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Breaking down the barriers
Ryerson’s transformation to be more trans-inclusive

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RSU adds multifaith space
By Diana Hall
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RSU President Rodney Diverlus.

RSU election promises: Where are they now?
By Hayden Kenez
The current students’ union, led by President Rodney Diverlus, won a decisive victory last February in the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) elections, enjoying a sweeping win over a virtually non-existent opponent. They also inherited a clear but extensive mandate to rejuvenate student life on campus. Promises made by Students United during their campaign included working towards lowering tuition costs, improving the quality of food on campus, extending the closure of Gould Street east to Church Street and increasing transit discounts for commuting students. However, the students’ union has struggled to implement some of their more lofty ambitions. They promised a more affordable, accessible post-secondary education system, reforming the seriously flawed work study program that Diverlus says discriminates against the “poorest of the poor.” Another issue was garnering financial support from provincial politicians who were happy to make promises for post-secondary contributions during the 2011 provincial elections, but have been reluctant to implement any significant reductions to student expenses. “Our ultimate goal is seeing a fully-funded, fully-accessible system… where how much money you make doesn’t dictate your education. That’s the goal,” Diverlus said. “But I acknowledge at the end of the day, I won’t be able to do that [in the near future].” Melissa Palermo, vice president education, agrees that the financial situation of post-secondary education has gone effectively unchanged in past years. Despite lobbying provincial politicians, organizing student protests and encouraging the Ryerson Board of Governors, which makes financial decisions for the school, to make decisions that better reflect the needs of students, tuition fees have continued to rise and politicians still refuse to make any definitive commitments to more affordable education. Palermo recently travelled to Ottawa as a delegate of Ryerson’s Student Action Committee, at which she introduced to MPs a National PostSecondary Education Act. The act comprised of eight points that offered suggestions for problems such as “… student debt, increasing funding for aboriginal students through the postsecondary student support program, more funding for graduate students and addressing issues faced by international students.” As for the success of such missions, Palermo says that it hasn’t produced any tangible results. However, she considers the exposure crucial for any permanent change. “We definitely shared knowledge with them that many of them haven’t necessarily heard and I think that that’s really important,” says Palermo. As for work-study reform, the stringent requirements and allegedly discriminatory policies may remain unchanged indefinitely. Diverlus has lobbied to end the OSAP requisite for work-study eligibility, saying that accessing OSAP isn’t indicative of a student’s financial situation. “It’s very hard to assess students’ needs based solely on one assessment that doesn’t take into account a lot of different factors,” says Diverlus. “Everyone knows there’s a problem.” Diverlus says that senior administration has committed to making reforms to work study eligibility, but doesn’t know when or how it will be executed. The development of a studentowned, student-operated restaurant within the new Student Learning Centre currently under construction at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets remains a priority. If approved, the new facility would operate much like Oakham House Café; offering students sustainably sourced, locally grown food and drinks. Diverlus submitted the application last year and is still awaiting approval. He expects plans to be finalized by the end of this year, as construction will soon require a finalized plan from the school. “It’s very ambitious,” says Diverlus. “We’re capitalizing on the fact that there’s a lot of dissatisfaction with food quality on campus.”

The theatre school pays tribute to a fallen student as it celebrates his legacy through a new award

“He was the soul and spirit of the theatre school”
By Sean Wetselaar
and classmates, and the decision to create a memorial scholarship came at the prompting of parents of the students. “It was incredible,” Massoud said. “[Sarmad] did have so much life and pride in everything that he did, and he just had a wonderful heart.” Lynn Davis, a parent instrumental in the award’s creation, and the presenter of the award said the decision to pursue an award came after the final show Iskandar’s classmates put on last year, shortly after his death, which was highly emotional. Davis said the process to create the award was quite short. “It’s remarkable,” Davis said. “Working with the school has been wonderful. There were no barriers [to create the award].” Presentation of the award to Massoud followed an emotional video featuring Iskandar’s classmates. The video tribute highlighted fond memories of Iskandar, including his laugh, his music (he played the trum-

It’s been almost eight months since the death of theatre school student Sarmad Iskandar, but his classmates are still grieving as the first annual Sarmad Iskandar Memorial Award was awarded Tuesday to Iskandar’s long-time classmate Mena Massoud, his best friend throughout high school. “He was the soul and spirit of the theatre school,” Massoud said. “He just brought so much light.” Early in the morning on March 16, Iskandar, then a third-year acting student, drowned near Queen’s Quay. Iskandar would later be pronounced dead in the hospital. He was 21. The tightly knit community at the Ryerson Theatre School rallied immediately around Iskandar’s friends

Mena Massoud accepting the award. pet and sung), and the friendship and spirit he brought to the school. “The pain of losing him is still so raw,” Davis said. “For a parent, for a family, there is no greater grief. Sarmad’s classmates understand that grief because in their time at Ryerson they have become family.” The award will be presented to an acting student every year who embodies Iskandar’s qualities, including

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his joy, energy, comedic timing and love of music. Jordan Campbell, one of Iskandar’s classmates, summed up the group’s feelings in a video produced by Cassie Mitchele. “If talent is measured by the amount of joy and happiness that you bring other people, then Sarmad was and remains to this day one of the most talented people.”

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has reached a tentative agreement with Ryerson University to construct a second multifaith room on campus. According to RSU President Rodney Diverlus, the agreement will be signed by the end of the Fall 2012 semester. The additional space will give students and student groups the opportunity to attend Ryerson’s multifaith room on a drop-in basis, while the new location would be primarily used to book larger groups. The move to create another multifaith room is a response to what Diverlus called “the pressures of space” on campus. “This is something that came out of a long history of struggle with the university to find a multifaith space at a time in which spaces were popping up on campuses, because there’s a philosophy and a belief that at the end of the day, a school and a university setting shouldn’t just be a place for academics,” Diverlus said. As more students join faithbased groups at Ryerson, the need for a community space to practice has outgrown the single room’s capacity. “It just happens to be the nature of how faith-based groups are active,” Diverlus said. “They meet regularly and [because of] the nature of the events that they do, they need to meet, they need to be together. It’s not just something that you can do online.” Diverlus noted that the RSU researched how other post-secondary institutions — including Seneca, Dalhousie and the University of Toronto — have managed the demand for space among the various faithbased student groups. The University of Toronto, for example, hosts several multifaith spaces scattered throughout campus. Diverlus points to the school’s stand-alone multifaith centre as an appealing long-term endeavour. The building consists of five rooms that are available for various types of spiritual practices. A motion to gain RSU support for a campaign on more student space passed unanimously at the RSU’s semi-annual general meeting last November. It is unknown when the second multifaith space will be ready for use.

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A certain perception of campus space could lead to problems when Ryerson expands into new buildings

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21 acres of security problems
By Lee Richardson
Campus security is in difficult times. When students are being mugged inside university buildings (specifically the RCC) during weekday lunchtime hours, there is a problem for security. When public eyes are focused on our campus as a result of media reports of Ryerson-based sexual assaults, there is a problem for security. And when student feedback to incident reports disregards the briefings as fearmongering, there is a problem for security. However, there is a new problem for security. During a weekly meeting with security representatives, The Eyeopener’s news team learnt that “the university is huge,” according to the director of Ryerson’s Centre of Environmental Health, Safety and Security Management, Julia Lewis. Understandably a large campus is a problem when reacting to incidents. Except there’s a problem within that newly announced problem — the university is not huge. Students know that their university is not huge — they are the ones crammed into the food courts of 10 Dundas East and the Eaton Centre as an alternative to spending their free time on a campus with no study space. Even the university itself knows it is not huge. In an online summary of the Master Plan — the school’s manifesto — there is acknowledgement of “Ryerson’s extremely limited land and the small and valuable properties on and around the University.” It is no surprise that Ryerson is struggling for space. That is the reason why Sheldon Levy is expanding the physical presence of the school with such enthusiasm. But as of now we are not a large campus by any means. Consider the University of Toronto and its sprawling Romanesque 180-acre campus, and York University, recognized as the largest campus in Canada at 457 acres. Then consider Ryerson, which according to Campus Facilities stands at 21 acres. While we have to understand that Ryerson is unique in terms of campus buildings interwoven with the city, the campus is not large, and certainly not huge. For security to say that there are issues is acceptable — crime is simply an aspect of being a part of central Toronto. However, the reasoning that the campus is too large to handle is unacceptable, especially considering the planned expansion further up Jarvis Street. It’s inevitable that Ryerson will get bigger. If security is having trouble handling its current boundaries, let’s hope a few extra buildings will not be too intimidating. If that is the case, security will be rendered useless.

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Having represented the members of Toronto’s Ward 27 for two years, Kristyn Wong-Tam continues to back Ryerson

A pillar of municipal support
By Kathleen McGouran and Ian Vandaelle
When Kristyn Wong-Tam defeated Kyle Chan in the hotly-contested 2010 race for Ward 27, she inherited the seat of the deeply beloved yet controversial Kyle Rae, who had held the ward for 19 years. In doing so, she took the reins of one of the most diverse areas in of Toronto — a ward that included Ryerson University. Wong-Tam has made a name for herself beyond the clamshell walls of city hall: she spearheaded a number of community initiatives, including several efforts to improve and expand urban green spaces as well as to increase the availability of affordable, quality housing in the area. In her efforts to support her ward, WongTam has not forgotten Ryerson and its students, and has thrown her clout behind university initiatives. From closing Gould Street to vehicular traffic, to Ryerson’s acquisition and renovation of Maple Leaf Gardens, Wong-Tam has become a staunch supporter of university advancement and remains a valuable voice for students in city hall. “I know how important it is to, number one, support our institutions,” Wong-Tam says. “And every city around the world city hall reflect dedication empowering residents and encouraging education as a means towards that empowerment. “When we have healthy and vibrant universities, they’re really a part of the city fabric,” says Wong-Tam. “I see us as having a close working relationship.” It’s not just Wong-Tam that values a close working relationship; Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said the university has benefitted immeasurably from its collaborations with city councillors and Wong-Tam in particular, even when progress has been slow when it comes to municipal action. “Having a supportive councillor is really important to a university and she has been supportive,” Levy says. “Not everything we have been able to succeed at and there’s work in progress like the renaming of the Dundas station to be Dundas-Ryerson ... but these are things that take a lot longer.” It’s Wong-Tam’s dedication to these shortterm and long-term projects that strengthen her bond with Ryerson. She led the initiative to make Ryerson the first Canadian host of the Urban Umbrella, a new type of scafolding, and has a vested interest in exploring the potential of the pedestrianized Gould Street space. These conversations and collaborations are cornerstones to Wong-Tam’s relationship with the Ryerson community. They have also helped to highlight Ryerson as an agent of influence and change in the city of Toronto. more down to earth and community driven,” he says. “It’s really refreshing to see someone coming to a lot of events and walking around.” When the university’s mission to revitalize the former Maple Leaf Gardens wrought noise complaints from the building’s neighbours, Wong-Tam served as a mediator to smooth out the tension. As much as she is a It’s always been part of the representative of her community’s well-being, plan [for] Ryerson to succeed Wong-Tam holds the belief that Ryerson’s expansion is vital to its success. for Toronto downtown to succeed. If Ryerson fails then “It’s always been part of the plan [for] Ryerson to succeed for Toronto downtown to I think downtown Toronto is succeed. If Ryerson fails then I think downin for some trouble town Toronto is in for some trouble,” she admits. And just as her support helps the university “I’m looking forward to supporting Ryer- in its quest to advance into the core of Toson,” she says. “I’m very keen to make sure ronto, Wong-Tam said the university pumps that we have beautiful streets in Toronto.” valuable energy right back into the city that Rodney Diverlus, president of the Ryerson supports it. Students’ Union agrees that Wong-Tam has “I want the city of Toronto to replicate had a number of positive influences on a ward that energy and that type of enthusiasm,” she that has a number of “questionable” leaders. says.“It’s a two-way street; it’s about collabo“It’s refreshing sometimes to see some- ration.” one that’s more real and more genuine and With files from Sean Wetselaar

When we have a healthy and vibrant university, they’re really a part of the city fabric
will probably be able to attest to the fact that universities are tremendous economic incubators.” Wong-Tam has compiled an impressive resume for a first-term councillor, as she balances butting heads with working alongside the right-wing factions of city hall. Her record of collaboration should come as no surprise to political watchers. She spent much of her time prior to running for public office working in both the arts and real estate, two industries that err towards opposite ends of the economic yardstick. While making a living in the real-estate sector, the Hong Kong-born WongTam also curated a number of Nuit Blanche exhibits and worked as an active member of the vibrant Toronto art community. In many ways, Wong-Tam embodies her ward; as an immigrant, a Buddhist and a lesbian, Wong-Tam represents several facets of minority life in Canadian culture. But these identifying factors, coupled with her voting record at city hall, have endeared her to students, other constituents and several members of Ryerson’s administration (Ryerson President Sheldon Levy and Julia Hanigsberg, vicepresident administration and finance among them). “We really appreciate that she is the kind of person that wants to work constructively,” Hanigsberg says. “There is a very open line of communication [between Wong-Tam and Ryerson].” It’s a relationship Wong-Tam takes seriously, and even cherishes. Much of her efforts in Kristyn Wong-Tam

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CESAR votes “yes” to health and dental
for a portion of the costs for various prescription drugs, extended healthcare and dental procedures. In a recent survey conducted by Members of the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryer- CESAR, it was found that 84 per son (CESAR) will now have the full cent of part-time students were in benefits of a health and dental plan favour of the change. “You get your health care in after the union’s constituents voted in overwhelming favour of the ben- Canada through [collectively] paying for it,” said Matthew Cwihun, efits during a five-day referendum. Voting ended at 4:30 p.m. Mon- part-time student and current CEday with more than 80 per cent in SAR director of campaigns and equity/public administration and favour of the benefits. “This is the first time we have had governance, in a previous interview the opportunity to provide part- with The Eyeopener. “The same sotime students with benefits,” said cial structure needs to be present in Annie Hyder, a part-time student the university community environherself, and vice president of stu- ment.” Green Shield Canada, the notdent rights at CESAR. “We were one of the only schools for-profit company that is providin Toronto that didn’t provide ben- ing students with these benefit, is known for its comprehensive suite efits to its part-time students.” The benefits will come into ef- of plan design options. Green Shield was recommended fect Sept. 1, 2013, when part-time students will be charged an annual to the executive team at CESAR. “We’ve done all the research,” fee for full health and dental coverage— $84.20 for the health plan, said Hyder. “This was a priority for our current executive team and and $71.75 for the dental. The plan will provide coverage we’re glad it went through.”

The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine have released their respective university reports but how does Ryerson measure up against Canada’s best?

By Ramisha Farooq

Grading Ryerson
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Over the past few weeks, both Maclean’s magazine and The Globe and Mail have released their annual university rankings. While both publications have different methods of ranking the school — Macleans uses statistics whereas The Globe and Mail uses data collected from student surveys — Ryerson President Sheldon Levy says that while the university looks into the numbers, that they have to take them with a grain of salt. “If different people pay attention to them you have to at least recognize they are out there,” he said. “I

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Security watches a-plenty
By Leah Hansen
In response to the recent spate of robberies, assaults and threats on and near campus, students are weighing the influence of heightened attention to Security Watch updates on Ryerson University’s campus. “I don’t even feel safe going to the RAC,” said Erin Kerr, an arts and contemporary studies student. She added the security updates have encouraged her to take extra steps to help her feel safe, like travelling in pairs or groups. Since the beginning of the school year 15 security watches have been distributed on campus, three of which originated due to incidents at the Ram in the Rye. Kerr Hall and Gould Street were also highlighted, as the sites of two alerts each. Approximately eight thefts have been reported to Security and Emergency Services (SES) from Nov. 6 to 12 as well as around the same number of reports of suspicious behaviour or individuals on campus. Two assaults were also reported. But Kyle Anderson, a new media student, said he “still feels safe on campus” although “reading the [security] alerts is scary.” He says he tries not to walk alone and even takes a streetcar home at night, even though he lives near campus. Julia Lewis, director of environmental health and safety at Ryerson, said that any sense of an increase in criminal or suspicious activity on campus may just be due to increased reporting due to the new alert system. “There’s more engagement. People are smarter [about it] and are giving us better information,” Lewis said. Tanya stated the extra attention to security alerts encourages students to take responsibility to look out for each other. “And if you see something that doesn’t seem right, pick up the phone and give us a call,” she said.

News Bites
Esko donates to program
A significant amount of packaging software and hardware was donated to Ryerson by Esko this week. The donation will assist students in graphic communications management as the donation included flexography software, which is widely used in printing and packaging industries. With the donation, students will experience the workflow and platemaking process themselves. This donation pushes the Make Your Mark Campaign to $128 million out of the $200 million goal.

Ryerson wins capitalism competition
A new national program named Ryerson one of the top 10 Canadian Passion Capitalist organizations. The competition used an online application to measure Ryerson’s creed, culture, challenges, brand, resources, strategy, and enrolment growth over 10 years. “It’s inspiring to be recognized for what is an intrinsic part of Ryerson culture – our passion for innovation, education and entrepreneurship,” Ryerson President Sheldon Levy told Ryerson Today. Ryerson joins GoodLife Fitness and Shoppers Drug Mart as award winners.

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Former professor enters Liberal leadership race
By Sean Tepper
Former Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and Ryerson professor Gerard Kennedy will be returning to provincial politics. He will be running for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party, Kennedy announced Monday. In addition to being the former Ontario minister of education, former executive director of the Daily Bread Food Bank, and past federal Liberal leadership candidate, Kennedy, 52, was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management in 2007. While teaching at Ryerson, Kennedy delivered a series of lectures to both undergraduate and graduate management students on various topics including entrepreneurship, enterprise culture and corporate social responsibility. He also delivered a number of public lectures to the Ryerson community. “He spent a lot of time with students,” said Mary Ng, the acting director of the President’s Office at Ryerson. “He used to have these drop-in sessions where students would come up with a topic that they were particularly interested in and [speak with him about it].” In addition to spending time with students, Ng, who worked closely with Kennedy during his time at Ryerson, said the former MPP was researching ways in which the government and non-profit sector could work together on a number of different issues. “While he was working at the university he was talking about this idea of enterprising for the public good. It’s in particular drawing from his experience as a cabinet minister and heading up a food bank,” she said. “It was this idea that a lot of good can be done through collaborating… he often found solutions, he often fixed problems by bringing differing points of views together to [find and fix a problem].” Kennedy, who lost the leadership race in 1996 to outgoing leader Dalton McGuinty, served as the education minister between 2003 and 2006. While he has yet to discuss his platform in detail, Kennedy emphasizes the power of participation and active membership to renew the public’s faith in the Liberal party. “I need you to get involved and use the accountability that I, as a new leader, will bring in to make a Liberal membership more impactful than it ever has,” he said in a video posted on his campaign website. He will be running against former cabinet ministers Glen Murray, Sandra Pupatello, Charles Sousa and Kathleen Wynne for the title, which will be announced on the weekend of Jan. 25 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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Cyclists protest lane closures
Chris Drew, an urban and regional planning graduate and former vice-president finance and services with the Ryerson Students’ Union, camped out in front of the truck that was attempting to remove bike lanes from Jarvis Street Monday. Drew said he rides his bike to work almost every day, and that the removal of the lanes is a risk to students attempting to get to school. “This is about safety. This is about safety for cyclists, for drivers and for pedestrians,” Drew said. “Lots of Ryerson students interact with Jarvis every day, and I think given the goals of the Ryerson University Master Plan of putting people before cars, I think removing bike lanes from Jarvis actually hurts Ryerson.”

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Signs all over campus are telling you to do it, but is buying an essay a viable option for students? Tara Deschamps reports

Easy essays are steps away from campus
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hen students are assigned an essay, they often find themselves dreading the caffeine-filled nights in the library that are ahead. But for some, the solution to the essay blues is posted on bulletin boards or poles around campus. These locations are crammed with advertisements promising “custom essays” to match “any deadline.” Essay or paper mills, as the businesses are called, offer students the chance to skip out on hours in front of a computer writing and editing, but as The Eyeopener discovered this week, these essays come with a hefty price tag and some risks. We purchased an essay from Toronto Essay, a company with a location on Yonge Street that claims it can produce essays in as little as 24 hours on any topic. The essay we bought was about language in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest — a topic based on content covered in some sections of Ryerson’s Nature of Narrative I course. Toronto Essay sells undergraduate essays based on the number of pages and time given to complete the paper. Customers who give the company 24 hours pay $35 a page, while those who allow more than five days for their assignment to be written pay $28 per page. Regardless of the order, all customers must purchase at least two pages. As part of our investigation, we gave Toronto Essay two-and-a-half days and $135.60 for a four-page essay with works cited. Overall, the finished product was pretty good. But while the essay seemed to make a decent argument, it lacked secondary sources which are a key component of undergraduate essays. It also seemed as if the writer was rushing to meet the deadline. In fact, the secondlast paragraph and the conclusion paragraph were only three and four sentences long, which implies that time could have been a factor while writing. According to Toronto Essay, whatever is purchased is considered a “research tool” and noting more. “Our service is intended to help students in their own essay writing endeavours. Essay writing can be overwhelming, but often having a ‘research tool’ to point them in the right direction can really help them get over the ‘hump’ as they work on writing their own essays,” the company website says. “We custom write these essays so that students can have the tools they need to overcome their academic challenges.”

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Their terms and conditions also say any essay purchased is not meant to be handed in for class. “[The essays] are not intended to be used as one’s own work, and Toronto Essay does not endorse or encourage this type of action,” it reads. However, when we implied the essay we purchased would be handed in, Toronto Essay employee Sarah never deterred us or informed us of the company’s policies. Instead, she said it was up to our discretion whether we’d like to submit the story. “Some students like to take it and change things around. Normally, some students take the essay and do what they choose to do with it,”she said. She added that purchased essays don’t come with a grade guarantee but we wouldn’t be disappointed with whatever we bought. “Because we don’t know your personal situation or your professors, we don’t guarantee grades but I can guarantee that you will be happy with what you receive just because these essays are quality,” she said. “You’re not going to be getting something that is garbage.” The website said that the essays are written by people with master’s and PhDs. When I went into the office, Sarah turned around her computer screen to show the essay she

Students at Ryerson can buy essays at a number of locations on Yonge Street. was working on that day. The essay was supposed to be available on Toronto Essay’s online server at 8 a.m. last Sunday but it wasn’t. A few hours later, however, we received an essay that met the typical length, style and content of an undergraduate paper. the school’s understanding of paper mills and the Student Code of Academic Conduct. The code cites “submitting stolen or purchased as signments or research” is a “mis representation of personal identity and performance.” Toronto Essays refused to comment on the code. English professor Aaron Tuckerwarns that instructors can often spot a purchased essay without the help of plagiarism detectors like Turnitin. “If a student uses concepts, quotes or ideas that are beyond the level of the course or they don’t fit with the conversations we’ve been having in class then that’s something that would raise a flag,” he says. Tucker refused to mark the essay we purchased or to make comments about it because he said he does not feel comfortable violating the trust or integrity of students. He does, however, say he has caught students using essay services.

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While the essay matched the regular parameters of an undergrad paper, submitting anything that you didn’t write is considered plagiarism making the use of the essay for class risky. Ryerson’s Academic Integrity website offers extensive descriptions of

“You usually ask a student and they are generally very honest when you point out certain areas,” he says. Tucker also says the consequences for any student caught submitting something they did not write themselves can range from a zero grade on an assignment, failing a class, a mark on your student transcript or expulsion. “It’s not as if I brand you with a scarlet p,” he says. “You go through the process with the professor and the academic integrity officer.” Tucker says purchasing essays undermines the integrity of postsecondary education. “I think all students are good people and idealistically, I want to think students will go through the process and learn to be thinkers,” he says. “Buying an essay just destroys the reason for being in university and it’s not teaching you how to think analytically if you’re stepping over it.”

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Ryerson’s trans community is made up of hidden folks and expressive advocates. They have a vocabulary to teach, policies to change and transphobia to reverse

They wanT To TRanSfoRm youR peRSpecTive
By Victoria Stunt
Jack had to pee. It’s a basic human function. There’s usually no complication. There’s usually no hesitation. One just goes to the washroom and solves the problem. But things weren’t so simple for Jack. Jack O’Donnell* was a 15-yearold student who identified as a trans male, yet his peers and teachers saw him as a woman and he wasn’t allowed to enter the men’s washroom. His high school also required him to take the girls’ physical education class and refused to call him by his chosen name, instead calling him by the name on his birth certificate. Today, 21-year-old O’Donnell is at Ryerson and works to help promote gay and trans issues on campus. “It’s a difficult path, and unfortunately it’s unheard [of],” he says. “If you talk to a lot of trans people, my [story] is a little happier than most.” Ryerson is known for its open and accepting environment. The university boasts student groups of every kind, with a heavy emphasis on diversity and equity. The administration implemented an entirely new position for a vice president and vice provost equity, diversity and inclusion this semester. Yet in examining everything from our anti-discrimination policies to our bathroom facilities, one underlying theme can be determined: Ryerson has made impressive strides in becoming a trans-friendly campus, but there is still plenty to be done. In an article published on advocate.com, a list was compiled of “The Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities” in the U.S. Shane Windemeyer, the founder and executive director of the Campus Pride Index, wrote the article along with one of the non-profit Index’s research consultants, Genny Beemyn. They used the group’s criteria for LGBT-friendly schools, which their organization specializes in, and applied them to look specifically at trans issues in the country’s post-secondary system. In Canada, trans advocacy began in schools more recently. The winning campuses in the U.S. have been advocating for years to earn their top scores. In utilizing criteria the Index considered, a closer look can be taken at the highs and lows on Ryerson’s campus from a trans perspective. Jade Pichette, a master’s of social work student and trans woman, started her graduate degree at Ryerson this fall. She’s been an activist for queer and trans cultural competency for about eight years with Pink Triangle Services in Ottawa and has lost count of the number of organizations she’s worked with, but estimates it as close to 100. This is the third university that Pichette has attended, and she says it’s the most inclusive thus far. She still advises that there is plenty of work to be done, saying that the changes can be divided into two categories: ones made through the administration and ones advocated for by the Ryerson Student’s Union. Marwa Hamad, vice president equity at the RSU, says that as of now, Denise O’Neil Green, vice provost/vice president equity, diversity, and inclusion says that from what she can tell, the bathrooms at Ryerson accommodate everyone. She declined commenting further. She says she has not had many conversations about trans inclusive initiatives on the administrative level as of yet. “If a washroom is single stall, it should be gender neutral,” says Pichette. “I don’t care where it is, it makes no sense that a single stall washroom should be gendered,” she says. “Often they exist in really odd places that a lot of people don’t know [about].” The one she has visited most is tucked away in the basement of Eric Palin Hall. Having gendered spaces on campus ignores people’s identities and forces them to choose a gender that may not be inline with their identities, says Hamad. “That is extremely oppressive, that is extremely discriminatory and that is extremely violent in its nature.” The Centre for Women’s and Trans People did not want to comment on the issue. Universities around Canada are changing to become more gender inclusive. The University of British Columbia (UBC) announced in 2007 that it would overhaul 391 bathrooms to make them gender inclusive, but also inclusive for Muslims and nursing mothers. “I hope it says that we can create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students,” says Janet Mee, the director of access and diversity at the school to Maclean’s magazine. “It’s an issue of safety, but also one of dignity.” As for Ryerson, Hamad says the change would be a gradual one. First, the trans-inclusive conversation needs to become a priority at the school. Student Housing Services (SHS) at Ryerson is addressing this conversation. This year they’ve developed a gender-neutral initiative to help trans-identified students in choosing which style room they would like to reside in. “Residence has always been really accessible, but they’ve always had to ask,” says manager of student housing services Chad Nuttall. He says before students would have to out themselves as trans to ask the housing office for help in choosing the

There’s a lot of silence around it, there’s a lot of stigma around it, and there’s a lot of dismissive behaviour around it
the conversation hasn’t progressed as far as it should at Ryerson. “I think there’s a lot of silence around it, there’s a lot of stigma around it, and there’s a lot of dismissive behaviour around it,” she says. In 2004, RyePride and what was then called the Women’s Centre campaigned to have gender inclusive washrooms all around campus. Yet, nine years later, little progress has been made. A website called safetopee.org tracks gender-neutral and inclusive bathrooms around the world. It documents that in downtown Toronto, there are about 20 gender inclusive washrooms. One is listed on Ryerson’s campus in the Image Arts (IMA) building. There are two more confirmed but not listed on the site, one in the basement of Eric Palin Hall (EPH) and another on the first floor of the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC).

Jade Pichette, master’s of social work student and trans woman.

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right room for their needs. The new trans initiative brochures show the same single rooms in Pitman Hall and the International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC). But now, they highlight Pitman’s choice between single apartments with shared bathrooms (co-ed and private use) and the apartments, which are now being offered mixed gender with bathrooms included. ILLC boasts the same private room and bathroom. Working with what they have and displaying those changes helps circumvent the need for trans students to out themselves to find out more about their options. The Ontario government has also begun to make changes to be more inclusive. In June 2012, the provincial government passed Toby’s Law, which added gender expression to The Human Rights Code and also to educated trans women, it’s a privilege to speak out in the media as much as she’s been able to. “There’s a lot less trans folks of colour who get to the graduate level. There’s a lot of trans folks of colour, especially trans women of colour, who don’t get to post-secondary at all,” she says. She says many trans people are excluded from universities because they don’t have what’s considered to be academically relevant. “Their lived experiences of oppression have an impact. The way they’ve dealt with that oppression [and] the fact that they’ve survived on a daily basis is an act of resistance,” says Pichette. She also encourages the hiring of trans faculty, or openess on the part of the faculty if they do exist and are comfortable with identifying as trans. “Having faculty who are in permanent positions who are trans on campus can mean a lot to trans folks,” she says. “It can mean that our knowledge is valued, our experience is valued, and by extension can be a rallying point for folks.” O’Donnell says that he doesn’t see a lot of work being done at the school to make it more trans-inclusive and that those changes don’t just happen naturally. “I think that there’s a mistaken belief that progress is just naturally occurring… but really it usually takes a very large amount of organizing to make that kind of thing happen and we just haven’t done it here.” The RSU, the Centre for Women and Trans People, and RyePride are in the process of putting together a trans focus group. The purpose of the new group is to speak with the trans community at Ryerson about what they’d like to see change to make the university more inclusive. The groups will announce the initiative at Ryerson’s Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Nov. 20, a day that remembers and mourns those who have been killed due to transphobia. There have been no confirmations of Ryerson TDOR events at the time of publication, but the 519 Church St. Community Centre will be holding an event on Nov. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Centre for Women and Trans People are continuing their Trans Film Screening Series for TDOR at William Doo Auditorium on 45 Willcocks St. on Nov. 26. *Name has been changed

FEATURES GLOSSARY OF TRANS-FRIENDLINESS
INTERSEX (adj.) A term used to describe people whose sex is not easily medically classified as male or female, based on the naturally occurring condition of their body. This can include a combination of, or difference in, genital morphology, secondary sex characteristics, gonads, hormonal balance, and chromosomes. A person who is intersex will often identify as a man or a woman yet their gender identity isn’t always in alignment with their perceivable sex. TRANS (adj.) An umbrella term used to describe people who display any type of gender diversity or undergo gender and/or sex transition. TRANSGENDER (adj.) A term used to describe a person whose gender identity and gender expression do not align based on society’s expectations that all aspects of gender should be congruent. A common term for this is gender fluidity. CISGENDER (adj.) Cisgender is a term used to describe people whose gender is not fluid; their gender identity and gender expression line up based on society’s expectations that all aspects of gender should be congruent. CISSEXUAL (adj.) Cissexual is a term used to describe people whose gender and sex have always lined up, and have not had any transsexual experiences. TRANSSEXUAL (adj.) A term used to describe a person who experiences or desires to modify their sex. They will often seek (or desire to seek) medical intervention (such as Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sex Reassignment Surgery, etc) and/or alter their physical appearance as a way to modify their sex.

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TWO-SPIRIT (adj.) A term created and used by indigenous people whose gender and/ or sexual orientation falls outside of Eurocentric North American ideas of gender/sex, in order to reclaim their identities. The term usually implies a masculine spirit and a feminine spirit, and/or warrior/nurturer spirit, living in the same body. TRANSPHOBIA (noun) The fear of those who are perceived to break or blur stereotypical gender roles, often expressed as stereotyping, discrimination, harassment and violence. Transphobia is frequently directed at those perceived as expressing their gender in a transgressive way, those who defy stereotypical gender norms, or those who are perceived to exhibit non-heterosexual characteristics regardless of their actual gender identity or sexual orientation

The way they’ve dealt with that oppression and the fact that they’ve survived on a daily basis is an act of resistance
policies at Ryerson. All three major political parties sponsored, passed and supported the bill. Ontario is the first major region in North America to give human rights protections to trans-identified people. “A lot of [trans-inclusiveness] will actually come out of Toby’s Law being instituted because now they have to,” says Pichette. “So now [the school] can either pay to institute actual comprehensive training on these issues that have been added to The Human Rights Act or [they] could possibly wind up in a situation where [they] can experience a human rights complaint.” In October, the province amended its rules so that trans-identified individuals are able to change their gender on their birth certificates without having to have a sex change surgery. For students who would like to change their legal information with the administration at Ryerson, Pichette worries the school may require it to be legally changed before changed within the school. She says that if the administration didn’t allow for the name to be changed, the RSU should think about awarding a grant to trans people to fund the legal name change. Pichette says that as a white and

GENDER-QUEER (adj.) An umbrella term used to describe gender identities which do not fit the gender binary of man and woman. While gender-queer identities vary, the most commonly used are being both a man and a woman, being neither a man nor a woman, or as a gender outside man and woman (a third gender). The one commonality that unites all gender-queer people is their rejection of the notion that there are only two genders.

CISSEXISM (noun) Cissexism is the societal-wide tendency to view transsexual experiences and sex embodiments as being less legitimate than those of cissexuals (that is, nontranssexuals). It creates a culture where being non-transsexual (cissexual) is seen as sane, ideal, beautiful, sexy, authentic, and natural.
Trans Symbol: Marissa Dederer Definitions: Pink Triangle Services Ottawa

Jade Pichette has been advocating for trans cultural competency for years.

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“The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the tradtional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.” Monica Helms, Creator of the Trangender Pride Flag (above left), www.rainbowdepot.co

The mix of blue and pink (traditional colours associated with men and women, present on the other flag) as lavender is meant to represent androgynes and androgyny as well as the “queer” in genderqueer. White is meant to represent agender identity. The chartreuse green is the inverse of lavender representing “third gender” identity such as those whose identify outside of/without reference to the binary. Creator of Genderqueer Pride Flag: Marilyn Roxie, Source: genderqueerid.com

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As well as the obligatory action scenes, Sam Mendes has created a movie that sets up the tension for future films and also gives an introspective view into Bond’s past.

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Skyfall, the 23rd installment of James Bond, the longest continually running movie series in film history, premiered Thursday

James Bond: “Old dog, new tricks”
By Susana Gómez Báez
The James Bond series celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 9 with the release of the series’ 23rd installment, Skyfall. Featuring Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to play Bond, Skyfall is Craig’s third Bond film after Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The movie centres on an aging and nearly forgotten Bond who, after believed to be dead, comes back to protect M (the chief of MI6) from a targeted attack. The film’s director, Sam Mendes, is known for works that focus on character-building, something Bond movies often lack in favour of action. But Mendes has created a movie that simultaneously sets up the tension for future films and also gives a heart-warming, introspective view into Bond’s past before the women, the killing, and the cars — before Bond ever even thought of becoming an agent. “My way of treating [Bond] was to not assume that the audience knew him at all,” said Mendes in a press conference call. “For me, it’s about telling a story that would be interesting whether or not the character was James Bond. [He] isn’t just intrinsically interesting because he’s called Bond, you have to make a case for [him]. I think if I felt that we were just remaking the same film and doing the same thing as the last 22 movies I probably wouldn’t have been interested in making it.” But the audience expects certain things out of a Bond movie. The theatre fills with laughter and murmurs of excitement at the first sight of 007’s classic silver Aston Martin, so it can be risky to treat a Bond film like it is just any other film. “I spent a bit of time, pretending with the writers that we didn’t have to do all the things that Bond movies normally do — like action sequences and girls and locations — and find out what the story was at the root before we added all those things back in,” Mendes said. “One of the big things with the Bond movies is that you’re surrounded by white noise… of everyone’s opinion of the kind of Bond they want to see and you quickly realize that everyone’s Bond is different. Some of them want to see more gadgets, some don’t like gadgets.” “The truth is, wherever you go, you’re going to have someone stating the opposite opinion to what you think and so I think the most important thing I discovered is to push away the white noise and try to ask [myself], what do [I] want to see?” But Mendes’ Bond didn’t fall short. Skyfall has a lot more gadgets than the previous movies, including a gun that recognizes Bond’s handprints so only he can fire it. The usual exotic locations are also present: The iconic opening chase occurs in a market in Istanbul, Turkey and escalates to the roof of a train. The action continues in Shanghai, China, where only silhouettes are visible amidst the fluorescent city lights. Where the movie lacks luster, however, is in Bond’s relationship with women. The Bond women play no part in advancing the plot and the expendable girl Bond normally sleeps with for information is more useless in this movie than others — she doesn’t last very long, even for Bond standards. The sexual tension with his other work-related lady, in this case named Eve, is uncomfortable and doesn’t lead to anything. In fact, it seems that the only woman Bond interacts with seriously in Skyfall is M. But maybe that was the point. “This is my Bond movie,” Mendes said. “But there’ll be others to come along and everyone’ll have a different vision of Bond.” Skyfall, at its core, is about getting the audience to know Bond better when it seems he has let himself go. In one scene, Bond says his hobby is resurrection and that’s the essence of the film — to bring him back and make him more personable. It’s as M describes 007: “Old dog, new tricks.”

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Friesen’s award-winning documentary, Let’s Make Lemonade, features a 14-member Balkan-Klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super band.

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A Ryerson film student is heading to an international film festival in France after winning the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

When life hands you lemons, make a documentary
By Alfea Donato
When then third-year film student Justin Friesen first pitched his documentary idea in class, his professor rejected it because of narrative concerns. Little did either of them know that Friesen’s documentary, Let’s Make Lemonade, would go on to become an award-winning film. “I think [the prof] didn’t quite understand it,” said Friesen. “He had a particular notion of what a documentary should be and mine didn’t follow his notion.” However, by the time the professor voiced his opinion Friesen was almost done shooting so he decided to show it in class anyway. “He still wasn’t happy with it after seeing it,” said Friesen. “But my classmates liked it and my peers in higher years went on to vote the doc for [a film festival].” Still, on the documentary’s Internet movie database (IMDb) page, Friesen added a note of thanks to professor Douglas Arrowsmith (who taught third-year documentary film production at Ryerson at the time), as is tradition between film students and professors. But Arrowsmith wanted no connection to the movie and asked Friesen to remove the mention. “Can you please take me off your IMDb credit listing for your film,” said the professor in an email to Friesen. “It’s not an appropriate listing and I was surprised to find it now cross-listed on my own IMDb page. Your film (which you are understandably proud of) is not part of my pedigree. Please make the change ASAP and confirm.” Regardless, the documentary has done pretty well for a film that wasn’t supposed to be made. Let’s Make Lemonade was announced as the winner of the 2012 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival and People’s Choice and Achievement in Documentary last Wednesday. Before that, it won second runner-up best documentary in Ryerson’s Maximum Exposure festival and will be shown on Air Canada flights until December. Calling himself “a documentary filmmaker by mistake,” Friesen will be headed to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France in February of next year and has been given a trip for two to anywhere in North America. “The adversity the film went through sweetened the deal,” said Friesen. The documentary follows Toronto’s 14-member Balkan-Klezmergypsy-party-punk-super band, as the Lemon Bucket Orkestra calls itself. The band is known for crashing parties and starting impromptu concerts in the street. “There’s a part of the film where they talk about why busking is important to bands,” Friesen said. “It’s a democratizing of music. That philosophy of bringing music to the streets… they held true to their hearts.” Friesen remembers one of his first encounters with the band at Trinity Bellwoods Park, where he was with a friend whose film they scored. He was unaware that Lemon Bucket Orkestra was planning another spontaneous show. “Girls started getting up and dancing… people were whooping and cheering,” said Friesen. “That was the moment I lost it. Everyone has these predispositions… they never thought in a million years they could dance to a gypsy song. But... you can, you’re just not letting yourself.” The band certainly has the lighthearted attitude mastered — even their name’s origin is flippant. At an open-mic concert, the MC asked what their name was and frontrunner Mark Marcyzk said “fuck it.” But when they were announced onstage, the MC called them Bucket so the band adopted the name. That spontaneity was exactly what drove Friesen to feature the band in his documentary. “I’m interested in heavy-handed intellectual concepts, but only if it helps bring joy to the world,” he said. “There’s a tendency to talk about heavy subjects. I tend to focus on things that make life a little more enjoyable.”

Rye prof runner-up for award
By Ian Vandaelle
On Monday night, the luminaries of the Canadian non-fiction scene gathered to crown a winner of the hotly-contested Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While Candace Savage walked away as the winner for her book A Geography of Blood, Ryerson journalism professor Kamal AlSolaylee was one of just four others who were finalists for the prize. Al-Solaylee’s memoir, Intolerable, details his early years living in Aden, and Sana’a, Yemen, and Cairo, Egypt, and the struggles he faced as his once-secular family slowly shifted towards hardline Islamic tendencies. Many of the most poignant scenes in the book involve Al-Solaylee’s relationship with his mother, the depth of which he didn’t initially plan to include. “In my original proposal, she was a figure, but not as large of a figure, and I think her death has freed me to talk about her more openly” he said of his mother, who died shortly before he began writing in earnest. “I think everyone should write a memoir, because they have a better understanding of their own life in a way. Until I wrote this book, I did not fully comprehend her influence on my life.” While Intolerable has garnered a degree of critical acclaim in Canada, Al-Solaylee said he had heard from readers in the Middle East, notably family members who were split on their reaction to the book. “It fell on generational lines, basically. So my sisters and brothers, they were not happy about the gay content in the book. Those are the choices they’ve made, they’re happy with that, that’s my reading of their life and they were fine with it. But they were very upset about the gay content and about coming out as gay in such a big way,” he said. “However, my nephews and nieces, the generation of the Arab Spring, not all of them, but the three or four of them that are more in touch with Western culture have surprised me with their generosity and their support. Actually, they think I’m cool and they’re so proud of what I achieved and they love me, and being gay doesn’t mean anything to them.”

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The hatch partners with Ryerson’s DMz
By colleen Marasigan
Ryerson University has signed a new agreement that spans international waters. The university, along with the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), have signed a memorandum of understanding with The Hatch for Startups (The Hatch), a non-profit organization in India that aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs succeed. When Ryerson employees, including President Sheldon Levy, visited The Hatch last spring, cofounder Prajakt Raut knew both parties saw the potential benefits of collaborating. “Ryerson is known to be an institution that has a significant emphasis on entrepreneurship. The faculty associated with the entrepreneurship program at Ryerson come with prior entrepreneurial experience,” said Raut in an e-mail. “And that makes a big difference.” Ryerson entrepreneurs visiting The Hatch will occupy the Canada Pavilion. A recent contribution to The Hatch made by the Canadian government, the Canadian addition to The Hatch, was launched by Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the AsiaPacific Gateway. The pavilion was inaugurated on Nov. 7 upon the visit of Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper. With the launch, Fast welcomed agreements with Extreme Startups in Toronto and Venture Cap TV of Montreal, as well as the partnership with Ryerson’s DMZ. Described as an “incubator,” the Canada Pavilion within The Hatch helps entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition. Through The Hatch and the pavilion, entrepreneurs are able to focus on the concepts of their businesses, transforming ideas into success, while also connecting them to larger companies and successful mentors in a new and unfamiliar market.

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Raut said that many investors tend to look for “winners” amongst businesses, leaving a huge number of start-ups to go unfunded. That’s what the creators of The Hatch hoped to change. “We work with concept stage startups and we assist them through a large pool of mentors and potential angel investors who will collectively co-invest in startups mentored by The Hatch,” said Raut. Ryerson and The Hatch will exchange information, knowledge, and office space during visits. With this agreement, The Hatch hopes to better their programs, knowledge, and form more connections. “Ryerson is in the process of reaching out internationally to a number of organizations,” said Lauren Schneider, the DMZ’s media relations officer. “We think international relations and entrepreneurship are the wave of the future.” By connecting with an international organization, and by using a digital platform as a means of communication, DMZ entrepreneurs

can tune into how businesses operate in India and make those international connections. Some exchanges have already happened, with The Hatch and the DMZ collaborating through instructional videos, online conferences, and webinars. Schneider said, webinars have ranged from interactive videos which entrepreneurs at the DMZ can watch, to Skype calls. During these meetings, both parties have discussed common issues like finding the right market for their product, marketing the product, legal ramifications and certain types of patents. Although The Hatch and the DMZ are located in different time zones, Schneider said there are very few technical or timing difficulties. “I think the world is really going global and Ryerson is really a leader in making these connections and making these opportunities,” said Schneider. The DMZ already referred a new business, Ticket Zone, to The Hatch

this past summer. A seminar called International Indian Fellows, which included nine individual Indian entrepreneurs from various Indian universities, came to the DMZ to create successful business ideas and products. Ticket Zone — a program that would allow buyers to purchase tickets for events online, a concept that is lacking in India — proved to be successful and was eventually referred to The Hatch, to continue the business in India. While Ryerson aims to help The Hatch, much can also be gained from this partnership. According to Schneider, this new international opportunity will help the DMZ’s entrepreneurs in learning how to invest in different markets, to work with like-minded people with different points of view, or how to build a better product. While no big events or collaborations have been planned, this new partnership may have hatched a new concept of entrepreneurship and business at Ryerson.

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Students attending the first event of Retail Week work in groups for the case competition presented to them by Mercatus Technologies Inc.

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Retail students exchange class time for lectures with successful retailers

A leader in innovation kicks off Retail Week
By Astoria Luzzi
A lecture room on the second floor of the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) fills up quickly with eager retail management students. They sit patiently, chatting with their friends. All of a sudden, a group wearing Mercatus Technologies Inc. t-shirts run in and pelt the audience with ping pong balls. The first event, Magic Gadgets, kicks off Ryerson’s annual Retail Week. Each year the event gathers speakers from large corporations and companies like Tim Hortons, H&M, Canadian Tire and Target. Last Monday’s speaker was Mercatus, a company of 60 employees that work out of their headquarters in Toronto, that prides itself on sertures presented by major corporations include a case competition, a challenge presented to students to pitch a mock solution for a retailer’s problem. At Monday’s event, Mercatus held a case competition that awarded the members of the winning team with Google Nexus 7 tablets. Zolfan Daoud, a fourth-year retail management student who is also an organizer for Retail Week recalled last year’s case competition. “Last year H&M [had] students create the marketing strategy for their Versace line that they launched and it was a really good help to both the company and the student,” said Daoud. “They can figure out how to target their consumers because as students we are the consumers, especially for H&M,” Daoud said. She said the winning team of the case competition actually had their strategy implemented for the launch of the line. Their job was to create a buzz, so they went with a Miami Vice theme and gave out pina coladas and other things that worked with the look of the Versace line. During Thomas’ talk on Monday, he referenced two different companies which have created innovative ways to communicate with and attract customers. These included a shopping mall in the Philippines, which developed an app for tablets that allows you to catch virtual butterflies that translate into deals and coupons you can use throughout the mall. Another was the Wal-Mart Shopycat, an application implemented through Facebook which suggests gift ideas from Wal-Mart specific to posts and liked pages of a Facebook user, leading up to a user’s birthday. Thomas said the success of these innovations prove that there is now a demand for personalized multi-channel options for everyday activities such as shopping for cloth-

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i think ... within the market itself there is an emergency need for these skills
ing or groceries. This demand is not yet something Ryerson has addressed, in Thomas’ opinion. “I was actually speaking to one of the professors at Ryerson, from what I understand there isn’t a technology track at all, certainly not one that brings together those two disciplines so I think really within the market itself there is an emergency need for these skills,” Thomas said. He thinks universities need to start paying more attention to the trends in the industry and address them so students are prepared when they enter their respective fields. Retail Week events will be occupying classroom space and will interrupt certain class times. In light of this, professors have adapted to the inconvenience by counting it as class time and making it mandatory for retail students to attend. They provide an event passport to use to collect stamps from each event as proof of attendance. Retail Week at Ryerson will run from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, and will include events such as panels, receptions and a pub night. Visit Ryerson’s Retail Week website for specific locations and times.

RSU FALL GENERAL MEETING
Semi-Annual General Meeting
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THUR, NOV 15
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SCC115 Student Centre
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This fusion of new ideas is really what is driving innovation forward
vice, innovation and quality. The first event featured a talk from James Thomas, the director of strategy at Mercatus. He stressed the importance of no longer separating technology and marketing, but rather practicing a marriage of the two as an effort to attract customers through multiple platforms. “This fusion of new ideas is really what is driving innovation forward,” Thomas said. The event proved to be a good hands-on experience, as most lec-

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From left to right: Patricia Kirk, Monique Cornett, Brianna Tremblay and Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia.

While the LGBT community has always been underrepresented in sports, one Ryerson varsity team is proud to boast that about 30 per cent of its squad is gay

Playing on open ice
By Shannon Baldwin
it wasn’t just her parents’ reaction that influenced her decision to wait Pulled away from a busy New York to come out until the summer before City Italian street festival by her fa- she started university. Growing up in a small town, with ther, Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia was told that her older brother had only 500 people in her high school, come out to her parents as gay. She it was common for her to hear howas outraged, refusing to even look mophobic slurs. And because she at him for the rest of the trip. At played sports and “was kind of 12 years old, she wondered, “How could he do this to us?” — a devout I worried about Catholic family. [coming out] ... the But eventually her rage turned to fear, as she began to realize that word ‘fag’ is tossed she too was gay. While her parents around a lot in sports attempted to be supportive of her brother, Galliani Pecchia could see their confusion and how upset they butch,” many of her peers had alactually were about him coming out. ready assumed she was gay before So for the next four years she hid her she had even had the chance to acsexuality, fearing her parents’ reac- cept it herself. “Everyone knew I was gay before tion as she knew what to expect. At 16, she became fed-up with I did. But I didn’t want to prove peohiding from her peers and came out ple right,” says Cornett. Prior to coming to Ryerson, Corin her school’s newspaper, but it would be two more years before she nett says she was unaware of the large gay community, and simply told her parents. “It’s easier to talk about being gay “got lucky.” However, the level of trust and openness between her and with people you don’t love.” Galliani Pecchia says this is com- her teammates did not always exist. Last year the team was very mon for most of her gay teammates on the Ryerson women’s hockey young and was made up of primarteam. With about 30 per cent of the ily first-year players. Many of them team being gay, many of the girls were still used to throwing around feel safer talking about it with team- gay jokes or remarks in the locker mates than with their own families. room. Cornett calls this “the junior Monique Cornett, a second-year team mentality” that rookies bring forward, is one of those girls. But with them to varsity teams.

Photos by Natalia Balcerzak

Anyone with questions about coming out as a gay athlete can ask Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia on Twitter @McRosie26.

“It wasn’t surprising that the girls who did use the slurs were from small towns like mine. The only difference was that I was extra sensitive to the language while they were extra desensitized,” she says. But assistant coach Michelle Janus quickly put a stop to it. She says that there can’t be a divide in the locker room, especially on a team with such a high percentage of gay players, because how they interact in the change room will affect how the girls play on the ice. “They could easily have a total clusterfuck of a game over something like that,” says Janus. First-year goaltender Brianna Tremblay says those issues in the change room are gone. But if there are younger players on the team that she’s noticed feel uncomfortable showering with the gay girls, she says they will respect their personal space and boundaries. “We don’t jump in with girls that are uncomfortable and force them to shower beside us.” Cassandra McNichol, one of the oldest players on the team, says that she and some of the girls are so comfortable with one another now that they’re able to joke around in the shower — a much different experience than when she first started playing varsity hockey in 2008, when the mentality about being gay on the team was “don’t flaunt, don’t tell.”

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Great Expectations
By Charles Vanegas
way imaginable and deserved to win. Despite reaching the CIS national championships and only losing one starter to graduation, the Rams were left unranked in the CIS preseason poll, while Lakehead started at #6 before being promoted to #5 last week. So when Lakehead visited the MAC last Friday, it was time to show-and-prove. While the Thunderwolves put up a good fight, keeping it close until the final minute, the Rams confirmed what their previous matchup suggested. Whenever Aaron Best is in the game, he is the most athletic player on the floor. With Jahmal Jones at the point, the Rams have arguably the best backcourt in Canada. It’s too early to know whether they can compete with the Carleton Ravens — who thrashed the Rams in all three of their matchups last season, before winning their seventh national championship in nine years — but one thing is clear: the Rams have shown that they are among the elite teams in not only the OUA, but the CIS. For years, Ryerson teams have managed to lose close games and lower expectations. But with the current group that head coach Roy Rana has managed to assemble, you should expect to win.

Rams goaltender Brianna Tremblay. For Galliani Pecchia, her biggest fear after coming out was showering with teammates, because she was afraid they would think she was checking them out. “When I’m at hockey, I’m at work. It’s not about sex; it’s about being an athlete.” be surprising if some of them come out,” says Tremblay. But second-year forward Melissa Wronzberg, who is straight, says even if a girl is gay, they don’t feel pressured to make any grandiose coming-out speech because the girls are so close that they usually already know. “Brianna didn’t openly say [she was gay] because she never had to, we all just knew it. She was actually pretty quiet about her sexuality at first.” However, that has changed quite drastically since joining the team. If you mention Brianna Tremblay’s name around her teammates, a chorus of “Trem-Gay” breaks out. It’s all in good fun and not all of them have gay nicknames, says Wronzberg. “Brianna’s last name just works.” While the girls on the hockey team are completely open about their sexuality, it isn’t so simple for others. One male varsity athlete at Ryerson wouldn’t be identified because although his entire team knows he’s gay, he has yet to tell his coach or certain members of his family. “My grandmother and I are pretty close, but she would definitely freak out if she knew I was gay,” he says. During high school, he hid his sexuality from his family and teammates and only told a couple of his closest friends. When he first came to Ryerson, he still wasn’t ready to come out and felt pressure to hook up with girls. But eventually he couldn’t take hiding his sexuality and came out to his closest friend on the team. It wasn’t until December of that year that he became open with the rest of his teammates. While on a team road trip, a teammate recommended a bonding exercise to get to know each other better. They sat around and passed a hat with questions inside of it. He says that many of his teammates shared extremely personal things about themselves that he never would have expected. When it was his turn to speak he looked at his question, which read, “What has been your biggest struggle this past year?” Though he broke down crying as he spoke, the supportive reaction from his teammates was an extreme relief. “I worried about [coming out] because the word fag is tossed around a lot in sports. The language doesn’t bother me anymore, but since I was in the closet at the time it made me scared to come out.” He believes that since coming out, he and his teammates have become much closer. There are still a few guys on the team that he says are clearly uncomfortable changing and showering in front of him — but it doesn’t upset him. Most of the guys on the team are very comfortable around him and aren’t bothered in the slightest that he is gay. “Some guys will joke around with me and slap my ass or do something like that.” Yet even though coming out has strengthened his relationship with his teammates significantly, he still does not feel comfortable telling everyone that he is gay. “I don’t want to be known as a gay athlete,” he says. “I don’t want that to become my shtick.’” But the lesbians on the hockey team say the exact opposite; they strongly believe that it is important to be known as a gay athlete. “I love it. I love it when someone says I’m a gay athlete because that’s who I am,” McNichol says. Galliani Pecchia agrees with that sentiment. To her, it is important to advocate for being a gay athlete now in order to regularize it for others in the future. “Eventually no one will care anymore because it’ll be old news and normal.” Tremblay says that the number of gay slurs used on the ice has actually decreased because there’s a lot more awareness now that gay athletes are making themselves known. “I accept who I am so I want people to know I’m gay and an athlete.”

I love it when someone says I’m a gay athlete because that’s who I am
But inner-team dating does happen. Last season, Cornett dated someone on the team. But she says “it was not the greatest thing [she’s] ever done.” As soon as they broke up, it was almost impossible to catch her breath and get much-needed space because whether it’s training, playing or partying, teammates see each other every day. Last year, the team would always go to straight bars. But now they’ll also break off and tour Church Street. And it’s not just the gay girls going to gay bars. Many of the straight players say it’s fun to hit up the gay bars with their teammates, and since they always go to a bar that’s a mix of gay guys and girls, rather than just lesbian bars, some of the straight girls’ boyfriends have been known to tag along. “We don’t drag them to gay bars and they don’t drag us to straight bars,” said Cornett. Tremblay thinks having the ability to go to both gay and straight bars without judgment can also be very helpful for some of the girls who are still figuring out their sexuality. Before she had come out, Tremblay says girls from other teams would yell out gay slurs to her on the ice and “it would really mess with her head.” But now that she’s out, she has become much more confident, so it doesn’t throw her off her game anymore if they call her a “dyke” on the ice. “In hockey it’s expected that girls are going to be gay so it shouldn’t

Last March, Ryerson Athletics sent busloads of students to Waterloo to cheer on the men’s basketball team in their semi-final match at the OUA Final Four. They gave everyone yellow t-shirts with a checklist on the back. Already checked off: 1stround bye, Clip [Ottawa] Gee-gees, 90 minutes to da ‘Loo, and Get on TV (Hi Mom). But never did I think we’d be able to check off the last box: Hunt us some ‘Wolves. The Lakehead Thunderwolves were the second ranked team in the country and the defending OUA champions. We were going to go, watch our team lose, and be content that they finished as one of the top four teams in the province. But then the Rams started the game on a 13-0 run. At the end of one quarter, they led by 16. After three, they were up 20. They were not going to lose this game. At the end, many referred to it as “the upset of the CIS season.” But it was no fluke. They outplayed the ‘Wolves in almost every

PHOTO: BRIAN BATISTA BETTENCOURT

Second-year guard Aaron Best torched the Thunderwolves for 19 points — including these two that put the Rams up with less than 30 seconds remaining.

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Horoscopes
By Kai Benson
Aries
The planets will take a keen interest in you in exactly the way that humanity doesn’t.

Taurus

Sudoku — Difficult

Sudoku — Easy

Your rigourous work will be rewarded this week when, after much scientific research and peer review, you conclude that beer is awesome.

Gemini Cancer

Something, something, something, Chlamydia.

The random tempest of bullshit you put up with will finally give way to a neater, more orderly form of bullshit.

OPT-OUT

A picture of a sloth in a box

Leo

You’re finally going to be a major player in a political cause, now that all those nuns are calling for your execution. You’ll be delighted to discover that the new life growing inside you is not a life-destroying baby, but just an ordinary malignant tumour.

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Virgo

Libra
You’re getting a new puppy!

Said The Squid

Someone will steal your puppy.

Scorpio

Sagittarius
Be sure to size up the situation and prepare your attack before charging right in. After all, those girl scouts look pretty tough and you have done an alarming amount of LSD. Proceed with caution.

Aquarius
You should focus on working as much as you can this week, because at least the Excel spreadsheets don’t cheat on you.

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Pisces

Money will play a large role in your life this week, mostly concerning whether you will be able to maintain your addiction to NyQuil and lottery scratchers.

Capricorn

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