Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What's the Deal?: Get a Comb, Because Everything Is TANGLED!

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This Wednesday, Disney’s Tangled was released, and I went to watch it with some friends as a little stress reliever from exams and assignments. This movie was AMAZING! Even though it’s Disney, no matter what age you are, you will enjoy this movie. It was very funny, and it even made me cry! Not only was the animation amazing, but the soundtrack tied everything together!
So if you want a good stress reliever or just an all around fun-filled movie, make sure you check out Tangled. Go down to the Student Centre and buy some discount movie tickets to either the AMC Theatre or Cineplex Theatres and go watch TANGLED!

Written by Krystle Yeung, 1st year Undeclared Arts student

Friday, November 26, 2010

Free Fun: Go Outside!!

Looking for something fun to do when you're not immersed in books and essay writing but don't have a lot cash to do it? I know the feeling! That's why I'm on the look out for fun things to do in Toronto that don't cost a penny. If you know of something, e-mail me at facescom@arts.ryerson.ca!

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Alright, alright, I get it... the cold weather is coming and the dreaded S-word is on the back of everyone's minds. That's right, it's going to snow soon, so what kind of crazy person is going to tell you to have fun by going outside?! Well, I am.

Living in the city, it often feels like I'm surrounded by concrete 24/7 and it's easy to forget how many natural wonders are all around us and how much history our streets are holding. Spending more time outside is good for your health and your sanity, and I'm sure some would say... your soul. So these chances for free fun are all centered around having fun outside, whether its getting back to nature or gaining a greater appreciation for our cityscapes.

Visit the Evergreen Brickworks and walk around the 40-acre green space, visit the year-round farmers' market, check out the diverse wildlife in the gardens, skate along the winter ice trail and the many other exciting attractions at this innovative environmental centre. Accessible by bike, transit and foot, click here to plan your route.

Hike around the Humber Arboretum and enjoy the gardens, forests, meadows and wetlands that this wonderful park has to offer. In addition to tours, they also offer a self-guided Discovery Walk designed to help you make the most of your visit. Accessible by transit and car, click here to choose your route.

Visit the critters at Riverdale Farm. How can you not love a city that has an actual farm just minutes from the downtown core? Complete with fuzzy animals (the farm breeds "pioneer breeds" that are no longer common on commercial farms), a weekly farmers' market, a pond and lush gardens. What better way is there to escape the hussle and bustle of city life without ever leaving the city? Click here to plan your route (hint: it's walking distance from campus!)

Stop and smell the flowers at Allan Gardens Conservatory. Alright, you're going to be going inside for this one but it's nature-y and SO close to campus, I couldn't resist putting it in. Located in Allan Gardans on the South side of Carlton between Sherbourne and Jarvis, enter this amazing greenhouse that houses plants from all over the world, from cacti to palm trees. Visit in December to see their seasonal holiday display.

Download one of the City of Toronto's free Discovery Walk, grab some friends or perhaps turn it into a fun, low-budget date ;), and hit the streets to start discovering the wonders of this city we live in.

It might be a little tourist-y but walking around the pedestrian-only areas of the historic Distillery District is a great way to spend an afternoon. Check out galleries and the wares of local artistans and then, if you've got a few dollars to spend, warm up over drinks or a steaming hot cup of cocoa in one of the neighbourhood's adorable pubs.

Take the 501 street car to the east end of down and having a calming walk along the lake through Woodbine Beach and the neighbouring Ashbridges Bay. It's incredible how much stress falls away just from spending some time by the water.

Head out to the west end of the city and take a hike along the Humber River and if you wait till the warmer months, consider bringing some friends, packing and picnic and making a day of it.

So there you have it, a few ways to get outside, explore the city, get back to nature and if you ride your bike to your destination, you won't even have to spend a penny. Do you have a favourite place or activity that allows you to spend more time outside? E-mail it to facescom@arts.ryerson.ca or leave a comment so I can share it with everyone.

With that, I'll leave you with this song which is not only bang-on with today's theme but has also been stuck in my head all week. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

International Tea House - Europe and South America

The Faculty of Arts Student Life Team is collaborating with International Services for Students to bring you an International Tea House. Take a break from all that studying and essay-writing to celebrate the holiday season while experiencing the culture of Europe and South America. The event will include brief informational talks, a video, games and food from some of the cultures in these regions.

The Details:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
3:30-5:00pm in POD 152
Please RSVP to issrsvp@ryerson.ca
In addition to the day’s activities we’ll also have information on research the Faculty of Arts is doing in Europe and South America and opportunities available for you to travel to these regions. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

If you have any information you want to contribute to the “Faculty of Arts in Europe and South America” booth please e-mail facescom@arts.ryerson.ca

Looking forward to seeing you at the Tea House!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Get Involved with the Philosophy Club

Are you interested in looking at the philosophical dimensions of, well, everything? Then check out the Ryerson Philosophy Club! You can go to their web site and sign up for their newsletter in order to be informed about about philosophical things happening at Ryerson, in Toronto, and on-line.

In the past, the club has:
- hosted "Films and Beers with Profs and Peers" nights
- hosted philosophy lectures intended for the greater public
- hosted reading groups
- talked with high school students interested in philosophy

Currently, the club is looking for a leader. Might that be you? Interested students should e-mail: kym.maclaren@ryerson.ca

Getting involved with a student group is the perfect way to enrich your academic experience by demonstrating how all that stuff we study in the classroom can apply to real life. Plus, it can be really fun and exciting to connect with other students who have similar interests as you.

What groups are you involved with and how has your involvement with them shaped your university experience?

Friday, November 19, 2010

WUSC Referendum Results Challenged

We spent a week talking about WUSC and the Student Refugee Program Referendum at Ryerson. It was a tight race but the referendum was passed with 1,302 voting yes and 1,092 voting no. However, now the results of the referendum are being challenged. You can read the details here. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Free Fun: Consume Some Culture

Looking for something fun to do when you're not immersed in books and essay writing but don't have a lot cash to do it? I know the feeling! That's why I'm on the look out for fun things to do in Toronto that don't cost a penny. If you know of something, e-mail me at facescom@arts.ryerson.ca!

I'm back with more free, fun things to do in Toronto. This time I've rounded up a list of cultural insititutions that you can visit absolutely free. So get out there and immerse yourself in culture!

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West, Wednesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm
Web Site.

Toronto Sculpture Garden
115 King Street East
Web Site.

Canadian Opera Company's Free Concert Series
145 Queen St. W., Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, some Wednesdays at noon and 5:30pm
Web Site.

The Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street W., Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm
Web Site.

The Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street W., Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm is Pay What You Can
Web Site.

The Redpath Sugar Museum
95 Queens Quay E., Monday - Friday, 10.00a.m. - 12.00 noon, 1.00 p.m. - 3.30. p.m.
Call (416) 933-8341 or e-mail Richard.Feltoe@redpathsugar.com in advance to confirm your visit
Web Site.

Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre
40 College Street, 8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday
Web Site.

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
952 Queen Street W., 11pm-6pm Tuesday-Sunday
Web Site.

Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park, 30 years of age and under (with ID) every Friday after 4pm, now until January 28, 2011, FREE for Post-Secondary Students every Tuesday (with valid ID)
Web Site.

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Ave., Pay What You Can from 4:00-8:00pm on Wednesday evenings
Web Site.

Have I missed something? E-mail facescom@arts.ryerson.ca so I can add it to the list!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Finding a Balance Between School and Your Social Life

At this time of year it can seem like life is just school, school, school 24/7 and dedicating time to anything else can induce guilt and panic attacks. Check out these great tips from Student Ambassador, Corinne, on finding a balance between school and your social life.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Fun: Films on Friday

Looking for something fun to do when you're not immersed in books and essay writing but don't have a lot cash to do it? I know the feeling! That's why I'm on the look out for fun things to do in Toronto that don't cost a penny. If you know of something, e-mail me at facescom@arts.ryerson.ca!

The Cinema Studies Student Union at U of T hosts weekly film screenings that are open to the public and best of all, absolutely free! Plus, films start at 7pm so you can squeeze them in post-dinner and before you go out on the town.

Today the group is hosting a screening of Mansfield Park, the 1999 romantic comedy loosely based on the Jane Austen novel. So pop some popcorn, grab a friend and head on over to Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue) at 7pm to immerse yourself in the world of Fanny Price. And if you're a film buff you'll be excited to hear that writer/director of the film, Patricia Rozema, will be in attendance!

Visit http://www.cinssu.ca/ for a list of all their upcoming screenings.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Join the Team!

Want to help make The Art of Life a more valuable resource for students, get more involved with the faculty, meeting exciting people and gain valuable blogging experience?

Why not join the Faculty of Arts Student Life Blogging team?

We're a group of students who write about everything from upcoming events in the Faculty of Arts to great places to eat around campus, and anything in between! If it affects your life as a student, it's fair game for blogging material.

The great thing is, your time commitment to the team can be as large or as little as you'd like. Whether you're interested in writing a one-time piece on an issue you think is really important for Faculty of Arts students to know about or want to start a weekly series of short entries, we're totally flexible.

E-mail facescom@arts.ryerson.ca if you have any questions or just to let me know that you're interested.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Work it Wednesdays: Get In Your 10,000 Steps

As a student it can be hard to find time to work exercise into our busy schedules. Whatever good intentions we may have on Sunday night, most of us are worn down by the time Wednesday comes along and are just counting down the minutes until the weekend hits. This series will focus on easy, manageable ways to work exercise into your daily life without ever having to 'hit the gym' so that we can work it all week long.

Get In Your 10,000 Steps

Current research shows that to be healthy, a person should be walking 10,000 steps a day. Considering the average person's step length, that's more than 8km! While this might seem like a daunting task, being more mindul of our daily walking distance and taking measures to incorporate more steps into our schedules can make getting your 10,000 daily steps more feasiable.

Try these tips to help you take more steps each day:
  • Download a pedometer app for your smartphone or buy a cheap pedometer (you can find them for $10-20 at most running stores) to measure how many steps you currently take in an average day.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you live in the top floor of the building, getting off even a few floors early and walking up can go a long way to increasing your step count. Increase the number of floors you walk up as you go along.
  • Get off the subway, streetcar or bus a stop or two early to get in some extra steps on your way to and from campus.
  • Walk to the store or if you must drive, park farther away than you normally would.
  • Plan more outings in your neighbourhood so that you can walk to your destination.
  • Go for a walk on your study break. You'll be more focused when you go back to the books and you can get some exercise in at the same time.
  • Next time you go for a coffee date with a friend, get your drinks to-go and catch up with your pal as you wander the streets of this wonderful city.
  • Don't try to do it all at once. The experts seem to advocate adding no more than 500/day steps per week, so that you don't get discouraged. So if you're currently walking 3000 steps a day, make it your goal that next week it will be 3500 and start using some of these tips to help you get there.
How do you incorporate more walking into your life? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear!

Have a tip for incorporating more exercise into our daily lives? E-mail it to facescom@arts.ryerson.ca and I'll post it on the blog!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What's the Deal?: Want a Money Saver?

Do you like to shop? Do you like to eat out or take out rather then eat in and cook? Are all those costs just piling up on you? Really want a money saver? Then get the SPC card. SPC cards are made for students, all you need is your Student ID. You can get hundreds of discounts for stores, restaurants and more! Here are just SOME of the discounts you can get if you have this card!

Aldo – 10% off regular and sale priced merchandise.
American Eagle Outfitters – 10% off regular and sale priced merchandise.
Armani Exchange – 10% off regular and sale items.
Bluenotes – 10% off regular and sale prices.
Danier – 25% off regular price items.
Spring – 10% off regular and sale prices.
Urban Behaviour – 10% of regular and sale prices.

Bubble Tease – Free Super Size.
Burger King – 10% off any BK Value Meal
Harvey’s – 10% off any combo.
Jack Astor’s – 15% off food only.
Orange Julius – 10% off regular price.
Swiss Chalet – Free Starter.
Teriyaki Experience – 10% off regular priced merchandise.

Health and Body
First Choice Haircutters – 15% all services and products.
Rexall/Pharma Plus – 10% off all regular priced merchandise.
Yves Rocher – 40% off any beauty products at regular price.

Bentley – 10% off lowest ticketed price.
FedEx Office – 25% off retail print products and services.
PJ’s Pet Centre – 10% off regular and sale prices.
These are only a few of the many discounts you can get when you have an SPC card! They’re only $9.00 each, and totally worth it my opinion! If you love to shop and eat, this is must have saving card!

Written by Krystle Yeung, 1st year Undeclared Arts student

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Bored Commuter: All About You

Member of the Student Life Blogger Team, Seema, offers her perspective on being a commuter student at Ryerson in her "The Bored Commuter" column.

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Being a commuter can get lonely sometimes, and even when you have someone to talk to it’s usually about school, and usually the middle-age folks, if you take GO transit, don’t want to hear it. So when the effects of your morning coffee have not worn off, why not try to curb your boredom with the book All About Me by Philipp Keel? This book has questions that are, well, all about you! The questions are unique and unexpected. The book contains questions that are about different parts of your life, from your favourites to fears and everything in between. So give it a go! You never know what you might discover about yourself. All About Me can be found at Urban Outfitters, and it would cost you about twenty dollars! Also, as time passes you can always go back to the book and see how your life has changed, or how it has not changed, from the time you answered the questions.

Written by: Seema Jawahir, 1st year Sociology student

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What's the Deal?: Let's Give a Hoot Hoot for Woo!

Over the weekend I headed over to the AMC building, where I had one of the best food experiences of my life. I went to the very top floor and entered Woo: Buffet, Restaurant and Lounge. They had an amazing view of Dundas Square as well as amazing service. The food is a Asian Fusion genre, and it was delicious. There was a whole variety from sushi to dim sum to a whole spread of delectable desserts. Overall, this experience was an AMAZING one. Of course it is a bit pricey, so I would recommend visiting Woo for special occasions, or a night out on the town, but you must visit this buffet at least once in your life. I guarantee you will love it!

Written by Krystle Yeung, 1st year, Undeclared Arts

Monday, November 1, 2010

What can you do with $4 a year?

From November 1 – 4,2010 Ryerson students will be voting on a referendum that asks, “Do you agree to the creation of an annual fee of $4 to support the WUSC Student Refugee Program at Ryerson starting in September 2011 and indexed thereafter for inflation annually to the CPI for Toronto?” …But what exactly does that mean? This week on the Art of Life we’ll be providing you will all the information you need about WUSC and the Student Refugee Program so that you can make an informed decision when you vote next week. If you have any questions about the referendum, please e-mail facescom@arts.ryerson.ca so we can find the answers and blog about them. On Monday we talked about what WUSC and the Student Refugee Program are and what they’re trying to accomplish, you can view that post here. On Friday we met Gerard, a student refugee in the Faculty of Arts, and heard about his experience with the SRP, you can view that post here.

Hey there fellow Faculty of Arts students!

Now that we’ve been introduced to WUSC, the Student Refugee Program and a student refugee from the Faculty of Arts, it’s time to get the lowdown on the referendum and how you can vote.

To vote you must be registered in one of Ryerson's full-time undergraduate programs.

The referendum asks whether students support the adoption of an annual fee of $4 to support the WUSC Student Refugee Program.

Full-time undergraduate students can vote online on Blackboard (my.ryerson.ca)

Edit: Having as much trouble figuring out where to vote as I was? This should help:

November 1st-4th, 2010. Voting will close at 4:30pm on November 4th.

Here are answers to a couple of popular questions about the upcoming referendum on the WUSC Student Refugee Program.

Where does the money go?
The money is kept in an account and monitored through the Office of the Vice Provost, Students, and the WUSC Ryerson members responsible for the SRP also assist in managing the funding. As financial sponsorship is required for a minimum of 12 months, WUSC members make purchases of essential items before the student’s arrival, take the student shopping, and during the year they are provided with a monthly allowance.

What will the impact be?
It costs approximately $20,000 a year to sponsor a student refugee, which covers all living and education costs. If the referendum is passed, Ryerson students will be raising $100,000 a year to support the Student Refugee Program. This means that WUSC Ryerson could sponsor multiple students per year or extend support to sponsored students in some capacity over a longer period of time, ie. cover tuition fees for their entire undergraduate career.

Don’t worry, it’s not too late… if you still have questions you want answered before voting in the referendum, e-mail them to facescom@arts.ryerson.ca and we’ll answer them there.