Free, uncrappy summer events!

The school year is almost over, which means most of us have been released (temporarily, if you’re in summer school) from the stranglehold that is tests and assignments. We finally have time to do stuff! Go forth and be free! Oh crap, but wait, we still owe OSAP several thousand dollars.

Have no fear, I painstakingly scraped the internet for free events happening in Toronto and filtered out 13 of the best ones (do you really want to attend a talk about organ donation or driving for seniors?).

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Hart House 5-Buck Lunch: Persian New Year Celebration

Spring is just around the corner yet again. This year, the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto (IAUT), in collaboration with the Iranian Student Union (ISU) and Nawranj Iranian Association, would like to invite you to another exciting and delicious Nowruz celebration at the Hart House 5-Buck Lunch event.

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Persian Calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (start of spring in northern hemisphere), which usually occurs on March 21st (although this year, it has fallen on Saturday, March 20th.) Some of the modern day’s traditions of Nowruz include preparing an elaborately prepared spread known as the Haft Seen (the Seven “S”s), containing seven items that begin with the letter “S”, each carrying a meaning.

This event will include a photo gallery, slide show, background music, decorations and an elaborate Haft Seen table setting. Bring your friends and join us for this joyous occasion.

What’s on the Menu?

  • Appetizer: Shirazi Salad (cucumber, tomato, onion)
  • Meat Option: Jujeh Kabob + Sabzi Polo (chicken kabob + herbed rice)
  • Vegetarian Option: Kookoo Sabzi (herbed omelette)
  • Dessert: Sholeh Zard (Zaffroned rice pudding)
  • Persian sweets and dried nuts

Date: 23 March, 2011
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Great Hall, Hart House

Happy Nowruz! Hope to see you all there.

UTTV Asks Students How They Feel About the UTSU Elections

UTTV asks students what they would do if they were the UTSU president and how they feel about the fact that there is only one slate running. It seems that the general attitude toward the election isn’t a good one — not a surprise.

The interviewer also points out that the line at Second Cup is longer than the one at the voting station.

1,000 Blog Posts

This is composed of all 3,300 images used on blogUT, created using Shape Collage*

We are overjoyed to announce that today we reached 1,000 blog posts here at blogUT. We are so proud to have so many brilliant, witty, enthusiastic contributors on our team, both now and in the past four years, all of whom were so generous to volunteer their time to write for us. It has truly been an honor to work with you. Your perspectives on U of T student life has made this blog everything that it is and the community that we’ve formed on this once little blog of ours is truly tremendous! We love you!

And of course, thank you to all of our loyal readers! Your comments, thoughts, and ideas mean everything to us. We exist only to please you (or sometimes piss you off too, depends!). We love you too! Keep reading and commenting cuz it’s honestly what keeps us going!

Here’s to another thousand posts enriching the lives of students to come!

*Shape Collage is an automatic photo collage maker created by a U of T PhD student.

So You Wish You Went to College

This is a guest blog by Samantha Cross, a history/French/English undergrad just trying to make it through 4th year alive. (P.S. she also plays the guitar and sings!)

Disclaimer: certain people may be offended by the following. This includes but is not limited to:

a) those irritating people who participate simultaneously with UTSU, the Varsity Blues, and The Trinity Tripod or whatever while maintaining a GPA of 4.0 (barf)

b) anyone who did not understand why I ended that with a “barf”, or

c) anyone who thinks that 15 pages for a paper is just not enough and always wants more, MOREEE!!!1

If you’re still with me, I feel for you. You’re probably like me – a fourth-year student, disillusioned after having all the Froshie enthusiasm beaten out of you by years of torture and abuse. The copious amounts of caffeine, the late nights, and tens of minutes spent cramming (THANK YOU WIKIPEDIA) have all taken their toll. You’re just trying to make it to Con Hall alive. And according to your countdown (there’s an app for that), you just have to hang in there for 35 days, 7 hours, 26 minutes and 8 (7! 6!! 5!!!) more seconds. So why does this semester feel like the hardest yet?

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Cultivate Your Sense of Entrepreneurship at UTES CREATE

The University of Toronto Entrepreneurial Society (UTES) is holding a workshop this Saturday that hopes to provide students with the tools and opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial aspiration as well as to network with some successful entrepreneurs of today.

The event features keynote speaker Michael Hyatt, CEO and Co-Founder of BlueCat Networks, a company that provides enterprise IP management solutions and that has raised $11 million in funding. Michael has also appeared on the cover of Canadian Business Magazine.

For a full schedule of events and other info, check out the Facebook event.

Ph.D.s and Grad Students as Portrayed On the Simpsons

A friend of mine shared this with me and I thought it was so funny I watched it twice. Notice how well-thought out and well-written the comments are (a rarity for YouTube).

Video highlights:

  • Bart teases the students by telling them that an assistant professorship opened up.
  • Bart cuts off the ponytail of a grad student, pretends to wear it, and says “Look at me, I’m a grad student. I’m 30 years old and I made $600 last year.”
  • Marge tells Bart not to make fun of grad students, “they just made a terrible life choice.”
  • Lisa throws breadcrumbs into the park and 4 grad students swarm in and start eating them off the floor hungrily.
  • Their supervisor says, “No food for you grad students til you grade 3,000 papers” and whips them.