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U of C Helps Chart Future for Engineering Students
The 34th annual Canadian Federation of Engineering Students'
Congress in Halifax was hosted by Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus,
Jan. 4-9. About 36 of the 46 member schools and 250 students participated
in the congress this year. University of Calgary engineering students
Jeremy Baretto, Allison Haggerman, Brant Moyr and Dave Damberger attended.
In addition, engineering societies are able to vote on the issues they deem of great importance, to pass mandates to improve the function of the CFES. This year, among the mandates passed were the continued pursuit and emphasis on information sharing via the Internet, such as the creation of an online job fair, listing career opportunities across Canada's vast nation. Also, CFES will design a summer school program to foster an initiative to experience various Canadian universities.
The lasting effects of the congress are best stated by Dave Damberger, vice-president external of the Engineering Students' Society: "The learning experience was not only tremendous, but it was also a lot of fun!"
It all began at lunch hour Nov. 26, when a large circle
of students gathered in the middle of MacEwan Hall Students' Centre. As
the students looked on (some wearing white coveralls with the letters,
"p squad" on the back and armed with rolls of paper towel and
plenty of garbage bags), the president of the Students' Union, Barbara
Wright, took a pie in the face.
The rules are simple: A pie can be bought by anyone for the price of $5 or more. It is then the choice of the intended "victim" whether to (a) redirect the pie for another $5 in or (b) to take the pie in the face. This year, more than $3,100 was raised for the Calgary Urban Projects Society. However, as vice-president of events Kim Johnston says, "We couldn't have done it with out the support of the student volunteers, faculty and corporate industry."
Squad teams raced around the city to deliver chocolate or banana surprises. Again this year, SMED International was among the many companies that participated in the buying and redirecting of pies. In a few hours, SMED employees contributed to $1,300 of the total amount raised and in the process benefited a worthy cause, all whilst having tons of fun. Five-dollar pies seemed to transform into pies worth as much as $135.
All in all, those who decided to have some fun or seek that little bit of revenge had a great time. The Engineering Students' Society thanks all the individuals, companies and others who helped make this event such a success.
Mary Grace DeGuzman has completed her third year of manufacturing engineering and is on internship until September with the wireless communications company Research in Motion. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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