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Arrest made in Skinner homicide
By Sierra Bein
hand accidentally touched the accused’s SUV as he was trying to hail a cab on the corner of Victoria and Adelaide Streets. Police believe this may have provoked the attack that killed Skinner. After Skinner supposedly touched the SUV, the vehicle’s occupants exited and knocked him to the ground, then punched and kicked him. They got back into the SUV and deliberately ran him over, then sped away east down Adelaide Street. Skinner, who had been out celebrating his sister’s birthday with family and friends in the Entertainment District, was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2009. Skinner’s parents, Warren and Ellen Skinner, attended the conference and said the arrest was “bittersweet.” “Christopher was a biggerthan-life personality,” said Ellen Skinner. “He was a star that was extinguished.” “You can’t just dust your hands off and say, ‘That’s done,’ because it’s not done,” she said.

A 23-year-old Etobicoke man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the beating and hit-and-run that killed Ryerson graduate Christopher Skinner four years ago

Four years after the violent hitand-run death of Ryerson graduate Christopher Skinner, Toronto Police have arrested the driver of the black Ford SUV that allegedly ran him over. Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant announced the arrest of 23-yearold Etobicoke resident Agustin Caruso, who has been charged with second-degree murder, at the Nov. 7 press conference. Caruso, who was 19 at the time of the indcident, was accompanied by five others in the SUV. According to Gallant, two more arrests are expected to be made. The SUV has been seized and remains in police custody. Police said they were able to find Caruso through tips from the public and an extensive investigation. After watching surveillance tapes, police believe Skinner’s

Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant announced the arrest of Agustin Caruso In Skinner’s murder.


Skinner’s family has been running a social media campaign to try to find those responsible in his killing. The family, along with police, had offered a $150,000 reward to anyone who came forward with further information. The reward has not been

claimed, but the family said they intend on donating the money to charity. “I’m disappointed to say... none of the individuals that did not participate in any way in the death of Chris Skinner chose to come forward on their own,” said Gallant.

“They instead kept this information to themselves and lived with it for the past four years.” “This investigation is not concluded. It is still ongoing, and I can assure you, there will be further arrests in the near future,” he said.

Referendum funds new FCAD society
Ryerson Communication and Design Society now a reality while engineers approve fee hike
By Laura Woodward
money will be used to fund the creation and operation of the society. Although it’s currently not receiving funding, the RCDS will start running this January, partially funded by the university. “Our main goal for next semester is to get the society’s structure up and running so when we do get the student levy we can immediately start pushing back into students hands, projects and events,” society executive, Cormac McGee said. The society’s plan is to benefit FCAD students with more opportunities and exposure. “We plan to start building things like the FCAD-only orientation week, working on the year-end festival showcase, and begin working with the Ryerson Commerce Society to determine a structure and procedure for providing these funds to students, student groups, and course unions,” said RCDS executive, Megan Matsuda. RCDS is led by third-year photography student, Tyler Webb, along with six executives, but will hold elections for its board of di-

Student societies are growing one referendum at a time. Students in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) voted in favour of the creation of their own society, while engineering students approved a fee hike for theirs. Eighty per cent of FCAD students supported the referendum and the formation of the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS). According to official results from Ryerson’s Board of Governors, the four-day referendum, which ended on Nov. 7, had a partition rate of 39.9 per cent with 1,400 votes in favour of the referendum. “It’s about time FCAD gets a society,” said first year creative industries student, Joelle Farrow. By voting in favour of RCDS, a $30 fee per semester from all FCAD students will be secured beginning September 2014. The


The Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) will enable students to network with industry professionals.

rectors in Winter 2014. The nine schools will each elect an FCAD student as director to represent their program on the board. Another referendum from the Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS) also passed Thursday. Compared to the FCAD referendum, the RESS vote had a much lower turnout of 15.3 per cent. Of the 4,246 eligible voters, just 651 ballots were submitted.

“More people should have voted,” said first-year engineering student, Igor Tchoudinov. “They won the majority of votes, but if only 15 per cent of students voted, that’s not really the majority.” The agreement to the referendum entails engineering students’ annual levy to be almost doubled, $33.70 to $65. Despite having the third largest engineering faculty in the province, students previ-

ously paid the lowest levy in Ontario. RESS, led by president Rose Ghamari, plans to keep up with the rest of the engineering schools across Ontario by providing Ryerson student services such as support for student groups, academic and career events, publications, leadership training, social events and community service activities.


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RSU and CESAR lockout spat continues
CESAR claims RSU broke procedure by hiring SCC general manager without CESAR reps present
By Ethan Lou
The Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) is accusing the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) of not following procedure in its hiring of a new general manager. The allegation comes amidst further disagreements between CESAR and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and a continued lockout of the latter’s workers. “There wasn’t a hiring process,” said CESAR president Shinae Kim. “It wasn’t fair, it wasn’t transparent, it was an appointment.” Kim said the RSU hired Michael Verticchio as general manager of the Student Campus Centre (SCC) in August without input from CESAR, which shares the building with RSU. SCC hirings are done through its 11-member board, which comprises five RSU members, three from CESAR, two from the university and one from the student centre. RSU president Melissa Palermo said a board meeting was held to hire Verticchio, and that CESAR representatives chose not to attend despite being invited. “CESAR was personally asked to attend the meeting but, no one from CESAR attended,” said Palermo. Kim said its representatives were unable to attend, due to work and long commutes, and had asked for the meeting to be rescheduled. The RSU has cited rules that allow meetings to be held if a minimum of six people are present. According to Kim, the meeting was eventually held with five RSU members and one university representative. “[CESAR] didn’t provide any alternatives when scheduling the meeting,” said Palermo. Meanwhile, CUPE Local 1281, which represents four job positions in CESAR — two filled and two unfilled — has rejected an offer from CESAR that could end the present lockout. The lockout, which prevents those affected from working, was triggered Sept. 30 after weeks of unsuccessful negotiation on wage increases through a new collective agreement. CESAR presented an offer to CUPE last Friday that would reinstate the two affected workers — a student affairs co-ordinator and an internal co-ordinator — but also redefine their roles. The union’s chief steward, Shiraz Vally, said that it was worse than CESAR’s previous offer which would reinstate the two workers but eliminate one of the two unfilled positions. According to documents provided by Kim, if the offer is accepted, disagreements on the redefined

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The RSU’s message to CESAR students posted in the SCC.

roles will be settled with arbitration and the two workers will receive a $1,000 signing bonus with no wage increase. The offer is still on the table, Kim said. The lockout resulted in a suspension of CESAR members’ access to the discounted transit

passes sold by the RSU starting Nov. 20, though this is disputed by Kim. “The Member Service Office is operated by both RSU and CESAR,” she said. “[The] RSU can’t do that. Our staff are (still) going to serve the members.”

Rye pairs up with St. Mike’s
Students will work with doctors in new research centre
By Vanda Urbanellis
On Nov. 6 Ryerson University announced a 20-year collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital with the opening of a new stateof-the-art research centre. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and St. Michael’s president and chief executive officer Dr. Robert Howard made the announcement after three years of planning. “The future is going to be very, very bright for Ryerson students,” said Sheldon Levy. “There would be no better partner than our colleagues here from St. Mike’s.” The facility will be housed in a 22,000 square foot space as part of the Keenan Research Centre in St. Michael’s Hospital. It is going to be a part of the collaborative virtual enterprise known as iBest, the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology. It will allow for approximately 15 Ryerson faculty members and 40 Ryerson students to work alongside St. Michael’s scientists and doctors. The partnership aims to engage Ryerson students and faculty members in new and innovate entrepreneurial experiences within the field of science.


Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and Dr. Robert Howard announcing the collaboration.


“Being able to partner with Ryerson and have the opportunity to do research together and have students come to St. Michael’s from Ryerson in a new and exciting way, that couldn’t be more special,” said Dr. Robert Howard. Like Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone for business and media, this incubator-like structure will focus on hands on research and

collaborative, selected teams. “iBest is an expansion of the Faculty of Science and collaborating with outside resources like St. Michael’s, which is so close to campus is a great opportunity for Ryerson’s growth and prosperity,” said Laura Olenjnik, a thirdyear biology student at Ryerson. Construction for the incubator is set to begin next spring with a completion goal of 2015.





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Puppies: They’re Opt-out cheques delayed coming back
By Angela Hennessy
There were 1,600 Ryerson Student Union health and dental refund cheques not ready for pickup on Monday. Students who opted out of both plans were waiting to pickup $300 and lined up all day in the Student Service Centre to get their cheques. A third room has been set-up this year in Oakham House to accomodate the rise in opt-out cheques. There were separate lines for students based on the first initial of their surnames and moved at different speeds. Some students waited only five minutes, but others waited over an hour. Students with last names D through I waited for nearly two hours, including those whose reimbursement cheques were not there. The process was a hassle for many people and students complained on social media that the


Students lined up Monday, Nov. 11 to pick up their opt-out cheques.


Stress-relief dogs are back on campus just in time for exams. Catch them Nov. 26 and 29 in the KHE271 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., respectively.

whole process was very disorganized and frustrating. Ryerson Student Union president, Melissa Palermo, said the missing cheques were not sent out with the others but should arrive by the end of the week at the latest and will be mailed out to students. Members’ Health and Dental Plan benefits are valid for

a full 12 months, from September 1st through August 31st of the following year. The RSU Members’ Health Plan covers 80% of the cost of most medications legally requiring a prescription. The dental plan gives students access to $750 per benefit year to cover basic, comprehensive and major services.

News by the numbers
A quick numerical breakdown of Ryerson news POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

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The GPA of the The list Ryerson psychology grad president Shelleading the pack don Levy is on
Graduate Anne Wagner won the Ryerson Gold Medal when she graduated with a PhD in psychology during her fall convocation. One of the first post-graduate students to receive the Board of Governor’s Student Leadership Award and Medal, Wagner is being recognized for outstanding leadership qualities and high academic achievement. As part of her student leadership award and medal, Wagner is recieving $1,000. Wagner maintained a GPA of 4.07 over the course of her degree while dedicating herself to community outreach as part of the Psychology Graduate Students’ Association and served on research commitees. Ryerson president, Sheldon Levy, has been selected by Toronto Life Magazine as being one of the 50 most influential people of 2013. Levy is among other influential Torontonians such as, Porter Airlines C.E.O Robert Deluce, Hudson’s Bay company president Bonnie Brooks and CBC news anchor Anne-Marie Mediwake Levy said he is happy to be receiving the award and said he was a symbol of the universities success. Levy has been recognized multiple times for his successes in running an entrepreneurial academic model for the school including the recent international success of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone.

The number of“Big Ideas” winners
Ryerson University and Bombay stock exchange Institute announce winners of the “The Next Big Idea” competition. The winners of the competition include Citrus Payment Solutions and Ingenuity Ventures. They will receive a chance to incubate their ideas in their company for three weeks in the world renowed Digital Media Zone (DMZ). The competition is a joint initiative between these organizations, supported by the Ontario government. The competition seeks to discover India’s most innovative companies who are looking to use a presence in Toronto as a way to expand to North America.



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A killer role
Rye theatre grad sticks with Evil Dead for 10 years — through the blood, music and blackouts
By Aj McDowell
He stands in a cabin in the woods, sad and angry, knowing what he must do. With a pile of bodies in the corner — his sister’s and best friend’s corpses among them — he raises a chainsaw above his head and begins to cut into his girlfriend’s decapitated, demonically possessed head. Blood gushes and spits; a stream nearly reaches the ceiling. And then, suddenly, the curtain descends for a twentyminute intermission. He’s not a killer; he’s Ryan Ward, a Ryerson Theatre School graduate who portrays Bruce Campbell’s iconic role of Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical, where the chainsaw is loud and the blood flows plentifully. The show — which is running now at the Randolph Theatre — has made its way across North America from humble beginnings in Toronto. The musical is based off Sam Rami’s Evil Dead franchise and pulls themes from all three of the 1980s movies with a dash of tunes and some groovy dance numbers. For the 10 years it’s been running, the production’s sets have changed, its lines have shifted around, its musical numbers have altered and its blood spray quality has improved. But Ward, a member of the original cast, remembers the show’s first run in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac club. Well, at least it was supposed to be in the back room. “It was during the northeast blackout [in 2003], so we had no power,” says Ward. “We unscrewed the set and set it up on the lawn out front. There were people in the trees with flashlights and a band — some of them weren’t even really in the band — with the bass player conducting.” About 300 people attended the impromptu show. “They wanted to see it,” he says. “They wanted to see anything.” During the musical’s run, Ward has also broken into film with a series of shorts and made-forTV movies. His most notable creation came in 2009 — his directorial debut in Son of the Sunshine, the story of a young man with Tourette Syndrome. Ward

Culturejam celebrates Rye diversity
By Daniel Melfi
Since early November, Ryerson campus has played host to Culturejam, an annual series of events celebrating diversity through music, dance, food and more — and it’s about to have its grand finale. The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) will cap off nine days of action — from a Diwali dinner and indigenous resistance talk to a food fair and multiculturalism panel — with the Culturejam showcase at the Winter Garden Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 14. The showcase will feature performances from more than a dozen RSU groups, including Musicians@Ryerson. “We are using the showcase in a unique way,” says Eli Vandersluis, president of Musicians@Ryerson. “We got 20 musicians that had never met each other and put them together through music… That’s quite a feat in itself.” The showcase is a fundraiser for the less fortunate. Admission is $2 or two canned goods.

PHOTOS Courtesy of David Hou

Ryerson theatre alumnus Ryan Ward (pictured above, with chainsaw) stars as Ash in the Toronto production of Evil Dead: The Musical, which runs eight shows a week at Randolph Theatre until Dec. 22.

also co-wrote and starred in the film. The role earned him a Genie Award nomination. “A movie set is like a hurricane and the director is the eye of the storm. There were so many people coming to me for so many reasons,” says Ward. “And I was acting in it, so the other actors wanted to rehearse their parts. So, I had to do that, production and the musical.”

Ward had been working on the film since university, when he would write and tour plays for festivals. “I was always kind of building up to my own piece.” Feeling adventurous? Sit in the front-row “splatter zone” and become a part of the show. Don’t worry — they sell rain ponchos before the show. Evil Dead: The Musical runs until Dec. 22.

Members of Musicians@Ryerson, a student group that will play the RSU’s Culturejam showcase this year, performing in the Thomas Lounge on Nov. 4.

Photo: Zoe Yve

Want to know what’s going on in this still? To find out, visit the Ryerson Image Centre, where Rye photography grad Elena Malkova is showing her new video exhibit, Camera Obscura. The gallery runs until Dec. 25. Visit for the story. (Elena Malkova, In the Light of the Camera Obscura, video still, 2012.)




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Fourth-year film theses are meant to be students’ calling cards to the industry. But they’re plagued by steep costs and equipment shortages. Dasha Zolota reports


hree university-age men are gathered in an apartment, drinking beers and chatting. Charles Hutchings is leaning against a large panelled window facing his two companions. He’s holding a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and laughing at his friends. Across from him, in the corner, sits Kelso Gerhard in a decrepit black leather chair, legs draped over one arm, cream ale in hand. Next to him, Nikolay Michaylov occupies a beat-up red leather couch, a warm glow cast upon him from a lamp. He’s framed perfectly by three graduation photos of random people that Hutchings bought from Goodwill. In fact, the entire apartment is decorated with these kinds of photos and they’re all covered in doodles. A shirt dries, hanging off a set of four-foot-wide, wall-mounted moose antlers. The apartment smells of incense and Pine-Sol. Two cats, a calico and a tabby, lounge like princes. It’s Halloween night, but no one is going out. That’s because they’re film students, and they, like the rest of their year, can look forward to spending up to $10,000 on their final thesis films over the next two semesters. These final projects are designed

to be calling cards into the industry, but the only problem is, students say, that Ryerson can’t provide the equipment necessary to create products that will be viable competitors in film festivals. “You’ll never see a good film made [solely] with the gear at Ryerson,” says 21-year-old Hutchings. He explains that if you have an idea for a film that would cost $8,000 to shoot on modern equipment but use only $2,000-worth to do it, it’ll definitely show. Between him and about 70 other students in his year, there’s one industry-standard camera body (lenses and grip equipment not included) and a bunch of other outdated supplies to squabble over. The project requires each student to participate in the making of a short film that is supposed to “provide a filmmaking experience that mirrors as closely as possible what students can expect to encounter in the film industry upon graduation,” according to the course outline. “Having high production value doesn’t make for a good film, although some people are under that delusion,” says James Warrack, who’s taught the course for the last 10 years. He is well aware that students feel their big break into the industry is through these films, though

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cap was enforced five years ago says Warrack. “I think that particular student thought that high production value was going to make the film,” Warrack says. Instead, he places importance on having a solid script complete with developed characters, story arch and a way to engage the audience. The point of having the spending cap is not to restrict student’s abilities to produce exceptional work, but to ensure reasonable amounts of money are spent given the project’s nature. Any lower of a budget would be unrealistic, says Alex Anderson, interim chair of the school of image arts. “If you have to stop half the film from being made because the budget is out of control, that is an unreasonable fourth-year class,” Anderson says. Janelle Carpenter, 21 and her group have been preparing their thesis since the summer — getting their script done, locations scouted and pre-production well on the way. They launched a crowdfunding campaign about a month ago to finance the film and have raised about $3,700. Their expected budget is around the $10,000 mark. “We had no idea about how grand the costs would be, in terms of rentals and how little the school would be able to provide for us in terms of equipment,” Carpenter says. Students are expected to finance their own thesis projects, leading to the discord between how much is provided to them and what they pay for. Hollatz plans on financing the $4,000 she’ll need for her film through crowdfunding as well. She’s also taken out a student line of credit for immediate purchases and expenses. “I’m a really special case in that I might spend $0 on my production,” of says Hollatz. Most students are relying on a mix of different sources to fund their films. Crowdfunding options like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are popular. Besides that, students can take out loans, open up lines of credit or just contribute their own money made from working part-time. “You’re pitching more money than you could possibly make in a summer working minimum wage,” Hollatz says. And although the total budget is somehow divided between group members, it’s usually the director and producer splitting the bulk of the costs. Hutchings has a different game plan. His group will target potential investors. If he needs immediate cash, he will also take out a low interest line of credit. If all else fails, he’ll contribute “hopefully maximum” two grand of his own money into the film. “You don’t have to be in the position where you’re throwing a bunch of money at a thesis project,” says Darragh McDonald, a 2006 Ryerson film alumni. Students have the option of streamlining into six different roles — three major (such as a screenwriter or cinematographer) and three minor (makeup artist or production assistant, for example). These roles generally don’t demand as much of a monetary contribution as a producer or director role.

Pre-production happens. Two phases of greenlighting occur before clearance for production. Then there’s casting and rehearsals. Then to camera for an insane week. That requires building the sets, shooting and tearing everything down in 7 days or less, as per the course outline. This is followed by two months of editing. It starts with a rough assembly of the footage according to the script. Next comes a lot of nitpicking and rearranging. Then there are voice-overs and automated dialogue replacement — when auYou don’t have to be in dio from a scene isn’t the position where you’re satisfactory, actors come throwing a bunch of money into the studio, watch a clip on loop repeatedly at a thesis project and record their voice over the footage for betAnd even though there was no ter quality. spending cap, crowdfunding was Then audio is mixed, transitions virtually unheard of back then — are added and final tweaks are McDonald himself had a $5,000 made to the film. budget for his thesis. It was well Press release kits are made and received in school but, despite submitted to as many festivals as being sent to about 20 festivals, possible. The students have a final it didn’t “get legs outside of Ry- wrap party. And after the last day erson.” But his 2010 film, Love, of production, all the equipment is Marriage and Miscarriage made it returned. Everyone finds out how to TIFF. much debt they’re really in as a re“I didn’t expect much after my sult of their year. fourth-year film had such little Once all that is done, they resuccess with film festivals,” Mc- ceive a grade and a diploma. Then Donald says. But now he works all the students can lay those 15 writing closed captioning for tele- some-odd minutes to bed, and do vision on a freelance basis and di- it all over again with the next film. rects films in his spare time. Instead of funding his endeav- You’re pitching more ours directly from his pocket, he money than you could applies for grants from arts groups including the National Screen In- possibly make in a stitute, the Canada Council for the summer Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. “We’re aware that everyone thinks we’re getting a useless depplying for grants sometimes may not even be nec- gree,” says Hutchings. “But we’re essary — a successful film doing it because we love it and can be made with as little as $40. would hate doing anything else.” He says film students are perKeith Hodder, a 2012 radio and television arts graduate, did ex- fectly aware of the monetary comactly that with his 2013 film, Rift. mitment that’s expected of them It’s six minutes long, features a and that they see it as an investsingle scene and has been featured ment. He adds that many of Ryerin nine film festivals (out of over son students are in the same boat, 28 applied to), with one honour- with programs like photography and fashion design. able mention. It’s no secret that having betHis fourth-year practicum was a different story. It cost about ter equipment — and more of it $8,700 and was called Shift. “Shift — would help students go further only did two (festivals), which is in their endeavours. Perhaps they very disappointing,” Hodder says. wouldn’t feel such a great compulStudents can often feel that such sion to spend money on equipment a cumulative, momentous school that their tuition could pay for. project will define their post-uni- Perhaps, should they be relieved versity careers. And to create one of that pressure, they could fulfill in such a short amount of time is instructors’ wishes even further and focus more energy on their almost dizzying. productions, making them bigger efore first semester of fourth and better. “Film school is like four years of year starts, many scripts are build up punctuated by the proscomplete. The first day of school involves pect of not getting a job at the end pitching the scripts and projects of it,” Hollatz says. “So, you feel this compulsion to themselves. The script is read, gutmake the biggest, best thing you ted, critiqued and rewritten. Meanwhile, fundraising starts. possibly can, all the time.”


he says that the school provides an enormous amount for the students. If they’re choosing to rent from outside companies, they can probably get away without doing so he says.


$2,000 on the art department, $1,300 to feed the crew and actors, plus about $500 in rainy day money. Factoring in transportation, permits, festival submissions, colour correction in post-production, the total looks he course outline states that to be about $6,600 — just over the maximum expenditure half the cap. for producing each film is $10,000 to cover all outlying It’s a lot of money for a costs. This budget is largely spent on a camera rental (to purchase it person. But it’s not a lot would be $40,000, and it’s a “more money for a film affordable” model), rental equipment, location, craft services (food) “Technically, (students) can’t afand the art department (which inford to make these films,” Hutchcludes costumes and sets). “It’s a lot of money for a per- ings says. “But, we make it work.” son,” says Thea Hollatz, a 21-year- He adds that students generally old film student. “But, it’s not a lot have no problem paying off the films, but the $10,000 tuition they of money for a film.” The size and type of production spend for the year is another story. is one of the factors that affects budget. Hollatz is shooting a stopn 2009, one student raised motion film to avoid spending $95,000 (with help from outmoney on an industry-standard side investors) to shoot a Hocamera, and Hutchings is shoot- locaust film called So Soon Forgoting handheld “under the facade of ten. They rented an antique train, making an artsy film,” to reduce had Nazi uniforms flown in from equipment costs. British Columbia and an actor “If you want to design a scene in flown in from Germany. Warrack which everything looks totally au- shows the film as an example to thentic for the time, it costs a hell his students; despite how authenof a lot more than people would tic the film looks and its gorgeous expect,” says Hutchings. cinematography, the story itself His group expects to spend fell very flat. So Soon Forgotten is about $1,200 on a camera, part of the reason why a spending






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Rams dreams crushed at nationals

By Charles Vanegas






Last weekend at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships in Fredericton, N.B., Ryerson’s men’s soccer team lost both their games 3-2 , en route to a last-place finish. With the first-day loss to Laval, the dream season was all over. After finishing the regular season undefeated (12-0-2), the team that was ranked as high as second in the country failed to live up to expectations. And they’d be the first to tell you that. Head coach Ivan Joseph’s decision not to play his starters for the entire game in the consolation semifinal vs. Saskatchewan probably cost them that game, but was nonetheless the right call to make. Rather than compete for fifth place, which is meaningless, most of next year’s team will have had experience playing at nationals. In the end, it was the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds who lifted the trophy, their fourth national title in nine years and thirteenth overall. UBC coach Mike Mosher has built a winning culture, where it’s national championship or bust. The Rams aren’t there yet, but the 2013 season should also be looked at as a stepping-stone. For the first time ever, the Rams qualified for the national tournament, while striker Alex Braletic was named the MVP of the entire CIS. There were six Ontario University Athletics (OUA) all-stars — Braletic, Christian Maraldo, Viktor Anastasov, Michael Jan, Josh Kohn and Armin Tankovic — and Joseph was named coach of the year for the second time in his five seasons at the helm. Good players go to places they can win. Thanks to the graduating core of players, Ryerson is seen as one of those places. With players like Maraldo, OUA east Rookie of the Year Cameron Galea-Andrews, and midfielder Martin Dabrowski as the core, the Rams should once again expect to be competing for an OUA title in 2014. And for many years to come.


The Rams went 0-2 at the CIS Championships in Fredericton, N.B., placing last.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013



Switching it up in style
New Rams recruit switched from beach to court volleyball
By Michael Grace-Dacosta
In its first set of the year, Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team was being humiliated by the University of Toronto as the Varsity Blues appeared to be on their way to an easy victory. That is until the beginning of the second set, when Ryerson’s newest recruit, Kristina Vlcek, silenced the crowd by sparking what proved to be an astonishing comefrom-behind victory. Vlcek was able to remain calm despite having momentum against her, a daunting task for a player that hadn’t played court volleyball in two years. In 2011, after years of playing court volleyball, Vlcek felt it was time to move on. After her third season at York University, she quit the team in order to pursue beach volleyball full-time. “I wasn’t feeling the team dynamic anymore and I was sort of sick of indoor [volleyball],” said Vlcek, who also played court volleyball with team Ontario for three years. There was even a time when Vlcek was playing two sports at the same time. Vlcek started playing in beach volleyball tournaments the summer before she entered university. After her first year at York, Vlcek made Canada’s under-21 beach volleyball team and competed in International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) under-21 world championships. Her coach, Leonard Craft, offered her training at the National Full-time Training Centre (FTC) at Downsview Park. But Vlcek was unable to take him up on his offer due to her commitment to York’s court volleyball team. Instead, she trained at FTC part time, only once a week, during her second year at York. The following year, Vlcek began training more frequently at FTC while still playing with her university team. Eventually Vlcek realized she couldn’t do both anymore and had to pick one. “I felt my game suffered. I was spread really thin,” said Vlcek. “I was working out twice a week, playing beach [volleyball] twice a week, playing indoor [volleyball two to three] times a week and then a game two times a week.” Vlcek made her decision: she would play beach volleyball fulltime while earning her degree in specialized English honours. Though the difference between court and beach volleyball may sound small, it’s bigger than just the playing surface. Beach is played in pairs with no coaches or substitutions, whereas indoor is played with six players, coaches and substitutions. Vlcek said she made the switch because she got to be more mobile. “You get to do everything, which is what I love. In indoor I’m a middle. All I get to do is hit and block which sort of sucks,” she said. However, while Vlcek was attracted to everything on the sand, everything off of it repelled her. Unless a player is being sponsored by the national team they are responsible for their own training schedules, organizing their tournament schedule, finding and paying for their own coach and making flight and hotel bookings. “It’s stressful, everything is on you,” said Vlcek. “Everything that’s off court burdens you on the court. It’s a reason a lot of people stop playing.” That can leave players “tens of thousands of dollars in debt,” said Vlcek. Playing in one international tournament can cost a player over $2,000. “You spent $1,500 on the flight, another $1,000 while you’re there for a week to lose one game and you come home,” says Vlcek. Entering her final year at York, Vlcek wondered what she would do after graduation. “I hadn’t really thought about it because I was always so focused on beach [volleyball],” says Vlcek. Shortly after earning her degree, Rams head coach Dustin Reid offered her a scholarship to play at Ryerson. She became a Ram the next day. “Dustin got back to me right away, literally the next day. [When] he offered me a spot on the team, [and] a scholarship. I was like, ‘I’ll come to Ryerson.’” Reid said he was excited to have a player who had experience winning an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship help guide his young team. “She’s not fazed by the big moments,” said Reid. “There have been moments in some of our games where it’s been very close and we haven’t been playing our best, and a couple key points and a lot of enthusiasm from her is making a difference for others.” Early on this season, Vlcek ranks in the top 20 in OUA in points per game at 3.25 and blocks per game at 0.64, which is first on the Rams. As of now, Vlcek doesn’t care about the stats. She’s just having fun playing volleyball. “It’s my happy place,” said Vlcek. “I’m happiest when I’m playing it.”

PHOTO: ChaRlEs VanEgas

Kristina Vlcek (right) switched to court volleyball this year after playing beach.


Legends back at the MAC


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Sportsnet analyst Nick Kypreos (right) takes a penalty shot in the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends game. Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark and other legends graced the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Sunday, Nov. 10. For photos and video visit




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We’re still waiting on the world to change
Ryerson grad’s video represents Canada at the Geneva Summit for human rights

By Hannah Polinski
Ryerson graduate Maccie Paquette can’t recall consecutive memories from her childhood. Instead, the past comes to her in fragments that

Screenshots from Paquette’s Living Rights video.

she has tried to forget. Among those fragments is the night her foster father lost control. He started hurling objects around while screaming at the top of his lungs, grabbing Paquette by the

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shoulders and smashing her against the wall. “The actual impact of the hit isn’t the painful part. The painful part is waiting for it, expecting it and knowing it’s going to come,” said Paquette. Paquette refuses to be a victim of the abuse she suffered. Instead, she has moved forward. Her past and passion for music has inspired her to create an initiative called Living Rights – a video project that combines music written and sung by Paquette with visuals to educate people about the 30 human rights declared by the United Nations. “I’m happy now that I’m in a position that I can help people,” said Paquette. “I believed that I was being punished for what I deserved. You’re told that it’s your fault so you begin to believe it’s your fault.” Paquette’s life has been a series of

ups and downs. At 16, her life took another turn when her foster family abandoned her. “I was at my friend’s house and they picked me up with everything I owned packed in their van,” she said. “They left me at my real mother’s and drove away. That was the biggest heartbreak of my life.” Paquette was taken from her mother when she was one by the Children’s Aid Society under false pretences. Living with her mother changed everything, opening Paquette up to a new way of living. She decided that she wanted to attend Ryerson for radio and television arts and her mother supported the decision. In her final year of the program, Paquette was given an assignment that challenged her to face her past and become an instrument of change. In collaboration with

her two best friends and a team of seven, she created Living Rights. It proved to be an extremely successful project, representing Canada on the world platform at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights this past September. Her work received a standing ovation. “It’s crazy. Just this time last year we started to conceive [the project],” said Paquette. “I knew I wanted to do something with music and human rights, but I didn’t know how. The people that I worked with really helped shape that vision.” Paquette is currently working on releasing an EP and hopes that she can continue to pursue her passion for human rights by promoting change through the arts. “I want to change the foster care system and be the person to make a difference.”

Q&A with Top Chef Carl Heinrich
Food insight from season two winner of Top Chef Canada
What is your favorite thing to cook now? The best meals that I will ever cook are the ones that are using ingredients and foods that maybe I picked myself or grew myself... The closer you get to those ingredients, the better those ingredients are going to be. That’s the farm-to-table experience now. If you had to cook a meal for family or friends in less than 30 minutes, what would you cook? I’m a sucker for perogies. I always have really good perogies in my freezer. That’s kind of standard, with maybe some caramelized onions with some melted cheese on top. That’s always a winner.

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Heinrich visited campus on Nov. 11 to do a Mexican dinner cooking demo.

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most because I would be in the kitchen by 10 in the morning and not leave until one in the morning. They were very long days. When I got home, my cupboard How did winning Top Chef affect was pretty bare. It was a bowl of cereal with milk in the morning, What are some tips for students your life? It gave me the opportunity to a fried egg sandwich when I got cooking on a low budget? open my own restaurant…There home, and that was it. Overall, don’t undervalue the imare a lot of opportunities that portance of buying good food. happened because of the TV show What are your top three kitchen Buying frozen food doesn’t althat probably wouldn’t have as essentials? ways save you money. It’s lower far as off-site events, giving the A knife, a peeler and a cutting nutrition and higher cholesterol. demos, another TV show that I board. Just buy better food and don’t did and that kind of fun stuff. worry about the rest. It comes naturally. What are your top three kitchen What was your diet like when essentials, food wise? you were in your late teens? Salt, vegetable oil and all-purAre you a cake or a pie person? My lifestyle was different than pose flour. Pie.

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Biz Bites
Foodo app comes to Rye
iPhone app Foodo partnered with Ryerson’s food services last week to make ordering from the Hub an easy swipe away. Using the app, students can order from the Hub’s menu, as well as pay for their meals. First orders on Foodo are 10 per cent off.

TedxRU speakers announced
TedxRyersonU announced its 11 speakers on Tuesday. Fourth-year marketing student Ayyyna Budaeva and Ted Rogers School of Management dean Steven Murphy are among the speakers headlining the conference. TedxRyersonU will be held on Nov. 23.

Ryerson’s theatre lounge (left), journalism lounge (upper right) and a lab in the Centre for Urban Energy (lower right) were renovated this year.

The Ryerson cramps
Student space not a priority in this year’s reno budget
By Haiyun Wang
Only $160,000 of Ryerson’s $5.8 million renovation budget was used for student spaces this year, the lowest allotment of funding despite a growing need for study areas. This year, $3.18 million of the renovation budget was designated to student spaces, classrooms, labs, washroom upgrades and offices. While the remainder was used to upgrade old infrastructures such as the cooling systems in the library and School of Image Arts, wrote Julia Hanigsberg, Ryerson’s vice president of finance, in an email. The $160,000 went to five renovated student spaces: new lounges for geography, theatre and journalism students, reconfigured work space in the RTA Transmedia Centre and a redesigned room for international students in the Victoria building. Most of the budget went to creating and renovating science labs and facilities on campus. Almost $1.2 million was spent on science labs like the new botany lab in Kerr Hall East. The renovations are part of the Master Plan, a campus revitalization plan announced by Ryerson president Sheldon Levy in 2006. The Master Plan outlines creating new facilities and infrastructure for research, teaching and student spaces, in order to accommodate Ryerson’s rising student enrollment, which has grown to 25,103 in 2007 from 13,271 in 2000. Some students aren’t impressed with the student space renovations and want to see more areas created. Third-year fashion student Rebecca Chandler said the fashion school’s studio space is tucked away in a dark basement, making work counter-productive. “Mr. Levy should first address these students’ concerns so that they have the resources and study spaces that are conducive to learning before growing the campus,” said Chandler. Other students said they understood the restraints of Ryerson’s downtown location. “Overall you have to look at the restraints of geography. Students want to pay less tuition but wish to have more space for studying. Real estate downtown is at a premium,” fifth-year chemistry student Alexzander Samuelsson said. While most upgrades are finished, there are still renovations to be done before 2014. Asbestos removal, elevator guard rails and a better heating system are a few of the projects that will be coming to Ryerson later this year. Next year’s renovation budget does not include student space. Ryerson has put aside $4 million for next year to upgrade infrastructure, according to Hanigsberg. “The upgrades will improve the performance of aging infrastructures to make sure students are studying in a comfortable and safe environment,” Hanigsberg said. The low amount of funding for renovating and creating student spaces is due to money going towards the overall campus, which in turn supports students, Hanigsberg added. “We always prioritize spending to support teaching, learning and discovery because that’s the university’s mission,” Hanigsberg said. “Infrastructure support student, classrooms and teaching labs. We don’t allocate infrastructure spending to any specific purpose but it absolutely supports students in campus spaces.” While funding for immediate student spaces has taken a backseat, Ryerson has allocated $112 million for the Student Learning Centre, which is currently being built at the Yonge and Gould intersection. The building will be used for student space, retail and classrooms and is projected to open in January 2015.






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By Jake Scott
Aries Libra Your love interest and your lust You should probably drop that interest will conspire to steal your bio elective. My god, is it ever dragging you down. precious seed. Taurus Scorpio

New business opportunities will That homeless guy you always see you bankrupted so hard your give change to just bought a summer home in Florida. Seriously. friends will call you Detroit. Gemini Sagittarius

Got a Smoke?
By Jake Scott
“Hey man, do you have an extra smoke?” is something I hear every single day on my way to school. The answer, every time, is no. This pack of cigarettes did not come with any extras, in fact it came with EXACTLY 25. There were two squares of tinfoil inside, there was no sidecar in which a couple of cigarettes could reside. Does everybody think that these things just grow out of the ground? Well, I guess tobacco does, but all that delicious cyanide, preserving formaldehyde and satisfying nicotine certainly didn’t spring up from farmer Phillips’ fields. This shit costs money, son! If

Beware of your friends! They may There is no hope for those that release terrible videos of you to choose to stay at home and still wear clothes. the media and ruin your life. Cancer Capricorn

Your healthy diet may seem smart, The stars say you will never find but it will have you gaining weight solace or privacy in your home due to an abundance of friends. and losing face. Leo Aquarius

Pluto has been watching and You poor, water-pouring child, would like you to know that Terry you don’t even recognize that evRichardson’s blog isn’t a porn site. eryone is using you. It’s very sad. Virgo Pisces

Cosmic alignments states that no- There is no possible future where body is impressed by your musical you succeed at juggling. Just give up that crappy excuse for a talent. knowledge. So shut up, asshat!

you’re walking up to a group of smokers asking to “buy” a cigarette, however, I may have a small amount of sympathy. But not when you start flashing a quarter acting like you’re a paragon of generosity for trying to undercut me on my crippling addiction. Do the math, asshat! If a pack of 25 smokes is $9, the approximate value of a cigarette is 36 cents. So put your quarter back in your pocket and jog on. And to the high-and-mighty quitters, the ones who eschew our terrible habit in favour of some new-aged bullshit called “health,”: if you’re going to quit, don’t ask me for a cigarette. Quitting doesn’t mean you’ve simply quit purchasing your own cigarettes. That’s called being a self-righteous mooch. Just admit you’re a failure, already! And to the social smokers, with their delicate sensibilities and inhuman ability to refrain from

smoking when nobody is around: well, not sure how much I believe that crap, but I digress. To you, social smoker, I say admit it. Just give the fuck in already! Your “Ismoke-when-I-drink” façade is almost as pathetic as the manner in which you smoke. Last, but not least, the “borrowers.” They approach and ask that ridiculous question, “Can I BORROW a smoke?” Now how the hell are you going to borrow a smoke from me? Will you cough it up later and give it back, or do I have to scrape your lungs, collect the tar and roll that shit up again? NO! You don’t get a smoke. You go home and think about how terrible you are at asking for favours. Asshole. Look, smoking is inherently cool. It’s like hiring a hitman on yourself for $9 a day. But it’s not cool to act like you’ve been slighted when I say no. Acutally... damn. Hey, can I get a smoke off ya?

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