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24 Signs You’re a Theatre Major

Written By: Tiana Kralj


  1. You know exactly how many minutes are in a year.
  2. You’re not American, but you know the entire history of Alexander Hamilton.
  3. You’re not afraid of strange or concerned looks from passers-by as you conduct rehearsals in any hallway, stairwell, or common room.
  4. You win Halloween. Every year.
  5. You learn to operate on a new lower standard of sleep.
  6. You can never have a social life because you’re always in crew/rehearsal.
  7. When your prof shows a video in class, you ask them to turn off the “house lights”.
  8. You communicate solely using show quotes and lyrics.
  9. You have an entire vocabulary full of acronyms that no one else understands (PM, TD, LX, ASM, etc).
  10. Your enunciation and pronunciation of words is unparalleled.
  11. You don’t know how to whisper without being heard by everyone in class.
  12. Your entire wardrobe consists of 40% cast t-shirts, 40% all black clothes, and 20% clothes you don’t wear anymore but could possibly use as a costume.
  13. You have a slew of inside jokes that are only relevant to you and your cast.
  14. You understand the many uses of simple, household items.
  15. You have an arsenal of embarrassing stories to tell — from costume mishaps, to tripping over set pieces, dropping props, forgetting lines, awkward stage kisses… You get the idea.
  16. You don’t yell, you project.
  17. Everyone notices your makeup looks because you only know how to do over-the-top eyeshadow, red lips, and fake eyelashes. The people on the back of the bus also need to see your features, am I right?
  18. You social media has at least one or two (or 25) blurry and poorly angled pictures of you meeting an actor at the stage door.
  19. Your music library is purely showtunes.
  20. You have a strong yearning to vacation in Santa Fe.
  21. You only ever refer to it as The Scottish Play. Why endanger the lives of your cast and the show itself?!
  22. You don’t sing in the shower. You PERFORM.
  23. You know exactly how to become popular.
  24. And last but not least, you’re prepared to lead a revolution at any time.


Artist Spotlight: Kaws

Written By: Nima A.K.

Brian Donnelly, best known as Kaws, is a New York-based artist. He was born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in New York in 1996, he worked as a freelance animator for Disney, where he made a name for himself designing limited edition toys and clothing.  This helped to spark his career as an internationally acclaimed artist, exhibiting his art in sculpture and installation media in museums and galleries around the world.

Kaws, Good Intentions, 2015, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England.

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Stages of Pulling an All-Nighter

Written By: Tiana

The all-nighter: you’ve either been through one, or you’ve heard the horror stories.  I’ve had my share of all-nighters myself, and if there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about them it’s that there is a very specific pattern that they follow — from the lead-up straight through to the aftermath.  If you’ve pulled one, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, you’re about to find out, as I’ve taken the time to dissect an all-nighter and reveal to you the stages of pulling one.

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Art Stuff for Dummies: EMBROIDERY

Written By: Liana

Hi, I’m Liana! Every month I’ll be taking on a new art form that I’m interested in, and I’ll be working though the process of teaching myself how to do it. This month I’m teaching myself embroidery!

Embroidery is essentially the embellishing of fabric (or paper, or … anything) using a needle and thread, and sometimes also beads and sequins. Although nowadays the process is usually done using sewing machines and other, more efficient technologies, people still do it by hand as well. Thanks to social media, embroidery is having a bit of resurgence in the modern art sphere. This resurgence can be attributed to embroidery’s kitschy look, but also must be attributed to the female artists who are reclaiming the stereotypically feminine pastime to create conceptual feminist works of art.

If you need some inspiration, here are a few Instagram artists that I am a big fan of: @crossstitchcult @vickinerino (the kulls!) @milky.tea__ @zoebuckman (her work ‘Champ’) @westcozy @tinycup_ @stitchezwithattitude @times.new.romance @hanecdote

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What you can do while York is on strike

Written by: Peter Widdrington

So York is on strike. It’s official. 100%. Well, more specifically, CUPE 3903 is on strike, meaning that the majority of classes at York University are on hold for the time being. You may be asking yourself, “Why is the union striking again?” Which is fair. Many of us may have had our plans or our education disrupted by the strike, and that can result in many negative feelings. It’s important to not let these negative feelings overwhelm you. In the end, everyone has their reasons and opinions to be for or against a strike, but the best thing we as students can do is stay active and not give up, even when it seems that we are being pushed aside. It’s easy to sulk and complain about what’s happening (which you have every right to), but I also think it’s incredibly important to realize that there is a way to turn an unfortunate situation into an opportunity to learn and gain from. I want to talk about a few things students can do while the University is on strike to make the best out of the situation.

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Tips on Beating the Winter Blahs

Written By: Sadie Cahill

As a busy student, it’s easy to get flooded with the winter blahs. However, no matter the amount of overwhelming assignments and deadlines, there should always be some time for self care! It can be tough, but there are small things you can do to squeeze in some time for yourself.  Below are 5 easy things to do when you need a little mid-winter TLC!

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I will not be complaisant – things I learned about myself and about harassment

Written By: Maddy

Content warning: harassment, sexual remarks/gestures, abuse

My name is Madeleine, and I identify as a cis woman. I am a loud person, my voice carries, I have loud opinions, and I am comfortable in front of a crowd (I can crack a joke, no problem). And this is going to be long, but I think it’s important for everyone — men, women and non-binary folks alike.

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Artists vs Creatives: Which Are We?

Written By: Chevon

Someone once asked me if I was an Artist or a Creative.  My response was “What is the difference anyway?  Aren’t all Artists also Creatives and all Creatives, Artists?” The distinction between the two can be difficult to identify until both are more clearly defined.  Artists are experts, masters in their art form.  Creatives, on the other hand, are those with the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.  They are imaginative, innovative, and experimental, but not necessarily professional as Artists are. Read More