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October Events

Spice Up Your Life was a success. It started a bit late and there were no spoons but the samosas were delicious and there was a good turnout. It was great talking to the professors. A special thanks to Skrud for stopping by and telling us about life after graduation.

Last night was the Engineering Games Lizard Lounge. ÉTS, Polytechnique, and McGill showed up. I’ll have to find and post a picture of the official ÉTS beer pong table. It’s made out of 3300 beer caps and is a fantastic work of art.

With the first month out of the way, it’s time to think about some more important things. Sure, you can worry about midterms, but you can also procrastinate those studies by spending some time with your fellow engineers. Here’s what I’ll be covering in this post:

Academic

  1. Problem Solving Sessions
  2. Programming Summer Camp
  3. Tutors on Duty

Events

  1. SCS Gaming Day
  2. Career Fair
  3. Beer and Nacho Cheese
  4. SCS Lizard Lounge

Tutorials

  1. SCS Eclipse Tutorial
  2. SCS Shell Scripting Tutorial

Academic

1. Problem Solving Sessions
Concordia’s ICPC team for this year has been chosen. It would be good to start a regular group that gets together and solves algorithmic and math programming problems together. Those interested are planning to meet once every two or three weeks. If you join the group, the meetings are not mandatory, just come whenever you have free time. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at cse@ecaconcordia.ca and send me your availability.

2. Programming Summer Camp
Dr. Chvátal (yes, he has a Wikipedia page) is planning a camp geared for CÉGEP students to teach and get them excited about programming. This would be for next summer, around June. If you’re interested in helping out, please e-mail me at cse@ecaconcordia.ca or contact Dr. Chvátal.

3. Tutors On Duty
The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science is offering this service to all undergraduate students. The program aims to help first- and second-year students by providing tutors for their discipline at certain times. The tutors will be third- and fourth-year undergraduates. The CS/SOEN tutors are available at the following times:

  • Tuesday from 14:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday from 14:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday from 11:00 to 14:00
  • Friday from 11:00 to 14:00

They’ll be in H-806-01 and H-806-02.
More information can be found on the Tutors on Duty website.

Events

4. SCS Gaming Day
Date: Tueday, October 6th, 2009
Time: 12:00 – 17:00
Location: B-annex
If you were around during Frosh, you’ll remember SCS had consoles set up in the B-annex. They’re doing it again. It’s a great way to kill time if you’re on a break.

5. Career Fair
Date: Tueday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th
Location: Hall 7th floor
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Update: Facebook event page.
I’ll update once I have the full details about the location and time. I do know that there will be 16 different companies each day so come with you CV ready.
Also, if you’re interested in greeting and helping the companies set up, e-mail Athena with your availability at external@ecaconcordia.ca

6. Beer and Nacho Cheese
Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
Time: 17:30
Location: B-annex
Free drinks and nachos. Last year the B-annex was packed. the food was great and it was so much fun. Definitely not to be missed.
Corny joke time: What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese! (Not your… get it?)

7. SCS Lizard Lounge
Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Location: Reggie’s
Time: 17:00 – 20:00

Tutorials

8. SCS Eclipse Tutorial
Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Location: Hall 929
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
This tutorial will cover Eclipse basics such as creating a project, uses of the different views and perspectives. I’ll also delve into some of the refactoring capabilities as well as look at the java Debugger. Finally, we’ll look at installing plug-ins.

9. SCS Shell Scripting Tutorial
Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Location: Hall 929
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Shell scripting is an important weapon in your arsenal of programming skills. I learned bash over the Summer while working and I wish I had taken the time to learn it earlier.

Spice Up Your Life

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Spice Up Your like is happening on Thursday, October 1st in EV 2.184 from 4:00 – 5:30pm.

What is Spice Up Your Life? It’s an event organized and hosted by SCS that brings together the CS/SOEN faculty with students. It’s a great way to get to know your teachers and ask them about their research, debate with them about the courses offered, and share your love of spicy food (mild food will also be served).

Alumni are also invited to this event. So, if you have moved on to a career or graduate studies, please feel free to join us and share your experiences.



SCS is also offering tutorials all semester on various topics. These are introductory tutorials aimed at 1st and 2nd year students. They will happen every other Wednesday in H-929 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

The dates and topics are:

  • Sep 23: Intro to Linux (happening today)
  • Oct 07: Using Eclipse
  • Oct 21: Bash scripting
  • Nov 04: Perl
  • Nov 18: Version Control

All tutorials are given by third or fourth year students in Computer Science or Software Engineering. I’ll be giving the one on Eclipse.

Frosh Week 2009

Frosh is a great time of the year to meet new people and find out what’s happening in the ECA.
If you are looking to get involved this year, you should definitely come out since executives for societies, reps, and older students will be there.

I have listed all of the events for ECA Frosh. The links direct to the ECA Frosh website or the Facebook page for that event where more details can be found.

Friday, September 4thOrientation Day

9:00
New students are introduced to the ECA executive team, the Dean of Engineering, each department’s Chair, and their department representatives.
New students will have to take the ECA placement test.
Societies usually also give short presentations but I’m unsure if they’re doing so this year.
12:00
Campus Tours – Frosh Leaders will take students on a tour of the downtown campus to locate classes, labs, and student areas.
12:30
Terrace (behind the Hall building) – Free food and drinks!


Tuesday, September 8thMovie Night

8:00 – 10:00
B-Annex – Free Breakfast.
B-Annex – building with K’NEX.
12:00 – 17:00
B-annex – An afternoon of gaming hosted by SCS.
After 17:00
B-annex – Movie (sorry, not sure of the exact time yet).


Wednesday, September 9thSociety Day and Comedy for a Cause

8:00 – 10:00
B-Annex – Free breakfast hosted by WIE.
10:00
Terrace – Society Day
All societies will have booths and will be ready to talk about their events throughout the year.
It’s also a good time to ask about joining a competing team, such as Engineering Games or SAE. SCS will also be there if you want to ask about the Computer Science Games.
17:00 – 20:00
Terrace – Corn Roast Dinner. You should have a Concordia ID card with an ENCS sticker. You can get the sticker from the ECA office (H-838).
21:00
Hall – Comedy for a Cause show starts in H-110. Tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds will go to ECAid.


Thursday, September 10thPub Crawl

8:00 – 10:00
B-Annex – Free breakfast.
B-Annex – Building stuff with K’NEX.
19:00
Terrace – Meetup for Pub Crawl.
Tickets are $15.00. We’ll be visiting the following bars: Boite a Karaoke, Sports Station, Brutopia, XO, and McKibbins.
If you don’t have a team beforehand, don’t worry. Most teams are created on the spot.
Pub Crawl is always a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other students.
22:00
Afterparty with JMSB.


Friday, September 11thLizard Lounge

8:00 – 10:00
B-Annex – Free breakfast.
16:30 – 20:00
Reggie’s – Lizard Lounge hosted by ECA. Beers will be $1 (as always) and sausages will be served.
21:00 – 03:00
RnD. This is not part of Concordia Frosh but a lot of Concordians will be headed there after Lizard Lounge. RnD is a yearly party hosted by ÉTS. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the Engineering Games booth on Society Day.


Saturday, September 12thLa Ronde Day

9:00
Meetup at Concordia to head to La Ronde. Tickets are $20.00

Tickets for all events will be available throughout Frosh.
During Frosh students will get a t-shirt with a list of tasks . Complete 5 out of 7 tasks and get a prize!
DUSTED is not part of Frosh this year. It will be happening later in the semester.

Too Soon To Think

This is the first Summer where I’ve been working full-time. These months sure have drifted away. It’s almost time to start thinking again…

  • For those of us in coop, work term reports are due August 12th.
  • There is a Frosh meeting this Friday at 6:30pm in the B-annex. You can contact Athena (VP External) at external@ecaconcordia.ca for more information.
  • If you are interested in volunteering during Frosh, contact Christine (VP Sports and Competitions) at sports@ecaconcordia.ca

Although the prospect of September and classes makes me a sadling, Frosh brightens my day. I’ll post up a list of Frosh events as soon as activities and dates are finalized. It’s going to be great. :)

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