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Ryerson scores historic
Maple Leaf Gardens for
new athletics centre
pages 9-20
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2 • The Eyeopener AD
MAPLE LEAF GARDENS The Eyeopener • 3 Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG)
is built.
Loblaw Companies Limited moves to buy the
Gardens for a rumored $16 million. Months
later, the property is for sale again because
development seems too expensive. Ryerson is
interested, but backs out due to cost. Loblaw
later purchases the property.
The potential project is
estimated to cost Ryerson
$60 million. Loblaw will
help fundraise $20 million,
$20 million will come
from student fees and the
university asks the feds for
the rest.
The Eyeopener releases its MLG special
edition, investigating a possible partnership
with Loblaw for shared use of the Gardens.
Later that day, Ryerson and Loblaw announce
they’re in talks.





Sheldon Levy becomes
Ryerson’s president and
shows an interest in the
Ryerson students pass an athletic referendum
to raise fees in support of a new athletic
facility. 74 per cent of the voters said “yes” to
a $126 fee hike once the centre is built.


The federal government
announces its support for
the project.
Toronto is declared host of the Pan American





Federal boost seals Maple Leaf Gardens deal
Ryerson races to beat the buzzer on Gardens renovation
by caRyS MillS
news editor
Hockey fans will once again walk
through the turnstiles and fll the seats
of Maple Leaf Gardens. But instead of
Leafs, they’ll root for the Rams.
On. Dec. 1, the federal government
announced they’d chip in the fnal $20
million needed to start construction on
Ryerson’s new athletic centre in the his-
toric arena.
“A year ago we had a dream... now we
have a dream come true,” said President
Sheldon Levy at the press conference.
The athletic centre, to be designed by
Turner Fleischer Architects Inc., must
be completed by March 2011. Ryerson’s
athletic centre will be on the second
and third foors of Maple Leaf Gardens
with a Loblaw’s store on ground level.
The rest of the $60-million project
will be covered by $20 million from the
athletic referendum, a $5 million con-
tribution from Loblaw Companies Lim-
ited and $15 million from a joint fund-
raising campaign between Ryerson and
According to Levy, Loblaw ap-
proached the university after the refer-
endum passed.
Last week, as Levy walked in the rain
on his way from Queen’s Park, he re-
ceived the call he’d been waiting for.
“I remember almost like walking
above the rain,” said Levy.
“You have the whole of Toronto
watching over your shoulders so you
were either going to be a public failure
or a public success,” said Levy, after
months of government silence.
An emergency Board of Governors
meeting held via teleconference on
Nov. 26 approved Gardens plans.
“They’ve demonstrated before that
they can get things done,” said Jim Fla-
herty, Minister of Finance, about Levy
and Galen Weston, Loblaw executive
According to Galen Weston, there will
be a memorabilia shop in the Gardens.
The athletic building will include an
NHL-sized rink, a 200-metre track and
other ftness facilities.

(From left) Galen Weston, Jim Flaherty, John Baird and Sheldon Levy at MLG. phOtO: jORDaN RObeRtS
ft in the Gardens, said Alan Shepard, provost and
vice-president academic.
The decision to mix academics with athletics is
an attempt to draw more foot traffc to the Gar-
dens, said President Sheldon Levy, adding that the
building is for the entire Ryerson community, not
just varsity athletes.
One of the ways Levy would like to incorporate
the landmark building with the rest of campus is
paving a passageway from Ryerson to the Gardens.
The path could wind around the theatre building
and cut through McGill and Granby streets.
To make the school’s brand more noticeable en
route to the Gardens, the school has considered
more signage and distinctive landscaping.
“I could see us doing a type of landscaping that
is a signature Ryerson landscaping that gets to the
building easily,” said Levy. “As important as what
goes in there is how to draw people to the place.”
Around exam time, Ryerson students could fnd
themselves sitting under the Gardens’ historic
rafters instead of the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre’s forescent lighting.
Despite Ryerson’s push to make the Gardens
home, the school intends to preserve the build-
ing’s signage.
“The building is Maple Leaf Gardens and Maple
Leaf Gardens will stay,” said Levy. President Levy (right) must renovate the Gardens by 2011. phOtO: jORDaN RObeRtS
by vaNeSSa GRecO
news editor
Ryerson doesn’t have much time to celebrate
their joint ownership of the historic Maple Leaf
The school has just over a year to convert one of
Toronto’s most iconic buildings into a multi-func-
tional athletic and recreation facility. The Gardens
renovation is part of Canada’s Infrastructure Stim-
ulus Fund, which means the project’s deadline is
March 31, 2011.
“They assured me that they can get it done in
that period of time and they’ve showed me the
plan,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
Now that the government has chipped in the
fnal third of funding, it’s Ryerson’s responsibility
to breathe new life into the Gardens. Part of the
school’s vision involves a passageway leading to
the site. The building itself might house a student
coffee shop and academic programs alongside the
planned athletics facilities.
Galen Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw
Companies Ltd., said the new Gardens will be a
place where students can “lift a few weights” and
“do a little shopping at a Loblaws store.”
In the next few weeks Ryerson executives will
start thinking of which academic programs could
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 4 • The Eyeopener EDITORIAL
Three months ago, while students
were still settling into their classes, our
newspaper took a risk.
In our frst issue we splashed a pretty
painting of Maple Leaf Gardens on
our cover and crafted a four-page spe-
cial section on what we thought was a
nearly-done deal for the Gardens.
We were the frst.
The same day both the school and
Loblaw released statements acknowl-
edging the two sides were in talks. Since
then, we’ve been biting our nails along
with the rest of the Ryerson community,
waiting for the word from the federal
An important chunk of the Eyeopen-
er’s constitution states that anything
published in our newspaper needs
some sort of Ryerson connection. It’s
why we don’t cover important interna-
tional news, city hall politics or what
the Leafs did last night.
It’s also what makes the Eyeopener a
whole lot better. If there’s one thing we
do better than anybody else, it’s cover-
ing the news that happens on our lovely
downtown campus.
It’s something we’re extremely proud
So when we applaud Sheldon Levy
and the Ryerson team for this historic
purchase and cheer our Top Ten ath-
letes (pages 9-20) for their incredible
achievements, excuse us while we take
a second to pat ourselves on the back.
I think we deserve it.

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assOCIate NeWs
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BIZ & teCh
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aRts & LIFe
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Anthony “FAREWELL” Lopopolo
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The foor plan illustrates an idea of what the inside of the
Maple Leaf Gardens might look like. This design includes
spaces designated for a basketball court, volletball court,
ice rink and studio space.

After a referendum promise of having a new athletic fa-
cility by 2011, construction on the building will begin im-
Loblaw relationship with Ryerson has history
by aleysha haniff
aRts and Life editoR
Even before Loblaw Companies Ltd. brought the Gardens
to Ryerson, they helped the retail management program
start up.
Ryerson has a successful history working with Loblaw,
said retail management professor Donna Smith. She helped
bring Loblaw on board almost a decade ago, in a deal to give
a $1 million endowment to the school’s new program.
“No one thought of [retail] as a full-time career,” said Smith.
At the time, the unique program seemed a little strange to
others. When Loblaw got on board, along with other major
retailers, they inspired other companies to consider the new
school as a contender, said Smith.
She said money from the original endowment funds schol-
arships and curriculum material such as case studies.
Since then, Loblaw has contributed to the school by pro-
viding guest speakers, attending award nights and hiring Ry-
erson grads, said Sean Sedlezsky, program design manager
for retail management. “Really, the whole school started be-
cause of relationships like this,” he said.
Sedlezsky said that hypothetically, the Loblaw Supermar-
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 6 • The Eyeopener MAPLE LEAF GARDENS
Gardens magic not
just for big names
by vanessa greco
news editor
Sheila Wray Gregoire spent her teen-
age years behind a counter at Maple
Leaf Gardens.
Gregoire, now a 39-year-old author,
ran one of the concession stands on the
arena’s green level in the late 80s.
While mention of the Gardens tends
to conjure up images of high-profle
hockey stars, Ryerson’s move into the
building triggers memories for employ-
ees and audience members alike.
From the spot where she sold hot-
dogs and popcorn to hungry spectators,
Gregoire witnessed everything from
fst-fghts to topless women doting over
Ted Danson.
During a Depeche Mode concert,
when a crowd of teenagers refused to
stop rolling joints on her counter, a 16-
year-old Gregoire was forced to jump
over her booth to call security.
“That kind of thing never happened
during hockey games,” she said.
“But whenever Detroit played, there’d
be a fght,” said Gregoire. “We always
had more cops on for Detroit games.”
As a child, John Sewell sat six rows
behind the visitor’s bench at Maple Leaf
Gardens to watch the Detroit Red Wings
face off against the Leafs.
Sewell, a former Toronto mayor, said
seeing a game at the Gardens was an
annual tradition for him and his father.
“Even back in the 50s, hockey was a
big thing,” he said. “You had to dress up,
you had to wear a suit and a tie.”
Brent Small wore a Pickering Pan-
thers jersey the frst time he skated at
Maple Leaf Gardens.
Small, a forward on the Ryerson
mens hockey team, was eight years old
and participating in a Timmy Tyke tour-
nament at the time. The fnal game was
held in the Gardens.
“As a die-hard Leafs fan, it was one of
the biggest moments of my life,” he said,
adding that the prospect of returning
excites him. “As a hockey player it gives
me that awful hope and ambition.”
gardens rebirth stirs
glimmer of golden days
by amanda cupido
arts and life editor
Rick Vaive snapped his wrist and shot
the puck. Goal. He looked up at the au-
dience in the Maple Leaf Gardens only
to see a standing ovation. The cheers
from the Toronto Maple Leaf fans
echoed throughout the building and
defned the greatest moment of Vaive’s
“I’ve never experienced anything
like that,” said Vaive as he described
the moment he became the frst Leaf
to score 50 goals in one season. Going
into the game needing one goal to set
the record, he was focused. “It wasn’t a
matter of ‘am I going to score?’ it was
‘how many?’”
Now, 28 years later, he still feels hon-
oured to have played at the Gardens.
“There’s a mystique about that build-
ing,” said the former captain. “And the
mystique of Maple Leaf Gardens will
never change.”
Vaive grew up watching the Leafs and
hoped to make it to the NHL. When he
was selected to play with the Leafs he
was thrilled but nervous. Before every
game he made sure he had the right
mindset. “As soon as I left my house I
was in game mode.”
Making his way to Maple Leaf Gar-
dens pumped up Vaive. He said he felt
something special about the building.
“Everybody did — if they didn’t there
was probably something wrong with
Michel Trottier felt a special connec-
tion too. The Haileybury resident pur-
chased one of the seats that was once
in the Maple Leaf Gardens for $450. As
a Leafs fan, he was excited to receive
the seat in its original condition. “The
chair had never been touched,” he
said. “There was still some gum under-
Trottier owned a local grocery store
and set up the chair in his store. “We
made a big display,” he said. “We want-
ed to make things exciting.”
For a loonie, customers could sit in
the chair. All the proceeds went to char-
ity. “It brings good memories to people,”
said Trottier. “There’s a lot of historical
Now Ryerson will be part of the Ma-
ple Leaf Gardens’ history. Vaive thinks
it will help the hockey program. “It will
be a great venue,” he said. “It might be
what Ryerson needs to put a hockey
program on the map.”
Trottier bought a Gardens’ seats for his store. photo: chris dale
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NEWS The Eyeopener • 7 Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Levy: Rye deserves audit explanation
Rye students
to carry
The RSU audit came out in March 2009. phOtO: chRis dale
by shiRley lin
associate news editoR
Some of Ryerson’s top executives are
calling on the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) to explain to students the details
of an audit reviewing the union’s opera-
tions conducted earlier this year.
Months after the scathing $85,000
audit by Deloitte & Touche, there have
been few changes. The review, paid for
by the university, looked into governing
policies and the health and dental plan,
calling on the RSU to clean up its act.
Ryerson’s president Sheldon Levy
said that although the university isn’t
owed an explanation, the students de-
serve one.
“It does not necessarily mean they
have to accept the recommendations
but in any type of business audit, you
respond to the community under which
you serve,” Levy said. “I do think that in
an audit, those that paid their salaries
and bills deserve a response.”
Julia Hanigsberg, general counsel
and secretary, echoed Levy’s point.
“You would expect that they would
be clear with at least the directors of the
RSU about how they plan to respond
to the recommendations,” Hanigsberg
said. “It doesn’t mean they have to fol-
low every [recommendation] but we
expect transparent process about what
they’ve found.”
Toby Whitfeld, the RSU’s vice-presi-
dent fnance and services, said they are
only recommendations. He adds that
some have been implemented such as
the new time frame for opt-out cheques
pickup and having separate accounts.
“[Students] hold us accountable by
going to the polls and voting, when they
come to general meetings and set the
direction of the organization.”
Deloitte found that election policies
and procedures are rife with inconsis-
tencies. It suggested switching to online
voting instead. This vote was consid-
ered in 2008 but failed to pass.
Deloitte added that politicking and
personal agendas take priority over
serving students, leaving little room for
opposing opinions. It suggested an un-
by steph gellatly
When third-year business
management student Vanessa
Lewis heard that Canada had won
the 2010 Winter Olympic bid, she
told her twin sister, “we just have
to go!”
The sisters can’t make it to Van-
couver in February, but Lewis will
contribute in her own way by car-
rying the Olympic fame for Can-
ada on Dec. 19 in Milton, Ont.
Lewis submitted a self-nomi-
nation to run the Olympic fame
through a contest, sponsored
partly by Coca-Cola. She submit-
ted a short essay about active liv-
ing and her contribution to help
fght climate change.
“It just feels like such a pa-
triotic thing, carrying the fame
for my country. I can’t go to the
Olympics, but this is something I
can do,” she said.
Lewis got a voicemail from
Coca-Cola on Canada Day saying
she had been chosen to run the
torch. Her twin, Venesse, heard
her scream from across the house,
“I’m going to carry the torch!”
“I had second thoughts at frst,”
Lewis said, “but then I called back
right away.”
Lewis’ family is thrilled that
she was chosen to represent her
hometown. “We’re in a country
that’s not perfect, but we have
so many liberties to celebrate,”
sister Venesse Lewis said. “This is
something we should be proud to
be a part of.”
Fouth-year radio and televi-
sion arts student, Naomi Cowan,
was hand-picked by Ryerson’s
President Sheldon Levy to also
carry the Olympic torch.
“She was on the board, was
great at representing the univer-
sity and I think it’s the right thing
for a student to do it,” Levy said.
biased general manager to be overseer.
Deloitte added the RSU can’t use un-
claimed opt-out cheques to fund other
RSU initiatives and losses, which is cur-
rent practice. Tighter budget control
is needed to avoid unnecessary cash
shortfalls and loans. This year, the RSU
is running an $84,000 defcit.
The audit also refers to poor record-
keeping for health and dental opt-outs
so the RSU should take extra steps to no-
tify students to pick up their cheques.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 8 • The Eyeopener NEWS
$1.5 million left out of RAMSS upgrade Prof accused
of bigoted
By Joelle Tomlinson
A business student is accusing
his professor of making discrimi-
natory comments towards mem-
bers of his class.
Fifth-year business student
and Eyeopener columnist Evan
Kosiner, wrote an open complaint
letter to Ryerson administration
alleging that professor Sean Wise
made inappropriate comments
towards students.
Part of the letter describes sit-
uations where Wise allegedly sin-
gled out a student whose name
had many syllables. Another
excerpt accuses Wise of telling a
girl who is new to the country to
speak without her accent.
Wise said he is saddened by
the accusations.
“I care for my students, and
when one thinks I’m being inap-
propriate, I take it very seriously,”
he said.
A business student, who
chooses to remain anonymous,
said Wise “can be rude to some
students without provocation.”
Jeffrey Peng, director of the
StartMeUp Program created by
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
believes Wise is a great professor.
“At no time has Sean ever had
any negative malice toward stu-
dents,” wrote Peng.
Students fnd it diffcult to use RAMSS. PHoTo: cHris dale
By mike deruyTer
Tyler Metcalf would rather be on aca-
demic probation than have to deal with
Ryerson’s registration software.
Metcalf’s guidance counsellor picks
his courses, leaving the third-year so-
ciology student largely free of dealing
with Ryerson’s Administrative Manage-
ment Self Service (RAMSS).
The enrolment software, launched in
2005, is used to register for courses and
keep track of class schedules, grades
and fees.
Last year, Ryerson budgeted $6.5 mil-
lion for upgrades to the student admin-
istrative system. At a Ryerson Board of
Governors meeting on Nov. 19, it was
announced that approximately $1.5
million of the money hasn’t been used
to improve the software.
“RAMSS is an unbelievable head-
ache,” said Metcalf.
“I would be allowed to enroll in cer-
tain courses, but when I showed up to
the class I found out that I wouldn’t get
a credit for it because I didn’t have the
proper pre-requisites.”
RAMSS is a product by Peoplesoft
Campus Solutions — used by over 200
universities across North America,
including the University of Waterloo,
Queen’s University and University of
Western Ontario.
Keith Alnwick, Ryerson’s registrar,
said the system has had some issues,
but the update in November 2008 was
a “super-charged thrust.”
The next RAMSS update will take
place in March 2010.
Sophie Quigley, a computer science
professor at Ryerson, doesn’t think the
2008 update was an improvement.
In her computer-human interaction
course, Quigley and her students went
through RAMSS and couldn’t fgure out
the system.
“There’s an overall lack of intuitive-
ness,” she said. “There’s a lot of infor-
mation but it’s not clear what it’s telling
you. RAMSS is in really bad shape.”
Quigley blames the issue on a lack of
consultation and on Peoplesoft.
“The general rumbling from differ-
ent professors across universities is that
they are not very impressed by the com-
pany,” she said.
Stephen Hawkins, the director of
computing and communication ser-
vices, said improving registration soft-
ware isn’t a question of getting a better
student administrative system.
“It’s more a question of how we make
the one we have work better for us.”
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 features the eyeopener • 21
t’s dark and Michelle Coyne works
quickly, lifting and peering inside
each of the green bins. She’s wear-
ing her special dumpster diving outft,
which is warm but dark. Finding noth-
ing in the bins she jumps up onto the
ledge of a dumpster, grabbing its edges
with her thin black gloves. Coyne leans
over and the smell of watermelon and
other fruit overwhelms her.
“It smells good,” she says, closing the
lid, her lone fnd of perfectly packaged
noodles in hand.
Coyne has her dinner.
Freeganism, a word derived from
“free” and “vegan,” is a term used to de-
scribe taking food that would otherwise
go to waste.
The York University PhD student is
currently researching freeganism. She
was invited to Ryerson to speak on the
subject during food sustainability week.
Her dissertation explores how society
got to the point where we think of ed-
ible food as garbage.
“Freeganism points creatively to
what’s wrong with our food system,”
she said. We’ve come to think of food in
terms of proft, not as something that
feeds and sustains people. “It’s our sus-
tenance,” Coyne said. “Food is some-
thing we depend upon. We build com-
munity around it. It’s not as soulless as
the dollar.”
Diving is a way for her and other
freegans to put this waste to use, engag-
ing in social activism and feeding them-
selves at the same time. If
anything, it’s changed the
way she thinks about food.
“Garbage is not as dis-
gusting as we think it is,”
said Coyne.
ance Marwood, a
fourth-year arts and
contemporary stud-
ies student, has no prob-
lem taking what businesses
throw out.
“It’s like having a glass of
water when I’m thirsty,” he
said. “It makes sense.”
He dives casually and said
community is an important
part of freeganism, including
cooking the food together. He
was introduced to dumpster
diving a few months ago by
his friends, an experience he
found liberating. Since then
he’s learned it takes fexibil-
ity and a willingness to learn
how to prepare and cook the
food. It’s especially impor-
tant to know what food is
good and what isn’t.
A dumpster is no different
than a fridge when it comes to analyz-
ing produce, said Coyne. Thick skin
and frm fesh are good signs that it’s
edible. So long as it’s good overall, a
small soft spot can be cut out. And it’s
important to wash everything.
There are also general guidelines
when dumpster diving. “The cardinal
getting them before they’re
picked up means knowing
their schedule. If everything
is aligned, all that’s left is to
open the lid and dive in.
The frst time Coyne
hopped into a dumpster was
a strange and perspective-
altering experience.
“Once you get your head
around approaching a
dumpster it gets a little eas-
ier,” she said.
Stores can make dump-
ster diving diffcult and
sometimes dangerous. They
can’t afford to put their li-
ability or insurance at risk
if someone gets sick from
diving in their dumpster, so
they use rat poison, put up
fences or use compactors
where “any food, any goods
get destroyed,” Coyne said.
Other stores make it eas-
ier for divers, setting aside
bushels of peppers or keep-
ing a bin of squash away
from the trash. And Second
Harvest, a non-proft organi-
zation that Coyne volunteers
for, regularly goes around to specifc
stores to deliver food to shelters that
would normally be thrown out.
Seeing dumpster diving as related
to poverty is missing the point. What
freeganism challenges is our willing-
ness to turn food into garbage as easily
as we do.
“It forces us to confront so many
belief systems we didn’t know we had,”
Coyne said. “We are having to confront
how much is usable.”
t is damp tonight and so is every-
thing inside the dumpster. Coyne
throws open the lid while her
friend Tammy leans in and pushes
aside empty cardboard produce boxes.
Nothing so far; then, a small clump of
bananas. Tammy climbs in and digs
“I just rediscovered banana bread
this week,” says Coyne, “so this is
They fll two fabric bags with the
bananas and a few apples before mov-
ing on. “My parents are going to be so
proud,” Coyne says.
She will go home and freeze many of
the bananas, using them to make food
for housemates and for the food-not-
bombs group, who go out regularly to
serve free vegan food to others.
On their way to another dumpster
Coyne and Tammy pass by a man
slumped in the entrance of a board-
ed-up store. Coyne pulls a bunch of
bananas from her bag and lays them
down beside him. At the next site the
two take different green bins, lifting
the lids and peeking in before moving
The last one they check is three-
quarters full with lettuce, whole mush-
rooms, strawberries, a potato — it’s a
massive dumpster salad, ripe for the
Treasure in the trash
rule is to leave things cleaner than you
fnd, and to not make it messy,” said
Finding the goods in the frst place
takes some planning and a little luck.
Dumpsters and green bins outside
grocery stores and markets are usu-
ally brimming with produce, though
By Samantha anderSon
dumpster-dining freegans are fghting capitalist waste and flling stomachs. Who knew that social justice could be so tasty?
Coyne digs in to green bin salad. Photo: ChriS dale

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diffcult to meet singles in Toronto. She frst heard
about the service through friends and remem-
bered seeing Lavalife ads around the city.
Lavalife describes its demographic as “hip, ur-
ban, socially active, media-savvy, and fun-seek-
ing.” Thirty-nine per cent of its users have a mini-
mum of a bachelor’s degree, and 36 per cent have
at least college or technical school training.
Clicking online and on dates
You can’t txt
msg breakup
Halfway into your ffth viewing of
New Moon with your beau, you real-
ize this isn’t for you. The lustre is gone
from your relationship, but you realize
there’s an easy way out. There’s a way to
avoid the argument and the tears.
However tempting this may sound,
don’t pick up the phone. Well, at least
cut out the T9.
A recent global survey has shown that
Canada is the country least likely to ar-
range a date or break up with someone
by text message; in both cases, only 4
per cent of the surveyed cell phone us-
ers admitting doing so.
But this statistic doesn’t blunt the ex-
perience of getting a breakup message.
“It was kind of like a huge kick in the
stomach,” said Alicia Hayashi, a sec-
ond-year journalism student. She had
a breakup over MSN, which left her un-
sure if the two and a half year relation-
ship was over. “To me it was a really bad
fght. It [was] so informal.” Hayashi said.
“If he would have called me, I would’ve
been able to hear the emotion.”
Facebook is another venue to use for
an impersonal breakup.
Keith Hodder is a second-year radio
and television arts student whose rela-
tionship status is hidden. “I just feel like
a lot of people on Facebook try to get
into other’s people’s business. I’m sure
a lot of people like having that kind of
support, but some people like to take
care of it on their own.”
—Matt Demers
There was a discernible grimace in Kitty Wong’s
voice as she described a date with a man she
found on Lavalife.
“In his profle picture, he looked like Zac Efron,”
said the fourth-year Ryerson fashion design stu-
dent. “But in real life, he was scrawny, short and
kind of creepy. He was really weird.”
According to an article in the Washington Post
earlier this year, online dating has spiked due to
the poor economic times since people do not
want to be alone and fnancially unstable. Agneta
Owen, a marketing consultant for Lavalife Corp.,
said that only 25 per cent of the company’s demo-
graphic fell within the 18 to 25 age range.
The disastrous date wasn’t Wong’s frst. Before
meeting the ersatz Efron, she’d gone on a date
with another Lavalife fnd she described as a de-
cent guy, but not her type.
Wong decided to use the popular online dating
service after realizing her rigorous studies made it
Erika Szabo, journalism frst-year student can
see why students would want to use such services,
after a friend of hers used www.okcupid.com with
some success.
“There is so much accessibility in using a dating
site,” she said. “It’s easier than meeting people in
public places. But students should be incredibly
cautious with whom they meet.”
Many online dating sites have faced criticism
for failing to authenticate profles, unbalanced
user sex ratios and for providing easy targets for
Internet predators.
As a result, many students frown upon Internet
dating, choosing to look for companions the “real”
However, a 2002 Wired magazine article by Ru-
fus Griscom made the prediction that effciency
will one day outstrip serendipity in the eyes of
busy singles.
“Twenty years from now, the idea that someone
looking for love without looking for it online will
be silly,” wrote Griscom.
Some students have turned to the Internet in order to meet potential partners. PHOTO: CHRIS DALE
Eye asks: What was your worst dating experience?
“I chose a movie with
Adam Sandler in it for
our frst date because
I thought it would be
funny, but it wasn’t.
It was fucking horrify-
ing. I ended up crying
my eyes out. Needless
to say, there was no
date number two.”
“I was on a date
with this guy
in Israel and
he asked if I
was pregnant.
I wasn’t.”
—Sasha Fisher,
third-year RTA
“Before our date at the
movies, I was left outside
in the cold for 20 min-
utes because my date
wouldn’t let me into his
place. Two weeks ear-
lier he had told me that
he had a pool table, which
turned out to be a lie he made to
impress me, and he didn’t want
me to see that he didn’t have
one. I was unimpressed.”
“We were at a bar
having drinks and,
for no reason, she
started weeping.
I asked why and
she was like, ‘You
remind me of my ex-
—Michelle Berube, frst-year
—Stefan Kostic, third-year
—Tianna Henry, frst-year
politics and goverance
But for current students like Wong, online dat-
ing just isn’t the way to fnd that special someone.
“I felt like it would be a waste of time and mon-
ey to keep using it,” said Wong, who gave up on
Lavalife after a year. “There were a lot of creepy
people. A lot of guys who were really rude.”
...in real life, he was scrawny, short,
and kind of creepy. He was really
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Rye group reclaims the pussy with pageant
by barbora simek
Pinning the tail on the donkey and sculpting
with Play-Doh teach you more than hand-eye
coordination. At the Vagina Friendly Pageant, 17
contestants had to prove their below-the-belt
knowledge through fun and games to snag the
crown at the Ram in the Rye last Friday, Nov. 27.
Planned by VDay at Ryerson, the pageant aimed
to raise awareness for the International VDay cam-
paign, an initiative to end violence against women
around the world.
“To say ‘vagina’ out loud is empowering. This
event is about having fun and engaging people
who otherwise wouldn’t be engaged,” said Ashley
Tran, president of VDay at Ryerson. Along with a
group of seven other members and her sister, Tran
helped bring the campaign to Ryerson.
“It’s about recognizing that violence against
women is a serious cause but it doesn’t mean
women need to victimize themselves and be in
a depressed state,” said Virginia Tran, one of the
event’s organizer. “Instead, we should celebrate.”
At the end of the event, judges fnally crowned
fourth-year politics student Mihial “Cunning-
Ling” Salariu as Most Vagina Friendly .
“My crown is hilarious,” he said.”It is the biggest
vagina I have ever seen; fuffy around the sides.
She’s a little dry, but I will take care of that.”
Salaris won after pinning the bush on a poster
of a woman’s hips, enticing the vagina with clit
compliments and moulding a vulva out of Play-
Other events included completing lyrics to va-
gina-friendly tunes, a speed banana-split eating
contest with the plates placed provocatively by the
hips of six female organizers and vagina jeopardy.
Yet the night also educated the crowd about the
impact and severity of violence against women
and girls.
“I didn’t how much violence there actually is,”
said Balu Kanagalingam, a third-year Business
Management and Accounting student.
“It’s really good for men to know that because
we have to make sure that the next generations of
men learn from the older generations.”
Salariu claimed the title from collecting the
most money from the crowd after his pitch of
what he’d do if he won, and after some delibera-
tion from the judges.
“It’s nice that it’s bringing the issue of violence
against women and girls out in the open,” he said.
“You can address violence as a whole, but when
you address specifc issues it makes it easier for
people to identify and do something about the
Before hitting the streets with his sash and
crown Salariu added, “I am sure there are going to
be some people in here who are going to be able to
leave and say the word ‘pussy’ without blushing.”
The winner poses with the VDay Vagina Friendly pageant hosts. photo: chris dale
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I thought I was getting a major in
journalism when I came to Ryerson,
but mondays I feel like I’m getting a
major in complaining.
Walking in a gadget wonderland
Business and technology editor Lauren Strapagiel picks out the presents for the student on your list (or yourself)
Fourth-year new media student Michael Lawrie’s
piece, Effcient Mondrian, uses HTML and
javascript to convert text to the projected image.
It can be viewed at the University of Toronto Art
Centre Lounge until Dec. 17.
Budget Splurge mid-range
I miss Ryerson, I miss Urban Plan-
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Debate: iPhone or Blackberry Bold?
@eggythemascot is ryerson paying
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This laptop pad from Belkin will let
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This is also a plus for the guys on
your gift list. Laptop heat transfer can
raise scotal temperature by up to 0.7 C,
threatening the well-being of the little
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Pulse smartpen
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The perfect excuse to slack off on
note taking. The Pulse smartpen from
Livescribe records audio as you write.
Were you in another world when your
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whatever was being said when you were
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The starter kit gets you a 1GB pen
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Startup 101: Win an iPod
Think you got what it takes to make it big? Pitch a
business idea to our Startup 101 columnist Evan Wynn
Kosiner and you could win an 8GB iPod Touch.
Send the following to
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