Features

The Varsity, investigative report: Behind the Aphrodite Project: how a matchmaking algorithm paired up thousands of U of T romantics

Excerpt from The Varsity, in a report co-authored with Ana Pereira: “If you are tired of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, or the general flakiness of online dating, meet the Aphrodite Project: a student-run initiative that aimed to find the perfect match for students through a matchmaking algorithm. The Aphrodite Project is a free online matchmaking service …

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The Varsity, spotlight: Studying science or medicine? Black Researchers Initiative to Empower will ‘BRITEn’ your day

Imposter syndrome, not seeing people similar to you in your classes, and being the first in your family to attend graduate school. These are experiences that underrepresented members of the University of Toronto community, including Black students, face. To overcome feelings like imposter syndrome — the feeling of being underqualified or undeserving of your accomplishments …

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The Varsity, feature: One Year On: Checking campaign pledges by UTSU executives, part two

At the end of April, the 2018–2019 University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) term came to an end. In this second article of a two-part series, The Varsity reviews the work that the outgoing executives have done to fulfil their pledges. President Anne Boucher The role of President is to act as the chief executive of the …

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The Varsity, feature: One Year On: Checking campaign pledges by UTSU executives, part one

It’s been almost a year since the 2018 University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) elections concluded, and the campaign for the next executive team is already underway. The Varsity reviews the work that the outgoing executives have done to fulfil their pledges, in this first article of a two-part series. Vice-President Equity Ammara Wasim The …

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The Varsity, feature: Winterfest 2019: U of T’s drag show

Pop songs, lip sync battles, and performances by drag queens and kings lit up The Cat’s Eye Student Pub and Lounge on the evening of Thursday, January 10. Part of the University of Toronto Winterfest’s annual charity drag show, donations went to The 519, a charitable organization that runs a Toronto LGBTQ+ community centre on …

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The Varsity, feature: Choosing the community over the commercial

Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, is a story of a man desperate for money who attempts to end his life by stepping off a bridge so his life insurance policy can be paid out. He is ultimately stopped by a guardian angel, who shows him what his community would be like …

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