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Volume 48 - Issue 3

September 17, 2014
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In four years tuition will be over nine thousand: study
More than 50 per cent of Canadi-
an university students are taught
by part-timers who don’t know
if they’ll be employed again next
semester, according to a CBC
“I think part-time work is a
bad thing. I think that universities
should make more of an effort [to
accommodate non-tenured pro-
fessors] … because the economic
model that they’ve built basically
depends on [part-time instruc-
tors],” said Ira Basen, the docu-
mentary’s creator and a part-time
instructor at Ryerson.
“That’s basically how the univer-
sity business model works now.”
In recent years, post-secondary
institutions have increasingly re-
lied on hiring part-time instructors
looking to earn a tenured position.
On average, Canadian tenured
professors make somewhere be-
tween $80,000 and $150,000 a
year, while non-tenured instruc-
tors make closer to $30,000, ac-
cording to Basen. As well, part-
time professors tend to spend
more hours in the classroom
teaching than their tenured peers
but have little say in the develop-
ment of the curriculum, book se-
lection or evaluation methods of
the courses that they teach.
Part-time instructors are paid on
Students are taught by part-timers who have heavy workloads and little job security. Fun editor Keith Capstick digs into the story
Part-time professors often find themselves working longer hours in hopes of a tenured position down the line.
either a yearly or course-by-course
basis and are not guaranteed long-
term job security. There’s also pres-
sure on them to do research and
publish their work in hopes of ap-
plying for a tenured position, but
without being paid for their re-
search like tenured professors.
When instructors become ten-
ured they’re moved onto a salary
pay scale and don’t have to worry
about their contract ending and re-
applying for a new position.
“A lot of selection around ten-
ured-track position is based on re-
search. Most of it is based around
research experience,” said Adam
Thorn, an assistant political science
professor on a one-year contract.
In addition to research, non-
tenured professors rely heavily on
bolstering their applications with
student evaluations that are com-
pleted at the end of each course.
Tenured professors’ pay is split
between their three major respon-
sibilities: 40 per cent for in-class
teaching, 40 per cent for research
and 20 per cent for committee
work developing the curriculum.
This means that less than half of
their pay is for in-class interaction
with students.
“A large public institution like
Ryerson really emphasizes re-
search,” said Dale Smith, an Eng-
lish professor in his fourth year as
a tenured-track Ryerson instructor.
However, tenured professors
have different responsibilities than
their part-time peers, he added.
“Part-time faculty actually do
more teaching than I would do,
but I also have more of a commit-
ment to shaping the department,”
he said.
In his documentary, Basen em-
phasized the financial difficulties
that some part-time professors
“There’s a huge disparity in the
salary of the tenured faculty and
the contract faculty and they can’t
all be explained by the fact that the
tenured serve on committees and
they also do research,” said Basen.
President Sheldon Levy said that
the tenure-track process is impor-
tant because it gives the school a
chance to see if professors are a
good fit at Ryerson before being
taken on full time.
“You go through the tenure pro-
cess to ensure that the faculty mem-
bers you have for the long term are
excellent faculty members,” he
Non-tenured professors are still
a major part of Ryerson’s faculty
despite knowing that they might
not have a job after each semester
ends. Basen said that this uncer-
tainty is unfair.
“They shouldn’t have to not
know every three or four months
whether they’re going to be able
to put food on the table,” said
It’s a hard grind for part-time profs
A study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives projects a spike in tuition prices by 2017-18. Sorry, first-years
By Ramisha Farooq
National tuition fees are expected
to increase by a total of 13 per
cent over the next four years, ac-
cording to a new report by the Ca-
nadian Centre for Policy Alterna-
tives (CCPA).
The CCPA, an independent re-
search group, projects that fees
will rise to a nation-wide average
of $7,755 by the 2017-18 school
year. Students in Ontario will con-
tinue to pay the highest tuition
fees in the country at an average of
$9,483, a 12 per cent jump from
the current provincial average.
“Everyone here knows how
much we all depend on OSAP, I
don’t know why they would raise
tuition,” said first-year journalism
student Alexis Kuskuics.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
doesn’t think tuition costs will rise
so dramatically, citing the Ontario
government tuition cap policy.
The provincial Liberal govern-
ment introduced a tuition cap in
2013, which lowered the maxi-
mum possible tuition increase to
three per cent per year from five
per cent for undergraduate pro-
grams. It also added a five per cent
tuition fee increase limit on gradu-
ate and professional programs.
“Right now the government
has the policy established for four
years so I don’t think the govern-
ment is going to change their pol-
icy,” said Levy. “The maximum
[tuition] can go up is three per
cent each of those two [remaining]
Last year, however, the tuition
fees in Ontario for undergrad pro-
grams went up by four per cent,
according to the CCPA report.
Jesse Root, vice-president edu-
cation for the Ryerson Students’
Union, said he believes that de-
spite the projected increase, every-
thing comes down to priorities for
the university.
“[The increases are] something
we already know because [they]
already fall within the Liberal
framework. Ultimately it comes
down to underfunding of the insti-
tution,” Root said.
Fees in Ontario have quadru-
pled over the past 20 years while
public funding for university op-
erating revenue fell to 55 per cent
in 2011 from 79 per cent in 1993,
according to the CCPA.
Ryerson receives just over 30
per cent of its operating revenue
from provincial grants, the low-
est among all Ontario universities,
according to the Ontario Under-
graduate Student Alliance.
The rise in fees is also attrib-
uted to smaller ancillary costs,
like athletic and deferral fees,
that students are charged on top
of tuition costs. Alberta univer-
sities top the list, with students
projected to pay around $1,025
per year in additional costs. On-
tario students are expected to
pay $1,010 in similar fees by the
2017-18 school year.
Erica Shaker, director of the
CCPA, told The Financial Post
that the cost of getting a degree is
an “enormous financial stress” for
students and families.
“All the evidence both in Cana-
da and the U.S. does indicate that
financial stressors on students are
even more pronounced than stress-
ing about academic performance,”
Shaker said.
Projected tuition increases from a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Mohamed “Dung” Omar
Jackie “Wish For Tragedy” Hong
Sierra “THE PLAGUE” Bein
Jake “Sexy Invisible Prof” Scott
Sean “W” Wetselaar
Biz & Tech
Laura “Sockcucker” Woodward
Arts and Life
Leah “R U ILL?” Hansen
Josh “Mascot Hunter’” Beneteau
Natalia “Thuglord” Balcerzak
Farnia “Enter The Dragon” Fekri
Jess “Legend Of” Tsang
Rob “BIRTHED” Foreman
Keith “Shit Weekend” Capstick

Behdad “Who?” Mahichi
Nicole “Sked Master” Schmidt
John “Not Risen Yet” Shmuel
Becca “Typo Assassin” Goss
General Manager
Liane “Hi Chris!” McLarty
Advertising Manager
Chris “Hi Liane!” Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “Liane, Chris, Hi!” Mowat
Jake “Hacker” Thielen
Mikaila “Pan Am” Kukurudza
Mitch “Hawkeye” Bowmile
Krista “Double Agent” Robinson
Dylan “Sleepyhead” Freeman-
Blair “Paintmaster” Tate
Emma “Black Flag” Cosgrove
Amy “Anti-Sugar” Frueh
Jordan “Preview Queen” Cornish
Inshaal “Rosco” Badar
Brennan “Balls Deep” Doherty
Zoe “First Story Ever!” Melnyk
Ramisha “Deadlines?” Farooq
Annie “FUTURE” Arnone
Badri “OF” Murali
Igor “Chandler” Magun
Jacob “Joey” Dube
Kanwal “Monica” Rafiq
Andrea “Pheobe” Vacl
Brooklyn “Rachel” Pinheiro
Calvin “Ross” Dao
Caterina “Xinshi” Amaral
Serena “Neologism” Kwok
Olivia “Afflatus” McLeod
Emily “Hexastich” Blatta
Emma “Catharsis” MacIntosh
Julia “Ekphrasis” Vit
Mallory “Cinquain” Chate
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week is ev-
ery single dweeb who tells you they
don’t care about politics or that they
find it too boring.

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In case you’ve been living under a rock (or smoking them), Doug Ford is now running for mayor.
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There’s a fantastic saying that my
great, great grandfather once told
me while we were harvesting or-
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“None of that happened, you
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Rye Rhymes
Well slap me on the knee and call
me Rick, Toronto’s been tossed
into a political twister.
Just kidding, don’t call me Rick.
Ricks are the worst.
Just in case you’re a crustacean
that has recently joined our soci-
ety and missed the news, here’s a
quick summary of the batshit bo-
nanza that went down on Friday:
Rob Ford, the city’s controver-
sial mayor, who for some reason
was in second place on most recent
polls — i.e. was a major contender
in the election — announced that
he was stepping out of the race to
seek treatment for an abdominal
Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother,
best friend and campaign manager,
then announced that he would be
running for the chief magistrate’s
position instead. Bananas.
It gets crazier. Mike Ford, Doug
and Rob’s nephew and candidate
for Ward 2 (Etobicoke-North)
councillor, steps aside to run for
school trustee in Ward 1.
Running in his place? Rob god-
damn Ford.
That’s right. In less than three
hours Toronto learned that its
current mayor — who propelled
himself and his city into late night
talkshows, international me-
dia outlets and even a cameo in
“Sharknado 2” — would be step-
ping out of the race due to illness
and run for a city council seat he
held for three consecutive terms,
and that his brother — who had
previously said he was leaving
municipal politics — would run
for mayor.
For Ryerson, the municipal elec-
tion is even more of a blockbuster
thanks to the switch-up.
One of Ryerson’s fresh gradu-
ates, 22-year-old Munira Abukar,
is running for Ward 2 councillor.
Originally up against Mike Ford,
Abukar will now have to compete
for votes with both the mayor and
businessman Andray Domise. Read
more about Abukar on page 5.
On-campus Q&As scheduled
for this week with David Soknacki,
Karen Stintz and Rob Ford were
cancelled after they dropped out of
the race. John Tory pulled out of
his Q&A, which was scheduled for
Monday. Olivia Chow was the only
candidate to attend her Q&A.
A transit debate organized by
the Ryerson Students’ Union and
TTCriders, scheduled for Monday
as well, basically turned into an
extended Q&A for Chow when
Tory dropped out hours before the
5 p.m. start time.
Things got even more interest-
ing once the debate, if we can still
call it that, kicked off.
Chow was joined on stage by
another mayoral candidate who
wasn’t invited but was clearly
ready to speak.
D!ONNE Renée, a registered
mayoral candidate, started (loudly)
criticizing Chow’s platform and
later, after things got a little heated,
was escorted out of the room by
campus security. Chow then took
the opportunity to flesh out her
platform, unchallenged. More on
that on page 5.
The past four years’ mix of
twists, scandal and drama has cul-
minated in this ridiculously exciting
municipal election, and with Rob
and Doug Ford still vying for a spot
on city council, the madness could
be just getting started.
Is there a better time to get
engaged in politics than now? Is
the chance to have a say, a voice
in one of the country’s — if not
the world’s — most electrifying
municipal elections not a sexy
enough reason to get you hard
for democracy?
Are you not entertained?
Every week, we’ll publish some
poems to campus in this crappy
little space. Send — dear lord
please send — your poems to with
the subject line “Rye Rhymes” or
tweet it to @theeyeopener using
the hashtag #RyeRhymes.
I am the ram.
The ram, I am.
Or, I was.
I was the ram.
The ram was I and I was it as I bit
and chewed lattice fries that my
eyes stayed glued to.
I was the ram.
Can you open on Saturdays?
Ohamed Momar
Kerr Hall, your warmth,
It captivates my every step,
Your stairs stain my pants with
Am I in high school? Am I alive?
My eyes scream with the sweat of
a thousand sumo wrestlers,
My skin,
I hope it dries, one day, it will dry.
Mitch ‘Holistic’ Raphael
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Rye grad runs against Rob Ford
D!ONNE Renée making her case while security looks serious.
By Zoe Melnyk
Munira Abukar will go up against the mayor for Ward 2 councillor
Debating, now a
solo activity
Mayoral candidates dropped like flies, leaving Olivia
Chow to promote her platform to Ryerson students
By Brennan Doherty
and Behdad Mahichi
Munira Abukar is running against Toronto’s outgoing mayor.
Only one of four expected may-
oral candidates showed up to a
transit debate at Ryerson Monday.
John Tory, currently leading
the poll in the mayoral race, can-
celled his appearance three hours
before he was supposed to take
the stage, leaving the Big Transit
Debate with only one scheduled
candidate, Olivia Chow — as well
as an uninvited fringe candidate
D!ONNE Renée.
The debate, arranged by the Ry-
erson Students’ Union (RSU) and
Toronto transit advocacy group
TTCriders, began at 5 p.m. Mon-
day evening in the Sears Atrium
of the George Vari Engineering
Tory’s campaign contacted both
the RSU and TTCriders at 2 p.m.
announcing his withdrawal from
the event due to “competing cam-
paign priorities in the new phase
of the campaign,” mirroring an
earlier cancellation of a Q & A
session with students.
“Obviously, we’re extremely
frustrated, especially [by] the
last-minute nature of the cancel-
lation,” said RSU Vice-President
Education Jesse Root. He added
that Tory’s reason for cancelling
was “frankly, disrespectful to the
work that went into it.”
“TTCriders are furious about
John Tory’s decision to cancel at-
tendance at the last minute,” said
Jessica Bell, TTCriders’ executive
director, in a press release.
Adding to the confusion were
several attempts by Renée to join
the debate.
Renée, an officially registered
mayoral candidate who wasn’t
invited to the event, shouted over
attempts by the moderator and
the crowd to bring the debate to
order, saying Chow’s Scarborough
LRT plan would have a negative
impact on Scarborough. She made
note of Tory’s absence.
“There’s been much said about
Tory ... not wanting to talk to the
issues at hand to the students and
to the people who’ve attended here
with regards to transit,” Renée
yelled as RSU President Rajean
Hoilett tried to usher her offstage.
Ryerson security arrived shortly
after and escorted her outside.
Chow, the sole candidate in the
debate, used questions posed by
the moderators to flesh out the de-
tails of her new transit plan. The
first priority on her list is building
the long-discussed Scarborough
Light Rail Transit (LRT).
“I have the courage to stand up
for this issue. Courage to say the
Scarborough LRT is the better way
to go,” she said. Other highlights
include an additional $15 million
devoted to increasing bus service,
freezing fare rates at current lev-
els and calling on the provincial
government to provide additional
funding for municipal transit.
Some Ryerson students were
disappointed with the debate.
“It would have been better with
more candidates,” said Amanda
Buckingham, a second-year social
work student. Her friend Jordan
Perreault-Laieu, also a second-
year social work student, said the
two are part of Mobilizing Ac-
tively Political Students (MAPS),
a student political involvement
group. MAPS had arranged for all
the major Toronto mayoral candi-
dates to meet their members in a
town-hall-style meeting.
Chow showed up to the meeting
while Tory cancelled.
“Interesting thing in the email,
he said ‘I’m not able to attend this
one, but I will be at the evening
one.’ So we were like ‘OK, there
should be access to the students in
some form,’” said Perreault-Laieu.
One of Ryerson’s own will duke
it out against Toronto’s infamous
mayor at the polls Oct. 27.
Munira Abukar, a 22-year-old
who graduated from Ryerson’s
criminology program in June, is
running against Rob Ford for city
councillor in Ward 2 in the munic-
ipal elections. The Etobicoke na-
tive is focused on improving pub-
lic transit, offering more support
for students, health education and
reducing unemployment.
“It’s a matter of bringing respect
to those who live in the communi-
ty and putting them first and put-
ting their needs first and fighting
for things we haven’t had,” Abu-
kar said.
Abukar grew up in social hous-
ing and held a variety of positions
at Toronto Community Housing,
including vice-chair of the Resident
and Community Services Commit-
tee and director of the board. These
experiences give her first-hand
knowledge about changes public
housing needs, she said.
“I know the city needs to build
affordable housing, we need to
respect the people of the city and
build better housing and build our
houses up to code,” she said.
Abukar’s mother, Asha Mo-
hamed, is hands-on with her elec-
tion campaign. Mohamed said she
works full-time making calls and
canvasses neighbourhoods in sup-
port of her daughter.
“I’m proud of her and I know
Munira, she can change Ward 2,”
Mohamed said, adding that Abu-
kar always wanted to be involved
in politics.
Curtis Caesar, Abukar’s cam-
paign co-manager, has known her
for four years and is confident
she’s a perfect fit for Ward 2.
“She only talks from the heart.
She’s relatable, you know? And
she’s also someone who has a
strong work ethic,” he said. “I
think you would know right away,
when you meet (her) and hear her
talk, and we trust she’ll resonate
with voters.”
Abukar only recently found out
she would be running against out-
going Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
after he decided to drop out of the
mayoral race to seek treatment for
an abdominal tumour. He decided
to run for Ward 2 instead, current-
ly held by his brother Doug Ford.
Abukar said she’s is not deterred
by the high-profile candidate and
wishes Ford a quick recovery.
Abukar said she thinks her
chances of winning “are phenom-
enal,” but that she will continue
to help the community even if she
does not win.
“It’s about being in it for the
community for the long haul. If
not 2014, then we know 2018 is
around the corner,” she said.
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6 NEWS Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
The Scope tries to catch some waves
Ryerson’s online radio station is ready to stop surfing the web and hit the AM dial
comes home
HitchBOT is the travelling robot
that spent its summer hitchhiking
across Canada. On Monday Sept.
15, it finally came home, landing
at Toronto Pearson International
One of the men behind the trav-
elling robot is Ryerson’s Frauke
Zeller, an assistant professor in
the School of Professional Com-
munication. HitchBOT was able
to travel 6,000 km on the Trans-
Canada highway.
The project was meant to figure
out if robots can trust humans, ac-
cording to a press release.
HitchBOT recharged right be-
fore getting on its flight home and
arrived covered in stickers and
pins from his travels.
Gould Street
will be sexy
again, one day
Gould Street is getting fixed. Even-
tually. Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy confirmed that the school has
submitted a request to have the in-
famous road repaved.
That means that our blue-and-
yellow abomination will get a
coat of fresh, sexy tarmac at some
point, but the university has no
say in when the project will begin.
Since the city is responsible for
returning the road to its former un-
painted glory, we find ourselves at
the mercy of the dreaded city proj-
ects waiting list. The Eyeopener
gave our friends at the 311 hotline
a call and they were able to tell us
that this isn’t happening until fall
2015 at the earliest. Get cozy.
A hearing for The Scope’s AM license ap-
plication will be held on Sept. 25.
Ryerson’s web-based campus radio
station, The Scope, is waiting to
hear its fate after applying for an
AM non-profit campus community
radio license.
The hearing will be held on Sept.
25 and the Canadian Radio-tele-
vision and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) will an-
nounce its decision soon after.
Students used to pay an annual
levy of $10.35 to the operations of
CKLN 88.1 FM, the former com-
munity radio station. CKLN had
its license revoked in 2011 after vi-
olating CRTC regulations. A refer-
endum held that same year decided
that a new station could get the
money if it receives a radio license.
The application for a license is
a multi-step process. In July, The
Scope was finally given a hearing
date and an open call, where the
Ryerson community was encour-
aged to voice its support for The
Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, the
station manager, said that the sta-
tion is currently running on limited
cash and drawing on funds from
the 2011 referendum, which was
held to direct a levy to fund a new
campus station. The Scope’s staff
and volunteers are aware of this,
she said.
In order to fund the rest of the
activities, The Scope has also
started selling sponsorships, ran a
radio camp and received grants.
Additionally, it has ongoing fund-
ing projects like book sales to raise
During the summer, in order
to conserve resources, The Scope
had to scale back staff hours since
it was not as busy as during the
school year. Due to limited fund-
ing, it was not able to take on spe-
cial projects, but Harrison added
that “a creative solution to this
has been found in grants for a few
projects, such as documentary pro-
duction or training placements.”
Despite the recent difficulties,
those involved with The Scope
have no complaints. Vjosa Isai, a
third-year journalism student who
is a volunteer, said her experience
at the station has been very re-
warding. “The staff are incredibly
supportive and have helped me
navigate through learning about
radio and being able to start a
If The Scope gets the AM license,
the levy that they will receive will
provide a stable source of funds.
But, if they don’t, the board, which
consists of students, will meet and
approve of a revised plan.
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E-G-G-Y who dat? Who dat?
By Rob Foreman
Wronzberg squared
By Mitch Bowmile
The Ryerson women’s hockey
team is getting double the Wronz-
berg this year with sister Ashley
joining Melissa for the first time.
Ashley, the older of the two, will
be joining the team as a defence-
man this season, making it the first
time the siblings have played on
the same competitive team.
“I’ve watched [Melissa] play
on the team since the team
started three years ago and
kind of always thought that it’d
be really cool to go back and
play,” Ashley said.
Melissa has been one of the
leading scorers on the Rams and
will be going into her fourth year
as last year’s team MVP. Her seven
goals and 11 points led the team
last season.
Despite sibling rivalries that date
back to playing mini-sticks at home
and road hockey outside, Melissa
says she’s excited for her sister to be
joining the squad.
“Ashley’s like one of my friends
though, so it’s not way off she’s
just joining my group of friends,”
Melissa said.
Melissa isn’t the only one
thrilled to have Ashley. Head
coach Lisa Haley is happy with
the decision to add Ashley
to the roster.
“She asked to try out for the
team, I really had no choice [not]
to take her, she was fantastic,”
Haley said.
Being a rookie, Ashley will need
to work her way up and fight for
the ice time her sister gets on the
top line, but Haley said things
will work out for her if she con-
tinues, “steady improvement on a
daily basis.”
Two is better than one for women’s hockey
Ashley and Melissa Wronzberg are inseparable.
Men’s hockey hits the books
With 10 players gone, the team has a lot to do before the season starts
By Krista Robinson
You might not recognize the
Ryerson men’s hockey team
this season, as ten players have
left the program.
Jamie Wise, top scorer on the
team last season, left Ryerson to
try out for a spot on the Chicago
Blackhawks. Former captain An-
drew Buck, along with forward
Dustin Alcock graduated after five
seasons and defenceman Tyler Mc-
Carthy transferred to Conestoga
College to become an electrician.
Forwards Daniel Lombardi,
Steve Taylor and Jason Mc-
Donough are gone, along with de-
fencemen Peter Hermenegildo and
David Searle, and backup goalie
Steve Gleeson. According to head
coach Graham Wise, they all quit
to focus on school.
At the time of publication, the
former players either declined to
comment or hadn’t responded
to The Eyeopener’s requests for
an interview.
“It came as a surprise to me,”
said defenceman Brian Birkhoff.
“But [hockey] takes up a lot of
time, and not everyone is able to
do it.”
The Rams practice up to five
days a week and usually have two
games on the weekend.
“It’s not easy,” says centreman
Michael Fine. “When you’re on
road trips and have those three,
four hours on the bus, you’ve got
to bring homework.”
Last year, the Rams came in
third place in the Ontario Uni-
versity Athletics (OUA) west divi-
sion. They finished second overall
in goals per game. In short, it was
a successful season, but it didn’t
come without some setbacks.
The Rams were suspended last
November for drinking on a road
trip in New Jersey. They had to
forfeit two games and assistant
coach Lawrence Smith was fired.
But Birkhoff says that didn’t
hurt the team, it did the opposite.
“It’s no secret we went through
a lot of trials and tribulations
as a team but I don’t think that
would push them away,” he said.
“I actually think that brought
us closer together.”
Despite the roster revamp, Gra-
ham isn’t worried about his team.
“You can’t worry about who
you don’t have,” he said. “I think
we’ve got a really good group of
kids here [and] they’re capable of
putting a very competitive Ryer-
son team on the ice.”
There will be some new smiling faces on the men’s hockey team this year.
Like any good superhero, Eggy
the Ram lives a double life —
a student by day and a party
animal by night.
Jeremy Pearl, a Ryerson gradu-
ate, was Eggy in 2012-13 and
agreed to tell all about what it’s
like behind the mask, a story never
before told on the record.
“When you’re in a suit, when
you’re acting as a mascot, you’re
willing to go a little bit crazier,”
he said.
The radio and television arts
(RTA) graduate, who now does
freelance work with Sportsnet and
CBC, got the Eggy gig by work-
ing for Ryerson athletics, running
their Twitter account.
His first time in the suit just
happened to be for, according to
Pearl, the biggest game in Ryerson
basketball history.
The Ryerson men’s basketball
team had made it to the Ontario
University Athletics (OUA) final
four in 2012 and upset the Lake-
head Thunderwolves to send them
to the national championships.
The team had not been there
in 10 years.
“I was going nuts — cause I’m
a fan myself and because I was
Eggy,” Pearl said. “So I was just
trying to pump the crowd up as
much as possible.”
Another graduate, ARi Lyon
was Eggy between 2008-10 when
the costume looked a lot more
like a dog.
“Eggy was fuzzy and adorable
when I did it,” he said in an email.
Lyon’s first experience with the
suit was a hot one.
“It smelled terrible and the fan
in the head was broken so I was
dripping sweat within minutes,”
he said.
Lyon’s version of Eggy tended
to perform stunts during Rams
games. He said his past experience
with a Russian circus helped him
with his tricks.
“I would take off the jersey
he was wearing and go ‘streak-
ing’ through a game,” Lyon
said. “[And I would] throw my-
self down the bleachers just to
freak people out.”
Pearl said that he was a little
short for the ideal height of the
“one size fits all” costume, but he
was able to get around it by mak-
ing the best of the platform shoes
that come with Eggy’s outfit.
Pearl said it is really hard to see
out of the eyes and so he needed a
handler to keep an eye on him.
“Your peripherals are really
shot, and you can only really see
straight forward,” he said. “Some
weird things would happen ... I’d
be taking a picture with someone
and they would, you know, grab
my butt.”
Kristen Burkard, Ryerson’s mas-
cot coordinator, said Eggy “ex-
emplifies the true Ryerson spirit,
reflecting the heart and and pas-
sion of the student body through a
commitment to optimism, sports-
manship, and the pursuit of excel-
lence through entertainment.”
This was important to Pearl,
who said that if there’s a five-
year-old waving and [the mascot]
doesn’t see them, “you look like
a dick, and you can’t have Eggy
look like a dick.”
ARi Lyon as Eggy.
Jeremy Pearl was Eggy in 2012-13.
For the first time ever, two men who have been Eggy speak, taking us inside the most famous Ram on campus
8 Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
G. Raymond Chang was more
than a Bay Street millionaire,
philanthropist and Ryerson
chancellor. Though he died this
summer, he left a lasting mark
on campus.
By Dylan Freeman-Grist
n a hushed stage facing
Ryerson’s graduating class,
Raymond Chang stood in
front of the departing se-
niors. Dressed in a robe of
blue and gold, he gazed over the crowd.
He was a millionaire, a sucessful business
man and a reknowned philanthropist but
ask anyone who knew him and they would
tell you that it was here, on this campus, he
was most at home. Ryerson students were
his passion and of all the passions in his life,
and there were many, education was near
the top.
Beaming with his signature smile, he be-
gan what would be his final speech to a hall
filled with the class of 2012.
hang, who would become
Ryerson’s third chancellor,
was born Nov. 24, 1948 in
Kingston, Jamaica.
He was the third of seven
children and lived on the same street as his
family and cousins (35 in total) in Kings-
ton. He assisted his mother in running one
of the largest bakeries in Jamaica, which
peddled fruitcake across the island.
Chang went on to immigrate to To-
ronto, where he became a millionaire on
Bay Street and a well-known champion
of philanthropy in both Canada and Ja-
maica. Later in his life, when he came to
the school, he was often refered to as the
“Students’ Chancellor” of Ryerson.
Chang died on July 27, after a battle
with leukemia. He was 65.
In 1967 Chang left Jamaica for Troy,
N.Y. before settling in Toronto shortly af-
ter to study engineering and commerce at
the University of Toronto.
He went on to complete his chartered ac-
counting designation before earning a for-
tune on Bay Street while helping to morph
a then-tiny investment firm into current
juggernaut CI Financial. In the most recent
financial quarter, CI’s total assets topped
“I always thought of Ray as someone
who thought the highlight of his career was
the six years he spent at Ryerson,” said Bill
Holland, a longtime business partner at CI
and close friend of Chang. “As much as he
was a huge success in business his real pas-
sion was education.”
Chang’s tenure as chancellor began in
2006 and ran until 2012.
While the title of chancellor can often be
simply ceremonial in nature, Chang’s life-
long passion for education culminated in
his office and manifested in his actions.
“I would say that in any university a
chancellor is an important figure repre-
senting the values of the university and
Raymond did that extremely, extremely
well,” said Ryerson President and Vice-
Chancellor Sheldon Levy, who worked
with Chang for all six years of his tenure.
“He was someone who really generally
loved students.”
That love took many forms, with per-
haps the most notable being the philan-
thropic activity Chang brought to the cam-
pus. He poured millions of his own dollars
into helping to develop and build Ryerson
into the institution it is today.
Publicly, Ryerson discloses that Chang
donated five-million dollars. But he had a
tendency to request anonymity when he
gave back, so the figure could be much
larger. Either way, the G. Raymond Chang
School of Continuing Education today car-
ries his name because of his generosity.
arie Bountrogianni first
met Chang when she
worked at the Royal
Ontario Museum. She
stayed there from 2007
to 2011 as president and executive director.
She recalls pitching the idea of making
the Toronto landmark the most accessible
museum for those with disabilities in the
Chang put up the money instantly, fund-
ing ramp and incline renovations and the
development of miniatures to allow the
blind to interact through touch with exhib-
its blocked by glass. It also funded staff and
training for special walking tours — the list
goes on.
“For six months I couldn’t tell anyone
either, I couldn’t tell anyone he gave us the
money,” Bountrogianni said.
Now dean of the Chang school, she re-
calls his same zeal for helping where he
could right here on campus.
One major project he backed was an ini-
tiative by the Chang school to support and
maintain an online continuing-education
nursing program for students in the West
The program has helped to train over
400 nurses in nations such as Jamaica, St.
Lucia and Belize.
“This had tremendous impact on the
healthcare in the West Indies, they have a
nursing shortage,” Bountrogianni said.
The nursing program is now offered to
students across Canada.
n the corner of Yonge-Dun-
das Square, a bustling office
looks out onto one of Can-
ada’s busiest intersections.
Huddled on the sixth floor
is Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone.
Apple computers and messy desks are a
signature of the entrepreneurship incubator,
the number one university-affiliated startup
centre in Canada and the fifth in the world.
Employees and entrepreneurs, many of
them Ryerson students, dash wildly from
meeting to meeting or tinker for hours on
the next great analytic service, social media
platform or smartphone app.
Millions of dollars have been developed
in revenue, most of it enhanced or support-
ed by students in some capacity.
This whole operation was made possible
by Chang, who put up money to speed the
process when the DMZ was just an idea be-
ing tossed around Ryerson board rooms.
“There were many occasions where a
student would need some funding for a
project and I would talk to Raymond,”
Levy said. “I’d say, ‘Ray I just met a stu-
dent,’ [and] immediately he would have a
big smile on his face and be willing to sup-
port them.”
Levy recalled a time when Chang simply
called him to say he’d be giving half a mil-
lion dollars for any student projects the ad-
ministration wanted to support.
hang sat, looking on in-
tently as a group of students
mulled over the details of a
classical revamp of an Ant-
ony and Cleopatra script.
He was sitting in on a performance act-
ing class. Though he may have been one
of Ryerson’s most generous donors, his
dedication to the school transcended his
“How many chancellors show up at the
school every single day?” Holland said. “He
went to the classes because he wanted to
know the students’ experience, he wanted
to know the teachers’ experience, he wanted
to understand the quality of teaching.”
Chang would spend extraordinary
amounts of time in Ryerson’s classrooms,
like this one, learning from students. His
choice of lecture was in no way tied to his
own academic background.
While students ran through their lines
and motions Chang did not stir, remain-
ing in his seat to ensure he saw the class
“It was nice because some people just do
it to make an appearance but he’d stay for
hours,” said Cynthia Ashperger, an instruc-
tor at the Ryerson Theatre School who
taught a handful of courses that Chang
attended. “He was curious about it and I
think his curiosity is what took him far in
life [and] apart from his ambition, he was
genuinely curious.”
steel drum buzzed through
the hall during Ryerson’s
convocation. The instru-
ment, a polished plate that
is a pillar of West Indian
music, was added to the ceremonies to
honour and celebrate Chang’s final cer-
emony as chancellor.
Chang flashed his signature smile on
stage before he spoke.
“We are counting on you to draw on the
knowledge and skills you have gained at
Ryerson — transform them into ideas and
actions that bring prosperity, peace and
happiness,” he said. “But whatever you
do, or wherever you go, I challenge you
[to] make a difference. Ryerson believes in
your abilities and stands ready to help you
again if further learning is in your plans.”
He stuck around after the ceremony, as
he often did, ceremonial mace in hand, to
pose in as many pictures with students as
he could, always making sure they showed
their degrees.
He believed there was nothing more im-
portant than education. To him, it was an
equalizer, a building block, the first step to
a bright future.
As they posed for pictures, Chang made
sure to greet all the students by name, read-
ing them off their degrees, to make a per-
sonal connection.
Two years later he was gone. Yet in his
six years at Ryerson he left his mark all
over the campus. His legacy, as a man who
dedicated his life to propping up others,
tied infinitely to Ryerson’s future.
As much as he was a huge success
in business, his real passion was
How many chancellors show up at
the school every single day?
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 ARTS & LIFE
Welcome to your Ryerson Artspace
Former IMA Gallery gets a literal new lease on life after 20 years of staying static
The brand new Ryerson Artspace, located next to the Gladstone Hotel, offers natural
light and access to Queen Steet West.
After 20 years in the same spot,
Ryerson’s non-profit student art
gallery has made a move that aims
to get student work more public
The IMA Gallery, formerly lo-
cated on the third floor of a walk-
up at 80 Spadina Ave., moved to a
spot next to the Gladstone Hotel
at the beginning of September and
has been renamed the Ryerson
The lease for the IMA Gallery
space was up in May, said gal-
By Leah Hansen lery director Robyn Cumming.
Although the option to stay in
the building existed, much had
changed over the years and the
gallery location was no longer
“When they first got into 80
Spadina there were a lot more gal-
leries in that building and it was
sort of the gallery hub of Toron-
to,” Cumming said. “A lot has
changed in terms of where the gal-
leries are and the building doesn’t
get as much traffic as it used to.”
And so the search was on for a
space that would facilitate easier
access to student exhibitions. An
opportunity arose that put the
brand new Ryerson Artspace next
to the Gladstone Hotel, a well-
known Toronto art destination.
The new space boasts a wealth
of natural light, an entrance just
off Queen Street West and 14-foot
“It was difficult at 80 Spadina
to get anyone just walking in off
the street because they wouldn’t
even know we were in the build-
ing,” Cumming said. “We’ve al-
ready seen, just from opening in
the last couple days, how much
more access we have to the public
in the new space.”
As part of the new partnership,
Artspace events will be included
in marketing materials sent out by
the Gladstone and some student
gallery programming will extend
into the upper floors of the hotel,
Cumming said.
In addition, opening nights at
the Artspace are planned to take
place at the same time as Glad-
stone openings, giving student
work more publicity. The Art-
space’s grand opening was held
Sept. 11 in conjunction with the
grand opening of Hard Twist 9,
a fibre optics installation at the
Andrew Savery-Whiteway, a
fourth-year photography student,
is part of the collective that is
showing the first-ever exhibit in
the new space. The Daytrip col-
lective exhibition will hang in the
gallery until Sept. 28 — it explores
forgotten pieces of Canadiana that
the group photographed in day-
trips away from the city.
Savery-Whiteway previously ex-
hibited at the IMA Gallery along-
side other members of his collec-
tive and said the new space was a
definite improvement.
“Even just to see the tally of
the amount of people that have
come in, there’s no way we would
have gotten that kind of traffic
[at the IMA Gallery],” he said.
“By square footage, it’s probably
smaller than the last gallery, but it
feels like a bigger space.”
The new space is further from
campus than the 80 Spadina lo-
cation, but Savery-Whiteway said
venturing off Ryerson’s campus
gives students a chance to discover
Toronto’s art scene.
“It’s really important that you
get used to the Toronto arts com-
munity and outside that ecosystem
that Ryerson generates,” he said.
“It’s nice to show students that
this is a step towards being a pro-
fessional outside of the Ryerson
support group.”
The added distance aside, stu-
dent work is sure to get a boost
from the partnership with the
Gladstone and access to widely-
known Queen Street West after 20
years of being tucked away.
“Just the sheer audience that the
students are able to get at this new
location is immense,” said Cum-
ming. “The students now have ac-
cess to those people and are able
to speak about their work and get
public opinion which is really ben-
eficial for them.”
Preview: Ryerson Image Centre
RIC marks 100th anniversary of First World War with three exhibits
Dispatch: War Photographs in
Print, 1854-2008
Dispatch examines the relationship
between photojournalism and the
press during times of war. The ex-
hibit covers 150 years of war docu-
mentation. See it in the RIC’s main
gallery from Sept. 17 until Dec. 7.
Harun Farocki: Serious Games
Late German artist Harun Farocki
explores the relationship between
technology and wartime violence.
This four-part large-scale installa-
tion explores the virtual reality used
by the U.S. military for recruitment.
It’s on display in the RIC’s univer-
sity gallery from Sept. 17 to Dec. 7.
Drone Wedding
This exhibit addresses the matter
of public surveillance and privacy
breaches caused by modern sur-
veillance methods. Displayed on
eight screens, Elle Flanders and
Tamira Sawatzky used four sur-
veillance cameras and a military
drone to take footage of a wed-
ding, emphasizing how surveil-
lance footage changes the way we
view an everyday event. See it at
the RIC from Sept. 17 to Dec. 19.
Spit and Image
Sam Cotter, a Ryerson photogra-
phy graduate, merges photogra-
phy, sculpture, installation and
film to address his interest in
bridging art with culture. Through
Spit and Image, Cotter takes you
inside the deceptive nature of film-
making through an immersive au-
dio and visual experience. Spit and
Image is showing on the second
floor of the Image Centre from
Sept. 17 until Oct. 26.
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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Rye profs and robots are helping children with autism
By Emma MacIntosh
Two Ryerson professors and their
robots, Max and Rob, are on a mis-
sion to help children with autism.
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
and Jamin Pelkey from the lan-
guages, literatures and cultures
department are involved in a re-
search project focused on the de-
velopment of technology in special
education. The robots, known as
NAOs, are created by Aldebaran
“Through human-robot in-
teraction, we’re trying to col-
lect speech information from
children with autism,” Walsh
Matthews said. The study is usu-
ally done in therapists’ offices
inside the participants’ schools.
Programmed to act out emo-
tions, recognize faces and partici-
pate in educational games, NAOs
are being tailored as a tool for
children with autism.
Therapists, researchers and ro-
bot technicians observe the child
interact and play with the NAOs.
“It’s possible that children will
provide more speech data with a
robot that they wouldn’t be will-
ing to provide with ordinary con-
versation partners… possibly be-
cause they feel less judgment for
what they say,” said Pelkey. “The
robot is humanoid, but smaller
than most children — they inter-
act with the robot on a different
Pelkey recalled one session in
particular where one participant’s
progress really began to show.
“When a child entered the room,
he didn’t address any of the adult
observers, he focused in on the ro-
bot and said in a hushed tone, ‘Hi,
Matthews said that the research
demonstrated that children who
took the first steps to interact with
the robots are 30 per cent more
willing to participate in human in-
There is some concern however,
that the study could backfire. It’s
a potential risk that a child may
prefer to talk to a robot instead of
a human being.
Matthews and Pelkey are cur-
rently focused on collecting data
from their research and have no
imminent end date for their ex-
“We want to let the data do the
talking,” Pelkey said.
The NAO robots can express emotions and even recognize faces.
A Hell of a Job
Working alongside celebrity host
and chef Gordon Ramsay can get
pretty hot.
Arthur Smith, executive producer
of Hell’s Kitchen and Ryerson radio
and television arts grad, is back for
the show’s 13th season premiere.
“We knew we had something
special when we started,” said
Smith. “Hell’s Kitchen is unlike
any other reality series.”
The show is a reality TV cook-
ing competition set up in an in-
tense culinary academy run by
Gordon Ramsay.
The Emmy-nominated show
first aired in 2005, and has since
been considered one of the most
popular cooking shows on TV.
While some reality shows might
seem unrealistic, Smith said that
Hell’s Kitchen is always natural
and never scripted. “The contes-
tants are authentic, we get real
chefs and real people.”
After launching his career at
CBC sports and producing three
Olympic games, he went on to
work with Dick Clark Produc-
tions and FOX Sports.
In 2000, Smith and his friend
Kent Weed started their own pro-
duction company, A. Smith & Co.
Productions, now one of the leading
production titles in North America,
bringing Hell’s Kitchen to the top.
“I knew I wanted to work in
the entertainment industry, and
Ryerson gave me the confidence I
needed,” Smith said.
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By Emily Blatta
Are you part of a student group on campus that’s doing something cool? Do you know someone that has
done extraordinary things? If so, email and let us know!
Chancellor’s Award of Distinction
President’s Award for Teaching Excellence
Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award
Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award
Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award
Deans’ Teaching Awards
Call for
Visit the Recognition & Awards website for information about award details, guidelines and
eligibility, and to submit a nomination through the Online Nomination Portal.
Please Note: Completed nomination packages, including the nominee’s online consent
must be submitted before November 3, 2014 at noon.
Learning sessions will be hosted on September 29, October 15 and October 23 to answer any
questions you may have about the nomination process and the Online Nomination Portal.
To register, visit the Learning Events Calendar at
Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award
Early Research Career Excellence Award
Collaborative Research Award
Knowledge Mobilization & Engagement Award
Social Innovation & Action Research Award
YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Awards
Deans’ Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Awards
President’s Blue & Gold Award of Excellence
Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership
Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award
Linda Grayson Leadership Award
Larissa Allen Employee Experience Award
Make Your Mark Award (new sustainability category)
Deans’ Service Awards
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Recognize someone’s outstanding contribution in the areas of:
Deadline November 3, 2014 at noon
Teaching and Education
Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity
Service and Leadership
For further information, contact Emily Pomeroy,
recognition project lead at
or 416-979-5000, ext. 6250.
12 Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
An online tool that connects stu-
dents with different skills, created by
two Ryerson students, is planned to
launch on Blackboard on Sept. 18.
Each spring, the Slaight Business
Plan Competition hosted by Enactus
Ryerson chooses two entrepreneur
teams — one female-led team and
one male-led team — and awards
them $25,000 to grow their venture.
Kaylie Greaves and Allison
Rhodes, digital media masters stu-
dents and creators of Kahoots, were
one of the two winning business
teams. is a website that
connects students with specific skills
needed to contribute to a project.
“The idea for Kahoots came
about in our capstone class for en-
trepreneurship last year,” Greaves
said. “Students in the class had
strong ideas for businesses but
lacked necessary skills to get them
started. There were students looking
for programmers, artists, designers
and film editors. We knew there were
students on campus who had these
skills but we didn’t know how to get
in touch with them. We started de-
signing the project-sharing platform
and quickly realized that if Ryerson
students were having this issue, the
same was probably true for students
A good idea pays
By Jacob Dube
Sean Wise, assistant professor of
entrepreneurship and strategy men-
tored Greaves and Rhodes during
their startup.
“Kahoots gave a great pitch
but what set them apart is the fact
that they found a problem that stu-
dents need to solve,” Wise said.
Brian Lesser, Ryerson’s director of
computing and communications ser-
vices and his team helped build the
website in its early stages.
“Students always have a problem
linking up with each other. It would
be great if they had a marketplace
to find the talents they’re looking
for,” Lesser said.
After winning the competition,
the founders began working on
Kahoots in the Digital Media Zone.
“The majority of the prize money
will be going towards the cost of
developing the site. Once we get it
to a stage we’re happy with, we’ll
be looking to shift our focus to a
mobile application,” Greaves said.
“Throughout our experience
in university, we’ve had the most
fun and learned more from the proj-
ects we’ve elected to work on as
opposed to those that were academic
requirements,” she said. “So much
value can come from extracurricular
projects. If we can help bring
students together, build experi-
ence and build something their
excited about, we’ve done our job.”
By Igor Magun
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
proposed recommendations to the
House of Commons standing com-
mittee on finance for the 2015 pre-
budget consultations on Aug. 5.
Levy’s three recommenda-
tions focused on investments for
campus-based incubators, mak-
ing the economy more supportive
of startups, improving the adop-
tion rate of new technologies and
reducing entry barriers in the job
market for young people.
“All the recommendations were
geared to provide more opportu-
nity for young people across Can-
ada,” Levy said.
Levy suggested the government
offer tax relief to businesses in-
volved with campus-based projects.
“In the case of the innovations,
we should see some support from
the government because they have
also ... been going in the same di-
rection,” Levy said.
The standing committee on fi-
nance will have a report on all the
recommendations submitted by
Canadians ready in time for parlia-
ment’s adjournment in December.
“I think some of the recommen-
dations that we made, if imple-
mented right away, would begin to
benefit students almost immediate-
ly,” Levy said. “But the reality of it
is that these recommendations are
put in slowly.”
Levy budges the budget
Professors get cyberbullied too
They just experience it on a different website
For Kahoots, it was $25,000 and a spot on Blackboard
After a Maclean’s article surfaced
about professors feeling cyberbullied
on — a site
allowing students to evaluate their
instructors anonymously — The
Eyeopener decided to ask Ryerson
professors for their opinion about
the site’s not-so-nice comments.
“I really try my hardest not to re-
spond to anything on Rate My Prof
because what a site like that is going
to do is attract people who are high-
ly motivated to comment on your
teaching, either adoring you or hat-
ing you,” said Lisa Taylor, assistant
professor in the school of journalism.
Taylor said the worst thing she
ever read on the site “was something
about ‘lectures being a joke, I didn’t
go to them but I still managed to do
fine in the course.’”
A study on post-secondary cyber-
bullying at Simon Fraser University
found that 25 per cent of the 330
faculty members surveyed reported
being cyberbullied by students in
the past year — 42 per cent of those
said the main source of bullying was
“I’m pretty blunt when it comes to
Rate My Prof comments because the
main point is to help out other stu-
dents by being as honest as possible
about [a professor’s] teaching,” said
Ricky Gomez, a third-year account-
ing student.
The site’s terms of use state that
comments regarding any “profanity,
name-calling or vulgar, derogatory
remarks” will be taken down.
But comments describing profs
as “bitches” and “douchebags” still
surface the site.
“I think some students get carried
away with their comments, espe-
cially when they have nothing to do
with the prof’s teaching and are more
about what the prof looks like,” said
Shayna Richmond, a fourth-year
nursing student.
But some profs don’t think the
comments are accurate and turn to
faculty surveys for a depiction of
their teaching.
“From a professor’s point of view,
you sometimes feel that it’s not true
and you wish you could set the re-
cords straight,” said Catherine
Beauchemin, an associate professor
in the physics department.
“For the most part Rate My
Prof just becomes a running joke
between profs — one prof will
read another prof’s comments and
make jokes about it to each other,”
said Beauchemin.
Some professors feel like they are getting virtually punched with mean comments.
The winners of the Slaight Business Plan Competition are happy.
By Laura Woodward
Hackathon at Ryerson tackles dementia
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Architects design more than just buildings
Jad Joulji and Justin Picone were
frustrated with the employment pro-
cess — so they hired themselves.
Two months ago, the Ryerson
architectural science graduates
launched, a website
that gives young designers a chance
to showcase their work and connect
with clients.
Users log onto the website and
select the type of project they need
designed, describe their design
criteria, their budget, the deadline,
the award to the winning designer
and then launch the competition.
Designers then propose a variety of
options for the client to choose. Once
the client chooses which design they
like, they award the designer with a
cash prize.
“We try to target young designers
because we want to give them the
opportunity and experience they
don’t have and give them a risk-free
environment where they can try out
their design ideas, to mould them-
selves into the designer they want to
be and develop their own style and
way of doing things,” Joulji said.
Joulji and his partner also found
that clients struggle to find designers
and often don’t know how to begin
the process.
“Traditionally a client has one
designer and that one designer will
give them one design,” Joulji said.
“But in our model, the client can
target several designers to get several
designs at the same time versus the
The entrepreneurs’ inspiration
came from the website,
a crowdsourcing model for logos and
graphic design. Joulji and Picone said
they thought the same idea could
potentially be applied to architecture
and home design.
Joulji and Picone turned to the
DMZ to put their idea into action.
Now in their fourth week at the
DMZ, the two entrepreneurs have
worked to further develop the site
and gain mentorship.
“Right now, the website is func-
tional and everything is working, but
we’re in our phase where we read out
the bugs and figure out what works
and what doesn’t,” Joulji said.
By Kanwal Rafiq
The creators of HouseIt Jad Joulji, right, and Justin Picone.
Ryerson architecture graduates start a website to give designers experience and clients options
Students, computer programmers,
healthcare professionals and tech-
nology enthusiasts gathered for a
weekend-long “hackathon” at Ry-
erson’s Digital Media Zone Sept.
The software building competi-
tion — dubbed DementiaHack —
was organized by the nonprofit pro-
gramming organization HackerNest
and the British Consulate-General
in Toronto. The hackathon brought
skilled people with an interest in de-
veloping technologies to make the
lives of those living with dementia
and caregivers easier.
“There are more products to help
people with hair loss than demen-
tia,” said Sharris Beh, a Demen-
tiaHack organizer working with
Brenda Hounam, who suffers
from dementia and spoke at the
event on Saturday, expressed her
need for technology and described
how game apps on her iPad “help
clear the cloudiness in [her] mind.”
The technological entries at the
event were judged on ease of use,
consumer interest and potential
business opportunity.
The grand prize was awarded to
the team behind an app called Ca-
reUmbrella. Powered by Near Field
Communication (NFC) connectiv-
ity, it allows patients of dementia
and Alzheimer’s disease to call up
specific information on their phone
by tapping it on an NFC-enabled
sticker. This technology comes at
the cost of just cents per sticker, ac-
cording to Hayman Buwan, a phy-
sician who came up with the idea
three years ago.
“The reason why NFC was used
is because it’s a simple, cheap device
that can be used as memory triggers
for anything,” Buwan said. They
demonstrated CareUmbrella by tap-
ping their phone onto a sticker cod-
ed to bring up an instructional video
on how to use a microwave.
One factor that he and his team
kept in mind was the importance of
letting patients be independent, re-
gardless of their disease’s limitations.
“The worst thing is for these guys
to feel helpless,” he said.
As part of their reward, the team
will fly to Cardiff, Wales to show
their innovation at the December
UKHealthTech conference.
This project was personal to Ravi
Amin, a design engineer who cre-
ated the CareUmbrella web app, as
his father has dementia. But he was
just one of the competitors who’ve
been impacted by the disease.
Nitin Malik, an iOS developer
who has a family member with de-
mentia, won a runner-up prize with
his team for a hardware innova-
tion they called All the Pi. It uses a
single-board computer to play au-
dio reminders to remind patients to
complete tasks and sends push noti-
fications to caregivers if a task was
not complete at the usual time. For
example, when a light switch with
this system is turned on, a program-
mable recording is played reminding
them to turn off the light.
“Talking to a lot of people af-
fected by it ... gave us a lot of feed-
back,” said Bien Pham, member of
the All the Pi team and a graduate
from the mechanical engineering
program at Ryerson. “[It] helped us
with brainstorming [ideas] to tackle
the problem.”
DementiaHack “stimulated con-
nections between Canada and the
U.K.” to break into an “untapped
market,” said Arlene Astell, one
of the judges on the panel and the
research chair in the Community
Management of Dementia at the
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental
Health Sciences.
Astell said that the outcome of the
event was a surprising success, espe-
cially with the way that the competi-
tors “have grasped the issue,” and
she hopes that it will be able to take
place more often.
New software to help dementia patients and caretakers was presented at the DMZ’s weekend-long event DementiaHack
By Calvin Dao and
Andrea Vacl
Entrepreneurs shared and explained inventions aimed at easing the lives of those with dementia.
App of the week
The iamsick app uses your phone’s
location to find the closest drug
store, pharmacy, walk-in clinic
and hospital. The app is soon in-
troducing virtual Walk-In-Clinic
queuing, allowing students to stay
at home and rest while moving up
the line to see a doctor.
Check out the full story by Brook-
lyn Pinheiro on
14 FUN Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Bring your completed sudoku to The Eyeopener office (SCC 207) for
a chance to win a $25 Subway giftcard. Make sure you include your
name and phone number on your page. You can even bring lattice fries!
Holy crap I’m bad at naming these... (Jake, HELP!)
A Battle of Wits
Lattice bow our heads in mourning
Ryerson’s most beloved crispy companion is gone, but not forgotten
By Keith Capstick
For years, Ryerson students have
forked over an extra $1.25 with
an anxious smile on their faces
to have their Ram Burger be ac-
companied by a heaping pile
of Shreddie-like fried potatoes.
Now, those smiles lay dormant.
The Ram in the Rye decided
this summer that lattice fries
would no longer be a part of the
Ryerson student experience. My
fellow Rams, lattice fries are no
Walking around the halls of the
Student Campus Centre (SCC),
the gaping hole in the “drunchie”
community punches you in the
face with the mighty force of hun-
dreds of empty student stomachs
grumbling in protest.
It’s the smell that students miss
most — there was something dif-
ferent about the Sodium Acid
Pyrophosphate (or “SAP”, as the
students called it) fried to perfec-
tion and wafting through the ven-
tilation system all the way up to
The Eyeopener office.
There are no words to describe
the feeling of absolute emptiness
that comes with sitting down
to get your first Ram Burger of
the year only to be met with the
phrase, “Oh, we don’t have those
anymore,” after politely asking to
substitute your pathetic straight
cut fries with lattice-tastic-ness.
One Eyeopener media editor,
after learning the news about the
absence of his favourite mid-day
snack said, “Looking at the menu
I had to hold back my tears. I
looked up at the server and asked,
‘Where are the lattice fries?’ All I
got back was empty eyes and a re-
sponse filled with regret.
“We’re the last generation of
lattice lovers. I can’t imagine what
it’ll be like for first-years joining
the Ramily without becoming cap-
tivated by that crispy texture.”
The student also brought up the
most important question of all —
what is a Ryerson student without
the ability to enjoy this delicate se-
ries of potatoey quadrilaterals? It
is certainly not outside the realm
of possibility that this could have
a massive impact on campus cohe-
“What’s a lattice fry?” a first-
year student said the other day. I
could see the barriers building up
between him and his second-year
friends. The truth of the mat-
ter is that lattice fries brought us
together; they paired with meals
of all shapes and colours. Above
all else, they made us feel like we
were a part of something bigger
than ourselves.
All of this in mind, The Eyeopen-
er would like to invite you to join
us in mourning the loss of our
closest companion, as we remem-
ber (or try to remember) the drunk
times and the moments where we
just needed a familiar taste to get
us through the day. Tissues and
ketchup will be provided.
Please join us as we rent a deep
fryer and try to replicate the once
great taste of these taters. We will
stand around the deep fryer and
allow the skin on our legs to be
seared by the frolicking grease, be-
cause to truly come to terms with
this, we have to replicate the pain
that this loss has caused.
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