Introducing The Sheptytsky Institute

"The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, also known as the Sheptytsky Institute, is an autonomous department of the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC)."

U-Pass Talks Well Underway

"If instated, U-Pass would cost less than the adult rate of $3.25 per ride, and indeed lower than the currently available Metropass of $116.75 a month, so as to make it worthwhile for students."

Brennan Hall Renovations Update

"On Thursday January 11, the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) held a town hall in The Coop to discuss the upcoming renovations to Brennan Hall. The town hall was moderated by USMC Principal and Vice-President Randy Boyagoda, and saw representatives from the architectural firm Gow Hastings as well as a USMC student panel."

Quercus to Replace Blackboard Starting Fall 2018

"The new Quercus system emulates app-based operating systems, allowing for a much more customizable and optimized learning environment. Instructors will be able to integrate apps for specific purposes for their classes as well as add flexibility to teaching methods."

Peers with Ears in Search of Students

"Peers with Ears is by no means meant to replace or undermine professional mental health services, but rather it aims to supplement them and encourage student involvement in the conversation about mental health."

John Taylor Hired as USMC Student Life Coordinator

“To this end, my hope is that students will leave USMC at the end of their studies having been part of a welcoming student life community with a better sense of who they are as people, what they want to do with their lives, and some good ideas about which path(s) to take.”

CUPE 3902, Unit 1 Votes for Strike Mandate

"December 13, it was announced that members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local (CUPE) Local 3902, Unit 1 voted 89.4% in favour of a strike mandate. Over 1,500 of the union members turned out to vote at one of polling stations located on all three University of Toronto (U of T) campuses. Voting took place December 6–8 and December 11 and 12."

Toronto's UNESCO Bid Accepted

"On November 20, the Mayor of Toronto, during the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts, announced UNESCO’s designation and personally thanked the University of Toronto and Granata, who believes that “education and urban engagement play a fundamental role to make the cities creatively flourish and prosper.”"

Faculty of Theology Awarded Prestigious Research Grants

"“The purpose of a university is to ‘create new knowledge’ and advance human understanding in a significant way through research/discovery, and through teaching,” said Attridge. “The fact that faculty members from St. Mike’s received almost a third of a million dollars in grant money this year is not only significant in terms of fulfilling our mission; it’s also important in terms of the university’s reputation.”"

Need to Know: SMCSU

"While overcoming past SMCSU deficiencies is a vital part of the current SMCSU’s job, SMCSU councillors and executives are still coming up with policies and events for the current academic year. These include, but are not limited to, co-chairing Winterfest 2018 with Innis College and University College, introducing an equity commission, and planning the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) for January."

Poverty, Corruption, and Morality

"Poverty, Inc. is an “award-winning documentary that analyzes the results of some Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGOs) attempts to help alleviate extreme poverty in countries in the developing world.”

In Comes Inequality

"The Mike asked one of the people who worked on the report, Michelynn Laflèche, United Way Toronto and York Region’s Vice President of Strategy, Research, and Policy, exactly what the implication of Toronto being the “income inequality capital of Canada” means."

UTSU AGM In Review

“The UTSU is facing a three million dollar deficit with the introduction of the Student Commons in the next 10 years,” Memmel said. “The numbers speak for themselves — they’re provided by the university, [and] they’re not fabricated.” 

Need to Know: Your USMC Writing Centre

"The Writing Centre also hosts drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 302 of the Kelly Library. The drop-in sessions are helpful for students who could not get an appointment, have last-minute questions, or would like to get additional support from other instructors and students."

Admission of a Mission

"The statement asserts that USMC is interested in pursuing knowledge for the sake of knowledge, which is common among academic institutions. Because of its identity as a Catholic university, it is particularly interested in pursuing knowledge of the Christian tradition. However, USMC also wants to point out that it is not exclusive to Catholics, and it is accepting of people from every background."