10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

1. Busy Burger

Located just a few blocks from East Campus, this burger joint features a 15% discount for all UIC students! What to eat: The famous Busy Burger with fries and one of their thick, creamy milkshakes.

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

2. Mr. Greek Gyros

UIC is just a minute away from Greektown and all its glory What to eat: The Gyro Combo comes with fries and a drink for less than $10.

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

3. De Pasada

 

The tacos in the cafeteria don’t cut it, we need some authentic Mexican cooking. Thankfully, De Pasada has it What to eat: The Super Burrito and Horchata

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

4. Hawkeye’s Bar and Grill

 

Everything you could ever want from a bar and grill: wings, drinks, and endless sports coverage What to eat: Burgers are $1.50 Tuesday nights with daily drink specials for our 21-and-up crew.

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

5. Ghareeb Nawaz

A South Campus hotspot famous for its spicy Indian cuisine What to eat: Chili Chicken Biryani. It’s only $5!

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

6. Artopolis

 

Greektown’s Mediterranean cafe and bakery What to eat: The pastries will make your tastebuds fly like Pegasus.

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

7. Big G’s Pizza

Pizza has been taken to a new dimension. No longer are we forced to choose between pepperoni, sausage, or cheese. The geniuses here have come up with many tasty alternatives to the traditional slice What to eat: The macaroni, BBQ chicken, or s’mores pizza slices

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

8. Lucky’s Sandwich Company

 

Featured on hit TV show Man Versus Food, Lucky’s puts their own spin on classic American sandwiches and has created a few new ones. The Lucky’s challenge of finishing three sandwiches in an hour is always waiting for its next challenger, if you’re brave enough… What to eat: Come face-to-face with the Big Kahuna, a double burger topped with bacon and habañero sauce.

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

9. Joy Yee Noodles

 

Asian food is very important for college students, and no, that doesn’t mean Ramen packs. It’s Pan-Asian, meaning that all types of eastern delicacies can be found on its massive menu What to eat: Joy Yee’s smoothies come in many flavors and are a great addition to any meal!

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

10. Hash Browns

 

What food list would be complete without a restaurant that serves breakfast at any hour? Hash Browns completes the list with its variety of breakfast options, including (of course) their famous hash browns What to eat: The specialty omelettes are Chicago-based recipes that both locals and visitors will enjoy.

10 Great Places to Eat Around the University of Illinois-Chicago

Stay hungry my friends!

8 Ways Ryerson Will Change Your Life

1. Ryerson will make you more aware of your value and the value of others

And this is because Ryerson as a whole is aware of what’s going on in the world and what may be going on with their students. Administrators and professors openly encourage students who have been misgendered or otherwise misrepresented to speak up and correct the issue. A great deal of support is given to all members of the LGBTQ+ community through student groups as well as resources in the student centre. In addition, Ryerson has made it a priority to emphasize the importance of consent in romantic encounters. It’s important for me to be at a school that is inclusive and involved in the issues that matter. Ryerson is that school.

2. It will show you that your viewpoint is one of many

 

Toronto is a city full of a massive variety of human life. With Ryerson at the heart of the city, students experience this variety both in and out of the classroom. Walking through downtown, a person can experience a glimpse of millions of life stories. In class, students and professors discuss topics openly in a way that challenges every idea, not to crush the idea but to expand it. As I began to have class discussions, I realized how often professors will both acknowledge and challenge your ideas. Your opinions are respected, but it doesn’t stop there. You learn to recognize the mindset of others, which is an important lesson as you make your way towards working in a world with billions of other people and opinions.

3. You will develop the skills to be actively successful

Ryerson became a polytechnic institute in 1966. Despite its transition to a university in 1993, the hands-on style of learning cultivated by the technical school has remained. At Ryerson, a student does not learn how to be a professional simply by reading and listening. At Ryerson, a student learns by doing, which is why you’ll find engineering students in the quad creating a device, journalism students in Dundas Square doing street interviews and so on. I didn’t come to Ryerson because it was in a fun location downtown with many bars and clubs; I came to Ryerson because I saw that the students were creating work even early on that they could be proud of and take with them as a base for future work.

4. Ryerson will make you realize you aren’t simply a student

Being a student won’t stop the people at Ryerson from treating you as an adult. As much as I knew university would be different than high school, it still jarred me how much respect my professors gave students. The staff recognizes that what students need is not to be coddled but to be treated as a budding professional. Students are not belittled; instead, students are encouraged to learn and work as adults. It will make you realize you aren’t simply a student, you’re a budding professional.

 

5. The people at Ryerson will help you along the way

While the people at Ryerson aren’t going to coddle students, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there to help. Whether it’s fellow students, teaching assistants, professors or any other member of the community, Ryerson is a place where confusion doesn’t have to last long. Students are willing to lend a hand in navigating the campus or introducing new students to groups. Professors often have generous office hours of which they encourage students whole heartedly to take advantage. While a student may be tossed into the deep end to learn at Ryerson, there’s always someone to toss them a life jacket. I came to Ryerson’s campus in Toronto from the United States. I knew no one and had very little knowledge about the school and city, but I was immediately greeted by students and faculty that were eager to pull me into the community and help me succeed.

6. Ryerson will provide you with the resources you need

Regardless of what you need, Ryerson can help you find it. Not only are the people an amazing asset, but the school itself creates ways for you to further your ambitions. Everything from research tools to programming to academic or emotional support, Ryerson makes it easily accessible. I’ve visited many universities where the library is full of amazing information, but with Ryerson, it goes so far beyond that. It gives the people in the community the ability to go beyond the circumstances or struggles they find themselves in and use the opportunities they’ve been given.

7. You will be able to broaden your horizons

 

Majors don’t exclusively define what students are able to learn at Ryerson. While some schools give students little opportunity to explore, Ryerson offers a huge number of liberal and open electives to allow students to experiment with topics that are wildly different than their major. Instead of having to drag themselves through general credits that don’t interest them, students are able to pick courses from many different fields. As a journalism major, I still have the opportunity to explore my love of photography at an artistic level while also experimenting with classes like psychology.

8. At Ryerson, you’ll be given a way to express your passion

At Ryerson, in or out of class, the amount of passion for learning and living is evident. The students at Ryerson want to be there and it is shown by both performance in class as well as through engagement in the community. I walked onto campus and immediately found groups of people who cared. Passionate people who want to find others like them and create something amazing. Far too often, brilliance and education are wasted on apathy, but Ryerson is a place where passion is cultivated and encouraged.

10 Signs You Go To the University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is the best school to attend. I may be biased, but there is nowhere else where you feel like a community of dedicated people, even in the middle of a large Rozanski Hall lecture. But being a part of the U of G community is more than attending classes on the campus. There are a few telltale signs that you are a Guelph student, regardless of whether you spend a million dollars in the Bookstore for textbooks or sign out reserved copies in the library.

1. Wanting to Paint the Cannon

Old Jeremiah is an iconic piece of the Guelph campus, residing in the centre of everything. Clubs, teams, friends and everything in between get together to paint Jeremiah and are prepared to camp out on the Raithby House porch to defend their design until sunrise. The cannon has even participated in engagements and wedding photos. If you have not had the opportunity to paint the cannon yourself, you know you want to in order to be part of the tradition. Why else do you walk past it almost every day to see the new paint job? Rival universities have also taken part in painting the cannon because our traditions are legendary. Part of leaving your legacy behind in Guelph is having that moment in the spotlight for your design on the cannon.

2. You Respect the Rules of Guide Dogs in Training Despite the Urgent Desire to Pet Them

Guide dogs in training depend on their focus, but it doesn’t work well if others are being distracting. The younger the puppy is usually has a direct correlation with the degree of difficulty there is to resist puppy playtime. The University of Guelph thankfully gets their puppies while they’re still tiny puff balls. Half asleep puppies being carried around campus make everyone smile. However this makes it especially hard to resist. Chances are that you will end up with a training dog in one of your lectures who will howl, stretch out or do something else incredibly adorable. Guelph students absolutely respect the rules of the dogs, but abiding them is a struggle.

3. You have an Aggie Friend

The University of Guelph is known for being an agricultural school, dating all the way back to the school’s establishment in 1964. Although over the years Guelph has become comprehensive with over 80 majors to diversify your learning experience, there is a good chance you have made friends with a few agricultural students. Aggies are like a high school clique; you can still be good friends with them but you are not an aggie unless you are an aggie. But whether you want to be an aggie or not, your already aggie friends are probably more than likely to invite you along to Aggie Pubs.

4. You Have Taken the Drunk Bus

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re coming from Trapper’s Alley downtown or late night studying in the library, you’ve taken the 12:30am drunk bus at least once. It’s convenient for getting home. Or it’s the last time you take it because you can’t stand the night owls who frequent the service. Late night busses are a breeding ground for partiers, but they’re better to take than that 12:30am bus everyone thinks is the final one for the night. You learn that lesson the hard way. You may love it or hate it, but the drunk bus is a reliable friend to help you get home easier when you’re recovering from your pub crawl or midnight cram session.

5. You See at least One Squirrel a Day

Guelph squirrels have become famous. Whether it be their appearance on bus advertisements or tendencies to climb trees with entire slices of pizza or bagels, there is always mischief happening in Guelph due to a squirrel. If you attend Guelph, there is not a day that goes by where you do not see a poufy tail bobbing around on campus. There may be the occasional cold winter day when the squirrels would rather be in their dens than outside, but then again if it is that cold why are you outside?

6. Seeing War Mem in your Winter Schedule makes you Groan

War Memorial Hall is a beautiful lecture hall, reception hall, church, the list goes on. But Guelph students know its location is awful. Walking across Johnston Green to get there is bad enough in the fall semester when you are just tired. But in the winter, you are tired and also fighting high winds across the field while trudging through snow. Having ten minutes between lectures is normally enough time to get from one to the other, but seeing on your schedule that you have to walk from Roz to War Mem does not make for happy Gryphons.

7. Supporting CSA’s Bottle – Free Campus Campaign

Many university campuses have already become bottle free by not offering to sell bottled water. Guelph is on the way to being added to the list thanks to Guelph’s Central Student Association. There are tons of reusable water bottle filling stations to aid this change already. By supporting this you don’t have to give up your arm or leg to the Bookstore for a reusable bottle; CSA gave away free Tap In bottles during o-week 2015 and if I had to guess, this is not the last we will see of them; CSA is definitely there to help students. Even if you buy bottled water, if you have used a refill station at least once than you are contributing to our hopefully one day bottle – free campus.

8. Getting Creative with Exam Study Space

It’s no surprise that campus is slightly lacking on places to learn an entire course in the last half a week before the exam. If you find the Holy Grail of an empty table in the library during midterm or exam times, I tip my hat to you. But for the rest of us non–early risers, we have to get more creative. There are more obvious choices, like the Science Complex Atrium or The Bullring tables and couches. Then you come across the occasional student who has turned a bathroom stall into an entire computer desk. I have witnessed students take up hallways and paths trying to spread out their notes to study. While living in LA, I would sit on washing machines or use the corner of a wall and a vending machine to make study corners. Being creative is a great skill to have and this is just another way the Guelph University is teaching us applications to everyday life.

9. You Love Bob

Bob’s Dogs, one of the most popular food establishments on campus and currently the 4th ranked food cart in Guelph, is operated by Bob Izdebskiego. Bob is arguably the most kind – hearted and charismatic member of the University of Guelph community. This is the main reason why the student government gave him his own property on campus so he could become a permanent icon. From offering discounts in exchange for smiles to willingly giving away his guitar to a student who mentioned wanting to learn, there is no end to his altruism to make someone happy. That is why everyone loves Bob. I have heard on multiple occasions that it is impossible to dislike him, and I’m willing to bet that every Guelph student would comply with that statement.

10. You Bleed Black, Gold and Red

Guelph is known for its spirit and enthusiasm. Regardless of what you do on campus, you are proud to be a gryphon. You get past the numbers on price tags and buy clothing at the Bookstore or Athletic Centre just so it has Guelph logos, crests and colours. You know how to wind your toy and just the thought of Western University gets you riled up. Being a University of Guelph student is more than just learning. It’s about pride. Gryphon pride is something you have at least four years before your diploma.

 

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16 Types of College Roommates You May Encounter as a Cornell Freshman

1. The passive-aggressive

Perhaps one of the most lethal species is the passive-aggressive roommate.; Case in point: “Hey! I love it when you let your stuff leak to my side of the room!  [plastic smile] It’s so funny because I totally trip on it in the morning! [plastic smile]” Beneath its smiling layer is a wrath that could ruin you if you don’t store your shoes the right way or keep the towels straightened at the sink.  He (or she) just might throw your belongings down from the top of the clock tower when you’re not looking, later claiming that Donald Trump did it.  Don’t cross paths with this creature because one glare will leave you petrified.  *See dictionary definition under “Medusa” for more pertinent information.

2. The partier

There are two subspecies of this annoying group: 1) The type that just doesn’t seem to get the concept of “I want to sleep in peace, not with your latest hookup on my newly washed blanket.  Please don’t kick me out of my own room.”  Alas, you are forced to listen in excruciating pain to the kissing that’s going on two feet away from you.  “Don’t get your cooties on my pillow, partier 1 and partier 2,” you whisper as tears stream down your face.  2) It’s 3 in the morning and he just came in drunk, muttering incoherent words.  It’s actually kind of funny, but your amusement will end when he pukes on your favorite Cornell sweatshirt—and why not; you probably spent as much on that sweatshirt as you did on your college tuition.

Beware, kids.  The partier makes college terrifying.

3. The Internet junkie

He seems to always be curled into a blanket ball, staring with brainwashed happiness at the screen of Netflix and Facebook posts.  And wait a second—is that a cat riding a dragon into a volcano on his screen?  You’ll never know when the likes, the hashtags, and the generally useless browsing will end.  When will he ever turn off his MacBook Air?  Rumor has it that every time the moon eclipses the sun, he will hiss and turn off his laptop as it slams shut.  Take pictures of the moment and count that as your college job.  (But it’s only news-worthy if he’s not using an Apple laptop.)

4. The late-night studier

It’s 2:13 AM and he’s still staring at his math homework.  Hey, isn’t that the same problem he was stuck on the last time you looked up from your bed, at 1:33 AM?  Don’t get me wrong, this species usually means well.  But sometimes, you’ll run across an extremely tired one that merely turns to instinct to keep himself awake; he’ll turn on all the lights in the dorm whilst you cry in anguish and try to fall asleep.  This species is in its earliest level of evolution, since the more efficient ones will realize that personal lamps do the trick.  Maybe he’ll evolve to stop procrastinating… nah, that won’t happen.  Not even the day that the Internet junkie turns off his MacBook.  In any case, bring yourself to study with this inefficient being during the day so that he doesn’t ruin your non-nocturnal tendencies.

5. The overly friendly one

There are three subspecies of the OFO:  1) The type that is actually super kind and was probably raised on the nectar of rainbows and unicorns.  Trust me, he’ll lend you his soul if you ask him to.  Maybe even his gym pass.  Maybe.  2) The type that cleverly puts on a smile and knows that you’ll come in handy during his first prelim crash study session.  Be prepared to answer every question that could ever be asked; the idea that “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” will suddenly seem like a lie.  3) The one who is calculating your secret demise.  You’ll be dead by the end of the year, and your supply of Big Red Bucks will be taken, too.  Have your closest friend draft out your obituary for the Daily Sun.

6. The hermit

Rarely does the hermit make an appearance.  After a long day, you’ll go back to your dorm and see that he’s once again sitting on his bed, chowing down a huge bowl of Cheerios and staring at his phone with an unread textbook nearby.  Of course, that phone has no notifications or texts on it, save for the 13 useless notifications from the Cornell Class of 2019 Facebook Group.  Better luck next year, hermit.  You’ll make new friends next year, since you utterly failed to do so during O-Week and will now suffer for the rest of the school year.

7. The social butterfly

Like the hermit, the social butterfly has 13 useless notifications from the Class of 2019 Facebook Group.  But unlike the hermit, the social butterfly is laughing at those stupid notification posts with the rest of his friend group on the way to Collegetown.  His friend groups always follow three golden rules:  1) Must be composed of at least 5 people besides himself.  2)  Must be composed of a nearly 1:1 ratio of girls to guys to show his utter ability to make friends with both genders.  3)  Must be rotated on an hourly basis, with a possibility of 24 unique groups to hang out with per day.  The social butterfly always has one of three base personality traits: very nice, very mean, or very drunk.  Have fun figuring out which he falls under when he brings 10 upperclassmen from West Campus to your freshman dorm on North Campus.

8. The one who settles

This roommate species is perhaps the nicest of them all.  Too nice.  You might be the worst roommate in history, borrowing his expensive Cornell gear and not returning it, but he doesn’t say a thing to you.  He is internally very sad about the various crimes you’ve committed in violation of the Roomie Brother-/Sisterhood, but what can he do?  He’s too nice, similar to the first sub-species of the overly friendly one, yet he recognizes your terrible offenses.  Try to figure this one out.  If you’re being a total jerk of a roommate, stop.  And give him back his only Orientation Guide, gosh dang it.

9. The one who insults you but doesn’t know it

“Wow, we all must be from the South!  I’m so glad, because I TOTALLY hate Northerners!”  And you’re just thinking, “Wait a second… but I’m from the North.  Maine, in fact.”  This species of roommate is one that simultaneously keeps you laughing in ecstasy and crying in sheer emotional pain from the violent sting of their words.  Now, because of what he said, you definitely can’t be from the North anymore and will have to forever keep your peace about the life you used to know.  Change all your past information and even your permanent address to one from Georgia or something.  It’s time to start your life as a reborn man (or woman).  The gist is that this species will ruin your life as you decay from within and become an angry, sad little shell.

10. The deaf one

There are two very different subspecies of the deaf one:  1) Everyone on your floor is dying of the extreme Ithaca cold, but somehow this one cannot hear it happen because your dorm is torn up with his extremely loud mixtape.  For some reason, he finds it necessary to turn any kind of sound up to full volume.  It could full well be the noise that a child makes when crying and choking on his own tears.  But, my oh my, “My music makes homework fun to do!” he says. 2) Everything you tell him just goes in one ear and right out the other.  The key is that he’s selectively deaf: You tell him to help you eat the pizza you ordered, and he decides that this is something worth hearing.  Very well.  Then you tell him to help you pay for the pizza he just swallowed whole.  Common replies include “…” or “……”  The deaf one survives on the sweet juices of the following mottos: “Huh,” “I don’t remember you saying that,” and “My bad.”

11. The one who complains

This species clearly never knew what “Cornell” meant when they pressed the “submit” button for their application.  It didn’t know that “Cornell” involved actually having to communicate with people, or actually having to do homework.  The best survival technique is to wait until second semester to hang out with an OWC, when he has likely become accustomed to the harsh Cornell environment.  If the acclimatization never occurs, then you have the life-complaining variety of OWC on your hands.  You’ll be doing your BioG 1440 homework when suddenly, BAM, the OWC starts a rant on his life.  But the good thing is that you can be complaining buddies with your OWC roomie, which is good for those stressful days.

12. The “Survival of the Fittest”

A rare species that you’ll hardly ever see in your dorm; lives by the motto “sleep is for the weak.”  (You know your SOTF roommate still lives with you though because your mini-fridge is packed with the free food he got from campus events.)  Often attends morning classes all the way until the afternoon.  Only says as many words as necessary.  May skip meals and then pass out during CHEM 2070 laboratory because of hunger or thirst, then repeat the next week.  A species that often scrounges as much money as possible and can commonly be found at the TCAT stop yelling, “I found a penny!”  Grabs multiple fruit not just from RPCC but also from Risley.  (That’s called guts.)  Much is to be learned from this painfully efficient species.  He’s probably an economics major and will be very good at ripping people off someday.

13. The Wanted-a-single-but-instead-got-placed-into-a-quadruple

Ah, perhaps one of the saddest of species.  In times of duress, members of this species can be found lamenting their terrible, randomized luck in dark corners.  You may find them wearing ski masks while crouched behind open doors, staring longingly at your single dorm for uncomfortably long amounts of time.  Especially if you have a spacious Balch single.  Keep your doors locked; you never know what they’ll do to get that single life.

14. The Why-did-I-get-placed-in-this-hall

A cousin of the Wanted-a-single-but-instead-got-placed-into-a-quadruple. Instead of craving the single life, the Why-did-I-get-placed-in-this-hall has demonstrated tendencies to long for other residence or program halls.  The most common variety is the CKB-pouter, which can often be found telling friends “CKB has all the fun,” or in direr times, “b-but air conditioning…”  Another very common variety is the I’m-actually-broke, which longs to live in either Risley or JAM but instead is forced to despair on the floor because it spent all its money on tuition.

15. The Pessimist

Much like #11 on the list.  However, the pessimist finds it necessary to describe nearly all terrible aspects of not just his own life but also life in general, regardless of whether that aspect is actually terrible compared to the experiences of anybody else on campus. You’ll be eating your CTB bagel in bliss when suddenly, the pessimist begins ranting about how “the construction workers don’t want people to eat bagels because they evilly and intentionally built CTB so far away from North Campus.”  Where did that rant even come from?  Nobody knows.  They say you must be the pessimist to know the pessimist, but that’s just a trap that this cunning species employs to turn you into one of them.  Don’t get me wrong, the pessimist can be a good person at heart.  But don’t let the pessimist fool you into thinking about everything that could ever go wrong. 

16. The Optimist

A person unlike any other on the list.  This species is the best to be around.  While holding your binoculars up to the sun at the top of the clock tower, you may see him majestically soaring in the sky with a Pegasus in tow.  It’s your job to be a member of this species.  Because if you succeed, nothing will bring you down—not your prelims, not your lack of meal swipes on the 10 meal/week plan, not your “rather useless” chemistry professor.  For the optimist, everything is smooth sailing, and everything has not just a silver but a gold lining.  Maybe when you evolve into an optimist, you’ll remember that college at Cornell is an experience of a lifetime after all.

U of T Engineers Steal Queen’s Grease Pole

At some point on Sunday, members of the University of Toronto Engineering Department’s “Brute Force Committee” stole the famous Grease Pole, which has long been a totem of the Queen’s University Engineering Society.

For those who don’t know the history of this friendly rivalry, from Wikipedia:

“As part of Queen’s Engineering Frosh Week, the incoming first year engineering students must, with the help of the upper-year engineering students, climb to the top of a grease pole and remove a tam which is nailed to the pole’s top. The Queen’s Grease Pole is a metal football goalpost stolen by Queen’s engineering students in 1955 from University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium.  Currently, the pole is covered in lanolin and placed in the centre of a pit of muddy water referred to as the “Grease Pit”, but from the first climbing of the pole in 1956 to 1988 the pole was covered in axle grease and it was only sometime between 1957 and 1967 that the pit was added to the event. There have been various other changes to the rules of the event since its inception, including the banning of the throwing of projectiles at the frosh attempting to climb the pole by upper years, removing unsanitary contents from the pit and allowing women to participate.”

Here is a release from “Mario Baker” of the Brute Force Committe:

And the response from Julie Tseng, head of the Queen’s Engineering Society:

 

10 Reasons To Not Go To Mount Royal University

Life is hard, bro. Choosing a post-secondary institution to make sure you’re a real human being by the time you reach your mid-twenties is even harder. Here are some tips to help you decide whether Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta may aide that choice.

1. The campus is butt ugly.

With lush green grass sprawled across every which way during the summer, and sun sparkled snow during the winter you can bet your booty that you’re going to wish you were inside 24/7. Atrocious, ammirite?

2. You’re going to meet students who actually CARE.

I know, right?! Ugh, if I wanted to become part of an engaging community and make my voice heard I would have stayed home and yelled at Netflix about the latest Mindy Project episode.

3. Professors also care, too.

Not only are students engaged and rallied, but wait, the professors are also .. engaged? And, care about me as a human being? They’re not just tenured professors looking to get by, and are only there for a pay check? Of course people need to get paid, but the difference here is that much of the professor population are passionate about their subject matter, easily translating that into the daily grind of academia. 

4. Way too many study spots.

Though she be but little, she be fierce … and full of study nooks and crannies. How dare they ensure that I’m not constantly looking for a cushy seat to sit my tired booty down, and actually get some work done. Heathens.

5. Small classroom sizes mean profs actually know your name.

I mean, I guess I enjoy being treated like a human being and not just a number, but you know, that’s just me.

6. You might actually have a life.

Calgary is home to a budding music scene; everything from all ages punk shows in a hot dog shop to an upper thigh shake at the Calgary Reggaefest. If you’re not feeling the socializing thing venture over to the numerous used book stores, or hike your way over to the rockies. Dude, they’re literally right there.

7. Food. Everywhere.

With two food courts, and little stand alone vendors just chilling, waiting for someone to call their bae, you too, can begrudgingly say you’re not actually a starving university student.

8. The Recreation centre.

Sure, there’s an awesome climbing wall, and bouldering cave. Sure, there’s a fantastic pool, and maybe a really well equipped fitness room. And, yeah the centre has friendly, knowledgeable staff, but what about a really big mirror so I can take my fitness selfies in? Oh, wait.

9. There’s a buttload of events.

I know as a student the last thing you want to do is actually enjoy being at school, because isn’t it just better to groan and wish you were out in the world? And, like, not enjoy all the events the school puts on to make sure you don’t lose your mind. Yeah.

10. There is sometimes a bouncy castle during exam time.

Not sure if you’ve heard of this thing called “exam season”, but it’s like universities method of initiating their students. And to make them throw up. Mount Royal’s Student Association has a plethora of methods to ensure you’re still semi alive when all is said and done. This includes a bouncy castle, puppy rooms, and even handing out treats while you hammer away at that take home exam given to you three months ago. 

 

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10 Reasons Not to Attend UCLA

With over 112,000 applicants for Fall 2015, UCLA is once again the most applied-to university in the nation. With all those students hoping to become one of the 30,000 undergraduates that the university holds every year, you’d think that UCLA’s a pretty decent school, right? 

Wrong. Here are some reasons why U should not C-L-A in your future any time soon.

1. The Weather.

Located in southern California, UCLA is unfortunately bathed in sunny skies and warm temperatures every day of every year with very few exceptions. Have you ever heard of the phrase “too much of a good thing is a bad thing?” Well, UCLA is the embodiment of that phrase. Because when the weather is the dictionary definition of “a perfect day” every day of the year, you’re inevitably going to start hating it for being too perfect.

2. The Alumni.

UCLA Alumni include Nobel laureates, Fields Medal recipients, Turing Award recipients, Academy Award winners, professional athletes, Grammy award winners, A-list celebrities, I could go on and on. UCLA alumni have made incredible impacts in every field imaginable, from entertainment to engineering and everything in between. Do you really want to be a part of that Bruin family? It’s almost like if you go to this school, you’re bound to be successful, and that is a lot of pressure. Too much pressure, in my opinion.

3. The Celebrities

Because UCLA is, of course, located in the entertainment capital of the world, the occasional celebrity sighting here and there is not uncommon in the campus. In fact, there’s a Facebook page dedicated to documenting the celebrities found walking around campus and it has found enough of them to gather 15,000 likes. With the frequency of famous people found in UCLA, it’s practically impossible to study because you’ll be too busy trying to take pictures with Shaquille O’Neal, or Jared Leto, or Emma Watson, so you can basically say goodbye to any semblance of a good education.

4. The Rankings

No matter what source you look at, from Forbes Magazine to U.S. News & World Report, to Times Higher Education, you will see that UCLA is frequently considered one of the best universities not only in America, but in the world. But is it really the best? Because even though it sits at fifth place on Washington Monthly’s rankings, that still means there are at least four other universities that are better. And that’s at least three too many to be an acceptable college.

5. The Athletics

It’s a fact. With 112 trophies, UCLA has won the most NCAA championships ever. It’s actually reached the point where UCLA’s Hall of Champions (their trophy room) is running out of room to store their trophies. How can you trust this school with your future if they can’t even look far enough to their own future to foresee this storage problem?

6. The Campus

UCLA has a gorgeous campus. Its many architectural icons, like Royce Hall and the Janss Steps, are mixed in with a healthy dose of green grass and tall trees, giving it a balance of natural and manmade beauty. But there is one glaring problem about this university: It is too hilly. Because of the slopes, getting from class to class is quite literally a workout by itself. And who wants a free workout? What were you thinking, UC Regents?

7. The People

It is an undisputed fact: The people here are the nicest, most welcoming group of students in the world. From day one, they’re nothing but sunshine and smiles, always willing to help you with anything you need. That kind of environment makes you soft. Too soft. You can’t toughen yourself up in a university like that!

8. The 8-Clap

The eight clap is UCLA’s iconic cheer, which you will be guaranteed to hear at any Bruin sporting event or social gathering. Everyone that’s ever been a part of UCLA knows it by heart, and even though it’s one of the hallmarks of the university, it takes way too much effort to perform. We have to spell out all four letters of the university? We have to do eight fist raises? We have to do TWENTY CLAPS? No thank you, UCLA. No thank you.

9. The Movie Premieres

Movie premieres happen frequently in Westwood’s famed Fox Theater, which is just a few minutes’ walk from UCLA’s campus. Being one of the first people to see blockbuster movies is awful because after you see Fast And Furious 10: Reloaded before any of your friends do, you can’t even talk to them about it because you’ll spoil the movie! It’s better if you don’t go to them at all, honestly.

10. James Franco

So apparently James Franco teaches a screenwriting class here.

James.

Franco.

Honestly, I didn’t like 127 Hours that much anyway. Just save yourself the trouble and don’t even think about going here.

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Vazquez, Ricardo. “UCLA Receives Record Number of Applications for 2015.” UCLA Newsroom. N.p., 12 Jan. 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

“UCLA.” Nobel Laureates. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

“University of California, Los Angeles.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

“University of California, Los Angeles.” Times Higher Education. N.p., 13 Apr. 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

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6 Reasons Not to Attend the University of Toronto

As an incoming first year or high school student, we’ve all heard the rumours about the infamous University of Toronto. There are too many students, the classes are impossible, the professors only care about graduate students; the list goes on and on and any seasoned veteran can tell you that they are all true. Completely and utterly true. 

Oh U of T, how do I despise thee? Let me count the ways. 

1)     The students are boring and antisocial

It’s an unwritten rule, a silent pact. One does not speak to one’s fellow classmates. The students at U of T are never up for a chat during breaks and don’t even think about asking to study together.

Although the party scene might be smaller and the people a bit more shy, students at U of T are some of the friendliest around. From Nigerian international students to local Torontonians, the students here all bring interesting perspectives to the table and it’s likely you’ll make some life changing friends.

2)    Their academic reputation is terrible

It’s only the highest ranked university in Canada and top 20 in the international rankings.

3)  There is nothing to do

Between sporting events, nightlife and thousands of pubs and restaurants, Toronto can be a pretty dull place to live. I often find myself sitting listless in my dorm room on a Friday night.

4) At U of T, you’re just a number

The professors at U of T really couldn’t care less about you. Failed the course? Whatever. Drop out of school to become a McD’s fry cook? Sure, go for it.

Not actually though. Professors love what they do and the ones at U of T are some of the brightest minds in the world. Most are more than happy to talk with you about thermodynamic systems or the implications of social class in Brontë’s works as much as you want. Some will even go so far as to give you tips and talk with you about your future plans!

 

5) You will undoubtedly fail all your courses

The three golden rules:

Go to class.

Work hard.

Take a deep breath and ask for help when you need it.

The classes are hard but with endless courses to choose from, you can certainly find something that interests you to ease the burden of studying.

6) The campus is terrible

Enough said.

Any current student can tell you, you will most definitely regret your decision to attend the University of Toronto. With its impeccable academic standing, wealth of students and clubs and central location, one can really imagine how attending a university such as this one would be a terrible thing.

University is tough; it’s big and scary and a huge adjustment from high school, but don’t let that scare you away from one of the best institutions around. Be confident and take a chance. You will likely find that all those cautionary tales were just that, tall tales.

10 Ways Ryerson Will Stress You Out

1.Kerr Hall
Need I say more? This building is pretty difficult to manoeuvre around in, even for students who have been going here for many years. While Ryerson provides students with signs that indicated where North, South, East and West Kerr Hall are, it can still be quite overwhelming for many students. Its many twists and turns on each of the three floors, as well as Kerr Hall connecting to the Rogers Communication Centre and Podium/Library Building, you’re bond to get lost at least once during your first year. While there is no easy way to figure out this maze of a building, it’s always a comforting feeling to know that you’re not alone when it comes to this stressful situation.
 
2. Open Enrollment
What’s better than waking up at 5:30 AM to enroll in all your classes? Sleep. Lots of sleep. For most schools, open enrollment is organized by the different programs which gives everyone an equal chance to enroll in their desired courses and Professors. However, in Ryerson, it’s a free for all. Similarly to the Hunger Games scene where every tribute is seen running towards the cornucopia to grab the necessities necessary for their survival, without getting killed first, open enrollment for us works the same way. We’re all patiently waiting for 6:00 AM to hit, then boom – we’re frankly clicking “enroll” in hopes that our classes don’t “close” before we’ve enrolled in them.
 
3. The Elevators
If I was asked to describe the speed at which the elevators at Ryerson operate, I’d say slow. Extremely slow. No matter what building you go to, the elevators just don’t seem to operate at a moderate pace; and more often than not, there’s always way too many people waiting for the elevators for you to get on it. I guess that’s Ryerson’s way of saying, “Take the stairs. Be active.”
 
4. Inconsistent Classroom Temperatures
It seems to me that almost every classroom runs on a different temperature. From Kerr Hall East having their air conditioning on full blast all year long, even during the winters to the Victoria Building feeling like a sauna all year run, Ryerson is never able to provide classrooms with the right temperature needed for that day. If I were you, I’d pack a sweater (for those colder classrooms) and something light (to avoid sweating in others).
 
5. Podium Building
What’s that?! Most students are unaware that this building exists as it’s tucked away and attached to the Library Building. This building is like that one friend who always has to walk behind the other two whenever the sidewalks get narrower, poor thing. Despite Ryerson’s best efforts to provide students with enough signs to find their respective classes, not many are successful at finding it on their first try. One perk to this building, however, is that they provide Bachelor of Arts students with free printing. Which room, you ask? That’ll be your task.
 
6. $20 Gets You One Proof of Enrollment Letter
Yes, you heard that correctly. It isn’t enough that we’re paying thousands of dollars in tuition, but we also have to pay to request for a proof of enrollment letter. While this is disappointing for many, it’s almost impossible to avoid as educational plans and OSAP require you to provide this information every year to ensure that you are enrolled and are either a full/part-time student, in order to provide you with sufficient funds for the year. It’s sad, but it must be done.
 
7. Crowded Gyms
Do you want to stay active? Do you want those six packs? Well, looks like you need to wait in line. Despite Ryerson having two gyms: Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens) and the Upper Gym at Kerr Hall West, it seems as though there’s always tons of people working out the same time as you. While it’s great seeing everyone else being active and health, it’s hard to do the same as you’re always waiting for others to finish. What sucks more than that is that they usually finish when you need to be in class or attending to other obligations. Good luck!
 
8. Exams at the Metro Convention Centre
It’s already stressful navigating your way around Ryerson, but having to figure out where your exam is held at the Metro Convention Centre is even worst! Since Ryerson isn’t able to have all the exams on campus, this is where those larger courses have their exams. For most people, finding this place gets easier with time and familiarity. However, if you’re a freshmen this can be quite difficult as this is a pretty large place, and not everyone who you see to ask directions knows where to go. My advice: Find a buddy to go with during exam and arrive an hour early to ensure that you aren’t late for your exam.
 
9. Finding a Microwave
We all need food. It’s essential to our survival. However, is always a struggle to find an unoccupied microwave at Ryerson. While Ryerson recently added microwaves at the The Hub, the microwaves used to only be at the Ted Rogers and Rogers Communication Centre, which was always a mission for many students who didn’t have nearby classes there. Lucky for you, they added another building for microwaves. Let’s hope that they’ll add more in the future.
 
10. Rush Hour
And no, I’m not talking about the movie. This is probably one of the most stressful things that most Ryerson students have to deal with. Being in the very heart of the city is great when it comes to the hustle and bustle of various activities, but when it comes to commuting to and from school, it’s a total disaster! While we can’t avoid this situation – whether it’s trying to make an 8 AM class or going home at 3 PM, this situation won’t be going anywhere soon.

 

15 Weirdest Penn State University Traditions

Every university is slightly similar in its academic departments, campus layout, and student life. However, throughout the years every university has developed its own traditions. Some of these are neat and respectable, while others may just seem plain weird. Here’s a list of the 15 weirdest (coolest) traditions Penn State has created over the last 160 years.

1. Camping Out in Nittanyville

The day before every home game, dedicated Penn State students camp out by Beaver Stadium hoping to get the very best seats. Camping all night can create some interesting mood swings the next morning when they let you in:

2. Grilled Stickie

They are grilled and they’re sticky…they’re like the pretty patties of state college.

3. Canyon Pizza

Anyone who has never been to Penn State before would be confused as to why this pizza place is the most popular on campus. However, when you’re drunk and hungry at 2 in the morning nothing is better than extremely doughy tasteless pizza.

4. Mifflin Streak

The Sunday night before spring semester finals week, penn state seniors streak down mifflin road amid a crazy amount of spectators. The goal is to avoid the cops so you can graduate. Watching might get a little awkward though…

5. Drum Major Flip

Every college has their crazy football traditions we have the flip that the blue band drum major does during the pregame show. You won’t find another drum major who can do two front flips and a split.

6. Beaver Canyon

After a great game students will flood the streets near the student apartment area commonly referred to as “Beaver Canyon”. Many will find this crazy and a non penn stater would think it is a riot, but it’s just a bunch a dedicated penn state lovers cheering for their school!

7. State Patty’s Day

Is there any other university that created a separate drinking holiday just because Saint Patrick’s Day falls on spring break? I didn’t think so, day drinking, bar crawls, and immense hangovers, that sums us State Patty’s Day…

8. Willard Preacher

There are always people telling you to join club and organizations on campus, but the Willard Preacher goes out of his way to inform you of christian beliefs. The reason he’s called the Willard Preacher he only stands in front of the Willard Building on campus. The best part is trying to navigate through the crowd around him to get to class. 

9. Old Coaly

Many of you may not know but Penn State’s mascot used to be a donkey named Old Coaly. Although the mascot changed to the Nittany Lion, Penn State decided to keep Old Coaly’s skeleton in the HUB, which is the main student building. Creepy…

10. Guarding the Lion Shrine

Ever since a certain Syracuse game, when the Syracuse fans painted the lion orange, ROTC members volunteer to guard the lion shrine for every homecoming game. This isn’t a joke, I’m serious don’t even try to get near the Nittany Lion before a game.

11. Tossing Girls After Touchdowns

Don’t be alarmed if you suddenly see a number of girls bring tossed in the air after the first Penn State touchdown at a game. Girls are tossed in the air the same amount of times as the amount of points Penn State has scored up till that point. School pride has no boundaries!

12. 1 Armed Push Ups

If you thought that tossing up girls was crazy, wait until you see what the lion does when Penn State scores. The lion does one armed push ups for every point PSU scores. That can get pretty difficult when you have to do 35 push ups in a lion suit on a sweltering hot day.

13. Statue of the Pig

There is a very cute bronze statue of a pig and its piglets downtown next to The Tavern restaurant. However, in the past few years students have taken it upon themselves to urinate on the poor pig after a crazy night out.

14. Talking to Squirrels

You don’t go to Penn State if you haven’t seen a Penn State squirrel. The squirrels are adorable and cute, but sometimes you can get the weird urge to talk to them like they’re babies. For example, “Awwww, you’re so cute!”(In awkward baby talk voice).

15. Blue and White Weekend

Blue and White Weekend is actually a lot of fun! You get to go to a free scrimmage, go tailgating, and get a bunch of free stuff! However, there is one really weird tradition that accompanies all the school pride. Parents of students in greek life will come up to campus and party with their kids for the weekend, I mean full on day drinking, beer chugging parties. Apparently getting wasted with your parents is the new form of family bonding.

 

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