What is Skule?
Skule™ is the name of the University of Toronto’s engineering community at the St. George campus. It is made up of about 5000 undergraduate students, hundreds of graduate students, and a range of dedicated alumni. It is also home to hundreds of engineering clubs, athletics teams, design teams, and traditions (see below). The Skule™ name was first used almost a century ago when students discovered something that they had in common: engineers don’t know how to spell. As something that the community created together, the Engineering Society trademarked the name in 1984.
Existing longer than a century, it is no wonder that Skule™ has so many rich traditions.
Ye Olde Mighty Skule™ Cannon
The Cannon is Skule™'s official mascot. Protected by the Cannon Guard and the mysterious Chief Attiliator, the Cannon appears and fires at numerous community events every year. The Cannon is usually accompanied by the Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad and always by the cheering of engineers.
Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad
The Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad, or "LGMB" for short, is Skule™'s most infamous musical group. Armed with instruments ranging from saxophones and drums to maracas and stop signs, the LGMB welcomes anyone who wishes to join; musical experience is not required. The LGMB is known for appearing unexpectedly at events throughout the year and serenading students, University staff, and innocent bystanders with its well-known melodies. Find out more or sign up at [the LGMB website](http://lgmb.skule.ca/).
Orientation Week, more commonly known as F!rosh Week, is a week-long event at the beginning of September that introduces new students to the Skule™ community. Incoming students and the upper-year "leedurs" tour St. George campus, participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt, watch the college bed races, compete in the F!rosh Olympics, and more. Find out more or register at [the Orientation website](https://www.orientation.skule.ca/).
Godiva Week is the Skule™'s other week-long festival celebrating Skule™ spirit, taking place in the first week of January after students come back from the holidays. Throughout the week students participate in auctions, the Charity Car Smash, Godiva's Quest, Ye Olde Chariot Race, and competitions to become the symbols of Skule™ spirit: Mr. Blue and Gold and Godiva's Crown. The week begins with Godiva's Resurrection and ends with Godiva's Wake since the celebration honours the legend of Lady Godiva, the patron saint of engineering.
Cannonball and Gradball
Cannonball and Gradball are the annual semi-formal and formal dinner dances for engineering, and are one way for students to relax before and after the winter academic term. The events are full of high-class food, musical accompaniment (including one infamous Bnad), dancing, and socializing. The mighty Skule™ Cannon is known for appearing at both of these events, and its caretaker the Chief Attiliator traditionally reveals their identity at Gradball every year.
Skule Nite is a musical variety show run by students every year. It pokes fun at engineering life with dozens of sketches and songs which the cast and crew prepare for throughout the year, filling Hart House Theatre with laughter. Find out more at [the Skule Nite website](http://skulenite.skule.ca/about).