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CIRQUE+ is the amalgamation of two Queen's University conferences, CIRQUE and EPDC. CIRQUE first started in 1984 when members of the Engineering Society decided there should be an opportunity for third and fourth year students to hear what people in academia and government expected from graduates. At first, the conference was small using the conference facilities at the university. As the conference grew, the focus expanded from just academia and government. As the private sector began participating in the conference, students not only learned what was expected of them, but they were also shown where industry was moving. Over the years, CIRQUE has matured into an opportunity for students to learn more about their particular field of engineering and to gain valuable insight into the trends and opportunities that lie ahead.

In 1987, a new conference was started aimed towards first and second year students. This conference was called the Engineering Professional Development Conference (EPDC). EPDC's main goal was to assist people in choosing the discipline that would best suit their goals and aspirations.

A couple of years ago, these two conferences were merged to create CIRQUE+!! The goals of this new conference are to expose students from all years and engineering disciplines to the direction of business, so that students can judge job prospects, and to obtain an understanding of what is expected of them in the professional world.

Information about this year's conference is available on the EngSoc Web.  This information is not on the Legend of the Greasepole CD, but if you have an active Internet connection, click here to find out more about CIRQUE+.

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CEEC stands for Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference. CEEC was created in the spring of 1990 as Commerce and Engineering for Environmental Change, as a response to recognise the need for future professionals to be educated in environmental issues prior to their entrance into the workforce. Originally proposed as a Commerce-only event, it quickly became evident that a joint Commerce and Engineering conference was not only feasible, but a logical next step.

The Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference is a collaboration between the Engineering and Commerce Societies at Queen's University, Kingston. The intention of the conference is to introduce delegates to environmental issues that will face them in their future jobs, and to expose them to the roles that both business and technology play in finding solutions to and preventing environmental degredation. Through a series of speakers and workship sessions, we look at what solutions to environmental problems exist, and what positive initiatives are currently in place, what changes in business and industrial practice still have to be made, and what advantages there are to a clean environment.

Information about this year's conference is available on the EngSoc Web.  This information is not on the Legend of the Greasepole CD, but if you have an active Internet connection, click here to find out more about CEEC.

Conference on Women in Engineering (CWIE)

The Conference on Women in Engineering (CWIE) is an annual conference hosted by the Equality Issues Committee of the Engineering Society. The conference was established in 1990 .

The aim of this conference is twofold:

  1. To aid the engineering profession in realizing changes and suggest ways for it to adapt in a positive manner. This will be brought about by facilitating open discussion among the participants on a variety of issues concerning women in engineering.
  2. By recognizing the problems still encountered by women in engineering the proposing solutions to these problems.

It is important to note that this conference is open to ALL engineering students at Queen's University - both male and female. To encourage the exchange of ideas from a broad range of perspectives, the conference also encourages and invites persons from Queen's faculty, local secondary schools, other engineering schools, private industry, and government. Because space is limited, delegates are encouraged to fill out registration forms as soon as they are made available.

The Conference on Women in Engineering is the first engineering conference of the academic year, and has proven to be a great success. Before each conference, members of the CWIE Committee come around to classes to remind everyone of the event. As always, more information is available from the Engineering Society Office.

Homecoming: Alumni Weekend

Every year in the fall, Queen's students past and present, revel with friends and celebrate the spirit of our university. There are a number of events planned for this weekend, including the football game. Homecoming Alumni a chance to get in touch with old friends, and Frosh a chance to purple for the first time!

Queen's Homecoming is an event not to be missed. It is an opportunity to meet Queen's grads, share stories, and show the Alumni that Queen's Spirit is still as strong as ever!   Also, its a great time to procrastinate for midterm studying!

Cover Your Crest

Queen's has a unique tradition, the Year Crest. Each year in the faculties of Applied Science, Arts and Science and Commerce the first year class is responsible for designing their own year crest (all other faculties have a common crest for all years). Each crest must include a Queen's crown, stylized "Q," red maple leaf, the name of respective faculty, and be comprised of the red, blue and gold Tricolour colours. These crest be found on the sidewalks all across campus; the Applied Science crests are located in front of Clark Hall.

Each year, once a term, Queen's take part in a project called Cover Your Crest. Twice a year, students are encouraged to throw money on their crest to raise money for Kids for Kids, a charity organization operating out of Hotel Dieu Hospitial. Each year, EngSoc takes great pride in dominating this event. 


Held during the second week back after Christmas holidays, EngWeek is an 8-day bash that that gives your year a chance to show why it's #1.

Packed with events like the Mystery Road Trip, Mt. Tremblant Ski Day, and EngBoggans, this week is a great chance to forget about the horrors of Decembers exams. During each weeknight, a year smoker is held at Clark, giving the year bands one last chance to practice for the grand finale, the Super Smoker.

Beer Brewing

More than 50 years as one of Queen's favourite winter events, Beer Brewing is a legendary contest in which entrants spend a fun filled evening squirming in their seats, hoping their homemade beer is deemed the best on campus.

Beer Brewing sees celebrity judges perform the daunting task of deciding on the top three beers as submitted by participating amateur brewers. Some beers are delightful and awarding the top three prizes is a difficult task. And some were awful, giving a competitive edge to the race for the Brodie Bowl...awarded to the beer most unfit for human consumption.

Some of the entries to last year's contest sparked brutally honest remarks from thejudges (You could lubricate heavy earthmoving machinery with this!). Some judges remarked on the international appeal of the beer ("Like espresso, only in the form of a beer"). And some judges were understandably unnerved by the substandard quality of a few entries ("Whoever made this: I'm going to find you and I'm going to kill you."). Either way, the intestinal fortitude and good humour of our judges helps make BEER BREWING one of the year's more entertaining spectator events.

The staff of GOLDEN WORDS expects yet another successful event to take place at the end of ENGWEEK each January. Be sure to watch GOLDEN WORDS in first term for announcements and instructions regarding BEER BREWING. Get ready...get set...BREW!

Science Formal

Considered one of the Top Ten Black Tie Events in North America, the Science Formal is an incredible feat of creativity, planning and engineering. 

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Legend of the Greasepole Website maintained by Rob Burke. Last updated October 2004.