Author: Erin Calhoun

The Gardiner Gala revisited

  The Gardiner Gala is one of the chief traditions of Victoria College’s yearly Frost Week, which takes place every January. This year’s Gala was organised by VUSAC’s Arts and Culture and Scarlet and Gold Commissions, as well as the Dean’s Office and the Gardiner Museum. The Dean’s Office handled the administrative planning with the Gardner Museum, while VUSAC planned other details like booking a DJ and VicXposure. However, the Gala was postponed and failed to take place on its original date. The cancellation of this Vic tradition resulted from a lack of communication between all three parties. Communication...

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Strangers sharing strange spaces: A look at residence life and pub nights

  For many, living in residence is a rite of passage for living out the full university experience. Many of those admitted to residence are from overseas, from other provinces, or merely an hour’s drive away—but they all seek the unique experience that comes from living on campus. At Victoria College, there are five different residence buildings that students are able to choose from: Annesley, Margaret Addison, Rowell Jackman, and Upper and Lower Burwash. Each of these buildings provide a different experience, but there still remains a common factor that links these different communities together. A larger community exists...

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VUSAC’s 2015-2016 Student Life Agenda: A mid-year appraisal

The 2015 semester was part of another great year for the Victoria University Students’ Administrative Council. Beginning in the summer of 2015, VUSAC began brainstorming initiatives for the 2015-2016 school year. “We came into the semester with very ambitious goals,” says Ben Atkins, one of the two VUSAC co-presidents. Priority was placed on making VUSAC an accessible resource for students at Victoria College. Early in the first semester, VUSAC worked with the University of Toronto Students’ Union to preserve Victoria College’s student body representation in the board of directors. VUSAC reportedly received some of the highest number of votes they have ever seen. This positive outcome is due to VUSAC taking the opportunity to promote students’ voting rights. VUSAC has continued to receive attention and participation from the student body, specifically first-year students. Large numbers of first-year students attended Frosh Week activities and showed their interest in student government by running for councillor and other positions within VUSAC. “The first years are definitely extremely involved, which is great to see,” says Atkins. The equity commission within VUSAC also saw great involvement from the student body. Their event, “Art Battle,” raised approximately $400 for homeless LGBTQ youth in the GTA. The key initiatives for VUSAC in 2015 were the mental health and sexual violence focus groups. These focus groups completed reports that influenced the Dean’s office to create the support...

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All in a week’s work

If thinking you’re being handed a $100 bill but only receiving $10 is a familiar feeling, you are probably a UofT student. That $100 bill is a legitimate fall reading week, and what you end up getting is a two-day reading break. UofT provides a two-day break in the fall semester, landing on November 9 and 10 this year, and a week-long break in the winter semester. Students often feel that they are being treated unfairly, and cheated of valuable time devoted to their studies. Recently, the University of Toronto Students’ Union and the Arts & Science Students’ Union...

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Divesting to invest in our future

  The University of Toronto currently owns stock in 200 fossil fuel companies. On October 29, UofT students and fellow environmentalists took action on the streets of UofT’s St. George campus to urge the administration to divest from these fossil fuel companies. The pressing demand for the university to divest from fossil fuels is clearly articulated by the group known as Toronto350, who focus on preserving our environment and fossil fuels. Here are Toronto350’s reasons for the university to consider divesting from fossil fuels: Fossil fuel stocks are one of the least successful stocks to invest in. Studies have...

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