Winner By Popular Vote

Winner By Popular Vote

Photo: Courtesy of TAV College.

 

TAV will soon begin selling its very own custom hoodies for the first time ever. Students and staff will be able to purchase the hoodies for a fair price, according to college administrators, and will be able to show off their TAV pride in either a blue, orange or dark grey hoodie.

The original idea was to allow a student to design the hoodie’s logo, however, after low participation in the TCSA’s “Hoodie Design Contest,” the College decided to have a logo designed by a staff member instead. However, the long-term goal is to have an annual hoodie design contest, just like the TAV agendas.

After asking students to vote on six different hoodie logos, via the College’s Instagram page, the logo featured on the left was the winner by popular vote.

An estimated 900 custom units, of varying sizes and colors, will be shipped to the College and will be made available by online pre-order, at first, and then by in-person purchase from then on. The College decided to use a direct-from-manufacturer purchasing method to ensure that it gets the best quality product.

The logo design features the physical location of the College, the year it was established, and of course, its name.

The Year in Review: What the TCSA Did For You

The Year in Review: What the TCSA Did For You

Photo: Courtesy of Lesly, Karin, Simranjit, and Aiman.

 

Each year I have the great pleasure of serving as an advisor to the College’s student government program, the TCSA. This year, Karin, Lesly, Simranjit, and Aiman, the team who led the TCSA, managed to plan and organize some amazing initiatives despite the unprecedented difficulty of the college being online.

 

With the world gone virtual, our hate for Zoom and computer screens growing by the day, and everyone’s attention span slowly diminishing, to say that the TCSA’s 2020-2021 executive cabinet had a challenge to ensure that TAV students have a great student experience would be an understatement. Nonetheless, the team tried to organize online events, advocate for changes and do what they could, with what they had. I think it’s important to recognize their efforts. So, here are just a few things that they did for you this year:

 

Advocating for Answers
The TCSA organized a meeting with the College’s administration to allow students, who were anxious about in-person exams, to ask questions and get answers.

 

Prep for University: Virtual Café Hour
During a time when pre-university students were stressed about university applications, the TCSA organized a “virtual cafe” where students could ask questions and the TCSA would find them answers.

 

Online Games
To get minds away from academia and the pandemic, the TCSA organized several online gaming nights where students could socialize, play games and forget about COVID for a second.

 

TAV Sweaters
The idea to make custom TAV College sweaters was a project that was presented to the College by the TCSA!

 

TAV Environmental Club
The TCSA adopted a new club at TAV this semester, the “TAV Environmental Club” started by Lucas Yifru. The club will be responsible for presenting projects to improve the College’s sustainability efforts.

ALC Program Gets a Face Lift: An Update on The College’s Plans

ALC Program Gets a Face Lift: An Update on The College’s Plans

Photo: a classroom in TAV College’s new C building.

By Justin Hand-Gregory

 

The College recently announced its ambitious plans to revamp the Arts, Literature, and Communication program. A large part of the announcement was two professional-grade production studios. Through revamping the existing program, TAV hopes to attract more of a target audience of students to the program who are passionate about the program’s specific learning outcomes (as opposed to students who are more interested in general studies like the General Social Science program).

Taking a Fresh Look at the ALC Program

Valerie Svitanko, Coordinator of the ALC and Social Science programs, said during a phone interview that “ever since TAV introduced the Social Science programs in Winter 2019, the ALC program saw a gradual decline in enrollment.” The ALC program used to be the only pre-university alternative to the Sciences. So, as a tactic to bring more students into the program, the administration tried integrating more media and practical skills into its curriculum as well as added a “mentorship” aspect to the program’s synthesis project. However, the tactics were unsuccessful.

Svitanko said,

“the program is unique in the sense that it is pre-university, but also provides real-life skills: The courses offered have slowly transitioned to be more practical and less theoretical. With that said, the College is motivated and willing to try and breathe new life into the program in order to ensure its continuity.”

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New Media Production and Learning Facilities

The expansion of TAV’s campus size served as a catalyst for the College to re-imagine many of its rooms and spaces. With the immense amount of new space that the “C building” will bring in Fall 2021, the TAV administration has had the opportunity to start planning for the transformation of rooms that were, at once, conventional classrooms.

Although there is no final decision on which rooms the studios will call home, there is speculation that the new building is a promising candidate. The new building would be ideal because of its modern concrete structure. This would allow for better-soundproofed spaces where students can get very high-quality sound recordings for course projects that require sound engineering. Also, the rooms in the new building are much larger than those of the A and B buildings, which is ideal for a studio because studios generally have a lot of wires, equipment, and large objects lying around, and having a large space reduces the risk of accidents. Plus, a larger space will allow students to be more interactive with the creative projects they will make.

There are also plans (in negotiation) to create an official ALC department in the new building. Although there have been no final decisions made yet, the idea is to give the ALC program a few rooms, all on the same floor of the building. This way, ALC students and teachers will have their own floor to call home, where they can display student work on the walls and the rooms and studios will all be close by and will be exclusive to them. The idea is that everyone in the department will feel part of this creative environment and will inspire one another to create some truly amazing things in years to come. The current plan is to have the Mac lab, film/photography studio, sound studio, and equipment storage room all on the fourth floor.

Equipment Management

One of the key factors in determining the success of the new studios is going to be the system for managing the equipment. The College plans on investing over ten thousand dollars into making this revamp project a reality. So, the question becomes, who and how will this expensive inventory be kept safe? 

The current system in place is inadequate. Svitanko stated that the current problem is that the equipment the College already owns is being lost.

The proposed solutions for the management of media equipment come with a few different options. One option is that the teachers of the ALC program be responsible for keeping track of who borrowed the equipment using a sign-in/sign-out form.

Option two is to implement a work-study program where students work for various departments at the college and instead of a paycheque, they pay off their tuition. Students could work as an equipment management facilitator for the rental, tracking, and inventory management of the new equipment.

The third option is to hire a designated technician who would be responsible for managing the equipment and studio maintenance. Regardless of whichever option is selected, there will be a structured system in place to avoid anything being lost, stolen, or damaged. The equipment will be free to use, for ALC students only, but will more than likely have a ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy attached in order to stress how serious the damage or loss of this equipment is.

Endless Possibilities

These new ALC facilities will allow the College to expand the courses offered in the program, in addition to enhancing existing courses. The long-term goal will be to allow students from various other programs and student clubs to use the studios once the department has discovered a management system that works and no issues have been discovered.

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Getting to know Tav’s teachers 

Have you ever wondered where your teacher’s desktop picture was taken, or what food they are eating during the 15-minute break?

Read this article to learn more about our teachers and what their lives are like off screen.

Teacher: Samara Kornitzer

What is your favorite hobby? Reading, and hiking.

Where is your favorite spot in Montreal? My favorite spot in Montreal is the bird sanctuary in Westmount.

Where is the first place you traveled to? The first place I’ve visited was Italy.

Teacher: Daniel Glassman

What are your hobbies? Writing, Reading, Cooking

Do you have a favorite book? There are too many to list! That’s like asking which of my best friends is my favorite friend!

Which restaurant is your most preferred? Deli 365

Where was your favorite trip? Spain

What is your favorite place in Montreal to visit? Mile End, Griffin Town

Do you have a favorite Food? Shawarma, Smoked Meat, Smoked Salmon

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