What's HOT What's NOT

What gets top marks-or failing grades-on Canadian campuses

November 14 1994

What's HOT What's NOT

What gets top marks-or failing grades-on Canadian campuses

November 14 1994

What's HOT What's NOT

What gets top marks-or failing grades-on Canadian campuses

The perennial appeal of a student pub on Friday afternoons, the mystery meat in residence cafeterias—these are the universal truths of undergraduate life. And more often than not, it is these truths that stick in the graduate’s memory, long after the intricacies of medieval English and Biochemistry 101 have faded away.

This September, Maclean’s reporters Sara Curtis, Scott Steele and Faline Bobier contacted university students across the country—editors of student newspapers, radio station DJs, campus leaders—and asked them to poll their colleagues on what makes their school tick, and what ticks them off. For several weeks, hundreds of students brainstormed and debated. Students at the Université de Moncton even held an open-line radio program, soliciting opinions from across the campus. The faxed submissions, often running upwards of five pages, were articulate, imaginative and highly entertaining. Most had something to say about their pubs, their residence food, their rising tuition and the lack of campus parking space. Needless to say, certain comments were unpublishable.

From the serious to the sophomoric, a sampling of responses in the students’ own words:



• Teva sandals and wool socks

• The fifth or sixth year of a four-year degree: nobody wants to leave

• Willett House—newest female residence

• Business Beach Bash—a major event for business students

• Plaid

• Keith’s beer, brewed in Halifax HOT HANGOUTS: The SUB;

The Coffee Merchant; The Axe (with 95-cent draft at Happy Hour) WHAT’S NOT

• The phasing-out of the threeyear BA

• Lineups for everything, from bars to the registrar’s office

• Marriott cafeteria food—basic slop

• Eaton House—an all-male residence with a wild reputation and nasty odor

• Science labs: professors keep students in claustrophobic cubbyholes for up to A\ hours—and they always seem to be on Friday afternoons



• Cheap birth control from health services

• Annual beer gardens

• Drama 149—an improvisation course that many take to fulfil the fine arts requirement

• The best view of Edmonton from RATT (Room at the Top, a bar on the seventh floor of the Students’ Union Building)

HOT HANGOUT: RATT, especially on Karaoke night


• Chunks of concrete dropping from the education south building

• Huge first-year psychology classes

• No live bands at the Power Plant— a bar once known for hosting Canadian talent

• Courses being cancelled

• Loud, pretentious smokers in Trail, the nonsmoking walkway from the on-campus HUB mall to Rutherford Library

• Two-hour lineups to pay tuition fees



• Professors know your name

• Village Grec restaurant (poutine at 4 a.m.)

• Golf on a nine-hole campus course for $5

• Great relations between the students

and the people of Lennoxville •Tripling the on-campus population for Saturday football games HOT HANGOUT: The Golden Lion


• Professors know your name

• High rent in a small town

• The football team’s luck in playoffs

• Frosh 15, the average weight gain during first year—with some blame

going to Dewhurst Dining Hall’s “All-you-can-eat” policy • Administrative office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a 1 /¿-hour lunch break



• Professors know your name

• Local music: Global Village Trucking Company, a great local band, and jazz night at SUDS (Student Union Drinking Spot)

•The new $7.5-million library building; if only there had been more money for new books and periodicals

• Professors John Blaikie (English); Smokin’ Joe Dolecki and Errol Black (economics); George McMaster (math and computer science)

• Cheap tuition

• Tracy Macleod who, after having her leg amputated last year, returned to become the leading scorer on the basketball team HOT HANGOUTS: SUDS; Unwinder; Houston’s WHAT’S NOT

• Secrecy about administrators’ salaries

• Recycled, five-year-old teaching material

• Student council spending (conferences, speeding tickets)

• Staff at registrar’s office and student services

• Inadequate campus security



• “Beer gardening”—Friday afternoon roaming in search of the cheapest beer

• Storm the Wall: the biggest intramural event in Canada, with teams of five trying to scale a 15-foot wall after running, sprinting, cycling and swimming

• The Internet and e-mail

• Rollerblades

• Daytona USA: an arcade driving game


Wednesday nights WHAT’S NOT

• The Ubyssey—\he student paper that has remained unpublished this year

• Green worms hanging from campus trees

• The Canadian Federation of Students—which UBC students have refused to join six times

• Campus cowboys—the security force

• Lineups at The Pit



• Seminars, where you can actually ask questions

• Cheap parking—$2 a day in most places

• Relatively new residences

• Interconnected buildings

• Good professor-student ratio HOT HANGOUTS: Tailgate Charlie’s; Gord’s Place WHAT’S NOT

• Widespread apathy

• The library on five different floors of the Schmon Tower—students spend half their time in the elevator

• Leaky roofs—especially in Thistle Complex

• Still forging an identity

• Not centrally located



• Interdisciplinary degrees—a solid alternative to a plain old BA

• Athletic facilities: leftovers from the

1988 Olympics, and a steal for $16.50 a semester

• Big Rock beer, brewed in Calgary

• President Murray Fraser’s iridescent grey suits

• Thursday night at The Den; as the advertisement says: “Experience the sweat, despair, desire and hormonal panic!”

• Bermuda Shorts Day—a hedonistic orgy marking the end of the winter semester

• Teaching evaluations, soon to be on-line HOT HANGOUT: The Den WHAT'S NOT

• Growing class sizes

• Food services (rock-hard muffins, cold coffee)

• Max Café, the sterile student-union-owned restaurant and bar

• Poor attendance at social and athletic events: more than 90 per cent of students are from Calgary, and exit when classes end

• Smokers lighting up in nonsmoking areas due to lack of designated spots

• Campus art—looks like wreckage from an airline disaster



• Cheap housing in Sydney and Glace Bay

• The beautification project: UCCB is putting up some new buildings and renovating others

• Keith’s Beer: good Maritime suds

• The Folk Art sculpture

HOT HANGOUTS: The Lounge; Club Capri WHAT’S NOT

• Lack of parking

• Psychology professor Bill Clemens: almost impossible to get a good mark in his class

•Tunnels linking 28 buildings

HOT HANGOUTS: Mike’s Place, Oliver’s


• Residence buildings locked up 24 hours a day

• Administration—impolite, apathetic

• Being miked by stressed-out journalism students scrambling to meet deadlines

• School architecture—boring concrete

• Six-hour wait in OSAP lines



• Interdisciplinary AIDS course: deals with the cultural, social and scientific aspects

• Tim Horton Donuts in the new building downtown

• Big, red, wheelchairaccessible buses connect the two campuses

• CARL, the on-line registration system: it may only brings us into the ’80s, but it is a big step from days gone by

• Concordia Stingers football team HOT HANGOUT:


• Nonsmoking policy at g Reggie’s bar

• Scandal-plagued adminá istration: the school has

• Proximity to downtown Halifax, with more bars per capita than any other city in North America

• Co-ed residences

• Music 2007 (classical guitar and lute), taught by Carol vanFeggelen—the only professor without a degree

• Tiger Patrol, the after-dark walk-home service, and a shuttle bus for students who live off-campus

HOT HANGOUT: The Grawood, especially on Thursday nights WHAT’S NOT

• Crowded psychology classes—students

BIRD courses HOT courses

Students cited the following as featherweight favorites:

• SIMON FRASER: Kinesiology 143, aka “Jogging for marks”; An Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping

• CALGARY: Computer Science 203, aka “Bits for twits”; Astronomy 205, aka “Scopes for dopes”

• MANITOBA: Earth and Planetary Science, aka “Moons for goons”

• TORONTO: The Way of Physics; Introduction to Geology, aka “Rocks for jocks”

• BROCK: RECL 2P06: Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Recreation

• MOUNT ALLISON: Introduction

to Music 2000, aka “Clapping for credit”

Students cited the following as high on the popularity scale:

• ALBERTA: Family Studies 322, aka ‘The sex course”

• LAURENTI AN: BIO 2757: Biological Aspects of Human Sexuality

• WESTERN: PSYCH 153: Human Sexuality

• TORONTO: PHL 243: The Philosophy of Human Sexuality

• BROCK: HLST 2F50: Aspects of Human Sexuality

• Location: Sydney and Glace Bay are out of the way, especially with winter driving

• Library: often you can’t get the books you want



• CHAT (Carleton Hotline for Administration and Teaching), a superhighway mode of getting assignments, checking out course materials, sending and receiving e-mail

• CKCU, the controversial campus radio station

just been hurting in the credibility department • Campus radio CFLI: they play really neat stuff, but can’t broadcast, so can only be heard in one or two campus buildings that are wired to them



• Computer Science Society students, helping technologically challenged students through e-mail, workshops

• CKDU, Dalhousie’s radio station

camp out overnight when the sign-up list opens up

• Rationalization—cutting Dal programs that are offered at other Nova Scotia universities

• Parking: permits sell for $100 a year with no accounting for how many spaces actually exist

• President Howard Clark, best known

for proposing the closure of costume studies, music, theatre, public administration, and library and information studies

• Upper Canadians with an attitude

• The board of governors—for increasing tuition by more than 50 per cent over five years

• Grunge: lots of students have overdosed on the local music scene

• The waiting list for counselling and psychological services



• The life sciences programs; hotel and food administration

• Johnston Hall: a great old stone building with a clock tower, the focal point of campus

• The task force on racism, started by the president and the student union

• Great recycling programs

• Fraternities aren’t recognized on campus

• Nervous sheep

HOT HANGOUTS: The Albion Hotel,



• The Strategic Planning Commission: looks at cutting costs and streamlining programs

• Retail services on campus: short hours, high prices

• Campus safety: parking lots are too far from residences, and you have to walk through dark areas to get to them

• No phone-in registration

• Nervous sheep



• Celtic music

• Plaid .. . anything

• Uncle Bob (president Robert Rosehart)

• Big, downy shoes

• The Simpsons

• Applying to the faculty of education

• Napping in the Agora, the main lobby of the University centre

HOT HANGOUTS: The Outpost, The Italian Hall WHAT'S NOT

• Anything American

• Rush Limbaugh

• Overcrowded, expensive parking lots— the price has doubled in a year

• Simpson Street after dark—students don’t really want to walk there alone at night



• Small classes

• Nursing and midwifery programs; native studies; sports administration/phys ed

• Endless Summer, a Woodstock-type concert held at the end of Frosh Week

• Getting into residence: 1,200 beds only accommodate 23 per cent of full-time students— and it’s a half-hour commute to the city

• Bilingualism

HOT HANGOUT: Pub Down Under— popular with both profs and students WHAT’S NOT

• Greasy, bland Marriott cafeteria food

• The library: short hours and limited

resources for less popular programs

• Parking shortage

• Public transit: one bus an hour at night

• Getting on the elevator in the R. D. Parker Building or the University College Residence

• Winter in Sudbury—need we say more?



• Complete network of underground tunnels

• Thursday night college parties on campus

• Excellent sports facilities

• Student media on top of campus issues

• Efficient campus security

• Wide range of student service organizations

• Diverse curriculum

• Scenic campus layout

HOT HANGOUTS: Le Grand Salon in Pavilion Maurice Pollack; La Résille WHAT’S NOT

• A lack of classroom space

• Expensive parking

• Food services: hastily prepared, too many noodles

• A lack of school spirit

• A gulf between teaching and research

• Bureaucracy

• Lack of openness on the part of the

administration to student priorities • Many courses are too theoretical and not practical enough



• ULink: new telephone registration

• Alberta weather

• Low student-professor ratio

• Hiking and biking

• Proximity to the Rockies

• Applied studies and co-op programs HOT HANGOUT: The Zoo WHAT’S NOT

• Frosh Week: there isn’t one

• Alberta weather

• Concrete

• Limited bus service

• Conservative community: Lethbridge is located in the Bible Belt

• Garth Brooks look-alikes



• Two-headed calves displayed in the agriculture building

• The faculty of agriculture, aka “The Aggies”

• Friendly cows grazing in the front fields

• Ditchball, a soccer-like game played in the ditches on campus in winter

• Commerce socials—the wildest

• Bathroom Betty and Johnny Note: sheets of paper in the campus washrooms where you write down your problem and get advice from other students

HOT HANGOUTS: The Pemby; Scandals; Campo


• No campus pub

• No campus radio station

• Walking in January from the parking lots

• Overpriced books at the campus bookstore

• Obsession with Beverly Hills 90210

• Menu at Scholars campus restaurant: hasn’t changed since the last Liberal government



• Vibrant student media

• Active lesbian, bisexual, gay community

• Montreal

• Diverse and active student groups

• Prof. Tom Naylor’s Underground Economy course—gunrunning, drug dealing, money laundering and black marketeering

• Student body from more than 100 countries

• Affordability: Quebec’s tuition fees are still the lowest in Canada

HOT HANGOUTS: Sky; Fou Founes



• Inadequate and dated library facilities

• Inadequate racial and sexual harassment policies

• Apathetic student body; apolitical student government

• Lack of curriculum diversity: “The world according to dead white men”

• Unsafe off-campus student ghetto

• Administration provides inadequate access to communications technology and the Internet

• Impenetrable bureaucracy



• Our nuclear reactor

• Princess Point, a nearby park, at sunrise

• University Hall—a grand old building

• Hamilton is the doughnut capital of Canada—home to the first Tim Horton outlet, and there are seven doughnut joints on campus alone

• Football coach AI Bruno— coach of the Ticats when they won the Grey Cup in 1986

Pencils, books, rotten cooks

HOT HANGOUTS: The Downstairs John; The Rat


• Our nuclear reactor

• Photo radar on campus

• Insensitive university administration

• No university centre—four years after university’s commitment to build one, and $4 million of students’ contributions later



• Cheap beer at the Breezeway—the campus bar

• The Internet system—free student access

• The new food court in the Thomson Students’ Center opened by independent franchises


• Never-ending student-aid lineups

• Unavailable courses due to large number of first-year students admitted under new, relaxed regulations

• Rising tuition fees—while administration buys expensive artwork and plants for the campus walkways

• Camping outside the security offices overnight for a MUN parking permit

• Convocation: $25 to walk across the stage, not including cap and gown rental

• Student apathy regarding students’ union elections, tuition increases, decreasing government funding



• Wide range of extracurricular activities

• Flexible admission requirements

• MANITOU computerized telephone registration system

• Accessible administration and support staff

• For a small university, Moncton offers a multitude of student services

• The new student centre

• Le festival d’accueil—orientation week

• Regional hospitality

HOT HANGOUTS: Le Bistro au Frolic;


• Admission criteria not high enough

• It’s always windy

• New buildings look out of place •Too many sessional instructors

• Poor town-gown relations

• Food prices in campus eateries too high

• Smelly washrooms in the Taillon building



• Student-funded CEPSUM sports centre: pool, racquetball and rock-climbing

• Location: the view is great from the escalators that ascend the mountain

• Faculty jackets

• Guest speakers from around the world

• Briefcases—a major fashion accessory HOT HANGOUT: Le Clandestin WHAT’S NOT

• Complaints about teaching: there is a drive to

get access to confidential student evaluations

• Nerds carrying briefcases

• Pavilion Principal: a maze-like building that is a nightmare to negotiate

•Tuition going up

• Class sizes on the rise



• Knowing everyone in student services by their first names: the dean of students is known as “Charlie”

• Accessible professors

• Sackville, where there is only one set of traffic lights, is one of the most beautiful towns in the Maritimes

• Small classes

• Floor crawls, off-campus house parties HOT HANGOUTS: The Golden ‘A’ Cafe;

The Tantramarsh Club


• Grenades lobbed between faculty and administration

• Two bitter strikes in three years—and the

possibility of another this year

• Proliferation of 1950s-style billboards welcoming us to Mount A

• Nobody’s ever proved it, but we’re pretty sure the cafeteria brings in red goop in 55-gallon drums and uses it to jazz up everything from the Salisbury steak to soup

• Poor soundproofing in the library

• Security staff, cut back in 1990-1991, have never been replaced



• Small size—students get to know classmates and profs

• Great focus on women’s issues

• Female university president: Elizabeth Parr-Johnston

• Several programs offer co-operative education options

• Women’s soccer team

• Few classes are held on Fridays HOT HANGOUT: The Link WHAT’S NOT

• Few men: ratio of 85:15

• No hockey team

• Campus-wide computer system crashes regularly—during term-paper season about every other day

• Vinnie’s, the only on-campus pub, Is closed for renovations

• No soccer field

• No guys’ residence

• Our bus stop frequently moves: because of the constant construction on the highway near school, you never know where the bus will stop from day to day



• Football team—undefeated for generations

• UNB engineers know enough English to write their own newspaper—thank goodness for spell check

• With the opening of a Harvey’s, artsies no longer have to leave campus to find jobs

• Dalton Camp: proof positive that editors of the student newspaper can get degrees

• Small class sizes

HOT HANGOUTS: The Cellar; The College Hill Social Club WHAT’S NOT

• Anne Murray is our most famous graduate

• The last time the L. B. Gym was in good repair, Elvis was thin

• The supergenius who decided that the annual outdoor concert should be held indoors

• The student union, in order to promote alcohol education, opened a bar



• The student centre, still under construction

• Picturesque surroundings—a couple of hundred acres of deciduous forest lined with hiking trails

• Unlike at some larger universities, you actually get to see your professors, and not a teaching assistant, and get to know them as friends

• Library expansion

HOT HANGOUTS: Wylder’s; The Zoo;



• Student centre, because it’s still under construction and causing a great inconvenience

• Many varsity sports and courses are not offered, due to size of school

• The geography department: several optional

courses had to be cancelled this year because a qualified professor could not be found

• The library—currently inadequate for the needs of upper-year students

• Winter in North Bay

• North Bay Transit

• Bad cafeteria food



• Location: in the capital, downtown, close to the Rideau Canal and skating

• Poutine “to go” all over campus

• Bilingualism: students hear both of Canada’s official languages every day

• Great computer centre with helpful staff

• Humane and flexible administration HOT HANGOUTS: Father and Sons; Royal Oak WHAT’S NOT

• Location: close to all those do-nothing politicians

• Poutine: it’s fries, gravy and cheese, after all

• Bilingualism: you hear both languages, but the two solitudes exist in sharp relief

• Library underfunding

• Ottawa winters: unbearably cold, windy, tons of snow and slippery campus walkways



• Panther Lounge: flicks and popcorn on Friday afternoons

• The Panthers: especially the hockey team

• Hanging out at “the pit” coffee shop

• Canada Games sports centre, opened in 1991

• Business Society parties

• Golden MacKinley, janitor at the student union

• Chalkboards in the bathrooms

• Residence: great parties

HOT HANGOUTS: Myron’s; The Charlottetown Playhouse; The Apothecary WHAT’S NOT

• Freezing our asses off walking to class

• McLitter on the McGround from a nearby McDonald’s

•Tuition increases

• High-priced cafeteria food

• Student apathy

• Large, hostile skunks

• e-mail addicts



• Direct underground access between the main building on campus and the subway

• Downtown Montreal

• The BADADUQ computerized library index •Two brasseries right on campus

• Several professors emeriti are still active and recognized in the community

• Earliest courses start at 9:30 a.m.

• La Verrière, a sunny cafeteria with windows that look out on a waterfall

• The political science department HOT HANGOUT: Le Second Cup WHAT’S NOT

• The so-called food in the cafeterias

• Impersonal administration: lots of phone machines

•Too many sessional lecturers

• No student radio station

• Advertising in the washrooms—even in the cubicles

• The neighborhood can be dangerous at night—especially for women

• The library

• Many UQAM students leave campus right after classes and don’t get involved



• The new $42-million state-of-the-art library— truly a library for the gods

• Queen’s east campus, so to speak: the International Study Centre at the 14th-century Herstmonceux Castle, England

• The Kingston music scene—The Tragically Hip live here

• Poutine at Lino’s Restaurant

• The student ghetto

• The Queen’s bands: bagpipes and Highland dancers lead our fighting song, the Oil Thigh

• Economics Prof. Tanis Day, and her report on the billion-dollar cost of violence against women

• Outspoken history Prof. Geoffrey Smith: he can wear a bow tie with pride

• Smokers: fund-raising parties with people in your year and faculty

• Lake Ontario: we’re right on the lakeshore HOT HANGOUTS: The Quiet Pub;

The Chinese Laundry Café WHAT’S NOT

• Keeners—Queen’s gets more than its fair share

• Kingston weather: cold, wet and unforgiving

• The physical education centre: dark, dank and absolutely no ventilation

• Everyone in this town hates us

• Kingston taxi cabs: they are not pleasant

• Overdoing school spirit

• Mackintosh-Corry Hall: a virtual labyrinth

• Lineups: as much a part of Queen’s as Grant Hall



• A casino opening in Regina so we can blow our student loans

• The first women’s centre established in Canada

• The Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, a degreegranting native-run institution— the only one of its kind in North America

• The Language Institute Cafeteria: real chefs, good food, licensed HOT HANGOUTS: Channel Ones; Checkers

• PhD deficiency among teaching staff


• No football team

• Ugly landscaping—a big mud pit eight months of the year

• Cougar athletic teams: building a tradition of mediocrity

• Mouse-infested student union building


• Overzealous parking attendants

• Right next to the subway


• Real life, practical schooling

• Hookers on the edge of campus

• Vendor wars driving down hotdog prices

• Next to one of the biggest gay communities in North America

• Buskers serenading students on the way to school

• Hookers on the edge of campus

HOT HANGOUTS: The Library Pub;

• Outdated books in the library

The Junkyard WHAT’S NOT

• Busted escalators

• Panhandlers

• Crime and pollution

• Rampant student apathy



• Getting an “X” ring in your senior year— wear upside down until graduation

• Customer appreciation night at the Inn:

1960s prices

• Audrey at the deli counter—a real foster mother

• Scooping: St. F.X. slang for picking someone up

• Intramural programs: 85 per cent join in

• Jazz/music program

• The Christmas Ball HOT HANGOUT: The Golden X Inn WHAT’S NOT

• Waiting for your “X” ring

• One of the highest tuition rates in Canada

• Not being able to drink the water for two weeks last year—after a moose fell into the reservoir

• The food: greasy, bland

• 8:15 a.m. classes—especially on Fridays

• The Tundra, a windy, cold walkway between Maclssac Hall residence and the rest of campus

• Re-elections: held last year after the loser made accusations of impropriety (the results were the same)

• No more 66 Hawthorne: the closest thing we had to a frat house was condemned



• Red armchairs in the library— for people-watching

• Atlantic Bowl—the East versus West football playoffs are held here every year

• Friendly service by Shirley at the Grab ’n Go on-campus convenience store

• Red Carpet vending-machine hot chocolate—well worth the 50 cents

• Sports fans, especially Dog Pound, a group of residence students who paint their faces maroon and white and yell a lot HOT HANGOUT: Gorsebrook Lounge, especially on Thursdays WHAT’S NOT

• Parking—the administration sells more parking passes than there are parking spaces every year

• Residence: one was deemed “structurally unsound” last year, another had a huge fire— and both times students had to live in a hotel off-campus for weeks

• Heating system throughout the university—in some places it’s freezing, in others it’s boiling

• Systems failures in the computer lab

• Nova Scotia Commission on Higher Education—Saint Mary’s may lose its very popular faculty of education

• Cockroaches—a student recently found one in her cafeteria club sandwich



• Jam sessions in the new courtyard

• Roger, the sub man, who goes to the residences late at night armed with subs

• Thomasina the cat, who wandered onto

campus last summer and now lives in Vanier residence

• S.T.U. hockey

• Theatre St. Thomas: the drama club puts on half a dozen great plays each year

• Harrington Hall renovations—the all-male residence is getting a face-lift

HOT HANGOUTS: College Hill Social Club; Hilltop Pub; Chestnut Pub


• Excessive drinking

• Lack of computers

• Stompin’ Tommies Rugby: most of last year’s team graduated in the spring, and this year’s team isn’t keeping up



• Stay-warm-all-winter tunnels

• Totally awesome welcome-week bands

• The Sub Shoppe’s large and cheap salads

• Place Riel Movie Theatre’s blow-youreardrums surround sound system

• Dinosaurs in geology ^

• The think-you-maysee-Wilfrid Laurier traditional campus architecture


Checkers WHAT'S NOT

• The might-as-well-make-an-

appointment-to-see-a-gerontologist waits at the Student Health Centre

• Park-and-pray-you-won’t-get-a-ticket parking system

• Ventilation problems in Lower Place Riel Campus Centre

• Residence Marquis get-your-stomachpumped food

• Residence students wearing shorts

in the dead of winter—subjecting others to pasty-white legs



• Co-op programs

• Small class sizes, personalized teaching, availability of profs

• FORCE: a fund for financially troubled students

• Campus setting: on a hill with lots of green space

• Open administration

• Rector Pierre Reid is very focused on students

• Many foreign students


• Parking tickets

• The faculty of medicine is located at the other end of the city

• Limited number of summer courses

Lack of classroom space Limited library resources The student government’s

financial and organizational problems

• Poor air quality in classrooms

Constant construction on campus



• The trimester system

• Co-op education—real-life job experience, contacts and decent money

• The view from the top of Burnaby Mountain

• Good bands at pub night

• Good athletic scholarships—competing against American universities

• The woods surrounding SFU—full of wildlife, small parks and trails HOT HANGOUTS: The Pub;

The Commodore


• Concrete, concrete and more concrete (Arthur Erickson: concrete and rain do not

make a pleasing combination)

• The library: abominably short hours

• The Code of Student Conduct—many students believe this new piece of administration policy effectively eliminates their right to free speech

• SFU is a thoroughly commuter-oriented campus—leading to some apathy

•Transit: no shuttle bus to the satellite campus, Harbour Centre



• Multiculturalism: last year, only 47 per cent of incoming students identified themselves as “white”

• Vast curriculum—Swahili to Finnish cinema

• Library system—one of North America’s largest

• Architecture: a 100-yearold castle and a library that looks like a Canada goose

• Cora Pizza on Spadina Avenue

• Tony’s truck and roving cafeteria: coffee, great Italian veal sandwiches, cigarettes—and a sermon on why you should quit smoking

• Engineering Society’s school spirit

• Retro ’70s clothing: plastic baby barrettes, fuzzy sweaters, kilts and Wallabees HOT HANGOUT:

Diabolos’ coffee house WHAT’S NOT

• The administration’s monopoly on selling alcohol on campus—at significant markups

• The provost’s new plan to steer U of T into the next millennium: cutting popular programs while attracting high-paying research and engineering graduate students

• Bureaucracy

• Size: you are a nine-digit student number

• Lack of space for student activities

• Most students are commuters and rush home to jobs, lives and families

• Scarborough College: one of the world’s largest deposits of concrete

• Crazed professors

• Student politics: allegations and denials of misappropriation of funds, scandal-ridden elections and smear campaigns against candidates



• Birkenstocks (the welcoming gift to president Conolly)

• “Head of the Trent” fall rowing regatta

• Two reading weeks, in October and February

• Picturesque location near the Otonabee River

• Recycling program

• The Elders and Traditional People’s Gathering, which draws more than 4,000 participants

• The Trent Day Care Centre

• Environmental and resources studies HOT HANGOUTS: The Ceilie;

The Commoner WHAT’S NOT

• The steps: not very wheelchair accessible

• First-year registration: very confusing

• Replacing the annual BACCFIUS party with the dry Trent music festival

• Dated computers in the lab

• Lack of library research material

• Women’s studies: many think the program represents the views of the white upper class

• No pictures on student cards: they can’t be used for ID and are easily stolen



• vw Bugs

• Mystic Vale: a forested ravine next to campus, spared an untimely death last year

• Green lawns and trees, and the joy of wearing shorts—year round

• Ducks and bunnies—year round

• The old red bikes that the buildings and grounds workers ride

• One block to the beach


• No universal Internet access

• The war huts: ugly, “temporary” soldiers’ housing from the Second World War— now permanent buildings

• Commonwealth Games tourist leftovers

• Tim Horton Donuts on campus

• We live on an island: the ferry is $60 return

• Only one pub on campus—and no dance floors

• Living on the Juan de Fuca fault line



• Diverse ethnic backgrounds of the students

• Co-op programs

• Easy and abundant access to the Internet

• A large duck population that never flies south for the winter

HOT HANGOUTS: Phil’s Grandson’s Place; The Bombshelter, especially on rock ’n’ roll Thursdays WHAT’S NOT

• Construction on campus: the campus bookstore opened late this year; the Campus Centre has one usable entrance

• Long lineups and bureaucratic red tape at Needles Hall, aka “Needless Hell”: it takes three days to drop a course

• Campus radio station CKMS FM operates on the “more talk, less rock” credo



• Western literature and civilization professor Madeline Lennon, who demonstrates wit, approachability and an interest in students

• Pastoral charm and stately architecture

• Adam West: a local band with alumni Dave Merritt and Shawn Bragg

• The Spoke: frothy draft, quality food and first-rate bands

• Campus media—The Gazette newspaper and CHRW radio


Ceeps; Call the Office WHAT’S NOT

• Being haunted by the “Country Club U” reputation

• Heavy focus on graduate programs

• The Berlin Wall mentality

between students and the city’s permanent residents • Lack of student representation on the board of governors

• Funding luxurious information booths when

money could go to hiring more faculty

• The zealous, misdirected intensity of the insipid and ill-informed: when Orientation Week was in jeopardy of being cut, hundreds of students marched in loud protest, but Western’s participation in the annual underfunding rally at Queen’s Park was cancelled last year due to apathy



• Poutine at Wilt’s

• The Princess Cinema, a local repertory movie house screening high-quality films at budget prices

• Oktoberfest: beer, sausage and lederhosen

• Coed residences on campus

• Bag O’ Crime, a popular weekly feature in The Cord student newspaper about

campus security investigations

HOT HANGOUTS: Volcano; The Red Pepper


• Rib 0’ Pork—a “dining-hall delicacy” •Tablecloths at Wilt’s: our laid-back, casual pub’ has turned into a restaurant extraordinaire—seems there’s more money to be made selling lunches to staff and faculty

• Bookstore prices

• Library elevators: cha-ching, klunk, klunk

• The Boar’s Head Dinner: annual formal medieval-style dinner, replete with rituals—which

include parading around with a boar’s head



• Location, location and location: two minutes from Detroit’s concerts, sports events and joint academic programs

• Size: not too big, not too small

• Great professors

• Cost effectiveness of living in Windsor

• Windsor’s bar scene

• Casino Windsor: part-time jobs

• Progressive curriculum

• Windsor radio: soul, rap, alternative or talk •Track and field: our teams have won four consecutive provincial titles

HOT HANGOUTS: Eclectic Cafe; Coach and Horses; Dominion House WHAT’S NOT

• Leddy Library: short hours and inadequate research materials

• Parking shortages

• Campus food

• Windsor’s “inferiority complex”: both the city and the university

• Pollution: a large industrial base on both sides of the border

• Class size and availability

• Lack of inclusiveness for minorities

• Budget cutbacks and tuition hikes

• Athletics—aside from track and field



• Accessible, easy-to-talk-to faculty

• Great student representation on university decision-making bodies

• A woman president: Marsha Hanen

• Nooners: free lunchtime concerts

• The work-study program that employs students in financial need in on-campus jobs

• The men’s and women’s Wesmen volleyball and basketball champions

• Student-owned day care centre

• Undergraduate access to participation in faculty research

HOT HANGOUTS: La Dolce Vita; Harman’s Drug Store WHAT’S NOT

• Underfunding

• No student centre

• Faculty paid well below the national average

• Bad coffee everywhere on campus

• Homophobia: there is an active gay and lesbian coalition, and student union president Jim Heber, now in his second term, is openly gay

• The high level of student poverty: there is an active food bank on campus

• Lineups at registration and the bookstore

• Very little parking—but, hey, who has a car anyway these days?

• Winter in Winnipeg, aka “Winterpeg”



• Fine arts virtual-reality seminars

• L’Echaim Deli, a delicious nondairy and Kosher restaurant on campus

• Breast-feeding facilities for student moms

• The master’s degree in creative writing

• The Nellie Langford Visual Arts Library

• Express bus shuttle: from the subway to York in less than 30 minutes

• New makeshift theatre: for plays, improvs and theatrical endeavors


• Lack of convenient fast food

• Not enough liquor-licensed establishments

• Radio station CHRY plays too much classic rock

• York rhymes with “dork”: makes it easy for other schools to insult us

• Not enough books in the Scott Library

• University is too young to have traditions

• Residences are rarely full: nobody wants to stay on a campus that’s in the middle of an industrial park □