Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What Sets the Arts Apart?

Here are a few of the many responses I've gotten when I say I'm in the arts:

"Oh, cool! what kind of things do you paint?"

"So...what are you going to do after school with that...?"

"So you're going to be a teacher! What grade do you want to teach?"

Even though there are really creative people in the arts who CAN paint, and there are those who will make excellent teachers, I for one am not one of them. Just as I know there are many of you arty folk who enjoy the arts for the arts.

So what does it mean to be in the Arts?

It has taken me a while to figure this question out myself because at first it mostly meant that I didn't have to do any math. But I've learned over the last couple years that being in the arts means getting a well rounded education. We are all getting smarter each minute we sit in the classroom- can you feel it? And not smarter by learning formulas or memorizing all the different types of cells in a plant, but by developing our rational thought and critical thinking skills. But what does that mean? Just think of the old saying "thinking outside the box". That's our strong point, and that's an invaluable skill- we can solve real-world problems and become the leaders of tomorrow. Think I'm sounding a bit cheesy? Well, it's true!

In a way, in every faculty we are all learning how the world works- just in different ways. In the arts, the world becomes more understandable, and through our acquired knowledge of historical events, philosophies, procedures and possibilities, the phenomenon of life becomes coherent.

And with that, I'll stay true to my arts education and leave you with a quote:

"More is experienced in one day in the life of a learned man than in the whole lifetime of an ignorant man." --Seneca

Now I want to hear from YOU!
If you would like to write a blog post about what it means to you to be a student in the arts email me at



Friday, June 11, 2010

Pride 2010

As most of you know, Pride is just around the corner and it is a cause for much excitement.

Not only are there amazing events happening in Toronto, but some of your very own Ryerson peers are organizing Pride events right here on campus. Check out this vlog interview with Victoria and Jasmine who are just two of the many students on campus working together to organize for Pride 2010!

Thank-you Victoria and Jasmine for all your hard work!

Take Back the Dyke: Saturday July 3rd
March with the Ryerson Contingent
Meet at the Student Centre @ 1pm
March starts @ 2 pm
Ends at Queens Park with a special performance by Cyndi Lauper

Pride Parade: Sunday July 4th
March with the Ryerson Contingent!
Meet at the Student Centre @ 1pm
March arts @ 2 pm

Post Parade BBQ: July 4th
Ram in the Rye Pub @ 4pm
For more information on Toronto-wide Pride events check out the official Pride Toronto website:

Remember, the mission of Pride Toronto is to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and and future of Toronto's Queer community. All are welcome at events, so whether you are celebrating your pride or showing your support as an ally- let's come together and show off our strong Ryerson community, and have fun while doing it!

Bye for now,


The Ryerson contigent in the Pride Parade 2009

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Meet the new bloggers!

Hello, my name is Laura.

Check out my very first vblog post in which I stumble over my words trying to introduce myself and win you over as your new faithful Art of Life blogger!


Now that we are acquainted, we can get down to business!

Interested in volunteering for Faculty of Arts Orientation 2010? Yes? Maybe? Not sure? Well let me work my magic to convince you that it will be well worth your while. How will I do this? Obviously I'll use my mind-reading skills to predict the questions you might have...prepare to be amazed:

"Well...What will I be doing?"

You can do a number of things! The first event we need volunteers for is our Enrollment Workshop where you will be working one-on-one with first years from your program to help them pick their classes as well as helping to lead ice-breaker activities. Next is Orientation where you can do one of two things: logistics, or leadership. Those in the logistics group will be assisting with the set-up and take down of the days activities, and is geared towards those who want to be involved with Orientation, but don't feel comfortable being a team leader. Those in the leadership group will be leading a group of first year students (about 20) throughout the day. In this group you will lead small campus tours and facilitate ice breakers and games. Everyone will also be attending the Academic Orientation and facilitating group discussion within their program's orientation.

"What do I get out of it?"
First things first, you will have fun! Orientation is a day that's full of energy and you get to be a part of creating a sense of community and belonging within the Faculty of Arts. You will develop your leadership skills by putting them into practise, and motivate first years to develop lasting friendships with others in their groups. You also get to meet lots of new people from within the Faculty of Arts that are involved with many other projects. It's a great way to network! And finally, you get first years excited about being a part of the Faculty of Arts!

"Do I get paid?"

No! But you do get a free lunch and free new friendships!

"How much of a time commitment will this be?"
There will be a two hour training at the beginning of August. You will also be encouraged to go to the ROC (Ryerson Orientation Crew) training which takes place during the second weekend in August, however if you are unable to attend the ROC training, there will be an afternoon of training during the fourth week of August.

"Laura and Julea seem really cool, do I get to hangout with them if I volunteer?"

Heck yes! If you volunteer, Julea and I will be forever indebted to you and will be your life-long buddies! Over the summer we will be having some fun, low-key pre-orientation events that all volunteers are encouraged to attend, so we can all get to know each other! Now that's reason enough to volunteer, isn't it?
Contact Julea to sign up!
Julea Campbell,
If you're an incoming student, and have any questions at all, contact me!
Laura Hache, and add me on facebook! Search "Laura at Ryerson"
Later Days,