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The Eyeopener - March 31, 2010 - Activity Issue

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 Volume 43, Issue 24 • theeyeopener.com — Ryerson’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1967 • Wednesday, March 31, 2010
photo: laura blenkinsop
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Tuition plan confrms Ryerson budget cuts
Tuition ees or September could beraised by ve per cent, an amount setby the provincial government’s tuitionramework unveiled on March 29.It allows universities to raise tuitionees by an average o ve per cent, rang-ing rom our to eight per cent depend-ing on year and program. This week’stuition ramework announcement de-termined 40 per cent o Ryerson’s op-erating budget. The rest was decidedlast week with the release o the Ontariogovernment’s budget.This system isn’t completely new toRyerson — the Reaching Higher tuitionramework was set to expire this year,but has been extended or the next two years.“For the most part, what it did wasconrm our estimates,” said RyersonPresident Sheldon Levy.However, Levy said he was surprisedby the government’s lack o compensa-tion unding, which makes up or infa-tion.The university can now prepare ora three per cent cut to all operating budgets, although departments acrosscampus were told to plan or a hit o upto our per cent to be sae.“It’s unortunate that we’re paying or this,” said Ryerson Students’ Unionvice-president education, Liana Salva-dor. “We’re being hit with tuition ee in-creases and a lower quality education.”celling o non-mandatory classes.But she said there were small victo-ries or students.The ramework set out changes tothe Ontario Student Assistance Pro-gram (OSAP). The weekly loan limit wasincreased rom $140 to $150. Studentsare now allowed to make $103 a week  while recieving OSAP, up rom $50 per week.Graduates won’t need to pay intereston their loans or six months and i stu-dents can’t pay o their loans ater 15 years, their debt will be erased.“We’re all together in this and we allhave to do a little bit o belt tightening,”said John Milloy, minister o training,colleges and universities.“We have to ask everyone to work to-gether.”
We’re being hit with tuitionfee increases and a lowerquality education.
 — Liana Salvador, VP educa-tion
Salvador said budget cuts at Ryersoncould mean larger classes and the can-
Sneak eek:Inside the Gardens
Preliminary drawings o the inside o Maple Lea Gar-dens show students will have to climb to the third foor toskate the ice o Ryerson’s athletics complex in 2011.The drawings are just the latest renditions provided by BBB Architects & Stadium Consultants International, andthe nal design could still change, said Ryerson PresidentSheldon Levy.“I think it’s antastic. I think it’ll be just an unbelievabledesign,” Levy said.Currently, the second foor will hold the basketball andvolleyball courts. They’re slated to be positioned o to theside to give the playing areas high ceilings.The third foor, Levy said, will hold the ice rink. The posi-tioning o the rink was decided rst and the other acilities were planned around it, he said. It’d be possible to see ontothe courts rom this level.The concourse level would allow spectators to look downon the ice rink, he said.Some o the space on the drawings have been “roughedin,” with acilities to be decided later.“We’re not even getting into speculation o what else be-cause we have to be open in a year rom now,” Levy said.Most o the changes that could be incorporated into laterdrawings would involve structural issues or budgetary con-siderations.The project is budgeted at $60 million, with $20 millioncoming rom student ees once it’s completed.Costing the plans will take about six weeks. I it exceedsthe school’s budget, plans will have to be rejigged, Levy said.
Cnfict hits Bard Gvernrs electin
Controversy about campaigning practices has led the president o theRyerson Students’ Union (RSU) to callor an audit o how the Board o Gover-nors elects student representatives.Bagnall’s concerns stem rom anemail sent by Darius Sookram, a can-didate or the student board memberposition on the Board o Governors.Bagnall said in the email that Sookram was campaigning through the listserv or student groups and course unions, which is in violation o a Board o Gov-ernors bylaw. Sookram is the studentgroup and course union commissioneror the RSU.“I strongly recommend that theBoard o Governors use the auditorsat Deloitte to do a thorough overview o the governance and procedures,”reads an email sent by RSU PresidentJermaine Bagnall to board o governorsrepresentatives, campus media and Ry-erson President Sheldon Levy.The email states Sookram was ini-tially disqualied rom the electionsor his actions, but was successul in anappeal and was reinstated. A copy o the ormal appeal decisionstates that the addresses on the listserv used by Sookram were available in adirectory any student could access by request, thereore not giving him anunair advantage.Bagnall’s email voices concernsabout Abdullah Snobar’s presence onthe appeal panel o the elections pro-cedures committee or the board o governors. The email points out thatSnobar is the general manager o theRyerson Commerce Society (RCS) andSookram’s running mates, George Phuand Naeem Hassen, are respectully thepresident and president-elect o the or-gainization.Phu, Sookram and Hassen wereelected to the Board o Govenors.
It’s not like they pulled meout of the blue.
 — Abdul Snobar, RCSgeneral manager 
“Clearly the denition o confict o interest is skewed,” Bagnall said. Frank  Whitestone, the RSU representative onthe Board o Governor’s election pro-cedures committee, said he didn’t re-ceive an email sent by returning ocerCatherine Redmond about the appealhearing and the need or a student rep-resentative on the panel.“I don’t know why she sent it to Abdullah, because he’s not a student,”said Whitestone.Snobar said he was always a membero the election procedure committee,and sat on the committee with at leasttwo other student representatives.“It’s not like they pulled me out o theblue,” said Snobar.“I eel comortable taking on dutiesI’m asked to do”“I think beore the RSU presidentrecommends audits they should look attheir own,” said Snobar, reerring to theaudit conducted on the RSU last year.Sookram could not be reached orcomment by press time.
— With fles rom Carys Mills 
Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s minister o fnance, previewed the budget at Ryerson.
Number o additionalOntario GraduateScholarships madeavailable to graduatestudents
New loan maximumstandard per two-termacademic year
New incomeexemption beoregovernment starts toreduce OSAP unding 
 Above: A cross-section shows the potential plans or the Gardens. Below: A bird’s-eye view o the rink 
On March 29, theprovincial governmentalso announced changesto the Ontario Student Assistance Program(OSAP)

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