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Volume 46 - Issue 8 October 31, 2012 theeyeopener.

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Why Ryerson is exploring uncharted corporate territory




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Amidst the departure of their editor-in-chief and a consequent legal proceeding, the Ryerson Free Press has suspended publishing indefinitely

Ryerson Free Press halts publishing
By Sean Tepper
The Ryerson Free Press (RFP) will stop publishing for the foreseeable future after the abrupt departure of editor-in-chief Clare O’Connor, who is now entrenched in legal proceedings with the Continuing Education Students’ Union of Ryerson (CESAR), the paper’s publisher. “Through a series of unfortunate events, it appears that our October issue is postponed indefinitely,” said James Burrows, the RFP’s news editor, in documents obtained by The Eyeopener. “I unfortunately can’t [say] any more than that, as I don’t know any more, other than we no longer have an [editor-in-chief] and there appears to be no plans on the part of CESAR, our publisher, to hire one.” One of Ryerson’s three campus newspapers, the RFP is an alternative publication aimed at part-time and continuing education students. It is largely staffed by members of CESAR and publishes on a monthly basis. O’Connor, who was in her first semester as editor-in-chief of the RFP after taking the reins from long-time editor Nora Loreto, published the September issue of the paper before her departure. Under the RFP’s mandate, they are unable to publish both online and print articles without a sitting editor-in-chief. The circumstances surrounding O’Connors departure and the status of her legal proceedings with CESAR remain murky. “What little information I have been able to receive from [CESAR] has been slowly and painfully extracted,” said Burrows in documents obtained by The Eyeopener. “Without an editor-in-chief my mandate is zero to do anything. What is worse is that our publishers are not giving us any info about what is happening and little guidance around what to tell our writers about the future … given my recent interaction with them, I doubt anything will fix this.” Annie Hyder, CESAR’s director of membership and communications, would not comment on the specifics of O’Connor’s departure or the status of their legal proceedings but confirmed that “she is no longer with CESAR.” “Unfortunately I can’t really talk about the editor-in-chief because we

Liberals take over the Gardens
By Sean Wetselaar
The leadership race for the provincial Liberals will culminate on Ryerson campus in January as the party leadership convention will be held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). The decision, announced Sunday, was reached by the Liberals after a request for proposals was issued on Oct. 22. Global Spectrum, the group in charge of facilities at the MAC filed their proposal on Oct. 24, based largely on a decision by the school that the event would bring much-needed media attention to the MAC. “We felt it was the kind of event [that] would benefit the venue,” said Keith Baulk, general manager of the MAC. “It brings [high] profile and national attention [to the MAC].” Ryerson President, Sheldon Levy, noted that Maple Leaf Gardens has a long history of political conventions — including one which first elected former Premier Dalton McGuinty, as well as events featuring Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Winston Churchill. “In keeping with the spirit and the history of The Gardens, to have a major political convention there is quite appropriate,” Levy said. “On top of it having students who will be part of that process and the education that will come with it … will be very good.” Though no concrete plans have been made for the convention, Levy said the event would likely occupy most of the building’s facilities. Baulk said the MAC was a good fit, that had benefits to both parties, but that Global Spectrum was excited to have been awarded the event against stiff competition from venues across the province. “We were thrilled,” Baulk said. “We think it’s one of those venues that … also brings confidence and, ultimately, other business.” Levy added that the primary benefit of the event was publicity. “Certainly, in all respects [it] will improve, I hope, the university’s reputation,” he said. “But it’s keeping with the history of the place too and I think that’s important.” Despite Ryerson’s desire to host the event, Levy said the venue was not offered at a discount price. Delegates from across the province are expected to attend, and the registration fee for those attending has been set to $499.

Stands will remain empty until a new editor-in-chief is hired. are actually in a legal proceeding with [her],” said Hyder. “We are definitely working on making sure that there will be a new editor-in-chief in place and have the paper available as soon as possible.” While finding a new editor-in-chief is a top priority, according to Hyder, she admits that CESAR’s upcoming health and dental [referendum] remains at the top of their list.


“Right now we have health and dental referendum, which is really monumental because it’s something that we’ve never had so it’s a huge opportunity for us. It’s something we are focusing on in the immediate,” she said. “But once that is out of the way we are definitely focusing on [the RFP].” O’Connor was unavailable for comment.

Urban Umbrella comes to campus
By Ramisha Farooq
The time of traditional plywood scaffolding and sidewalk sheds is over as the new Urban Umbrella, unveiled at Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre at Yonge and Gould streets, brings a new, elegant design element to construction sites in Toronto. On Oct. 25, Urban Umbrella formally announced the university’s sidewalk sculpture as the first of its kind in Canada to replace what Ryerson president Sheldon Levy called “ugly” wooden boards. “I think [the Urban Umbrella] should be a minimal requirement [in Toronto]. I think that we can even do better,” said Levy. “If you go to European cities, you would never, ever see what we put up. It would not be allowed.” The new structure, which resembles an unfurling umbrella, is made of high-strength recycled steel and translucent plastic panels. Lit naturally during the day and by LEDs at night, the Urban Umbrella is designed to be a safe and unique alternative to wooden scaffolding. “What is seen on the streets hasn’t changed in 40 years. We now have a team that has thought about this through and through,” said Ward 27 councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. She first saw of the design in an architectural magazine and was eager to persuade developers to use it. “[Wooden scaffolding] was putting pedestrians in harm’s way,” said Wong-Tam. “I’m surprised we haven’t done it sooner. It’s a step in innovating as a city.” The Urban Umbrella design was championed by Young-Hwan Choi, Andres Cortes and Sarrah Kahn from Agencie Group in New York. It garnered attention after winning an international design competition organized by the New York City Department of Buildings. Agencie Group’s design was then used for several building projects in New York and embraced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had been looking for a solution to the dark mazes latched to construction sites. With more than 80 new construction sites in the downtown area that use wooden shedding — and 137 open development applications in the works — Toronto has become a metropolis like New York City accord-

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ing to Wong-Tam. Levy said that the addition of the Urban Umbrella is another step in the undertaking of Ryerson’s Master Plan. “Our master plan is all about design excellence,” Levy said Thursday. The blueprint for university advancement, approved by Ryerson’s Board of Governors in 2008, outlines the university’s need to add quality space for students along with academic and research facilities. Upon the completion of Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre in 2014, the Urban Umbrella will be taken down. But for now, it’s sparking big change in the city of Toronto: One Bloor condominiums is also adopting the urban umbrella structure. “This is the story about a city saying yes,” said Wong-Tam.



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Making a deal with corporate devils (or angels)
By lee richardson
It should be no surprise that Ryerson is a business, and not the intellectsoaked think tank that traditionalists expect of universities. Education nowadays is about money. Expansions in academics and the physical campus means that the university both desires money and needs it. The want for income explains why programs are being introduced that offer low job prospects, such as history. According to 2001 Statistics Canada data, history degrees have especially low rates of return on investment. So why was the history program introduced? The easy answer is money. New programs means new students, which means new money. Along with new programs are new corporate deals, resulting in brand names on campus — think Coca-Cola, Adidas, Mattamy and Rogers. Such corporate presence draws criticism from those romanticizing university as a place for freedom — a place free of markets which thereby gives time and space to build free thought. It should come as no surprise that free thought is effectively dead on campus. But the market, and the presence of corporations, is surging. And that’s not a bad thing. Firstly, it means that Ryerson has a source of funding aside from research or undergraduate students. Even though critics bash branded sponsorship, they should be happy about it. Sponsorship helps to keep down fees that otherwise would have to be partially paid out of student’s pockets. If corporations stayed off campus, combined fees would be higher, so those same critics have less to protest again with the way things currently stand. Secondly, while many students enjoy complaining about the university, sponsorship means that the school you’re paying to attend actually has a reputable name for itself — a name apparently so wellreceived in public that corporations want to attach themselves to it. Taking that into account I, for one, welcome the day students, garbed in gowns, can be handed their Rogers undergraduate degrees, brought to them in part by Ryerson university.

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Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Brian Cameron, digital initiatives librarian, wants to help professors maintain the rights to their work.

Ryerson gets a B+ in Globe’s annual survey
The Globe and Mail released its annual survey of student satisfaction in Canadian undergraduate programs last Tuesday, giving Ryerson a B+. The school tied for second place overall among large schools with Carleton, McGill and Waterloo universities. Criteria for the survey included atmosphere, residences and quality of instructors.

The fight for copyright
By Mohamed Omar
Brian Cameron wants to make sure Ryerson’s professors get their research published in reputable journals — without selling their souls in the process. Cameron, a digital initiatives librarian at Ryerson, gave a lecture Friday for faculty members who have had or want to get their work published in academic journals. The presentation, titled Know Your Rights: Publishing and Academic Freedom in a Digital World, highlighted the consequences of publishing with big names like Elsevier and SAGE, which usually require a transfer of copyright. Cameron said researchers are lured into publishing with these companies because of their prestige, or “impact factor.” “I find that in conversation with faculty members, they often don’t understand a copyright transfer agreement,” he said. “When it comes time to submit an article to a journal, most faculty members will sign the copyright transfer agreement without having read it.” He added that many faculty members think of copyright as merely “the right to copy,” but insisted there are “lots of rights” lost when a professor signs the dotted line. Elsevier’s copyright agreement not only includes the right to distribute, republish, and translate a professor’s work, but also the right to use the work with different technologies and formats such as videos and presentations. SAGE’s agreement is “a bit scarier,” Cameron said. They reserve all the rights that Elsevier includes, but can also sell part of a professor’s article — such as a diagram or table — to third parties without paying a single cent to the author. “It essentially leaves you with nothing,” Cameron said. Cameron’s alternative for professors is to publish in open access repositories such as Ryerson’s own Digital Commons. Now in its fourth year, the Digital Commons is home to around 680 theses and over 1,200 documents, many of which are major research papers. The institutional repository allows professors to store, protect and distribute their work, without having to give up copyright. It also saves the library from the high prices of the publishers. Vadim Geurkov, associate professor in the electrical engineering department, said that his work is safer with the Digital Commons. “It’s very convenient that it’s here. If I have any ideas, I can actually put them in the repository and it becomes copyrighted,” he said. “Now, I have rights.”

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Without student input, post-secondary reform has become an elitist debate

The forgotten voice
Editorial by Diana Hall
The state of university education has had a lot of play in the media lately. Experts across Canada — from columnists to professors — are weighing in on the fortes and fractures of Canadian universities. On the other side of the spectrum, the average student voice is largely muted — but there’s a lot to be frustrated about. Margaret Wente of The Globe and Mail says better education means more “classroom time” for professors and students. But the problem isn’t the time spent in lectures and tutorials: it’s the studentcontent relationship. The issue is how students receive material — and it isn’t a blanket formula. Professors who speak a comfortable language of one-size-fits-all content don’t assess individual student needs outside of entrepreneurial hubs. But who can blame professors alone? Unless students can delve intelligently and aggressively into the gaps between what they learn and how they learn, getting better quality content, presentation and interaction out of “classroom time” won’t happen. The pressure to challenge students in any field to engage in critical, creative thinking is as much the student’s job as it is the professor’s. The extra attention required would make education personal. The horror. “Innovate or perish,” John Manley, a former Liberal deputy prime minister, said of the post-secondary predicament in a 2009 edition of Maclean’s magazine. He was right, but students aren’t just a source of capital. They have to be seen as more than just pawns in the university business model. Three-year degrees and a tidal wave of online courses will pump out graduates like popcorn, but at the cost of diluted content and understanding. The higher education experts spoke unto the student body, and said: “let them be educated.” And the average student is silently eating it up. What Canada’s universities need is a uniform assessment strategy, multi-platform exercises and conversations. Pedagogy can improve immensely by making content more interactive and by sharing models with other universities (like resources used in massive open online course modules tweaked for in-class delivery, for instance.) Students are the guinea pigs sitting at the desks. They’re the ones skipping class because the textbook says everything professors do. They use the clickers in classrooms and take the online courses in the summer. How do we measure whether students are getting a bang for their buck — or is it a whimper? If students really are suffering from a crumbling system, digging themselves out may be the most educational exercise of all.

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A flurry of branding and sponsorship deals has inundated Ryerson with corporate logos, leaving many wondering: private or public?

Branding brings big bucks to Ryerson
your value,” he said “We’ve had the board reject applications for that reason.” But even the partnerships that Levy has struck in his two terms as Ryerson’s president has left Rodney DiverFrom the Mattamy Athletic Centre lus, Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) to the new Sears Atrium to the on- president, nervous about the corpogoing sponsorship agreement with rate presence on campus. Coca-Cola Canada, which includes exclusive beverage rights on campus, I think 50 years ago, Ryerson has become a model of how corporate sponsorship has crept onto people might think it’s campuses of public universities in re- a travesty to have a cent years. Partnerships with the pri- classroom named after vate sector have enabled rapid expansion and improvements to campus, a corporation but now something Ryerson president Sheldon that seems to be OK Levy said is key to the development of new facilities as well as to the reputation of the university itself. But, Levy Diverlus said the RSU, which has cautions that partnerships need to be recently shunned corporate sponsorapproached prudently and cautiously, ship, would prefer to see funding for lest the agreements take a damaging university advancement coming from turn to the university’s reputation. provincial coffers rather than corpo“You have to have a name that en- rate ones. hances your value, and you make a “We are in the mindset that these big mistake to get a name for $10 or institutions are public institutions,” 15 million dollars that detracts from he said. “Public institutions means

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that our tax dollars go to them and as such, if we need more money, we need to go to the provincial government and demand more money.” However, with rising costs of infrastructure and other educational costs, universities are grappling with the issue of how much sponsorship they let in, not whether they should be letting corporations through the door. That ship has long since sailed, according to David Soberman, the Canadian National Chair in Strategic Marketing at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. “I think 50 years ago, people might think it’s an absolute travesty to have a classroom named after a corporation but now that seems to be OK,” he said. “It has to do with what’s become culturally responsible and that seems to be a function of the way the world is going.” But that shift to corporate-sponsored buildings is not just being used to pump money into the university; it boosts Ryerson’s reputation among the public, according to Levy. Levy used both Ryerson’s recent

partnerships with Mattamy Custom Homes and the Weston family in regards to the rejuvenation of Maple Leaf Gardens as an example of the strength that can be derived from what the university administration sees as solid, brand-enhancing partnerships. But Diverlus fears being beholden to the purse strings of large corporations will ultimately hurt the amount of control administration and taxpayers will have in regards to the direction of the university. “Relying on an increase in corporate funding actually further privatizes our education system,” he said. “It actually ... puts it in the control of corporations.” Ryerson’s policy on sponsorship agreements explicitly forbids an arrangement that would see any loss of university autonomy, stating “Ryerson University will not enter into any alliances or partnerships with any corporation or organization where the association with the prospective partner or acceptance of the sponsorship would jeopardize the financial, legal or moral integrity or adversely

impact upon the University’s standing and reputation in the community.” So far, Ryerson’s sponsorship agreements have largely been related to buildings owned by the university, with the exception of the AMC, in which Ryerson is a part-time tenant. But Ryerson is entering uncharted territory, as their new residence will be privately owned, leaving Diverlus wondering what will happen if the relationship between Ryerson and MPI Group, the developer of the building, sours. “I’m very curious to see how the operations of two residences [work]; one that’s owned by this external company, but run by Ryerson, that looks like Ryerson, the other that’s completely run by Ryerson staff, completely owned by Ryerson,” said Diverlus. “I’m very interested to see five or 10 years down the line where that division is going to happen. Although to us as students, it looks the same ... fundamentally we’re sleeping in two separate beds owned by two separate people that make the final decisions.”

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After a year on the backburner, IMPAKT is getting the ball rolling.


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SickKids, Ryerson share new research
By Daksha Rangan
A year after Ryerson University officially launched a partnership with one of the world’s leading healthcare institutions, the progam is now looking to involve previously uninformed students in the project. IMPAKT, also known as The Ontario Institute for Child and Youth Success, is a research-based partnership between the university’s Faculty of Community Services (FCS), and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The objective of the collaboration is to share practices and research from both institutions in order to improve childrens’ health. “Part of having a really good partnership is making sure that we have students on board within these projects,” said Donna Koller, Associate Professor at Ryerson’s School of Early Childhood Studies (ECS), and main Ryerson liaison for IMPAKT. “That also facilitates the mandate we have at Ryerson within the academic plan, to continue to find ways to link students up with the research we’re doing.” The difference, however, between this collaboration and the FCS’s two other external partnerships is an emphasis on accessibility. “Often research doesn’t get translated into practice. The university has these great findings and the studies get published in journals, but it never actually reaches the people that can use it,” Koller said. “When we look at marginalized families in the community, they often don’t get what they need because the research is done at a different level than the practice itself.” Koller explained that those who deal directly with less advantaged youth often don’t have such research on hand when it is needed. The idea for IMPAKT came from Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens, Health Systems Research Scientist at SickKids. “We have to use what we know to inform what we do,” said Rummens. “The goal is to achieve uptake, so it’s not only what we know and how we share it, it’s how we ensure that information is absorbed and translated into policy or practice.” Rummens is a part of The Community Health Systems Resource Group at SickKids, which is composed of internationally known professionals, based within the Learning Institute. Rummens’ team studies and analyzes issues that affect children, such as bullying, early episode psychosis (identification of children with mental health issues early on, before it becomes incapacitating), eating disorders and obesity and various components of brain development. IMPAKT’s focus on diverse populations of children makes the partnership with the FCS extremely beneficial. “There is a direct link between what we’re doing and what SickKids does,” said Koller. “The goal is to optimize and to support children and families in the best ways we can. And whether you’re a social worker, whether you’re in Nursing, whether you’re in Early Childhood, it doesn’t matter, you’re still going to hopefully have the same type of commitment. All of those parts together really can relate in some way to children and family.” Usha George, the Dean of FCS, also mentioned the significance of both institutions in the partnership. “SickKids brings community and cultural research to the table, in addition to medical findings,” said George. “They look at community and population health, poverty levels, so there is a holistic approach to the health of children and youth at this research unit.” She also mentioned the importance of collaborative research for the university and community at large. “The more people that are involved, the richer is the research, applicability and uptake of the findings,” said George. IMPAKT is currently in its first stages as an official partnership. Faculty members at Ryerson and staff at SickKids are working on a grant application to further research funding.

Wednesday Oct. 31 2012



Harmless fun or cultural appropriation?
1988 Winter Olympics Jamaican bobsled team and their coach at a You might want to think twice be- Halloween pub night. When a store near Yonge and fore wearing that Pochahottie outfit Wellesley streets, Reflections Vinor caking on that blackface. The appropriateness of various tage and Antiques, placed a Native chopstick-wielding, sombrero-don- American headdress in their winning and hijab-adorned personas dow display, they intended to garner worn by those who aren’t from the interest. Instead, they received an cultures they’re attempting to repre- aggressive message on their voicesent is being discussed at Ryerson: Is mail. it ever acceptable? Last week, the Racialised Stu- i don’t think Halloween dents’ Collective held “My Race Is is a time to be claiming Not A Costume,” an event aiming to you’re trying to educate... inform students on why sometimes i think it’s a loophole to dressing up can be ethnically insensell these outfits guilt-free sitive. Many students at the event shared The owner of the shop, Karyn stories about instances when they were made uncomfortable by cos- Troisi, called the police, but was told they were unable to act. The store tumes that crossed lines. Third-year electrical engineering decided to remove the headdress. “It’s unfortunate,” said Troisi, student David Seenath remembers going to a cowboys-and-indians “Halloween is not about mocking a culture, it’s about showing diversity themed Halloween party. “You had cap guns and a rope and education.” Ryerson vice-president equity, … you had to capture the indians. I thought it was demeaning,” said Marwa Hamad, doesn’t buy it. “I don’t think Halloween is the Seenath. Another student recounted Uni- time to be claiming you’re trying versity of Toronto’s infamous Cool to educate,” said Hamad. “I think Runnings incident in 2009, where that’s a loophole to sell these outfits four white students donned black- guilt-free.” Hamad also finds painting one’s face and one Trinidadian student caked on whiteface to look like the skin to look like another ethnicity

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offensive. “They’re just putting it on for a laugh. This person has the privilege of wiping it off his face and going on with his day.” The conversation at the event became an all-encompassing discussion about issues attendees had with the eating food and wearing clothing that represent other cultures. Wearing Rastafarian colours when you don’t identify as a member of the religion, for example, is considered offensive by some. It’s called cultural appropriation, and involves using the ideas from other cultures, not completely understanding them, and not giving the culture credit. While many had firm, “no exception” approaches to dressing up as someone from another culture, Seenath thought differently. He grew up in the Caribbean, where he said everyone celebrates everything. “You had black and white people celebrating Muslim holidays. If a black person is wearing a sari, they may not know what it’s about, but they’re there to celebrate, to support,” Seenath said. Liberal leadership hopeful Alex Burton said no one should take a chance on offending someone. “We live in an amazing multicultural [society], we need to be more aware of different perspectives.”

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Wednesday Oct. 31 2012

A university is only as good as the money being put into it. Viviane Fairbank and Vjosa Isai help you answer the question:

How well-endowed is Ryerson?
ollowing Ryerson’s payout policy, 3.5 per cent of investment generated from this year’s endowment fund will be used towards scholarships and bursaries, as opposed to 4.5 per cent from the year before. That means the student body won’t be receiving as much aid as it has in the past.


“Due to the impact of the economy on investment income generated by Ryerson’s endowments for the 2012-13 awards cycle, the monetary value of some awards may be less than the amounts stated on web sites, application forms, etc,” says the message at the beginning of Ryerson University’s Scholarships and

Bursaries webpage, to account for the fact that the revenue on Ryerson’s endowment fund hasn’t been sufficient to fully accommodate 2012-2013 students. Adam Kahan, Ryerson’s vice president of university advancement, says that the university’s Board of Governors decided to lower the pay-

out rate because of Canada’s latest recessions. All universities have reduced their payout rate recently, he claims. Despite this cutback, Ryerson’s endowment fund is an impressive one. Kahan told The Eyeopener in 2010 that Ryerson had the fastest growing endowment fund in Cana-

The largest portion of the endowment goes to business, followed by FCAD. The lowest two go to arts and continuing education.


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da, increasing at a rate of 400 per cent. Today the account has a grand total of $99,600,000. The endowment fund has been growing mainly due to new donations as opposed to the investment itself. Kahan overlooks the Ryerson department that handles these donations and the fundraising necessary to secure them. “We are constantly approaching donors who are friendly to universities … sometimes corporations and companies as well as individuals,” says Kahan. Ryerson’s development team presents large scale donors with the opportunity to name facilities after themselves, to increase the incentive for people to extend their generosity to the university. The difference between someone simply donating money to Ryerson and someone starting an endowment fund is simple: “When money goes into an endowment, it’s there forever,” says Kahan. Whenever a donor gives Ryerson a gift of $25,000 or more, an endowment fund can be created. This means that the money will not be spent, but instead invested. Only a fraction of that fund’s investment will then be spent on different aspects of the school. This philanthropic opportunity is appealing to those who would like their name to be kept in Ryerson history. For example, Kahan says, a donor can start an endowment fund directed towards a scholarship, which he, his children, his grandchildren and his descendants onwards will be able to present to the university every year. They also receive an annual report detailing the value and use of their investment. Funds can also be used to support a Chair position, facilities, infrastructure, bursaries and other options at Ryerson. Ryerson decides which faculties will benefit from the endowment fund. Twenty-two per cent of the endowment goes into the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM). The next greatest portion goes to the faculty of communication and design (FCAD) at 18 per cent. A list of different faculties and university-wide initiatives follow, with the faculties of arts and continuing education as the fund’s smallest beneficiaries.

Ryerson’s current endowment fund according to VP university advancement Adam Kahan

Amount of Ryerson endowment per full-time student in 2010


Less than 5%

of Ryerson Alumni donated to the university in 2010

More than 10% Just under 3,000
donations from non-alumni in 2010, less than 500 were corporations

of Ryerson Alumni donated to the university from 1998 - 2002

was the approximate annual level of donation in 2010. Donations peaked in 2007 at $25,000,000.


Adam Kahan, VP university advancement.

University of Toronto’s total endowment in 2011, colleges excluded, from their Financial Report

Information from Ryerson Performance Indicators Report (January 2012)

Alumni: continue to give us your money!


very year at Ryerson’s convocation ceremony, graduates shift the tassels on their caps after receiving their diploma as a symbolic gesture of moving forward. However, before they even get reach the stage exit, a shiny blue and gold alumni lapel pin is inserted into their graduation gown or sash by members of the Alumni Relations office. “We welcome you officially as part of our alumni family,” says the executive director, Tyler Forkes. The Alumni Relations maintains strong relationships with alumni as they venture forth into their careers, while encouraging them to give back to the school that taught them. The office provides graduates with a variety of services, programs, and events designed to keep former students engaged in the Ryerson community. Services made available to alumni range from discounted group rates on insurance to free workshops that offer helpful tips about how to better career opportunities. The popular series workshop, “Blackboard to Boardroom,” tackles the challenge that alumni may face as they cross the threshold from student life into the “real world.” Graduates can also take advan-

tage of unique opportunities to reconnect with former classmates and stay up-to-date on Ryerson happenings through events like the Alumni Weekend, which annually takes place in late September. Forkes says that more than 1200 alumni and friends joined them this year on campus tours, information sessions, visits to the Ryerson Archives and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), a free barbecue lunch, a family skate at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, and a reception for hon-

It just becomes a natural cycle. You are proud of where you went to school
oured anniversary years. Class reunions, organized by a volunteer alumnus, can also be prepared with help from Alumni Relations. “They are great for networking,” says Mr. Forkes. “And we also do alumni events right on site ... to connect people,” like the coffee break they sponsored at the CBC. Alumni Expo is another event of-

fered by Alumni Relations, this time geared towards showing senior students the bonuses of being part of the alumni community at Ryerson. Not only do alumni get access to free events, but graduates who have achieved outstanding success in their careers are rewarded by the university. To reap the benefits of being a Ryerson alumnus or alumna, it is important for students to update their online files with information regarding their career, promotions, address, and other contact information. “When people appreciate the difference that the Ryerson experience makes in their life ... it just becomes a natural cycle. You are proud of where you went to school,” says Forkes. Although the Alumni Relations department is not responsible for collecting donation cheques, the success of their operations impacts the development office. “We’re all about building relationships,” says Forkes. “All that just naturally leads to giving back, whether that’s through advocacy, volunteerism, or philanthropic support, and [supporting] their alma mater as they are able.”

Funding explained: Endowment fund:
An investment fund set up by a university, hospital, church or nonprofit. Regular withdrawals are made for ongoing operations and they are funded by donations.


Anyone who benefits from something, in this case an investment like an endowment fund.


A percentage of corporate earnings paid as dividends (profit) to shareholders.

Scholarships: Bursaries:
A grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of merit or achievement.

A type of scholarship that is awarded to a student to provide financial help.

The framework or structure of an system or institution, such as a university or college.




Wednesday Oct. 31 2012

We’ve all seen the spotlight on stage and the curtains open, but what goes on backstage during a play?

Behind the curtains of Rye’s Summerfolk
On the path to self-discovery, the relationships and emotions of the characters are tested through arguments, alcohol consumption, and doubt. But there’s plenty of stress offstage, as well. “The pre-show is the hardest part,” says Jacqueline Prewer, the hair and makeup supervisor. “I need to make sure nothing’s flying away or coming undone.” The show starts and the energy begins flowing through the theatre. Although it’s a play driven by drama, the occasional sound of laughter can be heard backstage. The lights dim sooner than expected, indicating that it’s time for intermission. Chatter takes over the quiet space and audience members filter out into the lobby, discussing their thoughts and predictions for the second half of the play. Behind the scenes, the actors head to their dressing rooms to hydrate and take a brief break. Some return to their spots in front of the mirror to do some quick touch ups while others change costumes. But, in some cases, actors have a limited amount of time to change. Elysia White, who plays the female lead, Varya, is required to do a costume change in a minute and a half while the set is being prepared. Actors practice these quick switches during rehearsal so that wardrobe malfunctions can be avoided at all costs during the show, especially if there are set switches. It takes about 15 people to perform a set change, which happens in less than a minute. The large props are put on air castors to make moving them around easier. “I had to figure out a way to design a set that was functional in between the acts,” said Tracy Lam, a fourth-year theatre production student and Summerfolk’s set designer. “It took a large crew to move things in and out because the set pieces were very heavy.” But the audience never notices any of this. Their eyes are fixed on the centre of the stage, and as the final scene draws to a close the actors begin to take their bows, claps and cheers fill the theatre. The curtains close and the actors head back to the dressing rooms one last time. Costumes return to hangers, shoes to their correct spots, belongings are gathered, and the once chaotic backstage becomes quiet again. Until the next show.

Kate Macdonald makes sure her beard in Summerfolk


By Nicole Schmidt
As the 10-minute call is announced, the actors begin to rush, preparing to take their places on stage. The brightly lit dressing room is lined with mirrors, each one occupied by a cast member touching up their makeup, hair, or costume. With the clock ticking, actors start working on getting into character. They each have a unique system. Some are calmly doing yoga outside of the dressing room while oth-

ers are singing at the top of their lungs or reading out loud from diction books. One actor sits in a chair, bopping around to the music blasting from his headphones. As he stares at his reflection in the mirror, he smokes a fake cigarette. He’s focused and ready to go on. A production assistant makes the five-minute announcement. Flustered, somebody realizes that they’re wearing the wrong shoes. After a few seconds of panic and some running around, the final call

is announced. “Places everyone.” “What, how did that even happen?” says one of the actors. It’s show time. Summerfolk opened at the Ryerson theatre on Friday, Oct. 26 and runs until Nov. 2. Written by Maxim Gorky in 1904 and directed by Dean Gilmour, Summerfolk is this season’s main-stage production. The play follows the Russian middle-class society as they learn to adapt to the social change prior to the Russian revolution.

No clowns on Gould
By Alexia Kapralos
What would have been the third Clown on Gould show has been cancelled due to weather conditions sparked by Hurricane Sandy. Clown on Gould had been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30. But as the date neared and the weather worsened, Peter Fleming, the theatre school’s production and operations manager, had to make a judgment call. “This is for the safety of the students,” Fleming said. The outdoor stage is supported only by sand bags, which might not hold and could be dangerous due to intense winds, he added. Fleming said this was a major blow to the hard work of the show’s cast and crew. “We’re all very disappointed, all the way down the food chain,” Fleming said. “But maybe next year.” Clown is a comedy show in which third-year theatre students dress up as clowns and perform routines. Designed by Leah Cherniak, the annual spectacle has been running for more than 10 years as part of a mandatory third-year acting class. Three years ago, the show was taken outdoors. After choosing their favourite acts from the two-and-a-half hours long on-stage performance, students redid them on Gould Street. This year the show sold out at Ryerson’s Abrams Studio Theatre from Oct. 23-27. Cherniak, who is also the class’ instructor, says Clown is supposed to guide each student to discover the type of theatre they are interested in. Andrew Pimento, one of the students participating, said the actors in Clown have to dig within themselves to find out what is genuinely funny about them. “The first time you put on the [clown] nose and stand in front of people [is the hardest part]. There is vulnerability in this, like being naked in front of someone for the first time,” said Pimento. “There’s nothing that’s quite like laughter ... that brings people together the way that Clown has.”


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RTA’s lab for laughs
By Susana Gómez Báez
Attendees walk through the sets of the movie, mingling and interacting with the actors.

Instead of simply watching a movie, 360 Screenings give you the chance to become a character in one

Becoming the walking dead
By Carolyn Turgeon
Last week, I headed to a movie screening I knew nothing about, and only 24 hours beforehand, I received an email that told me to show up like this: “Please dress for rain ... in order to ensure our longevity, please bring one article of canned food. You’ll be hungry where we’re going.” I was going to a 360 Screening, where the movie is kept a secret until you arrive. Founded by Ned Loach and Robert Gontier, a performance acting graduate from Ryerson, a 360 Screening provides attendees with an interactive movie experience. As participants meet characters and listen to live-acted dialogue, they try to guess what the film being re-enacted is. Last Wednesday was their first Halloween edition and their third event to date. The screening was held at Berkeley Church — a large brick party venue protected by the Ontario Heritage Act. It’s a spooky place. There was a large group of participants with me and the first person we met upon entering the church was a priest urging us to repent our sins and be salvaged. We snuck past him, descended into the church’s basement, and explored the various rooms. A man in an army uniform babbled incoherently to himself in a makeshift prison. In the dining room, another soldier encouraged a travel-worn young woman to eat. I still had no idea what movie this was. Screams echoed from far off, and I followed the path out the door of the small church. Heading out of the house a snarling, growling man was tied up in between the clothing lines. Zombies were becoming more and more prominent. I entered the building next to the church, it was packed with people. Canned food was collected as donations, right next to a full length mirror with a message on it in blood red: “Repent, the end is extremely fucking nigh.” There was a heated debate going on between someone in a lab coat and what looked like an activist over the rights of chimpanzees as experimental subjects, and I was urged by the activist to sign her petition, which I did. The room included more than just character action. There was a bar, food, and makeup artists helping extras get zombified. Next I moved up stairs where a character named Frank was asking people to travel with him. He introduced himself to guests, including myself. He asked us our names and where we came from. Just as I started to wonder when our mingling would end, military men stormed the room and zombies banged at the windows. This was the cue for the other actors to usher us out, without breaking character. They were particularly persuasive with those of us lagging behind, saying we only had a few minutes to get out before we were infected. We ended up in the main portion of the church, which held a huge projection screen, tons of chairs, and more zombies to make people scream. The two founders came to the front when everyone was seated, thanked us and the sponsors, teased about their next show in February, which promises to be whimsical, and officially introduced our movie, 28 Days Later. Though tickets start at $40 for what is essentially a screening, there is more to it than that. It’s a new way to watch, and it beats 3D by a long shot.

A new think-tank at Ryerson will focus on ways in which comedy can be presented in the transmedia world. Set to launch in January 2013, the program is a joint initiative among BiteTV, a digital TV channel, and the Radio and Television Arts (RTA) School of Media. It will be funded by Bell New Media and BiteTV. The project, known as the School of Bite, is a “thinking lab” in which participants will be able to interact with creative comedy professionals, according to Charles Falzon, the chair of RTA and co-director of School of Bite. Though primarily aimed at Ryerson students, it accepts anybody with good pitches and ideas on how to adapt comedy to different kinds of media to ultimately build a team of 10 members. “[This] is another example of how Ryerson is at the frontline of innovation,” said Falzon. “Students will be able to come up with new and exciting ideas for content without the limitations of traditional industry.” Applications are due by Nov. 16.

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Ryerson looks to host NCAA opponent
The event will take place sometime next season, but many details — including the opponent — have On the heels of having hosted the yet to be determined. “Imagine having the team that Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the first annual Hoops Festival, Ryerson won the NCAA National ChamAthletics is looking to bring in an- pionship in hockey come and play other NCAA opponent for a similar us,” says Ivan Joseph, director of event — this time to face off against athletics. “[But] we would want them to come here [because] it’s althe men’s hockey team. The Rams, who since 2006 have ways about bringing fans into our headed south for a yearly weekend building.” Head coach Graham Wise says battle with an American counterpart, would be hosting an NCAA that while it’s still early in the schedteam for the first time since mov- ule, in the New Year they’d start ing to the Mattamy Athletic Centre calling up teams to book an opponent to play against. (MAC).

By Harlan Nemerofsky

On November 12, 13 and 14, 2012 a by-election will be held for a vacant seat on the Graduate
Executive Committee of the Ryerson Students’ Union Graduate Council.

“It’s something we think about all the time — how can we put together a quality schedule during league games that’s going to be exciting for our players to play in. [The plan] is in the works and we’ll move forward with it,” he says. Earlier this season, the Rams lost a close game against the Lake Superior State Lakers, before suffering an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the 2011-12 NCAA finalists, the Ferris State Bulldogs. Rams defenceman Brian Birkhoff says that while these sorts of road trips benefit in terms of team bonding, he’d be excited to play the role of host. “It would be quite an experience,” he says. “Every year we go down there and play a couple of games, and as much fun as that is, I think it would be as much fun or even more fun to have our fans behind us and just kind of show those NCAA teams how good our fans really are.” Men’s basketball coach Roy Rana says that hosting and playing highlevel competition from the U.S. “can be nothing but positive” towards the recruitment of top athletes.


Ryerson Defenceman Kent mcPherson battles for the puck with a member of the Ferris State university Bulldogs during the Rams’ u.S. roadtrip in early October. “I tell everybody (recruits) that comes here that [the MAC is comparable to] a solid mid-major facility,” says Rana. “For someone that wants to get a special experience as an athlete, this is a great place.” Joseph is also entertained by the idea of Ryerson volleyball teams playing NCAA competition next year as well. “Imagine if Friday night it was basketball… and Saturday we went there and played volleyball. I would love it.”

Women’s volleyball off to hot start
By Josh Beneteau
The Ryerson women’s volleyball team (2-0) followed up its upset against the nationally ranked U of T Varsity Blues in the home opener with a decisive three-set win over the Waterloo Warriors last Friday. And the team believes its strong start shouldn’t be seen as a fluke. “We definitely expect to make [the] playoffs this year,” says second-year outside hitter Emily Nicholishen. The women’s volleyball program has struggled in recent years, missing out on postseason play since 2006. Two seasons ago, they could barely field a team after being devastated by injuries and finished with only one win. And closing the season with four straight losses cost them a playoff spot last year, but the team did improve to six victories. “Our hope for this year is to continue the trend,” said head coach Dustin Reid. An influx of talent is largely responsible for the program’s turnaround. Last season the Rams were given a big boost with the additions of Nicholishen and middle blocker Chelsea Briscoe. Both were named to the OUA all-rookie team, and Briscoe was named the OUA rookie of the year. “Because we were a young team, they were counted on to play big minPHOTO: Salma HuSSein utes,” Reid says. “We are hoping for The women’s volleyball team knocked off the Waterloo Warriors last Friday in more of the same this year.” Briscoe and Nicholishen spent last straight sets. (26-24, 25-19, 25-13) summer training and playing with Team Ontario at the National Team Challenge Cup in Winnipeg, where they picked up silver medals. “Playing on Team Ontario with Chelsea was definitely an amazing experience that helped us both grow as players,” says Nicholishen. “We had the opportunity to train with an elite coaching staff, as well as compete with some of the nation’s best.” With 12 of 17 players in their first two years with the team, the Rams have their core for the future. “[Having a young team] has gotten us into the mindset that we are going to be playing together for the next two years,” says first-year outside hitter Veronica Livingston. “We are becoming team-oriented and it’s good to start fresh.” The Rams head to Kingston this weekend to take on the Queen’s Gaels and RMC Paladins. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season,” says Nicholishen. “With a little bit of time, we’ll be able to set the bar for each other, which will help us become an elite team.”

Nominations for

Forms will be made available at the RSU Office, 3rd Floor of the Student Centre and must be returned by 5pm on Friday, November 2, 2012. All graduate students at Ryerson are eligible to stand for election.

open on Mon, Oct 29 & close Fri, Nov 2, 2012

Deputy Chairperson Education
i. works with the Vice President Education to lobby the university administration on academic issues; ii. works with the Vice President Education and staff to develop internal and external political campaigns on issues that affect Ryerson graduate students; iii. works with the Vice President Education to coordinate Ontario Graduate Caucus, National Graduate Caucus and Canadian Federation of Students campaigns at a local level; iv. makes recommendations to the Graduate Executive Committee and Council about educational issues and policies; v. attends meetings of the Educational Issues Committee; and, vi. trains and advises the incoming Deputy Chairperson Education.

Graduate students will vote in person at the RSU Member Services Office in the Student Centre on Nov 12, 13 & 14.
More information:

Wednesday Oct. 31 2012



Braletic brilliant, but Rams eliminated

Ben Murphy competed for the Rams in the OuA Championships on Oct. 27.


One-on-one with Ben Murphy
Last weekend, Ben Murphy competed at the OUA Rowing Championships in St. Catharines. Extreme weather made it difficult for Murphy, as he failed to qualify for the finals. The fourth-year architectural science student spoke to Photo Editor Marissa Dederer about life as Ryerson’s lone rower.

How much would you say you of capital that goes into it (purchasing boats and having facilities eat on a typical day?
I eat just about as much as I can. But in terms of calories it’s probably around 4,000, 5,000 or 6,000 calories. I need just a basic amount to maintain my daily function and then there’s also the workouts which take a lot of calories.

to maintain them), but [the sport] tries not to discriminate who goes into it. But it is still a very traditional sport in the way that if your parents are rowers, [their] children are probably going to be rowers as well. It hasn’t expanded to outside of just the basic rowing community What’s the training like in rowing? Rowing has the reputation of be- to where it can be seen on TV like The training is a lot of aerobic, as ing an upper-class sport. Is that fair? the NHL, or football or basketball well as a bit of anaerobic (shorter I can see how it can be displayed as where anybody can play anywhere. and more sprint-like workouts) an upper-class sport. It has to have work — probably eight to 10 the right conditions for a rowing For the extended interview, check workouts a week. program to succeed. There’s a lot out


Alex Braletic celebrates one of his two goals in last Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup against the Carleton Ravens. The Rams took a 3-2 lead with a goal by Milos Scepanovic in the 77th minute, but the Ravens got the equalizer off a rebounded penalty kick. The Rams went on to lose 6-3 in extra time. For more, check out

Ryerson baseball invites 17 players to winter workouts
From retail management to wholesale to logistics, this

The baseball team held its first tryouts on Oct. 20.


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By Harlan Nemerofsky
After announcing its first-round round cuts, the Ryerson baseball team intends on moving forward in with its plans of being competitive in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference. The coaching staff deliberated twice before picking a preliminary roster of nine student-athletes who were offered a conditional spot on the roster. “These players cover all positions on the field and are very capable. Each of them would challenge for a starting position on most other OUA teams, and some of these individuals could start on top-tier teams,” said head coach Ben Rich. The final roster will consist of 18 to 22 student athletes. Rich also invited an additional eight players to participate in indoor skills training, although they do not have a conditional spot on the roster. He says that these players showed a strong ability

at the tryout, and will benefit from more consistent coaching, “I wasn’t really expecting anything because Ryerson’s not known for their baseball because we don’t have a [team],” said Brittany Chan, the only female player to try out. She was one of one of the additional eight invited to indoor skills training. “But I was surprised [because] we actually had some really decent ballplayers that came out.” Luis Marquez was one of the select nine to make the team. Marquez tried out for both pitcher and shortstop and said that while he was really thrilled to have made it, he wasn’t surprised. “At try-outs the coaches said they liked my footwork and some stuff I was doing mechanic-wise so I thought I had a pretty good shot. And if I didn’t make it I knew Ryerson was going to have a pretty good team,” he said. Stephanie White, Ryerson’s associate director of athletics, said that

while Ryerson baseball is headed in the right direction, there are still a lot of pieces that have to fall into place in order to have an OUA team. “[The first step] is to have the right amount of people committed to playing, and [Ben’s] done pretty well there so far,” says White. “[But] I don’t even know if they’re going to be in the OUA next year. That’s still an open question.” White said that she’d be open to an exhibition season to build a foundation for the team, referencing the women’s hockey team, who went through three years of probation before making it to the OUA level of competition. In order to find the money to selffinance a team, Rich is depending on his players. The core nine players will be required to participate in fundraising activities, such as a Ryerson Baseball pub night and the solicitation of donations. Indoor skills training will begin this January.



Biz & Tech

Wednesday Oct. 31 2012

An archived photo of the Toronto Maple Leafs playing on the ice of the former Maple Leaf Gardens.


A new app for smartphones offers a glimpse into Toronto’s past through pictures and stories, including areas around Ryerson

Toronto’s archived past goes mobile
By Luc Rinaldi
free Apple iOS and Android app is a legacy project of Toronto’s War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, and tells the city’s story through a collection of historical anecdotes, places and photos. Users can navigate through the app’s 150 stories, organized by date, theme and neighbourhood, on an interactive map or by following themed trails. “It gives people a better sense of Toronto’s heritage, what makes Toronto tick,” said Sandra Shaul, project manager of the bicentennial commemoration. “It’s just a remarkable story.” And, according to Shaul, there’s plenty of room for growth. While there are no formal plans to add any Ryerson-related stories, there is no shortage of history to explore at the school. “There’s a lot of Ryerson’s campus that no longer exists,” said Curtis Sassur, a Ryerson archivist. “I’d like to see the history of all the buildings that are gone now.” The archway entrance to the RAC, for one, is what remains of the Toronto Normal School, Ontario’s first teacher training facility. Despite the app’s appeal — a friendly interface and accessible content — Sassur raised concerns over the quality of its stories, pointing out that they all come from a single set of closed sources, without linking to all referenced resources. “(The app) is a great resource,” Sassur added, “but it’s not a university academic level resource.” He said, however, that he’s hoping the app will draw more people into actual archives to conduct more in-depth research. “Students love working with the actual source material,” he said. “In this age of a glut of digital stuff, it’s an interesting change of pace for students to actually work with book and paper items,” said Sassur. “The romance of that is never going to go away.” Ever wanted to revisit the days when the Mattamy Athletic Centre was called Maple Leaf Gardens or when the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets housed Sam The Record Man instead of a seemingly permanent construction site? There’s an app for that. Thanks to a new smartphone app called Toronto in Time, the city’s history — and a bit of Ryerson’s — is now available at your fingertips. Launched last week, the

Apps & Gadgets
Brought to you by business and technology editor Astoria Luzzi





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This zombie apocalypse themed fitness app will have you running for your life. This running game and audio adventure puts you in the shoes of a hero trying to survive. It uses audio to make it sound like zombies are chasing you. You can nerd out and get exercise while running for survival. Download it for $7.99 from the iTunes App store.

Find My iPhone
Constantly misplacing your phone or losing it all together? This is the app for you. Add your Apple devices to the map so you can keep track of their whereabouts, set off an alarm to help you locate your phone or even remotely delete your personal info when all hope of finding it is gone. Free for download on the iTunes App store.

Point & Click Dictionary
Doing a crossword, reading a book or the newspaper and get stuck on a word because you aren’t sure of its meaning? This gadget allows you to simply scan a word and it’s definition shows up on the screen. The device also offers word pronunciations and translates into multiple languages. Buy it for $279.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer online.

Lumadot LED Umbrella
With the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy whirling and pouring on campus, this umbrella will hopefully keep your hair dry a little longer. The LEDs on the top and handle of the umbrella offer a solution to a possible power outage caused by the storm, guiding you home when the street lights fail. Get it for $29.99 on

Wednesday Oct. 31 2012

Biz & Tech



Gus Cheung from Sunrise Soya Foods (third from left) takes part in an energy efficiency audit led by Ryerson student Raad Seraj (left) and Enbridge Gas Distribution’s Paul Morrison (second from left) in Toronto.

A new program at Ryerson gets student engineers out of the classroom to teach GTA businesses how to be more energy efficient

engineers team up with enbridge
By George Ward
Business owners who are looking to improve their energy efficiency by reducing costs in their day-to-day operations can receive a free assessment conducted by Ryerson engineering and environmental management students. A newly launched program will give students training from Enbridge, Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company, along with the opportunity to teach businesses in Toronto how to save energy. By scrutinizing utility bills and conducting on-site energy tests, those that take part will actively learn on-the-job experience in an environment similar to what they may be working in after graduation. “Participating students have enjoyed putting their skills to use outside of the classroom, knowing that they’re making recommendations that can not only save businesses money but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chris Meyer from Enbridge. “We plan to reach out to a minimum of one business every month for the next year and conduct extensive energy audits for each that identify opportunities to use energy more efficiently,” said Meyers. He also said that their experience shows that personalized attention can make a difference. “The program is just getting under way,” said Meyer. “Last week we were at Sunrise Soya Foods in Etobicoke where the staff were keen to hear recommendations to reduce their energy use.” The program allows students to put their energy efficiency research to the test. To ensure the highest quality of work, Enbridge’s energy management experts in energy assessment procedures provide full training, with safety being paramount. It is hoped that the proactive project will give a valuable insight into the energy saving industry and will bolster future research capabilities in the field. Enbridge’s energy efficiency programs saved 11.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions between 1995 and 2010, the equivalent of taking approximately 2.2 million cars off the road for a year. More information about the program can be found on the Centre for Urban Energy’s website.

TiMe for DMz team
By Ryan Smith
This week 500px continues their streak of recognition by having its blog named as one of the 25 Best Blogs of 2012 by TIME magazine’s online Technologizer section. The photo-sharing site from Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) has been nationally recognized on a list of top Canadian start-ups on earlier this month. The annual best blog list, which pays tribute to the best in blogging, was compiled by Harry McCracken, the Editor at Large for TIME. curates a community for hundreds of thousands of professional and amateur photographers to share, discuss, buy and sell photos. According to McCracken, “its blog features some of the best of the best [of the site’s photo catalogue]… along with interviews with the creators, how-to advice and other behind-the scenes tidbits.” These factors along with weekly photo competitions for members, has earned it the seventh place on TIME’s list. Tech fans and frequenters of Twitter may also recognize McCracken’s name as one of the preeminent tweeters in the technology field — boasting over 50,000 followers. McCracken points out that while faced with growing competition from social networks, blogging is still a thriving part of the internet’s culture, and is an art form that is continuing to evolve. The best blog listing comes ahead of 500px’s annual Pixel Hack Off, a weekend-long designing and coding competition. This annual event brings together coders and developers to create photography-related apps, using an open web, mobile, or desktop API, and compete for prizes in six different categories. The event will be taking place onNov. 17 and 18 at the Extreme Startups headquarters at 639 Queen St. W.
From trade shows to weddings to cultural festivals, this program offers the unique skills you need to launch your career as an event coordinator, account representative, corporate meeting planner or many other exciting career opportunities.





Wednesday Oct. 31 2012

Slash ‘n’ Dash


Tweets From Masthead

Proposed new team name: Ryerson Thundersharks. Because Rams ain’t got shit on Thundersharks.

The Eyeopener has 10 FREE PASSES (and t-shirts) to the SKYFALL Premiere on November 8th. The First 10 people to order a proper martini at noon Wednesday October 31st will win. Come to the Eyeopener (SCC207) TO WIN.

THURSDAY, NOV 15 - 5pm
SCC115, Student Centre
RSU holds two meetings each year where all members are eligible to vote on important student issues, and help set the direction of the students' union. If you are a full time undergraduate students or a full or part time graduate student, come to the Semi Annual General meeting, share your views, and hear about the work of your students union.

Save the Date!

RSU Semi-Annual General Meeting: Motions Due
Have an idea or an issue you would like discussed?
Submit motions for consideration by Wednesday November 7 @5pm Email
Please note that the deadline for motions related to bylaw changes has passed

Wednesday Oct. 31 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).

Must be minimum 19 years old and/or have 3 years of driving experience. Must have valid Canadian driver’s license. Free minutes of driving time are valid for 60 days after credited to an account, unless otherwise noted.


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Wednesday Oct. 31 2012

Over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Exclusively for Ryerson Students.




$100, $75 OR $50


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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*Prize(s) awarded in the form of a prepaid credit card(s). Visit for complete Contest Rules & Regulations.


*Each meal purchase must be a minimum of $4.99 (plus tax) to earn 1 stamp. Check out for more details.