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President: Ashley Estwick

O-Chair: Tatiana Drensek

Facebook: Stong Frosh 2014

Twitter: Stong Spartans

Instagram: Stong Spartans



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YorkU Orientation 2014: Meet the Schulich O-Week Team! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:55:47 +0000 ]]>



President: Nick Corradino

O-Chairs: Shirley Nakhshon & Franco Valela

Facebook: Schulich O-Week

Twitter: Schulich O-Week

Instagram: Schulich O-Week 



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Do’s & Don’ts of O-Week: Messages from Current York Students & Alumni Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:11:29 +0000 ]]> twitter_wallpaper_pack_by_sebianoti-d5wi6gt

I took to the twitterverse this week to look for some advice from students, staff, and alumni on the
Do’s & Don’ts of Orientation Week at York!




I’ve got a few O-week tips of my own for you — here they are!

Keep your cell phone in a plastic bag

This will help keep your device nice in dry in case of (a) spontaneous water balloon attacks, (b) water fights, (c) trips to the beach, and (d) other miscellaneous O-Week activities

Leave your tablets/iPads/laptops at home

If you don’t need to bring your device with you, I would definitely suggest leaving it behind at home.


Well, aside from the risks that are involved anytime you bring your device around with you (i.e. could get lost or stolen), you are not going to want to spend all your time facing a screen while everyone else is having fun around you. Leaving your device at home already makes you 99% more likely to make friends, and 55% more likely to have a great time at O-Week.

Also, 72% of statistics are made up. But I think you’ve caught my drift.

Load up your YUCard


In addition to being your student ID card and your York University Library card, your YU Card also functions as your on-campus debit card. During my O-Week, I cannot tell you how incredibly convenient it was to simply swipe my YUCard anytime I needed something to eat or drink. Even if you are not living on residence and do not have a meal plan, you can load up your YUCard with flex dollars (either online, in-person at room 200 William Small Centre or at one of the card reload kiosks), and then these flex dollars can be used at any food vendor or store on campus! This is great especially for commuter students during O-Week, since you will need to either pack your own food or buy it on-campus throughout the week unless it is indicated on your schedule that a meal will be provided.

Do some Research beforehand

Get to know the various services and support systems available for you here at York (i.e. campus security, The York University Safety App, goSAFE, the various divisions of Counselling and Disability services, and much, much more). This will not only help you throughout O-Week, but is beneficial for you throughout your time here at York – and if you need any more information on these services during the week, make sure to stop by the RED Zone Kiosk in Vari Hall.

If you have a break in your schedule, head to the York University Bookstore 

Since classes will not have yet begun until after Orientation Week, you’ll have the opportunity to go and purchase your textbooks prior to the school year rush if you so choose. Also, if you load up enough money beforehand and use your YUCard to purchase your textbooks, you will receive Scholar Dollars rewards — this is a rewards program that allows you to earn 5% cash-back on every purchase to be spent later on at the bookstore (perhaps towards an awesome York U Sweater?)!

If you have another break in your schedule, get a map and a group of people, and find a place on campus that you’ve never been before

York has a really big campus at Keele, and a smaller but absolutely breathtaking campus at Glendon — and, at both, there are definitely a ton of things to see before you graduate. So, if your O-Week schedule allows for it, ask a few of your fellow new Yorkies to come with you to explore campus a little bit. If you’re uncomfortable going by yourselves, do not hesitate to ask one of your orientation leaders to come with you. You’re bound to find somewhere cool (there’s lots of cool spots here at York), and you may even get to know your new friends a little better along the way! Click the photo to the left to find a larger, printable version of the Keele Campus map!

Have any more YorkU Orientation Week Tips and advice? Tweet @YorkuSCLD using the hashtags #WeAreYU and #YUoweekTip and share them with new incoming students!


Looking for more information on Orientation? Visit for the latest on Orientation Week 2014, or check out the hashtag #WeAreYU on Twitter and Instagram.

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O-Week Health and Safety 101 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:53:00 +0000 That's some quality H2O gif]]> Orientation Week is a very long, exciting week of events. And since it is one hectic, crazy time, it’s important to remember to do all you can to make sure that you stay healthy and safe throughout the week. We are here to share some tips on how to make sure the fun never stops during O-Week!

1. Stay Hydrated

The reason you get an awesome water bottle in your frosh kit is to ensure you are staying hydrated during O-Week. There are a lot of activities that can be exhausting, so always remember to keep your bottle full and continuously drink from it! :)

2. Eat Eat Eat!

With all the activities of Orientation week, it’s important to keep yourself well fed. Make sure you find out when your college is providing you with food, and when you need to get food on your own. Also, packing snacks in your shoestring bag is a great way to keep your energy up!

Tip: Always carry at least $10 on you just in case you get hungry!

3. Sleep

The majority of your college’s night-time events will end between midnight and 2 a.m., with events the next day most likely starting around 9 a.m. So make sure you get enough sleep to be awake, alert, and happy for the next day! Sleep is super important during O-Week, and towards the end of it, if you’ve been lacking in sleep, you’ll start to feel it come down on you, hard.

4. Sunscreen: your saviour

boy_slathered_in_sunscreenit’s time (it’s time)
it’s time (it’s time)
to get yourself a tan (suntan)
so grab the lotion 
& start the motion
it’s time to get a tan
go man!

Okay – I know you’re looking to get your tan on. But protect your skin, for the sun is out and beaming! Always apply sunscreen in the morning before you go outside, and remember to re-apply during the day, ESPECIALLY if you’re doing something like going to Wasaga Beach. If you’ve forgotten sunscreen, don’t panic! You can buy a bottle at the General Store or the Pharmacy in York Lanes, or find a friend who will share with you!


We also have a handful of resources that you can use to ensure your safety during Orientation Week!


1. Download the YorkU Safety App!


The app gives you many options! You can call security at the click of button, have access to the campus map, and activate the Emergency Alarm if you are in a serious situation, as shown in the pictures above.

It is a very helpful app that can assist and protect you on campus during Orientation Week and beyond! :)

Download the app for Apple HERE

Download the app for Android HERE

2. The odid-we-just-become-best-friends-yep-1ne and only Buddy System

Kick it like grade school and always have a friend with you! It works wonders. Not only will you be safe, but you’ll have company with you, and it’s a great way to make friends!  Our O-Week leaders will always be around and available to walk with you, but it doesn’t hurt to have that extra someone.

Looking for more information on Orientation? Visit for the latest on Orientation Week 2014, or check out the hashtag #WeAreYU on Twitter and Instagram.

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President: Inês Van Deuren

O-Chairs: Jelena Péjic & Mac Dunn

Facebook: Glendon Frosh Week

Twitter: GL Frosh



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Orientation Events Explained Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:50:13 +0000 Vanessa PichelliHi Everyone!

Vanessa Pichelli here, one of SCLD’s Media & Communications Ambassadors! I am going to be blogging for you this week as part of the Orientation Blog Series!

You may have looked at your college’s Orientation Week schedule and wondered:

“What are these events?! What am I going to be doing?!”

Patience, young grasshopper. You will soon find that there will be a lot of awesome and fun stuff at O-Week, and your college’s schedule will be the only one of its kind (as it will be different from those of all the other colleges). However, although your college’s schedule will differ from others’, there are several college-wide events that you will have the opportunity to participate in.

“BUT WHAT ARE THEY?!” you ask once again. Well, to prevent you from having any more confusion about these events (or any more doubts about attending Orientation week), here are the details of some of the college-wide O-week events!

You Had Me at Consent

From last year’s speaker:

“The conversation [is] one around consent and sexual and dating violence, and understanding that we have to have this conversation before things happen to prevent them,” Don McPherson

It’s definitely a must-see at O-Week!

Lion’s Pride

Lion’s Pride is one of the most exciting events – I talked to many students who attended O-Week last year, and they said one of their favourite events was the Lion’s Pride!

This event is basically one giant spirit rally. All colleges will be present, and last year there were presentations from the Men’s Varsity Football team, the York Cheer team, music performers, the President’s office and many more important members of the York community. A large stage is set up in the Commons (the grassy area in front of Vari Hall) and all colleges get to show off how much York pride they have and present their awesome cheers. There is dancing, excitement, and some surprises (which are currently Top-Secret, and can’t talk about yet!). Looks like you’ll have to attend in order to figure them out! ;)

Lion's PrideLion's Pride



Credits to NATRIUM Photography

Football Game

After the York Pride event, everyone will be heading to our York stadium to watch the football team take on the Western Mustangs. York face tattoos, boom wackers and other spirit wear are provided to show off our York pride!


Think back to your elementary school or high school carnivals, where you had bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses, a mechanical bull, a dunk tank, lots of food and so much more. This is kind of what the carnival will be like – except better, of course, since you’re at York. This event is sponsored by groups such as Cineplex, MiO, and SONY who will be giving out their products for FREE!

I mean, who doesn’t love free stuff?

Stong Pit Party

The Stong Pit Party is one of the most thrilling parties you will attend during Orientation week (or ever, for that matter)! It is located at the Stong College Quad, which has an area in its centre made up of 4 large stairs that form a “pit”, hence the name Pit Party. You are given large glow-in-the-dark sticks, there is an awesome DJ, and your only task will be to dance and sing all night. This is most definitely the favourite party for most new Yorkies. And almost every college is there! What a great opportunity to connect with other future York Lions!

Wasaga Beach Wasaga beach

Wasaga is a beach located way up north of York University, in the town Simcoe Cottage. It is along one of the longest freshwater beaches in the world! We reserve a spot on the beach, and bring along a DJ and lots of snacks. Enjoy the water, good music, dancing, some sport games verses other colleges and good food!

Family Orientation (For Parents and Family Members) IMG_1005

This is an orientation for parents of incoming students which aims to create a welcoming and informative environment to ensure students’ transitions run smoothly. The Seminar informs parents about the opportunities, services and resources York has to offer for their students. The orientation includes a welcome from President Mamdouh Shoukri, a student service information fair and a student play put on by our very own Vanier College Productions to showcase the first year experience.

These are the amazing events that all colleges will participate in – what a great way to come together and experience your new home here at York University!

See you at O-Week!

Looking for more information on Orientation? Visit for the latest on Orientation Week 2014, or check out the hashtag #WeAreYU on Twitter and Instagram.

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YorkU Orientation 2014: Meet the Founders College O-Week Team! Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:42:03 +0000


President: Emiljano Mance

O-Chair: Nicole Lewis

Facebook: Founders O-Week 2014

Twitter: Founders O-Week


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What’s A ‘Frosh Kit’? Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:26:44 +0000 I’m sure that, by now, you’ve heard this term being thrown around quite a few times:

Frosh Kit.

Some of you may have even registered for Social Orientation and purchased yours already.

But what exactly is a ‘Frosh Kit’? What’s in it, and why is it important? These are some of the questions I’ll be trying to answer for you in this article.

What is a Frosh Kit?


Here’s a sample of what this year’s New College Frosh Kits will look like!

Frosh Kits are put up for sale every year in preparation for Orientation Week. They are tote bags full of all the essentials for O-Week from your college, such as…

A Shoestring Backpack

This is the bag that will be used to hold all of the other awesome stuff (but the bag in itself is awesome).

Water Bottle

Because all the running around, getting to know the campus, and attending amazing events, activities, parties, and sports games during Orientation Week means that you’ll have to stay hydrated — and why not do it with a water bottle with your college’s) O-Week logo on it?


This is for keeping your keys and/or student card safe (and lookin’ great)!


Aside from being the perfect thing to wave around in the air while cheering with the rest of the students from your college, it’s also a stylish addition to your O-Week attire.


Because, with a future at York so bright, you’ll need to wear shades.

Both Media & Comm. Ambassador Nikki and RED Zone Student Ambassador Khaliq know how to rock their college's bandana - as you can see, it's pretty versatile

Both Media & Comm. Ambassador Nikki and RED Zone Student Ambassador Khaliq know how to rock their college’s bandanas (and sunglasses, too!) – as you can see, it’s pretty versatile.

Your College’s Official O-Week T-Shirt

Look at all those colourful O-Week Tees!

Look at all those colourful O-Week Tees!

Your college’s O-Week shirts are the only ones of their kind. No other college has the same one, and no other group of first year students at York will have had the same one. Needless to say, it’s pretty special  — and it’s sure to bring back tons of amazing memories when you wear it again after the end of O-Week.



Oh yes, Much More!

But you’ll have to wait until you get yours to find out about the rest!

Now, you may be thinking to yourself: I saw the price of my frosh kit — it seems a bit high for just that? What’s so special about it?

Well, there is one more thing that will be included in your Frosh Kit which is definitely the most important thing for you to have for Orientation Week. And that is…

Your College Orientation’s Official Event Bracelet!

This bracelet is your golden ticket to orientation — in fact, it is required that you wear this bracelet at all times during your college’s O-Week, and it will ensure your admission to all the events throughout! Essentially your kit payment goes towards the cost of: events, entertainment, transportation, food … worth WAY more than the price you pay for your kit.

And how can you get a frosh kit?

Visit, find your college or faculty, and click REGISTER NOW!

Looking for more information on Orientation? Visit for the latest on Orientation Week 2014, or check out the hashtag #WeAreYU on Twitter and Instagram.

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YorkU Orientation 2014: Meet the Calumet College O-Week Team! Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:13:54 +0000



President: Spencer Wagner

O-Chair: Angelo Rosero

Facebook: Calumet Frosh 2014

Twitter: Calumet College

Instagram: Calumet College



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YorkU Orientation 2014: Meet the Lassonde O-Week Team! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:57 +0000


Chair: Manjeet Kaur

O-Chair: Jaskaran Singh

Facebook: Lassonde School of Engineering

Twitter: @LassondeSchool

Instagram: Lassonde School




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