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Ryerson a Changemaker campus
By Jackie Hong
Ryerson has become the first Canadian university to be named a Changemaker campus by Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, the university announced in a press release Wednesday morning. “Innovation is in our DNA… We look forward to working with our partners in the Changemaker network,” Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said in a media release. The Ashoka U Changemaker Campus designation is awarded to universities around the world who have made exceptional progress in social innovation education. To be declared a Changemaker Campus, schools must form a team and submit an application to Ashoka. After multiple interviews and evaluations of a school’s social innovation projects, a panel of international judges select the best schools to receive the designation. Ryerson’s vice president of research and innovation Wendy Cukier, who led Ryerson’s application, said that the numerous projects that exist on campus like the Loodariak Maasai Women’s Beading Collective, RyePRIDE, HitSend and Bioniks Laboratories were the reason that Ashoka chose Ryerson for the designation. Many of the projects got their start at the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), Ryerson’s entrepreneurial hub. “The extent [of Ryerson’s] innovation and experiential learning [and how it] connects with community and outside organizations embedded across Ryerson... There really and truly are very few institutions that compare with us in that regard,” Cukier said. Ashoka’s judges agreed. “Ryerson’s unique ‘learning zone’ model of education... [is] an exemplary experiential learning model that encourages creative, systems-wide thinking in students,” Ashoka Changemaker Campus director Michele Leaman said in a media release. Although the entire application and evaluation process usually takes two years, Ryerson’s team of 16 faculty members and students completed it in three months. An Ashoka application costs “a few thousand dollars,” Cukier said, and the university receiving the Changemaker designation must also pay a one-time membership fee, but Cukier said it was a worthy investment. Ashoka helps to organize programs at its Changemaker campuses to further drive social innovation, which Cukier said will bring in more funding for Ryerson. “When you build these sort of

News Bites
Justin Trudeau drops by TRSM
Federal Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau dropped by the Ted Rogers School of Management to speak to students on Monday afternoon followed by an hour-long meet and greet. This is the second campus visit Trudeau has made this year. The first was to Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. For the story, pictures and videos, visit theeyeopener.com.

The Digital Media Zone is the starting point of many social innovation projects.

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FCAD students get access to Lynda.com
FCAD students now have access to online learning platform Lynda.com. The service, which usually has a subscription fee, is free for students who sign up for accounts on FCAD computers. From there, students get access to a variety of educational videos, tutorials and exercises. The innovative online training tool allows students to learn the basics skills outside of the classroom. For more about the FCAD and Lynda.com deal, read Monique Phillip’s article at theeyeopener.com.

cross-university structures … it will create more opportunities from different areas to get together to talk about how they can work together on solving problems, which I think will kind of take our game to the next level,” Cukier said. The designation also allows Ryerson to attend Ashoka-funded conferences and participate in contests only open to Ashoka U campuses. Ryerson is the twenty-fourth

university in the world to receive the Ashoka U Changemaker campus designation. Past winners include Brown University, Duke University, Dublin City University and the University of Maryland. Ashoka U was launched in 2008 by Washington, D.C., -based organization Ashoka. It also has an Ashoka Fellow program, which has honoured people like Free the Children co-founder Marc Kielburger and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Canadian Federation of Students is losing popularity
the largest in the country. “I’m surprised that anyone on campus would be talking about this,” said Melissa Palermo, current RSU president. “We have had such a widespread support across Ryerson for what we are doing with the CFS.” Palermo pointed out that the RSU works in collaboration with the CFS to provide services to students such as the community food room. Ashleigh Ingle, one of three spokespeople for the movement, is working directly with the CFS as a general member. Ingle said there are currently a number of Ryerson students collecting the 6,000 to 8,000 signatures needed to hold a referendum with the CFS next year. “People are beginning to have in depth conversations about what they want the Canadian student movement to look like and it’s not surprising to us that people are realizing that they don’t want it to look anything like the CFS,” Ingle said in a statement last Sunday. Brent Farrington, internal coordinator for the CFS, said they have heard little about it. “We have yet to hear anything about where [the petitions] are other than a listing of six schools or campuses [that are participating]. So we’re not sure that’s actually the case,” he said in a phone interview Saturday. According to the press release petitions are also at the University of Toronto, York University and Laurentian University. Farrington said the CFS meets twice a year with its member unions Ingle said the CFS is often negative and hostile in their responses to criticism, which is why it has come to this point. Before a referendum can take place petitions must be signed and ratified by the CFS. In 2009, a similar movement was sparked with students from 13 schools taking part. For now, Farrington says the CFS has reached out to the movement organizers to engage in dialogue on how to move forward. Apart from that, the CFS will continue regular work on tasks outlined by their last semi-annual meeting relating to student debt and accessible learning. Palermo said the “Drop Fees” campaign, a collaboration between the RSU and the CFS, has received positive feedback on campus. Ingle has a different plan in mind, involving the creation of a new more student-centric organization next year. “If we want to drop fees, we’re going to have to drop the CFS first. Because students have shown that they won’t — and shouldn’t — get behind an organization as undemocratic, ineffective and dysfunctional as the CFS.”

RSU president Melissa Palermo campaigning to drop tuition fees.

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By Farah Mustafa
Students at Ryerson University are taking part in the largest national student movement against the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) since 2009, according to a press release sent out by organizers . The release claims that students from at least 15 universities across the nation want to end their membership with the group that is meant to voice student needs to provincial and federal governments. The movement is still in its early stages but, organizers are starting

to send out petitions. The CFS is a group of 83 student unions, representing over 500,000 students nationwide. The only other national-level student organization of its kind in Canada is the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, which has 24 member unions and associations. If this movement succeeds, a third organization could be formed. The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) currently pays over $350,000 a year to the lobby group and does not want to seperate. The RSU works under the CFS and its Ontario branch, which is

If we want to drop fees, we’re going to have to drop the CFS first
from across Canada. Ingle said that members are treated unfairly and oppressively in the CFS and that there is little room for reform. “They have responded to our critiques that they are an insular and undemocratic organization by becoming more insular, shutting down debates and castigating anyone who expresses a dissenting view.”

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EDITORIAL

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

Editor-in-Chief Sean “Correction” Tepper News Angela “Chuckles” Hennessy Jackie “Pokemon” Hong Associate News Ramisha “FIRE” Farooq Features Sean “Uxbitch” Wetselaar Biz and Tech Alfea “Bruser” Donato Arts and Life Luc “Backstreet-Dylan” Rinaldi Sports Harlan “Foiled himself” Nemerofsky Communities Nicole “3 dog hours” Schmidt Photo Natalia “SARS” Balcerzak Jess “Mario” Tsang Associate Photo Charles “Keanu” Vanegas Fun Jake “Oprah” Scott Media Susana “Munchies” Gómez Báez Online Lindsay “Move bitch” Boeckl John “GivRtheMug” Shmuel Head Copy Editor Dasha “InDesign” Zolota General Manager Liane “Weiwei” McLarty Advertising Manager Chris “Anchorman” Roberts Design Director J.D. “Espresso” Mowat Contributors Leah “Clutch” Hansen Josh “TIFF Geek” Beneteau Monika “Critic” Sidhu Erica “Friend Zoned” Gulliver Tamara “Pride” Sestanj Jordan “Rooster” Mady Badri “Duel” Murali Travis “Dandy-lad” Dandro Allison “EXTERMINATE” Ridgway

Daniel “Needs Nurse Joy” Rosen Alison “Learning” Ridgway Marissa “Photo God” Dederer Michael “Big Man” GraceDacosta Shannon “Olympian” Baldwin Amal “Foreign Corespondent” Ahmed Albaz Monique “Yokomon” Phillips Lindsay “Hopmon” Fitzgerald Steve “Ogremon” Goetz Farah “Wahyamon” Mustafa Emily “QueenChessmon” Rivas

Brought back to life by popular demand, this week’s Annoying Talking Coffee Mug goes to: Sam’s sign - Ryerson. You know you’re wearing this, right? You start out with weasel words like “working in good faith.” The replies on the *interwebs* include: “Maybe Ryerson should take one of those ethics courses they offer.” “Doesn’t Ryerson have a Business School? Don’t they teach contracts?” “Did they not ask their VERY OWN engineering faculty about potential chemical dangers and the sign?” So simply Rye High: you have been called an un-ethical douche, who has impinged the reputation of your two largest faculties. “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.” How about instead, you: 1) get you Electrical Engineering program to design an energy efficient replica 2) do outreach to all the musicians and performers mourning the loss of the sign to do a fundraising concert at MAC to help build and hang the sign (and make friends at the same time) and then 3) hang the energy efficient replica on the back ass of 10 Dundas East. ‘Cause damn that is one butt-ugly building and anything, anything at all would help. Or did your P.R. department miss that this shit might go sideways? The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest and only independent student newspaper. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a non-profit corporation owned by the students of Ryerson. Our offices are on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre. You can reach us at 416-979-5262, at theeyeopener.com or on Twitter at @theeyeopener.

PHOTO: Charles VAnegas

We want TIFF!
By Sean Tepper
Over the past few years, Ryerson University has garnered a reputation for being a social innovator and community builder. Through president Sheldon Levy’s vision, Ryerson has prided itself on bettering its urban campus for its students while always making it a point to be more accessible to the average Torontonian. As most of you may have noticed, last week’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) saw a number of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities grace our humble campus. Alongside these stars were dozens of national and international media outlets covering everything from press conferences, to movie screenings to red carpet events. For 10 days, dozens of photographers and reporters crowded perpetually in front of Ryerson’s theatre. While reporters from The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CTV and a number of other major media outlets were all accounted for, the university’s campus media was nowhere to be found. For 10 days, we were left to our own devices to figure out how to cover this event for our more than 10,000 weekly readers. We sent photographers out to the Ryerson theatre, but without any press privileges they were reduced to waiting amongst the rabid fans, hoping that no one would step in front of their lens. I know — boo-hoo, right? Well, don’t go calling us crybabies just yet. In early July, The Eyeopener filled out a number of media request forms for this year’s edition of TIFF. As Ryerson’s largest student newspaper I thought we were a shoe-in to land press passes. We even made it a point to only ask for access to Ryerson-related events, because that was what our readers wanted. While we did manage to secure a few tickets to some press screenings (check out page 11 and theeyeopener.com for our movie reviews), we were shunned from the red carpet events that were being held on our campus. While TIFF has graced campus for more than a decade, The Eyeopener has seldomely received media access to the event. On Monday, Ramisha Farooq, one of our news editors, asked Levy why we were unable to get press credentials for the TIFF events on campus. His response: the school rents out the space and it is out of the university’s hands. For a university that houses a number of renowned media programs and is generally quite supportive of them, I was shocked to hear this response because I refuse to believe that nothing can be done. Surely, if Ryerson is renting out space on campus they can find a way to support their campus media and get them onto the red carpet for some photos. I mean would it be that scandalous to get two extra passes (one for The Eyeopener and one for The Ryersonian) amidst the dozens of other media outlets or are we going to have to feel like amateurs for many more years to come? “The fact that we are staring at media and not a part of them made me feel like a pseudo fan girl,” said Natalia Balcerzak, one of The Eyeopener’s photo editors. She added that combined, our photo team waited close to 40 hours outside of the theatre in the hopes of getting shots worthy of publication. So there you have it, Ryerson, that’s my rant for the week. I understand that I may come off as a crybaby but seriously, you claim to be supportive of your students but the second that money is exchanging hands you throw your hands up in the air. It’s time to put up or shut up. Either you support your students or you don’t. There are no half measures.

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Rye recognized for building design excellence
Ryerson’s Image Arts building and Mattamy Athletic Centre both win urban design awards
Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) at the Gardens, Ryerson Image Arts building (IMA) and two groups of students all took home awards of merit for Public Buildings in Context and Student Projects, respectively. “Even though it was anonymous to the jury, I recognized those buildings and I think people recognized the quality of work that’s being done through the Master Plan and through the initiatives of Ryerson,” said Marianne McKenna, jury member of TUDA and founding partner of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects. The plan outlines the proposals for more space and academic research facilities for students. Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy is honoured by the achievement. “Obviously I’m very proud not only of these two [building] awards but the two awards going to students [as well],” said Levy. The TUDA jury looks for design influence, originality in urban design and context that contributes to the public. With the IMA hosting Balzacs, a student lounge and the Black Star collection, McKenna said it “impacts the public realm and it gives back to Ryerson and to the city in many ways.” Gerd Hauck, dean of the faculty of communication and design said, “Any time you receive an award by a group of peers, it’s a good thing. I know for a fact we have a strong reputation.” Ryerson’s project with Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. at the MAC was seen as being “creatively adapted by Ryerson,” said jury member and partner at Urban Strategies, Eric Turcotte. Ryerson’s Master Plan is ongoing, but Turcotte thinks the school’s next step lies in new ideas. Since Aug. 2012, the athletic centre has been the new home of the Ryerson Rams. However, McKenna doesn’t think that the intersection of Carlton and Church streets has lost any of its historical value. McKenna said the adaption of reusing buildings is a progressive movement. “It gives Maple Leaf Gardens a life beyond its original purpose.” Melody Taghi-Poor, a masters of architecture student, was awarded for her project “In Search of Place” for the Toronto Harbourfront, which proposed an underground walkway between Toronto mainland and Billy Bishop Airport. Another group of architecture students under the direction of professor George Kapelos was awarded for “An Architecture of Civility,” a project that creates solutions to civil challenges at 16 Toronto sites. “Ryerson is invisible but integrated within urban fabric,” said Turcotte. “As they continue to grow, they’ll need to find creative ways for subtle integration from a physical point of view.” Since Levy announced Ryerson’s Master Plan in 2006, the school has completed two of its major projects: construction of the IMA and the construction of the MAC at Maple Leaf Gardens in partnership with Loblaw Companies Limited.

The Ryerson Image Centre houses several image arts programs.

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

By Emily Rivas
Ryerson recognizes no boundaries between campus and city grounds, but the university’s students and their latest building projects were what caught the eye of the jury at the Toronto Urban

Design Awards (TUDA) last week when they presented the school with four awards. At TUDA, a jury of urban visionaries awards the buildings or projects that add to the aesthetic and livability of the city. Of the 125 entries this year, the

Sam the Record Man sign is still waiting in the dark
Levy also mentioned that the versity a lot of problems. Ryerson University presi- school has yet to meet with the The Sam the Record Man sign dent Sheldon Levy said Ryerson Sniderman family or city councildoesn’t have a preferred location ors to discuss contract renegotiamight still see the light of day. tions. Ryerson is now working to just yet. “Ryerson is one of Toronto’s figure out a new location for the great institutions and I think they iconic sign after a decision was Ryerson is one of are a lot better than that,” said made by the Toronto and East York community council last Toronto’s great institu- Ward 22 city councillor Josh Matlow. “I’m not convinced that they week to allow the university to tions and I think they ever intended on using the Sam reconsider locations. are a lot better than sign at that location and I can The Eyeopener obtained a copy that only infer that it’s because they of the first version of the prodidn’t want to spend the money.” posed amendment, which states The proposed agreement is also “The discussion that we’re into that Ryerson is able to expand beyond the two locations it had is to find the best location for subject to the commemoration the sign and we still need the full plan, which includes, an on site once agreed to. The Student Learning Centre council to approve it,” said Levy. recognition of Sam, including a “We’re going to be working sidewalk inlay as well as a pho(SLC) and the library were the original locations proposed to with people to see if there is a best to and essay collection that will be on a website dedicated to the mount the 800-light 46.5 sq. m alternative.” sign, but the university is now arguing that neither of these locations are structurally sound enough to hold the massive sign. “In a nutshell, the problems are structural and environmental, and safety is also an issue,” said Michael Forbes, Ryerson’s public affairs manager. Forbes explained that in order to operate and maintain the Sam sign, Ryerson needs to be able freely access the back of the sign. All mechanical work needs to be done from behind. However, finding a wall where both the sign can FILE PHOTO be mounted and its back accessed by mechanics is causing the uni- Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre is schduled to open in January 2015.

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iconic music shop and its owner. “I don’t think that’s good enough,” Matlow said. “I’d rather have people look at the plaque and then look up at what they are learning about.” The proposed amendment will be debated at city council on

Oct. 8. The final vote will come from all four community councils. “The sign will still go up, it will still be in public, just not in [the SLC or the library],” Forbes said. “I want to stress it has always been our intent to put it back up.”

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Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

Campus crime scenes

ILLUSTRATION: Susana Gómez Báez

By Steven Goetz
Going to university at a school with a downtown campus has its ups and downs. Ryerson has a lot of incredible ammenities close by, but it is also located around some shady neighbourhoods that are prone to crime. Students and staff can be at a heightened risk of security threats and should be aware of their surroundings. Last week, a short time after 2 a.m., a male was approached by three others while walking on Gerrard Street near the O’Keefe Laneway. There was some shouting and the aggressors pulled a knife out before fleeing in a car. No one was hurt but police con-

tinue to investigate. Looking at the above crime map of incidents that have occured over the last couple of years, there are some clear trends that emerge from the police reports: most incidents occur late at night and into the early hours of the morning; victims are often approached by intimidating or aggressive strangers; there is an exchange of heated words, and they often end in violence. Included on the map is Sherbourne Street; though not directly on campus, its student population is significant. A constant stream of Ryerson security alerts report incidents to students and faculty through Ryerson email, creating a dull noise that is easy to ignore. It is simply part of life on our campus- like

bad food and expensive parking. “We are constantly re-assessing our services and how they meet the needs of the community,” said Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, manager of security and emergency services. “We recognize the differences between being downtown rather than a campus out in the suburbs,” said Fermin-Poppleton. To be clear ­­ — Ryerson campus is pretty safe. Security and police cannot be everywhere at once, so students and faculty should take precautions to keep themselves safe. Security patrols campus 24/7 and there is a whole team of security working behind the scenes, but being aware can help students avoid dangerous situations.

PHOTO: Iram Partap

Early Friday morning, a motorcycle caught fire and became engulfed in flames on campus. Visit theeyeopener.com for the full story.

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TIFF

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A reporter prepares for a stand-up outside of the Ryerson Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival.

PHOTO: MARISSA DEDERER

Ten days in the life of a TIFF enthusiast
A Ryerson student, film buff and blogger reflects on conquering the magic and madness of TIFF
By Josh Beneteau
Only at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) can fans of Star Trek and Sherlock collide in one loud, sweaty crowd of pure happiness. After waiting two hours in the shadow of Roy Thomson Hall, I laid eyes on Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock or Khan; your pick). He exited a dark vehicle as if he were the President and entered the camera frames of hundreds of screaming fans. Sticking my arm straight up, I snapped a few blurry pictures with my point-and-shoot camera as I dodged a backpack that felt like it was full of bricks. Cumberbatch hung around for 10 minutes before meeting the press on the red carpet. But in that short time, he gave me a story to tell all my friends and brag about on Facebook. That is the magic of TIFF. For film buffs, a fraternity of which I am a member, TIFF is the most wonderful time of the year. Sure, there are no jingle bells, but there are some amazing films that have rarely, if ever, been screened for the public. For the first time in my life, I conquered the festival, seeing nine films in eight days. My festival experience began back in June when I bought my tickets. A simple pack of ten ran me up to almost $180, but I knew it would be worth it. I don’t know how I knew, since the films weren’t announced for a couple more months, but I did. Some call it crazy. I call it intuition. That forward thinking paid off. On Aug. 29, three days before the public, I got to pick which movies I was going to see. I quickly grabbed tickets for 12 Years a Slave and Gravity — they were both amazing. I made the most of my one day off school by rushing to see August: Osage County, with Meryl Streep as good as ever. Enough Said, an awesome rom-com with a twist, and Life of Crime, about a kidnapping gone wrong, bookended my festival. But with three screenings, Sept. 8 was my busiest day: one at the Bloor Cinema (You Are Here), one at the Princess of Wales (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and one at the Scotiabank Theatre (All the Wrong Reasons), none of which is particularly close to my home on Gerrard Street. So “crazy film geek” probably applies here. Or maybe not. I thought seeing nine movies was pushing it, and I thought my three-movies-in-oneday stunt would end in headaches and confusion. But then I met multiple people in line for movies who pushed crazy to a whole new level. These were working adults, many older than me, who had somehow managed to fit 31 movies into their ten-day TIFF schedules. Who has time for all that? It was amazing how fast TIFF went by, and, in a way, I’m already excited for next year. I should probably find something to do besides watch movies. But I hope everyone got to watch one movie or stalk one red carpet (or both). It is, after all, a special time of year.

PHOTO: CHARLES VANEGAS

PHOTO: NATALIA BALCERZAK

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

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PHOTO: MARISSA DEDERER

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Tom Hiddleston poses for a selfie with a fan on the Ryerson Theatre red carpet at the premiere of Only Lovers Left Alive.

Clockwise from top left: Jake Gyllenhaal; Jesse Eisenberg ; Ryerson Theatre red carpet; Amy Poehler; Daniel Radcliffe.

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FEATURES
were in a Utopia. I wish I could’ve captured the spirit of Rab’a in a bubble and sprinkled it all over the world. Imagine children spraying you with water so you could survive the day under the blazing Egyptian sun. Women handed out sandwiches because they saw the look of hunger in your eyes.Thousands, and on some days millions, clapped their hands in unison, chanting against oppression. Proud flags danced to songs in the breeze. Imagine the peace. Imagine the unity. But as soon as you stepped out of the boundaries of Rab’a, you were in a whole new world. Imagine airplanes deafening your ears, flying over your head day and night. Armed, Hulk-like bulldozers blocked roads. In a taxi, you were unable to utter a word about your political views, because if you did, you might never be seen again. Your own army turned against you, with checkpoints every couple of kilometres. Imagine a nation divided. After the Rab’a Square massacre on Aug. 14, Khaled was one of more than 2,000 dead and 10,000 wounded in the span of 10 hours. He was shot in the heart with a 7.2 cm bullet— a bullet the size of a human finger. Bullets of this size are intended for war zones. burned, contained the rest of the bodies and their mourning families. Before knowing that his brother met his fate, Nassar received a phone call from his sister, Hanaa, asking if they were okay. She had received a phone call from a person who had called the last dialed number from Khaled’s phone. The caller told her Khaled was dead. After searching the bridge piece by piece without any luck, Ahmad headed to the field hospital where he found Khaled’s body. The hospital was overpopulated and they had run out of medical supplies. Thinking his brother was alive, he hopped on his motorcycle carrying his brother’s blood-soaked corpse on his shoulder and headed to the nearest hospital. “I’ve never seen so many dead bodies,” he said. “There was no room for anyone to stand. Blood was everywhere and sorrow filled the air.” “I waited there for hours and hours,” said Ahmad. The following day, the coroner didn’t show up. To get things “finished quickly,” they had two options: just take the body and leave, with no record of him being dead, or sign off on a waiver that said he committed suicide. Both options would help the forces to decrease the death count. “We ended up going to the coroner ourselves with a lawyer to try to get things done legally,” said Ahmad. They were finally able to bring Khaled’s body back home for a proper funeral. Many of the victims were not as fortunate. Khaled was 39 years old. “My brother didn’t just die; he was murdered,” said Ahmad. “Khaled was killed because he expressed his mind, because he wanted a safe haven for his children and because he wouldn’t allow the Jan. 25 revolution to be stolen.” Khaled’s wife is pregnant with their second child.

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hen his pockets were emptied, a white paper stained with red blood was found. It was a note from his 10-year-old daughter: “Dad, please come back home safely. I’m waiting for you.” But her wait will be fruitless because her father is never coming back. Khaled Nassar was dead. Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s history, following the dramatic rallies of the 2011 Arab Spring, had been in office just over five months when opposition rallies sprung up in November 2012. On the anniversary of Morsi’s election, June 30, larger-scale demonstrations broke out in Tahrir Square, in Cairo.

I was hoping to have the summer of my life. And I did. Just not the one I had imagined.
By July 3, Commander of Egypt’s Armed Forces, Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi removed Morsi from office after a 48-hour warning of intervention. The army also suspended the constitution that had been drafted under Morsi’s rule, appointed Supreme Court Justice Adly Mansour as acting president and promised prompt elections. And I was there bright and early. I arrived in Egypt at 6 a.m. on that same day. I thought I was going on vacation — not to war. I was hoping to have the summer of my life. And I did. Just not the one I had imagined. Instead of tanning at the beach, I was protesting in Rab’a Square. Yes, the square that’s been notably recognized by Egyptian media as the “terrorist hub.” I’m an 18-year-old who cuddles in bed with a tissue box watching romantic chick flicks. I like hot chocolate and I like the smell of grass after a rainy day. I am not a terrorist. Rab’a Square was your home away from home if you were anticoup. It’s where thousands, and on some days millions, would protest. You would see couples backpacking through the square as if it were some honeymoon destination. You would see the richest of the rich, and the poorest of the poor. You would see Christians and you would see Muslims. You would see a street that was once filled with cars now covered in tents. Each city, group, or organization had its recognized area, but you were more than welcome to stay wherever you wished. I remember the latest invention being a two-storey-high tent made of wood. You would see black plastic bags hung inside the tents as shoe shelves. You would see people sweeping the streets of Rab’a — which in Egypt is a miracle. You

It’s been a month, and everything we have experienced is nothing but ... total control over the nation.
It was the first time in Egyptian history that its army and police force attacked its own people on this scale in such a short period of time. Since the coup, Egypt has devolved into a state of war. ad Nassar not been eager to lend a hand, his heart would’ve still been beating, and I would have still had a family member. Khaled was my mother’s cousin. “We had just finished praying when Khaled insisted on heading to the 6th of October Bridge to help carry dead bodies,” said his brother, Ahmad Nassar. “He wanted to see what was going on. All we could hear was shooting.” This was the first time Ahmad attended the protests with Khaled. “I was here for a reason,” he said. “It’s like God sent me with him today to make sure someone’s with my brother after he dies. Otherwise, his body would’ve been lost and maybe even burned by the forces. They burn the bodies. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.” On the day of the Rab’a massacre, Egyptian military forces burned down the hospital with injured, dead and live people inside. Rab’a mosque, which was also

Egypt
Khaled Hanafy, federal secretary of the capital sector of the Freedom and Justice Party (the political party affiliated with Morsi’s political group ­ — the Muslim Brotherhood). “It’s been a month, and everything we have experienced is nothing but unlawful detainment, jails, media censorship, rumors, curfews and total control over the nation.” After the coup, pensions decreased from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, along with the constitution’s cancellation. “As soon a Sisi seized control, the Suez Canal Project [a project to open immense doors to employment and trade], was terminated,” said Rab’a protester, Manal Khedr. “Everything that Morsi’s government was doing to better Egypt has ended.” The law, passed by Morsi, which would aid and give salaries to widows and unemployed women, was also cancelled. “And that’s why we’re here in Rab’a. We are here for the return of our freedom. We feel humiliated,” said Khedr. I remember the crowd shouting, “Death is more bearable than a life without dignity. We want to live! We’re not here to die. We want to live.” The persistence of anti-coup protestors was a question to many. “We can’t go home knowing that our votes were literally thrown in the garbage,” said Al-Azhar University student Yasmin Fahmy, another Rab’a enthusiast. During the first Egyptian election in 2012, people would stand in lines several kilometres long, under the hot Egyptian sun, just to place their voice in that little voting box for the first time in history. The votes for the constitutional poll reached 64 per cent in approval, though the opposition alleges this number is fabricated. Sixty-four per cent is larger than

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Ryerson journalism student Amal Ahme home to Egypt this summer expecting a q with her family. What she got was anythi

He deserves to be captured. Morsi didn’t do anything for the country.
Although millions of Egyptians are against the coup, there are also millions who are in its favour. Tamarod (which translates to “rebel yourself” in Arabic) was part of the movement that encouraged the coup and all its supporting demonstrations. They were in part responsible for the opposition rallies on June 30. Since the coup, President Morsi has been held at an unknown location, alongside his staff and assistants. “He deserves to be captured,” said Mohammed El-Helal, a member of Tamarod. “Morsi didn’t do anything for the country. His people are ruining Egypt.” “What did the coup do?” asked

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PHOTOS: AMAL AHMED ALBAZ

ed Albaz flew quiet vacation ing but
the renowned French constitution, which reached 63 per cent, and is one of the highest in the world. remember on July 19, my mom and I were on a march with thousands of people from Rab’a to Salah Salem Street. During our peaceful march, I saw three cars, with my own eyes, speeding through the crowd, waving knives from the window, hitting and smacking whoever was in the way. Some died and some were injured. Were they paid thugs? Opposing citizens? I don’t know. But one thing is for sure, they weren’t the so-called “terrorists” in Rab’a. The following week, I performed a spoken word piece in front of the millions in Rab’a Square, which was broadcast live on several stations. As you stand on that stage, you can feel the beams of empowerment heading your way. While one person would send you love, the other would send you courage.

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About a month later, the army cleared Rab’a and other sit-ins (like Nahda Square, also in Cairo), by burning down tents and randomly shooting automatic live ammunition on peaceful protestors, which included children, women and elderly citizens. Children who were literally born in Rab’a died in Rab’a. After nine consecutive hours of constant smoke, gas, bulldozers, snipers, blood and cries, the army cleared Rab’a and gave a fiveminute warning. Anyone left in the square would be killed on the spot. Everyone came out with their hands up. The army declared a lock down. There was a 7 p.m. curfew, and anyone seen on the streets of Egypt would be either killed or

detained. Security forces even went as far as to enter houses, and even bedrooms, to arrest political opponents. Not only were influential leaders detained, but also average citizens that were against the regime. I have three friends from Ireland (all sisters), who came to Egypt for vacation like I did, who are still illegally detained. Though the interim, militarybacked government is moving forward, for many Egyptians the fight is far from over. “We must be patient,” Khedr said. “Freedom isn’t cheap and we shall do everything we can to restore our rights. Long live Egypt. Long live justice.”

About the author

ILLUSTRATION: SUSANA GÓMEZ BÁEZ

Amal Ahmed Albaz is a secondyear journalism student at Ryerson University. She is an Egyptian-Canadian activist, spoken word poet and speaker who travels from city to city hoping to inspire change. She has performed everywhere

from TEDx in Toronto to Rab’a Square in Egypt. She’s in the process of releasing a CD with her work. Amal was born in Cairo where she lived until she moved to Canada in 2001 when she was six. She partook in the post-revolution protests in the summer of 2011. Amal flew to Egypt to spend time with family this summer, deciding to cover the protests after they erupted the day she landed, June 30. Much of what she describes in this story she witnessed first-hand. From the rallies to the marches — she was there.

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TIFF
but the film took almost a year to make, Woodman says. “The hardest part was making all the fake profiles,” says Woodman. “We basically had to create an ecosystem of fake accounts. It would look really inauthentic if they only had two friends.” What followed was months of screen captures, live-action filming and animating, continues Woodman. Even after all the work put into the project, Woodman says he and Cederberg “never imagined that it would be in TIFF.” Publicity and exposure increased dramatically when TIFF released Noah onto its YouTube page 24 hours after the first festival screening, something the festival offers to all Short Cuts Canada films to give new filmmakers a chance to market themselves online.

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“A lot of people seemed to like it, and then it went up on YouTube and things got kind of crazy,” Woodman says. Noah sits at nearly 850,000 views. Woodman says Ryerson’s film program offered a lot of opportunities to meet potential Photo Courtesy of Tiff.NEt collaborators but gave “rules” that neither he Noah, a TIFF Short Cuts Canada film by two Ryerson nor Cederberg used in film graduates, is available at youtube.com/user/tiff. tic version of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby the film, such as avoidGot Back” and “brought down the ing copyrighted material. “I feel like if you do something house,” Woodman says, laughing. Further collaboration between that is strong or is meaningful, it doesn’t matter what rules people the two is definitely on the table, Woodman says. If the results are as choose for you,” Woodman says. Cederberg and Woodman met innovative and original as Noah, at a Pitman Hall orientation talent audiences have a lot to look forshow, where they played an acous- ward to.

Blocked and defriended
A pair of Ryerson film grads explore digital relationships in TIFF short
By Leah Hansen
Recent Ryerson film studies graduates Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg made their TIFF debut this year with Noah, an eye-opening look into the online life of the modern generation. Featured in the Short Cuts Canada programme, the film centres on Noah Lennox as he breaks up with his girlfriend, Facebook chats with his best friend, browses porn and braves Chatroulette. The film was originally meant to be about Chatroulette alone, says Woodman. Instead, the two decided to include Noah’s entire online and digital presence. The 17-minute film takes place entirely on Noah’s computer and iPhone screens, something Woodman says took a lot of “thinking inside the box.” A fun project between best friends turned into a bigger deal when Noah was selected for TIFF’s Student Film Showcase. Winning a YouTube Award for Best Canadian Short Film and being entered in the Short Cuts Canada line-up at the festival only took a few months,

Three TIFF films reviewed
Don Jon
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Review by Monika Sidhu Pornography is a rather touchy subject... literally. Fortunately for moviegoers, Joseph GordonLevitt did not shy away from the topic when he wrote, directed and starred in the comedy Don Jon, a story of a porn addict. “Don” Jon Martello (GordonLevitt) is a well-groomed, selfadmitted womanizer who, for the most part, maintains an orderly life, with his only concerns being: his physical appearance, his pad, his ride, his family, his church, his boys, his girls, and of course his porn. His priorities are unexpectedly shuffled when he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), a stubborn, Jersey-bred “dime” who grew up dreaming of a Hollywood–approved prince charming, whom Jon decides to pursue for the challenge (and sex). Jon is a step in a completely different direction for GordonLevitt, who seems to be typecast as the good-guys-finish-last character, such as in 50/50 or (500) Days of Summer (well, Mysterious Skin is another story). But he was able to portray a natural playboy with ease. Jon and Barbara’s differing viewpoints of what the opposite sex should be makes for an interesting and comical meeting between reality and expectation. If you need any more of a reason to watch this film — aside from the ever-present pornography — Jon’s father is played by ’80s sitcom star Tony Danza of Who’s the Boss? The chemistry between Gordon-Levitt and Danza makes for an effortlessly hilarious postchurch meal at the Martello residence. Other big names to watch for: Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway. Really, what more needs to be said?

Photo courtesy of TIFF.Net

Chiwetel Ejiofor (right) stars in TIFF People’s Choice Award-winner 12 Years a Slave.

The F Word

Director: Michael Dowse Review by Erica Gulliver The F word. No, not that F word — though just as complicated. This F word refers to that dreaded type of relationship with no easy escape: the Friend zone. Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar) directs Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) in this story of a complex friendship. Radcliffe plays Wallace, a quick-witted, nerdy underdog who meets Chantry (Kazan) at a friend’s party, where they bond over romantic poems made from magnetic fridge words. Chantry turns out to be equally quick-witted — to a point where you may begin to wonder if people can really be this witty all the time. Nevertheless, the dialogue is clever and certainly reflects the story’s origins as a play (Toothpaste and Cigars) by Canadian playwright TJ Dawe. After Wallace and Chantry’s initial encounter, the film follows the usual rom-com story arc: the underdog searches for ways to reveal his feelings without ruining the friendship or getting punched by the girl’s boyfriend, who happens to be an equally good guy. Despite being slightly formulaic, the film — which boasts a talented young cast — succeeds with wit, charm and humour.

12 Years a Slave

Director: Steve McQueen Review by Monika Sidhu It’s the hard-hitting sound of the whip that makes you shudder in your seat, but it’s the visual of skin tearing open that leaves you cringing, stunned and in awe. These are the barbaric images featured in the Steve McQueen– directed 12 Years a Slave. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography by the same name, the film tells the story of Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a born-free black man who is kidnapped and sold into the world of slavery. Solomon passes from one slave owner to another before coming across the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). Fassbender’s portrayal of Epps is enthralling and captivating; he is able to turn on the brutality in a split second. His performance will make you cower, while Ejiofor’s will make you tearful — he tells his story without speaking a word. But the vulnerability, fear, anger and despair he goes through can be felt by looking into his eyes. 12 Years a Slave is a cinematic masterpiece that will surely leave its mark. This will be a film you will be hearing a lot about, often accompanied by the phrase “Oscar-worthy.”
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Level up! Game design courses coming to Rye
By Daniel Rosen
The Ryerson Game Makers’ Union (GMU) could be getting educational backup from a game design program coming to the university. Ryerson’s computer science department is putting together an application for a game design program to present to the Senate. It could take at least two years before becoming a full program. While it’s too early to know details of the program, computer science professor Alireza Sadeghian said the Faculty of Communication and Design with the computer science department have looked into creating a program, but still have a ways to go. “The letter of intent hasn’t been published, which is the first step for this project,” said Sadeghian. The GMU develops games from the ground up, uniting programmers of all skill levels. As the only home for game design on campus, the GMU is hopeful for a program to call home and boost membership. “I’d hope that maybe we can establish some connections with the program,” said GMU president Ian Nastajus. “It’d be great if we were able to provide some insight and guidance to the computer sci-

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Choose your character, from left to right: Zack Harris, Dante Camarena, Ian Nastajus, Jordan Sparks.

ence department on the program as well.” Last year, external vice-president Jordan Sparks organized Checkpoint, an event where he invited local game designers to speak to Ryerson students – most of them have now become regulars. For GMU development lead Dante Camarena, it isn’t just about making games, it’s about the future. “Games are an emerging medi-

um... leaking into other activities,” Camarena said. “Having a game you can put in your portfolio or on your website that shows your ability is a good thing to have.” This year, the club will launch a learning initiative focused on talks from industry experts. “We’re in the process of speaking to people from companies like Ubisoft and Rockstar,” said Nastajus. “They’ll come in, go around and help people when they get stuck.”

Zack Harris, internal vice-president, also sees GMU’s future in helping people break into the industry. “The club is turning into a portal for people who are new to come and get advice from someone in the industry,” said Harris. “We’re trying to bridge the gap between people paid to make games and the people who want to try.” Without a program to call home, the club has had trouble growing.

But to external vice-president Jordan Spark, it’s a challenge they’ve managed to overcome. “Since Ryerson doesn’t have a game design program it lacks a game design community by default, so we had to grow it ourselves,” said Sparks. “With all the people coming in for our events and workshops, we’ve proven that there’s a big interest in games here, but there’s no backing from the university yet.”

Anatomy of a selfie: DMZ makes app for doctors
By Allison Ridgway
There may not be any duck faces, dirty mirrors or peace signs in its gallery, but a Ryerson associate professor’s new app is an open door into the world of social media for medical professionals. “Anyone in healthcare already shares pictures and has conversations about what they see in their practice, but that is lost to everyone else,” said Gregory Levey, an associate professor of communication and a co-creator of the app. “There’s nothing for the wider public,” said Levey. “Our idea is to capture medical education for the wider community.” That’s where Figure 1 comes in. Nicknamed “Instagram for Doctors,” the free app allows doctors to post photographs of various injuries, disorders and oddities medical professionals see each day. Colleagues can offer online medical advice, diagnoses or simple utterances of “wow” as they scroll through often cringeworthy photos of severed arms, fractured skulls and the strange things doctors remove from their patients’ orifices. The idea for Figure 1, named after the term for medical illus-

PHOTO: Jess tsang

Now your grievous biker gang and fight club injuries can amaze medical professionals around the country.

trations in scientific textbooks, sprung from Levey’s chance meeting with software engineer Richard Penner and Toronto-based physician Dr. Joshua Landy. “I was on sabbatical last year and I was looking for an interesting project of some kind to pass the time. Creating a medical app never occurred to me,” said Levey. Released earlier this summer, design for the app took around four months with significant help from Ryerson’s Digital Me-

dia from the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and the School of Professional Communication. Ryerson Futures, a DMZ-based capital investment fund, became an early shareholder in the app. But while the development may have been straightforward, the app faced legal challenges. “Protecting the privacy of patients was on the forefront of our thinking about the app,” said Levey, who worked with a team of privacy lawyers to ensure the app would follow patient-doctor

confidentiality and consent laws. The app includes a face detection algorithm that automatically hides faces present in any photo as soon as it is submitted. Other identifying features, such as tattoos, can be removed manually. Many jurisdictions also require signed consent forms to release patient information and photographs. The app includes a digital consent form and doctors must fill out an online form with proof of their medical licence before uploading photos.

Right now Figure 1 is only available in North America. Next week it will be available in the U.K. “It’s still really early on in the project,” said Levey. “We want to try to keep growing, spread to other countries and make the project sustainable.” Levey also hopes to involve more Ryerson students, particularly those from the school of nursing, who he hopes can provide input on what medical professionals and students need.

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The most unique clubs on campus
Do you like dance? Rockets? Pets? Games? Barrels of monkeys? If you answered yes to any of those questions, there’s an extremely awesome and absurd group on campus for you. Jordan Mady gives us the breakdown

Barrel of Monkeys Improv Team

Left to right: Douglas Gibbens, Martin Bennett and Jacob Mazer

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

When the Barrel of Monkeys team gets together, anything goes. That’s the beauty of improvisation. The improv team was formed in 2009. Brendan McGowan, the founder of the team, was originally part of Oakham Amateur Campus Theatre (OACT), now known as the Ryerson Community Theatre. It was one of the executives at OACT that suggested McGowan start an improv team at Ryerson. “It started with the idea of having an improv group but to get as much of the Ryerson community involved as possible,” said Martin Bennett, a fourth-year film student who has been involved since the group’s beginning. “Improv is accessible to anyone.” Ryerson’s only improv team meets regularly to play games and get to know each other. Each week’s activities are different be-

cause of the spontaneous nature of improvisation. Originally, the group called themselves the Improv Team but in 2012 they rebranded and became the Barrel of Monkeys Improv Team. “The name of the team was literally based on the barrel of monkeys game and a pirate ship,” said Douglas Gibbens, the current Barrel of Monkeys president. The team is now an official Ryerson Students’ Union group and has grown in size over the past few years. But out of all the student groups on campus, Gibbens said they’re one of the only ones who are “totally informal” and are “always looking for a laugh.”  So, what’s the requirement to join?  “You must be able to play Barrel of Monkeys,” Gibbens said.

Responsible Pet Owners RU
Even though members of Responsible Pet Owners RU are passionate about animals, founder and club president Jenny Liu wants people to know they’re not activists. She says they’re a group of 30 to 50 people that “just want to pet cats.” Liu has loved animals ever since she was a kid. When she was just five years old, she found a rooster hiding in a bush and took it in as her pet.  Liu called the rooster Chicky and decided she would try to train it like a dog. After a while, Chicky learned to go for walks with her and play fetch.   Responsible Pet Owners RU was founded in January 2012 and is Ryerson’s first student group for animals.  The group’s passion for animals comes across through the work they do throughout the semester. Recently, they ran a campaign cautioning pet owners to not leave animals in their cars during the hot summer months.  “It’s enough to love them,” Liu said. “But we want to do more for them.”

Association of Ryerson Role-players and Gamers
The Association of Ryerson Roleplayers and Gamers (ARRG) meets regularly to play games and engage in live-action role-playing, or LARPing. Members dress up in costumes and use swords or other props to create a fantasy game world. Marco De Crescentiis, president of ARRG, said what makes his group unique is the difference between how ARRG members feel in and out of the ARRG atmosphere. “You find people who aren’t asking ‘Why do you have a latex sword?’ but say ‘Cool, you have a latex sword!’” De Crescentiis said. ARRG was founded just over five years ago. De Crescentiis said that the current group of more than 60 dedicated members still enjoy the same types of games that were played when the group first started out. Some of the group’s favourite picks include board games like Settlers of Catan and trading card games like Magic: The Gathering. De Crescentiis said it’s the balance of great people and fun games that have made the club such a success. “We’re about games, but it’s the people that make people stay,” said De Crescentiis.

PHOTOs courtesy of Adriano makoto suzuki (top), Randy pertiet (middle), wikimedia commons/fernado de sousa (bottom)

Curious to see what other unique clubs we have on campus? Check out theeyeopener.com to read about the rocketry club, urban hip hop union, and gaming and multiplayer e-sports of Ryerson.

Left to right: Marco De Crescentiis, Lowell Williams and Garfield Noyahr

PHOTO: NICOLE SCHMIDT

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An Olympic balancing act
Ryerson’s own Olympian tells the story of her journey from the London 2012 Games to fashion student
By Shannon Baldwin
Three years of intense competitive training has led to this point. A loud voice comes over the speakers, welcoming Canada to the floor as Kelsey Titmarsh walks through the narrow archway into the roaring Wembley Arena. Titmarsh was representing Canada in group rhythmic gymnastics at the London 2012 Summer Games before starting her first year at Ryerson. She said that it was a weird feeling to go straight from competing at the Olympics to starting university. But after taking a year off school to focus on training she was ready to retire and leave that part of her life in the past so she could focus on the social aspect of life. “You can’t go out or hang out with friends and experience what first-year is like when you’re competitively training 40 hours a week,” Titmarsh said. “I didn’t see the point in devoting my time [to training for group-rhythmic gymnastics] when I’ve already competed in everything I possibly can.” However, the second-year fashion design student wasn’t able to stay away from rhythmic gymnastics entirely. After getting back from the Olympics, she contacted her former coach, Tatiana Kastenkava, and began training for the individual category. She now trains only a few times a week but it suits her ever-growing social lifestyle, balancing fun and competition. In July, she represented Ryerson for individual rhythmic gymnastics at the Universiade Games in Kazan, Russia — the world’s second-largest sporting event that pulls in more than 10,000 university athletes from almost 200 countries. She automatically qualified for the Universiade given her strong recent performances at the national level. Titmarsh said that she loves training with Kastenkava because they’re both creative and work well together — something much different from the hierarchical dynamic between coach and athlete that she had been dealing

Basketball team limps to opener
By Michael Grace-Dacosta
Ryerson’s men’s basketball team will take a devestating hit heading into the 2013 season, as shooting guard Ostap Choliy will be out the entire year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Choliy averaged 10 points per game last year—good for fourth on the team— and added 2.1 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per game in just seven games. “I don’t think my loss will affect the team because we still have the talent to win every game,” said Choliy. Playing in his first year at Ryerson last season, the former York Lion was limited to seven games due to eligibility transfer rules. Former OUA all-star Aaron Best may also miss a few games after landing awkwardly and fracturing his foot during the off-season. He expects to return by late October or early November. “We’re not too worried about [Best],” said head coach Roy Rana. “[The team] is experienced enough to transition back to get back where they left off last season.” Best led the team in scoring last season, averaging 15 points per game and seven rebounds in 20 contests. “I think what we have is a good core,” Best said. “Regardless of who’s not playing, we’ll find a way to make it work.” The Rams play their first regular season game on Nov. 1 at McMaster.

Photo courtesy of Kelsey Titmarsh

Kelsey Titmarsh represented Canada at the Summer 2012 London Olympics. with leading up to the Olympics. Titmarsh and her teammates spent a year training and preparing after beating teams USA and Brazil at the World Championships in Montpellier, France, to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She and her teammates trained in Spain for a month and then competed at the World Cup. She then went back to Spain for another month before competing at the World Championships. “It’s such a small tight-knit sport that these competitions become even more important because you have to show consistency,” Titmarsh said. “The judges at the Olympics are from countries that aren’t represented but have seen you compete at every World Cup.” As the Olympics drew nearer, Titmarsh’s coaches made the women focus even harder on the sport. They trained from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with one hour for lunch and more than two hours on non-traditional ballet training when they weren’t practicing their routines. The women weren’t even allowed to go to London until five days before the Olympics were over because of how much their coaches wanted them to focus on their training. “[My teammates and I] were all upset that we missed the opening ceremony. I remember sitting on my hotel bed, watching it on the TV and crying,” Titmarsh said. But eventually they did get to go to the Olympics and meet other athletes in the Athletes’ Village, which Titmarsh says is “the greatest place on earth.” “I would compete just to go to an Athletes’ Village because you get to meet people you relate to so much,”she said. But competing isn’t on the top of Titmarsh’s priorities anymore. While she does do individual rhythmic gymnastics and admits that she misses groups since “that’s [her] love of the sport,” Titmarsh said she doesn’t want to become a “lifer.” Instead, she wants to focus on working towards her degree, but still use her past to help her design athletic clothing like the leotards she wore at the Olympics. “I’m always going to be involved with the sport but I don’t want to be a coach,” said Titmarsh. “I [just] want to inspire [younger gymnasts].”

Titmarsh is a second-year fashion student.

Photo: Charles Vanegas

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Fun

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Don’t drink my ‘scope!
By Jake Scott
Aries Libra

C-c-c-comic break!
By Travis Dandro

The planets say you will find $20 Your mind will be blown and your on the ground, shortly after losing gut busted after you listen to The Eyeopener podcast. $50 at poker. Taurus Scorpio

Stubborn Taurus, you can’t get Soon you will be crowned both that jar open by sheer force of will. a straight gangster and a microphone prankster. All hail! Use hot water, then tap it a little. Gemini Sagittarius

An opportunity will arise this You will cross paths with Keanu week. It won’t be a great one, so Reeves. He won’t do a damn thing for you, so don’t ask. Idiot. you can probably ignore it. Cancer Capricon

Someone very close to you will This weekend you will spew glospoil Breaking Bad. Retaliate and rious chunks in the middle of the bar. Only one person will see. show them who knocks. Leo Aquarius

You will fall far behind in class. A love interest will send you a sexYou might want to buy some text- ual text. Unfortunately, that text wasn’t meant for you. books soon. Virgo Pisces

A cosmic shift will lead you and Destiny will call upon you this your horse to water. Force it to week. At, like, three in the goddrink and prove the world wrong. damn morning. WTF, destiny?

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The Health & Dental Plan is a service of the Ryerson Students' Union • health@rsuonline.ca • rsuonline.ca/services

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Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013

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