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Frosh welcomes non-conformists

If rocking out to Down with Webster isn't your idea of a good time, the organizers of Alternative 101 at the University of Ottawa are offering first-year students a different experience for frosh, one centred on community building and effecting justice.

Alt 101 posits itself as “a politically progressive and radically different week,” said Zaheen Karim, campus relations co-ordinator for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at the university.

Now in its sixth year, it runs until Sept. 10, and approximately 60 to 70 students are signed up for the week's events.

Most events are alcohol-free and the total cost to attend is $40. If students are already attending another faculty orientation, the fee is lowered to $25.

Alt 101

• Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Activist Brigette DePape will lead a participatory workshop on how ordinary people can effect change in the world.

• Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. Sex Toys 101 workshop with Venus Envy owner Shelley Taylor.

• Sept. 8, 3-5 p.m. A panel of campus activists will reflect on activism at Ottawa U in the past and give perspectives on how to move forward.

• Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m. Students are invited to participate in the Take Back the Night March, a call to end gender violence.

• Sept. 9, 3-7 p.m. Check out the social-justice fair and learn more about the work groups on campus and around town are doing and how to get involved.

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