Month: December 2016

Clash of Residences – A&B vs C&D

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Fun fact: Putin Turns down Japanese dog gift

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned down the offer of a dog as a gift from the Japanese government, according to Japanese MP.

Japan gave Mr Putin a female Akita (which originates from northern Japan) called Yume in 2012. This new dog was intended as a companion for her. If accepted, the gift would have been presented to the Russian President at a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan next week.

Mr Putin also owns a male Bulgarian Sheperd called Buffy, which was given to him by the Bulgarian prime minister in 2010. His Labrador, konni, was given to him as a gift by Sergey Shoigu, currently Russian defense Minister, but unfortunatelly he died in 2014.

Mr Putin once brought Konni to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whi is scare of dogs. Some press reports at the time that he had done so to intimidate her. But earlier this year, Mr Putin told a German newspapper that he did not know about her fear, “when I learned that she does not like dogs, I apologised of course”.

by Clara & Léa


Rest in peace Etienne

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Rest in peace Etienne


Today, INSA Lyon is plunged into mourning. Last Saturday, Etienne Fabre, student at INSA in group 37, died in a tragical mountain accident. He was hiking with 4 of his friends in the Bauges Mountains and accidentally sliped on a plate of snow, falling 350 meters. Etienne was in the Sport-études group at INSA. He was cycling at a professional level and was part of the AG2r french cycling team. He lead his Chambéry training center to the victory in the French Cup this year. He also won the “Circuit des Quatre Cantons” and the “Tour du Charolais”. Embodying the academic and sporting excellence promoted by the “Sport-études” section at INSA, Etienne could look forward to a bright future. Unfortunately, he left us this week-end and his loss will be felt. We convey our sympathy, condolences and our prayers to his family. A tribute will be made today, Monday December 12th at 1:30 p.m. in the Freyssinet Amphitheatre.


Pierre Renaudie & Alexander Maclennan

Did Clinton won more votes than any white man in History?

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The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama didi in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives.

Mrs Clinton’s lead is the largest of the five times when a US presidential candidate won the popular vote but failed to win the election. In fact, it is said that, aside from Mr Obama’s 2008 win, Mrs Clinton has received more votes than any other US presidential candidate in History.

The US has seen a dramatic rise in population over the last century, which would partly explain why Mrs Clinton received more votes than previous candidates. This year the US had 200 million registered voters for the first time in History. Clinton’s popular vote margin of 2.5 million falls short of the 3 million votes of G. W Bush victory in 2004. But this was a winning margin.

The last time a candidate won the popular vote but lost the election was in 2000, when President Bush received 500 000 fewer votes than Al Gore and still took the White House.

But does it really matter?

Mr Trump is well over the 270 Electoral college threshold with his insurmountabke lead of 306 votes to Mrs Clinton’s 232, which means that the recount campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is unlikely to change the electoral result.

The disproportionate effect of her vote is focused in democratic dependent states like California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. “It reflects where the population shift is in America and that the population has become very coastal” said Mr Whalen.

by Clara & Léa

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An insight on optional lectures

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Over the Rainbow Nation by Krystyna Irvine

If you have any interest in South African culture, its history or simply by curiosity, this option is for you. During 6 weeks, you will be taugth by an enthusiastic native born African teacher (born in Zimbabwe and who lived in South Africa for years). You will learn about  tribes, traditions, language, Apartheid, colonies and above all you will have the opportunity to watch movies on those subjects. By the end, you are expected to prepare a group presentation on a theme of your choice about South Africa.



SCAN on the Air by Berthold Mader

This option will require you to give free rein to your imagination : every week, along with your team of chroniclers, you will give a 30 minutes podcast, previously prepared, broadcast live. The emission is hosted by Gatsun’s studios located in the J building where you have access to professionnal equipment. Each of the podcasts is at least listened to by the SCAN the Web group and teacher but you can also share the link of the live with anyone you want if you wish to.



SCAN the Web by Berthold Mader

Led by the webmaster Arthur Clément, one of the SCAN students, this team is in charge of keeping up to date the scan.asso website. There, you can find former IE subjects and correction, tremendous articles, pictures of SCAN high times (WISC, Secret Scanta, Pi day,..) and many other intersting things, all of them uploaded by the students of the option.



Negotiating by Siobhan Wegeler

For 6 weeks in this option, you will be provided with interesting technics and skills about how to lead a negociation. Every week, you are given one or several situtations, involving 2 sides : alone or by team, you learn how to prepare a negociation, find arguments, decide what matters the most,… for one of those sides. Then, you get confronted with another team or person and try to find a win-win situation. In the end, you will be evaluated on a final negotiation, bigger than any of those you migth have conducted.



Public Speaking by Erin Tremouilhac

It is here that you will learn how to declaim great speeches. Based on the talking skills, you are taught how to behave, to express, to vary your tone, in order to make an oral presentation as “entertaining” as possible. In other word, this is your way to become a great orator.       The final evaluation takes the form a timed speech you must perform in front of your group and teacher, on any subject you like.



Back To the Future by Krystyna Irvine

Run by the same teacher as Over The Rainbow Nation, this 2nd semester option will take you in the future. The options begins with a movie and a lot of examples of people who tried to figure out what our future will be. From aliens invasion to human evolution, you will hear about the most famous theories on the subject. In the end, you will have to give a presentation by group on what is your opinion  about where we will be in hundreds of years. You are actually expected to come up with the most unusual ideas to prepare the best presentation you can.



Profiling SCAN by Siobhan Wegeler

It is probably the most diverse option, taking place only at the 2nd semester as well. In this module, you can join a team in charge of an aspect of SCAN communication. You can organize the SCAN barbecue, create the posters for the section’s promotion towards classics 1st years, design the SCAN teeshirts, organize the WISC. This is the opportunity to work as a team on concrete tasks, get in contact with unknown persons, get some responsabilities,… And eventually, you are evaluated (or not) on the success of your event or production !



Multi-media Yearbook by Erin Tremouilhac

Every year, SCAN students are given a Yearbook : a printed magazine which gathers shameful pictures, SCAN events’ souvenirs, something you can keep and that will remind you of your SCAN years forever. It is done by the students of this option, who spend 6 weeks finding the needed elements, pictures, stories, for the content, and then organizing the layout of the thing.


Golden Age of Television by Jeannie Jouffroy 

If you are a serial series-addict and you’re not against discovering new ones then this optional lecture is for you. The six week program will be evaluated on a 20 minute clip you will have to present with your group to the class by the end of the option. This video clip has to be made of some extracts of your choice of the serie you are introducing, the ones you think are the most interesting, the most entertaining, the ones that will make the other students want to watch it. You will have to raise awareness on specific topics that particularly stood out when watching, topics or thematics that enable the audience to ask questions about society facts, challenge historical aspects, displayed values or even discuss about the complexity of a specific character, etc, which reveals itself very enriching at the end.


Face to Face by Cindy Garçon

In this option, you will basically learn about “interpersonal communication”. If you don’t know what it is, no problem : the option is about learning about it. You will study parts of a book on the topic, which is how you will be continuously evaluated every week (some questions to answer every week). From this, you will understand how to interprete people’s behaviour while talking directly to you, what their tone mean,…


Close Encounters by Cindy Garçon

This is an option where you will try to figure out why people interact the way they do. You especially study inter-gender interactions, compare your reactions to different situations with the others’ ones. You will have articles to read between sessions, and then some questions about them to hand in as evaluation. You also fill in tests that rely on statistics about gender to see how meaningful they are.


Engineering and Activism by Jeannie Jouffroy

This 1st-semester option deals with the issue of society today. The first hours are devoted to researches on different chosen topics (school accessibility for girls in the world, environment policy,…). Then you are asked to chose one subject that really interests you, and create a presentation about it : you must either suggest solutions to the problem you are dealing with or explain one already found.       Some of the students also extended their option since they started project : writing a story in relation with orphans in an Indian school, organizing collect with the Sopita association,…


By Clara & Lea

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French rugby : a new beggining ?

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The rugby world just finished this week-end the November tour. During the month, the rugby teams play 3 exhibition games against each other in order to prepare the international competitions of 2017. The French team, which is at the 8th position on the World Rugby ranking, lost 2 of its 3 games. However, the players have shown a great cohesion and many signs of progress during this month of November.

At the beggining of the year, the French Federation of Rugby decided to change the head coach. Guy Novès was chosen to replace Philippe Saint-André after 5 years being in charge of the national team. For his first year at the head of the French team, his results haven’t been the one expected : a 5th place at the Six Nations Championship in March and these two defeats this month. However, the progress made by the team are obvious, and it seems to be just a matter of time before all this work pays off on the field.

Saturday November the 26, the last game of the tour took place at the Stade the France against New-Zealand. We can draw quite the same conclusions. France made a very good beginning but did not manage to conclude during its highlights. They finally lost 19-24. Even if the game’s configuration can leave a bitter taste, the French players can hold their heads high while finishing this tour against the best team in the world.



Bernard Laporte, the new President of the French Rugby Federation


Last Friday, the French Federation also elected a new President, Bernard Laporte. The former international player, who was RC Toulon’s manager since 2011, has been elected with 85% of the votes. From 2007 to 2009 he was the French sport’s minister under Nicolas Sarkozy’s Presidence. During his mandate at the head of the French Rugby Federation, Laporte wants to reconsider the priorities in terms of politics. He clearly said that he would return to the roots of the sport, that is to say promoting amateur rugby in France. For instance, he rejected the idea of building a new Stadium in Paris to give the 85 millions of euros allocated to this project to the small clubs that didn’t have much grants from the Federation until now. He also made the promise to meet an amateur club every week and even to put on the tracksuit to coach the teams if necessary “because it is a personal pleasure, a passion” he said. He would then be the first FFR’s President ever to take in charge a training session.

The 2017 Six Nations Championship will begin on February 4th. In the meantime, the players went back in their respective clubs before meeting up again at the end of January for the preparation of the tournament.

The French Rugby seems to be at a turning point of its history. We all hope that it lead us to a bright future for the sport.

To be continued…


Alexander Maclennan & Pierre Renaudie