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Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor; John Isbister, Interim Provost and Vice President Academic; and Wendy Cukier, Vice-President Research and Innovation, are pleased to announce the recipients of the

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Celebrating Excellence

Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity (SRC) Awards Graduate Studies Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Awards Sarwan Sahota – Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award
faculty members who have made an outstanding contribution to knowledge or artistic creativity in their area(s) of expertise while employed at Ryerson. The contribution to SRC may be a long term, cumulative contribution or a single, particularly insightful or seminal idea, experiment, application or interpretation. The Distinguished Scholar Award is made available through the joint contributions of Sarwan Sahota, a retired professor and Ryerson University. martin Antony, Department of Psychology Daolun Chen, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering michael Kolios, Department of Physics

FACULTY SRC AWARDS recognize individual faculty members on an annual basis for outstanding achievement in scholarly, research and creative activity and impact on their disciplines during the previous academic year.

Claus Rinner, Department of Geography Emily van der meulen, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

faculty excellence in the complex process of mentoring graduate students to prepare them for productive careers.

marusya Bociurkiw, RTA School of Media Gerda Cammaer, School of Image Arts Osmud Rahman, School of Fashion

Janet Lum, Department of Politics and Public Administration John Shields, Department of Politics and Public Administration

Jean mason, School of Professional Communication

Suzanne Fredericks, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Josephine Wong, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Rena mendelson, School of Nutrition

Seth Dworkin, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering mehrab mehrvar, Department of Chemical Engineering

Ravi Ravindran, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Anthony Bonato, Department of Mathematics

Pawel Pralat, Department of Mathematics

Dale Carl, Master of Business Administration

Shadi Farshadfar, Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Accounting and Finance David valliere, Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

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Shinae Kim, director of finance and services of the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson, spearheaded the petition for more options for students needing accounting courses.


A petition by CESAR has the school offering additional accounting courses to its members in order to allow proper accreditation

By Joseph Ho

CESAR petitions new accounting courses
be successful,” Levy said. The petition, presented to the administration Feb. 27, is decorated with more than 370 signatures. It asks that courses such as ACC703, ACC706, ACC801, ACC821, and BUS800 be made available in the evenings through the Chang School, where many students attend to obtain professional accounting certification. But it’s still unclear when the courses will begin to be offered. “I know that they want us to begin to do that this summer and I hope we will try to do that in the summer,” Levy said. “If we have to work with the Ted Rogers School of Management to help us do that, then we will do that.” Currently, continuing-education students who need those credits must enrol in the daytime as what the school calls “special business students” — students taking at least one course through Ryerson University outside of their Chang School certificate program but not pursuing a degree. They must apply through the admissions office to get this status, but the Ryerson website states that even if special status is granted, it doesn’t guarantee a spot in a course. That isn’t helpful for Jeanette Stephens, who is half-way through her accounting certificate but holds down a job as a legal assistant to pay for school. Stephens works full-time, and though evening classes would be ideal for her, she still recognizes the needs of students with families who can only enrol in daytime classes. Enkhee Garamochir, a program assistant for international accounting and finance courses at the Chang School, said that although there’s a large number of students enrolled in the program, not all are at the same level of accreditation. “I would estimate that [there are] around only ten per cent [of students] who would need to take those advanced-level accounting courses next academic year,” Garamochir said. “Not all of them will be applying as special business for the next academic year. Kim said that without vacancy, students were told to take the required courses at other universities like York or Athabasca. That wouldn’t work for Muhammad Ali, a third-year finance student hoping to complete a minor in accounting. His future goal is also to become a certified accountant or certified management accountant. Ali attends Ryerson full-time but said he expects to become a parttime student next semester due to work. Attending York would add an hour to his commute. While the school has not provided any concrete plans, students are relieved they will soon be able to fulfill their academic requirements now that administrators have taken notice of the problem. “I mean, we’re all extremely happy... [that] we’re going to be accessing these courses the same way daytime students would,” Stephens said. “We’re happy that the school has listened and recognized that it was a problem and is doing something about it.”

Students at the Chang School of Continuing Education will soon be able to enrol in upper-level accounting and business courses required for professional designation, after a petition by the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) caught the eye of school officials. Shinae Kim, CESAR’s director of finance and services, said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy was “very supportive” of extending access to advanced courses in high demand for Chang School students. “I think the decision is we’re going to go do whatever we can to provide students [with] those opportunities and I hope that we will

New RSU policy challenges new men’s issues group
By Diana Hall
An effort to guard the empowerment of women’s voices on campus took form Monday when the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) swiftly adopted a bold new policy rejecting the concept of misandry — the hatred or fear of men. Neda Hamzavi, a faculty of community services representative on the RSU Board of Directors (BOD), watched her amendment to the RSU’s policy on women’s issues pass without any debate, discussion or dispute. This could cause conflict at a time when controversial men’s issues movements are on the rise at university campuses. “There’s been a lot of work across campuses not only in Ontario but also across the country that have been working sort of [as] anti-women’s rights groups,” Hamzavi said in her pitch to the BOD. “We want to acknowledge that the additions that we added here are regarding the ideas of misandry and reverse-sexism, both of which are oppressive concepts that aim to delegitimize the equity work that women’s movements work to do.” Marwa Hamad, vice-president equity at the RSU, said the policy will preserve space for discussing misogyny and institutionalized gender imbalances. The amendment applies to a Women’s Issues clause that provides a strict mandate for which activities the RSU opposes. Outlined in the board’s agenda, the new policy rejects: “4. Groups, Meetings or events [that] promote misogynist views towards women and ideologies that promote gender inequity, challenges women’s right to bodily autonomy, or justifies sexual assault 5. The concept of misandry as it ignores structural inequity that exist between men and women 6. Groups, meetings events or initiatives [that] negate the need to centre women’s voices in the struggle for gender equity.” The RSU’s three-pronged policy change could complicate the creation of a men’s issues group which

Anjana Rao, left, Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh hope to create a men’s issues group on campus. applied for student-group status last week. Sarah Santhosh, a secondyear biology student and the founder of the Ryerson Association for Equality, said she was shocked the RSU passed this motion two days before the executives’ meeting with the Student Groups Committee. Santhosh insisted her group is not about being anti-feminist, but rather the right to discuss men’s issues on campus — including misandry. “The ironic thing is my voice is being silenced right now because I can’t even form a group without having to face this really back-handed deal that’s really attacking our group,” Santhosh said. But Hamad said the policy will help the RSU protect women’s is-


sues, which “have historically and continue to today to be silenced.” “I think it’s important to remember that when we’re talking about dismantling patriarchy, we’re talking about supporting men, we’re talking about supporting women [and] we’re talking about supporting the entire gender spectrum,” she said.



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How to get a job in a clique
By lee richardson
Around this time of year, editors at The Eyeopener pry their faces away from a computer screen/bottom of a pint glass for long enough to realize that there’s only a few weeks left in their term of employment. The Eyeopener stops publishing in early April, and as the year winds down we fill masthead positions as some editors leave for internships, jobs, or, as I would recommend, a stint in a dietary rehab centre. While there’s a few weeks left, I’m inviting those interested in getting involved in the paper to do so. I know that from the outside The Eyeopener seems like either a clique or a cult, and it has a bit of a reputation of being rather impenetrable. This isn’t the case. We still have four issues left in the year, which is enough time to contribute and get a few portfolio pieces. Students don’t have to be enrolled in journalism, or even necessarily be a writer, to get involved. As the ad over to the left of this page explains, we appreciate photographers, videographers, artists and people with a keen eye for spelling and grammatical mistakes. One thing I think has been missing from the paper this year is a good cross-section of contributing students from different programs. The Eyeopener is a paper by and for Ryerson students, and I hope the incoming masthead reflects that in terms of their interests and academic backgrounds. If students want to become more involved, working as an editor at the paper does have its advantages, and I’m not just saying that because I run it. Within the local media field, it’s surprising to constantly encounter the number of people who have either worked at The Eyeopener or know someone who has. As the media industry becomes increasingly competitive (and worrying), working as an editor throws up interesting networking opportunities. Working at the paper is even regarded as a cult out in the real world — to date, I’m still not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Either way, we get noticed. Applicants must be full-time students, and they don’t even have to have previously contributed to run for a masthead position. However, those who want to vote following election speeches must have contributed at least six times this semester. We appreciate ideas and the people that bring them. Be one of them.

Editor-in-Chief Lee “Sexually inappropriate” Richardson News Diana “Five-page hell” Hall Sean “ADHD” Wetselaar Associate News Mohamed “Infected” Omar Features Sarah “Massive f***” Del Giallo Biz & Tech Jeff “Master Challenger” Lagerquist Arts and Life Susana “Québécois” Gómez Báez Sports Charles “Forgets about microwaves” Vanegas Communities Shannon “Deep and Delicious” Baldwin Photo Dasha “Butthead” Zolota Stine “Lost to photo” Danielle Associate Photo Natalia “Look at my fucking red trousers!” Balcerzak Fun Kai “UFC(ock) fight” Benson Media Lindsay “Infrared” Boeckl Online Emma “Sneeze” Prestwich John “Tech-no” Shmuel General Manager Liane “T-bone” McLarty Advertising Manager Chris “Humber no more” Roberts Design Director J.D. “Changing of the ads” Mowat Circulation Manager Megan “Lack of breakfast” Higgins Contributors Michael “Sporstj” Grace-Dacosta Brian “Pjhotoa” Batista Bettencourt Leah “Commiubntiaes” Hansen Rachel “Comminutiesn” Surman Jonah “nEWAsa” Brunet Joseph “Nerwas” Ho Tara “buISNESSS” Deschamps Debbie “Busienssa” Hernandez Carolyn “Feakthures” Turgeon Marissa “Feausrtha” Dederer Luc “Feauthaew” Rinaldi Melissa “Onlieng” Danchak Anna “Onljenst” Richardson The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s independent student newspaper. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a non-profit corporation owned by the students of Ryerson. Reach us at SCC207, at 416-979-5262, or on Twitter at @theeyeopener

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election notice: The Eyeopener is hiring new editors for the 2013 Fall semester.
the process:
Nomination forms and election posters must be in the office by 5 p.m. March 27. Election posters must include your full name, intended position and an image of yourself — either a photo or an illustration. Speeches will happen in the evening of Wednesday, March 27. Voting takes place Thursday, March 28. Editor-in-Chief (x1); News editor (x2); Associate News editor (x1), Features editor (x1); Biz and Tech editor (x1); Arts and Life editor (x1); Sports editor (x1); Communities editor (x1); Photo editor (x2); Associate Photo editor (x1); Fun editor (x1); Media editor (x1); Online editor (x1) Email if you have questions. People need six contributions to the paper this semester in order to vote. Writing, helping with photo, video, illustrations, or proofreading all count as contributions.

We have the following openings for masthead positions:

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Metro says goodnight
The Metro near the intersection of Gould and Church streets will no longer be open 24 hours a day. Effective as of March 3, the popular grocery store, serving as the only produce vendor on Ryerson’s campus will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The change especially affects students living on campus. First-year business student Meagan Barley was “devastated” by the change — she and many other residence students shop at Metro after campus food facilities close. But for the majority of students at Ryerson who commute to campus, the change’s impact is negligible. “I do shop at Metro at home,”

said second-year mechanical engineering student Eli Hendsbee. “[But] I’m a commuter... I’ve bought one drink there, maybe.” Metro offers produce and other essentials to local residents beyond Ryerson students, and was the only major grocery store open after midnight in the area. The closest alternative to Metro’s selection is the gas station at Church and Dundas streets, but students hoping to get some midnight fruit and vegetables will have to go elsewhere. Rumours circulating that residence students may stage a violent revolt in response to the decision have not been confirmed.

News Bites
SJP petitions Rye for divestments
Campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is petitioning Ryerson to engage in a policy they call Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS), which they say is designed to prevent the school from investing in foreign companies known to engage in human rights violations. The group hosted an open day Feb. 26 in an attempt to get as many signatures as possible, but it is unclear exactly what the administration’s response on the matter will be. Student reaction has been mixed, with some strong negative reactions from groups such as Hillel at Ryerson.

Students hope to improve FCAD network
A group of students operating under the hashtag “#GetMoreFCAD” is hoping to improve networking options for students in the Faculty of Communications and Design (FCAD) through a campaign launched Monday. The group is running an online survey (with a chance to win a MacBook Air) until March 15, which they hope will allow them to improve networking options for students, and get them jobs during school and after graduation. Classroom talks began Tuesday, and will continue throughout the campaign. For more information on the group, check out the full story at

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Though there is little support for mature students with ADHD, a new scholarship could help them get their degrees

New scholarship attracts ADHD students
By Jonah Brunet
Ryerson journalism student Joshua Priemski’s struggle with Attention Deficit Hyper-active Disorder (ADHD) cost him a high school diploma, but a unique new scholarship seeks to ensure students like him are not robbed of their chance to earn a degree. “After what would have been my fifth year of high school I just gave up and said ‘I’m not doing this anymore,’” said Priemski. Priemski is one of many Canadian students who qualify for the Shire Canada ADHD scholarship program, which offers $1,500 towards tuition and one year of ADHD coaching to five adult students in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, with a minimum of one recipient in each province. “What we’re looking for is some recognition and understanding about their ADHD, some interest in using whatever assistance and resource they can to access their strengths,” said Heidi Bernhardt, a member of the jury deciding who receives the scholarship. Bernhardt served as executive director for the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance before founding the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada, but most of her experience with ADHD comes from having three sons and a husband who suffer from it. “Seeing three men grow up and go through their post-secondary education, you get to know the pitfalls,” said Bernhardt. Priemski applied to Ryerson as a mature student at 23. This meant he did not need a high school diploma if he met the grade requirements and submitted an essay on why he was applying in this way. After raising his English mark above the minimum requirement of 80 per cent at an adult learning centre, Priemski was able to apply. But after he was accepted to Ryerson, he was plagued by more of the same issues. “This is probably my busiest week of the year, and I’m not prepared,” he said. Priemski said that, since his biggest challenges include managing deadlines in his program, the coaching aspect of the scholarship was particularly important. “Support is what you need most,” he said. Though ADHD is typically thought of as being an issue of focus, Priemski said time management is one of the most difficult things for him. ing and scholarship programs,” said Bernhardt. Ryerson offers a few scholarships that are targeted towards students with disabilities. The Harriet Stairs award is a $924 scholarship offered to students registered with the Access Centre who have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and demonstrate financial need. Some awards are more specific. The Sheri Cohen Social Justice Award for People with Disabilities targets students in the school of social work. Priemski said he set up one meeting with Ryerson’s Access Centre earlier in the year, but it ended up being just another missed appointment. The Access Centre helps students with learning disabilities succeed by helping them apply for scholarships, providing counseling and support, and offering privileges such as extra time on exams for those who need it. In 2011, 13 per cent of the centre’s students were there because of ADHD. For Priemski, support comes from his girlfriend. He credited her as someone who helps him through difficult times, saying she motivated him to apply to Ryerson and not give up on post-secondary education. The $1,500 included in the scholarship would also be helpful to Priemski, who is over $10,000 in debt after one semester at Ryerson. He said his student debt is particularly upsetting given the risk of not completing his degree — a fear that is always in the back of his mind. The scholarship recipients are chosen based on a personal essay on the impact of ADHD in their lives. Applications are due March 27, and the recipients will be announced June 17. Priemski plans to apply.

Very often, students with ADHD are left out of a lot of different funding programs
“I frequently miss appointments. Take today, for example,” he said. Priemski asked that his interview be pushed back an hour, and still arrived 20 minutes late. The scholarship, offered by biopharmaceutical company Shire Canada, is the first of its kind in the country. While other scholarships offer money to students with ADHD, Shire’s is alone in providing ADHD coaching. In the coming years, they hope to grow the fund to a national scholarship. Shire stresses that, though ADHD is the most common mental health disorder in children, it does not always disappear over time and continues to affects many adults. Priemski was only diagnosed with ADHD at 17. “Very often, students with ADHD are left out of a lot of different fund-


Joshua Priemski’s ADHD has been a constant obstacle in his education.

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Eitan Gilboord at the RSU election debate.


You can’t opt out if you don’t chime in
Comment By sean Wetselaar
to students. Frosh Week, the Parade and Picnic and pub nights are all brought to you by RSU fees. And, full disclosure, a portion of The Eyeopener is funded by RSU fees paid by Ryerson students. It’s also worth noting that Ryerson students are notoriously apathetic. Our voter turnout in RSU elections this year was a meagre 11 per cent, and the incoming RSU elective all but swept the elections without competition. If students feel strongly about how their money is spent, then they should get involved in the process before planning methods of financial secession. If Ryerson students were to find themselves in a conflict with the RSU on a scale similar to that of U of T, should an option to opt out be created? Absolutely. But the backdrop for such a big discussion is a campus far more motivated than ours. With regards to the RSU’s many political actions, I think it’s unreasonable to suggest that they should be forced to back down from all their campaigns. The RSU is a fundamentally political organization, and they will continue to engage in political discussions. It is perpetually involved in some sort of political lobbying, and often interacts with provincial and federal politics. But by the same token, dissenting voices need to be heard within the RSU, and be taken seriously. If students like Gilboord have a real issue with Israeli Apartheid Week, they should take it to the RSU and ask them to back down. It’s the RSU’s job to represent students, and students have a right (and some might argue, a responsibility) to voice their concerns. And it’s important that students who don’t agree with the directions the RSU is taking start to do exactly that. Because, frankly, Ryerson students have a long way to go before becoming politically involved enough for a healthy discussion around opting out of fees can even be contemplated.

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It’s no secret that the Ryerson Students’ Union is funded almost entirely by student fees, which pay for everything from events on campus to full-time employee salaries. However, this relationship with students’ wallets has some students unsure of how their money is being spent. In an article in the National Post, fourth-year politics and governance student Eitan Gilboord expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that every student must pay a fee of $117.65 on average to the RSU. His displeasure stems from the RSU’s tendency to take stands on polarizing political issues, including its involvement in Isreali Apartheid Week. The RSU recently rejoined the Canadian Peace Alliance, an umbrella group of social movements which wishes to dissolve the military, and has a tendency to take other controversial political stances. Recently, at the University of Toronto (U of T), student leaders at Trinity, Victoria, and St. Michael’s colleges, as well as the Engineering Society, unanimously voted in favour of a referendum to secede from financial connections with the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU). If successful, the colleges claim they would be able to save their members tens of thousands of dollars in student fees while providing the same services as the UTSU. The issue Gilboord raises needs to be addressed on two levels — should students have an option to opt out of RSU fees and should the RSU continue to participate in such controversial political campaigns? The question of opting out is a difficult issue to address. It’s true that Ryerson does not have an option to opt out of specific levy fees paid to student groups, unlike U of T, but it’s also true that the RSU does provide a number of services

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Paul Stenton, vice-provost, university planning, presented the school’s budget considerations at two town halls on Thursday and Monday.


The school’s budget for the next fiscal year will tackle grant cuts and new fees

Rye loses $1.8M in grants 16%
By Mohamed Omar
Ryerson will have to stomach a one per cent reduction in government grants and shoulder new regulations for international students as it builds its budget for next year. The administration shared its plans at two town halls on Thursday and Monday, providing staff, faculty and students with figures and facts the school is relying on while planning its operating budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Paul Stenton, vice-provost, university planning, said Thursday that the one per cent decrease, which translates to $1.8 million less in grants, will yield a 1.7 per cent reduction in the university’s departmental base budget, or “pot of money”, in order to balance revenues and costs. And although Brad Duguid, Ontario’s new Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, told the Toronto Star that he expects tuition increases next year to be less than five per cent, Stenton said the university is still waiting for an official policy to be released. President Sheldon Levy said the school is “planning with the knowledge that we have.” But Stenton said the school still has “no position” on how to respond to two new changes to international student tuition. “The government will charge us, essentially taxing us, $750 per [international] student. Why do I say taxing? We don’t receive any government grants for international students now, so when they are doing this, what they’re doing is taking $750 off the grants that were received for domestic students,” Stenton said. The government has also stopped its Grant in Lieu of Municipal Taxes —“a pretty arcane grant that we receive from the government that they pay to us and we pass through to the City of Toronto in lieu of property taxes,” Stenton said. “We don’t as an institution pay property taxes, but we have to pay an amount per student, $75 to the city, in lieu of that.” With the axing of the tax grant, the school will have to pay $75 for every international undergraduate and master’s student next year, in addition to the $750 “international student recovery” fee. “Why have they separated this out? Well, we think it’s because they think that we could increase our international fees. International fees are not regulated by the government, they’re set by the board of governors at Ryerson,” he added. Stenton said he doesn’t know if an increase for international student tuition is on the table. “When we bring the fees to the Board of Governors in April, we’ll have to determine that, but at this stage it hasn’t been decided,” he said. Tuition fees and grants make up about 98 per cent of Ryerson’s revenue. Stenton said expenditures will increase due to higher living expenses, new staff hirings and a three per cent rise in non-salary costs, such as equipment, lighting, and heat. “We have no right at the university to have a deficit, much like the City of Toronto can’t have a deficit. We’re not like the provincial government or the federal government that [can] run deficits. It is against the law, our laws, to do that,” Levy said. “Therefore, we have to bring a budget in to balance and we have to bring it by April 30.” Employee salaries

Budget breakdown*
Non-salary costs (furnishing, heating, etc.) Employee benefits

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Financial aid

*Yes, these work out to 101 per cent. Numbers are approximate.



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Makeup Carmen Rachel using MAKEUP BY MAKEUP FOREVER Photography Dasha Zolota Stine Danielle Natalia Balcerzak Contributors Nicole Schmidt Ashley Cochrane Victoria Stunt Colleen Marasigan Alfea Donato Jackie Hong

Managing Editor Susana Gómez Báez Layout Designer Jessica Tsang Models Ben Murphy Deidter Stadnyk Nathaniel Alexander Jonathan Dorogin

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“Out of all my competitions my biggest achievement was winning Wedding Dress Wars,” says Ryan Joelson, a fourth year Fashion and design student. “I was the underdog running up against very experienced designers.” Joelson designed a wedding dress in four days, having only ten minutes to measure the bride. The competition was televised on Slice Network, broadcasting Joelson and his work to their many viewers. “My work is very labour intensive. I’m notorious for shoving 50 yards of tulle on a skirt,” says Joelson, which accurately describes his winning dress. Joelson is a business-driven fashion student who is keen to show off his work, believing that being competitive is the only way to make it in the fashion industry. In Joelson’s second year at Ryerson his work was already being recognized. Joelson designed a four-piece outfit for the Telio Design Competition that was selected to show in Montreal Fashion Week. “I think that competition really fired my passion,” says Joelson. “I am very competitive.” Not long after winning his first competition he competed in the annual Danier Leather Design Challenge. He designed a beige jacket with petal-decorated shoulders that included removable chain additions. The jacket placed top ten in the competition. Joelson’s competitive drive to succeed in the industry pushed him to enter his work in more competitions. Fashion Cares displayed Joelson’s designs in 2012, awarding him the Community Achievement award for his work and landing him the title of Canada’s Most Promising Designer. “A lot of people ask me how I have time for the extra work I do,” says Joelson. “But I just go for it.” Joelson has recently submitted a proposal to Ryerson’s Communications Business Management Competition with a plan to open a custom design studio specializing in bridal and evening wear, hoping to use the potential winnings to start his own business. By Ashley Cochrane Photo (top): Stine Danielle Photo (bottom) courtesy: Ryan Joelson

Fourth-year performance production student Nina Platisa is the true embodiment of an artist — she’s a designer, musician, jewelry maker, woodworker, and soon-to-be documentary maker. “Anytime I get interested in a craft, or anything, I really want to do it well… I seem all over the place, but I promise you, I get things done,” Platisa says. Platisa, 21, favours a simple, clean style whether she’s making clothes, necklaces or bedside tables, and is a fan of Nordic design. “When I went to Sweden [this past summer], I definitely loved what they were wearing,” Platisa says. While in Sweden, Plastisa — who was born in Belgrade, Serbia — discovered that the Yugoslavian government never funded arts projects that could have united the nation. This inspired Platisa’s thesis, a folk costume that combines elements of costumes from former republics of Yugoslavia into one. Platisa’s also planning on making a documentary about her idea, where she’ll visit former Yugoslavian republics, meet with folk costume makers, and bring them together to create a dress. “It’ll be the first time in a long time somebody from each of those countries has made something together, which means a lot to me,” Platisa says. Platisa is also sings, and plays piano, guitar, and ukulele. Her music has been featured in short films, and on television and radio. She doesn’t limit herself to a genre when creating music, but said that artists from the‘60s and ‘70s, like Janis Joplin and Cat Stevens, inspire her. “That music is never going to leave my heart… The way that people felt about art and music at that time was really genuine,” Platisa says. Creating art out of passion, not solely for profit, is a philosophy Platisa lives by. “I just give a shit about everything that I do… There’s a reason for what I make, [not just] money and attention.” By Jackie Hong Photos: Stine Danielle



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AURA DEMERS third year, new media

When Laura Demers was walking up to the stage for her second performance in Mexico, she realized she had lost her voice. She got on stage and shook her head at her bandmates. She could only get through four songs until she had to stop and apologize to the crowd. Then a man in the crowd yelled out, saying all he wanted was to hear her sing. “It was an amazing experience. Having the crowd sing with us and accept that mistakes happen… They just want to have fun,” says Demers. She continued the rest of the show. The third-year new media student is a singer-songwriter. She traveled to Mexico in February to put on two concerts. It was her first time playing live. “It was a really big [scare] at first, that turned into something that showed me that I can do something I was initially terrified of,” says Demers. She thinks she evolved as an artist in Mexico. “I have a friend who jokes about it. He says I left a girl and came back a woman.” One show took place in Mexico City and the other in Morelia, a city about four hours away. There was about 300 people in each crowd. Demers said her music is indie-pop, with a rock influence when performed live. “It can be for the person... sitting down with some friends drinking coffee, and it can be for the person dancing at a party while socializing around the room. It really is what you want it to be,” she says. Demers and her bandmate have been approached by someone who would like manage the group. They’d help them to get work visas to play large festivals, like Corona Capital, in Mexico. “Half of my life is in Mexico, and half of it is here in Toronto,” she said. Demers has no gigs planned in Toronto as of yet. She said after such a successful time playing live in Mexico, it’s making her antsy. “I think that if you enjoy my music… then come share that experience with me. I like just chilling out and having fun and sharing that experience with others.” By Victoria Stunt Photo: Dasha Zolota

OWARD WAN fourth year, radio & television arts
Howard Wan has wanted to pursue film for as long as he can remember. But when it came to deciding which path would lead him in the right direction, he found himself confused. “I was always watching films and always interested in film,“ said Wan. “My heart has always been set on it, but I didn’t know which route would be the best to. It was during a Ryerson campus tour when things began to fall into place for Wan. His tour guide, who happened to be enrolled in RTA, convinced him that he should apply for the program. Despite the fact that RTA may not seem like the obvious choice for someone who wants to make movies, through the program, Wan has gained experience and built connections that have allowed him to do what he loves. Over the past few years, Wan has worked on many different projects, but the most recognized of them all is his involvement in a trailer for Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare 3 called “Find Makarov.” Wan worked with a large crew, including a fellow RTA grad and friend, shooting behind the scenes footage for the trailer. Soon after its release, the video went viral on YouTube, gaining over nine million views. Wan says that the most rewarding part of working on the project was seeing how people reacted to it. Since the release of the trailer, Wan has been working on a variety of different projects. During one of them, a camera operator who worked on the 2009 hit, Avatar, gave Wan some advice that he’s been trying to follow. He told Wan that before the age of 25, he should experiment as much as he possibly can. He advised him to try things he’s never tried before because by doing so, he may discover a new passion. “I’m taking this time in my life to try new things, work on new projects, and get as much experience as I can,” said Wan. By Nicole Schmidt Photo: Natalia Balcerzak

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013



have had it any other way. After applying to Ryerson’s interior design program on a whim, and getting accepted, the once science-driven student unleashed her inner artist. “It was very difficult in the first year because the program is so art-based and I had so little previous knowledge and experience of art,” she says. “So for me my artistic side has really come out in the past two or three years.” Despite popular belief, McGroarty wholeheartedly believes that interior design is based off of artistic principles. With a combination of planning and designing, she understands first hand the process needed for a final product. “Because it’s obviously design-based there are definitely very artistic elements. For most projects, we’re required to produce a series of presentation drawings that, in real life, a firm would produce for a client of what the potential space would look like,” she says. “These drawings can be very artistic as you have certain liberties in creating the space to follow whatever concept you’ve come up with.” It’s that same design development process that McGroarty hopes to pursue in her future endeavours. One day, she hopes to find a firm that upholds the same process and beliefs that she does. Today, the fourth-year student is now the chair of this year’s interior design show, managing to balance both her extra-curriculars and her thesis. As the chair of the show, McGroarty is busy making sure the show is presented as more of an art gallery than it is a student exhibition. And while time is critical for this student’s final year, McGroarty is also currently working with two other students in an upcoming competition to design a food court for a non-profit food centre in Toronto. With a few interviews lined up upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a field she has fallen in love with. But first, she plans to visit Copenhagen to finally get a glimpse of the sites she’s been learning about through the years in art history. By Colleen Marasigan Photo: Dasha Zolota


UCY McGROARTY fourth year, interior design
While most people were shocked at Lucy McGroarty’s decision to drop out of the University of Windsor’s biochemistry program, she wouldn’t

Karen Cochrane created an instrument, and those who play it are able to master it in seconds. But this instrument isn’t anything like your typical guitar. “It almost feels like magic to people,” she said. Cochrane’s instrument tracks one’s body movements, and through those movements, music is created. It’s called a Play On. The fourth-year new media student programmed an Xbox Kinect to recognize body movements while a fellow student Olivia Kolakowski composed the music. It was their final year thesis project. Cochrane studied music growing up. She took singing lessons and piano lessons at a conservatory, and said learning both took years of practice. With this project, she wanted to make music more accessible. “Creating an instrument that you can literally learn how to use in five seconds is phenomenal,” said Cochrane. She said it is also designed to get people dancing. “It’s a great way to explore your body,” she said. “We wanted people to be more aware of their movements. The best way for people to be aware of their movement is to get an auditory response from them.” To use Play On, you stand on a mat and look at a screen. When you move your arms, a melody and harmony is created. When you move your feet, you make a beat. The faster you move, the more complicated the beat gets. There is also a projection on the screen that makes shapes to go along with the music you are making. Cochrane said she loves to watch people use Play On for the first time. “It’s kind of disappointing to know how it works because you don’t have that same experience of people being able to be wowed by [the art piece].” Although the piece took a lot of technical expertise, Cochrane insists she is an artist, and not a computer scientist. Her career goal is to work with musicians to create different technology-based instruments for them. She’d also like to see the artists put the Kinect to use in live performances. Right now, she’s waiting to hear back from grad schools. “Being an artist is being able to wow people and to make people feel like… it’s magic. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world,” she said. By Victoria Stunt Photo: Stine Danielle


AREN COCHRANE fourth year, new media



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

For third-year fashion communications student Kate O’Reilly, fashion has always been a constant. Growing up with a trunk full of Salvation Army costumes, O’Reilly was known to play dress-up every day, alternating between 20 or more outfits. Years later she transformed her hobby into a career. As a stylist, O’Reilly is busy balancing her school work, along with her involvement in this year’s Mass Exodus, and creative photo shoots. While it seems she may always be on her feet, her hard work has evidently paid off. “Fashion is based on what your medium is and how you’re able to challenge yourself through that, and I feel that fashion styling is an art form because every stylist is channelling themselves through the clothes that they put on the model,” she says. “The clothes are really my medium to build a form of self-expression and that’s exactly what any artist does, or actor does, or photographer does.” For O’Reilly, her canvas is one that reflects the world of theatrics and movies. Through her work, she hopes to illicit a “gasp” moment, with outfits that boast the imagery of an “epic-movie moment.” “Basically what I want is a reaction. I want that when you see that the clothes that I put together, you’re caught in the moment, that I’ve built a character, drawn from theatre, from movies, from theatrics of fashion film,” she says. “Unless I achieve that I’m less than satisfied.” It’s that same self-expression that has landed O’Reilly a summer job in Vienna, Austria. During the summer she’ll be participating in various photo shoots throughout Austria and neighbouring countries. However, despite her over-the-seas trip, O’Reilly hopes that one day she’ll have a closer-to-home opportunity in Montreal. By Colleen Marasigan Photo (top): Stine Danielle Photo (bottom) courtesy: Patrick Lacsina

It was a duel between sports and studies, and in the end, academics won. Third-year photography student Sebastien Dubois-Didcock represented Canada as a fencer at the World Cadet Championships in 2009, but instead of devoting his life to fencing, he decided to pursue academics instead. “Sport can only take you so far,” Dubois-Didcock said of his decision. He has been fencing for six years and coaching for three. He started when, at age 10, his mom signed him up for a fencing summer camp. “She told me it was hitting people with swords, and when you’re 10 and you hear that, you don’t refuse it,” Dubois-Didcock said. The 20-year-old received his first camera from his dad at age 12. “I’ve mainly been attracted to arts in general, but I never necessarily had a talent for drawing or painting. Photography just kind of came [the] easiest,” he said. Dubois-Didcock, who’s fluent in French and English, shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II, and prefers to take commercial, crisp images that communicate clearly. In particular, he’s interested in food photography. Both his parents work in the food industry, and he grew up surrounded by it, which he said gives him an edge. “It’s something I’ve grown up to understand and see differently than most people,” Dubois-Didcock said. Over the past year, Dubois-Didcock has been creating cinemagraphs meant to be displayed on iPads. Cinemagraphs are photos with movement incorporated into the compositions — for example, an otherwise still portrait of someone could have the eyes moving. Dubois-Didcock chose iPads to show his cinemagraphs because they’re easy to incorporate into displays. He wants to surprise audiences with his work. “[They’re] basically those paintings in Harry Potter,” Dubois-Didcock said, and noted that although the fiction series wasn’t the inspiration for the project, he wanted to create the same effect. Dubois-Didcock didn’t know he was nominated for the Arts Top 10, and was surprised his commercial style got him noticed. “[My work] isn’t the most conceptual… but I work hard for what I do,” he said. By Jackie Hong Photo (bottom): Natalia Balcerzak Photo (bottom) courtesy: Sebastien Dubois-Didcock

Wednesday, March 6, 2013



“Let’s get Duffy,” said the five-year-old version of Joshua Stodart during an elementary school production of Annie. This line was the first of many to come from the eventual-Ryerson theatre student. Stodart, now 21, has since moved on to bigger roles. One of these includes his lead performance as Kingsley in the Theatre School’s most recent production of The Piper. But acting isn’t the only thing Stodart has been up to. He’s also been busy building his own theatre company called Ale House. Ale House takes a traditional approach to Shakespeare, focusing on the engagement of the audience through live, classical performance. The idea for the company came to Stodart two years ago while in a pub with his friends discussing theatre. He had been disappointed in what he had seen recently and was keen to turn things around. “We saw the possibilities,” says Stodart. “[the idea] came from the spirit of trying things ourselves.” The company has grown a lot over the past two years, earning a positive reputation among the theatre community. But Stodart says that it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The company’s first performance took place in a loud, overcrowded bar, making it difficult for anyone to hear what the actors were saying. But later performances of Macbeth proved to be far more successful. “We filled the house every night,” says Stodart. “That was the beginning — we really established ourselves by the end of the school year.” Ale House continues to grow, and as it does, new opportunities arise. Stodart says that he’s currently looking into touring high schools and building a globe stage — a type of theatre associated with Shakespeare that originated in London, England. “I don’t know what this company will lead to and I don’t know where I’ll go, but I’m just going to keep pressing on. There’s no rush,” says Stodart. “That’s the attitude I take on for acting, directing, and life.” By Nicole Schmidt Photo (top): Stine Danielle Photo (bottom) courtesy: Joshua Stodart

Justin Friesen was five when he played a boy encountering a pedophile in Major Crime. “I had it explained to me mildly… very strange experience,” says Friesen. Since then, the fourth-year film student has had a number of onscreen appearances — including a Superbowl Doritos commercial and a Tim Hortons ad that still gets broadcasted. After taking a film course at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Friesen was inspired to pursue directing. He purchased a $2,500 camera and started making short films with his friends. At the 2012 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival in November, Friesen won an award for People’s Choice and Achievement in Documentary for his film, Let’s Make Lemonade. Let’s Make Lemonade followed Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a Toronto music group that describes themselves as a “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super band.” “As much as people criticize the film industry, there’s a demand for unique content and stories that haven’t been told before,” says Friesen. “Life’s too short not to have fun, that’s the thing I tend to gravitate towards.” For aspiring filmmakers, Friesen advises them to learn by doing. “There’s no right way or wrong way to do films,” says Friesen. “Don’t follow the rules, do what you want and don’t take no for an answer.” As a winner at the enRoute festival, Friesen’s film was shown on Air Canada flights for a month, and he was given two plane tickets to anywhere in North America. He plans to go to Los Angeles and start working on a documentary about Toronto subcultures and a film “about a girl in a surfer punk band who has an existential crisis at 25.” By Alfea Donato Photo (top): Natalia Balcerzak Photo (bottom) courtesy: Justin Friesen



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Eyeopener

Three Eyeopener minions travelled across the world to study, and we decided to assign them extra work anyway. Here are their stories
he rumours are true: the Netherlands is flat. But windmills aren’t as common as one would think and no one wears wooden clogs anymore. Now, cycling — cycling is rampant. Informal peletons organize themselves in between traffic lights making every commute full of company. Life is not nearly as exciting as a pedestrian, so naturally, I made it my mission to become part of this exclusive bike culture as soon as possible. I procured a second-hand bike that looks about ready to fall apart, but for now it gets me around town smoothly and my heavy-duty chain lock keeps it squarely in my possession. Now I am able to ride down the bike paths, sharing them with fellow riders who are texting, talking on the phone, warming their hands in their pockets, smiling at their friend perched comfortably behind their seats or doing any matter of combination of the above. Wheel to wheel we make our way to campus, part of a living and breathing — hard — mechanical organism. Classes are an intimate affair. Twenty some twenty-somethings all crammed into a tiny room. Scholarly discussion isn’t huge. There are many non-native English speakers shy with

The Netherlands
Marissa Dederer
Hogeschool Utrecht Utrecht, Netherlands


the unfamiliar tongue. Conversation depth will come eventually but for now we sit and think about speaking and rely on the Americans, Canadians and Irish to fill the silence. The silence is especially noticeable during film and fiction class. The professor, a fast-talking New Yorker, offers no chance of being understood. The films he screens are contemporary, straddling the delicate line between hipster and art.

I try time and time again to discover a new vantage point of the canals
Thursday mornings I squeeze into a room on the second floor of the faculty building with my fellow classmates. I make sure to arrive early, staking out a proper chair and slice of table (learned that lesson the hard way). We spend the first hour discussing our assignment from the previous week: cultural identities and stereotypes. The second hour is dedicated to addressing our questions about living in the Netherlands: where to grocery shop, biking, coffee shops (specializing in

soft drugs) and cafés. During my time off, I love to roam the streets in the old city centre with my camera. I try time and time again to discover a new vantage point of the canals that has not been shot before, to show the world in a new way. I walk through green spaces and parks on every other corner and in some places the flowers are breaking the surface of the ground. I close my eyes and breathe in the air that has been recycled for centuries in this town teeming with history. I imagine spring in the next few months and sitting on the patios and terraces in the canals at water level with a steaming latte or ice cold beer in my hand. But my favourite times so far in Utrecht are those spent with my international roommates. It’s midmorning and my daydream out the kitchen window is interrupted as I watch a roommate prepare his breakfast. He butters two pieces of bread and pours a box of what looks like chocolate sprinkles on top. “Do you want to try,” he says with his Belgian-French accent. I shake my head. Today I think I’ll stick to peanut butter and honey, but maybe tomorrow morning I will be brave enough for this gastronomic adventure.

Photos courtesy of Marissa dederer

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

othing makes you feel more at home than watching your Twitter feed go wild in the minutes leading up to Rob Ford’s conflict-of-interest decision. That’s how I spent my third day on the other side of the world in Aarhus, Denmark: glued to a computer screen, awaiting the verdict. Maybe it was the ruling that day, or maybe I’ve just gotten more used to Denmark, but I’ve been clinging to home less everyday. After all, Denmark is one of the happiest countries on the planet, what with its ubiquitous bike lanes and beautiful architecture. With the way school works here — students get paid to learn — even the Ryerson Students’ Union would be content. The weather is milder than home, the beer is cheap and the people are kind (even if they smirk every time I say “out”). School, meanwhile, is the biggest change. Forget working your magic on RAMSS to get two days off a week. The Danish School of Media and Journalism operates more like a high school; I’m in class almost every


Danish School of Media and Journalism Aarhus, Denmark


day for at least five hours. And I’m paired with two dozen international students from all over the world — Korea to Belgium, Lebanon to Sweden — most of whom are as clueless as I am about the Danish language

I think I’ve been managing without poutine, Timmie’s or hockey
and local bus system. But being among foreigners is the best place to be in a foreign country. Because we all began friendless and slightly afraid — and because youth around the world all share a common love for alcohol — we’ve become good friends quickly. We’ve suffered through tough deadlines, painful readings and many morning-afters together. And with them, I’ve had the chance to be whoever I want to be. Upon my arrival, I was able to start fresh and redefine my identity. That doesn’t mean I’ve hit every party and skipped

Photo courtesy of luc rinaldi

school, but I did go to a rave that one time and downed some tequila. God, it was awful. It might be a stretch to say that I’ve “found myself” through all of this, but I have overcome one of my biggest fears: cooking. I’ve lived with my parents my whole life, and can count the number of real meals I’ve cooked on one hand (unless of course TV dinners count). And while I’ve stuck to the holy trinity of pasta, rice and potatoes quite religiously, I’ve avoided the microwave almost entirely so far, thanks to a few cooking lessons courtesy of my girlfriend and YouTube. Skype and the occasional email have kept me close to my friends and family, but if there’s one thing I miss, it’s them. Otherwise, I think I’ve been managing without poutine, Timmie’s or hockey. On that note, I hear the Leafs are doing pretty well. Figures: the league is locked out until the day before I leave, and now my home team is on its way to making the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. I’d say I’d be upset if they won the Cup before I returned, but, come on people, let’s be real.

Carolyn Turgeon
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
fter 30 hours of airports, bad in-flight movies and crossing the international date line, my first impression of Singapore was: look at all that freaking foliage. A bit anti-climactic, but when you’re coming from Toronto and your first taxi cab from the airport has you riding alongside palms and those trees from The Lion King, you’ll be pretty impressed. Just like when you cross most of the city in a half hour and reach the NTU campus (and you’re from Ryerson’s downtown locale), you’ll be thrown by all the trees and plants, the free shuttle service that carts you around campus, and the school buildings which can take environmentally friendly to a whole new level. It’s your first glimpse of the modern Asia that is Singapore — a buzzing metropolis covering an island off the coast of Malaysia, with humidity to spare and a government hell bent on organization. Singapore is what is jokingly referred to by the locals as a fine city. As in, you’ll be fined for a great number of things (or caned in the more extreme cases): littering, smoking in public, chewing gum, eating or drinking on public transit and setting off fireworks, to name a few. But from what I’ve observed, these seemingly strict laws have been established to help the city shine like the Southeast


Asian jewel that it strives to be. The Singaporean government puts these rules in place to keep their people in line, but that doesn’t mean that smokers don’t exist or that there isn’t the occasional litter on the ground. It just ensures that the city is a cleaner, more sleek and modern part of the continent, which is quite enjoyable when it’s your home base in this incredible, easy-to-travel-through area. If you want to see the more rugged, less tourist-friendly locations, you can still come home to a clean dorm and good water pressure.

I’ll miss ... drinking on top of the grassroofed school building under the stars
Canadians are actually deprived when it comes to taking small trips. Yes, we have a big beautiful country which I love (and miss) but it’s so spread out! A four hour flight in Canada won’t get you far, and it’ll cost you an arm and a leg as well. I took a four hour flight to Vietnam for four days last weekend, simple as that. And if you plan far enough ahead, you can cry with happiness over the amazing fares you score. As I type, I’m having breakfast in my hostel in Borneo. It took an hour and a half to fly to this enormous island, a combination of Malaysia,

Brunei and Indonesia. The round trip cost me 18 Singaporean Dollars (SGD) before taxes (about 15 CAD) and was still well below 100 SGD altogether. Add that in most places you can stay in hostels for as little as five dollars a night (conditions may vary) and feed yourself for three or four dollars a meal (decent food too, though you’ll be tempted to spend a little more now and again). It’s just so much more affordable to live like that here, and it’s a lifestyle I could get accustomed to. All in all, coming back to Canada will be great. I miss bacon. I miss my friends, my family and my boyfriend. I miss my city (though I will be sending a strongly-worded letter to the council about how the TTC could learn from Singapore’s highly efficient SMRT). But I’ll be sad leaving Singapore. I’ll miss having Southeast Asia at my fingertips. I’ll miss having an array of Asian cuisine at my disposal every day and being given the constant opportunity to perfect my chopstick skills. I’ll miss the oppressive heat and using it as an excuse to avoid physical activity during the daylight hours. I’ll miss being able to buy (sadly overpriced) alcohol from the 7-11 on campus and drinking it on top of the grass-roofed school building under the stars (no open container laws!) I’ll be back, Asia. That’s a threat I can keep.

Photos courtesy of carolyn turgeon



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

impromptu hockey for love of the game
By Rachel surman
Skates dig and cut into the ice, disrupting the soft glow of the rink — illuminated by the changing lights of the Image Arts building — as sticks smack against the cold, solid ground. It’s 1 a.m., maybe 2, and students are stumbling home from the bar, but a group of hockey lovers have just started their game. The early hours of the morning are the only time they can play. “There is the intramural hockey league but sometimes it’s hard to commit two or three times a week and pay an extra $200,” secondyear film student Lucas Ford said. “Pond hockey is just so relaxed, you make it when you want to make it, and you can just have fun with the guys and/or girls.” For many Ryerson students, paying tuition and making time for their demanding class schedules doesn’t allow them much freedom to do anything else. But that doesn’t mean they want to give up hockey. club puts safety first and tries to avoid injury as much as possible. So while they don’t drink on the rink, Steckley and Ford said they will often go for drinks at a friend’s place after the game. “It’s funny because a lot of people are coming back from the bars at the time and we are just going to play puck then,” Ford said. “It’s something we love to do and we meet new buddies. Also it’s cheaper than going clubbing.” For many of the students, these impromptu, almost subculture-esc, hockey club games are considered a major stress reliever, but Ford likes the sense of community best. “I really like being out there with the guys and just playing hockey. It’s that whole process of hockey that I miss… having the locker room talks with the guys, the chirps, the goals and celebrations; that’s the best part,” said Ford. Second-year engineering student Joe Weves enjoys the club for one reason only: “I just like playing hockey.”


Students playing hockey on Ryerson’s frozen Lake Devo. The proximity to school makes this outdoor rink a popular place to play. So to compensate for the lack of time during the day and the cost of the intramural leagues, a group of about 10-15 students play hockey on the deserted Lake Devo a few times a week, when the weather is right. Ford said that anyone can join in on a game of late-night hockey. The group often stays out until 3 a.m. because it’s a time when everyone is free and he insists that the deserted rink is worth it. “The scenery is great,” said Ford. “It’s crazy how there is an ice rink literally right across from the bookstore.” aren’t trying to exploit the ability to drink and play rowdy games of hockey on the outdoor rink; they take the game pretty seriously. Katie Steckley, a third-year fashion student who met the other players on the ice when she decided to join in on the fun, said that when it comes to alcohol and hockey, the game is always played before any drinking is involved. Steckley said the casual hockey

i really like being out there with the guys and just playing hockey
But Ford and the other players

Reclaiming Black History
By Leah Hansen
A descendent of several generations of Pentecostal ministers, Afi Browne said growing up in Trinidad and Tobago — where the criminal code prohibits same-sex sexual activities — made telling her parents she was gay “an awful yelling match.” “I’ve heard this rhetoric a lot of times, that queer people are living in sin and going to hell,” Browne said. “This scared me a lot as a child because I was coming to terms with my queerness.” Also feeling as though he never had any positive representations of gay and queer black people to relate to, president of the Ryerson Students’ Union Rodney Diverlus said that it is important to have spaces where people can feel safe sharing their stories. “Oftentimes, when we’re in black spaces, we feel left out because we’re queer and trans, and when we’re in queer and trans spaces, we feel left out because we’re black,” he said. The third annual Queering Black History Month event, that was held last Thursday, happens every year with the intention of reinserting the narratives of queer and trans African, black and Caribbean people back into the fabric of Black History Month. “I thought, let’s queer up the month and talk about our lives, because our lives are so rich, our histories are so full and they’re never talked about or affirmed,” said Lali Mohamed, founder and co-coordinator of the event. Diverlus said the lack of representation for queer and trans people during this month is because of the way in which history is communicated and its dependence on “whose stories are told and how they’re portrayed and how they’re passed on.” For Diverlus, this event allows for the histories and stories about queer and trans blacks — that are never usually discussed — to be heard. “I think for many of us, as black queer people — and I’m sure for black trans people — there’s a sense of impossibility,” Mohamed said. “You don’t find yourself in the history books, you can’t see your images in the community centre and so an event like this really affirms people’s lives, and their ex-


Speaker Edward Ndopu, a queer, femme, Afro-politan from Carleton University. periences and their histories.” For this year’s event, Mohamed chose to focus the discussion around youth and brought in Edward Ndopu, Juli Rivera and Browne as the panel of speakers to share their stories of affirmation, struggle and empowerment. “I think it’s just very important because we’re kind of reclaiming black history,” said Phumi Mtetwa, a South African queer activist. Over the last three years the event, which Mohamed had originally expected to draw in a small audience of about 30 at the most, has become overcrowded with people from all around the Ryerson community. “It’s like coming home,” Mohamed said. “I feel like every year, I’m coming home to people, to stories, to energies, and it feels great.”



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Wednesday, March 6, 2013



Mejuri lets the public vote on which jewelry designs they produce and sell, a percentage of each purchase goes back to the designers

Crowdsourcing designs for family jewels
By Tara Deschamps
Breaking into the fine jewelry business after graduation was a nobrainer for Noura Sakkijha. She comes from a family with over two generations of experience and connections in the industry. But it’s not just good old-fashioned family tradition that’s making Mejuri a success. The former Ryerson business management student has wisely embraced one of the hottest entrepreinto production. The company keeps the rights to the products, and designers pocket a 10 per cent royalty on each purchase. Sakkijha says it’s becoming more and more difficult for fine jewelry designers to get their products to market through conventional retail channels. Rae Szereszewski, a fourth-year fashion student, agrees. After winning a Mejuri design challenge, Szereszewski can finally hold the pair of sterling silver earrings with emerald embellishments she envisioned in the palm of her hand. “Before Mejuri, if I wanted to manufacture my own fine jewelry, it would have been very expensive, but with Mejuri I can submit my idea and see it made,” she said. The real payoff for Szereszewski came when she saw someone sporting her latest design. “A friend bought a pair for her birthday. When she showed them to me in person they were perfect,” she says. Sakkijha’s startup is winning over venture capitalists, as well as designers and customers. Last January, Sakkijha joined a group of investors in an elevator at the base of the CN Tower. She had just 58 seconds to peak their inter-

If I wanted to manufacture my own fine jewelry it would have been very expensive
neur trends on the web — crowdsourcing. Mejuri matches jewelry designers with jewelry lovers online. Crowdsourced approval means a healthy market for new designs before a single stone is cut. Designers submit their sketches or images. Customers browse the site, comment, and vote for their favourite pieces. Mejuri tallies the votes, and puts the winning design

The Mejuri team: Majed Masad, Masoud Sakkijha, and Noura Sakkijha. est and convince them Mejuri is a sound investment before the end of the 550-metre ride. “It was a great experience that was definitely nerve-wracking, but definitely very exciting at the same time,” Sakkijha said. Mejuri beat out 100 other startups to win Best Elevator Pitch at the International Startup Festival’s Elevator World Tour event held at the CN Tower. The win secures a spot to compete for the Elevator Pitch of the Year in Montreal. Elevator acumen aside, Sakkjha said Mejuri’s success is largely due to working with her family. Both her brother and husband play a large role in the company. While she always planned to run a company with her brother, who deals with Mejuri’s product manufacturing from Jordan, she said working alongside her husband Majed came as a surprise. Once the two joined forces, Sakkijha noticed the business brought them even closer together.


“Being away from home for 12 hours a day you start understanding what the other person is going through,” she said. Sakkijha also keeps close ties with Ryerson through the Digital Media Zone, and hopes to build a partnership with the fashion program. Next month, Mejuri is asking designers for pieces featuring emeralds, a prospect that should have both the company and designers seeing green.

Arlene Dickinson shares her marketing wisdom at a sold out event hosted by the Ryerson Marketing Association

CBC Dragon motivates Rye entrepreneurs
By Debbie Hernandez
Arlene Dickinson turned up the heat on hundreds of Ryerson students last Tuesday. The Ryerson Marketing Association (RMA) Presents: “Arlene Dickinson — Why bother with marketing?” conference sold out in 24 hours, and still drew a large crowd outside the Sheraton Centre on Queen Street West. Best known for her role on the hit CBC show Dragon’s Den, Dickinson is also owner and CEO of the marketing firm Venture Communication, and one of the main investors behind Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. “You have a high chance of success, but you have to be willing to take the risk,” said Dickinson, who added that she believes technology is making it easier than ever for startups to get their products on the market. Jasmitaa Chhabra, president of the RMA said, “One of my key take-aways from [Dickinson’s] talk was to think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to try new things. She gives me hope because she’s a woman and a CEO who’s made it big with a marketing background.” Dan Donlon, vice president of internal relations at the RMA, said he follows Dickinson’s mantra, “Before you spend a cent, have a strategy.” The RMA’s strategy in planning the event was to place several clocks throughout the Ted Rogers School of Management that counted down the seconds until the start of the event. Dickinson’s attendance was kept secret to build up curiosity and suspense. “Marketing is not a hundred per cent science,” Dickinson said. “It’s some science and a hell of a lot of art. You get too hung up on research and you can’t make decisions. You have to be a keen observer of humans — human nature, human behavior, human interaction.” Chhabra agrees that understanding a consumer is about applying business knowledge as well as sociology and psychology. Dickinson refuses to invest in any idea or product unless she’s truly passionate about it. “Think of yourself as a brand,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to be who you are. That’s how I think you should market yourself.” Chhabra feels this attitude is transferable to all aspects of life and business. “Do what you want because you love to,” Chhabra said, “and not because it’ll return on investment financially or because you’ll make a profit. Because you won’t be successful unless you love it.” Donlon agrees. “If it’s not something you want to wake up to and give one hundred per cent to, work ten to twelve hour days for, and make sacrifices professionally and personally for, you’re not going to make returns and rewards.” Donlon said the event turned out to be one of the biggest and most rewarding projects for him during his five years at Ryerson. “Fear of failure is fear of living,” Dickinson said. “I don’t know any entrepreneurs who haven’t failed several times. “I’ve failed so many times that I’ve written books about it.”




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While the Mattamy Athletic Centre impressed many with their hosting of the OUA Final Four, most of Ryerson couldn’t be bothered to make an appearance
By Charles Vanegas
Ryerson hosted the OUA Final Four last weekend at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), with the Carleton Ravens being named Wilson Cup Champions for the eighth time in 11 years after a tense 72-69 nail-biter against the Ottawa GeeGees. While all four participating teams brought fans, attendance was mediocre at best — with daily totals of 985 and 989 for the twoday event. According to Ivan Joseph, Ryerson’s Director of Athletics, it was the worst-case scenario from a ticket-selling standpoint — with the farthest northern (Lakehead, in Thunder Bay, is a 16 hour drive), western (Windsor, 3.5 hours) and eastern (Carleton and Ottawa, 4.5 hours) teams away from Toronto — and not Ryerson — qualifying. “Lakehead — the furthest team away — probably brought in the most fans. That was my only disappointment,” said Joseph. “We missed an opportunity to really showcase OUA basketball, because we would have had a completely different energy in the building [had Ryerson been in it.]” Knowing they would be unable to fill the 2,500-seat (not including floor seats) Mattamy Home Ice bowl, Ryerson Athletics and the MAC attempted to give away tickets to the first 400 students, either at the box office or across campus — where Eggy the mascot could be found with tickets, as well as sugar cookies. While said cookies were delicious, it seems that they were not enough to entice students to show up. “The student fans didn’t show up in the numbers that we thought they would,” said Joseph. “And if Ryerson was in that — because our basketball team has built such a strong following — you would have had a completely different game experience” Wilson Cup participants were impressed with Ryerson’s ability to host the event, with many suggesting they’d like to see it here in the future. “I was impressed with the one downstairs (Coca-Cola Court) and to bring it up here, on this stage — it’s just an absolute gorgeous facility,” said Ottawa head coach James Derouin. “This is not going to be the last Final Four that they host.” Derouin also said he hoped that next time, a Toronto team would be in the Final Four, and that Ryerson should be able to host the CIS national championships in the future as well. While Joseph would not directly comment on whether Ryerson intended to bid for next year’s Wilson Cup, he said, “it is our hope that this facility will host many championships.” The OUA always has at least two teams (the Wilson Cup champion and finalist, and occasionally a wildcard team) advance to the CIS National Championships Final 8, but as Carleton already had a spot because they are hosting it, the winner of the OUA bronze medal game, Lakehead, also earned a spot in the tournament. For recaps, videos, and over 200 photos from the Wilson Cup, check out our online coverage at

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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RSu Cockfighting Scandal
Ryerson Students’ Union executives admitted to using student funds to gamble on horrific rooster-on-rooster violence, but appear to show little remorse
At least three RSU executives have been charged following an investigation into an illegal cockfighting ring in the Student Campus Centre. So far the student leaders charged are RSU president Rodney Diverlus, VP education Melissa Palermo and VP who-gives-a-shit, Somebody Somethingson. The illegal gambling ring was uncovered when a Ryerson night janitor noticed unusual amounts of feathers in the garbage for months, as well as the large group of people smoking and yelling while two roosters tried to kill each other in an octagon. “It’s weird,” said one gambler, who asked to remain anonymous. “One day you’re watching UFC, the next you’re screaming at chickens for blood.” The man had just won $200 when “A Cock called Wanda” successfully defeated “PoultryGeist,” which are both profoundly stupid names, even for chickens. Diverlus, who insists that hosting and participating in illegal cockfighting rings is not technically in violation of RSU bylaws, said he is nonetheless sorry. “I get paid a lot to do almost nothing,” said Diverlus. “I guess the way I choose to spend my free time and money has just gradually moved to a weird place, mentally.” Robert “Totes” McGoats, who ran the cockfighting ring, said he actually finds the underground sport appalling. “It’s pretty gross how they abuse these animals,” said McGoats. “But hey, I’m doing this to pay for my engineering degree.” Ryerson President Sheldon Levy has publicly denounced the RSU executives’ actions, saying “man, I wish they had let me get in on some of that action.” “I haven’t gambled in years, but then again I haven’t been invited to a good-old cockfight in quite some time.” The Eyeopener’s investigations into the RSU have revealed that its nearly-tripled legal expenses this year were almost entirely due to expenses incurred when the ring was shut down at another location, prompting the move to the SCC. “What else are we going to spend our budget on?” said Somethingson. “We don’t do anything. The rest of our budget is literally spent on cockfighting.” “It’s definitely an addiction,” said Palermo. “I don’t even eat meat, but I can’t get enough of watching those fucking things screech and tear each other apart.” When informed that she has commited crimes against nature and might be considered a “monster,” Palermo said. “It’s not my proudest moment, but you know, it was kind of worth it.” Diverlus said that he will miss the friends he met during his stint as a gambler, including Korean Guy With An Eyepatch, Eccentric Millionare and Michael Vick.



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