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Volume 48 - Issue 12

November 26, 2014
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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014


wishes for a
joyous holiday
A Holiday Message from President Sheldon Levy
Over the holidays we are often given the opportunity to share gifts – of time together, special
occasions, and thanks for the things that have an abiding impact on our lives. Every day when
I come to campus, I am struck by the gift of your great ideas, dedication to our remarkable
university, and contribution to the promise of Ryerson’s future.
A few months after we come back in the New Year we will be opening our Student Learning
Centre. As gifts go, it is an extraordinary addition to our campus and city. More than that
though, the real gift is a welcome – and an invitation for everyone to be part of “our time to
lead.” We have a lot of excitement in store.
Warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season, and all the best in your assignments and exams.

Sheldon Levy


Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014


Fees and loathing at Rye high
Student groups with polarizing views met at the Board of Governors meeting
By Eyeopener Staff
Opposing student groups Rise for
Ryerson and the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) went head-to-head
on campus on Nov. 24.
Pro-administration Rise for Ryerson and the administration-critical RSU both held rallies before the
Board of Governors (BoG) meeting
and were crammed together on the
14th floor of Jorgenson Hall while
waiting to be let in.
Rise For Ryerson, formed Nov.
21, included members of the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) and Ryerson
Commerce Society (RCS). Their
rally was held at the Ted Rogers
School of Management at 3 p.m.
They then gathered in a room
outside the Jorgenson boardroom
to wait for the BoG meeting.
The RSU held its own rally in
front of Jorgenson at 4:30 p.m.
The rally was a culmination of
Tent City, a part of the RSU’s
Freeze the Fees Campaign.
Ten students — including RSU
President Rajean Hoilett and VicePresident Education Jesse Root
were applauded for their weeklong protest encampment.
“It’s because of folks like you
coming out that we’re going to
start seeing some changes,” Root
said to a group of about 100. “Unfortunately though, there are those
privileged among us who believe
that education shouldn’t be accessible.” Chants of “Shame!” echoed
from the crowd.
The meeting started at 5 p.m.
but was not immediately open to
non-board members.
RSU supporters waited in front
of the boardroom doors, prompting most Rise For Ryerson members to join them. Roughly 150
people filled the space up to the
elevators and down the hallway to
the right of the boardroom.
Tension developed between
the groups as they waited. The
Eyeopener reporters witnessed
heated debates and heard allegations of racist comments. The RSU
sporadically chanted slogans like,
“The students united will never be
defeated,” while Rise For Ryerson
members tried to shush them. Rise
for Ryerson members were booed
by RSU supporters when they tried
to begin their own chant.
Some people there weren’t Ryerson students. Root later confirmed that University of Toronto
Students’ Union President Yolen
Bollo-Kamara and Vice-President
External Grayce Slobodian were
Both sides were allowed to enter the boardroom at around 5:30
p.m. Seating and standing room
ran out, leaving some standing in

the doorway and outside.
Board Chair Janice Fukakusa
was interrupted by Hoilett seconds
after opening the public portion of
the meeting.
“[The RSU] is concerned that
our university is not having conversations with students about
education,” Hoilett said. He called
for more student representation on
the BoG and input on tuition increase policies.
A representative for Rise for Ryerson spoke immediately after.
“Students see value in the fees
that they pay,” he said. While
making his case for fee increases

— through seeing the value of education and subsidies for struggling
students — he was interrupted several times by RSU members.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
addressed both groups and said
it was important for everyone to
come together and find a solution.
He also said he could not promise to freeze tuition fees because it
would be financially unrealistic.
RSU and Rise for Ryerson representatives both thanked the BoG
for listening and the majority of
both groups then left the room.
Outside, the RSU began dismantling its Tent City.

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Editor found creepily smiling
By Lion Lurking In The Dark
In a distinctly unsurprising rampage, former features editor Sean
Wetselaar lost his mind Tuesday
night, blowing up a large portion
of The Eyeopener’s office.
“I always knew he would snap
eventually,” said former photo ed-

itor Lindsay Boeckl. “I mean, we
all gave him so much shit.”
Boeckl, who was among several
former employees to be the first on
the scene, found Wetselaar sitting
on a pile of charred computers
and desks, rocking back and forth
“I fixed it,” he repeated, again
and again. “I fixed it.”
Wetselaar, who had often
bragged he was one of the very
few editors to never suffer any
emotional damage from his work,
had been at the paper for three
years. He was intermittently called
a “boy journalist” and a “tall,
skinny man.”
Police say that Wetselaar planted a series of explosive devices
throughout the office comprised
of silly putty and melted Magic:
The Gathering cards.
He proceeded to lead his fellow
masthead members into the office
under the guise of “free coffee,
snacks and shit,” before turning
out the lights and laughing like an
When it was all said and done
everyone asked, “Really, dick?”

letter to
the editor
Re: ‘Union’s dedication is in tents’
(Editorial, Nov. 19)
So, what are granny’s panties?
- Cathy Crowe
Hi Cathy,
Thanks for your email. Now I
know at least one person read [my
editorial]! Granny’s panties are,
from what I understand, loose and
dull-looking undergarments.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014



Good Food Centre feels crunch
Food donation services at Rye are being used more than ever, centre reports
By Lisa Cumming
The Good Food Centre at Ryerson has 350 registered users and
is constantly getting new sign-ups,
according to Alison Townsley, a
student volunteer who works in
the centre.
Previously known as the Community Food Room, the centre
offers access to food for students
and faculty who are struggling
with finances.
The centre releases an annual
“Hunger Report” — which is not
posted publicly but is available for
anyone who asks — that is used
“for [the Good Food Centre’s] understanding,” said Nicola Nemy,
another centre volunteer.
According to the Hunger Report, last year there were approximately 422 people from the
Ryerson community registered
between September 2013 and July
2014. Over 11 months of service,
there were 2,528 visits and 92 per
cent of visitors were full-time students. The report for this year has
not yet been released.

Briefs &
> Mouth full of Poncho
A female Ryerson student was
taking a stroll in the Architecture
building on Nov. 7 when she felt
something tug her poncho. When
she turned around, someone was
eating part of her poncho. He
then just kind of walked away.
The ponch-muncher was wearing
a Ryerson sweater so chances are
pretty decent that he’s a student.
Watch your poncho, kids! And
don’t do drugs (or at least not the
ones that make you chew things.)
> Citizen Cane
Some poor bastard (described as a
“non-community member”) wandered onto Victoria Street on Nov.
13 and was approached by a dude
with a cane. Cane man got riled
up because he thought the guy was
begging for change, which the guy
denied. The two got into a verbal
bitch fight until cane dude hit the
guy on the back with his cane.
We saw some crazy stuff on campus this semester and we’re all
crime-d out. See something weird
in the new year? Call the police
and security, but email news@ first.

This year the centre can expect
“five new people on a slow day,”
Townsley said.
It operates on a points system.
Individuals only taking food for
themselves receive 10 points, and
five extra points are rewarded
for those with dependants. “Students (and faculty) may come in
shopping for two kids at home,”
Townsley said. The system is
based on trust and requires no formal background check.
Daily Bread Food Bank contributes towards the centre with deliveries coming every Tuesday. They
are a distributor of food to more
than 200 food banks and meal
plan programs in Toronto, along
with providing resources, like job
training, for those in need.
Food donations brought in and
purchases of grocery store goods
funded by monetary donations
supply the rest of the food. “We
got our deliveries Tuesday, and
look at the shelves now,” Townsley said. The weekly delivery is
“not measured or regulated” and
just depends on how much the

Daily Bread delivers, Nemy said.
“If I had to speculate why the use
of the centre has increased: the high
cost of housing to live in the city
and the cost of tuition,” Townsley
said. “Also, more people know
about the centre than before.”
“We don’t feel comfortable asking students for money,” Townsley
said. “[The centre needs to] have
more events to reach outside of the
student population.”
Despite the increase in individuals using the centre, management
tries to accommodate the needs of
PHOTO: Jake scott
every person. The number of users
doesn’t include the family mem- A Good Food Centre user fills a box with pasta, lettuce and other goods.
bers they support, so the accommodations can be hard to meet.
Townsley said setting aside specific items like almond milk for those
who have dietary restrictions because there isn’t much of it to go
around is common practice.
The centre doesn’t take any
measurements for how much food
they give out per week, Nemy said.
The needs, food-wise, for the
centre are “definitely not, not even
close” to being met, Townsley said.



Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Arts Edition:
In my year-long run as arts and
life editor here at this wonderful
publication, I’ve learned two very
important things — firstly, that
society looks down on artists in
a deplorable way and secondly,
that Ryerson’s artists and creative
types don’t give a fuck about that.

Whether they’re actors, dancers, musicians, creative technicians, painters, poets, spoken
word artists, graphic designers,
writers or illustrators, the thousands of talented people that
walk this campus every day will
keep doing what they love despite
the potential roadblocks. They
know, even if the rest of society
doesn’t, that the arts have been
(and still are) vital in shaping us
individually and as a species.

In our recent Breaking In series,
we looked closely at the process
of finding a job in the industry
after graduating from a theatre
program and the stigma that
surrounds the profession. Overwhelmingly, we found that, yes,
students thought about the difficulties they faced in finding work,
but still weren’t willing to give
up doing something they loved.
We’ve written about photographers who challenge our notions of sexuality, fashion students who redefine physical (dis)
ability and actors who reinvent
what it means to be yourself.
Creating, in any capacity, is an
intensely personal activity, and
it takes a certain kind of person
to be able to do it well. The arts
can speak volumes about social
issues, injustice, technology and
emotion. Art has been around for
tens of thousands of years and
has evolved with us to the point
where technology and art are
sometimes not all that different.
We’ve brought together a variety of individuals and groups
who are creating despite the
odds. From actors who throw
themselves into another persona, to photographers who
document the movement of life,
to those who aim to show the
beauty in huge amounts of information, the list is extensive.
This issue is for them, and for
everyone who strives to create.


Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014



Arts Edition:
Managing Editor


Leah Hansen

Aidan Macnab
Emily Craig-Evans
Mackenzie Davidson
Catherine Machado
Daniel Melfi
Anika Syeda
Alex Heck
Badri Murali

Jess Tsang
Farnia Fekri
Rob Foreman

Special thanks to:
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Allister Macdonald
Andrew Grella
Paige Lindsay
Victor Copetti
Anita Cazzola
Liam Grier
Daniel Siegel
Justin Bellmore
Aarone Amino
Julia Wittmann
Sara Christiano
Maricris Rivera
Brittany Starkman
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Lauren Riihimaki
Siavash Vazirnezami
Yara Kashlan
Alex Basso
Raymond Chen
Albert Cuartero
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Gabrielle Pangan

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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Josh Doig
Fourth-year performance dance

By Aidan Macnab
Josh Doig is in his fourth year of
Ryerson’s dance program, but his
journey began at age 10, at home
with his family in Peterborough,
“After dinner, [my family]
would all sit in the living room,
just listening to the radio and I
would get up and start dancing,”
he said.
Doig’s father insisted his son
harness this creative energy and
apply it to formal training.
“No Dad, no! Dancing is for
girls,” he remembers protesting.
But he started taking classes, and
12 years later, he has devoted his
life to it.
Doig started with hip hop, then
jazz and contemporary and eventually started competing.
Theatre was also a big part of
his life, and he said he enjoyed acting more than dancing. When it
came time to choose a university,
he applied to both the dance and
acting programs at Ryerson.
After his dance audition, he was
accepted on the spot.
“It was at that moment where
I had to choose, either acting or
dancing,” he said.
He was encouraged by his parents to pursue dance, but said he
did not consider himself very good
at it. He went for it anyway.
Upon his arrival at Ryerson,
Doig said he felt behind his peers.
They had competed more and
had a more extensive dance back-

ground, especially in ballet.
Despite his initial doubts about
his qualifications, Doig managed
to build up a resumé. He has
been in Ryerson Dances every
year since his second, appearing
in William Yong’s Circus, Louis
Laberge-côté’s Arteriae Mantises and Vicki St. Denys’ Mingus: Reminiscing in Tempo. Last
spring he showcased his own
choreography in Choreographic
Works and said he hopes to again
this year. He can be seen in Cinderella, for the second year in a
row, from Nov. 25-30.
Being a student in the performance dance program brings a
different lifestyle than that of your
typical university student. You
won’t find Doig in the library, rifling through a textbook or with
his face buried in a laptop.
But on any given week, Doig
spends more than 40 hours in
classes and rehearsals.
He spent last summer at the
Charlottetown Festival in Prince
Edward Island, appearing in
Anne of Green Gables and Canada Rocks, where he was awarded
a scholarship for voice training
from the festival. This was his
first taste of professional work.
He said it was a “huge eye-opener” and that this could be the career for him.
“Ideally, I’d like to see myself
go the distance, go to Broadway,”
Doig said. But, like any job, he
expects to start from the bottom
and work his way up.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014



Third-year performance acting

By Emily Craig-Evans
It’s one thing to get up on a stage
and perform, but for Allister Macdonald, acting is a platform for
The third-year performance acting student scored the role of the
stepmother in Ryerson Theatre
School’s (RTS) holiday pantomime
Cinderella at the end of November. It’s a role that allows him to
explore a “monstrous” feminine
side, he said, while donning big
red lashes, wide hips and a black
-and-white beehive wig.
While this isn’t his first experience in a drag role, it’s not the
only end of the spectrum he’s
familiar with. Macdonald has
played a wide variety of roles in
both classical and contemporary
plays, including three different
roles in Jonathan Larson’s Rent
in three different cities.
Macdonald spent this past
summer in Greece participating
in a program with RTS acting
and dance students. He got some
great experience while he was
there, he said, working 12 hours
a day, six days a week, and per-

forming in classical Greek plays
and poetry pieces.
He said he sees theatre as a
“safe space” that allows him to
explore himself in ways unique to
each role.
“It’s where I trust myself enough
to push my limitations,” he said.
“How far I can go depends on the
world of the play.”
His dream role is to play Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry
Inch, written by Stephen Trask
and John Cameron Mitchell.
Macdonald describes Hedwig as
a bold androgynous character
who lives by zero limitations but
is also lost and hurt. He says he’s
drawn to this role because of the
creative and expressive freedom
within it.
“You can push all the envelopes
while still telling a beautiful story,” he said.
There is a possibility to lose yourself in a big city and feel overwhelmingly small, Macdonald said, but
growing up in small town on Cape
Breton Island left him grounded
enough to see past it.
“I’ve come here to explore myself to the fullest,” he said.



Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Andrew Grella
TRSM Entrepreneurship ‘13

By Mackenzie Davidson
Andrew Grella is a Ted Rogers
School of Management entrepreneurship grad who is trying to
take men’s makeup and facial care
mainstream with his brand Man
Up, a line of skincare products tailored specifically for men.
Man Up stems from Grella’s entrepreneurial spirit and a personal
experience with skincare that left
Grella feeling at a disadvantage.
He figured that there was no reason men couldn’t use some of the
same products women have at
their disposal.
“Men buy these products, just
not in person,” he said. “They buy
them online, in the middle of the
Grella took his idea to Ryerson’s
Fashion Zone, one of the school’s
six incubators. The move paid
off — Man Up products opened
their first physical storefront at
the end of 2013 in The Patron
Saint, a fashion boutique inside
the Thompson Hotel.
His most popular item is a shine
remover — certainly not traditional “makeup,” but something that’s
close enough that he hopes willchange social perceptions around
men’s makeup.

“There are small groups of
men who are beginning to wear
makeup,” Grella says. “They just
need their friends to think it’s okay
While many of Grella’s clients
are international, there is certainly a push towards men wearing makeup, especially here in
Toronto. You don’t need to look
far to find men wearing small applications — nail polish in particular — and not only on members
of Toronto’s fashion and design
“Man Up’s products skew more
towards skincare than makeup,”
Grella said. He is adamant that
people distinguish between the
two. “These men are buying
these products in secret, just to
try them.”
It’s only a matter of time before
men’s skincare and makeup goes
mainstream and starts being sold
in larger retailers such as Shopper’s Drug Mart and Sephora. And
it appears that Grella is aiming to
be leading the trend.
“There’s another company doing
what I do, but they’re in New York
and no one knows who the founder
is. He keeps his identity a secret,”
Grella said of his competition. “But
here at Man Up, it’s all me.”

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014



Third-year photography

By Catherine Machado
Earlier this semester, award-winning student photographer Paige
Lindsay was on a bus to Montreal
to check out exhibits with fellow
Ryerson students.
“When we were on the bus
there was a joke that we’d crash
and the AIMIA award-winning
photographer would be the only
casualty mentioned in the paper,”
said Andrew Savery-Whiteway, a
fourth-year photography student.
“And my mom would cut out
the article and put it on the fridge
because she’d be proud I was
mentioned in the paper,” said
Lindsay, carrying on the joke.
Lindsay, 24, is from Victoria,
B.C. She picked up a camera as a
way to pass the time after dropping out of the University of Victoria’s general studies program. She
started by taking close-up shots
of flowers and later developed an
interest in documenting trips. She
has been writing all her life but
it wasn’t until last year that she
thought to combine the two passions, she said. Lindsay began
creating hybrid works, melding

text and images together to create
something unique.
The combination proved a success as it won her the AIMIA|AGO
Photography Prize this past autumn. The award included $7,000
toward tuition and put her work
on display at the Art Gallery of
Ontario’s community gallery.
There was a time when Lindsay
worried that she was always looking at the world through a lens,
she said. She added that she felt it
was preventing her from interacting with the world in front of her.
She grew to benefit from this perspective, crediting the camera for
helping her notice the things that
are often overlooked.
This is explored in Where did
you come from?, a project that
contains photographs of items
Lindsay has stumbled upon while
walking the streets of Toronto.
These finds include items such as
a shopping list or an apple core.
“Even if you walk down the
street a hundred times, on this
particular day there might be
something different that you see,”
she said, “and that is the magic of
the big city for me.”



Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014


By Leah Hansen
What do you do if you’re musically talented at Ryerson? Musicians@Ryerson (M@R) has the
As the university’s only student group for musicians, M@R
hosts events, helps musicians find
potential bandmates and offers
an important platform for anyone who needs an outlet for their
The group was started in 2012
by Eli Vandersluis, who graduated in June this year. Victor Copet-

ti, a third-year urban planning
student, took over as president at
the beginning of the fall semester.
Although Copetti has always
been involved in music in some
way — playing piano and participating in a choir as a kid — he
only became heavily interested in
music when he picked up a guitar
in high school. By that point, he
said, it was too late to take serious
“But then, when I came to university and found Musicians@Ryerson, it really came back and it’s
a big passion now,” he said.

After being involved with the
group for so long, Copetti said
the most rewarding part is finding hidden talent.
“It happens with people who
have never come out before,
they’re a little nervous but then
they get up there and they blow
you away,” he said, calling them
“musical surprises.”
There’s no limit on what kind
of musical talent you bring to
the table, he said. The group has
supported events from classical
string quartets to DJ sets in the
“We kind of cater to the widest range of musicians and people possible because there’s not

a music program at the school,
but there are tons of people who
are really into music,” said Anita
Cazzola, vice president of M@R.
“We try to provide as many opportunities for performance and
for networking between musicians so that people can still live
with their passion for music.”
Events M@R has held in the
past include multiple “Battle of
the Bands” nights, a darkness
concert benefiting the Canadian
National Institute for the Blind
and many open mic nights.
M@R social chair Justin Bellmore said that there is a large
number of musically-inclined Ryerson students who don’t have an

“[M@R] is like a safe haven for
musical talent on campus that just
goes unrecognized by the university,” he said. “The best part is I
get to bring in these people who
have low confidence, they’re [in]
first year and I get to see them
leave in third or fourth year as accomplished musicians.”
Although the group has only
been around since 2012, the M@R
Facebook page currently boasts
942 members. The group hopes
to reach 1,000 by the end of the
school year, Cazzola said.
“It’s known by people who don’t
even go to the school,” she said.
“It’s really cool to be a part of it.”

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014



Fourth-year graphic communications management

By Daniel Melfi
When Lauren Riihimaki uploaded her first YouTube video, she
never expected that her life would
change in so many ways. A million
views later, Riihimaki finds herself
the centre of quite a bit of attention.
LaurDIY is Riihimaki’s YouTube channel which, in addition
to her blog and website, was professionally created to give tutorials
for fun and interesting do-it-yourself tasks that readers and viewers
can do from the comfort of their
own home.
Now reining in over a million
subscribers, she says she did not
see it coming. “I’m pretty sure
most YouTubers don’t even think
about the potential attention they
could receive when making their
first video,” Riihimaki said.
The majority of the Toronto native’s popular videos attract repeated views. She’s also had a consistent increase in subscriptions that
have made the Ryerson student a
model for all aspiring vloggers.
Riihimaki is in her final year
of the graphic communications
management program at Ryerson
and, at 21 years old, is taking full
advantage of being a YouTube
sensation. “I’ll 100 per cent finish school because I’m nearing my
final semester, but the YouTube
industry is really booming right
now,” Riihimaki says. “I’ll definitely see where this takes me.”
Having just moved into a new
apartment downtown and feeling
inspired about the city and what
it has to offer, Riihimaki is hesi-

tant to disclose too much about
the future.
“As soon as I’m doing this full
time in April of 2015, I have some
big plans that I’m really excited to
start working on,” she said.
Prior to the YouTube edition of
LaurDIY, Riihimaki only had her
blog to express her creative side.
“The lack of creative elements
in the program really pushed me
to start the channel — but other
than that, [the program and the
channel are] very opposite.”
As far as the videos go, Riihimaki shoots and edits nearly everything on her own.
“I don’t have an official team,
but I do have an accountant, a
manager and a boyfriend who
handles my Glidecam,” Riihimaki says. “I don’t think I’ll ever
have anyone helping out with the
creative elements of the process,
my channel is my baby and it
would be impossible to give up
total control.”
Although Riihimaki seems anything but uncomfortable in front
of a camera, she says some things
about the process have changed.
“When you start making videos
you feel awkward because you’re
basically talking to yourself with
a camera,” she says. “Now, when
I record the video I know it’s just
a delayed conversation with my
Today, Riihimaki has settled
into her role and knows what subscribers want. “You begin to learn
how they will react to your content, your humour and your personality,” she said. “I feel like I’ve
made 1.1 million friends.”



Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Siavash Vazirnezami
Second-year master of architecture

By Anika Syeda
Behind a quiet exterior, Siavash
Vazirnezami is alive with explosive
Originally from Iran, the secondyear master of architecture student
anticipates the day he marks the
city with his innovative building
concepts: a style of incorporating
the old with the new.
“Architecture is an incredible
niche,” he said. “Somewhere between art and engineering.”
Vazirnezami is the artist behind
the Atlas Project, an independent
piece featured in Nuit Blanche
“Exploring art from an architectural standpoint is amazing,” he
said. “For an architect, the beauty
is not just the art itself but the process of its construction, the quality
of the materials used, the science
behind it.”
The interactive piece is composed of triangular fractals, luminescent in the night sky. Based on
the visitor’s movements logged by
hidden motion detectors, a façade
of three human faces changed to
convey one of a wide range of programmed expressions.

By Alex Heck
Yara Kashlan isn’t your average
journalism student. She is the author of two independently published children’s books.
Kashlan’s first book, written for
a creative writing assignment in
English class, is titled Curry, Sushi and Falafel. The story teaches
children about cultural acceptance
and encourages them to try new
foods. She got the idea when her
sister came home from school one

day, sad that others teased her
about her lunch.
“It’s the perfect time to teach
[kids] these kinds of values,” she
said. The aim of her books is to
both entertain and educate.
Kashlan created Aray Creative
Publishing, last summer when she
applied for a $1,500 government
grant for new business startups.
Since Kashlan undertakes all the
marketing and promotion herself,
the grant has been instrumental in
the success of her company.

Vazirnezami describes Atlas as
an unwrapping or unfolding of a
complex geometry.
“This concept of unfolding was
what was really interesting to us,”
he said. “We thought this complexity in different geometries [could
be] related to the complexity of
thought. The fact that we had this
surface of triangles was a conceptual gesture at this complexity.”

But for Vazirnezami, the piece’s
beauty lays in its structure.
“What was going on in the
back of the actual art piece was
just as interesting to me, as an
architect, as the front was to the
With a dream of making his
mark on the world, Vazirnezami
carves himself a name in the realm
between art and architecture.

A month after publishing Curry,
Sushi and Falafel, Kashlan published her second book, Messy
Little Missy. Since then she has
read her books at local schools
and recently had a book signing at
Chapters in Burlington, Ont.
She even went to read Curry,
Sushi and Falafel at her sister’s
She says the best part of reading
her book to children is when they
laugh, because no matter the age,
everyone gets the message of her
“The message is universal,” she
says. “Acceptance and diversity.”

Third-year journalism

Yara Kashlan

Yara Kashlan

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014



By Badri Murali
When you want to find out what’s
trending on Twitter, you usually
look at the list on the left of your
tweets. But what if instead of looking at Twitter, you could see a small
robot moving in reaction to those
tweets? That is what Alex Basso,
Raymond Chen, Albert Cuartero
and Raphael Angoulan, a group
of third-year new media students,
have created: a robot that reacts to
what people are tweeting about.
These robots are called Hexapods. They each have six legs,
stand at four inches in height and
move based on what’s trending
on Twitter. The programming
comes from a central processing
chip known as Arduino; it is a
small microprocessor that feeds
on data and can react physically
to the world around it. The coding for it is open source — which
means anybody can access it if
they want to — and is popular
with many DIY projects, just like
Eventually, there will be multiple robots moving and interacting in a group, said Basso, each
one with its own personality and
reaction to what’s going on in
the Twittersphere. Together, they
present a unique way to look at
huge amounts of information.
The group came together in a
second-year new media course
called Art and Application for
Physical Computing in which the
final project required groups to
create something robotic.
“Originally, we wanted to create
a robot for each of us and have it
react based on our personalities.
But by the time the assignment was
due, we were only able to have one
prototype ready,” Basso says.
But Hexapods didn’t stop
there. They decided to apply to
the Transmedia Zone with their
project. This zone is a multi-disci-

plinary space in the Rogers Communication Centre where students
receive resources and guidance in
order to better tell stories using
digital media.
“The Zone has given us a place
to collaborate with those in other
fields to look at our project with a
different set of eyes and also give
us feedback on it,” says Cuartero.
The original prototypes were
built using laser-cut wood tape,
but the group found another person in the Zone who knew how to
model parts for 3D printers. Now,
they will have their bots built with
a much sturdier plastic material.
Through the Zone, they have also

found an intern, first-year new media student Gabrielle Pangan.
Although the group has spent
a lot of time developing and honing the technology, Basso says
they don’t plan to capitalize on
the project. Instead, they want
Hexapods to get publicity with
those in the tech world, like early
“[Hexapod] is more of an artistic and tech thing that’s cool to
do. In new media, there are people
known as early adopters. These
are the people who like DIY projects and like to take a chance on
technologies and ideas that haven’t
got a foothold quite yet in modern

societies. They like to go head-on
with technology regardless of a
few bugs,” Basso says.
In a world where information
and news is demanded as it occurs,
Twitter has become an online plat-

form where anyone can share and
learn. Instead of just reading about
the news, you may now also be
able to see the news move in front
of you with a six-legged robot carrying the message.


The Eyeopener photo team has mous Gould Street paint job bechosen a few of the best pictures fore it was repaved in November
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• Artist Anjulie opens for Nas
in front of Ryerson students at
First column, from top to bottom: the RSU’s Parade and Picnic in
• One of Ryerson’s hawks September (Jess Tsang).
perches on the rocks at Lake • A Sumba Squad rallies
Devo in October (Farnia Fekri).
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• The men’s soccer team goes up the RSU’s Freeze the Fees camagainst the University of Toronto paign in November (Stephen
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sary of the beginning of the First Learning Centre’s distinctive
World War (Ruth Remudaro).
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