By Mike Foster
No more leeches, no more brooks. No more lifeguard’s dirty looks! Yay, summer is over!
Ok, let’s not go that far. But the end of summer doesn’t mean the fun stops.
Admit it. Even when you were a kid, that twinge of back-to-school dread was mixed with the thrill of meeting new people and embarking on a new adventure.
In that spirit, uOttawa and its student associations offer many events designed to help students make the most of their life on campus. It’s all about forming friendships and getting your session off to a great start. Here are five things you need to know:
1. Welcome Week and 101 Week aren’t the same thing.
Welcome Week, which runs from September 1 to September 10, is organized by the University of Ottawa’s faculties and services for all students; 101 Week is organized by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and is aimed mainly at first-year students. The two add up to an amazing array of social activities to celebrate the start of the academic year. Be sure to take in the many campus activities: the uO Show featuring the Arkells and Charlotte Cardin, free outdoor screenings of two movies, street performers, Fedstock and a neon Fluo Party, where you can choose between yoga, Zumba or piloxing under black light.
2. We’re all Gee-Gees!
Proudly wear your school colours (garnet and grey) and share your most memorable uOttawa moments with us by using the hashtag #uOttaWOW for a chance to win a grand prize valued at $10,000! Now that you’re a part of the family, be sure to get involved. Attend events, volunteer, work on campus, join a team or a club — whatever it is you take part in, make the most of your time at uOttawa. Kick things off on the right foot by attending the football home opener on September 10. More about We’re All Gee-Gees.
3. Take care of business.
Make sure you follow the handy back to school step by step guide to get your uOttawa student card and your U-Pass for unlimited access to the OC Transpo/STO public transit network. A good way to meet representatives of uOttawa faculties and services to ask questions and get an overview is to attend the President’s Welcome on September 4 at 9 a.m. A little bit of preparation will save you loads of grief in the long run.
4. There’s construction on campus.
- OC Transpo’s Campus Station is closed but the underpass to the bike path is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Commuters still have to use Laurier Station. Plan your trip with OC Transpo.
- Don’t count on being able to cut between Tabaret Hall and Séraphin Marion this fall. You’ll have to take Laurier. Learn more about the Séraphin Marion infrastructure renewal.
- The upgraded UCU Terrace should be completed in November. Until then, the space outside the Morisset Library will remain fenced off.
- Louis Pasteur / Lot V – With roofing at d’Iorio, renovations in Marion and even the demolition of Cube, there will be continuous activity on Louis Pasteur and construction around Lot V, opposite Marion. See the Louis Pasteur / Lot V construction map.
5. Have fun and stay safe.
Health services are available on campus, including a range of health promotion advice. The University’s Protection Services is nearby and ready to respond (call 613-562-5411 to report emergencies). The University has a range of resources and information on sexual harassment and assault, including advice on how to report incidents and what to do if you have been a victim of or have witnessed sexual violence.