A Festival of Light and Wonder

Written by Vaiva Slapsys

If you’re not one to walk among the historic cobblestone streets of the Distillery District on a normal Saturday evening, now is definitely the time to make the trip down and explore the magic that it offers. Not only is it a beautiful place to visit every other day of the year, but from now until March 12th it has been transformed into a wonderland of light and colour that will take you away from the harsh winter winds and transport you into a place of imagination and inspiration. Read More

Accessing the Career Centre

Written by Sophia Sam

Are you broke and in need of some extra cash? Are you having trouble looking for a job? Well you are looking at the right article! This article will provide tips and tricks on how you can get a campus job and maintain it while being a student. Read More

Headshots on a Budget

Written by Jessica Ortaleza

One of the most important tools you’ll ever need is one that may cost you the most. It’s something that’ll differentiate you from the rest. It highlights your best features – better than your best selfie. It captures you under the right light. It makes you look professional and magnificent at the same time. IT is the one and only headshot photo. Whether it’s for an audition, a casting agency, or a promotional advertisement for a class you’re teaching, your headshot photo is the one. A great headshot is a powerful tool for making people remember you, and is something they can identify you by. But it doesn’t have to cost you $600-$800 for a professional and killer headshot, and I’ll spill the beans as to how. Read More

Washrooms at York: A Survival Guide

Written by Alex Colle

Today, I have a confession to make. I am ashamed that I have not come to you all earlier, but I want you to know that it was a difficult decision to finally be honest. Okay, here it is:

For years I’ve kept several secrets from my family, friends, and even you. Yes, YOU: the first-year student.

“How could you do such a thing, Alex?!”

Well, it was a selfish thing to do, and completely for my own benefit. It’s going to be even more difficult to tell you what the secret is, but I’m going to do it anyway because I care about my job as a Student Ambassador and Mentor for the Department of Theatre.

I am ready to tell you. Here it is: Read More

Self Care 101

Written by Laura Clark

Hi there, friend. I think it’s time that we had a little chat. I can see you’re working extremely hard, and I think that’s great. Don’t forget you need to take a break sometimes, too. I know, I know, you don’t have time for a break. Who does, really? I’m here to tell you that you deserve breaks and you deserve to take care of yourself. Read More

Richie Nieto Visits YorkU Music

Written by Emilio Bernardo-Ciddio

Richie Nieto is a composer and sound designer currently working as the Audio Director at Ubisoft Toronto. Nieto has worked with many companies such as Dreamworks, Dimension Films, HBO, Electronic Arts, Sony Music, Lucasfilms, the Discovery Channel, and THQ, and has worked directly with Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi, and Klaus Badelt. In this field, Nieto has worked as an audio director, team lead audio, re-recording mixer, sound supervisor, dialogue editor, ADR and voiceover director, engineer and editor, sound designer, sound effects editor, music editor, music recording engineer, music producer, composer, songwriter, and studio and live musician.

On January 19th, Nieto was invited to the York University Music Department by the Music Students Association to speak about life as a media composer, and to share valuable advice with our students. Richie focused on 10 specific useful tips for media composers: Read More

When Is Stress Not Good For You?

Written by Laura Clark

There are both positive and negative effects of stress. Some of the positive effects of stress are: being a motivator, challenging you to push your limits, encouraging personal growth, and improving time management skills. The important thing about positive stress is that it doesn’t leave a lasting negative impact on your body, and that it is a continuous cycle, not a continuous state. Constant high stress levels take more of a toll on your body, which weaken your immune system (making you sick more often, and leaving you more ill when you do get sick), and can have a long-term impact on your health over time.

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The Vagina Monologues: A Celebration of Diversity, Inclusion, Empowerment, and Worth

Submitted by Maryana Parfenyuk, with edits by Alex Colle.

Vagina.
Just say it. Come on, say it.
Vagina.

How did that feel? It’s not a scary word by any means, but many people treat it as so on a daily basis. But why? How can the ultimate embodiment of individuality receive so much scrutiny on a daily basis? Why can’t it be embraced as the tool of female empowerment that it is? Read More