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Quinn Castaneda
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Assistant Editor
Nov 26, 2018
In the November 13 issue of TechNews, our editor-in-chief wrote an article titled “Let’s stop and assume for a moment” where he mentions that TechNews has a whole team of writers, photographers, and editors responsible for this paper’s success “but that is a point to be covered in another article.” I thought I would take it upon myself to write that article.
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2018 - Fall - Issue 11
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An Illinois Tech student's love letter to VanderCook

Alexandra Detweiler
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Copy Editor
Oct 13, 2018
I’m a mediocre flute player; I’ve been playing for quite a while, but I’ve never prioritized practicing and due to this have never had the kind of skill that dedicated musicians earn. Making music was something I enjoyed but didn’t move my life around. I stopped taking band after my freshman year of high school in order to make room for the STEM classes I wanted to take, something I now regret.
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2018 - Fall - Issue 6
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Thanksgiving 2020 - What I Am Thankful For

Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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Nov 30, 2020
We are at the end of the year 2020, probably one of the worst years the world has ever seen in history. But as we all know the time does not stop for anyone unless the world itself has come to an end. Amid these tough times, we have survived till Thanksgiving this year. Although this year has been a nightmare, let us all take a moment to thank for what we still have. I am going to list all the reasons that I am thankful for in 2020.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 11
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The unusual bond with my first pet

Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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Nov 30, 2020
Content warning: animal death

We all love pets, well at least we love playing with them, caressing them affectionately. There are diverse pet lovers such as dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, chickens, etc. Two years ago back home, I got an unusual pet from a friend. It was a parrot. It was just four months old and it was brought up at home so it rarely flies, just like the macaw from the movie "Rio." The bird I had was a pale yellow parrot with red spots on her neck. She was a cute little girl who was very shy. I named her Rosy since she was very tender and beautiful like a rose. Since she was not a bird in a cage, it was a wonderful chance for me to actually become friends with her. Unlike dogs, there's no specific way to become friends with them. So I made additional efforts to take care of her to gain her trust. She always stayed at a corner of my desk and gazes through the window. Whenever I try to reach her she nibbles me with her cute harmless beak and stares at me. I kept a variety of bird food in front of her and made a small pool for her to chill. She hardly ate anything for the first two days. But she gradually got accustomed to the place and started eating. I learned online that the first step in becoming close is making her climb your hands. So I usually placed a handful of bird food in one hand and placed my other hand for her to hop on. After many failed attempts she finally climbed my hand after three days. It was a magical moment, I was actually holding a bird for the first time. I called my whole family to show I made a new friend. Gradually she became comfortable around me. She used to hop on to my hand with more ease and always stared at me with love. It was a new special bond we both shared. Love is even better when you don't communicate it through words. I had pet dogs and cats before but this was entirely a different experience. Rosy was a fragile girl, she was not born to be a pet. Yet she became my pet. I have done so many crazy things to play with her. I slowly started caressing her and she didn't bite me this time. She loved being caressed and she gently leaned to the side of my hand asking for more. Next was to make her climb my shoulder. After five to six attempts she finally climbed at my shoulder. I still remember the first time she stroked her chin against mine and kept nibbling my cheeks. I consider them as kisses. 
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2020 - Fall - Issue 11
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My Dream Has Come True - First Road Trip

Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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Nov 30, 2020
It has been a dream for me to go on a road trip to the U.S. with friends. My friends who came here years before me post amazing photos and videos of the road trip in their cool cars. The most exciting factor of a road trip here is the opportunity to explore a foreign land with exciting cars that are not available back home in India. It has been a year now wishing for the right circumstances and finally, I received a surprising phone call from my friend who is working at Michigan. He called me in the evening and said he is coming to O'Hare airport to drop a friend and said he is staying the night at my place and he had to leave early morning. The call itself was a pleasant surprise since I'm meeting him after four years and wait it gets better. He invited me to come back with him to Michigan since there was Thanksgiving break coming up. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there was a final surprise that blew my mind away. He came in my dream car -- Jaguar XE, the car I spent years admiring from posters, wallpapers, and rarely on the roads. I thanked all the deities for making this happen. It was as though every single event has aligned perfectly just for me. The classes were online, Thanksgiving holidays, I didn't have many assignments, and finally, I didn't have to deliver newspapers since the last two issues were only online. Seriously, if I think about it, out of nowhere your best friend from college four years ago comes to your home picks you up in a luxury car, and tells me to stay with him in Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving. Well, it may be common for other people, but as an Indian student who is living on a budget, the chances of this happening are very low.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 11
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Deploy machine learning models to the Azure Cloud as a webApp

Akash Tanwani
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TechNews Writer
Nov 30, 2020
Today, due to technological development and advancement there exists so many ways to deploy machine learning models to the Clouds like AWS, GCP, and Azure. Let's discuss how to deploy machine learning models to the Microsoft Azure Cloud as a WebApp.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 11
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