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MAC hit by summertime thefts
$20,000 worth of electronics and personal belongings were stolen from the Mattamy Athletic Centre
By Jackie Hong and Angela Hennessy
About $20,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) over the summer. The stolen property includes two projectors, a laptop belonging to the Ryerson women’s hockey team and personal belongings from various changerooms. Toronto police media officer Wendy Drummond told The Eyeopener that a suspected breakand-enter at the MAC was reported to police on Monday, August 19, when staff noticed that technical equipment had been stolen. Police believe the thefts occurred between Aug. 16 and Aug. 18. An administrative staff member who works at the MAC and did not wish to be named said that the projectors, which were ceilingmounted, were stolen from two separate meeting rooms: the Blue & Gold Room and The Bunker. The women’s hockey team laptop, which was used for editing game footage, was stolen out of a cabinet in the coaches’ office space. A Ryerson coach who did not want to be identified said that the cabinet is usually locked. The door to the office space is also locked after business hours. “None of the door handles were broken, none of the windows were broken, so the person [who stole the laptop] probably had a key. That’s what [security] told us,” the coach said. Ryerson has since bought the women’s hockey team a new laptop. Drummond said the case is still under investigation and that no arrests have been made. Earlier in the summer, on July 2, Toronto police received a call about a theft from a MAC change room. An arrest was made on July 4. The suspect was charged with theft, assault of an officer while resisting arrest and possession. Other sources told The Eyeopener that the thefts over the summer were not the first to happen at the MAC. “I know last year there was a problem with cell phones and iPods being stolen out of player dressing rooms,” a Ryerson employee who wished to remain anonymous said. “If I remember correctly last season
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This past summer the Mattamy Athletic Centre experienced a break-and-enter and multiple thefts.
towards the end we were told not to leave anything in the dressing rooms of value due to the thefts.” Ryerson installed security cameras in the MAC’s hallways after the thefts. As well, some of the meeting rooms and office spaces now require both a key and qualified
OneCard to unlock them, whereas before, only one of those methods was needed. The administrative assistant, coach and employee all said that nothing else has been reported stolen since August. Ryerson’s manager of security and emergency services Tanya Fer-
min-Poppleton said that students and staffs should still feel safe in the MAC. “There is no reason to believe that the athletes and coaches can’t leave their belongings in their offices or changes rooms due to safety concerns,” she wrote in an email.
Former Rye Free Press editors speak out
Rift between Free Press masthead and CESAR brought publishing to a halt, former editors say
By Alexandra Bosanac
Opposing ideologies between the Ryerson Free Press’ masthead and its publisher caused the paper’s collapse last fall, according to a newly released statement from two former editors. For the first time since the newspaper folded last October, former editor-in-chief Nora Loreto and features and opinions editor James Clark addressed the group’s quarrels with the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), the union representing part-time and continuing education students, in a lengthy editorial in another campus newspaper. “As the leadership moved rightward, it increasingly questioned the newspaper’s relevance to its readers and the wider membership,” it said. “Based on our own history with The Ryerson Free Press, we can identify both internal and external challenges that we believe contributed to the newspaper’s mounting problems…By its very nature, progressive media challenges mainstream ideas, often attracting criticism and generating controversy,” it said. According to Shinae Kim, CESAR’s president, the union was unwilling to foot the bill should the paper find itself in legal hot water over its unapologetically left-wing mandate, which tackled a range of social justice issues that extended well beyond the boundaries of Ryerson’s campus. “The nature of student publishing is that it is vulnerable to legal action,” Kim said in an email to The Eyeopener. Over the years, The Free Press dealt with numerous threats of legal action, which Loreto and Clark acknowledge became a growing concern for CESAR following a change in leadership in 2009. The union’s fears materialized in 2012 after a Toronto lawyer successfully sued CESAR for defamation stemming from a 2009 article written by Clark. In March 2012, Andrew Monkhouse, a lawyer with a practice in Toronto, sought $25,000 in damMeanwhile, speculation continues to swirl around the sudden departure of Loreto’s successor, Clare O’Connor. O’Connor took the reigns as editor-in-chief in July 2012 but left suddenly after overseeing the production of only two issues. “I know she didn’t have a good time with the way CESAR treated her,” said Loreto. “I can imagine something happened but I’ve never asked what happened so I can’t comment.” Since The Free Press’ mandate barred it from publishing without an editor-in-chief presiding, O’Connor’s resignation sparked a chain reaction that saw the departure of all the other editors, Loreto said in an interview. No explanation was offered to contributors either, according to Kelsey Rolfe, a former writer. “They’ve (CESAR) kept it [what was happening] under wraps. CESAR doesn’t like to share any information. It’s really weird, they keep everything to themselves,” said Rolfe who began writing for the Free Press in 2011.
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The Ryerson Free Press hasn’t published an issue since September 2012.
ages over a 2009 photo that mistakenly identified him in a leafleter at an event to protest the Canadian Federation of Students. The Free Press issued a correction online and in a subsequent issue, but Monkhouse complained that the incorrect version of the story was still being hosted on a digital publishing site. CESAR eventually reached a settlement with Monkhouse out-ofcourt, the details of which are being kept confidential. Another point of contention for the board, Kim added, was that
masthead was not staffed exclusively by Ryerson students. Kim declined to speculate on the likelihood of a re-launch, but said the board intends to raise the issue with its members later this year, but not without a few conditions. The new paper would be required to adopt a new mandate whose focus would be on issues directly affecting the community of part-time students. “If or when The RFP is relaunched, the paper would need passionate Ryerson students with commitment to student issues,” she said.
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Mattamy Athletic Centre won the 39th annual Toronto Heritage Award.
MAC receives Heritage award
Sam sign advocates point out poor timing for Ryerson’s award
By Devin Knill
Ryerson University and Loblaw Company Limited received an award of merit from Heritage Toronto last week for its renovations to Maple Leaf Gardens, transforming it into a grocery store and the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). Heritage Toronto has presented the award to groups who renovate and preserve historical buildings for the past 39 years. However, some activists find Ryerson’s win ironic in the midst of the Sam the Record Man sign controversy. The Sam the Record Man store was known for creating a central meeting place for music-lovers. “It’s both a tribute to the industry of the Yonge Street music scene and of Sam the Record man’s store and the man behind that store, Sam Sniderman,” said Nicholas Jennings, spokesperson for the Save Our Sign (SOS) Group, an organization dedicated to the re-installation of the Sam the Record Man sign on Yonge Street. According to Jennings, another recognizable sign hung a couple blocks away: Maple Leaf Gardens. “Ryerson went to great lengths to save the marquee sign that hangs around the front of the [Mattamy] athletic centre,” said Jennings. “That to me is another iconic sign and they saved that.” The SOS Group believes that the same respect should be given to the Sam the Record Man sign. Canadian artists, such as the Barenaked Ladies, The Tragically Hip and Geddy Lee, lead singer and guitarist of Rush, have spoken up about the sign sending letters to Toronto’s city council. Jennings commended the efforts that Ryerson took with the design element of the Maple Leaf Gardens, changing it from a hockey rink to an athletic centre. “All of that was very imaginatively done,” Jennings said. The same seemed to be coming for the Sam sign when in 2008 Ryerson signed an agreement to remount the sign on the student centre. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy has proposed an alternate commemoration in the form of a sidewalk replica of the sign, a plaque and a website. “Those things are fine and should be encouraged but they shouldn’t take the place of the signs,” said Jennings. “Mr. Levy should have gone down the design route that compelled the architects to come up with a beautiful building design which also incorporated the [Sam] sign.” City councilors, like Ward 22 councilor Josh Matlow, have also been advocating on the Sam sign’s behalf. Matlow believes Ryerson could do better. “To be fair, Ryerson should be commended for their work to preserve the Maple Leaf Gardens heritage but, they have done an equally wonderful job in preserving the heritage as they have been a disappointment in regards to preserving the Sam sign,” said Matlow. Levy has said in the past that Ryerson will uphold the original deal and install the sign on Gould Street if the city council does not pass the amended proposal. “There is a very, very big difference between Maple Leaf Gardens and the [Sam the Record Man] sign,” Levy said. “We restored it for all the memories that the older generation had, and we created something that was for the future generations of our city … That’s why I think the Gardens has been such an enormous success.”
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Ryerson brought stress-relief dogs to campus Tuesday. The therapy pup room was open for an hour Tuesday afternoon and was a part of the Ryerson Mental Wellbeing Week. Other activities included a gaming session and free skating at the MAC.
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Reading week assault at Rye
On Oct. 11, security and emergency services responded to a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. That evening, a large male, approximately 18 to 20 years old, approached a male student in the Ryerson quad, aand asked for marijuana. The man then began struck the student’s face several times and made violent verbal threats, including a threatened use of a firearm. The victim pulled a secuirty alarm station notifying Security and Emergency Services.
Kathleen Wynne visits DMZ
By Sierra Bein
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday at the Ryerson DMZ the launch of the new “open government” initiative. Still engulfed in the controversy after the Liberal’s cancelation of two gas plants, and sticking taxpayers with the bill of $1.1 billion, Wynne is trying to find ways to make the government more transparent by making government documents available to Ontario. “Problems get solved when people weigh in,” said Wynne. “We want to consult people all along the way.” Wynne wants the province’s engagement in the decision making process, and to make “one Ontario, where every voice counts.” Wynne’s plan includes three major steps. The first, making government data available to the people of Ontario, improving the flow of that data, and using Ontario’s input, resulting in a more meaningful impact. “It’s their information, it belongs to the people of this Province,” said Wynne. “I want to do government differently.” According to the government website, the information will be available to people like programers and researchers to create visualizations and programs so that the information is easier to understand. Ultimately, the goal is to create communication between the government and the people by unlocking data instead of archiving it. Wynne was backed up by her Open Government Engagement team, who will be finding ways to make government data more accessible to Ontario. The panel of experts, lead by Ottawa Senior Associate at the
Rye alum wins book award
Ryerson alum Graeme Smith has won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for excellence in nonfiction for his Afghan memoir, The Dogs Are Eating Us Now: Our War In Afghanistan. The prize, Canada’s richest award for non-fiction at a total of $60,000, was presented Monday at a ceremony in Toronto. The award was given by Hilary Weston, former Ontario Lieutenant-Governor. The book was nominated with four other finalists.
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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne at the DMZ Monday. She fixed the typo on her sign.
Public Policy Forum, Don Lenihan includes other members such as Norm Sterling, a former conservative MPP and Leslie Church from Google Canada. “I know people are cynical, I know people question government and question decision making processes and this is exactly why this is so important,” said Wynne. After the deletion of thousands of government emails with information about the gas plants, there are people who see Open Government ironic, now Liberals want more information made public after hiding it. Unfortunately, some of the importance of Wynne’s announcement took a back seat when a
spelling mistake was noticed on the podium sign where she was standing, reading “Open Goverment #OpenON.” “Premier, will open government include spellchecking?” asked a reporter in the crowd as others pointed out the error. Confused, Wynne walked in front of the sign. “That is really not good,” she said. Wynne laughed it off, and asked for a pen before she wrote in the missing “n” on the sign herself and continued answering questions. The panel will come out with a report by next spring, with ways to increase data flow and openness along with what costs will be involved in the process.
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The cost of this work, plus the installation of the unit was $11,550. At the Architecture building, the installation costs were lower as less infrastructure work, including plumbing and re-paving. The cost came to $8,150. In 2009 at the Annual General Meeting RSU president Jermaine Bagnall, CESAR president Mohammad Ali Aumeer, and University president Sheldon Levy pledged September 2013 as the goal date to have phased out all plastic water bottles on campus. “I think its a good idea, before the new water fountains some people would have to get inside a building to fill up their PHOTO: CharleS Venegas water bottles,” said Gregorio JaThe new water bottle refill station outson Nugroho, a first-year interior side of the Image Arts Centre. design student.
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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
ictoria* vividly remembers the day her doctor first prescribed her the birth control pill. She sat in the purple and yellow waiting room filled with children’s toys at her pediatrician’s office, accompanied by her mother. The doctor, who was in his early 40s, had been her pediatrician since she was born. Victoria always thought he was rude and that day he seemed especially cold and detached. He did most of the talking while Victoria sat on the other side of the office, not really thinking about the pill. At 15, she started using the pill to regulate her cycle, and remained on it as means of contraception when she became sexually active. Looking back, she feels that her doctor did not provide her with sufficient information about the pill and its potential side effects. After taking Yasmin, a popular variant of the pill, for five years and suffering from extreme migraines, nausea and other symptoms, Victoria, now a third-year Ryerson student, decided to stop taking the pill. The birth control pill, first introduced to the North American market back in 1960, is a form of oral contraceptive that works to prevent pregnancy. It is one of the most trusted forms of oral contraceptive and is 99.9 per cent effective when taken correctly. That being said, it is important to remember that the pill doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. The pill is, in fact, a hormonal contraceptive taken daily that contains small doses of the hormones estrogen and progestin, which work to stop the body from ovulating. However, despite its popular usage and the wide range of information available, many myths about the pill still prevail, especially amongst younger users and university students. Recently, birth control pills have been getting a bad reputation in the news. Last year Health Canada released a document linking 23 deaths to the use of the pills Yasmin and Yaz. These deaths were caused by the development of blood clots that travelled to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism, or the blood clots being shot up to the heart, leading to a heart attack. There have also been recalls conducted on Alysena-28, Freya-28 and Esme-28, due to errors in packaging and extra placebos. But it’s not all bad news for prospective users. r. Su-Ting Teo, Director of the Ryerson Health and Wellness Centre, hopes that with increased information, people will be more likely to sort fact from myth. But it all depends on where people get their information. “The question is of course whether people access the Internet or just talk to their friends, and whether or not they access credible, unbiased, accurate websites,” she says. “Is it just a bulletin board where people
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Despite its popularity, the pill is still cloaked in misconceptions and myths. Arielle Piat-Sauve took a look into the hard facts of the controversial contraceptive
talk about things, kind of like an with the pill. She did admit that al- Health Centre are misinformed expanded network of your friends, though she felt very informed about about the pill. At the top of the list or do you actually go to medically- the pill, she was confused and skep- are fears of weight gain, an increase tical about its long-term effects on in acne, health concerns if the pill is sponsored websites?” Victoria actually found it helpful the body. taken continuously and that if you to turn to group forums onare on the pill for a long time line, where she started to look you will have trouble conceivI became really aggressive. for people who were dealing ing later on. with the same side effects as I figured I was just adjustDr. Teo works on debunking she was. these myths as soon as possible. ing to the pill because that’s “I became really aggressive According to her, it is all about what you are told. and I have never been that way putting things in context and rebefore. I figured I was just adalizing that many of these myths justing to the pill because that’s are simply possible side effects “I have heard stories of girls who of being pregnant. what you are told,” she says. Emotional mood swings, ex- were on birth control pills and when “All the side effects that anyone tremely painful migraines and nau- they got older and tried to have a gets from the pill are really the side sea, combined with a low sex drive, child, they weren’t be able to,” she effects that you get from being pregserved as a wake up call for 19-year- says. “I think a lot of people hear nant, except less because the dosage of the pill not on a medical basis of the hormone is much less,” she old Victoria. “I started looking it up online be- but on a social basis, so they under- says. cause I thought this wasn’t normal. stand what they know of it through This is why some women may I found this group discussion and it friends and the media.” experience weight gain, while othpretty much described what I was o what are the actual potential ers not, and why some may see their experiencing.” side effects of taking the birth acne clear up, while other we see an Vernija*, a first-year student on increase in blemishes. Also similarly control pill? the birth control pill to regulate her Dr. Teo noticed that a lot of fe- to when you are pregnant, being on cycle, had a very positive experience male students that walk into the the pill increases your risk of devel-
oping a blood clot, which is why it is important to be honest about your medical history with your health care professional. If you are already at risk of developing a blood clot, then Dr. Teo advises that you should not be taking the pill. There are also health benefits of taking the pill, many of which are still overshadowed by the myths and negative side effects of the pill. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, positive long-term effects of the pill include increased protection against ovarian cancer, lowering the risk by up to 40 per cent. Dr. Teo agrees that Vernija’s concern about not being able to actually conceive when the time is right is one of the most common misconceptions women have. She says that taking the pill will not affect your chances of getting pregnant once you are ready to conceive. “It is not about the fact that you are on the pill, it is about the fact that you are 15 years older,” says Dr. Teo. It is also recommended to take the pill continuously without breaks for the placebo, unlike what many women believe. Dr. Teo explains that the pill was in fact designed that way and that there is no need to stop and take the placebo pills which in fact lead to that “artificial period” you get each month. ach woman may react differently to the pill, which is why it is important to know what to look for in terms of side effects. Alex*, a fourth-year student, started taking the pill two years ago. She felt that her doctor had pushed her to get on it and tried to convince her that it was right for her body and would regulate her hormone levels. Feeling ashamed as she left the doctor’s, she took the pill for a week until the pain became unbearable. Her body started to retain water and she experienced problems urinating. The pain and constant mood swings became too much and she reached her breaking point. “I woke up one morning and I was just bawling my eyes out, I was so upset. So I called my mom and she is the one who told me to stop taking the pills,” she recalls. For Victoria, her experience served as an important lesson and she hopes to keep the conversation around birth control open and active. She is confident that next time around she will know to do the necessary research so she’s well informed prior to meeting with the doctor. Dr. Teo reminds female students that the birth control pill remains an extremely effective method of contraception, and recent recalls don’t change that. “There is nothing new or different about the medication itself,” she says. “There were some errors and recalls, but that can happen with any medication.” *last names have been omitted
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
By Daniel Morand
fter two miserable seasons, the new bench boss of Ryersons’s women’s hoceky team is hoping to change the club’s losing culture. The Rams have won only three of their ﬁrst 52 games and have ﬁnished last both times. In his ﬁrst four games with the Rams, Pierre Alain, who took over as the team’s interim head coach after head coach Lisa Haley was named an assistant coach for Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey, has led his team to half as many wins as the team managed all of last season. Although their 1-3 start has left much to be desired, Alain believes his team has what it takes to compete for a playoff spot. “We can tell that this team is different this year,” he said. “We’ve already won our ﬁrst game of the season and I can tell they are aiming for another notch, another step.” Despite being new to Ryerson, Alain is familiar with the Rams’ style of play as both he and Haley have coached Canada’s senior women’s hockey team together and share similar coaching philosophies. “The patience that we have in building teams is very similar,” said Alain. “We know that this is a learning process and we are both very patient in our teaching.” In a season that will feature a lot of ﬁrsts for the Rams, the team has added seven new players to their roster including goaltender Alex Armstrong, who was brought into shore up last year’s spotty goaltending.
In two games this season, Armstrong has backstopped the Rams to their only victory while compiling a .902 save percentage and goals against average of 3.03. Last season, a goaltending tandem of Emma Crawley, Brianna Tremblay and Dana Carson posted a combined goals against average of 4.11— the second-worst in Ontario University Athletics (OUA). The recruiting class also included three forwards who were brought in to help improve an offence that scored an OUA-worst 35 goals last season. “Alain gives the rookies really good opportunities to get on the ice and do something,” said ﬁrst-year forward Claire Sabine. “He’s an awesome coach just the way he runs his systems and the way he runs his teams [is] really encouraging.” Despite a plethora of new faces, third-year forward Melissa Wronzberg doesn’t think the team is in the midst of a rebuilding process. “I think because of the rookies we’ve brought in this year along with the group that started and last year’s rookies, it’s no longer a growing year,” said Wronzberg, one of the team’s assistant captains. Although the Rams went 6-3 in the preseason, the team has posted a pedestrian 1-3 record and have scored an OUA-worst four goals. But in a year with so much uncertainty, Alain believes that he is up to the task of leading the Rams to a successful season. “They have conﬁdence in me, that’s why they hired me,” said Alain. “[They brought me in] to be a good teacher, a good leader and bring the team to another level.”
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By Harlan Nemerofsky
espite having made the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, Ryerson’s men’s hockey team has yet to make it past the opening round. In an attempt to make a deeper playoff push, head coach Graham Wise spent the offseason improving the team’s weakest area. Of the 36 teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Ryerson ranked 29 in goals against average at 4.89 and 30 in save percentage. Last year’s starting goalie, Troy Passingham, who has played in all three games this year, owned the worst save percentage and the second-worst goals against average in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). “[What] we’re trying to improve on is trying to get our goals against average down [because] this hockey team has never been on the plus side of goals, against goals for,” said Wise. In order to improve the Rams spotty goaltending, Wise added fourth-year veteran Adam Courchaine, who has spent time in the OHL, ECHL and AHL throughout the last 11 years. In 2012, the 24-year-old put up a sparkling 2.37 goals against average and .908 save percentage with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces. “With Adam, you’re getting an older kid. Someone with maturity [and] someone with experience that should be able to step into this game and be able to contribute right away,” said Wise. Courchaine hasn’t been able to play yet due to transfer eligibility rules, but he’ll be
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clear to make his ﬁrst OUA start on Oct. 24 against the Guelph Gryphons. While Courchaine is expected to make an immediate impact, Wise said he will stick with the hot hand on any given night. “If someone’s playing well and coming up with the big saves when we need them and leading us to victory, then that’s how we’re going to operate,” said Wise. Though the Rams won two of their ﬁrst three games, early success hasn’t always worked out, as the team went 4-1 to start their 2010-11 campaign but only managed to win four of their next 23 contests. The Rams move to the west division will have them playing rivals University of Toronto and York University as well as Brock, Laurier and Waterloo — providing more rest and less travel. Though the level of competition is comparative in both divisions, the Rams can now avoid facing the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in the ﬁrst round of the playoffs, the team that has ousted them in the opening round the last two years. The defence will add three right-handed shooters from this year’s recruiting class, something that the Rams had none of coming into this year. “If we’re doing set faceoffs we should be able to run them on both sides of the ice [now],” said Wise. Brought in to add more scoring to a middling offence is former Kitchener Ranger Dominic Alberga, who already has seven points in three games, including the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over McGill in the season opener. “He’s been great for us,” said Wise. “It takes some time to adjust to this league, but so be it. Alberga’s ﬁtting in really well.” The Rams ﬁrst line, led by graduating captain Andrew Buck, will provide solid twoway play while the second line, led by last year’s top goal scorer Jamie Wise, will provide lots of skill. “We’ve deﬁnitely shown that we can put the puck in the net, and I know that we can compete with anybody in this league so we’ve just got to put it together for 60 minutes every night,” said Buck.
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By Charles Vanegas
ast season was a disappointment for Ryerson’s men’s basketball team as they failed to go to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four after a dominating 10-0 start to the season. So expectations are high once again for the nationally-ranked Rams, as head coach Roy Rana has his sights set on making the OUA Final Four this time around. “Once we get to the Final Four, then the next step is nationals, but we’ve got to get to the Final Four ﬁrst.” In order to get back to nationals, Rana made signiﬁcant additions from last year’s team — most notably six-foot-nine centre Kadeem Green, who transferred from the Ohio University Bobcats of the NCAA. Green joins six-foot-eight Bjorn Michaelsen and six-foot-eight Juwon Grannum to form the strongest frontcourt the Rams have had in Rana’s ﬁve-year tenure as head coach. “It makes our job a hell of a lot easier,” said third-year guard Aaron Best on the addition of Green. “As a guard you love driving to the lane because you know you can just dump [the ball] to a big [forward], and you know they’re going to ﬁnish it every single time.” The Rams will have one of the best backcourts in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) with Best, Jahmal Jones and Jordon Gauthier, who shot an efﬁcient 43 per cent from the ﬁeld in his three years with the Rams. Both Jones and Best were named OUA allstars last year, tied for number one in team scoring averaging 15.3 points per game and ranked amongst the top 20 in the OUA. However, the season doesn’t come without loss as shooting guard Ostap Choliy, one of the team’s best shooters off the bench, will
miss the entire season after tearing his ACL in the offseason. “Ostap will affect our depth but we brought in a few new pieces this year so I think we’ll be good,” said Rana. “Obviously losing him hurts, but injuries happen so we’ll have to move forward. “I think we’ve added more depth up front and I think we’re going to get more offence from the post position so we won’t have to rely on Michaelsen as much as we have in the past,” said Rana. If the pressure to get back to nationals wasn’t enough, the Mattamy Athletic Centre will once again host the OUA Final Four. “Last year we got ahead of ourselves, some guys in the locker room saw getting to nationals as the goal, but this year we’re taking it one game at a time,” said Jones. However, the Rams have their work cut out for them if they hope to live up to the hype. Rana called the OUA east division “easily the toughest division in country by far,” as the Rams share the OUA east division with perennial powerhouse Carleton Ravens – who have won nine of the previous 11 CIS titles — and Ottawa Gee-Gees, who eliminated the Rams in the quarterﬁnals. Only three teams from the OUA will reach the national championships (Carleton already qualiﬁed as the host) and only two teams from the OUA East will reach the Wilson Cup. “We just need to be consistent,” said Rana. “This is a make-or-miss league and to be successful you just have to be good at the right time.”
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By Devin Jones
he rookie of the year is gone. A year after ﬁrst-year point guard Cassandra Nofuente was named as the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) east rookie of the year, Ryerson’s women’s basketball team ﬁnd themselves in the midst of an unexpected rebuilding year. In addition to being named a second-team OUA all-star, Nofuente, who transferred to Humber College this offseason, was second on the Rams in scoring. “We [lost] a pretty solid ball-handler and go-to person,” said second-year head coach Carly Clarke. “Someone who wants the ball in their hands at key times and can create for herself and her teammates...those are big shoes to ﬁll.” In addition to Nofuente, the Rams lost much of their veteran presence, as co-captains Angela Tilk and Kelcey Wright switched schools in pursuit of their master’s degrees. Wright was Ryerson’s top scorer last year averaging 13.8 points per game, while Tilk, who missed all of last year due to injury, posted a career high eight double-doubles in 2011. “Anytime you lose veteran leadership, you look for new people to step in and pick up where they left off,” said Clarke. “Certainly Tilk’s presence in the locker room and her experience meant a lot to the team.” To ﬁll the void left by Nofuente’s departure, the Rams will turn to second-year point guard
Chloe Mago, who despite being highly touted out of high school, missed nearly all of last season due to injury. During the off-season, the Rams added ﬁve new recruits to their roster, including ﬁve-foot-ten guard Mariah Nunes. Nunes spent the last season-and-a-half at Farleigh Dickinson University, a Division one NCAA school in New Jersey. Due to transfer eligibility rules, Nunes won’t be able to play an ofﬁcial game with the Rams until January 2014. “She’s a great athlete and very dynamic, she’s going to make us a team that is much tougher to defend when she is on the ﬂoor,” said Clarke. “She is going to take our defence to another level when she’s out there.” Other recruits include six-foot-two forward Shannon McInerney, who brings needed size to a small Rams team and guard Nicole Didomenico, who was one of only 20 players in all of Canada to participate in the All Canada Classic national high school all-star game. “We don’t see it as a rebuilding year [because] I think we have some seniors that have some experience,” said Clarke. “Is it realistic that we’re going to win the OUA this year? We’re not talking about that. We’re focusing on the process and getting better day-to-day.”
the Rams know they will have to step their game up to another level. “Making the playoffs is a goal, but making the Final Four is our ultimate goal,” said Rams head coach Mirek Porosa. Ryerson has a largely revamped roster this season, with a huge recruiting class that included middle blocker Jeff Ardron. As the prize of the recruiting class Ardron has represented team Ontario as an 18-year-old at the under-21 Canada Summer Games this past summer. “Sometimes it’s tough to mesh newer guys with veterans, but the guys have been great, they’re really eager to learn,” said fourth-year setter Stefan Ristic. “As one of the captains on the team, I hope to help mentor some of the younger guys into the whole rhythm of the varsity athletics scene.” However, this season doesn’t come without loss, as the Rams lost former OUA rookie-team setter Aleksa Miladinovic, who left Ryerson after being accepted to the University of Toronto’s prestigious pharmaceutical program this offseason. Miladinovic was second in the OUA in assists last year. “Losing Miladinovic to Toronto is a difﬁcult hit for the team, but our new setter, Adam Anagnostopoulos, is an exceptional player,” Porosa said. In addition to Miladinovic, the Rams lost Luka Milosevic to graduation. Milosevic was named to the OUA second-team all-star in his ﬁfth and ﬁnal season with the Rams when he ﬁnished ﬁfth in the nation in solo blocks, with 28. “When you’re losing all-star players, it creates holes in certain positions, but Jeff Ardron has the size (at six-foot-eight), the experience and has been showing that he can step up and ﬁll this hole,” said Porosa. Anagnostopoulos is coming to Ryerson with an impressive resume, having captained the Ontario Volleyball Association’s KW Predators the past ﬁve seasons. He was also named to team Ontario’s under-18 team in 2012. “[He will] most likely get the starting job, but [the OUA] it’s a whole new level that’s faster and more intense,” said Porosa. Offensively, the Rams will be led by third-year outside hitter Robert Wojcik, who led the team with 220 kills, which was good enough for third in the OUA and eighth in the nation. “I see a lot of potential in this team. They are showing signs of brilliance,” said Porosa. “My goal is to create whatever is necessary for them to grow.”
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By Luke Galati
fter being eliminated in a heartbreaking four-set match to the Western Mustangs in last year’s Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarterﬁnals, Ryerson’s men’s volleyball team is entering the 2013-14 season with a chip on its shoulder. Last season the Rams were seeded seventh out of 10 teams in the OUA, which was enough to make the playoffs. However, with the OUA implementing a new system this season that will now see only the top six teams make it into the playoffs,
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ast year, Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team had only one player with playoff experience. Now, following a lengthy playoff run that saw them place fourth in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four, head coach Dustin Reid has no doubt that his new veteran team is poised for another championship run. “We think we’re a more talented team than we were last year,” said Reid. “We want to get back to the Final Four and compete for a championship.” As one of Ryerson’s most successful teams — they placed third in their division and made it to the OUA Final Four for the ﬁrst time in school history — the Rams are
ready to face the new pressures of living up to and exceeding last year’s success. “We have acknowledged that there is pressure to do well this season, but that’s not going to take us where we want,” said ﬁfthyear outside hitter Chelsea Jensen. “Take one game at a time and do our best in those and the rest will work itself out.” Unlike past seasons, the Rams will face stiff competition as the OUA’s recent realignment has landed them in a division with all of last year’s Final Four teams— the York Lions, the Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. “It will deﬁnitely make it harder to reach the Final Four,” said third-year libero Krystyna Ng. “It all comes down to who plays better the day of competition.” This season, the Rams return to the court with their core group of Jensen, Chelsea Briscoe, Veronica Livingston and Emily Nicholishen all returning to the court after fuelling much of last season’s success. Briscoe and Livingston placed fourteenth and ﬁfteenth in points
per game average last season while Jensen and Nicholishen both placed in the league’s top 25. In addition to their veteran core, the Rams expect newcomers Emily Betteridge and Kristina Vicek to make an immediate impact in their ﬁrst year with the team. Vicek, a recent York University graduate, brings a wealth of experience to the team after three years of OUA volleyball for the Lions. “Vicek is the oldest and most experienced newcomer,” says Jensen. “She adds intensity and focus to our team atmosphere, which will contribute to our success.” Betteridge, a transfer from Syracuse University, brings much needed passion and enthusiasm to the court despite not being eligible to play in a league game until Nov. 14. In spite of their undoubtedly high expectations, the Rams are hungry to prove that last season’s success was no ﬂuke. “I really want a gold medal,” said Livingston. “Personally I feel the only pressure is the pressure we put on ourselves and I know a lot of the girls feel the same way.”
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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
ARTS & LIFE
Ryerson hosts its first-ever DIY Days
Projects, workshops and dreams shared at inaugural Canadian event held by the RTA School of Media
By Lara Onayak
Broadcasters, directors, designers, writers and entrepreneurs shared their visions, ongoing projects and accomplishments at DIY Days on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre. Toronto’s first DIY Days — a gathering focused on storytelling, collaborative design and social good — consisted of speakers, workshops and interactive sessions with focuses ranging from climate change to experimental storytelling to game design. “This is an event that has been growing and happening in ten cities worldwide,” said Richard Lachman, director of the RTA Transmedia Centre, which hosted the event. “I wanted to work with stories and become part of this organization.” DIY Days has been held in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Warsaw in the past. “Toronto is an amazing city,” said Lachman. “There are television people, digital people, app people, educators, youth workers and so many projects going on. We really wanted to make an event that would bring these people together.” The theme of the event was Wish for the Future, chosen by Lance Weiler, director of Lyka’s Adventure, a film that tells the story of a robot scientist who comes to earth to collect data on the environment. Weiler said Wish for the Future is one of DIY Days’ “fundamental foundations… We’ve used it all over the world.” One of the event’s most popular workshops was Wish Zone, in which participants wrote down their wishes for the future. The wishes were then rendered into stories and prototypes with PlayDoh by others at the event. Another workshop, Open Talk Sessions, allowed attendees to speak about their own projects in ten-minute intervals. Charles Falzon, chair of the RTA School of Media, hopes to make DIY Days an annual event. “This movement is really the beginning of the future,” said Falzon. “It’s about shifting, changing how we think, sharing, evolving PHOTOS: Robyn Bell and a new way of being who we Organizers and participants filled Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre on Satare as individuals and as a sociurday, Oct. 19, for the first Canadian DIY Days, a day of workshops and speakers. ety.”
Alumnus to star in new play
By Leah Hansen
English was not Philip Van Martin’s first choice. After high school, the actor had his sights set on a Frenchlanguage university theatre program. “Initially, Toronto wasn’t really on my radar, because I was very much a Francophone,” says Van Martin. But he ended up at Ryerson. His conclusion: “It’s one of the best schools in the English language in Canada and I was very fortunate to be able to train there.” Now, Van Martin is set to co-star in Le Théàtre français de Toronto’s production of Le Fa Le Do, which opens at the Berkeley Street Theatre on Oct. 23. Even though he looks back on his education fondly now, his first year didn’t go as smoothly as he hoped. “I was politely asked to take some time off after the first semester,” he said. “I took a year off, I travelled the world and when I came back, I was much more ready to do the work.” There have been no major speed bumps since. In his second year, Van Martin had a role in the History Channel film Storming Juno, a role he says gave him a huge confidence boost as a young actor. “The experience helped me gain some perspective and understand the professional environment.” Since graduating in 2012, Van Martin has netted roles in three major productions. Contacts he made at Ryerson led to his first role, after which he was invited to audition for Le Fa Le Do. Van Martin stars as Julien, a young scientist obsessed with his work who makes a huge discovery. The production encompasses several genres, including suspense, film noir, comedy, drama and political intrigue. “I’m the most technical part of the play — the science in there,” says Van Martin. “There’s a kind of dark secret about this character that you discover throughout the play.” The scientific jargon was a challenge for Van Martin, who stressed the importance of making his character believable. “It’s been sort of a challenge wrapping my mind and my speech patterns around some of these sentences.” Van Martin says being a young artist in a big city comes with its share of distractions and anxieties, whether it’s money or competition. He stays grounded by remembering why he got into acting in the first place. “I’m doing this because I love it, not because there’s any huge promise of money or this resounding, immediate success of any kind... It’s important to remember what you’re doing it for, and I think that’s the truth of any profession.”
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The other TIFF
By Roderick Fitzgerald
On Ryerson Theatre’s stage, a woman stands alone facing a quiet crowd of people. She makes a move, gliding through the air. Behind her, three people sit: one starts to clap, another sings and the last person strums a guitar. The music flows around the woman as she moves; unlike most situations where the dancer moves to the music, the music follows the dancer. These movements are none other than flamenco, a type of Spanish folk music and dance. The Toronto International Flamenco Festival, which visited Ryerson Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 19, is now in its seventh year. The festival’s goal is to educate those unfamiliar with flamenco through workshops, movies and performances. But it’s not only for newcomers — the festival also helps local flamenco artists. “We contracted international artists to teach our local artists so that they can keep improving,” says Lionel Félix, the festival’s founder and producer. The festival included acts like Triana Project, Rie Ishizuka, Renka and headliner La Lupi, a flamenco performer who hails from Malaga, Spain. For many of them, it’s more than a job or hobby. “Flamenco to me is my life passion,” says Iryna Gordon of the Triana Project. “It’s a way for me to express my artistic ideas.”
Dancers perform at Ryerson Theatre on Oct. 19 during the Toronto International Flamenco Festival.
Flamenco festival touches down at Ryerson Theatre
Flamenco originated in the south of Spain and finds its roots in Polish, Arabic, Gypsy, and Hindu culture. It combines music, percussion and dance, and uses very few instruments. Though the guitar and cajon (a hollow box that you sit on and use like a drum) are common, the most widely used “instruments” are performers’ hands. Félix says that, as flamenco spreads across the world, “many artists are now using the violin, the piano and other influences from different parts of the world.” Back in Ryerson Theatre, La Lupi concludes her solo performance and the clapping stops, but only momentarily. Seconds later, the crowd rises in a standing ovation.
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Philip Van Martin, a Rye theatre grad, will play Julien in Le Fa Le Do.
ARTS & LIFE
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Rising from the ashes
World’s tallest mural painted on building where fire broke out in 2010
By Stephanie Hughes
A new mural of a brilliantly flaming phoenix could find itself in world record books soon. The artwork, which spans 32 storeys of the 200 Wellesley St. apartments, was designed in response to the fire that broke out in the building in 2010. The mural was created by more than 50 young people from the St. James Town community, including residents of the building and a handful of Ryerson students. It’s the tallest mural in the world, according to the STEPS Initiative (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space), the local organization behind the mural that promotes art as means of connecting people with public space. While most of the artists involved were high school students from Jarvis Collegiate Institute, STEPS youth leader Aniqah Rahman is a psychology student at Ryerson. Steven Song, Sara Ayub and Benjamin Jones — engineering and urban and regional planning students — also contributed. “[They] were involved in various capacities in the planning and outreach for this project,” said STEPS representative Alexis Kane Speer. The fire that inspired the mural started around 5 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2010. About 150 firefighters battled the flames for several hours, and roughly 600 people, including at least one Ryerson student, were forced to relocate or were left homeless.
Rye grad’s awardwinning photo in Toronto gallery
Dominic Nahr, a 2008 Ryerson School of Image Arts graduate, snapped this photo of a dead Sudan Armed Forces soldier in 2012 while traveling with South Sudan soldiers. The picture won him the third-place general news prize for a single photograph in the World Press Photo Contest, which held a gallery of all its prize-winning photos at Toronto’s Allen Lambert Galleria earlier this month. Visit theeyeopener.com for the full story.
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BIZ & TECH
Listening to the sounds of breast cancer
Ryerson physics professor Michael Kolios crowdfunds for breast cancer detection technology
By Hania Ahmed
A bet over a beer has led a Ryerson professor to crowdfund a project that may change how breast cancer patients are treated. Physics professor Michael Kolios and his partner Gregory Czarnota, a radiation oncologist at Sunnybrook Hospital, have developed WaveCheck, an ultrasounding technology that detects if chemotherapy is working in one to four weeks, much less than the four to six months patients currently have to wait. The research for WaveCheck began two decades ago when Kolios and Czarnota, both graduate students at the University of Toronto, attended a seminar where they argued with a fellow student about whether or not ultrasound, the painless technology used on expectant mothers, could detect programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis. When cells go through apoptosis, they leave behind traces that ultrasounds can detect. It is this signature that WaveCheck uses to identify if chemotherapy is affecting cancer cells. About 60 to 70 per cent of patients do not respond to chemotherapy. WaveCheck could save patients from unnecessary rounds of chemotherapy, which has side effects like nausea, hair loss and weight loss. “The ultimate goal is to switch the approach when you know it’s not working,” Kolios said. WaveCheck would save patients from side effects and give them more time to find alternative treatments. While the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Terry Fox Foundation have both funded this project, more money is still needed for test trials. The WaveCheck team began crowdfunding this month to raise nearly $100,000 for the project. So far almost $30,000 has been raised on Indiegogo, a website that accepts online donations. The campaign ends Nov. 27. “Unless you find the funds, it can’t get across [the country],” Elizabeth Monier-Williams said, co-director of the WaveCheck campaign. Almost $700,000 is needed to run four studies across Canada. A total of 180 women will participate. Should WaveCheck not make the money through crowdfunding, researchers will try to get the money through government grants. According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer affects one in nine Canadian women and is the second-most deadly cancer. Kolios hopes WaveCheck will be in clinics worldwide.
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Professor Michael Kolios’ WaveCheck uses ultrasounding to detect breast cancer.
Ryerson’s Game of Drones
A DMZ startup will bring drones to Canadian skies
By Badri Murali
When people think of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), faceless assassins in wars come to mind. Secondyear electrical engineering student Klever Freire hopes to change the perception with Intelli Quad One, a multi-rotor UAV that can scan environments and landscapes in 3D. Freire is the chief executive officer and lead designer at DreamQii Inc., a recent DMZ startup that creates software and hardware products, combining artificial intelligence and robotics. While drones are mostly associated with military destruction, Freire said that this is not the purpose of the Intelli Quad One. “We’re promoting our units as industrial and commercial applications. At first, we will be targeting this to photographers and filmmakers who want to take shots and clips from the air. This can be expanded for more humanitarian and agricultural work, by helping farmers look at crop conditions from above, and can also help in spotting landmines from conflict zones,” Freire said. Before taking electrical engineering, Freire graduated Ryerson’s aerospace engineering
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and more networking for Freire. “It’s easy to be able to connect with people in any industry [through the DMZ]. If you talk to the right person, you’re immediately connected. Before, we did this out of a two-bedroom condo, and now, we have eight desks and a basement test facility,” Freire said. Freire also says that it is important for the Intelli Quad One to be as Canadian as possible. “We want to make sure that all the materials are manufactured and put together in Canada. It is hard to say no to lower manufacturing and development costs, but we want to bring those jobs back to our manufacturing industry,” Freire said. For now, the product is still in its beta phase, testing for flaws. Freire said that the Intelli Quad One will be on the market within six months.
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