October 2009 , Volume XXXII No. 3 Serving University of Toronto engineering students since 1978
Blue Skies: The Cannon goes Events
skydiving at the Parachute 16th Oct
School of Toronto! 16th Oct - 23rd Oct
see centrefold World Food Week
Cover shot by Behzad Aghaei Homecoming Parade
CN Tower stair climb
Fall Campus Day
Movember charity month
MIE Dinner Dance
CIV Dinner Dance
Are you Skule savvy? EngSci Dinner Dance
2 | the Cannon Oct 2009
THe CaNNoN Letter from the editor
Take a risk today!
Huda Idrees age lives and then die average deaths. Their who will choose to not do anything except
HuDa IDrees lives have had little or no exciting elements, schoolwork, for they feel like they need to
PrOdUCTiON EdiTOr except for maybe, the one day when their study all the time in order to pass their ex-
Tony Chen newspaper was late. Just because these peo- ams. Yet, there are so many students out
Merriam-webster defines the word fetish as ple try to stay away from risks, doesn’t mean there who do both and do well. Major or mi-
WEBMASTEr follows: risks won’t find them. For example, you’re nor, a risk is a risk. As children, we fear the
Rolan Lewis Fetish \ˈfe-tish also ˈfē-\ more likely to die while driving than you are monsters in our closets. If, as adults, we don’t
An object of irrational reverence or ob- to die in a skydiving accident. Yet 99% of this learn to face these monsters, we might as well
SECTiON EdiTOrS sessive devotion. world’s population will never experience the stay children forever.
Tulika Gupta People have different kinds of fetishes. thrill that skydiving gives you. Learn to take risks. It’ll initially be over-
Sam Lane Some people have a risk fetish. They are fix- Apart from extreme sports, we make whelming, but it will take you on the road
Mojdeh Shakiba ated with things that give them an adrenaline decisions to go through with certain risks to self-discovery, to testing your limits and
rush. Some people aren’t. What’s interesting in our every day lives. An engineer takes a finding out what you’re really capable of.
is how we’ve come to terms, like the majority risk when (s)he merely enters the field, gets Whether it’s getting out there and trying
of the population, that risk is a bad thing. his/her iron ring. The government takes a out a sport you never thought you would,
Yi-Wei Ang Alanis Morisette sings about Mr. Play-it- risk giving out driver’s licenses. The power whether it’s learning how to fly or deciding to
Amanda Bell Safe in her hit single “Ironic”. He is the perfect to drive an automotive vehicle is given to commit your time to writing for the school
Michael Bosompra generalization of people who are too afraid hundreds of people around the world. Sure, newspaper, risks make life that much more
Tim Chen to do a lot of things in life, like board an air- there are tests to get to these milestones, but exciting. Sure, you’ve the rest of your life to
Tony Chen plane. There will be some people in your life tests can only tell authorities so much about take risks on. But isn’t it better to discover
David Cheung that you know to be average. They’re the John a person. what you truly love while young, so you can
Nicole Deen Smiths of this world, who live painfully aver- In your classroom, there are students pursue it all the way?
Patrick Han PEY review
Mike Klassen you may also have to meet with the client The Bad (shhh!)
Nefeli Kotopoulis and concisely report and document your If you want to spend your PEY arriving at 9
Saifu Li analysis and findings. There are a variety of am and leaving at 5 pm then Deloitte might
Wayne Lin projects in many industries you can work on not be the place for you. Though work-life
Jimmy Lu that range from a few days to a few months balance is encouraged, you may need to put
in length. So far I’ve worked on projects for in extra time to get your work done. Also,
two major retailers, an incentive rewards because the work we do is for clients, we
program project, as well as proposals in the sometimes need to be at the client’s office.
Shagun Parulkar insurance industry. I have spent time at client sites in North
Anna Sheu Name Anna Sheu York, Mississauga, and downtown Toronto.
Anastasia Shteyn Program Industrial Engineering The Good While being with the client is an interest-
Thariq Shihpar employer Deloitte & Touche LLP Deloitte’s assets are its people, and the com- ing and new experience, getting there can
Alessandra Trevisan Position Analyst pany definitely invests in every employee to sometimes be time-consuming and tiring
Kasper Woiceshyn Location Downtown Toronto help them grow. Being a Deloitte employee depending on where you live.
Song Yang is not just about getting your job done, it is There are days when you’ll have nothing
Cris Zhou When I received my job offer to join Deloitte about expanding your horizons, contribut- to do or you’ll be assigned simpler tasks that
I was excited – no school, paycheques every ing to the local community, and meeting most people would find a bit boring. How-
PhOTOgrAPhErS two weeks, and a job in downtown Toronto new people. ever you just have to accept it and remember
Behzad Aghaei with one of the largest professional services During my time at Deloitte I have been that people would not be giving you work if
Tony Chen firms in the world. Before beginning my job part of the Women’s Tennis League, partici- it was not important to someone.
Jason Fisher someone told me working at Deloitte is “liv- pated in social events such as the Amazing
Amanda Santos ing the green dot life” due to the green dot Race, attended networking events (with free Why I chose Deloitte
in its logo and the distinct company culture food!), and spent a week in National New For my job, Deloitte does not look for engi-
and I was eager to find out what that meant. Hire training. There are so many events and neers from specific disciplines; instead they
Claimer Though there have been ups and downs four activities at Deloitte that it would be impos- focus on the type of person you are. If you
The Cannon is the official (seri- months into my PEY job I can say I’m still sible for someone to attend them all. are the right fit for the company they believe
ous) newspaper of the University
glad to have accepted the job offer. I’ve also had the opportunity to make a you will be able to learn the skills and knowl-
of Toronto Engineering Society.
Established in 1978, it serves the positive impact on local community during edge required for the job. The same reason
undergraduate students of the What I actually do Impact Day, a day where Deloitte employees they chose to offer me the job is the same
Faculty of Applied Science and En- My job is all about analyzing risk and man- volunteer with a non-profit organization. I reason that I chose it – because it was a fit. I
gineering, with a circulation of up aging it. What that means is that I work hope to continue to have a positive impact wanted to gain more technical skills than in
to 3000. Submissions are welcome; with financial and business data – typically on the community through Deloitte’s part- my previous job, work in a fast-paced envi-
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Advertis- accounting – and analyze and test it to de- nerships with Junior Achievement and the ronment on external projects, and learn.
ing and subscription information
termine if there is fraud occurring or sus- United Way. I can’t say that PEY has been everything
is available from the Engineering
Society at 416-978-2917. picious patterns that indicate something is On top of the company culture, the ben- that I thought it would be, because I honesty
wrong with the processes it is being trans- efits Deloitte provides are great: paid vaca- did not know what it would be like. How-
Disclaimer formed and accessed by. While it helps to tion and subsidies on expenditures related ever, I am eager to spend the rest of my time
The views expressed in this news- be comfortable with scripting and data- to health and wellness spending just being at Deloitte finding out more and “living the
paper are those of the authors and bases, communication skills are essential as two of the examples. green dot life”.
do not necessarily represent those
of the Engineering Society unless
so indicated. The editors reserve
the right to modify submissions to
comply with the newspaper’s and
the Engineering Society’s policies.
10 King’s College Road
Sandford Fleming Building
647-722-6933 ex: 603
Oct 2009 engsoC Update the Cannon | 3
Think Engineers Rule the World? Tell ESSCO why and you could win a
The Engsoc Annual General Meeting took place prize! Write a 250-500 word article about a successful Engineer. Send
at 6:30pm on October 13th, 2009. Log on to your submissions to email@example.com along with your name, school,
year of study and engineering discipline. Last day of submissions is
skule.ca for meeting minutes. Nov 15th, 2009
VP Student Life know, crazy, someone’s probably going to
get hurt but that’s just all part of the fun.
VP External hosted by Queen’s University in King-
Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org and ston, ON. They are both being held from
they’ve got some great ideas for this club in- Abhishek ‘Abi’ Mathur November 27-29. If you are interested in
cluding training sessions and simply… run- attending these conferences or want to
As I write this article in the coziness of ning amok, I suppose? learn what these conferences are about,
the EngSoc office, I can hear the echoing To go hand in hand with this club is One month of Skule has already passed and gimme a shout at email@example.com
sounds of an all too familiar sound: the probably UTEFR, that is U of T Engineer- only three more months until exams! Excit- • Conference hosting: University of To-
ringing voices and cheesy tunes of a chinese ing First Responders. This club, chaired by ed? I didn’t think so. The last little while has ronto has to bid for an ESSCO confer-
Karaoke song. And of course, at the same Jessie Meji Lee is one of the most important been pretty awesome. As you guys might ence in this upcoming year. These con-
time someone yells, “Welcome to the CESA support clubs on campus. If your event has recall from the last Cannon edition, all of ferences include President’s Meeting,
mid-autumn festival “. Ahh yes, the familiar any risk of fainting, broken bones or plain you were supposed to sign up for the PEO Professional Engineers of Ontario Stu-
bustling noises of the atrium, clearly Skule old cuts and scrapes, UTEFR is your club. Student Membership Program for a chance dent Conference, First Year Integration
is now back in full swing. They can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org and to win something awesome in a lucky draw Conference and Annual General Meet-
So in case you haven’t noticed yet, Skule they are likely to be willing to patrol at your by September 25th. Uhh yes, that was my ing. After attending the ESSCO PM last
is busy. Well, School is busy and so with next event! If you’re interested in learning birthday! I sure hope you guys were out at week, I have gained interest in bidding
Skule on top, it’s not surprising it gets a little about first aid, they’re the ones to talk about Suds on Sept. 25 because it was surely an for the FYIC in 2011. This would mean
crazy sometimes. Yet, even in the midst of as well! awesome one. You got to see Dance Bat- that the 1T4 Frosh will be partying their
all the things you can be doing, sometimes So get off your lazy butt, put the prob- tles where people were Poppin’ Lockin’ and asses off in Toronto (assuming we win
you just can’t figure out what’s best to do lem sets aside and do something fun and Droppin’ their dance moves! And the tradi- the bid). If you have any questions/
or if you’re going to be missing something innovative! Recently, I’ve also found that tional Hardhat ceremony was conducted by comments, negative/positive feedback,
super cool. Therefore, I’m going to feature sleep is good. Hope you all are having a fan- me later on. Now its time for VP External please do send ‘em my way.
one or two new or noticeable clubs each tastic start to the New Year! Stay busy! Update: • ESSCO Directorship: There are three
month. • I attended the ESSCO PM at Lauren- (3) director positions still waiting to be
First, amazingly, the F!rosh are starting Yours truly, tian University in Sudbury: I learnt that filled by the ESSCO Executives. If you
clubs already. Started by Zach Fejes and Ju- Wayne Lin Skule is not only the largest Engineering are looking to get involved with ESSCO
lian Brais is the new Parkour Club. Yeah I VP Student Life, 0T9-1T0 Society in Ontario, but it is also the most and would like to get to know more
successful at running events. We cater to about these positions, get at me!
website and sign yourself up for one of the engineering students with services that Alright ladies and germs, I am going to
VP Academic free sessions before space runs out. no other school can match! Be proud of
being part of University of Toronto!
have to end this article right here because I
have an Economics assignment due. Adios
David Cheung exams database (exams.skule.ca) • National Conference on Women In En- skulers! Enjoy the midterms
The website provides copies of past exams, gineering AND Professional Engineers
some dating back as far as 1994. If you’re an of Ontario Student Conference: NCWIE Abhishek ‘Abi’ Mathur
Hey everyone, upper year, you’ve probably heard of it, used is being hosted by (yours truly) Univer- Vice-President External
I hope the first couple of weeks of school it or can’t live without it, but I just wanted to sity of Toronto and PEO-SC is being email@example.com
have been easy-going and that your prob- make sure the F!rosh don’t miss out.
lem sets aren’t stacked up to your heads ing, and answering the requests of many
yet. Sadly, it’s time to start kicking it up a
notch if we want to get through another
Tutors list (academic.skule.ca/tutors)
You may think a course is impossible to
VP Comm enterprising clubs. This, as those who en-
countered me during this time would know,
semester without going on probation. To pass, but many people have done it before Amanda Bell made me fairly grumpy. Much to my sur-
help you out, here are some services that you and some are willing to help you out prise (and likely for the best of my health),
the Engineering Society provides to all our for a reasonable price. You can find a list tonight has been a well… release is the best
students: of tutors on here, along with their contact (For those of you who have no patience for my way to describe it. All these eager, happy
information, asking price and the courses poetic streak, please feel free to skip my col- EngSockers make me feel young! As when
Prep101 sessions (prep101.com) they teach. umn this month.) the world was new - less jaded, motivated,
The Engineering Society is working with As I write this, I’m at Survey Camp. It’s rejuvenated, and so much more awake. I’m
Prep101 to bring you free prep sessions for That’s it for now, but I look forward to the first night of EngSoc Retreat 2.0, and (it ready for October, bring it on!
MAT186 and MAT188 midterms. Prep101 expanding the Engineering Society aca- may just be my renewed optimism) I like to Speaking of Council, we had an amaz-
has 10 years of experience helping students demic resources by improving academic. imagine that even after only two hours, it’s ing turnout of class reps at our September
prepare for midterms and exams. Wither skule.ca and providing free software semi- one of our most successful endeavors so far. Council Meeting. I haven’t tallied the num-
you need help or not passing, these sessions nars very soon. So keep your eyes open and The mess hall is humming with energy as, bers (though I will if you bug me about it),
will definitely help your grades. Go on the I’ll be back with another report in a month. behind me, class reps, directors, and offic- but I believe we had nearly had 85% of our
ers are playing Settlers of Catan, Mafia, and members there! My next primary focus?
Texas Hold’em. I sit alone at my laptop, qui- Glad you asked. I want to re-implement the
6. Everything is in your hands. You are in etly sipping coffee and typing away, feeding pretty HTML digest with the posting hy-
full control of your circumstances. off the energy of the evening. The weekend perlinks, so expect to get an upgrade from
7. You only go through it once and it is is beginning. the boring plaintext version we have now.
shorter than you think so make use of I’ve been very busy these past two weeks Wish me luck, and as usual – give me a ping
every moment. planning for the retreat, getting ready for the sometime. It’s been so long since I’ve heard
I’ve learned a lot during my experiences 8. Take every opportunity open to you motion-loaded September council meet- from you.
here at Skule and I’m going to release these because you will never know what you
not so secret pieces of advice throughout would have missed otherwise. General Meeting is less than two weeks
my Cannon articles this year. So here goes
numbers 1-15 of ‘101 Things I’ve Learned
9. You will always have more work so
putting things off doesn’t work.
VP finance away, being held on October 13th! This is
a chance where everyone can voice their
From Skule’. 10. It isn’t what you know, who you know Kyle Dupont opinions and vote on the Society’s opera-
1. University is a learning experience in- or how you know but a combination of tions. I will also be presenting the Au-
side and outside the classroom. all three. ditor’s report from last year, as well our
2. Engineering is hard. We have more 11. Not being good at something is even Believe it or not, it’s already October! It budget for this fiscal year.
class, work and complexity in our pro- more reason to try it and get better at it. seems like the past few weeks have past Other than that, a short update is that
gram than many other programs. 12. Not knowing people is even more rea- in a flurry of paintball, lectures, and the Finance Committee has allocated all
3. Engineering is easy. When you get the son to go out and meet new people. problem sets, only to unfold to midterms of our Special Projects funding for this
hang of things (and you will get the hang 13. An office at school is extremely conven- just over the horizon. year, and well over half of the Affiliated
of things) the work is easy to balance. ient but spending all time in it causes But behind the throws of Skule has Clubs funding. Even with the shortfall of
4. We’re all in this together. There are hun- you to forget there is a world outside. been your Engineering Society hard at Orientation, we are well on our way to
dreds of other people who are going 14. Students will always find a way to play work! Orientation has finally wrapped breaking even by June 1st. If you are in-
through what you’re going through and Starcraft on the ECF computers. up, and what a phenomenal job they terested, you can find all of our financial
thousands of others who have already 15. People will surprise you. did on this year’s F!rosh Week; and even information online at finance.skule.ca.
done it so it is possible. though we were short financially, merits Good luck on midterms!
5. We come into university not knowing Well there are all my insights for this are deserved for the entire team of volun-
anyone but we end up leaving knowing month. Hope it helps and my experiences teers. Cheers,
people you will never forget. haven’t all gone to waste! Speaking of financials, the Annual Kyle
4 | the Cannon Oct 2009
75th Anniversary Celebration
Where engineers, community, and creativity converge
Thursday December 17, 2009
World-Renowned Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian (EngSci 9T7)
Acclaimed Conductor Julian Kuerti (EngSci 9T9)
the Beloved Skule™ Orchestra and the Winner of Skule™ Idol
Concert: 6:30pm, Hart House Theatre
A one hour program featuring arias and Seating is limited - do not delay
overtures by Verdi, Rossini, Dvorak, and Mozart and purchase your tickets today!
Dinner: 7:45pm, Hart House Great Hall
Concert and dinner: $75 ($50 separately)
Please purchase tickets through
U of T Hart House box office:
Oct 2009 news the Cannon | 5
Skule history Contest 10
Time to test your Skule savvy! To win, you must submit
the first correct/most complete set of answers by YI-WeI aNG
Monday, October 19th. To the winner of this year’s UTEk 2010 dirECTor
first Archives contest will go honour and glory, and of
The 8th annual University of Toronto Engineering Kompeti-
course, a prize. tions (UTEK) will be happening again this year. UTEK will be tak-
ing place on January 16th, 2010, and winners of UTEK will have a chance to repre-
When was the LGMB founded, and why is it “award-winning”?
sent University of Toronto in the provincials or even the nationals!
how many votes are there in the EngSoc Council? Competitors can participate in 1 of 6 categories: Senior Design, Junior Design,
Innovative Design, Consulting, Engineering Communications, and Parliamentary
What was the name of the first Skule nite? (and it wasn’t “Skule nite”!)
Debate. Winners of each category will receive a cash prize and can move onto the
how many versions of the Mighty Skule Cannon have been forged? Ontario Engineering Competitions (OEC) in University of Waterloo this year.
UTEK is a great way for you to put your academic skills into a practical situation
Why does the Cannon Guard wear black?
that makes you think on your feet. It will also give you an opportunity to present and
Where can you find a remnant of the Little red Skulehouse? defend why you believe in your solution or standpoint.
Do watch out for posters (and the EngSoc Digest) regarding our information
What are the origins of the School/Skule Yell? session happening very soon. We will be giving your more information regarding
the competitions. Early birds at the information session get guaranteed spots in the
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. competition! For more information, check out utek.skule.ca or email us at utek@
notice to the F!rosh: there will also be a special prize for the first winning entry from a 1T3. skule.ca.
explodes! Mr. and Mrs. Jamieson
On the birth of his first child, the Cannon briefly interviewed
(at New) TC: What does Fatherhood feel like?
GaJ: Fatherhood = overwhelming + profound humility
TC: Being a Human Factors professor, what will you do dif-
ferently than other dads?
GaJ: Being a Human Factors professor means I can criticize
stroller designs with ruthless precision.
It was yet another peaceful night where
all the residents of the New College New TC: What’s one interesting fact about Yen Linh?
Building where fast asleep during the
early hours of Thursday morning. Many GaJ: Both, her father (MASc 9T8, PhD 0T2) and maternal
still studying as they had their mid terms Name Yen Linh Jamieson grandfather (MEng 8T1) are U of T engineers.
the following morning. But alas! The fire Etymology and meaning Both names are Vietnamese.
alarms go off all of a sudden and panic “Yen” means peace, “Linh” means spirit. Looks like we have another engineer in the making! Here’s
ensues. Students running around all Nickname England wishing the happy couple hearty Congratulations on the
over the place not knowing what to do. date of Birth September 19th, 2009 birth of their beautiful baby daughter on behalf of the en-
In 15 minutes , the entire New Building Time of Birth 5:12pm tire Engineering student body. May she bring you both much
was evacuated and all the students were Zodiac Star Virgo happiness and joy!
moved to the Wilson Hall lodge. Then Weight 6 lbs. 9 oz.
came the fire brigade. Things looked height 21 in.
out of control as confusion prevailed.
In a few minutes , everyone’s worst
fears came true. THIS WAS NO MOCK
DRILL. After an entire hour of waiting,
fear soon turned to irritation and then
anger. Students could not understand
what was taking so long.
Finally, one of the Dons told us that
the sprinklers on the fifth floor had gone
off and the entire floor was flooded.
And even worse, he told us that electric-
ity would be hampered and the eleva-
tor shafts were damp and therefore the
building was not yet safe. The students
started getting more curious and started
inquiring as to how the sprinklers went
of. It then became common knowledge
that a student of the fifth floor had hung
his clothes on the water sprinkler, which
caused it to break and set off the alarm.
(We know for sure that he was not in en-
gineering). Then finally around 4:00 in
the morning and after nearly 2 hours of
waiting, the students were escorted back
to their rooms.
So it comes down to this: 500 hun-
dred students woken up from bed, were
left waiting in the cold, some still in
their night suits, all because one smart
kid decided to hang his clothes on the
water sprinkler. Let’s hope he decided to
go to Walmart and buy himself a pair of
hangers. In affiliation with NBTC
6 | the Cannon FeatUre Oct 2009
The Parachute School of Toronto (PST) jumping from a plane, while attached to
Limited is located in Baldwin, ON, just an instructor. Sure, it doesn’t give you
an hour’s drive from Downtown Toronto. the same bragging rights Solo does, but
It was founded in 1974 in the town of it does allow more freefall time. For a
Arthur, just west of Orangeville. In 2002, tandem jump, there’s a short, 30-minute
Adam Mabee, an MASc 9T1 graduate in training session.
Aerospace Engineering from the Uni- Once you’ve completed your jump, you
versity of Toronto took over the School are eligible for a “First Time Jump Certifi-
and moved it to Baldwin, ON. Which, as cate”, which you can frame and make all
much as it is in “the middle of nowhere” your friends jealous with! Your first jump
is closer to civilization than Arthur. An doesn’t have to be your last however, sky-
hour’s drive from Downtown Toronto is diving is a fun, adrenaline pumping sport,
not too bad for a Parachute school. and you can actually go on to get a li-
PST has trained hundreds of jumpers cense.
from ages 18 to over 70 and unlike other Thousands of students have done a
parachute schools; it is an airport, in- first-time jump at PST. Everyone at the
stead of just a landing strip – which, as it school is very helpful, not to mention su-
sounds, is SO much cooler. PST also holds per-friendly. PST also has special pricing
the honor of having hosted the Ontario for students and student groups for both
Provincial Skydiving Championships, a Tandem and Solo jumps.
tradition that was revived after 15 years.
First-time jumpers, if they choose to
do Solo (which means, jumping all on For more informtation, log
your own) have to go through 5 hours on to the Parachute School
of training, during which an instructor of Toronto website:
walks them through what a jump will be parachuteschool.com
like, what they can expect and what kind OR call them at
of emergencies can happen in this sport.
For those more acrophobic, there’s
another option: Tandem. Tandem means
falling out of the sky has never been this
A group of 7 engineering students made a trip down to the
Parachute School of Toronto bright and early on Saturday, Oct
10th 2009. It consisted of 5 first-time jumpers and 2 experienced
jumpers. The following articles give you a flavor of what it’s like
to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Be it the first or fifth
time, the adrenaline rush never seems to get old.
roB NeToPILIk kasPer WoICesHYN
AdvAnCEd JUMpEr ExpEriEnCEd JUMpEr
The day started off like every other, but that Having done a few skydives before, I de-
changed very quickly as we pulled up into cided to tag along on this trip for fun.
the driveway of the Parachute School of I’m still on “student status,” meaning I
Toronto. As I left the car a sudden thought haven’t finished all of the training jumps
crossed my mind – “holy shit it’s cold”. But for basic certification. One of my jumps
then, I thought of what the temperature that day was a 15 second freefall, provid-
would be like at 13,500 feet in the air. It took ing a first and much-anticipated experi-
me about an hour to actually decide it was ence of terminal velocity.
time to freeze myself more than the ground When you first leave the plane, it’s
winds were already doing and I put on my like stepping into a hurricane, but you
parachute and went up for a low jump - also lose sense of direction and gravity—
about 6,000ft. The first ride down of the day especially if you’re above clouds. A few
was peaceful and oddly enough, not cold at seconds of this madness, and the wind
all. begins to push your chest, telling you
After this jump, it was time to go to the that you’re stable. Strange things hap-
top floor -13,500ft (4100m). My second jump pen when you hit terminal (120 mph).
of the day ended up being a 2-way with one Air feels more like a solid than a gas, and
of the many experienced skydivers at PST, even slight body movements have big ef-
Nicole Horak. This was one of the best jumps fects.
I have had in a while, and probably the most Twelve seconds into my jump I had
fun to date. We exited the plane linked to- to twist my shoulders hard so I wouldn’t
gether, one leg hooked and arms gripping spin like a figure skater. Every bit of
each other, causing us to go through a pretty loose fabric on my body was buzzing
sweet tumble in about every direction pos- loudly. After what felt like minutes—
sible. Eventually, we grabbed hands while time dilation, perhaps, due to such high
maintaining our legs linked and extended speeds—the altimeter told me to pull.
one hand out to each side, getting in a stable, WHAP! The opening canopy yanked
spinning position. The spinning in the air, me out of my dreamy daze, and made me
while falling at terminal velocity was the best appreciate the importance of proper leg-
feeling ever (and I definitely mean ever). By strap adjustment in keeping one’s “valu-
around 6,000ft we let go from this position ables” safe. From that high, the ground
and played around a bit in what was left of looks like Google Maps, so it’s easy to see
the free fall. where you are. The altitude afforded a
I followed this jump with 2 more later in majestic view of the fall colours, and even
the day getting some training for myself for a bit of the Toronto skyline. Thinking of
my next level license. All in all, the day was the warmth of the wood stove awaiting
absolutely incredible, and I’m sure the others below, I pulled my canopy’s right steering
that jumped for the first time that day would toggle all the way down, putting it into a
agree, that skydiving is one of the most amaz- dizzying spiral down another 2,000ft, be-
ing experiences that you can go through, and fore gliding into the field for a soft, tip-
everyone should try it at least once. toe landing.
Oct 2009 FeatUre the Cannon | 7
PaTrICk HaN CrIs ZHou saIfu LI
FirST-TiME JUMpEr FirST-TiME JUMpEr FirST-TiME JUMpEr
“It is definitely crazy…this is what we en- To put it in a few words: It’s so crazy I can’t To me, the 3000ft climb in the airplane
gineers should do!!” believe I have done this crazy shit! and the moment that I made the jump
When I was told about the skydiving Think about it. You are high up in the was definitely the most memorable part
trip on Friday, I said “Cool. Why not?” sky at 3000ft. Things on the ground are of this experience. I remember curling up
A group of 7 of us drove all the way to tiny in your sight. You are now sitting at in the tiny plane with three other jumpers
Baldwin, 5 of us were new jumpers and the door of the aircraft with a parachute and the jumpmaster as it picked up speed,
chose to go Solo. This meant 5 hours of on your back. Dare you jump out? Do you left the grassy runway, and headed for the
training before jumping out of an airplane think you are safe just because you are car- menacing, cloud-filled sky. Everyone was
on our own. During the training, 3 hours rying a parachute? The answer is, yes, but quiet and all we could hear was the engine
were all about how to save oneself in case not 100%. Which is why we took a 5-hour rattling and the evening wind calling out
of emergency. You must learn what you training course from 10am in the morn- to us, inviting us to the night sky. We were
should do if there is a malfunction, like, ing to 3pm in the afternoon. In the morn- all a little nervous, but definitely excited.
for e.g., jumping out of an airplane with- ing we learnt how to skydive with a good Weeks of anticipation and an entire day of
out a chute on. That situation would obvi- parachute and in the afternoon we learnt training had finally led to this point.
ously mean that you would die. to deal with emergency situations. We had reached altitude and, one by
But we were also trained not to worry Look up! Malfunction parachute!? one, the three jumpers before me had all
about it. The guys at the PST are profes- Look right! Look left! Punch right! Punch exited the aircraft. It was now my turn. I
sional, reliable people. But, once you sign left! You have to make a decision and do scooted up to the exit, placed my hands
the “Death Contract” and decide to jump, this emergency procedure in a total of 4 on the doorframe, and poked my head
you’re on your own. Trust me, you won’t seconds or risk a 20 something-second fall out of the plane. Surprisingly, I was no
worry too much about the jumping ‘cause to earth, which you won’t really remember longer nervous or scared; I was rather
you would have done enough training and since it will result in your death. Plain and overwhelmed by how beautiful everything
your coach will have given you the OK simple. Scary? As our instructor Alec said, looked down below and by the fact that
JASON FISHER that you’re ready. But once you’re high up “Not a big deal”. In fact, 99% the parachute there was nothing between this splendid
there in the sky, all you will think about will be functioning well. I feel really proud earth and me. The time had come; I was in
is “how did I get myself into this?” This that I managed to make the jump. I’m sure position, sitting on the edge of the plane,
thought will not leave your mind until you all first-time jumpers feel the same way. my knees hanging out. I scrambled my
can see that perfectly shaped canopy over After free-falling for around 5 or 6 second brain for all that I had been trained to do
your head. This means that you are safe the parachute opened and I felt the calm, and thought “f**k it. If I die, I die.” I then
now. Follow the instructions and enjoy a life-saving feeling of a good parachute. I heard the firm “Ready, go!” and pushed off
good flight! breathed a sigh of relief. For the rest of the the plane.
time I just enjoyed flying in the sky. It was The moments after that are now a blur.
hands-down the most amazing experience I remember feeling my whole body be-
of my life! ing pulled down by gravity and then, after
what felt like forever, the gentle tug of the
parachute opening. It gave me what my in-
structor would call a “calm, saving-my-ass
feeling” as it carried me safely back to the
ground for a muddy landing.
I posted photos of me gliding down
the sky on facebook and have received
many messages of awe and envy. However,
looking back, it was not the parachuting
that made the trip worthwhile – it was the
plane ride up and the feeling of being truly
HuDa IDrees alive when I decided to jump. And it is this
FirST-TiME JUMpEr feeling that will keep me going back for
With my heart racing, I tried to calm myself
down with deep, easy breaths. It was only fUN fACT: The Cessna 206
training time and I was already nervous! My (pictured above) has thrown
instructor was Alec, who has trained hun- out more first-time jumpers
dreds of students in the span of three years. look at my canopy made me realize it was than any other plane in all
He knows his stuff inside out and he’s abso- just a line-twist, which basically means that of North America!
lutely hilarious. He told us how none of his you have to kick around for a while before it
students have ever died; I felt like I was in becomes a perfect canopy that gives you the
good hands. For the first two hours, we went “calm, quiet, saving-your-ass kinda” feeling. (it was more like a hole, because there
through what a normal solo jump would be Once I completed the flight control check, was no door on the plane) to get myself
like. For the rest of the training, we were I simply hung out – in the air, enjoying the ToNY CHeN comfortable with the height. When my
taught how to deal with emergencies. sights around me. I could see all the way to FirST-TiME JUMpEr jumpmaster gave me the signal to jump,
Before I knew it, it was time for me to downtown Toronto and the CN tower, Lake all I was thinking was, look up, arch, and
board the plane. My jumpmaster was Bill, Simcoe and the Black River – which looked leap! Then there I was, somewhere in
an awfully nice guy who makes you feel like like silvery bodies of mercury from all the This year I started pushing my limits by the air, and all I could see was the white
jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is a way up here. The sun was just about to set taking on outdoor recreational activities. clouds, losing sense of orientation, until
completely normal thing to do. Needless to and it gave the fall-colored trees, a magi- I went whitewater rafting, kayaking, and my parachute opened up with a slight
say, I liked Bill. cal glow. It was simply breathtaking. It was I started learning how to swim. So when line twist. Once I resolved that problem,
“In about 10 seconds, I will tell you to like nothing I had ever experienced. Apart I first found out about the skydiving trip my perfectly good parachute gave me this
get in the door. When I tell you to get in the from the adrenaline rush, skydiving gives from Huda, I thought to myself, “Another "nice, calm, quiet, saving-your-ass" feel-
door, I want you to get in the door” you a chance to really experience the beauty one wouldn't hurt”. In the days leading up ing, while I enjoyed the fall colors on the
A split-second later, it was time for me around you. to this skydiving trip, however, I thought ground and the beautiful sunset. I fol-
to get in the door. Over the radio, I was soon instructed to to myself, “Why would I even agree to lowed the instructions over the radio and
At an altitude of about 4000ft, I placed steer my parachute in the right direction in this?” I thought back to four years ago glided for about another 4 minutes before
my left hand on the base and my right hand order to land in the PST field. Once I slid when I saw a skydiving trip poster around making a landing back at the school.
on the door of aircraft with the wind push- to the ground, I just sat there for a moment school and thought that I would never do This was my first skydiving experience
ing hard against my knees. As soon as Bill or two, taking it all in. The experience was this to myself. The fact that I am afraid and it was unbelievably exciting. I still get
yelled, “Ready? Go!” I pushed off as hard completely exhilarating and indescribably of heights didnt help either. I finally re- an adrenaline rush whenever I think back
as I could – into the air. Literally. Arch- awesome, and I had enjoyed every single solved to try everything at least once, in- to the jump. It wasn't just the skydiving
ing my body as hard as I could, like Alec nanosecond of my solo jump experience. cluding skydiving. experience alone. The people at PST, be it
had instructed me to, I did the count and Simply put: skydiving is addictive and there After hours of training on the ground my instructor or just random skydivers,
looked up. My first reaction was that I had a is no doubt in my mind that I will be back at at the PST, it was time for the jump. were all very helpful and enthusiastic. I
parachute malfunction and that I had to go the PST as soon as I can get a ride to Bald- We got all our equipment and took off definitely want to go back and do more
through Emergency Procedure. A second win. on the plane. I looked outside the door jumps in the future!
8 | the Cannon ClUbs Oct 2009
first step to forever fSAE Shootout race
there are so many questions floating around It was a long and cold day, the events
in my mind: where will I stay when I arrive? wrapping up at around five o’clock in the
What will I eat? Drink? Will I make friends? NefeLI koToPouLIs evening, at which point the awards were
EWB JUnior FELLoW
Are people expecting me? What will work CAnnon STAFF WriTEr distributed. The first set of awards was
be like? The ambiguity and uncertainty defi- given out to the five best drivers. The win-
It’s 3:30 am and I’m standing in the middle nitely aren’t helping my nervousness. I try to ning driver’s teams were (in ascending
of a field in pitch darkness with my grossly ground myself in what I do know: I’m going On Saturday September 26, at the crack order): Rochester Institute of Technology
oversized backpack, a package of malt n’ milk to Zabzugu town to work with the Zabzugu/ of dawn, over twenty cars filled with (RIT), University of Missouri, ETS Mon-
biscuits, and a roll of toilet paper just in case Tatale District Assembly’s Coordinating and sixty Formula SAE members, potential treal, University of Missouri, and ETS
the brown menace strikes. The night air is Planning Unit. My placement is part of En- members, and volunteers left Toronto for Montreal. The next awards were a little
surprisingly crisp and the field is alive with a gineers Without Borders’ Governance and Bowmanville. As the sun rose, the cars more objective. “Best Looking Vehicle”
certain energy that reminds me of Yonge and Rural Infrastructure strategy with the broad piled into the Mosport Racetrack, located and “Quietest Car” went to McGill Uni-
Bloor during rush hour. For everyone else, objective of promoting evidence based deci- approximately an hour and a half east of versity, while the “Team Choice” award
it’s the weekly rush to Yendi, a major town in sion-making within the district. But beyond downtown Toronto. Even though it was went to the University of Waterloo (UW)
northern Ghana, for me it’s a journey that will that…. Nothing. seven o’clock in the morning, U of T was for their ability to overcome difficult
hopefully lead me to the place I will call home Now fast forward three and a half months definitely not the first team to arrive at situations. A favourite amongst the par-
for the next 4 months. As I stand there among later and here I am, awake at 3:30 am and the racetrack. Many teams had arrived ticipants, the “Mr. Plow” award, given to
the masses, I can’t help but feel nervous; the standing in another field in pitch darkness the night before, (including University the driver who managed to run over the
last four months of my life have been dedi- only this time instead of venturing towards of Missouri and Cornell University) and most cones, was given to Peter Chan from
cated to preparing for this journey that once the unknown I’m returning to what I know had set up camp in the parking lot of the UW. The final awards were distributed to
seemed ages away, I’ve read books by experts, well… Toronto. There’s an odd symmetry to racetrack. Teams from all over North the five top teams. The winning teams
talked with natives of the country, and shared the situation that I can’t help but appreciate. America attended this year’s shootout, were (in ascending order): University of
my thoughts with others also embarking on But this time instead of standing still in nerv- hosted - as always - by U of T. With 19 Toronto, Cornell University, RIT, Uni-
this journey. ousness I’m among friends, family and col- teams in attendance this was the biggest versity of Missouri, and ETS Montreal.
None of the trainings could have pre- leagues, quietly reflecting on what has been and most successful shootout to date. Surprisingly, ETS Montreal, taking home
pared me for the delicious aromas, vibrant a life altering journey. I was blessed with the School spirit was definitely in the air; as the first place award for both team and
colours, and the everlasting symphony of ani- opportunity to experience rural livelihoods cars raced around the track the cheering driver, was one of the teams new to this
mal sounds and languages I hope to one day and tasked with the mission of helping Cana- teams almost masked the sounds of the year’s race. Overall it was an eventful and
understand. Everything is happening so fast, da understand some of those realities engines. A volunteer-run barbeque offer- exciting day, and the immense success of
ing free food helped the day go by more this year’s race definitely set the bar even
“So how was Africa?”
comfortably. higher for next year.
ing in Manyona pledging to dig her own pit
latrine. I picture the locally elected councillors
EWB JUnior FELLoW debating the negative effects of hardware sub-
sidies on their wards because it makes people
dependent on handouts.
Finding a word or sentence to describe such So when I tell you that Africa was alive,
a massive and diverse continent is absurd, but complex, inspiring and empowered, this is
I end up doing it many times a day now that where I’m coming from. But amidst my op-
I’m back in Toronto. It’s a lot like framing the timism, I can’t just paint over the incredibly
problem of extreme poverty as a lack of ma- difficult lives of so many Zambians with a few
terial wealth which is easy solved by handing choice words. My host family had seven chil-
things out. It’s not that simple. Africa as a con- dren, and no possible way of paying the school
tinent and an idea perplexes and intrigues me. fees for all of them. When malaria or diarrhea
So far I only have a tiny slice of experience in strikes a heart-wrenching trade-off has to be
one country - Zambia. made between the medical fees for treatment,
I lived and worked in the Southern Prov- seeds for next planting season or notebooks
ince of Zambia, partnered with Africare, a for schoolwork. AMANDA SANTOS
large non-governmental organization (NGO). What I can’t wrap my mind around is
We were mobilizing rural communities to that the warmest, strongest, hardest-working,
construct and use their own toilets to reduce
the disease and death caused by cholera and
most dedicated people I’ve met in my life are
so vulnerable to things outside of their control. LoT certificate program
diarrhea. This method is contrary to many Sickness, drought, market fluctuations that
traditional approaches to development, which suddenly cut their annual income in half – the ing their long-term goals. As the first
rely on foreign aid and fundraising to con- events which have the most profound impacts point on the agenda of the evening, Ms.
struct expensive and elaborate latrines for on human life are currently well outside their aNasTasIa sHTeYN Simpson invited students to let go of the
people who “can’t afford” them. sphere of influence. This unfairness has shak- CAnnon STAFF WriTEr school week distress and to participate
The approach Africare used gets closer to en me to my core. I believe that Africans can in a trust-building activity. Curiously, it
the root cause of the health challenges faced by change this, and I think Canadians have a role was through non-verbal communication
many Zambians, but in doing so it strays from to play in this as well. On Wednesday, September 23rd, the exercises that many of the participants
the simple image of a starving, naked child While the summer of 2009 has been a International Student Centre became a planted new friendships. The exercises
covered in flies. The view of Zambia I took vivid and brief introduction to Africa, I have a gathering place for twenty-eight engi- warmed up the atmosphere in the room
away is one of passionate and vibrant women lifetime to really get to know her, to really un- neers who were selected to participate that was soon to burst out in a passionate
and men who believe in their own power to derstand ‘how Africa is’. My challenge to you in the second Leaders of Tomorrow co- discussion on the matter of developing
solve their own problems. I picture the old is to ask a different question the next time you curriculum certificate program “Leading our potential.
woman standing up in a community meet- see me. from Inside-Out”. They met for the ses- Over pizza and soft drinks, partici-
sion entitled “Stepping into Your Power”, pants contemplated the nature of per-
the first in the series of five workshops sonal power, its limits and ways of ex-
on self-leadership. The program’s ulti- pression. Under facilitators’ instructions,
mate goal is to guide students through students also discovered aspects of their
a process of creating authentic visions shadow self, a concept developed by the
about participants’ personal leadership famous psychologist Carl Jung referring
paths. to unrealized parts of ourselves. Partici-
Annie Simpson, the Student Leader- pants then engaged in a role-playing ac-
ship Development Coordinator at the tivity aimed at expressing their ‘shadows’.
University of Toronto, is facilitating the The evening was concluded by partici-
program, which she co-created with pants’ reflections and closing thoughts.
Emily Reed, the former Student Leader- The program focuses on revealing
ship Curriculum Specialist. leadership nuances by taking a personal
After brief introductions it became perspective and is running throughout
clear that participants came from all October. The upcoming sessions include
across the Faculty, but shared a genu- “Embracing Challenge”, “Living on Pur-
ine interest in increasing self-awareness, pose”, “Envisioning your Future” and, fi-
pursuing congruent living and envision- nally, “Sharing Your Vision”.
Oct 2009 liFestyle the Cannon | 9
The history and tradition of Jack-o`-Lanterns
coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has
TuLIka GuPTa Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep been roaming the Earth with, ever since. The
the money and put it into his pocket next Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as
to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack
Halloween has always been a holiday filled from changing back into his original form. O'Lantern."
with mystery, magic and superstition. It be- Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the In Ireland and Scotland, people began to
gan as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during condition that he would not bother Jack for make their own versions of Jack's lanterns
which people felt especially close to deceased one year and that, should Jack die, he would by carving scary faces into turnips or pota-
relatives and friends. For these friendly spir- not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again toes and placing them into windows or near
its, they set places at the dinner table, left tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other
treats on doorsteps and along the side of the pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets
road and lit candles to help loved ones find tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the are used. Immigrants from these countries
their way back to the spirit world. Pumpkin tree's bark so that the Devil could not come brought the Jack O'Lantern tradition with
carving is a popular part of this celebration. down until the Devil promised Jack not to them and soon found that pumpkins, a fruit
People have been making jack-o’-lan- bother him for ten more years. native to North America, make perfect jack
terns at Halloween for centuries. The practice Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, o'lanterns.
originated from an Irish myth about a man God would not allow such an unsavory fig- Come Halloween, you will witness Skule
nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the ure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick traditions around these Jack-O’Lanterns. En-
story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have Jack had played on him and keeping his word gineers tend to adorn the campus with them,
a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack in our own creative ways and places. Keep
Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night your eyes peeled, you never know where you
convinced the Devil to turn himself into a with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack might find one!
Antiperspirants: The sweet
smell of progress turns deadly? Dear Diary,
I can’t believe a month has already passed so quickly!
trace amounts of parabens were found in all F!rosh week was awesome, but classes are so different. I’ve
of the 20 different breast tissue samples that hardly gotten any assignments, but I’ve done a lot of home-
eveLYN MukWeDeYa were analyzed. The growth of breast cancers work. Now that I have a month of university experience, I definite-
CAnnon STAFF WriTEr can be enhanced by oestrogen and since ly think that it’s one of the most challenging things I’ll face, what with midterms
parabens are very similar to oestrogen, the being worth the percentage of the course as high school exams, and finals almost
research group postulated that parabens can double that (WHYY?). And it’s already time for midterms, as my first one is next
Body odour a.k.a. BO is frowned upon in mimic the oestrogen’s stimulating effect on week (at least at the point in time that I’m writing this)!
most cultures, and antiperspirants, and their cancer cells. In addition, the researchers ob- It’s so weird not being reminded about assignments and homework everyday,
cousins, deodorants, are part of the arsenal of served that most breast tumours developed and I still can’t memorize my schedule. I keep forgetting which room I’m going
cosmetic products which are meant to keep in the upper quadrant of the breast, near to, and I have to stop in the middle of the hallway to get my schedule out of my
us smelling fresh. However, in recent years, the underarm areas where antiperspirants bag. I’ve managed not to get myself lost more than once, though it’s really scary
there has been concern that antiperspirants are usually applied. For several years, alu- when you’re trying to find a new way from one building to another and the halls
may be a risk factor in the development of minum compounds in cosmetics have been are completely deserted, and you can’t find a map. It makes you feel like &%^$#*
breast cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. implicated in the degeneration of nerve cells I’ve never been a morning person, but I’m still getting up at 6 am so I can make
in the brain and the formation of plaques it here earlier than most people to get a front seat in Con Hall. It’s such a big
about sweat around neurons both of which contribute to change from waking up at 7 and still being able to get to school before everyone
Since sweat is composed of mostly water Alzheimer’s disease. However, no study has at 8:15 when the rest of my family has to use the bathroom too (Once a nerd, al-
and trace amounts of minerals such as so- been able to establish a definitive association ways a nerd…or rather it’s ‘keener’ here…never thought I’d use that word! xD).
dium and potassium, it is mostly odourless. between antiperspirant-use and Alzheimer’s I’ve only made a couple friends. I came into engineering by myself, all my
So, in fact, sweat alone is not the problem. disease. friends going to McMaster, Waterloo, UTSC or are artsies here, so I’m starting
The problem is when bacteria feed on small over completely. I think because the same group of friends has surrounded me
amounts of fatty acids in the sweat as well as so now what? for about 3, almost 4 years, I think I’ve forgotten how to make new ones (some-
protein in dead skin and hair cells on the sur- Despite the results of the various piece- body help me!!).
face of skin. This bacterial activity causes the meal studies, researchers acknowledge that I’ve tried to get involved in clubs too, such as the Cannon, as well as Crum-
release of odorous compounds such as pro- longer-term studies need to be run in order pled Paper, the Lego Club, Skule Nite and the Skule Arts Festival. I think that
pionic acid which give BO its characteristic to prove that chemicals in antiperspirants it’s a nice escape from all the homework that we’ve gotten (like the pile of linear
vinegary-cheesy smell. The odour-causing can harm us. On the other hand, there has algebra that looks oh-so-giant when they give it to you all at once), but I’m hesi-
bacteria thrive in warm and moist environ- been no evidence to refute the claims, so tant to join too much as meetings are all 6 or after, and I commute (blech ~.~).
ments of the body including the underarms, is swiping our underarms with antiperspi- But so far, university has been good, finding cool little places to wait for class and
groin and feet. rant really worth the risk? Should we throw exploring the huge campus and surrounding area.
away our deodorants and antiperspirants?
How antiperspirants work Well, yes and no. Experts suggest that after More for later,
Most common antiperspirants contain,
among other ingredients, 15-25% (by weight)
of aluminum salts such as aluminum chlo-
shaving your underarms, allow the skin to
recover before applying any product to re-
duce the chance of the aluminum and other
ride and aluminum zirconium tetrachloro- offending chemicals from being quickly ab-
hydrex glycine. The aluminum compounds sorbed into the body. Or better yet, convert
reduce sweating by forming a gel complex to aluminum-free products which tend to
which plugs the skin’s pores, prevents the use less harmful substitutes to aluminum
flow of sweat from the sweat glands and compounds like potassium and ammonium
deprives the bacteria of the moisture that salts. There are also non-medicinal remedies
they need to grow. Another ingredient in to BO. Foods like red meat, onions, garlic,
antiperspirants are parabens, oestrogen-like spices and alcohol can contribute to making
compounds, which inhibit the growth of the
bacteria and also serve as a preservative for
our sweat stinkier so reducing our intake of
such foods could actually reduce our need to
“You see things, and you
the cosmetic product. use antiperspirants. However, the effects of say: `Why?’ But I dream
things that never were,
different foods vary from person to person so
studies on the possible detrimental effects if you did decide to eliminate some of these
Over the past decade, there have been
foods, you would have to do a “smell test”
after 1-2 weeks to see if the change in diet and I say `Why not?’”
studies on the possible effects of ingredi- made any significant difference. The bottom
ents in antiperspirants and similar cosmetic line is that better lifestyle choices such as eat- - George Bernard Shaw
products. A 2004 study conducted by Dr ing healthier, wearing clean clothes and tak-
Philippa Darbre at the University of Read- ing regular showers go a long way in keeping
ing suggested a causal link between the use us smelling fresher – with or without anti-
of antiperspirants and the steady increase perspirants. But of, course, Mom has been us
in breast cancer cases to date. In the study, telling that for years…
10 | the Cannon opinion Oct 2009
rock Music… has it died? consistently good music. suddenly the lights died. The music stopped. ‘you something something’. It happened.
MaNasvINI vaIDYuLa BUT, the point of this article isn’t to bring I was not mentally prepared for seeing the Speaking of Josh Homme, one would
SECTion EdiTor you head bangers down! I give you hope in face in reality that I’ve otherwise been watch- think he would be intimidated by the pres-
the form of a new band that’s coming up. ing religiously on YouTube. It was John Paul ence of two greats like Grohl and Jones but
What happens when you mix Led Zeppelin Jones! And there was a huge roar of approv- he took it in his stride. He repeatedly men-
Are you one of those people who worries and Foo Fighters/Nirvana and an incred- al. And then came Josh Homme and Alain tioned Jones and Alain Johannes and he
about what kids listen to these days? Ever ible Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Johannes. There was a chant for the legend interacted really, really well with the audi-
shook your head listening to the news of Age? You get the band that might just save from Led Zeppelin. And then without fur- ence.
how the new Miley Cyrus concert sold out Rock and Roll. And in 10 years, when some- ther ado, they started playing. Some of the other songs I really liked
in a week? Or how a movie called ‘Camp body else is writing this article, this decade They started with the track ‘Elephants’, were ‘Scumbag Blues’ and ‘Daffodils’. All
Rock’ included a Jonas Brother? will hopefully be named after them. I guess this music was hard rock at its best and the in all, it struck me as a good set of songs –
Hey, I don’t mind Hannah Montana or it’s a lot of hope and faith. It’s because I know way God intended it to be. There was good with that good old hard rock sound and a
the Jonas Brothers. And, I’m not slamming we’ve all been waiting for a band that would chemistry between the band members. And good diversity so that you would rather buy
the teenyboppers for limiting themselves create as much excitement for us as it did for Dave Grohl! He played with such intensity. the album than download it. I’m definitely
to the musical talents of anyone being pro- those who were standing in line for Nirvana This was also the first time he came back to buying their album, whenever they are to
moted on the Disney Channel. I just worry. or Led Zeppelin. Dave Grohl of Foo Fight- the drums after Nirvana so it was worth it release it. Which again, I haven’t found clear
Worry that my favourite genre of music ers and Nirvana fame joined forces with to push the guys in front of me so I could confirmation on because they’re being tight-
is slipping away from a generation. With John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin to create get really bad photos of Dave (yeah, we’re on lipped about it. I don’t know how you can go
fewer kids listening to rock music, I feel like a hard rock super group that promises a bet- first name terms) with hair in his face. wrong with Dave Grohl, who seems to have
the world may slowly forget all that amaz- ter future. I can just hear those angels sing. John Paul Jones plays over a gazillion instru- the passion and smarts for creating new and
ing music. And worse, not create any more The band is called ‘Them Crooked Vul- ments and he played about 5 of them at the eventually successful rock band and John
amazing rock music at all. But I can see why tures’ and they’ve been incredibly hush-hush concert. I was so close to the stage by now. Paul Jones and a good team effort. But can
it’s happening: we don’t have a band that can about their first album. They have started In one of the songs, Josh Homme pointed in ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ really bring back
create a frenzy or produce music like it did touring – the tour was called Deserve the my (general) direction when the line went rock to its former glory? I believe they can.
in the 60s and 70s, with bands like Cream, Future (sound like something I’ve been say-
Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and many oth- ing?) with Alain Johannes (from Queens of
ers. They were universal and everyone loved the Stone Age) and they hit Toronto on Oc-
them. Everyone knows who Led Zeppelin is, tober 9th at the Sound Academy.
for a good reason: they were/are that good. The concert was AMAZING. We were
In the 80s many rock bands were formed four rows from the stage! Well, four rows
that still play today –Guns N’ Roses, Metal- away from the barricade that was 3 feet away
lica, U2, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith etc. In the 90’s from the stage with security guards in the
we had Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, middle-but still! We brought our excitement
Oasis which were hugely popular and others at 7pm at Sound Academy. And then we
like Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Audioslave, waited, and waited. For 2 hours. Apparently,
Foo Fighters, Staind were able to do well, the band was doing an interview with 102.1
but were not exactly universal. And then a Edge FM. I couldn’t even find the interview
noticeable decline in: on the Internet but that was the reason we
1. number of people who listened to rock waited in a crowded, smoke-filled indoor
music club for 2 hours.
2. the number of new bands that made At 9pm, the crowd was restless. When
Oct 2009 teCh review the Cannon | 11
back with Windows 7
and security options, such as the ability to
keep user account control notifications to
CAnnon STAFF WriTEr a minimum.
Performance wise, reports claim that
Windows 7 is faster than its predecessor.
Microsoft Windows 7 – the highly awaited This is partly due to the fact that Windows
addition to the Windows operating system 7 is able to use more than 4GB of RAM
series - will be released worldwide on Oc- (on a 64 bit version, there is no confirmed
tober 22nd, 2009. From my observations upper limit), thus using greater memory
when using the operating system (Thank for smooth and powerful processing. Pro-
you, MSDNAA!), Windows 7 keeps the vided you have a computer with the mini-
look and compatibility of Vista, while in- mum standard specifications, you will see a
cluding numerous improvements, one of definite improvement over Windows Vista.
which is the completely redesigned task- During my experience, there were hardly
bar. Now, applications can be pinned to any hiccups while I had multiple windows
the taskbar in order for the user to quickly and programs running simultaneously. I
pull up frequently used programs. Addi- definitely did not run into the notorious
tionally, Windows 7 is made more acces- “blue screen of death”, and hope that this
sible through several upgraded features to will be a permanent relief. It is evident that
its Windows Aero interface, such as the this time round Microsoft has listened to
ability to view the desktop by “peeking” customer criticism, creating a perfect bal-
through many opened windows (Aero ance of multimedia and power to provide
Peek), as well as “snapping” windows in a suitable environment for both general
order to resize and view them side by side and advanced PC users to work within. I
(Aero Snap). Furthermore, there are minor am very happy with my overall experience
enhancements towards mainstay Windows of Windows 7 and believe that it is a good
programs such as Windows Media Center step in the right direction for Microsoft
to create better multimedia integration, Windows, to once again become a worthy
as well as several changes made to system competitor on the market.
to the keypad to the keys is so ergonom- X here, hands down.
MeDHa aGarWaL asHIsH MaLHoTra
ically designed that it’s almost intui- CAnnon STAFF WriTEr
Moreover almost all of the hardware
CAnnon STAFF WriTEr
tive. For example, the first day I almost peripherals (such as mice, keyboards,
knew where every key was without sort printers, cameras) out there support
For some people a purchase decision of looking for it, most functions can be Underneath all the snazzy exteriors and Windows. This isn’t necessarily true for
is like snatching candy from a baby, done through the keyboard and don’t cute apple shaped lights is a below aver- a Mac.
whereas there are people who require require the endless hassle of looking age and awfully overpriced OS. Here are
a long complicated well thought out for the right application because they some of the reasons why PC’s rule Macs Windows is safer
purchase. I usually tend to fall some- are all right there for you to use. For any day. Vista is a more secure operating sys-
where in between, but this time when I example, you can choose between the tem than Mac OS X. In a recent hacking
was buying a new laptop for university different minimized windows currently Windows runs more software and pe- competition Mac OS X was hacked in less
I came pretty close to having a nervous running by simply hitting a button the ripherals than 30 minutes using a security exploit
breakdown. screen, rather than look for it on the Admittedly, Mac OS X is a very pretty present in Apple’s acclaimed browser
You see, with the limited amount of desktop as in a Windows PC. I think operating system, but beauty runs only “Safari”. Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox
technical knowledge I have it was hard it’s the small things about a Macbook skin deep. An operating system by itself took a whole day to be cracked.
for me to decide which one I wanted which make it stand out for me like the isn’t of any use; it’s the applications that
because the only specifications I knew amazing aluminum unibody which is run on top of it that count. And here’s Buying a Windows PC is economical
I wanted was to be compact, portable, If you got a lot of extra cash lying
sleek and good-looking. And as you around that you don’t really care about,
may know, there are a number of lap- then by all means, buy a Mac. But if, like
tops out there that fit that description. most of the world, you’ve got to work
Mac vs. PC
When I got to the store as confused for a living, then you’ll find that a Vista
as I was about buying just any ordi- machine is far less expensive than a Mac
nary PC, the in store technician intro- and provides much better specs. This
duced me to the Mac. At first I wasn’t is apart from the fact that Mac updates
sure about it, having never really seen cost you around $165 each while not
a Mac before, it was hard for me to im- providing any major improvements in
agine how different it would be to use. functionality.
But the technician assured me it wasn’t
rocket science and with all the help PC users get to choose hardware
and tutorials available it would not be Any person or company, who wants
a problem. Next, was the consideration to build a PC with Vista on it and then
of price. Being a university student, I sell it, or use it themselves, is perfectly
had to make sure that it fit in my budg- free to do so, as long as they buy the op-
et. I did end up getting a pretty sweet strong and durable, the individually fit where Mac OS X falls short. It can’t run erating system. But for a Mac this is next
deal – with a free printer too! keys that appear unbreakable, the fact much of the common software, includ- to impossible because OS X ships only
I went home excited and from the that a Mac rarely gets a virus or maybe ing enterprise applications, popular with the Mac computer. Which by the
moment I opened the box even before just the fact that the sensors light the games etc. way is another one of Apple’s monopo-
switching it on I was amazed by how keyboard automatically when it’s dark! Virtualization software like Parallels lizing schemes to get people to buy their
well designed it was. The fact that it Everything that I was skeptical Desktop for Mac won’t solve the prob- hardware just to get their operating sys-
was so thin and light was great as that about regarding the Mac now seem ir- lem. Parallels can’t run even the most ba- tem.
was the main thing I wanted in my new relevant for example, “not many peo- sic Vista games such as FreeCell, Hearts,
laptop. Once I switched it on, it took ple have it” has now become “I’m one Pinball, Solitaire and Minesweeper, be- easier to get help
my breath away. When you switch on a of the lucky few who do have it”, or “it cause it doesn’t support DirectX 9. And There are many more Windows users
Mac, you are introduced to a space like might be hard to use” has now turned virtualization software creates big prob- than Mac users. In fact around 90% of the
screen and the graphics and the sound into, “I was born knowing how to use lems for enterprises with regard to vol- world’s computer users run Windows. If
quality are simply wonderful. it”. In short, it was approximately 2 ume licensing, technical support, creat- you get stuck with your Windows PC,
Having owned a Mac now, it’s hard weeks ago on when I was looking for a ing standard enterprise-wide images and chances are you know someone round
to imagine how my life was pre-Mac. new laptop, I saw the new Macbook I’ve so on. So it’s no good for running enter- the corner who can help you fix it. If you
Everything about it from the interface never looked back. prise applications either. Vista beats OS are on a Mac, well good luck.
12 | the Cannon entertainment & review Oct 2009
Candid on Campus fML: Skule version
“You know what’s worse than buying textbooks? Buying the stupid iClicker! “Today, I realized there are 5 jobs for 200 mechs in PEY round 1.
The fuck they use that money for anyway?! Such a rip-off guy…” FML”
Well, of course, the University Hospital Network, that’s definitely incentive
to work at the St. George Campus. “That’s the reason I’m here downtown… “Today, I spent 1.5 hours in a ECE lab trying to debug my circuit,
in case I get a heart attack or something.” – Prof. Chignell only to realize there was a misplaced capital letter in the original
code given to us in the lab. FML”
LGMB crashes Ontario Universities’ Fair. Waterloo reps come to UofT booth
UW: “Did that band belong to you guys?”
UofT: “Yes” “Today, on the fifteenth day of Skule, I got back my first graded
UW: “Are you trying to intimidate us?” quiz. It was the first quiz I failed since grade 5. FML”
So there I was sitting in the very very first row in my first year programming
“Today we had to do a titration in a lab. The indicator goes from
lecture because I didn’t know anything about computers and the prof is
going on and on about this C programming! C this, C++ that, C-C-C-C... Fi- purple to blue. I am colour blind. FML”
nally, I turn to the girl next to me and I’m like, ‘I don’t get it… what’s C?’ She
doesn’t know what the prof was talking about either. So I promptly raise “Today, I realized I had studied 6 hours/day for 3 days for my AER210
my hand and boldly ask, “Excuse me, does C stand for computer?” midterm, and the only real skill I had at the end of it all was that I
could flip to the right page in the Stewart Calculus Solution Manu-
“So what we learn from this is: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it or anything around
it”– Professor Jamieson al every time. And then I forgot what Taylor series are. FML”
...because who doesn’t love food?
(a bit too salty and maybe MSG-y)
bUddha’s vegetarian restaUrant
Cost per portion
Location (not as close as Chinatown)
Customer Service (nice waitresses who don’t expect a lot of tips)
180 degrees and a whole other cluster of
tables appears. After the awesometastic
TIM CHeN tea is served and you are given an oily
CAnnon STAFF WriTEr yellow background with red text menu,
you will notice that most main dishes are
$8-10 (after you figure out the Chinese
Buddha is a Chinese vegetarian restaurant and English versions that is). It seems like
located on Dundas St east of Bathurst. quite a bit for a small Chinese joint, but
The restaurant is one of those Chinese here’s the curve that may explain things a
places with a shady facade, things like oily bit.
glasses with curtains, bunch of stickers for
no reason. Passing ancient news articles Cost per person vs. #people, decreases
posted on the glass panels of a small set of exponentially
double doors, you are greeted by a statue Picture this: I assume one person will er than cooking food yourself, or if it is The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
of the Buddha, red candles, and green- order a side dish to accompany the main as nutritious, but it’s definitely worth it if It operates from 11am to 9pm all other
apron-wearing waitresses. All of them dish, which will cost around $12. The you are out of food and need something days. The take-out is amazing! They pack
Chinese, all of them very friendly. Once problem is, the portion they serve is more filling and cheap, and tasty as heck. even more into the containers than origi-
you’ve visited there a couple of times, they than I can eat in a whole day. So I end up The menu features tofu, seitan, mush- nal servings. Overall, it is a good place to
will recognize you and greet you like an taking over half of what I ordered home. rooms of all kinds, a lot of greens, noodles introduce friends to Asian vegetarian cui-
old friend. It’s a nice feeling. If someone is eating with me, (s)he doesn’t and rice, as well as a variety of imitation sine.
If the restaurant is busy, which it usu- need to order anything, cutting the cost meats.
ally is, and all the tables you see are occu- by half to $6. Craziness! Of course, if you I personally enjoy imitation duck
pied, you will be led into what you’d think have a 6+ people party there, obviously ($2.90 for small), anything with mush-
is a kitchen. Before you reach the kitchen the cost will go down a bit. rooms (such as noodles ($7.95), rice, or
though, the waitress will turn you almost I don’t know if the food itself is cheap- mushroom by itself).
Skule Meets Engineers