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Wednesday Aug. 29 2012

The Ryerson Students’ Union Presents:

Gould Street
★ Live Stage Performances ★ Cotton Candy & Popcorn ★ Outdoor BBQ ★ Roaming Magician Baldini 12-3pm ★ Personalized Buttons 12-4pm ★ Shisha Lounge 2-6pm ★ Airbrushed T-Shirts 2-6pm ★ Henna 3-6pm ★ Sponsor Booths ★ ...and more!

Campus Groups Fair
Gould Street
Get involved with 150+ Student Groups and Course Unions Live Student Group Performances Music by DJ Cut4Cut

The Alternative Orientation Event
Gould Street
Get involved with RSU Equity & Social Justice, Sustainability and Student Action Committees and the 5 Equity Service Groups ★ FREE Silkscreening ★ FREE Food Samples ★ FREE Giveaways




featuring Marianas Trench n Kingston
with Fefe Dobson and Sea

Gould Street
11am to 3pm
FREE: iPad Giveaway nts FREE lunch for the first 3000 stude Outdoor beer garden (Govt ID required) Games on the street Roaming Entertainment: jugglers, fire spinners, and more.


Community BBQ
FREE BBQ Hosted by University Advancement

Social Justice Fair

Featuring community groups with social justice mandates.


Stage Programming

Ram in the Rye Patio
Performances by:

Sex in the Ram
Dirty Bingo & Drag Show Ram in the Rye
FREE PRIZES In partnership with RyePRIDE, Centre for Women & Trans People, & The Eyeopener

Performances by socially-conscious dub poets, hip-hop and spoken-word artists, dancers, and drummers.

FREE: Exclusive 52nd Annual P&P bandana Check-in at RSU tables for concert ngents wristband & for Course Union conti *Must show Ryerson One Card s Parade and Accessibility vehicle leave promptly at 4pm

Student Action Rally
A campus rally to show support for Quebec students resisting tuition fee increases and to fight for accessible education in Ontario.


★ THE FAMILY ★ JANEE OLIVIA ★ JUSTIN TYLER ★ THE MIDNITE **FREE SHISHA all night by the Iranian Student Association (ISARU)


Coffee House
Oakham Lounge
Relax. Open mic student performances Hosted by Don Campbell FREE COFFEE, TEA AND SNACKS Board games provided by the Association of Ryerson Roleplayers and Gamers (ARRG!)

Mattamy Athletic Centre
(Formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) 5pm
Doors open in *Must show Ryerson One Card to get Concert Begins 6pm to 9pm


Block Party
Ram in the Rye Patio



Toronto’s hottest dance crew showcase: ★ GEEKFREAKS and ★ DJ MELBOOGIE vs. DJ CRAIG BROOKLYN


Gould Street and Mattamy Athletic Centre are both wheelchair accessible.

If we require accommodation to ensure your participation, please contact as soon as possible.

For more information contact VP Student Life & Events, Ifaz Iqbal,

Ryerson Students’ Union @RyeSU

Wednesday Aug. 29 2012



Young Toronto pilot with a bright future soared with success at an early age, but fell too soon.

Rye loses student to plane crash
By Diana Hall
The night before a major flight test at the Waterloo Regional International Airport, Marko Misic and his friends took a break from studying to read John Gillespie Magee Jr.’s poem High Flight: “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth / And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.” It reads like a lullaby, all the way through until the final, famous line: “- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.” This is how Misic’s friends would like to remember the 20-year-old aerospace engineer student. Misic, Mohammed Shahnawaz Zia, 23, Wasay Rizwan, 27, and Victoria Margaret Luk, 19, died in a plane crash in Moorefield on Aug. 24. Misic was the decorated young pilot at the controls when the four-seater Cessna 172 went down just before 8:30 p.m. “Ever since he was little, he was all about flying,” Richard Sukhdeo, first a friend and later a classmate at Ryerson, said of Misic. “He wanted to fight forest fires, and he was extremely intelligent - one of the best pilots.” Sukhdeo and Misic met in successive Air Cadets summer training programs, where the two picked up glider pilot licenses at 16 years old. They would also nab private pilot’s licenses together – but it wasn’t enough for Misic. He set his sights on his multi-engine and instrument rating levels of aviation training. Sukhdeo says it was this determination and passion for flying that pushed Misic to apply for the aerospace engineering program. The experience wasn’t enough: He wanted to learn about the theory, too. “He would always talk about what he [wanted] to do in the future,” Ashley Rahul Martis, a business student at York University, says of his fellow air cadet. “He was at the Bombardier program, and he just had a really big future ahead of him in the aviation industry. He was a really good guy who would follow his passions to the end.” Misic’s love for the skies was rivaled only by his love for soccer. A “proud Croat” himself, Team Croatia in particular had a special place in his heart. He also took to the RAC on Thursday nights to play intramural soccer last year. He couldn’t get enough. “We had a project that we had a month to work on and we decided to use the last two days to start it and finish it,” Sukhdeo recalls of their last semester together, “but (Misic) had to take a break because he had to play soccer for a couple of hours.” It was just the way it was with Misic, whom Sukhdeo describes as a “goof.” During summers in the air cadet program, Misic would bring along his accordion and serenade his friends with Croatian Marko Misic, an aerospace and engineering student at Ryerson, died in a plane folk music. crash near Kitchener on Friday. He dubbed himself the “Croatian Sensation,” and Rahul Martis internship he took on before what alone. Misic died not only doing says that Misic insisted his younger would be his final take-off was what he loved; he died sharing his siblings and cousins were to be his proof of that. love with people he cared about. prodigies. He was able to push himself and One of the other passengers, Zia But Misic knew when to buckle encourage others to get past the was a graduate of the aerospace down and forge ahead – and the hardships and stress that came with engineering program at Ryerson. coveted Bombardier summer studies in aviation by not doing it The cause of the crash is still under


investigation. Misic’s visitation will take place at Turner and Porter in Mississauga on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Our Lady Queen Croatia Church at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Five things that happened while you were away
Prince Charles visits the DMZ
As part of the royal visit in May, Prince Charles attended a tour of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), hosted by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. The tour was part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60 years on the throne.

Alan Shepard leaves Rye
After five years at Ryerson as provost and vice-president academic, Alan Shepard was announced as the next president of Concordia University last May. Effective as of Aug. 1, the change came after an extensive search by the Montreal university’s Presidential Search Committee. Shepard’s work at Ryerson included an extensive restructuring of the school’s strategic planning in relation to its academics.

CLASSE comes to Campus
In July, Ryerson hosted the Quebec-Ontario Student Solidarity Tour, a province-wide speaking tour which urged Ontario students to support and potentially join in the longest student protest in Canadian history. The RSU-backed event brought in about 200 Ryerson students and discussed both the reasons for the protests and ways in which Ontario students could adapt the Quebec model to fit their own situation.

Yonge Street arsonist caught
Police arrested a man in July in connection to a number of fires throughout the city, including last year’s 6-alarm blaze that destroyed the former Empress Hotel at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. Charges facing 53-year-old Stewart Poirier would eventually grow to include over 30 criminal counts, including arson, endangering human life and attempted murder.

Ryerson unveils MAC
It took nearly eight years, $60 million and countless delays, but Ryerson finally unveiled it’s new state-of-the-art athletic facility to the public earlier this month. After openning remarks by Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke about the significance of the famed landmark. The Eyeopener is also pleased to announce that we are official sponsors of the Mattamy Athletic Centre.




Wednesday Aug. 29 2012

Parade a step in the right direction
By Sean Wetselaar
It’s no secret that Ryerson isn’t exactly the most spirited of universities. It’s true – we have a frosh week which generations of rams been a part of and enjoyed, but as a newer (relatively speaking) school, we don’t have quite as many frosh traditions as older, more entrenched institutions. But one thing we do have is the annual parade and picnic, which this year turns 52, making it one of the few long running traditions at the school. Though there was certainly never anything explicitly wrong with the spirited trek down Yonge Street, or the free food and concert on the island, it often felt lacking, especially compared to the level of entertainment many other schools boasted. A small concert featuring Dragonette and some other small talent just didn’t feel up to par with big names like Snoop Dogg and Avicii, all of whom hit other schools in recent years. This all could be the secret behind Ryerson’s recent decision to switch the venue of this year’s parade and picnic from the traditional Toronto Island to the new Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) at the Gardens. Ryerson has spent recent years growing from a little polytechnic downtown to a full-fledged university and we’re now starting to see some of the benefits. Some may perceive the move to MAC from the Toronto Islands to be a break in a long-standing tradition, but really this is a great opportunity to create new traditions. Not only have we rerouted the parade to now lead back up towards MAC, but the free food and beer tent has also been relocated to Gould Street. Everything is slowly starting to feel more like part of the Ryerson community, and less like a trip to a tired venue at an inconvinient location borrowed from the city. MAC is undeniably a bigger, better venue to host concerts, and with its inauguration as home of the parade and picnic this year has come a slew of bigger talent that Ryerson has seen certainly in recent years. If you haven’t heard from the RSU over Twitter, the show will be featuring Fefe Dobson, Marianas Trench and Sean Kingston, not to mention the free food and beer. Whether these artists tickle your musical fancy or not it’s undeniably a huge step up in terms of popularity of the talent featured. So maybe Ryerson still doesn’t draw in the biggest artists of the Ontario schools performing, and maybe many students will continue to feel largely apathetic towards the annual event. This still marks yet another change in the way Ryerson is handling its image and community, and I’d say it’s a big step in the right direction.

Along with the inevitability of dealing with coffee, not getting paid is a legitimate reason for disagreeing with internships.


Internships will happen. Be ready.
By Lee Richardson Hello. Welcome to Ryerson. Now that you’re here you might as well start thinking about internships. Why so soon? Because if you’re anything like most students (i.e. poor) you’ll have to start saving money now to apply for them in your third or fourth year. The earlier you start saving the better, as the vast majority of internships neglect a wage, or in some cases, even an honourarium. With the average internship lasting three months, that is $7200 you’d be missing out on, if it was a full-time job paying $15 an hour. Just to help boost your resume and portfolio over the proclamations of experience finely crafted by your classmates (or so you imagine). This past year there has been significant media coverage of internships, especially the unpaid variety, with discussion in the U.S. and the U.K. (and growing debate in Canada) over the legality of employers pushing workloads onto unpaid interns — who often have no realistic chance of landing a job at the company — rather than the company spending extra money on hiring another employee or two. The concern around the trend of unpaid internships is that the industries that run off of the utilization of interns, such as journalism, will eventually become areas of work reserved only for the elite. Those with roots in money and/or privilege will be the few granted access to the career ladder. This notion of unpaid internships and a potential work-based class divide has recently been touched upon in an online article by a Toronto based writer. Focusing on the need for monetary backing before heading into the internship world, the writer, in a line that stuck with me uncomfortably through the rest of the article, stated that as she’d been through university she had surpassed the stage of her life where she had to work in the ‘failure’ of the blue collar work environment. While I could write double my allotted words on how this way of thinking is misguided, I’ll instead offer the most concise advice I can manage. After all, the rest of this issue is full of advice, so i thought I’d join in. #1. Mapping a single career path with one goal in mind (i.e.: a creative job position) is probably the worst thing you can do. Even if you get an internship there’s no guarantee of being hired. If one aspect of the plan goes wrong, you’re stuck with no alternatives. Be open. #2. Blue collar work shouldn’t be regarded as a failing, before or after graduation. It can, depending, pay more than creative jobs. Working blue collar, saving, then shooting for applying to that inevitable unpaid internship is an alternative to struggling on a ‘creative’ freelancers wage. #3. You’re at university, but at the end of it, having a degree doesn’t owe you anything - especially a guarantee of a job. The only guarantee is the guarantee that you’ll have a degree. And one last bit of advice for your time at Ryerson. Avoid the vegetarian burger at the Ram.

Editor-in-Chief Lee “Five hours of sleep for four consecutive days” Richardson News Sean “White shirt #1” Tepper Sean “U-hauler” Wetselaar Associate News Diana “Billy” Hall Features Carolyn “Wizard” Turgeon Biz and Tech Astoria “InDesign” Luzzi Arts and Life Susana Gómez “Is” Báez Sports Charles “A” Vanegas Communities Victoria “Hard program” Stunt Photo Marissa “Away” Dederer Brian Batista “Away” Bettencourt Associate Photo Dasha “Away” Zolota

Fun Kai “Apathetic” Benson Media Lindsay “Posh mouse” Boeckl Online Mohamed “Nine-fun-fun” Omar John “Mr. Post” Shmuel General Manager Liane “Back to work” McLarty Advertising Manager Chris “Theft victim” Roberts Design Director J.D. “Sailor” Mowat Contributors Luke “First on the list” Rinaldi The Annoying Talking Coffee Mug this week...Fonts. The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest and only independent student newspaper. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned by the students of Ryerson. Our offices are on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre. You can reach us at 416-979-5262, at or on Twitter at @theeyeopener.

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Wednesday Aug. 29 2012



What’s (not) in your wallet
Other than the obvious tuition and program-specific fees, here’s a breakdown of the other services that Ryerson is charging you for the year.

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Kate Fleming, First-Year Social Work “Between social life and school work... I think the balance will be kind of scary to get used to.” Colin Krstic, First-Year History “Back at home I’m a bit of a basement dweller. I’m really hoping that I don’t just go back into old trends.” Brooke Bigelow, First-Year Psychology “Just making friends and stuff is what worries me. ... I’m used to knowing everyone.”

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People to know on campus
Rodney Diverlus
As the President of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), Diverlus is in charge of the school’s expansive student union. He manages the team of vice presidents, and the mountains of student groups that fall under the RSU’s large umbrella. Together, the RSU represents the university’s 20,000 undergraduate students. As Vice President, University Advancement, Adam Kahan oversees fundraising through Ryerson’s network of alumni and donors, and also manages the Alumni Relations unit, which he has worked to improve over his nine years with the school. It is also Kahan’s job to maintain the school’s relationships with its many supporters.

One-on-one with an Olympian
Alisha Tatham represented Canada as a member of the women’s basketball team during the Summer Olympics in London. Prior to being an Olympian Tatham spent a year as a member of coach Roy Rana’s staff, and routinely practiced with Ryerson’s men’s basketball team to help prepare for the games. We caught up with Tatham to ask her about her Olympic journey.
Adam Kahan, VP, University Advancement

Adam Kahan

Julia Hanigsberg

How did you get involved with the men’s team? Moving up towards the Olympics, I really wanted to work on a few of my skills. My brother (Patrick) is an assistant coach on the team, and I knew Coach Rana through the national team program. So I asked if I could come and practice with the guys. It was a chance for me to get better, and they didn’t hesitate (to say yes). What was it like to be part of the opening ceremony at the Olympics? I think that’s one of the most exciting parts [of the Olympics]. When we got all our Canada gear and got together as a nation right in front of our building, there was so much energy. When we got into the stadium, we were walking as one. I loved it. It’s an exhilarating moment that no one can take away from me. What sort of interaction did you have with other teams in the Olympic village?

As the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Julia Hanigsberg is, put simply, in charge of the university’s money. Additionally, Hanigsberg manages the rest of the school’s executives and reports solely to the president. She is also one of Ryerson’s most active twitter users.

We had a week before the games started so we went out and got to see the village, and there was this giant Connect-4. We started playing, and then some members of the Chinese national team came over, so it was China versus Canada, even though it wasn’t basketball. I got to see some of the NBA players, Serena Williams – who I’m a huge fan of –, [and] Michael Phelps. It was such a weird feeling because these are elite athletes that I’ve looked up to or watched for years, and I’m standing in line with them to get pasta. [But] you just say “hi” or “what’s up”. It was cool. What’s it like playing against an American team stacked with WNBA stars like Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi? It’s a very challenging matchup, because they’re so good at every spot. They’re so good at everything they do, so it’s very hard to find any weaknesses in Team USA. But we love to play them. They’re the best, so it helps us measure where we’re at. Are you looking forward to another Olympics? I am. I would really love to go to Rio (de Janeiro in 2016). Nothing tops an Olympics except an Olympics with medals. A lot of us got our feet wet this time, but we know what we want and we know how to get there.

Sheldon Levy

Rodney Diverlus, RSU President

As president of the university, Levy manages the school’s extensive administration and team of vice presidents as well as making numerous appearances throughout the city as a spokesperson for the university. He’s also the mastermind behind much of Ryerson’s recent growth into Toronto and his so-called master plan has been the backbone of Ryerson’s philosophy since his inauguration in 2005.

Hossein Rahnama
Hossein Rahnama is the Research Director of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson, the university’s research and development branch. Rahnama is in charge of finding industry partners for the myriad of DMZ projects in addition to being in charge of the research team for Flybits, one of the DMZ’s most successful projects, which works on numerous innovations in the realm of mobile computing.

Elisabeth Stroback
As Executive Lead, Capital Projects and Real Estate on campus, Elisabeth Stroback is the person in charge of the swaths of new and future buildings popping up on and around campus. Stroback manages the teams of workers on these projects and handles Ryerson’s current real estate portfolio.

We Will Sell Them For You
We're open late to serve you better!
(Monday, Sept 10 to Thursday, Sept 20)
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am–9pm / Friday: 8:30am–6pm Saturday: 11am–5pm / Sunday: CLOSED

Bring Us Your

Student Centre, Lower Level, 55 Gould Street

Buy or consign used textbooks at the Used Book Room. Run by students, for students.

Alisha Tatham represented her country on the basketball court at the London 2012 Olympic Games.



Wednesday Aug. 29 2012



is for Apathy
Digital Media Courses at OCAD University are designed to help you learn the skills you need, fast. Courses run in the evening, on weekends, or online, perfect for busy schedules.

Between the euphoria of leaving high school and the newfound independence that comes along with living in Canada’s largest city, most university students arrive at Ryerson with a keen sense of passion and excitement for the four years they will spend working on their undergraduate degree. But somewhere in the shuffle that passion often fades into indifference. After as little as a semester, Ryerson seems to lose its luster as students spend less and less recreational time on campus, only showing up for their classes and the odd exam. Dubbed a “commuter campus,” a common argument is that the university’s centralized location does not allow for a thriving community because instead of settling downtown and thrusting themselves into the community, a majority of Ryerson’s 20,000 students come from all parts the city with the sole intention of staying as long as they have to . My warning to you: don’t buy into that. What people don’t really notice is

September 10 September 11 September 12
Ryerson students are an apathetic bunch


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that Ryerson has one of the most diverse and complete student communities in Toronto. Seriously, whether you’re into sports, politics, video games or comic books there’s a club for just about anything you can think of. Not to mention the fact that our once small campus has practically doubled over the past year. The

2012-13 school year will mark the first time that Ryerson students will have a place they can call home. I’m not saying that the Mattamy Athletic Centre will cure student apathy or make people care more about our school, but what it will do is give students a reason to spend more time on campus and that’s the first step in building a caring community.

Complete fall schedule is online at:


is for Booze
First off, I’m assuming you’re 19, kid. I won’t risk my journalistic integrity and ethical commitments by telling you to get a fake ID. I will however, put this article in my portfolio. The heart of the anus of campus, The Ram in the Rye – or once you’re cool enough –The Ram. The campus pub, located at Church and Gould Streets, is where us cool folk usually start the day. They have cheap pitchers, highly edible and well-priced food, great service from mostly fellow students, and pool tables. Bonus feature: Ask for a Billy. Thank us later. Feeling fancy, kid? Try out the Imperial Pub at Victoria and Dundas Streets. A bunch of Ryerson professors and staff drink here, so don’t act like you’re in first year. Or just never say ‘sick’ when you want to say something is cool. Beer is a tad bit more expensive than our campus pub, but the atmosphere at the second floor bar, The Library, is something you’re going to want come exam time. Bonus feature: Nachos are good. Yeah. What’s that? It’s midnight and the LCBO is closed? Your night is ruined? Head down to Lou Dawgs at Gerrard and Church Streets for some cheap beer, pulled-pork poutine, and the nicest restaurant staff you’ll meet who sometimes work till 4 a.m. Bonus feature: I just told you it’s open till 4 a.m. We have way more to share with you, young Frosh Ryewalker. There is after all, many other bars in the city. So how about you go to for more tips on where to get kerblonked like a fourth-year champ?

Remember that movie you watched with the college students getting drunk? Yeah, I’ve seen all 700 of them too. A scene featuring the drunken university undergrad, doing stupid stunts in a messy dorm filled with beer cans, bongs, and buffoons exploring each other’s mouths is a staple in student-targeted comedies. But it’s there for a reason. Booze is a beautiful bastard that gives you fun times and occasionally great social experiences, but in return sometimes makes you puke on whoever stupidly stands in front of you for more than 10 seconds. It’s this spirit of ‘ah fuck it’ that revolves around alcohol that resonates so well with our superb student body, and you’ll be seeing that – or you’ll recall it after you wake up from your stupor– in the coming year. Have you made it this far in the article? Great, lets get this shit started.

Cheapest Beers
(According to the LCBO for a 473 ML can)

- Budweiser $2.20 - Coors Light: $2.20 - Lakeport: $1.85 - Molson Canadian $2.20 - Moosehead: $2.25 - Pabst Blue Ribbon: $1.95 - Rolling Rock: $2.35
If beer isn’t your thing there’s nothing wrong COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMON with downing a bottle of hard liquor. It’s the same experience but with a worse experience.


If you haven’t discovered the tingling sensation of coffee jolting you awake in the morning, now is the time to get used to it. Caffeine can be a welcome sidekick in the face of academic apathy. What with textbooks to buy, new buildings to navigate and the immediate weight of the semester’s assignments overwhelming your pull -out calendar, it’s understandable for students to be looking for ways to make it through. Thanks to Ryerson’s giddy construction streak, breaking free from the convenience of cafeteria dispensed coffee (which usually tastes as good as it sounds) has become wonderfully easy.



Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012

is for Caffeine
Pop-up Tim Hortons stations are scattered throughout campus, and are perfect for between class pitstops – as long as you’ve got cash or a OneCard on hand and don’t mind the lineup. The Victoria Street location will take debit and credit cards, however, and the inevitable hordes of students and community members are served surprisingly quickly. The most recent addition to the Ryerson campus is Balzac’s, located on the lower level of the Image Arts building. For an extra few dollars the coffee chain offers a range of products from baked goods, a simple cup of joe, to a list of espressos. If the excitement of a new venue isn’t enticing enough, Balzac’s boasts wrap-around windows, art-deco vintage floors, a fair indoor study space, as well as a small patio to enjoy during breaks. There are also several Starbucks venues hovering at the edge of campus. It serves as a simple grab-andgo station at the bottom of the AMC building on Dundas, but early risers can snag a seat at the tiny Starbucks nestled into the northwest corner of Church and Gerrard Streets. For the caffeine aficionado, the circuit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Mutual Street’s Rise Espresso. Although a little out of the way to venture to between classes, the simple venue is focused on good service above all else. Chat with the owners to learn of their products, and be sure to try the moderately priced espresso shots.


Balzac’s, which also has a location in the Distillery District, opened its doors on Gould Street last May.

Ryerson’s Coffee Pod Price Check

Tuition costs a lot to begin with, so as a university student you will most likely find yourself scrounging for change under couch cushions weekly. You may even go the “out of sight, out of mind” method and resort to hiding increments of money from yourself around your dorm or apartment in order to save for special occasions or “emergencies”. We can’t promise that these will help you finance your blossoming social life but we can tell you a more efficient way of saving money: take advantage of discounts. In a city with so much to offer one must keep an eye out for deals, although sometimes it will take a bit of searching to find ones that will prove useful. So to save you some time, here are a few to get you started. Aren’t we nice.

Tim Hortons
Medium: 14 oz Price: $1.65

Tall: 12 oz Price: $1.94


Medium: 12 oz Price: $2.02

Rise Espresso
Large: 12 oz Price: $2.00

is for Discounts
comedy show, ROM, the Science Centre, Wonderland and Cineplex movie tickets, as well as Bixi Bike memberships.


•Lou Dawg’s at the corner of Gerrard Street East and Church Street offers a 10 per cent discount for students. •Spring Rolls on Dundas across from the Eaton Centre offers a student discount of 15 per cent. •The McDonald’s in the Atrium on Bay offers a 15 per cent discount to students. Unfortunately, this is the only location we know of that gives the discount. •Take a chance, flash your student card whenever you go out to eat. You may get lucky and find a place that offers a student discount. Another great way to take advantage of discounts is to purchase a Student Price Card (SPC), a card that gives you 10 per cent - 15 per cent discounts at over 100 retailers. It costs $9 and is sold at a variety of stores, the closest to Ryerson campus being Shoppers Drug Mart. It definitely pays for itself with all the discount opportunities it gives you.

Apps that save you money



Courtesy of

Courtesy of Google

This app is geared at Canadians, offering only Canadian deals and discounts. It rates each discount on a heat scale to show their popularity.

This app will show you places to grab a bite to eat on a handy map while giving you access to recommendations and reviews. Some of the restaurants listed also offer discounts called “Check-in Specials”.


•At the Art Gallery of Ontario, students can get in for $11 and Wednesdays are free between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. •The Royal Ontario Museum is free every Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. •The Ryerson Student Union sells various tickets at their desk in the lobby of the Student Centre, including discount TTC passes,


The Member Services Office desk in the lobby of the Student Centre is where students flock to get discounted tickets and metro passes.

By Luc Rinaldi

Wednesday Aug. 29 2012



is for Egerton Ryerson

You’re going to pass his statue on Gould Street about two thousand times over the next four years, so you might as well get to know him. A Methodist minister, educator and politician, our school’s namesake is known today as the father of Ontario’s public school system. He revolutionized education by mandating libraries, creating a central textbook press and founding Ontario’s first teacher’s college at Victoria and Gould in 1850. A hundred years later, long after his death, that land became home to the Ryerson Institute of Technology, named in his honour. The naming trend continued, and so, when the provincial government granted the institute full university status in 1993, it became Ryerson University. But the school’s not the only You’re going to pass his statue on


Gould Street about two thousand times over the next four years, so you might as well get to know him. A Methodist minister, educator and politician, our school’s namesake is known today as the father of Ontario’s public school system. He revolutionized education by mandating libraries, creating a central textbook press and founding Ontario’s first teacher’s college at Victoria and Gould in 1850. A hundred years later, long

after his death, that land became home to the Ryerson Institute of Technology, named in his honour. The naming trend continued, and so, when the provincial government granted the institute full university status in 1993, it became Ryerson University. But the school’s not the only thing named after Egerton. Fifty years ago, a group of Ryerson students pooled together $25, bought a live ram

and named him Eggy. Why? To boost school morale (see letter A). The school’s hockey team — named the Rams after Egerton’s zodiac sign — needed a mascot for an upcoming game. Eggy, decked out in blue and gold ribbons and banners, propelled the Rams to victory. So the little ram became a permanent fixture on campus. The school went through five live rams — the dead rams would

be sent off to a taxadermist who would remove the ram’s head, stuff it and mount it in the campus pub — before the Humane Society started pressuring universities to stop using live animals as mascots in the early ‘90s. The last live Eggy died in 1991. The Eggy we know now (a.k.a. costumed Eggy five) is the latest of Ryerson’s less cruel (and less odorous) mascots in honour of our late founder.

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ment of the freshman 15 is stress. Unlike in high school, teachers do not spread out your assignments and whether they be essays, projects or mid-terms you can always be certain that your most heavily weighted work will be due at the same time — if not the same date. Many students who have not kept up with their assignments and have fallen victim to procrastination will attempt to drown their sorrows in alcohol, but other common forms of self-pity involve a large amount of fast-food or anything deep-fried and wrapped in bacon. Welcome to university: finishing your readings will take precedence over your daily jog, cramming for a midterm will seem more important than preparing yourself an organic meal, and when you’re leaving the library at 2 a.m. nothing hits the spot like a Big Mac. Quite simply it’s impossible to eat healthy or find time to maintain your active lifestyle when you are constantly trying to play catch-up with your schoolwork. The sad reality of the situation is that no matter how organized or perfect you may be, you will surely fall victim to the freshman 15, or at least parts of it.

If you haven’t heard of this term before, it’s a university-wide anomaly experienced by first-year students. Symptoms typically involve a 15 per cent increase in GPA as well as a 15 lb increase in one’s waistline, which is often attributed to the extremist nature of university students. Extensive research has linked this grade and weight fluctuation to activities such as: drinking while studying, drinking instead of studying, showing up to class drunk or drinking to get rid of a hangover. Another contributor to the dreaded freshman 15 is one’s intake of marijuana, which, as studies show, exponentially increases once a student enters university. If you breathed a sigh of relief because you treat your body like a temple and would never harm it with any of the aforementioned substances, think again because the number one factor in the develop-



OneCards slap students with tragically restricting meal plans every year. It’s hard to eat well and try new things when students stick themselves to the Pitman Caf like a chewed-up piece of gum. The stir-fry station gets old within the first two weeks, and apples cost $1 each. Rise up, Ryersonians, and venture into the streets of Toronto for your choice of healthy picks, tasty treats, or plain old better deals. Don’t be fooled by the Metro right across the street from the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC); the convenience of a 24hour grocery store is awesome, as is collecting Air Miles, but your wallet will take a beating from the weekly trips for grapes and Toaster Strudels. Although prices are just as high at the new Loblaws at Church and Carlton (which shares a building with the Mattamy Athletic Centre), the urban marketplace showcases its variety of produce and quality goods in style. From the



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is for Groceries


giant wall of cheese (it’s taller than the Ryerson Rams basketball team standing on each other’s shoulders… almost), to the cupcake counter and sushi bar, Loblaws guarantees ultimate grocery shopping awe. If you can brave the 20-minute walk, check out the No Frills

or Freshco stores on Parliament Street. The prices can’t be beat by more upscale grocery chains and will be well worth the jog. Produce is especially cheap at the Lucky Moose, a supermarket famous for its deals and English-Chinese playlist mash-ups in Chinatown. Head west, young men and women, and

don’t forget to bring cash. Finally, this best-of-the-downtown-core grocery tour wouldn’t be complete without at least window-shopping through St. Lawrence Market. The friendly, hungry mosh-pit in the buildings at Jarvis and Front Streets is a testament to the quality of fresh fruit, scones,

veggies, scones, meat and scones this farmers’ market has to offer. Products are pricier here than at your average grocery store in support of the local farming community. Ryerson also plays host to a farmers’ market along Gould Street every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m until Oct. 23.

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invited to parties. The real thing to keep in mind is water. Drink water before you go out drinking, drink it while you’re drinking, drink it after you’re done drinking and drink it when you wake up the next morning. Okay, maybe don’t do all of those, but try to have a few glasses here and there. Hangovers are largely caused by dehydration, so you can really avoid the worst of it with a bit of water. Also, eat something. If you’re going to be drinking for several hours, you should eat beforehand, and maybe once when you’re out. As if you needed an excuse to order nachos. Next, we deal with the hangover. Here’s the thing: go to class. Not only because knowledge is power, but also because a hangover feels way worse when you have nothing to do. Set several alarms to ensure you wake up, go to class and have some coffee

You’re not really sure where you are or who this is beside you, but it must have been a good night. Your eyes burn and your head hurts and the inside of your mouth feels like those rather scratchy socks your grandma gave you for Christmas. Welcome to your very own hangover! Just as drinking is a major staple in the lives of many students, hangovers are a staple in the life of every drinker. Hangovers can range from mild uneasiness to a full-blown three day coma, depending on how much you drank and whether you’re Gary Busey. But the important thing is to not let the hangover get the best of you. The first thing to learn is prevention. You really can get away with a mid-range hangover after the wildest of nights if you prepare accordingly. Your mother will tell you the easiest way to avoid a hangover is to just not drink. This is why she doesn’t get


or lunch with friends. By the time you’re done for the day, you’ll probably feel well enough to hit the pub again. Hangover cures are a different

story. Everybody seems to swear by one, and some seem to work better than others, but the general consensus is that there’s no way to cure a hangover entirely.

For our video exploring our various hangover cures, visit

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is for Internet!
restricts you to your room and, depending on the length of your cable, your desk. Fear not, because the entire campus is equipped with a wireless network dubbed RU-Secure, and hanging out in your floor’s lounge has been occasionally known to grant you with a magical connection. You can also sign into the university’s network from anywhere on campus using the same username and password as your RAMSS and RMail accounts. Though it hasn’t always been the most reliable of networks, Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS) have been hard at work since last year adding new wireless access points to make your campus browsing experience a better one. They are also the goto for any of the many problems Ryerson has with our Internet. So whether you’re browsing Facebook in class, streaming shows in the quad or downloading porn anyplace your screen is hidden, take a moment to thank CCS, the unsung heroes of this campus.


Oh, the wonderful world of the Interwebs. What would the tech generation do without them? Lucky for you, Ryerson has set you up to be totally and constantly wired. If you are living under a rock and don’t have a smartphone or laptop with which to use these services, there are computer labs throughout the Library and Kerr Hall — just make sure they’re actually open when you need them. For the other 99 per cent of you, keep your gadgets with you at all times. Upon moving into residence, froshies will (hopefully) have noticed that they have access to high speed Internet in their rooms. Unfortunately, this service requires an archaic Ethernet cable that will hook up to a panel in your room. You’ve already paid for “ResNet” in your housing fees, but that cord is going to cost you extra. You can find them for anywhere from $20 to $50 at Future Shop (10 Dundas St. E) or Best Buy (65 Dundas St. W). The downside is that this super reliable high speed


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also on-going job fairs at Ryerson throughout this school year. The first is on Sept. 13 and employers will be looking to hire students for part-time or seasonal positions. Later on in the year, the job fairs will target students in certain programs, like Engineering and Marketing to help students find work and experience in their field. Or, if you feel like searching for a job online? There’s a student job board on the Career Development and Employment Centre website. The jobs are divided into workstudy campus jobs and non-work study campus jobs. The work-study program provides on campus, career-related part-time jobs to students in financial need. Non-work study jobs are offered to all students. A lot of off-campus jobs are out there, too. Try looking for job ads on Kijiji or Craigslist, or just taking a good ol’ walk around downtown to see if any now hiring signs cross your eye.

The first week of school is tough. You may have just dug deep into your bank account to pay for those tuition fees and residence fees. You have an OSAP loan but the reality of having to pay it all back is seriously bringing you down. Even worse, you’ve created a budget for yourself and realize you can’t really afford to get plastered all that much this school year. Oh god. But no need to fret! Ryerson Career Development and Employment Centre can help you find a job to build those savings back up. And saving is fun. So is spending money on alcohol. The centre’s website has tons of tips to help you start your job search off right. They offer advice like how plan your career, how to build your resume, how to create a portfolio, and how to evaluate a job offer. If the tips on the website aren’t enough, students may book an appointment to meet with a career counselor in person. There are




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is for keggers
a huge kegger goes down, you’ll be sure to be in the know. The other option is to host your own. There are upsides and downsides to this. The good part is that you might end up making money off of the entrance fee, depending on how many kegs you buy and how many people show up. The downside is that you might be dealing with people puking in your bathtub and passing out on your porch. Make sure you police your kegger accordingly so that enough crazy stuff happens, but the cops don’t get involved. There’s nothing worse than a kegger getting shut down at 11 p.m. because some lightweight gets alcohol poisoning and falls off a second-storey balcony. Have fun, get drunk and don’t be the one to ruin the party. The photos will be on facebook tomorrow, after all.

The kegger: it’s the undisputed king of parties. There’s nothing quite like drinking ditch beer while being held upside down by your ankles, and dammit, this is the time to do it. It may not be pretty, but a kegger is the perfect storm of fun, bad decisions and good stories. The key to a kegger is to get your money’s worth. On any other night, pre-drinking is the name of the game, but with a kegger, it’s all you can drink. Get in early, pay your ten bucks and drink like it’s going out of style. Sure, you might wake up in Hamilton with a leotard on, but you got your money’s worth and that’s what’s important. Before you can experience a kegger, you have to get invited to one. If you’re a straight-laced quiet type, make friends with some of the party animals in your class or on your rez floor. That way, when

Kegger Commandments:
-Thou shalt pay your entrance fee. -Thou shalt play beer pong, flip cup and ride the bus. -Thou shalt not cut in line for the tap. -Thou shalt order enough kegs to support the crowd until 2 a.m. -Thou shalt not puke. -Thou shalt not complain of excessive foam or the quality of the beer. -Thou shalt always use red cups. -Thou shalt not use pictures for blackmail.

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dent at the University of Ontario institute of Technology, York University, the University of Toronto and as president of Sheridan College in Oakville, Levy was appointed as Ryerson’s president in 2005 as the successor to Claude Lajeunesse. Over the better part of the past decade Levy has put Ryerson on the map, quite literally. In less than 10 years on the job, Levy has expanded Ryerson’s downtown presence by adding two new buildings (the Image Arts Centre and the Mattamy Athletics Centre) to Ryerson’s urban campus, while planning to add another two buildings (the Student Learning Centre and a new residence) within the next decade. Aside from strengthening the university’s campus, Levy has also made it a priority to expand Ryerson’s global brand, with occasional trips abroad, including to India, to hype up the university’s research. He never misses an opportunity to publicize the ongoing research at the school’s Digital Media Zone or the Centre for Urban Energy, and has formed a number of partnerships with other educational institutes around the world. Outside of the office, Levy is


Famously dubbed as “the man with the master plan,” Ryerson’s President Sheldon Levy is the driving force behind the university’s resurgence on both the Canadian and international scene. A Toronto native, Levy attended high school at Downsview Public and Secondary, later staying local to complete a master’s degree in mathematics at York University. After working as a vice presi-

extremely approachable, never shying away from a conversation with a concerned student or staff member, which furthers his mission of advancing the university not only as an academic institution but as a city-builder. Oh yeah, he also rides a motorcycle and occasionally heads up to his cottage to man it up in the wilderness. Talk about being a badass.

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You’re finally out of your parents’ place and can now freely do what you do best: smoke that ganja! As long as you don’t live in residence, that is. According to your rez contract, you’ve agreed to not be “involved with trafficking, possessing, using and consuming any illegal drug substance in resi-


is for Marijuana
dence.” While you may want to knock that incessant dope-dealing habit, there’s no way you’re going to abandon Mary Jane without a fight.

Know the Contract
According to the rez contract, being caught with marijuana means you’ll automatically be handed three points. Once you reach nine points, you’ll be evicted. But you can also be evicted for committing a three point offense. According to the contract,

“...the smell of prohibited substances (e.g., marijuana), in or near suite/rooms, common areas or near the residence building will be assumed to be conclusive of use or possession.” While we question the legality of inconclusive evidence like “smell near a building” being enough to evict someone, you should at least know that it’s in the contract.

walk around and actually pour out your opened alcohol in the hallways will also go around asking “why does it smells like weed?” Be careful around them and be on the safe side by not openly exposing anything you know you shouldn’t be seen with.

ked. Keep your blinds closed and you can be as naked as you want.

Get a “Guy”

Use Discretion
While your Residence Advisor may be cool, others aren’t. The ones that

One of the best things about being a student at Ryerson is that we are situated right in the heart of downtown. That means that whenever a big event occurs, we are only a couple of blocks away. Nuit Blanche, literally “white night” in French, is an annual duskto-dawn art festival where the centre of the city comes to life as it is turned into a gallery, housing performances and art displays. Most importantly, it is a great excuse for people to socialize, drink, and make bad decisions. Typically, galleries and cultural institutions are open free of charge and the roads are blocked off for pedestrian use (generally due to the excessive number of people on the streets). Anyone is welcome to participate, either as a volunteer or an artist. Unfortunately, the submission deadline for the 2012 Nuit Blanche has passed. Dates for next year will come out in October. Scheduled the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year’s Nuit Blanche will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012.


It’s pretty easy to find out who smokes/has weed in rez, but once you move out of rez, it can be a pain in the ass finding weed on short notice. Do yourself a favour: find out Close Your Blinds If you live on the north side of Pit- where people get theirs as early as man Hall, on any of the lowest 5 you can, and make your own hookfloors, people in the Architecture up. It’ll be worth it once you get building can see you blowin’ that past first year and memories of resichron’. They can also see you na- dence are just a thing of the past.

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is for Oakham!
Street to walk there from res, it will generally be well worth your while, with fan favourite such as the fettuccini alfredo and paninis for well below $10. Oakham also serves a kick-ass breakfast for those mornings you really need a pick-me-up, featuring all the classics – eggs, toast, hashbrowns, bacon etc. It isn’t threestar cuisine, but the food is actually good — seriously. In other exciting news, the café recently underwent a $50,000 renovation in September 2011, which expanded and improved the dinning space, meaning more room and service for you — Ryerson’s frosh. While often full, the café now generally has seating available if you’re fancying some enjoyable and affordable meals which probably won’t make you question your choice in university.

So you’re tired of choosing between wraps and pizza and wishing the pasta special in Pitman was open 24/7. ILLC is slowly losing its appeal and you’ve even started buying some groceries from Metro, even though you know you should probably be eating through your meal plan. You go to the ram as often as humanly possible, but you never have time to wait for food there. My friends, let me introduce you to what may be one of the few saving graces of Ryerson’s often horrendous meal options – Oakham Café. Oakham is a little café tucked into the SCC (Student Community Centre – the giant glass building on Gould Street which the RSU like to pimp out), which is one of the few places you’ll manage to get solid food at a reasonable price on your meal plan. If you’re willing to brave the epic trek across Church


is for Pride!
RyePride is a campus group run by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). It has worked to provide a safe and comfortable space for LGBTQ students and allies alike since 1977. The group fights phobias and discriminations based on sexual orientation and gender by running events like Winter Pride and the Trans Day of Remembrance throughout the school year. RyePride, which meets in room 209 at the Student Campus Centre (SCC), also started hosting Q & A (Queers and Allies) roundtable discussions last year. These events are open to all students in need of support, information on initiatives, or a place to share ideas. But RyePride’s initiatives are hardly chained to campus: the university’s Pride chapter has also made a point of participating in the city of Toronto’s Pride Week festivities. It’s one of many reasons student activity greatly contributes to the Toronto’s diversity and vitality. While the group enjoys a base on campus, students can also walk just a few blocks north of campus to the Church Wellesley Village, a part of the city known for its rainbow banners, strips of gay bars, and its stake as Toronto’s first home for LGBTQ community members. Catch up with RyePride at disOrientation day, and at the RSU’s social justice street fair taking place on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the history of the Pride movement off-campus, check out resources provided by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. The organization’s website features “The Pin Button Project”, an interactive exhibit that teaches history by clicking on the image of an old, politicized pin. The group’s Toronto office, located at 34 Isabella Street, is also showcasing an exhibition and book launch under the title At the Same Time - an exploration of romantic relationships in different parts of the world. The show runs until Sept. 22.

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Do you ever whisper “10 points for Gryffindor” after doing something awesome? Uhh... neither do we! But for the Harry Potter enthusiast suddenly without a midnight movie lineup to dress up for, there is a fix for your magic itch – the Ryerson Quidditch Club. Formed in 2010, the club plays an on-the-ground version of the sport of Hogwarts lore.


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The game is played with the traditional seven players – one Keeper, three Chasers, two Beaters, and one Seeker – but with nets a bit lower than usual (2 meters), dodgeballs for bludgers, and a human golden snitch. Last year, the team competed in the Canadian Quidditch Cup and travelled to New York City for the world championships. And for those who have outgrown their incessant habit of falling asleep under the stairs, the following sports clubs are offered by Ryerson Athletics (upcoming tryout dates in parentheses): Badminton, Cheerleading (Sept. 5), Cricket, Dragon Boat, Equestrian (Sept. 16), Golf (Sept. 4-5), Karate, Kendo, Masters Swim, Squash Ladder, Ryerson Dance Pak (Sept. 9), Taekwondo, Triathlon, and Water Polo.

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Ryerson University doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to sports. From 1985 to 2005, the women’s soccer team had a combined record of 11 wins -179 losses - 11 ties, as well as a winless streak that spanned almost seven years. And since the 1971-72 season, the men’s hockey team has only finished with a winning record twice. Even worse than Ryerson’s results have been its facilities. George Bell Arena was a terrible venue to

watch hockey games in, and the hour-long distance from campus was always a hassle for players and fans alike. With the opening of the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, Ryerson is hoping to also open a new chapter for athletics – one that includes championship banners rather than the losing mentality of seasons’ past. Admission to Rams’ games is free for all students (just bring your One Card).

Teams To Watch Out For:
Men’s Soccer
After finishing 7-2-5 and making the OUA semi-finals in 2010, the Rams took up from where they left off and finished with 8 wins - their most ever - in 2011. While the departure of defender Dimitri Karopoulos hurts, the Rams still have two returning firstteam all-stars from last season defender Michael Jan, and leading goalscorer Viktor Anastasov. The team still plays its home games at Lamport Stadium, but it’s well worth the 30-minute transit trip from campus.

Women’s Hockey
The inaugaral varsity season of women’s hockey was less than ideal. While they got their first win, it was the only one, as the team finished 1-25. As cliche as it sounds, there truly is no other way but up. They simply aren’t bad enough to lose that many games again. And while her stats are horrible (19 L, .874 SV%, 4.51 GAA), goaltender Emma Crawley is a star who can only improve.

OUA all-star Jordon Gauthier and the men’s basketball team will look to continue where they left off after reaching the CIS Final 8 for the second time in Ryerson’s history.


Men’s Basketball
The men’s basketball team went 29-103 in the six seasons before Roy Rana was hired as head coach in 2009. With Rana at the helm, the Rams have made the playoffs in each of the previous three years, reaching the CIS Final 8 last season after upsetting Lakehead, the #2 ranked team in the country, in the OUA semi-finals. Led by two-time OUA firstteam all-star Jahmal Jones and second-year forward Aaron Best, the Rams are hoping to put themselves in a similar situation this season. Already deep in the backcourt with starters Jones and 201112 second-team all-star Jordon Gauthier and regular contributors Afeworki Gebrekerestos and Ola Adegboruwa, the Rams have added former York sharpshooter Ostap Choliy this offseason. Highly-rated prospects Kyle Hankins and Juwon Grannum – both 6”7 – will look to help out star forward Bjorn Michaelsen in the frontcourt, the Rams’ biggest area of need. While it may be a little premature to book March accommodations in Ottawa (site of this season’s Final 8), this year’s team has more depth, size and experience than the previous, and will look to prove that they belong in the conversation about CIS basketball’s elite.


Rodney Diverlus President
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is made up of five full-time students who are elected annually to serve and represent the undergraduate student body. Their recent achievements include a discounted student TTC Metropass and the permanent closure of Gould Street for a pe-


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Melissa Palermo VP Education

Ifaz Iqbal VP Student Life & Events

Marwa Hamad VP Equity

Andrew McAllister VP Operations

destrian-only space. The RSU provides health and dental insurance for all full-time students, who are covered under the Members’ Health and Dental Plan for a yearly fee of $295 included in your tuition. Some of the plan’s benefits include 80 per cent for prescription drugs, $500 for

massage therapy, $300 for chiropractic care, and 75 per cent coverage for the cost of the extraction of four wisdom teeth. Students who are already covered under personal insurance can opt out and be reimbursed starting Sept. 1 at

The RSU also offer legal and advocacy services and have created five equity service groups in attempts to overcome marginalization at Ryerson (Community Food Room, Centre for Women and Trans People, Racialised Students’ Collective, RyeACCESS, and RyePRIDE). Each group offers

volunteer opportunities and puts on events. The Students’ Union is also responsible for organizing the Week of Welcome, which culminates with the Parade and Picnic on Friday, Sept. 7.


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hour and post-lecture restlessness do not mix well.

While there are undoubtedly benefits to living at home – no rent, rats or rez food – it can be a real pain when it comes to getting just about anywhere via the TTC. So commuters, listen up!

Beware of time
The subway stops running at 1:30 a.m. So if you’re planning on staying out late, you’ll have to use night buses, which have different routes and times. Certain streetcar lines, such as the 501 on Queen Street, run 24/7. Plan ahead how you’re getting home or be ready to dish out some cash on a cab.

Get yourself a Metropass
It’ll cost you $104 with a valid photo I.D. Getting a pass is worth it just to avoid tokens and change. When you’re drunk at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday night, you’ll be happy you got it.

Be smart about your schedule
Unless you enjoy having your personal space violated, try your best to avoid classes that end anywhere between 4 and 6 p.m. Rush

The Request Stop program
If you’re traveling alone between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., you can ask the driver to drop you off between stops.

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A-Z of Ryerson


is for being Underage
(How unfortunate.)
erally, the silver lining of being underage on campus is that there are many ways of getting your hands on alcohol. don’t work, even though they are photo ID. Your best bet is to either ask around to check if a bar IDs, or borrow an ID if you can find someone that looks similar enough to you. Keep in mind that not everyone in first-year is underage, therefore at least one person on your rez floor should be making regular trips to the liquor store. Hint, hint. In the end, an easy solution for those university students on the wrong side of 19 is simply to learn how to have fun while sober, which, believe it or not, is possible. On a positive note, consider how fortunate you are to not have the privilege to damage your liver as quickly as your legal peers. It feels strange to be suddenly thrust into a world of so-called adults and to have to be sneaky and underhanded about your drinking habits, but you’ll get through it.

Ryerson may not have a music program, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great spots around campus to catch, or play, a good show. For cozy, ultra-local gigs, check out the Oakham Café in the SCC. The RSU uses the space for open mics from time to time, including one on Thursday, Sept. 6, as part of this year’s Week of Welcome. Once you’ve mastered Oakham, you can move on to Ryerson’s other campus venue and beloved pub, the Ram in the Rye. While the live music at the Ram doesn’t include any open mics, you can always hop on stage for a drunken bout of kara-


If you’re like the majority of Ryerson’s frosh population, you may have decided it wasn’t really worth your while to spend another year in your home town. Maybe electing to take extra high school credits wasn’t your thing, or maybe you just couldn’t wait to get away from a place that you’d spent a large portion, or even all of your life in. Either way, you’ve wound up in one of the strangest positions imaginable: a legally underage teen living in a diverse community surrounded by students who will use any opportunity to drink. There are some things almost every first-year should know or will quickly learn. People don’t get carded at rez or house parties, some bars are strict with IDs, some are not, and half the underage population of the campus is probably equipped with a fake ID. But gen-

You’ve wound up in one of the strangest positions imaginable.
The many techniques of how to get booze into residence and drink it too have been passed down over the years. It’s also barely worth noting that if you decide to go out for a night on the town without an ID, and get carded, you will probably get kicked out (and remain sober to boot). So if you don’t have the right ID - remember, Ontario health cards

proudly presents

is for the best and the worst Toronto venues
oke. (Journalism vs. RTA, anyone?) If your ambitions happen to stretch beyond the boundaries of campus, though, your best bet is the Starbucks on the northwest corner of Church and Gerrard. The coffee shop offers up hour-long sets on weekends to anyone brave enough to compete with the drone of coffee-making machines and sixteensyllable drink orders. It may be a bit of a leap, but on Sherbourne, a few blocks northeast of the Starbucks, you’ll find the Phoenix Concert Theatre. You’re not likely to be playing there, but it’s the closest thing to a legitimate venue you’ll find anywhere near Ryerson. That is, of course, unless you count Massey Hall, the iconic concert theatre at Shuter and Victoria Streets that dates back to the late 1800s. It hosts a far more impressive collection of acts than any of the venues mentioned thus far, but it’s also the most expensive. On a student budget, don’t be expecting to attend too many shows here. Instead, flock to Yonge-Dundas Square, where entertainment is free, frequent and surprisingly highquality. Whether it’s for NXNE, Indie Fridays or for no reason at all, you can’t go wrong at that price.
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is for xylophone
Because it’s always for xylophone.

Waffles: the king of all breakfast foods. When you’re hung over, you’ll want to know where you can find them. Luckily, there are several breakfast places within a five-minute walk from the campus that fit a variety of budget options.


is for waffles
20 College Street Price: Moderate ($10-$20) Best for: Pancakes, home-made fries and milkshakes


Cafe Crepe
246 Queen Street Price: Cheap ($5-$10) Best For: Crepes

220 Yonge Street Price: Moderate ($10-$20) Best for: Eggs!

Aroma Espresso Bar
220 Yonge Street Price: Cheap ($5-$10) Best for: Strong coffee

Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch
27 Carlton Street Price: Moderate ($10-$20) Best for: Large servings and fruit

Daybreak Diner
399 Church Street Price: Cheap ($5-$10) Best for: Giant omelettes, drinks at 11 a.m., and people-watching.


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is for You
You’re great. And you deserve to treat yourself like it. That’s why you should take care of yourself, during Frosh week and the rest of the year




Take a break from studying (or partying) and let yourself rest. Sleep is crucial for a healthy immune system (who wants to be sick during frosh?!) and also to maintain a healthy weight. It’s also important for retaining information. According to a Harvard University study, it’s more difficult to take in new information after a bad sleep, but it’s just as crucial to sleep well after learning something new to remember the information. Naps are great too. A twenty minute power nap makes all the difference.

Smell burgers, salty stir-fry, and pizza? You’re probably in a Ryerson cafeteria. So when you go to spend your meal plan dollars, A.K.A Monopoly money, on food, it can prove tricky to make a healthy decision. Ignore your floor-mate’s text asking if you want to make a ruwn to the candy bar in Pitman Cafeteria and try eating from Ryerson’s only salad bar in Maggie’s Eatery (hooray! One salad bar!) instead. Even better, buy some of your own food to cook. Your mood and energy levels will be top-notch.

If you live in residence - and this is no exaggeration - most of your fellow froshies will likely be drunk, even mildly, for at least 10 hours a day. If you’re one of them, that’s great. When will it ever be socially acceptable to be drunk for a week straight again? Hardly ever. But if you didn’t drink very much in high school, don’t go overboard just to fit in. If residence staff sees you too drunk, they’ll call paramedics and assume you have alcohol poisoning. You’ll then be charged for the ambulance fee, too.


Almost as much as part of the campus as Salad King and the man that walks backwards, Zanzibar is the place to head to once you’ve realized that your new-found university dress sense isn’t going to attract anybody.
While Ryerson continues to try to shed its old image of ‘Rye-High’ by refurbishing its existing buildings and pushing the boundaries of its campus wider into downtown, there’s one building that will always have an effect on the universities image, however many shining glass monuments of modernism are considered, approved and (slowly) constructed by the university. That one building isn’t too subtle, easy to notice even in the brightest sunlight thanks to its exterior of clashing colours. Nestled up to Ryerson’s sometime-to-beconstructed Student Learning Centre in a way that only a building emblazoned with a neon-lit ‘The Girls Never Stop’ proclamation can nestle, Zanzibar is a reminder of the days when Yonge Street was kind of a seedier affair. The days when finding a strip club downtown wasn’t such a rarity, and when walking down Yonge after dark might not have been the best idea - basically before Yonge turned into a destination for pizza slices, cheap shoes and familyfriendly Batman impersonators. While it’s hard to ever see anyone actually going into the place, it must be doing something right because of the fact that it is still in business. Maybe it’s the location which, at just north of Gould Street at Yonge Street, could attract bored tourists unimpressed by the Eaton Centre, or maybe just tipsy and curious first-years who are away from home for the first time with a wallet full of OSAP money to spend. Or maybe its the drinks and food. Yes that’s right, if you’d like you can go there for lunch. They open their doors just after 11am, and go all the way until 2am, so you can even treat yourself with a midnight snack when you’re tired of studying, or whatever you do at midnight. But, you must be wondering, is the promise on the front of the building true? Do the girls really never stop? If not, then how? Do they have mechanical legs? The answer is beyond us at The Eyeopener, as no round-the-clock reporting has done on the place to see if the girls stopped or not. However if you want the answer to this question answered then please contact us. We will send a crack squad of reporters to scout the location. We will do this hard work for you, dear Ryerson students. We love you.

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Wednesday Aug. 29 2012


by Kai Benson


Write your own comics Send to the fun editor I also like beer.
(Seriously, if you want to get your comics published in the Eye, send them to or drop by SCC 207 with all your hilarious ideas.)

Horoscopes Reloaded
Mars crosses your sign this week, which completely explains that hooker-murdering spree you’ll go on.


You begin to realize you might be a dirty skank when you find out you’ve spent more this year on coat hangers than food.

You feel that nobody understands you, but that’s just because they don’t know what it’s like to be a straight, white, male, middle-class douche-canoe



Ryerson Quidditch will suddenly make much more sense to you after taking a heavy dose of mushrooms and running around campus on a broom.

When skydiving for the first time, it will seem like a whole new world will open up for you. unfortunately, the parachute will not.

Jupiter skirts the edge of your sign this week, meaning an army of tarantulas will soon carry you off into the night.

Your staunchly conservative views will be challenged when your roommate comes out to you as a mexican.

You’ll find yourself on top of the world, or maybe just a very tall building with no memories or pants from the night before.

You’re begining to think that Folger’s is full of shit, since it’s becoming pretty clear that the best part of waking up is whiskey in your cup

Consider taking your life in a new direction and trying something new, such as “success” or “hygiene.”

Work up the courage to ask out that cute stranger across the room. It won’t work, but you’ll be able to hold your head high as you masturbate and cry yourself to sleep.

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