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Volume 46 - Issue 18

February 27, 2013
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Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor and John Isbister, Interim Provost and Vice President Academic
are pleased to announce the recipients of the
Counsellor Award, Faculty Service Awards
Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership
COUNSELLOR AWARD recognizes a Ryerson counsellor
who has demonstrated excellence in professional service to a
unit, the university and/or the community.
Joanna Holt, Centre for Student Development and
Celebrating Excellence
RyeRson AwARds
FACULTY SERVICE AWARD recognizes Ryerson faculty members for their exceptional
or distinguished service to a department, school, faculty and/or the university.
Wayne Forsythe, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts
Blake Fitzpatrick, School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design
Nancy Walton, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services
Ahmed El-Rabbany, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and
Architectural Science
Eric Harley, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Philip Walsh, Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy,
Ted Rogers School of Management
Vanessa Magness, Ted Rogers School of Business Management,
Accounting, Ted Rogers School of Management
ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP recognizes senior academic
administrators whose outstanding leadership has contributed
signifcantly to the achievement of Ryerson University’s
academic mission.
Carla Cassidy, Faculty of Arts
Darrick Heyd, Faculty of Science
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a photograph in our Feb. 6
issue and online, and
neglected to give credit
to the photographer.
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Luke Truman.
The Eyeopener regrets the
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no contract involved. A week later, I still had handprints on my ass.
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and fucked me till I knew god. Then I prayed for more.
1st year in a shady motel. Orange/Brown bed spread and curtains from the 1970s.
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Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president administration and fnance, in her offce.
Rye foots Aramark’s bill
Ryerson executives are stuck defending the school’s million-dollar cover-up
By Ramisha Farooq
Mohamed Lachemi will assume the role of Ryerson’s provost on May 1.
Lachemi: portrait of a provost
In 2006, Ryerson’s administration
quietly amended a contract with
unpopular food services provider
Aramark to cover up $5.6 million
in losses.
The numbers were published in a
Feb. 13 article in the Toronto Star,
sparking confusion among students
and faculty, and prompting an ex-
planation from Julia Hanigsberg,
vice-president administration and
Two days after the Star published
its fndings, Hanigsberg released
a statement acknowledging that
“the status quo is not acceptable”
in terms of quality, but emphasized
that Ryerson anticipated and bud-
geted for the steep cost of food ser-
“I don’t know if students were
informed [about the amendment to
cover losses]. Certainly anyone who
asked would have been told,” she
told The Eyeopener.
The Star reported that the Hub
Market Café, Ryerson’s largest eat-
ery, posted $4.8 million in losses
to the school along with another
$781,261 lost at the Pitman Hall
cafeteria, according to numbers giv-
en to Ryerson Students’ Union Pres-
ident Rodney Diverlus in a letter
from John Corallo, Ryerson’s direc-
tor of University Business Services.
But Diverlus said the university
shouldn’t be paying off an external
company’s losses; it should be focus-
ing that money on more student-run
food services.
“So, we broke the story,” Diver-
lus told The Eyeopener Monday.
“We did it [because] ... we knew
that there’s a lot of sketchy things
happening with Aramark.”
“We knew that we were always
going to have losses in food services,
there was no way of breaking even,”
said Ryerson University President
Sheldon Levy. “No matter who the
provider is, [we knew] that there
wasn’t enough revenue and proft
from food services to cover the full
costs of the way we were delivering
food services with full-time [Ryer-
son] employees and having manage-
ment structure.”
But in the face of what Hanigs-
berg called “an explosion of inter-
est in the issue of food on our cam-
pus,” the university is in the process
of developing criteria to search for
improved food services for students.
While the administration stud-
ies its own survey results from the
approximate 5,300 respondents, it
will also consider the RSU-conduct-
ed questionnaire. According to the
RSU, 63 per cent of students polled
found Ryerson food services unaf-
fordable and 50 per cent categorized
it as low-quality.
“Pizza and wraps just don’t cut
it,” read one RSU survey. “I would
eat more on campus if the quality
“I hate having to go off campus
to get food. It’s tiring, but right now
I have no choice. The cafeterias are
way too expensive,” said Hania
Ahmed, a frst-year student who
commutes regularly to campus.
In an attempt to change the qual-
ity of food on campus, the students’
union put together different propos-
als for Ryerson Administration. The
RSU’s main proposal has taken the
form of a Good Food Co-Op — a
not-for-proft, cooperatively owned
food services alternative, brought
forward by Andrew McAllister, the
vice-president of operations at the
union. Ryerson’s administration re-
jected the plan.
Aramark’s food services contract
with Ryerson ends in May, and a
Request For Proposals has yet to
be issued by the school. Despite the
upcoming deadline, Hanigsberg has
said Ryerson will have a new food
services agreement in place by sum-
mer 2013.
A natural disaster made Mohamed
Lachemi want to be an engineer.
On Oct. 10, 1980, in his home-
town of El Asnam, Algeria, a
7.3-magnitude earthquake killed
almost 5,000 people and left major
portions of the city in ruins.
Lachemi, Ryerson’s dean of the
Faculty of Engineering and Archi-
tectural Science (FEAS) and the
school’s new provost and vice-presi-
dent, academic, was 18 years old at
the time.
“I was in a building that resisted
the earthquake, and when I left
I looked around me. Just dust,”
Lachemi, now 50, said.
“A lot of buildings were dam-
aged and [there was] total collapse
in many of them. From that day,
I wanted to be a civil engineer to
know how to design strong struc-
tures that can resist earthquakes
[and] other natural or non-natural
stuff. My purpose was to try to go to
engineering to save lives. From that
day the decision was made.”
“Nothing could change my
mind,” he said.
Born in the village of Bordj
Bounaama in 1962, the year Alge-
ria gained its independence from
France, Lachemi began travelling at
an early age, leaving the village to
continue his studies in El Asnam.
“I did my middle school and then
high school, and [the earthquake]
happened in high school. So I had
to leave the city and then get my
frst engineering degree in another
That was Oran, the second larg-
est city in Algeria and home to the
University of Science and Technol-
ogy of Oran. Lachemi, then 23 years
old, graduated with a civil engineer-
ing degree in 1986, packed his bags
and came to Canada. Again, he was
travelling alone.
Later that year, after an ini-
tial two months in Ottawa “just
to start the life in Canada,” he
moved to Université de Sherbrooke
in Quebec, where he received his
master’s and PhD degrees in struc-
tural engineering and fnished a
post-doctoral fellowship with the
Network of Centres of Excellence:
Concrete Canada.
There, he encountered his frst
“cold winter” — Oran’s February
temperatures range between 15 and
20 degrees — and learned another
form of French.
“I didn’t know English. I had to
navigate just in French. But even the
French was different. The [Québé-
cois French] was quite different from
the European or African French.”
After picking up dialects, skills
and degrees, Lachemi came to Ryer-
son in 1998, working as an assistant
professor in the civil engineering
department. From there he’s been
a graduate program director, the
FEAS associate dean, and became
dean of the faculty in 2009.
“I see that as kind of a continu-
ity,” he said.
Lachemi visits his parents in El
Asnam, now called Chlef, with his
wife, son and three daughters —
who “selected to not go into engi-
neering”— from time to time.
On May 1, he’ll begin his new
position in charge of Ryerson’s aca-
demic, budget and planning policies.
“I’m a product of Ryerson, so
I’m very proud of Ryerson and very
proud of the work that I have been
doing for the last 15 years, and the
opportunities that have been given
to me,” he said.
“In terms of challenges, we al-
ways have challenges ... so basically
our job is making sure to transform
those challenges to opportunities.”
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The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s indepen-
dent student newspaper. It is owned
and operated by Rye Eye Publishing
Inc., a non-proft corporation owned
by the students of Ryerson.
Results of a survey focusing on campus food quality and availability are shown in the Student Campus Centre. Meanwhile, the RSU has taken to Twitter to promote their
campaign to get rid of junk food and overpriced snacks. But bad food choices aren’t just a problem for Ryerson.
Feed yourself
Complaints over campus food have gone too far
The Eyeopener is hiring new editors for the 2013 Fall semester.
Masthead vacancies will be announced in next week’s issue.
You need to be a full-time Ryerson student to apply. Nomination
forms can be picked up in The Eyeopener’s offce, SCC207.
Election speeches will be held on Thursday Mar. 28. Voting will
take place Friday March 29.
Perks of the job include paycheques, free meals and touching
Food is a debate-worthy topic on
campus these days.
Or at least it is to the Ryerson Stu-
dents’ Union (RSU), regardless of
how many students legitimately
Now that plastic water bottles
aren’t sold on campus anymore, the
union has decided that the qual-
ity and choice of food are the next
obstacles in the way of educational
The RSU cares so much about the
issue, in fact, that it’s came up with
a hashtag to shoehorn into their so-
cial media communications — the
frankly incredible ‘wtfryefood.’
Among updates from RSU ex-
ecs are the occasional tweets from
students, tagged with photos of un-
inspired pizza slices, fruit and sand-
Other students, meanwhile, de-
scribe the food as “disgusting,”
with mention of food so unappetiz-
ing it had to be thrown away.
While all this Twitter action has
been going on, the RSU has been
handling a survey on food. Touched
on in a story in this week’s news sec-
tion, the survey results show that of
the students questioned, over half
say campus food is unaffordable
and of low quality.
Let’s be honest — this isn’t
groundbreaking data. Of past cam-
puses I’ve been to the situation has
been the same — standard food at
infated prices. And a basic online
search throws up results regarding
debates into food quality at Mc-
Gill, the University of Copenhagen,
the University of Pune in India and
Pittsburgh’s Point Park University.
Unfortunate though the situation
is, poor food options are typical in
large institutions — this can be seen
in hospitals and airports as well as
post-secondary institutions. It’s as
soon as the customer is locked into
a market (i.e. in an airport) that they
effectively have to pay whatever the
price is, as there is no other option.
But Ryerson isn’t a locked-in
market. Stand on the corner on
Gould and Bond, a central point on
campus: It will take you the same
amount of time to walk to two
different Subway locations, for in-
stance, than it would to walk to ei-
ther the Hub or Pitman café.
Yes, the meal plan (which is a
whole other story) is a scam, and
yes, there should be a real alterna-
tive to Aramark, which is an incon-
Though then again there should
be a real alternative to the RSU,
which is also an inconvenience, but
there isn’t.
If you don’t like the food on cam-
pus, make your own. Simple as that.
Be a famous artist
It’s time for The Eyeopener’s Arts issue, in which we celebrate 10 of the
most talented artists at Ryerson.
To nominate someone whose talents should be recognized, email arts@ with the nominee’s full name, contact information and a
brief explanation of why she/he deserves a spot in the issue. The deadline
for entries is Thursday, Feb 28. at noon.
The 10 students selected will then be entered into a university-wide poll
in which Ryerson will vote for the top three best artists. Winners will re-
ceive prizes related to their program and feld.
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I am writing your paper because I
was very disappointed with your is-
sue on love and sex.
I thought the whole issue was
incredibly inappropriate because
of the pervasive use of nudity and
course language. Because of that
reason I am not going to be reading
your paper anymore and I will make
a point to let people know about the
issue and deter them from reading
However, I know you did have a
warning about the content on the
front so I do appreciate that consid-
ering there was nudity inside.
However as a Christian student
who has a chaste lifestyle, seeing the
front cover may be a challenge to
myself and other students who are
trying to follow a wholesome life-
style in terms of sexuality.
- Adam Jefford
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 5
Hydraulic compressor too hot
for Jorgenson to handle
Security received a report of a burn-
ing smell on the tenth foor of Jor-
genson Hall Feb. 23, and after a
quick search found smoke on the
fourteenth foor.
Toronto Fire Services was con-
tacted and a search of the building
found that the hydraulic compres-
sor in the basement had overheated,
sending smoke up the elevator shaft
to the top foor.
Campus Facilities was contacted
and helped to air out the building,
which was returned to normal con-
dition by Monday.
Though there has not been a re-
peat incident, the working condition
of the compressor is unconfrmed.
Big Brother Canada hauls its
Slop Truck to Ryerson
Ryerson students got to eat slop on
On the day before its 9 p.m. pre-
miere on Slice, Big Brother Canada
— a reality show following people
who live with, compete against,
manipulate and annoy each other
— hauled its Slop Truck to Yonge
and Gould streets, serving hungry
students an oatmeal-looking sludge,
a punishment on the show.
Fans also had the chance to meet
Dan Gheesling, the winner of the
show’s tenth season, who was pro-
moting the Slop Truck.
Slop-master Gheesling was a
coach on the show’s fourteenth
season, and staged a mock-funeral
for himself to avoid getting evicted
from the house. It worked.
Comment by Hayden Kenez
As Ryerson nears the end of Ara-
mark’s reign over food on campus,
and in the wake of the Toronto Star
revealing the school has been cover-
ing more than $5.6 million in losses
incurred by the for-proft provider,
a new plan is both imperative and
In its way is a raging campus food
debate, with the Ryerson Students’
Union urging the school to adopt a
co-operative, sustainable food agen-
da, and the administration intent on
a contract with another for-proft
Students couldn’t have asked for
more fckle and petty representa-
Rather than attempting to bridge
ideological gaps and usher in a more
desirable future for campus food,
the school’s governing forces have
butted heads.
On one hand, the RSU proposed
a plan drastically different from
anything Ryerson has ever pursued.
Andrew McAllister, vice-president
operations, would like to implement
a student-run, student-owned Good
Food co-operative, offering students
fresh, affordable food. He foresees
establishments that would mirror
the break-even, co-operative-style of
Oakham Café and the Ram in the
Rye, and has been leading the fght
against another for-proft provider.
Conversely, Ryerson’s adminis-
tration seems intent on pursuing a
more traditional path, opting to ei-
ther extend a contract to Aramark
or fnd another for-proft enterprise
through a Request for Proposal
(RFP), which has not yet been is-
Both plans have faults and have
yet to present students with an im-
proved business model: they risk
leaving students hungry and dissat-
isfed in the face of political ambi-
tion and complacency with the sta-
The RSU’s bold plan is a noble
ideal, but hardly tenable. Although
the administration claims its surveys
are extensive, it knows and accepts
the fnancial liabilities that result
from partnering with a for-proft
Promising students that another
for-proft contract won’t burn them
is quite audacious of the administra-
tion. Offcials say the new contract
will be different, though the only as-
surance being offered is their word.
Although the Aramark contract’s
expiration date approaches, Ry-
erson students continue to face a
bleak future of mediocre and ex-
pensive food. While this is hardly
a shock and certainly nothing new,
an ideological divide and a refusal
to negotiate have managed to trump
compromise and change.
The school’s leaders have effec-
tively deferred the potential for any
positive change to campus food for
at least ten years. Students might as
well give up the fght and brave the
fve-minute stroll to the plethora of
food options just off-campus; the
Urban Eatery calls.
As the school’s contract with food provider Aramark nears its expiration date, student leaders and the administration butt heads.
Food feud is skewed
What do you think of Ryerson’s
partnership with Aramark?
Jeremiah Wheatle,1st year
They make us pay more than
everywhere around here...
yet Ryerson is paying them.
Loren Aytona, 1st year com-
munication and culture
All that money could be used
to fnd alternative food
Alfred Lam. 2nd year nursing
It should be student run, not
run by private companies.
Student-run profts [should
be] going towards students.
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Sarah Santhosh, a second-year biology student at Ryerson, wants to start a campus group focused on men’s issues.
RSU to consider new men’s issues group
The Ryerson Association for Equality, a proposed student group on men’s issues, aims to tackle gender disparities on campus
Ryerson’s administration and faculty representatives will explore technology trends
with a focus on e-learning and improving cross-platform integration.
Ryerson yearning for e-learning
By Olivia McLeod
By Alfea Donato
Interim Provost John Isbister an-
nounced the formation of two com-
mittees dedicated to exploring Ry-
erson’s future with technology and
online learning on Friday.
A steering committee, chaired by
Isbister, and the operations commit-
tee will examine how students and
faculty use technology with course-
work, as well as how Ryerson can
implement new technologies in face-
to-face, online and hybrid classroom
“The Ontario government is very
interested in this and wants to see
some direction taken by universi-
ties,” Isbister said. “An entirely on-
line school was in talks.”
Emerging online education prac-
tices such as fipped classrooms
(courses where lectures and Power-
points are put up online, reserving
class time for interactive discus-
sions and practice), massively open
online courses (MOOCs), mobile
apps and tablet computing are
steadily becoming prolifc in post-
secondary institutions in Canada
and across the border.
MOOCs have garnered cover-
age for being free, full-length online
courses, albeit most are subjects
within computer science felds and
McGill University and University
of Toronto offer MOOCs through
edX and Coursera, start-ups based
in the U.S.
As these technologies become
more popular both within and out-
side of the academic realm, Ryerson
is feeling the pressure to adapt.
“At the present time, Ryerson is
one of the leaders in [online learn-
ing],” Isbister said in an email.
“However, the very nature of
online education is changing very
quickly, sometimes week-to-week.
Our challenge is to stay informed of
this changing environment, and to
fgure out the ways in which we can
participate, and be excellent in that
Ryerson already incorporates
complementary classroom tools
such as Google Apps (which includes
Gmail, calendar, docs and presenta-
tions), Ryecast (a host service for
streaming live lectures on-demand)
and Blackboard. However, Naza
Djafarova, director of digital educa-
tion strategies at the Chang School
and operations committee member,
clarifed in an email that the consul-
tations will be “a great opportunity
to shift the discussion from technol-
ogy issues to pedagogy.”
According to a 2013 Horizon
Project preview report on higher
education by the New Media Con-
sortium, emerging trends and op-
portunities for pedagogical experi-
ments could include game-based
learning within the next three
years, as well as 3D printing and
wearable technologies within the
next fve years.
“We’re just starting preliminary
discussions,” Djafarova said. “We
don’t know what the outcome of all
this research will be [and] what will
be happening tomorrow.”
Today, the Chang School offers
more than 400 hybrid and online
courses, with plans to add 600
courses over the next fve years as
proposed in Ryerson’s strategic
mandate agreement to the Ministry
of Training, Colleges and Universi-
ties last fall.
When protesters paraded into a Uni-
versity of Toronto lecture hall where
Dr. Warren Farrell was hosting a
Men’s Issues Awareness event last
December, Sarah Santhosh didn’t see
a peaceful protest: she saw “close-
mindedness” and “lots of hate.”
The controversial lecture and its
fery opposition inspired Santhosh
to create an offcial men’s issues
group at Ryerson, which she said
is tentatively called the Ryerson As-
sociation for Equality. The group
would offer a forum for students
to broadly discuss men’s issues such
as dealing with mental health, male
youth violence, misogyny, as well as
gender disadvantages in education,
the workplace and custody battles.
“If you really are for equality you
wouldn’t be so close-minded about
this, and if you do have problems
with it we’d love to talk about it,”
said Santhosh, a second-year biol-
ogy student. “Universities are sup-
posed to be places where any and
all ideas are accepted and discussed.
Nothing should be too taboo for
In a September 2012 issue of The
Eyeopener, Marwa Hamad, vice-
president equity at the Ryerson Stu-
dents’ Union, said marginalized or
underprivileged student members
should be the focus of equity service
groups on campus.
“Would it make sense to make
a straight people centre or an able
body equity group?” Hamad said.
To gain student group status,
the Student Groups Committee at
Ryerson has to approve Santhosh’s
project. The application has several
requirements, which include gather-
ing a list of 20 signatures from Ryer-
son students interested in seeing the
group established, as well as fnding
three students willing to take on ex-
ecutive responsibilities.
It must also propose a constitu-
tion outlining its objective, structure
and membership as well as pitch
fve ideas for student events, which
Santhosh said could include hosting
gender studies guest speakers, men’s
issues flm screenings as well as a
book or article discussion club.
According to Santhosh, each re-
quirement is nearly complete. She
and her fellow executives, Argir Argi-
rov and Anjana Rao, plan to submit
the paperwork to the campus groups
administrator, Leatrice O’Neill, on
Tuesday. Once the Student Groups
Committee approves the group’s pro-
posal, the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) Board of Directors will make
the fnal decision on whether to grant
the Ryerson Association for Equality
student group status.
The group will welcome men and
women, as it does not wish to advo-
cate the rights of either gender over
the other.
“We are aiming to focus on men’s
issues because we noted a lack of
student groups that specifcally ad-
dress that,” she said via email. “All
we want is to help open up civil dis-
course and raise awareness of issues
that may relate to all Ryerson stu-
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 7
Ani Dergalstanian (left) and Roble Mohamed were the only independents to run against the powerful slate Students United for positions on the RSU executive.
It’s late in the night on Feb. 13 and the results
for the Ryerson Students’ Union elections are
fnally rolling in. There’s no surprise: it’s a
landslide victory for the heavily favoured slate
Students United. As the fnal tallies confrm
victory, current president Rodney Diverlus
grabs his successor, Melissa Palermo, in a
ferce hug. A handful of supporters applaud
and the elected executives rotate around the
Ram in the Rye congratulating each other.
It’s the picture of a perfect and predictable
election triumph.
The RSU executive has been largely un-
contested over the past several years, despite
strong competition for faculty director and
board positions, leading to what appears to
be a one-party system in the union’s top jobs.
To top it off, voter apathy continued to
plague elections with a turnout of less than 11
per cent this year. All this has contributed to
an apathetic political culture on campus.
“There’s a huge problem with [voter turn-
out], because it shows that there is massive
disinterest in campus politics,” says Ani Der-
galstanian, an independent who ran for vice-
president equity against Students United’s
Rajean Hoilett. “[But] there’s problems with
youth disinterest in politics all over Canada.
The participation in campus politics at Ryer-
son just refects the national disinterest.”
Though general apathy is a factor, the RSU
has been criticized for poor advertising of the
elections, which could minimize participation.
This year, an email notifying students of the
nomination period was sent two days before
it closed. Still, Diverlus insists he made a con-
certed effort to publicize the event.
“One of the major focuses that we want-
ed to do this year was make sure that you
could literally live under a rock but you knew
that there was an election period, that there
were nominations,” Diverlus says. He adds
that publicity for the event began before the
Christmas break, and that the time of the elec-
tion does not change from year to year, giving
prospective students lots of time to prepare.
But this lack of competition in elections has
not always been a factor in campus politics,
according to Diverlus.
“As a campus we’re constantly evolving
and there’s different trends. When I started
here the trend was to have goliath versus go-
liath versus goliath,” he says. “My frst two
elections were not fun elections … Some ex-
ecutives were like 200 [votes ahead]. The year
before me, an executive won with 30 votes, so
that’s the difference.”
From 2007-2009 there was competition be-
tween two core slates in each election, with
the same oppositional group challenging the
existing slate each year. Results in these years
were very close.
The shift in competition could be due to a
number of factors. Diverlus notes that many
slates that have come and gone are based on
a core group of students, who disappear from
the scene after graduation. Some students eli-
gible to run will also base their decisions on
workload. Diverlus says work on the execu-
tive is “a sacrifce.” After fve years at Ryer-
son, he has spent so much time with the RSU
— executives often work 60-80 hour work
weeks — that he still has a year and a half of
school before graduation.
Regardless of the reason for a shift in par-
ticipation, Students’ United has enjoyed sev-
eral years of largely uncontested control over
the executive. And, though many decisions
made are ultimately up to the board, Diverlus
agrees the executive maintains a large amount
of clout.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy says it is
diffcult to force students to participate in
campus politics, meaning there are bound to
be years where participation is lower.
“I do think it’s always good in a democratic
process to have strong opposition, but if the
students don’t feel that way, that they have
better things to do or are less interested in stu-
dent politics, then you have what you have,”
he says. “I worked well with all the student
governments, so it doesn’t mean a negative as
far as I can see at the university.”
Nelson Wiseman, an associate professor in
the department of politcal science at the Uni-
versity of Toronto, notes that involvement in
campus politics could inherently be linked to
the slate currently in power.
“Some people are, by nature, political ani-
mals. So they will vote in any election no mat-
ter what the question is,” Wiseman says.
“They want to get involved in student poli-
tics, so the easiest way to do that is to sidle up
to the parties that are in power now, rather than
to try to build a completely alternative machine.
“When I was in Cuba, a number of years
ago, I thought to myself, ‘Well, look, if I lived
here I would join the Communist Party right
away,’ because it was the only way to get
ahead in any way.”
Despite a growth of individual campaign-
ing in recent years, Dergalstanian thinks that
after running as an independent in the RSU
elections, and now with a team in the senate
elections, the backing of a slate is hugely ben-
efcial to a campaign.
“I have a few people in mind that I’ve spo-
ken to that I hope to join forces with and cre-
ate an oppositional slate,” she says. “Because
the fact remains that slates are a lot more
powerful, a lot more advantageous to winning
an election.”
Roble Mohamed, who lost to Palermo by
311 votes in a bid for RSU presidency, hopes
he’ll be a stronger candidate as part of a slate
in future elections.
“I’m going to run again next year for sure,”
he says. “And I need a team next time. I’ll
have a team of like 5-10 people.”
Though next year’s elections may be more
contested, Diverlus notes it is not the respon-
sibility of the RSU to feld competition for fu-
ture years.
“The responsibility is on the individual,”
Diverlus says. “My role [in last year’s election]
was to make myself the best candidate I could
be and to have experience and that I had my
stuff together. My role wasn’t to make sure my
opposition had their stuff together.”
Whether the system changes due to random
fuctuations, or due to changing ideas on cam-
pus, it seems to be that apathy and involvment
is an issue that cannot be simply resolved.
“It’s a systemic problem that we need to ad-
dress within our generation,” Diverlus says.
“And I don’t know what the answer is.”
[Students] want to get in-
volved ... and the easiest way
to do that is to sidle up to
the parties that are in power
of the
After yet another successful election this month, the slate
Students United has maintained its grip on the executive at the
Ryerson Students’ Union — but where is their competition?
8 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
A small group of Ryerson students are designing rollercoasters
with hopes of breaking into a surprisingly competitive industry.
But it isn’t all fun and games

By Joseph Ho
ob Kipping always
loved amusement parks.
Whenever he was about
to visit a place like Walt
Disney World or Universal Studios,
he loved how the anticipation never
disappointed him.
“The theme park experience is
always that wonderful sort of feel-
ing,” he says. “You get there, you’re
blown away … everything’s perfect,
everything’s clean, you don’t care
that you’re waiting for an hour for
a ride.”
The rides also fascinated him, in-
stilling a need to understand how
they worked.
“You get off and you wonder, how
the heck did they do that? It was
that sort of feeling that got me so in-
terested in theme park rides because
here you have technology that’s
brought together from so many
different industries, to create some-
thing that you’ll only experience in
three minutes but those memories
are going to last a lifetime.”
Last summer, Kipping was look-
ing for a fnal project to work on
as part of his computer engineering
program. When the fourth-year stu-
dent discovered there was a research
lab at Ryerson that did work related
to theme parks, he didn’t believe it.
That was the THRILL (Tools for
Holistic Ride Inspection Learning
and Leadership) lab, led by Kath-
ryn Woodcock, a professional en-
gineer and associate professor at
Ryerson. Its research areas includes
applying ergonomics to amusement
rides when it comes to operator
controls, safety and inspections.
The lab also studies the design of
the technology behind the attrac-
tions, how it works and how to
improve it.
Kipping attended a THRILL
meeting about designing a ride mod-
el. He became a research assistant
there and ended up doing a behind-
the-scenes tour of the CNE during
its setup as part of a feld trip. After
that, he says Woodcock suggested
creating a student group based on
attractions and rides.
That group became known as
the Ryerson Entertainment Design
(RED) club, which specializes in
theme park design and safety.
Kipping co-
founded the club
last fall along
with Danny
Porthiyas and
Imtiaz Miah,
two electrical
engineering stu-
dents. He also serves as president.
Porthiyas says the group was
founded after attending a confer-
ence with Kipping, Miah and Wood-
cock, where he realized there was a
big industry that universities were
not tapping into.
“There’s a wide industry available
for jobs and for talent that people
are looking for down south,” he
says. “And there are actually com-
panies within Ontario and Canada
that we didn’t know about until we
got to that conference.”
o other Canadian uni-
versity does work in
the amusement park
industry, Porthiyas
says. He adds that by having a stu-
dent group that can build the rides,
it allows labs to focus on research.
“We want to have an organization
where multi-disciplines can work to-
gether to create rides and entertain-
ment devices and maybe some de-
vices for some other research labs,”
Porthiyas says.
In an email, Woodcock writes,
“I think a student club is a good
idea because students need oppor-
tunities to practice and prove lead-
ership skills so they can graduate
with evidence of [being] able to do
independent work.”
The RED club is just returning
from a trip to the U.S. that should
bolster members’ chances in the job
market after graduation.
On Feb. 13, the club left for New
Orleans to attend a conference host-
ed by ASTM (American Society for
Testing and Measurement). Kipping
describes the conferences ASTM
holds as the meeting of industry
leaders who set standards for every-
thing from PVC pipes to vehicles.
When governments establish laws
to ensure public safety, they consider
adopting ASTM’s standards, he adds.
For three days, the group attended
meetings held by the amusement rides
and devices division of ASTM. RED
members suggested new wordings for
There were also
sessions discuss-
ing G-force calcu-
lations and what’s
safe for riders; fre
and smoke effects;
go-kart and bum-
per-boat safety
and how to get new people into the
It was there that Kipping did “some
of the greatest networking I’ve ever
done in my life” and four of RED’s
members in attendance received job
offers and requests for resumes.
Woodcock writes that students
interested in the amusement park
industry beneft from conferences
like these by building relationships
with potential colleagues in atten-
dance, including executives, senior
engineering and operations staff and
ride manufacturers.
ome executives Kipping met
came from major amuse-
ment destinations such as
Walt Disney Parks and Re-
sorts, Universal Studios, Dollywood,
Cedar Fair and Knott’s Berry Farms.
Kipping says he also met people
from ride manufacturers, including
the great-granddaughter of the ferris
wheel’s designer.
It’s a chance that “not only pro-
vides introductions that can lead to
site visits, but also gives the students
outstanding exposure and opportu-
nity to impress signifcant employ-
ers,” Woodcock writes.
After three days, RED club few
to Orlando over the weekend. They
visited a number of theme parks,
including Disney World, Holly-
wood Studios, Animal Kingdom
and Magic Kingdom. They also
went to the Kennedy Space Cen-
ter where they saw presentations,
old rockets and the Atlantis space
The group was then taken on a
behind-the-scenes tour of Universal
Studios with an operations engineer,
learning how each ride worked.
Kipping came away impressed by
the complexity of the rides.
“The amount of electronics and
machinery and work that goes into
these rides is absolutely astound-
ing,” he says. “Say you were to go
on a rollercoaster like the Hulk. The
Hulk is a very large rollercoaster
Coastin’ dirty
The students who came with me were
just blown away by the amount of
effort that goes into these rides
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 9
that propels you about fve storeys
up in a matter of three seconds in a
ride vehicle … the amount of con-
trols and motor connectors and elec-
tronics that drives that ride would
probably be the size of the entire
room here.
“The students who came with
me were just blown away by the
amount of effort that goes into these
rides,” he added.
With the exception of the Ken-
nedy Space Center excursion, Kip-
ping says that RED club’s trip was
fully funded by student tuition.
While he says some students have
expressed a tinge of incredulity, he
maintains they did not simply go
for play.
“Just because we happen to be in
a very fun industry, doesn’t mean
that we are unprofessional about
it,” he says. “We took our trip very
seriously. We were very respectful
of the attractions and we were very
interested in what the employees of
the parks had to say to us about how
parks are operated and designed.”
There was one item left unchecked
on RED club’s to-do list: the Walt
Disney ImagiNations Design com-
petition, hosted by Walt Disney
Imagineering, the development wing
of the company.
The term, “imagineering,” is a
combination of the words imagi-
nation and engineering. Winners
of the ImagiNations competition
have received cash prizes and in-
ternships as part of Disney’s talent
recruiting program.
ipping says the original
goal behind RED was for
the club to compete in
theme park engineering
contests, where they would design
rides and attractions. However, only
American universities are allowed to
participate in ImagiNations.
“And the reason behind that is,
the University of Waterloo entered
about fve years in a row and won
every year,” Kipping explains. “They
were so much more adept at doing
this sort of thing that Disney said,
‘Okay look, we can’t let Canadians
be in this competition anymore. We
have to have some Americans win.’”
While disappointed, Woodcock
writes that it’s up to Walt Disney
Imagineering to set the terms of their
competition. She adds that Ryerson
will just have to fnd another way.
But hopefully for RED club, that
might not be necessary. Kipping
says that when
talking to a VP
from Disney
I magi neeri ng,
he mentioned
his disappoint-
ment in not
being at Imagi-
Nations. The executive said they
should follow up on the possibility
of allowing Canadians once again.
RED club is currently working on
two projects. One is in animatron-
ics, a decades-old craft which in-
volves building robotic characters.
The second is a model roller-coaster.
The group is accepting applica-
tions by email, looking for additions
to its fve-members. But because of
high interest, Kipping says they will
need to develop a screening process.
He emphasizes that the club is not
just for engineers and says that skills
from various disciplines can be used
in the theme park industry.
“We actually like to bring in stu-
dents from other faculties at school.
It just so happens that we’re at a great
school that happens to have — you
have interior designers, you have ar-
chitects, you have theatre students,
you have creative journalism stu-
dents,” he says. “You have all these
great programs that can come togeth-
er and actually design great things for
this multi-billion dollar industry that
is extremely hard to get into if you
don’t know the right people.”
hile he is graduating
this year, Kipping
says he wants to
try to stay involved
with the group.
Porthiyas will succeed him as
president next year. He has high
hopes to take RED where no Ca-
nadian university
has gone before
with the industry.
“I feel like we
can create a lot
of cool things
and we’ll be
doing it unlike
most other universities in Canada.
So I’m pretty excited about that —
that we’re going to be the frst sort
of thing.”
He also hints that if Disney Imagi-
Nations does not open its doors in-
ternationally again, RED might just
start its own competition.
“Hopefully in the future they’ll al-
low their teams to come in as well.
That’d be great. And if they do, we
would defnitely participate. Oth-
erwise, we would have to come up
with our own way — like our own
competition perhaps,” he says.
Kipping is also excited for RED’s
future and expects to see the club
take off.
“We are establishing a really
good foundation and you’re going
to be blown away by what you see
in September.”
Just because we happen to be in a
very fun industry, doesn’t mean that
we are unprofessional about it
A model designed by the RED club, similar to popular carnival ride
The Zipper.
Rob Kipping holds The Eyeopener’s Love and sex issue in front
of the Disney castle. because we’re all about wholesome family fun.
A ride model in RED and THRiLL’s shared offce in Kerr Hall south.
The RED club went to new Orleans and florida for conferences and
amusement park site visits.
10 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
So ya wanna buy yourself a tablet?
Three years after the launch of the frst iPad, the tablet market is more confusing than ever
The iPad frst hit retail shelves just
three years ago. Today, 28 per cent
of Anglo-Canadians say they own
a tablet, according to a new survey
by The Media Technology Monitor.
Some analysts predict tablet sales
will surpass notebooks as early as
Choosing the right one has never
been more confusing. Dozens of
manufacturs are churning out hard-
ware running versions of Google’s
Android OS. There are four iPads
on the market, and Microsoft is
testing the waters with its Windows
RT and Windows 8 devices.
With the tablet market becoming
increasingly saturated by the day,
now may be a good time to impart
some friendly consumer advice.
The frst thing to consider is what,
aside from looking like a boss, do
you intend to do with your new tab-
let? Are you looking to replace your
laptop or keep yourself entertained?
Are you going to need constant In-
ternet access? Don’t be too quick to
dismiss some of the more afford-
able options. The iPad may justify
its price with killer processor speed,
a gorgeous display, and robust app
support, but it doesn’t have a native
HDMI output or storage expansion
Screen size matters, and it’s mea-
sured diagonally across the screen.
Smaller tablets in the seven to eight
inch range are generally cheaper,
but have less power. They are eas-
ily held in one hand, and very light
weight, perfect for reading in bed.
Most tablets check in between nine
and 10 inches. The larger screen
means a more immersive viewing
experience for movies, TV shows
and games. Play with as many tab-
lets as you can to fnd the balance
between screen size and portability.
It goes without saying, but screen
quality is very important. Higher
resolution means sharper images.
The Samsung Nexus 10 has the
highest resolution screen at 2,560 x
1,600 pixels, followed by the iPad
with 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. The pan-
el type will determine how well the
image is maintained when viewed
at odd angles or in bright outdoor
conditions. Keep in mind how long
you plan on staring at this thing.
Like any computer purchase, you
can crunch the numbers until your
eyes bleed, but at the end of the day
it’s the user experience that matters
most. Picking the right operating
system may be the most important
choice you make.
Here are the broad strokes:
Ever since the frst iPhone, iOS
has been the software behind Ap-
ple’s mobile devices. It’s reliable,
polished, intuitive, and very user
friendly. It’s so simple that tod-
dlers and chimps have been known
to pick it up. Apple’s well-curated
App Store offers an astounding
800,000 plus apps. That said iOS
is often criticized for its weak pro-
ductivity and “work” functionality.
Many more advanced users take
great offence to Apple’s highly re-
strictive “one right way” approach.
However, Apple’s slick and simple
approach allows iOS users to ef-
fortlessly breeze through virtually
any task.
In many ways, Google’s Android
OS has been the Windows of the
mobile world, with multiple manu-
facturers competing to produce the
best hardware. With that in mind,
it’s nearly impossible to not fnd an
Android-based device that doesn’t
meet your needs and budget.
This helps to explain why Google
eclipsed Apple in the smartphone
market, and some analysts are ex-
pecting Google to gain a strong-
hold on tablet software as early as
At the same time, it’s Android’s
versatility and “open-sourceness”
that keep it from touching the
seamless iOS user experience. While
hardcore Droid users love ability to
customize down the fnest detail, the
end result is a more diffcult and less
stable operating system.
The Surface for Windows RT
(short for “Runtime”) and the
Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablets
provide the closest thing to a desk-
top experience by a long shot. Fa-
miliar Windows design and seam-
less access to Offce applications
creates an excellent corporate pro-
ductivity platform. The cheaper
RT version will only run the touch-
friendly Metro apps, while the Pro
tablet can do literally everything
a Windows 8 PC can. The touch
response is clumsy on the market,
and Microsoft is woefully behind
in app development. Still, for busi-
ness applications, the Surface is a
serious contender.
Aside from looking
like a boss, what do
you want to do with
your new tablet?
Google’s Android
OS has been the
Windows of the
mobile world
The latest iPad started the resolu-
tion race, and Asus has fred back
with an Android based contender.
The $499.99 Transformer Pad
Infnity 10.1” 32 GB Android 4.0
Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra 3 Pro-
cessor’s display has 1,920 x 1,200
resolution compared to the iPad’s
2,048 x 1,536. The pixels aren’t as
densely packed as Apple’s Retina
display, but the Asus’ 224 pixels
per inch is fairly close to the iPad’s
class-leading 264.
Although the Asus is slightly
larger, it weighs a little less than
the iPad.
The Transformer Pad Infnity
runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sand-
wich, which unlike Apple’s prod-
ucts supports Adobe Flash. It also
comes with micro HDMI and mi-
croSD ports, and twice the memory
as the iPad (32 GB vs. 16 GB).
Web browsing looks great but
few Android apps have been opti-
mized for large high-res displays.
Apps designed with a smartphone
in mind often look downright bad
when they are blown up on a large
The processor makes gaming
nearly as smooth as the iPad, but
unfortunately few apps have been
developed to harness this tablet’s
There is no denying that Google’s
Nexus 7 7” 32 GB Android 4.2
Tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra 3
Processor is a steal at $269.99.
This tiny tablet packs a punch
in the chronically ignored 7-inch
tablet market with a sharp 1,280
x 800 pixel resolution screen,
comfortable palm-of-your-hand
design, great battery life, and the
latest Android 4.2 environment.
The amount of tablet per dol-
lar you get with the Nexus 7
makes it perfect for those look-
ing to have some casual tablet
fun on a budget. Still, it’s worth
mentioning that the entry-lev-
el iPad mini is only $60 more.
It’s sort of a toss up. The Nexus 7
comes at an attractive price. The iPad
Mini ($329.99) is more expensive
but has quicker performance, lon-
ger battery life, better app support,
a larger but lower quality screen,
and half the memory at entry level.
This one comes down to your pre-
ferred OS, but the Nexus 7 is worth
mentioning for its value alone.
Windows fans must have been ec-
static when they heard about the
Microsoft Surface 10.6 32 GB
Windows RT Tablet with an NV-
IDA Tegra 3 Processor ($499.99).
But even with the friendly look-
ing tiled interface, the Surface still
can’t help but remind you of the old
Mac vs. PC commercials from 2007.
This tablet is all business.
If you’re looking for a light-
weight classroom companion,
this is your ticket. The Surface
is as close to a laptop replace-
ment as anything on the market.
Full USB 2.0 port, check. Mi-
cro HDMI port, check. Magneti-
cally docked power cable cop-
ied from Apple, double check.
The Surface weighs a hefty
1.5 pounds, more than most
10-inch tablets, and features
handy kickstand that reclines
the Surface about 10 degrees.
The screen is a disappointing
1,336 x 768 pixels, but hey, it
does have Microsoft Offce Home
and Student 2013 RT Preview.
The iPad
Asus Transformer Pad Infnity
Google Nexus 7
Microsoft Surface
Still the best bet for those looking
for a premium Android experience.
Simply put, the latest model from
Cupertino is the best tablet on the
market. If you want a stunning
display, lightning-quick perfor-
mance, and the largest selection
of apps an iPad is the way to go.
The fourth generation iPad (start-
ing at $499.99) features the new
A6X processor, which is by far the
fastest on the market. Its speed
puts it in a class of its own. The
upgrades are subtle. The new iPad
does everything a little better, but
nothing new that will blow your
mind. I think of it like an iPad 3S.
One downside is that the new
lightning connection means that your
collection of iOS accessories won’t
work without an adapter, and it’s
slightly heavier than previous models.
If you’re bound for a creative pro-
fession where you show off a visual
portfolio, and seriously need the extra
prettiness and horsepower or you want
a tablet that you can show off with
unabashed smugness, I say go for it.
If you don’t want to spend nearly
a month’s rent, go for the iPad 2.
Great performance, and still a great
display, plus all the same apps,
for only $329.99. It’s basically the
same tablet, only ratcheted down
to slightly less impressive specs.
However, it only comes in 16 GB
with Wi-Fi. Put it in a new case,
no one will know the difference.
The much-anticipated phone call
has been replaced with a quick text
message, fowers brought to the
doorstep are substituted with meet-
ing up for drinks and a movie out
has been turned into homemade
dinner and Netfix.
The dating scene today is unques-
tionably different from when our
parents were in college.
“We used to go out with expec-
tations,” said Dorthy Sikora, em-
ployee for the government. “My
husband took me out on a very nice
frst date, he picked me up from my
house and spent money on dinner
and a movie, he took me home at
night and walked me up to the front
door with a goodnight kiss.”
Dating has evolved from an el-
egant evening of getting to know
each other to casually meeting up at
any available (cheap and preferably
close) location.
Our generation is about the re-
laxed, easy, and affordable interac-
tion, better known as “hanging out.”
While she thinks fancy dinners are
nice every once in a while, psychol-
ogy student Amelia Druskis said, “I
like ‘hanging out’ on dates because
there aren’t as many expectations
when you refer to it like that.”
With Toronto tuition and liv-
ing expenses at an all-time high,
Ryerson students are choosing the
quick alternative to dating in order
to save money and time — and it
seems to be working for people.
“When my boyfriend and I
started dating we would hang out
and tend to just lounge around and
make meals together rather than
going out to some overpriced res-
taurant to spend money that nei-
ther of us really have,” said Han-
nah Smythe, a social work student.
“Ryerson, located in Toronto, isn’t
exactly the cheapest way of living
and so we take the time to go gro-
cery shopping together, maybe stop
at the LCBO for a cheap (but deli-
cious) bottle of red wine.”
But the diversity of Toronto and
the convenience of Ryerson’s cam-
pus do provide students with a lot
of choices for casual hangouts if
they want to get out of the house.
“Because Ryerson is located in
downtown Toronto there are nu-
merous bars and coffee shops that
are perfect for dates.” said Druskis.
“Having such a busy schedule with
school and work sometimes forces
you to fnd time, any available time
to go out, making it more casual.”
Ryerson is known as a commuter
school, which changes the dating
scene for many students who have
to work around their schedules and
the TTC in order to meet up.
“Dating for me changes because
I live in the east end so it makes
it harder to go out. I usually have
to plan ahead, like which friend’s
house I’ll be able to stay over at,
which results in group dating,”
said English major Camille Borody.
“Group dating is defnitely more
popular amongst the commuters.”
Today, most of the getting to know
each other happens prior to the date
through texting, group hangouts or
Facebook lurking. But this can often
result in a more comfortable and ca-
sual encounter because students don’t
feel like they have to play a game of
20 questions. Instead, they’re able to
just enjoy the night and focus on the
activity of the date, such as drinking
or dancing.
“Drinking makes it easier to talk
to someone,” said Maggie Mahon,
an arts and contemportary studies
student. She said that for her frst
date with her current boyfriend,
she met him at a bar for a few
drinks because the setting helped
add to an informal and relaxed at-
It has become a common trend
for students to opt for casual hang-
outs instead of dealing with the
preparation and stress that can ac-
company traditional dating. From
our parents’ generation to ours,
students have gone through an evo-
lution in dating from a formal ritual
to an informal encounter.
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Not another game of twenty questions
Saying goodbye to romantic dates out on the town, Ryerson students are opting for a relaxed “hangout”instead of a traditional date
By Natalie Marynowski
Cramped Coupland lecture
Renowned artist and author Doug-
las Coupland visited Ryerson to in-
stil in students valuable career and
personal development advice, but
many of the students who wanted
to listen were denied access to the
“I snuck in, I was really lucky,”
said Anthony Morgan, a recent
industrial design graduate. “I saw
a T.A. I once had standing outside
and he said that I wouldn’t get in,
they were kicking people out.”
Coupland’s talk was organized
and funded by Ryerson’s Faculty of
Communication and Design as part
of its most recent instalment of the
Dean’s Lecture Series, but it was
open to the public. Over 100 people
waited outside the Eaton Lecture
Theatre (RCC 204) before doors
opened. The room reached capacity
twenty minutes before Coupland
took the stage; people had to stand
against the walls.
The presence of students from
other schools, namely OCAD, and
Coupland fans in their thirties, for-
ties and beyond prevented Ryerson
students from benefting from Cou-
pland’s many valuable tips and an-
ecdotes by flling up the theatre.
“This is something at a univer-
sity specifcally aimed for university
students and people that are in their
mid-twenties when life is so hectic,”
said third-year Journalism student
Kayla Walden. “That would have
been a lot more helpful and would
pertain to [young] people’s lives a
lot more than some ffty-year-old
business man that’s successful just
sitting there for the hell of it.”
The main themes of his lecture
were aimed at students and people
beginning their careers. Coupland
focused a great deal of his lecture
on practical tips for young job hunt-
ers, including the dos and don’ts of
a resume, the beauty of interning,
the importance of seemingly ran-
dom skills and fnding mentors. But
most importantly, Coupland said to
never piss people off because “peo-
ple don’t die, they just get older and
more powerful.”
He also spoke about his own ca-
reer’s many strides and occasional
stifes since he started out as an art
student at the Emily Carr University
of Art and Design. Today, Coup-
land has penned over twenty books,
has dabbled in television, flm and
theatre and is also an established
modern artist. Coupland has more
recently collaborated with Nuit
Blanche, the Design Exchange and
the Interior Design Show.
“One of the most important
things you can have is enthusiasm,
fgure out what it is you enjoy do-
ing,” said Coupland. “Being enthu-
siastic is very, very sexy.”
“Despite his age, he still remem-
bers so vividly what it is like to be
twenty-something, and the awk-
ward pain of physical and mental
growth,” said second-year journal-
ism student Sofa Mikhaylova. “It
was a good talk. Now I feel better
about myself.”
When asked how to deal with
failure as a twenty-something year
old, Coupland playfully said, “They
way you deal with relatives, you
never discuss them.”
By Ted Wilson
People don’t die, they
just get older and
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It’ll be the biggest moment of their
Ryerson careers: the collections
they’ve been working on all year will
be worn by models walking down a
gleaming runway with hundreds of
audience members looking on, judg-
ing and applauding each design.
Every year, fourth-year fashion
design students put their collections
on show at Mass Exodus, but a new
idea is keeping everyone on edge:
they won’t know whose collections
will be part of the evening portion
of Mass Exodus until the day of.
“It’s exciting, but it’s also frus-
trating,” said fourth-year fashion
design student Evate Gewargis.
That’s not the only thing graduat-
ing fashion design students have to
deal with. This year, designers have
to choose their own models, make-
up and hairstyle — a responsibility
that used to belong to third-year
fashion communication students,
and time is running out.
“We have about two or three
weeks left, and I still have to do two
full outfts,” Gewargis said.
Mass Exodus 2013 marks the
25th anniversary of the largest
student-run fashion show in North
America. This year, the show will
be moving from the Ryerson The-
atre, its home for the past 20 years,
to the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
“It defnitely brings our annual
show to a much larger production
value, and puts Mass Exodus into a
bigger spotlight,” producer Kirthi-
ga Rajanayagam said.
This year, unlike previous years,
there is no theme. Instead, there’s
only a tagline of “The End Is Only
The Beginning.”
Communications director Ra-
chel Garbutt said the change meant
fnding other ways to tie the show
“This year’s show is inspired by
the energy of light through a prism
as it refracts and bursts into shards
of colour,” Garbutt said. To unite
the collections, designers were given
“guiding principles” of heritage, di-
versity, and innovation. Also new
this year are over 300 models that
will be walking down the runway. In
the past, models would wear two or
three different outfts over the course
of the show, but not this time.
“You will have never seen the
hair, you will have never seen the
makeup, you will have have never
seen the model,” assistant producer
Kristina McMullin said.
The casting team created a “da-
tabase” of models for the 51 de-
signers taking part in the show to
choose from, another frst, which
addresses complaints from previ-
ous years that models didn’t ft their
clothes properly.
“A lot of surprises are in store,
and many will only be revealed on
the day of the show,” Rajanayagam
said. The fner details are under
wraps, but the audience can expect
a “futuristic, post-apocalyptic vibe.”
“This is going to be one hell of
a show,” said Rajanayagam. Tick-
ets for the show, which begins April
11, go on sale this week.
By Jackie Hong
The Wooden Sky is an indie folk/rock band created in 2003 by former Ryerson student Gavin Gardiner (far right).
Like most musicians, Gavin Gar-
diner started playing instruments at
a young age. His parents, big music
lovers, signed him up for violin les-
sons when he was fve. But he was so
terrible at it that soon after he start-
ed, his own parents made him quit.
It would take a near-death experi-
ence for the Gardiners to give their
son another chance musically.
Shortly after he stopped his les-
sons, Gardiner’s dad left on a busi-
ness trip. On his returning fight,
the plane doors few open. Nothing
tragic happened and everybody sur-
vived, but his father was so grate-
ful to be alive that he went out and
bought Gardiner an electric guitar,
which he learned to play, and unlike
with the violin, he was good.
Gardiner has gone further than
his parents ever expected. So much
so that he and his band, The Wood-
en Sky, have been nominated for a
2013 JUNO award for best roots
and traditional album of the year.
“It’s really gratifying,” says Gar-
diner, 30. “We didn’t make our re-
cord with that in mind, but then to
have people accept it in that sense
is exciting.”
The Wooden Sky is an indie folk/
rock band consisting of Ryerson
RTA grads Gavin Gardiner, who
does vocals, guitar and harmonics,
and percussionist Andrew Keke-
wich. Andrew Wyatt, the bass play-
er, also graduated from Ryerson for
social work. Other members include
Simon Walker and Edwin Huizinga.
But the group wasn’t actually
formed with the intention of becom-
ing a band, according to Gardiner.
He says that things just sort of fell
into place.
It started with a recording proj-
ect that Gardiner and a friend were
working on for class back in 2003.
From there, they began playing
shows around Toronto.
Through the years, the band con-
tinued to grow both musically and
professionally. Along the way, they
recruited new members, some they
met at drunken karaoke nights and
asked to join the ranks. Their com-
bined talents have helped The Wood-
en Sky get to where they are today.
“We’re always evolving, always
changing, always moving forward
and reaching for the next step,” says
The band has earned popular-
ity over the past few years. For the
members, it’s been quite a journey.
They’ve toured together, travelled
together, and dealt with all the stress
that comes with the industry to-
gether. Still, they say they wouldn’t
change a thing.
“I’m doing what I want to do,”
Kekewich says. “And it’s nice to be
able to get the chance to pursue that
with some of my best pals.”
With the JUNOs just around the
corner, The Wooden Sky is prepar-
ing for their trip to Saskatchewan in
April. Their nominated album, Ev-
ery Child a Daughter, Every Moon
a Sun, encompasses the idea that ev-
eryone interprets things differently.
“It’s about trying to understand
your place in the universe,” says
By Nicole Schmidt
Ryerson grads’ band nominated for a JUNO award
An exodus from the old Mass Exodus
Mass Ex, Rye’s annual fashion show, is going through a major facelift this year
Some of Mass Exodus 2013’s production team. From
left to right: Stephanie Rotz, Trista Capitano, Kristina McMullin and Rachel Garbutt.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 13
Top Rye teams eliminated
The men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams ended their seasons with
playoff losses to the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Sports Editor Charles Vanegas looks
at what happened, and what’s next for the Rams most likely to contend
The men’s basketball team failed to make the OUA Wilson Cup being held at the MAC after a 70-74 loss to
the Gee-Gees. For recaps and photo galleries, visit
Women’s volleyball
After winning their frst-round
match against McMaster, the wom-
en’s volleyball team lost in straight
sets in their semifnal matchup
against the Gee-Gees, and then again
to the University of Toronto Varsity
Blues in the bronze medal game.
Despite closing with two straight
losses, this season can only be de-
scribed as an outright success. Just
two years removed from a horren-
dous, injury-plagued 2010-11 season
in which they went 1-18, the Rams
put up their best record in program
history at 14-4 — four more wins
than their previous best effort.
“We had an extraordinary year
this year, but we have a lot of work
to do to if we want to take that next
step,” said head coach Dustin Reid
after the loss to Ottawa. “I believe in
the players we have here.”
It’s hard not to. Led by frst-team
OUA all star Chelsea Briscoe and
OUA Rookie of the Year Veronica
Livingston, the entire Rams roster is
eligible to return in the fall, and fea-
tures a solid core of players who will
be around for at least the next three
Men’s basketball
Against the evenly matched Gee-
Gees in their second-round playoff
game, Ryerson came out swinging
— with point guard Jahmal Jones
picking up 15 points to have them
leading by one at the half. After a few
phantom calls gave Bjorn Michaelsen
four fouls early in the third quarter,
Ottawa’s Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue
was able to pick up 21 of his game-
high 31 points in the second half,
with the star forward on the bench.
With both teams trading momentum
and leads throughout, the game came
down the wire.
Down two, with seemingly no one
to pass to due to the staunch Gee-
Gees defense, Michaelsen was called
for a travelling violation with 7.6
seconds to go, effectively ending the
game and the season.
“I’m just proud of the guys be-
cause I can honestly say they left it all
on the court,” said guard Afeworki
Gebrekerestos, after his fnal game as
a Ram.
Just a year ago, this team was in
the same position as the women’s
volleyball team was this season: a
program on its way up, that by sim-
ply making the OUA Final Four was
meeting or exceeding team goals. But
after stunning the Lakehead Thun-
derwolves in the semis and earning a
trip to the CIS National Champion-
ships, aspirations were raised.
With Ryerson failing to reach the
OUA Wilson Cup this year — an
event they are hosting at the Mat-
tamy Athletic Centre — it begs the
question: was this season a failure?
Despite improving on last season’s
13-9 record, there was enough tal-
ent on this team to get back to the
Final Four. The Rams retooled their
roster — bringing in guards Yan-
nick Walcott, from Dalhousie, and
Ostap Choliy, from York, to add to
what was already considered one of
the best backcourts in the country
with Jones, Aaron Best and Jordon
They were supposed to be lighting
it up this season, and they did in the
frst half, knocking off all opponents
faced in 2012 en route to 10-0 record
and a top ten national ranking.
But things started to unravel after
a home loss to the reigning national
The women’s volleyball team defeated the McMaster Marauders in their frst-round match, before losses
to the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto in the OUA Final Four.
champion Carleton Ravens, fol-
lowed by a road loss to Laurentian.
After stringing four straight wins,
the Rams lost three more — includ-
ing an inexplicable 61-67 decision to
the Toronto Varsity Blues, who were
2-16 at the time. Had they won, the
Rams would have been guaranteed
second place in the OUA East, giving
them a frst-round bye and allowed
them to play every playoff game at
home up until they possibly made the
CIS Championships.
Ryerson proved in Ottawa last
week that they can go on the road
against very good teams and play
well, but if they had just managed to
win one more away from home, they
could have played at the MAC, where
they were 9-1. Staggering into the
playoffs after going 5-5 in their last 10
games simply isn’t good enough.
As Walcott said to me after the
game, “It’s a tough division. The
OUA is no joke.” There are three
great teams in the East — Carleton is
the gold standard, having won seven
of the past nine national titles, with
Ottawa and Ryerson playing catch
up. They could very well be the three
best teams in the OUA, but only
two from the division make the
Wilson Cup. Being third isn’t good
“It’s tough now, but that sting
should carry us for the next couple
of years, and hopefully we can learn
from it and just get better,” said Ge-
The team’s greatest need is at
forward. If head coach Roy Rana
can fnd pieces to help Michaelsen
and rookie Juwon Grannum prop-
erly compliment the team’s potent
collection of guards, they can
take that next step to truly become
one of the nation’s elite teams.
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planning, to discuss the development of Ryerson’s
budget for the 2013-14 academic year, including the
current context, opportunities and economic challenges.
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Capricorn Virgo
You’ll begin selling cigarettes,
heroin and whiskey because it’s
about time someone gave abortions
a punk rock alternative.
You will receive many new respon-
sibilities, such as “figuring out
who that button belongs to” and
“contemplating your own existen-
tial horror.”
The best way to succeed in life is to
have confidence in yourself, so this
week it looks like it’s Failure again
for you!
You will announce your candidacy
for Pope, because Poping seems
easier than getting a real job where
you report to a real person.
Don’t be too impulsive today. With
a little patience and planning, your
standoff with the police could take
hours, adding to your remaining
time alive and/or out of prison.
Pluto will be rooting for you this
week, but since he’s not a real plan-
et it looks like you’ll be developing
a nasty case of Crotch Mice.
You will drop out a mere six weeks
from completing your degree be-
cause you realize that New Media
isn’t actually a real thing.
Balance is key this week. Unfortu-
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will pretty much ruin any chance you
have of that.
You’ll begin taking Adderall, al-
lowing you to post stupid shit on
Facebook without distractions like
Class or A Social Life.
You will realise that “Joke Horo-
scopes” is probably not a premise
that holds up after four hundred
or so.
You should spend less time on
your appearance. Looking good is
tricking people into thinking you’re
competent, which is really causing
problems for all of us.
An extremely beautiful stranger
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first place.
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