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Volume 48 - Issue 6

October 8, 2014
Since 1967
No fear, no loathing
we spent friday night in residence.
we REALLY should’ve stayed home.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014









Notice to Ryerson
community regarding
paving on Gould St.
The University has been working with the City of Toronto to confirm a date for
the repaving of Gould Street.

The repaving will significantly improve the appearance of this important campus street.
Work may start any time after October 13th, however the City is only able to provide Ryerson with
48 hours notice before work will begin.
We will do our best to keep the community informed of when the work is set to begin through
social media at,, the website, and
digital screens around campus.
The project encompasses Victoria Street north from the parking Garage to Gould Street and Gould Street
from O’Keefe Lane to Bond Street. It will proceed in two phases:
1. Grinding and scouring the streets for approximately 4 to 5 hours
2. Approximately one week later, paving for 4 to 5 hours
We apologize for the inconvenience and noise this work will cause. Eforts are underway to advise
departments with classes that may be afected by the work.
If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Facilities + Sustainability Help Desk
at extension 5091 or 416-979-5091
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
CESAR executives were too busy for a photo shoot, so we shot their sign instead.
Ryerson’s Continuing Education
Students’ Association (CESAR) is
finally getting back on its feet after
a year of lawsuits, lockouts and low
Last year, CESAR’s executive
board resigned following an illegal
lockout of two full-time CESAR
employees. After first appointing
an interim executive last winter,
CESAR elected a new leadership
team, tasked with patching up all
the problems from last year.
CESAR’s financial woes were still
in the spotlight at the end of last se-
mester, according to the interim ex-
ecutive report from April 2. But the
union has addressed these problems
head-on and is starting fresh.
CESAR’s prior president failed to
deposit thousands of dollars into a
union chequing account, the report
said, which had left the association
Former president Shinae Kim
was given the first installment of
health and dental fees paid to the
union by the university.
Kim did not deposit the cheque,
the report said, and as a result
the union was forced to transfer
$241,000 from its chequing ac-
count into the health and dental ac-
count. CESAR then owed outstand-
ing fees to the Canadian Federation
of Students.
There has been no response from
Kim despite multiple attempts at
contacting her by CESAR’s legal
team, according to Denise Ham-
mond, CESAR’s current president.
“[We] have contacted Shinae a
number of times requesting every-
thing from passwords, property,
documents, you name it, to be re-
turned to the students’ union office.
And she has never returned a single
correspondence,” she said.
“It’s been like recreating an en-
tirely new students union,” Ham-
mond said. She said they’ve been
putting the union back together “by
resolving the labour dispute, hiring
staff and ensuring services were
above, or at least meeting the stan-
dards student members deserve.”
A large portion of the money
in the account — $55,106 — was
used for legal fees in negotiating an
end to the labour dispute last year.
By Ramisha Farooq
and Sierra Bein
CESAR slowly getting back on track
After surviving mass resignations, monetary troubles and more than one kind of lockout, CESAR is back in action
The conflict between the union and
its staff, who are unionized with the
Canadian Union of Public Employ-
ees local 1281, lasted 16 weeks.
The lockout, initiated Sept. 30,
was legally resolved Jan. 31 when
a new collective bargaining agree-
ment was put into place.
In April, the university also held
fall and winter fees and would not
process them due to the mass res-
ignation of CESAR staff and the
union’s unstable structure.
“[The school] indicated and ex-
pressed that if the student union
wasn’t operating to their liking
that they wouldn’t stop withhold-
ing our fees, which obviously is a
great concern and we view that as
an encroachment on student union
autonomy,” Hammond said.
Vice-Provost Students Heather
Lane Vetere said, upon speaking
with Ryerson’s legal counsel, that
once CESAR held a general election
and proved that it services the stu-
dent body, fees would be released
to them in compliance with the On-
tario Corporations Act, according
to Hammond.
Now that CESAR has regrouped,
Ryerson has released all fees to the
executives, but are continuing to
monitor the situation and building
of the union.
The executive report also stated
that there was an overpayment of
$13,000 in bursary money to vari-
ous accounts within the CESAR
administration along with “missing
data” in the form of payroll entries,
credit card information and photo-
copying expenses, among others.
Hammond said record keeping
stopped, which created a backlog
of work during last year’s lockout.
“Whether they were additional
individuals or applicants we have
no idea because when the last ex-
ecutive left they left no transition
documents, no passwords,” Ham-
mond said.
“We essentially had to negotiate
to get access to our website. Like ev-
erything was running from ground
zero. It’s been a bit of a rebuilding,
but I think our execs are doing their
best to service students.”
With files from Jake Scott
Facebook flame war ignites RSU page
Some Ryerson students were outraged after the RSU began deleting comments and banning users from its page
By Brennan Doherty
Ryerson students took to the Ry-
erson Students’ Union (RSU) Face-
book page last Friday to voice their
displeasure at the union’s repeated
removal of a video that was posted
on its page. The video was created
by pro-Israeli group Hamas On
Campus. Its repeated removal by
page administrators sparked out-
rage from students on social me-
dia, with one student threatening
to file a lawsuit against the RSU.
Ryerson student Hailey Nicole
posted a response to the Facebook
group Saturday night, frustrated
with the repeated deletion of com-
ments written by her and other
“You’re discriminating against
me based on my country of origin
and I’m taking this straight to cam-
pus security, administration and
everyone else until you’re nothing
but dust. This is not a threat, it’s a
fucking promise,” she commented
on the RSU Facebook post.
The Eyeopener made several at-
tempts to contact Nicole but she
did not respond.
The video was originally shared
to the RSU Facebook page on
Friday by Ryerson student Ofer
Ziberman. Page administrators
removed the video but it was re-
posted by other students as many
as 10 times. That night, the RSU
posted a response on its Facebook
page saying that it had removed
the video because it was “racist
and Islamophobic.”
The RSU’s response in the Face-
book thread reads, “We would like
to take this opportunity to remind
folks that we have a zero-tolerance
policy for hate speech both online
and offline ... we will continue to
delete videos posted on our page
that promoted hate speech rooted
in, but not limited to, anti-Muslim,
anti-Arab and/or anti-Semitic sen-
timents and/or remarks.”
But a number of other students
posting in the comment thread, as
well as Facebook group ‘DROP
RSU,’ complained that the RSU
deleted the video from its page
and still maintains an open stance
against the Israeli government’s
“The RSU tends to marginalize
groups that do not agree with them
or vote for them,” said ‘DROP
RSU’ in a statement posted to
Facebook. The group says the cen-
sorship of its comments violates
their right to freedom of speech.
The RSU’s president disagrees.
“We ended the comments sec-
tion on our page over the course of
the weekend because it’s important
for us to be working towards cre-
ating safer, more inclusive spaces
and we’re responsible for the con-
tent that gets posted on our page,”
Rajean Hoilett said.
“I think it’s very important for
people to know the difference be-
tween freedom of speech and hate
speech.” He added that the RSU
has not received any notices of
Ziberman said that he shared the
video in response to, he claims, the
funding of Palestinian demonstra-
tions by the RSU. “You want to
tell me as a proud Canadian-Israeli
[that] I should feel safe on campus
when the one student union that is
supposed to keep these things off
campus is spreading their propa-
ganda and inviting the entire stu-
dent body to an anti Israeli protest
... the RSU did not even condemn
it ... they sponsored it,” Ziberman
Hamas On Campus is an pro-
Israel organization set up by a
group of university students in
campuses across Canada and the
United States. Its chief concern is
“the activities of the MSA (Mus-
lim Students Association)and SJP
(Students for Justice in Palestine).
Both share anti-Israel and anti-
democratic values,” according to
their website.
Its four-minute video asserts that
several current members of al-Qa-
eda (including a co-founder) were
former members of MSA or SJP
groups in the United States.
Any students who wish to ask
questions, comment, or share con-
cerns about the post are asked by
the RSU to contact president@rsu-
With files from Jake Scott
RSU President Rajean Hoilett.
Mohamed “Sentimental” Omar
Jackie “Pedicure” Hong
Sierra “Lives In Rez” Bein
Jake “Blisters” Scott
Sean “Wall-E” Wetselaar
Biz & Tech
Laura “Chi-Pot-Le” Woodward
Arts and Life
Leah “1 Million Sources” Hansen
Josh “2-Page Master” Beneteau
Natalia “Aquariums” Balcerzak
Farnia “Adorable” Fekri
Jess “Infallible” Tsang
Rob “Chips And Salsa” Foreman
Keith “Shit Turkey” Capstick

Behdad “Wait, Who?” Mahichi
Nicole “Hotkeys” Schmidt
John “Corporeal” Shmuel
Web Developer
Kerry “Master Coder” Wall
Becca “Anti-Chipotle?” Goss
General Manager
Liane “Spirit Animal” McLarty
Advertising Manager
Chris “Jon Hamm” Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “A MAN” Mowat
Laura “Clay” Hensley
Vivian “Sage” Tabar
Emma “Kaffir Lime” McIntosh
Jake “Pepper Truffles” Kivanc
Olivia “Red Chai” McLeod
Badri “Barborygymus” Murali
Sunday “Monday” Aken
Andrea “Tuesday” Vacl
Igor “Wednesday” Magun
Julia “Thursday” Knape
Mitch “Careful” Bowmile
Charles “Old Fart” Vanegas
Devin “Puck Bunny” Jones
Emma “Gonzo” Cosgrove
Salmaan “Fixer” Farooqui
Amy “Oh Justin” Frueh
Brennan “Meowth” Doherty
Nitish “Psyduck” Bissonauth
Erika “Clefairy” Dreher
Aidan “Slowbro” Hamelin
Stefanie “Jigglypuff” Phillips
Ramisha “Charizard” Farooq
Kanwal “Wobbuffet” Rafiq
Leaura “Patient One” Katelyn
Super Awesome Interns
Julia “FIRST STORY” Tomasone
Anika “Eloquent” Syeda
Hayley “The Transcriber” Adam
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week is
Nuit Blanche. Remember when you
used to be cool, NB? When you
weren’t infested with drunk and/or
high teenagers roaming all around
your face, fucking shit up for every-
one else? Remember when you had
actual art? Well I don’t and I’m one
of those high school kids. I had a
great time. See you next year.
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4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
correction notice
The Eyeopener would like to
make its readers aware of a cor-
rection to a story.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, we
published the story “The Young
and the Political” by Ramisha
Farooq in the Features section.
That story incorrectly stated
that Giulia Ilacqua is a member
of the Ontario Young Liberals
This is incorrect. She is in fact
a member of the Toronto-Centre
Federal Liberal Association.
The story also stated that while
working in her constituency of-
fice, she spoke to citizens about
the Liberal Party. This is also in-
correct. While Ilacqua redirected
a number of calls involving the
party, she never directly spoke
about it with callers.
The Eyeopener regrets these er-
rors. A lot.
RSU president Rajean Hoilett tries to listen to political opposition but his ears are met with silence.
Angry with the RSU? Run for it
I’ve seen more opposition to the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
in the past week than I have since
coming to this bottled-water-free
oasis in 2010.
And, funnily enough, I saw it in
a Facebook comment thread.
The RSU deleted a video that
was posted on its Facebook page
— which, as the administrator of
that account, it has full right to —
and posted a message to “remind
folks that we have a zero tolerance
policy for hate speech both online
and in person.”
Then all kinds of e-hell broke
I have not seen the video, which
the RSU described as “Islamapho-
bic and highly racist.” But it’s clear
to see — based on the volcano of
comments that erupted later — that
it has to do with Palestine, Israel
and the union’s work around both.
A second message said “folks that
continue to [post] the video on this
page will be blocked from posting
on the page to ensure that we are
working towards providing spaces
free from oppression.” The user
would be notified before the block-
ing happened, the message added.
Two massive threads, with al-
most 420 comments combined,
saw the RSU getting called “big-
ots” and “discriminatory,” among
other things. Some defended the
union. The whole thing was sand-
wiched between an online debate
on Israel and Palestine, but it was
the criticism of the RSU that stuck
out to me the most.
Seeing that much anti-RSU sen-
timent, even if it was just online,
made me wonder: if there are stu-
dents on campus that do care and
have a problem with the way the
union is working, then why — by
Sheldon Levy’s silver beard —
don’t we have an opposition party?
Every election a few people will
run against the reigning slate —
whether it’s called Unite Ryerson,
Students United or Party In The
U.S.A. — but they fail to get any
kind of traction. That’s because they
go up against an organized, well-
oiled machine that uses the experi-
ence of past student governments.
Voter turnout has never been
lower. The RSU’s last general elec-
tion saw only 5 per cent of the
campus voting. Of the five execu-
tive positions, only Rajean Hoilett,
the president, had living, breathing
human beings challenge him. The
RSU did not make itself a one-party
government. The lack of organized
political opposition did that.
If those pissed-off commenters
are genuinely ready for a differ-
ent RSU government, they should
start preparing to run.
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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Got banned for what?
Rumours that Ryerson was banned from Toronto Island prove to be untrue
Settle down, everyone: Ryerson’s
annual Parade and Picnic is not
banned from Toronto Island.
On Oct. 1, The Ryersonian re-
ported that Ryerson’s frosh-week
tradition, which has run for over
half a century, was banned from
Toronto Island after this year’s
event. However, none of the city
officials that The Eyeopener spoke
to said the ban exists.
The current situation has been
“blown way out of proportion,”
Toronto Parks Customer Service
Supervisor Cathy Hargreaves said.
Customer service handles permits
for special events in Toronto parks
and Hargreaves represents the To-
ronto and East York District.
“My knowledge is that noth-
ing of the sort has happened,” she
Toronto Island Supervisor War-
ren Hoselton was not aware of
any bans against Ryerson either.
“We haven’t even received an
application for a ban,” Hoselton
This year’s Parade and Picnic
garnered about a dozen noise
complaints from Toronto Island
residents and Ryerson would
need to review its event to make
sure it’s “fully compliant with all
parks and noise by-laws,” Toron-
to Parks Waterfront District Man-
ager James Dann said in an email.
However, he added that Ryer-
son has yet to even submit a pro-
posal for the 2015 Parade and Pic-
nic that can be denied or accepted.
“There’s nothing in place right
now,” Dann said in an interview.
“[The Parade and Picnic] is un-
der review, but all events go under
review at the end of the year.”
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
President Rajean Hoilett said he
has not been notified of any bans.
“To my knowledge we haven’t
received any complaints. We’ve
had folks try to find out what the
situation is. It seems that there
haven’t actually been any official
steps taken ... To my knowledge
right now it’s not a super serious
issue that we’re afraid of,” Hoilett
said. The RSU’s Vice-President Eq-
uity Pascale Diverlus also said she
had no knowledge of a ban.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
said he wasn’t aware of any bans
either until campus media started
asking him about it.
“I have not received a letter on
this from anyone, so it was all
news to me,” Levy said. He added
that the university “heard a couple
of complaints but nothing terribly
The Parade and Picnic has had
its share wild stories in the past,
none of which have resulted in a
ban from Toronto Island. In 1999,
a 20-year-old student got alcohol
poisoning on the island and had to
be transported by a Toronto Po-
lice Marine Unit boat back to the
mainland before taken to hospital.
The most serious incident hap-
pened during the 1982 iteration
of the picnic, a friend of a Ryer-
son student dove off the ferry into
Lake Ontario. He broke his neck
and died.
Students celebrate as they arrive at Toronto Island for the 2014 Parade and Picnic.
By Sierra Bein
Hanigsberg stepping down
Rye’s vice-president of administration and finance will leave in December
Ryerson’s Vice President of Ad-
ministration and Finance, Julia
Hanigsberg will be accepting a
new position as president and
CEO at Holland Bloorview Kids
Rehabilitation Hospital.
Hanigsberg has been a volun-
terer with the hospital for the past
five years.
“As a parent I’ve been involved
for a much longer period of time
because my eldest daughter, who is
18 years old, has a developmental
disability,” Hanigsberg said.
The offer was only made on
Sept. 30, which was short notice
for both Hanigsberg and the uni-
“I think they made a great ap-
pointment,” said Ryerson Presi-
dent, Sheldon Levy.
He described Julia’s leave as “a
loss to the university.”
“That’s what happens to great
people, there’s something for them
in a variety of different roles, like
this, but Julia’s exceptionally qual-
ified for it,” he said.
Effective Dec. 1, Janice Win-
ton will be taking over as interim
vice president. Winton is currently
Chief Financial Officer of the uni-
versity and will maintain the po-
sition when she begins as interim
vice president.
Hanigsberg said this experience
is “incredibly bitter sweet.”
“I know I will be having to car-
ry around Kleenex for the last few
weeks I’m here,” Hanigsberg said.
Julia Hanigsberg has been with Ryerson since 2006.
Floor 11 is the only kitchen in Pitman without stovetops.
The microwave life
Pitman Hall’s new 11th-floor kitchen has no stoves
By Aidan Hamelin
The beginning of this year marked
the opening of Pitman Hall’s new-
ly renovated 11th-floor communal
kitchen, which is fully equipped
with an industrial sized refrig-
erator, two commercial ovens and
three microwaves—all chrome.
But there’s no stovetops, making it
Ikea-showroom pretty but lacking
a key function.
“The fact that there’s no cook-
tops is definitely annoying, be-
cause most of the time when
you’re making something like a
meal you’re going to be using a
cooktop. For example, if I were
to use the kitchen more regular-
ly I would definitely make eggs
there, but I can’t do that because
they don’t have a cooktop,” said
Jay Ferguson, a first-year graphic
communications management stu-
dent. He said the kitchen is very
pretty but isn’t quite as functional
as it should be, a typical opin-
ion among 11th-floor residents.
“If they don’t want to do it this
year I can understand that, but at
least eventually putting in a cook-
top wood be good, just because
it doesn’t make sense practical-
ity wise, it’s not practical at all to
have no cooktops,” Ferguson said.
The decision to omit a stovetop
from the kitchen was not a con-
scious one on the part of Ryerson’s
Student Housing Services (RSHS),
said Ian Crookshank, Director of
Housing and Residence Life.
According to Crookshank, the
original design included a stovetop
but the instillation proved prob-
“We were told by the city that
without venting to the outside
we couldn’t have stovetops,” said
Solving the ventilation prob-
lem wasn’t impossible but would
involve restructuring the building
that would have made the renova-
tion too expensive, Crookshank
“It was going to take what was
a reasonably affordable project
and make it the most expensive
kitchen ever built,” Crookshank
The kitchen required a renova-
tion after a suspected electrical fire
that spread from the 10th floor de-
stroyed it in 2012.
By Jackie Hong
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TORONTO • 239 Yonge St • 532 Church St
6 NEWS Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Storage wars: locked up
With tripods, portfolios, laptops and cameras, personal space is at a premium
By Kanwal Rafiq
Students in the Image Arts building find themselves battling for lockers every year.
Students at Ryerson University in
the image arts programs are un-
happy about having to scavenge
for lockers.
Large lockers occupy a short
hallway in the basement at the Im-
age Arts building, but the lockers
on the third floor are half the size.
Students find it unfair that these
lockers aren’t built to accommo-
date everyone and run on a first-
come-first-serve basis.
Third-year new media student
Tess Sutherland said most people
who go to Ryerson are commuters
and have to lug equipment to and
from school if they don’t have a
locker. But if you’re lucky enough
to find one, your big camera case
and tripod probably won’t fit in it.
Sutherland ended up taking a
locker in another building across
campus, to which she travels back
and forth, dragging her heavy
equipment along. It’s time con-
suming and inconvenient, she said,
but she was happy to find one.
Third-year photography stu-
dent Layah Glassman had no luck
at all in finding a locker. She said
she has no choice but to share one
with two other friends.
The battle for the lockers is
taken quite seriously, Glassman
said, adding that students come to
claim their own as early as mid-
Ryerson Vice-Provost Students
Heather Lane Vetere said her team
distributes lockers to the different
departments based on their re-
quests but these requests are not
always met due to the shortage.
She said she’s open to trying to ad-
dress the issue but has never been
approached about it.
“It’s certainly something I can
explore but it’s not something
anyone has ever come to me and
said, ‘we need more lockers,’”
Vetere said.
After months of renovations that cost a total $840,000, Ryerson’s Hub cafeteria had
its soft launch on Oct. 6. For the full story go to
Eye got your back Rajean responds
The taps in the SCC could cause
third-degree burns if you’re not
careful. The Eyeopener measured
the temperatures of the hot water
coming out of the taps, finding
they maxed out at 89 C.
After bringing up the issue with
Campus Facilities and Sustainabil-
ity, they submitted a work order to
fix the taps.
Next time you wash your hands
without scalding yourself, thank
The Eyeopener.
Controversial speaker Ezra Le-
vant commented on the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU) and its de-
cision to join the Boycott Divest-
ment and Sanctions movement last
week. RSU president Rajean Hoi-
lett responds:
“He tore up the equity state-
ment as part of his act and things
like that don’t help to create safer
spaces on campus. [These] aren’t
the ways we hope to form these
conversations,” said Hoilett.
The Hub gets a $840,000 facelift
By Stefanie Phillips
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
welcomed the community to a
conference aimed at solving one
of Canada’s biggest problems —
creating good jobs now and in
the future — during the opening
remarks of the national Good Jobs
Summit at the MAC on Oct. 3.
“We need bold and innovative
ideas,” said Levy.
The Good Jobs Summit sought
to create national dialogue be-
tween students, workers, employ-
ers, governments and community
organizations to find solutions
and new approaches to jobs and
the economy.
Ryerson Students’ Union Presi-
dent Rajean Hoilett also spoke
during the opening remarks.
“Students are concerned about
unemployment for youth ... about
the increasing cost of education,
poverty wages, being forced into
the position of unpaid work in
the form of internships and place-
ments and ... about accessing af-
fordable housing and transporta-
tion across the city,” he said.
By Nitish Bissonauth By Erika Dreher
Got jobs? Good jobs?
The Eyeopener sent three reporters to the Good Jobs Summit at the Mattamy
Athletic Centre (MAC). The summit, from Oct. 3 to 5, focused on what could
create better employment in Canada. Visit for full articles.
A debate featuring economists and
CBC regulars Jim Stanford, Todd
Hirsh, Preet Banerjee and Kay-
lie Tiessen tackled what makes a
good job in Canada following the
welcoming ceremony of the Good
Jobs Summit on Oct. 3.
The panelists’ answers ranged
from raising minimum wage to
gaining more world experience
through international and local
travel to choosing better industries
to study.
Around a thousand people at-
tended the event, including Unifor
(Canada’s largest private sector
union) National President Jerry
Dias and federal Liberal party
leader Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau said before the debate
that if he is elected prime minister,
he will focus on fostering partner-
ships to create a “path of success”
for students.
Dias said the debate couldn’t
happen at a better time.
“We are in a crisis here in Can-
ada when it comes to unemploy-
ment,” Dias said.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
spoke on the second day for the
Good Jobs Summit on Oct. 4
about how the provincial govern-
ment plans to improve the job
“Infrastructure renewal is so im-
portant to this province’s future. It
stands as a pillar in our economic
plan,” Wynne said.
She reminded the crowd of the
$130 billion the provincial gov-
ernment is putting into infrastruc-
ture over the next 10 years, which
she said creates 110,000 “good
jobs” every year.
Another focus of Wynne’s speech
was jobs for students.
“I understand that is it our col-
lective responsibility to make sure
that young people have access to
the post-secondary system and so
we will continue to work to make
our post-secondary system more
accessible,” she said.
“We are making sure that young
people have accurate information
about the job market as they make
decisions about their future.”
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Breaking in
Looking for a job in theatre production? Be prepared to battle the busi-
ness to make a name for yourself. This three-part series will explore what it’s
like to find your way in Toronto’s cultural industry.
Finding a job in theatre production can be an exercise in frustration for many.
or recent grad Tia Teeft, the
world outside school was
a bit of a disappointment.
After spending four years in Ryer-
son’s theatre production program,
Teeft works as a restaurant hostess
making money to cover her OSAP
“I worked at a few theatres do-
ing some stage management jobs
for about two months and then
as those started to dwindle off, I
had to start doing more restaurant
work,” Teeft said.
For theatre production students
and grads alike, the arts indus-
try in Toronto is a tough one to
survive in. According to the To-
ronto Arts Foundation, Toronto’s
creative workforce has grown 34
per cent since 2001, which is more
than twice the rate of growth in
the general labour force. In an age
where graduating with a fine arts
degree generates more scoffs than
congratulations, some students
are finding it hard to break into
an industry that is so difficult to
make a name in.
“We do tell our students in the
very first year, the very first day
they show up, that the business
will not take you all,” said Peter
Fleming, production coordinator
at the Ryerson Theatre School. “It
takes a lot of commitment, a lot
of dedication, being an incredibly
good people-person and keeping
your reputation clean, that will ac-
tually get you work. The business
will not take 70 graduates out of
the technical program.”
According to Ryerson’s 2009
stats, 78 per cent of production stu-
dents made it to fourth year. This is
a big jump from the 2001 numbers,
which indicate a 50 per cent drop-
out or transfer rate before fourth-
year. In terms of where the jobs are,
about 85 per cent of graduates are
employed in their field in the first
six months after graduation.
When it comes to finding work
in the industry, there are two dif-
ferent routes you can go, said
Fleming. The non-union route is
very freelance-based, while joining
a union gets you higher pay but
may be more work in the long run.
It takes a different kind of person
for each, he said.
The International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage Employees (IA-
TSE) is the union some production
students opt to join. IATSE Local
58 is the chapter that represents
the jurisdiction in downtown To-
ronto. If students do opt to join
the union, they submit their resu-
més and start out as permit hold-
ers. After a few years of making an
impression on the higher-ups, they
can become an apprentice, which
is another three years of taking
stage calls. A vote is held after this
in order for the apprentice to join
the union as a full member.
t first glance, the benefits
of being with a union are
obvious — the pay is bet-
ter than striking out on your own
and depending on your seniority,
the calls to work production jobs
could be coming pretty regularly.
But therein lies the catch — senior-
ity. The union works by maintain-
ing contracts with venues. When
those venues have production
needs to be filled, they let IATSE
know. The union then offers those
production jobs to its members
based on seniority. The most ex-
perienced and longstanding mem-
bers are offered calls first — the
permit workers, sometimes stu-
dents or recent grads, are the last.
Aaron Dell, a second-year theatre
production student, is already a
permit worker with IATSE and has
been for more than two years now.
“I take a lot of calls, I skip a
lot of class to take calls,” he said.
“I’m pretty serious about it.”
For permit workers, a call could
be anything from loading props
into a truck for a few hours to set-
ting up lighting for a show. While
it can be difficult to make a living
wage as a permit worker with IA-
TSE, Dell said the calls he gets pay
for school. There are busy times
and slow times, he said — he’s
really busy taking calls now but
come February, he might not work
for a month.
“If you have a lot of different spe-
cialties and you’re available all the
time, I’d say that you could live off
it as a permit [worker],” he said.
The most recognizable venues
in the city, such as the Air Canada
Centre, Massey Hall, the Ed Mir-
vish Theatre and Roy Thomson
Hall, all have contracts with IA-
TSE, said Fleming.
It’s not unheard of for unionized
workers to make $40 an hour, he
said — even up to $100 an hour for
overnight work. If you’re not with
the union, it’s realistic to expect to
start at $18 to $20 an hour. Re-
gardless of your union status, the
amount of work is rarely constant.
“You cannot work backstage at
any theatre that’s bigger than the
Tarragon and make a living wage
if you’re not union,” Fleming said.
Despite this, only a few grads
from each graduating class choose
the union route, he said.
While large-scale venues are what
makes Toronto’s theatre scene rec-
ognizable, the majority of the work
is found in the smaller venues and
production companies that make
up the remainder of the industry.
“You can have a very great
arts career never going near
the union,” Fleming said. Even
though there’s less money to be
had, many grads are comfort-
able with the trade-off between
income and job satisfaction.
“They’re prepared to live with
less money if they get work that’s
self-actualizing,” he said.
For those who decide not to join
IATSE, finding work in the indus-
try turns into a freelance game,
where word of mouth and reputa-
tion are vital in getting jobs. Stand-
ing out from the hundreds of others
competing for the same job can be
daunting, said LJ Savage, director
of production at Soulpepper The-
atre Company.
Teeft said she’s never thought
about joining IATSE because her
interest within the industry lies
specifically in stage management,
not behind-the-scenes set building.
“Because I’ve only been out of
school for six months or so, I’ve
By Leah Hansen
only worked on about two or
three different jobs mostly through
people that I knew,” she said. “For
stage management jobs, there are
so few jobs and so many people
want them.”
hether you’re going it
alone or opting to join a
union, the ratio of jobs
to recent grads may be off simply
because of the number of theatre
programs in the Greater Toronto
Area, said Savage — Ryerson is
one of six major programs.
“I personally believe there are
too many theatre production pro-
grams out there for the amount of
work that’s available,” said Sav-
age. “There are too many schools
trying to fulfill this part of a rela-
tively narrow profession.”
Even though there may not be
enough work to go around, Sav-
age said there seems to be a bal-
ance between what’s out there and
those who go into other careers,
tradework or choose to continue
their education.
This is certainly the case for
Teeft, who is considering apply-
ing to nursing programs across the
GTA in January.
“I’m excited to be able to start
working in the field that I went
to school for but I definitely don’t
think that it’s going to be my pri-
mary source of income any time
soon,” she said. “I love theatre,
but in the long run, I think I need
to work on other things as well.”
I personally believe there are
too many theatre produc-
tion programs out there for
the amount of work that’s
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8 Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The common room door
opens like a floodgate,
releasing a wave of deep
bass and the stench of
crappy cologne. Lights are low.
Every surface is covered in bot-
tles and cans. The kitchenette
in the corner is a mess. Chairs
and people are scattered around.
Some of them squeal in greeting
upon our entry (the people, not
the chairs).
Thankfully, none of the 15 peo-
ple in here are squealing at me. I do
some quick mental math to deter-
mine the total dollar value of the al-
cohol in the room, coming up with
at least $400. These kids don’t fuck
with cheap beer. I see bottles of
Kraken, Jägermeister, Grey Goose.
They have the grandiose taste of a
45-year-old corporate lawyer. Rest
assured, folks — OSAP money is
buying quality liquor.
Two Eyeopener writers infiltrated Pitman Hall for the purpose of journalism and had a pretty average
night. There were no fights. No one railed coke off the kitchen counter. No holes were punched in walls
and no one passed out. It was just a whole lot of dancing and confusion. This is an account of their per-
fectly mediocre night at Pitman.
Music is blar-
ing. I learn it’s
called trap.
“It’s like elec-
tronic music, but with rap over
it,” someone explains to me.
The names Chief Keef and Waka
Flocka Flame are tossed around.
The female-to-male ratio here
is significantly skewed — for
every girl there are at least 3.5
dudes. Two guys sit on the couch,
wearing sober expressions. They
bob their heads absentmindedly.
Neither are drinking nor talking.
A guy in a bright red shirt bounds
around the room, dancing furi-
ously and ricocheting between
huddles of people. He introduces
himself. “You look like a Holly!”
He tries to guess my name, go-
ing off the first letter. He spews
out two guesses. (“That’s all the
E names I know!”) He’s visiting
from Brock and is visibly wasted.
He springs away, dancing and
mouthing Kanye West lyrics.
A girl pleasantly tells me to
stop leaning against the fridge be-
cause it might tip over and squash
the couple making out next to it.
What a way to die.
The word magnets on the
fridge spell out “always give gor-
geous blonde super bed.” I am
mildly surprised, but what was
I expecting, haikus? A political
Someone prances around with
an LCBO bag on his head and a
round face cut-out like Finn from
Adventure Time. He, too, dances.
I ask someone what the dance
move, which incorporates a fair
bit of elbow jabbing, is called. We
settle on “cooking.” These people
cook up a storm. They cook on
the couch and the floor and sitting
in chairs and while conversing and
by the stove. It’s like Hell’s Kitch-
en in here.
A game of beer pong commenc-
es. Utilizing the limited resources,
a gaggle of boys align two round
tables of different sizes and set up
cups. I wonder about the com-
petitive advantages of the dispro-
portionate tables. The guys don’t
seem concerned — they’re too
busy saying words like “whoop”
and “swag.”
A guy and a girl stand in a se-
cluded doorway. He tries to kiss
her. “You’re drunk,” she mouths.
He bows his head in frustration
and walks away.
I ask her about it. “That’s
my best
f r i e nd, ”
she says.
“In terms
of party
situations, teenage hormones are
at their most infinite.” We’ll call
her Alice. She is very wise.
The party is still feeble,
and nearly everyone
present is extremely in-
Three people are lined up in
a row, doing wall sits. They’re
waving their arms in the air, one
girl holding a bottle of Jäger.
The three of them robustly chant
“bitches love sosa.”
A girl asks Wasted Brock Guy
if he wants to take a shot. A col-
lective “NO” escapes from the
mouths of everyone in the room.
Someone brings him a mug of wa-
Next to him, a guy is giving a
foot rub to a girl. A spontaneous
game of limbo ensues. People eat
Meanwhile, my fixer Salmaan
Farooqui is having a hell of a time
at another party.
have the taste of
a 45-year-old corporate lawyer

By Emma Cosgrove and
Salmaan Farooqui
but I don’t turn down,” he says.
I tell him I’m going to quote him.
He says, “Can you quote this?”
and lunges for my cheek. “Nope,
probably not,” I say, effectively
dodging his face.
He tells me he’s going to “turn
down soon’” and walks away.
About as fast
as they en-
tered, nearly
everyone has
cleared out. “Where did they all
go?” someone says, exasperated.
“To a better party that we don’t
know about,” someone replies,
heading for the door.
I realize at once that this whole
night is a sequence of seeking out
where the party is happening, to
the point where people scatter
themselves around. I wonder if
they might consider the strategy
that lost people use — stay where
you are and surely someone will
come and find you.
I follow some people out into
the hallway. It’s like walking into a
zoo with animal sounds bouncing
around the confined space.
“Why are you so pully? I have
a bubble, get out of it,” one girl
snaps at another.
“Party’s bumping tonight!”
I ask Alice why everyone has
amalgamated out here in this nar-
row corridor.
“It allows for more social explo-
ration,” she says eloquently. Two
drunk girls come by and ask me
where the party is — a second lat-
er we are hugging. The social ex-
ploration theory has been proven.
No one is off-limits for drunken
A few of us end up back in the
deserted room. I use this moment
of tranquility to reflect on the cu-
mulative events of the night and
begin to realize that within the
confines of residence is a climate
of pandemonium.
People spend their entire night
trying desperately to find various
things. Friends, phones, shoes,
food, their dignity.
But most of all, the zealous
youth of Pitman Hall are in
search of “the party.” The elu-
sive “party” holds promises of
fun and perhaps even someone to
swap saliva with.
In the pursuit of “the party” they
toil for hours upon hours with no
avail, exhausting their sleep-de-
prived, caffeinated and liquored-up
Will they ever really find it? Does
“the party” even exist?
Thanks to Jake Kivanc for his
work as a fixer and his help infil-
trating Pitman.
guys. The entire hall cringes col-
She tries to double back to the
first guy she kissed. He isn’t into it.
With that, me and my friend
decide to leave the madness and
regroup at my room.
He texts me the next morning.
“She kissed more people in five
minutes than I have in my entire
life…” he says. “I don’t usually re-
gret drunk things, but that I regret.”
And if you were wondering, no,
I didn’t kiss her.
The door opens and
someone crawls into
the room on his hands
and knees. Groups of
guys intermittently flow in, stay
for several minutes, and leave.
“Last year was way better than
this year,” says a second-year
business student. She shows me
a video on her phone of a Pit-
man party, telling me the secret is
lights and a DJ.
“Everyone’s just kind of find-
ing out what works, getting to
know each other. Our first big
party [last year] was Hallow-
een,” she says.
I realize someone has stolen my
last beer so she offers me one. It’s
Bud Light Platinum. I accept, in-
wardly baffled at the phenomenon
of a beer that is simultaneously
“strong” and “light.”
A guy we’ll call Nick, a stu-
dent from Metalworks in Missis-
sauga, has been building houses
of cards for the last hour. “It’s my
first party in four months and I’m
fucking hammered,” he says. I ask
him about his tattoo — written
on his inner forearm — that says,
“Change the game, don’t let the
game change you.” He tells me it’s
a Macklemore quote.
He also wants a beach-themed
sleeve — because he loves the
beach — that incorporates To-
ronto Maple Leafs symbolism. Be-
cause he loves the Leafs.
A mass of
people — girls
and boys —
has entered
and for several minutes the room
is so filled to the brim that it feels
like a party is beginning to occur.
The pair continues to make out
violently next to the fridge. Their
PDA level has surpassed PG and is
hurtling toward R.
Someone plops down on the
couch next to me. He shows me his
bloodied knuckles from punching
a wall. “Everyone’s messed up, I
love it. It’s so good,” he says. I ask
him if he’s a party animal. “No,
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Two Eyeopener writers infiltrated Pitman Hall for the purpose of journalism and had a pretty average
night. There were no fights. No one railed coke off the kitchen counter. No holes were punched in walls
and no one passed out. It was just a whole lot of dancing and confusion. This is an account of their per-
fectly mediocre night at Pitman.
One of the odd things
about parties at Pitman
is how little time is ac-
tually spent partying.
At least half of the night consists
of groups of people traversing Pit-
man Hall’s 14 floors as if it were
a maze. If anything, most of the
drunken encounters and insane
events happen in the craze of the
halls and elevators.
At 10 p.m., a friend and I head
to the elevator after hearing many
intoxicated people shout about a
party below. There’s a mass exo-
dus as almost the entire party on
our floor leaves to see what all the
buzz is about. This is partly thanks
to some guy who excitedly tells us,
“Dude. (It’s) filled with entirely.
Hot. Girls.”
The moment the elevator doors
open on party night is always
exciting. You never know what
you’re going to see inside the little
cube. That night we’d seen the
door open to reveal puke, a couple
savagely making out with each
other and this time, a group of 10
testosterone-filled male engineer-
ing students yelling about a party.
Seems like they heard about the
girls-only party too.
The magic doors open and we
find out that what our guy ne-
glected to mention was that the
party wasn’t in a room. It was just
a congregation of 20 to 30 ham-
mered kids standing around the
elevator. At least they didn’t lie
about the all-girls thing.
One exceptionally intoxicated
girl starts yelling at people to
kiss her. My friend, in a moment
of bad judgement, decides to go
for it. What he doesn’t expect is
a chain reaction of jumpy guys
in the elevator. One by one, she
starts macking on every single
one. It isn’t pretty. They hit walls,
almost fall over and bump into
other people.
People stare for the first one
or two guys, but eventually they
awkwardly carry on with conver-
sation while Kiss-Me Girl contin-
ues through a line of guys.
Eventually, she stops. But one
last engineering kid stomps into
the middle of the group, spreads
his arms out in protest and yells,
“You made out with all of my
friends, but didn’t even make out
with me?”
The entire room (or… hall I
guess) falls silent. For a moment
I wonder if the entire group will
burst out laughing at what can
only be described as an act of des-
But then Kiss-Me Girl lunges
at him with the same intensity as
she did with the last handful of
People stare for the first one or two
guys but eventually they awkwardly
carry on with
He also wants a beach-themed sleeve,
because he loves the beach, that
incorporates Toronto Maple Leafs
symboli sm. Because he loves the
10 BIZ & TECH Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
She’s got it in the bag
By Julia Tomasone
Victoria Bunn is breaking the fash-
ion mold with her line of tote bags.
The part-time Ryerson student
launched Breaking Bags this past
summer and has been selling them
commercially on her website ever
“Regular tote bags are singular
and flat but these tote bags have
dimension and pockets for better
usage,” Bunn said.
Each bag takes up to six hours
to make and there are only one or
two bags that are identical.
She creates each unique bag in
her bedroom by cutting out the
fabric, interfacing each piece, sew-
ing them together and then adding
customization like buttons and
She channels her creative spirit
by blasting her music full volume.
“My mom hates it so I usually do
it when she is out of the house or in
the middle of the night,” Bunn said.
Bunn finds juggling being a stu-
dent and an entrepreneur difficult
but she’s determined to finish her
biology degree at Ryerson while
managing her business.
Her business launched after her
involvement with the Summer
Company, a program run by the
government providing grants and
mentorship to student entrepre-
neurs under 30.
A Breaking Bag tote bag costs
between $60 and $70, depending
on customization.
Along with her tote bags, Bunn
is working on wallets and small
purses — currently in the design
One of Bunn’s favourite bags is covered in sock monkeys.
High school students got a taste of
the business world at Ryerson.
The Make a Change event
kicked off on Oct. 4, hosted by
Students for the Advancement of
Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).
SAGE is an international non-
profit organization that links
teams of secondary school stu-
dents to nearby universities.
“This is where you really build
connections that last a long time,”
said David Kwok, a fourth-year
business management student and
president of SAGE Canada.
Held at the interior design
building, the conference informed
high school students about the en-
trepreneurship industry and gave
them the opportunity to practice
presentation skills in front of in-
dustry professionals.
“SAGE works with high school
[students] because they see poten-
tial in them,” said Kathryn Gamis,
a second-year business manage-
ment student and vice president of
events for SAGE.
By Sunday Aken Teams of high school students
came up with business ideas that
they pitched to a panel of judges
— all industry professionals — for
“This event gave me a new
outlook on business,” said Jamal
Pinnace, a student participating
in the event from Georges Vanier
Arjune Gupta, a judge at the
event, believes that “events like this
give young entrepreneurs the confi-
dence and support they need to take
their ideas to the next level.”
Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of
Management (TRSM) ranked
last place in a recent listing of the
country’s top business schools.
Canadian Business listed the top
business schools on Oct. 2 — with
TRSM ranked tenth out of 10
schools — even in spite of a new
real estate program and the school
of accounting and finance.
Kimberley Bates, Ryerson’s
MBA director, finds pride in Ry-
erson’s ranking. “As an eight-year-
old MBA program we are proud
By Laura Woodward
High comes to Rye
to be on the top 10 list. There are
over 45 MBA programs in Canada
and being in the top 10 is great,”
Bates said.
Last year Ryerson ranked fourth
on the list.
“Last year was the first year of
this ranking and there may have
been more participants this year,”
Bates said.
Rankings were based on criteria
like reputation, post-degree salary,
tuition (lower is better), work expe-
rience (more is better) and program
length (shorter is better).
“Twenty-five per cent of this
ranking is based on reputation and
as a new program with fewer alum-
ni, [Ryerson’s] scores in this area
probably vary more than programs
with thousands of graduates in the
workforce,” Bates said.
Queen’s University schooled the
list coming out on top, with HEC
Montreal landing second and
York in third.
“We will continue to focus on
excellence and believe that as more
people in key stakeholder commu-
nities come to know our program,
our ranking will steadily improve,”
said Bates.
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Ryerson’s ranking in a list of top Canadian business schools goes down
Ryerson hosts event to connect high school students with business knowledge
Kathryn Gamis, vice president of events for SAGE, introduces the conference.
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OCTOBER 9, 2014
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
National sorority comes to campus
People of Ryerson
By Olivia McLeod
Posters were plastered around
campus, inviting the women of
Ryerson to “go Greek” and join
Delta Psi Delta, one of very few
sororities that cater to the school
— and the only national one.
The sorority was founded in
1991 at Carleton University. From
there, members have started new
chapters at five different schools
across Ontario and Newfoundland
— three of which were founded in
the last three years. The Toronto
branch, known as the Gamma
chapter, accepts students from all
universities in the Toronto area.
Brittany Jung, president of Del-
ta Psi Delta’s Toronto chapter and
a fourth-year student at York Uni-
versity, said that being a part of a
national sorority is a way to have
connections across Canada.
“Even though we have our
own separate chapters through-
out Canada, we’re all still sisters,
we’re all the same sorority,” Jung
said. “We’ll always reach out to
our sisters [across Canada], spend
some time with them and send
them some Toronto love.”
Jung said that theirs is unlike oth-
er sororities in the region. “Many
of the downtown sororities cater
only to U of T ... the benefit of us
being national is that we can accept
and build these friendships with
girls from all different schools.”
Out of the sorority’s 40 active
members, between 10 and 15 are
Ryerson students, with a few on
the administration board.
Charlotte Huang, sorority trea-
surer and a third-year accounting
and law student, is one of them.
She said that she would like for
Ryerson to recognize sororities.
“I know Ryerson’s all about di-
versity and I feel like our sorority
is very diverse … we have so many
different types of girls, different re-
ligions, different cultures,” she said.
“I feel like Ryerson should be more
open to the Greek community ...
hopefully in the future they are.”
Last Friday marked the end of
their recruitment period, which
Ryerson women are being asked to join Toronto’s chapter of Greek life
means their social calendar is now
in full swing. Many of their festivi-
ties include helping charities such
as the MS society, women’s shelters
and the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Their next plan is the “Trick or
Eat” food drive, where they will
spend their Halloween collecting
items for the food bank.
“I know there’s a lot of stereo-
types about sororities and how
they’re portrayed in movies, but
honestly it’s nothing like that,”
Huang said.
“Half my friends are from a
sorority [and] half aren’t ... and
they’re just the exact same girls.
It’s not like sorority girls act any
different, I know there’s a stereo-
type for that but it’s completely
incorrect.” Home is a word that brings com-
fort to many, but for Nick Vidas
it’s always been a dispensable one.
Born to a Chilean mother and
Australian father, Vidas has lived
everywhere from Venezuela to
Egypt, South Africa to Australia.
Now, he resides on the third floor
of Pitman Hall.
Spending most of his childhood
and elementary education in a
state of constant relocation, Vidas
never found a real foothold for
himself until moving to Vancou-
ver during high school. That all
changed when he ran into delin-
quency issues with the law.
“I was facing [deportation] back
to Australia or to go to a school
they had chosen for me,” Vidas
He said that he didn’t want to
put pressure on his family to leave
the country and agreed to fin-
ish his high school education at a
military-based boarding school in
Wellandport, Ont.
Reflecting on his time at the
academy, Vidas said he doesn’t re-
sent his experience.
“What they always say about
the school is that you hate the
process but love the product,” he
said. “You deal with a lot ... that
could be handled in another way,
but it taught me a lot of valuable
things that gave me a new perspec-
tive on life.”
That train of thought brought
him to Ryerson, where he has be-
gun his first year of business tech-
nology management.
Vidas said that it was hard for
him to adjust after attending a mil-
itary boarding school in contrast
to the more relaxed atmosphere at
“I still have some things to fig-
ure [out] because it’s a big tran-
sition,” he said. “I just have to
figure out what to do with all this
free time. The nice thing is that I’m
learning something that I actually
care about every day.”
By Jake Kivanc
Charlotte Huang, Samantha Anastacio and Mari Suzuki are a part of Delta Psi Delta.
Nick Vidas said that he is adjusting to life after attending a military boarding school.
Undeterred by the brisk appear-
ance of cold weather, Ryerson
students suited up and stretched
in pink tracksuits for the 23rd an-
nual CIBC Run for the Cure.
At the starting line at the Uni-
versity of Toronto’s St. George
campus, approximately 30 stu-
dents from various Ryerson pro-
grams participated in this year’s
run on Sunday.
But beyond the adrenaline rushes
and music, the run holds a bigger
meaning than an average race.
Katie Raskina is a third-year
journalism student that has been
helping organize Ryerson’s run-
ning group for the past three
years. She said that it was her fam-
ily’s battle with breast cancer that
pushed her to run.
“I decided to run because my
grandmother died from breast
cancer,” Raskina said. “When I
got back from the first time I ran,
I learned that my great aunt was
diagnosed with brain and breast
cancer. She passed away and now
I’m running for her.”
The race, which consists of a 5
kilometre, a 10 kilometre and a 15
kilometre run or walk, has been an
annual event that brings together
more than 125,000 participants
and volunteers across the country.
A newcomer to this year’s run
was Thomas Disbrove, a business
management student. He said he
made a commitment to support
his aunt who was recently diag-
nosed with the disease.
“Everyone is doing their best
to support her right now and I
thought it would be a good idea,”
Disbrove said.
October is Breast Cancer Aware-
ness month in Canada. Throughout
the month, the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation hosts events to
increase awareness. The support
of the participants and volunteers,
along with generous donations,
helps raise funds for research.
“I’ve never been touched by can-
cer,” said Andrew Shick, a fifth-year
accounting student. He said he was
motivated because other people he
knew joined. “It’s different here
— you see all of the people on the
sidelines supporting you and even
some of the survivors of cancer. It
motivates you to keep running.”
The Ryerson team was able to
raise $3,580 for this year’s race. In
the last three years, the students
have managed to donate almost
$20,000 to cancer research.
Ryerson runs for the cure
By Jake Kivanc
Students participate in the annual event to raise funds for breast cancer research
The Ryerson running group took part in the race on Oct. 5.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Q&A with capt.
Michael Fine
By Josh Beneteau
We talked to the new men’s hock-
ey captain Michael Fine about his
leadership style and the state of
the team.
JB: What was your first reaction
when you found out you were the
new captain?
MF: Anytime you’re chosen to
wear the C and be the captain of
any organized team, I think you
have to be honoured. At the same
time you have to understand that
it comes with a lot of responsibil-
ity, but for the most part I’m excit-
ed and looking forward to what’s
JB: How would you describe
your leadership style?
MF: For me, I wouldn’t say I’m
the most vocal guy. We have a
good core of leaders on our team.
A few of them are louder than
others. I’m a guy [who] will say
things when they need to be said
but at the same time I’m the type
of guy who likes to lead by exam-
ple on the ice.
JB: There was a big turnover
in players this year. Can you talk
about how the big turnover will
affect the team?
MF: Yeah there are a lot of new
faces on our team this year. I’m
still working on some of the guys’
last names and only know them by
their nicknames.
But for the most part I think ev-
eryone has come in since day one
of camp and worked hard to show
coach [Graham Wise] and every-
one else on the team that they de-
serve a spot.
Having so many new faces in the
lineup, [Wise] is going to have to
go over our systems more than if
it was a veteran team with a lot of
returning guys. But the new guys
look really good, they are fitting in
well and we are meshing very well.
JB: Can you talk about your
three new assistants, Brian Birk-
hoff, Mitch Gallant and Lucas
Froese and what they’re going to
bring to the team?
MF: They’re all great guys. We
get along well as a leadership
group. A guy like Birkhoff works
hard on the ice, works hard off the
ice. He helps a lot of guys, wheth-
er it be with school or just with
whatever they need.
A guy like Mitch Gallant is
talkative, very vocal, which you
need on a hockey team like ours.
Especially with so many young
guys, you need a guy to step up.
And Froese is a workhorse, he’ll
say a few things, not as vocal as
most guys but I think he will as he
learns. That comes with the role of
assistant captain.
JB: Can you talk about your
personal expectations for this
MF: As far as this year I think
the coaches [will] lean on me to
play a lot of minutes this season
and when I’m out there playing
those minutes I have to be held ac-
countable and make the best of my
JB: Lastly, what are your expec-
tations for the team this year?
MF: I think last year we caught
a lot of people off guard with the
way we came out of the gate with
all of those wins and how many
goals we were scoring.
But at the same time it’s going
to be a little more difficult because
we lost some key players. There’s
definitely a lot of places where
guys can now step up and take ad-
vantage of that and I think with
the guys that were brought in, the
expectations should be similar if
not to do better.
Without a doubt I think every-
one in our dressing room believes
we can make the playoffs again.
This interview was edited for
Producing on and off the ice
Emma Rutherford returns to Canada from the NCAA to become a TV producer
By Devin Jones
The dream of being a TV producer
brought Emma Rutherford from
the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) to the Ryer-
son women’s hockey team.
“Throughout school, growing
up, I would always put together
and edit the end-of-year slide-
shows or videos, which is where
the dream of becoming a producer
started,” the 21-year-old said.
Rutherford spent the last two
years playing hockey for the Platts-
burgh Cardinals, a Division III
NCAA team at the State University
of New York in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
After deciding to stay in the U.S.
for school, the Kanata, Ont. native
chose Plattsburgh after being im-
pressed by a campus tour.
She had two successful seasons
with the Cardinals, racking up 52
points in 60 games and winning
two national bronze medals. It
was only after being accepted to
the media production program did
the left-winger approach Ryerson
head coach Lisa Haley with the
hope of playing for the Rams.
“Once I got in, I talked to coach
[Haley] and she said she’d love to
have me.”
Before Plattsburgh, Ruther-
ford spent the last two years of
high school at the North Ameri-
can Hockey Academy in Stowe,
Vermont, playing in the Junior
Women’s Hockey League, where
she won the league championship
Rutherford describes herself
as having a huge personality that
“likes to get everyone going.” She
also expects to bring some offensive
skills to the ice. That scoring touch
is what Haley is excited to see.
“After looking at what she’s ca-
pable of, we expect she can bring
some scoring ability to the team,”
Haley said. “We’re also going to
be relying on her experience.”
Rutherford said that while the
difference in hockey between the
NCAA and Canadian Interuniver-
sity Sport is minimal, she was sur-
prised with all the services avail-
able to athletes at Ryerson.
“There was no help, it was just
a study hall and that’s it,” she said
of Plattsburgh. “Here they have
organizational tips for you at ev-
ery turn, I love it.”
A huge sports fan growing up,
Rutherford played both hockey
and soccer competitively up un-
til the middle of high school. She
opted for the former because “the
team aspect of hockey was a lot
better than what I found in soc-
cer. There were no dressing rooms
in soccer, it was just show up and
You can see Rutherford and the
Rams play their home opener Oct.
15 against the Brock Badgers at
the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Rutherford joins Ryerson after two years in the NCAA.
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A (varsity) link
of their own
By Farnia Fekri
Ryerson women’s basketball
player Keneca Pingue-Giles has
become the first ever varsity link,
a position created to help athletes
living on campus.
Her job combines the work of
residence advisors, who provide
social support, and academic links
who assist students in each faculty,
to help the 21 student athletes liv-
ing in Ryerson’s three residence
“As athletes, we never want to
ask for help but there are times
when we do just need it,” said
Pingue-Giles, a fourth-year crimi-
nal justice student. “I’m just some-
body in residence who’s been in
their position before, who under-
stands what it’s like to be a student
Pingue-Giles applied to be an
academic link in January, but
her limited schedule as an athlete
made Brandon Smith, Residence
Life and Education Co-ordinator,
hesitant about giving her the job.
Instead, he saw a chance to create
a new position.
“We knew we had the right
person, we had the right skills,”
Smith said. “What we want to do
is to really create ... support for
our athletes living in residence but
also provide them individual and
group support academically.”
One of the athletes who has
benefited from talking to Pingue-
Gilies is first-year nursing student
Morgan Seaman, a goalkeeper on
the women’s soccer team.
“She just kind of asks me ques-
tions about how soccer is going,
how my grades are, in general if
I’m doing ok,” she said.
Working 10 to 15 hours a week,
Pingue-Giles is paid the same
amount as other residence lead-
ers. She will receive $5,000 for
her work this year, according to
Smith. All 34 staff members work-
ing in residence get a room, which
they pay for. Residence in Pitman
Hall starts at just under $11,000,
according to Ryerson’s website.
Though the varsity link role is
new, it is already a success, ac-
cording to Smith. One of the ways
Pingue-Giles can work with new
athletes is by helping them with is-
sues such as studying while on the
road for games, he said.
“I’m hoping [athletes] take ad-
vantage of the opportunity to learn
from [Pingue-Giles] because her
capabilities are just exemplary,”
Smith said. “I don’t know how she
does everything to be honest.”
Basketball family affair
Adika Peter-McNeilly is the latest from his decorated family to star at Ryerson
By Charles Vanegas
Whether it was in a front yard,
backyard, on the street or inside
with a mini-hoop, Adika Peter-
McNeilly was always getting
roughed-up or dunked on as a kid
– either by one of his three older
brothers or several older cousins.
“He was unfortunately the
smallest, so he was always the vic-
tim,” says cousin Ryan McNeilly,
26, who played for the Rams from
To say Peter-McNeilly comes
from a basketball family would be
an understatement. His brother Ja-
mie McNeilly was an all-star at the
University of New Orleans in the
National Collegiate Athletics As-
sociation (NCAA), played profes-
sionally in Germany and is now an
assistant coach with Virginia Tech
and the Canadian Junior National
Team. Another brother, Jay Mc-
Neilly, played one season with the
Rams, led Blessed Mother Teresa
C.H.S. to two provincial champi-
onships as a head coach before be-
coming an assistant coach at York
University, while his uncle was an
Ontario University Athletics (OUA)
all-star, also at York in 1976-77.
So it wasn’t a surprise that Pe-
ter-McNeilly became a star him-
self. But coming to Ryerson was
not always a guarantee as he was
highly sought after.
“Obviously I tried to put a little
plug in for Ryerson. I told him ‘the
OUA is a great place to play,’”
says Ryan, who was also an assis-
tant head coach at Ryerson. “And
you’re not always guaranteed to
get playing time in the States, but I
said do what is best for you.”
Peter-McNeilly spent a year at
Clarendon College in Texas with
hopes of an NCAA scholarship
after high school. But he quickly
realized the U.S. route wasn’t for
him as he missed his support sys-
tem in Toronto.
“I’d be playing games and
no one could watch me. Games
weren’t streamed so all they could
go to were box scores,” he says.
“It hurts you as a player because
you want to play for your family.”
In April 2013, Peter-McNeilly
sent Ryerson head coach Roy
Rana a text message, “I don’t re-
ally like it out here, I’m thinking
of transferring home.” Having
missed out on him the year before,
Rana says he “was all over that.”
Within a month, Peter-McNeilly
was playing in preseason games
for Ryerson. He fit in right away
with the Rams game plan and he
consistently started throughout
the season.
But it wasn’t until a game against
Carleton — winners of 10 of the
last 12 national championships —
late last season that he truly began
living up to the family name.
That night he posted 26 points
and shot 5-for-7 from the 3-point
line in a 71-68 loss.
“It certainly showed everybody
that he can be an elite guard in our
league, there’s no question about
that,” says Rana. “It was a little
bit of a coming out party, for peo-
ple who maybe hadn’t seen ... how
good he really was.”
Peter-McNeilly went on to be
named to the OUA all-star second
team and was later chosen as the
team representative on the new
Ryerson-branded team bus.
With Ryerson already earning a
berth as hosts of this season’s na-
tional championships, the second-
year sociology student looks for-
ward to being able to chase a title
in front of the family who made
him the player he is — in a recent
preseason game vs. Dalhousie, Pe-
ter-McNeilly says at least 10 family
members came to support him.
“Coming home and seeing your
mom, dad, cousins [and] brothers
in the stands, it motivates you.”
You can read more about Adika Peter-McNeilly on
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Turkey dinner and mild depression
Thomas Rye, a fictional Ryerson student, has Thanksgiving dinner at home
By Keith Capstick
Twenty-one-year-old Thomas Rye
went home for Thanksgiving this
past weekend to a house filled
with repetitive, nauseating conver-
sation, only matched by the sick-
ening smell of his mother’s famous
squash soup.
Rye, like many other students,
was looking forward to going
home for the weekend to “sit
around and not give a fuck what I
smell like.” But he was met with a
whirlwind of family bonding and
pre-Thanksgiving chores.
Amongst the conversations
about school, Rye’s childhood and
how tall he’s magically become,
it is estimated that 85 per cent of
his family members who boasted
about the quality of his mom’s
pumpkin pie actually spit out
their first bite into a napkin and
promptly fed the rest to the dog.
“This tastes nothing like the
stuff you buy from Costco. I can’t
explain it, it’s just better,” said
Rye’s uncle, who is a liar.
What baffled Rye most were the
plates. He couldn’t seem to under-
stand why this holiday made ev-
eryone feel like they could eat so
Mountains of food were stacked
high atop the plates at the table,
20 miserable messes of cranberry
sauce, gravy and starches.
“Cranberry sauce and potatoes
don’t mix. I don’t know if I can
be a part of this family anymore,”
said Rye.
After dinner, Rye’s family gath-
ered in the living room for shallow
conversation and collectively tried
to hide how much they were actu-
ally drinking.
Their shifty eyes bounced be-
tween their collection of empty
beer bottles and sad pools of melt-
ed ice cream. They looked around
the room just enough to seem like
they actually gave a fuck about the
“So, how’s school? Have you
met any nice new friends? Are you
finding it difficult? I bet all the par-
ties are a lot of fun,” said his aunt.
These conversations were an
important part of Thanksgiving
for Rye and they helped to create
lasting memories that he believed
helped him get through the first
half of the fall semester.
“So, how’s school? Have you
met any nice new friends? Are you
finding it difficult? I bet all the
parties are a lot of fun,” said his
other aunt.
As Rye sat in his old family arm-
chair listening to his uncle babble
on about how much golf he’s go-
ing to play in Florida this winter,
his eyes kept opening and closing
as his body was taken over by the
Visions of the overly messy and
visually unappealing mounds of
potatoes and stuffing and gravy dis-
tracted Rye from the not-so-stim-
ulating conversations around the
room. He watched a small white
drip of vanilla ice cream fall from
his second aunt’s lip to the floor.
“I just don’t know what to do.
Between the half-cooked carrots
and the way the whipped cream
atop the pumpkin pie wilts like my
spirit, I’d rather be doing home-
work,” said Rye.
Mink battles thanksgiving
This week Rosencrantz takes on
his most terrifying opponent yet,
the Thanksgiving turkey.
Between the terrible sleepy eyes
it causes and the bountiful spread
of liquors and beers that usually
accompany it, Rosencrantz must
battle to stay awake and sober.
Rosencrantz has brought along
his minstrel minks for this particu-
lar battle as he believes their level-
headedness and light melodies can
help prevent him from becoming
absolutely fucking wasted.
The minks will be setting out on
Friday with the rest of Ryerson’s
students to battle through mounds
of stuffing and heaps of pie to try
and find the true meaning of what
Thanksgiving is.
Can Rosencrantz conquer the
weekend and refrain from collaps-
ing into a drunken turkey coma?
Or will he fall victim to the same
fate as your crazy uncle? (Drunk
and asleep before 9 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Sudoku
(Someone Please Fire Me...)
Bring your completed Sudoku with your name and phone number to
The Eyeopener office (SCC 207) and you’ll be entered for a chance to
win a $25 Metro gift card.
Ryerson rejoice, Pikachu has had just about enough of these goddam
midterms. It was reported around midnight on Friday that Pikachu has
taken a stand to rid the world of midterms. When asked about his
stance and why he wanted to get rid of the tests he said, “pika-pi!”
The Eyeopener asked his trainer, Ash, about how he managed to get rid
of midterms. “Well, its quite simple,” Ash said. “He used thunderbolt.
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