News Archive: Winter 2021


Thank you to all the people that were able to attend our Get Involved event! As promised, we are excited to announce that we are officially accepting applications for CSC's Executive committee.

The positions available for Spring 2021 term are:

  • Event Coordinators
  • Marketing Coordinators
  • Discord Moderators
  • Class Representatives
  • Senior Frontend Developer
  • Graphic Designers
  • Linux Server Administrator

If you're passionate about making a positive change in our community, we'd love for you to apply! You can find more information about each role at this link:!

Application Deadline: Friday, April 23rd at 11:59pm EDT

Apply at! Alternatively, you can email us at from your UW email with an introduction of yourself, which positions you're interested in and any questions you might have.

Looking forward to reading your applications!


As part of an ongoing series to upgrade our email services, there will be some downtime for our email system over the course of the next few weeks. This affects and The downtime periods will only occur late at night (EDT) and should last no more than an hour at a time.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please email syscom at csclub dot uwaterloo dot ca.


The CSC has updated its SpamAssassin configuration to use a site-wide Bayesian learner instead of per-user. This will hopefully reduce duplicate efforts to keep spam out of our inboxes. Unfortunately this may lead to increased false positives. See the instructions on our wiki on how to revert to the old behaviour if you wish to do so.


Computer Science Club systems and services will be unavailable on Saturday, Mar. 20 due to a planned power outage in the Mathematics and Computer Building (MC) from 7am to 5pm.

The CSC will begin shutting down machines at 6am in preparation of the outage.

Please prepare for the outage by:

  • Ensuring all running processes have their state saved (configuration, data, etc.)
  • Any important files are backed up off-site from the CSC

If you have any questions/concerns, please email the Systems Committee.


We're gathering info about the CSC website in order to prep for a redesign.

Help us out by filling out this form and giving us your opinion.

We want to make sure the site is functional and useful for everyone.

Alternatively, you can also email us at with the answers to your questions, available here.


CSC now hosts its own instance of BigBlueButton at, freely available for all members.

BigBlueButton is a free and open source video conferencing platform. It runs directly in the browser, and includes many useful features such as multi-user whiteboards, embedded videos, and interactive polls.

To get the most out of BBB, there are some tutorial videos you can watch here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email syscom.

Happy video calling!


Join Computer Science Club for Alt-Tab, a lightning tech talk series presented by students. Alt-Tab consists of 10 to 15-minute talks about anything related to tech. They can be about cool new features, a fun project you made or really anything that you are excited about! We will be hosting it virtually this term late March.

We are currently looking for speakers! If you're passionate about a technical topic and interested in public speaking, apply by filling out the form below. We'd LOVE to hear from you. Speakers don't need to have prior experience and Alt-Tab is a great way to get started with giving talks!

Here are some topics that past talks have covered:

  • Unicode
  • Virtual Escape Rooms
  • Quantum Computers
  • GraphQL
  • Pathfinding

You can apply here: Alternatively, you can also email us at to introduce yourself, as well as an outline of your proposed 10-15 minute talk.

If you have any questions about giving a talk, feel free to reach out to us at

Applications are due on Friday, March 12th 11:59pm EST

Hope to see you there!


Winter 2021 elections have concluded. Here are your executives for the term:

  • President: Kallen Tu (k4tu)
  • VP: Gordon Le (g2le)
  • AVP: Nakul Vijhani (nvijhani)
  • Treasurer: Neil Parikh (n3parikh)
  • Sysadmin: Max Erenberg (merenber)

The unfilled positions this term are:

  • Office Manager
  • Librarian


Due to the closure of campus this term, the Computer Science Club will be holding elections for Winter 2021 virtually. The president, vice-president, treasurer and assistant vice-president (formerly secretary) will be elected and the sysadmin will be appointed. The librarian and office manager will not be appointed, since the office will be closed for the Fall term.

If you'd like to run for any of these positions, please email Nominations will close on Wednesday, January 20 2021 at midnight EDT.

If you'd like to get involved with CS Club, but don't want to run for an elected position, we are also accepting applications for roles on the Programme Committe! You can apply here:


MathSoc has decided to waive club fees for the Winter 2021 term as well.

  • If you are a current CSC member who has already paid for Winter 2021 membership, your membership has been extended by one term.
  • If you are a current CSC member whose membership is expired for the Winter 2021 term, you can email to have your membership renewed for the term at no cost.

If you are not a CSC member, but would like to become one, we continue to use the modified process we put in place in Spring 2020 making remote registrations possible:

Email the CSC Systems Committee at from your UWaterloo email address with the following:

  1. a scan or photograph copy of your WatCard,
  2. your WatIAM userid, and
  3. your acknowledgement of having read, understood, and agreeing with our Machine Usage Agreement.

The club office will remained closed until further notice. Have a safe Winter term!