Congress Through Student Eyes

Co-written by student bloggers Laura Burrett and Danielle Howson 

This past month, our campus hosted Congress 2017 and celebrated its theme: “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands.” Congress participants, along with the Ryerson community, looked to the future of Canada by reflecting on its past through a series of innovative workshops, presentations and events. Excited to take part in this historical event, we decided to explore a few events happening around campus and seeA tipi installation what Congress was all about.

The first event we visited took root in Pitman Quad through the efforts of the Indigenous Communication and Design Network. Bringing an Indigenous worldview into focus, this creative Tipi installation, titled Survival Through Sovereignty, displayed the names of 150 missing Indigenous youth. Between daily Tipi teachings, visitors were encouraged to gather around the central fire to share stories, learn about Indigenous culture and offer a prayer by burning a combination of sage, cedar and tobacco.

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Finding Your Way at the SLC

Written by student blogger Laura Burrett 

Earlier this year, while walking through the SLC, I passed by RULA’s Digital Media Experience (DME) and a 3D model of our campus caught my eye. I mentioned to a friend what an incredible school project that must be, not knowing that just months later, I would see it come to life as an installation at the SLC.The new white and brown wayfinding installation set in the SLC Amphitheatre

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Recognizing Ryerson’s Engaged Student Leaders

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson 

I’ve always noticed that the Ryerson spirit shines particularly bright through certain students. The team at the SLC concurs and is recognizing exemplary Ryerson students through its first SLC Student Engagement and Leadership Award.

Inaugural winners, Josh and Adrianna, are featured on the SLC SEAL Team Award poster Embracing leadership and engaging the Ryerson community is at the heart of the SLC. This understanding has become second nature to our inaugural recipients: Adrianna Militano, a first year graduate student in Public Policy and Administration, and Joshua Howe, a fourth year undergraduate student in Media Production. Continue reading

Acing your Exams at the SLC

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

We’ve nearly made it. I can taste it. The culmination of all of our hard work is starting to take shape, the light at the end of the tunnel is appearing but wait…exams.

Students studying in a bright open space on the 8th floor of the SLC.

Photo by Clifton Li

This time of year can feel like a never-ending stream of caffeinated study sessions; throw in a few tense moments and you’ve got an accurate picture of my month of April. Yet this time around, let’s choose to not let exams get the best of us and instead, redefine our own limits. Every step of the way, the SLC has got you covered.

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One-Five-Oh: Let’s Celebrate!

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

At the SLC, the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team is making the most of Canada 150. From our Canadian flag overlooking the Bridge to the sesqui-pins on our uniforms, we’re excited about the big one-five-oh. Join us, get involved and celebrate all that brings us together and makes us who we are as a country!

Red banner showing the Canada 150 leaf logo and the message: Happy Sesquicentennial!

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Ten MORE Ways the SLC was Built With You in Mind

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

Back by popular demand: ten more ways the SLC was shaped by student voices!

1. Light sensitive blinds

Before the SLC came to life, students were asked what they wanted for their new space. What was at the top of their wish list? Sunlight! However, having twenty-five foot tall, floor-to-ceiling windows can bring in a little too much light at certain times of day. To solve this, the blinds are rigged to sensors based on geolocation that adjust as the day goes on!  Study area on the 8th floor at the SLC. Retractable blinds are highlighted.

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Ten Ways the SLC was Built With You in Mind

Written by: Danielle Howson

Photos by: Alaura Misener and David Chau 

At the SLC, students are the top priority. From its early construction days until now, the student perspective has been considered in nearly every aspect. Whether creating a quiet floor or adding more Collaborative & Group Work Rooms, your student voice was heard. This student-first philosophy is the evolutionary force behind the SLC. It goes beyond infrastructure and infuses the SLC’s governing model where students are embedded in every decision-making level. The result: your SLC.

Here is a list of ten things that were incorporated into the SLC with Ryerson’s students in mind. 

1. Floor names

Every floor was designed to suit a different type of study need. Thankfully, each floor was given a clever name and coinciding theme to make them easier to remember! It’s broken down as follows:

A collage of all eight floors at the SLC.

Which floor do you call home?

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Come Play in the Sandbox!

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

The evolution of the SLC continues with the launch of its new learning playground, Sandbox by DMZ! The rebrand presents a clear vision for its innovative space: a one-stop shop for community members and students to embrace their entrepreneurial intuition, explore ideas, and grow their skill sets.

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