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INNIS COLLEGE Student Student Life News

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January 8, 2014 NEWS


Welcome Back with Winterfest!

Midterminator: Residence Evil, the Video Game. Check it Out!

Ends FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th Welcome back for another sure to be great semester! Winterfest is here to help you celebrate your week back and start your semester off with a bang. Good Luck with your classes this term, and do your best to stay warm! Winterfest is a weeklong event brought to you through a collaboration of many of the faculties and colleges on St. George Campus. The first 2 days have been a great success, but it's not over yet! Come out and enjoy the rest of the week with events including a Dodgeball Tournament, the Battle of the Bands, a Varsity Hockey Game and much more! You can find a detailed description of all that Winterfest has to offer at:

Innis Needs You! Hiring Information Session Apply to be a Residence Don, Front Desk, Maintenance, IT, or Communications staff member at the Innis Residence!

For more information, please see page 2.

Felt like a zombie after finishing all of your midterms and exams? You’re not alone! A wave of zombie-like disease has spread across Innis Residence! Midterminator: Residence Evil is a 2-D side scrolling adventure based on Innis Residence, and the people who live there. Powered by foam sword and cookies, only you can save the residents from the horrors of midterm season! Its creators, Lindsey and Lucy, are in their second and third year respectively. Lindsey (left) is majoring in computer science, (game design focus). Lucy (right) is specializing in pharmaceutical chemistry. Both have an unhealthy obsession with Mario Kart and making things out of cardboard boxes. Their time spent at Innis Residence has been an endless sea of inspiration and poetic metaphors, like this one. You can check out the game at our website and stay up to date by liking our Facebook page.


Featured Innis Needs You! Hiring Information Session WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 9:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George Interested in making a difference at Innis next year while making some money at the same time? Consider applying to be a Residence Don, Front Desk, Maintenance, IT, or Communications staff member at the Innis Residence. Positions are open for all current Innis College students to apply. All those interested must attend the mandatory information session on Wednesday January 15th at 9:30pm in the Events Room at Innis Residence. Applications will be handed out at the session. Not looking for employment? Help out anyway! Staff Hiring Volunteers are needed. If you are looking to help decide who next year’s student leaders will be, then this volunteer opportunity is for you! Sign up to be a volunteer at the Don Hiring Carousel which takes place on February 1st, 2014 from 9:00am-Noon. Deadline to register is January 24TH, 2014. Register by visiting:

Mentorship Inspire. Challenge. Motivate: Become a Peer Mentor at U of T These events are part of Mentorship Week, running over the last week of January. Mentorship Fair: Become a Peer Mentor TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH 12:00 PM — 1:30 PM Career Centre, Koffler Student Services Drop by the Career Centre to discover over 500 peer mentoring positions at U of T. Exploring Mentorship: Workshop on Becoming a Mentor FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre This interactive workshop will help you discover what it takes to become a peer mentor at U of T. For more information and to register for these events, please visit:




Skills for Success Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) LinkedIn Labs THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 / WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 / FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 11:00AM – 1:00PM Robarts Library, Room 4033, 130 St. George Street Attend this interactive workshop to build and strengthen your LinkedIn profile to aid in growing your personal and professional network. Take advantage of LinkedIn: keep in touch with people in your network and view information about their education and work experience; get introduced (via one of your network contacts) to a potential employer; find contacts from a company where you would like to work. You can register at: You must register to attend. If all the Labs are full, register for the WAITING LIST for additional LinkedIn Labs to be held later this Winter term. Please note: these LinkedIn Labs will take place in a computer lab at Robarts Library so spaces are very limited. If you register and then later are unable to attend, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can provide your spot to another interested student. Additional b2B events can be found here:

Job Hunting & Interview Skills Workshop TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST 8:00PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George Street Looking to apply for a job at Innis and need to brush up on your interview skills? Check out IN2U’s Job Hunting & Interview Skills Workshop! It will cover job hunting tips and resources and how to present yourself in an interview. It will also include MOCK INTERVIEWS!



Check out some of the workshops the Career Centre is offering! Club and Summer Job Fair TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM Varsity Stadium Microsoft Presents: How to Succeed in a Tech Interview WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM Room 205, Claude T. Bissell Building Pizza will be provided! Bring your resumes. Preparing for Med School Interviews MONDAY, JANUARY 20TH 11:00 AM — 2:00 PM Seminar Room, Koffler Student Centre Resume, personal statement, and job search workshops are available at the Career Centre! Just check out the calendar and register at:

Community Outreach Save the Dates: Think Pink #Bleed Blue FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH — SUNDAY, JANUARY 26TH

Varsity Blues athletics invites the U of T community to our annual THINK PINK #BLEEDBLUE campaign in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ontario Chapter. In addition to Varsity Blues women's basketball, hockey and volleyball games, we've expanded our calendar of events to include Zumba, MoveU free skate, Think Pink t-shirts sales and much more! For more info visit:



Arts & Culture Innis College Choir Now Accepting New Members The Innis College Choir is now accepting new members! It is a non-audition choir open to all Innis students and others, that meets every Thursday from 8:30-10:30 PM at Innis Residence. For more information, email:

Imagining the Asia-Pacific Photo Contest Deadline: MONDAY, JANUARY, 13TH The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, seeks photographic representations of Asia-Pacific (East Asia, South East Asia, and the Pacific) that incite us to imagine the region from unique perspectives. The judges are seeking photographs of high artistic quality that offer thought provoking images, including those that may be highly abstract. For more information on prizes, official rules, and submission guidelines please visit:

Innis Review Now Accepting Photo Submissions Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY, 31ST The Innis Review is looking to showcase the photographic talents of all Innis students. E-mail your high-resolution photos (maximum file size of 6MB) to Your photo(s) could be featured in their next issues, or on the new cover! There currently is no set theme and the submission deadline is January 31st, 2014.


Health & Wellness Keep your eye out for two wonderful programs starting at the end of January: The Bounce Back Program The Bounce Back Program integrates learning skills and resiliency skills that may enhance the success of students in the pursuit of their educational and personal life goals. Bounce Back emerged from theories of positive psychology and resiliency and supports students in their ongoing development of skills relating to persistence, studying, time management, overcoming procrastination, overcoming perfectionism, stress management, problem solving, and self-understanding. The MBCT Group The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MBCT) Group integrates mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behaviour therapy. They are currently recruiting students who have difficulties with anxiety, including students who experience panic attacks, nervousness in social situations, and excessive worry. Students interested in either program can contact Health & Wellness at (416) 978-8070.

Spirituality & Diversity Existence TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST 9:00 PM Fishbowl, Innis Residence, 111 St. George Street Existence provides a safe place to the issues that matter to you in an open and positive environment. Nothing is taboo. We will discuss everything from God to the definition of success, from euthanasia to what love is. Anything can be brought to the table and we are always looking for someone to voice their opinions.



LGBTQ Day of Movement FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH 1:00 PM — 7:30 PM LGBTQ students and friends are coming together to fill the Athletic Centre for a big queer selection of games, activities, and fun. Join in the new initiative bringing students together and connecting around our experiences with exercise and sports. For more information, visit:

Lead with Pride 2014 FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST Emmanuel College Lead with Pride is the University of Toronto’s annual LGBTQ student leadership conference. It brings together LGBTQ student leaders and students interested in developing leadership and community development skills for two days of workshops and discussions. Students who attend the conference build tangible leadership skills, work together to challenge homophobia and transphobia, discuss pathways to navigating conflict and address equity within our LGBTQ communities. Now in its 5th year, this annual conference is organized by VicPride!, the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and dedicated team of students. For more information or to apply to attend, visit:




International CIE 5th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline : FRIDAY, JANUARY, 13TH Exhibition: THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD The CIE is hosting its annual photo exhibition and they want your art! Share your experiences through photographs taken during your exchange! Prizes will be given for first ($125), second ($100) and third ($75) place photos! Attendees will vote on their favourite pictures so be sure to invite all your friends and family to the exhibition on January 23rd, 2014! The photo exhibit will showcase creative works by past exchange participants and students currently studying abroad or on an international exchange here at U of T. Download the full contest guidelines, and submission criteria here

Orillia Rotary Club Canadian Family Winter Weekend FRIDAY, FEBUARY 21ST — SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST 12:00 PM Are you new to the joys of Canadian winter? Interested in living with a Canadian family for a weekend? If so, then this is the trip for you! The Centre for International Experience in partnership with the Orillia Rotary Club is pleased to invite you the annual Canadian Family Winter Weekend from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23, 2014. Applications are due 12:00 pm on January 31, 2014. International Students will be hosted in one of Orillia’s Rotary Club members’ homes, and will enjoy some of the great things our winter has to offer: maple taffy, cross-country skiing, tubing and more! The trip is free, and students are required to present a 3-5 minute presentation about their country of origin. For more information, please contact, or visit the Global Lounge.



ELL Communication Café Free Admission Do you want to speak English more fluently and persuasively? Come to the ELL Communication Cafe January 6 – February 7, 2014. Talk with instructors and peer mentors who can help you achieve your goals in vocabulary, presentation skills, and more. For more information, visit:

Campus Events Snow days? What happens to classes and the University campus in the event of a major snowstorm? Notices & updates will always be posted on the main utoronto website. You can always find out here: , or by calling here: 416-978-NOW (7669)

Residence Upcoming Events Welcome Back Party SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 2:00 PM Events Room

Trivia House Olympics TH


Iron Chef TH

Save the Date


Congratulations to our Survey Winners! Elanne Chen won a gift certificate for $50 at the Eaton Centre for completing the Innis Frosh Orientation Survey. The following students each won a $25 gift certificate at the Eaton Centre for filling out the Residence Evaluation Survey: •

Phillip Zhao

Allen Hsiao

Miyu Baba

Sunny Wang

Anran Bian

Brianne Katz-Griffin

…..and Yagnesh Ladumor’s Suite 417 won a free dinner! Make sure you come down to the Student Life Office and see Aly, Paul or Tim to claim your prize before Reading Week. Thanks to everyone who participated and took the time to answer our surveys….more coming in the spring

Congratulations! You made it to the end of the newsletter! As a reward, you have a chance to win a $25 gift card. All you have to do email with your name and student number in the message, and put “GIFT CARD” in the subject line by Wednesday, January 15th and you will be entered into the draw.





Check out our Student Facebook Pages!

Free Screenings at Town Hall Film Festivals are happening throughout the year, be sure to check the Town Hall schedule often!

Events Calendar Check out the Innis Events Calendar for the latest in Student Life activities!

 Innis Office of Student Life  Innis Residence & IRC  ICSS

Student Metropass Be sure to get a discount PostSecondary student metropass this month with your TTC student ID.

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