The Ryerson Experience Fair

Written by student bloggers Danielle Howson and Alaura Misener

The SLC is a building where students can feel involved, recognized and heard. That’s why it was the perfect place to host the Ryerson Experience Fair: a platform for students to initiate change across campus. These ideas explored positive social change by promoting a smoke-free Ryerson, mental health initiatives and reconciliation at the university. The aim was to make student life all that it can be for current and incoming students. Our hope is that it increases the student experience through similar values with that of the SLC’s, to create an inclusive place for students by students.Students walking through Ryerson campus during Fall.

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Our SLC: One of Canada’s Most Iconic Buildings!

The Entrance of Ryerson University by Mandalaybus.“When [Ryerson] had the opportunity to construct a building fronting on Yonge Street (on the spot formerly occupied by the old flagship Sam the Record Man store), it made its mark with this sparkling, asymmetrical blue-and-white glass cube designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and the Norwegian firm Snøhetta. Opened in February 2015, the eight-storey building received the 2016 American Institute of Architects New York Honor Award, and recently earned a LEED Gold designation. The building features a markedly different configuration, design and colour palette for each floor. Students participated in the consultation process, even choosing the building’s furniture, which can be rearranged to suit their needs.”

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Giving Back to the SLC

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

A night time shot of the exterior of the SLC Our university experience is undeniably tied to our personal development and growth. At the end of it all, I believe that I will leave with a sense of appreciation and a desire to pay it forward. I hope to someday emulate Ryerson graduates who decide to give back to the school that gave so much to them. One of these inspiring students is Shivraj     Sagar, a recent mechanical engineering graduate.

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Summer Lovin’ the SLC

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson 

What goes on at the Student Learning Centre when the majority of Ryerson’s students disappear for the summer? Even though most of the university’s students might be on vacation, the SLC isn’t – we’re open, supporting students and their needs year-round!

There are plenty of events happening at the SLC this summer. June was Pride Month and at the SLC, we showed our true colours and displayed our Pride to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! Prime Minister Trudeau even got in on the celebrations and showcased it on his social media using our SLC as his backdrop. Your Pride is our Pride!Onlookers watching the Toronto Pride parade as Prime Minister Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire march.

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Happy Canada 150!

Wishing you all a happy Canada Day! 

To mark the sesquicentennial, the SLC will be closed Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3, 2017.

A red donut decorated with white maple leaf sprinkles

  • Created by student graphic designer Zoé Arseneau

“O’ Canada, we couldn’t be prouder celebrating you! This Canada Day, let us to strive for unity in our diversity. May we recognize the history of our land and the multi-layered identities that call it home.”  

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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Redesigning the SLC’s Gould Street Entrance

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In response to your feedback, we are pleased to announce that we will be redesigning our Gould Street entrance doors! The project is expected to last 10 weeks, from June 19 to August 28, 2017.

With your needs in mind, the new entrance doors will:

  • Be lighter, making them easier to operate
  • Moderate airflow, enhancing temperature control in the SLC  
  • Be more sustainable, adapting to the SLC’s high use frequency
The SLC entrance

Photo by Clifton Li

The SLC will remain open during the redesign and will be accessible to students and the community through an alternative entrance. To access the building, please enter through the Library Building at 350 Victoria Street. From there, simply proceed to Floor 2 and cross the Library bridge leading to the SLC.

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The Inaugural Parodos Festival

Join Blue Parodos Festival poster depicting a dancerus in celebrating the Parodos Festival, put on by the SLC’s newest academic stakeholder, the School of Performance. The inaugural festival is part of Ryerson’s sesquicentennial celebrations and will set the stage for the brand new Performance Zone. This event is open to the public and will take place from June 5 – 18 in the School of Performance, as well as the SLC Amphitheatre

Parodos will be presenting performances featuring a variety of artists – including both Ryerson students and local artists – to showcase diverse talent and foster creativity in the next generation shaping Toronto’s art scene.

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