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Volume 47 - Issue 5 October 2, 2013 theeyeopener.

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Ryerson to probe improper photo allegations P3
PHOTO: Jess tsang

IMPROVED WI-FI COMES TO TRSM P7
PHOTO: jess tsang

OUA FINALS ARE BACK AT THE MAC P12
PHOTO: Charles vanegas

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Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013

The R yer s o n C o m m u n i t y P re s e n t s

3rd Annual

Week
12:00pm-1:30pm

Social Justice
7 MON 8

Ryerson

October 7 to 11, 2013
REBUILDING THE WE: This is What Solidarity Looks Like!
A week of events, keynote speakers, art exhibits, actions, and cultural events to transform Ryerson into a hub of social justice and solidarity in Toronto.

TUE

12:00pm-2:00pm

9 WEDS
12:00pm-2:00pm

10 THUR
9:00am-10:00am

12:00pm-2:00pm

11 FRI

RALLY:

Decent Work for All
Gould Street

LUNCH AND LEARN CRITICAL DIALOGUE

MORNING KEYNOTE

2:00pm-3:30pm

Where Social Justice And Social Innovation Meet: Complicating The Question

Building Capacity, Building Community for Social Change
• Angela Robertson, Executive Director of the Central Toronto Community Health Centres

SOCIAL JUSTICE ‘WALKING TOUR’
Meet at Ryerson Statue

LUNCH & LEARN RACE TO THE BOTTOM:
Speakers:

[Joint event with Marilyn Struthers, the John C. Eaton Chair on Social innovation]

Atrium, ENG, 245 Church Street

Speakers:

REAL PEOPLE’S HISTORY
Mariam Zaidi with her film Safar (Journey)
Speaker:
• Dr. Lynn Lavallee

Ryerson Campus

Canada’s Low Wage Labour Strategy
• Deena Ladd Workers Action Centre • Evelyn Encalada Justicia for Migrants & PhD student, York U. • Debbie Douglas Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants • Trish Hennessy Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ontario Film clips by Min Sook Lee: Migrant Dreams

6:30pm-8:30pm

• Dr. Ken Moffatt Professor, School of Social Work. Ryerson U. • Maya Roy Executive Director, Newcomer Women Centre of Toronto • Paul Chamberlain Program Director, Canadian Community Economic Development Network

10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm

SKILLS WORKSHOPS
• Ally Building (Jack Layton Room, SCC) • Forum Theater (Atrium, ENG) • Popular Education & Social Justice (Oakham Lounge, SCC) • Building Movements Through Movement (Thomas Lounge, SCC)

Thomas Lounge, Student Centre

SCC115, Student Centre

ART EXHIBITS
ALL DAY, ALL WEEK

7:00pm-9:00pm

12:00pm-2:00pm

LUNCH AND LEARN
Speakers:

"TROUBLING MASCULINITIES"

SCC115, Student Centre

Panel: ReVision Disabilities
• Dr. Kirsty Liddard • Eliza Chandler, UofT Doctoral Student, along with 4 disabled artists/activists

curated by Heather Bains & Dr. Ken Moffatt Room G, Oakham House

OPENING LECTURE

Idle No More: Reframing the Nation to Nation relationship

2:00pm-3:30pm

"TORONTO-STREET LEVEL"
Abilities Arts Festival Credit Union Lounge

+ FILM SCREENING
Moderator:

The People of Kattawapiskak River
• Dr. Cyndi Baskin Chair, Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson University

SOCIAL JUSTICE ‘WALKING TOUR’
Meet at Ryerson Statue

RACE, LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Moderated By:

Atrium, ENG, 245 Church Street

Photography from a master class with Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Ryerson Campus

A Public Lecture by Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw, UCLA
• Dr. Denise O’Neil Green Associate Vice Provost/Vice President, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Ryerson University

6:00pm-8:00pm

DEFENDERS

Speakers:

• Dr. Pam Palmater Chair, Centre for Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University • Alanis Obomsawin Documentary Filmmaker, The People of Kattawapiskak River • Josh Kendrick Youth artist from Neskantaga First Nation

5:00pm-6:30pm

Recipient of the Social Justice in Documentary Photography Award, Ryerson University
by Dan Epstein 3rd floor Image Arts Building

STITCH A HOME

Social Safety Net and Homelessness
Speakers, interactive workshop and canvas art making

Respondents:

TRS1067, 55 Dundas St. West

• Dr. Akua Benjamin Professor, School of Social Work, Founding Member of Black Action Defense Committee • Rodney Diverlus President, United Black Students at Ryerson

VIDEO AWARD CEREMONY + FILM SCREENING
Occupy Love
with director Velcrow Ripper & Judy Rebick This is a joint event with 50+ Program, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University

“SPIRIT OF OUR MOVEMENT”
by John Maclennan 7th floor TRSM

Celebrating Toronto Labour in the 21st Century, Photography

Gould Street

LIB072, 350 Victoria Street

For more and schedule of events, check out ryerson.ca/socialjustice
Ryerson University is committed to accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities. If you require any accessibility accommodations to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact: Heather Willis, Accessibility Coordinator at hwillis@ryerson.ca (416) 979-5000 x4144 All venues are fully wheelchair accessible

For more info about the events:
Twitter: RyeGindinChair Email: tsf@ryerson.ca Website: ryerson.ca/socialjustice

YOUTH VOICES OF NESKANTAGA
Foyer area, 6th Floor, SHE Building

LIB072, 350 Victoria Street

Twitter: @RyeGindinChair

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

NEWS

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Photo flap hits fashion school
By Angela Hennessy
“I’m actually appalled on behalf of all the students who are upset this has happened,” said Ott. Ott said they began looking for the involved students on Sept. 20 (the morning after he was first informed about what happened by faculty). Because no one has turned themselves in, the situation will be handed over to the Ryerson student conduct office. confidentiality agreements. Examples of “non-academic conduct” can include anything frombringing firearms, explosives or weapons onto campus or theft. Fashion instructors were made aware of the situation after students brought to their attention that alleged photos had been taken and redistributed. The school is not sure what class section the incident took place in. There are six sections of this course and there are roughly 180 students enrolled. Ott said there are between seven and eight models in total who have worked with the school during this term. Ott could not comment on who the models were. “I reached out to all of them on Friday and I apologized and I promise this will not happen again,” said Ott. Laura Virdo, an agent at Sutherland models, (a modeling agency in Toronto that does not work with Ryerson), said that the fashion school should be responsible for the space that models work in. “We would immediately take le-

Rye’s fashion school launched an investigation after allegations of a picture being taken of a life model during a first-year illustration class allegedly hit social media

An investigation into an incident involving fashion students has been launched after photos were allegedly taken of a life model during an illustration class. Fashion school chair Robert Ott said that the photo has also allegedly been redistributed, possibly on social media. The model had been hired by the fashion school for students to practice life drawing. The class often uses nude models but Ott could not comment if the model was naked or clothed in the alleged photo. “I became aware Thursday evening that there might have been incidents where students were taking pictures of the model then that [the photo] was allegedly put on social media,” said Ott. In an email sent from faculty, fashion students were notified that there would be a ban on using recording devices in illustration classes, effective immediately.

I’m actually appalled on behalf of all the students who are upset this has happened
Student conduct officer Mark Atia said he will deal with any complaints that come through the office that are listed in the student code of non-academic conduct, policy 61 of the Ryerson senate. “I will take the complaint, review it and then interview the complainant and continue with my investigation,” said Atia, who could not comment on specific cases due to

The photo in question was allegedly taken during a first-year Illustration class.

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

gal action against the person or institution who had hired the model if a situation like this happened,” said Virdo. “We would look at whether or not the fashion school at Ryerson did due diligence in ensuring the safety of their models.” Ott said there is currently no specific policy outlining that photos are not to be taken in this setting, but that this incident was unprecedented. “I don’t understand why anyone would do this. I remember being told the first week we were not al-

lowed to take pictures,” said Andrea Markle, a second-year fashion student. At this point, the school isn’t sure how the photo was taken and Ott acknowledged that “a camera is a part of a lot of technology that students bring into the classroom.” “[Students] need to come forward to be held accountable for their actions,” said Ott. “I don’t believe their actions were malicious or ill intended, but instead possibly selfish or ignorant.” With files from Sierra Bein

CESAR locks out its full-time workers
Early Monday morning, CESAR employees woke up to find out they were locked out of their jobs
“Our members want to go back to work,” she said. A collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is an agreement between an employer and its employees which regulates the terms and conditions of employees in their workplace, their duties and the duties of the employer. Nadeau has claimed that both groups were only $2000 apart from making an agreement but, CESAR did not want to negotiate. “We want to be at the bargaining table,” said Nadeau. “It’s really disturbing and disgusting to see a students’ union locking out the employees.” The previous CBA expired in 2011. During the initial negotiation period between the two parties, the two remaining full-time unionized office staff were presented with a choice, either accept a “0% Agreement” or face the potential lockout. The rally, hosted by CUPE 1281, had already been planned prior to the lockout by workers t to raise awareness about the workers’ demands. The rally included free pizza, music and speeches from different members of CUPE 1281 and some workers. But, only a few hours after it began, someone inside the building, made a call to Toronto police services stating that there were picketers both inside and outside the building disrupting their general members’ meeting. CESAR’s website stated, in a message from CESAR president Shinae Kim, that everyone entering and exiting the building was supposed to “respect the picket line.” Since the beginning of August, the union had made two offers. Since then, demands were reduced down to one main objective: increased wages. CUPE 1281 rally organizers had booked out the Gould Street space with building management and the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), who manages the space, several weeks in advance. “The cops have said we’ve done nothing wrong,” said CUPE 1281 president, Saira Chhibber. The full-time staff at CESAR provides students with services such as their health and dental plan, legal services, career counselling, printing services and course unions along with a list of different social justice campaigns. It is not yet clear how CESAR plans to bring students their services with the loss of most of its workers but, CESAR’s website states that in the event of a strike or lockout, the Board of Directors will make all necessary plans to continue operating CESAR’s services for its membership. “I don’t expect there to be any delays in student services,” said Kim. “We haven’t had any help in the past six months and we’ve done fine.” CUPE 1281 members were told that CESAR might hire cheaper labour until a new agreement can be reached. One of the two remaining members still working at CESAR has been on a wage freeze since 2010. She preferred not to be quoted. “It’s like you wake up one morning and your health benefits are gone,” said Nadeau. There is still no timeline for renegotiations between CESAR and its workers. “We are not going to sign an agreement that doesn’t offer flexibility of our operations,” said Kim about the proposed agreement. “It’s very one-sided.”

PHOTO: JULIANNA DAMER

Union members handed out flyers to students outside the student centre Monday

By Ramisha Farooq
On the morning of Sept. 30, Ryerson University’s Continuing Education Students’ Union (CESAR) locked out its two full-time staff positions after unsuccessful collective bargaining negotiations. These were both senior staff members.

The lockout was triggered due to unsuccessful negotiations between CESAR executives and their staff on the topic of wage increases to a “cost of living standard” through a new collective bargaining agreement. “We don’t understand why this is being pushed to a lockout. This is a totally achievable agreement,” said Mary-Joe Nadeau, service coordinator for CUPE 1281, the trade union representing all full-time staff at CESAR.

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EDITORIAL

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Ryerson Baseball’s Struggles
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The Eyeopener would like to make a correction to an article that was published in Volume 47, Issue 4 on Sept. 25 2013. In the article “The Ryerson Free Press Halts Production” The Eyeopener incorrectly stated that it had obtained documents “that revealed CESAR had threatened undisclosed legal proceedings against [Clare] O’Connor.” The Eyeopener would like to retract that statement and correct it by saying that “A 2012 interview with former CESAR executive Annie Hyder revealed that undisclosed legal proceedings had taken place between CESAR and O’Connor.” The Eyeopener apologizes for any offence or confusion this may have caused.

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Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

NEWS

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FCAD referendum approved by Board of Governors
RCDS one step closer to creating student-led society for FCAD
By Kyle Edwards
The Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) got what it wished for Monday when its referendum request was successfully approved during the 2013-2014 school year’s first Board of Governors meeting. The board unanimously approved the possible foundation of a studentled society for the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). “We want to take things to a higher level by refusing to accept them as they are,” said Cormac McGee during the RCDS proposal. McGee, a third-year journalism student, was alongside new media’s Karina Nicole, who both spoke on behalf of the RCDS during the evening. Ryan McKenna, a third-year journalism student and one of the lead organizers for the RCDS, has confirmed that the referendum will be held in the next few weeks, most likely in the first week of November. “This is the big stretch now for us. We’re going to be doing a lot of work in terms of marketing and really pushing our group online,” said McKenna. The RCDS aims to bring students from all FCAD programs together, share ideas and collaborate with one another. Funding however, would come through tuition, as it does with other student-led societies at Ryerson University. “We want to help FCAD students get professional opportunities and link them with professionals in their field,” said McKenna. “[But] we really need to get people aware first,” he added. In a survey of 1,000 FCAD students done earlier this year by the RCDS, 95 per cent of students said they were in favor of an FCAD society. As well, 75 per cent of students also said they would support funding the society through tuition. Funds would be distributed towards funding resources for FCAD students such as awards and bursaries, conferences and competitions, orientation-week events geared specifically towards FCAD students and professional events. In turn, these resources and opportunities build the reputation of the faculty and its students. In response to the challenge of getting the rest of the FCAD students on board, McGee said the RCDS will be “talking one on one with students, to make them aware of how it can benefit them.”

Students crack engineering and architecutre systems; thousands of spam e-mails sent
“Sorry to say but your system is so shit that even a no brainer could find a hack around your system.” By the initial spam mail and pos- Excerpts from Dylan sessed the “know-how” to join Freemanin for fun. “I was reading and the emails
Grist
Several students tampered with Ryerson’s email server Monday night, utilizing the online address fabrication site Deadfake. com to send over 80 emails from engineering communications coordinator Michelle Colasuonno to all students in the engineering and architecture programs. The emails ranged from links to pornographic images, insults aimed at faculty members, Breaking Bad spoilers and dismissal of Ryerson’s online security. The students started recieveing multiple messages at roughly 8 p.m. and through until Tuesday morning. The Eyeopener was able to get into contact with one participant in the prank who wishes to remain anonymous. The source explained how the group, though not actually working together, managed to change their IP addresses in order to hide the source of their emails and remain untraceable. “The first message I sent was to tell people to use a proxy instead of just using their internet because people could trace it back,” our source said. He went on to explain that he was one of the few who saw it seemed like fun so I just wanted to test it and see if it actually worked… there are some people who are doing it and actually trying to find system flaws,” the source said. One email hinted to the intentions of other participants in the prank: “As a student, I put a lot of trust in Ryerson. Them letting something as easily exploitable as this stick around indicates to me that there could be other security holes, especially because it’s still not been resolved.” Another such email hinted that this stunt was the tip of the iceberg: “to all of my friends who know at least a thing or two … take a look at Ryerson’s wireless network, you’ll find some shit there that is way more interesting.” Mugino Saeki, Ryerson’s information security officer, has said that after finding out about the “stunt” her office shut down the email list. “Any system has some flaw no one is immune to some sort of attack,” said Saeki. Saeki’s office has also restricted access to Deadfake.com on Ryerson’s server and has called in a forensic investigations team to track down the sources of the emails. Visit theeyeopener.com for updates on this developing story.
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NEWS

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

News Bites
Gould Street renovations
The intersection of Gould and Victoria streets has been fenced off for further renovation. Vice-president of finance and administration, Julia Hanigsberg, said the installation of a new surface paint treatment that will cover up the current dirt-ridden paint will be done by the end of October. This is stage two in a three part beautification process. The changes will be completed by Nov. 1. celebrated its 50-year anniversary this week. The centre runs the early childhood education degree program, which began in 1972. Changes to the nursery school soon followed. In addition, the school of early childhood studies, including the Early Learning Centre, is now an established leader in the field, spearheading early learning labs across Canada.

Early Learning turns fifty Not allowing the formation of a men’s group on campus Ryerson’s Early Learing Centre last year was the main reason for the failing grade

RSU flunks for freedom of speech on campus

Think with Us
Help develop Ryerson’s academic plan
Ryerson’s success is due to your passion and commitment; its future depends on your continued support. As the university launches the consultation process to develop its next academic plan, we want to hear from you. Do you have an idea or vision of where Ryerson University will be in five years? What the university will be renowned for? What will be new? What will be different? We invite you to share your ideas with the community. • Visit academicplan.blog.ryerson.ca to compete the sentence:
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Ryerson students Anjana Rao, left, Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh tried to start a men’s issues group on campus last year.

“In five years, Ryerson will…”
• Participate in the following town halls which are open to members of the Ryerson community
October 10 October 30 KHS - 239 TRS -1-149 2-3 PM 5-6 PM 11 AM – 12 PM

October 28* VIC - 501
*Students only; refreshments available

Please email provost@ryerson.ca if we need to make any accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event.

Thanks for your support.
Provost and Vice President Academic Mohamed Lachemi

“Every student is entitled to that, they [RSU] can’t deny what every other student is entitled to.” Kennedy also mentioned that there is a concern that once the student union rejects a club, that The Ryerson Students’ Union leaves the students not wanting to (RSU) received poor grades for its go ahead anymore. “Most men on campus don’t performance of policies and practices on campus last year after refusing to ratify a proposed men’s Men experience a lot issues group. The Justice Centre for Constitu- of hidden repression tional Freedoms (JCCF) rated Ry- because they are exerson and other universities and pected to be tough their student groups in its 2013 Campus Freedom Index. While Ryerson University received a top regard the Women’s Center as a grade, the RSU was rated among threat,” said Kennedy. However, the RSU still stands by the second worst student unions in the country for failing to uphold its decision to not allow the men’s free expression rights on campus. issues group on campus. Rajean Hoilett, RSU vice-presiThere were two categories for the grading: policy and practices. dent for equity, said they had camThe RSU received a “D” in policy pus safety in mind when considering the ratification of the men’s and ‘F’ in practices. Communications and develop- group. “We looked at how this ment coordinator and co-author group operated at different levof the Campus Freedom Index Mi- els,” he said. “For example, at U chael Kennedy said its decision to of T, [they were] targeting women, give Ryerson failing grades was a we felt like this was not the route direct result of the RSU’s decision to go.” “We see this as a difference in to not allow a student men’s issues ideology. We are proud of the work group to be formed last March. “Every member in the RSU [that] we do,” said Hoilett. He said should have the same freedoms, that freedom of speech has a limit and funding space,” said Kennedy. when it puts others in danger.

By Yara Kashlan

Last year, Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh presented their potential campus group to a panel of seven RSU members March 15, hours later they were sent an email stating that the group had been rejected. Students across campus have expressed their support for the men’s group. “Men experience a lot of hidden repression because they are expected to be tough guys,” said Amber Bin-Soehardji, a secondyear social work student. Bin-Soehardji mentioned that there are no other groups that offer men support on campus. “There is a stigma against men who express their feelings and express that they have issues,” she said. For students, the ratification of the men’s group hinges on whether their intentions are positive. “If they’re not for education, I don’t think that they should be here but, other than that, they have a right to be here,” said Jerome Lorenzo, a first-year early childhood studies student. Hoilett stated that the RSU is proud of the work that they have accomplished. Santhosh, the original founder of the group, was contacted but declined to comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

BIZ & TECH

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Wi-Fi revamped in Ted Rogers School of Management

PHOTO: Jess Tsang

Your prayers have been answered. Faster, more dependable internet is now at TRSM.

By Alfea Donato
While the rest of Ryerson might be lagging behind, 227 small, white boxes installed on ceilings all over Ted Rogers School of Business Management (TRSM) will make the building’s Wi-Fi faster and more reliable. TRSM has entered the last phase of wireless and network upgrades, which includes a complete overhaul of networking devices that will be finished by Oct. 7. These white boxes are called access points — they allow devices to connect to the Internet. Six years ago, Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS) only installed enough access points in TRSM for moderate laptop use capable of handling 30 simultaneous connections. TRSM is one of Ryerson’s most frequented areas and had 216 older-generation access points before the upgrades. TRSM was experiencing Wi-Fi congestion prior to the installations. “Suddenly every person not only had a laptop, they had a smart phone they wanted to connect,” said CCS director Brian Lesser. As the number of connections shot up, so did the complaints. “I would search [Ryerson] on Twitter and see ‘What the fuck, your Wi-Fi sucks,’” said Lesser. TRSM information technology director Paul Dunphy said the biggest challenge of the upgrades was installing the network switches, devices used to power access points. The bulk of costs in TRSM went to replacing them. Since the old switches couldn’t provide enough power for the new access points, $594,244 was used to replace the older models. These older models will replace the even more archaic

switches in the Victoria and Podium buildings. CCS was given $772,476 to upgrade TRSM. The new access points cost Ryerson $151,369 and can handle 100 simultaneous connections each. They’re also three times faster than the old ones, capable of downloading content at 950 megabytes per minute. The latest models can also measure Wi-Fi signal strengths and switch users to the closest and strongest Wi-Fi connections. The upgrades were meant to be finished before September but CCS faced delays when a technology company, (which couldn’t be named) tried to force the school to buy their devices. CCS has bought access points from another company, Aruba Networks, for nine years. Lesser said the school’s lawyers had to write to the company, explaining that Ryerson was not compelled to buy access points and network switches from other vendors. Demand for Wi-Fi access on campus has increased every year, with peak numbers growing by the thousands. Last year, the peak number of wireless devices connected at the same time was 7,000. This year the number rose to 9,200. In an informal survey, TRSM students said they’ve seen no differences in their usual Wi-Fi service so far, with some reporting great connections and others noting lag. “At times it cuts out, in certain areas on campus [too],” said second-year business technology management student Jason Ra. Since last March, 378 access points have been added and 227 have been replaced across campus. By the end of the year, an additional 271 access points from different Ryerson buildings will be swapped with newer models.

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FEATURES

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Don’t worry son, I’m fr
o take a walk on campus. Saunter down Gould Street and take everything in. From the quaint interlock and picturesque trees to the brownstone expanse of Kerr Hall, you’ll probably notice a common theme –– new buildings. From the still-sparkling Image Arts Building to the metallic sprawl of the unfinished Student Learning Centre, it’s an open secret that Ryerson is not happy with its current lot in life. It’s trying to shake off the rust of its years as a polytechnic with physical construction on campus. The size of the small, downtown campus has exploded since its humble beginnings in the mid-1900s and the current administration in particular has made construction and purchasing new buildings a major priority. And there’s one thing that ties almost all the growth together –– the way it was financed. Over the past several years of budget cuts, public-private partnerships, or P3s, as they are often

Whether or not you’re an architecture student, it’s hard to hav Monique Phillips takes a look at the sometimes controversial method u

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referred to, have increasingly become a part of business as usual at universities, and Ryerson is no exception. Though some critics say that deals with private corporations risk the interests of postsecondary education, much of what Ryerson has done in recent years has come attached to P3s. Public-private partnerships at Ryerson have allowed the university to extend its reach in the downtown core, and has been at the centre of most of the building deals allowing Ryerson to expand its physical blueprint. P3s are, in essence, any relationship in which a public sector institution, such as Ryerson and other schools, engages in a relationship with a private company. When used correctly, P3s can offer universities a chance to function beyond the limits of dwindling budgets. But other times, they can be unhealthy and lead a university down the wrong path. “I am a big fan of private funding to an extent,” says Ryerson economics professor Eric Kam. “Which means I am a big fan of

privatization of anything until that privatization takes over a university’s direction.” According to Kam, some universities in the United States, including Ivey-league Yale and Harvard, engage in public-private partnerships that are unhealthy. “Some corporate companies who sponsor the university are trying to sit on the board of governors and the board of directors,” Kam says. “And the corporate agenda is starting to govern the direction of the research of the university and that’s a dangerous slope.” He adds that some companies will try to earn product support from research arms of universities they sponsor when those recommendations have not really been earned. This is exactly what worries the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), which last year approved by a landslide vote an official motion to oppose the implementation of P3s on an institutional level, and have been outspoken critics of their use. Today, when it comes to funding projects that are not directly tied

to academics, universities receive little to no government funding. This could be one of the reasons why universities engage in publicprivate partnerships on an increasingly large scale. “There is a need for the government to fund all aspects of university since students access different areas,” says Rochelle Lawrence, vice-president of education at the RSU. “These areas like counselling services, food services, residence, athletics and recreation and all other aspects of university that students rely on that are outside of just academics are integral to a student’s experience.” But Julia Hanigsberg, the vice president of administration and finance at Ryerson, believes less focus should be placed on where the funding comes from and more on what it does for students. “The issue with partnerships is less about whether they are public or private, which is a matter of where they get their funding, and more a matter of what are the shared objectives of Ryerson and that partner,” she says. Wherever you fall on the issue, though, lack of government funding has pushed Ryerson to finance

one of its latest projects entirely through a private organization. PI group is a private development company that is partnering with Ryerson on a new student residence project announced February 2012. MPI owns the land that

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the residence will be built on and is also covering the cost of the entire project, something that would have been very difficult for Ryerson to afford otherwise. MPI will retain rights to profits from the building, but Ryerson will operate the residence in the same way that Pitman Hall and the International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC) have been run in the past. Prior to this partnership, Ryerson had very few options to accommodate its student housing needs (around 850 residence spots for an enrollment of 28,000). “For a number of years we have been trying to determine how we can build more student housing,” Hanigsberg says. “We get no government money to build student housing and it’s expensive to build.” But Lawrence says that this partnership might not take student budgets into consideration. “One concern that we have is around the cost of rent,” she says. “MPI is a private company, it is in their interest to make a profit from the rent paid by students, which could make it unaffordable.” That said, Hanigsberg said rent pricing will be competitive with Pitman and ILLC, both of which cost around 1,000 to 1,200 per month in rent. Kam notes that Ryerson’s space problems expand beyond the number of residence rooms to an increasing shortage of class space. This limits the university’s ability to bring in more students, and in turn more per-student funding from the provincial government. “The problem is you have space constraints, especially with a place like Ryerson University,” he says. “We don’t have a ton of room, so, in theory, you might want to bring in another ten, or 20, or 30,000 students, but where are you going to put them?” nother recent addition to campus is no exception to this trend of P3s. The Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) building is part of what’s called a “strata contract” between Ryerson and Cadillac Fairview. Ryerson retains control over its academic space on the upper floors, while Cadillac Fairview operates a bank of retail space on lower floors, including Canadian Tire and Best Buy. The building ran the school approximately $75 million and the provincial government chipped in $12.5 million. Even with support from Cadillac Fairview, though, the building would not have been possible without a generous donation from Ted Rogers, which gave the building and business school its name. Before the TRSM building popped up, the business school did not have a central hub on campus, and though the new structure is a short walk from campus, its proximity to Bay Street is not lost on its occupants. Ken Jones, dean of the school of business at the time, called the location one that “every other business school would envy” in a press release before the

ve missed the myriad of new buildings popping up on campus. used to finance almost all of them — partnerships with the private sector

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opening of the building in September 2008. erhaps the greatest accomplishment of Ryerson’s modern berth as a fullblown university was the redevelopment of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens as the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), which was funded by, you guessed it, a public-private partnership. The deal was initially a threeway partnership between the government, Ryerson and Loblaw Companies Limited. The government and Ryerson pitched in $20 million each and Loblaw donated $5 million to the project. After a lengthy construction process (the project was announced December 2009 and not completed until September 2012), Global Spectrum, another private company, stepped in to manage the building’s operations. But Lawrence says students have some issues with the manner in which the company runs the centre. “The fact the building is managed by Global Spectrum has raised issues like students not being able to access the space when needed,” she says. “And pro-

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gramming is geared towards being able to a profit.” It seems that, as is the case with much of Ryerson’s expansion, Maple Leaf Gardens would never have sported an “RU” without the help of Global Spectrum and Loblaw. Loblaw, in particular, played a pivotal role, Hanigsberg says. “We worked very closely together on the development itself,” Hanigsberg says. “Loblaws was responsible for the base building and we were responsible for the fit-up of our area.” Whether you believe it’s safe for public institutions to flirt with the private sector or not, it seems that, at least here at Ryerson, they are here to stay. Ryerson shows no signs of slowing its explosive growth in terms of physical space, and as Hanigsberg points out, it’s unlikely to find deals on the scale of Maple Leaf Gardens without some sort of P3. “Without them,” Hanigsberg says, “we never could have done that project.”

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Architects light up Nuit Blanche
Ryerson students bring trio of light installations to Bata Shoe Museum for all-night contemporary art event

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The [R]ed[U]x Lab’s RevitaLight installation is one of three Ryerson installations that will fill the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W.) during Nuit Blanche, which begins at 6:51 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, and runs until sunrise.

By Mackenzie Davidson
Revellers braving the all-night experience of Nuit Blanche this year are in for not just one, but three, Ryerson-bred creations. Behind the interactive light installations is the [R]ed[U]x Lab (Ryerson University Architectural Science Design Lab), a group of students led by architecture associate chair Vincent Hui. The first of the works — all of which will be on display at the Bata Shoe Museum — is an installation called Ad Astra (latin for “to the stars”). The piece is made from hanging illuminated balls, some of which have sensors that can trigger pulsating light patterns and even change the audio that fills the dark space. By touching these special lights, users are able to assert influence over the space. The second exhibit, Light_ Scape, allows users to move and manipulate 999 boxes of light, cycling through different hues of diffused light. The boxes stick to both a wooden substructure and each other, allowing the viewers to create their own lightscapes based on patterns and forms they construct themselves.

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Members of the [R]ed[U]x Lab construct a series of 999 individual lights that will make up Light_Scape, an interactive space that will react to viewers’ movement.

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“The user interaction with the installation is the exciting part,” says Jeff Mitchell, a masters of architecture student and one of the members of the Light_Scape team. RevitaLight, the third installation, similarly focuses on creating a kinetic space that reacts to those exploring it. Its undulating structure is outfitted with a reactive array of lights. The installations share common themes; they all focus on light and explore emotional concepts through viewers’ interactions with the spaces. Although the similarities were unintentional — the projects were selected from a pool of proposals from the architectural community at Ryerson — the focus lends itself well to the Bata Shoe Museum space, which is

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An early prototype of the Ad Astra installation reflects in a series of mirrors.

hosting exclusively [R]ed[U]x Lab exhibits this year. The light-focused theme, which recalls [R]ed[U]x’s pieces from last year’s event, creates an interesting juxtaposition within the overall thematic elements of Nuit Blanche; the involving, kinetic light installations are contrasted by the darkness that blankets the all-night event. Having architects exhibit at Nuit Blanche opens up an interesting dialogue: Do architects think of themselves as artists? “I find that there’s a lot more than just purely aesthetics. There’s creation of atmosphere and the utility of things like the surfaces, and how you perceive spaces,” says Matthew Koniuszewski, one of the designers of Light_Scape. “I wouldn’t call it just purely art, and I wouldn’t call it just purely building.” Nuit Blanche will also feature works from both established artists, like Ai Weiwei, and other schools like OCAD University. But Koniuszewski says the groups aren’t worried about competition. “We’re fairly supportive of each other,” he says. “I think everyone just wants to make the best work they can.” Kevin Pu, one of the designers of Ad Astra, adds, “We want to showcase what we’re capable of, so we can make a name for not only ourselves, but also for our department and professors and all the people who have supported us.”

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Kickin’ it
Ryerson’s Urban Hip-Hop Union prepares for upcoming competition season with dance squad auditions
By Mackenzie Patterson
A studio in the basement of Kerr Hall West is crowded with Ryerson students sporting colourful kicks and track pants, sprawled across the hardwood floors. They stretch, warming up before their audition for the Urban Hip Hop Union, an art collective made up of Ryerson students. “Can the music go louder?” one member says to another. “Yeah!” comes the enthusiastic reply as “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly blasts through the speakers. The dancers jerk and spin, gyrating to the rhythmic sounds booming off the walls in the small studio. Premila Shanmugabalan, one of the 30 or so Ryerson students auditioning on Friday, Sept. 27, leans over her legging-clad limbs to grab her fur-lined shoe. She’s hoping to land one of a half dozen spots on a team that will represent Ryerson’s hip-hop union in two annual university competitions, OUCH (Ontario Universities Competition for Hip-Hop) on Nov. 23 and next year’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Beats). “I’ve tried every type of dance: salsa, contemporary jazz, Bollywood. Hip-hop is one of my favourites,” says Shanmugabalan. “I just love the music and the flow, and the dancers always look like they’re having so much fun… If I don’t make it, then at least I can say I tried my best and learned something, that’s all that matters.” Dan Cruz, a member of the union’s executive team, choreographs most of the routines for the competitions. As well as dancing every day and competing in up to four competitions a year, he teaches hip-hop classes professionally. “There is a lot of beef and animosity in the hip-hop world, but our team is more about the love aspect of it. We like to connect through dance,” Cruz says. He says hip-hop is one of the most expressive emerging art forms. “A lot of people judge hiphop or don’t take it seriously be-

cause it doesn’t have a strict criteria or follow an exact technique,” Cruz says. “But it’s actually very difficult because you have to put so much of your emotions and passion into the moves and really make them your own.” Whether or not the team does well at their competitions this year, Cruz says he’s happy the hiphop union is growing and getting the chance to showcase its talent. “We’re really looking for character today,” he says. “We want to see someone who can be given PHOTOs: Robyn Bell something as boring as a pencil Roughly 30 hopefuls filled a Kerr Hall dance studio to audition for a spot on Ryerand do something unique and son’s Urban Hip-Hop Union’s dance sqaud, which will compete later this year. creative.”

Markham art exhibit rooted in Ryerson
By Isabelle Docto
In the middle of a Markham field, a 70-foot wide and 12-foot tall white snow fence stands alone. The seemingly out-of-place rural landmark is meant to raise a few eyebrows. The installation, created by artists Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila, both doctoral students in the joint Ryerson-York Communication and Culture program, is part of Land|Slide: Possible Futures, a free large-scale contemporary art exhibition that runs until Oct. 14 at the Markham Museum. For the exhibition, the museum’s historic buildings were transformed into galleries for interactive pieces that raise questions regarding sustainability, land use, urban sprawl and multiculturalism. The exhibition questions where society should draw the line when it comes to the development of suburban areas such as Markham. Colangelo and Davila addressed this issue through their

Student artists portray remnants of the past and prospects of the future in Land|Slide: Possible Futures
snow fence piece, “The Line.” The project is split into two parts: the massive fence, as well as a video recording of the fence — which shows it in front of places such as cornfields, strip malls, and parking lots — projected onto the side of a barn. “That’s the symbolic thing that we’re trying to pick up on — this idea of a man-made structure that we place in the environment in some way and to then determine how we interact with it,” says Colangelo. “That has political, environmental and cultural consequences.” Plans for the exhibition began three years ago with curator Janine Marchessault, a former Ryerson Image Arts professor and current faculty member of the Ryerson-York communication and culture program. “Since 2009, I’ve been creating site-specific exhibitions that engage with processes of urbanization in suburban spaces,” says Marchessault. “For Land|Slide, I really wanted to come out into an
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edge city like Markham and stage something that’s about the past.” In addition to “The Line,” the exhibition also includes roughly 30 other installations, including photography posted on an old train and an interactive exhibit that uses iPads to tell the stories of historical objects. “We’ve really opened things up to get artists to give different interpretations of the past — augment some things that are already here — but also to think about the future,” says Marchessault. The design and marketing for Land|Slide reflected just that. Created by the Madeleine Collective — Cheryl Hsu and Alexandra Hong of Ryerson’s Research and Innovation Office and Nicole Bazuin, an alumna of the Image Arts program — were pieces of art on their own. The collective wanted to make sure that Land|Slide drew in an audience unfamiliar with contemporary art in order to

PHOTO: ISABELLE DOCTO

“The Line,” a two-part installation by Dave Colangelo, pictured, and Patricio Davila, projects footage of a snow fence onto the side of a barn in different settings.

branch out to the community. The collective said the exhibition has attracted both art enthusiasts and families who have reacted with a “sense of wonder and discovery.”

“We made a concerted effort to reach out to the Markham public,” says Hsu. “We want to expose them to contemporary art in a new, fresh way — not just in an art museum.”

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Ryerson to host OUA Wilson Cup
Ontario’s most prestigious basketball tournament returns to the MAC
By Harlan Nemerofsky

Moving up
Rams men’s soccer team climbs to top three in Canada
By Harlan Nemerofsky
The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team is now amongst the premier teams in the CIS after moving from fifth place to third place on Tuesday afternoon. This is the highest ranking ever for the Rams in program history. “It’s always an honour for our athletes and our coaches to be recognized for all the work that they do, it’s nice to be externally validated,” said head coach Ivan Joseph. “However, we’re always mindful that at the end of the day [being nationally ranked] is not one of our goals.” The Rams defeated the Toronto Varsity Blues 3-0 Sunday afternoon for their seventh straight win, continuing its stranglehold atop the OUA East with 22 points. “It’s nice for the player that have been here since when the pogram was built up from what is was, but it doesn’t give us an extra playoff win,” said associate coach Filip Prostran. Fifth-year midfielder Alex Braletic leads the team in goals with nine, tied with Guelph’s Robert Murphy for the OUA lead. “It’s just going to be a distraction for this team,” said Braletic. “It doesn’t change anything.”

Ryerson snags rookie volleyball prodigy
By Josh Beneteau
The Ryerson Rams and Humber Hawks were tied at two sets apiece with the Rams at match point. Over two hours of play later, Alex Dawson sent the ball deep into the Humber court. The Hawks set it up for a big smash, but rookie sensation Jeff Ardron jumped up and made the block, giving the Rams a 3-2 win. This was Ardron’s first game with the Rams but head coach Mirek Porosa saw potential in Ardron more than a year ago. “I wanted him badly because I knew Luca [Milosevic] graduated [and] I saw him as a replacement,” Porosa said. But getting him to don the blue and gold was not easy. And for a while there was a chance he wouldn’t go to Ryerson at all. More than 10 universities from across Canada wanted him. At 18, Ardron was the second youngest member of the under-21 Team Ontario program that placed fourth at the recent Canada games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He also holds two Achievement of Excellence awards from his former club team, the Durham Attack, the same club team that Rams veterans Dawson and Robert Wojcik grew up with. Porosa and Ardron first met at the High Performance camp held annually at Humber College. The camp lets students entering their final year of high school work with university coaches on skills and techniques. While it’s not supposed to be used for recruiting, Porosa couldn’t help but notice Ardron’s skill level. “For middle [blockers] you have to have size, with good volleyball IQ and vision,” Porosa said. “There aren’t many athletes his size at 6’8 that are playing volleyball.” Porosa was the first coach to bring Ardron in for a tour. In early December — ­ joined by Dawson, team captain Robbie Earl and then-setter Aleksa Miladinovic — Ardron visited the MAC. Porosa gave him two weeks to decide, but Ardron continued to explore other schools. While staying in touch with Ardron, Porosa worked to fill out his roster with other recruits such as Brett Whitley, Will Otten and Anthony Cicchi. He also secured setter Adam Anagnostopoulos, who had played with Ardron at both the Humber camp and with Team Ontario. And then Porosa got the call he had been dreading; Ardron had chosen Western. “You are fighting for a player, but at some point, you have to take a step back and if somebody makes a decision to go somewhere else, I have to respect it,” Porosa said. Porosa was disappointed in losing out on Ardron, but he still had two middle blockers — Marc Reardon and Uchenna Ofoha.

They don’t know if they’ll be competing in it, but they do know that it’s coming back to Ryerson. The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team will host the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Wilson Cup Final Four in 2014 for a second consecutive year at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), according to athletic director Ivan Joseph. “The feedback from the OUA and everybody involved in it [last year] was that this was one of the best venues and one of the best hosted events ever,” Joseph said. Joseph wanted to host the Wilson Cup again, but rather than submitting a bid to host the event, the OUA came to him in August. “The venue looked really good on television last year, no one will dispute that,” said OUA President Jennifer Myers. “So we thought to leave it where it was this year because Ryerson did a great job.” The Rams fell short of high expectations last season — losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Ottawa Gee-Gees which prevented them from playing in the OUA Final Four on home court.

“Hosting the event is great for the university, it’s great for our students and it’s great for Toronto, but it’s not something that we’re thinking about right now,” said men’s basketball head coach, Roy Rana. “Right now, I’m excited about starting the season,” Rana said. “We’ll get excited about [the Wilson Cup] as it gets closer.” Joseph said that the plan for the MAC was always to host a national-level calibre events but now he thinks Ryerson is ready for it. “We think our teams, coaches and facilities are all in the position where they should be recognized for what they are, which is leaders in their field,” said Joseph. “We’re now at a point where we have all of those pieces in place to put forth a bid that will see us compete and contend for national championships,” he added. While Ryerson Athletics will be hosting the Wilson Cup at the MAC again, Joseph said they have also placed bids for the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport tournament in men’s basketball and the 2016 CIS men’s hockey championship. Ryerson teams would automatically play in the CIS tournament if they host either event. The CIS will make its announceA Windsor Lancer scores in last year’s OUA Final Four. ment in early December.

PHOTO: Charles Vanegas

Six-foot-eight middle blocker committed to Western but joined Ryerson to play with friend
Then in June, long after the application window had closed, Porosa got a call from Ardron. “He talked to me and told me if I could get him into his program, he was fully committed to Ryerson,” Porosa said. “When I got the call I was ecstatic, it was like Christmas.” With help from Porosa, Ardron was able to get into the criminal justice program and sign his letter of intent, despite the delay. So what was the biggest reason for Ardron switching to Ryerson? Having his friend Anagnostopoulos there to set him the ball. “Adam and I had played together before so I was familiar with him,” Ardron said. “So when I heard he was coming to Ryerson, I knew I wanted to be there too.” Getting players late is not ideal for a coach, but when it is a player of his calibre, Porosa was ready to make an exception. “There is no script for how the recruiting process is going to go,” Porosa said. “You have to be ready to adjust and come up with a strategy that will get the athletes in [the game].”

Jeff Ardron, number seven, committed to the Rams in June.

PHOTO: Charles Vanegas

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Going global
For everything you need to know about earning your degree overseas
By Dylan Freeman-Grist and Sidney O’Reilly
Five days a week, you sit in the same desks in the same classrooms listening to your professor ramble on about something you’re probably not interested in. As you look out the window, you may find yourself thinking, “I wish I could be any where but here.” The world is a big place. Toronto is great, but there are so many other cities to see. For students at Ryerson hoping to travel while completing their degrees, there is no shortage of opportunity. “We want our students to get out there and be ambassadors for Canada and for Ryerson and just enjoy an international experience,” said Erin Miley, student mobility assistant at Ryerson international. There are two primary options for students hoping to get out of the classrooms in Kerr Hall – going on exchange, or studying abroad. There’s a lot to think about when deciding between programs. Cost is a major factor, along with destination choice and applications. For most students, exchanges are the more affordable option, since tuition is paid directly to Ryerson. Once you add up the cost of airfare, insurance, food and living, it ends up being more expensive than staying on campus. But if budgeted correctly, it’s a reasonable option. Suhair Deeb, coordinator of international mobility, said it’s difficult to put an exact number on how much an exchange costs because it varies from student to student. “It really depends where you’re going,” said Deeb. “Business students tend to go to big cities because they want to be in the thick of it all and that’s more expensive than living in a small city.” Abroad programs tend to be a lot more expensive in comparison, seeing as most students get nailed with international fees. Deeb said that tuition costs could be as much as double (in some cases even higher) depending on the university. On the plus side, students who choose to go abroad can study at other universities for over a four month period – something that exchange students don’t have the op-

At Ryerson, students have the opportunity to study at universities around the world

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tion to do. The application process is different for each option. For abroad programs, students must apply directly to the host university while exchanges are done directly through Ryerson. Exchanges are very competitive. In order to apply, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and must also fill out an application. It varies from program to program, but essays, portfolios, and interviews may also be required. “[This process is] just to make sure that we’re sending over top

quality students,” said Miley. “We want to make sure they are able to keep up with the academic work.” Even though going global requires a lot of planning, hard work, and preparation, students who do take on this opportunity say it’s worth it. Sarah Kristensen, a fourth year retail management student, spent six months studying in Adelaide at the University of South Australia. She said that going on exchange taught her how to embrace life’s twists and turns. “I was completely pushed out

of my comfort zone almost daily,” said Kristensen. “I did so many things I don’t think I would have been able to do without exchange.” While in Australia, Kristensen tried everything from zip lining to surfing to black-water rafting (tubing through dark caves surrounded by glowworms and eels).

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The Pope loves ‘scopes
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Comikaze
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Aries

Libra

At this point I’m not even sure Business men will coax you into buying textbooks will help you. their limo, only to later release you in a field and hunt you down. It’s waaaay too late for that shit. Taurus Scorpio

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Your love interest will request an Corn is the only food you should open relationship. It’s a nice way be eating. A cornucopia of corn of saying you’re crap in the sack. dogs, popcorn and corn cobs. Leo Aquarius

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