Annual publications

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A message from the SCSU President, Dan Bandurka

Whether you are a student, a faculty member, staff, or friend of the University of Toronto at Scarborough, you should be excited about reading this book. The SCSU Anti-Calendar: The Compilation of Student Evaluations is a collection of information and a summary of impressions. The Anti-Calendar is intended to serve as a resource for the undergraduate student population at UTSC, to complement the UTSC Academic Calendar and the multitude of student services already offered at UTSC. I encourage you as students to use the information contained in this book to make more informed decisions in your individual course selection.

It has taken the past year to compose this book, which would not have been possible without the help of many groups & individuals. I would like to thank the following individuals for their support: Professor Sue Horton, Interim Vice-Principal and Dean of UTSC; Tom Nowers, Associate Principal Students, and the Office of Student Affairs and Services; Dr. John Youson, Interim Vice President and Principal; and the Departmental/Divisional Offices and Chairs.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who have been involved with the Scarborough Campus Students' Union and with the SCSU Anti-Calendar. First, I would like to recognize all the students who have volunteered their time to be involved with the great number of SCSU events and initiatives. I would also like to thank the staff of the Students' Union for their ongoing dedication and hard work. Renee, Helen, Naimah, Ameena, and Brian, you all deserve special recognition. Most of all, SCSU could not function without the tireless work of our Office Manager, Elvie Estrella. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The composition of 2002-2003 production of the SCSU Anti-Calendar was primarily the work of the divisional representatives of SCSU. Thank you Jessica, Kevin, Chris, Preet and Jon for your work on the Anti-Calendar specifically. To the remainder of the SCSU board of directors, I have learned a lot and it was a privilege to work with all of you this past year: Mina, Chanel, Fulvio, Heather, Sanna, Scott, and Karim. Thank you for your ambition, dedication, constructive debate, and tireless initiative to our goal of making UTSC a better community.

To Professor Paul Thompson, though we have had many debates and disagreements, SCSU and the students of UTSC would like to thank you for your many years of service to the University of Toronto at Scarborough, and for your dedication to students. As we wave farewell, we wish you all the best in all your future endeavors - including the book and the vineyards of course!

Thanks must go out to the faculty of UTSC for their commitment to the SCSU Anti-Calendar. We acknowledge your enthusiasm you bring to the classroom, and thank you for it. I would like to thank the staff of UTSC for their ongoing support of the Students' Union.

Finally and most importantly, this publication was created in harmony with the SCSU mission for all of you - the students of UTSC. I hope you find it useful and wish you the best throughout this next year.

Dan Bandurka

A message from the Dean

Welcome to the second edition of the SCSU Anti-Calendar. We take pride in our teaching at this campus, and course evaluations are one important way to help maintain excellent standards. I would like to thank SCSU for their work in compiling this Anti-Calendar, to thank the faculty who have given permission to include their evaluations, and to thank you as students for taking the time to provide feedback to your instructors. I hope that you find this Anti-Calendar helpful when selecting your courses, and wish you all the best in your studies.

Sue Horton
Interim Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean, UTSC

SCSU Awards

The following SCSU awards were initiated in the 2001-2002 year to recognize outstanding members of the University of Toronto at Scarborough community. The winners are selected by the Board of Directors of the SCSU. The awards presentation takes place in the spring at the annual UTSC Formal, presented by the SCSU in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs.

SCSU President's Award

Awarded to a student that has demonstrated leadership and enthusiasm through involvement in student interests, and who has actively contributed to the overall enjoyment of student life. The student has a strong sense of vision of what student life at UTSC should be and is working towards achieving the goals set out by that vision.

2002-03 winner: Vinay Bagaria

SCSU Vice Presidents Award

This award is presented to a person that has contributed greatly to the activities and initiatives of the SCSU.

2002-03 winner: Kevin Ramkissoon

SCSU Clubs Award

This award is presented to one or two club presidents who have demonstrated excellent leadership and involvement in the UTSC community.

2002-03 winners: Parul Agarwal, Co-op Students' Association
2002-03 winners: Keri Jordan, Imani

SCSU Teaching Award

This award is in recognition of excellence in classroom instruction, curriculum development, innovative teaching methods, mentoring and a passion for teaching.

2002-03 winner: Steven Joordens

SCSU Faculty-Staff Award

This award is in recognition of outstanding contribution to enhancing quality of student life and advocating on behalf of students at UTSC.

2002-03 winners: Renata Zathureczky
2002-03 winners: Nick Mac Donnell

SCSU Board of Directors

President:Dan Bandurka
Vice-President Academics:Karim Bhanji
Vice-President Operations:Sanna Szeto
Vice-President Students:Scott Tremblay
Clubs Officer:Heather Marshall
Social Activities Officer:Fulvio Martinez Jr.
Humanities Representative:Jonathan Agg
Life Sciences Representative:Jessica Mariano
Management Representative:Preet Virdi
Physical Sciences Representative:Chris Boothe
Social Sciences Representative:Kevin Ramkissoon
First Year Representative:Chanel Chung, Mina Tadrous
President:Dan Bandurka
Vice-President Academics:Preet Virdi
Vice-President Students:Anjali Mohan
Clubs Officer:Jonathan Agg
Social Activities Officer:Zawadi Ndela Nyambu
Humanities Representative:Jeff Rybak
Life Sciences Representative:Ishraq Alim
Management Representative:Virata Thaivasigamony
Social Sciences Representative:Chanel Chung
Computer & Mathematical Sciences Representative:Subhi Farah

Scarborough Campus Students' Union

SCSU democratically unites the students of UTSC, representing both full-time and part-time undergraduate students. We advocate on behalf of students with a strong and unified voice - addressing both academic and non-academic matters.

SCSU works with the UTSC and central administration to strive to ensure student needs are met. Through the Canadian Federation of Students, SCSU also advocates for your needs at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels of government are being voiced and addressed. We represent you, the students of UTSC, on numerous administrative bodies to ensure your voice is heard.

SCSU provides also services and activities to enhance student life and encourage greater student participation. Some of SCSU's services and activities include:

SCSU is the organization behind the upcoming Student Centre, scheduled to arrive in August 2004. Located at the front end of the campus, the Student Centre will be the hub of student life at UTSC. The centre will include: additional food services, clubs spaces, student lounges, meeting rooms, a larger café/pub, a photocopy centre, a convenience store, a larger multi-faith prayer room, an improved Health and Wellness Centre, new offices for Student Affairs, student societies, and the Students' Union, and much more.

SCSU is committed to you, the students of UTSC.

Canadian Federation of Students

Your National and Provincial Students' Union
The Canadian Federation of Students was formed in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice, both nationally and provincially. Students recognized that it was vital to unite under one banner in order to be truly effective in representing their collective interests and to lobby for a high quality system of post-secondary education that is accessible to all.

Today, the Federation's membership includes over 225,000 students in Ontario at Algoma, Carleton, George Brown, Guelph, Lakehead, Laurentian, Laurier, Nipissing, OCAD, Ottawa, Queen's, Ryerson, Toronto, Trent, Western, and York. Nationwide, the Federation unites over 450,000 students from more than 70 students' unions.

Services That Save You Money
The Federation provides services like the Studentsaver discount card, Travel CUTS, and the Student Work Abroad Programme (SWAP). In addition, members of the Federation who are full-time students receive the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC provides worldwide discounts, including 35% off VIA Rail travel. Non-members pay $16 for the ISIC.

Lobbying for Affordable Education
The Federation employs a three-pronged approach to influence government policy on matters like tuition fee levels.