It’s the start of a new school year. Students are bustling to sign up for classes, make academic advising appointments, get DalCards, buy groceries and – hopefully – sign up for one of the various societies offered at Dalhousie.
If you do choose to get involved in extracurricular activities, here’s some things you should know as you explore the different options.
CKDU-FM is a campus radio station that reaches people throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. CKDU is great for anyone who wants to volunteer in communications by doing public broadcasts and radio shows. CKDU-FM presents many voices and artists not normally heard through public or private broadcast stations.
The Dal Bike Society is an ingenious way to get a good workout around campus. The society’s bikes are free to borrow, and there is a community repair space that provides riders tools to fix their own. Volunteers also help out at the repair space for anyone needing assistance.
The Dalhousie International Student Association (DISA) gives international students opportunities to meet each other through events and trips held throughout the year. The society also tries to promote cultural diversity at Dal by addressing concerns of, and representing, international students.
The Dalhousie Urban Gardening Society is great if you want to develop a green thumb on campus. Members educate students about urban gardening and all the tricks of the trade that come with it. They even provide a gardening space, located behind the Goldberg Computer Science Building.
The Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) aims to inform students about social and environmental issues in Nova Scotia. The non-profit organization funds research, which any member can propose, as well as working groups to address issues they identify. One of the current working groups, for example, is *No One is Illegal – Halifax*.
The Loaded Ladle raises awareness about ethical issues surrounding global food distribution and the market-based food sites on campus. They promote alternatives to some of the foods students are used to. They give free servings of their own dishes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
The South House aims to combat oppression and advocate feminist issues. They support people dealing with sexuality or gender based oppression and answers inquires that students and staff might have. They also research advocacy for gender issues within a feminist framework and strive to provide a safe space for people to organize.
The Dalhousie Gazette is North America’s oldest campus newspaper. They cover stories happening at Dal and around Halifax and try to keep students informed about what’s going on in the community. They also provide a medium to hear your fellow students’ opinions and contribute your own. Contributor meetings are held in the Gazette office in the SUB every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.