January 25, 2012The Eyeopener
Ryerson athletics won’t remem- ber Sandra Pothier for what sheaccomplished with the women’s basketball team in her remarkablecareer as the team’s head coach, orfor the motivational techniques sheused to help her team achieve thatsuccess. The legacy that Sandy Poth-ier left behind here at Ryerson is de-ned by the way she made peoplefeel over her 18-years of coaching atthe university.After a two-year bale with can-cer, the longtime head-basketballcoach died on Jan. 21, 2012. She was50.The mentor and leader of thewomen’s basketball team left onmedical leave in 2009, handing othe job to her hand picked successor,Charles Kissi. Pothier ended her ca-reer at Ryerson with her best-everregular season nish, as her team boasted an impressive 14-8 record.That year, four of her players wererecognized with Ontario UniversityAthletics (OUA) all-star selections— the most of any team in the prov-ince.
A Ram remembered
Sandra Pothier touched the lives of many before having to step down in2009 to battle her cancer. Over the weekend she passed away
SportsEditor Gabriel Lee reports
Pitman’s on fre
A tenth-oor re forced Pit-man Hall residents to evacu-ate the building last Friday af-ter a kitchenette in the oor’scommon area caught re.Chad Nuttal, the managerof student housing services,said that the re was sus-pected to caused by electricalproblems and that there wasno indication of arson.Joseph Lombardi, a rst-year aerospace-engineeringstudent, described the re asa ball of red ames that en-gulfed the oven, with smokeblackening lights and sootcovering the ceiling.“At rst I thought it was thegirls down the hall becausethey’re bad cooks — but theyweren’t cooking,” he said.“Surprisingly, the toasterwasn’t burned; the GeorgeForeman wasn’t burned. There didn’t spread very well,which was good.”Lombardi also said that hehad just left his room, whichwas located right beside thekitchenette, before hearingthe re alarm go off.“People were kind ofshocked,” he added. “Theydidn’t expect there would be
Refunds pending for Maggie’s closure
BY TANYA MOK
Residents of the priciest dormon campus are going hungry thiswinter semester.The International Living andLearning Centre (ILLC) has yet tore-open its cafeteria, Maggie’s Eat-ery, after sewage pipes swampedthe rst oor of the building onNov. 2, forcing students to travelelsewhere for meals.Student Housing Services(SHS) told residents in Novembervia e-mail that damages would
BY DASHA ZOLOTA
Pothier managing a huddle during a Rams game.
Pothier was a mentor, a teacher,a visionary and above all a leader.“It’s still doesn’t feel real,” saidAshley McDonald, a fth-yearguard who played under Pothierfor three seasons. “When I was vis-iting her over the Christmas breakat her mom’s house, she related her bale with cancer into basketballterms so I’d be able to understandwhat she’s going through beer.”When the news of her illness ini-tially broke, leers of supports fromformer players, friends and col-leagues came pouring in; and socialmedia erupted with tributes to her.Since her passing, her biologicalfamily and her basketball familyhave been hit the hardest.In class Monday morning, KelseyWright found it dicult to focuson much else besides the memoriesof her former coach left her with.Wright changed the backgroundon her phone to a candid photo ofPothier to remind herself of the in-valuable lessons she learned fromher.“She was just so intense on thecourt,” said Wright. “But o thecourt she was a person who genu-inely cared about you.”Pothier’s entire life revolvedaround the game of basketball. Asa player she played professionallyin Europe, winning a Southern Ba-varian championship. She coachedat every level imaginable, from theRyerson women’s team to workingas an apprentice coach for the Cana-dian National Team.“It’s more than what she’s donefor Ryerson, even though she puther life into this program” saidCharles Kissi. “It’s about what she’sdone for basketball in this country.Due to her unconditional commit-ment to basketball, she never foundtime to do much else while she wasinvolved with the game.So after she took her medical leavein 2009, she took the opportunity totravel more in a year than modt peo-ple do in 10, visiting Peru, Mexico,Arizona and the Grand Canyon.While in Peru with a group offriends she met running a triath-lon, she climbed several mountainsthroughout the country despite herfrail state.This past Christmas, she went to- bogganing with her nieces againsther brother’s wishes; another testa-ment to the competitive re that shepreached day in and day out.Wins and losses was never Poth-ier’s biggest priority. She used bas-ketball to create a culture of “strongindependent women” at Ryerson.Her time at Ryerson was not with-out controversy however. In 2006,ve members of the women’s bas-ketball team quit over alleged racistcomments made by Pothier towards black players.The allegations remain unprovenand in 2010 Ryerson recognized hercontributions to university life andcampus athletics with a $5,000 bur-sary. The bursary was revealed dur-ing a surprise announcement at thatyear’s Darcel Wright Classic. be xed once they got back fromthe winter break. The date has beenpushed back several times, and nowstudents have been told that reno-vations won’t be completed untilspringtime. The extended absenceof Maggie’s comes as yet another blow to ILLC residents.“Major renovation work contin-ues to the cafeteria and they expectit to be back in full operation byMarch,” said Ryerson PresidentSheldon Levy.A temporary tuck shop calledGrab N’ Go selling snacks like fruitand pre-packaged salads has beenopened on ILLC’s rst oor, butthere are no full meals for sale.Residents have also been re-directed to the cafeteria at PitmanHall, but few have made the switchover, saying the food options aren’tas varied as Maggie’s, and don’ttaste as good either.“If you want to eat healthy, you’rescrewed,” says Geo Lachapelle, arst-year radio and television artsmajor.Residents seeking more varietyhave now started eating a lot ocampus, spending cash rather thanthe pre-paid money on their On-eCard. Fernandes says she still hasaround $2,100 on her card — moneythat she won’t get back at the end ofthe year.SHS has started inquiring about aform of compensation for students.“The extent of the compensa-tion has yet to be determined,” saidLevy.Students think they should get back their mandatory meal planmoney. Nearing their third monthwithout a cafeteria, ILLC residents
an actual re. No one waspanicking though. Everyonewas pretty calm about it.”It doesn’t appear as thoughanyone was using that par-ticular stove at the time of theincident.Two other students notedthat there was a party at theopposite end of the hall at thesame time, and they had noidea as to what happened.They noted that smoke hadn’ttravelled down the hallways ofthe residence.Nutall explained that inbuildings such as Pitman,oors often have to haveholes punched in them to runcables and plumbing. “Lastsummer, we went throughthe process of plugging thoseholes, what they call re-stop-ping,” he said. “We pluggedall those holes up with a spe-cial re-retardant material sothe re can’t spread from oorto oor. Thank goodness wedid that.”All residents are back in Pit-man now, and the re depart-ment is investigating.The cost of the damageis unknown, but Nuttall esti-mates that it is under $50,000and that the school will paythe damages.
have only had ten weeks of theservices they paid for.“It’s bullshit, uer bullshit,”said third-year hospitality stu-dent Carson Robertson. “Theworst thing is we pay the most ofall the residences. They’re takingour money and we aren’t geinganything.”Paying up to $1,776 more thanPitman residents and $7,827.50more than O’Keefe residents,many students are wonderingwhy they chose ILLC in the rstplace.
It’s more than what she’sdone for Ryerson eventhough she put her life intothis program.
Charles Kissi, women’s bas-ketball coach
Floor 10 kitchenette ater the fre.
PHOTO: JOSEPH LOMBARDI