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INNIS COLLEGE Student Student Life News

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November 27, 2013 NEWS

Harold’s House Takes Center Stage Last Monday, Innis hosted its third Harold’s House of the year. This open mic night showcased some of the many amazingly talented students of Innis College. Performers of all levels and styles were welcomed as listeners were treated to a diverse set list ranging from the traditional choral harmonies of the Innis College Choir with their rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” to the creative acoustic version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” performed by Misan Lee and Herman Tang, to the Natalya Gunaratne’s impassioned cover of Etta James’ “At Last.” Other performers gave Innis students a truly unique performance by singing their own compositions, including senior don, Garrett Morgan and first year, Kurt Grunsky. Harold’s House once again demonstrated that Innis Students’ talents know no bounds.

Photo credit: Yuto Takaoka


Meet Shahin, Josephine, and Dan: Founders of the Innis Trivia Club Hello everyone! We are the co-founders of the Innis Trivia Club. We were introduced to trivia competitions last year, and it was a lot of fun and a great way to get to know people, and we thought it would be awesome to have a club for it at Innis, and voilà! We made a club for it! Really, it is that easy to make a new club. If you want to make one, talk to the wonderful Amy Sullivan and she’ll help you out. We hold trivia competitions on a monthly basis, so come by for good times and prizes. rd As for us personally, Shahin is a 3 year commuter student specializing in neuroscience with a minor in psychology. Josephine is also in rd her 3 year majoring in neuroscience with a double minor in Cinema Studies and Computer rd Science. Dan is in his 3 year majoring in biophysics. We all spend an unhealthy amount of time with each other—we even have a band together: Beaches Gone Wilde. Come see us at the next Harold’s House and come to our next trivia event for an incredibly good time.



Mentorship The Reading Corner Your body language shapes who you are Are you standing like the person you want to be? Why we, as a society, have stopped tackling the big problems The Answer to Why Silicon Valley funds Instagrams and not Hyperloops Can technology solve our big problems? You can't be what you can't see. Seek out the people you look up to and take the time to pick their brains. The Power of a Mentor: And lastly, a reading list compiled by industry leaders:

InSIGHT Christmas Potluck WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH 6:00 PM Deadline to sign up: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST Innis CafĂŠ Join InSIGHT in celebrating the holidays in a way we all love, FOOD. Make some food and come share it with your friends. Email with your potluck option by December 1st or bring $5 to the event.


Skills for Success Exam Jam THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM Sidney Smith Hall Feeling stressed as end-of-term exams, essays and assignments pile up? Come out for Exam Jam at Sidney Smith Hall on December 5 to: review course material and study with your classmates; improve your study skills; enjoy healthy snacks, games and exercises with the MoveU crew; and pet Basil, the SMC Puppy, decorate cookies and get a massage! For more information, visit:

Innis Exam Jam Schedule Check out the whiteboards in the Residence Lobby for the updated calendar and stress-relief tips over the exam break! In addition, the Events Room will convert into a 24-hour study space starting December 11th with hot beverages and healthy snacks. Everyone is welcome! Christmas Market Trip

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 12:00 PM, Meet in Residence Lobby IRC Christmas Potluck

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 5:00 PM, Residence Events Room Yoga with Jenny

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 7:00 PM, Residence Events Room Apples to Apples with Fresh Apples

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 7:00 PM, Residence Video Game Breather Night

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 9:00 PM, Residence 4th Floor TV Skate ‘N Create

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 5:00 PM, Meet in Residence POST-IT Note Art and Parfaits

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2:00 PM, Residence Events Room




Community Outreach 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:

Take Action Now Looking for Volunteers for Holiday Party THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. The Take Action Holiday Party for underprivileged children is happening in the Innis Residence events room on December 5, 2013. Innis will also be doing a lot of fundraising for this event, so stay tuned! For more information or to sign up, visit:



Take Part in the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence! MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 TH – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH Find out more about the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence! WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH 7:00 PM Room 1017, Wilson Hall, 40 Willcocks St Join Men Against Violence and The Community Safety Office in a screening of the film Tough Guise 2 film, about Men in Athletics. For more information on the event, see the Facebook Event Page. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH One of the key dates during the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence is December 6th, when we will mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, at U of T. For more info about our event go here.

Arts & Culture Christmas Market Trip SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH 12:00 PM Lobby, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. Have any plans this weekend? Why not join the Arts & Culture Committee on their adventure to the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery. Meet in the lobby at noon on Saturday, November 30th. TTC fare will be provided. Bundle up; it's going to be a cold one out there! Check out some of the events that will be occurring throughout the day:



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!

CINSSU’s Free Friday Films FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH 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 final part of the series will be a documentary screening by acclaimed filmmakers presented by Professor Banning. For more information, visit:

Skate ‘N Create THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM Varsity Centre The MoveU Skate Series is well underway! These FREE, beginner-friendly skating parties are scheduled throughout the year and the next one is Skate ’N Create. Come out for a night of skating button making, and other fun crafts! An instructor will also be on hand to help newbies for this festive party. Watch for more on this and other upcoming skating events.



The Spectatorial Now Accepting Submissions Deadline: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH Do you write genre fiction, have essays that analyze speculative texts/films, illustrate fantastic pieces, create graphic novels, or have any other ideas you think might be suitable for our journal? The Spectatorial, University of Toronto's new speculative fiction journal, is accepting submissions for its first issue of the year! Visit their website to find out what they’re looking for and how to submit: Like their Facebook page to find updates:

Innis Review Now Accepting Submissions Deadline: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31ST The Innis Review is looking to publish your essays, creative writing pieces, or poems in their next volume! Submissions are open to all Innis College students, engineering students living in the Innis Residence, and students enrolled in any Innis (INI) course. Submit your essay to with an abstract, the course code/name, the instructor's name, and citations. Essays do not need to adhere to a word limit and a PRIZE will be awarded for the best written work. Visit their website at to view previous editions. Like them on Facebook:

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.



Spirituality and Diversity Hanukkah THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH 6:00 PM Events Room, Innis Residence, 111 St. George St. 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.

Hart House Farm Day of Relaxation SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH 10:00 AM — 7:00 PM $10, transportation available Stressing out over exams? Anxious about the holidays? Visit the Hart House Farm for a full day of relaxation! Explore the trails of Hart House Farm, relax in their wood-fired sauna, or just find a corner to read or listen to a laid-back acoustic concert. There will be a baking workshop as well as a homemade body scrub workshop. Whatever you choose to do, the day is yours to calm your mind and boost your spirit. For more information visit: To purchase tickets, visit:

Health & Wellness Yoga With Jenny! MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND 7:00 PM Innis Residence Events Room Take a break from the books and join Innis Senior Don, Jenny, for YOGA! Beginners are 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. Namaste!



Extreme Environments, Extraordinary Feats TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH 6:00 PM Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West Free Admission Weekend warriors and anyone interested in just how far our bodies can go are invited to come out to this FREE public symposium at Isabel Bader Theatre on December 3. Ultra-marathoner and extreme athlete Ray Zahab will share his epic experiences pushing his body to its limit; Professor Marius Locke and Dean Ira Jacobs will explore how muscles, cells and the body's physiological systems adapt to extreme conditions and environments, including those experienced in military operational scenarios; and Professor Judith Andersen will address the impact of extreme physical and psychological stress on individuals. Human physiologist, professor and CTV sport science analyst Professor Greg Wells will moderate the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. To register, visit: Extreme Environments Registration

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 there are any questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Goldenberg: or (416) 978-8219



International Sign up for Reading eWriting Now! Do you need to improve your understanding of course readings and write more effectively? ELL offers two free, 3-week sessions of Reading eWriting, a method of personalized learning with a writing centre instructor. Sign up now for January 2014, and see how 3 weeks/ 6 hours can make a difference! Email , or visit:

English Communication Program Winter Session Opens: MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH Looking for ways to strengthen your non-academic conversation and English speaking skills? Living and studying in another language is an amazing experience – but it can be tiring! Register for the English Communication Program (ECP) at the Centre for International Experience starting December 9th. Spaces fill up fast!

International Student Survey Deadline: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH The Centre for International Experience’s (CIE) survey for international students at U of T closes in two days. The survey seeks insight into your expectations and experiences. Your feedback will enable CIE to identify areas for improvement and greater alignment with student expectations and help shape future programming and improve the educational experience of international students at U of T. Check your utoronto email for your invitation. Complete the survey to make a difference in the services CIE provides. Questions? Contact Tak Koguchi 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:

ELL Communication Café Starts MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH 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:

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 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

Campus Free Golf on Campus Starting MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, 7:00 AM — 1:00 PM FRIDAYS, 7:00 AM — 3:00 PM The Varsity Centre Dome Did you know that you can golf for FREE right here on campus? Starting December 2, enjoy golf in the dome at Varsity Centre. The driving range is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7am-1pm and Fridays from 7am-3pm. For more details visit:

Residence IRC’s Christmas Potluck SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST 5:00 PM Events Room Come join the IRC for their last event of this year and get some yummy food before the stress of exam hits you!



Now Accepting Applications for the Taddle Creek Award Deadline: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD 12:00 PM Are you an Innis Resident that has been super involved and has contributed a lot to the community this year? If you said yes, then you might want to consider applying for the 2013-14 Taddle Creek Award. For more info or for eligibility requirements please visit: To apply, visit: The deadline to apply is Tuesday December 3rd at 12 noon. Good luck!

ECC’s Lip Sync Off WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH Fish Bowl Always wanted to participate in American Idol, but can’t sing? No worries! Sign up for ECC’s Lip Sync-Off, a singing competition with no singing. The best performance wins! For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page Or email: Sign up at the Lip Sync Registration Page


Registrar Important Sessional Dates TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD Classes end WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH Special “Make up Monday” classes to compensate for lost classes due to holiday Mondays — classes are scheduled at Instructors’ discretion. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH Last day to request June 2014 graduation. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH — FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH Study period MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH — FRIDAY, DECEMBER Final examinations in F section code courses (and some deferred exams from August 2013); some term tests in Y section code courses.





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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 27, 2013  
November 27, 2013  

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