3Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Students bundle up in cold classrooms
Fluctuating temperatures across campus are causing uncomfortable learning conditions
Ryerson staff and students have had a hard time shaking off the chills from the cold weather out-side, as a number of buildings on campus have reached frigid tem-peratures due to a lack of heat-ing. A number of students have gone to class in full winter attire, after heating has been malfunc-tioning in the Rogers Communi-cation Centre (RCC) and the Im-ages Arts (IMA) building, two of Ryerson’s newest schools.Three weeks ago,
published a story about heating issues in the ag-ing Kerr Hall building, which was built in the 1960s. Now the problem has expanded to newer buildings on campus.Students who have classes in these buildings have been feeling the dip in temperature, such as third-year photography student, Savannah Onnofray.“I have a winter sweater on and it’s still super cold,” she said.Onnofray has classes on the third ﬂoor of the IMA building. She said that the ofﬁces are much warmer than the classrooms, where she constantly feels cold even after bundling up.“When you ﬁrst get into the room it’s OK. As you continue to sit in it, it feels as if there’s a huge draft,” she said.Other students in the IMA building have similar feelings.“I don’t think the heat is on,” said Derrick Lee, a third-year en-gineering student.“This is an ongoing issue and I’d like this to be ﬁxed as soon as possible.”Fourth-year photography stu-dent, Terence Reeves said that he has spoken to three of his profes-sors and that they have gone on to contact Campus Facilities and Sustainability (CFS).“Students are wearing hats and scarves while listening to the lec-ture,” Reeves said. “Climate has been an issue since the building opened. We didn’t have air con-ditioning when I was there in the summer, we had portable ACs.”The IMA building opened in September 2012.
Students have had to bundle up outside and in classrooms to stay warm last week in two of the newest buildings on campus.
PHOTO: NATALIA BALCERZAK
Although it has been around longer, students in the RCC building are also being left in the cold.“Right now I am on my way to pick up a coffee because I’ve been shivering uncontrolla-bly my entire class,” said Katie O’Toole, a ﬁrst-year journalism student.“People in this building have to make conscious effort to dress warm if they have class here, which is ridiculous.” Julia Hanigsberg, vice-pres-ident of administration and ﬁ-nance, said that CFS have com-pleted an investigation, but that there are no issues with the heat-ing. She has talked to the chairs of the schools and said that there are no issues.“There was a complaint with regards to RCC being too hot,” Hanigsberg said via email. CFS is addressing that issue by re-placing a steam valve this week Thursday.This year, Toronto has faced harsh winter conditions due to a polar vortex wind chill that hit during the month of January and has resulted in the city recieving more than 30 extreme cold warn-ings from Environment Canada.Students are urged to contact CFS if they experience any is-sues, so that it can be addressed as soon as possible.
RAC lockers gutted during reading week
The men’s lockers in the Ryerson Athletic Centre have been emptied and replaced
A number of male students who left their workout clothing, shoes and equipment in the lockers at the Ryerson Recreation and Ath-letic Centre (RAC) came back af-ter their winter break surprised to ﬁnd their belongings gone.The lockers in the men’s change room have been gutted and re-placed with brand new ones over the reading week.“The ﬁrst Monday back, I just saw them and they were dif-ferent,” said second-year busi-ness management student, Osas Ogiesoba.Ogiesoba said he received no notice about the changes and felt that they should have sent out an email to students to notify them.“I know people who had clothes and shoes [in there] and that’s not right,” he said.Ogiesoba also said that the lockers are signiﬁcantly smaller than before and that there are currently only three regular-sized lockers.“I can’t ﬁt much in them, but we’re paying as much as before,” he said. Students can rent RAC lockers for $6.75 per month.Ogiesoba is not alone. Other students say they have not re-ceived notice of the changes either. Shurraj Rao, a third-year me-chanical engineer student thinks they should have given better no-tice. “I can just ﬁt a backpack and I have to cram it,” he said. “Let alone shoes and everything else.”But some students say that the RAC made an effort to let stu-dents know of the changes. “They put up signs, it’s their own fault if they left their stuff because they were going to kick them out,” said second-year me-chanical engineer student Bolis Ibrahim.However, Bolis agrees that the size is not nearly big enough. “There’s no way you can even ﬁt a winter jacket in there,” he said. Associate director of athletics, Stephanie White, said that they are trying to bring the men’s lock-er room up to the same level as the more recently renovated women’s locker room. “The women’s [lockers] are in much better shape than the men’s were,” she said.According to White, notices are put on lockers every time locker cuts are planned. “Knowing us, we probably put a note 150 times over and over again,” White said.The RAC charges $10 to return items to the owners of lockers that have been cut.
By Sierra Bein
The Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC), in the Quad, has had its men’s lockers resized over the February break.
PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI