Tuesday, June 28, 2016

“You can sit with us”

To all Ryerson Ramily and Friends – HAPPY PRIDE!

Look its Yonge & College 

Fun fact: this year Canada is hosting our first ever pride MONTH. That’s right – not week, but MONTH.  The Pride celebrations most commonly happen all over the world in the month of June, to honour the Stonewall Riots, which sparked the beginning of the LGBT movement. Pride Toronto will be featuring all of its regularly scheduled events on top of an extended month’s worth of activities and events focused on engaging, educating and celebrating the LGBTQA community. 

This year’s Pride theme is “You Can Sit With Us”, signifying the inclusive and diverse values the event and community stand for.  You may have already seen artwork and advertisements decorating Toronto broadcasting this theme. The aim of the campaign this year is to feature “You”. “You” as in the community that celebrates and supports the values and rights of the LGBTQA and recognizes 
their struggles and hardships.

Why Pride is so important.

Pride is important for, not only celebrating the uniqueness of each individual, but also to promote understanding and learning about differences in sexuality, gender identity, culture, etc. that make us all diverse and special. To the LTBTQA community, it is an especially important month to be proud of who they are and where they come from. It is a time of shared festivities and summer events where members and supporters of all communities can come together to celebrate the various ways that love and identity can be expressed. 

This year, the movement would like us to also remember that Pride is political in it's value and goals as well. It acts as a powerful public platform to convey the struggles and journeys of the community. One of the most valuable experiences a member of the queer community can get from Pride, is the feeling of finally belonging as a part of something whole. For individuals who are severely unrepresented, marginalized. and quite often misrepresented, it is inspiring and moving to have this support of friends, family, and people they identify with around them. 

Why this Pride is extra-important.

This year's horrific Orlando shooting has left a standing message about homophobia, and it's clear that we need stop pretending that homophobia is gone. While this has been a year for great progress for equal rights, and while we have come such a long way in the past few decades, there is still a great deal of work to be done. 

So whether or not you will participate in the festivities this year, please keep in mind the roots of the movement, the importance of it, and the values and meaning behind it.

What pride Toronto events are happening

Check out this link to see what events are happening. 

Display your pride 

Ryerson campus hosted a #DisplayYourPride contest. check out the link below to see how different spaces around Ryerson celebrated.

Click here

How you can participate


Love yourself, love your worth, love all.

Ok but how cute.



Monday, June 13, 2016

Last Week in Arts


Last week our incredible Faculty of Arts Graduates walked the stage at convocation and we couldn't be more proud of them all! Our newest alumni rung in the convocation celebrations with amazing spirit and pride. Below are a couple of our fine graduates with a little message to all their peers.

Name: Jamie Lee Morin
Program: English, BA
Message: This is the moment to celebrate, as a proud Metis woman. Indigenous students like me must overcome many obstacles to become a graduate, and our numbers continue to rise. The past 5 years have been absolutely transformative to who I am as a student, as a professional, and as an individual. My #RoadfromRyerson is about recognizing and continuing on the ever-going journey of learning.
Jamie celebrating the end of her Ryerson Undergrad era
PC: Joleine Kasper

Name: Edgar Baculi
Program: Geographic Analysis, BA
Message: Reflecting on four years of Geographic Analysis at Ryerson University, I am grateful for the opportunities put forward for me, but above all my initiative. My success with internships, contributing to research, and experiencing student leadership, was made possible by my choices and support from others. I was able to explore the world in the classroom, playing with GIS (geographic information systems), but I urge students to be aggressive in experiencing their passions outside of campus. Finding and sustaining a balance between grades and being proactive will make that walk across the stage at graduation even sweeter.

Edgar Baculi with Dean of Arts and mom

Here are some more photos of the freshly graduated: 
Geographic Analysis Graduate, Karen Guercin with Family & Ramily

Group shot

GA Grad, Patrick with family

Environment & Urban Sustainability Grad, Sarah Brigel with Dean of Arts

Volunteer Social 

Additionally, this week the Student Experience Team met up with their Arts Enrollment/Orientation volunteers for the first social of the summer! We all went to VIP Billiards and Lounge and had a fantastic evening of pool, food, and socially awkward fun. Basically it was a huge success and we cannot wait for Orientation to arrive!

If you missed out on the fun, don't worry - there are two more socials on the way (just make sure to check your e-mails)! And if you are not yet a volunteer and would like to be, please e-mail our Student Life Advisor, Avala Moore (avala.moore@arts.ryerson.ca) right away to sign up - deadline to apply is this Friday!

Check out some photos of the evening:

It's not a social until you're posing for a group shot

Olivia and Sonny acting hip


Make sure you stay up to date with the blog as we have some more exciting events and announcements on the way!
Bye Friends.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

10 Things to do in the city this summer

So the summer has started and you’re looking for some fun and exciting things for you and your crew to check out, huh? Check out some of the cool ideas below for an incredible Toronto summer experience:

1.       Royal Ontario Museum – Friday Night live 

The ROM is obviously a Toronto classic with it's numerous exhibits and cultures to explore. The current featured ROM exhibit is “Tattoos: Ritual, Identity, Obsession, Art” which explores the history and evolution of tattooing. Along with the amazing day-time wonders, the ROM has brought back their “Friday Night Live” events. #FNLROM is an amazing showcase party in the museum with an incredible lineup of themes, DJs, food vendors etc. Basically it's an excuse to get dressed up on a Friday night and have a great time while seeing the ROM in a new light (I’m not joking, they have those really fancy lights). Don’t forget – the ROM has a special student discount, and Tuesdays are free to all post-secondary students so don’t forget your one card!

Here's a photo of me enjoying life at the ROM

2.       Slide in the city

This is literally what it sounds like. You turn the city into a giant water slide and you slide though the summer. Happening July 16th in Toronto, it will be one of the most enjoyable events of the summer. Check out the link below to sign up!

3.       Way home

The lineup is always fire and has yet to disappoint. One of the biggest and dopest musical festivals, Wayhome is something you don’t want to miss out on.  Our SECT/ACS Assistant is a regular at Wayhome and says “It was so awesome, I am definitely going again this year” (and she saw Kendrick live so, always a plus).

Olivia and friends enjoying Wayhome

4.       Bike to the Toronto Islands

One of the easiest and chillest things to do this summer would be biking to the Toronto Islands.  Even if you don’t have your own bike, you can get city bike and grab a friend and head on down!

5.       Hike the bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs are one of the most underrated Toronto attractions. They are Instagram worthy trips you can take with your friends. See photos below for further reference of how breathtaking the bluffs are.

I wasn't joking

6.       NXNE

North by North East is an annual music and arts festival held in Toronto. It consists of a week of free performances in Yonge-Dundas Square from June 13th -19th with an added video game component.  

Check out their page for more info: http://nxne.com/

7.       Pride Week

Pride week is a wide range of events in Toronto focused on bringing awareness to, and celebrating, the LGBTQ community. The ten-day festival between June 24th and July 3rd will consist of many fun activities including the pride-march, pride flag raising ceremony, human rights panel, concerts, cabaret and more! Check out the pride website for more details on the event.

Random stock image of how awesome Pride is. 

8.       Food Truck Festival

There is literally a festival dedicated to food trucks, and you don’t want to miss it. Friday July 29th – Sunday July 31st at Woodbine Park.  A giant cluster of food trucks, live music and fun!

9.       Caribana

Elaborate costumes, incredible DJs, lively dancing, Caribana never fails to be one of the most popular and exciting events of the summer. The Carnival kicks off August 1st and lasts the whole weekend.