Author: Erin Calhoun

Student removes shoes in the library

peers hate him Reportedly, on March 29th, 2017, a student removed his pair of Blundstones in the EJ Pratt Library. Those around him served dirty looks.   The student, who will remain unnamed, is double majoring in Economics and Political Science and believes he “deserves a break.” The student claims “nobody said anything to me so I’m sure they don’t mind.”   In fact, several students claimed that the stench of feet was not the only distracting thing about this one student: “His music was also super loud. I tried to get his attention by coughing, but he was playing a Father John Misty song so loud from his headphones that you could hear it across the library probably. It just seemed hopeless,” one student in the library claims.   Other students contested on behalf of the shoeless student. “The library says no food or drink; I don’t get why anyone would care if someone took their shoes off.” The consulted student was also caught with his shoes off in Robarts Library in the previous month.   Librarians and student employees feel that the existing rules have been suitable, but new ideologies have challenged their basic understandings of library etiquette. A librarian at EJ Pratt claims “I did not ever think I would have to tell a student to put his shoes back on in a public space.”   The well-used, brown, faded Blundstones lay several feet underneath and away from the student’s cubicle, perpetrating the space of another student studying. The student’s...

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UofT hosts first Powwow in over 20 years

Students gather to celebrate Indigenous culture  On March 12th, UofT hosted the first Powwow event on campus in 20 years. The event featured traditional food, dances, and education on indigenous cultures. The Indigenous Studies Students’ Union began to organize the event mid-November, 2016. Chairman of the event, Jennifer Sylvester, told The Strand in November that the purpose of the Powwow was to celebrate the “wide range of Indigenous culture at the University, so that we are all equally represented.” The flag bearer for the Powwow was a selected student leader, Zachary Biech. Biech finished his undergraduate degree in Indigenous studies and is now a first-year law student. Notably, he is a descendant of the legendary Chief Poundmaker. While growing up, Beich claims he had little contact with Plains Cree communities. In 2015, Beich and two other students decided it was time for proper representation for students claiming or supporting indigeneity. Thus, the Indigenous Student’s Union was constitutionalized. Taking place at the Athletic Centre, student participation included: performances from smoke, hoop, jingle, and Aztec dancers. Along with dancing, there was drumming and singing throughout the event. The Powwow also featured workshops where people were invited to learn about Indigenous cultures. UofT is one of the first universities to act accordingly to the Truth and Reconciliation act. President Meric Gertler commissioned a report to be done by UofT’s Steering Committee for the...

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VUSAC Elections 2017: Hannah Brennen, Board of Regents, Victoria College Council candidate

The Strand: A lot of students don’t know what the Board of Regents or Victoria College Council is or what they do. Can you briefly explain the role of both?  Hannah Brennen: The board is the highest governing body at Vic and their main fiscal responsibility is to ensure the financial health of Vic, but it also oversees everything. There are also a bunch of subcommittees. I was previously on Property and Alumni Affairs and Advancement, but there’s also Campus Life, Finance and Audit, among others. Each of those are under their own jurisdiction—property right now is looking into redeveloping Northrop Frye Hall, and is dealing with the ‘Bloorlands’ business. Alumni Affairs and Advancement are responsible for dealing with Vic alumni. With new recruitment stuff for students who are incoming, we are looking at signing up Vic as a place more distinct from the other U of T colleges and as it’s own body and participatory at UofT.   TS: Why are you running for the board again?   HB: I had a really great time on the Board last year, but I found the meetings to be extremely intimidating because there only a few students and then it’s all serious adults in the room. I was really intimidated the first few meetings, then I grew into my confidence throughout the year. I want to go in again where I...

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VUSAC elections 2017: Town hall

Photo | Hana Nikčević The VUSAC Town Hall focused primarily on issues of representation, equity, position of the VPSO and relations with the Deans Office and students. The twelve candidates for commissioner, judiciary, and Board of Regents positions attended the three hour session held in Alumni Hall of Old Vic, where a small crowd of Vic students addressed issues that have been present during this unique campaign period. Each candidate position, except Board of Regents, ran unopposed, which presented candidates with the unique opportunity to explain their platform without competition. Addressing the lack of opposition, Vic student Chris Knipe...

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