Stories

Gandhi versus Ambedkar: The Story of Two Statues in the Scott Library – L. Anders Sandberg

  A sunny day in late December 2018 turned out to be my one-day immersion course on India. It was almost Christmas and I went to one of the stores at York Lanes and bought some sweatshirts with York logos on them. I …

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The Walkers Walk: The Pavilion That Was Not To Be – L. Anders Sandberg

 In 2008, Mark Osbaldeston wrote a book called Unbuilt Toronto: A History of a City That Could Have Been documenting and telling the stories surrounding unrealized building proposals in the city. This short reflection i …

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A (not so) little bird is telling us…: Thinking with geese on the York University Campus – Seema Shenoy

  Towards the end of the summer in 2015, having just arrived from India, I made my way to the York University campus for the very first time, to see the place where I would be spending the next two years in the Mast …

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Visiting one of our Neighbours: Walking the Black Creek Pioneer Village Site – Jesse Thistle

The entrance to Black Creek Pioneer Village Black Creek Pioneer Village, a re- creation of a white settler farming settlement in southern Ontario from the 1860s, is one of York University’s prominent neighbours. In 2013, …

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Looking for the Tree of Heaven at Founders College – Darren Patrick

      Who arrives? Who invades? Who is welcome? Who is not? When does a plant become a weed?   Since 2012, I have developed an unlikely relationship with Ailanthus altissima, a species of tree more commonl …

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Safety Phone at Central Square – Michaela McMahon

  Is this the best way to stop sexual assault on university campuses? This safety phone in Central Square is one of the 35 emergency phones located on campus. The bright yellow colour and spinning blue light are sup …

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Vari Hall: A public or private space? – L. Anders Sandberg

    Adorned with yellow brick and two lower rectangular structures extending from its sides, Vari Hall is a well-designed and extraordinary space. When I enter the building I am engulfed by a cylindrical-shaped …

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The Ross Building Ramp and Terrace: Curse or Promise? – L. Anders Sandberg

  Some time ago I conducted a campus tour for a group that included a couple of senior faculty members at York. When walking across the ledge leading over the narrow empty and largely vacant space between the Ross B …

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Scott Library: A Place for Books or People? – Dana Craig

  I love the library! I started working as a student assistant in Scott Library in the mid-1990s and then started working full time there in 2000. I sometimes feel that I have walked the hallways of this library for …

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Michael G. Boyer Woodlot: A living place of symbiotic stories: Exploring woodlots as place-makers of culture, time and resistance – Adrina Bardekjian

First Nations peoples’ fires burnt the forest now known as the Michael Boyer Woodlot for centuries. The fires were likely used to provide room for the three sisters (squash, beans and corn), for spiritual ritual, and fos …

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The Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Native Species Garden – Michael Classens

  You might call the HNES Native Species Garden a campus naturalization project—designed to make the campus more ‘natural’. The corollary to this, of course, is that the campus is too ‘unnatural’. And I have to admi …

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Stong Pond: What role does it play in managing the storm water on campus? – L. Anders Sandberg

 When a 2005 hurricane flooded the campus and washed out parts of Finch Avenue just south of the campus, the campus’ storm water pond was confirmed as inadequate (it could not hold the water of a major hurricane), and …

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