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Frat honours fallen brother
Ryerson student, Hugo Chan, remembered with new fraternity scholarship
A scholarship is to be funded in the memory of Ryerson student, Hugo Chan, who died on Dec. 14.After allegedly misplacing his keys, the 25-year-old fourth-year hospitality and tourism manage-ment student was attempting to climb into his room through a third-ﬂoor window next to a ﬁre escape when the icy conditions caused him to slip and fall to his death. Chan lived at a local Univer-sity of Toronto fraternity house, Beta Theta Pi on Lowther Avenue, which, despite its University of To-ronto afﬁliation, allows some Ry-erson undergraduates to pledge.Beta Theta Pi is hard at work commemorating their lost broth-er with one member’s business sponsoring the Hugo Chan Me-morial Scholarship in his name. The scholarship will be funded
By Dylan Freeman-Grist
by a trust fund looked after by delegates of Beta Theta Pi and administered to University of Toronto students who are mem-bers of a Greek letter founda-tion, Thomas James Barclay, a University of Toronto student, said on his website in conjunction with The Aequus Foundation, a society that strives for equal ac-cess to post-secondary education. “Our goal is to raise $5000 in the ﬁrst year and we look forward to working alongside the Univer-sity of Toronto Greek Community in raising the funds. The follow-ing years’ objectives would be to surpass the previous years’ results, empowering the trust with more funds to distribute,” the post reads.Greek letter organiza-tions all over North Ameri-ca lowered their ﬂag to half-mast to commemorate Chan.“The fraternity is saddened to announce the passing of Hugo S. Chan, Toronto ‘14, a senior who had just been elect-ed as the chapter’s vice-presi-dent,” Beta Theta Pi posted on their ofﬁcial Facebook page.The post was responded to with condolences from Beta chapters far and wide including the reac-tions from brothers at Chan’s own Theta Zeta chapter in Toronto. “Hugo lived the ritual each and everyday. Every Theta Zeta brother strives to be at least half the Beta Hugo was. Damn proud to call this man my brother,” com-mented Faraz Kmf one of Chan’s fellow house-mates, on the page. “I still remember Hugo’s smile like I saw him yesterday. Hugo was a very optimistic man who motivated everyone around him,” added John Lee, another of Chan’s friends, to the thread.A candlelight vigil was held in Chan’s honour on Dec. 14. His body was buried on Dec. 22 in Richmond Hill.
Ryerson apologizes for bad paint job
New project with more durable paint treatment is set to begin in the spring
The test that wasn’t
By Zoe Yve
A public apology has been made for the paint quality on Ryerson’s Gould and Victoria streets, with a future solution in the works by Ryerson University’s vice-president of administration and ﬁnance, Julia Hanigsberg. Hanigsberg posted a thorough explanation behind the low quality of the roads Jan. 6 on her personal blog.“We had a narrow range of tem-perature when the epoxy could be applied. I required my team to complete the work before the tem-perature dropped. That was my mistake,” Hanigsberg noted in her apology.The $170,000 beautiﬁcation and branding project was completed in October to revamp the previ-ous yellow road with blue paths to campus buildings and spaces. This new design used epoxy paint, to prevent eroding and better protect against dirt build-up. Road completion was planned for September 2013 when students returned to Ryerson for the Week of Welcome. However, after realiz-ing this was an unrealistic deadline, the work was done in a hurry. “We did the work in a rush. We put speed ahead of quality of ap-plication.”Hanigsberg, and the Campus Facilities and Sustainability team, take a responsibility and assure to ﬁx the issue in the future. “We want to be ﬂexible, in terms of the alternate solution,” Hanigs-berg said. “Whatever the solution [Ryerson President] Sheldon [Levy] and I assure you that it is going to be one that is well executed, effec-tively achieved, and will do what our intention was the entire time: enhance the campus and really make it look terriﬁc.” Levy assures that the repairs will not be at a cost to students. “Like many contracts of this type, you don’t pay the full amount until you’re happy with the out-come. That is the case with this,” said Levy.
Painting of the road has cost Ryerson $170,000 from their beautiﬁcation fund.
PHOTO: NATALIA BALCERZAK
The company will be repairing the road at their cost, according to Levy. If the company does not with-hold their agreement to repair, the cost may instead come from an op-erating budget used for repairs and renovations, said Hanigsberg.“As is typical in projects of this nature, the entire cost is not paid until the project has been complet-ed to our satisfaction and meets all the quality criteria,” said Pinoo Bindhani, executive director in the ofﬁce of the vice president for ad-ministration and ﬁnance.The solution project is intended to begin this spring.Seventy-eight students rewrote a chemistry exam Jan. 9 after 162 exam booklets included answers keys to the multiple choice section at the end of winter semester.Only the answers to the ﬁrst 20 questions were attached.Students not issued the answer key would be unaffected, academic misconduct charges were not laid against students who were, with the choice to re-take the exam or accept their grade calculated from the last 30 questions also being ex-tended.“People who get a second exam have more time to prepare. They know what the questions will be like, I know I will do better than I did [the ﬁrst time],” said Yuriy Malkov, a fourth-year electrical engineering student who received the answer key during his exam.The resolution was reached after consultation with department of chemistry and biology, the Faculty of engineering and architecture, the faculty of science, the Provost and the Vice Provost Academic.“It was just an unfortunate ac-cident,” said Daniel Foucher, an associate professor in chemistry and the instructor of the affected section. “It wasour mistake. We take full responsibility.”According to the email sent to students, the temptation to use an answer key that is supplied with a test is too great, and to charge the students with academic miscon-duct would be unfair.Oleg Sirghii, also a fourth-year electrical engineering student, didn’t ﬁnd the matter a big deal.“What matters is how you [make] a resolution and make sure everyone is in a fair resolution.” he said while also suggesting the pos-sibility of granting a bonus mark to the other, unaffected sections.Only one of the six versions had an answer on it and was sent to print.According to Ryerson president Sheldon Levy, the university has examination policies prepared for situations such as this. In this case, policy 135 states the professor must use his or her best judgment to come up with solutions that up-held academic integrity. “It was a mistake and people have to correct it. These things can happen and it is unfortunate that it happened,” said Levy.
Beta Theta Pi fraternity brother and Ryerson student, Hugo Chan, died Dec. 14.
PHOTO COURTESY BETA THETA PI
Hugo was a very optimistic man who motivated everyone around himEvery Theta Beta brother strives to be at least half the Beta Hugo was