Articles by: Serena Lalani

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Ryerson’s newest student residence is too expensive for students, say critics

Toronto’s housing affordability crisis has spilled over onto Ryerson’s campus in the form of HOEM, the school’s newest and most expensive student residence yet. The residence is set to open this fall, its cheapest option for students being a four-occupant apartment costing a little over $1,400 per person per month. “The development of a new residence building is necessary. However, […]

by Serena Lalani· · News
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OPINION: Minimalism is more

Rewinding to a few years ago, I was the girl lugging around a 40-pound suitcase for a six-day vacation. My excuse? “I need options.” Little did I know, over-packing was one of the aspects that played a major role in cluttering up my life. I used to think that having a lot of clothes and material items wasn’t a big […]

by Serena Lalani· · Opinion
Serena Lalani, March 2017, in Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo courtesy of Serena Lalani

VOICES: Next stop: everywhere

When I was 15, my parents took me to Rome and insisted that we wait an hour to get into the Vatican.  I whined about the heat, the lack of Wi-Fi and the long line. When we finally shuffled inside, the conditions weren’t much better. Hundreds of tourists stood in awe looking up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. […]

by Serena Lalani· · Opinion, Voices
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New residence has hefty price tag

Ryerson University is set to open a new — and pricey — student residence this fall. The new building, HOEM, will be the university’s largest residence and will be open to both lower and upper-year students, a first for Ryerson. The last time Ryerson opened a new residence was 25 years ago. The 30-floor building, located at 186 Jarvis St., […]

by Serena Lalani· · News
Photo by Serena Lalani. Colouring books were handed out to women who attended the Women Mentoring Women event.

Facing a different battle, but the same war: The importance of female mentorship

A group of women from Ryerson – made up of faculty, staff and students – stood side by side facing five parallel lines marked on the floor. They were then asked by Maricruz Rodriguez, mentoring facilitator at Ryerson Tri-Mentoring, to take a step forward based on whether or not they had ever experienced exclusion due to their identity – first […]

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