Waterloo team finalists in contest to design Hyperloop prototype

If you thought it was impossible to travel from Toronto to Montreal in 30 minutes, a group of engineering students wants to prove you wrong. Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced last year it would challenge student and independent engineering teams to design a “pod” for his conceptualized Hyperloop, a high-speed transit system that has the potential to break speeds of over 1,000 kilometres per hour and revolutionize ground-level travel. Waterloop, a group of University of Waterloo (U of W) students, is one of those teams. SpaceX started a competition last year asking engineers to build a prototype vehicle or pod, designed to carry passengers at high speeds inside a tube powered by air pressure. The competition pitted more than 1,200 […]

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Editorial: The CIS should end Carleton’s monopoly

The Carleton Ravens won their sixth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final 8 Championship on March 20, marking their 12th in 14 years. Though this is great for Carleton and reflects the tremendous amount of work the team has put in, it is not great for the CIS. A league that has the same champion year in and year out is not exciting for people outside of Carleton. The CIS should investigate implementing certain reforms that can help weaker teams develop into a more elite level to compete with Carleton. What these reforms could be should be reviewed, but offering better athletic scholarships or placing certain restrictive caps on team funding would be options to consider. Carleton has established such […]

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Government condemns BDS movement

On Feb. 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals overwhelmingly approved a Conservative motion condemning Canadians who promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. The motion called on the Canadian government to “condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad,” which it describes as promoting the “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel. The motion passed by a vote of 229-51. Two Liberals voted against it. New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Tom Mulcair criticized the Liberal government’s decision. “This goes against the freedom of expression we hold so dear in our society,” Mulcair said in a press release. On the same day, McGill University’s student body voted […]

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Other suggestive sports slogans of Canadian university sports teams

“Wuck Festern” This slogan was started at Queen’s University in 2008 when student Jack Neary was watching the U.S. College Ivy Leagues rivalries and saw Harvard use the slogan “Puck Frinceton.” The slogan has became a popular T-shirt slogan. The shirt was ranked number one on the oneclass.com Must Have University T-Shirts (Canada edition). “Festern Wucked Your Mom” This slogan was a response from Western University to fire back at the “Wuck Festern” slogan. The slogan has been printed on T-shirts and has been a popular item for Western homecoming goers. The slogan is also a popular hashtag on Twitter during Western’s homecoming. “We Have Big Hawks” This slogan was created at Wilfrid Laurier University that makes a sexually suggestive pun on the word hawk. The use […]

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Carleton doctors receive $300,000 for their research on sexual assault

Two Carleton researchers have received almost $300,000 from the province to do research on police responses to sexual violence and harassment. Carleton professor Dale Spencer will receive $42,000 to look specifically at how police officers respond to sexual violence and the training undergone to handle such situations. Dawn Moore will receive $236,220 to look at challenging rape culture on campus, researching the relationship between police and university students, and the reporting process of sexual assault on campus.   The research money was awarded under the Ontario government’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan, which was announced in September 2015. As part of the plan, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services issued a call for applications to award professors […]

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