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  1. Lynnda Proulx dit :

    Bonjour,
    Je souhaite laisser un message en français en espérant que dans 100 ans, cette belle langue sera toujours parlée en Ontario et surtout à l’Université d’Ottawa. Maintenant enseignante de français à La Cité collégiale depuis 2000, j’ai complété plusieurs diplômes dans cette université, premier cycle en art général, deuxième cycle en éducation et 3e cycle également en éducation. L’enseignement a été un moteur de développement personnel en ce qui me concerne; je souhaite alors que toutes les femmes de cette belle planète bleue (en train de rougir) puissent avoir accès à cette source. Je n’ai pas d’enfant mais j’espère que mes descendants, à travers le ventre de mes nièces, continueront d’avoir cet accès à l’éducation.
    Lynnda
    beijos
    PS c’est la fin du mois de mars et il y a encore 2 pieds de neige dehors, à 13 h pm, il fait -2 degré.

  2. Melissa C. dit :

    Dear students,

    Ottawa, both the University and the whole city, was the place where I really found myself. I sincerely hope it still is that special place for you, too.
    In 2114, you may still encounter individuals who try to convince you that a degree in the arts is no longer valuable, practical, or worthwhile, that such pursuits as history, literature, languages, translation, music, theatre and so on, while noble, don’t lead to gainful employment or ultimate fulfillment. Don’t listen to them! All of us are–and hopefully, all of you will be–proof that they’re wrong. Instead, sail boldly as far as you can in the direction of your happiest dreams and brightest inspirations in a ship built by your own desire to discover and explore. It will take you to cities, countries, friendships, relationships, jobs, achievements, discoveries, and joys that you never could have imagined.
    Best wishes to each and every one of you!

  3. Margaret George Dench dit :

    I glimpsed life through the eyes of thinkers and writers and made a life-long friend and life was good!
    Renata Lenc (nėe Nurscher)
    Student ID 111723

    To pick up where my life-long friend left off … I have been told by a number of friends that whatever “it” is that has given more depth to my outlook on life, they do appreciate the person I am. That “it” would be my time spent at Ottawa University – life is much more than a job! Thank you, Ottawa U!
    Margaret George Dench (nėe George)
    Student ID 112966

  4. Hermann K. dit :

    Ottawa, 29 mars 2015

    Génération future, génération conscience

    Si vous lisez ce bref message c’est que le temps a passé. J’ai eu la chance de vivre au siècle précédent, dans un univers technoscientifique qui, se développant à la vitesse de la lumière, nous laisse parfois « sans voix et sans regard ». Car il y a encore cent ans, rien de tel ne pouvait se présager : une révolution profonde dans le mode de vie de l’humanité, alors rurale et industrielle.

    Mais les ordinateurs n’ont pas encore le sens de l’odorat ou du toucher, encore moins du goût, bref nos facultés sensorielles ; et la robotique ne s’est pas encore commutée en genre humain. Que seraient les avancées technoscientifiques à votre époque ? Mon jeune esprit n’ose en imaginer… N’étant ni technophobe ni technophile, je ne peux que m’inquiéter de la perte du sens des valeurs qui caractérise notre temps, particulièrement en ce début du XXIe siècle où le lien des affections humaines s’effrite, voire s’étend. Alors, une seule chose: ne perdez jamais la trace de l’humain en vous ! Assurément, ce ne serait hélas qu’un vœu pieux si vous vous laissez par trop prisonnier (esclave) de la technologie et/ou de la technique. Puissiez-vous ne pas avoir de peine à vous prouver le contraire.

    Les platoniciens convaincus suggèrent que l’âme ne meurt jamais, que par un phénomène de métempsychose, elle migre après la mort vers un nouveau corps – et dans une certaine mesure, une nouvelle matière. Peut-être reviendrai-je donc sous une forme nouvelle, pour témoigner des prouesses extraordinaires que vous aurez accomplies et admirer la beauté de votre monde.

    Avec toute mon affection,
    HK

  5. Ranjita Padalia dit :

    My years spent at the University of Ottawa was a time that I not only learnt a lot about education or the society around me, but I also learnt a lot about who I was and who I wanted to be. It is your time during your university experience to think critically about your values, beliefs, and who you are so that you are a more established individual as you become an independent member of society. Take your time, you are the only participant in the race and you’ll always win as long as you stay on the path that you are confident in. This is your time to understand your place in this world while loving and appreciating the world around you and the people in your life. « Have courage, and be kind » (Cinderella, 2015).

  6. Denis Renaud dit :

    Chers étudiants en archéologie de 2114,

    En tant que professeur d’archéologie, ça me fait tout drôle de penser que je suis en train de vous écrire dans un maintenant qui sera devenu, lorsque vous le lirez, un hier.

    Bien que je ne puisse être présent avec vous pour célébrer ce moment, je n’en suis pas moins enthousiaste à la pensée que lorsque vous lirez ce texte, écrit avec une technologie de 2014, vous ne pourrez vous empêcher de vous demander comment vivaient les gens il y a un siècle. Comme je me plais à le rappeler à mes étudiants, le contexte est la clé de la compréhension du passé et ce texte constituera un document contextuel comportemental; c’est donc un témoignage archéologique ! Je ne sais pas à quoi ressemblera la technologie de lecture des fichiers en 2114, mais je suis sûr qu’elle sera à des années lumières de celle de 2014 et la technologie actuelle, bien qu’ayant connu une avancée fulgurante au cours des deux dernières décennies, semblera vieillotte et un brin archaïque ! Ainsi vont humblement les siècles.

    Je tenais néanmoins à partager ce moment avec vous et j’aimerais terminer en vous souhaitant de vivre la même passion qui m’anime pour l’archéologie et qui, je l’espère, saura animer mes étudiants dans ce qui constitue le plus fascinant des voyages temporels; celui qui permet d’explorer comment vécurent ceux qui nous précédèrent.

    Je vous prie de recevoir l’expression de mes salutations respectueuses,

    Denis Renaud, archéologue (et rêveur passionné !)
    Gatineau, (secteur Aylmer), dimanche, 29 mars 2014, A.D., 21 h 06.

  7. Suzanne Camu dit :

    Je souhaite que la population étudiante de 2114 de la Faculté des Arts de l’Université d’Ottawa puisse échanger virtuellement avec les populations étudiantes à travers la planète pour partager des idées et des connaissances. Qu’il y ait aussi plus de stages étudiants entre les universités canadiennes bilingues et aussi qu’on vive pleinement l’ère de la mondialisation artistique! Suzanne Camu, titulaire d’un baccalauréat avec spécialisation en communications sociales, 1975!

  8. Tom Boogaart dit :

    Will it be University of Ottawa Alumni or alien archeologists that unearth this capsule? In 2115 our medium of communication might seem as exotic as the glyphs lining the tombs of the Pharaohs. One question pursed on the lips of our grandchildren will be: why did you wreck Eden? This question will be as puzzling then as it seems today. We huddle nervously in Ravenna as the Goths pillage Rome. We cannot imagine the instrument of our catastrophe, yet it is difficult to miss the barbarians marshaling at our gates. Genesis teaches us that humans were fashioned from clay and animated by a divine spark. In this present age our reptilian brains predominate. Although the problems confronting us are grave, they are hardly insurmountable. What is vexing is our paralysis. Perhaps Virgil had it right: facilis descensus Averno! In this age of science and technology old truths have been turned upside down. Greed is good and human relations are conditioned by the amorality of the market place. Digital hyper-connectivity has extended a superficial global awareness, while rendering us lonely islands onto ourselves. What remains of the founder’s spirit that animated this university a century ago? The Oblates might marvel at the glitzy high rises rising up from Laurier, but what would shock them would be how ‘scientific’ methods have supplanted the liberal arts. O, had I but followed the arts! Today we no longer navigate by the worn wisdom of long dead white men. New disciplines have emerged and fresh question are asked. This marks some sort of progress, but in throwing out the old classics have we replaced them? The frontiers of our knowledge continue to steadily expand, but our civilization struggles to distinguish techne from wisdom. We stand at an inflection point where the technologies, institutions, and ideas that have shaped the long 20th century have reached exhaustion. Historians make terrible prognosticators, but if the future reads this message we must have found a shining North Star by which to set our bearings and cultivate our nobler natures.

  9. Hilary Rosalind Sheila Ashe dit :

    Explore the wonders of a hard copy, non-electronic book. As of 2015, western society has become too dependent on electronic forms of learning and communication. The irony is that I am typing this message to future generations – on a laptop computer – but always remember when it is time to « switch off, » both literally and metaphorically. Balance is very important. Regardless of the way time passes or society changes, humans will always need to get back to basics. Remember to be yourself and to seek your own bliss. Study history.

  10. Bonjour à tous et à toutes et bienvenue à l’Université d’Ottawa, l’Université canadienne bilingue.

    Je vous souhaite un séjour agréable sur notre campus. J’espère que chacun y trouvera une place pour vivre sa culture et ses valeurs, d’où qu’il soit, car notre campus est un véritable petit village global où chacun se sent chez lui et a l’occasion de vivre ses valeurs et de les partager avec une communauté universitaire ouverte et égalitaire. J’espère aussi que l’éducation est accessible à tous et qu’elle est abordable.

    De plus, j’espère que vous avez toujours la chance d’étudier dans les deux langues officielles du Canada et de recevoir un enseignement de qualité supérieure dans la langue officielle de votre choix. Cette Université, qui était jadis unilingue francophone, jouit désormais de la richesse inestimable du bilinguisme canadien. Des francophones de toute la francophonie canadienne et mondiale viennent dans la région de la capitale nationale du Canada, à Ottawa et en Outaouais, pour y poursuivre leurs études supérieures.

    De surcroît, notre campus s’est doté d’un Monument de la francophonie honorant ses bâtisseurs et commanditaires. J’espère que vous aurez le bonheur de vous y promener tout en admirant sa simplicité et les grands noms qui y figurent. N’oublions pas la place privilégiée de la langue de Molière dans une institution fondée par les Oblats.

    Pour conclure, comme le disait le Pape Jean-Paul II, les jeunes sont « le sel de la terre, la lumière du monde ». Vous aussi êtes le sel de la terre et la lumière du monde, et je vous souhaite de participer au rayonnement de l’Université d’Ottawa, de votre langue, de votre culture, de votre religion, de votre identité et de vos valeurs par votre vie et vos succès tant personnels que scolaires. Soyez des témoins de la grandeur de votre temps et de votre peuple. Faites honneur à vos prédécesseurs et ne perdez jamais courage.

    Au plaisir de vous rencontrer dans l’au-delà.

    Myriame Pelletier-Lafond, diplômée en traduction anglais-français en 2012, à l’Université d’Ottawa.

  11. Thomas A White dit :

    The first Panda Game was initiated by Brian mcNulty and I in 1955. I was at the time Sports Editor of the Fulcrum and he was a sports writer. It was his idea to have someone donate a panda which would be awarded to the winner of the annual U of O vs. Carleton football match. In the past, Jack Snow, an Ottawa jeweller, had sponsored one of my teams.
    In order to promote the beginning of these Panda contests, it was decided that I would borrow my father’s car, park in front of Jack Snow Jewellers on Sparks Street, while Brian and two other U of O students ran inside the store and kidnapped Pedro the Panda. We identified ourselves as Carleton students. It worked extremely well since our local TV channel reported the theft and indicated that Carleton students were suspected.
    My parents, unaware that Pedro was in my bedroom, hoped that the police would soon nab the hooligans!! The next day Brian and I made our way to the roof of Lansdowne park. Then just as the game was about to end Pedro was thrown onto the football field. Pedromania had begun. I had the pleasure of presenting Pedro to the Captain of the GeeGees in the year 2013 when the football rivalry between our two universities resumed after a brief absence of the game.

  12. Προβλέπω ὅτι τὸ 2114, γιὰ τὸν πλανήτη μας, τὰ παρακάτω:
    1 – Ὁ πλανήτης Γῆ δὲν θὰ ἔχῃ καταστραφῆ
    2 – Οἱ ἄνθρωποι θὰ ζοῦν καὶ σὲ ἄλλους πλανῆτες
    3 – Παγκόσμια γλῶσσα θὰ εἶναι ἡ ἑλληνική
    4 – Παγκόσμιος πολιτισμὸς θὰ εἶναι ὁ ἑλληνικός.
    5 – Οἱ τεράστιες καταστροφὲς ἀπὸ πλανητικὸ πυρηνικὸ πόλεμο στοὺς ἀνθρώπους, στὶς πόλεις καὶ τὸ κλῖμα, θὰ ἔχουν ἐπουλωθῆ.
    6 – Ὁ καπιταλισμὸς θὰ ἔχῃ παύσει νὰ ὑπάρχῃ ὡς παγκόσμιο πολιτικό, οἰκονομικὸ καὶ κοινωνικὸ σύστημα
    7 – Τὰ ἐθνικὰ κράτη θὰ ἔχουν παύσει νὰ ὑπάρχουν ἀλλὰ ἡ είρήνη θὰ συνεχίσῃ νὰ εἶναι ἕνα ἄπιαστο ὄνειρο.
    Δημήτρης Κιτσίκης -Dimitri Kitsikis, Ph.D.
    Geopolitics and International Relations,
    Department of History, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada,
    Fellow, Royal Society of Canada,
    Honorary President, The Dimitri Kitsikis Public Foundation.
    Ottawa, 28 March 2015

  13. Sultan Mahmood dit :

    Dear Students,

    I had the honor and the opportunity of completing my MA in Communication at the University of Ottawa in 2013. Studying at the University of Ottawa helped me understand the depth and scope of Communication as a global profession that evolves rapidly. Personally, I have found the University of Ottawa as a global symbol of multiculturalism, where thousands of students from different parts of the world study and live together.

    I wish University of Ottawa more successes and prosperity in future!

    Best regards,
    Sultan Mahmood

  14. André Ouellet dit :

    Comme étudiant de l’Université d’Ottawa j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer des jeunes qui venaient d’un peu partout à travers le monde.L’université étant bilingue, je me suis perfectionné dans l’autre langue officielle du pays et j’ai appris à respecter ceux qui n’avaient pas la même culture et les mêmes coutumes que moi. L’ouverture d’esprit, la tolérance, le respect des autres sont des valeurs qui me viennent de mes années à l’université d’Ottawa. Mes expériences à la tête du conseil étudiant m’ont admirablement préparé à ma carrière parlementaire . J’ai toujours voulu être fidèle au code du roi Hammourabi et faire en sorte que le fort n’opprime pas le faible. Quand on voit aujourd’hui comment augmente l’écart entre les riches et les pauvres , il faut se demander si nos dirigeants ont oublié leur devoir de protéger le faible . Si cette tendance n’est pas inversée le monde occidental se prépare des lendemains tumultueux.

  15. Jean -François Beaulieu dit :

    Bonjour Je m’appelle Jean François Beaulieu
    Trois géneration de Beaulieu ont fréquenté l’Université d’Ottawa.

    Mon père fut un prof en microbiologie et fut Doyen de la Faculté de Médecine. Ma mère a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique a la Faculté des Sciences Sociale.
    Mon Frère a fait son cours de Médecine. Moi, j’ai fait mon B,A, en Etudes Anciennes et Maitrise en Histoire a la Faculté des Arts. Ma niece a Fait un B.A. en sociologie et psychologie.

    J’espère qu’en 2140 ,l’Unversité d’Ottawa existera encore et que les Historiens et Archéologue feront des recherches afin de comprendre l’importance et l’influence de l’université d’Ottawa,
    J’espère que le site de l’Université d’Ottawa sera un site Historique du savoir.
    Il y a plusieurs profs qui ont marquée le Département des Etudes Anciennes : Professeur Michel Roussel Symphorien Van De Maele , Gennaro Grieco, Colin Wells , Pierre Brind’amour.

  16. Dan Xu dit :

    Greetings from March 28th, 2015! I was a student at University of Ottawa from 2002 to 2006. I studied English literature, communication, psychology, cinema courses as I was majored in general arts. Ottawa is very cold during the winter, but it was so much fun to skate on the Rideau Canal. I Lived in Gatineau and I walked across Rideau Centre everyday to get back to the Quebec side. There was only a few Chinese students in arts program, all of my Chinese friends were studying business and engineering. I came back to my hometown Shanghai after the graduation and worked as a college counselor in a offshore Canadian high school. And I am now the partner of a study abroad consulting agency-Ruijin Education Service. I’m so excited to leave this message to you will be seeing in 100 years from now! Ottawa is such a wonderful place to get your new journey started!

  17. gilles lalonde dit :

    J’ai connu l’université d’Ottawa à une époque(lointaine) où l’institution
    (catholique) relevait des pères oblats. Aujourd’hui. la différence est énorme, tant aux plans des installations que de la diversté multiculturelle. La dimension humaine d’alors n’existe hélas plus. Néanmoins, je garde un très bon souvenir de la Faculté des arts, logée alors dans un édfice vétuste, mais où des professeurs compétents offraient à leurs étudiants leur expertise.

    Bien avant le milieu universitaire, j’avais aussi fréquenté l’école secondaire de l’université logée dans l’édifice principal. J’ai gardé de cette époque de mon adolescence un bon souvenir de ce genre de  »college classique », malgré les versions latines interminables! Francophone, Québécois, connaissant peu d’anglais, on m’avais placé dans la classe  »C » des étudiants originaires du Québec. J’ai encore les 4 albums-souvenirs de ce séjour.
    L’université d’Ottawa d’aujourd’hui est maintenant une grande institution universitaire. Mon seul regret est la perte de l’importance francophone.

  18. Anne-Marie Landriault dit :

    Merci à l’Université d’Ottawa d’avoir enrichi mon côté artistique lors de mes études en arts visuels que j’enseigne avec passion au niveau secondaire.

  19. Mark Stolarik dit :

    “ I was a student of history at the University of Ottawa from 1961 to 1967 (Honours B.A., 1965; M.A., 1967). After that I went to the University of Minnesota, where I obtained my Ph.D. in 1974. Since 1992 I have been a Professor and Chairholder, Chair in Slovak History & Culture at the University of Ottawa. I am grateful to the University of Ottawa for having made it possible for a poor immigrant student to get a decent university education, and to go on to a successful professional career.”
    Sincerely,

    M. Mark Stolarik

  20. Geraldine Arbach dit :

    Dear University of Ottawa community of 2114,
    I’m a part-time professor in English, second languages, and translation. I’ve had wonderful experiences at Ottawa U during my many years of teaching here.
    Here are my questions for the students of 2114:
    1. Do you use paper books for some of the work you do? Right now,
    in 2015, as I write this message, electronic books are being used more and more.
    2. How much time do you spend in a classroom or lab on campus? More and more, in 2015, a mixture of out-of-class and in-class learning is being promoted.
    3. Are you doing a double major? Double majors are more common in
    2015 than they used to be.
    4. Are you enjoying your studies and the rest of your life? I hope so.
    Well, I have to rush off to mark a stack of papers, so
    Best wishes from
    Geraldine (Gerry) Arbach
    March 26, 2015

  21. Julie Lachaine dit :

    Hi everyone!

    So happy you chose Ottawa U as your university! I wish you the best of luck with your studies here! I hope you enjoy every moment of it, because time will fly quickly- so enjoy every precious moment of it. I hope that you appreciate your years at the university, like I did. I learnt so much about myself when I was started there at 17 years old. My advice to you is do a degree in something you love. Don’t worry about where it’s going to take you. Study something you’re passionate about. As much as the papers & readings can be tedeous (like if you’re stuck studying Aristotle…god bless the man…but I swear he’s laughing at how many headaches he gives us haha) Anyways, I know it’s gonna be hard balancing school, your job, a boyfriend/girlfriend & a social life…but it’s so worth it. Get involved with the school & their amazing programs, wether it’s a sport, committee, etc. GO TO THE GEEGEE SPORTS GAMES!! During my entire time at the university, I dated & soon to be married, one of the Football GeeGee hall of famers Ettore Lattanzio (look up my sweetie hehe) & it was such a blast going to his games with my friends! Something I’ll remember forever. It’s really cool that you guys are reading this 100 years from now…knowing that I’ll actually be 124 years old in the ground haha eeeesh. By the way, all the students who left you messages in the time capsule have actually made a pact to haunt the school, so don’t be freaked out by us (kidding). Anyways, I love you all…I wish you all a long happy life…I hope you live your life to the fullest…I hope you fall in love…& have an amazing family…an amazing degree…are successful in what you love doing & know that we all love you so so much! All the teachers to be (like myself), the scientists, engineers, doctors, police officers, fire fighters, & many more, have all worked so hard in life for you guys! To help make our planet so much better for our future…know that we’ve studied so hard & have done so much research to help make this a great place for you. Once again, we love you so so much!!!

  22. Pierre Grenier dit :

    Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. When you open this time capsule you might be amazed by the discoveries and I will be happy to be part of the opening of the time capsule in a certain way. What was our life in 2014? Here are some questions and beliefs from another era.

    Some futurists think the singularity — the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years, while others say by 2100. Are you prepared to meet your robot overlords?
    The idea of super-intelligent machines may sound like the plot of « The Terminator » or « The Matrix, » but many experts say the idea isn’t far-fetched. Some even think the singularity — the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years. Some believe in a utopian future, in which humans can transcend their physical limitations with the aid of machines. But others think humans will eventually relinquish most of their abilities and gradually become absorbed into artificial intelligence (AI)-based organisms, much like the energy making machinery in our own cells.

    In his book « The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology » (Viking, 2005), futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, « computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence ». Some scientists think we are already in the midst of the singularity.

    Humans have already relinquished many intelligent tasks, such as the ability to write, navigate, memorize facts or do calculations, according to Joan Slonczewski, a microbiologist at Kenyon College and the author of a science-fiction book called « The Highest Frontier, » (Tor Books, 2011). Since Gutenberg invented the printing press, humans have continuously redefined intelligence and transferred those tasks to machines. Now, even tasks considered at the core of humanity, such as caring for the elderly or the sick, are being outsourced to empathetic human robots, she said. The headlines in the newspapers range from “Should we bomb Iraq and Syria?” to “Oil price shock not same for provinces” to “How climate change is like World of Warcraft”.

    I wish all of you future students and staff of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa make the most of your time on this campus. You are the future and this is your time now, enjoy it with those around you! It’s currently 2014 and I am happy to have you as part of my future. Remember that « it takes a campus to fulfill a dream », we need to lend each other a hand.

    Pierre Grenier
    B.A. ès Arts, 1985

  23. Daniel Castillo Durante dit :

    En tant que professeur, essayiste et romancier, j’ai essayé de donner le meilleur de moi-même à mes étudiants. J’ai tout d’abord ouvert de nouvelles voies à une étude du langage portant sur le stéréotype de façon à mieux comprendre le rapport entre le sujet et la parole. Tout en creusant le phénomène du malentendu qui rend souvent opaque l’échange linguistique, mes travaux m’ont permis par la même occasion de saisir sous un nouveau éclairage les conditions de possibilité de la communication entre les personnages dits « littéraires ». L’instrumentalisation du langage, voire sa pétrification, a ainsi été dévoilée à la lumière d’une approche qui conçoit le texte littéraire comme une micro-société dans le cadre de laquelle le langage joue un rôle de dépotoir de signes en rotation dans les différentes sphères de l’activité humaine: économique, politique, sociologique, religieuse. Parallèlement, mes recherches sur l’altérité ont donné à mes étudiants des outils d’interprétation de nos sociétés qui tout en produisant pour le marché s’efforcent, avec de plus en plus de difficultés, à préserver des valeurs que le matérialisme et le consumérisme mettent à rude épreuve.
    Bref, mon message pour la prochaine génération serait en somme de corriger la tendance à la réification du langage et à l’instrumentalisation d’autrui qui menacent notre démocratie.
    J’espère que me livres seront encore lus par des étudiants d’ici un siècle!

  24. Howard Bender dit :

    I am 77 years old and have a 1960 BSc Engineering degree from U of A. I had 33 years industrial experience in Telecom R & D. In 1997, I returned to university (U of O) to obtain a BA in philosophy to re-connect with all the social changes I saw in society. While much technological change had occurred, it was not clear how much represented true progress in human development. It is interesting to me what perspective will be held by society regarding this 100 years future. My belief is that the amazing technical/scientific progress witnessed in our time, represents culminating achievements initiated by the age of enlightenment. However, the limits and pitfalls in our perceived omnipotence are showing. I project we are headed for more limits and consequences resulting from our excessive and careless exploitation for an abundant consumptive life. You are the recipient of our legacy and therefore I hope I am wrong in this prediction. My faith is deeply held in the capacity of human Endeavour to adapt and survive. We cannot eliminate our adversaries but must find mutual coexistence with the natural world. Live long and prosper.

  25. Peter Amsel dit :

    As a graduate of the University of Ottawa in 1992 from the B.Mus program (Composition) it was a distinct honour to be able to work with Maestro Steven Gellman, as well as many other exceptional educators within the Department of Music. I came to Ottawa specifically to work with Professor Gellman (now Professor Emeritus), and could not have been more pleased – or impressed – by the wisdom imparted by this kind, compassionate man. It is my hope that the future Faculty of Arts will continue the tradition of employing the fine pedagogues employed in the various departments to shape the minds of future generations, not just for the next hundred years, but for many years beyond that.

    Having said that: one of the most important things that was ever said to me while at the U of O was spoken outside of the main office, and not in a classroom, of the Music Department (Perez Hall at that time), by Choral Instructor, Lawrence Ewashko. He had conducted a mini-oratorio that I’d composed and began calling me « Maestro », which was somewhat embarrassing, especially when he did so in front of other professors (but it secretly made me smile tremendously inside); one day he said to me, and I pass this onto you, « Don’t let university interfere with your education. »

    What we learn in school (at any level) is only the launching point of our educations. It is but a kernel of the ultimate education which we shall receive in our lifetime. If you limit your experiences while you are at the U of O, to the Campus and the classrooms, you will be stunted. Take advantage of the Nation’s Capital, and the surrounding areas. Go to the National Art’s Centre (assuming it is still there); go to the National Gallery, the museums, the other galleries, and other sources of culture that are available in this beautiful city. Above all else: BE A SPONGE. Absorb whatever you can, whenever you can.

    Never let a day go by, even after you finish school, where you do not learn something, or at least try; and remember, failing is one of our greatest teachers. Education is a gift. I consider the education I received at the University of Ottawa an extremely fine foundation for everything that I have done with my life since graduating. It was a great beginning, but that is what it was: a beginning. Do not be so bold as to believe that when (or if) you graduate the process of learning ends: the lessons are only beginning.

    During our time there was a saying that your years in university, « Are the best years of your lives. » That is not true. The best years of your lives are the years you are living. Make them that, and they shall be.

    Study, live, and learn. The rest shall take care of itself.

  26. Rejean Mayer dit :

    I was a student at Ottawa U from 1984 to 1988. Back then, my assignments were done on a manual typewriter. Errors or typos resulted in lost points, so when I’d inadvertently press on the wrong key at 3:00 a.m., I had little choice but to start the page over again. Using a product called ‘white out’ was also not an option — that too was considered an error (which in my view was ridiculous). We were free to smoke almost anywhere on campus (except in classrooms) and the best place to study was on Rideau Street at a restaurant called « Bagel Bagel » (the only eatery open 24 hours). Being openly gay was not a viable option in the 80′s, but thank God I saw an evolution of that mindset in my own lifetime and eventually was able to marry my soulmate and adopt a beautiful child. I have always been very proud of my degree in Communications which led me to a successful career in the Public Service. I would love to be around in one hundred years to see what the world will be like (I envision flying cars and teleportation). My words of advice: You’ll never go wrong if you respect yourself, your parents, the law and each other. Peace in 2115!

  27. Oliver D. dit :

    Greetings Future Earth,

    Hopefully the ice caps haven’t all melted, or the honey bees haven’t totally disappeared, or that ever looming Armageddon hasn’t manifested itself, but hey, if you are reading this then it would appear that the latter hasn’t happened… YET. I hope that we, the graduating class of 2014, have taken it upon ourselves to reverse the damage that we are causing our present and delicate home. I pray that we have taken responsibility for our past mistakes and shortcomings and worked hard in our role as caretakers of this beautiful planet. That is the baton that you should carry forward; ever striving to not only better yourselves and what will in turn be your planet, you need to keep marching onwards. Stay optimistic, however bleak the path on may seem. There is no success if you believe that failure is imminent and give up, while there is always a chance so long as you keep striving for it and believe in it.

    Students and faculty of 2115, stay strong and keep on fighting. Every day, every night, every minute, fight. Fight for a better world. For a better future. For more good and less bad. Open your eyes and look critically at that which we believe as firmly established, open your heart and share greater empathy with your fellow people and everything around you. Be proud of yourselves. You are (literally) the future.

  28. Caroline Lefebvre dit :

    À vous chers étudiants de 2114,

    Je fais partie de cette génération de gens ayant vécu non seulement le changement de siècle mais également le changement de millénaire. Et, du haut de mes 24 ans, je puis vous dire qu’en ces quelques années de ma vie, il y en a eu de l’évolution. Je peux à peine m’imaginer ce que sera notre monde dans 100 ans!

    Dans mon enfance, les ordinateurs de maison n’existaient pas. En 2015, il est rare d’en voir. Les gens ont maintenant des ordinateurs portables et de plus en plus des tablettes (Ipad). L’internet a révolutionné notre monde. Il est partout: sur nos ordinateurs, nos téléphones, nos Ipod. De plus en plus, on regarde nos films au cinéma en 3D à l’aide de lunettes.

    L’un des plus grands scientifiques de notre époque est Stephen Hawking. C’est à lui qu’on doit la théorie des trous noirs. Il a mentionné aussi qu’il avait peur qu’un jour les machines prennent le dessus sur nous. Espérons qu’il n’aura pas raison.

    Notre société a aussi énormément progressé au cours des dernières décennies au niveau de l’acceptation, de l’ouverture d’esprit et des droits et libertés de chacun. Bien que ce ne soit pas le cas partout, plusieurs pays ont autorisé le mariage gay. Barack Obama fut le premier président noir des États-Unis en 2008. Les végétariens et les végétaliens ont grandi en nombre et il existe maintenant plusieurs repas végétariens dans les restaurants. Il y a également beaucoup de sensibilisation pour les maladies mentales comme la dépression. Parfois, les gens sont aussi capable de se tenir debout ensemble pour combattre les injustices. Ce qu’on appelle le printemps érable (2012) en est un bon exemple: pendant près de 8 mois, les étudiants ont été en grève d’études pour revendiquer la hausse des frais de scolarités. Jeunes et moins jeunes se sont joints à eux lors des nombreuses manifestations qui ont eu lieu durant ces 8 moins.

    Mes trois années universitaires en théâtre m’ont permis de m’ouvrir sur le monde, de découvrir une partie du Canada que je ne connaissais pas du tout, ayant avant cela, vécue au Québec pendant toute ma jeunesse. J’y ai découvert une incroyable communauté d’artistes francophones fiers de leur culture et de leur appartenance franco-ontarienne. Cela m’a aussi permis de mieux me connaître moi-même, d’aller au-delà de ma zone de confort, de défier mes limites. J’ai aussi participé à de nombreux projets en dehors de mes cours pour accumuler plus d’expériences possible dans le domaine que j’aime.

    Avoir la chance d’écrire à des gens que je ne verrai jamais de mon vivant, me fait aussi réaliser comment le temps passe vite et combien il est si important d’en profiter pendant que nous sommes présents.

    Alors s’il y a un conseil que je peux vous donner pour vos études universitaires et pour le restant de votre vie, c’est de profiter de chaque moment! De faire ce que vous voulez faire plutôt que ce que vous devriez faire. D’être curieux. D’être ouverts d’esprit. D’être confiant en vous-mêmes et en vos capacités. D’être généreux avec vous -même comme avec les autres. D’apprendre de vos erreurs et surtout d’apprécier chaque instant qui passe.

  29. Tina Sollows dit :

    As of 2014, I had graduated over 20 years ago. I completed an honours degree in directing for the Theatre. In my day, in the 4th year, directing students had budgets for mounting 2 plays; A one-act play and a full-length play. I worked under Tibor Edgarvari who was a very prestigeous director. I was very lucky. Even though I was young, I did work very hard to bring my plays to show level.

    At this time, there is a lot of uncertainty in the world. The world did not meet most of the UN millenium goals that were set and sadly the world is currently in a very terrible state when it comes to poverty, hunger, access to sanitation and clean water. Also, although some places on the planet improved, those in the worst circumstances, did not improve. Greed keeps the world in this situation and I dearly hope that when you read this, the world will be at peace and the vast majority of all people on the earth will have a decent quality of life. Love to you all. <3 Tina

  30. Robbie D'Alessio dit :

    Eager young minds: This alumni is a 37 year-old teacher and author with such fond memories of Ottawa U 1996-1999. I was infused with a love of learning from my English and History classes and am secure in the knowledge that the gifts of education have inspired me to help leave the world a better place then when I found it. I hope you are living in goal and insight-orientated society and not a dystopia. I hope your education is as positive and fun as mine, where as I recall many « all-nighters » working on essays, trying to solve life’s mysteries, and listening to the music of « The Tragically Hip. » How I wish I could be there now to see if you still have Pepsi cola and still have access to re-runs of « Lost. » Be well, love and take care of each other.

  31. Laurence Ewashko dit :

    Dear Future Members of Our University Community, City and Country! As a professor and alumni of this great school, I am pleased with the role our university has played in the creation of a safe and open institution which promotes free and critical thought, encourages creative diversity while maintaining standards of excellence. I pray that your world still maintains the highest standards for the traditional musical arts especially those involving the human voice. I pray that Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and the host of our greatest composers will still be performed in venues of the finest acoustic. May our institution continue to support and sustain the traditions of the masters. May the concept of a live performance where an exchange of energy between artist and audience, continues to be a healing force in your world. I have offered my students the knowledge that they are servants to the music, they are responsible to be guardians of beauty, for all that is good in our world through the music which they hold in their souls. I pray that your world still upholds these intrinsic human values and that you continue to be moved emotionally through the vibrant live performances you hear in the concert halls across the globe.

  32. ILOB | OLBI dit :

    À quoi l’ILOB ressemblait-elle en 2014? L’ILOB était voué à promouvoir l’excellence et l’innovation en matière de bilinguisme. Elle constituait un carrefour national et international pour la recherche sur le bilinguisme. Recrutant des étudiants à l’étranger, l’ILOB était un facteur grandissant de la population étudiante de l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle offrait des programmes intensifs en anglais ou en français, permettant aux jeunes étudiants venant d’ailleurs au monde de pouvoir étudier dans l’une des deux langues officielles du Canada à l’Université. Excellence, respect, engagement, passion et volonté; voilà ce qui qualifierait le mieux ce que l’ILOB était en 2014.

    En fait, 2014 fut une année marquante pour l’ILOB alors qu’elle proposait désormais sa nouvelle Maîtrise ès arts en Études du bilinguisme. Il s’agissait d’une première en Amérique! Le programme permettait aux étudiants d’acquérir des habiletés de recherche avancées grâce à un cours de méthodologie spécialisée, à la rédaction de travaux de recherche et, le cas échéant, aux recherches de thèse.

    De plus, l’ILOB accueillait pour la première fois un groupe d’étudiants brésiliens pour son programme intensif de français. Ces jeunes adultes étaient financés par le ministère de l’Éducation du Brésil.

    En 2008, l’ILOB avait signé une entente avec le Centre européen des langues vivantes (CELV) assurant des contacts plus étroits entre ce partenaire européen et les experts en langues canadiens. La signature de cette entente permettait également de faire de l’ILOB un partenaire du CELV au Canada avec pour mandat de diffuser le travail du CELV au Canada en tant que « Point de contact » du CELV et de proposer des experts canadiens qui participeront aux projets et activités du CELV.

    Eh oui ! Il y a de cela 100 ans, des chercheurs l’ILOB ont établi la théorie sur l’ergonomie dans l’apprentissage des langues. En observant un participant utiliser des outils afin de rédiger un texte par exemple, ils ont été en mesure de déterminer quels changements devaient être faits afin de faciliter l’apprentissage. Leur ingénierie du langage leur a permis de créer un dictionnaire en ligne pour les apprenants, appelé « Dire Autrement ».

    En 2014, l’Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme n’avait que 7 ans, mais son acronyme ILOB (OLBI pour les Anglophones) était bien établi au sein de la communauté universitaire, tant au niveau canadien, qu’au niveau international.

    Cette année-là, le programme intensif d’anglais (EIP – English Intensive Program) avait connu une croissance tout à fait extraordinaire avec le nombre de groupes inégalé depuis sa création dans les années ’80. En parallèle, une première itération du programme intensif de français (PIF) a vu le jour ouvrant ainsi la voie à d’autres étudiants étrangers désirant mettre en valeur leur potentiel universitaire à travers le parcours francophone, affirmant ainsi l’identité bilingue de l’Université d’Ottawa.

    En 2014 encore, la revue scientifique de l’Institut, les Cahiers de l’ILOB, s’est jointe au nombre de plus en plus important de revues participant au mouvement de libre accès, soutenant ainsi l’échange global d’idées et de la recherche dans les domaines de l’expertise des spécialistes de l’ILOB de renommée internationale. La participation active des Cahiers de l’ILOB représentait également un acte symbolique favorisant les valeurs de collaboration et d’ouverture vers autrui, au-delà des frontières nationales ou culturelles.

    Venez voir ce qu’est aujourd’hui l’Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme de l’Université d’Ottawa et exprime-toi différemment en faisant l’acquisition d’une nouvelle langue!

  33. Erika P. dit :

    Hello Ottawa U Students of the Future ! I hope you are enjoying the great experiences that university life has to offer ! I am currently half way through my second year of my undergrad while writing this letter to you all ! As of now, it is January of 2015! Personally , my experiences of Ottawa U have been nothing but amazing. I really don’t have one negative comment to make about this wonderful educational institution. I don’t think I could have picked a better university to attend! Everyone at The University of Ottawa has been so helpful, kind and caring towards me. The people here have really cared about my overall well being during my university career ! Which has just touched me emotionally in the best possible way. I have made some of the best friends I could make for life while being here. I have also learned so much about who I am as person and what the world is all about . What I have realized while being here would be not to judge myself so negatively, which is something I hope you all learn to do as well while being in post secondary school! Because University sure can be a bumpy ride! Make it easier for yourself which is what I have learned to do ! I wish you all the best in your university careers you smart cookies :)
    PS. While being here, study your brains out! But don’t forget to make some time for fun as well

    Sincerely,

    Erika :)

  34. Alexandra Poblete-Candido dit :

    Le but de cet écrit, est de vous présenter, en quelques mots, la vie en 2014. Pour être sincère avec vous, je me suis longuement demandée ce que je pouvais bien vous écrire ou même vous apprendre. Vous êtes notre futur, notre évolution. Au contraire, vous êtes les réponses à nos questions. Par exemple, est-ce que les voitures volent? Les machines ont-elles pris le contrôle du monde? La guerre subsiste-t-elle toujours? La pollution est-elle à un point incontrôlable que vous devez « déménager six milliards de tata » (extrait du générique du film québécois Dans une galaxie près de chez vous, étant très populaire à notre époque)? Malheureusement, il ne me sera point possible d’entendre vos contrecoups ou même de lire vos mots, mais revenons en 2014.

    En observant mes alentours, afin de trouver l’inspiration, j’ai réalisé que, oui il était important de vous décrire la vie en 2014, mais qu’il serait plus intéressant de s’attarder sur cette question : Comment c’était être étudiant à l’Université d’Ottawa, en 2014? Après tout, vous marchez sur nos pas. Chaque couloir que vous découvrez et traversez, l’un d’entre nous l’a emprunté. Nous nous sommes assis sur les mêmes chaises et avons touchés aux mêmes livres de la bibliothèque. Cette vie étudiante à l’Université d’Ottawa, que nous avons vécue et que vous vivez présentement, est ce qui nous unit, même si 100 années nous séparent. J’aurai tellement de choses à partager avec vous, mais l’objectif de ce message n’est pas d’en faire un roman. Alors, chers Gee gees, commençons par vous présenter brièvement l’an 2014.

    Premièrement, 2014 est une année dans laquelle la technologie est fortement omniprésente dans les sociétés. Nous sommes des consommateurs, vivant dans une communauté de surconsommation. Nous ne faisons que la consommer, en demander plus et dépendre de cette technologie. Les réseaux sociaux, tels que Facebook, Twitter, Instagram et Tinder, les téléphones intelligents, les ipads et les ipods, sont les ressources primaires dont font usage les individus, principalement la jeune génération, y compris nous les étudiants, d’aujourd’hui. Pour nous, il n’est plus question d’écrire sur du papier, mais bien de « Texter » et/ou de « Facetimer ». Nos deux moyens de communication les plus répandus. À vrai dire, en 2014, il est plus commun de voir le sommet des crânes, plutôt que des yeux, lorsque nous nous promenons sur les trottoirs de la ville, puisque les gens sont absorbés par leurs appareils technologiques. Le contact humain semble nous effrayer, mais pourtant, malgré ces derniers mots peu réconfortants, les relations interpersonnelles demeurent toujours.
    Ensuite, nous avons toujours nos quatre périodes saisonnières, mais celles-ci sont bouleversées et ce, dû à la pollution et au réchauffement climatique. Pour vous donner un exemple, il nous est même arrivé d’avoir des températures chaudes, aux environs des 10°c, durant la période des fêtes de Noël. Nous essayons donc d’apporter notre aide au bien-être de l’environnement, en recyclant nos produits et en compostant nos aliments. Ceci, je dois l’avouer, à été une période d’adaptation, car savoir quelle matière va dans quel compartiment, vu leur nombre, peut porter à confusion.

    Venons en maintenant à la vie étudiante. En 2014, être étudiant à l’Université d’Ottawa, ça signifie qu’il faut travailler fort, qu’il faut jongler avec nos deux mains les dix millions de choses que nous avons à faire, ça annonce les grosses périodes d’étude et les nuits blanches accompagnées d’un café corsé. Cependant, ça signifie également la possibilité de faire de merveilleuses rencontres, d’avoir et de former de nouveaux liens d’amitié, de vivre des soirées de débauche entre amis et voisins dans les résidences et d’avoir la chance de découvrir de nouvelles cultures en poursuivant nos études à l’étranger. Être étudiant à l’Université d’Ottawa, que ce soit en 2014 ou en 2114, est toute une expérience !
    Aujourd’hui, l’Université offre un esprit de communauté, qui est une grande richesse. Les relations sociales sont importantes et encouragées. Il nous est possible de joindre des sororités et des fraternités afin de faire de nouvelles rencontres, de développer notre vie sociale, de partager nos joies et nos peines et d’effectuer diverses activités. Bien sûr, cela est tout aussi possible avec les rencontres établies dans les salles de classe, de notre programme d’étude.

    Durant ton parcours universitaire, même si tu penses le contraire, tu ne seras jamais seul. Une aide te sera toujours offerte et il y aura continuellement quelqu’un pour comprendre et partager ce que tu vis et ressens. Être étudiant, est un travail démesurément exigeant, nous transportant dans toutes les émotions possibles. Si tu te sens incompris ou incomprise en 2114, dit toi qu’une jeune fille et plusieurs autres en 2014, ont vécu tes angoisses, ont vécu ce stress, ont pleurés et ont rit aux éclats. Nous avons vécu les mêmes aventures et affronté les mêmes obstacles, que vous êtes en train de traverser et de surmonter. Vous êtes entourés, donc n’hésitez pas à demander de l’aide. De plus, si je peux vous donner un autre conseil, l’école passe en premier, mais pensez tout de même à vous et à votre santé. Sortez et vivez votre vie étudiante à 100% afin de la rendre exemplaire et pour que vous puissiez en avoir que des beaux souvenirs. Comme dit plus haut, être étudiant signifie études, mais également vie sociale. Profitez de vos années d’études et chérissez-les autant que nous l’avons fait.

    Je vous souhaite un bon courage et une bonne continuation. N’oubliez pas, vous n’êtes pas seul ! À ces derniers mots, j’espère que vous aurez une petite pensée pour tous les étudiants qui avaient jadis, envahit tous les recoins du campus. :)

  35. Isabelle Zwicker dit :

    Hi!
    Wow you guys are so lucky, I wish I got to see what it’d be like to live in 2114, but alas you guys get to peer into our boring lives instead. I hope you all are enjoying Uottawa as much as I am, and studying what you love to do. Right now, many students feel as if they have to study something they don’t really enjoy in order to get a job, but trust me no undergrad degree gets you a job these days anyway, so might as well study what you like! I’m in Aboriginal Studies in the Arts faculty, and I can say that even now it is one of the SMALLEST programs at the school. When I tell people that I’m in said program I always receive surprised looks and oohs and aahs. The fact is, in your lifetime, I hope that Aboriginal Studies is an important field in society. Education is one of the most important tools for change. Being someone of Ojibwe decent, my goal in life is to give back to my people, and I really hope that in the future conditions change and that Canadian society and Aboriginal Peoples can finally come to agreements which benefit both, and as well as result in happiness and equality. My fear is that Aboriginal culture, language, awareness and equality continues to fade away; I pray that our sense of equality is heightened and needs acknowledged. If only whoever’s reading this could let me know the result… Anyway, back to the regular life of 2014. I live in residence and I basically watch Netflix all day (F.R.I.E.N.D.S is a classic). Also, I hope you guys watch all the movies that are super recent for us and think of them as classics…that’d be awesome. Like, High School Musical is definitely a classic I’ll tell you that much.
    Have a nice life and stay true to yourself,
    Isabelle Zwicker

  36. Benjamin Rivet dit :

    Everyone here seems to be leaving advice, or telling about childhoods, or expecting that in 100 years the University of Ottawa will be exactly as she was. It’s the student’s life that seems to be the focus here. But there is not much I feel I can add to the picture of life at uOttawa today that hasn’t been expressed already. And I can’t help think that when you open this capsule you will remember us as grandparents or great-grandparents, as scions of an old guard, the way I would view a man or woman of 1914. And there is little I could hear from them about how to live my life I would relate to. So instead I’ll say this: I hope we did right by you.
    I hope that we left you a world better than the one we had ourselves. I hope that we left less hatred, bigotry, fewer wars, more compassion. I hope that the University of Ottawa is still standing, and still stands on principle and integrity. I hope more people know how to care. If there is one true problem of our time, it is the apathy of the masses. There is a sentiment that since we see ourselves as less narrow-minded, less intolerant than the previous generation our work is already done. But most of us will be more concerned about missing a party, or a deadline, or a date, than about a poverty epidemic, or a broken government. And as broken as ours is now, less than half of us will go and vote. The growth of technology seems to be shrinking our humanity, and I can only imagine what it will look like in 100 years. I think we have our work cut out for us if we even want there to be a University of Ottawa in 2114, and a student body to read these messages.
    You may think that in light of all the optimistic, positive messages that accompany this one I am simply a pessimist, or a cynic, but this is not the case. It is those bright-eyed optimists that I am relying on to affect these changes you will so desperately need us to. And if their commitment to bettering the world is as they make it out to be we truly have reason to be hopeful. So if anything, I take this time capsule as a communal commitment from us all, the entire student body of the University of Ottawa, to do our best to leave you a place not just as great as our campus is now, but greater; to fix what is wrong with our society and to try harder, to be more proactive; to not be complacent or satisfied but to strive ever higher; to restore and protect our humanity, as best we possibly can; to secure your inheritance, your world, your Canada and your University of Ottawa; to do right by you.
    I hope we did right by you.
    -Ben

  37. Sophia dit :

    Hello future students of 2114!
    I wish you all the best of luck in whatever adventures you decide to undertake one hundred years from now! I hope it’s half as exciting and emotional and wonderful as 2014 was for me. I hope you all feel comfortable in your own skin, that you are at peace with yourselves. I hope that whatever crazy stuff has gone down in the intervening time, you are all safe and happy and free to grow up and be who you want to be! Good luck!

  38. Katrina J. Pizzino dit :

    Future Members of The Faculty of Arts – (Man, I sure hope I won`t be dead by the time this capsule is opened…I will only be 124…) However, in the event that I cannot pass on this message personally, of what the world of 2014 was indeed like, I will say this: (from a student of philosophy perspective)It is a most interesting time. Both positively and negatively. My generation was perhaps the LAST to know what growing up without technology (at its current extent) felt like. For this reason, I find ours the most fortunate. Who can tell what it will be like in your generation, but I do predict one of two outcomes either: The Machine Stops will become our reality, OR hopefully, your generation will have successfully determined that something from generations long ago (my parents generation) was lost in ours – and you will reclaim that missing component of natural social interaction and maintaining some degree of just enjoying life without constantly posting, tweeting, or facebooking it. There is an interesting need in our generation to post and share with the world (well, everything) – is this a good thing? Perhaps, perhaps not. Generally, the world of 2014 is profoundly and undeniably beautiful as are the people in it.
    Goodluck, I leave you with the timeless lyrics of a guy named Cat Stevens:
    « I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy,
    To be calm when you’ve found something going on.
    But take your time, think a lot,
    Why, think of everything you’ve got.
    For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not. »

  39. Katrina Soroka dit :

    Fellow students of Ottawa u in the future :P

    welcome to some of the greatest times of your lives!! The only terrible part is bussing to get here ! well, at least that’s what I had to do now in 2014. You know, these years everything has been moving so quickly, and I still find myself lost in the back of it all. But, going to university, specializing in what I love to do (theatre), has truly made my life worth while.

    So don’t ever doubt why you chose to go to university, nor doubt what your doing after you graduate. What matters is your life right now and how you use your time. Enjoy everything you love and ditch everything that’ll bring you down. This is your time to shine, this is your time to be who you want to be. Don’t hold yourself back!!

    On another note, you’re reading this when i’ll be dead. Crazy eh? So, allow me to tell you about what it was like living in 2014. Cellphones came to be one of the most addicted things when it came out. i’ll admit, I use my iPhone 4s a lot. I’m guessing by the time you read this, the iPhone 4s will be the oldest form of technology alive haha! I bus to school everyday, and when I don’t bus to get around, I drive my 2006 Toyota matrix, a beautiful standard (manual) car. I must admit, for me it has been tough to grow up in such a cultural changing time. Makeup has become something almost all girls wear, and you have to look a certain way to look beautiful. Our popular music consisted of Taylor Swift and Nicki Mnaj haha. look them up cause I’m sure this music will be different then what your used to.

    At school, some classes still have lectures where the teacher stands up in front and reads from a book what were learning. People can still have conversations face to face, yet we are moving away from eye contact thanks to cellphones.

    anyways, I’m not gonna try and fill you in on everything that has happened this lifetime of mine. That’s what history class is for!! But this is why I am writing this today in 2014. Because me and many fellow classmates are marking our spots in history, hoping to make a difference to you.

    All the best,
    Katrina

  40. Annabelle G. dit :

    Dear fellow U of O students,

    I hope you all enjoy your time here at the beautiful University of Ottawa. It is my first year here, studying communications, and I love it. What I love about this campus is how close we are to everything, especially the Rideau Canal and the Parliament! It is currently 9:24am January 21st, 2015 which means so many people are skating on the Canal and I can’t wait to try it myself.

    It is weird to think that I am writing this message to you on a macbook laptop, which might not even exist in your time, or if it does, it might be so much more advanced. The technology of our time is booming and I cannot even imagine what it will be like in 2114 and what you will be able to discover with it. They are just now developing a car that we do not need to ‘control’ and ‘drive’ but who knows, that might be what you are currently using. I hope by 2114, there will be effective ways, maybe through technology, to conserve our planet and everything living on it.

    I am interested to hear the music of your time. I probably won’t be able to unless science finds a way for me to live till I’m 118! But you can probably find old recordings of our music. Some famous, mainstream singers of our time are people like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and the list keeps going.

    I hope by 2114 equality will be something extremely present everywhere in the world. That women and men have the same exact rights and get equal pay, that there is no more fights between religions, that all races have equal opportunities and that the LGBT community is viewed as completely normal (because it is) by everyone.

    This university is so accepting, it is open to everyone, it has awesome programs, its bilingual and is in a great location and that is why I chose it. I hope you all have an amazing time and make amazing memories here and hopefully you can share them with the students of 2214!

    Annabelle G.

  41. Emma dit :

    Greetings Future Students!
    It’s hard to know what to say, as I have no idea what your world is going to be like when this time capsule is opened, and I do not know what would be relevant to say to you youngsters. The only advice I can think of that would always be relevant, no matter what, is that you, yes, it starts with YOU, must fight for what you believe in, for if you trust the courage of your conviction, you CAN change the world. Love more. There can never be too much love. Help others less fortunate than you. Try your best at everything, even the smallest homework assignment. Be the person who puts their all into everything they do. Help animals. Help those who have received injustice. Women’s rights still has a long way to go in 2015, hopefully not so long in 100 years, but if there’s still room for improvement, make your voice heard.
    Best of luck with all of your endeavors.
    Much love,
    Emma from the dark ages of 2015

  42. Maya Zeinali dit :

    Hello, people of 2115.
    L’Université d’Ottawa, a bilingual post-secondary institution, is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, un événement historique notable pour nous les 2015iens. Here’s hoping that the school is still up and running, and that the world isn’t suffering through too many natural disasters. J’écris ce message notamment pour mes descendants, mais aussi pour les humains de l’avenir; je vous encourage de valoriser le monde naturel, as I have done, to ensure a future for your own offspring and to encourage human progressiveness. We are who we are today, biologically, as a result of evolution; we evolved into homo sapiens, but who is to say that our evolution is at its end? As long as we continue to exist, we will continue to advance, developing new physical traits and mental capabilities unbeknownst to us today. De plus, il n’est pas nécessaire que le progrès soit produit de la violence (bien qu’il l’est le plus souvent). On parle souvent de vouloir la paix sur terre, but it is much like the brightest apple at the top of the tree : its stem is much too thick for it to fall, and it is necessary for the common man to extend himself to new heights if he wishes to pluck it from its branch and taste its fruit.

  43. Aimée Valckx dit :

    Hello! Hola! Bonjour!
    I wonder if you’re reading this in its original language (English) or in what, at least until January 20th 2015, we called translation (into French, Spanich, Mandarin, who knows). I’m studying a PhD in Translation Studies and languages are super interesting. I don’t know if the English language will have changed much in 100 years or if it will still be the most spoken language in the world (right now a strong contender is Spanish).
    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you about how my day went today so that you may compare/contrast it with how your day went today.
    The alarm of my smartphone went off at 6:30am and, after stretching a bit I went to turn the heating on, since it was quite cold outside (about -17 degrees Celsius). Given the current state of affairs regarding global warming, I try to play my part by turning the heating off during the night. I went back upstairs to do some yoga (which is very popular right now; there are tons of yoga courses offered in the city of Ottawa) and then went down for breakfast. I made myself a cup of green tea, had some leftover grapefruit and a smoothie (yogurt, soy milk -cow milk is starting to be less popular nowadays and people prefer soy, rice or almond milk-, pineapple, strawberry, melon, watermelon, pecans). Then I went upstairs to work on my thesis project. I spend a big part of the morning reading an article on grounded theory in my laptop (which I’m seriously thinking to replace it with a tablet or some other lighter and more mobile device). Around 1:00 pm I braved the cold and took the bus to the mall to run some errands there. Before I got on the OC Transpo bus I stopped by a Chinese grocery store to buy some matches. They didn’t have any, only lighters. So I got a lighter for one dollar. At the mall I mailed some letters to California (they promised they would get there in five business days), got a nice yellow cardigan for my mum as well as an Yves St Laurent DVD (for some reason, Yves got a lot of attention this past year, because both a documentary and a movie came out last year). Then I went to the UOttawa library; I took the elevator to the 5th floor, got the book on grounded theory I needed from the shelf, went back down the elevator and proceeded to check the book out at the corner (I tried to check the book out through the self-service machine but it didn’t work). After this, I went back home by bus.
    When I got there, I heated up some leftover lentils in the microwave and sliced some goat and brie cheese. I went back to doing some more reading (interrupted several times by Facebook messages, whatsapps and a video or two that I watched on Youtube). Now I’m writing this message to you hoping that this account of how my day went to day (however plain and perhaps a bit boring) helps you to get a sense of how things were back in January 2015.
    I wish there was a way of knowing how things will look like in 100 years from now. I wish I could read a message from the future to see if the world is still there :)
    Greetings from the past,
    Aimée

  44. Serena Y dit :

    Hello uOttawa 2114! I was one of the last people born in the 20th century (1995 – I bet that seems crazy to you in the future!), part of the « millennial » generation. I’m starting my third year at uOttawa in History and English Literature, and what I’ve learned is that you just have to go for what you love. You can accomplish anything you want to – so pursue the job you want, not the one you think will make the most money or will make someone else happy. Live YOUR dream. I know it may sound hokey or impractical, but I know from experience that you can’t go wrong with following your dreams. If you try to box yourself into something that will pay the bills you’ll likely find the monotony isn’t worth it.
    Who knows – maybe university will be all digital by your time and people won’t physically go to classes (or maybe you’re laughing at my predictions of the future because it’s not like that at all! Only you hold the answers to that).
    Anyway, best wishes, people of 2114!

  45. Zainab Almehdar dit :

    Hello people of the Future,
    Its January 20th 2014, its my first semester here in Uottawa, so far its been pretty great. Today was a particularly cold day in the land of Ottawa, I could have sworn that my nose was going to fall off if I had stayed out in the cold a minute longer, but I’m hoping by 2114 they figure out how to install heaters inside winter jackets, because that would be one heck of an invention and truly useful for the human race. We drive cars and take buses to get to school in the 21 century, but life in 2114 in my mind seems like its going to be extravagant, I truly hope I live to see this time capsule get opened and well live 100 years to see flying cars as I hope they get invented by then. Advice would be to just enjoy every moment of being a student here in Uottawa as I am doing , there are amazing people here and lots to do so indulge in the good life before your at your job ( working is great not saying anything about that ) wishing you had explored more and done more.
    Oh and we still use books to read from and libraries we go to, they are quiet, lovely and peaceful (currently on the 6th floor of the library), I hope books don’t die by the year 2114…. and well if you don’t know what a book is then I’m sorry to tell you that you have missed out on that experience.

    Be good people and « make love, not war  » – The Beatles

  46. Andrew Murray dit :

    Dear students of 2114,
    The year 2014 has been one of uncertainty and violence, and the prospects for the future are beginning (or continuing) to look very bleak from my own (tiny and insignificant) perspective.
    Within Canada, popular discontent with growing income inequality remains frustrated and muted, but amongst members of my own extended family (which is decidedly blue-collar) there is growing anger.
    Exploitation of the oil sands in Alberta continues apace despite the grave warnings coming from the scientific community, which has been muzzled by the current administration.
    Military action has been undertaken in Iraq with little democratic participation, and the process of parliamentary debate is farcical, with little space for discontent or opposition to government foreign policy.
    Israel waged yet another campaign of collective retribution against the indigenous Palestinian population, with the full and unreserved support of our government.
    Abroad, violence in much of the world seems to be increasing. A vicious and reactionary Syrian regime is waging a war of repression against much of its population, and a massive humanitarian crisis is unfolding while the world closes its borders and averts its gaze. Thousands have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to flee the violence.
    Terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State are waging deadly warfare upon the civilian populations of Nigeria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria, and there are no short term signs of relief.
    The ecological state of the world is in free-fall, and there is little coordination amongst the nations of this world as its most vulnerable inhabitants are feeling the full-fledged effects of climate devastation and dislocation.
    Our oceans are dying.
    I wonder what your world looks like? Are there still whales in the seas?
    Do the birds still move in their great migrations?
    Do you know what a bee looks like?
    Or, for that matter, a frog?
    I hope you live in a better world than I do.
    I hope that the issues that plague my time are being dealt with.
    I hope that there is justice, peace, and freedom in your time, and that what is good has not been forgotten.
    I hope.

  47. Mike H dit :

    Hello to all those reading this message in 2114.
    I am a 24 year old (born in 1990) 4th year student studying Geography. I hope by 2114 we’ve globally reached an agreement to combat climate change, though I must admit I’m skeptical because we’ve known for so long about the dangers yet have not acted sufficiently thus far (nor even close). I cannot imagine what technology will be around in 2114; I’m typing this message to you–though I’m sure it will be printed to be put in the capsule–on a computer with an 8-core 3.4 GHz processor and 16GB of RAM.
    A question you may be wondering the answer to is what it was like to live in 2014/2015. Well, everybody had a cell phone and seemed to be on it all day, every day. Even if you went to a bar with your friends you’d be hard pressed to spot a table (even your own!) at which people did not either have their phones next to them on the table or in-hand, texting people either not there or even at that same table. Many people spend hours on end each day on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    I’d write more but I’m sure there is a limit on the length of each person’s entry. I sincerely hope you can enjoy the world we (and those before us) left you, the ways many of us enjoyed it.

  48. 3rd year in Communications and I’m still here!

    I can’t believe I lasted this long in post-secondary education. Some of my friends have dropped out for academic and financial reasons. I came close being on probation last year. I didn’t really think I was smart enough to begin with. Also I thought what is « Communications »? Do they even hire for that?! I checked video game developer Ubisoft’s website and it seems they do. It seems a bit broad for a field of study. I can only imagine how that must seem now, it must mean everything or possibly seem ironic in the context of history.

    I plan to use my degree and writing experience at the uottawa newspaper The Fulcrum to get a job as an investigative journalist. Preferably in Video Games, because that area is lacking. Geoff Keighley meant to do the same route but ended up being a lynchpin for their press.

    I will forever be greatful that UOttawa offered enrollment to me. I was too scared to apply anywhere else and stubbornly underqualified for Ryerson (If I were SHSM on the yearbook I may have gotten in). This is my path and I am grateful for the social and overall experience even if it is $6,877.72 a year (trust me on this, projected to inflate to $161,208.31 give or take a few American stock crashes every decade or so). I can afford it, and I’ll have some debt, but I knew that going in and I’m prepared to live with that or work that off, and making every penny count.

  49. Ioulia Timosheva dit :

    Dear future uottawa students,

    Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

  50. Ganise C dit :

    Que Dieu vous bénisse ! God bless you :)

  51. A. Boucher dit :

    Chèr(e) futur(e) lecteur(lectrice),

    D’abord, si tu lis ceci, tu me vois impressionnée qu’il reste encore des humains en 2114. Vois-tu, devant la situation du monde en 2014, je suis fort pessimiste par rapport à l’avenir de la planète. Probablement trop pessimiste, mais j’aime mieux l’être trop que de croire aveuglément en un avenir rose. Mais bon, comme je suis une étudiante en lettres françaises et une grande fan des tragédies, ne m’écoute pas.

    Vois-tu, je suis née en 1992, et j’ai grandi bombardée d’images contradictoires, qui me demandaient, d’un côté, de consommer jusqu’à y laisser mon âme, et de l’autre, qui m’annonçaient l’épuisement des ressources et le réchauffement dramatique de la Terre. L’éducation à l’écologie s’est fait trop tard pour nous, je crois. En tant qu’individus, nous pouvons faire de petits gestes, mais ceux qui auraient le pouvoir d’en faire des grands sont tiraillés entre les demandes de l’économie, ou alors sourds.

    Alors, en me fiant aux enjeux planétaires actuels (bien, passés pour toi, on s’entend), je pense que la fin de la race humaine, si elle survient, ou encore sa forte diminution, viendra de deux façons possibles. La première serait les changements climatiques. Notre système économique actuel est beaucoup trop basé sur la surproduction et la consommation pour que la planète puisse continuer à nous soutenir à ce rythme. Bien sûr, nous faisons des efforts, mais pas assez rapidement, et certains grands joueurs mondiaux (je n’accuse personne, mais disons que de nombreux pays, dont le nôtre… ahem ahem, et la plupart des grandes multinationales, voire les petites entreprises aussi) n’en font pas assez, ou pas du tout. La seconde plaie qui pourrait affecter l’humanité serait la montée dramatique de bactéries et virus résistants à nos traitement. Cela a déjà commencé. Une utilisation irresponsable des antibiotiques en est en partie la cause. J’extrapole, mais si tu constates en 2114 que j’avais raison, lance-moi un high-five spirtituel, s’il-te-plaît.

    Ici, en 2014, les gens adorent parler d’apocalyspe causée par une invasion de zombies. Personne n’est vraiment sérieux, bien sûr, mais c’est un sujet très à la mode, crois-moi! Tu n’aurais qu’à voir la culture télévisuelle et cinématographique entourant ce sujet. Il est probablement plus intéressant, en effet, de se divertir en élucubrant des apocalypses irréalistes que de songer au véritable sort qui pourrait attendre la Terre. Mais bon, je suis une grande rabat-joie. Alors pour terminer, je vais tenter d’être un peu plus optimiste.

    J’espère que tu es heureux, lecteur, qui que tu sois, et que tes études te permettent de t’épanouir. Je pense que la connaissance et l’éducation sont parmi nos meilleures armes pour traverser la vie. Mais ne laisse pas l’académisme te manger tout rond, si au contraire ça ne se passe pas bien. Une chose que j’ai apprise à l’université, c’est qu’autant l’éducation scolaire est une bonne chose, autant il faut aussi savoir s’éduquer en dehors de celle-ci pour mieux se connaître. Voyage, explore le monde, rêve et fais-toi confiance. Mais n’oublie pas les autres, ni le monde.

    J’espère qu’en 2114, il y a moins d’inégalités sociales, moins de guerres, plus de tolérance et plus de conscience sociale et mondiale. J’espère qu’il y a plus de bonheur, bref.

  52. Emily Cordes dit :

    Hello future arts students of uOttawa!

    I’m in my fourth year at the University of Ottawa studying Communications and I absolutely love it! Ottawa is such a beautiful city and has a lot to offer. The university is great as well. One thing I love most about this university is how much students are encouraged to pursue their dreams and get involved in extra-curriculars. I hope that the dance mirrors in the UCU (university centre) are still there as you are reading this. I have spent many hours in front of those mirrors dancing and choreographing both with friends and on my own. To some it might seem odd to dance in the middle of a busy university centre. For me, it’s always seemed to be something that is very much accepted at this university. Many evenings when I’m looking for a spot to dance on campus I can hardly find anywhere because the whole first floor is filled with groups of dancers! It’s great to see so many people taking time to do something they are passionate about. As students, it’s easy to put those things on the back-burner while trying to get great marks and keeping a job in order to be able to pay for school and living expenses. However, it is important to find a balance between all of these things in order to succeed and I love that uOttawa fosters that. I hope that it is still this way, if not better as you are reading this.

    Enjoy your time at this university and in the city. Explore as much as possible! One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I do not explore nearly enough in cities with which I am already familiar compared to cities that are new to me. While travelling abroad, I often ventured off to seek out new restaurants and cafés, but in Ottawa I tend to get into routine and stick to it. While routine is good, there is so much to discover!

    I hope you all enjoy your experience at uOttawa as much as I have!

    Cheers,
    Emily

  53. Estelle Dibu-Caiole dit :

    Hello future gee-gees

    If I have learned anything at my time here at uOttawa is communication is key! Communicate with your professor and the faculty, if your going to miss a deadline, communicate. Professor are here to help you grow mentally. Never fear your professors. I lived by the « nothing to loose, only something to gain » motto and believe me, I have been lucky. Communicate with your professors, I assure you, as intimidating as they may seem during a lecture, they are not out to get you.

    Take Care

  54. Eliane F dit :

    January 6th, 2015 – Hi Everyone!
    My name is Eliane, I’m 19 years old (born in 1995), and I’m from Lebanon. I hope your year is going great so far. I’m currently in my second year of Communications, but have been at this university for 3 years. I did my first year in accounting and failed miserably at it. I was 16 years old when I first got accepted, and frankly at that age I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.. And even to this day, I still don’t know. Having to chose a program of study is tough! All I can say is pursuit your dreams. Even losing one or two years in university is not a big deal. Even if you start off knowing exactly what you like, it can change depending on your courses. Just take your time to find out who you are and what you like, and everything will work out. The University of Ottawa helps you with the decision, like it helped me.
    Also Science/engineering/physics students tend to make lots of remarques on Art Student (like myself) about how they have it harder than us. Future Art Students: let this view turn around, not only for you, but for all of us! (I hope « Spotted at uOttawa still exists!)
    Anyways, once in university you are a completely new person! You can be whoever you want (like in the movies!). It is now YOUR world depending on how you shape it.
    I hope for you fellow students have a great time at uOttawa and i hope the future is as great as they say it will be (with all that « sciency-stuff » they talk about). If you ever want to know what it was like for us as kids, just search « 90s Kids will know » (just for a laugh).
    Have an amazing year! xox

  55. Ariane Brenda Pearl Millette dit :

    Mardi 25 novembre 2014 – Samedi 27 décembre 2014

    Bonjour, cher étudiant ou chère étudiante de l’Université d’Ottawa de l’année 2114. C’est un plaisir de savoir que le partage de textes d’étudiants de la faculté des arts deviendra une œuvre littéraire bilingue ou peut-être multilingue. Que ce soit à Arts ou à Simard, les corridors que vous avez parcourus ont été foulés par nous il y a cent ans. Sous vos pieds, nos pas y sont invisibles. L’écho ne répète plus nos voix indistinctes. La capsule temps est la seule empreinte qui reste de notre passage.

    Dans cette lettre, on nous a demandé de dresser le portrait de notre génération. Or, je ne trouverai jamais les mots justes pour dépeindre la société dans laquelle je vis, mais j’ose espérer qu’en 2114, tout a changé pour le meilleur. Je te clarifie que le point de vue présenté ici n’est nul autre que le mien et que l’interprétation d’une époque varie selon l’individu. Que laisser derrière? Que t’offrir, que vous offrir? Je ne connais pas ce qui est mieux pour vous, mais je ne peux que vous encourager à persévérer dans l’atteinte de vos objectifs et d’exécuter ce qui semble juste.

    À quoi ressemble la société d’aujourd’hui, ma société (selon mes termes, bien sûr)? Je suis issue de la génération Y (1980-2000), celle où la technologie a commencé à prôner une place capitale dans la vie d’autrui. Nous, enfants, avons grandi dans un monde où l’ordinateur personnel, les jeux vidéo et l’Internet sont devenus plus importants. En ce moment, les sites sociaux les plus populaires sont : Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vines, Tumblr et Instagram. En gros, ils sont faits pour interagir avec la communauté virtuelle par le biais de photos, vidéos ou de statuts. Ils rendent des personnes célèbres pour de mauvaises raisons. Les gens sont prêts à tout pour goûter à un peu de popularité.

    Le iPhone 6 vient de sortir. En ce moment, c’est la tendance! Il paraît qu’il peut se plier… J’espère qu’en 2114, le iPhone 30 n’est pas en format (grandeur) de porte. Non, je n’ai pas acheté cette horreur. Je ne vais pas changer de cellulaire pour un pouce de plus. Tu m’excuseras, mais je ne suis pas accro aux textos (messages textes) comme les autres jeunes de ma génération. Je ne l’ouvre que lorsqu’il peut être utile. L’été, je peux passer des mois sans l’ouvrir. Et oui, de nos jours, il y a des terriens qui traversent la rue sans regarder autre chose que l’écran de leur gadget électronique.

    Le iPhone 6 me fait réfléchir sur le fait qu’aujourd’hui, en 2014, on a tendance à acheter tout ce que l’on désire simplement parce qu’on peut se le permettre. C’est du genre : « Je le veux, je l’ai! » Or, il faut faire preuve d’un minimum de réflexion et se demander si c’est vraiment nécessaire. Ai-je besoin de ce nouveau téléphone? Le mien fonctionne-t-il adéquatement? Ai-je besoin de ce chandail? N’en ai-je pas un semblable? Ai-je besoin de dépenser? Il vaut mieux donner à la place.

    L’autre jour, dans une salle d’attente dans un hôpital pour enfants, j’ai vécu une scène désolante. Le lieu contenait environ cent personnes et tous étaient sur leur téléphone intelligent. Moi et deux autres personnes étions les seuls à lire des livres en papier. Il n’y avait aucune conversation. Même des enfants de cinq ans avaient leur propre cellulaire. Cela m’a profondément déçue.

    Je me demande dans quel genre de monde je grandis, puisque, mondialement, tant d’évènements malheureux semblent arriver plus fréquemment. Cela m’amène au sujet de l’intimidation. En 2014, tout circule vite sur l’Internet. La technologie s’améliore et pas toujours positivement. Les gens peuvent prendre des photos et créer une page ou un site web désigné à t’insulter. Ça détruit des vies. Des individus se cachent sous de fausses identités, volent des cartes de crédit, piratent des comptes, etc. Pourquoi toute cette haine, toute cette destruction? Qu’est-ce que ça apporte? Ne peut-on pas se concentrer sur l’obtention de la paix sans tuer ou commettre d’actes violents? En 2114, la pauvreté a-t-elle diminué? Les aides apportées aux pays en sous-développement ont-elles été utiles? La pollution et le réchauffement de la planète sont-ils moins graves?

    Hormis cela, je suis heureuse de constater que la société est beaucoup plus ouverte. Par exemple, on retrouve un « buffet de culture » qui facilite l’acceptation d’autrui et qui diminue les préjugés contre les différentes religions et immigrants. Je suis ravie que les gens acceptent de plus en plus les homosexuels, les bisexuels, les transgenres et les lesbiennes. J’espère qu’en 2114, l’homophobie aura entièrement disparu. Ce n’est pas un crime, ce n’est pas une différence, c’est la normalité. Ton intérêt sexuel te regarde, peu importe l’opinion des autres. Tu es magnifique! Ne laisse personne te dire autrement. C’est un droit qui mérite d’être reconnu universellement.

    Malgré l’acceptation des différences qui s’améliore, les gens jugent toujours trop. Un simple regard négatif nous met à l’envers, nous fait remettre en question notre existence. Est-ce qu’on peut enfin marcher dans une rue sans se faire juger, peu importe notre situation sociale? Chaque jour, on marche et on se fraie un passage à travers une foule qui nous déteste. On étouffe littéralement. On se retient de respirer pour ne pas nuire à l’existence des autres. Je m’excuse pour ces phrases dépressives, mais j’espère que ce ne sera jamais le cas pour vous, pour toi… de voir des milliers de regards désapprouver ta raison d’être. Parce que tu as le droit d’exister. Tu es né pour une raison. Chaque individu change la vie d’autrui.

    Le mercredi 22 octobre 2014, il y a eu une fusillade au Parlement où nous avons perdu le valeureux Nathan Cirillo. Le secteur était en mode sécuritaire. À l’université, je me suis cachée dans le sous-sol de Simard (niveau du stationnement qui relie Arts, Simard et Perez).

    Pour ce qui est de la littérature, les adolescents et les jeunes adultes sont le plus grand public lectoral. Cette ère littéraire est indéterminée par l’absence d’un courant pour la décrire. Cependant, le thème du fantastique / merveilleux prône. J. K. Rowling est la seule écrivaine à avoir été, de son vivant, milliardaire simplement par la créativité de sa plume pour sa série Harry Potter. Avant elle, avant Stéphanie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins… il y avait R. L. Stine. Au début des années 90, Robert Lawrence Stine a publié le premier tome de sa série Goosebumps aux éditions Scholastic : Welcome To Dead House. Ce livre a obtenu un succès immédiat, tout comme le reste de sa série. En 2012, Goosebumps a vendu un total de 300 millions de livres à travers le monde et qui ont été reproduits en 32 langues, dont le français. R. L. Stine est né le 8 octobre 1943 (aujourd’hui, il est âgé de 71 ans) et il est également l’auteur de plusieurs autres séries, dont Fear Street. C’est un écrivain américain qui, comme Stephen King, est un maître dans l’art des histoires d’horreurs pour enfants, adolescents et adultes.

    En français, chez les jeunes, les éditions de Mortagne, ADA et Nathan sont renommées pour leurs succès tels que la collection Tabou et leurs traductions des best-sellers anglais tels que Sorcière de Cate Tiernan. Cependant, c’est India Desjardins qui remporte la palme avec sa série Aurélie Laflamme publié aux éditions Les Intouchables, qui a été sujet à deux adaptations cinématographiques.

    Je vous supplie de me dire que la francophonie persiste et que le Québec n’a pas perdu son français. Il m’importe peu d’ouïr ce qu’est devenue l’indépendance québécoise si la langue de Molière s’est éteinte. J’ai fondé des espérances pour un éclat meilleur, une deuxième vie pour ma langue. Dites-moi qu’elle existe toujours. Pitié, faites que dans l’avenir, ces écritures à l’encre de sang n’ont pas été vaines. L’effluve de l’antiquité s’échappe-t-il encore des livres et de la beauté des bibliothèques? Levez le stylo, écrivez comme ceux qui vous ont précédés. Forgez une œuvre d’art par l’écriture. Vive votre pays, vive ma patrie, vive la langue française! Rendez-nous fiers de nos combats. Ce sont nos vies que vous lisez et que vous honorerez.

    Selon Anne Marie Lecompte (journaliste à Radio-Canada), écrire, c’est un temps d’arrêt, une rencontre avec qui l’on est vraiment, l’expression d’un état vital. La capsule de temps est une idée formidable et, comme j’ai répondu à la problématique demandée, je prends également cette opportunité pour t’encourager et te remercier. Oui, je te remercie toi, qui lis cette lettre… Merci d’être là! Merci d’exister, de t’exprimer, de vivre, de penser, d’être quelqu’un.

    J’espère que la vie universitaire n’est pas trop difficile pour toi. L’important, c’est que tu t’efforces et que tu utilises toutes les sources d’aide possibles pour réussir. Si tu as été accepté dans un programme, c’est que tu as les capacités requises pour entreprendre une éducation approfondie. Je suis persuadée que tu es à la hauteur. S’il s’agit de ta première année, sache qu’elle est toujours difficile. C’est un gros changement, mais les prochaines années seront spectaculaires. Ne lâche pas. Tous les efforts sont récompensés.

    Tous tes rêves sont logiques et réalisables. Crois en toi. Tu peux le faire et tu le feras. Les personnes qui te contredisent sont celles qui n’ont pas d’ambitions. Mets de la couleur dans ton quotidien, fixe-toi un but et fonce! Tu es capable. Le simple fait d’être en vie est une grande chose. Remplis ta vie de générosité, de gentillesse, de bonté, etc. Les moindres actions comptent. Elles font la différence entre une mauvaise et une bonne journée. Donne des compliments et soit sincère. Tu ne sais pas si l’étudiant qui te côtoie en a besoin. Un simple sourire change le parcours d’une vie. Soit gentils avec les autres. (La personne que tu intimides est peut-être le médecin qui te sauvera la vie un jour.) Mais, plus que tout… Ne dévie pas de la formule de vie que tu as choisie. Ainsi, pas à pas tu réaliseras tous tes désirs. Ne change pas, respecte-toi. Ce n’est pas parce que c’est à la mode et que « tout le monde le fait » que c’est bien.

    Tu n’es PAS seul(e). Tu ES important(e) à nos yeux. Tu PEUX t’en sortir. Tu PEUX RÉUSSIR. Tu VAS RÉALISER tes rêves. J’AI CONFIANCE en toi et ta détermination. Les échecs, c’est NORMAL. RÉESSAYE de nouveau. Peu importe ce que c’est, ce N’est PAS de ta faute. Rappelle-toi que TU EN VAUX la peine.

    Voilà 100 ans que j’ai écrit cette lettre et j’espère que tu vis dans une meilleure société que la mienne et que l’Académie française ne t’a pas trop énervée avec les changements grammaticaux qu’elle a entrepris durant les cent dernières années. Surtout, j’espère que, de mon vivant, j’ai réussi à faire une différence dans la vie d’autrui.

    Bon courage! Je te souhaite le meilleur succès possible dans tes études!

    Le plus sincèrement du monde,
    Ariane Brenda Pearl Millette

  56. Kelly Albert dit :

    Dear fellow students of the year 2114,

    I can just imagine how technology has evolved from my present day (2014) to your present day (2114). You are probably not reading this message on a 4GB memory ram laptop and you might even be wondering what that is.

    Well, here I am in my first year at University of Ottawa and I am very much so enjoying it, especially the freedom. I am in the Faculty of Arts in the program of Geography, in French, since I am bilingual. I am not exactly sure what I want to be in the future, but I do know that University of Ottawa and the experiences that are attached to it will certainly guide me to the right place… maybe a teacher, maybe a weather lady, maybe an environmentalist… who knows.

    Life is a journey and you should never forget to make the best of it.

    For those of you who are reading this message right now, in year 2114, I am « most likely » dead by now, but who knows, maybe not… maybe there is a medication that has been discovered to extend human life… or maybe I am just being very unrealistic… lol (laugh out loud).

    And to my grandkids and great grandkids and great great grandkids, I wish nothing but happiness and health to all of you. I really hope the environment isn’t as bad as we presumed it would be… I hope you still get to swim in a beautiful and calm lake on a nice camping day and I hope that by now, people have finally understood the many impacts and consequences we impose on our environment by polluting with vehicles, etc.

    Anyway, I wish the best of luck to you all.

    P.S. : Never forget that there are so many more great things to come in your future, trust me. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

    I just heard some sad news on the radio, for those of you who still have one… a singer named Joe Cocker from the 1960′s has just passed away… what a fantastic singer he was. You should take the time to go search him up and his beautiful song named « With a little help from my friends » (originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney from the lovely band that was named The Beatles). It’s actually a song that played in my favorite television show named « The Wonder Years ». The 1960′s ruled. I hope you can still check this out : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csVaRY1ptZ0

    To my dearest love, Maxim, even though you will not be reading this message, I will always love you. Je t’aime plus gros que toutes les particules de l’univers. That goes to my mom and dad too.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly Albert
    First year student
    University of Ottawa
    Faculté des Arts – Géographie

    22-12-2014

  57. Lucille Munro dit :

    Hello fellow students of 2114:

    Welcome to the bilingual Universite d’Ottawa.

    I have tried to minimize my footprint so that you, my grand-children all the way to 7th generation have a healthy and natural world to live in.

    I truly believe this with my Metis French Canadien heart!!!

    Lucille Munro
    Faculte des Arts
    Double major in Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies
    4th year.

  58. Delany Leitch dit :

    4th December 2014
    Dear future students,
    I would first like to say that if the University of Ottawa which you are attending is anything like the school from where I am writing now, you have made a fantastic choice to study here. My hope is that the school and the city of Ottawa are as beautiful for you as they are now for me.
    In 2014, we have already experienced a great many changes in university life in recent times. Advances in technology have allowed for education to take a variety of new forms, including visual presentations created on a computer and projected onto a screen. The role of the professor is now becoming the creator of these digital presentations, as well as a provider of supplementary information along with them while teaching. There has been much talk of how these technological aspects will soon make it possible for students to simply access these presentations themselves at home, thus teaching themselves and eliminating the need for professors or classrooms. I am curious to know if this has actually happened, or if the crucial role of professor-student interaction has been maintained.
    Being a history student myself, it is my understanding that not a whole lot really does change in a hundred years. Yes, things will probably look very different, but in general I think that people will always be the same no matter the year. I hope that people do not lose their care and concern for others in a time where one-sided social media posts and Netflix watching rule our activities. There seems to be an increase in « I »s and « Me »s as a result of this, and sometimes people forget to live in the moment with the people that actually are around them in real life.
    Students of the future, I hope that you live in a world where the issues of today have been resolved, that you are able to recognize the issues of your time, and that the University of Ottawa prepares you well as the next generation to resolve them. University was the best time of my life in 2014, and I hope that you are able to say that for yourself. I wish you the best of luck in wherever your future takes you.
    Delany Leitch, Second Year History Major

  59. History Student's Association dit :

    Have you ever read “The Young People of Today” by Henri Massis and Alfred de Tarde? Two French men take the pulse of Parisian students on the eve of World War I to find if and how they differ from their parents and what defines their modern generation. That piece is not like this one. We can’t speak for all students today, because to learn all their views would take too much time and effort and brain power for any undergrad to muster at this time of year (its December). We can, however, try to give you an insight into our lives as history undergrads in 2014.
    We are the History Students’ Association, which plans social and learning events for uOttawa’s history students and collaborates with the Department to improve the experiences of the students. We have nine members: Lauren Daniel, Chelsea Lappin, Cameron Pearson, Sophie Cayer, Amanda Moura, Chris Pihlak, Peter Baccin-Smith, Emily McBain-Ashfield, and Vesna Curlic. We have planned tours of Ottawa’s museums, organized pub nights, hosted study sessions, and ran Town Halls to discuss how we can improve the Association and program. But who are we as students? Just that. We attend class (most of us, anyhow), try to pay attention in them, buy groceries, work jobs, spend time with friends, put off doing essays, and go home to our families for the holidays. Leaders may die and nations may rise and fall, but the lives of students, we feel, remain fairly constant throughout time.

    Maybe if we can characterize one trait of our fellow students, we can point to our relationship with the internet. We now organize our social lives through websites and cell phones. We spend our free time streaming videos and reading blogs and posting pictures. Computers, it seems, are slowly touching all aspects of our lives. Even our own program is affected by this shift: the Department is proposing a combined degree with History and Computer Sciences to train students in making history accessible through digital platforms. Will this improve history as a discipline? Provide more insights? Attract more visitors? Or will it degrade history? Turn focus away from reading? Maybe there will be no effects at all. These uncertainties surround the current debate of the “Digital Humanities.”

    To close, perhaps the above sentiment best represents young people in 2014: uncertainty. We don’t know where or if we’ll work, if we can afford a house, if we’ll meet someone nice, or whether our current lifestyles will take too heavy a toll on the environment for any of these concerns to matter. We are not necessarily scared, just uncertain. In turn, we hope that you, the reader, will take comfort that you are not alone in having insecurities as a student.

    All the best in your finals,

    The History Students’ Association*

    * N.B. Since the Faculty won’t let us put physical objects in the box, we invite you to look up toys from our 1990s childhood, which includes, but is not limited to, Beanie Babies, Furbies, Tamagotchis, Hot Wheels, Easy-Bake Ovens, Pokemon, and Lego. Enjoy!
    ———-

    Avez-vous déjà lu « Les jeunes gens d’aujourd’hui » par Henri Massis et Alfred de Tarde? Deux hommes français se sont interrogés auprès d’étudiants parisiens à la veille de la Première Guerre mondiale pour voir si, et comment, ils diffèrent de leurs parents et voir ce qui définissent leur génération moderne. Ce morceau n’est pas comme les autres. Nous ne pouvons pas parler pour tous les étudiants d’aujourd’hui, car apprendre tous leurs avis prendrait trop de temps et de capacité cérébrale. Aucun étudiant ne peut faire cela en ce temps de l’année (c’est décembre). Par contre, nous pouvons vous donner un aperçu dans nos vies comme étudiants de premier cycle d’Histoire en 2014.

    Nous sommes l’Association des étudiants en Histoire, qui planifie des évènements sociaux et d’apprentissage pour les étudiants en Histoire de l’Université d’Ottawa et qui collaborent avec le Département pour améliorer l’expérience universitaire pour les étudiants. Nous avons neuf membres : Lauren Daniel, Chelsea Lappin, Cameron Pearson, Sophie Cayer, Amanda Moura, Chris Pihlak, Peter Baccin-Smith, Emily McBain-Ashfield et Vesna Curlic. Nous avons planifié des tours aux musées de la région, des soirées pub, des sessions d’étude, et des réunions de l’Assemblée publique pour discuter comment on peut améliorer l’Association et le programme. Or, qui sommes-nous comme étudiants? Tout à fait cela. Nous assistons aux cours (la plupart de nous, au moins), tentons de porter attention dans ceux-ci, allons à l’épicerie, travaillons dans des emplois, passons du temps avec des amis, procrastinons nos dissertations et allons à la maison chez nos familles pendant le temps des fêtes. Leaders peuvent mourir et les nations peuvent s’élever et s’effondrer, mais les vies des étudiants, nous ressentons, demeurent constantes à travers le temps.

    Si nous pouvions qualifier une caractéristique de nos étudiants, nous pouvons pointer vers notre relation avec l’Internet. Maintenant, nous organisons nos vies sociales par le biais de sites web et téléphones cellulaires. Nous passons notre temps à regarder des vidéos, lire des blogs et publier des photos. Les ordinateurs, il nous semble, touchent peu à peu tous les aspects de nos vies. Même notre propre programme est affecté par ce changement : le Département propose un programme combiné avec Histoire et Sciences informatiques pour former des étudiants capables de faire l’histoire accessible sur des plateformes numériques. Est-ce que cela améliorera l’Histoire comme discipline? Fournira plus d’aperçus? Attirera plus de visiteurs? Ou est-ce que cela va dégrader l’Histoire? Minimiser ou dissimuler la lecture? Peut-être aucun effet. Ces incertitudes tournent autour du débat actuel des « Humanités numériques ».

    Pour conclure, peut-être le sentiment ci-dessus représente parfaitement les jeunes gens de 2014: l’incertitude. Nous ne savons pas où et si nous allons travailler, si nous pourrons acheter une maison, rencontrer quelqu’un de bien, ou si nos modes de vie actuels auront un trop grand tort sur l’environnement pour que ces inquiétudes tiennent de l’importance. Nous ne sommes pas nécessairement effrayés, juste incertains. Nous espérons que vous, les lecteurs, prendrez confort que vous n’êtes pas seul à avoir des incertitudes comme étudiant.

    Bonne chance dans vos examens finaux,

    L’Association des étudiants en Histoire*

    *N.B. Vu que la Faculté nous laisse pas mettre des objets physiques dans la boîte, nous vous invitons à regarder des jouets de notre enfance des années 1990, qui inclut, mais n’est pas limité à, Beanie Babies, Furbies, Tamagotchis, Hot Wheels, Easy-Bake Ovens, Pokemon et Legos.

  60. Anne-Marie F. dit :

    December 2, 2014.
    As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts, I think about all the connections that I have with the Faculty.

    I came to the University of Ottawa in 1970 to study Translation at the Faculty of Arts. I met my future husband in a Linguistics class and we worked together in the Language Lab on the 5th floor of the Simard Building for a few years before being married in the small chapel in the Simard building. Thanks to the Faculty, we were able to participate in an exchange program in France for two years after finishing our studies. A great way to start married life!

    Today, I am an employee of the University and my daughter is a Master’s student at the Faculty of Arts. History repeating itself…..

    Now that I am nearing the end of my career, I realize how quickly time passes. I’ve had a great life and a great career, thanks in large part to the Faculty of Arts.

    I encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunity to study at such a great Canadian institution, as of today’s date, the largest bilingual university in North America. Say thank you to your professors and the support staff of the faculty whenever you get the chance. You don’t know what an impact their contribution to your life will have over the long term and what doors may open for you as a result.

    Later in life, like me, you may look back and realize that it all started at the Faculty of Arts. Wear your garnet and gray and be a proud Gee-Gee! Oh the places you will go…..

  61. Mikaela Smith dit :

    C’est en réfléchissant à la vie future en 100 ans que je réalise que notre vie n’est qu’une collections de moments. Il faut que j’avoue que j’en ai passé des beaux à l’université en train de découvrir mes intérêts et ce qui m’inspire.
    Ce fut, et reste, une route difficile, et je me questionnes toujours sur comment je désire vivre ma vie. Je suppose que ce questionnement est important pour continuer de pouvoir s’améliorer. En ce moment présent, le 1er décembre 2014, je désire voyager et de retourner à la simplicité.

    Nous sommes, actuellement en 2014, dans une période de transition. La technologie semble tranquillement envahir tous les aspects de la vie. Nous sommes constamment branchés sur nos téléphones, ordinateurs et réseaux sociaux. Cela me laisse un peu nostalgique pour la simplicité des temps d’autrefois. Je me demande si les jeunes d’il y a 100 ans ressentaient cette nostalgie pour les jours antérieurs.
    On se retrouve à jouer un jeu d’équilibre: pouvoir avancer avec les temps tout en gardant les valeurs d’autrefois et en essayant d’être responsable.
    J’espère que dans 100 ans, on a réussi à trouver un équilibre dans le respect de la nature et des avancements technologiques. Je suis curieuse d’imaginer comment le futur semblerait et j’espère que c’est beau.

    Je continue de profiter de ma vie et des expériences que le futur prévoit pour moi, et je le souhaite pour vous aussi!

    Profitez et n’oubliez jamais d’apprécier le moment présent :)

  62. Meghan dit :

    To my fellow GeeGees of the future,
    If you are the one reading this, I apologize if there have been far too many advances in the English language that transform my letter into a piece far too unimportant. I can’t even begin to imagine the development that Canada has made in 100 years, but I sincerely hope that flying cars and teleportation are both finally common, achievable concepts. The University of Ottawa has always been known as an exceptional institution for academic achievers, so congratulations for being elected to wear the proud colours of garnet and grey. Although I’m sure the future doesn’t guarantee an easier time in university and the emotions it involves, I thought I’d share a few key pieces of advice that you may find useful. For starters, worry about the present, take a breath, slow down; because that paper will eventually get done and it’s not worth losing sleep and happiness over. Next, appreciate all that you have. I know, university can be hard and so does the feeling of drowning in work load, but it’s all going to be worth it the moment you cross that stage and receive your diploma, and many in the world are unable to access education like us in Canada. Also, accept defeat and understand that emotional breakdowns are completely allowed, in fact they are encouraged, because we are only human, and life can carry some really bad days following the good ones. Finally, I want you to chase your dreams, however ridiculous they may be. Ottawa U is the perfect place to become who you want to be and find out what you want in life. So never fail to believe in yourself, and thank the loved ones surrounding you because their support is everything. Appreciate life; you’re so lucky to be alive. Wish I could see how amazing the future is! Good luck with everything and never stop chasing your dreams.

  63. Julia Blier dit :

    Welcome to our beautiful city! As an Ottawa native I took my hometown for granted. Until I came to Ottawa U, I didn’t appreciate all that our city had to offer. I hope that you explore every inch of this city. From the Somerset Lock Bridge, to the party life on the Market, to Lansdowne Park, make this city yours. Ottawa U is in the heart of this city and it makes your university experience so much more exciting.

    Congratulations on taking the first steps towards a bright and successful future! Your time here goes fast, don’t waste it, enjoy it to the fullest!

  64. Nicole Taylor dit :

    From a second year undergraduate studying, Major in History Minor in Philosophy. The classes are taught with the teacher at the front and the students are seated. Some professors have lectures, power points, notes, some do not. I wonder if the teaching styles will change in one hundred years from now; we learn about continuity and change and its easy to periodize years by numbers, for example 2000-2100, but will things change that much in terms of the normal, every day aspects of education? One hundred years ago from 2014, power point was definitely not available in the convenience of our own homes. Politics and policies may change, but students have to go and sit in a room with other students they barely know and learn from the usually amazing professor, I think similar to one hundred years ago. But who knows, I could be wrong. Will things be digitized in one hundred years from now? Some professors use blackboard to post lecture slides if they have them, but others don’t. Books are horrendously expensive, but somehow we manage.

    Coming from the southern most part of Canada, I find Ottawa weather really cold, frozen, icy, grey. But the Rideau Canal provides some nice dates, at least when the sun is out. Will Global warming be a more significant factor than it is now, despite some evidence stating global warming is real? Will Ottawa still be in its own little bubble? in 2014, Ottawa or the people who work on the Hill refer to Ottawa being in its own little bubble. Compared to the United States, Canadian politics are much milder and more relaxed, but not to the perception of those in Ottawa. Canada is known as the peaceful, polite country who is much more accepting of different races and ethnicity. Will there be any changes to that image? Will Canada make choices that are more severe or harsh? I mean, sometimes people from the United States wear Canadian Flag pins when travelling to Europe because they will be « treated nicer. » Will that change? Or stay the same? Will women, men, and all in between come to an agreement on what « equality[of gender] » means, in terms of the ever constant battle for equality [of genders], or will one try and dominate the other? Food for thought.

    I wonder what will be on the minds of prospective students or graduating students in one hundred years from now. In specific regards to the Faculty of Arts, will the problems of today be addressed or worsened in one hundred years? Will there be reform of the Faculty in order to ensure its prosperity, and in turn the prosperity of its students? Will one hundred years from now be more egalitarian, a relative happier society as a whole, or will there be strife and isolation? Ever curious about this future, as the past provides answers to the present.

  65. Raúl Colón dit :

    Cher.e.s collègues,
    C’est un candidat au doctorat en traductologie et professeur à temps partiel de l’École de traduction et d’interprétation de notre université qui vous écrit. J’espère que quand vous lirez ce message notre continent sera uni dans une seule et toujours diverse patrie/matrie. Je suis né à Cuba, mais cette île de la Caraïbe est devenue très petite pour accueillir la diversité de son peuple, raison pour laquelle des millions vivent en exil, surtout en Amérique du Nord. Je rêve au jour quand être Cubain ou Canadien sera seulement un attachement symbolique, un geste de respect pour nos ancêtres et pour nos origines culturelles respectives. Pour moi étudier les langues et la traduction a été vital pour saisir ce qui nous uni, au lieu de ce qui peut nous différentier. J’espère que votre défi sera celui d’unir le reste de la planète, si ce n’est déjà fait!

  66. Matthew Jollineau dit :

    Dear Arts Students of 2114,
    As arts students of the 22nd century, I hope your place in academia and your reputation as students is better than my own. In the year 2014 when a student is about to venture off into post-secondary education and he or she makes the decision to study in the field of arts, their choice is almost never easy or unquestioned. In an era when science, medicine, technology, and mechanical innovation seem to dominate academia, the job market, and society’s direction, the field of arts seems to have little to offer. The perfect representation of these perceptions is that when a student tells friends or family they plan to study in the field of arts, they always have to hear the never ending question, « What can you do with that? » Society often sees arts as overly theoretical, impractical, and not training for a ‘real-world job’. Arts are often seen as nothing more than discussions of abstract ideas that add nothing to society, or poor attempts at masterpieces by overly confident youth who are too out of touch with the ‘reality of the working world’. In 2014, when one pictures art students, they imagine overly idealists young people with no real knowledge of the real world who spend all their time in coffee shops, sipping espresso and talking about ideas that have no implications, or hopelessly attempting to paint the next Mona Lisa.
    But you and I know the truth. Or at least, I hope you do. The truth that arts is about investigating the foundations of society, and examining the ideas that we base our lives and societies on. That arts is about bringing out the best of humanity and expressing the very nature of what is means to be human. Without the arts we could only have the cold scientific understanding of ourselves, and not the foundational understanding and ideas we have because of the arts. The ideas of philosophy, history, cultural studies, and so many other areas within our field are the ones that revile the world to us, not the world of atoms and cells, but the world of people and society. These are the ideas that change society and revolutionize how we think, act, and live. The expressions of humanity that come from music, theatre, visual arts, and other mediums are ways in which we know ourselves better. They give light on life and bring us the joy and wonder that makes life worth living. Never think your work and your studies are impractical or useless. ‘We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.’ If those who study the arts were to leave this world, eventually it would become as cold and mechanical as the so called ‘more practical’ fields see it. Always know that you are the ‘movers and shakers’ of this world. Your studies now and your work later will shape the world for centuries, just as the studies and work of those in the past have shaped my world, and as my studies and work, I hope, will shape your world for the better.
    Sincerely,
    Matthew Jollineau
    First-year History student

  67. Chère étudiante de l’UO,

    En plus d’être étudiantes à la plus grande université bilingue de l’Amérique du nord en 2014 (j’espère que ce sera toujours le cas en 2114) nous avons autre chose en commun : l’intérêt envers le voyage dans le temps.

    Dans cette optique, sache que chaque étudiant possède en moyenne 1,6 cellulaire, dont plus de la moitié sont des téléphones dits  »intelligents ». Le hashtag est à la mode, tout comme les réseaux Twitter, Facebook et Instagram, tous dont le but est aussi absurde que le nombre d’heures que nous passons à les consulter : plus de 4 h/jour. Les courriels sont le moyen de communication préféré de nos professeurs, tandis que nous l’avons déjà classé dans le dossier  »bientôt obsolète ».

    Aujourd’hui, l’université compte plus de 40 mille étudiants, 5500 employés et 470 programmes d’études. Le nombre d’étudiants est supérieur au nombre d’habitants moyen par village au Canada; la capitale nationale compte moins d’un million d’habitants.

    J’espère que ces statistiques te seront aussi utiles qu’étonnates. D’ailleurs, n’arrête jamais de t’étonner, car la vie est beaucoup trop courte pour ne pas remarquer sa beauté. Bref, en 2014 elle l’est avec une espérance de vie moyenne de 80-85 ans pour les Canadiennes et 70-75 pour les Canadiens.

    Gros bisous!

  68. Mukarram Ramadan dit :

    Friday, November 28, 2014
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Dear stranger of the future,

    I have always had a longing of being part of a time that I was not even born into. The nostalgia of the past fascinates me greatly, even to the point of disallowing me of experiencing the present moment. As I write you this letter in my bedroom, I am surrounded with black-and-white photographs of 1940′s dead actors, by clothing of late 1920s-50s fashion that is so beautifully forgotten, by vintage chapeaux, by a record player with what is considered « retro » music, by old films, by outdated and antique camera devices, by various oil paintings (or portraits as they were called) of my grandmother, by sculptures, scriptures, novels and masks that call to seek a different era. All these cultural artifacts contribute to my identity. I am a 23-years old female, born in Lebanon in the city of Beirut, moved to the UAE, and now a Canadian citizen, calling Canada my home since 2002 (for the past 12 years). Now in the present year of 2014, cultural arts have taken a new form. Coloured and digital photographs are changed by excessive filters that make one appear as a different human being (thanks to current popular mobile apps like Instagram). The painted portraits are turned into ‘Selfies,’ a hyped trend of taking photographs of oneself, contributing even more to the notion of obsessed individualism and narcissism (P.S. Selfies was even the word of the year in 2013). Songs were even written about it. Check out the overly annoying but humorous song called Selfies by The Chainsmokers, or even a greater sounding song called Selfies by not-so-famous yet (but potentially great) Scottish songwriter Nina Nesbitt. My sense of cultural and visual art is completely different than what is considered popular today. Since you are a student in the Faculty of Arts, I urge you to also passionately analyze a time considerably different than yours. However, do not forget the current time and miss out on the great art of the present. You may find something of greatness, or you or any student you meet may go on to become the next great artist.

    Dear friend, enjoy every minute of your university life. Take as many photographs and videos (if you still use those devices and you are not some sort of human-robot machine yourself). Save them for future generations to show them messages from the past. This time capsule is a great source for students studying Arts. When you open this in a hundred years in 2114, you’ll be able to see a world that is often beyond the average human life. I cannot even comprehend what the world will be like in a hundred years time. However, I hope it is like my overly-romanticized view of free access to knowledge, religion, peace, happiness, and love. All of these lovely notions are spread by messages inscribed in the arts and further grown and nourished by students like yourself, eager to learn and change the world for the better.

    A student of the past, present and future,
    Mukarram Ramadan

  69. Seymour Mayne dit :

    Ottawa dozes amidst its leafy trees

    Ottawa dozes amidst its leafy trees,
    gathers a green belt
    around its waist,

    sometimes breathes easy
    and tolerates a headache
    of glass towers.

    Ottawa blinks into the Laurentian
    night, urges its rivers
    meeting on their ways–
    Upon its stout bluff
    bears
    the Shield’s burdens,
    hunkers down and holds
    its own in encircling
    storm and snowdrift.

    And in the dog days of August
    even its canines
    must observe the rules.
    No one barks for long in Ottawa.
    No one disturbs the haze
    of daydreaming
    with a piercing call or cry.

    (Find its tongue on side streets.
    Hear its whisper
    shaped out of a dozen accents.)

    Ottawa rests
    laid-back
    on its ridge of rock.

    Seymour Mayne

  70. Julia dit :

    What is it like to live in 2014 in Ottawa, Canada? Beautiful. Many kind people. Canadian politeness. But also very, very busy. Frequently hectic. Highly consumer driven. The grind. If that’s the case 100 years from now, here’s my advice: take a breath, take a break, lift your face to the sky, watch the clouds, soak up the sun, go far, always return home, call your mom, call someone up, express your feelings, love more often and more deeply, laugh, hold the door open for people, say thank you a million times a day, radiate positive vibes, laugh some more, search for something good in everyone, compliment others, smile at strangers, compliment yourself, sing (Bob Marley isn’t from today but his music is timeless and for people from all walks of life), go out dancing, learn a new skill, try a new sport, relax, relax, relax, and remember that the best thing you can be when you’re older is a loving person. That being said, start now because you’re older this moment than you were a second ago and life is incredibly short so live it enthusiastically and full of love, but never take yourself too seriously.

  71. Paul Beckwith dit :

    Congratulations, since you are reading this message. It means that rationality and science based thought and actions defeated ideology and fundamentalism in my time period. It is not clear to me now, as I write to you, that science will win out. Climate change is rapidly accelerating, manifested mostly in the enormous Arctic temperature amplification, which of course reduces the temperature gradient with the equator, and is directly responsible for increasing waviness, fracturing, and chaotic behaviour in the jet streams. In turn, this is leading to a great increase in the frequency, severity and duration of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. Which in turn threaten the global food supply and global stability. In fact many people are losing hope that civilization will last much longer. Not me, however. I am confident that rationality will kick in soon, there will be a tipping point in human behaviour, and we will deal with climate change to ensure survival allowing you to read this message. Have a nice day:)

  72. Dillon Quesnel dit :

    I wonder about things like space travel. The kind of projects that will take generations of highly educated and committed individuals to ever have hopes of seeing completion… or fruition. The troubling thing for us in 2014 was not only that space travel takes a lot of tech, it also takes a lot of time. At our current rate of travel the generations of productive space operation would be scattered greatly across time. Each generation a stride forward. What scares us, and what is our greatest regret in space travel, is that we personally may not live to see the ultimate fruits of our labor.
    What future can you see? You, those who live in the future. To you I am a stranger from the past, but I want you to ask yourselves; what has changed? In 2014 we landed a probe on an asteroid. Discovered some funky extremophiles along the way. Where are you in the discovery of space? Remember Rosetta!
    Cheers to our engineering majors, present and future!
    P.s. Future, how are the bees doing?

  73. Frédérique Champagne dit :

    Je me nomme Frédérique Champagne. Je suis né en 1995 dans un Canada au cœur de la tourmente référendaire. Aujourd’hui, Orléans, fier bastion francophone de mes jeunes années, représente pour moi cette lutte parfois amère, parfois triomphale, empreinte de ces milles-et-une victoires sans nom ni visage qui rappellent à la résistance et à ce mot, toujours si puissant, que l’on nomme parfois, du bout des lèvres, liberté. Je vis dans un monde où la poussière des combats d’outre-mer retombe en crépitant sur le Parlement d’Ottawa, où des rues recouvertes d’asphalte sont envahies par des manifestants de toutes sortes, où la moindre panne de réseau condamne cet art perdu qu’est la communication. Je vis d’espoir, moi, homme moderne résolument pacifique, qui voit le monde entier s’entre-déchirer dans l’anarchie la plus totale. Je vis d’espoir, moi qui suis devenu ce Canadien errant au ras de routes qui sillonnent un continent entier, au ras de ce peuple dispersé dans cette marée anglo-saxonne, au ras même de cette peur qu’un jour, ce grand peuple qui est mien perde l’ultime bataille, à la manière d’un Léonidas devant les Thermopyles ou d’un Montcalm sur les Plaines d’Abraham. Peur enfin qu’il soit déjà trop tard, que le temps nous file déjà entre les doigts, que ces mots que j’écris à l’instant dans la langue de Molière fassent figure de langue morte dans à peine un siècle. À vous de contredire ma dernière phrase, à vous d’incarner cet espoir de croire aux miracles, aux lendemains meilleurs, à cette folie que l’on nomme rêveusement Francophonie. Mon rêve, vous le portez peut-être déjà à bout de bras, Hommes de l’avenir. Mon combat, ce sera celui des victoires remportées à l’arraché aux mains du destin. Mon combat, ce sera celui de l’encre sur le sang. Mon combat sera celui de toute une vie. À vous, lecteur d’une autre époque, je vous cède le flambeau. À vous d’en être dignes.

  74. Celina Feng dit :

    To the future… Decades ago, we predicted that by now, hover-boards would be widely accessible, and we would communicate to our friends using hologram-projecting devices, but that isn’t the case. What’s the world like then? I was around when music was on cassettes – tedious amounts of time were spent sticking my pencils and pinky into the holes to wind the tape. Today, we have iPhones and Google Glasses, magnetic rail bullet trains (not in Ottawa, of course). Selfie (sparrow face > duck face), twerking, Reddit are a couple things that seem to run our generation. Cursive hand-writing has ceased to be taught in elementary school, OCTranspo (the public transportation bus service) is still as unreliable as ever, Google basically owns everything worth anything online, and Netflix has taken over Blockbuster. I took a quiz on my spirit-animal and it was horrendously rigged… is our mascot still the Gee-Gee? There is a mysterious man who doesn’t share much about himself, of whom all UOttawa students affectionately call, « The Hot Dog Guy. » Has he a successor? We are selecting people to go on a one-way trip to Mars. Has our earth thrived? Has global warming taken a toll? Just… take care of yourself and take care of everything else around you. Let the wars in my present stay in my present.

  75. Emily dit :

    As a history student I can tell you that I learnt all about the revolutions in France and the revolution that shaped the United States; I could tell you about all the wars that have made our world what it is today. But you don’t live in that world and right now, we’re busy shaping the world that you’ll live in. Right now, at this very moment there are revolutions and protests and riots all over the world: Egypt, Thailand, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Mexico, Palestine, Brazil, Nigeria, and Ferguson USA. One day this will all be your history, at least I hope so. I hope you get to learn about all the injustices in the world right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if these protests will blow over and people will forget them, I hope not. I hope that we’re the generation that continues to make a difference, I hope that we’re the generation that you’ll get to learn about. If that’s not the case, I urge you to Google, or whatever it is you use to research, these events, I’m sure you’ll be inspired by the bravery of my generation. I hope that you’ll be inspired by my generation – just like we were from the past ones – to make a difference in your generation.

  76. Lorrée Allen dit :

    I graduated not too long ago. I loved our school and will miss it forever. If you are a young person, take heart. It will be hard out there, in the big wide world. It was for most of us. But slowly we are breaking down barriers and forming identities and making it through to the other side. We fought hard to get here and we are still fighting to make here better.

  77. Roksolana M dit :

    As a first year student, I have to say, 2014 is a big year. I know people are talking about the positives, but I will also recall some events that are going on, such as the crisis in Ukraine, Middle Eastern conflicts, the shooting in Ferguson, all of which highlight that we still have a lot to work towards in our lives. I hope in my lifetime we will be more socially equal, that the LGBTQ communities and women and ethnic minorities will have equal standing in ALL societies. Tablets have started becoming a big thing, we use netflix and itunes for movies and music, 3d movies are still a thing, it has been 100 years since world war 1, and we still do not have a cure for cancer. We have created 3d printers, our cars still mostly run on fuel, and our winters are getting shorter but we still have snow. I hope things are wonderful future students, and that my generation has not only talked big about what we will do for the world, but that we have actually done it. Good luck, and live long and prosper (Star Trek reference)

  78. Dan dit :

    This is my first year of university and I have seen a lot happen this year. I fell in love, realized that I have depression, came out to my parents as transgender and generally stumbled through life. A lot of people commenting here might say stuff about how amazing the world is, and how we’ve made so much progress, and that’s true, to a degree, but also the world we live in is a very scary place for marginalized people even now. Yesterday, at the time that I’m writing this, was the day that the Grand Jury refused to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for the murder of Michael Brown, a black boy. I wonder what parts of my lived experience and others lived experience will be taught in history classes in the future. I hope your world is a better place than the one I’m living in now, and I hope you never stop working to make it even better.

  79. Brianne Roberts-MacDonald dit :

    Hello! I am in my first year at uOttawa, and this city is beautiful. You are blessed to be here. Please remember to make the most out of your university experience! Whether you live on or off-campus, make it your duty to get involved in school as much as you can! Believe me, this makes a difference on whether you will have a great or terrible university experience. Don’t sweat the small stuff; life is too short. :) Adopt lots of kitties and puppies, because animals are the best. ♡ This decade, humankind has been more open-minded to things that were once completely out of bounds or looked down upon (the LGBT community, for example). But we still have a long way to go to achieving complete equality and preventing social injustice. Hopefully things will have improved by the time you read this! Social media is all the trend right now; Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr are the big three! The top two « smartphones » right now are Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. I wonder if these companies will still be among the ranks in 100 years! So many things to say, but I don’t know how to summarize everything into one short blurb, so here are my parting words: don’t let the world change you, but let YOU change the world. ♡

  80. Caroline dit :

    Je fais partie de la Génération Y (les « Millenials »), tout comme ceux et celles nés dans les années 1980 et 1990. Nous sommes nés à une époque où l’internet et la téléphonie mobile faisaient leur entrée en force dans la majorité des foyers moyens. Notre génération est caractérisée par l’hyperconnectivité, l’instantanéité et la mobilité. Nous faisons d’ailleurs pratiquement tout avec nos téléphones intelligents : communication par messagerie texte, navigation sur internet, photographie et vidéo, opérations bancaires, géolocalisation, messagerie par courriel, téléchargement et écoute de musique, réseautage social, pour ne nommer que ceux-ci. Ironiquement, nous les utilisons très peu pour faire des appels téléphoniques. Pour vous en 2114, les technologies que nous utilisons aujourd’hui seront assurément très rudimentaires, mais pour nous, c’est la modernité!

  81. Marielle Cunan dit :

    For the future students and staff of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa: make the most of your time on this campus. You are in the capital of our nation, enjoy it with those around you! It’s currently the year 2014 and we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of our faculty. It’s up to you now to learn from those who came before you. Remember that « it takes a campus to fulfill a dream », we need to lend each other a hand.