09 Feb 2017

February 9th, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Notes taken by mobyte in emacs

28 people in attendance, including: stringy, kami, zurek, strongth, mobyte, crane, ohaimark

6:01 PM, On a Thursday, 2225 Kohrman Hall


  • pasportit and strongth have proposed that we should buy some physical books for our office library.
  • Some of the books include:
    • Cracking the Coding Interview
    • Design Patterns
    • Clean Code
    • Working with Legacy Code
    • TDD
    • JS Good Parts
  • To get an up-to-date list on these books and to make comments, you can go to this Google Document: https://goo.gl/aT5CrR.

Volunteers Needed

  • We are going to need volunteers for some upcoming events involving Computer Club. These events are:
  • The Science Olympiad on Feb 25th.
    • We will need about 5 or 6 people to be judges for a programming contest.
    • The volunteers will judge games made in the Scratch programming language.
    • Points will be awarded on the structure of the program and its creativity.
    • The volunteer judges will need to come up with a topic for the game to be based on.
    • The following people have offered to volunteer: kami, stringy, Steve Johnson, hellbacon, pasportit, strongth, and zurek.
    • The time of this event will be known soon.
  • People will also be needed to volunteer for a Computer Club Oculus Rift demo on March 2nd and April 18th from 9:30 AM to 12 PM.
    • We will demo the Oculus Rift and the Oculus Touch that we bought recently.
    • Only about 3 people will be needed for setting up this demo.
    • This event may be at Parkview but the location is not set yet.
    • More details can be found in the #officers channel.


  • James got us a promotion in WIDR. Thanks for helping to promote Computer Club!
  • We may potentially also be able to receive publicity on the Parkview buses through PLAN posters.

Geek Easy

  • We received a response saying they would like to sponsor us.
  • More details about this sponsorship will be reviewed at tomorrow’s PLAN meeting at 4 PM.
  • If you have any questions, ask kami.

Northwestern Michigan College

  • Dr. Carr and Dr. Trenary are working on creating a partnership with our university Computer Science program.
  • This may open some opportunities to share information about the curriculum for both universities.
  • Details will be presented later as they become available.

Stallman Lecture

  • The FSF is in the process of approving the video version of the recent Richard Stallman talk at Kalamazoo College.
    • It will soon be available in an open source format.
  • If you would like to watch the talk, look for the link on IRC when it becomes available.


  • Starting this week, stringy will be taking over the CTF class.
  • We highly encourage everyone to take part in this great class!
  • Additionally, we will be participating in Codegate 2017.
    • If you would like to see more about it, you can read about it here: https://ctftime.org/event/405.


  • A company called Dynatrace has recently contacted strongth about wanting to do a talk for Computer Club.
  • They will also provide us with pizza.

Programming Contest

  • Dr. Trenary is looking for people to participate in programming contests (preferably people that will be here for longer).
  • Python, C, C++, and Java are the programming languages that may be used.
  • Two teams of 3 are brought to the contest at Grand Valley State University.
  • 5 hours are spend solving up to 8 problems mostly based on algorithms.
  • If you are interested in this opportunity, you can email Dr. Trenary.


  • nospace will be stepping down from his position as Vice President of Computer Club.
  • Discussion about whether or not to hold an election for a new Vice President will be in the #officers channel on IRC.
  • If you would like to read the letter that nospace has addressed to Computer Club, you can find it on the server here: /home/members/_SYSTEM/shared/nospaceletter.txt.
  • Thank you to nospace for everything you have done for Computer Club. We will all miss you.

Meeting ends at 6:27 PM