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Volume 47 - Issue 4

September 25, 2013
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The Ryerson Free Press newsstand sits empty outside the CESAR office.
The Ryerson Free Press halts production
By Alexandra Bosanac and
Angela Hennessy
Despite only publishing two issues
of The Ryerson Free Press (RFP)
last year, the Continuing Educa-
tion Students’ Association of Ry-
erson (CESAR) paid out almost
$50,000 in operating fees.
According to the CESAR’s op-
erating budget for 2013, over
$25,000 was paid in wages to edi-
tors and nearly $16,000 was paid
in expenses, which CESAR presi-
dent Shinae Kim said were mostly
legal fees. Kim would not com-
ment on what the legal fees were.
The remaining funds were allo-
cated to the costs of printing, sub
contracts and the Canadian Uni-
versity Press.
CESAR represents roughly
16,000 part-time and continuing
education students and the RFP
was their monthly paper. How-
ever, it has been one year since the
newspaper last went to print and
efforts to revive the now-defunct
paper have stalled indefinitely.
According to the RFP web-
site, the newspaper is dedicated
to “providing progressive cover-
age and investigative journalism
to Ryerson’s campus and neigh-
bourhood, with a focus on issues
relevant to continuing education,
distance education, and part-time
The last RFP editor-in-chief,
Clare O’Connor, was in her first
semester with the newspaper be-
fore leaving abruptly after the
September issue had gone to print.
It is still not clear why O’Connor
left and, according to the RFP
mandate, the paper can’t publish
without a sitting editor-in-chief.
“There have just been a lot of
happenings that I’m not allowed
to talk about,” said Kim.
Documents obtained by The
Eyeopener revealed CESAR had
threatened undisclosed legal pro-
ceedings against O’Connor, forc-
ing the paper to halt operations.
“Unfortunately I can’t really
talk about the editor-in-chief be-
cause we are in legal proceedings
with her,” said former CESAR
executive, Annie Hyder to The
Eyeopener in a 2012 interview.
According to the union’s audit
for 2011 to 2012, CESAR had col-
lected approximately $1.1 million
in revenue and the RFP accounted
for $68,404 in operating expenses.
Kim could not comment on
where the money that was not
used for the RFP in 2012 had
The paper was the only publica-
tion on campus that offered cash
incentives to its contributors. On
average, students made $40 per
article. However, several sources
that had written for the RFP said
that writers were often not paid.
An anonymous source that had
worked at the RFP for several
years as an editor said that CE-
SAR, in general, was a very “tox-
ic” environment. She also said
O’Connor had been on a proba-
tionary contract and that she was
not treated fairly.
“It [pushing out O’Connor] was
part of the process to undo the pa-
per,” said the source, who also al-
leged that CESAR was looking for
an excuse to cut funding.
Initially, CESAR worked to fill
the vacancy O’Connor had left
behind and called on applicants to
apply for the $15,000-a-year posi-
tion. But, the most recent job post
for the editor-in-chief position was
made last November. Kim would
not comment on whether or not
they were actively looking for a
new editor-in-chief.
“If it is the will of the members
to have The Ryerson Free Press as
a CESAR service again, the RFP
will be re-launched,” said Kim.
Kim said that, in the past, sur-
veys have been done to find out
if there was a demand amongst
union members for a student
newspaper. However, she was un-
aware of what the results of the
surveys were and would not com-
CESAR students said that if
they’re paying for the RFP’s op-
erating fees, they want to see a
“They [CESAR] should be put-
ting out a newspaper if the fees
are coming out of my tuition,”
said part-time student Saeiha Irah-
Repeated attempts to reach
O’Connor for comment were un-
Union workers threatened by potential CESAR lockout
Students gather for a rally outside the Student Campus Centre (SCC).
As CESAR staff continues to ask for higher wages, board of directors continues to push away
By Yara Kashlan
A rally will be held outside the
Student Campus Centre on Sept.
30 to inform students and fac-
ulty about a possible lockout of
Ryerson’s Continuing Education
Students’ Association of Ryerson
(CESAR) workers.
“We are trying to make it a fun
event although it is a stressful
situation,” said Saira Chhibber,
president of CUPE local 1281,
the union that represents CESAR
Currently workers are facing
the threat of possible wage cuts
and pay freezes.
Workers are responsible for or-
ganizing student campaigns geared
towards student rights and equity,
discount TTC metropasses, legal
help and health and dental plans.
CESAR represents over 16,000
students in continuing education,
distance education and part-time
programs at Ryerson.
After walking away from the
bargaining table, CESAR’s board
of directors has decided to use the
threat of a lockout to pressure em-
ployees to accept its terms.
“The lockout is what they [CE-
SAR] are hoping will make us set-
tle,” said Chhibber.
Two full-time unionized office
staff at CESAR have been present-
ed with a choice, either accept a
“0% Agreement,” or face a poten-
tial lockout.
Chhibber said there is nothing
written about what exactly the
“0% Agreement” means, how-
ever, there is a verbal understand-
ing that there will be no raise, and
even a potential cut to the wages.
Chhibber said they are also using
the lockout threat to pressure em-
ployees into accepting the chang-
A conciliator became involved
as a result of the unsuccessful bar-
gaining between the two sides.
This process was in accordance
with the requirements set out in
the Ontario Labour Relations Act.
Conciliation is the process in
which a third-party, independent
conciliator attempts to help the
parties reach an agreement. In
this case, it was not successful.
“Since the beginning of August,
the union has made two offers.
Since then, our demands have
been reduced down to one main
objective and that is fair wages for
the members,” said Chhibber.
CESAR has chosen not to bar-
gain with their staff on a collective
“The key point is that students
are getting their services, that’s
why we don’t want a lockout or to
go on strike,” said Chhibber.
Melissa Palermo, president of
the RSU will also be attending the
“It is important to encourage
the union to come to an agreement
so that staff, workers and mem-
bers are not affected negatively,”
said Palermo in response to the
potential lockout.
She added that getting the con-
flict resolved is important.
“Students and workers should
be united. It is important to have a
good relationship with the work-
ers,” said Palermo.
There is no decision made as
of yet on whether there will be a
lockout or not, but Chhibber said
it’s not what they want to resort
“They [workers] have been
stuck in an awkward situation.
Despite what is going on, they
have continued to do their job,
that’s what they want,” said
Despite multiple attempts to
contact her, CESAR president Shi-
nae Kim has not commented on
this issue.
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Brought back to life by popular
demand, this week’s Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug goes to: The
Ryerson Students Union. This week
the R.S.U. got graded by the Justice
Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
(please note freedoms GUARAN-
TEED in the Canadian Constitu-
tion), they got a “D” for policy and
an “F” for practices. The Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug has been around
for a long time. In fact this old Mug
remembers a time before the phrase
“Politically Correct” was around.
While there are some downsides to
that time: misogyny, homophobia,
racism and no seat belt laws, there
was an up side too. That upside was
real and sometimes cranky debate.
Now, I’m not some Right Wing
contrarian who is arguing that P.C.
has de-balled all debate but man it
sure can be used to shut shit down.
And the Mug who has been em-
ployed by this fine paper since 1967
has seen the RSU attempt to shut
down/impose/sue us for stuff they
perceived as “offensive”. The R.S.U.
could no more be trusted to protect
Freedom of Speech than it could be
to lower University Fees. But still “...
51% have engaged in the censorship
of student expression on campus,
and thus have failed in their duties to
protect free expression rights.” that
has got to hurt, makes them sound
like Stephen Harper.
After defeating the Trent Exaclibur on Sept. 18, Ryerson’s men’s soccer team climbed
to fifth place in the Canada’s national university rankings.
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Ryerson has many specialized programs in the Faculty of Communication and Design.
Ontario shifting program funding
By Debbie Hernandez
The Ontario government is push-
ing universities and colleges to
specialize their curriculums to cre-
ate a “differentiated post-second-
ary education system.”
The proposal, a confidential
draft discussion paper dated Sep-
tember 2013 and named “Ontar-
io’s Proposed Differentiation Pol-
icy Framework,” was discovered
by The Globe and Mail, and ob-
tained by The Eyeopener. In it, the
Ontario government outlined its
goal for greater “differentiation”
between schools to “build on and
help focus the well-established
strengths of institutions.” They
will try to get schools to align with
its “Differentiation Framework”
with “appropriate policy levers”
which include funding, program
approval and spaces for student
enrollment. Simply put, “differen-
tiation” means being able to know
what school’s strengths are.
Schools including Ryerson are
allowed to make the final call on
what they will do and whether or
not they’ll choose to follow this
Vice-president of education of
Ryerson’s Students’ Union (RSU)
Rochelle Lawrence thinks the gov-
ernment should not be making
decisions involving students and
schools without their involvement.
“Students have less access to
courses they want to take,” Law-
rence said. “I feel like it’s not bene-
ficial because it’ll hinder students’
choices for the schools they want
to go to.”
Lawrence, who is also a social
work student at Ryerson, thinks
important sectors like commu-
nity services will be neglected if
programs like hers are no longer
offered. “They are focusing more
on programs that will help rebuild
the economy,” she said.
The document outlines that in
order to stimulate the economy,
programs with higher employ-
ment rates post-graduation should
secure the majority of government
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy
said the proposed plan does not
mean that the school will be elimi-
nating programs.
“I have to make clear that it’s
not about letting go of programs,”
Levy said. “We are not going to
abandon any programs. We are
going to make some programs
stronger by specializing.” Levy
added that specializing programs
would set schools apart in a
positive way, similar to how the
University of Waterloo is known
for its engineering programs.
The draft framework did not
clearly state which programs are
going onto the chopping block,
but it did state that the govern-
ment would use categories like
student satisfaction rate and the
percentage of students who are
in co-op to decide which pro-
grams are safe and which ones
will see funding cuts.
With files from James Brad-
shaw of The Globe and Mail.
OSAP funding could soon change
By Halla Imam
Ontario students face the highest tu-
ition costs in the country, with thou-
sands of recipients relying on gov-
ernment loans to cover the cost of
their post-secondary education, but
the future of the Ontario Student
Assistance Program (OSAP) funding
is still uncertain.
Earlier this year, Progressive Con-
servative leader Tim Hudak sug-
gested that student loans should be
tied to grade averages and should
direct students towards trade-based
programs that offer more-certain
employment. Hudak also suggested
that OSAP funding should be lim-
ited to programs that saw higher
employment rates immediately after
graduation, claiming that too many
students were graduating with de-
grees that lead them “back on mom
and dad’s couch with no job to go
Some students believe this would
affect overall student enrollment
and would make students who need
the money forfeit the programs they
really want to take.
“If the government chooses to give
more money to certain programs,
students who need OSAP could be
forced to go into programs they
have no interest in,” said fourth-
year nursing student, Jessica Pope.
“The government is basically
changing the education system to
suit their needs, instead of giving
students the chance to study what
they want,” said Pope.
Hudak was slammed by critics
for trying to mould post-secondary
institutions, reducing the freedom of
universities and colleges in Ontario.
Pope argued that changes to the
OSAP framework could make stu-
dents feel pressured to abandon
their interests and move into pro-
grams that would get them funding.
“I think it goes against student’s
right to an education,” said Pope.
“Everyone should have the choice
to pursue the education they want,
and the government shouldn’t be
discouraging students to reach their
full potential.”
Ryerson University president
Sheldon Levy has said that though
he would never be asked for his
opinion on the topic, he would not
support the change.
“To subject a student to low
OSAP because of GPA or opportu-
nity...that is something you don’t say
to a student,” said Levy.
Levy mentioned that some stu-
dents may come from backgrounds
that require them to work, instead
of focus on their studies.
But, not everyone shares this sen-
“It [cracking down on funding]
makes sense because we have all
these students graduating and they
are not getting jobs,” said fourth-
year graphic communication and
design student, Julia Van Norden.
Van Norden thinks students en-
tering university should consider the
uncertainty of the economy before
choosing programs and taking out
big loans.
“I don’t necessarily think it’s bad
that the government wants to make
sure it’s not wasting money on pro-
grams where people don’t get jobs.”
Post-secondary student employ-
ment rates in Ontario are currently
the lowest in the country, accord-
ing to a study conducted by Statis-
tics Canada this past summer. The
Labour Force survey showed that
Ontario graduates with a bachelor’s
degree had a six per cent unemploy-
ment rate, compared to nine other
provinces average of 4.7 per cent.
A framework of the changes will
be released in October.
Key quotes from the draft
QUOTE: “Collaboration among institu-
tions can provide enhanced opportunities
for students and helps to ensure we focus
our collective resources and avoid unneces-
sary duplication.”
WHAT IT MEANS: Instead of multiple
universities offering a generic program (ex.
English), schools should specialize so that
students are offered a unique degree (ex.
Victorian literature).
QUOTE: “The deadline to submit
feedback is October 11th ... Institutions
will have the opportunity to provide
updated submissions to the Ministry in
November 2013.”
WHAT IT MEANS: Universities and
stakeholders have a chance to give feed-
back on the proposal and are going to
start seeing changes before the end of
the year.
I think it goes against
a student’s right to an
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Dogs, robots and science
By Nitish Bissonauth
A Ryerson computer science pro-
fessor’s invention involving at-
taching a robot to a dog to help
with search-and-rescue missions
has landed him a spot at the
EURAXESS Science Slam North
America 2013.
Professor Alexander Ferworn
will present his idea at the Sci-
ence Slam in Washington, D.C.,
on Sept. 24. Similar to a poetry
slam, the competition opens the
floor to five finalists to showcase
their research and inventions in a
10-minute presentation for a pan-
el of judges and the crowd. The
winner will go on to compete at
an international Science Slam in
“I’m already a winner,” Fer-
worn said. “After all, I’m the only
Canadian in the competition.”
Ferworn’s concept, dubbed
the “Canine Assisted Robot De-
ployment” (CARD), is a system
for search-and-rescue missions
where people may be buried un-
der rubble from collapsed build-
ings. He’s been working on it in
collaboration with the Ontario
Provincial Police since 2006. A
trained search-and-rescue dog is
equipped with harness holding a
robotic camera, nicknamed the
“underdog.” The dog is then sent
into the rubble to look for survi-
vors. Once it locates someone, the
dog barks. The sound activates
the robot, which is then used by
rescuers to wirelessly monitor the
situation and assess important
factors like whether the victim is
alive and how to reach them. Fer-
worn’s YouTube video of the dog
and robot in action is what landed
him a finalist position.
Even though his invention has
taken him this far, Ferworn still
sees room for improvement.
“If we could, we would make
the [robot] parts lighter and
smaller,” Ferworn said. “After all,
the dog is carrying all this stuff on
top of doing its initial task.”
However, Ferworn said he feels
confident about being able to win
the competition.
“I would be very surprised if
anyone else brought on a dog
and a robot,” said Ferworn. “I’m
going to have a dog, what more
could you ask for?”
The Science Slam is run by
EURAXESS, an European orga-
nization that promotes scientific
research and is supported by the
European Union. Its goal is to
help encourage interaction be-
tween researchers in other parts
of the world and Europe, and
other finalists include innovators
and researchers from the likes of
Yale, Harvard and Georgetown.
This is the first time Ryerson Uni-
versity has a representative at the
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The Canine Robot device was demonstrated on campus Monday.
RSU among worst in
Canada for free speech
Ryerson Students’s Union vice-president of equity, Rajean Hoilett.
By Angela Hennessy and
Ramisha Farooq
On Sept. 24, The Justice Centre for
Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF)
rated the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) as one of the second worst
student unions in the country for
failing to uphold free expression
rights on campus.
In the JCCF’s 2013 Campus
Freedom Index, the RSU received
a ‘D’ and ‘F’ letter grade for their
implementation of policies and
practices on campus.
“Ryerson got an F because the
Ryerson Students’ Union denied
official club certification to a
group of students who were trying
to start a men’s issues group,” said
Michael Kennedy, communica-
tions and development coordina-
tor and co-author of the campus
freedom index
Using a five-tier grading scale—
A, B, C, D and F —the campus
freedom index grades universities
and student unions on policies and
According to their website, the
JCCF conducts research, educa-
tion and advocacy in order to
narrow the gap in income, wealth
and power. Their missions include
bringing together people from uni-
versities and unions, along with
other community organizations,
to pursue equality and democracy.
“The RSU certainly stand with
a lot of student unions who have
banned clubs because of their
views, and that’s what the Ryerson
Students’ Union did,” Kennedy
Kennedy did, however, mention
that Ryerson received an ‘A’ in
terms of university policies.
In March 2013, the RSU de-
nied certification to a men’s issues
group because it was allegedly af-
filiated with two external organi-
zations, A Voice for Men and the
Canadian Association for Equal-
The RSU deemed both organiza-
tions “hate groups” and denied the
group ratification.
Rajean Hoilett, vice-president
for equity at the RSU, has said that
they are not considering the idea of
ratifying the men’s group because it
would seclude women from certain
spaces on campus.
“We looked at other campuses,
such as U of T, where men’s groups
conversations were being had and
they were becoming unsafe spaces
for women and women-identified
folk,” said Hoilett.
Fifty-one per cent of Canadian
universities fail to uphold free ex-
pression rights on their campuses.
The RSU tied for second with
unions at Brandon University, Mc-
Gill University, Queen’s University
and the University of Manitoba.
These universities all earned a ‘D’
and ‘F’ grade – only slightly better
than the worst three schools.
In order to receive an ‘A’ grade,
a student union must have a stated
commitment to free speech on cam-
pus set out in its mission, vision,
or policy documents and written
policies which expressly protect di-
versity of opinion and prevent the
student union executive from dis-
criminating against a club.
“As a students’ union it is impor-
tant to maintain a safe space and
we understand that folks have free-
dom of speech, but that comes with
a limit and it is not an unheard con-
cept,” said Hoilett.
Kennedy stated that the grades
were based on an in-depth analysis
of media reports pertaining to the
rejection of the men’s group as well
as its verdict that passed through
the RSU.
This is the third edition of the
Their ongoing mission is nation-
wide constitutional freedom.
Folks have freedom
of speech, but that
comes with a limit
7 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Spend your day at Roll Play Cafe
Seated on leather cushioned
chairs, a group of five people in
their twenties lean over a board
game placed on top of a black
granite coffee table. One of the
players leaps up in celebration.
“I win. I win. I win!”
Roll Play Cafe, located right be-
side the World’s Biggest Bookstore
at 10A Edward St., is the newest
downtown board game joint.
Upon entering, a blue staircase
leads up to the second floor café.
A hand-painted mural depicting
characters from popular board
games, including Monopoly’s
mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags,
hangs on the wall.
Inside, black booths line large
windows overlooking Edward
Shelving units hold the library
of 300 board games, all which
were hand-picked by owners Sher-
ry Luo, 27, and Shan Paul Ho, 26.
The selection includes a range of
classics, like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em
Robots and newer releases, like
The Walking Dead board game.
Luo, who graduated from
Ryerson’s nursing program in
2009, said she got the idea of
opening a board game café after
hearing they were popular over-
“We knew about board game
cafés in Asia and when we saw it
in Canada we wanted to check it
out, but the wait lines were just so
long,” said Luo.
Tired of waiting to get into the
city’s most popular board game
café, Snakes and Lattes, Luo and
Ho decided they would open up a
café of their own.
Having gone to Ryerson, Luo
knew this neighbourhood would
be perfect to develop their first
business. But finding a location
wasn’t easy. Eight months dragged
by until finally, in February 2013,
they signed a deal and began
renovating the space.
“We want to let other people
enjoy and play in an atmosphere
where you don’t have to wait that
long,” said Luo.
Roll Play Cafe has no cov-
er charge. The rules are that
once you come in and order
something, you are free to stay for
up to two hours. After that, you can
either pay $3 per hour to continue
playing or order something else
off the menu.
Luo’s partner, Ho, said their
attention to the menu is what
sets them apart from other board
game cafés. They have a renowned
chef on staff and Ho said their
barista is a world champion.
Although this is the couple’s
first entrepreneurial endeavor,
they’re no strangers to the food
industry. Both of their parents
owned restaurant businesses, so
Luo and Ho said that being able
to follow in their footsteps was a
satisfying feeling.
“If (people) want a quality place
to sit, dine and have fun, I hope
they choose this place,” Ho said.
Count me in, Ryerson
Shane Feldman remembers the
anxieties he felt about entering
high school. Adapting to a new en-
vironment proved to be the hard-
est two weeks of his life, but after
only a few months, he took the
first step in establishing his own
“I had moved around eight
times, so it wasn’t really a new
concept,” said Feldman. “But just
starting high school was nerve
He took his concerns to his
high school guidance coun-
cilor, promptly requesting to be
transferred to a new school. His
councilor refused to comply and
instead, signed him up for 10 dif-
ferent clubs.
From that point on, Feldman
became one of the most involved
students in his high school. He was
the voice of student activism. But
he quickly noticed that other stu-
dents weren’t as motivated.
“I’d show up to a club and there
would be nine people there,” said
Feldman. “I didn’t understand,
so I had this idea for a school as-
sembly to rally a couple hundred
kids in my school, show them all
the different clubs, get a motiva-
tional speaker and have a fun day
to show kids how to get involved.”
The assembly was a huge suc-
cess, so Feldman took his idea and
expanded it on a regional, pro-
vincial, and eventually, a national
level. At age 13, he had founded
and established his own organiza-
tion called Count Me In.
Feldman is currently a second-
year radio and television arts stu-
dent at Ryerson and also serves
as the executive director of Count
Me In. His organization aims to
connect youth with volunteer op-
portunities to help them flourish
like he did.
While Count Me In’s main fo-
cus is an annual conference, the
desire to encourage volunteering
is a year-round pursuit. Through
a recent partnership with 1 Billion
Hours, another volunteer based
organization, Feldman hopes to
launch a movement at Ryerson
that will provide students with ac-
cess to volunteer opportunities.
Feldman said that being enrolled
in university has made managing a
national organization more diffi-
cult. He puts in over 60 hours per
week at Count Me In and has to
make time for classes and assign-
ments. But still, he is happy about
his current tenure at Ryerson.
Feldman has earned appraisals
from the Ontario Legislature and
The House of Commons for his
work. He has also been recognized
as one of the Top 20 Under 20 in
Canada, and holds a Citizen of
Character Award, an award given
to a community leader.
“It’s unbelievable how many
[teenagers] feel like they don’t
matter,” said Feldman. “The real-
ity is they can do something right
now today that matters, and they
can change the world.”
Roll Play Café, the newest student hangout spot, opened at Yonge and Edward streets two weeks ago
By Beza Getachew
By Dylan Freeman-Grist
*To learn more about Count Me In, check out or
follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneFeldman
Roll Play Cafe serves food, coffee, and good times.
Feldman speaking at a Count Me In conference.
8 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
arijuana’s not badass anymore.
The days where smoking a
joint or hitting a bong made you
a hardcore delinquent have vapourized into
thin air — with the green stuff legal in two
U.S. states (Colorado and Washington) and
all of Uruguay, and Justin Trudeau here in
Canada riding legalization as one of his elec-
tion platforms, you’d be hard-pressed to
find someone, especially amongst a univer-
sity-age group, who thinks marijuana is a
“hard” drug anymore. In fact, a 2013 study
of 1,200 University of Toronto undergradu-
ate students “suggests that marijuana use is
normalized or integrated into conventional
university student life.”
The destigmatization of the most popu-
lar substance next to alcohol and cigarettes
means there’s an opening for the next up-
and-coming drug to fill.
Enter MDMA.
arrett*, a Toronto-based drug dealer
who’s been active since April, said
the drug first hit its stride in the rave
“It was unheard of outside of raves a few
years ago, but now, it’s everywhere,” he said.
“It started getting big about five to seven
years ago, just as EDM [electronic dance mu-
sic] was starting to get popular.”
EDM, once considered a niche music
genre, has broken into the mainstream. Big
names like Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia
and deadmau5 regularly get radio play, while
festivals like VELD and Digital Dreams, both
held in Toronto during the summer, sell out
in days. With the music came the culture —
furry leg warmers and vests, plastic-bead
bracelets, neon-coloured clothes and, of
course, drugs.
“Honestly, I’d probably have never tried
it if my friends didn’t get me into the EDM
scene,” Josh*, 26, said. Josh first used
MDMA at an EDM show about a year-and-
a-half-ago, and has tried it at concerts since.
“K [ketamine]’s huge too, always has been,
but nowhere near MDMA,” Josh said.
It’s not just the electronica acts that are
bringing MDMA, commonly known as Mol-
ly, to the masses anymore.“All Gold Every-
thing” by rapper Trinidad James features the
line “Pop the molly/I’m sweating.” MDMA
can impair the body’s ability to regulate its
temperature, and combined with the dancing
that comes with raves and clubs, can cause
users to sweat excessively.
Even pop queen Madonna got in on the
trend — she released an album named
MDNA in March 2012, and reportedly
asked her audiences “Have you seen molly?”
during her tour.
DMA, short for 3,4 methylene-
dioxymethamphetamine and also
known as “M” or “Molly,” is
usually found in gelatin capsules. An average
capsule contains around 100 to 120 mg of
pure MDMA, enough for one dose for the
average person. MDMA is the actual chemi-
cal that gets a person high, but is also used
when referring to capsules with a higher pu-
rity of the drug. Ecstasy, occasionally called
“E” or “X,” may also contain MDMA, but
the colourful tablets usually contain lower
dosages of the chemical, more fillers, and po-
tentially, other drugs.
It takes about 20 minutes after you take a
pill of MDMA for its effects to fully hit you
but when they do, you’ll be high for the next
four to six hours. It stimulates neurotrans-
mitters in the brain — most importantly,
serotonin and dopamine, the “feel-good”
In smaller doses, MDMA causes the user
to feel euphoric and can cause increased af-
fection. But in high doses the drug can cause
mild hallucinogenic effects, like causing faint
halos to appear around objects.
“It’s kind of like alcohol in a sense that you
take it and you go right to a party and you’re
guaranteed to have a good time,” fourth-
year Ryerson student Chris* said. Chris,
21, has sampled a variety of hallucinogens,
stimulants and smokes marijuana regularly,
but said his favourite high is when he’s on
MDMA. He personally doesn’t like clubs,
but sometimes takes it when going out with
friends or to a party.
“For university students? I’d say after
marijuana, [the next most popular drug]’s
definitely MDMA,” Chris said. “[Cocaine] is
also a common one, but coke is also very ex-
pensive and students... don’t have the money
to buy that stuff.”
MDMA typically costs $10 a pill. Just like
alcohol, the price goes up inside a venue like
a bar or club to around $15 or $20 a pill.
But that’s still cheaper than cocaine, which
in Toronto, has a price range of $80 to $100
a gram and is harder to find. There’s also a
“100 per cent guarantee” of being able to
find someone selling MDMA in a club or
busy bar downtown, Chris said.
“I don’t have any contacts right now,”
Chris said, “but if I really wanted to, I could
probably get some in a day.”
It’s not only users that have an easy time
seeking out MDMA, even though in Canada,
it’s a Schedule I drug (the same category as
heroin) — being found in possession of it
can mean up to seven years’ jail time, and
producing or trafficking it can result in life
in prison. Garrett said getting a stock is as
simple as ordering it off a supplier online.
“It’s surprisingly easy to get your hands
on. If you buy it in a research format ... It’s
technically legal,” Garrett said. “Just not for
Kzve yeu seen Melly?
With the destigmatization of marijuana, Jackie Hong sets out to
survey drugs in Toronto and find the new pillar of the counterculture
friends or to a party.
“For university students? I’d say after
marijuana, [the next most popular drug]’s
definitely MDMA,” Chris said. “[Cocaine] is
also a common one, but coke is also very ex-
pensive and students... don’t have the money
to buy that stuff.”
MDMA typically costs $10 a pill. Just like
alcohol, the price goes up inside a venue like
a bar or club to around $15 or $20 a pill.
But that’s still cheaper than cocaine, which
in Toronto, has a price range of $80 to $100
a gram and is harder to find. There’s also a
“100 per cent guarantee” of being able to
find someone selling MDMA in a club or
busy bar downtown, Chris said.
“I don’t have any contacts right now,”
Chris said, “but if I really wanted to, I could
probably get some in a day.”
It’s not only users that have an easy time
seeking out MDMA, even though in Canada,
it’s a Schedule I drug (the same category as
heroin) — being found in possession of it
can mean up to seven years’ jail time, and
producing or trafficking it can result in life
in prison. Garrett said getting a stock is as
simple as ordering it off a supplier online.
“It’s surprisingly easy to get your hands
on. If you buy it in a research format ... It’s
technically legal,” Garrett said. “Just not for
Kzve yeu seen Melly?
With the destigmatization of marijuana, Jackie Hong sets out to
survey drugs in Toronto and find the new pillar of the counterculture
friends or to a party.
“For university students? I’d say after
marijuana, [the next most popular drug]’s
definitely MDMA,” Chris said. “[Cocaine] is
also a common one, but coke is also very ex-
pensive and students... don’t have the money
to buy that stuff.”
MDMA typically costs $10 a pill. Just like
alcohol, the price goes up inside a venue like
a bar or club to around $15 or $20 a pill.
But that’s still cheaper than cocaine, which
in Toronto, has a price range of $80 to $100
a gram and is harder to find. There’s also a
“100 per cent guarantee” of being able to
find someone selling MDMA in a club or
busy bar downtown, Chris said.
“I don’t have any contacts right now,”
Chris said, “but if I really wanted to, I could
probably get some in a day.”
It’s not only users that have an easy time
seeking out MDMA, even though in Canada,
it’s a Schedule I drug (the same category as
heroin) — being found in possession of it
can mean up to seven years’ jail time, and
producing or trafficking it can result in life
in prison. Garrett said getting a stock is as
simple as ordering it off a supplier online.
“It’s surprisingly easy to get your hands
on. If you buy it in a research format ... It’s
technically legal,” Garrett said. “Just not for
Kzve yeu seen Melly?
With the destigmatization of marijuana, Jackie Hong sets out to
survey drugs in Toronto and find the new pillar of the counterculture
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 9
friends or to a party.
“For university students? I’d say after
marijuana, [the next most popular drug]’s
definitely MDMA,” Chris said. “[Cocaine] is
also a common one, but coke is also very ex-
pensive and students... don’t have the money
to buy that stuff.”
MDMA typically costs $10 a pill. Just like
alcohol, the price goes up inside a venue like
a bar or club to around $15 or $20 a pill.
But that’s still cheaper than cocaine, which
in Toronto, has a price range of $80 to $100
a gram and is harder to find. There’s also a
“100 per cent guarantee” of being able to
find someone selling MDMA in a club or
busy bar downtown, Chris said.
“I don’t have any contacts right now,”
Chris said, “but if I really wanted to, I could
probably get some in a day.”
It’s not only users that have an easy time
seeking out MDMA, even though in Canada,
it’s a Schedule I drug (the same category as
heroin) — being found in possession of it
can mean up to seven years’ jail time, and
producing or trafficking it can result in life
in prison. Garrett said getting a stock is as
simple as ordering it off a supplier online.
“It’s surprisingly easy to get your hands
on. If you buy it in a research format ... It’s
technically legal,” Garrett said. “Just not for
human consumption.”
Supply companies, often in China or India,
according to Garrett, will synthesize MDMA
for use in clinical trials.
Garrett said he only buys from these com-
panies and not “locally-sourced” product be-
cause he doesn’t trust the purity of Toronto’s
“I’m sure some of it is fine, but I don’t
want to take that risk,” Garrett said.
yerson organic chemistry professor
Bryan Koivisto explained that saf-
rol, a natural pesticide found in nut-
meg, can be used as a “core” to synthesize
MDMA, but, it and other chemicals needed
to convert it into the drug, are highly regulat-
ed by the government. However, he doesn’t
think that MDMA can be cooked using
“kitchen methods” or if pure product could
be synthesized by someone without proper
training in chemistry.
“Safrol used to be what they used to fla-
vour root beer until they realized it was carci-
nogenic,” Koivisto said. “So if someone ever
tasted root beer when they were consuming
MDMA... I just wonder if that would still be
in there somehow because they didn’t fully
transform it.
“[MDMA] was actually tested as drug for
narcolepsy,” Koivisto added. “You can’t get
addicted to it chemically, but you can get ad-
dicted to the effect.”
Even with its sudden spike in popularity,
Josh said that he doesn’t think MDMA will
ever be as normalized as marijuana.
“It’s a little limited to culture,” he said. “I
wouldn’t do it at a punk show.”
Another limiting factor of MDMA is the
fact that it makes the user’s pupils dilate.
This means that bright lights can become
painful and blinding to look at, which is why
it’s used more often at night.
Chris felt the same about MDMA’s future,
but for a different reason — it can give you
one hell of a hangover. Unlike other drugs,
which introduce a chemical into a body’s sys-
tem to give the user a high, MDMA makes
the body use its own resources to produce
the high. It depletes a user’s serotonin levels
to the point where the body faces a shortage
and needs to replenish the supply. It could
take anywhere from a day to two weeks to
get serotonin levels back to normal, mean-
while leaving the person feeling terrible.
This is also the reason why frequently taking
MDMA without “time off” negates the ef-
fect of the drug — eventually, your body runs
out of serotonin.
“I always make sure to do it on a Friday or
Saturday so I have the next day to recover,”
Chris said. “I don’t really see it as something
someone could do every day.”
Amid all this drug talk, it’s important to
note that drug use among youth has actually
been on the decline — in fact, it wasn’t even
that high to start with. According to the re-
sults from the Canadian Alcohol and Drug
Use Monitoring Survey 2011, 21.6 per cent
of Canadians aged 15 to 24 reported mari-
juana use in 2011, down from 37 per cent
in 2004.
Illicit drugs, defined as cocaine or crack,
speed, hallucinogens excluding salvia, ec-
stasy and heroin, are used far less often by
the same age group and have also seen de-
clining use, dropping to 4.8 per cent in 2011
from 11.3 per cent in 2004. Alcohol is, by
far, the most popular substance of choice,
but even that’s seeing a drop in users: fewer
than three-quarters of youth reported drink-
ing sometime in 2011, compared to more
than 80 per cent in 2004.
“I think because a lot of people know it by
name now, they assume a lot more people are
doing it,” Garrett said, adding that drug cul-
ture can vary from city to city. However, he
said, even though MDMA is seeing a surge in
popularity, it still has a long way to go before
it can claim the same status that marijuana,
his main source of income, carries now.
“Weed and alcohol are by far the most
popular substances out there,” he said.
“MDMA’s out there, [but] it doesn’t even
come close.”
*Names have been changed for obvious
reasons. Illicit drugs, man.
Kzve yeu seen Melly?
With the destigmatization of marijuana, Jackie Hong sets out to
survey drugs in Toronto and find the new pillar of the counterculture
10 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Wanze Song and Claire Scott, the
designers behind the new Toronto-
based custom shirt line Eyze (pro-
nounced “easy”), are living the
dream: their designs sell out mere
hours after being released, their
clothes have been featured on De-
grassi and they’re only 19 years
Though the pair launched their
newest collection of designs on
Friday, their company dates back
to June, when Song, a second-year
fashion student at Ryerson, was in
search of a summer job.
“I applied everywhere — even
McDonald’s. No one was hiring,”
Song explains. But that night, “I
saw this video on Facebook that a
friend posted about starting your
own business,” she says. “That in-
spired me to start Eyze.”
Song called up Scott, an arts stu-
dent at York University, with her
idea and the two childhood friends
dove into the fashion business to-
In three months, Eyze has gar-
nered more success than some de-
signers do in years. The women
took a risk by investing $500 each
into Eyze, and it paid off. The pair
made $600 in profit on their most
recent collection alone.
Part of that popularity stems
from a cameo on Degrassi. Song,
who interned at the show over the
summer, showed her line to the
costume department. They liked it
so much that they had the charac-
ter Tristan wear an Eyze shirt on
the show.
The line is expanding into other
areas of the country as well. “I saw
two girls at Osheaga in Montreal
wearing Eyze shirts,” says Song. “It
was so amazing to see our designs
on people we didn’t even know. It
still feels like such a dream.”
The duo is inspired by “trippy
and colourful” patterns or “art on
a T-shirt,” as Scott calls it, refer-
ring to the bold cat graphic on her
“We create all our own
designs. We either draw
them by hand or create
them on Photoshop. That’s
what makes it so unique.”
The women say that all
of their designs are inspired
by different characters. “We
take all our own photos.
For our newest line, we
had different personas for
each model. There was a
‘smoking girl’ who had a
very hipster look,” Scott
explains. Another featured
an angelic-looking, blonde
“flower girl,” whom the
pair photographed in a field
of flowers.
“My advice to other
young people trying to
make it in the arts is don’t
hesitate,” Song says.
Scott echoes that tip. “If
there’s something you want
to do, go for it,” she says.
“That’s what we did and it
was the best decision I’ve
ever made.”
Eyze does it
Summer job search yields fashion line
success for Ryerson student and friend
Wanze Song (left) and Claire Scott, the duo be-
hind the Eyze fashion line, are pictured wearing
their own designs, which run for $20 each on the
pair’s Facebook page.
“Art is an amazing point of inter-
section,” says Steve Loft, stand-
ing at a podium in the main foyer
of the Ryerson Image Centre. “It
makes us come together, makes
us think and it can be profoundly
That was Loft’s goal with Ghost
Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.,
a new exhibit at the Image Centre
that he guest curated. The gallery,
which began Wednesday, Sept. 18,
explores the ongoing struggle of
aboriginal communities through
their art, their culture and their
unique, individual stories.
“We have another history and
it’s different,” explains Loft, an
aboriginal curator, writer and
Trudeau fellow (an honour recog-
nizing leadership and creativity).
“It comes from our customary dif-
ferences, our songs, our dances,
our creation stories and so many
other things.”
The pieces at the exhibit serve
to give the aboriginal community
a voice and to make viewers feel
as though they are getting to know
the community firsthand. Loft and
the nine artists featured at the ex-
hibit accomplished this through
photographs, multimedia pieces
and other mediums.
Upon walking into the exhibit,
guests are greeted with life-sized
monitors of people taking part in
a round dance, a traditional wel-
coming dance that involves hold-
ing hands and dancing in a circle.
Loft explains that round dances
are used for
joyous times of
celebration and
gathering, and
can sometimes
reach as many
as 1,000 par-
ticipants. “Part
of the piece is
that, to be able
to hear the
sound coming
from the speak-
ers, you have
to stand face-
to-face with the
people in the
video, which re-
ally makes you
feel like you’re
part of the
dance,” Loft
In another
piece, the viewer
listens to female
voices singing
a comforting,
soothing lullaby
through a pay-
phone while vieweing a screen that
shows aboriginal women speaking
on prison phones. The effect is a
30-second insight into life for the
disproportionate amount of ab-
original women who are currently
“These women could be any-
body’s daughter, sister or grand-
mother. The artist wanted the
viewers to get an insight into their
stories, their hopes and dreams,”
Loft says. The phones and moni-
tors are in their own separate
space in the exhibit, and above
the installations is a mural of the
sky, which attempts to recreate
the view from inside the women’s
Videos and audio of important
aboriginal events — like the Oka
Crisis and a riot that occurred in
Australia when an aboriginal man
was killed while in police custody
— also fill the haunting exhibit.
The gallery is a glance into the
struggles, challenges, triumphs
and stories of aboriginal peoples.
“We are proud, strong and here,”
Loft says. “We have to remember
that our existence itself is an act of
Existence as an act of resistance
Aboriginal artists share their stories in new RIC exhibit
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silver print, 1973. Reproduction from the Black Star Collection
at Ryerson University.
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11 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
From clown to demon
Ryerson Theatre School alumnus Chad Connell’s on-screen credits range from
Degrassi: The Next Generation to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
In his third year at Ryerson The-
atre School, Chad Connell was
given a red clown nose.
“It definitely made the jokes
that I was going to clown college
all the more true,” he says.
Connell was one of roughly 29
people accepted into Ryerson’s
theatre school in 2002. Now an
alumnus, he has a long list of non-
clown credits to his name — from
Degrassi: The Next Generation to
Suits, White House Down to, most
recently, Mortal Instruments: City
of Bones.
At age 10, Connell realized he
wanted to become an actor and
has not deviated since. Despite a
handful of education options, Ry-
erson won Connell over with its
reputation, central location and
degree, along with a chance to
study under former program chair
Perry Schneiderman. Though
the experience was overwhelm-
ing at first, Connell adjusted and
formed close bonds with the other
students by the end of his second
“I was so career-oriented that
it was frustrating for me to be in
school. Even though it was the
medicine I needed, it was hard,”
he says. “It’s silly, but I wanted
a piece of paper — not that you
show anyone your degree in audi-
tion rooms.”
One of Connell’s latest auditions
landed him a role as Lambert, the
blue-haired demon in Mortal In-
struments: City of Bones, the first
in a series of film adaptations of
Cassandra Clare’s young adult
“I was sitting in the waiting
room painting my nails black, put-
ting eyeliner on,” said Connell. “I
knew it’s what they needed to see
and that if I just walked in wear-
ing a Lacoste polo my chances
might be on the slimmer side.”
While the role is not a sizeable
one — nor the first time Connell
has had blue hair (he sported a
blue fauxhawk in his first year
of university) — Lambert’s death
is the catalyst of the series, as the
main character Clary Fray is ex-
posed to a gang of demon hunters
after witnessing his murder. “The
significance of the character I play
never diminishes because of that,”
explains Connell.
The biggest challenge Connell
faced with the movie was making
an impression on-screen in such a
limited amount of time. “Why did
I have 850 hours of voice class and
900 hours of speech class to play
this part that doesn’t have lines?”
he asked himself. But when watch-
ing the final product, Connell felt
that he succeeded in making an
While Lambert was a fun role
for Connell, the actor is drawn to
darker roles that show a person’s
internal struggles. Through film,
he says, viewers can explore the
life and problems of another per-
son, if only for a few hours.
The first time Connell had a
trailer of his own on set was the
moment it had become “real
for him.” He’s living the life he
dreamed of as a little kid.
Ryerson grad rises from theatre school to the silver screen
Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg
met at Ryerson frosh week. Both
were enrolled in the radio and
television arts program. Both lived
on the 13th floor of Pitman Hall.
That was 19 years ago.
Fast forward to today. Twelve
years after founding marbleme-
dia, a content creation company
dedicated to telling stories across
all platforms, the Ryerson gradu-
ates have received Playback’s Out-
standing Achievement Award.
“It’s a unique award,” said Bish-
op. “It’s a mid-career acknowl-
edgement of where we’ve come
from and where we’re going. That
makes it really special.”
The pair — whose cross-plat-
form original series include kids’
shows like This is Emily Yeung
and This is Daniel Cook (and
another pair of shows that will
launch before the end of 2013) —
was presented with the award on
Sept. 12, joining a list of “pivotal
creators and champions of Cana-
da’s film and TV legacy” who have
been honoured by Playback, a Ca-
nadian media news resource.
Bishop and Hornburg first be-
gan working together on projects
in their third year at Ryerson.
When Hornburg directed the an-
Since graduating from Ryerson, Mark Bishop (left) and Matt Hornburg have established the Innovative Storytllers Award, which
awards a graduate student $20,000 and up to five one-on-one meetings with industry stakeholders.
nual sketch comedy show, Riot!,
Bishop was a producer.
“Working on Riot!, we really
saw this partnership where we
could be creative and move moun-
tains,” explained Bishop. “That
continued in our fourth year when
we produced the TARA Awards
[which honour the best works in
the RTA program]. We went and
raised money and had it broadcast
on two networks. We did the im-
With the experience the pair
gained during their time at Ryer-
son, Bishop credits the university
for the opportunities it provided.
“I often use the expression,
‘It’s yours to lose,’” said Bishop.
“Ryerson’s like that. Everything
is there for you: great equipment,
peers, staff and teachers. It’s up to
you. You can take advantage of
that and run with it.”
The duo is still involved at Ryer-
son, often guest lecturing in RTA
and business classes. The also of-
fer a $20,000 scholarship through
marblemedia in collaboration
with Ryerson’s masters of arts in
media production program. It’s
not only about the money, though;
it’s also about mentorship. While
the university chooses the scholar-
ship’s recipient, Bishop and Horn-
burg work closely with him or her,
facilitating industry introductions
and other resources.
The pair knows the value of
such help. While marblemedia is
now a thriving company ready to
take on more challenges and create
new and different ideas, it began
as nothing more than a makeshift
office in Bishop’s dining room.
Ryerson RTA grads named to TV hall of fame
Gould Cookoff
Feeling hungry? This was just one
of three dishes served up on Gould
Street last week during Rye’s
Homegrown Cookoff, an event to
showcase local food. Check out
the full story — and the two other
dishes — at
Masthead Munchies
On this week’s episode of Mast-
head Munchies, online editor
Lindsay Boeckl cooks up potato
pancakes with smoked salmon.
For the full recipe, bad jokes and
Blue Jay bobbleheads, check out
the video on
This week’s
Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg — Ryerson alumni, guest lecturers and
scholarship founders — awarded for their media content creation company
Finance Minister
Jim Flaherty
drops by DMZ
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 12
She’s championed Ryerson’s Di-
versity Institute, riled gun lovers
with the Coalition for Gun Con-
trol and supported technological
advances at Ryerson as vice-pres-
ident of research and innovation.
Now Wendy Cukier has been
named one of this year’s top 25
women of influence by Women of
Influence magazine.
Women of Influence is a pub-
lication focused on the advance-
ment and mentoring of female
Each year the Canadian maga-
zine profiles 25 women who have
made a significant difference in
the private, public and volunteer
sectors. This year’s winners will
be featured in the magazine’s No-
vember issue.
Having taught, researched and
administrated technology and
business courses at Ryerson for
over two decades serving as the
associate dean of the Ted Rogers
School of Management, Cukier
knows the importance of change
and innovation. It’s her dedication
to changing the face of the work-
place environment, however, that
she is especially passionate about.
By Allison Ridgway “In my role as vice-president
I’ve been given a chance to ad-
dress some of the systemic issues
of sexism and discrimination in
business and technology,” Cukier
said. “Women still feel held to a
higher standard than men and
are more likely to be excluded
from decision-making. We’re
dramatically underrepresented in
large organizations and in busi-
ness and technology sections of
the media.” She saw this sexism
first-hand when she began her
career as an intern with the Min-
istry of Transportation and Com-
munication, translating engineer-
ing technical jargon for the public.
The male-dominated workplace
still had all the trimmings of a
1980s gentlemen’s club: cubicle
walls plastered with half-naked
“Sunshine Girls,” offensive re-
marks about her appearance and
lunch meetings at a nearby strip
“That was my first experience
with such overt forms of discrimi-
nation,” she said.
Cukier persevered and was
eventually promoted to team
She brought this determination
to her career at Ryerson, work-
ing to make business, technology
and science more welcoming fields
for women and racial minorities.
She was further spurred by the
horrifying 1989 massacre of six
female engineering students at
L’École Polytechnique by a gun-
man “fighting feminism.”
“The massacre was what really
crystallized my activism,” Cukier
Cukier founded Ryerson’s Di-
versity Institute in 1999, a re-
search organization that promotes
participation of underrepresented
groups — particularly women and
racial minorities — in businesses
and other organizations. She is
currently the principle investigator
of DiversityLeads, a $2.7 million
initiative to assess the progress of
diversity in leadership. And she
still has time to teach and work
with Ryerson students. Recently
she was approached at a confer-
ence by a former student who
thanked her for pushing her to
succeed, although Cukier said stu-
dents are often frustrated by how
hard she pushes them.
“I want to make sure these young
women know what they achieve
and don’t accept the barriers they’ll
inevitably face,” Cukier said.
Rye prof among Canada’s most
influential women of 2013
Finance minister Jim Flaherty an-
nounced at the Digital Media Zone
(DMZ) on Monday that proposals
are now open for a funding ini-
tiative for incubators and accel-
erators. The funding will support
startups and entrepreneurs, and
companies will be able to apply
for up to $60 million. With files
from the Globe and Mail.
Twitter founder
Fourth-year nutrition student
Michelle Kwan and fourth-year
business management student
Ayyyna Budeva were chosen as
TEDxRyersonU’s student speak-
ers last Thursday, after compet-
ing against 19 other speakers. The
TED-inspired event will take place
on Nov. 23.
Cancer research
on campus will
get $1.2 million
Seven hundred attendees packed
the Mattamy Athletic Centre last
Thursday for the C100 confer-
ence, where Canadian entrepre-
neurs behind the Silicon Valley
company, including Kobo found-
er Mike Serbinis and Twitter
founder Jack Dorsey, shared their
success stories and startup advice.
Physics professor Michael Kolios
and his research team will be re-
cieving $1.2 million to futher can-
cer research. Kolios and his team
use ultrasound technology to diag-
nose and treat cancer. The fund-
ing for the project will come from
both the Ontario Research Fund
and the Canadian Federation for
Innovation Leading Edge Fund.
Biz Bites
Wendy Cukier is one of 25 women featured by Women of Influence magazine.
Rye to compete in Triwizard Tournament
Sheel Radia has been a Harry Potter
fan since he was eight years old.
So when the Triwizard Tourna-
ment was announced earlier this
month, signing up for it was an ob-
vious choice for the second-year civil
engineering student and co-captain
of the Ryerson quidditch team.
“Seeing that part of the book come
to life would be awesome and I’d love
to represent Ryerson and compete
against other schools,” said Radia.
The Triwizard Tournament is a fic-
tional sporting event from J.K. Rowl-
ing’s Harry Potter series brought to
life by students at York University’s
Harry Potter club, aptly named the
Ministry of Magic.
“[The challenges] will be physi-
cal in a sense and mental like puzzle
solving,” said Alessandra Di Simone,
president of the Ministry of Magic.
One representative from each of
the three Toronto universities, Ry-
erson, York and the University of
Toronto, will be chosen by York’s
Harry Potter club on Oct. 4 during
the club’s opening feast.
The first task, which will happen
on the evening of Oct. 18, will also
be revealed on Oct. 4. The following
two tasks will take place in February
and March of next year.
“If competitors reach a [task] that
they find incredibly hard, it’s easy to
just give up,” said Di Simone. “But
we want to see who is able to push
themselves and see what they can
In Harry Potter and The Goblet of
Fire, the fourth book of the series, a
chosen representative from three wiz-
arding schools compete in various
tasks that test their physical, mental
and magical strength.
In the book, the first task forces
wizards to steal an egg from a fire-
breathing dragon, the second task
has them saving loved ones from a
haunted lake and the third requires
them to navigate their way through a
giant maze full of mythical creatures.
Prizes are still being determined,
but a trophy is guaranteed.
“It’s going to be similar to the
book’s tasks. We’ve tailored them
to make it so that it’s still enjoyable
but doable and realistic,” said Adam
Palmer, head of the ministry’s games
and sports.
Radia has been going to the gym
to keep in shape for quidditch season,
and says that if he gets chosen to repre-
sent Ryerson he’ll increase his regimen.
He’s read all seven Harry Potter
books four times.
However, playing on the quidditch
team is not mandatory to apply as
anyone can fill out the online appli-
cation, Harry Potter buff or not.
The application has three parts
to it — the first asks for your
personal information, the second
part asks you to rate you physical
abilities, such as speed and flying
skills, and the third part tests your
Harry Potter knowledge.
However, Palmer won’t give
away the way they choose each
school’s representative.
“There’s a method to the way we
choose the representative. There’s
a way that we do it that will make
it fair for everyone but it’s also a bit
random,” said Palmer.
To date, 17 students have applied
from the three Toronto universities.
The phenomenon gained popularity
in 2011, first by the University of West-
ern Sydney and has since been done
by Indiana University, Penn State and
York University earlier this year.
This is the first time the three To-
ronto universities will collaborate in
a Triwizard Tournament, but Palmer
says its creation was only natural
given the success of quidditch.
“If they could do it with something
as unrealistic as quidditch, which is fly-
ing around on brooms and making it
doable, why can’t we do that with the
Triwizard Tournament?” Palmer said.
Di Simone sees the event as a chance
to bring Toronto universities together.
“I think a big element of our Tri-
wizard Tournament is to bring the
different schools together in a com-
mon task,” she said.
The tasks may be veiled in secrecy,
but Radia is a seasoned quidditch
player who understands the qualities
needed to compete in the Triwizard
“You’ll need the same things as in
the books: intelligence, courage and
determination,” said Radia.
A new spin-off based on J.K. Rowling’s popular book series will feature a Ryerson competitor
13 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Sheel Radia, co-captain of Ryerson’s quidditch team, applied to become Ryerson’s representative in the Triwizard Tournament.
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Calming comics
By Travis Dandro
The cosmos will place an obstacle
in your path. Just give up! It’s re-
ally not worth the effort.
Don’t drink away your OSAP
money! Apparently, you have to
pay all that shit back!
People are following you. They
work for a terrible shadow-gov-
ernment. They want your dreams.
Your GPA is about to plummet
drastically in direct relation to the
amount you play GTA.
A love interest will show you the
way to a hidden, underwater grot-
to called “abstinence cavern.”
Greet every challenge or problem
in your life with a rousing bout of
No one will think of you as a real
superhero until you acquire an
arch-nemesis. Or your ‘rents die.
Planetary alignments suggest that
you will be grossly misled by
horoscope writers.
The most success you can hope
to achieve in life will come in the
form of hateful children.
Satellites will fall from the sky,
volcanoes will erupt and you will
probably sleep through it all.
Pay close attention to your spa-
ghetti. You never know what’s
waiting in the depths.
Who says mad science is dead?
Grab a car battery, some subjects
and follow your dreams!
It’s time to shun sleep entirely and read until your eyes bleed. That’s why this week we’re upping the anty. The winner
of this contest will recieve both a $15 giftcard to Tim Hortons and a $25 giftcard to Metro. The winner will be decided by
a blind draw. All entries must be placed in the contest box outside The Eyeopener office by Friday at 5p.m. to enter.
Jake Scott
Phone #:
Ryerson ID#:
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night out at the Quote-Along
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To enter, write down your
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