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The Eyeopener — March 16, 2011

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volume 44 / issue 22Wednesday, March 16, 2011Ryerson’s Independent PaperSince 1967theeyeopener.com
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL 
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THE SWEETESTDEALS FORFOOD NEARRYERSON
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The Eyeopener2 Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Is there a pro that has really made adiference in your learning? Stimulatedyour thinking? Captured your imagination?
Now’s the time or you to make a diference. Showhow much you appreciate a pro’s amazing talentand inspiration by nominating him or her or aFaculty Teaching Award.
Ryerson has tremendous pros. To give them the recognition theydeserve or their exceptional eforts, we need your help. Studentsand aculty can nominate their choices in the ollowing categories:
• Deans’ Teaching AwardsProvost’s Experiential Teaching Award, InterdisciplinaryTeaching Award, and Innovative Teaching AwardPresident’s Award for Teaching ExcellenceChancellor’s Award of Distinction
Sometimes, An AppleJust Doesn’t Cut It.
We’re inviting students, faculty and sta to join us in a celebration for the outstandingrecipients of the 2011 Faculty Teaching Awards.
There’s no time to waste.Visit 
www.ryerson.ca/lt/awards
 and get all the details.
Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic, invites you to a celebration of teaching excellence. Congratulatesome of Ryerson’s most dedicated, innovative and inspiring profs. Come and see why they’re a cut above.
March 24, 1 p.m., POD-250 (The Commons). Reception to follow.
This year’s recipients are:
Deans’ Teaching Awards:
FACULTY OF ARTS
Jenny Carson,
History 
Anne-Marie Lee-Loy,
English
FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION & DESIGN
James Nadler,
Radio and Television
FACULTY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
Nadya Burton,
Midwifery 
Kiaras Gharabaghi,
Child and Youth Care
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE AND SCIENCE
Alagan Anpalagan,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Said Easa,
Civil Engineering
Kaamran Raahemifar,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
THE G. RAYMOND CHANG SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
John Edward Stowe,
Arts
TED ROGERS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Roy Morley,
Marketing
President’s Award for Teaching Excellence
Alan Sears,
Sociology Faculty of Arts
Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award
Elaine Frankel,
Early Childhood EducationFaculty of Community Services
Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award
John Caruana,
Philosophy Faculty of Arts
 
The EyeopenerWednesday, March 16, 20113NEWS
Turnitin Canada servers have been down since March 10.
PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
Canadian Turnitin servers down
 
Plagiarism detection program many Ryerson professors depend on stops working during thebusiest time in the semester for assignment deadlines
BY SARAH DEL GIALLONEWS EDITOR
The program many Ryerson prosuse to avoid plagiarism and maintainacademic integrity in assignmentswas knocked ofine since March 10.An update was posted to Black-board accounts on March 14 stating,“There continues to be problems orsome students and sta attemptingto use Turnitin.com, due to a problemwith their Canadian servers. All Cana-dian Universities are aected. Turnitinbelieves the problem should be xedearly this week.”Turnitin is a digital code thatscreens a student’s submitted work and relays any inormation that mayhave come rom another source tothe proessor. This way, the proessorcan check i sources were cited prop-erly and that the inormation has notbeen plagiarized.Donna Bell, Ryerson’s academic in-tegrity ocer, said the university wasnotied o the server issue aroundnoon on March 10 and posted an an-nouncement on Blackboard immedi-ately aterwards. They were told theservers would be working by 9 p.m.that night. Turnitin is now saying theissue will be xed by early this week-end.Bell said the university’s responsi-bility is to update the aculty regularlybecause the servers are Canada wide,thereore the issue isn’t Ryerson’s.“As long as we communicated, weeel like we’ve done what we could,”she said.Kaitlyn Arcuri, a second-year childand youth care student, had to sub-mit an assignment via Turnitin whilethe servers were down. Her proessorposted a thread on the class discus-sion board.“My impression was that he justchose to ignore it and let us sort it outon our own,” she said. “He acknowl-edged that it wasn’t working but toldus to keep trying to submit it until wegot through.”He had students email assignmentsto him directly so he’d know whichwere on time. But he asked studentsto continue trying Turnitin, hopingthe program, which has worked spo-radically, might process the assign-ment.Students can opt out o using Tur-nitin i the service is mentioned in thecourse outline and they speak withtheir proessor in the rst two weekso the course.The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)has been trying to advertise that right.RSU president Toby Whiteld said,“There are concerns that once yousubmit the documents to Turnitin, it’sno longer your property as a student.”Their campaign outlines that whenyou submit your work, it becomes theproperty o iParadigms, the U.S. com-pany that owns and operates Turnitin.Four American students led a law-suit and lost to iParadigms in March2008 claiming the service violatedcopyright.Whiteld said budget cuts orceuniversities to use these systems be-cause aculty isn’t paid enough or theworkload required to check work.“It’s a machine. It’s not a proes-sor,” he said. “Whether the servers areworking or not, it’s still a broken sys-tem as ar as we’re concerned.”
BY REBECCA BURTONASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Rye seeksfrms tohandle up to$2.5 millionin projects
Ryerson is seeking an engineeringand architectural consulting rmsthat can handle uture projects o upto $2.5 million.University administration wouldnot reveal what projects the compa-nies are needed or but conrmedthey will only be using these rms oruture projects.The requests or qualications areposted on MERX, the approved elec-tronic site or posting potential busi-ness listings.Requests or qualications are usedby the university to nd an individualqualied to complete the requestedwork.This is based on actors such asreerences and history o work in theeld, says Aris Medeiros, purchasingagent.The university must nd an indi-vidual who has at least the minimumnumber o qualications beore di-recting any uture bids to them.“Once responded to and ound tomeet requirements, any uture bidswill be directed to them,” says O’Brien.This is unlike the universities re-quest or proposals that asks individu-als to demonstrate how they will getthe work done.Ryerson currently has postings oran engineering and architectural con-sulting services that have the lowestbilling o $50, 000 but indicates that itwill range as high as $2.5 million.According to the director o pur-chasing, Mary-Anne O’Brien, the rea-son or the high cost o $2.5 millionis to make sure the rm qualies tohandle such a costly project.The listing was rst posted on Feb.15 and indicates a closing date o March 15.The same website also hosts Ry-erson’s requests or proposals. Theseinclude a request or a new cae to bebuilt in the Image Arts building whichwould cater to students.
Six per cent turnout at voting polls
Any future bids will bedirected to them.
 Mary-Anne O’BrienDirectory of Purchasing
Only six per cent o students par-ticipated in the combined online Sen-ate and Board o Governors electionsthis year despite voting extended oneday due to missing students on thevoters’ list.“The turnout was a little betterthan last year,” said Erin McGinn, in-terim secretary o the Board o Gov-ernors. Only our per cent o studentsweighed in on the outgoing adminis-tration.This year, the Senate and Board o Governors elections were held at thesame time in an eort to streamlinethe process or busy student voters.“We didn’t want a long drawn outelection period,” said McGinn.The attempt at simplicity almostbackred, ater Ryerson discovered158 students were missing rom theSenate voter list.“A Board o Governors by-law re-quires a list o eligible student voters30 days in advance o an election. TheSenate does not have this 30-day re-striction.“The day beore the election endedwe became aware that there were 158students on the Senate voter list thatwere not on the Board list.”The excluded students were indi-vidually contacted, and voting wasextended or an extra day.Newly elected senator and third-year urban and regional planningstudent Steven Ryan Bentley is ea-ger to make a dierence on campus.He hopes to improve ood quality inresidence and expand the optionsstudents have or minors and liberalarts credits.“Oering a multidisciplinary ap-proach to education is something Istrongly advocate,” said Bentley.The newly elected Senate andBoard o Governors will begin theirone-year terms on Sept. 1, 2011.
ELECTION WINNERS:SenateAt-Large Student Senators
Steven Ryan BentlyCommunity ServicesKemoo El Sayed, EngineeringArchitecture and ScienceAndrew McAllisterCommunication & DesignLiana SalvadorCommunity Services, NursingRebecca Zanussi,Communication & Design
Faculty of Arts
Herberth Canas
Faculty of Communication& Design
Kelan Brown
Faculty of Community Services
 Neda Hamzavi
 Faculty of Engineering,Architecture and Science
Sheri El-Tawil,
Ted Rogers School of Management
Viktoria Ovoian 
Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Waqas Manzoor, Golam Morshed,
G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education (Acclaimed)
Ugochukwu E. Asagwara SerenaGasparitsch
Student members of the Board of Governors
Tracy Leparulo , Osman Hamid,Liana Salvador
BY JEFF LAQUERQUIST
The turnout was betterthan last year.
 Erin McGinn, InterimBOG Secretary 

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