Category Archives: Clubs

Maddie’s Picks

My journey with blogUT started before I even came to U of T–  I found the site over three years ago while frantically researching the school and convincing myself further and further that this was where I was meant to be. When I got my acceptance email I couldn’t wait to learn as much as possible about my new city, school, and home– hence where blogUT comes in.

So in honour of university application season and the fresh crop of future U of T students that will soon be upon us, here are some of my favourite pieces that blogUT has ever published. Enjoy this (re)introduction to your school and city.

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A Belated Part Two of BlogUT’s New Years Resolution

It’s that time of year again– blogUT is looking towards next year, and searching for a Junior Editor or two to help the club grow, change, and continue to provide excellent content and run smoothly.

If you had dreams of being SUPER involved in extracurriculars but it’s now January and you’re looking for something to do (hey– it happens/happened to the best of us) please consider applying!

During your time as Junior Editor, you’ll be trained on everything blogUT. You’ll learn how to write and edit posts, communicate with other campus clubs, manage basic finances, and lead an amazing team of people. This is a great opportunity for those of you who’d like to get more involved in student life. And an added bonus? It’ll be a great addition to your resume.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is in first or second year
  • Can write/respond to emails quickly and professionally
  • Has an understanding of how a good blog should look in terms of format
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a basic knowledge of how to use WordPress or other web publishing platforms
  • Has excellent spelling and grammar
  • Can devote 2-3 hours per week to blogUT activities

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Editing blog posts and comments regularly
  • Updating our Twitter feed and Facebook profile
  • Responding to emails from various organizations about events that are going on
  • Finding out about events that would be of interest to blogUT readers
  • Contacting event organizers for press passes
  • Helping to make decisions about finances
  • Helping to organize meetings
  • Doing paperwork for the UTSU (ie. applying for funding)
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as creating new user accounts and helping contributors with problems using WordPress
  • Coming up with ideas on how to improve the blog (both functionally and aesthetically)

To apply, email us at with the subject ‘Junior Editor’ answering the following questions (in no more than 100 words each) by 11:59pm on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2014:

  • Who are you? What are you studying? Tell us about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this position? Why do you think that you are qualified for this position?
  • What is something new, fresh, and innovative that you will bring to blogUT?
  • Give us some constructive criticism on how we are running– how you think we can improve

Be creative in your application! We pride ourself on our flexible, welcoming, and stress-free club.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you- please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Louis and Madeleine, co-editors blogUT

University of Toronto Drama Festival: Day 4

The University of Toronto Drama Festival is an annual competition of student-written and -directed plays at Hart House Theatre. This year, blogUT is pleased to provide reviews and critiques of each show for your elucidation and entertainment.

The final night of the festival featured only two shows, which were as different from each other as possible. Fortunately, both seemed to be improvements of other night’s shows: Shazam! acts like the more self-aware brother of Flapjacks, while The Gully accomplishes the interpersonal drama so many other productions worked so hard to almost achieve.

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University of Toronto Drama Festival: Day 3

The University of Toronto Drama Festival is an annual competition of student-written and -directed plays at Hart House Theatre. This year, blogUT is pleased to provide reviews and critiques of each show for your elucidation and entertainment.

The penultimate night’s performances departed abruptly from the trend of tragicomedy, instead offering one dedicated drama, one dedicated comedy, and only one light drama. Interestingly, all three shows dealt with the relationships between writing and life, leaving one to wonder if maybe UofT English classes aren’t a tad one-note.

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University of Toronto Drama Festival: Day 1

The University of Toronto Drama Festival is an annual competition of student-written and -directed plays at Hart House Theatre. This year, blogUT is pleased to provide reviews and critiques of each show for your elucidation and entertainment.

The first night featured three adequate shows, of which none were eye-rollingly terrible nor edge-sittingly good. All three plays were, interestingly, united by stories of death and tragedy, and people facing terrible circumstances in unusual ways. Stylistically, all three shows had elements of tragicomedy, though the first veered more towards drama and the last two comedy.

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What To Do Over Reading Week… Aside From Reading

With January finally over and February just beginning, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind: Reading Week. Well, if I’m going to be honest, Reading Week has been on my mind since the first day of this semester. With all the stress of upcoming midterms and papers due in every class, we could all use a break. If you’re anything like me and tend to not make plans for your breaks (aside from re-watching all the episodes of Game of Thrones) then it’s time to start! While 5 days off doesn’t seem like much, there is still so much you can do… starting with:

1. A Trip to Montreal

The trip is hosted by the Scarborough Student Union but students from any campus can attend. The Student Union’s website says: “the trip includes daytime activities like bowling, skating, and a trip to the Montreal Biodome, as well as all-day shuttles for casinos and shopping. It also includes shuttle buses, line bypasses and entry into a Montreal nightclub every night”. Registration ends on February 15th for the 4 day/3 night trip. If you’re interested, payment and the required form need to be brought to the SCSU Office on UTSC’s campus ASAP! For more information visit

2. Skiing/Snowboarding at Blue Mountain

For all of you daredevils (i.e. not me), skiing or snowboarding is always a fun option. When people told me that the University of Toronto has every club imaginable (the Quidditch team here was a big part in my decision to choose this campus) they weren’t lying! So, naturally there is a University of Toronto Ski and Snowboard Club. The club offers 7 day-trips to Blue Mountain a year, one of which is February 16th. Guests are welcome. Also, if you plan to go more than once a general membership for just $15 would be a good choice. For more information, visit

3. Hart House Farm

No, it’s not located in Hart House itself… or was I the only one who naively thought that when I first heard about it? The 150-acre farm is only 1 hour from Toronto, located on the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment. The farm is open during Reading Week but is only available for booking to University of Toronto students or Hart House members.  While it is undeniably cold, the beautiful environment (or the available sauna) will surely make up for it. You can also warm up by staying overnight in the Ignatieff House with central heating, indoor washrooms, a kitchen, and a dining room with a fireplace. For pictures — as my words do the Farm no justice — and more information visit

4. The Royal Ontario Museum

I pass the elaborate building that houses the  Museum every day on my way to class, yet I’ve never been inside. I’ve always been hesitant about going to a museum when I was younger as a resounding “BORING!” is always heard when the word museum is mentioned. But what better opportunity to try something new than when you have nothing to lose? The ROM offers free admission to University of Toronto students every Tuesday (Reading Week included). Current exhibits range from the Giants from Gondwana dinosaur exhibit to a display of vintage textiles and costumes and unusual Chinese works of art (perfect for the upcoming Chinese New Year). My mother always told me that nothing in life is free, but this certainly is! If you’ve never been or have been and want to go again, Reading Week is the perfect opportunity.

Although our 5-day break from the madness at U of T is called “Reading Week”, it doesn’t mean that is all you have to do. I’m not suggesting you throw away the readings and scream “YOLO” like the girl from the American Idol auditions (, but take a much-needed break from all the work!

Starting a Club at U of T

Written by Curt Jaimungal.


People ordinarily respect the title of President.  Not in my case, though.  I get no respect.  Not from my execs team– not even from my own members.  I’m like a subordinate.  Nobody even knows me.  My own members wonder “who is this depressed brown kid wandering around?…”  I once had an editor close the door to my own office because she thought I was from a different club!  How dare she…

I’m Curt Jaimungal of University of Toronto Television, hopefully you’ve heard of it, and I co-founded this club with a friend.  I’ve spent the past couple years managing this club, and even though I’ve made a conscious effort not to interact with people I’ve actually learned a lot about running such an organization.

You don’t have to be a socialite to run a club.  I’m not a fun guy, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t even “club.”  Working on a student club is as close to “clubbing” as I’ll get.  So if you’re anti-social, don’t worry, you’ll fit in just fine.

I wanted to impart some knowledge to you, like an old Uncle.  What qualifies me to give advice?  I’ve been running UTTV for more than three years now, and I’ve networked with most of the active clubs on campus.  We’re also one of the largest clubs. (By the way, just like an Uncle’s advice, it’s probably not that useful.  But hey, at least I’m not at the dinner table awkwardly telling you things about your Aunt you shouldn’t hear.)

UTTV started because we noticed that basically every other university had a student television station.  Even Concordia.  That’s right… Concordia.  Have you heard of Concordia?  Where is Concordia?  We found it so insulting that UofT had no TV station to call its own, but Concordia has one?  So me and my friend decided to make one, out of spite.  Honestly.  I’m pretty sure we’re the only club that was ever created entirely out of spite.

Afterwards we searched around and noticed that the best student TV was being done at Harvard.  I then made it my goal and inner motto: Beat Harvard.