Breaking The Ice With Your Ice Breakers


Shannon Van Herzle – Blue

Hometown: Delhi, ON

Ethnic background: Belgian and English

Program: Concurrent Education, Primary Junior

Birthday: July 13, 1994

Favourite artist/band: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Ed Sheeran

Favourite TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Favourite food: chicken wings

Favourite class: Children’s Literature and Women and Fiction

Go-to karaoke song: Lose Yourself by Eminem

Pets: one Shih Tzu dog named Dakota but only answers to Cody

Sports: soccer and basketball

Hobbies: being outside, camping, fishing and hanging with friends

Travelled to: England, France, New York City, Florida and Quebec.

What was the biggest lesson learned at University?: “It’s going to sound so cliché but just to be yourself … Fall into yourself it’ll take some time but fall into yourself, find you, find your thing.”


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Cale Michael – Blue

Hometown: London, ON

Ethnic background: Italian and Canadian

Program: Concurrent Education, Junior Intermediate

Birthday: September 29, 1994

Favourite artist/band: Lights

Favourite TV show: Game of Thrones and Better Call Saul

Favourite food: platter of wings

Favourite class: African History

Go-to karaoke song: Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

Pets: none currently, want a Rottweiler named Bowser

Sports: love watching Hockey

Hobbies: videogames and hanging out with friends

Travelled to: Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican

What makes you unique?: “I just kind of do me … I know how I act and that’s who I am. I’m not going to censor myself based on who’s around me because then they’re not actually getting to know you, they’re getting to know the version that you think you want them to know.”


Tyler Dosa – Red

Hometown: Thorold, ON

Program: Criminology and English

Ethnic background: Italian

Birthday: May 5, 1993

Favourite artist/band: Ed Sheeran

Favourite TV show: The Big Bang Theory

Favourite food: Fettucini Alfredo

Favourite class: Multiple Murder

Go-to karaoke song: You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Pets: a hamster named Penny

Sports: Hockey

Hobbies: sports and video games

Travelled to: Punta Cana and Ohio

Why did you want to be an Ice Breaker?: “To give to back to all of the first years like my Ice Breakers gave to me. My head Ice is my friend now. It’s more than just Ice Breakers and first years, it’s about building friendships.”


Sarah Carroll Ice BreakerSarah Carroll – Red

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Ethnic background: Irish

Program: Concurrent Education Primary Junior

Birthday: August 30, 1994

Favourite artist/band: Mumford & Sons

Favourite TV show: Scandal

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite class: Gender Theories and Cultures

Go-to karaoke song:  Loose yourself by Eminem

Pets: None

Sports: Softball

Hobbies: volunteering for the Students Union (Coordinator of First Year Integration) and hanging out with friends

Travelled to: Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia, The United States, and Costa Rica

What is your favourite O-Week memory?: “When we did Zumba in the park. I found it was the first time I felt completely comfortable, as everyone was just there to have fun. I remember it was pouring but no one seemed to care, everyone was drenched and couldn’t help but look ridiculous.”


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Aryan Arvandi – Gold

Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON

Ethnic background: Half Persian and Half Filipino

Program: Concurrent Education Junior Intermediate

Birthday: November 25, 1993

Favourite artist/band: 2 Chainz

Favourite TV show: Dexter

Favourite food: Persian Food, Kebab in particular

Favourite class: Mathematics and Teaching II, Children, Toys and Media and Transgression and Desire

Go-to karaoke song: Birthday Song by 2 Chainz & Kanye West

Pets: a Bichon Poodle mix dog named Chloe

Sports: rowing and volleyball

Hobbies: rowing, working out, dancing, taking care of my friends and eating

Travelled to: United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico

What makes you unique?: “I have been told that I am really approachable and down to earth. I like to dance and sing to pop music a lot.”


KristenKristen Wrigglesworth – Gold

Hometown: Napanee, ON

Ethnic Background: Scottish and British

Program: Criminology

Birthday: April 3, 1992

Favourite artist/band: Ed Sheeran, Sam Smithand Pentatonic

Favourite TV show: Suits, MasterChef and Friends

Favourite food: anything Italian

Favourite class: Multiple Murder

Go-to karaoke song: Respect by Aretha Franklin

Pets: three cats: Harry, Pippit and George

Sports: baseball, volleyball, competitive dance and cheerleading

Hobbies: writing music, travelling/roadtrips, and anything outside like hiking and camping

Travelled to: Punta Cana, many states in the US, Boston, New York City and Alberta

What was your biggest worry going into University?: “My biggest worry going into university had to have been ‘Am I going to make any friends?’ The truth is, I met more friends than I could ever possibly explain. University has a way of putting you into situations that push your comfort zone and also put you in situations where you bond and meet incredible people.”


ben howard ice breakerBen Howard – Green

Hometown: Orangeville, ON

Ethnic background: Caucasian and British

Program: Concurrent Education Junior Intermediate Math teachable, Geography minor

Birthday: December 5, 1992

Favourite artist/band: Of Monsters and Men

Favourite TV show: Suits

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite class: “Anything with Chad Hillier because he’s the biggest beauty. Engaging, understanding and just too funny.”

Go-to karaoke song: You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift (sing it with Tyler Dosa)

Pets: a hamster named Philip

Sports: Hockey, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee

Hobbies: sports, guitar, beating the roommates at NHL 15

Travelled to: England, Alberta and Florida

What is your favourite University memory?: “As soon as NV 50 cent wings became a thing; shout out to Aryan.”


Nicole Gamsyager Head ShotNicole Heather – Green

Hometown: born in Mississauga, moved and grew up in Oakville from a young age

Ethnic background: Scottish and Austrian

Program: Concurrent Education Primary Junior with an English teachable

Birthday: August 30, 1994

Favourite artist/band: The Maine

Favourite TV show: Scrubs, Greys Anatomy and New Girl

Favourite food: Steak

Favourite class: Children, Toys and Media

Go-to karaoke song: Man I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain

Pets: cat named Tucker

Sports: Softball

Hobbies: binge watch TV shows, hang out with friends and family, be outdoors, and go to the gym

Travelled to: Cuba, Punta Canna, Florida, British Columbia and San Francisco

What advice do you have for first years?: “One thing I look back and wish I could change would be my attitude during my first orientation week. O-Week is what you make of it. If you put yourself out there and attend events you will have an amazing time.”

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