Wdday, March 31, 2010
The Eyeopener• 3
Tuition plan confrms Ryerson budget cuts
BY CARYS MILLS
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Tuition ees or September could beraised by ve per cent, an amount setby the provincial government’s tuitionramework unveiled on March 29.It allows universities to raise tuitionees 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 tuitionramework was set to expire this year,but has been extended or the next two years.“For the most part, what it did wasconrm 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 sae.“It’s unortunate 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 ater 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
BY ALEYSHA HANIFF
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.
Cnfict hits Bard Gvernrs electin
BY JULIANNA CUMMINS
Controversy about campaigning practices has led the president o theRyerson Students’ Union (RSU) to callor 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 commissioneror 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 disqualied rom the electionsor his actions, but was successul 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, thereore not giving him anunair 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 respectully 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 denition 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 ocerCatherine 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 comortable taking on dutiesI’m asked to do”“I think beore the RSU presidentrecommends audits they should look attheir own,” said Snobar, reerring 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.
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Number o additionalOntario GraduateScholarships madeavailable to graduatestudents
New loan maximumstandard per two-termacademic year
New incomeexemption beoregovernment 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)