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IRS 2013: Computer Engineering

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Computer Engineering decided that Sticky Notes were their medium of choice and took to covering the office waiting area in between EIT and E3 with them.

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They didn’t quite get away from the apparent theme this year, and made their own modest pile of balloons as well.

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They also took a page from Mechatronic Engineering's newspaper and covered the windows of the EIT-E3 and DC overpasses to spell their program name.

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IRS 2013: Electrical Engineering advertises a sale

Covering the university admin’s latest cost overrun in shrink wrap (and sticking “For Sale” signs on it) was certainly the most political of the pranks this year.

And finally:

IRS 2013: Mechanical Engineering Girls

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The 4 girls of Mechanical Engineering 2013 would like to remind you that they exist. See? (In CPH Foyer)

IRS 2013: Management Engineering helps you out

We all know how tight budgets can be once tuition payments are due. Perhaps that’s why Management Engineering decided to set up this Thrift Shop in the CPH Foyer.

Each of the items had a price tag, and there was a box on the table to accept payment.

Actually we’re not that this is a prank at all and not just another get rich quick scheme. Well, not that rich as most items were marked less than $2.

Hopefully this provided a nice windfall for a poor student needing a change of wardrobe.

IRS 2013: Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineers were perhaps the most prolific pranksters this year.

(though we’ll have to count once the dust settles)

Full of Hot Air

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The Civil Computer Lab (E2 2340) was made brighter when it was filled with hundreds of balloons.

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Getting Thirsty

The Civil Engineers pulled a similar prank on their classroom of CPH 3607, replacing balloons with hundreds of cups of water.

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Sweet Rewards

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As a reward for following hints placed around, you were lead to the assignment dropbox on the the third floor of CPH. The Civil Engineers were kind enough to leave a bowl of Rockets candy for those who made it.

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Abstracting Art

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In the central column of RCH, the Civil Engineers produced what can only be described as abstract art. Made of a bunch of cardboard boxes suspended from the upper handrail, it has remained over the weekend as a (minor) spectacle for all to see.

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Set in stone


This concrete slab was found in the CPH foyer. It solidifies the slogan of the Civil Engineering Undergraduates: “Civils always win!”

IRS 2013: Mechatronics

The windows of E5 were covered with newspaper to spell “Mechantronics 2013”. Enough said.

IRS 2013: Environmental Engineering’s Crush?

Arriving even later than the Geological Engineers, Environmental Engineering wasted no time in setting up a small shrine to one of their professors: Dr. Bryan Tolson.

There was also another poster proclaiming “All Hail Tolson”.

IRS 2013: Geological Engineering: Puns, Sentiment, and Gift

Geological Engineering slept in and was late to the party. However, that didn’t stop them from pulling a number of pranks.

Department takeover

Geological Engineering decided that they had had enough of Civil and Environment claiming E2, and decided to claim it for their own.

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Dirty Minds:

Taking advantage of perhaps the world’s most mineral, Geological Engineering students know that they aren’t the only ones on campus with dirty minds.


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Whoever owns that phone number is going to get a lot of calls in the near future…

Thank You Door

In order to thank their favourite professor and Chair of Geological Engineering, students decorated the door to his office and added their own rendition of him.

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Puns

Geological Engineers pulled out their puns once again and put signs up around campus:

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There were also a number of puns littered around the 2nd floor of RCH, including:

"Don’t take your education for granite."
"Do you have the SOILution?"
"No cheating! Mine-d your own business."
"You better do fracking well on this exam!"
"Friday mornings are sodalite-full :)"
"You’re so gneiss sometimes I take you for granite."

Gift it forward

As a nice gift to the rest of the Geological Engineering program, these to-be-grads covered the assignment drop boxes up.

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This means that the assignments are not due until next May (right?).

Unfortunately, by the time we noticed it, someone who was unconvinced had torn the wrapping off.

IRS 2013: SYDE’s Carnival

This prank was perhaps the most elaborate prank of IRS 2013. Students from Systems Design set up a “carnival” in the top floor of Engineering 5.

It took up most of the top floor and included many of the things that any respectable carnival has.

Games:

A Fun House:

Full of streamers, walls covered in mirrors, and cartoon cutouts.

And of course, lots of balloons and a creepy clown (made of sticky notes).

There was also a game where you have to guess each professor by their associated picture:

There was even a “train” made of chairs tied together and a tape track laid out around the entire carnival :)

We loved this prank. SYDE has certainly outdone themselves this year. (But we really liked last year’s too)

IRS 2013: Electrical Engineering’s sign

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We’re starting with Electrical Engineering since they were the eager beavers that put up their prank first. Thursday morning, they affixed this high quality LED sign to the Engineering 5 overpass.

Since there are no power sources on the overpass (unless you want to sketchily splice into the Fluorescent bulb sockets), an extension cord was run under the walkway all the way back into E5, where they securely fixed it to the outlet so that pesky Plant Ops couldn’t ruin their fun.

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They made the very smart move to add a sign to the back of their panels explaining when they were going to take them down. This is generally a good practice when pulling pranks, especially when your prank costs as much as this one. It just takes one person to not understand and ruin a perfectly awesome prank.

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The panels from behind.

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All’s fair in IRS pranks?

This site is a catalog of some of the pranks that occur at the University of Waterloo, as well as a showcase of the spirit of the school. Updates every Sunday and whenever.