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NEWS Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The Eyeopener • 3
Students pad transcripts at private credit mills
By Vanessa Greco
NewS editor
Just beyond a quiet alcove in the heart of Yor-
kville, Sophie Nation spends two hours a week
shopping for an A-plus grade.
For about $1,000, the high school senior en-
rolled in an English course at Blyth Academy, a
Toronto-based private school — even though she
can earn the same credit at the public school she
already attends full-time.
“It’s defnitely a lot easier,” said Nation, who
plans on applying to Ryerson for theatre or flm.
With looming university application deadlines,
the 16-year-old adds that she can’t afford to have a
bad mark on her transcript.
Credit shopping, or the practice of paying for a
better grade, is a red-fag issue for educators and a
last resort for university hopefuls.
The Eyeopener fled a freedom of information
request (FOI) and obtained inspection, com-
plaint and general records for four Toronto private
schools. The package of about 100 pages and re-
vealed that over 60 per cent of students enrolled at
each private school were taking Grade 12 credits.
“Every year there are more and more students
aware of it, talking about it and taking the credits,”
said Joan Timmings, former president of the Peel
District School Board’s Guidance Heads Associa-
tion who has spoken out against credit shopping.
Starting this fall, when a student registered at
a publicly-funded school earns a credit in private
school a capital “P” will appear beside the grade
on their Ontario Student Transcript (OST).
According to Steve Robinson, Ministry of Edu-
cation spokesperson, the “P” notation is meant
to increase transparency. He said the Ministry is
aware of credit shopping allegations at private
schools, but doesn’t consider it an issue.
However, July 2008 inspection records reveal
that Toronto Collegiate Institute didn’t meet pro-
vincial curriculum expectations when assessing
students. As well, the school failed to correctly
maintain student transcripts.
A year earlier, the school failed to enforce atten-
dance standards and the minimum 110 hours for
course completion.
Ministry records describe the school as “a sec-
ondary school that offers credits mostly to stu-
dents attending publicly funded schools.” In May
2008, over 88 per cent of their student population
was taking Grade 12 credits.
The school’s website advertises reasons to at-
tend. One of them is, “Earn your grades and enter
your favourite university/college.”
The Ministry of Education hasn’t had to revoke
a private school’s credit-granting ability in the last
three years, according to Robinson.
There are over 900 private schools in Ontario.
While only some credit-granting private schools
are accused of selling grades, none are exempt
from the “P” notation.
This includes Hassan Mirzai, principal and
owner of FutureSkills High School. He drafted a
letter to the Ministry opposing the new notation.
“The public will assume that it is a warning
— similar to the ones placed on restaurants,” he
wrote, adding that the capital “P” might eventu-
ally put some schools out of business.
Instead, Mirzai recommended more frequent
inspections to weed out irresponsible schools.
In May 2006, an inspector found that students
at FutureSkills weren’t being assessed consistently
by teachers. At the time, out of the 92 students en-
rolled, 80 were taking Grade 12 credit courses.
Ryerson’s registrar Keith Alnwick, who oversees
admissions, believes the university won’t treat
transcripts with a “P” notation differently.
“We’ve always said we’re going to take every
grade at face value,” he said. “On what basis can
we argue that a grade is not valid?”
— With fles from Carys Mills
Hassan Mirzai, principal of FutureSkills High School. PHoto: cHriS dale
By shirley lin
aSSociate NewS editor
Ryerson students will have an extra $12 in their
pockets after the Toronto Transit Commission
(TTC) voted to increase students’ monthly Metro-
pass by only $3 at the meeting on Nov. 17.
Offcials supported a motion to give college
and university students a break, granting them
the same Metropass discount that high school
students will receive at $99. The meeting was to
decide on the proposed fare hike amidst a budget
shortfall of $106 million.
“This is historic,” said Toby Whitfeld, Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president fnance ser-
vices. “This is the frst time that students are being
recognized by the TTC as students.”
Currently, Ryerson students pay $96 for their
monthly Metropass under the VIP plan through
the RSU. Students will only have to shell out an
extra $3, instead of paying the proposed $111.
The decision also includes part-time students in
Victory for TTc student fare
post-secondary. The discounted pass is not trans-
ferable, so students will have to show identifca-
tion to use it.
Adult riders will now have to pay an extra quar-
ter to use the transit after the TTC voted in favour
of the hike. A regular Metropass will now cost
$121, an 11 per cent increase.
“Quite frankly, the students need a break,” said
Joe Mihevc, TTC vice-chair.
“We have been trying for several years to try
and fgure out a way to lower prices for students;
recognizing that they are a community in need. So
we found a way.”
The RSU, alongside other Toronto student
unions lobbied the TTC to extend high school
students’ Metropass discount to post-secondary
students. Citing youth unemployment and high
tuition fees, student union leaders said students
can’t afford to pay more.
“Students have had enough and can’t stomach
another fare hike,” said Hamid Osman from the
Canadian Federation of Students.
ryerson co-op student
dies after car crash
By Michael DeruyTer
Ryerson student Ankit Chhibber died on Nov. 7
from complications resulting from a car accident.
The accident took place at the intersection of
Keele Street and Steeles Avenue West on Oct. 31 at
about 9 a.m, according to Toronto police.
Chhibber was admitted to Sunnybrook Hospi-
tal where he passed away a week later. He was 19
years old.
The third-year information technology man-
agement student was in the midst of a co-op
placement with Environment Canada.
“It’s a hard loss to take,” said friend Aynka Sat-
kunananthan, who has known Chhibber since
Grade 10. “He was the happiest guy you could ever
Satkunananthan, a third-year business student
at Ryerson, said that Chhibber was stubborn but
knew how to lift everyone’s spirits.
“I remember when we went to Detroit last
Thanksgiving and even though we were running
late Ankit made us stop at the University of Wind-
sor just so that he could play foosball with his
cousin,” he said.
“Even though we were so mad at him he was
It was a hard loss to take. He was the
happiest guy you could ever meet.
— Aynka Satkunananthan,
third-year business student
Ankit Chhibber died on Nov. 7. PhoTo courTesy of aynka saTkunananThan
Contrary to the desk sign, this man is Adam Giambrone. PhoTo: chris Dale
able to make us happy. That’s just the type of guy
he was.”
According to Satkunananthan, Chhibber was
enjoying his co-op placement and hoped to pur-
sue a career in information technology.
Those within the school faculty are mourning
the loss as well.
“Ankit will be greatly missed,” said Tony Conte,
director, vice provost, students. Last year, Chhib-
ber worked for Conte as a peer advisor.
“If someone asked him for directions he
wouldn’t just tell them where it was, he would
walk them there to make sure they found it,” said
Conte. “He always went the extra mile.”
The President’s offce sent a letter of condo-
lence to the family on behalf of Ryerson.
As well, Heather Lane Vetere, vice provost stu-
dents, attended the visitation on Nov. 12 to offer
personal condolences.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 4 • The Eyeopener EDITORIAL

Amit “MORGENTALER” Shilton
Vanessa “NASA” Greco
Carys “SLEEPY SKYPE” Mills
assOCIate NeWs
Rodney “BRONZE FTW!!!!” Barnes
BIZ & teCh
Lauren “COLOUR, PLZ?” Strapagiel
aRts & LIFe
Aleysha “TAKE ME TO INDIA” Haniff
Amanda “BLACKBERRY” Cupido

Anthony “REALLY?” Lopopolo
Matt “TI-CATS SUCK” Llewellyn
Chris “I <3 NY” Dale
Leif “TRUCKER” Parker
Kerry “ANTI” Wall
John “ViRUS” Shmuel
Liane “G.B. FAIL” McLarty
Chris “LUGNUT” Roberts
Ryan “MCDONALDS” Price
Michael “YEARBOOK” Stuckless
Ryan “THE EDITOR” Hanson
Brian “COUNTER” Capitao
Johnny “JOB!” Vouyioukas
Avie “SURPRISE” Engler
David “TEACHER” Goncalves
Imman “VISIT” Musa
Vincent “BAYWATCH” McDermott
Emma “PROTESTASTIC” Prestwich
Alexandra “NEXT WEEK” Macaulay
Agata “THIS WEEK” Zieba
Michael “PHOTO SAVE” Deruyter
Lee “GREEN ROOFIE” Richardson
Cory “TWO TIMER” Wright
Jen “BOTTLED” Chae
Nick “SCREEN CAP” Lypaczewski
Alexandra “OBASAN” Yeboah
Matt “LEST WE FORGET” Demers
Harbi “NOT A BURGER” Natt
Allyssia “ALL” Alleyne
Imran “PHOTO KING” King
Hilary “BOO YOU” Hagerman
Kats “BRAINIAC” Quinto
Zach “MURKY” Murphy
Kevin “GREENBOY” Zaworski
Suraj “BALRAM” Singh
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I had the pleasure of attending part
of CKLN’s annual meeting recently. For
anyone not in the loop, CKLN is a Toron-
to radio station funded with hundreds
of thousands of dollars taken from your
fees to the RSU. Let’s get this straight.
The RSU is doing a great job trying to
keep things in line, but it’s hard to get
a lot of unprofessional people to run a
company professionally.
The annual general meeting was
more of a circus than anything else.
My numbers might be slightly off, but
this year CKLN has seen three different
boards of directors, aired a two-week
audio loop for six months while the
station was closed, caused its creditors
(indirectly us students) to spend addi-
tional funds on hiring police to babysit
them and kind of forgot they had to ac-
count for their money like the rest of
us. Oh, did I mention about $150,000
in taxes that, as far as I know, still aren’t
up to date?
To me, this is a circus.
Community radio is no doubt impor-
tant, but not when you have a bunch of
students funding a radio station that
isn’t for its community. With my back-
ground in radio, I have some sugges-
tions for CKLN.
The RSU and Palin Foundation
should request the CRTC to shift the li-
cense to them as their creditors. Then,
be polite and fre everyone. Pay for
podcasting equipment so all the cur-
rent personalities can podcast from
home, be trained for that and create an
“online CKLN.”
Have students play music to suit our
community. Use voice-tracking soft-
ware like the rest of the radio stations
out there so it doesn’t interfere with
class schedules. Go more mainstream
like Western’s community station
(which is excellent by the way). Sell all
the advertising space to one of the big
boys doing radio advertising. Subscribe
to Neilson BBM so advertisers know
what they’re getting.
Rebrand that station. I think CKLN
is the only station left using its call let-
Cut the studio space in half and rent
it out as offce space to provide the RSU
with additional revenue. Account for
what is spent. And most importantly, let
us students who are underrepresented
have a voice.
SpiritLive (radio and television arts’
online station) took what used to be the
old Jazz FM studios and put in state-
of-the-art equipment. They have talent
that doesn’t cause a ruckus. Let’s create
something amazing for the school.
When nobody phones in for CKLN
call-in shows, it makes you wonder if
paying hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars per year for people from outside
the Ryerson community to talk to them-
selves is really worth it.
I would like to reinvent CKLN to be
the top radio station in Toronto.
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NEWS Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The Eyeopener • 5
Every motion passed at the Nov. 11 semi-annual general meeting of the Ryerson Student’s Union – eventually.
Pass: Skinner bursary
The Christopher Skinner Memorial Bursary will
be established in memory of the Ryerson graduate
murdered on Adelaide Street last month.
The motion passed at the meeting with no op-
The grant, formerly the Queer Bursary, is a schol-
arship for self-identifed gay or transgendered
students displaying commitment to community
through education or social change, according to
RyePRIDE coordinator Victoria Pinhorn.
Pass: lobby to ban water bottles
A motion to petition for the banning of water
bottle sales on campus passed at the meeting last
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) will also
lobby to increase the number of water foun-
Bottled water is already banned at RSU
events. The union argues bottled water privitiz-
es water, which should be a public service.
The RSU will have to work with the university
to ban bottled water sales.
“By saying bottled water is bad for you, I’m
going to take it away and I’m going to give you
a water fountain, that’s sort of treating you like a
child,” said President Sheldon Levy.
First-year student Robin Tarnowetzki thinks
banning bottled water will result in students pur-
chasing unhealthy products.
“If you’re going to ban plastic bottles, why not ban
the unhealthy ones?” Tarnowetzki asked.
— Jen Chae
RSU gets the green light from students
Pass: new vice-president in 2010
by ShiRlEy liN
aSSociate newS editoR
Students will soon have a new vice-president
equity in the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) after
a surprise re-vote passed the controversial motion
at the semi-annual general meeting (SAGM) on
Nov. 11.
The decision was overturned after a member,
Marina Sevastianov, changed her mind and called
to reconsider the motion due to an offensive com-
ment made earlier in the meeting.
David Fourney, a hearing impaired student,
had called for recess to give the sign-language in-
terpreters a break.
That’s when Mark Single, a former RSU presi-
dential candidate, said he would offer his services
and yell into Fourney’s ear, drawing gasps from
the crowd of about 200. Single later apologized.
tee and against a vice-president equity, said this
vote was unfair. “If someone wanted to overturn
the decision, it should have been done right after
the decision was initially made… The only reason
I stayed is because I heard people from the RSU
planning to get the decision overturned.”
Anesh Maharaj, part of the RSU’s student group
committee, also called it undemocratic. “A lot of
people [who] voted ‘no’ had to leave early due
to personal reasons. After they left, a lot of new
people joined the meeting who didn’t hear the ar-
guments before… They know what they came to
vote for.”
The last time the students’ union created a new
position was in 1984 for vice-president fnance.
A new executive now will come at a price tag of
“And [in] 2009, we’re twice the size of 24,000
students… twice the budget,” said Toby Whitfeld,
vice-president fnance and services. “So I think it’s
time for a VP of equity.”
Rodney Diverlus, RSU’s equity commissioner,
said a full-time staff person is needed to deal with
issues such as homophobia and racism.
“I’m angry that people can sit here and tell me
that these issues don’t deserve a vice-president,”
he charged.
But others still say that it’s too much power for
one person and the union needs to give more con-
trol to the equity commissioner and offcer.
Naeem Hassen, leader of the “Drop Lies” cam-
paign, is not deterred by defeat. He said the cam-
paign’s goal was to create awareness.
“I think that anything in his memory is a won-
derful tribute to the beautiful person that he was,”
said childhood friend, Mandi Trotter Daignault.
Another motion passed for a permanent me-
morial on campus. According to RSU president
Jermaine Bagnall, there are no designs or sites
Skinner, 27, graduated in 2006 from graphic
communications management. He was beaten
and run over by an SUV blocks away from Ryer-
— Nick Lypaczewski
Free RSU legal services showed up by U of T Sound bites
by agaTa ziEba
The Ryerson Student’s
Union (RSU) offers free legal
advice but other universities
take the services further.
“I don’t formally repre-
sent students or make atten-
dances, I’d be everywhere,”
said William Reid, the lawyer
who provides legal services
to students through the RSU.
“It’d be a whole other level of
service and a lot more money
for students.”
But the University of
Toronto’s Downtown Legal
Services provides all their
students with legal advice
and representation in court,
with over 100 lawyers work-
ing at the frm.
“We get some funding from
different clubs and unions,
but most of it comes from
Legal Aid Ontario. Students
don’t pay much, probably a
few dollars per student,” said
Martha, an administrator
at U of T’s Downtown Legal
Services who refused to give
her last name.
Ryerson’s legal aid costs
the student body $30,000 per
year. It provides legal advice
on criminal law, tenant, debt
and immigration issues, as
well as help with court paper
work and legalities.
Whether the RSU’s legal
advice is known around cam-
pus is also in question.
“I’m available to the stu-
dent body, but awareness of
all RSU services aren’t made
that knowledgeable despite
our best attempts,” said
Reid, who provides the same
services to York University,
George Brown and Mohawk
Toby Whitfeld, RSU vice-
president fnance and servic-
es, said the resource is well
used but there could be more
student awareness.
“We have some posters
and it’s in the service infor-
mation of the handbook,
but we could defnitely get
the message out better,” said
Already in his fourth year
at Ryerson, Constantina Kal-
satos never knew about the
legal resources.
“I think a lot more stu-
dents would get use out of
it if it was more advertised,”
said Kalsatos.
from the RSU semi-annual general meeting
The RSU’s free legal advice is covered by Bill Reid. PhOTO: COURTESy bill REiD
I would like to offer my services to
[Mr. Fourney] and yell into his ear.
— Mark Single, former RSU presi-
dent candidate
I refuse to apologize for something I
believe in.
— Marina Sevastianov, Ryerson
I am ashamed for making this undig-
nifed remark as it does not refect
my true character.
— Mark Single, in an apology
letter sent to the Eyeopener
I think it’s time for a VP equity.
— Toby Whitfeld,
VP fnance and services
“That’s why we need a VP of equity,” yelled one
But some members denounced the voting pro-
cess, calling it undemocratic and unfair.
After the initial vote failed to pass, some stu-
dents left the meeting during a recess. Shortly af-
ter everyone reconvened, a second vote was cast.
Mitch Reiss, who is on the RSU equity commit-
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6 • The Eyeopener NEWS
H1N1 reaches Ryerson’s Early Learning Centre
By cory wriGht
Medical responses at Ryerson have
doubled in the past four years.
In 2004, the number was 140 re-
sponses, before ballooning up to 294
last year.
The trend continues this year. Sep-
tember concluded with 63 responses,
roughly two a day. The high numbers
in September have been attributed to
several reasons.
“Orientation and kids living away
from home are big factors,” said Imre
Juurlink, crime analysis and communi-
cation specialist. “And the study load is
Juurlink notes that orientation has
become rowdier the last few years, as
new orientation games such as tackle
duck-duck-goose have been intro-
“When we noticed the increase, we
wrote a proposal to start a medical unit
and get additional medical training,”
said Juurlink.
She said the school responded with
more funding and supplies.
Julia Lewis, director of the centre for
environmental health, safety and secu-
rity, has a different take.
Medical responses
double on campus
While alcohol and tackling may ac-
count for a number of medical calls.
Lewis believes that the increased aware-
ness of the medical team is a reason for
the increase.
“With greater awareness of a medi-
cal response team, I would expect more
people to call,” said Lewis.
The Early Learning Centre has had at least one confrmed case of H1N1. Photo: chriS DALE
A birthday to remember
Over the weekend, 20 to 30
people played soccer on the
fourth foor of the library.
Security found a birthday cake
with lit candles in a rented study
room as well.
According to security, the
group was well behaved.
Hopefully the birthday person
wished on the cake’s candles for
a bit more of an exciting venue
next year.
Beware of alleged fraud
On Nov. 12, police received a
call from the Yonge Street Mis-
sion, leading to a fraud investiga-
The group allegedly received
information that a group was
planning to raise donations for
the Christian Community Cen-
tre. The centre hadn’t sanctioned
the campaign. The group can-
vasses for donations by mail, not
in person.
A good deed on campus!
On Nov. 11, someone turned
in a wallet containing $200 cash
and over $1,100 in cheques.
The wallet was found on the
second foor of the library and
also contained various identif-
cation. The belongings were left
on a computer desk.
According to security, the fe-
male owner was so happy when
her wallet was returned that she
Medical responses are on the increase on Ryerson campus.FiLE Photo
With greater awareness of
a medical response team, I
would expect more people
to call.
– Julia Lewis,
CEHSSM director
Lewis added that many recent calls
have also been about concerns over fu-
like symptoms during this time of pan-
demic hysteria.
“There’s concern, but we have an
amazing team and are fully equipped to
deal with anything,” said Lewis.
Students may feel more secure know-
ing that an able medical team is in close
“With all the students and faculty at
Ryerson, it just makes a lot of sense,”
said second-year geography student
Iain Anderson.
By MAx MErtEnS
A child attending the Ryerson Early
Learning Centre is healthy again after
being diagnosed with H1N1 last week.
“The child was fne and received the
frst half of the immunization on Fri-
day,” said Sally Kotsopoulos, the man-
ager of Ryerson’s Early Learning Cen-
A doctor diagnosed the case as H1N1
and the family was asked to keep the
child at home for a week.
Kotsopoulos couldn’t give the name
or gender of the pre-schooler for conf-
dentiality reasons.
Over 60 children between the ages of
two-and-a-half to four attend the day-
care, which is attached to Kerr Hall.
Some of Ryerson’s Early Childhood
Education students complete place-
ments at the daycare.
Children under fve years old are a
priority group because of their devel-
oping immune systems, according to
physician Andrew Pinto, who works
with Toronto Public Health.
He doesn’t think Ryerson students
should be worried despite the high-risk
group being housed within the univer-
“There shouldn’t be any anxiety
about having a daycare in the area,”
said Pinto.
“Those kids are just at higher risk of
getting really sick.”
Precautions at the daycare include
posting warning signs on the doors and
nearby hallways, making sure the play-
ground equipment is disinfected with
a strong bleach solution and vigilant
“Everyone is being really conscien-
tious in calling in if anyone is sick,” said
“Doctors have been quick to diag-
nose any fu as swine fu,” she said.
“But we make sure that the tests have
been run frst. We don’t want to be fear-
news wednesday, november 18, 2009 The eyeopener • 7
Companies get green-eyed over Rye’s roofs
Fashion students locked out over mess
By Lee RichaRdson
Kerr Hall’s rooftop is being scouted as
prime real-estate for solar panel power
“We’ve been approached by groups
that want to take advantage of the roofs
of the university for installing solar
power,” said Ryerson President Sheldon
Kerr Hall is one building being con-
“If you look down you’ll see a lot of
fat roofs and they’re ideal for solar pan-
els,” said Levy.
The university is receiving propos-
als for green products and services on
campus, which include the solar roof
Levy said he doesn’t know the proft
Ryerson could generate from the pan-
els. The project’s cost, which will change
according to the repairs needed before
installation, is also unknown.
“There’s a whole series of events that
have to happen in order to determine
whether it’s feasible or not, but 95 per
By aLexandRa yeBoah
Fashion students are forced to fnd
another place for late-night working af-
ter losing after hours privileges in two
of their labs.
The second-year fashion lab and
“overfow” lab in Kerr Hall are tempo-
rarily closed due to untidy conditions
and evidence that food and drinks had
been consumed in the work spaces.
Some students say the lockout pre-
vents them from fnishing projects.
“It’s affected everyone’s schedules,
everyone’s crammed,” said Tee Lee, a
Imagine solar panels installed on Kerr Hall’s fat rooftop. Photo: chRis daLe
If you look down you’ll see a
lot of fat roofs and they’re
ideal for solar panels.
— Sheldon Levy, Ryerson’s
cent of all buildings are pretty much
already set up,” said Jonathan Nash of
Glenbarra Energy, a design and instal-
lation company.
Some students think the university
could take sustainability further.
second-year fashion student.
Lee and her classmates are required
to design a dress from plaid fabric and
ft it onto a mannequin. She said she
needs materials in the labs. None are al-
lowed to be taken outside of the room.
The assignment is due on Nov. 19
— the day the lab reopens.
While Robert Ott, chair of the fash-
ion department, wants to see student
spaces respected he believes students
shouldn’t be punished by limiting their
access to the lab materials.
“Honestly, I think we could do better
things than to try and catch students
doing something that they’re not sup-
posed to do,” he said. “It takes resourc-
es away from the actions of just a few
people, and that’s what I regret.”
Aliza Rizvi, a second-year fashion
student, can’t wait for the labs to re-
“There’s over a hundred of us,” she
said. “It’s very unfortunate that two kids
decided to drink and the rest of us have
to suffer.”
Rizvi hasn’t pinpointed the blame on
any one, but is still frustrated about the
closure. “Everything requires extra time
outside of class,” she said.
“The frst step is a sustainability of-
fce,” said third-year urban and region-
al planning student Denis Agar, who
thinks an offce would coordinate sus-
tainibility initiatives. Agar is involved
with the Ryerson Greens, the Green
Party of Canada’s Ryerson representa-
He thinks Ryerson should be careful.
“Ryerson could end up spending a
huge amount of money, then maybe
not ending up getting their bang for
their buck,” said Agar.
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niversities have begun their
push to lure graduating high
school students. Last week,
over 2,500 eager adolescents and their
parents swarmed Ryerson’s campus.
Two months ago, students crowded the
Metro Convention Centre for the On-
tario Universities Fair.
Getting a degree is more important
than ever, and universities, looking for
a fnancial boost, are taking advantage
of this to bait prospective students.
Promotional material puts graduate
employment rates at over 90 per cent
— which would be great if this number
wasn’t infated.
In a corner of the Convention Centre
Matt Day sits surrounded by pamphlets
and brochures. The London, Ont. local
is looking to save some money by going
to the University of WesternOntario but
has not made up his mind just yet. Fi-
nances aren’t his only consideration —
employment rates are a factor as well.
“Employment rates are like a tie-
breaker situation between universities
that are even in the other categories,”
says Day. “If one university has a higher
employment rate, naturally it makes me
sway toward the higher one.”
Inside the exhibition room, Brock’s
bright-red display is the centerpiece. It
looks more like a spaceship pod thanan
information booth. Brock recruitment
offcers scan the crowd looking to lock
eyes with anyone who seems curious.
Melissa Coleman, leader of the Brock
booth, tells students that Brock gradu-
ates have high employment rates. “I
think around 97 per cent based on the
most recent statistical evidence.”
The Brock website claims that their-
graduates enjoy one of the highest em-
ployment rates of all Ontario universi-
ties at 97.5 per cent. What it doesn’t tell
you is that this number only represents
22.8 per cent of its graduates.
The success of a survey is largely
based on the number of respondents.
The higher the response rate, the more
accurate the survey. But Brock isn’t the
only culprit passing off fimsy stats as
Mike Evans, a statistics professor
at the University of Toronto, says,
“If it werearandomsamplingof 20
per cent where they selected grad-
uates and could track themdown
andget eachone torespond, the
survey would be accurate.”
Evans calls this the selection
effect. When you randomly
sample 20 per cent of the
class and get a response rate
of 100 per cent, the survey
will produce accurate, unbi-
ased results. But if you select 100
per cent of the class and only 20 per
cent respond, the survey yields fawed
The failure is twofold. First, the survey
is missing a large portion of the graduat-
ingclass andsecond, thesurveyis guiltyof
what is knownas a sampling bias.
Jeff Rybak, author of What’sWrongWith
University: And How To Make It Work For
You Anyway, says, “While there’s probably
little to no distortion in terms of willful mis-
representation, there is a huge sampling
bias. Those with nothing positive to say and
brag about, or in particular those who are
dissatisfed with their institution or disasso-
ciated fromit, are simply not going to reply.”
The people who likely responded are those
who felt inclined to report their success.
And forget employment in related felds;
people who work at Wal-Mart or Starbucks
are included in the number. It only reports the
number of grads employed in any feld.
Universities possess statistics on employ-
ment in related felds but choose to use the
higher number instead. Ryerson would rather
say that 95.9 per cent of grads are employed than
admit that only 67.5 per cent reported being em-
ployed in a related feld.
The Ministry of Training requests that universi-
ties make this information available to the public
but doesn’t instruct schools to mislead students
for marketing purposes.
The University of Western Ontario has an em-
ployment rate of 97.8 per cent. But instead of list-
ing this stat on their website under “About Us” or
“Quick Facts,” the number is absent frompromo-
tional material. The same is true for Uof T, Carl-
ton and Queen’s. These universities don’t gloat
about their infated employment rates.
False advertisement isn’t uncharted
territory. Ryerson is just following what
private corporations have done for
years. But universities are public institu-
tions andshouldadheretohigher ethical
standards. They’re institutions that pro-
mote education and learning. Deceiving
students damages their credibility.
The majority of universities don’t
even comply with ethical survey prac-
tices. They don’t include response rates
on the survey results.
The Council of American Survey Re-
search Organizations (CASRO) says that
survey results must contain response
rates upon release to the public. Under
CASRO’s Code of Standards and Ethics
for Survey Research it states:
“A Research Organization’s report to
a Client or the Public should contain: A
description of results of sample imple-
mentation including (a) a total number
of sample elements contacted, (b) the
number not reached, (c) the number of
refusals, (d) the number of terminations,
(e) the number of non-eligibles, (f) the
number of completed interviews.”
Stephen Onyskay, a senior research
associate for university planning at Ry-
erson, defended the school by saying
that the Ministry of Training requires
post-secondary institutions to disclose
the survey to the public. When ques-
tioned about whether it is required to
use these infated numbers in promo-
tional material, Onyskay replied, “No, it
is certainly not required.”
Onyskay also said that these employ-
ment stats determine whether or not
Ryerson receives performance-based
funding. Performance-based funding
is money that the Ministry of Training
gives to universities in exchange for
meeting certain targets. If the survey
results indicate low employment rates,
Ryerson misses out on the funding.
Choosing the right post-secondary
institution is diffcult enough without
universities misleading you. Consider
employment rates one less thing on
your checklist.
fact; these fawed survey results can
be found all across Ontario.
Ryersonboasts anemployment
rate in the mid 90s but of 3,747
graduates, only 741actuallyre-
sponded to the survey. That’s
less than20 per cent.
These numbers origi-
nate from a survey that
was conducted on all
Ontario university grad-
uates in 2006 and the
correlating employ-
ment andearningrates.
The Council of Ontario
Universities (COU) says
that after six months,
graduates at Ontario
universities have an em-
ployment rate of 94.1
per cent and an average
earning rate of $41,669.
The COU states that
this survey proves
“Graduates of under-
graduate programs at
Ontario universities
consistently experience
high employment and
earning rates,” despite
evidence that these fnd-
ings exclude almost 80 per
cent of grads.
For universities attempting
to court prospective students,
misleading them may not be
the smartest move. Promo-
tional material already shows
a very select perspective of the
school; employing false statis-
tics can only further skew ex-
pectations and possibly dam-
age the university’s reputation
— consequently tarnishing the
hard-earned degrees of gradu-
urveys with small se-
lection pools aren’t
necessarily badbut,
there is a formula that
must be followed.
Letting the numbers lie
Truth comes second for cash-strapped
universities trying to draw potential
students desperate for a degree.
Codi Wilson looks at the sleight-of-hand
turning infuential statistics into hot air
employment rate percentage at Ryerson
employment rate percentage of all Ontario graduates
per cent of graduates left out of survey
employment rate percentage at Brock
per cent of Ryerson graduates employed in a feld related to
their degree
average earnings (in dollars) of Ontario graduates
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Rye grad butters up Hollywood
You probably know Daniel De Santo
as one of two things:
1) The guy who freaked you out as a
kid on Are You Afraid of the Dark, or as
2) Gretchen Wiener’s douchebag
sort-of boyfriend in Mean Girls (“Is
your muffn buttered? Would you like
us to assign someone to butter your
But with a new movie role under his
belt as the villain Crew Cut in Boon-
dock Saints 2: All Saints Day, Ryerson
flm grad De Santo is breaking out of
“Usually I’m the smartass or I have a
couple little zingers or some girl is mad
at me cause I’m not calling or some-
thing,” said the Toronto native. “This is
totally different.”
In the follow-up to the 1999 cult clas-
sic, De Santo trained with a plethora of
weapons, worked out with a personal
trainer and had a dialect coach to help
him perfect his character’s Sicilian dia-
“I’m not going to say it’s better or
worse, it’s just different,” he said. “It’s
defnitely rewarding playing a different
De Santo has always been a fan of
the spotlight. He remembers his uncle
handing him a $2 bill at family wed-
dings to dance to songs from Michael
Jackson’s Thriller.
“From a very young age I think I
learned that you can make money by
sort of making an ass of yourself,” he
He really got his big break as Tucker
on Are You Afraid of the Dark after doing
work on commercials and hanging out
with Ms. Frizzle while voicing Carlos’s
character in The Magic School Bus.
He joked that he’s glad Are You Afraid
of the Dark isn’t on the air anymore, but
said it was a great experience.
“It was cool to grow up on that show
and with that show,” he said. “But I’m
glad that I started taking acting classes
and working with my teachers after that
Hilary Hagerman talks to actor Daniel De Santo, who’s come a long way from scaring us silly on TV
Golly, isn’t he dreamy? phoTo: paul gregory
You really need to sort of be
the CEO of your own compa-
ny. No one’s going to hand you
roles or hand you anything.
— Daniel De Santo,
Ryerson flm alumni
because I think I needed to.”
Eventually, he decided to take a few
years off from acting to study flm at
“I really wanted to round myself out
as an actor,” he said. “I wanted to see
things from the other side of the cam-
After he graduated from Ryerson he
got his next big role alongside Lindsay
Lohan and Rachel McAdams in Mean
Girls, and things have been escalating
However, De Santo says success
doesn’t come easily.
“You really need to sort of be the CEO
of your own company. No one’s going to
hand you roles or hand you anything,”
he said.
“So if this is what you want to do...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The Eyeopener • 11 ARTS & LIFE
Why pay for food when white lies are free?
Al Capone was a criminal kingpin, Bernard
Madoff swindled millions, but Sam Orwell saw the
green in a bag of red loops.
You’ve likely never heard of the last person,
probably because he doesn’t exist. But customer
service representatives from some of North Amer-
ica’s largest food companies have heard him com-
plain for the last couple of weeks.
I am Sam Orwell. A university student in the
current economic climate, I was curious to see if
food companies would respond to a complaint
about their product by sending a replacement.
In other words, what if telling some white lies
would score some free swag — even if I presented
them with outlandish stories or little proof.
At Kellogg, an entire box of red Froot Loops is
apparently a spectacular sight. So spectacular, in
fact, that it doesn’t really exist. The Kellogg cus-
tomer service representative claimed it was “near-
ly impossible,” and offered to pick up this holy
grail of sugary cereal at my convenience. But since
I lied about that mystical box of all-red loops, I
agreed to expedite the box using a corporate Pu-
rolator account.
Calculating that it would take approximately
1,500 loops to fill a 580 gram box, I purchased
three 925-gram boxes from Cosco and a smaller
580-gram box from Metro. Although I have no sci-
entific proof, it seems there are significantly fewer
red loops than any other colour.
Kellogg’s website boasts they have a highly ef-
ficient facility that uses computer-automated ma-
chines to do everything from “mixing the grains to
packing the boxes in cartons.”
Though I didn’t have an automated computer
system at my disposal, I did have something far
more accurate: Ryan, one of the Eyeopener’s high
school intern.
Tirelessly sorting the loops for what seemed
like hours, the bag was finally full and so were our
It took just over 12 hours for Kellogg to receive
the package and respond via phone. Kellogg guar-
anteed that the box was safe to eat and that the
box of red loops was an “isolated and rare” inci-
For years companies have placed their contact
information on the packaging of food, mainly be-
cause it’s the law. Health Canada requires all food
packaged for distribution to include a contact
for the company. But these companies also want
to know when their manufacturing process goes
Dialing the first 1-800 number feels strangely
comparable to losing your virginity. Quickly your
heart begins to race and you feel a little bit naugh-
ty. But then, when you’re done the deed, you expe-
rience a great of surge of satisfaction.
Along with Kellogg, I created a variety of scenar-
ios to companies such as Pepsico (nothing in the
sealed can), General Mills (Nature Valley chewy
bars were as hard as patio stones) and Bellisio
Food (Michelina’s’s dinner had too much pepper).
But none were as elaborate as the one told to Kel-
Still, all of the companies “Orwell” spoke to
agreed to send out replacements, with several
of the companies sending additional products.
So far I have received seven vouchers worth $30
in free food. They also sent me letters reassuring
that the information was past along to ensure the
problems never happen again.
Maximizing your free stuff potential
If I’d known that quenching my thirst could be this easy, I would have done this a long
time ago.
Most companies handled my spirited complaints with passive politeness. Even when I
failed to recall the name of the store where I’d bought their products or couldn’t provide the
barcode on their defective merchandise, they seemed unfazed. I could have told them that
I’d found a ball of plutonium in my can and they would probably have responded in the
same generic tone.
Some, like the woman at Danone, seemed genuinely concerned and apologetic for the
alleged errors, which made me feel a bit guilty for taking advantage of these poor multina-
tional corporations. But then I remembered that these companies have been fattening us
up and robbing us blind for years, and my mind was set at ease.
• Companies called: 4, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Co and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
• Number of successes: 4
• Coolest free shit: A Tropicana promotional toy for her “son”
• Weirdest complaint: I found a rock in my John Paul Gaultier Evian water bottle!
I ran through a gamut of reasons to justify my actions and rid myself of any guilt prior to
starting this project. My reasons ranged from “these companies make millions a year” to “as
long as they know I’m consuming their product, they could care less”.
The mean age of the customer service representatives ranged from 50-65 years. They all
talked softly and felt truly sympathetic to whatever lie I was spewing. Generally, they would
end each sentence with “I’m sorry to hear that son/dear”. I could go on and on about how
almost every lie was believed. I was really looking forward to gloating, as I pictured myself
sitting on a pile of free food, laughing hysterically. However, when lying to the elderly was
added to the equation, it left a sour taste in my mouth.
• Companies called: 6, including Kraft Canada, Quaker and Nestlé Canada
• Number of successes: 5
• Coolest free shit: A rep called the manager of my nearest store to set up a freebie
• Weirdest complaint: My girlfriend disliked some discoloured chocolate chip cookies
We’ve all blown money on a beauty product that just didn’t do what we wanted it to. But
do you toss it out or call in a complaint? Having to deal with automated operators may not
be everyone’s favourite pastime, but your patience can pay off. The customer service repre-
sentatives on the other end have to do whatever it takes to make sure you buy a product from
the company again. This is especially true of big companies such as L’Oreal and Covergirl.
Everyone I talked to seemed happy to replace damaged products and mail coupons.
But if you’re like me and you delve out big bucks for high-end beauty products from
M.A.C. and Smashbox, you might be unpleasantly surprised. When it comes to customer
service, they suddenly seem as cheap as a first date at McDonald’s.
• Companies called: 16, including Revlon, Marcelle and Benefit
• Number of successes: 4
• Coolest free shit: A $25 gift certificate for any L’Oreal Paris product
• Weirdest complaint: Deodorant gave me a ridiculous infectious rash of boils
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12 • The Eyeopener biz & TEch
by evan wynn Kosiner
startup 101
apparently the #ryerson sewing lab is
closed because 1st years were getting
drunk in there. god DAMNIT too much to
sew for tomorrow
At the Ryerson Open Mic, but can’t play.
Apparently, it’s “architecture only” open
mic night. What the hell, Ryerson?
In AGM @ Ryerson.. Gotta love ppl who
like to hear their own voice..
I wonder if Ryerson realizes there’s a 24
hour strip club right next to the site of
their new student learning center.
Young start-ups never spend enough time (or money) on
their brand. For me, 12 pt. Times New Roman for your logo
doesn’t cut it.
Branding is an essential element that takes time and ener-
gy to maintain. With that said, it is one of the greatest experi-
ences of operating a business. You’re literally creating some-
thing from nothing. An identity for a business. A persona and
a way of being for your company.
What’s in a brand? A brand is something that can be cre-
ated not by you, but by the people who interact with your
company. That’s where the power in the brand is: seeing it
from their view. They’re paying for it, they’re using it and they
create its success.
When I launched my printing company, I was all about
branding. I became friends with a brand genius and got
a great web team together to build the site. I was quoted
$4,000 for the site and $16,000 later it was up and running. In
the midst of it, I blew my marketing budget.
My printing company is all about being eco-friendly. I was
amazed at how eco-friendly printing can get. One hundred
per cent post-consumer recycled paper, soy based inks that
are resludged if there’s excess. And all shipped by Purolator
with hybrid vehicles. Plus we plant a tree and purchase wind
power credits, which has the added bonus of attracting regu-
lar press coverage.
Three years later with my favourite brand under my belt,
I have what my customers currently want. From 12 product
types, we’re narrowing down to three: business cards, post-
cards and fyers. Quantities of those three product types will
be more compact. The site has been revamped with new
features. A new shipping partner, more information and a
custom made, brand new payment system — all things that
make my clients happy. Plus we just purchased a press in
Burbank to serve them better.
The brand starts with your logo but continues with how
you work with your customers, or better said, how your cus-
tomers work with you. Make their lives easy and suit their
needs. It’ll make them feel more at home. And why work with
someone that you wouldn’t go for beers with? Share your
brand like a two-four after moving in.
No homework for this week, it’s essay time.
If you have any questions about running your own busi-
ness or have feedback for Evan, send an email to ekosiner@
A brand new you
Parents planning children’s pool parties this summer
might be able to breathe easier thanks to frst-year journal-
ism student Nicole Siena.
Siena’s proposed business, Watch Out Lifeguarding Ser-
vice, placed in the top-10 for southern Ontario at the Ontario
Secondary School Business Plan Competition on Nov. 7.
“My plan is to provide supervision and act as a lifeguard
at private parties, events, home pools and other pools where
you don’t usually fnd lifeguards,” she said.
The business plan was originally a project for a Grade
11 business class at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Second-
ary School in Hamilton. Her teacher took the fve highest-
marked projects and submitted them to the competition for
judging. Siena went on to win the provincials in June 2008.
After the project, Siena became a certifed lifeguard and
saw she could actually start her business. She revised her
proposal in Grade 12 and resubmitted her entry, leading to
her top-10 placement.
“I still want to get my business model started this sum-
mer,” said Siena. Her business model estimated she would
need $1500 to get started, but she discovered that insurance
would cost $3000 to $5000.
“I hope to get seasonal insurance for this summer,” she
says. “It’s cheaper than a yearly insurance and the summer is
when my business would see any money.”
rye student makes a splash
by vincenT mcdeRmOTT
Siena shows off her winnings. phOTO: chRiS dAle
“Ryerson women’s volleyball spiked by
suspension” ... really Eyeopener? Your
headline pun sucks balls. Volleyballs. (PS:
you got served)
Just saw a Mouse in the ImageArts Lounge
in the Vic building. Fantastic! #ryerson
The ryerson library has proven to be the
love of my life. Ryerson library, I think I
might love you.
The Ryerson library has really bad breath.
Smells like hot dogs.
biz & tech the eyeopener • 13 Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Canadian manufacturing is not dead
and members of the Ryerson commu-
nity are noticing — some louder than
Two groups of protesters stormed
the afternoon panel of the Revitalizing
Canadian Manufacturing Conference,
held Nov. 10 at the Ted Rogers school.
Carrying signs reading “50 Billion in
Dirty Oil = RBC” and “Environmental
Rights Abuse,” they accused speaker
Gordon Nixon, president and CEO of
the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), of in-
vesting in non-sustainable companies
in the Alberta tar sands.
Several audience members called
for the removal of the protesters, who
were escorted out of the auditorium by
Nixon dismissed the claims of
“abuse”and “dirty oil.”
“I’m not sure that the people in the
beginning of the meeting, although pas-
sionate, are reasonable,” he said. “We
do have to fnd a balance between pro-
duction, industry and environment.”
A Ryerson business student, who
identifed herself only as Taylor, asked
Nixon to give her examples of RBC’s
environmental initiatives. She said she
saw RBC as being a company that is try-
ing to be environmental, even if activity
in the tar sands can’t stop.
“Virtually every person in this room
is an investor in the oil industry. It’s
hard not to be,” said Nixon.
The event aimed to discuss Canada’s
manufacturing sector during the re-
cession, but many of the speakers dis-
missed statements that the industry is
“The theory that we should be giving
up on this sector because it’s driven by
low-cost labour as opposed to innova-
tion and technology, I think, is incor-
rect,” said Nixon.
“This is not about smokestack in-
dustry and Atari video games,” said Jim
DeWilde, executive in residence at the
Rogers school and keynote speaker for
the conference. He stressed there are
major changes going on globally with
manufacturing infrastructure and de-
sign. He said “Canadians have no com-
petitive disadvantage.”
DeWilde also applauded Ryerson as
a “critical part of new Ontario.”
“Ryerson has a reputation as people
who are innovative, entrepreneurial
and collaborate with each other,” said
DeWilde, emphasizing that manufac-
turing isn’t separate from design and
the more the school’s programs can do
with this kind of thinking, the better.
But he also condemned the industry
for not providing enough opportunities
for new graduates.
“That’s where we’re letting you down.
These are the key years.”
Around 200 people registered for the
whole-day event, including the presi-
dent of the Ryerson Commerce Society,
Naeem Hassan, and Muzzamil Ahmed,
a 2008 business management graduate.
Ahmed applauded the choice of speak-
ers, which he said would provide “more
knowledge from different sources.”
Buzz Hargrove, past president of the
Canadian Auto Workers Union and dis-
tinguished professor in residence at the
Rogers School, moderated the confer-
ence along with Ken Jones, dean of the
Rogers school.
He said he hopes the dialogue will
continue among students after the con-
ference is over.
“It’s their future we’re talking about,”
Hargrove said.

Dirty accusations at biz event
by Emma PrEstwich
Top: A group protesting RBC’s involvement with the Alberta tar sands crash the conference.
Above: Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello, Nixon and John Galt, presi-
dent and CEO of Husky Injection Molding. Photos: matt llEwEllyn
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 14 • The Eyeopener sporTs
A Ryerson Ram has fnally made the Canadian
Interuniversity Sport (CIS) all-Canadian soccer
Alex Braletic, a midfelder for the men’s soccer
team, has been named to the CIS second team af-
ter a stellar season that saw him help the Rams to
a winning record for the frst time in 20 years.
Aside from the team’s success, which was cut
short in an shootout playoff loss to Laurentian,
Braletic holds many individual achievements.
Braletic is the reigning MVP in the OUA East, as
well as an OUA frst-team all-star. He’s the frst Ry-
erson soccer player to be an all-Canadian and one
of six from the OUA. Braletic netted a team-lead-
ing three goals in the regular season and added
another in the playoffs.
“He’s clearly the best player in the league (OUA)
in my opinion,” said Rams head coach Ivan Joseph
in a press release. “Alex has a nice sense of what
it takes to be a good soccer player. He’s a good
lead-by-example player. I think he could be the
nucleus of what could be a nationally ranked soc-
cer team.”
Braletic is pleased to hear these words from his
coach and the CIS, but remains modest.
“I think it’s kind of cool that some people recog-
nize my skill,” said Braletic. “And coach Joseph is a
man who knows a lot and I have a lot of respect for
him. Those words mean a lot to me.”
By making the CIS second team, Braletic is
ranked within the top 22 men’s soccer players in
Canada. This comes after spending his second
Ryerson Ram cracks
all-Canadian roster
year in the OUA and frst with the Ryerson Rams.
Braletic spent a lot of time accompanying the
team last year on road trips, but was ineligible to
play. His presence and work off the feld was not
lost on the rest of the team.
Markus Molder, a second-year defender, said
that Braletic is a great leader off the feld because
of his commitment to the team, and that the cul-
ture of the team improved with the addition of
Molder also praised Braletic as “the best techni-
cal player” he has hit the feld with.
Other schools, especially U.S. colleges, were
interested in him, but Braletic insisted on staying
in Canada and even played a year of professional
“The level of soccer wasn’t good enough, and
the schooling wouldn’t be adequate,” said Braletic
of the US schools. “Ryerson had a good program
school-wise, and some of my friends were on the
The Rams are looking to build on last season
and work towards being a ranked soccer team in
Canada. Braletic is excited about being the core
component to rebuilding this team.
“The program wasn’t great when I came in,”
said Braletic. “I want to help it get on the rise.”
Joseph adds that having a player of Braletic’s
calibre will help recruiting and show the OUA that
Ryerson is developing a serious soccer program.
“It defnitely says that we have quality players
and talent that wants to be here,” said Joseph.
Cory Wright chats with Alex Braletic after his selection
as a Canadian Interuniversity Sport all-Canadian
Alex Braletic strikes a shot on goal against Nipissing at BMO Field.
photo: MAtt LLeweLLyn
sports the Eyeopener • 15 Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Athletes of the Week
Parents granted VIP
access to games
by cory wright
Ryerson has implemented a new par-
ent pass to alleviate the cost of attend-
ing Rams games for parents of athletes.
Introduced this fall, the idea behind
the passes is to increase attendance at
home games, which will give the ath-
letes more support and hopefully trans-
late into more wins.
“The way I see it is that home-ice
should be an advantage,” said athletic
director Ivan Joseph.
It’s no secret that the Rams have
trouble attracting fans, as compet-
ing against the Toronto nightlife is no
easy battle. The fact that most games
are played within a Friday to Saturday
bracket puts games in competition with
night clubs. But having parents attend
pumps up some athletes.
“I love having my parents there,” said
Haley Wolfenden, a second-year wom-
en’s volleyball player. “Maybe they’ll
come to more games now.”
Cathy Saar, mother of Leah Saar, a
second-year volleyball player, notes
that the girls play better with more fans
in the stands, and that she thinks it’s a
good initiative.
“They need a good support system,”
said Saar. “I think this will create good
school spirit and more athletes will
want to come to the school.”
It is also an effort to give back to the
parents who are already paying tuition
and other expenses.
“Parents are picking up a large tab
already,” said Joseph. “It’s tough on an
urban campus as the parents have to
pay for things like parking. By the time
mom and dad drive down, pay for park-
ing and tickets, it’s almost a $50 night.”
There was a misconception that the
passes were going to pay for parents’
hotel stays and even transportation,
which Joseph said is not true.
“Whatever we do is to beneft stu-
dents. Us covering the parents’ hotel
would not help the students,” said Jo-
Ryerson isn’t the only school to give
out the passes. Brett Penrose, a frst-
year volleyball player, said that his par-
ents have passes for his brother’s hock-
ey team at York University.
The passes cover all reuglar-season
home games, but won’t extend to the
OUA playoffs, as the OUA controls their
own ticket prices.
The women’s volleyball team lost
its last two games after serving a two-
game suspension for drinking in the
dressing room. Their next game is Nov.
20 at RMC.
Cathy Saar thinks parental support can bolster team play for Ryerson home games and could bring
more success to Ryerson athletics.
photo: chris dale
• The men’s hockey team
won against the Windsor
Lancers 4-3 in a shootout
on Saturday. The win
moves the Rams into
possession of ffth place
in the OUA East. A free
fan bus will be available
for their game against
the Brock Badgers on
Thursday. The bus is
departing from Gould
Street at 6 p.m.
• The women’s basketball
team snapped a three-
game winning streak last
Saturday, losing 76-
48 against McMaster.
However, the Rams still
retained their frst-place
position atop the OUA
East. Their next game is
away to Guelph on Friday
and will look to extend
their two-point margin
over second-place UofT.
MASS: Monday and Friday at 12:15 at the Chaplaincy Centre
Coffee, Donuts and God!
Join students for a discussion on campus with guest Fr. Damian MacPherson S.A.,
Director for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 11:00am-12:30pm
(Second oor of Podium, across from Alterna)
Come out, ask your questions, get some enlightening conversation and,
you guessed it, FREE coee and Timbits!
416-351-0365 64 Mc.Gill St. www.ryercath.ca (For map and details)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 16 • The Eyeopener FUN