Lost in Trinslation

A is for Acrostic Poems, I am off to a good start
B is for Boat Shoes, our Sperrys are our staple
C is for Couch, our Quadrangle comfort spot
D is for Dinner, Providing it is the Heads main role
E is for Exams, the biggest thorn is our side
F is for Fifth-years, our crumbliest of friends
G is for Governance, The TCM spreads the dough
H is for Hightable, Christmas Dinner is where its at
I is for Ice Cream, so deliciously devious 
J is for Jealousy, the other colleges true feelings
K is for Kitchens, home cook? St Hilda’s is your spot
L is for the Lit, Wednesday nights are for laughs
M is for Mature, a relative term at best
N is for No Seriously, Trin’s Magical
O is for Optional, Clothing under your Toga
P is for Provost, her house party’s are the best 
Q is for Quad, home to both Human and Hawk
R is for Registrar, the compass of our lives
S is for Saltaraee, both our song and our magazine
T is for Trinity, you have made the right choice
U is for UAAC, our Bishop knows best, and will disgrace the rest.
V is for Victory, our intramural teams kick some ass
W is for Welch, The most noble of houses
X is for Xenon, Here’s to you CHM138
Y is for Years, these will be the most memorable of your lives
Z is for Zealous, get ready 1T8.

By: Patrick Andison

Trinity College


Saints, Annual Charity Ball

Saints is Trinity’s annual charity ball and is the first formal event at the year, held in mid-November. The event takes place in St. Hilda’s – the college’s female residence until 2006 – and was traditionally hosted by the women of college for the men. Though the event has its historical roots in girl power, another major focus is the event is philanthropy. This year, the co-chairs have decided to donate proceeds to SKETCH, a Toronto based charity that provides arts education programs for homeless or otherwise at-risk youth. The theme of this year’s ball is “Saints of the Century,” modelled after the 1900 Paris World Expo – a celebration of art, technology and culture at the turn of the century. This theme totally fits our arts focused charity that makes a difference in countless youths lives on the daily. Learn more about SKETCH at sketch.ca.
In late October a ‘rush’ is held, where those who wish to ask someone to the ball, will present him or her with a unique gift at the stroke of midnight. If you wish to be rushed you will receive said gift! An unspoken rule about rush is that unless you are already taken, you must say yes to whoever asks you. No pre-asks allowed! This year, we want you to get to know potential dates a bit better, so Rush week will kick off with a college-wide game of spy-versus-spy (also known as assassin or gotcha).

A month after the rush, Saints’ Week hits! Monday night will play host to the Saints of the Century Karaoke night, where students of all years (and singing ability) will be able to sing and swing along to a wide selection of songs from various genres and years. Tuesday features a full turn of the century themed carnival, with classic games like cornhole boards and bocci ball are offered. There will also be a dunk tank and an opportunity to pie your favourite head. All proceeds from the carnival (5$ unlimited play) will be donated to Sketch. Wednesday’s slate of activities is packed, with the traditional Souper au Chocolat (Chocolate Dinner) presented with a Parisian flare, followed by 20th century themed trivia for passionate historians-to-be, along with a special Saints Lit, featuring exclusively female speakers. Look for some exec members to make their comic debut! Thursday is the much-lauded Follies Berger, a ‘Coffeehouse’ style event showcasing the myriad performance-art talent of Men and Women of College. Following the artistic side of Trinity, Friday will see a bone-crushing display of the college’s athleticism, as the First-Year boys challenge the Upper Year Men of College to a full-contact, high-pressure game of Football on the practice field. Provided that participants are still in one piece, they, along with all other Trinitrons are invited to take their date out for a night on the town. Don’t make it too late though, as Saturday is what all the hype has been building up to – The Saints of the Century Charity Ball! Be prepared to be transported back to the 20th century for the Paris World Expo, with St. Hilda’s rooms being transformed into the Moulin Rouge for dancing, the Palace of Electricity to recharge with food and drinks, and a Moroccan booth to sit, relax or take a photo with your date.
In order to make this spectacle come to life, a student executive has been working hard over the summer ensuring Saints will be a week to remember. We are looking for two first year reps to complete our team and will be putting out an application right after Frosh Week. Make sure you stay tuned to the Trinity College Class of 2018 Facebook group for our social media launch, where you can learn more about joining our Executive.

By: Rhiannon Langford

A Queer Guide to Trinity College

Hello young queers of the 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.

The extent of our glitter powers.

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 29th and includes all sorts of events such as a campus tour to the Village, an 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 come November (school is always first!).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 and the Rainbow Trinity Facebook Page, so please stay tuned!

At the LGBTQase Meet n’ Greet

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 lady lesbian 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. More to the point, don’t feel like you have to “label” yourself and switch one box for another; your queerness is only ONE wonderful aspect of the amazing person that you are! 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 here

Real friends are the ones who accept you for all of you!

While I am at it, here are some campus resources that are amazing on a variety of LGBTTQQAA+ related issues:
LGBTOUT Drop-in Centre
Sexual and Gender Diversity Office
The Centre for Women and Trans People

And with that, I leave with some Rainbow Trin events to look forward to (please note the dates may change):
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

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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