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Volume 48 - Issue 14

January 21, 2015
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NEWS

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Dead air until the cash flows
Ryerson’s community radio station The Scope is ready to go, but they don’t have the money yet
By Devin Jones
After securing an AM licence, Ryerson campus community radio
station The Scope is now awaiting
funding confirmation from the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU).
The levy — a small fee built into
the tuition of all full-time students
as well as school funding — will
be given to the radio station, and
will cover the estimated $90,000
needed to set up the new AM 1280
station.
Jacky Harrison, program director of The Scope, said that although the station doesn’t have a
definite number yet, the estimated
levy funds sit at $250,000. Items
included in The Scope’s budget
are expenses to retrofit the broadcast room with a twelve-channel
soundboard, as well paying the
full-time staff the station intends
to hire.
“The RSU has set the fee schedule for next September, now. We
have no idea if we’re a part of that
yet,” said Harrison. “The levy is
contingent on a license. We now
have a license, so we’re waiting to
hear from the RSU as to when we
should expect the funding back.”

PHOTO: Rob Foreman

The Scope got an AM licence in December, but may have to wait a year for funding.

As confirmation of the levy is delayed, the prospect of broadcasting
at the beginning of January 2016
becomes less likely. Harrison said
the station has two options: either
push back the planned launch by
a semester, or “look for short-term
alternative funding.”
“People would say ‘OK we believe the levy is coming, we’ll offset
your finances for three months,’”
said Harrison. “It would be a really short-term, 90 days of interim
financing is what we would need.

I’m just waiting on confirmation in
the mean time.”
AM radio waves work through
ground frequency, whereas FM
waves are airborne. Because of
this, AM radio requires a large
parcel of land as opposed to the
tall buildings FM relies on. It also
avoids the potenital for cancercausing frequency, which FM
doesn’t. The Scope has achieved
this by leasing a building and sharing space with fellow community
radio station CHHA 1610 AM

Voces Latinas, located at Cherry
Beach.
Alongside The Scope going into
“volunteer recruitment mode”
multiple paid positions will be
made available. The Scope intends to round out their full-time
staff of three, planning to have a
staff of seven by the time the station is ready to launch. Hiring
will be done in “stages” according to what needs need to be met
for the new station and volunteers
will round out the staff already
dedicated to curating content for
the station.
“Someone said that AM radio
is like artisanal pickles, very niche,
which I’d agree with,” Harrison
said. “With stations moving to FM
whenever they can, it’s exciting.
AM is this funky hyper-local place
where we get to try out different
things and create original work.”
The Scope will be hosting “Signal Jam” on Feb. 13, an open
house with musical guests, celebrating the new license and the
move to AM. Then, on Feb. 26,
anyone who wrote The Scope a letter of support is invited down to a
“letter-writer skating party” hosted at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Bites
SLC + caffeine
In an interview with The
Eyeopener on Tuesday, Ryerson
president Sheldon Levy confirmed
that the new Student Learning
Centre will house a full-sized Starbucks. Levy also said that there
will be no Tim Hortons on site.

OUAC apps
Ryerson is again the number
one school in the province for
high school student applications.
This means more high school
students have chosen Ryerson
first on their Ontario University
Application Centre (OUAC) submission than any other school in
the province.

Brown at Rye
Jesse Brown, the reporter who
broke the Jian Ghomeshi scandal,
was on campus Tuesday night to
discuss his experience reporting
on the story and media criticism
in Canada. The talk, entitled
“The News, Jian, and Me” filled
the house.

Mixed reaction to delayed theatre plans
By Keith Capstick
The Ryerson Theatre School (RTS)
isn’t going anywhere soon and theatre students have mixed feelings
about it.
Gerd Hauck, the dean of Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication
and Design, confirmed last week
that the school will not be moving its students out of their current building until the end of the
2015/2016 academic year.
“We’re about four, five or six
months later than we anticipated,”
said Hauck.
Members of the theatre school
are excited about staying a little
longer, but understand that the
poor condition of the building
means they’ll need to leave sooner
rather than later.
“I like this building a lot. I know
there are some maintenance issues
and the age of the building is a
huge factor in why they’re pushing
us out,” said Madeleine Hamilton,
a third-year theatre production
student. “I love this building, it
feels like home.”
The chair of the theatre school,
Peggy Shannon, sent an email to
members of the theatre school Jan.
16 to inform the students of the
delay and the details of the five-to-

PHOTO: Jake Scott

The Student Learning Centre is one of three options for the theatre schoool’s temporary location.

six-year transformation the school
is about to undertake. These details included three potential interim homes for the students while
a new permanent building is built
or purchased by the school. She
also addressed potential student
worries.
“Change is important, but it
can also be disruptive. Change can
produce a level of worry — even
anxiety — about the unknown,”
Shannon said in the email.

The three possible locations
Shannon mentioned for the theatre school’s temporary home are
the new Student Learning Centre
(SLC), the Bay Atrium and Kerr
Hall. Shannon also said that the
possibility of the SLC is dependent
on a rezoning of the building by
the city. Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy is leaning toward one of the
first two options, saying that Kerr
Hall would require the school to
displace too many other students.

According to Levy, the proposed
rezoning of the SLC would dedicate more of the ground floor for
institutional use and reduce the
amount of retail space. The plans
for the glass storefront space that
faces Yonge Street will have to
change to accommodate more institutional space and less privatesector retail space, but it has not
been confirmed what the institutional space will be used for.
Administration hasn’t said why

the delay is happening.When asked
Levy said, “oh, I don’t know.”
Hamilton is concerned about a
temporary home not being able to
handle the space requirements of
the theatre school.
“I don’t think you can find a
building that houses all of our
needs anywhere near campus,”
said Hamilton.
Peter Fleming, the theatre school
production and operations manager, is very pleased with the delayed
timeline because it gives everybody
involved more time to make sure
they do the best possible job finding a permanent new home.
“I am incredibly happy that we
have a bit of breathing room to
get things planned,” said Fleming.
“We’ve all breathed a sigh of relief
that we’ve pushed it away a bit.”
Fourth-year theatre production
student Lili Gerard is concerned
about the proposed timeline of the
school’s move. Theatre students
will likely not be in a new permanent building until 2019.
“I think it just sucks for the
people coming in because it’s going to take them five years to finish. I think they should get a new
space, renovate it, get it ready, and
then move all of us out at once,”
Gerard said.

EDITORIAL

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Fun
Emma “Shania Twain” Cosgrove
Media
Badri “Pizza Bringer” Murali
Editor-in-Chief
Mohamed “Snob” Omar

Arts and Life
Alex “No Bull” Downham

Online
Farnia “Demands Things” Fekri
Behdad “Suave” Mahichi

News
Jackie “DON’T CROSS ME” Hong
Jake “Hostages” Scott
Keith “Theatre Beat” Capstick

Sports
Josh “Sports Talk” Beneteau

Web Developer
Kerry “Balls To The” Wall

Communities
Dylan “VAUGHN?” Freeman-Grist

General Manager
Liane “RIP PC” McLarty

Photo
Rob “Draws Stuff” Foreman
Sierra “Vitamin Addict’” Bein
Stephen “Yolobruh” Armstrong

Advertising Manager
Chris “The Chosen One” Roberts

Features
Charles “Trick Daddy” Vanegas
Biz & Tech
Laura “Ya Little Shit!” Woodward

Design Director
J.D. “PC Saver” Mowat
Circulation Manager
Megan “No Breakfast?” Higgins
Contributors
Leah “High Frequency” Hansen
Jake “Self Portrait” Kivanc
Gabriela “Doctor’s Bane” PanzaBeltrandi

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Bahoz “B dara” Dara
Emma “Ball Drop” Kimmerly
Miriam “Senate Buster” ValdesCarletti
Isabelle “Zaius” Docto
Aidan “Monster” Macnab
Lara “OL” Onayak
Rachael “Munsch” Mensch
Devin “Jon Bon” Jones
Brennan “All’s Fair” Doherty
Aidan “Omnom” Hamelin
Ben “Shorty” Waldman
Michael “Toe-Pick” Grace-Dacosta
Daniel “After Hours” Rocchi
Robert “Knee Slapper” Mackenzie
Mike “Doodler” Thequan-Phung
Tagwa “Mojo” Moyo
Annie “Jojo” Arnone
Ruth “Buttercup” Remudaro
Jacob “Blossom” Thielen
Lulu “Bubbles” Tanenbaum
Andrei “Professor X” Pora
Julia “Ressel” Knope
Lana “Nairb” Hall
Mansoor “Wolf” Tanweer
Matthew “Ou La La” Ouellet
Julia “Hell Out Of” Dodge

In completely shocking and utterly unbelievable news, you have a voice on this campus.

Super Awesome Interns
Julia “DON’T LEAVE” Tomasone
Anika “Misses Julia” Syeda
Hayley “Needs Julia” Adam
Playing the part of the Annoying Talking Coffee Mug this week is the fact that
our intern Julia has to leave us. Julia, if
we could convince your school to just
insta-graduate you so that you could
just stay with us, we would do that.
When you’re in Peru, remember how
smelly our office is. We’ll miss you!
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PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI

A miracle on Gould Street
By
Mohamed
Omar
It’s Nov. 11, 2014. A handful of
Eyeopener editors and myself are
at Tecumseh Auditorium in the
Student Campus Centre. That’s a
real place, I promise.
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) is holding its semi-annual
general meeting, which is one of
two big congregations that all
members can attend.
I’m excited. My colleagues — or
are we pals? — are trying to be.
There are chairs. We sit on some
of them, notepads, laptops and
phones at the ready.
People start flowing in. My
stomach rumbles. Not now, Mr.
Noodles. More people rush inside
the auditorium and eventually it’s
standing room only.
It begins.
The RSU’s general meetings are
not, to put it unbelievably politely,
something most students attend. As
a result, similar ideas and policies are
passed every year, resulting in perpetual, mind-numbing status quo.

This meeting, however, was different for one gargantuan reason
— something actually significant
happened.
One motion at this packed meeting — one chunky Chipotle-burrito-with-everything-in-it motion —
called for giving students the magic
power of opting out of the union.
This wasn’t revolutionary. People
have pitched this in the past, only
to see it struck down. This meeting
was no different, as the chair found
it violating the union’s bylaws.
But this motion had another resolution — it was a democratic Russian doll of sorts — that called for
the RSU to post its budget online.
After a tense vote and a solid
back-and-forth from the Yes and
No sides of the vote, the resolution passed.
All it took was a few students to
present it at a general meeting as a
motion, and some student support
to pass it.
Lo and behold, the RSU’s budget is now on its website, glorious, naked in divine financial
transparency.
Does this affect your day-to-day
life at Ryerson? No, unless you’re

interested in student government
finances. (If you are, come drink
with us!)
But its significance comes in the
form of a reminder, that no matter
how detached you feel from student
politics, how little influence you
think you have on campus life, you
have a voice and gosh darn it, that
voice works.
If enough people are at the meeting to vote your motion in, and it
doesn’t break any rules, the RSU
essentially has to comply. So here’s
some sample motions to present at
the next meeting:
— Whereas waffle fries are delicious and students like them, be
it resolved that the RSU make he
Ram in the Rye serve them again.
— Whereas some of us don’t
want others to sleep well, be it
resolved that the RSU lobby Ryerson to make classes start at 4 a.m.
— Whereas poetry can make us
feel loved, be it resolved that the
RSU post one nice poem on its
website every day.
— Whereas the Internet is everything, be it resolved that the RSU
look into online voting and give
students Netflix subscriptions.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

NEWS

CFS-O speaks to Wynne

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Back home in ol’ O’Keefe

Student unions across Ontario are pushing for coherent sexual assault policies
in post-secondary institutions
By Jackie Hong
Members of the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario (CFSO) met with Premiere Kathleen
Wynne at Queen’s Park on Jan. 14
for a roundtable on sexual assault
policies on post-secondary campuses.
The meeting comes weeks before the Ontario government
presents an “action plan” against
sexual violence and harassment on
March 8.
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
Vice-President Equity Pascale Diverlus, who is also the constituency commissioner for the CFSO, said the conversation was
long overdue.
“The Canadian Federation of
Students Ontario and different
student unions have been working on this issue for years and
years,” Diverlus said. “We have
been advocating for [a] sexual assault policy and we have had very
little response ... so, it’s nice to see
[Wynne] put this at the forefront.”
Twenty-one members of the
CFS-O attended the meeting and
each member talked about how
sexual assault and harassment are
handled on his or her respective
campus.
Members also suggested what
they thought should be included in

future policies dealing with sexual
violence, such as prevention and
consent education, accountability
and including students in policymaking processes.
Diverlus said Wynne did not
make any commitments but “just
listened to our experiences.”
Anna Goldfinch, national executive representative of the CFS-O,
said Wynne approached the CFSO because the group is an “expert”
on how to prevent and handle sexual assault and harassment.
“We’ve been working on this
issue for decades now. We’ve
been running our ‘No Means No’
campaign since the ‘80s,” Goldfinch said.
“The media is paying attention
and the public is paying attention
now,” Goldfinch said, explaining
that the lack of sexual assault policies at post-secondary schools rose
to the spotlight in late 2014 after
a Toronto Star article revealed that
only nine of 78 Canadian universities had guidelines in place to deal
with sexual assault and harassment
on campus.
Ryerson currently does not
have a specific policy dealing with
sexual assault, but instead relies
on points from other policies to
deal with the issue.
RSU President Rajean Hoilett
previously said that pushing ad-

ministration to get a protocol in
place would be one of the student
union’s top priorities for the winter
2015 semester.
Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy said a “big process” is underway at the administrative level to get a policy in place.
“We’re working with the other
universities ... and a lot of groups
have been brought in, including
the student union,” Levy said. In
December, he asked Vice-Provost
Students Heather Lane Vetere to
“lead a thorough examination of
Ryerson’s policies, procedures,
approaches and responses” to
sexual assault.
Vetere has since had a number
of meetings with Ryerson community members, including staff, the
Continuing Education Students’
Association of Ryerson (CESAR)
and the RSU, and is expected
to report back on how Ryerson
should proceed on how it handles
sexual violence on campus.
“[Administration’s] been great
and wanting to meet with us [the
RSU] and set up a policy committee to review what we already
have,” Diverlus said.
“We are just hoping to get student representation on [the policy-making] committee.”
With files from Dylan FreemanGrist

Your student union budget breakdown
By Jackie Hong
Students voted to pass a motion
for the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) to post a detailed breakdown of its budget online during
last semester’s semi-annual general
meeting.
And, true to the motion, the
budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal
year (May 1, 2014 to April 30,
2015) is now available on the
RSU’s website.
The union represents more than
28,000 full-time students at Ryerson and is funded by a portion
of their tuition. The Eyeopener
looked over the 18-page document and pulled out some numbers for your reading pleasure
(note: 2014-2015 values are proposed budget values; “actual unaudited” expenses are figures the
RSU reported but they have not
been audited yet):
The 2014-2015 budget has
$4,000 budgeted for travel to
Canadian Federation of StudentsOntario general meetings.
RSU President Rajean Hoilett
is budgeted for a $28,650 salary, $4,500 in benefits, $450 in

The budget is available in full on the RSU website rsuonline.ca.

an expense account and $1,000
for special projects, which adds
up to $34,600. This is $1,332
less than the actual unaudited
expense for his predecessor, Melissa Palermo.
Vice-President Education Jesse
Root, Vice-President Equity Pascale Diverlus, Vice-President Operations Dora Adobea and VicePresident Student Life and Events
Saphi Subendran each have
$33,600 budgeted towards their
total expenses for 2014-2015.
The total proposed executive expense for 2014-2015 is
$169,000; during the 2013-2014

PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT

fiscal year, the RSU proposed
$169,750 but reported that it actually spent $172,088.
The Graduate Council spent
$5,568 on “Orientation Wine and
Cheese” in 2013-2014, which is
$568 more than proposed and
$2,219 more than in 2011-2012.
There’s $5,000 budgeted for it
this fiscal year.
Last year the RSU earned a
total of $173,797 in revenue at
copyRITE printing. Which they
own, in case you were wondering.
The RSU gave out $69,142 in
bursaries, awards and charitable
donations last fiscal year.

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

O’Keefe House is full once again after students were forced to relocate.

By Jake Scott
Students are back in O’Keefe
House after being relocated to
ILLC due to a fire on Jan. 7.
“We were able to let all the students relocate back in to O’Keefe
House. If they were required to
remove any belongings they were
able to move them back in before
the weekend,” said Residence Life
Facilitator Simon Finn.
The fire began on the second
floor causing an estimated $15,000
in damages, forcing an evacuation
and response from Toronto Fire
Services (TFS).
TFS identified a power bar in a
second-floor bedroom as the cause

of the fire.
Despite the fire and water damage, it didn’t take long to put
O’Keefe back in order.
“All the repairs have been done.
We made that a priority after we
were able to place the students [in
another residence]. Our second
priority was getting them back in
as quickly as possible,” said Finn.
Displaced students were also
compensated by Ryerson for their
inconvenience.
“Housing and Residence Life
put $200 on each student’s OneCard to cover any expenses,” said
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy.
The exact cost of repairs has yet
to be released to The Eyeopener.

NEWS

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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Three student societies, one fair
Ryerson’s student societies came together Jan. 15 to hold the largest cross-disciplinary student group fair Ryerson’s ever experienced

By Brennan Doherty
Ashisha Persaud began planning
the largest student group fair the
Ryerson Commerce Society (RCS)
has ever hosted before she’d even
been elected as its president.
“I started thinking ‘What are
some new things that we could
possibly bring?’” said the fifthyear business management student. “One of the few things we
hadn’t done was collaborate —
like, actually host events — with
other societies’ groups.”
She began meeting with Tyler
Webb, president of the Ryerson
Communication and Design Society (RCDS) and Urooj Siddiqui,
president of the Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS)
last May. All three student societies fund and advise dozens of
student groups across a variety
of disciplines — from engineering
projects to networking sessions,
all aimed at giving students realworld experience and connecting

them to industry professionals.
The results of their work filled
the seventh and eighth floors of
the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) on Jan. 15 as part
of “Frost Week”, a week-long
event hosted by RCS the week after winter break. Two groups from
RCDS, 14 from RESS, and 22
from RCS hemmed in hundreds of
students leaving afternoon classes.
“I was looking at Toastmasters,
just because it would be nice to develop public speaking skills,” said
Stephanie Gu, a first-year business
management student. “Since I’m
in business, I’m probably going to
be public speaking.”
“We’re trying to bridge the gap
between the industry and people
who want to be in the industry,”
said Prateek Ahluwalia, a fourthyear business technology management student. He’s one of the people behind the Ryerson Commerce
and Arts Association, a new group
devoted to help performance artists promote themselves and their

Two floors of TRSM were occupied by this massive fair.

work to financial backers, who
then launch their careers.
Plenty of new groups scrambled
to get a booth ready for the fair —
especially from RCDS.
“We actually just launched as
an official student group on Sunday (Jan. 11),” said Robyn Hoja,

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

a second-year creative industries
student and president of RCDS’s
newest group, the Ryerson Musical Theatre Company.
“One of my personal goals is
to be able to connect with each
faculty individually, to get a really great presence within TRSM,

Rye study: Saying “I’m
so fat” is bad for health
“Fat talk” contributes to poor body image, study says
By Aidan Hamelin
A new questionnaire developed in
a joint study by affiliates of Ryerson University, the University of
Toronto and others is the first of
its kind to measure the effects of
“fat talk” in the home.
Fat talk is used to describe when
people say things like “I’m so fat,”
or “I’m such a lard ass,” regardless of whether or not it could be
considered true.
The Family Fat Talk Questionnaire (FFTQ) measures the frequency of fat talk, as well as external factors in the home, expanding
upon the existing Fat Talk Questionnaire (FTQ) to better understand how daily discussion in the
home contributes to negative body
image in young women.
The study noted that that “there
may be a number of negative consequences of fat talk, such as increased body dissatisfaction ...
weight reducing practices and the
development of eating disorders in
girls and young women.”
“Poor body image is something
that a lot of women struggle
with, and the literature suggests
that fat talk and body dissatisfaction are connected,” said
Danielle MacDonald, a Ryerson
masters student in the depart-

ment of psychology.
According to the study, “the
[FFTQ] captures both sides of the
fat talk conversation — the types
of fat talk behaviours the respondent is doing, but also what she
hears from her family members.”
The questionnaire is made up of
16 questions, rated on a five-point
scale (1 = never, 5 = always), that
examine comparisons between an
individual’s self-image and how it
is discussed in their home.
Questions range from topics
about personal body image —
“when I’m with my family members, I complain that I should not
be eating fattening foods” — to
family pressures and external influence — “when I’m with my
family members, I hear them pressure each other to be thin.”
Although fat talk is prevalent in
modern society, MacDonald attributes this to “a diet and thinness
obsessed culture,” referencing the
change in Western soceity’s ideal
body type to a slimmer appearance in recent years.
“This is a social behaviour that
is located in this particular time
and place, not an inherent human
behaviour,” Macdonald said.
“We don’t need fat talk to survive, and in fact, we would probably be better off without it.”

within engineering, within the science faculty … I’d love to be able
to make those connections so that
more students know who we are,”
Hoja said.
Initially, the fair was supposed
to be held in a building with no
ties to one particular program or
faculty.
“We actually wanted to do this
event at the Kerr Hall gym so that
it would be more of a central area
to get students out there, but then
it was tough to actually book it,”
Persaud said.
There was little advertising of
the event outside of TRSM. Persaud said it would have eaten up
too much time.
“If we had tried to promote it
in all the buildings [on campus],
it wouldn’t happen until the third
week of school. That’s when everyone’s thinking about assignments and midterms and they
won’t stop,” Persaud said.
“But you see a lot of people stopping and talking to groups now.”

Briefs &
groaners
> The Goose is loose
There have been multiple thefts
of Canada Goose parkas in the library and The Ram. The Eyeopener’s working to see if this is a case
of animal activism or simply cold
students. Security isn’t sure if the
cases are related but haven’t ruled
out the possibility of a goose wrangler on campus. It’s recommended
to keep your friends close and your
Goose closer.
> Shocking library incident
On Jan. 14 library staff reported that an electrical socket on the
fourth floor was stuffed with metal
hairpins. It’s unknown who put the
pins in but it’s suspected that it was
a shockingly good time. Security is
definitely not asking for students
to report anyone with “larger than
average hair.”
> Screaming in the stacks
Library staff banned a man
from the premises on Jan. 7 after
he yelled at employees asking for
login information to gain access to
the library resources. Ryerson representatives would not comment
on whether the man showed more
excitement about reading than the
school’s student body.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Arts & life

7

Are vitamin drinks all bunk?
By Aidan Macnab
A new study says vitamin and energy drinks come with a healthy
dose of bogus.
After three years of research,
a 2014 study done by a Ryerson
professor and graduate concluded food companies have “little
evidence” to defend the alleged
health benefits of their energy and
vitamin drinks.
“There is nothing natural
about them and there’s nothing healthy about them,” said
Ryerson
nutrition
professor
Rena Mendelson. “Markets just
realize that health sells products.”
Mendelson and Naomi Dachner, a nutrition and dietetics
graduate, challenged companies who market energy and
vitamin drinks as health or supplement products.
“The labels are very tonguein-cheek, but imply that these
drinks are going to alter your
emotional state and give you
a pick-me-up,” said Dachner,
presently working at the University of Toronto’s nutritional
sciences department.
Researchers in the study
analyzed the nutrient compositions of 46 energy drinks,
nutrient-enriched waters and
juices. Red Bull, Red Rain,
Aquafina
and
Vitaminwater were some of the products
in the study. The study’s main
demographic was men aged 1930 due to their higher nutrient
requirements.
The study concluded that these
drinks offer no nutritional benefits or rejuvenation to consumers. This is because most people’s
nutritional requirements are met
with other sources and the nutri-

ents they do need are rarely added
to the beverages.
“Caffeine is one thing; people
have had health scares on them,”
Dachner said. “But nutrients are
another thing. These drinks are
completely disconnected from our
health needs.”
Mendelson
said
Canadians’ lack of magnesium and
potassium is unaddressed by
these drinks.
“[Food companies] are try-

These drinks are completely
disconnected from our
health needs
ing to appeal to people to think
that these water products will
give an impact on your life,”
said Mendelson. “They’ll make
you feel better, they’ll make you
look better, they’ll improve your
relationships, things that are just
plain silly.”
The study states taking nutrients beyond one’s daily
requirement is not beneficial.
Eighty-three per cent of drinks
studied had at least one nutrient
exceeding required amounts; the
majority had three or more.
“[Food companies] create a
false impression that [consumers are] being enriched with
things they don’t actually need,”
Dachner said.
The Canadian market began
to see an abundance of these
products when Health Canada’s
2004 Natural Health Products
Directorate classified energy and
vitamin drinks as natural health
products (NHPs).
These products did not have

to include a nutrition table on labels but needed a “recommended
use statement.”
In October 2011, Health
Canada announced energy and
vitamin drink products require
a nutrition table. Although the
move eliminated recommended
use statements that went “beyond
conventional nutritional science,”
graphics and text on drink labels
conveyed similar messages to
the consumer.
Mendelson said these drinks
also could be harmful.
These former NHPs have a
considerable amount of sugar, as
a bottle of Vitaminwater has 31
grams; in comparison, one 355
ml. can of Coca-Cola Classic contains 39.
In 2010, Coca-Cola — owning
83 per cent of the studied drinks
alongside Pepsi — had similar
findings.
An American federal judge
wrote in his court ruling that
Coca-Cola’s lawyers suggested no
consumer could “reasonably be
misled” into believing Vitaminwater is healthy.
Dachner said she’s interested
in what the long-term effects
of these products will be and
how this “unravelling story” will
affect public health.
Coca-Cola brand and business
communications manager Kate
Hillyar wrote via email that the
company is making “great effort
to ensure [their] product labels,
marketing and advertising are
clear and honest with consumers.”
Despite
this,
the
study
recommends
the
government continues to research and “scrutinize” the labeling of drinks so consumers
aren’t misled.

Backstage opens to rest of campus
By Isabelle Docto
The Ryerson Musical Theatre
Company (RMTC) launched last
week, opening the stage to all
students with a passion for theatre.
As Ryerson’s first musical theatre company, RMTC president
Robyn Hoja wants to create
more accessible opportunities for
students who aren’t in the university’s theatre program.
“My goal is to have longevity
and to have this become such a
crucial part to extra-curricular
groups at Ryerson,” she said.
The idea came to the secondyear creative industries student
last year. Hoja was involved in
musical theatre in her hometown of Peterborough, Ont., and
missed the stage when she ar-

rived at Ryerson. She recruited
seven of her theatre-loving peers
as executives and started forming the RMTC during Summer
2014.
Aside from Hoja’s friends, other students also want to join the
RMTC. Brian Baum, a first-year
business management student,
hopes to be the assistant stage
manager on the RMTC’s first production “Thoroughly Modern
Millie.” He was a volunteer with
the University of Toronto’s UC
Follies Theatre Company and is
glad to get involved at Ryerson.
“It’s something that I think
people are looking for as an outlet that’s not what they’re studying,” said Baum.
The RMTC became an official group under the Ryerson
Communication
and

Design Society (RCDS) in
December. Tyler Webb, president
of the RCDS, thinks the theatre
company is something Ryerson
was missing.
“Most
universities
actually have musical-based theatre
group initiatives that have people
who aren’t in an acting program,” he said.
The
RCDS
and
Ira Levine, chair of creative
industries,
connected
Hoja
with people in the theatre
industry, helping her build the
RMTC.
The RMTC is planning to
show
their first musical in
February 2016. They are negotiating with the Betty Oliphant
Theatre to use the venue for their
productions and will sign a deal
in February.

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

A totally serious nutritionist inspects Vitaminwater with state-of-the-art technology.

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Despite having beautiful Victorian exteriors, several rental houses on McGill Street — often coveted
by Ryerson students — have serious problems, from mold to pest infestation. And if living conditions
weren’t bad enough, landlords often take advantage of students’ ignorance of residential laws

By Julia Dodge

L

ast August, Erica Mason moved into the
house at 20 McGill
St. along with four
other people. While
the second-year creative industries
student had never met any of her
roommates prior to moving in, it’s
been the unit’s other inhabitants
that have caused her problems. A
colony of termites has lived in the
ceiling above her basement, bedroom and bathroom since she’s
been there — with the feces-made
nests hanging out of holes in her
ceiling like stalactites.
“I used to clean the nests once
a day and watch the termites completely rebuild them five to 10
minutes later,” says Mason. “It’s
horrifying, knowing that live termites can fall out at any time onto
my floor, into the shower or onto
my bed.”
As one of the few streets that
has rental houses on campus,
houses on McGill Street are coveted by Ryerson students. While
the age of the homes — some of
the oldest in central Toronto, built
between 1870-1910 — gives them
a nice Victorian exterior, it also
means many come with a laundry
list of issues.
And according to Mason and
other students renting in the area,
having complaints addressed is
almost as unpleasant as the issues
themselves.

When bugs started pouring from
her ceiling again in December, Mason’s basement was fumigated for
the third time. After spraying pesticides into a large hole in the ceiling, the exterminator did not have
the proper equipment to seal the
hole and recommended she close
it herself using tape. She had no
choice but to agree.
“That’s really unsanitary, inappropriate and unlivable to have
a hole with bugs and poison in a
bedroom … or any room for that
matter,” says Mason.
After three days of arguing and
threatening to call City of Toronto
bylaw enforcement, Mason’s landlord finally sent the exterminator
back to close the hole.
City of Toronto bylaws (Property Standards, Article IV, Standards
629-9) state that landlords are responsible to ensure that, with the
exception of bedbugs, properties
they are renting out are “at all
times [to] be kept free of rodents,
vermin, insects and other pests
and from conditions which may
encourage infestation by pests.”
unicipal Licensing
and Standards is
in charge of making sure landlords
abide by these
bylaws in Toronto, but forcing a
landlord to treat an infestation
can be a lengthy process.
Once the city has issued an or-

M

der for a landlord to exterminate,
he or she is given 21 days to appeal that order, says Mark Sraga,
director of investigations for Municipal Licensing and Standards
Toronto. If the landlord does not
appeal an order, he or she still has
a minimum of three weeks to com-

$700-$900 per person in the McGill Street student houses.
Infestations aren’t the only thing
plaguing houses on McGill Street.
Brendan Kewin, a second-year
business management student at
Ryerson, lives in the top apartment of the 75 McGill St. duplex.

hear him walking up the stairs [inside the apartment,]” says Kewin.
“We’d tell him to leave because
you have to give 24 hours notice.”
While the city bylaw office sets
and enforces the maintenance
standards for rental properties, it’s
the Ontario Landlord and Tenant

There are always people looking for these kinds of houses so they don’t give a crap about
the conditions ... What are we gonna do about it? We have to go to school and live and [the
landlord] knows it
ply but is typically given a longer
timeframe.
“If [the landlords] haven’t appealed, the order is in effect,” says
Sraga. “So if they don’t do it, we
have a contravention of the order
which we can then act upon. Either we can charge them and take
them to court, or we can as a city
come in and do the work and put
the cost on [their] property taxes.”
While the city is duking it out
with the landlord, tenants can apply to the Ontario Landlord and
Tenant Board to terminate their
lease early. Once the application
has been read it takes an average
of four more weeks to schedule a
hearing to plead their case in front
of the board.
That’s a minimum of seven
weeks of paying rent for an infested home, which ranges from

Once, after police were called
to the premises during a party, the
landlord attempted to evict Kewin
and his roommates on the spot,
telling them “pack your bags.” After being informed he didn’t have
the right to evict without notice,
the landlord eventually backed off
his threat.
But confrontations have persisted.
he
landlord
has
shown up multiple
times unannounced,
asking to come inside
to “check up on the
place.” City of Toronto bylaws
stipulate that a landlord must give
tenants at least a day’s notice before entering their unit, with the
exception of emergencies.
“He would knock on the door
and ask to come in, or we’d just

T

Board that acts as a court for the
rights of tenants and landlords.
Tenants have the right to file an
application with the board on the
grounds of a landlord, or someone
representing them, entering illegally without 24 hours notice.
Kewin says he and his roommates receive unfair treatment due
to the landlord’s poor relationship
with a former student tenant.
“He doesn’t trust us,” says
Kewin. “He doesn’t respect us as
much as older people and doesn’t
think we have responsibility.”
Donna Mrvaljevic, spokesperson for the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, says that although
there is no specific clause that
mandates landlords cannot discriminate against students based
on their age, there is an all-encompassing statement that says they

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Graphic By Charles Vanegas
cannot interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of a rental unit.
“A tenant can apply against
a landlord if a landlord has harassed, obstructed, coerced or
threatened, [or] withheld vital services,” says Mrvaljevic.
ason’s neighbours,
University of Toronto
students
Daavi Wong Wolfson, a second-year
commerce student, and Paige
Peidle, a second-year criminology
student, live in the upper apartment in her building. They say

M

Wong Wolfson’s landlord hired
workers to fix a molding roof. In
order to access the roof, the workers walked across the connecting
roof of their neighbours, which
isn’t owned by the same landlord.
“The neighbour came over and
told us the guys doing our roof were
looking at her through the skylight,” says Wong Wolfson. “They
were watching her in the shower
and when she was changing.”
The neighbour asked for the
contact information of Wong
Wolfson’s landlord, but the landlord never followed up. Sraga says

75 McGill or the upper or lower
halves of 20 McGill plan on renewing their leases.
And despite repeated concerns,
Wong Wolfson doubts anything
will change for the tenants who
replace them.
“That’s the thing with landlords
around here — there are always
people looking for these kinds of
houses so they don’t give a crap
about the conditions,” she says.
“What are we gonna do about it?
We have to go to school and live
and [the landlord] knows it. We
don’t have the time or money to

It’s horrifying, knowing that live termites can fall out at any time onto my floor, into the
shower or onto my bed
that after signing their lease, they
emailed the landlord asking for receipts for the rent cheques. Their
landlord replied, incorrectly quoting from the Residential Tenancies
Act stating she had no legal obligation to give receipts and was not
going to provide them — despite it
actually stating “a landlord shall
provide free of charge to a tenant
or former tenant, on request, a receipt for the payment of any rent,
rent deposit, arrears of rent or any
other amount paid to the landlord
(Section 109-1).”
Two months later, Peidle and

that if workers were accessing an
adjacent property, city bylaws
have no authority to make the
landlord notify the neighbouring
tenants because it would be a civil
matter between landlords.
nd while students do
have steps to combat poor living conditions, the general
lack of knowledge
and the fact that students may
change residences several times
while at school mean they are less
likely to utilize available options.
None of the tenants living in

a

look for a new house. She manipulates the position we’re in.”
Below, in the basement of 20
McGill, Mason still sleeps with a
sheet tacked to the ceiling to cover
the small termite nest holes in her
bedroom.
“When I was in high school,
I heard a story from one of my
teachers about a house she lived
in in Toronto that was infested
with cockroaches. You hear those
horror stories but you never think
it’s going to be you,” says Mason.
“This year has been me living in
the horror story.”

After maintenance workers left a mess, Erica Mason and her roommates
waited over a month for a waste removal team to clean up the garbage.

PHOTOS: JULIA DODGE

LEFT: Mason had to put a sheet up in her bathroom to cover up a large
hole left by exterminators. RIGHT: While the main hole in her bedroom is
fixed, termite nests hang out of holes in her ceiling like stalactites.

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Cutting brings NHL experience to Rams
By Daniel Rocchi
If experience is the best teacher,
then Keevin Cutting could be
called a professor.
Having won an Ontario Hockey
League (OHL) championship and
gone to a NHL rookie camp already under his belt, the 22-yearold defenceman is hoping his experience can help the Rams to a
championship of their own.
“I was put in a position of leadership in Owen Sound,” says Cutting, who captained the Owen
Sound Attack to the second round
of the OHL playoffs in 2013 and
was a member of the championship team in 2011. “I feel that [I
can] bring that leadership that I’ve
learned to Ryerson.”
Cutting
played
five
seasons in Owen Sound, setting
an Attack franchise record for
games played with 374 while
distinguishing himself as a shutdown defender.
For Rams coach Graham Wise,
that kind of mileage makes Cutting a valuable veteran presence.
“He’s got a lot of experience

Keevin Cutting chases the puck in a game against Brock.

at winning and a lot of experience at playing the game,” says
Wise.“When you can pick up what
we consider to be a blue-chipper
with his calibre, it’s a great asset to
your program.”
No longer eligible to play in the
OHL, Cutting spent last year at
the University of New Brunswick,
where he played 27 games for the
Varsity Reds during the 2013-14
season. He enjoyed his time in
Fredericton, but decided to pursue
his business management degree at

PHOTO: Josh Beneteau

Ryerson the following September
instead.
But not before adding another
notch in his belt.
Cutting attended the Florida
Panthers rookie camp this fall,
competing against other prospects
for a chance to earn an NHL contract. He wasn’t able to win a job
with the Panthers, but like he has
with every situation in his hockey
career, Cutting used the experience
as an opportunity to learn and
grow as a player.

“I learned how to be a pro, on
and off the ice,” he says. “Nutritional habits, work habits; the
biggest thing I took away from
Florida was to see where other
guys are at and where I can be in
the future.”
Cutting grew up in Bracebridge,
Ont., where his father built Muskoka cottages for NHL legends
like Wendel Clark, Eric Lindros
and Steve Yzerman.
Cutting recalls fondly the moment that Yzerman became his
favourite player — the legend
told his parents to bring Cutting
with them over to his cottage to
see the Stanley Cup after the Detroit Red Wings’ victory in the
2002 finals.
At six-foot-two and 190 pounds,
Cutting wants to add size and
speed to his game, and considers
it the next step in his development.
But it hasn’t stopped him from
thriving with the Rams.
Playing on a pairing with freshman Alex Basso, who amassed
158 points in 280 OHL games
over five seasons with Belleville,
Sarnia and London, Cutting

ranks second amongst Ryerson
defencemen and seventh on the
team with 10 points (3 G, 7 A)
in 20 games. Basso leads all Rams
defencemen and sits third on the
team with 21 points (2 G, 19 A)
in 19 games.
“I played against him for four
years, he was always a good
player,” says Basso, who also has
classes with his fellow business
management major. “He’s got a
good shot and I think we work
well together.”
The pairing of Basso and Cutting has been instrumental in Ryerson’s regular-season success,
with the Rams currently sitting
fourth in the 10-team OUA west
division. With only seven games
left in the regular season, Cutting
and the Rams are looking to the
post-season.
“We have the team,” says Cutting. “We’ve lost some games
that we should have won, [but]
we have the talent, we have the
work ethic. Coming down the
stretch here, we can put together
a streak and we’re going to be a
top contender.”

Paska a force on the court
At six-foot-four, Sofia Paska is key in the success of the women’s basketball team
By Ben Waldman
Sofia Paska doesn’t watch a lot
of basketball; she never really has
and probably never will.
“I don’t ever watch [it],” she
said. “It’s just one weird thing
about me.”
More than halfway through
her rookie season at Ryerson, the
six-foot-four forward from Etobicoke could have convinced anyone otherwise.
An intimidating presence at
both ends of the floor, Paska is
averaging 10.6 points to go along
with 5.9 rebounds per game. Despite all of that success, she is still
her harshest critic.
“I need to have more consistent
games,” Paska said, citing her
performance in Ryerson’s loss to
U of T on Jan. 7.
Before taking up hoops, Paska
dabbled in soccer and dance, but
found her home on the court when
she was eight years old. Noticing
her sizeable height advantage,
coaches immediately stuck Paska
in the post, where she consistently
dominated shorter opponents.
Throughout her high school
career at Richview Collegiate
Institute, Paska received attention from several schools in
both Canada and the U.S., including DePaul and Michigan
State universities.

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

Sofia Paska shooting a free throw.

Luckily for Ryerson coach Carly
Clarke, Paska elected to stay home
in Toronto.
“[Paska] is a key piece of our
team’s future,” Clarke said earlier
this season. “She’s one of the top

rookies in the conference.”
There is no doubt that Paska
could have played major minutes
in the NCAA, but her decision to
play for the Rams was an easy one
to make.
“Coach Clarke didn’t pressure
me. She just seemed like the best
coach for me,” Paska said. “Being
able to be comfortable [with the
team and staff] is very important
to me.”
Unlike a lot of collegiate athletes, the classroom is just as important to Paska as her on-court
performance. That’s a good thing,
seeing as she hopes to be a teacher
one day.
Stath Koumoutseas, the curriculum leader of athletics at Richview
and a former mentor to Paska,
said he is not surprised to see her
excelling at the next level.
“She really deserves it,” said
Koumoutseas. “She’s just such a
sweet kid and she’s as good as any
post player I’ve seen [at the high
school level].”
Often, people stare at Paska, or
assume that she is as fierce in real
life as when she is snagging a rebound from the other team. However, all of these misconceptions
disappear as soon as she cracks a
smile.
“I’m just a nice person, I guess,”
said Paska exuberantly. “I can’t
help it.”

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Nike to dress men’s bball
By Josh Beneteau
The men’s basketball team has
switched uniform providers from
Adidas to Nike, a deal that will
cost the school zero dollars.
Using his connections with the
Nike Hoops Summit, Ryerson
head coach Roy Rana was able
to negotiate a deal that sees Nike
supply the men’s basketball team
with uniforms, practice gear and
travel clothes for free.
“The Nike deal is truly what
you get in an American NCAA
Division I model where the university is truly a sponsor benefactor,” said Athletic Director Ivan
Joseph. “100 per cent Nike gives
it to them free, so that allows me
to have dollars for other things.”
The deal with Nike was finalized at the end of the summer after negotiating for most of 2014.
The new uniforms arrived in early
January and the team first wore
them on Jan. 10 against McMaster. Joseph said that Nike wanted
to work with Rana because of his
reputation in the basketball community and the success of the

team. Rana was unavailable for
an interview.
“They want to work with Roy,”
Joseph said. “Part of that is Maple
Leaf Gardens and the teams they
are playing but it all comes back
to Roy.”
Men’s basketball is the first team
to switch from Adidas, which
has been supplying uniforms and
kits to Ryerson through a vendor
called Big Kahuna Sports. That

100 per cent Nike gives it to
them for free, so that allows
me to have dollars for other
things
five-year contract, the first of its
kind at Ryerson, put all the teams
under the Adidas banner. It expired in early 2014 and the school
officially released a Request for
Proposal (RFP) on Jan. 16, 2015
to begin looking for bids from
prospective vendors, including
Nike, Adidas and Under Armor.
Joseph wouldn’t reveal the exact

contents of the contract that just
expired with Big Kahuna, saying
he didn’t want other schools to
see it and get a competitive advantage. But he did say the way it
was structured gave Ryerson a certain percentage off of all of their
purchases and then a very small
kickback if they spent a certain
amount of money.
“In that first year, we probably
spent anywhere from $60-80,000
because we had to outfit every single team,” Joseph said. “That was
the biggest year we ever spent on
equipment.”
Club teams can buy from Big
Kahuna too at the same rate as
the athletic department. They just
have to find the funds themselves.
Joseph expects the new contract to be similarly structured to
the old one, saying the key when
choosing a brand is one that can
cover all of the teams.
“Part of it is the cost of the bid
but part of it is to service all of our
student athletes,” Joseph said. “I
prefer everybody to be under one
umbrella so that when you look at
us you know it’s a Ryerson Ram.”

Q&A with Rye’s figure
skating coach Tiffany Elliot
By Michael Grace-Dacosta
The Ryerson figure skating team
will start the 2015 season with the
Winter Invitational Competition
on Jan. 29 and 30 at the University of Toronto. They will then
travel to Guelph for the OUA provincial championships on Feb. 17
and 18. Last year Ryerson hosted
and won the bronze medal at the
OUA championships.
Michael Grace-Dacosta asked
Tiffany Elliot, the team’s new
coach, about the team and the season. This interview continues on
theeyeopener.com.
Q: What is your impression of
the team after coaching them for a
couple months?
A: I’m very impressed by their
work ethic on and off the ice. These
girls and guys have full-time classes

and many of them have part-time
jobs. On top of that, they juggle
[more than] 10 hours of skating a
week. You can really see they love
being part of the team and will go
the extra mile for their teammates.
Q: What were some things the
team needed to improve on when
you first took the job?
A: When I first started coaching
Ryerson varsity figure skating, the
team had been without a coach for
over two months. The biggest challenge was creating a set of expectations and getting into a rhythm
with everyone. I think we’re mostly
there now, but it was a challenge
coming into the season so late.
Q: What were some things the
team already excelled in?
A: The skaters are really selfmotivated. They are all experienced figure skaters, so they can

Most of the 2015 figure skating team at practice.

PHOTO: Rob Foreman

practice well without supervision
or constant prodding. Even with
no coach for two months, when
I started coaching the team most
of their routines were set and
they were actively progressing toward this season’s goals. I’ve been
working hard with everyone to
make sure each program meets
the proper requirements and add
those extra touches.
Q: What are your expectations
for this season?
A: As a first time varsity skating
coach, I’m hoping my skaters can
go out and perform to the best of
their abilities on the day of competition. The atmosphere on the
ice is fun, but we’re also fiercely
competitive. The team continues
to skate because they love it and
we’re working together this year
to translate that love of skating
into success for the team.
Q: How do you and the team
feel heading into this year’s winter
invitational?
A: I think we feel pretty strong.
We’ve been on the ice in January actually five days a week plus
we do off-ice practice as well. So I
think we’re feeling pretty good going into the competition but you
don’t know what [it] is going to be
like. It will be interesting to see the
impact the new system has on the
OUA sport.

PHOTO: Stephen Armstrong

The Ryerson badminton team hosted the Ryerson Winter Open tournament on Jan. 17 and 18 in the Kerr Hall North gym.
In men’s doubles, rookie Nathan Cheng and Dayvon Reid took
first place.
In women’s singles, Vivian Kwok finished second. In mixed doubles,
Kwok and Cheng lost in the semi-finals while Alex Fown and Chris
Pinto (pictured above) lost in the quarter-finals.
Ryerson will be hosting the badminton Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) championship from March 20-22.

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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Blackboard replacement gets piloted
By Laura Woodward
Instructors and students are acting as guinea pigs for the potential
new Blackboard, Ryerson’s Learning Management System (LMS),
while negotiation between the
school and the vendor are in the
works.
The potential new LMS, Desire2Learn (D2L), is currently getting
tested by 27 courses.
Last January, a Request for Proposal was posted for a new LMS.
Based on student and faculty feedback, the committee created a
short list for a new LMS for better
usability — Blackboard was not
on the list.
It came down to two products,
but D2L came out on top, based
on its higher rating for its features.
“We took everyone’s input and
said, ‘Ok, instead of just doing the
usual [yearly Blackboard upgrade]
let’s go out to a Request For Proposal (RFP), let’s see what else is
out there and may the best LMS
win,’” said Brian Lesser, director of Ryerson’s Computing and
Communications Services.
During this pilot period, the
advisory committee has completed drafting the formal recommendation of D2L that will go to
administration.
Part of the agreement will discuss costs between Ryerson and

D2L.
Currently, the licensing of Blackboard costs $226,000. But there
are additional costs with running
Blackboard on Ryerson servers.
“When you add everything up,
the yearly cost — depending on
the year — can exceed $400,000,”
Lesser said.

If the recommendation is
accepted and we come
to a satisfactory agreement (contract), D2L will
replace Blackboard in the
Fall 2015 term
“We have the option with D2L
to host the system internally at Ryerson, on Ryerson servers or to allow D2L to host the system themselves. There are also modules we
could decide to purchase or not
from D2L. So it’s too early for me
to speculate on what D2L might
cost. However, I don’t expect massive savings from what we are currently spending on Blackboard,”
Lesser said.
Professor Jai Virdi-Dhesi is testing out D2L for her ethics and disability course that is strictly online
— requiring higher activity on an

LMS.
Virdi-Dhesi says D2L is more
visually appealing in comparison to Blackboard. As a professor, she finds features like
tracking attendance, receiving notifactions for subscribed
discussions and folders clearly
highlighted on the main page to
be useful.
But other profs find that after
using Blackboard for more than
10 years, switching to a new LMS
is a difficult transition — resulting in students struggling with its
functionality too.
Bryan Chavez and Zak Krywetzky, second-year accounting
and finance students, are testing
D2L for their macroeconomics
class.
“My favourite feature is that
you’re given the option to receive
text messages when there is ever
an update in your course,” Chavez
said.
While Krywetzky found the
switch to Blackboard confusing
at first, he said D2L’s features like
PHOTO COURTESY RAW ARCHITECTS
the Dropbox function and grades
viewable in per cent format are The design of the Snow Cone: part igloo, part pinecone.
useful.
“If the recommendation is accepted and we come to a satisfactory agreement (contract) D2L
will replace Blackboard in the
Fall 2015 term,” said Lesser.
With files from Julia Knope

The hottest
lifeguard station

Students redesign lifeguard stand to warming hut
By Lana Hall
Next month, beachgoers braving
the icy wind near Toronto’s boardwalk will be able to take shelter
inside a public art installation designed by two Ryerson students.
Lily Jeon and Diana Koncan,
both students in the architechtural
science program were selected to
be part of a project transforming five lifeguard stands along a
stretch of shoreline in Toronto’s
Beaches neighbourhood, south of
Queen Street East.
Jeon and Koncan’s project, titled
“Snow Cone,” is a colourful play
on an oversized pinecone made
from a translucent acrylic material
that will be fastened directly to the
lifeguard stand and allow people
to take shelter inside it.
Their project began last year
when RAW Architects, a Toronto-based firm, launched a competition called Winter Stations.
The project challenged artists,
designers and architects to imagine pieces of functional public art
using metal stations that line the
boardwalk as a foundation. Four
winners would be chosen and the
firm extended an invitation to students from Ryerson’s Faculty of
Engineering and Architectural Sci-

ence to contribute a design for the
remaining fifth lifeguard stand.
“We wanted to reach out and
give students the opportunity to
design and build and collaborate
on a project that’s not something
you get to do every day,” said Aaron Hendershott, Ryerson alumnus and a spokesperson for RAW
Architects.
In response to the invitation,
architecture professors Vincent
Hui and Baruch Zone compiled
projects submitted by some of
their students and reviewed them
before ultimately deciding on Jeon
and Koncan’s design to represent
Ryerson.
“It’s playful,” said Hui of the
design. “But it’s not simply an ornament, it makes sense in terms of
addressing the climate.”
Hendershott said the contest organizers were also intrigued by the
students’ project. “We were quite
impressed with the quality and
presentation,” he said. “It’s a very
colourful and compelling design.”
Snow Cone, which is being
brought to life with the help of Ryerson’s Design Fabrication Zone,
will be unveiled with the other
winning installations at a waterfront ceremony on Family Day
weekend.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

COMMUNITIES

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When Rye High ruled the airwaves
By Leah Hansen
The very first station in Canada to
air hip hop music did so in 1983 —
it was a blip of something jarringly
different for an audience that had
never heard anything like it.
Nearly overnight, the hip hop
scene in Toronto changed, shaking
and altering what listeners thought
they knew about hip hop music and
culture.
By the early nineties, the innovative station’s listenership had peaked
at about 150,000 people a week —
Ryerson’s campus radio station,
CKLN-FM, was a community radio
powerhouse.
Before the financial landslide, lawsuits, and soap opera-esque drama
that culminated in a revoked broadcasting licence, Ryerson’s radio programming thrived. It was one of
the first stations to play tracks from
then-emerging artists such as k.d.
Lang and Blue Rodeo and was the
first station in Toronto to broadcast
the city’s Gay Pride Day Parade.
However, it wasn’t immune to
the shifting media landscape — although radio’s decline wasn’t quite
as memorable anywhere else as it
was at CKLN.
In 1970, a small group of RTA
students launched Ryerson Community Radio. The station was preceded at the school by CJRT-FM,
but it was the only station independent of Ryerson’s administration.
CJRT was conceived in 1949 as a
learning tool for students. Ryerson
would eventually be unable to continue funding it and CJRT left campus in 1974.
Meanwhile, Ryerson Community
Radio broke off from RTA in 1972
and rebranded as CFRM, continuing to broadcast across campus and
through a cable service. Six years
later, they would adopt the call letters CKLN. In another five years,
the station successfully received a
broadcasting license from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Committee (CRTC)
and by 1983 Ryerson’s first and
only student-run station was finally
on the air waves at 88.1 FM.
“One of the first big challenges
was adapting the station’s radio
signal to the airwaves,” recalls
Adam Vaughan, now a Liberal
MP, who became station manager
in 1983. After that was completed, CKLN could no longer claim
a modest audience — with the
increased signal strength, the station was now reaching audiences
from Buffalo to Barrie.
“It was a really exciting time,”
Vaughan said. “At that point, the
Internet hadn’t moved into popular
use, NOW Magazine was just starting out and we were one of the cultural forces in the city.”
The station’s programming was

unique and its mandate was simple
— to provide quality content to the
Ryerson community and to anyone
else who would listen.
“It was a remarkable campusbased community station with a
great mix of students, former students and members of the community who were drawn to the
station as a means of telling their
own stories,” recalled Conrad
Collaco, a 1992 Ryerson journalism grad who became station
manager from 1997 to 2003.
There was conflict from time to
time, he admitted, but said that’s often how it is in small organizations.
Ryerson’s own was the first station
nationwide to broadcast hip-hop
and rap on a segment known fondly
as Fantastic Voyage.
“I remember the engineering students complaining that we played
hip hop, that we were crazy,”
Vaughan said.
“When CKLN first started playing hip hop, it was revolutionary.
People were very uncomfortable
with it, even the students,” Collaco
said. Even a decade later, when Collaco started at the station, the programming was just as unique.
“I remember the first time I heard
the Black Eyed Peas,” Collaco said.
“It was at CKLN and that would
have been between 1997 and 2003.
And I remember some of our hip

I remember the engineering
students compalining that
we played hip hop, that we
were crazy
hop hosts talking about this great
new act that they were featuring.
The musical innovation in particular was brilliant.”
The strength and success of the
station lay in its ability to appeal to
a huge variety of listeners, Vaughan
said. In a city as diverse as Toronto,
no individual program could have
survived on its own. But together,
on a station that broadcast everything from hip hop to Irish folk music, CKLN thrived.
“What was great about CKLN
is that it combined the strength of
Ryerson with the diversity of Toronto,” Vaughan said. “The diversity
of the city and the diversity of the
voices and the culture on air came
to define CKLN and it was a huge
part of our success.”
While the programs the station
ran were often well-received, CKLN
was plagued by financial difficulties,
despite the annual levy it received
from Ryerson students. In the early
years on the FM frequency, the station had largely relied on donations
from loyal listeners gained through

PHOTO: JULIA TOMASONE

Ryerson’s legendary radio tower sits primed and ready to fire on the roof of Kerr Hall.

the strength of the programming.
The station did have some advertising partners, but relied on what
Vaughan called “the PBS model,”
mentioning their sponsors on air in
short sentences after the programs
had ended.
“Everyone was afraid we’d become heavily commercial, so we
kept a really tight watch on how
much advertising we let on the air,”
he said. “We thought it was better
to be dependent on listeners rather
than sponsors — that loyalty was
important to us.”
When Collaco took over as sta-

tion manager in 1997, he had his
work cut out for him. By that time,
the station had run up around
$125,000 in debt following years
of financial mismanagement and
advances from the student union at
Ryerson, then known as RyeSAC.
As a solution, Collaco submitted
two referendum proposals which
would increase the levy students
were paying from $8.03 per year to
$14.03. The $6 increase would go
toward chipping away at the debt,
he believed — but the proposals
never got past the RyeSAC board.
The union cited multiple reasons

for rejecting the proposals, including the station’s perceived refusal to
acknowledge Ryerson on air, lack of
Ryerson-relevant programming and
the fact that the station had no recently-audited financial statements.
“It’s a very expensive thing, to run
a radio station,” Collaco says. “So
as a result, money was always tight,
and there was always that challenge of staying on the air providing
good quality programming for the
campus and the community within
the constraints of the budget.”
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FUN

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Mayor’s first bus ride
Tory breaks campaign promises with a wink and high five to the KIDS!!!!!!!!!

PHOTO: ALEX GUIBORD/FLICKR

By Emma Cosgrove
John Tory sits at the back of an
empty TTC bus, grinning wryly.
He has never been on a public
transit vehicle before and finds it
quite neat. He runs his hand slowly along the seat beside him, leaving a dark streak in the technicolour velvet. His eyes close. Visions
of tokens dance in his head.
Tory suddenly recalls there is a
crowd of roughly 4,350 Torontonians waiting outside for The Announcement. He jumps up, kissing
the driver on the forehead before
front-flipping out of the bus and
racing toward the podium.
The powerful January wind
whips his scarf around like the

blades of a helicopter.
“I’m going to tuck this in… so
it doesn’t… Anyways. Hello Toronto!”
The crowd roars.
“I have been sitting on that bus
for the last hour, devising a plan
to unite this city, to build ONE
Toronto. Because clearly having
17 Torontos, you know, just isn’t
working for anyone.
“I have emerged from the depths
of this vehicle to deliver my citizens an important message, that I
believe — from the bottom of my
heart, from the armpit of my soul
— will save this city from all kinds
of doom. Without further ado, I will
reveal my first announcement.”

The crowd falls silent. John
Tory raises a fist in the air.
“Fares! Will! Rise! Ten! Cents!”
The masses erupt in applause
that rumbles throughout the city.
People shriek in delight; some elderly ones fall down.
“If you think that’s fantastic,
listen to this,” Tory says, a hush
falling over the crowd.
“Our riders have spoken. Dogs
must pay. But… CHILDREN!
RIDE! FREEEEEEEE!”
The applause is deafening. Nearby windows shatter. Tory grabs
a kid from the front row. “Now
Sam can go to the park whenever
he likes! We are giving him full
reign of the city! GO WILD SAM!
ALL THE YOUNGSTERS! GO
GO GO! OUR CITY IS ONE!”
Children run around erratically like ants, unsure of what
to do with their newly-acquired
freedom.
“GET ON THE BUS, KIDS.
YOU HEARD ME! GO ON,
GET! YOU TOO, SAM!” Tory
roars.
“My name is Cody—” the kid
says, sobbing.
“Shhhh,” Tory says under his
breath. “We’re getting you to the
goddamn park. It’ll be over soon.”

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

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FUN

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Haikus/EYEkus/RYEkus/tears/sadness! Tweet your own to @theeyeopener!
This coffee is shit
Energy costs two dollars?
Fuck you. All of you

Get out of my way
Turtle-ass fuckers. I will
Obliterate you

Hail The Golden Ram!
Engineering circle jerk:
Great, misspelled, loin cloth

Swap, drop and enrol
Sounds more like fire safety
Than life choices. Shit

Study week? More like
Drink beer until I forget
My obligations

My undies are tight
Like really really too tight
I need to go home

My laptop died, yet
I am still alive, somehow.
Jesus take the wheel

Dear front-row keener
You answer every question
Just shut the fuck up

The Varsity Blues,
A pissy, whining turd sack.
If they win kill me

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Yo Mark, hop off
Dear Mark Twain,
Last week you came back
from the dead and tried to
snatch my job. Today I’m asking
you to kindly board the choochoo Twain, I’m sending you
back to the Dead Poets Society.
I wasn’t exactly hedging on
Twain the Rock Johnson making an appearance around these
parts any time soon, so naturally this is a bit of a shock.
For starters, do you even fun?
Are you familiarized with the
cornerstone of the fun page —
the boxy, number-based traditional Japanese activity that keeps
this very paper alive and thriving? It’s called “Sudoku” and it

brings our readership from a few
of our grandparents to around
eight
engineering
students.
I’d also like to know a thing or
two about your ability to subsist
as a 179-year-old human. Will we
need to outfit the office with oxygen tanks? What about a defibrillator? Are you capable of choking
down pizza three times a week
and inhaling beer like it’s air?
Mark Twain, I challenge you to
a duel — a hand-to-hand combatstyle fight for the coveted position
of fun editor and all its shimmering glory. Alley beside the SCC,
next Wednesday. You better shape
up before I Huckleberry Finnish you OFF! –Emma Cosgrove

ILLUSTRATION: MIKE THEQUAN-PHUNG

Tips 2 survive da club

Get in, get sweaty, get the hell out and never go back unless held at gunpoint
By Robert Mackenzie
If you’re like me, you love it
when someone random on campus hands you a club invitation.
You’ve been handpicked for this
event and it feels pretty special.
Only 10 dollars to get in? What a
deal! Ladies’ night? That sounds
promising! Time to cancel your
Friday routine of buying plain potato chips and watching TV alone
in your basement and head out to
the club! Here are some useful tips
for the perfect night out.
Tip #1: Dress to Impress
This may be the night that
you meet your future spouse, so
you’re going to want an outfit
that demands attention when you
enter the room. Make sure you
put enough gel in your hair so
that it feels like a freshly mowed
lawn. The gel will make your hair
shiny like Reggie Mantle (the ladies’ man and universally loved
character from Archie comics)!
Tip #2: Spray Yourself
Clubs are notoriously dark,

so you’re going to want to spray
yourself with an entire can of
aerosol cologne. People will
have a much easier time finding you with your strong scent.
Some fruit flies find mates and
breed based on fragrance, so
the aerosol spray could help
you meet that special someone!
Tip #3: Bring Pen and Paper
Now that you’re looking good,
you’re going to have to deal with
people asking for your contact
info. After a night of grinding
with a group of guys who seem
too old to be doing this, be sure
to take some digits down. Be
prepared with pen and paper
so you can scribe these numbers quickly. If you have a contact book you can use that too.
Tip #4: Bring a Friend
I saw an episode of CSI Las Vegas where this serial killer would
spike womens’ drinks and then
kill them. He killed more than
10 women and had a dark and
spooky cellar where he kept them.

The creepy thing was that the murderer was actually pretty charming
and just seemed like a normal guy;
the women didn’t see it coming.
Bring a friend. Don’t watch CSI.
Tip #5: Be Prepared for Potential
Disasters
If the power were to go out in
the club, your whole night would
be ruined. The music would stop
and everyone would be forced to
go home. Luckily, you brought
a portable CD player. Now the
party can go on all night as you
play your favourite CDs. You may
even be able to tune into AM talk
radio! All of a sudden you’re the
hero of the party and everyone
will be buying you free drinks.
Good thing you were prepared.
There you go. Useful and relevant tips for a night at the club.
Enjoy your weekend.
It’s fine that you didn’t ask me
to come because I’m going to be
crazy busy anyway. You probably
already knew that though, right?
Right?

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