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By Akemi Liyanage
Wednesday Sept. 19 2012 3
Rye could
get $1.2M
in new
from Bell
­Ryerson­ may­ become­ part­ of­ a­
multi-million­ dollar­ partnership­
in­ association­ with­ the­ National­
and­ Communications­ Technology­
Council­ (ICTC),­ according­ to­ a­
Charles­ Falzon,­ the­ chair­ of­ ra-
dio­ and­ television­ arts­ (RTA),­ led­
the­ proposal­ for­ Ryerson,­ request-
lion­ to­ the­ groups,­ with­ $1.2­ mil-
Following­ the­ purchase­ of­ As-
tra­ Media­ by­ Bell­ Media­ for­ $3.4­
billion,­ it­ was­ required­ that­ $130­
million­ be­ put­ towards­ social­ de-
velopment­ at­ the­ discretion­ of­ the­
posed­ partnership­ include­ creating­
dia­ where­ students­ from­ both­ Ry-
“Primarily,­ it’s­ [about]­ relating­
and­ telling­ stories,”­ said­ Falzon.­
If­ the­ deal­ goes­ through,­ money­
years­ and­ could­ involve­ a­ partner-
ship­ with­ other­ Ryerson­ depart-
ments­ such­ as­ the­ Digital­ Media­
“We­ have­ a­ lot­ of­ talent­ which,­
through­ digital­ media,­ is­ going­ to­
As­ a­ grant­ that­ doesn’t­ require­
a­ direct­ return,­ the­ money­ will­ go­
towards­ funding­ pilot­ projects,­
providing­ students­ with­ industry­
mentorship­ and­ creating­ teams­ to­
The­ proposal­ is­ currently­ being­
discussed­ with­ the­ CRTC.­ So­ far,­
With fles from Sean Wetselaar
Ward 27 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam speaks to the assembled crowd at Take Back the Block.
Campus assaults spark protest
A follow-up to Take Back the Night, Take Back the Block brought a very small crowd to Pitman quad.
wielding­ protestors,­ impassioned­
chants­ or­ strident­ marches.­ Instead,­
Kasia­ Mychajlowycz,­ “just­ a­ bunch­
cluded­ Ward­ 27­ Councillor­ Kristyn­
Wong-Tam,­ came­ together­ for­ Take­
sexual­ violence.­ The­ “block­ party,”­
along­ with­ a­ similar­ gathering­ in­
Kensington­ Market,­ was­ a­ more­
jovial­ extension­ of­ Take­ Back­ The­
rally­ and­ march­ against­ sexual­ vio-
“We’re­ just­ here­ to­ take­ up­
some­ space­ and­ be­ a­ community,”­
Mychajlowycz,­ a­ recent­ Ryerson­
frustration­ between­ Mychajlowycz­
and­ her­ friends,­ including­ co-orga-
nizer­ Stephanie­ Guthrie,­ over­ the­
recent­ string­ of­ sexual­ assaults­ on­
and­ around­ the­ Ryerson­ campus.­
In­ the­ past­ three­ weeks,­ four­ have­
of­ sexual­ violence­ that­ plagued­ the­
By Luc Rinaldi
Supporters from Toronto gathered in front of Pit-
man Hall last Saturday for Take Back the Block.
Mychajlowycz.­ “And­ so­ the­ best­
most­ inclusive­ and­ accessible­ way­
It­ wasn’t­ a­ lofty­ goal.­ The­ small­
ing­ out­ fyers­ with­ tips­ on­ creating­
safe­ environments,­ occupied­ space­
So­ did­ the­ bar-bound­ frst-years­
Church­ Street,­ eventually­ curving­
was­ taken,­ and­ yellow­ meant­ things­
two­ students­ on­ the­ Ram­ patio­ and­
was­ the­ only­ one­ to­ occur­ at­ night.­
“I­ think­ we’ve­ seen­ with­ these­
sexual­ assaults,­ you­ can­ think­ that–
because­ you’re­ at­ Ryerson–you’re­
Jane­ Jacobs’­ urban­ planning­ theo-
ries,­ is­ that­ people­ are­ more­ likely­
things­ are­ amiss–like­ in­ the­ case­ of­
a­ sexual­ assault–if­ they­ know­ their­
neighbours,­ whether­ a­ few­ doors­
in­ a­ residence,”­ said­ Mychajlowycz.­
be­ the­ same­ kind­ of­ culture­ that­ al-
Councillor­ Wong-Tam­ also­ noted­
that­ stigma.­ In­ a­ short­ speech­ be-
tween­ musical­ sets­ from­ local­ acts­
cent­ of­ sexual­ assaults­ being­ report-
“If­ we­ are­ to­ eradicate­ violence­
against­ women,­ each­ and­ every­ sin-
gle­ one­ of­ us­ has­ a­ responsibility,”­
she­ said.­ “We­ have­ to­ speak­ up…­
Great­ neighbourhoods­ in­ Toronto­
are­ comprised­ of­ great­ streets,­ and­
great­ streets­ will­ only­ be­ great­ if­
On­ the­ night­ of­ Take­ Back­ the­
Block,­ another­ female­ student­ re-
ported­ being­ sexually­ assaulted­ at­
the­ Ram­ in­ the­ Rye.­ Toronto­ Police­
4 Wednesday Sept. 19 2012
Lee “Pantaneiro” Richardson
Sean “Tokara” Tepper
Sean “Albanian” Wetselaar
Associate News
Diana “Danube” Hall
Carolyn “Crioulo” Turgeon
Biz and Tech
Astoria “Fouta” Luzzi
Arts and Life
Susana Gómez “Hequ” Báez
Charles “Iomud” Vanegas
Victoria “Kisber Felver” Stunt
Marissa “Lipizzaner” Dederer
Brian Batista “Morab”
Associate Photo
Dasha “Quarab” Zolota
Kai “Russian Don” Benson

Lindsay “Tersk” Boeckl
Mohamed “Wielkopolski” Omar
John “Tarpan” Shmuel
General Manager
Liane “Percheron” McLarty
Advertising Manager
Chris “Cleveland Bay” Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “Appaloosa” Mowat
Kelsey “Campolina” Cloutier
Amanda “Cheju” Macdonald
Betty “Galiceño” Wondimu
Bruce “Hackney” Laregina
Nicholas “Jinzhou” Unazoi
Ashley “Dongola” Cochrane
Melissa “Gotland” Wronzberg
Ryan “French Trotter” Smith
Luc “Kushum” Rinaldi
Ashley “Lusitano” Cochrane
Alfea “Noma” Donato
Salma “Saddlebred” Hussein
Leslie “Tawleed” Walker
Olivia “Yakut” Stefanovich
Akemi “Jutland”Liyanage
David “Knabstrup” Owen-
Shannon “Marwari” Baldwin

The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest
and only independent student news-
paper. It is owned and operated by
Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a non-
proft corporation owned by the
students of Ryerson.
The Take back the Block event drew
about 30 to 50 people Saturday night.
Take back
more than
This week the news section includes
a piece on the frst Take back the
Block event, which happened over
the weekend. Stemming off from the
annual Take back the night march,
which is organized by the Toronto
Rape Crisis Centre, the ‘Block’
event is a reactionary quasi-protest
to a spate of sexual assaults towards
women on and around our campus.
The idea behind the event is re-
spectable. Students build a high
enough presence around campus,
— by simply sticking around after
dusk — to make things safer for
those regularly walking the area.
Unfortunately the event, which
was held just outside of Pitman,
wasn’t the most well attended.
Eyeopener staff who were present
counted about 30-50 people there,
not counting those passing to and
from Pitman who would listen for
a couple of minutes then walk on.
Other editors notcied that there
was more people in queue for the
Ram while the event was going on.
Let’s put this in perspective. In
2009-10, Ryerson released data
on gender ratios of students. In
that year — the most recent when
such data was available — they
calculated that 55 per cent of un-
dergraduates were female. Using
that percentage against the roughly
26,000 undergraduates in 2012-13
means this event is directly relevant
to about 15,000 female students.
Add to that the number of male
students with a hint of support for
feminism, and the fact that only
about 30-50 people showed up
dampens the potential for strong
advocacy against this violence.
Not paying attention to these as-
saults won’t make them go away.
Frankly, a catchline can help draw
attention to something for a night,
but a presence of more than 30-50
people has to be felt continously to
present Ryerson as a place where
people can feel comfortable.
We can do better.
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We’re on the web, we’re on Facebook, we’re on Twitter.
Whatever it is, we’re on it.
In 2007, at a basketball game or-
ganized by Ryerson’s United Black
Students group, participants had
to go through metal detectors to
enter Ryerson’s Recreation and
Athletic Centre. They blamed this
on the “demographic profle” of
the attendees.
In 2008, a poster for a Palestin-
ian Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
election candidate was defaced. It
read, “9/11 Terrorist.”
That same year, the East African
Students group’s bulletin board
was torched. Ryerson Security re-
fused to hand over the surveillance
footage, even though the crime was
in direct view of the camera.
Unbeknownst to a majority of
the university’s population, dozens
upon dozens of hate crimes have
occured and continue to occur at
Denise O’Neil Green has been
hired to curb them.
Green is Ryerson’s new vice pres-
ident/vice provost equity, diversity
and inclusion, a role that was cre-
ated and flled just this year.
Before the creation of this posi-
tion, there was no executive to take
on issues of discrimination on cam-
pus. Two weeks into the job, Green
is examining campus-wide policies,
programs and practices that may
be classifed as discriminatory.
“No one offce, no one person
can truly prevent anything from
happening,” said Green. “What
you can do is help lay the ground-
work so that the climate can be
more in line with a tradition that
everyone is included, everyone is
valued and everyone’s humanity is
Green comes to Ryerson from
Central Michigan University,
where she worked as the school’s
chief diversity offcer. She has pub-
lished research and opinion papers
on diversity, and has taught both
undergraduate and graduate stu-
dents on the topic. She also has a
PhD in higher education and public
policy with an emphasis in diver-
sity from the University of Michi-
gan, Ann Arbor, and a master’s
degree in public affairs in domestic
education policy from Princeton
As she braves a new campus
where students hail from more
than 145 different countries, Green
is ready to examine and reshape
Ryerson’s policies.
It’s a need outlined by a 2010
report by the Taskforce on Anti-
Racism at Ryerson, which identi-
fed cases of both systemic and
individual cases of discrimination
that have occured at the university.
The report also denotes Ryerson
as having a “chilly climate” when
it comes to dealing with discrimi-
nation on campus. That is, many
people deny it exists.
Since Ryerson is located in down-
town Toronto and considers itself
to be both culturally and politically
correct, Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) President Rodney Diverlus
believes that racist tendencies are
often ignored.
“We deny the fact that racism
is very pervasive covertly in every-
thing we do,” he said. “We deny
the fact that certain programs,
certain textbooks, certain curricu-
lums, have racist undertones. We
deny the fact that certain racialized
students have to be subjected to
racist slurs on campus.”
Diverlus was also the frst vice
president equity inclusion at the
RSU in 2011.
“People get shocked and they
assume because we’re all so nice
and because it’s such a nice place,
that racism doesn’t exist,” said
It’s been a long process of change
at Ryerson, and Green is just part
of the puzzle, said Diverlus.
The creation of a vice president/
vice provost equity, diversity and
inclusion position at Ryerson was
recommended by the Taskforce on
Anti-Racism in their report.
The hiring process for Green
took eight months, as the hiring
committee reviewed applicants
from all over North America.
Green was the unanimous decision,
said co-chair of the committee and
vice president administration and
fnance, Julia Hanigsberg.
“This is the kind of job that deals
with sensitive issues and needs di-
plomacy and good judgment,” said
Green, who earns a $196,500
salary, reports to Hanigsberg as
well as the vice president academic.
Her mandate is broad, and affects
both the school’s administration
and students.
Green said she was interested in
the position because it was in To-
ronto, one of the most multi-cul-
tural cities in the world.
“The fact that Ryerson is in To-
ronto, one of the most diverse cit-
ies in the world … it made the po-
sition very attractive to me,” said
“I really hope to enhance the
education that goes on here, the
training, the program opportuni-
ties,” she said. “So that everyone
who is a part of the Ryerson com-
munity can be included and fully
participate in an equitable diverse
and inclusive environment.”
Wednesday Sept. 19 2012 5
Ryerson’s new era of equity
We deny the fact
that racism is very
pervasive covertly
in everything we do
This is the kind of
job that deals with
sensitive issues and
needs ... good
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Gould campaign continues
Ryerson’s Committee of Sustainabil-
ity is developing a campaign to ex-
pand Gould Street’s pedestrian-only
zone to Gould and Church Streets.
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) began a movement in 2009
to close down parts of Gould Street,
making the campus safer and more
community-oriented for students.
By February 2012, Toronto city
council voted to keep portions of the
street, from Victoria to Bond Streets,
a permanent pedestrian-only zone.
Now the RSU hopes to close down
the Gould Street stretch from Bond
Street to Church Street.
“Gould Street bisected our cam-
pus as a bypass to get from Church
to Yonge, which are two very busy
streets,” said Rodney Diverlus, presi-
dent of the RSU. “We still see mas-
sive trucks trying to get through.”
Ryerson’s Committee of Sustain-
ability believes closing down more
of Gould Street will minimize the
amount of traffc that tries to get
through the now pedestrian-only
part of campus.
The additional part of the street
will also create more space to further
promote student unity.
“People now don’t just go home.
We have tables and chairs to chill,
more events, concerts and street
fairs,” Diverlus said.
The RSU plans to use this school
year to get feedback from Ryerson
students before moving forward.
All quiet on the Eastern front
Home is where the heart is, and Ry-
erson is unapologetically vying for
the heart of Toronto. It’s all part of
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy’s
Master Plan, a strict blueprint for
But east of Pitman Hall and the
Rogers Communication Centre lie
dusty corners of a land-locked cam-
pus where the pieces just don’t ft.
The Master Plan presented an ul-
timatum to the university in 2008: to
avoid being swallowed up by Toron-
to’s downtown core, Ryerson would
have to shed its past as a polytechnic
institute. It was an image bolstered
by a dreary, dispassionate campus of
a comfortable 21 acres.
Since then, a storm of construc-
tion has transformed the campus as
well as the landscape of the down-
town core. The Mattamy Athletic
Centre is diligently celebrating the
re-vitalization of Maple Leaf Gar-
dens to the north; the face of Yonge
Street will soon be graced with the
sleek, glass Student Learning Centre
to the west; and the Ryerson Image
Centre will fnally open its doors
to community members on Gould
Street on Sept. 29.
But the East side of campus, a
mere four blocks away, lacks stra-
tegic appeal, opportunity and major
access routes which the university
could capitalize on.
“[This] was really part of what
Sheldon articulated in his speech
when he was installed around mak-
ing sure that there wasn’t anyone
who wouldn’t know where Ryerson
was anymore,” said Julia Hanigs-
berg, vice president administra-
tion and fnance. She emphasized
that the idea of creating a gateway
into Ryerson from “Canada’s main
street” will be monumentally infu-
ential for the university.
Levy said the university’s interest
wanes when project developers pro-
pose to push campus borders past
Jarvis Street. It marks the boundary
of an unnerving territory for the city
of Toronto, one that is underdevel-
oped, and home to low-income fam-
ilies, the mentally ill and homeless
shelters. If the university expands
its borders, it can’t afford to sprawl
in a way that affects student access
to university services (plotted, you
guessed it, to the West at Jorgenson
That’s why Levy wants to see
more inflling on campus, an endea-
vour easier said than done for Ryer-
son, in particular.
“Because of where we’re located,
almost all the inflling means to
secure a property that someone al-
ready owns. That’s the diffculty,”
Levy says. “You can think of ex-
propriation, but you can’t expropri-
ate everything. And everything is
The ghostly building at 111 Ger-
rard St. (across from Sally Horsfall)
serves as a reminder for the univer-
sity to choose sites wisely, even if the
price is high. Still, it’s hard to believe
that a university so determined to
prove itself as a cultural landmark
in Toronto could allow such a space
to sit empty and unused. The stra-
tegic service doesn’t exist and so,
it waits.
The school’s ultimate intention is
clear: Ryerson is focused on brand-
ing itself as a staple in the City of
Toronto. Above all, the university
is ready to put money where its
mouth is.
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RTS memorial scholarship
The community rallied around the tragic death of an RTS student last March
“Do you feel safe on campus?”
Barbara Basar
Third-year fashion design
“I’d say around campus I
do feel safe. There’s lots of
people around all the time.”
Nick Wilson
First-year dance
“Generally, yeah [I feel safe].
I wear enough clothing to hurt
someone who’d hurt me.”
Caitlin Russell
First-year flm studies
“I feel safe during the day,
but I won’t go out at night -
I won’t.”
Through a furry of donations as
well as the efforts of friends, men-
tors and loved ones, the death of
Sarmad Iskandar earlier this year
led to the creation of a scholarship
in his memory.
The frst Sarmad Iskandar Me-
morial Award will be handed out at
the Fall 2012 Awards Ceremony on
Nov. 13 and will be awarded to a
third-year acting student. who best
embodies Iskandar’s outgoing and
dynamic personality. The recipi-
ent of the award will also receive a
$1,000 scholarship.
Iskandar drowned in Lake On-
tario on March 12.
Theatre school chair Peggy Shan-
non remembers the grief surround-
ing the event and how it impacted
the whole theatre school, in par-
ticularly Iskandar’s 18 third-year
acting classmates.
“There was a lot of sitting and
talking and crying,” she said, adding
Sarmad Iskandar, a performance acting student at the Ryerson Theatre School, passed away in March.
By Alfea Donato
Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty
has reduced an annual hassle for
300,000 students applying to the
Ontario Student Assistance Pro-
gram (OSAP).
Under the new system of OSAP Ex-
press, revealed Sept. 12, full-time
students only have to apply for
OSAP once for the duration of their
post-secondary education.
It is expected to save the provincial
government $150,000, while at the
same time cutting down wait times
for direct deposits and enrolment
A Ryerson student working as
a host at the Ram in the Rye was
held at knifepoint Monday after-
noon. The male suspect was asked
to leave the pub after harassing cus-
tomers. He then pulled out a knife at
the pub’s entrance and fed. Security
detained the man on Bond Street,
where Toronto police took over.

that it was while talking the day af-
ter Iskandar’s death that the idea of
a memorial award was brought up.
Students were not the only ones
interested as a number of his class-
mates’ parents also wanted to help
out. It was then that Shannon sug-
gested the memorial award, and
explained that starting a named
award at Ryerson would involve
a minimum of $1,000 per year for
fve years.
A parent involved with the Verna
D. Davis Endowment Fund for the
Arts offered to pay the entire mini-
mum amount of $5,000.
Along with the Davis contribu-
tion, Iskandar’s classmates fund-
raised $500 during their perfor-
mances. Money was also raised
through a tribute page set up
on Ryerson’s website as well as
through the school’s annual phone
donation campaign.
Approximately $1,850 was
raised through the university’s pho-
nathon, which reaches out to Ryer-
son parents.
“I think he’d feel great [about
the award],” said Joshua Stodart,
a fourth-year acting student, and
former classmate of Iskandar. “He
was so friendly towards everyone.
He’d feel fantastic about helping
other people.”
Although she didn’t know Iskan-
dar personally, second-year pro-
duction student Cheyenne Wheeler
said that she felt the emotional im-
pact Iskandar’s death had on the
tight-knit theatre school.
“[The award] is a nice way to
keep his spirit alive,” she said.
“Whether you knew him or
not, it was like you lost a family
Whether you knew
him or not, it was
like you lost a family
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8 Wednesday Sept. 19 2012
Would you like
fees with that?
Ryerson students are stuck paying the highest fees in the province for letters proving they go to
university. Olivia Stefanovich explores whether it’s necessary or if there are cheaper alternatives.
ou’ve probably just fn-
ished class and now you
are forced to wait behind
30 people who all have long and
detailed problems to explain to
bored-looking employees. You
can’t even leave the line to grab
a latte from Starbucks or play
with that new Coke Freestyle ma-
chine. You groan and lean against
the wall for support, wondering
what you did to deserve this hell.
Welcome to the line for
the Enrollment Services counter
on the frst foor of the Podium
Building. It’s a necessary sacri-
fce for important documents
or transactions of any kind,
including third party letters.
The charge for letters has
been in place for over a decade.
It costs students $20 and an ad-
ditional $15 if a student requests
rush service. Each additional copy
is an extra $5.
he Offce of the Registrar
is looking to automate
the system sometime this
school year, which would reported-
ly lead to a faster processing time.
Students will still be requesting the
letter, but a computerized appli-
cation process will take approxi-
mately 48 hours instead of the
current 10 business days. Whether
the fees will decrease depends on
the amount of work required from
the staff members who process
the letter requests, explains Uni-
versity Registrar Keith Alnwick.
Fourth-year internation-
al economics and fnance stu-
dent Brian Seong has had to re-
quest a third party letter each
year for Knowledge First Finan-
cial, his Registered Education
Savings Plan (RESP) provider.
“I think [the fees are] a
cheap way of collecting revenue
by the university,” says Seong.
“It also takes up to fve business
days to process it, which I feel
like is way too slow considering
that we are paying $20 for it.”
Seong believes that speeding
up the service is a step in the right
direction, but is not enough. “Au-
tomated is good, but I think the
price should be lowered, especially
if it’s going to be automated,” he
says. “I wouldn’t want government
funding to be used to make these
letters, but they should be used to
fund programs that actually beneft
students intellectually, such as cre-
ating more space for students and
hiring profs.”
lnwick says that the reason
Ryerson’s proof of enrol-
ment letters require a fee
is due to the large student popu-
lation and a lack of the resources
necessary to process these letters.
York is the only university
in the province with a larger stu-
dent population than Ryer-
son to offer the service for free.
“The problem is that we
have a long list of services... This
is something that not all students
request... What we are trying to do
is pay for these services that not
all students use,” says Alnwick.
Third party letters can be
used as offcial documentation for
a number of services, such as eli-
gibility to graduate, Qualifcation
Evaluation Council of Ontario,
transfer credit equivalency, confr-
mation of graduation status, proof
of enrolment, jury duty and photo-
copies of award documents.
f the letters were free of charge,
Alnwick says the Registrar’s
Offce would be overwhelmed
by the volume of requests. As a
result, the workload vital to dis-
pense these letters would have to
be done at the expense of other
student services that the offce
handles, such as grade standings.
“By charging the fee, we’re
able to pay for staff resources and
we don’t have to re-direct resourc-
es [such as student services] up
and above other things,” he says.
To process the letters, staff
must frst understand exactly what
the request is and what informa-
tion is needed. Many letter requests
can be confusing and some third
parties require particular infor-
mation that others do not. Then,
they must fact check and confrm
the administrative information
so that the letters are up to date
with the student’s offcial records.
“The reality is that the institution
doesn’t receive enough funding,”
says Melissa Palermo, vice-pres-
ident of education at the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU), and calls
the situation “unfair” for students.
“This is just another avenue
Ryerson is walking down to [ex-
tract] more money,” says Soraya
Mohamed, a frst-year English stu-

hile Ryerson con-
tinues to frustrate
students in search
of third-party letters, other uni-
versities have already cleared the
hurdle of student discontent by us-
ing tools that also exist at Ryerson.
For instance, certifcates of
enrolment at Carleton University
are free of charge and can be pro-
cessed through the school’s Black-
board system. Unlike Ryerson, the
certifcates are not mailed directly
to the third party from the univer-
sity, but the forms are processed
within three to fve business days.
Similarly, the University of
Guelph issues letters of permission
for students who intend to enrol in
a course for credit at another edu-
cational institution at no extra cost.
t George Brown College,
which offers joint educa-
tional programs with Ryer-
son, there has been a $10 processing
fee to verify a student’s educa-
tion at the institution since 2010.
Alexandra Haire, a sec-
ond-year business administration
and marketing student at the col-
lege, says she was shocked that it
had not been included in tuition.
Haire didn’t need an of-
fcial letter to prove to TD Cana-
da Trust that she was a full time
student for her student loan.
“All I had to do was show my
schedule and there was no problem.”
Although students can show
their student ID card or download
information from RAMSS, such
as class schedules and unoffcial
transcripts, not all third parties ac-
cept this type of documentation.
Palermo says that although
she hasn’t heard any direct com-
plaints from the students about
the third party letter fees, the
general consensus from students
is that they are already paying
too much. “It is generally unfair
for students because it should be
part of tuition,” she says about
the extra cost of the letters.
Alnwick says he hasn’t heard
direct complaints either, but he
knows many students are unhappy
about the fee. “No one celebrates
having to pay for something...
Time to time we hear sighs of frus-
ut those sighs are louder
online. On SoapBox, a new
addition to RAMSS, stu-
dents are showing their dissatisfac-
tion with the fees. The app allows
students to share their suggestions
concerning Ryerson and up vote
or down vote other student ideas.
Posts about graduation
fees, transcript fees and the third
party letter fees are popular
complaints and suggestions for
the university to improve upon.
SoapBox user Jay com-
mented about the letters on Aug.
29: “The school charging $20 for
the frst signed letter, and $5 for
subsequent signed letters is a bit
ridiculous. Please help university
students save money by charging
reasonable fees for these services...
Or eliminating them entirely.” So
far, the comment has received 70
thumbs up and two thumbs down.
Alnwick said that the univer-
sity is monitoring feedback from
SoapBox and Twitter feeds to help
improve student services.
tudents can take matters
into their own hands by
photocopying their third
party letters to avoid the extra
$5 fee. “It’s up to the student and
how they see ft,” Alnwick says.
Considering the average
cost to photocopy one sheet of
I think [the fees are]
a cheap way of
collecting revenue by
the university.
No one celebrates
having to pay for
Wednesday Sept. 19 2012 9
The fees each university requires for one proof of enrolment letter request.
paper is 10 cents, this would cer-
tainlybe easier on a student bud-
get. However, the original letter
payment would still be in effect.
Alnwick says systems have
successfully been implented to
request transcripts and confrm
graduation status electronically,
but there are factors that make
transferring those processes easier.
“Graduation is something
that’s pretty static,” he says. “Oth-
er than convocation time, it’s not
subject to change like enrolment.”
Another electronic system change
the university is attempting to
work with is the implementa-
tion of the Ontario Student As-
sitance Program (OSAP) Express.
The new system is sup-
posed to allow students to ac-
quire their OSAP loans through
a simpler electronic system while
only signing an agreement once
in their post-secondary careers, as
well as reducing the time it takes
for proof of enrolment to process.
However, the system is not
yet fully in play as of yet because
of delays in testing with the gov-
ernment, according to Alnwick,
who the fnancial aid offce reports

“We’d hoped to have it imple-
mented for the fall,” he says.
He describes the system as better
than before, but not as improved
as they would have liked.
hey hope to have it fxed in
the next week or two to help
students having trouble get-
ting their loans.

“A number of universities are
in a similar position,” says Aln-
wick. “We’ve been doing the semi-
manual confrmation [for now].”
Although they have convert-
ed much of the process to online
already, they need that fnal step
to smooth out the OSAP process.
“It’s really that last piece that
completes the picture. We want it to
be fully tested,” he says.
lnwick did reveal that the
Offce of the Registrar is
looking to team up with
whatever Ryerson departments are
necessary in order to put in a sys-
tem which helps improve the turn-
around time for the letter requests.
They are in talks with
Computing and Communica-
tion Services (CCS) to work on the
project in the Fall 2012 semester.
“If our students need some-
thing, we’d like to provide it,” says
Alnwick. “We know this is some-
thing that needs doing.”
We know this is
something that
needs doing.
10 Wednesday Sept. 19 2012
Biz & Tech
Stephanie Wiebe (left) shares advice with some frst year students at the mentorship program launch. PHOTO: ASTORIA LUZZI
Life is hard for frst-year interior
design students. The workload is
heavy and teachers assign projects
on tight deadlines, sometimes result-
ing in sleepless nights.
The semi-professional calibre
work of third and fourth year stu-
dents is proudly displayed around
the interior design building, a con-
stant reminder to frst-year students
of how much is left to be learned
in order to make a name for them-
selves in a relatively small industry.
With these issues in mind, Ryer-
son’s interior design student council
launched its frst ever student men-
torship program on Sept. 14.
The program pairs third and
fourth year students with four frst
year students in an effort to ease
the transition into the challenging
years of Ryerson’s interior design
The mentors are there to give ad-
vice on how to deal with late night
assignments, what to look out for in
certain classes, how to network in
the industry and above all else, offer
a shoulder to cry on.
“This is a program that I wish
we had when I was coming into the
school, because it just breaks the
scary boundaries of the different
levels between frst and fourth year”
By Bruce Laregina
said Stephanie Wiebe, a fourth year
As Wiebe explains, the school
is competitive, and “everyone is a
perfectionist.” Herself included, she
Throughout her degree she has
spent up to 48 hours straight at the
interior design building working on
projects. She explains that although
the students typically start out dis-
tant from one another, the all-night
designing sessions at the studio help
them develop a sense of camaraderie.
“There were some nights in second
year where the projects were so hard
that I just needed someone to vent to
because only people in your program
know what you’re dealing with,”
said Wiebe. “When I complain to my
mother and my father they say ‘that
sounds terrible, but what do you
want us to do?’ To a frst year, we can
at least say we’ve been through it, it
gets better, you’re doing really well.”
Adrian Wyrebek, one of Wiebe’s
frst-year mentees, is grateful to have
a mentor. “At frst I was a little in-
timidated to ask her questions... but
she added me on Facebook and told
me to ask away,” said Wyrebek.
“She’s been very good so far.”
According to Evan Pavka, the or-
ganizer of the mentorship program,
the program’s future is dependant on
its success this year.
New mentorship program gives
students a shoulder to cry on
TRSM dean
July of 2013 will mark Ken Jones’
eighth year of being dean of the
Ted Rogers School of Management
(TRSM), as well as the date of his
planned retirement. He sits down to
reminisce about his time as the dean
and his plans for the future.
Q: What feeling did you have
back in 2005, hearing that you were
the new dean of the TRSM?
A: I knew there were a number of
challenges and opportunities. I knew
the school had a reputation before I
came and it was a matter of build-
ing that reputation and I had a very
privileged feeling that someone had
entrusted me to do this.
Q: What are your fondest memo-
ries of your time as dean for the last
seven years?
A: Seeing the student groups
evolving, seeing all the things they
do, whether it is the competitions
in which they win or whether it is
hosting the Ted Rogers Conference.
There are 600 business schools in
the world that are accredited and we
are now one of those. So that is a
proud moment.
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more of our Q & A.
By Nicholas Unazoi
Ken Jones will retire from his position as
dean of TRSM in July 2013.
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Archival Dialogues:
Reading the Black Star Collection
On view to the public Sept 29 – Dec 16, 2012
New works by Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle,
Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera
Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby, and Michael
Snow specially commissioned for the grand opening
of the Ryerson Image Centre.
The Art of the Archive:
Ryerson Students and Alumni
On view to the public Sept 29 – Dec 16, 2012
Ryerson University students and alumni investigate
time, memory and history through photographic
and video images. Works by Alyssa Bistonath, Kyle
Brohman, Julia Callon, Jenna Edwards, Tara Ernst,
Daniel Froidevaux, Elisa Gilmour, Ben Lenzner,
Marc Losier, Eugen Sakhnenko, Kate Tarini, and
Andrew Williamson.
Wednesday Sept. 19 2012 11
It’s an Eyeopener tradition that ev-
ery year, the new sports editor has
to try out for at least one Ryerson
team. While my choice this year
came as a surprise to many, it was
actually an easy one to make.
In my first two years at Ryerson, I
worked for the athletic department.
One of my friends and co-workers
was Andrea Robinson, co-founder of
the Ryerson Equestrian Club. When
she brought up the idea of a univer-
sity team, I was skeptical. Where
exactly in downtown Toronto were
they going to practice, and how many
people did she expect to sign up?
Two years later, no one is second-
guessing her. They practice at Pause
Awhile Equestrian Centre (PAEC) in
Stouffville — about an hour’s drive
from campus — and had multiple rib-
bon-winning performances through-
out the previous season.
Leading up to my tryout, I was
foolishly confident. I had never been
on a horse, yet I truly felt like this
was something I could be great at.
Little by little, my confidence fad-
ed. While filling out the registration
form, I noticed I was signing away my
right to sue in the case of permanent
paralysis, transmission of any disease,
trauma to the larynx, or death.
Laura Giffen — who, along with
Andrea, was featured in last year’s
Sports Top 10 — attempted to ease
my nerves.
“The great thing about horses is
that if they fall on you, they gener-
ally know they’re on top of you so
they get up quickly,” she said.
Needless to say, that, and a story
about the time she “had a horse step
on [her] chest,” did little to soothe me.
Finally, it was my turn to run
the course. Club supervisors Kailey
Rigelhof and Leslie Lewis gave me a
quick rundown of the controls. Keep
your back straight, heels down, and
look through the horse’s ears to the
next jump. For safety purposes, they
modified the course to make it easier.
Kailey had the horse on lead, and
all I had to do was steer around the
course. This may sound stupid, but I
needed it – my heart was racing.
I once asked Andrea if equestrian
was truly a sport, “because isn’t the
horse the actual athlete?” But after
trying it myself, I realize how much
physicality is required just to make
the horse move around, not to men-
tion speeding up and jumping over
fences. Trust me: equestrian is legit.
For those interested in the shame
that was my tryout, check out the
video at
I’m on a horse
Sports leadership program to
benefit first-year students
By Ryan Smith
Ryerson University has partnered
with the Toronto Sport Leadership
Program (TSLP) and will now be
offering first-year students free cer-
tifications for various skills such as
coaching, refereeing and lifeguarding.
The TSLP is a local organization
dedicated to providing skills and
credentials to help secondary stu-
dents gain employment with youth
sports-based programs in the city.
Founded in response to 2005’s
Summer of the Gun, which was said
to correlate with youth unemploy-
ment, the TSLP has been provid-
ing “at-risk” youth with resources
that encourage them to make posi-
tive life choices and stay in school.
Ryerson joins the growing list
of employers as the university
has committed 40 jobs for gradu-
ates of the program at the newly
opened Mattamy Athletic Cen-
tre (MAC). However, only 50 of
the total 300 spots are available
to first-year Ryerson students.
Jeffrey Chan, a first-year com-
puter sciences student, found out
about the TSLP through Ryerson’s
Tri-Mentoring program. He sees it
as a chance to get active and make
some money at the same time.
One-on-one with Lisa Makeeva
Lisa Makeeva was named an OUA
all-star after winning a gold medal in
the OUA championships free skate
competition. The second-year food
and nutrition student spoke with
Melissa Wronzberg about the up-
coming season.
Do you think the new rink at the
MAC gives the team an extra edge?
Definitely yes. The MAC brings more
awareness to the sport and perhaps
athletes will be more inclined to join
the Ryerson Figure Skating Team.
Already, the team has grown from
14 girls last year, to 23 in the current
season and this is a great advantage
for our synchro skating program and
allows for a more competitive envi-
ronment within the team. Having
“I don’t want to be stuck on a
computer or in a chair or [confined]
to a cubicle,” he says. “I like the
program because it helps with my
financial needs and I get to learn
new things. I’m looking forward to
skiing most, weather permitting.”
The program boasts more than
800 graduates, with 75 per cent of its
graduates having been hired at camps,
pools, and sports programs with the
City of Toronto and the YMCA.
Courses will take place at differ-
ent locations around the city includ-
ing the MAC, and as part of the
program, transportation can be ar-
ranged for participants at no cost.
a facility right on campus is a very
positive thing for us. It’s great to be
training somewhere that is within
walking distance from school. It’s
more motivating to come to practice
and also makes us feel more connect-
ed to Ryerson’s athletic community.
Most people aren’t used to seeing all-
female pairs in figure skating, but its
pretty standard in the OUA. How
does that work?
It’s basically the same thing as regu-
lar male/female pairs, minus the lifts
and throws that are done with a
traditional pair. I think this concept
was created by OUA skating due to
the lack of male skaters at the varsity
level. It’s funny because I may poten-
tially be doing pairs with Katherine
[Bilinsky] this year, something I’m
nervous and excited for at the same
time. It’s all about synchronization
between two skaters, which will be
particularly challenging since Kath-
erine and I jump opposite ways.
After winning OUA gold, what sort
of pressure is there to replicate that
success this season?
I would obviously like to repeat last
year’s success and live up to the ex-
pectations, [but] I never think about
winning gold going into a competi-
tion. [I] just focus on skating the best
possible program that I’m capable
of, [and] that tends to help relieve
most of the pressure.
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Thirty Seconds to Rye
Thirty Seconds to Mars pre-
miered their documentary Ar-
tifact on Friday at the Toron-
to International Film Festival
(TIFF) in the Ryerson Theatre.
Artifact follows the band as
they record their latest album
This is War and battle a $30 mil-
lion lawsuit with their record-
ing company, Virgin Records.
“It was long and arduous. To
make a documentary, it’s not easy,”
said lead singer and actor Jared Leto
at the red carpet. “It took a long time.
Four years we were shooting and
editing…and it’s great to be done.”
After the tour to promote
their previous album, A Beauti-
ful Lie, the band tried to sign
with another label while under
contract, prompting the lawsuit.
“Initially we were making a
flm about the making of an al-
bum but it turned into a much
different story once we got into
this giant confict,” Leto said.
The documentary aims at ex-
posing the music industry and
the recurring dilemmas about
money and artistic integrity.
In 2009, the band resigned
with EMI Group (the umbrella la-
bel over Virgin Records) and the
$30 million suit was annulled.
- With fles from Marissa Dederer
Fun Facts about 30 Seconds to Mars
• Jared Leto is the director of the
flm. He goes by the name Bar-
tholomew Cubbins who is a Dr. Seuss
character in the book The 500 Hats
of Bartholomew Cubbins. Leto was
not wearing a hat at the premiere.
He was sporting a beard instead.
• The band broke a Guinness
World Record for longest con-
cert tour by a rock band, with
309 concerts in the promotion of
their latest album, This is War.
• The album features a
song called “Hurricane” re-
corded in collaboration with
American rapper Kanye West.
For more photos, visit
Ashley Benson, one of the lead actresses in Pretty Little Liars, wearing
a Dolce & Gabanna dress at the premiere of Spring Breakers.
Jared Leto, lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, at the Ryerson
Theatre for the premiere of their documentary Artifact.
Vanessa Hudgens at the pre-
miere of Spring Breakers.
Olga Kurylenko on the red carpet
at the debut of Seven Psychopaths.
Logan Lerman, lead actor in The Perks of Being a Wallfower, posing with
fans at the movie’s premiere on the red carpet at the Ryerson Theatre.
Lead singer talks about his debuting documentary at the Ryerson Theatre.
Kevin Zegers posing for the cam-
era at the premiere of Writers.
Vampire Diaries’ star and Ryerson
alumna Nina Dobrev at the premiere
of The Perks of Being a Wallfower.
Wednesday Sept. 19 2012 13
Celebrity sightings at Rye Theatre
Kristen Stewart is almost
smiling at the On the Road
premiere. This is her frst
red carpet appearance since
her cheating scandal.
Johnny Depp looking sly at the
West of Memphis premiere.
Selena Gomez adds class to the Spring Breakers red
carpet with an open-back Marchesa dress.
Emma Watson sports a classic
look for the premiere of The
Perks of Being a Wallfower.
British actress and model Lily
Collins at the premiere of Writers.
Walken, who
plays a dog thief
in Seven Psycho-
paths, stays in
character with
an interesting
hairstyle at the
movie’s premiere.
James Franco looking
confdent as always
on the red carpet of
Spring Breakers.
Bonnie, one of the Seven Psycho-
paths’ stars, struts around with a
silver bow at the movie’s premiere.
Mae Witham at the opening of
The Perks of Being a Wallfower.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks, Photo Editor Marissa Dederer takes you to the red carpet at TIFF.
14 Wednesday Sept. 19 2012
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6. Extreme reverence
10. Air bubble.
14. Actress Anouk
15. _ majeste
16. Top.notch
17. Dens.
18. Ancient Athens’s Temple of _
19. Ripped
20. Mil. offcers
21. An organization
24. Veil worn by Muslim women
26. Exclusively
27. _ Lingus
28. _ nous
30. Reason to cancel school
33. Painter, e.g.
35. DDE opponent
38. Sri _
40. Bran source
41. Suffcient
43. Verily
44. Exam taker
47. “East of Eden” brother
48. Follows orders
49. Common ID
51. Asian deer
54. Artist
58. Esteemed
61. _ Dawn Chong
62. Nerve network
63. “The Time Machine” race
64. Jewelled crown worn by women
66. Breezes through
67. Juniors, perhaps
68. Senior
69. Sailors
70. Affectedly dainty
71. Orchestra section
1. Reckoning
2. Gaucho’s rope
3. Not quite right
4. For each
5. Opening word
6. Bottle
7. Architect Saarinen
8. Just _ !
9. Withstands
10. Confict
11. Sarge’s superior
12. Sign up
13. Amphetamine tablet
22. Franklin D.’s mother
23. Large artery
25. Bird of prey
28. Les _ .Unis
29. Evening, informally
30. Wily
31. Not for a Scot
32. _ roll
34. Optimistic
35. Spring mo.
36. “Hold On Tight” band
37. D.C. VIP
39. Ready to hit
42. Jazz futist Herbie
45. Most strange
46. Biblical birthright seller
48. Haunt
50. Female sibling
51. Herring type
52. Betel palm
53. Unit just above a yard
54. Composure
55. Commerce
56. Having auricular protuberances
57. Brings up
59. Incandescence
60. Actress Skye
65. Land in la mer
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