a Quarter to Vic Victoria College Orientation 2013
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Welcome What is Orientation? Our Theme: A Quarter to Vic A Message from the Orientation Student Co-Chairs President’s Welcome Dean of Students’ Welcome The Dean’s Office The Registrar’s Office How to Check-in for Orientation Orientation Schedule 2013 Event Descriptions Commuter Students and Mature Students Meet the Exec Team! Info Hub and Meals Frequently Asked Questions What to Bring Note to Parents Map of Victoria University
Victoria College! You may be wondering why, after being accepted to the University of Toronto, you are now receiving all of this information from Victoria University. Victoria University in the University of Toronto comprises two colleges: Victoria College and Emmanuel College. U of T St. George campus (downtown) is divided into colleges; Victoria College is approaching 3300 students. You will hear us change between Victoria University and Victoria College, but mostly we just say “Vic”! Fortunately for you, Vic has always been known as one of the most welcoming and beautiful colleges on campus. Welcome to your new home! Here at Vic, we have a flourishing and active student community. There is no end to the number of clubs, activities, and other resources available to you here. At Vic we are proud of our diverse, friendly, and accepting atmosphere, and we welcome our professional faculty students – Engineering, Music, and Phys Ed – as they are a vital part of our community. In addition to the great people, Vic also has the nicest quad on campus, historic residence buildings, and a beautiful theatre for student events. These unique features provide a quiet hideaway amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. At Vic we know how to have fun, and Orientation Week is only the beginning!
rientation Week is a great opportunity to become familiar with Victoria College and its community. Every year the Orientation Executive strives to provide a wide variety of events that appeal to everyone. This year we are continuing to offer academic information sessions to help you navigate your first year at university. From the Registrarâ€™s Academic Welcome to the transitional seminars, you will find everything you will need to become acquainted with academics at the university level.
s one of the bigger colleges at U of T, Vic has the resources, dedication, and passion to provide some of the greatest events youâ€™ve ever seen. Vic is known for having a wonderful Orientation Week, a tradition we have always been proud of. With all the events we have planned, weâ€™re in no danger of losing our reputation! Your level of participation is up to you, so check out the schedule to see what interests you!
Orientation strives to be inclusive, accessible and safe. In order to help us reach this goal, please let us know about any accessibility needs and/or concerns, allergies or medical conditions that you think we should be aware of. There is a place on the online registration form at vicorientation.ca where you can let us know this information, or alternatively, you can email the Orientation Student Co-Chairs at email@example.com.
a Quarter to Vic
Now that you know a little more about Vic and Orientation Week, you might be wondering why the cover of this e-booklet says “A Quarter to Vic: Victoria College Orientation 2013”. Every Orientation Week has a unique theme and logo. The theme is what sets your Orientation apart from all the others that have come before and will come after. The logo will appear on all sorts of Orientation materials you will receive when you arrive here such as the very popular and fashionable Orientation t-shirts that all incoming students, Orientation Leaders and Executives, Dons, student council members, and staff wear during the week! So what is A Quarter to Vic, and why did this year’s Orientation Executive choose it to be your theme? It’s helpful to look at our theme from two different angles: the name and the logo. When time came to select this year’s theme, the exec was faced with a challenge. We all agreed that we wanted a theme that would express and encapsulate everyone’s experience and what it meant to all of us – as first years, leaders and everyday students passionate about the college we call home. Once we started talking, we realized that everyone had a different story, a different experience to share. It was this that got us thinking; Orientation isn’t about creating an experience, it’s about helping you make your own experience and start a new chapter in your own stories. This being said, though we may all have different stories, places we come from, values, all of our stories are what come together to create a history; a collective of different stories, events, discoveries, and contributions that ultimately define who we are as a community. Everyone that has called Victoria College home has helped create the welcoming community it is today and you too, will have a chance to contribute to the story of Victoria College. We felt that “A Quarter to Vic” represented perfectly the chapter that you are just about to begin. Your time is here and that it’s your chance to make write your own story. To represent our week, we have chosen a sundial to symbolize the start of this new journey. To us, it’s a representation of possibility. A tool created to help realize potential; it represents discovery, innovation and ingenuity and going forth to the great unknown. We hope that similar to this timeless object, your experience here at Victoria College will last you a lifetime and help you on your own journey ahead of you to new. We hope that Orientation will give you the tools to discover your own potential and what Victoria College has to offer.
6 a message from the
Orientation Student Co-Chairs I remember the first time I stepped foot onto Vic campus, long before Orientation Week, during Open Vic actually, and at a time when I was unsure whether or not I made the right decision in choosing UofT, let alone Victoria College. It was a nice (but chilly) morning in spring, the vines seemed to engulf every surface of the buildings here, I heard birds chirping and it seemed to be the most beautiful feeling. I was intimidated, overwhelmed, and perhaps anxious about coming to a new place where I knew nobody. Now here I am, three years later, having no doubt in my mind that I chose the right place. I could never have foreseen, on that chilly spring morning, exactly how much I would grow to love Vic, and how much it would mean to me. I’d like to echo what a close friend of mine once said, that “Victoria has become more than just a school to me, and Orientation more than just a week”. I wholeheartedly feel this way and I hope that one day, you do as well. - Komal From the moment I announced my decision to attend UofT, I had never experienced so much doubt. Though at first I was uneasy with my decision, it didn’t last long. From the moment I arrived at my own Commuter Orientation, I knew I had made the right choice. One of the unique things which makes Victoria College such a remarkable place are the people you will find here and my fondest memories will always involve the extraordinary people I have met—in the most random ways if I may add. It is hard to find a place where everyone is so friendly, approachable and accepting of who you are; and it are these similarities, and differences of every individual which contributes to the unique culture and spirit of our college. It was Commuter Orientation and Orientation Week that helped me realize this about Vic, as well as my own potential and impact on this amazing community. I hope with every bit of my inner Victorian that you will also one day be able to walk onto Vic campus and have the same feeling of ‘Home Sweet Home’ as I do. - Jenny Our goal is to help you find a home at Vic, and to echo that you are always welcome here. Here at Vic, you will meet some of the most amazing individuals and create some of your most cherished memories. You’ll be valued, challenged, accepted and appreciated. You’ll grow, learn, try new things and explore new places; all of which starts at Orientation Week. In this e-book, you will find more information about Orientation Week itself, in hopes to better prepare you for what’s to come. During OWeek, we offer a diverse range of programming which is inclusive towards everyone, regardless of age, personality, or preference. The Orientation Executive have been working hard all summer to put the schedule together to make it interesting, exciting, informative and fun. We hope you find something in this schedule that piques your interest, and most of all, we hope you realize that Victoria College is a place where you are welcome. See you in September! Komal Minhas & Jenny Pazio
7 President’s Welcome
Welcome to Victoria College, where your imagination will be unbound, where education is more than a matter of degree. You are the newest members of a historic community. On our Charter Day this October, Victoria University will celebrate its 177th birthday. With a charter from King William IV on 12 October 1836 (long before Canada became a nation), Upper Canada Academy came into existence in Cobourg Ontario. Four years after young Victoria became Queen, we became Victoria College, and then in 1884 Victoria University. Six years later we federated with the University of Toronto; we moved in 1892 to our present site, and now Victoria University is made up of two colleges – Victoria College which is yours, and our theological faculty, Emmanuel College. We have a distinguished history, and you are about to add to that distinction. Every year it becomes more difficult to gain acceptance to Vic, just because of the growing numbers of students who want to study here. So this is a highly accomplished class; it’s also a very active and engaged class. We admit deliberately those who want to be involved in their education. What you learn, of course, is what you are graded on. But you know that’s just part of the story. Your learning does not start or stop at the classroom door; it goes on in a myriad of activities. With the same care with which we selected you, Vic has developed programs to enrich your experience. We believe in a fullblooded, fully rounded education. We want to open up possibilities, to welcome you into the freedoms of mind and imagination. That’s why we have introduced our signature set of discussion groups in “Ideas for the World.” That’s the reason for the dozens of societies, groups and clubs where friendships are forged. That’s why we promote international exchanges, why we insist on including a small class in your first year. If you commute from home (and more than half of you do), there is a package of activities and opportunities, special to Vic, that you will enjoy, particularly as you make new friends. If you live in residence, you have a ready-made new set of communities waiting for you. Both commuting and resident students have access to Burwash Dining Hall for meals, where the food is every bit as good as the company. One of the most visible developments at Vic that you will enjoy is the new Goldring Student Centre. This is one of the finest student centres in the country, and this year you are its first inhabitants. There will be an official opening on September 25. Make sure, then, that you are fully part of the Vic story this year. You’ll write your own part in the story, but you won’t do it alone. In the A.B.B. Moore foyer of Old Vic, inscribed on the wall are the words of a great president of Victoria University in the last century: Education must take place in a community. A community is a place of support, on good days and in times of stress and strain. That’s where you are; this is where you belong. Welcome. Paul W. Gooch President
Dean of Students’ Welcome
Welcome to Victoria College!
Your time in university is pivotally located between growing up and being out in the world. There are very few chunks of time in one’s life when so many changes of such importance happen. You will be learning new and challenging material, meeting friends you will have for a lifetime, feeding your curiosity by trying things and thinking thoughts you had not before. You will stretch yourself to become wiser and more understanding of the world around you. These may all sound like platitudes now – typical words from the Dean – but they are also true. You have chosen to come to Vic, which was a brilliant decision! The opportunities here are many, both in terms of sheer volume and in terms of variety. Your school work and your other activities will come together to make your experience enriching and fun. Your academic experience will be of the highest calibre. At the University of Toronto you will be at the biggest and best research institution in the country. You will have extremely talented people as peers, and you will have a quality of professors and selection of courses that is unparalleled. You will also have many different avenues by which you can get involved, both at Vic and in the broader university. There are clubs and societies, sports teams, student government and politics groups, theatre and music groups, academic societies and community outreach opportunities, and many, many other offerings, including our new “Ideas for the World” programme. You are lucky to be coming to a college that places great importance on the overall quality of your university experience. Whether you are a commuter student (and enjoying our new commuter student experience package) or a resident student living right in the college, your time here will be memorable. There is a large and dedicated staff and a great pool of upper year students ready to help you find the opportunities that suit you. We will help you to explore your options and we will help you if you have difficulties along the way. Vic students have the best of both worlds: a small and accessible college environment and a huge research institution full of all of the academic and social opportunities that these offer. All you need to do is take advantage of it all. Make sure you try new things and get just a bit uncomfortable so you can learn in the most robust sense of the term. You’ll have a great time at Vic. University is an exciting time of making decisions and creating a life and career, and Vic is, I believe, the very best place to do so. We take seriously our motto, abeunt studia in mores (studies pass into character). You will have fun, you will learn, and you will grow. You will be the architect of you. Good luck, and I look forward to meeting you! Kelley Castle Dean of Students
8 The Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students, located in the Goldring Student Centre, strives to support and challenge students in their personal development during their years at Victoria. We have many programmes that will broaden and enrich your university experience beyond the classroom. We also understand that university can be overwhelming at times, and we are here to guide students to resources that can ease their transition to university life. The Dean’s Office is responsible for the operation of the residences, the commuter experience package and for maintaining a community where students can succeed both personally and academically. To aid in this process we have Dons for residence and commuter students. They will give peer guidance, sponsor events, provide information about services on campus, and they are responsible for maintaining community standards at all times. They work with the student council (VUSAC) to provide activities for the enjoyment and benefit of students throughout the year. As a team, and in cooperation with our very active students, the Dean’s office staff works to create an environment that encourages personal development and participation in the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel welcome to drop by the office at any time.
Contact Information Dean of Students Kelley Castle, firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Dean of Students Scott Johnston, email@example.com Residence Life Coordinator Bergita Petro, firstname.lastname@example.org Residence Operations Assistant Wanda Hughes, email@example.com Campus Life Coordinator Samantha Hartlen, firstname.lastname@example.org Coordinator of International Student Life Caitriona Brennan, email@example.com
Victoria College Registrar’s Office
The Registrar’s Office is your first stop at the University of Toronto. We are here to offer support regarding your questions about academic, career, financial, or personal matters. We are also happy to clarify or explain any university regulation or requirement you need to know about. If you experience any difficulty (an illness or other personal matter) that affects your academic performance in any way, make an appointment to discuss your situation and your options with an academic advisor as soon as possible. We also offer 15 minute drop-in appointments every Wednesday morning from 10 am to 12 pm and Wednesday afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm (subject to advisor availability we reserve the discretion to stop accepting drop-ins prior to the time noted. Please come early). The Student Awards Manager is happy to assist you with financial planning issues as well as bursary and scholarship information.
Contact Information Please provide your full name and student number with all inquiries. Victoria College Registrar’s Office 73 Queen’s Park Crescent, Northrop Frye Hall 106 Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7 Tel: (416) 585-4508 Fax: (416) 585-4459 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours Mondays: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesdays: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Wednesdays: 10 am - 4:30 pm Thursdays: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Fridays: 9:30 am - 4 pm
How to C RESIDENCE STUDENTS Upon arrival at the Victoria University campus, there are three things you must do to completely check in:
Check-in date: Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Step 1 - Residence Check-in & Move-in
Check in at the following locations according to your assigned building to pick up your key: Margaret Addison: Burwash Hall (Upper and Lower): Rowell Jackman Hall: Annesley Hall:
Margaret Addison Hall Front Desk Check-in Tent, Victoria College Quad Check-in Tent, Victoria College Quad Annesley Hall Foyer
Step 2 - Orientation Check-in
After moving into your new home, head over to Old Vic, to check in with the Orientation Leaders, and pick up your Frosh Kit.
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Step 3 - Residence Orientation
Meet your Don and your floormates at 4 p.m. in the Common Room area of your residence house or floor. Your attendence is mandatory!
IMPORTANT: If you are staying in residence and have indicated on your online registration form that you would like to host a commuter student, this commuter will be sleeping on the floor of your residence room and will have key access to your room for Orientation Week. Commuter students will arrive on the morning of Monday, September 2nd and will depart on Saturday, September 7th at 12 noon. Hosting a commuter student during Orientation is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and help commuter students experience all the Orientation programming without worrying about a long commute home, late at night.
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Check-in between 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Upon arrival to the Victoria University campus, there are three things you must do to check in:
Step 1 - Room Assignment
Go to the foyer of Old Vic to find your assigned room and to get your key. Keys must be returned by no later than 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 7th, 2013.
Step 2 - Orientation Check-in
Be sure to check in for Orientation at Old Vic and pick up your Frosh Kit before heading over to your room for the week!
Step 3 - Grand Meet & Greet
At 10:45 a.m., meet your Don and the student you will be staying with in your house / floor! As you will be staying on campus, your attendence is vital!
Not staying on campus overnight for the week?
Check-in for Orientation between 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Old Vic Foyer. Once you have picked up your Orientation Kit, head to the quad to meet with your Dons at 11:30 a.m. Please Note: If you choose not to stay in residence for the week there will be a locked storage room made available for you to store your belongings.
IMPORTANT: Commuter student billeting is very limited and not guaranteed. Due to the limited number of spaces we are not able to accommodate any more requests for billeting.
11 Theme of the Day: Sunday, September 1st
Ancient Civilizations Monday, September 2nd
Tuesday, September 3rd
9 am Commuter Registration
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9:30 am - 12 pm Old Vic Foyer
Residence Check-In & Move-In 10 am - 4 pm
1 pm - 2 pm Quad 2 pm - 3 pm Quad
Learn the Frosh Dance 3 pm - 4 pm Quad
MoveU Zumba Workshop 4 pm - 5 pm Quad
5 pm - 6 pm Isabel Bader Theatre
4 pm - 9 pm Your Residence House/Floor
4 pm - 5 pm Isabel Bader Theatre
MoveU Zumba Workshop 5 pm - 6 pm Quad
6 pm - 7 pm On Your Own or in Burwash Dining Hall
7 pm - 8:30 pm Isabel Bader Theatre
12 pm - 1 pm Quad
The Grand Meet and Greet
Don’t forget to pick up your Orientation materials from the Old Vic foyer!
10:45 am - 12 pm
Pizza in the Quad
Meeting With Registrar’s Academic Welcome the Dons
for parking locations: Please see the document online entitled “CHECK-IN” at www.vicorientation.ca !
Breakfast with your Presidents 10 am - 11 am Burwash Dining Hall
& Dean’s Welcome
11 am - 12:30 pm Isabel Bader Theatre
12:30 pm - 2 pm Northrop Frye 003
12:30 pm - 2 pm Goldring Student Centre
Guest Lectures I: 2 pm - 3:30 pm Northrop Frye 003
Humanities & Social Sciences Meet & Greet 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Goldring Student Centre Scavenger Hunt 4:30 pm - 6 pm Meet in Quad
6 pm - 7 pm Northrop Frye 003
Transitional Seminars 1 4:30 pm - 6 pm Old Vic
6 pm - 7 pm Copper Room in the Goldring Centre
7 pm - 8 pm On Your Own or in Burwash Dining Hall
LEGEND Free food at event Please note that Free Food may not mean meals.
A Lost Civilization Dance Party! 9 pm - 2 am Ned’s Cafe
9 pm - 2 am The Cat’s Eye
Casino Night 8 pm - 2 am Old Vic
Board Games & Pool Tournament 10 pm - 2 am Ned’s Cafe & the Cat’s Eye
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Wednesday, September 4th Thursday, September 5th
Present Day Friday, September 6th
9 am Ask Your Leaders
Campus Tours 10 am - 1 pm Meet in the Quad
UTSU Clubs Day
10 am - 1 pm Kings College Circle
10 am - 11:30 pm Goldring Student Centre
Stretchworks 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Quad
Transitional Seminars II 10 am - 11:30 pm Old Vic
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Marg Ad Field
10 Carnival & Barbeque
10:30 am - 1:30 pm Quad
11 am - 1;30 pm Old Vic
Lunch With Innis International Students Reception 1 pm - 2:30 pm Alumni Hall in Old Vic
Rainbow Sprinkles: LGBTQ & Allies Social 1 pm - 2:30 pm Goldring Student Centre
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Quad
Orientation Convocation 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Isabel Bader Theatre (Meet in the Quad)
Alumni Social: Meet the Trailblazers 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Old Vic
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Guest Lectures II:
Student Life Involvement Fair
2 pm - 3:30 pm Northrop Frye 003
Life Science & Physical / Natural Sciences Meet & Greet 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Goldring Student Centre
1:30 pm - 4 pm Toronto City Streets (Meet in Quad)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm On Your Own or in Burwash Dining Hall The 80s Beat: Wacky Tacky Fashion Show 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Quad
UTSU Concert Lupe Fiasco
4:30 pm - 7 pm U of T Front Campus
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm On Your Own or in Burwash Dining Hall
Vera Victoria: Traditional Ceremonies 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Meet in the Quad
Wacky Tacky Boat Cruise 6:30 pm - 10 pm Meet in Quad
Light Night Hootenanny 6:30 pm - 10 pm The Cat’s Eye
10 pm - 2 am A Secret Toronto Location
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Quad
Scarlet & Gold Party
Closing Ceremonies: The Launch!
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm The Cat’s Eye
10 pm - 2 am Ned’s Cafe
Discovering Vic by Night 10 pm - 2 am Around Vic
11:30 pm - 2 am Buses Leave From Hart House Circle
UTSU Party Alternative
Some meals will be provided for FREE as indicated above. For the remaining meals, we highly encourage all commuter students to purchase commuter meal vouchers for Orientation. Residence students can use their normal meal plans for meals.
10 am - 12 pm 4 pm - 9 pm
Residence Check-in and Move-in: After registering online, check in on campus and get pumped for Orientation Week! Be sure to get your Frosh ID and a lot of free swag!Your Residence Building and Old Vic Foyer (Enter from the Quad) Residence Orientation: Your Residence House / Floor
12 pm - 1 pm
Commuter Registration: After registering online, check-in in person and get pumped for Orientation Week! Be sure to get your Frosh ID and a lot of free swag! Commuter students staying in residence are required to attend the “Meeting With Your Don” from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Old Vic Foyer The Grand Meet and Greet: Come to the Quad for some ice breakers, cheers, and meet your Exec, leaders, and other first years. Quad Pizza in the Quad: Grab some pizza and get to know the Victoria College Don team, which includes both residence and commuter dons. This is a easy way to get to know your fellow Victorians! Quad
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9 pm - 2 am
10 am - 11 am
11 am - 12:30 pm 12:30 pm - 2 pm
12:30 pm - 2 pm 2 pm - 3:30 pm 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies - activation: Time Travel: Your new beginning starts here! You will be welcomed and introduced to Victoria College, and will be given the break down of the rest of the week. Quad Learn the Frosh Dance: Come out and learn this year’s frosh dance! The frosh dance is one of the most memorable parts of Orientation Week! Don’t worry if you don’t have dance experience, it’s easy and fun! Quad Frosh Plays: Come to Bader Theatre for funny short skits put on by your leaders! Please be on time for either show at 4 pm or 5 pm. Isabel Bader Theatre MoveU Zumba Workshop: Come by for a fun Zumba workshop. Quad Dinner: On you own or in Burwash Dining Hall Dissolve: Isabel Bader Theatre Free Time A Lost Civilization Dance Party: A party celebrating ALL the ancient civilizations? You know it! Come out to the first dance party ever to be held in the new Goldring Student Center where we can enjoy doing the mummy dance and shout all night like the Spartans. Togas, hair wreaths, gladiator boots, tribal patterns, and absolutely anything you think represents this event are all encouraged! Pack wisely and remember to bring your Frosh ID! Goldring Student Centre Board Games: Alternative to the Dance Party is a low-key board games night! The Games Room in the Cat’s Eye
The 20s Breakfast With Your Presidents: You are cordially invited to attend breakfast with the President of Victoria University, Professor Paul Gooch, and the President of the Victoria University Students’ Administrative Council (VUSAC), Jelena Savic. You can use your residence or commuter meal plan, or pay cash for a buffet breakfast Burwash Dining Hall Registrar’s Academic Welcome & Dean’s Welcome: A Victoria College Orientation Tradition. Come meet our Dean of Students, Kelley Castle, and your Associate Registrar, Emanuel Melo, and learn some important things about your next four years. Isabel Bader Theatre SECsy Time: This isn’t your high school sex ed. class - get ready to get blown away. The University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre is a volunteer-run student service that provides information on all aspects of human sexuality in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Come learn and ask about pleasure and protection. Northrop Frye 003 Club Workshop: The Clubs Workshop offers a great opportunities to experience the diversity of clubs at Vic. Vic Dance, the Fencing Club, and the Arts and Crafts club will be running interactive workshops, so feel free to try out what these clubs have to offer. Goldring Student Centre Guest Lecture I: The Guest Lectures will give you a first hand glimpse into not only the feel of a real university lecture, and will give you a chance to meet some of the professors you could be learning from in the coming year. Come meet this year’s special guests! Northrop Frye 003 Humanities & Social Sciences Meet & Greet: After attending Guest Lectures I, meet and mingle with some of our university’s brightest minded individuals while enjoying delicious food. It’s a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Goldring Student Centre
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4:30 pm - 6 pm
6 pm - 7 pm
Scavenger Hunt: Meet new friends and discover new locations on the Vic campus in this unique scavenger hunt. Search for clues and complete challenges. The first team to complete this challenge will win a prize! Dress according to the weather (bring umbrellas and rain boots if necessary). Meet in the Quad Transitional Seminars: Want to find out how to be a successful student and how to get involved? Come out to Transitional Seminars in Old Vic on either Tuesday or Thursday to discover what U of T is all about, and the various services and resources Vic has to offer to ease your transition to University! Old Vic TED Talk: Education & Equity: Join the Education & Equity Commission in one of our signature events for some learning outside the classroom. We’ll be watching a TED talk, followed by a tutorial style discussion. Come learn about one of VUSAC’s commissions while engaging in some thought- provoking conversation. Northrop Frye 003
6 pm - 7 pm
MATSO (Mature and Transfer Students Orientation) see page 17
7 pm - 8 pm
8 pm - 2 am
Casino Night: Win big at Casino Night! This just-for-fun night of blackjack, poker, roulette, and more gives you a real casino feel, without breaking the bank! Old Vic
8 pm - 2 am
Alternative to Casino Night: come down to the Cat’s Eye for a relaxing movie or to the games room (also in the Cat’s Eye) to enjoy games and a pool tournament. Cat’s Eye
WEDNESDAY The Dark Ages 10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 1 pm 1 pm - 2:30 pm
1 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Campus tours: Your first time going to classes at a big university that stretches across four subway stations may be stressful, especially if you are unfamiliar with the buildings. Well, we have the best solution for that! Bring your campus map, some comfortable walking shoes and meet your fantastic leaders in the Quad for a tour around our beautiful campus. Meet in the Quad UTSU Clubs Day: See the myriad of over 200 clubs U of T has to offer. Front U of T Campus International Students Reception: Have you travelled from outside of Canada to come to Vic? This is your chance to see what resources are available to you, and to meet our International Student Life Coordinator Caitriona Brennan! You will also have the opportunity to mingle with other new students and leaders, and to share experiences from across the globe! Refreshments will be served. Old Vic LGBTQ & Allies Reception: This event is for all students who are allies or are interested in getting more involved in the lesbian, gay, trans, bi, queer, and allies community around Vic and around U of T. Find out more information from this drop-in session while satisfying your sweet tooth with treats served by the VicPride! team and help create a positive space for all students. Goldring Student Centre Free Time
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Orientation Convocation: Orientation Convocation is a formal welcome for all students.
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
There will be a series of welcome speeches from the President, the Principal, and the VUSAC President, and a Honorary degree will be conferred . The recipient, Izzeldin Abuelaish will then give an inspiring speech. Visit http://www.vicu.utoronto.ca/news/events/orientation_convocation.htm for more information! Isabel Bader Theatre (Meet in the Quad) Alumni Social: Meet the Trailblazers: Are you interested in Vic jewels from the past? Stop by for a few surprises, alongside some of Vic’s best and brightest. Old Vic Dinner: Dinner on your own or in Burwash Dining Hall
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Vera Victoria: Traditional Ceremonies: Take part in Vic’s historical ceremonies, Vera
9:30 pm - 10 pm 10 pm - 2 am
10 pm - 2 am
Victoria (or the “True Vic”), that contribute to our college’s culture and community bond. Those participating are encouraged to leave their bags, purses, and high heels in their rooms or in the commuter storage space. Meet in Quad Free Time Return to the Dark Ages : Masquerade Ball (Scarlet & Gold Party): Be ready to dance in your most becoming attire. Mingle amongst your masked comrades and enjoy the music! But shh, the location is a secret! Leave your bags in residence or in commuter storage, since there are no bags allowed. Shuttle buses will be located in front of Isabel Bader Theatre on Charles Street Board Games: Alternative to the Scarlet & Gold Party, come by Ned’s Café for a fun-filled board games night, or the Cat’s Eye for a movie. Ned’s Café, Cat’s Eye, in the Goldring Student Centre
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10 am - 11:30 am Ask Your Leaders: Want a heads up as to how your school year might be? Come to the Goldring
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Centre and ask leaders about their first year experience was like. Rooms are divided by general fields of study and each leader will be of a different major. The first half will be a formal question and answer period and the second half will be an informal mixer. Goldring Student Centre 11:30 am Transitional Seminars II: Want to find out how to be a successful student and how to get involved? Come out to Transitional Seminars in Old Vic on either Tuesday or Thursday to discover what U of T is all about, and the various services and resources Vic has to offer to ease your transition to University! Old Vic - 12:30 pm Stretchworks (Yoga): Come by the Quad for a well-needed yoga session. Quad
11:30 am - 12:30 pm VCAA Workshop: Marg Ad Field 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch with Innis: WHY? Because Vic <3 Innis! Be sure to stop by the Quad, grab some pizza, 1:30 pm - 2 pm 2 pm - 3:30 pm 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
and hang out with Innis College. It will be a great time to show off your favourite cheers and to make some new friends! Quad Free Time
Guest Lectures II: If you’re interested in the Physical Sciences, you will definitely want to hear this lecture! Come sit in! Northrop Frye 003 Life Sciences & Physical / Natural Sciences: After attending Guest Lecture II, come down to meet with the amazing professors who will be teaching you at U of T while enjoying delicious food. It’s a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Goldring Student Centre
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Dinner: On your own or in Burwash Dining Hall 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm The 80s Beat: Wacky Tacky Fashion Show: Come one, come all in your wackiest, craziest attire! Strut your stuff on the catwalk while we pump up the music! Get a taste of what’s to come on the Wacky Tacky Boat Cruise. Meet in Quad
6:30 pm - 10 pm
6:30 pm - 10 pm 10 pm - 2 am
Wacky Tacky Boat Cruise: Bring your wackiest clothing, dancing shoes, boat ticket, and money to purchase subway tokens. The Wacky Tacky Boat Cruise may be the most fun you will ever have on a boat, so be ready to look crazy, and dance even crazier! No bags or waterbottles will be allowed on the boat. Meet in the Quad Light Night Hootenanny: Alternatively to the boat cruise, come by the Cat’s Eye for a lowkey jam session and some music. Cat’s Eye, Goldring Student Centre Vic By Night: This is a low key but fun event. If you want to take a breather from some of the highenergy events of the week, we will be hosting movies in the Cat’s Eye as well as doing ghost tours around Vic. Meet in the Quad
10:30 am - 1:30 pm Carnival & BBQ: The carnival is a great way to hang out with your friends in our beautiful quad and 11 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4 pm 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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also make new friends. There will be music, food, a dunk tank & carnival floaties. It will be a great way to get pumped, for the day. Quad Student Life Involvment Fair: The Student Life Involvement Fair is a great chance for you to see the ways in which you can get involved with student life at Vic through your student council (VUSAC) and other campus groups around U of T. Come out to see all the clubs and groups at Vic, and pick up a nomination form for your chance to get involved with student council! Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt to participate in the tie-dye workshop! Quad UTSU Parade: March through the streets of downtown Toronto with 5000 other U of T students! This is one of the most famous events of Orientation Week. Be sure to wear your Vic t–shirt and bring your cheering voice and some water. Meet in the Quad Closing Ceremonies: The Launch!: This marks the end of your Orientation Week time travelling, but initiates the beginning of your time here at Victoria College and all of the wonderful times you are about to have. Meet in the Quad to celebrate the end of an experience and the beginning of new travels! Meet in the Quad Ultra Now: The Ultra Now is an open mic event that will occur at the end of the week in the Cat’s Eye. Come out to see your fellow classmates perform or volunteer to perform yourself! There will be acoustic acts as well as big band acts playing so don’t miss out. Snacks will be served and all that you need is to bring yourself and an instrument! The Cat’s Eye
17 Commuter Students Definition:
1) Students who will be living off campus during the academic year (This may or may not include an affinity for the TTC/Go Transit/Driving).
2) 80% of the Vic population.
Victoria College works to increase the involvement and connection of commuter students to the campus, and works with student leaders and groups to help coordinate and sustain the vibrant campus life for which Victoria is known. For students not living in residence, establishing links to the community can be an additional challenge, and Victoria recognizes that this sense of community is very important to the success and enjoyment of all students. For this reason, Vic offers a special Commuter Orientation Weekend that takes place prior to Orientation Week.
Commuter Dons The Commuter Dons at Vic are here as student advisers, helping commuter students with personal, academic, financial, and social matters. They can direct students to services around the college, as well as the university and in the city. Their office is located in the VUSAC office in the Goldring Student Centre, so feel free to visit their office hours to talk. In addition, the Commuter Dons also prepare a number of social events and educational programs; they aim to help students make connections throughout the year and to make the most of their out-of-classroom experiences.
Mature and Transfer Students Definition: A Mature or Transfer Student is any student who is not joining us directly from high school. All students are encouraged to attend Orientation Week! As Victoria College students, you have already paid an Orientation fee, and you are more than welcome to attend all of the events. Victoria College will be holding a Mature and Transfer Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 in the Goldring Student Centre. The event will run from 6 pm to 7 pm, and will include a guest speaker detailing life at Vic. Speakers will outline resources available on campus, how to use the Registrarâ€™s Office, and how to get involved at Vic. Following the speaker, we invite you to mingle with members of the faculty, the Registrarâ€™s office, academic advisers, and current Vic students. We will also be holding short tours of Victoria College. Some snacks will be provided at the beginning of the event. For more information on this event, please email email@example.com.
Meet EXEC T H E
Throughout Orientation week, you will see these individuals in their pink EXEC t-shirts. They are very excited to meet you in September as they have worked throughout the summer to bring you Orientation 2013! When you see them on campus, don’t be afraid to come say hello, ask them some questions, or simply give them a wave! Here are a few things about them:
Samantha Samantha is the Campus Life Coordinator at Victoria College. She is here to help you adjust into university life. You can ask her about anything such as involvement on campus, study skills, careers, health and wellness, and anything else that you may have questions about. Her door is always open to talk about personal things going on in your life. She also loves to get visitors and to chat about music and TV! Stop by her office in the Goldring Student Centre anytime!
Komal Komal is entering her fourth year at Victoria College as a commuter student. She is studying Animal Physiology, Human Biology, and Psychology. Komal loves Disney movies, pomegranates, camping, and the rain! This fall, Komal will be on the Exec team for the Victoria College Off-Campus Association. Komal is super thrilled to meet each and every one of you, and hopes that you’re as excited about Orientation as she is! Most importantly, she welcomes you to Victoria College.
Jenny Going into her final year, Jenny is studying accounting and economics in the Rotman Commerce program. When she’s not busy telling terrible jokes or chasing down the cast of Suits while they film in Toronto, you can find her enjoying what the city has to offer, playing the ukulele, or setting the facts straight about accountants (no, she does not own a pocket protector, nor does she carry a calculator at all times… she has an abacus for that!). She is UBER-excited to be one of this year’s co-chairs and can’t wait to welcome you to Victoria College! Brace yourself, Orientation is coming!
Susan Susan is going into her 4th year, completing a specialist in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. When she’s not “studying,” drinking too much coffee, or watching Grey’s Anatomy, Susan enjoys eating, sleeping, and playing video games. This year Susan is directing Frosh Plays and hopes you’ll come by to watch. She loves talking and meeting new people, so stop by and chat with her! Susan was really nervous her first year, but hopes you’ll come by to say hi!
19 Chelsea Chelsea is going into her second year at Vic, studying psychology and languages (French, Spanish, and Italian). She loves dance, the colour purple, and all her fellow Vickies! She is an Exec for the Victoria Off-Campus Association (VOCA) and would enjoy talking to anyone interested in becoming involved at Vic. Chelsea fell in love with Vic during her first year, after discovering the lovely people and boundless opportunities Vic has to offer. She loves the positive, upbeat atmosphere of Orientation Week and can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Rachelle Rachelle is starting her fourth year at Vic and has been a commuter student for the past three. Although the commute to Toronto can be long, it makes window shopping easy and napping a morning ritual. She really loves her studies in Neurosicence, Psychology and Physiology, but her favourite memories from university will always be of her time at Vic. Besides swimming and figure skating, Rachelle is passionate about music and art. Come bring her all your questions! She hopes to be as helpful as she can be - especially during Orientation week!
Spencer Spencer is starting his third year at Victoria College, and is studying English, History, and Philosophy. A volleyball team rep and Cat’s Eye Sub Committee member, he spends much of his free time playing pool in the Cat’s Eye. Spencer is very excited to be a part of the 2013 Orientation Exec!
Jacob Jacob is entering his third year at U of T and is studying Criminology and Ethics, Society & Law. He lived in residence for his first year, offcampus for his second, and will be studying abroad in Australia for half of his third! Jacob enjoys swimming, fencing, playing video games, watching TV, and hanging out around Vic. If you don’t see him during the Traditional Ceremonies, you might see him in the Quad fencing or playing Ninja and Werewolf. He’s super excited to be a part of Orientation, and can’t wait to meet you!
Patrick Patrick is a third year Neuroscience/Animal Physiology major at Vic. Not only does he love science, but his other passions include of martial arts, comic books as well as being the front man of the alternative rock band known as Wjolf. You can always find him on nice days playing his guitar in the Vic Quad, or at any open mic event (see you at the Ultra Now!). He plans to make O-Week an inspiring time for everyone and hopefully make the week have an explosive impact for years to come.
Ashley Ashley is super excited to be heading into her second year studying Ethics, Society & Law, and Equity. Ashley was in her first year at Vic (this past year) and she is definitely looking forward to meeting you! Orientation Week holds a very special place in Ashley’s heart, and she can’t wait to create an unforgettable experience for all the incoming Victorians!
20 Jelena Jelena is going into her fifth year at Vic, and is majoring in Human Biology and Philosophy. In addition to being an Orientation Exec, she is the VUSAC President this year – so if she’s not in class, she’ll probably be somewhere around the Goldring Student Center, drinking coffee and making to-do lists. Her favorite escapes on campus are the Emmanuel Library in the winter, and the University College quad during the fall. They’re absolutely beautiful! During Oweek, she’ll be running the VUSAC Student Life Involvement Fair and the Guest Lecture receptions, so drop by! You can also grab breakfast and have a chat with her at the Breakfast With Your Presidents! She can’t wait to meet you all!
Peter Peter is a student at Victoria College, but you should already know that. He is going to his third year studying Global Health. He doesn’t live a very interesting life; during the summer, he goes to work and then goes home and watches TV. This summer he watched the whole series of Justice League and will start watching a new TV show very soon. His favourite part about Victoria College is how friendly everyone is. I’ll see all you lovelies in the quad! -Love Peter
Nirusha Nirusha is starting her third year at U of T studying Political Science, Philosophy, and Canadian Studies. She is a commuter student from the west end. She is also a huge Imagine Dragons and One Direction fan and appreciates anything and everything related to pandas. Nirusha enjoys playing sports, watching quality television shows and indulging in decadent cheesecakes. This year she is also the president of VCAA (Victoria College Athletics Association) and cannot wait to see you all get involved with intramurals. She is so stoked to be planning O-Week and looks forward to kicking it ancient-style with you Monday night! Smell ya later, froshies!
Christine Christine is going into her fourth year as a Sociology, Anthropology and History student. When she’s not too busy studying, she can be found lounging in the Cat’s Eye, singing with Vic Chorus, or flipping pancakes as the 2013/2014 VUSAC Commuter Commissioner at the weekly VOCA pancake brunches. For her, Victoria College fosters a safe and positive environment filled with friendly and welcoming faces. She’s ecstatic for Orientation and she is excited to meet all of you! THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! GET EXCITED FOR OWEEK!
Ready for some MORE fun facts and words of advice?
Visit www.vicorientation.ca to read blogs written by the EXEC Team!
21 The Info Hub Have a question, concern, or want to know more about Toronto or U of T? The Info Hub has the answers to all your student and city life questions! U of T is a giant school, and as such it offers a myriad of different communities, resources, and opportunities, it can be hard to keep it all straight, much less figure it all out in your first week! At the Info Hub, we have information regarding the Accessibility Centre, First Nations House, Hart House, the Multifaith Centre, LGBTQ resources, Sexual Harrassment resources, and many, many more. If you have a specific question or need, the Info Hub is designed to not only answer your questions, but also to direct you to websites, offices, and communities that can more directly assist you. Like all spaces at Victoria College, this is a positive space and all students are welcome. Toronto is a huge city that we are still exploring every day! To help you get better acquainted with this incredible city, the Exec team has been working together to find the coolest, cheapest, and most interesting things to do and places to see around the dowtown area. Looking for a delicious place to eat or an interesting neighbourhood to explore? Descriptions and locations are provided at the Info Hub, as well as free maps to the city of Toronto. The Toronto Transit Committee (or the TTC) is an extensive transit program that runs throughout Toronto- for $3 you can cross the entire city via subway, street car, or bus! If you have any questions about this, or are unsure about connections and transfers, maps and answers are also provided at the Info Hub. Happy exploring!
Meals Make sure you stay fed and hydrated throughout the week! A number of meals will be provided for Vic students throughout the week. The meals provided during Orientation Week will be delicious, and we will have limited amounts of alternatives for those who have special dietary needs (vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, etc).
Orientation Meal Plans - For Commuter Students
There are some meals that are not included during Orientation Week. For your convenience, you have the option to purchase meal plans from the Victoria College Burwash Dining Hall. Orientation Meal Plans 3 meals OR 5 meals in Burwash Dining Hall 3 vouchers for $31.50 including taxes 5 vouchers for $52.00 including taxes Vouchers expire Friday, September 7th after breakfast. For all meals in Burwash, you will require a meal plan. Residence students can use their residence meal plans, or or their VicDollars at Ned’s Café. Commuter students can purchase Orientation Week meal plans from Vic Food Services, or can go off campus for meals. We HIGHLY recommend that our commuter students purchase meal plans so they can integrate more fully with their peers on campus. Ned’s Café is an on-campus café for students. Ned’s serves hot meals and sandwiches, and has a wide variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase with cash or with Vic Dollars (included with some meal plans). There is a cozy seating area for students to enjoy their food and to socialize with other Vic students and new friends.
22 Frequently Asked Questions Will I meet people from other colleges and/or faculties? You definitely will! The Orientation Executive have made a special effort to join with other colleges and faculties in offering events. You can party down with the Music faculty first years at the Wacky Tacky Boat Cruise, and make some Innis College friends during Lunch with Innis.
What is Residence Orientation? This program is designed to give first year residence students the opportunity to adjust to campus living, interact with floor mates, and meet their Dons before the upper year students return to residence. It gives the residence Dons a chance to steer new students through important information and give them “insider tips” on making the most of university life. This year, Residence Orientation will begin in the afternoon on Sunday, September 1st, 2013 and will end mid–day on Monday, September 2nd, 2013. Is there any faculty involvement during the week? You will have the chance to engage with faculty members before class begins in a more informal setting throughout the week. Be sure to look at our program description in the schedule portion of the booklet. Events include: Registrar’s Academic Welcome, Guest Lecture Receptions, Orientation Convocation, and Vera Victoria: Traditional Ceremonies. What do “LGBTQ” and “Allies” Mean? LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. You may also see LGBTTIQQ2S: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Intersexed, Queer, Questioning, and 2-Spirited. Allies: anyone– straight or not –who supports the LGBTTIQQ2S community or any of its members. What is VUSAC? The Victoria University Students’ Administrative Council is your elected student council at Vic. A council of 19, with 11 elected in the spring and 8 in the fall (a few spots are saved for first year students), VUSAC puts together programming and oversees all Victoria clubs. Visit their office in the Goldring Student Centre, or website at www.vusac.ca, to find out more about your parties, educational and charity events, theatre productions and trips, clubs, the $50,000 Student Projects Fund, and commuter events! What is UTSU? The University of Toronto Students’ Union represents and serves 41 000 full-time undergraduate arts and science and professional faculty students. They tackle issues of student rights, access to services, and campus life. Some of the services they provide include the health care and dental plan, childcare, subsidized entertainment tickets, and photocopying. To get involved and find out more, check out utsu.ca. Well, all of this information is great, but how much is it going to cost? Here’s the great thing: the cost for all the basic programming is covered in your student fees. However, the Commuter Orientation and the meals for commuter students (with the exception of the barbeque on Friday) are not included in this package. Residents can use their meal plans and commuters will have the option to purchase Orientation meal plans. So, is attendance mandatory? You’ve already paid for Orientation so you might as well come check it out. You don’t have to stay for the whole week but we sincerely think you will find our events useful, informative, and fun! Besides, how often do you get a week at school without homework and tests? Take advantage of this opportunity to get used to your new environment before the workload arrives. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. How you spend your time is up to you, but we ask that you fill out the online registration form at www.vicu.uto-
What You Need to Bring
Everyone will need: • Casual clothes and comfy shoes. • Theme-related clothes for each day • One outfit that is obnoxious, loud, covered in sequins etc. for the Wacky Tacky Dinner and Boat Cruise on Wednesday. (Clothes will also be provided in the Quad). • A nice outfit for the formal events on Wednesday – no need to be overly fancy (unless you’d like to be!) We’re talking about anything that makes you feel good. Think semi-formal! • Some extra cash. Unless you have a meal plan, most meals during the week will NOT be covered so you will need extra money for food, subway tokens, etc. • Sunscreen. • Water bottle.
Commuter students intending to stay in residence during the week should bring: • A sleeping bag, pillow, and an air mattress or foam sheet. (You will be sleeping on the floor of a residence room so please bring something to make yourself more comfortable!) • Towels and toiletries. (Flip flops too!)
Note to Parents
It is normal to be nervous about sending your new university student off to participate in Orientation. However, you should be assured that this transition period is critical in making friends, learning about resources that are available, and making university a home for the next few years. The Exec team (found in pink shirts) and the Leaders (clad in yellow shirts) are here to guide our new students through their first days on campus. We hope to create a welcoming environment and
a positive space for all students. Our Campus Life Coordinator, Samantha Hartlen, will be present at the various activites throughout the entire week and is a great resource for students. If you do have any questions or concerns that are not addressed in this handbook, please feel free to contact the Orientation Executive at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, you can call the Office of the Dean of Students at (416) 585-4494
24 Victoria University Campus Map
Legend Q - Quad AN - Annesley Hall BT - Isabel Bader Theatre BW - Burwash Dining Hall CH - Stephenson House EM - Emmanuel College GC - Goldring Student Centre LB - Lower Burwash MG - Margaret Addison Hall NF - Northrop Frye Hall PR - E. J. Pratt Library RJ - Rowell Jackman Hall UB - Upper Burwash VC - Old Vic
Best Parking / Move-in Locations Annesley: Annesley Drive Margaret Addison: Marg-Ad Drive Rowell Jackman: Charles Street North House: Charles Street Middle, South & Gate House: St. Mary’s Street Lower or Bowles-Gandier: St. Mary’s Street or Lane Off of Queen’s Park
Welcome to Orientation Week 2013!