Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Blood! It's in you to donate! :)

I'm a scardy cat too so don't worry, and I also have never donated blood before. BUT, walk by central square sometime this week and you just might spot me standing in line to donate some blood!

Blood services are visiting York University this week, and I am encouraging ALL to donate (as long as you fit the requirements of course)!

They are going to be here November 22 from 11am-4pm and then November 23 11am-1pm in the BEAR PIT (located in Central Square near Scott Library)

Requirements for donating:
- Must be at least 17 years old
- Weigh at least 110 lbs
- Be in good health (don't try donating blood when your getting through a flu!)
- Must NOT have had a tattoo or piercing done in the last 6 months
- Check out other information and requirements on the Canadian Blood Services website

So do you fit the requirements? THEN GO DONATE, and tell me how it goes :)

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Red and White Day!

You've seen advertisements on the school screens. Students have been handing out flyers to you. You feel it in the air... it can all only mean one thing... RED and WHITE DAY is THIS WEDNESDAY!

What's so special about the celebration of these two colors on November 14th? Well, red and white day occurs twice a year and it's purpose is to promote some fun along with school spirit around campus while bringing the school together! In honor of red and white day some great activities and deals can be found around campus. I don't want any of you to miss out all the great stuff going on, so here's some information below:

10:00a 
FREE Breakfast in Vari Hall brought to you by the YFS

12:00p 
Spirit Rally and Food Giveaway in the Student Centre
*** This is also when the winner of the MY TIME competition will be revealed- so make sure you attend to find out if you won FREE tuition!

11:00a-3:00p 
Button Making (similar to the one's we were giving away all summer)
Prizes and Giveaways (you have more chances of winning if your sporting some YORK GEAR)

Get this shirt for $10 (incl. tax) in
Vari Hall 
10:00a-3:00p
YORK T-Shirts for sale in Vari Hall for only
TEN DOLLARS!

On top of the activities, some vendors on campus will be selling items on SALE for the day:

Bookstore: 25% off all red and white clothing and gift ware
Tait McKensie: 10% off select items
Absinthe Pub: FREE can of pop with any lunch if your sporting red and white clothing
Country Style: $1 for rose's pudding cookies
Michealangelo's: 15% off on entrees
Orange Snail: $7 for fried chicken with avocado salad
Blumont: 10% off anything
Mac Sushi: 10% off anything
Gino's Pizza: 10% off any combo meal order
Islands Caribbean: 1/4lb chicken and 2 festivals for $4 +hst
Jimmy the Greek: 10% off any menu item
Underground: 15% off food from 11a-6p
Armark Cafeterias: $4.99 for lasagna, garlic bread, and a red/white cupcake
York has also invited some food trucks, so check them out around campus and maybe get some unique food items!

There are also some competitions going on around campus:

Best in Class Competition
Take a picture of you and your class sporting Red and White, for a chance to win FREE coffee for the whole class! For more information on rules and how to submit a picture click here.

Team Spirit Competition 
Any group of students can compete for a chance to win a free pizza lunch! You gotta show some spirit in order to win though. This competition involves banner decorating, picture, cheering, and celebrating! For more information on all the aspects of the competition and how to enter click here. The team of students at Student Community and Leadership Development are entering this competition!

Student Community and Leadership Development getting ready for
red and white day!

If you have any questions about the day feel free to comment below, or check out the red and white day website! Hope to see you all wearing the two best colours ever! :)

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,







Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Get Some Sports Back in Your Life

I bet there are a bunch of you out there who are absolutely heartbroken because of the lack of hockey in your life.

Now, although I can't say I know how you feel (don't think I have ever watched a full hockey game in my life- please don't hate me) I am here to add a little bit of hockey...

along with wrestling, basketball, volleyball, track & field, cross country, and some SCHOOL SPIRIT to your life!

Did you know that there are varsity games going on almost every week, and are completely free for York students?!

Some upcoming games at YORK:

November 9:
York`s Men`s Ice Hockey v. Concordia Stingers 7:00pm

November 16:
York`s Women`s Basketball v. Western Mustangs 6:00pm

November 17:
York`s Men`s Volleyball v. Waterloo Warriors 2:00pm
York`s Men`s Basketball v. Windsor Lancers 8:00pm


These games are a lot of fun! You get to watch some fellow students play some great sports. There are also always give-away`s and interactive games at half time, and breaks! Gather some friends and come out and watch one of the upcoming games!!!

For a list of other upcoming events check out the York Lions website!

Until Next Time, I`ll be Yorking Around,









Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My New Bestfriend... soon to be your's too!

So I was working on my essay the other day (just finished it actually-yay!) and although I have never been one to look at all the resources the library has to offer, I luckily did a few days ago because I discovered my new best friend... RefWorks!



RefWorks is a website that actually helps you make your citation and works cited! You can even "transfer" books from the library onto the website and it will make a works cited page for you using those books!!  I had no idea this website existed, and as someone who is really bad at doing citation, and bibliography's you can imagine how happy I was to discover it (right away, I was like "gotta share this on my blog").

So here I am... sharing it... on my blog! Check it out! For real, it is one of the most useful website's I have ever found for helping with essays! 

It is a very exclusive website that the University pays for, so to access it you have to log-in through the York Library website

GOOD LUCK WITH THOSE ESSAYS EVERYONE!

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around, 




Tuesday, 16 October 2012

BEEP BEEP... CARPOOLER COMING THROUGH!

Driving. It can be sad, lonely, expensive, and boring. Why not share those 30 + minutes in a car with someone?

That's right... CARPOOL!

Not sure who to carpool with? 
Did you know that SmartCommute can match you up with someone in your area to carpool with? Register on their Car Pool Zone Registration and it will show people in your area who also drive to York! 
You can split on gas, have someone to talk to on the drive, and make a new friend! :)

Even better...

PRIORITY PARKING! 

That's right... PRIORITY PARKING for those who carpool. This is a brand new feature that has been put in place thanks to SmartCommute, and I actually got to attend the grand unrevealing last week! 
It's a great advantage because you get to park a little closer than everyone else just for carpooling!
In order to get sweet priority parking, check out the priority parking page of the SmartCommute website! You should all check out it because it's really worth it!

The Carpool Priority Parking spot sign! ( I got creative
with my photography in case you couldn't tell!)

Other staff and students who attended the revealing as well!
If you want more information on carpooling, or about "smart commuting" in general check out the Smart Commute website. They have tons of information about busing, driving, biking, etc!

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,







Tuesday, 9 October 2012

York's Very Own Observatory!

Look up! At the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... stars and planets seen from our very own observatory!

York Observatory

Did you know? York University has an observatory right on the Keele campus?!

It's pretty cool. The York Observatory was built in 1968 primarily for Astronomy students to allow them to determine solar rotation periods, classify galaxies, and complete other observatory projects. Just because it was built for astronomy students though, doesn't mean other students and staff can't take advantage of it! :)

The Observatory hosts a public viewing every Wednesday night from 7:30-9:30pm (date idea right here.. you're welcome). This public viewing is open to literally anyone (regardless if they are a part of the York community) and you get to observe space through the telescopes, check out hands on presentations, and talk to the staff who know a thing or two about our planets. Best of all... it's FREE! 

Here are some of the sights you'll get to see with your very own eyes: 


         
The great Orion Nebula
Andromeda Galaxy

So whether you've got nothing planned on a Wednesday night, or you want to take someone special on a first date, go out and check the Observatory! I know I will definitely be checking it out this month! For more info check out the observatory website.

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,  

                 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Essays are due soon... HELP!?

So. It's already October people... OCTOBER! What does this mean...
1. Time at university FLIES by!
2. Monday we have no classes because it's Thanksgiving (long weekend-yay!)
3. I'm going to eat a lot of food on Monday
Lastly...

4. ESSAYS ARE DUE SOON!

Essay's are a little different in university than they are in high school. The required length is usually longer, the consequences of plagiarism are much more serious, and your Professors are expecting more from you than your high school teacher's did.

Don't sweat it though... your not alone. We have an awesome service on campus called the Writing Centre.

One particular thing the writing centre offers is one-on-one sessions, where you can actually get someone to help you with citation, research, proofreading, or even starting off that dreaded essay! It's a FREE service, you just got to make sure you register with them so they can match you to a tutor that will meet your needs!

Once you are registered with them, you can make hour long appointments which is great because it gives a substantial amount of time for you to spend with your tutor. An hour isn't long enough for your essay? You can make multiple appointments for one essay!!!

Do me a favor and take advantage of the writing centre! You have absolutely nothing to lose, and higher marks to gain! :)

Writing Centre
S329 Ross Building
416-736-5134
lapswrit@yorku.ca


Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,


Thursday, 20 September 2012

FREE WORKSHOPS (to help you do fantastical in university)!

First off... YES! Fantastical IS a word!

Second... did you know York University offers a TON of FREE academic workshops? From citation, to research, to writing an essay... there is a great deal amount of help out there for you )contrally to popular belief, you are NOT alone)! Since were already in our second week of school (I know, I know... time goes by FAST!) I thought I would share with you all some upcoming workshops here at York University!

Library Workshop for Undergraduate Students: Provides information on how to do proper research, using the library resources!

September 17, 10:00am-11:30am
September 20, 10:00am-11:30am
September 26, 2pm-3:30pm

LOCATION: 531 Scott Library

Citing and Referencing Workshop at Scott Library:  Learn about proper citing and referencing, and get some practice in this hands-on workshop. Emphasis will be placed on MLA and APA.

October 2, 3:00pm-4:30pm

October 12, 11:00am-12:30am
October 18, 2:00pm-3:30pm

LOCATION: 531 Scott Library


Effective Editing: You will learn to assess content, correct common errors and proofread your work for accuracy!

September 25, 3:00pm-4:30pm

LOCATION: SMIL Library


Essays Made Easy: You will learn how to develop a well-considered thesis statement, and how to use evidence effectively to support your position. You will also discover the difference between summary and analysis, and see how they interact within an essay to provide a logical, coherent argument.


September 27, 1:00pm-2:30pm


LOCATION: SMIL Library




Now these are only a few of the MANY workshops out there to help you with university! Some of the departments at York University that offer free academic workshops are Scott Library, Writing Centre, Counselling and Disability Services, among others!


I highly recommend each and everyone of you to attend at least one of these workshops because you have nothing to loose, and you will gain a lot of useful information! In fact, you will probably find me attending a few of these, even though I`m going into my fourth year (never too old to learn, right?).


Lastly, if your not sure about the location of one of these workshops, you cal always stop by the RED Zone, tweet (@yorksredzone, or e-mail (redzone@yorku.ca). 


GOODLUCK with your first tests, quizzes, exams, essays, presentations, and assignments! :) 


Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,











Saturday, 1 September 2012

TEXTBOOKS!

Enrollment appointment... Check
Enrolled in classes... Check
Visited RED Zone... Check
Checked the location of classes... Check
Got my textbooks... Ch.... wait...... oh no... I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET MY TEXTBOOKS?!

Have no fear... I... AM... HERE!

Finding out what textbooks you need, and how to get them is super easy!

First you want to get out your timetable, and go over to the bookstore website. At the top left corner you will see it says textbooks!

Once you get to textbooks, it will take you to a page where it gives you different options. If you want to find out what textbooks you need for your classes, go over to "print your course list".

When you go over to "print your course list" you will be able to put in your course names, and codes, and it will generate all your textbooks you need for school! 
When you know what textbooks you need, you can print off the list and visit the bookstore for textbooks both new and used. I usually get my textbooks second week of school, when the textbook list is official but it's up to you how you want to do it!

Also, an awesome thing that the bookstore has started this year, is a rewards program! The way it works:
- If you put money on your YU-CARD (student card), and then purchase your books with the student card you earn SCHOLAR DOLLARS!
- You automatically earn 5% or more back in SCHOLAR DOLLARS!
- These SCHOLAR DOLLARS can be collected and used to purchase any merchandise in the bookstore!
- They also have a bonus offer! If you collect up to 100 SCHOLAR DOLLARS, and you redeem them all on a single purchase, the bookstore will give you a $100 bookstore gift card!

Therefore I would totally recommend toping up your yu-card with money, and then using that to purchase your books because you will get some awesome SCHOLAR DOLLARS!

Good luck getting you books everyone! :)

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around, 





Thursday, 30 August 2012

MOVE-IN DAY!

The day is almost here! Your moving away from the nest, and about to live alone for the first time! I bet you're all packed up and excited, but also feeling a little nervous, and not sure what to expect.

HAVE NO FEAR! As ALWAYS... I am here! I'll let you in on some tips from the pros, so you have a super smooth process moving in on Friday! :)

TIP #1 Don't sweat if your parents can't stick around to help you unpack! 
There will be over ONE HUNDRED upper year students at each residence to greet you, and help you get your belongings to your room! So your parents can still attend parent orientation if they have registered! :)

Rain or Shine we will direct you!

  Some upper-years students helping move someone in!
The upper-year students who are there to GREET YOU!

We sometimes really get into the greeting
 TIP #2 Go pick-up your key BEFORE going to your Residence! 
Your room key will not be at your residence! You will have to pick up your key from a residence office. Not sure where the residence office is? Refer to the following:

CHECK IN TIMES AND KEY PICK-UP LOCATIONS
Your Residence
Friday August 31st –
Wednesday September 5th
Sept. 6th and after
Tatham, Vanier  and
Winters Residences
Housing Complex 1 Office
108 McLaughlin College
8:30am – 10pm
Housing Complex 1 Office
108 McLaughlin College
8:30am – 4:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Pond Road Residence
Pond Road Residence
Front Desk
8:30am – 10pm
Housing Complex 1 Office
108 McLaughlin College
8:30am – 4:30pm (Mon-Fri) *
Bethune, Stong & Calumet Residences
Housing Complex 2 Office
101 Bethune College
8:30am-10pm
Housing Complex 2 Office
101 Bethune College
8:30am – 4:30pm (Mon-Fri)


This leads to me to my third tip...

TIP #3 Bring a photo ID when picking up your room key!
You need either your York University Student card, passport, or driver's license in order to pick up your room key, so make sure you have it with you when picking up your room key!

TIP #4 Plan your route ahead of time!
Unfortunately there is some construction on move-in day which will cause some road-closures! To prevent a headache, refer to the updated map which shows which roads will be closed. Also make sure you have the full campus map which shows you where each residence is.

TIP #5 Make sure you know what you can and can not bring into residence!
Don't waste time, space and effort bringing something to residence only to find out you are not allowed to bring it! 
Things to bring:
- picture or poster hangers that don’t damage the wall or door surfaces 
- bathrobe and shower shoes
 - towels and toiletries
- a laundry hamper and detergent
- clothes hangers
- your own bed linens which you can purchase from this website
- under-the-bed storage bins
- alarm clock
- computer and a power bar with surge protection
- headphones
- your health card and medications
- any information that the university sent you over the summer
-mini fridges are allowed!
Things to NOT bring: 
- extra large pieces of furniture (your residence room comes furnished with a single bed and mattress, dresser, desk, bookshelves and chair). Residence furnishings may not be removed from rooms and stored. Storage is only provided for empty trunks and suitcases
- pets (including fish)
- large amplifiers and subwoofers
- candles.
- cooking appliances (including microwaves and toaster ovens). Cooking is not permitted in residence unless you have been assigned a suite-style room that comes equipped with kitchen access. There are microwaves available in most common rooms for heating up a snack or water for your tea.

Hope your all packed and ready to go, and found all this information useful! If you have any more questions, check out the move-in website or comment below!

I'm going to be on campus therefore you all must stop by the RED Zone so we can all meet you! :)

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,



Friday, 24 August 2012

Art Attack.. at York?!

Someone had suggested a topic for a new blog post: Art around York! So I went around York with my handy dandy camera and took some pictures of Art. What i realized very soon though... YORK HAS A LOT OF ART! The following pictures are of art found in only TWO BUILDINGS! Crazy right?! Enjoy the pictures, as they are all pretty cool! 

If you look closely, this art actually lights up!

Interesting piece. Looks almost not finished which is cool!



Two separate pieces, but same concept.


Art in Scott Library!

Crazy, confusing, and cool?

This sculpture is found outside the Health, and Environmental Studies Building!

Cool concept with the mouths covered.





No. This picture is not posted upside down.
The tree is actually hanging on the wall like this!
Hope you guys enjoyed the art! Keep your eyes peeled for Part Two, because there is SO much more art found around campus! :)

Until Next Time, Ill be Yorking Around,

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

YFS HEALTH and DENTAL PLAN!

You may or may not know this but, every single full-time student is automatically IN the health and dental plan! This means that you will be charged $241.49, for 12 months worth of health and dental coverage! I know, I know... "what does this mean!?", "what if I don't want it?!", "what does it cover?!". Hold. Onto. Your. Horses. People. I'm going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions right in this blog, so you can be in the know about this plan!

What if I don't want the plan?
If you don't want the plan, and you are already covered under a different plan you would want to "opt-out". You can opt-out here.  Just follow the steps, and it'll guide you. Make sure to opt-out by October 5 or else you will be charged and kept in the health and dental plan.

What does the plan cover?
The plan actually covers a variety of things! Some of these include:
- $100/24months for vision care
- 80% prescription drugs, for up to $1000
- $25 per visit for up to $300 for dietician, chiropractic care, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and other services
- The plan covers many other things as well, click here for the full list

Can my family be covered?
You can add your children and/or spouse onto your plan, but it will cost more:
$241.39 is charged to all students or to individual student who enrolls manually.
$468.84 to add ONE dependent (note: this is in addition to $241.39 paid as a student)
$579.65 to add more than one dependent (note: this is in addition to $241.39 paid as a student)


How do I use the plan? Do I get a card to prove I am covered?
You do not get a card with the YFS health and dental plan. Instead you can provide the following information to your health care provider:
Benefit Provider: GREEN SHIELD CANADA
Drugs: (Prescription) YFS + Student Number +00
Dental: Group Policy/Plan No: 11111
Division/Section No: YFS
Employer: York University
Certificate No/ I.D. No: Student Number

That about covers all the questions we have been getting here at the RED Zone! 

Remember: If you DO want the plan you don't have to do anything as you are automatically going to be placed in the plan! 

For more information feel free to contact the YFS through their website or give them a call at 416-736-2100 ext. 58066

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around, 

 
 


Friday, 17 August 2012

Another Benefit of Being Involved: You Get Your Picture on the YorkU Website

No... I'm not a model, I don't "know the right people", and I didn't bribe anyone. I'm just involved.

Recently the York University website got a brand new update with new tabs, and different look. On top of that they added a new picture of past RED Zone ambassador Ali and I!

Natural born models right?
Never would I ever have thought I would be on the York University website, but I guess that's just one of the perks of being involved. I'm not saying all of you who become involved will be on the website one day, but there are many people who are involved, and are gracing the covers and pages of York University pamphlets and booklets! Pretty cool stuff.

That picture was also taken over a year ago and I did not expect to see it being used after so long, but I guess you never know whats going to happen! Don't let your 4 years fly by everyone: get involved! :)

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,





Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Plagiarism! Know your stuff!

Plagiarism. You've heard about it. You have avoided it. The consequences can be rough. But now that your at University the consequences are more serious than in high school. This includes receiving a mark of 0% on the paper. Getting an F in the class. Or even worse: getting kicked out of University.

DO NOT WORRY THOUGH! The best way to avoid plagiarizing in your papers at York is by simply being aware of what it is, attending workshops, and using the services on campus that are there to help you!

What is plagiarism? 
According to the York University website plagiarism is "representing someone else's ideas, writing or other intellectual property as your own, and is another form of academic dishonesty". 
*To avoid plagiarizing someone else's work you would want to cite other people's work.

What is Academic Dishonesty? 
According to the York University website, committing academic dishonesty includes: cheating, impersonation, aiding, collusion, fabrication, among other dishonest acts. You can find the definition of these acts here.

What is Academic Integrity? 
According to the York University website "as a student, to have academic integrity means that you have adopted principles or standards that consistently govern how you pursue your school work. A student with academic integrity earns a degree with honest effort, and knows that this degree is a true accomplishment reflecting years of hard work and genuine learning. Academic integrity requires you to develop essential skills including research, writing, and documenting.

Now that you know a bit more about what it means to be a student with academic integrity, and what it means to plagiarize, here are some tips to avoid it (even by accident):
- Cite every single piece of information that is not yours! (sometimes students aren't sure if they should cite: when in doubt cite!)
- Make sure you know how to cite according to what your citing! (You can be accused of plagiarism for improper citation. This can be easily avoided by just educating yourself on how to cite). The library, and the colleges host workshops throughout the year on citations! To find out about them click here.
- Get your work proofread! The writing centre can proofread and help you with citation for you essays for free! Take advantage of them as it goes a long way
- Check out the York's Academic Integrity Tutorial which goes over in more detail on citing, and can even test you on academic integrity!

Check out all the resources out there to help you, and good luck writing!

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,









Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Let's Get Physical... Physical!

Yea. Let's get physical. What kind of physical? I'm talking about running, working out, swimming, dancing, stretching, lifting, punching, everything and anything that has to do with moving your body! Even if your not super into working out, there is something out there for you to get your body moving, and staying healthy! 

Here at York we have a ton of services, and facilities that are here to make it easier to fit in some physical activity into our busy schedules as students!

Tait McKenzie Gym 

This is the go to place for fitness, with a majority of services being housed here! Some of the services they have are:

Fitness Centre: This is 11,000 square foot room you will find 45 cardio machines and 23 selectorized machines and free weights! Access to the fitness centre costs only $15 for the whole year (crazy, I know)! On top of that the hours are amazing because from Mon-Fri it is open 6am-10pm during the school year! For more information click here.

Fitness Centre
Swimming Pool: An awesome 25 metre long swimming pool for your swimming pleasure. There are lane swims usually 3 times during the day (so you can go when is best for you), and don't worry if your not the next Michael Phelps because they divide the swimming pool into different lanes, with each lane being for what speed you go at! It is free to use the swimming pool as a York University student! For times of lane swims click here.

The Tait McKenzie Pool during an event
Basketball, Squash, Tennis Courts: There are 5 North American squash courts, 5 double tennis courts, and 2 basketball courts housed either in the Tait McKenzie Gym, or outside. All these courts are accessible for use during public use time, or when you call in and let them know when you want to use it! There are also baseball diamonds, and outdoor fields that can be used as well, and all the courts are for free as a York University student. For more information on booking a court or field click here.

Fitness Classes: Yoga, Zumba, Muay Thai, Martial Arts, Swimming, Salsa, Pilates, Hip-Hop, and Boot Camp, are just some of the fitness classes you can sign yourself up for! Although not for free, the prices are usually much lower than any where else, and Tait McKendzie does have some free cardio classes. These classes include Cardio Tae Boxing, Cardio Step,  and Total Body Challenge among a few others. For more information on times, and other classes that are offered click here for the recreational guide.


Toronto Track and Field Centre

Inside the Track and Field Centre

This is a go to place for any one who runs and jogs (personally my favourite place to run when the weather isn't great). They have an 8 lane outdoor track and 5 lane indoor track. Access is free for York University students, you just have to print of the list with all your courses, which you can log-in and access here. On top of the tracks there are also jumps, sprint runways, hurdle lane ways, and many other tracks where you will sometimes find professional athletes practising which is pretty cool!


Canlan Ice Centre

One of the most "outstanding arena facilities in North America". With 5 NHL regulation sized ice surfaces, and 1 international sized ice surface, I don't doubt that. Don't worry if you don't play hockey (I don't either), the reason why I'm mentioning this facility is because they do public skating for everyone! You can bring in your own skates, or rent. They also host a "stick and puck" event where you can practise your hockey skills, and they also do an adult shinny! It's only $6 each for one session. For more information click here.

Intramural Sports

Did you know you can play 27 sports throughout the school year for free? Did you also know you don't have to be good at them? At York University we have an Intramural Sports program. The way it works is all 9 colleges compete against each other in 27 sports throughout the year. Every sport is offered in either Tier 1 (more competitive, and more skills required) or Tier 2 (more for fun, no skills required). With so many sports not only do we have all the regular good 'ol sports, but we also have rage dodgeball (dodgeball you play from 10pm-7am) and rock, paper, scissors tournament! It is a lot of fun, and its an awesome, free way to stay active, and play sports or even take up a new sport!

Me and my Rage Dodgball Team!
I didn't play any sports in high school and considered myself very inactive. When I found out about the intramurals I was hesitant to play because I had never played any sports, but luckily some friends persuaded me to come out and play, and I have been playing ever since! Word of advice: do intramurals! You won't regret it! If you are smart enough to listen to me, you'll want to talk to your athletic rep at your college for information on signing up or click here.

Whether you play one intramural sport, or go to the gym every day-  just get physical! It'll make you feel good, help you with stress, and is a great way to get involved. There are also other services that aren't mentioned here, so look around and comment if your looking for something specific!

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around,

Monday, 23 July 2012

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

If the title didn't give it away, we are going to talk about newspapers and magazines! You may be wondering "What in the world do newspapers and magazines have to do with being a student at York University?". Well, did you know that York students operate more than 10 newspapers, magazines, and  publications? Yea, it is quite a lot.


With all these publications there is so many opportunities for you to share your poems, your ideas, drawings, etc! Even if your not into that, there is always something sweet to read in between classes, on the bus, or wherever you go and need to kill some time!


I've come up with a list of majority of the newspapers and magazines that we have on campus. A great things about having so many is that they all share different interests, focus on different things, and you will find different opinions in them:


Some of the newspapers and magazines you'll
find around campus!


The Flying Walrus
- This is the Stong College Student magazine


Artichoke Magazine
- Student run magazine housed at Winters College
- Geared towards fine-arts topics, issues, etc.


YU Free Press
- Alternative newspaper run by Graduate and Undergraduate students
- Their objectives are "to challenge the mainstream corporate media model and to provide a space for critical analysis and commentary of the news around us – both on and off campus – to a community of students, faculty, and staff alike"


Excalibur
- York Universities community newspaper
- Covers news on campus, and off-campus


The Vandoo
- Student run newspaper housed at Vanier College
- Covers news and events going around Vanier, campus, and off-campus


Mac Media
- Student run magazine housed at MacLaughlin College
- Covers many topics, issues, and opinions an pretty much anything


Incendies Magazine
- York's only arts and culture feminist magazine
- They seek to "highlight modern thought and diversity through a feminist, gendered, queer, sexuality, race, religion, ability lens (and so on!)" 


The Lexicon
- Student run newspaper housed at Bethune College
- They feature pieces on students life, entertainment, travel, science and technology, etc.


New Beat
- Student run magazine housed at New College
- Their focus is on student life at York University, and New College in particular


Pro Tem
- Is the bilingual newspaper of Glendon College
- Founded at 1962, it is York's oldest running newspaper
- They pride themselves on "delivering reliable and accurate news reports that concern the campus, the city, the country, and the world."


Existere 
- Existere exists as a venue for emerging and established talent from York University and around the world.
- They publish poetry, fiction, visual art, interviews, reviews, essays, photographs, art, and much more from established and emerging talents. They also debut new writers, poets, and artists.


Check them out, and even look into submitting your own articles, pictures, comics, poems because all these publications are always looking for new submissions! 




P.S. York gets FREE Toronto Star Newspaper every day at the newspaper stands around campus!



Until next time, I'll be Yorking Around,

YuConnect