Deep Thoughts

Farewell UTM, and thank you for six wonderful years!

August 30, 2016

Tomorrow will be my last official day at UTM. After six years and two months in the service of this remarkable institution, I will be signing off and passing the baton to Professor Ulli Krull.

Come Celebrate UTM’s Positive Space

March 14, 2016

In just a few hours – from 5:30 to 7:30 to be precise – we will gather at the Blind Duck Pub to celebrate this year’s Positive Space Gala.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Toronto’s Positive Space Campaign. It was started in 1996 by a small group of dedicated individuals who wanted to increase visibility and support for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty across all three campuses.

Proud of you, Sean! Proud of all our ‘Seans’

February 16, 2016

Someone asked me last week for one thing that I liked the most about UTM. There are a lot of things I love about our campus, and I was conscious that picking one in particular may well land me in some trouble. However, without hesitation, I said “the quality of our students”. By that I didn’t mean simply the marks that our students arrive with or how well they do academically once they are here. There’s a whole lot more to their “quality”. Read on…

Little entrepreneurs of Fatehpur Sikri

February 2, 2016

The sky in India, especially in and around urban centres, almost always looks gray. But everything else about this incredibly diverse country is vividly colourful – literally and metaphorically. It is a land of stark contrasts – good, bad, beautiful and ugly – all coexisting, often simultaneously in space and time. Having just returned from an extensive and intimate experience with this “assault on the senses”, as V.S.

Happy to be back and looking forward

January 11, 2016

What a delightful week #1 back at the office!

I have to admit; the six-month break was exactly what I needed after an intense decade in administration, first at Waterloo, then here since 2010. Super-humans as we like to think we are, we all need a diversion from the routine every now and then. For me the most urgent need was to find some time to reflect.

Citizenship — the Ceremony and the Significance

May 13, 2015

Hundreds of citizenship ceremonies are held annually across Canada, and 85 per cent of approximately 250,000 permanent residents admitted each year into this country eventually become citizens. That is the highest naturalization rate in the world. So why did we fuss so much about the ceremony held last week on the UTM campus?

Congratulations, Graduates!

April 29, 2015

The intimidating rows of chairs and tables have disappeared from the RAWC gymnasia and TFC—a sure sign that the exams are finally over! But wait, there was still one “Last Lecture” to go, delivered by our own illustrious alumna, Rumeet Billan, at yesterday’s reception for the graduating class. As she and the class valedictorian Nabil Arif spoke, an air of anticipation filled the Innovation Complex rotunda.

Strike’s over; now let’s focus on moving forward

March 31, 2015

The collective sigh of relief across U of T’s three campuses was quite audible as CUPE 3902 Unit-1 members voted last week to accept binding arbitration.

Pop-cans, gum-droppings and how not to boil our frog!

January 19, 2015

We all have our pet peeves. Mine change periodically, and the current one is “trash”—that is, the trash that we see carelessly thrown around the campus.

First, before anyone gets the impression that ours is a dirty campus, let me elaborate: ask anyone to describe UTM and adjectives such as “beautiful”, “pristine” and “clean” are likely to dominate the narrative. So what trash am I talking about, and why on earth am I peeved about it? I am peeved because there is a tiny minority among us (and perhaps some visitors to campus) who don’t seem to care about keeping UTM beautiful, pristine and clean. And precisely because the campus is beautiful, even the smallest blemish sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb.

Welcome to 2015!

January 5, 2015

The new year will no doubt bring new challenges but, more importantly, it will also usher in exciting opportunities to make a difference.


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