3NEWSThe Eyeopener Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tracy Scott (right) on her 19th birthday with best friend Lizzie Dokurno.
PHOO COURESY OF L. DOKURNO
In a ew short weeks, 19-year-old TracyScott would have been boarding a planeto fnally see Europe.Since last year, she had been eagerlycounting the days until Sept. 18, whenshe would travel to Italy, Germany andAustria with about 30 other Ryerson ge-ography students.But Scott’s countdown — with eachday neatly crossed o on a calendarhanging on her bright pink bedroom wall— ended abruptly on Aug. 20 when shedied in her sleep. That morning, Scott’s mother, MarilynScott, heard her daughter’s alarm clock blaring.When she went to check on her daugh-ter, she ound her dead.“Her lips were all blue and I knewsomething was wrong,” Marilyn said.Scott died rom adult respiratory dis-tress syndrome (ARDS), a type o lungailure that can occur unexpectedly inotherwise healthy adults.“The hardest part is knowing that shewanted to do so much and now she’llnever get to do any o it,” Marilyn said.Scott’s unexpected death came as shewas about to begin her third year in thegeographic analysis, where riends saypeers recognized her ever-smiling aceand inectious laughter. She put her out-going personality to use by joining theStudent Association o Geographic Analy-sis (SAGA), where she helped organize so-cial events and weekly pub nights.“She loved Ryerson,” Marilyn said. “Shewas so glad to get to go there. She hadso much un and she was so proud to bea part o it.”Scott was always getting involved,recalled her best riend Elizabeth “Lizz”Dokurno. The two met at the beginningo their frst year at Ryerson and quicklybecame inseparable.“We were always here, in the geogra-phy lounge, laughing,” said Dokurno.“And when Tracy laughed, she laughedso hard, she’d cry.”Marilyn said Scott’s laughter and posi-tivity touched the lives o everybodyaround her. And or the past our sum-mers, she worked as a camp councillor orthe Town o Ajax, where she organized ac-tivities or kids between the ages o threeand 12.At the viewing, the camp had to fndreplacements or all its councillors, whohad taken the day o to attend. There,they were among 300 others who linedup to say goodbye to Scott.“She had this pleasantry about her,”said Brian Ceh, a proessor o geographywho taught Tracy in her frst year at Ryer-son.“When she walks in, she lights up theroom.”Scott’s lie revolved around living inthe moment and having un, according toDokurno. She loved music, themed par-ties and joking around. Tracy’s motto was “Live, Love, Laugh,”which she tattooed on her right oot inswirling calligraphy last summer.“Tracy defnitely lived her motto,” saidMarilyn.“I never saw Tracy sad,” Dokurno said.“She defnitely lived, loved andlaughed. Now I just want to carry on herlegacy.”
Student des n sleep
A 19-year-old student unexpectedly dies just weeks before the trip of alifetime.
News editor Mariana Ionova
BY ALEXANDRA BOSANAC
Returning students may have noticedthat their account balances are higherthan last year. Some students will payabout $200 to $300 more.In April, the Board o Governors votedin avour o a 4.5 per cent ee increase orreturning students and a fve to eight percent increase or new students.Returning international students canexpect to see a fve per cent increase,while, due to a lack o regulation in inter-national student ees, new internationalstudents enrolled in MBA programs willpay 25 per cent more than last year. The ee increases — which outpacethe rate o ination while Ryerson’s en-rollment and retention numbers remainstrong — are simply Ryerson’s reactionto government policy, said Janice Winton,Assistant Vice President o Financial Ser-vices via email. The province’s unding or post-sec-ondary institutions has shrunk rom $6.2billion to $310 million ollowing last year’sexpiration o the Reaching Higher rame-work.With the province intent on payingdown its $25 billion defcit, another or-mal unding commitment like ReachHigher may be slim.“Universities needs to fnd revenue tomaintain existing inrastructure and eesare a major source o revenues,” said Con-stantin Angyridis, a Ryerson economicsproessor. “I don’t see a reduction in eesanytime soon.”According to NDP education critic Ro-sario Marchese, high tuition ees are creat-ing a sociological crisis.“Ater graduation, students make a loto decisions — where to move to? Canwe aord to have a amily? Where shouldwe buy, or, in the case o Toronto, rent ahouse?Debt levels involve all those questions,these are tough questions no one [in par-liament] is asking.”
Ryerson hikes tuition once again
I don’t see a reduction infees anytime soon.
— Constantin Angyridis, economics proessor
BY NiCOLE SiENA
Walking to class down Gould Streetused to be a task all on its own, betweenswerving through slow walkers on thesidewalk, trying to dodge moving ve-hicles, and waiting at cross walks. Butas o Aug. 23, things got a little easier atRyerson.Ater more than a decade o pressurerom the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)and Toronto city counsellors, GouldStreet is fnally closed.From now on, cars are only permittednorth on Bond Street and east on GouldStreet.“The street has become one way,” saidRSU president Toby Whitfeld.“For the rest o the year we are goingto push to demonstrate how much po-tential the street has, and in act, we’regoing to push to have the closure all theway down to Church Street.”A day ater the street was closed ur-niture was placed on the road includingtrafc-blocking planters, tables, chairsand appropriately coloured blue andgold umbrellas.According to Elyse Parker, director o Public Realm Section or Toronto’s Trans-portation Services, “beore [the urni-ture] was even properly placed, peoplewere using them. It was an instant suc-cess.” The closure is part o a pilot projectthat will last until Sept. 30, 2011. Aterthe year is over, a decision will be madeconcerning the uture o the street.Linda Grayson, Vice-President Ad-ministation and Finance, anticipates theclosure will be very successul.Gould Street closing is a part o acollection o 52 actions to implement a2009 Toronto walking strategy, designedto promote and support pedestrians.“We decided we would highlight sixactions that we would treat as priorities,two o which were Ryerson’s closing o Gould Street, the other was the Univer-sity o Toronto’s Wilcocks Street,” saidParker.“It’s important that you have a lot o pedestrian use,” said Parker.“You have to look or places that areextremely active — ones with a lot o people. It’s happening in two o the big-gest universities in Toronto, where learn-ing thrives and where everyone is think-ing about new ideas.” The total cost o materials on both lo-cations is less than $100,000, paid by theCity o Toronto.Ryerson is paying or the plants thatfll the urns, as well as the upkeep.During the frst week o school, thespace is going to be used almost everyday.Events include a Gould Street party,a beer garden, a shisha lounge and liveentertainment.“People know that the street closingwill have a huge impact on our commu-nity, and people are looking orward tohosting events and having activities onthe street,” Whitfeld said. There are other big plans or thespace, but, “you’re going to have to wait,”said Grayson.“There are some things that will justhave to be a secret.”
Gould Street temporary closemight stick, admin hints
When she walks in, shelights up the room.
— Brian Ceh, geography proessor
We’re going to push tohave the closure all theway down to ChurchStreet.
— Toby Whitfeld
Students enjoy a car-free Gould Street
PHOO: LAUREN SRAPAGIEL