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Ryersons Access Centre accidentally revealed more than 200 confidential email addresses in a mass message distributed Monday

Access Centre leaks private email addresses

By Sean Tepper
Hundreds of confidential email addresses belonging to students registered with Ryersons access centre were compromised in a mass email sent out by the centre on Monday. The email, titled RE: Important Test Centre Procedure Change, was sent out at 10:36 a.m. on Oct. 15 to more than 200 students who use both the Access and Test Centres. Under policies set forth by Ryersons senate, mass messages of this kind are not permitted to disclose personal information about the recipients. This one had all of their email addresses listed in the address line. It was the first thing Mark Dukes noticed when he opened the email. I had to walk around [my room] because it boiled my blood, said Dukes, a formerly registered Access Centre member with chronic mental health disabilities. I feel violated. According to Senate Policy 159: Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities, information on accommodation is only released on a need-to-know basis within the university community or when the student consents to a broader release of information. This includes members contact information. Shortly after noticing that all of the recipients email addresses were listed in the address line, Dukes sent out a mass email of his own. I wrote an email to everyone on that list asking them if they thought it was wildly inappropriate that emails were disclosed therefore revealing our identities as members of the access centre, said Dukes, who is not registered with the Access Centre this semester. By the end of the day, Dukes received nearly 20 responses from students who shared his concerns, primarily because most email addresses use full names, making them easy to identify. Ive gone out and Ive advocated [for mental health rights], Ive disclosed my name before but that was of my own volition, that was my choice because it is my issue and mine alone, he said. Im supposed to be safe [at Ryerson], anonymous. I dont need other

The entrance to the Student Service Centre, home to the Access Centre students in my class looking at me thinking Im nuts. Marc Emond, the manager of Ryersons access centre, admits that the centre made a mistake in revealing the email addresses of its recipients and assures that no other information was revealed. This was a human error and the list of recipients was added to the [email] and our procedure is to add that list of names to the blind copy field, said Emond. Were aware that people can make assumptions about whos on that list and they are somehow connected with the Access Centre, but theres nothing beyond that thats evident by the list of email addresses. It was the first mass email that the Access Centre has sent since Ryerson switched to Gmail on Oct. 9. Since the message was sent, Emond has received various emails from students voicing their concerns. We consider this a mistake, its not something that Im happy about and it certainly is something that were sorry occurred, he said. Im following up with the privacy office


at Ryerson and certainly looking at our practices and procedures that will further guard against human error. Still, Dukes is wary of the potential repercussions of this breach of privacy. From here on out I dont know where this email list went, he said. Once it left the hands of the Access Centre and went to every student on the list I dont know where the hell it went.
No specific names or email addresses were revealed during the process of writing this article.

Professor Roberto Botelho earned nearly $500,000 in grants for his work in molecular science and cell physiology

Research grants could lead to breakthrough

By Alfea Donato
Thanks to grants worth almost halfa-million dollars from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Roberto Botelho, a chemistry and biology professor at Ryerson, will be at the helm of a potential scientific breakthrough over the next five years. While the CIHR awarded Botelho the five-year operating grant in June, he was recently awarded the IG Maud Menten New Principal Investigator Prize for an additional $30,000 in May. Botelho had the highest ranked application for a new investigator in his category, Cell Physiology, which was unusually competitive this year. The CIHR awards 400 grants a year, with only 17 per cent of 2,000 applicants receiving funds. The funds will be used to pay graduate students involved in the research as well as for experimentation material. The grants will help Botelho focus on studying tubular lysosomes, a minor mystery in the molecular science field. tion processes. Botelho says there are hints tubulation is linked to creating antibodies and removing bacteria. Ultimately, were hoping by studying [tubular lysosomes] we can target drug development, says Botelho. If his research can open up these opportunities, it may lead to eliminating autoimmunity, a condition which prevents an organism from distinguishing its own healthy cells from diseased ones. It attacks both, leading to auto-immune diseases such as lupus and a form of arthritis. Theres a considerable potential that this can be important, says Botelho. Only time will tell. But the success hasnt gone to his head. For Botelho, the research represents a mere fraction of what he hopes to accomplish. In many ways, its business as usual. Youve got the money, gotta PHOTO: MARISSA DEDERER Chemistry professor Roberto Botelho (centre, left) and some of his star pupils do the work now, he says. Its a little blip in what we want to keep Normal lysosomes function like in a tubular fashion and how they force behind experiments and in doing if we want to make a differcollaboration with the Hospital for ence. stomachs within cells: they contain are maintained. In the future, Botelhos research Botelho began this research in Sick Children. Since then, his team digestive enzymes which eliminate foreign bacteria and waste. Botelho 2010, with PhD molecular science has discovered the first proteins in- development can be found at his hopes to establish why they mutate student Amra Saric as the driving volved in the tubulation and muta- profile page on


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Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Glen Murray, released a proposal paper earlier this year that aims to radically reform Ontarios university system. However, the future of the proposals could be uncertain after the surprise resignation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Monday night.

Dalton McGuinty has resigned. That means an uncertain future for Ontarios failing universities

Reform plan all for nothing?

By Lee Richardson
Canadas universities are losing ground. It doesnt matter whether youre studying dance at Ryerson or biomedical engineering at Queens on the global scale a Canadian university education isnt as valuable as it once was. In this years Times Higher Education World University Rankings list, the University of Toronto dropped to number 21, meaning that as of now there is no Canadian university in the Top 20. Other universities dropped further, in some cases falling 21 places on the list. As you would expect, this news led to cries for educational reform, especially from university top brass. The growth of Asian universities was outed as a potential cause of Canadian universities being pushed down the ladder, with attention drawn to funding going into and research coming out of universities in countries such as South Korea, Singapore and China. Cue another debate on whether Canadian universities are up to scratch. In Ontario a certain newspaper has began a study into the current provincial university system, based off of a proposal paper released earlier this year. The paper has set three main goals to restructure universities shifting course material online, stretching courses to last year-round and allow threeyear undergraduate degrees. All well and good, and some interesting proposals, though the future of the proposal paper could be unsteady. Monday night saw the surprise announcement by Dalton McGuinty that he is leaving his post as Liberal leader. (Another announcement regarded the suspension of parliament, which is not to restart until the liberals find a new leader not expected to happen until next year.) So now the question is what will happen to the proposal paper. Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Glen Murray, who released the paper, is now seen as one option as a potential successor. Depending on the outcomes the ideas could be applied or the paper, which has already drawn criticism, could be altered. Its too early to tell, but whoever takes the role of Premier has the option of restructuring Ontarios universities in what could be a radical way, or just ignore the proposals. In the end, whether a focus is placed on students or profitable research, a choice has to be made. Even if its only to claw a way back to spot 20 on the list.


Dalton McGuinty

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A new mix of business and creativity will be coming to Ryerson next fall, giving students a unique chance to exercise their skills

Getting Creative
By Astoria Luzzi
After five years of planning and development, Ryerson University is set to launch a new undergraduate program in the fall of 2013 that mixes business with the arts. Titled creative industries, the program is the first of its kind in Canada as it aims to equip students who have an interest in creative arts with an entrepreneurial background. Looking to create a hybrid program, Ryerson turned to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia for program development inspiration. While QUT dedicates an entire faculty to the study of creative industries, Ira Levine, the project director for creative industries at Ryerson, says that the curriculum formats differ by creating pathways to other specialized programs in the faculty of communication and design (FCAD). The introduction to business studies will give students the chance to pair artistic industry management with a foundation in creative skills and theories. The structure of [creative industries] is that students will be able to take courses in all of the professional schools in the faculty, said Levine. The unique structure of the new program caught the attention of Anthony Pazzano, a first-year student at Ryerson who dropped out of Business Management and is struggling to choose a different career path next fall. A few weeks into his original program, Pazzano decided that it didnt offer what he had hoped it would. Accounting isnt my forte and the business program seemed to be catered towards students with strong accounting skills who enAnthony Pazzano isnt sure which program he should be in joyed number crunching, he said. After hearing about the new program, Pazzano said it will be one of his top choices when changing programs next fall. I want a career that is creative but still practical, he said. Levine feels the new program will attract students like Pazzano who wish to combine their skills, or who are not quite clear on what aspect of the industry they want to pursue as a career. They need a more interdisciplinary approach to start with or [they] are quite keen on working in a business or management or communications related job but want to do it within one of the creative fields, he said. Whereas other FCAD programs offer a more production-oriented experience, creative industries will balance that with teaching management skills and creative entrepreneurship. However, students who take the creative industries program will have to graduate with at least ten business-related courses. But unlike other FCAD programs that require an essay or portfolio, the creative industries program only requires a minimum 70 per cent average in a grade 12 university-level English course and recommends that students complete an upper level business or fine arts course or have some understanding of the fields before taking the program. Brian Damude, interim associate dean of faculty and student affairs for FCAD says there are no concerns that the program will detract interest from other schools in FCAD. It may actually help, he said. There is so much demand that it may help people choose more carefully. With files from Philip Santos.


News Bites
Arson suspect confesses to Empress fire

National Bank to fund new lab

McGuinty steps down as Premier

After nine years in office, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned from the provinces top job Monday night. In his surprise resignation speech, McGuinty claimed political games were holding Ontario back, and called for renewal. His last act was to prorogue the legislature, putting activity at Queens Park on hold until the Ontario Liberals choose their next leader.

The National Bank donated $330, 000 to Ryerson University earlier this month to fund a new laboratory for students in the Ted Rogers Stewart Poirier, 53, confessed on School of Management. The NaOct. 10 to setting fire to the former tional Bank Bloomberg Lab will cahome of Salad King and the Empress ter to students in Ryersons school of Hotel. The building at the corner of accounting and finance set to launch Yonge and Gould streets was demol- this fall. The lab is named after Ryerished not long after the six-alarm sons new chancellor and the banks director, Lawrence Bloomberg. blaze broke out on Jan. 3, 2011.


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Food trucks find home near campus

By Ramisha Farooq
Until plans to develop are confirmed and expansion begins, the empty lot at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets will be a permanent home to an assortment of food trucks. In the past few weeks, signs have gone up marking the space formerly occupied by the Empress Hotel as a Food Truck Lot. Its a great spot, said Frank Kocis, food truck trade association worker and event organizer for Food Truck Eats. Its close to Ryerson and we cant serve off the streets, so until anything happens the trucks will be here. Kocis and lead organizer Suresh Doss created Food Truck Eats as an organization dedicated to advancing food trucks in the Greater Toronto Area. Last March, Food Truck Eats partnered with the University of Toronto. The group also stopped by Ryerson last November. Many students are also excited about the new food choices at the edge of campus. It being permanent makes getting lunch or dinner so much easier, said Nadine Farhat, a first-year graphic communications management student at Ryerson. There is more access to food on campus. There are very few unique on campus eateries for students many of which close on the weekend, limiting food choice. Id rather them partner with Food Truck Eats than develop other areas of the school like the Mattamy Athletic Centre, says Meg Chang, a third year fashion student. Its just more relevant in regards to the student population. Despite the advantages, some students are concerned that the permanent presence of the food trucks will impede their healthy lifestyles. Putting them into the equation doesnt promote healthy options for food, said Lia Richardson, a firstyear urban and regional planning student. Kocis assures that food trucks offer a variety of healthy options. People want more. They want eating at food trucks to become a part of their daily routine, said Kocis. Im waiting for the day where youll be able to walk to the corner for food. Making the lot permanent is a start. Although nothing is confirmed, Kocis says the organization is looking to create partnerships with other post-secondary schools in Toronto.

Former Chancellor Raymond Chang gives a farewell speech


Rye honours ex-chancellor

By Dasha Zolota
Ryerson bid farewell to former Chancellor Raymond Chang at a ceremony held at the Coca Cola Court in the Mattamy Athletic Centre Monday. Ray has been here hour after hour, day after day, said Phyllis Yaffe, chair of Ryersons board of governors. He is here for us in the small things and he is here for us in the big things. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy agreed, saying that Chang was his partner in his endeavours with the image arts building, the acquisition of Sam the Record Man and the closing of Gould Street. My presidency is so much a function of the success of what everyone does and theres no one who has done more for me, Levy said. Chang first partnered with the university after hearing about Levy dolling out money to students requesting funding. After seeing that students were essentially given money for having good ideas, he wrote a check for $100,000 and told Levy to approve more students. The namesake of the Chang School of Continuing Education assured this reception wouldnt be the last Ryerson saw of him, saying that he will be doing what he does best working behind the scenes. Its paradoxical, Chang said. I went to U of T and York. Just like I am Jamaican by birth, Chinese by heritage but by choice I am Canadian by choice Im a Ryersonian.

Per Se is one of several food trucks now occupying the empty lot at Yonge and Gould streets


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By Daksha Rangan

With an air of curiosity, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy boots up his computer and logs into iTunes U. He wants to see for himself what a great online course looks like, so he enrolls in one on genetics. The resulting experience, he says, was positive, but something was missing. The content was excellent, Levy says. But do I think that it was good enough for a course? No way, because I had no one to talk to. I didnt have a student, I didnt have a faculty member. Levy says that the content should have included class time, but that setback isnt going to get in the way of Levys effort to make Ryerson a leader in online learning. On Sept. 28 Ryerson University proposed an expansion of the schools current online course options by 600 credits over the next five years in a strategic mandate agreement (SMA), addressed to Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. The SMA requests $2 million annually for five years to enable an increase to 120 online courses created per year, twice the current number. It would also enable an increase in full degree programs offered online. Ryerson currently offers 282 degree-credit programs, 186 non-credit courses, three degree programs,

Going beyond the classroom

Ryerson recently released its annual strategic mandate agreement, which proposed its intention to add 600 online courses over the next five years. But what does that mean for the students?
and 23 certificates fully online, five blended degree programs and 20 blended certificates. The goal of the expansion is to improve accessibility and provide pathways for the increasingly large number of applicants and to provide cost-effective development for the community, according to the mandate. Gerald Mak, a fourth-year business technology management student and member of the Ryerson Students Union (RSU) board of directors, has noticed the increase in student population first hand. Mak noted enrolment in the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) has shot up between four and six per cent in the past year. The TRSM building has never

The number one benefit of online [courses] is still convenience.

seen so many students sitting on the floors, in the hallways, he says. I barely go in because its so packed. Third-year fashion communication student Victoria Sinko says she would appreciate a broader variety of courses available at the Chang School of Continuing Education when pursuing an online credit. However, Sinko added the change could affect Ryersons reputation as an experiential university. Practical learning [is] what were known for, Sinko says. If we of-

fer all these online courses and then we have programs like architecture of fashion, which are all in-studio, hands-on based work, what happens to the reputation of my program if these all become online courses? Are we focusing on hands-on, or are we focusing on online? Ryerson is not, however, intent on fully online credits like those currently run through the Chang School. Instead, the focus will be on multi-purpose courses that couple strong, accessible online content with practical interaction. Keith Hampson, a consultant for the Alton Road Group, and a former head of the online team at Ryerson, says development of such hybrid courses would not be a radical departure for the school.

The Toronto-based Alton Road Group specializes in the study of higher and digital education. If its hybrid, that isnt a radical departure for traditional brick and mortar institutions, he says. If you do need to go fully online, and you do want to do it well, then you have to change [the structure of content delivery] in very significant ways, and thats a very big distinction. Mak adds that online learning is a good way of making education accessible to students sooner, without the need to construct and further develop buildings on the campuss already restricted space. The number one benefit of online is still convenience, says Hampson. Its not about learning styles, but by and large its about convenience ... and its going to serve that need, no matter how [universities] do it. Despite the convenience of online education, some students are concerned about a possible decline in the quality of education. Our issue with online courses is that students are going to be paying the same high unaffordable tuition fees and getting a lower quality education for it, says Melissa Palermo, vice-president education at the RSU. A high-quality affordable education, with learning in the classroom, learning from our peers, interacting with our professors is really the best university experience that a student can achieve. With files from Sean Wetselaar


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With a increase in volunteers since the beginning of the school year, RyeSERT is attempting to lengthen the time they spend on-call in Pitman Hall. David Owen explores the life of a training officer and how the group came to be what it is today

Those guys who save your

s he lays down his head to fall asleep, the walkie-talkie beside his bed crackles to life and Stefan Simonyi springs out of his bed without hesitation. After completing a quick check of his supplies and fastening a 20 pound equipment bag to his back, Simonyi rushes out of Pitman Hall room 202 and replies to the call, Copy Delta One. RyeSERT on route. Within minutes, Simonyi will be at the scene of an injury, executing any number of non-invasive medical procedures ranging from recording their vitals to performing CPR. Along with Ryerson security and emergency services staff, Simonyi is responsible for calling an ambulance and relaying his findings to paramedics upon their arrival, with no room for panic. Keeping a cool head is the most important thing to remember, he says. No matter how late it may be, once the silence in RyeSERT (Ryerson Student Emergency Response Team) headquarters is broken by contemporary studies student, has worked with RyeSERT since his first year. He joined the group on a friends recommendation and is now the Training Officer, which is great experience along his path to become a paramedic. Simonyi says that the group has grown by recruiting at student fairs and orientation events. The expansion benefits everyone in the community, Simonyi says. When the group was smaller, the executive team had to cover shifts when the time slots werent filled. We were all exhausted from always being oncall. The group started the fall semester with fewer than 20 members, but thanks to campaigning at the beginning of the year, their numbers have risen to 67 student volunteers. While volunteers for the program are on duty, they reside on the second floor of Pitman Hall in a room that contains a bunk bed, desk, and all of the RyeSERT equipment. You can get your work done, but when youre on-call thats the first thing on your mind, says Simonyi. Students can work overnight shifts alone, but often work in pairs. While they are helping injured residents, they spend their time completing schoolwork, watching movies, or sleeping with their walkietalkie on full volume, of course. Once a resident dials 80 from any internal phone, the Ryerson security team receives the call and dispatches RyeSERT. Simonyi recalls a time when there werent enough volunteers to fill the weekends schedule, so he remained on-call for 72 consecutive hours, most of it alone. After RyeSERT receives the message, the on-duty volunteers accompany security to the scene and it is up to them to determine whether calling an ambulance is an appropriate next step. RyeSERT does not perform invasive medical treatments and, unlike campus security, members are not permitted to administer oxygen because the group is not affiliated with a doctor. We have a great relationship with the security staff, Simonyi says. They seem happy to have us around and they do what they can to assist our new members. So far this semester, RyeSERT has responded to six calls, none of which

The executive team had to cover shifts when the time slots werent filled. We were all exhausted from always being on call
the call on his transmitter, Simonyi is alert someone in residence is in need of assistance. RyeSERT is a student group that provides basic medical care to oncampus residents, a dedicated group of student volunteers from a variety of programs who sign up for on-call shifts each week from Thursday to Sunday. All volunteers must complete Standard First Aid and CPR C courses (the level of course taken by police officers, fire fighters, first responders, workplace First Aid teams and lifeguards) as well as the RyeSERT on-call training program. Collectively, members are required to complete 19 hours of training in addition to updated medical instruction every few months. Simonyi, a second-year arts and

Stefan Simonyi, RyeSERT training officer and second-year student.


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required hospital treatment. The first call was an incident in which a resident stubbed their. Most of the calls we receive are non-emergencies. Its still a good idea to call us so the student can know their injury will be handled properly, Simonyi says, as he scans the thorough reports that are filled out during and pathogen-resistant clothing while in close contact with anyone who has been injured. We want to hire a professional to train our volunteers and ensure a consistent level of care, but EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) courses cost $1,000 per student, Simonyi says. The additional training would extend the types of treatment RyeSERT is able to provide, so the team is planning ways to secure this opportunity for volunteers. Simonyi says that training is a significant part of their role with the university. In addition to performing pre-hospital treatment to injured students, RyeSERT offers Standard First Aid and CPR C courses at a lower rate. The focus is to instruct any member of the Ryerson Community on how to perform useful life skills as well as the ability to exercise a level or preparedness in an emergency situation. Alex Best, outgoing director of RyeSERT, leads classes on weekends, though the next session date has not yet been determined. Learning these skills has given Simonyi the ability to help family and friends in case of an emergency. Just recently, I had to step up to the plate and hand off my moms vitals to paramedics when she was feeling symptoms of a heart attack, Simonyi says. Not long before that incident, he was exiting a subway train when he saw an elderly woman get hit by a closing door and fall on her hip. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, Simonyi conducted a scene survey, identified himself and asked permission to assist her, then began to check her levels of consciousness. From his training and experience with RyeSERT, he knew the correct questions to ask the injured woman and how to support her until the ambulance arrived, at which point Simonyi relayed his findings to a paramedic. Any full time Ryerson student or member of the Ryerson Students Union is eligible to apply. RyeSERT is currently looking for an equipment officer to join the executive team, and positions are always open for inoperative members, who assist with administration and events but do not work on-call. RyeSERT staff working Nuit Blanche 2009.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GABRIEL LAZDINS - Carolyn Turgeon, Features Editor

Just recently, I had to step up to the plate and hand my moms vitals to paramedics when she was feeling symptoms of a heart attack
after each incident. He says they receive most calls on Saturday nights. Many incidents are alcohol-related. We are assisting students in residence after all, he says. Most of the time they just need an ice pack. After hundreds of hours on duty, Simonyi has never been called to the scene of a life-threatening injury. However, RyeSERT is striving to implement a 24/7 on-call system to handle potential incidents that occur throughout the week. Injuries can happen anytime and with more volunteers, we may be able to extend our hours, he says, noting that serious injuries, such as anaphylactic shock, can happen at any time. The group does not plan to stop there. RyeSERTs executive team is seeking to do more this year outside of headquarters in order to educate students and increase awareness about their groups work on campus. Were moving fast this year, Simonyi says. Theres a lot on the table. The team is also working on establishing a partnership with St. John Ambulance, a Canadian organization that instructs classes on first aid and CPR. RyeSERT is funded by the Project-Funds Allocation Committee for Students (P-FACS). Since RyeSERT is considered a student group rather than a university service, the team receives $5,000 annually, but Simonyi does not think this is enough. The biggest expense is uniforms, as it is important to wear blood and

A brief history of RyeSERT

In talking with one of the founding members of the student group, The Eyeopener discovered a bit about its roots. Scott McLeod, a primary care paramedic and volunteer firefighter, was a theatre production student who graduated from Ryerson in 2007. In 2005, he was a second year and a senior student in residence, when his friend Joshua Bezanson pointed out that Ryerson was one of the last schools in Ontario without a student response team. We were all friends from various floors in residence, says McLeod of the five or six students who initially got together, all with different levels of certifications and experience. Gabriel Lazdins, who was a graphics communications management student at the time, had experience as a volunteer firefighter and medic. Lazdins went on to become director of RyeSERT in 2009 and is now a web application developer in human resources at Ryerson. With his background and our motivation we started out the team, says McLeod. The team had high goals even if we didnt [always] accomplish them. RyeSERT today, which primarily works as an on-call campus service, was what the original group was hoping to achieve.

That was the initial goal, however [it] was met with a lot of trepidation on campus initially, says McLeod, decribing a general unease in trusting students with medical care. Until they acheived their on-call status in September 2009, which has since halted for a period and started up again in March 2011, they worked as on site medical assistance for different events run by the Ryerson Students Union, called the Ryerson Students Administrative Council (RyeSAC) until 2006. This helped them keep interest in their services while they worked out the logistics of being on-call. They also ran first-aid classes to earn money and recruit more members into their training program and ran mock disaster situations to raise awareness. They also helped Toronto Emergency Services at events like Nuit Blanche and the Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life. The offcampus portion of the service dissolved at one point to focus on their on-call status. The original founding members still talk to each other quite a bit, says McLeod. If I never met Josh in residence, I wouldnt be a paramedic today.



RyeSERT staged an emergency situation for the Eyeopener in 2009 and ran mock disasters in the quad in 2011.



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Dont know what to wear now that its getting colder? Arts & Life Editor Susana Gmez Bez brings you this falls trends

Hot fall fashion trends on campus 2 3 1

1. Smoking Slippers 3. Knit Sweaters
Theyve been in all summer, and theyll continue to be in through the fall. Theyre the better-looking, tougher version of ballet ats. You can nd smoking slippers with studs, animal prints, or even in bright colours. Theyre comfy enough for walking around but still fashionable. Lucky for those who hate the cold, thick and baggy sweaters are back in this fall. The cable knit and poncho-style ones are a common sight. But youll also see a lot of geometric and couch prints, such as brocade. Pair them with a pair of lace-up boots and a scarf and youll be comfy. Not only that, but they range in prices. Pick up the more fashionable ones at Topshop or head to Kensington Market for vintage prints.

2. Coloured and printed pants

Amber Hickson, fourth-year fashion communications With all the oral print and colourful pants, say good-bye to the old jeans.

Dallas Bugera, third- Jennifer Joseph, third- Taylor Bell, Ryerson applicant year journalism year journalism

Seana Kuhn, alumna, child and youth care

4.Statement Collars
Normally an accessory on dressier shirts, statement collars are studded or have metallic and beaded accents. You can buy statement collar necklaces at stores like Forever 21 and H&M and wear them over t-shirts to add some quirk to any outt.

5. Mustard Yellow/ Oxblood Red

As the weather gets colder, softer fabric hues will be replaced by darker shades. Wear anything oxford red (right) or mustard yellow (left) and your outt will be automatically fashionable.

Danielle Reynolds, third-year fashion design Jenine Seaman, third-year food and nutrtion

Ellisha Moses, third-year fashion design

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2. Listen to music
Take a break and listen to a few of your favorite songs. The right type of music can lower blood pressure. Seriously, even science says so. So crank up some tunes, jam and relax. Youll feel better and be more productive. 3. Take a bubble bath You cant go wrong with a long, hot

bath. Dip your head under the water, the sound is really soothing and works wonders if you have a headache. Once youre done, youll feel relaxed and prepared to tackle the enormous pile of books waiting for you back in your room.

1. Make a to-do list

Its easy to lose track of due dates when you have so much on your plate. The physical act of writing a list will help you feel more organized, even if you never refer to it

4. Go for a walk
When lighting your textbooks on re begins to seem like an appealing idea, you need to get away from your desk for a while. Go outside.

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Students gather on campus to make a parody video in which they dance and mock the latest YouTube hit, Gangnam Style

Ryerson takes on Gangnam Style Get to the game

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Ryerson students dancing Gangnam Style in the filming of their parody video.

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By Harlan Nemers

Ryerson students are creating a parody of the most liked music video to ever hit Youtube: Gangnam Style. Currently standing at just over 470 million views and four million likes, the Gangnam Style video broke the Guinness World Record for most liked YouTube video. Gangnam Style is a satire in which rapper-singer PSY, a Korean pop sensation, makes fun of Gangnam, Seouls wealthiest district in South Korea where young people party. In the video, PSY tries to attract girls by telling them that he has Gangnam style. But what has really captivated viewers is the ridiculous, trotting dance the video features. It has been compared to this eras Macarena since both dances involve quirky moves, catchy lyrics, and represent a stylistic fad of the day. In response, the parody phenomenon exploded, seeing American universities, such as Ohio, Maryland, and Oregon universities mocking the original video. In Canada, York, McMaster, Carleton and Calgary universities have fol-

lowed the trend. We saw that the whole song was going viral, said Furqan Nawaz, a second-year engineering student and the creator of Ryersons parody video. So we said, Why not, as Ryerson students, we [can] do a much better job than York and show off some Ryerson spirit. Along with a group of friends,

We want this thing to go viral like the original video

Nawaz has spent over 30 hours rehearsing, planning and shooting the video, which is to be released later this month. Nearly 500 people are expected to gather on Wednesday to dance for the final shoot, according to the Facebook event page. Nawaz originally created the Facebook group in the spur of the moment, with the goal of nabbing a few close friends. But thanks to word-of-mouth and a proposed marketing plan the creators have high expectations. We want this thing to go viral like the original video, said co-cre-

ator Jeff Nham. He hopes Ryerson will be able to achieve in one week what York University achieved in four weeks: receive 250,000 views. It would be nice to have a million views, he said. But its not just the creators who think the video will do well. Ryersons student life programs coordinator, Lesley DSouza, also supports the project. Ryerson supports student initiatives like this creative video as they help create our vibrant campus community, she said. Michael Forbes, Ryersons chief media spokesperson, agrees. This video only confirms how strong the student spirit is, how committed the students are to being creative and positive. For Ryerson, joining the parody race late in the game was beneficial. Other videos have become a great way of gaining feedback on what not to do. According to Nham, Ryersons video will be different in that it will have something uniquely authentic about it. But he says it is a secret that he isnt willing to expose. Itll be worth [it]. Itll be our big finale, Nham said. Students will just have to wait and see.

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Those metal chairs on Lake Devo get way too cold as temperatures drop, so check out these spots to hang out around campus where you wont freeze

Chill when its chilly

By Susana Gmez Bez
AMC Food Court
Where: 2nd floor of the AMC Best time to chill: 2 p.m. 5 p.m. Atmosphere: Buzzing with noise. Constant traffic. Perks: Nearby food

Tim Hortons Express Area

Where: Hallway between Library Building and Kerr Hall Best time to chill: Anytime. Atmosphere: Quiet, but not too quiet. Lots of traffic. Perks: Nearby coffee. Great for people-watching.



Your programs lounge is much too crowded and its way too cold to be sitting outside in the quad. Great, now youre stuck with a four-hour break between classes and cant think of anywhere to go. Here are some good places around campus to chill when its chilly:

The Hub
Where: 1st floor of Podium Building Best time to chill: 1 p.m. 6 p.m. Avoid lunch time, its crowded. Atmosphere: Buzzing with noise and people. Perks: Nearby food. Plenty of sitting space.

Lounge by the Hub

Where: 1st floor of Podium Building Best time to chill: 4 p.m. 10 p.m. Atmosphere: Quiet enough for studying but you wont get kicked out for talking.


Biz & tech

Wednesday Oct. 17 2012

Rye start-ups earn national recognition


Two companies that were started in the DMZ have made TechVibes top 100 list of Canadian start-ups.

By Ryan Smith
into positive attention and new business for us, said Eugene Woo, founder of and its parent company Venngage. Exposure garnered from this and other events, including an upcoming public demo of the companys other data visualization products, will be pivotal to long-term success as Venngage focuses its strategic eye on enterprise markets. In an email, Roxy Keshavarznia, executive assistant at 500px, described the feeling of being a top Canadian startup as great and surreal. What began as a passion project for photography junkies Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev has bloomed into a 24 person operation. It provides hundreds of thousands of professional and amateur photographers around the world with a community to share, discuss, buy and sell photos. Both companies have since moved on from the DMZ, but would be remiss not to acknowledge the impact it has had on them. They provided us with tools, space, and resources to get us started. We made a lot of friends and connections during our time, Keshavarznia said. Woo noted that the DMZs value is the collaboration and innovation you get from working with others in such a synergistic environment. He is also thankful of their hands off approach, [the approach] makes it the best deal in town from an equity standpoint, but it means youre not being pushed. You must be ready to motivate yourself continuously. For students thinking of starting their own business, Woo shares some advice. Success comes down to execution and survival. There were other companies trying what we were early on, but we got there first, he said. Now its about staying in the game; a lot of the time the companies that succeed are the ones who can survive longest. Get out there with your idea when you are young and stick with it. Keshavarznia warns entrepreneurs to do more homework. Learn from [others] mistakes, use the resources available to you, network, [and] dont ever sleep...just kidding, she said.

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Two companies that Ryersons Digital Media Zone (DMZ) helped incubate and accelerate have been named in TechVibes 2012 Canadian Startup Index. 500px (read 500 pixels), an online photography community, ranked in at number four and, a free service that transforms LinkedIn profile data into infographic resumes ranked in at number 68. As Canadas premier technology media website for all things social, mobile, and startup oriented, TechVibes curates a top 100 list of technology startups based on Alexa. com, a recognized website tracking company that uses their system to collect traffic data. While some of the companies on the index are far from what you might call startups (e.g. HootSuite, PlentyofFish), it shows the calibre of those listed. These two companies stand to gain awareness from this achievement because TechVibes has tens of thousands of social media followers. The exposure from a listing like this is great. We hope it translates

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A classic approach to gaming

By Bruce Laregina
Video games werent always artist game designer Chris Solarskis passion. After getting his BA, in computer animation and working at Sony Entertainment as a 3D environment and character artist for two years, Solarski started to take an interest in classic art techniques and almost ditched video games altogether. Fortunately, he found a way to combine classical art and video games and hes coming to Ryerson to share his ideas. Solarskis book, Drawing Basics and Video Game Art: Classic to Cutting Edge Art Techniques for Winning Video Game Design, is both a reference for fellow game designers and an explanatory text on how video games are created. In both the book and in his North America wide presentation, Solarski first highlights which visual elements create certain emotions in players and how developers can use these elements in their future gaming designs. As he explains, many current games have a narrow emotional experience and are simply played to kill zombies or compete with friends. He wants to create games that are comparable to music or movies in their ability to evoke emotion in the audience. Solarski hopes that viewers of his presentation get a completely new understanding of how emotions are generated in interactive environment. He presents at Ryersons Eaton Lecture Theatre on Oct. 17, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

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Wednesday Oct. 17 2012



Ryerson Quidditch wins first match in team history

By Charles Vanegas

The mens hockey team plays its home opener vs. Queens on Friday at 7:30 p.m., before being moved to the GM Centre in Oshawa to host RMC on Saturday.

Hoops festival forces hockey out of MAC

By Harlan Nemers
The Ryerson Rams mens hockey team will once again play a home game away from home for at least one game due to a scheduling conflict. With the Mattamy Athletic Centres arena set to host the first annual Ryerson Hoops Festival on Saturday, which includes the mens basketball teams matchup against the NCAAs Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Ryerson had to find the hockey team another place to play. Stephanie White, associate director of athletics, said they have been trying to find a venue to host the Rams second regular season game against the RMC Paladins for the last six weeks. The teams home opener on Friday versus Queens University will still be played at the MAC. Originally, Ryerson Athletics confirmed the team would be hosting Saturdays game at Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL-affiliate Toronto Marlies. If we cant hold our game at home, were very pleased to hold it at Ricoh Coliseum, said White. But the arrangement hit a snag late last Monday. While Ryerson had an agreement to play Saturday afternoon, prior to the Marlies 7 p.m. game, they failed to factor in their opponents schedule. The Paladins played Nipissing University the previous night. With the four-hour drive from North Bay, Ont., RMC didnt feel that an afternoon game was feasible. To allow for a 7 p.m. start time, the game has been relocated to the GM Centre in Oshawa. Even before the most recent change of plans, not everyone was happy to move a home game away from the MAC. I would much rather play at our rink. I dont really understand why the basketball team has the ability to kick us out of our home rink, said second-year defenceman Brian Birkhoff. We lose home ice advantage we dont know the bounces, wont have our dressing room and [fewer] fans will come and watch. The Ryerson Hoops Festival will include a womens game versus the Memorial University Sea-Hawks at 3 p.m., as well as the mens basketball game versus Wake Forest at 7 p.m. In addition to the mens hockey conflict, a womens hockey matchup against Western University had to be moved to January to accommodate the Hoops Festival.

The Ryerson Ridgebacks reached a new milestone last weekend, hosting the first annual Ryerson Quidditch Invitational tournament. The first competition of the 2012-13 season also featured teams from McMaster University, the University of Guelph, and both the St. George and Scarborough (UTSC) campuses from the University of Toronto, and was played in Kerr Hall Quad. The event also brought another first for the Quidditch club: winning. For the first time in its three-year history, Ryersons team won a overtime victory against McMaster. And they didnt stop there, finishing with a record of 3-1 good for second place after U of T, who went undefeated. Winning those [first] matches was fantastic after coming so close so many times last season, said former captain Suraj Singh, who continues to help coach and play for the team. I want to look at this year as a fresh start, a fresh slate. So from that perspective were starting off on a

positive note. Singh said the key difference this year is numbers. Teams can carry up to 21 players, allowing for each team to have 14 substitutes available. We used to have just enough to fill out a squad. Without subs, you just get exhausted, said Singh. Were near that (having a full roster), which is exciting. This increase in membership also meant that most players at the invitational were playing in their very first competition for the Ridgebacks. Among them was Sheel Radia, a firstyear engineering student. But the rookies lack of experience was easily made up for by his speed. Playing as the seeker, Radia won the teams second match by capturing the snitch in overtime. It was a childhood dream to catch the snitch, said Radia. In the Harry Potter series, a Quidditch match only ends when a teams seeker has captured the golden snitch, an erratic flying ball. In the real-life game, the snitch is a little sack tied to a person, much like a flag in flag football usually one of the quickest and craftiest players from a nonparticipating team. But just like in the

Suraj Singh moves the Quaffle like a boss.


novels, the snitch can disappear from the playing field at any time, meaning seekers need to stay alert. You have to listen [closely] to other people, said Radia. You can hear them say oh, the snitch went here, so you have to run over and see if [its] there. If not, you keep searching. Despite receiving official athletic club status this year, which allows it to use Ryerson Rams branding, the team still prefers to be known as the Ridgebacks after the Norwegian Ridgeback, a breed of dragon in the Potter series. Were a club, not a varsity team. And weve been the Ridgebacks unofficially since we started, said Singh. So now its kind of half tradition, half nerdy inside joke. And while the game itself comes from a work of fiction, the injuries are very real. Quidditch is a contact sport, and as long as it isnt done in a choking manner or from behind, tackling is allowed. Shaughna Boara, a first-year RTA student, was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after suffering a minor concussion when a hit by a U of T beater sent her head into the turf. I was expecting [the level of contact], but not [the] ambulance ride, said Boara. The ground of the Quad is super hard. Boara will miss the teams next few practices, but said she expects to return in time for the Canadian Quidditch Cup on Nov. 11, which is hosted by Queens University in Kingston, Ont. Students interested in joining the team can visit the Ryerson Quidditch page on Facebook or drop by a weekly practice. (Sundays at 4 p.m. in Kerr Hall Quad.)

1-on-1 with Michael Jan


Michael Jan (2) and the mens soccer team applaud fans after their 2-2 draw versus the University of Toronto last Sunday. The Rams can lock up third place in the OUA East with a win in either of their remaining two regular season games, or if U of T loses or ties even one of their remaining three. Gabriel Lee spoke to Jan about the season , the return of Alex Braletic to the team, and what its like to play alongside his brother Luke. For that conversation, check out



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