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Volume 46 - Issue 11 November 21, 2012 theeyeopener.

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Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

Join us for the Installation of Chancellor

Lawrence S. Bloomberg
All students, faculty and sta are invited to celebrate the Installation of Lawrence S. Bloomberg as Ryerson’s new chancellor.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Time: 3 p.m. Place: Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, 2nd Floor, 50 Carlton St., Toronto, ON
Following the Installation Ceremony, please join President Levy and Chancellor Bloomberg at an open house reception in the Alumni Lounge on the 4th floor.

Wednesday Nov. 21 2012



Ryerson student Alaa Hejazi has been charged in a double sexual assault near Lawrence Avenue and Avenue Road

Student charged in sexual assault case
By Sean Wetselaar
It was after Toronto Police released a flurry of photo and video surveillance that 20-year-old Alaa Ali Hejazi, charged with two counts of sexual assault with a weapon, turned himself in to 12 Division on Nov. 14. Hejazi was confirmed to be a Ryerson student by his attorney, Jordan Weisz, outside of a Finch West courtroom on Nov. 15. Hejazi faced 11 charges in court Thursday, following a delay Wednesday afternoon. The charges include two counts of sexual assault with a weapon, two counts of forcible confinement and a count of threatening death. Police say that a man broke into a home Monday morning near Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue after posing as a newspaper salesman. He then allegedly sexually assaulted two women on the premises and fled after removing some of the women’s possessions from the home. “My information and understanding is that [my client] has never been involved in the justice system,” said Weisz. “More than no criminal record, I don’t think he’s ever been arrested…he presents as anything but a hardened criminal.” The Globe and Mail reports Hejazi is registered as a second-year business and technology management student at Ryerson University. A Facebook account under the name of Alaa Hejazi has liked a page called Ryerson University – Class of 2015. A childhood friend, who asked to remain nameless, said they attended Leebury Park Elementary and Middle School with Hejazi. They said that he was quiet, funny and very popular in middle school, after he joined their class in Grade 8. “He was a little quiet at first, like any new kid would be, but then as he got to warm up, he was friends with everyone,” they said. “He had a lot of friends. ... He never acted out in class in or anything, he answered questions, listened to the teacher – there was nothing out of the ordinary about him at all.” Although the charges against Hejazi were a surprise to some students, many others were unconcerned. “I actually live in that area,” said Kristen Fiocca, a fourth-year sociology student. “No matter what area you live in, stuff like this happens. [But I’m] glad he turned himself in.” Weisz said Hejazi’s family was shocked by the allegations, and his childhood friend echoed the sentiment. “I was really shocked, I couldn’t believe [it],” they said. “He’s not like

TTC security footage released by police shows a man, believed to be Alaa Hejazi, board a bus. that, I don’t know what got into him, why would he do that. He’s such a nice kid, he’s a really good student.” Hejazi’s mother was present when he turned himself in and at his first court appearance, though Weisz said the family wishes to be given privacy throughout the process. Weisz said that Hejazi is a bright, typical 20-year-old. He said the accused spends his time playing computer and video games, and helping out around the house, especially with his two younger sisters.


“He’s quite frankly been a role model to them,” Weisz said. “Which is why his family finds it so shocking to have him in this position.” Hejazi will next stand in court Nov. 22, when a date for a bail hearing is expected to be established.

By-law changes open the door to third term for Levy
By Diana Hall
In the initial leg of Sheldon Levy’s second term as president of Ryerson University, the school’s higher authority quietly changed the by-law that limited the approved length of the university’s top job. Documents obtained by The Eyeopener reveal the Board of Governors passed an amendment that would allow presidents of the university to serve “additional terms of no longer than five years” instead of the traditional cap of two five-year terms, with the odd exception. Section 13.2, which outlines the by-laws relating to the president’s “Term of Office,” was amended on Sept. 27, 2010. An October 2008 version of the by-laws under Section 13.2 states: “An individual holding the office of the President is eligible to serve a second five year term upon being so appointed by the Board.” The amendment paves the way for Levy to take on a third term if he agrees to the board’s request for an extension. According to Ryerson’s amended by-laws, in order to be considered for an extended term, the president would have to be reappointed on the basis of serving the university’s “best interests.” It’s a possibility Levy says isn’t out of the question, but he maintains that he can’t — and won’t — ask for permission to serve another term as president, despite a surge of positive feedback about the university’s academic and infrastructural advancement. Levy’s vision for the univeristy’s 2008 Master Plan included the construction of the Student Learning Centre, pedestrian-friendly spaces on campus as well as the Ryerson Image Centre. It is largely responsible for the university’s physical stake in coveted downtown Toronto territory, and for its role as a “city builder,” — so dubbed in an October 2012 issue of The Globe and Mail. But Levy says the measure of his accomplishments hinges on feedback from both the Ryerson and Toronto

More than two years ago, Ryerson University’s Board of Governors amended a by-law restricting its presidents to two five-year terms

Ryerson’s President, Sheldon Levy, in his office in Jorgenson Hall. communities. “I’m not into this idea of awards or rewards,” Levy says. “They’re all about ‘me’ and there’s nothing in this job that’s about the person. It’s about the institution.” If Levy declines a possible reappointment by the BOG (or if he is deemed ineligible) by January 2014, the search for a new president of Ryerson would begin. It would also trigger the hunt for a leader with a vision to improve or advance the revered Master Plan. Julia Shin-Doi, general coumsel and secretary of the BOG, says this vision has earned Levy the board’s “full support.” “He focuses on reputation and sudents, and that’s very important


to the university and how it has thrived,” Shin-Doi says. Levy’s predecessor, Dr. Claude Lajeunesse, served as president of Ryerson for 10 years (September 1995 - August 2005). The longestserving president (and namesake of Kerr Hall,) Dr. H. H. Kerr, stood at the helm for 18 years, from Sept. 1, 1948 - June 30, 1966.



Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

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Ryerson is to build a second multi-faith space. But should universities be offering them at all?

Wanted: a space that redefines faith
By Lee Richardson
Religion is alive and well on campus. Despite agnosticism, atheism, humanism and other non-belief variables being rife among young adults, there is visible proof that religion continues to be of importance to many Ryerson students. Such proof is not hard to see — posters promoting religion-related events and discussions are a constant on bulletin boards across campus, and a trip to the lower floor of the student centre provides a glimpse into the number of beliefs requiring space on campus. These student groups, supported by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), are the focus of this week’s feature by contributor Luc Rinaldi. While founded in Luc’s personal feelings about religion, the piece highlights some of the faithbased groups, in the end resulting in a piece that shows that religion is still a topic worthy of discussion on campus. It’s also a topic worth voting on. The establishment of a second multifaith space was one of the key motions at the 2011 RSU semi-annual general meeting. It passed easily, with the second space set to be at 111 Gerrard St. East — a former copy centre and study space that, after its abandonment, was once planned to house the faculty of health sciences. This development offers a question that should be raised — should universities be providing faith-based spaces at all? I would comfortably say that all religion-based student groups should be disbanded, for the reason that religious ideologies go against the basic RSU mandate that aims to provide spatial inclusivity to all students, regardless of their beliefs. However, I can understand why the groups are established and maintained — to act as networking and support tools for those students who depend on religion for their own comfort and guidance. Dedicated spaces set up purely to accommodate only those students with spiritual beliefs, however, are a different beast altogether. Such spaces impede the idea that all space on university is available for all students, with a certain area in a building dedicated to inclusivity given priority to theists and the actively religious. In a place such as Toronto — recognized as one of the most multicultural cities in the world — there are many available organizations and societies that provide religious space. Of course the ability to express personal beliefs in a safe space is to be respected and appreciated. However, for a university — understood to be a secular institution — or a student union, to take away part of a campus and dedicate it to only religious activities hinders inclusivity. If an area for religious expression is required, it could be beneficial if it were opened up into an area for reflection and discussion that would represent learning — the main aspect of attending university. Until then, a space that defines faith as religion cannot be truly multi-faith.

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Wednesday Nov. 14 2012

RSU health and dental opt-out cheques given to students will be honoured, despite being co-signed by executives no longer with the union


Opt-out cheques won’t bounce
Palestinian supporters protest at Bloor Street and Avenue Road.

Violence in Gaza strip leads students to protest
By Arman Aghbali
Ryerson students chanted and waved signs outside the Israeli consulate near Bloor Street and Avenue Road last Thursday to protest escalating violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Cries of “Free, free Palestine,” came from a crowd of approximately 300 people in front of the Royal Ontario Museum. Across the street, Israeli supporters called for an end to Hamas’ rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The protest, organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, drew approximately 40 Ryerson students, most of which were from the Society for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Tamer Al-Balawi, a third-year global management student, saw the rally as an opportunity for dialogue between the two groups, which were separated by a team of Toronto Police. “We can’t do it any other way. We have to talk. We can’t fight. We just can’t, you know. They’re doing that back home,” Al-Balawai said. But overseas, Israel continues to fire rockets into Gaza, and Hamas reciprocates with air strikes in southern Israel. The cycle of violence is hitting home for Ryerson students at the rally. “My friends in Jerusalem ... have had to go to bomb shelters several times because the rockets are coming closer and closer,” said Mitch Reiss, president of Hillel, the Jewish students association, whose cousins and friends live in south Israel. Although he had a midterm exam the next morning, Mohammad AlQinneh, president of the SJP at Ryerson, held up a sign with a picture of a teenage boy who was killed in one of the Israeli attacks. “I can’t study,” Al-Qinneh said. “I keep refreshing my browser to see what’s happening.” The surge of attacks began with Israeli rocket fire Nov. 14. According to the Toronto Star, the strikes have killed more than 100 Palestinians, and three Israelis have died from Palestinian fire.

By Mohamed Omar

The Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) health and dental plan opt-out cheques won’t bounce, despite showing the signatures of former executives. RSU president Rodney Diverlus said he “freaked out” when he discovered that many of the almost 15,000 cheques showed the electronic signatures of previous RSU president Caitlin Smith and former vicepresident operations Sean Carson. “I went and talked to both our accountants, our bank, and our finance coordinator, and apparently it’s not a big deal,” Diverlus said. “Everyone has assured me that things are good, that there’s no need for me to freak out.” The RSU’s bank, Scotiabank, and their insurer, GreenShield Canada, retain electronic signatures of former RSU executives, according to Diverlus. “It’s an automatic signature, and the bank knows with the opt-out

cheques — from my understanding — that it’s meant to be mine and [current vice president operations Andrew McAllister’s],” he said. “I don’t know how banking works. In all honesty I was like ‘okay, will they get honoured?’” Diverlus said Smith and Carson’s signatures are used to process the cheques they issued when they were still working at the RSU.

Everyone has assured me that things are good, that there’s no need for me to freak out
“It would make sense for the reissued [cheques] to be signed by the past executives because they were already accounted for, but the bank has a loophole time in their own timelines apparently.” Don Blair, a spokesperson for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), said organizations are responsible for telling financial institutions which signatures to accept. “Every company or not-for-profit,

if they have a chequing account with a financial institution, they would have a list of authorized signatures for those cheques that they issue,” Blair said. “It could be a very long list and it’s their responsibility to update it if it needs to be updated.” Smith and Carson have been removed as signing officers, according to Diverlus. Blair said he doesn’t know if a student would be charged for a bounced cheque. “It depends on the agreement that you have with the financial institution,” he said. This automatic processing with saved signatures only happens with opt-out cheques, Diverlus added, it does not impact other RSU funds. “Any other cheque that’s not through that system, the automatic system, it has to be me that physically signs it,” he said. “But because I don’t sign 15,000 cheques, it’s our electronic signatures that get put in. All of these cheques are already called for and verified.” “It’s a whole logistical nightmare, but nothing will bounce and the money will be honoured.”

Time capsule to be buried in SLC
By The News Team
Less than two months removed from updating the original time capsule found in Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG) with items of their own, the Ryerson community will bury yet another time capsule in the upcoming Student Learning Centre (SLC), according to documents obtained by The Eyeopener. The building committee meeting note from Sept. 13 identify the steps at the front entrance of the building as a possible location for the time capsule. Additionally, the committee believes that burying a time capsule in the SLC would present the opportunity to “create buzz with the student population.” Ryerson President Sheldon Levy initially admitted that he knew nothing about the time capusle, but agreed that it could help build the excitement for the upcoming building akin to the excitement that the time capsule uncovered in MLG yielded. “I don’t see any harm in it and it’s not a big expense and it’s a bit of fun,” said Levy. “I guess if one created buzz then the other one will as well.” As for what will go inside the capsule remains unknown, but Levy is adamant about what he would like to see. “For me [what’s interesting] was the history of the time, what were the students thinking about at the time, RSU opt-out cheques provided to students were co-signed by former executives what were the political issues at the time… the senate minutes of the uniThe Merchandise Building versity or the board minutes of the Salon & Spa time, the Eyeopener and the RyersoFREE THREADING on First Visit nian,” he said. with any other service Announced last April, the SLC 35% OFF for ALL RYERSON aims to generate space for 2,000 stuSTUDENTS (must show ID) dents. We Offer WAXING, MANI-PEDI, It will introduce a number of cafés, OPI Gel, Shellac, Nail Extension, reading rooms, a new and additional FACIAL and ALL Your Digital Media Zone and will house ESTHETICS Needs certain student support facilities, like For more info and appointment the Access Centre. contact Shelly at 647 389-0244 Construction on the SLC is expect135 Dalhousie St, Unit 104, ed to be completed in 2014.


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Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

SAGM motions set new mandate for RSU
By Ramisha Farooq
Over 100 students gathered at the Student Campus Centre (SCC) last Thursday and passed several key motions laid out by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) at their semiannual general meeting. Some of the most debated motions of the night included creating a commission on student group funding, supporting Ryerson athletics by creating an athletics commissioner, working towards trans-inclusive spaces and fighting for transit discounts on GO transit and Presto cards. All of the motions were approved by the students present. When a motion is approved via consent of the union at the semiannual or annual general meeting, it provides the RSU with a mandate to pursue that motion. But working them into campus policy can take months of research. “There is still a lot of work to be done,” said Rodney Diverlus, president of the RSU. “But, we as members must work together to keep our initiatives at the forefront.” One motion which the meeting did not have time to address was one regarding public-private partnerships, which the RSU wished to oppose and research further, through Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requests. The inclusion of trans students, was one motion that caused quite a stir amongst meeting participants. The motion called for the creation of a trans focus group to evaluate needs of trans students, and consider gender-neutral accommodations for spaces such as washrooms. It was the longest debate of the meeting with the motion ultimately being passed by a vote of 47-31, the closest of the night. The RSU holds two of these meetings each year at the SCC, enabling all eligible members to vote on student issues, and provide the RSU with their mandate. In the past six months, through initiatives introduced in previous meetings, the students’ union has organized the largest pride week parade thus far, the new parade and picnic, the largest welcome week in Ryerson history and CultureJam Week among other initiatives. “This room of students wants to have a say in the things that happen on campus,” Diverlus said. “We have an impact on our community.” Meetings in the past have also organized students who have gone on to fight and win discounted TTC passes, the new fall reading week, the sexual assault survivor support line along with other cost-saving services. The annual general meeting will be held April 10, 2013.


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R U Secure on campus?
Comment By Sean Tepper
For the first time in my three years at Ryerson, I don’t feel safe on campus. This wasn’t brought about by the half-dozen reported sexual assaults that took place over the course of September or the subsequent string of robberies that followed. No, this sense of paranoia was brought about by a single incident that occurred when a Ryerson student, who was checking his phone, was mugged in the middle of the busiest part of campus in broad daylight. It was at that moment that I realized our safe haven had been breached. Unlike other urban campuses such as the University of Toronto, Ryerson’s location faces its own unique challenges when it comes to monitoring people’s comings and goings, and what they do in between. Sandwiched between the hustle and bustle of the Eaton Centre and the less-than-desirable George and Jarvis streets neighbourhood — infamously dubbed crack alley — the reality of the situation is that we don’t know who is on campus at any given time. Security included. Theoretically, safety and transparency should come hand in hand; attached at the hip, so to speak. So why is it that we know very little about the steps that security is taking to ensure our safety? Julia Lewis, Ryerson’s chief emergency management officer, says that campus security is an ongoing, everchanging operation and that there are two types of changes that security makes: visible ones and non-visible ones. The visible ones, she says, encompass security’s physical presence on campus, while the non-visible ones are “all the prevention efforts that happen behind the scenes,” which, to my knowledge, include: a threat and risk assessment unit, updating their website, building up awareness and working with their partners to identify troubled areas. I don’t doubt that every day, security is hard at work analyzing campus trends and devising ample — if not intricate — plans to ensure our little city is a safe as can be. Honestly, I don’t. But after two meetings where I asked what changes were made since September to ensure safety on campus, I’m still puzzled as to why those behind-the-scenes changes are not as transparent as they could be, and more importantly what exactly they are. Sure, security has six to seven officers patrolling campus at all times and security watches are issued to all community members via email, but that doesn’t give me the peace of mind that it should. Last week, our editor-in-chief Lee Richardson wrote an editorial disputing comments made by the head of Ryerson security that “the university is huge.” To that I would have to agree. Our campus is far from huge: it’s only the space between the new Mattamy Athletic Centre and the Ted Rogers School of Management where we find ourselves spread thin. Not to mention, the densely populated areas off-campus between those two buildings. The easiest solution to elevate security is to have more officers out on the streets, watching our every move; but would that make us feel safer or create a sense of fear-mongering paranoia? I’m not claiming to have all the answers to Ryerson’s security problem — in fact I don’t have any. But I’m sure security does and when people are getting mugged in broad daylight, every student on campus should be clear on what those solutions are.

“What is your favorite piece of technology or software, recreational or educational, to use in the classroom?”

Mike Filev, 3rd-year engineering My phone. Nobody really uses laptops to take notes because we’re in engineering, so we use our phone.

Felicia Johnston, 2nd-year child and youth work Definitely my laptop, for note taking. It’s faster than writing and I can get a lot more of the information down without losing it.

Francis Vuong, 1st-year business management My phone because it can do everything I want. It keeps me entertained. I can search stuff up on it if need be.

Daniel Terek, 4th-year business management Technology tends to distract me, so I actually like to stay away from technology. I’m more of a pen and notepad kind of guy.

Joanne Delos Santos, 1st-year nursing Pageburst, which is online storage for textbooks ... You have something that’s portable and convenient.

Wednesday Nov. 21 2012



News Bites
Levy earns CEO Award of Excellence
The Canadian Public Relations Society of Toronto has selected Sheldon Levy, president of Ryerson University, as the winner of the 2013 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations. The award represents and recognizes excellence in communication, rewarding CEOs who can express a clear mission and shared values with a broad range of stakeholders.

Urban energy centre debuts at Ryerson
Last week, Ryerson launched the Innovation Centre for Urban Energy. Its goals involve helping new companies commercialize their ideas, as well as helping students learn in a more hands-on and experiential environment. It will aid students in setting up their own companies in the energy sector and is currently accelerating the growth of four companies.


Whether it’s PowerPoint slides, or interaction with students via Blackboard, technology is changing the way in which students learn

Teaching with technology
By Arti Panday
From copying notes from an overhead projector to tweeting a professor for participation marks, technology is changing the standards by which students are expected to perform — and learn — in the classroom. In the advent of social networking sites, schools have frowned upon the use of technological platforms that serve only as distractions. But professors are now encouraging their students to take advantage of these resources as tools for learning and enhancing interaction. Cross-platform teaching styles not only test professors; they challenge students’ minds as well. Lisa Taylor, a journalism professor at Ryerson University, turns to Twitter, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and iClickers to keep students actively engaging and absorbing material in different ways in her lectures. “When I started teaching here at Ryerson I thought, ‘I’m not going to be stuck in my age and believe that students can’t do both [learn and use technology]’ because clearly there’s all sorts of studies that say that your brain is a better multitasking brain than mine was when I was in university,” Taylor said. “I think technology makes especially dense material more engaging.” Taylor is one of the many professors who seeks assistance from Digital Media Projects (DMP), a group of staff at Ryerson that facilitates the use of technology in the classroom in various programs. The goal is to make it easy for professors to experiment with delivering content. Like Taylor, Ron Babin, an information and technology management professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, believes technology is a benefit to lectures. Babin prefers using features like Blackboard, which he considers more valuable as a technological forum than alternatives such as YouTube or Twitter, because they are also able to engage students outside of the classroom. “Ryerson is probably one of the leaders in the use of technology in classrooms,” Babin said. “Where it gets interesting is where we use Blackboard to encourage debates with our students in the class.” But measuring the effectiveness of this ample pool of resources depends on the nature of the course material, and it varies from course to course, according to Resitani Andriati, manager of DMP. “It’s pretty interesting because it’s more on the professor rather than the faculty,” said Andriati. “You can find a course with a clicker, it also has video tutorial and it also has online assignments. It depends on the professor and how they would like to run their course.” Rania El Morsy, a fourth-year psychology student, said that although technology can enhance students’ ability to keep up with and contextualize lecture material, students have to be responsible for keeping themselves on track and monitoring how they learn best. “It’s effective in the sense that you can type faster than you can write so you can keep up with the professor but if you’re using it in the wrong way — going on websites and YouTube — then you can be distracting other people,” El Morsy said. “If it’s used responsibly it can be a good addition to our education.” Though Ryerson provides all instructors with access to basic technology, such as slide projectors and computers, Ryerson continues to change its relationship with tehnology. The school’s move towards Gmail and Google Apps this fall. The recent switch to Google has received an overwhelming positive response, according to Jim Buchanan, the assistant director of client services at computing and communications services (CCS). “There have been some people who [are] uncomfortable with Google but for the most part there’s been an overwhelming amount of people who’ve been happy with it and finding all kinds of ways to use Google Docs to share documents and collaborate on things,” Buchanan said. But the pressures of taking advantage of new technologies in postsecondary education make it easier for both the student and the professor to lose track of the most fundamental part of learning — student engagement, Babin said. “The most important thing in education is engaging the students, the audience,” he said. “We run the risk of using technology to mask or be a substitute to student engagement. If we were to rely on technology completely and solely — we really wouldn’t need a professor.”



The most important thing in education is engaging the students, the audience
While Babin agrees that the use of technology is growing among postsecondary courses, he acknowledges that teachers cannot rely solely on tech to help students understand their material. Justin Ali, a third-year mechanical engineering student agrees on the importance of teacher engagement and, for the purpose of his specific program, finds that his professors choose to incorporate less technology than others. “I don’t find it very effective when the profs just use slides [on PowerPoint,] it’s more effective for our purpose, in engineering, if they just write on the board,” he said. “Most people don’t really use a lot of technology in class because there’s nothing that we learn in class that you can actually type.”

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Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

University introduces students to numerous new experiences, but can also cause them to question their beliefs.

A crisis


t the end of a long, dimly lit hallway, I sit in tears. Hunched over pathetically, I keep my bleary eyes fixed on the floor, only occasionally looking up to see the man seated across from me. In between sobs, I’m struggling for words, as people often do during reconciliation, a cathartic Catholic sacrament of confessing one’s sins. But it’s not my wrongdoings that have me weeping, though I certainly feel like I’ve done something wrong. It’s that I — who attended Catholic school and weekly masses, who toured from class to class to pray the rosary and helped found two religious retreat programs, who wrote for a Catholic newspaper and was once seriously considering the priesthood — am agnostic. It takes me a moment to muster the courage to tell that to the Catholic priest next to me. It’s taken even longer, almost two years now, for me to believe it myself. And it will certainly take a while before I can comfortably tell my family and religious friends. What you’re reading, I suppose, is the first step.

Yet when I find myself speaking with Lauren Kennedy, the president of the Ryerson Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, I can’t help but think she’s speaking directly about me. “People who have grown up in faith communities where they’ve not been encouraged to question, where they’ve had things just shoved at them,” she says. “It’s easy Even as I sat in a first-year philosophy class, for them to fall away, because they never really did believe.” listening to discussions on the existence of It’s still hard for me to convince God, I clung to the security of Pascal’s Wager myself that I never really believed. and Paley’s watchmaker argument. Even as I sat in a first-year philosoAnd oh, how I hated Hume phy class, listening to discussions on the existence of God, I clung to the security of Pascal’s Wager and For some, it has indeed poisoned Paley’s watchmaker argument. And For those coming from Catholic school, it’s an especially radi- religion; for others, it’s strengthened oh, how I hated Hume. At the time, Kennedy was in a cal change: scepticism and critical it. Whatever the case, university is thinking are abound, homosexual- challenging students’ religious be- similar position, enrolled in a phiity and abortion are almost unques- liefs and forcing them to re-examine losophy of religion course. “I took tionably accepted and sex — yes, the what their faith means to them — it on purpose because I didn’t want to go through life blindly,” she says. and it should. premarital kind — is everywhere. It was the summer after my first “If I said there wasn’t a struggle, I’d So I’m not surprised when the priest calmly tells me that he under- year at Ryerson when I first doubt- be lying… Even though it was hard stands. He says that it’s natural, that ed. For a long time, I was unsure and it made me question my beliefs, I should talk to people about it and where the uncertainty had come I actually came out stronger in the end.” that I shouldn’t rely solely on what from. My loss of faith is not an uncommon phenomenon, particularly among people my age. In fact, universities and colleges have long had a reputation for “poisoning” student’s beliefs. It’s the first time many are no longer under the watchful eyes and strict order of their parents. the Internet and books tell me about the irrationality of faith. He has me there: the hours of militantly atheist YouTube videos, the dozens of Demotivational posters, the Dawkins and Hitchens readings — they’ve all played their part in my doubts. But the university environment has had its own distinct role.


hat kind of questioning, according to Ryerson philosophy professor Paul Bali, is a common result of such a course. “The ideal of philosophy is no premise left unchallenged,” says Bali, whose own beliefs were redefined by years of schooling. “It doesn’t mean you don’t believe anything, it means that you hold beliefs to the highest possible standards.” In his classes, Bali says he tries to make religion appear as more than just a dogmatic caricature. While his course has shaken some students’ beliefs, Bali says others, like Kennedy, leave with an even stronger faith. You can find some of those students in the basement of the Student Campus Centre (SCC). Beyond the used-book store, closet-sized offices line a constantly vibrant L-shaped corridor. It’s a ghetto unlike any other: The Armenian Students’ Association is as close to Campus for Christ as it is to the Association of Ryerson Role-Players and Gamers. Cultures,

Wednesday Nov. 21 2012



Luc Rinaldi explores how a struggle can reinforce your devoutness and what it’s like to lose your religion

of faith


creeds and curiosities so disparate have never been so concentrated. So when I speak with Elise Loterman, the program associate of Ryerson’s Hillel chapter (a Jewish student group), her words are especially apparent. “University exposes students to so many different ideas and opinions and ideologies,” she says, seated in Hillel’s office. “For some students, that could mean exposing them to things they’ve never necessarily seen or heard before.” In that same office a week later, Mitch Reiss, president at Hillel at Ryerson, echoes his colleague, telling me the setting keeps him learning and questioning constantly. “University is a time when people try new things, explore different options… when people experiment with their culture and their faith.” Motioning out to the hallway, he adds, “Once you get out of the university structure, you don’t get this [dynamic] anymore.” In the direction Reiss is gesturing, the Ismaili Muslim Students’ Association office is alive with chatter and laughter. One of their mem-

his answer. “I think it’s hard to keep your faith here, no matter what religion,” says Oflaz, a Christian. “In high school, it was a lot more comfortable and safe to have faith… In university, there’s a sense of when you grow up, you’re not supposed to be gullible enough to believe. I feel like not having faith is the new cool thing.” still remember my last religion class in Grade 12. My teacher rose from his desk with a stack of little red booklets in one hand. He navigated his way through the rows of desks, handing one to each of us. In high school, it was a lot more comfortable On the cover, it read How to Stay Catholic in College. I skimmed it, and safe to have faith... In university, there’s a thinking its advice wouldn’t ever sense of when you grow up, you’re not apply to me. supposed to be gullible enough to believe. I I was wrong. feel like not having faith is the new cool thing Now, I live two different lives. At university, I had never advertised my religiosity. Even when I joined “If you start out devout,” he says, Ryerson’s Catholic chaplaincy in If there are people falling away from religion in university, I haven’t “there are definitely avenues to keep first year, few of my classmates and your faith. But if you don’t, you end newfound friends knew about my found them yet. That’s when I spot Armen Ma- up like me.” faith. So when my beliefs buckled, Garen Oflaz, another graduate of nothing changed. toosian, an old friend who attended my Catholic high school, peering my high school, has no hesitation in But to my parents, brothers and bers is quick to note that Ryerson — between the school administration and the students’ union — is accommodating and supportive of religious groups on campus. Nearly everyone I talk to tells me the same thing. If there’s proof of that, I’m looking at it. As I start to make my way out of the SCC, I begin to catalogue what has become a long list of stories that serve as a counterpoint to my own. I’ve heard over and over that university can fortify faith just as much as it can break it. out of one of the corridor’s miniature offices. I stop to chat and inevitably end up telling him about my story. “That’s kind of like me,” he says tentatively when I mention the topic of students losing their religion. “I believed in God when I was younger… But I really don’t believe in anything anymore.” Matoosian admits he was never particularly passionate about his faith, and he didn’t attend church regularly. But then again, neither do the majority of Christians.


many of my friends, I am the person I was in high school. Some people still jokingly call me Jesus from time to time, and over the summer I led a weeklong Catholic retreat. Only a couple months ago, I got an email from a priest asking me to join a group of young men discerning religious life. There’s no simple way to cut off an entire part of your life, especially when so much of your outward identity stems from it. There’s a part of me that’s convinced it’s easier to keep pretending I’m Catholic (I’ve become pretty good at that) than trying to explain why I’m not. After all, detailing your disbelief to a believer is, if not oppositional, incredibly draining. Despite times of intense sadness and a desperate longing to put this behind me, I’m thankful that I was forced to question my beliefs. I can’t be sure that they won’t change even a year from now, but I’m glad that Ryerson, along with a handful of other factors, made me re-examine them. University poisoned my faith. And I’m glad it did.



Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

From Naturally, Sadie to Overruled, Jacob Kraemer’s been acting for a decade

Rye’s own child star
By Arti Panday
Fourth-year Ryerson film production student Jacob Kraemer has come a long way from his role as teen heartthrob Ben Harrison in Naturally, Sadie, a comedy on Family Channel. Kraemer was 10 years old when he first realized his talent for acting. “My dad and I every once in a while we banter movie lines back and forth.” said Kraemer. “It’ll come up [or] somehow we’ll work it into a conversation and then it’ll go off on its own tangent” When he turned 12, his parents decided he was finally old enough to pursue a career in acting. His breakout role was in Naturally, Sadie, where he actually played two different roles. “In the first season I showed up in two episodes very quickly and then I was able to do Ben,” he said. “The two episodes I did in the first season almost cost me the role,” he explained. “My first day on Sadie everybody was kind of like, ‘Weren’t you from…’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, that was me. I’m somebody completely different now so don’t worry.’” Now, in his last year at Ryerson, Kraemer looks forward to continuing his acting career which he says will always be at the forefront. During his first two years at Ryerson, the young actor was working on the show Overruled, and going to school full-time. Working overtime on set between 60 to 70 hours a week, Kraemer was forced to devote the rest of his time to school. “I got really lucky. The professors in the image arts program were all pretty accommodating for me,” said Kraemer. “I would keep in touch with them via email, but it took sixand-a-half weeks to shoot a season and so for those six-and-a-half weeks I missed every class.” His guest appearance as a soldier on Combat Hospital was also a highlight for the 22-year-old. The show is about a hospital in Afghanistan and featured an actor Kraemer looks up to, Elias Koteas. “[Koteas] has been in almost every movie you can imagine,” Kraemer said in admiration. “He’s been in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Shutter Island… he was Casey Jones in all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Although Kraemer doesn’t have any big gigs right now, he’s working on his thesis production, a short film written by his friend and classmate, Travis Merriman. Kraemer describes the film as a story about “reconnecting with a father who’s been [largely] absent from his son’s life.”

The Theatre School is staging two new productions starting next week. Alfea Donato reports

It’s show time!
Ryerson Dances (Nov. 27- Dec.1)

Dance students rehearse their routines for the show. After battling through injuries, long hours and intensive routines, Ryerson dance students will light up the stage next week with the Ryerson Dances production. Produced by Karen Duplisea, the show will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. It will feature choreographies from renowned industry professionals who have been working with the students since September. According to fourth-year Christine Walker, though the work is physically demanding, it’s well worth it. “It’s pretty much the real deal, except we’re not getting paid,” says Walker. “The biggest challenge is body stress. We’re working three to four hours a day, on top of schoolwork our bodies are sore all the time.”


Jacob Kraemer juggles an acting career and university at the same time.


Lights, camera, fashion!
By Nicole Schmidt
Ryerson School of Fashion’s event planning class chose to challenge themselves with DISTRICT, their annual fashion show, by selecting Toronto as the theme for their production. As if trying to embody the essence of a city as diverse as Toronto wasn’t hard enough, students have to tackle the project on their own, according to professor Eugenia Lista, who teaches the course. “It’s so natural to look at a professor to answer questions, but I’m just there as a guide,” she said. “It’s up to them to look inside themselves and each other to answer their questions.” Shaylyn Oxner, this year’s project lead, says the show is more than just a fashion show. “[It’s] got theatrical aspects to it and everything ties back to the streets of Toronto,” she said. “It all comes together to put on a really cool experience for the audience.” The show, called DISTRICT, will feature beat boxers, break-dancers, drummers and other Toronto street performers as well as the designs of approximately 40 students. The garments are primarily eveningwear, with the exception of a few readyto-wear pieces. But there is a wide variety of gowns — from simple dresses to more elaborate. “There are some [dresses] that are really theatrical, they go above and beyond just typical eveningwear,” said Oxner. Kim Leckey, a third-year design student, created a unique, corset and skirt combo for the show. Many students designed more than one piece. Hamish Thwaites, a second-year fashion design student, created two dresses for the show, spending more than 80 hours making his sketches come to life. “This dress is the first time I’ve had an idea and didn’t know how to make it,” he said. “There was a lot of trial and error, but eventually I ended up with a final product that looked exactly like what I had imagined.” Thwaites designs are a combination of evening and ready-to-wear styles. One of his dresses is made of a sheer nylon, a fabric expected to be very in for 2013. DISTRICT debuted Tuesday at the Berkeley Church. “The show is going to be amazing,” said Oxner. “I don’t know exactly what to expect but I think its going to be better than my expectations.”

Fourth-year dance student Lindsay Voskuil agrees. Voskuil is performing in an action-oriented piece that has lost a dancer to a back injury. “Every so often, people will be like ‘my knee’s screwed up,’” says Voskuil. But they have learned to be tough. Fourth-year dance student Kunal Ranchod says his love for Circus, choreographed by William Yong, is motivation enough. “[I want to] give myself to the piece,” he says. “There’s no name to the movements. [They’re] very quirky and different. So beautiful to watch, but harder to learn.” Although his own ankle is bothering him, Ranchod won’t let the discomfort stop him. “You deal with it and move on,” says Ranchod. “When the time comes, you just dance.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Nov. 28 - Dec. 1)

Students practice the delivery of their lines at group readings. In September, theatre school instructor Ian Watson told his wife he didn’t think the second-year class could act. “I feel this way every year,” he says. “The jury’s always out with me.” Two months later, Watson has done a complete 180. On November 28, the second-year acting class will stage their first production, William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, and he couldn’t be prouder. “The great thing about these actors is they are such workers. Everyone’s struggling but they just keep going,” says Watson. “You can’t ask for better.” According to lead actress Madeline Smith, it has been a learning


Evening wear designs presented by the DISTrIcT fashion show display ryerson talent.


experience. “Yes, we want to put on a good production but we’re here to learn,” says Smith. Besides cramming in rehearsals around their class schedules and free time, second-year theatre students Smith and Kaleb Horn faced challenges with Shakespearean language and the division of roles since students share roles with other actors. “At first, I focused only on my part,” says Horn, who shares the lead role of Ferdinand. “You really have to focus on what other people are saying.” Love’s Labour’s Lost runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. Tickets are now on sale but so far, all showings are sold out except on Nov. 29.

Wednesday Nov. 21 2012




A sex educator came to Ryerson last Friday to give students some kinky tips

Tips from a sex educator
Head to a dollar store to make new sex toys. Try feathers, zip-ties, and tassles to experiment with new textures. Aim towards the belly button to hit the female G-spot. Don’t buy sex toys that smell, as they usually contain phthalates. This can cause infertility. Silicone lube is better for external play because it doesn’t dry out. Deep throating without a condom makes you more susceptible to STDs. A man’s orgasm and ejaculation are two distinct things which one can learn to separate to stay erect longer.

Let’s talk about sex, baby
By Shannon Baldwin
Sucking on the tip of a condom and holding a solid grey dildo, Carlyle Jansen demonstates to a room full of students how to put a condom on with her mouth. After a moment’s pause, she dives onto the fake penis, her head bobbing. With a quick slide of her hand to finish the roll, she’s done in a matter of seconds. The slightly stunned room breaks into a round of applause. “Remember to suck the condom, don’t chew it,” said Jansen, owner of Good for Her sex shop and a sex educator. She spoke to Ryerson students last Friday at Sexability, an event presented by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) to help students explore their sexualities. Sucking was explored a lot at the event, but this was just one of the moves Jansen had lined up to demonstrate. Everything from toys to black latex gloves to an intro to kink was discussed, demonstrated and passed around. Batteries included. Amira Ali, a third-year early childhood education student, took four hours to debate whether or not to join the event; her parents think she’s working on a project. But having just started to come out as a gay Muslim woman, learning about sex was her next step in accepting her sexuality. “I’ve known I’m gay for a long time now but the accepting part is new,” she said. “I actually regret accepting it because now that I have, I want to explore it.” that people begin to panic and try to dazzle each other with fancy moves. “But sometimes, it’s good to stay right there because orgasms are a buildup of energy. So we actually need that plateau,” Jansen said. According to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, 29 per cent of women always orgasm with their partner, compared to 75 per cent of men. Jansen herself didn’t orgasm until she was 28 years old. In fact, she said she was terrified of sex and waited until she was 21 before losing her virginity. Then, the partner she was sleeping with dumped her because their sex life didn’t live up to his expectations. That’s when she discovered her first vibrator: The Hitachi Magic Wand. The vibrator was plugged into an extension cord and passed around at the event so people could try out one of two speeds, high and really high. Jansen keeps all her toys in a box she calls “pervertables,” but admits she’s still afraid to be face-to-face with a partner during sex. “Sex is a skill. For a very small percentage of people, doing what feels right works. But most bodies aren’t like that,” Jansen said. “You have to learn what to do.”

Sex is a skill. For a very small percentage of people, doing what feels right works. But most bodies aren’t like that
While the event was a light hearted and fun way to explore new tips and tricks, Jansen brought up many serious matters. Her biggest message was about practicing communication and consent. “Ask, ‘Can I fuck you now?’ ...rather than ‘...When can I put my fingers inside of you?’”said Jansen. She explains that at the end of the day, both people want to reach orgasm and to help each other do it, so they need to feel comfortable with what they’re doing. She said that sex often escalates quickly, and then reaches a plateau. It’s generally at this moment

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Recipe: Cheesecake stuffed strawberries
Ingredients -1lb large strawberries -8 oz cream cheese -4 tbsp powdered sugar -1tsp vanilla extract -Graham cracker crumbs


1) Hollow out the strawberries with a paring knife. 2) Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl until creamy. 3) Put the cheesecake mixture in a ziploc bag with the corner cut off, and fill strawberries with the mixture. 4) Once strawberries are filled, dip the tops in graham cracker crumbs. Photo and recipe courtesy of


Biz & Tech

Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

Ryerson student groups are unsure of whether the new Passport program will increase event attendance. Tara Deschamps reports

Student passports: What’s the point?
Ryerson students can now swipe their OneCards on campus to earn more than just a snack or a library book. A new program called Passport is offering students a chance to collect points on their OneCard for attending campus events. The program, launched by RU Student Life, allows the points to be redeemed for prizes. According to RU Student Life digital community facilitator Hamza Khan, “prizes can be something as small as a Starbucks gift card, but [the] sky’s the limit.” She said the prizes will be determined and provided by the program and student groups. Some campus groups, like the Ryerson Anime Club (RU-Anime), have already discussed a point system and rewards for members. “Every time a member volunteers they’ll get a certain amount of points,” says the club’s vicepresident of finance, Patricia Alba. “A certain amount of points will automatically make you an RUAnime executive, but these points will also go toward buying discounted Anime North tickets that we’ll be selling next semester.” But others like the Armenian Students’ Association campus relations director Ani Dergalstanian think the opportunities campus groups offer make rewards unnecessary. “Personally, I think getting involved in a student group and making new friends is reward enough,” she says. “People shouldn’t have to be bribed to get involved in their student communities.” Dergalstanian also doubts how many students will be enticed to join or participate in groups like hers which are culture-based, and not interest-based like RU-Anime. “Our membership is almost predetermined [because] many Armenians on campus join our group but we don’t get too many others who are interested,” she says. “I wouldn’t mind trying out the pro-


gram for our group, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it doesn’t do much to increase our membership or event participation.” But Alba is more optimistic. “RU-Anime events are always open to anyone who would like to join us,” she says. Khan thinks Passport might also increase attendance at campus events because the program’s online database will allow groups to monitor how many people participate in each event. He says the database will inform students about campus organizations and events with a listings page that will be more extensive than the school’s current events calendar. “The Passport listings would be a one-stop shop for campus

events,” he says. Khan also thinks the listings will be beneficial for students who commute and would address the struggle campus groups face when trying to maintain attendance on a commuter campus. “It’s easier for students who are on campus, interacting and being able to move from one location to another to attend events,” he says. Ryerson’s vice-president of administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg agrees. She says Ryerson’s location in the downtown core means campus groups compete with many other events for attendance. Dergalstanian also points out that timing affects the turn-out at campus events. “We’ll get a lot more people to come out to an event that takes

place early on in the year when student workload is light, compared to later in the semester when people are holed up at home studying without any intention of going out to an event,” she explains. Even though many members have heavy workloads, she says her group’s events usually get a good turnout. She attributes high attendance rates to the small number of members the club has and the time of year events are held. However, she says the Armenian Students’ Association will always welcome new strategies to improve campus participation. As a result, she will examine the Passport Program’s impact before the club fully accepts it. “I won’t knock it before I try it,” she says.

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By Alexa huffman


Image arts students got a dose of practicality last Thursday as Elizabeth Radshaw shared advice on how to run a business. The Ryerson Dean’s Lecture Series hosted the Hot Docs forum and market director in the Image Arts Building. Radshaw spoke about how artists can become successful entrepreneurs. “I think as individuals we are sort of anxious about getting out into the art world,” said Radshaw. “It’s surprising how easy it is to

start a business.” She started the evening with a laugh, telling the audience, which ranged from visual artists to designers and writers, not to end up like Morgan Spurlock, the creator of the popular film, Super Size Me. She suggested they look up to leaders like Louis C.K., who leads a different type of consumer movement. “Both entrepreneurs and artists are the same thing. They are making and selling work that is personally and emotionally important to them,” Radshaw said. In order to give tools to inspire students, Radshaw outlined 10
Elizabeth Radshaw visited the IMA building last Thursday.

steps to starting your own business as well as apps and websites that can help artists flourish as entrepreneurs in the industry. One of these included Doc Ignite, a crowd-funding website in which Canadian documentarians can get their pitches featured on the site and users can pledge money to support the filmmakers. Another tool mentioned by Radshaw is the Government of Ontario site, which offers all the steps to setting up a small business. Radshaw says it is as simple as opening a business account, getting a business number, getting a domain name and lastly getting some business cards printed out. “The minute you do it, it’s an incredible, liberating feeling,” said Radshaw. After that, it’s all about marketing your product’s uniqueness. Radshaw ended the night with what she thinks are the most important words to remember when trying to finance in a creative world. “I really believe that you can find something you love doing,” she said, “so why not do it for a living?”

Wednesday Nov. 21 2012



Ryerson to host Chinese Junior National Team
By Charles Vanegas
Last week, Ryerson Athletics announced the men’s basketball team would be hosting the Chinese Junior National Team at its annual National Invitational Tournament (NIT) being held Dec. 28-30. Rams’ head coach Roy Rana, who is also coach of the Canadian Junior National Team, was able to facilitate the visit through a contact with the Toronto Raptors. Rana said participation by the Chinese team would be beneficial to all parties involved. “For them it’s great preparation [for the 2013 FIBA World U19 Championship], and for the other teams in the tournament, it’s an opportunity to play some of the best talent in the world,” said Rana. “China has some legitimate big time talent, so it should be a lot of fun.” The Chinese roster will include 16-year-old Zhou Qi (pronounced “Joe Chee”), who is considered by many to be the future of Chinese basketball. After posting 41 points, 28 rebounds and 15 blocks in the semi-finals of an international under-16 tournament, Zhou has already begun drawing comparisons to China’s most successful basketball star, eight-time NBA all-star Yao Ming. At 6’7” and 6’9”, Rams forwards Bjorn Michaelsen and Nem Stankovic will have the unenviable task of guarding the 7’1” Zhou. But Michaelsen said he is more excited for the experience and less worried about a potential mismatch. “It is always fun playing basketball against different cultures, [because it’s a] different style of play. For Zhou Qi, it is going to be fun to play with someone of his size and talent,” he said. “[I’m going to] just play hard and physical and [try not to] pick up fouls.” Other teams participating in the Ryerson NIT will be McGill University, Centennial College, Guelph University, McMaster University, UPEI and Humber College.

Second-year outside hitter Robert Wojcik (left) has the Rams thinking about a deep playoff run.


Newest Ram adds spike to men’s volleyball playoff hopes
By Josh Beneteau
The Ryerson men’s volleyball team (4-3) has struck it rich with their newest star, second-year outside hitter Robert Wojcik. In only five games this season, the 6’6” Wojcik has done it all. He currently ranks second in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference in total kills (78) and points per set (4.66). Wojcik has played with the Ontario provincial team since 2009, including this past summer when the team, which also featured Rams’ setter Aleksa Miladinovic, won the National Team Challenge Cup in Gatineau, Que. “Based on his physical abilities, there aren’t many athletes his age who can jump that high and are that physically strong,” says head coach Mirek Porosa. “For me, [getting Robert] is like winning 6/49, trust me,” And it’s not just Porosa that’s excited. Teammates believe that Wojcik’s addition has transformed the Rams from a team that was questionable to make the playoffs to one of the top four in the OUA. Fourth-year player Milad Chitan says that having a teammate of Wojcik’s calibre on the right side of the court — where most of the set plays go — makes it easier for them to recover from mistakes. “We can go to him when we have a broken play or a bad pass. This gives us the comfort of knowing we have a teammate that can bail us out 80 per cent of the time regardless of the trajectory of the set,” says Chitan. But Wojcik’s journey to Ryerson had a few detours. Last season, he chose to play for the University of Alberta, a perennial volleyball power in the CIS. While he enjoyed his time in Alberta, he decided to move back to Ontario to be closer to his family. “I didn’t really expect it to be as tough as it was,” Wojcik says. And just as Wojcik was a hot commodity when he was first choosing a university after high school, when he decided to return to Ontario, many teams were pushing for his services. In the end, he chose Ryerson, both for the new history program and the chance to play for Porosa. “I’ve known Mirek for a really long time, and he’s really helped me out throughout my volleyball career,” Wojcik says. “Plus (Ryerson) is in Toronto, which is a great place and close to my home in Whitby.” But even after his arrival, there were still issues that needed to be ironed out. Generally, the CIS does not allow student athletes to play varsity sports in their first year after transferring. Wojcik and Ryerson appealed, but it was not before missing pre-season and two season games that he was permitted to play. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be allowed to play this year,” Wojcik says. “That was a really stressful time.” With Wojcik in the fold, the Rams believe they have the necessary pieces to be competitive for years to come. “It’s a huge advantage that we get to keep the core group of guys around for more than just this year,” says Aleksa Miladinovic. “But we have set our sights on achieving our goals this season.” Those goals include hosting a playoff game this season, and a possible berth in the OUA finals. But it all begins with Wojcik. “Being able to play is such a relief,” he says. “I [just] want to do the best I can for everyone.”
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Wednesday Nov. 21 2012

Ski Ninjas

Kyle Lees

By Kai Benson
You’ll finally shake that video game addiction now that the mob’s coming to take your thumbs.

You’ll get into a fistfight with the Dalai Lama. He will later attribute the outburst to your “stupid fucking face.”

Money is coming your way, now that you can sue that pharmaceutical company for giving you nipple teeth.

A millionaire will capture you to hunt you on his private island. All in all, it will be one of the best weeks you can remember.

Expect the unexpected this week, because your baby will be born premature.

Autoerotic asphyxiation sounds like a complicated term, but you’ll just make it look so easy!

You’ll be disappointed in your lacklustre horoscope.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But seriously, you’ll be attacked by lions, tigers and bears. All at the same time, in the middle of the Eaton Centre, and nobody will try to help you.

Question everything this week. Where am I? Why’s that hobo on fire? Where are my pants? Why am I being arrested? Etc.

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An army of Juggalos and Twihards will follow you around everywhere, insult your fashion choices and generally drive you insane.

The only difference between you and Kony 2012 is that five people still care about Kony 2012.

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