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Chang drops half a million on ads
Ryerson’s continuing education school will spend up to $500,000 on its advertising campaign this year in a bid to attract more students. Associate News Editor Carolyn Turgeon reports
Sexual assult at frosh event
A female student reported last week that she had been sexually assaulted and threatened by a man during a frosh week concert. The student was at an outdoor concert in the Pitman Hall courtyard on Aug. 29 when a man allegedly grabbed her from behind and kissed her neck. The assailant then told her he would find her alone and rape her. The victim also reported that the man said he knew where she lived and mentioned her room number. The student was not able to give a detailed description of her assailant but she noticed he was wearing a white frosh t-shirt. Ryerson security has not had any leads on the identity of the man but the incident remains under investigation. It is unknown whether the suspect was a student or if he lived in residence. Security said such incidents are extremely rare and frosh-related assaults have not occured in the past. Student housing manager Chad Nuttal also said sexual assault is very uncommon in residence but he also noted many cases go unreported. “I applaud the woman for coming forward,” he said. This is the second sexual assault on campus this year. The first occured in February, when a female student was harassed while standing in line for a coffee in Eric Palin Hall. — MarianaIonova, NewsEditor
One of the many Chang School advertisements on a Dundas Street bus station.
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education will spend up to $500,000 on advertising this year alone. The cost is only 1.7 per cent of their total expenditures, meaning the total funds can be estimated at over $29 million. The majority of that comes from tuition, making the Chang School a significant source of income for the university. The school has at least 70,000 enrolled students and spending on advertising is the primary way to attract additional potential learners. Similar campaigns do not exist for undergraduates programs. “Every year we conduct a campaign and part of the reason why is the competitive market for adult education,” said Gervan Fearon, dean of the Chang School. Last year the school spent $300,000 on advertising for potential students. “We’re actually relatively modest [when spending] because we’re so deliberate in where we advertise,” said Fearon. The picture ads, featuring actual Chang School graduates and their stories, have been in subway and bus stations around Toronto, while their radio and YouTube ads target adults outside the city. “We looked at places for which we can really access and communicate to the adult learning community,” said Fearon. “The only way you can meet society’s needs is to let them know these programs are available to them.” According to Fearon, potential students fall into three categories: those who wish to reshape their career, those who are looking to gain more skills in their field, and those who are looking to get back into the education system after a long period of time. “[The campaign] can’t rely on traditional methods because they aren’t traditional students,” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. The distinct difference in their prospective students is the main reason the Chang School advertises more obviously than Ryerson. “If you’re a high school student, it’s one strategy, if you’re currently employed and looking to further your education, there’s another, and there’s another one if you’re finishing undergraduate and you’re looking for a graduate program,” said Levy. The more typical routes for communicating with high school students include university fairs and speaking at high schools, which are less noticeable to the public.
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“In this day and age, there is the assurance that a bachelor’s degree is high-valued,” said Nicole Foerschler, vice-president of JMH Consulting, a firm that specializes in advising and improving continuing education schools. The public can take something from the campaign as well. “The advertisements can really attempt to not only make a statement about adult learning but also makes a broad statement to individuals about continuing education as an important component of life,” said Fearon. “It really speaks well in being able to garner public support for post-secondary education.” Ryan Edwards Communications Inc. was hired for the campaign and has worked for Alterna, Canadian Association of Optometrists, Enbridge and Union Gas.
Former HR employee plans to sue Ryerson over dismissal
BY MARIANA IONOVA NEWS EDITOR
A former Ryerson human resources employee is planning to sue Ryerson for damages related to his dismissal in July 2010. Neil Kelly, a former HR faculty associate in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science (FEAS), plans to seek monthly damages for the rest of his life. He believes Ryerson violated university policy when his job was declared redundant last year. “Ryerson caused me to lose some $500 a month for life,” said Kelly. Kelly’s position was declared redundant on July 29, 2010 and he was given a letter stating he would receive 20 weeks of pay and remain on payroll until his severance negotiations were over. Kelly was told he would have to negotiate his severance with Simon Mortimer, the uni-
versity’s HR lawyer. At the time, he had worked at Ryerson for 12 years and was receiving a salary of $96,600. Kelly requested 21 months of severance because the university had allegedly violated his employee rights and failed to follow the Redundancy Policy, which states employees who are declared redundant should be offered a lower position if it is vacant, career counselling totaling $5,000 or a tuition waiver of up to $3,500 that would further their skills for future employment. Kelly says he was not offered any of these. In emails obtained by the Eyeopener, Mortimer wrote to Kelly that a severance of 21 months is “excessive and does not warrant a counter offer.” After three months of negotiations, Mortimer notified Kelly that he would receive a total of 48 weeks, including a standard 12 weeks notice received by em-
ployees plus an additional three weeks for each year of service as outlined in the Redundancy Policy. He would also remain on payroll — receiving benefits and contributing to his pension plan — until Oct. 1. The rest of Kelly’s severance would be paid in one lump sum on that day, after which the university considered the matter closed, wrote Mortimer. “My biggest frustration was having to negotiate with Simon Mortimer for three months to get what should have been offered from day one with respect to the financial portion of the separation,” said Kelly. But he believes his severance negotiations were forcibly concluded, which hurt his monthly pension. Kelly had intended to negotiate to remain on payroll
while receiving his severance because that would have allowed him access to benefits and contribute to his pension
and receive benefits. A pension consultant had estimated that his pension was reduced by approximately $500 per month as a result,
according to Kelly. “I now have to sue Ryerson for what I was basically entitled to [under the Redundancy Policy],” said Kelly, adding that he now has to pay $725 each month for benefits for his family. He is currently in the process of finding a lawyer that will take on the case. But the Redundancy Policy states that employees’ benefits and pension contributions end the day they are dismissed from their positions. Kelly’s former supervisor, FEAS dean Mohamed Lachemi declined to comment on Kelly’s termination. VP finance and administration Julia Hanigsberg and Mortimer also declined to speak about the matter, citing privacy issues surrounding labour relations.
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September 14, 2011
War on pedestrians
LAUREN STRAPAGIEL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
During my 2007 Orientation Week, the theme was “your CITY is your CAMPUS.” Well, right now our city is dicking around with that concept. The gravy train has stopped right where it hits students the hardest: our transit options, our bike lanes, our pedestrian spaces and, if that orientation motto is to be believed, our campus. In July the Jarvis bike lanes were killed. Last week Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong decided it’s time to review the scramble light at the Yonge and Dundas intersection that gives pedestrians, many of them Ryerson students, 28 glorious seconds to dash from one corner to the other. And now it has been revealed that in order for the TTC to reduce their budget, they’re proposing fare hikes and longer wait times between vehicles.
These things matter to you, whether you’re aware of that yet or not. Unless you’re one of a minority of Ryerson students who owns a car and can actually afford to keep it gassed up, these Council happenings are going to impact you and how you navigate Ryerson’s campus. A certain segment of City Council has declared there is a war on the car and they’re responding with what is becoming, intentionally or not, a war on students. And much like the war on Christmas, it’s all a pile of bullshit concocted by a privileged minority. But there is a glimmer of hope. On Monday, City Council unanimously decided to extend the Gould Street pilot project for another year, keeping it as pedestrian space. Closing Gould Street is one of the best things that’s been done for Ryerson. Don’t be distracted by Ryerson’s recent flashy real estate ventures or Lite Brite renos. Closing Gould Street turned Ryerson into an actual campus instead of a tiny cluster of buildings hidden in the down-
town squeeze. It’s given us outdoor student space, a place for events like the Tuesday farmers’ market or simply a safe way to get across the street. So that’s one battle won for us carless, young, city dweller scum. But we’re still being set up to lose the “war.” An OSAP and bartending tipsbased lifestyle is not gravy. Your commute at 7 a.m. from the far reaches of suburbia is not gravy. Your position as a Ryerson student to treat the city at large as our campus is not gravy. There are some 100,000 plus post-secondary students in downtown Toronto and thousands more still within City Council’s grasp. But are you doing anything? It’s easy to hate Rob Ford. It’s easy to joke about gravy trains. And it’s easy to bitch about TTC changes then forget a month later. Paying attention and understanding the various ways your city is ignoring your segment of the population isn’t quite as simple. And that makes it really easy for Council to keep ignoring us.
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City Council to review Yonge-Dundas scramble
An end to CKLN Corp. looming
REBECCA BURTON NEWS EDITOR
Pedestrians use the four-way crossing at the Yonge-Dundas intersection.
REBECCA BURTON NEWS EDITOR
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Public works councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong put forward a motion on Sept. 7 to review the YongeDundas intersection scramble light that allows pedestrians an extra 28 second leeway to cross without cars. Minnan-Wong said the intersection needs to be reviewed because of increased car traffic buildup. “I support the review but not the way it came about,” said Toronto Centre MP Kristyn Wong-Tam. “I would never go into another councillor’s ward. The process has been corrupted.” Wong-Tam said the four-way crossing has been a benefit to Ryerson students. “I know [Ryerson] has facilities on all sides of the downtown corridor. I see Ryerson students using the scramble all the time. I recognize them. The student popu-
lation relies on that scramble,” said Wong-Tam. “Ryerson should be pretty darn concerned they are about to loose their scramble.” The downtown transportation review will cost the city a minimum of $375,000. What percentage will be embedded in the private consultation of the Yonge-Dundas intersection is unclear, said Wong-Tam. The motion will be put forward to city council on Sept. 21. At this point Wong-Tam hopes to reopen the discussion to include a consultation meeting between the Yonge Street BIA along with business owners and residents, that would include Ryerson University, into the document. Wong-Tam had already asked councillor Mike Layton to move this ammendment but the chair refused. Mitchell Kosny, associate director and professor of urban and regional planning at Ryerson, said the gut issue is whether the city is
for cars or for people. “Last time I checked it was about facilitating pedestrians,” he said. Kosny is willing to consider the intersection a success, as there have been no noticeable increase in reported accidents. The city has also opened two additional four way crossings at Yonge and Bloor streets and Bay and Bloor streets as a result, he said. “It’s the precursor to opening up Yonge Street,” he said. President Sheldon Levy said he hopes to see it remain open. “It’s been something that I think the Ryerson community has received positively. I’ve certainly heard no complaints about it at all,” he said. Based on recent comments by Minnan-Wong to the media, WongTam said he is promoting the idea that he is a car driver from the suburbs that gets agitated from traffic. “I think his true intentions are to take out the scramble,” she said.
The CKLN corporation will face possible dissolution at their Oct. 11 general meeting. But the corporation, which was kicked out of the Student Campus Centre (SCC) on Aug. 27 must continue to adhere to the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Comission (CRTC) by-laws due to ongoing litigation. This past week posters were placed around the SCC requesting applications for four available student spots on the CKLN board of governors. “We are weighing all our options,” said Joeita Gupta, vice-chair of the CKLN board of governors. “Nothing is set
in stone but obviously people have caught sight of these elections posters.” Only one student remains on the existing board of governors. Gupta said the other three members left due to CKLN’s uncertain future. At their next meeting, CKLN will review student involvement rules in their by-laws. “Perhaps CKLN’s time has come, but looking forward, there needs to be a grassroots community station on 88.1 FM,” she said. If three quarters of the members are in favour of dissolving the organization they will seek the courts approval to end the company early. Any remaining assests will go towards community organizations.
Final word on Gould St. (for now)
A pedestrianized part of the University of Toronto campus, Cars won’t be Willcocks Street, seen on Gould was also granted Street for at least the same year-long another year, with extension. the closure of Ryer“We move to staff son’s main stretch to recommendations to vehicle traffic extended keep the pedestrian zones to September 2012. The decipedestrianized,” said Ward 20 sion was passed by Toronto and Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam East York Community Council Vaughan during the community Monday. council meeting.
LEE RICHARDSON MEDIA EDITOR
Gould Street and part of Victoria Street were closed to vehicle traffic in September 2010 as part of a pilot project, to gauge reaction from students and the city in general. “The closing of Gould Street is of great benefit for, not only the university, but the community at large,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “Gould Street was never a overwhelmingly traffic-heavy street. I think it’s fair — really fair — to say that the negative impact upon vehicles is really minimal.”
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Briefs & Groaners
Three students were caught in the library archives on Sept. 6 trying to steal a mounted plaque with the head of Eggy the Ram. It turned out the students were from U of T and were thieving as part of a frosh challenge. On Sept. 7, security was notified of a small fire on top of the Image Arts building. The cause of the fire was unknown and contractors put it out. Who knew vodka and cigarettes were a flammable combo? During the 9/11 Skeptics Summit in ILLC on Sunday, security was called when a man snuck into the conference room twice and began snickering at the speakers. He refused to leave, saying he shouldn’t have to pay for entrance and proceeded to call security staff “minions.” A student sought emergency services after he injured himself while walking on University Avenue. He attempted to kick a firecracker as he was walking. It turned out it was a solid metal pole and he smashed his foot.
Lunch with a side of politics
With less than a month until elections, Arts & Life editor Allyssia Alleyne sets out to give students a glimpse of their local candidates. This week, she sits down with incumbent TorontoCentre Liberal candidate Glen Murray to chat about his plans for students
difference and be the person you want to be is what I would describe as the most important thing I hear. AA: Do you have any projects going on near Ryerson? GM: One of my staff, Chris Drew [former Vice-President Finance and Services at the Ryerson Students’ Union], got me involved in the Close Gould Street campaign, so I’ve become an absolutely dedicated follower of that. Councillor Wong-Tam and I are working very closely on the remaking of Yonge Street in this area, from Dundas Square north. We’re looking at designating, as a province, this part of Yonge as what we’re calling The Innovation Avenue. So we’d do things like free Wi-Fi. We’d have digitally interactive screens. We’d sort of explode the Digital Media Zone out onto the street so that Yonge Street would become an avenue for arts and visual public art and sculpture. We’d have an electronic aspect so you could have interactive surfaces, demonstrate the most modern in digital media technology out there. In the old days, we used to talk about electric avenues. This would really be a digital innovation portal. AA: What are some of your favourite Toronto Centre haunts ? GM: The Dominion on Queen is one of my favourite hideaways. The Queen and Beaver over on Elm. I like Nicholas Hoare’s bookshop on Front Street. I like to just hide in the big chairs. I love good fiction and I love Canadian fiction. And I love the reference library. I’m a bit of a library-aholic. And, finally, Cherry Beach. I have a labrador now – my old dog died. [I like] going down to Cherry Beach, which is right at the edge of the constituency, and watching my dog go swimming.
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AA: Where did you go to university? GM: I did a couple years at Carleton then I travelled in Europe for a year, then I came back to Canada, back to Montreal. Then I went to John Abbott College and Concordia University. AA: Was there a city that really stuck with you? GM: Oh yeah. I really liked Barcelona.
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student strike over the affordability of education. AA: A lot of student movements are talking about dropping fees these days. What’s your take on that? GM: I fought very hard at cabinet for lowering fees, which is hard to do when government finances are constrained. You never forget your roots. The grant for 30 per cent of tuition is something I fought very hard for and I believed in. I think it’s a good first step to making tuition more affordable in Ontario. It’s certainly not where we need to be, but I think it’s good progress[...] I was disappointed in the CFS’s response to it, but they tend to be a little partisan these days. But I think it was a good start and I look forward to working with them.
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AA: Me too. I went backpacking there last year between semesters. GM: It’s an incredibly livable and well-organized city. Great transit, AA: Were you backpacking? great culture, great art, great deGM: Yeah. Backpacking, travelling sign. through North Africa and Europe. I’ve always been fascinated by cit- AA: Were you part of any clubs? ies and city development, which GM: I was one of the founding has always been my passion. members of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS); I was president of the student association at Concordia; I was on the execuProfessionals Apply Today! tive of something called L’ANEQ, which stands for “L’association nationale des étudiants/édudiantes du Québec. AA: How did you get so motivated? GM: We were doing a lot of human rights stuff. At that time, the Shah Pahlavi was replaced by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and a lot of leftist student friends of mine who were Iranian were being sent back to Iran forcibly, and having their visas cancelled. We ran a refugee program where we hid students in our homes and in basements and protected them from being deported or hunted down by the state police in Iran. I was also very volatile because I organized the general
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AA: What do you think is a good second step? GM: I think, as we come out of the recession, we should be looking at an affordability index and the cost of living for students. The important thing, I think, is being able to offer students employment. We AA: What’s your dog’s name? need to do a lot better in that area GM: Shadow. It’s a black labrador going forward. with a bit of border collie. AA: Which issue do you think is the most important to students? GM: I think having a job and having a life where you can make a
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Parade and Picnic: bash versus bomb
Ryerson took Yonge Street and Toronto Island by storm with Alessia and Dragonette, but is that the best we can do?
BY NICOLE SIENA COMMUNITY EDITOR
Last Friday marked the 50th anniversary of Ryerson’s Parade and Picnic, but the school still isn’t attracting big name artists like other universities. Although the event usually gathers a large crowd, a large portion of the student population was still unaware that the was parade happening. Daniel Jachra, a third-year criminal justice student said he didn’t even know it was happening. “I honestly don’t even know what it is,” he said. This year, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) announced the artists playing at the picnic only a few days before the event. “I had to ask people who was playing,” said Nicole Kim, a
fourth-year photography student. “It wasn’t out in the open.” Kim said she wasn’t upset about the artist choice this year, but compared to other years, it’s been “dwindling down.” Brock University, in St. Catherines, Ont., managed to have the largest turnout ever after Avicci, a popular DJ, played at their frosh. Chris Green, the Manager of Marketing and Communication for the Brock University Students Union (BUSU), said they started promotions for the event at the end of July, and carried on until the day of the event. “It’s the artist that drives the event,” he said. “We ask students what they want to hear.” Green said they have polls online giving students options for potential types of music they would want to hear. “Instead of telling students, or assuming what students want, we ask,” he said. Brock University, which Green classifies as a large commuter school due to the lack of on-campus housing options, still seems to hold all of their events on campus. Kim said, “It’s not only about booking artists, it’s about getting students to go. It has to be accessible to everyone.” Ryerson, which is mainly a commuter school, holds the event on Toronto Island. “The island is out of the way,” said Kim. “It’s a nice venue, but it’s hard to coordinate,” she said. Alyssa Williams, the VP of Student Life and Events for the RSU wasn’t available for comment by press time.
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Communities Editor Nicole Siena explores the role of music at Ryerson
Since Aleesia Stamkos was eightyears-old, she’s had two things on her mind — singing and dancing. When it came time to choose between her two passions, she decided it would be Ryerson for its dance program. After going back and forth from school to the recording studio, she got her big break in her second year with the national release of her first single to radio. Last October, Alessia decided it was time to put 100 per cent of her effort into her music career. After much discussion with her instructors, deferring her degree would be the next big decision of her life. Studying music at Ryerson to pursue her career was never an option for her. Offering music as a degree at the university has always been on the backburner of the university’s decision makers who say that at the moment it doesn’t fit the school’s image. However, Ryerson is beginning to see new ways to incorporate music into its curriculum, ways that remain under debate and that have not yet been seen. In the meantime, Ryerson students are figuring out other ways to pursue music whether as a career or hobby. Ryerson offers music courses through its philosophy and music department, but only 15 music courses were offered this year. A certificate is offered in Music: Global and Cultural Contexts also offered through the Chang School. Most classes are sociology based, but some are known for giving occasional practical experience in composition. As student Saad Rahman walks on campus, he is surprised to learn music isn’t a priority at the school. “I honestly didn’t know we didn’t have music program,” he says. “A lot of people come to Ryerson for [artsy] programs. I feel like a music program would fit that niche of people,” said Rahman, a thirdyear business management student. If students want to work on music outside of the classroom, there are few options. The Oakham House Societies has one musically-based student group called the Oakham House Choir. There is also studio space available for any Ryerson program to book. The Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) operates a number of editing suites, media labs and recording studios. But even Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) Dean Gerd Hauck says
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they are not being utilized as effec- touring and opening for bands in tively as they could be. Europe during the summer,” he “[We should] use the space as says. much as we can without any inef“We need to tap into the talfective transitions,” he said. “If [the ent that is at the school,” he adds. suites] are available, then they’re “It’s all about getting students out available.” of their shells.” To jump-start the It’s not as easy as it sounds. Fourth-year radio and television arts student We need to tap into the talent that is at Christine Montthe school. gomery says she — Paul Swoger-Ruston tried to use the Chang School coordinator and lecturer studios before, but there are many steps that need to be taken before anyone is allowed access into the studios if it’s not for a music community, Swoger-Ruston school project. says that he’s always working on “Security, cost of infrastructure, gathering students, even if it’s just damage, liability, scheduling,” are in a music club so they can form just a few of the things that need to friendships. It’s not without its difbe considered, says Hauck. ficulties. Academic coordinator for the “It’s just not well organized,” he Chang School of music and part- says. “Our department only has time lecturer for the philoso- two full-time faculty members.” phy and music department Paul Rahman says he would consider Swoger-Ruston, sees a big talent starting his own club if he had more pool and a lot of interest to get a time. “I like electronic music, I’d more developed music community. definitely get involved if there was “I have students who were off a club,” he says. However, Hauck thinks there’s a misconception with the assumption that Ryerson is an artsy school. Because of this, “music hasn’t been in our radar.” “It’s a broken record,” he says. While the school would like to do
more, a new school isn’t practical. “It’s a lame excuse, but right.” The only way a new department could be implemented was if Ryerson found a donor to fund it, which doesn’t happen very often he says. He also says that if more students came forward with interest, the school would be more compelled to organize a program. “The money goes where the butts go,” he says, but admits that funding is becoming scarcer. While a school of music doesn’t look like it’s on the horizon for Ryerson, there are many different ways in which music can be studied. “We’re the faculty of creative industries,” says Hauck. Ryerson’s programs are streamlined for a specific career, but are transferable. That’s why, according to Hauck, “we haven’t offered courses like drawing or music as liberal art.” When learning an art like music, he says, “you get so focused, you can’t think outside what you know.” Given how specialized a music degree is, it would be difficult for students to broaden their skills. To reconcile the two worlds, he has ideas in mind to bring music into the school, but still have it fit Ryerson’s image. He’s scheduled a meeting with the Berklee College of Music in Boston to explore and discuss a mode of collaboration. “I’m interested in the aspect of digital music on art and media,” he says. Since the talent spreads across
faculties, Swooger-Rousten would want to see something collaborative across the university’s departments. For instance, there are groups of students who would be interested in helping out with something like a musical associated with the theatre school, he says. Hauck said that if students wanted to collaborate between programs he would support it, specifically in terms of research and digital media in theatrical performances. Montgomery also sees the need for collaboration. She says there is so much potential if Ryerson’s community realized it has the ability and resources to build the music community. When she was having trouble using school resources to pursue
This past summer Montegomery was reading an interview in a magazine with novelist David Mitchel and composer Brian Eno. “The interview explored so many interesting ideas about music and sound that I find really exciting. It made me think that I’d love to start a publication like the one I read the interview in.” Montgomery, among other students, have taken it into their own hands to get students together to talk about music and started a quarterly music magazine to be released this October called Sound(‘) s Good. “I don’t think I’m the only one who is interested in music at Ryerson,” she says. “Even if there is no well defined community or program of study for it. “ Maybe the lack of definition is a good thing A lot of people come to Ryerson for [artsy] she says. programs. I feel like a music program would “In a way, fit that niche of people. [it’s] exciting because — Saad Rahman, it means Third-year business management student there’s more opportunity for students to come from her interest in sound, she looked the bottom up and help define what into other outlets. Her interest in sound/music at Ryerson could be.” the idea and concept of sound, she Ryerson could have a strong says, is largely contributed to her hold, they just need to talk to creexperiences in the music classes she ate the community from the grass has taken at Ryerson. roots, she says.
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Offer ends September 25, 2011. Available to residential customers in select areas of Rogers’ footprint in Ontario where technology permits. For non Fibe TV subscribers, $49.95 ($99.95, less a $50 credit) one-time modem rental fee applies for Fibe 25 and up. Usage 25 GB/mo.; $2.00/additional GB. Subject to change without notice and not combinable with any other offers. Taxes extra. Other conditions apply. (1) Conditions apply; see bell.ca/fullinstall. (2) Current as of August 7, 2011. Comparison between Bell Fibe 6 Internet (upload up to 1 Mbps) and Rogers’ comparable service, Hi-Speed Express (upload up to 512 Kbps). (3) Available to new customers who subscribe to Fibe 6 Internet and at least one other select service in the bundle; see bell.ca/bellbundle. Promotional $18.48 monthly price: $46.95 monthly price, less the $5 bundle discount, less the monthly credit of $23.47 applicable for the first 12 months. Total monthly price after 12 months is $41.95. Fibe is a trade-mark of Bell Canada.
September 14, 2011
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Becoming a Ram
BY SEAN TEPPER SPORTS EDITOR
Mens’ Soccer: Laurentian 1 @ Ryerson 4 Womens’ Soccer: Laurentian 2 @ Ryerson 0
Ryerson, I have a confession to make. I finally did it for the first time. Going in, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. What was it going to feel like? Was I going to be judged on my performance? Should I have gotten drunk beforehand? Like most people, I barely lasted the whole time and to be honest, I’m pretty surprised that it happened at all. But, alas, I finally attended a Ryerson Rams varsity team tryout. Before I attended the men’s basketball team tryout, I met with head coach Roy Rana to warn him not to call an ambulance if I unexpectedly passed out on the court. Before I left, I asked him about what he looks for in a walk-on player. “Someone who has mental and physical toughness, a shooter who can do more than just shoot, and someone with good size,” he said. “What do you think are my chances of making the team,” I asked. “If you had come in from the offseason in better shape, then maybe [you’d have a good chance],” he
said with a grin on his face. “But, as never scored more than eight points, of right now, they are slim.” with Staniscia and I hitting most of our team’s shots. Note to the guys in Mental and physical toughness: my group: if I’m hitting more shots After a quick shoot-around, Rana than you, you have no business trytells fifth-year forward Luke Stan- ing out. Oh yeah, and we did a total iscia to get everyone lined up on the of 180 push-ups. sideline and lead us in stretching. After enduring 15 minutes of the Size: most grueling stretching I’ve ever After completing all of the drills, done, I bent over forward and put we took part in a scrimmage with my hands on my kneecaps to catch the basketball team. As I trotted on my breath. to the hardwood, I realized that I “Wait until the next part of our was set to guard second-year forwarm-up,” chuckled back-up point ward Jelane Pryce. At six-foot-seven, guard Afeworki Gebrekerestos. Price’s eyes lit up when he noticed “This will be fun.” that a chubby six-foot-tall tall jourBy some act of God, I managed to nalist was guarding him. He backed make it past the two sets of suicides me down every time, and the rest is without throwing up. not even worth talking about. A shooter who can do more than just shoot: Next up were shooting drills. We were all split into six even groups, with my group consisting of me, fifth-year forward Luke Staniscia and three other Ram hopefuls. From this point on, the team not only took part in the rest of the tryout with us, they essentially ran it. The drills seemed simple enough: sprint up to a designated area, catch the ball and score; first team to hit 20 shots doesn’t have to do 20 push-ups. To make a long story short, my team By the end of the tryout, I was sore, tired, and I’d lost feeling in my left foot. As I took off my shoes and prepared to leave the gym with the intention to overdose on Gatorade, I walked by Staniscia. “Nice job,” he said, as we fistpumped one another. Maybe I didn’t completely embarass myself. And who knows, there’s always next year.
For a video and photo gallery of my tryout check out theeyeopener.com
OUA East Standings - Men’s Soccer Team Carleton Ryerson Toronto Queen’s Laurentian Trent Nipissing RMC W L T 3 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 3 1 0 2 0
Mens’ Soccer: Nipissing 0 @ Ryerson 4 Womens’ Soccer: Nipissing 1 @ Ryerson 2
Friday Sept. 16
Mens’ Hockey: UOIT @ Ryerson
OUA East Standings - Women’s Soccer Team W L T Laurentian Toronto Queen’s Carleton Ottawa Ryerson RMC Nipissing Trent 3 1 1 3 1 0 3 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 3 1
Saturday Sept. 17
Mens’ Volleyball: Alumni Game
Sunday Sept. 18
Womens’ Soccer: Toronto @ Ryerson Mens’ Soccer: Toronto @ Ryerson Womens’ Hockey Carleton @ Ryerson
For Ryerson Rams game recaps and full video highlights, log on to www. theeyeopener.com
50 Grads. One Weekend. Your Future.
Sean Tepper attempting to get by a defender during the scrimmage.
PHOTO: NICOLE SIENA
Quidditch team seeking club status
A year after it was created, Ryerson’s Quidditch team is looking to become an official campus club. Alan Hudes reports
The Harry Potter franchise can officially add another piece to its legacy, as the mystical sport of Quidditch has taken on a life of its own at Ryerson. After training and playing competitively for their first year, the team tried to apply as an official campus club. However, they were initially told that their application was denied because they were too much of a sporting group to be considered a campus club, but they were too much of a campus club to be considered a sports group. To get around this problem, the team has changed their name to the Harry Potter Society and have re-applied with the Ryerson Students’ Union. If approved, the team would be provided with storage space and potential funding. Although Ryerson’s Quidditch team has only been around since July 2010, it has played a number of friendlies against cross-town rivals at the University of Toronto. Chris Lacroix, who plays as chaser in Ryerson’s team, says that new players need to avoid hesitation about participating in order to enjoy it. “People will walk by and see a team playing and say ‘what is this?’” said Haley Pierce, a thirdyear chaser on Ryerson’s Quidditch team. “The amount of interest is definitely growing because when people see it, they want to get involved.” Since last year, the team’s roster has doubled, as more and more people want to partake in the sport. “Eventually people will have the courage to play the game themselves,” Lacroix said. “No one wants to be the first to put a broom between their legs and run around a field, because it is a ridiculous sport. That’s something that underpins the entire competition. No one wants to be the first to be ridiculous.” And with the first Canadian Quidditch tournament only two months away, the team is looking to prove that they can compete on the national stage. “We’re looking forward to proving to people that, as a small school, we can really [compete],” Pierce said.
We’re inviting 50 of Canada’s top engineering students to Waterloo for one weekend to plan their futures. All expenses paid.† Want to join us?
The 50 Graduates Weekend is a chance for selected Canadian students interested in master’s and PhD studies to learn about graduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and experience life in one of Canada’s most vibrant communities. You will tour state-of-the-art engineering facilities, explore innovative research programs, and learn about collaborations with the region’s growing list of technology, automotive, ﬁnancial, health and environmental companies. You will also get a taste of the region’s exciting social life with visits to local cultural centres, restaurants and the idyllic village of St. Jacobs.
November 3 to 6, 2011
Apply by: September 30, 2011
†Details regarding travel expenses can be found at: engineering.uwaterloo.ca/50graduates
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ARTS & LIFE
a creative outlet that they found in high school choirs. “You come to university and start working, and you lose touch with the creative stuff,” says firstyear professional communication master’s student Azza Abbaro. For Tara Grundmanis, a thirdyear business management student with a performance background, this is a welcome break from the world of academics.
September 14, 2011
Adventures in harmonizing
Online Editor Emma Prestwich brushes up on her vocal skills and finds out the origins and appeal of Ryerson’s only singing group
It’s a young university, there are no traditions. Ryerson students, they deserve that. — Matthew Jaskiewicz, OHC conductor
“I had to pick a career, but I’m now doing this as a hobby,” she says. “It brings up the nostalgia of the old days.” Nostalgia or no, I’m feeling discouraged by our collective screeching, as is a girl sitting in the soprano section who cringes at every flat note. Jaskiewicz remains encouraging. “If you are new to singing, be patient,” he tells the group. But as a long-time professional conductor, he is also practical. He wants to know who will be around in November, when serious work starts for the annual Christmas concert. Every fall, a flood of students show up for the first rehearsal.
Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz leads the choir’s first rehearsal of the year.
I squint at black spots on the lines as I try to sing “Fantasia.” Apparently eight years of piano lessons did nothing for my ability to read music. This is the first practice for the Oakham House Choir and I’ve been designated an alto, along with half of the women in the room, most of whom didn’t put up their hands when asked if they could read music. The Oakham House Choir is Ryerson’s only vocal ensemble, and it attracts Ryerson faculty, students and community members. Choir conductor and co-founder Matthew Jaskiewicz and Marie Dowler, a former professor in Ryerson’s English department, start-
PHOTO: MOHAMED OMAR
ed the choir in 1984. It was a small capella group composed mostly of Dowler’s friends, but when Jaskiewicz realized the demand for choirs that performed classical pieces with a “big sound that overwhelms you,” the number of members grew. For many student participants, the choir is a way of maintaining
Though it’s a packed room tonight, he knows not everyone present will be back next week. Of those who stick it out, most don’t stay for more than a year and, if they do, they usually jet off after they finish their degree. So the choir relies on the commitment of community members like 83-year-old Peter McLaughlin, who was part of Ryerson’s English faculty when he joined the choir in 1984. He says he stayed because he loves choral music, but also because of the community vibe. “The atmosphere has always been wonderful. You can feel it bubbling with life and enthusiasm.” Jaskiewicz thinks the learning opportunities are rich for students who commit their time. “We teach them solidarity of a group, teamwork … they learn how to work together to reach a goal.” Though the group has a relatively small presence on campus, he thinks the choir plays an important role in creating an artistic history for the Ryerson community that it currently lacks. “It’s a young university, there are no traditions. Ryerson students, they deserve that.”
Want to hit your own high notes? The Oakham House Choir meets Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Oakham Lounge.
September 14, 2011
BIZ & TECH
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The unwritten rules of Facebook etiquette
Everyone has seen the irritating phenomenon of a person who doesn’t understand the laws of the Facebook world. If you can’t recall this experience, that person is you. Biz and Tech Editor Sarah Del Giallo tells you what you’re doing wrong Serial Liking
Most people scroll through their newsfeed and when something stands out that they whole-heartedly agree with, they’ll click “like.” Others are what we will call “serial likers.” For some reason, these people feel the need to like every single post. The “likee” becomes desensitized to anything liked by the serial liker. Further, the constant notifications your likes produce are annoying. Rather than being excited by an agreeing partner, the likee will be sad and disappointed that the only person agreeing with them is you.
A serial friender is a person who adds people on a random and unnecessary basis. Facebook is a social networking site, but that doesn’t mean you should add anyone you’ve ever come into social contact with. We all have friends we haven’t spoken to since grade 10, but a serial friender will continue adding estranged acquaintances to up their friend count. If this is you, stop. The people you are adding almost definitely think you’re weird, because who adds their waitress at Oakham Cafe to Facebook?
Commenting on your own status (first)
If you are a sad and lonely human being you may be guilty of this. It’s an obvious cry for attention, and we all see your online insecurity. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good point. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s funny. What you’re trying to do is call attention to a status that was mundane and easily forgotten. When you bring it up on our newsfeeds for a second or third time, it is still mundane, but now also annoying. Stop it. Now.
Facebook is an art. Learn it.
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL
If we could do an entire page on photo felonies, we would. Don’t like every individual photo in an album — just like the album. Don’t tag every person at the party in a photo of you and a drunk girl. If they care to look, they’ll come across it and see how big her boobs were. And most importantly do not post obviously unflattering photos of your friends. It’s just a dick move. If you’re in the photo, everyone knows you’re trying to look better by comparison. If they’re alone, you’re a cruel and unusual douche bag. And nobody likes a douche bag. If you’re guilty of these, you may find yourself serially defriended.
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Damn Heels, damn fine
BY SHARNELLE KAN
Prof was getting upset because she couldn’t find the slideshow button...she was using word. #eyeforatweet
So happy I got a glimpse of @RyanGosling!!! At #ryerson I <3 U!! Breaker high was the best show ever!!! :D
Student ID photos fucking suck #badlighting #ryerson
Ryerson graduate Hailey Coleman’s Damn Heels have gone international and given Coleman a place in the world of business. Coleman was given a profile in Canadian Business Magazine this August as one of 20 women in power who are changing the Canadian business scene. The 23-year-old took in $32,000 from business plan competitions in 2010 as well as a $50,000 offer on Dragons’ Den. Coleman turned down the offer to keep control of marketing. “[Damn Heels] has progressed a lot ... we have a better idea of who we’re actually selling to,” she said. The fold-up flats gave blistered
Damn Heels wrapped in a clutch.
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL
women an innovative option when the company launched in 2009. Similar products have been created since, but Coleman said she sets her company apart. “Dr. Scholl’s is definitely a competitor,” she said. “[But] we’re not targeting the same woman.” The company is set to launch an updated product in 2012. “We’re redesigning Damn Heels to be the classiest fold up flats, so that ladies can rock their killer heels and change when they want without sacrificing style,” said Coleman.
Just as Facebook isn’t a place for random acquaintances, it isn’t a place for only your best friends. If you get into a minor disagreement with a Facebook friend, don’t delete them. If a Facebook friend disagrees with your status, don’t delete them. If a friend posts an unflattering photo, don’t delete them. It’s only a matter of time before you have no Facebook friends and the entire Facebook world has heard of that oversensitive asshole who can’t take a joke.
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September 14, 2011
Aries Your dreams of being an internationally recognized filmmaker will be crushed when you learn that TIFF doesn’t accept porn submissions.
Taurus The mysterious source of your crippling stress will be revealed when you realize you forgot to take off the nipple clamps last week.
I can relate to that
Q: With TIFF in town do you think it would be cool to sleep with Ryan Gosling? Would my boyfriend mind? -TIFFle my fancy A: Dear TIFFle, Go for it. He’s Ryan FUCKING Gosling. And if your boyfriend does mind, he probably sucks.
Q: We like to have sex with music playing, but recently my boyfriend has really gotten into Justin Bieber. How do I get him to play music that doesn’t suck? - Not hitting high notes
A: Dear High notes, Baby, baby, baby, oh, try to compromise. Play Selena Gomez and love each other like a love song, (i.e full of cliches and for about 2-3 minutes).
Gemini You need to slow things down and think about your actions, but that would defeat the purpose of a meth addiction.
Cancer Focus your efforts and you will be sure to find success, happiness and the bitter realization that now all you have to look forward to is death.
Leo It may be flattering, but you will regret the long hours spent in the gym when you turn out to be an absolute superstar in the slave trade.
Virgo Your lighthearted smile, playful antics and cunning wit will go completely unappreciated at that funeral.
Libra All of your suspicions that nobody likes you will disappear when it becomes absolutely clear that everybody actively hates you.
Scorpio If you believe in yourself, speak confidently and act charming, you might just get that restraining order back down to stalking distance.
Sagittarius You will discover a secret to whitening teeth, but for some reason nobody seems to want to click on your internet ads.
Capricorn You will learn that it is really HARD to come up with 12 horoscopes a week.
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Aquarius Horrible things will happen to you. You probably deserve them.
Pisces You feel that nobody understands you, but that’s just because they don’t know how hard it is to be a straight, white, male, middle-class douche-canoe.
BY MYSTIKAI BENSON
September 14, 2011
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