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Fun ways to stay active in Skule

aIn the middle of midterms, it’s easy for engineering students to get tunnel vision. The world outside of that Stewart Calculus textbook seems to disappear and all that makes sense is debugging code or performing row operations. You’ve heard people talking about joining varsity or intramural sports teams to help them get exercise and have a bit of fun. It sounds like a good idea, until you remember the pile of problem sets, other clubs you’re involved in, and that thin shred of a social-life you’ve somehow managed to hang onto. Sports may seem like a bit much for most …

Toronto Raptors Season Preview

raptors-could-make-playoffsWe The North in its second season of renaissance. Last year, the Toronto Raptors season changed for the better after the Rudy Gay trade. The trade gave them a competent bench and a new identity. Gone are the times when the team would just alternate isolation possessions for Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan. The team decided that instead of tanking and trying to get enough ping pong balls for Andrew Wiggins, they would collectively play great system defense, share the ball and use their new found depth in order to win games. They had the best record in the Eastern …

Chem Basketball pulls away late in victory over Mech

304624_246664392042814_1149778705_n6October 17, 2014 A game of runs ends with Chem squeezing out a victory in the final few minutes over Mech, winning 41-33. The game started out quickly with Chem scoring 10 straight points in the first 3 minutes, highlighted by multiple fastbreak opportunities and solid defense by their starting backcourt duo of Tenzin Sherab and Patrick Polvorosa. Mech started a run of their own however, closing the gap to 10-8 with an increased focus on defense and preventing turnovers. The teams traded baskets and both defenses weren’t on point as the high scoring first half finished with Chem leading …

Toronto Mayoral Candidates

20101025-voteOlivia Chow Olivia Chow loves Toronto; most people in the Trinity-Spadina riding are all too happy to tell you just how much. In all honestly, she really does seem to care about Toronto and what happens to the people who live here. The problem is that caring doesn’t guarantee that she will make a good mayor for this city. Before campaigning started in earnest, Olivia seemed like a shoo-in to replace our dear Mr. Rob Ford. A 29-year veteran of politics and the late, great Jack Layton’s number one favourite person, it seemed fairly indisputable that she would hold a …

Much Ado About Homework

IMG_20141014_215127After The Cannon’s Rabab Haider made this post about the best way to tackle note-taking, I felt a piece on homework only seemed appropriate. Many of you are just beginning to settle into the new environment life has thrown you into; adjusting to new surroundings, making new friends, and learning a lot. But as fun as these weeks have been, midterms start in just two weeks, so there’s work that needs to be done. Spending my first year in EngSci, I observed the strategic and oddly breathtaking efficiency of my classmates as they seemed to study work that would take me 5-6 hours in …

Student Profile: Jeremy Wang

10656377_10152757500429736_1602006363_nJeremy Wang is a second year Engineering Science student looking to pursue the Aerospace Engineering option. What was your strategy for success in first year? I wasn’t too concerned about academics in first year just because it was so early on. So the emphasis for first year was kind of understanding where boundaries lie, and pushing what I was capable of to know where those boundaries rested. It’s easier to put more effort into academics than it is to put more effort into extracurriculars when you know that you have very high grades and you want to maintain that. So …

UnERD 2014: Undergraduate Engineering Research Day

UnERDWalking through Bahen Centre was a little different than usual on August 14. But it wasn’t the line of poster-boards or the cluster of tables that caught the eyes of onlookers. The lobby was packed with detailed schematics, impressed judges and eager students, dressed up in their shirts and ties. The annual Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD) had once again transformed Bahen into a hub where professors, alumni and grad students could easily take away the hard work and passion of the summer research students. Schedule of the Day Co-chair Amy Zhao and Marshell Ma started off the day-long conference …

Essential Apps and Gadgets

AppsThe transition to university can be difficult. Here are some tools that will make the path a bit smoother. Wolfram Alpha This will become your best friend, as this online computational software is no normal calculator. It can solve complex calculus problems, and is a great tool for checking your answers. However, be careful not to get too dependent on the software, because you’ll find yourself extremely lost during exams. You can also use Wolfram to answer critical life questions; “am I drunk?” should prove a useful one. Ask it to plot a Pokémon curve. Try to find the hidden …

Chem Basketball’s suffocating defense dominates Civ 28-14

304624_246664392042814_1149778705_n6October 8, 2014 Coming off last night’s emotional win over EngSci, Chem Basketball proved that their defense was no fluke. Chem recovered from a tough shooting night but relied on their defense to eke out a tough win. The Chem defence did not allow any breathing room for Civ, especially in the first half, as they forced Civ into bad shots and made them go through the teeth of the defence. Civ managed only one field goal in the first half. However, the Civ defence wasn’t playing around either. The Chem offence was also not as sharp as it was …

Indy Soccer wins 7-5 against Frosh

304624_246664392042814_1149778705_n6October 5, 2014 Indy captain Reza Boushehri was determined to not let his team lose. Indy broke through the Frosh defence several times in the first half, pulling out a deadly fast break game led by their captain to put them ahead 3-1 at the half. The second half featured both teams battling for position. “Indy’s defence was too strong for the first years”, proclaimed Tarriq Purivatra, the Frosh soccer team captain. Indy fought off a late rally by the frosh and held on to win 7-5. Tune in regularly for The Cannon Sports game recaps! Want to write for …