The idiot’s guide to Ryerson student groups

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Community editor Allyssia Alleyne helps you find the right club to fill those free minutes

All work and no play makes for a very dull, poorly rounded student. Pull yourself away from your textbooks for a few minutes this semester, and check out some of Ryerson’s many extracurricular offerings. Here’s a selection that will cater to every taste and fancy.

For the gamers

If your idea of a good time means spending hours playing RPGs, Catan and multiplayer video games, the Association of Ryerson Role-Players & Gamers (also known as ARRG) might be your bag. The group hosts weekly game nights in the Dungeon at 6 p.m. If you’re more interested in creating games than playing them, join Ryerson’s Game Makers’ Union for resources related to the development of video games.

For the faithful

Groups like Campus for Christ, the Muslim Students Association and Hillel@Ryerson let students practice their faith and meet other students who share their beliefs. Non-practitioners are also welcome to attend their events, so curious people are welcome to come and learn more.

For the activists

There’s a corner on campus for most causes, if you look carefully. Interested in human rights? Check out Human Rights for Iran or Journalists for Human Rights. Want to end violence against women? Participate in the White Ribbon Campaign. The Ryerson Students’ Union also does a lot of advocacy.

For the culture clubbers

Ryerson’s cultural groups offer the chance to connect with your own culture or learn new things about another one. The Organization of Latin American students (OLAS) offers salsa classes throughout the year, and the West Indian Student Association is known to organize incredible pub nights at the Ram in the Rye. Most cultural groups, including the Hellenic Students Association, serve up amazing food.

For the artsy folk

In the Oakham House Amateur Theatre students participate in the staging of student-written one-act productions, while students involved with the Oakham House Choir get to perform with a professional orchestra. Dancers can find their legs with the Urban Hip-Hop Union’s dance team. But if you’re more the type to waste your leisure time memorizing the day’s news, The Eyeopener is always accepting new volunteers. Just sayin’.

For more information on campus clubs, check out the Campus Caravan on Wednesday, Jan. 12. in the SCC.

Photo: Lin Nguyen

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