Five shows to binge on Netflix if you have already given up on the semester

You’ve come back from your winter break and are ready to jump right back into months of hardcore readings and assignments, perfected sleep cycles, and a fresh new laundry schedule for yourself. Alright…this may not be a total reality, but one can dream right? While starting a fresh new semester of school may be exciting, sometimes we feel like we just need to sit back, relax, and type that seven letter word that permits us to escape to another world: N-E-T-F-L-I-X. Yes, that’s right.

If the new semester jitters and workload is hitting you hard, not to fear! The top five TV shows to binge watch on Netflix is here!

Gilmore Girls

Queue Carole King’s “Where You Lead.”

Welcome to the wondrous world of Stars Hollow where the characters are fresh and the coffee at Luke’s is hot and ready to go! From 2000 to 2007, the dramady’s heartfelt characters make the experience all worthwhile. Together, this sensational TV show has captured pretty much every aspect of life; from relationships, ambition, friendship, education, romance, and a never endless supply of witty and referenceable Instagram captions. They’ll make you laugh, cry, and smile all at once, so that by the time you hit season 7 you’ll be asking yourself where all that time went.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Get ready to dance…for…your…LIFE! Step into a world of glamour, spice, and everything nice with these fabulous Queenz. From Naoimi Smalls to Trinity Tailor, these Queenz did not come here to play and will not sashay away. You don’t just ‘watch’ RuPaul’s Drag Race, you become inevitably enchanted by the fabulous world of spanx, incredible makeup, unforgettable fashion, and irreplaceable Queenz that makes the experience more than worth-your-while. Do it. Put on a face mask and treat yourself to a night of binge-watch worthy entertainment because hey, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else! Can I get an amen up in here?”

The Office

Nuf said.

Gossip Girl

Ever doubted the nature of your friendships and relationships in your life? Give yourself more credit and watch some Gossip Girl; nothing can get more complicated than the ups and downs of New York’s Upper East Side elite. No matter how many times you’ve binged watched this series, every time you do the content just gets juicier and juicier. The lies, the scandals, the complicated relationships that honestly make your own love life drama feel like a blessing, all of it is just fantastic. So, what are you waiting for? Wrap yourself in your coziest blanket, pour yourself a glass of champagne with some chocolate strawberries and launch your heart into the juicy and heart-wrenching world of the finest of the finest.

— Xoxo, Gossip Girl.

Friends

There’s a reason why it didn’t pull a stunt and leave Netflix in 2018 — we need them! They’ll be there for youuuu! Friends is like good ol’ Dominos Pizza: its been around for ages, is loved by everyone, and most importantly, you don’t know what life would be like without it.

You honestly can’t write a list of binge-worthy Netflix TV shows without including the most notable of them all. So here we are. Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Joey, Monica, Chandler and, of course, Gunther are people that you can always rely on for a smile, a laugh, a couple tears, and ongoing happiness. These guys check all the boxes! The quotes, the witty chat-up lines, the apartment goals and, not to mention, a theme song that will always be Saturday night Karaoke goals, these characters have guided us on how to live our lives for the past 22 years; with a group of people that make us happy and a little laughter. So if you’re not binge-watching Friends then are you even doing Netflix properly?

So there you have it my fellow readers. Netflix has become a portal of 21st century entertainment that has provided us with these gems of shows to keep us smiling. But the list doesn’t end here. There’s a world of more TV-shows out there waiting to be blessed with the presence of dedicated binge-watching. This list is just getting us started.

Do I have to be a Trin student to…

Trinity College may seem insular and exclusive, with high barriers to entry. I’ll have you know though, you don’t actually have to be a Trin student to partake in some of the quintessentially Trin experiences. Whether you want to though, is totally up to you.

If you’ve ever wanted to ask, “do I have to be a Trin student to do this?” Here are the answers to all your pressing questions.

Can I step on the grass in the quad?

No one is allowed to step on the grass in the quad anymore. The grass has been fenced off for the season.

Can I use study rooms in Graham Library? 

Yes, and no. Study Rooms 1 and 2 can be booked by any U of T student. The exclusive study Rooms 3 and 4 can only be booked by groups with at least one Trin student or Wycliffe College student.

Can I walk around in a gown (like a pompous ass)? 

Yes. You probably know that academic gowns are steeped in tradition at Trinity College. You don’t have to spend $125 to traipse around in a Harcourts gown. You don’t even have to be a Trin student to borrow one from the College. Sign out a gown from the Porter’s Lodge – I mean, Welcome Desk – and leave your T-Card or driver’s license as collateral.

Can I dance the night away at Conversat?

Yes. Find a Trin friend to buy you a guest ticket to the 136th Conversazione: Conversin City, if there are any left.

Can I dine in Strachan Hall

Yes. Feel free to pack your lunch and eat in the Hogwarts-esque space that is Strachan Hall. You might feel a little out of place, I recommend you visit with a Trin friend or acquaintance. If you, for whatever reason, desire the dining hall food, you can pay in cash.

Oh, and make sure to sit at the right table – rules may not be enforced, but upper year tables are for upper years, and God forbid you sit at the don’s round table or the high table.

Can I submit artwork to the Trinity Art Show?

Yes. You don’t actually have to be a Trin student to have your artwork featured in the hallowed halls of the college. You don’t even have to be a current U of T student – recent alumni are invited to submit their work too. The call for submissions is on until January 31.

Can I get involved in a Trinity College Dramatic Society production?

Yes. If you look at any TCDS playbill or program, you will see names not affiliated with the College. Talent is talent, and Trin recognizes that.

Can I join a Hart House Committee

Yes. While it seems that every other Committee is chaired by a Trin student and can be disproportionately populated with Trin students, everyone can join. Hart House values diversity, including diversity of colleges, faculties and campuses. No matter where you come from, there is space for you at Hart House.

Can I get married in the Trinity College Chapel?

You don’t have to be a Trin student, alum, or affiliated in any way, to get married in the Chapel. However, booking priority  is given to Trinity College graduates and their family members.

Can I also be “the salt of the earth”?

No, not if it wasn’t instilled in you throughout the course of orientation week. Because Trin students are truly the salt of the earth. Damn the dissenters, hurrah for old Trinity!

 

Eight upcoming campus events you should definitely check out

1. UTHS Website Launch Party: The University of Toronto History Society is launching their long-anticipated website. The group’s website is a digital database of U of T’s history, curated entirely by students. The free event will also feature displays by U of T Archives and a keynote by Historian and Professor Robert Bothwell.  As an added bonus, there will also be appetizers and a cash bar.

When: Thursday, January 24 at 7pm

Where: Hart House Debates Room

2. Hug As Many Schoolmates As You Can In 3 Minutes To Spread Warmth: This event needs no explanation. And it’s something we all need, even if we won’t admit it.

When: Thursday, January 24 from 4:12pm to 4:15pm

Where: Front Campus

3. Undergraduate Research Conference: The Arts and Science Student Union is hosting their second annual Undergraduate Research Conference where students from various academic backgrounds present their research to the U of T community. The conference is all day so you can easily squeeze in a presentation or two between class. The keynote speaker this year is Political Science Professor Lynette Ong.

When: Friday, January 25 from 9am to 3pm

Where: Sidney Smith Hall

4. U of T’s Annual Snowball Fight: Cause, why not? There’s no better way to de-stress than letting loose and throwing some icy snowballs. Unsure what you’re walking into? The Varsity’s got you covered. Check out this video we made of the snowball battle last year.

When: Friday January 25 at 6pm

Where: Front Campus

5. Poker Night Social: The University of Toronto Poker Club and Innis Poker Players are hosting a relaxing evening of poker and tea this Friday.

When: Friday January 25 at 6pm

Where: Innis College Residence Events Room

6. Pathways to Sustainability Conference: This Saturday, the Sustainable Engineers Association is hosting 2019’s U of T Sustainability conference. The conference’s theme is “Pathways to Sustainability” and will explore a variety of topics related to sustainability. The event is stacked with great keynote speakers and will have food.

When: Saturday, January 26 from 8:30am to 6pm

Where: MaRS Discovery District

7. ASA Arts Night: U of T’s Afghan Students’ Association is hosting their fifth annual Arts Night on Saturday. The evening provides a platform for various forms of Afghan art. In addition to visual art, the event will also feature spoken word poetry, traditional dance, and musical performances. Last year 250 people came to the event, and this year the association is hoping to expand further. Individual tickets are $20 and, if you purchase in a group of five, each ticket is $15.

When: Saturday, January 26 at 6pm

Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East

8. Design for The Varsity: Come help design our weekly print paper! If you have used Adobe InDesign before you can sign up for a weekend production slot by emailing one of our designers at [email protected] or [email protected] If you don’t have experience — no worries! You can sign up for a training session by emailing our designers as well.

When: Saturday, January 26 between 11am and 3pm

Where: The Varsity‘s office, 21 Sussex, third floor

The ten best vegan restaurants in Toronto

The popularity of plant-based eating has skyrocketed in the last few years, as evidenced by the mounting number of restaurants dedicated to vegetarian and vegan cuisine in the city. The following 10 gastro-tastic places to eat offer options ranging from deliciously indulgent to heartily healthy that omnivores and herbivores alike will enjoy!

1. The Hogtown Vegan: Specializing in Southern-style comfort food, their meaty seitan sandwiches like the Philadelphia “cheesesteak” and Unchicken Burger could fool even a true carnivore.

Location: Kensington Market

2. Planta: For a more upscale dining experience, Planta offers a beautiful ambiance and freshly made gourmet food. Try the artichoke heart crab cakes and cocktails.

Location: Yorkville

A delicious meal from Planta. MADELEINE KELLY/THE VARSITY

3. Fresh: One of the OG veggie restaurants in the city, with a large menu featuring fresh cold pressed juices, salads, burgers, bowls and offering brunch on weekends.

Location: all over the city.

4. Urban Herbivore: Offers everything from generous helpings of protein-packed salads to gluten and nut-free vegan cupcakes!

Locations: Kensington Market and The Eaton Centre.

5. Mythology Diner: This retro-inspired diner was opened by Chef Doug McNish last year, located in a community that is now known as Vegandale. It offers all the comfort food classics. The menu is constantly being updated with seasonal favourites. Staple menu items include seitan wild wings and the Reubonator sandwich.

Location: Queen and Dufferin.

Mythology Diner brings classic diner treats with a vegan twist. MADELEINE KELLY/THE VARSITY

6. Doomie’s: Mythology’s former neighbour, Doomie’s recently relocated to the Vegandale Brewery, but still offers a huge assortment of burgers and other greasy gluttonous goodies to devour, like deep fried oreos and waffles. Try the vegan Big Mac!

Location: Queen Street West.

7. Copenhagen Vegan Cafe & Bakery: The newest edition to Vegandale, Copenhagen is a classy little bakery offering savoury and sweet baked goods, milkshakes, and specialty caffeinated drinks. It’s a great place for a coffee or study date.

Location: Queen Street West.

8. Cosmic Treats: In the heart of Kensington Market, Cosmic Treats has out-of-this-world desserts like scrumptious sundaes, brownies and baked goods galore. They also have a menu full of comfort foods like lasagne and chicken pot pie.

Location: Kensington Market.

9. Grasshopper: With one location close to UTSG, Grasshopper is a great place to hit the books while munching on some mac and cheese or deep fried Mexican rice balls.

Location: College and Spadina.

10. Apiecalypse Now!: Donuts, pizza and punk rock! Located across from Christie Pits, the Pig Destroyer Destroyer pizza is a must-try, and they recently opened a bar above the diner!

Location: Bloor Street West.

Vegan Pizza from Apiecalypse Now!. MADELEINE KELLY/THE VARSITY

 

Breaking down U of T’s Mental Health Resources

At the University of Toronto, it may be hard to sift through the various mental health services offered across campus. Here’s a breakdown of some college, campus, and general mental health resources available for students: 

Innis College

Innis College focuses on hosting wellness events, including yoga sessions and collaborations with Hart House to offer drop in dates for board games, hot chocolate, crafts and more community activities during the month of December. Innis college also aims to raise awareness on practicing safe sex, managing stress and learning how to effectively manage your time.  

New College

New College advocates for mental health anti-stigmatism. The college participated in the Student Voice Project bringing speakers from a variety of disciplines together to talk about the importance of mental health. The college also offers many activities that encourage creativity and critical thinking when discussing matters of mental health. New College strives to create a sense of community for its students in advocating for mental health and support.

Woodsworth College

Woodsworth College strives to be a safe space for its students by providing activities and initiatives in which students can partake. Every Wednesday, the Woodsworth College Students’ Association (WCSA) offers free pancakes to all its students to encourage a sense of community. Students can also reach out to WCSA’s Mental Health Director, Amelia Eaton, at [email protected] for support. WCSA also hosts activities that help students academically such as ‘cam jam’ sessions prior to exam periods. Students are also encouraged to join the running club at Woodsworth to destress with physical activity.

Victoria College

Victoria College believes that addressing the right resources for help is crucial. The Office of the Dean of Students, Vic Information Desk, and the Office of the Registrar are all contacts that students can approach in times of need. Victoria College also hosts “Wellness Wednesdays,” a weekly program to support the mental and physical health of Vic students. Additionally, Victoria College also offers weekly mindfulness and weekly yoga sessions for its students.

St. Michael’s College

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) offers many different resources for students such as learning strategies, health and wellness, and a wellness counsellor, Nicole LeBlanc. Students can approach her with various mental health concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Her services are confidential and in compliance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

Trinity College

Trinity College strives to provide academic balance with a sense of community, relationship, and responsibility. The Health and Wellness program at Trinity aims to support student success across all disciplines with a concentration on managing food, equity and diversity, sexual violence education, prevention and support, and mental health management for dealing with stress and crisis situations.

University College

University College (UC) focuses on a systematic approach of considering the role of the university at large to create a healthier framework. UC advocates increased mental-health communication; preventive, educational, resiliency, and anti-stigma programming; supporting the mental health needs of diverse communities; expanding partnerships with off-campus health resources; and increased peer mentorship offerings. In January, Daphne Wang, along with Tisha Hasan and Lynn Ly, founded Peer2Peer at University College, which holds anonymous weekly drop-in talks led by trained peer facilitators on topics like stigma, homesickness, and post-grad angst.

UTM

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) offers individual mental health services. To contact the UTM Health and Counselling centre where students can interact with a personal counselor, nurse, or doctor, and book appointments students can email [email protected] or call 905-828-5255.

UTSC

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) offers personal counselling and a Health and Wellness Centre for emergency or crisis situations. Students can email the Health and Wellness Centre at [email protected] or call 416-287-7065.

Other resources

Students also have access to Good 2 Talk (1-866-925-5454). This is a free service for post-secondary students in Ontario, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Good 2 Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing counselling and referrals.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to right away, you can call:

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service phone available 24/7 at 1-833-456-4566
  • Good 2 Talk Student Helpline at 1-866-925-5454
  • Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600
  • Gerstein Centre Crisis Line at 416-929-5200
  • U of T Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030

Disclosure: Amelia Eaton is a Comment columnist for The Varsity.

Six unique restaurants in Toronto

Toronto prides itself on being an extremely multicultural city, and with that assertion comes the effects: we are littered with amazing food options here. Now, I’m not going to talk about the standard cuisines of some countries – such as Italian, French and Lebanese –which are universally praised in every major city around the world. Instead, this list will showcase the six best restaurants from underrated cuisines.

Check these places out if you are looking to take advantage of the multiculturalism of this great city!

1. Tuk Tuk Canteen: Although somewhat similar to Thai food, this Cambodian joint will give lovers of Thai food great exposure to a plethora of new flavours.

2. African Palace: A great Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant, which showcases the many flavors and unique cuisine of the Horn of Africa.

3. Cookie Martinez: Although not massive in geography, this place is massive in personality, from the lovely owner to the beautiful and vibrant colors. This is a must-try for anyone who loves Latin-American cuisine – especially those who love arepas.

4. Vos Restaurante Argentino: Argentinian steak is something everybody should try. Period. Popular around the world – especially in parts of Europe and Latin America – this spot is a must for anyone looking to try something new in Toronto.

5. Royal Myanmar Restaurant: From the interior of the restaurant to the food itself, this place screams traditional and it is perfect just the way it is. Located in a very unassuming area, this restaurant will provide you with great traditional Burmese meals.

6. Borrel: Although a prominent nation, The Netherlands has never really been able to bring their cuisine to the forefront in outside markets. Borrel tries to change that as they provide great Dutch comfort food and creative cocktails.

The four types of cute guys in tutorial

Tutorial is the holy grail place to find attractive people at school because you’re forced to sit next to them and discuss stuff. Projecting way too much onto cute boys will solve all your problems. There are only four types of cute tutorial guys, but I swear you can fit all of them into one or more of these categories if you don’t look too deeply at their souls.

The Philosophy major with a capital ‘P’

Philosophy Guy’s hair is just a bit too long, bordering on shaggy but ending up artfully tousled instead. He’s also trying to grow out some facial hair with really mixed results. Every other class, he wears a patterned short-sleeve button-down, usually with one more button than necessary undone. You talked to him once and he mentioned his psychedelic funk band within the first minute. In class, he sits at the front with his Moleskine and fountain pen and really thinks hard about what the prof says, scrawling down random things but never taking notes when actually important stuff is on the slides. He wears scuffed Converse, or maybe Vans. If they’re absolutely falling apart, you know he’s actually a Philosophy specialist.

The human red flag

Red Flag is almost always late to tutorial. There’s only a 50 per cent chance he’ll even show up, but when he does, you melt a bit despite everything about him screaming ‘run far, far away’: his Supreme laptop sticker, his Chance hat with the ‘3’ on it, his white sneakers that are so white it’s actually suspicious. He leans back in his chair a lot in class and manspreads on occasion. The fuckboy vibes are strong with this one, but you can’t help it. Maybe it’s his messy (the hot kind of messy) hair. Maybe it’s his disturbingly large collection of nice hoodies that you can imagine yourself wearing. I’m sorry, but this is your life now. Seek help.

The walking J.Crew ad

This guy is like if you took an ad for J.Crew and then added even more hair pomade. If U of T had a rowing team for rich kids (dragon boating doesn’t count), he’d be on it. He might own more than one peacoat, and he’s generally well-groomed but still misses some stubble here or there. He’s a little bit too good with people and talks a lot, to the point where it’s truly shocking when the TA asks a question and he doesn’t immediately offer some crazy articulate answer. When other people answer a question or respond to what he says, he nods his head thoughtfully. He sticks mainly to button-ups and nice sweaters, but every now and then he breaks out that rowing blazer with confidence you wish you had. You really want to hate him but just can’t.

The quiet guy in the corner, but ohmygod his eYeS

Quiet Guy is really unassuming-looking in basically every way. He always goes straight for the back of the room and then just looks intensely at every person who speaks. He isn’t trying to stare or anything; his eyes are just that piercing. You can rarely find him in class because he sits by himself and blends into the crowd. When you speak up in tutorial, he looks at you and your actual identity shatters because he sees through everything you have ever said or done. His voice is probably super deep… but who’ll ever know?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claps back at U of T student

Yesterday, University of Toronto computer engineering student Harry Khachatrian recieved a clap back response from popular new U.S. Representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

After AOC was quoted as saying, “The vast majority of Americans know that income inequality is one of the biggest issues of our time” in an interview with The Hill. Mr. Khachatrian tweeted AOC by asking, “What, precisely, is the correct level of income inequality for you, @AOC? Is there a distribution you are shooting for? Should everyone be equal?”

AOC responded stating the following: “Somewhere between ‘teachers shouldn’t have to sell their own blood to make rent’ & ‘billionaires with helipads and full-time workers on food stamps shouldn’t exist in the same society.”

via GIPHY

Khachatrian is a regular contributor for right-wing media publications The Rebel and The Daily Wire.

Disclosure: Harry Khachatrian has contributed to The Varsity in the past. 

I left my phone in the back of a taxi, so I’m a fucking idiot

Dear iPhone 6 I’ve had for five months,

I really, really, miss you.

One freezing Friday morning (literally just the other day), you were in my jacket pocket. I had just finished an overnight shift, so I was drowsy and exhausted. I had an important interview in less than an hour, and in an attempt to get there faster, I decided to take a taxi.

That was mistake number one.

Once my colleague took over from me at work, I rushed downstairs and didn’t bother to put in my headphones. I wanted to keep my head clear, not filled with Nicki Minaj lyrics.

That was mistake number two.

As I ran to the lone orange cab on the curb, I held onto my phone cradled in my pocket, trying desperately to keep it inside. I didn’t want to put it in my jeans pocket because the denim darkens the phone case.

The was mistake number three.

Inside the cab, it was a still and awkward silence. I wasn’t in the mood to talk — I was tired after such a long shift, and I had been working since midnight. The driver didn’t seem all too eager, either.

I paid no attention to my surroundings and attempted to take a small nap. Before I knew it, however, I was at my location. I fumbled for the fare, tipped generously, and ran out of the cab without looking back.

The was mistake number four.

You know how this ends.

Since losing my phone, I’ve had exactly six people ask why I don’t take an Uber, five people wonder why I didn’t have Find My iPhone turned on, and a mere four people console my spiralling self.

My answer to all those questions?

Yeah, I’m really stupid.

Four upcoming career fairs to keep your eye on

1. Get Experience Fair!

A bunch of U of T organizations and offices are partnering to host the Get Experience Fair next Wednesday at Hart House. The fair promises to equip students with skills necessary to gain experience for the workplace. According to the Facebook event, the fair will provide “a relaxed environment” to explore various job opportunities.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11am-3pm.

Where: The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir.

2. Get Hired: Summer and Full Time Job Fair

UTM’s annual job fair is one of the largest career fairs at U of T. With over 80 organizations participating, the Get Hired fair is solid place to being job-searching. Come to this fair with an updated resume in hand and a professional outfit. Have questions? UTM’s Career Centre has put together a video with tips to prep:

When: Wednesday, January 16, 10am-2pm.

Where:  RAWC, 1825 Outer Circle.

3. UTSC: Summer and Full-Time Job Fair 

UTSC’s career fair boasts over 70 organizations with both summer and full-time positions available. Starting this year, the job fair will also have an “Entrepreneur Alley” to help students learn skills needed to start a business. UTSC has created a tip sheet to help students prepare for the fair.

When: Thursday, January 24, 11am-2pm.

Where: Highland Halls Events Centre, 1265 Military Trail.

4. New Grad Career Fair 

U of T has partnered with Ryerson University to host a career fair specifically designed for recent grads. This fair provides current students and recent grads with the opportunity to chat with recruiters and learn about the requirements for a variety of jobs. Ryerson has created a guide for fair attendees to ensure you’re ready for the day. According to the event page, you might even score an interview at the fair – so be prepared for anything!

When: Thursday, February 7, 11am-3:30pm.

Where: Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St.