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Students bundle up in cold classrooms
Fluctuating temperatures across campus are causing uncomfortable learning conditions
By Sierra Bein
Ryerson staff and students have had a hard time shaking off the chills from the cold weather outside, as a number of buildings on campus have reached frigid temperatures due to a lack of heating. A number of students have gone to class in full winter attire, after heating has been malfunctioning in the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) and the Images Arts (IMA) building, two of Ryerson’s newest schools. Three weeks ago, The Eyeopener published a story about heating issues in the aging Kerr Hall building, which was built in the 1960s. Now the problem has expanded to newer buildings on campus. Students who have classes in these buildings have been feeling the dip in temperature, such as third-year photography student, Savannah Onnofray. “I have a winter sweater on and it’s still super cold,” she said. Onnofray has classes on the third floor of the IMA building. She said that the offices are much warmer than the classrooms, where she constantly feels cold even after bundling up. “When you first get into the room it’s OK. As you continue to sit in it, it feels as if there’s a huge draft,” she said. Other students in the IMA building have similar feelings. “I don’t think the heat is on,” said Derrick Lee, a third-year engineering student. “This is an ongoing issue and I’d like this to be fixed as soon as possible.” Fourth-year photography student, Terence Reeves said that he has spoken to three of his professors and that they have gone on to contact Campus Facilities and Sustainability (CFS). “Students are wearing hats and scarves while listening to the lecture,” Reeves said. “Climate has been an issue since the building opened. We didn’t have air conditioning when I was there in the summer, we had portable ACs.” The IMA building opened in September 2012.


Students have had to bundle up outside and in classrooms to stay warm last week in two of the newest buildings on campus.

Although it has been around longer, students in the RCC building are also being left in the cold. “Right now I am on my way to pick up a coffee because I’ve been shivering uncontrollably my entire class,” said Katie O’Toole, a first-year journalism student. “People in this building have to make conscious effort to dress warm if they have class here,

which is ridiculous.” Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance, said that CFS have completed an investigation, but that there are no issues with the heating. She has talked to the chairs of the schools and said that there are no issues. “There was a complaint with regards to RCC being too hot,” Hanigsberg said via email. CFS is addressing that issue by re-

placing a steam valve this week Thursday. This year, Toronto has faced harsh winter conditions due to a polar vortex wind chill that hit during the month of January and has resulted in the city recieving more than 30 extreme cold warnings from Environment Canada. Students are urged to contact CFS if they experience any issues, so that it can be addressed as soon as possible.

RAC lockers gutted during reading week
The men’s lockers in the Ryerson Athletic Centre have been emptied and replaced
alone shoes and everything else.” But some students say that the RAC made an effort to let students know of the changes. “They put up signs, it’s their own fault if they left their stuff because they were going to kick them out,” said second-year mechanical engineer student Bolis Ibrahim. However, Bolis agrees that the size is not nearly big enough. “There’s no way you can even fit a winter jacket in there,” he said. Associate director of athletics, Stephanie White, said that they are trying to bring the men’s locker room up to the same level as the more recently renovated women’s locker room. “The women’s [lockers] are in much better shape than the men’s were,” she said. According to White, notices are put on lockers every time locker cuts are planned. “Knowing us, we probably put a note 150 times over and over again,” White said. The RAC charges $10 to return items to the owners of lockers that have been cut.


The Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC), in the Quad, has had its men’s lockers resized over the February break.

By Sierra Bein
A number of male students who left their workout clothing, shoes and equipment in the lockers at the Ryerson Recreation and Athletic Centre (RAC) came back after their winter break surprised to find their belongings gone. The lockers in the men’s change room have been gutted and re-

placed with brand new ones over the reading week. “The first Monday back, I just saw them and they were different,” said second-year business management student, Osas Ogiesoba. Ogiesoba said he received no notice about the changes and felt that they should have sent out an email to students to notify them.

“I know people who had clothes and shoes [in there] and that’s not right,” he said. Ogiesoba also said that the lockers are significantly smaller than before and that there are currently only three regular-sized lockers. “I can’t fit much in them, but we’re paying as much as before,” he said.

Students can rent RAC lockers for $6.75 per month. Ogiesoba is not alone. Other students say they have not received notice of the changes either. Shurraj Rao, a third-year mechanical engineer student thinks they should have given better notice. “I can just fit a backpack and I have to cram it,” he said. “Let


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Ryerson OneCards have OneFlaw
Students have been experiencing difficulties because OneCards do not have an expiry date
has an expiry date, for free through the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). Though Milos is a domestic student, he and all Ryerson students are eligible for the card. Other schools have different student ID policies. York University provides cards for students at the start of their first semester, which is valid for five years. “The problem with an expiry date [is that] you could drop out and it would still say you’re in school,” Milos said. University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) annually places a coloured sticker on each student’s card with the school year on it, indicating that it’s currently valid. Ryerson used use the sticker method, but changed to its current policy in 2010. “I understand handing out OneCards every year could be expensive, but I don’t think slapping a tiny sticker to show that you are enrolled at a university is any better,” Jeyan Jeganathan, a recent Ryerson journalism grad, said. Jeganathan encountered problems similar to Milos while setting up a student banking account. “When I wanted to renew my banking [at CIBC] every year, they would always ask me to provide something,” Jeganathan said. “I would have to explain that this is how Ryerson’s ID card system works.” Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said that he’s never heard of problems with the OneCard before but wants the expiry date or sticker to be re-implemented. “We should make sure that whatever we do optimizes the benefits for our students so if an expiry date is an important element of that we sure would consider it and implement it,” Levy said. “If it is for the banks or insurance companies, we recommend they print their fee statement or schedule off their RAMSS account,” Darcy Flynn, OneCard manager, said via email. Flynn said there are currently no plans to change the policy. RSU president Melissa Palermo also recommended picking up an ISIC but would prefer more options for students. “I would encourage the university to explore a better way to identify that cards are valid for discounts,” Palermo said.


Ryerson students are issued OneCards in first year that allows students to get discounts at various local restaurants and retailers.

By Allison Tierney Elkin
The Ryerson OneCard isn’t just used for getting access to services on campus — students should also be able to use them outside of school to get discounts at a number of businesses. However, without expiry dates on the cards to identify them as valid for the current year, some students have been rejected for dis-

counts that many feel are necessary to ease financial burdens. James Milos, a fourth-year mathematics student, ran into an issue when he tried to purchase a discounted Greyhound bus ticket in Montreal in 2012. His OneCard was issued in fall 2010 — the only date present on the ID. “I couldn’t prove I was still in school with the card because it

wasn’t that year anymore,” Milos said. Some businesses have confused this with the expiry date (it’s not clearly marked) and rejected students, like Milos, discounts. He later complained on SoapBox, a Ryerson ideas page, but was unsatisfied with the reply the school gave him. They suggested Milos get an international student identification card (ISIC), which

Ryerson opts to not share data on plagiarism
Vice-provost goes with unwritten rule to not share plagiarism data in light of recent CBC survey
By Daniel Rocci
Ryerson did not share its information on academic misconduct in a recent CBC survey that studied cheating at Canadian universities. According to Christopher Evans, Ryerson’s vice-provost academic, the university withheld its academic misconduct data from the CBC based on unofficial protocol. “Ryerson actually does not have a policy to not release this kind of data, but it is a practice that was instituted by a former provost several years ago,” Evans told the Eyeopener. “We do collect the data on academic misconduct activities, but we don’t make it public.” The CBC recently published the results of its survey of 54 universities across Canada, in which schools were asked to submit the number of cases of academic misconduct that went through a formal discipline process during the 2011–12 term. Some institutions revealed their count of formal cases as well as the percentage of cases by type of misconduct. This includes plagiarism and having others write exams and the form of discipline administered, like grade reductions and expulsions. Evans made the decision after consulting various members of Ryerson’s senate and academic administration including the provost, the secretary of senate and the director of the academic integrity office. But he isn’t entirely sure why the protocol is in place to begin with. “It may seem a bit odd, but our former provost made the decision to create this practice and it predates my being at this job,” Evans said. “I don’t know what his thoughts were in keeping discrete about the data, but that’s the decision that was made prior to 2010 and we’ve just been continuing with that practice.” Evans’s predecessor is Alan Shepard, now president and vicechancellor of Concordia University. Shepard could not be reached for comment. Concordia participated in the CBC survey on 256 cases of academic misconduct. Lisa Taylor, a journalism instructor at Ryerson who specializes in law and ethics, spoke to The Eyeopener about Ryerson’s stance on releasing the data. “It concerns me and it disappoints me,” Taylor said. “I don’t think any issue that we face in any public institution is improved by failing to discuss it.” The lack of official policy regarding the publication of academic misconduct data will be addressed in Ryerson’s current review of its student code of academic conduct, also known as policy 60. “The [review] committee will, at some point, come to a decision and make a recommendation to the senate about the desirability, or not, of publicizing information,” Evans said. That decision will depend on opinions from across campus. “I’d like to see the results released so that we can see how we measure up compared to everyone else,” said Gabrielle Poirier, a first-year politics and governance student. “If there is an issue, then everyone should know about it.” Policy 60 was originally approved in March 2003 and most recently received minor amendments in June 2013. According to Evans, it’s overdue for a review as extensive as the one it is currently undergoing.



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It only goes up from here
Lack of elevators creating accessibility problem for students
By Latifa Abdin
Lack of elevator service in the university’s library and at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) are raising tensions around campus. Megan Saliwonczyk, a thirdyear nursing student said that almost every time she has been in the library, at least one of the elevators has been out of service. “There is usually only one [elevator] working. A lot of the rooms that we book for meetings are on the seventh floor or the sixth floor and you don’t always want to walk up a flight of stairs with a heavy backpack, ” she said. She said that when one or more of the elevators are out of service, huge crowds of students end up waiting for elevators, which slows down the services. “I study at York at lot instead, because their library, you know, functions,” said Celina Rosso, a third-year childhood and youth care student. Kerri Bailey, a manager for Campus Facilities & Sustainability at Ryerson, said in an email that because elevators at the Ryerson library and TRSM are used a lot they break down more often, but that the campus facilities are quick to resolve any issues. “The banks of elevators in library and Ted Rogers School of Management are very high vol-


A new real estate program will be starting up in September 2014.

Real Estate at Rye
By Charlie Bossy
Starting in September 2014, thirdyear business management students will have the option to major in real estate management. The program was specifically designed for students seeking to work in all facets of the real estate industry, as well as students who want to expand their education beyond the basic bachelor of commerce degree. Steven Murphy, dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), said that Ryerson’s location in downtown Toronto is a big factor in the creation of the program. “Real estate is a very vibrant part of our economy. Offering real estate management we think will give our students some edge of cracking into the industry,” Murphy said. “Because we are ultraurban we get how real estate issues intertwine. I think when you live and breathe it every day, you have to start offering things that match the daily reality of students.” Murphy says he’s excited by the major’s potential and sees buzz around the program from the student body. “Students are turned on by the possibilities of how they can contribute in a sustainable way to city planning,” Murphy said. In comparison to other real estate programs, Ryerson’s is focused on building a better future. The program was designed around a philosophy of sustainability and development, which Murphy says fits into the DNA of Ryerson. “Anyone can put up a condo building, but not everyone can create a community,” he said. “So I think this program is far more about what you’re doing in real estate and how it connects to the community. We are trying to instill in students that profit is very short-term.” Currently, students in business management may choose to major in economics & management science, entrepreneurship & strategy, global management studies, human resources management and organizational behaviour, law & business and marketing management.


There has been an increased number of calls reporting broken elevators this year.

ume. The many people using these elevators every day means that required service and repairs can occur more often than at other locations,” she wrote. According to Bailey, there has been an increased number of calls for the library and the school of management than last year in the same period. “So far this year we have had 24 service calls for the LIB and [TRSM], several of which were resolved overnight with little to no impact to users in the area. This is consistent with previous years, with 18 calls during the same timeframe in 2013,” she said in the email. Bailey noted that while elevator breakdowns are more likely to occur in this building because of the large amount of people who use them, misuse can often be the cause of break downs and slow-

ing down of the elevators. “One continuing challenge is how often the elevators are used to go up or down a single floor, which increases wear and tear, increases wait times and decreases accessibility for those who require it. We encourage the community to use the stairs in library and escalators in [TRSM] whenever possible, and save the elevators for those with mobility requirements,” she wrote. According to Kelly Dermody, a librarian at Ryerson’s library, alternative arrangments are in place to assist students who cannot walk up stairs due to a disability. “We have a emergency contingency plan. We have 4 elevators and if 3 or 4 elevators are down for more than a few hours, we will work with the University to inform all students with disabilities.” Said Dermody.

Mother of accused details extent of son’s illness
By Jake Scott and Dylan Freeman-Grist
The mother of alleged murderer Farshad Badkhshan gave a tearful testimony against her son’s sanity on March 4. The defence called Sedigheh Moriadi to testify about her son’s decent into mental illness, which she said began in Iran in1989 She recounted her family’s migration to Canada and consequential settling and resettling across the country such as Halifax, Pickering, Ont. and Vancouver. Badahkshan is pleading that he’s not criminally responsible for the death of Ryerson student Corina Patrache in July of 2010. Defence attorney Victoria Rivers spoke to the jury just after 10 a.m. on March 4, advocating directly to the jury on Badakhshan’s behalf for the first time in the trial. “You’ve heard about his strange weird, bizarre behaviour,” Rivers said. She argued that all the crown had brought forth recounting the absurd nature of Badahkshan at the time of Petrache’s death was purely the result of a “psychiatric disorder resistant to anti-psychotic medication.” She had left to live by herself in Vancouver. It wasn’t long before Badakhshan had joined her across the country that she noticed a change in his behaviour. “He said the people from Halifax are after him,” Moriadi told the jury. At one point while staying with Badakhshan in a Toronto apartment, he had approached her with a knife and calm expression. “[He said], ‘Mom I love you I want to take you with me,’” said Moriadi, fighting back tears. She then told the court that she moved to Calgary in July of 2007, leaving Badakhshan alone in Toronto. “You have not heard at all about what happened to Mr. Badahkshan,” said Rivers to the jury. She then showed the jury a photo of Badakhshan before severe burning and the multiple skin graphs, in July 2010. “You will also see Mr.Badakhshan [was in] a medically induced coma for several months after the incident,” said Rivers. “That he tried to kill himself when given the opportunity to do so.” She noted the testimony of Peter Tran in which he recounted some of the last words of Petrache. Rivers argued Tran’s recollection of Petrache saying “he wouldn’t stop hitting me’” was by the psychological and physical trauma Petrache suffered before her death. The trial continues.

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Blackboard benched
Ryerson’s web portal might be replaced by end of 2014
By Badri Murali
After 11 years, Ryerson students and staff may be working with a new online student portal. Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS), the department that handles technology and computer support, is reviewing applications to replace Blackboard. They have received applications from various companies over the past few months for a new online learning portal. CCS is working with the Faculty of Communication and Design, the learning and teaching office, digital education strategies at the Chang School and the library to decide which ideas will work best for Ryerson. After looking at each proposal, they will be testing potential programs. Brian Lesser, director of CCS, is one of 13 members on the Advisory Committee on Academic Computing (ACAC) that will decide which applicants will make it to Ryerson’s shortlist. Lesser said that students and staff have told him they want more tools and a better layout for Blackboard. “Students want things like blogs and file storage to interact with their course material,” Lesser said. “Since we began with Google, some of this is now possible.” Ryerson adopted its agreement with Google Apps for Education in September 2012. This allows students and staff to use apps like Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive, which stores files online. Lesser said he received feedback from students saying that Google Apps has helped with some of their problems, but they would like to see more. In a 2013 survey conducted by CCS, many staff said that they want to be able to immediately contact students with marks and other updates and were sometimes facing difficulty on Blackboard to do so. Staff also said that they want to be able to mark up documents submitted by students, but often run into problems making comments on them. The applications from external groups were due on Feb. 28. Once the CCS and ACAC create a short list, they will be presented to the Ryerson community for feedback. The feedback will then be collected through townhall sessions and individual meetings with CCS to let staff and students test the applications in real time. Once this has been done and after ACAC processes feedback, only then will CCS proceed to replace the system. “We should have the trial process beginning in May to receive feedback from users,” Lesser said. “It would be great to get a new system working for fall 2014.” There is a consultation blog available at detailing what ACAC and CCS are doing throughout this process.

News Bites
Cheques growing stale
Students who have yet to collect their health plan opt-out cheques will need to do so before they lose access to the money. The cheques, as per Canadian law, will be void six months from their issue date on Nov. 10. The RSU will reissue cheques after the date of expiry for up to 15 months after the original date they were issued.

Theft during exam
A student’s iPhone was stolen Feb. 26 after he/she was asked to leave it at the front of the class during a test, according to Ryerson emergency and security services. According to security, no policy was put in place by the instructor to secure the electronic devices while the students wrote the test. “[Proctors] typically ask [students] to bring their bags to the front,” said Tanya Poppleton, manager of security and emergency services. “I’ve never heard of placing cellphones on the table at the front.”



DMZ touches down in India
By Lana Hall
Canada’s Governor General David Johnston threw the coconut on the ground and — luckily for him and Ryerson University — it cracked. An Indian tradition to mark the start of a new project, the coconut’s cracking is supposed to bring good luck. It was a welcome sign for Johnston and his team of government and Ryerson leaders who were in Mumbai, India last week to oversee the opening of a Digital Media Zone (DMZ) program. The Bombay Stock Exchange Institute Ltd. (BIL)-Ryerson DMZ India, modeled on Ryerson University’s DMZ. It was built in collaboration with Ryerson, Ryerson Futures Inc., Simon Fraser University and the BIL. It was officially opened on Feb. 28. The original DMZ at Ryerson is a multi-program business incubator and workspace for entrepreneurs that was founded in 2010. The India-based version will operate similarly, with the goal of helping technology-based startups with their operations and exposing them to mentors, customers and investors. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy, whom also accompanied Johnston to India, said that the zone in Mumbai has huge potential for Ryerson. “This will give our students an opportunity to spend time in India, as well as students in India to spend time in Canada,” Levy said. “I think it’s going to be a fabulous opportunity.” Kristin Heredia, a spokesperson for the DMZ here at Ryerson, said the university plans to launch other DMZ programs abroad, but is currently focusing on India because it will have the largest population of young people worldwide by the year 2020. As one of the youngest emerging nations, India will need to be able to employ more young people, said Ambarish Datta, the CEO of BIL-Ryerson DMZ India. “We are confident that this incubator... will not only provide employment for our youth, but also build products and solutions that put India on the global map of innovation,” Datta said in a news release. “The Canada-India economic relationship is strong,” said Johnston in a government press release. “[It] holds tremendous potential for broader and expanded collaboration.” The stop in Mumbai, where Johnston also had the opportunity to open the Bombay Stock Exchange, was part of a larger India-wide tour during which he spoke with officials in Bangalore and New Delhi regarding business and education.




David Johnston cuts the ribbon at the DMZ’s brand new Indian sister project.



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are judged on their technique and finesse, but it is a female-dominated sport. The male minority that does compete at the university level struggles to gain the recognition awarded to their female counterparts. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) has one event for men to compete in at the figure skating championships and winter invitationals. The women have 14 events for singles, pairs, fours and teams. Most university teams have just one male player on their squad. uchanan says he didn’t always want to be a figure skater. “When I was younger, all of my friends were playing hockey and they would poke fun at [me] for figure skating,” he says. “When that happens, you want to fit in and just play hockey.” He changed his mind after his childhood coach told him he had the potential to excel in figure skating. in a downtown Montreal hospital. Buchanan suffered a baseline skull fracture that kept him off the ice for a year. “I wasn’t sure if I could [go] back to skating,” he says. Buchanan was inspired by Javier Fernandez — the 2014 European men’s figure skating champion. He says watching Fernandez skate at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club pushed him back into competition. Buchanan’s first dance back on the ice was rough. “I hadn’t competed in like two years and I forgot how much it took to skate... [figure skating] is surprisingly tiring and I was out of breath for like half an hour.” Figure skating competitions are tightly judged. Skaters are scored on the difficulty and style of the routine, but they’re sometimes also judged off the ice by society. Buchanan says that some people make sweeping assumption about male figure skaters — sometimes



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nent sport at most universities. The crowd at the OUAs is meager compared to the ones at a basketball or hockey games and is made up mostly of athletes’ teammates. But Buchanan says that figure skating is growing. When Buchanan was a kid, he would take cover when people made fun of him for figure skating. Today, he is less shy. “Some people give you a look, but it doesn’t bother me anymore.” His response to those who question the physical demand required to compete: “Why don’t you give it a try and see how you do?” uchanan knows what to do to win. He preps himself mentally while sitting in the men’s changeroom at the OUAs. “You have to focus in. You have to relax. Don’t over-analyze things. Let your body do what you trained it to do,” he says. After he is mentally prepared, he heads to the ice. Buchanan walks on the Rams mat before leaving the changeroom, then remembers, “You’re not supposed to do that — it’s bad luck.” During the warm-up skate, Daft Punk’s One More Time radiates through the arena. Competitors are already on the ice perfecting their routine. Each one exudes confidence. “I’m not going to lie, I really want to win,” he says. One after another they take the ice and perform their routine. Buchanan is the third competitor to hit the ice, and he emerges to Elton John’s Your Song. Some of the female athletes in the audience begin to sing along and they throw flowers at him when the routine is finished. Many of the men’s routines were comedic and they were often met with laughter. Some audience members commented on Buchanan’s “sparkles” on his black tee. Every spin, jump and turn is completed with grace. He explodes with a double axel. He nails jump after jump, then suddenly staggers on his landing. He throws his hands to catch himself and continues. He elicits more cheers from the audience by breaking down with a few robot dance moves. He ends his routine with a flurry of spin moves. He comes to a halt and then puts his hands back in his pockets. Buchanan doesn’t win his event — the men’s open singles — but he does finish second. His inspiration — Fernandez — places fourth at the Sochi Olympics the same day he competes in Toronto. Buchanan doesn’t stick around to watch the awards presentation because he has work — his sister accepts his medal for him. “You never know what to expect, I didn’t watch everyone else skate.” He pauses. “Second place is alright.”


When I was younger, all my friends were playing hockey and they would poke fun at [me] for figure skating. When that happens, you want to fit in and just play hockey
“I think the fact [that the OUA] only has one event for men is a gender bias,” figure skating head coach Lauren Wilson says. She says she doesn’t think the gender bias is done on purpose, but the structure of the OUA figure skating championships doesn’t help. “Our roster is limited to 17 and there’s only one competition for men. We can’t make room for more guys… Men can compete in the synchro event, but that still leaves their options low.” Buchanan chose not to partake in team synchro. “I train on my own, so doing synchro wouldn’t work for me,” he says. Buchanan notes that the sport faces a lack of recognition. “Most people don’t take it serious. They don’t know the sport, all they know is Blades of Glory.” n hour before the competition, Buchanan was writing an exam. The 22-yearold is a second-year accounting student at Ryerson. On top of his studies, he’s been competing in figure skating for six years. “My whole family has been skating for a long time,” he says. Like any athlete, he devoted a lot of time to training, until his luck took a turn for the worst on May 5, 2012. He was walking home alone from a bar in Montreal when he was hit by a car. “I really don’t have any memory of what happened,” Buchanan says. He was found in the middle of the street unconscious and bleeding at 3:35 a.m. He woke up extending to their sexuality. “I’m not gay, but [that] notion people have bugs me a little bit.” He says these assumptions deter athletes from pursuing the sport. “If you are gay, it can be hard to deal with the way people label you.” Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia, a third-year forward on the Ryerson women’s hockey team, says, “People shouldn’t make these assumptions flat out... Whether they’re a figure skater, hockey player or wrestler, it doesn’t determine if they’re gay or straight.” Galliani Pecchia, whom is gay, says athletes should be able to compete in any sport without being judged. “If an athlete is gay, they should feel comfortable enough to compete. It’s not fair for an athlete to feel uncomfortable in their field of play,” she says. She adds that her teammates are open about their sexuality. “There is always someone to talk to within our dressing room, which is an anomaly in varsity sport since it is a taboo subject.” Pierre Alain, interim head coach of the Ryerson women’s hockey team, says there are false perceptions that female hockey players are physical and butch. “Yes, many players like the physical part of the [sport], but that’s not all you need to be a good player.” He says athletes shouldn’t be categorized based on the sport they play. “Look at Meghan Agosta — she started as a figure skater before doing hockey.” Figure skating isn’t a promi-




he cheers echo throughout the arena as the announcer introduces the next men’s free skate entrant, Spencer Buchanan. Decked in all black, he casually glides backwards with his hands in his pockets as if it was a free skate on Mattamy Athletic Centre’s ice. He doesn’t look like a typical figure skater. He doesn’t wear elaborate costumes. For him, a plain tee and

pants will do. He stands six feet two inches — taller than most competitors. He brings his large frame to a slow then raises his lengthy arms to embrace the sound. He stops at centre ice. He gathers himself and starts his routine. There are 17 students on Ryerson’s figure skating team. Two of them are male and only one is permitted to compete. Figure skaters



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A student’s guide to filing your taxes
By Pamela Johnston
It’s that time of year again! Gather your receipts, employment and education records because it’s time to file your tax returns. Don’t worry, the Eyeopener has everything you need to know about claiming your expenses. If, after reading this, you still find the whole concept of a tax return too hard to grasp, you can go to the tax clinics organized by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). They are held throughout March up until April 3. Members of the RSU and Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) can use to file their taxes. Remember, the deadline to file individual returns to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is April 30. If you file late, you will be fined five per cent of what you owe from 2013 and one per cent of that balance for each late month. So get off your ass and git ‘er done.


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The gift that keeps on giving
Gifts for Strangers, an initiative created by Ryerson business student Cole Banning, goes global
By Mikaila Kukurudza
Second-year Ryerson business student Cole Banning has mastered the art of making strangers smile. If you’ve ever been given a wrapped box containing a handmade gift by a stranger on the street in Toronto, there’s a good chance the 22-year-old had something to do with it. Banning founded Improv in Toronto, a group that organizes events across the city, when he was a senior in high school. He has since expanded on the organization and created different projects — Gifts for Strangers is the most recognizable. The project is exactly what it sounds like. Around the holiday season, Banning and his team hand out gifts to people on the street. “To be approached by a random stranger and given a gift might brighten [someone’s] day,” Banning said. “You hope that you made that difference, which is strange to say because all we’re doing is fooling around and having fun.” Gifts for Strangers began three years ago and has been growing in popularity since. This year, 33 cities in over 23 countries participatto break the boundary,” Banning said. Improv in Toronto has held over 50 free, family-friendly events around Toronto over the past six years. The group also has a YouTube channel with over 25, 000 subscribers (some videos have over 5 million views). “It just blew up, I wasn’t prepared or ready,” Banning said. Things really took off after an overwhelming turnout at Improv in Toronto’s second event — a large-scale Where’s Waldo? hunt in the Eaton Centre. The event resulted in Banning being escorted out of his hiding place by mall security due to the overcrowding he had created with his Waldo hunt. Banning credits the success of his organization to social media and his goal to fill a stranger’s day with a little laughter. He believes that by creating an inclusive community and bringing strangers together, the seriousness of everyday routines can be mitigated. “It’s nice to be taken away from the stress of life, even if it’s just for a minute,” Banning said. For students hoping to get involved, Banning suggests “donating your time, not money.”

Banning’s organization, Improv in Toronto, hosts regular events within the Toronto community.


ed in the event. Banning’s concept was inspired by a group in New York City called Improv Everywhere, which conducts similar urban art projects and experiments. But Gifts for Strangers isn’t the only project Improv in Toronto

has undertaken. Banning and his team of 20 plan sporadic community projects on a regular basis. In the past, these events have included pantless subway trips, umbrella taxi services to escort pedestrians through the rain and pillow fights

at Yonge-Dundas Square. The goal is to bring strangers together through unexpected, interactive events and add spice to the day-to-day lives of Torontonians. “I think people going through their lives put up a wall. It’s nice

Constructing communities
Architecture students build a community shelter in Newfoundland
By Olivia McLeod
A group of six Ryerson architecture students were chosen to participate in a unique and unifying project over reading week. The group travelled to Botwood, N.L. to create a structure for the town’s heritage park at a Second World War airplane base. The build was initiated through Culture of Outports — a project associated with ERA Architects in Toronto. For the past four years, they have annually travelled around Newfoundland to conserve cultural heritage through architecture. Three of these developments have been with Ryerson. “I think our partnership [with Ryerson] works really well because there is that opportunity to work here together in Toronto and do work and planning before we go out together to the east coast,” Alana Young, project coordinator, said. The structure itself sits on the foundation of an old weather station on a pathway to Killick Island — Botwood’s prime tourist spot and nature trail. “The continued story heard from people was they wanted to see something on that roadway going to the island,” said Scott Sceviour, deputy mayor of Botwood. “We had some benches there for rest areas, but people wanted to see something there so that’s where [the idea] was born.” The structure is essentially a wooden-planked box with a sloped roof. There are rectangular cutouts in the walls that align with historic plane crash sights in the surrounding area. Because of this, Young calls it the “viewfinder.” Typically, a project like this would take two weeks to finish, but because of the students’ schedules it became a “compressed eight-day adventure.” “Everybody was just great and supportive. It’s almost like you ask everyone to suspend their disbelief for a few days and just kind of get on this rollercoaster with you and see where it goes,” Young said. Without the community, Young said the project wouldn’t exist. Because of very cold weather conditions, the entire structure had to be built inside of the town’s fire hall and then transported by trucks to the site. They provided the tools, experienced labour and even the team’s meals, along with endless support, hospitality and help. Students said the experience of bringing a design to life is like no other experience they’ve had so far. “Actually getting to build it and [getting] a community involved and [having] real feedback from people who are going to use the space is really valuable,” Kate Gonashvili, a fourth-year architecture student, said. Young said because of this project’s success, they are going to continue working with Botwood in the future. “We have ideas as far as next steps and what they can do and they’re really engaged so that’s exPHOTOS CoURtESY ALAnA YoUnG actly the kind of community you Ryerson students spent eight days building this structure in Newfoundland. want to work with.”



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Need a job? Stop surfing and start walking
Looking for a summer job can be frustrating, but relying on the Internet may be hurting you more than you know
By Leah Hansen
When Parth Patel was in his first few years of the engineering program, he found getting a summer job to be quite challenging. “I applied to more than 60 or 70 jobs,” he said. “I [was] trying to find work [in engineering], but I wasn’t able to.” The frustration of finding a summer job is something many students have experienced before, especially since the 2008 economic crisis when markets around the world crashed. Searching through thousands of job listings online, perfecting your resumé and sending it out can take hours. But if you’re hoping to score that ideal job, going back to the basics is the way to go, said Daniel Kennedy, a career consultant at Ted Rogers School of Management careers and employment partnerships centre. “If you go into [the websites] Monster or Workopolis and you type in ‘summer jobs’ you’re going to find job postings,” he said. “The problem is there are about four million other students across Canada who are going to find those same job postings.” It often comes down to doing some old-fashioned scouting on the ground, Kennedy said, adding that proactively approaching employers can make a bigger impression than simply sending a resumé by email. “What students should do if they really want to make a go of it is to look for companies that don’t have the capacity to advertise for those summer jobs,” he said. “If you can identify, and find those companies and approach them proactively, that will give you a much better chance.” Because finding a job can be so difficult in Toronto, many students decide to go back to their hometowns for the summer, where the competition is less fierce and jobs are easier to come by. Laura Hamel, a first-year performance acting student said she’ll be moving back home for the summer because of the cost of living in Toronto. “I’m from Regina so I’ll be moving home to find a job,” she said. “It’s a lot cheaper to live at home and I have a solid job at home.” For Patel, scoring a job came with a visit to his sister in Calgary one summer. While he was there, he applied to only five or six jobs and ended up getting a summer position that matched his field. The summer job market comes down to basic supply and demand, Kennedy said. “On the supply side, you have basically a lot of students that are looking for jobs during the summer months and that’s fine as long as the demand’s there,” he said. “The demand really hasn’t been there since 2008.” Brennan Thompson, undergraduate program director in the school of economics says that the recession of 2008 has brought everyone down a notch when it comes to the job market. “The guy who was working at the auto assembly plant loses his job and now he’s taking the lowpaid job at Tim Horton’s,” he said. “Now the young person who used to have that job at Tim Horton’s [doesn’t] have anything.” Kennedy says the market is starting to bounce back. But compared to 10 years ago, finding a summer job is far more of a challenge. Even

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Since the 2008 economic crisis, the job market has seen fierce competition — separating yourself from the rest is the first step in being noticed.

in a city as big as Toronto, competition can be fierce because there are so many students looking for temporary employment. According to Kennedy, even if the job you end up with isn’t at all related to your field, it’s still a good idea to include it on your resumé. Employers look at how your skills have evolved, even if the job you had was just bussing tables. The hard skills you gain

might not be related to your future career, but the soft skills — like leadership skills, problemsolving abilities and customer service experience — will come in handy. “No one is expecting you to graduate here and have four years of senior project management experience,” he said. “What they want to see is that there’s a progression.”

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A pucking good season
History repeats itself for Rye hockey
By Devin Jones
In the last 37 years, Ryerson’s men’s hockey team has never made it past the semifinals. Even with a team that nearly doubled last season’s 14-win performance, the Rams fell prey to this historical barrier on Feb. 28 when a 5-1 semifinal loss to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves ended their season. “We played an uphill battle all night,” Rams head coach Graham Wise said. “They unfortunately got on the board first.” In spite of the disappointing loss, this marked the Rams’ best performance in the last decade. But that success didn’t come without a few major bumps along the way. Their high-powered start to the season came to a screeching halt due to a seven-day suspension they were handed for drinking alcohol while on a team road trip. The Rams had to forfeit two games during their suspension, but managed to come back strong — ranking fourth in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West division by the season’s end. “We’ve come a long way from eighth place and I think we had a really good year for ourselves,” second-year forward Jamie Wise said. Coached by his father Graham Wise, Jamie achieved a careerhigh 45 points — ranking him third in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS). His 21 goals this season — compared to the eight he scored last season — made him the second-leading scorer in the country. Fellow forward Dominic Alberga also had a standout season. A third-line grinder from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Alberga’s first-line rookie performance for the Rams was anything but expected. Alberga contributed 44 points and 18 goals to the team. He achieved second place on the team for goals scored and is nationally ranked fourth in points — all in his first year as a Ram. But as the men’s hockey team celebrates new talent, they also say goodbye to two of their key players. Both right-winger Dustin Alcock and captain Andrew Buck are graduating this year. Buck scored 90 goals in his 125-game career with the Rams and wore the captain’s patch for three of his five years. “It’s a surreal feeling and I’m not really sure if it’s hit me yet,” Buck said. “I’ll miss not going to the rink every day and seeing the guys, but I’ve had a great five years so I can’t complain.” The Rams are ranked fourth in the OUA West division and made their third-straight playoff appearance for the first time in history. The last time the Rams earned a semifinal spot in the playoffs was the 2009–10 season. The team will take some time off before the coaching staff begins the journey to next year’s home opener, a process head coach Wise said will begin with recruitment. “Recruiting is ongoing,” he said. “Hopefully we can bring in guys that will make the team better and we’ll go from there.”

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