Fall 2014 - Features

UTSC @ 50

Aerial picture of UTSC in 2005

The UTSC story began 50 years ago, at a time when Canada was experiencing the coming of age of the post-WWII baby boom generation.

Atop the valley

image of valley with scarborough college at the top
Berton Woodward

If you've read anything about the architecture of UTSC's first building, the Science and Humanities Wing, you’ve probably seen its style described as “brutalist,” a movement that saw the construction of such large, all-concrete str

Growing up together

image of a group of students
Elaine Smith

Back in the early 1960s, Scarborough was mostly farmland and UTSC was little more than an idea. Not any more.

Students step up

Students planting a tree

In true University of Toronto tradition, UTSC students have demonstrated a penchant for activism through campus activities.

A butterfly breakthrough

Image of monarch butterfly
Berton Woodward

It was a mystery no scientist had ever solved, but thanks to the assistance of a network of “citizen scientists” spread across North America, UTSC Zoologist Fred Urquhart finally found the answer, to global acclaim.

The UTSC Story

Image of carved tree

Before there was UTSC, there was a turn-of-the-century, summer escape from the city heat of Muddy York for Toronto businessman Miller Lash. In 1911, he purchased 375 acres in Highland Creek Valley and built a 17-room mansion and working farm.

Fit for a campus

Image of Paige Schultz

Even before the campus had its own gym, UTSC students were involved in sports and fitness, using area high school facilities to train and compete. It didn’t take long before the campus became an intramural powerhouse.

Creative Arts

Image of dancer

Our campus has been a source of inspiration for writers, artists and performers of all kinds. Here’s a snapshot of UTSC’s artistic history.

On location

Image of David Cronenberg behind a camera
Berton Woodward

Iconic Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg was the first to discover the cinematic qualities of Scarborough College. He used it as the location for his debut feature film, Stereo, released in 1969.

Research

Image of Patrick McGowan in the Centre for Environmental Epigenetics and Development
Chris Garbutt

Science is getting better and better at generating information. But what do we do with that information once it’s been collected?

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