Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Pride!!!

Hey Rams!  Happy Pride! (Insert rainbow emoji here.)

For those of you that don’t know, this week (June 19th - June 28th) is Toronto’s annual Pride festival!  Pride Week is a time to celebrate sexual diversity, gender diversity, queer culture, community, family, love, spirit and courage.  The Village (Church and Wellesley) and downtown Toronto are hosts of the event, and the 10-day festival includes a wide array of activities and entertainment; as well as the Dyke March, the Trans March and the Pride Parade for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to come together. 

As both a queer student and a regular attendee of Pride, this week is incredibly important to me, as I know it is for many other members of the community.  It is a time to rejoice and a time to feel proud of my sexual orientation and gender identity/expression without persecution.  It is a time for family, friends and allies to show their support, and it is a time to embrace. 

My friend Rosalind and I at Toronto’s World Pride in 2014.

Whether it’s your very first Pride or you’re a Pride week veteran, here are five rules to help you have the most rewarding experience this year!


Pride is a time for people of all walks of life to come and display their identities.  Understand that this is Pride week, meaning that individuals that may be part of what is considered to be the “fringe” or don’t follow the “norms” of society will be present.  Be prepared to see a diverse community of people at Pride (some clothed, some not), and whether you agree or disagree, please be civil.  Don’t judge or be prejudice, and if you have a negative comment keep it to yourself.  Most importantly, if you don’t believe there should be a pride parade and don’t recognize the significance of the event, simply don’t attend.

2.    Be AWARE.

The Village and the general downtown area of Toronto are home to plenty of bars, clubs, strip clubs, and venues where alcohol will be present and accessible throughout Pride week.  While we all try to stay on our best behaviour, many will partake and inevitably some people will become far too intoxicated for their own good.  That being said, if substance abuse is something you or someone you know struggles with, do not fear, there are plenty of substance-free events and entertainment available for you to attend!  Not to mention RyePRIDE will be hosting plenty of substance-free events at Ryerson as well!

3.    Be GRATEFUL.

While Pride is a time to celebrate the advances of the LGBTQIA+ community, it is also time to commemorate the challenges we have faced and overcome to get where we are today.  Educate yourself on the LGBT rights movement, appreciate the lives that have fought for our freedom and honour their courage.  As well, it is important to acknowledge that we have still a long way to go until acceptance, tolerance and safety for our community is achieved and show your support for the cause.

4.    Be PROUD.

The single most important rule is to be proud (I mean, it’s in the name)! This is a time to celebrate our individuality and diversity, it is a time to embrace our differences and show our love and support for one another.  We are all beautiful in our own unique ways and encompassing that is exactly what Pride is all about!

5.    Have FUN!

Feel free to roam and explore.  Ryerson is an incredible supporter and advocate for Pride (have you seen the rainbow flags everywhere?) and there are a ton of fun events (hosted by RyePRIDE) for you to check out on campus!  Go see what’s happening in The Village, watch the parades/marches and enjoy the entertainment!  Have a great time immersing yourself in queer culture and encourage your friends and family to join with you!

I hope that these tips help you have the best Pride possible and I hope to see you all there! Remember to stay gold (and blue)!

If you want to know more about events at Pride Week here are some helpful links:

PRIDE Toronto

Clean, Sober and Proud Place (June 27th – 28th)

Michael Nemett

Monday, June 22, 2015

Class of 2019 Spotlight: Meet Michael Nemett!

Hello my fellow Rams!

My name is Michael Nemett, and I’m an upcoming first year student at Ryerson! I’m very excited to begin this new chapter of my life as a post-secondary student and what better place to do so than Ryerson? I’m going to be majoring in Sociology and I plan on minoring in Human Resources Management. I’m so excited to be part of such a diverse and one-of-a-kind community and I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of you n the fall. Don’t be afraid to say hi if you bump into me on campus.

Anyway, here’s a little bit more about me:

The Basics

Age: 19
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Program: Sociology
Music: I listen to pretty much everything that sounds good but some of my faves are Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Grimes and BANKS!
I love discovering new music and I’m open to all genres, so let me know if there’s anyone new I should be listening to!
Movies: Fight Club, Donnie Darko, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Girl, Interrupted
TV: I spend far too much time watching television (don’t we all?) and my favourite shows are Orange is the New Black, Big Brother, RuPaul's Drag Race, How to Get Away With Murder, Broad City and Skins. Guilty pleasure shows include Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Say Yes to the Dress and home renovation shows like Love it or List It
Favourite food: Any kind of pasta 
Favourite drink: Those bottled Tazo green tea drinks they sell at Starbucks
Fun fact about me: I am an identical twin! Yes, there is a much taller, more athletic and less handsome (just kidding) version of me at Guelph University

Why I Chose Ryerson

I chose Ryerson because of its location in the downtown core of Toronto, the absolutely beautiful campus, and the emphasis on student involvement and inclusivity.  The second I stepped onto the campus for a tour, my decision was made; I knew Ryerson would give me the positive experience I was looking for. 

I wanted to be in an environment that allowed me to excel and where my skills and efforts were valued, where collaboration was encouraged, and the importance of innovation was highlighted.  Ryerson covers all of these bases and then some!  Not to mention all of the wonderful student services including the seriously amazing Student Learning Centre (how many buildings have a beach themed floor?), Student Campus Centre, the Podium building and more!

I hope you are as excited to be part of the Ramily as I am and I’m looking forward to meeting you all at Orientation. Have a great summer and remember to stay gold (and blue)!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Class of 2015: Spring Convocation

Another year has gone by and another group of Arts Students are off to the big leagues! Congratulations to all 557 students who graduated with BAs, MAs, PhDs and CE certificates. All your hard work has definitely paid off.

Here are some highlights from Friday's convocations:

  • For the first time in FoA history, 50 students graduated from the English BA Program, as well as 2 advance students from the History BA program.
  • Jona Zyfi (BA, Criminology) received the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Arts and the Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal. In addition, Jona’s parents travelled all the way from Albania for the convocation ceremony!
  • Dmitry Navosha (BA, International Economics and Finance) who received the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Silver).
  • Marcia Moshé's son, Saul Moshé-Steinberg, graduated with a BA in Psychology, and Stéphanie Walsh-Matthews' step-daughter, Hyacinth Bouchard, earned a BA in Geographic Analysis! Congrats to all!
  • During the ceremony, there was a record of 100+ professors on stage, along with the President, Provost, and Chancellor. 

A special thank you goes to those who helped make the Arts Convocation a success:

Catherine Ellis (History, Reader)

Marco Fiola (LLC, Reader)

Kathryn Rowan (Dean of Arts office, National anthem) 

Rhiannon Traill (ACS alumna, Board representative)

Kim Varma (Criminology, Board representative) 

Stéphanie Walsh-Matthews (LLC & ACS, Bedel & Invocation)

Maureen Reed (Psychology)

Anthony Bonato (Associate Dean of Graduate Studies)

Marie Bountrogianni (Dean of Continuing Education)

Janet Lum (Associate Dean of Arts) 

Jennifer Mactavish (Dean of Graduate Studies) 

Marcia Moshé (Associate Dean of Arts)

Jean-Paul Boudreau (Dean of Arts) 

Congratulations Class of 2015! You have made us proud!

Take action. Every story you've ever connected with, every leader you've ever admired, every puny little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Message From the Sociology Students' Union

Something came in our Ryerson server today!!

***Checks messages tab eagerly***



Alright, definitely not as clever as the original, but you can see where I’m going with this. I guess I'm just super eager to say…


Remember when you started senior year back in September, and University seemed like a distant dream? Before you knew it, it was time to start applying to University programs through the OUAC. You bit your nails in angst as you waited and waited to see if you would be accepted into Ryerson’s amazing Sociology program, perhaps even doubting yourself along the way and finding every possible reason (no matter how outrageous) as to why you would not be accepted. Yet here you are, RIGHT NOW, happily accepting your offer of admission into the next stage of your academic career at one of the most innovative and connected University’s in Canada! How great are YOU!? (Newsflash: We think you're pretty great!)

The Ryerson Sociology Students Union (RSSU) – the representative body of all Sociology majors at Ryerson and YOUR student voice – is so thrilled to welcome in the graduating class of 2019! As a Union, we have pledged to make the 2015-2016 academic year a defining term for the Ryerson Sociology department and its students. With dozens of AMAZING events planned to connect, engage, and build community within Ryerson and between various community partners, there will be tons of opportunities for all of our Sociology majors to, as our motto states, leave their mark! :)
In the meantime, stay connected with us on one of our many social media handles for ways to get involved with the RSSU, department/union updates, Sociological dialogue, and the occasional selfie.

Twitter: @RUSociology


Instagram: @RUSociology

Until next time,

Bianca Marryshow

Third Year Sociology Student Representative

Friday, June 5, 2015

Meet the New ACS/SECT Student Life Advisor Assistant

Hello Everyone,

My name is Akhil Shiv Kumar and I'm the new ACS/SECT Student Life Advisor Assistant for the Student Experience Centre. I'm uber-excited to help put together an exciting Orientation Week and Enrolment workshop for the Class of 2019! I'm headed into my third year of an Arts and Contemporary Studies degree (English Major). Along with working for the Student Experience Centre, I also work with TEDxRyersonU as a Co-Speakers Steering Lead. In my free time I enjoy reading, working out and sleeping! 

Here are some of my favourite things: 

Artist: U2 
Song: Bound 2 by Kanye West 
TV Show: The Wire  
Favourite Food: Pho!
Quote: "Better three hours too soon than a minute too late" William Shakespeare
Fun Fact: I can dunk a basketball and I can burp the alphabet. 

If you think I'm an interesting dude after reading that list make sure to come say hello! 


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Psychology Convocation Reception of 2015

Congratulations graduates! You've all worked very hard in the last few years and definitely deserve to celebrate upon your completion of the program! The Department of Psychology and the Psychology Students' Association graciously invites you to the Psychology Convocation Reception of 2015 to celebrate your journey and graduation. It will be a great opportunity for you and your families to meet and mingle with your peers, professors and other members of the Faculty before the grand ceremony!

There will be coffee/tea, cakes and snacks offered along with a small, congratulatory graduation gift as a token of appreciation for the immense contributions of time and effort you've made for your Faculty and Department.
The reception will take place between 11:00am to 12:30pm in JOR-943 (Department of Psychology) on Friday, June 12th, before the commencement ceremony (see attached invitation card). We encourage you to stop by and celebrate with your peers and faculty members before heading down to get ready for the ceremony. Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions (halal, vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerance, allergies etc.) and additional questions, comments or concerns.

RSVP to as soon as possible. We hope to see you then!