By Camille Ross
RyeSAC’s first ever school-wide Frosh Week was more than shaving cream and body paint this year.
RyeSAC President Dave MacLean said he was glad other faculties joined in Frosh events this year. He said some faculties provided students with nothing more than a brief orientation.
“This overarching Frosh Week provides students with an opportunity to meet a variety of people,” he said. “The direction of Ryerson is changing, especially because there was no Frosh last year.”
MacLean highlighted the fact that Ryerson’s Frosh events have been all-inclusive and provided something for all ages.
Sue Johanson, of the Sunday Night Sex Show, touched herself in the Quad before a crowd of about 1,000 students. Cristina Ribeiro, vice president student life and events, said Johanson brought life to the stage not only when she began touching herself, but when she brought out her Pleasure Chest. Raj Vijayakumar, 19, a second-year ITM student and a Frosh leader, described Sue as “so raunchy, but pure jokes.” Ribeiro said her favourite moment was “when a first-year student asked if it was true that vegetarian males had sweeter semen compared to the bitter semen of meat-eating males.” Pauline Spencer, RyeSAC’s communications manager, had “never seen so many students listen so exceptionally attentively with their jaws dropped.”
On the second day of Frosh, RyeSAC transformed the upper gym in Kerr Hall into a Much Video Dance. The event only drew about 200 students.VJ Darcy Holden played videos from Vanilla Ice to Snoop Dogg. Holden said “I’m going to play whatever [the students] request tonight.” Mary Beanish, 17, a first-year Radio and Television Arts student, said she was nervous about going to the video dance but decided to attend after meeting friends during her first day at Frosh. “It’s worth it in the end because I’ll just get to meet more people tonight,” she said. On the other hand, one party- goer who did not wish to reveal her name felt that the dance was “so high school-like.”
The third evening of Frosh Week was at the Second City to see the Invasion Free since 1812 show. Ribeiro said “they included improv scenes about being a Ryerson student moving into the real business world. They even incorporated some Ryerson cheers.”
On the fourth day of Frosh, students watched a Blue Jays game at the SkyDome. The Blue Jays won the game with a score of 8 to 6 against the Seattle Mariners. Ribeiro said Ryerson occupied 700 seats and “all you could hear was Ryerson cheers.” Maybe that’s all the Jays need to win.
On the final day, Ryerson wasn’t buzzing with first-year students because they were off-campus participating in Shinerama. Groups of students shined shoes to raise funds for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society. Some groups chose to use their talents to lure in customers. Oz Chanarat, 19, a first-year Arts and Contemporary Studies student, sang Ryerson cheers at the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets with friends. “We’ll do anything for money,” said Chanarat.
The final night of Frosh was spent at the Docks Nite club. RyeSAC rented out the entire club and sold out of $5 tickets. The club was packed with students. A group of first-year girls, including 17-year-old Fashion student Alexandra Barton, said they were pumped about the night but “the segregation is really shitty; too extreme.” The girls didn’t like being cordonned off from the 19-plus crowd that was outside on the deck where alcohol was served.