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Volume 49 - Issue 20

March 16, 2016
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Ryerson’s coach of the year,
and how he led his team to new heights.
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Parkside residence not as advertised
Students living at the Gerrard Street residence building have been paying for amenities they haven’t received all year
By Alanna Rizza
Students living at Parkside Student
Residence have sought out legal
guidance after months spent dealing with contract discrepancies,
maintenance issues and construction disturbances.
Many residents have seen a consistent stream of problems, including leaks, ceilings caving in and
inadequate food services.
First-year fashion design student Nicole Raitakari moved into
the building at the beginning of
the school year. While taking a
shower, she says part of her ceiling
collapsed and the vent fell and hit
her on the head.
In the summer, Parkside advertised 24-hour food services on
their website, which Raitakari
said was one of the main reasons
she wanted to live there. She purchased a meal plan, only to find out
later that the hours were changed
to “all-day service” (7:30 a.m. to
9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30
a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends).
During the evening hours, Raitakari said there is often very little
food and sometimes none at all.
She added that when she first
moved in, the water was running
brown. Last semester, she fainted
because of dehydration and a lack
of food — which she attributes to

the problems at Parkside. At the
residence, she said she was afraid
drink the water.
“I missed a test because I was in
the hospital … I feel like a criminal
when I live here,” Raitakari said.
“We’re all really young, we’re all
students living here, most of us are
in first-year. We don’t really know
our tenant rights and [Parkside]
knows that, they’re just taking advantage of it. ”
Complaints about the building started at the beginning of the
year, when the move-in date was
delayed by about two months. Prior to renovations in 2015, Parkside was known as the Primrose
Hotel — a half hotel, half student
housing building. The building
was revamped with new hallways,
bathrooms and bedrooms, totalling $25 million in renovations
said Kamal Uppal, the marketing
manager for Parkside, in August
2015.
Summer rates for Parkside were
listed at about $1,400 for a standard single, according to Raitakari. The prices have since gone
up and now the same room costs
$1,865 per month.
A private Facebook group was
created for residents to vent their
complaints. Several residents posted about ongoing construction —
one student wrote that they were

The state of one student’s bathroom posted on the Parkside Facebook group.

prescribed an inhaler because of
the construction dust.
When Raitakari posted on social media, she said Parkside staff
contacted her mother asking for
her daughter to stop posting online.
David Simor, a policy and community relations advisor from city
councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s
office, said he started receiving
complaints in the fall about Parkside not living up to the terms and
agreements stated in the building
contract.
Parents and students have since
been connected with Municipal
Licensing and Standards, a branch

of the municipal government
which handles complaints relating
to the Landlord-Tenant Act.
“There have also been some
concerns about the property standards of the building … we have
looked into that and we’ve had
city staff do an investigation,” Simor said.
Danny Roth, a spokesperson
from Knightstone Capital, said he
is unaware of any investigation involving Parkside. “I would strenuously disagree with the suggestion
that a lot of students are unhappy,” he said. “I would suggest to
you that majority of students are
quite pleased.”

Lack of multi-faith prayer space still an issue
Nine years later the MSA has a multi-faith prayer space in TRSM, but there’s still need for more at Ryerson
By Jake Scott
It took nine years for the Ryerson Muslim Students’ Association
(RMSA) to get a temporary multifaith prayer space in the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM)
and it’s still only temporary.
There are currently two permanent, multi-faith prayer spaces at
Ryerson, on the Student Campus
Centre’s (SCC) third floor and at 111
Gerrard Street East. The latter building is not accessible. Despite rooms
created by opening the Student
Learning Centre (SLC), space is still
scarce partly due to the rising number of student groups. These prayer
spaces are student-run with minimal
interference from administration.
“We’re here to support our students, but unfortunately the space
is very limited on campus and this
year the request from the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU) is making
sure we get more student group
space,” said Ryerson interim president Mohamed Lachemi.
This year alone, 14 student
groups were ratified through the
RSU — an all-time high — meaning
the race for space only got tighter.

Earlier this year the MSA held a prayer-in in Lake Devo.

“We are now 39,100 students
on campus that are in undergraduate programs. We only have one
accessible prayer space on campus, which is located in the SCC,”
said Mariam Nouser, vice president external affairs for the Ryerson Muslim Students’ Association
(RMSA) and incoming member of
the Board of Governors.
It’s an issue affecting Ryerson’s
Muslim population, as the RMSA
identifies TRSM as the most inconvenient place for members to access
multi-faith space.
“Students, especially in Ted
Rogers School of Management
... it’s very hard for them to find

PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT

prayer space near their classes,
thus they have to pray in halls or
stairwells or places that are really
not effective,” said Nouser.
Thus the rotating, temporary
multi-faith space was created
through the RMSA. It operates two
hours daily during peak prayer times
with its location always in flux.
“TRS looks for rooms that are
available at that time and I think
they give them a week’s notice ...
that [information] gets emailed to
[MSA members] to communicate
to their membership and that is
also updated on those [kiosks],”
said current Ryerson Students’
Union president Andrea Bartlett.

Other religion-based student
groups like the Ryerson Catholic
Students’ Association (RCSA) use the
space only occasionally as they have
ample space on or around campus.
“In terms of when we need time
for prayer we have designated
space. There’s also a lot of churches downtown and in our area,”
said Cesar Membreno, vice president communications for RCSA.
As well, prayer practices for
other religions are a little less rigorous than the Muslim faith.
“I feel like most Jewish students
who make prayer part of their day
do it in the hall or a corner,” said
Naomi Shore, Jewish Learning
Coordinator for Hillel at Ryerson.
Jews aren’t required to prostrate
themselves during prayer, making
impromptu prayer in a stairwell or
hallway a little more palatable.
These worship and meditation
spaces are for all. Non-religious
students can go meditate, but many
students using these safe spaces are
Muslim, especially when faced with
rampant Islamophobia in the city.
The spaces are on 111 Gerrard
Street East’s third floor, room 319
of the SCC and TRSM.

PHOTOS COURTESY: NICOLE RAITAKARI

Knightstone Capital is a real
estate investment, asset management and development company
that oversees Parkside Student
Residence.
Municipal Licensing and Standards was not available to comment at the time of publication.
Ben Ries, a staff lawyer at
Downtown Legal Services at the
University of Toronto, said that
the clinic has been helping students from Parkside since complaints started in the Fall. “That
building alone has taken a significant chunk of our resources this
year and continues to do so,” he
said.

Briefs &
groaners
> Dude takes a leak on my diorama
Some student left their flashy diorama to dry outside of the Architecture Building. Wouldn’t it be a
shame if someone would happen
to pee on it? Well, some dude did.
Bet the student was pissed.
> Dazed and confused at RU
In true high school fashion, some
group of straight-A students set
off a fire alarm in TRSM after
smoking the devil’s lettuce in a
stairwell. How lame is that?
> Student escapes death by Buggy
Engineers were cautioned during their annual Buggy Push after
they almost hit a passerby with a
thousand-pound killing machine,
otherwise known as a car.
> Love in POD building
Another couple was caught doing
the do in a Ryerson bathroom.
This. Happens. Every. Fucking.
Week. What’s going on RU?
Seen some crazy stuff? Email
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EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, March. 16th, 2016

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

Interim Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi celebrates with the team.

Keep the fan train rolling
This year, sports at Ryerson have been special. Let’s keep it that way
By
Devin
Jones
For the entirety of this year I’ve
been the sports editor at The
Eyeopener and I’m honestly not
even the biggest fan of sports. Don’t
get me wrong, I understand and appreciate the work that goes into a
championship-winning team, but
there are other people in the office far more knowledgeable about
when and how to execute a flawless half-court press. In fact, I had
to check with one of our photo editors, Chris Blanchette, to make sure
I had the correct understanding of
what exactly a half-court press is.
It sounds contrite and overwrought but my biggest interest
in sports comes from the moments
when the whistle blows, the game
stops and you get to see the play-

ish all expectation set for them.
Just typing the words “both the
men and women’s teams have
won OUA banners and gold medals,” puts a smile across my stupid
bearded face.
I couldn’t care less about the
the accolades, because the accomplishments that the Ryerson basketball programs have achieved
this year go beyond trophies, stats
and scoreboards. This year is the
first time during my career at Ryerson that I’ve felt invested in a
community of peers, and oh my
what a community.
The cliché of Ryerson being a
commuter university that doesn’t
give a shit about school spirit not
only went out the window this year,
it broke the entire fucking campus.
From student-organized events, to
the sold out Coca Cola court, athletics and the basketball teams this
year have caused a group of people
to turn away
from bullshit
residence parties and to care
about a common cause. It
made me, a
normally selfish and insular person care about
a common cause. And for a journalist normally removed from the
action, it’s been nice to slip away
from my own trumped-up priorities and cheer alongside the hundreds, if not thousands, of dedicated students. For a few hours at a
time, those fans worry about nothing else besides cheering on some
of the best damn sports Ryerson
has ever seen.

This year is the first time during my career at
Ryerson that I’ve felt invested in a community
of peers, and oh my what a community
ers as more than the faceless numbers on the backs of jerseys covered in simple game recaps.
As a contributor last year I followed both basketball programs
extensively, even taking a trip to
Quebec to cover the women’s basketball CIS championships for the
paper. Imagine the pleasure I’ve
had this year of watching both
teams build upon their success of
last season, and absolutely demol-

So please, let’s not make the
fandom a flash in the pan, let’s
continue to make the Coca Cola
court one of the most intimidating
places to play — and not because
of the players, but because of you,
the fans, who have stripped away
the stats and made it about the
personalities on the court. Aaron
Best, Adika Peter-McNeilly, JeanVictor Mukama — not just conventional “athlete” stereotypes,
but the root of something bigger.
The next time you find yourself
sitting in the crowd at a Ryerson
basketball game, take a second
and look around. Look beside
you to the non-Ryerson friend you
dragged out to a game, and look
at the amazement on their face
when they realize that yeah, Ryerson is cool. And even more than
that, watch them immerse themselves in a community of support
and adoration for teams that were
years earlier an afterthought.
The responsibility is on us to
make this something special, to
raise the profile of Ryerson to
more than just a game, because
this season the fans have made Ryerson basketball a fucking event.
And that, is dope.
As to that whole birthing of
Eggy thing? Wow.

CORRECTION: In a March 8 story
titled, “Transformed RU” it was
reported that RSU president Andrea
Bartlett cautioned the RSU should
never be run like a business. Bartlett
actually said that other people have
made that suggestion, and that the
RSU should be run like a business.
The Eyeopener regrets this error.

Editor-in-Chief
Sean “ParmeSEAN” Wetselaar
News
Keith “Moosh-stache” Capstick
Nicole “Analytics” Schmidt
Al “Snifflés” Downham
Features
Farnia “+ SEAN 4EVER” Fekri
Biz and Tech
Jacob “Fresh-cut” Dubé
Arts and Life
Karoun “Nominations”
Chahinian
Sports
Devin “Lies to Sean” Jones
Communities
Alanna “On the beat” Rizza
Photo
Annie “Moosh queen” Arnone
Jake “#Blessed” Scott
Chris “Lucky covers” Blanchette
Fun
Skyler “Turns her enemies to”
Ash
Media
Rob “Fade” Foreman
Online
Igor “Reasonable” Magun
Tagwa “Demands a page” Moyo
Lee “Cute headshot” Richardson
General Manager
Liane “Keith’s hair” McLarty
Advertising Manager
Chris “*^*&%*” Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “Loaf?” Mowat
Intern Army
Ben “On break” Hoppe

Victoria “Gone fishing” Sykes
Hannah “Chillin’” Kirijianv
Lidia “BRB” Foote
Contributors
Natasha “The” Hermann
Jaclyn “Selfie” Tansil
Noushin “Flärdfull” Ziafati
Justin “Don’t you forget about
me” Chandler
Zeinab “Her very own” Saidoun
Melissa “Hairy” Bennardo
Mitchell “To the left” Thompson
Miriam “Got one person”
Valdes Carletti
Ben “Where’s” Waldman
Zoe “Eccentric” Melnyk
Jess “Da best” Valeny
Celina “Saviour” Gallardo
Tova “Deep” Friedman
Isabella “27 edits” Balcerzak
Nick “Dun DAT” Dunne
Sarah “Mario” Krichel
Brenda “Luigi” Molina-Navidad
Rasha “Bowser” Rehman
Parth “Yoshi” Parikh
Natasha “DK” Hermann
Brennan “Toad” Doherty
Brontë “Ferris” Campbell
Emma “Cameron” Kimmerly
Diana “Sloane” Whistance-Smith
Gabe “The babe” Chahinian
Ian “Not my motto” Yamamoto
Lindsay “Dear Abby”
Christopher
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week is that
itch that you just can’t scratch.
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Meet your next RSU executive
By Sarah Krichel
The results are in for the 2016
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
Board of Directors (BoD) election. The Impact slate, which ran
against opposition RU Connected,
secured all five executive positions.
Participation rates in voting for
the executive positions ranged
from 10.9 per cent to 12 per cent.
Votes cast ranged from 3,440 to
PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI
3,792 for each executive out of The upcoming RSU executive were recently voted in.
33,905 eligible voters.
Here’s what your upcoming ex- but to add the cost of living in a stu- “We need to make sure we know
when they get here that they have
dent’s residential area as a factor.
ecutives’ plans are:
Morton wants an active role in the same opportunities and quality
the 2017 tuition framework, the of education.”
President: Obaid Ullah
The upcoming vp equity said she
Current vice-president opera- elimination of unpaid internships
tions and upcoming president Ul- and she wants grade postings on wants to see if events for the equity
centres can get more sponsorships.
lah advocates for a student-driven D2L made mandatory.
“I’m interested in reaching out to
Former RU Connected candidate
union. Ullah wants to tackle student transit discounts, experien- Martin Fox said he wants Morton other corporations, student groups,
tial learning and cleaning up the to have more ambitious goals on seeing if they’d want to work to
tuition. Fox said he’ll stay engaged fund or donate,” said Jones. “I was
OSAP process.
thinking [about] a zine where any“I think the way to build a sup- to make sure action is taken.
“Transform centered their cam- one can submit anything about eqportive community is through our
paign on transparency and open- uity. That could hopefully pull in
board,” Ullah said.
On study spaces, Ullah looks to ness, and there’s essentially noth- ad revenue.”
Jones wants Ryerson to work
make the Student Learning Cen- ing to point to in the last year
tre (SLC) or the library a 24-hour that’s evidence of that commit- with existing groups on campus
like Divest Now and Microbe Hub.
study space, plus adding study ment,” Fox said via email.
“We like to act like we’re a very
Fox said students should see inspaces to the engineering building.
He wants to make booking study creased mental health services and environmentally conscious school
space more organized through a anti-tuition advocacy campaigns. but we only do the things that are
flashy like the green urban roof,”
centralized booking process.
said Jones. “We’ll hold Ryerson
VP equity: Tamara Jones
Jones wants to increase trans- accountable to that and ask that
VP education: Victoria Morton
Current BoD member Morton parency in the RSU and make stu- they invest in green energy so we
can go into industries that are
said she ran to facilitate advocacy dent group discussions inclusive.
She wants to create discourse on thriving instead of ones that are
between the provincial governclassism by addressing problems suffering because of oil.”
ment and students.
Jones wants to work with these
On OSAP, Morton wants to im- low-income students face.
“With the new tuition policy, groups to implement more complement a one-stop-shop for students
to learn its application process. She we’re going to be seeing a lot more post bins on campus.
On mental health, Jones said
also wants parents’ income to cease people coming from that backbeing a factor in OSAP applications, ground on campus,” said Jones. she wants mental health and eq-

uity training with faculty, professors and security to make sure
they know how to to deal with the
people who face these issues.
On men’s issues, Jones said student groups don’t need to be affiliated with the RSU to be involved
on Ryerson campus. “Even if people don’t agree with their opinions,
they deserve to have a safe place,”
Jones said, adding that she hopes to
work with the university to create a
better system.
VP operations: Neal Muthreja
The upcoming executive said
that he wants to promote mental
health initiatives, the RSU’s health
and dental plan, and revamp
CopyRite printing services.
On mental health, Muthreja
said he is going to look into the
budget to hire one more mental
health counsellor.
“I’ll find ways to cut costs and
I’ll keep some costs in the budget
for [hiring another],” he said.
On the health and dental plan,
Muthreja said he wants to add
benefits and increase time between
the opt-out due date and winter
tuition fees dates.
“Students who opt out from
their plan would not be charged
for the next year onwards. So if
they opt out this year they don’t
have to opt out again.”
On CopyRite, Muthreja wants
to add more services such as 3D
printing, decrease the wait time
to make the system more efficient,
along with revamping its website.
“For CopyRite I feel like you
spend a lot of time not getting
stuff done and it’s not fast enough
by making some of the processes
online,” he said.

Image Arts to light up the community year round
By Brenda Molina-Navidad
The multi-coloured lights that illuminate the outside of the Image
Arts Building (IMA) will now be
interactive all year round.
Rye Lights, a committee founded in 2015, plans to create more
community engagement with the
building by giving students an
opportunity to request colours
pertaining to special events, like
mental health awareness week and
Pride. The project is expected to
be completed by September 2017.
An interactive component was
first incorporated into the IMA in
2014 as part of a new media exhibition, created by Dave Colangelo
— a former graduate student and
member of the Rye Lights committee — and artist Patricio Davila.
The project, In the Air, Tonight,
raised awareness about homelessness by changing the building co-

lours from blue to red when tweets
included the hashtag #homelessness.
The building features 727 external glass panels. Behind each panel
are two strips of LED light modules,
making for 1,400 LEDs in total, according to Colangelo. The panels and
lights are connected to a computer
system that coordinates the display.
“This is becoming a real form of
communication and engagement,”
said Colangelo. “Other buildings
around the world are coming to
that realization. It just took a bit
of time to get the right pieces at
Ryerson, but at this point we are
at full speed ahead.”
The IMA has been compared to
the CN Tower, the Empire State
Building and the Calgary Tower,
all of which have exterior changing lights. Colangelo refers to
them as “digital monuments.”
These monuments can foster

Rye Lights wants the Rye community to help light up Image Arts.

communication between communities. After the 2015 Paris attacks,
the CN Tower changed its lights to
blue, white and red for France.
According to interim president
Mohamed Lachemi, the new project will not cost anything because
the technology is already in place.
“The IMA is a world class gallery.
It attracts visitors from the city but

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

also elsewhere,” said Lachemi. “The
idea now is to really use [this technology] for our benefit ... it’s part of
our mandate as a city builder.”
Michael Forbes, co-chairperson
of the Rye Lights committee and interim director of communications at
Ryerson, said Ryerson is working on
a system where students can submit
their light requests for specific dates.

Plans for safe
injection site
near campus
By Nicole Schmidt
After more than a decade of debate,
Toronto is planning on moving
ahead with creating supervised injection sites to give users a hygienic
environment to inject pre-obtained
drugs. One of the proposed sites
will be housed in the Toronto Public
Health facility at Victoria and Dundas streets, beside Ryerson campus.
These sites are among several
strategies that have been put forth
to reduce overdoses and diseases,
along with the amount of public
drug use and discarded needles.
Michael Forbes, interim director
communications at Ryerson, said
in an emailed statement that the
university is aware of the proposal,
which was released on March 14,
but it has not yet been reviewed.
“We will need to see the specifics
before we can provide comment,”
he wrote. “As with all social initiatives in our precinct, the university
looks forward to participating in
open, transparent consultations.”
Canada currently has two safe
injection sites, both in Vancouver.
In 2013, the Board of Health approved a report from the Medical
Officer of Health supporting these
services in Toronto. This decision
came after a 2012 study found the
city would benefit from having
multiple safe injection sites.
In addition to the Victoria Street
location, plans have been made
to create sites in South Riverdale
and on Queen Street West. These
locations, according to the report,
were selected because they have
high rates of injection drug use.
Although some people have expressed concerns about public safety, David McKeown, medical officer of health for the city of Toronto,
said the sites are beneficial for the
community. He added that harm reduction programs are already present at the selected locations, and
have been for 20 years.
“[Harm reduction programs]
have been going on for quite some
time with very little negative impact
on the neighbourhood,” he said.
Injection drug use is associated
with HIV and hepatitis C, transmitted through contaminated needles.
Supervised injection is sterile and
can increase access to treatment services. Providing a safe space for users also lowers the number of people injecting in nearby washrooms
and stairwells, said McKeown.
The proposal is still in its early
stages and will require municipal, provincial and federal review and approval before sites
are created, said Forbes. If the report is approved, there will be a
community consultation process
which Ryerson will be involved in.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BEING
DROPPED
OUT
Why do some students get
pushed out of university?
BY BEN WALDMAN
Photo: Gabriel Chahinian, Illustration: Farnia Fekri

W

hen I typed “should I” into the Google search bar, there was
an incredibly diverse group of suggestions. One read Should I
Stay or Should I Go lyrics. Another, Should I upgrade to Windows 10? But the top suggestion, with about 66 million results
found: Should I Drop Out of College?
It’s a question stemming from other ones that have undoubtedly crossed
every student’s mind: “Am I wasting my time here? Do I really know what I
want to do in life? Strippers make how much?” People who follow through on
that top search result are thereafter referred to as dropouts, just as a biology
student would be called a biology student. The verb “to drop out” transforms
into a noun. If you jump, you’re a jumper. If you drop out, you are a dropout.
A quick glance at Ryerson’s statistics in the 2015-2016 budget report shows
a retention rate of 88.4 per cent for first-time, full-time first-year students
in 2014-2015 who returned to the institution in the next fall term. On the
surface, this number seems fine. But the flip side of “retention” is the vast
number of students who leave university each year. The university’s budget
also estimated that 8,100 students began their first year at Ryerson this year
— if that 88.4 per cent figure holds for the next academic year, nearly 950 of
that group were not retained. It’s a popular explanation that some students
aren’t cut out for the rigors of the post-secondary education — what is harder
to admit is that perhaps this very system is not cut out for the needs of the
hundreds of students it loses every year.
did not drop out.
I clarify this every few days to people who work up the courage to
ask me why I’m in Winnipeg — my hometown — instead of studying
at Ryerson for another year in the undergraduate journalism program.
“I’m taking some courses here. I’m going back to Toronto in the fall,” I say.

I

Inevitably, they ask why I’m home. “Family issues,” I sometimes reply even
though I have none. Depending on who asks, my answer changes.
“My girlfriend broke up with me and I stopped caring about school. I had
a tough time sleeping. I was too sad to do anything but sulk and I thought
I’d never get back to being myself if I stayed in Toronto,” would be a more
accurate answer.

IF YOU JUMP, YOU’RE A JUMPER.
IF YOU DROP OUT, YOU’RE A DROPOUT.
Sitting in class, I often wondered why I was even there. This thought might
seem fairly common, but it didn’t come up during my first year in my program. In first year, I’d go into class excited to learn, brimming with optimism.
My professors and instructors were interesting, knowledgeable and inspiring.
Not once did I think, “I made a huge mistake by coming here.”
Things change, though. As soon as I started to spiral downward, I panicked
and considered leaving it all behind. My dad always told me that an education is never a waste; to learn what you don’t want to do is perhaps more
important than knowing how you’d like to spend your life. In these moments,
I thought that that was the reason this period of pessimism started: to figure
out that I needed to leave.
I got set up with a psychologist at the Ryerson Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) and met with her within three days. It was
painless. When we first spoke, I was still incredibly depressed and conflicted
about whether I should go home or not. The counsellor asked me what I was
so scared of, and mostly I didn’t want people to think I was a failure. I always

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put too much pressure on myself to succeed and in moments like these, that
pressure — sustained over several months — proved suffocating.
“School matters too much to me for it to not matter to me,” I told myself,
and I made the necessary arrangements to go home. The process was relatively easy, and after filling out a few forms and having a couple of meetings
with faculty members, I came up with a plan to come back the next fall.
Everything transpired in rapid succession. I had a step-by-step plan to get
back to being who I am. Wrongly, I assumed that every student got this type
of attention and help. If I didn’t, I could very well have been among the more
than 10 per cent of first-year students who walk out the university doors and
don’t turn back.
mar Quiroz thought he knew what he wanted.
After finishing Grade 12 at Toronto’s Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, he took a fifth year of high school in an attempt to boost his grades. Going to university was a priority for
Quiroz. He applied to Ryerson for the 2015-2016 academic year and was
accepted to the child and youth care program.
All of Quiroz’s hard work paid off.

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“THERE WASN’T MUCH [THE CAREER COUNSELLOR] COULD HAVE SAID TO CONVINCE ME
TO GIVE RYERSON ANOTHER TRY”
Judging from his Facebook profile, Quiroz wants the rest of the world to
know who he is as well as he knows himself. His current cover photo shows
the wrinkled face of a French bulldog. The one before that reads “Hillary
2016” right next to the smiling face of Lizzie McGuire-era Hilary Duff. This
is what Omar Quiroz shows everyone.
He has worked hard to get to where he is, but it isn’t the place he expected
to be midway through his first year of university.
“How did I get here?” Quiroz repeated my question over the phone late on
a Wednesday night.
Here, for Quiroz, is a bus home from his job at Yorkdale Mall. He didn’t
plan on working as much as he has this year, but he’s had a lot more free time
since leaving child and youth care.
“You mean, why am I not still at Ryerson?” Quiroz continued.
Quiroz’s first indication that he needed to “get out” was four weeks into his
first semester. It was a 9 a.m. class and he was staring upward at a slideshow
on a giant screen in one of his introductory courses. His professor was talking, but Quiroz, who touts himself as having been a “pretty darn good high
school student,” was not necessarily listening.
He was there and he was gone.
In high school, Quiroz was heavily involved with student council, even
serving as vice president at one point. He participated in improv troupes and
theatre programming, and he managed to balance it all fairly well. But, as he
wrote in a blog post on Bell Let’s Talk day, Quiroz was hiding an intense bout
with anxiety and depression.
“I wasn’t good enough,” he wrote on his Tumblr page. “No one had told
me I wasn’t, though. I had decided that I wasn’t.” Quiroz’s life turned into a
battle with himself, which he didn’t see ending any time soon.
His grades, which he always tried to maintain at a respectable level, began
to slip, and he had serious panic attacks. In Grade 11, Quiroz writes, he
stepped down from his position on student council to focus on his grades
and ultimately his mental state. But instead of being met with helpful advice
or other good wishes, he got criticism. People thought he was running away
from his responsibilities, but Quiroz knew that his first responsibility was to
his own well-being. So there he was, sitting in that university lecture, staring
at the giant slideshow of facts that had no meaning. When he was having
trouble in school — he’d been placed on academic probation — due to his
intense anxiety, Omar Quiroz walked away again.
He wrote his midterms, but was indifferent about their outcomes. He still
got marks in the high 70s and mid-80s. But he decided to leave nonetheless,
and sought the advice of a career counsellor.
Together with his parents, Quiroz finalized his decision to leave Ryerson for
good. Now, he wants to go to George Brown College or York University to
study theatre or pursue a broadcast journalism career. He’s decided he’s more
interested in those fields than his previous endeavour in child care.
nce students start to seriously consider dropping out, they’re
encouraged to discuss the alternatives, said Sophie Quigley, the
undergraduate program director of computer science at Ryerson.
“There’s a form that they have to fill out, and they have to talk
to an academic advisor to discuss why they’re doing what they’re doing,” she
explained, adding that if there are mental health or financial reasons for the
decision, the advisor can direct them to other university services.
But the students who fill out the form have usually made up their minds, she
said. “There are a few who aren’t — who don’t know what their alternatives
are, so this is why it’s useful to have that conversation. But some of them have
explored the alternatives by themselves and they’ve decided.”
Quiroz says he wishes he knew more about the services that were available
to him, like academic mentors or extracurricular activities, but by the time he

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figured it all out he was too far gone.
“There wasn’t much [the career counsellor] could have said to convince
me to give Ryerson another try,” Quiroz said, so he filled out the short-term
withdrawal form. Now he is starting to fill out the permanent one.
When Quiroz told me this, I immediately wondered if it might have been in
his best interests for the counsellor to hand him a brochure about Ryerson’s
top-notch journalism school or media production program, or perhaps the
theatre program which could always use passionate students interested in the
craft.
But instead, Quiroz is looking elsewhere. And while his example is anecdotal, I can’t help but wonder how many students aren’t retained for the same
reason.
Of course, some students drop out and are better off for it. Qiming Weng, a
former medical sciences student at the University of Western Ontario, stayed
in school for only one year. Weng had a 4.0 GPA, but left to join a start-up
company called Edusight, now based out of Ryerson’s DMZ.
“Edusight’s goal is to use data to enable teachers to personalize their education,” Weng said. “For me, I had always hoped that the next year, the next
grade or the next school would be somehow more challenging or more fulfilling or that all of a sudden school would click and I would be like, ‘Oh wow,
school makes sense.’ But I never really felt like that, and I don’t think most
people ever do.”
Weng’s company is essentially trying to make the school system work more
efficiently for students. “Even post-secondary education, I’m not sure that
most people really find that it’s the most efficient way to get value. I think for
a lot of people [university] becomes a mandatory part of life, and I suppose
that’s why I felt I needed to make a change.”
He may have dropped out, but Weng is adamant that it doesn’t hold him
back.
“This is a time when not having a degree has become just well-known
enough in society that it’s not shocking to that many people,” he says. “And
for the most part [other] people don’t care.”
have a problem with the language of dropping out.
People who leave school have to constantly justify their decision.
Quiroz tells people he’s taking a break. Your cousin might say she’s just
taking some time to figure things out. I might tell you it’s none of your
business. The way that this burden will shift is by changing the way that the
topic of dropping out is discussed.
Terms like “retention rate” are pats on the back to universities, ignoring
the hundreds of students who leave in the same period of time in question.
“It’s like focusing entirely on the positive and ignoring the negative,” Quiroz
added in our conversation. Student Loss Rate might be a more suitable title.
Euphemistic statistics like retention rates focus on the majority who stay in
school, but not the sustained faction that habitually leaves.
For reasons like excessive wait times for counselling (a phenomenon which
this paper has documented repeatedly) and steep tuition rises, some might say
that Ryerson is effectively setting up boundaries to education that are increasingly insurmountable, but the real issue is that the university is not making a
big enough push to squash existing ones.

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“I THINK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE [UNIVERSITY]
BECOMES A MANDATORY PART OF LIFE”
In a January 2016 article, The Eyeopener reported that wait times for counselling services at Ryerson can reach as high as three months based on a triage
assessment in which students’ personal safety is determined by counsellors
at the CSDC. It was also noted that Ryerson and University of Toronto’s St.
George Campus staff 15 full-time counsellors while York University staffs 17.
The CSDC has established that shortening wait times is a priority.
To keep up with the strong demand for education at Ryerson, which currently has the highest applications-to-registrant ratio in Ontario, the amount
of student support provided must increase quickly. At Ryerson, these 15 fulltime counsellors are staffed to provide support to more than 38,000 students,
a number which will likely increase in coming years.
Ryerson’s 2015-2016 budget priorities and expenditures report shows that
Ryerson’s position on the National Survey of Student Engagement in the category of “providing the support students need to succeed academically” has
dropped from 65 to 60.7 per cent since 2011. Exact figures on how many
students drop out due to the unavailability of student assistance are not available, but one can imagine that the number would decrease if more resources
were allocated to places like the CSDC.
I was incredibly fortunate to get the attention I needed when I needed it,
and I suppose that the triage system has its benefits. But I was only helped
because I showed I needed it on the surface.
Who knows how many good students are suffering quietly like Omar
Quiroz, and how many the university loses every year?
“I’m itching to go back to school,” Quiroz told me sincerely, even though
he won’t be at Ryerson. “I like the feeling of holding a textbook, highlighting
it and studying it.”
Omar Quiroz paused and took a deep breath. “I miss it.”

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SPORTS

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Wednesday, March. 16, 2016

The coach of the year
As Rams head to the CIS championships we take a look back at the year of Patrick Tatham
By Devin Jones

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itting in his office, Patrick
Tatham looks like a giant
in a shoebox. His massive
frame swivels in his chair
as we sit down for an interview.
For a man who’s just won Ontario
University Athletics coach of the
year, there was a time where he
looked to find his place as head
coach for one of the best basketball programs in the country.
To outsiders the task at hand
seemed insurmountable: step in as
head coach for a team that just last
season won their place as the third
best team in the country under the
guidance of legendary coach Roy
Rana. And the biggest fear for Tatham was failing to live up to the
standard of success that Rana had
achieved for the Rams, effectively
putting Ryerson basketball on the
map. As Tatham talks about the
moment he really felt at home in
his new role, he smiles shyly, rubs
the side of his face with a baseball
glove sized hand and responds
with: “University of Toronto.”
“The season opener at home,
we do not lose to U of T, and I’m
just thinking, ‘Oh my god.’ I was
so nervous because they shot the
lights out in the second half,” Tatham said. “Someway somehow
we just kept it positive and kept
the energy high and pulled off a
win in nine seconds. At that point
it was like, ‘Okay I’m built for
this, this is alright.’”
And after attaining the title of
best team in the country, beating
Carleton University for the first
time in 16 years and winning gold
at the Wilson Cup final four this
past weekend, it’s safe to say Patrick Tatham has exceeded the expectations anyone could ever have
for an interim head coach.
The process for Tatham started
early. After learning — in early
August — about Rana’s planned
sabbatical for the upcoming season, he worried about whether or

not he could command the same
respect his predecessor did. His
fear was put to rest quickly at a
team building retreat, intending to
create chemistry and trust between
players.
“I got to tell them my real feelings like, ‘I am just as nervous as
you guys and I’m learning just like
you guys, but I’m going to work
really hard to do this right,’” Tatham said.

I told him [Rana] that this
team was better than last
year’s team that won a
bronze
At the beginning of this season,
you wouldn’t have been wrong to
doubt the success rate for the Rams
in their upcoming season. Not
only were they faced with the loss
of their sideline leader in Rana, but
also their captain in Jahmal Jones
graduating and moving on to play
in Europe. The eventual turnover
is a natural part of the game. But
arguably the best player to ever
lace-up for the Rams left — on paper — a sizeable hole to be filled.
And it is here that the Rams can be
likened to the Pittsburgh Steelers
of 1976 or the Buffalo Bills of the
‘90s. The loss of a superstar forced
Tatham and his group of very talented players to readjust and figure
out a different way to succeed. For
Tatham this different way meant
taking a narrowly focused team
— surrounding one great player
— with largely the same roster and
turning them into a dynamic, fastpaced team that spreads the ball
out.
“I really love watching the Golden State Warriors and if you watch
them closely you notice how much
they move the ball and for me I
think that’s the one thumbprint
I’ve made on this team,” Tatham

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said. “The ball isn’t going to stay
in one spot or one player’s hand
for long. That whole, ‘Everybody
gets a piece of it,’ has been great, I
think we have five guys averaging
double digits so go figure.”
After defeating Toronto on
opening night and finding his
rhythm as head coach, Tatham
took off. And while some people
were surprised by the success the
team achieved early on, it’s easy
to forget that Tatham has been a
head coach before, filling in with
the Rams and at Stoneridge prepatory school in California. Not
only that, but much of the Rams
roster for the 2015-16 season was
made up of returning players, used
to Tatham’s honest and direct approach on and off the court. And
despite the readjustment in terms
of filling in gaps on the court, the
camaraderie and overall way they
move on the court is distinctively
Ryerson.
Arguably the best transition
team in the CIS — centered around
their ability to force clean turnovers — is summed up by the fact
that the Rams have the luxury of
not only relying on the two-onone, but punishing teams from
any spot on the court. This quick
full-court transition strategy has
been the foundation Rana has laid
over the seasons — a foundation
Tatham believes is crucial for the
team to be successful.
“I would like to say I’m surprised, but I’m really not. Ever
since my first year coaching alongside Rana, he’s been there for us.
And when I heard the news this
year I was pretty excited because
people were looking down on us in
losing Jamal and Rana and he had
some big shoes to fill but he did
it, he never failed us,” said guard
Jean-Victor Mukama.
hen there was Carleton.
The behemoth team
that Ryerson University hadn’t beat in 16
straight years — the enemy they’re
forced to respect out of sheer talent. It was Tatham’s mountain; a
challenge any coach would be hungry for. But for Ryerson it was a
shared hunger, the need to defeat
a team every single player on Ryerson knew they were capable of
beating. And it wasn’t only Carleton on the weekend of Jan. 22
but on back-to-back nights, the
Rams also had to take on the nationally number one ranked University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.
The week leading up to the
games, Tatham had an idea to get
his team motivated for the challenge ahead. Not knowing how
each player would respond, he
taped a poster to each individual locker and door in the men’s

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change room with the quote: “If
we continue to do the same thing
that we have always done we will
get the same result. Be uncommon.”
“When you have that level of
communication and trust it’s just
not players and coaches anymore,
we’re brothers,” said fourth-year
guard Adika Peter-McNeilly.”

He had some big shoes
to fill, but he did it, he
never failed us
Then Tatham and the Rams did
it. Beating Carleton Friday and Ottawa Saturday night to secure the
title of the best team in Canada.
And Tatham notes that his initial
thought after beating Carleton
wasn’t to celebrate, but to get the
team back into the video room, at
10:30 p.m. to study film for the
Ottawa game the next night. That
weekend was the arrival of a team
a full season in the making —
showing the Ryerson community
and beyond just exactly what Tatham and the Rams were capable
of.

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nd with the Rams flying out to Vancouver
to face off in the CIS
championships as the
number one seed, only one question remains: What do the next
few years hold in store for Patrick
Tatham?
While he alluded to the fact that
Rana is expected back with the
Rams in the beginning of May, it
still begs the question as to whether or not Tatham will move back
to an assistant coaching role. Yet
after this historic season, it’s hard
to imagine that Tatham won’t be
fielding head coaching offers from
other universities.
The future, as Tatham notes
with a wave of his massive hand,
has yet to be decided — with his
focus, zeroed in on the weeks
ahead, a potential national championship within his grasp. And
as the interview comes to a close,
Tatham smiles at something that’s
crossed his mind and swivels in
his chair again. Now for the man
who’s just won the OUA coach of
the year, Patrick Tatham looks perfectly at ease.
Next week look for our coverage of the women’s basketball
team and their gold-medal winning season.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BIZ & TECH

9

Student spends one day as CEO of IKEA

Maria Poonawala spent a day discussing marketing with the CEO of IKEA Canada.

By Noushin Ziafati
On Feb. 24, fourth-year Ryerson
global management studies student at Maria Poonawala took
over IKEA Canada.
Through the Odgers Berndston’s CEO x 1 Day program,
she shadowed and acted as the
chief executive officer (CEO) of
the company.
The program matches third and
fourth-year university students
with some of the country’s leading
CEOs, giving them an opportunity
to take in-class learning and apply
it to the real world.

“The [CEO x 1 Day] program
provided me with a glimpse into
that executive search process,
which again consists of getting
meaningful feedback on a leadership style, as well as gaining the
hands-on knowledge of what it
takes to be a successful leader,”
Poonawala said.
Poonawala went through an
intensive application process very
similar to an executive search
process, which included several
rounds of interviews as well as
writing an essay and handing in a
transcript and a resume.
“What I learned by participating

PHOTO COURTESY: MARCUS QUAGMIRE/FLICKR

in the program was to never lose
your curiosity about learning as
well as the importance of refining
the scale of selling your personal
brand. Each step of the selection
process taught me a lot about my
weaknesses and strengths when it
comes to leadership skills.”
She was one of 18 students selected out of hundreds of applicants across Canada to spend a
day leading a major company in
Canada.
Bright and early, Poonawala
started off her day as CEO at 7:45
a.m. She met with CEO of IKEA
Canada Stefan Sjöstrand and they

You guys are officially adults now
Here’s a list of some benefits students should cash in on during this tax season
By Natasha Hermann
Sending away documents to a professional seems like an easy way to
receive your income tax, but how
easy is it to trust strangers with
your money? And why pay for the
money you deserve anyway?
Here is what you should be
looking for in your tax return this
year:
· Tuition fees over $100 can
be claimed for an education tax
credit. RAMMS provides students
with two forms, T2202A, which
is a certificate for tuition, education and textbook amounts, and a
T4A, which provides information
about any scholarships, and other
help towards payment.
· Full-time postsecondary students can claim moving expenses
if their new residence is 40 k.m.
closer to school. You can claim
transportation, utility-cancelling
fees or connecting fees, and storage expenses. This does need to
be your new permanent residence.
You can claim these expenses from
the beginning of each academic
period. Fill out a T1-M form for

chatted for a couple of hours, discussing several things such as their
personal backgrounds, the vision
behind IKEA and technology in
retail.
After that, Poonawala met with
the marketing team at IKEA to go
over a new marketing campaign
called “Every Second.” Poonawala is minoring in marketing,
so the company wanted her to
get a peek at the marketing side
of IKEA.
Sjöstrand then took her on a
tour through the store and explained the positioning of the
merchandise and the reasoning
behind the IKEA store’s complex
layout.
This was followed by a management review meeting, where they
discussed IKEA’s 40th anniversary
in Canada. Sjöstrand gave Poonawala a lot of background of what
was going on and asked for her
input as well.
“He really made me feel like I
had a voice even though I had only
been there a day,” Poonawala said.
At the end of the day, the two
discussed what they had learned
from each other during the experience.
“One thing I learned is really
how to look at [things] from a
big picture perspective … because there are so many different
moving parts as a company. As a
CEO, you really need to have a

long term vision and create those
little strategies to execute that vision,” Poonawala said.
Sjöstrand gave her some meaningful advice — to always follow
one’s inner compass, to go after
what you’re passionate about instead of money and to live and
breathe the vision of a company.
“From Stefan, I really learned
how to look at all those moving
parts of the business and sort of
put it together like a puzzle, and
sort of go from there.”
She even offered advice to
Sjöstrand, suggesting that IKEA
should grow its business-to-business segment, meaning to expand
its business ventures with other
companies, which Sjostrand told
her is something the company is
looking into for next year.
Poonawala said that being able
to see the theories that she has
learned about as an international business major in school being applied in a business such as
IKEA, as well as being able to talk
to several business executives was
definitely invaluable to her.
“I’m super thankful for this
opportunity because I think experiential learning is such a good
complement to anyone’s education. Since I’m in my last semester, it’s the perfect way to end off
university, especially shadowing
the CEO of a global company
such as IKEA.”

App of the
Week
Get off your lazy ass and do some exercise for once.
By Jacob Dubé

Don’t be like him.

each move.
· Keep your transit passes and
receipts. The passes are only valid
if they provide you with unlimited travel for more than five days,
or if you buy enough for at least
20 days in a 28-day period. You
can claim four weekly passes for
a month, monthly passes or yearly
passes. In regards to electronic
payment cards, you must travel at
least 32 times in 31 days. You also
need a receipt that produces the
cost and usage of the card.
· Make sure you are receiving
the GST/HST credit if you are over

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the age of 19. This credit gives you
a payment four times a year.
· Make sure that you have your
T4s from work. You need separate
T4s for each payroll accounts. All
you need to do is fill in the numbers that correspond with the tax
return form.
· Students living in residence can
claim a flat tax credit of $25. Other students can claim the Ontario
Energy and Property Tax Credit if
you have low or middle income.
This year you can claim up to
$784 to help with property taxes
and $224 for energy tax.

With spring coming along soon,
and the warm weather with it, it’s
about time that we start shedding
our winter layers. And I’m not
talking about clothes.
The hardest part about exercising is getting started; TV marathons and Kraft Dinner seems like
a much better alternative to jogging. But Strava can help you out.
Strava is a fitness app centered
on running and cycling. You pick
your preferred method of exercise,
and the app helps you make a profile. Then you’re in the circle. It’s
like exercising with thousands of
people that follow your progress
and support you.
The way Strava works is by
connecting runners and cyclists
to each other through their social
media program. New challenges
are added every week, like finishing a half-marathon or running 10

k.m., and users can join and share
their results for a chance to appear
on the leaderboards.
The site has an option to create
running or cycling tracks to follow.
And if you’re just starting out and
don’t know the best routes around
your location, the app has a routesharing feature to let you try out
other users’ favourite spots.
Strava is compatible with some
smartwatches as well. With the
watch, users can track their steps
with the pedometer and measure
their heart rates.
The premium version at around
$8 a month gives users access to
several training videos, as well as
the option to keep track of their
progress and distance travelled.
The app is also compatible with
several GPS devices to track your
routes that way.
Strava is available for the iOS
App Store and Android’s Google
Play.

ARTS & LIFE

10

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau wears Rye grad’s gowns

PHOTO COURTESY: WIKIEMEDIA COMMONS

Sophie and Justin Trudeau beside Barack and Michelle Obama at the state dinner.

By Annie Arnone
Ryerson fashion grad Lucian Matis
was in a meeting when his phone
suddenly started ringing, and it
wouldn’t stop. Moments before
the Toronto designer sat down with
a client, Sophie-Grégoire Trudeau
arrived at the U.S.-Canada state
dinner — alongside Barack Obama
and the first lady — wearing an
original piece designed by the Ry-

erson graduate himself. Matis excused himself from the room to
silence his phone, only to find what
he described as dozens of messages
“pouring in,” of people requesting
interviews.
“[My team] put in all of our efforts to make Canada proud,” said
Matis.
He was in contact with Jessica
Mulroney — Grégoire-Trudeau’s
stylist and daughter-in-law of for-

mer Prime Minister Brian Mulroney — prior to the Washington
state dinner, and was aware that
the purple evening dress would
be worn by the Prime Minister’s
spouse, but was unaware of the fact
that she would also wear the daydress he designed.
“I actually grabbed the last piece
on my way out, it was kind of the
last add on into the pile and it ended up being the dress [she wore]”

said Matis. “I was pleasantly surprised.”
The designer met with GrégoireTrudeau two weeks prior to the
dinner in Toronto for a fitting.
“It was a very sweet meeting,” he
said.
He explained that Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau was an exception.
Her positive and down-to-earth
outlook on picking an outfit was a
breath of fresh air for the designer
— who typically deals with opinionated celebrities.
“I felt very included,” he said.
“Celebrities usually have more
of an edge or an attitude but she
would say, ‘Lets work together, let’s
make this the best we can.’”
Matis drew from spring patterns
for the dresses, and initially began
with paintings of flowers, which
then became appliqués, seperate
fabric sewed or embroidered on,
designed to line the dresss. The fabric was complimented by both light
and saturated colours.
“Gardens in bloom were the colours that inspired the Spring/Summer 2016 collection, therefore most
detailing and colours were bright,
bold and gorgeous,” explained
Matis. Specifically found in the day-

wear dress — a fitted short dress
completed in flowers — consistent
with the evening wear dress design.
After immigrating from Romania
in 1999, Matis was drawn to the
fashion industry and was embraced
by Ryerson as a new student.
“I went to Europe once and I got
a job there, but the pace wasn’t for
me. I didn’t feel like home, so I had
to come back,” he said. “[Canada]
felt like home to me.”
After graduating in 2003, Matis
worked in various positions with
companies such as Urban Behavior
and Sirens, where he learned skills
as a designer and a buyer — skills
he did not gain until after he graduated from school.
“I created my job — in the last
nine years I’ve been working for
myself, but the companies I have
worked for in the past taught me
things that school didn’t,” he said.
The designer has been recently
nominated for a Canadian Art and
Fashion Award.
“I feel very honoured,” said Matis. “These are the Oscars of our industry in Canada. I’m honoured to
get the recognition. If I win or not,
being narrowed down to top four
or five is quite an honour.”

Ryerson takes over the Canadian Screen Awards
By Karoun Chahinian
Ryerson made a mark at the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) on
March 13 with 15 nominees and
one winner.
Ari Millen from the sci-fi series
Orphan Black won Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing
Leading Dramatic Role.
“[When I found out I was nominated], my reaction was a mix of
humbling and disbelief,” said Millen. “I was very happy to be included amongst a very strong group of
talented people this year. When I
won, I was extremely humbled and
it was very unexpected.”
The show premiered in 2013
and follows the life of Sarah Manning, an English orphan and conartist who is revealed to have many
clones around the world. Millen
plays Mark Rollins, who is first
introduced in Season 2 and is a
homicidal member of the extremist
Prolethean clan.
Orphan Black aired three seasons with the fourth set to release
in spring 2016.
Along with Millen, Ryerson Theatre Performance Acting Director
Cynthia Ashperger was nominated
for Best Performance by an Actress
in a Supporting Role for her work
in The Waiting Room.
Set in Toronto, the film illustrates the professional struggles of
former Yugoslavian refugee Jasmin
Geljo who is trying to find work as
an actor. Ashperger plays the lead’s

ex-wife who is suffering from terminal cancer. Director Igor Drljaca
said the inspiration for the film was
drawn from Jasmin’s personal experience of moving to Canada and
his pursuit of an acting career.
“We constructed a narrative
that embraced his experiences in
Canada, the success he had in Yugoslavia and his road to becoming
a cultural worker and the difficulties to work as an immigrant,” said
Drljaca.
The message of the film rang true
for the majority of the cast members who are from the Bosnian
community, including Ashperger.
She expressed that after working as
a successful performer in Croatia,
she experienced cultural shock after moving to Toronto permanently
in 1991 at the age of 28.
“It is very difficult to get a job, so
for me being nominated is nothing
short of a miracle,” said Ashperger.
“It is quite astonishing that I would
be nominated for an award, it was
a wonderful honour.”
The film was also featured in the
Toronto International Film Festival
in September 2015.
She met lead actor Jasmin “back
in the day” when her theatre
school in Zagreb, Croatia visited
his school in Sarajevo, Bosnia and
their friendship and acting relationship grew from there.
“Now 32 years later, we got
to act together and we’re both
nominated for Canadian Screen
Awards,” said Ashperger. “The

awards have made me really
proud to be Canadian.”
Millen was one of Ashperger’s
former students and was initially
asked to present her award category, but due to scheduling issues, he
presented the Golden Screen Award
for TV Drama/Comedy.
Another one of Ashperger’s former students was recording artist
Peter Katz, who was also nominated Sunday evening for Achievement
in Music — Original Song. He cowrote the song “Where the Light
Used to Be” with Karen Kosowski
for the action-packed thriller 88,
which was written and directed by
two Ryerson graduates, April Mullen and Tim Doiron.
“Their film started getting higher
and higher profile over the year and
they asked if I’d write a song for
them for the climax scene of their
movie. We literally watched the
screen and wrote the whole song
while watching it,” said Katz.
“Most of my song-writing processes are trying to pull ideas out
of the air, you don’t know exactly
what direction you’re going. But
when you have such a clear inspiration in front of you, it’s limiting, but that limitation is actually
liberating.”
The film is about a young
woman attempting to find out
who was responsible for the murder of her boyfriend after she
wakes up in a roadside diner not
remembering how she got there.
While on the treadmill one day,

PHOTO COURTESY: CYNTHIA ASHPERGER

From left: Rob Tinkler, Peter Katz, Cynthia Ashperger and Ari Millen at Nominee Night.

Katz recieved a message from
Doiron saying the song was nominated for a screen award.
“I was flabbergasted,” said
Katz. “I lived more in the music
world, so it wasn’t really on my
radar that I would get a nomination for a screen award.”
Katz described his evening at
the awards as both surreal, but
also an untraditional Ryerson
reunion. He was able to see Ashperger along with many other fellow theatre school alumni.
“It was surreal to be sitting
there and see Martin Short and
Donald Sutherland, it was a fun
thing to be a part of and to see
everything behind the scenes,”
said Katz. “It was also great to
see alumni. You know how hard
everyone works, so it’s nice to see
them get a little pat on the back,

it brings people together.”
Millen also said the CSAs are
a great opportunity to showcase
Canada’s talent, which is often
hidden in the shadow of “big
brother America.”
“One question I was aked
often that night was whether
Canada does enough to promote its own. Certainly having
an event like that is exactly what
we need,” said Millen. “Canada
has a handicap being next to Hollywood, but [still] has a lot to offer.
I think our industry tries its best to
recognize our value, but it’s hard
to convince the rest of the public.
This will really go a long way to
help Canada’s brand and expose
the public to what we’re making
and hopefully have them choose a
Canadian product over an American one.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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WOW, LOOK AT ALL THAT FUNTENT!

Reality Check

If you’re one of those iPhone-swindling, Starbucks-sipping, Guccibag-owning sons-of-lawyers, then you need to sit back and re-evaluate your life. Are your problems really problems, or are they just
minor annoyances? We recognize that first-world problems are still
problems, so we took the liberty of making a list of what you, as a
money-lovin’ hussy, might suffer from. Check off the boxes to see just
how first-world you are and determine your level of suffering!

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The Office

You’re doing pretty well,
but you need to chill.
There are starving children in Africa, you know.

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You own at least one pair of
running shoes that you can’t run
in or else YOU’LL RUIN THE
LEATHER, ASHLEY!

Your parents won’t let you
borrow the car because last time
you had it you got in an accident
(it was just a scratch, mom!)

You don’t wear a coat when
it’s cold because it will ruin your
look but then you go out and
complain about being cold.

You just scratched your new
leather jacket because of the studs
on your leather backpack.

“Snapchat filters make my
Ray-Bans look tacky!”
You hate your parents for
making you get a job — like, we
have enough money! I don’t need
to work!
You break your iPhone
screen and complain that Apple
makes flimsy products, and then
buy a new iPhone.

Your expensive watch
stopped working because you
wore it in your pool.
You think you’re glutenintolerant and fear you can never
again eat the scones at Panera.
You bring your own wine to
parties because you don’t want
to sip whatever “sewage water”
your lower-class friends will supply.

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4-7: Basic Bitch

Your life is pretty great, so
stop complaining. There are
people dying out there.

8-10: Suburbanightmare

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Honestly, just get out. There
are people with real problems
and you aren’t one of them.

How to have a good time

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8. Don’t mingle. Maybe you’re
not ready to meet new people just
yet. You don’t need new friends.
9. Have a party trick. Can you
sing? Dance? Do magic? Juggle?
Anything? God, how have you
made it this far in life with so few
talents?
10. Don’t have a party trick.
Don’t be that person.
Maybe you aren’t cut out to
have a good time. At least not
with other people. Just stay at
home, read a book, watch TV. Or
go to parties. Be that awkward
person in the corner smiling too
much, holding at least five things,
laughing too loudly, mingling with
everyone and pulling quarters out
from behind people’s ears. Just
keep being you and chances are
you’ll have a good time.

“What’s a Chipotly? Chipotee?
Chipoatul? Am I saying it right?”

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If you’re an introvert at heart, or
just really hate people, then you’ll
know that it can be hard to get out
and join the living world. People
are loud, rude and disgusting —
but not you, you’re lovely and cultured and above everyone else. But
you still want to have a good time,
so here are some surefire ways to
help you get there!
1. Smile. A lot. Probably too
much. Do you seem creepy? No!
Well, maybe a little. Just smile
when you make eye contact with
people. Or is that too much?
2. Don’t smile. Don’t look like
you’re trying too hard.
3. Hold something. A drink,
a small snack, your phone, that
stranger’s hand, whatever you

need to do to keep your hands occupied. Being nervous can make
you fidgety, so just hold onto
something. Or will that make you
look weird?
4. Don’t hold anything. You
don’t want to look like a hoarder.
5. Laugh. Often. Loudly. Wait,
no, not too loudly. That’d just
be obnoxious. Just laugh when
appropriate, like when someone
makes a joke. But don’t laugh at
every joke, that’s a bit overzealous. Plus, people aren’t as funny
as they think they are.
6. Don’t laugh. It’s just too much.
7. Mingle. Mix-it-up, meet
some new faces. But don’t do that
thing you always do, you know?
You know what I mean. Don’t do
the thing. It’s weird, and you take
it too far.

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A Boston Chipotle restaurant shut down after workers fell ill, with one
testing positive for Norovirus. This news follows Chipotle’s E. Coli crisis from Nov. 2015. There have been no reported outbreaks in Canada
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Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016

Graduate Studies
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Saturday, April 2 • 10 a.m. • St. Vincent’s Hall

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