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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Potential engineering frosh leaders crawl through slush in Lake Devo during an event that sparked a wave of media coverage over the weekend.


A tradition for potential frosh leaders last Thursday led to a media storm after a YouTube video of the event surfaced online

Engineering tradition sparks controversy
By Mohamed Omar
After a media frenzy that threw Ryerson into the spotlight, the Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS) has apologized to the administration for a stunt involving scantilyclad students crawling through snow and slush on campus. On Monday, Ryerson executives sat down with RESS leaders to discuss the aftermath of Thursday’s Covies Protest, an annual event for engineering students hoping to earn their blue coveralls and a chance to become frosh leaders. The society said certain actions at the event, such as shouting with megaphones and inappropriate contact, were unacceptable. They will work with the administration to prevent similar problems in the future and will receive no penalties. “RESS will be creating a best practices manual for all of our events to make sure that situations like this don’t happen again,” said Rose Ghamari, RESS president. It was a YouTube video of the event’s shenanigans, titled “Ryerson University students subjected to hazing and humiliation,” that started the controversy, triggering a debate on semantics and exaggeration. Most print, television, and online news agencies picked up the story after Sheldon Levy issued a statement of condemnation. Toronto city councillors Shelley Carroll and Kristyn Wong-Tam responded with disapproving tweets. Even Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne gave her two cents, saying she was “concerned.” Mohamed Lachemi, dean of the faculty of engineering and architectural science who was at Monday’s meeting, said the video painted “a very dark image” that is not representative of engineering students. “Looking at it from one angle, you cannot judge. I hope the people will not judge engineering students at Ryerson based on that very short period of time in the video,” he said. Yet many news outlets ran with the video and referred to the event as hazing, frustrating engineering students at Ryerson who disagreed. “I think that I understand where some people are coming from, but a lot of the things from the event were taken out of context, unfortunately, and the different news stations chose to include only parts of the event, which made it really something that it wasn’t intended to be, which is where all the confusion started,” Ghamari said. Many flocked to Twitter to voice either their praise for Levy or their disdain for an exaggerative media. Rob, a fourth-year computer engineering student who declined to give his last name, said the event wasn’t hazing at all. “If you ask any of the students that were out there participating in the covies protest if they were forced to do it, they will tell you they were not,” he said. “There were smiles on their faces... this is completely voluntary, and I don’t care what any politician or journalist says, this was not a forced event.” Other students like Ray Cronkite, a third-year electrical engineering student who did not participate in the event, disagreed. “It doesn’t matter if it is voluntary or not: hazing is clearly against the policy either way,” he said in a sent statement. “It is indefensible to argue that this activity was not hazing.” Another engineering student, who wished to remain anonymous, said he doesn’t believe the event was hazing, but still thinks it was unnecessary. “I absolutely believe that it [was voluntary], but I think that if they’re going to do that stuff, don’t do it on campus where it looks like it’s a Ryerson event, because I’m sure to the rest of the community around it looks like, ‘Oh Ryerson, let this happen,’” he said. Levy’s statement, which did not refer to the event as hazing, said students who think the event was “just fun” have no place at Ryerson. He added that terminology doesn’t matter. “I don’t care what the name of it is. It was what it was,” he said. He did not know about Thursday’s event until he saw the video. “That was the confirmation, that the video was seen. It documented a set of actions, and that sparked the statement, but other people saw it and communicated as well,” he said. Lachemi said once the video was out, the administration had to respond. “I think that was very important for the university to issue that,” he said. “You cannot leave it… and have people comment based on a very bad few minutes in a video.” *Names have been changed

Chang school PR course gets bad rep Did engineers behave
By Diana Hall
Students are demanding a refund for a Chang School of Continuing Education course they say has taught them nothing nine weeks into the Winter semester. Sixteen out of 18 students enrolled in a reputation management course (CDPR114) have sent a letter to the administration arguing they should be reimbursed and credited for a course that left them “disappointed.” “My fear is that we, as students, are paying for the ineffectiveness of the instructor in more ways than one — by not learning, and by actually paying full tuition and not receiving value,” said Brad Lee, a continuing education student. As outlined in the March 15 letter to program director Muthana Zouri, students are particularly frustrated with instructor Rick Hall’s “failure to cover course materials beyond discussion of the textbook,” “inadequate and unclear assignment notes” and “treatment of students in a condescending manner.” “I’ve checked out of this class. I don’t want to go any more,” said Corey Herscu. “Why should I sit there and [listen] for three hours while this pompous person condescends to the entire class? He tells us we should know better because we’re in university. It’s not fair.” Lee is frustrated that the school isn’t doing enough to address the students’ complaints. Students heard nothing from former administrator Cheryl Ficker, who sat in on one class and shocked students by resigning shortly after. But Gervan Fearon, outgoing dean of the Chang School, insisted the administration has “taken rather significant steps” to appease the students’ concerns, such as arranging a meeting with Hall, and by installing program administrator Nick Douloff as a co-teacher, who has more university-level teaching experience. “We have really high ratings [for programs at the Chang School] but with 1500 courses, even a 0.1 per cent error means that somebody is affected,” Fearon said. “And what I hear [is that] students are saying they were affected and what they’re hearing from me is I want to address it.” Lee said Ryerson is “applying a band-aid solution to a bad situation.” Students hope to discuss possible solutions with Douloff on March 27. Hall couldn’t be reached for comment.


Vince Pham, 1st year computer science From what I know of that, they were just doing leapfrog. The person who recorded it, recorded only that and across the lake, so obviously it looks bad.

Jackson Klie, 4th year photography I was pretty shocked by it. I didn’t know that kind of thing happened at Ryerson, it’s associated more with fraternities.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Election notice
We are hiring new editors for the Fall semester. The jobs will be starting in late August. All masthead positions pay, with perks including newsroom experience, portfolio clippings and free food/beer. The deadline for campaign forms and election posters is 5 p.m. March 27. Any full-time student can run for a position on masthead. Election posters must include your full name, intended position and an image of yourself — either a photo or an illustration. Speeches will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Eyeopener office, SCC207. Speeches should last two minutes at most, with EIC speeches lasting five minutes.Voting takes place Thursday, March 28.

Opinions on Engineers
By Lee Richardson
How many news stories based on weather can you read? To be honest it doesn’t really matter how many, because the media doesn’t care about you and it’s going to cover the rising temperatures anyway. Weather stories are common this time of year. They’re easy to do, because the weather is always there. In that regard, the weather is like people’s opinions — always there. This week, those ever present opinions decided that weather coverage is taking a back seat to an incident being covered through the media. That incident? Engineering students crawling through ice and slush while wearing underwear. On the surface, the story seems as harmless as a weather story. But things have escalated, with Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne issuing statements of concern. Despite the surpisingly heavy coverage the story has been given, the situation boils down to: Was the event a form of hazing, and does it matter? I could easily throw my opinion into the ring, but I don’t know all the facts, so I won’t. And besides: constantly referring to an incident as hazing will turn it into an incident of hazing, even if it wasn’t. So instead of highlighting what Levy or Wynne, or a number of reporters, feel about the incident, I’m going to stay objective and hand it over to Twitter — now a reporter’s tool of gauging public opinions.

PHOTO: Lee Richardson

Reporters were out in force on campus this week, standing in front of an empty lake.

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· “This whole #Ryerson #hazing incident is stupid. These ppl are smart enough to be in engineering, so let them live a little! Who cares!” (@me11y) · “these kids need to learn self respect, idiots” (@blainer88) · “They crawled across a pond in their underpants not commit murder everybody calm down #ryerson” (@niallerstyles_) · “Well #Ryerson’s reputation is kinda ruined now”(@_SGORDON) · “university students are doing a lot worse things #leave #ryerson #alone” (@andrream) · “So - #Ryerson #EngineeringStudents have a very public initiation ceremony (unlike private #HazingRituals) - and someone noticed? #HowUnusual” (@WBrettWilson) ·· “@680News @Kathleen_Wynne NOT hazing! Don’t misconstrue kids having crazy VOLUNTARY fun with hazing #Ryerson (@KimMacd1971 ) · “#Ryerson’s engineering initiation pales in comparison to other things I’ve seen.” (@SPLavoie) · “I really dont see the point of that #Ryerson hazing “ritual” mean people actually volunteer to do that?.. fascinating.” (@originalkamil) · “And these people are supposed to smart. #Ryerson” (@melcpj) · “THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL. #Ryerson” (@jerryagar1010) · “Sheldon Levy @RyersonU - as an alum, I’m shocked by your response to the RESS event. Unacceptable behaviour? Yes, but it’s yours. #Ryerson” (@ mikeevans) · “Oh those wacky engineers. What WILL they do next?” (@janeschmidt)

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The federal government is finding university graduates unable to fill skilled-trade jobs.


Federals say arts graduates are less beneficial to a struggling economy

Feds to boost skills training
By Daksha Rangan
According to the federal government, Canadian post-secondary graduates are becoming less beneficial to the economy. With an increase in the number of humanities and arts degrees among today’s graduates, plenty of skilled-trade jobs remain vacant. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has suggested that Canada’s new federal budget will aim to focus on the improvement of skills training, in order to boost Canadian infrastructure through the manufacturing sector. The training provided in Canada, according to Flaherty, does not match the skills employers are searching for. It’s a problem reporter Matt Gurney has argued is compounded by students not paying attention to industry movements, and governments that continue to help students pay for a less useful degree. “The educational choices of these young Canadians are steering them into fields that are either dead ends, low-paying or hopelessly glutted with applicants,” he wrote in a recent National Post column. “If they’d all just take up welding or natural resources extraction, with a minor in information technology, all our problems would be solved.” But Niyati Shah, a fourth-year arts and contemporary studies student at Ryerson, said there is a lot of demand to pursue universitylevel education that doesn’t focus on skilled trade industries. Shah, whose degree will have a focus on Global Studies, said arts degrees should be given more credit for their specializations. Programs like political science and policy making are an important part of the foundations of society, Shah added. “You need people who know how to do these things well. It’s how we can influence change.” Shah said financial incentives such as government training programs will not only strengthen college education and practical training, but also encourage students to obtain other forms of post-secondary accredation. Roman Kroshinsky is a fourthyear Business Technology Management student at Ryerson. In a technologically advancing world, Kroshinsky says IT jobs are also in abundance for graduates. “Corporations have a lot of divisions, and information technology is one of the newer ones in terms of it being more mandatory for companies,” Kroshinsky said. But rather than investing in the trades at a post-secondary level, Kroshinsky says these skills should be taught in the elementary and secondary school systems. “If kids grasp these concepts at an earlier age, they’re going to be so much more proficient at it when they do hit the workforce,” he said. One student who decided to pursue college education, Yasiel Sambra-Rios, an architecture student at George Brown College, said he felt college better alligned him to enter the workforce. “It’s a pretty useful program, it’s more hands-on,” he said. “The teachers here actually work in the trades, half of them don’t even go to teacher’s college. They work outside in the field, in firms and job sites, and then they come here and teach what they know.” The notion that knowledge-based industry professionals are the only asset to the economy needs to disappear to make skilled trades more appealing to students. Shah said. “There has to be a process to make sure the two are on the same level, college and university,” she said. “Obviously there is no shortage of jobs in the skilled trades, so people need to feel like they can go to college if they want.” Despite a sense that arts degrees do not lead to direct employment, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy disagreed. Data from the university planning office shows that 2008 graduates from social sciences programs had a 90 per cent employment rate six months after graduation. “The data just doesn’t bear it out,” he said. “Ask how many bank presidents came through the social sciences and humanities, or how many leaders of our country are [educated] through the social sciences or humanities, too. Are they irrelevant?”





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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Historic ball to return to Mattamy
By Sean Wetselaar
Hall Gym in previous years to the MAC has come with a sizable increase in funding from the school. Though organizer Tracy Leparulo would not disclose the exact cost of the event, Levy said sales of $10 tickets for the expected turnout of 2,000 students would not cover half the cost of the ball. Funding has come from all branches of the school, including faculties and administrations, and Leparulo stressed the budget is relatively small given the scope of the event. “It’s amazing to have the support, absolutely, from the university,” Leparulo said. “Ryerson really lacked [school spirit] and the fact that we’re a commuter school too, we lack it even more... I’ve talked to so many students who said they’ve never gone to anything at Ryerson but they’re coming to the ball, and those are the students who make me the most happy.” The ball was organized by a committee of 20 students from various faculties, including co-coordinators Marijana Miric and Karina Nicole starting in October 2012. It will be staffed by over 40 student volunteers. The ball will take place Thursday at the MAC beginning at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are available for $10.

Brad Duguid announced a new strategy and funding to aid mental health in post-secondary institutions.


Duguid does good for mental health
By Jonah Brunet
The Ontario government announced Tuesday it will be devoting $27 million to a fund that will create new support systems for post-secondary students across the province struggling with mental illness and addictions. Brad Duguid, minister of training, colleges and universities, officially began phase one of the threephase Mental Health Innovation Fund. The first $12.3 million will fund a provincial phone line for mental health counselling. “Our investment means that post-secondary students will have access to a province-wide helpline to provide support for college and university students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no matter where they are,” said Duguid. The phone line could complement university and college campus counselling centres like Ryerson’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling — staffed by about 15 counsellors — that struggle to serve a growing demand for mental health and academic assistance. The fund, representing a partnership with Kids Help Phone, ConnexOntario, Ontario 211 and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), will help to train campus counsellors, and create a Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health. Duguid said the fund will also help remote Northern-Ontario colleges, many of which lack the extensive support available at larger schools. “Having access to support when they need it the most can be the difference between completing an assignment or not, completing a term or not, and potentially even completing a degree or not,” said OUSA President Alysha Li. A launch date for the phone line has not been set.

After a brief revival in 2010, the Ryerson Blue and Gold Ball will make a comeback Thursday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) at Ryerson. The event, considered the social event of the year in the 1950s and ’60s, is themed around the history of Maple Leaf Gardens. It will feature everything from student performances of music from the time between the last ball in 1962 and the present day, to throwbacks to the building’s sports history with representatives from the Hockey Hall of Fame. “This is another important event, I think for the students to feel that the Mattamy Athletic Centre is all of theirs, regardless if you’re a varsity athlete or do recreation or use the fitness room,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “I didn’t build it for varsity athletes alone, we built it for the whole community, and for us to spend this money to be able to get more and more students out to it and use it, it’s good stuff.” The gala’s move from the Kerr

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Charmaine Hack named as Ryerson’s next registrar
Beginning May 1, 2013 Charmaine Hack will serve as Ryerson’s registrar. Hack has been with Ryerson since 1989, and has worked as director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment since 2005. Hack will take over from interim registrar Heather Lane Vetere, the current vice provost, students. The registrar oversees several areas at Ryerson, including student fees, academic support, enrolment and exam schedules. Hack’s appointment comes after long-time registrar Keith Alnwick, who served at Ryerson for over 20 years in the position. He resigned unexpectedly midway through last semester, stating that he planned to pursue additional consulting opportunities.



University invests in institute of supercomputing
Mechanical and industrial engineering professor Seth Dworkin is working with the largest supercomputer facility in Canada, SciNet, to develop clean combustion technologies for transportation. SciNet is funded by federal and provincial grants and the University of Toronto. Ryerson chipped in with help from a $250,000 grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Ontario Research Fund to add 700 IBM Sandy Bridge processors to make Dworkin’s team one of the best in the country. Dworkin will present his work at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ International Conference on Numerical Combustion in San Antonio, Texas in April.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Under construction
By Charles Vanegas
When I reflect on my four years at Ryerson, it’s largely defined by athletics. In my first year, The Eyeopener broke the news that Ryerson had struck a deal with Loblaws to build a grocery store and new athletics centre at Maple Leaf Gardens, former home of my childhood team. At the time I was working as a public address announcer for Rams games, so the thought that I’d be announcing at the legendary facility was especially excited. Little did I know how long I’d have to wait. Construction kept being delayed, and my time at athletics simply ran its course. I started to wonder if I’d ever get to enjoy the building that my student fees were paying for. But finally, last summer, the building now known as the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, opened, with the Prime Minister dropping a ceremonial puck. This couldn’t have been a better year to be Sports Editor at The Eyeopener. I was one of the first to skate on the new, elevated rink, and had the opportunity to be a part of so many other firsts as well. It was amazing to see seasons kick off with packed crowds and enthusiasm. But eventually, with the exception of men’s basketball, the crowd-sizes shrunk. I often heard from people “well, its great we spent all this money for all these empty seats.” And for a while I found it discouraging. Even with this beautiful building, people still don’t care about sports at Ryerson? But it’s a process. Last April, shortly after being elected the new Sports ditor at The Eyeopener, I was at a friend’s party discussing the men’s basketball team’s run to the CIS National Championships. We were interrupted by Luke Staniscia, a fifth-year senior captain of the team. “Wait, are you talking about us?” “Yeah.” “I’ve never heard anyone talk about CIS basketball at a party. Ever.” And that’s why you have put things into perspective. People don’t suddenly care about teams; they need to have them grow on them. Most people don’t know that the all-time leader in CIS scoring is Boris Bakovic, a four-year starter


at Ryerson. In my first year, I’d say to people “Boris dropped 35 points last night,” and they’d say “who’s Boris?” So while Ryerson didn’t pack every game in their first year at the MAC, the reality is, there’s a huge gulf in between where the university was before, in terms of athletics, and where it is now. If only 300 people show up to a hockey game (out of 2,500 possible seats), that’s 300 more than were showing up in other years. And on weekday rivalry games with U of T, Ryerson students do show up in droves. Like the building, that “care” for athletics is still under construction. Who knows if we’ll ever become that school whose spirit is defined by its teams, but from the change I’ve been able to witness, year one in the MAC should only be seen as a success.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

‘He’s got the full package’
Sweating from his palms up to his forehead, Andrew Buck looked ahead at the dismal amount of camera flashes which blinded his vision. Standing next to women’s hockey captain Kyla Thurston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Buck faked a nervous smile as the ceremonial puck was dropped. A roar of claps followed and then Buck — in full uniform, holding his stick — exhaled. The Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) was now officially open. But as the season went on, ceremonies just like this would become more of a distraction than an amusement for Captain Buck and his teammates. “There were lot of puck drops,” says fourth-year Buck. “The first five or six games, it seemed there was a puck drop every time.” Buck says these distractions contributed to the Rams’ struggles during the first two months of the season, as they slid from a 4-11 start at the start of December. “There was a lot of stuff going on and hockey wasn’t what we were thinking about when we started going to the rink early on in the season,” he says. The Rams had to get used to a much different facility than the former George Bell Arena. The ice was different, the pucks at the MAC bounced off the boards differently, and even learning how to handle an 18-minute intermission (as opposed to the former 14 minute) was hard, says Buck. “We didn’t get back to the way we played the year before until the middle of November. And then we kind of regrouped and started focusing more on hockey, not worrying about all the outside stuff,” he says. In the meantime, it was very frustrating for the whole team, according to line-mate Jason McDonough. “Personally I felt like we had the best team since I’ve been here, and to not have the record to support that at the start was disappointing.” In the second intermission during a game against second-last placed Concordia on Nov. 24 — near the time of the turnaround — a furious Buck stormed into the locker room, his team trailing by three goals. As his teammates sat, Buck paced back and forth, enraged. He yelled at his team, saying they weren’t working together or trying hard enough. “He didn’t even have to say anything, instead we all just picked up on it,” says McDonough. til February, and eventually entered the first round of the playoffs in the eighth and final seed before losing to Concordia in consecutive games. According to teammate Scott Brown, Buck was a big part of that. “He’s not afraid to be a vocal captain and let everybody know what they’re doing wrong and what they’re doing right,” says Brown. “He’s always been one of our most vocal players, but this year he’s really solidified himself.” As head coach Graham Wise says, Buck just had innate leadership skills when he came to Ryerson, establishing himself as a leader the year the Rams eliminated University of Toronto from the playoffs in the 20092010 campaign. “When he comes to the rink he’s serious about getting the job done,” Wise says. “Off the ice, he’s the voice in our dressing room in that he has the ability to motivate our players.” This past year, Buck poured in 18 points, a team second-best, in just 21 of the 28 games. He missed the last seven games after breaking his left collarbone on Jan. 18 against the RMC Paladins. Racing for a loose puck near the Rams bench, Buck remembers a Paladin player flying at him from his left side. Immediately, Buck’s left shoulder went right into the left stanchion and he fell on the ice. “I thought he had a great year,” says Wise. “I think what makes him valuable is that he’s well-rounded. If it means grinding out pucks in the side corners, then he’ll do that. If it means penalty killing, if it means


By Harlan Nemerofsky
“Anytime your captain goes down, that’s a little bit of unity that is lost... which is tough,” says Brown. “It’s always a difficult thing to not have your leader battle with you.” Although his season was cut short, his teammates say his desire to win is always there and it’s what pulls everybody together. “He leads by example — telling us when we’re out of line but also when we’ve been good,” says Brown. “With Buck you know what you’re going to get. He’s consistent every game, and it shows.”

power play or if it means putting a goal in, he’ll do that too.” McDonough agrees. “Being a centreman, it’s always good having a forward who knows where to be and I don’t really have to work that hard to find him.” According to Wise, Buck’s line, featuring veterans Greg Payne and McDonough, were the go-to line throughout the season. After Buck’s injury, in the first playoff games without their captain, the Rams would lose to Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

Off the ice, he’s the voice in our dressing room in that he has the ability to motivate our players
The Rams would lose that game 4-0 after the final period but put in a much more complete effort. But eventually the novelty of playing in the former Gardens wore off, the pre-game ceremonies ended, and the team began to mesh, according to Buck. It was the start of the winning streak for the men’s hockey team who went 8-5 from December un-

Buck finished second in team scoring with 18 points.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013



One for All
By Pamela Johnston
In her first year as a member of Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team, Veronica Livingston surpassed all expectations, being named the OUA Rookie of the Year and a member of the CIS All-rookie team. But to the nursing student, the biggest surprise was that she got to play at all. “I was expecting to be on the bench,” says Livingston. “[So] I was ecstatic that I even got to play.” Rams head coach Dustin Reid is hesitant to give rookies playing time because he doesn’t want to give them too much responsibility too soon, but says Veronica earned her spot in the starting line-up. “I love having players come in and grow first, but the bottom line is: the players that give us the best chance to win are going to be on the floor,” says Reid. Livingston finished second on the team in kills (76), blocks (16.5) and points (98), but says all her accolades are a result of the team. “It’s a team sport, so obviously I didn’t get [them] by myself,” she says. “It was the whole team behind me.” The Rams went on a seven-game winning streak to end their 14-4 season, easily making the postseason. Livingston says the first-round playoff win over the McMaster Marauders, which sent the Rams through to the OUA Final Four, was the highlight of her rookie season. “I’ve never played in any kind of environment like that,” she says. “Watching the boys’ teams going back and forth with their cheering, and the end [with] everyone coming on the court,” Livingston says. “That was great.” For a team that has risen from the bottom (they were 1-18 in in just two seasons), the Rams already have big expectations. And for Livingston, her goals — team goals — are simple. “Getting back to the Final Four. Getting to the finals.”

A chat with Ivan Joseph, director of athletics
Eye: How do you manage being both rectors coach. [Ryerson’s] not a Duke, same opportunities [as other coaches], athletic director and coach of the men’s it’s not a Stanford, even though they’re so I’m able to better administrate and put priorities where they need to be. soccer team? similar-sized institutions. IJ: You’ve got to have a good associate athletic director and good senior leadership team. Because of our sport, most of our practices are at 6 p.m., so it doesn’t really keep me away a lot, plus the season’s so short. But from the world that I come from – a small, Division II school – many of the athletic diEye: So it’s a cost-cutting measure. IJ: Oh gosh yeah. I’m saving us a ton of money [by coaching.] But one of the things I’ve noticed by me coaching [is that] I get to see the things that need to happen. I get to experience the same pain and frustrations, or I’m seeing the Eye: Is Ryerson going to bid to host the Wilson Cup again next year? IJ: We’d like to do it again, but the caveat is, can we change the structure where the host team gets in? I don’t want to host another tournament where we’re not playing in it. Maybe the Wilson Cup becomes a six-team tournament, and instead of a two-day event, it becomes a three-day event. So if the OUA decides to change it, we’ll definitely bid for it. We’re the best basketball venue in the nation. Eye: What if the format doesn’t change? IJ: Then we’d only bid when we thought we had a legitimate shot to qualify. And that’s next year.



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Ryerson’s hairiest athlete
By Emma Prestwich
Though he’s small, at just over 60 inches, his talent and eagerness are much bigger. While Wilson didn’t take home this year’s Ontario Univeristy Equestrian Association (OUEA) grand prize, being nominated for the award has only expanded his fan base. “He has the heart of a horse, [even though he’s] pint-sized,” says Leslie Lewis, a fifth-year arts and contemporary studies student who rides with the Ryerson equestrian team. No, Wilson is not a self-centered, hairy soccer captain. He’s a horse. Wilson was the only equestrian club horse nominated for this year’s OUEA East Zone Horse of the Year Award. The award was based on the number of points earned from more than 10 OUEA competitions at the club’s facility, Pause Awhile Equestrian Centre, during the year. Lewis, who has been leasing Wilson for the past five years, said while he only competed in four of them, he earned enough points from those four to be nominated. “The riders who rode him all did very well, enough to bump him, point-wise, up enough,” she says. Wilson is also ambitious. Lewis says he was competing in the OUEA’s most advanced show jumping division, in which the jumps are almost as high as he is. “To him, everything is a good idea,” she says. “I say he’s the spokesperson for not judging a book by his cover.” Wilson has become a team favourite for his big heart and willingness to take on a challenge. “His colouring resembles a cow, so [we call him] the cow who jumps over the moon,” she says. Although Wilson declined to speak with The Eyeopener, Lewis said he’s delighted by the nomination. “He loves the attention.”



Wilson celebrating his nomination for horse of the year in his designer jean jacket.

Laura Giffen owns a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood named John Wayne.

Just horsing around
By Susana Gómez Báez
California or Colorado at the time. So I’d see him once every six months and then my mom was working in Muskoka,” she says. “She’d come home some weekends, but mainly I was just living in Thornbury with my coach.” Soon after her parents came back from their business trips, they got divorced and Giffen says she felt her horses were the only familial support she had. According to her, the time at the barn was not only “perfect for a 13-year-old” but also great training. Giffen says it taught her how to ride other people’s horses comfortably. “I was riding minimum six horses a day, seven days a week,” she says. “I’ve been very fortunate. I think that’s why I can just easily catchride horses just because it doesn’t take me long to figure out how the horse goes.” This helps her when competing for the Ryerson equestrian team since riders do not get to use their own horses. Last week, Giffen placed third in the open division at the Ontario University Equestrian Association championship. But despite her success in the sport, her goal after graduation is to pursue brand marketing or real estate development.

With nine years of competitive riding under her belt, then 15-year-old Laura Giffen fell off her coach’s pony. “He cartwheeled over me and landed on top of me. He stood right on my chest,” she says, nonchalantly. Fortunately for Giffen, she suffered no injuries from the incident, except a scratch on chest from the pony’s horseshoe. But falling isn’t a rare occurrence. In 2006, Giffen stopped her count of times she had fallen off at 80. “After you’ve fallen off enough times … you accept the risk,” she says. The second-year business management student started training when she was five years old and began riding competitively at six. She’s owned three horses in that time, two of which were show horses. Her childhood revolved around her hobby so much that when she was 13 and her parents had to travel for work, she was left with her training coach to live on a farm for a year. “My dad was in I think either

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Young & Gettin’ It
In the practices leading up to the Rams’ first-round playoff match against Queen’s, Cassandra “Ceejay” Nofuente was on crutches. And despite doctor’s instructions not to play for more than for 15 minutes on her torn right calf, the rookie played 33 — scoring 16 points in the 64-86 loss. “I thought that because I made the effort to play with my injury, my team would be motivated and would want the win just as much,” says Nofuente. While playing hurt is difficult, over the years, she’s been able to overcome even greater adversity through basketball. Never knowing her father, at the age of one, Nofuente was also abandoned by her mother — being left in the care of her grandparents. Without parents to look up to, Nofuente found solace in watching her two uncles whenever they were playing at the basketball court. “I always followed them, even when they didn’t want me to,” Nofuente says. “Eventually they taught me how to dribble, to shoot, to do everything. They helped me get to this point, to get to university, and to get all the trophies in my room.” By the time she was in the sixth grade, Nofuente was a certified baller. “I don’t remember much,” she says of her first middle school game. “But I just know that the coach loved me. Everyone loved me.” She went on to be named team MVP that season — much to the chagrin of one of her eighth-grade teammates. “That girl wanted to punch me in my face,” Nofuente says, laughing. She continued that success at the next level — making her high school squad as a freshman. In her senior year at Downsview Secondary School, the name Ceejay became synonymous with elite basketball, with the star point guard averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists per game. Family has always been a top priority for Nofuente, so when she chose Ryerson over other recruiting schools — including Windsor, winners of the previous three national championships — it was to be closer to her grandparents, who she says always gave her the support she needed on and off the court. And though Nofuente’s mother wasn’t around in her youth, basketball has brought them a bit closer together. Her mother even showed up to a few of her games this season. “It’s nice to get to know her again,” says Nofuente. “I see her about once a week now, so I guess things change.” One thing that’s never changed was Nofuente’s knack for success. After averaging 12.6 points. 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in her first season with the Rams, she was named OUA East Rookie of the Year, a second-team OUA All-star, and a member of the CIS All-rookie team.

By Monique Hutson

Being the centrepiece of your basketball program in your rookie season may be nervewracking for some, but for Ceejay Nofuente, it’s nothing. She’s been doing it since day one.




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In just his first season as a Ryerson Ram, Robert Wojcik set himself apart as the go-to guy on the men’s volleyball team, becoming a league leader in major statistical categories and helping the team make the playoffs for the first time in five years. And although Wojcik was born in Toronto, his journey to Ryerson began long before that — when his dad, Mariusz, and Ryerson’s head coach Mirek Porosa were teammates on one of the top Polish pro teams, Posnania Poznan, in the summer of 1983. In the 1980s, volleyball players were given “special rights” that other citizens living in the communist country didn’t have — like being given nice condos all to themselves, while ordinary citizens had to share small apartments with multiple families. “The communist country promoted themselves through sports,” Porosa says. “We were the face of the communist parties.” And while there were perks for athletes, it was a dangerous time to be in Poland, especially when the pro-union political party, the Solidarity, started challenging the communist regime for the first time. “The other citizens were stuck in the country and didn’t have regular freedom rights. The toughest part was when the Solidarity came to power; they blew up the whole city.

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The army came out on the road, they blocked every intersection and there were tanks,” says Porosa. “We were still traveling to the matches during this and the stands were empty.” With all of the political uncertainty and danger, Mariusz and his wife Barbara decided to flee Poland in 1987. With the help of a family friend, they were able to leave for West Germany with an official letter saying they were attending a wedding. “That was a pretty long wedding,” Mariusz says. “Because I didn’t go back to Poland for 20 years.” Mariusz says it felt crazy at the because they only had one suitcase and no plan. He took jobs making chairs and delivering pizza while Barbara worked at a massage parlour. But after their first year in Canada, they attended a half-year full-time English school for immigrants, in hopes to eventually become schoolteachers. Meanwhile, Porosa moved to Toronto in 1988, bringing his family shortly after so that his one-year-old daughter could get a special operation on her knee. While working at a gas station to support himself, he began coaching a local volleyball team.

spent some time together.” When Robert was born in 1993, the Wojciks and Porosas were still good friends, so Porosa met his future star a number of times when he was very young. But once Mirek was hired as Ryerson’s head coach, and Mariusz started teaching and coaching volleyball in Whitby in 1995, the families lost touch. “Everyone went their own ways,” Porosa says. “[We] got jobs somewhere else to pay the bills, so we didn’t touch base for a number of years.”

ing me as a good player.” Wojcik also made many friends while playing in Durham, including his current roommate and Rams teammate, Alex Dawson. “He was my best friend growing up,” Dawson says. “We were all really young and having a lot of fun.” In 2006, Mariusz and Barbara divorced. Wojcik was 13 and about to enter high school, but used volleyball to handle the situation the best he could. Even though he didn’t live with his dad anymore, he was still his coach, so they saw each other quite often. The first time Porosa saw Wojcik play was when he was 16, while scouting players to come to Ryerson. “He was tall and [could jump] higher than most of the guys that age,” Porosa says. “He was more

His fingers were too soft and he couldn’t bounce the ball. But he was very tall and had big feet, which were like fins
As a child, Wojcik’s parents knew he was going to be an athlete. When he was six, he started swimming because he was too young for volleyball. “That was my idea,” says Barbara. “His fingers were too soft and he couldn’t bounce the ball. But he was very tall and had big feet, which were like fins.” It wasn’t until he was 11 that Wojcik finally started playing organized volleyball. He joined the Durham Attack house league team that his dad coached and began to learn his father’s sport. “I always wanted him to play volleyball,” says Mariusz. “I wanted him to go down the same path that I did.” Wojcik’s first few seasons were all about learning how to move the ball, something he found challenging at first. “I grew really fast and was really uncoordinated,” Wojcik says. “I didn’t really know what was happening [on the court]. I was awful, just God-awful.” But he stuck to it and quickly began to enjoy the game, and by the time he was 15, he had become a player to watch. “I started feeling confident, I knew what was happening on the court and I could move the ball wherever I wanted,” Wojcik says. “That’s when people started noticphysical and at the same time, he [had] this killer instinct — so he really [enjoyed] hitting the ball hard.” While at a tournament in Vancouver, Porosa asked Mariusz if Wojcik would be interested in coming to Ryerson. “I told Mirek at [that] time that I would like Robert to play for him,” Mariusz says. “But we [had] two years to go and I didn’t know what Robert would think.” Porosa continued to pursue Wojcik for the next two years, until he was getting ready to graduate and had to decide where to go next. “I left this decision completely to Robert,” says Mariusz. So Wojcik fielded offers from different volleyball programs across Canada, trying to find the right fit. “It’s not like the States where there are big bucks. You would get a couple shirts and they would pay your tuition,” Wojcik says. “But it was always a real ego boost for me.” He narrowed it down to Ryerson and the University of Alberta, but eventually chose the latter. Alberta is consistently one of the top volleyball schools in the country — qualifying for the CIS National Championships in 20 of the previous 21 seasons— and Wojcik wanted the instant chance to win. “My ego kind of wanted me to go there,” he says.

The team reached the CIS final, but lost to Queen’s. Wojcik had enjoyed himself so much that he already paid a deposit for first and last-month’s rent for a house with a friend and left some of his things out west when he went home to Whitby in the summer. But late in the summer, Barbara became sick. Instantly, Wojcik’s decision changed — he wanted to be closer to his family and play for Ryerson. “In August I was like, ‘I just can’t go back.’ Mostly because of my mom,” says Wojcik. “I’m a lot happier here, I feel a lot more confident here and I wanted to stay closer to home.” When Wojcik committed to Ryerson, Porosa was overjoyed. “It was like Christmas — it was magical,” Porosa says. “Any time you get information about a player of his calibre coming, that’s a very exciting time for the program.” Wojcik completed the deal with Ryerson on Aug. 22 and was scheduled to miss the entire season, as CIS rules require transfer students to sit out a year. But he successfully appealed to the CIS and ended up only missing the team’s first two regular season games. And reunited with his childhood friend, Dawson was able to help Wojcik adjust to playing with new teammates. “The team accepted him with open arms,” Dawson says. “After all, he’s a pretty good player.” And no one welcomed him more than team leader Luka Milosevic. Considered the team’s best option at the right-side hitter position, Milosevic moved to middle blocker — where he eventually became an OUA all-star — to make room for Wojcik at his natural position. “As a volleyball player that is really tough to take in and do, so I really respect that a lot,” says Wojcik. “He [has] given up a lot for the team.”

I wanted him to go down the same path that I did
And with the fifth-year Milosevic graduating, Wojcik’s role will become even more prominent than before. “We expect him to make a kill for us and help to win tight games— that is what makes him the face of the program,” says Porosa. And his parents couldn’t be happier for what Wojcik is doing at Ryerson. “I am proud of his achievements,” says Barbara. “And I get to see him play more.”

Communist [countries] promoted themselves through sports. We were the face
Like most people in new places, both Porosa and Mariusz looked for some familiarity but found each other. “We looked for contacts and that’s how we met [in Toronto],” Porosa says. “When my family arrived, we kept in touch and stayed together. We played some beach volleyball and



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rams head West
By Alan Hudes
The Ryerson men’s hockey team is moving to the west division of Ontario University Athletics (OUA), as part of a realignment plan for the 2013-14 season. The realignment was necessary due to the addition of the Laurentian Voyageurs as the league’s 20th team. The Rams will become the only Ryerson varsity team to compete in the west, joining several new divisional opponents including Brock, Guelph, Laurier, Waterloo, Western, Windsor and Lakehead. Rams head coach Graham Wise says the move will benefit his team by dramatically reducing travel with fewer overnight road trips. “We’ll be able to play some more mid-week games,” Wise said, referring to Ryerson’s close proximity to most of the teams in the west. “Those schools, we would probably host on a Thursday night.” The realignment will also unite all three Toronto universities in the same group for the first time since 1986. The Rams will be joined by their downtown rivals, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, in switching to the west division, where the York Lions already play. “It’s big to have U of T (move with us),” said Rams captain Andrew Buck. “Since I got here, that’s the precedent you set, and that’s who you want to beat, no matter what… there’s a pretty heated rivalry there. Hopefully we can develop that same kind of hatred and rivalry for York.” The rest of the realignment sees the Laurentian moving to the East division, alongside Central Ontario rival Nipissing, while Oshawa-based University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) moves from west to east, where it is more geographically suited. The regular season schedule will still consist of 28 games, but the format will be more balanced, much like the one used in OUA basketball. Teams will play two games against their own division and one game versus each squad in the other conference in a full cross-over. The top eight teams out of 10 in both divisions will qualify for the playoffs. Despite leaving tough east opponents behind in McGill and defending champion Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) – who have eliminated the Rams in the opening round of the post-season the last two years – the team doesn’t expect the competition to get any easier. “Now you’ve got to set your mind on Western and Lakehead, and you’ve got to get to that level,” said Buck, of two of the top three teams in the west over the last four seasons. “There’s no team in the whole league that you [should] think is [easily] beatable.”

Daniel Lombardi and the men’s hockey team are moving to the OUA West division.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013



It doesn’t get better than Best
Ever since his junior year of high school, Aaron Best had always kept Ryerson as a potential option for where he wanted to play college basketball — even before coach Roy Rana spoke with him. For Best, choosing a team was about more than prestige: He wanted familiarity and to go somewhere that would give him a chance to make a difference. “[At] Ryerson I had the chance to contribute and... change the culture of what Ryerson basketball is, “Best says. “I wanted to be a part of something big like that.” Best got the number nine ranking for high school prospects by North Pole Hoops and MVP honours in his senior year at Eastern Commerce Collegiate — the same school his current coach Rana used to coach at. The high ranking gave him a lot of praise but also a lot of pressure, since every game was like playing for his career. “You feel like you’re always on edge,” Kevin Jeffers, Best’s high school coach, says. “You feel like every shot is for [your] scholarship.” Best received attention from various NCAA and CIS schools — coaches from the universities of Windsor, Waterloo, Pennsylvania, Eastern Kentucky and Ryerson all came knocking on his door. For three months, Best had campus visits and coach meetings but he says he was surprisingly calm about it and never let the pressure of deciding on a school get to him. “I had my mom with me, so I was pretty relaxed through the whole process,” Best says. “She just wanted me to go where I’d be happy.” Since Best did have the option to go to an Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania, he had considered moving to the United States. But he says that it would have taken the perfect situation for him to move there and he wasn’t able to find that, whereas at Ryerson, he knew he could be happy. “I had a relationship with the

By Michael Grace-Dacosta
his first season due to injury, he led the Rams in scoring in the playoffs during their run to nationals and made the OUA Rookie All-Star team. Now as a second-year business management student, the shooting guard averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game and made the OUA All-Star first team this season. “I remember my high school coach telling me that ‘if you’re going to go somewhere, make sure it’s a good situation for you,’” Best says. “I found a good situation and I’m here.” Best says that when he thinks about it, he honestly can’t imagine playing for any other team, so he has no regrets in choosing the Rams.

coach and I had a relationship with the players on the team, before I even came,” Best says. “It was an easy decision for me.” For a lot of his friends and family, Best says his decision to go to Ryerson came as a huge surprise. He says he was able to see the potential of Ryerson basketball and the Mattamy Athletic Centre, but it took them some time to understand. “If you look around, we probably have one of the best facilities in the country at the university level,” Best says. “It was pretty tough for them to see at the time, but now it’s pretty obvious as to why [I came to Ryerson].” While Best had to miss a third of


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All Eyes on Jahmal Jones
After shocking the #2-ranked team in the nation at the 2012 OUA Final Four and earning a trip to the CIS National Championships, expectations were raised for the Ryerson men’s basketball team in 2012-13. But despite improvements to the roster, a 10-0 start, and impressive wins over elite teams, their efforts ultimately fell short, as they failed to even reach the OUA Final Four — which was hosted at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Still stinging from defeat, team captain and star point guard Jahmal Jones is looking to make up for disappointments and make good on his championship aspirations. And for the face of Ryerson Athletics — now, more than ever — the pressure is on.

By Charles Vanegas

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With less than 10 seconds left, the Rams had the ball in Ottawa’s zone, trailing 70-72. The play was simple — Jahmal Jones, the team’s leader and best playmaker, was to find an open spot, and make a play. Seeing nothing, he drove through the middle. But the tight Gee-Gees defence eliminated any chance of him making a lay-up, so he passed the ball behind him, to Bjorn Michaelsen. Michaelsen jumped, trying to find an open man, but there was no one to pass to. So he landed. Travel. Loss of possession. Game over. “I just told him after the game ‘I’m sorry I put you in that position,’” says Jones. Jones doesn’t have to take the blame. He could attribute the loss to injuries, or the referees’ obsession with calling so many offensive fouls in such an important game, or even the play calling. He could point towards his 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first half and say he was the main reason they were even in that game at halftime (which isn’t incorrect.) But he doesn’t. He doesn’t have that luxury. Outside of friends or classmates, the one varsity athlete that you’ve probably heard of is Jahmal Jones. Since his rookie year, he’s been the go-to-guy, leading the team in points and assists and being named an OUA All-star in every season. And when you go to Rams basketball games, you’ll see a giant portrait of Jones on the wall. “My closest teammates — my brothers, my friends, my family, even coaches, former coaches, they always try to remind me ‘that you’re the face,’” says Jones. “To me, it’s just pictures.” After being a heavily sought-after recruit in his senior year of high school — when he played the entire season with a torn meniscus — Jones came to Ryerson after head coach Roy Rana sold him on the new facility being constructed, and the idea of building a championship contender. “The biggest challenge was to somehow try to put Ryerson on the map as a basketball powerhouse. That was the biggest thing for me,” he says. “You always want to accept the challenge of going somewhere and building it, where you can put your stamp, put your name on it. When you leave here, you want to be able to say you did something that was never accomplished before.” And in just three years, Jones can say he’s done something that’s never been accomplished. After the team advanced to the CIS National Championships for just the second time in team history in 2012, the team got its first win at that level, with a 84-80 victory over Concordia. But with great results come great expectations, and many expected the team — which was only losing one starter — to return to the national tournament in 2013. And while the team finished with their best record in 12 years, the playoff loss to Ottawa meant they wouldn’t get to play in the OUA Final Four — which they were hosting at their new home, the Mattamy Athletic Centre. While Jones says it was difficult to see Windsor, Lakehead and Ottawa — three teams Ryerson had beaten during the season — playing for the Wilson Cup, it was even worse knowing he had disappointed people who were counting on them being there. “You feel like you let a lot of people down, who had it planned,

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who bought tickets in advance. It’s hard to walk around, because you know people were wishing we were [playing],” says Jones. “It just hurt because it was here, and we know that had we made it, how much support we would have gotten — it also be Jones’ responsibility as a team captain to lead them through the pain of defeat, and on to the next level. Rana says Jones best leads by example. “He’s very committed to developing as a player. He’ll do all the things that he’s asked as far as being in the weightroom. He’s responsible, he’s on time, he’s always in the gym doing extra work,” says Rana. “So if you’re an athlete, and he’s your leader, you know you sort of have to mirror his behaviour. But Jones is still improving in other aspects of his leadership. A self-admitted introvert, Jones isn’t always the most vocal guy on the floor, something his coach says he

needs to improve. “It’s everything from readings to conversations,” says Rana. “[But] Jahmal’s very different, so it’s going to be a very different type of leadership.” And while Jones knows the pressure is on him, it’s something he accepts. “I’m never satisfied with anything I do. Basketball, school, video games, whatever. That’s how I am as a person,” says Jones. “If there is [additional pressure on me], I’ll accept it. I want to be the best at anything I do [but] I know there’s going to be times when I fail. [But] pressure is something I put on myself.”

I want to be the best at everything I do [but] I know there’s going to be times when I fail
would’ve been a zoo.” As the point guard, Jones is relied upon to lead the offence and control the tempo of the game. It’ll




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

While universities like to stress that the “student” part of student-athlete comes first, that’s rarely the case for the ones actually playing. OUA All-star Chelsea Briscoe puts her sport first, and is serious about leading the women’s volleyball program to where it’s never been.
Chelsea Briscoe was never supposed to be a Ram. But three weeks before the deadline to apply elsewhere, Laurier — the school she had committed to — suddenly announced they were getting rid of their volleyball team. And for Briscoe, not playing volleyball simply wasn’t an option. So she chose Ryerson. “I would say to my coach that school came first, but if you ask any of the athletes, well no, my sport comes first,” Briscoe says. “Even as a team we know when school comes first and when volleyball comes first.” This season, Chelsea became a firstteam OUA All-star while leading the team to a 14-4 record — the best in team history. While they lost both the semi-final and bronze medal match at the OUA Final Four, Briscoe says it was good for the team to experience what it’s like to play under a lot of pressure and it was also a good mental lesson about awareness for herself. She says she felt “like such an idiot” after the bronze medal match against the University of Toronto because she had watched the ball hit the ground and not even realized that it was the game point. “[I thought] ‘oh my god, that was me who messed up that last point’ or a miscommunication that involved me… we lost.” Briscoe says as a team, they make an effort not to point fingers, but she should have known it was the game point, and that’s an aspect she needs to pay more attention to. Briscoe is serious when she plays — not jumping around or cheering like some of the other girls on the team do. “For the most part I’m not very cheery, more so in our warm up. I give high-fives and stuff, I’ll do that — I’m all for high-fives — but I need to get in the zone because if I’m not in the zone before the game, then it’s going to take six points to get there,” she says. “Once I get going, I’m good.” Briscoe says that even though she’s so intense on the court, she’s actually having a lot of fun while she plays, and sometimes she does join in the noise — when she feels it’s warranted. When the women’s team surpassed their goal of winning three or four games in the first semester long before it was over (they actually won their first five), Briscoe says this added a lot of energy to the team and may have been part of the reason why she was cheering more. She says that having a lot of the same girls on the team that all started at the same time helped because they already knew how to work with each other and build on the previous year. “We have the talent but last year we didn’t do a good job picking teams apart,” Briscoe says. “ [Now] we make teams hate themselves because we don’t let them do the things they want to do and eventually they break down.” She says her coach Dustin Reid has even suggested she use her calm demeanor to help her teammates when they begin to stress and let the pressure get to them. “There’s really only one incident this year where I had to grab someone and say, ‘You need to calm down,’” she says. “If one person’s down it’s like a plague and everyone’s in the dumps.” When they don’t play to their best and allow other teams to win, Briscoe says Reid will run drills that could go anywhere from half an hour to several — depending on their hustle. After the team seemed to give up during a loss in her first year, Reid told the girls that if they wanted to stay on the team, they had to show up at 4 a.m. to do boards — a drill in which you wrap a towel around a two-by-four and have to push it around the gym with your hands. “It’s only you on the court and Dustin’s throwing balls everywhere,” she says. “I cried that night because I was so dead and didn’t want to be there.” Briscoe says having to do that drill was the first time she had ever seen Reid like that since he’s not a “yell-inyour-face kind of guy,” but it worked. “It’s kind of become a tradition,” Briscoe says. “It was a punishment, but now it’s a reminder that we’re not going to be that team [that gives up.]” While they lost in straight sets to both the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto at the Final Four, simply making it there was a big step for the team that will remain full intact for next season. “I think next season is going to be very different… we’re not at the bottom of the barrel anymore so we’ll definitely have to fight because teams are going to expect us to play better,” Briscoe says. “But I think that if we get [back to the Final Four,] the experience will help us know how to react in certain situations and know that it’s another game, but a really important game at the same time.”

Why so serious?


By Shannon Baldwin


Wednesday, March 27, 2013




Ryerson President Sheldon Levy converses with members of the men’s basketball team after their Oct. 20 tilt with Wake Forest.

Levy in the Game
By Sheldon Levy
One of my favourite memories this year is dropping in to the Mattamy Athletic Centre and seeing three hundred kids in pink t-shirts dancing the roof off the building. The Rams were hosting ‘Team Up Against Bullying’ with the Toronto Police Service and Loblaw, and students from six inner-city schools joined us on campus. It was a proud moment knowing we have a very special place. The spectacular grand opening at the Gardens was an unforgettable event and a highlight of our year. We can boast the only NHL Original Six arena that still has ice, and a facility chosen by ESPN for their list of “Top 10 Most Historic North American Stadiums.” But for me the magic of the building is how it turned many teams into one team. In competition, on the podium, in community service, Ryerson has an identity everyone knows. This year, more than ever before, people talked about win-loss records over coffee. The ticket line-up at the box office went all the way back to the front door, as the broader community took ownership of the Rams as “our team.” If you consider the value of Varsity sports as relationships — among student-athletes with parents and family, alumni and fans, the university and city, sponsors and supporters – then this year has seen Rams currency appreciate many times over. The strength of their achievements and their pride at representing Ryerson have made this year a rising star. Earlier this month during March Break, thousands of prospective students and their families descended on the university for ‘Discover Ryerson’ day. The agenda started at the MAC, and there were Rams directing traffic, conducting tours and answering questions. I overheard someone ask “didn’t this used to be…?” Of course, for us all, the answer is “This is our house now.”

Joanna Kolbe captured her third straight gold medal at the OUA Championships.


All Gold Everything
By Charles Vanegas
Last week, Joanna Kolbe was awarded the H.H. Kerr award as the Ryerson Female Athlete of the Year. It was just another feather in the cap for the fencer, who won her third straight OUA gold medal in the individual epee competition. And while Kolbe is a member of the Canadian National team, she isn’t so sure she’d be interested in competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. “It’s so expensive [to train for an Olympics],” Kolbe says. “And they (the Canada Olympic Committee) don’t give any funding, so it’s very difficult.” She also says the competition is much more difficult at the international level, as European nations — such as her native Poland — have much better fencing programs. For now, the third-year computer science student wants to focus on her studies, saying that she once missed a month and a half of school to compete in international competition — something she wouldn’t do again.

Last call: final words from some top seniors
Parvinder Sachdeva, Badminton When you join a team here at Ryerson, you become part of a family, not just a team. These are people that’ll stand behind you no matter what. That was the case with our team. I could always go to them for academic advice, they were always supportive, they always cared about each other. So what happens is that you feel part of something bigger than yourself. And that really motivates you to go ahead in life and do things even beyond the court because you know you have this big family behind you. Afeworki Gebrekerestos, Basketball My plan in the summer was to accept an internship and just work full-time and focus on school, but just my teammates and [the] importance they put on me being on the team — that was just a big deal to me and I felt like I couldn’t let my family down. That game where we got the whole community behind us in Waterloo, Ram-packed with all our fans, all our supporters. With everything we had worked for, that was definitely my best moment. Greg Payne, Hockey I was never the biggest student but hockey definitely helped. It almost made me look forward to school. My biggest moment would have been against UOIT last year... I tied it up with like 10 seconds left in the third the puck just came to me and I put it in and then like a minute into overtime, I stepped on the ice and I let a slapshot go through the goalie’s five-hole. And that was a huge thing for me because I’d never had a hat trick before in OUA, and just to help the team get those two points was massive and just felt amazing.


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Markus Molder has played his last game with the Rams. But it’s tough to leave athletics when it’s a part of your identity
By Gabe Lee

When Rams grow up and move on
No matter how great he or she might’ve been at their sport, there comes a point when every athlete must be humanized. Perhaps the body breaks down, thus rendering it unable to compete against those who are younger, faster and better; or as in Markus Molder’s case, his years of eligibility to play at the university level have run out. That day is one that no athlete trains for. When asked about how he felt as his final games in a Ryerson Rams’ soccer jersey drew closer, Molder took several seconds in silence to collect his thoughts before responding with this: “Five years is a long time. I’ve been playing soccer for Ryerson year after year after year, and it was great, but this time it felt like it was time to move on. I had to write the next chapter of my life,” Molder says. hard tackler, he liked doing head balls, he liked to be in charge, he’s a natural leader, he’s got charisma people will follow. “I think if anything I put him in the right position to succeed, but he worked hard for it.” But Molder gave his coach a little more credit than that. “He taught me to love the position. As a player Ivan turned me into someone who loves the tactical side of the game. I used to love the playground aspect of the game, Ivan taught me to love the school aspect as well.” Joseph not only bestowed his knowledge of strategy and technique upon Molder, he also passed along his passion for teaching the game. In his down time, Molder coaches a youth soccer club in the Yonge and Finch area and he plans to attend teachers’ college, hoping to one day replicate the path that Joseph and his father (who is a professor at Ryerson) blazed before him.

I used to love the playground aspect of the game, Ivan taught me to love the school aspect as well
“You go from being the most important person at the school, the guy who gets athletic therapy provided to him every day and everyone bends over backwards for, but the second that whistle blew and you can’t play one more game for Ryerson… you’re done, you’re not valuable anymore and you become a normal person. So that’s how I felt approaching my last couple games.” The centre back’s last year with the Rams was his best one in terms of individual recognition. He was named an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) first team all-star for the third time in five years and became only the second player in Ryerson history to be named to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) all-Canadian team. However, the season ended in familiar fashion for the Rams, being eliminated in extra time of the OUA quarter finals 6-3 by the Carleton Ravens. It was the third straight year the Rams were eliminated from the postseason in extra time. “When the whistle blew in Ottawa, I was like damn… I would’ve liked it to end at nationals. But then I felt like now I get the chance to start my life as a part of the real world. I’m not a student anymore, I’m not a boy playing soccer, I get

Everyone wants to be the best in their field... but I’d trade all my personal awards for another game for the Rams
Although his playing time at Ryerson has come to an end, Joseph says Rams alumni are always be a part of the program’s family, and Molder is no different. “Whether that’s coming to games, whether that’s sending us recruits, whether that’s through coaching, he’ll always be connected – if we’ve done our job right as a department, and [I as] a coach,” says Joseph. As my interview with Molder drew to a close, he took a picture of a painting of the quad, the epicenter of Ryerson campus, that hangs on the second floor of the Rogers Communication Centre with his Blackberry. My final question to him was why. “I (expletive) love Ryerson. My mom used to be a doctor here, my dad teaches here. Everyone I know here has been connected to the soccer program and my playing days somehow,” he says. “Everyone wants to be the best in their field. It feels good, but I’d trade all my personal awards for another game for the Rams.” But for Molder and Ryerson’s back four, it is time for both to move on.


Markus Molder, Ryerson soccer team’s centre-back, is graduating and leaving the Rams after five years with the team. to be a man now,” he says. A fair amount of athletes struggle to adapt to a world that is no longer so black and white, one that isn’t dictated by wins and losses. Luckily for Molder, he was well prepared Molder considered himself a striker. When Ivan Joseph took over the role of head coach of the men’s team in Molder’s second year, he began to morph Molder’s game as well as his approach to it. sive-mid, and that still didn’t work so then he put me at centre-back,” Molder says. “He has some really natural skill sets,” Joseph says of Molder. “I knew that he could be an all

I felt like now I get the chance to start my life as a part of the real world. I’m not a student anymore, I’m not a boy playing soccer, I get to be a man now
by his coach of four years and athletic director of Ryerson University, Dr. Ivan Joseph. Before coming to Ryerson, “Once Ivan came in, he put me in the midfield, he told me I run like an idiot with his head cut off, so he shifted me to centre defenstar in that position. You look for certain tendencies and he had them all in spades. He was a dominant physical specimen, he was a

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



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You can pretend it doesn’t happen, but we all do it. Victoria Stunt looks into the mysteries of Number Two
You’re sitting at the dinner table and your stomach is cramping — you feel like you’re about to explode. “Excuse me,” you say. This is the third time you’ve left the table. You have to shit again. How embarrassing. But wait, what’s so bad about shit? Anish Sheth studies it. He’s a gastroenterologist, and compares it to a snowflake. “Each bowel movement has a uniqueness that should be regarded with wondrous appreciation. Too often dismissed as useless and malodorous waste, poo has struggled since the dawn of time to receive the respect is deserves,” says the prelude of the book he co-authored, What’s Your Poo Telling You? It sounds silly, but giving your fecal matter the respect it deserves may be more important than you think. Some say feces are the number one indicator of a person’s good or bad health, and that we should take a look in the toilet bowl more often. “It’s one of a few things you can do without a doctor’s help. You can’t do blood work on yourself… but you can look in the toilet,” Sheth told the Daily Mail. Lori Ryan is a nutritionist from St. Catharines, Ont. She says she uses poop to search, find and discover what’s going on in the entire body. It gets all of the carbohydrates, fats, proteins, nutrients, sodium and potassium to all the other parts of the body, she says. Once in the toilet bowl, your stool may indicate diseases like diabetes, colitis, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, liver issues, gallbladder problems and even cancer. If your stool has blood in it, you could have Chron’s disease, an inflammation of the bowels. If it’s a white-ish colour, it could mean you have hepatitis or liver disease. Sometimes prolonged diarrhea is a sign of cancer. The list goes on. If you feel it’s out of the ordinary, Ryan says you should go see a doctor or nutritionist right away. But some people struggle to share what’s going on with their bowel movements with even their doctor. “They think it’s something to avoid speaking about,” she says. Ryan once had a 25-year-old patient who had bloody stool for more than a week before he went to her. “Now why did that young man not go on the first day?” she says. “It’s unfortunate, but… he was embarrassed.” She diagnosed him with colitis, an inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. She says if he had seen her sooner, his recovery would have been much easier. “I believe it’s something that we’re just culturally taught not to discuss. We just… don’t have any interest in sharing with another person and making it common knowledge that we’re not feeling well,” Ryan says. “We’re ashamed, actually.” France’s King Louis XIV would apparently hold official meetings while sitting on the toilet. Although we’re at that point — and maybe don’t really want to be — the taboo around poo is letting up a little. Twitter users are encouraged to tweet while on the toilet with #tweetfromtheseat. Television personality Dr. Oz regularly devotes his shows to educating about feces. There are even apps to keep track of bowel movements, like Poo Log. The app helps record the details of your poo: what the delivery was like, how big it was, the number of particles, how it smelled, the number of times you wiped, and your “postpoo sentiment.” It also lets you time your poops, and graph them. Recording your bowel movements on apps like Poo Log can help you realize whether you’re constipated, or have had loose stools for far too long. When your bowel movements aren’t regular, Ryan says to avoid using products from the drug store to help fix constipation or diarrhea. Instead, she recommends natural remedies. She uses the acronym BRAT: bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast. Eating these foods will help to bind someone up and get rid of diarrhea. If constipation is the issue, she recommends drinking baking soda and water, herbal tea, or water with sea salt every hour. They all help to move fecal matter from the body naturally. Gastroenterologists at the University of Bristol in England developed a chart called the Bristol Stool Chart, that classifies stool into seven types. “A good shape would have the shape of the intestine, which kind of looks like a balloon effect,” Ryan says. “If they haven’t got any indentations, and it’s just very smooth on the outside that’s unhealthy because that means you’re leaving pockets behind of fecal matter.” She says the perfect bowel movement is one that is light to medium brown in colour. If it’s green, you have eaten a lot of green vegetables. If it’s red (and it’s not blood) you have eaten beets. Ryan says there’s a proper way to pass your stool, too. Putting your feet up on a stool can help for an easier delivery. Sitting on the toilet for a long time puts strain on the rectal muscles, which can cause hemorrhoids. “You just spend enough time to eliminate,” she says. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. “Once the bowel movement has been completed, don’t sit there and read. It’s not a place for sitting and reading,” she says. Jokes aside, what you plop into the toilet bowl is serious stuff. So get your feet up, open that app, start tweeting and poop away.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ryerson will turn to students and faculty to weigh in on several options for a new Learning Management System in early April

Students to evaluate Blackboard successors
By Tara Deschamps
Ryerson may be saying goodbye to Blackboard after a week of demonstrations to find a replacement learning management system (LMS). LMS Demo Week will run between April 2 and 9. The event will ask students to evaluate how Blackboard stacks up against the competition. Ryerson adopted Blackboard nearly 10 years ago to allow students online access to course materials, foster group discussions, and check their grades. According to Computing and Communications Services Director Brian Lesser, Blackboard is starting to show its age. He says “people find the user interface clunky, the old virtual classroom is useless, the discussion forum is not good.” The system only recently started integrating features that many expected to be added years ago. “We get instructors calling us and saying, ‘is there an add-on for Blackboard that will give me wikis and blogs?’ and we say, ‘well you know it’s coming in the next edition of Blackboard,’” he says. Professor Kathryn Woodcock agrees that Blackboard has its flaws. “Blackboard has very sluggish response compared to other software,” she says. “It takes forever to load material and input marks.” In addition to disappointing staff and students, the system is also costing the university a lot of money. offerings. Ensuring a new system could handle extensive e-learning functions and users will be key to replacing Blackboard, Lesser says. “Blackboard really has not been a good product for innovation. It does the basic stuff okay, but it hasn’t been something we can customize. We really need a platform that does innovative and interesting things without feeling like Blackboard is getting in the way,” he says. LMS Demo Week will feature an upgraded Blackboard system, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Canvas, Sakai and Open Class. “It’s about thinking about how people work with different tools and how that might impact your user experience,” Lesser says. “Let’s say you see a feature that’s in Desire2Learn, that’s maybe not in Blackboard or Sakai or done differently in those three systems. You can say I like the way it’s done in product x because it has advantages that informs us what to look for.” After LMS Demo Week, Lesser says the replacement search will slow down for the summer. His department will compile opinions and consider hosting surveys and town hall meetings this fall. If they decide it’s time for Blackboard to go, the decision will move

People find the interface clunky, the virtual classroom is useless
Lesser says maintaining Blackboard this year will cost about $220,000 with next year’s projected to ring in at $226,000. In addition to licensing for the system, the university is charged extra for upgrades, special features and mobile compatibility, making Blackboard less cost-effective. “When you’re paying that kind of money you wonder, ‘why do I have to buy things like the mobile component separately when I’m paying for new features and components already?’” Lesser says. While he can’t yet quote a price, he says Ryerson is considering more than money. Ryerson recently joined a provincial government e-learning consortium that pledged more online course

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Canvas’ LMS interface allows students to collaborate over video chat. to a committee including the provost and vice-president of administration and finance. “I used to think that maybe we would be piloting something in the fall but based on delays and demo week this late in the term, the most I would expect is that we may run some pilots in January, but that’s not assured,” Lesser says. At the earliest, he says a new system could be implemented by fall 2014. Ryerson wouldn’t be the first to ditch Blackboard. In January, New York University introduced NYU Classes, a customized system developed through Sakai. Paul Pastore, a columnist for campus news blog NYU Local, said in a column that test-driving the new NYU Classes was “a far cry from the rusty minivan with cat piss-stained seats aura of Blackboard.” He says the new system is more streamlined, offers features like a calendar that keeps track of assignment deadlines and makes navigation easier. “In Blackboard, you would have to go digging to find your course’s syllabus or your grades,” he says. “With [NYU] Classes everything that you need to access is readily available, and no tools are buried within other pages.” Still, Woodcock points out that Blackboard has its advantages. “Blackboard enables a shared portal for links, readings— no more handouts or lists of marks in the hall,” she says. “[It’s] also convenient that Blackboard provides tools for emailing individuals and groups.” Pastore also admits the system isn’t without its charm. He says, “We’re still gonna miss Grandpa Blackboard’s nonsensical interface and vintage Windows ’97 charm. Blackboard’s senility itself was kind of endearing. He always made everything more complicated for no reason, but we had to keep crawling back to him all the same; ultimately we knew deep down that we really loved him.”

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