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With exams approaching, many students are thinking about where they will stay during the winter break. Now, they have the option to stay on campus.
Students walk around piles of cardboard boxes, blankets and a tent on the sidewalk on their way to the subway. Others, leaving the Tim Hortons on Victoria Street avoid eye contact as they mumble and nod thanks to Jason Serroul for holding the door.
The occasional passerby hands Serroul some quarters. Sometimes it’s a coffee. Sometimes a takeout container with leftover food.
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Cardboard cutouts plastered with packing tape line the apartment’s teal baseboard vents where they meet the dirty linoleum. While they appear to be holding something together, resident Clara Purdy said the cardboard is there to keep something out: unwanted houseguests.
“I don’t like hearing the mice run in the walls,” said the fourth-year Ryerson fashion communications student. “It still bugs me, even after four years.”
Evidence suggests air, noise and light pollution could do more harm than students may think.