The Rack - Fall 2020


The Rack - Fall 2020

Price : Lakehead Engineering Student Newspaper Issue: Fall 2020

Date: November 2020

Victoria Carlyle

The Duckling Program

2020-2021 is the very first year of the Lakehead Engineering Students

Society Duckling Program! The duckling program is a peer mentoring program

that matches incoming first years with upper year engineering students.

The goal of the duckling program is for upper year students to be able

to mentor their ducklings socially, professionally, and academically! The

transition to university is not an easy one. The transition to university amidst

a global pandemic seems nearly insurmountable. It is our hope that having a

parent-duck to look up to and ask questions helped ease the transition for a lot

of our incoming first years!

My name is Victoria Carlyle and I am this year’s VP Social for the

Lakehead Engineering Society. I piloted the duckling program because of one

of my greatest role models, Brianne Walford. Just last year, I was a first-year

student. I am all too familiar with the stress that comes from being thrust into

the world of university. I distinctly remember sitting in the Lakehead Faculty

of Engineering and watching the student panel. Everyone wants you to get involved

in things, and warns you to go to class. They tell you a little bit about

ESS and the discipline societies and send you on your way.

I found, especially as a first year living in residence, the transition was

lonely. Profs are scary, classes are hard and reaching out to anyone can seem

terrifying. Fortunately, I decided that applying for the FYIC (First Year Integration

Conference) was exactly what I needed to make friends and learn

more about how to get involved in engineering. I successfully interviewed for

Brianne, and then was fortunate enough to attend this conference with her in

Toronto. Following the conference, Bri completely took me under her wing.

(Haha pun intended… Duck… Wing… Get it?)

I became her ‘duckling’. Brianne was also fortunate enough to have a

mother duck in her younger years. Julie Hauth had similarly adopted Brianne,

and given everything Julie had helped her accomplish, it seemed only fair to

pay it forward and carry on the tradition.

She introduced me to all of her upper year friends, helped me when I

was confused in classes, and supported me as I became more involved with

the ESS. More importantly, she made me feel valued. I was about as small

and froshling-y as they come, and yet I had a network of upper year students

that cared about me and my successes! My relationship with Brianne was

such an asset to me, that I felt this was something every incoming first year

should have.

Obviously the duckling program is far from perfect. It is my hope that in

the next few years I will be able to fine-tune it and give Lakehead ESS something

really valuable to continue.

Engineering is hard. We all know that. But engineering is a lot harder

when you have to go through it alone. Here’s to hopefully many years of students

supporting students. Thank you for your interest and participation in the

duckling program.

Brianne Walford and Victoria Carlyle at

FYIC 2019


A Look Inside

Page 1: The Duckling Program

Page 2: What’s inside?

Page 3: Some of our sponsors

Page 4: Who are we?

Page 5: Online Frosh

Page 6: Where can I meet other Engineering students?

Page 7: Duckling Information!

Page 8: Getting Involved

Page 9: Engineering At Home!!

Page 10: Covies in the (Socially-Distanced) Community

Page 11: Engineers A-Z

Page 12: Memes (because why not?)



The 2020/21 Executive

President: Spencer Cameron

VP External: Garret Hoegi

VP Internal: Idoko Ameh

VP Social: Victoria Carlyle

VP Publications: Kayla Huneau

Where can you find us?

Instagram: LakeheadESS

Facebook: LakeheadESS

Twitter: LakeheadESS



Issue Contributors

Kayla Huneau, Victoria Carlyle, Idoko Ameh, Luke

Lore-Spacek, Holden Wasner, Mark Reckzin, Alex


Rack Editor: Stephen Vasilopoulos

Are you interested in volunteering for ESS?

Did you have an idea for an event you want

to see this year?



The Engineering Student Society (ESS) of

Lakehead University is an organization that

collaborates with students, professors and industry

professionals to enhance the quality of

students’ education experience at LU. The

purpose of our organization is:

• To publicly promote the science of engineering

and the knowledge of its membership

in connection with all facets of engineering.

• To promote and support educational, social

and athletic events

• To provide information to the membership

regarding all professional engineering organizations

• To promote the history and traditions of the

profession of engineering

• To hold and attend conferences, meetings

and exhibitions for the discussion of engineering

problems and the exchange of

views in matters related to engineering

• To maintain and uphold the objectives of

the ESS and to constantly encourage membership

participation in ESS endeavours.


Victoria Carlyle

First Ever Online Frosh

Luke Loree-Spacek

Froshling Experience

September 12-13th, 2020 the Lakehead Engineering

Students Society held our first ever online Frosh

event! The event consisted of mostly online events with

the option to drop-in to campus to meet the executives,

pick up your complimentary frosh kit and attend coverall

and merchandise sales. The online aspect of the event

allowed us the unique opportunity to connect with students

we wouldn’t otherwise get to meet! A special

shoutout is in order to our Georgian partnership students

for being phenomenal at Frosh and excited for the year

to come! People from all over Ontario turned out for

online sessions, games, and shenanigans. It was a great

way to be introduced to fellow first year students, given

the unique circumstances of this academic year. Highlights

of the weekend include: wikiracing, engineering

memes, a virtual information session from our friends at

PEO, a keynote ‘Engineering Traditions and Culture’

presentation from our former executive member Brianne

Walford, and a free calculus textbook giveaway to the

winner of our completely virtual scavENG! A special

thanks to the executives that came together to make this

event happen and an even BIGGER thank you to the incoming

engineering students who took a chance on a truly

unique way of getting to know each other! I hope to

see you guys at our online events planned for the remainder

of the semester!

Frosh 2020 was tons of fun regardless of being online.

Loaded with activities like wiki-racing, meme competitions,

scavENG, and some great presentations from

both the ESS executives, and the PEO. It gave me an

opportunity to make some great connections with my

fellow first year, as well as a few upper year students.

Frosh gave us all some great insight as to what it is like

as an engineering student at Lakehead both in and out

of classes. We learned about the different discipline societies

and were given the opportunity to join them as

well as sign up for some coming events like the annual

CSME golf tournament. We got to learn about the many

traditions upheld by engineers, as well as the rivalries

between a few different programs. My most memorable

moment from the Frosh activities were looking over

some of the engineering memes that we made. On top

of all this we even got a presentation from the PEO who

were able to give us an understanding of what careers in

the engineering industry look like after graduation.

Overall, I found this to be a very fun and informative

weekend. This event definitely made my transition into

engineering at Lakehead much more comfortable.


Be sure to keep up to date with ESS

social media and check your emails for

upcoming events and opportunities!

Engineering Clubs on Campus

If you haven’t checked out some of these amazing

groups, you should do so ASAP—the skills you learn are

all about what you put into it, not what you pay into it!

Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME)

Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)

Lakehead Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE)

Lakehead Racing


How to make friends in engineering

• If you think you are awkward, I assure you we all

are. Words are hard, Numbers easy. That’s why we

chose engineering, am I right?

• Private message someone on Zoom, I actually know

many people who made friends and study groups

this way.

• Come to a COVID-friendly ESS event.

• That’s all I’ve got, I’m not good at it either.

Engineering Discord

Holden Wasner, Mark Reckzin, Alex Wilcox

Hello Engineering Undergraduate Students!

With all courses being delivered online we know it

might be difficult to find a place to socialize and study

with others. The Lakehead Engineering Discord Server

already has over 500 members and is a great way to meet

and collaborate with your classmates. The server is organized

with channels for each coursework, general discipline

specific concerns, engineering discussion, videogame

prowess, and of course… memes! Join us on Fridays

to play Among Us and try to find the imposter(s)

among us. Stay up to date with the latest news from ESS

and CSME with their announcement channels.

Discord is user-friendly, and in addition to the text

chat it also allows you to have private and group chats

and calls, message others, and screen share when you

need to explain something. With several voice and text

chat rooms it is a great space to study, socialize, and

meet new people. There is an individual chat room for

each engineering class and room for electives to be added

along the way! If you are ever having technical issues

you can get help or reassurance that you are in the correct

Zoom meeting and it’s not just you waiting for the

professor to show up. The admins are always open to

suggestions on how to improve your experience with the


There is an application for Windows, Android, Apple/IOS,

Linux, and a version for your browser. Join us


-Holden “WurstKaiser” Wasner, Mark “PrimeRib101”

Reckzin, Alex Wilcox


Duckling Frequently Asked Questions

Various Ducks and Ducklings

Do professors actually use the textbooks?

It depends… Always be prepared and know where

to access and purchase the book before the course starts,

however wait to buy it! Usually after the first few classes

the professor will let you know how little or often they

use the textbook and whether or not it is worth it to buy.

What are tips for success?

Stay on top of your work! Yes, the workload is

something to adjust to definitely, but if you stay on top

of it, it is manageable. Take advantage of midterms!

Midterm season is stressful for sure but make sure to be

prepared and ask questions if you are unsure of something

most professors are very approachable and helpful.

Midterms can be a good way to prepare for exam layout

and what to expect while also ensuring you have a grade

you're happy with when walking into the exam. (Don’t

stress out if you do poorly though, it’s a learning experience)

Be efficient! The program can be heavy at times,

make sure you have allotted time for your work and


How to deal with burnout?

Always, always, always, make time for yourself! It

can be difficult to juggle multiple things at once, so always

make sure no matter how much homework you

have or reports are due, at the end of the day you have

time for yourself. Whether it’s going out at the end of the

week once all of your assignments are done, or spending

a day to yourself, make the time! It makes all the difference!

Your education is important, but you are too.

Where can I find the exam schedule and drop dates?

The exam schedule can be found under “Exams” on

your “MyInfo” and it will tell you when and where you

have to be for the exam. Drop dates and other important

dates can be found on Lakehead’s Academic Calendar on

the website.

Are covies worth buying?


How many courses is too many to take a semester?

The average we take is six a semester, sometimes

more sometimes less. It all depends on how much you

know you can handle. Usually best to wait until after at

least one semester to take on any more.

Extra Study Tips

• If you are having trouble staying focussed in class,

especially online, try to focus on the material for

that class at least. Maybe go over notes, learn new

material, or generate some questions you may


• Make sure you have an organized, designated

study space where you can easily focus.

• Make sure to take breaks.

• Find a good study group, people who you are in

the same program or courses as.

• Practice the past exams available on D2L.

• Go over past midterms, quizzes, tests, and

assignments, see where you went wrong and how

to improve.

• Make sure you understand, not just memorize.

• Stay on top of your work and make a plan to get it


• Seek help from the professor and use your textbook


• Have good time management so you have time for

yourself, friends, and family.


Getting Involved!!

Troitsky Competition 2021-Concordia University

Stephen Vasilopoulos

Each year Concordia University in Montreal hosts a

popsicle stick, dental floss and glue bridge building competition.

The competition is open to all engineering students

at Canadian colleges and universities in teams of

up to 6 people. Students are challenged with designing

and building their own bridges under strict criteria with

the main goal being achieving the highest ultimate load

capacity and load-to-weight efficiency. In 2019, the winning

team’s bridge, weighing approximately 5kg, held up

more than 4000 kg in weight applied by a hydraulic

press – without breaking! Traditionally, contestants from

across the country meet in Montreal in March of every

year for the 3-day competition over a weekend. This

year, the in-person component is tentatively scheduled

for summer 2021.

If this sounds interesting to you, consider registering

for the 2021 competition, with a (very fun) in- person

trip to Montreal in summer 2021 (pandemic friendly accommodations).

Registration is open now until December

23, 2020.

For more information visit or

Places to Check Out

Engineers Without Borders-Lakehead


PEO-Lakehead Chapter

OACETT-Thunder Bay Chapter


Learning Outside of the Classroom– At Home

Engineering Project

Stephen Vasilopoulos

Kyle Zobell, a 3 rd year Civil Engineering student decided

he would try his hand at plating household metals

at home. After all, what better to do with this extra time

at home! His process was this:

• Set up 2 baths of pure vinegar and salt

• Use a 12-volt battery with a nickel anode and cathode

as a catalyst in the process

• In the first solution, ‘cleanse’ metals by reverseplating

it by connecting a piece of sacrificial stainless


• Then, take the cleansed metal and submerge it in the

second bath along with the plating metal, in this

case, Nickel

• Wait, and watch the magic happen!

• Et voila! You can now plate every metal in your

home nickel.

• Rinse and repeat for any metal objects you’d like to

try (coins, cuterly, eyeglass frames, etc.)

Not only was this project a great pass-time, it is

something unique to learn, and a great story to share with

your friends and the community!

If these types of projects interest you, try

one yourself and submit your engineeringesque

home project to ESS! Send your results

into ESS at for a chance

to be featured in future releases of The Rack!

Fresh out of creativity? Here are some ideas to get

you started:

• Rube Goldberg Machine

• Build your own phone charger

• Make your own hand-crank rechargeable flashlight


Covies in the Socially Distanced Community

Due to current events, we have not been able to hold events… :(

Here’s some social distanced Covies in the Community

Cannon Committee: Brianne Walford and Luke Loree-Spacek

Peter Van Arkel so proudly waving the Blue team flag at Frosh

VP Social and VP Publication: Victoria Carlyle and Kayla Huneau

Online Frosh (also featured on the ESS Instagram)



3. Design and build tunnels and bridges

6. Work in processing of oil reserves

8. Work on exploration

10. Insulate houses and buildings

13. Deal with movements humans make

16. Design electrical wires and poles

17. Design phones and how they transmit data to each other

20. They use the principles of math and science to design mechanical


21. Supervise lighting manufacturing

24. Oversees water quality and sewage treatment

25. Makes planes and spacecrafts

26. Design X-Ray machines


1. Make anti-lock brakes for cars

2. Advances in technology and health

4. Maintain design of software systems

5. Design animal habitats

7. Make food processing machines

9. Design Nuclear power plants

11. Design components of railroads

12. Responsible for making sure utilities are available

14. Studies DNA

15. Makes medicine for animals

18. Test the stress point of materials

19. Design highways and traffic flow

22. Quality control

23. Make jet engines


Featuring some of the Froshling’s memes


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