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Human rights complaint filed against the RSU
Gilary Massa responds to last semester’s layoff
By Nicole Schmidt
The past three months have seen
a wave of mixed responses after the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) made a controversial move
to eliminate its executive director
of communications and outreach
(EDCO) position, resulting in the
layoffs of two employees.
Gilary Massa, who was laid
off while on maternity leave, said
she’s looking to be reinstated. On
Feb. 29, she announced that she
filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
against the RSU. Her lawyer, Saron Gebresellassi, claims the RSU
made several breaches against the
Ontario Human Rights Code.
“I did it all right. I got an education, I had a job and then started a
family, but it all got taken away in
one fell swoop … I loved my job,
and the best thing for me and my
family is to be reinstated,” said
Massa, adding that her layoff has
affected her financial stability and
her ability to raise her daughter.
Massa was employed by the
RSU for almost seven years and is
also a representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE). One day before her position was eliminated — a decision
RSU president Andrea Bartlett
said was made over financial constraints — Natasha Campagna,
former student engagement and
business development coordina-

tor of the Ryerson Commerce
Society, started as the RSU’s new
full-time general manager.
The RSU said in a previous
statement that after they took office, they were “dismayed to find
the organization facing serious
operational challenges.” They said
challenges included inadequate
human resources policies, training
and oversight. According to the
statement, an assessment done by
an independent third party found
that a non-unionized GM position
would be more sustainable than
the EDCO role.
In the weeks following her termination, Massa received support
from numerous organizations,
both on and off campus. CUPE
made a Facebook post urging
people to contact Bartlett, while
the University of Toronto Students’
Union released a statement saying
their willingness to engage with the
RSU was “severely undermined.”
Most recently, Board of Directors
member Angelyn Francis resigned
because she felt “blindsided” by
some of the restructuring decisions.
Massa spoke at the Fairness and
Equity for Women at Ryerson rally
and march against sex and gender
discrimination in the workplace on
March 1. Winnie Ng, event organizer and CAW-Sam Gindin Chair
in Social Justice and Democracy at
Ryerson, said Massa’s case speaks
to larger issues of social justice on
campus. “We have to continue to

A group of protesters march from the SLC to the SCC’s RSU executive offices.

be vigilant … we can’t afford to
fluff these things off,” she said.
At the march, a group of more
than 50 supporters marched from
the Student Learning Centre to
the RSU executive offices, calling
out Bartlett and Campagna. Ng
encouraged everyone to write to
administration.
Former RSU v.p. equity and
co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto Pascale Diverlus said
the RSU wasn’t thinking “what it
would mean for a black, visibly
Muslim woman to lose her place
of work.”
The Ontario Human Rights
Code prohibits discrimination on
grounds of gender and family status, which Gebresellassi said is part
of the breach that the RSU made.

According to Social Justice Tribunals Ontario’s procedure, the
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will mediate the dispute if
Massa and the RSU both agree to
mediation. Gebresellassi said this
is the desired outcome, in addition
to raising awareness about human
rights violations against women.
“The tribunal doesn’t look kindly
on this kind of conduct on the part
of employers. Part of the goal is to
prevent reoccurrence,” she said.
If both sides can’t reach an agreement, a hearing will be held for the
application. If the application is
not dismissed, the tribunal can order the RSU to provide remedies,
including monetary compensation
or a change in RSU policy.
But Bartlett said in a statement

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

that Massa’s Tribunal application is
“redundant,” and she expects it will
be dismissed. “Clearly, Ms. Massa’s
statements are not about having a
job — they are political,” she wrote.
When Massa was laid off, her
union publicly declared it would
fight the layoff through a grievance procedure (a type of dispute
resolution used to address complaints by employees). The procedure is confidential, but, according
to Bartlett, Massa is seeking publicity by filing a complaint. She added
there’s an RSU election underway,
which wasn’t happening in December when Massa was laid off.
“Massa can make her allegations in whatever legal venue she
sees fit. The executive stands by its
decision,” wrote Bartlett.

RU considers unique approach to legal ed.
As Ryerson discusses the possibility of a law school, on-campus groups are looking to modernize the way law is taught and practiced
By Al Downham
Ryerson is bent on adopting a
unique approach towards outlining its potential law school.
“It’s not just adding a new law
school to the system,” said interim president Mohamed Lachemi.
“But adding something that will
be meaningful, and something that
will differentiate Ryerson.”
A Feb. 16 release states an originating and feasibility group is assessing how Ryerson can possibly
create a law school that will prepare
graduates “for today’s fast-paced legal industry.” Town halls were held
Feb. 24-26 for faculty, staff and students to discuss the initiative.
A Ryerson law school is being
considered, but is not confirmed.
According to Mark Lovewell —
a retired Ryerson faculty member
involved in the initiative — the
originating committee is writing a
Letter of Intent (LOI) outlining a
possible curriculum, societal need
and unique approach for the law

school, while a feasibility study
will determine its structural needs.
Darrick Heyd, a feasibility committee member and Ryerson’s senior advisor on academic space
planning, said there “hasn’t been a
call by the provincial government
for new law schools.”
However, members supporting
an on-campus law school argue
traditional law schools are outdated. Law and business department
chair and feasibility committee
member Avner Levin said traditional law schools teach the subject similar to humanities courses.
“The challenge with legal education is that it hasn’t kept up with
changes in society,” said Chris
Bentley, executive director of the
Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) and
Law Practice Program. Bentley has
advised the initiative. “We prepare
lawyers pretty much the way we did
when I left law school decades ago.”
Anver Saloojee — politics and
public administration professor,
and chair of the feasibility com-

mittee — said Ryerson can address
societal needs by improving outdated aspects of legal education.
The chair said Ryerson’s particular
mandate of “bringing theory and
practice closer together” could
help modernize legal education.
Saloojee sits on both committees.

“We prepare lawyers
pretty much the way
we did when I left law
school decades ago”
Levin said Ryerson’s potential
law school could use practitioners,
placements and simulated firms to
give students practical experience.
Saloojee said courses could also
tackle modern law concerning privacy, big data and cybercrime.
“Many lawyers aren’t trained in
that kind of technology,” Saloojee
said.
Initiative members are consider-

ing adopting a social justice lens in
some courses, tackling issues like
high legal costs and accessibility of
legal education or representation.
The curriculum could also discuss
alternatives to by-hour pay, which
is popular among lawyers.
“I think the thing that’s more
pressing is traditional legal representation is not affordable because
lawyers, the way they work and
the way they build up, puts them
out of reach,” Levin said, stating
law graduates struggle with high
tuition costs. “It becomes very expensive for people.”
According to Levin, some of these
ideas have been tested in Ryerson’s
law practice program and at the
LIZ. Both are informally connected
to the law school initiative.
In terms of feasibility, Saloojee
listed three factors in the study:
space, faculty and library resources.
A 2014 statement states Heyd’s
role as senior advisor on academic
space planning is to be “first point
of contact with academic units for

their new space needs as well as
renovations and alterations.”
Regarding faculty, Levin said
roughly 50 Ryerson faculty members have gone to law school.
Library resources will undoubtedly need beefing up, according
to Saloojee, who said most law
schools have their own libraries.
University of Ottawa’s Brian Dickson Law Library director Margo
Jeske says the library received $1.5
million of a 2014/2015 acquisitions budget. The Law Library of
Osgoode Hall Law School at York
University is the largest library of
its kind nationwide; the library
has over 500,000 volumes.
The initiative is in early stages,
but members said they’re considering town hall attendees’ advice
in the study. Levin said the LOI
will be posted for community review — after further comment,
a full proposal will be developed
and presented to the Ryerson senate, which will continue to external stakeholders if approved.

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Tuition, and ghost stories
Proposed changes to tuition could save future generations from a scary fate
By
Sean
Wetselaar
Sometime in my high school years,
I remember seeing a birthday card
that joked about tuition fees. It
had a family crowded around a
campfire with horrified looks on
their faces. A young boy, in the
middle of telling a ghost story, was
saying, “...and that’s how much
my college tuition will cost.”
I laughed. At that time, still
years away from the realities of at-

tempting to afford a post-secondary education, the joke was funny.
Today it leaves a bitter taste in my
mouth.
Paying for school right now is
increasingly more than just unreasonable. With the average cost
of many programs in excess of
$7,000 per semester, simply covering the costs of courses and additional expenses like textbooks and
other supplies can land a student
in debt to the tune of tens of thousands.
Everyone in my generation has
heard our parents’ cohort talk

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about how we’re just complaining
about something that doesn’t matter. “Just work over the summer,”
they say. “You’ll get a job when
you graduate and pay off whatever loans you take on.”
Maybe there was a time in the
1970s when that was true. Or
maybe they all did way too much
LSD. But you’d have to be on
some kind of hard drug to think
that was anything close to today’s
reality.
Here’s the truth — many students will spend a serious portion
of their adult lives paying off loans
in an economy that far from guarantees a job after they graduate.
And who is disproportionately
affected by these problems? LowPHOTO: JESS TSANG
income and marginalized students. Former RSU president Melissa Palermo at a 2013 Drop Fees rally.
I should pause here to note that
I was very lucky — my family was
able to help pay for a chunk of my
education and I was able to offset
the costs of going to school and
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Equity centres still waiting on funding
A motion passed at the last SAGM called for increased funding within equity centres, but employees say their budgets have been cut
By Nicole Schmidt
While Ryerson’s equity service
centres were supposed to see increased funding this semester,
some coordinators say the opposite has happened and their budgets have been scaled back.
At the December 2015 SemiAnnual General Meeting (SAGM),
students voted in favour of a motion requesting that the equity service centres receive funding based
on Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
membership, as opposed to a lump
sum of allocated funds. It was requested that the budget reflects
two dollars per student, which
translates into roughly $60,000
($10,000 for each centre).
RyePRIDE coordinator Daniella Enxuga said she was told in
early January that the new budget
would be a top priority for RSU
executives, and that the equity
centres would have it no later than
the end of that month — which
never happened.
“There’s a month left to our
contracts and there’s been no re-

allocation so it’s essentially irrelevant for us now,” she said.
According to Markus Harwood-Jones, a coordinator at the
Trans Collective, what the equity
centres have been told doesn’t
match up with what they’ve seen.
“We’ve been told to cut funding
as much as possible,” he said,
adding that the Trans Collective
had a budget of $60 per member
meeting, but now he said they’ve
been asked to spend $40 due to a
lack of overall funding for events
and services.
Harwood-Jones added that he’s
repeatedly asked about the budget,
but was met with a verbal warning.
RSU president Andrea Bartlett
said equity centre funding has not
been cut, and that the centres are
still operating under what they
were promised when the budget
was ratified by the membership.
“We are still working on the budget. It has been difficult on our
end because some of the accounts
haven’t been fully updated. Before we can specifically say this is
where we stand financially, those

accounts need to be reconciled,”
she said.
The equity centres have seen
consistent growth in recent years
— when the Trans Collective
launched in 2014, they had five
members. Now, the group has 15.
Similarly, Enxuga said the size of
RyePRIDE has quadrupled. As living costs increase the Good Food
Centre has also seen an increased
need for its services, with more
than 350 registered students.
Corey Scott, equity and campaigns organiser, said that all areas
of the equity centres have felt the
crunch. The initial motion brought
forth at the SAGM was intended to
reflect growth, as well as address a
shortage of supplies and staff.
In the past, each centre has been
staffed with three employees. But
this year, a third hire was only
done for the Good Food Room
and the Centre for Women and
Trans People. The current budget
can also be stressful when planning events, added Scott.
Last year, Enxuga said event
planning was budgeted based on

The equity service centres have run into funding issues.

past spending. An annual workshop on asexuality, in partnership
with an outside Toronto organization, had a former budget of $150.
But this year, Enxuga said she was
only given $50. Some attendees
required an ASL interpreter, but
the decrease created a struggle in
making the event accessible. The
money was eventually allocated
from a separate fund outside of
RyePRIDE, said Enxuga.

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

According to Bartlett, it’s been
communicated to equity staff that
if they need more money for an
event they can submit a request
to the executive meeting agenda,
which will be voted on. “It’s not
that we’ve cut any funding ... it’s a
breakdown in communication and
a misunderstanding of finances.”
The RSU is working toward
making the funding adjustment by
the end of the semester.

International student cards lost abroad

PHOTO: JESS TSANG, ILLUSTRATION: ANNIE ARNONE

By Sarah Krichel
Until late February, Ryerson students were having trouble getting
their International Student Identity
Cards (ISIC), causing a major inconvenience for those who plan to
study abroad.
The ISIC card is proof of your
student status worldwide allowing
you to receive discounts and benefits in over 130 countries, according to the ISIC website. Because of
this issue, students are not getting
the discounts and benefits on expenses that they should be getting
such as education, travel, enter-

tainment and software.
According to Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) president Andrea
Bartlett, the union had been attempting to fix a machine intended to print the cards since it was
found to not function correctly in
September. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is responsible for the cards, Bartlett said,
and resolved the issue on Feb. 26
after not showing up to a scheduled meeting the week before.
Bartlett wrote via email that
until the machine was fixed, the
RSU tried to do everything in their
power to solve the issue. She said

the CFS was not cooperative.
Last semester, representatives
of the CFS did not respond to requests from the RSU to rectify the
issue, according to Bartlett.
But Rajean Hoilett, chairperson of CFS-Ontario and former
RSU president, says otherwise. He
said that CFS has been in ongoing
communication with the Member
Services Office (MSO) coordinator
of the RSU.
“We actually were able to go by
their office [last week],” Hoilett
said. “[The RSU is] currently able
to print student ISIC cards and we
have already scheduled another
follow-up appointment.”
Simona Sustova, a student who
is currently on exchange from
Amsterdam in the business management field at Ryerson, said in
an email that she didn’t even know
the card existed.
“Possessing this card might be a
helpful way to reduce a lot of costs
with travel and shopping in worldwide brand stores,” Sustova said.
Until the machine was fixed,
Bartlett said that Ryerson students’ only option was to go to the
Ontario College of Art and Design
University or to George Brown
College to be given the identity
cards for free.
Former Eyeopener editor Natalia Balcerzak was sent to the University of Toronto (U of T) to be
issued a card but was charged $20

for it. Obaid Ullah, the RSU’s vice
president finance said the Member
Services Office never instructed
any student to go to U of T.
“We are not sure why students
would be charged to get one,”
Bartlett said in an email. “It’s stated pretty clearly in their materials
the card is free for CFS members.”
Ryerson pays $385,000 per year
in CFS membership fees, approximately 20 per cent of the budget,
according to Ullah.
Ullah said the CFS’s failure to
show up to a meeting is “unprofessional and disappointing.” He

said it is fair to expect a certain
level of service from the organization considering the amount Ryerson pays for the membership.
Ullah wrote via email that the
RSU was disappointed “given that
we [had] been trying to contact the
CFS to fix the machine and system
that makes our ISIC cards since
September.”
Hoilett said that they would
have appreciated a more direct line
of communication with the RSU.
“This is the first time that we
had been aware that this is an escalating issue,” Hoilett said.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Breaking down the barriers to get “free tuition”
By Keith Capstick
The Ontario government announced on Feb. 25 that new budget changes will allow students
coming from families with an annual income of less than $50,000
to receive free tuition.
But many people who’ve been
involved in the movement to improve access to education say that
the amendments aren’t enough for
students’ financial needs and that
“free tuition” might not be the
most accurate portrayal.
Student leaders at Ryerson, the
Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA) and the Ministry
of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) are all watching
intently to see the next steps that
will follow this momentous event.

Many people ... say that the
amendments aren’t enough
for students’ financial needs
In addition to free tuition for
low-income students — which will
be made up primarily of grants, as
well as loans and tax credits —
those coming from slightly better financial backgrounds will be
receiving additional grants and
support, but not the full average
tuition supplement.
The budget, however, bases its
commitment on an average provincial tuition of $6,160, while
Statistics Canada places this average at $7,868. Furthermore, the
promised grants and loans don’t
seem to account for more expensive programs like engineering, or

general mandatory student fees.
One of the key points in the
presentation was that students
will also be made aware of their
financial support statistics well in
advance. The details of how the
province will be implementing
these changes will be revealed in
the coming months.
“Looking at how quickly the
progress is being made and whether or not all the logistics seem to
line up, is something we’ll be looking at,” said Zachary Rose, OUSA’s executive director.
OUSA’s budget-suggestion model, which they drafted through
research and frequent meetings
with the Ontario government,
was nearly identical to Ontario’s
announced budget updates. Although excited, Rose said there are
a lot of questions left unanswered.
“There’s going to be a lot of
implementation questions coming
around, particularly around net
billing, which we think is one of
the most significant improvements
that have been announced,” said
Rose. Net billing allows students
to receive the total cost of their
tuition without reductions being
unaccounted for, a step meant to
improve transparency around the
cost of post-secondary education.
In addition to Rose’s implementation concerns, Glen Jones,
a University of Toronto professor
and Ontario Research Chair on
Postsecondary Education Policy
and Measurement, said that he
thinks this is a step in the right
direction for the province. But he
notes that there’s a specific need
to continue to fight the boundaries marginalized communities face

when accessing education.
“We know that we’re doing well
overall — the question is are we
doing well enough for the populations that are under-represented
in our universities and colleges?”
said Jones. “That’s about lowincome families, that’s about Aboriginal populations, and that’s
about other under-represented
populations — students with disabilities, et cetera.”
Rajean Hoilett, last year’s Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
president and current Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario
chairperson, reiterated Jones’ sentiment about the disproportional
access to education for marginalized students. He also looked to
the provincial tuition framework
re-assessment as a key next step.
“In the coming academic year
the province is going to be reviewing the tuition-fee framework,
which is the thing that allows tuition fees to go up,” said Hoilett.
“We have an opportunity in this
review to ensure that a new tuition
fee framework doesn’t continue to
increase tuition fees. In fact we’re
working towards reductions and
the complete elimination of tuition
fees.”
Current RSU vice-president education Cormac McGee is also targeting the provincial re-assessment
as the key to figuring out whether
this push from the Ontario government is part of a larger plan.
Tuition fees are currently allowed to be increased by up to
three per cent each year, and according to McGee if that number
is allowed to rise then this win for
students will be meaningless.

Freezing the fees, kind of
By Keith Capstick
It was announced last week
that students from low-income
families will soon receive tuition
grants while thousands in additional funding will be handed out
to middle-income students. But
the push for increased provincial
funding and better access to education has been present at Ryerson
for decades.
Various
Ryerson
Students’
Union (RSU) executive teams
have participated in student action campaigns with names ranging from Freeze the Fees to Drop
Fees. Former Ryerson president
Sheldon Levy left the school
last semester for the Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities while provincial and national
student advocacy groups like the
Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS) and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)

have developed researched suggestions for how the government can
change its approach to budgeting
for education.
“We saw action in the Freeze the
Fees campaign and the action that
was organized at Ryerson was one
of the initiatives [that] paved the
way for these types of conversations to happen,” said Rajean Hoilett, last year’s RSU president and
current CFS Ontario Chairperson.

“This announcement very
loudly and clearly has affirmed and proclaimed that
student activism does work”
Hoilett said that this latest announcement is an example of how
student action can really make a
difference.
“I know that a lot of students
are skeptical about how effective

student activism is and I think
that this announcement very loud
and clearly has affirmed and proclaimed that student activism does
work,” said Hoilett. “When we
get organized, when we’re united,
when we stand together with students across the province we have
an opportunity to be able to bring
about real change.”
Over the past few years, the
RSU has seen a number of institutional changes with new slates
coming and old slates going — but
the one constant has been the student union’s fight for increased access to education on campus.
Cormac McGee, this year’s vicepresident education, has tackled
financial constraints a little differently this year by focusing on
unpaid internships and looking
ahead to the 2017 tuition framework review.
McGee was present for the
reading of the budget and also met

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OF THE ONTARIO BUDGET
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classified as low-income in Ontario in 2013.

Currently, Ontario
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That’s about $1,500 more
than the federal average.

with the minister of finance on behalf of Ryerson a few days earlier.
He said the experience felt like a
“photo-op” but maintained that
being a part of the conversation
in any way will allow students to
pitch real change to the province.
Reza Moridi, the Ontario minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, is looking to implement
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But even he admits that there is
a lot of work to be done, saying
that Ontario has a cap on tuition
fees and with the tuition framework being up for reconsideration
in 2017, the ministry will “again
start working on it and see what
[they] can do.”
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COMMUNITIES

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

7

Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge reaches goals

Wendy Cukier and a sponsor, Ali Ebrahim.

By Maddie Binning
The Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge has now surpassed each goal
it set out for itself. But the logistical demand of supporting so many
refugee families may force the team
to limit any more growth.
Ryerson’s challenge was inspired
by Lifeline Syria, a Toronto-based
initiative that began in June 2015.

PHOTO COURTESY: WENDY CUKIER

Shortly after the initiative formed,
Ryerson responded by creating the
challenge.
Ryerson’s original goal was to
make 10 sponsorship groups to
support 10 families, or about 40
refugees. In September, the team
increased the goal to 25 sponsorship groups and families. After
the University of Toronto, York
University and OCAD joined the

challenge, the goal was raised to
75 groups and families. As of Jan.
20, exactly six months after the
launch of the challenge, that goal
has been met and $3 million has
been raised.
“When we started, we really
didn’t anticipate the tremendous
outpouring of support in the Ryerson community and then the extended university communities,”
said Wendy Cukier, the executive
lead of Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria
Challenge and the vice-president research and innovation at Ryerson.
“Students are our secret weapon
because they have been the bedrock
of the support and being able to offer translation support, support in
finding jobs, accommodation and
so on has really led many people to
want to work with us at Ryerson
and the other universities.”
The challenge has about 1,000
volunteers and has brought about
100 refugees to Canada so far
through Ryerson’s initiative.

“We have to figure out when
we declare victory,” said Cukier.
“At some point, we need to decide when we’ve done enough and
that’s really a discussion of the
four universities and also a matter
of resources.”
Each of the sponsorship groups
are responsible for providing not
only living spaces and basic necessities for the refugee families, but also
many other types of support for the
year after their arrival to help the
family become self-sufficient. This
includes assisting them in finding
jobs and learning English.
The Prince Edward County Syrian Refugee Fund (PEC Syria), one
of Ryerson’s sponsorship groups,
has depended on Ryerson for
many resources in supporting the
Al Jasem family, but the student
translators have been particularly
helpful. The translators completed
paperwork for the family prior to
their arrival in Canada, helping
them receive important documents

like their social insurance numbers
and health cards.
“There’s no way we could have
done this without [Ryerson],” said
Ryerson alumna Kathleen Powderley, one of the sponsors and cochair of PEC Syria. “The Ryerson
translators have been invaluable.”
PEC Syria was assigned four student translators due to the size of
the family, but most families are assigned one or two translators each.
And while they’re a great help to
the families, it’s not always easy to
organize so many volunteers.
“Every additional family [and]
every additional volunteer requires
more support and more coordination, so that’s part of the discussion
around how much we can grow
because currently the team that’s
providing support is really tapped
out,” said Cukier. “[Still] at the
end of the day, everybody who’s involved is pretty thrilled with what
we’ve been able to achieve in a very
short period of time.”

Students struggle to find affordable, accessible housing
By Alanna Rizza
Finding affordable housing in Toronto is difficult. But finding affordable housing that is accessible
is almost impossible.
“I think there’s this pre-conceived notion, like a stereotype
almost, in [people’s] minds what
renting to a person with a disability is like. That we won’t pay
rent, that we aren’t going to go out
and get a job to pay the bills and
just some really nasty things that
aren’t true,” said Michelle Woolfrey, a third-year arts student.
Woolfrey is visually impaired
and has a service dog named
Thompson. She said the biggest
struggle for her was finding a
building that allows dogs. Under
the Accessibility for Ontarians
with Disabilities Act (AODA),
people cannot be denied a service
because of their service dog, and
landlords can’t deny them either.
But Woolfrey said this has happened to her about a dozen times.
“I got turned away at the door
or even at a phone call with people saying, ‘Please don’t come, we
don’t want a dog living here.’”
Woolfrey said she never took
further action after being turned
down because she wouldn’t want
to live in a place where people
didn’t accept her because of
Thompson.
“There are days and there are
times when I just don’t feel like
fighting,” she said.
Woolfrey’s main living requirements include outdoor space for
Thompson and an accessible elevator.
Woolfrey said a major difficulty

was finding a building in a safe
neighbourhood. The apartment
she lived in last year was at Dundas and Sherbourne.
“There were shootings, someone broke into our apartment,
there was fighting all the time. So
it was really unsafe,” she said.
Woolfrey and her roommate finally moved out after a year. Woolfrey then applied to the Housing
Stabilization Fund under the Ontario Disability Support Program
but had to wait six months to hear
back. Woolfrey said she called three
times to ask if the letter was sent
and when it finally was, she was
rejected.

“There are days and there
are times when I just don’t
feel like fighting”
She said this discouraged her
from applying to any other programs, so she and her roommate
looked for apartments on their
own.
After an “extremely stressful”
process of three months of searching, Woolfrey and her roommate
finally found their current apartment. They have been living there
for six months and plan on staying
there for as long as possible.
But the hunt to find affordable
and accessible housing in Toronto
will only get more difficult due to
the increase in demand from the
aging population and the general
growth of Toronto’s population,
according to documents provided
by Rob Cressman, director of To-

ronto’s social housing administration.
These documents were used in a
panel discussion last week where
Cressman discussed the lack of
affordable and accessible housing
units in Toronto.
Other reasons for the lack of
affordable and accessible housing
include “insufficient funding for
things like retrofits for those with
low-incomes, housing allowances,
housing subsidies, social housing
repairs and retrofits,” said Cressman in an email.
Cressman said there are currently 598 households on a centralized wait list for subsidized
wheelchair accessible units. The
centralized wait list is managed by
Housing Connections, an organization that manages applications
and wait lists for subsidized housing in Toronto.
But these applicants are included in the regular chronological
wait list. According to a Housing
Connections report, as of December 2015, 95,280 households are
on the wait list for social housing.
Those who are requesting wheelchair accessible units are not considered priority applicants.
“Those who suffer the most are
often the most vulnerable. Students should be seeking assistance
from their college or university.
Those looking for accessible units
have even fewer housing options
and that can mean a longer search
for housing and consideration of
other geographic locations,” said
Cressman.
Ryerson’s Off-Campus Housing office assists students in finding places to live that are not Ry-

Michelle Woolfrey and her service dog Thompson.

erson residences. Valerie Bruce,
who is the coordinator of Housing
Operations and Administration
at Ryerson and oversees the OffCampus Housing office said, “To
be honest, nothing,” when asked
if there’s any specific initiative to
help students with disabilities to
find housing.

“The provincial government
needs to be more open with
people with disabilities”
Jessica Geboers, a recent Ryerson graduate, lived in Pitman Hall
for just over two years and said
she was satisfied with the building’s accessibility. Geboers has a
mild form of cerebral palsey (CP)
and uses a cane and occasionally
a wheelchair. Her biggest living
requirement is a central location.
When she moved out of residence, for about three months

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

Geboers and her roommate, who
also has a mild form of CP, were
looking at 10 to 20 listings a day
but only went and saw five buildings that met their living requirements.
Eventually they found a unit
that is about a 10-to-15 minute
walk to Ryerson. But she found
herself coming late to class, especially during the winter. “It was an
adjustment for sure,” she said.
Geboers said that the lack of
affordable and accessible housing
is an issue because it’s something
that a lot of people don’t know
about.
“The provincial government
needs to be more open with people
with disabilities, and talk to them
about what they need and how to
achieve it,” she said.
Cressman also said there needs
to be “significant, ongoing federal [or] provincial funding and
financial incentives to even begin
meeting the housing needs of lowincome and disabled residents.”

ARTS & LIFE

8

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rodney Diverlus: The Artivist

Rodney Diverlus performing in Footsteps Across Canada at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

By Karoun Chahinian

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Many people are lucky to have
one passion that drives them further every day. Rodney Diverlus, a
Ryerson dance graduate and a cofounder of the Black Lives Matter
Toronto chapter, is blessed to have
two passions that define him: dance
and activism.
Diverlus was told at a young age
that he had a “personality for the
stage,” but growing up in an immigrant and traditional household, he
was taught to go for a more realistic
career route.
“I ended up choosing dance in
the long run, but I still had that
voice in the back of my head that
said it wasn’t the most viable option,” said Diverlus. “But there was
always a part of me that knew that
I wanted to make a life and a career
out of this as an artist.”
He moved to Toronto from
Hamilton in 2008 after being accepted into Ryerson’s dance program, which he admired for its
“deep technical focus.”
During his time there, he developed a close relationship with
dance performance professor Vicki
St. Denys, who is now the director
of the program.
“The one thing that struck me
about Rodney is his passion and his
need to always say something with
his dancing and choreography,”
said St. Denys. “That was something that I noticed the very first
moment I laid eyes on Rodney and
that certainly never stopped.”
Along with realizing his dream of
making a living out of dance, Diverlus also discovered his love for activism during his time in university
through community outreach work
in the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU). During the drop the fees
campaign in 2008, Diverlus marshalled a rally and became “really
heated into the issues.”
Diverlus attended the Fall general RSU meeting in 2009, which
was when the VP Equity position
was created. He was also the Equity
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aware of campus issues, that he said
he could only fix by running for the
position himself.
“I saw that these issues needed to
be addressed at this level, so I ran as
VP equity in order to do that,” said
Diverlus. “I ended up having a really good year and I started so many
projects like Queering Black History Month, Global Issues Awareness Week that we just started that
made me want to have another year
to continue them.”
Diverlus then re-ran for the position in 2011, and eventually became the RSU president in 2012.
“When I ran for president, my
goal was to help support the students union to continue with activism and to continue being a force
on campus,” said Diverlus.
Outside of Ryerson, he was involved in community work in Toronto, specifically the Black Lives
Matter Toronto chapter.
While waiting for the verdict
from the murder case of Michael
Brown versus police officer Darren
Wilson in Ferguson in 2014, Diverlus received a call from his close
friend Sandy Hudson who wanted
to take action and show support.
“There was a desire to do international actions of solidarity
for Ferguson, so people from all
around the world were asked to be
ready for a 24-hour act of solidarity through a protest if the decision
is what we expected it to be,” said
Diverlus.

“To be able to say that I
professionally work in dance
and activism is something
that I’ve always wanted to
say that I could do”
By creating a Facebook page advertising the solidarity protest at
the U.S. Consulate, word quickly
spread and 4,000 Torontonians
came out the next day.
“From then on, we knew that
this couldn’t stop there because
of the amount of momentum
that had gone into that protest,”
said Diverlus. Black Lives Matter
started off as a hashtag and grew
into a conversation. We continued
to meet and do these actions and
events, and while we were doing it
in Toronto, people were simultaneously doing it in dozens of other
cities internationally as well.”
Diverlus ended up stretching his
degree over six years due to investing so much time in activism and
student politics. Once he graduated
in 2014, he fulfilled his dream of
working in one of the largest and
oldest dance organizations in the
country, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD). He moved to Calgary

in September 2014 after signing on
to his first dance contract where
he toured and performed with the
company.
While Diverlus said working in a
company is great for gaining connections and employment security,
he wanted to further explore his options as an independent black artist,
which was how he got involved in
Dance Immersion in Fall 2015, an
organization that aims to support
dancers that are part of the African
diaspora.
“Launching my own independent voice was something that was
foreign to me,” said Diverlus. “So
when I was contacted last summer for Dance Immersion by their
curator and she extended an invitation for me to come and create
a piece as part of this ‘Footsteps
Across Canada’ showcase, I gladly
accepted.”
Footsteps Across Canada is a
dance showcase that highlights
the original works of six acclaimed African-Canadian choreographers. Diverlus was one of
the choreographers and presented
his piece from Feb. 26 to 27 at the
Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
“The piece is about conversations that go awry. They’re a reflection of the power of language
and the ways that language can be
misconstrued,” said Diverlus. “It’s
very personal, but it also connects
with the work that I do in the
community as well, for example
my work with Black Lives Matter Toronto when words had been
used as tools of violence against
black communities.”
This deep use of dance to communicate social issues is not a foreign concept for Diverlus, who
found a way to pair his two passions into one, resulting in what he
likes to refer to as “artivism.”
“To be able to say that I professionally work in dance and activism is something that I’ve always
wanted to say that I could do,”
said Diverlus “What I love about
dance is that you can’t lie. It’s also
a crucial part of community work
and is a crucial part of black liberation because movement is ingrained in all of us. We are able to
surpass the need to be politically
correct, to surpass the need to appease people’s guilt. It’s a way of
surpassing a lot of different filters
that we have put on each other as
a society to talk about things.”
Diverlus’ next self-choreographed project is a two-year
process and deals with the themes
of anti-black racism and police
brutality.
“It’s always been interesting to
watch him unite these two worlds
and find places and ways for these
two worlds to intersect,” said St.
Denys. “And I think he’s done a
great job of that.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BIZ & TECH

9

Going green, one business at a time
Rye student Ben Canning was named Enactus Canada’s 2016 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion for his work on green roofs

Canning is part of Farmium and Growing North, projects centred on green initiatives.

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE/ILLUSTRATION: JAKE SCOTT

By Igor Magun

“Five years from now, we’ll be
on every second building you see
in the Toronto skyline, with any
luck,” said Canning, a third-year
business management student.
Nicole Almond, president of Enactus Canada, said student entrepreneur champions are chosen by
an external panel of judges based
on four main areas — business
fundamentals, lessons learned,
growth and future plans, and their
entrepreneurial story.

Your produce might be growing
on the top of a skyscraper from
now on.
Ryerson student Ben Canning
wants to turn Toronto’s rooftops
green with a new startup called
Farmium.
Farmium helps building owners
turn their roof space into a green
roof where food can be grown.
For his work on Farmium, Can-

ning was named Enactus Canada’s
2016 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion for Ontario.
“That was great validation for
Farmium, for the idea, for the
team,” he said. “And now people
are starting to understand this topic of food insecurity and globalization as it pertains to Toronto.”
Canning co-owns the company
with Daniel Tabak, as well as
Ryerson students Alif Ruhul and
Lediona Canellari.

“[Canning’s] model wasn’t just
making money, it was doing something that makes the world a bit
better,” Almond said.
Farmium’s goal is to provide
locally-grown and readily available
fresh produce, said Canellari, who
is responsible for accounting and finance at the company. “We see that
there are a lot of food miles associated with the produce that we get
in our grocery stores.”
According to Canning, 80 per
cent of fresh produce travels an
average of 4,000 k.m. to get to
Ontario, losing 40 per cent of its
nutritional value along the way.
“Understanding all these things,
and realizing that we’re paying
other people for things we can
grow here, I realized we’re outsourcing an economic opportunity,” Canning said.
Farmium aims to require no
human interaction after the seeds
are planted. Sensors will detect
when crops are ready for harvest
and send an alert to a smartphone.
To conserve space, the company
also uses vertical hydroponics,
a system that allows crops to be
planted in a tower-like structure.
“Instead of growing five plants

in five square feet, we can grow
five plants in one square foot by
growing vertically,” Canning
said.
Before starting Farmium, Canning was involved with Project
Growing North, a greenhouse in
Nunavut where fresh produce is
grown. Using some of the technology that carried over to Farmium,
its goal was to offset high food
prices and shortages in the remote
community of Repulse Bay.
“Even when our family was going through economic troubles,
we still had food because we could
grow it on our land [in rural Ontario],” Canning said. “When I
came to Toronto, when I started
learning about other parts of Canada, I realized that’s not everyone’s reality.
“To be able to give people
whole, hearty food, to be able to
start generating … money from
this, to be able to positively benefit society,” Canning said. “That
for me is a win-win.”
Canning will go on to the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition
on March 11 to compete for the
title of Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion.

Profs create math model to study Ebola
By Noella Ovid
A new mathematical model developed at Ryerson aims to significantly improve survival rates for
Ebola and other similarly spread
diseases.
Led by Ryerson postdoctoral
fellow Xi Huo, Treatment-donation-stockpile dynamics in Ebola
convalescent blood transfusion
therapy is the first comprehensive study of the amount of blood
transfusions done on Ebola patients to help create antibodies
and fight the virus.
Convalescent blood transfusion
therapy means a blood transfusion between an Ebola survivor
and someone who is still affected
by the virus, in order for the patient to develop antibodies to help
fight it.
The model then analyzes how
much blood you would need to
have ready in certain locations
such as hospitals, in case of an
outbreak in the area, to begin
treating patients immediately.
“Ebola is no longer new but
if you don’t have medications,
it’s actually new to the treatment
strategy,” Huo said, adding that
it is not the only new virus “that
the human being is going to face,
so later on you never know how

many new virus diseases [are] going to happen.”
Huo and her team started examining the Ebola outbreak in West
Africa, which was responsible for
over 11,000 deaths in November
2014, after attending an international conference organized by the
York Institute for Health Research
(YIHR).
The International Consortium
on Anti-Virals (ICAV) workshop
“emphasized on building national
or international capacity for antibody treatment,” said York University distinguished research professor Jianhong Wu, the paper’s
co-author. “[The model] is part of
antibody treatment.”
“We realized that there’s no
medication available so we
searched online about what kind
of strategy you would be able to
use and experts had been mentioning that maybe convalescent blood
transfusion is the way,” Huo said.
“We realized that maybe that is
the new thing in mathematical
modelling because this never happened before.”
Huo’s team relied on outbreak
data from West Africa and existing
blood transfusion service suggestions published by the World Health
Organization (WHO) for treatment
methodologies. “We basically used

that information because this is going to be new and there’s no previously treated or modelling work
about that,” she said.
The paper suggested using convalescent blood transfusion which
they then based their model on. The
treatment requires finding a recent
survivor of the virus to consider donating their blood and transfusing
it into current patients.
“This is a very ancient and his- The project is led by Rye prof Xi Huo.
toric treatment strategy that people would think of so that’s why able tool that is able to prepare for
they were thinking of maybe using any future outbreaks.
They then inform the public
this to treat Ebola as well,” said
and the health facilities that if
they implement the model, “How
much mobility [they] can reduce,
how many lives you can save and
how many therapies you need in
a given population at a particular
time,” Wu said.
For instance, if there was an
outbreak in a local hospital that
Huo. “Every time with a new dis- required a large amount of blood,
ease outbreak, you can do nothing the model would be able to predict
about treatment because it takes how well you are performing so
time for you to develop new medi- that you will be able to maintain
cations. So maybe for such dis- a stable level of blood products
eases, such as Ebola or MERS or available in the blood bank.
In order to generate the output
SARS, the blood transfusion is the
only treatment option you might for how many people need to rehave at the beginning of the out- ceive treatment in one day, the input parameters for the algorithm
break.”
The resulting model is a predict- would be how fast you can collect

“Ebola is only one example
for us to look at this kind of
strategy because this strategy
is going to save more [lives]”

ILLUSTRATION: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

the blood and do the transfusion.
“Ebola is only one example for
us to look at this kind of strategy because this strategy is going to save more. This strategy is
believed to be the only treatment
strategy available when there’s a
new virus appearing,” Huo said.
According to Huo, the reason
behind conducting this modelling
work was to give suggestions to
public health authorities and to
point out other details they should
consider in order to come up with
a complete and helpful plan for
any kind of new virus outbreak in
the future.
“Next time, if you have the
emerging epidemic, maybe if you
try your best to collect the blood
and do the transfusion treatment,
maybe you will be able to save
more lives,” she said.

SPORTS

10

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Life after hoops has arrived at Ryerson
Ryerson and the Toronto Raptors partner to bring business strategies and basketball to third- and fourth-year students

The lecture hall where Global Sports Marketing: The Business of Basketball takes place.

By Devin Jones
The business of basketball has
come to a Ryerson classroom near
you.
The new class intends to bring
marketing and business strategies
with real world basketball experience to a lecture hall setting.
Titled ‘Global Sports Marketing: The Business of Basketball,’
the class is spearheaded by sports
marketing professor Cheri Bradish, who partrnered with the Toronto Raptors.
“Being downtown we’re able to
enhance the profile of everything,”
Bradish said. “You didn’t even
have to be at the all-star game to
get that feeling the city generates
for basketball.”
The course is co-taught with the
vice-president of basketball op-

erations and player development,
Teresa Resech. Before joining the
Raptors, Resech spent time at the
NBA league office from 2006 to
2011.
“I met Cheri briefly at a conference and she mentioned that there
was an opportunity to teach,” Resech said. “It’s all about exposing
the students to the business opportunities surronding basketball,
especially in Toronto.”
Bradish noted that the idea for
the class orignally came from her
time teaching at Brock university
where they ran a similar course on
the business side of the NHL —
sinspired by Toronto hosting the
all-star game in 1999.
“It isn’t common for a partnership like this to happen and it’ll be
really interesting to see this course
develop over the next couple of

PHOTO: DEVIN JONES

years,” Bradish said. “I’m encouraged by the fact that Ryerson took
a chance.”
The class, held in a lecture auditorium with space for around
150 students, is set up with an informal atmosphere in mind. Black
leather seats are placed on an elevated stage, where on a weekly
basis Resech moderates a panel
with invited guests. The guests are
all business veterans of the industry and are often friends and collegues of Resech, which adds to the
friendly atmoshpere of the space.
“I try to bring in guests who fit
the lesson from week to week,”
Resech said. “We’re giving students exposure to industry professionals who can share their advice,
which is always great.”
Timing for the course couldn’t
have been better. Launched this

winter semester around the same
time as the NBA all-star game
hosted this past Feburary, Bradish notes the added marketing relevance to the classroom proceding
that specific weekend.
The relevance for basketball on
campus is also at an all-time high,
as Ryerson hosted the CIS championships last season. Adding to
the hype surrounding basketball
culture on campus, both the men’s
and women’s teams are charting
on the national rankings this season.
Also, students are given access
to the Raptors 905 farm team
based out of Mississagua, which
allows for the hands-on application of marketing theories learned
during lecture.
“Essentially it’s a marketing assessment, looking at the potential
fans and marketing opportunities
for the 905s,” Bradish said.

This past Thursday, Resceh
brought in associate director of
international development for the
NBA, Chris Clunie, who spoke
about the various development
programs the league is implementing. Clunie also spoke about his
career path, which led to him going back to school so he could “fill
in the gaps necessary to succeed.”
As the impact of the all-star
weekend subsides and the Rams
head into the playoffs, Bradish
and Resech continue to explore
the business side of the game.
And while the course isn’t directly
aimed at the athletes wondering
what to do post playing career,
Resech does believe the course will
show students that success comes
in various forms.
“Ultimately I hope they learn
that there’s no single path to success, in basketball or anything
else,” Resceh said.

Ammanuel Diressa goes for a lay-up in a game against U of T.

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

Q&A with Rye recruit Keevon Small
playing basketball?
I’ve been playing basketball since
as long as I’ve known it, since I
was a young kid about six years
old.

PHOTO COURTESY: KEEVON SMALL

By Tagwa Moyo
The Eyeopener sat down with
newly recruited Rams men’s basketball player Keevon Small to
talk about the decision to come to
Ryerson and who he’s most looking forward to playing with. You
can check out the full interview at
www.theeyeopener.com.
Q: So how long have you been

Abbott, we don’t get a lot of recognition that other schools get. So
it was a surprise to me that I was
getting a lot of emails, texts, calls
from coaches like Ryerson, Carleton and Ottawa U. It was a good
feeling knowing a lot of schools
wanted me on their team.

that skill. You can name maybe
50 players with good skill coming
out of Quebec. There are so many
people going to the NCAA from
Ontario.

Q: How did you make the choice
to come to Ryerson?
Q: When did you realize that basketball was the sport for you? Was
there any other sport that you Q: Were there any specific schools It was really tough, it came down
to education. Ryerson had my prothat you were interested in?
played?
gram that I was going into, that’s
No not really. When I was growing No, no schools — I didn’t really what stood out and just Ryerson
up my brothers played basketball want to play in Quebec and play being the school that’s on the come
and my mom loved basketball so against the same competition. I up.
I was always brought up in a bas- just wanted to get out of the provketball family, I never really played ince I definitely wanted to be in Q: What are you most looking
Ontario where all the good basket- forward to on and off the court at
any other sports.
Ryerson?
ball players come from.
Q: When did you first start getting contacted by universities? Q: Could you explain how the I’m just hoping to get the leadership role. And always hoping to
What were your initial thoughts competition is different?
get better in practice, especially
and feelings?
Ontario is more skills based. More going against players like JV. He‘s
I was first recruited this year, and players have a lot more skill, a lot similar to my skill level. Hopefully
last year I got recruited just little more physicality and a lot more get better as a person on and off
bit. I never really got the recog- strength. Coming from Quebec the court and be my own person
nition. The school I’m from, John there’s not many players with in Toronto.

FUN

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Grinch who stole
after Christmas

There’s a criminal among us and the culprit is who?

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By Skyler Ash

ILLUSTRATION: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

There’s a thief in our midst whom
you know very well. Stealing from
the Rogers Communications Centre (RCC) one night he did tell,
“I steal, my dear student, because
I have a need. And no, you nosy
bastard, it’s not because of greed.”
The perp is no other than the
great Grinch himself, who has
hung his Santa hat back on the
shelf. Leaving the life of Saint
Nick in the dust, dressing now as
a janitor, he said, is a must.
Taking laptops from poor rich
kids and a TV from the Venn, it
was one quiet night the Grinch
knew he’d come again. “It’s such
an easy target,” the Grinch said
between snickers. “Heck, I even
took a few pointless iClickers.”
An amount of thousands he has
stolen from this school, and “it’s
long gone unnoticed, you educated fools.”
“Why do I steal? Well that’s a
very good question,” said Grinch.
“So here, you plain creature, this
is the reason: I do it to supplement
my kleptomania out-of-season.”
Kleptomania is the urge to steal for
no purpose, “and sometimes the
stuff I take is just plain worthless.”
The Grinch laments, “Those
students don’t need all this crap!

So why is it that I’m getting such a
bad rap?” On a tangent he flew; so
out of breath his green face soon
turned blue. “Don’t you have people who try to stop crime? Or are
they off for the week, do they not
have the time, to stop me while
I’m in my criminal prime?”
We do have those people, a
“crack team” of guards, Ryerson
PR insists. “It’s just that sometimes when you call them, your
messages go a-miss.”
“They call themselves security,
but they’re no more than a front
for a service in Ryerson that’s run
out of spunk,” said Grinch. “They
don’t care to work hard, they
stand in front of Arbia and pretend they’re on guard.”
“We’re fine, we do our jobs,”
said a security guard through his

sobs. “Why is the Grinch so mean?
It’s not like we’re total slobs!”
“I heard about the thefts,” said
a guard on the left, “I just didn’t
want to get up and leave my fancy
desk.”
Security said they have punished
the Grinch. “Do you know what I
got? A slap on the wrist and a stern
talking-to,” said Grinch. “What a
joke! What a waste! What a travesty at best. Security at Ryerson is
nothing but jest.”
The Grinch plans on leaving the
6ix for a spell, “but I shall return
in a few months time, to commit
some more of my so-called ‘heinous’ crimes. Though a kleptomaniac never sleeps, there are some
creatures that have to. They’re
called Ryerson security, and it
seems that’s all they do.

Ryerson launches new Zone Zone
By Ina Vashión
Following the success of Ryerson’s
various zones, such as the Fashion
Zone and the Biomedical Zone,
Zone Learning has launched the
Zone Zone, a zone dedicated to
creating new zones.
“This is a great opportunity
for students,” said Carlotta Falcon, head of the Zone Zone.
“Zones are great ways to work
on innovative ideas, so what better idea than a zone that creates
zones that creates the ideas? It’s
genius.”
The zone consists of a team of
“fresh new business minds” synergizing together to form the newest
zones to hit the business world.
“We took the first ten people off
the street. One was fighting a raccoon,” Falcon said. “We needed
people who have never worked
in business. That’s where the real
gravy comes from.”
So far, the Zone Zone has
spawned three new zones.

The Regression Zone: From the
mind of student entrepreneur Jenny Gabriel, the Regression Zone
focuses on taking a business and
undoing all of the progress it has
made.
“We make sure every innovator that comes in leaves with their
precious ideas in unrecoverable
shambles, never to see the light of
day,” said Gabriel.
Gabriel and his team are currently developing a 4D printer
that shreds hopes and dreams.
The Buzzword Zone: The idea
for the Buzzword Zone came
when a bunch of Scrabble pieces
were thrown at a wall and the
team went with whatever they got.
“The business world is running
out of meaningless words that
they can throw around when they
don’t want to divulge any real information,” said Horace Tump,
VP Buzzwords at the Zone Zone.
“At the Buzzword Zone, we’re
just pumping out the next batch of
fancy-sounding nonsense.”

The zone has created new words
such as “Synergystivize,” “Optomification” and “Notarealjobapreneur.”
The Beanbag Zone: “Regular
offices are inspiration-suckers,”
said Falcon. “And that’s where the
Beanbag Zone comes in.”
They’ve added slides instead of
stairs, beanbags and exercise balls
for chairs, and more foosball tables
than is comfortably acceptable.
“Sure, we don’t really have a
business plan or a product or anything just yet,” said Falcon. “But
look at our office! Isn’t it cool?”
“It’s so great to see another
Zone open at Ryerson,” said
former president Sheldon Levy.
“It’s very important for student
entrepreneurs to… wait, I don’t
have to care about this crap anymore!”
Levy was last seen running
through the SLC yelling, “I’m free!”
The Zone Zone is currently
doing research for their next creation, the Cal Zone.

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