Re:New is the alumni and friends magazine of New College at the University of Toronto, published annually by the Office of Advancement at NEW.

Issue 5 (2017): Behind the Scenes Edition

Many joys adhere to putting together such a publication, but foremost among them may be the new paths of discovery every issue allows. In the past, we have delved into New College’s (then) 50-year history, explored NEW’s myriad international connections and asked about the changing face of entrepreneurship as experienced and shaped by members of our wider college community.

In the current edition, we lift the curtain to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the multi-layered, multi-textured place that is New College, bringing to the fore some voices and faces essential to the everyday operations at NEW that are not always in the limelight. Our latest issue also takes a closer look at some thematic threads underpinning life at the college: physical space and placemaking, food and community, equity and excellence, identity and transformation.

In typical NEWtonian fashion connecting current students, alumni, staff, faculty and community members, these seem fitting topics for the current moment as questions of belonging are fiercely debated in the world at large, as New College expands its numbers and built environment, and as we welcome a new principal to lead college affairs and thank a departing one for years of service rendered with verve and generosity.

Lakshmi Sadhu

Dear Me,

A letter to my 18-year-old self
Lakshmi Sadhu (New ’17) looks back at her undergraduate years to pass on some pieces of advice in a letter addressed to her younger self just entering university.

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Julia Al Akaila

A Don’s Life

The former residence don Julia Al Akaila (New ’17) discusses the rewards and challenges of a role essential to student success and community building at New College.

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Sous-chef Fitzroy Atkinson in the kitchen.

On the Menu:

Behind the scenes in the New College cafeteria kitchen
What does it take to keep a busy dining hall kitchen running smoothly seven days a week? We talked to Chef James Piggott about people, scale and operational finesse.

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NEW Faces:

Behind the scenes of our busy college
New College caretaking staff offer their thoughts on work satisfaction, downtime off the job and what it means to lead the good life.

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Lori Stahlbrand in a community garden on Huron Street.

What’s NEW About Food Equity?

Lori Stahlbrand, New College’s first food equity coordinator, who now coordinates the work of the Toronto Food Policy Council, speaks to why we should think carefully about food.

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Remains of a headless medieval stone angel.

Of Angels, Space and Place

What does a medieval sculpture of an angel anchored to the wall in Wetmore Lounge reveal about New College?

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Robed New College students trowing their bachelor's hoods into the air.

A Year in the Life of NEW

A look back in pictures at some of the main alumni and friends events at New College between October 2016 and September 2017.

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