Editor’s Note: The GCSU hosted this year’s #PalmSprings Formal on March 22 at the Venetian Banquet Centre. Rather than provide an overenthused recap of what you missed, we thought we’d take to the halls and ask you, the students, what influenced your decision to go to this year’s Formal, or perhaps why you decided to skip it altogether. Here’s a recap of what you said!
On March 28, 2018, Pro Tem’s Campus Life Editor Reia Tariq had the pleasure of sitting down with our Principal, Donald Ipperciel, to ask him a few questions about the work he has done during his time with us, as well as his plans for the future of Glendon and its student body.
Back at the end of January, Glendon’s theatre club, Lionheart Productions Coeur de Lion, put on a production of Little Shop of Horrors. I’m not typically the biggest fan of musicals, but LSOH was just the right combination of sick humour and great visuals to have me interested. (Also, I could finally be in on the joke when my half-dozen musical-loving friends yelling “FEED ME, SEYMOUR” at lunchtime.)
I had known since last year that I wanted to join the Symposium and my experience this year did not disappoint. The Thailand Symposium was, for me, an academic journey unlike any other I’ve had during my time here in the International Studies program. Learning about Thailand was eye-opening in the sense that I was able to practically apply what we have learned throughout the program and see the various aspects come together in the study of one nation. In regards to the Symposium itself, seeing people so engaged and excited to learn about Thailand was a reminder of why it’s so important that an event like this continue.
“I really like the name of the event, ‘Thailand: Shining a Light on the Land of Smiles’, because when you don’t know an answer to something, you just smile,” and with that remark from Sukhdeep Randhawa, a counsellor from the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa, the 23rd annual International Studies Symposium kicked off. A full day affair, this year’s Symposium on March 10th was both a celebration and a closer examination of the Southeast Asian nation of Thailand, a country that we can all probably admit to having had very few concrete ideas about. The Symposium set out to change these primitive and lackluster views of Thailand. By hosting panels and discussions throughout the day, the Symposium allowed attendees a closer look into the richness that is ‘the Land of Smiles’.
With the threat of this strike looming around us for weeks, Pro Tem took the chance to get your thoughts on the way things have been being dealt with. Note: all opinions voiced here will remain anonymous but should not be interpreted as those of Pro Tem or its current team in any way.
For those of you who don’t know me, I spend my Thursdays volunteering at the Centre of Social Innovation - Spadina, which is located right in the heart of Chinatown (FYI if you haven’t seen my snaps, this hood is filled with the cutest dogs in the 6ix!). Over the past six months of my volunteering here, I’ve introduced myself to a wide range of people either working at or visiting the space, including a Vice news crew, several local politicians and environmental activists, some Nobel Prize winners and more. Often when I introduce myself as a student at Glendon College, the response I get, nine times out of 10, is: “Glendale? Where’s that?” Or, just as common: “London? You mean Western? My sister/best friend/dog walker’s second cousin went there!” And I know I’m not the only one, so I’m writing this article for all my ‘Glendale’ peers to ‘bring it on’ with the facts the next time someone asks what Glendon is!
Tout étudiant devrait, au moins une fois dans leur vie, faire des études à l’étranger, que ce soit en Europe, en Amérique du Sud ou ailleurs. J’encourage vivement tout étudiant à Glendon inscrit en lettres, langues et autres disciplines d’arts libéraux à vivre cette expérience enrichissante. Cependant, comme toute aventure, celle-ci ne vient pas sans épreuves. Voici donc quelques astuces et conseils pour réussir en France.
Saviez-vous que le mois de mars est le mois de la Francophonie? Chaque année, des activités sont organisées partout dans le monde pour promouvoir la langue française – la 5e langue la plus parlée sur la planète – et pour faire rayonner les communautés sur les cinq continents qui la parlent et la font vivre!
The following is an interview with Sajeth Paskaran conducted by Reia Tariq, Pro Tem’s Campus Life Editor. Sajeth is the Vice President Campaigns and Advocacy for Momentum, a newly founded slate in the upcoming YFS elections, taking place from February 13-16th.
I recently transferred to Glendon from a college in my hometown of Red Deer, Alberta. I spent both of my years there serving as a councillor on my institution’s student union (SU). During this time, I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of accountability and representation, as well as the omnipresent corruption and financial irresponsibility. I naively thought this was unique to my institution and the fault of individual mismanagement. My journey to Glendon proved this intuition wrong when I learned about the stolen $20 000 of student money and the recent resignations of more than half of the executive team. Friends across the country attending different institutions have reported similar experiences with their respective SUs and some quick research will show this is nothing new—it is a nationwide problem. Of course, the members of the GCSU and the members of SUs across the country should be held accountable for what happens under their watch; however, corruption and lack of accountability are symptoms of a broken institution, something that can’t be fixed with well-meaning student leaders. Instead, it can only be fixed with structural reform or, potentially, the elimination of student unions entirely.
Quand j’étais plus jeune, je pensais qu’il était impossible d’étudier en français dans une province anglophone. Plus tard, j’ai effectué un échange à Glendon et j’ai changé d’avis. Glendon est le campus bilingue de l’université York établi sur la propriété historique de la famille Wood. Il accueille plus de 200 nouveaux étudiants chaque année, qui viennent de partout dans le monde. Le nom « Glendon » se prête à de nombreux jeux de mots. En effet, lorsqu’il est prononcé à la française, ce mot ressemble énormément au verbe glander conjugué au présent à la première personne du pluriel: « glandons ». Est-ce réellement possible de glander, à moins de réellement le vouloir, dans une école exigeante où les activités et les occupations ne manquent pas ?
Tout d’abord, nous vous remercions du travail et du temps que vous avez investi dans le développement de cette proposition. Le débat qu’elle soulève est pertinent, voire nécessaire, pour une institution qui se veut en renouvellement perpétuel. Glendon a besoin de se repositionner et de bien définir sa marque par rapport à la nouvelle Université Francophone de l’Ontario.
A staple in the ILST department for the past twenty-three years, the International Studies Symposium is a student-run event which gives a team of eight students the opportunity to work together to create an academic research conference on a country of their choice. This conference is held in second semester and is designed to be equal parts academic and accessible. The idea is to introduce the Glendon community to a country, its culture, history, economy, politics, and so much more!
To the current and recently resigned members of the GCSU,
I must applaud and be astounded by the events that have occurred over the last few weeks. It has been nice to see the student body be so invigorated over Student Council issues, but at the same time, a little uncomfortable to watch the inevitable unfold.
This is a complete transcription of Reia Tariq's January 5th interview with CUPE Communications Officer, Maija Duncan. It addresses the likelihood and ramifications of any potential strike action in the coming weeks.
For most fourth and fifth-year undergraduate students at Glendon, November is a month of angst and anxiety in preparation for final exams, as well as applications for graduate programs, teacher’s college, law school, and medical school. Many of you will undoubtedly work very hard over the next few years and achieve success, regardless of what this may entail. Having come to university myself as a mature student after working full-time for several years performing stressful yet financially rewarding work, I’d like to share a few thoughts that might help those who aren’t sure about their future.
The International Studies Thailand Symposium Team is excited to finally introduce itself to the Glendon community! You may have seen us around campus already (a.k.a. that group that held a huge book sale around campus near the end of October, or the ones who held the delicious bake sale & fancy raffle in the COE just in the past few weeks), but you may have not known then who we are. As a result, we decided it’s about time y’all get to know more about us (who we are, what we do, and all that jazz!)
Il faut se rendre à l’évidence : la distance qui sépare le français canadien du français de France est plus que géographique. D’un côté de l’océan à l’autre, d’importantes différences historiques et culturelles façonnent cette langue internationale. De ce fait, certaines expressions qu’utilisent les Français ainsi que les bordelais - habitants de Bordeaux - valent la peine d’être soulignées et comparées aux expressions canadiennes.
Last week, I received my first ever C on a heavily-weighted assignment. At this point, I realize most of you will be groaning and moving on, who wants to hear the goody-good complain about their 3.9 GPA not being a 4.0? I completely understand, and my point here is not to brag. What is my point, you ask? Well, to put it simply, I am noticing more and more that I belong to a dying breed of students who truly care about their education, throughout their education.
On October 25, if you had me as a friend on Snapchat, you would have seen me, some other students in PKIN 0750, as well as students from York, Centennial College, and George Brown take part in the Staged Emergency Disaster hosted by the TTC in preparation for the new subway extension opening on December 17!
When I looked back at my first day of university, all of my memories come flooding back: the anxiousness of making new friends to the confusion of finding my classes. Even though I had attended all of the pre-university activities like March Break and Jumpstart, I was still nervous about what the first day was going to entail. Luckily for me, the first day of university was one of my favorite memories. I made a lot of friends and knew that Glendon would be my second home.
On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, the beautiful island of Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The category five disaster containing sustained winds of over 160 mph destroyed homes, agriculture, flora, fauna, and claimed the lives of over 20 individuals with 15 persons still missing. To help, the Nature Island Donation Drive was started and has partnered with local organizations on campus to help the people of Dominica, and we're appealing to our fellow Glendonites to step in and help out in any way that they can by dropping off the following supplies at designated boxes at either the GCSU office or in either of the two residences on campus.
Liberal arts are fields of study intended to provide students with general knowledge in a wide subject area. They include subjects such as humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Basically, any degree program that doesn’t train students for one specific job falls under liberal arts.
An ad hoc committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity has been created at Glendon in response to the events that occurred on campus last March, where racist and discriminatory graffiti as well as bomb threats were found in the Centre of Excellence. The committee’s mandate is to improve Glendon’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusivity, specifically in relation to pedagogy and curriculum, and to support an inclusive and safe educational culture at Glendon.