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INNIS COLLEGE Student Student Life News

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November 13, 2013 NEWS

Innis Lights Up the Night at Diwali Last Monday, Innis celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India. In the event hosted by the Spirituality and Diversity portfolio, students learned about the history of Diwali and painted Diyas, small clay lamps lit by oil and a cotton wick, commonly lit in homes during special events. Innis also celebrated Diwali by lighting sparklers; traditionally in India people have fireworks! Although, not traditionally a part of Diwali, Innis Students became further immersed in Indian culture with henna and cultural dishes including samosas, pakoras, and Indian sweets!


Meet Ryan Lamers, Executive VicePresident of the ICSS! Hey folks! I’m Ryan and I’m your 20132014 Vice President and was one of your two Orientation Coordinators (for you first years)! My job for the year is to help the President, as well as the rest of the executives, in overseeing each of the Council’s portfolios to ensure that everything the ICSS has to offer is useful, enjoyable, and accessible to all of our students! My goal for the year is to further increase student participation when it comes to everything the ICSS has to offer. On a personal level, I am in my third year majoring in Urban Studies and a minoring in Cinema Studies. I work at the Innis Residence Front Desk and I love getting to know everyone! So please feel free to email me at or say hi if you see me around. Also, I have joined Generation Mo at and would greatly appreciate any and all support for the cause!


Mentorship Introducing the Reading Corner! Check out the Reading Corner for interesting articles and books found by our Mentorship Don, Anmol.

How to Save the World in Your Spare Time "Somewhere in the world, perhaps in the back of your mind, lurks a thought so powerful that - once released - it will spread rapidly and forever change life on Earth. I once thought that idea would be French toast ice cream, but that's a story for another day. My deepest, darkest fear is that the person who has this thought chooses to ignore it, and simply opens another beer, thereby condemning humanity to a bleak century of suffering. So let's take a minute and make sure you know which of your ideas deserve to be spread with enthusiasm." Read the rest at:

The Most Important 15 Minutes of My Day "No matter how busy I am, I try to allot 15 minutes a day to brainstorming new ideas. ... doesn’t mind if none of the ideas see the light of day. For him, it’s a mental workout, the brain’s version of an elliptical machine. It makes your creativity muscle stronger, which lets you solve problems better in every part of your life." Read the rest at:

Enough serious business…now something to make you laugh "Dear guy who just made my burrito: Have you ever been to Earth?" Read the rest at:

A Book: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely "Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we?" Read the rest at:




Tour the Distillery District with InSIGHT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM RSVP Required InSIGHT is organizing a special tour to check out Toronto’s Distillery District, a historic and entertainment precinct located east of Downtown Toronto. Join them in experiencing the cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Transportation is provided. Please RSVP at:

InSIGHT ROM Tour TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM FREE with your TCard Join InSIGHT on a FREE tour of the Royal Ontario Museum! Please bring your TCards for free admittance.

Community Outreach Movember has begun! Movember fundraising has begun! Become a member of the Innis fundraising team by visiting and clicking on Join My Team. Mo-sistas are welcome too! To donate, follow the same link. Stay tuned for more Movember events happening throughout November!



Alternative Reading Week TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH — THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014 Registration begins WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH Make a positive difference and gain valuable leadership skills! The annual Alternative Reading Week Days of Service program is an intensive project-based community service programme for student leaders to explore the concepts of learning through service, leadership for social change, and community development. Developed in response to community-identified needs, these projects range from assisting community members in improving resume and interview skills, doing science activities with elementary school children, and helping newcomers to the country develop their English-speaking. This event is a great way to learn more the Toronto community, and to do something meaningful and productive (outside of the library!). For more information about the event, please visit: For more information about other Centre for Community Partnerships opportunities visit:

Skills For Success Grad Expo FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH 12:00 PM — 1:30 PM Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St. 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. Unsure about what to do after graduation? Come find out about the best ways to pay off student loans, explore international and career opportunities, and receive tips on applying to grad school at The Grad Expo! Innis and Woodsworth have partnered up to bring you short workshops that talk about life after graduation as well as resume and personal statement writing. While Grad Expo is intended for those thinking about graduation, all years and disciplines are welcome! Lunch will be provided. Sign up today at:



Arts and Culture Toronto Santa Claus Parade SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH 12:30 PM Bloor and St. George St. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way (to Bloor St. and St. George)! Hey Innis, did you know that Santa is coming to town? Now is your chance to see the jolly man! Santa will be arriving in Toronto on Sunday, November 17, 2013. The 109th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade begins at 12:30 pm. There will be treats and warm beverages in the lobby during the parade, so come by and help kick start the holiday season. I hope you are all on the nice list this year! (If you have a Santa hat, be sure to wear it!) For more information, visit:

Harold’s House MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. Come out and show off your talent at the third Harold’s House of the 2013-2014 school year! You can sing, dance, play an instrument, perform a monologue, do a poetry reading, or pull out any other amazing talent we all know Innis students have. Walk-ons are also welcome! For more information, email: To sign up visit:



INPHO: Urban Fashion Photography FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 2:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. Join INPHO on our 3rd workshop on urban and fashion photography! We will teach you different techniques in the workshop and walk downtown to take urban pictures. Models are welcome to attend as well!

CINSSU’s Free Friday Films FRIDAYS 7:00 PM Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Love movies, but hate paying movie theatre prices? Come check out the Cinema Studies Student’s Union Free Friday Films! The next movie in the series will be “Wake in Fright” on NOVEMBER 22nd and, on NOVEMBER 29th, Prof. Banning will introduce a documentary screening by acclaimed filmmakers. For more information, visit:

CINSSU Annual Tea Party WEDNESEDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH 4:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. CINSSU presents you their annual Tea Party! It is a great chance for you to meet with fellow students and film professors outside of classrooms. We will provide lots of tea, cookies and biscuits.



CINSSU Trivia Night and Movieoke THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM Innis Café, 2 Sussex Ave. CINSSU invites you to their Trivia Night and Movieoke Social. There will be lots of food and soft drinks, as well as fun trivia activities, and THERE WILL BE PRIZES! If you would like to sing, we also have Movieoke for you to show your music talent!

Health and Wellness Innis Blood Drive THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST 4:30 PM—6:00 PM Leave from Innis Residence on the half hour You have the power WITHIN you to save a life by donating Blood. Innis is having a blood drive, as well as a blood typing event on Nov 14th from 7 pm to 9pm. Come find out what type of blood type you are and then donate the following week!

Smash Bash THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM Upper Gym, Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. Table tennis anyone? MoveU is hosting a series of table tennis parties—called Smash Bashes—complete with free pizza, music and an easy-going vibe. The first co-ed, beginner-friendly event will be held NOVEMBER 14TH in the Athletic Centre upper gym. All equipment will be provided. More information will be available at:



Eating Disorders Support Group TUESDAYS until DECEMBER 17TH 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM Health & Wellness Room B, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St. Koffler Student Services is offering a weekly support group for students with eating disorders on campus. This is an open group and drop-ins are welcome whose purpose is to provide a forum and space for students to discuss issues, which are unique to being a student and having an eating disorder or disordered eating. Connect with others, express feelings, and explore underlying issues. This is not a treatment or intervention group, it’s a time to meet others and share coping strategies other than food. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Goldenberg at: or (416) 978-8219.

Yoga with Jenny! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 8:00 PM, Music Room MONDAY NOVEMBER, 25TH, 9:00 PM, Events Room Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. FREE! Take a break from the books and join Innis Senior Don, Jenny in the Events Room for YOGA! Beginners are most certainly welcome and there will be a few extra mats for those who don't have them! Wear comfortable clothes and bring some water and yoga mats, if you have them. Namaste!

Spirituality and Diversity Hanukkah End of NOVEMBER 3:00 PM — 5:00 PM Multi-Purpose Room, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave. Join the Office of Student Life in celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights. There will be opportunities to take part in the rituals and traditions of Hanukkah including lighting the Menorah and playing with dreidels. Traditional foods will also be provided to help celebrate this holiday.


Existence TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH 9:00 PM Fishbowl, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. Existence provides a safe place to discuss things that you might not feel comfortable discussing with your friends and family. We discuss 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 is love?” Anything can be brought to the table and we are always looking for someone to voice their opinions or beliefs.

International Exchange Talks The Centre for International Experience will be hosting a number of exchange info sessions focusing on specific types of exchange and regions of the world. Meet students who went on exchange as well as students here on exchange from our partner institutions. Asia: Japan, China South Korea, Singapore, and India WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM Summer Research: Science THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 4:30 PM — 6:00 PM UK: England, Scotland, and Ireland WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 4:30 PM — 6:00 PM Summer Research: Engineering THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM French and Italian speaking countries WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 4:30 PM — 6:00 PM And so much more! For full listing, visit:




Come and Say Hello to Your Transition Advisor TUESDAYS 3:00 PM — 7:00 PM International Students! Innis College and the Centre for International Experience have partnered to bring Erika Bailey, International Transition Advisor to your college on Tuesdays from 3:00-7:00 pm. These one-on-one appointments are student-directed. This means you can bring any issues you wish to discuss to the meeting. Our transition advisors will be happy to assist you directly, or to direct you to the appropriate resources and offices that will help you with your goals and questions. For more information, hours, and locations, see the Transition Advising webpage: Or to book an appointment, contact Erika directly at:

CIE’s Wake Up Mondays MONDAYS until DECEMBER 9TH 11:00 AM — 2:00 PM Baldwin Room, Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George St. Need a new space to energize and study? Come to CIE’s Wake Up Mondays in the beautiful Baldwin Room at the Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George St. Join us for a free, fresh cup of coffee to start your week. Hang out to study, chat with friends, or pop by the Global Lounge to browse the places you can go to study abroad. For more information, email:



ICSS TGIF Game Night FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH 6:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. TGIF is back on Friday, November 15th with our first tournament of the year! Come on down, play some Bang/SGS—a game about hidden roles and stabbing sheriffs and emperors, and shot to win a gift card to one of Toronto's board game cafés! If you don't care much about SGS, we'll have the usual suspects. Hope to see you there!

FROSH 2013 Survey FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND Last chance to win $50 in gift certificates! We just need few minutes of your time to get your feedback from this year's Orientation Week 2013, so that we can improve upon the events and programs offered for next year. It should only take a few minutes, and at the end of the survey, you'll have a chance to enter into a draw for $50 in gift certificates. Draw closes on November 22nd and only first-year incoming students are eligible. Check it out here: Thank-You from your Innis College Student Society (ICSS) and the Innis Office of Student Life!


Attention all Innis College Graduates! If you are planning to graduate June 2014, the window to request graduation on ROSI closes Thursday, December 5th. After that date, you have to visit or contact the Registrar's Office for information and help. Grad Photos will be taken in the Events Room of Innis Residence during the week of Jan 6th. You must have your photo taken to appear in the Graduating Class Composite. Included in your photo session are 9 unique digital online proofs and an 11x14 copy of the class composite. The sitting fee is $20.00. Hard copy proofs may be purchased for an additional $5.00 if desired. You must sign up online to book your appointment. To do so, visit and enter in14 in the school ID to access the schedules (click on 2014). Find a time that is convenient for you and book it. If you are a fall graduate or cannot make it to that photo session, please contact to arrange for an alternate date/time for your grad photo session. Ladies, please wear a white shirt or blouse. Gentlemen, please wear a white shirt and tie. Robes, degree hoods, and traditional graduation props will be available for you at your shoot. You may also bring in a personal prop for your photos symbolic to you. If you have any questions, email:

Residence Upcoming Residence Events Visit the AGO with the IRC WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH 6:00 PM Free Admission! Join the IRC for a trip to the AGO. Explore the world's largest collection of Canadian art and it's FREE! Meet up in the lobby at 6 pm. House Olympics SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH 2:00 PM





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.

November, 13, 2013  

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