IGNITE FROSH 2022: Not the most accessible night for everyone
HumberIGNITEOpinionToronto Sep 22, 2022 Ishmeet Singh
Fall semester brings a lot of opportunities to share, enjoy and meet new students or even your old friends from college. This is the beginning of the school year in Ontario, it is that time of the year when students come to join the Humber campus to attend their classes.
This school year brings our hope back, it is all in person now! This change brought back the IGNITE FROSH 2022 in-person again, the biggest party for Humber students! A night to experience performances from artists like Roy Wood$, Cochise, and Killy but it comes with a catch. The event hosted by IGNITE, the Humber student union, was located at Universal Event Space (6250 Highway 7, Vaughan, ON L4H 4G3) which is about two hours away from Humber College Lakeshore Campus!
Of course, this event offered free arcade games, free food, non-alcoholic beverages, and free Frosh t-shirts. However, for a student like myself who relies on public transport, travel time becomes a huge issue.
If you have a personal vehicle, it would not be a major issue to travel about 30 minutes for the event, but the majority of students who live around campus depend on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and that makes challenging to use up to four hours of their second week of school to get to a concert,
The timing of the party also made it even more difficult to attend. Doors opened at 7 p.m. while the last performance by Roy Wood$ scheduled for 11 pm. According to the IGNITE website, the doors closed at 11:15 p.m. and the party lasted till 1 a.m.
For only $10, Frosh 2022 offered amazing performances like unheard music by Cochise, and DJs playing RnB all night to get people ready for Roy Wood$. It was an opportunity for local/international students to see their favourite performers and to enjoy free food. IGNITE manages to organize this event yearly with lots of exciting activities yet the commute time dampened the joy of the concert.
One can assume travelling via TTC at 10 p.m. will come with delays. One solution would be to order an Uber. But the average Uber price costs around $40 from the venue to Lakeshore Campus. IGNITE did not offer any travel accommodations for this event.
Skedline.com wanted decided to cover the event, but bnoth the timing and location made it prohibitive for our reporters.
Travel services like bus renting could have been a better solution for this night. It would have opened up possibilities for students just like me who otherwise dropped the plan to enjoy a Frosh night concert.