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Ryerson plays host to a number of so-called ‘Sugar Babies’ — young students strapped for cash and open to creative solutions

Ryerson students ‘seeking arrangement’
By Diana Hall
Ashley Wolfson* found herself the perfect man. He treated her to dinner at the CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant, took her rock climbing last weekend and bought her a puppy — a six-monthold pug, which she named Moose. He may be the perfect man, but Wolfson, a third-year Ryerson University student, isn’t in love; she counts on her Sugar Daddy to ease the financial burden of living as a student in Toronto, and she credits SeekingArrangment.com for bringing them together. “You meet businessmen who just want to, like, have a good time with someone younger and attractive, and you get compensated really well,” Wolfson, 21, said Monday. “It’s kind of a win-win.” A Jan. 23 article published in the Toronto Star revealed 183 Ryerson University students like Wolfson signed up for a SeekingArrangement.com membership last year — more students than any other Canadian university. The match-making website connects Sugar Babies (usually attractive and financially-strapped young women) with Sugar Daddies (wealthy and successful businessmen with cash to burn). “Of course I was nervous meeting just like random strangers... You just see like a photo of them and a description of them — and you know what they want, too,” Wolfson said. “So... it’s scary at first, but then it gets easier.” Wolfson enjoys what the website calls a “mutually beneficial relationship” with her latest Sugar Daddy. She has been with him for six months. Her Daddy pays her $1,500 per month in exchange for friendship, fun and sex — financial aid which Wolfson said more than covers her rent. Wolfson is one of the site’s two million members, 330,000 of whom are Canadians. Students make up almost one-third of its Canadian membership. Although Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said the decisions students make in their off-time is none of his business, he admitted the idea of students turning to strangers for rent and tuition money concerns him. “Normally, I answer these questions [with] something like... ‘Well, I trust all the students to make the best decisions,’ and all of that,” he said. “But then I thought, ‘Oh, I just don’t like this.’” According to Jennifer Gwynn, SeekingArrangement.com’s public relations manager, the understanding of trading money for company does not mean the site endorses prostitution. “Just like Match.com or eHarmony, we are just a meeting place. We don’t allow any escorts or prostitution on our site... there’s easier ways to get that than [signing] up on a dating website,” Gwynn said. But not all of Wolfson’s prior arrangements have been with gentleman, she admitted. Sugar Babies have to watch out for who Wolfson called “Fly Guys — [men who] want to get together one time and never contact you again.” She insisted her relationship with her 30-year-old Sugar Daddy, however, is fun and easy. “It’s like we’re dating,” Wolfson said. She also feels safer and more financially secure with her Sugar Daddy; the arrangement helped her move out of her “shittier apartment” near Dundas and Jarvis Streets, where Wolfson was struggling to pay rent. As long as they still get along, she’ll keep him around until after she graduates — but her Sugar Daddy isn’t her long-term solution. “It’s really different [than having a boyfriend], Wolfson said. “[But] I wouldn’t say I’m happier, because it’s nicer to be in love with someone. ... You don’t expect anything from them and they don’t expect anything from you.” *names have been changed

Those running for the RSU’s top spots announced at all-candidates meeting

RSU unveils election candidates
By Eyeopener Staff
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) elections won’t be hotly contested this year, as only two executive positions have more than one running candidate. Shelby Kennedy, Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for this year’s elections, announced the verified candidates at a meeting Monday. Melissa Palermo, who will finish up her second term as vice-president education at the RSU in April, is going for the presidency. Her challenger is Roble Mohamed. Rajean Hoilett and Ani Dergalstanian will duke it out for the VP equity spot, a position currently held by Marwa Hamad. Ifaz Iqbal, VP student life and events, is running for the VP operations position. He is uncontested. Danielle Brogan, a Faculty of Communications and Design director at the RSU, has no opposition in her bid for the VP student life and events job. Brogan, a fashion communications student, is also the Athletics Commissioner at the RSU. Kennedy gave candidates a rundown of campaign do’s and don’ts, outlined the duties and powers of the CRO during the election, and explained the work of the Election Appeals Committee (EAC). Though candidates may not send unsolicited emails to potential voters, emailing is permitted if consent is obtained, according to candidate guidelines. A candidate may create a website, subject to approval by the CRO, to promote his or her campaign and platform. Facebook groups are allowed, though candidates may not send messages to followers. While a ruling made by the CRO can be appealed by a candidate, the EAC “cannot amend the penalty as made by the CRO, they can only accept or overturn the decision,” candidate guidelines state. Campaigning will start on Jan. 30 at midnight, and voting days run from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13.

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CRO Shelby Kennedy announces who is running in the upcoming RSU elections.

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Online Emma “Black girl snap” Prestwich John “Web guru” Shmuel General Manager Liane “Cake supplier” McLarty Advertising Manager Chris “Patient One” Roberts Design Director J.D. “Microwave Lord” Mowat Circulation Manager Megan “Once a week” Higgins Contributors Anna “Contributors” Richardson Melissa “Can drink” Danchak! Monique “Booze with” Hutson Tara “Masthead” Deschamps Marissa “For free” Dederer Brian “So” Batista Bettencourt Alex “Work for us” Tomaszewski Deborah “And drink” Hernandez Shannon “(And eat)” Clarke Beza “On us” Getachew Joseph “No catch” Ho Ramisha “Just work” Farooq The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest and only independent student newspaper. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned by the students of Ryerson. Our offices are on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre. You can reach us at 416-979-5262 or at SCC207.

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Ben Rich is the organizer behind the new varsity baseball team.

Ryerson needs to help its sports teams that don’t play on Carlton Street

There’s more outside the MAC
By Lee Richardson
Finally, there’s some sports news going on that doesn’t involve thebasketball or hockey teams. The university has recently got itself a varsity baseball team. It’s surprising that it took this long to get one. In terms of undergrad student population, we’re one of the biggest universities in Ontario. With the team confirmed we’re now on par with smaller universities — like Brock, Laurier and Waterloo — that have baseball teams. Still, disregarding how long it took, we have a varsity team that’s part of Ontario University Athletics. All well and good. Except one thing. The people who worked through the process of creating the team had to prove to the university that it would be financially self-sufficient. In other words, Ryerson let the organizers know up front that it wouldn’t be interested in handing over any funding. Not too hard to judge, as any new team is a financial risk. Though let’s remember that the teams now drawing crowds, the hockey and basketball teams, were both financial risks in their beginnings. It’s pretty obvious that the university is putting a big chunk of its resources into the teams playing in what’s quickly turning into the PR epicentre of the campus — the MAC. Because of that building, sports has become more noticeable over the last semester. Now, there’s an opportunity to push the fact that varsity sports are getting noticed. But the new team could struggle. They need, and should have, a backing from the university. Ryerson has been pushing sports in the MAC for months now, but not every sport can be played there. It’s time for the university to give a hand to the other, smaller teams that people would be interested in if they only knew they existed.

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And the Wynne-r is...
In a decision reached at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention, at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson Saturday, MPP Kathleen Wynne was declared the next premier of Ontario. Wynne is the first openly gay premier in Canadian history. She ran on a platform of conflict resolution and forward momentum, among others. Wynne has promised to reopen the provincial legislature Feb. 19.

Ford restored
On Jan. 25, a three-judge divisional court panel ruled in favour of Ford’s appeal in the now infamous conflict of interest case which nearly cost the controversial Toronto mayor his job. Clayton Ruby, the lawyer representing Toronto resident Paul Magder, has plans to pursue an appeal in the Supreme Court, the Toronto Star reported, though they may not hear the case.

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Thousands of protesters gathered outside Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre Saturday to send a message to the province’s next premier. The Ontario Liberal leadership convention, in which Kathleen Wynne became Canada’s first openly gay premier, drew a legion of demonstrators from across the GTA. The Ontario Federation of Labour shipped in protesters in buses from Ottawa and Hamilton, eventually meeting up with members from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Check out theeyeopener.com for more on the protest.
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Though many campus groups are unsatisfied with Aramark, Ryerson’s food services provider since 1993, acceptable alternatives have yet to be determined

Rye explores Aramark alternatives
By Ramisha Farooq
Despite student dissatisfaction with Ryerson’s current food services provider, no alternative to the longtime contract has been firmly established. Ryerson’s current contract with Aramark expires May 31, and the administration has only a few months to decide whether to renew the agreement. Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president administration and finance at Ryerson, said it may be time to change food services on campus. “I see food at Ryerson as a way to enhance student success, as a way to build student engagement and simply a way to make students, faculty and staff happy,” Hanigsberg said. “I’m not satisfied with the status quo and want to work on the kinds of offerings and price point.” But the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) says university administration is extremely reluctant to consider new student-friendly alternatives to Aramark. Andrew McAllister, the RSU vicepresident operations, said the school is not showing even the slightest interest in any of the models they have proposed. “The school believes that everything can be solved with a contract,” he said. “After reviewing recent survey results, we see that there is clearly a problem with the food on campus and I’m very worried that [students] are not going to be involved in the decision-making process.” McAllister recently proposed to Hanigsberg the creation of a Good Food Co-op, a not-for-profit corporation that would provide students with the majority of their meals. Another proposed model looks to mimic Guelph University’s system, which boasts several student-run venues such as Ryerson’s Oakham Café. Both proposals were rejected. President Sheldon Levy stressed that the administration is aware of problems with Aramark, and that the school is actively considering alternatives. “We’re trying to construct the [Request for Proposal] to be as open and as engaging and providing [of] opportunities as we can,” he said. “And a lot of consideration of the RSU’s concerns are being taken in. But if you ask me, do I see the possibility of Aramark not continuing? Yes I do.” Surveys by both the RSU and administration pointed to student dissatisfaction with the current system The RSU survey found that 63 per cent of students believe food on campus is expensive. Seventeen per cent said they didn’t know. Kelsey Courvoisier, a first-year criminology student living in residence, said that although meal-plans are convenient, the majority of her food comes from off campus due to lack of variety. “Wouldn’t you expect school food to be cheaper in order to help students who are strapped for money?” she said. Aramark has been serving Ryerson since 1993 and currently provides for more than 400,000 students in private and secondary schools, colleges and universities across Canada. “We have been flexible with [the school] but, they do not want to cooperate,” said McAllister. According to the RSU survey, student-run Oakham was the favourite on-campus eatery, due to its variety of choices such as vegetarian, halal, vegan and gluten-free offerings. Though McAllister would like to see a proliferation of student-run venues like Oakham, so far no such plans have been announced.

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Ryerson Students’ Union VP Operations Andrew McAllister has spearheaded the movement against renewing Ryerson’s contract with food provider Aramark.

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(Left to right) Adam Kahan, Lawrence Bloomberg and Denise O’Neil Green hold three of Ryerson’s top jobs.

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Some of Ryerson’s top executives are also some of its least known. Joseph Ho takes a look at how the hidden heads of the school keep busy

Behind the desk
Lawrence Bloomberg did not choose the chancellor life, the chancellor life chose him. Bloomberg’s decision to take the unpaid, honourific position of Ryerson’s chancellor came after a long walk around campus with Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “I didn’t apply and I didn’t choose Ryerson,” he says. “I had this preconceived view that Ryerson was a great place on the move and [it] would be a place — a really interesting place to play the role of chancellor.” Bloomberg says he will use his extensive business contacts to help students as much as possible. But his role at Ryerson isn’t clearly defined, and many students are largely unaware of who some university executives are and what they do. Ehsan Akbari, a third-year geographic information sciences student, did not recognize the names of many of Ryerson’s higher-paid executives and administrators. Akbari’s ignorance isn’t surprising. He’s never met them nor made it a goal to find out who they are and what they do. Yet the results of their work often trickle into everyday life. Adam Kahan, who takes home an annual $336,900, is vice-president university advancement. “The fundraising we do is [for] the enhancement budget. It’s about building new buildings, it’s about providing more scholarships, it’s about funding new chairs, it’s about providing equipment for our faculty members,” he says. His department handles fundraising, a crucial task when government funding has been decreasing and tuition hikes are capped. Kahan nurtures and maintains key business relationships with stakeholders and donors. After meeting a donor, the average time it takes to seal the deal on a contribution is 18 months, he says. Kahan’s office handles alumni relations, marketing and building Ryerson’s reputation. Even brochures pass through his department. By the time he marks his tenth year on the job, Ryerson’s newest executive, Denise O’Neil Green, will be in her seventh month. O’Neil Green started working at Ryerson in September 2012. She earns an annual salary of $196,500, as assistant vice-president and viceprovost for equity, diversity and inclusion. Her position was born out of recommendations from a report by the Task Force on Anti-Racism. “We are now integrating Denise into almost all the policy and procedural issues of the university,” Levy says, adding that, like Bloomberg, she’s still developing her role. Her office’s choices can affect the structure of courses, the appeals process, and the accessibility of campus events, she says. She participates in committees, examines policies and reviews proposals for new academic programs. Currently, she is planning for International Women’s Day and creating a new Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award for staff, faculty and students. She hopes it will be handed out in April. O’Neil Green stays in touch with students by attending events and connecting with representatives on committees. “A number of committees that I’m on have student representation and I make an effort to introduce myself to students, give them my card, invite them to come to my office, even invite them to have coffee with me so that I can learn about their experience at Ryerson.” But like some of her co-workers, when O’Neil Green steps out of her office and onto Gould Street, few students take notice. Akbari was able to identify only one of the three: Bloomberg. His understanding of the chancellor ended there. “I’ve seen it on the website, the name, on the front page,” he says. “But I don’t know who [he] is.”

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tudents will consider a lot of things during their time at Ryerson. From applying to a program, to gaining acceptance, all the way through to graduation day, the amount of thought a person puts into their future in that time is astronomical. But very few consider how the program itself came to be, or that the degree they’ve taken on is somebody’s brain child — their baby. It was only 20 years ago that Ryerson was granted full university status by the government of Ontario, and in that time, the school has established nearly 60 bachelor programs and the number is rising. First, an idea must be conceived, and that program idea must serve Ryerson in an area in which the university is currently lacking. Typicalidea for a new program for quite a while. It was a lengthy process because it was an idea for a kind of program that doesn’t exist certainly anywhere else in North America,” says Levine. “However, it could take advantage of the unique circumstances we have at Ryerson, since no university embraces all of the creative industries like Ryerson does.” Aside from creative industries, 2013 will also see the launch of biomedical science, financial mathematics, real estate management, philosophy and professional communication. In its first stages, those proposing a program must write a “letter of intent” to the provost’s office as well as to the dean of the respective faculty. The two provide feedback and revisions to the letter while the university

No university can really call itself a ‘full university’ without humanities programs
ly, these ideas are thought up by faculty groups, like professors, deans and chairs, who decide what they can create in a new program that will attract and educate students in a discipline within the faculty’s field. (So, sorry to anyone reading with the intent of creating a four-year BA in beer pong. Ryerson administration isn’t likely to find a use for that sort of education.) But with the approval of a handful of new programs this fall, some educational areas are certainly growing. Take the creative industries program for example — a four-year degree program that allows students to explore creative fields such as fashion and photography while learning managerial skills. Graduates earn a bachelor of arts with a specialization in business. The interdisciplinary program is geared towards those who desire an entrepreneurial career in media, entertainment, design or the visual and performing arts. You could call Ira Levine the loving parent of creative industries. It took the Ryerson theatre school professor about five years before it could give birth to the program, and it’s currently accepting applications for its first semester next fall. “I had been thinking about the planning office looks at the financial aspects of the program. If all agree that the program has a solid academic purpose and will produce graduates with real career opportunities, the provost will post the revised letter on their website for 30 days. Ryerson community members are then invited to comment on the program and those comments are passed along to the proposers. “It’s a pretty thorough process,” Levine says, taking a moment to dig up his creative industries proposal documents. He heaves up two bounded books with clear plastic covers, both the size of encyclopedias. He drops them on a table, a small grunt escaping his mouth as the books make a loud thud. “This alone took about a year,” he says, looking at his proposals with pride. After a number of meetings and consultations between the proposers, the faculty dean, and the viceprovost academic, a formal letter is written, authorizing the school or department to generate a new “full” proposal that meets the requirements of Ryerson’s Senate policies. Policy 110: Institutional Quality Assurance Process, lists the specific responsibilities and powers of each party involved in the approval pro-

cess, including the Senate, the Academic Standards Council, and the provost. Policy 112: New Program Development, outlines the specifics of the content within the proposal documentation and the expectations of an undergraduate, master’s and doctoral program. Additionally, the set of skills that students should acquire upon completion of this program must also be specified. “We were extremely confident putting the BA forward,” says Arne Kislenko, the director and proud parent of Ryerson’s history under-

graduate program which began last fall. “I don’t think anyone was too nervous, principally because we were very confident about our teaching reputation and the quality of our program proposal. We also understood that no university can really call itself a ‘full university’ without humanities programs.” Back in 2004, the idea for an undergraduate history program had been around for some time, but it wasn’t until the new arts and contemporary studies degree was unveiled that year that the History

department decided to make their first concerted effort at putting something together. The next five years were spent “wrestling” with the contractions surrounding the content of the program until a proposal was created. And like an endearing nurse or experienced OBGYN, Carl Benn arrived to assist in the delivery of the baby program. “I think everyone in my department would agree that Dr. Benn was the real key in getting our BA from an idea to a reality,” says Kislenko.

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Ryerson’s approval of a number of new programs to begin next fall begs the question: What are the birds and the bees of your degrees?
By Monique Hutson
hen there may also be some cases where a program just doesn’t make it to approval. “You also might run into trouble if you start a program and get approval and everything. You go ahead and advertise it, but later find out that Ontario students just aren’t interested in that particular program,” says Isbister. “I’ve seen cases come close to that before.” But Ryerson has proven itself to father some pretty well-received programs. Last fall, the Faculty of Arts introduced a degree program in Environment and Urban Sustainability, which has thrived since, surpassing its enrolment targets in its first semester. The biology and sociology undergraduate programs have also followed similar paths after being launched in 2005. “In my two and a half years of working in this position, I am not aware of any programs that have been rejected,” claims Christopher Evans, Ryerson’s vice-provost academic. “All of them have been successful and all of the programs that started met their enrolment targets, which is good.” By the second phase of program proposal, the faculty and the dean have approved the full proposal.

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into the proposal,” says Levine. With the academic response in hand, the provost can then present it to the Academic Standards Council (a subcommittee of the school Senate), who can recommend that the Senate approve the proposal. If the Senate agrees with the ASC, a vote is held to approve the program. Prior to a program’s birth, the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance reviews the program as well. According to their website, the Council of Ontario Universities created this group in 2010 to oversee the approval of new undergraduate and graduate programs, and to review current university programs for quality every eight years. Lastly, Ryerson’s Board of Governors reviews the financial aspects of the proposed program. The 24-member board consists of alumni, faculty, administrative staff, students and members of the public. If the Board is convinced that the program will bring in substantial revenue, they approve it. Until Board approval is in place, the program cannot run. The BOG approved all five of the new programs for fall 2013 on June 25, 2012. “Starting Creative Industries has been challenging, but very rewarding. I’ve had the support of my

You go ahead and advertise it, but later find out that ... students just aren’t interested
A small group of external academics unrelated to Ryerson are invited to visit the campus and critically evaluate the written proposal while analyzing the capacity of the school to deliver the program. The external consultants, acting as academic midwives, write a report based on their findings, and the proposers review it. It is then the dean’s job to write a response to the consultants’ report and take it to the provost. “We had one professor come down from Drexel University in Philadelphia who was a long-time television executive at CBS, and another one came from Simon Fraser University. The two [professors] made an assessment that was very supportive and also contained some ideas that we incorporated dean and the co-operation of the faculty… but I don’t think I’ll be developing any more programs at Ryerson,” Levine says, reminiscing and chuckling a little to himself. So now, the years have passed and a brand new baby program has come into existence from nothing but an idea, ready to hire faculty and accept student applications from across the world. “All undergraduate and graduate programs should take a long time to build and implement to make sure that they are strong, academically-sound, and worthwhile for students,” says Kislenko. “The checks and balances in the system… ensure that only top quality programs get implemented at Ryerson.”

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As a former museum curator and University of Toronto professor, Benn was appointed the new chair of the history department in 2008. Former initiatives then became focused enough to create an actual proposal, polished and ready for presentation in 2010. “He has been a tireless and masterful architect of the whole program, and he steered us through some of the debates we had about what directions our program would take,” Kislenko says. But like in any pregnancy, one

must be prepared to face a few complications. “Every one of these stages can potentially be a problem,” says John Isbister, the interim provost and vice-president academic. “The faculty can disagree and the idea never gets off the ground… Or we may have 15 good proposals, but we’ll only move forward with six because we’re pretty sure that the government will not provide funding for the others.” All college and university programs in Ontario receive approxi-

mately half of their funding from the provincial government and the other half through tuition. Though some programs need to be thoroughly reviewed before receiving funding, there is a list of standard subjects, like natural and social sciences, which can potentially receive automatic funding. “A lot of Ryerson art programs don’t get automatic funding, so most of the time, we need to ask [the provincial government] for funding,” Isbister says.

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Hungry hungry students
By Shannon Clarke
A look at any of the posters stapled to the bulletin boards on campus and it’s clear Ryerson students are concerned with two things: food and money. Ryerson’s Community Food Room tries to help those short on both. But despite regular campaigns and outreach, Food Room assistant Daya Senthilnathan said there are more people turning up than nonperishables coming in. “Membership of the food room has increased significantly and we’re seeing that students are having to cut back on food expenses in order to afford to go to school,” said Andrew McAllister, Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president operations. Last week’s faculty food drive was dissapointing compared to last month, when the Food Room received more donations than could fit in its corner space on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre. Gesturing to the near-empty shelves, Senthilnathan said there isn’t enough food to meet the demands. There are 370 students registered to use the food bank. Volunteers and coordinators don’t ask for proof of need from anyone who walks through the door. The Community Food Room is an equity service centre promoted and funded by the RSU. McAllister, who is heading the Taskforce on Campus Food, teamed up with the Food Room last week to hand out lunches in front of the Hub cafeteria. “Everyone deserves to have good quality food that they can afford,” McAllister said. Spring food drives are held in March, and donations can be dropped off anytime directly to the Community Food Room, the RSU front desk, or at collection boxes around campus.

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A new multi-faith room on Gerrard will free up badly needed space for faith-based groups on campus

Giving faith a place with space
By Beza Getachew
With the opening of the new multifaith space last Thurday, faith-based groups on campus now have a new place to hold events and activities at 111 Gerrard St. E. Apart from a stack of chairs, a few coat racks and a bookshelf with copies of the Bible, Quran and other religious texts, the new space is relatively empty. But it’s a step up from the cramped stuffy rooms inside Oakham House that many of the groups used to occupy, said fourth-year business student Japheth Kang. Kang is the chair of the Chinese Christian Fellowship, which he said has 35 members on average attending weekly meetings inside Oakham. “It gets tight and there’s not too much breathing space,” he said. “At least with this (new) space we have more room and windows we can open.” The launch comes after the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) passed a motion at the November 2012 Semi-Annual General Meeting to help faith-based groups gain more campus space. But Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president administration and finance, notes in her opening address that there were “many meetings and discussions” and that this is “not a fix but a temporary solution” to the space issue. Amer Choudhury, vice-president of Ryerson’s Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), said they currently use classrooms and a meeting room on the third floor of the Student Campus Centre to hold their meetings and small events. “It’s actually pretty packed, especially more towards the evening where a lot of people go when classes end,” said Choudhury. “You have people waiting outside.” Choudhury said he personally doesn’t think he’ll use the new multi-faith space for prayer, but it is an alternative that the MSA may consider. “It’s quite suitable for small events and anything we do weekly wise… we’re quite active,” he said. Niranjalee Croos, a fourth-year chemistry student and member of the Catholic Student’s Association, said her group has never had issues with space because they use less of the designated multi-faith spaces on campus by attending mass at nearby churches. Croos said that until now she didn’t know the building the multifaith space is in “was a part of Ryerson.” Although her group may use the space for events in the future, she said they don’t mind travelling to nearby churches for prayers. The opening of a new multi-faith space happened because of a collaboration between the RSU and Hanigsberg’s office Starting this week groups are able to book the space, by visiting the RSU’s main office.

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Humanity on show
By Deborah Hernandez
A crowd of people celebrating under the bodies of two black men is projected against a wall. It is a famous 1930s lynching photograph, once used on postcards, said Mark Sealy, curator of the Human Rights Human Wrongs photography exhibition at Ryerson, last Thursday. The picture is part of his Kodak lecture series, which he used to speak about the origins of photography and depictions of the black subject. Finding photography to be Eurocentric and self-congratulatory for Europeans while completely failing to represent minorities. Sealy said photographs often highlighting cultural attitudes towards black people and minorities by showing them as slaves or noble savages. “I suppose I’m very pessimistic about the nature of photography,” Sealy said. In his lecture, Sealy displayed several disturbing images from history. He explored pictures of victims of war, torture, lynching and other horrifying events. “How could so much pleasure be taken from so much pain?” Sealy asked an audience of roughly 80 people. Over 700 visitors went to the exhibition’s opening the night before the lecture. Human Rights Human Wrongs displays photographs of people struggling for human rights and tackles the role of the photographer in raising awareness for inhumane acts and humanitarian movements. It will be at the Ryerson Image Centre until April 14.

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‘There is madness everywhere’
Khari Stewart has spent half his life talking to something that only exists to him
By Susana Gómez Báez
Mars Project, a Ryerson film grad’s documentary, records Khari Stewart’s battle with schizophrenia. PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN BALAZS the skepticism and judgment of everyone he meets who doesn’t take the time to understand. Jonathan Balazs was one of those people. The 2010 Ryerson film graduate met Stewart in Edmonton, where they both grew up. “He had a rep of being eccentric,” Balazs, 27, says. “A bit of a drug addict, maybe a little bit unreliable — a good guy — but just a guy who’s messed up.” They came back into contact in Toronto in 2009 through the rap scene, where Stewart is well known by his artistic name, “Conspiracy.” “We did an interview for a music magazine and we got to talking about all the spiritual stuff he believes,” Balazs says. “I wanted to know more about it, how this thing happened.” So Stewart became the subject of Balazs’ one-hour documentary, Mars Project. The idea took root during Balazs’ second year at Ryerson, as a five-minute video project for a class, A History of Madness. His professor loved it and encouraged him to turn it into a featurelength film. The documentary explores Stewart’s illness, recreating several of the dark moments that have occurred as a result. Many scenes were shot at Ryerson. It took five years to shoot the entire movie and ideas changed tremendously throughout the process. Balazs says at first he saw Stewart as a “freak show.” But his perspective shifted. “Whether I think he’s crazy or not, whether I believe in Anacron or not, it doesn’t matter,” Addi says. “It’s a garment [Khari’s] been wearing for years. It’s his reality. Do I believe in psychic vampires that maybe live on Mars? No. But I believe that they exist for him.” He says madness is a relative term. “Mental illness is everywhere,” Addi says. “I genuinely believe everyone is crazy to a certain degree. People in North America would say ‘Oh it’s so crazy in China, or India. It’s so crazy that girl got raped on a bus in India.’ Well, yeah, but in America, 20 kids got shot in a school. There is madness everywhere. Pick your kind of crazy. The world has 10 billion.” In 2000, after his diagnosis, doctors found Stewart was the clinical type of crazy. He was confined and medicated for five months, until he decided he wanted to go home. He says his pills weren’t doing anything to help. get totally caught up in the biochemical approach to mental illness,” Reville says. Stewart certainly won’t. He puts his faith in spiritual healing instead. But regardless, Anacron and Anacrona have stolen much from him — particularly his boldness. “He was the most fearless guy in my life before this happened,” Addi says. “When we were teens, he was the leader. Since this happened, it’s kind of taken a lot of his will to live. He’s not a follower, he’s way more of a wanderer now.” How could he not be, when he says he lives tormented by delusions he can’t walk away from? “I thought they would just go away,” Stewart says, monotone. “I didn’t know that hearing voices could last so long. In 1996 I didn’t think I’d be hearing them in 2013.” Dwelling in his anguish, he knows this is his reality and his heart goes out to the only people who can truly understand him. “God bless anyone who has the same problem as me.”

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ight years ago, Khari Stewart left his house in search of a gun, desperate to do anything to silence the relentless negative commentary of his two companions. Their constant criticism and forceful invasion of every crevice of his privacy almost pushed him over the edge. Fortunately, he didn’t find a weapon that night. But his struggle began long before he tried to kill himself. Stewart was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2000, four years after he first heard the voices that exist only in his head.

I think they left me alive so they can victimize me more
“When I heard them, I thought I was crazy,” the 35-year-old says. “I thought there was a computer chip in me, that somebody had bugged me or something.” For the past 16 years, he has lived with two unwelcomed delusions. Anacron and Anacrona, as Stewart calls them, are demons from Mars, who he says know his location at all times via telekinesis. They communicate with him through torturous commentary of his life and often physically hurt him. “They torment me,” he says. “They are there when I’m sleeping. They are there when I’m in the washroom. I mean if they can even communicate with me, obviously they have enough power to kill me. I think they left me alive so they can victimize me more.” In Canada, almost six million people — or 20 per cent of the population — live with some form of mental illness. Of those, one per cent will develop schizophrenia, often projecting itself in delusions or hallucinations in a patient’s late teens or early twenties, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. When Stewart was 20, he moved out to Vancouver from Edmonton. One evening, a group of men invaded his home and beat him savagely, leaving him for dead. He had always been a little unusual, but since the attack, the voices became permanent. Now, he has to live with not just the monsters inside his head, but

He was the most fearless guy in my life before this happened
“I could hear them in the hospital just the same,” Stewart says. “So I was like ‘Well, if they’re going to talk to me anyway, I’d rather be somewhere I want to be.’ So I just told [the doctors] the voices were gone.” Professor David Reville, Balazs’ technical director and instructor of A History of Madness, wasn’t surprised. He says mental health institutions are often more of a problem than a solution. “The thing that I find the most helpful is peer support,” Reville says, drawing from his own experience 48 years ago, when he was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder and hospitalized. “And I think the problem with our system is that it relies very heavily on biochemistry and, of course, biochemistry can’t give you a hug.” Ryerson announced at the end of last year that a partnership is in the works with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to help combat mental health issues on campus. “My hope is that Ryerson won’t

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Pick your kind of crazy. The world has 10 billion
“I realized that people were kind of oversimplifying it,” he says. Balazs decided it was negative perspectives like his own that he wanted to correct. “People with these unconventional beliefs and unconventional behaviours don’t fit into the mold,” he says. “But there’s still value somewhere for them. They also humble us. We don’t know everything.” Stewart’s identical twin brother, Addi, agrees.

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One-on-one with basketball forward Björn Michaelsen

The many faces of Björn Michaelsen. Now in the home stretch of the OUA regular season, the men’s basketball team currently sits in second place in the East division. Charles Vanegas spoke to the Rams’ star power forward to talk basketball, roommates, and interactions with strangers near Allan Gardens.

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injury prone, they’re usually nagging injuries, ones that come back. Last year our goal was to reach the I can’t feel any of my injuries from [OUA] Final Four, and we surpassed the past. I used to be a lot more out that. I don’t want to say what our of control, and a lot of my injuries goal is this year and not achieve it, were due to that. I’d try to block evbut our expectation is to do better ery shot and jump all the time. Now I stay on the ground a lot more and than we did last year. try not to put myself in a position You were one of the top prospects Is it realistic to expect to win a where I could get hurt. coming out of high school; what championship in the next few years? In the past, the biggest criticism of made you choose Ryerson? the team has been — outside of you Even this year, it’s realistic. For sure. — its lack of size up front. With the For me it was more than just basketball. I wanted to improve my English You’ve been prone to injury in the addition of other 6”6, 6”7 guys, has — it used to be a lot worse than it is past (broken finger and wrist, need- the game gotten a little easier for now — so I needed a school that was ed surgery to fix teeth). What have you? you done to stay healthy this year? Anglophone and had engineering. Yes and no. We still have a lack You surprised a lot of people last year It’s funny because the guys on my of size. Juwann (Grannum) is doby making it to the CIS National team make fun of me, but [my in- ing a great job, and Matthew Championships. How has that raised juries] are broken bones. If you’re (Beckford) is still developing as a player. I think the more he plays, the more he’s going to understand the game and produce more. I’d say we need a little bit of work. your expectations for this year?

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DMZ born photo-sharing application 500px is back in the app store after allegations of easy access to explicit images and child pornography

Apple reapproves Rye-made photo app
By Tara Deschamps
An award winning photo-sharing app developed at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) has returned to Apple Inc.’s App Store after it was pulled last week over alleged easy access to nude images and customer complaints about possible child pornography. With over one million mobile downloads, 500px has long been touted as one of the DMZ’s biggest success stories. The Ryerson-based startup was prominently featured during a visit Prince Charles made to the DMZ last summer. 500px ranked among Tech Vibes’ best apps of 2012, and the company’s blog was recognized in Time Magazine’s 25 best blogs of 2012. Apple removed 500px from its store early last Tuesday, just 16 months after its initial launch. An official statement from Apple read: “The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines. We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography. We’ve asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app.” users, it could turn them off if they think the app has content it doesn’t have.” The old rating was 4+, or fit for all users. 500px suggested 12+, the same as Flickr, but Apple insisted the company bump up the rating to 17 and up. Photo sharing applications, like 500px, are commonly used to share atistic nude pictures. Tchebotarev insists that 500px has always used controls to limit explicit material. 500px features safety terms that prohibit certain content, and options for users to report inappropriate photos. Support employees regularly review uploaded user content. The app is defaulted to a safe search mode that prevents nude photos from popping up. To bypass this, a user needs to explicitly change the search options in the settings menu. “We tag artistic nudity as ‘not safe for work,’ [so] our current

We tag artistic nudity as ‘not safe for work’
The app is now back in Apple’s good graces after the addition of a “report” option and a higher appropriate age rating. 500px co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Evgeny Tchebotarev told the tech blog Mashable that he was not happy about having to make the changes. “[The rating] is not an accurate statement for our app and for new

apple claimed 500px made explicit content too easy to find.

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terms of use obviously allow that,” said Tchebotarev. He reminds his critics that other apps currently available from the App Store feature much more explicit content than 500px. “When you compare our app

to Flickr or Tumblr, you’ll find much more offensive content,” Tchebotarev said. Despite the disagreement, he admits Apple is an essential partner for 500px and other mobile startups.

Why Ryerson should educate students about credit cards before handing them out

Stay out of my wallet
Comment by Biz & Tech Editor Jeff Lagerquist
A university education has never been more expensive. Now more than ever students are looking towards credit to bankroll their books, boarding and booze. A diploma comes with close to $28,000 in debt, and grads will spend the next 14 years paying it off, based on an average starting salary of $39,523, according to RateSupermarket.ca. The total price tag, if you leave your parents’ basement, is $80,000 according to their numbers. It begs the question, why would Ryerson invite major credit card issuer MBNA to campus every year to market a card, emblazoned with a picture of the Kerr Hall quad, to their cash-strapped students? A recent report from BMO says 59 per cent of Canadians make impulse purchases, with 52 per cent regretting it after the fact. Forty-three per cent spend beyond monthly income. Ryerson’s students are among the most financially vulnerable in Canada. Many are away from home for the first time, tenuously learning responsible spending habits in Canada’s retail and entertainment capital. “You guys want some free gear?”Ah, the sound of freebies being offered with an impending catch. This was how I met 21-year-old Jeremy Hindriksen, a “brand ambassador” with SDI Marketing, a company contracted by MBNA to set up shop at various locations on campus. In front of a table piled high with Ryerson duffel bags, mugs, blankets, and shirts in the lower level of the library building, he talks students into a Ryerson University Affinity MasterCard. His pitch focuses on earning “points” and the impressive table of swag, as he jots down names, addresses, and incomes of students and their parents. A one-page pamphlet called “Be Good With Money” sits next to the Ryerson goodies. Hindriksen doesn’t mention it until I asked. “Some people are in a hurry to get to class and whatnot, so they don’t take the time to hear all the details,” said Hindriksen. In just two minutes, a student can walk away with a university themed prize and the promise of a low-interest credit card in the mail. “Some people don’t even realize that they can affect their credit rating,” said Hindriksen. As much as I don’t appreciate his cavalier approach to doling out credit cards, I can’t fault him for doing his job. Slick credit card promotions and poor spending habits are a reality of capitalism, according to Bruce Sellery, founder of personal finance training company Moolala and cohost of the reality-TV show Million Dollar Neighbourhood. He says learning how to use a credit card responsibly while off at school takes education and experience, a lot like your first night at the bar. “Credit, like liquor, needs to be consumed responsibly. Many 19-year-olds learn the harsh lesson of worshipping the porcelain god. I wouldn’t say it’s a great way to learn, but it’s going to happen,” said Sellery. Realistically, it’s hard to criticize credit card companies for targeting new customers. That’s just business. The secretive three-way relationship between MBNA, Ryerson, and the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is much more unsettling. “When a new account is opened, Ryerson receives revenue. The volume of card holder transactions also generates royalty payments,” said Tyler Forkes, executive director of alumni relations. He says the exact figures are confidential. The RSU confirmed with The Eyeopener in 2010 that they receive $10,000 annually for bursaries from the alumni association. While it may be lucrative for Ryerson to market credit cards to students with free trinkets, doing so without putting forward a reasonable effort to make sure they understand what they’re getting into is irresponsible. It’s time universities forget about partnering with credit card companies and start to look out for their number one customers: students.

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Horoscopes! By Kai Benson! New medications edition!
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