Wednesday, April 6, 2011The Eyeopener 3NEWS
Students sign petition to remove professor
Price tag for new building halts subway plans
The 10-storey building will be a complete glass facade with a plaza at the corner of Gould and Yonge Streets and a retail store at the base of the building.
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RSU pushes for more foodoptions and student space
BY EMMA PRESTWICHNEWS EDITORREBECCA BURTONASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
After three years of planning, Ryer-son is set to unveil the $112 milliondesign for the Student Learning Cen-tre (SLC) at Yonge and Gould Streetson April 6. But the costly projectmeans no money for a potential stu-dent subway entrance. The building will nally give a face-lift to the vacant corner at Yonge andGould Streets. The other corner, theold site of the Empire Hotel re, is stillbeing considered for a new Dundassubway entrance. But the universitydoesn’t have the money to supportsuch a project right now.“The $112 million budget leaves noroom to build the entrance. Part of thediscussion is how to fund [the subwayentrance],” said Julia Hanigsberg, VPadministration and nance. The building of the SLC was partof the 2008 Master Plan spearheadedby Sheldon Levy. Three years later, themodel has been nalized and the uni-versity will begin construction in theearly months of 2012.In 2008, Ryerson purchased theland for $40 million. The land used tohouse iconic store Sam the RecordMan.Ryerson hired Snohetta Architectsand Zeidler, Toronto-based rm, todesign the building that will be com-pleted by 2014.Discussions of what should be in-side the building started two yearsago. Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)president Toby Whiteld said they dis-cussed ideas such as a 24-hour studyspace.While not all decisions have beennalized, Alan Shepherd, provost andvice-president academic, said thatwould not be a feasible option be-cause the university cannot fund ex-tra staff during overnight hours. In ad-dition, he noted 24 hour study spacewould not be widely used in a mostlycommuter school.Early renderings of the build-ing were released in the September2010 edition of architecture maga-zine Azure. One of the earliest im-ages showed a building with a towerresembling a tooth with roots thatpropped up the base of the building. The current design is nothing likethat. The 10-storey building has acomplete glass façade with a silk-screen design on it. When light shinesthrough it, the design will be reectedthroughout the building.Craig Dykers of Snohetta said in theearly stages of design they go “reallyout there” to generate ideas.The rst oor will be a host to a re-tail store that overlooks Yonge Street.“We hope the deal is with Apple,”said Levy.He compared the setup of the low-er downstairs retail location to NewYork City’s Apple store. But the univer-sity is still in talks with potential retail-ers. Hangisberg said they would alsobe looking at U.S. retailers that wantto make the transition into Canada. The entire building will generatespace for 2,000 students in the 155,463 square foot area. It will introducemultiple café bars, reading rooms,a new and additional Digital MediaZone and will be moving certain stu-dent support facilities, like the AccessCentre to the new building. The building will not house anybooks like the traditional library, butinstead will offer open space for stu-dent learning. The sixth oor—dubbed ‘thebeach’—is a wide-open space withdifferent slopes and movable cush-ions so students can design the waythey want it set up. The new building will be connect-ed to the library building through thesecond and third oors but Hangis-berg said they will stage the construc-tion over many months so the libraryremains open. The next step in the process is toput out a Request for Proposal (RFP)to look for a construction company tostart the project. The Ryerson Students’ Union An-nual General Meeting (AGM) will takeplace on April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in SCC115. The spring meeting will present a mo-tion to offer cheaper food option forstudents, a plan for student politicaladvocacy and more action to perma-nently close Gould Street.Here’s a preview of what else to ex-pect and what to debate:
Motion: Improve student space inthe Student Campus Centre
The RSU will push to get regular usersof the SCC and other student groupsto decide on ways to improve thespace available.RSU president Toby Whiteld saysthey will open discussion at the meet-ing and encourage areas like thespace in front of the student group tobecome a lounge area.
Motion: Lobby with other studentsto increase student voters in the pro-vincial election
Working with students from acrossthe country, the RSU will push to helpengage more students to go out tothe provincial elections in October. The campaign will answer the ques-tion: how do you get students tovote? Whiteld said the provincialelection is particularly important be-cause it decides budget cuts and tu-ition increases.
Motion: Increase Community FoodRoom services, and introduce new,cheaper alternatives for students
The RSU continues to campaign for alarger commitment to the Communi-ty Food Room. Whiteld says studentsshould feel comfortable going to thefood room no matter who they are. The RSU will also try to get access tolocally grown food near campus. Plus,the university would like to introducea weekly farmers market on GouldStreet.
Motion: Switch back to traditionalpoll voting versus online
The fall referendum for a $4 refugeefunding caused discrepancies overthe ineligibility of voters, and skewedproblems with online forms. The RSU thinks these problems couldbe solved by sticking to polling sta-tions across campus instead of online. This way, people are able to monitorthe stations and students can vote inprivate.
Motion: Campaign to permanently close Gould Street
The race to close Gould Street contin-ues as the temporary closure comesto an end in September. Whiteld sayshe feels optimistic that the closurewill become permanent.Ultimately the decision will be up tocity council. Following the closure of Gould Street, the RSU says they willcontinue to push to close the streetright up to Church Street.
REBECCA BURTONASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
A Ryerson professor became wildlyunpopular after he suspected aboutone-sixth of the students in his classof academic misconduct.Richard Budny, a professor in themechanical engineering department,taught Applied Thermodynamics, athird-year mechanical engineeringcourse in the fall semester.During the semester, he called inabout 20 students out of 120 into hisofce for reasons such as sending anassignment from another student’semail, using an old cover page for alab report, and replicating part of asentence found in someone else’s re-port.Ravi Mathar, a third-year mechani-cal engineering student, said he wassent an email from Budny askingMathar to come into his ofce on be-half of the four other students in hislab group.Mathar said the professor told himthe picture he had inserted in thereport looked “too clear” and that hesuspected Mathar had pulled it fromsomewhere else.Mathar said he explained the pho-to had come from the professor’s on-line notes.“It was completely unreasonablefor him to call me on that”, he said.He said Budny had written in hisemail that if he didn’t come into hisofce in the next three to ve days,that he would ofcially charge him. The Eyeopener could not reachBudny for comment after repeatedattempts.Hasan Akhter, a third-year mechani-cal engineering student, said about 80students signed a petition to have theprofessor removed as their instructor.Akhter said he didn’t think the pe-tition and negative course surveyshad any impact, because Budny cameback to teach another third-yearcourse this semester.“There’s a huge difference in whatstudents want and what actually hap-pens,” he said.Renee Dallaire, who books studenthearings in the academic integrity of-ce, said an instructor can’t accuse astudent outright if they suspect thework isn’t the student’s own.Instead they have to meet with thestudent, who has the right to bringan academic integrity ofcer into themeeting.If the professor still thinks the stu-dent is guilty, they can then ofciallyaccuse them.“You can’t just charge left-right-and-center without speaking to thestudent rst.”She said Budny’s name was familiar,which suggested to her that his namemight have come across her desk.Mathar said he was taking anothercourse from Budny this semester, butsaid it was much easier.He said while he learned a lot aboutdetails and organization from the pro-fessor, that he was difcult to dissuadeonce he was convinced a student hadcheated.“I feel like he does that just to scareyou”, he said.
Hasan Akhter said he’s disillusioned with the university after Richard Budny wasn’t removed as a professor.
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