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Category: Volume 1, Issue 3

Letters to the Editor (Vol. 1 Issue 3)

Re: Oct. 4th CSIS article:

This bit is paranoid and simplistic at best. I am a full supporter of Wikileaks, Manning and Snowden, and am against being monitored in any capacity, but this article does none of these people or organizations any justice.

A government branch, CSIS, is high-tech, and is competing for new recruits in a competitive field, UW being one of the best CS schools around its only natural they’re looking to hire here. Period. These paranoid ramblings of feds being in on something with them are baseless. Thanks for the lunchtime read (in EV1). Looking forward to another.

Corey Pembleton

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Democracy found alive in Feds meeting

Author: Thomas Little

For those of you who did not go to the Feds meeting, or were not there for the full length, here’s a recap of the events that happened as faithfully recorded by Chevron writers present at the meeting. Any corrections
or disputes should be sent to our editorial email.

The meeting was chaired by David Collins (Federation of Students, President), with Sean Hunt (Senator-at-Large) advising. The agenda was: approval of the agenda, approval of the minutes from previous meetings, elections to the Feds Board of Directors, approval of the auditors’ report, review of Feds’ financial statement, a motion to modify the voting system used in Feds elections, a motion to reduce the Feds fee, and a motion to initiate a referendum to defund the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG). Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Reading Week?

Author: Aidan Coward

Many Ontario universities have a fall reading break after midterms as part of their fall academic calendar. These schools include McMaster, the University of Toronto, and Western. According to Metro News, the University of Waterloo has examined it as an option in 2011. However the university and Feds declined to implement it.

For first years, the change from high school is significant. The often-reduced class time and increased autonomy is a big difference from secondary school. More information is covered in less time, and there are less opportunities to gauge academic progress. If one falls behind, there are no professional development/activity days to spend catching up. Read the rest of this entry »

The Feds GM: A Good Beginning

Author: The Editorial Collective

On Monday, October 28th, the Federation of Students had the second-largest general meeting in its history with over 580 students participating either in person or by proxy. This represents close to 2% (around 1.7% to be more exact) of the undergraduate student body. While this number might seem small, it is in fact a very respectable turnout for a student union general membership meeting. Comparatively, turn out for Feds executive elections last year were around 8% of members while student councillors are often elected with votes numbering in the mere dozens. Read the rest of this entry »