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Volume 49 - Issue 22

March 30, 2016
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RSU closes two equity centres for summer
By Nicole Schmidt and Keith
Capstick
This summer, some of the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU) equity service centres will be left unstaffed
and empty.
The RSU recently decided that
both the Racialised Students’ Collective and RyeAccess won’t remain open through the summer
months. Staff members from both
centres are troubled by the move
and say the need for these services
doesn’t end with the academic year.
“Marginalized students don’t
disappear in the summer. We don’t
just stop going to school, we don’t
just stop existing in these spaces
and there’s still things we need support on,” said Sydney Drmay, a
part-time staff member at RyeAccess. “To not have spaces for people in the summer just implies that
in the summer they don’t matter.”
Last summer, all six centres remained open. Natasha Campagna,
the RSU general manager, said
2015 was the first year the RSU
was able to hire a full equity staff
for the summer because of additional funding from the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), which
was not provided this year.
In April 2015, the two unions
signed a contract binding them
together in the staffing of the equity service centres. A disconnect
in communication created several
conflicts, including a delay in providing opt-out cheques.

This disconnect escalated after
controversy regarding the RSU’s
restructuring process, when former executive directors of communications and outreach Gilary
Massa and Dina Skvirsky were
laid off. CESAR announced that
their board of directors had passed
a motion boycotting the RSU-run
CopyRite print service centre.
“CESAR is not financially contributing to this irresponsible and
anti-union student executive,”
read a CESAR statement from the
announcement.
Funding discrepancies and issues related to workplace privacy
and student relations have also
posed challenges within the equity
centres over the past year.
“If [a student] came to anyone
on the staff or on the board with
a problem or an issue that their
needs are not being met because
of a centre not being open, we
would do whatever we can to ensure we are helping that student,”
Campagna said. “Just because the
centre isn’t open doesn’t mean that
we’re going to deny service and
say we can’t help.”
RSU vice president equity Rabia
Idrees added that programs running during the summer tend to
have lower turnout, which can contribute to budget issues during the
school year.
But Drmay said the number of
students visiting the equity centres last summer was steady. They
added that some centres were able
to break ground on programming

that is difficult to start up during the school year, like Green
Minds — a new initiative aimed
to engage students with nature to
promote good mental health and
well-being.
In February, each centre was
asked to create a proposal outlining plans for the summer, to
be submitted for evaluation by
March 14.
After submitting their application, Drmay said they were hopeful
for RyeAccess’ summer programming to continue this year, but have
since become less optimistic.
“I had my proposal in at the
beginning of March outlining all
the things that RyeAccess does in
the summer and things we could
continue doing,” Drmay said. “As
far as I know it got accepted and
looked at but I guess it wasn’t convincing enough.”
The Trans Collective was also
planned to close for the summer,
but pushback from the collective
and its members resulted in an additional hire. Evan Roy, a coordinator at the Trans Collective, said
they’re not going to take “one victory as a victory for all.” Not hiring coordinators for every centre,
they added, is a “huge oversight.”
Campagna said that during the
summer, a lot of students aren’t
RSU full-time students. “We
wouldn’t be catering to our membership directly by having the centres open,” she said. Idrees said
the university also provides equity
services that help students.

Sunshine List Breakdown
Ever wonder what useless junk Ryerson’s top earners could buy with their cash?

$356,688.49

Mohamed
Ryerson’s interim president
Lachemi could buy 73,241 small bean
and cheese burritos from Burrito Boyz. Mmm. So spicy!

Janice
Winton
Wendy
Cukier
Adam
Kahan

$285,107.70
The university’s vice president
administration and finance
could purchase 647 Swagway
X1 Hoverboards.

$291,302.28
Ryerson’s vice president research and innovation could
buy 58 Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) signs.

$342,384.84
Not sure if our vice-president
university advancement likes
anime, but if he did, he could buy
7,979 Studio Ghibli box sets.

Some equity centre doors will be locked this summer.

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

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Let’s not forget who these athletes really are
By Devin Jones
I find it funny, this barrier that we
often put between ourselves and
professional athletes. These raised
platforms on which we ogle men
and women because of one very
specific set of skills that they have
dedicated years of training to. As
if they don’t eat breakfast, listen to
music or have feelings of self doubt
just like the rest of us.
On a collegiate level things are a
little bit different since athletes are
students just like us, but do we really know who Julie Longman is
— despite cheering on the women’s
volleyball team as they played for a
silver medal? Or what about Sofia
Paska? I’m sure some of you who
follow Ryerson basketball closely
are aware of how dominant she’s
been this season, but to the rest
of us she’s just a jersey. A number.
Some stats on a computer.
And even those of us who know

Ryerson sports don’t care about
Adika Peter-McNeilly outside of
the Coca Cola court — but we
should. We cheer for these jerseys,
compare opponents’ match-ups
and leap from our seats as feats of
extraordinary athleticism are performed.
But when the final buzzer rings
and we’re either elated or disappointed, we go home and ignore the
fact that, so do they. We discuss the
loss and what the team should have
done, and so do they. We return to
our homes and study for midterms,
and so do they. These players,
judged for their acts of magic, lead
the same lives we do. Yet this notion is left in the bleachers, or in the
MAC as we stream through exits
on to more important things.
That’s why this year, for the annual Eyeopener Sports issue, we
decided to do things a little bit differently. Calling the issue “Out of
Bounds,” we’ve gotten rid of the

jersey and the numbers, instead all
the athletes were shot in day-to-day
clothing, often reflecting an environment they’re in regularly. And
while the written profiles are often
connected to their athletic achievements with the Rams, we’ve tried to
focus on how athletics is entwined
with the rest of their lives. How the
groceries they buy reflect their specific diets, or the how the TV shows
they watch help them unwind after
practice.
That’s the strange nature of
watching sports — all our attention is directed to the action on
the court or ice, and not always
directed to the people who command our attention. And yeah, the
flashy dunk or diving save should
be admired as a feat of athleticism.
But what’s more important than
the action, is the man or woman
who dedicated the time to perfecting their ability to pull it off. And
that’s something that often gets

lost in the spectacle of sport.
So my hopes for this issue are that
you pick up this paper and come
away with new knowledge about
people you already know. Because
athletes, despite the cliché, are really like us, and we should never
overlook what that means. And
as you leave the MAC on to more
important things, the athletes leave
the important moment behind, only
to return the next day to do it all
again for us, the fans.

Out of Bounds
Eyeopener Sports Issue
2016
Managing Editor
Devin Jones
Design Editor
Farnia Fekri
Photo Editors
Annie Arnone
Jake Scott
Chris Blanchette
Writers
Rob Foreman
Tagwa Moyo
Allan Perkins
Matt Ouellet
Chris Blanchette
Hailey Salvian
Brandon Buechler
Gracie Brison
Ben Shelley
Daniel Rocchi

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PETERMCNEILLY
The men’s basketball star talks about
shooting hoops and watching Family
Feud
Cam Newton — a smile that was prominent during the Rams 17-game undefeated
streak at home this season. That stretch included victories over Carleton, Ottawa and
Brock all in the same week.
is teammates will tell you that he brings a veteran presence, which is essential to creating an environment that promotes the growth of players
around him. With senior guards Aaron Best and Kadeem Green graduating, that is exactly what the team will need to succeed in the future.
“We have loud guys on the team, like energy guys, but Adika is a different type of
energy. He’s always there to help guys with anything they’re struggling with,” says
Jean-Victor Mukama, one of Peter-McNeilly’s teammates and roommates.
After Peter-McNeilly finishes his senior year next season, he hopes to move on to
professional basketball. It’s an accomplishment that seems to be possible considering
he averaged 15.1 points per game over the regular season, while also dishing out 4.4
assists and grabbing 5.5 rebounds.
For guidance Peter-McNeilly talks frequently with Jahmal Jones about making the
jump to professional basketball after his university career ends. Jones was an essential
member of the Ryerson men’s basketball team a year ago but now plays professional
basketball in the Czech Republic for Svitavy. When Jones returned home for Christmas,
the first place he visited was Peter-McNeilly’s home, which was a sign for the Rams
guard that basketball extends outside of the court.
“That was a kind of brotherhood moment. And talking to him reassures me that this
goes beyond basketball because while it is essential, it’s like how’s it going outside of it
[basketball]?”

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By Chris Blanchette

Photo: Annie Arnone

WE HAVE LOUD GUYS ON THE
TEAM, LIKE ENERGY GUYS, BUT
ADIKA IS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF
ENERGY. HE’S ALWAYS THERE TO
HELP

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asketball players are notorious for tradition and repetition. For instance, Michael Jordan, who is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, wore
his 1982 college basketball shorts under his Chicago Bulls jersey during his
time in the NBA. And current Houston Rockets guard, Jason Terry, wears the
opposing team’s shorts to bed the night before their games.
For fourth-year Ryerson Rams guard Adika Peter-McNeilly, tradition is all about
family — Family Feud, that is. Each night he returns to his apartment from practice,
sits down and turns on his television to watch show host Steve Harvey elicit hilarious
responses from Americans on pre-recorded episodes of Family Feud.
“When you play basketball you’re putting so many hours into being on the court and
you spend a lot of time off of it watching film. So you have to find time to put your
mind at ease and relax. One of the ways that we do it at our house is by watching Family Feud every night,” he says.

I FEEL LIKE BEING KIND AND BEING OPEN WITH OTHER PEOPLE
TRANSLATES TO THE WAY THAT I
PLAY

As a spectator watching the six-foot-three guard from Scarborough, Ont., it’s easy to
see that the hours he puts in on the court when he’s not watching Family Feud pay off.
He’s vocal with his teammates, athletic as any player on the court (he led the Rams in
minutes played per game at 31.1) and positive no matter the circumstance.
“I like helping people out. I’m a people person. I feel like being kind and being open
with other people translates to the way that I play,” says Peter-McNeilly.
He says he wants to be remembered as a humorous person, someone who enjoys
making other people laugh. On the court you can see how his positivity is infectious,
while in victory he has a smile that resembles that of Carolina Panthers quarterback

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utside of basketball Peter-McNeilly is studying toward a sociology degree,
one that he plans to put to good use once he can no longer contribute as a
player on the court.
“Family is a big thing for me,” he says. He eventually wants to move
into the field of education, with hopes of following in his father’s footsteps as a teacher.
And through utilizing the skills he’s learned in teaching he plans on setting up a high
school basketball program and serving as a head coach.
In Grade 5, Peter-McNeilly stopped playing soccer and turned all of his attention to
playing basketball and attending camps to hone his game. And now in university his
basketball journey has come full circle.
During his time at Ryerson, he volunteered at basketball camps at Jarvis Collegiate
Institute and then at Ryerson in his second year. So his experience in leading extends
beyond just his leadership on the court.
“Coaching would have to be somewhere in there,” says Peter-McNeilly. “I don’t
think I could ever leave basketball. I want to still be involved, even if I’m not playing.”
This would be a logical step for him as coaching seems to run in the McNeilly family. His brother Jamie worked with Marquette University of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) for six seasons and is now an assistant coach with the
Virginia Tech Hokies, also of the NCAA. Another of his brothers, Jay, spent time at
York University from 2012 to 2014 as an assistant coach.
And whether that opportunity is coaching, or a shot at continuing a career playing
basketball after his time as a Ryerson Ram ends, his track record of two bronze medals
at the CIS level and an OUA championship point to nothing but success.
“You can’t just restrict yourself and think you’re done at any point. You always have
to live in a way that you never know where the next opportunity will be,” he says.

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Photo: Chris Blanchette

By Hailey Salvian
“All the credit
goes to Sof,
she worked
hard in practice
and once she
started seeing
changes, she
took it upon
herself to do
more”

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ofia Paska fidgets in her seat at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Paska, a six-footfour forward, stands out in a crowd, but she is quiet and modest, and being
interviewed for a “top 10 sports” article doesn’t seem to fall in her comfort
zone. I’m outside of that zone, but head coach Carly Clarke says that is just how
Paska is when you first meet her.
“I don’t know many six-foot-four women that are crazy vibrant and outgoing because they stand out anyway,” says Clarke. “What does stand out is when you get to
know her.”
In early February, the Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team was in the middle of
their final stretch of regular season games. Paska, playing in her second year on the
team, found her confidence and her place as a starter on the nationally ranked team.
If you frequently attend games — despite her attempts to be low-key — surely Paska
stands out. Her ability to dominate in the paint and shoot from distance makes her one
of the hardest matchups in the CIS. But her on-court presence isn’t all that people are
noticing.
This season, Paska is averaging 28 minutes a game, almost 10 more than she played
in her freshman year, and is contributing 15 points — second only to all-star guard and
senior Keneca Pingue-Giles. But her stat line is only part of that story.
This summer, Paska worked tirelessly on her game and shed 40 pounds in the process, making her increase in minutes and production possible.
Paska’s mother, Monika, attributes these changes to her daughter’s determination,
but also the silent motivation received from Clarke, who she says is one of the only
coaches to not bring up her daughter’s weight. Telling a player to lose weight or work
harder is not Clarke’s coaching style, who says she would rather have her athletes intrinsically motivated than instructed.
“All the credit goes to Sof,” says Clarke.“She worked hard in practice and once she
started seeing changes, she took it upon herself to do more.”
ll summer Paska started her day getting shots up before work at 7 a.m. She
cut dairy out of her diet, started eating better, added more weight training
and practiced the beep and yo-yo tests — both sprint-based-cardio training.
And her work has not gone unnoticed.

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I DON’T KNOW MANY SIX-FOOTFOUR WOMEN THAT ARE CRAZY
VIBRANT AND OUTGOING BECAUSE THEY STAND OUT ANYWAY

On an away trip to Sudbury, Paska remembers Pingue-Giles reaching out to her and
praising her dedication on and off the court.
“Having her notice the hard work I’m doing is great, and coming from her, it means
a lot,” says Paska. And with an increase in minutes and production, she says she feels
more confident and is enjoying the process.

“The pieces of the puzzle are really coming together,” says Paska. “I’m not afraid to
make mistakes anymore.”
While her stat line may stand out, Paska is very much a reserved person, both on and
off the court. Clarke says Paska is “very steady when she plays,” as there are no high
highs or low lows. Her calm presence carries through off the court — she is reserved
and quiet unless you get to talk with her one-on-one.
Paska’s parents echo this sentiment, saying she is very shy, but when you get to know
her, “You get to see that amazing personality of hers.”
You would think as a varsity basketball player in Toronto, Paska would eat, sleep
breathe all things Raptors. On the contrary, Paska says she doesn’t watch basketball.
She loves the sport, but would rather be playing than watching, though if you offer her
tickets she won’t decline. She is also different in regards to her pre-game ritual. While
her teammates are getting ready and dancing to Drake, Paska says she sits.
“Siki [Jez] always tries to get me to dance, but I haven’t yet,” laughs Paska, who says
her favourite night is ‘90s night because it’s more her taste of music.

THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE ARE
REALLY COMING TOGETHER. I’M
NOT AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES
ANYMORE

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hile being a student athlete can be time consuming, the biggest component of Paska’s life is her family. When she isn’t juggling her course
load in Ryerson’s early childhood education program, she says she
spends what little spare time she has with her parents Monika and Ihor
“Moose” Paska. “Sofia is a real homebody, just like her father,” says her mother. “They
are two peas in a pod.”
To say their family is close is an understatement. Paska’s parents have devoted endless hours to their daughter’s passion for basketball and have never missed a game.
They have courtside seats to every home game and even travel for the away games,
regardless of the distance. “They have achieved so much so fast,” says Monika. “We
would not want to miss seeing any of it firsthand.”
Paska recognizes that not everyone has his or her parents at all the games, which
makes her appreciate her support system even more. Whether it’s school or basketball,
Paska says her parents are always there, which makes her perform better — and it
shows.
By the end of our conversation, Paska is no longer fidgeting. She is smiling, joking
and letting me see the personality her friends and family speak so highly of. Paska is
still growing as a person and coming into her own. In a span of 10 minutes she let me in
her zone, and in one summer she became a force to be reckoned with. With such quick
improvements it may be easy to forget about her youth. Only in her second-year, Paska
is primed to lead this Rams team.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

KYLE BLANEY
Hockey player made in the a.m.
By Ben Shelley
Photos: Annie Arnone

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nyone who follows Ryerson hockey knows
Kyle Blaney has been a key part of the Rams’
success this year, but few know how challenging his road was to get to where he is.
Before coming to Ryerson, Blaney played with the
Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
He was one of the team’s top scorers, putting up 99
points in three seasons with the team
“I had a couple offers to play NCAA and Graham
[Wise] called me asking if I was coming. It was my
birthday [in August] and I hadn’t decided yet,” Blaney
says. “I was back and forth in emails with Nebraska, a
Division One team and I was talking about going down
for a visit and their school was starting in five days.”
But ultimately, Blaney decided that a combination of
having Wise as a coach and the new Ryerson facilities
were enough to convince him. Blaney loved the electricity surrounding the team and the ability to play in the
newly renovated Maple Leaf Gardens.

IT WAS TOUGH FOR HIM, BUT HE
CAME BACK AND HE’S BEEN ARGUABLY OUR BEST PLAYER

“[It was] exciting. It was our first year in the new
building so a lot of the hype was around that. You could
see it in teams that would come in and play, they were
mesmerized by the arena and we were kind of in the
same boat,” he says.
That season he put up strong numbers with the team,
scoring seven points in 12 games.
owever, at the start of his second season,
Blaney found himself in a position no
hockey player ever wishes to be in.
Just before the start of the season, head
coach Graham Wise came to Blaney with some hard
news. Wise told Blaney that he hadn’t made the team for
his second season, and would be sitting out for the year.
“It was a big adjustment for me personally as more
than just a hockey player. You go from playing hockey

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your whole life to not playing it at all,” says Blaney. “It
just literally didn’t exist to [me]. I didn’t watch hockey
on TV and I thought about transferring [out of Ryerson].”
Blaney’s family members also understood how much
the game meant to him and how the change affected
him. “Hockey is everything to him,” says his father
Paul. “For him to not want to talk about the game, or
even Ryerson or any of the other CIS teams ... it was
strange.”
“I was shocked he got cut,” says his brother Ryan.
“It was definitely the most important thing in his life.
He was devastated.”
ccording to OUA rules, Blaney would have
been allowed to void his commitment to Ryerson since he was no longer playing on the
team. However, instead of leaving the school
he decided to dedicate himself to improving and getting
ready for the start of the next season.
“I really dedicated myself to the gym and eating right
that summer and I came back and made it a pretty easy
decision for Graham to put me on the team,” he says.
Wise has been extremely impressed with Blaney since
he returned to the team, and notes the key role he’s
played since his return.
“We know that was tough on him but if anything you
can say it’s a life lesson. He came back in great shape
chomping at the bit to play, and he’s been great for us
since he came back last year,” says Wise.
Since returning in his third year, Blaney has put up
41 points in 33 regular season games with the Rams.
Veteran forward Mitch Gallant noticed how Blaney was
able to turn his game around and become such an important piece of the team.
“It kind of lit a fire under him,” says former teammate Gallant. “I know he felt down for a while and
it was tough for him, but he came back and he’s been
arguably our best player.”
When a player is cut from a university team, many decide to change schools or hang up the skates altogether.
Instead, Kyle Blaney decided on a different approach,
taking the experience and using it as drive and motivation to come back even better the following season.
And as Blaney laces up his skates before every game,
One Direction blasting through his earphones, the
knowledge that hockey is never a guarantee weighs on
his mind. But so does the fact that the road he’s taken
to get to where he is has made him a damn fine hockey
player.

JUSTINE

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An underd
By Rob F

s she ties up her skates in the locker room,
12-year-old Justine Glover mentally prepares
herself for not only her first hockey tryout,
but her first time ever playing hockey.
As she steps on the ice, she is comforted by the fact
that the coach, her friend’s dad, had asked her to try
out after seeing her play ringette. That comfort soon
turns to utter disappointment when the tryout starts.
Handling a puck was not something she had ever done.
“I couldn’t do it for the life of me,” Glover recalls.
“I was so frustrated and mad and was crying and I just
got off the ice and was like, ‘I’m not playing hockey, I’m
not doing it.’”
That was when she was in Grade 6. Now Glover is
the assistant captain for the Ryerson women’s hockey
team. The road to her position as a Ram was not an
easy one either. Glover has always been an underdog.
She’s always had to work that much harder for her position.
When the defenseman showed up to Ryerson as a
freshman, she was trying out for the team as a walkon that had not been signed by head coach Lisa Haley.
“Tryouts were brutal because I didn’t play junior, I just
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in the OUA than it was in the midget AA,” says Glover.
For her, trying to catch up to everyone was a difficult
task — Haley expressed her doubts about Glover early
on.
“I told her I didn’t even think she was gonna make
the team,” recounts Haley as she laughs.
But for Glover, that meant nothing. She continued to
persevere through tryouts, working hard on her defensive game and making up for her lack of speed. It was
her work ethic, leadership and physical style of play
that helped put her on the roster, according to Haley.
But what she proved in the last two tryouts might have
been more important than anything — she was not going to call it quits under any circumstance.
efore she got ready to hit the ice, the team’s
equipment manager pulled her aside. Apparently she found out that one of Glover’s skates
had broken, making it impossible to use. The
equipment manager had found out when she tried to
sharpen Glover’s skates.
“I was like, ‘Crap I need to go buy new skates, but
why would I buy new skates if I don’t know if I’m gonna make the team?’” says Glover. “So I borrowed one
of our old assistant coaches — Michelle Janus — I borrowed one of her skates and they were a size too small
for me.”
So with cramped skates around her bruised feet, she

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MICHAEL FINE

GLOVER

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continued to play. As she got onto the ice, the coach
blew the whistle and told the women to report to one
end of the ice, it was time to put their endurance to the
test – it was time for bag-skating drills.
ne thing Glover holds dear to her heart that
she will never let go of is her dream of becoming a dietitian. Her original goal was
to “work with sweet NHL or NBA teams,”
but that all changed after visiting her grandma at the
Seaforth Community Hospital.
After a few weekend-visits, her grandma thought that
it would be a good idea for Glover to meet her dietitian
and see if she could learn anything from her.
“So I scheduled a little meet and greet with the dietitian and she taught me a lot of things, answered a lot
of questions,” says Glover. “I got to see what it’s like to
be a part of a rural hospital community and I think it’s
just like a nice feeling … to know that you can have an
impact on people that are near the end of life and you
know that they need to be as comfortable as possible.”
This is a dream that Glover wants to pursue with the
same ambition that she puts into her sports career. She
plans to earn the same amount of respect in her profession, that she has earned in the locker room.

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It’s all in the perspective
By Daniel Rocchi

n the ice and off of it, Michael Fine keeps
everything in perspective.
The captain of the men’s hockey team
is quite possibly its best playmaker, and
Fine’s vision of the ice and sense of timing and positioning are focal points in his game.
“He makes all his line mates better,” says nowformer teammate Mitch Gallant, who played his final
season of Rams hockey this year on the team’s top line
with Fine. “He finds open ice — you just have to get to
that open ice and he’ll find you every time.”
Fine knows that his playmaking ability and on-ice vision are among his top assets as a hockey player, but he
isn’t about to define himself by them, or by any dimension of his sport — regardless of how much he loves it.
When asked about being able to separate himself
from the game, Fine says, “Absolutely, that’s important. Hockey’s hockey, but it’s not everything, right?”
Fine, a North York native, joined the Rams in 2012
after a five-year career in the Ontario Hockey League
(OHL), where he played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the Kingston Frontenacs and the Saginaw
Spirit.
In high school, Fine played for both the hockey and
baseball teams but like many multi-sport athletes, he
phased one sport out to focus on the other as his OHL
draft year approached. When the Greyhounds selected
him in the third round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 52nd overall, the 15-year-old Fine left home to
live in the town of the league’s farthest-flung franchise.
“They go away as kids and they come back as men,”
says Fine’s father, George Fine. “[Sault Ste. Marie] is
pretty far to call mom or dad if there’s trouble there.
They have to grow up, and it probably matured him a
lot faster than other kids.”
fter his time in junior hockey, Fine, now 24,
considers coming to Ryerson a watershed
moment for contextualizing hockey in relation to everything else.
“A lot of it comes with one chapter, one side of life,
ending in your junior career, and something else beginning,” he says.
Now in his fourth season with the Rams, and second
as their captain, the left-shooting centre makes a point
of bringing a level head and an open mind to his role
as a team leader, constantly working to set an example
for his teammates.
“He’s not really a rah-rah guy but if something
needs to be said, Mike will say it,” says head coach
Graham Wise. “He goes about his routine the way he’s
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Team captain Jessica Hartwick said that Glover deserves a lot of respect for the work that she puts in during and after practice. Whether it’s paying careful attention to the coaches during practice, or taking what
she’s learned and perfecting it even after the final whistle
blows.
“She always stays on the ice for extra time, when
we have the opportunity to leave, she’s always staying
when she can,” says Hartwick.
Glover says she worked for Hartwick’s respect since
her first year, when Hartwick was a co-captain who the
players found “very intimidating” according to Glover.
The tough leadership is something that Glover was
grateful to receive from Hartwick as she said that it
helps teach her not to be so emotional about the game.
Removing emotions and replacing them with confidence over the years has helped Glover to become the
leader that she is today.
She laughed remembering the moment that Haley
spoke to her in private, telling her, “Well Glover, you’re
gonna be an assistant captain.”
Looking back, she doesn’t know if 12-year-old Justine
would believe you if you said she’d be assistant captain
for her university squad, let alone make the team. But
the way 21-year-old Justine looks at it now, after she
handled the puck for the first time, there was no way she
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at life right now.”
Fine tries to instill in his teammates the same perspective that keeps him grounded, especially when
they’re struggling.
“You have to know when you have to speak,” says
Fine. “You just have to try and keep them even keel,
keep them at the task at hand, and let them know that
if you work hard, things will get better.”
Even in school, Fine is driven by a desire to broaden
his worldview, working towards a degree in arts and
contemporary studies.
“I’m pretty into theories and what people think,”
says Fine. “I’ve learned good qualities through ACS,
[like] being more open to people and their points of
view.”
Fine’s passion for sports extends to his affinity for
video games, with EA’s NHL and FIFA series ranking
high among his games of choice.
“When I play him, he beats me pretty bad every
time,” says Gallant. “I’ve never beat him at anything.”

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EVERYTHING RIGHT?

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ith his final season of Rams hockey and
another year of school yet to come, Fine
isn’t focusing on his future after Ryerson. He hopes to be involved in hockey
for years to come, with a year of Rams hockey left to
earn looks from professional teams in North America
and Europe, but he doesn’t have tunnel vision.
“The good thing is, there’s opportunity, and it’s really, ‘How much do I love hockey?’” he says. “It would
be whatever fits right for the moment.”
Fine has also bounced around the idea of starting a
hockey school, having been told on numerous occasions that he has the makings of a coach.
For now, Fine’s long-term goals are, not surprisingly,
rooted in a larger perspective on life.
“To be successful in whatever it is, whether that is
hockey or trying to start a career [in something else],”
he says. “To just be satisfied and happy with everything
that I’ve got.”

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“You’re constantly practicing and playing with the best players in the
world, and how else do you get better?”

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obert Wojcik was one of the most feared outside hitters in the OUA. But he
didn’t start off playing volleyball. Instead, until he was 11 or 12, he was a competitive swimmer. One day, after a session in the pool, Robert told his father,
Marius, what he really wanted to do.
“[Robert] left the pool, he put the bag in the car and he said, ‘I am not going to swim
anymore, I am going to play volleyball,’” Marius says.
Ever since then, volleyball became one of the biggest parts of his life. However, it’s not
too surprising Robert chose volleyball. His father played professionally in Poland and
coached Robert when he played for the Durham Attack until he was 18.
“I think he always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father,” says his mother
Barbara.


AND HE SAID, ‘I AM NOT GOING
TO SWIM ANYMORE, I AM GOING
TO PLAY VOLLEYBALL’
“He’s always been a role model in volleyball for me,” Robert says.
Starting at 14, he’s played much of his career alongside fellow outside hitter Alex Dawson, who, like Robert, was a senior on the Ryerson team. Marius recalls what Robert and
Dawson were like when they were teenagers relatively new to the game.
“They looked like little puppies, they were uncoordinated,” his father says.
Over the years, the two grew together both on and off the court. Robert says he and
Dawson are the two biggest nerds on the team. They built their own computers together
by following YouTube tutorials. They also play video games against each other and can
regularly be found in front of their computers with their headsets on engaged in heavy
trash talk. Robert insists that Dawson isn’t better than him like he would say, it just depends on the game.
Robert was a force in his five seasons with Ryerson, ranking near, or at, the top of the
team each year in kills, service aces and took home team MVP honours for the 2013-14
season. He finished his career at Ryerson as one of the most decorated players in team history. The Rams finished the season earlier this month with a solid 14-6 record in the OUA
and qualified for the CIS national championships for the first time in school history. Their
season ended at the hands of the Laval Rouge et Or in the consolation final, placing the
blue and gold seventh in the country.
Robert lives close to campus with his girlfriend, Lauren Sokolowski, whom he met at
Ryerson. She played for the women’s volleyball team for five years until she graduated

last year. The duo also have a dog named Cooper, an Australian Cattle breed mix. Robert
doesn’t find he has a lot of free time between school and volleyball, but the time he does
have is often spent gaming with Dawson.

I WOULD OBVIOUSLY LOVE TO
PLAY IN POLAND BECAUSE
THAT’S WHERE MY FAMILY IS
STILL, IT’S JUST MY PARENTS
THAT ARE HERE IN CANADA

He isn’t exactly sure what line of work he wants to get into when he graduates at the
end of the semester, but whatever it is, it may have to wait until his volleyball days are over.
Robert says he has plans to play professionally in Europe.
“I would obviously love to play in Poland because that’s where my family is still, it’s just
my parents that are here in Canada, so staying in Poland would always be really cool,”
he says.
he professional leagues in North America are non-existent, so playing overseas
is the only option on a professional level. But that’s not all he wants to accomplish on the court. Robert would “absolutely” want to try and make Canada’s
national team one day and going pro is the first step. He has previously attended
team Canada’s camp, but wasn’t able to crack the roster. However, the experience helped
him a great deal.
“You’re constantly practicing and playing with the best players in the world, and how
else do you get better?” he says.
It’s impossible to look at Robert Wojcik strictly off-the-court. Sure, there are the video
games, Cooper, his girlfriend and his friends and family. Not just his father, but also his
mother, who helped him keep his studies under control and made sure he always did his
homework. While he has the life he wants outside the lines, what happens in them is what
he’s always loved as much as anything else.
“Robert has always lived and breathed volleyball, the game is in his heart,” his mother
says.
Who knows what kind of swimmer Wojcik would have turned out to be had he not told
his father he wanted to try something else. But based on his Ryerson career and his potential for the future, it’s hard to imagine he made the wrong choice. So while his volleyball
career at Ryerson is at a close, he hopes the next chapter is just beginning.

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I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS
EVER A TIME THAT JULIA WASN’T
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or Julie Longman, elementary school was less about playing hopscotch or
foursquare at recess and more about landing a spot on the volleyball team.
“The school I was at had an amazing gym teacher. He wouldn’t let us on
the team until we got 1,000 bumps off the wall,” says Longman. “Then when
I turned 11 I started rep.”
It wasn’t long after making all 1,000 bumps that she began to take the sport more
seriously. When she started playing volleyball in school, she was also a competitive
gymnast. But after having a little taste of volleyball she wrapped up her gymnastics
career and joined the Aurora Storm Volleyball Club.
“I don’t believe that there was ever a time that Julie wasn’t serious about volleyball.
Her school coach gave us the contact for the Storm volleyball club in Aurora. From
then on there was no going back,” says Longman’s mother Lorraine.
As the years went by, Longman snagged the number one middle blocker on her
Aurora Storm team before making the switch to a more competitive team in Durham.
Though she could still hit the ball as hard as anyone, all five-foot-six of her was built
to play defense. In her U16 year, Longman turned her primary focus to being the best
libero she could be. And when she moved up to the 17U season where Toronto hosted
the Nationals and her team won gold, Dustin Reid, head coach of the Ryerson Rams,
pursued her. He was the first coach to introduce himself to her and show interest in her
skills as a player. Reaching out through email, Facebook, and wow-ing Longman with
the facilities in the MAC, she was hooked on Ryerson and the coach — so hooked that
she tossed all of her eggs in one basket and applied only to Ryerson.
“I didn’t apply to any other schools. It wasn’t just a volleyball thing it was a Dustin
thing. If Dustin were to move to another school to coach I would move with him,”
says Longman.
Heading to Toronto to play varsity ball, she won Ryerson’s RSU female rookie of the
year award and OUA East’s Libero of the Year in her freshman year. But the third-year
student was not only finding herself on the court, but also in the classroom. Recently
switching her major from economics to child and youth care, Longman started to discover a “clichéd” interest in giving back.
“I want to be the positive impact on a child’s life the way that my coaches, and my
teachers, and my childhood had such a large impact on where I am today. I want to be
that person for other children,” says Longman.
Taking on the typical role of an athlete, she just wanted to play her sport and settled
for whatever program she could get into. She quickly realized that economics wasn’t
the best for her and felt that she wouldn’t be able to make it through university in this
program. Like many athletes and students, Longman realized that she couldn’t be successful if she continued in her economics program.
“I’ll admit it, it was just kind of me wanting to go play volleyball. I obviously hadn’t
figured it out yet,” says Longman
Being the libero, Longman has a big responsibility on the team. By often playing the
first contact, she sets up the play and tone of the game. Without her insane drive for
success, the team couldn’t maintain strong defense or run their killer offense. Reid is
very impressed with her improvement over the years, especially with her ability to step
in and set the second ball.
ut it was just a matter of time before Longman had solved the puzzle of “figuring out” university. From school, to volleyball, right down to her health,
Longman learned a lot in first year. After watching her teammates munch on
quinoa and veggies as a protein boost, she had to re-evaluate her idea of a
“healthy snack.” Coming into her first year, she had to learn from her teammates what
healthy eating looked like, and once she made the connection Longman was influenced
to make the changes to her eating habits. After constantly being mocked by teammates
and coaches for eating chicken strips in her cubby, she ditched the nuggets and took
her health more seriously. She still struggles without the fried chicken because protein
isn’t her cup of tea. But as long as it’s mixed in with other veggies, she’ll eat it.
“I think over time I’ve learned that if you want to be successful in multiple aspects
of university, whether its volleyball, school or just having the energy to get through a
long day, food is such a big thing,” says Longman.
Former coach Kevin Hellyer who coached her for three years prior to university is
still following her success and mentions how devoted she was to the sport, making a
long commute from Newmarket to Durham for practice three to four times a week
for three years.
“I remember we would be at tournaments and one of our team rules was to stick
together and be together the entire time as a group of 10 athletes,” says Hellyer. “And
she would actually ask me for permission to go off and study when we were travelling
as a team.”
To this day, travel is a big part of Longman’s volleyball career and has been in the
past as well. The constant road trips in university had a small impact on her game in
her first year as she was adjusting to a constant change in routine. But as travel became
the norm, she knew what to expect and got used to it. Asides from her childhood trip
to Disney World, she hasn’t had the chance to do much travelling for personal reasons.
But this year, to act on her interest in giving back, she and a group of nine other ath-

By Gracie Brison
Photo: Annie Arnone
letes are participating in a humanitarian trip to Peru in May.
“I think international travel and experience has recently become a big interest of
mine,” says Longman. “It sounds really cliché but I think being involved in the Ryerson community is really important.”

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THE JULIE THAT I’VE GOTTEN TO
KNOW AND THE JULIE THAT CONTINUES TO GROW IS SOMEONE
WHO IS NOT PUTTING IN WORK
TO BE RECOGNIZED, SHE’S PUTTING IN WORK TO WIN

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ith her ideal Friday night being a couch and a Netflix account, Longman is excited to go out and travel to a new place. Though she may get
called the “Grandma” of the team, Longman knows what it takes to be
successful, and Reid finds Longman’s drive towards success so strong
that it can almost be intimidating.
“It says a lot about people, how hard you work when no one is watching. The Julie
that I’ve gotten to know and the Julie that continues to grow is someone who is not
putting in work to be recognized, she’s putting in work to win,” says Reid.
And with Longman confident in the priorties she’s recognized since her time figuring
out what university really meant during her first year in economics, the determination
to succeed on the court has found its way into her personal life. And as Longman
comes to terms with her own definition of giving back, she’ll look to her teammates
and her younger self to help find the success she’s found with the ball, the net and the
Ryerson Rams.

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By Brandon Buechler
Photo: Annie Arnone

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aseball is full of clichés about its players.
“He’s got a good baseball head,” one coach might say. “He’s a workhorse,”
says a broadcaster. “You know, he just goes out and does his job. He leads by
example.”
He’s a star prospect, or a flamethrower. A soft-tossing lefty or the ace of a squad. The
list is so long it could make you sick — although it might be the ballpark hot dog you
just inhaled.
Phrases like these are used time and time again to describe players, and yet they all
forget one critical point: they’re people.
Caleb King is a 23-year-old business technology management student at Ryerson.
He’s a loving uncle, a treasured son and a young man on his way to a successful career
in business analytics.
And in 2011, he was also one of the most sought-after Canadian high school baseball
prospects. By the time King was in his final year at Scarborough’s Birchmount Park
Collegiate Institute, he’d compiled one of the strongest stat lines on the team and a
dominating win/loss record. He’d managed a grade average of 80 per cent in Canada
and scored 1780 on the American SATs.
He’d received scholarship offers from two American colleges and had his mind set on
making his way to a major league baseball team after school.
“Of course, everyone thinks they’ve got a shot at the pros when they’re that age,”
says King with a sheepish smile. He’s sitting at a small, circular table inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson. At six-foot-five and more than two-hundred pounds,
he makes the table look more like a very large steering wheel.
However, King and his family decided on the University of British Columbia, arguably Canada’s premiere university baseball school, over a U.S. path, citing education as
the priority in his mind. But after blowing out his elbow the summer before his freshman year, the arrangement was for naught.
“I lost a couple miles-per-hour off my fastball and I went out there and was playing
with Team Canada guys, some really good baseball players,” he says. “I just couldn’t
compete at the same level. It was a very humbling experience.”
After struggling through much of the year, King was ultimately cut loose by the
Thunderbirds.
King had essentially flown across the country to perform in Canada’s premiere baseball school — and it had completely gone south.
“It would be tough for any baseball player, mentally or physically,” says King’s current baseball coach at Ryerson, Ben Rich.
But instead of giving up entirely, King opted to take a step back and re-evaluate his
direction. “I decided to take a year off school to figure out what I wanted to do with
my life outside of baseball, because I really had no idea,” he says.
It was that re-evaluation that eventually wed Caleb King the baseball player with
Caleb King the data analyst.
till waters run deep. That’s the phrase Marty King uses to describe his son. He
says King’s quiet disposition hides his true character: a natural leader with an
affinity for friendship.
“He’s always been a quiet leader. He had physical presence because of his size,
but his teammates [on King’s minor baseball teams] respected him,” says Marty. “He
wasn’t a rah-rah guy. He led by example.”
But it was King’s pre-Ryerson friendships that put him on the road to his new school.
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tary school and he’s still friends with some of them today,” says Marty. “Friendship’s
very important to him.
In 2012, it was through a friend from King’s time in high school that he managed to
find himself a position at the University of Toronto (U of T).
“[She] got me an interview for what was originally just a month long gig,” says
King. “But they were happy with the work I did, so they kept bringing me back on new
contracts.”
He spent the summer working at the school’s I.T department as a quality and data
analyst, sparking his interest in business technology and data.
“Yeah, I’m not really sure where that interest came from, but he’s really enjoyed it,”
says King’s father with a laugh.

OF COURSE EVERYONE THINKS
THEY’VE GOT A SHOT AT THE
PROS WHEN THEY’RE THAT AGE

From there King applied to Ryerson’s business technology management program,
beginning in 2013, maintaining respectable grades while working at U of T and playing
in Rich’s infantile baseball program — an impressive workload for any student. It was
that determination and work ethic which eventually landed him an internship with the
Royal Bank of Canada’s own I.T. department.
“Essentially I analyze, interpret, organize and report on thousands of lines of data for
different I.T systems within different departments of the bank,” says King. Despite it
being a low-level position in the company, he says it’s a nice complement to his school
work inside Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management.
“I enjoy it a lot,” he says. “I could certainly see myself pursuing a career in it.”
But, like his father, he’s not sure where the interest came from.
“Yeah, I’m not sure where I got it,” he says with a smile, his hands folded neatly on
the round table. “I really couldn’t tell you.”
he athlete is a complex creature. They are people, like us, with thoughts and
emotions. Aspirations and talents — talents outside of the sports that so
often smother these elements. Baseball is a complex game in its own right,
called slow and plodding, a game so often criticized for being rooted in the
past, is especially guilty of this. Too often do its fans and benefactors fail to realize the
man with the bat, the glove, or the mask is just that: a man. A man worth more than
baseball.
“He’s a good ball player, good kid, a lot of fun,” says Rich.
“He’s resourceful and confident,” says Marty. He’s friendly and reliable — somebody
you don’t need to worry about. He’s determined — his teammate Jason Te puts it:
“I guess a lot of people assume he’s just a big power arm out there, little do they
know he also kills it in the classroom.”
How’s that for ‘clichés’ about Caleb King?

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s Raheem Rose shuffles through his Yu-GiOh cards, his face lights up as shiny decorative monsters slip by, and once and awhile he
pauses for a moment to linger on what must
be a favored card. For the guy who was just named
OUA East soccer player of the year, it’s all about a card
game.
The second-year Rams winger is coming off a season
most athletes would only dream of. Rose led the Rams
with nine goals in 15 games and to top it all off, helped
lead Ryerson to a berth in the OUA final four where
they lost to McMaster University.
Rose’s teammate Kyle Stewart was not surprised at all
with the success of Rose this season.
“He’s one of those guys where you kind of look for
some magic,” Stewart says. “He’s so versatile, in his first
year he played the wing, this year he played center mid
and he also played some striker. Wherever we need him,
he is there.”
Rose had a breakout in the second season with the
Rams, but success didn’t happen overnight. In his first
year with the Rams, the transition from rep and high
school-level soccer to OUA and CIS was something that
Raheem had to adjust for.
“What changed drastically for me was the system
with Herman (my rep coach), he focuses more on the
individual aspect of the game,” Rose says. “But with
CIS and with Ryerson, they have this whole defensive
system where, if you don’t operate as a unit, then nothing will work properly. So it was really hard adjusting.”
n addition to trying to adjust to the different style
of play at the University level, Rose also found
himself battling for a position on a team that already had a strong attacking line.
“On North Toronto, I was a constant starter. Coming to CIS with Ryerson, I wasn’t playing as much as I
did with North Toronto so I was kind of upset, but you
adjust,” says Rose.
Ultimately, both striker Luka Lee and Rose were important parts of the Rams offence in the 2014-15 season

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aria Poveda has only spent one season
with the Rams women’s soccer team, but
she has made a huge impact in that short
time
“Maria is always the first to step up,” says assistant
coach Tina Cook. “If we need a volunteer, she’s the first
one up. If we’re having a team conversation, she’s ready
to listen and contribute. On the field, she contributed to
many of the scoring chances she had this season.”
Poveda joined the team as a walk-on last August.
Prior to university, Poveda was playing for Team Ontario’s U14-U16 teams that train out of Vaughan, as
well as the varsity team at St. Francis Xavier Secondary
School. While Ryerson’s coaches had seen her play before, she had not attended Ryerson’s specific recruiting
weekends. When she showed up at the tryout in August,
it was no surprise to anybody that she made the team.
While joining a team right before the season begins
was daunting, Poveda gradually became comfortable,
fully feeling a part of the team after the annual athlete
retreat, “I was a little intimidated, because I didn’t know
any of the girls, but slowly I became comfortable and I
started to play the way I knew how to play.”
oveda spent the first three years of her life in
Colombia before she moved to Mississauga
with her parents and her older sister. Her father, currently a software engineer, played on a
semi-professional club team in Colombia, and instilled
Poveda with the love of the game from a very early age.
“When I was young, he would take me out every Sunday and we’d work on technical drills. He gives me a lot
of great advice and he tells me how I can work on my
technique when he feels I need to improve,” she says.
Poveda started off playing house league at the age of
seven, but it wasn’t until she was playing soccer with
the boys at recess in Grade 4 that she realized the type
of talent she had. “I was the only girl out there actually
trying and attempting to get around them.”
Between working as a cashier at the Hershey Centre,

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and travelling to Vaughan five to six times a week for
practice, Poveda’s time management skills grew and developed her into the disciplined and empathetic person
she is today.
“Since I started at the age of 14, it really shaped me. I
became more disciplined,” Poveda says. “If I do something wrong, it’s my fault, I have to fix it. I’m more cautious of what I do and how that affects people.”
hile Poveda would like to go into either
banking security or artificial intelligence
(an aspect of technology she has not yet
explored) after her degree, she hopes
that there is also a chance she can make the Colombian
National Women’s Soccer team. Not only because of
her home connection, but she’s always dreamed about
playing for such a talented group of players.
As a computer science student, what Poveda finds
most interesting about the subject is studying what
makes a computer fast, or efficient, a trait that she developed throughout high school. As a player for the provincial team, balancing that, school and a job made that
absolutely necessary.
“I always like to know what I’m getting into,” Poveda
says. “I like to know what we’re doing and why we’re
doing it, like what the reason behind it is.”
According to her teammates, this attitude gives Poveda a highly unique look at the game of soccer.
“Without having Maria on the field, it’s a different
game,” says Carvalho. “She sees the game differently
than everyone else does. If there’s a play and we’re attacking our opponents, there will be an opening for the
ball two or three plays before it actually gets there.”
With Maria now fully emersed in the community of
Ryerson soccer, she intends to take on more of a leadership role in the upcoming season that starts in late
August. As her love of artifical technology mirrors her
love of soccer, Maria Poveda has studied what makes
the team great, and is actively contributing towards the
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and continued to split time on the wing that season.
Rose was determined to find a permanent home in the
starting line-up for the Rams. After playing a full season
with the Rams on the wing, Rose transitioned to play in
the center midfield, the same position he played prior to
his time with the Rams.
This year the center midfield position was up for
grabs and Rose was more than willing to fill that role.
After convincing the coaches that he could play that position, he was given the starting role.
The end result was Rose playing a crucial role to helping the Rams make their second straight OUA final four
appearance.
Rose understands that with his success comes more
responsibility and he knows that coming into next year,
he’ll need to be able to be that source of motivation and
leadership for the team.
“I don’t want to just lead by example but I want to
lead with a voice,” Rose said. “My leadership skills are
really what I’m working on coming into my third season.”
Teammates are even seeing the difference in Rose
leadership.
ff the field however, Rose’s interest in YuGi-Oh — something his teammates made
sure was known — dominates his passion
and most of his free time.
“He absolutely loves Yu-Gi-Oh,” says Lee. “All he
wants to do is duel!”
“In the rankings on our team, I think he is top
three,” says Stewart. “He has all different types of
decks and he’s always wanting to get people to duel.”
Whether it’s a Yu-Gi-Oh match or a OUA Final four
soccer game, Raheem Rose of the Rams men’s soccer team is always ready to play and bring his best.
Rose has major plans for the duration of his time as
a Ram, putting in the necessary work to take on a
larger leadership role as the Rams come together for
the duels that begin in August. Duels that Rose is all
too familiar with.

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By Matt Ouellet

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Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

Alumni
Expo

First 500 graduating
students receive a
Ryerson Alumni gift!

Students today, alumni tomorrow

March 31, 2016
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Learning Centre
Amphitheatre
Ryerson University

Prepare for the #RoadfromRyerson!
Stay in touch, get involved and enjoy
the privileges of being Ryerson alumni.
ryerson.ca/alumniexpo
#AlumniExpo #RoadfromRyerson

Presented by Ryerson University, in cooperation with our affinity partners.
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company inc.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

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WhosE space? Students' space!

10+ years

Tons of activities, events, free food!

of being student owned & operated.

Live Music.

Student Campus Centre

Free BBQ, Scavenger Hunt, Ping
Pong and Gaming Tournaments.
All Day!!

Come Celebrate with Us!
Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

FREE

WIFI

IN THE
FOOD
COURT

Need a break from your books for a quick bite or refreshment?
10 Dundas East is just around the corner to satisfy your craving.
We’re only a short walk from class, right at Yonge & Dundas.
Baskin Robbins
Blaze Pizza
California Thai
Caribbean Queen
Chipotle
Curry & Co.
DAVIDsTEA

Harvey’s
MII SANDWICH CO.
Now Open

Milo’s Pita
Opa! Souvlaki
Poptopia/Yoyo’s
Yogurt Café
Real Fruit
Bubble Tea

Sauté Rosé
Starbucks
Subway
The Beer Store
Express
Tim Hortons
Wine Rack

Restaurants
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill
Milestones Grill & Bar
Shark Club
Spring Sushi

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