Inside the BDE campaigns

It has been now six months since I decided to run with 33 other people for the elections of the BDE 2019-2020. So it’s been six months since we started the preparation of the BDE campaigns, and trust me, there is a lot to do. To keep the effect of surprise we had to remain very discreet so that nobody could suspect what was going on. We had to meet in small committee outside Polytech without forgetting to cut social networks to not be localized, we were like mini spies. I was part of the “Mammoutech” team and we won, so here is how we organized the campaigns.

BDE campaigns take place over a week. And it is during this week that we must convince the whole school that we can earn our place at the BDE by organizing different activities. We must organize two parties, plan activities at school for two days, plan meals for the first 3 days of the week, and try to always have pancakes ready (any time during the day) for that students can eat. There is also the WAVS (weekend at your service) which consists in carrying out ALL the requests of the students of the school during a whole weekend round the clock. This weekend is challenging but it’s the funniest part of the week because it is during these two days that we meet the most people.  

For the organization to be as efficient as possible, we divided the work. There were 11 different teams: one for communication (mine), one for partnerships with different companies, one for ordering different goodies, one for parties, one for the organization of meals, one for activities , one for video editing and photos, one for logistics, one for school decorations, one for funding (the most important), one for the “WAVS”, and finally one called « Small Office » with the chair of the list, the vice president, treasurer, secretary and head of communication in all the Polytech network.

We have all worked really hard to make the campaigns run as smoothly as possible. We had a lot of fun this week and we are very happy to have won. The competing list has also done very well during these campaigns, they can be proud of their work. The fake lists (the lists that are only there to have fun and entertain) have also play the game and have put a good atmosphere throughout the campaigns. This week of campaigns is always eagerly awaited because it is very festive. This year it ended on March 21st, so the bad news is that you have to wait a year before it starts again!

How to easily make your online privacy more… private?

You maybe wonder: « But… why should I care? »

Privacy is a right (just like freedom, justice, etc.) you haven’t always had, people fought for this in the past and will undoubtly continue to do so. It is something you should value and care for. You should care because information can be dangerous: if you entrust someone with your data, you cannot know that it will never be leaked, intentionnaly or by being hacked. You never know what is goind to happend, this harmless information today could become the material for a blackmail in the future, against you, your company or someone you know. And you do care about privacy, it is not necessarily that you have something to hide: just like when you shut the door when you go to the bathroom, everyone knows what you’re doing, still you would feel uncomfortable if someone happened to open the door.

These are just a couple easy hacks, you can of course dig and do more.

1. Don’t log with your Google of Facebook account on every website, prefer to use an email instead. And if you already did, you should be able to revoke their access by searching in the settings.

2. Be wary about the data you give: when you have the option to not give some of it you should keep it to yourself. Does this random website really need to know your birthday or your phone number?

3. Think about what you share online. Check who can see what you do and generally speaking just post online what you wouldn’t mind being on the front page of the newspaper.

4. Try not to centralize your online activity. For example, do you know that Google represents 90% of all online searches and that Chrome is 60% of the internet browsers installed wordwide? (1) And I bet a lot of you use a Gmail account. If you want to be more careful, you can try switching for example to Firefox, DuckDuckGo and ProtonMail. I invite you to look what would suit you best.

5. Security is important if you want your data to remain private. Try to use long passwords, unique to each account (look for how to create a passphrase), and if you have the option I recommend you to use two-factor authentification. This is particularly important for your most sensitive accounts: for example if your email is hacked, it will be impossible for you to prevent your data to be accessed to by someone else.

Happy surfing!

(1) : http://gs.statcounter.com

Rewiew : « Glass »

« Glass » is a 2019 American film written, produced and directed by Manoj Night Shyamalan. It is a sequel of « Unbreakable » and « Split » which have also been produced by Shyamalan. For those who have not seen these films, you are well advised to watch them before watching « Glass » and also before reading this article !

It is a particular superhero movie, it does not look like a Marvel movie it is closer to a thriller.
It depicts the main characters of « Unbreakable » and « Split » :
• Bruce Willis is back as the unbreakable and overly powerful David Dunn, nicknamed « The Overseer »,
• Samuel L.Jackson plays the villain Elijah Price also known as « Mr Glass » because of its brittle bone disease,
• And James McAvoy reprises its split-personality characters Kevin Wendell Crumb, nicknamed « The Horde » by the press in reference to its 24 different personnalities.

Without revealing too much, the film begins on a frantic pace : David Dunn « The Overseer » starts chasing « The Beast », which is the twenty-fourth personality of Kevin. After finding him, the two characters are unfortunately arrested by the police and the are locked in a mental hospital, the same hospital in which Elijah Price is interned. The trio must face Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who wants to prove them that none of them is a superhero…

I do not tell you more, it’s up to you to imagine the rest or simply to watch the movie !

Special Event : White Else?

On Friday, February 8th, the BDE organized its biggest student night of the year. This party is called “la White” in reference to the fact that the (un)official color of Polytech Grenoble is white. This is an event that takes place every year in Grenoble for several years now. This year’s theme of the evening revolved around coffee. Actually the name « White Else? » reminiscent of Georges Clooney’s famous replica « What Else? » in the ads for Nespresso.

That night, all the Polytech students were invited. Places were all sold in just a few days, the party was a victim of its own success, more than 1100 people answered the call. Some of them came from far away to attend the party, indeed we were able to meet students from Nantes, Montpellier, Clermond-Ferrand, Paris, etc. It took place at Le Local in Saint-Égreve. It started around 10pm and ended around 4am. That was a very long but not less fun night.

Interview of Lucas, an Italian student

Hi Lucas ! So you come from Italy, can you tell us from where exactly ?

Hi ! Yes, of course ! My hometown is called Case Rosse, it’s situated just next to Rome.

For how long have you been in France ?

I’m in France since September, so it’s been 4 months if we take out December considering I took a one-month break at Christmas.
I’m here in order to pursue my studies abroad. I’m a PhD student in philosophy and I can get (at most) half of my lessons outside of Italy. So I can take this full year to travel in France and I will see for the first semester of next year.

Why France among all ?

I came in France 2 years ago for a week on my holydays, and I noticed that being in a French country suited me much more than an English one. English is for me a very useful language even here in France, but I am much more motivated to learn French.

However French doesn’t seem as easy as English to me.

You’re right, French isn’t that simple but as an Italian I still manage to understand quiet well and to express myself more or less properly, simply because Italian is very close to French and in addition, since I’m studying Latin, it’s even easier. But of course, it doesn’t work everytime, for example, to stop is “fermarsi” while it is “arrêter” and not “fermer” in French. Still, French is far from being a barrier to me.

How do you feel in France now that you live here ?

I must admit that life seems more comfortable from my point of view in France rather than in Italy. For example, just take the transport system. Either you take your car or public transports, it’s a mess in Rome. You have access to only 2 underground lines in a city bigger than Paris. Also, weather is more pleasant here.
But more importantly, current Italian political life and job market aren’t at their best. So, for the moment, I feel better in France.