Hello everyone, I hope that you are all enjoying this lovely weather that cannot make up its mind on what it wishes to be. Is it supposed to be cold? Or are we supposed to all be wearing shorts? Either way, it isn’t safe to throw out either set of clothes yet, so make sure to hang onto them just in case.

To all of those people who came to our pizza and board game night, thank you! It’s great to see students getting out and enjoying themselves despite any stress that has been placed upon them by teachers or assignments. I for one enjoyed hanging out with all of you, and I hope you feel the same way.


Hear ye, hear ye, CalgaryHacks 2019 is almost here!

CalgaryHacks is a sprint-like, competitive programming contest designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and innovative thinking. Last year’s event saw nearly 200 participants. Students primarily from the Calgary region will be working with the latest platforms, hardware, and software over the course of 24 hours to build some of the most innovative, and technical projects. Teams of up to five (5) is allowed.

CalgaryHacks is an excellent way for participants to hone and showcase their problem-solving skills and to connect with working professionals that will be attending CalgaryHacks as representatives and judges. The event presents a great opportunity for participants to develop new skills and also act as a bridge to close the gap between their academics and career! 

Free food, snacks, and drinks will be provided during the hackathon, so please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.


First Place: $750 + additional prizes (to be announced)

Second Place: $500 + additional prizes (to be announced)

Third Place: $250 + (to be announced)

Additional door prizes from Telus will be providedF

The event will be hosted at the University of Calgary, in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and Math Sciences (MS) Building from Sat, Feb 16, 2019, 9:00 – Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 17:00 MST

If you feel like you can stay up for 24 hours straight to work on an assignment, I’m sure that you will do fine here. Besides, we’re students, who needs sleep anyway? (Note: CSUS does not condone all nighters to finish assignments. Proper sleep is crucial to clear mindedness in class and helps you to not make too many mistakes when you are working.)

If you don’t feel quite like pushing your brain that much, you can always volunteer to help out! If you need more information on the matter, please ask the people at CSUS, as we are more that happy to answer any questions you may have about the event.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calgaryhacks-2019-registration-54899576110

Volunteer link: https://goo.gl/forms/iBQJD0K1ThpRGPtY2

Time: Sat, Feb 16, 2019, 9:00 – Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 17:00 MST

Location(s): University of Calgary, Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and Math Sciences (MS)

Auxiliary Executive Opportunity

Just a reminder, we are still looking for auxiliary executives. If you think you have what it takes to help CSUS be the best it can be, go ahead and submit your application. If you missed the previous newsletter, or just have dismissed the knowledge to make room for a new programming language, here are the details: 

  • For winter semester they will provide a supporting body to current exec team with the big Hackathon coming up.
  • This will also serve as training for the aux-execs to succeed current execs.
  • Each aux-exec will shadow an exec and do tasks with exec
  • This isn’t to say the aux-execs are below current execs but it’s more of preparing for the passing of the torch from master to student
  • THE AUX EXECS WILL HAVE ALL THE PRIVILEGES CURRENT EXECS HAVE, WHICH IS MAINLY ROOM ACCESS (exception being access to finance accounts carried by VP Finance and President).

January to beginning/mid March the current execs CSUS will be in a state as described above, but after that fact the AUX-EXECS WILL BE RUNNING THE SHOW WITH THE CURRENT EXECS GIVING WISDOM WHEN ASKED

If you have any questions about this opportunity, feel free to ask us in CSUS either in person or by email.  

Registration Sheet: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePLtDQ8UrpiYaJhs8R-5-Gb5aRy53Uek1p3KwAz6ztv6y2QQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Contact Email: CSUS@ucalgary.ca

Undergrad Renovations

If you recall what was stated in the last newsletter, a team of architects and planners are looking to renovate the undergrad spaces. We are still accepting submissions to our poll to see what all of you think should be changed if we get selected as one of of the places to renovate.  I for one think that a bigger pi lab would be a lovely idea, and perhaps even the addition of a nap room for those students who decide to stay overnight. After all, who needs to go home when you have an assignment due the next day?

Link to poll: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfREK337UgF0wVUznLcQLA_mzfnGXiX8dTsvnx43k9dpH6s1w/viewform?usp=sf_link

CPSC Department Lab Survey

On a very similar note, the CPSC department wants to look into some upgrades of their own to the lab spaces, and need your input. Below is a survey that you can use to give your own input of what you want changed. Remember, there are no such thing as stupid suggestions… besides suggesting that the labs can all form a giant robot. While it sounds awesome, I’m not entirely convinced that it is practical.

Link to poll: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNxj8AY0UA6CCKRbPEXtrgNj9InaEyQ8zXaSyys6KY5CLV-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Midterms are closer than you think, so make sure that you are asking our fellow CSUSites for help if you need it. Part of the reason we are here is to help you succeed. And so this newsletter ends, not with a bang, but with a bunch of letters because I am too lazy to embed sound clips into it.

End of January Newsletter

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