Author: Ainsley Doell

VUSAC Fall Elections 2017: Nickolas Shyshkin, VPSO Candidate

The Strand sat down with Nickolas Shyshkin, candidate for Vice President Student Organizations in the 2017 VUSAC fall election. This position was left unfilled after the spring elections, and Shyshkin is now running uncontested after first-year, Thomas Siddall withdrew his candidacy on September 26th. The Strand: Can you briefly outline the responsibilities of the VPSO? Nickolas Shyshkin: The VPSO acts as a liaison between the clubs and the levies, as well as VUSAC. They are a voice, on behalf of the clubs and levies, on the VUSAC council and at meetings to represent them there. In the barest of terms. What do you hope to bring to the position? I feel like a lot more can be done with the position itself, in terms of how close and personal previous VPSOs have been with this role. What I want to do with this role is make it more personal rather than just a liaison between two groups. I want to get to know these clubs and levies more as myself, and just really hear them out on what their problems are, what they need, and I really want to deliver on those. I know sometimes that won’t be possible with certain restrictions that might be in place, but I definitely do want to help them out in that regard in the best way that I can and put more...

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What’s Happening Around Campus This Week?

VicXposure First General Meeting + Worskhop September 20, 6:30 PM Cat’s Eye An opportunity to learn about the VicXposure photography club and what they do at UofT, as well as a workshop on camera basics. Photography experts and novices welcome. There will be rental cameras available for use at the workshop.   Hidden Figures: Exploring the Role of Women in STEM September 20, 5:30-8:30 PM MC252 As part of Science Literacy Week, WISE UofT (Women in Science and Engineering) and the Engineering and Computer Science Library are hosting a screening of Hidden Figures, followed by a panel discussion on “exploring the experience of women in technical fields.” Tickets are free and can be reserved online by following the link on the “Hidden Figures: Exploring the Role of Women in STEM” Facebook page.   The Strand’s Open House September 21, 6-8 PM Goldring Student Centre, Room 153 Interested in getting involved Victoria College’s student newspaper? Come get information about writing, copyediting, design, video editing, and more for Volume 60 of The Strand! Free pizza will be provided.   LGBTOUT’s Meet N’ Greet September 25, 7-10 PM Debates Room, Hart House A social to kick off Queer Orientation, an annual week of LGBTQ-focused programming across the UofT campuses. LGBTOUT’s Meet N’ Greet is a safe and inclusive space in which to make connections and socialize with fellow students. Snacks will be...

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Getting involved with VUSAC

Photo | Hana Nikcevic Fall Elections are here VUSAC is hosting its fall elections in order to fill eight councillor positions, as well as the positions left outstanding from the spring election period: Sustainability Commissioner and Vice President Student Organizations (VPSO).   Councillor (8 positions available) Councillors assist with the planning and execution of a variety VUSAC directives and events. They are also voting members on VUSAC. Two of the eight positions are reserved for FIRST YEAR students.   Sustainability Commissioner (1 position available) The Sustainability Commissioner is responsible for providing the campus community with educational programs, services, and events concerned...

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Pro-Life display at UTSU’s Street Fest sparks counter-protest

  Photo | Hana Nikcevic On September 12th, a display by University of Toronto Students for Life on the outskirts of the UTSU’s Street Fest was met with an ad hoc gathering of counter-protesters. After being purportedly blocked from entering the boundaries of the Street Fest, the assembly of pro-life activists chose to set up a display on the Southeast corner of Harbord and St. George, with a large banner featuring a graphic image of an aborted fetus. The display was met by impromptu groups of counter-protesters who brought with them a large banner reading “U of T Feminist Strong,”...

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StudentDwellTO Seeks to Solve Lack of Affordable Student Housing

U of T, Ryerson, York, and OCAD team up to explore solutions to student housing dilemma UofT, Ryerson, York, and OCAD are working collaboratively on “StudentDwellTO”: a research project scheduled to take place over the next two years, with the aim of investigating and generating solutions to the lack of affordable housing for students in Toronto. This initiative will involve close to 100 students and faculty members across campuses. From UofT, that includes students and faculty members from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture. Each university involved will be responsible for hosting programming within the community, large focus groups to...

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