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Volume 47 - Issue 2

September 11, 2013
Since 1967
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The future Student Learning Centre space was once home to Sam Sniderman’s iconic record store, displaying the record player sign.
By Leah Jensen
and Latifa Abdin
A city council meeting was held on
Tuesday to determine whether Ry-
erson has to honour their promise
to keep the iconic Sam The Record
Man sign on their new Student
Learning Centre (SLC) completing
construction in Winter 2014.
The university bought the Sam
The Record Man lot, located at the
corner of Yonge and Gould Streets,
in 2008 on the terms that it would
preserve the former record shop’s
original signage.
The sign itself went up in the 60’s
and encompasses two spinning,
brightly lit record players on a rect-
angular box.
“That sign is a piece of Toronto,”
Noel Mastine said, a former Ryer-
son Retail Management student.
“A promise is a promise. Ryerson
knew that in order for them to get
that space they needed to keep the
sign, and now they’re just going
back on their word.”
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
has made it clear that the school is
not actually trashing the sign.
“What the media outlets don’t
know is that, along with the side-
walk plaque, we are actually work-
ing with the city to buy another
area to put up the sign,” Levy said.
“That was mentioned in our ap-
plication.” The proposed alterna-
tive, a commemorative placard,
would be installed on the sidewalk
on Yonge Street outside the SLC.
Originally city council had
passed a motion that would pro-
tect the fagship record shop under
the Ontario Heritage Act. Ryerson
wanted the space to build the Stu-
dent Learning Centre and signed
an Easement Agreement to get it.
The deceased shop owner, Sam
Sniderman, “[did] not have an
emotional attachment or a real
strong opinion one way or anoth-
er to keep the signs or not,” said
Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale
city councilor, Kristin Wong-Tam.
Levy agrees.
The Eyeopener was not able to
get in touch with Sam Sniderman’s
son, Bobby.
In an interview with the Toronto
Star, Bobby said quite different. “If
my father was alive today, there
would be no possibility of this tak-
ing place. He would be outraged
by it, and he would be leading the
charge to get the recognition he de-
Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth-
Councillor Paula Fletcher was an-
gry at Ryerson’s move and had en-
couraged people to sign an online
petition to make Ryerson uphold
its end of the bargain.
The petition had over 1000 sig-
natures by the time the city council
meeting began.
Ryerson argued it would be too
diffcult to incorporate the Sam
sign into their design plans and
that it was not fnancially feasible.
“I’m not from Toronto so this
sign doesn’t mean anything to
me. I’m not sure what the fuss is
about,” said Maria Morgan, a
third-year English student.
At the time of print the decision was yet
to be made. Check the for
all updates
By Steven Goetz
City council makes fnal call
Toronto Police found an 18-year-
old man bleeding from a stab
wound in the parking lot on the
northeast corner of Dundas and
Victoria streets shortly after mid-
night on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Police are looking for four sus-
pects in an ongoing investigation.
A map on the Toronto Police
website shows the location of
robberies and break-ins that have
occurred on the Church-Yonge
corridor between July and Au-
gust. The map shows that there
have been a number of street rob-
beries around campus during that
Since the beginning of the
month several violent incidences
have occurred in the area includ-
ing assaults and robberies: a man
was punched and kicked before
being robbed near George and
Dundas; another was punched
after being stripped of his cash
at Yonge and College, and an
18-year-old man was pepper-
sprayed in an attempted robbery
at Yonge and Dundas West; the
list goes on.
Some hit closer to home. On
July 24, a Ryerson student was
found on campus with multiple
stab wounds to the back and
The university and its neigh-
bourhood are served by police
at 51 Division, which covers the
area between Yonge Street and
the Don Valley Parkway south of
Bloor. The division has the sec-
ond largest number of dispatched
calls in the city.
In 2011, 1,440 incidents of
non-sexual assaults reported in
51 Division, with charges laid in
786 of those cases.
The latest Statistics Canada
report shows overall crime rates
in Canada have been on a down-
ward trend since peaking in the
early 1990s, with year-by-year
decreases in the incidence of vio-
lent crime. Toronto has topped
the list with the lowest crime rate
for the sixth year in a row.
Const. Wendy Drummond, a
police spokesperson, assures stu-
dents and faculty that recent inci-
dents do not suggest an increased
risk and police are working close-
ly with Ryerson security to ensure
safety on campus. Drummond’s
suggests travelling in groups, es-
pecially at night; if something
feels wrong, go to a populated
place or call someone to tell them
where you are.
Internationally acclaimed Perkins+Will designing Church Street Development
Ryerson Announces New Building Architects
By Farah Mustafa
Ryerson University President Shel-
don Levy announced last week that
Perkins+Will will be the architects
designing the Church Street Devel-
opment at 300 Church St.
As part of Ryerson’s Master
Plan, the Church Street Develop-
ment (CSD) will be a multipurpose
building providing additional fa-
cilities for the Daphne Cockwell
School of Nursing, the School of
Nutrition, the School of Occupa-
tional and Public Health and the
Midwifery Education program.
In addition to these four pro-
grams, about 250 student residence
spaces will be created to meet Ryer-
son’s goal of 2,000 spaces by 2020.
“Perkins+Will is a terrifc frm
with depth of experience in post-
secondary design and health sci-
ences design. They are a leader
in sustainable design,” said Julia
Hanigsberg, Ryerson’s vice presi-
dent of administration and fnance,
in a written statement.
Hanigsberg said the programs
the CSD will house are “a key
academic priority area for Ry-
erson: health sciences” which
Perkins+Will are specialized in.
Jon Loewen is the design
lead for the Ryerson project at
“One of our big focuses for
Perkins+Will is sustainability and a
big part of sustainability is not only
doing very dense projects that are
well located in terms of transit and
other factors, but it’s [about] bring-
ing together a mix of uses that are
mutually benefcial,” Loewen said.
According to Hanigsberg, the
CSD will provide several new fea-
tures the current buildings lack.
Amongst these features are simula-
tion suites and labs.
The CSD is part of Ryerson’s
Master Plan announced in 2006 by
Levy where he outlined three goals
for Ryerson: urban intensifcation,
the pedestrian-ization of Ryerson’s
campus and a commitment to de-
sign excellence.
Achieving the plan comes at a
The future construction zone is currently a parking lot.
cost of $84 million for the aca-
demic portion of the CSD project.
The province is covering most of
this cost. In 2011, the McGuinty
government announced spending
$56.4 million in a health sciences
building at Ryerson.
“In everything we build we need
to focus on design excellence and
putting people frst,” Hanigsberg
said. “We have committed to
increasing our number of resi-
dence spaces and that will be a key
on-going priority. We have
pressing needs for our Faculty of
Science for which we are actively
“We need longer term solutions.
Finally, sustainability has to be
built into everything we design and
Perkins+Will are currently
in their predesign phase where
they will consult with administra-
tors and faculties on a sustainable
design. The building will open
in Fall 2018.
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Ryerson Safety 101
How safe is our campus? Well
that’s a trick question.
Located in the heart of down-
town Toronto and sandwiched
between the always-busy Eaton
Centre and the less-than-desirable
George and Jarvis streets neigh-
bourhood, Ryerson’s campus
faces a situation that is unique to
most university campuses.
We cannot control who comes
on campus. Not now, not in the
future, not ever.
Campus security does a good
job of patrolling the grounds
after dark, but the reality of the
situation is that they can’t be ev-
erywhere at once. So, with what
little space I have, here are a few
quick tips that could save your
life (seriously).
Blue Poles: I know this may
be redundant for most returning
students, but everyone on cam-
pus should know where the blue
poles are located. In case of emer-
gency they allow you to contact
security on the fy.
Walk Safe program: This ser-
vice provides students with a se-
curity escort 24 hours a day to
any location on campus, to the
Dundas subway or to a number
of parking lots off campus:
Read Security Alerts: You know
those annoying e-mails that spam
your inbox every week? If you
take the time to read them then
you’ll be more aware of where
the “trouble spots” on campus
PHOTO: CHarles Vanegas
5 Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
FCAD wants more
Students in the Faculty of Communication and Design
are attempting to form a seperate society from the RSU
By Michael Chen
A committee of student leaders
within the Faculty of Communi-
cation and Design (FCAD) want
to form a new student society at
Ryerson University.
The 10 FCAD students behind
the proposed “Ryerson Com-
munication & Design Society
(RCDS)” will present their pro-
posal to the Ryerson board of
governors Sept. 30.
“If the proposal is passed, a
referendum could happen around
November,” said Cormac Mc-
Gee, a third-year journalism stu-
dent and a member of the steer-
ing committee.
Student leaders met over the
summer with university admin-
istration including Ryerson Presi-
dent Sheldon Levy, FCAD Dean
Gerd Hauck and Vice Provost of
students Mark Atia, to discuss
the possibility of creating a stu-
dent society for FCAD.
“The proposed society would
‘simulate a level of career devel-
opment and relationship build-
ing’ for undergraduate students
that is possible only after gradua-
tion,” said Janakan Srimirugan, a
project manager for the proposed
McGee added that there is not
enough connecting between stu-
dents in FCAD programs and
that that’s detrimental to learn-
“The proposed society would
change that. Film students with
fourth-year projects can be con-
nected to theatre students and
photography students with little
Faculty of Communication and Design students during the annual Parade and Picnic.
PHOTO: NaTalia balCerzak
She adds that in the past,the RSU
has reached out to students through
their course unions to run events
such as a barbeque last August and
the showcase of FCAD student art-
work in Oakham House.
Levy stated that he is supportive
of students forming their own so-
“I’ve seen the beneft it has had
with the Ted Roger’s School of
Management and if this is as suc-
cessful as Ted Roger’s then they
will be able to put on a lot of great
events,” said Levy.
A proposal will be sent to the
Board of Governors in the fall
for approval. Once approved, the
students will get to vote on the
change. In the past, referendums
were passed successfully to create
business management and engi-
neering societies.
McGee believes that this is a
huge opportunity. “There is no link
right now. It’s missing and we can
create that connection.”
experience in set design can be con-
nected to theatre production stu-
dents,” said McGee.
Melissa Palermo, president of
the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
said that she heard FCAD students
wanted to create their own soci-
ety and stated “it’s not something
Palermo also said that if students
want to take the initiative and ap-
proach the RSU there could be
more faculty-focused projects. “It
would be best for FCAD students
to discuss any new structure in
collaboration with the students’
union,” said Palermo.
“We do support students orga-
nising themselves and taking their
own initiatives.”
Ford frenzy hits Rye
By Halla Imam
Editors at The Toronto Star and
The Globe and Mail appeared at
an Ontario Press Council hearing
Monday to defend their stories
about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
and his brother Doug’s alleged
drug use.
In May, Toronto Star reporters
Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doo-
little, wrote a story that alleged
the two had seen a video of the
mayor smoking what appeared
to be crack cocaine. A couple of
weeks later The Globe and Mail
ran a story that focused on Doug’s
alleged drug ties in the city.
Rob and Doug have denied the
allegations made by both publica-
The hearing was held in the en-
gineering building at Ryerson and
questioned the journalistic ethics
of both outlets after concerned
readers fled complaints.
If the council fnds either pub-
lication guilty of unethical report-
ing, they will be forced to print
this decision in their respective
Editors appeared in front of
three council members to protect
their stories, defend their report-
ing and use of anonymous sources.
“This story is defamatory, but
it’s not false,” said Toronto Star
Editor-in-Chief Michael Cooke.
Shortly after 10 a.m., The Star
defended reporting they had seen
a video, which was viewed on an
iPhone, of Mayor Rob Ford alleg-
edly smoking crack cocaine.
Cooke also argued the paper
had made multiple attempts to di-
rectly contact the mayor, his chief
of staff and family. Cooke said he
believes it was in the interest of the
public to publish the story.
“There was no doubt in our
minds that the mayor of Canada’s
biggest city was in front of a crack
house alongside gun and drug
dealers. This surely affects the wel-
fare of citizens; it is surely in the
public’s interest,” said Donovan.
The panel asked whether or not
irresponsible or unethical journal-
ism had taken place by looking at
three main questions: whether the
Ford family was given fair notice
and opportunity to respond to
the reports; whether their sources
were valid and whether the stories
were serving public interest.
Rob alluded specifcally to The
Toronto Star and has claimed to
be the centre of an unfair smear
“We do not have a personal
vendetta against Rob Ford,” said
Cooke. “I tell you now, with great
emphasis, that the story is true,
every word of it.”
Shortly after 1 p.m. the second
hearing began. The Globe and
Mail editor-in-chief, John Stack-
house also defended his paper’s
The Globe’s story used entirely
anonymous sources and had fo-
cused on Doug’s alleged drug
News reporter Sinclair Stewart
argued that not publishing the
story would “have been socially
and journalistically irresponsi-
ble,” despite using all anonymous
“The Supreme Court of Can-
ada outlines that some form of
legal protection between journal-
ists and their sources are required.
Our use of anonymous sources
was necessary as it ultimately
served in the public interest,” said
Neither the mayor nor his
brother were present for either
hearing despite having been invit-
ed by the Ontario Press Council.

This story is defama-
tory, but it’s not false
If this is as successful
as Ted Rogers then
they will be able to
put on a lot of events
The Ontario Press Council meeting was held in ryerson’s Sear’s atrium.
PHOTO: aNgela HeNNeSSy
Two Toronto newspapers faced ques-
tions from Ontario Press Council
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Eating on a budget
Cheap, good cafeteria meals may still be out of reach
By Debbie Hernandez
Brick Road
Despite its $25,000 price tag, Ry-
erson’s brightly painted intersec-
tion is not here to stay.
Part of a $5.8 million campus
makeover project approved in
2008, the painting of Gould and
Victoria streets is only one of many
beautifcations coming to campus.
A total of 75 banners have been
installed at various intersections at
“The pedestrian area surface
was painted last month as a tem-
porary measure to improve the
look of the space after the road
surface was torn up and poorly
patched over the summer,” says
Janet Hercz, executive director
at the offce of the Vice President
Administration and Finance.
The bridge between Kerr Hall
East and the Rogers Communi-
cation Centre has also been cov-
ered with the Ryerson University
emblem and its eight supporting
poles now embrace the school
colours. Future changes include
aesthetic renovations to student
lounges and classrooms.
Some students have taken to
Soapbox, Ryerson’s platform for
sharing student ideas, to express
A comment reads: “An entire
street painted in mostly eye-goug-
ing wizard-of-Oz yellow is highly
embarrassing to all ryerson stu-
While some of the changes go
unnoticed and others, like the yel-
low brick road, are widely criti-
cized, some students are glad for
the makeover.
“You get the sense you’re on
campus because of the bright co-
lours,” says Greg Hanna, second-
year journalism student.
The makeover is only one part
of what offcials are calling the
“master plan”, which hopes to
create a pedestrian-friendly space
on campus with more buildings to
house students and research.
Funding doesn’t come from the
student pocket, but is instead part
of the university’s operating bud-
Trying to get a meal on campus
for $5? Unless you have a loaded
OneCard or get a small serving
size, it’ll probably be hard to pull
Despite the Ryerson Today
news bulletin sent out on Sept. 6
declaring that $5 student meals
were being introduced at the
three campus cafeterias at Pitman
Hall, the International Living and
Learning Centre and The Hub in
Jorgenson Hall, The Eyeopener
found that purchasing a satisfying
meal for $5 or less was diffcult, if
not impossible, to do.
Over the past week, The Eye or-
dered four different meals at dif-
ferent times throughout the day
from the three campus eateries.
Although there were a handful of
items listed on the menu for $5 or
less, those prices did not include
tax, which is not charged to stu-
dents paying for their food with
their OneCards. With tax includ-
ed, however, the cost of the meal
was driven to higher than $5.
Additionally, The Eye found
that the selection of meals that
$5 for people with special dietary
needs, particularly vegetarians
and vegans, was limited. Non-
meat options were mainly snacks
like yogurt or couscous cups, and
meals not containing meat largely
consisted of different kinds of sal-
ads. The Eye only found one, a
Caesar salad, that met our budget.
The cafeterias also had diffcul-
ty consistently providing “freshly
By Hania Ahmed
^ Stir-Fry Chicken with Brown Rice and
Soy Sauce, $4.69
Pros: Large portion with fresh, crisp
vegetables and lots of chicken pieces
Cons: Bland overall.
^ Caesar Salad, $3.49
Pros: Vegetarian, good for a light meal.
Cons: Fist-sized portion; a larger serving
is cheaper at Metro.
^ Big Breakfast, $4.49
Pros: None. You’re better off going
anywhere else.
Cons: Food was either rubbery or too
chewy. Eggs were especially bad.
^ Grilled Hamburger with Toppings and
Large Fountain Pop, $4.99
Pros: Fresh tomatoes, lettuce and bread,
and the patty is actually grilled fresh.
Cons: Patty was on fre during cooking
and ultimately burnt.
made, seasonal and wholesome
meals” as stated in the bulletin.
Based on observation, the quality
of the ingredients and the portion
sizes varied greatly in the meals
The Eye sampled. For example,
the chicken stir-fry had a fresh
variety of vegetables, generous
portions of meat served on top
of brown rice and the amount
of food was competitive for the
price. However, most of the “Big
Breakfast” lacked in both taste
and texture – the hash browns
were extremely chewy, bacon and
scrambled eggs were rubbery and
the sausage had a cardboard-like
The $5 meals and promises of
a variety of fresh food are parts
of an initiative to revamp food
on campus by Ryerson’s new
food service provider Chartwells.
Chartwells took over Ryerson’s
cafeterias after a two-decade-
long partnersip between the
school and American corporation
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8 Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
Students showed their spirit with signs, bandanas, t-shirts and more — including a horse head mask — as they marched along Yonge Street during this year’s parade.
In the pit at Parade and Picnic
After a lively procession up Yonge Street, Ryerson students focked to the Mattamy Athletic
Centre for the Ryerson Students’ Union’s annual frosh-ending event. Here’s what you missed
A lesson in swag from the man of
the hour
Toronto-born rapper Kardi-
nal Offshall ran on stage amidst
a furry of air horns, sporting an
aqua-coloured shirt that perfectly
complemented the stage’s tur-
quoise lights.
The entrance was almost ruined
when Offshall’s hype man mis-
takenly shouted, “What school
is this? U of T?” But the crowd
vengefully bounced and cheered,
causing the foor to shake when
Offshall performed “Beautiful,”
a former Top 40 hit that usually
features singer Akon.
A show of hands displayed that
a majority of the audience had
never been to a Kardinal Offshall
concert before. “Wow, we have to
break that college cherry,” the rap-
per vowed — a promise fulflled
when he taught the audience how
to do a “Jamaican gun salute.”
An artist too cool for vowels
Though his set was quieter and
less energetic than his predeces-
sor’s, JRDN was a hit with the la-
dies of Ryerson. It was clear from
the screams of hormonal teen girls
— “You’re hot!” among them —
as he strutted on stage.
While his songs elicited no-
ticeably short-lived bouts of fst

pumping, his hit single, “Magic,”
managed to coax an excited re-
sponse from the crowd, as did “U
Can Have It All” with its sing-
along chorus.
But let’s be honest, the crowd
would have appreciated his per-
formance a whole lot more if he
had just taken his shirt off.
Karmin’s onstage foursome
With their frst two numbers,
“Acapella” and “Hello,” Karmin
— the duo of Amy Heidemann
and Nick Noonan — flled every
nook and cranny of the MAC with
their powerful voices (even if the
venue was only half full).
“I didn’t know how big of
a party this was going to be,”
Heidemann laughed, wearing an
all-orange ensemble that nobody
else — apart from her sidekick, of
course — would have been able to
pull off. “I didn’t bring my party
They invited four lucky fans on-
stage to help them perform Chris
Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” their
most popular YouTube cover.
“We’ve never had a foursome on
stage before!” joked Noonan.
After a lengthy and speedy rap
verse that could have put Busta
Rhymes to shame, Heidemann
crouched down at the front of the
stage, shaking the hands of any
students she could reach. “Thank
you for listening to our YouTube
covers. Without you, we wouldn’t
have a music career.”
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Jake Gyllenhaal
makes an appear-
ance at the Ryerson
Theatre for the
premiere of
Enemy. Check next
week’s issue for full
Toronto Interna-
tional Film Festival
coverage, including
reviews, interviews
and photos. Check in
the meantime for all
your TIFF needs.
9 Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
The Eyeopener’s back-to-school fashion guide
Forget Vogue’s 902-page September issue. We asked two Ryerson students to pick out university life’s
four essential styles at Queen Street West’s Black Market Vintage Clothing, where everything is $10
“I like this outfit because it’s comfortable,
simple and very light. I like that it’s a lot
like something my mom used to wear. I
think I might actually buy this shirt.”
“I like that it’s a professional look but
still looks young. The white contrasts the
blacks, and I like the pop of red. I would
wear something like this to work.”
“This outfit is very warm. It reminds me
of the style in Denmark. Danes never look
like they’re trying too hard—like they just
rolled out of bed but look great anyway.”
“This is the kind of thing that I would wear
after a night out drinking. The t-shirt is
funny; I might actually wear it outside. But
the other items are strictly for the house.”
The everyday look The late fall look The classy look The hungover look
Exploring the meaning of the veil
The Wandering Veil, an exhibition by photography student Leila Fatemi, opens with a
reception at the IMA Gallery on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m., and runs until Sept. 28.
She stands alone among the trees
in a forest; amid a field of canola;
on a beach, the horizon and the
sky stretching out before her, wide
and full. Her clothed figure is se-
rene, seemingly at peace.
Leila Fatemi, a practicing Mus-
lim and fourth-year photography
student at Ryerson, explores ideas
of tranquility, freedom, serenity
and isolation in her exhibition,
The Wandering Veil. Each photo-
graph in the series — on display
now at the IMA Gallery on Spa-
dina Avenue — depicts Fatemi as a
lone figure, shrouded in a pristine
white prayer veil, the Chador, situ-
ated in beautiful natural surround-
“Through this project, I’m ex-
ploring what the veil embodies,”
Fatemi says. “It’s something that
is subjective and means differ-
ent things to different people at
different points in their life... It’s
something that I’m still struggling
to understand myself, and that’s
partly why I created this series. I’m
trying to understand my relation-
ship with [the veil].”
Throughout the series, Fatemi
attempts to disconnect the veil
from ideas of oppression and
strives to remove political associa-
tions by allowing the veiled figure
to stand for herself in her own
world. While each image is quiet,
serene and unassuming, there is
an intense feeling of privacy that
comes with each one.
“Ultimately, it is about the peace
and tranquility that comes with
the practice,” Fatemi says.
The series began as a third-year
class project. At the urging of sev-
eral professors and friends, she
submitted her work to the IMA
Gallery, a student and faculty–run
facility formerly known as the Ry-
erson Gallery.
While she is no stranger to ex-
ploring religious subject matter
through art — her previous work
also focuses on religion — Fatemi
says it feels strange to have such
personal work on public display.
“It’s [hard] being both the artist
and a vital part of the project,” she
says. “Even talking about it is still
something that I struggle with.”
For each photograph, Fatemi
explains she focused on picking a
landscape that she found reflective
of her life at that moment. Beach-
es, waterfalls, fields and cliffs are
only a few of the locations chosen;
the only constant is that all are lo-
cated in the GTA.
“Growing up in Toronto has
definitely shaped who I am in
many different aspects — how I
identify myself and who I am in
society,” says Fatemi.
The photographs seem to lend
a sense of empowerment to the
veiled figure and explore the line
between the veil’s political conno-
tations and its spiritual meaning.
With the stunning images cap-
tured and displayed in the exhibi-
tion, Fatemi analyzes what the veil
means to her. What she leaves the
viewer is raw, haunting beauty.
Fourth-year student examines her personal relationship
with the Muslim prayer veil in photography exhibition
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A new era of Rams
10 Wednesday, Sept.11, 2013
Kicking his cleats in the dirt, Ben
Rich walks back and forth with a
gleeful smile on his face.
Though it’s his team’s frst regular
season in the league and his players
are visibly nervous, Rich is talking
to fans through the chain-link fence
and joking around with the players.
“I remember he would make
fun of [me] and everyone would
start laughing about it, and then
I would say something about him
and everyone would start laughing
at it,” said Rams outfelder Nathan
It’s the way that Rich, head coach
and visionary of the Rams, ap-
proaches any game of baseball, no
matter how big or small.
“Emotions were running pretty
high for everybody,” said Rich.
“But the key for the coaches was
to keep players’ emotions in check
because regardless if it’s our frst or
second exhibition game, this is the
same game we’ve played before.”
After Rich calmed his players
down, they went out and per-
formed, defeating the Guelph
Gryphons 4-3 last Friday in the
program’s frst-ever offcial varsity
“Nobody expected big things
from us, but beating the Guelph
Gryphons, who were the second-
best team last season, really sends
a message,” said second baseman
Mark Tari, who scored the winning
run for the Rams.
“For us to step in and play a
really good game was really surpris-
ing to a lot of people.”
The resiliency of the Rams was
on full display. They rallied down
2-1 to take the lead in the ffth in-
ning and eventually scored the win-
ning run in the ninth inning after
Guelph tied it up at three in the
“The team has really rallied
around building a program from the
ground up and they really get along
well,” said Rich. “Even though it’s
been a very strong chemistry from
the get-go, it’s pretty incredible of
how well they’ve unifed.”
The idea to create a new team
was pitched by Rich last year and
the vision became reality last Janu-
ary when Ryerson Athletics gave
it the green light. After weekend
training sessions throughout the
summer for those that were give
conditional spots on the team,
the fnal roster was announced at
the end of last month.
“We have to have a strong
attitude as a team and a good sense
of character and work-ethic,” said
Two practices, two exhibition
games and one league game later,
the Rams seem to have bought into
his game plan.
PHOTO: Jenelle Seelal
The Ryerson Rams baseball team played their frst-ever varsity game last Friday.
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in reality, all of this is available
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Universities such as the Massa-
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Some believe MOOCs will tear
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and welcome those who cannot
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death knell for university life as
we know it.
However, Ryerson has no
plans to create MOOCs or join
a MOOC start-up site, said Ry-
erson’s Vice Provost Academic
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“Currently there seems to be
no effective way to offer these
types of courses other than for
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MIT and Harvard spent $30
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Despite their popularity,
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edX claims to have one million
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437 courses.
“At any time there are typical-
ly thousands of students enrolled
in a single MOOC, so this will
inevitably have an effect on the
quality of the class,” said Nan-
cy Walton, Ryerson’s e-learning
director. “It’s tough to feel con-
nected to other learners in a
10,000 person classroom.”
The platforms are often used
by students and employees who
need to brush up on a skill or
learn a new one quickly, Walton
Brian Lesser, director of Ryer-
son’s computing and communi-
cations services agrees.
“MOOCs are an interesting set
of experiments where the normal
student supports, like being able
to talk directly to a professor, is
removed because of the poten-
tially massive number of partici-
pants,” he said. “Without those
supports I don’t think the cur-
rent crop of MOOCs represent a
complete system of learning and
Still, MOOCs can be revolu-
tionary learning tools, Walton
“One area where MOOCs
could be indispensible is in devel-
oping countries,” she said.
“They could empower people
who otherwise might not have
access to universities halfway
around the world, or even those
a few hours away. If they do have
Internet access, they can enroll
in and take a MOOC online for
free, developing skills and build-
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t was late August and Kyle* was
working at the Leon’s Furniture
Canada head offce. It was a
decent part-time job in customer
service and it allowed him to save
up some money for his second year
at Ryerson. During a phone call
with a particularly dull customer,
the second-year business manage-
ment student decided to check his
email and saw one from a Ryerson
accounting professor. Clicking on
it, he couldn’t believe what it said.
He began to get nervous, his voice
wavered as he spoke to the cus-
tomer: he was being charged with
academic misconduct.
In June, Kyle had posted an ad
on the free classifeds site Kijiji of-
fering to sell test banks (collections
of possible questions that could
be asked on an exam) for vari-
ous courses at Ryerson. He didn’t
create the test banks, but simply
downloaded them off Facebook
and re-posted them for sale to
make some extra money over the
“I honestly had no idea it was
against policies,” Kyle wrote in an
email. “Everyone sells test banks,
so I thought it was fne. Profes-
sors would even hint at getting test
banks to help for the exams.”
But the university disagreed. Kyle
met with the accounting professor
and a facilitator from Ryerson’s
Academic Integrity Offce, who
grilled him as to why he decided
to sell the test banks and where he
found them. They also explained
that he could be suspended or even
expelled, all because he tried to
make a few bucks.
“In cases where a student has
received two [disciplinary notices],
the Academic Integrity Council will
normally convene an automatic
hearing to consider possible disci-
plinary suspension of the student,”
writes Giselle Basanta, director of
the Academic Integrity Offce, in an
email. “In those rare cases where
a student has received three, the
council may consider imposing a
disciplinary withdrawal or expel-
ling the student from the Univer-
e all hear of test banks
being sold and traded
around school and
they can present a bit of a grey area
for students. Is it really cheating
if you’re just looking at possible
questions? Ryerson administration
seems to think so.
The university lifestyle can def-
nitely be a very stressful one. As
the work piles up and deadlines get
closer and closer, the opportunity
to cut corners can be tempting, es-
pecially when it will free up a cou-
ple of hours for sleep or relaxation.
But if Ryerson is watching online
for something as minor as selling
test banks, the question comes to
mind — what else are they looking
out for?
At Ryerson, the policies sur-
rounding academic integrity and
misconduct are formulated by the
Senate – a body of 51 elected rep-
resentatives made up of faculty,
librarians, students and alumni, as
well as 18 members of the admin-
istration who are included because
of the positions they hold at the
They are in charge of the Student
Academic Code of Conduct, which
is currently under its annual review.
Under the code, there are six basic
types of academic misconduct that
you can be charged with.
The frst is violating specifc de-
partmental or course requirements,
which any professors can add to
their course outlines to ensure aca-
demic integrity. Next is violating
departmental policies on profes-
sional behaviour, so try to keep
yourself calm, cool and profession-
al in class.
The third possible charge is for
unauthorized copying or use of
copyrighted materials. This one is
pretty simple — don’t use a large
portion someone’s professional
work without asking them. Then
there’s the damaging, tampering
or interfering with the scholarly
environment charge. This covers
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two rules: don’t mess with other
students’ work or your professor’s
The ffth infraction you can be
charged for is contributing to aca-
demic misconduct. While it’s easy
to say we shouldn’t send our work
to friends because it isn’t fair that
they get to just copy off us, it’s now
seen as a serious misconduct.
The fnal charge that can be laid
against you is academic dishon-
esty. This is by far the most com-
mon charge because it covers a
wide range of the most tempting
offences, including: plagiarism,
cheating, misrepresenting your per-
sonal identity or performance and
submitting false information.
While these are the infractions
written in the policy, the Senate
makes it clear this is not an ex-
haustive list. So, don’t think you’re
safe just because you’ve thought of
something ingenious that’s not on
There are, then, four basic pun-
ishment types when charged with
academic misconduct. The least se-
vere, and most common, is receiv-
ing a disciplinary notice on your
academic record. It stays on until
you graduate (or until you hit eight
years in your program, whichever
comes frst) and usually comes with
a supplementary punishment, like
the essay Kyle had to write.
The next step up is a disciplinary
suspension, where the Senate Ap-
peals Committee decides on how
long you will be banished from Ry-
erson. This can be anywhere from
one term to two years. Once you’ve
served your sentence, you are au-
tomatically reinstated into your
The third rung on this ladder is
a disciplinary withdrawal, where
you can’t take any classes at Ryer-
son for two years. After this period,
you are not allowed back into your
program but can apply to any other
The fnal and most extreme pun-
ishment is expulsion. This is pretty
straightforward — hit the showers
early kid, you’re outta here.
“Expulsions are extremely rare,”
writes Basanta. “Very few students
have been expelled from Ryerson
and only for what I would assume
to be the most egregious examples
of academic misconduct.”
Unfortunately, according to the
Academic Integrity Offce, Ryerson
does not publish its suspension or
expulsion statistics.
After you’ve been charged with
an offence you will have a meeting
with a professor and/or someone
from the Academic Integrity Offce
for a chance to plead your case be-
fore a decision is made.
Third year new media student
Stacy* was sitting in a meeting like
this just over a year ago, at the end
of her second semester at Ryerson.
Her professor for her intro to
media for experience design course
accused her and her group mates of
copying a code to create their fnal
project, a short electronic game.
“He showed us another code
that was a slight variation on the
one we had created. He though we
stole it,” she explains. “The two
codes coincidentally had the same
structure but that was it. We knew
we didn’t steal the code.”
But their protests could not con-
vince the professor, and they were
all charged with violating the Aca-
demic Code of Conduct. They each
received a zero on the assignment
and a Disciplinary Notice on their
“I’ve never had anything on my
record, so it was really upsetting,”
says Stacy. “But we were so re-
lieved we didn’t fail the course that
we decided to just move on.”
ive excruciatingly long days
after he was charged, Kyle
learned he would not be
kicked out of school. The Academic
Integrity Offce sympathized with
his apparent ignorance, and hand-
ed down a less severe punishment.
He had to take an academic integ-
rity quiz, retrying until he achieved
a perfect score, and then write an
800-word essay on personal integ-
rity and ethics — a pretty light pun-
ishment for his infraction.
“In cases where there is a fnd-
ing of academic misconduct, the
minimum penalty assigned by an
instructor is an integrity tutorial or
workshop,” Basanta writes. “Then
the spectrum moves to a recom-
mendation for disciplinary suspen-
sion, withdrawal or expulsion.”
Kyle will also have a Disciplin-
ary Notice placed on his academic
record until he graduates, showing
that he has been charged with a
misconduct. If he ever gets in trou-
ble again, the punishment is guar-
anteed to be much more severe.
Kyle is also ready to move on. He’s
just relieved it’s over and while he’s
not happy with the disciplinary no-
tice, he knows it could have been a
lot worse.
A quick Google search for “Ry-
erson test banks” brings up a hand-
ful of Facebook groups, Kijiji and
Craigslist posts, a blog and even
a sub-topic on Reddit boasting
to have all the answers. It’s prob-
ably just a matter of time before
the people behind them receive an
email from the Academic Integrity
* names have been changed
If you’ve ever taken a Ryerson class, chances are you’ve
heard all about academic integrity. But what happens to
students who walk the line between integrity and expul-
sion? Cormac McGee explores Ryerson’s criminal side
I’ve never had any-
thing on my record, so
it was really upseting
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You will never know whether you
got the shakes from all that booze
or from all that caffeine.
There is no honour in eating
something you didn’t kill, or kill-
ing something you won’t eat.
Start a cult to bring people hope.
But end the cult and you will bring
them truth.
Your clothes are far from clean and
people are starting to talk. That fab-
ric freshener isn’t fooling anyone.
New business ventures will prove
fruitful. But your only choices will
be pineapple or tomato.
Tip your server before the food
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My father could totally kick your
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which means somebody is getting
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The only way you will feel whole
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No matter how many times you
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Your wallet is in your jacket, your
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To win, be one of the
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