Winter time, cold weather and snow are all factors that make people want to stay inside all day, and really, I can’t blame them. Not many people feel the need to brave the cold, especially since it may feel like there isn’t much to do in the winter anyway. Well, what if I told you that there are tons of fun, free activities happening right on campus? This reading week, February 17-23, it may be tempting to curl up in bed with a cup of tea and your books, but it’s also a great opportunity to use your extra free time to do something that you normally wouldn’t. Below is my list of fun things you can do on campus during the upcoming reading week! If you want to explore more fun activities at York U, check out our previous #YUBlog post “8 Fun Things To Do This Summer on the York U Campus”. This post includes both seasonal and year-long activities. Keep an eye out for an updated list of summer 2018 events coming soon!
Arts and Music Events
York University clubs hold art, movie and music events around campus quite frequently. From double feature movie nights to improv soirées, there really is something for everyone. If you’re a York U artist, consider attending the “Painting for Peace” event happening February 15th at 4pm! This cool event gives York U students the chance to paint alongside a professional artist who will give you pointers and help you create images related to peace. If you’re interested, just head to the YU Connect page and RSVP now!
If art isn’t quite your thing, you can join the York U Musicians Society (YUMS) who meet once a week to jam, learn some new tunes and enjoy the company of fellow musicians. If you’re like me and don’t feel artistically or rhythmically inclined, then check out the Winters Double Feature Movie Night happening on March 2 and relax with some popcorn and enjoy great films with your friends.
Do you appreciate art but don’t actually want to create it? There are six art galleries and exhibits located on the Keele campus and the Canadian Language Museum is located on the Glendon campus. The galleries and museum are open to the public (and York U art aficionados) all year round. The main art exhibit this winter is called “Postcommodity” by Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) on the first floor of the Accolade East Building. A smaller exhibit is also located in the AGYU called “AGYU Vitrines” by Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau. Admission to the gallery is always free and the gallery is open from Monday to Friday (excluding Wednesday) from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.
There are also many other galleries located around campus with art exhibits and events held daily. These galleries include the Special Projects Gallery located in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, the Gales Gallery located in the Accolade West Building, the Akasa Gallery located in the Student Centre and even a few college-run galleries located in their respective colleges, such as the Eleanor Winters Art Gallery and the Samuel J. Zacks Gallery. Check out all the details of these art exhibits on the Visual Art & Art History website.
Do you want to pick up some new learning skills this winter? Well, there are plenty of events happening on campus to help you prepare for exams and skill-building activities to help you polish your resumé. York offers courses, workshops and events that can teach you new skills or help you improve skills you already possess. For example, Learning Skills Services, the Writing Centre and the Library offer workshops that include topics such as LSAT prep courses, time management, exam prep, critical thinking workshops, drop-in and guided writing sessions and so much more. Check out the different websites and learn more about these events and workshops to make the most of your reading week. Please note that not all of these services will be offering workshops during reading week but there are plenty of learning skills sessions available all winter long!
There are always tons of sporting events happening year-round on campus, giving spectators plenty of opportunities to go and support their home team. Basketball, hockey, track and field, volleyball and wrestling are all in season right now with plenty of games and events happening. For example, on February 16 alone there are four games happening for York: a women’s basketball game at Carlton at 6pm, a women’s hockey game on home ice (Canlan Ice Sports) at 7pm, a men’s volleyball game on home court (Tait McKenzie Centre) at 8pm and a track and field meet at the University of Toronto that will be happening all day. If you want to cheer on York’s track stars, you will be able to get downtown easily thanks to the new York University subway station. Check the Athletics & Recreation event calendar for more sporting events and get out there to support the York Lions! York students who present their YU card receive free admission to all regular season events.
Grab A Bite to Eat
York U houses many different food establishments from Yogen Fruz to Hero Burger. Whether you have a craving for poutine, sushi or, of course, coffee, you can find plenty of food options on campus. Although most York U students are familiar with the food choices in York Lanes and the Student Centre, consider reading week your chance to explore the many restaurant options on campus that host many different events year-round as well as serve some good food. The Underground, Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop and Shopsy’s Sports Grill host events for students to get out, interact with others and have a good time. From open mic nights, paint and cocktail nights and even game nights, these restaurants often host fun activities to bring people together.
Aside from these establishments, there are even a few unofficial café events that happen around campus and anyone can join in. The Global Peer Program hosts Coffee Break Sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Global Café located in York Lanes. There is also a free Hump Day Café every Wednesday in Atkinson. Come out, grab a coffee and enjoy the conversation.
There are plenty of things going on around the York U campus all winter long, so make sure you don’t miss out! It’s time to brave the cold and get out there to experience York U. Have a wonderful reading week, Lions!
Know of any other cool things to do on campus this winter? Tweet us @YorkUStudents and let us know!