual parade.
Unfortunately, the Labat! Balloon couldn't
make it. but the company did send its
regrets and promised to send many inter-
e. ling attractions to "tantalise our engi-
neer ".
May 26, 1970 a letter was received by
Paul Spafford, Eng. Soc. Pres. from Tim
Hicks of the Aardvark A. ociates inquiring
after the Math Tie, which was allegedly in
Eng. Soc.' s possession. The tie and its
whereabouts, however. were a mystery to
all . Concemed over their loss, Paul did
send a letter back offering to help locate
the Tie before the begi nning of the foll ow-
ing term. Such compassion and under-
standing on the part of the Engineering
Society. Peace and harmony were on the
way out, however. The Age of Aquarius
wa. in it twilight and the cold hard rcali -
ty of things like instruction
started that fal l.
Clutterbuck a city engineer from Eliot
Lake, Ontario requested a visit from a UW
naotic am. atron 0 t e arts in io
Lake were anxious to view the fine art that
is boat racing. Rightly so, things were
taken a bit more seriously back then. Two
days of qualifying rounds werc held at the
CC in anti cipation of the intra-provincial
boat races to which all Ontario engineers
were invited. The times were less than
remarkable (Waterloo team: 17.38,
Tugboat, U of T: 38.16) but a good time
was had by all, especially at the dance
asking what ser- "Waterloo ... a lonely build-
vices Eng. Soc.
Waterloo has
come a long way in its
OLher competitive events included the
Math Soc. vs. Eng. Soc. tug or war.
NaturalIy, this event resulted in an engi-
neering victory, and being gracious win-
ners, Eng. Soc. presented the mathies with
a "not greater than" symbol as a new mas-
cot. Other altercations on campus
involved Andrew Telegdi, then president
of FEDS. It seems poor communication
journey rom a one y --.. """'-... S oud provi -
ing. 218 surveys
were returned with
a variety of
pas re ...
building in the middle
of a cow pasture to.
well, a hunch of build-
re"'po1lSes . An cx,lI11pl\.' or mOIl' hdplul
responses was having a perillalleill pllb on
campus, a wille puh or maybe a cotlce
house where people can just rehlx. Mme
perverted desires induded a Waterloo dial -
a-crotch system, porno h,lIaars <Illtltuming
AL into a "hig orgy housc". Eng. Soc.
wasn' t the only student society in trouble
that year. The Arts Society was (kclarcd
defunct and their budget lurned ovcr to the
The boat racing trophy was kidnapped
by U of T in the fa ll of '72. In order to get
it back, a team of 5 brave souls were chal
lenged to go down to U of T and boat race
buttermilk in under 14 seconds. In the
end, however, the trophy was unceremoni-
111 's still Ubjl'lll'd 10 1'<11111 odmll whl'1l till'
\\llId II, rwltt But rHllll'tlll'll'ss, il' .. thl'
pcople that haw made thh lilsttllltiol\
pOlllP alll'lId allli prm III!' thaI
Watello() !'tiidualC., aa' .. orll\.' of tIll'
world's hl'st ellgilleer.. . l' lIppi1lp hill:"
through 11ll' pages, Oil\.' learn:. 10 appredatc
tIle righls and wrongs btlt mostly the hard
work and enjoyment expc l ienced hy pH.,t
Eng. Soc. members. Looking at the s()ci
ety and how it is today, nO quest ion
why il continue!'> to thrive. 'r he strl: nglh of
past years continues 10 educate and in ...pire
thoi'!e here today.
Motion to AdjoUOl.
The Sandford Fleming Foundation
Waterloo Campus Activity
(519) 888-4008 4306 Carl Pollock Hall, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
Congratulations to the following winners of the
1998 Teaching AssistantshIp Excellence Awarde
Chris Flam.::m - CiVil Engineering
Bil l Bishop. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Orla Hegarty. Management Sciences
Alex Parlour. Mechanical Engineering
Students. please note that you are able to nominate your T A for this award. Nomination forms have been
sent to your Class Rep and the nomination deadline for thIS term is November 2'th. Please consider
recognizing your Outstandinq rAin this way.
Funcing'or th ... awarda COf1'* from engineering 8tuctent and dependa on them for continuation.
An organization devoted to the of engineering educdon.
4 News & Information The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998
14 Not Forgotten Directors
hy such violence in a society
that considers itself civilized
and compassionate?" This is a
question that surfaces every year on
December 6.
Canadians recognize December 6, the
anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, as a
day of remembrance and action on vio-
lence against women. We mark this sad
anniversary by remembering the 14
women who were killed.
"It was around 5: 1 0 p.m. on
Wednesday December 6th, 1989 when
Marc Lepine walked through one of the
engineering entrances at the University of
Montreal's Ecole. He was dressed in blue
jeans, work boots, a dark jacket and a
peaked cap. He carried a green garbage
bag holding two 30-clip magazines and a
rifle. He headed directly for the third floor,
where he encountered his first victim in
the corridor 15m from the office of the
school's finance director. Lepine shot and
killed Maryse Laganiere, 25, a recently
married finance department employee.
From that point, Lepine made his way
along the third floor to Room 303, "You're
all a bunch of feminists, and I hate femi-
nists," Lepine shouted at the suddenly ter-
rified occupants of Room 303. Lepine
sent the male students out and opened fire,
killing six of the ten women who
remained. Then, Lepine went down to the
first floor. Firing at diving, ducking stu-
dents, he entered the .cafeteria, where he
killed Edward and two of her classmates.
Still on the hunt, Lepine climbed back up
to the third floor, where he strode into
Room 3 I I. Students, unaware of the
unfolding tragedy, were delivering end-of-
semester oral presentations. "At first,
nobody did anything," recalled Eric
Forget, 2 1. Then, the gunman opened fire,
sending two professors and 26 students
scrambling for cover beneath their desks.
"We were trapped like rats," said Forget.
"He was shooting all over the place."
Other eyewitnesses said that Lepine leaped
3-0n-3 Basketball Tournament
Athletics Director
t was the final tournament of the engi-
neering society term. This was to be
the last chance for classes to prove
their physical aptitude rather than their
mental one. However, few classes decided
that this was necessary. Four teams fought
for bragging rights and in thi s tournament,
there was a great possibility that you come
away with a prize. The teams were, 2000
Com-E's, Mechscalibcr, OaSys, and
During the round robin, each team
played against all the others. There were
several blowouts, there were several close
games, and then there was Jack trying to
make shots from anywhere he could see
the shimmer of the ring. He di.dn't make
many of them though. Mostly just heck-
At the end of the round robin,
Juventus (2000 Com-E's class) and OaSys
were at the top of the pack; SyDeFx and
Mechscalibcr in the middle. We took a
break and then into the elimination rounds.
Mechscaliber, finding that they were
way too tired and still a bit under the
effects of the alcohol from the night
before, pulled out to go home and nurse
their wounds. So OaSys and SyDeFx
fought it out to see who would play
Juventus in the finals. OaSys defeated
their younger counterparts 11-2, 11-4.
In the final there was some good clean
basketball fun. Lots of fouls, plenty of
aggresive play and some good shooting by
both teams. After taking the first game 11-
6, Juventus was destroyed in the second
game 0-11 only acheiving 2 shots the
game. It came down to a final game.
This game was the most exciting, most
roul filled, most missed opponunity game
of the tournament. OaSys finally pulled
out on top 14-12 over Juventus, after
exchanging single baskets and wrist slaps
for 45 minutes.
On behalf of the Athletics Directors,
Craig Turner and I, we would like to thank
everyone who participated in the tourna-
ments this term.
Having had no extreme injuries this
term (first time in a long time) it will be
touch to decide who to give the "Timothy
J. Buick, Take it For the Team award to".
This award is given to the person who
played the hardest and got hurt the most
during the term.
Good luck and I hope to see you all
out next term.
Concrete Toboggan Race 1999
4A Engineering
he GNCTR (Great Northern
Concrete Toboggan Race) is being
held in Waterloo in February of
1999 and the hosting committee needs vol-
unteers. We're looking for volunteers
from all disciplines, not just civil. The
competItion runs from Wednesday,
February 3 to Sunday, February 7 and we
need volunteers throughout the 5 days. On
the Thursday we're running a mini-
olympics and Saturday is race day so we
need lots of volunteers for those days.
So, check out the website
r99) to lea(Jl more about GNCTR and the
volunteer positions that are available. If
you are interested in helping out at any-
time during the event, send me an email
( with the
day and amount of time you would like to
volunteer for. Hope to see you there!
onto several desks and shot at women cow-
ering beneath them. A total of 27 people
were shot, leaving 14 of them dead.
Finally, he turned his weapon against him-
self, blowing off the top of his skull. Most
of the injured and all of the dead except for
the gunman himself were women.
(Maclean's, December 18, 1989)
The dead: Genevieve Bergeron, 21:
Helene Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie
Edward, 21; Maud Haviemick, 29;
Barbara Maria J5,:lucznik, 31; Maryse
Leclair, 23; Annie St-Arneault, 23;
Michele Richard, 21; Maryse Laganiere,
25; Anne-Marie Lemay, 22; Sonia
Pelletier, 28; Annie Turcotte, 21.
On Friday December the 4, 1998, the
Womyn's centre together with the
Engineering Society will be holding a
memorial service in Siegfried Hall (St
Jerome's College) at 4:30 p.m. The candle
light ceremony will last approximately 1
hour. Discussion groups will take place
following the service. See Orifice for dis-
cussion group topics and locations.
The Rose Button is worn around this
time of year to remember the 14 young
women who were killed and to raise pub-
lic awareness about the issue of violence in
our society. Proceeds from the buttons
will go to support local shelters for victims
of violence and to programs working to
stop violence against women. We urge all
students and faculty to assist the KW shel-
ters by wearing a Rose Button. The but-
tons are available in the OrifLce. A
donation of I dollar would be greatly
During the week of December 1 there
will be a di splay at the SLC recognizing
violence in society. On December 4 there
will be a display in CPH foyer, where 14
candles will burn all day.
If anybody wishes to help out with the
memorial service andlor discussion groups
please contact Jennifer Lugtigheid, email:
The New Environmental
Engineering Society
4A Environmental Engineering
Poinsettias anyone? You may have
noticed us selling our wares outside poets or
in the orifice. The
his is a com- "What is an poinsettias we are sell-
mon question ing come in 3 different
posed to Environmental colours, pink, red and
En vir 0 n me n t a I Engineer?" white and are a great
Engineers alike, after gift for mom, dad or
all there are two dif- --------------- just for you. All pro-
rerent kinds here at the University of ceeds go to the promotion of Environmental
Waterloo, the Civil and the Chemical. How Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
often does this question come up; in inter- We are also looking for a Logo to rep-
views, when talking with fellow students, resent our society. All submissions should
when taking with family, pretty much by be placed in our mailbox in the orifice. The
anyone, anywhere. The problem is that winne.r will receive a gift certificate from
many of us Environmental Engineers can't HMV and the honour of having their logo
answer the question. Well this is about to all over the place. (By the time this article
change thanks to the Environmental is printed we will hopefully have a logo and
Engineering Society. finished our poinsettia sale).
The main goal of this newly formed Lastly we will be having a speaker on
society is to promote Environmental Wednesday Dec. 2 at I 1:30am in EI (OWE
Engineering Awareness so one day we for those in first year) 2517. The topic will
won't have to answer the question "What is be environmental engineering related and
an Environmental Engineer?". This is being anyone is welcome to attend.
done through brochures explaining the dif- If you have any questions or would like
ferences between Environmental Chemical to get involved with the society contact
and Civil Engineering and their associated Stacey or Niki at uw_env_eng_soc@hot-
departments, the Eng Soc Frontrunners pro- Or come on out to one of our
gram, participation in SAC and the list goes meetings Wednesdays 11 :30 in El 2517
on. The secondary goal of the society is to (elections for summer positions will be held
be involved with the accreditation of the Wed. November 25).
Environment. So what are we doing now?
A Game for You
2A Computer Engineering

Engineering is develop-
mg a computer game.
Something new. Something
cool. Something so cool and so new, no
one knows what's going on!
Well, no one really knows what's
going on anyway. We had our first meeting
yesterday. We've got fifteen developers,
zero plans, zero goals, and zero game
concepts. Though in a few days this pro-
ject will be up and running and all will be
Most likely. the final product will be
geared towards high schoolers considering
a career in engineering at the University of
Waterloo. Game concepts have ranged
from pong to an action adventure game
featuring the UW Tool Bearers. Of course,
nothing's final right now.
Inconveniently, the IW deadline is
tonight, so I'm writing this article with no
useful information, other than the fact that
there are people out there who want to
make a game. We're looking for develop-
ers, artists, audio wizards, code demons,
and just about anyone else who'd like to
help out. Croon in; the doors are wide
open. For more information, write to:
The Iron Warrior, Friday, ovember 27, 1998 Science & Technology 5
1997 Andersen Consulting
All rights reserved.
The MP (3) ire strikes reck
The rise of MP3 could help breathe new
life into the torpid music industry
Have you ever bought a tape or CD
because you liked one or two songs you
heard from it, only to find out that they
were the only songs worth listening to?
That probably happens more often than
we would like to admit, but a revolution
that is stealthily sweeping through the $12
billion music industry could put an end to
this plight. The increasing digitization of
music will help to usher in the future as
envisioned by MIT Media Lab guru
Nicholas Negroponte: a future in which
music will exist not as physical atoms, but
as strings of digitized bits that can be cus-
tomized based on the consumer's prefer-
ences, rather than the producer's. (For a
detailed overview of the digital distribu-
tion of music, follow this DocLink
(Document link not converted) to the
September issue of Viscera: The Journal
of Technology Prognostication .)
The main catalyst driving this revolu-
tion is a new compression technology
tandard called Moving Pictures Expert
Group (MPEG)-l Audio Layer 3, more
popularly known as MP3. This technique
allows audio files to be compressed to III 2
of their original size without any signifi-
cant degradation of their near-CD quality
sound. A typical five minute track on a CD
would ordinarily take up about 50MB of
disk pace: the arne track can be com-
pressed to just 4.5MB using the MP3 for-
mat. As a result, you can now download in
minutes what would have previously have
taken up to four hours.
While MP3 is acknowledged by many
consumers and digital music aficionados
as the most effective audio compression
system, it is not the first to be made avail-
able on the Internet. A host of vendors
have been attempting to position their own
proprietary technologies for com pre sing,
streaming, and downloading audio via the
Internet as the de facto standard for digital
music distribution. The market leader is
RealNetworks 's (
RealPlayer, which recently licensed Intel's
compression technology to boost quality
while reducing the program's reliance on
computing power drawn from the a PC's
microprocessor. Liquid Audio
( a startup
formed by former record industry execu-
tives, uses Dolby-based AC-3 compression
in its player, though it is looking to incor-
porate the next generation of MPEG tech-
nology, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) ,
in future versions. And last November,
AT&T launched an Internet jukebox ser-
vice called A2B Music
( which uses a
proprietary compression scheme based on
AAC that reduces excess noise and
enhances stereo performance.
MP = music portability
One ofthe key characteristics that has
buoyed MP3 is its portability. Consumers
can listen to MP3 tracks both on a com-
puter and on a new generation of
Walkman-Iike digital devices. On the PC
side, the leading MP3 player is Win amp, a
shareware program from NuUsoft
( Another player
that is rapidly gaining popularity is the
MusicMatch Jukebox (
match. com), which allows users to both
play and create MP3 files. Even todgy
old Microsoft's Window Media Player
supports MP3 files . Additional MP3 play-
er for Macinto h, Linux, BeOS, UNIX,
OS/2, and Solaris areavailable at
hllp://www. mp3. com, a one- top hop for
MP3 resources and news.
Several portable devices for playing
MP3 file have also hit the market in the
past year. In April, Korean electronic
manufacturer Saehan Information Sy terns
introduced the MPMan
( a small device
that connects to a PC via a small cradle
(the same way a personal digital assi lant
(PDA) does) and allows users to store and
play up to 64MB of MP3 -the equivalent
of a 75-minute CD. Diamond Multimedia
Systems (
released a similar device, called the Rio
PMP300, which sells for $100 less. In
response, Saehan will ship two new ver-
sions of the MPMan this faU: a flash
memory device with voice recording capa-
bility and a PDA-style address book; and a
device with a 2.5-inch hard disk that holds
between 360MB and 2GB of information.
And in December, Naiam
( will release the
CD-MP, a $300 portable disc player that
plays MP3-based CD-R discs that can
Slore up to 640 minutes of music.
Put a quarter in the jukebox
There are a number of ways to obtain
MP3 files. The most popular source of
MP3s are the hundreds of archive sites set
up on the Internet by rabid music enthusi-
asts (often college student.). While the
majority of the tracks contained in these
archives are recorded by small , often
unheard-of independent artists (such as
Hand Caught in Toaster or the ever- popu-
lar Alien Fa hion Show), there are some
sites that contain bootleg (illicit) tracks
and even whole albums from mainstream
artists. One sight po ted a full version of
the band Pearl Jam's most recent album,
"Yield," two months before its official
release date. Because of the questionable
legality of these sites, many of them have
gone underground- briefly emerging from
the Ether, only to disappear again without
a trace.
The other way to obtain MP3 audio
files is to make them yourself. In order to
do so, you need the following: 1) a CD
"ripper" tool for moving tracks from an
audio CD to your computer's hard disk,
and 2) an MP3 encoder for converting the
ripped tracks into MP3 format.
MusicMatch's Jukebox is an all-in-one
package that simplifies the task for even
the staunchest technophobe. Other promi-
nent combination packages include a
shareware program called CD Copy and
Xing Technologies's AudioCatalyst
MP = musi.c piracy
Although MP3s are instrumental in
bringing music to the masses (the masses
who own PCs, anyway), they also open the
door to pirates. Piracy is a problem that has
always accompanied new multimedia
technologies: as soon as new preventative
measures are introduced to safeguard
copyrighted material, equally-powerful
countermeasures are released, moving the
whole industry back to square one.
Consumers have always copied their
favorite songs and albums onto cassette
tape without doing crious damage to the
big record companies. But the ability of
con umers 10 create ct copies of
music (u ing MP3 technology) and to eas-
ily di tribute that music via the Internet is
forcing record companie to ree amine
their copyright enforcement policies. The
Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA) e timates that mu ic
pirate currentl account for almo t $300
million in 10 t record ale in the US and
$2 billion worldwide-a figure that i sure
to increa e a MP3s become increasingly
popular with mainstream consumer.
To combat piracy, the RlAA targeted
an anti-MP3 campaign at univer, ity cam-
puses across the US. Thi "education cam-
paign" was then extended to Internet
ervice providers ISPs), and the RIAA
eventually issued hundreds of "cease-and-
desist" letters to pirate MP3 Web masters.
While most sites were quickly dismantled,
others remained active a the pirate
thumbed their noses at the RIAA. This
prompted the association to send a
stronger anti-MP3 message by seeking
temporary restraining orders, preliminary
injunctions, and financial penaltie again t
unrepentant pirates.
In a highly-publicized lawsuit last
month, the RIAA took Diamond
Multimedia Systems to court to stop the
shipment of it Rio PMP300 portable MP3
player. The RlAA argued the Rio violates
the US Audi o Home Recording Act
(AHRA) of J992, which requires digital
recording devices (such as digital audio
tape (DAT) and MiniDisc recorders) to
encode a Serial Copy Managemenl Systcm
(SCM ) to prevent user), from making
multiple copies of a given recording.
Because the Rio docs not include a SC'MS,
the RIAA argued that th' device would
fo Ler piracy of copyrighted music and
would deny arlists and the music industry
the royaltie to which they are el1litled.
Diamond countered that the Rio should
not be cla sifted as a recorder because it
si mply plays back music already stored on
a PC's hard drive.
The US federal district court judge
over. eeing the case ruled that the Rio is
likely to be classified as a digital audio
recording device under the terms of the
AHRA (and thus be made to pay royalties
to recording artists and record labels) . But
the court refused to grant the RJAA a pre-
liminary injunction blocking sale of the
RIO, arguing Ihat its existence in the mar-
ketplace (with or without SCMS technolo-
gy) will have no discernible effect on
educing the proliferation of pirated materi-
als on the Internet.
A note on the future of music
The Rio case marks a clear turning
point for both the MP3 industry and the
music industry as a whole. While the rul-
ing does certify MP3 as a legitimate for-
mat for distributing music over the
Internet, it will also force MP3 technology
vendors to take a more active role in work-
ing to ensure that their products are not
used largely for music piracy. Four days
after the judge's ruling, Diamond
Multimedia Systems, GoodNoise,, MusicMatch, and Xing
Technology banded together to form the
MP3 Association. This trade group will
focus on three main goats: promoting
MP3 technology as the standard for the
digital distribution of music, educating
onsumers about MP3 and it legal use,
and opening new creative avenues for
mu icians and developers.
The emergen e of MP3 as the de facto
standard for the digital distribution of
music repre. ents a significant opportunity
to revive the nagging music industry. By
supplementing their existing distribution
network wilh a fortified online presence,
record companies may be able to reclaim
some of the high margin that are paid to
relailer. likewise, the ease with which
MP3 file are produced and distributed
over the Internet can help to level the play-
ing field for independent artists and labels
by giving them an inexpen ive distribution
channel for their work. In theory, this
could lead to the demise of the album and
the rise of customizable soundtracks,
which would, in tum, lead to increa ed
customer satisfaction and sales. And after
all , there is no music as sweet as the "ca-
ching" of the ca h register.
By Joshua A. Lewis
High phone rates lead German Web
users to boycott
Thousands of Internet u ers and hun-
dreds of Web site operators in Germany
protested Deutsche Telekom's high
Internet access and telephone rates by
staging a boycott of the telecom early this
month. The boycott had little financial
impact on the company, but organizers say
it di d focus ublic attention on what they
. believe fo be Deutsche Telekom's unfair
pricing structure. Analy ts ay frequent
Internet users in Germany can expect to
pa $100 or mnfl' in monthly Ickphonr
hi (':()1I1parl'd 10 l1al nllt'S or npplOx
inlaId $2) lor local -tvice and $20 for
net access in till' US.
Tclckol1l il plans 10 Clit rates for
hoth Intern 'I lIlId Iclcphon' usag .. though
the company diu nol wh ther th'
new pricing slrm:ture was a respnnse to
prolest. AnalYSIS SHY the German protest
illustrates (I growing Ir -nd in Hurorc:
Spanish Inll'rnet lIsers recently staged u
boycott against Tclcfonicu, Spain's prima-
ry telccom provider, and users ill several
other countries are considering simi lar
Based on "'nternet users ill Germany
protest high phone rates," by Edmund
Andrews, The New York Times, 02
November 1998, p. C4.
Hewlett-Packard forms committee to
develop new version of Java
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
(hlJp:// Microsoft
(hltp:/ and 12 other
companies have formed a committee to
develop a new version of the Java pro-
gramming language for non-computer
electronic devices. An HP representative
said the committee, called the Real-Time
Java Working Group, will work to prevent
anyone company-most notably Java
owner Sun Microsystema
(hltp://www.sun.coml)-from achieving
dominance over the Java platform for
embedded microprocessor systems. HP
organized the committee after months of
unsuccessful negotiations with Sun over
Java software standards and licensing fees.
HP is trying to garner support for Chai, its
own version of Java, which was designed
for use in devices such as cel1 phones and
printers. Sun plans to continue developing
(see uTo the Point Continued. .. II, p. 12)
The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998
Happy Holidays
elves special.
Sketching Contest
ness eng nee ng ngs campus
photo for a free coffee and donut (small prize yes, but the sketching is supposed to be
the fun part). Submissions should be made to the Iron Warrior mailbox in the Orifice
by December 2nd. Please include your email address. Entries will be posted.
The Chemical Engineers
(To the tune of 'The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics)
Every Generation
Comes to Waterloo
From Fro h to Graduation
Honouring the TOOL
J came to earn my hard hat,
That now I hold so dear
And I respected EDCOM,
Or maybe it was fear
1 just wi h I could have told them
I'm an engineer
I'm a co-op tudent
Employment would be well
But second rounds now keeps me
Down in Needless Hell
I know I'm not a Mathie
That would make no sense
Solving Fermat's Theorem
Makes me really tense
Let' go and steal their pink ties
And hang them on a fence
<the ties- not the Mathies!>
Say it loud, say it clear
We are Waterloo chern. engineers
We came from far and from near
Now we know how to brew a good beer
I have Rico Soares
For chern 102
I just failed his midterm
And I don't know what I'll do
I know I' m not an Artsy
My schedule really reeks
Only fourteen hours of classes
Makes up their whole week
But you just wait, ' cause at the end
Their job prospects are bleak
Say it loud, say it clear
We are Waterloo chern. engineers
We came from far and from near
Now we know how to brew a good beer
Sitting in the WEEF Lab
Drawing a flow chart
Hey look at thjs, Mario
It's a work of art
I came to earn my hard hat,
That now I hold so dear
And I respected ED COM,
Or maybe it was fear
I just wish I could have told them
I'm an engjneer
Say it loud, say it clear
We are Waterloo chern. engineers
We came from far and from near
Now we know how to brew a good beer
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Off the Beaten lracks
Title: All Di sco Dance Must End in
Broken Bones
Artist: Whale
emember "Hobo Humpin Siobo
Babe" from 1994? Well this is dif-
ferent. But it is the same band.
This CD has some great songs on it, and
itls worth owning as long as you know
how to program your CD player to skip a
few songs. I donit know what songs youf))
hate, but there are bound to be some just
Title: Up
Artist: REM
like it. REM has either been signifi-
cantly affected by the departure of
their drummer, Bill Berry, or theyire
afraid of being on the same racks as
Michael Bolton and Kenny G. They have
said that they saw this album as an oppor-
tunity to experiment. and that! definitely
what they did.
Theyive slowed things back down to
because of how different the song are
from each other.
Some of their songs could be com-
pared to the Cardigans, but thi s band
would fit much better in a dark bar; the
kind of tile bar that has couche. They
have the same sort of innocent voice
singing about not-so-innocent topics, but it
is far less dominant than with the
Cardigans and far more difficult to under-
stand. If you want a ample, look around
on the internet. Full length songs and
videos are easy to find for this band.
the speed of Automatic for the People.
The big difference with thi CD is the
strangeness of the songs. Theyfre not
going to make people leave a room, but
they all seem to have something different
happening. At one point, I was sure I
heard the rhythm track from one of those
battery powered keyboards.
REM always gives lots to listen to
closely and think about. "Lotu " has lyrics
for an English major to interpret, and, for
the first time, you can read the lyrics in the
liner notes. "Hope" is, in some way, a ver-
sion of Leonard Cohenfs "Suzanne". The
lyrics arenfl even close to identical, but the
Off the Beaten. Tracks is written by Darren Jenkins, 4A Electrical Engineering.
connection is noticeable. In any case, they
must be good, or else they wouldnft be get-
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Far and Away
3B Computer Engineering
o, you've found a job. Only this
time you're a little bit further away
from home than normal. 1n fact,
you're looking at a number of days to drive
there or you've opted to take to the air-
ways. You'll need to find a place to stay,
but really ... checking out the place before-
hand is really impractical.
I'm going to relay a bit of a tory
about one of my personal experiences and
identify some things to look out for. I real -
ize that this information might have been a
bit more useful to people earli er on in the
term but I've been a bit busy.
I spent my last work term in sunny
San Jose, California. Faced with the
dilemma of finding a house or living on
the streets 1 turned to my employer for
some help. I was hoping to find an
employee with a bit of extra space that a
foreign student might be able to temporar-
ily call home. I thought that 1 would be
able to trust an employee of the same com-
pany I had decided to work for. E-mails
started to come my way. Not really that
many, and none that were all that promis-
Lesson number one. If it seems to be
too good to be true, it probably is. Yep, I
fell for this one. Leather couches. 50' pro-
jection TV. A nice, safe neighborhood. A
park nearby. A car availabJe to rent. I
thought that the ti cket price was a bit
expensive but it seemed like such an easy
decision to make. Take the house, enjoy
your time in California and you will have
no more worries. Hah! The house turned
out to be straight from the seventies, com-
pJete with shag carpeting and poor plumb-
Lesson number two. Do a bit of a
background check on your landlord. In
my case, thi s guy was a brother of one of
the employees at the company I was work-
ing for. Seemed harmless. What 1 was
soon to discover is that my dear landlord
was currently jobless and in two court
cases against companies for 'wrongful dis-
missal. ' I think he had actually charged
Changing the World
f you ask most people about the
world's probl ems, they will likely
make some good suggestions for solv-
ing them. So if everyone has the answers,
why do we still have so many problems?
Change doesn't happen overnight. Many
people have good ideas, but very few of
th id a ucceed. To mak an idea uc-
ceed, you need
more than just the
idea itself. Making
a good idea into a
successful idea
requires the right
combinati on of
foresight, planning,
and hard work.
A good idea
will succeed only if you recognise its
potential for success. Perhaps the idea
does not seem relevant at the moment, but
maybe it will have merit in the future.
Quite likely, many great discoveries have
been overlooked. The transistor, when
first introduced in North America, was
not thought to be of
trategy are essential if you want make an
Of cour e, even the best of plans may
fail, and there is indeed an element of
luck (or divine intervention, if you so
pJease) involved in the development of
any idea. One of the most serendipitous ,
di coverie n recent memory, for
The Big
By Raymond Hn
instance, resulted
from a failed attempt
in producing a good
adhesive. The only-
sl i g h tl y- ad hes i ve
compound sparked
the invention of
sti cky note. Case
like this, however,
are extremely rare.
The be t way to minimi se the role of
bad luck - thus maximising your chance
for succes - is to rely on hard work. You
might have worked hard to give birth to
your ingenious idea, but your work is far
from over. The great Henry Ford began
hi s work on a horsele s carriage about
much use. The ---------------
J 890. After six
years, he completed
hi first automobile.
Seven years later, in
1903, he founded
the Ford Motor
Japanese, however,
saw its possibilities
and practically built
a country out of it.
The ability to recog-
"A good idea will succeed
only if you recognise its
potential for success."
nise a great idea is as important a the
ability to produce one.
After generating and recognising a
good idea, the next step towards success
is developing a plan. Without proper
planning, even the greatest of ideas will
fail. Different ideas will require different
types of plans, though all plans have one
thing in common: you must make every-
one else aware that you have a good idea.
You may think it is a good idea, but that
doesn't necessarily mean that others will
think the same. When Bill Gates finally
takes over the world, he will have suc-
ceeded in doing so not merely because he
is a computer whiz, but because he also
had an excellent battle plan. He has man-
aged to convince everyone that DOS and
Windows are good, despite the fact that
this is not always true. Planning and
\ .
Company. Ford's
path to success was long and labourious.
The significance of hard work was best
characterised by Thomas A. Edison, one
of the most prolific inventors ever.
According to legend, Edison once stated
that "Genius i 99% perspiration and 1 %
lli tory has shown us that the most
influential changes in the world were the
result of more than just innovative ideas.
The people who drove these ideas to suc-
cess were not only great thinker , but also
sharp-eyed strategist and relentless
workers. While it may not be possible for
us to mimic the brilliance of these giant
figures, we can certainly try to emulate
their attitudes and efforts. In this way we
can be sure to cause change, however big
or small.
one of them with sexual harassment as
well. So are you starti ng to ee a bit of a
problem here? Hmm? Well he has no
money, he needs money.
Lesson number three. Put everything
in writing and thoroughly go over your
lease. I can't stress this enough. We had a
verbal agreement with this II-year old
lemon of a car that he owned. The agree-
ment seemed to change whenever the land-
lord thought it might be in his best interest
to do so. I suddenly was required to pay
for regular tune-ups, repJacement of
brakes and 'excessive u e of the car.' At
this point in the term, it was cheaper to pay
these fee instead of trying to rent a brand-
What about guests you ask? Well , my
roommate and I had talked to the landlord
about this earl ier aAti he had said that it
wouldn' t be a problem. When our guests
finall y arrived he decided that a 'reason-
able rate' of twelve US dollars per day
would have to be paid. Excuse me? Our
guests stayed for ten days. . Failing to
know where to tum and unable to afford
hotels, we paid ... again. We hould have
had something signed in writing. Oh yeah,
he also wanted to charge us for forgetting
to tum the ...
Lesson number four. When your
world start to seem as though it is crum-
bling beneath you, keep some records. We
started to do this much later than we
should have. I'm not sure if we are ever
going to take this guy to court or not but
documenting this set of crazy events
would probably be enough for a sympa-
thetic judge to rule in your favour.
Unfortunately, he has the upper hand there
- the court case has to be held in the ame
place that thi s ridiculous story unfolded.
Lesson number five. Don' t live with
your landlord.
Sc, a few dollars short, okay quite a
few dollars short (he didn't return our
security deposit either) we emerged wiser
men. I guess that 's what it takes to get a
taste of the ' real world' out there. Be care-
ful, be cautiou and don' t be too hasty.
Happy house hunting!
Engineers in Campus Politics II
2A Computer Engineering
ince my friend Rob referenced part
I in the Imprint, I feel that I am
obligated to tell everyone the other
half of the story. We shall see whether
engineering students are apathetic about
campus politics when I go around
quizzing people about this.
Since I told you all tho e glorious
facts about engineeri ng students in cam-
pus politics, you might ask (come on, at
least act like you are interested) why are
we stereotyped as the least attentive
group. Unlike last time, I do not have
some statistical fact to present. However,
I can give you a few reasons, other than
"I've got a C++ program to finish
tonight" ...
Engineering students are generally
not involved in campus wide politics. It is
true that when an Eng Soc person runs for
the Federation (e.g. Stephen Codrington
was President,
administrative committee. Those com-
mittees may sound boring, but they are
the battle ground for what we complain
most often about. Let me list a few: loint
Health and Safety Committee (talking
about roll er blades), Orientation Advisory
Committee (FOC doesn't set the rules,
OAC does), Provost 's Advisory
Committee on Fees (any fee other than
tuition and co-op), Policy, Procedure, and
Bylaw Committee (set the "pub suspen-
sion" rules) . Student issues are not high
on our priority list either. As long as the
bomber is open as usual , (which it was
not over the summer!) we prefer to spend
more time procrastinating with our high
pay co-op jobs. We really do not care
about what i the percentage of homosex-
uals on campus or how empty is the
Volunteer Centre. Some of us may occa-
sionally complain about how "Food
Service Sucks" or how co-op ripped us
off, but no one really pays any effort to
look into and act on the issues. Even
tuition was never an
Mario Bellabarba
was Speaker),
Engineers come out
and vote in ma s.
However, in other
times, Engineering
often has the lowest
"Thank you. Thank you
and double thank you to
all of my directors this
issue until recently,
and even then only a
few engineering stu-
dents really pay
close attention.
Perhaps we spend term.. "
voter turnout. In
the 98 Federation/Senate election, only
5% of engineering students voted.
(Compared to Arts 8%, Math 9%,
Science 14%, ES 140/0, AHS 18%) There
is a lack of enthusiasm about representa-
tion. It took us five months this year to
fill all engineering seats on the Students'
Council, which is probably the most
interesting political body we can sit on as
students. Our presence in other repre-
sentational bodies are even worse. Our
Senate seat (Senate is the highest educa-
tion authority on campus) has been
acclaimed at least three times in a roll (93,
95, 97). Our only seat on Senate
Undergraduate Council, the highest
authority on undergraduate affairs, was
vacant for at least two years.
Furlhennore, it is rather rare to have
an engineering student sitting on any
too much time medi -
tating our glamorous
future as some executive VP of some
giant corporate. I didn't write this to
entertain myself. I am sure there are engi-
neers out there (hey you, I am talking to
yout who do give a damn about student
rights and issues, and are willing to par-
ticipate. Just like real politics, most peo-
ple talk about them, but never participate.
If you actually bother to read my article,
you are the right audience. Nothing is
going to change if YOU do not stand up
and speak for it. However, as I "rudely"
told my fellow classmates, I have more
respect for your opinion if you constantly
participate in the process.
Please stop the "tradition" of self-
imposed apathy.
The Iron Warrior, Frida)" November 27, 1998 Opinions 9
Changing Times, Changing Attitudes
3B Computer Engineering
hiS term I had the honour of attend-
ing the 8th annual Women in
Engineering Conference at Queen's
University. This conference has been as
well as delivering a pillar of support to the
women in engineering movement across
the country. Delegates from schools as far
as Dalhousie to the east and Victoria to the
west were in attendance. Although it was
no surprise, over half the delegates in total
were from Queen's.
Although mainly women attend thi s
conference, there were several men,
(myself included) also attending the con-
ference. I felt this would be a good learn-
ing experience for me as well as being able
to provide a unique perspective on the con-
The conference began with a wine and
cheese on the Thursday night. There we
were introduced to the other delegates of
the conference as well as some of the large
names that this conference attracted. I was
introduced to the mayor of Kingston, the
MP of the Kingston, the dean of the facul-
ty of Applied Sciences at Queen's, as well
as several corporate figures. (Sorry if the
name e cape me, I met a lot of people)
The conference itself began on Friday,
bright and early. With all of u attending
the opening address and opening keynote
speaker. This speaker was Dr. F. Mary
William . She discu sed different meth-
ods of constructive thinking as well a
some psychology and brain physiology
(left side acts this way, right side acts that
After this keynote, we were off to our
[lIst round table discussions. I had the for-
tune of attending the Women in the
Engineering Profession, the
and Education. Dr. Sarah Shortreed, a
member of the Women in Engineering
Advisor Committee, put on this discus-
sion. We discussed enrollments in engi-
neering by women f rom across the country
and abroad. Waterloo, at 23%, ranks a lit-
tle below the average across Canada at
26%. Queen's had the highest enrollment
by women at 29%.
After an open buffet lunch, the largest
name to attend the conference in my opin-
ion, Micheline Bouchard, the president
and CEO of Motorola Canada gave the
midday keynote speech. She spoke of her
ascent through corporations in her life-
time. She spoke of the glass ceiling, a .
term u ed to de ribe the fact that women
have a harder time moving up in a corpo-
ration than men do. Although her speech
wa mainly geared toward women, I
found it an intere ling and informative
description of movement by anyon
through a corporation.
After the midday keynote, we went to
our second round table di cus ion group.
My econd discus ion group was on subtle
exism, put on by Dr. Keli Rankin. We
di cu sed different experience people in
the group had had with sexism and the
methods they used to confront and deal
with this. I was forced to listen solely to
the conver ation having never been the
recipient of a sexist remark (that I am
aware of) while in a working environment.
However, listeni ng to the methods that
women in the group had used to address
the problem was both interesti ng and
For the last keynote speaker of the
day, we listened to Maja Veljkovic. She
spoke about limitations and walls that peo-
ple put on themselves. r found thi s to be
the most motivational speech of the day.
She spoke of how people set up internal
barriers a a response to external barriers
they experience. She also spoke of how to
break down these internal barriers. This I
found was the most motivational speech as
it repre ented not omeone's success story,
but methods of becoming successful, both
in busin s a in life.
The day finis hed out with an infonnal
discu sion of the delegates and a closing
up of the conference.
I feel that the conference was a suc-
ce s on many Ie els. Women from across
the country came out to see and learn from
the experience of hi ghl y successful
women in engineering. Ways were dis-
cussed on how to draw in more people to
engineering, mo t of which we at Waterloo
do in one form or another. Contacts were
made for future references. I was even
able to learn some key on moving
up the corporate ladder.
I also received a hand out from Dr.
Sarah Shortreed in the form of a Women in
Enginecring fact sheet. If anyone is inter-
esting in seeing figures such as enrollment
averages of women in engineering, or par-
ticipation of women in the PEO over the
past coupl e of year, email me at and I
will send you a copy. It is in Excel 95 for-
The Ketchup Index
validity of Canadian
Over the last 3
months, this column
by Jan Tien has been followi ng a
n September, the
front page of the
Toronto Star
warned of "a global
depression" caused
by "the collapse portfo(io of five
the Russian econo-
my". The CBC
evening news got on
the band wagon with
publicly traded tech-
t-o=======:!1 nology companies,
collectively referred
to as the Ketchup
Index. Let's see how we fared: a series of the-sky-is-fall ing news seg-
ments, where they stopped people on the
sidewalk to ask them what they thought of
the "Stock Market Crash of 1998".
It's sensationalistic misnomers like
these that should make you question the
In Issue 14, we reviewed Coming
(GLW) at $30.5625US, now trading at
$39.875US up 30.47%. Coming manufac-
tures fibre optic cable used in data com-
Perfect Imperfection
n a perfect
world, life would
be pretty dull.
Final examinations
would be pointless
as everyone would
get 100%. There
would be no thrill of
taking a chance
because everything
would just work out as planned. To put a
new analogy to an old concept, what
would happen when the perfect pitcher
faced the perfect hitter? The universe
would explode and we have what the
world as we know it where the world is
filled with imperfections and mistakes.
Mistakes unfairly invoke a negative con-
notation among individuals. Mistakes
shake your life, it shakes other peoples
lives, it shakes the world and ultimately
shakes the future.
Sometimes big mistakes serve as an
example to the world. For instance, the
Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Challenger and
Chernobyl are immortalized in history as
examples of the WOfSt engineering mis-
calculations of the twentieth century. The
disaster and media hoopla that surround-
ed these events undoubted haunted the
engineers involved for years. These three
incidents, however. do serve a purpose.
The world is a
safer pl.ace becau e
Take a
By Zhan H uall ZhO/l
of these three dra-
matic disasters.
Civil and mechani-
cal engineers now
know the impor-
lance of resonant
frequencies when
building a bridge.
Aerospace engineers are now extra care-
ful to ensure that there are no fuel leaks.
Safety precautions in nuclear power
plants have increased. The perils of
Ontario Hydro are peanuts when com-
pared lo Chemobyl.
Now, this isn't a message telling you
to go about doing everything wrong on
purpose. This is a message teJling you
not to be afraid of making mistakes and
not to brood over them. Mistakes hap-
pen, it helps to shape your life. In your
career, you will undoubtedly face many
decisions affecting both you and compa-
ny. Sometimes there isn't a right and
wrong choice, but a choice that you must
make. Hopefully you will choose wisely
and make the best decision. However,
you won't always be right. Learn from
your mistakes and let the experience help
you grow as an engineer.
In Issue l3, we discussed Microsoft
(MSFT) at $106.3125US, now trading at
$113.625US up 6.88%, ATI Technologies
(TSE:ATY) at $12.20, now trading at
$15. t 5 up 24.1 8%, and Apple Computers
(A API..) at $38US. now trading at
$35.3125US down 7.07%.
In Issue 12, we looked at Cisco
Systems (CSCO) at $61 US, now trading at
$74.625US up 22.34%.
On average, live companies rose
15.36% inthrce months, which works out
to an annual relum of about 61.44%. li ce
So what 's my point? Technology
slocks rock. The media is evi l.
If you want to learn more about
investing, check out these books: One up
on Wall Street, Beating the Street, the
Warren Buffet Way, the Intelligent
Investor, and Securi.ties Analysis.
If you're interested in joining an
investment club focused on technology
stocks, check out http://norton.uwater-
h }(/. ("ol-it i t'l1I1'l' ri/('('I/ It II m.llfm
Meeting the Expectations
he results are in. For the seventh
year in a row, Waterloo University
was rated the bcst school in Canada
by Macleans magazine. We continually
rank number one as "Leaders of
Tomorrow". This feat of Waterloo is in no
small part due to the influence of the engi-
So if we are destined to be thought of
as the leaders of tomorrow, why don't we
act it? It may be argued that yes, we do.
Engineers shape the world around us more
than anyone else, by introducing new tech-
nological devices and analytical approach-
es, and by continually pushing past
previous boundaries of technical knowl-
That is what we give, but is it enough?
There are so many non-teChnological
ways in which the engineers can use our
influence to change society, by bending
the norms instead of bending to them. We
can refuse to do things that we know are
wrong in our heart, even though society
says that they're okay to do. We can speak
using the language of politics, the lan-
guage that was spoken only a few genera-
tions ago, instead of the language we
heard in "Pulp Fiction". As the leaders of
the world as this century comes to a
close and the new century begins, there arc
no limits to the things we can say or do
(becuuse actions speak louder than WOlds),
that people can look at us and think " if the
engineers arc doing it, it must be good."
The problem is, most of us, myself includ-
ed, don' t always think like that.
So how do we bring 011 positive
Let's face it. Whether we like it or
not, we are the representatives of the
groups to which we belong. When we
make a statemcnt, or create a publication,
that reflects on us, as an entity, as well as
individually. It is important, then, for
Waterloo Engineering, as well as for our-
selves, that when we try to bring a positive
change into society, we introduce it in a
positive instead of a negative way.
There are not many steadfast dos or
don'ts for bringing about change, but I
would like to talk about one of them.
Don't enter a situation without a complete
understanding of it's history. This goes
back to the first part, where I wrote about
acting in a way that is right, even though it
is not what society would normally dic-
tate. Take, for example, a conflict involv-
ing a friend of yours. Society tries to tell
you that it is okay to run to the aid of your
(see ttAccounting for Your ACtiolU",
page 12)
hiS is my last article of the term.
Woohoo! In a couple
weeks I'll start cramming
for finals (note: final are in a
couple of weeks) and then ['m
off to work for four months. I
hope everyone's looking forward
'til next term.
I wanna take the opportunity
to say goodbye to all the 4A's
and half of the I A's who'll be
switching over to B-Soc for their
4B and I B terms. <sniff> I'm gonna miss
all of you. Hope B-Soc treats you as well
as we did (or at least I think we treated you
well). For the rest of us, summer term's
gonna rock: studying under the sun, relax-
ing under the sun, barbequeing under the
sun, sleeping under the sun ... do you see a
trend here?
But down to business:
At Joint Council on ovember IS, we
passed an ammendment to the constitution
which clarifIes who is able to run for exec-
utive. The exact wording of the ammend-
ment hould be in the council minutes on
the web si te, but in a nutshell, it prevents
people who are on a repeating term from
running and also those who arc not full-
time engineers and will not be full-time
Ready for Year
l>y .Il!l1llilir Motuz
ey everyone! Before I begin
lClling you about our plans for
next summer, I'd like to scnd out a
big thanks to James and Laura for putting
together Shadow day. There was a great
turnout and hopefully we'll be seeing our
shadows next frosh week. Also, Chris and
Vivien, our Arts directors deserve some
recognition (and applause) for their work
pUlling together last night' Tal Eng and
the Arts exhi bit coming up on December 3
from 7 -J 0 in the DC Fishbowl.
Next summer we will be starting a
new initiative to help the graduating clas '-
es (i.e. class of 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
get to know each other better. We will be
selecting Year Reps who will be re ponsi-
ble for organizing social activities (pub
crawls, barbeques, parties) for all classes
in their graduating year. Hopefully this
will help us get to know more people in
our graduating classes so we can have that
much more fun at IRS.
Next term we (the Engsoc Executive)
will be working more closely with the
Class Rep Advisors and Class Reps to
keep the communication between all
undergraduate engineering students and
the exec to make sure that we are provid-
ing something to everyone. We are doing
our best to cater to every member of
EngSoc - i.e. everyone who paid their
$14- so if you have any comments or
concerns, please let us know and we'l) get
on it.
One finaJ Dote: the Enginews is no
longer an official Engineering Society
publication and will Dot be available as a
directorship in the S99 term.
Internal Information The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998
Views From the Top
engineers for the extent of the executive
by Alun CUllnislraro
term for
w hie h
they are
tee has
been put
to run a
fair for the Fall '99 term. We're looking at
doing something big - and I mean BIG!
We're talking about a 100-company, 3-day
career fair with all the bells and whi tics.
Part of the motivation for this is to attract
companies here for additional co-op jobs
in all Engineering fields. With ATOP,
there will be 355 E&CE frosh - that means
that we're going to need more junior level
jobs in all disciplines to balance those that
will be taken by thi. increa e in students.
Another motivation for this is to showcase
some UW Engineering talent to employers
to spark some interest in some of the pro-
ject group and the faculty itself. If we
want better funding for our education and
our project teams, we have to take an
act ive role in promoting the Waterloo
You may have heard some discussion
regrarding an ethical issue that occured
within the Society. The problem that
arised is that the Engineering Society
doesn't have any documented method of
addressing issues arising from univer ity
policies or procedure and we need one if
we're going to properly deal with ethical
dilemmas. I am working with Matt
Erickson, the university councillor for
Ethical Behaviour and Human Rights, to
put together an Engineering Society policy
that addresses problems such as these so
that prompt and proper action can be
ensured if any problems ari, e in the future.
At Joint Council, r presented a TOOL
Proposal to address some of the issues that
have come up in the past few months.
Basically, it talks about my idea for a per-
manent display in CPH foyer and also
about changing the method of election of
the Bearers to somethi ng a littl e more pub-
lic. I'm looking for feedback, feedback,
and more feedback, but it's like pulling
teeth trying to get some. I don' t care if you
hate it or not, just tell me why and how to
fix it. Anyway, there are a few copies in
the Orifice if you want to read it.
The last EngSoc meeting (dubbed,
"the potluck", for obvious reasons) i hap-
pening this Wedne day (December 2). I
have some President's Awards to give
away to some of the outstanding director
for the term. I would love to gi e away 63
of them (I think that's how many director
we have this term) but I can't. A for
directorship application, time is running
out. They' re due early next week
(Tuesday, December I) 0 make sure you
get them in. We've added a couple of new
ones to deal with diver ity and education
and academic to try and expand the scope
of the society. Read the descriptions on
the web and, ee what you're interested in.
There's always something good availabJe.
Anyway, that's it for me. I'll see you
in the summer and I wish you all the best.
I've got, orne free time over the winter
term and I'm gonna be living in Waterloo.
If you have any suggestions for me as to
where we can take the Engineering Society
for the fut ure, let me know. It'll give me
something to do instead of watching
Comedy Network the whole work term
Emai l me at:
Good luck!
Time Flies You're Having Flan
t would seem as
though this
term has started
to wind down. As a
skeptical young
frosh, I used to
hear everyone
speak about how
the time rcally flies
by in your uppcr
VP External
by Greg Fyke
out with the organiz-
ers. Besides this way,
it just creates more
suspense and excite-
ment. It's a little like
frosh weeK all over
again. Well, okay, not
really. Don't worry,
I'll have the info
you're looking for at
years. I guess I would have to agree with
t hem now.
the next EngSoc meeting.
First the news .
/' J11 going to have
to apologize for
not announcing the
Olympics atten-
dees at the last
meeting but there
"Thank you. Thank you
and double thank you to
all of my directors this
term .. "
Information on
two brand-new confer-
ences has come my
way. Queen's
Univer. ily is tentative-
ly planning to hold the
'Queen' Forum on
Technology' (QFlT) on
arc a few delails that r still need to work February 4 and S. Corporate representa-
tion will be there from IBM Canada, TD
Bank, Andersen Consulting and many
other industry leaders. The two-day event
will consist of dynamic speakers, semi-
nars, social events and a career fair. The
deadl ine to apply is December 4. Please
contact me if you are interested.
I'm now going to take a little bit of an
opportunity to babble on.
Thank you. Thank you and double
thank you to all of my directors thi term.
I would name everyone off by name if I
could but that would probably take up
more pace than this article itself.
Everyone did an incredible job this term. I
really wish I could have heard a bit more
from a few of you throughout this term but
1'm taking that as an indication that every-
thing was under control. You guys rock!
Hardcore Studying, Hardcore Financing
expenses acquired after
November 30.
ow ,
t his
t e r m
went by unbeliev-
ably fast. It
VP Finance
Remember that I
need receipts, not credit
card statements or debit
transaction slips. Please
tape the receipts to the
back of the form using
scotch tape, making sure
that the entire receipt is
eems like frosh
week was just last
week. One more
week of classes
by Mike Muffels
and then hardcore
studying, well I'll be going hardcore any-
way, after my poor performance on my
Monday, November 30 (this Monday)
is the deadline for student expense forms.
visible. Most people have been pretty
good about it this term and it has saved me
a ton of work taping them myself. Thank
It is too early to say if the budget will
I repeat if you
want to be reim-
bursed for any
expenses you may
_______________ balance or not, but I
" ... farewell to all the
fourth years."
have incurred over ______________ _
think that it is safe to say
that we will be in the
black. I will present
actuals at the beginning
of next term when I the term then your
student expense form with receipts MUST
be in by November 30. I will have all the
cheques available for pick-up on
Wednesday, December 2. If you incur any
expenses after November 30 then speciaJ
arrangements may be made, but only for
unveil the new budget. FinaJizing the actu-
als is one of the things that I wiJI be work-
ing on over the work term.
One of the other things that I have to
do over the work term is prepare a manual
of sorts for the next VP-F. If any of you
remember, it was one of my election
promises and I just want to let you know
that I haven' t forgotten about it. I'm not
really looking forward to doing it but it
needs to be done just the same.
I think that's aJl of the business that I
have to deal with. I wanted to say a
farewell to all the fourth years. We' ll miss
ya and have fun in 4B on B-Soc. To every-
body else, don't work too hard on your
work terms and see you next summer
when the weather will hopefuUy be better.
It's been a great term for me on exec
and it's been a great term for the exec. I've
had a lot of fun, met a lot of new people
and I learnt quite a bit about of the goings
on of.the society. I have the neat perspec-
tive that everything costs money and I
write all the cheques, so I know about
everything that happens within the society.
I am happy that I will be getting a break
from it over the work term however. AL,
Greg and Jenn - its been a slice.
Its 5 a.m. and I still have some stuff to
finish before class starts so I got to go.
Tot ziens
(Until we meet again)
The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998 Internal Information 11
Where is the money going?
the funding deci ion, about an hour wa
by Mark Cesana
spent discu sing thi topic. Many interest-
ing point were produced. A major con-
cern wa the fact that with 4th year de ign
project becoming mandatory for every
engineering ludent, the funding council
might be overwhelmed with a barrage of
========:!J proposals and it might be difficult to
decide where the money will go. The
major argument for funding 4th year pro-
fter many long hours of listening jects i the fact that every ludent i a
. to presentations, reading through member of WEEF and everyone should
proposals and arguing over which have a chance to benefit. Another interest-
proposals deserve to be funded, the WEEF ing point is that Waterloo is trying to cre-
Funding Decision for the fall '98 term is ate an environment of creativity and
complete. The Preliminary Funding innovation where students can explore
Decision was completed on Tuesday, new ideas and endeavour in unique leal11-
November 10 at around 8:45 p.m. The ing areas. Students should not have to
meeting started at 6:00 p.m. and there was abandon an innovative idea for a 4th year
a long discussion about the validity of 4th project because they can not find the few
year projects and the question of whether extra hundred dollars needed to complete-
4th year projects should be funded by Iy fund their project. For these reason 4th
WEEF came up. But more about this later. year projects should be considered when
The funding decision is shown in this the WEEF funding is decided.
issue and I encourage you to look at what If anyone has any comments or
projects are being funded. This decision is thoughts concerning 4th year projects, e-
not official because it must be approved by mail your them to wee!@engmaif.uwater-
the WEEF board of directors. The board or drop by the WEEF office in CPH
of directors meeting will take place on 1323C and voice your opinion. This is an
November 30 and then the official funding important issue and it will be thoroughly
decision will be displayed and the money discussed at the next board of directors
can then be allocated to the individual pro- meeting.
jects. The fundi ng is pretty evenly distrib- On another note, the WEEF AGM
uted among all the departments thi s term. (Annual General Meeting) took place this
The Engineering Society C&D will be open
for business until the last day of exams!
Open Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Carl Pollock Hall
The departments received a tota l of past Thursday and the official naming cer-
$73,776 in funding. The student projects emony for the WEEF lab was done. Thi s
and non-academic proposals received event could not have been completed with-
$23, 150. Student projects made up 23.9% out the help of Ryan CheA- Wing. His
of the total funding. Thi percentage i a commitment and assistance in organizing
l ittle higher than usual but there seems to this event was invaluable. The AGM
be more and more competitions and stu-
dent run teams every year. For everyone
the smaller teams, WEEF funding is essen- hope to see more people next year come
tial for the team to be successful. The out and learn more about WEEF and what
larger teams, like Midnight Sun, Formula it does to improve undergraduate engi-
SAE, and UWAFT al 0 benefit greatly neering at Waterloo. In addition, r would
from WEEF funding because it 'usually like to take the lime to thank Mike Nevill
allows them to buy that important piece of for hi s work with WEEF this Lenn. Not
equipment that they just couldn't get with only is he the Speaker for EngSoc meet-
the help of their other sponsors. ings, running Plumber'S Pledge and a
Some of the proposals that will holds a whole bunch of other tit les that I
receive funding are very interesting. The can't thi nk of now but he is also the
new video/data projection system for GREATEST Assistant Weef Director ever.
CPH-3385 will tum this room into a vital He has been there helpi ng me out all term
multimedia room where lectures can be and without him, r know things would
computer driven and computer simulations have gone horribly wrong and I would
can be easily displayed to classes. The have ended up going crazy or having a
new fIle server for E&CE undergrads will nervous breakdown or something.
offer more disk space and faster file access I would alsQ like to thank Jen
to all 3rd and 4th year students. The new Lugtigheid and Derek Bezaire for their
ZIP/JAZ drives for the GAFF lab will also help as Assistant Weef Directors this term.
be beneficial to students who have trouble Derek and Jen were patient enough to give
storing all of their infonnation on their up their lunches to give WEEF refunds
Polaris accounts. during the first 3 weeks and they have
As for the 4th year projects, Dan been there whenever I needed them all
Sherwood made a presentation to the fund- term. They were present at all the WEEF
ing council about the reasons why 4th year presentation and proposal meetings and
projects should be funded by WEEF and worked hard to make the AGM a success.
the benefits these projects provide. During
Plummer's Pledge
4A Electrical Engineering
ttention all fourth years! The
Plummer's Pledge campaign is
under way. For those of you who
don't know what the Plummer's Pledge is,
it's the money a graduating student
promises to donate to WEEF for 3 years,
starting 1 year after graduation. This pro-
vides a buffer year for grads to get back on
their feet financially.
This very important student initiative
is in its 11 th year - the first class to initiate
this program and pledge their support was
the Class of '89. The money, along with
donations from the Voluntary Student
Contribution, has been directed towards
WEEP. This student run endowment has
grown quickly and 'several important pro-
jects have already been funded from the
interest earnings. This term the Waterloo
Engineering Endowment Funding Council
was able to allocate '$97,000 to various
. The Plummer's Pledge plays a critical
role in the Endowment Fund. One of the
most important aspects of this pledge is
the commitment from new grads like you
and me. We see firsthand the problems
under-funding is causing and we should be
determined to maintain the quality and
reputation of our degrees. Furthennore,
when pledging our support, it is necessary
for us to think carefully about the level of
commitment we are making and whether
we will be able to fulfill the commitment
in one year's time. Follow through is criti-
cal to the success of the program since
planning takes place well in advance.
Now, I'm not asking grads to think
about how milch they want to donate quite
yet, it's still too early for that. What I'm
working on is another aspect of Plummer's
Pledge, the corporate sponsorship. I'm
compiling a list of past grads that would be
willing to approach their employers about
donating money to WEEP. If you know
of anyone who might be willing to do tills
for us, please contact me via email
(, phone
(WEEF office phone number 888-4893),
or just find me in the WEEF office (CPH
1323C).One last thing, when you read this
article it should be 104 DAYS TO IRS!!!!
I nternal Information
The Iron Warrior, Friday, November 27, 1998
104 Days To IRS
To The Point Continued ...
its own Java applications, which analysts
believe could create confusion in the mar-
Based on "Hewlett-Packard plans
Java push," by Staff Rep0I1er, The New
York Times, 4 November 1998, p. CIO;
"H-P creates a panel to make Java versions
for electronic devices," The Wall Street
Journal, 3 November 1998, p. B6. "Sun
Microsystems faces revolt over Java con-
trol," by Roger Taylor, Financial Times, 3
November 1998, p. 16.
Indi a opens market to private Internet
service providers
India is issuing an unlimited number
of licenses to Internet service providers
(ISPs) in order to end the monopoly
enjoyed by that country's national tele-
com, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited
(VSNL). As part of the deregulation ini-
tiative, foreign firms will be permitted to
purchase up to 49 percent of Indian ISPs,
and new ISPs will not be required to pay
fees for the first five years of a IS-year
license. Indian government officials say
booming demand for Internet access was
not being met by the state-run system,
which prompted the deregulati on effort.
Industry analyst say the liberalization of
the ISP market shoul d fos ter growth in
Indi a's software industry, in additi on to
providing competition for
VSNL's internati onal telephone
access services.
Based on "India throws market open
to all comers to provide Internet access,"
by Mark Nicholson and Paul Taylor,
Financial Times (UK), 3 November 1998,
p. 6.
Sun releases new HotJava browser
Sun Microsystems
( will reenter the
Internet brow er market with the introduc-
tion of its redes igned HotJava browser
next year. The new Java-based browser is
de igned for embedded devices such as
photocopiers, kiosks, gas pumps, and
vending machines. The HotJava browser is
designed to allow these machines to com-
municate with each other in real time. Sun
officials say this release of HotJava will
support Hypertext Markup Language
(HTML) 3.2, JavaScript, and plug-ins.
Based on "Sun targets browsers
again," by Carol Sliwa, Computerworld, 9
November 1998, p. 6; "Java browser to run
on machines," Stephen Shankland, CNET,
S November 1998, 4, 2840
7,00. hIm!.
Netscape founder invests in digital TV
Net cape Communi cations's
(http://www.netscape.coml) co- founder
Marc Andreessen has invested in Replay
Networks, a start-up company that is
developing a digital television recording
technology. The Repl ayTV system allows
viewers to watch, store, edit , and retrieve
TV programs in new ways: users can
record programs already in progress, auto-
matically skip commercial s, and record all
programs that match a particular criterion,
such as all films featuring a particular
actor. Consumer electronics manufacturers
plan to license the technology to produce a
new generation of digital VCRs capable of
Accounting for Your Actions
(conrinuedfrom page 9)
friend and fight to the fini sh. Do you do
that? My guess is, most of the people
reading this said "of course!" To them, I
offer thi s: what if the principal parti es
Jean Charest, there isn' t much we can do;
in Engineering, the student body can do a
lot of good, but we can also do a lot of
harm. If we know all the facts, we may
realize that the best way to act is to not act
at aU. The rule is involved had already
arrived at a solution
when you interfered?
Certai nl y you would
not have helped the sit-
uation, and may have
even served to aggra-
vate it.
"The difference is, with
0.1. ther e isn't much we
can do; in Engineering,
the student body can do a
lot of good"
Problems like thi s ______________ _
not limited to inter-
fering, however. It
is also applicable
to beginning a situ-
ation, whether
intentionally or
unintentionally. As
representatives of
Waterloo can be seen every day
in our daily live . Who among us can say
that we made a judgement on O.J.
Simpson? The an wer to this question is
likely everybody. Who among us can say
that we knew every fact of this case before
we made that judgement? My guess is
nobody. The same thing can be said about
Microsoft, or Jean Charest, or even people
in CPH Foyer, our own backyard. The dif-
ference is, with 0.1. and Bill Gates and
Engineering and the Engineering Society,
we have to be ure to choose our words
and actions carefully, so they do not reflect
poorly, not only on ourselves, but also on
the e two institution . This is not to say
that all action is bad action and all inaction
is good action. It is to say that action
should be carefully planned, so that
change can be made in a mature, adult
delivering the electronic programming er-
vice. Analysts believe Andreessen's
investment will boost Replay Networks,
which is competing with Tivo in the
emerging market for digital TV recording
Based on "Netscape pioneer to invest
in smart VCR," by John Markoff, The New
York Times, 9 November 1998, p. C2
Editor's Note:
"To The Point", provided by Andersell
Consulting, offers University of Waterloo
Engineering students Illformation
Technology news and issues. This article
is copyrighted, and is not to be repro-
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