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The Eyeopener — January 22, 2014

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Volume 47 - Issue 14January 22, 2014theeyeopener.com@theeyeopenerSince 1967
P12 Rams top OUA
The smartest addict in the room
Students are hacking their brains with a new kind of drug. P8
P7 Surf jams
2Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014
Congratulations to our award recipients who exemplify excellence and innovation at Ryerson.
Marion Coomey
, RTA School of Media
Vincent Hui
, Department of Architectural Science
Mustafa Koç
, Department of Sociology
Liping Fang
, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Alagan Anpalagan
, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tara Burke
, Department of Psychology
David Checkland
, Department of Philosophy
Michelle Dionne
, Department of Psychology
Alan Kaplan
, School of Accounting and Finance
Bruno Lessard
, School of Image Arts
Kelly MacKay
, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Ali Miri
, Department of Computer Science
 James Nadler
, RTA School of Media
Bala Venkatesh
, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Emily Agard
, Department of Chemistry and Biology
Lori Beckstead
, RTA School of Media
Nick Bellissimo
, School of Nutrition
Stephanie Cassin
, Department of Psychology
Kimberley Gilbride
, Department of Chemistry and Biology
Michael Inglis
, School of Accounting and Finance
Yuanshun Li
, School of Accounting and Finance
Zaiyi Liao
, Department of Architectural Science
Natalia Lumby
, School of Graphic Communications Management
 Jenny Sampirisi
, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Arts - English
Beau Standish
, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Halis Yildiz
, Department of Economics
Alagan Anpalagan
, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Farhad Ein-Mozaffari
, Department of Chemical Engineering
Trevor Hart
, Department of Psychology
Shavin Malhotra
, Department of Global Management Studies
Andrew O’Malley
, Department of English
Dérick Rousseau
, Department of Chemistry and Biology
Mandana Vahabi
, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Pnina Alon-Shenker
, Department of Law and Business
Ebrahim Bagheri
, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 Jeffrey Boase
, School of Professional Communication
Andrea Burgess
, Department of Mathematics
Tomaz Jardim
, Department of History
Bruno Lessard
, School of Image Arts
Eric Liberda
, School of Occupational and Public Health
Ron Babin
, School of Information Technology Management
Debora Foster
, Department of Chemistry and Biology
David Harris
, School of Image Arts
Karen Spalding
, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Monique Tschofen
, Department of English
Bin Wu
, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 Jastej Gill
, Centre for Counseling and Student Development - Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Daniel Jakubek
, Library Learning Services - Map and GIS
Kevin Manuel
, Library Learning Services - Data
For more information or to submit a nomination for the Service & Leadership and Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity awards, please visit www.ryerson.ca/recognition. Nominations due January 31, 2014.
Celebrating Excellence
3Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014
Pan Am volunteers receive OSAP help
Ontario government to allow student Pan Am volunteers to delay OSAP payments by a year
By Yara Kashlan and Ramisha Farooq
The Ontario government will waive student loan payments for one full year after study comple-tion for new graduates who choose to volunteer at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. In a move to ease student pres-sure in paying off Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans, new and returning students who volunteer for the games will also be able to receive increased OSAP loans since they will spend their summer volunteering instead of seeking employment. Toronto is the hosting the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am games, the third -largest international multi-sport games in the world.Approximately 4,500 students will benefit from the program. “The enhancements to OSAP are creating a wonderful opportu-nity to encourage students across Ontario to get involved in the To-ronto 2015 games,” David Peter-son, chair of the Pan Am organiz-ing committee, said in a statement.As the largest multi-sport event to be held in Ontario, the games will need approximately 20,000 volunteers to help organize and execute events. “The 2015 games are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity for Ontario’s youth to get involved, gain specialized training and earn transferable workplace skills that will serve them long after the games have drawn to a close,” Michael Chan, the minister responsible for the 2015 games, said.“This is the power of sport host-ing — maximizing meaningful op-portunities for Ontarians while creating a lasting legacy that will benefit the province well beyond 2015.”According to a press release, the plan is part of a $1.9-million initiative that ensures everyone across the province benefits from the games.With just over 500 days until Toronto hosts the games, Ryerson is also going to be part of the city’s initiative by hosting basketball games in the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC).“We are extremely excited [for] the opportunity to welcome North and South America to our city and our university,” Keith Baulk, gen-eral manager of the MAC, said.Ryerson’s newly renovated MAC, formerly Maple Leaf Gar-dens, has been chosen as one of the host venues for the games.“When Ryerson U had the vi-sion for the venue, athletic director Ivan Joseph recognized the quality of the building would make it a perfect fit as a host venue for the Pan Am games.,” Baulk said.“He approached the organiz-ers of the games with the idea and they immediately added it as host site for one of the Pan Am sports.”Erin McGinn, the assistant vice-president of communications at Ryerson, said there was always a desire among students and staff to get involved with the games. “Ryerson has a mandate to be involved in our city and our com-munity,” McGinn said. “[It’s] a great opportunity for students, staff and alumni to be involved in an initiative for our city.”The games will be held in July and early August 2015, giving the Ryerson community many oppor-tunities to be involved.“Changing OSAP to encourage students and new graduates to vol-unteer at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will help them make a lasting impact on their communi-ties, build valuable skills for the future and enjoy an experience of a lifetime,” Brad Duguid, minister of training, colleges and universi-ties, said. Staff and students also recog-nize that the games are good for the university’s reputation.“It is one of the biggest events, if not the biggest that Toronto and the greater area have hosted,” Chris Drew, Ryerson alumnus and board member on the Pan Am Community Engagement Council, said.First-year biomedical science stu-dent Ryan Peterson is happy with the government’s decision.“It’s a great way to get students involved in the community. It will also help students [to] be able to afford education, overall,” Peter-son said.Every major event we host builds credibility on a national and inter-national level for Ryerson and the MAC, Baulk said.
Pan Am basketball events will be held at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Rye reacts to York’s religious accomodation
Ryerson would take different approach to York University policies on student accomodation
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy believes exceptions like this one are not made.
Recently, Toronto has been faced with new challenges of equity ver-sus equality when it comes to reli-gion in the classroom. In September, a York University student requested to be excused from a group assignment on the grounds that he could not work with women due to his religious beliefs. His professor initially denied the request, but the program dean allowed the student to study sepa-rately from the women.The dean claimed he had no op-tion and felt powerless. Since then, the controversy has spread across Toronto and Canada. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said that he would have handled this situation differently.“I would have said to the stu-dent — I would have said to any student — that the information we provide you on the start of the course should make it clear that that type of exception is not made,” he said.Levy said Ryerson is a inclu-sive community where everyone should feel at home and work to-gether.Deciding who would be more infringed upon — the student re-fusing to work with the group of women or the women — is the ba-sis of the issue.“We would have certainly made it very clear or should make it very clear that our policy is one that’s inclusive… to any student on tak-ing any course, whether it is online or not.”David Checkland, a philosophy of religion professor of 20 years at Ryerson, has never heard of this sort of request being made at the university.“I don’t think it’s a good idea to grant requests like that in gen-eral,” Checkland said.For him this is different than a request from a student who is supposed to pray at a certain time of the day or needs to change his exam date.“Those issues can be solved eas-ily,” he said. This specific request caused debate about what a reli-gious request encompasses.“A reason for the university to respect people’s difference has to be intelligible on grounds we can understand, not sharing the beliefs of the person,” he said.“We can’t understand why it would be a good thing to do it. There’s no reason for it at all.”Zahra Hojati, a women and Is-lam professor at Ryerson, believes every party in the situation used logic when handling the situation. “We should accept that Canada is a secular system,” Hojati said.“Students should be prepared to study together, to have a collabo-ration together, without consider-ing that it is a boy and girl.”Hojati also said that we should expect more requests like this in the future, but not only in terms of gender.“Maybe some kid will say ‘I’m not happy to work with another race or another sexuality,’ maybe lesbian or gay or whatever, I’m not happy to work with them. So what do you want to do with them?”Students at Ryerson also voiced their opinion about religious ac-commodation in the classroom.“Religion is more important than school,” second-year busi-ness student, Yosief Ellaham said. “I understand that [a student’s] opinion might not parallel with the Canadian norms, but you have to respect it, even in the school set-ting.”Third-year accounting student Ryan Blackburn said that situa-tions like this one are unavoidable. “There’ll be situations that clash with religion, but it’s impos-sible to accommodate to every single person’s every request, es-pecially in university,” Blackburn said.Ryerson religious observance policy states that accomodations should prevent academic disad-vantage or penalty to students. This policy allows absences to students such as temporarily miss-ing class due to daily prayers or breaking a fast during class.These policies primarily cover the absence of exams and term testing, but the issue does ignore the choosing of group members within a course.
By Sierra Bein and Laura Woodward

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