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Cracking the story
Former Eyeopener editor Robyn Doolittle on her life and covering the Rob Ford story. Pages 8-9


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Hockey team suspended for boozing
Drinking during New Jersey trip sees team forfeit two games, one coach no longer with team
By Harlan Nemerofsky
ing alcohol,” said Joseph. “No, alcohol can be [consumed] anytime time when you’re representing university, we have a zero-tolerance policy... They admitted their responsibility in it, and this is something we’ll look to rectify.” All but one player on the team are of legal American drinking age, which is 21. Numerous attempts were made to contact coach Wise. He declined to comment. Joseph said that assistant coach Smith was not present in the players’ hotel room during the incident. The Eyeopener made numerous attempts at contacting Ryerson’s Human Resources department to determine exactly why Smith is no longer employed by Ryerson. At the time of print, no one from HR had responded to those requests. In addition to forfeiting games against the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Queen’s University this week, the team and coaches will not be able to use the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) for the length of their suspension. The team will not have access to the weight room, the therapy room, their change rooms and their dressing rooms. The team was notified of the consequences the evening of Nov. 4 at approximately 4 p.m. in a players-only meeting. “From our point of view, we made mistakes no question about it. We recognize the rules and we broke them, and we accept our punishment,” said men’s hockey team captain Andrew Buck. “All I can say is we didn’t do anything illegal, but we broke rules and now we have to pay the punishment for it.” Bryan Crawford, executive director of Ontario University Athletics (OUA), said incidents like this happen once a year at the most. “We’re pleased that [Ryerson] has taken the steps to address that code of conduct breach and that’s about all there is to it,” said Crawford. “OUA student athletes have a standard to uphold and they need to uphold that standard to represent both themselves and their institution and the league that they play in as a whole.” A source close to the team who did not want to be identified told The Eyeopener that he felt vilified by the media’s reaction to the suspension.

Ryerson Athletics handed the men’s hockey team a seven-day suspension Monday evening after a two-week-long investigation found that Rams hockey players drank alcohol during an Oct. 18 pre-season trip to Princeton, N.J. According to Ryerson’s director of athletics Ivan Joseph, the assistant coach to the men’s hockey team, Lawrence Smith, has been relieved of his duties and head coach Graham Wise has been suspended for four games. The hockey team will also forfeit its next two games as a result of the suspension. Following the Rams final exhibition game against the Princeton Tigers, Rams players violated a clause in the student-athlete handbook which states: “Alcohol may not be consumed by Rams athletes or staff for the duration of road trips (from the time of departure until the time of arrival back in Toronto).” “Long story short, they were in the hotel room, they were drink-

The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team playing a game earlier this year.

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“We are being seen as drunken hockey players that went out of control on a U.S. road trip and that’s not true at all. We were in our hotel rooms, watching couple movies, having a couple beers, bonding,” said the source. “That’s how our hockey culture is. If you go play hard and you go have some beers, you go to bed, you wake up the next morning, and you do it again.” Assistant captain Brian Birkhoff said that he has never seen the team consume alcohol on road trips during his two years on the team and that there were no outside guests in the hotel room at the time.

“It stings, obviously,” said Birkhoff. “We were on a great run but we broke the rules. We’ll take it in stride here, learn from it and we’ll be better because of it.” “It’s disappointing to see a person whose put so much into our program like Lawrence Smith, no longer be with us,” said Buck. “We come back next Monday and our record is 5-4. And that’s all we think about and hopefully we come back and win a bunch of games.” From our standpoint, we’re focused on winning hockey games and we learned from the mistakes that we made, and we accept the punishment,” said Buck.

Alumni profiting off current students
The guys who give you a t-shirt for answering questions? They’re signing you up for a credit card, and Rye gets a cut
By Angela Hennessy and Jackie Hong
Ryerson’s contract with MBNA bank is putting a dent in student credit. The school profits off every student who signs up for a MasterCard with the presence of the bank on campus. MBNA partners with Ryerson’s Alumni Association and comes through what is called an “affinity partnership” which blocks any other bank from offering a similar service at Ryerson and also promotes the product. “Offering exclusivity on campus creates a partnership which ensures an advantageous financial return for the university, which is plowed back into programs, services, and student awards for our community,” said Tyler Forkes, executive director of alumni relations. However, cash-strapped students in Ontario already face an average of nearly $40,000 dollars in debt upon graduation, not including any personal and private loans. Some people argue that offering students more credit isn’t the answer and the school shouldn’t be promoting it, much less profiting off it. “Credit card companies seem to target students, as many students need money and are usually strapped for cash. These companies fail to properly alert and educate people, especially students about the danger of signing up for the card,” said vice president of education, Rochelle Lawrence. Most students are not aware that simply filling out an application will negatively affect their credit and MBNA does not warn students about this. Forkes argued that this was “common knowledge” when asked why this isn’t the practice of on campus solicitors. Many people are not aware this could be a problem. “It’s illogical that it could do that (negatively affect credit) because you couldn’t get a card unless you have good credit,” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy.

Student credit automatically takes a hit once the MBNA credit card is signed up for.


“There are many negative implications like high interest fees and rates that students are now aware of once they use these cards, then companies further weigh students down with added debt,” said Lawrence. In 2012 the on-campus event marketing of this product received 2054 responses and 1336 accounts were created. So far 2013 has seen another 1240 accounts created through this program. The program largely operates through table space rentals on

campus where representatives for MBNA solicit students. “The revenues are very important, as they fund the vast majority of programs and services that we extend to all students upon graduation,” said Forkes. The average interest rate offered with this card is 19.9 per cent, which is high rate but still standard when offering credit to people who have none. As an alternative to credit, other banks, such as TD, offer VISA debit cards, which allow students the freedom of hav-

ing a credit card for things such as shopping online or booking flights, but without the risk of borrowing money at a high interest rate. Ryerson’s suite of affinity partnerships currently includes MBNA for the Ryerson MasterCard; TD Insurance Meloche Mennox, Manulife Financial and the Canadian signature Wine Company. Ryerson would not release further details about their contract, such as how much they profit from each student because it is confidential to the bank.


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RSU caps frosh funding
computer science programs, also recieve the $2.50 per-head rate from the RSU. “From the viewpoint of a course The Course Union of the RTA School of Media (CURTAS) is ex- union president, it is difficult to put pressing its frustration at what they together any event. Everything resee to be inadequate funding from quires money and we try our hardest the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). to make most activities and events This comes on the heels of a refer- free. But at the end of the day, it is endum for the creation of the Ryer- impossible without any [financial] son Communication and Design So- support,” said Patel. An issue expressed by CURTAS ciety, a tool to provide more funding for Faculty of Communication and is that there should be a more equitable approach to the distribution Design programs. “I am a full-time student that vol- of money as opposed to an equal unteers my time to be able to execute distribution for each course union. “Equity would be giving money events that engage RTA at the best of its abilities,” said Sachil Patel, based on student numbers. It may president of CURTAS. “It shouldn’t seem to the RSU that course unions are all the same, but actually our be my job to acquire money.” All course unions receive a set mandates are different. To me, we amount of money from the RSU advocate and make sure that stueach year, an approximate $500 at dents’ voices are heard, we are not just another course union,” said the beginning of each semester. The breakdown of the spending Patel. The lack of aid for CURTAS includes: advertising, social events, events has caused them to fundraise miscellaneous, orientation for first within the department—which reyears ($2.50 per incoming first year sults in frustration. The total amount of funding that student), career and education. Politics and governance, along with CURTAS needs to raise to hold its

By Yara Kashlan

yearly events is $18,562.50, according to Patel. “I think it is unfair, it is a university experience for everybody, we should all get the same funding and opportunity,” said Ethan Krebs, fourth-year radio and television arts (RTA) student. “We treat everyone fairly in giving equal access and funding, if they are actively seeking all their options they can get more funding and we are willing to give them the information required,” said Danielle Brogan, vice-president of student life and events at the RSU. “There are a lot of other ways to get more money. For example; apply for sponsorship, the outside community, and going to the president’s office,” said Brogan. The RSU has indicated that there are chances to get assistance from them, through collaboration with the two parties. “My frosh experience was decent, but more money is good because it can provide a lot more to the experience,” said Karen Cheung, a fourth-year RTA student.


Radio and Television Arts (RTA) funding breakdown.

Getting angry, FA-ST
Science students irritated at getting kicked out of their lounge to make room for study sessions
By Farnia Fekri
The new science student lounge in KHE-223 is also being used for FA-ST sessions – and some science students aren’t happy about it. Frustration has been building due to the Learning Success’ Facilitated Study (FA-ST) sessions in lounge, which provide students with additional support for tough courses but require students who are not a part of the sessions to leave the room. “It’s inconsiderate to the students because there are only a few people in FA-ST [groups], but science is a huge program,” said second-year medical physics student Hazra Sokoli. “In the library it’s hard to study for exams but you’re guaranteed a spot here [in the lounge], unless FA-ST is here.” Darrick Heyd, the associate dean of undergraduate programs and student affairs in the Faculty of Science, defends the use of the lounge for FA-ST sessions. The advantage to having FA-ST meetings in KHE-223 is the relaxed atmosphere of a room created for students, by students, he said. He also pointed out that holding study sessions in the lounge was in the original proposal. Heyd, whose office funds FA-

PHOTO: JaCKie Hong

The science study room is being used for FA-ST sessions, and some students aren’t happy.


ST, was one of the main supporters of a lounge being created for science students. “It is a relatively new situation so there are going to be some growing-pains,” said Heyd. Aleksandra Kulesza, the coordinator of the FA-ST program, said she is open to hearing students’ feedback. “KHE-223 was selected as a room [for FA-ST] in order to centralize services around the science students, to make first-year students aware of the space and to fulfill the mandate for formal study within the room,” Kulesza said in an email. “We are open to hearing the concerns of students and responding to concerns to

best suit needs.” Decisions about meeting locations for the program are a collaboration between FA-ST leaders and university faculty facilitators. Currently, the Ryerson Science Society (RSS) is holding meetings with FA-ST coordinators to find a balance that will work for both sides. Some science students still feel it’s unfair that they do not have access to the lounge, especially when the FA-ST sessions are small. “It doesn’t make sense to make people who are trying to succeed at learning themselves leave so others can succeed,” said fourthyear chemistry undergraduate student Brad Jacobs.





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Doug Ford talks ethics; Rob Ford admits he has smoked crack
By Angela Hennessy and Jackie Hong
Toronto city councillor Doug Ford spoke to master’s journalism students about standards in journalism moments before his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, admitted to media at city hall that he has smoked crack cocaine within the past year. “Looking back I would say he had 100 per cent no idea that his brother was making that announcement,” said Kim Magi, a student in the class who was live tweeting from the talk. “He had a staffer with him and it did not seem like either of them knew what was going to happen.” It was a pre-planned discussion for the councillor to come to the class after they had taken field trip to city hall last year. Ford was on campus between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and spoke candidly with students about the media, taxes, subways and councillors at city hall. Ford, who has recently been accused of enabling his brother, told students that, “I don’t drink, I don’t like drugs, I don’t take uppers or downers or all-arounders,” said Doug. He spoke about his previous drug use: “In high school, I smoked joints. Am I proud of it? No,” said Doug. “I don’t condone Rob hanging out with people like this, and it’s going to stop. It’s not going to happen again,” said Doug to the class of 25 students. “He was supposed to be talking about his relationship with the media and he just kind of went off and talked about everything,” said Magi. “He said a few things about his family off-the-record, but other than that, he encouraged us to be on the record with him,” said Magi. “When there was silence he’d say, come on guys, ask us some more.” Despite that, Doug said the media circus that has been surrounding him and his family has been bad. “If you think Princess Diana’s chase was bad, you should’ve seen the media chasing them the other day,” said Doug.

Race is on for FCAD
By Sierra Bein
The first day of voting began Monday Nov. 4 to decide whether a Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) society will be formed and if students will accept paying an extra $30 per semester. The Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) wants to create more collaboration between the nine schools of art, give more funding to student projects and start a huge end-of-year festival similar to TIFF to show off Ryerson’s FCAD programs. These four days are crucial: if the RCDS campaign wins the majority of the votes, FCAD students will pay the fee every semester for years to come. But if it loses, students will not be able to reapply for a society for the next five years. Voting closes Nov. 7, and FCAD students can vote using BlackBoard. There is no minimum number of voters required for the referendum to be considered valid. The outcome will be the result of all those who submitted a vote. The winner will need at least 51 per cent of the votes to win. “We’re on the brink of something very exciting,” said Stephen Kassim, chair of the steering committee. “We’re talking about big game-changing efforts.”

Some students would pay an additional $60 with the formation of the FCAD society.

If the RCDS gets the votes, the total $60 per year from students will be matched and raised by sponsors, benefiting students with more access to funding, such as in the Student Project Funds, better professional development opportunities, and more exposure to boost the value of their degrees. “FCAD is at this point, missing out,” said Tyler Webb, president of steering team. “This is a ready to launch thing, if we get this vote, it’ll happen right away. This is the final piece of the puzzle.”` However, not everyone is on board. The FCAD Save Your Money campaign, started about a month ago, is a group of students against the creation of the society. “I’m okay with the idea to collaborate with people, for our careers it’s important, but it’s in our tuition,” said spokesperson Tarisai Ngangura.“We have groups to cater those needs.” Posters have been up around

campus buildings with Save-YourMoney-Vote-No signs between each of the RCDS’s Vote-Yes signs. FCAD Save Your Money says that students shouldn’t be dishing out an extra $60 for what current tuition pays for, such as union groups who allocate money to students and events throughout the school year. But according to the RCDS, unions are part of the problem. It says that unions are limited in the amount of money they spend on students. As well, unions allocate the little spending money they give and take back whatever is not spent. If the RCDS goes through, the student body will have a say in where the money goes. “I feel like right now they say it’ll be an equal division of money, but it’s highly probable the money won’t be distributed equally,” said Ngangura.


Halloween rally sees low turnout
By Laura Woodward & Roderick Fitzgerald
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) called out all students haunted by tuition fees for the “Rally For The Death Of Affordable Education” on Oct. 31. About 30 students and RSU members attended the funeralthemed event. They marched around Ryerson campus dragging a coffin symbolizing the ‘death of affordable education’ to YongeDundas Square to protest tuition hikes. “This [rally] is the education component. Results won’t suddenly just happen, but the hope of this rally is to raise awareness and pique people’s interest,” said RSU’s vice president of education Rochelle Lawrence. “Hopefully those people can stick with us and continue to organize with us, so we can eventually see something happen.” Alastair Woods, chairperson of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) also attended. After the march, the RSU brought the coffin to Jorgenson Hall. There, members visited Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and, in keeping with the funeral theme, delivered a wreath to him. Not everyone was supportive of the march. While attendees were chanting, a bystander also yelled out, “It doesn’t matter what you want, you ain’t getting it.”



Ontario students pay the highest tuition fees in the country. The average Ontario student graduates with $37,000 in debt from school fees.

Fordmania: How does Rye stack up?
Fordmania swept the city after Rob Ford admitted that he smoked crack while in office. We got interns Jacob Dalfen-Brown and Luke Peters to ask Ryerson students what they think of the mayor:


Do not support Ford


Support Ford


Have no opinion


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Long road to nationals for veterans


By William Brown
It was the final five minutes of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship, and the Ryerson men’s soccer team was trailing one goal to nothing against the York Lions. With the seconds ticking down on the clock and the Ryerson fans’ anxious faces looking down from the stands, the coaches riled everybody up for the final plays of the game. The 1-0 score carried into stoppage time, and the Rams, desperate to tie the game and take it to overtime, were awarded a corner kick. It was their last chance to score. With one minute remaining in the game, Rams goalkeeper Christian Maraldo came up to join the rest of the team in the Lions box. Midfielder Alex Braletic’s corner kick swerved into the box and Maraldo got a head on it. The ball, however, went right to the Lions’ keeper, and York was able to clear the ball out of their zone, ending the game. Although the Rams finshed their playoff run with a loss this season, they clinched a national birth for

the first time in program history. “Anyone who knows anything about soccer will tell you that last year’s team was more talented than this year’s,” said associate coach Filip Prostran. “But this is as tough as it gets. They’re grittier, they’ve got better leaders.” The Rams have suffered heartbreaking failure over the past couple years, having been knocked out of the OUA quarter finals in the past two seasons and not having ever seized a berth at nationals, But with steady improvement and growth, the program’s success took another giant leap this year. The Rams were a dominant 12-02 during the regular season, taking top spot in OUA east and being Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) only undefeated team. “Because a team is so veteran rich and savvy, the tough losses in the quarter-finals still resonate with the team,” said Prostran. “It was the feeling that we let one get away. That was the hardest part.” Braletic, one of the graduating players, preached the unity and character that the team evoked. “We believe in each and every guy on this team,” said Braletic.

I’m not playing this game for me, I’m playing for the guys next to me. And everybody feels that way.” Other members of the team weren’t as confident that their team would be as successful as previous teams have been. “Before the season started, I didn’t expect our team to be undefeated and do as well as we are,” said defender Josh Kohn. “It’s kind of a new part of the team. I can’t remember a team this cohesive, so together,” said Maraldo. Prostran said that the difference this year is that the leaders have stepped up and been vocal on and off-field. “A few of these guys, the Alexes the Michael Jans — they’re extremely influential on the team,” said Prostran. “I think there’s been a change in attitude over the offseason so that they’ve become a very good influence off the field.” Ryerson will now travel to Fredericton, N.B. to participate in the 44th CIS Men’s Soccer Championship. “It’ll be hard work. It’s the bestteams in Canada. But it’s good. It’s what we’ve wanted” said Prostran.



FRIDAY NOV. 8, 2013



The Ryerson Rams celebrate after winning OUA semi-finals and moving to nationals.

ver a decade ago, in rural Forest, Ont., Robyn Doolittle walked into her Grade 11 English class ready to pick a fight. She was wearing a winter hat — contrary to her school’s dress code — because she’d been told that women were allowed to wear hats indoors. Her teacher asked her to remove her hat, and jokingly told her that women could only wear them inside if they had matching gloves. Doolittle showed up the next day, gloves in hand. When her teacher once again asked her to take off her hat, she held up her gloves. “He was like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ And I didn’t really have a good answer,” Doolittle says. “I like to poke things, I guess.” It’s been more than 10 years since the glove incident and Robyn Doolittle, now a reporter for the Toronto Star, is still poking things. They’ve just gotten a little bit bigger. Instead of her high school teachers, her sights are now on the leader of the largest city in the country. Doolittle’s coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began in earnest when the Toronto Star moved her from the crime beat to cover city hall in January 2010, just before the mayoral elections. She was initially hesitant about the move, which she thought would be “the most boring transfer ever” and wondered if she was being punished despite her editor’s assurance that it would be an exciting experience. “And this is exactly the kind of stuff you tell someone when you’re handing them a story about a food drive or, you know, a pet fashion show,” she says. The first 10 months of her new position was focused on the mayoral election, which Doolittle says became fascinating after Ford entered the race. “He had so many blunders on his record that would have disqualified so many other politicians from continuing to pursue higher office,” she says. “And he’s not only running, he’s winning.” After Ford was elected in October 2010, Doolittle and the Star continued to press for stories about the strangely popular mayor who refused to be interviewed by the paper that he would later call out for having a “vendetta” against him. A number of gaffs including public drunkeness and domestic disputes would lead Doolittle

to pen a story in December 2011 about a series of 911 calls made from the Ford home. By March 17, 2012, St. Patrick’s Day, she started to receive tips about an incident involving the mayor that had taken place at The Esplanade’s BierMarkt, a popular downtown bar. Doolittle’s file on Ford grew bigger and bigger. By March this year, after Ford was asked to leave the Garrison Ball, a military ball featuring a number of prominent local figures, and Doolittle ran a story breaking down the mayor’s alleged substance abuse. “And then about a week later someone phoned and said, ‘I have a video that you should see,’” Doolittle says. Doolittle and the Star’s investigations editor Kevin Donovan’s story about a video being shopped around the city of the mayor appearing to smoke crack cocaine while making homphobic and racial slurs divided the city and spawned truckloads of outrage. Despite the firestorm of criticism that followed the story, Ford continued to deny the video’s existence, noting, “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.” It was one of the largest stories in Toronto’s recent history, and Doolittle was right in the middle of it. Somehow, though, Doolittle found herself falling in love with journalism, a career she’d never envisioned for herself. She’d grown up questioning rules and authority and finally she’d found a career that would not just let her do it, but encouraged it. When she finally applied to schools, she didn’t apply to Ryerson’s theatre program — just journalism. She would go on to work at The Eyeopener for three years, including a year as editor-in-chief, and take a series of internships at the Star, which eventually led to a full-time job. “Suddenly it was like it all clicked. This is what I want to do,” she says. “All the characteristics of wanting to poke things and wanting to challenge things.” hursday, Oct. 31, a throng of reporters were clustered in the Toronto Star newsroom, crowded around a television monitor tuned to CP24. Police chief Bill Blair had just announced that Toronto police were in possession of a video that matched the Star’s description Thursday. The video was reconstructed from a hard drive seized in connection with Project Traveller, a massive string of police raids in drug-related crimes in June. Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, a friend of Ford’s and occasional driver, was also charged with extortion for allegedly attempting to recover the video. Lisi had been previously arrested on alleged drug dealing. “I think that Blair coming forward and saying he has the video was a victory for journalism,” Doolittle says. “The Fords, to defend themselves, have put reporters on trial, put journalists on trial ... and so now that it’s been proven that we’re not making this stuff up, I hope that people will take a step back and consider how important this kind of reporting is.” unday, Nov. 3, Rob and Doug Ford settle into their chairs in the Newstalk 1010 studio at the set of their regular radio show The City. The mayor was expected to make an announcement following the announcement by Blair. Rob wastes no time. “I’m the first one to admit I’m not perfect,” he says, following a brief opening in which he calls for the release of the video — though the police have said the evidence is before the courts. “I have made mistakes. I have made mistakes and all I can do right now is apologize for

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I think that Blair coming forward [with the video] was a victory for journalism


ournalism was a backup plan for Doolittle, who had never considered a career in reporting. Instead her aspirations were on the stage. When the time came to consider prospective universities, she chose Ryerson for its theatre program but she decided to also look at journalism. Just in case. In order to fulfill portfolio requirements, Doolittle had to get published examples of work. She turned to her local paper, and eventually to the Sarnia Observer, where she asked for a meeting with the editor-in-chief and got it — along with a column in the newly minted teen page. “I wrote a lot of stupid things,” Doolittle says. “I think there was something like a take down of Britney Spears, which is kind of ridiculous because I love Britney Spears. I was just trying to be contrarian.”


the mistakes. I sincerely, sincerely apologize.” Huddled outside the studio, in the throng of reporters waiting to speak to the Fords after the show, Doolittle continues to doggedly follow the story she helped to break. She, like many other reporters in the city, hopes to get a response out of the Ford brothers after they exit the studio. But despite promises to arrange meetings with the media if asked, the Fords buzz past the media, making no further statements. It’s an iconic moment for the Ford scandal, though. For the first time since the story broke, Ford did not outright deny substance abuse, instead apologizing frequently throughout the show for his “mistakes.” Doolittle says she does not feel vindicated, but it’s hard to miss a hint of pride in her voice. “Kevin and I have always known we were right all along,” she says. “So it’s not so much vin-

dication. But it was obviously a really good day when we learned that the people in Toronto might get a chance to see this video.” Though Ford’s approval rating actually went up five points after Blair’s announcement, Doolittle says her sources on the mayor’s team have confided in the past that it would be very difficult to re-elect the mayor if the video does become public. “I think certainly his chances at re-election, it would stand to reason, [are lower],” Doo-

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rnalism was on trial. It won.
little says. “Certainly there is a vulnerability now.” round noon Tuesday, Rob Ford finds himself facing a now all-to familiar spectacle — a scrum of frantic reporters outside his office. Ford looks and sounds troubled, more than usual. Then, he asks reporters to ask him the question they’d first asked him in May. “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford says. He stresses that he is not an addict, but, “Have

rnalism alumnus and former Eyeopener editor-in-chief Robyn Doolittle t the centre of one of the largest stories in Toronto’s history. Features r Sean Wetselaar got the details of her life, Ford and the future
I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupours, probably about a year ago ... Yes, I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on.” There’s a frenzy of questions, of flashes, but Ford doesn’t have much else to say. Soon, he retreats back into his office, amid shouts from the shellshocked media. It hasn’t been an easy road to get to this point for Doolittle. Following enormous backlash from the crack scandal, she was placed under immense pressure by swarms of supporters from Ford Nation. “I think it’s safe to say that over the last six months, it’s been challenging for sure,” she says. “And I’m not complaining because a big part of it comes with the job. I guess it would be accurate to say I’ve received hundreds and hundreds of letters of hate mail.” One such letter, artfully crafted on a small note adorned with a red cardinal in carefully-printed cursive has, in an ironic twist of fate, been framed by Doolittle. She thought it was beautiful despite its message, which included the words, “How do you sleep at night?” The criticism Doolittle takes the most to heart, she says, are attacks based on her gender and appearance. A column in the Huffington Post by Mark Hasiuk published shortly after the crack story broke made careful note of Doolittle’s “alabaster skin” and, she says, it strived to discredit her based on her appearance rather than her


work. It also made no mention of Donovan’s role in the story. “The one thing that really bothers me [are these attacks],” Doolittle says. “And that is when it gets very challenging to; that’s when it’s difficult to not get angry ... It’s not like it’s hurting my feelings. I just, I get angry. I get angry that that opinion is so prevalent.” oolittle has spent fourand-a-half years at city hall, and though she plans to stay there through the October 2014 elections, she admits that she wouldn’t be opposed to a change of scenery. “I have no idea [what’s next], to be honest,” she says. “I think it’s good to not start being there as long as the wallpaper.” Doolittle, a woman who initially did not even want to pursue journalism, continues to live without concrete plans. But given her track record, it’s safe to say that she’ll continue to poke things for the foreseeable future.





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Campus club Musicians@Ryerson reached 500 members in late October and held a party on Monday, Nov. 4, to celebrate. Visit for the full story about the party and group. Sneak peek: The club offers speed jamming (think speed dating for musicians), open mics, guitar lessons and a Ryerson-wide musician directory.


Third-year image arts student Parker Kay chats with visitors at the IMA Gallery, where his exhibit, Free Wifi, brings together the virtual and physical worlds by printing out images that participants upload to the gallery’s online component.



Where physical meets digital
Rye student’s gallery turns art consumers into producers
By Leah Hansen
Free Wifi, an exhibition curated by Ryerson image arts student Parker Kay at the IMA Gallery, explores the intersection between the physical and virtual worlds, connecting digital images with their real-life counterparts. The exhibition, which opened on Oct. 31, includes two components: an online stream where anyone can upload an image, and a physical installation, where the uploaded images are printed and strewn out in a pile of black-andwhite artwork on the gallery’s hardwood floor. Kay, a third-year student, says this creation process questions the traditional interpretation of art as something that hangs in a gallery. That interpretation still prevails, which can be intimidating for newcomers to the art world, Kay says. With Free Wifi, anyone can submit an image, chipping away at the formal barrier between what is considered amateur and professional.



“I think a lot of people become discouraged — especially when they’re starting out in the art world — by having to know the right people,” he says. “Free Wifi gives opportunities for a lot of people to participate.” Kay’s exhibition depends on user participation to survive and thrive — if no one uploads images to the site, the project doesn’t exist. The concept behind Free Wifi parallels the concept behind immensely successful sites like Facebook, Twitter and blogs, where the user isn’t the consumer, but the curator. Free Wifi also explores recent changes in the way we view im-



A visitor sifts through a pile of black-and-white photos printed as part of Free Wifi.

ages — and therefore, the way we perceive art. The meaning of online images constantly changes based on the images positioned before and after them. An image taken from the floor of the gallery may be jarring on its own but has a coherent meaning when surrounded by the other pictures. “We see so many images today and the way we see those images is by scrolling past them, which is why the online exhibition is structured very much like a blog,” says Kay. The idea for Free Wifi originally came from Kay’s fascination with the intersection between physical and digital space, which, he explains, is like the relationship between an island dweller and the sea. “The only way you’re able to experience and understand the vastness of an ocean is through the coast. And if you don’t have that coast, you’re lost in this expanse,” Kay explains. “I’m making a comparison to that and being surrounded by digital information, and the only way to understand it is through [a screen]…A lot of images people are creating are digital, and the most appropriate way to see them is digital.” Free Wifi runs until Nov. 23.

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Summer camp of the dead
Fourth-year Ryerson film student stars in Disney XD zombie movie Bunks
By Tamara Sestanj
Ryerson film student Aidan Shipley spent his summer like many university students do, working to help pay for school expenses. The only difference is that, for Shipley, work consisted of fighting zombies at a summer camp. Shipley has a starring role in the new Disney XD movie Bunks, which premiered Oct. 27. He plays Dane O’Reilly, a 17-year-old camp counsellor who, with his younger brother Dylan, stumbles upon a cursed ancient book. The book makes every horror story they read come alive, ultimately unleashing zombies on Camp Bushwhack. “Filming the movie made me kind of miss the entire camp atmosphere,” Shipley says. “The kids who played in our cabin were super cute and awesome, and all the other older counsellors were a lot of fun to be around.” Shipley grew up in Stratford, Ont., surrounded by theatre. He received his first acting job at the age of eight in the Stratford production of Medea, an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides. A few years later, he returned to the festival stage for a larger role in Shakespeare’s King John. Despite growing up as a child actor, Shipley says he had a normal childhood. Shipley, who is currently in his final year, knew that he wanted to enter either Ryerson’s film or theatre program. He ultimately decided on the film program as it allowed him to continue


Fourth-year Ryerson film student Aidan Shipley, left, plays Dane O’Reilly in Disney XD’s new zombie summer-camp flick Bunks.

acting on-screen while in school. “I knew once I started [acting] that I’d really only be happy if I was doing this kind of stuff,” says Shipley. “I wouldn’t be happy if it was any other way.” Along with being a full-time student, Shipley finds the time to go to one to two auditions weekly. This allows him to pursue both of his passions at the same time, directing in school and acting when he’s not in class.

Apart from Bunks, Shipley has also had other roles, including one in the television series Flashpoint, as well as in the Life with Derek movie, Vacation with Derek. More recently, Shipley finished filming the upcoming movie The Captive, which gave him the opportunity to work with fellow Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. Shipley is not sure about what he wants to do after he graduates. He hopes that ultimately he will be

able to make a career out of both acting and directing. For others who wish to pursue acting, Shipley suggests to find a way to set yourself apart from others and to be prepared for a lot of rejecti on. “Be sure it’s something you really want to do and pursue it with everything you’ve got.” Bunks will have its Family Channel premiere on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

Crooning in the classroom
Ryerson first-year surprise serenades female students in university lectures
By Monika Sidhu
He goes around from lecture to lecture all across Ontario with a single flower in hand. With a guitar player right behind him, he sings love songs to female students, making their hearts melt, like a man straight out of a winthe-girl-back scene in a romantic comedy. His name is Kyle Forgeard, a first-year film student at Ryerson University,  and he claims these aren’t exactly romance-based stunts. “We like to entertain people. It’s a hobby of ours,” he says. The “we” refers to Forgeard and three friends who run a YouTube channel called NelkFilmz: Nick Martinovic is the serenading guitarist, while Mark Martinovic and Elliot Slater are the ones behind the camera. They’ve been making comedy sketches together since the ninth grade. So far, the shtick has won a few hearts. What gal wouldn’t love being given a rose and having an adorable stranger sing Mario’s “Let Me Love You” to her? But not all professors are as crazy about the idea. With only three hours of class a week, they may feel irritated when a student interrupts their lecture for reasons irrelevant to course material.

Kyle Forgeard, a first-year Ryerson film student, has been winning hearts both in the classroom and online. A video of him serenading female students in university lectures has racked up more than 120,000 views. Right: scenes from the video.


“I think I would feel differently if he wasn’t doing it to obviously be ‘videoed’ and distributed — if he just sang and disappeared,” says a professor who prefers to stay anonymous. The professor felt that the men of NelkFilmz were performing a selfish gesture. “It’s dangerously close to a vanity project aimed at pure self-promotion.” Third-year radio and television

arts student Selina Fiorini says she understands where the professor is coming from but appreciates the entertainment behind it. “That’s what makes it interesting and grabs viewers. People want to see the reactions,” she says. “It was overall a nice gesture for the girls and made for a funny video.” Forgeard admits he enjoys the attention the video has received.

“Who wouldn’t want to create something and get as many people to watch it as they can? That’s the whole point of making videos, and anyone who doesn’t agree — anyone that denies that — is lying, because anyone that creates something wants people to appreciate it too.” So what’s in the future for Kyle and the men of NelkFilmz?  They just hit 10,000 YouTube

subscribers, for one. They also posted a new video, in which they give a trick-or-treater $100 worth of chocolate at their front door. “We wanted to do a giveback video kind of thing,” says Forgeard. “And yeah, it’s really cute.” Visit for a Q&A with Forgeard and to view the NelkFilmz videos.



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Work it, girl!
By Beza Getachew
Second-year Ryerson student, Safia Weheliye, has never used the gym facilities on campus. She would like to, but religious beliefs and personal preferences restrict her from doing so. “I’ve never gone, simply because I don’t feel comfortable doing gym when there are guys,” she said.

RSU campaign aims to create women’s-only gym time
According to the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), accessibility at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) and the Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) is an ongoing concern for some students. This past summer, the RSU began working on the Women’s-Only Gym Time campaign — an initiative to create female-only hours at both the MAC and RAC to address this issue. “We’ve heard from folks that identify themselves as women on campus that there’s an interest in having more women-only gym times and workout space,” said Melissa Palermo, RSU president. The campaign landed the RSU a meeting with athletics to discuss the concerns. The RAC pool currently offers women’s-only free swim time three hours a week. For an extra fee on top of the $126 that students are required to pay for access to campus gym facilities, women can also sign up for female-only swimming lessons or take part in an instructional class called “Women on Weights.” But some students think that the provided hours are not enough. For females who are unable to use the facilities on campus, the nearest women’s-only gym off campus is Curves on Bay and Gerrard streets, which requires a six-month commitment and costs $59.80 per month. FitSanity, another women’s-only gym on Church Street, offers unlimited classes with no commitment for $249 per month.


Some women avoid using campus gyms for personal or religious reasons.

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There is no guarantee that more female-only hours will be secured at Ryerson gyms. But in the meantime, the RSU has created a temporary solution. On Nov. 1, the campaign organized the first of four women’s-only yoga class in the Student Campus Centre. The event drew 14 women, including Weheliye. “I loved it,” said Weheliye. “The whole point of the women’s-only campaign is so Muslim women and women who don’t feel comfortable doing gym while there are men around can have time to do it and have fun.” Third-year social work student,

Daniela Glaser, is working on the campaign through her involvement with Racialised Students’ Collective and believes more women only hours at the gyms would create a safer environment. “When you’re in a gym and surrounded by males and, let’s say, doing positions in a yoga class or on certain machines, you feel uncomfortable,” said Glaser. Glaser has used the gym on campus once, but like Weheliye, would use the facilities more if the campaign succeeds and is able to secure additional women-only hours. “I think it’s a fair thing to fight for,” she said.

Dancing the pain away
Rye grad conducts study to determine whether dance can help individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease
who suffer from the disease have trouble with movement. Bar and her supervisor decided to start a study of their own to see if dance could help alleviate the symptoms of the disease. The study is a current collaboration between Ryerson and York universities. “You’d be surprised how much of the dancer comes out of people that have never taken a class before,” said Bar. Students are working to learn a full routine by the end of the program. “Everybody is just encouraging and helping you to do things you never thought you would do,” said Hugh Crothswait, one of the participants. “Your awareness of having Parkinson’s and your limits of having Parkinson’s goes away.” At the end of the program, participants will have their brain scanned while visualizing the dance they are learning as the music plays in the background. “There’s no question that the people I’ve spoken to are enjoying the program and feeling like they’re getting a lot out of it,” said Bar. “The benefits to me are really obvious, we just need to validate it with clinical research.”

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Participants trying out an experimental class at Canada’s National Ballet School.

By Tamara Sestanj
Every Tuesday morning at Canada’s National Ballet School, 20 dance students fill the room to learn a new routine. But these aren’t just dance enthusiasts — they are people living with Parkinson’s disease participating in a study to see if dance can alleviate their symptoms. Rachel Bar, a graduate student in clinical psychology at Ryerson, initiated the 12-week pilot program.


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“I know the physical and psychological and spiritual benefits of dance,” said Bar. “That’s sort of what drives my passion to bring dance to people that may feel that they’ve lost the joy of movement.” While working on her undergrad thesis at York University about the effects dance has on the brain, Bar found that some of the brain activity that occurs while a participant is learning dance happens in the same regions of the brain that are affected by Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease progressively affects the nervous system. Those

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Let the Mobility Games begin
Wheelchair users roll over opponents with a Rye-made app
technologies are capable of. “There are many other ways in which we’re trying to make accessible and beneficial technology for those with disabilities,” Whitfield said. “The possibilities are vast.” According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, more than 11 per cent of Canadians are living with a form of physical disability. Dr. Paula Gardner, an affiliate scientist with Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, said this project responds to a need for technology to be inclusive. Gardner recalled an elderly participant in a wheelchair who went with her grandson during a testing session. “Because of her disability, she wasn’t able to partake in many physical activities with him,” Gardner said. “With Mobility Games, they were able to play together in a way that was never possible for them before.” While Mobility Games was made available from Samsung’s app store this year, IMDC is working to have the app on iOS and Android soon.


Using an app co-developed at Ryerson, wheelchair users can play capture the flag.

By Bradly Shankar
Running around and playing Capture the Flag might seem like an easy game to play, but for those bound to wheelchairs, it’s a different story. Thanks to a new app for Samsung Galaxy devices called Mobility Games, disabled players will have more ease during play. Mobility Games was developed by researchers, students and staff from Ryerson University, Centennial College and Bridgepoint Ac-


tive Healthcare. Players download the Mobility Games onto their devices and attach them to wheelchair mounts. As players move in real-time, the game uses global tracking system (GPS) navigation to send coordinates to the wheelchair, which moves their avatar on a map onscreen. Mobility Games is developed at the Inclusive Media Design Centre (IMDC) at Ryerson. Margot Whitfield, a co-investigator and IMDC assistant, said capture the flag is only part of a much larger whole of what inclusive

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I moustache you a question
Opinion by Jake Scott
Since the dawn of time, moustaches and beards have warred against one another, struggling for facial dominance. It is a battle that has destroyed friendships and ripped apart families. What most don’t know is that this turmoil was instigated by moustaches. They are simply evil by nature and, historically, have been the cause of great ruin. I’ll have you know that Joseph Stalin was studying for priesthood before he grew a moustache! It’s simply an untrustworthy form of facial hair, an accessory of evil. They actively work to make YOU look like a slimeball. Combine a moustache and a poorly maintained van and you set off an Amber Alert. You know what is scarier than a bald cop? A bald cop with a moustache. Add sunglasses to create the ultimate in teenager-terrorizing stereotypes. This month, many hard-working and luscious beards will be unceremoniously chopped and sheared into twisted, waxy ‘ staches. Now, the motive behind this is a fantastic cause: fighting cancer. But the question I pose to you is this: must we only grow moustaches to fight cancer? How about a full beard, or a shapely goatee? A slick Van-Dyke is classy way to keep your chin warm, or perhaps a pair of mutton chops. People who like to keep their thinking caps strapped securely to their head might be partial to the chinstrap. Smash the bonds of traditional facial-fashion and sculpt your lover’s name into your face. Get creative. This reliance on moustaches has got to stop. They already plague our fair city the rest of the year, flocking to bicycle shops and places that use the word “organic.” This year, the male members of the Eyeopener masthead will be raising money in the “Movember” spirit. But we refuse to limit ourselves to a pathetic moustache. We believe all facial hair is created equally... except certain ‘staches. No longer will this god-awful month be ruled by subpar grooming. I hereby name this month “Movembeard,” in hopes that it will bring an abundance of creative and lucious face-cozies. This year, take November from the moustaches, avenge the Russian people and fight cancer! Long live Novembeard! Aries

Libra Your bristley beard will bleed Change the face of... your face! It’s your bride of her beauty and boo- time to grow a basket beard. You know, to hold sandwiches. ty. Bummer. Taurus Scorpio

Planetary alignments will make Many moustaches will mark your your vision far too sharp and fo- mate for mating. Grow a beard, or cused. Drink lots to cure yourself. you’ll be masturbating. Gemini Sagittarius

Great grizzly guys get girls going So you can’t grow any facial hair. gaga over gregarious geezers. Get Compensate by growing —and braiding— a fearsome bush. on your knees and please her. Cancer Capricorn

Your children will chuckle, chor- The planets predict a lottery win, tle and chirp, until they choke, followed by the crushing notion of income taxation. Sucker. sputter and burp. Leo Aquarius

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A shockingly adequate love inter- The planets predict a painful presest will stare you down on TTC. ent, presented in a plain package. Perhaps it’s paper? They’re just zonin’. Virgo Pisces

Pluto has been feeling left out of Fear the reaper! Love interests will the planetary parties. Expect a connive with business opportunities to drain you of your life force! drunken phone call tonight.

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