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Volume 49 - Issue 14
January 27, 2016
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New task force addressing deaf issues sparks criticism
Members of the deaf community have expressed concerns over lack of representation on a task force addressing accommodation issues
By Nicole Schmidt
Since starting his studies at Ryerson, first-year theatre student
Aaron Wolfe-Maxwell has been
dealing with a long list of accommodation issues. On the first day
of one of his classes, he says his
professor suggested dropping the
course because it would be “too
hard.”
Wolfe-Maxwell was born Deaf,
and the lack of appropriate resources on campus makes it difficult for him to fully participate
in classes.
“It’s so sad to see that people
underestimate me because of my
Deafness,” said Wolfe-Maxwell.
“Ignorance made me to lose my
motivation in school. I ended up
missing many days … I was failing a course because there was no
support.”
Accommodation for deaf students has always creatted challenges at Ryerson. A new task
force is being assembled to address
these issues, but several members
of the deaf community have expressed concerns about a lack of
representation.
Denise O’Neil Green, assistant
vice-president/vice-provost,
equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI),
was selected as chair of the committee. She’s also responsible for
overseeing seven other committees
and administrative groups, including the Aboriginal Education
Council and the Academic Senate.
O’Neil Green has experience with

Many students in the deaf community face barriers on campus.

In October 2015, Ellen Hibbard
a variety of accessibility issues on
campus, but she does not have — a Deaf Ryerson alumna who
specific expertise dealing with the received her PhD in communications and culture from the school
problems deaf students face.
in 2015 and promotes access on
campus — and Deborah Fels —
“It’s like having a male task
the inclusive media design centre’s
force to address discrimina- director — suggested the creation
of a task force lead by a deaf contion and oppression against
sultant to help reduce barriers on
campus. Lachemi was the provost
women”
and vice-president academic at the
time.
Plans have been made to add a
“The idea of bringing Denise
[in] was really to consult. We are deaf person to the task force, and
not bringing her as a specialist,” the committee is expected to seek
said interim president Mohamed external input. But in a community
Lachemi. “I think she has a very that’s often isolated because of a
good understanding of issues communication barrier, Hibbard
faced by students in different cat- said it’s important that the majority of the committee has experience
egories.”

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with deaf specific issues. If members
aren’t fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), it becomes a lot more
difficult for them to meet with deaf
students to discuss problems.
“It is not possible to ask someone who has general knowledge
of inclusion and access to apply
general knowledge to Deaf people
because Deaf people have unique
issues, culture and language,” said
Hibbard. “It’s like having a male
task force to address discrimination and oppression against women.”
Fels said there’s a large pool of
knowledgeable staff and students
at Ryerson — disability studies
faculty, Deaf alumni and Deaf faculty all have a lot of insight. She
added that having a “token deaf

person” on the task force isn’t
enough.
“They’re just throwing more
VPs and directors at the problem,” she said. “Hearing people
think they know what’s best for
deaf people and that’s a problem
… deaf students are feeling like
they’re being pushed around and
not being heard. This committee
is more evidence to the problem.”
Hibbard and Fels said they
scheduled a meeting with O’Neil
Green to discuss some of the issues in March 2015, but had
to cancel because Fels was sick.
Both said they’ve made several attempts to reschedule over the past
11 months, but O’Neil Green has
not returned any of their calls or
emails.
O’Neil Green said in an email
that EDI is fully committed to values of community and inclusion,
and that all students, faculty, staff
and alumni are welcome to share
their experiences. “I definitely
plan to reach out to our alum and
schedule a meeting to address any
miscommunication that may have
occurred,” she wrote.
Ryerson does not have any ASL
interpreters on staff. Marc Emond,
manager of Academic Accommodation Support, said these services
must be booked externally at least
two weeks in advance. Booking
interpreters for classes can take
longer because sometimes they
need specialized training, depending on the course content.
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Access to Ed debate heating up, again
By Keith Capstick
After a semester of debate surrounding access to education at
Ryerson, vice-president education
Cormac McGee and the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU) met with
a representative from the Ontario
Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities on Jan. 25.
McGee brought with him a plan
to work with the province to create
a base pool of finances to compensate students for unpaid work they
participate in to finish their degree.
“Money would come every year
to offset the cost of unpaid internships that are for credit because a
lot of those costs get downloaded
onto students,” McGee said. “This
money needs to come from the
province because if you try to get
[an employer] to pay, they’re just
going to slash the placements.”
This process’ beginning is the
culmination of the RSU’s battle
to find a way to fight for access to
education on campus but notably
is not centered around the goal

previous RSU governments have
prioritized — freezing tuition fees.
McGee said this goal isn’t realistic.
“I really think that the province
didn’t really take us seriously before
we showed up … We wanted to go
in with something that was really
tangible,” McGee said. “When you
have a province that’s trying to dig
out of their massive deficit … right
now I don’t think freezing tuition is
really on the table for them at all.”
Vajdaan Tanveer — a vocal
member of Reignite Ryerson —
the group of students who have
been critical of the RSU’s inability
to take an official stance on tuition
fees, is frustrated by this outcome.
“It shows the lack of genuine
effort that they put in initially because when they first started [to
discuss access to education] their
initial comment was that there
was work to be done with the
province in terms of tuition fees,”
Tanveer said. “Now I don’t think
they were being genuine in that,
I think they just wanted to say

something.”
Reignite doesn’t see this specific
fight for unpaid internships as a
campus-wide campaign, and despite applauding the cause, they say
tuition fees are where the fight lies.
“He definitely isn’t representing
all of the school right now in the
work that he’s doing in terms of
access to education,” said Tanveer.
Back at Ryerson the next day,
McGee took to the Ryerson Board
of Governors with a presentation of
the key issues students at Ryerson
are facing. These issues range from
accessibility to mental health support and shortening wait times for
counselling. The presentation is the
first step of the RSU’s involvement
with the macro budgeting committee to help distribute funds to the
places students want them.
McGee said due to the school’s
rocky relationship with previous
RSU governments, they were apprehensive about starting this process.
“Obviously relationships between administration and RSU
haven’t always been great and

The access to education debate at Rye is alive and well.

there’s obviously some trust issues
but I think they’re ready to listen
to us,” McGee said.
According to McGee this is the
first time students have been considered in the macro budgeting process
outside budgeting town halls the
school held in previous years. He
said process won’t allow administration to “go up into Jorgensen
Hall and not be heard from again.”
“What’s different this year is that
we’re the first people they’re hearing from,” McGee said. “I’m working to set up a date where we’re
going to host a public event where

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[the macro group] is going to report
back on how they’re committing to
each one of these [requests].”
Reignite is skeptical the same dialogue-only mentality won’t continue with this latest RSU attempt.
“I’m glad they’re bringing students into the fold but it’s a piece
of a larger puzzle. My question
is, ‘What’s going to be the result
of this?’” said Mitchell Demars,
a fourth-year politics and governance student, who is a member of
Reignite. “Just more dialogue or is
there going to be a serious funding
priority change?”

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Hoops, hopes and togetherness
By
Sean
Wetselaar
I’m not a basketball fan. To be
honest, I barely pay attention to
sports in general.
When I came to Ryerson, I was
told about our sports teams, and
some of the sports editors at The
Eyeopener tried over the years
to convince me that things were
changing for the athletics department.
I nodded along, sipped my coffee and continued to pay as little
attention as I could.
And on a campus dominated by
creative hipsters and anti-jocks,
I hardly feel my apathy was unusual. But here’s the thing — this
weekend our men’s basketball
team toppled the two best teams in
the country. And it’s a huge fucking deal.
As you’ll read in our sports section this week, our wins over Carleton and the University of Ottawa
mark a peak in the quarter of a
century of struggle put in by the
program.

But our teams winning is about
more than just a lot of hours put
in at the gym, a lot of blood and
sweat, and a lot of money spent
painting “Rise With Us” on walls.
Ryerson’s athletics, and the almost unimaginable rise in popularity our school’s sports teams
have experienced in the last five
years alone, are part of the bigger
story of our school.
Ryerson has spent the better
part of the last decade and a half
or so since it became a full-fledge
university searching for an identity. That, much like the awkward
soul-searching of many adolescents, has been a long process.
But as our little campus grows up,
learns to shave and starts packing
for college, we’ve slowly settled
into a sense of community that
I honestly believe Sheldon Levy
probably would have called a pipe
dream in 2005.
There’s a good chance that you,
dear reader, do not care whether
our basketball team takes home a
national championship this spring
— which is looking like an increasingly unridiculous possibility.
But I want you to take a minute to

smile about it anyway.
Because little by little, trophy
by trophy, new program by new
program, it seems like we’ve got
ourselves a real school here.
A better reputation for the
school that will one day sit on
your resumé can’t possibly hurt,
especially given how much it will
likely cost. And let’s be real, it feels
pretty good to kick Ottawa’s ass.

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NEWS

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

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Men’s issues group fails to get ratified

Kevin Arriola at the RSU Board of Directors meeting.

By Brennan Doherty
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) rejected the last appeal by
the Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) to become an officially
sanctioned student group.
RSU president Andrea Bartlett
said that the group cannot appeal
any further.
MIAS, which styles itself as “a
space for Ryerson students and affiliates to discuss the issues facing
men and boys today,” first applied
for campus group status in October. The RSU’s Board of Directors
has consistently rejected the group

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— the latest attempt to establish
a men’s issues organization oncampus.
“What we’re doing is really
raising issues that have never
been [talked] about or usually
disregarded,” said Kevin Arriola,
MIAS’s president.
Arriola said the verdict didn’t
surprise him.
“I knew I was coming into a
kangaroo court, so I’m not really
surprised with the decision. Now
we have to think about the next
step,” he said.
Despite lobbying efforts by the
Canadian Association For Equal-

ity (CAFE) — a Toronto-based
men’s rights group — to influence
Monday’s decision, Bartlett said the
vote would ultimately be out of her
hands.
“While I have received numerous
calls and emails from the membership of CAFE urging me to reconsider the decision, the decision is
one of the committee,” Bartlett
wrote via message before the meeting. She said she arranged a one-onone meeting with Arriola before,
but he’d refused unless several journalists were present to record their
conversation.
Arriola was questioned by several directors at the meeting about
his group’s commitment to equity
— which the RSU said isn’t consistent with their policies.
“We are definitely approaching [men’s issues] from an equity
standpoint,” Arriola said. He
added the group’s egalitarianism
means equity “is kind of implied.”
Several directors said that
MIAS’ recognition as a student
group would make female staff
and students at Ryerson feel unsafe.
“When there are women who
are attending these spaces because
they want to see what’s being
talked about, how will you ensure
that there are no voices that are
targeting or oppressing anyone
else?” said Carolyn Myers, equity

Curriculum getting aboriginal update
Ryerson responds to Truth and Reconcilation Commission recommendations
By Annie Arnone
Ryerson University and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) are
working together to bring content
about indigenous communities
into Ryerson’s journalism curriculum.
Associate chair of journalism,
Janice Neil, said that in the winter
of 2017 a new elective will be offered to students between second
and fourth year that will focus on
indigenous content.
The Truth and Reconciliation
Commission of Canada (TRC)
called on Canadian journalism
programs to “require education
for all students on the history of
Aboriginal peoples” and states
this in detail in their Call to Action report, under recommendation 86, published in December.
Neil said that the class will
encompass everything suggested
in recommendation 86 by “both
informing journalism students
about what they should know
and giving them a foundation of
knowledge and historical context, but also how the media
failed or succeeded in depicting
indigenous people, in the past,

and what you can do as a journalist going forward.”
Third-year student, Joleine
Kasper believes TRC’s recommendation will be useful in educating journalists on indigenous
content. “In terms of number 86
it’s important for journalists to be
educated on the history because a
lot of people lack that knowledge
and there’s a lot of stigma and discrimination [against indigenous
people].”

“It’s time we re-build the
relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal
communities.”
TRC aims to shed light on indigenous history — specifically the Indian Residential Schools agreement.
Executive Director of JHR, Rachel Pulfer, says she believes introducing a new class will allow an
opportunity for open-minded discussion among young journalists.
“Working with journalism students at the beginning of their ca-

reer leaves a real opportunity to
insure an open-minded approach
to coverage and understanding
of where these [indigenous] communities have come from,” she
said. “It also equips journalism
students with the knowledge they
need to cover these issues later on
in whatever form of media they
choose.”
Both the University of Winnipeg
and Lakehead University are making it mandatory for undergraduate students to take a three-credit
course in indigenous culture in order to graduate.
According to Ryerson interimpresident Mohammed Lachemi,
the university took action after
TRC published their report.
“The first thing that we did was
put a committee in place,” he said.
“When we developed this, we really engaged the aboriginal community in the discussion to see
what are their needs.”
Kasper believes that it is important to come together as a nation, and this curriculum change
will be a step toward doing so.
“It’s time we rebuild the relationship between aboriginal and
non-aboriginal communities.”

correspondent for the Board of
Governors.
Arriola has consistently denied
that there are any safety issues associated with MIAS.
Alyson Rogers, co-organizer of
the Ryerson Feminist Collective,
was relieved to hear the group’s
appeal was denied.
“I thank the RSU Board of Directors (BOD) for making a really
good decision for women on campus, feminists on campus, sexual
assault survivors on campus and
really just student safety in general,” she said.
MIAS’ first application to the
BOD in October was rejected,
according to the RSU transcripts,
because the group’s constitution
was ambiguous and duplicated
functioning of existing equity
centres. Arriola was repeatedly
questioned by directors on this.
A working relationship with
CAFE — which several RSU directors consider a hate group — has
also hindered Arriola’s efforts.
In December’s meeting, Arriola
promised the RSU he wouldn’t invite anyone from CAFE.

“We are willing to work with
you guys,” he told the committee. “We won’t have CAFE here,
anyone who ever speaks to CAFE
[we] will eliminate them from the
pool.”
CAFE hosted both of MIAS’ offcampus events, and backs Ryerson-affiliated men’s issues groups
in an upcoming human rights
case against universities opposing
them. “We have a chance here to
win a precedent that will open the
door to unimpeded campus events
and debates across campus,” they
wrote in a fundraising post.
Arriola was tight-lipped about
the details of the case. “We’re just
still not sure about that,” he said.
Rogers was especially concerned
about CAFE.
“People organizing with these
beliefs is of course a concern for
us. Yeah, it is concerning. While
this vote is good, there’s still more
work to be done around misogyny
and sexism on campus.”
Ultimately, Arriola said that his
group will keep fighting for recognition, holding events at CAFE’s
headquarters off-campus.

NEWS

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

New student groups, new policy
By Sarah Krichel
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) approved a motion to update their harassment, discrimination and workplace violence policy on Monday at their Board of
Directors (BoD) meeting.
RSU president Andrea Bartlett
said that she will meet with the
city of Toronto in February to find
ways to improve campus safety.
“What I want to understand is
how it works from the city’s perspective,” Bartlett said. “This is
like a step one meeting to understand if it’s even on their radar.”
The updated policy ensures Ryerson’s environment remains a safe

place free of discrimination or harassment of any kind, from racism
to sexism and ableism. It also gives
instruction to those victimized.
Here is a recap of the other motions presented at the meeting:
UÊOpting out of health and dental plan — PASSED
Students will have the choice of
opting out of the health and dental
insurance plan coverage and can
choose between having their refund
credited to their RAMSS account or
receiving a cheque.
UÊGallivan and Associates to operate Health and Dental Plan and
Wellness — PASSED
The division of People Corporation used in previous years was

reappointed as the Ryerson consultant for the health and dental insurance. Effective until Aug. 31, 2021.
UÊPhotography Club — PASSED
The Photography Club of Ryerson was ratified with official status
as an RSU group with the rights
in the Students Group Policy. The
group has already held photo walks
from the Ryerson Student Learning
Centre to the Polson Pier to the Distillery District.
UÊ Somali Students’ Association
— PASSED
The Somali Students’ Association
at Ryerson was ratified with official
status as an RSU group. The club is
meant to bring Somali students and
any other students together to edu-

RSU president Andrea Bartlett and BoD chair Abe Snobar.

cate them about Somalian culture
through events like movie nights.
UÊElection of the Equity and Social Justice Commissioner Chair
— PASSED
Cassandra Myers, a board representative from the Faculty of
Community Services, was elected
for the position and will be acting

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

as a liaison between the board and
the executive when handling issues
involving equity and social justice.
UÊ The Men’s Issues Awareness
Society’s appeal — REJECTED
Another motion was delayed until the BoD’s next meeting to add a
first year and international student
representative to the RSU’s board.

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> Enraged man hurls coffee at
student
Some douche threw a cuppa’ hot
Joe at some dude in Yonge-Dundas Square. If that wasn’t bad
enough, the poor dude was then
threatened with a metal bar.
Geez Louise. Don’t you hate
it when Tim Hortons screws up
your order?
> Partially naked dancing dude
spotted on Gould Street
A man was reported exposing his
goods (which weren’t that good)
on Gould Street. When security
arrived, he was no longer naked.
He was, however, found dancing.
Let your freak flag fly, you
dancing queen.
> You wanna go, bro?
Security removed Ryerson’s very
own He-Man from the Mattamy Athletic Centre after he was
caught yelling, “Who wants to
fight?” indiscriminately.
His motives were unclear, but
we’re guessing it’s something to
do with his manhood.
> Coffee crusader
A man stole straws from the SLC
Starbucks and threw garbage everywhere. He’s probably pissed
about the cafe’s recent “War on
Christmas” or whatever.
> Two peas in the pod
After a commotion in the
podium was reported, a couple
was found #bangaranging in a
washroom. However, their love
was fleeting, as they refused to
identify themselves and immediately fled campus.
Seen some crazy shit on campus? Let us know. Email news@
theeyeopener.com

NEWS

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

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Science is getting new digs

Deaf
students
face barriers
on campus

By Keith Capstick
The Ryerson faculty of science is
getting 20,000 square feet of new
lab space.
Ryerson has leased the space
from the MaRS building on College
Street, across from the University
of Toronto’s St. George campus.
Before faculty moves in, the space
will be renovated and equipped
with stat-of-the-art materials for
students and researchers.
Imogen Coe, the dean of the faculty of science, says the space was
urgently needed.
“The space will be slotted out
for researchers who currently have
either no space at all, or very small
and outdated amounts of space,”
Coe said.
This space will be dedicated almost entirely to the science faculty
in an effort to accommodate the
discipline’s unique space requirements.
“We signed an agreement with
MaRS to get new space, which
would also be available to our
researchers including students ...
which is a huge addition to our
researchers in biology and science
in general,” said Ryerson interim
president Mohamed Lachemi.

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Ryerson has leased new lab space in the MaRS building.

The space will be largely “wet
lab space,” where chemicals and
other hazardous substances can be
handled safely in liquid form.
This is the latest in a succession
of initiatives from the administration to create more space for the
faculty of science. Ryerson was
at St. Michael’s Hospital on Jan.
26 to unveil its new Institute for
Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBEST) which
will house 15 faculty members
and 40 students. The school plans
to set aside a large portion of the
new Daphne Cockwell Health Sci-

ences Complex to various science
departments including nursing.
Lachemi recognizes this consistent effort to growing the faculty.
“The faculty of science is the
newest faculty at Ryerson and of
course we have to accommodate
their space needs,” Lachemi said.
Bryan Laks, a third-year biomedical science student, is excited
about the prospect of having improved equipment and hopes the
school’s motivation to create more
science space will help put the program on the map.
“All of our labs are in Kerr Hall

PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT

right now and it’s just a very outdated building. All the labs are a bit
outdated, they have the old chalkboards and some of the equipment
has kind of broken down,” Laks
said. “Every single time somebody
asks me my program their first
question is, ‘Oh I didn’t know Ryerson had science.’ This will definitely
give us a name.”
Construction is set to begin on
the renovation of the space this
spring and will be finished in time
for the beginning of the next academic year in September, according to Lachemi.

RCDS plans ‘emergency’ GM
By Al Downham
An emergency general meeting
(GM) will be held by the Ryerson
Communication and Design Society (RCDS) Friday after a petition
called for discussion on the society’s elimination of election slates.
“You need an actual general
public vote to really know what
[FCAD members] want or not,”
said third-year performance dance
student John-Charles Vaughan,
the petition’s creator.
The petition, titled “Call for
RCDS Emergency General Meeting,” was created hours after the
RCDS’ Board of Directors (BoD)
meeting Jan. 21. It requested a GM
on the BoD’s ruling to eliminate
slates for the 2016-17 RCDS BoD
election Feb. 10-12. A slate is a
team running for election.
“Until [a GM] is held, the bylaw
stands and the upcoming electoral
process of our student society will
be impacted,” the petition states.
Vaughan said the RCDS BoD can
“put in their bylaws as they wish,”
but wanted to ensure students could
voice their opinion on the amendment at an emergency GM before
elections. Vaughan said he has no
preference between slates or individual candiates for the election.
“It wasn’t so much what the
motion was, it was how the inner
workings got the say on it but not

The Jan. 21 RCDS board meeting where slates were eliminated.

the student body,” Vaughan said.
Michal Stolarczyk — a FCAD
member and third-year journalism student that signed the petition — said the BoD can “say all
they want that parties and slates
shouldn’t be in the election,” but
the motion should have waited until a GM where at least 30 FCAD
members must attend for quorum.
The RCDS constitution states
special GMs can be called by the
society’s vice-president administration and operations — a position currently held by Paulina
Gusciora — when a written request is submitted and signed by
at least 50 FCAD members. The
petition reached the minimum requirement Jan. 24.

During debate, RCDS BoD
members including vice-president
finance Luke Villemaire said making candidates run individually
“allows for an easy playing field,”
while vice-president events Tavia
Bakowski said “[elections without
slates] may be overwhelming” to
first-year students.
“I think it shows through motivation they’re trying to turn the
election more towards the individual,” Stolarczyk said.
RCDS President Casey Yuen,
who suggested an emergency GM
at the BoD meeting, said “changes
to bylaws can happen at board level but are also brought to the GM
to inform the public.” She was voted into her position last year with

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

Envision RCDS, an electoral slate.
Yuen said the RCDS BoD believes in giving equal opportunity
among potential candidates. She
said she sees pros and cons of
both slates and individual candidates.
“If you believe in the mandate
[of a slate] and how they think the
organization should be run, it allows students who don’t know
every single person agree on what
they believe in,” Yuen said. “I
would assume a student would be
confused at the many posters [of
individual candidates]. It would
get a little confusing. But it’s
something they should care about.
It’s something that does impact
them.”

Sidney Drmay, coordinator at
RyeACCESS, added that the university doesn’t have accredited
ASL classes. RyeACCESS offers
courses, but they can only take 30
students per session — despite a
larger interest.
New staff are required to do a
mandatory online training course
and additional training is available through Ryerson’s Academic
Accommodation Services. But Fels
said the training is not sufficient.
“Knowing about a standard and
implementing those things in a
classroom are two very different
things,” she said. “Every disability
needs a different approach.”
Ryerson’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy says that instructors should “strive to make course
curriculum and materials and
course activities accessible to all
students,” and the Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities
Policy says that students will be
considered individually to determine accommodations.
Still, some Deaf students have
experienced discrimination and
have had problems with faculty
not properly accommodating
them.
Wolfe-Maxwell said one of his
professors refused to show videos with subtitles. Jenny Leung,
a third-year business technology
major who is also Deaf, said she
had similar issues with closed captioning services.

“Knowing about a standard and
implementing those things in a
classroom are two very different
things. Every disability needs a
different approach”
“We expect professors to know
what to do … and students to take
on the advocacy needed to convince a professor the right way to
do things,” said Fels.
Heather Willis, accessibility coordinator in the office of Equity,
Diversion and Inclusion at Ryerson, said it’s not about integrating
disabled people into spaces — it’s
about integrating accessibility into
what already exists. “Disability is
created by societal barriers,” she
said. “We’re not there yet, but
we’re always learning from each
other and sharing ideas to make
things better.”

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here was more than enough room for Jeremy
Davidson to sneak into the next lane. He was
stopped at a red light in downtown Toronto,
traffic wasn’t moving and neither was the cab
that was slightly behind him in the next lane over. So, like
any driver trying to squeeze into congested Toronto traffic, Davidson took advantage and angled his car into the
next lane.
That’s when the cabbie stepped on the gas, aiming right
for the side of his vehicle. And there was no sign of him
slowing down.
Davidson had only been an Uber driver for a couple of
weeks. With no training other than a 10-minute video that
instructed him to give water to his customers like a limousine driver, he did what most drivers would do: with no
time to check where he was going, he jerked his vehicle
back into his lane. The cab screeched to a halt where his
under-a-month-old 2016 Dodge Caravan had once been. It
would’ve hit his car if he hadn’t pulled away.
“Obviously I thought they were an idiot for doing it,”
says the Ted Rogers School of Management class of 2014
graduate. “I do [feel guilty driving for Uber] in the sense
that it takes over all these people’s jobs. But at the same
time, I have to survive, too.”
oronto taxis have been saying the same thing,
protesting Uber’s presence in Toronto with numerous protests shutting down major streets
this past year. In October, Toronto City Council
voted to update existing taxi and limousine laws to apply
to Uber, which includes paying for proper licensing and
brokerage fees. But the battle between the two industries
is an inherently unfair one — taxi drivers’ fixed metre
charges aren’t able to compete with Uber’s lower prices.
Taxi drivers are forced to pay an average of $1,000 in
annual-renewal fees on taxi plates, stickers and provincial plates; $40 for an annual criminal-record check; fees
for a CPR refresher course; $950 in monthly car and insurance payments; and about $525 in monthly brokerage, depending on the driver’s dispatch company and the
number of calls the driver buys from dispatch.
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the interim, the company — which launched its Toronto
chapter in 2010 — continued to operate with more than
500,000 riders and at least 20,000 drivers in Toronto.
On Jan. 22, Uber released a statement saying it had been
granted a brokerage license for all services except uberX
(for which drivers use their own vehicles) — effectively eliminating the threat of one of the two charges laid
against its drivers.
ccording to Uber’s website, partners spend an
average of 10
hours driving per
week — which
a 2015 study by Princeton
University cited as one of
the most attractive characteristics of the ridesharing
company for its drivers.
While no Canadian studies
have analyzed the makeup
of Uber’s drivers, the Princeton study found that seven
per cent of Uber drivers in the United States are students.
These students were a large part of the 32 per cent of drivers
who worked for Uber “while looking for a steady, full-time
job” — like Davidson, who’s been primarily landscaping
since graduation, with a brief stint as a security guard before studying Arabic for 8 months. Working for Uber was a
convenient decision that’s been helping him pay off $35,000
in student loans and $21,000 in car payments. He didn’t
have to leave his house after landscaping for 12 hours to
apply or have an interview — the only time he stepped into
the Uber headquarters was to double check that there were
no hidden fees.
Sitting behind a computer in the Toronto offices on
Adelaide Street East is Justin Valmores. At home in the
modern glass and wood-panel swank of the HQ, Valmores
works full-time as a community support representative.
He spends around 40 hours a week responding to emails
about lost wallets and surcharges, while also juggling a full
course load as a third-year RTA student.
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opportunity than with Uber,” says Valmores, who’s been
working with the company for four months.
The success story of Uber has come up in several of his
classes, Valmores says. Sitting in his advertising copywriting class, students discussed the creativity behind Uber’s
elastic brand. This is what Valmores characterizes as the
difference between the (cheaper) uberX service, and (the
more luxurious) UberBLACK.
The first time that Valmores used Uber, in fact, was with
an UberBLACK.
It was April 2015, and
Valmores was headed to
the RTA program’s TARA
awards with three friends.
Standing at the corner
of Victoria and Dundas
streets, dressed in a tuxedo
and with $20 of free Uber
credit in his pocket, he embarked on his first car ride.
“The guy opened the
door for us. He had treats, he had a bottle of water in the
back, and I’m thinking, ‘Do I pay for this? Do I not? How
does this work?’” he recalls. The affordable luxury of the
UberBLACK, combined with other services like the competitively-priced uberX, is what Valmores says defines the
popularity of Uber in Toronto — especially for university
students who “could use the extra dollars here and there.”
Davidson is a more recent addition to the Uber team,
having started in December. Since then, he’s made contacts
in marketing by talking to a few customers. And, as Uber
allows drivers to set their own schedules, Davidson says it
makes applying for marketing jobs and scheduling interviews easier (though he’s working 30-40 hours per week).
But those are largely the only positive aspects of Uber for
him.
lthough Uber says that drivers can make $20
an hour, Davidson says it’s only about $15 after
deducting gas costs. The driver’s vehicle and insurance are also considered personal expenses.
As his wife is studying on a full scholarship at the Univer-

Working for UBER is a
convenient decision that’s
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RIGHT TO LEFT:
MIRSALARI AND
HER FATHER, JAFAR
(PHOTO COURTESY
SABA MIRSALARI);
AN UBER DRIVER
(PHOTO COURTESY
UBER);
A TORONTO TAXI
STOPS ON FRONT
STREET (PHOTO:
ANNIE ARNONE)

sity of Toronto for a master’s degree in criminology, Davidson is the sole debtor and income earner for the newlywed couple. To afford rent in their basement North York
apartment, vehicle payments, insurance, gas and food, the
24-year-old needs to earn at least $2,500 per month. But
earning that “bare minimum” won’t be possible if Uber
becomes regulated.
“They (Uber) have two advantages. One is that they’ve
got a great product and the other is that they’re not following the same regulations that other companies are following,” says Ryerson business-ethics professor Chris MacDonald. “The fact that you’ve got a great product isn’t
unfair — the fact that you’re keeping your costs low by not
following the rules is characterized as not fair.”
Davidson says that if limousine and taxi licensing bylaws are applied to Uber, he would quit right away. “Unless they’re paying you to do this, it’s not worth it at all.
It would take a week of you working just to pay for the
commercial insurance,” he says.
Like many non-professional Uber drivers, Davidson uses
his personal auto insurance to protect himself on the road.
At $290 a month, it’s the cheapest insurance he can find as
a 24-year-old male.
or third-year Ryerson sociology student Saba Mirsalari, the lack of insurance isn’t the only reason
why she’s never taken an Uber — which she calls a
regulation-free taxi service, even though the cheap
prices are “tempting.” As the daughter of a taxi driver, she’s
fundamentally against the idea.
“It’s not just because, ‘Oh, my father’s a cab driver,
I shouldn’t be doing this.’ It’s also a personal choice,”
Mirsalari says. “For me safety is a huge deal. I know that
when I’m in a licensed cab, whether that’s Beck Taxi,
Crown Taxi, Co-Op or any other cab ... that I’m going
to be safe and I know that, God forbid, if anything ever
were to happen to me in that cab, that company would
have my back.”
Taxicabs have additional safety features for passengers
that Uber does not. These include 17 days of training for
drivers, the mandatory cab and driver information on the
back of the car seat, a 24/7 call centre that ensures all driv-

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ers facing serious complaints receive additional training
and appropriate disciplinary actions, and security cameras
that are accessible to the Toronto Police Service.
But, for Mirsalari’s father, Jafar, those additional security measures aren’t enough for the drivers’ security. One
of his first brushes with danger was in 1989 when, at 3:15
a.m., two men opened the back door of his Chevrolet taxi
as he was turning a corner at Yonge and Bloor streets.
With no power locks on the doors, Jafar had no choice but
to take them to their dead-end street destination, when the
man sitting directly behind him grabbed him by the neck
as his partner tried to reach for his pockets. Jafar managed
to release himself, and the two men took off when they
realized that Jafar was fighting back.
or Davidson, driving for Uber is much more exhausting than a 12-hour landscaping shift. Not
only does he have the added pressure of driving
to the customer’s liking to keep his rating at 4.66,
but he’s also had to defend his religion to Islamophobic
customers in his vehicle.
The smartphone app allows users to see exactly who and
where their driver is, how long it will take for the vehicle
to arrive and which vehicle the partner is driving (a detail
that’s required and verified by Uber). But it doesn’t allow
the driver to save names of
rude or abusive customers, which makes finding
troublesome
passengers
difficult.
Davidson says that the
most he can do is rate them.
It’s easy for passengers to receive a 5-star rating from the
driver, unless they were a no-show or were abusive. For a
driver, it all depends on the passenger’s mood and opinions.
One customer was particularly opinionated about Davidson’s kufi, a rounded cap often associated with Islam.
As Davidson drove him from East Richmond Hill to a
house in the west end, the man ranted about how Davidson shouldn’t be wearing religious symbols in the workplace and how he agreed with Donald Trump’s views on
Muslims. His wife sat quietly in the back seat.

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Although Davidson accidentally rated them five stars
out of habit, then reported them at the end of the night, he
got the last word.
“I told him, ‘This is my vehicle — if you don’t like it, you
can get out right now.’”
hough Uber employees are told to be “levelheaded” when engaging in Uber versus taxi debates (“They tell us, ‘Even though we work with
Uber, we still need to take into consideration
how they feel’”) Valmores says the popularity of Uber is
natural after the lengthy monopoly of the taxi industry on
Toronto transportation. “It’s about time that we kind of
keep up with technology ... and use this as a way to, you
know, better our services.”
But with a growing usership of Uber — which boasts
safer conditions for drivers and customers — amongst
young people, Jafar has lost about a quarter of his income.
His dispatch, Beck Taxi, receives almost 50 per cent less
calls than in previous years, with wait times in between
calls stretching to over an hour. Back when he first started
in the taxi industry 29 years ago, a slow day meant a 20 or
30-minute gap in calls.
Although his wife works full-time as a receptionist at a
dental practice, Jafar finds himself driving downtown at 2
a.m. on weekends, and not
going home until 3:30 a.m
on other nights. He does
this to cover for slow Mondays and Tuesdays, pay off
his $270,000 mortgage,
pay into the RESP that
funds his son and his daughter’s degrees, and for the line
of credit paying for Mirsalari’s travel costs for her semester
abroad in Singapore. Some weeks, Jafar works up to 90
hours to cover his expenses.
“[Mom and dad have] never made me think about student debt. They’ve been like, ‘No, this is our job. We’re
your parents.’ In order to do that, I see the amount of time
they both spend working,” Mirsalari says. “But the days
that he works long hours, I can definitely see that he comes
home really tired.”

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BIZ & TECH

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Rye grad gets $1 million from Dragon
Dragon’s Den’s Michele Romanow funds grad’s biz
By Noella Ovid
A Ryerson graduate and his partner received $1 million in funding
for their auto parts e-commerce
company from Michele Romanow
on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Best friends Charith Perera and
Mubin Vaid started their selffunded business, TDot Performance, while Perera was a finance
student at the Ted Rogers School
of Management.
In 2008, the duo went door-todoor selling LED strips imported
from China to local retailers in
Toronto.
“When I was in school, [I] just
needed a way of making money,”
said Perera. “[I] then realized there
was a need for this because no one
was doing it.”
Since then, their business has
evolved into a national Canadian
automotive retailer through their
website, which sells car performance parts and accessories.
The company was named one
of Canada’s fastest growing businesses in the Profit Hot 50 list in
2013 and has projected sales of
$10 million for 2015.
TDot Performance has warehouses all over Canada that ship
directly to the consumer, avoiding
extra shipping costs.
“The fact that you don’t take
inventory is super attractive. That
is what kills all retail businesses,”
Romanow said on the show.
Before auditioning for Dragons’
Den, Perera entered various business competitions at Ryerson.

“I thought I would be [nervous]
but I felt very comfortable on set
because it kind of brought back
memories of when we were in
business-plan competitions at Ryerson,” he said.
Their mobile friendly website
currently has more than 200,000
products available in the online
shop, with no international customs duties or brokerage fees for
their customers.
To demonstrate the frustration
customers go through with U.S.
companies on a daily basis, Perera and Vaid hosted a game show
called “The Price is Not Right”
within their pitch.
They showed the hundreds of
dollars their buyers could save
in purchasing car parts by avoiding the exchange duties and some
taxes of cross border shopping.
“That is the best business I have
seen so far [on Dragon’s Den],”
said Romanow on the show.
The team asked for $1 million
in exchange for a 25 per cent equity stake in their company.
“Without any capital, it’s really
hard to grow. You only get to a
certain size,” said Perera.
They accepted Romanow’s offer of 27 per cent, which they are
still finalizing.
The entrepreneurs plan to keep
doing what they’re doing to accelerate the growth of their business. They will be using the money for all aspects of the business,
including more marketing and
products, as well as improving
their website.

PHOTO COURTESY: CHARITH PERERA

Ryerson grad Charith Perera (right) pitching to the dragons.

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Gettin’ wet with models. 3D models
The Student Campus Centre

A 3D model of the Don River watershed.

By Noushin Ziafati
The Don River ebbs and flows
throughout its 38 k.m. length
across the Greater Toronto Area
(GTA), but in a classroom it’s the
size of a textbook.
To show the massive scale of
this body of water, among others
across the GTA, two Ryerson professors are printing 3D models of
every watershed, which are bodies
of water, to teach high school students about urban water.
Geography professor Claire
Oswald is collaborating with
professor and chair of geography
and environmental studies Claus
Rinner and Ryerson-affiliated 3D
printing company Think2Thing to
create these watershed models.
Oswald and Rinner received
funding last spring from Ryerson’s
RECODE, an initiative based
around working with university
businesses. Once their proposal
for the 3D printing project got
approved, they started building
models and creating a teaching
plan for the year-long project.
“The reason that we’ve been doing these 3D printings is that we
think that they might be really useful for helping people understand
... some issues that our watersheds
are having and also to point out
some environmental stewardship
opportunities,” Oswald said.
After finishing a 3D printing
course at the Toronto Reference
Library, Oswald and Rinner used
the library’s Digital Innovation
Hub printer to print out their first
model, which is the 3D elevation
model of the Don River watershed. The model is made out of
a renewable and biodegradable
plastic.
So far, the two have printed all
of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s watersheds.
Undergraduate students in the
Geographic Analysis and Environment and Urban Sustainability
programs are taking part in the
project as well. They’re collecting
data for the 3D print models and
creating content that they will take
to some high schools this term.
Matthew Tam, a third-year
geographic analysis student, is
involved in data collection and
analysis for the watershed model

PHOTO COURTESY: CLAIRE OSWALD

prints. He believes that showing
students 3D models of watersheds
is an effective tool.
“I think as high schoolers, they
want to see something real like
a model … instead of reading
[about a watershed] from a textbook. It’s more interactive. They
can actually see it, touch it in person,” Tam said.
Similarly, Rinner said that viewing a 3D elevation model that is
able to illustrate the different processes of water, particularly in urban watersheds, is a new way to
teach students about water.
Sarah Brigel, a fourth-year environmental and urban sustainability student, said that the content
for this project which her and four
group members are working on is
designed to focus on the students’
local area and allow them to create a personal connection to their
local watershed.
“We think that this is a really
important opportunity to not only
engage students at a younger age
and maybe give them a possibility
or a direction into university but
also, just to show students that at
any age, they can be stewards of
their environment,” she said.
Oswald is also a member of
Ryerson Urban Water (RUW),
which is a multi-disciplinary collective of researchers and experts
who aim to support a healthy urban water cycle while promoting
new ways to teach students about
water. Angela Murphy, the manager of Ryerson Urban Water, is
also supportive of Oswald and
Rinner’s project.
“Most of the RUW folks that
have bridged out to different
schools have done so in very illustrative, practical ways,” said
Murphy. “If there is a pond or a
creek behind the school, that’s
kind of the focal point where they
begin the discussion and in other
cases, they take things with them
like watershed models, and that’s
where the example of a 3D model
was very useful.”
Rinner and Oswald are currently working on a larger, higher
quality reprint of the Don River
watershed with Think2Thing’s
printers, which will feature colour
overlay on the print to distinguish
different land uses by colour.

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contributed to campus
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as demonstrated
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Awards are available to
all undergraduate
students, all continuing
education and
certificate students, and
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who are enrolled and in
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ARTS & LIFE

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Art is more than fun for some Ryerson students, it’s healing
By Karoun Chahinian
She was slowly suffocating.
Drowning in her endless stream
of thoughts and worries. Every
day seemed to be darker than
the last and the walls that once
held her life together were slowly
falling apart. The moment when
Paige Foskett felt as if she hit rock
bottom on that hospital bed was
the moment she was given a second chance and discovered her
passion for dance.
The first time she danced since
that experience felt like a breath
of fresh air. Finally free after what
felt like a lifetime of darkness, every movement relieved her body
of repressed pain and anxiety.
Dance quickly became her safe
space.
The arts are universally known
as a form of creative expression,
but in the field of psychology,
they have even been recognized
as legitimate forms of therapy.
They are a part of most people’s daily lives. Whether it’s
through singing, dancing, painting, writing, filmmaking — the
list goes on — art is cathartic and

is often reached out to in moments of pressure and stress. But
what has changed in the last 50
years is their legitimization as a
vital form of therapy for mental
illness, formally known as “expressive art therapy,” which Lee
Shields has been practising for 17
years.
“The experience of art-making always helped me so much
through difficult times of my life
and I also really wanted to work
with people, so both my worlds
came together,” said Shields. “Art
therapy has traditionally only
been centred around visual arts,
but I branched into expressive art
therapy where I move from one
art modality to another.”
Shields graduated from the social work program at Ryerson in
1994 and then enrolled in the art
therapy program at the International School of Interdisciplinary
Studies Canada. The program
touches on different art platforms
being utilized therapeutically, but
Shields favours movement, voice
and visual arts.
She believes that having a close
relationship with your client and

Paige Foskett discovered her love of dance after dealing with mental health issues.

making them feel accepted and
comfortable is just as important
as the art-making, especially with
her older clients.
“With my adult clients, there’s
a reconnection with a part of
themselves that wants to play,”
said Shields. “We live in a world
that’s so structured around perfection that I think this form of
therapy is relieving.”
Cassandra Myers, a third-year
child and youth care student at
Ryerson founded the art therapy
program “Art Buddies” in 2014
with the help of Ryerson sociology professor Jean Golden. She
also works at Head Start Montessori school where she leads
two- to five-year-olds through
sensory art therapy sessions.
“Art has always been my safe
place, but I never wanted to pursue a full art degree, that’s why
art therapy is just magic,” said
Myers. “Especially when working with children, you can reach
them without being so evasive
and direct, it’s a more holistic option.”
Myers’ passion for art therapy
derived from her personal struggles with mental illness and how
she used artistic outlets like spoken word and visual arts to cope
with it.
“I’ve been predisposed to mental health issues my whole life,
but I was always able to cope
with them through multiple outlets,” said Myers. “To centre myself everyday when dealing with
anxiety, doing anything artistic is
so helpful.”
People coping with mental illnesses are often battling with
their own thoughts and verbalizing them may feel impossible,
which is when Foskett, a fourth-

year media production student,
turns to dance.
“When I’m dancing as a release, I basically take every negative and destructive emotion that
I’m experiencing and use my
body to fight them off,” said Foskett. “Sometimes my dancing is
very constructive, but other times
it feels like meditating. I just let
my body do the talking.”
Foskett battled with severe depression at the age of 15 and began to stop eating and sleeping,
which resulted in her experiencing a physical and mental breakdown.
“Dance was what saved me,”
said Foskett. “I felt as if my
world was crashing down and I
didn’t have anything or anyone.”
After she began seeing a psychiatrist, she was advised to try different activities to keep her mind
and body busy, but felt an instant
connection with dance.
Chelsy Dagger, a second-year
film studies student, is a musician, filmmaker and visual artist
who has coped with depression,
bipolar and borderline personality disorder throughout her life.
She uses all those different art
platforms for healing purposes.
As a filmmaker, she would take
darker memories or experiences
and transform them into short
films.
“My thoughts and emotions
from those darker experiences
would form into characters and
it would make me feel good because I’m able to make something beautiful out of them,” said
Dagger.
She was alsov hospitalized at the
age of 15 and said the main thing
that got her through it was art.
Laying down in that dreary

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

hospital room with luminescent
lights shining down on her, she
felt drained. With a mind full of
dark thoughts and images, her
hand itched to draw. She needed a
release, but was left with nothing.
They wouldn’t let her have a fork
or pen, worried she may hurt herself. Thankfully, they allowed her
to have a pencil which they had
dulled. Notepad in hand, she felt
temporary bliss. While it wouldn’t
last for long, she was able to escape the clutter in her mind.
“Since then I’ve gone through
multiple art phases. Sometimes
I’m really into drawing and art
because I don’t want to speak.
There are days when I’m thinking
a lot and that’s when I want to
write a song,” said Dagger. “Art
lets all your thoughts out and
somehow empties your mind.”
Dagger has also participated in
many art therapy sessions at the
George Hull Centre for Children
and Families for two years and
at the Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health. She said they are
most helpful when she can’t find
the right words, or does not want
to find them, to express what
she’s feeling.
While living with mental illnesses may be burdenening, Dagger said it is still a part of who you
are and not a weakness unless you
let it be one.
“Transforming my negative
experiences or memories into an
art form stops me from demonizing them and letting them drag
me down,” said Dagger. “I want
people to understand that mental
health disorders are hard, but at
the same time I hate that people
demonize them — they are a part
of you and you need to learn to
deal with them.”

SPORTS

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

13

Best team in
the country?
Ram right
PHOTO: LUKE GALATI

Next, the Rams will take on the third ranked University of Brock Badgers Feb. 3 at home.

By Chris Blanchette
Aaron Best raised his arms as the
buzzer rang throughout the Mattamy Athletic Centre. This time,
not for a game-winning shot, or
the three-point shot for which he
has become so known, but to celebrate history — a milestone in his
five-year career as a member of the
Ryerson men’s basketball team.
As the Rams exited the court,
embracing one another, it became
clear that this was not just another season for a Ryerson program
that had spent its first 25 years
unable to reach double-digits in
the wins column. And with the
CIS confirming Tuesday the Rams
are ranked as the best team in the
country, emotions are high.
As Best held his arms high in the
foreground of a gym, lit brightly
by a scoreboard that read Ryerson: 87 – Ottawa: 80, it felt for the
first time that this team really had
proven last year’s success was no
fluke. That if anything, the thirdplace finish in the CIS championships was a sign of better things to
come.
“We’re not content. Our goal
isn’t to be number one, it’s to stay
number one and win a national
championship,” said Ryerson forward, Jean-Victor Mukama, who
was responsible for the game sealing steal in Ryerson’s win over Ottawa.

“It was just a matter of getting the young guys to play
the Ryerson way.”
Ryerson made a statement by
taking down the second-ranked
Carleton Ravens for the first time
since the 2000 season, defeating
the first place Ottawa Gee-Gees
the next night. When the final
buzzer had sounded and Drake’s
“Back-to-Back” boomed over the
gym speakers, those first 25 years
of suffering could not have felt
more distant. However, in order to
acknowledge last weekend’s suc-

cess, the preseason questions that
surrounded the team must be acknowledged as well.
Back in August, Ryerson head
coach Roy Rana announced that he
would be taking a sabbatical from
the team for the 2015-16 season.
This meant that Patrick Tatham,
who had been on the Rams’ coaching staff since 2011, would assume
Rana’s old duties and become interim head coach. On top of the
coaching change, the Rams also
lost key players in Jahmal Jones,
Jordon Gauthier, Bjorn Michaelsen
and Kadeem Green.
Despite the third-place CIS finish a year prior (the best in school
history), Ryerson headed into the
preseason and new year with an interim head coach, a crop of untested talent and a medley of questions
that would need to be answered
with important roles to fill.
In Ryerson’s OUA home opener,
they narrowly defeated the University of Toronto thanks to a buzzer
beating layup by Juwon Grannum.
Despite a shaky start to the season,
Tatham was nothing short of confident in his team.
“I don’t want to place any expectations on this team as far as championships go, but I can tell you that
this team is definitely championship caliber,” Tatham said in November, after the home opener.
The Rams went on to finish the
first half of the season with a 4-1
record, their only loss coming at
the hands of the Windsor Lancers.
The second half of the season
has seen the Rams rattle off fourstraight wins. On top of the wins
against Carleton and Ottawa, they
have also defeated Queen’s, which
allowed them to gain sole possession of first in the OUA East. A
big help in these wins has been the
return of big men Adam Voll and
Green — who originally opted not
to play this season but missed the
sport and returned to the team a
week ago. Their presence has aided the Rams inside, both in scoring and rim protection.
Ryerson is playing its best basketball of the season and as for
where the team is headed, it seems

that Tatham’s preseason predictions were accurate.
“I told him (Rana) that this was
going to be a pretty good team.
It was just a matter of getting the
young guys to play the Ryerson
way,” said Tatham.
In their next game the Rams will
get another shot at third-ranked
Brock on Feb. 3, who they lost
92-83 to in the preseason.
In addition to this season’s success, it seems they are already
finding a way to build towards the
future. The Rams recently landed
the Waterloo Warriors transfer
Myles Charvis. According to Tatham, it was Charvis who reached
out to Ryerson after Rana decided
to go on sabbatical.
Tatham said that Ryerson shied
away from Charvis when he was
still in high school because guard
and recent graduate Jahmal Jones
was still in his third year.

“We’re not content. our goal
isn’t to be number one, it;s
to stay number one.”
Charvis averaged 20.3 points per
game over 20 games in 2014-15 for
Waterloo. He’s a solid scorer with
three years of eligibility left and
will add even more depth to the
Ryerson bench.
“He (Miles) had said yes long
before this all happened,” Tatham
said. “He reached out to us after
Roy mentioned leaving. The whole
thing was sporadic really.”
While seemingly a simple gesture, Best raising his arms encapsulates a quarter century of sweat
and struggle. And as the collective
Rams fanbase cheers on arguably
the best team the program has ever
seen, it’s important to note that
what they make look easy takes
hours of dedicated repitition.
And riding high as only the best
team in the country can, the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team
will now turn their sights to the the
pinncale of their sport — a national
chamipionship.

category

Score

Points Per Game
FG %
3Pt Per Game
Off. RPG
Def. RPG
Steals
Home Attend. Avg.

87.9
42.6%
12.2
12.7
15.2
8.9
248

OUA ranking
2nd
6th
1st
5th
3rd
5th
5th

COMMUNITIES

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Ryerson prof creates radio data tool
By Alanna Rizza
A Ryerson professor has created
an interactive data tool to show
the amount of diversity in Toronto’s top radio stations.
Lori Beckstead, an RTA school
of media professor, created Interactive Radio: Diversity on Air, a
radio that shows the percentage of
racialised male and female radio
hosts in Toronto’s top 22 stations.
The radio stations were ranked according to audience share ratings.
“I had a feeling that radio
wasn’t keeping pace in terms of

who was on air and how to access the microphone with respect
to the [diversity] of Toronto,” said
Beckstead.
Her research started in 2009
and was modelled after the Canadian Employment and Equity Act.
She updated her research in 2014
and saw that diversity in radio
has changed “marginally but not
much.”
The radio has two knobs. By
turning the gender knob, the radio will play back a soundscape of
male or female voices from a specific radio station.

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“If you were tuning into a [station] where the hosts are 75 per
cent male, the radio would play
back at 75 per cent volume,” said
Beckstead.
There is also an antenna that
works like a volume-unit metre.
The antenna moves to show the
exact percentage of racialised
males or females.
Beckstead said that the audience of Toronto is not as engaged
in radio because there is a lack of
diversity of radio hosts.
“I really want to start a conversation about this issue because radio is an aural medium, you can’t
see the people who are on air,”
said Beckstead.
“It’s easier to hide behind a microphone, because you can’t necessarily tell from someone’s voice
[if] they’re racialised.”
Beckstead’s data shows that out
of the 22 radio stations only one
station has more female hosts than
males. Her data also indicates that
the number of racialised people
out of all of the stations is under
17 per cent.
Ana Moreno, a first year RTA
student, said that talking about

Interactive Radio: Diversity on Air auralization tool.

diversity is important, especially
since, “there is so much [social]
change happening.”
“I think it is super important
to have an equal balance of both
genders and a diversity of races
in radio because [people] who
are growing up in today’s society
should grow up with diversity as a
norm,” said Moreno.
“I think we should [talk about
diversity] so that there’s no gap of
information. If the young [people]
of society are growing up with
diversity, all ages should be informed in the same way.”

PHOTO COURTESY: LORI BECKSTEAD

The radio is currently on display
at Gallery 1313 on Queen Street
West until Jan. 31. It will be put
on display at the Allan Slaight Radio Institute in the Rogers Communication Centre in February or
March, according to Beckstead.
Beckstead hopes to update her
research every five years.
“I hope to keep gathering the
data to measure whether there is
any change, and hopefully I’ll be
able to display the radio in many
different places to get people
thinking and talking about this issue,” said Beckstead.

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Cat at TOT the Cat Café.

By Emma King
When I first heard about a cat café
opening up in Toronto, I was beyond excited. Coffee? Yes. Cats?
Even better. Both of those things,
together? I must be dreaming.
TOT the Cat Café opened in
November 2014 and is run by
Kenneth Chai and Scott Tan. It is
located at 298 College Street.
Chai found inspiration to open
the café from his own cat, Olen,
who died.
The owners requested for the
interview to be done over email.
They sign their email as Olen, in
memory of Chai’s cat.
“We came to a conclusion that if
this was going to be our concept,
why don’t we do it in a good way,
such as helping rescued cats find a
new home,” said the owners via
email.
I went into the café with high expectations. Cat cafés are becoming

popular- Quebec already has four
of them.
The café has a warm and cozy
atmosphere to it. For health and
safety reasons, the cats are sectioned off behind a glass wall.
My friend Alexia and I ordered
hot chocolates, while the drinks
may be a little pricy, it makes up
for the fact that there’s no entrance
fee to go into the cat area. You can
also purchase cat treats before going to see the cats.
There are a few rules to follow
while in the enclosed cat space including no flash photography and
you have to wear the slippers that
are provided.
To my utter disappointment, you
aren’t allowed to pick up the cats.
There is also a “enter at your own
risk” rule, since the cats can turn
into unpredictable assholes.
Upon entering the cat area, I was
in heaven. There are three cats currently housed at TOT the Cat Café:

Bud, Tabitha, and Neko. They are
all available for adoption.
“TOT the Cat Café will be considered a vacation home for them
until they get adopted,” the owners
wrote.
The café is also a great place to
go if you’re looking to de-stress.
All of the cats were friendly, playful and cute.
Unfortunately there is a 15 minute time limit if the café is busy.
“Coffee = de-stress, cat = relax:
especially during final exams,”
said the owners over email. “Cats’
purring has [a] healing effect and
a proven reduction of cortisol
level[s].”
TOT The Cat Café is planning
on introducing a meal special for
students in the near future.
For the first of its kind in Toronto, Chai and Tan did a good job
of combining one’s love for coffee and one’s love for animals. It’s
pretty much purrfect.

FUN

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

What a sad, oppressed little dunce.

Capricorn
(Dec. 22 — Jan. 20)
Things will go your way
this week, but not that really important thing that you need to go
well. That will go horribly awry.
Good luck with that.
Aquarius
(Jan. 21 — Feb. 19)
You can’t fix everything.
PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE
You already knew that
though, based on the
state of your eyebrows.
Pisces
(Feb. 20 — March 20)
The stars are saying that
barrassing,” said Cringe. “Plus, I
you’re a little bitch.
don’t look very good in white, so
it was unflattering all around.”
In an interview with The
Eyeopener, Curmudgeon said that
he feels “no shame, no regrets” for
his actions. “They were interrupting a lesson, they deserve it!”
As a history professor, Curmudgeon feels that these punishments
enhance the classroom experience.
“The only way to study history is
to immerse yourself in it, even the
hairy parts.”
Kayley Cana, a 19-year-old creative industries student, said she
had her hair pegged to the wall
once. “I couldn’t move or else it
pulled my hair.” After leaving
class that day, Cana filed a complaint with Ryerson immediately.
Cana also said that Curmudgeon would take photos of the
students being punished with a
Polaroid camera he kept at his
desk and then display the photos
on a “wall of shame.”
On Jan. 23, Ryerson University
officials suspended Curmudgeon
from teaching until further notice.
Curmudgeon was last seen on
Jan. 24 leaving his office in Jorgenson Hall wearing a dunce cap
and carrying a box of Polaroids,
laughing maniacally.

What a dunce
By Skyler Ash
An investigation has revealed that
Isaac Curmudgeon, an associate
professor in the history department at Ryerson University, has
been inflicting 19th Century forms
of punishment on his students.
After several students came forward with formal complaints, it
was found that Curmudgeon punished students in his classroom in
ways that Ryerson University officials deemed “highly unethical”
and “just plain weird.”
Curmudgeon would force students to wear dunce caps, stand
with their hands out at shoulder
level and hold their textbooks —
some coming in at 600 pages —
for several minutes and pick up a
jar of beans that he would pour
onto the floor. It was also revealed
that he would force students with
long hair to braid it so he could tie
it to pegs high up on the wall.
“But I would never use the
strap,” said Curmudgeon, “because that’s just inappropriate.”
Max Cringe, a 21-year-old history major, said that Curmudgeon
forced him to wear a dunce cap
and sit on a stool at the front of
the classroom after he checked his
phone in class. “It was really em-

15
Aries
(March 21 — April 19)
Notice
your
flaws.
There are a lot of them.
You should really work on that.
Taurus
(April 20 — May 20)
Your friends would like
you better if you weren’t
so annoying (so tone it down).
Gemini
(May 21 — June 20)
Things might not be going your way right now,
and it’s your fault. Blame yourself.
Cancer
(June 21 — July 22)
Break out into song and
dance to alleviate tension in awkward situations, it’ll be
good, trust me.
Leo
(July 23 — Aug. 22)
Be on the lookout for
people breaking into

C•R•O•S•S•W•O•R•D

song and dance — have your camera ready. That shit will pay off.
Virgo
(Aug. 23 — Sep. 22)
Apparently some planets have aligned and
some cool stuff might happen to
you. What a load of crap.
Libra
(Sep. 23 — Oct. 22)
Want to find love? Me
too. I’m so lonely. So
lonely…
Scorpio
(Oct. 23 — Nov. 21)
You will come into
money soon (once you
work that bank job, then you’ll be
good to go).
Sagittarius
(Nov. 22 — Dec. 21)
The stars are saying that
you’re going to have a
good week, as long as you keep
your lying mouth shut.

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