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An increased amount of smart-
phones and tablets connected to
Ryerson’s wireless network has
caused poor internet performance
and a number of connection prob-
lems across campus.
According to a Feb. 3 service
alert posted online by the Com-
puting and Communications Ser-
vices (CCS), there were as many
as 14 areas on-campus where stu-
dents may have difculty connect-
ing to Wi-Fi access points.
These areas include: six of the
seven foors in the library build-
ing, two foors in the George Vari
Engineering and Computing Cen-
tre and fve areas near various lec-
ture halls in Kerr Hall South and
“In the library building there’s
no Wi-Fi there, and if there is, it’s
really slow,” said Prya Chawla, a
second-year medical physics stu-
Brian Lesser, director of CCS,
says that this problem is a result of
more and more students bringing
electronic devices to campus and
connecting to the same networks
at once.
This has resulted in slower ac-
cess and connectivity issues.
At times, non-laptop devices
such as tablets, iPods and smart-
phones represent 50 per cent of
the campus’ internet usage.
“Over the last two years the
number of devices connecting
to access points have doubled,“
he said. “When they are walk-
ing around Wi-Fi zones they are
connecting to access points. Ar-
eas that used to be OK are [over-
While Ryerson’s newer build-
ings were designed with this in
mind, the older buildings are lack-
ing the number of access points
necessary to handle such trafc.
To combat this issue, Lesser
says that more access points will
need to be installed in those build-
ings and that two additional ac-
cess points have already been
installed on the frst foor of the
library building.
However, installing these access
points requires network cables
to be installed in the ceilings and
CCS is in the process of deciding
how to go about puting them in
without disturbing classes.
“In some areas there’s no quick
fx, but in other areas there are,”
he said. “In a week or two we’ll
have a much beter picture of what
[we’ll do].”
Until then, students will con-
tinue to experience problems in
connecting to the internet.
“It’s hard to connect to the Wi-
Fi and it’s not very strong,” said
Shannon Todd, a fourth-year arts
and contemporary studies stu-
dent. “I always use the internet to
get into RAMSS in class.”
3 February 15, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
Generosity will not be accepted
A long-standing rule is being enforced at campus restaurants: waiters and waitresses are not allowed to accept tips over 20
per cent in order to avoid the 10 per cent the OneCard offce makes off each tip. News Editor Carolyn Turgeon reports
Sun TV bashes Rye journalism Internet overload
BY Sean Tepper
aSSociaTe newS ediTor
BY reBecca BUrTon
newS ediTor
An editorial on John Miller’s
blog, a former Ryerson journalism
chair, has escalated into a fght be-
tween him and Ezra Levant, Sun
News Network host.
Now the network is labelling Ry-
erson as an enforcer of “left-wing
political views.”
The personal blog post frst ap-
peared on Dec. 30, 2011 wherein
Miller described Levant’s Muskoka
retreat as a group of ideological
warriors set to spread terror on the
land — not unlike the Toronto 18.
The retreat invites viewers to spend
a few days up north with Sun per-
sonalities to discuss ideas and at-
tend conferences, for a fee.
Levant lashed back on his show,
The Source, by discrediting Miller’s
credentials as a journalist and ask-
ing, “how many minds did he poi-
son this way?”
Levant went on to host another
segment entitled “Young Brains in
Chains,” where he invited two for-
mer Ryerson journalism students,
to push the idea that Ryerson lim-
its student thought and forces their
own ideals down their throats.
“I saw a tweet from Ezra about
what Miller had said about him. I
thought the comparison was un-
derhanded and cheap,” said Derek
Kreindler, one of the former stu-
dents, said about appearing on-air.
Kreindler said Ryerson does
have a predominant political view,
but added that the only problem he
had was with the “Critical Issues in
Journalism” course as it told them
to report on certain communities
with an eye on empathy.
“The journalism professors are
really good,” said Kreindler. “They
didn’t push it down our throats.”
For Kreindler, the political ideals
and censoring stemmed more from
his elective classes.
Levant said, “the issue is certain-
ly not isolated to Ryerson,” but they
chose to focus on the school because
of Miller’s “bizarre outburst.”
Miller, who acted as chair of
the journalism school from 1986
to 1996, has since left Ryerson to
continue his work as a consultant,
writer and expert witness. Levant
still referred to him as the “father
fgure of the school,” saying the
general culture at Ryerson matches
Miller’s ideas.
“It was very unclear to me what
exactly was supposed to be so
wrong with the journalism school
or the university,” said current jour-
nalism chair Ivor Shapiro. “It was
mostly innuendo, and vague refer-
ences to something or other.”
The show used articles from the
Ryerson Free Press, handpicked by
the former students, highlighting
an anti-Israel stance to emphasis
their political point. Kreindler said
he was unable to correct Levant’s
focus on only one of three campus
Miller posted a web response on
Feb. 14 stating that the connection
between Levant and the Toronto 18
was never intended as a literal com-
parison but rather a “virtual one.”
Levant said he has not read this
response. “I invite any student that
is willing to say that Ryerson is un-
biased to come on my show,” said
Levant who isn’t backing down.
“He used the word Ryerson a lot.
He was trying to get the students
on the show to say that the journal-
ism school was flled with left wing
bias, but they didn’t say that,” said
Students paying by OneCard
don’t need to bother over tipping
an excellent waitress, as they are
likely to refuse for fear of being
writen up.
The Ram in the Rye and Oakham
Cafe’s policy on gratuities is that,
regardless of the wishes of the cus-
tomer, the maximum tip percent-
age that can be applied to a On-
eCard is 20 per cent.
As an example, when paying
for a Student Loan Special, which
costs $4.19, you could only tip
your server 84 cents if you were
using a OneCard.
According to Eric Newstadt,
general manager of the Student
Centre, this rule is not anything
“It predates me considerably,”
said Newstadt, who has been the
manager for over two years.
The policy was put in place due
to the commission that comes out
of the tip and goes to the OneCard
ofce for every transaction, which
the Student Centre must then pay
their employee.
“When students tip on OneCard,
I pay ten per cent of that tip,” said
Newstadt. “It’s a considerable cut
to our revenue.”
Any restaurant pays a fee when
a credit or debit card is used to pay
for a meal, but it’s usually any-
where between one to three per
“This rate was set with various
areas on campus to be able to of-
fer the OneCard as a method of
payment for services,” said Darcy
Flynn, manager of the OneCard of-
fce, in an email. “The 10 per cent
should not be considered proft.”
According to Flynn, the fee pro-
vides support to the OneCard op-
erations, specifcally the transact
systems and POS equipment.
John Corallo, director of uni-
versity business services, said that
“every university charges this
Newstadt was more skeptical.
“The payment processing fee
from the OneCard ofce is exuber-
antly high,” he said. “I’m paying
10 per cent so the university can
[fund] other services.”
He said the ofce is a cash cow
in order to fund their business
services ofce, though he clarifes
that he is not their accountant and
doesn’t know the exact use of their
“They charge a lot of money so
they can subsidize non-revenue-
generating services,” he said.
Mathew Harvey, a third-year
engineering student, thinks stu-
dents should have the right to tip
however much they want.
“If they want to tip more than 20
per cent, they should be allowed
to,” he said.
Though he doesn’t think he’ll
have any problem fnishing his
meal plan, Naushadh Ali, a frst-
year computer engineering stu-
dent, thinks other students might
fnd this an inconvenience.
“People might tip over 20 per
cent on their OneCard to get rid of
the money,” said Ali. “Rather than
having a cap on how much they
can tip, it’ll be beter if there was
some way for them to get a refund
at the end of the semester.”
Newstadt brought up the lack
of refund as well, explaining that
part of the reason for the tip limit
is that students would come in and
over tip, wanting the server to give
them some of their money back in
“If I were a student and there
was a sizeable remainder I would
want access to that,” he said. “At
this point the university has to
have a very clear idea of what’s
left in student accounts at the end
of the year. They could track aver-
ages and give money back to the
Corallo said reevaluating the
meal plans to give money back to
students is not necessary.
He insists that if students follow
the posted guidelines in Pitman
Hall and the International Living
and Learning Centre (ILLC) as to
where their plan should be at the
end of each week they will be able
to properly budget their funds.
Screenshot of Sun TV’s The Source.
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Nicole “PLAYDIUM” Siena
Lindsay “DUCK LEGS” Boeckl
Mohamed “DRAPER” Omar
Marissa “HEIRESS” Dederer
Suraj “PREZ OF MY <3” Singh
Lee “POST DATE” Richardson
Jeff “DEADBEAT” Lagerquist
John “SHMOOPLE” Shmuel
Liane “BANANANANA” McLarty
Chris “HOOK UP” Roberts
Rina “WILL” Tse
Sadie “YOU” McInnes
Jamaica “BE MINE” Ty
Emma “LIGHT RAIL” Prestwich
Rhiannon “CONVULUTED” Russell
Abigale “PRESIDENT” Subhan
Imran “WRATH OF” Khan
Luke “I AM YOUR FATHER” Staniscia
Dionne “STAYCAY” Wilson
Playing the role of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week...
Valentine’s Day on production day.
How romantic.
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Ryerson school
of pinkos
The Sun TV spot featuring Ezra
Levant (read about it on page 3) has
been called unfair, misinformed
and obnoxious. However, I would
like to thank Ezra for drawing at-
tention to a group of people who
are the true victims of discrimina-
tion: white, conservative men.
I cannot begin to imagine the
difculty that members of this un-
derprivileged class must endure in
a university seting. Having profes-
sors and a small, monthly campus
newspaper challenge their world
views and ask them to think criti-
cally and perhaps even progres-
sively must be a harrowing task.
Especially in journalism, there is
a terrifying lack of white male role
models. Just looking at the heads
of most major news outlets in this
country, we should be asking our-
selves: couldn’t they exemplify tra-
dional paterns of power more?
For me, starting my journalism
degree after 14 years in the public
school system and fnally being in-
troduced to critical thought regard-
ing politics, gender, race, religion
and even the Israel-Palestine con-
fict just made me feel bad about
myself. I didn’t pay thousands of
dollars to reevaluate my place in
the world, I just wanted to get a job.
So thank you Ezra and Sun TV
for being brave enough to call out
Ryerson and its journalism pro-
gram for what is is: an institution
that provokes critical thinking nec-
cessary for the practice of journal-
ism. Shame on them.

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Students #overcharged
A required class for second-year journalists was plagued with mass
confusion and extra tuition charges. Rhiannon Russell investigates
Second-year journalism students
are still scratching their heads after
a RAMSS technicality produced a
$551 charge on some accounts and
a credit on others earlier in the se-
An email sent out at the be-
ginning of February clarifed the
charge was for JRN 112 — introduc-
tion to online journalism, a manda-
tory second-year course. Wendy
Peters, program manager, clarifed
that the Registrar’s ofce audited
the fees and was adjusting the bill-
ing units to refect the fve to seven
billing-unit range listed in the tu-
ition tables as a full course-load.
Journalism student Samantha Lui
paid her tuition in September and
had no outstanding charges during
the fall semester. But in January, a
$551 credit was in her account and
the student fees ofce told her Ry-
erson owed her that amount.
Turns out, JRN 112 was billed
incorrectly and Lui’s $551 credit
wasn’t a credit after all.
According to registrar Keith Al-
nwick, only 24 students actually
had to pay an additional $551 this
semester, because the rest paid it in
September with their tuition.
However, due to a RAMSS error,
the charge showed up — initially,
as a credit in some cases — on ap-
proximately 128 second-year stu-
dents’ accounts.
Alnwick said the registrar’s ofce
worked with Peters in the summer
to ensure correct billing to students
Registrar Keith Alnwick.
but once winter timetables were
loaded to RAMSS, the changes they
made no longer applied.
“There were a series of students
in second year who were under-
billed as a result of this,” Alnwick
said. “It’s a RAMSS issue.”
Alex Lombardi overpaid his tu-
ition in the fall and had a $551.41
credit in his account.
At the beginning of February, he
flled out a refund form and sub-
mited it to the student fees ofce.
At the time, he was told he’d get a
cheque for that amount.
Like Lui, Lombardi won’t receive
a cheque and his account balance is
now $0.
“I thought I had $500 to my
name,” he said.
“I think most people were an-
gry because they didn’t know why
they were being charged,” said Lui.
She said this is another example
of RAMSS’ inefciency.
“There are always problems with
course registration and people not
geting into the classes they want
because of lagging and overcapac-
ity,” she said.
“Ryerson needs to improve on
building a more efcient system to
help students organize their cours-
es and fees.”
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Briefs &
The student side of Transit City
Ryerson commuter students are
looking forward to a boost in transit
service after Toronto’s city council
voted on Feb. 8 to move ahead with
parts of the Transit City plan.
The motion, put forward by TTC
chair Karen Stint, halts Mayor
Rob Ford’s plan to move the light-
rail transit lines below ground. It
shows the city’s support to resume
construction on three new light-rail
transit lines that would service out-
lying areas of Toronto.
Those plans would involve
building lines along Eglinton Av-
enue and Finch Avenue, as well as
an extension of the current Scarbor-
ough Rapid Transit (RT) line .
Concrete plans for an extension
of the Sheppard line to Scarbor-
ough will be debated by an advi-
sory commitee, which will report
back to council in March.
“It demonstrates the commitee
is able to work together,” said To-
ronto Centre-Rosedale city council-
lor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who signed
the motion opposing Ford.
Ryerson students in the Finch
corridor, from Finch station to
Humber College, would see a new
line. Students who live along Eglin-
ton Avenue from Scarborough to
Jane Street and those who ride the
Scarborough RT would see a new
light-rail transit line and service
eventually extended to Malvern
Town Centre.
Wong-Tam also included that
while the advisory commitee’s
meetings aren’t open to the public,
students who live in the Sheppard
area who want to provide input can
write to their local councillors.
Fourth-year geographic analy-
sis student Vadim Sabetski said
he commutes to Ryerson from
Vaughan and the plans for a Finch
line would speed up his travel.
“I can’t believe they didn’t do
it before. My opinion is that [this
plan] is beter than subways,” he
said. “At least we’re geting some-
Urban and regional planning
professor Mitchell Kosny said that
while he doesn’t think the plans
will afect Ryerson students any
more than those at other schools,
their opinions on public policy is-
sues have an impact.
“I think students don’t exercise
[their right to be part of debate]
because they’re really not orga-
nized,” he said.
First-year urban and regional
planning student Gus Gomes said
while he takes the subway from
Glencairn station and the plans
don’t afect him directly, he’s frus-
trated by the quality of Toronto’s
public transit.
“Commute times suck, especially
when coming into town,” Gomes
“We needed a transit system that
caters to the global title that [Toron-
to] is,” he said. “Anything is beter
than what we have right now.”
On Feb. 6, security re-
ceived notice that a class
project poster in the Image
Arts building was being re-
peatedly vandalised. The
graffti was not offensive,
but appeared as though the
culprits were repeatedly
correcting each other’s
spelling and grammar.
Sounds like those copy-edit
obsessed journalism kids
have fgured out where the
IMA building is.
It was also reported on
Feb. 6 that there were fve
pellet-sized holes in a
stairwell door in South-
West Kerr Hall. Security at-
tended and took pictures, as
did Toronto police. The real
question here is, what kind
of glory hole is pellet-sized?
On Feb. 8, a student re-
ported that she was walk-
ing eastbound on McGill
Street at 1:30 am, near the
Theatre School, when she
heard someone whistling at
her and turned around. The
subject was standing at the
rear of 40 Gerrard Street,
exposed and masturbat-
ing. The student was unable
to get a detailed description
due to the time of day and
nature of the circumstances.
Would you have been focus-
ing on what he was wearing,
or not wearing?
On Feb. 12, a vending
machine was vandalised on
the third foor of the Podium
building. The machine was
still operational, but some-
one had punched a hole
through the Minute Maid
sign. Don’t worry man,
sometimes citrus makes us
angry, too.
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BY ABigAle SuBdhAn
Ryerson’s newly elected presi-
dent of the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU), Rodney Diverlus, is celebrat-
ing his win by geting ready to start
his third executive term.
“I’m so excited students have put
their faith in me and the Ryerson
Students United once again,” said
Diverlus won the election with
a total of 1,974 votes. Independent
candidate Suraj Singh, who was
disqualifed prior to the votes being
counted, was runner-up with 423
votes and Mark Single received 277
This year, there were around
2,800 votes from the student body
of more than 25,000
Diverlus’ slate, Students United,
took all but one spot on the board
of directors, as a faculty of arts po-
sition was won by an independent.
As for the executives, Melissa
Palermo was re-elected as Vice
President (VP) of Education, while
newcomers Andrew McAllister (VP
Operations), Marwa Hamad (VP
Equity) and Ifaz Iqbal (VP Student
Life and Events) will take over the
other executive roles in May.
“The experience is always difer-
ent working with a new team every
year. But, I’m glad to have a team
that supports me and my vision for
the student union,” said Diverlus.
After this semester, Diverlus and
his new team will start discussing
their plans for the new school year
and how to represent Ryerson stu-
dents. Sticking true to his platform,
Diverlus plans to continue lobbying
for major reforms in student tuition
rates, creating more diverse and
safe multi-faith areas on campus
and improving the quality of the
RSU website.
“Our platform is about issues
that we heard from students, so we
want to work on the same things the
students elected us in to do,” said
Melissa Palermo wants to lobby
to eliminate the $70 deferral fee that
Ryerson charges to split up paying
yearly tuition fees. However, her
main focus next year will be to con-
tinue the fght against high tuition
Second-year business manage-
ment student, Amal Gujare, voted
for Ryerson Students United be-
cause she supports their plans to
lower tuition fees.
“That’s the only reason why I
voted. Tuition fees are really expen-
sive and students are geting ripped
of,” said Gujare. “I have friends
who have two jobs just to pay of
their tuition.”
Nusratara Begam, a frst-year
chemistry student, didn’t vote in
this RSU election.
“I felt so unaware, I didn’t know
who to vote for,” she said. “I saw
the [election] posters, but I didn’t
know who they were, what they
wanted to do.”
Students United
dominate elections
Singh disqualifed
from RSU elections
The results of this year’s presidential election were an-
nounced on Feb. 8, but for independent candidate Suraj
Singh, the votes would not count. Singh was disqualifed and
fned $50 for breaching two election bylaws. An appeal was
fled and Singh remains disqualifed but the $50 fne has been
lifted. Read Jeremy lin’s full article at
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t’s unavoidable — the sprin-
kling of Facebook statuses
jabbing at you daily. Quick
Twiter updates conjure up a level
of jealousy you didn’t know so-
cial media could generate. Pic-
tures brightly lit, not by a camera
fash, but a warm sunrise.
The people in the picture laugh
at you, unapologetically, in their
summer atire. You fnd yourself
logging in obsessively to make
comments during class, trying to
escape your mundane routine as
your professor explains another
assignment breakdown.
You start to question if some-
thing so alluring is actually le-
gitimate. Is she really earning a
credit while tanning on a beach?
Is he hopping around Europe
on the weekends, sightseeing
between midterms? As happy
as you are for your friends and
peers, a sharp unpleasant voice in
the dark realms of your subcon-
scious drills a strong reminder —
this could be you. You could have
been this happy. From Copen-
hagen Business School to Hong
Kong Polytechnic University, Ry-
erson students are traversing the
However, there’s more to stu-
dent exchanges than just relaxing
and adventures. Students who
opt to take a semester abroad go
through a long process — from
the application to fnding a place
to live while you’re there, to ad-
justing to the sometimes vastly
diferent culture. Ryerson will
take care of geting you enrolled
in the school, but the rest is up to
As the winter exchange semes-
ter gets into full swing, many stu-
dents are starting to feel the shock
of a completely new place.
“I am geting a lot of emails
from students saying they are
loving the place right now,” says
Kristy Holzworth, international
programs coordinator for the Ted
Rogers School of Management
(TRSM). “But culture shock goes
through stages.”
Four stages, in fact. Not all
travellers will experience every
stage, but most experience some
of them.
Stage One: Honeymoon
he frst is the honeymoon
phase, which many Ry-
erson exchange students
might be in right now. In this
phase, one romanticizes every
aspect of a new culture to the
highest extent. Jessica Chiu, a
third-year human resources stu-
dent, says all the planning in the
world can’t prepare you for the
real thing.
“You have it all in your head,
but it’s a diferent story once
you’re there,” says Chiu. “It’s
always going to be a shock once
you land no mater how much
you plan it out.”
Chiu, who returned from
France’s École des Practiciens
du Commerce International in
January, made an efort to put
herself out in the open to have a
strong network of friends to help
her four-month experience go as
smoothly as possible.
Ellia Tilley-Pahad, a fourth-
year global management student,
just started a semester at the Uni-
versity of Zaragoza in Zaragoza,
Spain. He’s still in the early days,
fnding an afordable place near
campus and taking Spanish class-
es on the side to brush up on the
local lingo. He’s already found
much to love about Zaragoza.
“The great thing about this
city is that it’s so small that in 30
minutes you can walk through all
the downtown and be in the out-
skirts of the city,” wrote Pahad in
an email to friends and family.
“Also, the food is *SO* good here.
There are all these tapas bars,
which serve litle dishes of food
and also beer.”
Joining Pahad in the honey-
moon phase is third-year journal-
ism student Simone Lai, who just
started her semester at the Danish
School of Media and Journalism
(Danmarks Medie- og Journal-
isthøjskole). She has immediately
taken to Denmark’s culture of
healthy eating and its new fat
tax — Denmark introduced the
world’s frst fat tax late last year,
applying a surcharge to foods
with more than 2.3 per cent satu-
rated fat to combat obesity and
heart disease.
“I’ve always wanted to start
eating healthier, organic, and all
that,” says Lai. “Denmark is a fab-
ulous place to develop a healthy
his initial infatuation with
new cultures is probably
why more and more stu-
dents are going on exchanges
every year. “Ever since studying
Spanish in high school, it has al-
ways been my dream to study
abroad for one semester in uni-
versity,” says Pahad.
Because of this pull, Holzworth
has her hands full at the moment
interviewing eight students every
day for fall and winter exchange
opportunities. She is scheduled to
interview 115 students by March
2. On top of that, she stays glued
to her computer to catch new sub-
missions and deal with TRSM’s
39 international partners.
“My whole life is this,” says
Holzworth laughing as she points
to her computer screen. “I try to
keep it all down and organized.”
Stage Two: Negotiation
he second phase of a cul-
ture shock is negotiation,
which happens when the
individual is setled down and a
rift between old norms and new
cultural standards may cause
anxiety. The individual may feel
homesick or frustrated due to lan-
guage barriers or accessibility to
things often taken advantage of
back home.
For example, Pahad expressed
concern over his mediocre Span-
ish in his correspondence home,
and also noted that a party he
went to was chock-full of commu-
nists — which is probably a bit
of an uncomfortable situation to
someone currently enthralled by
Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. He
says he remembered his manners
and refrained from discussing
politics, so he survived.
elix Nolte, a second-year
masters student in electri-
cal engineering, came from
Germany for an exchange at Ry-
erson. He arrived during a heat
wave last summer, and spent sev-
eral days living out of his suitcase
at a hostel.
After he moved into Neill-
Wycik and got on his feet, he was
shocked at how Ryerson’s educa-
tion system was structured.
“In Germany we have six to
eight classes, but not as many ex-
tensive assignments,” Nolte says.
“We only get a fnal exam in Ger-
Having his laptop and several
chat windows open talking to
friends from home, Nolte tells
them he is still geting used to the
food and culture in Canada. He is
also still in awe of the cultural in-
tegration of his new city.
“I couldn’t imagine this when I
was back in Germany, that there’s
so many communities in Toron-
to,” says Nolte, though it’s not a
bad thing. “All my friends want to
come visit me.”
ver in Europe, Lai and Pa-
had are taking advantage
of the diferent circum-
“A Heineken beer in Zaragoza is
1 Euro, that’s $1.35 Canadian,” says
Pahad. “I brought 70 Euros to go
out, and some change, and realized
after the night I still had the 70 Eu-
ros in my jacket pocket.”
The European economic crisis has
hit country where unemployment
has reached a record 22.9 per cent,
unemployment amongst youths
aged 16 to 20 has reached 51.4 per
cent. But despite the gloomy fore-
cast for the Spanish, exchange stu-
dents like Pahad have been able to
make the most of the situation.
“I’ve budgeted for 1,500 Euros a
month. My rent is 300 Euros, which
includes very fast internet,” says
Pahad. “So far the cost of living has
been very afordable.”
Still, Lai says sometimes things
don’t go well with the locals be-
cause of the diference in language
and culture, which can make things
“I can say that some jokes haven’t
gone according to plan,” says Lai.
“Things get lost in translation, [but]
I suppose it’s funnier when you try
to explain it and it turns out not be-
ing that funny.”
Stage Three: Adjustment
he third stage is adjustment.
This is when the traveller
becomes comfortable in the
new surroundings and accustomed
to new routines. Pahad and Lai
might not be there quite yet, but it’s
fair to say that Chiu experienced a
piece of it during her time in France.
“Europe is a completely dif-
ferent world. The streets are
cobblestone, the architecture is
different,” says Chiu. “The best
thing to do is get lost on purpose
and wander around and absorb
as much of the culture [as pos-
She says she felt at ease in her
studies and extracurricular activ-
ities because of the cultural cus-
toms and atmosphere.
“The last call in Toronto is two
in the morning ... there is no last
call in Europe,” says Chiu. “For
February 15, 2012
The Eyeopener FEATURES
Culture Shock and Awe
Despite having the appearance of a glorifed vacation, international academic exchanges
are serious learning experiences — especially outside the classroom. Imran Khan reports
Some jokes haven’t
gone according to
plan. Things get lost in
— Simone Lai,
third-year journalism
The food here is so
good. There are all
these tapas bars, which
serve little dishes of
food and beer.
— Ellia Tilley-Pahad,
fourth-year global
I couldn’t imagine this
when I was back in
— Felix Nolte,
electrical engineering
masters student
us, the party starts and ends at a
club, but in Europe life is a party
— they’re just more laid-back.”
ill Careless, community liai-
son and experiential learning
officer at Ryerson, says this
is why exchanges are so valu-
“The students develop not
only a global perspective but
[also] personal growth,” says
Careless. “Living in a new cul-
tural context and studying in a
context that often is quite differ-
Careless, who has spent over
six years expanding the program
and helping students choose
their institutions abroad, says
becoming too content with your
surroundings can hinder learn-
“You see from where you
stand. Living here in Toronto
we [only] see the context we live
in,” she says.
“But we have to remember that
where we stand can be a limit to
what we see, and sometimes the
opportunity to stand outside can
change a perspective.”
Stage Four: Mastery
he fourth phase of culture
shock, cultural mastery,
might not be atainable in a
one-or-two semester exchange. But
just because a student didn’t be-
come completely bicultural doesn’t
mean they didn’t learn anything.
So if the constant reminder of
friends studying abroad on all your
social media outlets is geting you
down, remember that it’s easy to
apply, but it’s not just a vacation.
As Chiu can atest, the experience
can change who you are.
“There is a French saying ‘joie
de vivre,’ which literally translates
into ‘the joy of life,’ says Chiu.
“That exactly describes my whole
9 February 15, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
Culture Shock and Awe
Despite having the appearance of a glorifed vacation, international academic exchanges
are serious learning experiences — especially outside the classroom. Imran Khan reports
For us, the party starts
and ends at a club. In
Europe, life is a party.
— Jessica Chiu,
third-year human
10 February 15, 2012 The Eyeopener
11 February 15, 2012 The Eyeopener BIZ & TECH
Growing with the digital age
Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone will be expanding yet again. But many students don’t even know what
the Digital Media Zone is. Here’s a look at what’s going on in the Zone
Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone at 10 Dundas East. Photo: Marissa DeDerer
by sarah del giallo
biz and tech editor
When it opened in April 2010,
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy
hoped it would help turn Toronto
into the next Silicon Valley.
While Ryerson’s Digital Media
Zone (DMZ) hasn’t reached such
proportions quite yet, it continues
to expand at a surprising rate and
draw global atention nearly two
years later.
The DMZ is a Ryerson owned
digital media workspace at 10
Dundas East. The open concept of-
fces overlooking Yonge-Dundas
Square house young entrepreneurs
and budding companies, many of
which are the brain children of Ry-
erson students and alumni.
The companies within the DMZ
focus on products like apps and
websites for a knowledge-based,
technical world.
Rob Platek, is the CEO of Job-
deals and a graduate of Ryerson’s
computer engineering program.
Jobdeals is new to the DMZ, which
now works with 31 companies.
Until recently, Platek’s business
didn’t have an ofce space.
“Before the DMZ, I was [work-
ing] on the couch with my dog and
my cat,” he said.
Jobdeals, which connects con-
sumers and providers with local
services, operates out of the ffth
foor of the building.
“It’s totally amazing,” said
Platek. “It’s actually an incredible
resource. I get to bounce ideas of
of other entrepreneurs, because
everyone is in that kind of head-
The DMZ currently operates out
of two foors — the ffth foor is the
original and there was an expan-
sion to the third foor in January
2011. The physical expansion is
continuing with a third workspace
in the basement, which will give
the DMZ a total of nearly 16,000
square feet of ofce space.
Looking towards the future,
president Sheldon Levy expects the
DMZ to continue to grow.
“It’s very hard to tell at what
speed and how big it will get, but
at the same time, I think it can only
continue to expand,” he said. “It’s
expanding because of its success
and the interest in it is overwhelm-
To get started at the DMZ, an en-
trepreneur must submit an orienta-
tion form to StartMeUp Ryerson.
Once a form is submited, Start-
MeUp will aid the newcomer with
a pitch, and if the pitch is strong
enough, it will be recommended to
the DMZ Steering Commitee. If the
commitee approves membership,
the company will receive a move-in
date, a free workspace and 24-hour
access to the DMZ along with all of
the resources the Zone provides.
Since moving into the DMZ.
Platek’s Jobdeals has received more
press, has had free access to law-
yers, public relations personnel,
and a constant fow of industry
professionals to pitch to and net-
work with.
“It defnitely opens up my net-
work,” said Platek. “It’s just a really
cool community.”
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February 15, 2012

February 9
Men’s Hockey:
Ryerson 3:2 Queen’s
February 10
Women’s Basketball:
Ryerson 49:40 York
Men’s Basketball:
Ryerson 91:76 York
Women’s Hockey:
Ryerson 1:2 UOIT
Men’s Hockey:
Ryerson 3:4 Nipissing
February 11
Women’s Basketball:
Ryerson 58:51 Laurentian
Men’s Basketball:
Ryerson 100:80 Laurentian
Women’s Hockey:
Ryerson 3:4 Queen’s
Women’s Volleyball:
Lost in four sets to York
25:11, 28:26, 25:15, 25:21
Men’s Volleyball:
Lost in four sets to York
25:22, 25:17, 25:15, 25:19
February 12
Women’s Volleyball:
Lost in three sets to U of T
25:18, 25:18, 26:24
Men’s Volleyball:
Lost in fve sets to U of T
25:20, 32:30, 25:23,
25:20, 15:13
Andrea Raso,
Women’s Soccer
Fell asleep at work when
everyone can see.
Melissa Wronzberg,
Women’s Hockey
Sitting in Oakham, having
the guy in the picture serve
us. #thinkhefeelsawkward
Gavin Berry,
Men’s Basketball
Great wins for both the
women’s and men’s b-ball
teams at Ryerson. I’m proud
to be a Ram.
Carli Yim,
Women’s Volleyball
#WhitneyHouston actually
gone? Tell me it ain’t so.
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Mark Harris’ monthly column: the defnitive guide to
geting ft in 2012.
Bleeding blue and gold
Ryerson Men’s basketball forward, Luke Staniscia, refects on his
fve-year career as a member of the Rams
As I walked to centre court of Kerr
Hall last Saturday night in my last
regular season home game, I was
overcome with emotion. In spite of
all this, the only thing I could think
of was something that my team-
mate, Logan Marrast, said to me
earlier that day: “No mater what
happens tonight, we will always re-
member you.”
All of these thoughts about the
amazing times I’ve had at Ryer-
son were all I could think about
before the game, but they immedi-
ately vanished the moment ball was
tossed up for the tip. For the next
38 minutes it felt like just any other
game up until the
last two minutes.
At this point it
was clear that we
had won the game,
and all of the fans
in the gym started
chanting my name.
In the closing sec-
onds of the game, Jahmal Jones
dribbled the ball over to me and let
me hold it until the game ended.
As the time expired, my teammates
rushed the court to give me hugs
and congratulate me amidst a sea
of cheers from my friends, fans and
family. I can easily say this was one
of the best moments of my life. I was
truly humbled, and so overcome
with emotion that I was on the verge
of tears. At that exact moment, ev-
ery sacrifce I’ve ever made for the
game of basketball was justifed
and every doubt I may have
ever had about my career
Although I’m sure I’ll
be remembered for rip-
ping down rebounds
while screaming at the
top of my lungs, I hope
that my legacy is one that
spans far beyond that.
If I can pass on one piece
of advice to any athlete read-
ing this, it would be to cherish
every moment of your time here.
The time an athlete has to play a
sport is limited.
Always remem-
ber to work
your hardest,
so that you can
retire with no
regrets in your
My fve years
at Ryerson have been some of the
best of my life. Basketball has truly
made my life more enjoyable and
has provided me with so many un-
forgetable experiences.
I want to thank all of my team-
mates, coaches, fans, friends and
family who have been there for me
throughout my entire career. A spe-
cial thanks goes out to my mother
Iris, my father Dino, my sister Ilana
and to my loving girlfriend Kasan-
dra. A fnal thanks goes out to my
coach Roy Rana, who has taught
me so many valuable lessons on
and of the court. I would not be
the player or person that I am to-
day if it were not for him.
Although most days I wake up
so sore that I can barely walk, I
wish I had another fve years to
dedicate to my team. The 2011-12
Rams are easily the most talented
group of players I have ever had
the pleasure of playing with.
The Ryerson men’s basketball
program has come so far since
my frst season. As sad as I am to
leave, I do so with great optimism
for the future and with immense
pride in the fact that I was a part
of an amazing transformation.
I wish I had another
fve years to dedicate
to my team.
— Luke Staniscia
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13 February 15, 2012 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE
Work on Ryerson’s annual fashion show is well underway. In the next
installment of our behind the scenes series, Tara Deschamps takes us on
a tour of the show’s production
Long after classes have ended
and the sun has gone down, fourth-
year fashion design student Aliza
Rizvi finds herself hunched over a
sewing machine in her studio.
Rizvi has been working since
September on her menswear collec-
tion set to debut in April at Ryer-
son’s annual Mass Exodus fashion
She says late nights are normal
for the 59 designers whose work
will be shown.
“Most of us are here at every pos-
sible spare minute, sewing 24/7,”
she said. “Some of us live here,
although we technically aren’t al-
lowed to sleep here.”
Fashion student Devlyn van
Loon says so much time goes into
the show because designers have
only a few months to develop a
concept for their collection.
In September, designers begin to
sketch the five outfits they will each
show. They also make mock-ups
of the garments in cheap materi-
als. Around December, the sewing
Creating a collection is not only
time-consuming but also costly.
The silks and chiffon material
that fashion student Andra Bog-
dan uses to create feminine dresses
for her Yggdrasil line come with a
hefty price tag. By the end of the
year, she estimates she will have
spent $10,000 on materials and tu-
ition for her program.
With three outfits, some adorned
with crystals, still to be made, Bog-
dan’s costs will increase.
“The jewels are really expensive
so I can’t afford to make mistakes,”
she said.
Designers aren’t the only ones
hard at work on the show. Fash-
ion communications students like
show producer Daniel Drak are
preparing everything from the
models to ticket sales. Their main
priority is integrating this year’s
Lucid theme into every element of
the show.
“Over the course of the year we
work on building the theme into a
brand which means developing the
logo and the style guide and mar-
keting Mass Exodus to the public,”
Drak said.
In the coming weeks, Drak’s
team will be coordinating the
show’s lighting and sound with
theatre production students.
Following an open casting call,
models will be selected and make-
up trials and fitings will begin.
“Our wardrobe commitee will
go through all the designers, get fa-
miliarized with all of the collections
and analyze the garments to make
sure they fit with the set,” said as-
sistant producer Marsha Robb.
“We have an extravagant set this
year and we need to make sure that
the garments can actually walk
It is only when the models walk
the runway that Rizvi and the other
designers will finally be able to get
some rest.
But as Rizvi said, “we lose sleep
over it but it’s worth it.”
This sustainable life:
The green dilemma
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL Aliza Rizvi at work on her design.
When it comes to environmen-
tally-friendly shopping, there are
gradations of green. The number
of “eco-”products on the market
rose 73 per cent between 2009 and
2010, according to TerraChoice, a
North American environmental
consulting firm. But how many
are really low-footprint alterna-
“Greenwashing” is a trick that
marketers use to make a product
look more earth-friendly than it
actually is. This is often by label-
ing products with vague, unsup-
ported references to their lack of
environmental impact.
To help remedy this, Terra-
Choice puts out a yearly report
called “The Sins of Greenwash-
ing.” Here are some highlights
from the 2010 report, to help you
discern the products that are for-
est green from those that are
merely sea-foam.
Know what third-party certi-
fied logos look like. If you have
the Photoshop skills to make a
logo look legit, you’d beter be-
lieve marketers do too. Don’t
get caught “worshipping false
labels” (one of the seven sins of
Fall prey to vague claims, like
the ubiquitous “all natural.” “Ar-
senic, uranium, mercury, and
formaldehyde are all naturally
occurring, and poisonous,” the
report said. “All natural” isn’t
necessarily “green.”
Check to see if there is an invi-
tation to “read more” about green
initiatives by visiting a product’s
website. Even if you don’t do fur-
ther research, the website itself is
a good indication of responsible
Buy products because they
are wrapped in green packaging
and spatered with cool fonts and
leaf graphics. Read. Know what
you’re buying and where you
can find proof of any claims on
the package.
Support “green” products —
even if you think they might be
greenwashed. It still sends a mes-
sage, and the TerraChoice report
indicated that as companies catch
up over time, greenwashed prod-
ucts actually do become more le-
From retail management to logistics:
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Arts Top 10 issue is
coming up on March
7 and we’re looking
for nominations
for the best artists
on campus.
That means people
from image arts,
the theatre school,
interior design,
fashion, etc.
Any talented person
producing awesome
work and contributing
to the Ryerson and
Toronto arts scene.
We’ll feature the top
artists and their work
on a fancy special
edition pull-out. Send
your nominations to
14 February 15, 2012 The Eyeopener COMMUNITIES
Toronto staycation: ToDo List
For some, reading week means a visit back home to see family and friends, for others it’s an opportunity escape the cold by
jumping on a plane to a warmer destination. But if you’re not one of those lucky few, you’re probably feeling blue about
being stuck in the city. Dionne Wilson delivers some fun and affordable things to do during reading week!

Get active! It’s been about a month since your
New Years resolution failure. Now that you
have some time, go to some inexpensive drop-
in classes the city has to ofer, such as the Art
Gallery of Ontario’s $10 yoga classes.
Steamwhistle, Amsterdam, Mill St., and Great
Lakes Breweries are all located in Toronto.
Why not appreciate the beverages you drink
(maybe a litle too often) by atending a tour
or a tasting session.

Get cultured. The Royal Ontario
Museum and the Art Gallery of
Ontario both have free admission
for students in the later hours of
Wednesdays. In addition, the ROM
has half price admission on Fridays
from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Go ice skating on Toronto’s waterfront! This
free event will be going on all day starting at
10 a.m. on Feb. 20. You can also strap on your
blades at the Sherbourne Common skating
rink, Nathan Phillips Square, Lake Devo or
one of the many other rinks around the city.
Roller derby, ping pong and bowling have all
made a comeback. The sixth season of Toronto
Roller Derby started on Feb. 4. Go to Downs-
view park to watch the kick-ass sport, to SPiN
on King St.W for ping-pong, or to Bathurst
Bowlerama where the shoes are hideous and the
beer is cheap.

Go for a romantic stroll around the Bloor-Yorkville area.
IceFest is an opportunity to view
beautiful ice sculptures. Between Feb. 25 – 26, take a
walk through the Village of Yorkville Park located at
Cumberland to see this year’s creations.

Get in touch with your sexual side. Just For
Her, a female only sex shop has a wide array of
classes to teach you everything from multiple
orgasms, to stripping, to lap dances. Check the
schedule for gender-specifc classes.
The Canadian International Auto Show 2012 is in
town at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. If
you’re up for paying the $20 entry fee, you’ll be
able check out the car of your dreams and ones
you may be able to aford post-graduation.
Learn something new! Places like the Knit
Café on Queen St. W are a great atmospheres
to learn a new craft. Or for the geek in all of us,
go to Snakes and Lates on Bloor St. where the
employees can explain how to play one of their
thousands of in-house board games.
Try new food, get some
sleep, drink some booze,
destress, get laid.
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Simply completing your graduation requirements does not mean you have graduated.
If you are a student in your fnal year/semester/course, you are required to apply to
graduate on RAMSS (
ApplicAtion DeADlines:
Monday, February 27, 2012
Final date to apply for graduation on
RAMss for the spring 2012 convocation
(with $40 graduation administration fee)
Friday, March 16, 2012
Final date to apply in person to graduate
for the spring 2012 convocation (with $40
graduation administration fee and $50 late
fee for a total of $90)
Applications to graduate will not be accepted
after March 16, 2012.
eligible students who either have outstanding
debts in excess of $10 or who have equipment,
cage cards, library books or Resnet cards
overdue as of May 11, 2012 will still be invited
to convocation but will not receive their award
document at that time.
log in to RAMss to determine if you have a
'negative service indicator' (Withhold) and contact
the appropriate department immediately to make
arrangements to clear the outstanding debt.
For more information visit:
please remind your friends and
classmates of these deadlines,
especially those who are not
regularly on campus!

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