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Over the last several years, the Student Centre has worked hard to cultivate an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for all students. In part, this is reflected in some of the obvious changes that have been made in and around the Centre. For instance, the newly renovated washrooms on the third floor of Oakham House are designed to serve the needs of all students who use the adjacent multi-faith / prayer room. Less obvious, but no less important, have been our efforts to ensure that students and student groups get priority when it comes to the use of Student Centre space. And in conjunction with both the RSU and CESAR, as well as the various on-campus student groups and course unions, we have worked hard to develop programs that appeal to all members of our diverse community. To be sure, we have looked to support all of these efforts with other programs and campaigns too, ones that we hope reflect and instill in our staff, our patrons, and the larger community, our inclusive ideals. Obviously, the recent incidents of sexual assault and harassment that have occurred on-campus threaten to undermine the progress that has been made since students took control of the Student Centre's operations in 2005. Every member of our community should feel confident, however, that these incidents, threatening though they are, have only served to strengthen the resolve of those who work on behalf of students so as to make the Student Centre ever better. For precisely this reason, students and the larger community can take some comfort in knowing that the Student Centre does not view the recent incidents of sexual assault and harassment as isolated events, but as a problem endemic to our society. As such, the Student Centre, again in conjunction with the RSU, CESAR, and all on-campus student groups and course unions, is working to address the issue in several different and related ways. First, we have performed a full evaluation of our security procedures and policies in an effort to change and/or improve on how we secure the Student Centre. Our intent has not been to simply add more security guards on busy pub-nights, but rather to better develop our capacity to be sensitive to the kinds of misogynistic, racist, ableist and homophobic attitudes before they manifest in things like assault and harassment. Our "No Means No" campaign, now evident all over the Student Centre, is also testimony to the clarity with which we are broadcasting our zero-tolerance policy for any kind of behavior that would seek to divide, exclude, exploit and oppress. Finally, we are also appealing to you - the larger community - to help ensure that your Student Centre continues to both be and feel, safe, inclusive and welcoming. As always, we are open to your suggestions and comments - your participation has always been and remains fundamental to the Student Centre and vital to its on-going success.

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NEWS

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Much of the concern over recent sexual assaults has centred on security around campus at night.

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The recent string of sexual assaults has caused a group of students to take action

Sexual assaults lead to new committee
By Sean Wetselaar
A group of concerned students are in the process of forming a committee to address the recent spree of sexual assaults on campus. The possibility of a communityled task force was suggested at town hall meetings held Sept. 26 and 27 to give students a chance to discuss the issue. The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) may be working in conjunction with the new coalition. There have been six reported cases of sexual assault on campus since September, the highest concentration of assaults in recent memory. While the RSU has run a number of campaigns to address sexual assault, the recent string of reports caused the organization to hold an “emergency community meeting.” “[The RSU has been] dealing with this, and then decided that we actually need to come together as a community,” said Marwa Hamad, vice president equity at the RSU. “So it was only last week that we put this together. It was done in a very urgent nature.” Although no definitive plans for the future of the coalition have been made, Hamad hopes to see the group holding meetings as soon as possible. “Nothing has been planned in terms of the coalition so far,” said Hamad. “[But] we hope to take back the minutes and the notes from this meeting and come together as an executive and review how to best move forward.” Ryerson’s administration responded officially to the meetings and assaults at a round table held Monday afternoon, in which Heather Lane Vetere, vice-provost students, emphasized the school’s support of the committee. “The RSU knows well that my office is available to help and support them in any way,” said Vetere. In response to the increase of reported sexual assaults, Ryerson Security and Emergency Services also launched a new email service that notifies students of recent security issues. While students will have the choice to opt out of the service, the school hopes to reach a much wider audience than it has previously, and is considering expanding further to include social media. Despite the recent spotlight on security, Julia Hanigsberg, the vice president of administration and finance, stressed that Ryerson has always taken the security of its students seriously. “Our attention to safety on campus isn’t a result of incidents that happened. This is something we focus on 52 weeks a year,” she said. “[Security] is something we do proactively all the time … It’s a constant effort, and a constant area for improvement.” While both Ryerson’s administration and the RSU agreed that an increase in dialogue surrounding sexual assault is a victory in of itself, some students were upset to see that there was a need for the meetings at all. “It’s heartbreaking to see that [this meeting] is necessary,” said Jeff Perera, a long-time student at Ryerson, following the first town hall meeting on Sept. 26. Perera works as a program manager for the White Ribbon Campaign, which advocates male involvement in anti-sexual assault campaigns. Although most of the conversation focused on initial commentary on the issue, Perera was pleased to see that a discussion had occurred. “In that sense it’s great, it was great to see a full room,” said Perera. “But it’s great to see there’s people here that want to make something happen.”

Rye proposes to create more online courses, new “zone-based” programs while adding new graduate studies

Ryerson’s vision for post-secondary education revealed
To create community partnerships and student-led employment opportunities, Ryerson plans to establish additional “zone-based education” platforms modeled afRyerson is proposing sweeping ter the Digital Media Zone. They changes to its education model, fo- would be extended to the fields of cusing on expansive entrepreneur- aerospace, design, health and soship and online program develop- cial entrepreneurship within the next two years. ment. The new priorities are outlined in Ryerson’s mandate statement, It’s in response to which was sent to the Ontario gov[student] demand ernment Monday. The statement is Ryerson’s response to the Ministry of Training, It’s an effort to see 10 per cent Colleges and Universities’ demands of graduating students take part in for economic productivity and cre- a zone education initiative during ative innovation. The ministry has their academic careers. described the initiative as the most “We keep on seeing more and influential post-secondary overhaul more students in different faculties since the introduction of colleges in wanting to have that type of expethe 1960s. riential learning opportunity,” said According to the document, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. Ryerson will be “redefining the “It’s in response to demand.” role of post-secondary education The need for more timetable in driving economic productivity flexibility amongst students has and growth” through its enhanced Ryerson seeking funds from the learning opportunities. provincial government to develop

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600 online courses over the next five years. “We are really in this saying that we will take a leadership role in it and we want to be at the table when there are discussions about the resources and what are the strategies of online learning,” said Levy. An increase in course availability will also make the option for yearround learning more accessible. Citing Ryerson’s role as a “catalyst for downtown renewal,” the paper formally expressed the university’s interest in acquiring 222 Jarvis St., at the corner of Jarvis and Dundas Streets. “The University has said to the government that that is very important property in our precinct and something for the university’s long-term future [and] is something to acquire.” The mandate statement also addressed Ryerson’s need for more graduate studies programs, as the university looks to create 14 new areas of study.

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In wake of recent assaults on campus, security emails are mandatory, but only if you want them to be

Opting-out of a safer campus
Guest Editorial: By Carolyn Turgeon
If you read a paper — any Ryerson or Toronto paper — you’ve heard about the string of sexual assaults that have taken place on and around campus. If you check your RMail, you received an email last week from Security and Emergency Services, detailing its plan to send Security Watch alerts to all Ryerson email accounts. Previously, the notices were only physically posted around campus, making them easy to walk by and be ignored. Even if it was in talks before, we can safely assume that the timing of the electronic alerts is due to the recent incidents, and the need to let students know what’s happening in a more direct way. No one can say for sure that emails to students will help prevent assaults. But we do know that it can help keep students informed. Help them grasp the severity of the situation. Encourage them to look out for their fellow students. The only long-term way to put a stop to the sexual assault culture that currently prevades is to expose it. The problem: the option to opt-out of these alerts will be coming to you starting Oct 8. No matter what effect these electronic updates have on the safety of the Ryerson campus, allowing students to take themselves off the emailing list is counterintuitive. Sure, they can ignore the messages they receive. They can skim them, or specifically not read those boring old security notifications. But they’ll see the subject line before they delete it. They’ll know that something terrible has happened on our campus and, like it or not, they’ll be a little bit more educated about it. And as sad as that is, that may be the best education that security can offer.

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NEWS

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Proposed changes to education have not garnered student support, RSU says

RSU critical of education overhaul
By Luc Rinaldi
Sunday marked the last chance for Ontario’s universities and colleges to formally voice their opinion on a government document that could overhaul the province’s post-secondary education system. The discussion paper, released by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in June, proposed three-year bachelor degree programs, year-round schooling and an increased reliance on online courses. The document also outlined a reformed credit transfer system that would allow students to transfer all general first-and-second-year credits. According to Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) President Rodney Diverlus, the suggested changes haven’t garnered much student support. He said the ideas discussed in the paper, entitled Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge, are vague and seem to be a response to — in the words of the document — “scarce public resources” for post-secondary institutions. “Automatically, all the points are read with a lens of: ‘This is to save money,’” Diverlus said. “It’s not to make things better. It’s to cut costs left, right and centre.” The RSU held a town hall meeting addressing the document on Sept. 19, a week after the university held a similar meeting. Both the school and the students’ union submitted a written response to the ministry by Sept. 30, the deadline for feedback. The university’s submission adhered to a ministry-determined format, Diverlus said, which was comprised of vision and mission statements and three “strategic mandates” but no opportunity to actually oppose or support the paper’s proposals. “We already know that the positions in the papers that the schools are submitting aren’t going to be that critical,” Diverlus said. “So that means that the only critical voices are probably going to come from students or external groups.” The RSU submission included verbatim concerns from town hall attendees wary of the alleged benefits of the changes, particularly a three-year degree model. “There hasn’t been one person that’s said that [three-year degrees] are a great idea,” Diverlus said. “Actually, most people say that it’s a horrible idea.” Gyula Kovacs, a ministry spokesperson, said the next step is to review the individual submissions and produce a public report on the findings later this year. The ministry doesn’t yet have a timeline for when it will make de-

Rodney Diverlus, President of the Ryerson Students’ Union cisions regarding the changes proposed in the discussion paper. “The information gathered through the roundtable discussions and from written submissions will guide us on how best to achieve our goals for the modernization of Ontario’s post-secondary education sector,” Kovacs wrote in an email. Diverlus, however, is skeptical that the submissions will have the power to halt or significantly alter the changes. “With discussion papers, there’s

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often already a [direction] where people are leaning, and they just want to discuss to see how bad of an impact it will make,” he said. “Discussion papers often lead to policy.” The model is being championed by Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray, the minister of training, colleges and universities, and is rooted in the Bologna Process, a post-secondary system employed in nearly 40 European countries, and 50 worldwide. “Canada,” the report reads, “is paying attention to Bologna.”

A new system aiming to make credit transfers easier does not include Ryerson

Rye excluded from credit initiative
By Jordanna Tennebaum
A new shared-credit initiative that aims to improve academic flexibility for post-secondary students won’t be extended to Ryerson University. Students attending a member institution of the University Transfer Credit Consortium will be able to choose from more than 20 first-year arts and science courses for credit at their home schools. The seven participants are: McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and Western University. Members of Ryerson’s administration, however, weren’t aware of the new communal transfer credit system until the consortium issued a press release last week, said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “I would say that after a lot of discussion, that the announcement of the [seven-member organization] was way, way premature. There’s many of them that saw it as a beginning for a more inclusive arrangement of it,” Levy said. Glen Murray, minister of training, colleges and universities, has expressed his preference for the establishment of a more efficient Ontario-wide transfer credit system — an arrangement that Levy said could maximize benefits for Ryerson students. “I think it’s fair to say that Ryerson would much rather work within the context of the whole system than to be part of any small group,” he said. In the meantime, students won’t be inhibited by Ryerson’s absence from the consortium, said Keith Alnwick, Ryerson University’s registrar. “We probably have more established equivalencies than any of the universities on the list. It is unclear that the move would even be a good decision for us,” Alnwick said. Ryerson University is already a member of a separate transfer credit organization called the Ontario Council of Articulation and Transfer. It includes membership of all 20 public universities and 24 colleges in Ontario.

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Wednesday Oct. 3 2012

After mountains of hype, Gmail will hit Ryerson Oct. 9, along with the full collection of Google apps

Gmail finds new home at Ryerson
By Alfea Donato
On the heels of considerable hype, Ryerson will officially make the switch to the Google educaton suite Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to the Gmail e-mail client, which will include 25 GB of storage (RMail was only equiped with one GB), users will have access to a number of google apps including voice calling, instant messaging and document sharing. Students who want to use Gmail will need to opt in through my.ryerson and follow the instructions that will be available on Oct. 5. Brian Lesser, Ryerson’s computing and communications services director, says that the switch to Gmail emerged from financial hurdles and ongoing frustrations with RMail. In 2011, an advisory committee was formed to look over alternatives to the school’s current email system. At first, hosting with Google was not considered because of the United States Patriot Act, an antiterrorism measure that allows U.S. law enforcement to view personal records without an individual’s knowledge or consent. With privacy being the school’s primary concern, Ryerson was initially hesitant to switch to Gmail. But after a detailed meeting with Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Lesser was told that the government would be able to access any of the school’s information regardless of which client they chose. “She told us the Patriot Act is a red herring,” said Lesser. “If you’re hosting in Canada or the States, there’s little difference… [the] Secret Service can do anything.” Microsoft was another company in contention for Ryerson’s virtual affections, but while they were offering free services for students, they wanted payment for faculty and staff accounts. Another possibility was for Ryerson to host and expand RMail, but that proved to be too costly. “The normal model of ‘let’s go buy something’ wasn’t going to work,” said Lesser. In the end, Google’s user interface, document collaboration, features and free services won Ryerson over. However, the relationship is far from idyllic. Even after three

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rounds of beta testing, involving around 330 students, faculty and staff, problems have subsisted. Configuring Google Apps to mobile devices though the use of a

Google Token (a randomly generated string of characters required to set up certain clients) was a common concern. But overall, Lesser is pleased with the criticism.

“It’s really great to get feedback from a lot of people,” he says, adding that a mailing list and the student help desk will field future complaints after Google Apps’ launch.

the ryerson image Centre (riC) officially opened to the public saturday night, in conjunction with the annual art show nuit Blanche. the riC featured two exhibits showcasing work from both image arts students and the Black star collection of iconic photographs, which was donated to ryerson by the Black star agency in 2005.

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Wednesday Oct. 3 2012

COMMUNITIES

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With colourful costumes and creative characters, the Ryerson Anime Club (RU Anime) brings a unique form of art, self-expression and recreation to campus. Shannon Baldwin explores the world of Cosplay.

Not your typical game of dress-up

Kate Perez, a first-year early childhood education student, is dressed as annie from league of legends. Ash Ketchum, Loki and Cardcaptor Sakura sit casually in a small but crowded room and give advice to students. While this may seem like a peculiar scene to some, they all have one thing in common: they’re all Ryerson student cosplayers. Cosplay, or costume play, generally involves dressing up as anime, manga or comic book characters as a form of art and recreation. Last week, a Ryerson Anime Club (RU-Anime) workshop gave firsttime cosplayers advice on how to create, maintain and improve costumes for next May’s Anime North, a Toronto anime convention. But conventions aren’t just a place to parade around in costume, said arts and contemporary studies student Alexa Osborne. “I associate myself with that character so much that people can get a sense of who I am by who I dress up as.” As a girl who felt like an outcast in high school, Osborne said she dresses as characters that have been through similar situations as her. She said it’s why she’s dressed as Loki, Thor’s mischievous step-brother. While traditional comic book characters are always expected at anime conventions, characters from Disney, Sailor Moon, and The Avengers are presumed to the be the most popular this year. The popularity of My Little Pony costumes for men will be huge at Anime North, said Patricia Alba, vice president of finance at RU Anime and third-year early childhood education student. “I’d like to point out that there are a lot of guy My Little Ponies, ” said Alba. Crossplaying, a term for people who dress up as characters of the opposite sex, is also common at conventions. Alba told the guys and girls at the workshop that “if [they] want to crossplay then go for it!” “Your skin colour, gender, weight and age doesn’t matter; if you love a character portray it. [Cosplaying] is all about your love of what you want to portray.” Although cosplaying can be inclusive and accepting, not all parents are ready to accept that their children dress up. “My mom really doesn’t want me going to conventions but I really want to go,” said first year business technology student Simona Chang. “It’s a strange world for parents to perceive, so the best thing to do is bring them with you, they’ll have a lot of fun and begin to appreciate the art of costume making,” said Kelsey Brunton, president of RUAnime and a fourth-year performance production student.

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Osborne said it took her dad a while to really get into it, but now he gets excited about her costumes and brags about them, showing pictures to friends and coworkers. As long as you’re having fun, Osborne said it doesn’t matter how detailed or realistic your costume looks. She once took a large stick, attached a Christmas ornament to the top, and called it a staff. The first costume she ever wore to a convention was of InuYasha, the eponymous of a Japanese manga series, when she was 15 years old. She admits that it wasn’t close to being a realistic interpretation. “I looked like no other InuYasha there, but I thought, ‘You know what? Fuck you, I’m the best InuYasha here!’” The door swings open and conversation stops as a bright pink girl bursts in. Kate Perez, a first-year early childhood education student, is dressed as Annie from League of Legends in a full pink dress, a red wig and all the finishings. The costume came from Perez’s grandmother, who used to sew wedding dresses. The entire cost of the outfit was $75. The amount of time it took to sew the dress was four days. But the large “Aww” from fellow cosplayers that followed her entrance? Priceless.

To Walk a Mile: A Q&A with Jeff Perera
By Carly Thomas
Jeff Perera is a workshop facilitator for the White Ribbon Campaign and the founder of the organization’s Ryerson chapter. Thursday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was itsbiggest fundraiser of the year. The Eyeopener: What is the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign and what is its purpose? Jeff: The idea is engaging men in the conversations about the realities of women and violence against women in our world. It’s a tricky subject. It’s a taboo conversation. So the idea is to literally get men to walk a mile in high heels. And it’s not to say that all women wear high heels, or that putting on a pair of high heels will tell you what the experience is like for women everyday. Not at all. But the idea is to start that process, to take a moment and make a small statement like that… When a women puts on a suit… her image increases in power and respect. But when a man puts on something that’s feminine, like a pair of high heels, it’s a comedic tease. It’s funny. It’s seen as degrading. By doing this publicly it gets men to think about just how much it sucks to walk down the street in high heels, how much it hurts and how difficult it is. And the guys start to think about other things like what it’s like to take the subway, what’s it like to walk down the streets any day or night as a women, you know, when you’re subjected to unwanted calling or street harassment. The Eyeopener: Why is this event important in light of the recent sexPHOTO: MOHaMEd OMar

ual assaults on campus? Jeff: It’s very important because there is work that we all have to do, to make our spaces safer to work, live and study. And this engages men to think about that. In seeing this event and hearing about it, it’s a way of catching people’s attention and talk about the positive role men can play; as al-

lies, as engaged bystanders, as role models. Not all men are part of the problem, it’s that men aren’t doing enough to be part of the solution… As men, we need to talk about the things we can do... It’s literally one step at a time, in high heels or not. Visit theeyeopener.com for more

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FEATURES

Wednesday Oct. 3 2012

Facebook and Twitter aren’t the most professional forums, but neglecting them could make it difficult to effectively reach students

Keeping up with the social media generation
By Astoria Luzzi & Carolyn Turgeon

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alter Pitman craved a dialogue with his students. In the late ’70s, he would leave his office and wander around campus, interacting with students and finding out how they felt about their life at what was then called the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute of Toronto. Pitman is remembered as a Ryerson president who had an open-door policy. He had times of the day set aside during which you could just walk into his office and talk to him, remembers Brian Lesser, director of Computing and Communication Services (CCS). Now more than 30 years later, technology and social media allow the student body to connect with all sorts of people with all sorts of power at any time of the day. “Twitter can level things and allow you to see people as people, if used well,” said Lesser. “[You] have a little bit of a personal dialogue with them in a way that you couldn’t really before.” Lesser’s boss, Julia Hanigsberg, is a current example of how Ryerson administrators can connect students on a more personal level. As vice president administration and finance, Hanigsberg spends a lot of time in her Jorgenson Hall office, dealing with matters that affect the university as a whole but usually don’t require a lot of face time with students. Hanigsberg uses Twitter as a way to participate and communicate in social circles that are part of her work and personal life, and all in a professionally appropriate manner. With 1,359 followers and 7,373 tweets, Hanigsberg tweets and responds to fellow users about Ryerson and higher education, life with her family and her own interests. From his office in the basement of Jorgen-

son Hall, where there are no obvious windows and little to no student traffic, Lesser also uses Twitter as a way to communicate with students since his role in CCS includes making sure the campus’ wireless internet service is running smoothly. In this past February, there was a lot of congestion and connection issues in the Library and George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre buildings. CCS was aware of the problem, but not of the severity, until Lesser came across complaints from several students posted on Twitter. “What I’ve started doing is just going on Twitter and searching Ryerson or Ryerson Wi-Fi,” he said. “To my shame, sometimes I find out about problems on Twitter sooner than I do from our own staff.” Upon realizing the effect the congestion was having on students, CCS posted on their blog alerting the Ryerson community of which areas and buildings were experiencing the outages. CCS immediately began planning to add more Wi-Fi access points throughout campus. This effort continued through the summer months and into September. During this time, the original service alert on the blog was updated periodically with every improvement, an effort that wouldn’t have started as quickly if not for the student feedback collected through social media. CCS informs the university of major outages and problems with campus Wi-Fi and online services by sending out mass emails through the RMail system and posting messages on Blackboard. Ryerson Security and Emergency Services have recently adopted the

“It was a suggestion from the emergency [task force], as well as our department recognizing the need,” said Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, manager of security and emergency

I think you need to tailor the information for the environment that it’s in. I actually custom message them.
services. “It was a long time in the process of discussions.” The first email explained that the Security Watch alerts, usually printed and posted around campus, are now going to be sent straight to inboxes and posted on Blackboard. “What we’re hoping is that more students will be aware of what’s happening on campus, faster than how they were before,” said Fermin-Poppleton. “This just gives everybody an opportunity to see it all at the same time, and hopefully more people [will take notice].” However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of these security alerts on Oct. 8. Even if they don’t opt-out, there is no guarantee that students will be taking in the information. “I rarely read them. I see them as junk mail,” said Jeraldyne Pallara, a first-year biology student. “Maybe if they used social networks such as Twitter or Facebook I would read about things they need to let students know.” Fermin-Poppleton says there have been discussions on using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and even text alerts, but she has no estimate as to how or when those ideas will be implemented. An average-sized university such as Ryerson can not stick to one avenue of distributing information, according to Restiani Andriati, manager of Ryerson’s Digital Media Projects Office (DMP). The DMP’s role is to support instructors in learning how to incorporate social media and technology in the classroom.

Maybe if they used social networks such as Twitter or Facebook I would read about things they need to let students know.
same method of communication, which they announced in their first email to the campus community last Thursday.

Andriati feels that schools, including Ryerson, have to maintain a presence on multiple platforms in order to keep the community well informed. “I don’t think everyone is off email, so if you [use it you’ll] catch a percentage of people,” she said. “If you want to reach as many people as possible then you use as many [avenues] as possible.” Lesser is aware that a portion of the Ryerson population does not bother reading the mass emails. He drew attention to the fact that just because the university email is traditionally seen as the official method of contact, it does not necessarily mean it is the only one. “There is no [one] way to reach out to 30,000 people,” he said. Ryerson University’s official Twitter (@ RyersonU) and Facebook page both link to media articles about the university as well as to their own website and Ryerson Today, the school’s online newsletter. All of the links on the Facebook page are also posted on the Twitter account. There is minimal interaction with other site users, with occasional retweets of Ryerson-related content and extremely rare replies to the many students tweeting at or about them. The account is managed by the Office of University Advancement, but different departments contribute. The Ryerson Facebook page allows students to contribute with posts, but again there is minimal interaction between the page and its commenters and visitors. At the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), there has been a growing trend among students using Twitter and Facebook to ask the university questions about anything from admissions to deadlines to where to find certain information. “They’re using it as a primary communication tool beyond calling us or emailing us,” said Sarah Mulholland, media and communications officer in OCADU’s marketing and communications department. She doesn’t like the idea of putting the same content on both streams, the method Ryerson uses. Using the resources the sites offer, she

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feels that Facebook content should be richer due to the ability to embed pictures and videos and provide longer content, while Twitter is short-form and requires summarizing your content to make it fit. “I think you need to tailor the information for the environment that it’s in,” said Mulholland. “I actually custom message them.” Gord Arbeau, director of public and communications at McMaster University, agrees that platforms should not be treated the same, and that tweets should be approached like a headline for the linked content. Facebook, in his opinion, is primarily questions, participation and engagement. Brock University is a few steps ahead in terms of social media. Not only are their Facebook and Twitter pages very active, with differentiated content and plenty of interactions with students, but they’ve actually created a social media co-ordinator position on staff. Jocelyn Titone, the current co-ordinator, “monitors and tracks online ‘buzz’ about Brock, manages the University’s social media presence (blogs, communities, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) [and] provides social media training for faculty and staff,” according to their website. On their accounts, she can be observed helping and communicating with students about a range of topics. Brock also has social media guidelines on their website to instruct faculty, staff, students and alumni on using these tools. They advise on how to “always be upfront and honest about who you are and what you represent, use common sense before you post or comment, and respect the values and etiquette of communities you join.” Their guidelines incorporate other Brock standards, including their Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy, their Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Policy and their Institutional Brand Identity Policy. In general, the guidelines are about using social media as a representative of Brock, but can also be used to guide a student or faculty member’s personal or hybrid use of such websites. According to Jeffrey Sinibaldi, media relations officer at Brock, “They are policies that were developed by Jocelyn and her predecesors.” OCADU is taking steps in the same direction. They are in the process of putting together a formal social media policy and creating a position for a full-time social media officer. “Right now [the social media work] is about half my job,” said Mulholland. “I work in the Communications department and also take care of media relations, so one of the ideas is to split the position in two.” The newer role will involve coming up with policies to help with the social media environ-

ment and provide strategies for the university. “We have some great ideas and some guiding principles but really nothing published about that,” Mulholland said. Ryerson, however, lacks a concrete policy on the subject. “The university has [constructed] a commitee and social media policies [are] in development,” said Suelan Toye, media relations officer for Ryerson University. Currently, the closest thing related to a policy would be a section in the Legal and Policy Issues in the Human Resources section of the Ryerson site. “Social Media Use — The Employee Dilemma” is just a written blurb about how using social media on your own time can still affect work life. There are no actual rules

or suggestions, other than the vague notion that this is a difficult balance and employees should keep it in mind. It concludes with the promise that “these issues will be considered starting this fall, so that the University can provide appropriate guidance to employees to prevent these kind of problematic situations.” Andriati explained that when the DMP helps faculty members, they have a checklist of things that they should consider when adapting social media tools for learning purposes. “Policies should be transferable,” said Andriati of the other Ryerson guidelines in place. “If you’re following the guidelines that are already in place, that would permeate in your online behaviour as well.”

However, she did not specify what policies would transfer over, and the only policies on the website concerning student behaviour are the Student Codes of Academic Conduct and Non-Academic Conduct. These policies cover plagiarism, cheating and non-school matters, but make no mention of social media guidelines. In order to properly advise members of the university on social media matter, an actual policy and guidelines are necessary. “Ryerson could use some policies and some guidelines for people like me,” joked Lesser on his use of Twitter. “I know the etiquette and maybe I forget it sometimes but most of the time I’m good.”

The Facebook likes (left) and Twitter followers (right) of various Ontario universities.

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While Ryerson may be looking towards introducing a baseball program, the challenge for coach Ben Rich is far from over.

OUA legend looks to bring Rams baseball team to Ryerson
By Charles Vanegas
Last week, Ryerson Recreation released information regarding a potential baseball team that would play in the Ontario University Athletic conference (OUA) next fall. The movement is being led by Ben Rich, once a star catcher at Western University and former head coach at Carleton University. While completing his undergraduate degree in political science at Western, Rich led the Mustangs to three consecutive OUA championships from 2005-07, and was named a firstteam all-star twice, second-team all-star once and the league’s Most Valuable Hitter in 2005. After a stint as coach of the Carleton Ravens, Rich came to Ryerson in 2011 to pursue his Masters of public policy and administration. He says he was disappointed by Ryerson’s lack of a baseball team, but says it presented an opportunity, since many Ontario universities such as Lakehead and Windsor have added programs in recent years. “Ryerson’s vision of becoming a preeminent post-secondary institution in Canada, with athletics being a part of that... really dovetails nicely with the growth of collegiate baseball in Ontario,” Rich says. Since the press release went out, Rich says he has been receiving daily emails from interested participants. Among those interested is Benjamin Warsh, a first-year politics and governance student. Warsh briefly attended the University of Calgary in 2010, and was a catcher on the baseball team before a collision at team, but is confident he’ll be able to secure finances through his and his staff’s connections in the business world. If they are unable to be ready by next fall, Ryerson baseball could possibly look at the same route taken by the women’s hockey program. Prior to entering the OUA last season, the team spent four years as the Ryerson Stingers, playing in the Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League, a non-travelling hockey association based in Toronto. In their final season as the Stingers, the team finished with a record of 21-0-3 and won the league championship. Taking a by-trial path towards full-team status is fine with Benjamin Warsh. “You’ve got to start somewhere,” he says. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Rich and his staff will hold an information session at the Mattamy Athletic Centre from 5 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 20, they will run a free skills camp at Howard Talbot Park to evaluate talent and further gauge interest.

Ben Rich hopes to have a team competing in the OUA for the 2013 season. the plate ended his season. Suffering a torn tendon and nerve damage in his left arm, he decided to return to his home in Toronto rather than continue going to school out west. While he is currently attending physiotherapy, Warsh hopes to be behind the plate if Ryerson is able to field a team next fall. “I wouldn’t be able to play any other position,” he says. “I’m not going to put myself in a position where I can’t perform to the fullest. I’m not going to play shortstop and have balls go through my legs all day. But I’m confident I can get back into catching.” Like any other proposed club or team, Rich had to go through the necessary steps. He approached Stephanie White, associate director of athletics, in late July with his list of goals. While he was able to demonstate his knowledge and coaching credentials — he’s also National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified and also coached the London Badgers 15-and-under team for three years, winning the Ontario Baseball Association Championship in 2007, all while playing at Western — White still had qualms about how a baseball program would run. Much like with soccer, or hockey prior to the MAC’s completion, Ryerson baseball would have no oncampus site to play at. Rich plans to play and practice at Christie Pits, a park that features three diamonds located near Bloor and Christie Streets, making it a mere 20 minute subway ride — much more convenient than treks to Birchmount or Lamport stadiums, Ryerson soccer’s “home fields.” “Being on the subway line is key as most students don’t have cars,” says Rich. “But none of the other schools in the OUA have a field that is on their main campus (the University of Toronto does have its home field at their Scarborough campus).” Now working in intergovernmental relations for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Rich has assembled a team of coaches and administrators that he believes will make a baseball program palpable. He estimates the cost of introducing an OUA-level program to be approximately $13,000 to $15,000. “You don’t want to say ‘we can do it for $8,000’ and then it be $15,000 and you’re totally out to lunch. You’ve got to be realistic,” he says. “How much are bats going to cost, how much is field time going to cost — we looked into all of that.” But Ivan Joseph, Ryerson director of athletics, says the department has no intention of footing the bill, and looks at baseball as strictly a sports club at this time. “We’re not looking to put in a team for varsity right now. What we’re looking to do is say ‘hey, anyone can start a club here at Ryerson.’ This is no different than the Quidditch club, the ultimate Frisbee club, [or] the cricket club,” says Joseph. “Maybe after three or four years having a successful club, they’ll come to me and pose me with a difficult problem to solve (becoming a varsity team). I’d like that.” Joseph did say that perhaps a baseball program could function similarly to Ryerson’s golf team, which does compete within the OUA, but is run like an athletic club — as in, they could use Ryerson Rams branding and would receive minimal funding for uniforms, but would be responsible for travel costs, league fees and everything else. But he did stress that baseball would be significantly more challenging to do. “It would be different, because in baseball it’s a league, and with golf

PHOTO: CHARlEs VANEGAs

its always one-and-done tournaments. [With golf] they have to be able to score a minimum before we can enter them into any individual tournament, and they all pay their own way,” says Joseph. “So if baseball was a one-day tournament, yes [it would be easy to do]. But it’s currently a league that goes for several months.” Rich understands the athletic department’s reluctance to fund a new

One-on-one with Aleksa Miladinovic

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Ben Rich was a two-time OUA first-team all-star at catcher, and one-time secondteam all-star as a designated hitter

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Ryerson students gain valuable real work experience from Canada’s top 100 employers for young people

Students find work with top employers
By Tara deschamps
Not many Ryerson students can say they’ve helped build a digital database for a nuclear energy company. Third-year computer engineering student Shim Patel can. The Bruce Power employee is just one of many who credits gaining valuable work experience to a company recently listed as one of the top 100 employers for young people in Canada. The list was released last Thursday by Canada’s Top 100 Employers organization. It features companies like Bombardier Aerospace, the Peel Regional Police department and furniture retailer Ikea. The companies on the list were chosen based on the opportunities, support and benefits they offer young people. According to Patel, students who are employed at Bruce Power are allowed to work on important projects that students employed elsewhere usually don’t get the chance to do. “They give you as much responsibility as they would to any other employee,” Patel said. “They really teach you a lot and give you an experience that you can write on your resumé.” In addition to work experience, Patel said he thinks Bruce Power and other companies made the list because of the flexible work hours they offer employees. When Patel was unable to access a car to travel to work, he said his employer worked with him to find a solution. “When I first got the job, my manager asked if I could come in at 8 a.m,” Patel said. “The manager was really understanding when I explained that I needed to get a ride from a friend because I don’t have access to a car. So the company allows me to start at 8:30 a.m. as long as I complete an eight-hour shift.” It’s experiences like this that Gerald Hunt, professor at Ted Rogers School of Business Management, says are important to young student workers. “I don’t think where or what the job is is important to students, as long as there’s flexibility and no harassment,” Hunt said. Arti Panday, a third-year journalism student and customer service representative for Rogers Communications Inc., which also landed a spot on the Top 100 list, agrees. “I think when young people are looking for a job they factor in convenience, pay, and flexible hours,” Panday said. Hunt said that companies who hire current students experience tight turnaround periods because many students are juggling school and work, and don’t make longterm commitments to the companies they work for. Companies who aim to hire students after graduation have different priorities, Hunt said. “They have more money to play with and they want to keep their employees pumped up and ready to go,” he said. “They’re concerned with [the] talent pool and longterm prospects.” However, there are some companies, like Canada’s largest grocery Loblaw Companies Ltd., that attribute their spot on the list to the way they accommodate both current students and young graduates. For student workers, Loblaw offers access to discounts, vacation allowances, volunteer grants and a tuition reimbursement program. “Working part-time provides students with flexibility and the opportunity to earn money while attending school,” said Loblaw’s executive vice president of human resources and labour relations, Judy McCrie. “Moreover, the fulltime opportunities available at Loblaw leverages a student’s postsecondary education to help grow a long term career within the company.” McCrie said that since 2009, Loblaw has hired over 400 young employees through their Grad @ Loblaw program. The program allows new graduates to spend 18 months rotating experiences in various roles before being placed in a specific department. Hunt said graduate students are attractive to companies like Loblaw because they are often educated, eager and enthusiastic. “Companies want fresh, new blood out of university or college programs with up-to-date experience who are motivated, lively, much more likely to take on an organizational behaviour and who are open to learning pretty quickly,” he said. It’s a sentiment that McCrie echos. “From store level to distribution centres to head office, Loblaw believes that young people bring enthusiasm, innovation and progressive thinking to the work environment.”

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$120,000 up for grabs
By Susana Gómez
Ryerson students will have the opportunity to propose film ideas for a chance to win a $120,000 grant from Telefilm Canada towards the movie’s production. Telefilm is a federal agency dedicated to promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. The featurelength film is to be geared towards digital media distribution instead of the traditional movie theatre. The opportunity is open to all current students or alumni who have graduated within the past five years. Proposals are to be sent electronically by Oct. 17 to Charles Falzon, the chair of the radio and television arts school of media, who is also the chair of the committee selecting the Ryerson candidate. The decision will be made by Nov. 23. “What’s most important is what it’s going to mean to the students,” Falzon said. “Ryerson students are at the table pitching for projects, whether they are the ones selected or not. They are actually experiencing the reality of independent production at a professional level.”

Ryerson business student dances alongside renowned hip-hop choreographer at World of Dance Toronto

Confessions of a hip-hop dancer
is an American annual tour that has recently expanded to Canada and Europe. It is the largest urban dance competition to date, taking place in 14 different cities. World of Dance Canada was established in 2011, marking this year’s tour the second in Toronto. Prospective participants submit footage of their routine online and, if selected, they are contacted via email to perform. The competition is divided into three categories depending on experience. Each group is graded under a point system with a maximum of 100 points. The winning group receives a prize of $1,000. On Sunday, the 2012 World of Dance Toronto grand prize was won by a dance crew from Montreal named The Family, with a score of 99.3 from the judges. This year, Cameron judged the event’s competition along with other big names like Gigi Torres, Mark Samuels and So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s Tre Armstrong. Avila had the opportunity to dance for Cameron when he contacted the co-director of The Cast, Danny Davalos, which is a commercial dance company she is involved with. She only had one day to learn and perfect the full routine, a situation that is definitely not uncommon for working dancers, according to Avila. “In this industry, you could be called for a gig the night before an event and still be expected to learn and perform like a professional the next day. It was challenging, but I needed to push myself so I could have this great opportunity,“ Avila said. There were also two other Ryerson students participating in the event. Fourth-year dance student Krista Deady and communications culture masters student Boke Saisi danced in a showcase by Lenny Len, one of the event’s hosts. Avila has been juggling her studies and a dance career for the past three years. She has danced for some of Toronto’s most famous choreographers, including Leah Totten and Gregory Villarico. Once she graduates, Avila plans to concentrate on her dance career, but says the lack of opportunity for professional dancers in Canada is one of the main reasons why she may choose to move away to a place with more opportunity, like Los Angeles. “A lot of dancers dance for free these days and some even pay to dance, which is unfair because being a dancer is a job,” Avila said. “A really hard job, too.”

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Ella Avila during her performance with American choreographer Mike Cameron.

By Betty Wondimu
As Michael Jackson’s Break of Dawn cued in, the lights at Guvernment club shone on the eight dancers on stage. The four couples moved in slow motion for the first 30 seconds and then broke out into an intimate embrace. Ella Avila, a fourth-year Ryerson business student and one of the dancers, tried to hold her partner’s gaze. She was dancing with none other than renowned hip-hop choreographer Mike Cameron. “I was honoured to dance with [him],” said Avila, who says she was

in awe the first time she saw Cameron’s routine. “There were parts when he would grab me and he would move me. There was so much more strength in the movement that way.” The opportunity presented itself at an international hip-hop dance event held on Sunday called World of Dance. For Avila, the performance was not about winning since she was not a competitor. It was about showcasing Cameron’s choreography, as it is customary for judges to display their own work prior to the competition. Founded in 2008, World of Dance

Fashion students have to buy a black-and-white textbook about colour theory

Fifty pages of grey
By Nicole Schmidt
When first-year fashion student Sarah Dunlop first bought her colour theory textbook, she says she flipped through the pages to try to get a sense of what the course would be about. But instead she says she found the readings hard to understand. “All I could think was ‘what the fuck is candied peel or delphinium?’” Dunlop said. “There was no image to help me figure it out. Colour isn’t something you can read about; you need to be able to see it yourself.” Colour for the Real World is a black-and-white textbook required for “Colour and Design,” a mandatory course for first-year fashion students. Sold for $75.95 at the Ryerson bookstore, it comes with a CD containing approximately 325 visual references that are discussed in the print version, including pictures and colour swatches. “We paid a lot for a book about colour that doesn’t have any direct visual references to colour at all,” said Dunlop. But, according to Alice Chu, the course’s professor and co-author of Colour for the Real World, if the book were sold with the colour images included, it would retail for approximately $200. “[Two-hundred dollars] is so much money to impose on students and it’s not fair,” said Chu, stressing that the purpose of the inclusion of the disk is cost efficiency. The files on the CD follow each chapter closely, elaborating on information by providing visual accompaniment. For example, the Munsell colour system — a system that identifies colour by hue, value and chroma — is frequently discussed in the textbook. In the print version, a photo of the different shades and space spectrums is provided but it’s in black-and-white, which makes the explanation about the munsell system dependent on the disk. This cross-referencing between sources is a lot more time-consuming, but according to Robert Ott, chair of Ryerson’s school of fashion, it is a way to teach students to use different learning resources. “We’ve found a formula that increases usefulness,” said Ott. “We’ve been forced to think that traditional text is the only way to learn. We need to be open-minded towards both traditional and new methods.”

The Munsell colour wheel rendered in greyscale in Colour in the Real World. Chu agrees. She says the CD is easier to navigate and ensures that images and colours are properly conveyed; it is a matter of getting used to it. “Society has people who are early adaptors and people who are late adaptors,” Chu said. “The early adaptors get the most out of life.” For students like Dunlop though, whose laptops don’t have a CD drive or who are visual learners, adapting is much harder. “I have an external drive, but that’s just one more piece of equipment I need to drag around to be able to use this textbook,” Dunlop said. “We’ve only referenced [this textbook] once so far. It makes more sense to have all the material in one.” - With files from Susana Gómez

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A Ryerson photography professor has been nominated for the Grange Prize, a photography competition with a $50,000 award

Grange Days: Prof nominated for award
By Kathleen McGouran
A part-time Ryerson photography professor has been selected as one of two Canadian nominees for the Grange Prize. The annual photography competition hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which appoints four candidates for a $50,000 grant, is considered controversial in the art world because the winner is chosen by an online public vote rather than pored over by a panel of highly knowledgeable artists and art collectors. “The weird thing about the prize as a nominee is you sort of don’t know what you’re supposed to do,” said Annie MacDonell, who said she is not comfortable campaigning for votes. “I know that in the past there have been people who have been really active about soliciting votes and then some people aren’t.” This year marks the fifth year that the AGO has put on the Grange Prize. Each year, a partner country is chosen from which two of the artists are selected. Artists exhibit their photos in both countries and, winner or not, each artist is given the opportunity to participate in a one-month residency in the country opposite of their origin. The partner country chosen for this year is England. Past countries include India and China. Regardless, all four nominees get along quite well, according to MacDonell. “It’s a really nice vibe between the artists, it’s not weird or competitive,” she said. “Everybody just figures it’ll work however it works out.” MacDonell was sitting at home when she received a phone call from the AGO. She picked up to hear Sophie Hackett, the assistant photo curator of the AGO, telling her she had been selected as one of the nominees. “I didn’t even know that I was nominated,” said MacDonell, who was caught by surprise. “I had followed the prize the last few years and I was really, really pleased to be on the shortlist.” MacDonell submitted three pieces for the event: three photo series and one film piece, all of which are on exhibition at the AGO until January. One of these is a series of photos called The Fortune Teller, in which the process of restoring a disembodied hand from a fortune teller mannequin is documented, showing every step from the restoration of the original, broken, faded hand to pristine and white. “I work a lot with images and objects that already exist and then I turn [them] into something else,” MacDonell said. “I bought this hand from a junk dealer. I began to think about it as a really interesting allegory for how we think about time and history, especially

Left: Future/Past, 2012 Right: Part of the Fortune Teller displayed at the AGO on April 2012

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when it comes to art.” MacDonell, also a Ryerson graduate, says she likes the familiarity of teaching at her alma mater. But in order to continue with her art, she is only teaching on a part-time basis. “Teaching is a really nice way to take what you do and earn a decent living from it.” She says she is able to balance the two worlds by gearing lectures and classes towards things she finds interesting and hopes to pursue, herself. “The time that I put into researching to prepare for a

lecture or a class is time that’s still well-spent just for the ideas that I’m thinking about in my art practice,” says MacDonell. The winner of the Grange Prize will be announced Nov. 1. MacDonell says she does not have any plans as of yet for the grant if she is the winner. “I’m trying to not spend money that I haven’t won.” - With files Gómez Báez from Susana

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Omer Fast, Continuity, 2012. Digital film, colour, sound. 40 min. Courtesy the artist; ARRATIA, BEER, Berlin; and gb agency, Paris.

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