Ryerson University’s frosh week focuses on mental health

Ryerson University is taking on a new initiative to address the stressful reality freshman students face when making the transition to university by emphasizing the importance of mental health in their orientation program. According to CBC Toronto, the program began Aug. 27, and will continue until Sept. 9, as many first-year students make the move into the university’s bustling downtown campus. Stephan Allen, a health and wellness events assistant with Ryerson’s fall orientation, said they rebooted the idea from a friend’s unfinished attempt the previous year. “Overall, I just thought it was important for a school as diverse as Ryerson to have something where students can feel represented and feel appreciated for the differences that they may have,” Allen said. Among […]

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Letter: Carleton should not have separate frosh groups

At Carleton University, if you’re a business student or an engineering student you are able to participate in Sprosh or EngFrosh, respectively, and have your own orientation week separate from other faculties. But if you happen to be one of the “freshies” going into a computer science, law, or journalism degree, you’re mixed up with everyone else. It raises the question: if the idea of a student orientation week is to orient and welcome new students through a variety of events held on and off campus, then why aren’t all “freshies” welcomed together as one group? After all, we are all Ravens, right? At Carleton, instead of promoting a welcoming environment to meet people with different interests, we promote three […]

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Dry residence proposed in new alcohol policy

Revisions to make Carleton’s alcohol policy more “co-ordinated and effective” are passing through the pipeline and are due to be released this fall, according to director of student affairs Ryan Flannagan. Many recommendations for the policy are being looked at, Flannagan said, but cannot be detailed as they are in draft form and not yet approved. One proposal is to make residences dry during frosh week. Flannagan said the university will have to give more thought given Carleton’s proximity to Quebec, where the legal drinking age is 18. Several departments across the university, such as Health & Counselling Services, Campus Safety, and Equity Services have been involved in the revisions so far, he said. “There was also a professor involved […]

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Frosh-goers well behaved

Carleton frosh-goers this year were generally well-behaved during Orientation Week. While events at other campuses have taken a turn for the worse, with inappropriate cheers and more, Allan Burns, director of university safety, said there were no big incidents putting a damper on frosh. ”Nothing jumped out as significant compared to past years,” he said. University safety community liaison officer Mark Hargreaves said they had a similar amount of calls this year as in the past. “This orientation week was along the same line as orientation weeks in the past,” he said. “There were no major incidents to report and overall it was safe for students.” Burns said security responds to calls from locked doors to alcohol poisoning. From Sept. […]

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Editorial: Football should be included in the varsity sports pass

The return of Carleton Ravens football has resulted in a rebrand of Carleton athletics, partly in an attempt to get the community excited for the upcoming season. The rebrand can be seen through the Athletics Centre renovations and new fall orientation bags given to Carleton freshmen participating in the week-long event. The bags are now black, not the typical red, and the Ravens logo has been updated. However, for the Varsity Athletics season passes, which are given to those who participate in orientation week, football is not offered. These passes grant the owner access to all the regular season home games of the major varsity sports teams, such as hockey, basketball, and soccer, for no additional charge. The football team […]

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