• breadth requirements,  first year,  religion,  wait list

    oh the agony of being waitlisted

    hi! i’m a 1st year and i want to fulfill br 2 this sem. i want to take rlg101 but i’m 15th in a class of 250. do you think i have a chance of getting in anytime soon or should i just go with my 2nd choice (rlg 235 – also does anyone know anything about this course? would you recommend it based on workload/evals/etc?)?


    hey there,

    the general rule for waitlists is that if you’re in the top 10% of the waitlist, you have a good chance of getting in. what that means is that as long as you’re in the top 25 of a waitlist for a class of 250 (as you are) you’ll probably be fine.

    i would note that this depends on when you joined the waitlist, as well. i don’t really know how this rule works (it’s just been repeated to me by so many people that i’m assuming it’s legit) but it would make sense that if you join a waitlist relatively late in the game, perhaps the top 10% will already have moved? if you’ve been on it for a while, you’ve got a higher chance of moving up, i think. because i don’t know much about your situation, i don’t know what to recommend you do– maybe just decide based on what i’ve told you, or book an appointment with your registrar if you really need help making the decision?

    unfortunately, i’ve asked around and came up with nothing on rlg235. you can try messaging the religion undergraduate students’ association on facebook, because i figure if anyone knows anything, your best bet is someone there. there’s nothing on ratemyprof for the prof, either. sorry i can’t be of more help, but i do think you should try reaching out to the rsa!

    be Boundless,



  • anti-calendar,  ASSU,  courses,  geography,  religion

    Aunt Eye Cal End Hair.

    I am having the hard time in choosing the courses. I’d like to know the course load of the following courses:



    Another school year has passed us by, and another round of course enrollment looms in the not-so-distant future. With a new cohort of students entering of U of T, I am morally obliged to advertise the “Anti-Calendar.” Proudly presented by the Arts & Science Students Union (ASSU), this document presents a synthesis of course evaluations that students fill out at the end of term. While the info may not always be transferrable to subsequent courses (e.g. there’s a new Prof), the Anti-Calendar is still one of the most useful resources for course selection, and/or mindless time consumption. Aska shamelessly refers to it like a broken record.


    The 2008-9 version will be available in mid-June online and in tangible form at the ASSU office.

    In the meantime, I will rely on the 2007-8 edition in the hopes that you readers will chip in … a lot.


    Before I begin let me just say… If you are a new student, which it sounds like you are, then I wouldn’t base my course selection solely on work load. Sure some course combinations yield a hellish course load, but very few are heaven-ish. And even if you could take the Sun & its Neighbours’ 5 times simultaneously, where would that leave you?


    May I suggest considering…

    a) pre-requisites for subject POSts that you might want in the future;

    b) distribution requirements;

    c) courses of pure interest (I’m convinced everyone likes at least one thing); and

    d) first-year seminars.


    According to the Anti-Calendar, from 2 years ago, RLG100 was interesting and not too tough (woo), but the tutorials are supposedly not great (boo). One Prof seems enthusiastic and fun, and the other seems enthusiastic and approachable. Students indicated that the workload was about 4.25 out of 7. So, like, average.


    The Anti-Calendar indicated that GGR124 had a marginally lower workload. The Profs were reported to be… guess what?… enthusiastic. Apparently the powerpoints aren’t posted online, which is totally irritating. I guess you’ll HAVE to go to class.


    A second useful resource, when selecting courses, is the exams and course collections database (search by department… it’s easier). PDFs of many past exams and syllabi are accessible here. Calm down, most Profs are not lazy enough to repeat the same exam two years in a row, BUT reading previous exams gives you a great idea of the course content. And yes, I said the word “syllabi.” Plural for syllabus, it is a pretentious word for course “outline” (oh, how banal!). Get used to it. Again there are no guarantees that these details (e.g. description, lecture topics, modes of examination) will remain the same from year-to-year, but they will probably be really similar.


    On a side note, syllabi are like “contracts” between the student and Prof. So, if the Prof ever changes assignment weightings or late penalties without consulting the class you totally have a leg to stand on when appealing to them.


    And that’s all I have to say about those two courses that I have never taken. Any help from out there?!?


    P.s. Both courses had non-multiple choice exams. So, you’re on the right track so far.

  • religion,  residence

    walking around naked helps

    hi there. i was expecting that they place me into one of the coed dorms but they said there wasnt any space available so i am placed in a religious all-female dorm… this really sucks because im not religious and im a complete party girl. im very annoyed…. will my life suck?..

  • awkwardness,  courses,  homosexuality,  religion,  sex/romance

    does it make any difference that we’re talking about religion class?

    Theres this amazing guy in my Religion class. I think he is really amazing- aesthetically. I’ve talked to him and he is really approachable, really easy to talk to. I want to go for him, problem is a friend of mine thinks he might be gay. I know it’s a stereotype that good looking guys with great personalities are homosexual. I can’t ask him because I don’t know him well enough to do so, what do I do?