By: Emily Craig-Evans
Monday, Jan. 12, kicked off the Ryerson Students’ Union’s Winter Week of Welcome 2015. It’s a week designed to excite students about the semester to come and encourage their involvement in Ryerson activities outside of class time.
Monday’s festivities included free skating, outdoor games, hot chocolate, beavertails and a live DJ.
The student group fair, alongside live music, will happen on Tuesday. During the day, all of the RSU clubs will line Gould St. with their booths and sign-up sheets. Then at 7 p.m., Toronto soulectro band Unbuttoned will get some students moving in the Ram in the Rye.
On Wednesday there will be more free skating from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., and starting at 4 p.m. there will be a dirty bingo and drag performance event that will have “tons of audience prizes,” according to the RSU. The night will finish off with an open mic night at the Thomas Lounge from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., hosted by Musicians@Ryerson.
“I like to go and perform sometimes. I’ll do like some rap and singing but this year I’m going to do some covers – like Coldplay covers, I’m going to kill it,” said Osei Poku, a third-year business technology management student planning on attending the open mic night.
The week will cap off with a mock new year’s party at the Ram in the Rye on Thursday night and a Blue Mountain Ski Trip departing from the SCC at 9 a.m. on Friday.
“We’re first-year students coming into open arms,” said Jessica Bentu, a first-year social work student. “It makes you really eager to get involved with what the school offers.”
For other student’s, however, the food was the extent of their excitement.
“Do beavertails count as participation?” joked Hailey Miller, second-year urban planning student.