Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ryerson Engineering Purple Frosh

A chanting horde of engineering students came pouring out of the downtown #Toronto Ryerson University campus wearing hard hats and with skin dyed a dark purple. The annual orientation week mob of new students made their way into the very centre of the Yonge-Dundas pedestrian crossing where they gathered in a circle, chanting and cheering before heading east along the Eaton Centre, down Bay Street and into Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall. A number of tents have been set up along Gould Street where students can get some freebies like Mac & Cheese meals and enjoy a number of games such as the giant chess set. The volcano is just a blow up and it joins a number of other inflated attractions.
Luckily this long standing engineering tradition didn't see the students wearing yellow hard hats and dyed yellow because everyone would confuse them with Minions. The school orientation week continues from Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30, 2013.
The joyous entrance to Toronto's main intersection

Crossing Bay Street on the way to City Hall
Ryerson's ring of fire has sprouted its own volcano

In 2012 I caught up with the University of Toronto purple engineering students as they met at Queen’s Park and then got to know the horse statue in a friendly, yet intimate manner. The statue is under repair right now and I don’t know if they will be able to continue with that part of their tradition this year. http://www.torontograndprixtourist.com/2012/09/u-of-toronto-engineering-frosh-week-in.html

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