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Volume 48 - Issue 11

November 19, 2014
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Tents, boards, motions and unrest
A disconnect between RSU executives and BoG student representatives has led to a shanty town outside of Jorgenson Hall

The RSU is demonstrating with a tent city outside Jorgenson Hall.

By Sierra Bein, Jake Scott and
Jackie Hong
It was halfway through the Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) fall
general meeting on Nov. 11 when
the issues between the RSU and
a student representative on the
Board of Governors (BoG) became apparent.
During a discussion about a
motion to launch the RSU’s new
campaign, Freeze the Fees, Tyler
Webb, a student representative of

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the BoG spoke out against a resolution that called for the number
of student members on the BoG
to be increased from three to six.
Webb did not disclose his position
on the BoG. The Freeze the Fees
campaign aims to stop tuition increases, and calls for the school to
accept an alternative budget to the
BoG.
The motion was put forward
by RSU Vice-President Education
Jesse Root.
“I think it’s time for some sham-

ing. If you’re going to come and
vote against our campaign that
tries to call you to account, you
are going to risk losing … accountability,” Root said after
the meeting. He said two student
members of the BoG, Webb and
Joseph Vukovic, were present at
the meeting. However, Webb said
he believes he was the only BoG
student representative there.
The three current BoG student
members are Webb, Vukovic and
Noah Geist.
“There were three votes against
[the motion], two of them are our
student [representatives on the]
BoG, in fact, who the motion specifically targets. So you can understand why they were against
it and we’ll be following up with
them about that,” Root said after
the meeting.
The motion, which also said
the RSU will “develop an aggressive campaign,” ultimately
passed, allowing the RSU to begin
their campaign with an inaugural Freeze the Fees rally on Nov.
17. The RSU has set up a “tent
city” in front of Jorgenson Hall
to protest what it said is Ryerson University’s “refusal to work
with students and Ryerson community members on a budget that

FCAD union breaks down budget
The newest student society on campus presented its budget to students
By Zoe Melnyk
The Ryerson Communication and
Design Society (RCDS), the university’s youngest student society,
held its first semi-annual general
meeting on Nov. 13.
Tyler Webb, president of RCDS,
spoke about the efforts being made
to help students through funding
and offering opportunities to network with companies that could
lead to possible internships.
Webb explained that the five
core functions of RCDS are to
offer support to student groups,
student projects, attendance at
conferences and competitions, creating and hosting year-end shows
and offering bursaries.
“That is our mandate, to serve
those students,” Webb said, referring to the 4,000 Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD)
students.
Casey Yuen, vice president of
finance, explained how the budget
is broken up and the goals RCDS
hopes to reach in order to benefit
students. Operating expenses came
to a total of $145,080, taking the
largest portion of RCDS’ $400,080
budget. Student group funding

came second with a total budget of
$100,000. Year-end show funding
came to a total of $40,000, followed by student project funding
at $30,000 and conferences and
competitions at $20,000. $5,000
was set for bursaries.
Yuen said that the board members are made of students paying
the same fees as any other FCAD
student so budget spending decisions are made to benefit the students as much as possible.
“We understand and we know
exactly where that money is going,” Yuen said.
A major priority of the meeting
was transparency of the budget.
Students at the meeting wanted
proof of the budget spendings.
Miri Makin, manager of student
relations and development, offered the students reassurance.
“There is a yearly auditing process to keep the budget even more
transparent,” Makin said.
Questions were then raised
about the annual auditing process
being performed by a Ryerson
staff member.
Makin, who performs the annual informal internal audits, assured the students that it is done

purely in the interest to save money. Makin also explained that an
official audit by a non-Ryerson
employee will be done every three
to five years.
After the budget was discussed,
each executive member of the
board had the opportunity to explain the purpose and benefits offered from their department. Executive members said they would
work to give students access to the
funds they need to further their
own projects.
Because student groups play
such a large roll in the budget
decision process, a bylaw amendment was passed in order to allow
one student group representative
sit in on Student Group and Project Funding Committee meetings.
A second motion was immediately
passed that allowed voting for the
student group representatives to
take place during the academic
year. Previously, voting was held
over the summer during an RCDS
retreat.
The meeting wrapped up with
a reminder that nominations for
new board members will begin
January 2015 and voting will follow in February.

does not include budget cuts and
tuition fee increases for the tenth
year in a row.”
In a press release, the RSU said
students will camp out “until the
university co-operates to present
an alternative budget to be considered at the Board of Governors
Meeting in April.”
Webb said he disagrees with the
RSU’s tactics.
“It’s representative of … the
kind of drastic actions I don’t think
are necessary to make change happen,” he said. “I’m a big believer
in conversation and moving forward on, you know, equal footing,
and that large public statements
don’t get anywhere near as much
done as … sitting down and working through things.”
Tension has been growing between the RSU and student representatives on the BoG since October. As The Eyeopener previously
reported, the RSU said it was denied the opportunity to speak directly at the upcoming BoG meeting about creating an “alternate
budget” that would not include
tuition fee increases or service
cuts. The union was told to speak
to the student BoG members who
would present the proposal on the
RSU’s behalf. However, the RSU

said the student representatives
were reluctant to work with them,
stating they were unable to reach
them. The RSU launched a brief
Twitter campaign to get the attention of the representatives.
“I’m not convinced that their
minds are on our side,” Root said.
“That’s why we’re feeling we need
to rally … because there’s no other
accountability mechanisms.”
Webb said that he had been
sending emails to Root since Oct.
20 and didn’t receive a response
until Oct. 31, three days before
the deadline to submit motions
to the BoG. He said this wasn’t
enough time to make a decision
on the motion.
“I’m not going to take anything
on faith, I think it’s part of my responsibility and kind of my duty
as a board member to kind of sit
down with people and understand
where motions and ideas are coming [from] before I put them to the
board,” Webb said.
According to Root, “tent city”
isn’t going anywhere until their
demands are met. The BoG meeting will take place on Nov. 27.
“Ultimately, we still recognize
that the place of action is the BoG
so we’re going to continue to pressure there,” Root said.

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people walking in front of you on the
sidewalk who think to themselves,
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GOING TO STOP WALKING AND
BLOCK THEIR WAY NOW.”

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The Ryerson Students’ Union is camping in front of Jorgenson Hall, the school’s main administrative building.

PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN

Union’s dedication is in tents
By
Mohamed
Omar
Believe it or not, university student politics is not sexy.
Occasionally, on television and
in the movies, post-secondary
student activism is portrayed as
explosive, unrelenting, passionate.
Think Channing Tatum running
around shouting “Benghazi, man,
Benghazi!”
But Hollywood-ified depictions
of protests that show legions of
angry and dedicated students coming out in droves couldn’t be farther from reality.
Here at Ryerson, we have the
granny’s panties of student activism. Our student body unknowingly waves it like a massive
white flag.
If any student on campus came
up to me and said, “The majority of this campus does not give a
twirling shit about its student government,” I would not have much
ammo to argue.
If another ran up to me and
said, “The voter turnout rate for
our student elections has been on

a steady incline for the past five
years!” then I would call animal
services and tell them a drunk
badger is spewing lies.
It would be horrendously
wrong, however, to accuse the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
— the official, elected student
government — of not being
dogged in its student activism.
But around its zeal for studentled initiatives, I notice a terrible,
demotivating situation.
Here is the current state of the
RSU, from where I see it:
It’s executive was elected by less
than 7 per cent of students on a
campus of 30,000.
It must, in all its actions, strive
to serve those 30,000 students,
with barely any of them giving a
parrot’s ass about what’s going on.
In order to get things done at
the level of Ryerson’s Board of
Governors (which controls finances, property, major projects, etc.),
it must have a student representative take its concerns to the board.
There are three student representatives on the board who aren’t
helping the union, leaving it virtually impotent in its quest to penetrate
Ryerson’s decision-making process.

Finally, the RSU has chosen one
of the most monumental challenges a student government can take
on: lowering — and eventually
abolishing — tuition fees.
The RSU’s explosive dedication
to that cause is evident in its current campaign, Freeze the Fees,
which kicked off Monday.
The union and its supporters are
now camping in front of Jorgenson Hall, where the offices of the
president and other higher-ups are
located. They’re hunkering down
until the school accepts, among
other things, to see an alternate
budget — created by a coalition of
students, faculty, staff and others
— at its board meeting. This budget would include frozen tuition
fees and no budget cuts.
Camping out is not the craziest
of protest methods, and despite
getting some coverage on CP24
and CityNews, it likely won’t get
students rushing to join.
But when you consider the
RSU’s declining influence and support on campus, its apathetic-asa-doorknob student populace, its
to refusal say “Fuck it, I’m done”
when everyone else has — it deserves to be commended.

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Students vote to nix 8 a.m. class

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By Jake Scott, Sierra Bein and
Jackie Hong
Ryerson students may no longer
have to struggle to wake up for 8
a.m. classes or deal with the unpleasant surprise of a pop quiz if
the Ryerson Students’ Union gets
its way.
Two motions passed at the RSU
fall general meeting on Nov. 11
calling for the RSU to lobby Ryerson’s administration to put an
end to unannounced quizzes, as
well as classes that start before 10
a.m. However, the motions must
now pass through a series of steps
before becoming reality.
“The first [move] is to start
talking to administration about
what the feasibility looks like
and develop a coherent [request]
around the things that came out
of our [fall general meeting] to
senate,” RSU President Rajean
Hoilett said. Hoilett has been a
commuter himself and said he had
to travel almost two hours from
Ajax to make it to his classes.
“I know for myself it wasn’t the
most conducive thing to learning
and 8 a.m. classes were something
that you avoided like the plague,”
he said.
The motions said that pop quizzes are “unfair and unreasonable
to students” and described 8 a.m.
classes as “extremely inconvenient for students, especially those
who commute from hours away.”
Third-year mechanical engineering student Gorgis Gorgis
commutes to school from Etobicoke and has four 8 a.m. classes
this semester — three lectures and

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Some students spend over two hours in transit getting to school

one lab. He said he would welcome the motion for later class
start times.
“I don’t go to lectures,” Gorgis
said, adding that he would prefer
to attend classes but his commute,
which can take up to an hour and
a half, makes it difficult for him
to show up on time. “I’m not getting all the materials, so I have to
study by myself.”
But while ditching early classes
in favour of a 10 a.m. start time
might seem like an easy fix to dreary-eyed commuters, it may prove
difficult to actually implement.
“The challenge is that we have
to be able to accommodate the
schedule and with the number of
hours and the number of classes
we have. That’s already difficult,” Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy said.
“So I think it would be an enormous, enormous logistic challenge and I would think [it would
be] impossible. We start early because there’s no other choice.”
Ryerson Registrar Charmaine

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Hack agrees.
“In the absence of a substantial
increase in classroom facilities,
the reality is that 8 a.m. classes
cannot be avoided,” Hack said in
an email. She added that students
have unsuccessfully requested for
the end of 8 a.m. classes in the
past.
Ryerson English professor Laura Fisher teaches classes that start
at 8 a.m. She said she knows the
early start puts extra stress on her
students, especially commuters,
but thinks it’s a necessary part of
being at a growing university.
“We’ve been expanding dramatically and broadening our
reach as a university in recent
years and all of this is good for
Ryerson students. 8 a.m. classes
are just a part of that growth—
it means we can accommodate
more students in classes,” Fisher
said in an email.
“I don’t think I would trade
Ryerson’s growth as a university
for an extra hour or two of sleep,
however much I would enjoy it.”

Students to help hack the library
By Michael Chen
First-year radio and television arts
student Liz Corbo knows how the
40-year-old Ryerson library compares to other buildings on campus.
“I find myself walking the path
from the Rogers Communications
Centre, a beautiful building that
feels new and fresh, to the library
building, a place where sometimes, I dread.”
Corbo will be attending an
“Idea Hack” event next Wednesday to find out how she can improve the building’s interior look.
According to Strategic Projects
Liaison Carrie-Ann Bissonnette,
the office of the provost has allocated $75,000 as a one-time pilot
project to help revitalize and infuse the current library with student pride and spirit. The money is
managed by the Project Funds Allocations Committee for Students.

“As students, we spend a ton of
time in the library. Sometimes, a
paint job can make a huge difference,” Corbo said.
The student-led creative firm behind the event, Bodhi Collective, is
looking for more ideas on how to
revitalize the library.
One example from the collective is “Stairways to Stimulation.”
The project plans to encourage
more people to use the stairs in
the library. The physical changes
include installing kinetic energy
floor tiles leading to the stairs, and
adding air pollution-absorbing
moss walls and charging stations
in the stairwells.
Students can submit their ideas
to fix any existing space or issue
in the library as part of the unofficially named “LIB Invigorate”
initiative, said Linh Nguyen, a
fourth-year economics student behind the collective.

“We know that there will be
some students who have a welldeveloped idea or design proposal.
And there might be other students
who might have a very basic and
bare concept,” Nguyen said. “So
in this process, we want to make
the connections they need to form
a more solid idea.”
After the students submit their
ideas, the collective and Ryerson
academic stakeholders, including
the offices of the president and
library management, will review
and approve them.
Then, students will present their
ideas to the funds committee,
which will determine how much it
will cost.
If the idea receives funding, the
campus facilities and sustainability department will carry out the
project.
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FEATURES

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“it’s really I
hard to leave”
After being at the centre of Ryerson’s decision making for nearly
a decade, Julia Hanigsberg is moving on to a new job in a new
field. Sean Wetselaar and Jonah Brunet take a look at her
career so far

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n a glassed-in room tucked into the
back of the Mattamy Athletic Centre,
surrounded by a small crowd of formally-dressed retirees, Julia Hanigsberg is giving a speech. The crowd is made
up almost entirely by Ryerson employees
that have retired in the last year and their
families. The higher-ups like to give them a
formal send-off as part of a big managerial
idea that the administration is a family —
but for Hanigsberg this is not just another
event on her exceedingly packed schedule.
It’s one of her last appointments in her
time as vice-president administration and
finance at the school.
As the retirees — from dozens of departments — progress across the stage to
the sound of a short biography detailing
their careers and “years of service,” two
other people are, in a way, being given
their own send off. The first is the president — Sheldon Levy — who will retire at
the end of this academic year. The other is
Hanigsberg, who will be moving on to a
new job as president and CEO of Holland
Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Her last day at the school she has helped
to remake is Nov. 28.
She doesn’t like to use the phrase “the
end of an era” — Hanigsberg says the
foundation she has helped to build is too
strong for it to be accurate. But there’s
no question that the departure of two of
the change-makers that have reshaped the
school is a big shift for the once-beleaguered polytechnic. And if her departure
is not the end of an era, Julia Hanigsberg’s
shift out of the school is certainly the end
of a crucial chapter.
anigsberg came to the school
in January 2006 as general
counsel and secretary of the
board of governors. She’d

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come from a decade in government, the
capstone of which was her time as chief of
staff for the Attorney General’s office. There
are more bullet points on her resume than
there’s room to print, but after leaving government she spent a semester teaching at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
It was during her time at Osgoode that she
met Sheldon Levy, then the newly-appointed
president of Ryerson. In those days, Levy
was still working to rebrand the administration after the reign of his predecessor,
Claude Lajeunesse, which was plagued by
a lack of transparency and infighting. Levy
needed strong people to back him, and he
convinced Hanigsberg quickly.
In those years, the relatively new Liberal
government was “putting lots of money into
Canadian universities,” Hanigsberg says.
And Ryerson, the University of Toronto and
York were all in the process of changing
presidents, leading to a real sense of renewal
in the sector. “It was an interesting time in
post-secondary,” she says.
She was introduced to Levy through a
mutual friend and, “within five minutes, but
it was probably more like 30 seconds, I was
like, ‘I want to work for this guy,’” she says.
“It was that ... kind of excitement and
change and opportunity that transition
brings.”
She spent a year as interim Dean of the
Chang School beginning in 2008. In 2010
she moved to her current portfolio, where
she has worked on projects reaching from
buildings like the Student Learning Centre
to new managerial policies in the nine departments she wrangles.
wice a year, Hanigsberg brings together the leaders of her nine divisions. She’s a strong believer in
conflating the personal and professional, and was disheartened when, in the

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first of these gatherings three years ago, everyone remained in their division clique and
there were few new friends to speak of. This
year however, the room is buzzing before
she even arrives.
It’s a snowy, overcast November day, and
white light filters in through thin blinds on
the Oakham lounge windows. The place is
done up elegantly in black-and-white tablecloths, which compliment a glossy black
piano in one corner and twin black-brick
fireplaces. Combined with the sandy brick
walls, exposed wooden rafters and tiny
snowflakes swirling outside, the décor gives
the vibe of a high-end ski resort.
Hanigsberg arrives and wanders around
the room, stopping at each table, chatting
and laughing as she goes. A lunch buffet
heats up in one corner, filling the air with the
scent of roast chicken and tomato sauce. In
the opposite corner, there’s a table stacked
with hardcover books titled “The Organized Mind.”
“Think of them as an early holiday gift,”
says Hanigsberg as she makes her rounds.
“It didn’t make sense for me to be giving
gifts from beyond the grave.”
The topic of her departure is a popular
one, broached by long-time employees with
sad smiles.
“It’s dwindling down,” she says. “I’m becoming less relevant in all the conversations
… You can’t really be prepared for it until it
happens.”
But there is far more laughter than tears
as Hanigsberg steps up to the microphone
at the front of the room, tossing friendly
jabs at colleagues — Dan who won’t stop
talking, or Jim who’s texting under the table. Rather than departure, happiness is the
theme of her speech. She refers to the group
alternately as a “merry band” and a “motley crew.”
“November has really hit me hard,” she
says. “We underestimate the impact we can
have in an organization as big as this.”

It’s dwindling down. I’m becoming
less relevant in all the conversations. You can’t really be prepared
for it until it happens

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er job is a complicated one. In
simplest terms, Hanigsberg’s
office is responsible for everything that falls under her nine
departments. These range from IT to capital
projects and cover a huge range and number
of disciplines.
The result of having such a broad managerial role is that a lot of Hanigsberg’s time is
spent coordinating and communicating with
her nearly 650 employees. And according to
Pinoo Bindhani, Hanigsberg’s executive director (or as Bindhani phrases it, “chief of
staff”), it’s crucial that a V.P. is able to come
into projects and understand them quickly.
“She is a leader who can understand issues and can arrive at what the core issue is
with a laser-like focus,” Bindhani says. “The
clarity that she brings to any issue is commendable.”
It was in an effort to bring her departments together that Hanigsberg and the
administration introduced a buzzy phrase

that is now synonymous with the school’s
admin — “people first.” The term itself
first appeared in Levy’s administrative
manifesto, “the master plan,” and had to
do with pedestrianization of campus. But
Hanigsberg broadened it extensively in a
blog post, and today it is a far-reaching
term. At the mantra’s core, what Hanigsberg and others have tried to do is shift
the focus of the organization to people —
students, staff and faculty — before other
objectives.
“The proudest thing for me is now I
hear people saying it all the time — it’s just
a normal thing to say,” she says.
“It’s part of the vernacular.”
hat connectivity between departments and people has been central to Hanigsberg’s time at the
school. As Bindhani put it, “We
don’t want people working in silos.” Ensuring that there are open lines and a willingness to speak truth to power is one of
the hardest parts of Hanigsberg’s job, and
that is perhaps no more evident than in the
recent Gould Street debacle. The project,
which included a two-stage repainting of
Gould, would eventually cost the school
$111,000 in essentially lost funds and lead
to a public apology from Hanigsberg herself.
The apology was classic Hanigsberg —
in a sector that has often been defined by
secrecy and a lack of transparency in the
administration, it would not have been
a surprise to find a different executive
sweeping the problems under the rug. But
Hanigsberg took ownership for the mistake — which she says arose at least in
part from a failure on her part to listen to
those under her. Many of her people said
that the paint-job was rushed and predicted some of the problems that arose.
“Understandably I have heard from
many of you how deeply disappointed you
were,” she wrote in her public apology in
January. “You are right to be disappointed.”
It was partly a desire to be transparent — Hanigsberg writes a blog, tweets
obsessively and pushes accessibility to the
students wherever possible. But there was
another factor at play. “I was genuinely
sorry,” she says.
s Hanigsberg says, it’s difficult
to quantify the impact that one
person can have, especially on
an organization as big as Ryerson. She might be one of the most senior
executives at the school, responsible for
innumerable high-level decisions, but Ryerson employs around 6,500 people across
its divisions.
Hanigsberg likes to talk about the impact that Levy has had on her — professionally and personally. She calls him a
“dream boss” and credits him with much
of Ryerson’s “extremely intentional”
growth. But for all the ways in which Levy
has affected Ryerson, Hanigsberg has affected many of her own people — as the
deluge of well-wishers seems to prove.
November has, like so many things that
once seemed so very far away, come all
at once for Hanigsberg — and now she is
staring into the face of her last weeks at
the institution she has helped to reshape.
On Nov. 25, Ryerson will be hosting a
farewell party for the departing vice-president. “It’s my party & I’ll cry if I want to,”

she tweeted on Monday.
It has been an emotional month for
Hanigsberg and the rest of the senior staff
on the 13th floor of Jorgenson Hall.
“Can I say that it’s really hard to leave?”
she says, as tears begin to form in the corners of her eyes. “It’s really hard to leave.
It’s really emotional.”
The thing that really gets Hanigsberg
though, is not just the leaving — it’s the

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people that keep telling her about her impact. The same ones she has pushed for
from the beginning.
“She was the one that pulled us all together to say that the most important thing
that we have going at the university are
people,” Levy says.
And odds are, that — more than any of
her many achievements in the past nine
years — will be her legacy.

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Sports

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Science of the Rams
School of nutrition wants to help Rams get better on the court, ice and field
By Josh Beneteau
The jocks and geeks of Ryerson
have found something to work together on.
The school of nutrition and the
varsity athletics department have
partnered on a program to increase
the efficiency of athlete exercise.
The Nutrition and Exercise
Testing Lab (NExT) has state-ofthe-art equipment to find data that
they can then use to provide more
accurate recommendations to athletes’ training schedules.
“At the end of the day, you have
to train on a regular basis, but if
you can train smart, then you’re
going to end up with athletes who
are better athletes,” says Nick Bellissimo, assistant professor at the
school of nutrition.
Bellissimo has been working
with Sam Walls, the strength and
conditioning coordinator for the
athletic department, on the pilot
program. They run the athletes
through a few tests including the
most important one, called the

VO2 max test. VO2 is the rate at
which your body uses oxygen.
Athletes are hooked up to a
machine with a mask, which has
two tubes running to a computer.
The athletes then run on a treadmill. Every minute, the speed and
incline of the treadmill increase.
With the increased workload, the
athlete’s breathing and heart rate
rises.
“It’s a weird feeling, because
your nose is plugged and you
have the mask on,” fourth-year
women’s basketball player Keneca
Pingue-Gilles says. “It’s not really
how you would play basketball.”
Walls says when the athlete
crosses their peak heart rate, called
the ventilatory threshold, they will
suddenly become really exhausted. So the heart rate at that value
becomes a value that can then be
used to recommend how much exercise should be done.
“That’s a very valuable number,” he says. “Now we can take
this information and be much
more accurate in the prescription

of their training program.”
In past years, Walls says he would
recommend a percentage range for
ideal heart rate based solely on the
age of the athlete. Now, with each
athlete getting their own specific
number, his recommendations can
be more beneficial to the athlete.
The program has only been tested on the women’s basketball team
but Walls says they are looking to
run the men’s soccer team through
it soon. The main purpose of the
pilot stage is to see how efficiently
the VO2 test can be run.
Previously, athletes would be
tested together with the beep test.
They would all line up together in
the gym and run back and forth.
As athletes would hit their ventilator threshold they would stop running and the test would go until
everyone had reached their peak.
That test would take 15 minutes
and cover everyone on the team.
The VO2 test can take up to 40
minutes per person. With close
to 20 or more athletes per team,
it could take up to a week to do

PHOTO Courtesy Nick Bellissimo

The treadmill used to give VO2 tests.

the test.
Walls says that even though it
may be time consuming, they are
moving forward with the project.
“Our optimal vision is to have
it where we test them right at the
beginning of the season and right
at the end of the season to end up
seeing what particular qualities are
lost and what are maintained,” he
says.
Bellissimo doesn’t run the tests
himself; he lets his undergrad and
graduate students get the experience. That way, both the athletes
and the nutrition students get
first-hand experience with technology used almost exclusively at
the highest levels of sport.
Partnering with other faculties
is important, says Ryerson athletic

director Ivan Joseph. He says any
way they can get an advantage in
the third period or fourth quarter
is worth pursuing.
“We always look to partner
with our faculties because they
are the experts,” Joseph says. “It’s
not like the old days where if you
wanted to know if a guy was fit
you asked him how his leg was.
Now you have to be more scientific and this is just one asset that
we have.”
For Pingue-Gilles and the other
women’s basketball players, knowing they could get an advantage
from these extra tests is exciting.
“It’s supposed to be hard but
everything is analytical and statistics now,” she says. “I think it will
help us get better.”

Benched blockers are buddies
Rookie goalies Jake Danson and Knick Dawe are riding the pine for the Rams
By Devin Jones

to have someone behind you pushing you, trying to take your spot.
We’re friends and you try not to
take it personally.”
Dawe has been anointed the
backup for now but nearly identical save percentages in the 2013-14
season — Dawe with a .916 and
Danson with a .908 — makes the
battle for the spot still competitve.
“In terms of competing, we’ve
talked to both of them. They both
understand the role and as long as
there’s healthy competition, then it’s
all okay,” head coach Graham Wise
said. “It’s all about showing them
that you have confidence in their
abilities.”
Even though he sits in the
crowd, Danson is enjoying the Ry-

erson experience. He’s using the
facilities and support around him
to improve his game, so he’ll be
ready when called upon.
“I’ve had some pretty amazing
hockey experiences, but the biggest thing about coming here was
having a support group around
me,” Danson said. “There’s a
great group of guys who really
mesh together and support each
other, which has made playing
hockey a lot of fun again.”
No matter who gets the job
as the backup goalie on the now
8-4 Rams, Dawe and Danson —
sounding straight out of a ‘70s
buddy cop film — will use the
rivalry to improve their play and
one day get into a game.

Jake Danson and Knick Dawe
should be heated rivals, but instead
they make fun of each other in the
way two good friends would.
Both are the backups to men’s
hockey goalie Troy Passingham,
who in his fourth year has played
in all 12 Rams games this season
­— Dawe and Danson have yet to
hit the ice.
“He is a big bastard,” said
Dawe, 21, referring to the sixfoot-five Passingham. “[But] he’s
been a great teammate and friend
to me so far.”
The only thing the two players don’t have in common comes
down to a matter of style. Danson, 21, uses “athletic” to describe himself while Dawe goes for
“technically sound.” Before Ryerson, both goalies played in the
Ontario Junior Hockey League —
Danson for the Newmarket Hurricanes and Dawe for the Aurora
Tigers, two teams that just happen
to be cross-town rivals. Despite
the battle for the backup position,
neither player hints at animosity
toward the other, a competition
they chalk up to a friendly rivalry.
“It’s just like if you were to
play against your friends, on the
ice you compete and fight against
each other, but when you’re done
PHOTO: Annie Arnone
you’ll go out and have a beer,”
Dawe said. “You’re always going Danson (left) and Dawe are competing to be the Rams’ backup goalie.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

ARTS & LIFE

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Rye grad explores the Art of Darkness
Feature-length documentary on “drug series” artist featured at film festival exploring mental health
from project supporters,” Saunders said in the panel. “Eventually
I had to stop because it just took
too much of a toll on my brain. It
was insane.”
The outcome was stylistically
scattered. While his hash self-portrait is full of vivid, pastel colours,
his bath salts sketch looks almost
inhuman, borderline unrecognizable.
This series is what sparked
Parker’s interest in Saunders. After
seeing the series in 2012, Parker
contacted the artist.
“I knew there was more to this
guy than just one work,” Parker
said. “It was hard to get in touch
though because he initially thought
I was a drug enforcement officer.”
After meeting Saunders, Parker
discovered the artist’s fixation on
personal trauma. In Art of DarkPHOTO COURTESY DAVID PARKER ness, Saunders said his creative
inspiration often comes from early
Artist Brian Lewis Saunders, most famous for his 11-day “drug series” of self-portraits, is featured in Rye grad’s documentary.
interactions with “the bad people,” a malevolent, almost superpain,”
the
painter’s
series
includes
By Alex Downham
feature-length film for alumnus
natural group.
David Parker, an award-winning mores than 10,000 self-portraits.
“I would be afraid to come
“When
I
do
these
paintings
it’s
writer,
producer
and
director.
Art
A new documentary produced by
a Ryerson graduate documents the of Darkness reveals “sociopathic like an exorcism,” Saunders said
mesmerizing self-portraits of Bry- tendencies” in Saunder’s self-por- in the film. “Unless I go into a
coma or have a heavy stroke, I’ll
an Lewis Saunders, the man best- trait series.
“The movie is about art and art never miss a day until I die.”
known for creating self-portraits
Saunders is known for his 11under the influence of a variety of as therapy,” Parker said in a panel.
“At first, I thought I could pin a day “drug series” of self-portraits
drugs.
The film, Art of Darkness, pre- psychological disposition on Bry- which he drew under the influence
of numerous drugs. The artist got
miered at the Rendezvous with an, but I still have no clue.”
Since March 1995, 43-year-old high on drugs including hash, herMadness Film Festival Nov. 14,
which took place at TIFF Bell Saunders has drawn a self por- oin, lighter fluid, cough syrup and
trait every day. Driven by “des- angel dust.
Lightbox.
“I was getting drugs by mail
The documentary is the first peration” and an “obsession with

Prof wins Emmy for cancer PSA
Game On Cancer campaign nets prof John Tarver cinematography award

PHOTO COURTESY GAME ON CANCER CAMPAIGN

The Game On Cancer campaign aims to raise awareness for cancer research.

By Blair Mlotek
Ryerson School of Image Arts professor John Tarver has won an Emmy
for his work as art director with the
Game On Cancer campaign, an initiative meant to raise awareness for
the fight against cancer.
Tarver’s work on the campaign’s
commercial — which depicts a
football game between the Detroit
Lions and various types of cancer

— received an Emmy award for
best cinematography in the short
form category.
The Lions face off against a
theoretical football team that includes players such as lung cancer,
breast cancer and brain cancer, all
displayed in the name bars on the
backs of their jerseys.
“It’s about time that you experienced the world of pain,” one Lions players tells a member of the

opposing team.
Tarver said that the goal of the
campaign is to raise awareness
about cancer in a unique way. All
funds that are raised will go into
cancer research.
“The idea was to create something that would get people’s attention … that was out of the ordinary
for a health or cancer awareness
campaign,” he said.
Tarver said the process of making the commercial wasn’t always
a smooth one. The team ended up
filming outside in the rain, creating the dark and dramatic mood in
which the commercial takes place.
The group had originally
planned to film in an NFL stadium
but its availability fell through.
Tarver said that this turned out to
be a good thing, as it forced the
team to come up with a more creative decision that benefited the
commercial.
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home as a kid because I thought
they were around,” Saunders said.
“I would perform ritualistic funerals in bed to make them believe I
was dead already.”
As he aged, Saunders distanced
himself from the living and became interested in death. As an
adult, he recalls death closing in
as neighbours passed away and a
close friend attempted suicide.
“When my friend shot himself, I
had to clean up the blood and tell
his family what happened,” Saunders said in the film, pointing to
an abstract self portrait of a robot.
“It was scary. I eventually left the
mess, but I remember feeling like a
robot telling his relatives.”
Saunders said despite how painful his focus on trauma can be, it’s
a way for him “to get the most experience out of life.”
“I want my work to give psychopaths a sense of feeling,” Saunders
said in the panel. “The feelings in
my self-portraits, spoken word and
others need to be so intense that
this group of people feel it too.”

BIZ & TECH

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Rye students water the documentary industry
By Ammi Parmar
One student’s struggle to make
a documentary has led to an online platform dedicated to helping
young and aspiring documentary
filmmakers.
Docseed is a website and an Radio and Television Arts (RTA) finalyear thesis project that connects
aspiring documentary filmmakers
with mentoring professionals. The
mentorship is presented through
blog posts, webisodes, FAQs and
production tutorials to teach users
the small but crucial things that are
required in the documentary film
industry.
Docseed was inspired by one of

the creator’s struggle with creating
short films. “I started making my
own documentary film this summer after I’d taken the documentary production course at Ryerson
and I realized really soon into it
that I had absolutely no idea what I
was doing,” said Dawsyn Borland,
a fourth-year RTA student and executive producer of Docseed.
“I was working on a project that
required me to get a media pass
and I could not figure out how
to get a media pass for my life. I
looked everywhere online, there
was nothing, I consulted a few
people and they had no idea either.
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but I didn’t actually have the practical application to go ahead and
make my own documentary film.”
Patrick McGuire, documentary
producer and managing editor of
VICE Canada and John Kastner,
four-time Emmy Award winner
have confirmed their partnership
with Docseed.
The team is currently crowdfunding its startup on Indiegogo, with
a goal of $2,000. The money will
go towards location permits and
venue costs required to film their
mentorship webisodes, the website
development costs and marketing.
The web platform is planned to
launch on Feb. 20, 2015.
With the non-fiction documentary industry growing and changing, filmmakers are constantly
learning new things.
“Non-fiction is becoming more
popular in our society and we’re
constantly trying to find mediums
that are as real as they can get. I
felt that pursuing a venture within

PHOTO COURTESY Dakota WOtton

The creators of Docseed: Jackie Lyon (top left), Ashley Windibank (top middle),
Rachelle Dobson (top right), Dakota Wotton (bottom left), Dawsyn Borland (middle
bottom), Chelsea Bennett (bottom middle), Natalie Neri (bottom right)

non-fiction filmmaking would be a that they feel is authentic and raw,
wonderful tool because everyone is and that is what documentary film
constantly looking for something making is,” Borland said.

Sports, fashion and tech — oh my
SportsHack gives students the opportunity to design wearable technology for sports
By Sunday Aken
Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) hosted Toronto’s first
sports wearable technology hackathon, SportsHack.
The three-day event took place
Nov. 14-16 and was partnered with
Ryerson, IBM and We Are Wearable. SportsHack invited teams to
develop new and resourceful wearable technology that could be used
by the sports industry.
“We’re trying to collaborate to
build an innovation ecosystem,”
project manager Jarrod Ladouceur said. “Ryerson is an innovation university and we want
to find new ways to expand our
reach. The SportsHack is just one
of those ways.”
Nineteen teams presented a
functional demo of their device or
application to a panel of judges.
“As a group of judges, we looked
at a number of metrics like practicality, the effort they’ve put into
it, what they were thinking when
they were building it and how commercializable the technology can
be,” said Hossein Rahnama, the
research and innovation director of
Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone.
“We were impressed by the
numbers of people who participated, the quality of the projects and
talents we saw. Their technology
was very comparable with what’s
happening in the market globally.
It shows potential.”
The final three teams presented
their wearable devices to head
judge Bruce Croxon, former CBC
Dragon’s Den personality and
co-founder of Lavalife, to choose

the winners.
Croxon chose Team Raisins’
armband device that is worn by
athletes to track their performance
during a game. Their performance
data is then transferred into a heat
map — colourfully representing
the data values in 2D images —

I love what Ryerson is doing
to push Canadian innovation
ahead
for coaches to analyze real-time
performance. The statistics show
where athletes are excelling and
where they need improvement.
Second place was KANU, a team
that designed a glove for rowers to
extract data, including the times

the rowers are synchronized.
Croxon gave third place to Caliber One, a team of high school
students that designed an app that
monitors exercises by tracking
a user’s progress and comparing
it with friends for a leaderboard
workout competition.
“I love what Ryerson is doing to
push Canadian innovation ahead,”
said Croxon to the audience. “As
Lavalife showed, you can build a
business out of anything.”
Runner-up prizes included a
minimum of $1,000 cash, software
and a mentorship opportunity.
The grand prize, granted to
Team Raisins, was a $7,500 cash
prize and $3,000 in software,
mentorship and conference admission, as well as a spot in Ryerson’s
Fashion Zone accelerator to further the idea.

The winners of SportsHack, Team Raisins, with their $7,500 cheque.

PHOTO: Andrei Pora

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

FUn & Tragedy

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MINK Gives life for RYe

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Rosencrantz the mink died fighting for Ryerson students’ lives this
past weekend.
The Eyeopener has learned
that Rosencrantz flew high into
the sky and hurled his furious
mink body into a meteor that
was en route to destroy Ryerson’s campus. It has since been
discovered that the meteor was
pushed out of its atmospheric
orbit by Shia LaBeouf, who has
always wanted to give Ryerson a
“Shia surprise.”
When asked about Rosencrantz’s bravery, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said, “This
heroic act will never be forgotten,

LaBeouf will pay for what he did
to my scotch drinkin’ buddy.”
According to comments from
his band of minstrel minks, Rosencrantz had special powers. He
had super-strength and could fly,
but kept these skills from the
Ryerson community in order to
live a “normal Rye-life.” Rosencrantz used these special skills to
fly straight into the heart of the
meteor and destroy it before it
could do any harm.
There has been no sign of Rosencrantz or his feathered hat since
the incident.
Since the incident, Levy has alluded to a possible renaming of

the university in light of these
recent heroic actions. “The idea
of ‘Minkerson’ has been thrown
around here and there over the
last few days,” said Levy.
The world police are in hot
pursuit of LaBeouf and believe
that he has fled to the far reaches
of a place called “Prince Edward
Island.” The Eyeopener staff has
not yet been able to confirm exactly where that is.
The Eyeopener asks the Ryerson community to remember Rosencrantz in their hearts and minds
for the next few days. He was the
hero we needed, and he’ll never be
forgotten.

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Rejected poems from rye’s highest
By Psycho List
My bike! My bike!
My Starbucks for a bike!
The gears creak and crank
Wheels wobble, not true
Untrue
There are too many fucking
GEARS on this bike
One gear two gear three gear
FOUR GEAR MORE GEAR
MORE GEAR
I need to fix it, to do
tricks with it
I will strip it, rip it, paint it
Sell that shit on Kijiji
for fifty-some-odd bones
Then head to a fancy bike shop
Drop three paycheques
right on the handle bars
Thank god there are no gears
It’s fixed! It’s fixed!
Fixed with tricks and slicks
My bike is a fixie
My friends respect me

By Saya Nide
Close to the doors I smoke
crack a joke
Blow it at a bloke
Someone coughs
I say fuck off
Ayo!
Fuck the nine-metre rule
I’m a fine heater dude
Think I’m rude?
It’s tobacco, not crack yo.
So here I huddle hearing
haters
skaters
chronic masturbators
Blow-up doll inflators
They don’t know me
they don’t smoke with me
How could they?
Puffing flavoured vapour
trying to savour
the labour
of my breathing.
Pass my inhaler.

By Zoe Phucked
5 a.m. hit the shower
Trudge out into the snow
waiting on, waiting on
waiting on this FUCKING BUS
It comes, but not fast.
6 a.m. and the guy next to me
is rubbing my leg with his dog.
6:30 a.m. off the bus and waiting
on a train.
Roll down those sweet tracks
fast! PLEASE I’M FREEZING!
Why do I even live here?
7:15 a.m. train pulls up people
PUSH and PUSH and now.
I missed that goddamn train.
My prof is going to kill me.
SHIT! I don’t think that was
DUE TODAY!?
Good lord, 7:45 a.m.
PANIC ATTACK!
Cab seems like a viable option
It is, right?
I mean, hell, it’s only Brampton.

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