Stephenson House Online

Located at 63 Charles St. West, Toronto, Ontario – Stephenson House was Victoria College at the University of Toronto's true student co-operative housing residence reflecting the will of Dr. Stephenson… now this blog will serve as an archive of memories of its last year (2009-2010) and for those house members to stay in touch with each other. SIYB! SHF!

Archive for April, 2010

Laura’s last day, Skype with Luci

April 29th, 2010

Guys, I had an awesome conversation with Luci yesterday over Skype at 4am in the morning that made me feel so much better about everyone leaving. But then today Laura is leaving and I’m sad all over again. Gone is another Stevie Ho roommate… Mary came over today to help Laura pack the last of her belongings into a car. Bound for Explore in Quebec and then Waterloo for the rest of the summer, Laura joins Craig, Lucille and Emily leaving Stephenson House (in its true co-operative form) forever…

But we’ll all see eachother again next year? Hopefully. Ug, I feel so bummed out again.

– K


Em’s last day, Bob Dylan, pie, pasta, front lawn, people, friends, Leo got a job!

The 26th and 27th were Em’s last night and day. As such, it called for dancing, one last family dinner and drinking with friends, Leo, Mary and Laura. Making pasta, listening to music and watching a slideshow… 

Leo made this amazing apple pie, so crusty (except no ring) and full of apples! Mmm… 

Then Liam came back with more wine and Em, Liam and Karen talked and reminiscing away the night until 4am. 

During the day of April 27th, Karen and Em spent it sitting on the front lawn of Steview Ho, wrapped in Liam’s blanket and Jorge’s sweather eating pasta from last night, drinking Luci’s orange juice, listening to Bob Dylan  and talking about everything, the past, the present, the future… 

Simone and Maria dropped by and joined us. Then they left and we headed inside to watch an old movie and fell asleep till 5pm… 

Also as I write this, Leo I think just screamed that he got a job!! Yay!! He went to an interview yesterday and it was probably successful!! 

Karen’s rant: it sucks so much that we all said we’d do things together as a house, like science club, picnics, pie-baking competitions etc. but never did, always thinking that there would be enough time, we’d do it next week, next month etc. and yet our lives go so busy with so much shit (good shit?), that the end came so rapidly and next thing you know, everyone’s gone. Forever. And you regret what you didn’t do with them because that is what you will remember, not some meeting or assignment… and you only notice and think about people so much more when they are all gone.

❤ K

Jorge’s Canadian Citizenship, Wine & Maria’s goodbye party

Jorge’s Canadian citizenship cermoney happened on Friday, April 23rd at the immigration office in Scarborough! With about 100 other ‘new’ Canadians, Jorge (and Maria) took the oath and sang the anthem! So happy, mom, brother and Maria was there. Karen tagged along with Liam’s camera and took some shots. The judge was super cool and Jorge is so handsome! See pictures here and some in the “These Pictures” file.

Also yesterday was Maria’s going-away party. So sad, Em, Karen, Jorge and Andrew went. Em and Karen drank a bottle and a half of wine and talked for a long time (about everything and everyone and how this is really the end of Stephenson House as we know it!) before going. They rode their bikes on the sidewalk and not the road.

Cab, airports, hugs, pacts

Lucille left this morning, at 5:30am. The family woke up to say their last goodbyes. Bound for Beijing, it was incredibly sad. Especially for Karen. Luci, we miss you already, Karen regrets not giving you a hug at the cab. You were always so awkward with it and we never really hug often, but that might be the last time I see you in a long long .. long time.

On Thursday, Craig is leaving and then in another week or so, the rest of the girls will also be leaving. But we made a pact to have tea or roomdrinks at least once 3-5 years, to maintain our strong friendships, to live in the same seniors’ home or dwelling when we’re 70 years old and to just be there for each other when we need it most.

House elections says in the summer of 2010, Leo will be President (last president of Stephenson House!!), Karen is Treasurer and Jorge is GM.

Craig, Andrew, Jorge, Leo, Liam, Emily, Laura, Joe and especially Lucille, living at Stephenson House this year has truly been, without exaggeration one of the happiest and most influential years of our lives. Thank you, your friendship and support meant the world.

From now on, this blog will serve as a place for ALL of Stephenson House’s 2009-2010 members to post their summer adventures and life updates. Please do so liberally! Pictures! Skype!  Email!

Stay in touch. Remember us little people when you’re all successful in life…

Luci’s leaving, Craig’s flying

So all friends came out to say their last goodbyes. Themed ‘Oh Canada’, Stephenson House and friends celebrated Lucille and Craig’s last days in Toronto. Craig leaves on Thursday for Turkey, then Serbia and then grad school at King’s College! Lucille leaves today at 5:30am for Shanghai, then Taiwan then Beijing for grad school! Its all working out so well!

The Stephenson House family is growing up and entering life’s next stages: jobs, grad school, real life, faltering economy and a British airport stranded by a volcano in Iceland.

Arturo and Jorge gave us all salsa lessons.

The celebration was so good that speakers started smoking. People were like, ‘its the smell of the chips in the oven!’ (Liam made potato wedges with crazy dipping sauces) and Em was like, ‘No, its the smell of burning plastic and the speakers are going to explode!’  We disconnected it.

Craig’s b-day, VUSAC power transfers and Luce’s Taiwan paper

Craigo celebrated his b-day officially as well as VUSAC handing over of power on April 14th at the Duke of York near campus. Friends and S. House fam came out for conversations, drinks, giant cake with barbies on it and good times. Akash officitally takes over VUSAC prez powers from Catherine.

Luci has become non-responsive from Karen’s rants in her attempt to tackle her last, non-school related but equally stressful essay about sustainable managment of natural resources and Asia’s rapid development. Her paper outline will be presented to the ambassador of Taiwan before she leaves for Shanghai, and her research will be presented in July at the global conference in Taiwan in which she will represent Canada!

Also, Sat is S. House’s last fam night event. Tue is Luce’s going-away party. Staying up from 8pm-6am, then boarding plan around 9am for Shanghai-bound. Craigo leaves for Turkey soon and Leo is going on a week-long camping trip.

The family is breaking apart and going their separate ways! *Tear* When you’re all successful, think of us small people…

The facebook event pictures of Craig’s b-day parties are hilarious!


Sara sang in the Toronto Symphony today as part of the U of T choir joined by some very esteemed soloists and bands. She got us free tickets to go, Em, Luci, Karen, Leo, Andrew and David went.

It was pretty cool. Sara was in the first row, 4th from the left! Karen totally fell asleep. But the entire evening was a fantastic one! So many people, a great venue (Roy Thomson Hall) and so much talent. Classical music and choirs are so great to listen live…

Event info was: Helmuth Rilling, conductor with the University of Toronto MacMillan Sin. We sat in Section C3, Row G, Seat 6!