Students make big splash at AquaHacking semis
This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on the Water Institute's website.
The AquaHacking 2017 semi-final competition unfolded last week at CIGI. By the end of the evening, five teams were chosen to move on to the final competition at Waterloo on September 13. It was a difficult decision for the five judges, as all 17 teams that competed offered innovative ideas that tackled the challenges and opportunities facing Lake Erie.
The five winning teams will move on to compete for a shared total of $75,000 in funding and access to local accelerators. Over the next two months, teams will further develop their ideas with the help from the Region of Waterloo which has kindly donated $2000 to each team to help fund their efforts.
Out of the 30 individuals moving on to the finals, 24 are current or former University of Waterloo students and represent all six academic faculties.
'Your joy becomes my joy' at interfaith dinner
For Muslim students at the University of Waterloo, long spans of fasting during the longest days of the year are over and may already feel like a distant memory. However, it was just a few weeks ago that students were stretching the limits of their bodies as they refrained from eating or drinking each day while the sun was up. This religious practice during Ramadan becomes even more difficult for university students living away from the support of their families for the first time.
The University of Waterloo Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) is a vital source of encouragement on campus during Ramadan, this year serving over 1,500 meals over the course of eight regular community dinners after sunset. Conrad Grebel University College students were fortunate to be involved in one of those iftars, in the form of an interfaith fastathon that also raised $502 for Somalian famine relief.
Grebel students listened, shared, and ate with Muslim students at this event. Over the course of the evening, speakers were invited to deconstruct the idea of hunger and what it entails. “How does hunger differ in Waterloo versus Somalia? For students versus the homeless? What does being hungry mean?”
Grebel student Matthew Chase was invited to speak about his understanding of fasting from a Christian Orthodox perspective. “If you can’t control what goes into your mouth, how can you control what comes out of it?” he said. Reflecting back on the event, Chase appreciated the acceptance and hospitality of the evening, similar to a family reunion. Watching others break their fast, Chase described the almost euphoric joint experience of salivating, waiting, and then the reward of food. “It excites my faith!” he remarked. “Your joy becomes my joy.”
Chelsea Campbell enjoyed the community meal, noting the mix of Muslim sects represented. Listening to the stories of other students, Campbell felt encouraged to be more intentional in her faith. “I appreciated the idea of feeling closer to God when fasting. I want that!”
“This is the second year we’ve hosted an iftar dinner with the MSA and we want to continue this as a tradition into the future,” said Grebel Chaplain Ed Janzen. “Interfaith dialogue is a learning opportunity for our students and it gives them a comfortable space to share and ask questions openly.” The Grebel dining room was indeed buzzing with conversation, as over a hundred Grebel and UWaterloo students, Wilfrid Laurier and Conestoga College students, and undergrad and grad students shared the meal.
Feeding an iftar dinner to others is a rewarding, charitable act in the Muslim faith, emulating the Prophet Muhammad. Likewise, Christianity teaches followers to love their neighbour. “Therefore it is our responsibility and our opportunity to host people from the university campus,” added Janzen. Iftar dinners are also an important way to help students manage the loneliness of Ramadan, especially when they are not in their family context. “This is one more piece in building a healthy community. It’s a significant investment in the life of Grebel and UWaterloo.”
Echoing the importance of marking Ramadan in community, MSA leader Suleman Azam reflected that the iftar meal at Grebel “felt like a cozy dinner. And as an international student away from family, I can tell you it felt like home.”
According to the MSA, the fastathon is an opportunity for people of different faiths to come together and gain a better understanding of one another. It is also an opportunity to do something to contribute towards the one thing that we all have in common, our humanity, through raising funds to help support those affected by the famine in East Africa.
The UW Finance Association student club will be hosting two two events this week. The first, entitled Pitch Preparation & Summary, takes place on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. in MC 4020.
"This is our final event in our four-part Stock Pitch Tutorials," says a note from the student club. "After learning how to analyze the data and how to build a DCF, this tutorial is created to show the members how to put together a stock pitch. We will provide a general layout, as well as tips regarding their presentations. Finally, we will end the series with a stock pitch illustration from the research analysts."
There will be time for networking at the end of this event, which is free for all UWFA members and a discounted $5 membership for newcomers to the tutorial.
The second event is entitled Quantify: Risk and Insurance Case Competition featuring The Co-operators, set for July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in EV3. This annual competition event is a collaboration between UWFA and the UW Actuarial Science Club and features a $3,000 prize pool with a $1,500 first prize, a $1,000 second prize, a $500 third prize, and a $200 judge's choice award.
"Teams will consist of 4 members, however registration is open for individuals and teams with less than 4 members," says a note from UWFA. "We will be allocating individual registrants to teams ourselves."
UW Food Services will be hosting a Recruitment Fair on Thursday, July 13 and on August 15 at Federation Hall. "UW Food Services is looking for customer service oriented individuals to work in a variety of casual part time roles, all over campus!" says a note from Food Services. "We will train suitable candidates and offer competitive wages to those with experience in the following areas:
- Front Line Customer Service;
- Food Preparation;
- Driver (G Class Licence);
- Catering Wait Staff;
Applicants can bring their résumés and have on-the-spot interviews with hiring managers. Contact email@example.com or visit the Food Services website for more information.
The UW A Cappella Club's Spring 2017 end-of-term concerts will take place on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre of the Arts in Modern Languages. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Advanced ticket prices are $9 until after July 12, when they will be selling for $10. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the day of the concerts.