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Volume 48 - Issue 7

October 22, 2014
Since 1967
“Why did it
take us so long?”
theatre students
to leave home
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014









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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Curtain call for theatre building
After problems with bugs, decay and floods in a decrepit building, the Ryerson Theatre School is moving on
RTS will move out of 44/46 Gerrard St. E. at the end of the school year.
By Jake Scott, Sierra Bein and
Jackie Hong
The Ryerson Theatre School (RTS)
will be moving out of its structural-
ly-troubled home on 44/46 Gerrard
St. E. by the end of the school year
and will start a five-year-long search
for a new permanent building.
“I’ve been at the school for 20
years. We have been talking about
needing a new building. The writ-
ing has been on the wall for a long,
long, long, long time,” acting pro-
gram director Cynthia Ashperger
said. “It’s a really old building and
we have used it the best we could.
It’s just not functional anymore.”
The RTS building has been no-
torious for its infrastructure prob-
lems since the theatre programs
moved in in the 1970s. But the
aged, former pharmacy college,
wasn’t a perfect fit for theatre from
day one.
“We already started with a
building that was not meant to be
a theatre school,” said Peter Flem-
ing, production and operations
manager at RTS.
It’s home to Ryerson’s three
performance programs – dance,
acting and production – which, in
total, account for just under 500
students. The school was origi-
nally housed in 101 Gerrard St. E.
(now the Co-operative Education
building) until the demand for the
programs saw the school move to
its current location.
Fleming said he is relieved that
the school is finally looking into
other options because they’ve not
been able to make progress with
“We have dance studios that
have pillars in them, we have
all kinds of issues with dressing
rooms that don’t have running wa-
ter in them because the building’s
so old,” he said.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
said it was about time that RTS
was moved.
“I think, ‘Why did it take us so
long?’ would be a better question.
Everyone there has been very, very
patient … There is always prob-
lems with that building, whether
it’s water problems or termite
problems,” Levy said. “That build-
ing can’t last another 25 years.”
Until the search for a new per-
manent location for the school
is finished, the programs will be
housed in yet-to-be-determined
temporary locations. Levy said the
school hopes to announce a solu-
tion within two to three weeks.
“We’re looking at a lot of op-
tions at the moment,” Levy said.
“We’re very confident that we’ll
find things for the students but
nothing has yet been decided.”
A team has now been put togeth-
er and tasked with finding both
temporary and permanent homes
for the theatre programs, said
Gerd Hauck, dean of the Faculty
of Communication And Design.
He recently informed students of
the “Working Group,” a commit-
tee whose members include cam-
pus experts in space planning, real
estate, theatre and Hauck himself.
Once the group decides on a tem-
porary solution, they can begin to
work on its five-year plan.
“It is a group of 11 people, the
strategy is again to have this done
as expeditiously as possible,” said
He said that the transition pe-
riod won’t have a negative impact
on enrolment in RTS.
“We have a large number of
applicants in the theatre school.
Something close to 900 applicants
last year, we only took 29 of them
for the acting program,” Hauck
said. “In fact, I think it might ben-
efit the number of applicants. The
school is going to be in a new build-
ing a few years down the road.”
Fleming, who is also on the
committee, said that he is excited
for the change because it will ben-
efit all theatre students, now and
in the future.
“We used to have 20 dancers
in our dance studios and we now
have 45 dancers in our dance stu-
dios, so our enrolment has grown
but the space has not,” he said.
“It’s just a perfect time to get
more space to grow. If we ever
wanted to go into a graduate pro-
gram then there’s adding more stu-
dents. There’s all kinds of things in
the future that I’m sure the univer-
sity is looking at.”
Some theatre students said they
are concerned about the move be-
cause the university still doesn’t
know details about where they’ll
be relocated.
“We are leaving the theatre
school, we are getting a new build-
ing. We don’t know what it is, we
don’t know where we’re going
in the meantime,” said Kennedy
Brooks, a third-year production
Although Brooks agrees that the
school has issues and students need
a functional building, she said that
she wants more information.
“Staff didn’t know what was
happening, students didn’t know
what was happening.”
First-year dance student Kay-
lie Strela said she hasn’t run into
any major problems with the RTS
building yet besides the posts in the
dance studios, but would welcome
a move if it means access to better
“If it’s a newer space, more
modern, I think it’d be better ... A
bigger change room, more wash-
rooms,” she said.
Taryn Na, a fourth-year dance
student, said the move is long over-
due and that even though she will
have completed her degree by the
time the move happens, the change
will be good for future students.
“I think it’s fantastic. I mean,
it’s about time. As dance students
we like space and need space, so a
new facility would be fantastic,”
she said. “It would definitely be a
positive change.”
The fate of the building after
the theatre programs move out
hasn’t been determined yet and
its status as a historical site may
limit what Ryerson can do with
it. The building, which originally
belonged to the Ontario College
of Pharmacy, first opened in 1887
and contained state-of-the-art lec-
ture halls and science labs. It be-
came a part of the University of
Toronto’s School of Pharmacy in
1953, which eventually moved
out in 1963. Ryerson was deeded
the building in 1966.
> The plague of pests
The wood-eating bastards have been
eating away at the school’s structure.
The Theatre School first reported
termite damage to the west wall of
room 101 in September 2010, but
by February 2011, nothing had been
done to address the problem. Ac-
cording to an Eyeopener report, one
staff member emailed jokingly at the
time that, if action is not taken soon,
the university “might need to build a
new theatre school.”
> Floods down under
The most recent and serious cases
of water getting where it shouldn’t
be happened in July 2013, when a
heavy rainstorm flooded three of the
rooms in the Theatre School’s base-
ment (the termites were still eating
away at the school too, by the way).
And since we’re talking about the
basement, production students said
the basement requires a key to ac-
cess, which is all fine and dandy if
it weren’t for the absolutely fucking
terrifying fact that the door can lock
behind you and trap you inside.
> Accessibility woes
The three-storey school has no el-
evators, ramps or automatic doors,
which poses an accessibility prob-
lem for some people with physical
disabilities or injuries and makes
transporting props and equipment
between floors a giant pain in the
ass. Last year, The Eyeopener talk-
ed to some students who had to
haul a heavy metal bed up several
flights of stairs and who probably
would’ve been crushed to death if
they dropped it.
A breakdown of the ways
the theatre school build-
ing is breaking down

4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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Jackie “Jack” Hong
Sierra “Sienna” Bein
Jake “Also Jack” Scott
Sean “Lord Of Tutus” Wetselaar
Biz & Tech
Laura “Sugar Crisp” Woodward
Arts and Life
Leah “Gr8 Roommate” Hansen
Josh “EXCLUSIVE” Beneteau
Natalia “Box Acting” Balcerzak
Farnia “Subway 4 Ever” Fekri
Jess “Mask Carver” Tsang
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Viviane “WiFi” Fairbank
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RTS students will leave their building at the end of the academic year.
Theatre students still in the dark
It’s October 2004. Ryerson’s Aca-
demic Council is meeting. The
Academic Standards Committee is
presenting, among a heap of other
things, a periodic program review
for the Ryerson Theatre School
(RTS). The gist: the program’s
great, the teachers are wickedly
talented and the school is well con-
nected to the industry. Oh, also the
facilities and equipment are shit.
We should probably fix that, bros.
The committee said in its report
that it “strongly encourages the
school to work with [the Faculty of
Communication and Design] and
university administration to identify
and formulate long-term solutions
to its facilities and equipment chal-
lenges.” That recommendation was
passed as a motion a month later.
Fast forward to October 2014
and RTS is told it’s being moved
out of the building at the end of the
academic year. Ten years after that
motion, there’s no solid plan in the
works, no clue whether the school
will be getting a new building or
shuffled around the campus like im-
age arts students were for so long.
It’s an objectively good thing
that the school is getting hauled
out, of course. The building is hor-
rid. It’s basement’s been flooded.
Termites have likely had sex there,
all while chomping on equipment
and infrastructure. That’s both
yucky and dangerous.
But the amount of time it took
the school just to say the building
isn’t good enough anymore shows
just how much RTS has been off
the school’s radar — its problems
go back way more than 10 years.
This weirdly sudden decision to
eject the dance, acting and produc-
tion programs could, one hopes,
result in a better situation for RTS.
But until it does, the school and
its students will have to do what
they’ve always done — wait.
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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Mental health initiatives get $12M
Provincial funding will go to various mental health programs on campuses
By Alex Downham
Ryerson is receiving part of a $12
million provincial fund this year
meant to address mental health is-
sues among Ontario post-second-
ary students.
The Mental Health Innovation
Fund, established in 2012, will
continue to sponsor campus proj-
ects aiding students with mental
health problems. Student Health
and Wellness Director Su-Ting Teo
said the latest installment of the
fund could help drive an array of
resources “all over campus.”
The funds can potentially be
put towards on-campus counsel-
ling, peer support groups, sensi-
tivity training for Ryerson staff
or academic accommodations for
students with mental health issues.
The Ontario Ministry of Train-
ing Colleges and Universities
(MTCU) decides which projects
to fund and how much they get
through a selection committee.
The amount of funding being given
to Ryerson and to which projects
has not yet been determined.
“It’s a competition for institu-
tions across Ontario to have proj-
ects funded,” Teo said.
Since 2012, the innovation fund
has sponsored Ryerson resources
that close gaps for international
students and aid students hospital-
ized for mental health issues.
Teo appreciates the financial aid
but says it does not provide long-
term solutions to the problems Ry-
erson’s mental health facilities face.
“It’s hard to get a handle on
what all is happening on campus,”
Teo said.
A 2013 Ryerson Mental Health
Advisory Committee report lists
problems with the university’s
mental health resources. Listed is-
sues include “a lack of consistency
in message” among resources that
are difficult to find and navigate.
To solve this issue, Ryerson is
launching ThoughtSpot in part-
nership with OCAD, U of T, The
Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health and ConnexOntario, with
funding from the MTCU.
ThoughtSpot is a mental well-
being site providing informa-
tion on Toronto and GTA men-
tal health resources, planned to
launch Nov. 10 during Mental
Well-Being week.
Teo said sustainability is also a
problem for many Ryerson men-
tal health resources, adding that
“campuses still have to find money
to support those practices on their
The Mental Health Innovation
Fund largely supports pilot inno-
vative projects over ongoing ini-
tiatives. As a result, the growing
demand for counselling at Ryerson
has forced many students to wait
months for help.
Visit for
a full list of mental health services
offered at Ryerson.
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy presented Tuesday the first renderings — a project milestone — for the new Church Street
Development at 300 Church St., behind the interior design building. This marks the last building Levy will unveil during
his presidency. The building will feature a new residence, as well as retail and class space. For more renderings and photos
check out
Ryerson unveils new building
Sheldon Levy has been awarded
the eighth annual Egerton Ryerson
award in recognition of a four-de-
cade-long career as a professor and
as president of Ryerson University.
This is the first time someone
from Ryerson has won the Egerton
Ryerson award.
Created by People for Educa-
tion in 2008, the award is given to
those who demonstrate a life-long
dedication to public education, in
both advocacy and professional
action. Levy will join the likes of
past recipients such as Charles
Pascal, former deputy minister of
education, Bill Davis, former pre-
mier of Ontario, and former prime
minister Paul Martin.
“The person that phoned me
that was on the committee is
someone I admire — the former
premier Bill Davis. The fact that
Mr. Davis is involved is really im-
portant and I have a huge amount
of respect for the former premier,”
Levy said. “The work that the
public education group has done
has always been strong advocacy
for public education ... I feel quite
Levy’s accomplishments at Ry-
erson include spearheading the
purchase of Maple Leaf Gardens
in 2007 and transforming the uni-
versity’s portion into a modern
athletics centre. In 2010, Ryerson
opened The Digital Media Zone
(DMZ), an initiative fronted by
Levy to provide a space for up-and-
coming entrepreneurs across Cana-
da in the heart of downtown. The
DMZ is now Canada’s top-ranking
university business-incubator.
The award ceremony will take
place on Nov. 17 at the TD Bank
Tower and will be hosted by TVO’s
Steve Paikin.
Sheldon Levy honoured with
Egerton Ryerson Award
Ryerson award goes to Ryerson for the first time
By Aidan Hamelin
It’s a vote-a-palooza!
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) byelection is Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.
The RSU is looking to fill two spots on its board of directors with rep-
resentatives from the Faculty of Communication and Design and the
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. Voting in the Toronto
municipal elections takes place on the same day. In case you haven’t al-
ready voted, check out for polling stations near you.
Su-Ting Teo coordinates Ryerson’s health and wellness initiatives.
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6 FEATURES Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
irst, let’s talk about the smell. We’ll
get to the tastes, the costs, the rest.
But first, let’s talk about the seven
days that I spent in acridity. Be-
cause when we do talk about assuming an
organic lifestyle — which, let’s be honest,
isn’t often and is typically dismissive in tone
— we don’t talk about deodorant made of
beans, leaves and recycled aluminum. We
don’t talk about how organic deodorant re-
ally smells like sweat, even before first use.
I tested the stick right after buying it — it
beared a distinct smell of perspiration.
So I covered my armpits with stench for a
week, all for the sake of organics. That was
my first step toward understanding that liv-
ing organic has very little to do with me
and much more to do with everyone else.
So much so, in fact, that living “organi-
cally” may be the most effective method of
alienation on campus.
To be clear: organic does not mean a
product is local, healthy or vegan. It means
it’s a certified agricultural product. The Ca-
nadian Food Inspection Agency outlines
the general responsibilities of organic mer-
chandise as “protecting the environment,
minimizing soil degradation, decreasing
pollution, optimizing biological productiv-
ity and promoting a sound state of health.”
I made sure to keep my week, from one
Wednesday to the next, as normal as pos-
sible despite the added requisite. My diet
was omnivorous and only partly healthy. It
included beer, cookies and a lot of cheese.
Everything was certified organic and, de-
spite the lack of sugar and additives, sur-
prisingly tasty.
ashir Munye, founder and head
chef of an organic catering com-
pany, thinks that personal health
is the most important reason to
eat organic. Munye and his enterprise, My
Little Dumplings, have been part of the
Ryerson farmer’s market for the past year.
On my first organic day, making my way
among the market tables on Gould Street,
I was still getting accustomed to the in-
solence of asking vendors, “Is your food
made with only organic ingredients?” Mu-
nye was the only vendor in the market to
answer yes. “Everyone has the right to eat
like a teenager,” he says. “There’s no ‘un-
healthy hell.’ But [food that isn’t organic]
is not good for the environment and not
good for us.”
Although eating organic can cause a
nearly 90 per cent drop in pesticide level,
according to a March 2014 study in En-
vironmental Research Journal, the benefits
would only exist if I maintained the habit
— which I probably should, considering
pesticides have been linked to cancer, Par-
kinson’s disease and several other health
As we spoke about the many physical
benefits of eating organic (“Look at me.
I’m living proof,” he told me as he spun
his slender figure around), Munye did not
sell a single dumpling. A few people slowed
down, looked at his prices and kept walk-
ing. A solitary dumpling with side soup for
$9, no matter the lack of pesticides, is a
hard sell. So, though I walked away with
a delicious cremini mushroom bao and len-
til tomato soup, I was the only one. In all,
my week of organics cost $169.42 — com-
pared to an average week of around $50.
hat week, I also found myself
alone sitting in class while oth-
ers went on a Tim Horton’s
run, alone cooking while others
grabbed dinner at the pub and alone wait-
ing for my organic food shipment while
others stayed on campus to study. The
delivery, provided by Mama Earth Organ-
ics, a local organic produce company, was
the backbone of my food consumption for
the week. On Wednesday afternoon, a tall,
shaggy young man dropped off a large,
plastic bin full of farm-fresh fruits and
vegetables at my apartment doorstep. The
company, which delivers local and organic
produce once a week, has been in operation
since 2007. The deliveries ran me $27.50
(plus a $10 sign up fee) for the week.
A growing awareness of food production
introduced the business to new clients in
the GTA who are looking to avoid pesti-
cides and genetic modification and to sup-
port local Ontario farmers.
“Eating organic has direct impacts on
social, economic, ecological and human
health well-being,” says Emmalea Davis, a
team member at Mama Earth. She believes
that the environmental benefit of eating or-
ganic may very well outweigh the personal
health value. “If we don’t reverse the trend
of large-scale, pesticide laden, intensive
farming now, there may not be an option
to in 10-15 years.”
So goes the argument for most support-
ers of the organic movement, I found.
Organic food and products keep our en-
vironment as healthy as possible while
supporting local economies. It’s not about
buying organic then, but about buying lo-
cal organic. Physical health comes only as
a second priority.
On a hunt for organic bath products
at Cabbagetown Organics on Parliament
Street, I realized that it is often hard to
identify the local organic and even more
challenging to afford it. My small bottles
of shampoo and conditioner cost $10
each, as did my pungent stick of deodor-
ant. Even then, the shampoo in question
was mass-produced by a single company
nationwide and then distributed to local
stores. My hair did not become any softer
during the week, though it did feel nice
to know that I was rinsed free of harmful
came home that night with a bag full
of organic cheese, yogurt, crackers
and soap. My roommate offered me a
beer. I refused. He offered me some of
our leftover pizza from the previous week.
I declined again. I started making myself
an organic Greek salad and popped open a
bottle of local, organic beer.
“It’s a fucking myth,” he told me once we
started talking about my organic diet. Like
most students, his main obstacle toward be-
ing organic is the price. Besides, he says, he
isn’t convinced that there is a quality differ-
ence between the mass-produced organic
products that are found on sale at the gro-
cery store and cheaper, nonorganic food.
One day, when he’s rich and he can own his
own farm, he says, maybe he’ll switch.
I have to admit that I didn’t make it
through my seven days of organic soli-
tude without a slip. Invited to a friend’s
house for Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday,
I couldn’t stomach the faux pas of bring-
ing my own separate, organic meal to the
table. I contributed some squash and pota-
toes from my Mama Earth bin and in turn
ate a pesticide-filled, genetically modified
turkey with cranberry sauce. Sitting at that
table with a forkful of potato, turkey and
cranberry was the most sociable moment
of my week.
Seven days of
Confused by the ways of healthier beings, The Eyeopener sent a writer on a week-
long only-organic binge. For seven days, Viviane Fairbank used organic shampoo,
ate organic food and cheated minimally. The result may have been healthy, but it was
also unexpectedly lonely
Living organic has very little to do
with me, and much more to do with
everyone else
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Thrills get competitive
Members of the Ryerson Thrill Club get a tour of the Canadian National Exhibition.
The Ryerson Thrill Club is hosting its first ever design competition on campus
The Ryerson Thrill Club — an en-
gineering group dedicated to learn-
ing about the amusement park in-
dustry — is hosting the first ever
invitational thrill design competi-
tion on Ryerson’s campus.
The event will take place from
Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 and will feature
teams from Canadian and Ameri-
can engineering schools.
Competitors will participate in
three separate design challenges
and travel to Canada’s Wonder-
land to view demonstrations of
amusement technologies. The
competition will be judged by in-
dustry VIPs such as Steve Blum,
the senior vice president of engi-
neering and safety at Universal
Parks, and Mark Stepanian, a
project engineer at Premier Rides.
Various engineering faculty mem-
bers will also serve as judges.
Alex Yamich, president of the
Thrill Club and a fourth-year aero-
space engineering student, said
the three challenges are meant to
evaluate participants’ real-world
knowledge of the industry. The
three challenges consist of a roller-
coaster design challenge, a creative
design challenge and an academic
challenge — there will be an over-
all competition winner as well as
winners in each challenge.
Challenges will involve creating
an original ride design, refitting an
existing ride concept and demon-
strating the connection between
engineering courses and industry
While there are no major mon-
etary or material awards offered
for winning, Yamich said that’s
not necessarily the point.
“You have to know your theo-
retical stuff,” said Yamich. “The
reward should be successfully
completing your project. You are
your own source of reward.”
Competitors are coming from
Drexel University, Guelph, Water-
loo and Cornell, Yamich said.
Kathryn Woodcock is an as-
sociate professor at Ryerson and
the Thrill Club’s faculty advisor.
She studies how amusement park-
goers interact with attractions and
how operators, inspectors and
ride designers do their work.
“I believe the competition’s chal-
lenges will demonstrate how well
this domain integrates the many
different engineering skill sets,”
Woodcock wrote in an email. She
said the challenges are “critical les-
sons for contemporary engineers
and designers.”
Before this year, there was really
no way to showcase the club’s ac-
tivities, Yamich said.
“Unlike formula racing or the
Baja team, we don’t have a spe-
cific competition or any real way
to show real, tangible output,”
Yamich said. The thrill design
competition offers members the
chance to get feedback from the
pros on what they’ve put so much
effort into, he said.
The Thrill Club was established
in 2012 to give students the chance
to learn about an industry many
would not have been able to access
previously, Woodcock said.
“Because my research grant can-
not fund student travel for non-re-
search purposes, about three years
ago the [Ryerson Thrill] Club was
established to enable students to
access more financial support and
enable them to travel to industry
locations,” Woodcock said. Fund-
ing now comes from the Ryerson
Engineering Students’ Society and
the faculty of engineering and ar-
chitectural science.
Students involved with the club
have the chance to tour amuse-
ment parks like the Canadian Na-
tional Exhibition and be mentored
by industry officials. Some gradu-
ates and previous members now
work in the amusement industry,
Woodcock said.
As well as gaining an insight
into the workings of amusement
parks, students also have the op-
portunity to pitch project ideas
and receive funding from the club
to complete them.
This semester, there are two
working scale-models in progress,
said Yamich, one of a zipper-style
ride and another of a thrill tower.
The group plans to start its first an-
imatronics project next semester.
“In this industry, it’s very per-
sonal. There are people who have
known each other for 50 years
in some cases and they’re all best
friends,” Yamich said. “So having
these events where students can
just showcase what they can do
is very important for growth and
gaining some confidence.”
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8 SPORTS Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Rams playoff soccer starts on
Sunday. will
have full coverage of all the
action as it happens.
Just keep swinging
With a second season under its belt, the baseball team continues to improve
By Devin Jones
A brotherly atmosphere and a bet-
ter understanding of how compet-
itive Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) can be helped the Ryerson
Rams baseball team double their
win total in only their second year
in the league.
Last year during their inaugu-
ral season, the Rams were at a
disadvantage from the start. Fac-
ing established baseball programs
like the Brock Badgers and Lau-
rier Goldenhawks, the Rams only
managed a record of 3-19. With a
better understanding of the com-
petition and the league itself, the
Rams turned their hard-earned
experience into action during their
sophomore season, finishing 6-12,
just out of a playoff spot.
“As a first-year team, we didn’t
know if we could hang in there
with the really good teams. This
year was different. This year we
knew we could play at their level,”
shortstop Mark Teri said. “Know-
ing what we were capable of was a
big mindset difference.”
Shaking off a slow start, after
losing 10 of their first 12 games,
the Rams came together during
the latter half of the season. Start-
ing with a 12-2 late September vic-
tory over the Queen’s Gaels, the
team went on a five-game winning
streak that extended into October.
Despite losses early in the sea-
son, the Rams were never down
and out. Head coach Ben Rich said
he and his staff tried to turn mis-
takes into “teachable moments.”
The coaching staff’s plan this
season was work hard and focus
on the fundamentals of the game.
That strategy propelled the Rams
to 151 hits and 83 runs, something
Rich is proud of the team for.
“It was all about continuing
to build the program and getting
guys to understand the approach
we wanted to take,” he said. “Our
big theme was fundamentals and
control, as well as always working
The hope of becoming a school-
sanctioned team has been looming
over the season. Ryerson athletics
and Rich will sit down soon to
discuss if the team will get funding
from the university.
“I hope they recognize the effort
we’ve put in this year, and that
we’ve been making progress,” said
outfielder Jason Te. “It’d be nice
if they realized that we’re a serious
program and that we only want to
get better.”
Off-season weight training for
the team starts in the next few
weeks with indoor team training
starting in January. Next fall, with
or without funding, the team will
be back on the diamond.
The baseball team doubled up its win total this year.
finds its
By Daniel Morand
Athlete recruitment is the ground-
floor blueprint to building success-
ful teams, the nuts and bolts foun-
dation to winning championships.
Scouting is the mark of consistency
for any coaching staff and a sharp
eye for athletes ready for universi-
ty-level competition is crucial.
Enter Bill Crothers Secondary
School (BCSS), a gold mine for
producing athletes and supplier of
more current Rams than any other
high school. Eleven current Rams
went to the athletics-focused
school in Markham and many
of them are now contributing in
major ways to Ryerson’s athletic
Among them are Lucas Coleman
and Nathan Walker, rising stars on
the men’s volleyball team who both
attended BCSS and won provincial
titles as teammates at the school.
Alyssa Connolly, Blair Malthaner
and Sarah McGilvray also won a
provincial title as members of the
BCSS girls soccer team. They are
now teammates on the Ryerson
women’s hockey team.
BCSS’s focus on athletics is evi-
dent in its facilities. Three sepa-
rate hard-court gyms, two soccer
fields, one football field and sev-
eral fitness studios foster an en-
vironment conducive to breeding
Since the high school opened in
2008, student athletes have attend-
ed this public school to give them
an edge. Academic streams divide
students based on their type of
sport. Students that compete in in-
dividual sports like tennis are clas-
sified as high performance athletes
and can earn school credits while
competing outside of school. Ath-
letes that compete on club teams
also benefit from an academic cul-
ture that understands the stress of
being a student athlete.
Derrick Stryker is responsible
for overseeing more than 60 teams
as athletic director at BCSS.
“We prepare them to be self-
sufficient and smarter athletes,”
he said. “Our staff understands
the student mind and how busy
they are and can accommodate
their academics so that they get
the knowledge they need to be
successful in a post-secondary in-
This approach helped student
athletes like Coleman focus on
volleyball while in high school.
“My teachers were very help-
ful with accommodating to my
sports schedule,” he said. “They
gave me extra time on assign-
ments when I had proof to show
what I was doing and I would
meet with them regularly to show
them my progress.”
Coleman played for the Dur-
ham Attack and Scarborough
Crush, among other teams, while
going to school at BCSS. Despite
interest from Ryerson volleyball
head coach Mirek Porosa, Cole-
man pursued an academic schol-
arship at Brigham Young Univer-
sity in Utah after graduating from
BCSS. But Coleman’s time at BYU
was short-lived. Looking to move
closer to family and play alongside
friends, Coleman called Porosa
and expressed interest in joining
the men’s volleyball team.
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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The newest way to curb calories: video games
Ryerson nutrition professor’s study fulfills your dreams
By Eden Mitelman
Ryerson nutrition professor Nick
Bellissimo found that children
who play video games before a
meal eat fewer calories.
Bellissimo, along with the team
at Ryerson’s Food Intake Regula-
tion and Satiety Testing (FIRST)
Laboratory were interested in
looking at factors that may pre-
vent unhealthy body weights in
“We are dealing with a major
public health issue with [child]
obesity,” said Bellissimo.
FIRST Laboratory recruited 19
boys between the ages of nine and
14 to look at the effects of playing
video games before mealtime.
After the boys played 30 min-
utes of Angry Birds, Bellissimo
said that they ate 50 fewer calo-
ries than those who didn’t play.
“We got this outlier result, com-
pared to what we have been told
by numerous studies that screen
time and sedentary behaviour is
unhealthy,” he said.
Bellissimo plans to further
research factors like timing be-
tween screen time exposure and
meals and using different types of
video games.
“These studies need to be
done because screen time,
handheld devices and video
games are not going away,”
said Bellissimo.
Rate your classmates
Bellissimo and his team at the FIRST lab.
By Laura Woodward
Ryerson business gradu-
ate Stefano Cerone started — short for team
work problems — a website for
students to anonymously rate their
classmates based on performance.
“We’re trying to encourage
recognition and constructive
feedback between students and
help students search for a diverse
amount of group members,” Ce-
rone said.
India comes to Rye
By Anna Chorazyczewski
Five India-based startups will ar-
rive at Ryerson’s Digital Media
Zone (DMZ) on Nov. 2 for two
weeks to further their business
The startups — AdSparx, Flip
Technologies, Konotor, Shield
Square and Vidooly — work on
web and mobile-based products.
These businesses were the win-
ners of the Next Big Idea Contest
run by Zone Startups India, a
joint venture consisting of Ry-
erson Futures and the Bombay
Stock Exchange Institute, along
with the Government of Ontario
and IBM’s Global Entrepreneur-
ship Program. The winners were
among 200 contest applicants.
“My focus in Toronto would
be to build good contacts [with]
potential customers or those who
can help me reach out to poten-
tial customers in Canada and
US,” said Srikrishnan Ganesan,
one of the contest winners and
co-founder of Konotor.
“The objective of this selection
criteria was to enable us to select
the best five founders who can
be ambassadors for Ryerson and
[the] DMZ and enable us further
to grow the Zone Startups In-
dia brand,” said Ajay Ramasu-
bramaniam, director of business
development at Ryerson Futures
The DMZ will provide these
companies with development
support and mentorship from in-
dustry experts. The startups will
also have networking opportuni-
ties with potential clients and ex-
posure to investors.
Pollenize is like Sparknotes for
politics. Its app and website pro-
vide a brief summary for each
Toronto mayoral candidate —
including their educational back-
ground, opinions and policies on
topics such as transportation,
garbage collection, taxes and
plans for economic development.
Pollenize attempts to conquer the
low youth voting turnout.
Pollenize primarily retrieves
its information from candidates’
campaign platforms and press re-
leases that are cited for users to
retrace for further information.
Check out the app and get
informed so you don’t have to
“eenie meenie miney moe” your
Students can create an account
and anonymously rate their class-
mates out of five stars.
There is also an option to post
comments about their group
members based on teamwork,
dependability, competence, work
ethic and communication skills.
Users can search for classmates to
choose appropriate group mem-
bers or search their own name
to see what their group members
think of them.
Cerone, currently a York MBA
App of the week
student, came up with the idea
in his final year of Ryerson after
he had a bad experience with a
group project.
But Cerone said that the site is
not meant for students to bash
each other. To avoid this, there
is a flagging function where users
can notify the creators about of-
fensive comments.
There are currently 11 schools
on the site, including Ryerson,
but Tworp plans to add more in
the future.
Now you can know what you’re getting into with group projects

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Open Access Week advocates free info
Ryerson’s library opens its doors and portals with academic workshops
By Michelle McNally
Slap a few keywords into the
search bar on the Ryerson library’s
website and a hundred answers
spit back out. Dozens of schol-
arly journals, articles and papers
galore. It’s research paper time —
but where does one start?
The Ryerson Library is holding
its annual Open Access Week. Five
days of webinars and workshops
are available for students and fac-
ulty who want to learn how to
take advantage of the university’s
academic research system.
But without the school’s af-
filiation, many of these resources
come with a hefty price tag. Open
Access Week, celebrating its eighth
anniversary, advocates to have
credible scholarly information
available without paywalls.
“You go onto the internet, how
often do you hit a paywall [when
you’re doing research]?” asked
Ann Ludbrook, a copyright and
scholarly engagement librarian at
Ryerson University Library and
“If you aren’t affiliated with a
university like Ryerson that is pay-
ing those subscriptions to get that
journal content, it’s not publicly
When an author wants to pub-
lish an academic paper, they must
submit it to a scholarly publisher
and have it go through a peer re-
view procedure. The piece is then
analyzed and critiqued to meet the
scholarly threshold.
If approved, it’s sent off to a
journal aggregator who sells the
access rights to universities, librar-
ies and researchers.
But there are problems with this
expensive process. Sometimes,
publishers release only pieces of
the academic article and an extra
fee is charged to access the rest.
“Publishers are taking money
twice: They take it when they sell
it to libraries and then they’re tak-
ing it when they ask for that access
fee,” said Ludbrook.
According to the librarians, it
cost the school $2 million in fees
to access 200 scholarly databases
last year. Open Access Week has
sparked a movement to push back
against this.
Daniela Buitrago, a fourth-year
nursing student, said that there is a
lot of unreliable information when
it comes to research and that it’s
important to have updated access.
“There is new research coming
out in different aspects all the time
and if you have research that’s
old, then you’re going to be us-
ing outdated information,” Buit-
rago said. “And that’s not okay if
you’re writing a paper.”
Academic papers, usually writ-
ten by researchers and scientists,
are publicly funded. When an au-
thor publishes a scholarly article,
they sign away their rights to the
publisher. Their work is tied up in
a wrangle of fees, preventing the
public from accessing it.
“The business of academic
[and] higher education publishing,
especially in the sciences, is very
big,” Ludbrook said. “Publishers
do very well on the digital model
in selling subscriptions back. We
get packages and we have to buy
that journal five different times
because they’re bundling [them].”
Ludbrook said that to get rid of
these fees would not only serve a
better base for research, but would
also allow publicly invested work
to reach its full potential.
Ryerson’s musicians band together
Whether it’s strumming a guitar or
leading a band, students now have
the opportunity to showcase their
Musicians@Ryerson (M@R)
has evolved into a network of
musicians that help each other
with gigs and showcase events.
“We don’t have a specfic music
program here, [so] it’s tough to
have that community,” said Anita
Cazzola, vice president of Musi-
cians At Ryerson. “However, there
are so many musically creative and
passionate students at Ryerson.”
The group came together in
2011 through word of mouth,
starting off with 30 members who
knew each other from playing in-
struments. It wasn’t until March
2014 that it became an official
student group.
Cazzola said the group keeps its
900 members connected through
Facebook and Twitter to inform
them about upcoming shows and
The group arranges two events
per week: open mic on Wednes-
days and social jam sessions.
Aarone Amino, the performance
chair for M@R, is responsible for
finding performers for upcoming
events. He said that they’re usually
discovered at open mics.
Cazzola and Justin Bellmore, ex-
ecutive member of the group, have
begun auditions for an a capella
“We’ve just selected six mem-
bers after a series of auditions and
will be starting up rehearsals once
we get back from reading week,”
said Cazzola. She said they are
keeping it open-ended with their
goals because they want to see
what all the singers involved have
to offer creatively.
Cazzola said musicians in the
group are bound to find people
that they click with.
Mohammed Yassin, a third-year
sociology student and member of
the group, contributes to organiz-
ing events. His band shares his
industry contacts with other mem-
bers of M@R.
“We run a monthly showcase
at a place called Anette Studios,”
Yassin said. “I brought the idea
of collaborating on a show to the
Musicians At Ryerson acts, which
we did twice.”
Cazzola said there is an artist di-
rectory on their website. Students
can link to YouTube, Soundcloud
and other music outlets.
Anyone can browse through the
directory when they’re looking for
performers for an event. She said
that her band was found through
the directory and asked to play a
wedding this summer.
“We’re in the biggest hub in
Canada for musicians to start out
with their careers,” said Cazzola.
“It’s important to have a music
scene at Ryerson.”
Students and faculty are encouraged to take advantage of Ryerson’s research system.
By Adriana Parente
Musicians At Ryerson holds on-campus open mic and social jam sessions every week.
You must bring valid student I.D. or valid
I.D. to vote and be a current RSU member
Polls are open daily from 10:30am-5:30pm
(full time undergraduate student or full or part-time graduate student)
Students may vote at any polling station.
Polling Stations:
1) Engineering
2) Rogers
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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Bring your completed sudoku to The Eyeopener office (SCC 207) and
you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Chapters gift card. Nerds.
There’s nothing I hate more than
this vertical rectangle that stains
the left side of my glorious fun sec-
tion with all of its inconvenience
and limitations. Its very existence
makes my blood boil as though
my body were the target of hun-
dreds of fire blast attacks from a
If I could somehow get my
hands on a physical reincarnation
of this section, I would rip it into
little pieces and laugh as it burned
while I listened to thrashy Metal-
lica songs. I wouldn’t even feel bad
— I would administer sweet, sweet
justice upon this little homewreck-
er of newsprint. I’d make it never
forget the day it hindered the cre-
ative capacity of this section.
Let this serve as a very hyper-
bolic warning to all those other
little worthless scraps of print
that threaten the sanctity of The
Eyeopener’s pages. Unless you’d
like to be hurled into the fires of
Mordor like that small Frodo guy
and his bumbling compadre Sam,
I suggest you stay away from this
goddamn newspaper.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me
my treasured readers, as I head
down to The Ram to rid its menu
of any awkward spaces it may
have. Also to drink a lot of alco-
hol. I will stop at nothing until I
rid the campus of the filthy men-
ace that is awkward page space.
Tune in next week as I continue
to reach for things to make fun of
and my self-confidence plummets.
They’re coming for him
This week, Rosencrantz stops to think about the over-dramatization of the “zombie apocalypse” theme in
popular culture. He sees his peers enthralled by The Walking Dead obsessions and can’t believe they haven’t
made this style of television show for minks yet. Little does Rosencrantz know, a real zombie apocalypse has
taken place at Ryerson and a pack of zombie midterm writers are creeping up behind him. Will he survive?
∞ Game is free admission for Ryerson
Students with your OneCard
OCTOBER 23, 2014
∞ RU Eats will be on site serving up some
Tailgate Treats, DJ and Tailgate Games!
Puck Drops 7:30 pm. vs. Laurier
PRE-GAME 5-7 pm.
Prior to the game join us on Gould St. for a
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