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CSSS General Meeting January 24th

posted by Dina Zeng on Jan. 17, 2022, 8:55 p.m.


Hi everyone,

Welcome back to a new semester. The next general meeting for the CSSS will be held on Monday, January 24th, 2022.

Day: January 24, 2022 
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Online on the CSSS Discord in the #General_Meetings Voice Channel (https://discord.gg/sfucsss)

The following is the Agenda: 
- Report of Officers 
- Announcements 
- Motions
- Exec at Large Election
- Council Rep Election
- Mountain Madness Chair Election
- Open Floor 
- Approval of Minutes 

Here is a copy of the meeting minutes from the last general meeting. Please take a look through it and comment if there is anything I should change 😊https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Ej0sjCUi0vJMqloEqqvdHkY4G6A2cGHC37hT8D_4Og/edit?usp=sharing

You are automatically a member of the CSSS if you are a declared CMPT Major, Minor, or Honours in any program of study offered at the undergraduate level by the School of Computing Science; or currently enrolled in any undergraduate course offered by the School of Computing Science; or are an Honorary Member of the Society.

Voting is restricted to Members only. 

Hope to see you there! 

Dina Zeng

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Software Systems - Computing Science Student
Simon Fraser University


Co-President @Women in Computing Science SFU

External Representative @ Software Systems Student Society

Director of Archives @ Computing Science Student Society


dhz1@sfu.ca

Applications are open for StormHacks 2022

posted by Shiva Sanei on Jan. 13, 2022, 12:37 p.m.


Hello CSSS Members,



Simon Fraser University's second ever Major League Hacking accredited hackathon - and it's happening all online!


Dare to dream? ✨


Enter our dream world by applying to StormHacks 2022 run by Surge! Taking place virtually from February 18 - 20th, 2022, this event is sure to make all your wildest dreams come true. Join hackers from across the globe as they learn new skills, create unique software projects, and picture a better world. Whether you come for the fun and games, or you blow people away with a technical project, there will be a lot of swag, networking, and events to keep you engaged throughout the event. Looking for more reasons to attend? We’ll be having workshops before and during the event to give you everything you need for a successful 36 hours. Follow us down the rabbit hole by applying at www.stormhacks.com before January 28th at 11:59PM PST.



Event name: StormHacks 2022


Date: February 18 - 20, 2022


Website: www.stormhacks.com



Best, 

Shiva Sanei
Vice President | Computing Science Student Society



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CSSS Director Meeting Questions

posted by Mitchell Gale on Dec. 14, 2021, 10:46 p.m.


Hi All,


The Computing Science Student Society is meeting with the Director of the School of Computing Science next week. We would love for you to let us know what questions you might have regarding computing science at SFU.


Please fill out this one question survey by end of day Thursday December 16th, 2021.

http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/415802770


Similar to last time we will follow up with answers to many of the questions.


See below the previous announcement during the Summer 2021 semester with questions/answers discussed during that meeting. 



Good luck on your remaining finals.


Thanks,


Mitchell Gale

Computing Science Student Society President




From: Mitchell Gale <mgale@sfu.ca>
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:08 AM
To: cmpt-students@sfu.ca; csss-announce@sfu.ca; csss-honorary@sfu.cacmpt-students@sfu.ca; csss-announce@sfu.ca; csss-honorary@sfu.ca
Subject: Re: CSSS Director Meeting Questions
 

Hi All,


Thank you for your many questions.


I asked the Director your questions and provided a summary of responses below.


Bold are the questions.

non-bold are a summary of the response/discussion had.

Indented sections are my comments on them.


As many of you know the remote course offering list can be found here. https://www.sfu.ca/students/support/classes-2021/remote-classes-fall.html


Some notes about Covid-19 and on campus learning.

 - Ventilation is being inspected and improved as well as additional filtration systems

 - Bulk of courses are in person

 - Instructors are being recommended to record lecture slides/voice and host online. In most cases this won't be a room recording as some lectures previously had, but likely a screen capture and audio recording. For in person classes, exams are going to be in person, so being close to SFU is important.



"CMPT courses have awarded the lowest average grades in SFU over the last 10 years, as well the lowest average grades for 2019/2020 (both lower and upper division courses). Are there any plans to deal with this at all, in regards to scholarship acquisition, grad school applications, and how our transcripts look to employers?"

Computing Science Courses are around the average grade given by SFU for the over the past 3 years (time frame they looked into this for).


He showed me the differences and it was exceptionally close to the SFU average for the past 3 years, within a few hundredths of a grade point.


"When is ASB construction set to end"

Scheduled to be done around the end of the Fall term.



"Can there be more evening classes?"

Evening classes are not offered often, they need to work with the instructors schedule. They also can make the course less accessible to people taking early courses causing large gap between their classes.



"Do concentrations still exist within Computing Science"

Yes they do.

http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2021/fall/programs/computing-science/major/bachelor-of-science-or-bachelor-of-arts.html (Look near the bottom of the page)



"Taking courses CMPT courses abroad is difficult in terms of transferring of credits."

If not all the same topics are taught in a course at SFU it is possible that the course will not transfer over. There are lots of Universities and their courses change, so it's not practical to have a list of all Universities and which courses can be transferred.



"Will CMPT 318 (Cyber Security) be turned into a regular course"

Yes, it will be turned into a regular courses with a unique course number.



"Are there plans to be more Cyber Security courses in the future?"

Yes, there are plans to have more Cyber Security courses in the near future.



"Can CMPT 376w be made more technical"

Apparently the course is in a bit of a shift due to the addition of CMPT 105w some of the material now covered in CMPT 376w will be taught in CMPT 105w leaving CMPT 376w to see coverage change.



"What is happening with the removal of CMPT 127"

CMPT 127 is being combined with CMPT 125.



"Why do some upper division courses in the AI column not have CMPT 310 as a per-requisite?"

The school does not like making unnecessary per-requisites to courses as they can act as "gate-keepers".



"Will Cryptocurrency/Blockchain be added to coverage of courses"

They are important technologies and they likely will have components taught in future.


When exactly courses covering these technologies will be taught, it's not yet know.




We will do this again in the Fall.



Thanks,


Mitchell Gale

Computing Science Student Society President
csss_president@sfu.ca

Note:
July 13th at 4:30PM there is a discussion where students can talk with faculty on how they would like to see in person classes return.

Meeting ID: 663 5066 0702
Password: 528995


From: jkl53 <jkl53@sfu.ca>
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2021 6:07:04 PM
To: csss-announce@sfu.ca; cmpt-students@sfu.ca; csss-honorary@sfu.ca
Subject: CSSS Director Meeting Questions
 

Hi All,

The Computing Science Student Society is meeting with the director of Computing Science at the end of this month. We would love for you to provide us with some questions about the future of Computing Science at SFU, Covid related topics, any suggestions for improvements, or anything else you would like for us to ask.

Please fill out this form with your questions/suggestions by Saturday June 26th:
http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/403650706

I'll follow up with this email after the meeting with answers to many of the questions.

Best,
Johnson Luong
Director of Communications | SFU Computing Science Student Society

Re: CSSS Biweekly Newsletter: 6th edition

posted by Johnson Luong on Nov. 25, 2021, 9:28 p.m.


Hello all,

The link to the CSSS Event's Committee survey in the newsletter is broken, here is a working link: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/414544312

Sorry for the inconvience.

Best,
Johnson Luong
CSSS Director of Communications

From: Johnson Luong
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2021 4:20:01 PM
To: cmpt-students@sfu.ca; csss-honorary@sfu.ca; csss-announce@sfu.ca
Subject: CSSS Biweekly Newsletter: 6th edition
 

Biweekly Computing Science Student Society (CSSS)
Newsletter: 6th edition

Welcome to the CSSS newsletter!
Here we hope to inform our students of exciting opportunities and events, while cutting down on the sheer amount of emails sent for each individual event.
We hope you will find this newsletter beneficial! If you have any suggestions, events, or simply want to contact us, you can reach me at jkl53@sfu.ca
- Johnson Luong

CSSS General Meeting 

Q: What is a General Meeting? 
A: General Meetings are how the Computing Science Student Society passes information along to the student body and motion money to be spent on items and events. By attending you will get to have a better understanding how we operate and have a say in how we run.

Here is a copy of the meeting minutes from the last general meeting. Please take a look through it and comment if there is anything to change :) :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hZr7MbX9sMGS-xo3tydQ2Di91E9gOjF1KWUHmYQc10s/edit?usp=sharing

Date: Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Remote on the CSSS Discord in he #General_Meetings Voice Channel
 

First Year Social

CALLING ALL FIRST YEARS:
The First Year Social is here! (thanks to your first year representatives hard work :) )

"Please bring joycon controllers/charging stations/etc, if you have any! Also, for people interested in playing league or VALORANT, there will be power cords and tables for you to set up your devices. Please join the discord so we can gauge how many people are planning on actually bringing their PCs/laptops. https://discord.gg/9qWzYcg5 "

We hope to see you there,
First Year Representatives Jasper Song and John Reyes

Date: Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
Time: 3:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: TASC1 9204.

FallHacks 2021 

The CSSS second annual Fall Hacks hackathon is taking place on Saturday November 27th. This event is open to all SFU students. We have no expectation on programming experience, if this is your first semester or your last you are welcome to attend!
 
We will be checking Photo ID and BC Vaccine Card as well as collecting contact tracing information. Please have you ID and BC Vaccine Card ready before attending the event.
 
Date: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021
Time: 9:30am - 8:30pm
Location: Sustainable Energy Engineering Building (or online)
Price: Free! (Lunch and dinner will be served for those attending in person)
Teams: You can work in teams up to 5 or individually. Please have your teams formed and their details prior to signing up so we know which room to assign your group to.
Why attend?: Hackathons are a great opportunity to make a cool project and learn some new skills. If you are looking for projects to add on your resume, participating is a great opportunity to add to it.
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fall-hacks-2021-tickets-216078816557?aff=Email

Some submissions from Fall Hacks 2020: https://sfucsss.org/events/fall_hacks/2020/submissions
Some submissions from Mountain Madness 2021: https://sfucsss.org/events/mm/2021/submissions

CSSS Movie Night

On Monday November 29th, starting at 6pm, we’ll be hosting a Movie Night (IRL)! We’ll be playing one movie which will be chosen by the attendees on the day of the event! Food will be provided!
 
We will be checking Photo ID and BC Vaccine Card as well as collecting contact tracing information. Please have you ID and BC Vaccine Card ready before attending the event.
 
Date: Monday, Nov. 29, 2021
Time: 6:00pm
Location: RCB Image Theater (Burnaby campus)
Price: Free! (and food will be provided!) 

End of Semester Social 

In collaboration with the MSU, join us for a End of Semester Social (there will be Pizza!)
 
We will be checking Photo ID and BC Vaccine Card as well as collecting contact tracing information. Please have you ID and BC Vaccine Card ready before attending the event.
 
Date: Dec. 3, 2021
Time: 5:00 - 8:30pm
Location: TASC 9204

Pop Machine Seasonal Mystery Column

Feeling thirsty? Feel like RNG is on your side!? Come to the CSSS common room to test your luck on the pop machine mystery column!

Basically: Random pop for 75 cents. Some pops come with a free pop ticket!

Event Committee Survey

The CSSS Events Commitee has brainstomed some events for December and would like to see which ones you'd be interested in! Let them know in this quick survey: https://websurvey.sfu.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WebSurvey.woa/23/wo/1NBipYzySn6EmyPPxHRaRw/0.0.0.1.1.0.0.12.7.3.1 

Join Our Event's Committee!

If you would like to help take part in the planning of events with the CSSS then you can take part in our Event's Committee. Everyone's welcome! 

If you would like to join please let our Director of Events (
Argusaosfinn#2344 on discord) know so we can give you the role to get access to the channels in our discord.
Join Our Discord Server!
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Fall Hacks Hackathon Reminder!

posted by Mitchell Gale on Nov. 25, 2021, 8:39 p.m.


Hi All,

This is a reminder that the Fall Hacks 2021 hackathon is happening this Saturday! So if you haven't already signed up with a group please do so ASAP!

If you don't know what a hackathon isit is basically an event where a group of people develop a project in a specified time constraint. It's a great place to learn new skills, build some cool projects which you can be proud of and put on your resume.  In Fall Hacks you work to create a fun, creative, functional program in a group in 9.5 hours.

No experience is required! Just make a project that is reasonable to your group's ability level and we'd love to see it!


Date and Time:
Saturday November 27th 9:30AM-8:30PM

Location:
Surrey Sustainable Energy Engineering building or online.
Attendance is free! There is a limited number of tickets. Please only sign up with your group if you plan on attending. Only SFU students can participant in this event.

Teams:
You can work in teams up to 5 or individually. Please have your teams formed and their details prior to signing up so we know which room to assign your group to.

Prizes:
Prizes are split between winning team members.

Food:
Lunch and dinner will be served for those attending in person. Please indicate dietary restrictions when entering details when signing up.

Why attend?:
Hackathons are a great opportunity to make a cool project and learn some new skills. If you are looking for projects to add on your resume, participating is a great opportunity to add to it.

If you want to talk to others planning on attending go to theCSSS discord server and go to the #fall_hacks_general channel.


More details can be found on the Eventbrite.
Signing up:
Click "Register" -> "As group member" -> "Create group" (create group name) -> Select number of people in your group -> "Register" and fill in the details for each group member.
 

Some submissions from Fall Hacks 2020:

Some submissions from Mountain Madness 2021:


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Mitchell Gale
Computing Science Student Society President





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