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After a storm of controversy surrounding a proposed men’s issues group on campus, the RSU has formally rejected its establishment

RSU rejects men’s group on campus
By Harlan Nemerofsky
Three Ryerson students whose proposed men’s issues campus group was denied by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) are still shocked by the decision. Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh presented their would-be campus group to a panel of seven RSU members on March 15, but were sent an email denying them group status hours later. “On behalf of the Student Groups Committee, I regret to inform you that your group has been not approved. Please direct any questions or concerns to RSU President Rodney Diverlus,” the email read. Santhosh replied to Diverlus in a follow-up email as to why they were rejected. Diverlus sent an official response Tuesday, outlining some of the reasons the group was not ratified, which he said include a lack of compliance with RSU policies. Diverlus said committee members raised concerns about the group’s association, and whether or not they were directly or indirectly associated with the groups A Voice For Men or Canadian Association For Equality. “These are groups that are, in some jurisdictions, considered to be a hate group, become known to have profiled women on campuses who speak against them, and they are tied to individuals who not only go out of their way to negate the struggles of women but can also create some problematic discourse on language around the idea of women’s rights,” said Diverlus. “They said that our group could be a “Trojan horse” in a way that those groups could use our group as a way of getting into the campus and spreading their message of hate,” said Argirov, a third-year industrial engineering student. The group, which also included Anjano Rao, says that they had made it very clear that they were not going to threaten any existing women’s groups on campus. “We’ve already emphasized countless times that we are not a men’s rights group, we’re not trying to advocate men’s right over women’s rights and we’re not trying to somehow disqualify women’s rights,” said Santhosh, a secondyear biology student. Instead, they say that they want to stand up for men’s health, violence amongst men, education amongst boys, reproductive rights of males, custody battles and other issues. The group’s six-page constitution

Left: Anjano Rao, Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh, the students who proposed a new men’s group. said its goal was to “create a progressive and constructive voice and lend representation to any and all Ryerson students concerned with the issues of men and boys.” In this proposed group, executive meetings would have been held once every two months, with no fewer than four meetings each year, outlines the constitution. “Here at Ryerson, there is a women’s centre, but there is no men’s centre where guys can talk about their own issues,” said Rao, a second-year economics student. “Half of the student body doesn’t have [as many] student services as the other half.” Diverlus compared their group to a straight people’s group and an able-bodied group. He said that there are transgendered centres because transgendered people are being marginalized. “We know that oppression and the marginalization of men is something that doesn’t exist just like the oppression and marginalization of straight people or white folks in our society,” said Diverlus. Santhosh is not sure that this is the case. “What they have in mind when they say women are the minority, they

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think of positions in power in government and corporations where men usually hold the higher positions. But they don’t take into account that... only a very small percentage of [men] are in power,” said Santhosh. The group planned to host panel discussions addressing women’s rights, gay rights, feminist groups, and race issues. We have no goal to increase men’s rights, we just want to have a space to discuss men’s issues,” said Argirov. Still the group says they will continue to push hard in getting a men’s rights group created on campus soon.

There has been little progress on a motion for grad students to leave the RSU

Grad committee secession delayed
By Angela Hennessy
Despite several requests from the graduate executive committee to the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) to hold a referendum for separation from the union, no decision to move forward will be made until next month. “It is insane how much power the RSU has over graduate students, which are a totally separate student body with much different needs,” said Ebrahim Poulad, chairperson for the graduate executive committee. “The RSU are proving they are not willing to do their job, which right now is to hold a referendum. We want democracy.” The graduate committee first put forward the motion for secession in February 2012, but in order for the motion to move towards a referendum, it must be addressed at a board meeting, which so far has not occurred. Though the motion appeared on the agenda of the last meeting, a loss of quorum prevented discussion on the issue. Currently there are roughly 2,500 graduate students to almost 28,000 undergraduate students in the RSU. The complaint from the graduate committee is that graduate students are overlooked because they are so drastically outnumbered. “The RSU are using that power in favour of themselves, and this is not fair,” Poulad said. “The RSU lobbies for the interests of undergraduates and doesn’t understand what graduate students needs are, such as, easy access to travel grants.” Poulad added that undergraduate students should not have voting power over graduate student issues. “I think we need to be separated from the RSU because it would be much better for our student economy,” said Faisal Siddiqui, a graduate student who signed the petition for a referendum. “The RSU does not treat us fairly at all and our needs are not being met.” Separation would mean grad students will no longer have access to RSU services such as the discount TTC metro pass, health and dental plan, funding for grad-specific initiatives, staff resources, or RSU events and programming, said Rodney Diverlus, president of the RSU. “I want the discourse to shift to be talking about if the average grad student on this campus is seeing a disconnect between services,” Diverlus said. “[And] how to make sure that grad students can actually take benefit of their membership within the students’ union, as opposed to playing into what I will honestly, bluntly say is a personal issue with some of the at-large executives.” But Poulad thinks the RSU is delaying the process of approving a referendum. According to Article 7 of the RSU bylaws, if any association of the RSU wants to have a referendum, they must first get a petition signed by 10 per cent of the voters. “We have already collected 350 signatures from students saying they want a referendum, which is over the required amount,” Poulad said. A split could mean the RSU will lose some of its funding, and not all graduate students want to separate. “I think it is undeniably important to have the support and involvement of undergraduate students who can ensure that campaigns are continued year to year,” said graduate student, Laine Newman. The next step for the grad committee is going to be decided at a council meeting scheduled for March 25.

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Ebrahim Poulad, the graduate commitee chairperson, has lobbied the RSU to get moving on a referendum for grad students to become independent of the union.

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editorial

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Aim for the budget
Editor-in-Chief Lee “Get off my lawn” Richardson News Diana “Problem gambler” Hall Sean “Bow tie obsessive” Wetselaar Associate News Mohamed “What has happened to your jokes” Omar Features Sarah “CBC infiltrator” Del Giallo Biz and Tech Jeff “Something about a pelican” Lagerquist Arts and Life Susana “Cough cough, library, cough cough” Gomez Báez Sports Charles “Sandals” Vanegas Communities Shannon “Rhymes with Atlantan” Baldwin Photo Dasha “Midnight pictures” Zolota Stine “Mad hatter” Danielle Associate Photo Natalia “Bow tie expert” Balcerzak Fun Kai “Monday drinking” Benson Media Lindsay “Tripods and racists” Boeckl Online Emma “Old spinster” Prestwich John “Fan of Queen & Beaver” Shmuel General Manager Liane “Soup for you” McLarty Advertising Manager Chris “End approaches” Roberts Design Director J.D. “Most interesting man in the world” Mowat Circulation Manager Megan “Circulation jubilation” Higgins Contributors Jonah “Partly” Brunet David “Secretive” Corrigan Allison “Run-on” Ridgway Harlan “Sentence” Nemerofsky Angela “Could” Hennessy Aeman “Go” Ansari Nicole “Here” Schmidt Calvin “If I” Dao Betty “Had the” Wondimu Tara “Creative imagination” Deschamps

Election notice:
We are hiring new editors for the 2013 Fall semester. Job perks include newsroom experience, and free food/beer. Deadline for campaign form and election poster is 5 p.m. March 27. Any full-time student can run for a position. 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.

By Lee Richardson
As part of our news coverage this publishing year, we’ve been trying to get a hold of the annual budget of the Ryerson Students’ Union. ‘Trying’ being the main word. We expected it to be easy enough. We expected some delays, but not as many as we’ve faced. We have a right to see it, after all. While reporting on the RSU, at the same time we’re still students paying into the union, like every other grad and full-time undergrad. But this year, the executives have decided that access isn’t a priority. And for a organization advocating

equity and inclusivity, restricting access to how they’re spending your money is a contradiction. It wasn’t always this way. Having spoken with former Eyeopener editors, we’ve become dismayed to learn that the previous process of seeing the budget involved asking for it, then getting a copy to keep. Now? Our editor would have to read it in a room with Vice-President Operations Andrew McAllister effectively watching over their shoulder. No copies go out. No links — for public information, remember — are on the RSU’s website. Your student union at work, folks. You have a right to see the budget. Want to see it? Ask for it, and keep trying. ‘Trying’ being the main word.

We have the following openings for masthead positions:
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) People need six contributions to the paper since September 2012 in order to vote. Writing, helping with photo, video, illustrations, or copy-editing all count as contributions. Check the ad on Page 15 for those who can vote.

This letter goes to the person, or persons, who keep turning our papers over in their racks, resulting in the back-page ad for 10 Dundas East being displayed. I am curious: Do you work for 10 Dundas East, or have shares in their operations? I noticed covers being turned over when we printed ‘Fuck’ on the cover. It has continued ever since. Do you not like the word ‘Fuck’? Do you? ‘Fuck’? The word? Do you not like it? I agree it’s a fucking strong word, hence why we put it on the fucking cover. I respect your quasi-protest, and I can see your smug face as your strong wrists work their magic, but I should tell you your protest has an Achilles’ heel. We, as editors, have hands. Hands that can turn papers back over. Imagine that. Don’t like our papers? Come to my office (SCC207) and talk to me, to my face, like a normal person. One with a backbone. Sincerely, Lee Richardson.

An open letter

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In the midst of controversy, casino companies are lobbying Ryerson students for support, and offering them jobs

Casinos shuffle job options for students
By Jonah Brunet
Casino wars are raging in Toronto and industry executives are bringing the battle to Ryerson. In an effort to establish a pillar of support on campus, casino executives visited the Ted Rogers School of Management on March 12, boasting big potential for students’ careers in the hospitality industry. The executives have since said they would be back to Ryerson should their resort visions be realized. “If [the companies] were granted the opportunity, they would be coming to the hospitality program at Ryerson looking for employees,” said Paul Burns, vice-president of the Canadian Gaming Association and moderator of the casino executives’ presentation. “They see the value in building relationships with those kinds of programs.” Randy Morton, president of MGM’s Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Kevin Laforet, president of Caesars Windsor, and Todd McCarty, chief of human resources at Las Vegas Sands Corporation, delivered their presentation to a group of about 80 students from Ryerson and George Brown College. “[The students had] a lot of good questions. They ranged from careers in the gaming industry, talking about the industry itself, and then asking about the corporate responsibility of the different companies, whether it be on an environmental side or being good community partners,” Laforet said. The companies are currently competing for community approval to build a resort and casino in downtown Toronto. MGM has unveiled its vision for a resort and casino at Exhibition Place, an ambitious proposal that would require partnership with the Canadian National Exhibition Association, the TTC and GO Transit. Las Vegas Sands and Caesars, on the other hand, have their sights set on the Oxford Place development on Front Street. Opponents of MGM’s proposal have expressed skepticism about Morton’s promise of 10,000 new jobs with an average salary of $60,000, a figure he presented to about 25 Ryerson hospitality students at last Tuesday’s information session. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy cautioned that students and com-

Despite assurance by gambling companies that a casino would open jobs for students, some are unsure. munity members reined into the casino debate should remember that the company representatives are “selling a product” as they engage students about the job market. “I think most of us — and I would hope all of us — can differentiate quality information from advocacy positions,” Levy said. Opposition to a Toronto casino highlights concerns of harm to local businesses and gambling addiction. Levy’s concern revolves around whether Toronto’s infrastructure can handle the influx of visitors a downtown casino could provide. Levy also said he has been approached and encouraged by members of the community, whom he declined to name, to publicly take a stance against a casino development. But concerns haven’t stemmed the flow of student interest in potential job opportunities at a casino. “I’m already talking regularly with a lot of the students,” Morton

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said. “They’ve emailed me asking questions about their career [and] how can I help mentor them.” Laforet also spoke in defence of a resort and casino in Toronto, emphasizing that a casino wouldn’t just benefit recent graduates. “It’s good for everybody, it doesn’t try to take business away from somewhere. The goal is to help all of the businesses in the area,” he said. The council vote is expected to take place in the first week of May.

Gambling giants want you on their side. What say you?

Freda Gluck, 2nd year social work It’s going to cause gambling problems. You couldn’t pay me $2 million to work there.

Mitch Reiss, 3rd year hospitality and tourism It could be the end of the livelihood of the CNE. [There shouldn’t] be one downtown.

Shinthu Siva, 2nd year business management That money could be used on the subway. I wouldn’t work there.

Nahida Afroz, 3rd year nursing The city is already too crowded. People can drive [to] their recreation.

Kevin Oho, 1st year criminal justice It doesn’t answer the question, are they valuable jobs? It’s what kind of jobs.

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The RSU budget, chimpanzees and you
Comment By Mohamed Omar
What’s the difference between the Ryerson Students’ Union’s operating budget and a video of farting chimpanzees? The video is on the Internet. The RSU’s budget, which outlines the organization’s financial priorities and includes information on its employees’ salaries and how much money it can spend on, say, its crusade against bottled water, is not. Instead, if you want to see what kind of evil plastic container your cash (you are the RSU’s breadwinner, remember?) is fighting against, you have to book an appointment with Andrew McAllister, the union’s vice-president operations. Why is it not online? After two months of emails to McAllister — he now holds the record for most emails received from the news team — countless voice messages, and visits to the RSU’s office, I found out. I even booked a meeting with McAllister. President Rodney Diverlus, who agrees that members have the right to look at the budget, told me the RSU doesn’t post it online for two reasons. One, they don’t want students to look at all the confusing, alien numbers and start coming up with conspiracy theories about the union’s finances. Instead, they want to sit down with them instead and address any concerns or questions they have. “It’s very standard in terms of the kind of nature of work that we do as a students’ union. We never would want to put our budget on the website because it would mean anybody could take things out of context and to say ‘this is the salary for this particular staff person’ and ‘this particular staff person has this,’” Diverlus said. Two, the budget itself, according to Diverlus, is a very “political document” that contains sensitive information the union doesn’t want leaked beyond Ryerson’s borders. “In our budget there are pretty confidential numbers on there: there are numbers for staffing, there are numbers for legal, there are numbers of how much we actually spend in terms of office work, our campaign priorities, our events,” he said. We asked the RSU to black out the sensitive information and got no answer, even though previous editors at The Eyeopener said copies of the budget were easily accessible. If the RSU’s justification for not putting it online is that students will find it confusing and cause problems down the line, then maybe they can put some of those dollars to work and simplify it. The University of Toronto’s student union did it and so did McMaster’s. Students who are paying for the executive, paying for the full-time staff, paying for the cooks, managers, secretaries and food trucks for the RSU have the right to gaze endlessly on a computer screen, alone and without supervision, to see how their cash is being spent. Until then, to recap, if you want to see how your dollars are at work, as soon as Andrew McAllister has time for you — he’s a bit busy — you are allowed to see the budget with your own eyes, “jot down whatever you want,” and ask any questions you might have. That way, when you see the budget live and in the flesh, you won’t be able to type up your findings and publish it on your blog, or feed it to the crazy media who will probably report on it, rendering the RSU’s argument utterly useless. I’m going to watch some farting monkey videos. See you on Thursday, Andrew.

News Briefs
Hydro One partnership to boost female enrolment in engineering
Women studying engineering at Ryerson will receive a boost of support over the next four years through a new Hydro One Women in Engineering University Partnership program. In an attempt to increase the number of female students graduating from engineering, science and mathematics programs, Hydro One is pledging $1.4 million to four Ontario universities to help develop undergraduate mentorship programs and the chance for post-secondary students to network with female engineers in the field. By working with Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo and Western University, the Hydro One program will also aim to highlight engineering as an attainable, desirable career option to elementary and high school students across the province. According to Statistics Canada, as of 2006, only 10 per cent of Ontario engineers were women.

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Construction of the SLC was delayed in February due to intense weather conditions, according to an update published to the Ryerson Builds website. Snowfall in February caused safety concerns for workers, and weather has been a concern since the Winter break. The construction team plans to work to catch up on lost time as the weather improves.

Ryerson has plans to revive the Blue and Gold Ball, a formal social event popularized in the 1950s and ’60s. The school’s administration decided to revive the ball to celebrate the opening of the new Mattamy Athletic Centre and the Gardens (MAC), where the event will be held. The event is expected to attract 2,000 students, faculty and staff, and will feature student performances of songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Madonna. The ball will be held March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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Matthew Cwihun, former director of campaigns and equity at the Contiuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson, resigned in early March.

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CESAR’s new election policy sparks conflict
By Mohamed Omar
As the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) prepares to elect new board members, gaping holes in student leadership and disagreements over how to implement change threaten the union’s stability. Matthew Cwihun, CESAR’s previous director of campaigns and equity (one of two executives to resign within the last month) argued a new elections policy was introduced with little warning — leaving just three days before the Feb. 28 deadline for nominations. The last minute elections policy, introduced by Annie Hyder, director of membership and communications, passed at a board meeting on Feb. 25. It introduced a demerit points system, campaign reimbursements and an appeals process to candidates. Cwihun, a public administration and governance student, thinks it provides a more accountable voting platform for members. But he fears the spontaneous introduction gives any returning executive the upper hand. “[The fact that] there’s an executive running based on this policy is really disturbing, because... they’re completely fluent in how this policy is structured and anybody running against them is going to have to play catch-up and try to familiarize themselves with this policy,” said Cwihun. He said the policy’s breadth led the board had to extend the nomination deadline to March 7. Shinae Kim, director of finance and services running to be the director of membership and communications, voted for the policy change, which she hopes will prevent a repeat of last year’s turbulent elections. “If you look at our current bylaws, and just look at the elections section... it’s not specific,” she said. At that time, the board had to operate with three out of five directors after Harmonie Wong, the former director of academics and policy, resigned to attend graduate school. Cwihun resigned shortly thereafter. Kim said the vacancies haven’t affected the association’s service. “When you have people missing [from the executive], there are challenges. But in terms of providing services and advocating for students, there has been no drop-off in quality.” But Dwayne Anderson, who is running against Kim, disagrees. He said that the current executive is too concerned with the “status quo” and not as ambitious as they ought to be. Anderson has been involved with the organization for about four years, and said students “deserve better.” Like Anderson, Cwihun had decided to run for a spot on CESAR to improve student services, but said his ideas were rejected because of a “major difference in perspective.” He added this irreconcilable rift made him feel cornered and isolated, prompting him to resign. Kim disagrees. “I still see him as somebody who is on our team and this is the nature of our organization.” As 10 candidates vie for the five director positions, with one returning candidate, there is potential for renewal but a consensus will be harder to find. With files from David Corrigan

New partnership with federals hopes to save children
By Allison Ridgway
A Ryerson professor’s project to support the implementation of youth protection services in the Dominican Republic has received $1.5 million in funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). “Ryerson students can be very proud of this initiative,” said Lois Brown, MP and parliamentary secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, at a press conference in the Ryerson Image Centre on March 12. “This project will improve the safety and quality of life for at least 10,000 of the boys and girls in the Dominican Republic who live in the poorest and most vulnerable communities in that country.” Henry Parada, graduate director and professor of social work at Ryerson University, has seen such poverty first-hand on his numerous trips to the country. He has researched child abuse and exploitation in the country since 1999. This summer, he and at least 12 other professors from universities across Canada will return to the Dominican to train community workers, teachers and youth to protect the country’s most vulnerable. It has been 10 years since the Dominican Republic adopted law 130-03 (the Code for the System of Protection of the Basic Rights of Children and Adolescents), and according to the U.S. State Department’s online profile, the country continues to struggle with issues such as child labour and prostitution. Through CIDA’s Partners for Development program, Parada plans to collaborate with local organizations to improve public understanding of child youth protection. “It’s always been at the back of my mind — how to protect these kids,” says Parada, who was born in South America and has worked on similar projects in many other countries in this region. “Child protection laws have just recently been added into their legislature, and it’s been so eye-opening to see just how difficult life for these kids has been without this protection.” More than one in four children in the country live in poverty, according to the World Bank, and this leaves them vulnerable to sexual and labour exploitation. “We want to develop municipal councils of youth who will help influence the public policy process,” said Purnima George, an associate professor at Ryerson’s school of social work who is traveling to the Dominican this summer with Parada. “Youth in the Dominican Republic are already very politically active, and we want to give them the opportunity to make real political change.” The project will also partner with Santo Domingo University in the Dominican to create a new social work degree focused on the rights of children. Ryerson students may soon be able to take part. Susan Silver, an associate professor of social work at Ryerson, says students will be able to travel to the Dominican to help with these projects once Parada and his colleagues have finished their work this summer. Students may be able to help with youth training workshops in the community and with further research. “For now we need to learn from the experiences of the youth in this country,” said Silver. “Our project is not just about knowledge transfer, it’s about knowledge exchange. It’s about empowerment.”

Henry Parada, graduate director and professor of social work, at the announcement.

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FEATURES

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Predicting the future
Ryerson’s programs and administration are preparing students for industries that are in a state of technological flux. But the powers that be are trying to keep ahead of the game

By Tara Deschamps

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ears ago, photographers could purchase a camera and keep it for 15 years, pulling it out to take photos whenever an opportunity arose. But according to Ryerson photography professor Vid Ingelevics, nowadays, even a six-year-old digital camera is only useful as one thing — a doorstop. “Cameras were something that you held onto for 10 to 15 years at a time,” he says. “Something like a view camera, for example, you might use for your whole life, so the longevity of camera equipment was something quite different than it is today.” Ingelevics says the constant evolution of cameras is just one sign of how fast technology is changing and how the race to keep up is challenging universities like never before. State-of-the-art equipment and innovation is rarely free, but the cost of falling behind with the latest equipment is making technology purchasing at the university a game of risk versus reward ­ — especially in programs like photography and film, but also for administrators trying to keep the campus itself technologically modern for its students. A recent three per cent, university-wide budget cut and pressure to reduce spending are putting technologic equipment on the chopping block, as Ryerson decides what purchases are immediately necessary and which can be delayed. Ingelevics says it’s these conditions that constantly have his department attempting to be wise about spending. A recent wish list the department reviewed was comprised of items like computers, printers, Blu-ray burners, camera lenses and studio lighting. But Ingelevics says, “My suspicion is that you never get all that you ask for.” Instead, he says what you don’t get, you make do without or learn to work in a different way.

“I don’t think we’re doing colour [darkroom] printing right now, because the problem with the older colour processing technology is that it doesn’t get used often and it kind of goes bad, so it’s not economically feasible to keep the machine on without it being used,” he explains. Though colour darkroom printing has been a technological casualty at Ryerson thanks to its expensive price tag, Ingelevics says the department hasn’t closed its darkrooms. It’s still buying drying cabinets for negatives, print washers and various chemicals used to process images though at a slower pace than it would have years ago when digital photography was still relatively new. In fact, he says the decision not to move the program in a completely digital direction is offering students rare opportunities in facilities that other universities have slashed. “About five years ago everybody was getting rid of their darkrooms and there are schools of media arts across the country that no longer have analog darkrooms,” he says. “And sometimes, I think, they are really regretting that they did that.” Enabling students to spend time working with older film mediums, Ingelevics says, has taught many of them to blend technologies and

tography student working with video or audio while learning about design and cross-platform media. “What we would like to produce in this program are students fully capable of working across all these media, and those are transferrable skills,” he says. “When you get out [of university] you don’t have to be working as a photographer. You might end up working in video editing, as a photo editor, at a magazine or helping with archiving or cataloguing images or films.” But as a student’s capabilities expand so must the school’s technology, which is why the department has been looking into purchasing audio recorders and a rig to turn digital cameras into cinematic ones. And photography isn’t the only department finding various industries and their technology bleeding into one another. According to Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) Dean Gerd Hauck, students and industries are becoming more technically savvy, causing FCAD to rethink how it structures programs. Last week, the school announced plans to introduce a sports media program. The program would teach students about digital production and sports reporting and business,

There’s not a single program in the nine schools of FCAD that haven’t come under review in response to this digital revolution
delve into industries that were once unheard of for photographers. Mary Anderson, a third-year photography student says she likes that aspect of the program. “There’s always going to be film. There’s a tendency for us to go back to the foundations,” she says. “If you want to do digital media, go to Seneca.” Now, it’s common to see a phocombining skills currently being taught in the radio and television arts (RTA), journalism and business programs. “There’s not a single program in the nine schools of FCAD that haven’t come under significant review in response to this digital revolution that we are living through,” Hauck says. With new areas of interest and

technology emerging, the university plans to welcome creative industries, biomedical science and professional communication programs next year. And Hauck hints that these aren’t the only revamped or new areas of study headed our way. He declined to identify one FCAD program, which he says is at a “pre-emptive stage” of restructuring because of its industry’s technical innovations. “I had a long meeting with the folks in one of our schools to talk about a complete curriculum revision that is based on the likelihood, the possibility, the projection of how that particular industry will be changing over the next five years,” he says. “You can’t take a more long-term view than that.” Academic programs aren’t alone in making educated predictions about the future in hopes of putting Ryerson ahead of the technologic curve. Ryerson’s computing and communication services (CCS) department, which oversees universitywide systems like Blackboard, GMail and RAMSS, has been planning its technology decisions with

the future in mind for years, says Director Brian Lesser. The department keeps seeking funding to improve its systems, make servers quicker and increase storage for the thousands at Ryerson who depend on technology to communicate, enroll in courses and access information. With more and more students and staff using computer labs, cell phones and other wireless devices for these activities, he says CCS is constantly predicting it will need to add more Internet access points. Lesser says, “students who experience slow download speeds sometimes blame our Internet capacity, but the problem is usually too many people on one wireless access point.” Last year alone, the university installed hundreds of access points in high-traffic areas like Kerr Hall, the library building and the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. This summer, it will tackle Jorgenson Hall, the Podium building and more areas of Kerr Hall. The date when new access points will be added to buildings like the

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Rogers Communications Centre, the student campus centre and Eric Palin Hall is yet to be determined. By the time classes recommence in fall, Lesser hopes the university will be operating 1,595 access points, up from the 1,063 that were available in March 2012. “We now have a 2.6-gigabyte capacity to the public Internet,” he says. “Right now Ryerson’s usage is well under that amount and we monitor usage so we can provision more capacity in advance, when needed.” Part of the reason why capacity is boosted is because students are increasingly using mobile phones, but cell phone usage also entails optimization for university webpages and applications. Again, optimization comes with a hefty bill. “In the beginning the only way to create well performing applications was to write software for each platform. That usually meant writing software for the web, for Apple’s iOS, and for Android devices,” Lessar says. “That’s driven up the cost of providing similar experiences on the desktop and mobile.”

But not every technology price tag is astronomical. Hauck says as technology ages, it sometimes becomes cheaper. “A high-definition television that cost $15,000 a few years ago now costs $3,000 so we’re benefitting from the costs of some of the new technologies,” he says. But that isn’t always so beneficial, according to third-year urban planning student Reva White. “We’re being taught technologies that are changing ­ — that’s a problem,” she says. Ryerson’s reputation also helps to keep some costs down. “Usually we get good discounts from companies,” says Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Dean (FEAS) Mohamed Lachemi. “We work with our industry partners to make sure that we get these from them but also so that our students are using the technologies for when they go to work.” Lachemi, who was recently appointed as the university’s provost and vice-president academic, says FEAS regularly applies for grants

from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to cover costs. The university also receives help from funding agencies, researchers and donors. For example, last November, commercial printing company Esko donated software and hardware to the university’s graphic communication management program. A few years ago fashion magnate Harry Rosen gave the school $1 million,

or lighting may be easy to see for students working on photoshoots, some technical changes Ryerson is investing in aren’t always flashy and obvious. Lachemi says a big chunk of the cash being allocated for technology goes towards renewing licenses. He says every year FEAS spends more than $100,00 on MATLAB — a mathematical tool that enables

We do what we can with our limited resources and I think we are doing a pretty darn good job at it
some of which funded a multi-media system and a ceiling-mounted camera that can record lectures to be broadcast over the Internet. And according to Ingelevics, last year the image arts department was a recipient of expensive Kino-flow studio lighting that came from a donor eager to help the school fill a funding void. While state-of-the-art technology students to work with programming languages like JavaScript to develop algorithms and applications. And that’s just one of the computer programs being used. Other FEAS students use computer-aided design systems to render and make plans, sometimes before spending hours in a lab constructing prototypes. In the Faculty of Communication and Design, journalism students as-

semble newscasts using the iNews network, graphic communication students explore typography and the use of colour through the Adobe Creative Suite programs, and interior design students outline structural plans with the touch of a button. Nowadays, it’s hard to visit Ryerson without seeing students filming on street corners, taking photographs in the quad or scurrying along Gould Street, toting heavy equipment. The digital revolution is making its mark and if you ask Hauck he’ll tell you, Ryerson is stepping up to the challenge. “We do what we can with our limited resources and I think we are doing a pretty darn good job at it,” he says. And Ingelevics agrees. “They’re not buying really expensive digital backs for large format cameras because that’s a $30,000 to $40,000 item.... What they’re doing instead is spreading the money out and buying things like a few more less expensive DSLRs,” he says. “It’s an exciting but also expensive time.” With files from Simone Blais

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Graduating business management student and badminton player leaves behind a legacy of leadership at Ryerson

Parvinder Sachdeva, renaissance man
By Harlan Nemerofsky
Parvinder Sachdeva began sweating as he stood up in front of a roaring crowd of 2,000 fans. Standing in the middle of the ice, he wondered why they chose him over other qualified students to speak at such an important event. Then, as the spotlight cast on him, he looked up at the stands and began to regain his composure. “It was one of the highlights of my career at Ryerson,” he says in reference to being the Master of Ceremonies at the opening of the Mattamy Athletic Centre last September. “[But] it was the most nerve-racking moment of my life.” Sachdeva’s memorable four years at Ryerson will come to an end in April, as he is set to graduate and head to the University of British Columbia on a full scholarship for his masters of economics. Beyond his 4.03 GPA, Sachdeva has also been an influential figure in Ryerson student life, having been a member of Ryerson’s badminton team since 2010, and starting various campus initiatives. As a first-year business management student, double majoring in economics and finance, Sachdeva wanted to create a group which would end the feeling of disconnect between faculties. “Every once in a while, I would read something in the newspapers or Ryerson Today and I would find amazing things being done by the professors and the students,” says Sachdeva. “I wanted to create a mendous hours of work and effort. I was able to make everyone part of a ‘shared vision’, which made this event not just my event, but everyone’s event.” In 2011, Sachdeva was the only student selected from Ryerson to be in the “Next 36,” an initiative that gives 36 exceptional young Canadians the start-up experience, business mentorship, and academic instruction to be Canada’s next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. But Sachdeva says that if it weren’t for his experience on the badminton team, none of his groups could have been possible, as it helped him come out of his shell and transform him into a leader. “The badminton team has taught me how to a have a voice outside of being a student,” he says. “In all my four years as a student, there hasn’t been any kind of experience that has been rewarding as that.” Head coach Rob Fullerton agrees, saying that although Sachdeva isn’t a team captain, his leadership skills PHOTO: Charles Vanegas are evident in the formation of Parvinder Sachdeva, member of the Rams badminton team, leaves Ryerson with a 4.03 GPA TedxRyersonU and Ryerson Toast “After starting Ryerson Toast- for the first two years of its exis- Masters. platform where we could showcase “I honestly don’t know what he masters, I wanted to do something tence, Sachdeva led a team of over all these ideas under one roof.” Sachdeva co-founded two influ- that would make a bigger impact,” 30 students, from different facul- would have accomplished without ential on-campus groups. The first says Sachdeva. “With this inde- ties, and together they organized the team,” says Fullerton, who says was Ryerson Toastmasters, a group pendently organized TED event, I the event in a short span of three that the team experience helped Sachdeva to succeed outside of badwhere students can practice “toast- wanted to get a wide variety of cre- months. “Despite the time constraint, we minton. ing” or speaking in front of others, ative and innovative speakers from “He’s one of the most committed our community, including students, pulled off one of the most successfollowed up by TEDxRyersonU. TEDxRyersonU is an annual stu- faculty and alumni, from all fields ful events of the year at Ryerson members of the team,” says Sachdent initiative with the goal of carv- and walks of life to talk and spread University,” he says. “That only deva’s badminton doubles partner, ing a stronger identity for Ryerson ideas that might very well have the became possible because I was able Steven Lien. “You can see that in to communicate my vision and in- the amount of hours and dedication students through inspirational ability to change our lives.” As President of TedxRyersonU spire these members to put in tre- he puts into training.” speakers.

Year of the rookies
By Charles Vanegas
Last week, women’s basketball star Cassandra “Ceejay” Nofuente was named to the CIS All-rookie team, adding to her already impressive resume, which includes being named a second-team Ontario University Athletics (OUA) all-star and OUA East Rookie of the Year. “She was injured in the preseason, but as soon as we got her on the floor, things really changed for us,” said head coach Carly Clarke. “She’s a great player.” Nofuente’s accolades just add to the list of success of Ryerson athletes in their first year of post-secondary competition this season. Each year, we present the Eyeopener Award to the Male Athlete of the Year. In addition to Nofuente, here are our other picks for the top rookies — male or female Jamie Wise – Men’s Hockey After being invited to a tryout with the Buffalo Sabres, Wise joined the Rams midseason. Proving he was more than just “the coach’s kid,” Wise immediately solidified himself as one of the team’s best players, scoring 14 points in just 12 games. Somehow, he also finished with the Veronica Livingston – Women’s Volleyball team lead in penalty minutes (84) The women’s volleyball team despite missing the first 16 games. shattered its previous best record by four wins, advancing to the OUA Fi- Milos Scepanovic – Men’s Soccer After leading the team with six nal Four. Livingston was a huge part of that, being named OUA Rookie goals, Scapanovic was named OUA of the Year and a CIS All-rookie, East Rookie of the Year and a firstand being shortlisted for the CIS team all-star. Rookie of the Year. Michael Fine – Men’s Hockey The former OHLer had a big Vivian Kwok – Badminton In her first season as a Ram, rookie season, finishing fifth on the Kwok, along with her partner Day- team with 17 points. Fine fit right in von Reid, won a bronze medal in with the fourth most penalized team the mixed doubles event at the OUA in the CIS, adding 48 penalty minutes of his own. Championships. Juwon Grannum – Men’s Basketball The 6-foot-6 forward made great strides towards becoming a legitimate starter in Roy Rana’s system, providing a second option after Bjorn Michaelsen to a team that desperately needed size up front. He was named to the OUA All-rookie team.

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Women’s basketball star Cassandra “Ceejay” Nofuente was named a CIS All-Rookie.

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Ryerson students competed against over 500 people to become MuchMusic’s newest VJ, but only one made it through the first cut

The fight for the mic
By Betty Wondimu

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ore than 500 people applied to be MuchMusic’s next VJ, but 19-yearold Ryerson radio and television arts (RTA) student Nicole Correale made the top 40. After attending an open call instudio audition for MuchMusic in November, Correale and fellow RTA students Tiana DeNicola and Duhin Nanda were all told they impressed the producers and should pursue the up-and-coming VJ search. “I applied because it’s the perfect gig if you want to get into broadcasting,” Correale said. MuchMusic accepted online VJ profiles from Feb. 19 untill March 10. Contestants were required to upload photos, create a video, have a YouTube channel and become a MUCHCLOSER member to create their VJ search profile. The job requires “no experience… the only criteria required are a passion for music and pop culture, a kick @ss [sic] personality, a flair for television, and the gift of gab,” stated a MuchMusic press release.

I definitely see drama happening, I just don’t see myself getting involved
The three RTA students along with journalism’s Hillary MacDonald and fashion communications student Knox Adams created profiles and posted audition videos to the MuchMusic website in hopes of winning the title. Each took a different approach with his or her video and Knox said this was his favourite part. DeNicola and Nanda focused on their experience in broadcasting and on-air work, while others chose to focus on unique aspects of their personality — like Correale who said she shot her video in a grungy garage to show that she wasn’t trying too hard. From March 12 to 15, MuchMusic announced contestants who made the Top 40 cut in waves of 10 applicants per day. If the successful candidate was a local, a camera crew ambushed them in their homes to break the good news. “When I got the call from Much on Monday saying they wanted to ‘visit me to get to know me better’ I was kind of skeptical and I already knew something was up,” Correale said. “So when they did come and ambush me on Tuesday, I wasn’t so shocked. If you watch the video, I was just like ‘Oh, cool!’”

acDonald and Nanda said that even though they didn’t make the top 40, the best part was seeing all the support they received from their friends and family after posting their profiles. MacDonald, who was born and raised in Charlottetown, P.E.I., said she never expected to receive so much love and support from her hometown. “My province only has like 100,000 people in it… but everyone is still so supportive,” MacDonald said. “When one person is trying to accomplish something, the whole gosh-darn province is going to help you achieve it, literally. I was so happy to see how many people were willing to help me succeed.” J Search, MuchMusic’s reality TV show, is Correale’s next goal as the only Ryerson student to have made it through the first round of cuts. The program follows the top 20 finalists on their quest to be crowned the newest MuchMusic VJ. The finalists compete in challenges while riding on a tour bus across Canada with host Lauren Toyota until the winner is announced on April 26. Correale said that if she does make the show, which airs on April 1, she would play the role of a fly on the wall. “If I make the cut, I would just really push through and try to not be involved in any stupidity,” Correale said. “I definitely see drama happening, I just don’t see myself getting involved.” Correale has also already scouted out her competition, as well as possible allies she’ll have on the show. “I really like Justine from Nova Scotia and Alix from Toronto,” she said. “But that one guy, Fouad, annoys the hell out of me already.” ust in case you were wondering what happened to the four who didn’t make it, they all plan to focus on school and get more experience through various internships and jobs in the industry. MacDonald and Adams are both developing YouTube channels for more exposure. Adams promises that this competition to be the newest MuchMusic VJ will not be the last people see of him. “I will be the next white, male, gay Oprah,” he said. “Or just a male Ellen.”

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Share your ideas about sustainability, green design, and green building with us!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. POD-250, Podium Building, 350 Victoria Street open to the Ryerson community

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Join our interactive Roundtable to discuss sustainability goals for the design, construction, and operation of new campus buildings. This event will focus on the sustainability strategy for the multi-use Church Street Development, which will feature teaching, research, study, residence, retail, and administrative space. We invite you to exchange ideas to help Ryerson achieve a sustainable vision that will • Create specific, achievable goals for the Church Street Development • Reflect Ryerson’s values on being responsive to the impacts of new buildings • Develop goals that go beyond Ryerson’s commitment to LEED Silver certification • Consider the environmental, social, and economic elements of sustainability Speakers from the Ryerson community will complement the Roundtable conversations with discussions of their areas of expertise. RSVP at tscherer@ryerson.ca by March 22, 2013 Want more information about the Church Street Development? Visit ryersonbuilds.ryerson.ca Unable to attend? Submit your ideas to Sustainability Matters at rusustainability.ca

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

After last fall’s donation of about 1,400 books from Jack Layton’s personal collection, Ryerson inaugurated a book club in his memory

In memory of Jack Layton: Ryerson book club
By Calvin Dao
Last Tuesday evening at the Ryerson Library Archives, students and NDP supporters gathered for the official inauguration of the Jack Layton Book Club. But very little time was spent talking about books. Terry Grier, Ryerson’s president emeritus and the featured speaker for the event titled “Jack Layton: From the Classroom to National Icon,” gave an emotional speech, remembering Layton’s career as an educator before he entered politics. “I think that [Layton’s] unique touch was that people saw him as
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Terry Grier (left) and David Layton (right) at the inauguration of the Jack Layton Book Club.

their friend,” said Grier to the small group of people who attended. “He truly did give his life trying to build, in Canada, a society of friends. With enough time, he would have transformed Canadian politics,” said an emotional Grier after his one-and-a-half-hour summary of the politician’s life. “That he died before he could do so is Canada’s tragedy.” Layton’s younger brother, David, was also present in the audience and showed his support for the book club. “[Jack] loved this place so much,” said David, who kept things upbeat and lighthearted with a couple of jokes. “[And] I’m delighted you chose Jack’s books as opposed to some of his old lectures.” The club was created by Jack Layton Chair and Ryerson politics professor, Myer Siemiatycki, after about 1,400 books and other published texts from the NDP leader’s personal collection were donated to the school last fall. “He was inspiring, charismatic, smart and totally dedicated to his students,” said Siemiatycki. “Jack had a real affection and commitment to Ryerson. [He] conveyed to Ryerson students that they could have an impact on the world... [His] connections to Ryerson are deep and significant.”

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Siemiatycki hosted the event and shared his experiences working with Layton when they both taught politics back in the 1970s and 80s. Although only two books were briefly mentioned during the event — The Pattern of Politics by Charles Taylor, a textbook Layton used in one of the courses when he taught at Ryerson, and Love, Hope and Optimism by James L. Turk and Charis Wahl, a biography about him that was published a year after his death — the collection also includes Layton’s copy of Marx’s Concept of Man by Erich Fromm (about the economist Karl Marx). The book is currently on display in the Ryerson Archives, alongside a few of Layton’s plaques, posters and personal photos. Notes written on the margins of the books’ pages read “increased wages” and “equality of incomes,” alluding to his political agenda. The club will hold two more meetings on March 28 and April 10, featuring philosophy professor Alex Wellington and English professor Jason Boyd (respectively) as speakers.

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Rye startup gives Scantron a failing grade
Ryerson faculty are skeptical that a change is necessary

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Nick Asch, Akindi’s Chief Technology Officer, and Mahmoud Hashim, Akindi’s CEO

By Dasha Zolota

Using a number two pencil to shade in a bubble on a multiple-choice test is one of the true hallmarks of the university experience, right up there with Kraft Dinner and getting shitfaced. But one Ryerson startup is saying no more. Akindi founder and CEO Mahmoud Hashim says his company will save Ryerson thousands and make grading exams easier for faculty. The university spent roughly $40,000 total on Scantron products last year, one quarter of which was to replace a decade-old scanner that broke. Another $10,000 was spent on machine maintenance. “We came into the DMZ (Digital Media Zone) and told them, ‘Listen, we’ve talked to a lot of teachers, a lot of administrators, a lot of principals,” Hashim said. “The feedback is unanimous. It’s too expensive for us [Ryerson] to continue spending that kind of money on Scantron sheets.” With Akindi, a professor would print out a .PDF test template and have their students complete it like any other multiple-choice test. The completed test can be scanned from anywhere using a typical scanner. Akindi marks the tests and provides answer-based metrics and analytics. Scantron has supplied Ryerson’s bubble-test sheets for over 20 years. Hashim said that if Ryerson switched, they could save between $30,000 and $50,000 on paper costs alone. Because the school purchases in bundles, each page costs less than six cents, meaning that Ryerson spent approximately $20,000 last year to process nearly 340,000 tests. Brian Lesser, director of Computing and Communication Services (CSS) said that before any changes could be implemented, there would

have to be clear advantages over the current “fairly inexpensive” system. “Probably, we wouldn’t save $20,000 a year,” Lesser said. “It might be a wash; you have to license the service and change your scanners. We might have to throw out the scanners we have and bring in powerful, new high-speed scanners that could do the full-page scan the way that Akindi needs it to be done.” Elizabeth Kirley-Switzer, a criminal justice and criminology professor, said that as nice as having the analytics done for her would be, there’s little incentive to go with Akindi right now. “It’s hard for me to see any benefits,” Kirley-Switzer said. “It puts too much onus on the professor in terms of labour intensity.” Also, she didn’t like the idea of printing tests on her own paper. Ryerson currently owns two printers, which cost over $10,000 each, and three scanners all located in the Print Centre. Both Lesser and Kirley-Switzer raised concerns over security issues. The benefits of having one central processing system for the university is that it limits the likelihood of sensitive information leaks, among other potential problems. “On one hand, it would be great for me if professors all have to print their own exams,” Lesser said. “They just saved me $20,000 a year; CCS has $20,000 to put into something else. [That might mean]professors are spending hours and hours of their time printing this stuff and scanning it themselves.” Kirley-Switzer said her issue with the current system is the amount of paper being used and distributed needlessly. She hopes to see a testing platform that’s solely computer- based. “Anytime you can digitalize, as long as you can securitize, you’re moving forward,” KirleySwitzer said.

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Aries
A man with an eyepatch will offer you magic beans. DO NOT TAKE THE BEANS. He will then offer you magic mushrooms. Take them.

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