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Weekly round-up: UTSU elections, U of T professor honoured with award,...

Warning: content contains mentions of suicide UTSU election results, 2020-2021 academic year In non-pandemic related news...

The effects of COVID-19 on waste management

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to effect people around the world, environmentalists are worried about the waste that could potentially build up...

COVID-19 misinformation saturating online networks

Over the past few weeks, health professionals and government officials have been providing the public with information about COVID-19. However, users on...

UTM Bookstore selling textbooks for a hair of the price

Students hoping to make a profit off their used textbooks can rejoice. Starting at the end of this semester, the UTM Bookstore will launch...

The Irish Society of UTM decries St. Paddy’s Day celebrations

With the cultural holiday of St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, UTM’s pastiest peers are preparing themselves for the “ignorant” celebrations and seasonal claims of Irish...

Geese and UTMSU executives most aggressive pests on campus

With the UTMSU elections coming to a close, a popular footpath for UTM students is becoming dangerous. The intersecting pathways that converge...

Featuring Tee Duke, UTM’s first Indigenous Initiatives assistant director

In November 2019, Tee Duke was appointed as UTM’s first assistant director of Indigenous initiatives. For this issue, The Medium sat down with her to discuss...

Susan Ksiezopolski on the power of writing in communities

Writing can often be a personal and individual experience, but award-winning writer Susan Ksiezopolski recently spoke to UTM’s Professional Writing and Communication program on...

UTMSU election underway

The campaign period for the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) is in full swing as candidates gathered at the Blind Duck...

UTMSU election features one slate, minimal opposition

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)’s spring 2020 election campaign period officially began last Monday and will continue until March 13.

Students United: A year in review

The current executive team of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students Union (UTMSU) was elected in March last year and has been active...

Researching the impact of politics on land

Dr. Andrea Olive is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at UTM and an associate professor in the Department of Geography....

The perils of using the elevators on campus

It’s 1:40 p.m., and you enter the library elevator to go up. The elevator ascends to the main floor, but its doors open partially...

How to disinfect against the coronavirus

COVID-19, or coronavirus as its more commonly known, is a virus that emerged from Wuhan, China and has now spread globally. Coronavirus is one...

Mississauga announces their Climate and Sports Initiative

The City of Mississauga joined hands with Toronto Pearson to launch the first-ever Climate and Sports Initiative at Vancouver’s Globe 2020 event. Canadian Olympians,...

U of T ranks high in Forbes’ best employers list

The University of Toronto (U of T) was ranked 10th in Forbes magazine’s annual list of Canada’s best employers. In addition to U of...

Reflections on the Power of Commitment

Last Wednesday, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)’s biology department organized an academic symposium honouring the academic contributions of Zeynab and Mohammad Asadi-Lari.

Exhibit review of ROM After Dark: Desires

On February 14, the Royal Ontario Museum hosted the sold-out event, ROM After Dark: Desires. The event is an after-hours specialty program that immersed...

Reviewing the UTMSU’s campaign promises and initiatives for the rest of...

The election campaigns for the new executive team of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) are imminent with March approaching. This also...

Sustainability clubs host a clothing swap event

Last week, SAGE, the student association for geography and environment, and Zero Waste UTM, a club that brings awareness of waste management issues within...

Fire alarm set off in Davis

On January 27, an unexpected fire alarm set off in the Davis Building (DV) resulted in several students, staff, and faculty being sent out...

The Stewart x Gilbert collaboration

Many young boys look forward to their first soccer game, to the annual summer canoeing trip, or to throwing a frisbee with friends...

Corona Time at UTM

In the wake of Coronavirus’ spread across the globe, with a man and wife confirmed to be infected in Toronto, the UTM campus...

Career Centre unveils workshops inspired by Mulan

A new report by the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) and the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) has found that the gender pay gap...

Mandate three of the Task Force’s final report

Early last month, the final report of the Student Mental Health Task Force was released, as well as the University of Toronto (U of...

2020 HCC fees will increase by 16.5 per cent

The Quality Services to Students (QSS) committee approved the 2020-2021 budget proposals for the Athletics departments, the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC), and Student...

Analyzing the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

At the time of publishing, the 2019-nCoV has claimed the lives of at least 305 people and infected more than 14,000 people globally. The...

Serah Louis on being a student author

Have you ever procrastinated on writing an assignment for class? Did you think that last-minute piece would be published? Well, that’s Serah Louis’ story....

UTM community responds to the mental health report

On January 15, the Student Mental Health Task Force released their findings and recommendations in their final report to the university.

Mandate two of the Mental Health Task Force’s final report

Earlier this month the Student Mental Health Task Force released its final report and recommendations for the university. The Task...

Indigenous land acknowledgement needs more meaning, says Chief

All public proceedings in the Region of Peel will now begin with a formal Indigenous land acknowledgement. The decision was approved by Regional Council...

Is media really to blame?

The “Media.” It is often referred to in a way that makes it sound like a foreign entity, disassociated from the people who...

Council cuts programs, adds courses

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)’s Academic Affairs Committee held their first meeting of 2020 last Monday in the William G. Davis building’s Council...

Genetic risk markers and misrepresentation

The Medium recently had the chance to sit down with Dr. Esteban Parra, a molecular anthropologist and anthropology professor at the University of Toronto...

For a commuter school, we have a parking problem

During the summer of 2019, it was announced that all parking passes would be sold online. This decision was...

Why I read the news but no longer watch the news

For the past two years, I have not watched television news. Yes, that’s right. In the fall of 2017, I made a conscious...

Human of UTM: Snowman

“I’m constantly told I’m too cold, but people don’t know what it’s like to be me. My parents were frigid and unloving. I’ve...

CCT floors shined with student tears

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) has recently introduced a new initiative to ensure a safe and clean campus for all students.

QSS to determine new budgets

The Quality Services to Students (QSS) committee met on December 11, 2019 to review operational highlights and budget reports for the current academic year...

New mental health policy committee

Students created the first student-run mental health policy committee at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) in response to the recent handcuffing of a...

New hospice to be built after years of campaigning

The City of Mississauga will finally receive its palliative care centre after years of campaigning for one. The palliative...

Drought, rising temperatures, and plants

UTM Ph.D. student Lucas Albano is researching the ability of plants to adapt to changing climates. He is specifically testing the white clover’s ability...

Raising the bar on municipal government

I have noticed that when speaking about politics, there tends to be a level of government that is easily overlooked. Municipal governments –...

Feeling numb while watching the news? It might be compassion fatigue

The new decade roared into existence earlier this month, with a news cycle dominated by the fear of another world war, an entire continent...

Talking (Dis)connected with EDSS

UTM’s English and Drama Student Society (EDSS) publish an academic and literary journal annually. This year, their journal With Caffeine and Careful Thought is...

Designated Smoking Areas to be reviewed

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) will reevaluate the Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) on campus this spring. Almost a year...

How to effectively prepare for finals

As final exams approach, tensions rise as students try to balance their already complex lives with studying. Knowing the effects of stress, and especially...

PSA: The Medium will not discuss Israel/Palestine

We at The Medium have decided to not discuss the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (even though we have published an op-ed related to it). We refuse...

Food critic reviews Subway cheeses

Toronto’s #1 food critic James Chatto has recognized the Subway in IB as the hot spot for the finest aged cheeses. Chatto visited...

UTMSU’s AGM talks audits and student proposals

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) held its Annual General Meeting last Wednesday where they discussed financial audit statements and entertained motions put...

UTM library builds a new emergency exit

The University of Toronto Mississauga library opened a new emergency exit in October to fulfill fire department regulations. The second...

Internalized sexism slides into our lives

I come from two countries—Mexico and Kazakhstan—where explicit sexism is the social norm and where the word feminism evokes fear in most girls...

“There: Stories about Places Near and Far”

Recently published, There: Stories about Places Near and Far is an anthology written by eleven writers from the WRI370: Writing about Place course....

Dragonfly health harmed by road salt

With lower temperatures and winter weather comes an increase in road salt usage. Researchers from the McCauley Lab at UTM have studied the...

Campus police kink epidemic spreads through campus

Cuffing season may be winding down at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, but students need not worry about spending the winter alone. As...

Student discovers zero jams at Exam Jam

The annual Exam Jam happened this past week—a time honoured UTM tradition. Students were able to relieve stress through arts...

Nour Alideeb hired as executive director

Former UTMSU president Nour Alideeb has been hired by the UTMSU to be their new executive director, beating out 12 other applicants.

Official opening of Maanjiwe Nendamowinan saw attempts at reconciliation

Students, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests gathered for the official opening of Maanjiwe Nendamowinan (MN) last Friday, with the conversations of indigenization, reconciliation, and partnership...

SCI overturned but uncertainty remains

The Divisional Court of Ontario ruled that the Ontario government did not have the legal authority to impose the Student Choice Initiative (SCI)...

Study: why we choose anxiety over relaxation

Pennsylvania State University performed a study in 2019 that examined the relationship between anxiety and strategic behaviors, like relaxing. According to the study, even though...

Profs issue really honest letters of recommendation to students

Reality checks have spread across campus as professors have taken to writing completely honest letters of recommendation for their students.

The HCC mental health process: A breakdown

The Medium spoke to the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) about the process students can go through to access mental health services on campus,...

Curbing food waste through technology

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets...

GO passengers can soon pay their fare by tap

Metrolinx, the transit agency that owns PRESTO and manages several other transit systems in the province, recently announced that GO transit buses...

The long arm of childhood experience

A recent study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) based in Germany, studied the impact of socioeconomic status (SES) during childhood...

Quiet star-athlete leaves loud UTM legacy

Jayde Forde is a recent graduate from UTM. She completed a major in math and a double minor in statistics and economics. Forde’s family...

UTM Parking Office to sell spots in-line

The University of Toronto parking office, the most beloved section of campus administration, is proud to announce a new method of capitalizing on...

UTM student handcuffed at HCC

On October 2, a UTM student was handcuffed by campus police at the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) for seeming “at risk.”

Questioning Daylight Savings

If you did not remember to set your clocks back one hour on November 3, you might have found yourselves arriving at your appointments...

Prices for city services to go up in 2020

The City of Mississauga has approved a fee hike to several city services like MiWay transit fares, recreation programs, and library charges, among others,...

Career Centre celebrates its 40th year

The UTM Career Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary last Wednesday with an open house event at its office. Offering both...

“Music saved my life:” A lie we tell ourselves

Lizzo did not invent rhythm or body positivity. Panic! At The Disco is my favourite band but they didn’t “save me.” I have...

UTMSU haunted house filled with turkeys

The UTMSU is under fire for their haunted house being too frightening to bare. Last week, the students’ centre hosted many spooky scares, but...

U of T makes concerted effort to move suicides off campus

In lieu of recent tragedies, the University of Toronto plans to create a safe environment on campus by moving suicides off the premises. Turning...

Living life: Happiness versus pride

People set out to create and achieve great things in their lives. Some people may even feel proud of the things that they...

PWC without the P, W, or C

At The Medium, our largest cohort of writers hail from the sciences, and only a fraction of our writers are in the Professional Writing...

Campus Affairs considers dependence & diversity

The Campus Affairs Committee held its second meeting of the academic year last Tuesday to discuss new developments from the Human Resources department, the...

Satire editor elaborate front for shitty content

Ever since the recent introduction of The Medium’s Satire section, rumours about the supposed identity of the Satire Editor have spread around campus. The existence...

QSS meets & talks

The QSS plans to have an additional advisory group get together to discuss the departments with “opt-outable” fees. The second Quality...

First Experiential Fair

Students got the chance to attend UTM’s first ever Experiential Education Fair last Wednesday, where they were exposed to various work and experience opportunities...

Edibles available in Canada (in Dec)

On October 17, exactly one year after the legalization of cannabis, cannabis edibles and other products were officially made legal to buy and sell...

Reflexive behaviours and the visual system

Dr. Baohua Liu recently joined the UTM faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. The Medium sat down with him...

So. What’s your plan after university?

“So, what’s the plan after?” If you are like me, in the final stretch of university before you walk...

Shame on UTM for being inaccessible

Throughout my five years at UTM, I’ve had my fair share of gripes with accessibility services being inaccessible. From broken elevators in CCT and...

UTM announces extension to Subway line

UTM, always at the forefront of innovation, has announced its newest initiative to help students get from the start of their journey to the...

UTM talks climate action at STTPA summit

The UTM campus presented an academic approach to climate change last week with the Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA) conference.

U of T to act on climate crisis with five year...

The University of Toronto released its new Low-Carbon Action Plan last month. Unveiled September 2019, the ambitious plan outlines a framework...

The trouble with the CCT elevators: a breakdown

The Communications, Culture, & Technology (CCT) elevators continue to be in maintenance in the midst of a slew of campus renovations.

New speed limits introduced to key roads near UTM

The Mississauga City Council passed a by-law last Wednesday to decrease the speed limit in 11 select Mississauga...

MiWay bus fares may be set to increase following Mississauga budget...

MiWay bus fares are expected to increase in January 2020 to accommodate the City of Mississauga’s plans for expansion.  The...

Chartwells food service workers vote in favour of job action

Food service workers at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus voted overwhelmingly in favor of job action...

Con artists and biases

Dr. Rasmus RosenBerg Larsen shares his knowledge on ingrained biases. Why do individuals fall for con artists’ schemes? Dr....

Reflecting on the Canadian election

If you’re reading this, you better have voted in the federal election. But just as I should have done work over reading...

UTM Scribes: Weirdness, writing, and fun

The club held its annual meet and greet social and talked about its expectations for the school year. “I’m...

In response to backlash over mental health op-ed, The Medium will...

The Medium made another mistake on September 15 when they published “The Case for Personal Responsibility,” an opinion written by mental health expert Dr....

Campus Council confronts campus issues

The Campus Council held their first meeting for the 2019-2020 academic year last Wednesday, in which they discussed Vice-President & Principal Ulrich Krull’s permanent leave,...

Petersen receives OCUFA teaching award

UTM associate professor Dr. Andrew Petersen was recently named as one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty...

Alma mater: Owning our education

We don’t know what we have until we lose it. In Chile during the 1970s, political prisoners were kidnapped, tortured,...

Swim to Survive: A new RAWC program

The Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC) is implementing a new program aimed at teaching students the essential skills required to survive an unexpected...

UTM home to thousands of honeybees

One of UTM’s most unique aspects is its apiary program. This summer, there were about 250,000 bees living on the roof of the Instructional...

An evening with Beverley McLachlin

Last Tuesday, staff and students welcomed Canadian jurist and author Beverley McLachlin to the University of Toronto Mississauga. The UTM Department of Philosophy had...

UTM’s identity crisis

UTM as a campus has distinguished itself from its St. George counterpart by identifying as a ‘green and tranquil’ campus. A quick Google search...

The Scream: A shout for change

In support of the fight against climate change, UTM is holding a series of events on campus, one of which was The Scream.

Visit UTM’s doctor’s office here on campus

We all know how important it is to have proper mental and physical health. Academia can be stressful and tiring at times in a...

University plans to build oil pipeline through Maanjiwe Nendamowinan

After months of protests, the University of Toronto will advance their plans to build an oil access pipeline through the Maanjiwe Nendamowinan building. The...

Students & school reps flocked to hit fair

Last Wednesday, the Career Centre organized the annual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair for all UTM students and recent graduates. The fair was...

Outrage and the climate crisis

Measured and articulate speech—that is the benchmark of a reasoned and well-intentioned speaker, or at least it should be. For some people, when it...

St. Clair Saints steal UTM Eagles home opener

The UTM Varsity Men’s Soccer team played their first home game of the 2019-2020 season, and the first of a double-header weekend against...

Top 5: The Mediocre

We asked the one person who actively reads The Medium what else they can accomplish with a school paper. Here’s what the Editor-in-Chief’s mother had...

MiWay makes city-wide improvments

Students travelling to school using Mississauga transit will benefit from improved bus services and connections as part of the city’s “MiWay Five Transit Service...

Logics of sense at the Blackwood Gallery

Part of human nature is our ability to sense the world around us, using the biological tools that support our survival. Humans have...

Plant-based meat alternatives: A summer hit

The effect of the paradigm shift from meat to plant-based meat-alternative foods has been so powerful that red meat consumption has declined steadily and...

New North name

On August 22, the Office of the Vice-President & Principal announced the official name of the North building. In collaboration with the...

Humble star is a role model for many

One of UTM’s Golden Eagles, leaders, and mentors isn’t a student and isn’t an athlete. She doesn’t sink buckets on the basketball court or...

Frosh ‘19: A rite of passage

Another year of exciting events and games at Frosh passes by. Last Wednesday, the streets of downtown Toronto were filled...

Justin Singh on romance & comedy in writing

Drawing on personal experiences and hoping to start conversations, UTM student Justin Singh is set to publish his first novel next month. Out All...

(Don’t) pass it down: breaking stereotypes

This year, the U of Mosaic Fellowship made it their main mission to create an interactive art exhibit in UTM’s CCT atrium. The exhibit,...

Rachel Wong’s UTM badminton success

Both the highlight and low of Rachel Wong’s season, came when she qualified for the National Badminton Tournament. It was an amazing feeling, qualifying...

Discussing radicalization among young men

Last Tuesday, the political science department at UTM in collaboration with the Office of the Dean presented their Annual Public Affairs Lecture hosted by...

Voting for UTMSU elections begin

The campaign period for the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) elections began last Monday. Running for the executive team are two independent...

The bitter side of sugar

Despite knowing about the dangers of consuming too much sugar—diabetes and cavities—my childhood involved stuffing my pockets with sugar packets and snagging an orange-flavoured lollipop...

Jankovic finds self through basketball

“I headed towards prison or death, either way it was down the wrong path,” says Andreas Jankovic, a first year Humanities student at UTM...

Do you have bad bedtime behaviour?

Ever since Netflix hit the scene, the phrase “just one more episode” has been used a lot more frequently, simply because Netflix provides that...

UTMSU equity centre now operational

On January 25, the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union’s Equity Centre became open to all UTM students. The planned opening had been postponed due...

Eagles defeat condors

There is only one word to describe the UTM women’s basketball game last Wednesday, January 30, between the UTM Eagles and Conestoga Condors—electrifying. There was...

Condors steal first win of the season

On Wednesday, January 31, Bell Let’s Talk Day, our UTM men’s varsity basketball team took on the Conestoga Condors. In their second last home-game...

UTM’s Miss World Canada contestant

Miss World Canada is a national beauty pageant that has been held annually in Canada since 1957. The winner gets to represent Canada at...

Nagata elected to CFS-O

UTMSU President Felipe Nagata recently became the newly elected Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario (CFS-O). Nagata’s election comes in the wake...

Laptop ban at UTSG

Last week, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) released a Facebook post raising concerns on a current ban of laptops being enforced in...

Mice & Men: Memory’s influence on pain

A new study conducted recently by a UTM and McGill research team has found that males remember earlier painful experiences more clearly...

Learning the real way to detox

If you type the word “detox” into your Google search box, a few things will come up: a couple of local drug addiction treatment...

UTM goes smoke-free

The University of Toronto Mississauga has gone smoke-free as of January 1, 2019. The new policy aligns with the university’s goal to create a...

Do they really believe this crap?

This past Thursday I attended, for the first time ever in my undergraduate career, the UTMSU’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). I decided to attend...

AGM changes bylaws, endorses separation

During the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday, the motion to implement online voting in UTMSU elections...

Do seasons affect emotions?

Every year, the winter season brings with it a sense of gloom and dreariness. Days get shorter and nights get longer, trees are left...

Boorman plays ball to honour friend

In Georgetown, Ontario, most people assume that if you’re an athlete, you must be a hockey player. Here at UTM, at first glance, 6’2...

Medical comics draw on health & illness

While the terms “graphic comic” or “graphic novel” may bring to mind images of a fictional story of the battle between good and evil,...

Fish reproductive fitness

Last Friday, Dr. Ryan Frankowiak, a professor from Queen’s University, gave a talk titled “Two sides of the same coin: Disentangling adult and offspring...

Can we use poop to power the world?

This month’s Classes without Quizzes featured UTM alumnus Fahaq Tariq’s talk titled “Turning Poo into Power to Save the World.” Tariq is the founder...

The highs & lows of legal cannabis

Cannabis, marijuana, pot, or weed. However you choose to refer to it, the popular recreational drug is now legal in Canada. While opinions range...

Exploring human remains identification

The Forensic Science department at UTM will introduce a new Special Topics 300-level course taught by Dr. Nicole Novroski, an assistant professor in UTM’s...

Halloween Pub: Shayna’s four-year tradition

The Halloween Pub, hosted by the UTMSU, is and always has been a grand event at UTM, a school not really known for having...

Sharing stories and learning languages

Last Friday, UTM’s International Education Centre in collaboration with education studies held their second Language Conversation Circle session. These peer-led, drop-in, interactive conversation sessions...

Seeing Scrabble through a linguistic lens

“Ok,” “twerk,” “sriracha,” and “emoji.” These seemingly random words are four of the 300 new words recently added to The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary....

Could whispering soothe our brains?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), has become increasingly popular over the past year. Videos of YouTubers, such as “ASMR Darling,” whispering into microphones, tapping,...

Is organic food really the better option?

Organic food is marketed as being healthier, but it is also more expensive. As a university student, it is important to keep an eye...

Mandated leave policy is withdrawn

The University of Toronto has withdrawn the university-mandated leave of absence policy proposal from the current governance cycle, following concerns raised by the Ontario...

MMA fighting: an art

UFC refers to Ultimate Fighting Championship. It started in 1993 as a professional mixed martial arts organization offering elite-level fights. The sport of mixed...

The truth about sleeping disorders

Emily Lockhart writes about 8 common sleep-associated disorders in her article, “8 Common Sleep Disorders.” They include, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder (OSAD), Delayed Sleep...

Crohn’s versus colitis: an unavoidable pain

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease compose the two main constituents of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Individuals with IBD require lifelong treatment, and although the...

How to host a minimal clothing swap

During the winter break, many of us tried to use our time wisely by decluttering and organizing our closets. Ending up with a pile...

Does the sun give us enough vitamin D?

Vitamin D, or the “sunlight vitamin,” is a prominent constituent of a healthy lifestyle. During these harsh months of winter, however, sunlight is in...

Finding prejudice closer to home?

During her undergraduate studies as a criminology student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, 2016 alumna Janelle Douthwright read one research article that paved...

Net neutrality: looking into the past?

During the Obama administration in 2015, under Democrat regulation, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed net neutrality rules that maintained the internet...

Fighting back: beyond simple self-defense

On a recent cold Thursday night, the corridors in the basement of the UTM Davis building reverberated with cheers coming from Spigel Hall. After...

‘Wheying’ options for protein intake

There are many people who are unsure about taking protein powder because they feel it is unnatural and not good for our body to...

Graduating and fighting back: beyond just self-defense

Last Thursday night, the corridors in the basement of the UTM Davis building reverberated with cheers coming from Spigel Hall. After five classes throughout...

Cow milk said to be better than nut milk

Canada’s Food Guide dedicates an entire section out of the four essential food groups to milk and alternatives. This colossal emphasis on milk products...

Coping with SAD during winter months

According to the Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to the change in season. According to Norman Farb’s lecture...

HCC hosts flu clinic

The UTM Health and Counselling Centre, partnered with UTM Wellness Ambassdors and the UTM International Education Centre hosted their second flu clinic last Thursday,...

How to respond to abuse and neglect

In the background paper published in November 2006 for the International Policy Forum on Family Violence, Dr. Christine Walsh, from the University of Calgary,...

Foods for brain memory and function

There are certain foods that are said to improve brain function and memory. Regardless of what age you are, keeping your brain healthy is...

Metrolinx merges PRESTO and U-Pass

Metrolinx has announced a new initiative that combines university transit passes onto PRESTO Cards for the fall of 2018. The new program will allow...

Mirror, mirror, on the wall and quad

As I walked onto the quad, surrounding me were round convex mirrors in a variety of sizes spaced strategically around the grounds. The public...

For a commuter school, we have a parking problem

During the summer of 2019, it was announced that all parking passes would be sold online. This decision was...

“Music saved my life:” A lie we tell ourselves

Lizzo did not invent rhythm or body positivity. Panic! At The Disco is my favourite band but they didn’t “save me.” I have...

U of T makes concerted effort to move suicides off campus

In lieu of recent tragedies, the University of Toronto plans to create a safe environment on campus by moving suicides off the premises. Turning...

Weekly round-up: UTSU elections, U of T professor honoured with award,...

Warning: content contains mentions of suicide UTSU election results, 2020-2021 academic year In non-pandemic related news...

The effects of COVID-19 on waste management

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to effect people around the world, environmentalists are worried about the waste that could potentially build up...

COVID-19 misinformation saturating online networks

Over the past few weeks, health professionals and government officials have been providing the public with information about COVID-19. However, users on...

UTM Bookstore selling textbooks for a hair of the price

Students hoping to make a profit off their used textbooks can rejoice. Starting at the end of this semester, the UTM Bookstore will launch...

The Irish Society of UTM decries St. Paddy’s Day celebrations

With the cultural holiday of St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, UTM’s pastiest peers are preparing themselves for the “ignorant” celebrations and seasonal claims of Irish...

Geese and UTMSU executives most aggressive pests on campus

With the UTMSU elections coming to a close, a popular footpath for UTM students is becoming dangerous. The intersecting pathways that converge...

Featuring Tee Duke, UTM’s first Indigenous Initiatives assistant director

In November 2019, Tee Duke was appointed as UTM’s first assistant director of Indigenous initiatives. For this issue, The Medium sat down with her to discuss...

Susan Ksiezopolski on the power of writing in communities

Writing can often be a personal and individual experience, but award-winning writer Susan Ksiezopolski recently spoke to UTM’s Professional Writing and Communication program on...

UTMSU election underway

The campaign period for the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) is in full swing as candidates gathered at the Blind Duck...

UTMSU election features one slate, minimal opposition

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)’s spring 2020 election campaign period officially began last Monday and will continue until March 13.

Students United: A year in review

The current executive team of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students Union (UTMSU) was elected in March last year and has been active...

Researching the impact of politics on land

Dr. Andrea Olive is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at UTM and an associate professor in the Department of Geography....

The perils of using the elevators on campus

It’s 1:40 p.m., and you enter the library elevator to go up. The elevator ascends to the main floor, but its doors open partially...

How to disinfect against the coronavirus

COVID-19, or coronavirus as its more commonly known, is a virus that emerged from Wuhan, China and has now spread globally. Coronavirus is one...

Mississauga announces their Climate and Sports Initiative

The City of Mississauga joined hands with Toronto Pearson to launch the first-ever Climate and Sports Initiative at Vancouver’s Globe 2020 event. Canadian Olympians,...

U of T ranks high in Forbes’ best employers list

The University of Toronto (U of T) was ranked 10th in Forbes magazine’s annual list of Canada’s best employers. In addition to U of...

Reflections on the Power of Commitment

Last Wednesday, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)’s biology department organized an academic symposium honouring the academic contributions of Zeynab and Mohammad Asadi-Lari.

Exhibit review of ROM After Dark: Desires

On February 14, the Royal Ontario Museum hosted the sold-out event, ROM After Dark: Desires. The event is an after-hours specialty program that immersed...

Reviewing the UTMSU’s campaign promises and initiatives for the rest of...

The election campaigns for the new executive team of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) are imminent with March approaching. This also...

Sustainability clubs host a clothing swap event

Last week, SAGE, the student association for geography and environment, and Zero Waste UTM, a club that brings awareness of waste management issues within...

Fire alarm set off in Davis

On January 27, an unexpected fire alarm set off in the Davis Building (DV) resulted in several students, staff, and faculty being sent out...

The Stewart x Gilbert collaboration

Many young boys look forward to their first soccer game, to the annual summer canoeing trip, or to throwing a frisbee with friends...

Corona Time at UTM

In the wake of Coronavirus’ spread across the globe, with a man and wife confirmed to be infected in Toronto, the UTM campus...

Career Centre unveils workshops inspired by Mulan

A new report by the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) and the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) has found that the gender pay gap...

Mandate three of the Task Force’s final report

Early last month, the final report of the Student Mental Health Task Force was released, as well as the University of Toronto (U of...

2020 HCC fees will increase by 16.5 per cent

The Quality Services to Students (QSS) committee approved the 2020-2021 budget proposals for the Athletics departments, the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC), and Student...

Analyzing the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

At the time of publishing, the 2019-nCoV has claimed the lives of at least 305 people and infected more than 14,000 people globally. The...

Serah Louis on being a student author

Have you ever procrastinated on writing an assignment for class? Did you think that last-minute piece would be published? Well, that’s Serah Louis’ story....

UTM community responds to the mental health report

On January 15, the Student Mental Health Task Force released their findings and recommendations in their final report to the university.

Mandate two of the Mental Health Task Force’s final report

Earlier this month the Student Mental Health Task Force released its final report and recommendations for the university. The Task...

Indigenous land acknowledgement needs more meaning, says Chief

All public proceedings in the Region of Peel will now begin with a formal Indigenous land acknowledgement. The decision was approved by Regional Council...

Is media really to blame?

The “Media.” It is often referred to in a way that makes it sound like a foreign entity, disassociated from the people who...

Council cuts programs, adds courses

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)’s Academic Affairs Committee held their first meeting of 2020 last Monday in the William G. Davis building’s Council...

Genetic risk markers and misrepresentation

The Medium recently had the chance to sit down with Dr. Esteban Parra, a molecular anthropologist and anthropology professor at the University of Toronto...

For a commuter school, we have a parking problem

During the summer of 2019, it was announced that all parking passes would be sold online. This decision was...

Why I read the news but no longer watch the news

For the past two years, I have not watched television news. Yes, that’s right. In the fall of 2017, I made a conscious...

Human of UTM: Snowman

“I’m constantly told I’m too cold, but people don’t know what it’s like to be me. My parents were frigid and unloving. I’ve...

CCT floors shined with student tears

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) has recently introduced a new initiative to ensure a safe and clean campus for all students.

QSS to determine new budgets

The Quality Services to Students (QSS) committee met on December 11, 2019 to review operational highlights and budget reports for the current academic year...

New mental health policy committee

Students created the first student-run mental health policy committee at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) in response to the recent handcuffing of a...

New hospice to be built after years of campaigning

The City of Mississauga will finally receive its palliative care centre after years of campaigning for one. The palliative...

Drought, rising temperatures, and plants

UTM Ph.D. student Lucas Albano is researching the ability of plants to adapt to changing climates. He is specifically testing the white clover’s ability...

Raising the bar on municipal government

I have noticed that when speaking about politics, there tends to be a level of government that is easily overlooked. Municipal governments –...

Feeling numb while watching the news? It might be compassion fatigue

The new decade roared into existence earlier this month, with a news cycle dominated by the fear of another world war, an entire continent...

Talking (Dis)connected with EDSS

UTM’s English and Drama Student Society (EDSS) publish an academic and literary journal annually. This year, their journal With Caffeine and Careful Thought is...

Designated Smoking Areas to be reviewed

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) will reevaluate the Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) on campus this spring. Almost a year...

How to effectively prepare for finals

As final exams approach, tensions rise as students try to balance their already complex lives with studying. Knowing the effects of stress, and especially...

PSA: The Medium will not discuss Israel/Palestine

We at The Medium have decided to not discuss the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (even though we have published an op-ed related to it). We refuse...

Food critic reviews Subway cheeses

Toronto’s #1 food critic James Chatto has recognized the Subway in IB as the hot spot for the finest aged cheeses. Chatto visited...

UTMSU’s AGM talks audits and student proposals

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) held its Annual General Meeting last Wednesday where they discussed financial audit statements and entertained motions put...

UTM library builds a new emergency exit

The University of Toronto Mississauga library opened a new emergency exit in October to fulfill fire department regulations. The second...

Internalized sexism slides into our lives

I come from two countries—Mexico and Kazakhstan—where explicit sexism is the social norm and where the word feminism evokes fear in most girls...

“There: Stories about Places Near and Far”

Recently published, There: Stories about Places Near and Far is an anthology written by eleven writers from the WRI370: Writing about Place course....

Dragonfly health harmed by road salt

With lower temperatures and winter weather comes an increase in road salt usage. Researchers from the McCauley Lab at UTM have studied the...

Campus police kink epidemic spreads through campus

Cuffing season may be winding down at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, but students need not worry about spending the winter alone. As...

Student discovers zero jams at Exam Jam

The annual Exam Jam happened this past week—a time honoured UTM tradition. Students were able to relieve stress through arts...

Nour Alideeb hired as executive director

Former UTMSU president Nour Alideeb has been hired by the UTMSU to be their new executive director, beating out 12 other applicants.

Official opening of Maanjiwe Nendamowinan saw attempts at reconciliation

Students, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests gathered for the official opening of Maanjiwe Nendamowinan (MN) last Friday, with the conversations of indigenization, reconciliation, and partnership...

SCI overturned but uncertainty remains

The Divisional Court of Ontario ruled that the Ontario government did not have the legal authority to impose the Student Choice Initiative (SCI)...

Study: why we choose anxiety over relaxation

Pennsylvania State University performed a study in 2019 that examined the relationship between anxiety and strategic behaviors, like relaxing. According to the study, even though...

Profs issue really honest letters of recommendation to students

Reality checks have spread across campus as professors have taken to writing completely honest letters of recommendation for their students.

The HCC mental health process: A breakdown

The Medium spoke to the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) about the process students can go through to access mental health services on campus,...

Curbing food waste through technology

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets...

GO passengers can soon pay their fare by tap

Metrolinx, the transit agency that owns PRESTO and manages several other transit systems in the province, recently announced that GO transit buses...

The long arm of childhood experience

A recent study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) based in Germany, studied the impact of socioeconomic status (SES) during childhood...

Quiet star-athlete leaves loud UTM legacy

Jayde Forde is a recent graduate from UTM. She completed a major in math and a double minor in statistics and economics. Forde’s family...

UTM Parking Office to sell spots in-line

The University of Toronto parking office, the most beloved section of campus administration, is proud to announce a new method of capitalizing on...

UTM student handcuffed at HCC

On October 2, a UTM student was handcuffed by campus police at the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) for seeming “at risk.”

Questioning Daylight Savings

If you did not remember to set your clocks back one hour on November 3, you might have found yourselves arriving at your appointments...

Prices for city services to go up in 2020

The City of Mississauga has approved a fee hike to several city services like MiWay transit fares, recreation programs, and library charges, among others,...

Career Centre celebrates its 40th year

The UTM Career Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary last Wednesday with an open house event at its office. Offering both...

“Music saved my life:” A lie we tell ourselves

Lizzo did not invent rhythm or body positivity. Panic! At The Disco is my favourite band but they didn’t “save me.” I have...

UTMSU haunted house filled with turkeys

The UTMSU is under fire for their haunted house being too frightening to bare. Last week, the students’ centre hosted many spooky scares, but...

U of T makes concerted effort to move suicides off campus

In lieu of recent tragedies, the University of Toronto plans to create a safe environment on campus by moving suicides off the premises. Turning...

Living life: Happiness versus pride

People set out to create and achieve great things in their lives. Some people may even feel proud of the things that they...

PWC without the P, W, or C

At The Medium, our largest cohort of writers hail from the sciences, and only a fraction of our writers are in the Professional Writing...

Campus Affairs considers dependence & diversity

The Campus Affairs Committee held its second meeting of the academic year last Tuesday to discuss new developments from the Human Resources department, the...

Satire editor elaborate front for shitty content

Ever since the recent introduction of The Medium’s Satire section, rumours about the supposed identity of the Satire Editor have spread around campus. The existence...

QSS meets & talks

The QSS plans to have an additional advisory group get together to discuss the departments with “opt-outable” fees. The second Quality...

First Experiential Fair

Students got the chance to attend UTM’s first ever Experiential Education Fair last Wednesday, where they were exposed to various work and experience opportunities...

Edibles available in Canada (in Dec)

On October 17, exactly one year after the legalization of cannabis, cannabis edibles and other products were officially made legal to buy and sell...

Reflexive behaviours and the visual system

Dr. Baohua Liu recently joined the UTM faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. The Medium sat down with him...

So. What’s your plan after university?

“So, what’s the plan after?” If you are like me, in the final stretch of university before you walk...

Shame on UTM for being inaccessible

Throughout my five years at UTM, I’ve had my fair share of gripes with accessibility services being inaccessible. From broken elevators in CCT and...

UTM announces extension to Subway line

UTM, always at the forefront of innovation, has announced its newest initiative to help students get from the start of their journey to the...

UTM talks climate action at STTPA summit

The UTM campus presented an academic approach to climate change last week with the Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA) conference.

U of T to act on climate crisis with five year...

The University of Toronto released its new Low-Carbon Action Plan last month. Unveiled September 2019, the ambitious plan outlines a framework...

The trouble with the CCT elevators: a breakdown

The Communications, Culture, & Technology (CCT) elevators continue to be in maintenance in the midst of a slew of campus renovations.

New speed limits introduced to key roads near UTM

The Mississauga City Council passed a by-law last Wednesday to decrease the speed limit in 11 select Mississauga...

MiWay bus fares may be set to increase following Mississauga budget...

MiWay bus fares are expected to increase in January 2020 to accommodate the City of Mississauga’s plans for expansion.  The...

Chartwells food service workers vote in favour of job action

Food service workers at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus voted overwhelmingly in favor of job action...

Con artists and biases

Dr. Rasmus RosenBerg Larsen shares his knowledge on ingrained biases. Why do individuals fall for con artists’ schemes? Dr....

Reflecting on the Canadian election

If you’re reading this, you better have voted in the federal election. But just as I should have done work over reading...

UTM Scribes: Weirdness, writing, and fun

The club held its annual meet and greet social and talked about its expectations for the school year. “I’m...

In response to backlash over mental health op-ed, The Medium will...

The Medium made another mistake on September 15 when they published “The Case for Personal Responsibility,” an opinion written by mental health expert Dr....

Campus Council confronts campus issues

The Campus Council held their first meeting for the 2019-2020 academic year last Wednesday, in which they discussed Vice-President & Principal Ulrich Krull’s permanent leave,...

Petersen receives OCUFA teaching award

UTM associate professor Dr. Andrew Petersen was recently named as one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty...

Alma mater: Owning our education

We don’t know what we have until we lose it. In Chile during the 1970s, political prisoners were kidnapped, tortured,...

Swim to Survive: A new RAWC program

The Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC) is implementing a new program aimed at teaching students the essential skills required to survive an unexpected...

UTM home to thousands of honeybees

One of UTM’s most unique aspects is its apiary program. This summer, there were about 250,000 bees living on the roof of the Instructional...

An evening with Beverley McLachlin

Last Tuesday, staff and students welcomed Canadian jurist and author Beverley McLachlin to the University of Toronto Mississauga. The UTM Department of Philosophy had...

UTM’s identity crisis

UTM as a campus has distinguished itself from its St. George counterpart by identifying as a ‘green and tranquil’ campus. A quick Google search...

The Scream: A shout for change

In support of the fight against climate change, UTM is holding a series of events on campus, one of which was The Scream.

Visit UTM’s doctor’s office here on campus

We all know how important it is to have proper mental and physical health. Academia can be stressful and tiring at times in a...

University plans to build oil pipeline through Maanjiwe Nendamowinan

After months of protests, the University of Toronto will advance their plans to build an oil access pipeline through the Maanjiwe Nendamowinan building. The...

Students & school reps flocked to hit fair

Last Wednesday, the Career Centre organized the annual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair for all UTM students and recent graduates. The fair was...

Outrage and the climate crisis

Measured and articulate speech—that is the benchmark of a reasoned and well-intentioned speaker, or at least it should be. For some people, when it...

St. Clair Saints steal UTM Eagles home opener

The UTM Varsity Men’s Soccer team played their first home game of the 2019-2020 season, and the first of a double-header weekend against...

Top 5: The Mediocre

We asked the one person who actively reads The Medium what else they can accomplish with a school paper. Here’s what the Editor-in-Chief’s mother had...

MiWay makes city-wide improvments

Students travelling to school using Mississauga transit will benefit from improved bus services and connections as part of the city’s “MiWay Five Transit Service...