Month: November 2016
As you might see, winter is coming back again.
On mid-november, the first snowflakes have fallen on the slopes. The biggest french ski resorts took the opportunity to open part of their domain. In fact, the 2017 season pioneers could enjoy some fresh snow in the Alps’ mountains.
Where to go ?
After this captivating introduction, you probable crave to ski but you have no idea where to go.
Don’t worry, our team is here to guide you to the best slopes.
Here is a table showing the resorts which are already open :
|Tignes||Open until May, 8th 2017
8 ski lifts and 9 open slopes
|Val Thorens||Open until May, 1st 2017
70% of the domain is open
|Montgenèvre||Open until April, 24th 2017
9 remontées et 12 pistes ouvertes sur 900 mètres de dénivelé
|L’Alpe d’Huez||Temporary opening (November, 19-20th week-end only)
5 ski lifts and 25 km of open slopes (including Sarenne, the longest ski slope in Europe)
|La Clusaz||Open since novembre, 22nd
4 ski lifts and Balme part (top part of the resort, also the highest one and being famous for being the playground of Candide Thovex*)
(child 20 €)
*Candide Thovex is a popular freeskier, pioneer of his discipline inspired from snowboarders. He grew up in La Clusaz and became famous to the general audience thanks to his ski clips.
What will we find ?
You are probably worried about the quality of the snow and you are asking if you would destroy your new ski on rocks if there is not enough of it ? Don’t worry, we made some researches for you.
According to Meteo France, here is a map of the North Alps’ snow cover at 2500 meters (which is the the altitude of most of the resorts).
Coming soon : La Folie Douce Opening Party
Last but not least, we have a good deal to share with you which happens on the December, 3rd. Indeed La Folie Douce (day clubs located in many ski resorts in France) of L’Alpes d’Huez organize his Opening Party and offers skipass for a cheap price. It is the perfect occasion to try your new skis bought at the INSA Lyon Ski Club trade fair. By the way, the ski club brings you there, in partnership with La Folie Douce, for a price of 36€.
See you soon on ski slopes !
Written by Rémi Montaigne, Tanguy Keryhuel and Mathis Decroux
On the 8th of October, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America, replacing ex-President Barack Obama after 8 years of mandate. Trump was the leader of the Republicans and beat the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, being USA’s 45th President. While losing the popular vote by more than 1,5 million votes, the businessman won the electoral one by 74 votes, with 30 states going to him and 20 states going to Clinton. At 70 years old, he will be the oldest person ever to assume the presidency. Even if Obama invited him to the White House few days after the election to congratulate him for his victory, he is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2017.
Trump’s political positions are quite difficult to describe since he has been very contradictory over the years concerning his ideas. However, media often describe him as a “populist”. He stated : “”I have evolved on many issues. There are some issues that are very much the same, I’ve been constant on many issues. But I have evolved on certain issues.”
However, even if he might change some of them in the future, his actual positions as the new President are very clear. He describes them in his “10 points plan to put America First” which mainly concerns his immigration policies. Here it is :
1. Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall.
2. End catch-and-release. Under a Trump administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country.
3. Move criminal aliens out day one, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement. We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets.
4. End sanctuary cities.
5. Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties. All immigration laws will be enforced – we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country.
6. Suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur, until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.
7. Ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported.
8. Ensure that a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is fully implemented at all land, air, and sea ports.
9. Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet. Many immigrants come to the U.S. illegally in search of jobs, even though federal law prohibits the employment of illegal immigrants.
10. Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers, keeping immigration levels within historic norms.
As you can see, some of these points are very controversial and create a lot of debates among the American population. Mainly among the Hispanic community which is the one directly targeted by these measures.
In following articles, we will explain more in details some of the points of Trump’s plan, trying to understand his motivations and the consequences it might create if they were applied.
Alexander MacLennan & Pierre Renaudie
On the 17th of November, INSA Lyon held elections for its board of directors, those being our way to express our opinion in big meetings. Students had the choice between two lists called respectively “Elus’Mineux” and “Voyons Grand !”
They both had basically the same ideas, with the will to improve our restauration, protect residents from degradations and fire alarms…
Here are the results: “Elus’Mineux” had 393 votes, and “Voyons Grand !”, 380. Hence, our elected are:
Calvin Audier (2nd Audrey Papin)
Valentine Bouché (2nd Karim Haidar)
Alexandre Heit (2nd Lucie Gueret)
Clément Grand (Guillaume Bullier)
Eline Gregoire (Morgane Mokhtari)
Here are the people that will be INSA students’ voice!
Many INSA students went to vote, and could eat a crepe after that. But only 786 students voted, when 5712 were supposed to do so… We might think it’s not much, even not enough. Nevertheless, it was the first time that so many people voted (we already had 3% of students voting one year). We had a good progression!
Written by Audrey GAY
Today we are going to talk about one specific team of the INSA BdE, one that is dear to us: the CdA , Comité d’Animation, in charge of organizing events all year long to entertain your campus.
16 members, a dozain of events, epic meetings, more energy than you could ever handle,… You will find them running arround during Post- Partiels or Boom K-Fêt nights.
This year, we have a brain new team, motivated af, mostly composed of 2nd years, and amazingly led by the succulent Marien, a TC 3rd.
So that you are aware of who is responsible for those great events, here is a list of them : both Post Partiels, Christmas Boom K Fêt, Easter event, Brasserie du monde, open air cinema, and probably some more you would not even think about. Finally, the next events you must attend are taking place before holiday.
On November 17th, the BdE launches the renewed Salon, inside the MDE where you will be welcomed with enough candies and hot chocolate for everyone. The purpose of this project is to make of this forgotten room a cosy place for any INSA students who wishes to come, rest and chill or even enjoy a cup of a coffee during their free time in a silent environment (between 12 and 14H for example).
On December 15th, you are expected to come and support the INSA associations during the “Marché de Noël”, where you can buy items from them and receive in exchange a tombola ticket. The luckiest ones will receive a special price from the team. You will also have the possibility to take a picture with Christmax Father. This nice afternoon will be followed by a great party we are all expecting : the Christmas Boom K-Fêt, where you pridely wear your christmas hat and celebrate the coming holiday.
https://www.facebook.com/cdainsalyon/?fref=ts : If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach the team on Facebook.
VA cards and strawberries
Clara DUVAL and Léa CORDELLE