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Wednesday Sept. 26 2012 3
Prof’s citation mistakes spark policy debate
Citation rules and policies for students are a detailed part of every course outline at Ryerson. But while students risk being failed
or expelled for not properly referencing their source material, no strict standards exist for professors or faculty members.
The Eyeopener has obtained four
PowerPoint presentations used in
a Ryerson business course that in-
clude copied and uncited material.
The slides were prepared by the
class’ professor and acquired from
a student.
Kirk Bailey has taught Global
Management Studies (GMS) 401
since 1976, and is a tenured opera-
tions and supply chains manage-
ment professor. He presents these
slides to his class and distributes
them via Blackboard.
Some of the slides contain un-
quoted and unreferenced para-
graphs, articles and defnitions
from Wikipedia as well as a host of
other websites.
They don’t contain citations or
links to the original pages. Bailey
said he has never been advised by
the university as to whether he
should cite online sources in his in-
class material.
“[There are no policies] that I’m
aware of,” Bailey said. “I’ve been
here for 36 years.”
Ryerson’s Student Code of Aca-
demic Conduct, or Policy 60, de-
fnes plagiarism for students as
“copying another person’s work
(including information found on
the Internet and unpublished ma-
terials) without appropriate refer-
encing” and “presenting someone
else’s work, opinions or theories as
if they are your own.”
These defnitions are aimed at
students and there is no defnite
rule on whether professors should
cite in-class material.
Instead, the university provides
loose guidelines, or “best practic-
es” for preparing PowerPoint pre-
“The standards for PowerPoint
presentations and the standards for
class material are in no way clari-
fed in the same way that publica-
tions are,” said Teddi Fishman, Di-
rector of the International Center
for Academic Integrity. “I would
say that this is one of the most
contended areas in citation that we
have right now because people just
don’t know.”
Unlike students, professors don’t
have to cite their sources in presen-
tations because they can tell when
they are factual or not, according
to Fishman.
“If a professor has internalized
the information, in other words
it’s a part of his or her feld… then
it’s really not reasonable to expect
them to cite every piece of that in-
formation,” she said.
Based on this notion, Bailey is
not required to cite material direct-
ly relating to his feld. However,
he said he did not know that three
consecutive slides in his presenta-
tion were copied word-for-word
from a 1994 MIT Sloan Manage-
ment Review article.
A slide titled “General Motors
Engineering Transmission” used
content from a message on realold-, a car forum.
The entry, made by user “dav-
eh” from Brighton, Michigan, was
posted in September 2009. The
user signs his posts with Dave and
says he’s retired on his user profle.
There are no references, links, or
quotations in the slide that Bailey
“Anything I take is public do-
main or I create them myself,” said
One slide, titled “Design For
Manufacturing & Assembly,” con-
tains a full unquoted paragraph
found in a 2011 blog post on Hub- by John Yater, a design-
er from Hamilton, Ohio. Yater’s
The standards for
presentations are in
no way clarifed
name and website aren’t mentioned
in the slide. There are no references
or links.
Another slide’s material is copied
from Flexible Manufacturing Sys-
stem, a book by H.K. Shivanand,
M.M. Benal, and V. Koti. While
the slide references the name of the
book in its title, there are no quota-
tions or formal citations.
“I wasn’t aware of the source,”
he said. “I found it somewhere on
the Internet.”
About 38 per cent of 210 slides
contained material that was copied
from the Internet and uncited.
Fishman said a list of guidelines,
known as ‘Best Practices,’ recom-
mend that professors should refer-
ence their material, regardless of
whether it’s in the public domain
or from a scholarly journal.
“If they’re using word-for-word
material, then best practices say
they should cite it. One of the
most important reasons [to cite] is
to show students that that’s really
part of being a scholar, to let peo-
ple know where your ideas came
Avner Levin, vice provost of fac-
ulty affairs, said professors should
“respect all the rules that exist…
even if Policy 60 doesn’t apply to
Ryerson does not have formal
citation standards for in-course
material such as PowerPoint pre-
However, the Ryerson Learn-
ing and Teaching Offce provides a
guide for faculty on how to create
effective PowerPoint presentations.
The tutorial lists 10 ‘Best Practices’
tips, with the last one recommend-
ing professors to cite their sources,
although it is not required.
“We don’t have an MLA hand-
book for citation in the class-
room,” Fishman said. “We need to
evolve to that place.”
Bailey agreed.
[We have citation policies] for
students handing in things,” he
said. “We should be equally re-
A side-by-side comparison of a slide from one of Professor Bailey’s presentations and an MIT Sloan article that it was sourced from.
[There are no policies]
that I’m aware of. I’ve
been here for 36 years
If they’re using word-
for-word material,
then best practices say
they should cite it
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Ryerson has no citation policy for teaching material. That matters in academics. But in the classroom?
The notion of value for an univer-
sity education gets bandied about
quite regularly. This seems to be es-
pecially the case in Ontario, where
students (or their parents) fork over
more money for tuition than any
other province in Canada.
The topic has recently been
dragged up again with the news of
a textbook deemed mandatory to
a class of OCAD art students. The
book failed to include images of ac-
tual art, instead recommending stu-
dents refer to online books.
In the aftermath of the news, de-
bate spread around instructors lib-
erally assigning books deemed as
mandatory that students may only
read once or twice over the course
of a semester.
The act of having to buy text-
books which should be reconsid-
ered as mandatory is not just re-
stricted to students in art schools.
Or schools in Toronto, Ontario
or even Canada, for that matter.
Complaints about texbooks are a
part of university.
Another complaint often heard,
by me at least, is the usefulness of
classes themselves. While I cannot
speak for other programs, I can say
that some material in journalism
courses could be seen as not exactly
worthy of the money we’re paying.
For example, a class partially dedi-
cated to explaining how to effec-
tively use Twitter — in other words,
retweeting and using hashtags —
has had myself and acquaintances
wondering what an education is
More recently, the value of a de-
gree has been highlighted in a story
in this week’s news section. Our re-
porter, Mohamed Omar, learned that
a professor at the school of business
has been using material copied from
online sources such as Wikipedia
and unacademic blogs in his class
presentations. A signifcant amount
of it had not been cited in his slides.
Through an investigation The
Eyeopener found that the professor,
who has been teaching at Ryerson
since 1976, has never been told of
the university’s attitude towards ci-
tations of class material.
Frankly, this is shocking. For a
university not to have a determined
citation policy for instructors makes
a mockery of any students who
think they are being provided with
original material. During interviews
it was learned that if the same mate-
rial was presented at an academic
conference, and found out, it would
be considered as plagiarism. In a
learning environment, it is not. This
double standard only reinforces
the idea that universities are steer-
ing towards proftable research and
away from the students — the same
students pumping money into the
universities to achieve what they
are told is a ‘valuable’ education.
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Lecture series remembers Layton
Ryerson prof Charles Taylor was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Jack Layton lecture series
Charles Taylor speaks at the frst annual Jack Layton lecture series.
Ryerson aims to acquire Empress hotel site
Ryerson has the site at the corner of Gould and Yonge streets in its crosshairs and will do anything they can to obtain it
The former site of the Empress Hotel standing on the corner of Yonge and Gould
streets before the six-alarm blaze burnt it down.
The call for democracy may not have
come from Jack Layton’s lips, but the
message came from his heart.
Charles Taylor, Layton’s former
professor and mentor, kicked off the
inaugural Jack Layton lecture at the
Ryerson Theatre Thursday night.
“Reimagining, Restoring and Re-
claiming Democracy” was the frst
in an annual lecture series celebrat-
ing the late NDP leader and former
Ryerson professor.
Taylor took to the stage after
words from Ryerson president Shel-
don Levy and NDP MP Olivia Chow,
who is also Layton’s widow. The
philosopher had taught Jack Layton
during his time at McGill University,
and is considered the inspiration for
Layton’s foray into politics.
“The impact he had on Jack was
phenomenal and profound,” Chow
This lasting infuence is meant to
trickle down and educate students
and community members about is-
sues close to Layton’s heart.
“Putting it all together [was chal-
lenging because] there was so much
theory... I hope I succeeded,” Taylor
said of his speech.
After the lecture, the audience
watched a video by image arts pro-
fessor Min Sook Lee illustrating
Layton’s connection with Ryerson.
Colleagues and former students rem-
inisced on important lessons Layton
taught them during his ten-year term
at Ryerson, a stay Layton had said
was one of the happiest times of his
York University professor Debo-
rah Brock sat close to the stage as she
recalled working with Layton on his
frst election campaign and his subse-
quent political successes.
“I think he had enormous energy
and enormous devotion to this city,”
Brock said.
First-year early childhood educa-
tion student Lauren Harney attended
with her grandmother Julia. Both
agreed Layton’s sincerity made his
message of hope a reality.
“It wasn’t prophesizing, it was
from here,” Julia Harvey said, point-
ing to her heart.
The tribute to Layton’s legacy
also unveiled a collection of donat-
ed books and mementos on display
at the Ryerson Archives. Some 500
books will remain in circulation at
the library.
No decisions have been made
about next year’s lecture.
By Alfea Donato
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
revealed to The Eyeopener that he
plans to take over the old Empress
Hotel lot at the edge of Ryerson’s
campus if negotiations with the
current owners fail.
An initial notice of intent has
been delivered to the offce of Glen
Murray, minister of training, col-
leges and universities, who would
be the approving authority on an
application to expropriate land un-
der the Expropriations Act.
It’s a mighty tool in the real es-
tate world that would give the uni-
versity the power to acquire land
it deems vital to its academic and
structural development.
Although the site’s co-owners,
members of the Lalani family, have
said that they are not interested in
selling the empty lot at Yonge and
Gould Streets, Levy said the univer-
sity will apply to expropriate the
space “if necessary.”
“We can only ask for expro-
priation. The law doesn’t give us
the ability to just say to someone
‘leave, thank you very much,’”
Levy said. “There is a big process
which requires the government to
approve it.”
The site of the six-alarm blaze
that led to the demolition of one
of Toronto’s heritage buildings is
a desirable space for the univer-
sity. Elisabeth Stroback, executive
lead, capital projects and real estate
at Ryerson, said that the space at
335 Yonge St. would complete the
university’s vision for a “gateway”
into campus.
But she said that Levy’s notice to
expropriate was “premature.”
“We are still negotiating with
[the owners], and the preference
is always purchase the property,”
Stroback said.
Expropriation is fragile, but not
unfamiliar territory for the univer-
sity. A threat was enough to capture
the venerable site of the Student
Learning Centre, the former home
of Sam the Record Man.
Only then was an agreement
reached with Bobby and Jason
Sniderman, co-owners of the iconic
landmark and sons of the store’s
Although the owners of 2160943
Ontario Ltd. plan to rebuild on the
site, Levy has both a timeline and a
Master Plan to satisfy.
Levy is already serving his second
term as president of Ryerson, a po-
sition that historically hasn’t been
extended past two fve-year terms.
The Yonge Street lot would round
out his vision of Ryerson breaking
through the barriers of Toronto —
and he has less than two years to
secure it.
“We’ve been in discussions with
them with regard to the develop-
ment of that property,” said Levy.
“We know of their ambitions and
they are owners of that property so
they have every right to have their
own ambitions.”
Will Ryerson acquire the lot
before the end of Levy’s term as
Levy answered: “One hundred
per cent.”
Members of the Lalani Group
could not be reached for comment.
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The new face
of new media
Fourth-year new media student, Megan Shier, at work.
The radio and television arts school
of media (RTA) is set to take on a
revamped new media program in
The current new program will
be a bachelor of fne arts (BFA),
and staffed by half of the existing
new media program’s eight faculty
members. The new media program
under the school of image arts will
be phased out as current students
The BFA will allow students
to work with traditional forms
of artistic and communications-
based media. The program will
focus on emerging ‘transmedia,’
which includes many recent digital
Gerd Hauck, the dean of the fac-
ulty of communication and design
(FCAD), said the new program
would address a variety of challenges
that have plagued the current itera-
tion of new media, including fnances
and research needs.
“We’ve come up with a solution to
all these issues,” Hauck said. “[The
new program] will be dealing with a
revised curriculum that better meets
industry needs, that better meets
changing technology and student
Students currently enrolled in both
new media and RTA will not be af-
fected by the change, and will be able
to graduate in their respective pro-
grams as they currently stand. The
school of image arts is considering a
new program to replace new media.
“The world of media is always
changing,” said Charles Falzon, the
chair of RTA. “We’re always looking
at staying at the forefront rather than
let anything stagnate.”
A town hall meeting last Thurs-
day gave students a chance to voice
concerns about the changes, and pro-
vided them with more details.
“I think that, generally, [the
change] is good,” said Megan Shier,
a fourth-year new media student.
“Personally, I’ve worked more in
communications, so I understand
why they’d do that. But I liked that
[new media] was so open-ended.”
The current new media program
provides students with a fexible,
multi-streamed curriculum, allowing
students to take on felds from ani-
mation to interactive sculpture.
“I feel like, at new media, we
can pull in any interest,” Shier said.
“You can do a lot with where it cur-
rently stands.”
Students in the new BFA will have
access to both the new media faculty
members that transfer over, and ex-
isting RTA faculty. The transition
will be managed by a one-year joint
director handling both programs.
Alexandra Anderson, the chair of
image arts, said the transitionwoud
allow two programs, which have
become increasingly similar, to join
“We’re fnding that while there’s
room for media specifcity, such as
photography and flm, there’s also a
real need and demand for media con-
vergence,” she said.
“We’ve done [everything] with the
wellfare and the interests of the stu-
dents in the forefront.”
Hauck said the establishment of a
new program would keep FCAD up
to date with the needs of a new gen-
eration of students.
“We’re all very happy. We have
full approval from image arts, we
have full approval from RTA, [and]
I’m fully behind it,” Hauck said.
“And the greatest benefciaries will
be the students.”
The name of the program, which
Hauck said has been considered by
FCAD for two years, has not yet been
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Wednesday Sept. 26 2012 7
Sam “The
Record Man”
Snider Dies
Myer Siemiatycki, the new Jack Layton Chair in the Faculty of Arts PHOTO: Marissa DEDErEr
New Layton chair announced
Sept. 20 marked the inaugural
launch of the Jack Layton lecture
series at Ryerson and while the
event commemorated the life of the
politician, activist and humanitari-
an, it effectively breathed new life
into his legacy via Professor Myer
Siemiatycki’s appointment of the
newly founded Jack Layton Chair.
Siemiatycki and Layton share si-
miliar socially progressive ideals.
They both served on the faculty
boards of Ryerson University’s de-
partment of politics and public ad-
ministration, championing ambi-
tious policies and causes.
“While Jack was teaching at Ry-
erson he ran for city council and
once elected, engaged his students
in many of the activities and issues
taking place at City Hall, an excel-
lent learning environment, especial-
ly for the journalism students,” said
Gerda Kaegi, coordinator of the
Chang School’s certifcate in non-
proft and voluntary sector man-
In a similar manner to Layton,
Siemiatycki has also gone to great
lengths to enrich the lives of his pu-
pils and fellow co-workers as the
leader of Ryerson’s Holocaust Edu-
cation Programming and the Ryer-
son Union Fair.
“Professor Siemiatycki’s unique
mix of research and social justice
commitments bring to life so many
of Jack’s passions for people and
community,” said Dean of Arts
Jean-Paul Boudreau.
Among the chair’s duties is orga-
nizing activities related to sustain-
ability, homophobia, sexual identi-
ty, women’s rights and the processes
of democratic government, causes
that were essential to Layton’s ca-
reer as leader of the New Demo-
cratic Party.
“Jack defended a number of is-
sues,” said Siemiatycki. “Environ-
ment and worker’s rights, full sexu-
al identity rights and equality, the
importance of maintaining a demo-
cratic voice in government. These
are all issues that the Chair will en-
gage in and promote.”
Siemiatycki plans to follow this
intricate mandate however, once
established, the immigration and
labour expert aims to engage stu-
dents in local and international
politics just as Layton did.
“There will have to be initial
funding to generate resources for
the Chair to successfully carry out
its mission,” he said.
By Jordanna Tennebaum
Sam “The Record Man’” Snider-
man, whose name graced the
signs of more than 100 music
stores across Canada died Sun-
day. He was 92.
Sniderman began selling re-
cords in 1937 at the age of 17. In
1961, after previously selling re-
cords out of his brother’s College
street radio store, he moved into
his iconic 347 Yonge St. location.
After declining music sales forced
the store to close in 2007, Ryerson
purchased the property and demol-
ished it a year later.
As part of the contract, Ryer-
son was told to restore the sign
and remount it on their new Stu-
dent Learning Centre building, but
Bruce Piercey, director of commu-
nications, said that they are ex-
ploring other ways to honour the
iconic building.
“We’re looking into a way to pay
more tribute than just [the store]
but to what [Sam] did for music in
Toronto,” he said.
8 Wednesday Sept. 26 2012
On the second foor of the Student
Campus Centre, Kolter Bouchard
raises his hands to shade his eyes as
he peers through a locked doorway
into the former home of CKLN. In-
side, the abandoned radio station
is in disrepair: drywall fakes onto
stained carpets and cardboard cases
of Diet Pepsi and Sky Blue organic
soda line the walls of the empty —
but once lively — space. “This is
the reason I came to Ryerson,” says
Bouchard, a fourth-year Radio and
Television Arts student. “To be on
this station.”
Less than two years into his Ryer-
son career, he realized that goal. But
any celebration was short lived. On
Jan. 28, 2011, a day after Bouchard
hosted the inaugural episode of his
eponymous radio show on CKLN,
the station — already plagued by in-
fghting and mismanagement — had
its licence revoked by the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommuni-
cations Commission. Within three
months, the station ceased broad-
cast, and by the end of the summer,
they were kicked out of the SCC
The last year has seen Bouchard
and others attempt to rebuild and
rebrand radio on campus. After stu-
dents voted last October in favour
of a $10.35 levy on their tuition to
support a new radio station, he was
one in a group of hopefuls who sub-
mitted an application to reclaim 88.1
FM under the title of New Ryerson
Radio. Except theirs was only one of
22 bids, and ultimately, it didn’t take
the prize. On Sept. 11, the CRTC
awarded CKLN’s former frequency
to indie station Rock 95, dashing
New Ryerson Radio’s hopes and in-
stead prompting talk of what could
be — in the words of Ryerson Presi-
dent Sheldon Levy — “the world’s
Ryerson Radio’s
internet makeover
After learning that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission did not award them the 88.1 FM frequency, Ryerson Radio is
trying to rebrand itself for a web-based audience
best Internet radio station.”
In the two weeks since Ryerson
lost the contest for 88.1 FM, there
has been an uncharacteristic still-
ness among the university’s radio
community. “Our contingency plan
was… We should do an Internet ra-
dio station,” says Bouchard. “It’s
been such a shock we didn’t get the
frequency that I don’t think any-
body’s hopped on it right now.”
Meanwhile, the more than
$300,000 in student levies — what
would’ve been given to New Ry-
erson Radio had it acquired the
frequency — is being held in trust.
“Nothing is being spent whatso-
ever,” says RSU President Rodney
Diverlus. “Everything is on freeze.”
Diverlus says that the next month
will include meetings and deci-
sions that will dictate how students
choose what to do with the money,
as well as how the school can “keep
the spirit of Ryerson Radio alive.”
“There are a lot of uncertainties
because this has never happened be-
fore,” he says. “When you plan for
so long for one outcome and then
get another, you have to go back to
the drawing table… To a lot of peo-
ple who were involved with Radio
Ryerson, there was a shock aspect,
and now we’re ready to fgure out
what’s next.”
If an Internet radio station is in
fact that next step, it won’t be an
entirely novel concept for Ryer-
son. RTA students already produce
SPIRITlive, a 24-hour streaming
Internet station that runs out of
the Rogers Communication Cen-
tre. “There are so many people
who don’t even know we have an
Internet radio station here,” says
Bouchard, who thinks a new station
could cooperate with SPIRITlive to
create a new sense of community
through niche, hyper-local content.
“If it’s a Ryerson radio station tar-
geted at Ryerson students,” he adds,
“it can essentially be 100 per cent
Lainey Dalrymple, the station
manager of the internet-based Ra-
dio Laurier in Waterloo, echoes that
sentiment. “With a student-based
population, most people are on
their computers, not in cars. So they
might not use a frequency anyway,”
she says. “Online is a benefcial way
to go… If the station’s there in the
frst place and it’s for and by the
community, I don’t think there’s
much of a difference between being
online and having a frequency.”
Dalrymple says that, beyond
roughly $3,000 in annual licensing
fees and the initial start-up costs
of securing a space and equipment
(none of which would be particular-
ly problematic for Ryerson), Radio
Laurier runs mostly off volunteer
hours, advertiser sponsorships and
an on-loan budget that they pay
back through event earnings and
According to Chris Shank, a col-
league of Bouchard’s and a fellow
champion of New Ryerson Radio,
the payoff of an Internet station
would be well worth the investment.
“Radio on a campus level is integral
to the identity of the school,” Shank
says. “Just having a dominant voice
and having access to all students —
it would be huge to have an online
presence to represent the Ryerson
community… And I have faith that
will eventually happen.”
Bouchard himself is equally hope-
ful, even if he and Shank—both f-
nal year students — aren’t the ones
to spearhead the new project. “I
don’t think there would ever be a
problem with student support,”
he says. “There are so many peo-
ple who just want a chance to use
this as a launching pad — to become
part of the next chapter of Radio
This is the reason I
came to
be on this station.
Kolter Bouchard had his dreams of being on the airwaves crushed after his frst show
on CKLN — the station folded the following day.
The Ryerson Students’ Union &
Continuing Education Students at Ryerson present:
Student Centre
Thursday, Sept 27
FREE food &
giveaways on
each floor of the
Student Centre.
Outside Front of Student Centre
(55 Gould Street)
If we require accommodation to ensure your
participation, please email
as soon as possible.
For more information contact Ifaz Iqbal,
VP Student Life & Events,
Student Centre
Scavenger Hunt:
Wednesday Sept. 26 2012 9
Building gardens to grow communities
Rye’s HomeGrown Community
Garden marks two years of success
in urban gardening on campus this
school year.
The group promotes environ-
mental sustainability through urban
agriculture and has built and main-
tained six gardens on campus since
“Before, food growing wasn’t
seen as aesthetically appealing, but
this is another way to showcase
how you can interact in the space
that you built. It’s also a really great
way to use food as a connector,”
said co-founder of Rye’s Home-
Grown, Catharine Lung. “If you
have these spaces, more people can
come together.”
The gardens are made and main-
tained using recycled material.
Milk crates are used as planters
and the bottom of campus lounge
chairs are transformed into water-
ing containers.
The focus of the 2013 season will
be to find more growing spaces and
to use what is already available on
campus. Since Ryerson is more ver-
tically oritented, Rye’s HomeGrown
Community Garden is taking a clos-
er look at growing opportunities on
campus rooftops.
Ryerson is part of the World Crop
Learning Project, a group that seeks
to provide the GTA with a diverse
selection of local food, and is one of
14 locations across Toronto.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if people
could walk anywhere in this city to
a community garden... and enjoy the
growing of food?” said Peter Mitch-
ell, an organizer from the World
Crop Learning Project.
He said he would like to see gar-
den “living rooms,” around the city
as an infrastructure for people to
— With files from Victoria Stunt
By Jenna Campbell
Take a step back from your own stressful life and spend time volunteering for
others instead. Communities editor Victoria Stunt gives you some suggestions
Evergreen Centre
Evergreen Centre, a branch of
Yonge Street Mission, is a drop-in
centre for at-risk youth. You can
volunteer here by merely hanging
out and engaging in supportive
conversation with the people there.
Located at 381 Yonge St.
The Humane Society
Do you miss cuddling with your
family pet? Spend some time
with animals at the Toronto Hu-
mane Society. You can feed kit-
tens at a kitten nursery, groom
adult cats, and walk dogs. You
can even play with bunnies.
The closest location is at 11 River St.
Jessie’s Centre
The centre offers supports for preg-
nant women and mothers under the
age of 18. They also provide sup-
portive housing for young families.
If you have experience in childcare
you can spend time baby-sitting
here. You can help cook, or vol-
unteer at the front-desk, too. Men
. e r t n e c e h t t a d e g a r u o c s i d t o n e r a
Located at 205 Parliament St.
Toronto Public Library
At various branches around To-
ronto, you can volunteer to help
elementary aged kids with reading,
and tutor teens. You can also help
adults improve their literacy and
basic math skills. The library will
pay your transportation costs to
different branches around the city.
The closest location is at 269 Ger-
rard St. E.
Give a hand at an arm’s length
Events to look out for:
Wednesday, Sept 26th
Discrimination, Harrassment and
Prevention Services Snack and
12:00 p.m.-2:00p.m.
Check out for a complete listing
Thursday, Sept 27th Friday, Sept 28th
Iranian Students Association First Ryerson Image Centre and Exhibi-
Year Students Orientation titon Preview
6:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
SCC115 Ryerson Image Centre
he autumn leaves are
falling and the air is get-
ting crisper. The bare
arms and legs have
all but disappeared from view,
blocked by cozy sweaters and
jeans. September is on its way
out, and Ryerson students have
been back in class for almost a
Already there are visions of a
better time, a time without class-
es, foating through their heads.
Tropical beaches flled with row-
dy twenty-somethings getting
smashed in their revealing swim-
wear. Going home and enjoying
the meals being cooked without
any effort by you and the laundry
being done without using up your
quarters. Even getting assign-
ments done without the constant
distractions of campus.
Ryerson’s inaugural fall read-
ing week is just around the corner
and it can’t get here fast enough.
The week of October 8 to 12
has been designated as the read-
ing week in the Fall semester. Ry-
erson Senate decided on the dates
for the frst Fall reading week
in March of this year, choosing
to add it as an extension to the
Thanksgiving long weekend. This
means Ryerson students are only
gaining four days off attached to
their previous holiday.
According to Maclean’s On
Campus, several Canadian uni-
versities have implemented fall
breaks in recent years, such as the
University of Ottawa, Trent Uni-
versity and the University of To-
ronto. Some institutions, like the
University of Calgary, have had a
fall break for years
Yet not all students are beneft-
ting from the three year campaign
required to gain the break. The
faculty of engineering, architec-
ture and science (FEAS) opted-out
of the week off, citing issues with
keeping their professional accredi-
tation if their class times were cut.
This semester, while the rest of
the faculties and departments en-
joy their time off, the students in
FEAS will be busy attending regu-
larly scheduled classes.
Seema Bassi, a third-year civil
engineering student, is having a
hard time deciding if the opt-out
was the best decision.
“I wanted the time off but I do
realize that there is a lot to do and
not enough time for it,” says Bas-
si. “I feel that a week off in the fall
semester should not be any differ-
ent then a week off in the winter
“I wish we could [have a break]
as well but I agree with the deci-
sion that our workload would just
increase signifcantly if we were to
go about it,” says Rohan Mehta, a
second-year architecture student.
“I probably will just be attend-
ing classes and studying as usual
[as] there is not anything major
that I want or could do in an
empty university.”
Sandra Bucchan, a fourth-year
aerospace engineering student,
hopes to fnd peace and quiet on
an otherwise busy campus, es-
pecially with less people in busy
spots like the Ryerson Athletic
Centre (RAC) and the Library.
Second-year mechanical engi-
neering student William Bradley
guesses that the biggest change
will be a shorter line at the Tim
Hortons that week.
The rest of the faculties ap-
pear quite pleased with the new
time off. “[I’ve] been wanting it
for some time, since there used to
be only one in the spring,” says
Samantha Bogdanovich, a third-
year radio and television arts
(RTA) student. “I would certainly
like to go away for that week.”
The Ryerson University Library
& Archives will remain open
throughout the week, only clos-
ing on Thanksgiving Monday,
allowing students to use them for
studying purposes on their week
Like Bogdanovich, many stu-
dents are more interested in going
away for the week than using the
time to catch up on schoolwork.
epresentatives at Ryer-
son Travel CUTS are
overwhelmed with the
increasing number of
bookings. Their booking schedule
has increased signifcantly since
the semester started and more stu-
dents have become aware of this
new break.
“There were always an enquiry
about going away for Thanksgiv-
ing weekend but this time around
students are taking advantage
of the full week off,” says Sally
Coles, branch manager at Travel
Though there has been an in-
crease from the usual Fall semester
plans, Coles says it does not com-
pare to the demand for bookings
over the Winter reading week.
10 Wednesday Sept. 26 2012
The majority of campus will soon be taking part in Ryerson’s frst Fall reading week. Sumaiya Ahmed analyses whether the break is worth the condensed semester and if it will be a vacation to remember or drunkenly forget
Fall reading week: the good, the bad and the drunken
The Fall semester is
overwhelming, this
break will provide
the students with an
opportunity to catch
A lot of people are
going away for an
extended weekend to
New York and Niag-
ara Fall but there are
some going to grab
some sun [as well].
She speculates that the timing
of the break, being so early in the
school year and not leaving much
time for students to save money to
travel, could be the cause of this.
“A lot of people are going away
for an extended weekend to New
York and Niagara Falls but there
are some going to grab some sun
[as well],” Coles says. “This is
the frst year, so I am sure it will
pick up in the following years.
Though taking off for some
relaxation is a popular option,
other students feel the pressure to
work harder in a shorter semester.
Though the week off is a week
to catch up on work, the 13-week
semester has been reduced to 12
weeks, forcing professors and
classes to condense the same cur-
riculum into a shorter amount of
“The Fall semester is always
overwhelming, this break will
provide the students with an op-
portunity to catch up,” says An-
drew Fernedes, fourth-year Eng-
lish student.
Sonia Verma, a third-year psy-
chology student, seems to dislike
the idea of shorter semester. “I feel
the pressure already,” says Verma.
“Despite the break, I don’t think I
like the idea of being cramped for
Philosophy instructor Paul Bali
is less worried. “The instructors
may not have enough time to
cover all the material on time but
a week is not much,” says Bali.
“This is a nice change and would
refect well on students academic
The discussion for such a break
has been in talks since Novem-
ber 2009, when the Ryerson Stu-
dents’ Union (RSU) announced
they would move a motion at
their semi-annual general meeting
(SAGM) lobbying the Senate to
consider a reading week in the fall
of 2010. Ryerson registrar Keith
Alnwick and president Sheldon
Levy told the Eyeopener that they
found the outcome unpractical
and unlikely at the time.
2010 brought forth no reading
week, but the possibility of an ex-
tension onto Thanksgiving week-
end, which seemed more likely to
get Senate approval than an en-
tirely new week off. The delay in
results was due to plenty of back
and forth between various parties
over if and when the break would
be a good idea.
Later that year, Levy once again
spoke about the subject to the
Eyeopener, with a completely dif-
ferent opinion on the matter. He
said the reading week would hap-
pen, but would take more time to
sort out.
He attributed the delay to fnd-
ing the perfect balance between
the needs of the students for a
break and the needs of the uni-
versity to keep their accreditation
for certain programs, such as en-
In early 2011, the possibility
was at last offcially being con-
sidered by the Senate, but was
once again causing controversy.
Students in FEAS were split over
whether they should participate in
the break or opt-out.
A town hall was held by the
RSU to discuss the options, with
concerns centering around in-
creased class time, less prepara-
tion time before the exam period
and the possibility of having to
stay at school over the break in
order to attend a single class.
Liana Salvador, RSU vice-pres-
ident education that term, was
pushing the motion as part of her
campaign platform and was at-
tempting to make it work for all
The Senate vote was set for the
end of January and ended in a
successful outcome for the addi-
tion of a fall reading week, though
dates had not yet been set.
It wasn’t until more than a
year later that the dates were
announced and the Eyeopener
reported on the decision by the
FEAS to exclude themselves from
the break.
ow, three years after
the initial idea, the
plan has fnally been
set in motion. Due
to FEAS’ decision to remain open,
the university fnds itself prepar-
ing to be partially open as well.
“It is a little complicated to
have some students attending
classes while most of them are
on vacations,” says Malu Maia,
the graduate program adminis-
trator in the philosophy depart-
ment. “It seems a little redundant
when explaining this to new frst-
years, who are a little confused
about the whole thing.”
Maia says she would rather
have the whole university off
school at the same time to avoid
the confusion.
Cameron O’Conner, a geogra-
phy alumnus from 2011, wants
to believe that despite the delay,
this was a good decision.
“It was during our years
when the motion was brought for-
ward, but we fought for something
that the future generation would
see the light to,” says O’Conner.
“Not that I regret it, I think it
is a good thing that the new
students will fnally get the time
off that they deserve in the Fall
Wednesday Sept. 26 2012 11
The majority of campus will soon be taking part in Ryerson’s frst Fall reading week. Sumaiya Ahmed analyses whether the break is worth the condensed semester and if it will be a vacation to remember or drunkenly forget
Fall reading week: the good, the bad and the drunken
It is a little
complicated to have
some students
attending class while
most of them are on
12 Wednesday Sept. 26 2012
biz & Tech
LeD cactus proves a
prickly process
Tucked away in a lab across from
the Tim Hortons in Kerr Hall East,
a group of students work with wires
and blinking lights.
Their group is called the Ryerson
Society of Awesome (SOA), consist-
ing of 28 members, hailing from all
strands of the physics department.
At the beginning of the summer,
Graham Pearson, who is involved
in running the undergraduate lab
program, sent an email to all phys-
ics students hoping to recruit a team
to brainstorm and develop a project
for Nuit Blanche.
“Ryerson put out a call for art-
ists within the Ryerson community
to propose ideas for Nuit Blanche,
which gave me the idea that the
physics group could probably come
up with something quite interesting
and make a bit of a project out of
it, so I started a little after-school
Hye Kyong Son’s LED cactus project will be featured alongside the Ryerson Society of Awesome’s Light Seed project.
club,” Pearson said.
Hye Kyong Son, a fourth-year
medical physics student jumped at
the chance to be a part of the SOA,
but was hesitant at frst because
she had no experience in electrical
“I don’t have any knowledge of
actually building electronics, or
working with resistance and regis-
ters,” Son said. “I felt like I didn’t
ft in this group. But it represents the
physics department so that’s why I
Over the summer, Son spent three
months learning basic wiring on a
protoboard, but then it was decided
that the project would be completed
digitally instead, leaving Son with
even less of a concrete idea of how
to contribute to the project. “I felt
like I couldn’t do anything,” she
Not wanting to leave the SOA,
Son brainstormed how she could
make her mark on the project while
doing something that she could
learn quickly.
After watching a few YouTube
videos featuring different LED de-
signs, Son had a solution.
She chose to create an LED cac-
tus, and explained her choice by
describing the forgiving character of
a cactus which can survive without
constant attention or care.
With this in mind, she began de-
veloping her side project, installing
sensors so the cactus emited co-
loured light in response to touch or
In an effort to minimize the cost,
Son tried to make most of the LED
cactus and it’s environment from re-
cycled material.
The fower pot she plans to pres-
ent it in is from her mother’s garden
and the wires are from old comput-
ers. She calculated all expenses and
in the end the project as a whole
cost less than $80. The Arduino
software, which is used to program
the sensors, costs approximately
$50 and LED’s about $18. She got
all the other material from home or
the dollar store.
Since the project became digital,
Son says the process has become
simpler. Instead of building her
project piece by piece, she was able
to program the sensors through the
computer, but not without the help
of her boyfriend Santiago Lee. Lee
has little experience with coding, but
has worked with electrical engineer-
ing in the past.
Son and Lee have not let their lack
of coding and programming skills
get in the way, and are learning the
steps as they go.
The physical work on the project
started a week or so before school
started, and her fnal product will be
displayed on Friday, Sept. 29 at Nuit
It will be featured in a booth on
Church Street between Kerr Hall
and the Rogers Communication
Center, along with the SOA’s main
display, Light Seeds, a vertical dis-
play of LED lights that will hang off
the bridge.
The LED cactus is only a small
piece of the whole project but Son is
proud to have risen to the challenge
to create “something different and
She hopes her project will give
people the opportunity to see the
LED sensors up close and on ground
level in order to have a better idea of
how they work.
“Through this experience we
learned a lot,” said Son, adding that
there will defnitely be more LED
projects in her future, and will prob-
ably take her less time to complete
since she has learned a lot of the
She says that maybe next time she
will create something that follows
the similar organic look, an LED
representation of something else,
“maybe an octopus.”
Ryerson physics student broadens her interests and contributes to Nuit Blanche
This fall, the Ted Rogers School
of Management (TRSM) collabo-
rated with Ryerson alumni Edward
Scheck, the Certifed General Ac-
countants Association of Ontario
and another strategic partner whose
name has not yet been released.
Thanks to their combined dona-
tions, the Centre for Careers and
Employer Partnerships has been
launched. Part of the funding for
the centre comes as part of CGA’s
$2-million donation to nine univer-
sities and colleges in Ontario. The
centre will beneft TRSM students
and alumni by providing career de-
velopment support as well as em-
ployer outreach programs.
The CGA will contribute
$300,000 over the next fve years
towards the centre. “We are very
pleased about the opportunity with
Ted Rogers School and are excited
to be moving forward with this
initiative,” said James King, CGA’s
VP of Business Development. “Any
time you connect students with pro-
fessionals it leads to exciting and
positive experiences.”
So far, $50,000 of the donation
has been commited to develop-
ing technology initiatives as well
as creating a practice job interview
room. The remaining $250,000 will
be divided in equal instalments of
$50,000 over the next fve years to
fund other services, including one-
on-one career consultation, career
events, and job listings.
“The ultimate goal is to ensure
that the investment is realized on
campus and that the students as
well as the institution gain value,”
said King. But he says they are not
taking a “cookie-cutter approach”
to educational collaboration. He
points out that CGA has “worked
long and hard with key individu-
als within the schools to determine
specifc initiatives that make the
most sense.”
Sandra Solomon, TRSM’s associ-
ate director of development, and-
Mark Patterson, director of career
devlopment and employment part-
nerships for TRSM, are among the
The Certifed General Accountants Association of Ontario (CGA) is one of the founding partners for the new centre, having
donated a total of $300,000.
by Ryan Smith
The Centre for Careers and Employer Partnerships is set to open in October thanks to a $2-million dollar donation from CGA
Donation to TRSM will fund new career centre
individuals who have worked to
make the centre a reality. The centre
is located on the second foor of the
TRSM building and adorned with
red, grey, and white vertical stripes.
The centre is already open to stu-
dents Monday through Thursday,
from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The offcial launch
of the Centre for Careers and Em-
ployer Partnerships will take place
at an event on Oct. 4th.
Wednesday Sept. 26 2012 13
In the 1960s, famous Canadian
pianist Glenn Gould had a vision
to make music accessible to the
Forty years later, Ryerson’s Digi-
tal Media Zone’s Moonrider and
Pocomosso have brought his dream
to life with their innovate and cre-
ative free app, Piano Invention.
“[Gould] wanted the audience
to be a part of the music and help
to shape it so it was meaningful to
them again,” says Pablo Joseph, the
co-founder of Pocomosso. “That’s
why we’ve tag teamed technology
and art.”
Back in May of 2010, Joseph and
the President of Pocomosso, Shaun
Elder, had an earlier version of a
music-creating app. Their proto-
type, though, was only accessible
on a desktop.
That’s where Jamie Alexander,
founder of Moonrider, came in.
Where Pocomosso had the musi-
cal knowledge, Moonrider had the
platform they wanted to use.
“It was pretty clear in my mind
that Shaun was onto something,”
says Alexander.
“The goal I’ve always had is to
allow people to be creative and
broaden people’s exposure to other
genres of music they might not usu-
ally be exposed to.”
Originally the app used loop-
based music, but Elder thought it
would be more interactive if users
could play around with chords.
“We thought there might be a
market for it because people in the
classical music space have no apps
for them,” Elder says.
Joseph adds that just because it’s
classical music doesn’t mean it’s
solely for a classical audience.
The creators hope it will push us-
ers with musical appreciation, or
even those who lack musical talent,
to explore music and to create it in
their own way.
The app uses images (the visuals
for Beethoven’s Für Elise consist of
candles and a grand piano) that,
once touched, will alter the sound
of the classical piece.
Users are able to record their
mash-ups and then upload them to
Currently, the app comes with
two free songs. Forty-eight hours
after its release into the Apple store
last week, the app had over a thou-
sand downloads.
Piano Invention was officially un-
veiled on Monday, Sept. 24, a day
before Gould’s birthday, at a con-
cert at the Royal Conservatory of
Music that honoured the pianist.
“A lot of these pieces are really
famous and some people are ad-
verse to having one note change
from the original,” says Alexander.
“It takes a special person to break
out of that mould.”
Pablo Joseph (left), co-founder of Pocomosso and Jamie Alexander (right), founder of
Moonrider show their app Piano Invention in the Digital Media Zone.
Classical remixing at your fingertips
New app out of the Digital Media Zone gives users the opportunity to interact with classical pieces and make them their own
The Ryerson Subreddit offers a place for students to hold discussions and organize gatherings and activities.
By Colleen Marasigan
Good Guy Greg, rage comics,
IAmA. If you’re familiar with these
terms, chances are you visit reddit.
com. Reddit is an online social
news aggregator, where users vote
and comment on content that ap-
pears on the front page whether it’s
pictures, articles, or self posts.
Another aspect of Reddit are Sub-
reddits — pages that hold specific
content that users can subscribe to.
These range from topics as generic
as gaming (r/gaming), to as obscure
as fort building (r/forts). A little
over a year ago, at (r/Ryerson), the
Ryerson subreddit was born.
The majority of topics consists of
program specific FAQs and the oc-
casional meme. If you filter through
these posts though, you may find
some interesting threads, including
the following:
It started with one student urg-
ing other students to find an enve-
lope containing a monetary reward
which was hidden on campus dur-
ing the Winter 2012 reading week,
leaving only pictures on the Subred-
dit as clues. The treasure, which
ended up being a thousand tenge
(Kazakhstan currency), was found
by another Redditor but not before
several others gave up on finding it.
A series of other hidden treasures
followed. Though inactive now, any
student can re-energize the idea by
picking up the thread.
Anonymous Discussions
Because of the way Reddit works,
it is easy to remain anonymous and
make an unfiltered post as opposed
to something on a Facebook group,
which usually has a profile picture
attached to a user’s post.
Reddit user zidane33 recently
made a thread protesting how his
professor had copied content from
Wikipedia on his slides. When an-
other user asked for the professors’
name so students could know who
it was, zidane33 replied “Kirk Bai-
College Day Meetup
Reddit organized a series of col-
lege meetups recently on Sept. 15.
Although only six students showed
up, they were from different back-
grounds of study. Stories were
shared, drinks were had, night tours
of the school were taken, even more
drinks were had, and new friends
were made.
Perry Lam, a third-year computer
engineering student attended the
meetup and says that the Ryerson
Reddit could use some more active
“I think it’s a fairly good Subred-
dit, seeing how there’s good discus-
sions going on pretty often, from
people of different majors and back-
grounds. At the same time, I think
that it has a lot of room to grow,”
said Lam.
Ryerson reddit revisited
By Imtiaz Miah
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14 Wednesday Sept. 26 2012
Fashion’s new mentor
The School of Fashion welcomes its frst ever designer-in-residence as a mentor
Wayne Clark speaks slowly, pausing
in between his statements to remem-
ber all the details of a Thursday night
in June of 1981 –– his first runway
That Thursday was busy for the
then-21-year-old fashion designer. So
busy, in fact, that he did not notice
the crowd that had accumulated in
the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel
in Toronto.
“I kind of said to them, I’m not
doing a show to a half-empty room,”
says Clark, who was initially worried
about the event’s low ticket sales.
“By the time the finale happened,
people were dancing on tables. It was
After almost 40 years in the fash-
ion industry, events like this are now
far easier for Clark.
Today, he finds himself as the
School of Fashion’s distinguished de-
signer-in-residence –– a first for the
institution and for Clark himself ––
acting as a mentor and confidante to
fashion students for the 2012-2013
school year.
While this may be his first mentor-
ing experience, Clark has had a de-
sire to teach for the last 10 years.
“When you do something every
day for 30 years, it gets a little dry. It
gets a little stale,” Clark says. “[The
position] is a really wonderful ex-
Clark says he is inspired by being
around the young energy and the
freedom that comes with being in de-
sign school. He looks at the March
17, 1975 cover of Time Magazine
sitting framed in his office featuring
a young Cher wearing his favou-
rite design –– a barely-there, nude,
floor-length gown with aptly-located
beading and feathers on the sleeves
by Bob Mackie –– and recalls his
own tenure at Sheridan College in
Oakville, Ont.
Without the pressure of money,
demand, or any real-life applicabil-
ity, he says the designs he created in
school were truly his own.
Clark will be working closely with
the program’s fourth-year students
as they create outfits for the peren-
nial end-of-year showcase, Mass Ex-
odus, as well as guest speaking and
demoing for classes.
He stresses, though, that he wants
to aid the students in creating the
outfits they dream of and use his
experience to help them understand
the industry, learn the buzz words or
even where to find the right fabric.
“I’m hoping that all this knowl-
edge that I have that I so take for
granted will be put on the table,” he
Robert Ott, chair of the School of
Fashion, says Clark’s presence should
offer a welcoming and different rela-
tionship in the learning process.
“[Students] have somebody from
the industry who is not concerned
with marks,” he says. “Somebody
who... can give perhaps an unbiased
opinion without consequences.”
But what most excites Clark is the
passion and determination he has
observed in the classroom, because
he knows that only with dedication
comes success.
“Man, you’ve got to want this
more than anything in the whole
wide world, because that’s the only
way you’re ever going to get it,”
said Clark. “It’s not always the most
By Kathleen McGouran
Come Saturday, Ryerson will be
awash with colour as the university
lights up the night with a series of art
exhibits for this year’s Nuit Blanche
This will be the sixth year the
school is taking part in Scotiabank’s
annual sunset-to-sunrise event that
features contemporary art installa-
tions located across Toronto.
Ryerson’s exhibitions have become
more organized and sophisticated
since the school first got involved
with Nuit Blanche in 2007, said Shir-
ley Lewchuk, the director of outreach
and communications for Ryerson’s
Faculty of Communications and
“The first year was very last min-
ute,” she said. “It was hard to coor-
dinate because the exhibits were both
on and off campus.”
But this year, all of Ryerson’s ex-
hibits will be on campus. The Image
Arts Centre will show a compilation
of video confessionals from Nuit
Blanche participants and other tech-
nology and art experts. In the same
building, the gallery will exhibit
works created by eight renowned
Canadian artists in response to the
Black Star collection of photojour-
nalistic images.
Steps away, at Gould and Church
streets, Light Seeds — a project by
physics and engineering students
— will allow pedestrians to control
luminous projections on the bridge
above them connecting Kerr Hall and
the Rogers Communications Centre.
The alleyway west of Ryerson’s
Student Campus Centre will also be
alight with a showcase called Aura.
The exhibit, organized by the school
of architectural science, will feature
large panels of backlit caps. Behind
each cap, a series of syringes, light-
ing configurations and electrical units
will control the installation so that
when someone presses one cap, an-
other lights up and pops out.
Antonio Cunha, a graduate of the
school’s architectural program and
one of the installation’s artists, said
the project is “about being able to
manipulate the environment and in-
spire interaction between people who
might be standing beside each other
pressing the caps.”
Since the idea for the project was
developed last October, Aura advisor
Vincent Hui said students have be-
come “an armada” as they work to
test prototypes and design elements
of the installation.
“The fourth-year students de-
signed it but once the project was ac-
cepted [by Nuit Blanche organizers],
students from first to fourth year
started to help out and get more in-
volved with it,” said Hui.
Cunha hopes the team’s exhibit be-
comes a sign of the school’s advanced
technical and design abilities.
“We want to show that we have
the technical skills to make proj-
ects like this happen,” said Cunha.
“We’re looking to put architectural
science and Ryerson on the map as a
cutting-edge campus that knows [its]
By Tara Deschamps
Rye takes on
Nuit Blanche
Aura, the exhibit submitted to Nuit Blanche by a group of Ryerson architectural science students.
PHOTO: mARissA dedeReR
Wayne Clark, Ryerson’s frst designer-in-residence.
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Ryerson will open its doors for Nuit
Blanche with the launch of its new-
est building, the Ryerson Image Cen-
tre (RIC), on Saturday night.
The launch exhibition, Archival
Dialogues: Reading the Black Star
Collection, will feature eight leading
Canadian artists who sought inspi-
ration from the Black Star collection.
The Black Star is a New York
based photo agency that was found-
ed in 1935 by three German Jews
who were feeing Nazi Germany. The
collection includes approximately
292,000 images taken by more than
6,000 photographers, with photos
dating from 1910 to 1992 that trace
the social, cultural and political his-
tory of the 20th century.
Black Star images were often used
in popular publications, including
Life magazine and The New York
When the collection was present-
ed to Ryerson in 2005, it became
the single largest gift of Canadian
cultural property ever given to a uni-
“It made total sense to open the
gallery with a celebration of the
Black Star collection,” said Doina
Popescu, director of the RIC.
When deciding which artists to
include, Popescu and her co-curator,
Peggy Gale, had certain criteria.
“We made a fle of 50 or 60 art-
ists who we know had a relationship
to photography, had worked with
archival processes, had worked with
concepts of history from a contem-
porary point of view, and we wanted
eight artists who were Canadian,”
said Popescu.
Vid Ingelvics is an associate pro-
fessor at Ryerson and one of the art-
ists exhibiting his work on opening
night. His piece, Conditional Re-
port, is a video displayed in the foyer
of the RIC depicting the preserva-
tion of the Black Star collection and
the transfer from the storage facility
to the RIC. The photos are currently
at the RIC, but during the construc-
tion of the building, they were kept
in a storage facility.
“[The RIC] is... a kind of transi-
tional space for a transitional ob-
ject,” Ingelevics said about his piece
in an email.
The RIC will be open to Ryerson
students and faculty on Friday, the
day before the Nuit Blanche grand
“It’s our deep, sincere hope that
every student from every faculty
from across Ryerson will fnd inspi-
ration here,” said Popescu.
Wednesday Sept. 26 2012 15
Image Centre celebrates art collection
By Arti Panday
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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.
16 Wednesday Sept. 26 2012
It’s a balancing act most university
students would never attempt. Now
in her third year at Ryerson, Katrina
Gonyea decided to switch programs
— from physics to arts and contem-
porary studies — and while she al-
ready had a major commitment play-
ing for the women’s volleyball team
the previous two seasons, she joined
the soccer team as well.
“I had no idea I could do both,”
says Gonyea. “When I got out of
high school, I always thought I had to
choose one.”
A three-sport star (she was also the
most valuable player in basketball) at
Cardinal Carter High School in Au-
rora, Gonyea chose to focus on vol-
leyball at Ryerson until her coach,
Dustin Reid, told her she had the op-
tion to play for two teams.
One factor allowing Gonyea to
play both soccer and volleyball is that
their schedules have minimal overlap
— soccer’s regular season runs from
early September to late October, while
volleyball runs from early October to
mid-February — meaning she doesn’t
have to split her time 50/50 between
the two sports.
“Right now, I’m devoting 100 per
cent of my time to soccer,” said Go-
nyea. “But every once in a while I
like to show my face at some of the
volleyball practices so they know I’m
still a part of the team.”
Fellow soccer player Amy Tahmiz-
ian, a third-year fashion design stu-
dent, says she would consider taking
up another varsity sport if Ryerson
offered a legitimate track program,
but still advises others to only do one
sport at a time. Women’s soccer coach
Kevin Souter agrees.
“It’s a very hard thing to do, from
a coaches point of view,” says Souter.
“I like to have my girls dedicated to
one sport.”
Yet he’s not opposed to Gonyea
pulling double duty because she al-
ready knows what to expect from
a varsity team. He says the biggest
challenge with frst-year players is
bringing them out of the high school
mentality of what they perceive to be
commitment and how to balance aca-
demics and athletics. So when athletic
teams recruit, they make new athletes
choose one sport.
With so much of her time taken up
by practices and commuting down-
town, Gonyea still has to make time
to focus on her grades — which she
prioritizes “because without them
[she] couldn’t play sports.”
Ryerson offers athletes a strong
support system to help maintain
their grades — from workshops to
improve note-taking to mandatory
study sessions for frst-year athletes.
But while coaches encourage
strong academics, Gonyea says that
the majority of Ryerson professors
don’t support athletes.
“During the frst week of school,
a letter goes out [to warn professors]
about any potential conficts,” she
says. “[But] they don’t care if you’re
on a sports team. I think that’s just
the mentality of Canadian schools,
they don’t care enough about sports.”
Souter says the possibility of a
burnout is a concern for any dual-sort
athlete, because “varsity sports are
demanding and Ryerson’s a demand-
ing school,” but Gonyea says hav-
ing to balance soccer, volleyball and
school doesn’t affect her negatively.
“I always need to be doing some-
thing,” she says. “[And] I never feel
like I’m missing out on a social life be-
cause my friends are my teammates.”
As long as they are motivated and
are prepared to put in the work, Go-
nyea says any student can play two
varsity sports.
“I’m not a superstar player or any-
thing like that. I just practice hard
with the team that I’m on and sup-
port the other from the bench.”
Double-teaming it
Between class and practice, the life of a student-athlete is hectic enough.
Shannon Baldwin examines what its like playing for two varsity teams.
Katrina Gonyea fnds balance juggling two sports in addition to class.
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Rye hosts UFC,
tells no one
Last Friday, Ryerson played host to
the Ultimate Fighting Champion-
ship’s (UFC) weigh-ins for UFC 152:
Jones vs. Belfort, which took place
the next night at the Air Canada
When I frst heard about the UFC’s
impending presence, I thought,
“wow, this is going to be awesome.”
Ryerson offcials always talk
about the Mattamy Athletic Centre’s
ability to host concerts and major
tournaments, and so far, they had
managed to successfully hype every
single event. The Prime Minister’s
visit. The frst basketball game. The
grand opening. The parade and pic-
nic. The time capsule ceremony.
So you would think they’d do the
same when hosting the premier com-
pany in mixed-martial arts and ar-
guably the best fghter in the world,
Jon “Bones” Jones.
But for some reason, Ryerson
kept quiet about their big guests pri-
or to the event. No mention in any
“Ryerson Today” emails. Nothing
in “This Week In Athletics.”
The frst time anyone went out
of his or her way to tell me about it
was the day of the event, when I was
walking towards the MAC. UFC
employees were passing out fyers,
inviting community members to at-
Once inside, I noticed that A) at
no point were the stands more than
two-thirds full, and B) only about a
quarter of those present were Ryer-
son students.
I spoke to Marcin Dszynski, a
third-year computer science student,
who said he had no idea the UFC was
at Ryerson until being told outside.
Brian Batista Bettencourt, one of
our photo editors, is also a libero for
the men’s volleyball team. He says
most of the guys on the team weren’t
even aware of the weigh-ins prior to
him telling them.
And when I spoke to a MAC em-
ployee who was working the day of,
he said he only found out a few days
But as early as Sept. 11, sites like had reported that
Ryerson was scheduled to host the
event — which would be “free and
open to the public.”
The UFC has come a long way
over the past few years. They’ve
grown from a small circus league to
become a household name able to
successfully lobby governments to
sanction MMA as a sport. Ryerson
Athletics has also made great strides
recently in building their brand —
acquiring Maple Leaf Gardens and
bringing in top recruits.
The difference, of course, is that
UFC president Dana White would
never stage an event without publi-
cizing it.
While its not like Ryerson actual-
ly hosted fghts, the weigh-ins were
signifcant enough to at least men-
tion in an email to students. Those
in attendance seemed to appreciate
the fact that some of the world’s
elite athletes were on campus. It just
would’ve been nice if Ryerson had
let everyone know about it.
Michael Jan and the men’s soccer team defeated the U of T Varsity Blues 2-1 last
Sunday. The win was the Rams’ frst against their cross-town rivals in almost 17
years. It also extended their unbeaten streak to six games. The Rams currently sit in
third place in the OUA East.
“Joe Rogan, you crack me up.” “no, seriously Jon — they didn’t tell anyone we were coming.”
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