A Queer Guide to Trinity College

Hello young queers of all gender and/or sexuality variety! Rainbow Trinity is excited to meet you all in the coming week, but before you get dosed in metaphorical/literal welcome glitter, here is a queer guide to Trinity College and the University of Toronto at-large. Despite our emphasis on “tradition,” Trinity College has a heads-on approach when it comes to ensuring we remain an inclusive, safe space for marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex folks.

So for starters, what is Rainbow Trinity? We are a levied club at Trinity College that uses our nice bag of money to host academic events, movie nights, and socials. Essentially, our mission is to celebrate diversity within the Trinity community by acting as a social support group. This year, we will be working extra hard to get out of the “Trin bubble,” and explore all the places Toronto has to offer. This will include, but is not limited to: the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the GLAAD Book Shop, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

We will also be a part of Queer Orientation, which is happening from September 19th to September 29ths and includes all sorts of events including a Campus Tour to the Village, LGBTQ International Students Lunch, and dance classes! I highly recommend going to at least two events, especially the meet n’ greets, because I have found it is difficult to meet people outside of Trinity College when you get stuck in your studies come November. I know it can be nerve-wracking but if you want to go, go! Don’t psyche yourself out, because I did, and now I completely regret not going to more events. So in September, the full list will be posted on the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) website, so please stay tuned!

Finally, for the closeted folks who are reading this, please don’t feel forced to come out when you feel that you are not ready. Although Trinity is quite an inclusive and accepting place, we also understand how big of a deal it is to open up like that, and know that is completely up to you to make that decision when you feel comfortable. Did I mention that is about YOU and NOT anyone else? If I didn’t, let me say it loud and clear: coming out to yourself, your friends, co-workers, and/or family is on YOUR time and schedule, so please do not feel pressured one way or the other. As a queer gal coming from a Catholic high school in Alberta, I know how it feels to be accepted and not accepted by those who are close to you. When things are rough, just know that you are not alone, and my door (Body-460) will always be open. If you want more information on coming-out, the SGDO created a really great brochure that you can find right http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Coming-Out.pdf .

While I am at it, here are some campus resources that are amazing on a variety of LGBTQA+ related issues:
LGBTOUT Drop-in Centre http://lgbtout.com

And with that, I leave with some Rainbow Trin events to look forward to:
September 3rd, 3:00pm-5:00pm: Meet the Exec at the Trinity College Clubs Fair!
September 8th, 12:00pm-2:00pm: Water Fight in the Back Field!
September 22nd, 12:00pm-2:00pm: The Annual Rainbow Trinity Barbecue!
September 26th, 6:30pm-10:00pm: Rainbow Trin and the TCDS Go To: The Rocky Horror Show!
October 6th, 6:00pm: Our First Academic Event! Topic TBA!

See you all very soon, or as Rainbow Trin says: YAY GAY!
Haley O’Shaughnessy
President of Rainbow Trinity


Making the Write Choice: how to get involved with student publications

Whether you’re an aspiring journalist, a creative-writer, or have a keen editorial eye, there is plenty of opportunity to gain experience in writing and editing on campus. Here are some publications that you might want to consider contributing to in your first year.


The Varsity is the University of Toronto’s official student paper. Some of the fees you pay go towards sustaining its publication, and it is always looking for new writers. The sections you can write for include News, Arts & Culture, Features, Comment, Science, and Sports. You can also contribute by taking photographs, submitting illustrations, and copy-editing. No previous experience is required– you will learn everything you need to know on the job. Alternatively, The Newspaper is U of T’s independent publication, and is the largest of its kind in Canada.

College publications

The Salterrae is the Trinity College magazine and accepts pretty much anything Trin-related. If you don’t want to write, there are Junior Editing and Design positions exclusively for first-year students. Other colleges also produce their own publications, and you don’t have to be a member of one of these colleges to contribute.
• Innis– The Innis Herald
• St Mike’s– The Mike
• University College– The Gargoyle
• Victoria College – The Strand
• Woodsworth– The Woodsworth Howl

Literary Journals

Literary journals showcase visual art, poetry, and prose. The Trinity University Review is our journal. In addition to submitting content, Trinity students may apply to be on the Editorial Board, the panel that selects work for publication. Acta Victoriana is based at Victoria College and welcomes pieces from all students. The Hart House Review is a Canadian literary arts magazine managed by students at U of T and is distributed across the country. These publications have their deadlines early in the second semester, so watch out for those!

Academic Journals

If you write a brilliant essay, consider sending it to an undergraduate journal. There are innumerable academic publications at U of T and therefore, far too many to list. These are often discipline-focused and each department will likely have one of its own. They are often tied to course unions, and you’ll definitely know when there is a call for submissions. An internet search for “[your subject] journal U of T” is the best way to locate information about the journal specific to your program.

Iris Robin, 1T6, is Editor-in-Chief of the Innis Review and a staff writer for The Varsity. She also copy-edits and writes regularly for the Salterrae.

Weekly High Tables

Greetings 1T8!

We, the Second-Year Heads, figured we should introduce ourselves at this point in the summer:

Second-Year Male Head of Residence: Luis Lopez
Second-Year Female Head of Residence: Tracy Wang
Second-Year Male Head of Non-Residence: Cas Legrand
Second-Year Female Head of Non-Residence: Emily Brade


So you may be wondering what it is exactly that we do. Well, other than planning Initiations Week (the week after Frosh Week), and writing and performing the frosh play, we are here to mercilessly enforce high table dress code. We’ll talk to you about the first week of classes once you actually get here, and we will make all the events and times public for you guys once the schedule is finalized, so for now we’ll explain what all this high table business is about.

At some point the week after frosh, you will be having a gowning in ceremony, and after that you will be free to wear your gowns whenever you would like. Don’t wear them beforehand. If you don’t want to spend the roughly $125 on the gown, you may choose to rent one from the porter’s lodge. Often, non-residents who buy their gowns will also rent a locker in which to keep them during the week. The only places at which they are mandatory is the Trinity College Meeting, Evensong, weekly Literary Institute Debates, certain special events and outings like the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Soldier’s Tower, and High Tables. High tables happen every Wednesday at 6:30 in Strachan Hall. They are preceded by Evensong in the chapel at 5:15, and and followed by the Trinity College Literary Institute debates at 9:00. Evensong is for every student of whatever religious affiliation or lack thereof, and even though it is in the Anglican tradition, it is enjoyable from any perspective. Similarly, calling the Lit “debate” is stretching the term, and mostly it’s just an hour or so of hilarity. High table is open to all students, resident or not, and it is encouraged that you go as often as you can. They’re really fun! Wednesdays in general are special, and a great time to take a break from hectic university life.

Additionally, high table is a fantastic opportunity to connect both with the college’s roots, and with current students. Upon entering the hall for dinner, your attire will be checked to ensure that it adheres to the rules stated in the dress code at the end of this post. Regulations are relaxed for non-residents, but are strictly enforced for residents. Keeping gowns and semi-formal attire mandatory is part of what keeps them special, and distinct from the rest of the week’s meals. More to this end, food (generally of better quality on Wednesday nights) is served to you by our staff, and latin grace is said by a student head before the meal. At Christmas and Thanksgiving high tables, there is also wine available for those who are of age. It is little things like this that make these dinners feel special, and ensure that they will continue for students many years down the line. You will hear often from upper years that some of the best conversations of their lives have happened at these
dinners. Res or non-res, we hope that you will attend and take these opportunities to connect with fellow students.

So, without further ado, here is the High Table dress code for the 2014/15 academic year:

Appropriate attire:
•Appropriate formal flats
•Dinner Jackets and ties (mandatory with collared shirts)

Inappropriate attire:
•Any open-toed shoes
•Athletic attire
•White socks

•academic gowns (once applicable)
*anything not mentioned in this list will be left to the discretion of the second year heads.

Hope to see you there!

Tracy, Emily, Luis, and Cas.


Everything You Need to Know about Trinity Chapel Choir

​Do you like to sing? If the answer is yes, you should audition for the Trinity chapel choir. It doesn’t matter if you have never sung this kind of music before (Anglican church music for choral evensongs, in case you wanted to know). People from all kinds of musical backgrounds sing in this choir.
​The chapel choir is made up of 20-30 people, and sings SATB music, as most church choirs do. It is currently under the direction of John Tuttle, the university organist and one of the nicest, most hilarious people you will ever meet. It also includes an organ scholar, who accompanies the choir most of the time. There are typically about 8 choral scholarships given out to students, and if you are interested in more information about those, please let me know so I can give you more information.
​The chapel choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7-9 in Seeley Hall (usually) and sings choral evensong every Wednesday during term. Evensong is at 5:15, but the choir meets at 4:00 to rehearse. The choir sings from the loft, which is a balcony one floor above the chapel. Gowns are worn during the service, but John has a lot that you can borrow, in case you don’t have your own.
​Seriously, audition for this choir if any of this sounds at all interesting. It is so, so, so much fun. John is one of the most knowledgeable church musicians in the area, and it is a real treat to get the opportunity to work with him every week. Auditions will be during frosh week (usually they are Thursday and Friday) and more information will be available at the porter’s lodge during frosh week. Auditions will include a range check, a short prepared excerpt available several days before the audition, and sight-reading. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me via Facebook (Emma Barnaby) or at ebarnaby93@gmail.com or, if you want to contact John directly, at j.tuttle@utoronto.ca.

By: Emma Barnaby


“She doesn’t even go here”: The Other Colleges

Congrats! You’re going to Trinity, or within 2 weeks of being here, “Trin.” The college system at U of T can be a bit confusing when you first get here in terms of understanding how your experience with your college meshes with your life in the grander scheme of thing.

One of the questions people ask all the time is if you have to go to Trin to be an IR student. The answer is no. (By the way, probably over half of you who think they’re going to be IR majors will not be IR majors by next year. Don’t worry about it.) You also don’t have to go to be a New College student to do a minor in Buddhism Psychology and Mental Health (it’s a real minor) or go to Woodsworth to be a criminology major.

Just because a program is housed at a certain college doesn’t really mean anything in terms of your own college affiliation, and as such don’t feel limited. Though it might mean if you’re majoring in book and media studies that you spend a lot of time at St. Mike’s. Have fun. Same goes with participating and going to other events at other colleges.

In my first year, I was part of Vic One in the Pearson stream, which a great experience. The One programs are pretty great experiences, and the Pearson stream which was geared towards history and political science students wasn’t necessarily the best fit considering what I’m studying now, but I learned a lot. Through Vic One, I actually helped start a club at Vic (Equal Voice), which is an organization that works to have more women in parliament. I’ve also contributed an article to The Mike (SMC’s paper) and was in a play by UC (university college) Follies. Often there are opportunities like in theatre or through people you know, to participate in events and organizations at other colleges which you should feel free to take advantage of. This is probably a bit unusual compared to most people, but if you’re someone who really wants to audition for Company run by VCDS (Victoria College Drama Society) or want to take a first year class at New College, just do it.

The other thing about being at Trin, means that you pay program fees to the college and that you can go to our friendly registrar’s office for anything you need. You can also drop by the dean’s office in St. Hilda’s for any questions about student life or anything really! It also means that you get to tell everyone that their quad sucks compared to ours.

And here’s a Mean Girls clip to demonstrate how we feel about people using the JCR who don’t go to Trin.


By: Karthy Chin

How to Not Kill Your Roommate in 5 Easy Steps

Maybe you’ve signed up for it because you’re an only child and your parents think it will be an “enlightening experience”, or maybe you’ve picked the short straw (so to speak) and were assigned a double room by chance. Either way, you’re now starting to wonder and maybe worry about how different your life will be starting September. Lucky for you, I spent my first year in a double room in Sub-Whit, and am proud to announce both my roommate and I received our monetary compensation for not murdering each other by the end of the year. Coming from the same high school and already being friends, it wasn’t much of an adjustment for us, but more of an 8-month long slumber party. However, if you’re not lucky enough to have moved in with your best friend and don’t expect to be living your days out like an episode of Gilmore Girls, here is a list (everyone loves lists!!!) of things you should consider to make your life with a roommate a bit more stress-free.

1. Purchase 2 sleeping essentials – a sleep mask and ear plugs!

You’re going to feel a little silly and maybe even slightly claustrophobic. But when your roommate decides to pull an all-nighter with their bright study light and scratching pencil the day before you have an exam, you’ll thank me.

2. Post your class schedule somewhere your roommate can see it, and ask them to do the same.
The most difficult part of living with a roommate is the inevitable lack of privacy. Sometimes, you just need some alone time. Knowing when your roommate will be in class will let you know when you can have the room to yourself.
3. Try to bond a little during move-in to make Frosh Week less painful.
Just having one friend can be the difference between a great and an AMAZEBALLS Frosh Week. Having your roommate by your side will give you confidence to get through the parade, the Melinda Seaman party, and EVEN awkward lunch with ease.
4. Don’t get angry about occasionally sharing items.

Maybe you won’t be so open to letting your roommate borrow a pair of jeans, but try offering coffee when you make it or letting them borrow shampoo the day they run out. This will not only build something of a friendship, but it will also forever put them in your debt.

5. Understand you don’t have to be best friends!!
To live comfortably with a roommate you just have to follow the golden rule. Sure, many beautiful friendships sprout from first year roommates, but this isn’t always the case. If a problem arises, don’t be afraid to talk about it with them or with a trusted upper year who has probably had some of the same problems themselves.

Try as I might to sound old and wise, I realize I’ve still ended up making this sound like a 17 Magazine article. Hopefully you’ve learned one or two things and your roommate experience is an excellent one!

By: Angie Salomon


Frosh Week, One Year Later

Frosh week is usually an elusive dream for high-school seniors. While you’re struggling to readapt to the monotonous schedule of *insert your high school here,* you can’t help but mindlessly click through the endless mobile uploads of recent alumni having the time of their lives at university. For me, it stuck with me throughout the year. While I was studying for exams and cleaning out my locker at the end of the year, I couldn’t help but think about what it would be like walking into Trinity for the first time.

I am sure that everyone has the same feelings before their first week of university, whether it be on or off-residence: a bit of nerves, a dash of uncertainty, and a whole lot of excitement. I never really had these in the summer, but they hit as soon as I was packing up my Dad’s minivan with all of my belongings. Maybe it was my mom’s happy tears as she was taping up my boxes, or the words of wisdom that only an Italian grandmother could share, but I soon realized that they were there. As soon as I parked in front of Trin and eight blue-shirted helpers started carrying up my things, I felt at ease. From settling into my new home, to parading through the streets of Toronto, to recapping the hazy snapshots of last night (long live Toga), frosh week was the highlight of my first-year.

While I may not be too vivid in my musings on my frosh, especially to many of you dying to know EXACTLY what a matriculation is, what I can offer are some tips & tricks to make your own frosh week the best it can be.


  1. Your fellow first-years don’t bite


Going into my awkward lunch, I couldn’t help but be a bit intimidated by the mass of unfamiliar 1T7s lining up for cheese sandwiches. Don’t fret! You’ll soon find out (or now, thanks to yours truly) that awkward lunch is awkward for everyone, not just you. The faster you realize that, the faster you can stop those cringe-worthy handshakes and introductions.


2. Chillax, bro


Frosh can be a whirlwind, which is why it’s important to find some down time in between all the high intensity events. There are plenty of chill events throughout the week that will guarantee you’re ready for the next party. They also provide a great opportunity to get to know people better. During my frosh, I found downtime exploring the city with my new friends.


3. Be spontaneous!


While I will always have a soft spot for many of frosh week’s parties, some of my favourite memories were those that were off-script. The same goes for things that I would’ve never done before. Going in with an open mind will definitely help you ease into the life of a froshie.


4. Don’t dose off in orientation


The disorientated frosh will forget that orientation week is not only a time to party like it’s 1999 (just me?), but also the time to get acquainted with the plethora of college and university resources. Pop some Tylenols, put on some sunglasses, and be prepared to take in the wisdom.


5. Leaders are people too


Yes, frosh week is your time to meet your own kind, but it’s also your introduction to the larger Trin community. Though the colour of their shirts may be different, every leader and executive member will welcome you, move you in, and make you feel right at home. So strike up a conversation with us! You never know what revelations we may share with you.


If you take these five simple tips to heart, you’ll have an easy-going and memorable frosh. If you’re too excited come frosh week and you only remember one thing, know that frosh week may be a shared experience, but it is entirely YOUR experience.


Feel free to reach me on Facebook if you have any lingering questions!


See you in September!

By: Anthony Marchese