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Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014

RYERSON AWARDS Celebrating Excellence

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Congratulations to our award recipients who exemplify and excellence and innovation at Ryerson.
Recognizing the outstanding achievements of an individual in an administrative role, who advanced the mission of Ryerson University through outstanding dedication and excellence in providing services, participating in, or leading teams and demonstrating Ryerson values.

Gold Award of Excellence

Marion Coomey, RTA School of Media


Alagan Anpalagan, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering PROVOST’S INNOVATIVE TEACHING AWARD Farhad Ein-Mozaffari, Department of Chemical Engineering Vincent Hui, Department of Architectural Science Trevor PRESENTED TO Hart, Department of Psychology Shavin Malhotra, Department of Global Management Studies PROVOST’S INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING AWARD Andrew O’Malley, Department of English Mustafa Koç, Department of Sociology Dérick Rousseau, Department of Chemistry and Biology Mandana Vahabi, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing ERROL ASPEVIG AWARD FOR OUTSTANDINGWednesday, May Pnina , Department of Law and Business 24, Alon-Shenker 2012 ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP Ebrahim Bagheri, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Liping Fang, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Jeffrey Boase, School of Professional Communication Andrea Burgess, Department of Mathematics Sheldon Levy DEANS’ SERVICE AWARDS Tomaz Jardim, Department of History sident and Vice-Chancellor Alagan Anpalagan, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Bruno Lessard, School of Image Arts Tara Burke, Department of Psychology Eric Liberda, School of Occupational and Public Health David Checkland, Department of Philosophy YSGS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO Michelle Dionne, Department of Psychology GRADUATE EDUCATION AWARDS Alan Kaplan, School of Accounting and Finance Ron Babin, School of Information Technology Management Bruno Lessard, School of Image Arts Debora Foster, Department of Chemistry and Biology Kelly MacKay, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management David Harris, School of Image Arts Ali Miri, Department of Computer Science Karen Spalding, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing James Nadler, RTA School of Media Monique Tschofen, Department of English Bala Venkatesh, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Bin Wu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Frederick Alexander Pernell

Emily Agard, Department of Chemistry and Biology Lori Beckstead, RTA School of Media Nick Bellissimo, School of Nutrition Stephanie Cassin, Department of Psychology Kimberley Gilbride, Department of Chemistry and Biology Michael Inglis, School of Accounting and Finance Yuanshun Li, School of Accounting and Finance Zaiyi Liao, Department of Architectural Science Natalia Lumby, School of Graphic Communications Management Jenny Sampirisi, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Arts - English Beau Standish, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Halis Yildiz, Department of Economics

Jastej Gill, Centre for Counseling and Student Development - Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Daniel Jakubek, Library Learning Services - Map and GIS Kevin Manuel, Library Learning Services - Data

For more information or to submit a nomination for the Service & Leadership and Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity awards, please visit Nominations due January 31, 2014.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014



Pan Am volunteers receive OSAP help
Ontario government to allow student Pan Am volunteers to delay OSAP payments by a year
By Yara Kashlan and Ramisha Farooq
The Ontario government will waive student loan payments for one full year after study completion for new graduates who choose to volunteer at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. In a move to ease student pressure in paying off Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans, new and returning students who volunteer for the games will also be able to receive increased OSAP loans since they will spend their summer volunteering instead of seeking employment. Toronto is the hosting the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am games, the third -largest international multi-sport games in the world. Approximately 4,500 students will benefit from the program. “The enhancements to OSAP are creating a wonderful opportunity to encourage students across Ontario to get involved in the Toronto 2015 games,” David Peterson, chair of the Pan Am organizing committee, said in a statement. As the largest multi-sport event to be held in Ontario, the games will need approximately 20,000 volunteers to help organize and execute events. “The 2015 games are a oncein-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity for Ontario’s youth to get involved, gain specialized training and earn transferable workplace skills that will serve them long after the games have drawn to a close,” Michael Chan, the minister responsible for the 2015 games, said. “This is the power of sport hosting — maximizing meaningful opportunities for Ontarians while creating a lasting legacy that will benefit the province well beyond 2015.” According to a press release, the plan is part of a $1.9-million initiative that ensures everyone across the province benefits from the games. With just over 500 days until Toronto hosts the games, Ryerson is also going to be part of the city’s initiative by hosting basketball games in the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). “We are extremely excited [for] the opportunity to welcome North and South America to our city and our university,” Keith Baulk, general manager of the MAC, said. Ryerson’s newly renovated MAC, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens, has been chosen as one of the host venues for the games. “When Ryerson U had the vision for the venue, athletic director Ivan Joseph recognized the quality of the building would make it a perfect fit as a host venue for the Pan Am games.,” Baulk said. “He approached the organizers of the games with the idea and they immediately added it as host site for one of the Pan Am sports.” Erin McGinn, the assistant vicepresident of communications at Ryerson, said there was always a desire among students and staff to get involved with the games. “Ryerson has a mandate to be involved in our city and our community,” McGinn said. “[It’s] a great opportunity for students, staff and alumni to be involved in an initiative for our city.” The games will be held in July and early August 2015, giving the Ryerson community many opportunities to be involved. “Changing OSAP to encourage students and new graduates to vol-


Pan Am basketball events will be held at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.

unteer at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will help them make a lasting impact on their communities, build valuable skills for the future and enjoy an experience of a lifetime,” Brad Duguid, minister of training, colleges and universities, said. Staff and students also recognize that the games are good for the university’s reputation. “It is one of the biggest events, if not the biggest that Toronto and the greater area have hosted,” Chris Drew, Ryerson alumnus and

board member on the Pan Am Community Engagement Council, said. First-year biomedical science student Ryan Peterson is happy with the government’s decision. “It’s a great way to get students involved in the community. It will also help students [to] be able to afford education, overall,” Peterson said. Every major event we host builds credibility on a national and international level for Ryerson and the MAC, Baulk said.

Rye reacts to York’s religious accomodation
Ryerson would take different approach to York University policies on student accomodation
By Sierra Bein and Laura Woodward
Recently, Toronto has been faced with new challenges of equity versus equality when it comes to religion in the classroom. In September, a York University student requested to be excused from a group assignment on the grounds that he could not work with women due to his religious beliefs. His professor initially denied the request, but the program dean allowed the student to study separately from the women. The dean claimed he had no option and felt powerless. Since then, the controversy has spread across Toronto and Canada. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said that he would have handled this situation differently. “I would have said to the student — I would have said to any student — that the information we provide you on the start of the course should make it clear that that type of exception is not made,” he said. Levy said Ryerson is a inclusive community where everyone should feel at home and work together. Deciding who would be more infringed upon — the student refusing to work with the group of women or the women — is the basis of the issue. “We would have certainly made it very clear or should make it very clear that our policy is one that’s inclusive… to any student on taking any course, whether it is online or not.” David Checkland, a philosophy of religion professor of 20 years at Ryerson, has never heard of this sort of request being made at the university. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to grant requests like that in general,” Checkland said. For him this is different than a request from a student who is supposed to pray at a certain time of the day or needs to change his exam date. “Those issues can be solved easily,” he said. This specific request caused debate about what a religious request encompasses. “A reason for the university to respect people’s difference has to be intelligible on grounds we can understand, not sharing the beliefs of the person,” he said. “We can’t understand why it would be a good thing to do it. There’s no reason for it at all.” Zahra Hojati, a women and Islam professor at Ryerson, believes every party in the situation used logic when handling the situation. “We should accept that Canada is a secular system,” Hojati said. “Students should be prepared to study together, to have a collaboration together, without considering that it is a boy and girl.” Hojati also said that we should expect more requests like this in the future, but not only in terms of gender. “Maybe some kid will say ‘I’m not happy to work with another race or another sexuality,’ maybe lesbian or gay or whatever, I’m not happy to work with them. So what do you want to do with them?” Students at Ryerson also voiced their opinion about religious accommodation in the classroom. “Religion is more important than school,” second-year busi-


Ryerson president Sheldon Levy believes exceptions like this one are not made.

ness student, Yosief Ellaham said. “I understand that [a student’s] opinion might not parallel with the Canadian norms, but you have to respect it, even in the school setting.” Third-year accounting student Ryan Blackburn said that situations like this one are unavoidable. “There’ll be situations that clash with religion, but it’s impossible to accommodate to every single person’s every request, especially in university,” Blackburn

said. Ryerson religious observance policy states that accomodations should prevent academic disadvantage or penalty to students. This policy allows absences to students such as temporarily missing class due to daily prayers or breaking a fast during class. These policies primarily cover the absence of exams and term testing, but the issue does ignore the choosing of group members within a course.



Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



The waiting game is no more
Quicker visa process coming to international students
By Dylan FreemanGrist
International students are set to benefit from increased subsidies and a more easy-going student visa process according to an announcement made by international trade minister, Ed Fast, at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone on Jan. 15. The benefits are part of the federal government’s new “International Education Strategy” and include a promise to allow international students the possibility of seeking part-time work off campus sooner. Currently, a lengthy visa process is often necessary before the federal government grants students this permission. Aside from strict requirements, the student visa application and renewal process, which requires students to temporarily forfeit their passport, is often riddled with delays and setbacks. Along with the complex study permit process, international students currently pay approximately twice as much for their tuition as Canadian students. “It’s terrible if you don’t get a scholarship because you can’t afford anything else,” Vanessa Sako, a first-year interior design student who moved to Toronto from Rome for her education, said. “For my program it is $25,000 [per year].” Fast assures that this will be done without “displacing Canadian students.” However, Ryerson president Sheldon Levy disagrees, stating that universities would have to expand facilities to accomodate students. “We know that there are so many programs at the university that we cannot accommodate all the students [who] really want to attend,” Levy said. “If you’re going to increase international students you have to be very careful that as you increase, you’re not displacing those students [who] are domestic students whose families have paid taxes with expectations of their children getting an education.” Levy believes the province needs to provide universities with the resources to expand in order to accomodate more students. “What we heard was simply that the federal government has the desire to increase international students is a good thing, but we haven’t heard anything from the province that has to foot the bill on the expansion of the university,” Levy said. This plan targets “priority” countries, such as China, India and Brazil. Ryerson receives anywhere between 68,000 to 70,000 applications a year for approximately 7,000 first-year spots. Fast plans to double the amount of international students pursuing their post-secondary degrees in Canada to over 450,000 by 2022. In 2012, Canada played host to more than 265,000 international students. This number is up 94 per cent since 2001. Currently, Ryerson has aproximatly 1,700 international students from over 100 countries. International students pay anywhere from $20,270 to $23,637 in tuition fees.

News Bites
Rye president wins award
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy will recieve the 2014 Toronto Region Builder Award on Jan. 27. Levy has become known as a visionary in the downtown core for the expansion of Ryerson, which included the transformation of the Mattamy Athletic Centre and opening the Ryerson Image Centre. Levy is being honoured for turning Toronto into “a more vibrant place to live work and learn,” a media release said.

Rye to Chow down
Olivia Chow, who is said to be considering running for mayor in the upcoming municipal elections, will be visiting Ryerson Jan. 29 to talk about her new book, My Journey. Chow is the widow of the late federal NDP leader, Jack Layton. He died in 2011 from cancer. She will be in the Sears Atrium of the George Vari Engineering Building from noon to 1:30 p.m. in an event hosted by the RSU.

Two games, one arena
Scheduling conflict set to cause headaches at the MAC
By Harlan Nemerofsky


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The Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) has been double-booked, with the possibilty of two major sporting events overlapping. After a Jan. 15 announcment that Ryerson will host the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Wilson Cup for a second straight year, a scheduling conflict with the men’s hockey team during this year’s playoffs is now a possibility. Both events will require the use of the Rams’ home arena, the MAC. But since the Wilson Cup and the second round of OUA men’s playoffs will take place Feb. 28 and March 1, a potential scenario could mean the men’s hockey team rescheduling their home games. “The Wilson Cup games are done and organized and because TV is involved, those games will occur no matter what,” Stephanie White, associate director of athletics, said. “Our hockey schedule will move around the Wilson Cup — Friday, Saturday — to accommodate accordingly.” She said that it would be “im-

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possible” to have men’s hockey games scheduled at the MAC on the same day as the OUA Wilson Cup, because it’s a full-day event. But if the Rams face a higher ranked team in the second round or play a team that requires longdistance travel (whereby the team higher in the standings gets games two and three at home, as opposed to games one and three to avoid excessive traveling in between), then the Rams hockey games would conflict with the OUA Wilson Cup. Since the second game of a playoff hockey series is typically played on a Friday or Saturday with the lower-ranked team hosting it, if the first-placed Rams finish top

two in their division and win the first playoff series, this scenario will be avoided altogether. “Basically, we just give the league what our availabilities are and everybody works it out accordingly. So if we said, ‘We can host Thursday night at 7 o’clock, and we can host Sunday at 7 o’clock,’ then the league would say, ‘[Wilfrid] Laurier [University], this is what Ryerson can do; here’s their timing,’” White said. Men’s hockey captian Andrew Buck said that it’s not something they want to deal with, but they don’t want to use it as an excuse. “It is what it is, when we play we have to be ready to go, we’ll be ready the week after,” Buck said.









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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Rye awards first PhD in science
Doctorate in biomedical physics a milestone for faculty
By Latifa Abdin
After graduating in late December, Eric Strohm became the first PhD graduate from Ryerson’s faculty of science. The doctorate in biomedical physics, one of three PhD programs launched by the faculty in 2011, is a milestone for Ryerson’s newest department. There are currently 17 PhD and 20 M.Sc. students in biomedical physics at Ryerson — one of only three Commissions on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs in Ontario. Strohm’s research aims to use highly focused sound and light waves to identify and differentiate various cells in the blood. “He was looking at being able to characterize whether blood cells are healthy or diseased,” Carl Kumaradas, the graduate program director for biomedical physics, said. “Our idea is to use the sound waves to classify the different types of cells in the blood and use it as an early detection system for cancer,” Strohm said. “No one has done [this] before.” Strohm’s primary tool is an acoustic microscope, a device specially adept at picking up unique sound waves. According to Strohm, when light collides with blood cells their temperature increases and they create a unique sound wave that can be detected by the microscope. The research triggered a wave of coverage in the scientific community after it was published. “The latest research we did was picked up by Scientific American and Science and Nature — it was a big media storm,” Strohm said. more potential for collaboration and since we’re eventually going to take this into a clinical test, we will have all these doctors present [who] will help us with that,” Strohm said. Ryerson entered a partnership with St. Michael’s in November, providing students like Strohm with 22,000 sq. feet of open lab space. In the future, such moves will be unnecessary since Ryerson plans to build the faculty of science its own


RSU president Melissa Palermo speaks at a Drop Fees Campaign rally.

The PhD is just another marker along the road to the growth of science at Ryerson
Strohm’s current lab is in Kerr Hall. But on account of limited space in the building, his lab will be moving to St. Michael’s Hospital, which will provide him with more modern accommodations. Another reason for the move is the need for a clinical setting that will propel his research into its next stages. “One of the big things is that we will be in close contact with a lot of the medical doctors and other researchers [who] operate at [St. Michael’s Hospital]. There is a lot building in the next decade. The parking lot located at the intersection of Jarvis and Dundas streets and a building over from the the International Living and Learning Centre is set to become home to the faculty of science in the future. “The government knows [and] the university knows that it is the university’s highest capital priority and that’s one of the reasons why we secured the [parking lot] so we could build it,” Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said.

A review of the RSU
A look back at election promises fulfilled in the 2013–14 school year
By Fakiha Baig
Axing miscellaneous fees is one of the ways the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) fulfilled their campaign promise to keep more money in the hands of students during their 2013–14 term. The RSU also managed to slash the $40 completion fee once required before a student could apply for graduation, along with deferral fees. “We were able to get rid of deferral fees, so students are no longer going to be charged a deferral fee for deferring their student payments,” RSU president Melissa Palermo said. However, the RSU struggled this school year to execute their most ambitious goal: dropping student tuition fees. The current RSU ran as the Students United slate and included Roshelle Lawrence, Rajean Hoilett, Ifaz Iqbal, Danielle Brogan and Palermo. “The reality of lobbying [for tuition] is that you have to go along with the process of the university. And so that work has been initiated and takes a bit of a longer amount of time,” Palermo said. The current administration, however, was not without its controversies. In November, the RSU posted a deficit of $73,000, citing an abundence of student services and campaigns. The RSU also had to repay an accidental overcharge in membership fees. Each student account required a $10.35 credit in early December. Student engagement was another platform priority for the RSU, which pledged to increase student participation through an increase in social media engagement. Some on campus, like first-year radio and television arts student Zahra Khozema, feel that the executives haven’t done enough to reach out to students. “I feel like I haven’t been engaged as much by the Ryerson Student Union when it comes to their campaigns,” Khozema said. “There is a lot happening, but the promotion of it all seems hardly effective.” The RSU executives disagreed and stated that their presence on social media has made reaching out to students a lot easier. “We’ve successfully been able to exponentially increase our Twitter followers and Instagram followers and Facebook engagement, as well as engagement with our weekly newsletters,” Palermo said. Among their other accomplishments, Students United successfully provided more gender-neutral washrooms on campus, secured a larger selection of more affordable and accessible food on campus and followed through on a commitment to keep Ryerson disposable water bottle-free. The RSU was also successful in permanently abolishing spending limits for student groups, with a motion proposed and upheld at the Nov. 13 general meeting. Some other motions passed at the general meeting included an official stance against unpaid internships and securing more of the money allocated from the student levy for campus groups. These groups included The Sexual Assault Survivior Support Line, Equity Service Centres and the Graduate Travel Grant. With four months left in her term as president, Palermo wants to bring in a series of equity speakers for the student body, continue with the ongoing campaign for women-only gym hours, organize an organic food fair and increase engagement of students in rallies before athletic events. Candidates will debate new platforms on Feb. 6. The general election is scheduled to take place Feb. 11–13.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



Helping kids without role models
Ryerson criminal justice students peer mentor children with family members behind bars
By Olivia McLeod
For the first time in her life, Emily Montgomery understood what it would be like to have a family member behind bars. Now in her third year, she’s trying to make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering as a peer mentor for kids with incarcerated parents. This past semester, Ryerson’s criminal justice program teamed up with the non-profit group, Fostering, Empowering, Advocating, Together for Children of Incarcerated Parents (FEAT). Montgomery, along with 16 other student volunteers, was part of a ten-week pilot program. “It is a chance to make a change and I think it’s a really good opportunity to get involved with the community,” Montgomery said. “When someone goes to prison, it is not just that one person [who is] affected.” Because of its successful test run, the program will continue to run in the new semester. Volunteers will meet with kids up to three times a week over a 12-week period. FEAT cofounder Jessica Reid said that after the pilot study evaluation, many improvements were seen in the kids. They showed increased levels of self-esteem, improvement in peer relationships, a greater ability to cope with challenges and improvements in school attendance and performance. “There is a need for a positive role model in their lives,” Reid said. “The fact that there are university students in their lives supporting them through their challenges... is incredibly important.” Ryerson criminal justice students’ association president Jona Zyfi thought up the idea for the department to team up with FEAT. Zyfi worked as a peer mentor with Ryerson student services and thought the program should take a similar approach. She heard about FEAT through a colleague and got in touch with Reid. From there, they developed the mentorship program. The curriculum focuses on things like building self-esteem, social skill development, healthy coping improving the surrounding community and benefiting the child’s overall future. Zyfi recently started a committee to solidify the programs staying power after she graduates. It will also give more students an opportunity to get involved. “I wanted to do something bigger for the community, but just never knew what form it would take,” Zyfi said. “Everything just worked out perfectly… [it’s] a really good opportunity for criminology students to fill a gap and get some hands-on experience.”


Kids with a family member in jail can benefit from having a peer mentor.


Cowabunga, baby!
RTA graduate Chris Hau takes surfing to the next level
By Alannah Kavanagh
A speedboat cruises through the water, creating waves as it goes. Behind it, Chris Hau rides his surfboard with a guitar in hand. He strums the guitar and shifts his weight to stay balanced, making it look effortless. “So a lot of musicians like to play guitar on a stage. Well today, we’re going to do something different. We’re going to play guitar on a surfboard,” Hau says, introducing his now-popular YouTube video. He begins to play Katy Perry’s Roar, singing while remaining balanced on his board. He stays upright for the entire duration of the song, not hesitating even once. Hau, a recent Ryerson radio and television arts graduate, began playing guitar when he was 14 years old and learned to surf when he was 18. But it never occurred to him to combine his two talents until he started university. A guest speaker who came to Hau’s business and music class told students that in order to succeed, they needed to sepa-

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Hau performing (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay while surfing.

rate themselves from their peers. These words inspired his idea. Hau thought that doing something completely unique was what could help him stand out. “I was daydreaming a little and the idea just sparked. I’d been surfing for so long I knew I was comfortable enough to know I would never fall,” Hau said. It took him over a year of planning before he filmed his first video, but almost immediately after uploading it, the number of views started to grow. Roar currently has over 73,000 hits on YouTube. He received positive responses,

gaining recognition from international organizations, including the Daily Mail and Huffington Post. His video also made an appearance on Good Morning America. “Watching a production that I made all on my own on a national broadcast, that was a bit of a holy shit moment for me,” Hau said. But for this YouTuber, surfing and singing aren’t the only things he can do. He’s also recorded a video of himself performing while parasailing. “I’ve got some cool ideas for the upcoming season when the weather starts to get better.”

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

One pill
makes you smarter
e walk around the bar looking for a place to sit. Allan* leads the way up and down the wooden stairs scanning each room, holding his arm up and steady to not spill his beer. He spots a little round table in the back corner of the bar and sits down. “Today is my day off, so I’m not on anything,” says Allan, a thirdyear film student at Ryerson. Allan is routinely on a variety of substances, but he says he mostly uses drugs to help him at work — he doesn’t need them for this interview. “I started using illegal drugs in high school, but I really started experimenting with them in college,” Allan says, shrugging his shoulders. “Like everybody else.” University is a culture of curiosity and experimentation. It’s a place where most young adults experience their first sense of freedom and independence. In many cases, this freedom and curiosity is often what leads post-secondary students to become involved with alcohol and drugs. According to a 2011 Health Canada survey, 21.6 per cent of youth aged 15-24 reported using marijuana in the past year. In addition, 4.8 per cent reported use of illicit drugs like crack cocaine, speed or heroin and 3.2 per cent

University is often seen as a chance to experiment — especially with so-called “study drugs.” But as students continue to push the envelope, they risk developing addictions. Ashley Cochrane reports

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



admitted to abusing pharmaceutical drugs. That said, for many students, their college years are an opportunity to try new things. While sipping his stein of beer at the bar table, Allan runs through the list of drugs he typically uses. It’s a long list. It includes what he calls “recreational” drugs like marijuana, MDMA, cocaine and acid, but Allan’s favourites are a less-known brand of illicit substance called “smart drugs.” Smart drugs, or nootropics as they are scientifically known, are used to enhance brain function. They are said to improve the brain’s focus, memory, intelligence and motivation by chemically

of drugs is nootropics,” Allan a standard dosage, man,” Allan suing reward and/or relief by subsays. “I like to take Dexedrine, says, nodding his head to reassure stance use and other behaviors.” A friend of Allan’s spent all his Piracetam and mostly modafinil.” me that this dosage was, in fact, a normal one. OSAP funding on a bunch of ketModafinil may be familiar to amine and is now on academic odafinil is a drug originally designed to com- some students as the real-life ba- probation. Allan shakes his head. “This bat narcolepsy and sis for the drug portrayed in the other disorders associated with movie Limitless. Allan calls it guy goes to school high on K [ketdifficulty remaining awake. In the complete brain enhancement and amine], who does that?” Allan hands of Allan and other students describes the improvement of fo- says. “That will get you nowhere. though, modafinil can be used to cus and energy on it as “dramatic It’s all about moderation.” He says he uses drugs as a tool stay awake for long periods of and insane.” to succeed in work and time — greatly increasing producschool, claiming that if tivity. I would say yes, I am adhe did not have them, he “Since I go to work full time would not crave them. and school full time, there is no dicted. I am addicted to the He adds that he uses psyway I could do both at the rate success that it brings me. chedelics on the weekthat I am without it [nootropics],” ends to party, but insists Allan says. Though Allan speaks highly of he isn’t addicted. On his days off He leans forward, puts his elbows on the table and takes an- the drug, there are no long-term from school, work or parties, he other sip of beer. He says he’s studies on possible side effects of takes nothing and wants nothing, never been addicted to anything prolonged use of modafinil, and he says. He has no need for them. except cigarettes and that he uses he recognizes that he’s taking a these highly potent drugs as “tools risk. tephanie Cassin, a psychol“We joke that we call our place for success.” ogy professor at Ryerson Allan talks about how he used the drug den,” Allan’s roommate, who focuses on behavioural dexedrine, a stimulant, in order to Kent*, says during a separate in- addictions, says there is more than stay awake and finish school proj- terview. Kent, also a Ryerson stu- one type of addiction. People can ects. He smiles as he explains that dent, describes their apartment, be physiologically addicted to a he finished a design project, an es- telling me about their trippy lights substance, meaning one’s body is say and a photography project all and a baby alien poster that some- dependent on the drug to function. in one night — scoring straight As. times creeps him out at night. They can also be psychologically “My GPA is 3.72 and I broke addicted to a substance, meaning the store sales record at my nlike Allan, Kent’s go- one has a feeling or sense that they work,” Allan says. “This stuff is to vice is marijuana. He are unable to function without it. used all the time to achieve things, “I think anything that we feel explains that it gets him especially by students who go to thinking in different ways and like we need in order to function universities in the states.” sometimes helps him see things potentially can be problematic, These smart drugs are, in many from alternate perspectives. whether our body really, really deregards, an evolution of popu“I think [for] me, as an indi- pends on it or not,” Cassin says. lar study drugs like Adderall and vidual, drugs haven’t been proShe says that students can be Ritalin, which have been used by hibiting or distracting in any way especially prone to psychological many university students for years. [with school],” says Kent. “I’ll use addictions. Kent and Allan both suggest that them recreationally and trying drugs would be a good idea to have a good time, not Drugs haven’t been prohibitfor students. Kent believes people for anything else.” ing or distracting in any way. Both Kent and Al- can use them to better understand I’ll use them recreationally lan stress that they do others as well as themselves. Alnot use drugs to escape lan thinks it can be useful as a tool and to have a good time. problems or leave real- for success for students who work ity, which is, they say, the and go to school full time. But According to a 2012 study from difference between being addicted while the roommates recommend Stanford Law School, drugs that to a substance and using a sub- students experiment with these were developed to treat attention stance often. substances, they also warn to do and sleep disorders are popular Allan buys 90 pills of modafinil it sparingly. among healthy students. They a month — enough for him to take “If you aren’t smart about it, it claim these drugs help them study two pills a day. He says he can can be addicting,” Kent says. and improve their performance in take up to six pills of Piracetam Allan explains how he gets school. Surveys show that up to with two pills of codeine a day, shipments of drugs from places PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: NATALIA BALCERZAK 16 per cent of students at Ameri- four pills of MDMA, two hits of that are not easily accessible in can colleges use psychostimulants LSD and up to a gram of cocaine. order to moderate his usage. InBut even though Allan admits to stead of buying from inside circles altering the brains supply of en- to help them obtain better marks zymes and hormones. These drugs in school. The numbers vary from taking up to 40 unprescribed pills of friends he orders them from a are often used to treat people who campus to campus, some univer- a week, he says he is not an addict. site called Silk Road, where sub“If you’re trying to hide some- stances are shipped from places suffer from ailments that involve sities having significantly higher thing or run away from something like India and take about three brain cell deterioration (like Al- numbers than others. A university student quoted then it’s the drug that has the pow- weeks to arrive. This means that zheimer’s disease) and cognitive function disorders such as ADHD. by Matt Lamkin in the Stanford er, not you, and that’s addiction,” he will receive a set amount of study, described Ritalin Allan explains. “I am using this as pills each month and, therefore, and Adderall as “more a tool, not a saviour.” cannot abuse his moderated dosOn a five-day work week popular than pot” at her The American Society of Ad- age. I take 30, 40 pills a week... Harvard University cam- diction Medicine (ASAM) defines “Maybe the addiction comes and that’s a standard pus. Another student, addiction as, “a primary, chronic through not the drug, but how it who attended Colombia disease of brain reward, motiva- makes me achieve,” Allan admits dosage University, said that she tion, memory and related circuit- shortly before we leave the bar. didn’t think she could ry. Dysfunction in these circuits “So I would say yes, I am addict“Now that I have a really in- keep her 3.9 average without us- leads to characteristic biological, ed. I am addicted to the success psychological, social and spiritual that it brings me.” tense job that requires constant ing stimulants. “On a five-day work week I take manifestations. This is reflected in *names have been changed to high performance and I go to school full time, my favourite line 30, 40 pills a week… and that’s an individual pathologically pur- protect anonymity






Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Fashion student aces Danier Design Challenge
Third-year student Chantelle Hastick’s leather jacket design will be included in Danier’s fall 2014 line
By Isabelle Docto
Chantelle Hastick was just five years old when she started getting into fashion design, creating a line of clothing for her favourite dolls and stuffed toys. “I would cut up socks, pantyhose and my old clothes and try to hand sew it and put it on my dolls and teddy bears,” she said with a laugh. Hastick, a third-year fashion design student, has come a long way from her days of using socks as fabric and teddy bears as models. The budding fashion designer won first place in the Danier Design Challenge for her women’s leather jacket concept, which was inspired by artist Ai WeiWei’s piece Straight. The final product was a sleek leather jacket with piped detailing, reminiscent of Straight’s linear display of steel bars. It can be zipped up or left open and has a quilted inner lining. “I feel really excited, really happy and really overwhelmed. Just a million different feelings,” she said just after she was announced as the winner, given a $5,000 cheque and a summer internship with Danier. In addition, Hastick’s design will be included in Danier’s fall 2014 line. Contestants modelled their completed designs in front of a panel of industry-seasoned judges, including Robert Ott, chair and associate professor at Ryerson’s School of Fashion, and Olga Koel, executive vice-president and chief merchandising officer at Danier. Koel was impressed by Hastick’s simple execution of a complicated design. “She made something very commercial, modern and forward,” Koel said. “Everybody wanted to wear her jacket.” “Ryerson itself is a really good school — it’s small, so it’s really specialized,” she said. “It feels as if it’s family because we all know the professors and they know us.” During her time in the program, Hastick has felt that her understanding of fashion has definitely matured. “When you start off, you think that what’s impressive is to add as much detail as possible,” she said. “But I’m realizing that sometimes simple really is better.” Ott said that a well-rounded designer like Hastick was what they were looking for when judging the competition. “The key thing here is really about collaboration, innovation, persistence and the importance that as a professional in the design world you have to be a complete package,” he said. Hastick is now planning her collection for her fourth year in the program and wants to put her prize money toward that. After graduation, Hastick plans to take her designs international. “After university I’m planning to leave Canada and travel and hopefully get an apprenticeship,” she said. “I want to be excited and almost afraid again, like you’re trying something you don’t expect you could do.”

Designing has been a part of me for a very long time.
Hastick knew from the start that she would pursue fashion and design as a career. “When my mom was young, she loved sewing as well and she wanted to be a designer, so I guess I get that naturally from her,” she said. “Designing has been a part of me for a very long time.” Hastick started looking into universities in New York City after high school, but decided to go to Ryerson to save money and be near her family.



Clockwise from top left: Hastick’s sketch of her winning design; Hastick posing after being announced the winner of the Danier Design Challenge; contestants model their designs at the award ceremony.


Ryerson student work at IDS 2014

Ryerson Image Centre: Winter 2014
A preview of great exhibitions to see on campus this semester
By Jordan Cornish
War to the 1980s.” On display from Jan. 22 until April 13, view an era of photojournalism before digital media and explore Canada’s growth, landscape and of film portraits projected on a continuous loop across the gallery walls. She describes her exhibit as exploring “the tension between moving and still images.” The continuous looping of the photosgraphs will degrade the film over time, so act fast if you want to catch this one. The exhibition will be at the RIC from Jan. 22 to March 2. Ryerson professor Robert Burley’s The Disappearance of Darkness, explores the predominance of digital technology today and its impact on the analog photography industry. Burley’s depiction of the collapse of film manufacturing will appeal to photography buffs and those interested in the influence of technology alike. The exhibit includes photographs of closed and abandoned Kodak factories, among other analog film corporations. It will be on display at the RIC from Jan. 22 to April 13.



Several students from the Ryerson School of Interior Design are creating booths for the Interior Design Show 2014. Top: a feature of the Studio North booth. Bottom: a segment of the Creative Class booth. For the full story, visit

Former Ryerson professor Phil Bergerson has been scouring urban landscapes across America since 1995. Bergerson’s photographs reflect his interest in the ruins of the “American dream.” He compares himself to an archaeologist “sifting through the remains of a PHOTO COURTESY RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE culture.” His exhibit, Emblems Pierre Tremblay’s exhibition explores the and Remnants of the American history of photojournalism in Canada Dream, offers a commentary on Pierre Tremblay sifted through city life. The exhibition will be Ryerson’s Black Star Collection shown at the RIC from Jan. 22 to and created an innovative ex- April 13. hibit called Black Star Subject: Canada. The multimedia artist Elisa Julia Gilmour is bringhas created three short films for ing her exhibition, Something in the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC). Someone’s Eye, back to Ryerson Curator Don Snyder describes where it was once her fourth-year the exhibit as “the history of thesis project. Bridging her interCanada in black-and-white pho- est in portraiture and cinematic tographs from the Second World work, Gilmour’s exhibit is a series

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



Rye grads tackle Ontario roads
New framework developed to enhance user accesss to Ontario transportation
By Vjosa Isai and Badri Murali
What started as an idea in an undergraduate computer science class for an incentive-based carpooling application in 2011 is now the basis of an innovative framework called CAVALIS. Sanjeevan Sivapalan came up with this idea and now works with former classmates Corey McGrillis and Steven D’Costa to make navigation and transportation friendlier for the general public. CAVALIS, which stands for Context-Aware Vehicular and Logistics Information Systems, is a Digital Media Zone (DMZ)incubated idea that works under another startup named Flybits. CAVALIS connects information from front-line workers (like snow plow operators) to the average commuter and motorist. The focus of CAVALIS is based on making traveller information services more accessible to drivers and commuters. The existing system relies on front-line workers to fill in a form with road and weather conditions and to call radio operators through walkietalkies. The operators take in the information and enter this data, which is sent back to the workers and then uploaded to the Government of Ontario’s public website. The idea was presented to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in 2011 and garnered interest from the Government of Ontario to work with Ryerson and eight other schools. This process took place in three phases. The first in 2011 involved eight universities, including the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. However, only Ryerson was selected to continue with the second phase in 2012. In that time, the team successfully created a prototype for the MTO. Now in the third phase, CAVALIS is working to remove any issues and kinks to ensure a marketable product for consumers. For many residents of the GTA and beyond, CAVALIS allows commuters to receive all the information they need in one place. Users can learn about any traffic and transit delays as they drive to a GO Transit or TTC station. It also provides weather and news updates that may affect travel routes. This is an example of cloud computing, which refers to numerous devices that connect and communicate with each other through networks using the Internet. While there are many individual apps for each condition (traffic, weather and transit), what matters is that all of this information is connected and easily accessible to the public. Cloud computing allows the user to access the various apps through one medium. The MTO ran a trial of CAVALIS last year in York and Durham regions, where they tested the app to report road conditions. “The results were successful,” Mike Burnett, an engineer and project manager at the MTO’s Intelligence Transportation Systems


The climate data app on a tablet device as part of the CAVALIS framework.

(ITS), said. “We were very happy with the layout and usability of the application and the prospect for improving the efficiency.” When asked if CAVALIS would have been useful in December’s ice storm, Burnett stressed that “the application is not geared at response times. It’s about reporting more timely information back to the public on road conditions.” Burnett observed that the project was well-received and said that ITS hopes to continue pursuing product-type research as an alternative to written reports and to inform the public sooner. For D’Costa, the opportunity to go straight to work after school has been beneficial.

“I don’t have to just say I learned something, I can show that I have worked on something,” D’Costa said. “I have a portfolio and a degree.” D’Costa envisions CAVALIS as playing a role in making Toronto a smart city that will be faster at distributing information to the public through wireless networks and mobile apps. The goal is to fully harness communications technology and the CAVALIS framework is just one step in a larger process. For now the team is continuing to work under the supervision of Hossein Rahnama, research director of the DMZ, to make CAVALIS ready for the market later this year.

Movin’ on up in 2014


Two entrepeneurs working on the main floor of the Digital Media Zone.


By Andrea Vacl
The Digital Media Zone (DMZ) had a landmark year in 2013, achieving its largest enrollment of 48 new startups. As of 2014, funding for current participants and alumni totalled $24.5 million. 500px (a high-quality photography platform) raised $8.8 million in seed funding, the highest of any startup. The company also partnered with Bing and hired 30 new employees. Other former startups from the DMZ also raised considerable investments. Kira Talent, an innovative interview platform, raised $2 million; Greengage Mobile Inc., a

platform that helps organizations reach sustainability goals through mobile communication, raised $1 million and Figure 1, a medical imaging reference app, raised $2 million. Since the DMZ opened in 2010, its 123 startups have created more than 900 jobs. For example, former DMZ startup SoapBox hired five new employees. “The DMZ is helping more and more companies achieve a level where they can compete on a global scale and attract high-level investment,” Alex Baker, a partner at the venture capital firm Relay Ventures, said in a recent news release. “Being surrounded with other

entrepreneurs [who] were facing similar challenges and learning from them was extremely valuable,” Lindsey Goodchild, the CEO and cofounder of Greengage Mobile Inc., said. Valerie Fox, the executive director at the DMZ, said in a press release that the DMZ will focus on corporate partnerships, relationships with other incubators, international outreach and new specific Ryerson zones ranging from fashion to food in the next year. “Altogether, this means a richer, more developed entrepreneurial ecosystem that will help create greater economic and social impact for Toronto, Ont. and Canada,” Fox said.





Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

First place Rams set new standard at Rye
By Devin Jones
With three weeks left in the season, the men’s hockey team is leading the OUA west division and setting school records. The Rams surpassed their previous record of 14 wins in a season on Jan. 11. They now have 18 wins in 22 games. Head coach Graham Wise said the Rams’ goal is to end the regular season ready for their thirdstraight playoff appearance — a first in team history. But he insists that the team is staying focused and isn’t getting ahead of itself. “We get [the players] to execute the [same] system that we’ve been using for a number of years,” Wise said. “We know what works, and have done a great job this season executing it.” While the Rams were in the playoffs last year, they were unable to make it past the first round — losing 2-0 to the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes. “Last year we expected to do a lot better than we did and I think going through that experience allowed us to learn what it takes to ask as a coach.” With the abrupt departure of starting goalie Adam Courchaine over the winter break, the spotlight between the pipes has now fallen on Troy Passingham — a third-year goalie, whom previously played for the Windsor Spitfires. “I’m glad I’ve been given the opportunity to step up,” Passingham said. “As a back-up goalie you always hope you’ll get to be in the spotlight and show what you can do.” At the two-game weekend series split against Lakehead University, which gave the Rams a one point lead ahead of Lakehead and a two point lead ahead of Western University, Passingham was a crucial player. He stopped 30 of 31 shots — including crucial saves during a pair of 5-on-3-man advantages for Lakehead. Although the Jan. 18 game against Lakehead propelled the Rams into first place of the OUA west division, they still have to fight hard to keep the title. Ryerson has played two more games than both Lakehead and Western, which means either team can easily surpass Ryerson.

Three key players on the men’s hockey team from left to right: Troy Passingham, Andrew Buck and Jamie Wise


win in this league,” Andrew Buck, captain and fifth-year left-winger, said. “You have to bring it every night [and pay] attention to the little details.” Left-winger Jamie Wise’s large offensive presence this season has been a main influence in the Rams’

CIS rankings. Wise scored 16 goals in 17 games and earned the CIS title of lead scorer while the Rams were ranked second for goals scored in the league, with 99. Even though the team had to forfeit two games due to their sevenday suspension for drinking alco-

hol while on a road trip, the Rams are currently ranked number eight in the CIS. “Our players’ effort, hard work and dedication [have] gotten us where we are,” coach Wise said. “They come to practice every day and work hard. That’s all you can

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Paddlers were exhausted after using ergometers to race in competative, rookie and group competitions inside the MAC

By Daniel Rocchi
The largest indoor dragon boat event ever held in Canada was hosted by the Ryerson Dragon Boat Club — Rye-D-Boat — at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) Jan. 18. More than 100 post-secondary athletes paddled in either individual or group competitions for the second annual Ontario University Indoor Dragon Boat Championships. Competitors raced indoors using

MultiStroke ergometers — workout machines that mimic paddling in water — which were brought in for the day. The men’s and women’s individual races had both competitive and rookie divisions and newcomers were encouraged to try the paddle machines at the beginning of the day. Ryerson club members Alvin Ma and Jacob Notten placed first and third in the men’s competitive lightweight division and Jomar Cruz took bronze in the men’s

heavyweight division behind world national champions Alex Kwok and Drew Gildner. In the women’s rookie race, Ryerson’s Erin Evite and Megan Tran tied for gold, while Stephanie Wong took silver. Ryerson’s dragon boat club is one of the largest in Canada and one of the biggest clubs at Ryerson with about 130 members. *For the full story, photographs and videos of the event visit

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



Men’s volleyball: a rookie’s game
By Josh Beneteau
Lucas Coleman stands at the end of the court, volleyball in hand. This is his first home game with the Ryerson Rams and he is getting ready to serve against the McMaster University Marauders. The ball goes up, Coleman swings and it flies too far and lands out-ofbounds. A few points later, third-year player Brandon Jordan comes off the bench to replace Coleman, ending his first home start near the end of the first set. “I’m still adjusting to the way Ryerson plays,” Coleman said after the game on Jan. 19. Coleman, who just turned 19, joined the Rams at the beginning of the month and is expected to be a major contributor to the team. At the beginning of September, Coleman moved to Utah and started his first semester at Brigham Young University (BYU) — a university known for its prestigious athletics. The idea of playing for the runner up team at last year’s NCAA Championship game was much more alluring than the schools from all across Canada (including Ryerson) that tried to recruit him. “My ego kind of took over with all the interest from schools in the States,” Coleman said. “I felt like I’d be missing an opportunity if I didn’t at least try it.” But Coleman never actually played a game with the BYU Cougars. When he was recruited, two other left-side hitters were added to the roster — one of whom trains with the United States national team, the other a former Bulgarian Junior National player. Coleman was far down on the team’s depth chart. So even if he had stayed at BYU, the rookie Canadian would likely have never played a game during his first season with the team. But not getting court time wasn’t disheartening for Coleman. By the time BYU played its first exhibition game in December, he had already decided to switch to Ryerson. “The volleyball at BYU is very high level but everything else about the school I wasn’t really enjoying,” Coleman said. “It wasn’t the university experience I wanted to have.” BYU has a very religion-oriented campus atmosphere — since it is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For Coleman, religion was never a prominant part of his life at home. So meeting people outside of volleyball — something that has always been important to him — was hard to do at BYU. Now that Coleman is a Ram, he has found the transition into Ryerson life much easier. “With the freshmen, it’s pretty easy [to get along] so we hang out a lot,” Coleman said. He is currently crashing on teammate Alex Dawson’s couch while the two try to find an appartment in the city. “We don’t usually get guys in the middle of the season but a bunch of us already knew him; we made the transition easy for him,” Dawson said. “He’s a blast to play with and we are having so much fun.” In high school, Coleman attended an athletic school, Bill Crothers Secondary School, in Markham. “It’s for elite athletes and everyone there had the same premise of wanting to go very far in sports,” Coleman, who hopes to play volleyball professionally one day, said. While there, he also played club volleyball, which is where he met many of his fellow Rams. While with the Durham Attack — a team that placed fourth in nationals — Coleman met fellow Rams rookie, Lucas Coleman is the newest Ram to join the Ryerson men’s volleyball team. Jeff Ardron. “He’s a solid passer and he can make something out of nothing,” Ardron said. “He’s really versatile with his shots and a smart player.” Coleman remained in contact with Ardron and another Rams rookie, Adam Anagnostopoulos while at BYU. So when he went home during American Thanksgiving, Coleman met with head coach Mirek Porosa for a tour of Ryerson and signed the papers to transfer shortly after. “I always knew Ryerson was the perfect fit for me,” Coleman said. “They have the perfect program, professional communications and — volleyball-wise — I always thought it would be a good fit.” Porosa was very happy to get the call. “It was a very nice Christmas present,” Porosa said. “Finally I have built a roster that is full of potential and capable of good things.” Coleman still has to fight to prove he deserves his spot on the court since there are five other leftside hitters on the team. But he said his teammates have been very welcoming and he enjoys the challenge — which is especially hard for him since he hadn’t played a game for months before joining the Rams. “It’s taking some time [to adjust] but all the guys are great,” Coleman said.

Former NCAA player Lucas Coleman left behind a full athletics scholarship to join the Rams



power of banal complaints. Ryerson may not have given us a pretty street, but it gave us something to band together and bitch about. Sweet Satan, do we ever love to moan about stuff that has no effect on our daily lives! The original yellow may have been a bit harsh on the eyes, but that’s over now. You don’t have to wear sunglasses all the time. So when will we be content? When the road is stripped and left bare? Or perhaps after some fresh concrete is put down? No, we won’t ever be happy. Even if the road was paved with gold and shot rare steaks out of potholes. Even if it cured blind puppies. It just costs too much money. Looking at the amount spent on the project and how often the efforts of Ryerson led to failure is enough to make any optimist smash a glass of water. But hey, it’s not all bad. At least that money didn’t come from us. And at the end of the day, we love to hate that thing. Isn’t it beautiful making friends and starting conversations because of a bad paint job? But we’ll never appreciate that. Instead, we get to sit on a lofty little cloud and get a flaming erection over the power of hindsight. Here’s to that wonderful yellow-blue road that fills us with hot rage!

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

The Road to Ruin at Rye High
Opinion by Jake Scott
Recently an apology has circulated inboxes about notorious Gould Street. Painted, repainted and painted a little bit more, that road has generated more discussion and controversy than Bill Clinton’s cigar. Yes, it’s a hideous eyesore and yes, it’s devolved into a clusterfuck. I hear it all the time, the ever-wise student with impeccable hindsight preaching the gospel of proper university budgeting. “They should have just paved the road or blown the cash on a concert for us,” is a sentiment spewed from many a bar stool at the Ram in the Rye. I get it, it’s a stupid road and everyone hates it. But the true virtue of this concrete calamity: the benefit to the community. Now, I’m not talking about the intended benefit to our lovely school, which was to sexify campus. I’m referring to the unifying

Strips of Laughter

By Jake Scott
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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014