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The Eyeopener — October 24, 2012

The Eyeopener — October 24, 2012

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Volume 46 - Issue 7October 24, 2012theeyeopener.comSince 1967
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2Wednesday Oct. 24 2012
Wednesday Oct. 24 20123
To meet the growing demand foron-campus living space, the con-struction of Ryerson University’snew student residence at 186 JarvisSt. has been nalized and will beginin September 2014.Last month, Ryerson formallysubmitted their request to the Cityof Toronto for rezoning and siteplanning.The building will stretch 27 sto-reys high, a ve-storey extensionof the previous proposal made inFebruary.“The MPI group, our developer,is responsible for how much heightto go for,” said Julia Hanigsberg,vice president of administration andnance at Ryerson.“They will look at how muchdensity the city is approving on oth-er sites near ours to determine howhigh it is appropriate to go for theRyerson residence.”The construction of the tower willtry to meet the growing demand forstudent living spaces on campus.“Students can learn so much byliving in residence, not only to-wards their schooling but, for theirpersonal lives as well,” says LauraDarcy, a fourth-year photogra-phy student and current ResidenceAdvisor in O’Keefe House.“Residence is an amazing re-source for universities,” said Darcy.The new will include the rst500 of 2,000 beds being added tocampus.Ryerson President Sheldon Levyhas said that though the tower is agreat development, it is only a start-ing point.“We’re trying to deliberately in-crease the residence rooms that wehave on campus,” said Levy.With the recent unveiling of Ryer-son’s new Mattamy Athletic Centreat Maple Leaf Gardens, Levy hassaid that he would like to keep ex-panding into that area.“My priority is somewhere onChurch between Gerrard and Car-leton. I would love to see a resi-dence there so it better connects theGardens to the campus,” said Levy.With the approved proposal for2000 new beds by the Board of Governors, Ryerson is looking toprovide opportunity to students un-able to live on campus because of space restrictions.“With the majority of the studentpopulation being commuters, it’s ahassle getting to school. I think theywant to live downtown, but there issuch a limited space,” said AshleyPaton, a rst-year urban and re-gional planning student.“Ultimately, it eliminates the has-sle of commuting; they could be us-ing that time to study or in anothermeaningful way.”Though the residence is not di-rectly on campus, it is within a veminute walking distance.The development, design and
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building of the tower will be han-dled by MPI group in a partnershipwith Ryerson.“We have a lot of condence inMPI and their ability to deliver theproject,” says Hanigsberg.
A rendering of Ryerson’s newest residence, slated to be built by 2016
New residence plans fnalized
Ryerson’s new residence will have more fve storeys to accommodate more students, update reveals
Ryersonnumber onein research
Ryerson had the largest increase inresearch funding of any Ontariouniversity in 2011, according tostatistics by a research consultingrm.Research Infosource Inc., a divi-sion of The Impact Group, releasedits
Canada’s Top 50 Research Uni-versities List 
, a report examiningresearch income of the country’spost-secondary institutions.Despite only a 2.2 per cent in-crease in total funding for researchuniversities in Canada — and thefact that most research funds go touniversities with medical programs— Ryerson’s research funding in2011 increased to $29,518,000from $22,524,000 in 2010 — ajump of 31.1 per cent and the high-est in Ontario.The list also named three
Re-search Universities o the Year
inthree different categories.Ryerson placed second in the un-dergraduate category with a scoreof 77.8 points. The University of Lethbridge got rst place with 78.1points.Before Research Infosource Inc.gives each university a score outof 100, a number of factors areconsidered.The list looks at how muchmoney is going into a university,research output, how many ar-ticles and journals each institutiongot published in peer-reviewedjournals, and each university’ssuccess in being cited in academicliterature.It also looks into how success-ful each school was at attractingfunding.Wendy Cukier, vice president re-search and innovation at Ryerson,said the school’s success in researchis a result of many years of hardwork.“It’s an acknowledgement of the trajectory we’ve been on in thelast few years as we have become acomprehensive university,” Cukiersaid. “I really think we’re startingto reap the rewards of many yearsof hard work by many people.”Cukier noted the university hasbeen shifting towards hiring moreprofessors with PhDs and a “trackrecord” in research.She said the next twenty yearswill hold challenges for the school.“It’s clear it’s a more competitiveenvironment,” she said.“It’s clear the traditional sourcesof funding for research are dry-ing up and we have to be morecreative.”
CUPE addresses credit card misuse
A member of Ryerson’s staff andfaculty union who used a groupcredit card for personal expenses isno longer employed by the union,according to a letter obtained by
The Eyeopener.
In a letter addressed to membersof the union, Donald Elder, the Pres-ident of Canadian Union of PublicEmployees (CUPE) Local 3904, ac-knowledged that “there had beeninappropriate use of a credit card”and that “the money owing hassince been repaid and the individualis no longer an employee of Local3904.”“There was a mistake made, itwas corrected and policies are nowin place to ensure it will not happenagain,” Elder said in his letter.Elder’s letter comes as a direct re-sponse to a letter sent out to unionmembers by Jacquie Chic, the lo-cal’s vice-president of campaigns.In her email, Chic reveals that Elderand treasurer Rob Coelho informedunion executives of the credit cardmisuse in March, but that they alleg-edly had known about it since 2009.Chic also notes that both Elderand Coelho allegedly “made cleartheir intention not to” tell membersof the credit card misuse after she“urged and later begged the presi-dent and treasurer” to do so.“They explained that they hadasked the individual to stop and dis-cussed repayment,” she said in theletter. “Some repayment was madealong the way but the card contin-ued to be used improperly. They didnot take steps to stop the practice.The money was ultimately returnedin June of this year.”While Elder’s letter acknowledgedthe improper use of the group creditcard it did not disclose the nameof the former union member, theamount that was charged to the cardor when Elder rst found out aboutthe misuse.Additionally, it did not touchupon allegations that the uniondid not have trustees overseeingtheir nances for two of those threeyears or that nancial irregulari-ties were not reported in statementsfrom 2009 onwards, which both goagainst union by-laws.Elder said that these issues wouldbe discussed at the local’s annualmembership meeting which takesplace on Oct. 24.Both Elder and Chic were un-available to comment on the issue.
With fles rom the Toronto Star

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