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The Eyeopener — March 13, 2013

The Eyeopener — March 13, 2013

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Volume 46 - Issue 20March 13, 2013theeyeopener.comSince 1967
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One man’sstory ofdiscrimination
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Student spacepops up
2Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 The Canadian Experience Class program offers foreign graduates with Canadian work experience the opportunity to appland stay in Canada permanently. Visit 
for more details and see if you’re eligible.
Le programme de la catégorie de l’expérience canadienne offre aux diplômés étrangers ayant une expérience de travail auCanada la possibilité de faire une demande en vue d’habiter en permanence au Canada. Visitez le site
 pour en savoir plus et pour voir si vous êtes admissible.
The Eyeopener Elections Extrava-palooza has started.Nominations and posters are due by 5 pm March 27.Speeches begin shortly after.Voting will begin at 10 am March 28th,polls close at 5 pm.
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Wednesday, March 13, 20133
The OneCard ofce has three ull-time sta members and a manager. It has made more than $40,000 rom replacing lost student cards this fscal year alone.
Rye nets thousands from OneCard losses
A $30 fee to replace lost OneCards is meant to deter students from misplacing them, but it also rakes in cash for the school
Journalism school’s magazine cut to one issue a year
As the
Ryerson Review of Journal-ism (RRJ)
celebrates its 30th year incirculation, the journalism school’smagazine will toast to change. Afteryears of under-funding it will makethe cost-cutting move to an annualpublication from its former bi-annu-al critique on Canadian journalism.On March 1, 2013,
pub-lisher and journalism school chairIvor Shapiro posted a message onthe magazine’s website announc-ing that the Winter edition of themagazine would be cancelled “effec-tive immediately” in order to focuson “enlarged and enhanced” longform content. It is expected to savethe journalism school $20,000 to$30,000 a year in production costsand pull the
from a ounderingbusiness model.“At the
Ryerson Review of Jour-nalism
, we can penny pinch it, wecan cut its budget, we can say ‘chopthis,’ ‘do that differently,’ reduce thenumber of pages per issue, [and]stop printing it in colour... but thenwe’re going to diminish the qualityof the product we produce,” Sha-piro said. “Rather than that, I’drather nd a way to make it moresustainable.”Retracting the publication to asingle issue per year comes at a tur-bulent time in the journalism indus-try. The statement follows recentnews of a slew of editorial layoffspurging
Toronto Star
staff as postedon the
website March 4. Acacophony of resentment towardrecent pay wall installations contin-ues to swarm respected news outletsacross Canada.All the while, dwindling gradu-ate student interest in participatingin the
’s Winter edition over thelast three years has led to a lack of manpower necessary to justify pro-duction costs.But Lynn Cunningham, an in-structor with the
, said thebiggest problem that the magazinefaces has plagued production forover a decade: the publication haslanguished in the wake of a $35,000grant from Maclean Hunter Ltd.,which the company (owned by Rog-ers) extended to Ryerson in 1984and let expire in 1997.It’s time for change, even if Cun-ningham isn’t happy with it. Cuts tothe
could hurt students’ accessto magazine production in their -nal year of study as the journalismschool searches for a sustainablebusiness model.“Traditionally there have beenabout 30 students all together whohave worked on the magazine in agiven year and that number mightbe halved,” Cunningham said.But Tim Falconer, former instruc-tor of the
editorial team, sug-gested a competitive process couldhelp strengthen the magazine’s longform management. If the journalismschool is trying to improve the formby sacricing student opportunity, itis doing so for the good of the jour-nalistic craft. It’s a process of trans-formation Shapiro called “messy”and “painful.”Even as rumours of a switch toan online-only platform swirledthrough the school, the news to cre-ate an annual
publication sur-prised Rhiannon Russell, editor of the
’s Summer edition.“I guess you kind of think a jour-nalism school would be more stable,perhaps, than a news organization,because a school [is not as] depen-dant on advertisers,” Russell said,“But clearly that’s not the case.”Shapiro said the next step forthe
might include an onlinepartnership with j-source.ca, anindustry site, to complement theannual print issue. The
woulduse j-source’s network as a way tosustain relationships with a sharedreadership year-round. It wouldbe an experimental model involv-ing contributions from journalismschools across Canada.A university’s job is to experimentRyerson banks some serious cashwhen you lose that piece of plasticyou got in rst year.The OneCard — used for print-ing, building access and residencemeal plans — is issued to rst-yearstudents at no charge. But to replacelost or damaged cards, studentshave to shell out $30.And while that fee is supposedto scare students from losing theircard, it’s made the school more than$140,000 in the last three years.According to data supplied byDarcy Flynn, manager of the On-eCard ofce, more than 1,477 re-placement cards were issued at the$30 rate so far this year. In the 2010-11 scal year, 1,647 cards were re-placed, while 1,632 were replacedin 2011-12. Flynn said the moneycollected is revenue to support busi-ness operations at the OneCard of-ce, which has three full-time staff members and a manager.“The fee includes the cost of thecard and the staff resources in vali-dating the credentials for the newcard,” Flynn said in an email. “Thereplacement fee is the cost of runningthe business but also an incentive forindividuals to protect their card.”President Sheldon Levy said hedoesn’t know how much replacingthe cards actually costs — or if a re-placement card warrants a $30 fee— and Flynn said providing thosenumbers would break a condenti-ality agreement with the card sup-plier.Supplying access cards for univer-sities is a competitive industry, andRyerson went through a tender pro-cess, or a call for bids, to nd thebest card supplier. The school hasbeen in partnership with HID Glob-al, a manufacturer of access andidentication products, since 2005.Card costs vary amongst differentuniversities. The University of To-ronto, whose cards are supplied byITC Systems, replaces student cardsfor $12. York University charges$20.“The only thing I’ve been toldis that it’s at a price of $30 to beable to encourage students not tolose them, if I can put it that way,”Levy said. “I’m not saying anyonehas told me that it costs $30 to re-place them.”The fee, which hasn’t beenchanged since 2003, accounts forprinting a new card and photo,staff resources such as making surethe individual is still a student or astaff member at the university, anddeactivating credentials on the oldcard. But, Flynn said it takes “aboutve to 10 minutes” to produce aOneCard.No refunds are given for studentswho nd their old card. Flynn saidit would be unreasonable to do sosince supplies and card stock areused in the process.Sam Kopmar, a second-year lawand business student, agrees. “If youlose a card, you should pay a fee toreplace it,” he said. “It’s not free.”
Ivor Shapiro, chair o the school o journalism at Ryerson, announced the magazine’smove to one issue per year on March 1.
and innovate, he asserted.“We should be leading with newbusiness models, new workows,new ways of doing [things],” Sha-piro said. “These are being experi-mented with and students are beingencouraged to take risks and learnnew lessons, and that knowledgecan then be extended and sharedwith both fellow students and alsowith the industry.”The next issue of the
will beshipped to subscribers in April.

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