So long, MTCC: exams move to the MAC

MAC (Ryersonian Archive)

Ryerson will be holding exams on the rink at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) beginning this December. (Ryersonian Archive)

Students will no longer have to trek to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) to write exams.

Instead, Ryerson will be holding exams on the rink at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) beginning this December. Exams will also be written on the basketball court and, if needed, the upper concourses.

Michelle Green, manager of examinations with the Registrar’s Office, said she anticipates that moving exams back to campus will be beneficial for students. “Students can expect to receive better schedules, access to on-campus supports and smaller, less intimidating venues,” said Green.

Historically, students and faculty have complained about exams held in the MTCC. Complaints aired on the Twitter page Ryerson Problems include the distance from campus and the noise levels in the convention centre.  

The MTCC held about 2,000 students at one time.  Green said, the ice surface at the MAC — which will be covered with large black tiles for exams — will hold around 610 students and the basketball court can fit 410.

This semester, the exam period will run from Dec. 6 to 17.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed information about student and faculty complaints about holding exams at the MTCC to Michelle Green. In fact, Green did not comment on any complaints that may have prompted the move from the MTCC to the MAC. This version has been corrected. 

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