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September 24, 2014
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NEWS 3
Enrolment drops for first time in 15 years
Far from the danger zone
Education is a fickle mistress, and it would appear that she’s been playing favourites. Ryerson’s one of them
The Ontario government gave Ryerson a cool $2 million for entrepreneurial initiatives
Ryerson will be coming into some
cash provided by the Ontario
government to expand entrepre-
neurial interests at the university.
The ministry of research and
innovation announced that GTA
universities and colleges will re-
ceive more than $6.8 million
from the Campus-Linked Accel-
erators (CLA) program as part
of the provincial government’s
youth jobs strategy. $2 million of
that will go to Ryerson.
Each university will use the
money to focus on a different
aspect of entrepreneurship. Ryer-
son is looking to “provide train-
ing for as many as 3,000 budding
entrepreneurs, including youth in
the local community and under-
represented groups,” according
to a press release.
The university has roughly
120,000 square feet of combined
innovative space with the six
zones, according to Ryerson Pres-
ident Sheldon Levy.
“At Ryerson we set a goal that
10 per cent of our students would
graduate with a degree in one
hand and a business in the other.
That’s a big goal, that’s 2,500
students,” Levy said.
“Todays announcement just
adds additional support. It gets
us that much closer to the 10 per
cent.”
This is a goal that was set out
in the 2014 Strategic Mandate
Agreement that Ontario univer-
sities submitted to the provincial
government. The 10 per cent is
aimed at the student body as a
whole, and not just business-ori-
ented majors. Currently 50 per
cent of groups at the Digital Me-
dia Zone are Ryerson affiliated,
but that doesn’t mean everyone
gets in.
“I applied to the DMZ once
and I never heard back from
them, so I just gave up on a busi-
ness,” said Michael Staltari, a
fourth-year real estate manage-
ment student.
“It should have a bigger pres-
ence.”
Ryerson will be using money
to increase student interest in
entrepreneurial activities and cre-
ate three new zones. These will
include the Design and Fabrica-
tion Zone, the Biomedical Zone
in partnership with St. Michael’s
Hospital and one mysterious un-
specified zone located in the new
Student Learning Centre.
The announcement was made
at the Ontario College of Arts
and Design University by Rich-
mond Hill MPP Reza Moridi.
“We are transforming our uni-
versities,” Moridi said. “When
they graduate … Instead of look-
ing for a job [students] can create
the jobs.”
The number of high school stu-
dents enrolling in Ontario uni-
versities has dropped for the first
time in 15 years but Ryerson is
kicking the trend, according to
statistics posted on the Ontario
Universities’ Application Centre
(OUAC) website last week.
Enrolment for first-year, full-
time programs at 28 universi-
ties across the province dropped
an average of 2.8 per cent from
September 2013 to September
2014. On the other hand, fresh-
out-of-high-school students en-
rolling at Ryerson actually in-
creased to 6,259 students in 2014
from 5,918 students in 2013 — a
change of 5.8 per cent.
“Ontario secondary school stu-
dents are choosing Ryerson in re-
cord numbers — whether it’s due
to our program mix, our highly
desirable experiential learning
opportunities … our downtown
location and our growing repu-
tation for outstanding service
to students,” University Regis-
trar and Director of Admissions
Charmaine Hack said in an email.
Hack is also OUAC’s Ryerson
representative.
Seven other Ontario universi-
ties also saw an increase in enrol-
ment; the University of Guelph-
Humber had the highest with a
19.3 per cent increase and West-
ern University came in second at
11.1 percent. Ryerson came in
third.
Besides the University of
Guelph-Humber, Ryerson fared
better than other GTA schools.
The University of Toronto’s en-
rolment went up by 0.7 per cent,
while York University’s went
down by 9.8 per cent. OCAD
University was hit the hardest
with a 15.4 per cent drop.
Bonnie Patterson, president
and CEO of the Council of On-
tario Universities (COU), said
that the drop in high school stu-
dents enrolling in university can
be attributed to demographic
changes that began in 2011. A
population boom that came from
the children of the baby boomer
generation is now moving out of
the school system.
“If you look at elementary
school classes now, what you see
… is a slow decline of the number
of students, and that’s the cause
behind the decline,” Patterson
said. She added that percentage of
students not coming straight from
high school has actually increased
by 4.6 per cent, in part due to
adults returning to school to be
more competitive in the job mar-
ket and the popularity of taking
“gap years” after high school to
work or travel. The COU expects
demographics to change again in
2021, when another large num-
ber of children are expected to
enter the school system.
Applications from high school
students to Ontario universities
have also declined slightly for the
first time in four years, another
OUAC document showed. Ryer-
son got 0.2 per cent fewer appli-
cations from secondary students
between 2013 and 2014, with
total applications to Ontario uni-
versities dropping 0.8 per cent.
Political
climate
changes
News
Bites
Academics, speakers and commu-
nity members gathered at Ryerson
to discuss climate change and en-
vironmental issues on Sept. 21.
The event, dubbed the People’s
Climate Forum, was part of a
national effort by Sustainable
Canada Dialogues to help create
solutions to climate change. The
forum was followed by a march
to Nathan Philips Square. It was a
part of a global movement called
the People’s Climate March that
saw similar marches happen in
cities around the world to coin-
cide with a United Nations cli-
mate summit taking place in New
York on Sept. 22. Get the full
story on theeyeopener.com
We need to
clarify some
stuff, sorry
The Eyeopener news team would
like to clear up the timeline on
the Gould Street renovation. Last
week, the City of Toronto told us
that Ryerson was not on its list for
renovations until at least 2015.
However, this week, Ryerson Pres-
ident Sheldon Levy told us the road
may began its overhaul as early as
this month, depending on how
busy the city is with other projects.
“We are on the [City of To-
ronto’s] project list,” Levy said.
“We weren’t initially and we are
now ... Don’t even know if [the
repaving] will be in the month.
It’s their priorities, not ours.”
The glass
curtain closes
Ryerson is installing the final cur-
tain wall panels on the south face
of the Student Learning Centre
from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28. The con-
struction will close Gould Street to
vehicles between Yonge Street and
O’Keefe Lane.
By Jake Scott
President Sheldon Levy giving his speech at the OCADU announcement.
PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT
Get your
justice on
Ryerson’s annual Social Justice
Week takes place from Oct. 6 to
Oct. 10, featuring speakers and
workshops on topics like indig-
enous solidarity, race and politics
and workers’ rights.
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One of these people is probably going to be your next mayor. Isn’t that a hoot?
PHOTO: JESS TSANG
Are we doomed to old farts?
By
Mohamed
Omar
All right, let’s take a big bite out
of a tasty reality sandwich: John
Tory will most likely become
mayor.
He’s been leading the polls
for a while, and if Doug Ford
— who’s been a candidate for
less than two weeks — can still
somehow maintain a lead over
Olivia Chow but still trail Tory,
then we have a pretty clear idea
of who’s in.
And even if by some miracle Chow
wins the race, it doesn’t change the
fact that students and young adults
are stuck with old farts.
Goodness, no, I don’t mean an-
cient flatulence. I’m talking about
our candidates’ sad attempts at
catering to students with transit
ideas and policies without ap-
pearing as genuine human be-
ings. Election platforms show
you have a plan for the city, au-
thenticity shows you have a per-
sonality and a goddamn soul.
We don’t have anyone in this
race as remotely exciting as Cal-
gary Mayor Naheed Nenshi or
Edmonton’s 35-year-old mayor,
Don Iveson. It’s not to say that
being a young candidate directly
scores young votes, but it’s clear
that those two have figured out
how to seem genuine to voters,
whether by being legitimately
funny on social media or reading
children’s stories on YouTube.
Morgan Baskin, a 19-year-old
candidate who unfortunately has
an ice cap’s chance in hell of win-
ning, put it best at her Q&A at
Ryerson last week.
“It’s not magic but I believe in
the power of authenticity — it’s
how Rob Ford got elected,” she
said.
“Young people are super aware
when someone is authentic.”
The City of Toronto is seeking a
human being to be its mayor.
The successful candidate will
oversee city council and must also
be friends with everyone there.
The candidate will have to dem-
onstrate a willingness to please all
sides of every debate, all affected
groups in all conflicts and know ex-
actly how to fix transit, poverty and
disability issues all at the same time
with one swift move.
Other requirements for the job
include but are not limited to:
Job Posting: perfect mayor
• Taking a midnight train going
anywhere. This can also be an
LRT or a bus, but preferably
all three at once.
• Liking all types of sports ex-
cept Starcraft, which is un-
mayoral.
• Proficiency in HTML and
Tumblr.
• Being able to not get caught
while using illicit drugs and
stopping any best friends
from filming the event mul-
tiple times.
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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
NEWS 5
Briefs &
groaners
Jeepers Creepers
Some creep in a dark green
Jeep with a Quebec licence plate
stopped at Mutual and Gould
Streets on Sept. 12 and asked a
male community member for di-
rections.
After the man pointed the way,
creepshow started to chat him
up, telling him he was a fashion
designer who just had a show in
Toronto and offered him some free
clothes.
Our unsuspecting lad said yes,
at which point the creepazoid
parked his Jeep, opened the back
door on the driver’s side and re-
vealed two black bags inside. He
told the man to get into the Jeep to
check them out.
The man said no. The creeper
was insistent on him getting into
the Jeep, at which point our male
told him that he didn’t need free
clothes and went into the Interna-
tional Living Learning Centre be-
fore calling security.
Battle Royale
A 15-person fight broke out be-
hind the Victoria Building at 285
Victoria St. on Sept. 13 around
10:30 p.m. At some point, one guy
got knocked out.
A bunch of the other brawl-
ers stopped in the spirit of fair
fighting to attend to their fallen
comrade/competitor. Just kidding
— they went through the KO’d
dude’s pockets, stole his ID and
phone and then ran away.
They were last seen fleeing to-
ward Lake Devo. Toronto police
are investigating.
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I Know You Have Darts
A group of people were chilling
at a table on Gould Street around
11:10 p.m. on Sept. 17 when a
man walked up and asked for a
cigarette.
Everyone turned him down,
but he was persistent and refused
to leave. He ended up in a yelling
match with a woman at the table
because she wouldn’t give him a
free smoke, proceeded to hit her
in the head “multiple times with a
closed fist” and then threw a patio
chair at her.
The victim was not hurt. The
man was arrested by campus secu-
rity and handed over to Toronto
police. He’s since been banned
from campus.
Olivia Chow duked it out with
John Tory Monday in a debate at
Ryerson on disability issues — the
second meeting of the two candi-
dates on campus.
Chow and Tory spoke at Te-
cumseh Auditorium in the Student
Campus Centre. Doug Ford, the
newest candidate in the race, did
not attend. Throughout the debate,
the two candidates discussed un-
employment, poverty and obstacles
disabled citizens face.
“The best way to lift people out
of poverty is steady employment,”
Tory said.
Chow agreed and said Toronto
needs to employ more workers
with disabilities. “A report card
should be written on Toronto help-
ing, training and hiring disabled
citizens,” Chow said.
Some attendees said they
couldn’t work long hours due to
their disabilities.
“People with different physi-
cal and mental capacities may not
be able to work eight hours, but
there’s more part-time employment
opportunities available,” Tory said.
Heather Willis, co-chair of Ryer-
son’s Accessibility Advisory Com-
mittee, said solving disability issues
is a complex process, but added
that transit accessibility is crucial.
“Without reliable, accessible tran-
sit, people with disabilities cannot
work,” Willis said. She said winter is
a particularly difficult time for phys-
ically disabled people to travel in.
Wheel-Trans buses are the pri-
mary mode of public transporta-
tion for Torontonians with dis-
abilities. The program, which Tory
called unreliable, had 31,225 active
registrants in 2013.
“It’s unacceptable when Wheel-
Trans doesn’t answer phone calls
of citizens waiting for late buses,”
Tory said.
Chow proposed to invest $225
million toward transit accessibility
on buses and light rail transit and
cited the new 510 Spadina street-
cars as proof of an increase in ac-
cessible transit.
“The [street]car works because
it was designed by people in wheel-
chairs,” Chow said. The vehicle has
low floors and an extendable ramp.
Chow may be in the shadow of Tory in terms of polls but ... Oh, wait.
PHOTO: JESS TSANG
Mayoral candidate John Tory said
at a debate on campus Friday that
if elected he will not publicly fund
Toronto’s Pride Week, due to the
participation of one specific group.
Toronto is home to one of Can-
ada’s largest LGBTQ communi-
ties, and candidates made it clear
they are accepting of all sexual
orientations.
But Tory wants to eliminate
funding on account of the partici-
pation of Queers Against Israeli
Apartheid (QuAIA) in the parade.
“Any publicly-funded parade
that uses those words [anti-Israeli
apartheid] should not receive that
funding,” he said.
Chow argued that public fund-
ing should not be pulled from the
entire parade because of just one
organization.
“We live in a country that cel-
ebrates democracy,” Chow said.
“Whether we agree with them or
not, they have every right to exer-
cise their point of view.”
Chow doesn’t understand why
this decision is being revisited. She
said that participation of QuAIA in
the parade was a very big discussion
in the community in 2011 and now
there is finally some resolution.
“I can’t imagine what message
would be sent — with World Pride
this year — that if they lost their
funding, what message are we
sending out to other Pride [organi-
zations]?” she said.
Tory said that he was not target-
ing the gay community and that if
there was a parade going on in the
Jewish community that included a
group of people with a homopho-
bic message, he would be against
funding them as well.
“In a city that says it prides itself
on embracing diversity and that
we don’t believe we should be go-
ing around spewing hateful kind of
language and expressions and so
on, then we should be saying — in
our policies — that kind of view is
not going to be supported by pub-
lic funding,” Tory said.
Chow said that she trusts the
city manager and the city solicitor’s
judgement that this group does
not violate Toronto’s human rights
policies. She said that if anti-Israeli
movements became viewed as hate-
ful under the eyes of the law, she
would not support the parade.
Although Tory doesn’t support
QuAIA, he said that he is not try-
ing to stop their freedom of speech.
“I’m simply talking about pub-
licly funded events — that they
should not be a place where this
kind of hateful language is allowed
or encouraged,” he said.
After the debate, Chow was
asked if she thinks that she will
lose the Jewish vote while Tory
could lose the LGBTQ vote based
on their stances on the topic.
“I think it is important that we
do what is right, rather than be
worried about whose votes I can
get or not get,” she said.
Chow jabbed at Tory’s support
for a three-stop extension of the
Scarborough subway. Chow said
$1 billion invested into the project
was money from Easier Access, a
TTC initiative aimed to make all
transit accessible by 2025.
However, Brad Ross, TTC exec-
utive director of corporate commu-
nications, told The Eyeopener that
the funding for Easier Access is un-
related to the subway extension’s.
“The Scarborough subway is not
part of the TTC budget,” he added.
Tory responded saying it was
“ridiculous” to say that funding
for Easier Access was put into the
Scarborough subway.
Chow continued her criticism,
calling Tory’s subway plans “un-
necessary” and “postponed.”
“My investment doesn’t leave
anyone behind,” Chow said, stat-
ing only half of Toronto’s subway
stations are accessible.
Tory’s alternative, which he de-
fended as a “good, long-term in-
vestment,” is to build 22 accessible
“surface subway” stations along
previous GO Train lines. That sys-
tem wouldn’t open for seven years.
No matter the transit, Willis said
more accessible spaces means more
independence for disabled citizens.
“No matter how accessible pub-
lic transit is, there will always be a
need for individual accommoda-
tion,” Willis said. “Without it, get-
ting to work — or anywhere — will
be difficult.
Heavyweights on heavy issues
Reporter Alex Downham breaks down what happened at the disability issues debate at Ryerson
Pride Parade funding takes centre stage in LGBTQ debate and Rob Foreman has the details
Olivia Chow, moderator Jamie Watt and John Tory talk about Pride Parade funding.
PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN
6 Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
FEATURES
now i lay
me down
to tweet
A group of Ryerson students is behind an unlikely
campaign for social media recognition — one by
the Catholic Church.
By Jonah Brunet
R
andy Boyagoda can’t re-
member what he said to
the Pope. He’s pretty sure
he mentioned Ryerson
but beyond that — pure
gibberish.
He stepped off the bus in Vati-
can City last September onto the
cobblestones of a sunny court-
yard. His group, a team of media
experts and scholars fresh from
the church’s bi-annual conference
on social communications, passed
through a series of hallways. Ev-
erything was beautiful, flecked
with gold. The building itself
was a work of art, a constant re-
minder of the venue’s historic and
spiritual grandeur. They waited
in a meeting room where serene
Renaissance-era frescoes tugged
their eyes to the ceiling. After 15
minutes, Pope Francis arrived.
He gave a speech in Italian, of
which Boyagoda understood little.
Francis seemed jovial, cracked a
few jokes, smiled and strayed from
his script. Then each guest was
given 15 seconds to say something
to the face of Catholicism in the
modern world.
“Honestly, I mean I’m an Eng-
lish professor, I’m a novelist, I
think to myself I can speak quite
well,” says Boyagoda, director of
zone learning at Ryerson’s Digital
Media Zone. “But in the intensity
of the moment, you kind of lose
your ability.”
One year later, a group of Ryer-
son students are coaching the Vati-
can on improving their use of so-
cial media. In June, they met with
Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary
of the Pontifical Council for So-
cial Communications (PCSC), to
present ways in which the church
could better harness tools like
Twitter and mobile apps. This fall,
the council continues reaching out
to Ryerson with Skype meetings
and plans for continued student
input. Whatever Boyagoda said, it
seems to have worked.
I
n an age when you’re three
times more likely to get a
computer virus from a reli-
gious website than a porn site,
a study by Symantec in 2011
found, it’s clear that being digitally
savvy isn’t in the skill set of the av-
erage church leader. The Vatican is
no exception. Though the willing-
ness to connect is strong, a mea-
gre understanding of social media
platforms within the walls of Vati-
can City weakens their ability to
maintain a strong online presence.
“The problem that the Vatican
has isn’t that it doesn’t know what
to do with social media,” Boya-
goda says. “It’s that it does too
much. There’s just tons of things
out there, and so it’s overwhelm-
ing if you try and engage with it.”
What the church needs is a more
finessed approach, aware of the
subtleties and inner-workings of the
most popular platforms among to-
day’s youth. The Catholic Church
represents the oldest branch of
Christianity and sees social media
as a chance to reconnect with a
young population that has become
disenchanted with the religion.
And, in Ryerson students, they see
a way to make that happen.
It may not be the most likely
of partnerships. Ryerson isn’t the
largest university in Toronto, let
alone the entire world — which
is, after all, the pool an organiza-
tion as vast and influential as the
Catholic Church can fish when
it needs a favour. What we do
have, however, are two things the
2,000-year-old church needs —
expertise in social media and the
aparatus to put it to use.
“What they wanted were ideas
and suggestions from end-users,”
Boyagoda says. “Young people
who are digitally savvy and seri-
ous about their faith.”
The partnership started over
coffee between Ryerson President
Sheldon Levy and Thomas Collins,
archbishop of Toronto. When the
two met in last August, Levy, too
ambitious and business-minded
for a simple meet-and-greet, was
eager for something on which the
two institutional leaders could col-
laborate. Collins mentioned the
council’s September conference,
prompting Levy to send Boyagoda
as a formal observer, tasked with
finding a role for Ryerson in the
church’s ongoing push for more
connectivity.
The office at the Vatican respon-
sible for their online presence is the
PCSC. Established in 1948, it origi-
nally focused on cinema, seeking to
spread the message of the gospel
through new filmmaking technol-
ogy. The PCSC has also dabbled in
radio and television. Now however,
the focus is squarely on digital and
social media — new tools that offer
the same, if not more, communica-
tive power as the old ones, along
with new opportunities for global
two-way communication between
the church and its followers.
“The church isn’t meant just to be
a megaphone that shouts down at
the world from above,” says Bran-
don Vogt, author of The Church
and New Media. “It’s meant to be
in conversation with the world,
much like Jesus was … That’s what
these tools allow us to do.”
For Boyagoda, the old mega-
phone church had disappeared.
The PCSC conference, held in
Rome last September, took place
outside the Swiss-guarded walls
of Vatican City in a modest two-
storey meeting hall on the Villa
di Conciliazione — the road lead-
ing up to St. Peter’s Basilica. The
cardinals and bishops had traded
their formal gowns for jack-
ets, with only roman collars and
simple pectoral crosses to denote
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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
7 FEATURES
their religious authority. Each
speaker echoed in simultaneous
translation to audience headsets,
accommodating the six different
language groups represented from
around the world.
“Even though the church is
very hierarchical, this was a com-
pletely open meeting,” Boyagoda
says. “All the cardinals and bish-
ops there were saying, ‘We don’t
know, and we know we don’t
know, so tell us what you think.’”
Then came Collins’ speech. In
what Boyagoda calls the key mo-
ment of the conference, the arch-
bishop took the stage and said
the church should be looking to
a place like Ryerson University,
where they have students on the
cutting edge of digital media in
the 21st century — a glorious
name-drop from a well-respected
church official to a powerful au-
dience, and one that caused Tighe
to seek out Boyagoda afterwards
and ultimately strike up the uni-
versity’s ongoing partnership with
the Catholic Church.
T
he Ryerson team, as-
sembled by Boyagoda
with the help of Oriana
Bertucci, Ryerson’s di-
rector of chaplaincy, was
culled from the Catholic Students’
Association. It comprised two stu-
dents and one alumnus: Melissa
Siu-Chong, Sandra Mucyo and
RTA graduate Augustine Dimagi-
ba. Siu-Chong, 20, a hospitality
student and former vice president
of communications for the Catho-
lic Students’ Association, was an
obvious choice. As was Dimagi-
ba, graduate of a program with a
strong focus on digital media. Less
obvious was Mucyo, 21, a chemi-
cal engineering student who says
she didn’t have any specific prior
experience with social media going
into the project. But simply being
a young student in Toronto was
qualification enough, she says.
“In North America the culture’s
very open to new social media, and
we easily embrace and adapt to it,”
Mucyo says. “You have that ev-
eryday experience that somebody
from the Vatican or a different gen-
eration doesn’t necessarily have …
They’re people who are sheltered
from this kind of stuff.”
Beginning in the fall of last year,
the team met monthly to delegate
topics, share their findings and re-
fine their ideas. A main focus was
the Pope App, a mobile app that
curates the PCSC’s many different
online endeavours and provides
live updates on the pope’s sched-
ule, who he’s meeting and what
he’s said. Once perfected, the idea
is for The Pope App to form a
missing link, solving Boyagoda’s
main problem with Vatican media
by tying together each scattered
online resource for an ultimately
more engaging, user-friendly expe-
rience. The app was already avail-
able when Ryerson’s team started
work, but they’ve been working
on improving it.
By June, after a dozen meetings
and nearly a year of preparation,
Tighe had arrived. Both Mucyo
and Siu-Chong confess feeling
nervous going into the meet-
ing, but their anxiety was soon
erased. While he could have easily
seemed out of place in the Digi-
tal Media Zone, an ultra-mod-
ern media enclave with its name
boldly spray-painted in blue on
an orange ceiling, Tighe seemed
at home, energetic, ecstatic to be
meeting Toronto’s young students
where they thrived: at the epicen-
tre of Ryerson’s digital world. He
listened intently, gestured em-
phatically and spoke encourag-
ingly in his lively Irish accent. At
one point, he found himself over-
whelmed by the students’ many
suggestions.
“He had a really interesting re-
action,” Boyagoda says of Tighe.
“His first response was, ‘This is
impossible, there’s no way any of
this could be done.’ And then his
second response was, ‘But that’s
not the right reaction. How do we
make this possible? How do we
try to get this done?’”
After the presentation, he joined
the students for brunch and later
strolled with them through Ryer-
son’s campus. He laughed often
and, according to Siu-Chong, was
always smiling. Tighe represented
a different Catholic Church than
history had known — one aware
of its shortcomings and open to
suggestion.
E
ven for young North
American students, con-
stantly immersed in a tech-
nological culture where
social media is ubiquitous
and unavoidable, some questions
had no easy answer. The possibili-
ties offered by a digital capacity
for two-way communication also
come with a host of problems from
an online world that is not entirely
friendly toward the church.
“If you look at any of Pope Fran-
cis’ tweets,” says Vogt, “you’ll see
that they’re filled with vulgar re-
sponses, negative reactions, people
— many of them atheists — post-
ing very negative things.”
It’s a general rule on the internet
that nothing is sacred, no com-
ment or post safe from vicious
attack. The church’s challenge is
operating in an online environ-
ment that so pointedly refuses to
recognize religious authority.
“The interesting question is
what does it mean for a hierarchi-
cal institution like the Catholic
Church to be involved in a very
horizontal plane?” Boyagoda says.
This problem is most obvious
in the case of Facebook. The main
reason Pope Francis doesn’t have
a Facebook profile is due to the
seemingly unavoidable spew of of-
fensive posts it would invite from
an online community that loves a
chance to stick it to the man.
Siu-Chong, Mucyo and Dimagi-
ba were undecided on whether
the pope should be on Facebook,
the largest social media network
in the world, but the project is far
from over.
For Vogt, however, the Vatican’s
fears are misguided. “You’re able
to thrust your voice into a much
larger conversation,” he says.
“One in which before, maybe 10
or 20 years ago, you wouldn’t have
been invited. I think the opportu-
nity far outweighs the challenges.”
Pope Francis isn’t the type to
prefer sheltered security over the
chance to connect with his follow-
ers either. Siu-Chong recalls hear-
ing many stories of him simply go-
ing out and walking around Rome,
despite being warned against it by
concerned officials. He was the
most mentioned name on Face-
book last year, according to Vogt,
and his tweets are retweeted more
on average than any other world
leader’s.
Shortly after being appointed,
he appeared on the cover of Roll-
ing Stone magazine. His out-
spoken concern for the poor has
earned him plenty of respect, even
from secular individuals. More
than any before him, Pope Fran-
cis is a celebrity and the ideal per-
son to further the church’s social
media presence. But Siu-Chong
approaches the pope’s popularity
with caution.
“I think it’s good and bad at the
same time,” she says. “It’s good
because it’s subliminally passing
on the evangelization message
that yeah, our pope is cool. But
he has a purpose. He’s not just a
celebrity.”
After the June meeting, Tighe
said he was eager to extend the
media partnership into the com-
ing years. Upon Tighe’s return to
Rome, the Pope announced a new
commission to re-examine the
Vatican’s media presence. On Sept.
18, a Skype meeting was held with
a PCSC representative working
under Tighe, who sought student
feedback on recent upgrades to the
Pope App.
On the Ryerson end, the group
plans to become a more formal
student entity. Ryerson is starting
up a third media zone, along with
the Digital Media and Transmedia
zones, according to Bertucci. This
new development, called the Social
Communications Zone, would be
a perfect fit for the group, she says.
The student group is also look-
ing to expand its membership by
opening the doors to non-Catholic
students as well, Bertucci says.
“The desire is to bring other stu-
dents who might just have an inter-
est in faith in general or religion in
the social world,” she says. “I think
those voices need to be heard.”
W
hen Boyagoda re-
turned to Ryerson
from Rome, he
brought a gift for
Levy — a book of
tweets. The ornate, bound, Vati-
can library edition tome juxta-
posed gorgeous Roman artwork
alongside printed screenshots of
the pope’s Twitter activity. It joins
the Vatican library’s collection of
the most sacred and important
religious texts from the past two
millennia.
For Boyagoda, the book was
a symbol of the help the Church
needs when it comes to digital
media.
“There’s a very genuine sense
that when the pope speaks, this is
something that should be captured
for all eternity,” he says. “It really
did suggest how much in need the
Vatican was of a young-person’s
view of how social media works
… and how Ryerson students
could help it reimagine its social
media future.”
This is the challenge facing the
group of Ryerson students — a
church that confuses the perma-
nence of religious doctrine with the
fleeting existence of tweets. There’s
a sense that the Church is digitally
backwards, stuck in the past.
However, drawing from the
fresh ideas of Ryerson’s technolog-
ically immersed youth, Tighe and
the Vatican aim to break down
that stereotype. The notion of the
clumsy, bumbling Catholic media
decorating a book of tweets may
have nearly run its course.
PHOTOS: JESS TSANG
INFOGRAPHIC: SEAN WETSELAAR
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
ARTS & LIFE 8
Unless you’ve been living under a
rock, you’ve probably heard about
the Ray Rice scandal, in which the
former Baltimore Ravens running-
back is caught on tape punching
his then-fiancee Janay Rice — now
wife — in the face, knocking her
out and then dragging her limp
body out of a casino elevator. He
would have gotten away with it
too, if it weren’t for those med-
dling kids at TMZ.
The assault has received plenty
of reactions — from people accus-
ing the National Football League
(NFL) of trying to cover up the
incident, to domestic abuse apolo-
gists victim-shaming Rice’s wife.
A new YouTube video popped
up this week bafflingly (and al-
most unbelievably) titled, “Ray
Rice inspired makeup tutorial.”
But it’s not what you think.
Enter writer, comedian and
Ryerson radio and television
By Tiffany Crawford
Grad makes Ray Rice-inspired makeup tutorial
MacKay takes a satirical look at domestic abuse issues in her video.
PHOTO COURTESY MEGAN MACKAY
arts (RTA) grad Megan MacKay,
whose YouTube videos form a
satirical commentary on some of
the biggest and most controversial
stories in the news.
MacKay said the inspiration for
the video came from the media’s
coverage of the incident. In her
view, she said, the coverage was
inappropriate.
“The more I thought about it,
the more I realized that we con-
sistently belittle and condescend
victims of abuse in high-profile
cases,” she said. “I think that by
doing that, we’re normalizing
abuse for not just famous people,
but for everybody.”
Calling out the NFL, Ray Rice
and apologists all at once, MacK-
ay tells us what products to put
on and where to put them in or-
der to look our best possible. She
starts off by describing her foun-
dation, a creamy shade called,
“The NFL.”
“I really like this colour because
it’ll cover up anything just to save
face,” the 22-year-old says in the
video, instructing us to get it into
every nook and cranny so “noth-
ing unsavoury leaks out.”
MacKay blends comedy with
the harsh facts of the case in an
eye-opening look at what isn’t
happening — the disciplinary ac-
tions that are not being enforced,
the blame that is not being laid
and the responsibility that is not
being taken.
She likens each of these to vari-
ous forms of makeup. Founda-
tion is the NFL, eyeshadow rep-
resents the maximum number of
years served for felony assault in
Maryland and eyeliner represents
the victim-blaming that made its
rounds in the days after the as-
sault and continues to prevail in
some circles.
The YouTuber said she’s re-
ceived a bit of backlash for her
video but tries to not listen to the
commenters. She said she hopes
Megan MacKay uses satire to highlight issues surrounding domestic abuse
Rye exhibit goes to new human rights museum
that viewers start paying more at-
tention to the way they treat peo-
ple going through difficult situa-
tions like domestic abuse.
The tone of the video changes
drastically with MacKay’s final
makeup step: lips. Her message
pops as much as her lipgloss does
when she declares that we can do
better.
“Remember, there’s always an al-
ternative to covering up violence,”
MacKay says on camera. “You
don’t have to be like the NFL.”
On the first day of a disability his-
tory course at Ryerson, students
were told that the price of entry
was an object that they thought
had significance to the history of
disability in Canada.
Thirteen disability studies stu-
dents brought 13 objects that
formed the Out from Under ex-
hibit. Seven years later, the in-
stallation has won a permanent
spot at the newly-opened Cana-
dian Museum for Human Rights
(CMHR) in Winnipeg.
Kathryn Church, director of
the school of disability studies
and a curator of the exhibit, said
that this is just a starting point to
informing the public on the his-
tory of disability.
“It’s not as if we knew the his-
tory ahead of time and we’re
representing it,” she said. “What
we’re doing is actually building it
from the ground up, starting from
By Isabelle Docto these objects.”
The objects included in the ex-
hibit are not only symbols of how
disabled individuals were op-
pressed in history, but also of how
their rights are moving forward.
Clint Curle, head of stakehold-
er relations at the CMHR, said
that the installation of Out from
Under was not complete at the
time of the museum’s grand open-
ing on Sept. 20, but is planned to
be ready when the museum opens
to the public on Sept. 27.
“When you look at the objects
there, they really speak power-
fully,” said Curle. “You really get
a sense of the experiences of the
person and you kind of see things
through their eyes.”
Some of the items are intensely
personal. Cindy Mitchell, one
of the students who contributed
to the exhibit, chose to add the
death certificate of her daughter,
who died due to an alleged de-
liberate overdose of the drug di-
goxin administered at Toronto’s
Hospital for Sick Children in the
early ‘80s.
Mitchell was at the grand open-
ing of the CMHR on Sept. 20 and
said that even though the exhibit
wasn’t complete, the opening was
still uplifting.
“[It] did not dampen how in-
spired I was by what I saw and
what is yet to come,” Mitchell
said in an email.
Out from Under was originally
installed at the Abilities Art Fes-
tival in Toronto. From there, the
group was asked to exhibit at the
Royal Ontario Museum in 2008
and were picked up to exhibit
at the Cultural Olympiad at the
2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Church, along with Catherine
Frazee and Melanie Panitch, fel-
low school of disability studies
professors, has been working with
the museum for the last two years
to integrate Out from Under.
But there were some bumps in
Exhibit on disability rights will open at the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg
the road. The CMHR gave them
a small eight-by-eight foot space
for their exhibit and initially told
them to choose only five items to
showcase.
They were also asked to change
some of the language used, like
trade in the word “asylum” for
“mental health facility.” Despite
the opposition, the group was
adamant on staying true to the
sometimes-dark history of dis-
ability rights.
“We wanted that word to be
there because it’s the word that
expresses the politics we want to
bring to that story,” Church said.
The Canadian Museum for Hu-
man Rights will begin regular vis-
iting hours on Sept. 27.
PHOTO COURTESY CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS/AARON COHEN
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, located in Winnipeg, seen in a panoramic shot. The museum’s grand opening was Sept. 20 and regular visiting hours will begin Sept. 27.
PHOTO COURTESY SUELAN TOYE
Out from Under exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, 2008. L to R: Melanie Panitch,
Catherine Frazee and Kathryn Church.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
SPORTS 9
The next generation of men’s soccer
Rookie Ram leads the way
It’s been a long road of recovery for Marko Miketic, but now he is finding success on the team his best friend used to lead
By Charles Vanegas
When Marko Miketic was trying
to decide what to do after one year
at the University of Toronto, his
friend and three-time Canadian
Interuniversity Sport (CIS) All-Ca-
nadian, Alex Braletic, pushed hard
for him to join the Rams.
“Come to Ryerson, come to Ry-
erson, come to Ryerson,” Braletic
says he told him. “The school is
amazing. The team is unbeliev-
able, the boys are unbelievable.
You won’t regret coming here.”
Miketic, seven years younger,
grew up watching Braletic’s games
and would practice with him in
the backyard. Miketic’s parents,
Ranko and Svetlana, had grown
up with Braletic’s in Montenegro,
before moving next door to them
in Thornhill, Ont.
Miketic enrolled at Ryerson, but
was required to sit out the 2013
season due to OUA transfer rules.
He agreed to serve as the team’s
equipment manager, but that year
would prove to be the most trying
time of his career. Prior to the sea-
son Miketic suffered a torn groin,
an injury he had suffered before as
a 17-year-old.
His familiarity with Braletic,
associate coach Filip Prostran —
also a family friend — and former
Thornhill Secondary School team-
mate Josh Kohn made it easier for
him to develop chemistry with the
group off the field. But the injury
continued to make him feel iso-
lated from the team. Sitting out
was hard and being hurt made it
worse.
“I thought I had been play-
ing my best soccer before it hap-
pened,” says Miketic. “It was a
difficult time, wanting to be a part
of something and not be able to
contribute.”
With Miketic on the sideline,
the Rams went undefeated in the
regular season and finished sev-
enth at the CIS National Champi-
onships — the best finish in team
history — with Braletic being
named CIS MVP. While unhappy
to be kept watching, the team’s
success improved Miketic’s com-
mitment to the program. With the
team losing five starters, there was
playing time to be had on a team
with championship aspirations.
“It was a tough first year for
Marko ... as much as he loves soc-
cer, it was hard for him to love be-
ing a Ram his first season,” says
head coach Ivan Joseph. “[But] I
think what happened was that he
had such a long time off that he
realized that with this team and
what we’re trying to do, he could
be an important part of it.”
After seeing a specialist, Miketic
learned the cause of his groin woes
— one of his legs was a bit longer
than the other. Now with custom
insoles, he was able to focus on his
physiotherapy — and his psyche.
In addition to working with head
athletic therapist Jerome Camacho
and women’s assistant coach Tina
Cook, Miketic credits sessions
with Ryerson Athletics’ sports
psychologist, Dr. Leith Drury, as
the secret to his recovery.
“Bouncing back from an injury
is always tough but [Drury] has
been there anytime I needed her
and I can just talk to her about
things,” says Miketic. “It’s a long
process coming back but those
people have made it extremely
worthwhile and I definitely respect
them on a whole other level. I still
go to see them every day.”
Fully healed, Miketic is now
showing Ryerson fans that the
wait was worth it.
After a strong performance at
tryouts and a positional switch, he
started the first eight games – all
wins – and leads the team in scor-
ing with four goals. The Rams,
with their 8-0-0 record, are first in
the OUA east and are ranked third
in the country.
“I think [being equipment man-
ager] really did help ... he has so
much team chemistry with the
guys that it looks like they’ve been
playing together for five years.
That was key — I’m really happy
he chose to be [equipment] man-
ager last year,” says Braletic, now
an assistant coach with the team.
“Now he’s playing in the middle
and doing a hell of a job.”
Miketic is notably bald, hav-
ing developed alopecia areata —
a condition that causes hair loss,
often spreading to the entire body
— in the fifth grade. He says that
while many go through a rough
time with alopecia, he has rarely
been affected negatively due to his
condition.
“I grew up with such a good
supporting cast. No one cared.
I started getting patches [of hair
loss] and my mom said, ‘why
don’t you get a buzz cut,’ and I
said, ‘yeah, that looks pretty cool,
why not?’ You kind of go day-by-
day, less hair, less hair, and then
eventually it just becomes second
nature. I don’t have hair, you have
hair, so what?”
Instead, his focus is on the team’s
ultimate goal: a championship.
“Making that national berth
was huge for the program. Those
guys [who were on last year’s
team] come into practice really
intense and other guys look at
them like ‘this is the level we need
to be at,’” says Miketic. “At Ry-
erson you’re always competing ...
every practice we’re just compet-
ing for a spot.”
Marko Miketic (18) is already making his mark on
the men’s soccer team.
PHOTO: CHARLES VANEGAS
Women’s soccer player Rodkin has already emerged as a goal-scoring machine
By Ramisha Farooq
When Alex Rodkin was 10 years
old, she saved up all her birthday
money and bought a David Beck-
ham instructional DVD. She stood
in front of her TV and practiced
her left kick for hours.
That kick now has her making
waves with the Ryerson women’s
soccer team and establishing her-
self as one of the biggest offensive
threats in the program. This past
weekend, she scored four goals in
two games.
The leading scorer on last year’s
team had three goals during the
whole season.
“She’s done really well for us es-
pecially as a first-year player com-
ing in and threatening the defensive
line of the other team the way she
does,” said assistant coach Tina
Cook. “She does well off her own
instincts and I think we can build
off that.”
Rodkin has started in six of
the first seven games played and
has a team leading six goals to
start the season. That includes
the game winning goals against
Queen’s and Royal Military Col-
lege of Canada this past weekend,
the first two wins of the season for
the team.
Before those wins, the team
had been outscored 20-5 in
five losses. Rodkin said the team
is better than their record shows.
“I think that teams might think
that we’re not as strong of a team
as we are. They just see the results,
they just haven’t seen us play. We
are actually a very strong team,”
said Rodkin. “Everyone knows
how we can play but when we
get on the field sometimes it just
falls apart and we forget about
what we need to do on the field to
win games.”
The speedy striker said she owes
a lot of her success to her parents
who are always honest about what
she needs to do better.
“Ever since I was little my par-
ents always wanted me to do the
best I could do and push me to do
that,” said Rodkin.
She says they’ve always given her
everything she needed to succeed.
Her father Bob, however, attributes
her success to playing with a com-
petitive team.
“I think she’s been playing re-
ally well. Being on this team has
really pulled her out of her shell,”
Bob said.
Rodkin, joins the team just
two years after suffering a knee
injury that benched her for an
entire season.
“It was an awful year. She wasn’t
a happy camper that year,” Bob
said. “She always played through
injuries until they really needed
some attention.”
Rodkin said the team’s ultimate
goal is to win a championship by
the end of her time at Ryerson.
“I can see us making it really far,
into the final four. Maybe even be-
fore [my last year],” said Rodkin.
“We definitely have the potential
to make it there one day.”
It was a difficult time, want-
ing to be part of
something and not being
able to contribute
10
BIZ & TECH
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Ryerson’s plan to erase Blackboard
The school’s ditching the system and you’re on the panel of judges to choose its replacement
Ryerson’s current Learning Man-
agement System (LMS), Blackboard,
is set for retirement.
After 20 months of reviewing pro-
posals from possible LMS vendors,
Ryerson narrowed down a Black-
board replacement to two options:
Canvas by Instructure and Bright-
space by Desire2Learn.
The Learning and Teaching Sys-
tems and Services Consultation Com-
mittee will select a winner sometime
in October. The new system will be
fully implemented by fall 2015.
“Blackboard has always had chal-
lenges with it. We’ve had it for over
11 years and we’ve seen a gradual
increase in its usage,” said Brian
Lesser, director of Computing and
Communication Services. “But the
pressure has been mounting to have
a better tool.”
A reliable privacy and security fea-
ture and mobile access is a priority
requirement for the new LMS, ac-
cording to Nancy Walton, Ryerson’s
director of E-Learning,
“We are very concerned with hav-
ing a system that people aren’t wor-
ried to share their information on.
There is a lot of personal information
and intellectual property to protect,”
Walton said.
The new system must also of-
fer fast responsive support, ease of
use, compatibility with different
browsers, plug-in adaptability and
scalability — so large classes can
download a file without slowing
down the system.
Surveys were conducted by the
Learning and Teaching Systems and
Services Consultation Committee to
find student and instructors’ opinion
on the most important features of the
future LMS.
“Whatever LMS we choose has
to be adaptable in a mobile context.
With Blackboard, that just didn’t
work,” Walton said.
Both Canvas and Brightspace
offer mobile apps for courses and
grading. But the key difference
between the two systems is that
Canvas provides course and grading
apps compatible with both iOS and
Android, whereas Brightspace only
runs a grading app for iOS.
Currently, the two systems are go-
ing through a series of student, fac-
ulty and staff test drives and focus
groups. Any Blackboard user can
test out both systems by logging into
the my.ryerson portal and click on
the LMS Test Drive tab.
“The last phase of consultation
is to allow the Ryerson commu-
nity to engage with the two short-
listed vendors in order to tell us what
they find to be the most salient dif-
ferences — in terms of what fea-
tures are most meaningful to them,”
Walton said.
By Richa Syal
words, pictures and visuals my ideas
and experience with the creative pro-
cess,” Rosen said. “There are loads
of visuals in it because I think you
learn more if it comes at you in dif-
ferent modes so you’re never caught
in a single ‘I’m watching mode’ or
‘I’m reading mode,’” Rosen said.
Rosen used his experience from
teaching at Ryerson for over 14 years
and his eight years as the director of
the playwright program at the Na-
tional Theatre School of Canada to
create the digital textbook. Miri Ma-
kin and Lee Chapman, graduates of
Ryerson’s professional communica-
tions program, and Yasin Dahi from
the Learning and Teaching office
Sheldon Rosen, a professor at Ry-
erson’s Theatre School, combined
teaching, technology and creativity
to invent a first-of-its-kind digital,
interactive textbook.
Roadmap of the Creative Process
is an online resource that will be
available for Rosen’s creative perfor-
mance studies students in October.
It’s filled with digital images, articles,
Ted Talk videos and footage from his
classes to delve further into what it
means to be creative and think criti-
cally.
“It’s a digital, interactive textbook
that articulates and demonstrates in
By Sarah Jackson
The tech-savvy textbook
You won’t find this one at the campus store
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INFOGRAPHIC: JESS TSANG
Ryerson’s Computing and Com-
munication Services (CCS) wants to
have Google Chat as a feature for Ry-
erson Gmail users — if Google Chat’s
privacy agreements change.
Google Chat is an instant messag-
ing feature on the email service that
allows users to see when contacts are
online and message them.
“Google Chat is important for get-
ting work done while collaborating
on projects and documents. It’s a use-
ful communications channel to com-
plete the picture,” said Brian Lesser,
director of CCS.
Ryerson began using Google Apps
for Education as their online collabo-
ration platform in 2012. Google and
Ryerson are under a written agree-
ment that gives Ryerson users more
privacy protection than the average
Google user. Google Chat, however,
does not meet Ryerson’s privacy stan-
dards.
Google Chat reveals information
about users — like work habits —
and retains it within Google without
permission.
“Whenever we look at programs at
Ryerson, we always think of how can
we make privacy the default,” Lesser
said. “But this is one place where we
couldn’t do that. We put the request
to Google but they haven’t said if
they would or wouldn’t do it, and
that’s where we are at this point.”
Hongbo He, assistant director
of application services at Ryerson,
requested that the domain must be
privacy by default — instead of users
having to manually change privacy
settings — to allow the Google Chat
feature for Ryerson Gmail users.
“It is possible for individual users
who realize what the system is doing
to change the setting to ‘only allow
people that I’ve explicitly approved
to see when I’m online,’” He wrote
to Google.
“But, it’s not possible to make
that the default across [the Ryerson]
domain. It’s not privacy by default
hence we had to disable chat in our
domain.”
By Jacob Dube
To chat or not to chat
That is Ryerson’s question
helped Rosen bring his project to life.
Rosen’s ambition for the on-
line platform is to train stu-
dents to create new jobs for a
new economy and world by
combining critical and creative
thinking.
“To expand the creative process
instead of letting technology over-
come and numb the creative process
is really innovative,” said third-year
acting student Allister MacDonald,
one of Rosen’s students.
Unlike your standard textbook,
this one doesn’t have a last page.
“[Roadmap of the Creative
Process] may never be complete, it is
designed to be endless,” Rosen said.
This man was bored of textbooks.
PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN
So he created this instead.
PHOTO COURTESY SHELDON ROSEN
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FUN & MINKS 11
Chow down on the minds of the youth
The Eyeopener has discovered what mayoral candidate Olivia Chow was really doing on Ryerson’s campus
By Keith Capstick
After an undercover investigation
into her 1365 Yonge St. campaign
office, The Eyeopener has learned
that Olivia Chow is a supervillain
bent on brainwashing Toronto’s
youth into the love and adoration
of buses.
Discovered underneath her of-
fice was a massive underground
lair complete with little minions
working on top-secret technol-
ogy, confiscated John Tory lawn
signs and plans for her imminent
conquest of young minds.
When asked about the discovery,
one of Chow’s campaign represen-
tatives said, “Olivia has no com-
ment on any evil villainy she may
be accused of. She wants nothing
more than to inform young minds,
but quite frankly sometimes they
need a little push.”
In addition to the discovery of
Chow’s high-tech dungeon, there
is evidence that points to Chow us-
ing one of these minion-designed
top-secret weapons on Ryerson’s
campus this past week.
It has been learned that Chow
used a very trendy-looking high-
powered pink jacket to assist in
hypnotizing both her student
targets and her opponents in the
mayoral race.
Chow manipulated her oppo-
nents and they all mysteriously
dropped out of the debate at Ry-
erson so that she could have free
reign of the students’ minds.
Proof of this was acquired from
a document discovered in Chow’s
lair that designated the optimal
shade of pink for her jacket to
brainwash each of her competi-
tors. Sitting cross-armed in order
to optimize the effectiveness of
her jacket, Chow had uncontested
control of the room as students
and faculty were left at her mercy.
At first John Tory refused to
comment on his opponent’s po-
tential Lex Luther-style accusa-
tions, but after careful questioning
he ended up uttering the phrase
“buses, buses, buses.”
Eyeopener staff attempted to
contact former candidates Karen
Stintz and David Socknacki for
comment but were only able to get
voicemail recordings of, “Buses,
buses, buses.”
Students are advised to stay
away from anywhere Olivia Chow
could be potentially using the
word “buses.”
It’s beginning to become clear
that Chow may have a bigger in-
fluence the buses buses buses bus-
es buses buses buses buses buses.
Yet another sudoku brought to
you by The Eyeopener so you can
look intellectual in coffee shops by
pretending to do math.
Since it’s getting a tidbit nip-
ply outside we’ve decided to give
away a $25 giftcard to Big Slice.
That way you can coat your stom-
ach with hot grease to prepare for
the inevitable hibernation of read-
ing week. We know you’re not
reading, by the way.
Fill out the stuff below, you
should know how, and then bring
it to room 207 of the Student
Campus Centre. Toss it in the con-
test box for a chance to win. And
make sure you actually FINISH
the goddamn puzzle. I actually
check these things, you know.
Name:
Phone:
Email:
Student #:
A Big Slice of Doku
Once upon a time in the land of
Far, Far Away, there was a mink
named Rosencrantz.
Now, this was not your normal,
everyday mink. Rosencrantz de-
cided, when he was very young,
that he wanted to explore the
world in ways that no mink has
ever before. You could call Rosen-
crantz the T.J. Detwhiler of minks.
Drawn to Ryerson’s campus by
Eyeopener features editor Sean
Wetselaar’s stylish lion costume
on the cover of this year’s frosh
issue, Rosencrantz and his fellow
minstrel minks felt they could be
beneficial to Ryerson’s campus
newspaper. Rosencrantz broke
down in tears on Sunday when he
was first able to meet Wetselaar in
person and shake his hand.
Throughout the rest of the se-
mester this fun section will feature
Rosencrantz and his adventures
as the most trailblazing mink this
campus, has ever seen.
Rosencrantz the Mink
PHOTO: BEHDAD MAHICHI
Busus, buses,buses,buses,buses,buses.
ILLUSTRATION: JESS TSANG
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