It’s officially 2017 and the new year has us all caught with a case of the feels. Although January is a new beginning it can also quite a nostalgic month. 2016 overall seems to have gotten a pretty bad rap, however this was definitely a defining year in Ryerson history. Let’s take a break from all the new year hype and reflect on some of the many amazing moments from our school this year.
This isn’t the first time that the 6 God himself has made an appearance, but is certainly one of the most memorable. Just days after releasing Views, Drake made his way to Ryerson campus for a surprise appearance at our 6cent concert.
“Hey Ryerson, any time they call my phone and say I can come perform for you, I’m touching this stage right here.”- Drake
6fest was the RSU’s first ever attempt at an off-campus festival. Although there were some bumps along the way, no other university student union has ever been to pull off something this big, it even caught the University of Toronto President’s eye. Can you even believe this line up?
2016 was an amazing year for Ryerson sports teams, bringing in our first ever Wilson Cup as well as some National’s medals to add to our collection. In March the women’s basketball team was able to bring home the university’s first ever silver medal and the men brought home the bronze. Our mens basketball team also received the Wilson Cup for winning the OUA championships. This year both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams also made it to the CIS (Canadian Interuniveristy sport) Championships claiming a silver medal and a seventh place finish for the mens. Not to shabby Ryerson!
The DMZ is one of Canada’s largest business incubators for emerging tech startups, not to mention the top-ranked university incubator in North America and third in the world. In addition to this in 2016 the DMZ also won the distinguished “Accelerator, Incubator or Entrepreneurial Network” award at the Fintech Awards back in November.
The Royal Treatment
This year Ryerson welcomed not one but two royal families to our university. Back in May Prince Harry made an appearance with our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau as part of the launch of the third Invictus Games. Not too long after, students from the Jack.org Ryerson chapter were invited to British Columbia to talk mental health efforts with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate. And finally in November The Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, came to Ryerson for a special talk on technology and innovation.