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Ryerson number one in research
By Mohamed Omar

CUPE addresses credit card misuse
By Sean Tepper
A member of Ryerson’s staff and faculty union who used a group credit card for personal expenses is no longer employed by the union, according to a letter obtained by The Eyeopener. In a letter addressed to members of the union, Donald Elder, the President of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3904, acknowledged that “there had been inappropriate use of a credit card” and that “the money owing has since been repaid and the individual is no longer an employee of Local 3904.” “There was a mistake made, it was corrected and policies are now in place to ensure it will not happen again,” Elder said in his letter. Elder’s letter comes as a direct response to a letter sent out to union members by Jacquie Chic, the local’s vice-president of campaigns. In her email, Chic reveals that Elder and treasurer Rob Coelho informed union executives of the credit card misuse in March, but that they allegedly had known about it since 2009. Chic also notes that both Elder and Coelho allegedly “made clear their intention not to” tell members of the credit card misuse after she “urged and later begged the president and treasurer” to do so. “They explained that they had asked the individual to stop and discussed repayment,” she said in the letter. “Some repayment was made along the way but the card continued to be used improperly. They did not take steps to stop the practice. The money was ultimately returned in June of this year.” While Elder’s letter acknowledged the improper use of the group credit card it did not disclose the name of the former union member, the

amount that was charged to the card or when Elder first found out about the misuse. Additionally, it did not touch upon allegations that the union did not have trustees overseeing their finances for two of those three years or that financial irregularities were not reported in statements from 2009 onwards, which both go against union by-laws. Elder said that these issues would be discussed at the local’s annual membership meeting which takes place on Oct. 24. Both Elder and Chic were unavailable to comment on the issue. With files from the Toronto Star

Ryerson’s new residence will have more five storeys to accommodate more students, update reveals

New residence plans finalized
By Ramisha Farooq
To meet the growing demand for on-campus living space, the construction of Ryerson University’s new student residence at 186 Jarvis St. has been finalized and will begin in September 2014. Last month, Ryerson formally submitted their request to the City of Toronto for rezoning and site planning. The building will stretch 27 storeys high, a five-storey extension of the previous proposal made in February. “The MPI group, our developer, is responsible for how much height to go for,” said Julia Hanigsberg, vice president of administration and finance at Ryerson. “They will look at how much density the city is approving on other sites near ours to determine how high it is appropriate to go for the Ryerson residence.” The construction of the tower will try to meet the growing demand for student living spaces on campus. “Students can learn so much by living in residence, not only towards their schooling but, for their personal lives as well,” says Laura Darcy, a fourth-year photography student and current Residence Advisor in O’Keefe House. “Residence is an amazing resource for universities,” said Darcy. The new will include the first 500 of 2,000 beds being added to campus. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy has said that though the tower is a great development, it is only a starting point. “We’re trying to deliberately increase the residence rooms that we have on campus,” said Levy. With the recent unveiling of Ryerson’s new Mattamy Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens, Levy has said that he would like to keep expanding into that area. “My priority is somewhere on Church between Gerrard and Carleton. I would love to see a residence there so it better connects the Gardens to the campus,” said Levy. With the approved proposal for 2000 new beds by the Board of Governors, Ryerson is looking to provide opportunity to students unable to live on campus because of space restrictions. “With the majority of the student population being commuters, it’s a hassle getting to school. I think they want to live downtown, but there is such a limited space,” said Ashley Paton, a first-year urban and regional planning student. “Ultimately, it eliminates the hassle of commuting; they could be us-

A rendering of Ryerson’s newest residence, slated to be built by 2016 ing that time to study or in another meaningful way.” Though the residence is not directly on campus, it is within a five minute walking distance. The development, design and


building of the tower will be handled by MPI group in a partnership with Ryerson. “We have a lot of confidence in MPI and their ability to deliver the project,” says Hanigsberg.

Ryerson had the largest increase in research funding of any Ontario university in 2011, according to statistics by a research consulting firm. Research Infosource Inc., a division of The Impact Group, released its Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List, a report examining research income of the country’s post-secondary institutions. Despite only a 2.2 per cent increase in total funding for research universities in Canada — and the fact that most research funds go to universities with medical programs — Ryerson’s research funding in 2011 increased to $29,518,000 from $22,524,000 in 2010 — a jump of 31.1 per cent and the highest in Ontario. The list also named three Research Universities of the Year in three different categories. Ryerson placed second in the undergraduate category with a score of 77.8 points. The University of Lethbridge got first place with 78.1 points. Before Research Infosource Inc. gives each university a score out of 100, a number of factors are considered. The list looks at how much money is going into a university, research output, how many articles and journals each institution got published in peer-reviewed journals, and each university’s success in being cited in academic literature. It also looks into how successful each school was at attracting funding. Wendy Cukier, vice president research and innovation at Ryerson, said the school’s success in research is a result of many years of hard work. “It’s an acknowledgement of the trajectory we’ve been on in the last few years as we have become a comprehensive university,” Cukier said. “I really think we’re starting to reap the rewards of many years of hard work by many people.” Cukier noted the university has been shifting towards hiring more professors with PhDs and a “track record” in research. She said the next twenty years will hold challenges for the school. “It’s clear it’s a more competitive environment,” she said. “It’s clear the traditional sources of funding for research are drying up and we have to be more creative.”



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The CFS is calling for lower tuition fees in Ontario. But a $14.4 billion deficit means that’s unrealistic

Lower fees means lower sense
By Lee Richardson
Earlier this week was International Caps Lock Day, or, to put it correctly, INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. While not apparent how this holiday could translate into life away from a keyboard — screaming yourself hoarse, I expect — it apparently celebrates the art of typing emotionally. Speaking of emotions, they are surely flowing freely in Ottawa this week. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is in the capital for a few days to lobby the government to help students. Amongst their wishes is the formation of a national educational act, similar to the federal healthcare act we all rely on. Also, somewhat predictably, the old chestnut of student angst that is debt caused by rising tuition fees is being raised, as part of what the CFS is calling a lobby week. With International Caps Lock day, that is two well-meaning though essentially useless events in the same week. Harsh, yes, though the banality of the action taken against high tuition fees is self-evident. Banners and chants repeatedly decry fees, which while unfortunate are simply a reality of attending university today. With public sector jobs seemingly constantly threatened, or already cut as a way to lessen Ontario’s $14.4 billion deficit, the province is striving to save money. A lot of this weight has been placed directly on the backs of Ontario undergraduate students, who increasingly resemble an open chequebook to those in power. With the number of university applicants rising and classrooms already straining to fit current students, it realistically is sensible for the government to take advantage of the apparent fact that having a degree is a necessity on par with having a health card or drivers licence. While high fees in general are rallied against, attention is usually also drawn to the fact that Ontario students are paying higher fees than other provinces. In a recent CFS press release a complaint is highlighted — students pay different fees in different provinces, with “students in Newfoundland and Labrador paying less than one-third of those in Ontario.” Again, when taking deficits into account this makes sense. Ontario currently owes $14.4 billion, while Newfoundland and Labrador’s deficit clocks in at $258 million. So it’s only understandable that Ontario owes more, therefore making sense that students pay more. Of course it’s not ideal that young adults are starting their careers with debt, but consider the alternative of a deeper deficit. That’s why, essentially, there is very little chance that tuition fees will be frozen, reduced or eliminated. Until Ontario stabilizes its finances, the government will simply block out objections, however emotional, pouring out of the banners, microphones and megaphones this week. Even if those banners are in all caps.


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After 22 years at Ryerson, Keith Alnwick announced his resignation last week

Registrar declares abrupt resignation
By Sean Wetselaar
Long-time registrar at Ryerson University, Keith Alnwick, officially announced his resignation last Tuesday, Oct. 16. The news came suddenly, in an email sent to Ryerson staff and faculty late in the afternoon. Alnwick cited a desire to pursue alternative consulting options as motive. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy declined to comment on the sudden departure of one of Ryerson’s longest serving executives. Alnwick joined the university as registrar in July 1990, making him one of only three executive members at the school who predate Levy’s appointment as president. Heather Lane Vetere, vice provost students, took over as interim registrar Monday, the date Alnwick’s registration took effect. Her goals as interim registrar are largely to ensure the office continues to function smoothly and ease the transition, she said. “There’s a really good team of managers there [at the office of the registrar], who work hard to keep things moving,” she said. “And it’s my goal [in the time] that I’m interim registrar to do everything I can to support them, so they can ensure, from the students’ perspective, they don’t really see a huge change.” The registrar’s responsibilities include recruiting and admitting new students, as well as academic support once students are enrolled in the school. The office of the registrar also handles scheduling of course exams. The process for the selection of a new registrar is the same as with most executives at the school, and will be conducted via a lengthy search process by a specially selected committee. “We want to recruit and hire the best registrar that we can find for Ryerson,” Vetere said in a release Tuesday. A time frame for the appointment of a new registrar has not yet been announced.

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According to a report released Oct. 19, the TTC has plans to equip subway stations with cell service. While the initial plan does not include coverage in subway tunnels, it is likely that some service will be accessible. The TTC has plans to expand the network in the future. This comes as part of a deal with Broadcast Australia Limited, which, if successful, would create a payout of $25 million to the TTC.

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Monster Energy Drinks is being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in conjunction with five deaths, the Toronto Star reported Oct. 23. According to the autopsy, the death of a 15-year-old girl was caused by caffeine toxicity. Monster denies allegations that their product led to the deaths. As a partner with Coca Cola, Monster energy drinks are distributed on campus.

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The continuing education students association of Ryerson (CESAR) is set to vote on whether its students need health benefits

CESAR to vote on health and dental plan
By Nicole Schmidt
While Ryerson full-time students are given automatic access to health and dental coverage, the part-time student community hasn’t had the same opportunity. Because of that, the continuing education students association of Ryerson (CESAR) is holding a health and dental care referendum to give part-time students an opportunity to receive equal benefits. “Most [part-time] students don’t have a health and dental plan because of affordability, or because they don’t have employee insurance,” said Annie Hyder, a part-time student and the director of membership and communications at CESAR. Last month, the board of governors of Ryerson University approved CESAR’s referendum request for Nov. 5-12. The plan will cost students $155.95 and cover 90 per cent of prescription drugs, and 95 per cent of dental services. “People think that part-time students have full time jobs, and are just pursuing their studies on the side,” said Hyder. “But I don’t think that’s really the case. A lot of times these students are juggling two jobs and they don’t have any benefits at all.” There has been an extremely positive response regarding CESAR’s plans to develop a health and dental plan. A recent survey completed by students currently enrolled in a part-time degree program at Ryerson showed that 84 per cent were in favour of the plans. “You get your health care in Canada through the collective paying for it,” said Matthew Cwihun, part-time student and CESAR director of campaigns and equity/public administration and governance. “The same social structure needs to be present in the university community environment.” There has always been a demand for health and dental coverage among part-time students, but CESAR has failed to make these implementations until now due to the lack of support part-time student unions receive in comparison to fulltime student unions, Cwihun said. The focus of the newly elected group is largely on campgains and services, according to Hyder. “We are definitely focused on the present,” she said. “Our present is what’s going to shape our future.” If the plan goes through, “it means that finally a student can be enrolled in a part time degree program and not feel like they’re a second-class student,” said Cwihun.

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Mental health strategy in the works
By Harlan Nemerofsky
Nine months into their first year of operation, the Mental Health Advisement Committee (MHAC) has big aspirations. Reporting to the vice president of academic and finance and the provost, the team is trying to develop the first-ever comprehensive mental health strategy for Ryerson. “Our goal is to try to create supportive environments and programs for students, staff, and faculty,” says the committee’s co-chair, Dr. Su-Ting Teo. She is also the director of Health and Wellness at Ryerson. The committee is trying to create four working sub-groups to address different strands of mental health services. The four working groups are: awareness, training and education; curriculum and pedagogy; policies and procedures; and services and programs. So far, the reaction has been positive — between 75 and 100 students, faculty

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and staff members have applied to join the committee’s four sections. “We are just in the process of confirming the membership for those working groups,” said Teo. “But we’ve actually had a lot of interest for people to join. And so we sort of need to make a decision on how to move forward.” Teo said that although the group has no specific events planned, she hopes the working groups will

create a dedicated line of communication between student concerns and accessibility policies. “This year’s work is about doing an environmental scan to see what’s happening on campus, doing a gap analysis to see what maybe needs to happen, and then creating an action plan on how to implement that,” she said. “Year two will be actually implementing the plan.”

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Many students defer their studies for a year. David Owen finds out why they do it, and how they spend their time out of school

Should I stay or should I go?
While their peers packed their bags and found their classes at the start of school, Adelaide Andrews boarded a plane to San Diego, Jessica Beuker punched in for a shift at her parttime job, and Monica Neumann settled back into her parents’ house in Waterloo. It was all to contemplate their program choice, and ultimately gave them a reality check as to what not being in school is like. However, these three students have not abandoned their undergraduate degrees altogether. They all deferred their programs for a year to pursue paths outside the boundaries of campus. The burden of student loans rests on the shoulders of many university students, and when considering the average tuition at Ryerson is almost $7,000, it is no wonder why. The inevitable financial debt is what made Andrews, a second-year radio and television arts (RTA) student, reassess her feelings towards the program. “While looking at the thousands of dollars I owed, I asked myself ‘is the debt worth the program?’” she said. “I decided I needed some more time to decide because I always felt as though I had been rushed into figuring out what I wanted to do.” Andrews is volunteering at a hostel called Lucky D’s in San Diego for a month of her time away from school. Although she said this has opened her mind to new people, places and experiences, the desire to take a break from school and come back as a changed person may not be realistic. “People think taking time off school to travel will deliver some kind of epiphany on life, and it really doesn’t work like that,” Andrews said. Students can defer their studies for either one or two semesters and then return easily; however, after a year away from Ryerson, the re-enrollment process is more extensive. “Once you’ve been gone longer than a year, you have to be formally reinstated,” said Donna Buczkowski, Student Affairs Coordinator for RTA. “The students who really want to be here will go through the effort.” She attributes the majority of deferrals to the cost of receiving an education and family crises at home. For both, Buczkowski is able to offer options such as bursary and scholarship opportunities to assist with finances as well as online class programs for those who need to move back home. As an RTA graduate who deferred her studies for a year, Buczkowski said the first suggestion she would give a student thinking of taking a year off is to make an appointment with an academic advisor. “Speak to someone who knows what your choices are. Sometimes this decision is made in a stressful time and we want to avoid hasty deferrals,” she said. Neumann, an image arts student, deferred her studies in 2011 after she completed her first year of classes. Her dad passed away in her first term of school. She moved back home to Waterloo with her family. “I was in a different state of mind after what happened to my dad. I just

Monica Neumann, a second year photography student, took a deferral from school last year didn’t care,” she said. Putting school on hold allowed her to contemplate her options, and now Neumann is back at Ryerson this year to start her second year of photography. “This year is different. It’s fun and I enjoy it a lot,” she said. Beuker made the decision to defer after her second year in the journalism program. Her bills increased over the summer, and she realized that she would need to secure an income before going back to school. “This semester has been a reality check,” said Beuker, who works 20 hours per week at a local Second Cup. Her time away from Ryerson has provided perspective on her program. “Once I’m back in school I’m going to have to work even harder to catch up. So many students take their spot in university for granted.” she said.

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Diversity Now! at Rye’s School of Fashion
By Arti Panday
Diversity Now!, a lecture presented by the Ryerson School of Fashion, confronted the issue of diversity in the fashion industry last Saturday. Caryn Franklin, former fashion editor at i-D Magazine, delivered the lecture. Franklin is the co-founder of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, an initiative aimed at celebrating nonuniformity in the fashion industry. Franklin founded the project three years ago, along with communications specialist Debra Bourne and model Erin O’Connor. “After thirty years in the industry, I can feel the destabilization that is taking place,” said Franklin. “When I started, I was good enough. I knew I was and I didn’t have a media to undermine me in the way that the media now, including the fashion media, undermines young people.” Diversity in fashion includes an array of shapes, sizes, ages, races and abilities. But this year at New York Fashion Week, 79 per cent of models were white. In 2008, 87 per cent of models were white. Franklin said the industry needs to recondition the creative process used to envision the next season’s style, instead of focusing on who will be modeling the designs. “They’re constantly trying to reinvent something out of nothing when, in fact, the reinvention is the creativity, not the person,” she said. Although there are no courses specifically designed to teach students about the importance of diversity, professor at the Ryerson School of Fasthion Ben Barry said it’s featured in the courses. “I think the students are starting to incorporate diversity into everything they do. Definitely in the courses I teach and my colleagues teach, it’s part of the curriculum and part of the focus of their assignments,” said Barry. Some students disagree. “I feel like we’re actually not learning a lot about diversity in first year,” said Magdalena Sokoloski. “The lecture opened our eyes to diversity and how we should be trying to change our perception of how fashion should be displayed and on what kind of models,” she said. Kristina McMullin, a third-year fashion student, said what she learns in the program mirrors the industry right now, and that includes not always using as many diverse models. She said you have to sell your ideas more if they promote diversity. “You’re almost promoted to use the standard because it’s almost easier because that’s what’s expected. If you are going to use an older model...or a plus-size model you’re going to have to work a lot harder to convince people that that’s a good idea,” she said. Frankin hopes her message of diversity will spread. “It’s new minds that are coming to this that are starting up new businesses that are going to make big changes.”

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Mark Dukes went from the streets to the classroom in order to get his education despite his chronic mental health issues.

Standing up
By Diana Hall and Carolyn Turgeon


he first day of class has come to an end, and students are packing their bags and getting ready to leave. But the day isn’t over for Mark Dukes. He rises from his seat

and walks between the rows of desks to the podium, because students with letters from the Access Centre have been asked by this professor to hand them in by the end of class. Dukes stands six-feet-tall, weighs about 225 pounds and has been told he looks pretty fit. Though he shows no outward signs of having a disability, he has just revealed himself as a registered user of Ryerson’s Access Centre to his professor and any student who has stopped and

stared at his walk of shame. Dukes has had enough. “So what do I do, wait around outside of class?” the public administration and governance student asks angrily. “Lurk in the shadows and throw a paper airplane at him?” Dukes, 39, decided the only way he could protect himself and his fellow students was to make his voice heard, and hold Ryerson’s Access Centre accountable for its flaws. It’s a mission he has taken on

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alone: he wants to refocus Ryerson’s accessibility policies. Dukes has gone to the trouble of speaking up as a student with chronic mental health and addiction issues in order to fight for others like him who may be afraid to act. Getting the form to his professor is a necessary part of the accommodation process. Yet his professors can to refuse him the measures recommended by a qualified psychiatrist and a student accommodation facilitator (SAF) from the Access Centre — and they have done so more than once. Marc Emond, manager of the Access Centre, explains that the process has been updated as of this semester. Now students can arrange the entire process, from the accommodations procedure to the submission to the professor, via email. “[The old process] suited some students … but it was archaic in this day and age,” admits Emond. He says the long line-up of students coming to pick up their forms made it inefficient for other students waiting to meet with the centre. Heather Driscoll, director of the Office of the General Counsel and Information and Privacy Officer, clarifies that students were never required to go to the front of a class and had the option to meet with professors outside of the classroom before the email option was available. Dukes’ professor did not extend other opportunities. When the Access Centre sent out a mass email on Oct. 15 that compromised the private email addresses of registered students, the centre dragged Dukes’ identity into the open. It was the last straw in a series of wrongdoings that sent Dukes over the edge, and he says there has been no formal apology. “You’re going to change your policies, Ryerson, surrounding disabilities,” says Dukes. “I’m not asking.” He says he took his concerns to Driscoll, who states that if someone files a privacy complaint with her office, the office will keep it confidential and look into the problem. Dukes says Driscoll was not of much help: when Dukes got frustrated over the phone, she hung up. Dukes suffers from depression

and anxiety. When he began at Ryerson in 2009, his only concern was succeeding in school and making the most of the opportunity to get his education. “Unfortunately, my mental health issues don’t see it that way and sometimes things get out of control for me. Sometimes I can’t manage it,” says Dukes. When he started having trouble managing his schoolwork, Dukes sought help. It was suggested that he go to the Access Centre, which, according to its website, “[facilitates and supports] accessibility and inclusion through education and academic accommodation for the diverse mix of students with disabilities...” However, when Dukes first arrived to register with the centre the line was too long for him to speak with anyone. Dukes felt vulnerable; waiting in line would identify him as someone who needed accommodation. Day after day Dukes would stop by the centre only to leave without help. In Winter 2010, he gave the centre another shot. Upon arriving, he was greeted by a sign on the door saying the office would re-open after lunch. Mark waited until after the stated time when an employee finally returned. She entered the office, flipped the lunch sign and immediately put up another saying the centre would be closed for the rest of the day. That was when Dukes had had enough. Dukes fought back tears of frustration as he marched down the hallway to the manager’s office where he says he grovelled — just to reach someone who would allow him to register with the Access Centre. Finally, Dukes was in — but that was just step one. The next step was to ask for the accommodation letter that would help him manage his course load, a multi-layered project that requires both doctor approval and SAF to produce an official recommendation. The problem is professors can deny that recommendation on the basis of academic integrity and, according to Dukes, it has happened to him at least twice. Emond says that if a professor denies the measures suggested, the student should inform the Access Centre and their SAF

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He doesn’t believe Ryerson is doing what they can to help him and wants to change their policies to protect his peers

for the silent
may try to find an accommodation that works better for the professor. “In general I would say it runs smoothly, but there’s no rhyme or reason to it,” Emond says. “Students may encounter difficult professors occasionally, others won’t.” Though Emond asserts that the system mainly runs smoothly, Dukes does not find it acceptable. “There is no way that anyone without a medical doctorate has the right to supersede what my doctor has said,” he says. “My psychiatrist says I need this accommodation. The Access Centre backs him up. And then buddy with some fancy-pants degree says no.” Dukes says the decision has also jeopardized his ability to succeed academically: he has two incomplete courses from last year due to missed exams (which he insists he won’t finish in time), and has received an F on an assignment after missing a deadline in another course. Without accommodations, Dukes is worried he won’t be able to graduate. The missed assignments are stacking up. “I’ve also spent years not being able to do anything about [being intelligent] because my society and my school aren’t accessible,” he says. “They accommodate themselves. Not me and not others like me.” Education is immeasurably important to Dukes. He spent two years living on the street and has an almost ten-year gap on his resume due to not being able to get a job while on his disability pay, which provides only $1000 a month. An opportunity for rent-controlled income housing helped him get a place and gave him the chance to finally raise enough money to come to university. “I pay Ryerson a lot of that money to receive F’s on courses where I had high 90s at the midterm,” Dukes says. He’s spent a long time advocating for mental health and addiction issues in Toronto and by getting his degree he will be able to work in that sector and actually be paid for his work, something his disability did not previously allow. “The only way that I can be validated in this world is with one small, little piece of paper,” says Dukes. “And if I can’t get that, I don’t know. I can’t quit. I don’t know what to do.” In his years of unpaid advocacy, he has sat on the Toronto Drug Strategy for six years as their drug user representative and consulted with the ten-year mental health and addiction strategy for the province. He is currently working on regulatory change for people in Ontario with disabilities. “I didn’t want to be that guy here, I just wanted to be anonymous,” says Dukes. “I wanted to be left alone and I just wanted to get my education.” Unfortunately, events such as the email from the Access Centre revealing many students’ information and the death of a female classmate who was struggling with mental health issues, have forced him to come out of hiding as a defender of the people who are hurt by the system. “I want those people to know that I’m doing it for her,” says Dukes. “I was going to walk away, but there should never, ever be anyone else like her that has to go through shit and not get help.” He says student wellness centres, including the Access and counselling centres, aren’t serving Ryerson students effectively: too often, he found more roadblocks than immediate assistance. “It’s about the fact that they don’t have the resources or the capacity to handle the influx of people with mental health or addiction or any other disability that they come across here,” Dukes insists. According to Heather Lane Vetere, vice provost students, about 1,100 students are registered with the centre, and that number is only expected to grow. “Everyone that we can add reduces case loads for the others, so they’ve got more time and energy to spend one-on-one time with the student. Would that be desirable? Absolutely. Is that likely on the horizon? I don’t see it,” Vetere admits. Darren Cooney, manager of the public education and partnerships unit for the accessibility directorate of Ontario, says there’s flexibility for an organization like Ryerson to figure out how to meet the requirements

Mark Dukes, a public administration and governance student, is unhappy with Ryerson’s accessibility.


that work best for their service. “At the end of the day it’s up to Ryerson,” says Cooney. “Right now [they] need to have a policy for accessible customer service.” Ryerson is responsible for submitting a report to the department every two years confirming they meet legislation. Cooney’s department then audits them and the rest of the public sector. In 2010, Ryerson submitted a report that they were fully compliant and the department is in the midst of its audits. “It requires that the organization have a feedback process and they state how they will respond to complaints,” he says. His department does not have the power to investigate complaints or get involved in issues between customers and organizations. They do track broad trends in issues and concerns in the sector but cannot get in-

volved in individual problems. Dukes is determined to take his message to the top. He wants Sheldon Levy to consider the next “mega-deal” to focus on providing reliable mental health resources, to smooth out cracks in university-wide policies — and he says he won’t give up until the university hauls itself out of its “antiquated” accessibility

procedures. “I don’t give up,” Dukes says. “I don’t quit, I don’t stop — and the reason being has nothing to do with me: it has to do with the people who do quit, with the people who do stop, with the people who are compromised by the system. I’m doing it for them.”

I DON’T GIVE UP, I DON’T QUIT, I DON’T STOP ... I’m doing it for them



Wednesday Oct. 24 2012

Ever since the old Empress Hotel building burned down last year, food trucks have been filling up the empty space. Here’s their finest:

The best of the food trucks’ trends

1. Delicious Cupcakes
Rating: Truck: Pretty Sweet

2. Veggie Quesadilla
Rating: Truck: Per Se Mobile
Price: $6


4. Philly Cheesesteak
Rating: Truck: Food Cabbie Price: $6

Even though this quesadilla is a vegetarian choice, the chewy mushrooms and pasty black beans, covered in melted cheddar and white cheeses give the dish a meaty texture. Accompanied by fresh guacamole, the side of crunchy home-made chips give lunch a punch.

Price: $2.75 each


Sizzling steak, grilled green peppers and onions, and sprinkled black pepper over cheesy cheddar goodness served on white bread. What else is there to say? This dish is a large portion — perfect for sharing with a friend.

3. Jacked-up Grilled Cheese
Rating: Truck: Hogtown Smoke Price: $10

Not overly sweet and just moist enough, the red velvet cupcake (top) is covered in rich creamcheese icing. The banana chocolate cupcake (bottom) smells like buttery homemade banana bread and yet as you bite into it, the chocolate icing and rice balls add a sugary touch.

The king of all grilled cheeses, this threelayered marble bread delicacy is stuffed with juicy pulled pork smothered in Jack Daniel’s sauce and succulent white and cheddar cheeses, onions and red peppers. Add flavour with Hogtown’s selection of sauces.


A comic book store without a club
By Daniel Rosen
The Silver Snail held its grand opening on Saturday, and invited comic book stars like Wonder Woman, Batman, and even Boba Fett to the party. The comic book shop was on Queen Street West for about 30 years before moving to its new home at Yonge and Dundas, above the HMV building. Comic book fans and nerds of all ages packed themselves into the new location to get in on the party. Outside, stormtroopers drew crowds into the store, where the Silver Snail was giving out free food, and hosting signings and meet-andgreets with comic book artists and filmmakers. The store’s owner, George Zotti, was holding court at the event, introducing both long-time Silver Snail fans and newcomers. “Everybody said ‘but you’ve been on Queen for 30 years,’” says Zotti. “Maybe it’s time for a change. Let’s upgrade the store, bring it into a new era of technology. He plans to install TVs on the walls and iPads into the attached coffee shop’s counter so customers can read comic books while they have their coffee. And yet with one of Toronto’s most famous comic book stores opening up right next to Ryerson, it is surprising that the school doesn’t have a comic book club. Ryerson has an anime club, but according to Kelsey Brunton, the president of RUAnime, while there is a lot of crossover with students who enjoy comic books, a fullfledged comic book club would require a different set of people. “A lot of people say ‘we want a comic book club’, but no one’s really there to be like, ‘yeah, let’s start it,’” Burton says. Anthony Suen, an radio and television arts student and comic book fan, has a similar opinion. “Comic book fans are comic book fans; we totally want a club,” says Suen, “And I wish it would happen, but I’m a pretty lazy guy. But if a comic book club were to happen at Ryerson,” says Suen, “I bet it’d get a pretty good turnout.”

There are reports of ghost sightings at the theatre school, but some remain unimpressed by the idea.


No ghouls at the theatre school
By Susana Gómez Báez
Two years ago, Daniella Mickelson was sent to the costuming room located in the basement of the Ryerson Theatre School for a wardrobe call. It was the evening after Halloween and the then first-year theatre student was putting back costumes that had been borrowed. As Mickelson folded clothes, there was a noise. At first, it sounded like it was coming from the pipes. But then, she said it felt like someone was moving the garments in one of the corners of the room. “I looked and there was no one there,” Mickelson said. “There was one other girl on call with me. She heard them too.” The room had been empty when they came in. Mickelson stood still, not moving for a couple of minutes. But she couldn’t leave. “I had to finish my production call.” The Theatre School, located at 4446 Gerrard St. E., is believed to be haunted. Before Ryerson acquired the building in 1966, it was home to the Ontario College of Pharmacy for almost 80 years. Legend has it that medicine students used to store cadavers and perform autopsies on the third floor. There have been reports of the piano in the student lounge (commonly known as the Green Room) playing itself, names being called out in empty hallways, ghost sightings, and some even getting the chills in certain parts of the building. “When you are there late at night to work on an assignment…it’s just creepy to be alone,” Mickelson said. So as an experiment, I took on the challenge and spent a night in the building. I camped out in the Green Room with Charles Vanegas, The Eyeopener’s sports editor, and waited until it was 2:30 a.m. to take a walk around. We took the stairs up to the third floor and the only sound was the click-clack of my shoes, which reminded me that even the keeners who usually work late had gone home. We turned in to the hallway on the third floor that I had been advised to avoid and then went down to the basement, but it was locked. We went back upstairs and took a quiet peek into the locker room. It was there that I lost track of Charles. For the next five minutes I wandered around the building talking to myself frantically, sure that I was going to die. I tiptoed up the stairs, planning to hide in the Green Room until Charles decided to show up. And then, suddenly, when my nerves were about to give, he jumped out from behind a corner and scared me half to death. But I honestly wonder why I was ever afraid in the first place. Yes, I had heard the pipes squeak, the floors creak, and unsettling noises coming from the fridge in the Green Room. But nothing really happened. Haunted places are a lot scarier because people are told time and time again to be scared of them. And as it turns out, the squeaks were mice, the floors creaks because the building is old, and the fridge was just loudly turning on and off. Most people figure that there must be a reason why in 2008 the theatre school was formally investigated by the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society. But I don’t believe in the supernatural and, as my experience that night proves, there is nothing scary about the theatre school except for Charles. But in the end, I know I wouldn’t stay there overnight alone. Just in case.

George Zotti, the owner of the Silver Snail.


Wednesday Oct. 24 2012



Kendo: The Way of the Samu-Rye
By Luc Rinaldi
On Sunday mornings, Kerr Hall’s lower gym turns into a dojo. Students bow as they enter, lining up their shoes and socks in two neat rows by the door. Barefoot and robed, they reverently set down their shinai — sword-like sticks made from bamboo — and begin chanting in unison as they warm up. The group of nearly two dozen begins practicing strike footwork in pairs, dancing delicately forward and back with intense concentration. A sensei squats meditatively against a blue and gold backdrop, observing the training, equal parts physical and spiritual. Before long, the more experienced members of the group don their bogu — a set of armour comprised of a helmet, breastplate, waist protector and pair of gauntlets. Then, with a sharp, unannounced cry, what began like a humble Sunday service suddenly turns into a mêlée. The gym echoes with the shrillest shrieks of battle as two members begin sparring, shuffling quickly and striking each other’s heads and wrists. Soon the rest of the group joins in. From the sound, passersby might envision a bloodbath or warzone. And while there aren’t any casualties, that guess isn’t far off. Kendo, the “way of the sword,” is a Japanese sword-fighting martial art rooted in the craft of the country’s most renowned warriors, the samurai. Founded five years ago by thenurban planning student Omer Hussain, the Ryerson Kendo Club is the university’s very own league of ing your capabilities and knowing your opponent and anticipating what they’re going to do. It’s kind of like a mental chess game.” And like chess, kendo has its requisite pieces — albeit more expensive ones. A shinai costs about $50 and will last several months, while proper bogu can run anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Beginners, however, don’t require armour and can try the club for free before having to pay a membership fee. The open invitation is part of Hussain’s vision for the club. He explains that kendo is a historic art that anyone should be able to participate in. Back in the gym, the beginners’ practice has ended. Only a few of the younger students remain, seated at the far end of the gym, intently studying the more seasoned members as they continue to spar, still yelling with the same vigour and volume as before. Among the spectators is Matthew Lum, a first-year engineering student. “Immediately, there’s this respect that everyone gives each other,” he says, explaining the appeal of the club. Looking on, he hopes to soon be among those he’s watching. But like Hussain, he knows: kendo takes time.


The Ryerson Kendo Club meets in the Lower Gym every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. modern samurai. What was once a five-person function has grown into a 35-member co-ed club that welcomes student, alumni and nonstudent practitioners from across the city. “Kendo means more to me than just repetition of swinging a stick up and down,” says Hussain, a 2009 Ryerson graduate who continues to take a leading role in the club. A longtime martial artist, he explains that kendo is both a sport and way of life. While its objective is to hit an opponent’s head, chest, wrists or neck, kendo is less about ruthless attacking and more a technical discipline of concentrating one’s energy into each individual strike. Its dominant principle is ki ken tai — spirit, sword and body. “All these things have to come together in one motion,” Hussain says. “Kendo’s very deep, but it takes time.” For many, the club is students’ first exposure to kendo. Kexin Zhang, a first-year interior design student, originally joined the club because of her interest in Japanese culture, but stuck around because of the sport’s more calming qualities. “You have to forget about everything else and immerse yourself into it,” she says. “It’s a moment where you can relax and forget about all the stress that’s bothering you.” Kendo is about mental awareness,” says Mike McCulloch, a senior student who occasionally leads practices for the club’s beginners. “It’s about knowing yourself, know-

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Biz & Tech

Wednesday Oct. 24 2012

A worldwide race for storage space
By harlan Nemerofsky
Ten thousand songs. 250,000 emails. 13 million pages on Microsoft Word. That’s the equivalent amount of space Dropbox is offering in its latest promotional offer, the Great Space Race. Like Google Drive, the free file sharing program allows users to store their files in one readily available ‘Cloud’, or backed-up virtual server space, so it can be shared and accessed easily. Launched earlier this month, the offer challenges universities and colleges all over the world to get as many new Dropbox users as they can. At stake: 23 additional gigabytes of storage space for the winning institutions users for two years. Just for applying for the promotion, the user gets an extra gigabyte of storage space on top of the original two. Students earn points for their school by signing up and referring other classmates to Dropbox and getting them to complete a gettingstarted kit. The contest runs eight weeks through Dec. 10. Ryerson currently has 1,894 points. That’s good for 254th overall, 14th in Canada, and 6th in Ontario. “I think a student would want to use Dropbox over Google Drives because to share a file its probably more convenient and it seems to be more intuitive,” said David Gelb, Director of Graduate Program in Design at York University. “If they were working on a project and sharing those files with members of their group, Dropbox is much better.” Maya Levinshtein knows all about that. The University of Waterloo architecture student uses Dropbox several times a day and has over 33 gigabytes right now, 23 from Space Race. Being a design student, she routinely uses 300 MB files like Photoshop or Illustrator, so the high storage space really helps. “We use it during group projects at school so that we don’t always have to meet up. Instead, we can just put our work on Dropbox so that the rest of the group members can see it, open it, edit it, and whatever else. It’s very convenient. It’s such a hassle if the person is beside me, taking out a USB stick, loading it from one computer to another.” The rules of the contest: When a school earns enough points they ‘level’ up — the levels are 3 GB, 8 GB, 15 GB, and the grand prize of 25 GB. Schools get a single point for each person who registers for Space Race and installs Dropbox on their computer and two more points for each person that goes through the Get Started guide.


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Biz & tech


No impulse food runs all week? Biz & tech editor Astoria Luzzi and communities editor Victoria Stunt tried it and saved big

cutting habits cuts costs
Last week from Monday to Friday, we quit spending. Cold turkey. Recently we have noticed how much money we spend merely because we haven’t been managing our time. We rush to get to school and don’t leave time to make lunches, so we buy food impulsively throughout the week. As third-year journalism students who work approximately 25 hours a week on campus, planning meals isn’t often our first priority. We decided it was time for a change in budgeting. So we quit. Impulsively, that is. The plan was to spend money only on essential groceries and not spend on a whim for a week. This meant we couldn’t grab a coffee on the way to school, fulfill a chocolate craving, or venture down to Oakham Café for a quick meal to-go. “It might be the shock value that someone needs in order to get started with making some changes,” said Julie Jaggernath, education media manager from the Credit Counselling Society. She added that putting a stop to spending abruptly is the hardest way to go. “Would you be able to carry out those changes for six months? Or for the whole semester?” she said. Getting used to the changes took some doing. Going from buying an average of eight small coffees in a week, which totals about $11.20, to not being able to fulfill our caffeine fix while on-the-go, left us frustrated and tired. “We are creatures of habit, we love our habits, they give us comfort, they give us routine…” said Jaggernath. We started our experiment the Monday after reading week. Like most students, the first week back welcomed us with long periods at school filled with studying for midterms and meeting deadlines. With the demanding weeks that students face, we found that it can be difficult to make time to grocery shop, resulting in the unplanned spending habits we have developed. In fact, Victoria couldn’t find the time to do a full grocery shop until Friday of that week. Our first attempts at breaking our spending habits varied in success. Jaggernath told us that we needed to “switch the habit…‘cause you can’t take away a habit, you need to replace it with something.” Astoria packed a healthy pasta salad accompanied with juice, snacks and tea-making supplies to fulfill her hunger throughout the day. Victoria, still without groceries but determined to stick to the challenge, managed to survive her first day of no-spending with free crackers from a soup bar and a homemade bean salad. That night, Victoria was able to make a sandwich with some small groceries she bought from the pharmacy near her apartment. The first few days of the challenge prompted us to take the planning more seriously and replace our habits with more money-conscious ones. We ended up following the same advice we received from Jaggernath. She said that if you know you will be getting home late from class, and will be too tired to cook, “a day or two ahead of time cook something that has enough leftovers so that you know there is something sitting and waiting for you.” We did exactly that and it made our experiment a lot easier. Reaching the end of the week, we realized how much we were saving, which prompted us to ask the question, “How much had we been spending normally?” We buy eight small coffees, three cheap lunches or dinners, and three snacks per week, which we estimated would be about $1046 per year. That amount is comparable to one sixth of the average tuition, two months rent, ten metro passes or a round trip flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Would you stop buying food on impulse to go on that much needed vacation? We would.

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Wednesday Oct. 24 2012


Greetings, nerds! Enter this completed puzzle in the prize box outside The Eyeopener with your name, number and student number for a chance to win fifty dollars! Thats over forty dollars! Wow!
If you don’t win, comfort yourself with this picture of a man yelling at baked goods.

Wednesday Oct. 24 2012


Get to campus the quick and easy way. Just take a car2go when you need it, and leave it when you’re done. No mandatory reservations, no late fees. For a limited time, students get free registration and 30 minutes free at with student ID (promo code: STUDENT).

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Wednesday Oct. 24 2012

Over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Exclusively for Ryerson Students.
Pick up a new monthly DUNDEAL Card at participating eateries for your chance to win the latest monthly prize. Check out at the beginning of each month for the latest prize giveaway and more details.




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Enter to win 1 of 10 - $250 Ryerson Bookstore Gift Cards, good for anything in the Ryerson University Campus Store.


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