Thursday, July 28, 2016

#EmptyROM: Chihuly Exhibit

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Royal Ontario Museum's #EmptyROM Tours. It was basically myself and about 8 or 9 other people who had the chance to view some of the special exhibits at the ROM before hours of operation. Any one who knows me in the slightest, is aware of my irrational obsession with the ROM (If you remember my "10 Things to do in the City this Summer" post you'll know what I mean), so obviously I took advantage of the opportunity to write a post on it!

Let's take a journey through #ROMChihuly...

Float Boat

The exhibit features displays by Dale Chihuly, an American sculptor who creates breathtaking pieces from fire and sand. His focused medium is glass, ice, water and neon. when I say his sculptures are ridiculously gorgeous - I mean it. The fine detail and precision of the art is indescribable for below-average talent-less artists like myself. Instead of trying to explain and describe the pieces, I will let you see what I am talking about (please excuse my pitiful camera quality):

This is the first thing you see when walking into the exhibit. 

 The second room of the exhibit features this arrangement of glass sculptures that makes you feel like you are living and walking through as a mermaid.  The shapes and colours remind you of being in a coral reef, and the detail makes it feel like the artist lifted a scene out of "The Little Mermaid" and dropped it straight in the middle of the ROM.

The second room of the exhibit. 

Just look. 

Look at the detail of this sphere. LOOK

The next room gets you by surprise, as the main art is partially hidden. Once you round the corner you see THIS:

Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds

Chihuly's take on neon is fresh and exciting. I probably stood there looking at it for 10 minutes. The "Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds" light up the entire space and stick out from the rest of the pieces, and that is probably my favorite part about them.

My camera does not do this justice. 

The photo I took while freaking out about what a sight this was. 
The room that came after this, and hands down my favorite room in the entire exhibit, felt like a dream.

You walked into a room that looked like this: 

 The room itself consisted of a ceiling covered in Chihuly's glass pieces. They cast the cool light glow on the rest of the room. There's also bean bag chairs and benches in the room, so you can lie down and stare up at the display and be in awe.

The great thing about this exhibit, is that it was created FOR photography (Mainly Instagram) purposes. So the lighting and angles are always on your side. 10/10

That's all for the post, but here are some additional photos for you to enjoy. Overall definitely check out the exhibit - it is a must see! 



Learn more about Dale Chihuly and his work here: 
Check out the ROM exhibit here: 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Orientation 2016 Theme Reveal!


Hello everyone, Olivia here! Your other student life assistant. The team here has been working hard this summer, along with the Ryerson Arts Society, to bring the incoming students an exciting and engaging orientation day!

Every year, the Faculty of Arts orientation day takes place on the Tuesday of orientation week. This year, the big day is on Tuesday August 30th, and with help from RAS it will be bigger and better than ever before! 
Our theme this year is Carnival!!!

Design by: Marzia Riaz
…Which means there will be a day full of live music, carnival games, prizes, food and much more!
We've got activities starting from 9 in the morning and going to 7 in the evening (and beyond…)

We, here at the Student Experience Centre, have been planning many activities, engaging course unions and volunteers, as well as securing food vendors and sponsors (and bands!!!) that will help to create the welcoming and exciting atmosphere of orientation!

Last year's Festival orientation! Food. Need I say more?
I went to my orientation in first year, and I definitely enjoyed the academic sessions in the morning where I got to meet my course union as well as learn more about my program itself! I met a few people from my program and had good conversations with upper year ACS students! After the free lunch, there were activities which I participated in, but after a few minutes and dripping from sweat many people went home, which made me feel as if I should leave as well.  This year, we have been working hard to come up with activities and have been training volunteers to engage new students, making sure you want to stay, so you can have fun, meet peers and upper year students, as well as discover more of the campus that YOU will be on for the next 4+ years!

Arts students at last year's Festival orientation!

For many of you, this is your first or second time on campus as new students. The volunteers you interact with, the people you meet, and the places on campus you pass by will be the defining moments in how your year will start... and we want it to start off on the best note possible!
We have a few new things that we are very excited about this year! Firstly, we are having 5 live bands playing throughout the day, one during the welcome in the Upper Gym (who will also be returning for our event in the evening), 3 during our carnival in the quad and the final one as the big finally! STAY TUNED FOR THE LINEUP REVEAL!

Secondly, we are having a meet & greet event after dinner for our students to meet their first year professors, program administrators, and student leaders. This is something that has been added to this year by popular demand! New students have voiced that they want to meet their first year professors in a casual setting before the first day of classes in the large lecture hall! We hope that you will join us in the evening for that event as we are super excited! And there’s music, free food and drinks, so why not.

If even after all of this explanation and hype about this year’s event, you’re still asking “why should I even go to orientation?” Take it from someone on the inside… It is not only informative, but you will meet your fellow peers who will be in classes with you for the next few years, win SICK prizes, listen to amazing bands (hint: some of whom are actually arts students!) and eat amazing FREE food. I mean the food alone should make you want to have orientation tomorrow! (Trust me, you’ll want the food…)

We hope to see YOU at the Carnival! And you can find me wherever the food is…


P.S. Don’t forget to go to your faculty enrollment day to learn about how to enroll in your courses!
P.S.S. Am I talking about food too much? I think I’m just hungry.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Faculty of Arts 2016 Board Competition

Last week our amazing course unions created some great masterpieces for the Arts Lounge (and the GEO/EUS lounge) Boards!

They came in and got creative.

Geo getting their head in the game 
They got competitive 

Olivia and I photobombing IEF & POG
They brought me an icecap and made me happy (brownie points for EUS)

EUS Smiling 'cause they made a new BFF (me)

Olivia and I probably not doing our work

 They had fun
CRM getting it 

EUS's Stacey doing great things

GEO mapping out their board (lol get it?)

 And they created some great pieces and transformed the lounge.

Help your program win! Check out the final products and vote for your favourite board here: 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Meet the Volunteers: Brook Pickering

My name is Brook Pickering and I am going into my third year at Ryerson with a major in sociology and a minor in criminology. 

Brook Pickering

I have been involved with a wide range of student groups such as the equestrian team, Model UN, Ryerson Arts Society, and Arteries Undergraduate Research Conference. The 2016 orientation will be the second consecutive year I have volunteered with the Faculty of Arts, as well as assisted with the enrollment workshops. Last year I witnessed incoming students begin their road to Ryerson and start what I know will be some of the best four years of their life. Actively participating in orientation, as an incoming student or a volunteer, has allowed me to make incredible friendships with other students both within my program and in other departments.

Brook at the 2016 ARTeries conference 

The Ryerson community to me is like a team, we work together to make the changes we want to see. I have been very lucky to work with brilliant individuals who are passionate about making a difference and are willing to team up with me to make those changes happen. There are so many ways to get involved with the Ryerson community. What usually starts out as a coffee meeting can turn into a partnership on a project. Sometimes you meet someone in the hallway or the student lounge and they become one of those friends that you know will forever be part of your life. Opportunity is all around you at Ryerson, and in the Faculty of Arts, I know the support system in place is there when I need it.

She rides horses

As the Chair of the Arteries Undergraduate Research Conference I enjoy working with my committee and working on a project that encourages students to take their passion for research to the next level. During my time at Ryerson my beliefs and values have changed, and it is mostly because of my peers who challenge me to take on a different perspective. Every year I take great pleasure in watching undergraduate students present their research to their peers, professors and the Ryerson community. Being witness the brilliance that is demonstrated at the conference by Ryerson students is by far my best Ryerson experience.

But that T-shirt self reference