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This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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10 things you know are true if you're a downtown student

November 8, 2019

By Natalie Irwin

Back-to-back classes in different buildings will test your fast-walking abilities

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Bond to Charles, Charles to Regent… they’re so close, yet so far away. 

Finding a parking spot in front of 61 Charles Street Building is like winning the lottery

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Those spots are hot commodities. If you manage to get one, embrace it. 

Climbing the stairs of the parking garage is your cardio

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Hopefully you remember what floor you parked on. 

Every lecture is a three-hour lecture

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Pardon? Some of you have classes that are not three hours straight? Can’t relate.

Writing papers is your bread and butter

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And you wouldn’t have it any other way!

You can walk around 61 Charles Street Building all you want, a couch is never going to be available


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You and your friends can always sit in a circle on the floor, I guess?

The Union Cafe (previously known as the Tuck Shop) has consumed most of your money

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It’s the only place to eat without having to leave the building, and they have pretty good food… so here, take my money.

Your professor knows every student by name

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One of the many perks of being in a small faculty!

When you visit the North campus location, you immediately need a map

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So many buildings… so much confusion...

You know (or know you have seen) every student you meet in the halls

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Another perk of being in a small faculty; every face is a familiar face!