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Digital Wingman

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P13 From NCAA to OUA
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P14 Rye’s Investments

ILLUSTRATION: JESS TSANG, NATALIA BALCERZAK

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NEWS

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More arrests in Skinner case
Toronto police have made three more arrests in Rye grad’s 2009 homicide
By Angela Hennessy and Ramisha Farooq
Toronto police have made three more arrests in connection with the 2009 death of 27-year-old Ryerson graduate Christopher Skinner. Up to two more arrests could be made. Three men have been charged with various offences. Nichoals Swaby, 23, of Toronto, was arrested for assault causing bodily harm. Anthony Samuel, 25, of Toronto, was arrested Monday for conspiracy to commit the indictable offence of aggravated assault and obstructing police. And Jamaal Phillips Bond, 23, was arrested for assault causing bodily harm and obstruction of police. “There were others in the vehicle so there is a possibility of more arrests,” said police spokesperson Wendy Drummond. Last week the first arrest in the case was made of 23-yearold Augustin Caruso who was charged with second-degree murPHOTO COURTESY of MTV

MTV’s nursing show, Scrubbing In.

Nurses stop MTV
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Jamaal Bond, Nicholas Swaby, Augustin Caruso and Anthony Samuel are the four men being charged in relation to the homicide.

der for allegedly being the driver of the 2004 black Ford Explorer that ran Skinner over. It is believed there were four males and two females in the SUV at the time of the incident, meaning that there could be up to more arrests made. Skinner was first assaulted on the street and then run over by the SUV after leaving a celebration with his family in Toronto’s entertainment district on Oct. 18, 2009. Drummond told The Eyeopener that investigators have had close contact with the Skinner family and that these arrests have been bittersweet for them.

Drummond also said the investigation is ongoing. “It is believed there were other people in the vehicle and there is potential for more charges,” said Drummond Caruso, who was 19 at the time of the incident, 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. After watching surveillance tapes, police believe Skinner’s 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 was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. the day of the incident. The family, along with police, had offered a $150,000 reward to anyone who came forward with further information. The investigation is ongoing.

By Angela Hennessy
Sexy nursing is a myth. MTV has taken a lot of criticism for their new reality show, Scrubbing In, and it has now agreed to make changes to the show’s programming. A Change.org petition had been started by a Wisconsin nurse who argued that the show portrays nurses in a negative way by showing them partying constantly. The petition ended up getting more than 30,000 signatures and MTV took note. The petition called for the show to be cancelled. “Not only are we tired of the negative stigma that surrounds our profession but also of the senseless sexual objectification that we as nurses, both male and female, continue to endure,” stated the petition. Alfred Lam, the education and equity co-coordinator of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association at Ryerson, is angered by the show and has been promoting the petition against MTV. The show won’t be cancelled, but MTV said it plans to change Scrubbing In’s airtime to midnight from 10 p.m., a move that will see total viewers cut in half. It will also be editing some of its episodes to show the nurses doing more working and less partying. The show has also angered the Ontario Nurses’ Association who say they are tired of nurses being portrayed in the media as subordinates in the medical profession who are there merely to help the doctors. Scrubbing In features a cast of busty, partying young nurses in California. There is at least one male nurse in the cast, but the various nursing associations don’t feel that is doing enough to fairly represent the reality of nurses and nursing. MTV has also agreed to create a feature for its website that will have pictures and video that will better reflect the reality of being a nurse.

Rye study links sleep to depression
Psychology professor leads insomnia study looking to find tie to mental illness
By Jackie Hong
Curing insomnia in people suffering from depression may almost double their chances for recovery, the early results from a Ryerson study are saying. “What we found was that the vast majority of people who recover from depression are the people who recover from insomnia,” said associate psychologoy professor Colleen E. Carney, who led the study. “But if you don’t recover from insomnia your chances from recovering from depression are … much less.” The study involved 66 participants and was conducted at Ryerson’s Sleep and Depression (SAD) lab. Participants’ insomnia was treated using cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), a method where facilitators examine participants’ sleeping habits and then calculate sleep schedules to fit their individual patterns. According to the preliminary data, 87 per cent of participants who had their insomnia cured also saw their depression dissipate, which is almost double the rate of participants who did not have their insomnia treated. Although the findings of the study are grabbing headlines, Carney thinks that another part of it is just as significant ­­­ — her first-year graduate students were the ones who administered the CBT. “One of the criticisms of cognitive behavior therapy is that it’s not widely available,” said Carney. “However, what we wanted to do was show that the graduate students who provided the treatment came in with pretty much no sleep background at all, and no therapy background. “So that’s really important information because it means that I can go and train a group of … people who don’t have a sleep background … to do this treatment.” Carney emphasized that the findings are still in the preliminary stages, and that there’s still a lot of data to comb over before any concrete conclusions can be drawn. For examaple, some of the particpants received CBT in conjuction

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The report could be the most significant advance in depression studies since Prozac.

with anti-depressants, while others received CBT with a placebo. “Maybe it’s that you have to treat insomnia but you also have to treat depression with an anti-depressant? Or maybe you shouldn’t use an anti-depressant? We don’t know yet,” she said. She added that the final participant is finishing therapy this month, at which point the data will be sent to an off-site statistician to verify the findings. However, the results are promising because they’re similar to the find-

ings of a 2008 Stanford University on the same topic. Carney and her team will be presenting their findings for the first time on Saturday at a convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Nashville. “Everyone’s getting excited about this, and it is very exciting,” Carney said. “But it’s about to get even more exciting when we actually look at the data.”

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EDITORIAL

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these 6 years ago. But still as you try to make CESAR for the part time & continuing ed students again, do you have to suck so bad at being grown ups while doing it? I’ve seen toddlers (and even Fords) handle explanations better than you guys. When The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s larg- asked the same questions for 2 ½ weeks and ducking the press est and only independent student newspaper. It is owned and perhaps the best response isn’t operated by Rye Eye Publishing “because I said so”. It weould be great if you could explain Inc., a non-profit corporation your own damn, budget. Staring owned by the students of Ryerand blinking your eyes, while son. Our offices are on the second floor of the Student Campus saying “ummmmm, ummmm”. Centre. You can reach us at 416- Is not exactly winning, dim bulbs. When finally cornered in 979-5262, at theeyeopener.com or on Twitter at @theeyeopener. your lair. Also binding contracts that were legally negotiated can’t be wished away. I don’t Back by popular demand! This week’s Annoying Talking Coffee give a sweet fuck how long you hold your breath. Your lock out Mug goes to: Dear CESAR – is illegal. Your puerile “Truth You may not Rob Ford crazy Corner” is not going to save but … you be crazy enough to get an honourary Ford surname. you from the Ontario Ministry of Labour. So grow the fuck up A Fordian Slip if you, will. The CESAR, because soon the real mug knows you have been ill grown ups are going to step in. served by the coup d’etat that And it is going to COST you. was engineered upon you ‘lo

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RSU votes to cut spending limits
In their general meeting, members voted to change RSU-imposed money allocations
By Sierra Bein
semester,” said Amir. Groups are given about $225 for advertising and $450 for social events throughout both semesters and any unspent money does not carry over to the next semester. But student groups find that they are forcing themselves to spend money on things like unnecessary advertising, instead of putting extra funds towards other areas, such as creating better social events. The opposition argued that while they understand the barrier, allocations are placed so student groups do not overspend in certain areas, or spend all their money in one place. Other guests said that these groups could do their own funding if they needed more money. RSU president Melissa Palermo proposed an amendment at the meeting for the RSU policy committee to review the student groups policy in regards to spending money allocation limits. Amir moved to oppose his new amendment, saying that allowing student groups to decide on their own spending would be “a learning opportunity.” “If your membership just wants social events, that’s up to your members,” he said. Palermo’s amendment was defeated and the original motion to remove student spending limits was adopted. Other motions that were adopted at the meeting include: The RSU will ask Ryerson Board Governors to hold a referendum to ask students for a “Student Life Fee,” but the amount is not yet determined. The student levy would be allocated towards funding all campus groups, Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line, Equity Service Centres and the Graduate Travel Grant service. Room booking for these groups was also brought up. The RSU will lobby the Ryerson administration to remove the $70 The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) held their semi-annual fall general meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13. They passed numerous motions, including a motion carried to abolish student group spending limits immediately and permanently. Other motions discussed were the RSU’s stance on unpaid internships and deferral fees. Mohammad Nazir Amir pushed for changing the group spending limits, resulting in a lengthy debate between motion supporters and opposition. Student groups and course unions are given about $1,200 a year and are directed by the RSU about where the money will be spent. “I’ve found myself spending money I didn’t need to spend in the

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Student speaking to the Ryerson Students’ Union about his opinion regarding a motion that was being voted on at their fall general meeting.

tuition deferral fee, which is placed on students who wish to pay one semester at a time, especially affecting students using OSAP government loans. Since OSAP only pays the first semester, students are looking to be able to pay one semester at a time without consequences.

The union will work with the Faculty of Communication and Design Internship Committee to make sure Ryerson’s internships are paid and fair and continue to pressure administration on the issue. “It should be paid work,” said Palermo.

Bed bugs are back
Student residences still not pest free despite treatments
By Sameera Raja
Pitman Hall, the main student residence at Ryerson, had yet another bed bug outbreak this semester. Students were not notified that there was yet another problem. Last year, eight cases were reported from Pitman Hall and then treated. But in September, two more cases were discovered and cost the school up to to $2,600. Students living in residence pay roughly $10,000 annually for their housing and are upset that this problem has been a reccurring issue in residence. “I am definitely not pleased to hear about the presence of bed bugs on campus, I’m paying a high price for residence and I feel that the rooms should be safe and clean for first-year students,” said Samuel Song, a first-year accounting and finance student living in Pitman. “I heard about it last month, through other students, and only since I came here.” A private pest control company was called to treat the apartment using a heating process that should kill any bugs but not damage the interior of the room. A different pest control company in the city said the average cost to treat each unit would be $550 for

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the heat treament and up to $800 for the use of detection dogs. Toronto Public Health said landlords are not obligated to disclose any information about pests. “It’s a landlord’s responsibility to terminate all pests. But there is no requirement to report bed bugs to all tenants,” said Toronto Public Health manager Tracy Leach. “It’s not advisable to just check one unit but surrounding ones as well,” said Leach. Heat treatment might not be enough to terminate the bugs completely, which is why they are so hard to get rid of. “Any treatment won’t last forever, it could take from one week to a month for it to last,” said bed bug expert and owner of Addison Pest Control,

Avery Addison. Students are saying the school has never reached out to them about the problem. “I feel as though it is their duty to send an email to students if there is a presence of bed bugs. They should be honest and make an effort to change it. I mean, who is going to want to live in a residence with bed bugs?” said Song. Student housing coordinator, Jen Gonzales, said that student housing tries to be transparent when issues arise. “We deal with it case by case, the suite-style apartment was treated with heat and we found no pests after,” said Gonzales. Student housing has scheduled another inspection for the holidays.

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News Bites
Canada-wide health initative announced at Ryerson
Federal Minister of Health Ronalee Ambrose and National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman visited Ryerson Friday to announce initiative to fight childhood obesity. The move brings together 60 different industry partners — such as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Bell Canada and Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. — to encourage youth to get at least one hour of physical activity each day. Part of the ACTIVE AT SCHOOL campaign plan is a multi-year investment determined to kick-start Canadian youth.

Rye student wins award
Ryerson engineering student James White has won the Canadian Electronics Representatives Association’s first annual award. This award is for distinguished students looking to apply their education and training in the electronic sales industry. The award also provideded an undisclosed cash prize.

Toronto opens the streets
In a summit at Ryerson Ward 27 city councillor, Kristyn WongTam, announced The Open Streets Project Nov. 16. The program will temporarily suspend motor vehicle traffic in favour of pedestrians and cyclists, in a move to boost physical activity. Wong-Tam hopes it will start in 2014.

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Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau visited Ryerson residence Friday in a meet-and-greet organised by the Ryerson Young Liberals. Trudeau shook some hands, snapped some photos and talked politics.

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It has now been confirmed that the last remaining pieces of Sam the Record Man’s classic music store sign are in a secure warehouse facility just north of Toronto. Sam’s historic sign was revealed to 10 media outlets Friday for the first time since 2008 in a rush to prove the existence and security of the sign. David Grosse, national sales manager for Gregory Signs and Engraving Ltd. said the facility has installed dozens of surveillance cameras working 24/7 to ensure the care and security of the sign. “We have every piece that came off the sign,” Grosse said. The trailer the sign is held in was manufactured with the sole purpose of being an impenetrable haven. It is incapable of being moved due to welded shut wheel bearings and airbreak airtight systems. According to Grosse, the sign, except for a few neon tubes and transformers, is in good working condition and can be put back together within eight to ten months, once a building is selected for the sign to be mounted on. “We need to do a structural analysis and make sure the building itself can support the sign in a safe manner,”said Grosse.

Sam the Record Man’s iconic sign is currently being housed at Gregory Signs in Concord, ON until a new location can be found. Grosse has also mentioned that he and Ryerson are talking about the possibility of adding security patrol to ensure its safety. But, they don’t feel there is an extreme threat as it has been sitting in the trailer for four years. A worst case scenario value of $250,000 has been put on the sign by Grosse in the event that parts will need to be replaced. Erin McGinn, Ryerson’s assistant vice president of communication, government and community engagement, has said that the city is currently in the process of speaking to stakeholders. She confirmed that Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre ­ — the previous location of Sam Sniderman’s record store — is no longer being considered by city officials as an

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appropriate place for the sign after Ryerson cited architectural and environmental problems. Yonge-Dundas Square and Ryerson’s library building are both being considered by the city manager, along with rumours of Exhibition Place. “We are looking to the advice of experts on that, they’re doing an analysis to see what is involved in mounting the sign up on the library,” said McGinn. “There is obviously value in having it in the vicinity. It should be an appropriate spot that actually means something and make the link.” City council voted to defer the decision to the city manager in an Oct. 9 decision. Talks regarding the sign placement are ongoing.

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COMMUNITIES

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Winter campus survival map
How to maneuver Ryerson campus and avoid the cold, miserable winter months like a true pro

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Food for all
By Tamara Sestanj
On average, students spend $60 per week on groceries. But what many Ryerson students don’t know is that instead of spending, they could be saving more than $30 per week by using the Community Food Room. The food room, located on the second floor of the student centre, is a service provided to Ryerson students free of charge. It recognizes the pressures students are under with tuition and living expenses and aims to lessen their financial burdens. Any student can come to the room weekly to receive free groceries. “Students are struggling, they have tuition fees and they’re working two or three jobs and more and more students are living

The Community Food Room helps take financial pressures off students
away from home,” said Rajean Hoilett, Ryerson Students’ Union vice-president equity. “[There’s] a new substantial need.” Of the 40,000 students at Ryerson, less than two per cent use this service. Despite this fact, Hoilett said that the food room has seen an increase in its number of users. Drew Silverthorn, a second-year social work student, said he didn’t know the service existed until a friend told him about it. Now, he uses the food room frequently. “It’s really helpful with offsetting the different costs that come with university,” said Silverthorn. “Food is such an easy thing to scratch off your list, so it’s helped me with that.” The food room is primarily funded through donations. The shelves are stocked with fresh fruit and veggies, canned goods, chocolate, granola bars and personal hygiene products. Depending on the

Food Room Facts
Who can use the food room?
Any student can use the food room. Drop by SCC211 with your OneCard to fill out an application. After that, you’re free to take food!
The Community Food Room provides students with produce and other groceries
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week, they also have meats and dairy products. Students who use the service are asked to present their OneCards and fill out a form. It works on an honour system — no financial information needs to be provided. “We just trust that because you made the trip, you need the food room,” said Hoilett. The service operates using points. An average student receives 10 points per week and can redeem them for groceries. No item exceeds the cost of one point. The food room has outreach

programs to let students know about these services. Some students are afraid to ask for help, even if they need it. So the programs aim to remove the negative stigma surrounding these services. “There is a stigma attached to people who use food rooms,” said Hoilett. “[We educate students] about why we need a food room and what needs to be done so that people can access food.” Even Ryerson students who don’t use the service are encouraged to get involved by donating food or volunteering.

How much money can I save?
The food room can save students anywhere from $30 - $50 per week.

What type of food can I donate?
Any type of food donation –– perishable or non-perishable. There’s a high demand for milk and eggs. They’re the most expensive and least donated products. Drop off donations in SCC211.

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FEATURES

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
The social media generation is reinventing online dating with a new, more efficient trend — app dating. Enter Tinder, a quick and easy way many Ryerson students are evaluating potential partners. Arielle Piat-Sauve reports

ina Wicentowich took the elevator down to the lobby of her apartment building feeling a mix of excitement and nerves, but a good kind of nervousness. She spotted her date through the glass door and smiled. He waited for her inside, nicely dressed and looking like a true gentleman. Having just moved to Toronto to pursue her master’s, she was excited to meet new people and branch out of her comfort zone. Her date opened the door for her as they walked out onto the busy street, feeling the cool fall air. He knew she was new to the city and thought it would be a nice pre-date activity to walk around the neighbourhood. Wicentowich was impressed, this guy exuded confidence and had a plan. The romantic evening continued at a trendy seafood restaurant, where the conversation flowed and they got to know one another. They talked about life in the big city, their career goals, and other typical first-date banter. He seemed like the total package: attractive, smart and polite. Wicentowich, admittedly, went into the date without expectations other than to have a good time and see what happens. At any other time, they might have met at a bar on a Friday night, in class, or even in line at Starbucks. But this is the world of online dating — they met on an app called Tinder. Tinder is the latest online dating app that has everyone talking. First released a little over a year ago, Tinder’s co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen say the app has already generated 50 recorded engagements and over 75 million matches. The smartphone app recently gained increased media attention and pop culture references, making this the latest trend in Generation Y’s digitized dating culture. Tinder is free and connects directly through your Facebook account to select between one and five pictures for your Tinder profile. The app also displays your name, age and proximity to other Tinder users. Tinder operates on a “hot or not” basis, making this app feel a lot more like a game than an actual dating or hookup experience. If you like someone’s picture, swipe to the right. Maybe not? Swipe to the left and the game continues. If both individuals like each other’s pictures, then that’s a Tinder match, and the app automatically opens up a conversation box on the right-hand-side. The millennial generation is seeing social media reshape the way they interact and communicate with each other and this also extends to the dating realm. An increasingly large number of university students gravitate towards social media apps like Tinder because it allows you to keep anonymity while also giving you the power and control to decide who you want to talk to.

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person going to bars and meeting new people. Kirsch agrees that when it comes to Tinder, there’s no loss to having an account. “You are either on it or you are not. It doesn’t mean that you are not going out mingling and doing your Thursday night thing, meeting new people,” she says. “But Tinder creates the opportunity to meet even more people.” reating opportunities to meet new people was especially attractive for Wicentowich and one of the reasons why she joined Tinder. Wicentowich, who is also the culture editor for the Edmonton-based blog The Wanderer Online, recently shared her enthusiasm about Tinder publicly. She believes Tinder’s anonymity and user-friendly functionality is a huge selling point for new users. “It is not as intimidating as going on a dating site and sorting through all the profiles,” she says. “It lets me have complete control.” Wicentowich encourages girls to be up-front when speaking to guys on Tinder and to separate the guys who are looking for a quick hook up from those looking to date. Her technique seems to be working so far and she survived four different Tinder dates, all of which were positive experiences. Like many, Wicentowich understands some of the challenges the younger generation faces in communicating effectively, and how this affects their dating behaviour. “It is easy to hide behind a façade of social media, and not really face being lonely and learning to do things on our own,” she says. “I think our generation has the fear of missing out, and maybe as a generation we are not communicating the way we should.” Daniel Furlano, a first-year student, recognizes that many of his male friends are on Tinder looking for their next hook up and they are open about it. There is less stigma associated with online dating nowadays, but people are still reluctant to create a full profile broadcasting their single status for the world to see. Furlano assumes apps like Tinder remove stigma because most people view it as a game, where you have nothing to lose. From a guy’s perspective, he finds it eliminates the initial fear of rejection you get when you approach someone at a bar. Guys, or girls for that matter, may be more inclined to strike up a conversation with someone on Tinder because they know that the other person finds them attractive. Although Furlano is entertained by watching and hearing about his friends’ experiences on Tinder, he still plans on continuing to try to meet girls the old fashioned way. “I don’t have anything against online or app dating, I under-

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stand the appeal of it, but I just like to meet someone in person for the first time,” he says. “I feel like you develop a different first impression of them.” Like most social media apps or sites, Tinder works to boost your self-confidence. Receiving messages from complete strangers who you find attractive and also find you attractive is a definite ego boost. This may sound like a very self-centred approach to dating, but many Tinder users explain that this feeling can also be transferred to enhance your confidence in the real world. You may be at a bar perusing your Tinder while waiting for your drink, receive a match, and suddenly feel more confident to flirt with the guy or girl across the room. Tinder, like social media in general, provides you with the opportunity to get to know someone before you actually meet, something inconceivable to previous generations. You can learn a lot about the other person by scanning their social media activity, and this practice has become increasingly common. University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellow Amy Muise focuses her research on Facebook’s influence on dating and relationships. Through theories of impression management, she studies how social media plays a critical role in building relationships and how sites like Facebook can actually increase individuals’ senses of insecurity and jealousy. “If someone is dating or interested in them, they are going to take some time perusing their profile. We have a natural curiosity about people, especially those whom we are interested in romantically,” she says. “I think it is important to be aware of some of the negative consequences and that access to information does often lack context and can trigger feelings of jealousy.” s more and more people use Tinder, the original intention behind the app may be evolving. People continue to use the app for quick hook-ups but a growing number are coming out and admitting to actually meeting someone they connect with and start dating through Tinder. Wicentowich did notice her friends and classmates jumped on the Tinder bandwagon. Although she doesn’t plan on pursuing anything more than a friendship with her Tinder date for now, she feels the app taught her keep her standards high, both offline and online. “You do not have to be their booty call,” she says. “Keep your standards high, because all the guys that I went on dates with took me to very nice restaurants, paid and acted very chivalrous and gentleman-like.” Maybe chivalry isn’t dead after all.

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Many looks of MYR1AD
By Robyn Bell
Since September, third-year Ryerson fashion communication students have been working on their runway exhibition, MYR1AD, a taster in preparation for next April’s Mass Exodus. The show, held at the Ryerson Interior Design building on Thursday, Nov. 14, included a runway show with designs by Ryerson students and a photo exhibit. Here’s what you missed.

Accessories were the main focus of the runway show. Designers highlighted the accessories by using a neutral palette; all the models’ dresses were white.

The pictures and videos that made up the gallery were part of students’ project. Like the runway show, each photo focuses on an accessory.

About 100 people turned out to see students’ work — all in preparation for next Mass Exodus, the biggest student-run fashion show in the world.

Though all dresses, accessories and photos were produced by students, volunteer models were recruited through a casting call in early November.

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Ryerson final-year students Victoria Houser (left), who plays Cinderella, and Petru Gheorghe, who plays the stepmother, star in the Ryerson Theatre School’s production of Cinderella, which runs from Nov. 28 to 30.
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If you’ve never been to a Britishstyle pantomime, then prepare your pumpkins and shine your glass shoes for Ryerson Theatre School’s graduating-class production of Cinderella. While Ryerson has staged many different types of productions, this will be its first ever pantomime. A pantomime — a theatrical performance of a nursery or fairy tale traditionally shown around Christmas — is typically a family-friendly musical (but still with plenty of naughty humour) involving slapstick, drag and plenty of audience involvement. “I thought it would be an excellent pre-holiday offering for Ryerson audiences,” says Peggy

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Shannon, theatre school chair and director of the show. “Cinderella is full of great music, heart and lots of funny, unexpected humour.” The show features the entire fourth-year acting class, as well as several fourth-year dancers and more than 20 production students. Among the graduating actors is Petru Gheorghe, who plays Cinderella’s stepmother. “I actually didn’t know what to expect with this project because I had never heard of a pantomime,” says Gheorghe, who was surprised when he discovered that he’d be playing the dame (a panto term for man playing a woman’s role). “I left my character as a surprise for [my friends] because I think it’s such a ridiculously over-the-top part to play — they would never see it coming.” The actors were selected for their roles based on a musical they

produced last year, so many of them didn’t know what to expect. Victoria Houser, who plays Cinderella, hoped to score the title role, but was still unprepared for the shock when she got the news. “I thought my heart was going to leap out of my chest,” she says. “I had a hard time focusing on the rest of the conversation after that because I was so excited.” Between classes, homework, jobs and four weeks of rehearsals, these students have their minds set on the show — and beyond. Their roles will provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talent and a stepping-stone for future auditions. All of the students, meanwhile, look forward to spending time with much neglected family and friends. Cinderella runs at the Ryerson Theatre from Nov. 28 to 30.

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Off-script in the Caribbean
By Leah Hansen
Fourth-year practicum projects are a normal part of the radio and television arts (RTA) program. However, this year, a group of nine students took it to the next level, travelling to Trinidad and Tobago to film their project — the first episode in a travel series. The students spent 10 days in November gathering footage. Their show, The World I See, has three hosts taking a look at things like nightlife, local cuisine and hidden gems in exotic destinations. “The whole concept of the show is to not only go places that have amazing [attractions] but can also use the exposure,” says Kareem Ali, who acted as executive producer and one of the three hosts. “When Trinidad found out what we were doing, they were very fast to welcome us with open arms.” Trinidad’s Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were instrumental in helping the group by providing local guides and drivers. Because the country doesn’t have a big tourism industry, they were quick to support the project, Ali says. Despite extensive preparation before the group’s travel (the group produced a 47-page “production bible” including call sheets, a detailed synopsis of the show, a script and a marketing plan) their pre-planning was almost completely ignored once they got there, says Zayn Jinah, the production manager and one of the hosts. “All that really mattered was the equipment that we had and where we were going,” Jinah says. “We didn’t use the script at all, we barely used the treatment and call sheets were not respected. The nature of the show is very unscripted.” Ali agrees, saying that most of their production consisted of ad hoc situations they followed up on. Joining a Trinidadian family for dinner and participating in Diwali celebrations were just some of the situations they couldn’t script for, he says. Filming in a different country within a set time period was a challenge as well, Jinah says. Trying to get all the shots they needed in 10 days was difficult, especially because they only had access to tour guides and drivers at specific times. Trying to balance the roles of the three hosts also proved challenging, Ali says.

Ryerson Radio and Television Arts students head to Trinidad and Tobago to film travel series

Clockwise from top left: Ryerson students film part of their fourth-year practicum project at Trinidad’s Pitch Lake, one of the world’s largest natural deposits of asphalt; a member of the team films a group playing steelpan; technical director Dustin Traballo; eight members of the nine-person team behind the project pose for a photo.

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“I think that’s the biggest issue that we came across — finding a way to produce a show that has three hosts and three different personalities,” Ali says. “That’s something we’re still working on: finding the perfect balance instead of having one person or two people outweigh the other.” Now that they’re back in Canada, the group is focusing on post-production and marketing. While the group had a small amount of Trinidadian media exposure, getting the series picked up by TV and media stations in Toronto will involve promoting the pilot online and screening it for industry experts at the yearend RTA showcase. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a professional broadcast license,” says Charles Zamaria, faculty advisor for the RTA practicum program. “Based on their preparedness and their passion, it’s something that I think will have a definite possibility with different channels.” If the series gets picked up, the next show is set for New Zealand, says Ali, followed by Haiti, India, China and the Philippines. “This has gone beyond a school project,” Ali says. “That was our goal in the beginning: not to necessarily make this a final project, but to make it our first project.”

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So you think you can dance, Ryerson?
Annual theatre school showcase, Ryerson Dances, brings together distinct genres of dance
By Emily Craig-Evans
Since the first week of classes in September, 55 Ryerson dance students have been practising five nights a week, busily preparing for the annual showcase, Ryerson Dances 2013. The show — which began its run on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and closes on Saturday, Nov. 23 — is composed of four independent pieces, each choreographed by industry professionals. “Each piece creates a world of its own,” says Karen Duplisea, producer of Ryerson Dances 2013 and Ryerson performance dance program co-director. “The work in this show is very eclectic.” This year’s Ryerson Dances is designed to display diversity in genres; in addition to contemporary pieces choreographed by Marie-Josée Chartier and Louis Laberge-Côté, Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Portillo (Gadfly) created a piece using their own fusion of contemporary, electronic house and hip hop. Choreographer and Ryerson performance dance program director Vicki St. Denys, meanwhile, created a jazz-style tribute to Dave Brubeck, an American jazz pianist and composer who passed away in December 2012. “His music was very inspirational to me on a personal level,” St. Denys says. “I knew when he passed away in [December] that I wanted to do a piece honouring his work.” St. Denys says she choreographed the piece with the music as the heart of inspiration. She incorporated the genre by having each of the piece’s 16 dancers improvise when the piece was in its early stages. “I wanted to make something that was colourful, physical, vibrant and youthful,” she says, “where the movement was music in motion.” When seeking choreographers, Duplisea says she looked for professionals who balance each other and can organize the students. “It’s not just about their work, but mentoring and getting the best out of the students,” she says. Ryerson Dances runs at Ryerson Theatre at 8 p.m. every night through Friday, Nov. 22. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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Former NCAA big stepping up for Rams

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Kadeem Green is making the adjustment from the NCAA to the CIS this year. By Harlan Nemerofsky

With less than a minute to go in the third quarter, Ryerson’s Kadeem Green hustled back on defence. Trailing 54-53, Windsor’s point guard dribbled the ball up the court and after two quick passes, found a wide-open player under the basket. That player was Lien Phillip, a 2013 All-Canadian and twotime Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west MVP. He was a foot away from the bucket and without hesitation Phillip attempted the routine layup. But just as the shot went up, six-foot-nine Green leapt into the air, his right arm extending at a 45 degree angle. The ball nicked Green’s fingertips and the easy scoring chance was swatted away. After two years of playing in the NCAA, Green has become a fixture on the defensive end for the Rams. In his six-game career with Ryerson he ranks in the top five in

the OUA in blocked shots and rebounds. “He’s much more than a big guy,” said head coach Roy Rana. “He’s athletic, he can shoot and he’s very skilled for a guy his size.” Once ranked 58 in ESPN’s top 100 high school basketball prospects, Green attended the same high school as Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins and has even gone toe-to-toe with NBA all-star John Wall when the two were teenagers. However, after struggling to make an impact south of the border, Green gave up on his NCAA career. In his two years at the University of Missouri and Ohio University, he averaged just seven minutes and three points per game. Since the Toronto native moved back home, he’s had nothing but success in the OUA, where he ranks first on the Rams in blocks and rebounds and third in team scoring. But it hasn’t been an easy adjustment for the 22-year-old. “There are different rules when it comes to footwork,” said Green. “Which is why I get called with lots of travels.”

He also said that in Canadian Interuniversity Sport there is more of a shoot-first mentality and that the overall game is more physical, with more of a focus on one-onone matchups versus team matchups. “In the NCAA, they don’t really make adjustments for the individual, they focus more on the team,” said Green. It wasn’t a hard decision for Rana to target Green this off-season. After the team lost their top big man Nem Stankovic at the end of last season, Rana wanted to add more height to the back court. Rana isn’t the only person impressed by his stature. “It freaks me out just how long he is,” said fifth-year forward Yannick Walcott. “He’s long, he’s athletic, and he’s willing to do the dirty work [for us].” Rana said that even though Green needs to learn how to be more consistent on a nightly basis, his potential is undeniable. “I think he can be one of the best, if not the best big man in the country,” said Rana.

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Rye’s investments question ethics
Ryerson’s endowment fund invests in Nike and oil sands. Does this contradict Ryerson’s ethics?
By Alfea Donato and Janelle Jordan
In classrooms, professors teach business ethics and green energy courses. Hand-grown gardens and water bottle refill stations are scattered throughout campus. An entire week devoted to social justice runs every year. But Ryerson’s commitment to sustainability and anti-discrimination doesn’t appear to extend to its investments. Ryerson invests in companies accused of using child labour and unethical oil extraction methods, among other ethical controversies. The school uses its endowment fund, a fund made up entirely of donations, to do so. In documents obtained by The Eyeopener, Enbridge Inc. and Nike are listed among 111 companies Ryerson invests almost $68.5 million in, through Fiera Sceptre, an external investment firm. Fourty-four of the companies have been involved with ethical controversies that contradict Ryerson intiatives and policies. known or apparent incidents of discrimination and harassment.” From an electrical vehicle charging station to battery recycling centres, Ryerson has over 100 sustainability initiatives. However, companies involved with oil sands controversy are in Ryerson’s energy portfolio. The most invested energy company is Enbridge Inc., Canada’s largest oil and gas pipeline company. Fiera Sceptre invests $300,000 in Enbridge Inc. The Northern Gateway Pipelines Project is the company’s latest proposal to build a dual pipeline system from Alberta to British Columbia, which has created furor over the destruction of the environment due to oil extraction practices. For environmentalist Torrance Coste, Ryerson’s policies should apply to companies the endowment fund invests in. He was involved with the University of Victoria’s student groups’ attempts to discontinue the university’s investments in fossil fuels. “The dishonesty comes from outwardly presenting yourself as a university... where solutions are born on the one hand and contributing to these problems on the other,” Coste said. “That’s where the ethical contradiction is.” By investing in these companies, Ryerson makes money from returns (earnings companies give). The higher the investment, the higher the return. Ryerson’s total investment income last year was almost $17.8 million. Only 3.5 per cent of that income went to student scholarships and bursaries. Ryerson’s $99.5 million endowment fund is entirely made up of donations. Each donation made is a minimum of $25,000. Last year, $3.47 million was donated. The majority of donations are invested in the endowment fund. The rest goes towards individual Ryerson faculties. Using 38 per cent of the income, faculties allocate the money wherever they wish, including student awards and academic programs. The Ted

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“The dishonesty comes from outwardly presenting yourself as a university where solutions are born”
Fiera Sceptre invests over $617,000 on behalf of Ryerson in Nike, Inc. In 2005, Nike, Inc. published a 108-page report detailing employee abuse and improper working conditions in almost 1,000 factories. There have since been ongoing reports of employee abuse. This type of unfair treatment of employees contradicts Ryerson’s discrimination and harassment prevention policy, which states that “it is the responsibility of the University to exercise its authority to prevent discrimination and harassment, to penalize the repetition of discrimination and harassment, and to respond promptly to

Rogers School of Management receives 22 per cent of the endowment fund, the largest for any faculty. Rewards for donating include an undergraduate award named in the donor’s honour and can go up to naming a building after them, such as the Mattamy Athletic Centre. After Mattamy Homes Ltd. founder Peter Gilligan donated $15 million, the athletic centre was named after his company. Ryerson’s endowment fund is modest in comparison with York University’s $338 million and the University of Toronto (U of T)’s $1.5 billion endowment counterparts. Fiera Sceptre pools Ryerson’s endowment fund with other institution’s funds, like U of T. Because of this, Ryerson cannot choose which companies it funds. However, Ryerson can try to influence investments through meetings with Fiera Sceptre two to three times a year. “We can’t say you buy this stock,” said Adam Kahan, Ryerson vice-president of university advancement. “...We’ve entrusted the investments to the investment company.” Ethical problems with university investments are not new. In 2011, York University student group Students Against Israeli

Apartheid (SAIA) released a report showing the university invested in companies that made weapons for the Israeli military. Since SAIA’s report, York University has removed two of its investment management firms and the Board of Directors of York University Foundation is no longer

“The truth is there is no perfectly ethical company”
involved. Divesting, which is when an investor discontinues investments, is difficult for universities that pool their endowment funds. It’s why student involvement and ethical guidelines are important for universities, said Omar Dominguez, co-founder of the Coalition of Universities for Responsible Investing. “The truth is there is no perfectly ethical company,” Dominguez said. “A better approach for investors in general is to engage with companies to elevating the standards and behaviour of corporations.” Ryerson only blacklists companies involved with tobacco, alcohol, pornography, weapon production and gaming, according to Fiera Sceptre’s Environmental,

Social and Governance investment policy. Ryerson uses the same policy as Fiera Sceptre for investing. “As there are no truly ‘black or white’ corporate entities, it is necessary to... choose those companies that on balance are employing sound social and environmental practices,” states the investment policy. Policies alone don’t engage companies to improve their ethical practices, but public awareness and transparency can pressure universities to do so. While York University and U of T have students involved with divestment campaigns and investing committees, Ryerson has no student groups that are pressuring change in endowment investments or calling for divestment. When asked to comment on the ethics behind the endowment fund’s investments, vice-president of administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg suggested contacting companies directly. “If you have questions about the business of any of those companies I think the best thing would be to speak with them,” Hanigsberg said. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy couldn’t comment on specific ethical controversies, but said he supported Fiera Sceptre.

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Aries Libra The number of consoles dropped A new investment opportunity is equal to the number of classes will have you funding a North Korean nuclear Kickstarter. dropped. Taurus Scorpio

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Take solace in the fact that no Stop looking for a suitable matter what you do this week, you life-partner and start looking for suitable allies. Winter is coming. can’t do worse than our mayor. Gemini Sagittarius

The comsos wanted you to know Just because you’re secretly fundthat it is ok to wear pyjamas as ing the destruction of our planet, doesn’t mean you should care. underwear. This is Canada! Cancer Capricorn

A close friend will try to seduce A blood sacrifice to the cosmos is you with sushi and salami. Refuse the only thing that can make your parents respect you. them until you receive chickens. Leo Aquarius

You have bedbugs because you Your mother has a deal with the made the mistake of petting a stars to observe and report on you. Watching, always watching. hobo’s sweater-wearing dog. Virgo Pisces

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