Month: February 2016

CDP Campaign

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Today is starting the CDP campaign week at INSA Lyon.Sans titre

Eight lists of first year students are going to compete to grow in First Cycle students’ hearts, to hope to get elected as CDP (Integration Comity). But only four are going to organize all the activities for next year’s freshmen’s first week.

That’s why all week long the competitors are going to do all that they can to charm us, with presence at the INSA restaurants (pancakes, cotton candy…), SOS – everyone can phone them in the evening to ask for different SOS (massage, food, clean up, dishes, lullaby…)- and activities after the end of school (casino, video games…).

But they have to do it all with only a given amount of money. They can’t use their own or raise funds, and the lists have to stay in their theme, with activities linked and costumes.

Moreover the candidates have to get involved in the school life, with being organisators for all the big events of the school, like the Gala, the open day, or the bal.

I wish all the lists the best, and may the odds be ever in their favor.

Written by G. Marcelin

Events before the winter holidays

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Got nothing to do after the finals? You don’t know how to spend your week nights without dozing off on some Taylor expansions?

30 Years of Ragda

Come and see the movie themed dance show organised by RAGDA, Slide, Club Rock and TTI, celebrating the 30 years of the dance club RAGDA. Discover all kinds of dance styles, be it classical, modern, Breakdance, Hip-Hop, Salsa, West Coast, Bachata, Rock or cheerleading. You’ll surely feel like joining the dancefloor!

Dates: Wednesday 17th until Friday 19th of February

Nuit du Basket

You don’t want to sit around and rather let off some steam? Come to the “Nuit du Basket” on Wednesday 17th of February. Apparently there will be free crêpes in case you get hungry after a game, so don’t hesitate to participate!

Boom K-Fêt

Want to represent SCAN at the K-fêt? On Thursday the 18th, you can show off the American side of SCAN and eat some hot dogs with a good ol’ trustworthy beer. Nonetheless, you’re still forgiven if your mexican side takes over and you decide to take a burrito.

Written by Anh Pham

SKATEBOARDING at INSA

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As we go around INSA, we can find a lot of different ways to indeed, go around. The lazy people take the tram to go from one end of the campus to another. Others, more fit, take their bicycle. The unlucky ones have to go by foot. But students have found intermediate means: skateboards and scooters (non motorized ones of course).  And, surprisingly or not, there are a lot of different kinds of skateboards: longboards, cruisers, mini-skates, waveboards, downhills and standards.

 

Longboards – 80-130 cm

 

 

Downhills

  They are not for beginners as they can go very quickly.

 

 

 

 

Cruisers
They are ideal for campus use as they are stable and have rather big wheels. It enables the skater to go at a fast pace without losing control.

 

 

 

 

 

Shortboards

 

Standards

They are not exactly meant to cover large distances. They are mainly used to perform tricks on ramps.

 

 

 

Minis and micros

 For the people who do not want their skate to bother them by taking a lot of space, you have the mini-skate solution. The skates are usually less stable. They are considered mini when the deck is between 7 and 9 inches (18 – 22 cm). You can find an awful lot of mini-cruiser.

 

 

Naturally, there are millions of differents skates as you can almost customize your board. The deck can be fishtail, pintail blunt, mini-cruiser, twin, cutout, drop down or even speedboard. The size and shape of the wheel can also vary, either round lip or square lip profile. The smaller the wheel, the bigger the acceleration, but the smaller the speed. Same goes with the length of the deck. The longer boards are more adapted for taller rider and for longer or faster relaxed rides. Whereas for smaller riders, a smaller deck is better. If you don’t know what you want, the best is to take a midsize deck as you can ride in the most various ways. If you want to turn more easily, you can untighten the trucks once you are more comfortable on your board.

 

 

If you want to know more about longboards and skateboards with more technical details, here is a website that might bring you something:

 

http://www.windwardboardshop.com/learn/a-quick-history-of-skateboarding/

http://www.windwardboardshop.com/learn/category/longboarding/#!?fq=sub_cat:(“technology”)%26sort=displaydate desc%26limit=5

http://www.windwardboardshop.com/learn/how-to-choose-the-right-longboard/

 

Written by Tifenn Floch and Coraline Conan

DEADPOOL Movie Review

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Deadpool

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the name Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life in order to restore his now hideous face to its former glory.

For any old school Deadpool fan this movie was a big success really managing to capture the essence of the old comic book character. The humor alternates between very dark or very over the top « guy » humor. But then again if you want to watch this movie and are not expecting jokes about men genitalia every two minutes you came to the wrong place.

This sequence is really all about breaking the rules imposed by superhero films, our favorite anti hero constantly makes fun of « super hero landings », the fact that there are only two x men in the movie because the studio couldn’t afford more and most importantly constantly breaks the fourth wall to discuss with the audience. In short this movie is self depreciating to an extent that has rarely been seen before.

Even so, the disjointed non linear storytelling and the main actor’s comedic aura would likely keep everyone (except maybe from kids who really should not watch this movie) entertained. This movie does not take itself seriously, has breathtaking action, a plot that is not its main asset yet is not completely stupid (talking to you « days of future in the present of the past » X-Men) and most of all a character who a lot of us have been waiting to see on screen. In short a must see for any Marvel fan.


Written by Antoine Wassen