GETTING INVOLVED @ UC
UC Literary & Athletic Society
The University College Literary and Athletic Society (UC Lit) is the oldest democratically elected student government in Canada. The Lit coordinates a wide range of events and activities, including new student orientation, dances, trips, cultural events, clubs and intramural athletics. Lit elections are held in March for executive and upper-year representative positions, and in September for first-year representatives. Students who do not wish to run for an elected position are welcome to join one of the many commissions of the UC Lit. The Lit is also always looking for volunteers to be members of various commissions and to help with events.
If you live in residence, Dons, members of the house executive and the University College Residence Council (UCRC) organize a variety of social and educational programs throughout the year. Students are also strongly encouraged to organize events themselves. Running a house event is a great way to help build community and earn residence points for readmission. Being a member of a residence house or its executive is not limited to residence students. Off-campus students are encouraged to become a house associate.
UC Student Newspaper: The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle is the UC student newspaper. Founded in 1848 as an underground publication, The Gargoyle was shut down in 1903 and resurrected only in the 1950s. The "Garg" has grown into an eclectic and sometimes controversial paper which welcomes all kinds of submissions, from original artwork and poetry to hard-hitting investigative journalism. The paper operates as an editorial collective and welcomes new members. The Gargoyle's offices are located in the F Wing of the College (in the cloisters near the Junior Common Room and down the stairs). For more information, contact The Gargoyle at (416) 946-0941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC Literary Magazine: The UC Review
The UC Review has been showcasing student art and literature for over 30 years. The Review is published once a year, in the spring. Be sure to pick up your free copy at the Registrar's office and enjoy the wonderful collection of poetry, short prose, art, and photography by your fellow students. For information on how to submit original work or to join one of the committees (Selections, Design/Layout or Publicity) please contact email@example.com or visit the UC Review website at http://uclit.ca/uc-review/.
Student Theatre Troupe: The UC Follies
The UC Follies have a long and proud history of theatrical productions. Over the past few years, these have included West Side Story, The Music Man, A Chorus Line, and Godspell. Auditions are held in the fall for spring productions. All students are welcome to audition.
Student Dragonboat Team: The UC Waterdragons
The UC Waterdragons is a club intended to promote fun, team work, excellence and fitness among its members. The sport is about spirit and team cooperation as well as skill and strength. The team is composed mostly of UC students, but any student who is interested is encouraged to try out. Founded in 1998, successes include numerous wins and a trip to compete in China.
GETTING INVOLVED @ U OF T
There are hundreds of different campus clubs with a wide range of mandates, such as hobby/special interest, political, spiritual, volunteer/community, academic, sports, games, drama, dance, music and environmental.
The University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU) holds a Clubs Fair every year during Orientation week. The UTSU also provides funding and support for clubs.
To view a list of existing clubs, or for information about creating and registering a student group visit Ulife.
A student society is a student organization on whose behalf the University collects compulsory non-academic incidental fees. Membership in a student society is open to any student from whom fees are collected. Examples of student societies include college and residence councils, as well as newspapers and radio stations. At UC, fees are collected for the UC Lit, College program student associations, The Gargoyle, UCOC and UCRC.
The Arts and Science Students' Union advocates on behalf of students in the Faculty of Arts and Science students and acts as an umbrella organization for its multitude of course unions.
The university has a variety of voices and student media. Campus-wide student media include The Varisty newspaper, and CIUT 89.5 FM radio station, but there are many ways to make sure your voice is heard!
Hart House Clubs and Committees
Hart House, located just east of UC, has several committees which set policy and run events and activities. Hart House also has clubs, including a camera club and symphonic band, among others, and offers athletic facilities that are open to all U of T students.
Athletics and Fitness
The four main athletic facilities on the St. George campus are the Athletic Centre, the Varsity Centre, the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and Hart House. As an undergraduate student, you are a member of these facilities and enjoy access to gyms, swimming pools, court rentals, and drop-in classes, as well as fitness and sports instruction.
Intramural and Intercollegiate Sport
The University of Toronto runs the largest Intramurals Program in the country, with nearly 10,000 participants at all skill levels.
If you would like to compete in intercollegiate athletics, try out for a Varsity Blues team. Many try-outs take place in late August and early September, so it's a good idea to check the schedule early.
Centre for International Experience
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) offers cross-cultural programming, as well as lounge spaces and meeting rooms for student groups. Work and Study Abroad programs are also based at the International Student Centre.
First Nations House
First Nations House offers academic and financial aid counselling, mentorship from Elders-in-Residence, cultural programs, recreational activities, and a library. Services are available to all U of T students.
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, & Trans People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT)
LGBTOUT strives to create an inclusive campus for all students, and provides resources and programming for those who are discriminated against based on their sexuality and/or gender identity. LGBTOUT has an office in the archway of Sir Daniel Wilson residence at UC.
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)
OPIRG is a student-funded, volunteer-based organization that promotes and engages in action, education and research on a wide range of social justice and environmental issues.