Security cracks down on drug possession in Rye-O-Mat
As many as 30 students caught dealing dope or smoking weed in the engineering ‘dungeon;’ studentsreport feeling harassed
RAC to refund nine years of memberships
BY MATTHEW PRESCOTT OXMANBY SAMANTHA SIM
Nine years worth of RACgym memberships are beingrefunded to early childhoodeducation students in theRyerson-George Brown jointprogram.Students in that programalready pay for a RAC mem-bership as part of their tuitioncosts.Both the number of studentsaffected, from 2002-2011, andthe amount of money to be re-funded is still unknown.Dr. Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, said the refund won’taffect the RAC’s budget, as themoney will come from Ryer-son administration. He said theRAC was not involved in thisseparate agreement betweenadministration at George Brownand Ryerson.Joseph said RAC employeeshave started sorting through24,000 forms from the pastthree years because member-ships were not kept in an elec-tronic database.According to Cindy Brown-lee, vice-president of Ryersonservices for the George Brownstudent association, the re-fund process started after shebrought the issue to the at-tention of George Brown ad-ministration, who then notiedRyerson.“After going through themeeting minutes [from a 2009meeting] I found out that jointprogram students were al-lowed to use the gym free,” shesays.“The refund came fromGeorge Brown’s digging.”Joseph doesn’t deny therewas a mix up, but he believesit was just a situation of some-thing being lost in translation.“I didn’t know about [the ar-rangement] and my boss didn’tknow [about the arrange-ment],” says Joseph. “[TheRAC] looked into it and GeorgeBrown was right. Of coursewe’re going to x it.”However, Brownlee isn’tbreathing a sigh of relief justyet.She says that it might take awhile for any refund to come tofruition.“In my past experiences withuniversity and college admin-istrations, I nd that refundsdon’t come too easily,” she says.Joseph assures students thatthe RAC is taking the propersteps to ensure they can, atleast, account for the past threeyears of memberships boughtby the joint program students.
The refund came fromGeorge Brown’sdigging
—Cindy Brown,VP Ryerson & fnanceservices, George Brown
RAC sorts through 24,000 membership forms to refund students in the joint George Brown RyersonEarly Childhood Education program who double paid for memberships
The Rye-O-Mat area in thebasement of North Kerr Hall,also known as ‘the dungeon,’has been the target of in-creased security in the pastmonth due to a number of stu-dent complaints about drugsales and use in the area.Students also report thatthey have been harassed bysecurity when in or around thedungeon.Security have received ap-proximately seven to eightcomplaints from students thispast week alone, says supervi-sor Imre Juurlink.“A lot of students have re-ported they feel quite unsafein the area,” she says. “We havehad some concerns raisedabout drug-dealing in thebathrooms there, and peoplefeeling very unsafe in thewashrooms with that activity.”There have been between20 and 30 instances of secu-rity catching students dealingor using marijuana in the pastfew weeks in the dungeonarea, says Juurlink.According to security theyhave increased patrols in thearea.Third year science studentStaas Toronov says he has beenapproached by security somany times he has lost count.Toronov says he has neverbeen “doing anything wrong,”when security has asked himfor his student ID.He says security has beendisrespectful and unprofes-sional when approaching him,which is why he often refusesto show them his ID.“That’s why I’m not inter-ested in talking to them,” saysToronov.“We haven’t received anycomplaints about that,” saysJuurlink of students being ha-rassed by security personnel.She encourages all studentswho feel they have been ap-proached inappropriately toreport it.Regardless of security’s ap-proach, Juurlink says studentsmust always produce ID whenrequested by Ryerson staff.This obligation is based on thestudent code of non-academicconduct, as well as the OntarioTrespass to Property Act, whichallows Ryerson to implementits own rules for behaviour oncampus.“If someone does not pro-duce their identication, gen-erally speaking, we would ask that person to leave campusuntil they have some form of IDto produce,” says Juurlink, add-ing that security services hasguidelines and standards forwhen it is appropriate for staff to approach students and ask to see their ID.According to Mickey Cirak,student conduct ofcer, theywill assess any complaintsgiven to their ofce and inves-tigate the allegation before de-ciding what to do.Security says there are cam-eras in the area of the dun-geon. One student was caughtputting tape over the camera.Security said it appeared to bemore of a prank and the stu-dent profusely apologized.Second-year business man-
Dr. Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, says George Brown was responsible for uncovering the refund.
agement student JonathanFilippone says he was onceapproached by police, not se-curity, while sitting on a benchoutside the dungeon.“I was just relaxing,” saysFilippone, but the stranger nextto him was smoking a joint.Filippone says police askedhim for his Ryerson ID, and if hewas associated with the personon the next bench.“They weren’t being ass-holes,” he says.Toronov, however, says hethinks security is making a bigdeal out of nothing. “They actlike smoking weed is the big-gest crime in the world.”Ryerson security report thatso far no arrests have beenmade.
They act like smokingweed is the biggestcrime in the world
— Jonathan Filippone,student
A lot of students havereported they feelquite unsafe in thearea.
— Imre Juurlink,security supervisor
Ram loses$4,700 instolenalcohol
REBECCA BURTONASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Campus pub Ram in the Ryereported 33 bottles of alcoholstolen on March 28.Eric Newstadt, general man-ager of the Student CampusCentre, conrmed the theft.Newstadt said the incidentis currently under investiga-tion.Imre Juurlink, security ser-vices, said they are unsurewhen the break-in occurredbut Ram staff reported theincident on the morning of March 28.According to inventory, the33 bottles taken accounted forapproximately $4,700.The liquor cabinet is perma-nently locked and only staff members have key access tothe area.Staff say security askedthose working on March 28who exactly had key access tothe building.Ryerson security called po-lice to report to the scene.Police will continue the inves-tigation.No suspects have beenbrought forward yet.
33 bottles of alcoholstolen, according toinventory
— Imre Juurlink,security services
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011