Scream Bloody Mary; we Have a Ghost on Campus!

Once upon a time there was a woman that fell in love with a man. They both married, although soon after the man had to go to war. His wife worried, prayed for his life, and anticipated his return. Although he did return, he no longer cared for her, and decided to break things off with her, leaving her in despair. That night, she killed herself. Her upset spirit was left to wander around campus, her devastation transformed into rage. Vowing to bring death and destruction to anyone that she comes across, she roams around campus, her anger fuelled by those living a happy life around her.

A friend and I decided to go and see this ghost in person. As we entered the dark house we could barely see anything, there was this red light coming towards our right and as we turned to see what was there, there she was! Just waiting for us to enter, dressed in white. Blood of the body parts that littered the floor around her painted her hands and dress in a deep crimson. As we walked on to see what was inside the refrigerator and washing machine we could feel something breathing behind us. We quickly spun around to see what was behind us, and found that she had followed us. Scared, we all froze until she commanded us to go deeper into the house. As we continued onwards the guy in front of us said something like. “Yo, no touching man, that is not cool”, and indeed we were pushed along by many ghosts,  one of them being her husband, demanding to know where his wife was. Through all the screaming, the scary spider, and dead people, we finally we made it out alive.

The haunted house was awesome, the actors, the decorations, and the overall experience was amazing!

Things You May Not Know as a First Year

These are some things that came out of conversations from different people on campus, and what shocked me was that there are things here on this list I didn’t know of and things other first year students didn’t know yet either. So here are some extra bits and pieces about the cool stuff found on our campus (we made the right choice coming here!).

  1. When someone tells you that UTM has a deer family on campus, they don’t mean 4 or 5 deer, they mean 120. This is the kind stuff you learn as you walk around campus with Chef Sandeep.
  2. Deer are cool but so are salmon and coyotes, UTM has all three.
  3. Have you guys seen the offices of your professors? The ones on the second floor of the Davis building look really, really fancy.
  4. Don’t be afraid of going into lecture halls if nobody is in there, it’s a quiet space to study (you can never find a place to sit in the library).
  5. Many people are looking for jobs but not many people seem to know that there are many student union jobs they can apply for. Just go to their website (Google UTMSU jobs) which list current job postings, and apply on time! Also, start checking CLN  in February if you are looking for a job next year on campus.
  6. Our university has one of the top 3 library systems in North America, with over 44 libraries with over 141 librarians! We have access to all of these resources.

The Wheel of Forune Says: Look, Look, Look Again Until You’ve Lost it!

Time Check – 9:30 Good morning UTM!

Time Check – 9:50 Um… binder, iclicker, t-card, laptop. Open the door, oh! Room Key! Room is locked.——- Wait is the room locked? Go back, push the handle, yup door is locked. Silly girl! At least I checked.

Time Check – 10:00 Oh! I forgot my iclicker. Run upstairs to my room. Lock the door. Done. Check, yup its locked. Damn it! My hands are full: peanuts, nutrigrain bar, chocolate milk, receipt and room key. There, a table! Quickly dove snacks and receipt inside my bag, milk in hand. The sun feels good. Today is going to be a good day I can feel it!

Time Check – 10:10 Alvin Singh guys you don’t need your iclickers today.” Of course not. ———————————————————————–Religion tutorial: no quiz today! Good luck? ———————————————————————————————————————————-Standing in front of my room, whoever said you can never find anything in a woman’s purse was right, where did I put my room key. I usually put it in my back pocket. Empty. Wait, what? No I just have to thoroughly check my bag. I always keep track of my stuff, I can’t lose it. Deep breath…CALM DOWN.

Maybe a I dropped it somewhere on campus? In my religion tutorial? In my Bio tutorial? No and no. At least 3 walks  around campus later I thought, Campus Police! Yes! They found a card this morning which they returned to the residence desk!

Wait, what? What do you mean you don’t have the card? I looked outside. Do I want to look one last time? No it was darker, and colder. Residence desk is about to close. I guess I should buy a new one. What does this mean? Bad luck? Destiny? A new beginning? I mean you lose stuff, it’s not the end of the world. Yet.

The Arcana Magician says, what are you waiting for? Go find an adventure!

Our campus is a small and comfortable little community in Mississauga, but don’t mistake it for being lacking or even boring, despite its size it can also be quite adventurous. One simply needs to be perceptive and willing to take a bit of a risk. The other day Sadaf (a fellow blogger) and I were strolling along the road that winds by Deerfield hall and towards the student center when towards our left we heard a faint melody coming from the trees, paying closing attention we guessed it was a flute being played. But it was…odd. An instrument being played in the middle of the forest, I mean who does that? The music sounded really, really good though and so we went to investigate, hesitating almost every step of the way. Turns out that there was a bit of an open space between the trees where we found two young women sitting on a fallen tree, one of them playing an Ocharina which she learned after watching an anime and does from time to time to de-stress. Talking with them for a while we learned that she was a tarot card reader!!!!

Now that is just cool. They also gave us a lot of advice on how to survive university, the most important being, if you’re afraid of a bunch of strangers in the middle of the forest and you can’t see them, use your phone camera and zoom in (smart!). 

Because I love supernatural stuff, I love tarot, so here’s my reading: one of the trump cards in the deck is called the magician and the magician is able to wield opportunity and to reach in to the future, grab a hold of potential and turn it into creative power. He has access to everything he needs to complete his purpose, but sometimes access isn’t enough or the purpose isn’t always known, so what’s more is that he has the ability to take notice. We are like the magician, UTM, we have all the access, all the opportunity we need, all we need to do is take notice. So take notice UTM, be aware of your surroundings and maybe find something you don’t find every day. 

5 Things to Know About Our Beloved Campus Deer

  1. They are EVERYWHERE. I saw them right outside of OPH, in the trees in front of Deerfield hall, I can see them out of the residence window sometimes, and once while walking on the nature trail.
  2. They are called white-tailed deer.
  3. They can smell 100x better than we can!
  4. Have you seen deer’s ears twitching? Yeah, they use them like a radar, so even if they are not looking at you, they still know where you are.
  5. You can walk RIGHT up to them! One day I left OPH early for one of my classes, and I saw 2 deer right outside of OPH, I tried to get a picture of them, and so I walked closer. One of them was sitting down and looked at me with a “I’m watching you, just what do you think you’re doing?” expression, while the other one turned its back to me casually sauntering away, “I’m kind of annoyed, I’m not sure if I should be afraid of you, but I’m way too cool to show it, one wrong move though and I’m off!”.