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WISC vs WEI

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There are many reasons for joining SCAN, but one that is invoked often is : « WE HAVE A SECOND INTEGRATION WEEKEND! ». Well, we can assure you that it is definitely a plus.

And if you ask SCAN students whether the classic WEI (for all the first year) or the WISC (SCAN Integration Weekend) is the best, you’ll most likely hear a « go to the WISC, why are you even hesitating! ».

So we decided to make a comparison between the WISC and the WEI, to fully demonstrate how great SCAN section is.

Ever since the day we, SCAN students, came to INSA, we were waiting for this one big event, known to be the one that would let us get to know each other better… the WISC.
We all prepared our bags on Friday afternoon and met later on at the K-fet to enjoy a nice beer.
The next morning at 8 am, our 2h30 journey began. There were two buses, each containing 50 first year and second year students all mixed up.
Time passed really quickly, and before we knew it, we were there and had to choose our rooms ( we had the choice to divide ourselves into a group of 2, 4 or 6 however we wanted to).
After lunch, all the fun activities started: we were divided into groups and had games battles.

At 9 pm, the party started. While some people stayed up till 12 or 1 am, other managed to stay awake till 4 am.
On the next morning, at 9 am, we all met up outside to have an amazing breakfast together in the bruise of air. We then spent most of the day playing cards, listening to music, having conversations here and there. At 4 pm, it was time to go back to INSA. We checked our rooms, arranged our stuff and bags and got in the buses.
Even though there was some downs, we all spent an amazing weekend together and we most certainly got to know each other a whole lot better. It is not an event that should be missed under any circumstance.

For the WEI, we went to Vias, next to the Mediterranean sea, so we had a long night in the bus before arriving. On the morning we did activities in groups, and the afternoon was rather about the beach and pool.
Then came the WEI party. The theme was the sea so there were many costumes.

In the morning, the fanfare woke everyone up, then it was time to clean up the bungalows and get our bags in the buses. We left at 3 pm, and arrived at INSA around 10 pm, with hoarse voices and sand in our shoes.

It is a great opportunity to spend an amazing weekend with people you already know, but also to meet people who are not in SCAN or in your INSA family.

To sum it all up, our personal advice would be: if you have the chance, go to both the WISC and the WEI. And if not, we’d recommend you go to the WISC because it can help you get to know your classmates a lot better.

24 heures de l’INSA

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The “24 heures de l’INSA” is definitely the biggest event on the campus, and even the most important students festival in France. This event takes place at the end of May during a whole weekend, and brings together well-known artists, incredible sportsmen and more than 10,000 visitors a day !

Created in 1972, i.e. 15 years after the INSA’s foundation, the 24 heures de l’INSA is now fully part of the school’s identity, although its organizations and main goals have evolved throughout the years. Indeed, the event takes its name from a sports competition that appeared years ago : for 24 hours straight, sportsmen were biking around the campus and had to get the highest score (the best bikers travel more than 800 km !). Today, this tradition still takes place during the festival and isn’t restricted to biking : a 24h-long foot race, as well as a 24h-triathlon are organized and open to eveyone who wants to participate. And if you don’t take part in the races, plenty of activities are also set during the day (dance shows, theater plays, outdoor activities, etc.).

But the 24h de l’INSA isn’t only for sportsmen. Actually, the concerts at night draw visitors the most. For two nights, about 20 artists perform on the 3 stages of the festival. Well-known musicians, rising stars, techno music or rock bands, there is something for every taste !

Also fully organized by an INSA students association, this event is outstanding by its magnitude but as well by the large staff crew it necessitates. The core of the organization is made of about 80 voluntary students who work all year long to organize the festival : invitations to the artists, rent of materials for the concert stages and bars, plans for water and electricity flows, etc. But the crew isn’t bound to the association members : as the event approaches, the association hires not less than 100 volunteer students to help on the festival, and also a few others as part of the technical crew.

So don’t forget to buy your tickets for the concerts and take part in the races ! And if you want to help and discover the backstage of the biggest festival of the campus, don’t hesitate to sign in as a crew member. You’ll be more than welcome !

Visit the 24h’s official website : www.24heures.org

DIPC (Desintegration Premier Cycle)

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School year is coming to an end (D-46) and if you want to party one last time with the people you have met throughout the two years at INSA, you have come to the right place. The DIPC is the opportunity to celebrate the end of the first cycle and two years of intense work, have fun, and start up the summer correctly. If you are interested, here are the basic information concerning the event:

  • Where: Ardèche, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.
  • Cost: Around 30-40 euros, transport and food included.
  • When: From the 18 of June on Sunday morning to the 19 of June, Monday evening.
  • What you need: A sleeping bag, a tent, dirty cloth, bathing suit, sunscreen and your party mood.

The activities include canoe, tanning by the beach, playing a petanque tournament, trying out slack, organizing volley matches and swimming. It is like a giant camping with only INSA students. A lot of SCAN peeps have put great efforts into organizing this event: Clara, Flore, Clement, Anaïs, Célia. We all should seriously considering coming. Each year the event is limited to around 200 people therefore as soon as the sells begin, you better be quick to be sure to have your ticket to the DIPC!

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Welcome to the Karna!

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March the 23rd, Thursday afternoon. As usual, you’re coming back from the sports association, exhausted and starving, and you decide to take a shortcut by the Humas. But today, something’s different: a large circus tent appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the campus! Congratulations, you just made your first step into the Karnaval Humanitaire.

What’s the “Karnaval Humanitaire”?

The Karnaval Humanitaire, aka Karna, is an entire week of humanitarian-focused events organized by a students association, which takes place on the Campus de la Doua. This festival is open to everyone and is the perfect place to go for a family outing. During the Karna, you can discover circus arts with initiated people, perform traditional dances at the BalFolk, attend conferences by day, concerts and various other spectacles by night… The association also organises a parade with local children, as well as other events during the year: they take part in the Music Summer Festival, as well as in the “Fête des Lumières” of Lyon.

 

But more than that, the Karna is axed on raising awareness of social issues throughout the world. Indeed, all their benefits are used for humanitarian projects on big scale: they are the main actors of the construction of wells in Burkina Faso, a place where drinkable water is a rare and precious resource. This project was initiated 8 years ago and is now fully finalized: during these 8 years, all teams of the association worked very hard to make this a reality.
Today, and for the 25th anniversary of their association, the Karna is launching a new project to dig more wells in regions lacking drinkable water, so come and join the team around their annual festival which promises to rise above the expectations!

 

Visit the Karna’s official website : www.karnaval.fr

 

Olivier’s recent changes #MINDBLOWING

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           pizza boxLast week, my partner in crime and I were very surprised when we entered one of our favorite restaurant : The Olivier. In fact, they completly changed the way it usually worked. Instead of having a full meal with a starter, a pizza and a dessert served on a plate, you just get a pizza served in a cardboard box and you need to choose between a fruit or a soda : NOTHING ELSE. In addition, the price is still the same as before !

«..it was a request from

INSA students..»

          You can probably imagine our feelings when we saw that : mind blown. We immediatly asked one of the worker why they decided to change their way to work and she answered : “The direction of the restaurant told us that it was a request from INSA students…”. We were quite surprised by her answer because the direction never consulted us. We didn’t receive any mail or surveys about this decision. Even after the this decision, the direction never informed us that the restaurant would change. We discovered the whole thing one day to another without any communication about it.

           So we can wonder what are the pros and cons of the new Olivier for the students. The only real big advantage is that, with the spring coming, students can take away their pizza and then eat it on the humas, or the PC, for instance. But you still have to find a trashbin big enough to welcome your pizza cardboard box… Moreover if you choose to stay in the restaurant to eat your meal, it’s definitely unconvenient to eat with your friends on the table as the boxes take up too much space and you have to eat with your hands…

          Speaking of cardboard box, considering they sell more than 300 meal a day from monday to friday, we can estimate that more than 6000 carboard box are thrown away each month. In a school that stands for environment issues of our times, we can really cast a doubt on their decision…

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          And you ? What do you think about the new Olivier ? How do you feel about the fact that the school decided to change your habits from top to bottom without even consulting you ?

Feel free to comment this article, we would be glad to know what’s your point on all this !

 

By Tanguy Keryhuel & Rémi Montaigne.

Prom night

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The second edition of INSA Lyon’s Prom took place on March the 3rd at the Transbordeur. This event was organised by a huge team of student who worked to make sure that the 1500 people who attended the party spent the best night possible.

The organisators worked from 7am to the next day to decorate and prepare the place. One of the thing that caught our attention was the beautiful car parked in front of the cloackroom, generously lent by Marine Leca. We also couldn’t help noticing the rhinoceros lamps placed on the tiers reminding us that the night was planned by insa students.

The guests arrived all dressed with their favorite and most classy clothes. At the beginning of your night you could go upstairs to the photo booth to get a souvenir with all your friends.  The interior was organized into two separate stages. A small one next to the bar where you could listen to artists such as Peacock, Asgrad and Miku or watch a show organized by insa associations (Ragda, Slide and Club rock). The main stage was in front of the rows of seats, the guests could either seat and relax or dance their heart out listening to Ofenbach, Ruby Cube and Fabich. After all the dancing you could go outside to rest and enjoy a burger if you were patient enough to reach the food truck.

The party went on, people danced and laughed until they were so tired they had to go, they then went home but not without their croissant, offered by the organisators of the prom.

For some of the 2nd year the end of the night was pretty exciting. Indeed they met the 2 members of Ofenbach and got to spend the rest of the night with them a the Residence C.

Overall everyone spent an amazing night and is looking forward to the 3rd edition.

π-Day

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Pi Day takes place every year on the 14th of March, it is a day dedicated to the celebration of the number π. Every year the SCAN students celebrate this event. The first years invite the whole “Scan community” including the teachers to share cakes and pies. Mrs.Siobhan is famous for her homemade pies that look and taste delicious. Scan students are not the only ones to celebrate PI day. It is an annual celebration and the United State House of representatives granted it the status of National Pi Day  in 2009.

Larry Shaw, a physicist, founded Pi Day in 1988. He was the first person to organise a large-scale celebration at the San Francisco Exploratorium with his coworkers. Since this day, there are no records of official celebrations, however informal celebrations are organised, like at INSA, everywhere in the world.

In 2015, Pi Day took on a special significance because the entire month of March was called Pi Month. On the 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m and also at p.m, the date and time represented the 10 first digits of π.

You can find more information on its official website : Piday.org that holds a count down until the next Pi day.

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It’s happening online !

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Internet , social media and online encyclopedias have been around for quite a while now .Websites like Wikipedia and You tube have changed the way people access information all over the world .These changes have altered the learning process making our jobs as students easier and more interesting .However , most of the time when looking  into a specific topic online ,what you find is : millions of google results , thousands of articles and videos and an infinitely long list of links and websites.This has made learning something online kind of a difficult and confusing task especially for technical and scientific topics where sources of information often lack credibility .

But don’t worry, today I’ve got your back !  Or perhaps i should say : the internet has it  ! Here is a list of the best websites that will take your online learning to next level !

-Edx

Edx is by far my favorite website for online courses. What sets edx a part from the others is the fact that today , it’s the only website offering free subjet matter from top universities , colleges and schools from around the world , including MIT,Harvard and Microsoft .Courses are very different from one another and cover a wide variety of topics (Maths , CS, Physics , Biology, Arts, Languages , Economics …). You can choose to take the course for free or pay for a verified completion certificate with the institution’s logo to verify your achievement and hopefully increase your job prospects.

-Coursera

Unlike the other websites , courses at Coursera aren’t free . You need to pay a fee to take the course and get the certificate.However the courses are much more organised and you get complete series of courses to get a deeper understanding of the topic you want to study and really master the skills needed .The website also offers a wider variety of topics and the courses on Coursera were specifically designed to be online courses .That means that the content is more suitable for online learning, making online learning a much more interesting experience .

Some universities also offer online versions of their real courses as a part of OpenCourseWare. Here  you can even get real university credit at very reasonable tuition rates.Here are the ones from MIT and Harvard :

-MIT

-Harvard

If you don’t have time to take a full length course , Youtube can be a great option to educate yourself on the go .Here are some of the channels I recommend :

-Veritasium

SmarterEveryDay

-Vsauce

MinutePhysics

-SciShow

-CrashCourse

Khan Academy

Happy learning !

By Mohammed Megzari

 

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

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