Chess pieces and paper cranes

REBECCA OSTROFF explores some samples from U of T’s plethora of clubs

Chess pieces and paper cranes

During the clamor of Clubs Fair, it’s difficult to focus on any one group, as an endless mass of enthusiastic faces throw flyers, free pens, and sign-up sheets into your arms. Navigating the Ulife directory of clubs online is a similar undertaking, presenting an overwhelming variety of groups to explore. The Aquarium Club meets to “discuss the hobby of fish keeping.” The Yo-Yo Club gathers monthly to hone its members’ skills, while the Writers of Controversial Philosophy debate and discuss at the Mississauga campus. “We ParTea” meets to drink and discuss tea, aiming to spread awareness of tea around campus. Although confusing to navigate, U of T’s variety of clubs is an excess of riches that satisfy every niche of our diverse student body — and when they don’t, there are ample ways to start one up to fill the gap.

Everyone has quirky passions and interests, and while those may seem to set people apart from one another, the diversity of the U of T student population allows for the growth of niche communities with similar interests through clubs. In spite of their great variation, U of T’s clubs collectively bring students together and create small, warm collectives within the university.

Hart House Chess Club

ChessThe Hart House Chess Club was established in 1895, beginning as a small but skilled group of mostly male chess players. This year, however, the majority of executive members are women — an especially significant feat considering that, prior to the year 2000, there were no women in any  Hart House chess tournaments. President Sanja Vukosavljevic notes that the club is now decidedly inclusive, although they are often quite boisterous — constantly laughing and trash-talking one another. She adds that: “there are more chess variations than atoms in the earth,” giving players plenty of reasons to criticize and analyze one another throughout the game. This also means that there is always a lot left to learn for beginners and experts alike.



The club meets from 4:00–11:00 pm on Friday nights — a slot reserved for partying for many students. Nonetheless, Vukosavljevic contends without hesitation: “Honestly, I have more fun at the chess club. It’s the best part of my week.”


U of T Naginata Club (UTNC)


Before joining the club, president Tomas Almonte had a negative impression of the practice because of how useless Naginata swords were designed to be in his favourite video games. Before I met Almonte, I had absolutely no idea what a Naginata sword was. Both of these forms of ignorance about Naginata are quite common, Almonte explains. Many of the club’s members had never tried the martial art prior to joining, he among them: “I had my Star Wars phase, but never actually used a sword until I joined Naginata.” He was compelled to continue attending practices by the emphasis on teamwork.


Naginata consists of “choreographed encounters,” making it a discipline that is only possible to practice with others. As a result of the necessity of teamwork, members of the club are very social with one another. The club hosts events outside of practice, like karaoke nights, to confront the pleasant problem of too much chatting among friends that has become disruptive in practices.


Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream (FOLD)

OrigamiThe FOLD office at 21 Sussex is whimsically decorated with an abundance of paper ornaments. Colourful cranes, flowers, and Angry Birds origami projects fill the room, while even more spill out of full storage boxes on the floor. “We’ve been raffling these off regularly, and we still need more space in here,” comments FOLD president Qingda Hu. In addition to these lotteries, the club also donates a lot of their projects to hospitals in the area. Off-campus volunteer projects have always been a facet of FOLD, which has also participated in teaching origami at Sick Kids and Relay For Life.


In addition to the joy that comes with a finished origami product, the act of learning to fold is relaxing and enjoyable, with an emphasis on thinking geometrically and following instructions closely. Teaching others how to fold origami requires a measure of skill, but proves very rewarding for the club’s students.


African Cuisine Club (The Afriks)


When Sandrine Uwimana and Taiwo Idris came to U of T from Rwanda and Nigeria, respectively, they had the idea to publish an African Cuisine cookbook. They started writing down recipes and established an on-campus club dedicated to planning, shopping, and cooking their favourite dishes in 2011. The two take turns teaching different western and eastern styles of cooking, and sessions are often thematically focused on one African country. Sandrine notes that the club’s most treasured dishes are its plantains, soft but crunchy sweet potato cookies, and spicy vegetarian stews. The group now aims to get fresh, healthy dishes into the campus dining halls at affordable prices.

Uwimana and Idris are particular about their idea of “fresh”— refusing to cook with ingredients that haven’t been purchased that same day. The two refuse to discuss the difference between plantains and bananas, insisting that it must be experienced rather than described.


Astronomy and Space Exploration Society (ASX)

StarsYou don’t need to know a lot about astronomy and space exploration to join ASX, nor should you expect to spend meetings lying in the grass and staring at the sky. Although, says new member Zack Zajac with a smile, “I do that anyways, multiple times a day.” Ammar Javed, the president of ASX, envisions making the potentially intimidating subject of astronomy accessible to students of all backgrounds, noting that astronoomy is essentially, “…the study of everything.”


Starry-eyed students learn about life beyond Earth, the environment on Mars, and contact with outer space. These quite romantic practices inspire some high-quality pick-up lines, as Javed adds that there is nothing that sweeps someone off their feet like learning astronomy under the stars.


U of T Beekeeping Education Enthusiast Society (BEES)

BeeCute is not the adjective most students would associate with bees, but Theresa Reichlin, secretary of BEES, gushes: “I love bees! They’re just so cute.” The term “enthusiast” is used quite literally in the title of U of T’s beekeeping club, which is made up of students who are truly passionate about bees. Pointing out that bees, unlike wasps, are not dangerous, Reichlin hands me a full-on protective suit and instructed me to climb onto the roof of Trinity College to observe the group’s beloved bees. Ironically, many of the club’s executive members have suffered childhood traumas involving bee stings. Being a part of the club has not only helped members to get over their fears, but has made them appreciate the measures that bees take to protect their hives.


Reichlin described the importance of bees to our planet, a timely warning given the current threats to the bee species. Apart from being an educational experience, being a beekeeper at U of T can also be both sweet and therapeutic. Reichlin notes: “The pure honey we extract is so healthy… I even use it to heal my skin burns”.


U of T Culinary Arts Club


Shari Li, co-president of the Culinary Arts Club, says that in her club, “We make everything from scratch.” Members of the Culinary Arts Club have varying levels of cooking skill. Both students who don’t know how to cook and those with a passion for culinary arts are welcome to attend events, where different culinary skills are taught. Both a social and educational experience, these often include multiple course meals, testing out recipes, and enjoying the experience and the food together. The club focuses both on the art of food presentation and on various advanced culinary methods. A particularly special event, as Li describes, was the club’s venture to make, “rum baba, a French pastry with real rum.”

Tales from the TTC

U of T students share their most memorable experiences riding the rocket on this interactive map

Tales from the TTC

Tales from the TTC

Click on the points on the map to read stories from U of T students about their experiences riding the rocket:


Scenes from the TTC













The Varsity @ TIFF: Festival guide, Part II

The Varsity @ TIFF: Festival guide, Part II

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took over the city on September 5. The festival is by far your best opportunity to go out and see the best that the film world has to offer. But picking from the hundreds of listings can be tough; should you focus on foreign language films? Oscar contenders? Auteurs? Comedies? Anything French? It’s all a bit overwhelming, so here’s a healthy balance of obscure and hyped, drama and thriller, and laughs and sobs. Have a happy tiff!


Attila Marcel

This is the first live-action feature from the genius who brought us The Illusionist and The Triplets of Belleville, and it deserves to be seen for that alone. Sylvain Chomet’s gift for delicate storytelling results in films that shimmer with grace and perception, and the world of Attila Marcel promises to carry on that tradition. Chomet tells the story of Paul, a 33-year-old man smothered by his eccentric aunts after being orphaned as a child. Dissatisfied with his existence, he seeks out the mystical assistance of a neighbour — provoking larger-than-life visions and encounters. My hope is that Chomet is able to imbue the flesh-and-blood world with the same gentleness and vibrancy that he has afforded his animated ones. I have a good feeling I will not be disappointed.

Why you should see it: Paul could give any Wes Anderson character a run for their money.

When: Thursday, September 12 @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 12:15 pm | Sunday, September 15 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 12:15 pm.



Director Claire Denis (Chocolat, Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum) is one of the most important and prolific filmmakers of our time, and a mainstay at the Festival for over two decades. Her films operate in the grey areas of existence; in lieu of action, they boldly focus on absence, indecision, and the in-between. Bastards pivots around the three pillars of any satisfying cinematic experience: sex, murder, and revenge. Aided by her trusted cinematographer Agnès Godard, Denis’ take on disturbing subjects and complex characters is sure to be as evocative as ever.

Why you should see it: Bastards is French filmmaking at its most universal.

When: Tuesday, September 10 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 9:00 pm | Wednesday, September 11 @ Jackman Hall, 3:30 pm | Sunday, September 8 @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 8:30 am.



The world is abuzz with praise for the latest work of director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También); a ballsy space odyssey that uses all the hallmarks of a traditional blockbuster (big budgets, breathtaking backdrops, advanced digital techniques, high stakes) in service of the exploration of more intimate frontiers like human isolation and the impulse to survive. Many critics at the Venice Film Festival, where Gravity recently premiered, are celebrating the film as heralding cinema’s new era. Variety’s rave concluded, “Somewhere, one imagines, the spirits of Stanley Kubrick and Max Ophuls are looking down in admiration.” The film is being praised particularly for its bold opening scene: a 13-minute long single shot that instantly immerses the viewer in the unforgiving beauty and sparseness of space.

Why you should see it: Alfonso Cuarón is a shaman; Gravity is the kind of movie that demands a big screen. It could change the way films are made forever. Plus, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock banter in space.

When: Wednesday, September 11 @ Scotiabank 12, 9:00 pm | Sunday, September 15 @ Ryerson Theatre, 12:00 pm.

The Varsity @ TIFF: Festival guide, Part I

What to watch at TIFF 2013

The Varsity @ TIFF: Festival guide, Part I

The beginning of a new school year is best marked by the arrival of the Toronto International film festival (TIFF) and all the wonderful chaos that comes with it. The Varsity’s guide to this year’s edition of TIFF is, perhaps, a better alternative to pulling your hair out over the hundreds of different features, documentaries, and shorts selected for the festival. Pick up the September 9 issue of The Varsity for part two of our TIFF guide.


Only Lovers Left Alive

American indie icon Jim Jarmusch (still reeling from his encounter with Jay-Z, I’m sure) returns to TIFF with the story of Adam, a reclusive rock star who has flocks of adoring fans. Adam is also a centuries-old vampire in love with Eve (the inscrutable Tilda Swinton). Together, the lovers occupy a dilapidated estate near Detroit — transformed by Jarmusch and cinematographer Yorick Le Saux into a stylized, nocturnal netherworld. The pair’s love is tested by Eve’s younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, a.k.a Wednesday Addams with a talent for studied watchfulness). The film has been labelled a drastic departure for Jarmusch,  who also directed Broken Flowers (2005) and Coffee & Cigarettes (2003),  as he attempts to elevate the vampire genre from teen-pandering to slick and cerebral, with characters that are capable of thoughtful meditations on love and eternity. The film is among my most anticipated of TIFF 2013.

Why you should see it: Tilda Swinton is actually a vampire, Mia Wasikowska was stunning in Stoker, it features a great soundtrack (Wanda Jackson, Charlie Feathers), Adam and Eve count Copernicus and Darwin as a close personal friends.

When: Thursday, September 5 @ Ryerson Theatre, 9 pm | Saturday, September 7 @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 12:15 pm


The Past

This is director Asghar Farhadi’s latest after achieving critical success with 2011’s A Separation, which earned him the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Farhadi excels at character development through conversation, relying on the interconnectedness of his characters as a way of understanding them. Set in Paris with an emphasis on working-class immigrant communities, Marie (played by Bérénice Bejo of The Artist) is on the cusp of a new marriage just as her ex-husband flies into town to finalize their divorce. If Farhadi’s previous work is any indication, The Past will be consciously plotted, brilliantly written, and full of compelling camera work; if it’s anything like A Separation, it’ll be one of the most deeply satisfying cinematic experiences of TIFF 2013.

Why you should see it: Paris somehow appears more like Tehran, Bérénice Bejo is one of the most captivating and effortlessly beautiful women on screen these days, the final scene of A Separation was near flawless.

When: Thursday, September 5 @ Visa Screening Room, 9:30 pm | Saturday, September 7 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 10:30 am


You Are Here

Starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler, You Are Here is Matthew Weiner’s feature directorial debut. The writing, producing, and directing extraordinaire — whose previous work includes The Sopranos and Mad Men — tells the story of a bipolar stoner (Galifianakis) who returns to his late father’s farm to collect his inheritance. He encounters a family he has lost contact with: an angry sister (Poehler) and a wacky stepmother (Laura Ramsey). Weiner’s gift for portraying contradictory, unforgettable characters with a knack for comedy and a zest for the cryptic logic of life means we’re all in for a treat with this film.

Why you should see it: Mad Men’s penultimate season was incredible (contrary to popular opinion); the three lead actors should complement one another well.

When: Saturday, September 7 @ Ryerson Theatre, 3 pm

Who’s Who at U of T

Get to know the public figures who will be making headlines in The Varsity this year:


Munib Sajjad | UTSU President


Sajjad leads the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) for a one-year term, with a team of elected and appointed student executives and their assistants, plus a handful of permanent staff. The union, which represents more than 44,000 students, collects and re-distributes around $34 in student fees per student each semester. The UTSU offers many services and perks to members, including discounted movie and sports tickets, selling monthly metropasses, distributing agendas, and providing campus-wide clubs with funding and leadership training. The union is also heavily involved in advocacy, lobbying the provincial government on post-secondary issues and representing the student body’s concerns to the administration. During exam season, the union distributes care packages in libraries, and it hosts a major concert and clubs fair every frosh week. Sajjad assumes the presidency in the midst of controversy, as some student societies are in the process of trying to leave the union citing concerns about allegedly undemocratic and unrepresentative practices.


Michael Wilson | Chancellor


As Chancellor, Wilson is the ceremonial figurehead of the administration and the public face of the university. When you convocate, Wilson will be the one in the resplendent robe on stage, shaking your hand and handing you your degree. Wilson was  Minister of Finance in Brian Mulroney’s Progressive Conservative government, and the Canadian ambassador to the United States. Wilson served as chancellor of Trinity College from 2003 to 2006, having graduated from U of T in 1959. He is serving a three-year term, which began July 1, 2012.


David Naylor | President


The president is the university’s de facto CEO, ensuring that the university’s finances are in order, its rules and governing institutions are functioning smoothly, and the school has long-term strategic plans guiding its growth. Naylor must answer to the provincial and federal governments and to the Governing Council, a Senate-like ruling body of 50 community members, including students, staff, and faculty who must give final approval to all important university decisions. Naylor has served as president since 2005. He will step down on October 31, 2013.


Meric Gertler | President-designate


Prior to being selected as president, Gertler served as the dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. As dean, Gertler was quite popular, although he oversaw the introduction of flat fees ­— a controversial system where full time students pay the same amount of tuition regardless of how many courses they are taking. A distinguished scholar, Gertler’s research has focused on geography and urban planning. Gertler will assume the presidency for a five-year term beginning November 1, 2013. He faces numerous challenges, including provincial belt-tightening, ongoing controversies in student politics, and major turnover within the senior administration.


Cheryl Regehr | Provost


The provost’s job is to oversee the budget and all academic matters. Regehr supervises principals and deans, working to determine the university’s academic priorities, teaching practices, and research agenda. Regehr assumes the post of provost on September 2, 2013, replacing Cheryl Misak. She previously served as vice-provost, academic programs, one of six vice-provosts  who each oversee a distinct portfolio, from student life to academic operations, and who work directly under the provost. She has been appointed for an 18-month term, but will be permitted to seek reappointment in February 2015 if she so desires.


Jill Matus | Vice-Provost, Students


Jill Matus and her office are responsible for determining all policies and procedures related to students and student life, across all three campuses. The Office of Student Life coordinates club approval, rents office space at 21 Sussex, and provides training to student leaders. The office is also responsible for recruiting students, rewarding scholarships and distributing financial aid, as well as running the study abroad program. Matus is the only one of the three most prominent senior administrators who will not be new to her post this year.

University of Toronto Mississauga — A Guide

If you’re venturing to the scenic University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus this year, perhaps you are a new full-time UTM student, or a St. George kid taking an extra course offered from one of our 125 programs. Whatever the case, here’s a quick guide to help you navigate your way through the charming 225 acres of campus that we UTM students fondly call home.


Getting Around

Bus stop outside the William G. Davis building.

Have classes in between Sheridan’s Davis campus and UTM, or just need a quick ride to St. George? If you’re a UTM student, your student card will allow you unlimited transport between all three locations for the Fall/Winter session. As a St. George or Scarborough student, you can buy bus tickets at the Info Booth in the Student Centre or at Hart House. To get around Mississauga in other ways, the bus station in front of the Kaneff Centre allows you to take the 110 South bus to the Clarkson Go Station or the 101 East bus to the Islington subway.


Hanging Out

Eventually, the quiet, idyllic UTM scenery might not do it for you and your pals on a Friday night. Several bus stops away, you’ll find Square One — Mississauga’s largest mall, boasting over 100 stores — with  Playdium, Chapters, and two movie theatres right next door. You can also visit a large assortment of fine dining establishments in this area. Other shopping centres near UTM include the Erin Mills Town Centre and South Common Mall, both of which are also easily accessible by bus.


Hunger Pangs

The Blind Duck pub.

Want to grab some grub before your next class, but not sure where to start? Head to the Temporary Food Court (TFC) in the William G. Davis building for a large variety of munchies — including Booster Juice and Tandoori Indian Cuisine. Not enough time for a sit-down? Snag a hot dog, among other foods, from Mike’s Dog House in front of the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) building. The Instructional Centre (IC)’s Panini Fresco is great while waiting for the St. George shuttle just around the corner. If you’re sticking around for the evening, grab a few friends and head to the Blind Duck, UTM’s official pub, for some food and fun.


Get Your Groove On 

Since its establishment in 2006, the Recreation, Athletic, and Wellness Centre (RAWC) has provided UTM students with a place to work out. Luckily, this facility is open to visiting St. George students as well. While the standard gym amenities are available (a track, a spacious pool, and various machines), many fitness classes are also offered for the less self-motivated, including zumba, kickboxing, and yoga. The meditation class is great for relieving stress and tension. If you’re into team play, look into joining a sports group like the Quidditch Team. For a slower pace, take a stroll on our campus trails and try to spot some deer.


Sweet Study Spots

The Academic Learning Centre.

When all you need is a quiet corner for tomorrow’s exam, the obvious solution would be the Hazel McCallion library, where you’ll find sofas, study carrels, and bookable group-study rooms. (Check out the bookshelves — they can move on their own; it’s magic!) If you want variety or can’t book a study room, various areas around the IC will provide adequate group space, like the front alcove or the second floor. Computer labs can be found across campus — such as those beside the Multimedia Studio Theatre (MiST) at the CCT Building and on the second floor of the IC.


Artsy Fartsy

Get your art on at UTM! Take a gander at the two art galleries found at the Kaneff Centre and the Community Culture and Technology (CCT) building. They host artwork from both UTM art students and professional artists from around the world. Various computer labs on campus host the latest multimedia programs, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Creative art-related events throughout the year include the Annual Art Festival and plays shown at Theatre Erindale.

U of T Libraries 101

The definitive guide to the St. George campus library system

Looking for a place to study during midterm season? Here’s the definitive guide to the St. George campus library system:

Robarts Library | “The Beast”

It’s 24 hours before an exam, or an essay is due at midnight and it’s half an hour before the deadline; at the height of desperation, students shut themselves in Robarts Library. Many call this concrete monstrosity home — especially during night hours, when tired souls take to the first three floors for serious napping. Robarts is U of T’s largest library, and is fondly known as Fort Book, because of its imposing concrete stature and seemingly endless collection of books. Although you’ll meet some intense researchers and crazed insomniacs at Robarts, it also serves as a social hub for students across all three campuses, housing the largest number of books in the university and a cafeteria with a Starbucks line that is almost always out the door.

Theme Song: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Snack of choice: 12” Meatball Sub from the cafeteria


Gerstein Science Library | “The Hopeful Pre-Med”

Gerstein is home to U of T’s life science students. Here, you’ll find first-years commiserating over Biology textbooks and Chemistry labs, as medical students pass by with their matching backpacks (yep, that’s a thing). Unlike the gloomy interiors of Robarts, Gerstein boasts plenty of windows to make even the most dreary of study days just a tad brighter.

Theme Song: “The Scientist” by Coldplay

Snack of choice: Pizza (brain food) from the downstairs café


E.J. Pratt | “The Hipster”

Home to Victoria College students, expect to see the artsy folk on campus getting their work done in Pratt library. Pratt offers optimal private space, with long mini-cubicles for individual students lining one side and a bar of window seats facing the scenic Victoria College residences on the other. The bottom floor contains some overflow stacks, as well as couch seating and vending machines for social interaction after hours of solitary study.

Theme song: You’ve probably never heard of it

Snack of choice: Sushi from Wymilwood Café in the Goldring Centre


Graham Library | “The Next Rhodes Scholar”

The Grahman Library takes up the centre wing of the beautiful Munk School building. Its popular reading rooms play host to lounging students who spend large portions of their days in the soft, welcoming Morris chairs — especially during colder months. Meanwhile serious studiers situate themselves in the surprisingly comfortable wooden chairs in front of the spacious individually-lit desks. Many windows boast beatiful views of Trinity College or of the gardens on Devonshire Place.

Theme song: “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Snack of choice: Lunch from The Buttery

Science Culture at U of T

There’s more to science on campus than lectures and lab reports. Science life at the University of Toronto includes research opportunities, activism, purple people, and a functioning cannon. All are part of the unique culture of the U of T’s science and Engineering programs.



Research and Discovery

U of T has a rich tradition of discovery and invention, and that tradition is maintained in part because of the contribution of undergraduate students. There are many opportunities for U of T students to get involved in high-level research. Science students can apply to work-study programs during the year, or work with research teams over the summer. These positions are paid, and offer valuable experience for those students who seek work in research fields.

Students can also choose to participate in a second-year Research Opportunity Program (ROP). ROPs are either full-year or summer-long courses which count toward degree and program requirements. Students participating in ROPs generally work with faculty on pre-existing research projects, though some ROPs allow students to create their own projects in a self-directed learning environment. Students interested in taking an ROP course should look for course codes which end in “299Y” and check out this website.


Clubs and Activism

Clubs and societies allow students to explore science in a less rigorous setting. A wide variety of activities and events are run by students through their respective colleges and faculties, as well as through the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) and ULife services.

Clubs that are activism- and action-focused work on varying scales. Engineers Without Borders is one of many clubs on campus that does work locally and internationally. The University of Toronto Biology Environmental Action Team (UTBEAT) works toward establishing sustainable practices within the university’s biology departments.

Clubs are open to students regardless of what they study, and most college-sponsored clubs are open to all students regardless of college affiliation.


We are the engineers!

The University of Toronto Engineering Society, or SkuleTM, is the oldest engineering society in Canada. Engineering classes typically do not overlap with Arts and Science courses, which can lead to a divide between engineering students and “artscis” (pronounced “artsys” — the word is engineer slang for Arts and Science students). Boisterous and tight-knit, engineers are a distinct and often divisive group on campus.

Particularly distinctive is the practice of purpling, which requires the subject to cover themselves head-to-toe in purple paint. Also hard to miss is the boom of the SkuleTM cannon, the official SkuleTM mascot. The cannon is often accompanied by the Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad [sic] (LGMB). All engineering students are members of the LGMB by default. Absolutely no musical talent is required to play with the LGMB, which contributes to its inimitable sound.

Though they may seem odd to outsiders, these traditions play an important role in engineering student culture. “When you start doing the crazy stuff, you’re all silly, but you’re all being silly together. So that gives everyone a sense of community, and that’s where the engineering community  — this sense of belonging — comes from, ” says Tabish Gilani, a second-year mechanical engineering student and former Track One representative. “I would definitely recommend purpling as an experience.”

SkuleTM sponsors its own societies and events. Massimo Gordillo, a third-year industrial engineering student, says that though engineers may seem to outsiders to be “cliquey” or “intimidating,” non-engineering students should “absolutely” come out to these events: “Just because we’re in different faculties, doesn’t mean that we can’t be super cool [and] get along.” Gilani adds, “At the end of the day, we’re all from U of T.”