“We’ve heard the story of “change will come” long enough:” Gender Equity at UTSC

Scarborough College celebrated it’s twentieth anniversary in 1984, the same year the University of Toronto celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the admission of the first woman to University College, 1884. As part of the celebrations, the Scarborough College Women’s Centenary Committee sponsored a production of The Sweet Girl Graduate (“Women’s Centenary Committee” 1985). Written in 1882 […]

Canada in 2000: The Future Through a 1967 Lens

In 1967, the University College Alumnae Association asked a number of academics and other experts to discuss “what life would be like in Canada in the year 2000”. Here is what they said: Dean W.E. Beckel of Scarborough College predicted that children would begin school at 3 years old instead of 5 or 6, and education […]

Winter 1966: A Day in the Life of a Scarborough College Student

As you walk through Excellence Hall with laptop and Tim Hortons coffee in tote, do you ever wonder what a school day was like for those graduates pictured on the wall? As we begin another winter session, perhaps you wonder what it was like for those students who first walked through the freshly poured concrete […]

Gudrun Curri: A Pathbreaking Career

Dr. Gudrun Curri was University of Toronto Scarborough’s first female non-academic Registrar. After departing Scarborough College in the late 1980s, Dr. Curri pursued graduate studies and joined the Management faculty at Dalhousie. She passed in September 2022.   In 1973, Gudrun Curri was working as an administrator in Simcoe Hall when she was approached to apply […]

Affording Tuition: The History and Present of OSAP

Lee, Nancy. Protest banner against Ford’s OSAP changes in front of UTSC Student Centre. March 20, 2019. Scarborough.  As tuition fees continue to rise every year, student loan debt becomes more difficult to manage; the recent concerns with cost of living and the previous 2019 changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) aren’t making […]

Food for Thought: UTSC’s Favourite Recipes

Nestled in the quiet eastern end of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Scarborough has grown dramatically over the years: from an Indigenous gathering ground to a nineteenth-century colonial township, the city is now home to a vibrant, culturally diverse community that has allowed Scarborough to develop a unique identity of its own. This identity can […]

Six Feet Under the Stars at UTSC

“… let us accept Scarab, ugly and venomous though it certainly seemed when we first visited it last July, looking forward to the novelty, beauty and peace of our proper home in Scarborough where, ‘exempt from public haunt’, we shall indeed find ‘Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good […]

“We’re Going to Move Against Your Moms and Dads”: The Black Panther Party Comes to Scarborough College

     The Black Panther Party (BPP) came to Scarborough College to inspire a Black revolution. “Black is beautiful”, they declared to Scarborough College’s predominantly white student population in March 1970. Six members of the BPP from Chicago took the stage in the Meeting Place in front of a large group of curious students to give a talk on their activist movement – and particularly, the politics of higher education in North America (The Willowdale Mirror, “What’s […]